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ext Friday, my good friend and lifelong Pleasanton resident Ken Villegas will find himself unemployed for the first time since graduating from Amador Valley High School in 1967. As an 18-year-old, he took a job at the new General Motors assembly plant in Fremont, and then in 1984 was hired on at the New United Motor Manufacturing factory, which was a breakthrough joint venture of GM and Toyota using the same plant, which was then expanded. Today, at age 60, Villegas has less than a week’s worth of work to complete before NUMMI closes its plant — the only automobile manufacturing facility left in California — putting him and some 4,700 other employees out of work in one of the worst recessions we’ve seen in half a century. Villegas is probably best known locally as the winning boys soccer coach at Amador. The team just ended its winter season, making it to the North coast section playoffs for the 11th straight year — and for the 12th time since Villegas started coaching there 13 years ago. Long ago, when he first started coaching junior varsity at Foothill and later at Moreau Catholic, he rearranged his schedule at NUMMI to start at 3 a.m. daily so that he could be back on campus for soccer practice when school let out. If he finds another job, he’ll ask for a similar schedule so that he can coach his highly talented young team when the season starts again in November. Unlike some others at NUMMI, Villegas still sings the praises of the company’s management and workforce, which has produced hundreds of thousand of vehicles over the years. As a team leader, he helped learn and introduce the productivity skills and quality control that Japanese management brought with them to the joint venture. Different from conventional assembly line manufacturing, NUMMI employees worked as teams from top management to the maintenance department, celebrating together every improvement in output. What puzzles Villegas is why Toyota is shuttering the plant which has gained worldwide recognition for its quality and productivity. But once General Motors pulled out of the joint venture agreement because of bankruptcy, the NUMMI contract became vulnerable, especially with Toyota already having its own plants


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in several southern states and Canada, including a new plant in Tennessee that stands empty. Villegas says that NUMMI and Toyota are being fair to its Fremontbased employees, offering sizeable retention packages for those who stay at their jobs through April 1 with additional support promised in retraining programs and job searches. Although there’s been some bitterness over Toyota’s decision, for the most part the same can-do spirit that permeated the NUMMI workforce has continued in the last six months since the plant closing was announced. It’s possible, he says, that the prestigious J. D. Power Gold Award for manufacturing efficiency could go to NUMMI, an award that would be presented in May to a plant that would then be empty. Villegas has lived here all his life. With his wife Marilyn, also an Amador graduate, the couple has three children: Ken Jr., now 39; daughter Jennifer Villegas Sanford, who lives in New York City with her husband Andy and their four children; and Anthony, 33. Ken Jr. and Jennifer also graduated from Amador, but Anthony, who was in the seventh grade when Pleasanton Middle School opened, followed his friends to Foothill, where he played on the Falcons soccer teams. Villegas says that with the retention package offered by NUMMI, unemployment compensation until he finds another job and a pension that he can start collecting in two years when he turns 62, he and Marilyn will be able to continue living in Pleasanton. Many fellow workers live here, too, with hundreds more living in the Tri-Valley. He’s concerned for many others who are losing their jobs at much younger ages who have young children, children in college and homes with larger mortgages. They’ll need to find jobs quickly and Villegas, along with Human Resources assistance from Toyota, plan to do what they can to help them. Come next Friday, though, Villegas will be taking a vacation — probably still waking up early but traveling a bit to relax after 43 years of 8-to-10hour shifts and many weekends also on the job. N

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Going unplugged Concannon Vineyard will celebrate Earth Hour 2010 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday with an “unplugged event” at the winery. Earth Hour began out of concern about climate change, so the group will light candles, turn off the power and feature live acoustic music as they pour new Concannon Conservancy wines that conform to the practice of growing grapes and making wine with minimal environmental impact. The tasting room will be open from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 or free for wine club members. Event is limited to the first 120 guests. RSVP to

McNerney votes to pass historic health care reform bill Sunday night’s action ‘critical to our country’s prosperity,’ Pleasanton Congressman says BY JEB BING

A bill reforming America’s health care system, what one Bay Area congressman called “a critical step,” was approved Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives and then signed by President Barack Obama. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) said in a statement following the bill’s passage that he “carefully reviewed the proposal, read every page, and listened to all the input that the people I represent have offered.” He said the vote “took a critical step towards making health care more affordable for American families and helping to guarantee our nation’s long term economic prosperity.” Sunday night’s vote was the culmination of about a year of debate in Congress, where both the House and Senate passed versions of the bill. The House voted 219 to 212 in favor of the Senate’s version of the bill. The House also passed by a 220 to 211 vote a reconciliation bill containing changes to the


Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) speaks Sunday night before voting for health care reform.

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Character nominations The Community of Character Collaborative is seeking nominations for people in the community who offer time and talents in service. The deadline to nominate someone for the Juanita Haugen Civic Engagement Award is April 1, with the award luncheon taking place May 6. Nomination forms are online at and may be mailed to Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative, Box 516, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

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Board gets budget back on track, for now Unanimous vote shows PUSD support for changing majority rule for school funding measures BY EMILY WEST

‘This is the Day’ Cantabella Children’s Chorus is putting on a special performance called “This is the Day” as a fundraiser for the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council. The show, at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, will help support youth arts and the new Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $13 for youth. Purchase by calling 931-1111 or one hour before the performance time at the theater box office.

(D-Nev.) met with the Democratic House Caucus recently and he “assured us that he had more than enough votes to pass the corrections in the Senate.” Garamendi and other local Democratic lawmakers lauded the passage of the bill, which is estimated to increase health care coverage to about 32 million uninsured Americans through provisions such as mandates requiring people to get health care and the barring of insurance companies from excluding customers with pre-existing conditions. Garamendi was elected to office in November, just days before the House passed their version of the bill. He said “it’s been a struggle” between then and Sunday night’s vote, and that Sunday “was a long day, but worth it” to pass legislation that he said was among the most important that Congress has dealt with in the past few decades. Before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said approving the bill would

Custom of the Year Award will be another featured attraction with more than 40 highly customized cars from the 1930s through 1972 vintage vehicles to be showcased inside the main building at the fairgrounds. The prestigious award of $1,000 to the winner includes a pewter

School Board members were pleased to certify their budget as positive Tuesday night — a sign of a balanced budget — for the first time in a year and a half. The status of the fourth interim report shows that Pleasanton Unified School District would be able to meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent years. The interim reports, which happen four times over a fiscal year, had in the recent past been certified as qualified, which says the district may not be able to fulfill it’s financial obligations. While praising the budget solidarity, board president Chris Grant noted that it was a “dramatic team effort” that put them there. These efforts include cutting the budget and concessions from the teacher’s union and district management. “Congratulations,” Grant said Tuesday night. “We’re one of a handful of districts that have moved to solid financial ground.” Some unknowns still exist, however, as the governor’s updated budget, also called the May Revise, is scheduled to come out in mid-May; the district is still in talks with the classified employees union, which could result in further concessions; and the CORE (Community OutReach for Education) fundraiser has already garnered just over $42,000 from parents. Luz Cazares, assistant superintendent of business services, said other factors that could also impact the budget is the need for further mold remediation work at Hearst Elementary School and a possible special education encroachment. With past talks of securing additional funding from a parcel tax, the board unanimously voted to support the Local Control of Local

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Corey Parin of Livermore and Josiah Coy of Pleasanton will be one of many exhibitors at the Goodguys car show this weekend.

