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25 reasons to work and play in the Tri-Valley

BUYER’S MARKET Your ultimate City Center shopping guide

DESTINATION CITY CENTER From couples to co-workers to families, there’s fun here for everyone

DREAM TEAM Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi sparks a love of reading—and ice skating—in local children


Bishop Ranch: Built for business. Designed for people.

In every detail, Bishop Ranch has been designed to attract new talent, keep employees happy and increase retention rates—and our impressive roster of on-site amenities plays a huge role. From childcare, medical and dental services steps from your office, to a weekly schedule of life-enriching events; from the newly opened City Center, the ultimate destination for one-of-a-kind retail, dining, entertainment and wellness experiences to Roundhouse Conference Center complete with rentable rowboats, volleyball and bocce ball courts, and gourmet food trucks, we’re always innovating new and tried-and-true ways to keep our tenants inspired, productive and fulfilled.

Located on I-680 at Bollinger Canyon Road For leasing information call 925.866.0100

visit.bishopranch.com


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FEATURES

22 TOP TO BOTTOM: LAURA KUDRITZKI, ROBERT MOORING, SHUTTERSTOCK, MITCH TOBIAS K R I ST I YA M AG U C H I C OV E R : M I TC H TO B I AS; I L LU ST R AT I O N C OV E R : M AT T H I EU FO R I C H O N

behind Heller Jewelers and the visionary CEO of business-consulting firm Armanino.

Our region is booming, drawing a new influx of innovators, corporations, dining and retail establishments—and happy residents.

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No matter if you’re looking for a romantic night out, team building with co-workers or quality family time, there is something here for everyone.

INSIDE SCOOP 2 News and notes on the latest trends in PROFILES 8 Meet two local treasures: The family

WORK AND PLAY IN THE TRI-VALLEY

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DEPARTMENTS fitness, skin care, dining and more.

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22 BUYER’S MARKET

Your ultimate shopping guide to City Center Bishop Ranch.

2 6 COMING ATTRACTIONS Planned residential neighborhoods will bring housing to Bishop Ranch.

2 7 PHILANTHROPY Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi goes for gold with her Always Dream Foundation. DIRECTORY 28  Explore the many offerings at Bishop Ranch and City Center. ACCESS 32 How to reach us by plane, train and automobile.

Ranch Magazine is published by City Center Bishop Ranch 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583 925-815.1901 | citycenter@bishopranch.com citycenterbishopranch.com

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Add playtime to your day with a round of bocce ball at Bishop Ranch.

Fun and Games

MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS MORE ENJOYABLE—AND EFFECTIVE—WITH FITNESS PARTIES, LUNCHTIME WALKS AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION.

Join the party. Every month, 24 Hour Fitness hosts a series of free Fitness Class Parties—and everyone is invited. “GX24 Fitness Class Parties spotlight some of our most popular classes,” says Stary. “This gives an intro to the class and it’s also fun. The instructor will teach something brand-new to the class, have a fun theme or offer giveaways—or all of the above.” For more info, visit 24hourfitness.com/classes/gx24parties.

Take a scenic jog around Annabel Lake.

Seek strength in numbers. Build your community—and accountability—by becoming a regular at 24 Hour Fitness classes (check out offerings such as Zumba and World of Dance U-Jam) or Equinox (try Cycle Beats or Hip-Hop). If you are more into hitting the nature trails, sign up for the Run Club at Athleta. Make lunch active time. Recruit co-workers for walks around Annabel Lake and games of volleyball and bocce ball at Bishop Ranch—and never suffer that sad desk lunch again. Share your success. Use fitness apps to track workouts or share achievements with pals; you can even challenge them to friendly competition. “It helps grow the community of people who are supporting you and holding you accountable,” says Stary. “Inevitably, it just makes it that much more fun every day. The 24GO personalized fitness app can provide reminders about your [planned workout sessions] to help keep you on track as well as hundreds of workouts for those times when you can’t get to the gym.” Focus on goals and rewards. “You might say, ‘My goal this month is to hit four to five classes or workouts a week, and if I do that I’m buying myself something that’s going to help support those goals,’ ” says Stary. “You’re rewarding yourself for the great work that you did and having fun in a brand-new pair of yoga tights. “Fun really comes from the individual person,” she adds. “For a lot of our members, it’s the community aspect and working out with other people.”

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Group fitness classes transform gym workouts into party time.

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If exercise feels like a chore, work less and play more by choosing activities you enjoy. “We always encourage members to take as many different classes as they can to find something that connects with them,” says Micki Stary, senior director of Group X at 24 Hour Fitness. “Once they find that activity, they’re going to go more often and see those great changes—physically or mentally—that [occur] due to exercise.” Read on for some tips to add fun to your fitness routine.


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NEXT-LEVEL SKIN CARE

BEAUTY TREATMENTS—BOTH CUTTING-EDGE AND CENTURIES-OLD—CAN BRING NEW LIFE TO YOUR SKIN.

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You can also reinvigorate your skin through innovative treatments such as those offered at LaserAway, the nation’s leading laser skin-care provider. Although laser hair removal is the most popular service at the City Center location, LaserAway provides other highly advanced cosmetic treatments, including Clear + Brilliant®—a facial rejuvenation procedure done using a noninvasive dioxide laser in about 30 minutes. According to Will Kirby, D.O., from LaserAway’s medical team, this service is “great for people who have texture changes [like] acne scarring or fine lines, [or] for people with premature aging of the skin and sun-damaged skin.” And if you still have baby-soft skin, Dr. Kirby says Clear + Brilliant will help it stay that way, with very little downtime posttreatment. If you prefer more alternative medicine, consider the time-tested treatments at Modern Acupuncture. Although acupuncture is often used to ease pain and other ailments, the services offered at Modern Acupuncture can also combat aging and relieve stress stored in facial muscles by stimulating the skin’s self-repair process. Additionally, acupuncture increases blood flow and activates collagen production, creating noticeable results after just a few treatments. The holistic practice has an added relaxation benefit. According to Leah Chischilly, manager of clinical operations, a cosmetic acupuncture treatment “can help reduce stress and improve your health overall.” Modern Acupuncture will create a customized plan for you that can also target other areas of the body. Thinking about getting acupuncture from head to toe? That, Chischilly proclaims, “is a beauty treatment with a wellness bonus.”

