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he 2011 Bay Area “Book of Lists” probably wasn’t on anybody’s Christmas list nor is it likely available at Towne Center Books or at a supermarket checkout stand. But it makes for interesting reading, especially if you want to know what’s the tallest high-rise building in San Francisco (most would guess the Transamerica Pyramid, which is correct) or the largest travel agency in the Bay Area, which is Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Inc. in Alamo (which few would have guessed right). These tidbits of information and statistics are part of a 226-page, large-sized publication produced by the San Francisco Business Times. It’s an annual directory that is updated by researchers through the year. Mary Huss, the Business Times’ publisher, says it’s “one of the largest, most data-rich and widely circulated business resources in the Bay Area,” and there’s no reason to doubt her claim. As she says, the book — in an oversized magazine format — is packed with names, numbers and contact information on the top people and companies in the myriad of industries that make up our region’s dynamic economy. Huss points out that the Book of Lists contains the names of 2,235 executives whose key roles make them vital to their companies’ success. Also in the Book are rankings of the 2,188 most successful and influential companies in the area. Credit for the detailed, exhaustive research goes to Business Times researchers Julia Dickinson and Lakshmi Santhosh who must have taken a well-deserved break from their telephones and computers when the publication was finished in time for its year-end 2010 distribution. It’s not cheap at $70 a copy (free to regular Business Times subscribers, which I am), but well worth the price if you want to know who and what makes the Bay Area tick. Even the list of contents requires three pages, including one for real estate categories. These range from Family-Owned Business to Nobel Prize-winning alumni and current faculty at UC Berkeley. San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito was the highest paid athlete in the greater Bay Area last year at $18.5 million, with a seven-year contract totaling $126 million. That compares to the

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Newsfront DIGEST Polish folk dancing at library Experience the traditional music and dance of Poland as the Lowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble performs at the Pleasanton Public Library at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Lowiczanie has toured throughout the western U.S. and features music and dance forms from both the nobility and countryside, with dancers in vibrant, museum-quality costumes. This performance is part of the library’s ongoing Dance & Sing Around the World series, celebrating the many cultures which make up the Pleasanton community. These free programs are open to all ages, and no registration is required. For information on these and other family events, visit the library website at www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/library/ programs-and-events.html or call the Children’s Desk at (925) 931-3400 ext. 8.

Pedrozzi Foundation scholarships Applications for college scholarships from the Pedrozzi Foundation are now available online at www.pedrozzifoundation.org. The deadline for finalizing all applications will be by 5 p.m. March 1. Types of scholarships available: Community College, Four Year College or Transfer, Post Graduate, Technical or Vocational School and St. Patrick’s Seminary & University.

Castlewood murder case focuses on money as motive Video of red Camaro, purchase of alleged murder weapon key in trial expected to last four months BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

Two key pieces of evidence — a video of a red Camaro driving past a surveillance camera and the purchase of sneakers, soccer gloves and a metal baseball bat — link accused Castlewood killer Ernest Scherer III to the brutal murders of his parents, according to prosecutor Michael Nieto. Scherer was charged in the brutal murders of his father, Ernie Scherer Jr., 60, and his mother, Charlene Abendroth, 57. Crime scene photos showed the bodies of the two in pajamas, bludgeoned, stabbed and cut, lying in pools of dried blood with multiple blunt force injuries that appeared to be from a baseball bat. Sneaker prints from the scene showed clear tracks linked to size 12 Nike sneakers. Those sneakers matched the ones paid for in cash, along with the bat and gloves, at a Nike factory outlet in Primm, Nev., the same day and approximate time Scherer III stopped for gas and at a McDonald’s restaurant in the small Nevada town. A video taken near the Castlewood golf course showed a red Camaro convertible similar to Scherer’s car driving past the night of the slayings. Police later drove that Camaro past the same camera, yielding similar footage. Nieto, who held a bat similar to the one used in the slaying as he spoke to the jury, portrayed Scherer as desperate to get his hands on a hoped-for $1.5 million inheritance, comparing the events leading up to the double slaying to an arson. In an arson, officials look for evidence of an accelerant like gasoline. Nieto said the debt Scherer and his wife, Robyn, owed on their $880,000 home was the accelerant in the slaying. “Throughout this case, think of the Brea house as an accelerant,” he told the jury. He said Scherer’s parents provided $616,000 to

their son and daughter-in-law to finance the home, along with an $88,000 mortgage held by the prior owner. The couple made early payments for several months, but stopped paying before the March 2008 payment was due. “You’re going to hear evidence that the parents were trying to secure their money, get their money back,” Nieto said. The prosecution’s opening statement went into minute details about the time leading up to the slayings and beyond, as Scherer withdrew money from the household bank account while his wife was hoping to pay the mortgage. Also key in the case is the Ernest 17 hours around the time Scherer III of the killings that Scherer’s phone was off, either because he’d turned it off or because the battery was dead, and cell towers that traced Scherer to where he could have headed north toward Pleasanton. Investigators who drove the route said it could easily have been done in the time frame that would put Scherer’s Camaro in front of the Castlewood surveillance camera. Prosecution evidence also showed that in the days before the killings Scherer tried to have one of his friends buy a gun for him in Parump, Nev., where there’s no three-day waiting period. Nieto told the jury that after his parents’ funeral, Scherer spent time on the Internet searching for countries that don’t extradite to the U.S., and that he was upset that his passport was inside his Camaro when it was seized by police. He described Scherer as a philanderer who posted Craigslist ads across the country seeking women and looking for a possible place to live.

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Defense attorney Richard Foxall downplayed every piece of the prosecution’s evidence, saying that since the investigation focused on his client from the beginning, police overlooked every possibility that someone other than Scherer killed the pair. Foxall dismissed the video, claiming that another car could just as likely been driven by the camera. He said that the purchase of a bat, gloves and sneakers could easily have been made by someone who wanted sporting equipment, pointing out that the gloves, in a child’s size, were too small for Scherer and the sneakers too big. Scherer wears a size 10 shoe. Another key is the defense contention that money wasn’t an issue in the family. Foxall said Scherer’s parents had been generous with both their children, paying for their college education and buying both new cars when they turned 16. “The mere fact of parents loaning money to their children is not an unusual thing,” Foxall told the jury. The defense attorney also pointed out one key piece of evidence for his side, one not mentioned during Nieto’s opening argument. That, Foxall said, is a bloody sneaker print at the scene with blood that didn’t match either of the parents or Scherer and has, to date, not been identified. He also pointed out that Scherer didn’t have any injuries after the slayings, although defensive wounds on the elder Scherer indicated he’d struggled with his attacker. Foxall also said that Scherer played in a bridge tournament with his grandfather the day after the killing, appearing alert and playing well despite what the prosecution described as a lengthy drive from Las Vegas to Primm to Pleasanton, then to Southern California for the tournament. N

New chief of staff at ValleyCare Dr. Valerie Chirurgi is hospital’s infection control specialist

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Brandon Lin is first baby of 2011 at ValleyCare Brandon Lin had the honor of being the first baby born in 2011 at ValleyCare Medical Center Saturday morning, arriving at 7 minutes after midnight. The son of Su-Lyn and Peter Lin of San Ramon, Brandon measured 19.4 inches and weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. He joined older brother Kenshin, 3-1/2 years old, when he and his mother went home from ValleyCare last Sunday. The Lins are software engineers.

The ValleyCare medical staff has elected Dr. Valerie Chirurgi as Chief of Staff. At the same time, spine surgeon Dr. Kevin Booth was elected chief of staff-elect, and Dr. Leena Mahandru, a nephrology specialist, was elected treasurer. In addition, Dr. Gary Peer was elected as memberat-large to serve on the credentials committee. All of the elected physicians will serve a two-year term. Chirurgi joined ValleyCare in 1992 specializing in infection control. She served as chief of staff in 2003-2004, and was vice chief Dr. Valerie in 2002. She has also served on Chirurgi the Infection Control, Pharmacy, Credentials and Critical Care Committees and was chair of the Performance Improvement Committee. As chief of staff, Chirurgi said she will work with the medical staff, hospital staff and administrators to make sure that quality medical care remains a priority in the Tri-Valley. “With the changing medical arena, it is more important than ever to work as a cohesive team to maintain high quality care and ensure that ValleyCare remains a stand alone, not-for-profit, community hospital.” —Jeb Bing Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJanuary 7, 2011ÊU Page 5

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Foundation helps close state budget gap Brown cites â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;perfect stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; testing public resources BY SUZANNE LAWLESS

Governor Jerry Brown has warned Californians to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fasten your seat beltâ&#x20AC;? before reading budget news coming out of Sacramento later this month because â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a rough ride.â&#x20AC;? At a recent forum at UCLA, Brown admitted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;?I thought long and hard before I ran for this job. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite know it was this bad. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been living in a fantasy world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much worse than I thought.â&#x20AC;? Brown described Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looming $28 billion deficit as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfect storm,â&#x20AC;? with current annual spending levels of: â&#x2013;  K-12 education: $49 billion. â&#x2013;  Medi-Cal (Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical welfare program): $17.6 billion. â&#x2013;  State employee payroll: $9.2 billion (67% in Corrections). â&#x2013;  All state prisons: $9 billion. â&#x2013;  Funding for UCs and CSUs: $5.4 billion. â&#x2013;  Services to the developmentally

disabled: $3.1 billion. â&#x2013;  CalWORKs (Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;welfare to workâ&#x20AC;? program): $3 billion. â&#x2013;  State mental health hospitals: $1.2 billion. â&#x2013;  In-Home supportive services: $1.7 billion. He added that Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs for implementing the federal health reform law could be as high as $3.5 billion. Drawing on a recent Stanford University study, Brown also noted that California faces roughly $500 billion in unfunded liabilities for state employee pension plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at an unprecedented moment of reckoning,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This perfect storm is, I think, the worst itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not in quite the same position as the Great Depression. Government played a much smaller role in the life of our communities than it plays today. Now when we get this level of deficit, it has a much more drastic impact.â&#x20AC;?

