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officer for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. Carrillo, a long-time Habitat volunteer, provided the impetus for the project. After leading Sandia teams for Habitat Build-aThon events in 2009 and 2010, he talked to Lee about creating a Habitat project in Livermore. He wanted a project in the Tri-Valley where Sandia employees could volunteer and help the local community. The Sandia volunteers said it is their way of giving back to the community where they live and work. The idea gained steam in the spring of 2013 when Lee, Sandia Community Relations officer Stephanie Beasly and Carrillo brought together Sandia, the city of Livermore and Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. With the help of cities like Livermore, Habitat identifies and purchases properties, rebuilds the homes and eventually sells them to families with limited incomes. Lee said Habitat plans to rebuild two more houses in Livermore next year. The Habitat event started with a safety briefing. Then the volunteers split into indoor and outdoor teams. The indoor team removed drywall, doors, fixtures, insulation and trim. The outdoor team cleared debris and overgrown vegetation from the backyard and removed an outdoor patio cover. “Knowing that we were improving a house for a veteran and helping to improve the neighborhood was immensely satisfying.” said Julie Fruetel, one of the Sandia volunteers. “It was great to see Congressman Swalwell and Mayor Marchand there in the morning getting just as dirty as the rest of us.” Work on the house will continue into spring, with various businesses and community groups sponsoring workdays. Sandia will have a second workday on Saturday, Jan. 11. N

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What was your single, greatest accomplishment this past year? Rubino Riazni Investment Banker I would have to say my biggest accomplishment this year was doing a major renovation on my house, which was quite dated. I was pretty hands-on with the actual work and am very pleased with the results.

Jeannette Smith

Owner, JS Vocal Studio of Pleasanton My biggest accomplishment this year was fulfilling my dream of creating and getting a women’s a cappella singing group off the ground and running. I put together a great group of ladies and I really enjoy leading them.

Deborah Conroy Legal Secretary Well, I hosted Thanksgiving for 30 people in my home this year. That was definitely a big accomplishment. In fact, we’re still cleaning up from it.

Jason Steiner Microchip Designer Great question. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Give me a second, I have some on my phone. Check this baby out. He’s mine!!! Definitely, hands down, my biggest accomplishment of the year.

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Mechanic That would have to be our vegetable garden. Along with my wife and kids, we converted about three quarters of our backyard into a vegetable garden. Now we grow all of our own vegetables, organically and pesticide-free. And we donate whatever surplus we have to a local food pantry. —Compiled by Nancy, Jenny and Katie Lyness

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East Bay luxury home sales jump 43% in November Pleasanton home tops list at $3.1 million

Alumni soccer The 11th Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer Games are set for Jan. 4 at Foothill High. Both matches (women’s at noon and men’s at 2 p.m.) benefit the soccer programs of Amador and Foothill high schools. The annual event also honors former Foothill High soccer star Ryan Gordon, who died in a boating accident shortly after graduating in 2003. Ex-soccer players from either school interested in playing in the games should register by Jan. 2. The cost to play is $20. Additionally, all gate receipts ($8 adults and $5 students) and snack bar proceeds will go directly to the soccer programs. To register or learn more, visit All-Star Sports, 3037-A Hopyard Road, or call 846-7928.

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The East Bay’s luxury housing market continued its rally in November with high-end sales jumping 43.2% from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service data of all homes sold for more than $1 million last month in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. A total of 199 luxury homes were sold in November, up from 139 transactions in November 2012. High-end sales were down 2% from October, when 203 luxury properties changed hands, although a small seasonal decline isn’t unusual. Meanwhile, the median sale price of a luxury home in November was $1.25 million, up 1.6% from the previous month but off fractionally from last November. The upper end of the market stayed particularly hot with 19 sales of more than $2 million, nearly double the 10 multi-million dollar

transactions at the same time last year. Homes also sold faster on average and sellers received a higher percentage of their asking price. “The East Bay’s luxury housing market is closing out the year much in the way it began with strong yearover-year sales gains and solid demand from wellqualified buyers,” said Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “The Rick Turley market appears to be gradu- President of ally balancing out from the Coldwell Banker red hot seller’s market we saw Residential earlier in the year, but this is Brokerage. still a very healthy market as we head into 2014.” Some key findings from this month’s Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage luxury report:

Chamber accepting nominations for Community Service awards

Inspired blood drive The first-ever Team Delaney Blood Drive, organized by the American Red Cross, is scheduled for this Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Livermore. The drive, supporting local patients in need of blood donations, is named for and inspired by Delaney Newton, a 2-year-old Livermore girl battling brain cancer. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements, and be in generally good health. Walk-ins are welcome to the New Year’s Eve drive, but Red Cross officials recommend making an appointment. The event will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1501 Hillcrest Ave. Livermore. To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code, DELANEY.

New Year blessing Lynnewood United Methodist Church will host a cross-cultural New Year’s blessing in the tradition of India on Wednesday afternoon. The event, intended for people of any ethnicity, will offer participants private prayer time with lead church pastor Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, followed by Indian refreshments and conversation with church members. The New Year’s Day event will run from 2-3 p.m. at 4444 Black Ave. For more information, visit the church website, www.lynnewood.org, or call 846-0221.

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

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Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo retires Led city successfully through recession years Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo retired Friday, marking an end to 25 years of local government service. At a festive retirement ceremony, Mayor Tim Sbranti presented Pattillo with a gift of a smaller version of the signature Dublin Clock as others on the City Council and city staff applauded. Chris Foss, the current assistant city manager, has been selected to succeed her. Pattillo took the city manager’s post 5 1/2 years ago just as the economic recession began and had the job of leading Dublin’s municipal government through its worst economic challenge ever. She is credited with success in this endeavor, stabilizing the city organization while also positioning it for future growth and prosperity. During her tenure, Pattillo worked with the City Council to improve community engagement and outreach, including the development of a new website and tools to better connect citizens and businesses with

the city, creating public annual reports on the city’s fiscal condition and developing a 10-year strategic plan and capital improvement projects. Her work included creating Community Strategy Forums to help the council and city staff develop ongoing financial priorities for Dublin, including initiating the city’s first two-year budget process to provide fiscal stabilization during turbulent economic times. She also was instrumental in the development of new public park projects, including Fallon Sports Park, Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, four neighborhood parks and the continued development of Emerald Glen Park, with a design phase of the city’s planned aquatic center. “It has been my pleasure to work with Joni over the last several years, and I know that we are a better community because of her service to our residents and businesses,” said Sbranti. —Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 51st annual Community Service awards. The public is encouraged to nominate businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Pleasanton community. The awards will be given in five categories: Business Philanthropy, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Service, Distinguished Individual and Green Service. The awards will be presented at the Community Service Awards event in March at Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center. The program began in 1963 to recognize good people doing great things in the community and since then, hundreds of recipients have been honored. Nomination forms and information regarding the criteria for each award category are available on the Pleasanton Chamber website www.pleasanton.org. Nominations are due Jan. 17 and may be submitted via email to susie@pleasanton. org, faxed to 925.846.9697 or mailed/ delivered to the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Avenue, Pleasanton, CA, 94566. The Pleasanton Chamber presented six Community Service Awards in 2013. The recipients were Business Philanthropy Award: 1st United Services Credit Union; Excellence in Business Award: Simpson Strong-Tie; Excellence in Service Award: Volunteers in Police Service; Distinguished Individual Service Award: Debi Covello, and Green Business Award: The Clorox Company and Café Main. N

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NEWS

Pleasanton home damaged in fireplace blaze Fire burns through chimney lining

It’s flashing yellow, can I turn? New signal tests driver’s comprehension, patience BY JEB BING

The city of Pleasanton has changed the traffic light at Hopyard Road and Parkside Drive to a four-phase signal that motorists may have to figure out as they drive, based on the explanation given. This new type of signal includes a “flashing yellow arrow,” which is designed to improve pedestrian safety. According to Traffic Engineer Mike Tassano, the new signal has the usual three lighted turning arrows in red, yellow and green, plus a new flashing yellow arrow. “The new style four-section signal

functions in a similar fashion as the three-section signal, but instead of the circular green indication, a flashing yellow arrow provides a direct message to drivers to cautiously enter the intersection when making a left turn,” Tassano said. In a press release explaining the new signal, Tassano said: “With this new style head, the red left turn arrow can be illuminated to restrict left turn movements while pedestrians are crossing. This option is not available with the standard three-section permissive left-turn signals. The signal will allow left

turns to enter the intersection when pedestrians are not present under the ‘flashing yellow arrow’ which is the same as the ‘left-turn yield on green ball’ operation that currently exists at this location.” “The signal will also have the ability to display a solid green arrow that will provide a protected left turn to improve the efficiency of the signal during the times of the day when this intersection experiences heavy left turn traffic volumes.” It might be clearer after driving over to the intersection and trying it out. N

Plan for Delta now available to public Comments may be made through April 14 BY JEB BING

A house fire in Pleasanton left a family’s home badly burned but nobody was hurt, firefighters said late Sunday. The blaze was reported about 8 p.m. at the home of Tom and Kelly Opatz at 1008 Malaga Ct. in the upper Vintage Heights section of Pleasanton. Livermore/Pleasanton firefighters at the scene said the fire started in the fireplace and burned through part of the

chimney wall’s lining, catching the attic and parts of the home’s second floor on fire. At least six fire trucks, three police cars and a paramedic responded to the blaze, which required firefighters to rip out part of the home’s rear roof to reach the flames. The homeowner and a neighbor were out for a walk when the fire occurred. No estimate of damages was available. N

BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

The state and federal Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now available for public review through April 14. Copies are online and at various locations around the state. The plan aims at restoring the Delta ecosystem and the water supply for 25 million Californians, including those living in the Zone 7 service area. More than 80% of water delivered by Zone 7 to Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Dougherty Valley is Sierra snowmelt captured by the State Water Project and conveyed through the Delta. “This is a rational, balanced plan to help meet the needs of all Californians for generations classes: to come,” Natural Resources

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Secretary John Laird said. The Delta estuary faces increasing problems caused by invasive species, as well as threats of seawater from flooding, earthquakes and rising sea levels due to climate change, according to a Zone 7 press release. Also, the existing system of conveying water has created unnatural north-south flows in the Delta, confusing native species and disturbing the ecosystem. The plan calls for extensive habitat improvements, as well as the construction of two new water supply tunnels, from the northern Delta to existing aqueduct facilities in the south Delta. By meeting the state’s goals for ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability, Laird said, “We will stabilize and secure against catastrophe the water deliveries that sustain our homes, jobs and farms, and do so in a way that not only protects but

enhances the environment.” The proposed size of the facility has been reduced from 15,000 cubic feet per second to 9,000, according to Zone 7. This would be large enough to maintain the state’s groundwater basins and reservoirs while still requiring urban communities to conserve and recycle water. To view information on the plan, go to baydeltaconservationplan.com. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one component of the California Water Action Plan, which Secretary Laird will outline at a public workshop at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at Dublin City Hall, hosted by the Dublin San Ramon Services District. Some of the specific actions in the California Water Action Plan include water conservation, increased local and regional self-sufficiency, increased water storage, flood protection and ecosystem restoration. N

Senator DeSaulnier hosts annual holiday open house

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State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (right) speaks with constituents during his Dec. 18 holiday open house in Walnut Creek. BY JEREMY WALSH

About 100 people turned out to State Senator Mark DeSaulnier’s annual holiday open house on Dec. 18, taking advantage of the chance to speak with their elected representative, mingle with his staff and tour his Walnut Creek office. “It’s always a good event, usually fun and work for me,” the second-term senator said.

