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y good friend and professional colleague Mark Curtis will leave the Bay Area next month to become the key investigative and political reporter and weekend news anchor for WLNE-TV in Providence, R.I., an ABC affiliate. A seasoned television newsman, Curtis and I have similar backgrounds, though in different years. We both whet our appetites on careers in journalism as 12-yearolds delivering newspapers, Curtis for the Milwaukee Sentinel and me, carrying the Chicago Tribune to some 60 home subscribers, a newspaper I later worked for as a reporter and editor. After graduating with a degree in broadcast communications from Marquette University and later earning a master’s at the University of Florida, Curtis’ passion for political reporting began when he spent time as a congressional fellow, working in the House Judiciary Subcommittee of Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY) as well as for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.). He then became the Washington correspondent for Cox Broadcasting, filing on-air reports daily for the broadcaster’s stations throughout the U.S. Five years later, Cox transferred Curtis to its Fox affiliate in Oakland, KTVU-TV/Channel 2, where he was a news anchor and political commentator until a downturn in station advertising forced staff layoffs. Within days, he was back on his feet as a free-lance commentator, serving stations across the country with national and regional reports that eventually found him covering the presidential campaign during most of 2008. His book about that experience, “Age of Obama: A Reporter’s Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008,” was released during inaugural week in 2009 by Nimble Books. Since then, he’s spent considerable time traveling from city-tocity on book-signing appearances a major book stores. Curtis and I both worked in Washington and we also moved our families to the Tri-Valley, Curtis in 1999 to Danville and my move 12 years earlier in 1987 to Pleasanton. Now he’s heading back east, thrilled to have the chance to report on the hot political senate contests ahead in the WLNE-TV coverage area, which includes Massachusetts and Connecticut as well

as Rhode Island. With Wednesdays and Thursdays off, he’ll be able to grab lower weekday fares to come back often to see his wife Kathi, a ballet instructor in Livermore; daughter Allie, who will graduate from Monte Vista High School next June, and son Patrick, who will finish eighth grade at Los Cerros Middle School in Danville at the same time. Curtis said the family will relocate to the Providence area next summer. Although excited about the opportunity to anchor ABC6 news weekends and covering regional politics during the week in Providence, Curtis admits that he’ll miss his acquired hometown of Danville and the rest of the TriValley, including Pleasanton. He now hosts Tri-Valley Community “Focus,” which he tapes twice a month for TV30, the community television station that airs the show on Tuesday and Friday evenings. He’s also on the board of directors of the San Ramon Valley YMCA and the Mt. Diablo Silverado Scout Council and active with the Tri-Valley Community Foundation and the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Now 50, Curtis is “old school” when it comes to professional demeanor, always wearing a suit and tie when on the air and out in the field, carefully avoiding the California casualness of calling everybody by their first names until he gets to know them. That will serve him well back east where the dress code is less business casual and social gatherings are often black tie events. Curtis says that he has lived all over the U.S., from Wisconsin to Florida, Washington, D.C. to California. He’s delighted that he has a chance to work in New England “where it all began, this magical democracy that is the greatest nation on earth.” A political junkie by trade, he’s looking forward to reporting on politics in a region of the country that has produced a number of the U.S. presidents. Curtis and I will join a mutual friend and journalist, Tim Hunt, former associate editor of the TriValley Herald, in a discussion of today’s media before a meeting of Leadership Pleasanton on Wednesday, Jan. 6. That morning, Curtis will also speak to the Martinez Rotary Club and then taping another TV30 “Focus” show before catching a flight the next day for Providence, ready to anchor his first weekend news show on Saturday, Jan. 9. Wish I could tune in.

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Falling tax revenue concerns Pleasanton officials

Tour of lights ‘Tis the season to ooh and ah over holiday house decorations. Many are featured on the Lights of the Valley website, created by Livermore resident Alex Dourov. In its 11th year, the improved website offers a comprehensive list directing light show viewers to displays around the neighborhood and all across the Bay, with features including a house of the day, maps, pictures, videos and a rating system. To learn more, visit www.lightsofthevalley.com.

Nominate a leader The Tri-Valley YMCA is asking for nominations of leaders from the Tri-Valley in the following categories: business/civic leader, educator, community leader/ volunteer. Those nominated should reflect in some way the spirit and example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The winners will be recognized at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast on Jan. 25 at the Marriott Hotel. Submit nominations by Jan. 8 to tstier@ymcaeastbay. org or 4725 First St., Ste. 200, Pleasanton, CA 94566. To learn more, call 475-6017 or visit www.trivalleyymca.org.

Shortfalls in July-September period greater than projected BY JEB BING

Pleasanton’s Finance Director Dave Culver warned the City Council Tuesday that lower tax revenues could hamper the city’s efforts to maintain its current levels of services, programs and staff in the year ahead. He said revenue from sales taxes has fallen to an estimated $15.5 million for the current fiscal year, which ends next June 30, from his projection of $16.5 million made only a few months ago. “It looks like we could be down 14 percent this year if the recession continues, as receipts from auto dealers, business and industry and general consumer goods decline,” he said. Fees from developers are likely to total $1.3

million, not the $2.2 million that was projected when the current budget was prepared. So far, property taxes are holding up, with valuations remaining about the same as a year ago. But Pleasanton won’t see the consistent increases of 3 percent and more this year or next, nor the double-digit gains the city saw at the start of the decade. Since property tax revenue accounts for 56 percent of the city’s budget, jut staying even will be an achievement, Culver said. Neighboring cities have seen major decreases in both property valuations and taxes, forcing a number of them to programs, services and employees. Livermore recently terminated 11 city employees as that city wrestles with a major

budget shortfall. Although revenue dropped in the last budget year, expenditures were trimmed even more, giving the city a $3-million surplus in fiscal 2009-10. That money has been added to the city’s reserves to provide a financial cushion as tax revenue across the board declines. On the expenditure side, about 75 percent of the city’s budget pays for labor, with public safety accounting for 44 percent of that. Total fixed operating costs are about 80 percent, for operations that include traffic and street lights and similar costs. Any major declines in revenue would likely lead to cuts in some of these See BUDGET on Page 6

Body of camper found in state park Authorities believe Jay Lafontaine’s Jeep got stuck in ravine BY EMILY WEST

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A woman and her daughter walk into the fairgrounds’ Hall of Commerce Saturday to get vaccinated. Nearly 900 turned out; a total 6,700 countywide.

County setting plans for future H1N1 clinics Nationwide recognition Downtown business owner Brenda Dronkers was featured in the January edition of Family Circle magazine. Her submission highlighted her shop Thriving Ink, the Meadowlark Dairy and popular downtown events in the My Hometown column on page 38 above.

Alumni soccer game nears Foothill and Amador High School alumni are invited to play in the seventh annual Ryan Gordon memorial alumni soccer game Dec. 27. The cost is $20 to play, or $7 for seniors and $4 for students to watch. The game is a fundraiser for soccer programs at both high schools. Register at All-Star Sports, 3037-A Hopyard Road, or by calling 8467928. The deadline to register is Dec. 24.

Vaccination event Saturday at fairgrounds drew 885 people, 6,700 countywide BY JANET PELLETIER

Nearly 900 people turned out for H1N1 vaccinations last weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and the county says the wheels are in motion for more clinics in January as the state dictates how much they can allocate. Countywide, totaling five clinics held last Saturday, 6,700 people got vaccinated. A Fremont clinic served 2,000 of them, while Pleasanton’s clinic served 885. Vanessa Cordova, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County Public Health Department, said the county saw a higher percentage of children this time. “It appeared anecdotally that these children were seeking second doses, so they were between the ages of six months and 9 years old,” she said, as children 9 and under require a second

dose at least 21 days after the first shot. A massive recall announced this week on doses determined to be not strong enough wasn’t a factor in the county vaccinations, Cordova added. As the free vaccinations were targeted to go to higher-risk residents such as children, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, Cordova said this most recent mass vaccination event was a success because the county was able to meet the demand. Part of the reason for that is because the county did more outreach to let the public know that the shots would go to the most vulnerable and to those who live in the county. Each county is allocated a supply based on a per capita formula by the state. “This past Saturday was the first time that we advanced that

message that it was for county residents and it worked,” Cordova said. “We didn’t screen people. We’re not in the business of policing people, but in much of our outreach, we did impart the importance of having residents pursue the vaccine in their county public health department or public health provider.” Including previous countywide clinics Nov. 7 and 14, the county estimates that nearly 30,000 people have been vaccinated and it does appear to be lowering the risk of the flu strain spreading, but that doesn’t mean the county won’t be proactive, Cordova said. It’s estimated that there are 60,000 people who fall into the high risk category. “Our eye is constantly on this ball,” she said. “It’s a disease that we have not seen before and we’ve already seen two waves and so See H1N1 on Page 6

The body of Jay Lafontaine, the 48-year-old Pleasanton man reported missing since Dec. 6, was found in a park east of Yosemite National Park. Around 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10, California Highway Patrol located the Jeep Wrangler belonging to Lafontaine. Found in a “very remote area” at an elevation of 10,000 feet just northeast of Bodie, Calif., reports said his personal equipment was found in the Jeep. The discovery of the Jeep led to the deployment of the Mono County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team, which found the body of Lafontaine around 10:30 p.m. that evening. Investigators believe Lafontaine’s Jeep got stuck in a ravine. Footprints in the snow indicated he was trying to walk out of the area for assistance, police said. Authorities indicated there were no signs of a struggle or foul play. The cause of his death hasn’t been determined. Lafontaine was reported missing by his family on Dec. 4 after he failed to return home from his annual trip Dec. 2, as expected. Police Lt. Darrin Davis said the man left Pleasanton Nov. 27 in a 2005 black Jeep Wrangler with no side doors and last spoke to his family later that day. Cell phone records show no other activity since Nov. 27. According to police, Lafontaine decided to venture east to Bodie State Park in Mono County, which is in about 100 miles south of Lake Tahoe, before heading 250 miles south to Death Valley. During the initial report, authorities believed Lafontaine could have been anywhere within the 250mile stretch. —Bay City News contributed to this report.