With no easy solutions in sight, Brown has called for leadership from those in California who are doing well despite the economic downturn or who are already beginning to experience economic recovery: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who are the most privileged really have to take the lead,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not poor. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one of the wealthiest places on the whole planet. So the question is, How do we as a democratic society not just say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Me, me,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want, I wantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? We have to work it out.â&#x20AC;? An increasing number of California companies may be able to accept Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership challenge in 2011, according to recent forecasts by UCLA and Chapman University. Both forecasts predict that the California economy will expand faster than the rest of nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in 2011, with increased global demand expected for products that favor California manufacturing, including computers, electronics, medical de-

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vices, and aerospace components. Through strategic partnerships with the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, businesses operating in the Tri-Valley region have already been leading the way during the economic downturn to fill gaps in funding for education and critical health and human services. Headquartered in Pleasanton, the Foundation works closely with local government and education leaders to track funding shortfalls and to create collaborative philanthropic partnerships that sustain important community and educational programs threatened by budget cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Valley that serve our neediest neighbors rely on state and federal funding to keep their doors open â&#x20AC;&#x201D; organizations such as Axis Community Health in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley Housing and Opportunity Center in Livermore,â&#x20AC;? said David Rice, president of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In response to government budget cuts, the Foundation is committed to working with our donors and corporate partners to sustain vital nonprofit services in the Tri-Valley region,â&#x20AC;? he added. Through its strategic partnership with the Foundation, Hacienda Business Park companies were able to bridge funding gaps for over 20 health, human services, and education programs in the Tri-Valley in 2010. The 2011 Hacienda Helping Hands campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a collaborative charitable project of Hacienda and the Tri-Valley Community Founda-

tion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is currently under way, with a goal of providing even more support to nonprofits challenged by the current California budget crisis. The Tri-Valley Community Foundation also partnered with the Pleasanton Weekly, its readers, local businesses and the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to raise $500,000 through last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Fund for the benefit of families hard hit by unemployment. The Valley Real Estate Network contributed $25,000 to this effort, helping to return TriValley family wage earners to work and provide emergency housing and support services for their families. Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the Foundation in several ways to provide wellness and behavioral health services to TriValley residents, especially targeting low-income community members who need greater access to health care. Kaiser is the major funder for Smart Choices, an after-school gang violence prevention program sponsored by the Foundation in collaboration with Livermore High School. The voluntary program teaches and supports academic improvement, a healthy lifestyle, goal setting for life and career, understanding the link between actions and consequences and non-aggressive ways of problem-solving and relating to others. In collaboration with the city of Livermore, Kaiser and the Foundation are also working together to provide healthy lifestyle and nutrition classes and counseling for families living on a tight budget. N

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A group of volunteers is hoping to change the world, one step at a time by hosting a World Walk to Wellness festival Saturday at the Pleasanton Public Library. The Pleasanton project is aimed at encouraging people to stay healthy by taking daily walks to boost their New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions to get more exercise. Organization spokeswoman Jerri Long said that more than a dozen organizations will have informational booths at the free festival inside the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There, participants can ask questions from experts about dermatology, pedometers, meditation, medical library research, podiatry, massage, medical screening, acupuncture, exercise programs and more. Every half hour, groups will depart for easy loop walks on Main Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk With Meâ&#x20AC;? leaders will include City Councilman Jerry Thorne, school board member Joan Laursen, and W. Ron Sutton, chief executive

of Pleasanton-based ACCUSPLIT, a pedometer manufacturer. The festival also will offer participants a chance to contribute to Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation in its wellness grants to local public schools. ACCUSPLIT, a corporate sponsor of World Walk to Wellness events, will match each donation, up to $20. So far, World Walk to Wellness has donated $5,000 to the PPIE. A special guest at the World Walk to Wellness festival will be Pleasanton school Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who will be available the school districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booth, where information on kindergarten registration for next fall and new student immunization requirements will be handed out. Those who register at the festival can receive e-mail updates on when and where monthly group walks will take place. During the months of February, March, and April, Dolores Bengtson will be leading walks that will include trails along local arroyos.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to encourage more people to commit to an active lifestyle for better health,â&#x20AC;? said Sutton, a founded of the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that our monthly events will help our neighbors adopt a routine of taking an easy walk every day, which research has proven to make a significant difference in good health.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We encourage participants to come with a family member or friend, since the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;buddy systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; helps individuals keep their New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resolutions for a whole year,â&#x20AC;? Sutton noted. His company will give away pedometers to the first 100 people at the festival who choose to donate to PPIE. In addition, tickets will be given for each $1 donated to PPIE with a drawing for gifts. Upcoming walks are planned for 9 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Feb. 26 (Arroyo de la Laguna and Arroyo Del Valle), March 19 (Arroyo Mocho) and April 9 (Marilyn Kane Trail). Future events will be posted on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www.WorldWalkToWellness.org. N

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They said that thousands here are addicted to alcohol and/or life threatening drugs including prescription pain killers (oxycotin) methamphetamine, ecstasy, and heroin. Abuse of over-the-counter drugs is a growing and significant problem, as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sadly, abuse continues to grow unabated because, while our youth are under tremendous pressure to both take risks and achieve, many school personnel and parents have the tendency to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;look the other way,â&#x20AC;? the representatives said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mothers with a Purpose feels that by asking the community to join together to keep an eye on our youth and to stay out of denial, our focused efforts can make a difference.â&#x20AC;? The organization said it is dedicating its effort to the memory of Kelin Jacobsen, whose mother is a member of the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education is essential in the battle against drug abuse and Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with a Purpose hopes to substantially increase the awareness of and education about drug abuse,â&#x20AC;? the organization representatives said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly, the drug education program taught in our schools fails the majority of our youth, as it fails to educate both students and their families about addiction. The overly simplistic message of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Just say no!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; does not resonate with most young adults. Parents, teachers, administrators, coaches and health care professionals need to understand addiction and be adept at identifying the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. Most importantly, they must

be willing to step up and speak out when they suspect abuse.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the organization and its meeting schedule, email: Motherswithapurpose@ yahoo.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pleasanton Weekly staff

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Opinion EDITORIAL

GUEST OPINION

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BY SUSANNA GORDON

Student stress caused by educators

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lease, fair is fair. While this school district should be the target of some serious criticisms, your article placing the blame for student stress on educators is inaccurate and misleading (Teens say pressure leads to cheating, drug use, depression,” Dec. 31, 2010). Yes, students have too much busy work, and yes, there are teachers who do not do their jobs, but making education the culprit here is unfair. As a college admissions consultant, I can tell you that many students spend two to four hours in a weekday on Facebook and other social networking sites, and more on the Susanna Gorgon weekend. They do their homework while constantly replying to the latest contact from a friend or peer, and interrupt themselves and others with constant text messaging while fitting in a little homework. If the computer is in the teen’s bedroom, parents are generally clueless about what is going on. In class, they hold their phones under the desk and text constantly, regardless of classroom rules. Many regard this as the most important part of their lives. Not getting to sleep until after midnight is more the result of the priority attached to constant contact with peers than with educational demands. Telling parents they are doing homework until 3 a.m. obfuscates the issue. In addition, for many students, every after-school minute until mid- or late-evening is programmed, mostly with sports. Students are shocked when I remind them that sports are not the most important thing in their lives, because for many, including some

parents, sports seem to trump academics. The order of importance for college admissions is grades, test scores, the well-crafted essay, and then volunteering and extracurricular activities. Students who get into the upper echelon universities do not confuse their priorities. I would guess that Edison or Einstein had a little time to daydream; many of our teens do not. Teachers should not be expected to be sympathetic or lenient when a student scores poorly on a math test or fails to hand in an assignment because of soccer practice or a game. Furthermore, blaming cheating or drug use on the school system should be regarded as an outrageous ploy and vigorously rejected by thinking adults. There are thousands of good colleges that accept B or B+ students, while aiming for a top tier college if you cannot manage to maintain an A or A- average in high school is unrealistic. California schools are about 48th out of 50 in quality of education. Our country is 34th of the 36 leading nations of the world in measurable quality and results of education, down from first place a few decades ago. We come in dead last on that list in math and science, and national surveys show that only 36% of our high school graduates are ready for college work. Colleges and universities have responded to this crisis by implementing a remedial curriculum for incoming freshman. The reasons for this are complex and varied, and there are ways the school system could improve the quality of education students receive. However, placing the blame on our local education system for the out-of-school behavior of students misses the mark. Susanna Gordon lives in Pleasanton and is a certified college admissions consultant who works with high school and junior college students in preparing for SATs, ACTs, and grad school admissions tests. Her children are graduates of Amador Valley high School, four are UC graduates, some with advanced degrees, and her youngest is a private school graduate.

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Holiday Fund a big help to children at Axis Community Health Thanks to the generous and continuing contributions of our readers to the Pleasanton Weekly 2010 Holiday Fund, Axis Community Health will soon join four other beneficiaries with a donation that will help this vital nonprofit meet the growing demand for health care from the thousands it serves who are still reeling from the effects of a weak economy. The regionally-recognized service that Axis provides has won other needed assistance, too. In March 2009, Axis Community Health was designated a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) New Access Point and was awarded a $1.3 million grant over two years as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was one of just 12 community clinics statewide that were chosen to provide medical care to an additional 80,890 Californians. For Axis, that meant serving an additional 4,000 patents and increasing its capacity to provide mental health and substance abuse services as well as medical care. Three-quarters of the way through the funding period, we offer this “spotlight” as an update to the community. Sue Compton, executive director, said Axis has increased its capacity to serve patients at its Pleasanton and Livermore clinics and is adding an average of 400 new patients each month. It now offers extended hours for appointments four evenings a week (two evenings at each clinic) and on Saturdays. It also sees patients in general medicine every Saturday, pediatrics two Saturdays and Women’s Health one Saturday a month. Patients are charged for medical and behavioral health services on a sliding scale. With the FQHC designation, healthcare is more available because patients are offered more access points to care, depending on their level of insurance coverage. Of the 4,000 new patients seen since March, 2009, only 2,091 were uninsured. The remainder had some level of insurance coverage or were eligible for a government program. The Axis staff has increased to 120-130 providers and support staff. If there was more space, Axis would be able to hire more providers and see more patients, said Axis’ Director of Clinical Operations Christina McFadden. At this time, Axis is at maximum capacity at every facility. Contributions to Axis from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will help. Axis uses this support for medical visits for kids. Medical visits average $200 each, which includes doctor visit, lab, X-ray, pharmacy and more, so Holiday Fund’s grant will provide medical visits for well over 100 children in their time of need. The other beneficiaries who will share equally in the distribution of the 2010 Holiday Fund contributions are Hope Hospice, the Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center at ValleyCare, Open Heart Kitchen and the Valley Humane Society. At last count, contributions to the holiday Fund totaled $138,318, including $50,000 in matching funds from TriValley Community Foundation. The generosity of our contributors to the needs of these organizations shows that we’re a community that cares. N

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POLICE BULLETIN & LOG â&#x2014;? OBITUARIES â&#x2014;? BIRTHS & WEDDINGS

POLICE BULLETIN Perfume, jewelry and electronics stolen in year-end thefts Pleasanton police may be able to track a Dec. 29 shoplifting at Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret by the smell. 20 bottles of Very Sexy Now perfume for women worth an estimated $1040 and 12 bottles of Very Sexy Now menĂ­s cologne worth an extimated $468 were stolen from display shelves at the lingerie store between noon and 12:17 p.m. a police report said. Jewelry valued at $380 and two books of checks were stolen in a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve burglary in the 2400 block of Sanderling Drive, according to a police report. A bedroom window worth $150 was smashed to gain entry in the incident with occurred between

7:30 and 11:15 p.m. the report said. Two catalytic converters worth an estimated $1,200 apiece were stolen from two cars in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, police reports said. The both occurred between 1:30 and 4 p.m. Clothing, cash and a portable DVD player were stolen from a car parked outside Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mens store in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road between noon and 6 p.m. Dec. 28, according to a police report, which said the doorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lock was bypassed for entry. A camera and iPod worth $820 were stolen from a car in the 7200 block of Stonedale Drive between 8 p.m. Dec. 28 and 10 a.m. Dec. 29, according to a police report, which said a window was smashed to get at the items. A GPS, portable DVD player and iPod touch were reported stolen from a car parked in the 7400 block of Hillsdale Drive on Dec. 29 between midnight and7:30 a.m., a police report said.