DeSaulnier (D-Concord) represents California’s 7th Senatorial District, consisting of portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. In addition to Pleasanton, the district includes Brentwood, Antioch, Pittsburg and Concord to the north, Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek to the west, and San Ramon, Dublin and Livermore to the south. N

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32 sexual predators in Pleasanton, among lowest in county

Police release sketch of home burglar Suspected in other city break-ins BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

Pleasanton police now have a sketch of a suspect in a Dec. 3 residential burglary. The burglary was at the Civic Square apartment complex on Bernal Avenue. The victim arrived home just after noon and was confronted by the male suspect inside the apartment, according to police. “The suspect placed his right hand under his jacket and indicated he was in possession of a handgun. The suspect stated, ‘Don’t call anyone or I’ll kill you,’” said Crime Prevention Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker. “The suspect then ran out of the apartment. Stolen from the residence was cash and jewelry. The victim was not injured during the incident.” The suspect is described as a white male, 35-40 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a thin build, brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, light color

2,900 predators live in Alameda County BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

Statistics and the turnout at a recent forum on sexual predators show Pleasanton doesn’t have a serious problem. The city has the fewest number of predators per capita in Alameda County, while other cities of similar size can number theirs in the hundreds. “There isn’t a really big problem here,” Alameda County sheriff’s Deputy David Kozicki told a handful of people at the forum, held on a Wednesday evening at the Amador Valley High theater. “In Pleasanton, there are only 34.” Kozicki said there are about 2,900 sexual predators in the county, and approximately 88,000 in the state. Police actually have two lists, one for the public, viewable in the Megan’s Law database, and a separate one for their viewing only. Of those in Pleasanton, 28 are viewable on the Megan’s Law website, and four are for police eyes only. All of them are required to register with the Pleasanton Police Department when they move to the city and required to re-register within five days of their birthday every year. “There’s nobody that we know for sure that’s in violation in Pleasanton,” Kozicki said. Failure to register or to renew their registration comes with some harsh penalties, he said. A firsttime failure is a misdemeanor, carrying sentences of 16 months to two years in jail, and by law, the minimum amount they can spend behind bars is 90 days. “That’s just for not coming in within five days of your birthday,” Kozicki told the small group. Experts say sexual predators “are not rehabilitatable,” he said, and they’re required to be checked by the police depart-

ment, including submitting to lie detector tests, and to undergo regular psychiatric exams. Kozicki said while most families fear for their daughters and warn about “stranger danger,” most sexual predators are known by the families of their victims, and most target boys. But just because the city doesn’t have a large population of registered sexual offenders doesn’t mean people should relax, Pleasanton Community Services Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker told the group. “We have people in society who haven’t been caught yet,” RevelWhitaker said, advising people to trust their instincts and ask questions if they have concerns. N

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eyes, and a thin mustache and goatee. His voice was described as “smokey.” He was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. Police suspect the same man might be responsible for four other burglaries at Civic Square Apartments, all with the same method and all between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with similar items — cash and jewelry — stolen, and several similar burglaries at other Pleasanton apartment complexes. The police department’s Crime Prevention Unit is currently working to educate Civic Square apartment residents on how to reduce the risk of becoming a burglary victim. Anyone with information about the possible identity of the suspect or who would like crime prevention tips regarding residential burglaries, is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100. N

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Thank You Readers and Advertisers For Supporting Us in 2013

Happy Holidays from the Pleasanton Weekly Staff

Opinion EDITORIAL

THE OPINION OF THE WEEKLY

Help those in need through the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

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s this season of giving continues and with just five days left in 2013, we hope that those who haven’t yet contributed will consider a year-end gift to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. It’s a timely plea, with many nonprofits still faced with diminished contributions as a result of the waning recession while needing increased funds to meet a growing number of those in need. Even though we are seeing an economic rebound, the good times have not reached the nonprofit caregivers which depend on public contributions to serve our community. Contributions to the 2013 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be distributed in two tiers, with 75% of all dollars raised going to Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, Valley Humane Society and ValleyCare Health System. Another 25% of the contributions will go to Hope Hospice, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, REACH, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies and Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley. Again this year, the Weekly is partnering with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), which will handle all finances related to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. This will allow donors to take advantage of a tax deduction for the dollars they contribute through the Foundation’s 501(c)(3) status to the fullest extent of the law, but your contributions must be made by Tuesday, Dec. 31 in order to qualify as 2013 charitable donations. Even so, we’ll keep the campaign open through Friday, Jan. 10. Those contributions can be claimed on 2014 tax returns. SVCF, headquartered in Mountain View, is no stranger to Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley. In recent years, the community foundation and its donors have awarded grants to Amador Valley and Horizon high schools, Axis Community Health, PPIE, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue and the Valley Humane Society. Together with the Pleasanton Weekly, we know what the needs are in our local communities because of our long-standing expertise in helping these organizations. Also, the Pleasanton Weekly is handling all costs of the campaign. That means that every dollar goes directly to the 10 nonprofits with no administrative expenses. As the Holiday Fund is a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, please direct your donations to: Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300 Mountain View, California 94040 Checks should be made payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation. There is also an opportunity to donate through PayPal online at www.siliconvalleycf.org/pleasantonweeklyholidayfund. All donations will be acknowledged shortly after being received. N

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HOLIDAY FUND

Holiday Fund donors Since the launch of the 2013 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund campaign, 279 donors have contributed $48,370 to the fund. This list includes donations received on or before Dec. 19, 2013. Individuals Al & Mary Lombardo ............** Alan & Jean Purves.............. 150 Alan & Julia Casamajor ....... 100 Albert & Lola Malatesta ...... 100 Alice Desrosiers .................. 100 Alok & Shoba Sinha ............ 100 Ana, Michael & Nicole Fong ............................... 250 Ann & Don Rathjen ..............** Barbara Daniels....................** Bernie & Michael Billen .........** Betty Kirvan ....................... 100 Bill & Dottie Berck .............. 200 Bill & Ellie Haynes.................** Bill & Fran Hirst ................. 100 Bill & Pat Ruvalcaba ........... 300 Bill & Peggy Paris ..................** Bill Woodruff ..................... 250 Blaise & Amy Lofland.......... 250 Bob & Judy Robichaud .........** Bob & Kathy Russman ..........** Bob & Marianne Eisberg .......** Bob & Orley Philcox ............ 500 Bob and Carol Molinaro..... 500 Bob Williams ..................... 500 Bobby Jensen ..................... 250 Brian & Karen Swift ..............** Bruce & Cindy Yamamoto .....** Cameron & Jill Lorentz ..........** Carl & Sharrell Michelotti.... 100 Carlo & Geri Vecchiarelli ..... 125 Carol Guarnaccia ............... 100 Carol Smith........................ 200 Charlotte & Jerry Severin ..... 100 Chris & Linda Coleman ....... 500 Christina & Srikant Mantha ..30 Christopher Scott .................25 Chuck & Debby Uhler ...........75 Clint & Tina Onderbeke ........** D. R. Ham............................** Dan Sapone & Gretta Speakman ....................... 100 Daniel Dawson .....................** Dean Buchenauer ............... 100 Debi Zentner ........................** Deborah Tomlin ...................** Diane Davidson .................. 100 Don & Jean Kallenberg ..........** Earl & Dorothy Maddox ...... 100 Ed & Bernadette Dantzig..... 250 Eric Krieger......................... 250 Eric Larson ......................... 400 Evan & Carolyn White...........** Frank & Muriel Capilla ..........** Frank & Sonia Geasa .......... 200 Frank & Teresa Morgan.........** Garrett & Angela Holmes .... 100 Gary & Mary Lazarotti ..........** Gary & Nancy Harrington ... 200 Gary & Peg Smith .................** Gary Alt ............................. 200 Gladys Pearson.....................50 Glenda Beratlis ................... 500 Glenn & Janet Wenig........... 100 Gretchen & John Clatworthy ...................... 300 Hal & Maxine Wilson .......... 100 Helmuth Meissner ................**

Herbert & Stella Chang .........** Howard G. Seebach............ 100 Ilene & Mike Forman .......... 250 Isabel Curry..........................** James & Marilyn Wong ....... 150 James Brice & Carole Peterson ...........................** Jan & Jeb Bing .................... 200 Jason Stinebaugh................ 100 Jean & Wes Felton .............. 500 Jeff & Jeri Oh ........................** Jerry & Ilona Ulrich .......... 1,000 Joe & Joann Pennisi...............** Joe & Kelly Montes ...............50 Joe & Sue Silva......................** John & Barbara Severini ...... 250 John & Kay Stewart ...............** John & Marcia O’Neill ..........** John & Roxanne Plotts ..........** John & Sheila Sanches...........** John Brusch ....................... 500 John H. Marshall ................ 100 John Piekarski..................... 100 John Schadegg.................... 100 Jonathan & Janet Allen ..........** Julia Murtagh & Bob Murtagh .................. 500 Kathie & Lloyd Lortz ........... 200 Kathleen Glancy ...................50 Kathryn Anderson .............. 400 Kathy & Jeff Narum ............ 100 Kay & Charles Huff ...............** Kem and Renée Kantor .........** Kenneth & Barbara McDonald ........................** Kevin & Cindy Powers ...........** Linda Jordan ........................** Lonnie Shaw....................... 100 Lyle & Carolyn Allen............ 100 Marc Louderback .................50 Mark & Amy Arola .............. 250 Mark Miller ........................ 150 Marvin Rensink .................. 200 Michael Dutra .................... 100 Michelle & Peter Weeks .........** Mike Kundmann & Roseann Csencsits......................... 100 Mohamed Ziauddin ............ 100 Mrs. Terry Messick-Cass and Mr. Barry Cass ................ 100 Nancy & Jake Krakauer .........** Nancy Cowan.......................** Norm & Joyce Pacheco .........** Patricia A. Bacon................ 200 Paul & Ann Hill ....................** Paul & Barbara Dubois .........50 Paul Ebright ....................... 100 Peggy Karn from Richard W. Karn ...............** Pete & Julie Mason ...............** Philip Levine ....................... 100 Ran and Pat Costello ............** Randy & Emily Yim ............. 100 Richard & Gloria Fredette .....** Richard & Judith Del Tredici ...................... 100 Rick & Dawn Marie Barraza ........................... 200 Rita Rollar.......................... 100

Robert & Janice Hermann .....** Rod & Christina Browning and family....................... 100 Rodger, Laura & Stephanie Miller ................................50 Rudy & Marge Johnson ....... 100 Ryan Brown & Julie Harryman ..75 S. P. Chase ...........................** Sonal & Ajay Shah ................** Steve & Linda Ethier..............** Sue & Tom Fox .....................** Swati & Manoj Samel ......... 100 The Cohen family ............... 500 The Craig family ................. 250 The Foley family ...................** The Ristow family .................** The Sborov family.................**

The Seoni family ................. 100 Thomas Rasmus ...................25 Tim & Belinda Schultz......... 100 Tim McGuire — Alain Pinel Realtors ....................... 1,000 Vincent & Sarah Ciccarello ....** Businesses & Organizations California Self-Defense Consultants ......................** Casper Screens NorCal ....... 100 DeBernardi Development Construction and Remodeling.......................** Friends of Joan .....................40 Healthy Minds Institute ........** J Vellinger Designs .............. 150 LawTech............................. 250

Life Science Writing Services ...** Mission Pipe Shop & Cigar Lounge .............................75 Pleasanton Pet Sitting ...........75 Ponderosa Homes .............. 500 Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP — Attorneys at Law ... 250 Sue Evans Photography ...... 100 The Christmas Light Pros of the Tri-Valley ......................... 100 The HomeWorks Group........** Time 4 Order – Professional Organizing ...................... 100 Valley Real Estate Network....................... 5,650 Walt Lupeika — Certified Public Accountant ..................... 100 See DONORS on Page 10

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Make checks payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation and send to: Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300 Mountain View, California 94040 Credit card gifts may be made at: www.siliconvalleycf.org/pleasantonweeklyholidayfund

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HOLIDAY FUND

DONORS Continued from Page 9

As a Gift for Clark Mitchell and Ron Roudebush from the Miller family ...............................** Dan & Lou Lincoln from Kevin & Barbara Brooks ..............** Jim & Diane Brittain and Dave & Kris Snyder from Ross & Sheri Kapp ........................** Kris & Dave Snyder and Sheri & Ross Kapp from Jim & Diane Brittain ............................** In Honor of Jana Grant from Steve & Jori Grant........................ 100 Kristin Brown and Sgt. Patrick Herman, USMC from Mike Herman ....................** Mike, Matt & Diane from the Pentins ........................... 100 Our Precious Gift of “5� Grandchildren ...................10 In Memory of Archie, Adeline, Roy & Eva .. 100 Allan Hillman, Randy & Margie Warner, David & Marian Hillman from Sharon Hillman ............................** Arleen Neu from LaVern Neu ..................... 200 Babette Wodowski from Phillip & Kathy Vermont ...............** Bert Brook from Dee Brook .. 100