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BUDGET Continued from Page 5

services. “Our concern is that if the economy doesn’t turn around, we could find ourselves in the same position as other cities where we will have to consider service reductions,” said City Manager Nelson Fialho. “Right now, we have 35 vacant positions in the city government that we have not filled, from library clerks to police officers,” he said. “There comes a time when we can’t go much farther than that without making serious cuts. Tuesday night’s report was a review of the first three months of the 2009-10 budget. A more extensive review will be made in late January after an analysis of property tax payments for the current year and holiday sales receipts have been analyzed. ■

H1N1 Continued from Page 5

we’re going to continue to protect those at highest risk until something in current epidemiology suggests that’s no longer necessary.” County health officials are in constant contact with the state over supply and the county is currently making plans to hold either more community-based clinics or one or more mass vaccination clinics like Saturday’s. San Mateo County recently announced it would be making the H1N1 vaccine available to pharmacies there and Sacramento has opened up their target population to the general public, something Cordova said Alameda County hopes to offer as more high-risk residents are vaccinated and demand decreases. ■

Jonathan Lowell takes oath of office as Pleasanton’s new city attorney Former San Luis Obispo city attorney succeeds retiring Michael Roush BY JEB

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Former San Luis Obispo City Attorney Jonathan Lowell was sworn in Monday night as Pleasanton’s new city attorney at a special meeting of the City Council. In a brief ceremony, Lowell raised his right hand to repeat the oath of office administered by City Clerk Karen Diaz, officially filling the office long held by now-former City Attorney Michael Roush, who is retiring. Roush will continue handling legal affairs for the city until Monday, Jan. 4, when Lowell takes over. Addressing the council, Lowell said that in researching the city of Pleasanton and the position of city attorney, “I realized what a fantastic professional city that you have and I am thrilled to be able to work with all of you.” He especially praised outgoing City Attorney Roush, a city attorney he has long admired and respected. “I am honored to be able to step in and continue his good work on behalf of the city of Pleasanton,” Lowell said. Lowell, who is also the incoming vice president of the League of California Cities City Attorney Department — and will become its president in 2011 — has been city attorney in San Luis Obispo, a city with a population of 43,000, since 2003. At one time he was also the assistant city attorney in both Livermore and Hay-

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Pleasanton’s new City Attorney Jonathan Lowell takes oath of office administered by City Clerk Karen Diaz.

ward and the city attorney for San Bruno. He was in private practice with the San Francisco law firm of Curiale, Dellaverson, Hirschfield, Kraemer & Sloan. He received his law degree from UC Hastings College of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. His employment contract, which the council unanimously approved last night,

gives Lowell an annual starting salary of $195,000, a yearly performance bonus not to exceed 5 percent of his annual salary, and the same medical, retirement medical insurance, dental insurance and other benefits also provided to other management employees working for the city of Pleasanton. He will also be eligible for accrued vacation at the rate of 25 days annually and a credit of 10 days of administrative leave annually. He will receive a $400 monthly car allowance with a cell phone that includes payment of all charges related to city business. In his role as Pleasanton’s City Attorney, Lowell will provide advice and counsel to the City Council, City Manager Nelson Fialho and city staff. He will manage a legal department that handles the city’s contractual, regulatory, and litigation matters that typically include open meeting and public records laws; conflicts of interest; land use and environmental laws; claims and litigation; municipal elections; employment and labor relations; code enforcement, and other legal matters. Both the city manager’s and city attorney’s positions report directly to the City Council. Joining Lowell for last night’s ceremony and a reception that followed were his parents Marie and Harry Lowell of Walnut Creek, his partner Peter DeMarais, and his mother-in-law Mary DeMarais. ■

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As downtown’s tiny commercial district intensifies within its fixed boundaries, those who have maximized the “income producing” square footages of their buildings and grounds in relation to lot size, while paying the least to use public parking for their shortages will be the winners. It’s a numbers game and to understand how the game is played one must first understand downtown’s “In-lieu Parking Fee” (ILPF) program.

Handmade holidays Senior Center has two ‘well-kept secrets’: the Peddler Shoppe and wood shop BY EMILY WEST

Motorists driving past the Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard may not know that there’s a little store filled with many handmade items. Called the Peddler Shoppe, it was opened around the same time as the senior center, which opened in 1973. Phyllis Bullock has volunteered her time there since about 1996 and says the little store’s publicity has been spread by word-of-mouth. Recreation leader Raymond Figueroa said the store is “one of those little well kept secrets in town” that feature items from local artisans. Staffed by volunteers, the store is filled with jewelry, scarves, wooden toys, dolls and other items handmade by seniors. When asked what the most popular item in the store, Bullock said there’s not one item, but just “whatever strikes your fancy.” The prices are competitive, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the cost of operations and the rest going to the item’s maker. Located in the Senior Center, at 5353 Sunol Blvd., it’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one Saturday a month. They will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Contact the Peddler Shoppe at 931-5371. The wood shop is another feature of the senior center, which Figueroa said is remaining open for another year after they analyzed the participation and usage. One of the few wood shop programs for seniors in the East Bay, it allows wood working enthusiasts access to tools and equipment. Staffed by volunteers, there is a $5 fee for drop-in use (or $6 for nonresidents) and is open on weekdays. ■

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environmental OK There’s still time to read and make comments on the 200-plus page, bound supplemental Environment Impact Report on Staples Ranch. The deadline for comments has been extended to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 with the City Council expected to consider certifying the document early in the year. Although voluminous, it’s not tough to read and actually interesting for anyone who has to prepare detailed reports in their work or wants to know about local habitat, emissions that possible constitute a considerable contribution toward the impact of global climate change, or noise levels along Stoneridge Drive. Brian Dolan, Pleasanton’s community development director, said it’s the most extensive—and expensive—EIRs he’s seen in his many years in city planning and no doubt contains data that will be useful for years to come. Just in terms of analyzing noise levels that could occur in nearby neighborhoods with the proposed extension of Stoneridge Drive from the Mohr-Martin community to El Charro Road and Livermore were found to be greater than those allowed in the city’s new General Plan, which will require noise-absorbing asphalt and other mitigations to keep noise levels in check Dolan believes that the EIR document, available online or for overthe-counter reading at City Hall, is one of the best land use primers ever put together on a single site that has only 124 acres. It’s the second time around by for consultants hired by the city of Pleasanton to carefully evaluate the potential effects of the proposed multi-million-dollar developments planned for Staples, which is an undeveloped parcel southwest of the intersection of Interstate 580 and El Charro Road, an interchange that also serves as the border of Dublin, Livermore and, when annexed into the city, Pleasanton. Now owned by Alameda County, Staples is the site of commercial, retail, housing and sports developments that, when completed, would produce millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city of Pleasanton. Several of the proposed development projects have now cleared planning checks, and once the supplemental EIR is certified by the City Council, final plans by the individual developers can move forward. Because of the current economic downturn, that’s not likely until late next year or 2011, but each developer wants to have the approvals ready when the right time comes. The Staples master plan, which the new EIR studied, includes a 17-acre community park, a 46-acre senior care community, a 37-acre auto mall, an 11-acre retail/commercial center, a 5-acre neighborhood park and a 10-acre site to be developed with a two-story ice arena to be built, operated and funded by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks. The Stoneridge Drive extension is the most controversial proposal on Staples, narrowly approved in a 3-2 vote of the City Council with Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty picking up the check for building bridges over the arroyo that will be required. The EIR analyses the potential noise and traffic impacts of the extended Stoneridge Drive and recommends ways to keep them tolerable. Responding to concerns by biological and environmental groups, the EIR also updates surveys for the California tiger salamander, the California red-legged frog, the western pond turtle and the San Joaquin spearscale that are believed to be on Staples. Also analyzed are the potential impacts to the environment resulting from production of greenhouse gas emissions and the various noise impacts. As part of the mitigation agreed to in the EIR, Alameda County would preserve a 1.77-acre site before it builds the arroyo bridges for the spearscale habitat or would acquire a site outside of Staples to move the species. The city of Pleasanton would also provide relief from the possible increase in traffic on Stoneridge Drive once extended. These mitigations would include noise-attenuating pavement, new traffic patterns to avoid congestion and adequate funding by the county and regional municipal partners to widen Hwy. 84 over Pigeon Pass to provide a better, faster route for commuters between I-680 and I-580. Contained in this new EIR are hundreds of recommendations for making Staples Ranch, its proposed developments and the overall project’s impact on Pleasanton as a whole a financial and environmental benefit that will enhance the quality of life this city demands. ■