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;  12:10 p.m. in the 3800 block of Hopyard Road; grand theft â&#x2013;  1:05 p.m. in the 7500 block of Highland Oaks Drive; grand theft â&#x2013;  3:00 p.m. in the 4600 block of Chabot Drive; identity theft Auto burglary â&#x2013;  8:38 a.m. in the 5100 block of Case Avenue Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  12:09 in the 5300 block of Hopyard Road; public drunkenness â&#x2013;  2:56 a.m. in the 300 block of Staples Ranch Road; public drunkenness â&#x2013;  4:44 p.m. in the 6700 block of Santa Rita Road; possession of a controlled substance â&#x2013;  10:15 p.m. in the 5400 block of Sunol Boulevard; paraphernalia possession

Theft â&#x2013;  8:16 a.m. in the 5300 block of Case Avenue; grand theft â&#x2013;  12:17 p.m. in the 2300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft â&#x2013;  1:36 p.m. in the 2700 block of Spinosa Court; theft â&#x2013;  10:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; embezzlement Auto burglary â&#x2013;  7: 55 a.m. in the 7400 block of Hillsdale Avenue â&#x2013;  10:02 a.m. in the 7200 block of Stonedale Drive Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  11:44 a.m. at the intersection of Stanley Boulevard and Stanley Boulevard; marijuana possession, driving with marijuana â&#x2013;  5:28 p.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Suffolk Way; marijuana possession, 22350 â&#x2013;  8:53 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Stoneridge Drive; driving with marijuana, 24603 â&#x2013;  11:16 p.m. at the intersection of Hacienda Drive and Owens Drive; possession of a hypodermic needle

Dec. 28 Theft â&#x2013;  9:41 a.m. in the 200 block of Wildflower Court; grand theft â&#x2013;  12:13 p.m. in the 7000 block of Koll Center Parkway; forgery â&#x2013;  2:31 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road; grand theft, petty theft â&#x2013;  4:06 p.m. in the 2900 block of Garden Creek Circle; grand theft â&#x2013;  5:37 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft â&#x2013;  8:34 p.m. in the 2700 block of Turnstone Drive; identity theft Arson (451 (D) pc-f â&#x2013;  4:53 a.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road Auto burglary â&#x2013;  6:02 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Vandalism

a.m. in the 5000 block of Woodthrush Road DUI â&#x2013;  1:47 a.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Santa Rita Road

Dec. 30 Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  8:11 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Rosewood Drive; minor transporting alcohol â&#x2013;  11:20 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Pimlico Drive; DUI

Dec 31 Theft â&#x2013;  3:53 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft â&#x2013;  4:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft

Auto burglary a.m. in the 200 block of Division Street â&#x2013;  11:16 a.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive â&#x2013;  11:46 p.m. in the 2400 block of Sanderling Drive Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  8:12 p.m. in the 3200 block of Bolla Court; public drunkenness, battery â&#x2013;  9:47 p.m. on Stoneridge Drive; DUI â&#x2013;  11:37 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and Stanley Boulevard; driving with marijuana â&#x2013;  10:54

OBITUARIES Faye Ponce Faye Ponce, 70, a long-time Pleasanton resident, died Dec. 26 at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco with her family by her side. She was born in Oakland, and graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who worked hard and provided for her family throughout the years. She had an infectious smile and loved music and dancing and enjoying life to the fullest. Ms. Ponce Faye was predeceased by her husband, a son and a daughter. She is survived by her sons Dominic Rueda (wife Cindy) of Tracy and Florencio Ponce (wife Dawn) of Livermore; five grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Tina Montellano and Paula Lopez, as well and nieces, nephews and their children. Memorial services were held Jan. 4 at Graham-

Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton, CA. Burial services to follow immediately at St. Augustine Cemetery, located at 5750 Sunol Blvd. in Pleasanton where she will be laid to rest in peace.

Don Reber Services were held Monday for Don Reber, 47, an executive with Real Estate Investment firm BRE Properties, who died of an apparent heart attack last week. He had represented BRE on Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hacienda Task Force and was scheduled to be at the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first meeting of the year last night. Mr. Reber is survived by his wife Muna and daughters Tiana, 9, and Bianca, 7. Two college accounts for the benefit of the daughters have been set up with Citibank. Checks should be written to each child individually and sent to John Wayland, BRE Properties, Inc., 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville, CA 94608.

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Jan. 1 Battery â&#x2013;  9:04 a.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasanton Avenue Auto burglary â&#x2013;  1:17 a.m. in the 5300 block of Hopyard Road Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  12:33 a.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; public drunkenness â&#x2013;  1:43 a.m. at the intersection of Owens Drive and Owens Court; public drunkenness â&#x2013;  2:14 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue, public drunkenness â&#x2013;  9:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; public drunkenness â&#x2013;  3:12 p.m. at the intersection of Johnson Drive and Franklin Drive; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance

Jan. 2 Theft â&#x2013;  4:55 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; theft â&#x2013;  6:39 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; petty theft Auto burglary â&#x2013;  8:10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Vandalism â&#x2013;  7:25 p.m. in the 11500 block of Dublin Canyon Road

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Holiday Fund 2010 Thank you to our Holiday Fund donors Since the launch of the 2010 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, 450 donors have contributed $88,318 to the fund. Sixty anonymous donors have given $20,310 of that total. Individuals Mr. & Mrs. William Adams ................................. 100 Jonathan & Janet Allen .......................................... ** Ron & Kathy Anderson ........................................ 250 Geoff Southworth & Jill Anderson......................... 100 Steve & Cris Annen .............................................. 100 Craig T., Antonia G. & Gabriela Q.-G. .................... ** Lou & Susan Astbury ........................................... 100 Andrew Bailey & Lauren Purcell .......................... 1000 Phil & Kate Barker ............................................... 100 Rick & Dawn Barraza ............................................ ** John & Bonnie Batty ............................................ 200 Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Mary Jane Bedegi.................... ** Phoebe Bell ......................................................... 250 Chris & Glenda Beratlis ....................................... 500 Mr. & Mrs. D. Bernardi....................................... 100 The Bianchi Family ................................................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bielby ..................................... ** Jan & Jeb Bing ..................................................... 200 Rob & Jane Blyther .............................................. 100 Doug & Beverly Boff ............................................ 100 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry & Jenny Brewer.......................... 100 Bert & Dee Brook ................................................ 200 Chris & Donna Brooks .......................................... 50 Rod, Christina, Alyssa & Danielle Browning ......... 100 Dean Buchenauer.................................................. ** Tim & Teri Bush .................................................... ** Frank & Muriel Capilla .......................................... ** Terry Messick-Cass & Barry Cass........................... 100 Miguel & Julie Castillo ........................................... ** Mike & Diana Champlin ...................................... 500 Bunny & Teddy Chang ........................................... ** Herbert & Stella Chang ......................................... ** Gina Channell-Allen .............................................. ** Mr. Sean Chase .................................................... ** Merlyn Chesnut..................................................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Ciccarello ............................... ** Mr. & Mrs. John & Gretchen Clatworthy ............... ** Pauline Coe .......................................................... ** Alan & Carol Cohen ............................................ 500 Chris & Linda Coleman ....................................... 250 David, Debi, Dominic & Danny Covello ................. ** The Craig Family .................................................. 250 Mr. Dave Cryer..................................................... 75 Isabel Curry .......................................................... ** Brian & Kate Damiani ........................................... ** B. W. Daniels ....................................................... ** The David Family ................................................. 100 Randall & Elizabeth Davidson.............................. 500 Rick & Susie Decker ............................................. 100 Richard & Judy Del Tredici ................................... 100 Linda Del Vecchio Cooper ..................................... ** Alice Desrosiers ................................................... 100 Sean, Joy, Bryn & Paige Doyle ................................ 50 Mike & Suzanne Dutra ........................................ 100 Page 10ÊUÊJanuary 7, 2011ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

Paul & Lorraine Ebright ......................................... ** Jack & Donna Edwards.......................................... ** Bob & Marianne Eisberg........................................ ** Robert & Suzanne Emberton ................................. ** Wayne & Anne Emery ............................................ ** Steve & Linda Ethier .............................................. ** Greg & Sue Evans .................................................. ** Joan Evans ............................................................ 25 Al & Terry Exner .................................................... ** The Falls Family ..................................................... ** Wes & Jean Felton ............................................... 200 Mike & Kath Ferreira ............................................. ** Jim & Joanie Fields................................................. ** John & Julie Finegan ............................................ 100 Kay Fogarty......................................................... 200 Michael, Ana & Nicole Fong ................................ 200 Mike & Ilene Forman ........................................... 200 Mr. & Mrs. Foster................................................ ** Richard & Gloria Fredette ...................................... ** Julie Furukawa .................................................... 500 Dave & Roz Gamble .............................................. ** Frank & Sonia Geasa ........................................... 200 Andrew & Xiaopei Gelb ......................................... ** Terry & Bobby Gillit ............................................. 100 Kathleen Glancy .................................................... 50 John & Fran Glavin ................................................ ** Roy & D’Aun Goble............................................. 100 Frank & Connie Gouveia........................................ 25 Michael & Deborah Grossman .............................. ** Ms. Carol Guarnaccia ........................................ 100 Greg Gum & Laura Kelly ......................................... ** Mrs. Bernice Hansen ........................................ 1000 Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hansen .................................. 100 Mike & Kris Harnett .............................................. ** Bob & Betsy Harris .............................................. 400 Ryan Brown & Julie Harryman ................................ 75 Mr. & Mrs. W.L. Haynes ........................................ ** Tim & Sharyn Henshaw ......................................... ** Ms. Jourdin Hermann ........................................ 150 Mrs. Janice Hermann ......................................... 150 Ed & Holly Heuer .................................................. ** Paul & Ann Hill ..................................................... ** Bill & Fran Hirst .................................................... ** Garrett & Angela Holmes .................................... 100 Robert Horton & Cathy Medich ........................... 100 Charles & Kay Huff................................................ ** Curt & Toni Hume ................................................ ** Bill & Cathy James ............................................... 100 Gail & Kelly James ................................................. 25 Bill & Dodge Jamieson......................................... 100 Bobby Jensen ...................................................... 250 Rudy & Marge Johnson ....................................... 100 Gene & Linda Johnson........................................... 50 Steve & Kathy Jones ............................................... ** Don & Jean Kallenberg .......................................... **