Bert Brook from Sue Compton.................. 100 Betty & George Ackel from Rick & Pam Ackel ..............** Betty Patrick from Charles & Joan Brown .......................** Bill & Alice Marsh from Audrey & Bill Sears .......................** Bill Haraughty from Anita V. Haraughty.........................25 Bob Williams from Mavis Williams ...........................25 Carl W. Pretzel from Marilyn Pretzel ............................ 100 Chris Beratlis ...................... 200 Cliff & Jo Chapple from Bernie Thurman......................... 250 Dale & Lucille Griffitts from Sharon Morrison ...............25 Dale Vaughn-Bowen from Corrine Mavridis ...............** Dan Gabor from Ann Gabor.. 100 David & Amber from Connie & Denny Harris ................... 200 Dick Waldron from Virginia Waldron ...........................** Donald D. Reid from George & Susan Reid ...................... 200 Doris Cink & Charles Glass from Vern & Tracy Cink ..............** Doris T. Walberg from Todd & Brenda Walberg .............. 100 Dr. E. John Ainsworth from Carolyn Ainsworth .......... 100 Edythe Shewfelt from Frank & Muriel Capilla ...................**

Elizabeth Ng from Chris & Linda Coleman ......................... 500 Emily & Richard Prima from Frank & Marie Morley ........** Erman & Joyce Theodore from Vicki Leon .........................** Ernest L. Goble from Bob & Marilyn Grimes .................** Gam & Papa Abbott from the Casey Family .....................** Gene Gadd from Mitzie Gadd .................... 100 Gene Strom, Keith Strom, Donna Miller and William Kolb from Carol G. Strom ................. 400 Geno & Marge Andreatta from Dave Cryer ...................... 100 Grandpa Ray Ulatoski from Jeff Ulatoski .......................... 150 Grandpa Tom McCague from Annie & Kevin Sjodahl ..... 150 Gustav Ranis from Debra & Evan Miller...................... 100 Harold Consedine & Hubert Hamm from the Hamm family ...............................** Husband, dad, papa - Woody Pereira ............................ 200 Jack Emmons .......................99 James B. Kohnen from Pat Kohnen ........................... 200 Janet Reichlin from Mike, Lori & Michael Reichlin.............. 100 Joann “Mrs. K� Koobatian from the Siegel family ................** John A. Mavridis from Ted & Corrine Mavridis ...............**

John A. Silva from Manny Silva ......................** John Ainsworth from the Caldwell family .................** John Corley from Barbara A. Jackson .............................** Judith Perko from Robert Perko................... 100 June & Michael Carboni from Richard A. & Nancy A. Shockley ......................... 100 Karl K. Witze ...................... 500 Kwok Ying and Pui Chun Hui .................. 100 Linny Hallen Hays from Greg & Peg Meagher .....................** Mabel Rich & Joe Kramm from Pat & Randy Kramm ..........** Marilyn Bowe from Jim Bowe ..** Mary L. Erickson from Al Copher .........................** Mary May from Michael May ..** Nancy Ann Berkley & Hester N. Bagley from the Berkley family ............................. 100 Nicholas Daniel Lesser from Bruce & Kathleen Lesser.....** Norm Bottorff from Dory Bottorff .......................... 100 Our Grandmas Roselle Grimes, Evelyn Schrick & Verna Plummer from Steve, Pam & Mitch Grimes ....................** Our Parents – William & Ruth Emery and Ken & Elizabeth McGilvray .........................**

Our Sister Linda Picchi from Mike & Kris Harnett......... 125 Owen Saupe from Rebecca Saupe ...............................** Pauline and Ernie DeCoite from Steve & Jane DeCoite ....... 200 Perry Coe from Pauline Coe ..** Richard Brierly from Stephanie Brierly England ................ 100 Rick Aguiar ..........................50 Robert C. Bush from Arlene Bush .................................** Robert Himsl from Charlotte Himsl................................** Roberta T. Donnelly from August & Kathleen Reinig .. 200 Ron Silva from Nancy Silva ...** Rosalee Burns from Lou & Susan Astbury ................. 100 Sharon Dirkx ........................** Steven Charles Irby and Susie’s “Big Cat� ..........................** Those who have gone before us from The Gatlin 3 .............** Tom Elsnab from Nancy Elsnab .................. 100 Tony Costello from Michael & Cheryl Costello..................** Wanda Nolan from Julie & Don Lewis .............................. 200 Tony Costello from Michael & Cheryl Costello..................** Wanda Nolan from Julie & Don Lewis .............................. 200 **The asterisk designates that the donor did not want to publish the amount of the gift.

        



            

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TriValley Life

PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLES IN OUR COMMUNITY

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE VALLEY — MUSIC, THEATER, ART, MOVIES AND MORE

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he Tri-Valley is home to many different faiths and denominations, making it a melting pot of religious and cultural traditions. While this type of diversity is embraced by many, it also can be the source of friction and discord between and among the different religions, primarily due to a mutual lack of understanding of one another’s customs, traditions and beliefs. Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley is an organization made up of clergy and community members from Alameda and Contra Costa counties that encourages people of different faiths to come together in order to learn and understand one another. It also helps everyone realize that regardless of their religious differences, most people share many of the same goals, values and concerns and are much more similar than they are different. Run by members of many different faiths, Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley hosts numerous multi-religion/multi-cultural events each year that celebrate local diversity and aim to teach members of the community about the various faiths practiced by local people. Its hope is to foster a peaceful coexistence and an understanding and appreciation of others’ religious beliefs and practices in a climate of tolerance and inclusion. The mission of the Interfaith Interconnect organization is, “To enrich, inform and educate ourselves and others about the great diversity of faiths and cultures in our valley.” In 2011, Interfaith Interconnect organized and held “Three Weddings and a Reception”, where the group presented three mock weddings, involving real people of various faiths. One was a traditional Jewish wedding, another a traditional Christian wedding and the third was a Muslim wedding ceremony. Each of these mock weddings was intended to educate the attendees about the various traditions of different religions. Later, in 2012, the organization hosted “Sharing our Music: An Interfaith Concert.” This widely attended event brought together Bahá’í, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Unitarian congregations to share in a celebration of cultural and spiritual music. Recently, in late September, on World Peace Day, Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley hosted its annual picnic at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Livermore. It was a festive, multifaith, peace-promoting evening of learning, mutual respect, acceptance and inclusion. The indoor picnic, which was held in the church gymnasium due

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to inclement weather, engaged its guests with a multicultural potluck spread that each guest contributed to, and an interactive introductory activity that enabled the guests to learn the basic principles of the

different religions present. There were also activities for children, in order to engage them in the event and to help them understand at a young age that differences in religious beliefs and customs do not

have to, and should not, create a divide between people, and that everyone in the world is capable of living in harmony. In attendance at this spirited event were Catholics, Mormons,

Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Bahá’ís, Unitarian Universalists and even one Franciscan friar. Additionally, on Oct. 16, Interfaith Interconnect hosted an Eid Ul Adha celebration at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Eid Ul Adha, also known as “festival of the sacrifice,” is a Muslim holiday in honor of the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ishmael, as an act of submission to God’s command. Ultimately, God provided Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead of Abraham’s son. A member of Interfaith Interconnect described the holiday to the other members and their guests, as being “the second most important holiday on the Muslim calendar.” Last month, Interfaith Interconnect hosted an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Asbury Methodist Church in Livermore. Guests at this event were invited to join in a moment of shared gratitude with community members of all denominations. The goal of the service was to explore how gratitude is expressed in different faiths and how gratitude can transform individuals and benefit the community at large. Interfaith Interconnect also hosts monthly religion chats. These monthly chats take place in a different house of worship each month in order to afford members and their guests the opportunity to see and get a feeling for the places where people of other religions convene and pray and conduct their religious and social events. A frequent speaker is Ruth Gasten, who is Jewish and a member of Congregation Beth Emek on Nevada Street in Pleasanton. In 1939, during the Holocaust, when she was 6 years old, she escaped with her mother and father from Nazi Germany. The family immigrated to Chicago, where she grew up and adjusted to life in the U.S. She eventually settled in California and has lived in Livermore since 1962. Over time, the different houses of worship become familiar to each member. Eventually the members become comfortable in all of the different venues, and are able to engage there in an open, informal and meaningful dialogue every month that promotes understanding, acceptance, inclusion, tolerance and peaceful coexistence. N

Additional information about Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/InterfaithInterconnect/

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Ring in 2014 Countdown to New Year’s Eve Greeting the new year at home can be fun and gratifying Staying at home with the family can be a great way to spend New Year’s Eve, so give it some thought before you accept a party invitation or make plans to go out with friends. You can start out the evening splurging on a really decadent meal, knowing that you are still paying much less to eat it at home instead of a restaurant. Make the food preparation a group effort with everyone assigned tasks according to their age or skills, and bring out the fancy dishes and candles. If you are ordering takeout food, be sure to place the order early and avoid the rush. Appetizers-only can be fun, too, and they can be spread out throughout the night. Decide together on what you want to do that evening. Teens or young adults may feel they are stuck at home so be sure to talk to them about highlights of their past year and what they are anticipating in 2014. Consider taking a walk in the brisk air — it’s a great activity to share and if it is truly cold, your home will look extra inviting when you return to it. A few hours out at a movie can also be fun. You can make New Year’s resolutions together,

brainstorming about the best ideas and then each person choosing one and the others saying how they will help. Some family member may consider their own resolutions a private matter but be willing to help others with theirs. Board games are fun as a family, and an extra twist might be to have some prizes on hand. Decorations or dressing up for the evening are optional. Maybe have a dress-up theme? Toward the end of the night you can watch a movie or concert on TV, ending with the countdown to the new year. Have something special planned for midnight moment — sparklers, champagne/sparkling alternative, singing Auld Lang Syne. Hats and noisemakers are optional but hugs and kisses must be shared by all. When planning your New Year’s Eve at home, remember that you can really choose do anything at all. There is no law that says you have to yell Happy New Year at midnight — you can ignore it or even go to bed before the hour strikes. It’s already midnight in New York. --Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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Julian Singh, 12, claims silver in racquetball Junior Racquetball Championships held in Bolivia Julian Singh, 12, returned from the IRF XXV World Junior Racquetball Championships recently with a hard-earned silver medal in the 12 Doubles division. The second-place finish with doubles partner Sebastian Fernandez from San Diego was the highest among Team USA. Singh plays with ClubSport Pleasanton. “I was very excited to be a part of Team USA, and the overall experience was phenomenal,” said Singh. “There were some amazing players.” The Championships were held in Sucre, Bolivia, from Oct. 2026. Fernandez and Singh edged out the Bolivian team of Gadiel Ramos and Alexander Ramos in the quarterfinals, and defeated the Venezuelan contingent of Enrique Villareal and Luis Valor in the semifinals before falling in the championship match against Bolivians Diego Garcia and Gerson Miranda. “For Julian to reach the world championships and bring home the silver means a lot to all of us

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Julian Singh earned the silver medal for ClubSport in the World Junior Racquetball Championships.

who have worked with him and who continue to grow and build

our junior racquetball program at ClubSport,” said coach and ClubSport racquetball director Elaine Dexter. Singh qualified for the event by finishing first at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Championships in the Boys 12 Doubles with Fernandez. It was the third consecutive year that Singh, who has been training at ClubSport Pleasanton for the past four years under the tutelage of Dexter, Ken Stone, Carlos Contreras and recently Pablo Fajre, represented Team USA in the competition. “The entire experience was amazingly fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Singh said. “It meant the world to me to be on the team, and the memories will last a lifetime.” In 2011, Singh finished third in the Boys 10 Singles-Red, and he and Fernandez took home the bronze in the Boys 10 Doubles. At last year’s event, Singh and Fernandez reached the quarterfinals in the Boys 12 Doubles. N

AVHS player headed for All-Star Bowl in Orlando Mason Bartolo, 14, of Pleasanton was named an Offense-Defense All-American at a Football Camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this summer and invited to participate in the Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Bartolo, a running back/defensive lineman for Amador Valley, was selected by the Bowl Selection Committee for this honor from among thousands of young athletes across the country. The Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl is part of a weeklong series of events including the televised eighth annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, an All-Star football game showcasing 88 of the top high school seniors in the country. Current NFL pros such as Cam Newton, Carlos Dunlap and Dez Bryant are among others who played in the bowl before they

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Mason Bartolo of Amador Valley High School was invited to participate in the Offense-Defense Bowl week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

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CCOP wins Turkey Shootout The Catholic Community of Pleasanton’s fifth-grade boys basketball team won the MVP Elite Turkey Shootout Tournament in Walnut Creek over Thanksgiving weekend. The team won three games on the way to capture the championship, including a thriller over St. Joan of Arc in the championship game. Team members are (front, l-r) coach Dominic Miranda, Raghav Thondikulam, Adelric Low, Dominic Miranda, Michael Chheng, coach Rodger Kobayashi, (back) Keshav Patel, Matthew Reeves, Ryan Kobayashi, Miles Magann, Nick High and Tanner McMillan.