LETTERS Please explain the inconsistency Dear Editor, I have posed the following question to Congressman McNerney three times and have yet to receive an answer, so I am taking the public route to see if I can get a response. In Mr. McNerney’s recent health care letter, he claims almost glowingly that the House bill will decrease our deficit by $100 billion (counting on substantial cuts in Medicare to fund this bill). Then a couple of weeks later the House passes another bill that will increase Medicare by $210 billion. Mr. McNerney, please help us all understand how an increase in Medicare is consistent with what you claim for the House health care bill? Your claims seem to be disin-

genuous at best. I agree that heath care in this country must be reformed to lower costs and increase coverage for all. I just don’t believe the current course will accomplish these objectives in the long term. I look forward to the day when we deal with our health care challenges in an honest and constructive manner. Bart Hughes

Bravo on Man of the Year choice Dear Editor, It’s so nice to see Chris Miller (one of Pleasanton’s “under-sung” heroes) get the recognition he deserves (“Man of the Year, Cover Story, Dec. 4, page 12). Well done, Chris. And well done to Pleasanton Weekly by honoring Chris’ good work, you encourage each of us to follow his example. Thank you. Steve Taylor

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POLICE BULLETIN Young bicyclist recovering after being hit by truck A 14-year-old Pleasanton girl is recovering after being hit by a truck near Harvest Park Middle School Dec. 9. Traffic Officer Marty Billdt said the girl was held under observation at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley the following day, but didn’t have any broken bones or other major injuries. Reports state that around 5:30 p.m. a Dodge pickup truck was traveling southbound on Greenwood Road, south of Valley Avenue, and stopped

WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES City Hall will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th. GENERAL INFORMATION Additional information regarding the Draft Supplement to the Stoneridge Drive Specific Plan Amendment/Staples Ranch Environmental Impact Report. Review Period Written comments on the Draft Supplement to the Stoneridge Drive Specific Plan Amendment/ Staples Ranch Environmental Impact Report will be accepted by the City of Pleasanton Planning Division, Community Development Department, through Wednesday, December, 30, 2009. Please send comments to: Robin Giffin, Associate Planner Planning Division Community Development Department P.O. Box 520 Pleasanton, CA 94566 The above represents a sampling of upcoming meeting items. For complete information, please visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/community/calendar

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Dec. 6 Petty theft ■ 1:32 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Burglary ■ 1:32 p.m. in the 14000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting ■ 5:00 p.m. in the 400 block of Division Street; vehicular Drug/alcohol violations ■ 12:52 a.m. at the intersection of Laurel Creek and Blessing drives; underage DUI ■ 1:00 a.m. in the 400 block of St. Mary Street; public drunkenness ■ 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of Springdale Avenue and Ivy Court; marijuana possession Battery ■ 1:32 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Dec. 7 Theft ■ 9:50 a.m. in the 400 block of Pine Hill Lane; petty theft ■ 11:53 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; embezzlement ■ 5:23 p.m. in the 2100 block of Delucchi Drive; identity theft ■ 5:57 p.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Drive; grand theft Vehicular burglary ■ 7:22 a.m. in the 3300 block of Prairie Drive Vandalism ■ 2:32 p.m. in the 400 block of Pine Hill Lane ■ 4:24 p.m. in the 3800 block of West Las Positas Boulevard Public drunkenness ■ 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of St. Mary Street and Peters Avenue

Dec. 8 Theft ■ 8:59 a.m. in the 7900 block of Hillsboro Court; petty theft ■ 12:56 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft ■ 3:04 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; grand theft ■ 4:22 p.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive; identity theft ■ 11:03 p.m. in the 8000 block of Horizons Court; stolen vehicle Vandalism ■ 8:50 a.m. in the 3300 block of East

Ruby Hill Drive Drug/alcohol violations ■ 3:25 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; non-narcotic controlled substance possession ■ 5:25 p.m. at the intersection of Hopyard and Golden roads; driving with open container ■ 9:49 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Dickens Lane; under the influence of a controlled substance, paraphernalia possession, non-narcotic controlled substance possession

Dec. 9 Grand theft ■ 1:31 p.m. in the 400 block of St. John Street ■ 2:24 p.m. in the 1 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Vehicular burglary ■ 12:37 p.m. in the 400 block of Boulder Court Drug/alcohol violations ■ 2:23 p.m. in the 4300 block of Foothill Road; marijuana possession ■ 6:26 p.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard; DUI ■ 7:28 p.m. at the intersection of Muirwood and Highland Oaks drives; DUI ■ 8:09 p.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasanton Avenue; public drunkenness ■ 11:35 p.m. in the 4200 block of Valley Avenue; public drunkenness

Dec. 10 Petty theft ■ 6:42 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Vandalism ■ 4:51 p.m. in the 3100 block of Valley Avenue Prescription drug forgery ■ 12:03 p.m. in the 1900 block of Santa Rita Road DUI ■ 10:26 p.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and West Las Positas Boulevard

Dec. 11 Drug/alcohol violations ■ 5:29 p.m. at the intersection of Rose and Peters avenues; DUI ■ 8:51 p.m. in the 5500 block of Johnson Drive; public drunkenness ■ 9:33 p.m. at the intersection of Bernal and Valley avenues; DUI, non-narcotic controlled substance possession

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OBITUARIES Armand Cattalini Armand Cattalini, a lifelong Pleasanton resident, died Nov. 26 after fighting a long-term illness at the age of 88. Mr. Cattalini was born June 10, 1921 on Division Street. Affectionately known as “Mondo,” his family and most residents remember him tending his rich garden of tomatoes, garlic, zucchini and onions. He was also known for being a dedicated fan of his beloved Giants and ‘49ers, and his red and white Dodge pickup truck. Mr. Cattalini served in the Army Air Corps during World War II for four years stationed in Florida, and then as a guard at Camp Parks. His brother, Alfred, also born in Pleasanton, was killed during the Battle of Luzon in 1945. He had a 30-year career working for PCA/Lone Star Cement and retired to his second career of nearly 20 years at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, where he developed many more friendships. Mr. Cattalini is survived by his wife of 62 years, Isabel; daughter,

Cheryl Caraballo; son-in-law, Keith; grandson, Nicholas; nephews, Lloyd Malfatti and his wife, Trudy; Norman Malfatti and his wife, Betty. Memorial services are pending and will be announced.

Genevieve Loretta Paradiso Genevieve (Jennie) Loretta Paradiso died Dec. 1 at the age of 86. Mrs. Paradiso was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Oakland to Manuel Cabral and Maria Telles. After graduating from Castlemont High School, she was married to Tony Paradiso for 46 years and lived in San Leandro, Twain Harte, Tracy, Pleasanton and Manteca. She was a homemaker, but she dabbled in the real estate field for a while. In her early years, she loved hosting dinner and holiday parties for her family and friends; team bowling; dancing on Saturday nights (or any night someone played music);

growing big, beautiful dahlias in her garden; crafting; sewing; knitting and showering all of the children with many gifts for every occasion. But her greatest gift to her children was passing on family values and traditions. She is survived by her children, Gerri (Bob), Debbie (Don) and Mark; grandchildren, Dean, Danny, Corine, Chase, Amber, Crystin, Anthony, Alex, Daryl, Michael, Monica, Aaron and Daniel; godchildren, Carol, Angela and Todd; and many greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by children, Corey, Gene and George; and grandson, David. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. A reception will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road. A private burial will be held. Donations may be made to her favorite charity, Hannah Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476.

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MASTERING CREATIVE ANXIETY The California Writers Club â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tri-Valley Branch meets from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at Oasis Grille, 780 Main St. Creativity coach, family therapist and author Dr. Eric Maisel will discuss the anxieties that nag writers and present tools for dealing with these anxieties and managing the creative life. For reservations, call 462-7495. Cost is $21 members and $27 nonmembers and includes lunch.

Miscellaneous FOOD PANTRY AT VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH The Food Pantry at Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Drive, has an open pantry from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It can be reached from Wheels route 3. It will be closed Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, but will be open the Sunday before the holidays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 27. Donations of food are by

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YEAR REVI See our A to Z guide on stories from the past 12 BY PLEASANTON WEEKLY STAFF

W JANET PELLETIER

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hat a year! From hunkering down as 2009 started when the economy and employment tumbled to the good news as hundreds turned out month after month to welcome home Pleasanton military men and women from Iraq to seeing momentum toward a better 2010 with the start of the Firehouse Arts Center and approval of the multi-million-dollar Staples Ranch development, it’s been a year of cautious planning for all of us in a city that’s weathering the storm a bit better than most. It’s also been a year reasonably quiet in local politics with the only election being the Measure G parcel tax in June. Although we watched, but couldn’t vote, our friends in Livermore and other Congressional District 10 cities choose Lt. Gov. John Garamendi to succeed longtime Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who took a U.S. State Department position. Also this year, Pleasanton school Superintendent John Casey, City Attorney Michael Roush and Fire Chief Bill Cody announced their retirements, with Roush replaced just this week by former San Luis Obispo City Attorney Jonathan Lowell. A search firm is looking for candidates to be considered to fill Casey’s position when he leaves next June as are another search firm and the city managers from Pleasanton and Livermore for a new fire chief, expected to be named in March. The year also saw the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund reach new highs in its seventh year of fundraising to help the needy, with contributions and funds matched by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation totaling $165,000 and growing as the fund continues through January. Last month, by the way, also marked 10 years since we opened our office in November 1999 to launch the Pleasanton Weekly, with our first edition printed and distributed on Friday, Jan. 28, 2000. Watch for a special 10th year anniversary issue on Friday, Jan. 29. Here, for your reading enjoyment, are a few of the key stories we covered this year in alphabetical order:

A Attorney Michael Roush announced in May that he is retiring, closing 32 years in the municipal attorney profession, including the last 21 years here. Among his accomplishments: guiding the annexation of Ruby Hill; handling the city’s end of negotiations for the sale of the 510-acre Bernal property to developers with 318 acres being given to the city; wrapping up the acquisition of unincorporated land that is now the city-owned Callippe Preserve Golf Course; defending the city against lawsuits involving Happy Valley, Oak Grove, Staples Ranch and the city’s votermandated 29,000-unit housing cap.

