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hen the City Council greets new members of its advisory and standing committees and commissions Tuesday night and thanks those who are stepping down, there’ll be a long-time familiar face saying goodbye. Jim Dibiase, whose final term has just expired on the Parks and Recreation Commission, is the longest serving member of that group, starting as an alternate on the commission in April 1999. Now, with many new parks, a golf course and other city amenities behind him, he’ll join Sandi, his wife, also a long-time city volunteer, for more evenings at home without reams of planning documents and land use proposals to research on pending city projects. Dibiase was a research engineer who developed flying radiation instrumentation during 22 years in the Air Force, where he held the rank of lieutenant colonel when he retired in 1980. For the next 18 years, he was an aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale. The instruments he developed tested radiation in space and were used on the early Gemini and Apollo spacecrafts, showing NASA and those who flew on those early flights the specifics of the unknown environments they were encountering. His volunteer work with the Parks and Recreation Commission was more down to earth with his primary assignments focusing on parkland, waterways, restorations and preservations. Faced with scores of public officials, city staff and even more from the public suggesting what and how municipal amenities should be added, Dibiase often found himself more steeped in public relations than research over how golf courses, baseball fields and creeks should be developed. Dibiase got his start in helping to shape Pleasanton in 1983, just three years after moving here, when he volunteered to serve on what was called an Industrial General Plan Review Committee. That eventually became the committee that reviewed and updated the city’s General Plan in 1986. Later, he was asked back to start the review process for what became the 1996 General Plan update. Once you raise your hand as a Pleasanton volunteer, he mused, you’re hooked. After being named

to Park and Rec in 1999, he stayed long enough to work with three Parks and Community Development directors — Dolores Bengtson, Jim Wolfe and now Susan AndradeWax — as well as with 12 different commissioners. He was chairman of the commission twice during his 11 years of service. For Dibiase, those 11 years were incredibly productive with millions of dollars of capital improvements being proposed for Pleasanton that required Park and Rec involvement. Early on, the commission considered a proposal for a 27-hole golf course on the Bernal property, including a skinny nine-hole segment nestled against the west bank of I-680. When the city annexed acreage in the southwest hills, design work on the new Callippe Preserve golf course took hold. Thanks to Dibiase’s work, we ended up with a much better product. Dibiase also was instrumental in the $1.3-million restoration of Kottinger Creek, a project with an original price tag of $27,000. As a commissioner, he also worked on design plans to remodel and restore the Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street and to restore and then significantly expand the Alviso Adobe into a community park. More parks, including Val Vista, were built during Dibiase’s service, giving Pleasanton the largest number of parks for any city its size in the country. Dibiase also takes pride in being on the commission when it first started developing Bernal Community Park, an undeveloped 318acre field that was given to Pleasanton. In researching the needs of sports teams, he determined that baseball needed lighted fields, and persuaded the commission to build the new diamonds on Bernal first, which were dedicated this spring. Just as in his aerospace engineering days, Dibiase found Pleasanton’s pace of planning and development methodical, long and thorough. The end product has always been rewarding, though, with the public gaining long-term benefits. With the commission’s review of the proposed four-rink ice arena on Staples Ranch now completed, Dibiase will be able to take credit for his work in approving that project if the San Jose Sharks proceed with that plan in the next few years. His only regret is that during the 11 years on the commission, he and his associates weren’t able to add at least another dog park in Pleasanton, an amenity dog lovers have been clamoring for as neighbors of parks that could accommodate one have been successfully resisting. N

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Newsfront DIGEST Sculpture tour Learn more about the Seward Johnson life-sized sculptures currently gracing Main Street in a walking tour tomorrow hosted by the Museum on Main. The tour leaves from the museum, 603 Main St., at 1 p.m. and will stop at all 11 sculptures to provide the stories behind each piece. The tours are free but are limited to the first 25 people to show up. Another tour will take place June 19. For private group tours, call 462-2766

Delays on Bernal Starting Monday, drivers can expect minor traffic delays along Bernal Avenue between Valley and Pleasanton avenues as major street improvements get under way. Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) finance the project. Brief delays of less than five minutes are possible as crews grind up old pavement and make repairs. During that time, only one lane of travel will be allowed in each direction. Construction will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to be completed by June 11.

Recognizing character Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative gives out annual awards BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Small things make a difference in our community. That was the theme at the city of Pleasanton’s Community of Character Luncheon on May 6 that presented this year’s Juanita Haugen Civic Engagement Winners. Ellen Pensky McGraw, president of the Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative, encouraged the crowd assembled at the Senior Center to perform Random Acts of Character. Some suggestions were to be on time for a meeting; to let someone with fewer items go ahead of you in a grocery store line; or to have your family volunteer its time. “Little things were important to Juanita,” noted Pensky, who said no one was better at these random acts than Haugen. It was Haugen, a 28-year school board member, who realized that we could not teach our children about character unless the community’s adults, too, were demonstrating these traits.

Pleasanton adopted six behavior characteristics to aspire to: responsibility, compassion, selfdiscipline, honesty, respect and integrity. Keynote speaker DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Las Positas College, spoke more about Random Acts of Character. “I have come to the opinion that acts of character shouldn’t be random at all — but have intentionality and deliberateness,” she said. “Acts of character are manifestations of who we are.” She added, “Character is a consciousness to a positive way of living.” This year’s recipients were: ■ Chris Miller, founding chairman of the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group, which raises funds, collects supplies and sends hundreds of care packages to those in the military from Pleasanton who are serving in the Gulf and Afghanistan. ■ Dr. Pushpa P. Dalal for her support of canSee CHARACTER on Page 7

Trustees sign contract with new superintendent for $220,000

Help Ragin’ Cajun The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to help with the planning and execution of the 2011 Ragin’ Cajun, the group’s annual fundraiser, which will be held at the Palm Event Center on Feb. 11, 2011. Funds are used to provide funds to Tri-Valley, San Ramon and Danville cancer patients for complementary therapies, including acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, guided/visual imagery, and/ or deep breathing meditation. Volunteers are asked to attend the Ragin’ Cajun Planning Kick-Off being held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pleasanton. Contact Judy Sherry at jsherry@ healingtherapiesfoundation.org

Stroll down Main Pleasanton Kiwanis will present its 2010 Sunday Stroll this weekend. The restaurant and wine tasting walking tour begins at 2 p.m. at Gay 90s, 288 Main St., and will include hors d’oeuvres at seven downtown restaurants. Cost is $40, attendance is limited to 125 tourists, and no tickets will be sold the day of the event. For reservations, call Dawn Wilson at 846-5858 or Vic Malatesta at 484-0789.

Corrections The Weekly desires to correct all significant errors. To request a correction, call the editor at (925) 600-0840 or e-mail: editor@PleasantonWeekly.com

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Juanita Haugen was remembered at the Community of Character luncheon, and little Pleasanton signs by Gary Winter listed the six character traits the community aims to embody.

Parvin Ahmadi receives enthusiastic welcome at Tuesday night’s board meeting BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

the nominations. “Students write nominations, parents, sometimes, coworkers. What they should be exhibiting is above and beyond,” said PTA member Joan Laursen. “To some people it’s about someone who touches the lives of someone in trouble. Maybe it’s someone involved with the AP teacher, who works with them after school

The Pleasanton School Board unanimously approved a $220,000 per-year contract Tuesday for incoming Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi. Ahmadi, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Fremont Unified School District, will succeed Superintendent John Casey, effective with his retirement June 30 after eight years at the helm of Pleasanton schools. Casey’s current base salary is $227,000. Ahmadi, who has extensive background in education and also served as Fremont schools’ director of elementary education, received an enthusiastic round of applause at Tuesday’s school board meeting. She introduced her husband, family and a number of Fremont school district administrators and teachers who joined her at the contract-approval ceremony. Although her starting salary will be just $7,000 less than Casey’s base pay, her total compensation package will be much less, according to Pleasanton school board President Chris Grant. He said there were other concessions in the contract that reduce the amount of the contract by about 15 percent per year. “We also have made some adjustments, and this is in light of the budgetary situation and the challenges in every school district,” Grant said. “There are modifications to the 401(k) contribution, modifications in the life insurance benefit, and modifications to the car allowance, all of which have a larger impact, closer to $26,000.” Grant explained that Ahmadi will receive $600 per month in car allowance, for a total of $7,200 a year, while Casey received $12,000 a year; She will receive a $500 term life insurance policy, as opposed to Casey’s $5,000 term life, and Ahmadi

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Wednesday street parties off to a great start Main Street was crowded with revelers at last week’s Cinco de Mayo event in downtown Pleasanton, the first of the 2010 season of First Wednesdays. “It was hugely successful, especially for our first event of the year,” said Alisha Perdue, events coordinator for the Pleasanton Downtown Association, which hosts the street fair. “I think everybody had very, very good time.” Now she is looking forward to the next First Wednesday on June 2, which has a theme of Jump into Summer. “It’s our first big summer event,” said Purdue. “It kicks off our summer First Wednesdays and kids getting out of school.”

Teachers, principals, counselors named ‘Excellent’ Forty others receive awards for their work in special education The people who go “above and beyond” at Pleasanton schools will be honored this June at the 20th annual Excellence in Education Awards, and 40 others from across the district have won Special Education “You Make a Difference” awards. Ten teachers, two principals and two counselors were named by the Pleasanton PTA Council, which sifted through the all

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City wants feedback on draft Youth Master Plan Challenges include over-programmed youths BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Pleasanton has completed the draft of its latest Youth Master Plan and is now looking for feedback. “This was a comprehensive community process and we feel it is vital to continue tapping community opinion,” said Jon Burchett, chairman of the Youth Master Plan Implementation Committee. The Draft Youth Master Plan was developed in three phases over the course of more than a year, according to city officials. It was worked on by more than 300 community stakeholders such as parents, youth, school district representatives, private businesses and youth service organizations. Pleasanton’s first Youth Master Plan was adopted in 2001 to assess the needs and wants of the community’s young people from babies up to age 22. From that data emerged plans for the BMX bike park that has since opened, and a youth-based website, P-Town 411, which serves to keep local kids informed and communicating. Fast forward nine years to another generation of Pleasanton youth with different needs, prompting an update to the original master plan. The informationgathering effort concluded with a workshop where 75 community members of all ages commented on the draft plan’s vision, values and goals, and suggested possible strategies. The focus groups conclud-

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Committee members (l-r) Daniel Zakaria, Suyeu Kuo, Angelina Sangiacomo, Lisa Shue and Elaine Cheng, all of Pleasanton, share the Master Plan goals during a community workshop held last January.