Share your local sports news and photos Email team results, photos, and news about tryouts or tournaments to sports@PleasantonWeekly.com

Stellar season for U-9 Rage Orange The U-9 Pleasanton Rage Orange girls capped a stellar season by finishing third out of 88 teams for the NorCal State Cup. The Rage Orange were undefeated in the Gold division of NorCal, and also had third-place finishes in the Rage Showcase and Mustang Stampede tournaments and a second-place finish in the Ajax United Fall Classic tournament. The Rage Orange team was led by Coach Dave Shaw.

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COMMUNIT Y PULSE ● TRANSITIONS

POLICE BULLETIN Package thieves nabbed Two women and one man were arrested at around 1:38 p.m. Dec. 17 after stealing packages from homes and leaving empty ones in their place. A resident confronted Paula Leeann Urioste, 35, and Angel M. Beasley, 34, both of Castro Valley; the two were arrested on felony counts of receiving stolen property. Angelo Miguel Jemmings 30, of San Lorenzo was arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine and giving false identification to police.

In other police reports: UÊ Ê LÀi>Ž‡ˆ˜Ê >ÌÊ >Ê Vœ˜ÃÌÀÕV̈œ˜Ê ÈÌiÊ œ˜Ê ̅iÊ 2900 block of Stoneridge Drive sometime between 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 7:25 a.m. Dec. 16 netted thousands of dollars in tools and other equipment from Now, Inc., based in Daimond Springs, Calif. Among the highvalue items stolen were two 200-pound air compressors worth about $1,500 apiece, six nail guns worth a total of $3,000, two saws worth an estimated $500 each, a $450 laser

level and a $450 drill. Entry was gained by prying open the lock on a storage container at a construction site. UÊ*œˆViÊ>ÀiʘœÌÊÀii>Ș}ʈ˜vœÀ“>̈œ˜Ê>LœÕÌÊ a Dec. 17 robbery at Beauty Supply Plus in the 2800 block of Hopyard Road, reported at 1:04 p.m. UÊ ->“ÕiÊ *>ÌÀˆVŽÊ >ˆiÞ]Ê ÓÎ]Ê œvÊ >À̈˜iâÊ was arrested at about 4:19 p.m. Dec. 20 in the first block of W. Angela Street on felony counts of hit-and-run from a crash with injuries, assault with a deadly weapon and vehicle theft. The arrest followed a witness call to police about a hit-and-run. The victim reported he’d heard someone start his truck, ran out and saw Bailey attempting to drive away. The victim told police Bailey hit him and crashed the truck while attempting to get away. UÊ /…iÊ -̜˜iÀˆ`}iÊ -…œ««ˆ˜}Ê i˜ÌiÀÊ Ü>ÃÊ Ì…iÊ location of a number of thefts and arrests in recent days. Two flutes worth $1,000 apiece and a $1,000 piccolo were taken from a car parked

near Sears in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road between 4:50 and 8:50 p.m. Dec. 19. Also taken were a backpack and sunglasses worth a total of $250. A $1,100 laptop, a $75 cell phone and a $40 backpack were stolen in a second smash-and-grab theft from a vehicle parked at Stoneridge Shopping Center between 2:24 at 2:26 p.m. Dec. 22. Cheris Mason, 34, of Oakland was arrested at about 11:47 p.m. Dec. 20 for felony burglary and receiving stolen property in a commercial burglary at J.C. Penney in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road. Taken from J.C. Penney was $415 in cologne and stolen property worth about $2,000 was also recovered. Angelina Suzanna Randle, 20, of San Leandro was arrested for identity theft at about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road. An employee at Macy’s Women’s told police credit card information and cash had been stolen from her purse, which was taken and returned, but her credit card was attempted to be used to make to make fraudulent purchases. UÊ Ê ÀiÈ`i˜ÌÊ œvÊ Ì…iÊ ÓxääÊ LœVŽÊ œvÊ -Žˆ“‡ mer Court reported a savings account was targeted to make fraudulent credit card pay-

POLICE REPORT The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available.

Dec. 17 Robbery ■ 1:04 p.m. in the 2800 block of Hopyard Road Theft ■ 10:20 a.m. in the 4900 block of Pleasanton Avenue ■ 1:56 p.m. in the 3100 block of Chardonnay Drive ■ 2:17 p.m. in the 3200 block of Vineyard Avenue ■ 2:32 p.m. in the 400 block of Junipero Street; fraud ■ 3:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Half Dome Drive ■ 3:16 p.m. in the 2900 block of Liberty Drive ■ 4:31 p.m. in the 4800 block of Harrison Street; bicycle theft Commercial burglary ■ 9:14 a.m. in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road ■ 11:24 a.m. in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road Auto burglary ■ 8:47 a.m. in the 400 block of Vineyard Avenue Battery ■ 11:49 p.m. in the 4100 block of Francisco Street Methamphetamine possession ■ 1:38 p.m. at the intersection of Interstate 580 and Eden Canyon Road

Dec. 18 Theft ■ 6:00 a.m. in the 3100 block of Bernal Avenue; auto theft ■ 10:38 a.m. in the 7800 block of Paseo Santa Cruz ■ 10:55 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; shoplifting ■ 11:16 a.m. in the 6300 block of Camino del Lago ■ 3:33 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting ■ 5:55 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; shoplifting ■ 7:07 p.m. in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue ■ 8:01 p.m. in the 1400 block of

Stoneridge Mall Road; embezzlement Battery ■ 6:21 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue Drug/alcohol violations ■ 4:23 p.m. in the 2900 block of Hopyard Road; DUI ■ 6:59 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and St. John Street; DUI

Dec. 19 Theft ■ 8:19 a.m. in the 7800 block of Knollbrook Drive ■ 3:12 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting ■ 4:42 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting ■ 5:13 p.m. in the 3400 block of Andrews Drive; bicycle theft Burglary ■ 9:00 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Auto burglary ■ 8:26 p.m. in the 4400 block of Willow Road ■ 10:02 p.m. in the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive Threats ■ 1:19 p.m. in the 7800 block of Fairoaks Drive Vandalism ■ 2:53 a.m. in the 3100 block of Ascot Court DUI ■ 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Kolln Street

Stoneridge Mall Road

Theft ■ 11:04 a.m. in the 3300 block of Hartwell Court; fraud ■ 3:53 p.m. in the first block of W. Angela Street; auto theft ■ 8:17 p.m. in the 2700 block of Foxglove Court; fraud ■ 8:20 p.m. in the 2500 block of Skimmer Court; fraud ■ 10:00 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Commercial burglary ■ 11:47 p.m. in the 1500 block of

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ANNIVERSARIES

Auto burglary ■

10:47 a.m. in the 6100 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

2:24 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Battery ■

8:10 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road

Drug/alcohol violations ■

12:09 a.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road; public drunkenness

1:12 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; drug violation

4:45 p.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Warrenton Court; DUI

9:54 p.m. at the intersection of Owens Drive and Hopyard Road; DUI

Dec. 21 Auto theft ■

10:00 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Auto burglary ■

5:43 p.m. in the 3600 block of Old Santa Rita Road

Drug/alcohol violations ■

12:01 a.m. at the intersection of Division Street and Del Valle Parkway; public drunkenness, marijuana possession

10:50 p.m. in the 100 block of Main Street; DUI

Dr. D. Lynn and Carrie Lea Shaeffer Dr. D. Lynn Shaeffer and Carrie Lea Shaeffer, née Neergaard, celebrated fifty years of marriage on Nov. 30, first by taking their family to Walt Disney World in July and then traveling alone as a couple to Hawaii in early December. Dr. D Lynn Shaeffer graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1963, where he met his wife Carrie. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and afterward attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained a doctorate in plasma astrophysics. His career eventually took him to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked for more than twenty years. Carrie also graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in 1962, where she met her husband. She was the second woman to graduate in engineering from that university. After working as a design engineer for eight years, she put aside her career to devote herself to being a homemaker and mother to sons Derek and Ian. After her sons were in high school, she worked in a variety of fields, and in 2001 >VVi«Ìi`Ê>Ê«œÃˆÌˆœ˜Ê>ÃÊ>˜Ê>VVœÕ˜Ì>˜ÌÊ>ÌÊ*ÀiviÀÀi`ʈ˜>˜Vˆ>]Ê̅iʈ˜Ã̈ÌՇ tion from which she retired as the Controller. They both love spending time with their grandchildren — Derek’s children Isaac and Aidan, and Ian’s children Kaitlyn and Caleb. After fifty years, their marriage still sparkles, and together they enjoy ballroom dancing, traveling to various countries, and serving as Deacons vœÀÊ̅iʈÀÃÌÊ*ÀiÃLÞÌiÀˆ>˜Ê …ÕÀV…ÊœvÊ iÀŽiiÞ°

Dec. 22 Theft

Dec. 20

ments, with a total of $18,656 taken from her account. UÊ/ܜÊLÕȘiÃÃÊÜiÀiÊLÕÀ}i`ʈ˜ÊL>VŽ‡Ìœ‡L>VŽÊ break-ins overnight Dec. 16. The front door of Pizza Bello restaurant in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road was broken in between 11:21 and 11:29 p.m. Dec. 16, with $200 cash taken. Damage to the door was estimated at about $1,000, and a cash register door also was damaged, with an estimated cost of $300. Nearby, also in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road, a lock was damaged but nothing stolen in a commercial burglary at Marvelous Nails that occurred between 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 10:00 a.m. Dec. 17. A door to that business was pried open. UÊ Ê ÀiÈ`i˜ÌÊ œvÊ Ì…iÊ ÓÇääÊ LœVŽÊ œvÊ œÝ‡ glove Court reported he was trying to buy a piece of exercise equipment advertised on Craigslist. The ad directed him to another website, which told him to buy $990 in green dot cards to make the purchase. As is the case with wire transfers, once a code to those cards is given to a con artist, they can pick up the cash anywhere. Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

5:59 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

10:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

Burglary ■

1:49 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Auto burglary ■

3:22 p.m. in the 5500 block of Soringdale Avenue

DUI ■

1:26 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and fairgrounds gate 5

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W

e began the year 2013 by adjusting to the plastic bag ban in our stores. Soon we were facing a special election in the city to fill a council vacancy. Development projects were approved, BART workers went on strike, the Senior Center and the library celebrated big anniversaries, and the Aquatics Center was renovated. Sad news included the death of a bicyclist on Foothill Road and a pedestrian on Santa Rita Road. It was all duly recorded in the last 52 issues of the Pleasanton Weekly; here are some of the highlights.