Goodguys All-American show opens tomorrow 28th annual ‘Get-Together’ includes 3,000 hot rods, special events The Goodguys 28th All-American Get-Together opens tomorrow at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a two-day run that includes more 3,000 hot rods, custom cars, classics, trucks, muscle cars and street machines of all years. With a forecast of a sunny weekend, John Drummond of the Goodguys organization expects record-high attendance with spectators and show participants jamming downtown streets Saturday and Sunday. “This is our biggest show spectator-wise because itís the first show of the year,” Drummond said. “If it’s bright and sunny as it’s supposed to be and we get huge crowds, we’ll be pleased and so will the restaurants and stores in downtown Pleasanton.” The event will include an automotive swap meet, a cars for sale corral, vendor and manufacturer’s exhibits, kids’ play area, live entertainment and more, Drummond said. Competition for the Goodguys West Coast


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Laursen to seek election to Pleasanton school board Trustee Pat Kernan remains undecided on whether to run again Joan Laursen, president of the Pleasanton PTA Council, announced Tuesday that she will seek election to the Pleasanton school board in Joan Laursen November. Two seats are opening this year on the board with the current four-year terms of board members Pat Kernan and Jim Ott expiring. Ott earlier announced that he will not seek re-election, but Kernan, the longest serving school board member, said he is undecided. His focus now, he said, was

hiring the new superintendent. Laursen has long been active in local school programs and fundraising campaigns. She headed last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to gain voter approval of a parcel tax and also spearheaded community fund-raising campaigns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; teachers, administrators, staff and parents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who have all worked very hard together to build an excellent school district,â&#x20AC;? Laursen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel compelled during these difficult times to continue my service to Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students and families by running for school board.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe I can make a real contribution,â&#x20AC;? she added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;utilizing my extensive knowledge of school


Kiwanis club giving back At a recent meeting of the Pleasanton chapter of the Kiwanis International, representatives from local organizations were presented with charitable contributions from the club. Pictured are Dawn Wilson, president of the Pleasanton chapter of Kiwanis; Ken Mercer of ValleyCare Foundation; Linda McKeever of Open Heart Kitchen; Sue Compton of Axis Community Health; Martha Hogan of Down Syndrome Connection; and Shelley Despotakis, also with ValleyCare Foundation.


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finance and educational issues and by utilizing my many years of experience at all levels, whether in parent groups or on school site councils, to continue to improve educational opportunities for all of our children.â&#x20AC;? School board elections are every two years on a 3-2 alternating basis for the five-member board. Kernan and Ott were elected after running unopposed in 2006, with current members are Valerie Arkin, Chris Grant and Jamie Hintzke elected in 2008. The school district has no term limits for its elected board members. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Emily West

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;make history for our country and progress for the American people.â&#x20AC;? Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) said to the House before the vote that Democrats are voting â&#x20AC;&#x153;for all those people that deserve health care but just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it.â&#x20AC;? No Republicans voted for the bill, which was criticized by local conservatives who said it will increase the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget deficit and cause further intrusion by the federal government into peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. Tom Del Baccaro of Lafayette, who is vice chair of the California Republican Party, said rather than end the debate on health care, the passage of the bill will inflame the issue and cause voters to go against Democrats in upcoming elections. The bill â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be a nightmare for the Democrats ... to deal with because these costs and the deficit will be so out of control,â&#x20AC;? he said. Del Baccaro cited McNerney as a legislator who could lose his seat as a result of voting for the bill. About 300 conservative protesters from the Pleasanton TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party gathered Friday on the Foothill Road overpass to Interstate 580 to voice their

disapproval of the bill, and about 50 gathered there again Sunday and Monday. Another group with signs and banners supporting health care stood in front of McNerneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office on Stoneridge Mall Road. Bud Warder, a member of the Danville-based Conservative Support Group, was at the anti-health care measure rally and said the protesters appear to have the support of the general public based on reactions by people driving by the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a bird-to-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;atta boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ratio, where when we show our signs and try to listen to the reaction from motorists, if we get a (middle) finger or a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Way to goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and clapping,â&#x20AC;? Warder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About a year ago (during a similar rally) it was probably 10 to 1 birds to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;atta boys,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but here today, the ratio was more like 7 to 1 in the opposite direction,â&#x20AC;? he said. Warder said Congress pushed the bill through without properly studying the consequences and that Democrats will pay the price at the polls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can you vote for something that we doubt you understand?â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the support of the people, and people are not going to forget what happened today.â&#x20AC;? McNerney said that the measure

passed Sunday night â&#x20AC;&#x153;tackles our most pressing health care challenges and is a critical first step. It will slow out of control health care costs and fight back against insurance company abuses.â&#x20AC;? In a message to constituents after the House vote, McNerney said that the reform package is fiscally responsible and will cut the deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years and $1.2 trillion in the second decade. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;For nine months, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been listening to our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts and ideas on health care reform. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve held public events that hundreds of people have attended and have met with seniors, patients, veterans, small business owners, doctors, and nurses. Thousands of people have also emailed, written letters, and called my office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reform will reduce the growth of health care costs by creating fair, transparent and competitive health insurance markets and cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will improve benefits for seniors, help small businesses to stay open, and stop insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions or kicking sick people off their plans.â&#x20AC;? Bay City News contributed to this report.



Tri-Valley student science, engineering fair returns Tuesday 197 projects to be showcased in 4-day, 14th annual event The best and brightest student scientists and engineers will showcase their work when the 14th annual Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, returns Tuesday, March 30 to the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. Each year the fair motivates students to apply creativity and critical thought to solve science, engineering and math problems. It also encourages the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and recognizes student achievement. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participants include 304 students from grades 7 to 12 attending public, private or parochial schools in Pleasanton, Dublin, Danville, Livermore, San Ramon and Sunol. A total of 197 projects will be presented with students working in teams on many of them. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projects cover a wide range of topics, from decontaminating a drinking water system to

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statuette. Among the exhibitors will be Josiah Coy of Pleasanton and Corey Perin of Livermore. The two are starting a new custom car business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Coy & Perin Speed Industries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in Pleasanton based on what they have seen and learned over the last 15 years attending Goodguys shows at the fairgrounds. Coy will show his highly acclaimed 1965 Pontiac GTO, which received widespread praise at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SEMA convention in Las Vegas. More than 250 performance automotive companies will exhibit products and hold demonstrations throughout the show. Enthusiasts will get the chance to talk directly with manufacturer representatives, buy automotive related products at special prices and ask consumer

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Classrooms Funding Act, which would lower the required majority for school funding measures. Jeff Bowser, chair of the legislative committee for the Pleasanton PTA Council, had petitions circulating the community to support this initiative. If put on the November ballot and passed, it would change school parcel tax requirements to only need 55 percent of the votes instead of a two-thirds majority. In order to qualify, a parcel tax would need to be approved by two-thirds of the governing body, be for $250 or less, offer a senior exemption and include a citizens audit and oversight committee. Under these criteria, the latest parcel tax effort last June would

developing low-cost digital X-ray imaging. cience projects are judged on a range of criteria that represent standards of research held by the scientific community. Local scientists and engineers serve as judges, with more than 80 participating from the Lab. Research categories cover a spectrum of science and include: behavioral and bioscience, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics and zoology. Judging will take place on Wednesday, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The public may view the exhibition of student projects at the Robert Livermore Community Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

related questions. In addition, several thousand vendors will be on hand in the swap meet selling rare and hard to find automotive equipment. Also at the show will be the Cars for Sale Corral, an outdoor sales arena featuring hundreds of collector cars for sale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These range from turn-key ready to drive beauties to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fixer uppersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and everything in between,â&#x20AC;? Drummond said. Show hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday. General Admission is $17 and $6 for those from 7 to 12 years old. Children under 6 years old or under will be admitted free. Parking at the fairgrounds lots is $8. For more information, go to or www. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jeb Bing

have passed with 67 percent of voters in favor. Trustee Jim Ott noted the concern for taxpayers, but said the conditions, including a 55percent majority instead of 51, would help. He also noted that a two-thirds majority was essentially like giving the minority the power to decide. Grant said the initiative would be a baby step in the right direction to allow solutions for the local community while the system in Sacramento is broken. Trustee Jamie Hintzke agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a lot of effort to get the problem fixed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the meanwhile, we just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got kids to educate.â&#x20AC;? To learn more about the initiative, visit N

largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,400 students from more than 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and the grand prize: a $50,000 college scholarship. Each year Senior Division (ninth to 12th grade) Sweepstakes winners of the Tri-Valley fair have gone on to win top honors at Intel ISEF. This year, Intel ISEF will be presented by Agilent Technologies from May 9 to 14 in San Jose. The Junior Division winners are eligible to compete at the California State Science Fair. For more information about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, go to the web at tvsef. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jeb Bing