ed that most residents consider Pleasanton a safe, supportive and friendly community with a great location and climate, quality educational system, and many civic minded residents. Challenges include over-programmed youths, a lack of available places and spaces for them to meet, and a need for better conduits to information about local youth activities and resources. The completed Youth Master Plan Update is expected to be

reviewed by the Pleasanton City Council and the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees this summer. Upon completion, it is projected to be valid for seven to 10 years. Residents are encouraged to view the Draft Youth Master Plan on the city website at www.ci.pleasanton. ca.us and send comments to youthmasterplanupdate@ci.pleasanton. ca.us until Friday, May 28. For more information, contact Maria Lara at 931-5002. N

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to make sure they’re ready for their AP exams.” Laursen said usually 40 to 50 people are nominated, and the decisions can be difficult. “It’s moving to hear what makes people go out of their way to write about someone,” she said. The 10 teachers chosen from the nominees are: ■ Manette Barlow, Adult Education/ESL; ■ Linda Boveda, Lydiksen Elementary; ■ Christie Carnahan, Valley View Elementary; ■ Jeremy Detamore, Foothill; ■ Shay Galletti, Foothill/Amador Valley ROP; ■ Kim Lounsbury, Hearst Elementary; ■ Maria Primeau, Foothill; ■ Tami Raaker, Foothill ROP; ■ Kathleen Murray Rief, Hart

Middle School; and ■ Lori Sjodahl, Mohr Elementary. The four named in the at-large category are: ■ Career counselor Jacque Barker, Foothill High; ■ Counselor Abby Johnson, who works at both Lydiksen Elementary and Valley View Elementary; ■ Fairlands Principal Kim Michels; and ■ Donlon Elementary Principal Marc Schweitzer. The honorees will receive their awards June 2 at the 20th annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church. The event will begin at 4 p.m. The ceremony for the winners of “You Make a Difference” awards was held Wednesday at Amador Valley High School. The complete list of “You Make a Difference” winners, is available at www.TriValleySELPA.org here. —Glenn Wohltmann

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Rocking out Two-year-old Elizabeth Bennett dances in the bubbles to the Hipwaders Band as her mother, Michelle, watches at the second annual California Peace Officers Association Memorial run and barbecue. Pleasanton Lt. Mike Elerick said close to 800 runners and their families attended the second annual run, which raised nearly $25,000. After expenses, Elerick said $5,000 to $7,000 will go to fund programs at NorCal Concerns Of Police Survivors.

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cer patients and their families as the Vigil Volunteer Coordinator for Hope Hospice and as a volunteer for Axis Community Health. Besides providing pre-natal support to low income patients at Axis, she teaches volunteers hands on skills in helping families cope with a loved one who is dying. â&#x2013;  Bob Athenour, a founder and board member of the Pleasanton/ Tulancingo Sister City Association and chairman of the Wheelchair Committee of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, where he has been a member for 27 years. His group has provided more than 3,500 wheelchairs to those in need in Mexico and South America. â&#x2013;  George A. Spiliotopoulos Invitational Tournament (GASIT) was established 40 years ago to honor G.A. Spiliotopoulos and his dedication to the community. Since 1986, 190 Pleasanton students have been awarded scholarships totaling $742,950. With another $267,560

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will not receive the $10,000 annual annuity that was part of Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract. In addition, she agreed to five furlough days which will add up to another $4,900. Grant said the board had put a lot of effort and thought into the hiring, including involving more than 200 people to create a profile of what they wanted in a superintendent. Board members were clearly enthusiastic about working with Ahmadi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be fantastic,â&#x20AC;? said Board Member Jaime Hintzke, who said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already worked with Ahmadi in a professional capacity. Grant said the board went to Fremont to meet behind closed doors with board members there and asked â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s she really like?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and that the board gave her an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbelievably glowingâ&#x20AC;? review. He recalled a conversation with former School Board President Juanita Haugen, who told him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no decision within your school district thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important than choosing your superintendent.â&#x20AC;? Grant said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited about the hiring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you talk to her about education, students, she says every student needs the opportunity to reach his or her potential,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very team oriented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our district is very lucky to have you,â&#x20AC;? Board Member Valerie Arkin, who headed the search committee, told Ahmadi. For her part, Ahmadi promised to live up to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know I have huge shoes to fill,â&#x20AC;? she told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will do my best to live up to your expectations.â&#x20AC;? In an interview with the Pleasanton Weekly after the meeting, board members acknowledged that hiring a top candidate is a competitive process, and that the $220,000 contract agreement was based on expert advice from the search firm,

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Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd. (HYA) and outside legal counsel, which have more experience with superintendent salaries across California. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an employment agreement that was competitive and took into consideration the economic belttightening of our school district and I think should be viewed by our community as more favorable in light of the economic times, but also gets us a very well-qualified superintendent to lead the district,â&#x20AC;? Grant said. Hintzke said Pleasanton residents expect the school board to spend what it needs to in order to get the best possible person for the job. The board anticipates it will pay nearly $30,000 for the search, the full amount it agreed to in its contract with HYA. Although it turned out that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightâ&#x20AC;? candidate was found less than a half hour away, HYAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search was nationwide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even international â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing in at least one candidate from Canada along with others from Texas and the Midwest. But not everyone agreed with the school boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to hire Ahmadi now. Alex Sutton, head of the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA), wondered why the board didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t opt to go without a superintendent for a year and make use of the assistant superintendents instead, or to go with an interim superintendent from within at a lower cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a concern among the closest members,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that many of them have lived in the district for a long time. Still, Sutton said Ahmadi has had experience in negotiations, and thinks sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting with the right ideas, like touring schools. Close to 10 of her current coworkers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the president of the Fremont Teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union and CSEA members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; came to the Pleasanton school board meeting, and at least one wept over the

departure when Ahmadi stood to speak to the trustees. After the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote on Ahmadi, it moved to other budget matters, including layoffs that will hit 16 full-time teachers, despite concessions agreed to by the CSEA, which recently approved three furlough days this year and six for the 2010-11 school year. Board Member Pat Kernan said he appreciated the cooperation from the CSEA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You were in a no-win situation and I apologize for putting you in that situation,â&#x20AC;? he told Sutton at the board meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thank you deeply for these concessions.â&#x20AC;? Some positions scheduled for cutbacks, such as library clerks and tech support people, could be saved by the Pleasanton Partnerships In Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CORE (Community OutReach for Education) campaign. Concessions made by the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s union will save the district $4.6 million, enough to get through the upcoming year, but the board is facing another $6.5 million in cuts for the 2011-12 school year. It is once again considering asking voters to approve a parcel tax that could bring in $4.2 million to $4.4 million. N

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Educator Matt Campbell takes top post at Las Lomas High

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Long-time Pleasanton teacher, administrator served one term on City Council BY JEB BING

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Matt Campbell, 43, vice principal at both Hart Middle School and Pleasanton Middle School, has been hired as the new principal at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. He will succeed Pat Lickiss, who is retiring June 30 after 37 years with the Acalanes Union High School District, which includes Las Lomas High. Campbell was reportedly among candidates under consideration to succeed Steve Maher, who is retiring this summer Matt Campbell as principal at Hart Middle School in Pleasanton. Previously, Campbell was a

vice principal for four years at Foothill High School. A graduate of the old Pleasanton elementary school and Amador Valley High School, Campbell taught economics, world history and civics at Amador. He led his Competition Civics Team to the Washington, D.C., finals in the “We the People” contest. When Campbell decided to run for the Pleasanton City Council in 2000, he was one of the top vote-getters. He was the youngest on the council and also the first teacher ever elected to the post, but chose not to seek re-election in 2004 when his first term of office expired. Campbell is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and received his master’s degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. He is currently completing his doctorate at St. Mary’s College. N

Rough Rider coming to town Hear ‘Teddy Roosevelt’ talk about camping with John Muir An animated talk about the two men who helped create and preserve what is now Yosemite National Park has been scheduled for Thursday by the Museum on Main as part of its Ed Kinney Lecture Series. “The Rough Rider and the Mountain Man, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite: Three Days That Changed a Nation” will be presented by Fred Rutledge, a noted lecturer who often dresses the part of historic characters. In this presentation, he will provide the former president’s view of the famous camping trip he and naturalist John Muir took into Yosemite in May 1903, speaking as Roosevelt who has just left Muir and is heading back to San Francisco. Following that trip, Roosevelt signed a bill turning the Yosemite Valley back to the National Park Service from its status at the time as a state park. He went on to sign several documents protecting America’s resources “for generations to come.” The spirited talk will end with a charge to the audience to protect national parks. Rutledge is the administrator for the Correctional Education program at Santa Rita in Dublin. He is a retired Army Reserve officer and is currently with the State Military Reserve as Chief of Staff for the Center for Military History. He is a third-generation Californian on his father’s side, grew up in the East Bay and attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate

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Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and party in front of a sequoia in Yosemite.

work and St. Mary’s for graduate. He has played bagpipes for over 30 years and is a member of the Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister Cities Organization. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. in Pleasanton. The lecture is sponsored by Roz Wright. Admission is $5 members and seniors, $10 non-members, and $3 students and teachers with ID. No reservations are necessary. Purchase tickets at the door. For more information call the museum at 462-2766 or visit www. museumonmain.org. —Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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ere we go again. The state government, which since 1992 has taken billions of dollars in local tax revenue from cities and counties to help balance its budget, has just won the right to seize another $2.05 billion from the 75 percent of California cities that have redevelopment agencies. A Sacramento Superior Court judge allowed the state to proceed with its confiscatory plan last week, and Monday the agencies were ordered to start writing checks to the state treasurer. Livermore, which is the only Tri-Valley city with a redevelopment agency, sent $1.5 million from its agency, according to Assistant City Manager Troy Brown, and will have to write another $323,000 next year as part of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demand for payments over a two-year period. The San Leandro Redevelopment Agency was forced to turn over $4.26 million. Brown said that Livermore had set aside the money it paid while the state sought court approval, but still these were funds being siphoned off to help pay the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obligations instead of going to fund local job creation, economic growth and urban revitalization projects. Among cities with redevelopment agencies, Livermore has been a shining example of how these agencies can work with the private sector to remove blight and revitalize a cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown and central district. Even though Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ordered the grab of funds from the redevelopment agencies, has said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only for two years, local leaders arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so sure. Back in 1992, thenGov. Pete Wilson ordered a two-year â&#x20AC;&#x153;borrowingâ&#x20AC;? of property tax revenue from local city and county governments to help close Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget deficit for two years. Called the Education Revenue Augmentation measure (ERAF), it was a temporary program to help pay deficits in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education fund used to fund school districts. That was ERAF I. ERAF 2 followed without a break and, for the last two years, Schwarzenegger added another takeaway called ERAF 3. The ERAFs continue with Pleasanton now having sent more than $100 million in local tax revenue to Sacramento. One consolation: Voters approved Proposition 1A which now limits future state takeaways to no more than two every 10 years, with an additional requirement that the state repay those funds within three years with 4 percent interest. This year, Pleasanton will send $4.4 million in ERAF funds to Sacramento. Even with the billions of dollars seized from cities under the ERAF program, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little to show for it. State spending has increased, the budget deficit continues to worsen and school districts, supposedly the beneficiaries of the local property tax money grab, are in worse financial shape than ever. Taking funds from the redevelopment agencies, as Schwarzenegger did this week, will stall job creation efforts in many California cities at the worst possible time. The money Livermore and other cities turned over to fund state obligations was going to be used for local revitalization projects, as Livermore has done with its First Street improvements and to build more affordable housing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredibly narrow-minded of Sacramento to reach into the pockets of local redevelopment agencies, one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strongest job-creating engines, at a time when job creation and economic development are desperately needed. Sacramentoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued raids on local tax revenue need to stop. N