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As clichéd as it may sound, beauty truly does come from within— especially when it comes to your skin. Unhealthy habits and imbalances can show physically, along with damage from age and the sun. Conversely, when you’re in top form, your skin has that unmistakable glow. Luckily, no matter your state of wellness, there are plenty of ways to take your skin to the next level, including science-based creams and serums from noted skin-care company Rodan + Fields.

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Elevated Entertaining PRO TIPS FOR CRAFTING THE PERFECT HOME PARTY.

There’s nothing better than gathering with friends for a few drinks, but bringing the festivities home can sometimes feel a bit daunting. Here, Gunjan Madan—frequent house-party host and owner of wine, beer and chai bar Social-Affair—offers tips to make your next soiree a slam dunk. THE VIBE While Madan doesn’t believe in hard-and-fast rules for social gatherings, there are a few ways she makes her home inviting, and the key is letting go of a little control. “You’ve got to feel the vibe of the party and be in the moment. Don’t start doing things because someone defined it for you,” she says. “You’ll actually enjoy the party, and guests can feel that energy.” Looking for the perfect party tunes? Madan turns to music without lyrics so guests aren’t transported out of the moment. Bridging two different friend groups? Consider old-school board games that’ll get people off their phones and interacting, which Madan says have been a surprise hit at Social-Affair. THE DRINKS Try setting your party apart with a signature cocktail. Take inspiration from The Slanted Door bar director Erik Adkins, and wow guests with a twist on a classic concoction, such as his Tropical Gin Fizz (see opposite page). Ingredients from Bay Area producers like Small Hand Foods lend the cocktail a little locally sourced love, as do citrus and garnishes such as mint—which stay in season during the winter months—available at the San Ramon Farmers Market.

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THE BARWARE In addition to making sure you have all of the ingredients for specialty cocktails, stocking the right bar tools and glassware can elevate a casual get-together into an outstanding event. If your home bar is nonexistent, both Williams Sonoma and West Elm carry starter bar tool sets: Make sure you have a jigger (measure), shaker and strainer at the very minimum. You’ll also need the right glassware to make your cocktail sing. Consider investing in vintage-etched coup glasses for an elegant upgrade that lends itself to different drinks, or mix and match with champagne flutes, wine glasses or highball glasses to give your gathering a more relaxed feel. THE FOOD Consider an easy cheese or charcuterie plate or two, and nail the execution by embracing imperfection. At Social-Affair, each cheese platter follows a theme (European, dessert), but then all bets are off—an approach you too can take at home. “How the cheeseboard looks depends on the character of the person,” says Madan. “Just have fun.”

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PERFECT BEER PAIRINGS

MIX AND MATCH YOUR FAVORITE CITY CENTER DISHES WITH FIELDWORK CRAFT BREWS.

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Wine isn’t the only adult beverage that enhances the dining experience; beer also pairs well with food. Fieldwork Brewing Company offers an ever-changing selection of on-tap options that complement a variety of dishes available at City Center eateries, and even though the brewery doesn’t offer its own bites, guests are welcome to bring food with them. Here are a few satisfying pairings to get you started.

TROPICAL GIN FIZZ

The Slanted Door’s refreshing take on the classic cocktail. Ingredients 2 ounces gin (preferably Plymouth) 1 ounce fresh lime juice ½ ounce orgeat (preferably Small Hand Foods) ½ ounce pineapple gum syrup (preferably Small Hand Foods) ½ ounce egg white Soda water Lime (cut into a garnish slice) Mint sprig

Instructions Add all ingredients except soda water, lime and mint to a shaker. Shake dry (without ice) until egg white is frothy. Add ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into a fizz glass or a small rocks glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lime slice and mint sprig. Reprinted with permission from The Slanted Door by Charles Phan © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press.

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ROAM’S HERITAGE BURGER

Enjoy your classic burger, topped with applewood smoked bacon, alongside a hazy IPA. 1502

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Spicy nachos adorned with white and chorizo black beans and a Vienna lager make an ideal combination. STEREOTYPICAL

MENDOZA’S CHIMICHURRI STEAK ON A PRETZEL FROM MENDOCINO FARMS

The steak—served on a pretzel roll with applewood smoked bacon, peppers and onions—is perfect with this West Coast IPA. SHTICKLESS

ROAM’S ELK BURGER

You can’t go wrong with a burger and dark malt stout. LORELAI

MIXT’S ORCHARD SALAD

Pair a fruit-infused saison with this grilled chicken, sharp cheddar, avocado and kale salad.

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Video game developer and artist Glen Schofield exhibits his creative passions on and off the screen.

Going the Distance

When Striking Distance Studios CEO Glen Schofield got his start in the video game industry 30 years ago, things were a little different. “I was there before the original PlayStation, working on Super Nintendo and Genesis games,” says Schofield, reflecting on his entry into the field as a freelance artist. “In the beginning, I only had four shades of gray to work with; today, it’s unlimited. I’ve seen everything grow. I made my first game with one engineer. My last game had 350 people working on it.” In the past three decades, video games have become a massive industry, with $152 billion in revenue projected for 2019. Schofield has been a big part of that growth, co-founding Sledgehammer Games and helping to develop award-winning “Call of Duty” and “Dead Space” titles, among others. Now, Schofield is heading up Striking Distance Studios, a new state-of-the-art flagship game development studio that will open at Bishop Ranch in early 2020. “There are so many amenities at Bishop Ranch, and we are hiring a lot of creative and technological talent from around here who are thrilled they don’t have an awful commute anymore,” says Schofield, who has lived with his wife and three children in San Ramon for 14 years. “It’s a great area for families, and that’s been a big selling point for a lot of people.” In addition to game development, Schofield still pursues his passion for painting and drawing. He earned his BFA from the Pratt Institute in New York City and worked as an illustrator before making the transition to video games. Among his recent artistic efforts, Schofield created the poster for the Art and Wind Festival in 2018 and has exhibited his work in San Ramon’s City Hall. “I bring my drawing pad with me everywhere,” he says. “I love the balance I have with painting and making video games, as that is also art.”

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Schofield says he finds inspiration for his paintings and drawings in the natural wonders of California and cultural icons such as Albert Einstein.

COURTESY OF GLEN SCHOFIELD

VIDEO GAME VISIONARY GLEN SCHOFIELD LAUNCHES A GAME DEVELOPMENT STUDIO AT BISHOP RANCH.