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Opinion LETTERS Grateful for health care reform Dear Editor, We’re among the constituents of Rep. Jerry McNerney who are grateful for his vote in favor of the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Here are some of the benefits we’ll be seeing within six months: Ê UÊ ˜ÃÕÀiÀÃÊ V>˜Ê ˜œÊ œ˜}iÀÊ `i˜ÞÊ cover to children based on preexisting conditions (that phases in for everybody by 2014). Ê UÊ ˜ÃÕÀ>˜ViÊ Vœ“«>˜ˆiÃÊ V>˜Ê ˜œÊ longer cancel your policy just because you get sick. Ê UʘÃÕÀiÀÃÊV>˜Ê˜œÊœ˜}iÀÊÃiÌÊ>˜nual or lifetime coverage limits. Ê UÊ -i˜ˆœÀÃÊ ˜œÜÊ V>˜Ê }iÌÊ «ÀiÃVÀˆ«tion drugs at a reasonable cost. Ê UÊ …ˆ`Ài˜Ê>˜`Êޜ՘}Ê>`ՏÌÃÊ܈Ê

be permitted to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until their 27th birthday. Ê UÊ ˜ÃÕÀiÀÃÊ >ÀiÊ «Àœ…ˆLˆÌi`Ê vÀœ“Ê charging co-pays or deductibles for preventative care and medical screenings on new insurance plans. Ê ÌÊ Ã>``i˜ÃÊ ÕÃÊ ÌœÊ ÃiiÊ >Ê ÛœV>Ê “ˆnority of Tea Party activists and Republicans using over-the-top rhetoric (“government takeover of health care”) to characterize this long-overdue reform of our health care laws. When people are informed of the actual contents of this legislation, a sizable majority supports its major provisions. We have someone in our family, hit by an adult-onset illness, who now has a more secure future, and we suspect that many of those who are most vocal in their opposition will be among the first to take advantage of the law when they or their relatives need help. Joseph and Mary Lasica

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hile the country continues to sort out the details of the Health Care Reform bill that was passed by Congress >ÃÌÊ-՘`>ÞÊ>˜`ÊÈ}˜i`ʈ˜ÌœÊ>Üʏ>ÃÌÊ/ÕiÃ`>Þ]ÊÃiÛiÀ>Ê groups are already singing its praise for the help it could bring to thousands in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley with little or no health ˆ˜ÃÕÀ>˜Vi°Ê-œ“iʜvÊ̅iÊ«ÀœÛˆÃˆœ˜Ãʅ>««i˜ÊÀˆ}…ÌÊ>Ü>Þ°Ê …ˆ`Ài˜Ê can now stay on their parents’ insurance until their 27th birthday, a big help for those who have seen their coverage vanish when they turned 23 and were still in college or had yet to find i“«œÞ“i˜ÌÊ܈̅ʓi`ˆV>ÊLi˜ivˆÌðʘÃÕÀiÀÃÊ>ÃœÊ܈ÊLiÊL>ÀÀi`Ê from imposing exclusions on children with pre-existing conditions, a major problem for parents with children who have health problems that has caused many to turn down new job offers that meant changing insurance carriers. Lifetime limits on benefits and restrictive annual limits also will be prohibited. There are more benefits from the health care legislation that take place this year and in 2011, although many of its core provisions >ÀiÊÃV…i`Տi`Ê̜ʜVVÕÀʓÕV…ʏ>ÌiÀ]ÊܓiʘœÌÊ՘̈ÊÓä£n°Ê-̈]Ê܅>̽ÃÊ available now and in the not-too-distant future is already boding well for struggling health care organizations. Axis Community Health, for one, with its main offices in Pleasanton but also serving Livermore and Dublin, should benefit from two parts of the bill: funding for patient services and care, and facility improvements. The health care reform measure includes $11 billion in funding for community health centers, such as Axis. This provision finally recognizes at the federal level the incredible work Axis and other clinics do. As a designated center, Axis serves those who are low income and uninsured. This year, Axis will see its patient load increase to 12,000 who don’t have the ability to pay for insurance on their own, a number that is growing by 300 new patients every month. Many in this category never go to Axis, mostly because they don’t know of the services it provides. When they become seriously ill, they turn to the emergency rooms at ValleyCare Medical Center or even the county hospital, receiving care for advanced illnesses that is more expensive than preventive care at Axis would have been. When the health care provisions of this bill are implemented, and no one is yet sure when that will happen, Axis expects to have its patient load increase to 18,000 to 20,000 individuals, including those who now can receive preventive care without having to add to the cost and burden at hospital emergency rooms. Just as exciting for Axis is another part of the legislation that includes $1.5 billion to health center construction. Axis’ Railroad Ûi˜ÕiÊv>VˆˆÌÞʈÃʜ`Ê>˜`ʈ˜>`iµÕ>Ìi°Ê˜Ê>``ˆ˜}ÊÃiÀۈViÃ]ÊÃÕV…Ê>ÃÊ behavioral health programs, Axis has had to rent space distant from ˆÌÃÊ “>ˆ˜Ê œvvˆViÃ°Ê ÌÊ ÕÃÌÊ “œÛi`Ê ˆÌÃÊ vˆ˜>˜ViÊ `i«>À̓i˜ÌÊ ÌœÊ >˜œÌ…iÀÊ office building because of overcrowded conditions and the need to convert the finance space into a medical care area. Axis receives financial help from the state and Alameda County, but these funds >ÀiʓœÃ̏ÞÊ`i«iÌi`°Ê݈ÃÊ "Ê-ÕiÊ œ“«Ìœ˜ÊÀi«œÀÌÃÊ̅>ÌÊLœÌ…ÊÃÌ>ÌiÊ and county funds are completely depleted for this fiscal year, forcing Axis to search for other funding to serve those who are now on long waiting lists for health care. Although the specifics of the health care legislation are slowly tricking in, another concern should be how to disseminate this information. Most of us have followed the months of debate over the health care bill and probably have some sense of what Congress approved, even if we haven’t read all 2,700 pages of the bill, itself. But there are many in our community who are in the dark. They’re here legally, have green cards, may be citizens, but they don’t speak English. As the details are publicized, Washington and local ÀiÜÕÀViÃʘii`Ê̜Ê}iÌÊ̅iˆÀʓiÃÃ>}iÃÊ̜Ê̅iÃiÊ}ÀœÕ«Ã]ÊṎˆâˆ˜}Ê-«>˜ish language or Asian news outlets, schools and various cultural organizations such as the Afghan Women’s Health organization in Pleasanton. We need to make sure that those who need the benefits of the new health care legislation the most also have our community’s help in receiving it. N

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

March 17 Petty theft ■ 4:26 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road ■ 10:44 p.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive Vandalism ■ 10:05 a.m. in the 3400 block of Old Foothill Road ■ 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Harvest Circle and Winter Court Drug/alcohol violations ■ 3:34 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; non-narcotic controlled substance possession, paraphernalia possession, under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI ■ 7:07 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; paraphernalia possession, non-narcotic controlled substance possession ■ 7:31 p.m. at the intersection of Dorman Road and West Las Positas Boulevard; DUI ■ 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of Utah Street and Bernal Avenue; marijuana possession

March 18 Theft ■ 7:32 a.m. in the 1400 block of

OBITUARIES Carl (Bob) Robert Banke Carl (Bob) Robert Banke died March 10 at the age of 85. A resident of San Leandro, he also spent many years in Castro Valley. Mr. Banke is survived by Jerry Banke, his beloved wife of 65 years. He was the loving father to Debbie Ross of Sacramento and Carl Banke of San Leandro; brother of Goerge Banke of Brentwood, Ernest Banke of San Leandro and Dorothy Towers of Pleasanton. He also is survived by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. March 27 at Valley Bible Church at the Crossing in Pleasanton. Call 227-1301.

Carol Ann Christensen Carol Ann Christensen of Pleasanton died March 13 at the age of 73. Mrs. Christensen was born in Bronx, N.Y. on March 1, 1937, the daughter of Robert and Harriett and sister of Robert Jr. She grew up in Queens and married George Christensen on April 6, 1957. Mrs. Christensen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was active in many community activities to include Cub Scout Den Mother, Sunday school teacher, Parent Teachers Association member, Election Board member, Order of the Eastern Star, Pleasanton New Comers Club hostess and the Fremont Ladies Card Group.