JANUARY U Pleasanton and the rest of Alameda County begin plastic bag ban in grocery stores. Single–use bags are still available, at 10 cents apiece. The county hopes it will save on litter and storm drain cleanup. UĂŠ 7ÂœĂ€ÂŽ`>ÞÊ ÂŤĂ•Ă€VÂ…>ĂƒiĂƒĂŠ vÂˆĂ›iĂŠ ÂœvvˆViĂŠ buildings comprising Stoneridge Corporate Plaza, which can be seen from I-680. The software company expects to grow to 4,000 employees. UĂŠ *Â?>˜˜ˆ˜}ĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜iÀÊ >ĂŒÂ…ĂžĂŠ Narum announces she is running in the May 7 special election for the seat on the Pleasanton City Council vacated when Jerry Thorne was elected mayor in November. UĂŠ /6ÎäÊ Â?>Ă•Â˜VÂ…iĂƒĂŠ Âş-Â?ÂˆÂŤĂƒĂŒĂ€i>“]Ê >ĂŠ fast-paced community news program hosted by Tom Morrison to provide information on government, education, events and community news. UĂŠ Â?ÂœĂ€ÂœĂ?ĂŠ Li}ÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ Â“ÂœĂ›iĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂƒĂŠ 1,000-strong workforce to its stunning new campus on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton.

goodbye to the old year

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From January to December, 2013 packed a punch By Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Spiller is keynote speaker at the ÂŁĂŽĂŒÂ…ĂŠ>Â˜Â˜Ă•>Â?ĂŠ À°Ê>Ă€ĂŒÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂ•ĂŒÂ…iÀʈ˜}ĂŠ Jr. Fellowship Breakfast hosted by ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ/Ă€ÂˆÂ‡6>Â?Â?iÞÊ9° UĂŠ ˆ>˜>ĂŠĂ•ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂœÂœĂŒÂ…ÂˆÂ?Â?ĂŠˆ}Â…ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ Arany Uthayakumar from Amador 6>Â?Â?iÞÊ>Ă€iĂŠÂ˜>“i`ĂŠVÂœÂ‡ĂŒiiÂ˜ĂŠÂŤÂœiĂŒĂŠÂ?>Ă•reates. UĂŠ /Â…iĂŠ VÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂŤĂ•ĂŒĂƒĂŠ ÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠ >ĂŠ V>Â?Â?ĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ ĂŒĂœÂœĂŠ at-large members for the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force, formed to guide the planning efforts for a 1,000-acre area that was formerly the site of sand and gravel mining. UĂŠ *1- ĂŠ ÂŤ>ĂƒĂƒiĂƒĂŠ >ĂŠ fxĂ¤ĂˆĂŠ “ˆÂ?Â?ÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ v>cilities plan, a long list of potential projects to be used as a planning document. UĂŠ Ă€ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ,ÂœLÞÊ ÂˆĂƒĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŒ>Â?Â?i`ĂŠ >ĂƒĂŠ VÂ…>ÂˆĂ€man of Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for 2013, succeeding April Mitchell. UĂŠ Â˜ĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂƒĂŠ vÂˆĂ€ĂƒĂŒĂŠ Ăži>ÀÊ ÂœvĂŠ iĂ?ÂˆĂƒĂŒi˜Vi]ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ*Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠˆ}Â…ĂŠ-V…œœÂ?ĂŠÂ…ÂœVÂŽiÞÊ team pulls off an upset victory, 2-1, over the San Ramon Grizzlies in the /Ă€ÂˆÂ‡6>Â?Â?iÞÊ ˆ}Â…ĂŠ -V…œœÂ?ĂŠ VÂ…>Â“ÂŤÂˆÂœÂ˜ship game, held at Dublin Iceland.

FEBRUARY UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜VˆÂ?ĂŠ `iVˆ`iĂƒĂŠ high–density housing near the airÂŤÂœĂ€ĂŒĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠ"ĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠÂˆĂ›iĂ€Â“ÂœĂ€iĂŠLĂ•ĂŒĂŠĂ›ÂœĂŒiĂƒĂŠ 4-0 to keep the cap on allowing residential construction anywhere RON ESSEX near the flight path in Pleasanton The new Clorox campus in Pleasanton even though regulatory changes offers floor to ceiling windows that will allow it. give everyone a view of this six-build- UĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂœvvˆVˆ>Â?ĂƒĂŠ ĂƒÂˆ}Â˜ĂŠ “iÂ“ÂœĂ€>˜`ՓÊ ing campus near the I-680/Stoneridge of understanding with county and Drive interchange. Fairgrounds guaranteeing that the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) UĂŠ -ĂŒ>ĂŒiĂŠ LĂ•`}iĂŒĂŠ Â…>ĂƒĂŠ }œœ`ĂŠ ˜iĂœĂƒĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ train station will stay where it is, School District: Deputy Superin- across the street from the Fairtendent Luz Cazares says PUSD grounds. will receive an extra $19 daily per UĂŠ“>`ÂœĂ€ĂŠ6>Â?Â?iÞʈ}Â…ĂŠ-V…œœÂ?ĂŠĂœÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ student based on attendance in the vÂˆĂ€ĂƒĂŒĂŠ ÂŤÂ?>ViĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ Âş7iĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ *iÂœÂŤÂ?iÊ state competition and begins fundcoming year. UĂŠ >ĂžÂœĂ€ĂŠ iÀÀÞÊ /Â…ÂœĂ€Â˜iĂŠ }ÂœiĂƒĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ Â…ÂˆĂƒĂŠ raisers to represent California at first meeting of the U.S. Mayors Nationals. Conference in Washington, D.C., UĂŠ *Â?>˜˜ˆ˜}ĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ >ÂŤÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂƒĂŠ ĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŠ ÂœĂŒÂ…iÀÊ /Ă€ÂˆÂ‡6>Â?Â?iÞÊ Â?i>`iĂ€ĂƒĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ a bid by J.P. Morgan Chase to tear while there attends President Ba- down the aging Santa Rita Junction rack Obama’s second inauguration. Shopping Center at Santa Rita and UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ *ÂœÂ?ˆViĂŠ …ˆivĂŠ >Ă›iĂŠ old Santa Rita roads and replace it Page 16ĂŠUĂŠDecember 27, 2013ĂŠUĂŠPleasanton Weekly

with a new Chase Bank, the fourth in town. UĂŠ >ĂƒĂŒĂŠ >ÞÊ ,i}ˆœ˜>Â?ĂŠ *>ÀŽÊ ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂ€ÂˆVĂŒĂŠ board decides waterslides at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area will come down, after no acceptable proposals were made by vendors to refurbish and run them. UĂŠ *>˜iÂ?ĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ĂŒÂ…Ă€iiĂŠ Â?Ă•`}iĂƒĂŠ >ĂŒĂŠ >Â?ˆvÂœĂ€nia Court of Appeal in San Francisco hears arguments over Jennifer and Fredric Lin building 51 homes on 600 acres in southeast hills of Pleasanton, which was blocked by voters in 2010. UĂŠ >ĂƒĂŒÂ?iĂœÂœÂœ`ĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜ĂŒĂ€ĂžĂŠ Â?Ă•LĂŠ ĂƒÂˆ}Â˜ĂƒĂŠ new contract with its union member workers after three years of a lockout.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Theater students at Harvest Park Middle School brought home 41 gold medals, 12 silver and 11 bronze from a March drama fest held in Sacramento.

UĂŠ -ĂŒ>ĂŒiĂŠ ÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŒĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ÂŤÂŤi>Â?ĂƒĂŠ ÀÕÂ?iĂƒĂŠ against Jennifer and Frederic Lin in their attempt to build 51 homes on 562 acres of hilltop property in MARCH Pleasanton, backing up the majorUĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ -iÂ˜ÂˆÂœĂ€ĂŠ iÂ˜ĂŒiÀÊ ViÂ?- ity vote in the June 8, 2010, elecebrates its 20th anniversary at its tion. location on Sunol Boulevard. UĂŠ ,/ĂŠ >Â?Â?ÂœĂœĂƒĂŠ VĂžVÂ?ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂƒĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ LĂ€ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ UĂŠ *ÂœÂ?ˆViĂŠ iÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ Â…ÂœĂƒĂŒĂƒĂŠ vĂ€iiĂŠ their bike on trains for a week to speaker series on topics of interest see how they integrate with other to parents of children ages 10 and commuters. Previous tests were older, including the growing use of done on Fridays, but it was deprescription and over-the-counter cided the trial was limited because drugs, bullying, cyber-bullying and Fridays are light commute days. Internet safety. UĂŠĂŠÂŤiĂŒÂˆĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠĂƒÂˆ}˜i`ĂŠLÞÊÎääʍ>Ă€iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒĂŠ UĂŠ ÂœÂœĂŒÂ…ÂˆÂ?Â?ĂŠ ˆ}Â…ĂŠ Li}ÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ >ĂŠ ÂŤĂ€Âœ}Ă€>“Ê asks the School District to provide called Restorative Justice, which notices to families when a student allows the victim and perpetrator in their child’s class has head lice. to meet and talk surrounded by The District agreed. peers. UĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ>Ăœ>Ă€`ĂƒĂŠVÂœÂ˜ĂŒĂ€>VĂŒĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠV…ˆÂ?`Ă€iÂ˜Â˝ĂƒĂŠ UĂŠ iÂ˜ĂŒiĂ€ÂŤÂœÂˆÂ˜ĂŒiĂŠ Â…Ă€ÂˆĂƒĂŒÂˆ>Â˜ĂŠ*Ă€iĂƒV…œœÂ?ĂŠ programs to Bay Area Children’s closes for a few days for staff to get Theatre instead of the San Franextra training after it is discovered cisco Shakespeare Festival, which that a teacher bound a 2-year-old had run the program for years. with masking tape. UĂŠ ĂŠ “iÂ“ÂœĂ€Âˆ>Â?ĂŠ }>Ă€`iÂ˜ĂŠ ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ UĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ>˜>}iÀÊ iÂ?ĂƒÂœÂ˜ĂŠˆ>Â?Â…ÂœĂŠ>ĂƒÂŽĂƒĂŠ headquarters of the LivermoreCity Council candidates to wait Pleasanton Fire Department is until March 29 to post campaign dedicated in honor of U.S. Army signs, the usual 40 days before Specialist Jameson Lindskog, a the May 7 election, after candidate Pleasanton resident and combat David Miller begins to post his medic who died March 29, 2011, signs early. in Afghanistan while providing first UĂŠ >Â?ˆvÂœĂ€Â˜Âˆ>ĂŠ `Ă•V>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜>Â?ĂŠ /Â…i>ĂŒĂ€iĂŠ aid to other troops. Association Middle Stage Drama UĂŠ *ÂœÂŤĂ•Â?>ÀÊ ÂœÂ?`ĂƒĂŒÂœÂ˜iĂŠ Ă€i>“iÀÞÊ iĂƒĂŒĂŠĂ€iVÂœ}Â˜ÂˆĂ˘iĂƒĂŠ>ÀÛiĂƒĂŒĂŠ*>ÀŽÊˆ`- closes its store in Tully’s Plaza when dle School for being pioneers in lease is not renewed. musical theater by awarding gold UĂŠ ÂœĂ€ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ ĂƒiVœ˜`ĂŠ Ăži>ÀÊ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ >ĂŠ Ă€ÂœĂœ]ĂŠ medals to all the students who ÂœÂœĂŒÂ…ÂˆÂ?Â?ĂŠ ˆ}Â…Â˝ĂƒĂŠ VÂœÂ“ÂŤiĂŒÂˆĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ VÂ…iiÀÊ ÂŤiĂ€vÂœĂ€Â“i`ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ Âş ÂœĂ€Â˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ ÂˆĂ›iÊ squads earn three championship vĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠÂşĂ€i>Ăƒi° titles at the United Spirit Associa-

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APRIL UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ *>Ă€ĂŒÂ˜iĂ€ĂƒÂ…ÂˆÂŤĂƒĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ `Ă•cation holds its first Run for Education to raise money for local schools. UĂŠ ÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŒĂ€Ă•VĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ Li}ÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ˜ĂŠ f£°ÎÊ million intersection improvement project at Santa Rita Road and Stoneridge Drive, another in a series of multi million-dollar programs underway to extend Stoneridge Drive east to El Charro Road and Livermore. UĂŠ*1- ĂŠLi}ÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠĂƒĂœÂˆĂŒV…ˆ˜}ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠĂƒÂŤicialists who have direct contact with students to instructional coaches for teachers, to keep students in the classroom rather than have them leave for specific instruction. UĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜VˆÂ?ĂŠ >ÂŤÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂƒĂŠ vˆ˜>Â?ĂŠ Ă›iĂ€sion of hillside protection ordinance, Measure PP, and decides roads are not part of the ordinance, after lengthy debates on whether roads are structures or infrastructure. UĂŠ*Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠĂ€Ă•Â˜Â˜iĂ€ĂŠĂƒÂ…>Ă€iĂƒĂŠÂ…ÂˆĂƒĂŠiĂ?periences at the Boston Marathon after he narrowly missed being a victim of the deadly explosions at the finish line. UĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜VˆÂ?ĂŠ >ÂŤÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂƒĂŠ “ÕÂ?ĂŒÂˆÂ‡ story, high–density apartment project and adjoining retail center for a section of the California Center at Rosewood and Owens, one property rezoned for high density housing as part of a court settlement to provide more affordable housing in Pleasanton. UĂŠ ĂŠĂƒĂŒiÂŤĂƒĂŠĂ•ÂŤĂŠÂŤ>ĂŒĂ€ÂœÂ?ĂŠÂœvĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂŤ>ÀŽing lot at its station across the street from the Pleasanton Avenue entrance to the Fairgrounds to keep carpoolers from parking there. UĂŠ “>`ÂœĂ€ĂŠ 6>Â?Â?iÞÊ ˆ}Â…Â˝ĂƒĂŠ Âş7iĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ *iÂœÂŤÂ?iÊ ĂŒi>“Ê ÂŤÂ?>ViĂƒĂŠ ĂƒiVœ˜`ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ nation after competing against 44 other states and the District of Columbia during its six-day trip to Washington, D.C.