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LETTERS Voters OKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Oak Grove as residential Dear Editor, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be misled by the reasoning used to support No on D arguments. The facts on the Oak Grove development and its potential impact are readily available and should ease any concerns of any Pleasanton resident. I have lived here almost 40 years and know firsthand that every project is fully vetted before it is approved. Pleasanton voters approved the General Plan that designated the Oak Grove property as residential. The proposal that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll uphold on June 8 comes as the result of two yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; collaboration between Oak Grove and Pleasanton neighbors. They worked to create a plan Pleasanton would support, a plan that included a reduction of Oak Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing development plans by half and multiplied the benefits Pleasanton will receive. School systems will receive millions, alongside significant sums for traffic improvements and city services. The ridgelines wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be compromised. Ninety percent of the property will be donated, serving as open park space to protect the ridgelines and permanently prevent further development. Home designs for the mere 51 homes requested must following strict guidelines and receive approval

from the city before they are built. The mega-mansions some fear will not be prolific, and our views will not be meaningfully impacted. We need to remember that our Pleasanton neighborhoods have shared in this entire process. The plan weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re voting on is a plan we helped create, and a plan that will benefit Pleasanton tremendously. Vote Yes on D on June 8. Erlene DeMarcus Former BART Director

Vote No on D Dear Editor, The ads supporting the Oak Grove development are unequivocally deceptive, especially about the benefits to the schools. Their ad states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;$300,000 more every year from property taxes that can be used for programs, teachers and books.â&#x20AC;? That is complete fiction! The only property tax money for the schools is for the school facility bond, and those facilities have already been built. We are still paying off the debt, not producing new facilities. It is also not additional money for our schools. The school district receives exactly the same amount of money for the bonds no matter how many properties there are in Pleasanton. The only funds that can be used for programs, teachers and books come from the state. The schools receive funds from the state for each student, which could amount to $300,000. However the School

District has already said the money per student from the state is not enough to educate our students; that is why they are looking for additional income from us. Each student added from this development will actually erode our schools more. If the district wanted more students, they would allow students from outside of Pleasanton to attend our schools but they already make you produce a lot of paperwork to prove you live in Pleasanton as the additional students hurt us. If the proponents of this development feel so good about it, why do they have to resort to deceptive advertising to convince you? Join me in voting No on Measure D! Steve Brozosky Retired Pleasanton School Board Trustee and Pleasanton City Council Member

Vote for parkland Dear Editor, I appreciate the concerns of many folks who love the pristine hills around Pleasanton and who are thinking of voting No on D. Unfortunately defeat may not translate into no development of the Oak Grove property. If the voters OK Measure D, the city-approved 51home project will go forward and all in Pleasanton will benefit from beautiful park land. At 497 acres, it would be the largest park in the city. Pleasanton has used this model well in the past: OK limited development

in return for significant park expansion and hillside preservation. A No vote could jeopardize all this. Development rights are not absolute in this country, but they do exist. The choice is not between 51 homes and no development. If voters turn the developer down, he may come back with even more houses and no public protection of or access to these beautiful hills. The No backers hope someone with deep pockets will buy the land and cede it to the city. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get real, folks! Vote Yes on D. Ward Belding

McNerney supports veterans Dear Editor, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to recognize Congressman Jerry McNerney for his continued support of our veterans and in this case, our Wounded Warriors. I received word that a bill he wrote was signed into legislation today which will help provide care for those who are or will deal with severe injuries. I am a nurse who has seen remarkable recoveries and a mom of a female veteran who will be forever grateful to our troops for their service to our country. Corinne Leslie

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t destroy ridgelines Dear Editor, The Oak Grove proponents are misleading in their statements regarding the benefits to our schools. The developer is claiming $2 million

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in fees to our schools now. School impact fees are based on square footage and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paid by individual homeowners as the homes are built. These funds cannot pay for operational costs such as teachers, counselors, custodians, etc. These fees donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help our budget shortfall. The $300,000 that the developer claims will come directly to our district from property taxes is also misleading. That isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t how school funding works. The funding comes from the state and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough to educate our students, hence the reason for fundraising and parcel tax attempts. The $300,000 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be enough money to educate these students and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put our district in better financial shape as the developer claims. One focus area of Pleasanton Unified School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strategic Plan is Environmental Awareness. The Oak Grove development isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a good project from an environmental perspective. Destroying our ridgelines for houses isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the right thing to do. Pleasanton has always prided itself on our high quality of life and that includes our pristine ridges and views. The developer should come up with a better project for this land. Pleasanton Unified believes in educating our children on protecting the environment. It is our responsibility to stand up and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? to a project that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respect the environmental concerns of our beautiful city. Valerie Arkin School Board Trustee, Pleasanton Unified School District

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Midweek partying leads to arrests

The Pleasanton Police Department has named Carole Salerno as its Volunteer of the year. Salerno lives in Pleasanton but works in San Francisco and still managed to put in 256 volunteer hours over the last year and nearly 1,400 hours in the last four years. She works nights and weekends helping out local police with community events and crime analysis. She has also attended background investigation training and now conducts background GLENN WOHLTMANN checks of other potential vol- Carole Salerno, Pleasunteers with the Pleasanton anton Police DepartPolice VIP (Volunteers in Po- mentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer of lice Services) program. the Year, gets briefed at Volunteers are recognized Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s California during National Volunteer Peace Officers AssociaWeek to thank volunteers and tion Memorial Run and reserve officers for the thou- Barbecue. sands of hours of service they donate to the Police Department and the city of Pleasanton each year.

Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinco de Mayo celebration may have been a hit with most, but for Pleasanton police, it ended with a string of arrests for public drunkenness and two DUIs. Police reports show one arrest for public drunkenness in the 600 block of Main Street before the party even began. Pleasanton police Sgt. Robert Leong said that arrest was someone known to police already, and not one of the partiers at the celebration. Two people were arrested on DUI charges before midnight, one at 8:48 p.m. in the 2500 block of Stanley Boulevard and the other at 9:54 p.m. in the 5800 block of Owens Drive. That person was also charged with driving with a suspended license. Another public drunkenness charge was issued at 10:19 in the 500 block of Main Street, not long after local merchants had shut down their booths. The arrests continued until nearly 2 a.m., with three people charged with public drunkenness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one at 12:28 a.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Inglewood Drive; another at 12:51 a.m. at the intersection of Deer Oaks Lane and Bernal Avenue; and the final one at 1:55 a.m. in the 500 block of Main Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being on a weekday night, we would not normally see this,â&#x20AC;? Leong said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Glenn Wohltmann

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POLICE REPORT The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available. Under the law, those charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

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Theft â&#x2013;  9:38 a.m. in the 300 block of Main Street; grand theft â&#x2013;  4:42 p.m. in the 7300 block of Linwood Court â&#x2013;  3:33 p.m. in the 1700 block of Beachwood Way; grand theft â&#x2013;  10:04 p.m. in the 2900 block of Chardonnay Drive; petty theft, battery Burglary â&#x2013;  9 a.m. in the 5800 block of Parkside Drive; vehicular burglary Forgery â&#x2013;  12:12 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  6:38 p.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road; possession of a nonnarcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession â&#x2013;  9:33 p.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription

Theft â&#x2013;  9:30 a.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue, petty theft â&#x2013;  1:16 p.m. in the one block of Stoneridge Mall Drive; petty theft â&#x2013;  2:25 p.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive; petty theft â&#x2013;  3:27 p.m. in the 7600 block of Olive Drive; grand theft â&#x2013;  4:11 p.m. in the 4800 block of Hopyard Road; auto theft Burglary â&#x2013;  9:46 a.m. in the 200 block of Abbie Lane vehicular burglary â&#x2013;  5:05 p.m. in the 1600 block of Whispering Oaks Way â&#x2013;  6:32 p.m. in the 2200 block of Greenwood Drive â&#x2013;  11:09 p.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive; vehicular burglary Vandalism â&#x2013;  4:03 p.m. in the 4400 block of Bowen Street â&#x2013;  5:24 p.m. in the4400 block of Bowen Street Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  11 p.m. at the intersection of Owens Drive and Rosewood Drive; public drunkenness â&#x2013;  11:09 p.m. in the 550 block of Johnson Drive; DUI

May 4 Petty theft â&#x2013;  5:47 p.m. in the 4200 block of Dorman Road Vehicular burglary â&#x2013;  12:52 p.m. in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road Vandalism â&#x2013;  6:50 p.m. at the intersection of W Las Positas Road and Muirwood Drive

May 5 Theft â&#x2013;  8:08 a.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive; grand theft Vehicular burglary â&#x2013;  7:49 a.m. in the 5600 block of Owens drive â&#x2013;  8:48 a.m. in the 5300 block of Case Avenue â&#x2013;  9:18 a.m. in the 5300 block of Case Avenue

10:52 a.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive Drug arrests â&#x2013;  3:21 p.m. in the 800 block of Division Street; driving with marijuana

May 7 Theft â&#x2013;  3:08 p.m. in the 3600 block of Virgin Islands Court; identity theft â&#x2013;  4:41 p.m. in the 5500 block of Baldwin Street; identity theft Vehicular burglary â&#x2013;  6:46 a.m. in the 7800 block of Canyon Meadows Circle â&#x2013;  8:39 a.m. in the 7500 block of Canyon Meadows Circle Vandalism â&#x2013;  8:17 a.m. in the 4800 block of

Mason Street â&#x2013;  10:14 a.m. in the 4100 block of Amberwood Circle Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  4:24 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Sutter Gate Avenue; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance â&#x2013;  10:53 p.m. at the intersection of Black Avenue and Cedarwood Lane; DUI

May 8 Theft â&#x2013;  1:44 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft â&#x2013;  5:12 p.m. in the 200 block of Abbie Street; auto theft â&#x2013;  7:12 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; theft â&#x2013;  7:40 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; petty theft, petty theft with a prior offense, shoplifting, trespassing Vandalism â&#x2013;  9:34 a.m. in the 2300 block of Raven Road Public drunkenness â&#x2013;  3:28 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive

May 9 Theft â&#x2013;  5 a.m. in the 100 block of Valley Avenue; petty theft â&#x2013;  8:08 p.m. in the 5800 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard, grand theft, petty theft Vehicular burglary â&#x2013;  1:10 p.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive â&#x2013;  4:12 p.m. in the 4600 block of Cochise Court â&#x2013;  4:46 p.m. in the 3000 block of Tonopah Circle Vandalism â&#x2013;  8:45 a.m. in the 3100 block of Washoe Way â&#x2013;  10:13 a.m. in the 7300 block of Johnson Drive DUI â&#x2013;  2:10 a.m. at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Crestline road

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General Information Pleasanton residents are encouraged to view the Draft Youth Master Plan on the City of Pleasanton website at www.ci.pleasanton. ca.us. Comments about the document can be submitted to youthmasterplanupdate@ci.pleasanton.ca.us until Friday, May 28.