Irongate Court; grand theft p.m. in the 6100 block of Johnson Court; petty theft ■ 1:42 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue; petty theft ■ 2:58 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; forgery Vandalism ■ 2:50 p.m. at the intersection of Pleasanton Avenue and St. John Circle ■ 6:51 p.m. in the 3900 block of Stoneridge Drive Drug/alcohol violations ■ 12:10 a.m. in the 700 block of Peters Avenue; DUI ■ 8:42 a.m. in the 4300 block of Foothill Road; public drunkenness Truant ■ 2:37 p.m. in the 1700 block of Santa Rita Road Disturbing the peace ■ 7:26 p.m. in the 6100 block of West Las Positas Bouelvard ■ 12:18

March 19 Theft ■ 3:29 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; forgery ■ 9:46 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; embezzlement Burglary ■ 7:20 a.m. in the 6000 block of Ashley Court; vehicular ■ 7:30 a.m. in the 7000 block of

Her family will always remember her as a gracious lady who loved her many friends and who showered them with sincerity, warmth and care. Surviving Mrs. Christensen are her husband of 52 years, George Christensen and three children James Christensen and wife Joway of Danville and their two children; grandchildren, Michelle and Dillon; Glenn Christensen and wife Susan of Charlotte, N.C. and Kenneth Christensen of Washington, D.C. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be at 11 a.m. March 27 at the Pleasanton Masonic Center, located at 3370 Hopyard Road. The family welcomes all who knew Carol to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that her friends make donations in Carol’s honor to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society or the donor’s favorite charity.

Billy Gene Dillon Billy Gene Dillon, a resident of Pleasanton, died March 11 with family by his side. He was 76. Although Mr. Dillon had a long and successful business career, his true talent and gift in life was his amazing ability to make people laugh. He could always be counted on for a quick-witted joke for any occasion or situation that presented itself. Mr. Dillon is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his

Commerce Drive; vehicular p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; shoplifting Vandalism ■ 1:13 p.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road DUI ■ 8:27 p.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Hansen Drive Battery ■ 6:13 p.m. at the intersection of Vineyard and Old Vineyard avenues ■ 1:29

March 20 Theft ■ 5:54 a.m. in the 4000 block of Dorman Road; stolen vehicle ■ 9:46 a.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road; grand theft ■ 9:50 a.m. in the 4600 block of Herrin Way; stolen vehicle ■ 4:10 p.m. in the 800 block of Main Street; petty thft Drug/alcohol violations ■ 1:15 a.m. at the intersection of Ray and Main streets; DUI ■ 1:41 a.m. at the intersection of Ray and First streets; DUI ■ 3:12 a.m. in the 1500 block of Trimmingham Drive; public drunkenness ■ 8:03 p.m. at the intersection of Greenwood Road and Canary Drive; DUI

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Patricia (Patti) Robarts Patricia (Patti) Robarts died March 14 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer and a courageous amount of chemo. She was 66. Mrs. Robarts was born Feb. 15, 1944 in Los Angeles to parents Charles and Una Madsen. She attended Orange Coast Collage and Fullerton State University. She was a Pleasanton resident for 38 years. Mrs. Robarts loved to entertain, read, and play piano and bridge. She volunteered at all levels in the Pleasanton community, including Meals on Wheels, all sport teams for her sons and at all of their schools. She was the principal fundraiser for Valley Christian Elementary School for six years. Mrs. Robarts was a committed campaigner for the Democratic Party and member of the Pleasanton Assistance League. Mrs. Robarts is survived by her revered father, Charles R. Madsen of Hemet, Calif.; loved son Benjamin and daughter-in-law, Kim; and grandsons Jake and Dylan. She is also survived by cherished sister, Linda Hill (Jim) of Fremont; brother Don Ferguson (Shirley) of Boerne, Texas; adored aunt Mary Pierce (Rev. Russell) of Yankton, S.D.; and many loving nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and son, Daniel. No services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Smile Train, which provides surgery for poor children to correct a facial deformity. Visit www. or send mail to Smile Train, PO Box 96208, Washington, D.C., 20030-6208.

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ENERGY TIPS This is the first in a series of weekly energy tips presented to you by the City of Pleasanton’s Committee on Energy and the Environment. The mission of these Tips is to provide succinct information that can be immediately used by the average reader of the Pleasanton Weekly. Upgrade your thermostat Change to a programmable thermostat to control the temperature in your home. Some thermostats also have a second setting for weekends Thermostats range in price from $50 to $150, but can save 12% or more on your energy bill. Caulk it Small spaces, gaps around windows, pipes and wires entering the home create energy drafts that cut the efficiency of your heating system Apply caulking products to those locations. The secret to successful caulking is application over a clean and dry surface. Clean Your Furnace Filter Cleaning or replacing your filter can potentially save you $40 to $50 per year. A dirty filter makes your furnace work harder, so cleaning or replacing it can cut your heating costs by as much as five percent. Fireplace Cold Facts Lighting a fire can be expensive and an inefficient endeavor. Limit the loss of heat by opening the dampers or the nearest window slightly and close doors leading into the room. Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room. Check the seal on the flue damper and make it snug. Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room. Keep damper closed when not in use and consider a gas fireplace for 70% more efficiency.

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hough people might think being home schooled eventually gets isolating, Amy, a Pleasanton tenthgrader, and her sister Rebecca, a sixthgrader, do volunteer work in town and compete on the swim team so that they can meet friends, stay connected to local people, and be a part of the community since they don’t attend public school and don’t see people during the day. Amy and Rebecca swim for the Pleasanton Seahawks in the summer and in the fall they swim for the Pleasanton Valley Club. Amy hopes to be a life guard at the Aquatic Center this summer. She likes to compete in swimming and has been swimming since she was 4. The sisters also volunteer at the Valley Humane Society once a week and they used to volunteer twice a week about a year ago, but then they go too busy. Volunteering at Valley Humane Society was Amy’s idea because they had adopted two cats from VHS. They also volunteer at the library. They began being home schooled after Amy’s parents were disappointed in the kindergarten in Davis, where they used to live. Her mom, Anja, quickly realized that the kindergarten students were just doing worksheets all day long. She discovered Amy had no art classes or other enriching activities at the school aside from academics, and felt she could provide Amy with a better education. Anja therefore told the principal of Amy’s school that they were going to try home schooling and that Amy might be back the following year. But she never went back. Anja and Amy liked the home schooling method and Rebecca, Amy’s younger sister, began home schooling as soon as she was old enough. Now, both Amy and Rebecca learn at home, where Amy teaches herself and Rebecca is taught by their mom. Soon Rebecca will begin teaching herself, too. Amy and Rebecca stick to a basic plan every day of learning curriculum required by the state of California, but because they have extra time after the required materials, Amy and Rebecca also get to learn all sorts of extra subjects that are not offered in school. Amy likes to teach herself philosophy and Japanese, and Rebecca enjoys learning biology, a subject that students in public school don’t get to learn until seventh grade. Instead of a structured school day like in the public schools, Amy and Rebecca have a more relaxed school day, but it has just as much educational value (and maybe even more) than public schools. Usually Rebecca starts her school day around 8:30 a.m. and Amy starts hers closer to 9 a.m. Amy likes to start with biology or math because they are her hardest subjects. She then she moves onto some of her easier subjects towards the end of the day. Teaching herself about three subjects a day, Amy likes how at home she can move at her own pace and learn more deeply than she would be able to at school, about topics that she especially enjoys. Also, Amy divides her

year into sixths so after each portion she’ll review what she has learned. This helps her remember the information permanently. Rebecca’s day usually starts with chemistry or math and then she moves onto biology and languages. Their schedules are not always the same and from day to day. It might change depending on what they understand or what they want to learn more about. Both of the girls like their school-related activities. They don’t get grades from their mom, but they are still motivated to do a good job with their school work. They think of themselves as their own best competition because they compete against themselves to always do their personal best. Rebecca likes to make up learning games and do artwork while Amy invents projects for herself. Both girls will take the SAT, so they want to make sure they know all the material that students in public school learn. To remember everything she has learned, Amy keeps records of all the books she has read, movies she’s watched, museums she’s been to, hikes she’s gone on and lots of other experiences. Varying from Amy’s methods, Rebecca keeps all of her schoolwork in folders that she classifies by the subject and the year. When it comes to organization, both of them feel that they are each organized, but they agree that Rebecca is definitely more organized. It is a mutual feeling for both of the girls that they don’t feel like they’re missing out in any way by not attending public school. “I don’t have to feel guilty if one day I do less work than another,” Amy said. Sports are the only thing that Amy feels she is missing out on a little bit. She said that maybe if she went to Amador Valley High School she could be on the swim team, but other than that she loves to be home schooled. Amy is very interested in Philosophy and believes this subject will help her in the future. “I would like to work with people one day,” Amy said. Studying philosophy now will give her an advantage in the future and maybe for college since she will already have learned so much about it. Rebecca says that being home schooled helps her to see things from a “unique perspective.” Rebecca also says she concentrates better at home than if she were in a public school. They both feel like they are a part of the community and they have met and made good friends through their activities in town. A lot of their friends they met through swimming and some of their neighbors also beKatie Lyness came their friends, too. Amy and Rebecca prove that a different schooling lifestyle can be just as good as a traditional education and that “different” can actually be good and not bad. KATIE LYNESS Katie Lyness is a youth correspondent for the Home schooling works for Rebecca and Amy of Pleasanton, as they still manage to study hard and be inPleasanton Weekly. She is a sixth grader at volved in the community despite the different type of education. Pleasanton Middle School.