John Kallio & Cheryl Cook Kallio .......................... 100 Kem & Renee Kantor ............................................. ** Dick & Peggy Karn................................................. ** Craig & Judy Kelso................................................. ** Jim & Elaine Keysor ............................................. 300 Mrs. Betty Kirvan ............................................... 100 Jim & Pat Kohnen................................................ 100 The Kumar Family ................................................ 100 Brad & Jessica LaLuzerne ..................................... 500 Craig Lanway ...................................................... 100 Eugene & Shirley Lauer .......................................... ** Darrel & Joan Laursen ......................................... 100 Gary & Mary Lazarotti ........................................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Blaise Lofland .................................. 250 Chris & Debbie Look ............................................. ** Cameron & Jill Lorentz .......................................... ** Walt Lupeika, CPA .............................................. 100 Jeff & Pam Lutzinger .............................................. ** Earl & Dorothy Maddox ...................................... 100 The Mahdavi Family ............................................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Albert Malatesta............................... 100 Karen Mannering ................................................ 100 Srikant, Christina, Ashley & Thomas Mantha .......... ** The Markel Ohana ............................................... 250 Doug & Raeia Marshall ....................................... 100 SSG John H. Marshall, USA, Ret............................. 50 Violet Masini ......................................................... 50 Pete & Julie Mason ................................................ ** Mary McClain ....................................................... ** Ken & Barbara McDonald ..................................... ** Nancy McGhee & Clayton Newman...................... 200 Steve & Judy McLean ............................................. ** Steve & Kathy McNichols .................................... 750 Greg & Peg Meagher ............................................. ** The Mellen Family .................................................. 50 Howard & Diana Mendenhall ................................ ** Rodger, Laura & Stephanie Miller .......................... 50 Todd & Mindy Miller ........................................... 200 Evan & Debra Miller .............................................. ** Chris & Marty Miller............................................ 200 Jeff & Kathy Narum ............................................. 100 Ric & Laurie Nepil ................................................. ** Fred & Cathe Norman ......................................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph O’Brien ................................... ** John O’Neill .......................................................... ** Mark & Kim Olson ................................................ ** Daryn & Jennifer Oxe ........................................... 100 Norman & Joyce Pacheco ...................................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Peggy Paris ................................ ** Bruce & Amy Pauly .............................................. 200 Gladys Pearson ..................................................... ** Joe & Joann Pennisi ............................................... ** The Pentin Family................................................. 100 Jim Brice & Carole Peterson .................................. 100 Bob & Orley Philcox ............................................ 500

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John & Roxanne Plotts........................................... ** George & Kim Polites ............................................ ** Andy & Valerie Poryes ............................................ ** Tom & Patty Powers .............................................. ** Felice Price .......................................................... 100 Alan & Jean Purves ................................................ ** Marc & Becky Randall ......................................... 250 Don & Ann Rathjen ............................................... ** George, Susan & Karen Reid .................................. ** Mike & Lori Rice.................................................... ** The Ristow Family .................................................. ** Rita Rollar .......................................................... 200 Bob & Kathy Russman .......................................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Bill Ruvalcaba .................................. 300 Douglas & Mary Safreno ....................................... ** Swati & Manoj Samel ............................................ ** John & Sheila Sanches ........................................... ** Owen & Rebecca Saupe ........................................ ** The Sborov Family ................................................. ** Kyle, Jennifer, Sophia, Tyler & Colin Schmiegel ....... ** Ms. Rose M. Schoop ............................................ 25 Tim & Belinda Schultz ......................................... 100 Chris & Cecile Seams ............................................. ** Howard & Emilie Seebach ................................... 100 Jerry & Charlotte Severin ...................................... 100 Sonal & Ajay Shah ................................................. ** David & Angela Sharp ........................................... ** Lonnie Shaw ....................................................... 100 Larry & Carol Shaw ............................................... ** Tien & Sheng Shen .............................................. 100 John & Jackie Shurtleff ......................................... 100 Bob Silva ............................................................ 100 Mr. & Mrs. Joe Silva ............................................. ** Richard & Corrie Simon......................................... ** Dennis & Pat Smith ............................................. 100 Mark & Mary Smith .............................................. 50 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Spangler ............................... 100 Linda Spiegel......................................................... ** Mike & Kerry Jo Stephan...................................... 100 Jack & Vicki Stephens ............................................ ** Mr. & Mrs. D. L. Stevens..................................... 250 Mr. & Mrs. John & Kay Stewart............................. ** Nancy Storch ........................................................ ** Jordy & Hilary Strain ............................................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Harold Swanson................................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Carole Sygiel ...................... 200 Hayden Jolley & Audriana Templeman .................... 17 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tierney .................................. ** Ms. Deborah Tomlin ............................................ ** Jim & Debbie Tracy................................................ ** Jerry & Toni Ulrich ................................................. ** Mike & Christie Underwood ................................ 100 Mr. & Mrs. Carlo Vecchiarelli .............................. 100 The Verkuilen Family ............................................ 100 Phillip & Kathi Vermont ......................................... ** Tom & Mary Walker .............................................. ** Judy Wang, Megan Yu & Justin Yu ......................... 100 Eric J. Wedeking .................................................... ** Glenn & Janet Wenig ............................................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Ralph & Pat Williams.......................... ** Mr. Bob Williams ............................................... 500 Barbara Wilmore ................................................ 100 Ms. Kristen Winslow ............................................ ** Alex & Kit Wong .................................................... ** William & Jacqueline Woodruff ............................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Dan Yeggy ........................................ 100 Randy & Emily Yim .............................................. 100 Richard Yue........................................................... ** Jeff & Debi Zentner................................................ ** The Zong Family .................................................. 100

Catherine Needham & Carl Peters........................... ** Businesses & Organizations Advanced Security Eng. ..........................................** All of the Amazing PUSD Employees I Have Worked with from Kim Hereld .........................................** Amador Valley Lions Club ....................................300 Beratlis Automotive................................................** Bunco Babes of Hearst.........................................150 California Self Defense Consultants ......................200 DeBernardi Development Construction & Remodeling ** Dublin Tool & Manufacturing...............................100 Friends of Joans ...................................................100 G.A.B. Investigations ............................................100 Hacienda Bunco Group .........................................75 High Tech Connect, LLC.....................................1000 Howard Yoshioka, M.D., Inc. ...............................500 Karen Morliengo, MFT Marriage & Family Therapist .. ** Keller Williams Realty Tri-Valley Cares .................1000 Kiwanis Club of Pleasanton-Sunrise ......................350 Law Offices of Christopher Schlies........................250 LawTech ..............................................................100 Livermore - Amador Valley Legal Professionals Assn. ... 100 Mission Pipe & Cigar Shop .....................................75 Model Plumbing ..................................................500 P-Town Push Rods ...............................................500 Pleasanton Aces Tennis Team ...............................190 Pleasanton Fairways Ladies Golf Club...................350 Pleasanton Pet Sitting ..........................................100 Ponderosa Homes..................................................** Retired PUSD School Secretaries “Lunch Bunch” ....** Scott-Anderson Associates ...................................150 Specialty Termite, Inc. ..........................................500 Sycamore Heights Bunco Neighborhood ..............140 The Bookies .........................................................230 The Coffee Guys at Vic’s Allstar Cafe ....................140 The Pleasanton - Livermore Junior Women’s Club .300 The Tuesday Bridge Ladies....................................135 Tim McGuire Team at Alain Pinel Realtors............250 Time 4 Order - Professional Organizing ................100 Wednesday Tennis Gals ..........................................** Civic Center Station offices ..................................500 eBase Solutions Inc ..............................................250 In Honor of Jason Cederquist U.S. Army from Jerry & Renee Cederquist ...................................................................** Grandmas Adeline & Eva .....................................100 All Pleasanton Community Patriots from Accusplit “Eat Right Move More” Team ...........................200 Judy Perko from Ronda Hruby ..............................100 Ralph Romero, Ed Kinney, Hank Gomez & George Spiliotopolous from Ken Mercer........................300 Our Military from The Gualandri Family ...............100 Mr. & Mrs. James Oswalt from Mr. & Mrs. Lee Oswalt ** Our Children & Grandchildren from Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Daggett .................................................** Desmond, Dashell, Sarah, Chelsea & Karissa ..........** Administrative Services Department ...................1100 My Grandchildren from Doris A. Slater...................** Sgt. Patrick M. Herman, USMC from Mr. Mike Herman ..............................................................** Pleasanton Community Concert Band, for 35 years of melodious service from Jerri & Rob Long .............** Jana Grant from Steve & Jori Grant .......................100

Grace & Patrick Darrin from Dave & Marina Darrin ... 100 Erwin Grant, a great dad! from Eric & Corinne Berendt ..............................................................** In Memory of Marge Schaefer & Skip Mohatt from Tom & Barbara Treto ..................................................................... ** Cory & Gene Paradiso from Dorene Paradiso-Carroll 50 Tony & Jenny Paradiso from Dorene Paradiso-Carroll 50 Jack Emmons............................................................ 99 Dick Waldron from Virginia Waldron........................ ** Karl K. Witze........................................................... 500 Gam & Papa Abbott from The Casey Family ............. ** Gene Riga from Edward W. McCauley ...................... 25 Rob Meierding from Suzanne Meierding ................... ** Allan Hillman, Randy & Margie Warner from Sharon Hillman ............................................................... 150 Dan Gabor from Ann Gabor .................................. 150 Rick Aguiar from Nancy Aguiar Fargis ....................... ** John A. Mavridis from Ted Mavridis .......................... ** Doris T. Walberg from Todd & Brenda Walberg...... 100 Mary L. Erickson from Al Copher .............................. ** Betty Patrick from Charles & Joan Brown .................. ** Nicholas Daniel Lesser from Bruce & Kathleen Lesser ** Gilbert Wran from John & Barbara Severini............. 500 Tom & Karen Elsnab ................................................. ** Ruth DeFreece from Mr. & Mrs. Joe Biggs ................. ** Ron Silva from Nancy Silva ....................................... ** Robert Kilpatrick ...................................................... 50 David DeBernardi from Connie DeBernardi ............ 250 John Davis .............................................................. 100 Roselle Grimes, Evelyn Schrick & Verna Plummer from Steve, Pam & Mitch Grimes ................................... ** Damon E. Schorno ................................................... ** Zelinsky from Mark & Bernice Thurman .................... ** Tom & Mary Hart & Everett J. Mohatt from Dennis & Leslee Hart .......................................................... 200 Jim Snodgrass from Virginia Snodgrass ..................... ** Joan Hinkle from The Richwood Family .................. 100 Norm Bottorff from Dory Bottorff.......................... 100 Kenneth & Althea McGill from RJ & Marsha Grimes.. ** Gene Strom, Keith Strom & William Kolb from Carol G. (Kolb) Strom .................................................. 300 Donald Foreman from Mrs. Marilyn Foreman ........ 100 Mary Ann Butler, Gil & Juanita Haugen & Brent Lovell from The Bob Group............................................. ** Jack Garibaldi from Sharron Morrison ...................... 25 Mary May from Michael May ................................. 300 Yvonne Lohman from Phillip & Kathi Vermont .......... ** Anthony Freccero from Matt, Susie & Jack Anthony Weiss .................................................................. 100 Sarah Lees from Don & Judy Person.......................... ** Roger Dabney from Marty Zarcone........................... ** May, Harold & Mike Consedine from The Hamm Family ................................................................... ** Bill Haraughty from Anita Haraughty ....................... ** Michael & June Carboni from Richard & Nancy Shockley .............................................................. 100 John A. Silva ........................................................... 100 Elaine from Shel & Vivian Thorson .......................... 100 Edward Schiess ......................................................... ** Jim Carlson from Lee & Clare Carlson ....................... ** John Ainsworth from The Ainsworth Family ........... 100 Helene Castro......................................................... 100 John A. Morley from Frank & Marie Morley .............. ** Frank Duarte from Mike, Jan & Michael Reichlin..... 100 Kate Wheatman from Stacey Wyatt & Kari Lambert 100 Howard Hill from Mrs. Sally Hill ............................. 150 Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJanuary 7, 2011ÊU Page 11

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Five-building Pleasanton Center site once home to Washington Mutual Bank’s call center is now owned by Clorox, which will move 700 employees here from Oakland later this year, adding a sixth research building to the campus.

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Business, government leaders voi ‘cautious optimis BY JEB BING

VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY

Artist’s sketch of new 5,000-square-foot center now under construction on Nevada Street by the Valley Humane Society, which is currently houses in a temporary building nearby. New shelter and pet education facility will open this summer.

CONTINUING LIFE COMMUNITIES

Artist’s sketch of multi-million-dollar, 800-unit Stoneridge Creek senior housing and care complex where construction is expected to begin later this year. Staples Ranch is scheduled to be annexed into Pleasanton Jan. 13.

SOUTH BAY CONSTRUCTION

Construction work should begin within a few weeks on this 58,000-square-foot Safeway Lifestyle store that will occupy at 12-1/2 acre site on the southwest corner of Bernal and Valley avenues, near I-680 and the Fairgrounds. Other retail stores and several restaurants are planned as part of the new complex. Page 12ÊUÊJanuary 7, 2011ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

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leasanton business and government leaders are cautiously optimistic about the economy in 2011, but they say it’s still too early to believe the recession has ended. Emily Wagner, in a report Tuesday night on first quarter results of the city’s Fiscal 2010-11 budget for the months of July through September, said there was a slight up tick in sales tax receipts and that heavier shopper traffic in December could further buoy the second quarter. She said the city is on track for completing the current budget year on June 30 on target. City Manager Nelson Fialho said he expects no change in the $83-million operating budget over the balance of the next six months and that it’s likely the City Council will consider the same operating budget numbers July 1 when it weighs in on the next two-year budget — for FY 2011-12 and FY 2012-13 — that starts then. Pleasanton is also eyeing continued growth in its business sector in the year ahead. Clorox, which has been headquartered in Oakland for years, has purchased a building corporate campus on Johnson Drive that was once owned by Washington Mutual Bank. It is in the process of adding a 65,000-square foot, two story structure there to house a special projects workforce and soon will move 700 employees from Oakland to the new campus, with another 400 to be relocated there from the Clorox existing research center in Pleasanton, which will be sold. Safeway Corporation also will start work within a few weeks on a new 58,000-squarefoot Lifestyle supermarket on a 12-1/2-acre site it has acquired from South Bay Construction at the corner of Valley and Bernal avenues, adjacent to the I-680 northbound off-ramp and across from Koll Center and the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The new Safeway store will anchor a retail center that will be built around it, which is expected to include restaurants, shops and possibly a bank. South Bay also owns the

rest of a 39-acre site that is sandw tween the freeway and Valley Aven Bay has approval to construct up four-story office buildings on the with the office market still lagging seek a change in the property’s zon commodate some residential units the new Safeway store. Also on the development plate in ton is the 124-acre empty field at t west corner of El Charro Road an known as Staples Ranch. The prop owned by Alameda County, is to gain the approval of the Loca Formation Commission of Alamed (LAFCO) next Thursday to be ann Pleasanton. That’s likely to be the l land parcel that will be added to t the foreseeable future. Once annexed, planning work by ty will get under way to allow for the tion of Stoneridge Creek, a multi-m lar residential continuing care comm the City Council has approved for site on Staples. It’s expected that tion could start late this year on the project with completion of the first residential units in 2012. Also part of the Staples Ranch an will be the planned construction commercial and recreational devel including a new 37-acre auto m built by the Hendrick Automotiv That project, which also has the ap the City Council, probably won’t way before 2012 or 2013. “With all of this going on, I am optimistic about the local econo Scott Raty, President and chief officer of the Pleasanton Chamber merce. “I am encouraged about seeing velopment of the former Staple get under way; the ground break new Safeway shopping center at B I-680, and Clorox moving hundre ployees to Pleasanton as they fill t campus,” he added. “With these will come new jobs and a stronge for the community.”

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James Paxson, who heads the Hacienda Business Park’s Owners’ Association, said company executives in the business park continue to be very cautious in their outlook for 2011. Once they see the national economy improving with a corresponding increase in employment, they’ll be more comfortable about adding jobs here and expanding their operations. With a current office vacancy rate averaging 22% in Hacienda, it continues to be a favorable market for leasing space. “It’s still a tenants’ market,” Paxson said, “with a lot of great leasing opportunities out there.” He called it a “flight to quality” opportunity with businesses that haven’t been able to upgrade their facilities finding that it’s cheaper to lease more space in business

parks such as Hacienda, instead. However, there have been a few signs of improvement. Exercise club 24-Hour Fitness just opened its new facility in the building once occupied by the Tri-Valley Herald. Kaiser Permanente has moved additional business units to Pleasanton with more employees coming this year, essentially filling up the two office buildings it acquired from Oracle Corp. Oracle, itself, has completed its expansion but continues to be a beacon for other companies, particularly those on the Peninsula, that are learning it’s less expensive to expand operations here and more attractive for employees who can afford housing in the Tri-Valley. Hacienda Business Park, where employment peaked at 22,500 in 2001, has seen a major drop off in recent years, although it’s

back to just over 17,000 in the workforce now, a gradual and steady gain, Paxson said. Also favorable for the 2011 outlook are a number of entrepreneurial and small companies that recently moved to Hacienda and other parts of the city, including Zeltiq Aesthetics and Xradia. These and other biotech and medical-focused companies have received federal approvals on products Paxson expects to see gaining major ground in this growing technical field. In the public sector, Gov. Jerry Brown, who was sworn in last Monday, has indicated that he will transfer responsibilities for services and programs funded by the state over to counties and cities in the year ahead. It’s unclear how that will affect Alameda County and Tri-Valley cities, but at least Brown and the state legislature can’t “borrow” from them as Sacramento has done in the past. Voters approved a measure last year that stops that borrowing, which has cost Pleasanton, alone, millions of dollars over recent years. As Wagner reported Tuesday to the Pleasanton City Council, this year’s budget is balanced. In fact, the city has not had to dip into its discretionary reserves of $21 million to pay operating costs despite the recession, relying instead on freezing management salaries and not filling staff positions when they’re vacated. Still, pension reform is a top priority as the city moves forward on budget issues, with City Manager Fialho promising several public workshops to show the public where the city’s revenue comes from and to solicit ideas for projects and services the public wants. Besides budget considerations, the city government’s top priorities for 2011 will focus on land use measures, mostly those resulting from an agreement with Urban Habitat, an affordable housing coalition, the state attorney general’s office and the Alameda County Superior Court which ruled Pleasanton’s 29,000-unit housing cap was illegal. Approved by voters in 1996, it has since been revoked. To meet those obligations,

the City Council established two task forces to deal with rezoning land for more affordable housing units in the Hacienda Business Park and to seek other suitable sites where land could be zoned for additional housing, beyond the once governing housing cap. The 25-member Hacienda Task Force has met for the last 10 months and needs to wrap up its consideration of design guidelines for high density apartments on three sites in Hacienda by March 1. The Housing Element Task Force is also holding public meetings on a regular basis, with its deadline in August. A Climate Action Plan, which is also part of the attorney general’s settlement agreement, is being shepherded by the Council-appointed Committee on Energy and the Environment. Its responsibility is to measure the impacts of growth in Pleasanton with an action plan that will protect the environment due to be presented to the state by year’s end. The council also has named Council members Cindy McGovern and Jerry Thorne to work with city staff in developing a growth management plan to meter growth in a state-approved manner. Although few residential building permits were issued last year, the growth management plan will help ensure that new construction is moderated should the development floodgates open again. N

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Your gift helps seniors, children and others in need Contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be increased by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. For every $1 contributed, $2 will be donated to these local organizations. All contributions will go directly to programs that benefit Pleasanton and Tri-Valley residents. Contributions will be distributed by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to the five agencies listed below. No administrative costs will be deducted from the gifts, which are tax-deductible as permitted by law. This year, due to the tremendous need of all nonprofits, donations will be shared equally among the five recipient agencies. For more information call us at 600-0840 or e-mail editor@pleasantonweekly.com.

The following agencies will be supported by the Holiday Fund: ■ Axis Community Health: Provides medical, mental health, addiction counseling and health education services to more than 20,000 patients and clients each year, regardless of their ability to pay. An estimated 70 percent have no medical insurance or are underinsured, including some that have recently lost their jobs and health benefits. Call 462-1755 or visit www.axishealth.org. ■ Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center at ValleyCare: The ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, established in 1991, offers free access to easy to understand, up-to-date health and medical information. Open to the public, the library is located in the ValleyCare Medical Plaza, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 270, Pleasanton. The center is named for Ryan Comer, a star baseball player at Amador Valley High School who died of a rare form of pediatric cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma in 1991 at age 17.

Hope Hospice: Hospice care is unique because it works to not only meet the needs of those at the end of life but also supports the emotional and spiritual needs of the family as well. Hope hospice care is provided regardless of the ability to pay and relies on contributions such as those raised by the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

■ Open Heart Kitchen: As the only nonprofit free soup kitchen in the TriValley area, this service provides nutritious meals for low-income people in the area at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton, Holy Cross Lutheran and Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Livermore, and CrossWinds Church in Dublin. Visit www. openheartkitchen.org or call 580-1616. ■ Valley Humane Society: This nonprofit group’s mission is to teach responsible pet ownership. It assists in rescuing and placing abandoned or injured animals and operates an adoption center on Nevada Street in Pleasanton. It does not euthanize unless health problems dictate. Call 426-8656.

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PEOPLE AND LIFEST YLES IN OUR COMMUNIT Y

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rinking elbow to elbow with Hollywood’s hairiest and handsomest stars might have been a highlight of Mike Doyle’s tenure in Danville Town Council, but these memories aren’t exclusive to the life of a Danville public official. Knowledgeable fans of 1993’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” might be curious as to why the movie, set in San Francisco, filmed one of its most memorable scenes 30 miles inland at Danville’s Bridges restaurant. Or, for that matter, why the uber-posh, most likely San Francisco-centric Miranda Hillard (played by Sally Fields) regularly dined in a bedroom community. While location scouts were unable to be reached for comment, it’s safe to assume that Bridges’ idyllic location and willingness to be closed for a month were instrumental in the Hartz Avenue restaurant being chosen for the now infamous bait-and-switch scene. That, and then-Councilman Mike Doyle’s insistence on being in the film. “When I heard (the crew of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’) was coming to town, I called them up and said, ‘If you want to film here, I have to be in the movie!’” Doyle chuckled. While dozens of extras were recruited for the eightminute Bridges scene during the late summer of 1992, Doyle was perhaps the most prominent. The blink-andyou’ll-miss-him cameo featured Doyle walking out of Bridges with a “beautiful woman” on his arm just as the protagonists walked in. Doyle and other extras expressed amazement at the lengthy occupation of Bridges, which had to be covered with tarps to achieve a nighttime effect. Filmmakers spent nearly two weeks in town and extras were often on set for 10 to 12 hours a day. Despite lengthy days and sore derriëres, John Chilcott, a world history teacher at California High School, said filming “was sort of fun to do and it was interesting to see how they make a movie.” Chilcott was about 22 during filming and came from San Francisco with a few friends to take part in background casting. “I was supposed to be a busboy and I had to go for a fitting of clothing to look like I was working in the restaurant,” he said. When Mrs.Doubfire/Daniel Hilliard (played by Robin Williams) puts cayenne pepper in “nemesis” Stu’s (Pierce Brosnan) dish, Chilcott is in the background, “pretending to move dishes around.” Staff from Bridges were also offered paid extra roles in the

scene, in addition to compensation for lost tips and wages. “A few original staff from Bridges were in the kitchen or the dining room as a customer or servers,” said Ryota Sugitani, whose father, Kazuo, owned Bridges at the time. Despite being closed for almost a month, “Mrs. Doubtfire” doubled Bridges’ business. “After 10 years, people still come by just because of the movie,” Sugitani said. Lesser known, however, is the fact that Williams, Brosnan, cast and crew regularly frequented Elliott’s, Faz and the Veterans Hall, which was used nightly for screenings. “Robin would act up every day,” Doyle said. “It took him five hours to get his outfit on” but Williams was often seen trudging up and down Hartz Avenue in costume, signing autographs and joking with people. But the entire cast wasn’t always so amicable, said Noel Erler, now owner of Chez Noel Coiffures on Hartz Avenue. Sally Fields would often disregard the hordes of people standing behind the set asking for autographs. “People would come up and ask her for an autograph and she’d bypass them and say, ‘I’ll get back to you,’ but never came back,” said Erler, a seasoned extra, model and actor. There are also no reports of Fields tossing back a drink at Elliott’s. Memories of a terse Fields aside, Erler has only good memories of the filming. Some which might have become better in retrospect. During filming, Erler was sat at a table next to the Hillard family and began to notice a foul smell. “Someone in the restaurant had taken a pot of prawns out of the refrigerator and put them up on a shelf near a heater or fan and the wafting smell was unbearable!” The crew finally found the crustacean culprits — four days later. In addition to the fame, glory and résumé potential “Mrs. Doubtfire” brought, Erler made a very important business connection while on set. “One of the best things was working with Mike; if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be in this salon,” Erler said. “I met Doyle through the set and became friends. When we were looking for a spot in Danville seven years ago, he talked to quite a few people and got us in the salon.” Almost 20 years later, “Mrs. Doubtfire” remains well entrenched in the cannon of feel-good family movies as well as in the minds of locals, who may never see a crossdressing English grandmother again. N

DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Top left: Bridges Restaurant in Danville was the setting for the famous bait-and-switch scene in the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire,” starring Robin Williams and Sally Fields. Top right: A “Mrs. Doubtfire” movie poster hangs in the hall at Bridges in honor of the month it was closed to accommodate the movie crew in the early ’90s. Some staff members and residents can proudly point to themselves in walk-on roles.

“When I heard (the crew of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’) was coming to town, I called them up and said, ‘If you want to film here, I have to be in the movie!’” Mike Doyle, Danville Town Council

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ON THE TOWN ● CALENDAR more. For questions contact Ron at 580-5961 or email wronsutton@ gmail.com. FARMERS MARKET Island Earth’s farmers market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays in the parking lot between Macy’s and Sears at Stoneridge Shopping Center. It features organic produce, artisan wares, fresh flowers and more. Call 510769-1525 or visit islandearthfarmersmarket.org. LUNCH IN DUBLIN The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join them for lunch in at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Black Angus Restaurant, 4818 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. Cost your choice of menu item and beverage. RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 11 to Pat at 447-7680. PLEASANTONIANS 4 PEACE Pleasantonians 4 Peace sponsors a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. The group reflects on the human monetary costs of the war, honors veterans who have sacrificed, and visualizes ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. They plan to continue this monthly event as long as necessary. Contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com; or visit www.Pleasantonians4Peace.org.

Fundraisers KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CRAB FEED Pleasanton Knights of Columbus is having its annual Crab Feed on Jan 15. Proceeds benefit both church and community. Crab Feed is at St Augustine Church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7p.m. Tickets are $38, & must be purchased by Jan 9. Call 846-7181 or send email to crabfeed@comcast.net PGSL AT SWEET TOMATOES Pleasanton Girls Softball League’s annual fundraiser is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. at Sweet Tomatoes, 4501 Hopyard Rd. Visit PGSL’s website at www.pleasanton-

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softball.org to download and print a flyer. For each flyer handed in, Sweet Tomatoes will return 15% of the proceeds to PGSL. Thank you. TRI-VALLEY ANIMAL RESCUEÍS 6TH ANNUAL CLAWS FOR PAWS The event is from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at Shannon Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin. With all the Crab that you can eat plus ceasar salad, pasta, french bread, dessert and coffee or tea. A no host bar will be available. Besides dinner, there will be raffle baskets, silent auction, along with a kindle raffle. Tickets are $45. Call 803-7043 or visit www.tvar.org.

Health ART FOR THE HEART ValleyCare is sponsoring a free art therapy program for cancer patients and their loved ones. A local artist from Lilly Oncology will lead participants in an art lesson from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at ValleyCare Health System, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 240. Supplies and lunch will be provided. Call to register, 7343319. CANCER SURVIVOR PROGRAM Exercise program for breast cancer survivors will be held from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1 through Feb. 22, at LifeStyleRx, 1119 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. The program, consists of yoga and pilate’s taught by instructors who are certified and have experience working with post op patients. Call 454-6316 for more information. COLON CANCER AWARENESS ValleyCare is hosting a free educational seminar on “Colon Cancer Awareness.” Hear Dr. Entwisle discuss important risk factors, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 17, at ValleyCare Health System, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 240. Refreshments will be provided for registered guests. Call to register, 734-3319. DIABETES MANAGEMENT CLASSES Free Diabetes Class. Seven-week series will teach you how to manage your Type 2 diabetes or Pre Diabetes, eat the foods you love, how and why to check your blood sugar, medications, exercise and more! New series from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 8 - March 5 at Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Call 510-383-5185 to register. LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM A Using the Internet for Health Information seminar is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, at ValleyCare

Health System, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Margaret Hsieh, the Medical Librarian at ValleyCare Health System, will present the program, helping users to find credible information from the Internet. Call to register, 734-3319. Pleasanton. USING THE INTERNET FOR HEALTH INFORMATION ValleyCare Health System’s Medical Librarian will be giving a free talk on “Using the Internet for Health Information” from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,, Tuesday, Jan. 11, at ValleyCare Health System Women’s Center, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Conference Room 240. All registered participants will receive a free-boxed lunch. To register, call 734-3319.

Kids & Teens GATE TRANSITION TO FHS MEETING The meeting is aimed at GATE/highachieving 8th graders & their parents to help them in making course selections for Foothill. Counselors, AP teachers & the VP for GATE will provide scheduling information. A panel of seniors will discuss life-balance issues and classes. The meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Foothill High School, Small Gym, 4375 Foothill Rd. Email lgatehouse@ pleasanton.k12.ca.us.

Lectures ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES The Relativity of Albert Einstein opens the 2011 Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Duffy Hudson portrays the renowned physicist’s life, humor and scientific discoveries. Tickets $10; $5 members or seniors, $3 students and teachers. More information contact Museum on Main at 462-2779.