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Amador Valley High social studies and civics teachers Mairi Wohlgemuth and Brian Ladd join their “We the People� students at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

UĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“Ă•Â˜ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ >VĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂŠ >VÂŽĂŠ ÂœĂ›i]ĂŠ n™]ĂŠ`ˆiĂƒĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠÂ…ÂˆĂƒĂŠÂ…ÂœÂ“iĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠ,ˆ`}iĂŠ6ˆiĂœĂŠ Commons. Dove served on countless city commissions and committees since moving here in 1986, and for many years manned the small wooden building at Lions Wayside Park, where he sold bus tickets and talked politics with civic leaders.

MAY UĂŠ *Â?>˜˜ˆ˜}ĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜iÀÊ >ĂŒÂ…ĂžĂŠ Narum is elected to the City Council seat in a special mail-in election to replace Jerry Thorne, who was elected mayor in November. UĂŠ iĂœĂŠ i>vĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“Ă•Â˜ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ >ÀŽiĂŒ]ĂŠ which specializes in quality organic

COVER STORY unpaid post. Her first step was to create a comprehensive list of arts groups and their meetings, found at www.firehousearts.org.

ments and a health center with skilled nursing beds.

pools, and installing new plumbing, heating, electrical and filtration systems. UĂŠ-V…œœÂ?ĂŠLÂœ>Ă€`ĂŠÂ…i>Ă€ĂƒĂŠĂ•ÂŤ`>ĂŒiĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠ`imographics that includes the predicJUNE ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠ LÞÊ nĂŠ >Â˜ÂœĂŒÂ…iÀÊ iÂ?i“i˜tary school will be needed in the UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ Â?ÂœĂƒiĂƒĂŠ ÂŤĂ€ÂˆÂ˜VÂˆÂŤ>Â?Ăƒ\ĂŠ ÂˆÂ“ĂŠ northwest portion of the district to >Â˜ĂƒiÂ˜ĂŠÂœvĂŠ“>`ÂœĂ€ĂŠ6>Â?Â?iÞÊ>˜`ĂŠÂœÂ…Â˜ĂŠ ÂŽiiÂŤĂŠiÂ˜Ă€ÂœÂ?Â?“iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠĂ‡Ă¤Ă¤ĂŠĂƒĂŒĂ•`iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒÂ° Whitney of Pleasanton Middle UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜Â˝ĂƒĂŠ *>Ă€>ĂŒĂ€>Â˜ĂƒÂˆĂŒĂŠ ÂœÂœĂ€Â‡ĂŒÂœÂ‡ -V…œœÂ?ĂŠ Ă€iĂŒÂˆĂ€iĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ ÂœÂœĂŒÂ…ÂˆÂ?Â?Â˝ĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ…Â˜ĂŠ Door service receives funds from Dwyer takes the principal’s job at >Â˜ĂŠÂ?>“i`>ĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜ĂŒĂžĂŠÂş}>Ê>ÂŤÂŤÂ?ˆV>Lynbrook High in Sunnyvale. STONERIDGE CREEK tion to continue to provide rides to UĂŠ Ă•LÂ?ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ LˆVĂžVÂ?ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂŠ ˆ>˜>ĂŠ iĂ€Ăƒivoort, 58, is killed on Foothill Spacious two- and three-bedroom ĂŒÂ…ÂœĂƒiÊÇäÊ>˜`ĂŠÂœÂ?`iÀ° ,Âœ>`ĂŠ ˜i>ÀÊ ÂœÂ?`iÂ˜ĂŠ >}Â?iĂŠ 7>ÞÊ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ homes in Pleasanton’s Stoneridge UĂŠ i>`iĂ€ĂƒÂ…ÂˆÂŤĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜]ĂŠ ĂœÂ…ÂˆVÂ…ĂŠ Pleasanton by a speeding driver, Creek retirement community are of- helps develop informed future comfered in wide range of floor plans and munity leaders by introducing them 18-year-old Cody Hall. UĂŠÂş-Փ“iÀÊĂ•Â˜ĂŠ-ĂŒ>Ă€ĂŒĂƒĂŠiĂ€iÂťĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ prices with all services, maintenance to civic, educational and profesĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜>Â?ĂŠ>ĂƒÂŤiVĂŒĂƒĂŠÂœvĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠVÂˆĂŒĂž]ĂŠĂŒĂ•Ă€Â˜ĂƒĂŠĂ“x° ĂŒÂ…i“iĂŠÂœvĂŠĂŒÂ…iÊÓä£ÎÊÂ?>“i`>ĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜- and landscape upkeep included. UĂŠ ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂœĂ•Â˜VˆÂ?ĂŠ VĂ€i>ĂŒiĂƒĂŠ >ĂŠ ĂƒiĂ›i˜‡ ĂŒĂžĂŠ >ÂˆĂ€]ĂŠ ÂœÂŤiÂ˜ĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ ÂŁĂ¤ÂŁĂƒĂŒĂŠ Ăži>ÀÊ at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. UĂŠ*Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ >ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜>Â?ĂŠÂˆĂŒĂŒÂ?iĂŠi>}Ă•iĂŠ member committee to determine First week attendance is low due to Ă€iÂŤĂ€iĂƒiÂ˜ĂŒĂƒĂŠ ÂˆĂƒĂŒĂ€ÂˆVĂŒĂŠ xÇÊ >ĂŒĂŠ ˜iĂœÂ?ÞÊ ĂœÂ…>ĂŒĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠÂ˜ii`i`ĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠĂŒÂ…iÊ£Óä‡Þi>Ă€Â‡ÂœÂ?`]ĂŠ created Little League Intermedi- city-owned Pioneer Cemetery on ĂŒi“iĂ€>ĂŒĂ•Ă€iĂƒĂŠÂœĂ›iÀÊ£ää° JOHN LOLL UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ -V…œœÂ?ĂŠ Âœ>Ă€`ĂŠ >ÂŤ- >ĂŒiĂŠ xäÉÇäÊ >ĂƒiL>Â?Â?ĂŠ ÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ 7ÂœĂ€Â?`ĂŠ Sunol Boulevard and how much it Pleasanton Cultural Arts CounÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂƒĂŠ >ĂŠ fÂŁÂŁxĂŠ “ˆÂ?Â?ÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ LĂ•`}iĂŒĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ -iĂ€ÂˆiĂƒĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠÂŁÂŁÂ‡ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂŁĂŽÂ‡Ăži>Ă€Â‡ÂœÂ?`Ăƒ]ĂŠÂ…iÂ?`ĂŠ will cost. cil’s first Big Draw was a hit with UĂŠ *Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ Â…>“LiÀÊ ÂœvĂŠ ÂœÂ“ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ Óä£Î‡£{ĂŠ ĂƒV…œœÂ?ĂŠ Ăži>Ă€]ĂŠ fĂ“ĂŠ “ˆÂ?- ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠÂˆĂ›iĂ€Â“ÂœĂ€iĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊÎä‡Ă•}°Êx° residents as well as visual and per“iĂ€ViĂŠÂ?>Ă•Â˜VÂ…iĂƒĂŠÂş*Â?i>Ăƒ>Â˜ĂŒÂœÂ˜ĂŠ9ÂœĂ•Â˜}ĂŠ lion less than the budget for the forming artists in May. 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Classes

AMERICAN

Eddie Papa’s American Hangout 4889 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, 4696266. Winner of The Pleasanton Weekly’s Reader Choice Awards for “Best American Food,” “Best Meal under $20” and “Best Kid Friendly Restaurant,” Eddie Papa’s American Hangout celebrates the regional food and beverage cultures of America. Bring the whole family to enjoy iconic dishes from across the United States, Old World Hospitality, and hand crafted artisan cocktails. www.eddiepapas.com. To have your restaurant listed in this dining directory, please call the Pleasanton Weekly Advertising Department at (925) 600-0840

Civic Meetings

CITY COUNCIL The Pleasanton City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. SCHOOL BOARD The Pleasanton Unified School District Board meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday monthly during the school year in the district office board room, 4665 Bernal Ave. YOUTH COMMISSION The Pleasanton Youth Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASS Learn the basics on fruit tree pruning from Lita Gates, including feeding and pest control, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, or at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 at Western Garden Nursery, 2756 Vineyard Ave. Call 462-1760 or go to westerngardennursery.com. ROSE PRUNING CLASS Learn the basics to properly prune your roses from Lita Gates at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 or at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Western Garden Nursery, 2756 Vineyard Ave. Care, feeding and pest control will also be covered. Call 462-1760 or go to westerngardennursery.com.

Clubs

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION The Jose Maria Amador Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR, meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month Sept.-May. It is a social gathering and time to explore the history of our American roots. For more information contact the chapter’s regent Diane Groome at dggroome@comcast.net. DBE (DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE) Welcome to ladies of British or British Commonwealth Heritage. DBE holds meetings at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Castlewood Country Club. Members focus on philanthropy, enjoy social interaction and form long-lasting friendships while contributing to local charities and supporting retirement homes in the USA. Call Edith at 998-3500. LIONESS CLUB The Livermore Lioness Club welcomes new members at its regular monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. A $2 to $5 donation is

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requested. Participating in the many activities of the group is a great way to meet local people. Lioness is a service club which helps many worthy causes in our community. Call 443-4543. PLEASANTON MOTHERS CLUB The mission of the Pleasanton Mothers Club is to provide a social, supportive, and educational outlet for moms and their families in the local community. They offer a variety of activities, children’s playgroups, special interest groups, and more. For information visit pleasantonmothersclub.org. Contact membership@ pleasantonmothersclub.org. UKULELE CIRCLE Come play ukulele with others and bring friends, noon-1 p.m., the second and last Saturday of the month, at Galina’s Music Studio, 2222 Second St., Suite 2, Livermore. All ages and skill levels welcome. Please bring in some music to share with the group. Cost is $5. Call 960-1194.

Concerts

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS! Celebrate Elvis Presley’s Birthday Weekend with “The Early Elvis Tribute Show,” featuring returning hit group Jim Anderson and The Rebels at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org. RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED LIVE AT FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER “Ricky Nelson Remembered” will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Firehouse Arts Center, featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Ricky’s twin sons and multi-platinum recording artists, at this multi-media concert. Tickets are $40-$50. Call 931-4848 or go to www. firehousearts.org.

Events

FARMERS MARKET Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. TEAM DELANEY BLOOD DRIVE Team Delaney Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1501 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore. Walk-ins welcome, but the Red Cross recommends scheduling an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767 or going to redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code DELANEY.