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Remember Beaver Cleaver and Larry Mondello? These innocent buddies used to get into jams every week on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leave It to Beaver,â&#x20AC;? always learning (and teaching) a lesson in the process. Adjust for cultural inflation and you get the new kid flick â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of a Wimpy Kid.â&#x20AC;? I say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adjust for cultural inflationâ&#x20AC;? because Wally never called his brother â&#x20AC;&#x153;turd burglar,â&#x20AC;? Ward never tried dousing trick-or-treaters with water, and Beaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crushes never read â&#x20AC;&#x153;HOWL.â&#x20AC;? Still, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of a Wimpy Kidâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; based on Jeff Kinneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrated novels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plays it pretty safe, more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beaverâ&#x20AC;? than â&#x20AC;&#x153;Malcolm in the Middle.â&#x20AC;? Think Disney Channel, if slightly less plastic fantastic. The point is that Thor Freudenthalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie is sitcomedic, an episodic accounting of a school year in the life of seventh-graders. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unpleasant for adults, who can find nostalgia in such middleschool touchstones as popularity ranking, lunchtable seating, scary local legends and gym-class horrors (plus, you get Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris as the parents). Certainly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be catnip for the grade-school set. Still, with ticket prices being what they are, this generic outing isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a very compelling reason to leave the comfort of the sofa and its basiccable kiddie fare. Zachary Gordon plays pint-sized Greg Heffley, whose only concern is becoming a class hero. He has a roly-poly best bud in Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron), a sweet and loyal friend who plays along with Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schemes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a point. Naturally, nothing works for Greg. Joining wrestling leads to a series of

humiliations, including being pinned by his high-strung female nemesis, Patty Ferrell (Laine MacNeil). And when he tries out for the school play, he learns heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a boy soprano, suitable not for the leads but for ... you guessed it, the tree. Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapacious pursuit of coolness makes him a selfish jerk for much of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running time, eventually alienating his only friend. Kids will probably root for Greg anyway, if only with the understanding that eventually heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important and redeem himself with a grand gesture. Perhaps that path to good karma might also win him the respect of Angie Steadman (rising star Chloe Moretz), the Ginsberg reader whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously wise beyond her years. Gordon is well cast to be believably uncool for his age group while also roguishly charming in a way all boys like to think they are. Much of Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wit remains private in his diary, to which the audience is privy through narration. Freudenthal predictably works in a few animated bits to evoke Kinneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrations, but otherwise â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diaryâ&#x20AC;? is styleless, with old-school costuming (Converse and ringer-Ts) and Canadian locations that evoke a Rockwellian suburban America that never quite existed. Then again, Norman Rockwell never imagined what would happen if a slice of Swiss cheese stayed rotting on the school blacktop. Answer: It would have â&#x20AC;&#x153;nuclear cootiesâ&#x20AC;?... so not cool.


Inspiring youth poetry This month, the Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate visited Hart Middle School, the alma mater of Foothill High School Teen Poet Laureate Nick Quan. Nick and Vivienne Chen, Amador Valley High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teen Poet Laureate, spoke to the students about why they enjoy and read several poems. After the presentations, the students were full of questions about classes at their high schools. In January, Nick, Vivienne and I wrote poems on the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;matches.â&#x20AC;? Last month we shared Vivienneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poem. This month, we highlight Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poem called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Flood.â&#x20AC;? Nick described his poem this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The poem is a simulation of the process of my writing a poem through an example. Writing for me is like lighting a match and having it boil your spirit over your pencil and then having it pour onto the paper.â&#x20AC;?

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Coming soon: The Pleasanton Poetry, Prose & the Arts Festival The Pleasanton Poetry, Prose & the Arts Festival takes place on April 17 and 18. There are many youth seminars, songwriting and storytelling workshops and minicourses on writing fiction and on publishing poetry. Final registration deadline is April 9. For more information, contact Dave Wright at 484-0614 or, or visit www.PleasantonArts. org or Deborah Grossman is Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Poet Laureate, pleasantonpoetry@

The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative invites you to the 4th Annual Community of Character Luncheon to celebrate Juanita Haugen Civic Engagement Winners Cost is $35 per person (this includes a $5 donation to the Community of Character Juanita Haugen Civic Engagement Scholarship Fund ) Complete the information below and fax to: 925.846.9697 or mail check to: Payable to Community of Character PO Box 516 Pleasanton, CA 94566 Please reserve

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Random Acts of Character How the small things can make a difference in our community Presented by DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. President, Las Positas College Date: THURSDAY MAY 6, 2010 from 11:30 - 1:00 Location: CASTLEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB 707 COUNTRY CLUB CIR. PLEASANTON

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leasanton girls softball and the three boys Little Leagues opened their season Saturday, a week late because of heavy rain the week before that left Sports Park and the new Bernal Community Park fields too soggy for the heavy use the 2,500-plus players put on the grass. A highlight of this season was on the new $7-million Bernal lighted fields, where the Pleasanton Foothill Little League threw out the first pitch after opening day ceremonies marked the first use of the fields. Tomorrow, even with team play in full swing, the Pleasanton Girls Softball League (PGSL) will hold its official opening day ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Sports Park fields 6 and 7. League and individual team managers will salute the players in a celebration that includes a barbecue for fans and players.

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At the Bernal park last Saturday, District 57 a Dave Wetmore, flanked by a majestic view of op the north and south of the lighted fields and th to the west, called it “truly one of the finest in the the country.” He should know. In his position as of the strongest Little League districts in Californ regularly to other city ballparks Wetmore told the 250 fans and more than 70 the opening day ceremony that from Little Leagu in Pennsylvania in 1939, the organization has gr include nearly 100 countries and 2.8 million boys a ages 5 to 18 years old. District 57 covers Little Lea Pleasanton, Alamo, Danville, Livermore, San Ramo Wetmore and the Foothill League president Li the PFLL was organized in 1992 as a spin-off fro


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Pleasanton American Little League and Pleasanton National Little League organizations, which could no longer accommodate the rapid population growth in Pleasanton. Generally, Little Leagues are organized to handle units of 20,000 populations. With Pleasanton now numbering about 68,000 residents, the city could see a fourth Little League organized if the population nears 80,000. Teams in the two other leagues also held opening day ceremonies in the Sports Park where they’ll play most of their games. With the Foothill league now playing all of its games on the Bernal fields, that has freed more fields in the 105-acre Sports Park, which have been filled to capacity. Girls softball, which is celebrating its 33rd year, now has more than 1,000 players, a new record. With 75 teams, the girls play at Sports Park and also on the lighted Upper Bernal fields adjacent to Village High School at Bernal Avenue and First Street. N


Clockwise from top left, players and coaches wait to play ball during opening day ceremonies last Saturday at the Pleasanton Foothill Little League’s (PFLL) first games on the new Bernal Community Park fields; players in the Phantom League of the Pleasanton Girls Softball League (PGSL) at their opening game at the Sports Park; Foothill League players (from left) Nick Bush, who plays for the Angels, Andrew Crabill, A’s, Trevor Holt, White Sox, and Brock Gustafson, Giants, in reciting the league’s pledge at the start Saturday’s games; PFLL president Lisa Skerl; “V.I.P.s” show their thrusts in pitching starter balls to PFLL players; selected coaches, players and special opening day guests face off on the new Bernal field; Cardinals’ first base player Tori Koth swings for a 3-base hit in the second inning of opening day for the PGSL’s Phantom League. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊMarch 26, 2010ÊU Page 13