May Tips-Bring on the Heat! In this May series of weekly tips presented to you by the City of Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Energy and the Environment, we offer some ideas to help you make smart spring choices that contribute to a cleaner environment and sustainable energy future. As things heat up, take a little extra time to think about how your warm-weather habits impact the environment. Stepping into a cool air conditioned building after a long day in the California sun can be refreshing, but your air conditioning system and habits may not be so refreshing for the environment. If your current air conditioner is more than eight years old, it's time for a new one. Over the life of the product, the amount you'll save in energy bills will more than likely exceed the cost of the new unit. The following are basic criteria to use when choosing a new system: BTUs The cooling capacity of an air conditioner is measured in British thermal units per hour (Btu/hr). To find the best BTUs needed to cool your room, multiply the square footage of the space by 10 and then add 4,000. Energy Star Rating The Environmental Protection Agency's "Energy Star" ratings indicate that an appliance is at least 10 percent more energy-efficient than the minimum federal standards. EER A room air conditioner's EER, or Energy-Efficiency Ratio, is the ratio of the cooling output divided by the unit's power consumption. The higher the EER, the more efficient the model.

ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND PUBLIC COMMENT IS WELCOME The above represents a sampling of upcoming meeting items. For complete information, please visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/community/calendar Pleasanton WeeklyĂ&#x160;UĂ&#x160;May 14, 2010Ă&#x160;U Page 11

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dam Gold knows the ins and outs of being a sees, Gold thinks kids can be saved from his mistakes. “We do have the ability to make change,” he said. teenager in Pleasanton — and wants to point out some problems, hoping it will lead to solutions. “Solutions come from awareness.” “I didn’t want to make a scare tactic film,” he added. He grew up here plus recently worked as a substitute teacher at Foothill High and Pleasanton Middle School. “I want to bring awareness to the problem.” He said studios have contacted him about buying “It was astonishing at PMS, the things I heard,” said Gold, 27. Middle school kids are now faced with the script for “Clandestine,” but he doesn’t want to lose drinking, drugs and sex — bad choices that he didn’t control of it. He wants the movie to be made in Pleasanton, using local talent, although face until high school. its lessons will apply to upper-class “It kind of scared me,” he said. ‘Clandestine’ provides an suburbs everywhere. The project “Things appeared to have gotten worse. It feels like things are intimate snapshot of the shocking will provide internships for kids to kind of spiraling.” lifestyle of contemporary suburban work on the movie, using anyone who submits a resume and is seri“I saw my students at First Wednesday — they were drunk adolescents. ‘Clandestine’ is set ous about the work. He hopes it and on drugs,” he added. “When in an Alpha Dog environment, will help teens to get involved. Gold is holding a series of invesI was in school, there was a small combining a ‘Goodfellas’ tor parties starting May 16 at the group of people binge drinking. Now that is mainstream.” mentality, the irony of ‘Blow,’ and Karma Fusion Lounge in Grafton Station in Dublin. He has budgeted Gold has written a 117-page script for a movie titled “Clan- the careless fun and camaraderie the film at roughly $250,000. “I have a really great cast of up-anddestine,” which takes place in of ‘Entourage.’ coming Hollywood actors,” he said. Pleasanton and will be filmed —www.ClandestineFilm.com Brittany Snow is set to play the lead here. He plans to produce it female, he said, and he is close to himself in association with other production companies, using the contacts he made getting a commitment from a director. “I’ve been putting it out there and good things hapas an actor in Los Angeles after graduating from San pen every day,” he said. “Everyone is onboard because Diego State University in 2004. “It’s based on real life,” he said. “It’s real. It’s relat- they love the project.” He’s in contact with the school district and Mayor able.” “There are a lot of things that are going on under the Jennifer Hosterman and has given her the script to radar,” he explained. “People assume, ‘I’m in this great read. “Adam wants to illuminate and share with us town.’ But kids are bored, and they have access to a lot his story of what he sees regarding youth and their of trouble.” Sports can help kids keep busy, Gold said, but he struggles,” said Hosterman. “I think he’s got every played varsity football, tennis and baseball and still found opportunity to produce something that will really be plenty of time to act irresponsibly. Now he wants to help meaningful that not only the community of Pleasanton will embrace.” today’s young people avoid the mistakes he made. Gold describes “Clandestine” as a “featurementary,” Gold attended Fairlands Elementary, Harvest Park a feature film based on real events. Visit www.ClandesMiddle School and Amador Valley High. “I love Pleasanton. I think it’s the perfect place to tineFilm.com to learn more about it. Gold said he was raise a family,” he said. “I knew I was living the life. inspired by “Requiem for a Dream,” which highlights I have a great family. So why was I selling and using four individuals and their addiction to drugs. “I’ve made multiple mistakes in my life that, looking drugs? Nothing mattered to me.” He noted that “Every 15 Minutes,” the anti-drinking back, I regret,” said Gold. “I feel like this is my repayand driving program, should be presented to middle ment to society.” He would like kids to enjoy being kids — to enjoy schoolers, not juniors and seniors in high school. “It’s too late — they’re already drinking and driv- the ride. “I’m happy helping kids,” Gold added. “They need ing,” he said. Despite the “seedy underbelly” of Pleasanton that he to find their passion — and stay out of trouble.” N

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When one walks into the Pleasanton Library every year on Mother’s Day weekend, the smell of fresh-cut roses fills the air. This year was no different as the 70th annual Pleasanton Rose Show started last Saturday and continued Sunday. The Rose Show is sponsored by Alain Pinel Realtors and the city of Pleasanton. “The turnout was fabulous this year and the biggest that I have ever participated in,” said Marti Gilbert, one of the organizers. “We ran out of vases, tags and ribbons. That speaks for itself.” Members of the community bring in roses from their back yards to win trophies and ribbons in up to 12 categories. The winners’ names are etched into the trophies. “Most participants are returnees,” Gilbert said. “This is because they absolutely love it and look forward to it each year. Many have come for 10-plus years. Some used to come with their parents when they were young and it has become a family tradition.” This year 11 trophies were presented, as follows: ■ Children’s Champion and Children’s Best Arrangement - Ryan Bergman ■ Most Fragrant - Sheryl Reed ■ Best Miniature Rose Arrangement - Michelle Brady ■ Best Arrangement - Bill and Shirley McLaughlin ■ Best Climber - Diane McIntyre ■ Best Grandiflora - Laura Huerta ■ Best Floribunda - David and Kathi Wilson ■ Best Peach Rose - Laura Huerta ■ Best Hybrid Tea Rose, the “Queen” of the show - Martha Brown ■ Best of Show - Bill and Shirley McLaughlin’s arrangement “The Rose Show says, ‘Let’s support our community,’” said Gilbert. “This event is for the people and about the people. It has been a free event for 70 years

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and when they didn’t do it for a few years the people truly missed it.” This show is dubbed ‘the people’s show,’ because anyone can bring their homegrown roses, according to Gilbert, Joyce Jones and Leslie Faught, who are known as the “Rosettes.” It started at a Pleasanton bank in the 1930s, when Harry Harding gave his customers rose bushes to show his appreciation for their patronage. His customers returned the favor by bringing back blooms for him, and he was inspired to start the Rose Show. The “Rosettes,” who work at Alain Pinel Realtors in Pleasanton, have run the Rose Show for four years. Learn more at pleasantonroseshow.com. N

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n the past two weeks I had the opportunity to attend two different charity wine events. There is nothing more soothing for the soul than being able to raise money for a great cause, while raising a glass of wine. The first event was the 34th annual San Francisco Wine Auction hosted by the Guardsmen. This event was a black tie affair with a “Rat Pack” theme, complete with “Marilyn Monroe” and paparazzi. The whole purpose of the event was to raise money for at-risk Bay Area youth, a cause that is all too often overlooked. The highlight of the event was the ability to sample a plethora of goods from small, medium and large wineries, all in one location. The night began with a silent auction and more than 30 wineries to visit and taste. Unfortunately there was not enough time to sample them all, but I did my best. A couple of wines that stood out were Foggy Bridge, O’Brien Estate, Marston Family Vineyards, Jones Family Vineyards and Juslyn Vineyards. The night continued with a first-class meal, a live auction (for once-in-a-lifetime experiences) and ended with dancing to a live band. If you have friends, family or clients who fancy themselves as wine aficionados, this is a perfect event for them. Keep an eye on www.guardsmen.org/wineauction for information on the 35th annual event. One week later, I had the chance to stay closer to home and attend another wine auction, the 16th annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction. This, too, was a fundraiser for children, focusing on children suffering various afflictions and giving them the opportunity to attend local camps.

The theme of this auction was Vino Carnival. The night began with a silent auction and carnival games, during which time you could sample wines from numerous Livermore vintners while enjoying tasty offering from the Carnival Food Stations. The experience was truly unique as not only did you get to sample the wine, but you often had the winemaker and/or the owner of the winery actually pouring the wine. The ability to spend time with the creator of the wine provided insight into what they were trying to accomplish when crafting the wine. There was so much variety and selection I would have needed two or three days to sample them all, so I spent my time searching for my favorites or ones that I had not experienced before. I sampled so many different top-notch wines that night that I could not begin to write about them all. There was a handful that kept me yearning for more: Nth Degree, Steven Kent and La Rochelle, Mitchell Katz, Page Mill and Darcie Kent. The night ended with a live auction. All of the auction donors had the chance to present their items before the auctioneer created a buzz at a million words per minute. This allowed the donor to explain the item and created a personal touch. Most of the auction items were things you could never buy in a store — such as dinners at the home of the winemakers, golf with Annika Sorenstam, and locker room access to the San Jose Sharks. Keep your eyes peeled on the www.lvwine.org website for more information on next year’s wine auction or for other Livermore Valley wine events. Both of these wine auctions were spectacular events, which allowed wine lovers to experience a variety of wine and food while raising money for worthwhile causes. Until next time, cheers! Don Colman lives in the East Bay and writes a wine blog at www.nosetoglass.com.