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JANET PELLETIER

Clockwise from top: Foothill High teachers, joining others in the district, wore pink for Pink Slip Friday back in March in support of classified employees facing pink slips due to state budget cuts. Despite some support for a school parcel tax, Measure G failed in June. Cars pass an under-construction West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station along Interstate 580. It was announced that the project would be delayed a year due to faulty steel pieces that connect the station via walkways to both Dublin and Pleasanton. Members of the Golden Skate synchronized skating team, based in San Jose, take a young skater out on the ice at the Sharks’-sponsored holiday ice rink which is open now through Jan. 10 in the library parking lot. Recyclables are sorted out from among the trash at Pleasanton Garbage Service in January. In August, after approval from the City Council, the city rolled out a new program that required residents to obtain a third bin for just recyclables. Page 16 • December 18, 2009 • Pleasanton Weekly

Bicyclists tangled with the East Bay Regional Park District over trails in March. At a park district-sponsored public meeting to get feedback on the future of the Pleasanton Ridge, mountain bikers accused the district of favoring hikers and said they preferred single-track, narrower trails for their challenge, while the district said cyclists should stay on wider, approved trails that won’t destroy the local ecosystem.

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A couple walk by 839 E. Angela St., the site of a house explosion and fire in December 2008. In November of this year, police announced they had turned over their investigation to the District Attorney’s office with charges against Deonna Zuffa for arson and forgery.

club home in March 2008 made headlines throughout the year. In February, the couple’s son, Ernest Scherer III, 31, was arrested for their deaths and faces homicide charges with special circumstances. A number of witnesses testified against the suspect in an Oakland courthouse over the summer as part of a pretrial hearing. An Alameda County judge ordered Scherer III, who has plead not guilty, to stand trial, which he will do early next year. A county prosecutor has said he will not pursue the death penalty. John Casey, superintendent for the Pleasanton Unified School District, announced he would retire at the end of the 2009-10 school year. Casey came to the district in 2002 and plans to spend more time with his family with intentions to move to Brentwood.

D Oakland police officer Mark Dunakin, who grew up in Pleasanton, was gunned down in March while riding his motorcycle in one of the state’s deadliest police killings, leaving Dunakin and three other officers dead. A memorial for Dunakin and the other fallen officers held at the Oakland Coliseum drew thousands of mourners including police officers from across the country.

E The extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore was approved in a 3-2 vote by the City Council, completing one of the final policy decisions for the proposed multi-million-dollar development of the 124-acre countyowned Staples Ranch.

F Fields for baseball and later for other sports were dedicated in September at Bernal Community Park. The baseball fields, which will be used for Little League play next spring, are part of a 50-acre sports complex that will be developed in phases on Bernal, along with the remainder of the full-318-acre central park to come later.

G Measure G, the Pleasanton Unified School District parcel tax, failed to receive the two-thirds majority vote required to pass in a June special election. The parcel tax would have collected $233 a year for four years to support Pleasanton schools. Teacher layoffs and a hike in K-3 class sizes to 25, instead of 20, students followed the defeat. Henry John Germain was sentenced in May to 15 years in prison on child molestation charges. The 62-year-old former tennis pro at Castlewood Country Club entered a no contest plea April 28 to three charges of sexually abusing children under the age of 14. Germain was originally arrested at the country club in September 2008 after three victims wrote letters with molestation allegations to officials at the club. Shortly after, three more victims came forward and brought charges against him. A new General Plan was approved by the City Council that now serves as the blueprint for continued and future development of Pleasanton through the city’s projected residential buildout of 2025. A portion of the plan dealing with the exten-

sion of Stoneridge Drive and Staples Ranch was bifurcated to allow for ongoing review as lawsuits affecting that project proceed in the Alameda County Superior Court. Major changes to the plan update includes new guidelines and restrictions in the areas of climate change, green building, energy and water conservation, air quality and other key environmental issues. Still in the new plan is a 29,000-unit housing cap on residential units, a restriction that both an affordable housing coalition and State Attorney General Jerry Brown are contesting in court.

H Four additional days of horse racing were added to last summer’s county fair racing schedule, effectively extending the length of the county fair. The extra days were scheduled to make up for the closure of Bay Meadows race track in San Mateo, which shut down in September 2008. Outside the traditional summer fair racing, Pleasanton could begin adding racing as soon as next year during different parts of the year. Hacienda Business Park acreage was OK’d for housing in October. The City Council rezoned three large commercially-zoned properties condominiums and apartments to meet the state’s insistence that more mid-priced and affordable housing be built here. The action came despite protests from some Hacienda residents, who complained the business park is already is overbuilt with homes and apartments and that it lacks basic services, such as retail stores, an elementary school and enough public parks. The H1N1 strain of the flu was one of the most nationallydiscussed stories of the year, and it was no different on the local level. The first swine flu cases hit the Bay Area in April and the health concern lingers today as demand for an immunization is outpacing the supply. Alameda County held a series of free shot clinics last weekend, including one at the fairgrounds, which drew hundreds.

I A holiday ice rink came to fruition, opening in November in the Civic Center-library parking lot. The rink is being operated and funded by San Jose Arena Management, which owns the San Jose Sharks, in a deal that was announced this past summer between SJAM and the city of Pleasanton. Delucchi Community Park was also considered as a location for the rink, but the site reverted back to the library site after homeowners on Second and Third streets complained about the park location.

J Job losses, like in 2008, were a recurring theme this past year as the economy steeped into a recession and local nonprofits struggled.

The proposal is expected to be formally proposed to the Planning Commission and City Council sometime in 2010.

L Library commission members who have been pushing for a major expansion of the 21-year-old Pleasanton facility saw some progress as the City Council took under consideration a comprehensive $70-million plan to renovate and rebuild the Civic Center and library when funds become available. A majority of councilmembers said they favored a recommendation for a new 73,000-square-foot public library building that could be built on city-owned property at the south end of Main Street, doubling the floor space of today’s library building.

M Football great John Madden returned to Pleasanton after retiring from broadcasting in April. Madden said he wants to spend more time with his family.

N Nightlife in downtown is heating up with Barone’s Restaurant gaining city approval to add more entertainment and at later times each evening, and with nearby Redcoats British Pub not far behind. But Redcoats’ bid to offer later weeknight music and dancing stumbled before the City Council just before the holidays with Councilman Jerry Thorne seeking more information on how noise levels will be monitored and controlled.

O Open Heart Kitchen reported in May that it’s back on solid financial ground after facing possible closure just six months prior. The nonprofit, which is the only hot food service for the needy in the Tri-Valley, is thriving, and it was all thanks to the local community support, according to Executive Director Linda McKeever. Oak Grove, a 51-luxury home community proposed by developer Jennifer Lin and her brother Frederic, was back in the news after the state Supreme Court denied their request to rehear a state Court of Appeals decision that, in effect, ended their long-standing legal feud with opponents of the project. A petition advanced by the opponents is likely to be placed on a ballot in June that will ask voters to decide if Oak Grove should be built.

P The Pleasanton City Council picked Deborah Grossman in June as the city’s new poet laureate. Grossman, a published author, feature writer and long-time Tri-Valley poet, will serve through 2011. She succeeded school library aide Martha Meltzer.

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Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens would be merged into a new senior housing facility under a plan being advanced by a housing coalition. The proposed 150-unit building would replace the two 40-year-old facilities. At a workshop discussion, the plan received mixed reviews with at least two council members indicating they would not support such a large re-build.

Questions and confusion arose after Pleasanton Garbage Service announced in April that residents would be adding a cart to use for recycling purposes. The extensive curbside refuse recycling program parallels what many cities in the country are already doing: requiring residents to sort out their recyclable materials from all other garbage instead of having PGS do it for them. Pleasanton Weekly • December 18, 2009 • Page 17

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R A so-called “rebel” merchant group composed of more than 20 downtown retailers initiated a series of aggressive marketing techniques to add more zest to broader programs sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association. By year’s end, though, both groups were working together on programs aimed at driving more merchants to shop downtown.