Exhibits

‘CELEBRATIONS’ AT MUSEUM ON MAIN Museum on Main presents “Celebrations: The Days We Mark and the Ways We Mark Them” on display now through Jan. 5. “Celebrations” takes visitors on a tour of the special occasions in life, like civic and religious holidays, personal transitions, and how we celebrate them. Call 462-2766. EAST MEETS WEST ART AND POETRY EXHIBIT The 8th annual East Meets West exhibit, integrating visual and literary arts, runs from Thursday, Jan. 2-Friday, Jan. 24 in the Civic Center Gallery at the Livermore Library. An opening reception will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Fundraisers

‘STEPPIN’ UP’ DANCE BENEFIT Livermore School of Dance Jazz Companies present “Steppin’ Up!” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Bankhead Theater in

Livermore. This benefit for Sleep Train Foster Care children and families is a spectacular showcase of all types of dance. Go to www. livermoreperformingarts.org. NEW YEAR’S EVE VETERANS BENEFIT BALL Celebrate New Year’s from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the Memorial Hall, 301 Main St. An evening of fun, food, raffle prizes and music featuring the “Just Friends Musical Revue” playing songs from the 40’s and 50’s. Cost is $60, proceeds benefit veterans and their families. Call 443-2224 or 846-3629. OPEN HEART KITCHEN TRI-VALLEY CALENDAR/ PRINTS FUNDRAISER Open Heart Kitchen will again benefit from the sale of the unique Tri-Valley calendars and prints created by Sue Evans Photography. Twelve images highlight the local natural beauty, and the 2014 calendars may be customized for businesses. Cost is $5.25-$12. Get them now! Contact Sue Evans at 989-4113 or sueevansphotography@comcast.net. Go to www. PhotographyBySueEvans.com.

Health

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND TriValley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will be meeting from 1-3 p.m., second Saturday of each month at Valley Memorial Hospital, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Any visually impaired or blind person is urged to attend. Call Carl at 4499362.

Kids & Teens

CRITTER KIDS AT THE PLEASANTON LIBRARY For ages 2-5. Pleasanton naturalist Eric Nicholas will provide an age-appropriate, interactive intro to several small animals. Meet some unique creatures with whom we share the planet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Pleasanton Library. Registration open now and is limited to 30 children and their adult caregivers. Call 931-3400, ext. 3. MADE-TO-ORDER FAIRY TALES: CREATURES OF IMPULSE AT PLEASANTON LIBRARY Creatures of Impulse, the City of Pleasanton’s award winning teen improv troupe will have 5 completely different interactive programs for children ages 5-10, from 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:45-12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3; 2-2:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m., and 4-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Pleasanton Library. The troupe will create fifteen to twenty minute fairy tales with help from their audience. Free! WINTER RAMBLERS NATURE DAY CAMP Winter ramblers learn about nature with some very cool history, crafts, skills and games from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 2-3 at Alviso Adobe Community Park. Bring a lunch. Ages 6-12. Cost is $78 residents, $86 non-residents. Register at www.pleasantonfun.com using code 56320. Call 931-3482. Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road, Pleasanton.

Miscellaneous

FREE JOB SEARCH COUNSELING The Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., offers free, 20-minute consultations with an employment recruiter. To make an appointment, call the Reference Desk at 9313400, ext. 7. FREE TOUR: WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND WATER RECYCLING PLANTS Learn how 10 million gallons of Tri-Valley wastewater is treated every day from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at DSRSD Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7399 Johnson Drive. Find out about rewarding careers in the water industry. Free and open to children 7 years and up. Call 875-2282 or go to http://www. dsrsd.com/Education/tourrequest.html.

ON THE TOWN â&#x2014;? CALENDAR 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. VFW-AL COFFEE AND DONUTS Every Saturday morning from 7:30-9 a.m., the VFW and American Legion host coffee and donuts for all veterans at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. All veterans are welcome. Visit www.vfwpost6298.com. WORLD WALK TO WELLNESS Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Walk to Wellness group meets at 8:30 a.m. each Saturday to chat and explore while getting exercise. Most walks last 90 minutes; all are free. To be on the list to receive informaton each Thursday about that weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk, email walks@worldwalktowellness.org.

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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 non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org. CALIFORNIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COORDINATED CARE INITIATIVE This presentation reviews who is affected and the choices for managing Medicare, Medi-Cal and community based support services in Alameda County. Learn about the enrollment process and timeline for implementation, including Cal MediConnect as well as roles of local partnering agencies, from 10:30 a.m.-

noon on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Call 931-5365 or go to www. pleasantonseniorcenter.org. MILLS LINE DANCE SOCIAL DJ Millie Dusha will play tunes from the classic oldies at the Mills Line Dance Social from 2-4 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. All levels of dancers are welcome. Cost is $3. Call 556-4511. PEDDLER SHOPPE AT THE SENIOR CENTER The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.-4 p.m. Cost is $1.50. Call 556-4511 for an appointment or email seniorctr@ci.dublin.us.

Spiritual

ANNUAL CATHOLIC WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SPIRITUAL RETREAT The Women of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton invite you to join their Annual Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spiritual Retreat, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey with Jesus to the Fullest of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? with Father Tom Bonacci, from Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Contact Myrna at 462-3106 or Sue at 989-6713. BURNING BOWL CEREMONY A this ceremony, all will give to the sacred flame that which they are ready to release and let go of. Write letters to God that set your intentions for 2014

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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 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 8332784 or visit www.valleycare.com. 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 at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support you deserve at the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Call 931-5389.

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CLUTTERLESS SELF HELP GROUP Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending this Non profit Self Help Support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday (except some holidays) at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300

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KENNETH MANO, Tri-Valley Role Model By Jeb Bing

▲ Hero FYI ▲ Mano, a business analyst for Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton, and his wife Carolyn have six children, all Amador Valley High School graduates. ▲ Born in California to Japanese parents, his family was forced to relocate to a “relocation center” in Utah during World War II, losing their thriving produce market and nice home in Los Angeles.

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▲ He served as a missionary in Japan with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been heavily involved in Boy Scouts for the past 35 years since moving to Pleasanton.

▲ Mano has served hundreds of hours in support of the Amador Boosters, volunteering as its treasurer and raising more than $1 million for Amador Valley High School with eScrip, leading other schools to start the program. ▲ He was instrumental in saving Emeryville High School’s athletic program. ▲ Mano organized the Special Olympics program here, bringing hundreds of special needs individuals over the past decade to Amador for weekends of basketball and track geared to their capabilities.

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Ken Mano just keeps on giving. A trailblazer with Special Olympics, the Boy Scouts, and a host of Tri-Valley activities ranging from blood drives to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Mano serves the community at a hectic pace as well as his “day job” as a business analyst for Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton. Mano heads up the public affairs committee for the Pleasanton stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, itself an active, community-focused religious organization. He led local festivities two months ago that were part of the Mormon church’s spectacular “A Century of Honor” national celebration, marking 100 years since the LDS church took on the Scouts as a chartered organization. And his work continues today. He’s currently finance chairman for the Twin Valley District for the Scouts and works on the Friends of Scouting campaign. He has been a Scoutmaster twice and Scout Committee chairman about three times as well as on the Council Explorer committee. Recently, he received the BSA District Award of Merit. Mano, who is our Tri-Valley Hero award recipient in the Role Model category, doesn’t do it all by himself. His wife Carolyn worked in the children’s book section at the Pleasanton Library while their six children — Natalie, Gary, Janelle, Brian, Melissa and Trent — attended Amador Valley High School. Both became active in the Amador Boosters, with Carolyn working the snack bar at Boosters events, and Ken serving as the organization’s treasurer for eight years. Looking for ways for the Boosters to extend their community reach beyond the Amador campus, parents with special needs children suggested the Special Olympics. Mano talked the school district into providing school facilities without charge for a one-time event. That was 10 years ago, and the two programs starting again this spring have the Manos planning again, reaching out to hundreds of participants from as far as Half Moon Bay and the Napa Valley. When the Manos started hosting the Special Olympics events at Amador, Ken organized the volunteers for the events and became active in other community activities, such as Mormon Helping Hands

projects for the city and serving as chairman of a Red Cross Blood Drive. He was honored to receive several awards from the city of Pleasanton, the Boosters and Special Olympics. Recently, Special Olympics brought 83 teams, 850 athletes and the largest number of volunteers ever to a weekend of basketball at Amador and to the gyms at Harvest Park and Pleasanton Middle School as well. These players, some as young as 8 and a few even in their 60s, shared Mano’s enthusiasm and pride over the success of the games. Crowds jammed the gyms and cheered as players would make baskets, then race back down the court gleaming with pride to the loud applause over their accomplishment. Mano always gleams too, as those with special needs gain experience at competitive athletics at their purist and most inspiring level. Mano said the goal is to give all persons with developmental disabilities a chance to become useful and productive, at the same time gaining the respect of their communities. Parents and guardians tell Mano that their child or home-cared adult had been reclusive and without many friends. Coming to the Special Olympics and being in contact with others of similar ages and disabilities spurred them to become more proactive back at home, where they often now find similar programs on a smaller but still beneficial scale. Their disabilities range from mental handicaps, autism, Down syndrome and adults who have suffered brain injuries or damaging diseases. Mano works with them all on a personal basis and also tutors volunteers on how to help meet each individual’s needs — lessons that go a long way toward encouraging the volunteers to reach out on their own in special needs programs in their community. With the continued help of volunteers and his church, Mano plans to keep serving Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley. “Carolyn and I think it’s really important for us to be involved in service, as we believe that it’s through service to our fellow man that we are in the service to our God,” he said. “I feel that being of service to others is the best way to live our faith and show our love for our fellow man.” N

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Rising prices, interest rates curb state’s home sales November saw many buyers financially ‘squeezed’ out of robust market BY JEB BING

A run-up in home prices, coupled with higher interest rates, put downward pressure on housing affordability and led to the fourth straight month of sales declines in November, the California Association of Realtors reported this week. “Improving home prices are a doubleedged sword for the housing market,” said CAR President Kevin Brown. “While welcomed news for homeowners and prospective sellers, diminished affordability is squeezing out many buyers and dampening their enthusiasm for home purchasing.” “Buyers are playing the waiting game and putting their home search on hold until prices stabilize and more inventory becomes available in the market,” Brown added. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 387,520 units in November, according to information collected by CAR from more than 90 local Realtor associations and MLSs statewide. Sales in November were down 3.4% from a revised 401,000 in October and down 12% from a revised 440,250 in November 2012. The November 2013 figure was the lowest since July 2010. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2013 if sales maintained the November pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically

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influence home sales. The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home slipped 1.2% from October’s median price of $427,290 to $422,210 in November. November’s price was 22.2% higher than the revised $345,560 recorded in November 2012, marking the 17th straight month of double-digit annual gains. The median sales price is the point at

which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling as well as a general change in values. “Sales reached their highest level in the fourth quarter of 2012, when mortgage rates bottomed out last November,” said CAR Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “While diminishing

housing affordability played a big role in the larger than expected decrease in home sales this November, exceptionally strong sales last year was another factor for the double-digit year-to-year decline.” “The demand for housing could remain soft in the upcoming months as buyers and sellers continue to search for a level playing field in the market,” she said. Other key facts of CAR’s November 2013 resale housing report include: UÊ /…iÊ >Û>ˆ>LiÊ ÃÕ««ÞÊ œvÊ i݈Ã̈˜}]Ê Ãˆ˜}i‡ family detached homes for sale edged up in November to 3.6 months, up from October’s Unsold Inventory Index of 3.4 months. The index was 3 months in November 2012. The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. A six- to seven-month supply is considered typical in a normal market. UÊ/…iʓi`ˆ>˜Ê˜Õ“LiÀʜvÊ`>ÞÃʈÌÊ̜œŽÊ̜ÊÃiÊ a single-family home also increased to 36.7 days in November, up from 33.1 days in October, but was down from 37.5 days in November 2012. UÊœÀÌ}>}iÊÀ>ÌiÃÊÀœÃiʈ˜Ê œÛi“LiÀ]Ê܈̅Ê̅iÊ 30-year, fixed-mortgage interest rate averaging 4.26%, up from 4.19% in October and up from 3.35% in November 2012, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates in November averaged 2.61%, down from 2.63 in October and up from 2.57% in November 2012. N