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Ms. Measure D Feisty former Councilwoman Kay Ayala fights Oak Grove housing/land grant plan BY JEB BING

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hether with her or not on the issues she supports, former Councilwoman Kay Ayala is a force to be reckoned with in Pleasanton politics. The lifelong Californian who moved to Pleasanton in 1983 with her husband Dan and their two children became quickly

involved in the schools they attended. At Amador Valley High School, she resuscitated a dormant parent-teacher organization and with

the Boosters Club started the still popular Pigskin Roast that marks the start of the school’s annual football season. From then to today, when she is leading the “No on Measure D” campaign to block development in the southeast hills — a project known as Oak Grove — Ayala has been active in local politics, including serving two terms on the City Council (1996-2004). In 2004, she trailed Jennifer Hosterman in vying for the mayor’s post and decided to “retire” from elective office. Friends, including hundreds who are supporting her anti-Measure D campaign, are urging her to try again. Measure D, the referendum on the June 8 ballot, asks voters to decide if Jennifer and Frederick Lin should be allowed to build 51 custom homes on hillside lots at the end of Hearst Drive, above Kottinger Ranch. A Yes vote would allow them to proceed with their plan, which the City Council approved in 2007. A No vote would scuttle the project along with the Lins’ developer agreement with the council to give 496 adjacent acres that they own to the city of Pleasanton. Ayala, who learned about the project in 2006 as the proposal was moving through public hearings before the Housing and Planning commissions, has long fought hillside development. As a member of the citizens’ committee appointed by the late Mayor Ben Tarver, she worked with others to update the 1986 General Plan, eventually delivering a new version which became the 1996 plan. At the time, she helped insert language in the plan that the council should adopt an ordinance to ban development on hillside slopes greater than 25 percent. A minority report by others on the General Plan committee refused to endorse the new plan because that requirement wasn’t written into the 1996 document. “I’ll admit that I was duped into thinking that city staff would prepare that ordinance, but nothing happened,” she said. Two years ago, she pushed for voter approval of Measure PP, which won in the 2008 municipal election and is now a city law and also part of the new 2009 General Plan approved last year. It blocks development on steep hillsides. But its passage may have come too late to affect Oak Grove, which ws approved by the City Council before Measure PP was adopted. If Measure D passes, opponents of the project are likely to seek a legal opinion on whether PP trumps the older approval. As a member of the City Council, Ayala worked to wrest control of the 510-acre Bernal property from the city of San Francisco, which had owned the site since the 1930s. San Francisco had sought approvals from Pleasanton on different occasions for large housing developments there, ranging

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Kay Ayala, in one of many appearances before the City Council on the Oak Grove issue, urges members to reconsider its majority approval of the hillside project.

from more than 3,000 homes at one time to 1,600 with a golf course thrown in. Ayala consistently opposed the San Francisco plan on what she called the city’s “field of dreams” as open space and a park. In 1999, she backed a bond measure (Measure I) that would have provided $50 million to be used to buy much of the Bernal site. Campaigning for voter approval, she saw her measure lose by 3 percent age points from the 2/3rds majority vote required for approval. “Still, that turnout of voters registered with San Francisco and started the process of considering other offers,” Ayala said. In 2000, Greenbriar Homes in collaboration with other developers bought the property from San Francisco for $126 million under an agreement that gave 318 acres to Pleasanton free of charge in return for permits to build 530 homes and apartments, which have since been constructed. “The bond measure, although it failed by a narrow margin, convinced San Francisco officials that we would never approve the size of residential development they wanted on Bernal,” Ayala said.

As a councilwoman, Ayala also battled the school board over its plan to rewrite the developer gift fee agreement Pleasanton had enjoyed during the building boom of the 1990s. The school board said it had a contract with Signature Properties to build a 10th elementary school in the Vineyard corridor — to be called Neal Elementary — that would serve Signature’s Ruby Hill homeowners. By reducing Signature’s fees by $2 a square foot on new construction from what other developers had agreed to pay, the school board said Signature promised to build Neal at an estimated cost of $8.5-million and to cover any additional construction funds required. Ayala disputed the agreement, arguing that the contract had too many loopholes. Others on the council disagreed and voted in favor of the school board’s request to grant Signature the exemption. Today, the school district still faces legal fees after an Alameda Court judge ruled the contract for Signature to build the school was invalid. Neal School was never built. Ayala’s main beef with the proposed Oak Grove project is with the extensive grading that is being proposed in the southeast hills to accommodate large homes that will be visible from miles away. In addition to the homes, homeowners below Oak Grove also could see large retaining walls “if this devastation is allowed to go through.” She said the project never gained the approval of the city’s Planning Commission, yet was approved by the council. After that, she formed a citizens’ group called “Save Pleasanton’s Hills,” collecting more than 3,800 signatures from registered voters to require a referendum to reverse the council’s decision. “We had just 30 days to collect enough signatures, and that was during Thanksgiving week in 2007,” Ayala recalled. “I thought it would be difficult, but actually we found more people than usual at the stores and Farmers Market and met the deadline without a problem.” The referendum was tentatively set for early 2008. Then the Lins filed suit in Superior Court to stop the County Registrar from certifying the signatures on the grounds that Ayala and her citizens’ group failed to show voters enough of the development agreement documents before asking them to sign. Although Judge Frank Roesch of Superior Court sided with the Lins, the state Court of Appeal later reversed that decision, which meant the signatures could be approved and the referendum could be held. On June 8, voters will finally have a chance to vote on a project that the Lins advanced six years ago and Ayala and her group have been battling for the last three years. N

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Amador Choir. Tickets are $15 for adult and $10 for students, plus mailing fees. All concerts are ticketed separately. Visit www. psee.org. FAMILY FUN DAY Pleasanton Foothill Little League would like to invite everyone to its second Family Fun Day at 11 a.m. May 15 at Bernal Community Park. There will be carnival games, bounce house, cotton candy, face painting, silent auction, drawing with prizes and more. Support the league and local baseball. HAPPY HOUR IN PLEASANTON The Widows and Widowers of Northern California wish to invite you to join them for happy hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Sheraton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd. Cost your choice of food and beverage. Call 398-8005. MATCH YOUR KEY SINGLES DANCE The event is from 8-11:45 p.m. May 22 at the Marriott Hotel, 11950 Dublin Canyon Rd. Meet new friends at this fun party! Women get locks; gentlemen get keys. The fun comes when you match them up! Dance Party features your favorite hits. Adults of all ages welcome. Dressy attire requested. Cost $20. Call 415507-9962 or visit www.thepartyhotline.com. PEACEFUL WAR PROTEST Plesantonians 4 Peace has an ongoing peaceful war protest from 5 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month, at First and Neal streets. Contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com; or kdowding@pacbell.net. Visit www.Pleasantonians4Peace.org. SHREDDING EVENT Free Shredding from 9 a.m.-noon May 15 at 5870 Stoneridge Mall Rd. On site shredding for all your paperwork. Call 200-3616 or email margenrivara@comcast.net. SUNDAY STROLL Pleasanton Kiwanis Club proudly presents its 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Stroll,â&#x20AC;? restaurant and wine tasting walking tour at 2 p.m. May 16 at Gay 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, 288 Main St. Tour includes Oasis Grille, Pastas, Amarones, Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Star Cafe, Gay 90s Pizza, Little Valley Winery and Gourmet Works. Enjoy a leisure Sunday afternoon of wine tasting and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres at seven great restaurants and ending with a dinner at Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Star Cafe. Cost $35 if prepaid by May 10 or $40. Space is limited to 125 tourists. Call 846-5858 or 484-0789.

Exhibits APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Art will present the renewal of spring represented in a showcase from the art of Marjorie Barta Atkins, Linda Beach, Susan Helmer, HeSi, Beverly Hoey, Denise Oyama Miller, Lina Liu, Lucy Liew, Simon Bull, Brian Davis and Leon Roulette. The exhibit will be on display from Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, at the gallery, 608 Main St. Call 846-6015 or visit www. alexandersfineart.com.

SEWARD JOHNSON SCULPTURES IN DOWNTOWN PLEASANTON Pleasanton is hosting an interactive art exhibit by internationally known sculptor J. Seward Johnson at sidewalk locations in downtown Pleasanton, from April 1 through June 30. Eleven life-size, three-dimensional bronze sculptures depict the everyday activities of people who may be found anywhere. Call 931-5355 or email jfinegan@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

Film â&#x20AC;&#x153;MISS POTTERâ&#x20AC;? The movie is at 1 p.m. May 18 at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Beatrix Potter has delighted generations of children with her books; however, she kept her own private life locked carefully away. Oscar-winning Renee Zellweger brings her secret story to the screen in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Potter.â&#x20AC;? Call 931-3405. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;RACE TO NOWHEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race to Nowhereâ&#x20AC;? will be shown at 7 p.m. May 18 at St. Elizabeth

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ON THE TOWN ● CALENDAR underwear models of all ages at “Diapers to Diapers” from 6:30-9 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at Vogue Hair Studio, 5410-4 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $3 at the door. There will be live music, gourmet appetizers, and art. Proceeds benefit Tri Valley Haven. A TASTE OF SUMMER Charity BBQ to benefit “Hacienda Helping Hands” from 4-8 p.m. May 21 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Call 510-393-9903. CHARITY CONCERT BENEFITING ELEMENTARY MUSIC The event is from 7-9 p.m. May 25 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz. The elementary school band programs are in desperate need of help. Listen to various solos and group musical pieces performed by middle and high school students. Entrées will be available before and during the concert and refreshments will follow. Reserve tickets by email. Cost $10 reserved and $12 at door. Email chellerocs@gmail.com.