S Staples Ranch, a multi-million-dollar commercial, retail, housing and sports development planned for a 124-acre site at the intersection of El Charro Road and Interstate 580, was approved by the Pleasanton City Council as part of a master plan for the overall project. The development will include an auto mall at the northeast corner of the site, planned by Hendrick Automotive; a 600-unit independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care facility for seniors, planned by Continuing Life Communities Continuum; a retail store complex; and a four-rink indoor ice arena by be built and operated by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks. Final approval of a new Environmental Impact Report is expected next month with individual site development plans to be considered in the spring.

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A TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party was held at Amador Community Park in April to protest against taxation. Hundreds of participants held signs, many adorned with tea bags, and several lined the sidewalks of Santa Rita Road, encouraging drivers to honk in support.

Bill Cody is now an “X,” ex-fire chief, that is, after retiring in October as chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, capping at 32-year career including the last 4-1/2 years at the helm of our local fire agency. A search is under way for a successor, whose selection should be announced next spring.

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Urban Habitat filed a suit to overturn Pleasanton’s 29,000-unit housing cap, approved by voters in 1996, claiming that the cap is unlawful and also discourages developers who might consider building low-tomoderate income housing here from following through with plans. State Atty. General Jerry Brown’s office agreed and joined Urban Habitat in its court proceeding, which is scheduled to be heard today in Alameda County Superior Court.

A year-long delay was announced by BART in opening its West Dublin/Pleasanton station as planned in 2009. The delay was blamed on faulty steel connectors that have to be redesigned and rebuilt at an added cost of $2.5 million, with a new opening date optimistically set for sometime next year.

V Vineyard Villa and Hacienda mobile home park owners sued the city after the City Council rejected their bid to convert units into condos.

W Washington, D.C. was the site of a trip by five TriValley city mayors, including Mayor Jennifer Hoster-

Z The Zuffa fire investigation was turned over to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Pleasanton police revealed in November. In the documentation provided to the DA, Deonna Zuffa was charged with arson and forgery, connected with a house fire on East Angela Street that rendered the home inhabitable and resulted in Zuffa suffering from second and thirddegree burns. The DA’s office has declined to comment on the case or say when they would make a decision whether to prosecute Zuffa. ■

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Holiday Fund donors Since the launch of the 2009 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, a total of $255,668 has been raised. Individuals Sycamore Heights Bunco Babes ......................** Mr.& Mrs. Jonathan Allen ..................................** Ron & Kathy Anderson .................................. 200 Geoff Southworth & Jill Anderson ................. 100 Steve & Cris Annen ....................................... 100 Andrew Bailey & Lauren Purcell.................. 1000 Rick & Dawn Barraza .................................... 250 John & Bonnie Batty...................................... 250 The Belchick & Clausen Families.................. 200 Chris & Glenda Beratlis ................................. 500 Mr.& Mrs. Bielby ................................................** Jan & Jeb Bing .............................................. 200 John & Mary Bjorkholm ................................. 100 Rob & Jane Blyther ....................................... 100 Jim Brice & Carole Peterson .............................** Bert & Dee Brook .......................................... 200 Ryan Brown & Julie Harryman ...................... 100 Rod, Christina, Alyssa & Danielle Browning ... 100 Gerry & Barbara Brunken ............................. 100 Kevin & Martha Buck ........................................** The Buna-Silva Family ..................................... 50 Frank & Muriel Capilla .......................................** Lee & Clare Carlson ..........................................** Mrs. Terry Messick-Cass & Mr. Barry Cass .... 100 Miguel & Julie Castillo .......................................** Mike & Diana Champlin ................................ 500 Teddy & Bunny Chang .................................. 100 Gina Channell-Allen ..........................................** The Chase Family..............................................** The Christensen Family .....................................** Mr.& Mrs. Vincent Ciccarello ....................... 1500 John & Gretchen Clatworthy .............................** Pauline Coe .......................................................** Alan & Carol Cohen....................................... 250 Bob & Jean Cole ...............................................** Chris & Linda Coleman ................................. 200 Joe & Sue Compton ...................................... 100 Cheryl Cook-Kallio & John Kallio .................. 100 Stuart & Cheryl Craig .................................... 250 Dave Cryer ...................................................... 50 Isabel Curry .......................................................** Barbara Daniels ................................................** The Darrin Family ............................................ 50 The David Family........................................... 100 Randall & Elizabeth Davidson ....................... 500 Ed & Kathy Deenihan ........................................** Richard & Judith DelTredici............................. 50 Ms. Alice Desrosiers ..................................... 100 Alice Desrosiers ............................................ 100 Mike & Suzanne Dutra .................................... 50 Paul & Lorraine Ebright .....................................** Mr.& Mrs. Robert Emberton ............................ 25 Wayne & Anne Emery .......................................** George & Jeanne Emmett .................................** Ms. Joan Evans ............................................... 25 Jim, Sue, Joe & Matt Falls .................................** Wes & Jean Felton ........................................ 250 Michael & Katherine Ferreira........................... 50 John & Julie Finegan ..................................... 300 Nicole, Ana & Michael Fong ......................... 200 Alan & Cleo Foster ............................................** Mr.& Mrs. Richard Fredette ...............................**

Harold & Gena Gatlin ........................................** Mr.& Mrs. Francis Geasa............................... 200 Kathleen Glancy .............................................. 50 Tom & Debby Glassanos ..................................** Roy & D’Aun Goble ....................................... 100 Frank & Connie Gouveia ................................. 25 Diane Green ......................................................** Michael & Deborah Grossman ..........................** Carol Guarnaccia .......................................... 100 Hacienda Bunco Group .................................. 60 Shaun & Jennifer Haggmark .............................** Hank & Corrine Hansen ................................ 100 Ms. Bernice Hansen ..........................................** Bob & Betsy Harris ........................................ 400 Tim & Sharyn Henshaw .....................................** Janice Hermann ............................................ 150 Jourdin Hermann ........................................... 150 Paul & Ann Hill ..................................................** Sarah Hollister ............................................... 100 Garrett & Angela Holmes .............................. 100 Charles & Kay Huff ............................................** The Hughes Family ....................................... 200 Bill & Cathy James ........................................ 100 Bill & Dodge Jamieson .................................. 100 Steve & Bobby Jensen .................................. 500 Rudy & Marge Johnson ................................ 100 Ms. Jean P. Jones ......................................... 100 Robert V. Juniper ............................................. 50 Don & Jean Kallenberg .....................................** The Kantor Family .............................................** Dick & Peggy Karn........................................ 100 Jim & Elaine Keysor ...................................... 250 Dorothy Kilpatrick ..............................................** Betty Kirvan ................................................... 100 Jim & Pat Kohen ............................................ 100 George & Mary Kozloski ...................................** Keith, Michelle & Christopher Lam ............... 200 Gary & Mary Lazarotti .......................................** Blaise & Amy Lofland .................................... 250 Cameron & Jill Lorentz ......................................** Llyod & Kathie Lortz ..........................................** Walt Lupeika .................................................. 100 Earl & Dorothy Maddox ................................. 100 Mr. & Mrs. A. Malatesta ................................. 100 Srikant, Christina, Ashley & Thomas Mantha .... 30 Ron & Staci Marchand ......................................** The Markel Ohana ......................................... 250 Doug & Raeia Marshall ................................. 100 Mrs. Violet Masini ............................................ 50 Pete & June Mason ...........................................** Ken & Barbara McDonald .................................** Robert Horton & Cathy Medich..................... 100 Evan & Debra Miller ..........................................** Rodger, Laura & Stephanie Miller ................... 50 Phil & Doris Mitchell ...................................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. John Moffat ......................................** Frank & Teresa Morgan .....................................** Ruth Morlock ................................................. 100 Tom & Patrice Morrow ................................... 200 Jeff & Kathy Narum ....................................... 100 Fred & Cathe Norman ................................... 100 Greg & Janet O’Connor.................................... ** Mr. & Mrs. John O’Neill .................................... **

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Your gift will help needy families Contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund Will be increased through a unique partnership of the 2009 Tri-Valley Regional Initiative and administered by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. For every $1 contributed, $5 will go to families in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley who are in need of some of life’s basic necessities. No administrative costs will be deducted from the gifts, which are tax-deductible as permitted by law. For more information, call us at 600-0840 or email editor@pleasantonweekly.com. As we launch our 2009-10 Holiday Fund campaign, we want to express that we have a unique opportunity this year to provide assistance to some of the poorest families in the Tri-Valley through the 2009 Tri-Valley Regional Initiative, a collaborative economic recovery initiative sponsored through the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, the Tri-Valley Business Council and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. A quadruple match is possible through federal stimulus funds designated for temporary assistance to needy families, including a strong employment development component. The matched funds will be used to identify and evaluate the needs of families hardest hit by the economic downturn and help them directly with housing, job training, medical care and other basic necessities. We feel that in this time of economic crisis, it is imperative that we take advantage of the opportunity to receive federal funds to assist the largest number of families and individuals in our community. In addition to a wider base of needy recipients, the Weekly’s campaign will continue to provide grants to Pleasanton and Tri-Valley nonprofit organizations that provide “wrap around” services for families, including Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven. This year, these groups will benefit more than ever by the 4-to-1 match of your contribution to help them provide necessary services to families in need. Name of Donor ________________________________________________________ Street Address_________________________________________________________ City _______________________________ State ________ Zip ________________ I wish to designate my contribution as follows: ❑ In my name as shown above OR ❑ In honor of: ❑ In memory of: ❑ As a gift for: ___________________________ (Name of person)