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FROM TECHY SPORT COATS TO MULTICOLORED-STRIPED SWEATERS, DOG APPAREL GOES BEYOND THE BASICS. High fashion isn’t just for humans; every dog has his/ her day when it comes to chic apparel, too. Bobby Wise, owner and founder of pet boutique George, shares his approach to designing for dogs. Size matters. “Like us, dogs come in so many shapes and sizes,” says Wise. “It can be tricky finding the right fit for every critter.” George carries a wide range of sizes to give dogs (and dog owners) optimal options. Balance practicality with aesthetic appeal. “The whole reason we started George was to bring interesting, elevated design to all things dog. There are a lot of people out there who have great style and want their animals to reflect that sensibility,” says Wise. He looks to contemporary fashion trends for inspiration and seeks out new technical fabrics for his canine creations. Wearability is key. “We’re not big on dresses or pinafores, or things like that,” Wise says. “I appreciate whimsy, but it’s not part of George’s design aesthetic. We do offer some Halloween costumes and seasonal apparel.” Above all, Wise likes seeing customers and their furry friends shopping together at George’s City Center location. “People love spending time with their animals. It’s really special when you get to bring your animal into a fun space and buy something unique.” TAG IMAGES OF YOUR FASHIONABLE FURRY FRIENDS WITH #CITYCENTERBR AND MAKE THEM SOCIAL MEDIA STARS.

Gio Gelati crafts special items such as gelato-filled baked goods in addition to its classic treats.

FLAVORS OF LOVE

CREATIVITY MEETS CHEMISTRY AT GIO GELATI. Authentic gelato should be more than a seasonal treat. That’s why the Gio Gelati team is thrilled to be located in the Golden State (in addition to San Ramon, the Gio flagship is in San Francisco). “California allows you to use fresh products [yearround], and you can recognize that in the gelato,” says manager Guido Mastropaolo. “There are some classics we’re going to do all year long, but we very much reference the product of the season.” Gio plans to offer 18 flavors at any given time, including such favorites as stracciatella, crema and pistachio, along with coffee-based options and seasonal fruit gelatos. Gelato chef Patrizia Pasqualetti—a third-generation gelato maker from Italy— uses a vertical mixer to blend the gelato ingredients all at once, rather than creating a base first and then adding the flavor component. “It is more time-consuming, more expensive, but the results are significantly different,” says Mastropaolo. Gio’s goal is to maximize the taste of the original ingredient in the gelato. “It’s a mix between creativity and chemistry,” says Mastropaolo. “You have to be very precise, but creative enough to find the right mix of consistency, smell, flavor and color.”

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“ Our No. 1 goal is to provide our customers with the absolute best in-store shopping experience imaginable, and the new store helps us accomplish this.” ­ —Scott Heller

Scott, Catherine and Brandon Heller.

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SCOTT AND CATHERINE HELLER OF HELLER JEWELERS WANT TO HELP THEIR CUSTOMERS MAKE MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME.

Heller Jewelers has been long been a destination for jewelry customers seeking an extensive selection of quality diamonds, gemstones or luxury timepieces. But most importantly, what newlyweds, couples and gift shoppers have experienced during the company’s 23 years in operation is an unparalleled level of informed, caring and genuine service. That commitment to service comes naturally to owners Scott and Catherine Heller. As Scott says, “We give our customers the time, attention and respect they deserve.” Also key to Heller Jewelers’ success is their dedication to listening to their customers. “It’s pretty simple. We prioritize listening, getting to know each individual on a personal basis, understanding their lifestyles, their tastes and the jewelry dreams they’ve envisioned,” says Scott. At Heller Jewelers, customers will find exquisite rare diamonds and gemstones, along with styles and designs that range from simple elegance to big and bold. “There are no rules for how beauty is defined,” says Catherine. “For some it’s a classic or traditional style, and for others it’s a look that’s way out there on the edge.” This winter, Heller Jewelers is moving from its current location off Crow Canyon Place to City Center Bishop Ranch. The motivation for the move goes back to Heller’s focus on customer service. “Our No. 1 goal is to provide our customers with the absolute best in-store shopping experience imaginable, and the new store helps us accomplish this,” says Scott. The City Center store will be twice the size, providing more space to display stunning new jewelry designs and allowing customers additional room to browse, relax and enjoy the surroundings. There will also be a new Rolex on-site repair

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No matter your tastes, there are five key pieces to have in your jewelry box, according to Scott Heller. “You can wear them anywhere—dressed up or dressed down,” he says. “And from there, we can start having fun and building a collection.” wedding ring luxury timepiece diamond studs diamond solitaire necklace tennis bracelet

center, complete with a viewing area so customers can see the watchmakers at work. As Heller Jewelers enters a new era at City Center Bishop Ranch, the Hellers welcome the opportunity to serve a whole new generation of jewelry customers. “We’re seeing a lot of the kids of the families we’ve served over the years come into the store for their engagement rings or for a really nice timepiece,” says Catherine. “It’s a neat feeling; it’s like you’ve grown up with them.” The relationships that the Hellers have built with clients extend beyond the showroom floor, too. The couple is committed to supporting community organizations—particularly charities focused on children, education or animals, such as the Taylor Family Foundation and Dan Ashley’s Rock the CASA—by donating jewelry or store gift cards for silent auctions. “Without the community, I wouldn’t have a business,” says Scott. “If you’re in business, you have to be willing to give back—to support the community that supports you.” And that sense of connection explains what’s really different about Heller Jewelers. The heartfelt support, the personalized shopping experience, and the time and attention given to each person ... it feels a lot like family. GIA diamond graduate and watch expert Brandon Heller—one of Scott and Catherine’s three sons—also works at Heller Jewelers and echoes that familial vibe. “We try to welcome people here as if it’s our home—an extension of ourselves,” he says. “You’re not dealing with a faceless organization. You’re working with family.”

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Force for Change MATT ARMANINO ON STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE IN THE RAPIDLY EVOLVING WORLD OF BUSINESS CONSULTING. As Armanino—a national accounting and businessconsulting firm headquartered at Bishop Ranch— celebrates its 50-year anniversary, CEO Matt Armanino is looking toward the company’s wide-open future. Matt’s father, Andy Armanino Sr., co-founded the company in 1969 with the dream of  “providing a different kind of firm in terms of client experience and work environment,” says Matt. Matt’s older brother, Andy Jr., then took the helm for years, helping to vault the company to its position as one of the country’s top 25 public accounting firms before he retired; Matt was named CEO and managing partner on Jan. 1, 2019. “I feel very lucky to have such close family,” says Matt, who cites his father, brother and wife, Alexa (with whom he has two sons), as his biggest influences. Here, Matt shares his thoughts on the impact of technology, the ingredients of a strong corporate culture and where Armanino goes from here. Q: HOW DO YOU SEE ARMANINO CONTINUING TO GROW?

Our secret to success is that we have a great ability to embrace change. I think it’s unique because many successful organizations focus on how they preserve the status quo; those who are resistant to change will struggle to take advantage of new opportunities and become less relevant over time. I am very excited about our future because we are really leaning into these new opportunities. Technology is a huge part of our strategy. We have one of the biggest IT consulting practices for a firm our size [over 300 technology consultants] and are one of Microsoft’s largest partners. My goal is to lead from the front as we seamlessly integrate technology into the services we offer and provide an unparalleled level of tech expertise to our clients. Q: YOU RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE AI LAB TO BETTER LEVERAGE THAT TECHNOLOGY. WHAT LED TO THIS INITIATIVE?

AI is probably going to be one of the significant disruptive technologies of our lifetime. The AI Lab is establishing Armanino as a thought leader in the space and has us partnering with clients on use cases

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where AI can be combined with the human workforce in ways that make humans faster, more efficient and more productive. I’m excited by the work we are doing with clients in the AI Lab, and I think it’s a way for us to use shared learnings and best practices that we see in the marketplace, as well as develop our own expertise. Q: WHY DO YOU THINK ARMANINO IS FREQUENTLY NAMED A “BEST PLACE TO WORK”?

We have the greatest team of people who are drawn to Armanino for our unique culture that focuses on empowering wickedly smart people and giving them a platform to share their ideas and pursue their passions. It’s an environment that allows people to advance their careers at their own pace and take a very team-based, collaborative approach. Q: WHY IS THE TRI-VALLEY AN INSPIRING PLACE, BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY?

I’ve lived in San Ramon and Danville for years; this is an incredible region in which to live and work. From a living standpoint, there is an abundance of outdoor activities that we love as a family and great weather all year long. There is also an engaged and nurturing community, along with terrific education and employment opportunities. This whole area is a hub of innovation, collaboration and growth-focused energy. Some of the Bay Area’s best tech firms are based here, which is helping drive that community of folks who are energized by innovation and transformational thinking. Q: WHAT MIGHT PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I never thought I would work at Armanino. I’m the youngest of four. My brother, Andy, is the oldest, and we have two sisters. My brother went into this business, and I started my career as a lawyer before going into the technology industry. I came here a little over a decade ago and it was the greatest career decision of my life. Sometimes people assume because of my last name that this is where I have been my whole career, but it was the opposite. I never thought it would happen, but I am incredibly thankful that it did.


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or years, the Tri-Valley was considered a sleepy cluster of communities for workers commuting to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. But the region— comprised of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon—is now a hot spot in its own right.

Families are flocking to the region, attracted not only by the booming job market, but also the relatively affordable houses, quality of life and highly rated school districts. Numerous businesses are opening offices here or expanding into the area, especially with the continued development of San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch and City Center Bishop Ranch. As an added bonus, all this growth has invigorated the dining and retail scene. From outdoor recreation and cultural opportunities to high-end shopping and sustainable dining, here are 25 reasons why the Tri-Valley is an inspiring place to live, work and play.

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Tech titans aren’t just in Silicon Valley anymore. The Tri-Valley has transformed into a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship, attracting trailblazing business leaders looking to entice the highly educated population living in the area. “There are a lot of talented people in the East Bay, and more companies are starting to realize that,” says Uzair Dada, founder and CEO of demand-generation agency Iron Horse Interactive. Dada moved his offices to Bishop Ranch in 2007 and has noticed an uptick in the number of venture-backed start-ups setting up shop in the area. More than 450 tech firms call the Tri-Valley home, with the area receiving more than $4 billion in venture capital and private equity investment over the last 10 years, according to the 2018 Tri-Valley Rising report. The boom is part of a wider evolution that’s drawn increasing numbers of residents and businesses to the region. Since 2005, the population has gone up 29 percent, with employment growth in the area increasing 35 percent between 2006 and 2016. It’s no surprise that San Ramon was ranked the top city in the state for employment by the 2018 WalletHub study Best & Worst California Cities for Finding a Job. Like Iron Horse, GE Digital has witnessed many of these changes firsthand. The global industrial software and solutions company opened its headquarters in San Ramon in 2012 after realizing the Tri-Valley was close to a strong tech talent pool and aligned industries. “[GE Digital] did a thorough analysis of the region and found that a lot of talent lived in the area already,” says GE Digital’s Mike Dulin, communications. “[The Tri-Valley] is also relatively central and has a lot of amenities nearby that make it attractive for employees.” “Bishop Ranch continues to attract more companies with its A-plus service, modern amenities, and great food,” adds Dada. “I believe companies are going to continue coming here, and it’s going to be better for everybody.”

2. The number of people working remotely full-time in the United States increased 159 percent between THE FLEXIBLE WORK ENVIRONMENTS

2000 and 2017, and the Tri-Valley is no exception. Professionals take advantage of shared office spaces such as WeWork and Regus while Bishop Ranch businesses offer extended Wi-Fi to enable flexible work options and use communication programs to connect employees around the globe.

3. The Tri-Valley is home to one of the best-educated workforces in the Bay Area, with 60 percent of TOP TALENT THRIVES HERE

residents boasting a bachelor’s degree or higher.

4. The average home buyer in the area spends less than $900,000, compared to $1.2 million in San THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Francisco and $1.1 million in Silicon Valley. To help relieve the housing demand, Sunset Development Company is incorporating residential neighborhoods into Bishop Ranch (see page 26 for more details).

5. The lower real-estate costs extend to businesses, too. Companies that open offices in the Tri-Valley IT’S A PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS

instead of San Francisco can get more bang for their buck: According to Tri-Valley Rising, the average price per square foot for office space is $32.04 in the Tri-Valley but $74.17 in San Francisco; area companies can also take advantage of amenity-rich business parks such as Bishop Ranch.

6. Tri-Valley schools are among the best in the state, boasting a graduation rate of 97 percent, compared to YOU CAN AVOID THE SCHOOL DAZE

86 percent for the entire Bay Area. San Ramon Valley

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Unified School District schools consistently rank in the top 5 to 10 percent of schools in California.

7. The region presents better opportunities for worklife balance by enabling people to live close to their YOU’LL SPEND LESS TIME IN THE CAR

workplace. Business parks like Bishop Ranch brought jobs to the area, helping to cut commute times for many. Now, half of Tri-Valley residents with jobs outside their homes commute 30 minutes or less, and nearly a quarter spend less than 15 minutes getting to work.

8. With San Ramon hosting numerous events— including the award-winning Art and Wind Festival, THERE’S A WELCOMING COMMUNITY

the Run for Education and Summer Concerts in the Park—there’s no shortage of ways to spend time with the neighbors.

9. The Tri-Valley is a promising option for those looking for top-notch schools, family-friendly activities IT’S IDEAL FOR FAMILIES

and affordable housing. Plus, San Ramon was ranked No. 1 in California and No. 7 nationally in SafeWise’s 2019 report on the 50 Safest Cities to Raise a Child.

10. City Center brought a slew of upscale stores to San Ramon when it debuted in late 2018. Now,

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fashionistas can browse the latest styles at boutiques such as M by Maggie Rizer, Alys Grace, On the Edge, and the piece. store.

11. Forget Napa and Sonoma. The Livermore Valley hosts more than 50 world-class wineries—and EXPLORE THE OTHER WINE COUNTRY

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More and more Bay Area-born retailers and restaurants are branching out here—adding some cosmopolitan sophistication to the region’s pastoral setting. This is especially true at City Center, where 75 percent of the apparel and restaurant tenants have roots in the Bay Area, according to Sunset Development. Noted chef Charles Phan made headlines when he opened The Slanted Door at City Center in early 2019, bringing his inspired Vietnamese food beloved by San Franciscans for 20-plus years to San Ramon. MIXT also got its start in the city, as did Roam Artisan Burgers, Boba Guys, Delarosa and Gio Gelati. George, a pet boutique founded in San Francisco, came to San Ramon in June 2019, drawn to the design of City Center and the welcoming community. “I love going to San Ramon and seeing all of these sweet families walking around with their dogs,” says George owner Bobby Wise. “We are having fun there.” Alys Grace, a well-curated boutique that offers contemporary trends and classic women’s apparel, first opened in Menlo Park in 2008; it now has locations in Los Altos, San Francisco and Corte Madera, in addition to San Ramon. “We consider ourselves a Bay Area brand and company,” says Tiger Bachler, who co-owns Alys Grace with her husband, Phil. “As a small local company, it was important for us to have stores in locations where people can gather and make us part of their regular routines. City Center seems to fit that bill!”

wine tasting is half the price.

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The Tri-Valley is at the forefront of the sustainable dining trend, with a wealth of health-focused, eco-friendly eateries dedicated to providing farm-fresh, organic fare to diners while lowering their carbon footprint. Many such restaurants can be found at City Center, where foodies can savor California flavors at Mendocino Farms, Roam Artisan Burgers and MIXT. And there’s already buzz building around newcomer Bamboo Sushi. Founded by Kristofor Lofgren, Bamboo Sushi is setting an industry standard as the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. But what does that mean, exactly? “We use science to make sourcing and business decisions that have a positive impact on this planet,” explains Lofgren. He and his team used scientific data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to help craft the menu; the Marine Stewardship Council audits their supply chain; and Bamboo Sushi joined the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program to ensure they fulfill their commitment. “We feel very connected to the values and importance Californians place on sustainability, and we have been eager to offer them a dining destination where they can enjoy fresh, high-quality and truly sustainable seafood,” says Lofgren. “I’m excited to introduce Bamboo Sushi to the Bay Area while educating the community on our mission of sustainable sourcing from our oceans.” Leslie Silverglide, co-founder and CEO of MIXT, also hoped to bring better dining to the Bay Area and beyond when she opened her fast-casual salad joint in 2006. “We wanted to offer fresh, seasonal food in a fast-casual environment—without sacrificing sustainable business practices,” she says. “We source as many ingredients as possible from local farmers and purveyors, and our menu is seasonally driven. … What we eat impacts the Earth as much as ourselves, so sustainability is at the core of everything we do.”

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14. Craft breweries are also flooding the local scene. Between Fieldwork Brewing Company, AND DON’T FORGET THE BEER

Altamont Beer Works, Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, Eight Bridges Brewing and Working Man Brewing Company, among others, beer enthusiasts are bound to find something to love.

15. Take a tour of the Tri-Valley on two wheels via the Iron Horse Regional Trail. The pathway winds YOU’LL ENJOY THE CYCLE OF LIFE

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through urban, rural and residential areas, making for a fun and scenic ride for the whole family.

16. The beloved Blackhawk Museum in Danville is a haven for auto aficionados, showcasing a rotating IT’S CHROME HEAVEN

collection of nearly 50 historically significant and artistically inspired cars from the 1880s to 2017.

17. Spending a day on the green can only get better when there’s cold beer involved, and at the 18YOU CAN SIP AND SWING

hole Canyon Lakes Golf Course and Brewery in San Ramon, golfers can enjoy the best of both worlds.

18. The region is brimming with arts and entertainment. Browse the Harrington Art Gallery at the FireART LOVERS WILL REJOICE

house Arts Center, view oil paintings before catching a show at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery or contemplate sculptures at Blackhawk Gallery. Art can also be admired at City Center, which showcases the work of East Bay artists in its rotating public art exhibition.

19. The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center in THERE ARE PLENTY OF WAYS TO TAKE IN A SHOW

San Ramon hosts community and touring acts, offering everything from modern dance performances and symphony series to country music concerts and stand-up comedy.

20. Shake your groove thing to old-school tunes and Top 40 hits at ShBoom Nightclub, a San Ramon YOU’LL GET A BLAST FROM THE PAST

hot spot since 2006.

21. THE LOT first introduced its luxurious moviegoing experience to San Ramon in 2018. The 10-screen MOVIE NIGHTS ARE MORE FUN

cinema boasts a chef-driven menu that goes well

beyond popcorn and hot dogs, with inspired cocktails, wines and brews—all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your plush recliner seat.

22. San Ramon is home to 58 parks, but the 35acre Central Park is the true standout, offering a skate THERE’S PLENTY OF PLAY SPACE

park, play structure, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a rock-climbing wall.

23. The 16-acre Forest Home Farms Historic Park in San YOU CAN CONNECT WITH THE REGION’S HISTORY

Ramon provides a glimpse into the region’s agricultural past with its Tractor and Glass House museums, and annual events such as the sheep shearing day.

24. When the sun’s rays beat down, take the kids to the San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Park, THERE ARE FUN WAYS TO CHILL OUT

where they can conquer the inflatable obstacle course, glide down the waterslide and splash around with friends.

25. The Tri-Valley boasts a wealth of protected, open park space. Explore the natural wonders at Las IT’S WILD AT HEART

Trampas Wilderness Regional Preserve, a 5,342-acre expanse situated near San Ramon.

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Whether you are seeking a sophisticated dinner or a lively time on the town, romance is in the air at City Center. EAT When it comes to an amour-filled night out, you can’t go wrong with The Slanted Door. The delectable menu of craft cocktails and sharable dishes, attentive service and airy dining space—complemented by high ceilings, minimalist decor and massive windows providing a view of the lively square—make any occasion feel special. Alternatively, dine out on sashimi, nigiri and signature rolls made with sustainably fished ingredients at Bamboo Sushi. The drinks menu includes a variety of organic wines, sake, beer and other creative libations. Complete your culinary adventure with a creamy scoop of Italian goodness at Gio Gelati.

SHOP Looking to make a romantic statement with a gift of fine jewelry? Peruse Heller Jewelers’ selection of watches, elegant statement pieces and sophisticated sparklers or, should the moment strike you, engagement rings. Couples can also satisfy their nesting instincts with beautiful home goods at West Elm and Pottery Barn, or top-quality cookware from Williams Sonoma.

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PLAY Although dinner and a movie often go hand in hand, THE LOT has plenty to offer in addition to its state-of-the-art cinema experience. The chic bar and outdoor patio (complete with fire tables) feature a second happy hour after 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, including a variety of cocktails, wines and beers. The venue also hosts viewing parties and other festive events. For a more intimate encounter, head next door to Social-Affair, an inviting food, wine and chai bar. The menu includes artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and other light bites, along with wine (with flights from California, France, Italy and Spain), beer, cocktails and tea.

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Happy hour at hot spot Social-Affair is a great way to relax with colleagues.

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OUTINGS WITH CO-WORKERS Engage in some team building with your cubicle comrades at these memo-worthy spots. EAT What better way to break up the workday than by joining colleagues for a salad, grain bowl, market plate or sandwich at MIXT? The eatery, which is also open for dinner, serves artful dishes made with seasonal local ingredients. For a midday pick-me-up, grab a delicious boba tea or matcha latte at Boba Guys or a coffee drink at Starbucks. Joe & The Juice also provides java jolts and fresh juices for those seeking energizing refreshments without the caffeine. Dig into the unique Mexican menu at C Casa—including taco options ranging from rotisserie duck to Dungeness crab—at lunch or dinner. For more global eats, Curry Up Now offers fast-casual Indian fare.

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Shake off the Monday malaise with a shopping (and coffee) break.

Sometimes the ideal cure for meeting overload is a little retail therapy. Step into Athleta for athleisure wear that easily makes the transition from workday to evening adventure, or browse the contemporary styles at Anthropologie, Madewell and Alys Grace. The piece. store promises a carefully curated collection of women’s apparel and accessories, while M by Maggie Rizer spotlights chic, breezy clothing from designers such as Rick Owens, Emilio Pucci and Anna Sui in an enchanting retail setting. Find a new look with a makeover at Sephora, shades at Sunglass Hut or fine footwear for men, women and children at On the Edge. Guys can get their style fix at Trader (shop while sampling whiskeys on Whiskey Wednesdays).

Ease the stress of the day with a group fitness class at Equinox or treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa service (available to non-club members too). Knock off a little early or settle down for an after-work pint at Fieldwork Brewing Company. The patio is ideal for chilling with office mates, and its selection of locally crafted beers runs the gamut from IPAs to sours to lagers. For another lively happy hour option, head to THE LOT from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, for bites, beers, wine and cocktails. Additionally, the venue hosts group-friendly events such as viewing parties, trivia nights and Taco Tuesdays. Social-Affair also offers happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring a selection of small plates, wines, cocktails and beer.

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There’s food, fashion and fun to be found for visitors of all ages. EAT While there are plenty of tasty options here for the younger set, pizza and burgers are a perfect fit for the whole family. For an authentic, Roman-style pizza, look no further than Delarosa’s inspired pies, served in a welcoming environment. Roam Artisan Burgers offers high-quality patties topped with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms, excellent fries and house-made sodas that parents can feel good about. Mendocino Farms also dishes up kid-friendly nutrition with a side of sustainability.

SHOP Set the tots up in style with the smart selection of children’s apparel at World of Monokrome and M by Maggie Rizer; the latter boutique features a cozy nook with adorable toys, clothing and a TV showing kid-tastic movies that even reluctant small shoppers will enjoy. Pottery Barn Kids features whimsical bedding, furniture, lighting and other essentials; additionally, the store hosts periodic arts and crafts or story-time events for children. A stop at the farmers market is also a must.

PLAY Alexander Square is the nucleus of City Center, with a multigenerational crowd relaxing on the lush grass and in the comfy chairs, frolicking in the splash pad, playing with the oversize blocks, pounding out tunes on the piano, and enjoying a wealth of events year-round (see sidebar for more details). Younger children will also love the opportunity to sing, dance and learn about instruments at Music Together classes.

Experience holiday joy at City Center.

CITY CENTER FOR ALL SEASONS WINTER ICE RINK AND TREE LIGHTING Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with free skating at the Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink. Gather family and friends for the Holiday on the Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with a special holiday performance, pictures with Santa Claus and more!

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SUMMER  LIVE MUSIC ON ALEXANDER SQUARE From classic rock to acoustic guitar and pop hits, there’s live music in Alexander Square every week during the summer. YEAR-ROUND SATURDAY SAN RAMON FARMERS MARKET Visit the farmers market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy over 40 vendors offering local, organic and seasonal fruits, vegetables, fresh seafood, pasture-raised meats and eggs, breads and pastries, fresh-cut flowers and Soul Food olive oil, plus a food court with live music. VISIT CITYCENTERBISHOPRANCH. COM/EVENTS FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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The ultimate shopping guide to City Center Bishop Ranch. Whether you are treating yourself, buying a present for a friend or seeking a unique gift for your spouse, there are treasures galore at City Center Bishop Ranch. Check out from City Center retailers—available year-round—and find the perfect item for that special person in your life.

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FOR HIM 1. R AY-BAN CLASSIC AVIATOR SUNGLASSES

These shades never go out of fashion. Combining quality, performance, style and comfort, the unisex aviators are a great gift for yourself and others. ($153, Sunglass Hut)

2. MID-CENTURY TURNED WOOD LEG PLANTERS

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Find a sophisticated home for your plants (or a great gift for greenery lovers) with these mod containers, highlighted by solid wood legs and a glazed ceramic bowl. ($179, West Elm)

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3. TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE WATCH

This striking chronograph can be used as both a stopwatch and a statement-making timepiece. Opt for the brown calfskin strap or a steel bracelet (purchased separately) to change up the look. ($4,300, Heller Jewelers)

4. S HUN CLASSIC 6-PIECE KNIFE BLOCK SET

Essential for every home chef. These professional knives will help you cut and slice with exceptional precision and control. ($399.95, Williams Sonoma)

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5. FILSON LARGE TIN CLOTH GRAB ‘N‘ GO TOTE BAG

This multipurpose tote bag is perfect for a quick day trip or a jaunt to the store. It’s fully lined with matte nylon and made of liquid-repellent oil finish tin cloth; the structured base allows for easy packing. ($150, Trader)

6. ADIDAS STAN SMITH SNEAKERS

Your toddler will be the coolest kid on the playground in these fashionable Stan Smith kicks. The OrthoLite sockliner keeps little feet comfortable all day, while the full-grain leather upper offers lasting durability. (On the Edge, $40)

7. VEJA SNEAKERS

Think style and sustainability. Veja sneakers are manufactured with ecological materials, including linings made with organic cotton and soles constructed of wild rubber from the Amazon rainforest. ($150, Trader)

8. EQUINOX GYM MEMBERSHIP

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Give the gift of fitness in an unparalleled setting. Equinox members can enjoy unlimited classes, state-of-the-art pilates and cycling studios, personal training sessions, spa treatments, and a luxe outdoor pool, among other amenities. (varies, Equinox)

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FOR HER 1. HJ COLLECTION CUFF BRACELET

This stunning, flexible diamond bracelet comes in 18-karat white gold. It can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets. ($2,465, Heller Jewelers)

2. FORMULARY 55 CANDLE

These elegant scented candles will brighten any home. The hand-poured candles are made of natural vegetable wax and will burn for 60 hours. ($26, M by Maggie Rizer)

3. BLOCK LETTER MONOGRAM NECKLACE

This popular jewelry piece in gleaming brass is a thoughtful and versatile necklace that will complement any outfit. ($38, Anthropologie)

4. EF COLLECTION ENAMEL STACK RING

These fun and playful pieces are made of 14-karat gold, colored enamel and diamonds. The rings, from celeb-fave designer Emily Faith Goldstein, are great for stacking. ($550, M by Maggie Rizer)

5. ATHLETA GIRL STASH YOUR TREASURES TIGHT

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Ideal for the young athlete in your life. These tights are made of a buttery soft Powervita fabric—providing comfort, style and support during practice and play. ($54, Athleta)

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The perfect way to sample Drunk Elephant’s award-winning skin-care line. These small but mighty littles (including serums, a cleanser, an eye cream and much more) are compatible with all skin types. ($90, Sephora)

7. ALL CLAD D5 BRUSHED STAINLESS-STEEL 10-PIECE COOKWARE SET

A must for the discerning chef. This cookware set features a patented technology of five alternating layers of aluminum and durable heat-diffusing stainless steel—allowing for perfect cooking throughout. ($899.95, Williams Sonoma)

8. LASERAWAY GIFT CERTIFICATE

Give the gift of rejuvenation, for yourself or a loved one. From botox to the Clear + Brilliant fractional laser treatment, a stop at LaserAway brings energizing freshness to skin. (varies, LaserAway)

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Crowded roadways, air pollution and hours spent in the car are the hallmarks of many workdays in the East Bay. Now imagine an alternative scenario. Instead of a long commute to the office, picture walking or biking to work, stopping off for a gourmet coffee along the way while enjoying the beautifully landscaped surroundings. After work, you meet up with the family for a hike along the Iron Horse Regional Trail or dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby. That’s the dream of the Mehran family, founders and owners of Sunset Development Company since 1951. CityWalk Bishop Ranch is envisioned as an integrated community offering shopping, dining, recreation, business and housing in a suburban setting. Today, plans are moving forward to incorporate five distinct residential neighborhoods into Bishop Ranch. Under the guidance of Alex Mehran Sr. and Alex Mehran Jr., Sunset Development—working closely with the city of San Ramon—is bringing much-needed housing to the area as part of General Plan 2035. “Bishop Ranch isn’t just a project, it’s a community,” Alex Mehran Sr. says. “My father left us a rare opportunity to do something that would benefit not just our family, but all of the families and businesses in the San Ramon community. Now, we’re excited to be moving forward with its last piece, which is to introduce residential neighborhoods that complement and enrich what the community has collectively achieved here.” The plans for CityWalk Bishop Ranch call for a series of residential neighborhoods, with 4,500 multifamily homes constructed over the next 25 years. Walkability is a key component of the plan—bringing health benefits and reduced car use—along with a parkway system to connect the neighborhoods and recreation trails. Proximity to City Center Bishop Ranch shops will also enhance the community feel, allowing residents to live and work in one vibrant and welcoming mixed-use district. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT CITYWALKBISHOPRANCH.COM.

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Renderings of the future CityWalk Bishop Ranch, which includes the construction of 4,500 multifamily homes over the next 25 years.

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In 1992, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi inspired a generation of children with her gold medal–winning performance at the Albertville Olympics. Today, through her local Always Dream Foundation, Yamaguchi encourages kids to dream big by introducing them to the joys of reading. “When I was a kid, the world opened up when [I was reading] a book. It was magical,” says Yamaguchi, who is also a New York Times best-selling children’s author. “Literacy and the love of reading is the foundation for a child’s success in school and in life.” In 2012, the Always Dream Foundation launched Always Reading, an early childhood literacy program for kindergartners at schools in Arizona, Hawaii and the Bay Area, where Yamaguchi grew up; she currently lives in Alamo with her husband, retired NHL player and Olympian Bret Hedican (who is now a color analyst for the San Jose Sharks), and daughters Emma and Keara. “My parents instilled that value of giving back and really being a part of your community,” says Yamaguchi, who started her foundation in 1996 to benefit underserved children. At the beginning of the school year, each kindergartner receives an e-reader, along with a modest collection of print books. The digital platform makes it easy to access a library of high-quality English- and Spanish-language books at home and keep track of title choices and pages read. “It’s all about bridging school to the home and knowing that family engagement is a powerful thing,” says Yamaguchi. Throughout the year, Always Reading provides support to families, while monitoring progress. “We have a book coach who is available whenever [families] have questions,” says Yamaguchi. “We text reminders and strategies on how to create a literacy-rich environment in the home.” Many families report that siblings and parents also develop a love for reading. “Always Reading has a ripple effect on the whole family,” says Yamaguchi. Last year, an Oakland father thanked Always Reading for sparking his son’s interest in becoming an astronaut. “It was one of those goose-bump moments where [I thought], ‘This is what it’s about,’ ” says Yamaguchi. “It’s about showing kids that there is a huge world out there and they can dream big.” FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE PROGRAM, VISIT ALWAYSDREAM.ORG.

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CITY CENTER ON ICE This winter, skate like an Olympian at City Center’s Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink, which is partnering with Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation. “City Center Bishop Ranch is such a beautiful facility and adding so much to the community,” says Yamaguchi. “A seasonal rink provides fun and—who knows?—could even get a future Olympian interested in skating. I’m really excited to work with Bishop Ranch and bring something I love to the community.”

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Join the conversation. Connect with us on Roam George Equinox Williams Sonoma Heller Artisan (pets) Earth Café Jewelers & Rolex Please enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the center. Burgers Sunglass Hut the piece. store Source For morePaper info, visit: citycenterbishopranch.com/directory Candle Delirium

Anthropologie

Coming Soon CITY CENTER Joe & The Juice Bamboo Sushi Management Office Curry Up Now Lather Delarosa Security Office LB Steak Heller Jewelers & Rolex

Modern Acupuncture L2 Ramen Hiroshi

Lovesac

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NO MATTER YOUR POINT OF ORIGIN, THERE IS A WEALTH OF EASY TRANSIT OPTIONS TO CITY CENTER BISHOP RANCH.

DISTANCES  To Danville: 3.2 miles  To Pleasanton: 11.7 miles  To Walnut Creek: 12 miles  To Livermore: 15.9 miles

AIRPORTS  LIVERMORE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, (925) 960-8220, cityoflivermore.net  MINETA SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, (408) 392-3600, flysanjose.com  OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, (510) 563-3300, oaklandairport.com  SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, (650) 821-8211, flysfo.com  STOCKTON METROPOLITAN AIRPORT, (209) 468-4700, flystockton.com

 To Oakland: 26.4 miles

 To San Jose: 35.6 miles  To Mountain View: 38.9 miles  To Napa: 48.6 miles  To Sonoma: 57.4 miles  To Santa Cruz: 65.5 miles

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION  BART: Trains connect all day from throughout the Bay Area to the Walnut Creek

and Dublin BART stations, where Bishop Ranch buses connect for City Center.  BART and bus: For morning and evening commutes, take the 96X bus from

Walnut Creek BART or the 97X from Dublin/Pleasanton BART. Midday, grab the 21 bus from Walnut Creek BART or the 35 from Dublin BART.  ACE train and bus: Take the 92X from the Pleasanton ACE train station directly

to City Center.

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 To San Francisco: 34.9 miles


Enter the RANCH Magazine Raffle Drawing! Two Chances to Win a $500 City Center Gift Card Pack

Join us at City Center Bishop Ranch and enjoy world-class restaurants, boutique cafes, fabulous shopping and a 10-screen luxury cinema. Please visit the Guest Services desk at City Center Bishop Ranch, mention RANCH Magazine and enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 $500 City Center Gift Card Gift Packs. Drawings take place on June 15, 2020 and again on December 15, 2020. Official Rules. The RANCH Magazine drawing is open only to those who sign up with an email address through guest services at City Center Bishop Ranch. Open only to legal U.S. residents 18 years of age and older at time of entry. Employees of Sunset Development Company and its affiliates and vendors and the immediate family members of each are not eligible. The Giveaway drawings take place on June 15, 2020 and on December 15, 2020. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO WIN


My kind of city A new downtown hangout with unique shopping and dining as well as THE LOT, a 10-screen movie complex with restaurant, bar and café. Shop, eat, gather and stay awhile in the heart of San Ramon.

C i t y C e n te r B i s h o p R a n c h.c o m L o c a te d o f f I - 6 8 0 a t B o l l i n g e r C a n y o n R o a d

ALYS GRACE | ANTHROPOLOGIE | ATHLETA BAMBOO SUSHI | BOBA GUYS | C CASA | DELAROSA EQUINOX | FIELDWORK BREWING COMPANY | GEORGE GIO GELATI | M by MAGGIE RIZER | MADEWELL MENDOCINO FARMS | MIXT | ON THE EDGE POTTERY BARN | ROAM ARTISAN BURGERS | SEPHORA SOCIAL-AFFAIR | SUNGLASS HUT | THE PIECE. STORE THE SLANTED DOOR | TRADER | WEST ELM WILLIAMS SONOMA | WORLD OF MONOKROME AND SO MUCH MORE

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Ranch 2020  

Welcome to City Center Bishop Ranch located in the Tri-Valley. Discover where to shop and dine, and explore all that living and working in S...

Ranch 2020  

Welcome to City Center Bishop Ranch located in the Tri-Valley. Discover where to shop and dine, and explore all that living and working in S...