GIANT HIDDEN TREASURES RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE The fundraiser is from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. May 15 at Fairlands Elementary School, 4151 West Las Positas Blvd. Come and find Hidden Treasures at the annual Fairlands Sale and enjoy some yummy treats. All proceeds benefit the Fairlands Elementary School’s Technology Fund. Donations also welcome. Call 417-0866 or visit www.fairlandspta.com/hiddentreasures.html. HIDDEN GARDENS OF THE VALLEY TOUR The tour will take participants to 10 unique gardens at private Pleasanton homes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, May 16. Enjoy the fragrant spring gardens, most of which are named after the homeowner’s pet, like “Brad’s Pit Stop” or “Willie’s Wildlife Preserve.” Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Valley Humane Society. Call 426-8656 or visit www.valleyhumane.org. LVCS GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER Support a good cause with this golf tournament and dinner from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday, May 21, at Poppy Ridge Golf Course, 4280 Greenville Rd., Livermore. Cost is $175; $55 for dinner only. Proceeds benefit Livermore Valley Charter School, Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory and Tassajara Preparatory High School. Call 443-1690 or visit www.arounddublinblog.com/wp-content/ uploads/2010/04/LVCS-2010Golf-Tournament.pdf. ROAD WARRIORS 2010 KICK OFF Take a hike, grab a cookie and learn how you can support our wounded warriors by logging 100 sponsored miles of walk, run, hike or bike between Memorial Day and Veterans Day from 9:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Pleasanton Ridge Park Staging Area on Foothill Road. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Freedom Alliance. Call 600-0664 or visit www.roadwarriors2010.blogspot.com. WALK FOR LIFE This fundraiser is 8:30 a.m.-noon May 15 at The Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. VPC sponsors a walkathon every spring with a goal of raising $100,000 to support its services. There will be a pancake breakfast, live music, drawings, carnival games and prizes. Call 828-4458 or visit www.valleypregnancycenter.org/. WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER Ruby Hill Winery is Teaming up with Team HOLST and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 14 at Ruby Hill Winery, 400 Vineyard Ave. Enjoy good company and good wine, all for a great cause. Cost

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Health BALANCE: IT MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE! The workshop is from 12:15-1 p.m. May 20 at Physical Therapy Specialties, 3908 Valley Ave. #B. Noticed changes in your balance? An area that hurts after activity, work or play? This is often related to an area of weakness or altered body alignment. Our interactive workshop will analyze your movement patterns, and give tools to strengthen and correct it. Call 417-8005 or visit www.pt-specialties.com. HMN — BEYOND FOOD & EXERCISE The event is from 7-9 p.m. May 17 at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. Fitness consultant, Mark Rogers, will tell us about the powerful yet seemingly invisible ways people sabotage their efforts to eat right and exercise and steps they can take to eliminate these behaviors which keep them from achieving real positive change. Call 519-3003 or visit www.markrogersfitness.com. MURPHY’S WAG & WALK The event is from 9-10 a.m. May 15 at Murphy’s Paw, 410 Main St. The first Murphy’s Paw-sponsored dog walk was a hit! Time for round two!! First, we will “embark” on an hour-long dog walk in downtown Pleasanton. Then it is back to Murphy’s Paw free Peet’s coffee, just in time for a beautiful Farmer’s Market Saturday. WOOF!! Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com.

Seniors TRI VALLEY SUPPORT GROUP FOR FIBROMYALGIA, LUPUS AND ALL FORMS OF ARTHRITIS This group meets from 6:30-8 p.m., on the fourth Monday of every month, including May 24, at the Groves at Dublin Ranch in the Clubhouse, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. The group will host special speakers like doctors or specialists. For information, call JoAnne during the hours of 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at 875-0960.

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Carol J. Waugh Long time Pleasanton resident, teacher and artist Carol J. Waugh

died May 9 at the age of 86. She was born July 11, 1923, in Denver, Colo., to Bryan and Grace Jones. She loved drawing and painting from an early age and majored in art at the University of Denver. She later attended UC Berkeley with her future husband, Alfred Waugh, whom she had met when he was stationed in Denver while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. She earned a teaching credential and shortly after getting married became an elementary school teacher. Mrs. Waugh and her husband moved to Pleasanton in 1957. She taught kindergarten at Pleasanton Elementary School and Valley View Elementary School. She was a faithful student of Christian Science and an active member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Livermore. Mrs. Waugh was a life-long bird

watcher and often expressed her love for birds and other animals in her drawings and paintings. A gifted watercolorist, she was a member of the Pleasanton Art League and often exhibited her paintings at the Alameda County Fair. She was also an avid collector of antique dolls and a member of both Doll Keepers and the Golden Hills Doll Club. She loved music and theater as well as visual arts and was a patron of many local performing arts organizations, including the LivermoreAmador Symphony of which her son Bryan is a member. Mrs. Waugh was predeceased by her husband Alfred in 2006; she is survived by her son Bryan Waugh, her daughter Carolyn Rinetti and son-in-law Paul Rinetti; sister-in-law Mary Ellen Weeks and her husband Aubrey Weeks; and nephews and a niece. A memorial service is pending.

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210 Garage/Estate Sales Dublin, 8151 Village Parkway, May 15, 8-12 Livermore, 89 Terra Way, May 15, 8am-3pm Prima neighborhood multi-family garage sale! Excellent range of items including baby & kids, clothing, furniture, artwork, home decor & much more!

Babysitter/Childcare for Summer Responsible college student will provide summer childcare. Can drive. Tri-valley area. Mary-(925)980-5307. Live in AuPair Childcare Summer Babysitter/Childcare

345 Tutoring/Lessons Everything-About-College.com College Admissions Specialist. Everything you need to manage the college applications and admissions process. Innovative Learning Center Math & Chemistry Tutoring Retired Scientist enjoying TUTORING High School & College STUDENTS in algebra, geometry, pre-calculus & chemistry. CALL DOUG @ 925-858-5842 Math Tutoring High School math and English tutoring: Alg., Geo., Pre-Calc., English. Get ready for finals. Ret. teacher, Cal. credential. 925-462-3807 WRITE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS!

Javafit-What’s In Your Cup? Livermore Lioness Club seeks new PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS SHARPEN UP AT THE FARMERS MARKET Stress and Pain Mgmt Strategies Sunday Cafe Service!

120 Auctions Real Estate Auction Spectacular 106 acre property near Paso Robles with highway frontage, nice home, irrigation, well and more! Visit www.AuctionCA.com Call Elite Auctions (661) 325-6500. Auction June 5th @ 12 noon. (Cal-SCAN)

130 Classes & Instruction Free Advice! We’ll Help You Choose A Program Or Degree To Get Your Career & Your Life On Track. Call Collegebound Network Today! 1-877-892-2642 (AAN CAN)

Pleasanton, 2025 Raven Rd, May 14 & 15 Pleasanton, 4151 W. Las Positas Blvd.,, May 15, 7 am -1 pm Pleasanton, 462 Kottinger Drive, May 15 7:30-12:00 Family garage sale. Come early! Pleasanton, 7826 Oak Creek Drive, May 15th 8 - 12 GARAGE SALE household items, furniture, clothing, kids stuff and toys Plesanton: 1536 Oxsen St., 5/15, 8-12noon Men, womens and boys clothing. Toys, housewares, home office supplies, almost new black electric range, dining room table & much more.

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240 Furnishings/ Household items ANTIQUE WASH STAND - $175.00 Entertainment cabinet - $75.00 Sleep Comfort Adjustable Bed - $499

245 Miscellaneous

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145 Non-Profits Needs Community Garage Sale & Crafts!

155 Pets VERY SWEET ADULT CAT NEEDS YOU!

2003 Ranger Comanche 520VX Bass Boat with a 225 Evinrude Engine, Mini Kota 74, asking $2900, contact me trn99ab@ msn.com / 6199567008 Chicken Coop - $400 FRANZUS Hair Dryer - $8.50 HOME STAGING DESIGN eBooks - $12.00 Local Red Worms and worm casting $25.00/lb MOBopoly - Strategy Board Game - $35 Non-stick stove top grill - $20 NOTARY SIGNS - $18.00 Power washer on wheels - $850.00 RED WORMS FOR COMPOSTING - $25.00

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202 Vehicles Wanted

500 Help Wanted Administrative Assistant Seeking an extraordinary Administrative Assistant!! This position requires someone who is pro-active, highly organized and able to work in a constantly changing environment. This position is ideal for someone who is looking to work in a fast paced environment with a corporate culture focused on collaboration and team work. Interested candidates should forward their cover letter and resume to coffeefurnitures@hotmail.com Drivers Local San Leandro flatbed sidecurtain runs! Great pay, bene. CDL-A, 1 yr exp. reqd. Estenson Logistics. Apply: www. goelc.com. 866/336-9642

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560 Employment Information $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http://www. easywork-greatpay.com (AAN CAN) Bartenders in demand No experience necessary. Meet new people, take home cash tips. Up to $200 per shift. Training, placement and certification provided. Call (877) 435-2230 (AAN CAN)

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201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

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All Cash Vending Be Your Own Boss! Your Own Local Vending Route. Includes 25 Machines and Candy for $9,995. MultiVend LLC, 1-888-625-2405. (Cal-SCAN)

HARP LESSONS FOR ALL AGES Try Something New! Call Bennetta Heaton (925) 820-1169 - located in Danville -

KID STUFF 330 Child Care Offered

Logistics Trainee Earn as you learn. Good pay, medical/ dental, $ for school. No experience needed. HS grads ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri 1-800-345-6289. (Cal-SCAN) Medical Assistant Learn on the job. Good pay, benefits, 30 days vacation/yr, $ for school. No experience OK. HS grads ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri 1-800-345-6289. (Cal-SCAN)

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748 Gardening/ Landscaping Brad Dodge Designs SolarPowerGardening.com Landscape Contractor offering zero emissions electric battery gardening maintenance equipment with 50% reduction in noise. 408-839-8414 650-868-9896 - 925-461-2559

BUSINESS SERVICES Cash Now! Get cash for your structured settlement or annuity payments. High payouts. Call J.G. Wentworth. 1-866-SETTLEMENT (1-866-738-8536). Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. (Cal-SCAN)

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550 Business Opportunities

133 Music Lessons

CLUTTERLess (CL) Self Help Mon.