Miscellaneous FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ONLINE BOOK SALE Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368. NARFE LUNCHEON Potential and active NARFE members are invited to attend the monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Emil Villa’s Restaurant, 3064 Pacific Ave.,

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On Stage CABARET Focuses on 1931 nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and the young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw. Performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $17-$32 for adults and $17-$28 for seniors and children. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts. org. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, January 21 through February 6 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. For ticket, information visit www.livermoreperformingarts.org or call 373-6800. see website

Seniors BRAIN MATTERS Enjoy a morning of fun while learning how to keep your brain active and your memory sharp. The class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of every month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Word games, puzzles, challenging activities, reminiscing and more, geared to help you age-proof your mind. Cost $1.75 for resident and $2.25 for nonresident. Call 931-5365 or visit www. pleasantonseniorcenter.org. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER FOUNDATION MEETING The Dublin Senior Center Foundation meets at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER PROGRAMS Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including “Tattle Tales” which helps seniors write their life story from 12:30-3 p.m., on the first and third Monday of every month; a Reading Group that discusses new books every month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month; and the Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting from 1-4 p.m. every Monday; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Cost is $1.25 for each activity. Call 556-4511. LEARN WHAT THE INTERNET CAN DO FOR YOU You don’t need to own a computer to attend this program. The class will introduce you to the internet and show you how it benefits you to use it. The class is from 9:3011 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org. PREVENTING FALLS Habits developed over a lifetime can put you at risk for a fall. There are many simple things you can do to reduce your risk of falling. Lively & informative discussion on identifying what might put you at risk for a fall & how to reduce those risks and avoid falling. Class is from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $1.75 for resident or $2.25 for non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

TRANSCRIBING FOR YOU Transcribing for You has volunteers that will transcribe and print your letters to be sent. The service is located at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $1.50. Call 556-4511 for an appointment or email seniorctr@ci.dublin.us WII BOWLING Play Wii Bowling on the big screen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $1.75 resident and $2.25 nonresident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

Spiritual ASL WORSHIP TRANSLATION The deaf community is invited to worship from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Sunday at First Presbyterian Church the corner of 4th and L St., Livermore. ASL translation will be provided. MEDITATION STUDY GROUP Practice new meditation methods, based on teachings of Shinzen Young, using audio, video and handouts at 7:158:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Study group will meet at Tri-Valley Unity’s Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Support Groups BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support group meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at LifeStyleRx, 1111 East Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 833-2784 or visit www.valleycare. com. 7:30-9 p.m. Free CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caring for a loved one is challenging physically and emotionally. Join this support group to explore resources and generate problem-solving ideas from 1-3 p.m., on the second Monday of every month, and from 7-9 p.m., on the second Wednesday of every month, at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support you deserve at the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Call 931-5389. PLEASANTON MILITARY FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP Formed in 2003 this support group’s mission is to provide support and comfort to the families of Pleasanton residents whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. This group has monthly meetings and other events such as the upcoming Dec. 4 Christmas/Holiday “pack out” of comfort and care items to be sent to deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where these personnel have streamers displayed with their name, rank and branch of service. Contact Chairwoman Pat Frizzell at PleasantonMilitaryFamilies@gmail. com or Chris Miller at millercj3@ gmail.com.

Volunteering BLOOD DONATION CENTER Learn about ways to greet, inform and thank our community’s blood donors from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Advance signup required. Call 510-594-5165 or email blackstone@usa.redcross.org.

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PET OF THE WEEK Meet Savanah Savannah, who currently resides at the East County Animal Shelter, knows about the school of hard knocks but is one resilient pooch. This bouncy pit bull terrier mix will put a smile on your face when you see her run like the wind. Her joy is irresistTERRI DUNCAN ible. She’s smart and sassy, but sweet and calm, especially after a good run. This little darling deserves to have the peace and lasting comfort of a forever home, one without cats. To learn more about Savannah, visit www.tvar.org or better yet, come and meet her in person at East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Drive, Dublin, open 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; telephone 803-7040. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJanuary 7, 2011ÊU Page 19

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Fremont

11 Lower Golf Road Sat/Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 4386 Krause Street Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

3 BEDROOMS 42036 Meredith Drive Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$759,000 583-2168

Livermore 3 BEDROOMS 1089 Auburn Street Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 101 Goldstone Common Sun 1-4 Keller Williams

$399,900 251-2589 $549,950 989-6500

4 BEDROOMS 523 Joyce Street Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 911 Curlew Road Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$439,000 583-2186 $575,000 847-2200

$1,385,000 980-8844 $588,000 847-2200

4 BEDROOMS 3088 Crestablanca Drive Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team

$1,030,000 600-0990

14 Castlweood Road Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,249,950 847-2200

5 BEDROOMS 1327 Hearst Drive Sun 1-4 Blaise Lofland

$1,195,000 846-6500

San Ramon 4 BEDROOMS 2452 Millstream Lane Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$571,200 847-2200

SALES AT A GLANCE

Dublin

Pleasanton

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sale reported: $320,000 Highest sale reported: $1,032,000 Average sales reported: $679,833

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sale reported: $225,000 Highest sale reported: $1,025,000 Average sales reported: $589,300

Livermore

San Ramon

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sale reported: $271,000 Highest sale reported: $995,000 Average sales reported: $559,500

Total sales reported: 17 Lowest sale reported: $260,000 Highest sale reported: $1,746,000 Average sales reported: $670,441 Source: California REsource

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3422 TO R L A N O P L A C E FORMAL F RENCH $1,749,950 RUBY H ILL, PLEASANTON

5 Bd 3.5 Ba t4,500+/- sq.ft., 0.56+/- Acres

1225 L O Z A N O C O U R T I TALIAN V ILLA $4,500,000 RUBY H ILL, PLEASANTON

6 Bd 7(2) Ba t8,877+/- sq.ft., 0.65+/- Acres

11 L O W E R G O L F R O A D O PEN S AT & S UN 1-4 $1,385,00

6645 A M B E R L A N E POOL ! $1,398,000

CASTLEWOOD, PLEASANTON

CARRIAGE G ARDENS, PLEASANTON

3 Bd 3 Ba t2,392+/- sq.ft., 0.33+/- Acres

Formidable, elegant Formal French custom home Stunning Ruby Hill Estate. Nestled in an unrivaled On the 8th fairway of the Castlwood Country Club. w/ private location, backing up to open space. setting among olive trees and lush landscaping w/ Single story w/ separate family room, formal Custom built by Jerry Soba Construction. dining. Beautiful plank hardwood floors. mile long views of vineyards.

Uwe Maercz 925.360.8758

2660 C A M I N O S E G U R A 5 B EDROOM $699,000 PLEASANTON

Uwe Maercz 925.360.8758

4 Bd 2.5 Ba t1,929+/- sq.ft., 0.09+/- Acres

4 Bd 2.5 Ba t2,292+/- sq.ft., 0.09+/- Acres

4 Bd 5.5 Ba t8,950+/- sq.ft., 16.86+/- Acres

STONERIDGE PL, PLEASANTON

3 Bd 2 Ba t1,516+/- sq.ft., 0.14+/- Acres

Lovely rancher w/ tiled entry, wood burning fireplace, solid bamboo floors thru-out, tiled kitchen floor w/ granite tiled counters & much more!

Joe Frazzano 925.735.7653

523 J OYCE S T O PEN S UN 1-4 $439,000

AMBER R IDGE, LIVERMORE

4 Bd 2.5 Ba t2,553+/- sq.ft., 0.21+/- Acres

4 Bd 2 Ba t1,853+/- sq.ft., 0.03+/- Acres

5146 S FORESTDALE C IR NO REAR NEIGHBORS $789,900 DUBLIN

Angela Adams 925.583.2186

3245 DUBLIN BLVD #418 TOLL BROTHERS $298,000 THE TERRACES, D UBLIN

6965 PENN D RIVE SINGLE STORY $499,000 D UBLIN

Beautiful Home, flowing floor plan includes; vaulted ceilings, w/ huge master. Beautiful backyard perfect for entertaining. Walk to park.

Peggy Cortez 925.648.5454

Corey Green 925.899.6011

979 H OLLICE L ANE C ORPORATE O WNED $405,900 LIVERMORE

2 Bd 2 Ba t1,718+/- sq.ft.

Upgraded cabinets, granite countertops. Huge master with walk in closet. Living room with gas fireplace. Great location! Attached 2 car garage.

Bill and Vickie Keller 925.200.6764

Stephanie Fordham 925.788.4443

42036 M EREDITH D R OPEN SUN 1-4 $759,000 MISSION SAN JOSE, FREMONT

5 Bd 3 Ba t2,661+/- sq.ft., 0.10+/- Acres

4 Bd 2 Ba t1,638+/- sq.ft., 0.12+/- Acres

2 Bd 2.5 Ba t1,298+/- sq.ft.

4 Bd 3 Ba t2,953+/- sq.ft., 0.13+/- Acres

Lisa Doyle 925.855.4000

Dave Bauer 925.855.4040

Roger A. Clark 925.251.2508

Michael J. Duffy 925.251.2523

Blackhawk West Danville

4105 Blackhawk Plaza Cir. 3880 Blackhawk Rd. Danville, CA 94506 Danville, CA 94506 925.648.5300 925.736.6000

Lafayette

15 Railroad Ave. 3799 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Danville, CA 94526 Lafayette, CA 94549 925.855.4000 925.385.2330

3 Bd 2.5 Ba t1,723+/- sq.ft., 0.13+/- Acres

Open eat in kitchen. Master w/dual sinks & large soaking tub. Stunning hardwood flring, vaulted ceilings & wood burning fp. Lovely covered patio.

2068 M ORNINGTON L N BANK OWNED $809,900 WINDERMERE, SAN R AMON

Upgrades throughout, 5th room currently used as Charming, remodeled, open floor plan. Updated Dramatic tile flooring, raised-panel maple 1 Bedroom & full bathroom on the first level, hardoffice, plus it has an open loft/bonus room, over Kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances & slate floors. cabinetry, & wiring for surround sound. Penthouse wood flooring, backs to open space, near schools. $120k in upgrades, mountain views. Private rear yard w/ patio area some grass for play. location w/ no neighbors above or to one side. Built in 2005.

Blackhawk East

4 Bd 3 Ba t2,861+/- sq.ft., 0.19+/- Acres

Walls of glass, salt water aquarium, wine tasting room. Incredible setting. apartment perfect for in-law or au-pair. 9 car garage. Views and more!

LIVERMORE

Newer paint, carpet in the bedrooms, remodeled bathrooms, pergo flooring in the kitchen & family room. Newer appliances, corian counters & sink.