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Author Visits FOOLSGOLD: A CREATIVITY WORKSHOP WITH SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE The event is from 1-3 p.m. April 4 at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. Join poet & author Susan G. Wooldridge for a two hour afternoon workshop exploring creativity utilizing poetry, writing and collage. Susan is a poet/teacher with California Poets in the School. Call 828-1315 or visit

Class Reunions AMADOR VALLEY CLASS OF 1990 This private party reunion is from 7:45 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sept. 11 at Redcoats, 336 St Mary St. No tickets at the door. Tickets are $35 by June 11 or $40 by Sept. 1. Call 916-768-5734 or visit AVHS CLASS OF 1980 30TH REUNION The reunion is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 17. Fri. night BBQ meet & greet; Sat. night will be held at the Pleasanton Hilton. Call 453-7673 or email

Classes BEGINNING BRIDGE 1 Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 6 - May 25 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Designed for new players with no previous bridge experience. Instructor Audrey Rennels, is a Life Master trained teacher. Must be 18 and over. Cost is $50 for residents or $55 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit YOGA BASICS COMMUNITY CLASS Beth Fox, certified yoga instructor, teaches Yoga Basics, a yoga class that is open to the public and meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Supplies are available for class. Cost is $12. Call 200-4060.

Clubs KIWANIS CLUB The Kiwanis Club meets at 11:45 a.m. Fridays at Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Star Kitchen, 201 A Main St. For information, call 1-800-Kiwanis. LIVERMORE AMADOR VALLEY GARDEN CLUB (LAVGC) The event

is from 7-9 p.m. April 8 at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Blvd. Topic: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The importance of gardening for farmers: Embracing failure for success. Guest speaker Fred Hempel, will share his knowledge on gardening. He is an amateur tomato breeder. Call 461-1725 or visit

Events EASTER EGG HUNT The event is 10:45 a.m. April 4 at Living Vine Fellowship, 4100 First St. Children rush to find lots and lots of eggs. The egg hunt begins immediately following our special Easter Service with refreshments. Call 727-7094 or visit FOOTHILL HOSTS NCBA CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW The event is from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. March 27 at Foothill and Amador High Schools. NCBA Championship Show having over 120 middle and high school units from all over northern California are coming to compete in winter guard and percussion. Cost is $12 for adults, or $8 for kids and seniors. Email GOODGUYS 28TH ALL AMERICAN GET-TOGETHER The Goodguys 28th All-American Get-Together is Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest two-day automotive event and will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The event features indoor and outdoor car shows with over 3,000 hot rods and custom cars, a swap meet, vendor exhibits, arts and crafts, music, cars for sale area, model car show and more family fun. Admission is $17 for adults; $6 for children ages 7-12; and free for children 6 years and under. Call 838-9876 or visit IMPROV WITH TWISTED GRAY MATTER Twisted Gray Matter specializes in short form improvised comedy that is created on the spot by using ideas from the audience. Show is at 8 p.m. March 31 at Bunjoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comedy Club, 6513 Regional St., Dublin. Call 264-4413 or visit LIVERMORE SPRING ART SHOW Livermore Art Association is holding its annual Spring Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27-28 at The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Over 100 local art-

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Exhibits SEWARD JOHNSON SCULPTURES COMING TO DOWNTOWN PLEASANTON The sculptures will be on display from April 1 through June 30. City of Pleasanton will welcome an interactive art exhibit by internationally-known sculptor J. Seward Johnson to sidewalk locations in downtown Pleasanton. Eleven life-size, three-dimensional bronze sculptures depict the everyday activities of people who may be found anywhere. Call 931-5355 or email

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tion is from 2-3 p.m. March 28 at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The slide show presentation explores the similarities between nature and our lives. Sue Evans has lived in Pleasanton for over 28 years and will delight you with her photography adventures. Call 931-3405 or visit IRON-JAWED ANGELS The film is shown from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 27 at IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Women’s History Month, a contemporary drama shows us the second wave of young suffragettes who lead the final fight for the 19th amendment. Stars Hillary Swank. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m., film follows. Refreshments are served. Call 462-3459.

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Health FREE HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) of Alameda County offers their service each month and seniors receive free counseling about Medicare. Appointments will be scheduled at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. To schedule your appointment with counselor Ada Schoch, call 5564511 by the prior Monday.


Cultural Jews will hold a community potluck seder at 5 p.m. April 3 at Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. The seder features an English-language progressive Secular haggadah highlighting the power of community and the value of freedom. Reservations required. Cost $10/adult. Call 510-888-1404 or visit

Kids & Teens HACIENDA SCHOOL SCIENCE LEARNING ADVENTURE The class is held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 at Hacienda School, 3800 Stoneridge Dr. The science camp is open to 1-8 grades. It is also open to outside students. Cost $325. Call 485-5750 or visit JOB’S DAUGHTERS BETHEL NO.14 This group meets at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Monday of every month, at Pleasanton Masonic Lodge, 3370 Hopyard Rd. The group is for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 years old who have a Masonic relationship. It teaches the girls team work, leadership and public speaking. Call 683-5401.

Lectures/ Workshops WATER WISE GARDENING 11-12:30 p.m. April 3 at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Save money. Eliminate water waste. Features local plant and irrigation specialist. Visit WATER WISE GARDENING 2-3:30 p.m. March 27 at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Save money. Eliminate water waste. Features local plant and irrigation specialist. Visit

Live Music CHRIS BRADLEY’S JAZZ BAND Enjoy live jazz music from the 20s, 30s and 40s from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Sunol Jazz Cafe, 11986 Main St. Cover is $5.

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On Stage AVHS AND FHS SPRING MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL The performance is from 7:30-10 p.m. March 25-27 at Amador Theatre, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School proudly announce their joint spring musical, Seussical the Musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Approximately 120 students from both high schools will comprise casts, crews, and orchestra players for this very high-energy production. Cost $12 adults $10 youth and seniors. Visit RENT AT LAS POSITAS COLLEGE Las Positas College presents RENT, the musical, April 2-18 at the college theater, 3033 Collier Canyon Road. The rock opera is about a group of young New York artists struggling to forge relationships, express creativity and find meaning, while dealing with poverty and AIDS. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students and seniors. Call 424-1166 or visit REVERIES & REMEMBRANCES This production takes place from 1-3:30 p.m. March 27 at Livermore High Performing Arts Theatre, 600 Maple St., Livermore. Le Tableau Magnifique, premier Ballet Company with Livermore School of Dance, presents Giselle, excerpts from The Firebird and contemporary ballet set to Michael Jackson

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SEARCHING FOR SPRINGTIME! This is no ordinary egg hunt and you will not find any chocolate bunnies here. From 2 to 3 p.m. April 3 at the Alviso Adobe, find 12 riddling eggs to â&#x20AC;&#x153;unscrambleâ&#x20AC;? that may lead to treasures. Cost is $8 for residents or $11 for non-residents. Call 931-3483. THE COLORING OF EGGS! Learn to create naturally colored eggs at the Alviso Adobe Community Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3. Each participant will have the opportunity to make six naturally crafted eggs. Cost is $19 for residents or $22 for

LPD AAUW LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP The Local Scholarship Foundation of the Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin branch of AAUW is now accepting applications. Applicants must be women who live, or have gone to high school, in the branch cities, be an undergraduate planning to attend a four-year college in fall 2010. Applications are due April 1. Call Joan at 484-0602.