FDA Approved Medical Medical Vacuum Pumps. Viagra, Testosterone, Cialis. Free Brochures. (619) 294-7777. www.drjoelkaplan.com (Cal-SCAN)

Royal Doulton figurine - $35

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135 Group Activities

425 Health Services

Antique - Mahogany End Table - $75.00

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MIND & BODY

215 Collectibles & Antiques 230 Freebies

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REAL ESTATE 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Pleasanton, 1 BR/1 BA - $1,300/mon San Carlos, 2 BR/2 BA Walk/Shops/Trans.No/smk/pets, Quiet,$1700.(650)598-7047

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809 Shared Housing/ Rooms

HOME SERVICES 715 Cleaning Services BRAZILIAN HOUSE & WINDOWS CLEAN Convenient Cleaning Over 12 years exp. Will bring supplies. 3 hour min., $60. Lic. 060612. Natalie, 925/371-6842

726 Decor & Drapery

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825 Homes/Condos for Sale Danville, 4 BR/2.5 BA - 820,000 Danville, 4 BR/2.5 BA - $879,000 Danville, 5+ BR/4+ BA - $1,195,000 Dublin, 4 BR/3 BA - $819,000 Livermore, 5+ BR/4+ BA - 2,195,000

PET OF THE WEEK Tommy Meet Tommy, a 3-yearold neutered male Chihuahua mix that is as cute as a button. I don’t know where that term originated, but it fits Tommy to a T. Tommy is a friendly little fellow and he’s smart to boot. Tommy will sit for a treat, he knows “down,” and he’s working on “roll over.” We CATHERINE HANSEN RUSH think Tommy will prove to be quite the entertainer! Tommy loves people and he would be a fine choice for a first time dog owner. He is playful with most other dogs and he may even find your cat an acceptable companion. Tommy loves everyone! Tommy weighs 15 pounds; he has perky little ears, and warm brown eyes. Visit Tommy at the East Bay SPCA — Tri-Valley Adoption Center, 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin, open 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; telephone 479-9670. Learn more about Tommy and friends at www.eastbayspca.org. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊMay 14, 2010ÊU Page 21

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Exquisite Mediterranean home offering 5,411 sq.ft.; 5 BR/or 4 BR + lg. bonus, exec. ofďŹ ce. Premium ďŹ nishes, spectacular backyard with pool/spa & breathtaking golf course views. Offered at $2,150,000

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Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sale reported: $325,000 Highest sale reported: $830,000 Average sales reported: $544,500

Total sales reported: 19 Lowest sale reported: $190,000 Highest sale reported: $1,406,000 Average sales reported: $699,000

Livermore

San Ramon

Total sales reported: 23 Lowest sale reported: $190,000 Highest sale reported: $910,000 Average sales reported: $466,587

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Pleasanton 5075 Hopyard Rd. Ste. 110 Pleasanton, CA 94588 925.251.2500 Livermore 1983 Second St Livermore, CA 94550 925.667.2100 O P E N S U N DAY 1 - 4

OPEN SAT & SUN 1-4

1462 WHISPERING OAK WAY PLEASANTON

The largest floor plan in the neighborhood, home includes 4 large Bd, office/den downstairs, 3,788+/sq.ft. of living space & much more! $1,025,000

7914 PARAGON CIRCLE

PLEASANTON

CUSTOM BUILT

PA N O R A M I C V I E WS

8044 GOLDEN EAGLE WAY PLEASANTON

2801 GRAY FOX COURT

PLEASANTON

5 Bd/ 3.5Ba. Premium .46 acre lot with over $300k in landscaping, pool, spa, bbq, fountains & more! Views! 2 bdrms, plus office downstairs. $1,588,000

Designer features throughout w/ extensive use of cherry wood, stone & more. Level park-like backyard, pool, spa, lrg grass area. $2,998,000

4 Bd/ 3.5Ba 1.91 acres of privacy. Resort-like backyard w/ pool, spa, swim up bar, barbeque, palm trees. www.2801GrayFox.com $2,095,000

Diane Sass 925.699.9508 O P E N SAT & S U N 1 - 4

Phyllis Weiner

Phyllis Weiner

Phyllis Weiner 925.872.1416 OPEN SUN 1-4

860 CASTLEWOOD PL

9663 CROSBY DRIVE

PLEASANTON

4 Bd 3 Ba, 4,300 sq. ft., 0.50+/- acres. Custom home. Included; full Castlewood CC membership w/ the sale & 1st years mo. dues. $1,795,000

Bryan Craft

925.855.4141

Phyllis Weiner

LIVERMORE

PLEASANTON

925.872.1416

DUBLIN

All the living area is downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs. The storage cabinets in the garage, kitchen island, fountain and gazebo cover all stay. $399,000

4 bd/ 3.5 ba. Remodeled w/ high end upgrades. AGA gourment stove, Sub-Zero Frig, Stone stairs, Bonus Room, Cherry plank floors. $979,000

Sharon Williams

Vickie & Bill Keller

925.583.2181

IMMACUL ATE

4340 FOXFORD WAY

DUBLIN

925.735.7653

11482 BAY LAUREL ST

Phyllis Weiner

The Engels

925.583.2182

4524 2ND STREET

PLEASANTON

Stunning remodel; Walk to all that downtown Pleasanton has to offer. Custom Cherry Cab’s. Granite Slab. S/S appliances. Harwood floors thru-out. $899,000

Todd Martinez

925.251.2571

3911 VINEYARD AVE

PLEASANTON

Hand scraped hickory flooring, crown molding, maple cabinetrty, granite counters, S/S appliances, wood blinds. 2 car garage + workshop & storage. $615,000

Phyllis Weiner

OPEN SUN 1-4

7330 HANSEN DRIVE

925.251.2510

WALK TO DOWNTOWN

925.872.1416

RINCON ES TATES

DUBLIN

1224 NICE CT

LIVERMORE

1,900+/- sq.ft., 7,600+ sq.ft. lot, 4 bd, 3 ba, updated kitchen, dual pane windows, updated master bath. Close to shopping & easy freeway access. $579,950

Court Location. Vaulted Ceilings, Laminate Flooring. Dual Sinks in Both Bathrooms. Spacious Master w/ Large Oval Tub. Large Back Yard $455,750

Susette Clark-Walker

Susette Clark-Walker

Michael Swift

925.251.2547

SOUTH LIVERMORE

925.251.2547

MR. PICKLES FRANCISE

925.251.2588

A MUST SEE!

Large lot backs 10th fairway of Royal Vista golf course. Beautiful original hrdwd floors, newer roof, cozy kitchen w/ eating area & family rm combo. $629,950

5 Bd, 3.5 Ba, 3 car garage + LARGE Family & Living Room! Granite & S/S in kitchen. 1 $875,000 bedroom and full bath downstairs.

758 TRAVISO CIR

LIVERMORE

FIRST DUBLIN LOCATION! This is a great “turn-key” business for the right investor, owner/operator. Five yr lease w/five yr option. $249,000

Travertine floors, neutral colors, corner location, immaculate & well maintained, security gate, plently of garage s pace. $629,900

Diane Sass

Gail Henderson

925.980.5648

Tom Bramell

Joe Frazzano

Blackhawk East 4105 Blackhawk Plaza Cir. Danville, CA 94506 925.648.5300

SAN RAMON

DUBLIN

925.872.1416

DOWNTOWN

PLEASANTON

3 Bd/ 2.5 Ba. Cathedral ceiling, Kit open to F/R w/ gas fire place. Plantation shutters, SS Appliances, Bckyard w/patio, lawn, deck, trees $579,950

Views/ bright and open floorplan! 4 Bd (4th bedroom is an office), 3.5 Ba, bonus room w/ built-in desk &storage, beautiful landscaping, 3 car garage. $859,000

MEDITERRANEAN BEAUTY

119 WINGED FOOT PL

3642 REFLECTIONS DR

Country seclusion and privacy, yet close to schools, shopping. Great floorplan, huge rooms. Beautiful yard with pool, spa, patio. Room for horses, boats, etc. $1,098,000

WEST DUBLIN WITH VIEWS

4 Bd + den, high ceilings, formal dining, spacious family room, granite kitchen counters. Many upgrades throughout. $734,900

Joe Frazzano

581 HAPPY VALLEY ROAD PLEASANTON

MODEL PERFECT

7810 BLOOMFIELD TER

925.872.1416

CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN

5 Bd/ 4 (2 1/2)Ba. The finest materials & workmanship thruout, beautiful views; hills & vistas, backs to open space. $1,898,000

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OPEN SUN 1-4

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Blackhawk West 3880 Blackhawk Rd. Ste. 200 Danville, CA 94506 925.736.6000

7459 AMADOR VALLEY BLVD

DUBLIN

925.583.2180

DUBLIN

6190 BRIDGESTONE CIR

925.735.7653

Danville

Lafayette

Montclair/ Piedmont

Orinda

Walnut Creek

15 Railroad Ave. Danville, CA 94526 925.855.4000

3799 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. 100 Lafayette, CA 94549 925.385.2330

6116 La Salle Ave., Ste 200 Oakland, CA 94611 510.339.4800

89 Davis Rd., Ste. 100 Orinda, CA 94563 925.253.7000

1700 N. Main St. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925.280.8500

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REAL ESTATE

NAR wants wind damage covered in flood insurance reform BY JEB BING

The National Flood Insurance Program has been effective at reducing costs to property owners and saving taxpayers money, but since 2005 floods and damages have pointed toward a need to reform the program, an executive of the National Association of Realtors told a Congressional subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity this week. His comments came before heavy rain and a swollen river flooded parts of Nashville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the leading advocate for private property rights, NAR calls upon Congress to make the NFIP stronger and more efficient so that it can better protect the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property owners,â&#x20AC;? said NAR First Vice President Maurice â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moeâ&#x20AC;? Veissi. Veissi, a Realtor for more than 40 years and broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc. and TM Realty, located in Miami and Daytona, Fla., said that Congress initially should reform how it renews the program by adopting minimum five-year NFIP reauthorizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extending the NFIP month-to-month through stop-gap measures--some might say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;puntingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from one deadline to another--is an inefficient way to operate a major federal program,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it creates financial and real estate market uncertainty for millions of taxpayers, financial market lenders, and insurers who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, or wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, operate under these uncertainties. Such an extension provides much-needed certainty to a recovering real estate market and to millions of taxpayers who depend on this important program.â&#x20AC;? NAR also called for reforms that would strengthen the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial footing.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Increasing community participation would lead to increased funds for the NFIP, help property owners recover from flood losses, and decrease future federal assistance when uninsured and under-insured properties flood and owners experience losses,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Properties facing identical risk should have an identical rate,â&#x20AC;? Veissi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rate should not be based directly or indirectly on the type of occupancy or the income or assets of the owner. That would mean two properties could be located next to each other, but the commercial property could get a bill thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four times more, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right.â&#x20AC;? Discounted insurance rates should be eliminated for older properties with a history of repeated payouts where an owner has refused to mitigate against future insured losses. NAR also supports H.R. 1264, the Multiple Peril Insurance Act by Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., that would expand NFIP to include wind coverage. That would further reduce post-disaster assistance for which taxpayers pay while paying for itself, according to the Congressional Budget Office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Covering both wind and flood would also eliminate the pushback weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen from insurers about whether damage was caused by wind or flood,â&#x20AC;? said Veissi. He told the congressional panel that NAR stands ready to work with members of the committee to develop meaningful reforms to the NFIP that will help protect this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property owners and renters prepare for and recover from future losses resulting from floods. N

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HOME SALES This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s data represents homes sold during April 2010

Dublin 8497 Beverly Lane US Bank to R. Cuellar for $395,000 3784 Dunmore Lane A. Yeung to Gu Trust for $390,000 2771 East Cog Hill Terrace M. Lee to H. Lee for $830,000 7884 Gate Way IMB REO Limited to J. & M. Lux for $325,000 5118 Georgetown Circle Horn Trust to D. Meany for $697,000 5289 Heceta Circle Z. Fazel to O. Wong for $600,000 7491 Oxford Circle J. Molloy to A. & P. Saikia for $399,000 3866 Silvera Ranch Drive Aurora Loan Services to T. Lin for $720,000