Corey Green 925.899.6011

Michael Swift & Associates 925.251.2589

AMBER R IDGE, LIVERMORE

553 H ELIGAN L ANE N EW P RICE ! $374,000

LIVERMORE

Popular Sagewood Flr Plan. Extremely well kept home, hrdwood flrs, granite counters, beautiful landscaping, huge sideyard access & much more!

This stunningly beautiful home is located in the desirable West side.The finest materials & workmanship thruout, views of the hills & vistas.

303 M IRAMONTE L N N EW P RICE ! $629,000

LIVERMORE

Stoneridge Place - Brand NEW appliances in kitchen. Open floor plan w/ formal living, dining & family rooms. Plenty of natural sunlight.

Joe Ledesma 925.251.2599

636 S YCAMORE C OURT RV ACCESS $649,000

5 Bd 4(2) Ba t5,200+/- sq.ft., 0.62+/- Acres

Steve & Lorraine Mattos 925.980.8844 Weiner & McDowell Group 925.251.2585 Weiner & McDowell Group 925.251.2585

7123 C EDAR M OUNTAIN TUSCAN E STATE C ALL FOR P RICE

Albert Bernardo 925.997.0123

S OUTH-SIDE, LIVERMORE

5 Bd 3 Ba t3,475+/- sq.ft., 0.50+/- Acres

Beautifully upgraded custom home features 5 spacious bd, improved ½ acre lot. Pool, spa, waterfall, slide, sport court and more.

2818 G A R D E N C R E E K B ANK O WNED $609,800

Originally designed as 5-bedroom home. Formal Spacious floor plan w/natural lighting, gourmet dining can be converted to office or extra bedroom. kitchen w/Tile Counter Tops, private backyard Full bath on first floor. Great opportunity. patio.Close to great schools, shopping & freeways.

1089 A UBURN S T O PEN S UN 1-4 $399,900

THE PRESERVE, PLEASANTON

5211 C A P A R E L L I C T B ANK O WNED $629,900 AVILA, PLEASANTON

3 Bd 3 Ba t2,801+/- sq.ft., 0.16+/- Acres

9663 C R O S B Y D R I V E G ORGEOUS $1,898,000

3 Bd 2 Ba t1,384+/- sq.ft., 0.18+/- Acres

Comfortable and charming! Kitchen & flooring updated, baths updated, newer expanded driveway, new back yard landscaping, views!

Diane Sass 925.583.2168

Livermore

Montclair/ Piedmont Pleasanton

Orinda

1983 Second St. Livermore, CA 94550 925.667.2100

6116 La Salle Ave., Ste. 200 5075 Hopyard Rd Ste. 110 Oakland, CA 94611 Pleasanton, CA 94588 510.339.4800 925.251.2500

89 Davis Rd., 1700 N. Main St. Orinda, CA 94563 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925.253.7000 925.280.8500

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6 BD 6 BA 5,096sf. on a 15,712sf. lot. Amazing private backyard! Huge gourmet kitchen, hardwood throughout. Guest suite w/ full bath on main level.

4 BD 3 BA 2,788sf. on a 10,462sf. lot. Bedroom and full bathroom downstairs. 3 car garage, hardwood flooring, custom built.

$1,675,000

$1,030,000

5190 GENOVESIO DR. PLEASANTON 3265 NORTHAMPTON CT. PLEASANTON LOCATED IN VALENCIA LOCATED IN PLEASANTON MEADOWS

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3 BD 2 BA 1,204sf. on a ½ acre lot. Single level, AC, court location. Walk to downtown.

$699,000

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4 BD 2.5 BA 1,770sf. on a 5,796sf. lot. Largest yard in 5 BD 3 BA 2,441sf. on a 6,937sf. lot. neighborhood! Close to community pool. Tile flooring Great location with side yard access. Bedroom and downstairs, granite counters, HUGE backyard. full bath on main level. Open floor plan.

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$690,000

4127 ALVARADO ST. PLEASANTON LOCATED IN JENSEN/AMADOR 3 BD 2 BA 1,347sf. on a 6,500sf. lot. Hardwood floors throughout. Family & living rooms. Updated kitchen and baths.

$608,000

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3 BD 2 BA 1,734sf. on a 6,500sf. lot. HUGE family room addition, granite kitchen, updated baths. Side yard access.

$610,000

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8019 GOLDEN EAGLE WAY, PLEASANTON

1327 HEARST DRIVE, PLEASANTON

27 GREY EAGLE ESTATE, PLEASANTON

4150 CREEKWOOD COURT, PLEASANTON

Beautiful large premium 1.08 acre lot in desirable Golden Eagle Estates gated community. Panoramic views! Build your own dream home or plans are approved for a 6300 sq ft. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms home with 4 car garage. Plans available for custom rock sculpted pool with waterslide and waterfall, pool cabana and custom outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, outdoor shower. Community ammenities: Pool, tennis courts and access to Augustin Bernal Park. Located adjacent to Castlewood Country Club. Five minutes from charming downtown Pleasanton. OFFERED AT $1,000,000

Great location! Beautiful semi-custom home on .40 acre lot. Expansive deck with panoramic views! Private rear grounds. Five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 4,026 square feet. Upgraded gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, newer paint & carpeting, extensive hardwood floors. Expansive master suite. Community pool, park, tennis courts and open space. Walk to Main Street and award winning schools! OFFERED AT $1,195,000

Secluded 5904 sq ft. custom home on premium 5.3 acre estate in desirable, gated Grey Eagle Estates. Panoramic Views of the valley and Mt. Diablo. Five bedrooms, plus bonus room, office, 2nd office/hobby room, 3.5 bathrooms. Four car garage. Beautiful grounds include private vineyard, In-ground pool and spa. SOLD FOR $1,900,000

Don’t miss this private, Pleasanton home on premium ½ acre lot. Large multimedia/game room, upgraded kitchen and bathrooms with granite. Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, hardwood floors, two fireplaces, three car garage, 4,002 square feet. Large secluded park-like rear yard includes expansive Trex deck, in-ground pool, Hot Springs grande covered spa, waterfall/pond, playhouse, zip line, large lawn area, mature redwood trees and large cemented side yard area. Walk to great schools & neighborhood parks. SOLD FOR $1,120,000

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1588 FOOTHILL ROAD, PLEASANTON

2951 PICHOLINE COURT, LIVERMORE

New custom single level home on private country lane off of Foothill Road. This private half acre lot is located adjacent to Golden Eagle with ridge views. Four bedrooms, bonus room/guest quarters, home theater room, private office, lockable 400 bottle wine cellar, 4.5 bathrooms, 4762 sq. ft. Gourmet kitchen with granite slab countertops, top of the line appliances. Oversized three car garage (4th car option). In-ground pool, detached permitted room (office/workout room) seller to credit buyer for brand new landscaping. Near Castlewood Country Club. SOLD FOR $1,625,000

Beautiful, highly upgraded Los Olivos home on professionally landscaped private .25 acre lot. Don’t miss it! Five bedroom (bonus room 5th), 3.5 bathrooms, plus detached studio/guest quarters (1 bed/1 bath). Approximately 3889 sq. ft. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite slab countertops and stainless steel appliances. Highly upgraded spacious master suite with granite. Beautiful grounds include large private patio, spacious lawn area, garden/play set area, and atrium/side patio. Views of surrounding hills. Minutes to quality golf courses and Livermore Valley wineries. SOLD FOR $950,000

2845 VINE COURT, LIVERMORE

2468 VIA DE LOS MILAGROS, PLEASANTON

Beautiful highly upgraded home in excellent condition. Panoramic views of vineyards and surrounding hills. Five bedrooms (4th is private office, 5th in guest house/casita), four bathrooms (4th in casita). Approximate total square footage 3,553. Upgraded kitchen with granite countertop & backsplash, two fireplaces, plantation shutters throughout, three car garage. Private gate & rear grounds include separate guest house/casita, expansive exposed aggregate patio, lawn area, fruit trees and vineyards. No backyard neighbors. Close to wineries & golf courses. SOLD FOR $809,000

Desirable “Original Country Fair”. Excellent location. Convenient to everything. Walk to all levels of schools & parks. Customized highly upgraded home with five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, bonus/game room, 3,787 square feet. Three car garage, remodeled kitchen with granite and custom backsplash, custom cabinets & built-ins, plantation shutters throughout, newer high quality roof, two wood burning fireplaces. Very private beautiful grounds include in-ground black bottom solar heated pool & spa, exposed aggregate patio with flagstone, beautiful landscaping on .27 acre lot. SOLD FOR $1,318,500

PLEASANTON 90 0 Main Street

The latest from The 680 Blog Ouch…. Zillow says U.S. Homes lose $1.7 Trillion in 2010 Nothing like some good news to end the year strong. Zillow, the bellwether site that tracks home values nationally, says in aggregate the U.S. stands to see a drop of $1.7 Trillion in 2010. Not the kind of stocking stuffer we in the housing industry were looking for. Frankly, I’m not even sure how much money a trillion dollars is without fumbling with my adding machine. It’s like that classic scene from Austin Powers were he demands, after being frozen for 30 years, a ransom of “one million dollars”, only to be reminded that a million dollars today is chicken feed. He promptly raises his ransom to “one hundred billion dollars”. Now we’re getting somewhere. (I did figure it out by the way. $1.7 Trillion equals $1,700 Billion dollars. Somehow, that sounds worse, so let’s stick with $1.7 Trillion). Any way you spin it, that is a big number. Especially given the federal tax credits for home buyers (remember those?) fueled a min-boom for the first 5 months of the year. In fact, Zillow claims that over $1 Trillion of the loss in value occurred in the second half of the year. Now before you go on a gold buying spree and turn your spare bedroom into a mini Fort Knox, there are some voices of dissent. The Federal

Housing Finance Agency, a government agency that tracks Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac loans, claims home prices were down a modest 1.6% in the 3rd quarter. That’s a relief. And the S & P/Case-Shiller Index is actually up slightly from the 1st of the year, but trending down, with a 2% decline in the 3rd quarter. And the National Association of Realtors? It’s not hard to guess what their take on the market is. According to Bloomberg News, the NAR claims the market hit bottom in 2009, and prices nationally will be flat this year. Nothing to see here, keep moving. This from Walter Molony, NAR spokesman: “We are projecting essentially no change in values from 2009 and view Zillow’s estimates as completely wrong,” he said in an e-mail. So who is right? As we have discussed before, real estate is a local, or even hyper >>Go to www.680homes.com to read the rest of this article.

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