OAKLAND AVIATION MUSEUM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DAY TRIPPERS This trip is from 9-2 p.m. April 17. Tour the historic North Field at Oakland Int. Airport. View a collection of planes including the Mark III â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Boatâ&#x20AC;? featured in the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Picnic Lunch included. Cost is $25 for resident or $28 for nonresidents. Call 931-5365 or visit


EASTER SERVICES Celebrate Easter with festival music and joy April 4 at St. Clareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Rd. Services with Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Call 462-4802 or visit www. GOOD FRIDAY Service is from 6:30-8 p.m. April 2 at St. Clareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Rd. Observe Good Friday and the Crucifixion of our Lord. Stations of the Cross at Noon & 6:30 p.m. Call 462-4802 or visit GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER This event is from 8-12 p.m. April 3 at St. Clareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Rd. Welcome Easter with a dramatic service beginning outdoors in darkness with the lighting of the New Fire, followed by the reading of scriptures, baptisms, hymns and Holy Eucharist. Call 462-4802 or visit

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Support Groups CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caring for a loved one is challenging physically and emotionally. Join this support group to explore resources and generate problem solving ideas from 1-3 p.m., on the second Monday of every month, and from 7-9 p.m., on the second Wednesday of every month, at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support you deserve at the Senior

Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Call 931-5389. EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP This group meets from 10 a.m.-noon, on the third Saturday of each month, in the Blackhawk A and B conference rooms at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Rd. If you have recently been diagnosed with ET or would like to learn more about the most common movement disorder in a safe and supportive environment, please join us. Call 487-5706 or e-mail

Volunteering AMERICAN RED CROSS PUBLIC BLOOD DRIVE American Red Cross is holding a public blood drive at the Safeway Employee Fitness Facility from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, at the facility, 5858 Stoneridge Mall Rd. To schedule an appointment, visit (Sponsor Code: SAFEWAY84). One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? Anyone interesting in learning about how to become a Catholic can attend an Inquiry Meeting at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in the St. Augustine Church Rectory, 3999 Bernal Ave. Call Father William at 846-4489.



MAUNDY THURSDAY April 1. Join St. Clareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in commemorating the Last Supper with an Agape Meal of simple biblical foods at 6:30 p.m., followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. with foot washing and Holy Eucharist. The service ends with a Watch Through the Night in a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Garden of Gethsemaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; set up inside the church. Call 462-4802 or visit

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

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

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

Phyllis Weiner

Phyllis Weiner

Diane Gilfether


















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




Stunning remodel on desireable 2nd St. Walk to downtown Pleasanton. Custom Cherry Cab’s. Granite Slab. S/S appliances. Harwood floors thru-out.

One the the most upgraded homes you’ll find for the price. Hand scraped hickory flooring, crown molding, maple cabinetrty, granite counters. Near Downtown.

3 Bd/ 2Ba, Approx 1,500+/- sq.ft. w/ 10,000+/- sq.ft. lot. Detached studio room, close to park, shopping, schools, and transportation.

Lot. Acres Apx: 0.79, located across from Clara Ln, generally level lot with good utility, public water and sewer. Private well. Build your dream home!

Todd E. Martinez

Phyllis Weiner

Denise Ivaldi

Duffy & Patterson

















New custom, top of the line features incl.; solid quartz counters, glass mosaic, designer fireplace, Wolf appliances, home theater w/wet bar, steam shower & more!

Completely remodeled with high end upgrades. AGA gourment stove, Sub-Zero Frig, Stone stairs, Bonus Room, Farmers sink, Cherry plank floors throughout.

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

Great curb appeal & newly remodeled maple kitchen with stainless, slab granite, built-in fridge, gas cooktop. Near parks, schools & all commute arteries

Phyllis Weiner

Vickie & Bill Keller

Lori Fernald

Loraine Ward


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Approx 1,900 sqft, 7,600+ sqft lot, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, updated kitchen, dual pane windows, updated master bath. Close to shopping and easy freeway access.

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

20+ acres, 8,090 +/-sf. custom home. 14.8 acres of income producing Chardonnay grapes. Santa Barbara Architecture. Guest apartment, pool, spa, wine room.

Surrounded by Petite Sirah vineyard. Enjoy magnificent views!. Open floor plan w/downstairs guest suite & office. 900+/- sq ft 2 br 1 ba guest house above garage.

Susette Clark-Walker

Taso Tsakos

Carol Cline, CRS

Peggy Cortez

















Back of court location. Bed & full bath downstairs. Large family room. Eat-in kitchen plus breakfast bar. Formal living and dining rooms. Close to schools and park.

Very Nice Home, GREAT location next to park. New tile floors in Family Room and Kitchen. Formal Dining room, open floor plan. Side Yard Access for RV or boat.

updated kitchen w/ granite, recently updated baths, 6 panel doors, newer baseboards, recessed lighting, possible side yard access, large backyard w/dogrun.

Desirable (Emory Plan 1, by Brookfield) in San Ramon’s Windemere Area. Model home, built in 2006, with 3 bdrms/3 bth, and 2,384+/- sq. ft. of living space!

The Bowers Team

Vickie & Bill Keller

Anne Athenour Martin 925.200.5272

The Engel Team


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925.251.2510 OPEN SUN 1-4

2515 Skimmer Court, Pleasanton Gorgeous home on a court location in the desirable Birdland neighborhood of Pleasanton. Home consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and is approximately 2150 sq ft of living space. The home has a 3 car garage plus side yard access for a boat or storage. Fabulous floor plan with a sunny open kitchen with breakfast nook that opens to the family room. Upgrades include hardwood floors in entry and kitchen, granite counter tops in kitchen and guest bathrooms and dual paned windows. Formal living room, with vaulted ceilings and sky lights, that flows into the formal dining room. Spacious Master Suite with large walk-in closet and views of the park. Private back yard with hot tub and large deck with an arbor. No rear neighbors – this home backs to Woodthrush Park. This is a must see! Offered at $785,000

Emily Barraclough (925) 621-4097 PLEASANTON | 900 Main Street 925.251.1111

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The latest from The 680 Blog The Loan Contingency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Why it Matters There are several contingencies in a standard Real Estate Purchase Agreement. One of the main contingencies is the loan contingency. Basically, the buyer will specify the terms of the purchase on the ďŹ rst page of the purchase agreement, including the loan amount, as well as the terms of the ďŹ nancing the buyer is attempting to obtain. The intention is for the transaction to be contingent upon the buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to obtain ďŹ nancing at the rate and terms indicated in the purchase agreement, as well as the loan amount. So why does it matter? The loan contingency and stated terms of the ďŹ nancing section protects the buyer against sharp increases in interest rates or unanticipated changes in loan terms. For example, the buyer may have stipulated a loan amount of $900,000 at a rate not to exceed 5.5% ďŹ xed with 0 points. If the buyer is not able to obtain a $900,000 loan at the stipulated rate and terms, then the buyer may cancel the agreement. For example, if rates shoot

up and the market rate becomes 6% for this loan, the buyer will not be obligated to proceed. Obviously, the buyer can still elect to move forward in this situation, but they are not obligated to. As a seller, you should insist on a pre-qualiďŹ cation letter, or better yet, a pre-approval letter from a lender indicating that the stipulated rate and terms are obtainable at the time the buyer submits the offer. It is also important >>Go to to read the rest of this article.

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Newer luxury 5 BR, 4 BTH single story home on prime .31 acre cul-de-sac lot with hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, granite/ cherry/stainless kit, and more!

Fabulous luxury home featuring 6 BR plus bonus room & ofďŹ ce, 5 ½ BTH, granite & stainless kitchen, dramatic living areas, and private .41 acre lot with sparkling pool!




Spacious 6 BR, 3 BTH home featuring over 3400 sq ft, with upgraded kitchen, hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, 1/4 acre lot with sparkling pool, and more!


High $700,000s

Spacious upgraded home in West Pleasanton on cul-de-sac. 4 BR, 3 BTH with upgraded granite kitchen, new carpeting, and a prime location backing to greenbelt with views of the ridge



1075 Shadow Hills Ct Charming 4 BR, 2 BTH home with upgraded kitchen & baths on prime 1/4 acre culde-sac lot with pool!


7478 Alder Ct. JUST SOLD

Ruby Hill 4 BR, 3 BTH home with hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors on prime 1/3 acre cul-de-sac lot with pool!