Livermore 6350 Almaden Way IRBS Corporation to A. Singh for $475,000 5865 Elder Circle R. Giovannoni to A. & C. Shalit for $750,000 982 Essex Street Murray Trust to J. Brahmst for $410,000 6464 Forget Me Not Novastar Mortgage to R. & S. Chow for $225,000 553 Heligan Lane Shea Homes to B. & J. Huston for $469,000 333 Holladay Court Aurora Loan Services to T. Cafiero for $395,000 2852 Lemon Common R. & W. Nugent to J. & J. Hughes for $462,000 656 Lorren Way Downey Savings to J. & J. Lange for $371,000 422 Meadowlark Street C. Helton to S. Decker for $300,000 1637 Monterey Drive Pryor Trust to L. Fearn for $211,000 476 North K Street GMAC Mortgage to R. & C. Strope for $190,000 5651 Oakmont Circle K. Real-Goucher to K. Wooten for $360,000 2716 Pickfair Lane E. & C. Valenzuela to M. Huntsman for $550,000 857 Placenza Street E. & K. Weiss to C. & J. Blair for $585,000 1153 Riviera Court R. & F. Hyde to S. Chen for $590,000 1212 Rolling Hills Court J. & M. Cook to S. Leong for $405,000 759 Saddleback Circle S. & P. Torabi to M. & S. Mende for $398,000 310 South Street Kruse Trust to G. & J. Olney for $410,000

438 Swan Drive Ascent Property Solutions to E. McGarry for $314,500 742 Trinity Hills Lane Tanner Trust to Chorney Trust for $810,000 2249 Tuscany Circle Hill Trust to C. & A. Ferrari for $910,000 2798 Vernazza Drive C. Jones to R. & D. Randhawa for $850,000 5414 Windflower Drive Wells Fargo Bank to Hallmark Community Services for $291,000

Pleasanton 6637 Amber Lane Colby Trust to R. & R. Sunku for $970,000 7718 Applewood Way Kondaur Capital to T. & F. Wang for $648,000 3139 Ascot Court S. Kudo to G. & H. Washburn for $580,000 8027 Canyon Creek Circle A. Wong to A. Choi for $695,000 5812 Corte Mente C. & S. Young to G. & C. Blumenstock for $990,000 2630 Curry Street R. Robertson to E. & C. Lee for $615,000 6229 Detjen Court S. Boyapati to L. Wang for $1,406,000 2030 Foxswallow Road V. Gurvits to W. & J. Meehan for $645,000 3641 Huff Court J. & L. Grozier to X. Huang for $860,000 2963 Liberty Drive Ing Bank to Z. Yu for $526,000 1884 Paseo Del Cajon Cartus Financial to I. & J. Kyong for $755,000 2022 Raven Road Johnson Trust to R. & M. Trejo for $750,000 2267 Segundo Court Structured Asset Mortgage Trust to F. & Z. Nawid for $190,000 46 Shore Drive First Horizon Home Loans to D. Untalan for $496,000 3318 Smoketree Commons C. Arndt to A. Azevedo for $235,000 774 Sylvaner Drive G. Banks to S. Zhang for $701,000 1889 Via Di Salerno R. & L. Hudson to S. & C. Aselage for $764,500 3722 West Las Positas Boulevard J. & K. Caruso to H. Zhao for $654,500 1381 Whispering Oak Way H. Chin to E. Liu for $800,000

San Ramon 1116 Arrowfield Way S. & C. Neri to M. Khan for $766,000 80 Boxford Place S. McCallister to K. Soto for $600,000 7362 Briza Loop B. & J. Gijbels to M. & S. Mun for $530,000 Source: California REsource

OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND

Livermore 3 BEDROOMS 4923 Candy Court Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 1248 Deep Creek Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1089 Old Oak Road Sat/Sun 1-4 Keller Williams

$550,000 583-2185 $690,000 847-2200 $899,000 484-5200

Pleasanton 2 BEDROOMS 5772 Belleza Drive Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri Valley

$398,500 998-1798

3 BEDROOMS 654 Palomino Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 3642 Reflections Drive Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 4037 Nevis Street Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team 7467 Aster Court Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$539,000 895-9950 $579,950 251-2510 $615,000 600-0990 $670,000 847-2200

4 BEDROOMS 2367 E. Ruby Hill Drive Sun 1-4 Keller Williams

$1,990,000 202-6898

3911 Vineyard Avenue Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 5271 Crestline Way Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team 6259 Corte Fuego Sun 1-4 Blaise Lofland

$615,000 251-2585 $795,000 600-0990 $849,500 846-6500

5 BEDROOMS 1462 Whispering Oak Way Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 1327 Hearst Drive Sun 1-4 Assist 2 Sell 4897 Dolores Drive Sat 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 7870 Galway Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 7914 Paragon Circle Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 7208 RoseCliff Court Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team 9663 Crosby Drive Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 4128 Stanley Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 788 Vineyard Terrace Sun 1-4 Blaise Lofland 5029 Hummingbird Road Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,025,000 583-2168 $1,485,000 939-7653 $1,565,000 413-1912 $1,588,000 251-2585 $1,588,000 251-2555 $1,775,000 600-0990 $1,898,000 251-2550 $1,950,000 876-6105 $1,995,000 846-6500 $839,000 895-9950

Exquisite Custom Victorian Home with Stunning Cherry Detailing Open House Sat 1-4

4897 Dolores Drive, Pleasanton You won’t find a nicer home this close to downtown Pleasanton. This incredible 5-bedroom custom home is nestled in the Pleasanton Hills neighborhood. Ideal for entertaining, this 4684 square foot home boasts a remodeled chef’s kitchen, formal Sylvia Desin living room with covered patio, and library. Custom features including the imported Direct: 925.621.4070 bar and extensive cherry wood detailing make this home spectacular. Situated on almost a half acre, the secluded, peaceful backyard includes a pool, spa, horseshoe Cell: 925.413.1912 pit, dog run, gazebo and garden area. Offered at $1,565,000 sdesin@apr.com

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Gorgeous home on a court location in the desirable Birdland neighborhood of Pleasanton. Home consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and is approximately 2150 sq ft of living space. The home has a 3 car garage plus side yard access for a boat or storage. Fabulous floor plan with a sunny open kitchen with breakfast nook that opens to the family room. Upgrades include hardwood floors in entry and kitchen, granite counter tops in kitchen and guest bathrooms and dual paned windows. Formal living room, with vaulted ceilings and sky lights, that flows into the formal dining room. Spacious Master Suite with large walk-in closet and views of the park. Private back yard with hot tub and large deck with an arbor. No rear neighbors – this home backs to Woodthrush Park. This is a must see! Sold for $759,000 with multiple offers

Just Listed! Beautifully appointed 5 bedroom, 4 and a half bath. Situated in the Desirable Hansen Hills neighborhood of West Dublin. With approximately 3,320 sq ft of living space, this gorgeous home has a wonderful light and bright open floor plan. This home features designer paint throughout, gourmet kitchen with a large center island with beautiful granite counters. Kitchen opens to spacious family room with built-in entertainment center to create a great room for entertaining. Plantation shutters throughout. Lovely formal living & dining room off the entry. Full bed and bath downstairs, upstairs bonus room, spacious master suite that has a custom office with beautiful built-in cabinets. Don’t miss this stunning home! Offered at $940,000

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6259 CORTE FUEGO, PLEASANTON Beautiful upgraded home in a quiet court location in Ponderosa. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms and upgraded kitchen with granite countertops. Approximately 2,400 square feet. New paint. New carpet throughout. Wood flooring, crown molding, travertine entry and hall and wood burning fireplace. Lot size is 8,822 square feet and includes upgraded landscaping, beautiful rear yard with spacious new custom stamped concrete patio, mature trees and spacious lawn area. Walk to great neighborhood parks. OFFERED AT $849,500

480 BUNKER LANE, PLEASANTON Beautiful upgraded private estate on .73 acre lot, built in 2000. Panoramic views of surrounding hills. Four bedrooms, bonus/game room, 3.5 bathrooms, approximately 3,606 square feet. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Private office with custom cherry built-ins. Beautifully landscaped. Viewing balcony. Expansive very private rear grounds ideal for entertaining includes: pebble tec solar heated in-ground pool & elevated spa, covered cabana with built in BBQ, bathroom & heater. Bocce court, play area and oversized three car garage. OFFERED AT $1,495,000

788 VINEYARD TERRACE, PLEASANTON Country Chateau Vineyard Estate on approximately 1 acre secluded lot (40,029 sq. ft.). Professionally landscaped with multiple heritage oaks, adjacent to vineyards. Panoramic views of Mount Diablo and the surrounding hills. This semi-custom beautiful private home built by Greenbriar Homes in 2008 has a total square footage of 6,476. The main house at 5,330 square feet includes five bedrooms plus library (6th), six bathrooms and a super bonus/home theater room. Also included are a four car garage and private carriage house at 1,146 square feet. OFFERED AT $1,995,000

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Cheri Martin R.N., BAEd. Infusion Center Employee of the Year & Caregiver of the Year

Marie Mayo R.N. Outpatient/GI Unit

Jane Roberts-MacArt Human Resources & Service Excellence Hero of the Year

Tom Perry CBET Biomed

Chris Nartker R.N. Emergency Services

Veronica Jackson R.N., CRRN Medical/Surgical Unit

Esmeralda Morones The Breast Center

celebrating 20 YEARS

Missy Smith Patient Financial Services

OF EXTRAORDINARY CARE

Nancy Ramsey RRT Respiratory Therapy

Sarah Kiyoi R.N., BSN, CCRN Intensive Care Unit

Angie Allen Surgery

Rita Woycheese MPT Therapy Services

Susan Stinson MT(ASCP), CLS Laboratory

Deborah Bangoli R.N., MSN Definitive Observation Unit Florence Nightingale winner

As we celebrate National Nurses Week and National Hospital & Healthcare Week, we take a moment to recognize those employees who make both San Ramon Regional Medical Center and our community such a remarkable place. They exemplify the commitment, skill and compassionate care we offer. This recognition begins with our special employees honored this year: Cheri Martin, R.N., Infusion Center, our Employee of the Year and Caregiver of the Year; Jane Roberts-MacArt, Human Resources and Service Excellence, our Hero of the Year; Deborah Bangoli, R.N., MSN, Definitive Observation Unit, our Florence Nightingale winner; and all of our 2009 Employees of the Month. From the emergency room, to the operating room, to the patient room, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here for you.

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