PLEASANTON REAL ESTATE OVERVIEW MARKET VIEW

Avg. Listing Price

+$56,904 +4.9%

Week ending December 11

week over week

$1,222,650 Median Sales Price

+$115,000 +18.1%

September -December 2013

69 Homes for Sale

As of December 20, 2013

714 Recently Sold

March - December 2013

47 Foreclosures

March - December 2013

year over year

$750,000

As of Dec 20, 2013

MARKET TRENDS Tri-Valley Area Median Sales Prices Dublin $607,000

Livermore $538,500

Pleasanton Demographic Profile Sept. - Dec. 2013

Pleasanton $750,000

San Ramon $723,500

Danville $907,500

Sept. - Dec. year 2013 over year

$118K $62K

3 months prior

1 year prior

5 years prior

2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 4 bedrooms

$393,750 $700,000 $875,000

+15.6% +20.7% +14.8%

$457,000 $685,000 $860,000

$340,500 $580,000 $762,500

$425,000 $580,500 $797,500

All properties

$750,000

+18.1%

$775,000

$635,000

$681,000

$150K

Family Income $136K

$100K

$100K

Pleasanton Median Sales Prices Number of Bedrooms

$150K

Household Income

$50K

$70K

$50K $0K

$0K Median

State Average

Median

State Average

Household income is often the combination of two income earners pooling the resources. Family income only takes households with two or more persons related through blood, marriage or adoption into account. Source: 2010 Demographic Profile for Pleasanton, CA - U.S. Census Bureau

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JULIA’S RECENT LISTING STATS Property Address

List Price

Sold Price

Amount over Asking!

7703 Cottonwood Lane, Pleasanton

$599,000

$675,000

$76,000

3147 Catawba Court, Pleasanton

$669,000

$690,000

$21,000

5029 Forest Hill Drive, Pleasanton

$1,049,000

$1,075,000

$26,000

5204 Iris Way, Livermore

$376,000

$380,000

$4,000

4718 Pheasant Court, Pleasanton

$650,000

$701,000

$51,000

7131 Valley Trails Drive, Pleasanton

$650,000

$720,000

$70,000

7109 Valley Trails Drive, Pleasanton

$749,000

$770,000

$21,000

1844 Chestnut Street, Livermore

$299,000

$311,000

$12,000

6828 Corte Salcedo, Pleasanton

$775,000

$795,116

$20,116

1598 Bluebell Drive, Livermore

$429,000

$432,000

$3,000

920 Pamela Place, Pleasanton

$1,198,000

$1,215,000

$17,000

2761 Sanderling Way, Pleasanton

$1,049,000

$1,072,000

$23,000

4457 Arbutus Court, Pleasanton

$849,000

$860,000

$11,000

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AT&T U-verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-319-3280 (Cal-SCAN) DISH TV Retailer Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-357-0810 (Cal-SCAN) Reduce Your Cable Bill Get an All-Digital Satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting at $24.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, SO CALL NOW! (877)366-4509 (Cal-SCAN)

150 Volunteers Overweight? Volunteers Needed. Volunteers needed to test a new, permanent weight loss system based on educational videos. Call Dr. Perez at (415) 350-4322.

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FOR SALE 202 Vehicles Wanted Cash for Cars Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 www. cash4car.com (AAN CAN) DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie and 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-2910350 (Cal-SCAN) Donate Your Car Fast Free Towing 24 hr. Response - Tax Deduction. UNITED BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. Providing Free Mammograms & Breast Cancer Info. 888-792-1675 (Cal-SCAN)

235 Wanted to Buy Cash for Diabetic Test Strips Don't throw boxes away-Help others. Unopened /Unexpired boxes only.

601 Accounting/ Bookkeeping NEED HELP WITH QUICKBOOKS? Over 18 years experience in all aspects of bookkeeping. No job too big or too small! Call Linda at 925-918-2233

605 Antiques & Art Restoration “A Labor of Love”

ANTIQUE RESTORATION Preserve special memories... Recycle the past into the future

130 Classes & Instruction Airline Careers begin here. Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Job placement and Financial assistance for qualified students. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-242-3382 (Cal-SCAN)

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Impeccable Quality Integrity of Workmanship Conveniently located in Pleasanton For 12 Years

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560 Employment Information Drivers: 12 Pro Drivers needed. Full benefits + Top 1% Pay. Recent Grads Welcome. CDL A Req. Call 877-258-8782 www.ad-drivers. com (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: CDL-A Train and Work for Us! Professional, focused CDL training available. Choose Company Driver, Owner Operator, Lease Operator or Lease Trainer. (877) 369-7126 www. CentralTruckDrivingJobs.com (CalSCAN) Drivers: Owner Operators Dedicated home weekly! Solos up to $175,000/year, $2500 Sign-on Bonus! Teams up to $350,000/year, $5000 Sign-on Bonus! Forward Air 888-6525611. (Cal-SCAN) Homemailer Program Help Wanted! Make extra money in our free ever popular homemailer program, includes valuable guidebook! Start immediately! Genuine! 1-888-292-1120 www.easywork-fromhome.com (AAN CAN) OTR Class A Drivers Iowa based Reefer Company hiring OTR Class “A” CDL drivers, late mondel equipment, excellent miles, scheduled home. Call Chuck or Tim (800)6453748. (Cal-SCAN) Truck Drivers Obtain Class A CDL in 2 weeks. Company Sponsored Training. Also Hiring Recent Truck School. Graduates, Experienced Drivers. Must be 21 or Older. Call: (866) 275-2349 (Cal-SCAN)

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HOME SERVICES 751 General Contracting NOTICE TO READERS It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at www.cslb.ca.gov or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board

A NOTICE TO READERS: It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at www.cslb.ca.gov or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

645 Office/Home Business Services Did You Know that Ten Million adults tweeted in the past month, while 164 million read a newspaper in print or online in the past week? ADVERTISE in 240 California newspapers for one low cost. Your 25 word classified ad will reach over 6 million+ Californians. For brochure call Elizabeth (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN)

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Downtown Pleasanton Opportunity 3 lots 4 sale. Dwntwn Pleas. for developer/investor. Joyce 339-4700, Dan (510)690-4978.

855 Real Estate Services All Areas: Roommates.com Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: http:// www.Roommates.com. (AAN CAN)

LEGALS 995 Fictitious Name Statement BAUER’S AUTO REPAIR FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 484929 The following person(s) doing business as: BAUER’S AUTO REPAIR, 1790 UNIVERSITY AVE., BERKELEY, CA 94703, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Allen Huang, 1790 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 05/2001. Signature of Registrant: Allen Huang. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 11/13/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 2014)

NOTARY PUBLIC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 485263 The following person(s) doing business as: NOTARY PUBLIC, 205-J MAIN ST., PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Helen B. Wardale, 6806 Corte Nuevo, Pleasanton, CA 94566; Dhawallah Aisien, 1226 Shady Pond Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by Co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Helen B. Wardale, Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 11/21/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 2014) INMAN TRADING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 485454 The following person(s) doing business as: INMAN TRADING, 3796 PINOT COURT, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Michael F. Skeate, 3796 Pinot Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566; Monir I. Brown, 3796 Pinot Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by a General partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 11/27/2013. Signature of Registrant: Michael F. Skeate, General Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 12/02/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, Dec. 20, 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 10, 2014)

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PET OF THE WEEK REAL ESTATE 805 Homes for Rent

Pleasanton Pleasanton Home for rent. Approx 2200 sq/ft 4 bedrooms w/4th as bedroom/ den 2.5 baths Located on a court and well maintained. Walking distance to downtown Pleasanton. Located within the Walnut Grove/Harvest Park boundaries. Nice backyard, updated appliances, granite counters. Weekly Gardener. $3000/ mo with $3000 deposit. No smoking/No pets. Call Karin +1 (925) 209-0947 or email karintymn@gmail.com

Kangaroo cat Chestnut, a 2 1/2 yearold female brown tabby, loves to make people laugh. She likes to spend time flipping balls into the air, pouncing on feathers and leaping around like a kangaroo! Chestnut loves to snuggle up under a fluffy blanket and cuddle. Meet her at the East Bay SPCA Oakland Adoption Center, 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin. Visit www. eastbayspca.org to see more adoptable animals or call 479-9670 for more information.

PLEASANTONWEEKLY.COM Our website has become the place residents turn to for breaking local news, to post their own stories and photos, and to discuss news and events in the community. Can’t find your copy of the Weekly? Find the digital version online under Print Edition. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊDecember 27, 2013ÊU Page 23

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Coming Soon! Beautifully remodeled 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on one level. Great court location! Cozy family room with fireplace. Priced in the low $600’s

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We are excited to launch our new website and home search, please check it out at www.FabulousProperties.net and get ready for an amazing 2014 in Real Estate!

Not one but two new listings both with sparkling pools! Priced in the high $600’s!

NEW HOME in 2014! 4219 Payne Road, Pleasanton Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with over 1600 sq ft. Updated kitchen with granite counters, new interior and exterior paint. Walking distance to schools and park! $675,000

Coming Soon! Stunning one level home with dark cherry floors, gourmet kitchen with center island and granite slab counters! Too many upgrades to list! Priced in the low $700’s

5728 Westbury Way, Dublin Dublin Tassajara Creek Home! Built in 2003, 3BD, 2.5BA, 1884 sq. ft. 1 dog okay Rent $3200.00

4785 Mulqueeney Cmn, Livermore Townhome in Brookmeadow! 3BD, 2.5BA, 1520 sq. ft. Rent $2250.00

209 Compton Circle # C, San Ramon Wonderful Condo! 2BD, 1BA, 924 sq. ft Rent $1800.00

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Happy Holidays!

28 Acres of Grape producing vineyards in the heart of LIvermore wine country 3 Parcels, part of the Tri-Valley Conservancy. Call 925847-8880 today for more information! $1,295,000

Colleen McKean, CRS REALTOR® LIC #00868205 925-847-8880 www.colleenmckean.com PENDING

3 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms Plus a Den with over 2,500 sqft of Living Space. REALTOR® LIC #01804876

925-998-7747 — jill@jilldenton.com

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Lisa Sterling-Sanchez & Ingrid Wetmore REALTORS

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35 Raccolio Way, South Livermore Absolutely gorgeous home with tons of upgrades! 4 bed, 3.5 bath home in Prima! Includes downstairs bedroom and full bath, remodeled kitchen, 3 car garage. 2834 sq ft. 8140 sq ft lot. Built in 2001. Offered at $959,950 Call Cindy for a private showing!

AMAZING HOME!

LIC # 01012330 and 00923379

925.980.9265 925.918.0986

Sellers!

6035 Sterling Greens Circle Stunning Home in Canyon Oaks!

Jill Denton

We would like to wish all our clients, friends and family a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

I have buyers looking in all price ranges! If you are thinking of selling your home, please call me or email me for a complete market analysis of your home. This is a great time to move up or down or out of the area!

Gail Boal REALTOR® LIC # 01276455

925.577.5787 www.gailboal.com

Cindy and Gene Williams REALTORS® LIC # 01370076 and 00607511

925.918.2045 www.WilliamsReGroup.com

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1131 Mataro Court, Pleasanton Vintage Hills II home on very desirable cul de sac street. 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms among 2821 +/- sq. ft. Beautifully updated kitchen and bathrooms. Main floor bedroom and full bathroom. Newer carpeting. Large lot backs to open space. Sold for $1,200,000

DeAnna Armario & Liz Venema REALTORS® LIC # 01363180 and 01922957

925.260.2220

925.413.6544

DeAnna@ ArmarioHomes.com Liz@VenemaHomes.com

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One of the real joys this holiday season, is the opportunity to say thank you, and wish you the very best for the New Year. 5994 W. Las Positas, Suite 101, Pleasanton | 459 Main Street, Pleasanton | 2300 First Street, Suite 316, Livermore | Broker License # 01395362


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