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Clint & Tina Onderbeke ...........................** Mr. & Mrs. Daryn Oxe.......................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. Bill Paris .................................** The Pearce Family............................... 100 Mrs. Anne Pearson ................................ 50 Joe & JoAnn Pennisi ...............................** Bob & Orley Philcox ............................ 500 Tom & Patty Powers ................................** Mr. & Mrs. Alan Purves ............................** The Reeves Family ................................ 50 The Richwood Family .......................... 100 The Ristow Family ...................................** Bob & Judy Robichaud ....................... 100 Ron & Carol Russo ................................ 25 Bill & Pat Ruvalcaba ............................ 300 Mr. & Mrs. Samel .....................................** John & Sheila Sanches ...........................** Owen & Rebecca Saupe ........................**

The Sborov Family...................................** Rose M. Schoop .................................... 25 Peter Schulze ..........................................** Chris & Cecile Seams .............................** Howard & Emilie Seebach .................... 50 Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Severin ................... 100 John & Barbara Severini ..................... 500 Sonal & Ajay Shah ...................................** Steve & Bonnie Shamblin .................... 100 Ron & Lonnie Shaw ............................. 100 T.H. & S. J. Shen ................................. 100 Joe & Sue Silva .......................................** Richard & Corrie Simon...........................** Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Spangler ................ 100 Mike & Kerry Jo Stephan .................... 100 John & Kay Stewart .................................** Jack & Carol Sum................................ 100 Robert & Carole Sygiel ........................ 100

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The Jeffrey Family ...................................** Jim & Debbie Tracy .................................** Mark & Kathy Tucker ...............................** The Ulrich Family.....................................** Carlo & Geraldine Vecchiarelli ............ 100 Glenn & Janet Wenig .......................... 100 Walter & Martha Wensel ...................... 100 Mr. Stephen V. Wickersham ..................** Mr. Horace Robert Williams ............... 500 Kristen Winslow .......................................** Craig & Karen Wissman ..........................** George & Carol Withers ...................... 100 The Yamamoto Family .............................** Steve & Becky Yeffa ............................ 100 The Zong Family.................................. 100 As A Gift For Tricia Martin — Love, Sparklie, Herbie, Zephyer and Kimmy! ...........................** V & A Johnstone......................................** From: Friends of Joan ......................... 100 Garrett Cesaretti ......................................** Steven Cesaretti ......................................** Bertie Wilson ...........................................** Jill Lindross..............................................** Dave & Kris Snyder & Ross & Sheri Kapp from Jim & Diane Brittain .....................** Jim & Diane Brittain & Dave & Kris Snyder from Ross & Sheri Kapp ......................** In Honor of Grandmas Adeline & Eva .................... 100 Daggett Children & Grandchildren .........** Auntie Junk & Uncle Stevie from The Silcox Family ...................................... 50 The Staff of Pleasanton Nursing & Rehab Center from Leslie Rutledge ................** Karissa, Chelsea, Sarah, Dashell & Desmond .............................................** Our Military from The Gualandri Family ...100 Jana Grant from Steve & Jori Grant .... 100 Bobbie Jensen, Capt. Callippe Niners .. 100 Businesses and Organizations Accusplit / Pedometer Wellness Team 200 AST POS ..................................................** Bay Valley Medical Group .......................** Brown & Cold, An Accountancy Corporation ..........................................** California Self Defense Consultants.... 200 Charla’s Pampered Pets ........................ 50 DeBernardi Development Construction & Remodeling..........................................** Dublin Tool & Manufacturing ............... 100 Extensions Physical Therapy ..................** Garcia Door & Window............................** Hometown GMAC Real Estate ................** Isberg Nott Company ..............................** Karen E. Morliengo, LMFT..................... 75 Landmark Lending ..................................** M. Block & Sons / Patrick McMullen .......** Mathnasium .............................................** Mission Pipe & Cigar Shop ................. 150 Pleasanton Pet Sitting ........................... 50 Ponderosa Homes ...................................** Stan Angelov ...........................................** Susan Sparber, CMT ...............................** Tahara Detox & Weightloss Center .........** Tri-Valley YMCA .......................................** Vagaro.com .............................................** Wednesday Tennis Gals..........................** Hacienda Bunco Group ..........................** In Memory of Our Mom Lora from Dmitriy & Lada Kosarikov .............................................** Gene Rega ............................................ 25 Gam & Papa Abbott from The Casey Family...................................................** Laura Maya .............................................** Nicholas Daniel Lesser ...........................** Linda Scherschel ................................. 50

Verna Mae Silva from Steve & Kathy McNichols ...................................... 1000 Tony Paradiso & Gene Paradiso from Dorene Paradiso-Carroll ......................** Dan Gabor from Ann Gabor................ 125 Doris T. Walberg from Todd & Brenda Walberg ........................................... 100 Rob Meierding ..................................... 100 Aldo Macor ..............................................** Gene Strom, Keith Strom & William Kolb from Carol (Kolb) Strom .......................** Mary Erickson from Al Copher .............. 50 Matt Rybicki & Michael Conner from Jerry & Josine Pentin ................................ 100 Althea McGill from The Grimes Family....** Tom & Karen Elsnab from Nancy T. Elsnab ............................................... ** Clifford Cowan from Mrs. Nancy Cowan .** Lindsey Jones .........................................** Nick Del Boccio.......................................** Rick Aguiar from Nancy Aguiar Fargis ...** In Loving Memory of Brian Melin from Patricia Melin ................................... 100 John A. Mavridis from Mr. & Mrs. Ted Mavridis ...............................................** Teddy & Arthur Adams ........................ 100 Our Grandparents from The Grimes Family...................................................** Liz Ray from Alex & Emily Corbishley .....** Marilyn Bowe from James Bowe ........... 50 Ed Kinney, George Spiliotopolous, Hank Gomez, Ralph Romero & Roger Dabney from Ken Mercer .............................. 400 John Silva ............................................ 100 Hilda Gutierrez from Martin & Amory Gutierrez ..............................................** Lola Palladino ...................................... 100 Bill & Ann Brown......................................** Bob Williams ............................................** Jim Snodgrass ........................................** Norma Holway from Joe & Janice Biggs ...** Beverly Oberg from Ed & Holly Heuer ....** Grampa Roy & Grampa Tom from Jeff, Annie & Kevin ......................................** Don Foreman ....................................... 100 Marie Petrone from Jim & Kate Anderson .............................................** Susan Dawson from Mark & Janet Mullaney........................................... 150 Dick Waldron from Mrs. Virginia Waldron** Karl K. Witze ........................................ 500 Betty Patrick from Chuck & Joan Brown .** Stan Kallo from Blake & Suzanne Heitzman .......................................... 300 Jackie Barnett ....................................... 25 Roger Dabney from Mrs. Marty Zarcone ...** Sarah Lees from Mr. & Mrs. Donald Person ..................................................** Michael & June Carboni from Richard & Nancy Shockley ............................... 100 Bob, David & Jodi Armknecht............. 150 Anthony Prima from Daniel & Teresa Morley & Family ...................................** Marge Schaefer & Skip Mohatt from Tom & Barb Treto .........................................** May, Harold & Mike Consedine from The Hamm Family ................................... 100 Dave Chestnut from Tim & Teri Bush ......** Kyle O’Connor from The Dadrass Family ..** MaryAnn Butler, Gil & Juanita Haugen & Brent Lovell from The Bob Group ........** Kittie, Edward & Margie Turnbull.............** Gerald Grater Love from Laurie Woods ................................................150 Mary May.................................................** Fred Elling ...............................................** Dorothy Gordon .......................................** Floyd Bueno ........................................ 100 Bonnie Zenter ...................................... 100 Allan Hillman, Randy & Margie Warner.. 100

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A dolphin-Weekly encounter: Tori Larsen and Patricia Norcross took the Weekly along when they got to swim with the dolphins in Key Largo, Florida. Pictured are Julie and Samantha.

Eek! A mouse!: Mathea Turkalj helped Kayla Bautista celebrate her 13th birthday at Disneyland, where she had plenty of mouse encounters to rave about. It was her first visit (we think the Weekly’s been there a few times!)

Pulling their weight: To celebrate her 50th birthday, Mary Gordon and her sister Pat Hines took the Weekly along on a four-day dogsledding adventure in Ely, Minnesota. Mary reports that the temperature was 28 degrees, but that the pair had a great time.

Just a hop, skip and a jump from P-town: Saira Fatteh and daughters Zara and Raniya feed and pose with a kangaroo and the Weekly, of course, at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia. Dad Parvez (with baby Inaya) took the picture. Pleasanton Weekly • December 18, 2009 • Page 21

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Sparking wine The 2001 Mumm DVX Sparkling Wine ($55) is a spectacular sparkling wine. It is as smooth as it is flavorful with a perfect amount of tiny bubbles to give it an exhilarating feel as it enters your mouth. It is the color of 14 carat gold and loaded with green apple scents and a creamy yet sweet fruit taste. It is a perfect wine to serve on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve or to have around just in case big news (engagements, etc.) happen over the holidays. Keep it close and cold and you will be glad you did.

Syrah What to give to the person who really does have everything? These are the people who are successful and often have expensive habits. Typically, one of those expensive passions is golf. Wente Vineyards, in conjunction with Annika Sorenstam (one of the most successful golfers of all time) released the 2006 Annika Syrah ($75). The wine is a deep purple in color and has a very powerful aroma.

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4039 GRAHAM ST., PLEASANTON, $685,000 Located in Jensen Estates, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is 1,822 square feet and sits on a 6,506 square foot lot. The single story home has been updated from top to bottom. The Moxley Team of Alain Pinel Realtors represented the buyers on this multiple offer home. (925) 600-0990.

Home sales increase 1% statewide in October as prices dropped 3.2% Number of available homes on market also declined BY JEB BING

Home sales increased 1 percent in October in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home declined 3.2 percent, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home sales historically trail off during the fall and winter months as we move to the off-peak season for the housing market,â&#x20AC;? said CAR President Steve Goddard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, with affordable home prices, mortgage rates hovering around 5 percent, and the extension and expansion of the federal tax credit, we expect first-time and move-up home buyers to drive home sales through the end of this year and into early 2010.â&#x20AC;? Closed escrow sales of existing, singlefamily detached homes in California totaled 562,400 in October at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, according to information collected by CAR from more than 90 local Realtor associations statewide. Statewide home resale activity increased 1 percent from the revised 557,050 sales pace recorded in October 2008. Sales in October 2009 increased 5.9 percent compared with the previous month. The statewide sales figure represents what the total number of homes sold during 2009 would be if sales maintained the October pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. The median price of an existing, singlefamily detached home in California during October 2009 was $297,500, a 3.2 percent decrease from the revised $307,210 median for October 2008, CAR. reported. The October 2009 median price rose 0.3 percent compared with Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $296,610 median price. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s median price rose for the eighth consecutive month in October and sales continued to show strength, signs that California has hit and passed the bottom of this real estate cycle,â&#x20AC;? said CAR Vice President and Chief Economist LeslieAppleton-Young. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of distressed sales as a share of total sales has shown considerable

improvement since the beginning of the year, as a result of loan modifications and other efforts to prevent troubled mortgages from going into foreclosure,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has led to a decline in inventory levels since the start of the year that is more consistent with the price gains we have seen in recent months.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the first-time since July 2007, sales of homes priced $1 million or more rose in year-to-year comparisons,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While this is a welcome sign, the high end continues to be constrained by the lack of available financing in this sector.â&#x20AC;? Highlights of CARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resale housing figures for October 2009: â&#x2013;  CARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unsold inventory index for existing, single-family detached homes in October 2009 was four months, compared with 6.1 months (revised) for the same period a year ago. The index indicates the number of months needed to deplete the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. â&#x2013;  Thirty-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 4.95 percent during October 2009, compared with 6.20 percent in October 2008, according to Freddie Mac. â&#x2013;  Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 4.55 percent in October 2009, compared with 5.21 percent in October 2008. â&#x2013;  The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home was 34.1 days in October 2009, compared with 45.5 days (revised) for the same period a year ago. Statewide, the 10 cities with the highest median home prices in California during October 2009 were: Palo Alto, $1,639,550; Los Altos, $1,592,550; Manhattan Beach, $1,037,500; Cupertino, $1,030,000; Newport Beach, $935,000; Los Gatos, $920,000; Rancho Palos Verdes, $900,000; Santa Barbara, $897,500; Lafayette, $867,500; and Santa Monica, $786,000. Statewide, the cities with the greatest median home price increases in October 2009 compared with the same period a year ago were: Palo Alto, 49.1 percent; Atascadero, 33.3 percent; Cupertino, 24.2 percent; San Rafael, 24 percent; Emeryville, 22.2 percent, Livermore, 20.5 percent; Culver City, 19.4 percent; Pleasant Hill, 17 percent; La Habra, 16.2 percent, and Novato, 15.4 percent. â&#x2013; 

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Getting to know your Local Real Estate Agents We asked your agents: What’s your holiday tradition? Look out for our next issue 1/15 — we will find out what their New Year’s resolutions are.

A table full of fresh cracked crab on Christmas Eve and new jammies to wake up in!

Reliving life’s funny moments while together.

Going to midnight service / Christmas dinner at Grandma’s / traditional homemade Italian spaghetti with Grandpa’s homemade red wine...and lots of laughter!

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Opening presents with family and kids waiting for Santa to knock on the door to drop off their BIG gift!

I deliver food to the local food bank and give out food to every homeless person on the street.

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Sharing Christmas Joy with all my clients, friends, and family!

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It’s the Holiday spirit that warms our hearts during this special time of year!

Cathy and Kari My Holiday Party: I’ve watched my clients’ children inch-up each year. Many are grown-ups now.

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Having a large family dinner on Christmas Eve and watching my kid’s faces light up with joy on Christmas morning.

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PLEASANTON – This home radiates style and charm and is brand new. Offering 3,241 with four spacious bedrooms and three and a half baths. Located at the end of the subdivision and on a corner, this home is within minutes from the downtown area. 3 Car Garage, Granite Slab Countertops, 2 Fireplaces, Covered Porches.

PLEASANTON – INCREDIBLE VIEWS!!!! from most rooms, Rich cherry cap, granite, gorgeous hardwood floors, fabulous master suite/master bath w/ marble floor and sweeping views of Mt. Diablo and the valley below, city lights, custom recent paint! Sparkling pool, close to 580/680 shop,downtown.

PLEASANTON – Good location for this lower level condo. Upgraded wood/laminate flooring, indoor laundry, large patio, one car detached garage. Close to freeways and new BART station. Pool, clubhouse, gym spa, tennis and more! Super price and great opportunity to own your own home!!

LIVERMORE – Cute Single Story Home In Great Neighborhood. Large Kitchen, Lots Of Living Space, No Rear Neighbors. A Great Investment! Bank Owned.

1640 CINDY WAY

2117 BLACK OAK CT.

7595 CANYON MEADOWS CIR

1448 ANZA WAY

$1,199,000

$2,598,000

$279,500

$365,900

WALNUT CREEK – Peaceful, serene, panoramic views from almost every window! End unit with no side neighbors and no front neighbors. Freshly painted interior, new carpeting, high end Trane furnace & A/C. Remod. bathrooms w/ granite counters. Sunlit kitchen and dining area. Too much to list!

PLEASANTON – Fabulous court location! Great views out front of Hansen Park. Updated baths, kitchen, beautiful mahogany wood floors and newer a/c. 4 bedroom set up with Master on ground floor. Rear yard with pool, fruit trees, patio and lawn. Spacious side yard with raised garden beds. Great opportunity!

PLEASANTON – 3 Bedrooms + Detached Office! Better than New - Large Lot, 2 Side Yard access points. Gourmet Kitchen - Granite Counters, 6 Burner Gas Stove, Convection Oven, Stainless Appliances. Completely Renovated w/ Wood Floors, Natural Stone, Recessed Lighting, 6 panel Doors, Pebble Surface Beach Pool.

OAKLAND – 1 of 4 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Immaculate fourplex and duplex with a total of 6 units located at the quiet end of 83rd with views of magnificent trees, easy access to BART, freeway, schools, shopping and other conveniences!

1905 CACTUS COURT

2109 CORTE RICARDO

4496 DESERTWOOD PL.

2350 83RD AVE.

$479,888

$729,000

6111 Johnson Ct., Suite 110

$729,000

$478,888

925.463.9500

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GATED HILLTOP ESTATE

GOLDEN EAGLE ESTATES

8044 GOLDEN EAGLE WAY

PLEASANTON

2801 GRAY FOX COURT

PLEASANTON

GORGEOUS CUSTOM ESTATE

833 PIEMONTE DRIVE

PLEASANTON

SPANISH MEDITERRANEAN

4328 W RUBY HILL DR

PLEASANTON

Designer features throughout w/ extensive use of cherry wood, stone & more. Truly elegant. Level park-like backyard with pool, spa, lrg grass area.

Panoramic views, 1.91 acres of privacy. Resort-like backyard w/ pool, spa, swim up bar, barbeque, palm trees. See details: www.2801GrayFox.com

Dramac street presence! Huge gourmet kit, sauna, exercise rm, library, 4 fireplaces, 5-car garage. Incomparable 0.70 acres, pool, spa, outdoor kitchen & more.

Dramac entry w/ traverne flooring. 4 bd 4.5 ba, office & a bonus/game room. New Salt water pool w/ water features. New outdoor living area w/ BBQ, Plasma T.V .

Peggy Cortez

Phyllis & Carolyn Weiner 925.872.1416

Diane Gilfether

Todd Marnez

925.648.5454

JUST LISTED! OPEN SUN 1-4

OPEN SUNDAY 1-4

9663 CROSBY DRIVE

PLEASANTON

Phyllis & Carolyn Weiner 925.872.1416

1515 HONEYSUCKLE CT PLEASANTON Presgious Golden Eagle Estates home! Beaufully appointed w/ 4 bd, 5 full ba, plus Library, Retreat & Bonus Room, 4892+/- sq.. w/ pool & spa on over an acre. Phyllis & Carolyn Weiner 925.872.1416

JUST LISTED! WINDEMERE

MEDITERRANEAN ESTATE

This stunningly beauful, totally custom home is located on the desirable West side of Pleasanton. The finest materials and workmanship.

3525 ALDWYCH WAY

SAN RAMON

MORGAN TERRITORY RD

LIVERMORE

925.648.5443

INCREDIBLE VIEWS

860 CASTLEWOOD PL

925.251.2571

SWIMMING POOL

PLEASANTON

3522 KINGS CANYON COURT PLEASANTON

Beauful custom home built in 1996 by Sterling Builders. Located above the 18th green and 10th fairway of the Hill Course. 4 bed 3 bath, 4,300 sq. ., approx 0.50 acres.

Lovely remodel, 1-story home in convenient locaon. Formal dining & living rooms. Kitchen w/granite counters and lots of cabinets. Large Swimming Pool.

Bryan Cra

Margarita Cavalieri

925.855.4141

CHARDONNAY GRAPES

655 EAST VINEYARD AVENUE

LIVERMORE

925.251.2515

MAGNIFICENT VIEWS

3615 CALDEIRA

LIVERMORE

Hardwood flooring, granite in kitchen, carpeng on second level, tankless hot water system, outdoor courtyard & rear landscape (nearly complete). 3 Bd/ 3Ba

Two beauful custom Estates on a 92 acres. Main house is a 4 bd, 3.5 ba, approx. 9378 sq, 12 car garage. 2nd house is a 3 bdrm, 4 bath, approx. 3000sq.

Fabulous 20+ acre parcel w/ 8090 +/- sq custom home. 14.8 acres of income producing Chardonnay grapes. Part of Ruby Hill Vineyard Estates.

Custom built estate surrounded by your own Pete Sirah vineyard. Enjoy magnificent views filled with vines & hills galore.

Michael Delehanty

Taso Tsakos

Carol Cline, CRS

Peggy Cortez

925.648.4199

POOL & SPA

DECKER LANE

925.648.4199

Just Listed! Curb appeal!

LIVERMORE

925.648.5454

open saturday 1-3

open saturday 1-3

LIVERMORE

35650 PALOMARES CANYON CASTRO VALLEY

34442 PALOMARES CANYON CASTRO VALLEY

Corner lot with enjoyable privacy. Beauty inside with tasteful flooring, kitchen overlooks the backyard. pool and spa are the place to rest.

Lovely 2-story home with lots of curb appeal. Great locaon; easy access to shopping, dining areas, schools, and Hwy 580. 4 bd/ 2.5 ba. 2,055+/- sq..

Great 3 Bedroom, 2 bath Ranch style home with many upgrades. Over 3.5 Acres of land. Stop by for some Holiday cheer and a free gi..

Super property, Nice Home with spotless features, Great locaon next to a winery, 4.5 acres of level land. Stop by for some Holiday cheer and a free gi..

Sharon Williams

Margarita Cavalieri

Kristy & Company

Kristy & Company

925.648.5454

927 MARCELLA STREET

925.648.5415

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REAL ESTATE

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THE PRESERVE

OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND

Blackhawk

3 BEDROOMS 4496 Desertwood Place Sat/Sun 1-4 Prudential CA

4 BEDROOMS 5151 Blackhawk Drive Sun 1:30-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 10 Bent Oak Court Sun 1:30-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$1,449,900 510-406-4836 $1,579,000 510-406-4836

4 BEDROOMS

Dublin

OPEN SUN 1-4

$729,000 858-4198

6229 Detjen Court Sun 1-4 Blaise Lofland

$1,495,000 846-6500

1515 Honeysuckle Court 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$1,975,000 251-2585

4 BEDROOMS 6593 Spruce Lane Sun 1-4 Prudentuial CA Realty

5 BEDROOMS

$569,000 785-6088

5 BEDROOMS 8019 Brittany Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Keller Williams

$899,000 260-2508

Wow! Beautiful and priced to sell. This upgraded home in the desirable Preserve community on a private .68 acre (29,506 square foot) estate lot. This beautifully landscaped property backs to open space. Enjoy the views of the surrounding open land and the quiet court location. Four bedrooms, bonus room, private office, 4.5 baths, approximate total square footage 4,689. Fully integrated home sound system with individual multi-source, multi-zone audio selection key pads. Furniture negotiable. OFFERED AT $1,495,000

P L E AS A N TO N 9 0 0 M a i n S t r e e t

9663 Crosby Drive Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$1,998,000 251-2585

3 BEDROOMS

2 BEDROOMS

6229 DETJEN COURT, PLEASANTON

$1,285,000 202-6898

San Ramon

Pleasanton 4007 Peregrine Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

2309 Romano Circle Sun 1-4 Keller Williams

3007 Tahoe Place Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$519,000 895-9950

$549,500 683-5165

HOME SALES 4181 Georgis Place E. Bagaoisan to J. Xiang for $381,000 1770 Magnolia Circle R. Denoix to Y. Zhang for $450,000 8330 Moller Ranch Drive A. & M. Mohseni to X. Wang for $1,215,000 1109 Navalle Court Williams Trust to H. & N. Jones for $882,500 4280 Payne Road H. & K. Elias to J. Yung for $548,000 1111 Tiffany Lane G. & S. Logan to Stubbs Trust for $495,000

This weekís data represents homes sold during November 2009

Pleasanton 5026 Blackbird Way M. Niethammer to C. Wang for $600,000 3056 Briggs Court R. & J. Abascal to J. Feng for $1,360,000 2156 Canosa Court S. & L. Viswanathan to M. Sit for $2,300,000 7880 Canyon Meadow Circle #D L. Tibbits to T. Savage for $230,000 6151 Corte Padre J. Laborde to V. Smalyuk for $485,000

Source: California REsource

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PLEASANTON $3,995,000 Magnificent Ruby Hill Italian Villa! Exquisite estate. 6bd/6.5ba, 9,100 sq. ft. Over 1/2 acre level lot. Must see to appreciate.

PLEASANTON $1,699,999 5bd/4.5ba beautiful custom home in desirable Kottinger Ranch. Panaromic views,large backyard, pool, A must see.

HAYWARD $1,690,000 Gated private one acre lot with views of SF Bay and more! Prestigious Greenbrier 5500+/- sqft remodeled single story 4 bd in main house + 1 bd, 1 ba guest house. Pool, gazebo 4 car garage. Gorgeous!

PLEASANTON $1,495,000 Views of surrounding open land, quiet court location, situate on .68+/-acre private estate lot. This 4689+/-sf, 4bd + office + bonus, 4.5 bath, upgraded home with beautiful landscaping has it all!

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SALLY MARTIN

CHRISTINE STARK

DANIEL ALPHER

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PLEASANTON $1,399,900 THIS IS IT! Rarely available luxury single story, .32+/-acre lot, 5bd/4ba, granite/ cherry/stainless kitchen w/island, designer carpeting. Better than New!

PLEASANTON $1,299,000 Immaculate, Expansive, 5bd, 3.5 ba, 3991+/-sf home situate on .76+/acre lot. Numerous upgrades. Go to www.2303Gloria.com Too Much to List!

LIVERMORE $1,299,000 Rural property features 4bd/2.5ba, 2400+/sf plus large barn with loft on 7.8+/- level acres. Plenty of room for horses.

LIVERMORE $1,199,900 Inviting custom home in South Livermore nestled in a court on over ½+/-sf acre lot. Featuring 5bd/4.5ba, 4787+/-sf of living space. Backyard paradise with pool/outdoor kitchen, sideyard access/garden.

MAUREEN NOKES

MARTA RIEDY

JOYCE JONES

MOXLEY TEAM

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PLEASANTON $1,099,000 Price Reduced- New semi-custom 1 story 4bd/3ba home. 'Old World' quality craftsmanship and high-end upgrades. 'Barefoot Contessa' kitchen. Location features a 10,000'+ lot and 10 minute walk to town.

FREMONT $969,000 Immaculate home in Mission San Jose! Gorgeous remodeled kitchen, fresh paint, light and bright home ready for occupancy. Sparking pool with solar unit.

PLEASANTON $755,000 Desirable Pleasanton, 4bd, 2.5ba, prime court location, 2150sf+/-living space, large 8197sf+/-lot, updated kitchen, w/granite counters, hardwood floors, roof 2009, exterior paint 2009 & SO much more!

PLEASANTON $699,000 3BD,2B, 1,204SF home on 21,000 SF lot. Possible second home on lot or possibility to sub-divide lot. Close to freeways and downtown Pleasanton.

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TIM MCGUIRE

MARK LAFFERTY

KIM OTT/KIM RICHARDS

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PLEASANTON $670,000 Single story, built in 1985, prime court location, 3bd(possible 4th), 2ba,updated kitchen w/granite counters, bamboo floors,large side yard,roof 2003 & low HOA's-so much more. Call me! 621-4055.

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PLEASANTON $519,000 Charming 2bd/2ba home extensively renovated throughout located across from Orloff Park and just a few blocks from K-12 schools. 4007 Peregrine Way

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LIVERMORE $489,950 Beautiful 4bd/2.5ba home in a court location. Features include tile flooring in kitchen/bath, maple cabinets, new carpets, two-tone paint, laundry room upstairs, plus central heat and air.

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DANVILLE $466,900 Cozy 3bd/2ba has slate entry/large LR has built-in FP. Master opens to deck has large closet with organizer. Master bath has slate/marble counters/skylite.Kitchen has granite/gas stove/skylite.

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