With views of the Pleasanton Ridge this highly upgraded home offers 6 bedrooms and 6 baths with 5,096sf. Built in 2004 this home offers a gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances and an open floor plan opening to the living room, rear yard, butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry and dinette area. Upstairs offers a private movie room complete with kitchenette and built in entertainment center. The master bedroom offers 2 walk in closets, views of the ridge, marble flooring and his and hers vanity in bathroom. Listed at $1,699,000

Centrally located within Pleasanton this home offers 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with 4,205sf. Built in 2006 this home offers a large upstairs bonus room, 4 car garage, end of court location and walking distance to neighborhood park/pool. The large kitchen offers a butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry, built in appliances, large breakfast bar and granite counters. The large master suite is complete with a large center island in bathroom and 2 large closets. Sold for $1,350,000



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Recently remodeled and a newer kitchen. This home offers 4 bedrooms, bonus room and 3 baths with 2,541sf. Downstairs is a full bathroom and bedroom with access to the 3 car garage. This home also offers side yard access, jack & jill bathroom upstairs and bonus room. The large rear yard offers a covered patio, pool and spa. Offered at $935,000


This former model offers 5 bedrooms plus bonus room, 3 baths and 2,913sf. Built in 1996 this home offers a bedroom/office downstairs with full bath. The family room offers a built in entertainment center, pecan wood floor and opens to the kitchen and rear yard. Upstairs are 4 bedroom and a large bonus room or possible 6th bedroom. The rear yard offers a newer pool and spa. Listed at $880,000


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897 SUNSET CREEK LANE, PLEASANTON Single level in Bridle Creek on .29 acre premium view lot. Built by Greenbriar Homes in 2000. Beautiful views of Pleasanton Ridge. Private rear yard with built in pool. Beautifully landscaped. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. Crown molding and plantation shutters. Close to Downtown, Castlewood Country Club, Oak Hills Shopping Center, and Mission Hills Park. OFFERED AT $1,449,000





Country Chateau Vineyard Estate on approximately 1 acre secluded lot (40,029 sq. ft.). Professionally landscaped with multiple heritage oaks, adjacent to vineyards. Panoramic views of Mount Diablo and the surrounding hills. This semi-custom beautiful private home built by Greenbriar Homes in 2008 has a total square footage of 6,476. The main house at 5,330 square feet includes five bedrooms plus library (6th), six bathrooms and a super bonus/home theater room. Also included are a four car garage and private carriage house at 1,146 square feet. OFFERED AT $2,095,000

Highly upgraded Hillstar Model on premium .35 acre lot. Expansive views of Pleasanton Ridge. Faces open space. Highly upgraded with beautiful front and rear grounds. Includes in-ground pool and spa. Built by Greenbriar Homes in 2002. Five bedrooms, plus guest suite and bonus room, 5 bathrooms. Approximately 4,455 square feet. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. Crown molding, plantation shutters, and custom built-ins. Close to Downtown, Castlewood Country Club, Oak Hills Shopping Center, and Mission Hills Park. OFFERED AT $1,549,000









Newer mobile home built in 2004. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, approximately 1,300 square feet. Central heat and air, cathedral ceilings, separate dining room, dual glazed low E windows. Front porch, custom shed, covered driveway, extended 7/10 year warranty. Best priced newer mobile home available in Pleasanton. OFFERED AT $145,000

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

Don’t miss this Gibson model in desirable Ventana Hills. Five bedrooms, 5th is bonus, three bathrooms. Approximately 3,179 square feet. Lot size is 9452 (.21 acre lot), with large side yards. Located on quiet street. Private rear yard backs to single level home. New carpet throughout. New exterior paint. Three fireplaces. Walk to great neighborhood park and Main Street Downtown Pleasanton! OFFERED AT $1,095,000









Experience breathtaking panoramic views from this secluded hilltop home, located in the gated community of Grey Eagle Estates. This beautiful private estate (1.36 acre lot), features 5,460 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, AuPair/Guest Room (4th) and four and a half baths. Large downstairs bonus room and private office (5th). The remodeled gourmet kitchen and master bath. Extensive basement storage area and separate wine cellar. Marble and hardwood flooring. Separate pool house with pool/spa/waterfall/ kitchen/bathroom. Tile roof. Four car garage. Don’t miss this one! SOLD FOR $1,975,000

Single level in Bridle Creek on .26 acre premium view lot. Built by Greenbriar Homes in 2001. Beautiful views of Pleasanton Ridge. Private rear yard with built in pool and spa. Beautifully landscaped. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. Crown molding and plantation shutters. Close to Downtown, Castlewood Country Club, Oak Hills Shopping Center, and Mission Hills Park. SOLD FOR $1,255,000


1141 LUND RANCH ROAD, PLEASANTON Don’t miss this beautiful Gibson model in desirable Ventana Hills. Premium (.34 acre) lot backs to open space. Five bedrooms, fifth bedroom can be bonus, three bathrooms. Approximately 3,179 square feet. Upgraded kitchen with granite. Custom travertine tile flooring, new carpet throughout. Beautiful professionally landscaped grounds with Heritage Oak tree. In-ground pool and spa. Walk to neighborhood park and downtown! SOLD FOR $1,240,000

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3365 E RUBY HILL $3,995,000 Magnificent Ruby Hill Italian Villa! Exquisite estate with 6 bedrooms 6.5 baths, 9,100 sq. ft. Over 1/2 acre level lot. Must see to appreciate.




788 VINEYARD TER $2,095,000 Country Chateau Estate on approx 1 acre. Landscaped with heritage oaks & vineyards. By Greenbriar in 2008 has a 6,476 Sq Ft.


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4023 OAK MANOR COURT $1,690,000 Gated private one acre lot with views of SF Bay,bridges! Prestigious Greenbrier 5500+/sqft remodeled single story 4 bd in main house + 1 bd, 1 ba guest house. Pool.



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1075 SHADOW HILLS CT $1,399,900 Rarely available luxury single story home with 5bd (5th bd currently an office), 4ba, granite/cherry/stainless kitchen with island, hardwood floors, plantation shutters.


2784 LYLEWOOD DR $1,275,000 4bds/3ba,3500+/-sf home. Expanded FR, formal DR,and LR. Upstairs Bonus room. Built in 1996. Master suite with fireplace, near great schools & shopping. Large corner lot.




1394 CASA VALLECITA $1,145,000 Beautiful remodeled home on Westside of Alamo. Island kitchen/new cabinets/granite counters/modern baths/new carpets/gleaming hardwood floors/fresh paint in and out.




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1541 MAPLE LEAF DR $929,950 Absolutely gorgeous 4bd/3ba, highly upgraded, gourmet kitchen, Beautiful pool with built in BBQ, outdoor kitchen and stone waterfall, large arbor, too much to list.

3276 CRANBROOK PLACE $858,800 Stunning valley views from this 3100+/Dublin Ranch 4/3 home. Soaring ceilings, curved grand staircase and highly upgraded gourmet kitchen. Travertine marble floors.

7478 ALDER CT $819,000 Prime West Pleasanton with stunning views of the Pleasanton Ridge! 4bd/3ba, dramatic vaulted ceilings, granite/stainless kitchen, updated baths, new carpet, Must See!

5369 MALLARD DRIVE $799,900 4bd/2.5ba “Monterey” model, maple/granite kitchen, GE appliances, dual pane windows, 30-yr roof/gutters, inside laundry, recessed lights, Carrier AC/furnace/water heater.






4603 TERRA GRANADA DR #2B $499,950 Highly upgraded Rossmoor Condo with great views. Upper Montrose model, 2 Bdrms, 2 Baths, 1577 SqFt. Granite Kitchen, walk in spa tub, crown moldings,garage.

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5309 HILLFLOWER DR $489,900 Beautiful home offering corner lot, freshly painted inside & out, new carpet/travertine floors, maple & cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops, new light fixtures, A/C.

PLEASANTON | 900 Main Street 925.251.1111

SUN 1:30-4:30

41609 CAROL CMN $429,950 What a beauty! Traditional Sale! New yard with new fencing/patio, remodeled kitchen and bths, large bedrooms, very bright home, beautifully upgraded throughout.


4356 VALLEY AVE $429,500 Sharp spacious townhome in the heart of Pleasanton! 2bd/2.5ba, upgraded kitchen, dramatic LR w/vaulted ceilings & cozy FP. Luxurious master suite.

LIVERMORE | 2300 First Street Suite 316 925.583.1111

Pleasanton Weekly 03.26.2010 - Section 1  
Pleasanton Weekly 03.26.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the March 26, 2010 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly