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Newsfront DIGEST $25,000 to Axis Axis Community Health received a $25,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to help Tri-Valley residents with little or no insurance get access to health care. The nonprofit organization has seen an increase in patients with more than 300 new patients coming in each month, according to Axis CEO Sue Compton. The grant will help residents enroll in public health care plans enabling them to receive medical care. Axis Community Health provides medical, mental health, substance abuse counseling and health education services to those Tri-Valley residents who otherwise would not have access.

Paving projects will cause traffic delays Due to construction on major Pleasanton roadways starting this week, drivers can expect minor traffic delays through August. Construction will take place on Stoneridge Drive between West Las Positas Avenue and Santa Rita Road; on Stoneridge Drive between Foothill Road and Stoneridge Mall Road; and on Santa Rita Road between Mohr Avenue and Jensen Street. The project was postponed last fall due to bad weather. Funds for the project came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Emily Wagner named city’s new finance director Former investment banker takes charge of sherherding $180 million budget BY JEB BING

Emily Wagner, economic development fiscal officer for the city of Pleasanton, has been named the city’s Finance Director starting today, succeeding Dave Culver who has taken a similar position with the city of San Mateo. Wagner’s salary will be $170,000 per year. Wagner has extensive finance experience both in the private sector and in government, including eight years in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the assistant city manager and director of finance. She left the city position in 1985 to become an investment banker in 1985, spending spent 12 years with public finance firms before starting her own firm. She rejoined the city in May 2006 in the new position of economic development fiscal officer, working with both City Manager Nelson Fialho and Director of Economic Development Pamela Ott on major city projects that have included the Bernal property financing, ACE train station location, permit streamlining and downtown parking improvements. Most recently, she worked with Culver in preparing the city’s $180 million operating budget and capital improvement program for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which began July 1. That budget is a mid-year update of a two-year budget the council accepted for the current fiscal year, which has been

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updated quarterly over the last 12 months because of changing economic trends and lower-thananticipated revenue. Wagner and her colleagues in the finance department will now take responsibility for tracking property assessments and sales taxes to adjust the budget as needed on a quarterly basis

going forward. During Wagner’s 22 years in investment banking, she was responsible for the successful completion of 189 bond financings totaling in excess of $7.4 billion. She also had first-hand experience in the issuance of lease revenue bonds, certificates of participation, general obligation bonds, land-secured financings, housing mortgage revenue bonds, tax allocation bonds and short-term financings. Her clients included cities, counties, schools and special districts. Wagner graduated from Amador Valley High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in finance from California State University East Bay. She also taught Public Finance and Governmental Accounting at Cal State East Bay in the school’s Masters in Public Administration program. Culver was hired by Pleasanton 4-1/2 years ago from Santa Cruz, where he was that city’s Director of Finance and Treasurer. As San Mateo’s new director of finance, he has financial responsibilities for a larger city with a population of 96,000, compared to Pleasanton’s 68,000, and also serves as ex-officio treasurer of the San Mateo Redevelopment Agency, an active group that provides millions of dollars in funding for major capital improvements in that city. N

Congressional Page program U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D., Pleasanton) is accepting applications from high school juniors who want to participate in the 2010 Congressional Page program. He can nominate one student to work for the U.S. House of Representatives and attend school in Washington, D.C., this fall. In order to be eligible, a student must be an incoming high school junior, live in the 11th Congressional District, be at least 16 but no older than 17 by Sept. 6, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in English, math, science, history and foreign language. Applications are due by July 21; interviews will be held July 24.

Firefighters fundraiser “Fill the Boot,” a fundraiser by the Pleasanton-Livermore Firefighters, brought in $11,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters stood at the intersections of Santa Rita Road and Las Positas Road in Pleasanton on June 24, and First Street and West Las Positas Boulevard in Livermore on June 22 to ask for donations for the neuromuscular disease that affects more than 1 million Americans.

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Pleasanton enjoys old-fashioned July 4th The color theme was red, white and blue as about 800 people, including little “Sparkler girl” Kaylee Rocha (photo at right), gathered at Lions Wayside Park for the 12th annual allvolunteer event, “Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution.” Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and American Legion Post 238 provided not only the color guard, but a rifle squad that started things off with a bang, literally. Rousing music was performed by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, and a hotdog barbecue was cooked and served by members of the Pleasanton Lions Club. Other volunteers handed out free programs, fans and American flags, plus soap bubbles and temporary patriotic tattoos. About two dozen members of Boy Scout Troop 908 devoted the full day to setting up and cleaning up. “Even though we may have different ways of interpreting our freedoms and how we should govern, we come together on July Fourth to celebrate our common heritage of freedom,” said W. Ron Sutton, founder of the event. The event also honors those who have served in the military, plus families that currently have someone who has volunteered for military duty. Pleasanton Poet Laureate Deborah Grossman read her poem, “Boots on First,” which captured the feeling of welcoming home veterans (and mourning those who do not return). Keynote speaker Ann Collins evoked both laughter and tears as she spoke of why one should “Cherish Your Heritage,” and how that concept is hard to grasp as a child but increasingly important as an adult. Also the 2010 Ed Kinney Community Patriots, Brad Hirst, Dave Wright and Rosiland Wright, each spoke of how rewarding community service can be.

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More than 70 people were stung by yellow jackets at the Alameda County Fair on Friday night after a ground nest was apparently disturbed during a fireworks show. “One girl came into the small animals department and was on the floor screaming,” said Brittany Hersh, a Pleasanton resident who is working at the fair for the fourth year. “I guess she got stung three times and she is allergic to wasps,” said Hersh, a college senior who is also a summer intern in the Editorial Department of the Pleasanton Weekly. Hersh and others alerted the paramedics, who treated the girl. “Then we had to get everyone out of the rabbit barn early,” she said. The fireworks show started around 9:15 p.m., and about halfway through the show, at about 9:30, a group of yellow jackets was stirred up at the north end of the grandstands, fair spokeswoman

April Mitchell said. More than 70 people were stung despite the efforts of fair staff and law enforcement personnel to clear people from the grandstand area, Mitchell said. Everyone who was stung was treated at the scene by Alameda County firefighters. The victims ranged from a 60year-old adult to a 6-month-old infant, with some people suffering multiple stings, fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said. No one suffered serious reactions to the stings, and no one needed to be taken to a hospital. Investigators initially thought the stings were from bees, but 10 insect carcasses were collected and determined to be ground-burrowing yellow jackets. The area was inspected and a ground nest was discovered. The nest was later cleared from the area. Investigators believe the launching of the fireworks may have vi-

brated through the ground and disturbed the nest, Knowles said. Mitchell said this was the first incident of this proportion involving insects on the fairgrounds. However, it was the second incident in as many days that caused injuries at the fair. On Thursday, a roller coaster ride malfunctioned, causing minor injuries to five children and two adults. At about 3 p.m. Thursday, a connector link on a chain at the “Wacky Worm” ride appears to have pulled apart, causing the chain to dangle in front of the ride and hit the passengers, Mitchell said. The ride was shut down for inspection after the incident, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health cleared the ride for repair Thursday evening. The ride reopened Friday afternoon after being repaired. —Bay City News contributed to this report

Still time to ‘Come Out and Play’ 98th annual Alameda County Fair closes Sunday The 98th annual Alameda County Fair closes out its 17-day run Sunday with an assortment of fair festivities and a multitude of events and shows. From fantastic food, exhibits and entertainment, there is something for everyone at the fair, said April Mitchell, manager of Event Sales and Marketing. Families who are looking for a bargain on this final weekend of the fair will find fun, food and folly at

a fair price right in their own back yard. Budget-conscious offerings are plentiful, from foodeating contests to pig races and all things fun in between. Fully able to accommodate the average of 30,000 daily visitors, the fair encompasses some 268 acres, making it one of the largest of the 84 fairs in California. Nationally, the Alameda County Fair ranks 41 in attendance among all fairs in the U.S.

The fair’s theme this year is “Come Out and Play,” a playful challenge to the residents of Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area to visit the fairgrounds. Organizers have rolled out an array of attractions, including: ■ Michael Jackson and Elvis — From the “King of Pop” to the “King of Rock,” enjoy the Balloon See COUNTY FAIR on Page 8

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Worm, Fun Mardi Gras, Orient Express are ridden over and over again by the thrill seekers ■ Live Horse Racing — With the view of the gorgeous golf course and palm trees waving in the wind, nothing beats the crowd cheering when a favorite wins at break neck speed on the Oldest One-Mile Race Track in America. The free concert series continues tonight with “Little Feat,” tomorrow with “Con Funk Shun,” and Sunday with “Blues Festival.” For more information, visit www.AlamedaCountyFair.com, or call 426-7600. —Jeb Bing

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ith an estimated 10,000 crowding downtown streets and sidewalks for the First Wednesday festivities this week, it’s clear that the marketing efforts and retail and restaurant attractions of Pleasanton’s historic downtown are paying off. Although profits are still on the slim side, business has picked up with far more shoppers and diners than we saw at the peak of the recessionary economy a year ago. Reservations are needed at most restaurants on Fridays and BRITTANY HERSH Saturdays, stores are staying open Your Stage Toys store owner later, and night-time entertainment Dee Nitzsche and her children at Barone’s, Redcoats, Main Street (left) Taylor, Claire and NataBrewery and the Farmer Restaurant lie flip through the downtown is attracting larger crowds than Pleasanton coupon book, which ever. benefits the Pleasanton PartnerMuch of this is due to the ag- ships in Education (PPIE) Foungressive and productive efforts of dation. the Pleasanton Downtown Association, the city of Pleasanton and a downtown merchants group skilled in retail marketing. The PDA, under the leadership of its new director Laura Olson, who has extensive business marketing experience, sponsors the Wednesday street fairs and Friday night Concerts in the Park. The merchants’ group, headed in part by marketing guru Melanie Sadek, owner of Murphy’s Paw on Main Street, has championed several successful campaigns over the past year, including a street carnival last summer that raised $20,000 for Pleasanton schools. Now it’s gone a step farther, creating and selling discount coupon books with the goal of raising $100,000 for the school campaign under way by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation. The coupon books, designed and produced by Dee and Rob Nitzsche, owners of Your Stage Toys in collaboration with Allegra Printing, include pages of coupons from 40 merchants who each paid $130 to cover the cost of printing. They’re being sold at a number of downtown stores and restaurants for $10 each and offer discounts up to 50 percent at some establishments. Using just two or three of them more than reimburses the buyer and sends every cent of that $10 purchase price to PPIE. But that’s not all. An advisory group has been meeting regularly to focus on making Pleasanton’s downtown more of an entertainment destination. Working under the auspices of the Santa Cruzbased Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI), a national consulting agency, representatives of the city and civic and business organizations are looking at areas where downtown attractions might help boost the downtown entertainment sector while also driving more business to local shops and eateries. Suggestions so far include more late night eating places, especially those that might serve desserts to after-theater crowds once the new Firehouse Arts Center opens in September, and sidewalk food vendors to cater to the after-10 p.m. crowds. Other ideas range from theme nights that cater to certain age groups, staggered closing hours in different downtown zones, “What’s Happening?” bulletin boards at downtown kiosks, and live music and performers on downtown sidewalks. Another outside agency has been hired by the city through its Economic Development Department, headed by Pamela Ott, who once was executive director of the PDA. She has contracted with Danville communications agency EMC Creative for some initial marketing research. In its first presentation to the city’s Economic Vitality Committee, EMC reported that its initial public survey showed considerable interest in more downtown entertainment and a larger variety of stores and restaurants. Peet’s Coffee and a Gap store were among requests made to EMC, even a movie theater. EMC will make a second — and more detailed — report at an upcoming meeting of the Vitality Committee, which will then consider recommendations on how to proceed. Additions to the downtown that almost everybody liked are the sculptures that have been on display on downtown sidewalks since April. Created by internationally known sculptor J. Seward Johnson, they made their final appearance at last Wednesday’s street party before being moved to another city. More of these kinds of unique exhibits along with the creative thinking of the committees and consultants working to add greater vitality to downtown Pleasanton bode well for a business district that is seeing economic recovery. N

LETTERS New BART station ugly? Dear Editor, Does anyone else think that the new West Dublin/Pleasanton Bart Station is the ugliest piece of design work that anyone could possibly have come up with? It is bad enough that this station which is so close to our other station was absolutely not needed but why must we be subjected to such a horrendous piece of architecture? This thing looks like a power plant in the middle of the freeway. I have been to almost every station in their system and none are this bad. I understand that the entire station had to be built above the tracks between a freeway, but are you telling me that any good college architectural student couldn’t have designed something besides

a big white box. I remember when Scott Haggerty made Bart paint the parking garage at our other Bart station. While it is still not beautiful at least it is not the eyesore that it was prior to painting. Unfortunately if you put makeup on a pig it is still a pig and a coat of paint will do nothing to improve this monstrosity. I just wish that Bart would have used the money for this station on extending the line to Livermore where it would be a welcome addition to the system with hopefully a well-planned station. Mark Schmitz

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OBITUARIES Edith Charline Williams-Brown Edith Charline Williams-Brown died June 28 at Kaiser Medical Center in Walnut Creek, three days short of turning 83. She was born in Greeley, Colo., on July 1, 1927, to Charles Mason and Ina Claire Knapp. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Oakland, where her father opened a small grocery store, Knapp’s Market. She graduated from University High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and Antioch College, and did postgraduate work at Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology.

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In 1947 she married Donald Joseph Williams and they had five children. She was director of the State Preschool Program for the Fremont Unified School District for 15 years and was instrumental in creating the Early Childhood Education Program and the Native American Education Program. She taught adult classes at Ohlone College, and was a longtime member of Tri-Valley Unity church. She also spent a year and a half in American Samoa, where her husband was Superintendent of Elementary Education and she taught at Samoana High School. She spent many summers camping in the California redwoods with her family. She was predeceased by her first husband in 1977. She is survived by her second husband, Don Brown; children Sharon Lee, Cynthia Lynne, Chava, Brian Donn and Lauren Sue; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and her husband’s son Don Jr., and his three children. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:30 p.m. July 10 at a home in Livermore; call 846-5235 for directions. Memorial services will be held at noon July 11 at Tri-Valley Unity Church, 2260 Camino Ramon, San Ramon.

Julia Henriette Breitling Wolters Julia Henriette Breitling Wolters, 66, died June 12 of natural causes at her home in Pleasanton. She was born July 17, 1943, to William Fredrick Breitling and Mathilde Henreitte Seiter Breitling. She graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City in 1961 and married Fredrick Charles Wolters III on Sept. 20, 1972, in the Salt Lake City Latter-day Saints temple. She loved being a homemaker and ran a daycare from home during the years her husband went to college and graduate school. She taught children’s classes each Sunday, and for the past eight years served as a caregiver for seniors working for Visiting Angels. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gertrude Witt, Marilyn Brown and Lorna Malmborg, and brother Harold Breitling. She is survived by her husband Fredrick; children Katherine Thomas (Austin), Jennifer Barker (Tony) and Christine Matsubara (Jesse); and six grandchildren. Services were held June 23 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton. The next day there was a small family graveside service at Memorial Gardens in Livermore.

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and cash were taken from one locker and a money clip and cash were taken from the second. The suspect is described as a heavy-set black male, 30 to 35 years old, clean shaven and 6 foot 2 to 6 foot 5 inches tall. Two residences were also hit. The first, in the 100 block of Arroyo Court, took place between 5 p.m. July 3 and just after midnight July 6. Police reports show the front door of the home was pried open. The second occurred July 4 between 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at a home on the 3400 block of Andrews Drive, when a sliding glass door was smashed. The reports did not indicate what, if anything, was taken from either the homes or the health club.

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n increase in drinking and drugs on campus has led to 33 expulsions and 604 suspensions in the Pleasanton Unified School District which had 14,839 students in the 2009-10 school year. “It’s the higher-order incidents — drinking and drugs — that we seem to be having a problem with,” Foothill High School Principal John Dwyer said at a recent meeting between the school board, principals and vice principals. Dwyer said he’d seen an increase in both on-campus and off-campus incidents in the 2009-10 school year. Ten students were expelled from Foothill this year, and another 107 were suspended. Eight students were expelled from Amador Valley High School, with 110 suspended. Horizon suspended eight students but had no expulsions, while Village expelled five students and suspended 95. “Village has a reputation,” said Greg Giglio, principal of the continuation high school. “Do (some of) our kids do drugs? Absolutely. Do they do them at school? Not so much, because we have a small campus.” Expulsions and suspensions do not only take place at the high school level. Five students were expelled from Harvest Park Middle School in the 2009-10 school year, with 51 students suspended. While none of the other middle schools expelled anyone, there were a total of 198 students suspended: 83 at Hart Middle School; 45 at Pleasanton Middle School; and 19 at Opportunity Middle School, which is one classroom at Village High for students who are not successful in a traditional middle school setting. Current reports did not show the reasons behind the suspensions and expulsions, but data from the 200809 school year shows 18 expulsions and another 373 suspensions for drugs, including alcohol, and violence. That data also shows five expulsions under the category “persistently dangerous.” In all, the district of 14,773 students expelled 23 and suspended 724 in 2008-09. The PUSD discipline plan, posted on the district’s website, contains information parents might not know. For example: ■ Students can be questioned by police without a parent’s consent or knowledge; ■ Schools do not have the right to have someone sit in on the police questioning, but may ask that a staff member be present; ■ Lockers, cars parked in the school’s lot, backpacks and even a student may be searched by a school employee without consent. Still, when it comes to expulsions, Pleasanton Middle School Principal John Whitney said, “We don’t do them with arrogance, we do them with humility.” By comparison, in the 2008-09 school year, LiverPage 12ÊUÊJuly 9, 2010ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

more Valley Joint Unified School District, with a total of 13,089 students, expelled 48 and suspended 2,604. San Ramon Valley Unified School District, with 26,939 students, had 14 expulsions and 971 suspensions in 2008-09; and Fremont, a school with 32,083 students, expelled 52 and suspended 2,294 the same year. The California Department of Education has a list of actions that require expulsion if they take place at a school. Those include possession of a firearm without prior written permission, brandishing a knife at another person, selling a controlled substance, committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault, and possession of an explosive. The rules are more vague when it comes to less serious activities. An expulsion matrix shows that an administrator “shall recommend expulsion” if, while at school, a student causes “serious physical injury” to someone, except in self defense; possesses a “knife, explosive or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil”; possesses or uses a controlled substance “except for the first offense for possession of not more than one ... ounce of marijuana”; robbery or extortion; or assault or battery or threat of either on a school employee. In those cases, the state Department of Education says an expulsion is expected — but not required. In addition, it’s entirely at the school administration’s discretion to expel a student for a host of items, either committed at school or on the way to or from school. Some of the discretionary expulsions are identical to ones on the prior list: injuring another student, possessing “dangerous objects,” possessing drugs or alcohol, robbery or extortion, sexual harassment, bullying, hazing, theft and a list of lesser acts, from possessing tobacco and swearing, to disrupting staff, receiving stolen property, and possession or sale of drug paraphernalia. Both the “shall expel category and the “may expel” category depend on whether prior efforts at discipline were successful and whether “the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others.” There’s also the issue of appeals. A teacher will generally bring an issue to a vice principal, who will decide if it warrants an expulsion. If so, that vice principal will forward it to the principal, who will decide whether to send it to the district’s senior director of Pupil Services, Kevin Johnson, who will review it and pass it on to the school board. However some parents will take their appeals directly to a school board member. “We seem to have an appeals process that seems to be gaining momentum,” Foothill Principal Dwyer said, adding, “We shouldn’t underestimate the impact that discipline has.” There are also parents who threaten lawsuits over their expelled student. “It’s not very common, but it happens,” Johnson said. N

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he Pleasanton school board, principals and vice principals from every school in the district met in June to discuss new ways to deal with the district’s expulsions and suspensions. The meeting was prompted by concerns from some board members about the number of expulsions and the information provided the board. “Historically, the board just kind of gives its OK and doesn’t really look into the decision,” board member Valerie Arkin told the group. “I really look at every case on its own merit.” Arkin acknowledged that the schools have a difficult job: balancing their safety with the best interests of the student in trouble. Generally, the school board votes unanimously on most issues, but expulsions have been the exception to that rule. In recent months, Arkin and Jamie Hintzke have voted in opposition to a few of the expulsion cases that have come before the board. “It’s pretty much the culture in the district in that you don’t question the administrators,” Hintzke said. “I really don’t want to be a rubber stamper.” The three other board members — Pat Kernan, Jim Ott and board president Chris Grant — all said they approved of the policy already in place, which allows administrators to decide when and if an expulsion is warranted. Harvest Park Principal Jim Hansen acknowledged there had been a lot of expulsion recommendations from his school this year — five in all — but said those recommendations only come when every other approach has been tried. Hansen recently was named principal of Amador Valley High School. “Our philosophy is to do everything we can to get the child to learn,” Hansen said. “We make that recommendation not lightly. For me, it’s a positive process for these kids.” That was echoed by other principals and vice principals at the meeting. “I think we exercise restraint. I feel that lately, every decision we’ve made has been questioned,” said Village High Principal Greg Giglio. “I’ve seen kids that re-offend and I say, ‘What more can I do for this kid?’” This year there were 33 expulsions from Pleasanton schools. Expulsions usually come with a rehabilitation plan that would allow the student to continue in the district, with a transfer to another district occurring only if the student doesn’t comply with the details of the plan. While many of the expelled students are sent to Village, some are moved from Foothill High School to Amador Valley High, or in the

opposite direction. “From my perspective, it’s always made sense to move a student from one school to another,” said Ott. “You get them out of their environment, out of their circle of friends.” Part of the problem, Arkin said, may be that the board only sees that expulsion recommendation and doesn’t know what administrators have already done with the student. That’s being addressed now. Due to requests from the board, school administrators are now being asked to provide details about what steps have been taken before asking for an expulsion. “The high schools have the same discipline plans as the middle schools, which we agreed to over the last few years,” said Kevin Johnson, senior director of the district’s Pupil Services. “Though you have coordinated discipline plans, when you’re dealing with students, principals need to make judgments.” Incoming Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said communication seems the key to the issue. “It seems to me that there are some short-term things we are looking at and some long-term concepts,” Ahmadi said. The short-term plan, according to Johnson, is “to increase communication through all parties involved in the expulsion process.” Among the long-term concepts is “restorative justice,” which allows for reparations by a student who acknowledges he or she has done something wrong. “It helps things not happen again and the ‘reoffend rate’ goes down,” Hintzke said. She said restorative justice could remove the stigma that so-called “problem” students acquire “often from the fifth grade on.” Hintzke said vice principals and counselors have expressed interest in restorative justice, but added that the district’s budget crisis could make implementing it problematic. “I definitely think there’s an interest,” Hintzke said. “How it would really happen or how it would look remains to be seen.” One aggravating factor that can lead to problems for students or spread the stigma of a problem student is technology — social networking sites, texting and YouTube — which can help word spread, often inaccurately, according to retiring Hart Middle School Principal Steve Maher. “There’s a shift in access to information,” agreed Lauren Kelly, Harvest Park Middle School vice principal, adding that many parents don’t realize what their child can see over the Internet or through their smart phone. “We’re seeing sexual harassment issues in seventh grade that we didn’t see until the eighth or ninth grade,” Kelly said. “There are naughty pictures going around.” N

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Six and 7-year-olds up to their necks in creek water, forcing themselves to be quiet to keep the scene as naturally serene as possible. Children silently tiptoeing through Arroyo del Valle creek trails, looking for signs and tracks to lead them to natural treasures. Spending time in the great outdoors and seeing more than just a mass of green foliage. This is Ridge Runners nature camp. Naturalist Eric Nicholas runs this five-day summer camp with a philosophy that incorporates the adventures he recalls having in childhood. He wants a fun, engaging camp that teaches the value, beauty and wonder of nature to children. The camp has been around for about 10 years, but Nicholas, who’s been with the city of Pleasanton for three years, has made it into the exciting experience it is today. He has help from counselors, who are 15-1/2, and counselors-in-training, called CITs, who are as young as 12. “It’s my goal to provide youth with the opportunity to constantly increase their awareness of the natural world around them and successfully become more attuned and comfortable with wildlife and to develop lifelong love for the outdoors,” Nicholas says. Campers may encounter snakes, tarantulas and other wildlife, and each camp experience is different. It’s all about learning to appreciate and respect wildlife. The camp focuses on five main places and concepts, each adding one more tool to the young naturalists’ tool belts. By the end of the week, the campers are equipped with a better understanding and new perspective of the natural world. One day everyone meets at Augustin Bernal Wilderness Park near the Pleasanton Ridge to focus on identifying trees and learning to see beyond them. “It is always fun to see the kids’ reactions to the stories that Eric tells while on the hikes,” says Emilie Fiala, who was a counselor last year. “When the kids have a chance to see a rattlesnake on the trail or frogs at the pond, their eyes light up and I know that it is a moment they will never forget.” On the other side of town, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park has a network of trails that meander through shaded areas and beside creeks. Learning how to track and identify signs of wildlife is the focus when camp is here. Nicholas and two or three CITs hide, leaving tracks and signs along the way that a trained eye would be able to identify, leaving the campers to find their way to the hiding place. This activity teaches them to use sensory awareness to see more than they normally would — and it gives the hiding CITs a chance to work on their skills in being silent and alert. A person needs to be attuned to the workings of the natural world to recognize the subtle signs of an animal’s recent presence. Nicholas also integrates local history lessons into the

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camp. The Alviso Adobe Community Park at 3465 Old Foothill Road is an interpretive center run by Nicholas with volunteers. It is at the location of the original Meadowlark Dairy and features the three main historical eras of Pleasanton: the Ohlone Native Americans; the Spanish missionary period when the adobe was first built; and the Meadowlark Dairy era of the 1800s. Campers meet at the park to learn about a variety of things: native plants, their historical medicinal uses, and how to use senses to come in contact with plants; tools of the Ohlone including mortars and pestles and atlatls (spear throwers); and what rural life was like at the dairy. Campers also plant in the park’s gardens to provide food for native bees and butterflies. This year, one day will be spent at the Bernal Creek Restoration and Ponds, giving campers an opportunity to learn about aquatic birds and wildlife, utilizing naturalist skills through field studies. The accumulating information becomes useful the final day of camp at the Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness, where there are various plants that children can identify and signs that the Ohlone once lived there. Naturalists at the Sunol Wilderness work with campers to catch bugs to teach how certain ones in a creek can signify the creek’s health. After lunch comes an activity some campers like best — a hike through the waist-high creek. The hike is slippery at some points and reminiscent of a jungle in others. Mint plants, cattails, flowers and various insects line the hike, and Ridge Runner campers are careful not to tread roughly on plants. The grand finale comes with a wading pool where all the campers, at the count of three, dunk their heads into the water. Last year this inspired a first-year camper named Catherine to exclaim that she wants to go to Ridge Runner’s camp “again and again and again!” Not only is the camp fun, but it also offers children important opportunities in today’s fast-paced, electronically active world. Nicholas understands that children need nature for healthy development and a healthy perspective. Ridge Runner’s camp is a way for kids to get out and really see the natural world that is not always easily available to them. N

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK Fridays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park (at the corner of First and Neal St.) for some great music! Enjoy some rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; blues from Roosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teeth on July 9, then come back on July 16 for country rock from Dave Crimmen. Visit pleasantondowntown.net.

Classes DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT Classes to help you understand and learn to manage your Type 2 Diabetes. Classes are from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 3 the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This 7-week series teaches you to eat the foods you love, how and why to check your blood sugar, the effects of exercise and emotions on blood sugar, medications and more. Registration required call 510383-5185. PAINTING THE GARDEN IN PASTELS Artist Debbie Wardrope will teach a four-week workshop focusing on painting the garden in pastels, with the first class from 7-9 p.m. July 13 at Studio 7 Fine Arts, 400 Main St. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced student, this fun and inspiring class will give you the opportunity to create beautiful paintings. Cost $85. Must sign up in advance. Call 846-4322 or visit www.studio7finearts.com.

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THE FRISKY FROLICS They will be performing at 2 p.m. July 11 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The Frisky Frolics are â&#x20AC;&#x153;hotchaâ&#x20AC;? up-to-date in the latest â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s style: a sheer delight. You are invited to wear vintage clothing to further enhance the magic of the long-lost musical treasures. Free. Call 931-3405.

Events ART UNDER THE OAKS The event is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24 at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Ln., Livermore. Features dozens of local artists who create a wide variety of original artworks. The Valley Woodcarvers will also have carved pieces of the historic Livermore Flagpole for sale. Activities include wine-tasting, live music, and fruit tasting. Call 606-1088 or visit www.livermoreartassociation.org. ART, CRITIQUE & COFFEE Art, Critique & Coffee (ACC) meets from 10 a.m.-noon every Friday at Borders Cafe, 4575 Rosewood Dr. Artists and art lovers are welcome to view latest works as they discuss how to better each piece before it is released to the public. Call 461-5084. FAMILY FRIENDLY MAGIC Bring the kids, parents and grandparents for a fun evening of magic from 7-8:30 p.m. July 11 at Bunjoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comedy Lounge, 6513 Regional St., Dublin. International award-winning magician Timothy James combines formidable skill, humor and an active imagination. Cost $10 for adults and $7 for children 11 and under. Call 264-4413 or visit www.bunjoscomedy.com. FARMERS MARKET TOUR AND ORGANIC COOKING CLASS Tour Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market and utilize local organic produce in practical healthy dishes from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 10. Suzanne Aziz, a certified nutritional educator and holistic chef, will lead the tour and cooking class. Adults ages 18+. Cost $40 resident and $45 non-resident plus $12 for supplies. Call 931-5365 or visit www. pleasantonseniorcenter.org. PLEASANTONIANS 4 PEACE Is sponsoring a Vigil at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Museum On Main, 603 Main St. Reflect on the human and monetary costs of the war, honor veterans who have sacrificed, and visualize ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. Call Cathe at 462-7495 or visit www.pleasantonians4peace.org. THE LIFE AND WORK OF VINCENT VAN GOGH A presentation by artist Marlene Aron at 2 p.m. July 18 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Explore through slides and photographs the intense, personal journey of Vincent Van Gogh, a journey of self-discovery

that led this great artist to experience the depths of despair and the heights of exaltation. Call 931-3405.

Film â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; This riveting story of one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profound crisis of conscience that shook a nation, its courts, its free press and its presidency to the core will be shown at 7 p.m. July 15 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The exclusive Tri-Valley screening is a piercing look at the world of government secrecy in wartime as revealed by the ultimate insider. Call 931-3405 or visit www. firstrunfeatures.com.

Fundraisers A DAY AT THE RACES Foundation for Axis Community Health will sponsor â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Day at the Racesâ&#x20AC;? from noon-6 p.m. July 10 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Tickets for $50 include admission to the fair, a buffet luncheon, a lesson on placing bets, an afternoon of horseracing, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Hatâ&#x20AC;? contest, prize drawings and a no-host bar. Purchase tickets at www.axishealth. org. Call 426-2347. Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GAME FUNDRAISER FOR SHELTER ANIMALS Tri-Valley Animal Rescue will celebrate lovable canines at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dog Days of Summer,â&#x20AC;? starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 23, with a private TVAR BBQ at the Oakland Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game at the coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. Tickets are $50, including all you can eat pre-game dinner and a ticket in section 129. Proceeds benefit TriValley Animal Rescue. To order tickets, visit www.tvar.org. CLOTHING DRIVE FOR FOSTER KIDS Sleep Train is holding its annual Clothing Drive for Foster Kids from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 24 through July 11. Drop off new clothing items at Sleep Train, 6050 Johnson Dr. Ste. C. Donations will be distributed among Sleep Trainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner foster care organizations. Call 800-3782337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com. RELAY FOR LIFE The fundraiser for cancer research will take place from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. July 24 at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave. Relay For Life brings together the community to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back against the disease. Call 683-2659 or visit www.relayforlife.org/pleasantonca. VALLEY PREGNANCY CENTER The center is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. July 14 at Sweet Tomatoes, 4501 Hopyard Ave., with the restaurant donating 15 percent of the sales from everyone who orders a salad and a drink and has a flier. Go to www.valleypregnancycenter.org/ events.html to print the flier. Call 828-4458 or visit www.valleypregnancycenter.org/events.

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Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paw, 410 Main St. Then it is back to Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paw for Peetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffee, just in time for a beautiful Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market. Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com. TEAM IN TRAINING INFORMATION MEETING Walk, run, cycle or hike with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Team In Training (TNT), and begin with a meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 15 at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave. TNT provides coaching, support and inspiration to help raise funds to help fight blood cancer. Call 80078-TRAIN (800-788-7246) or visit www.teamintraining.org/sf. Free

On Stage â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; TriValley Young Performers Academy presents the culmination of its fourweek performing arts camp with presentations of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beast, Jr.â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 9; and at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 10 at Livermore High School, 600 Maple St., Livermore. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 413-8161 or visit www. TriValleyYPA.org. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Bankhead Theater presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatâ&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 23 through Aug. 8, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets $25-$35. Call 373-6800 or visit www.livermoreperformingarts.org.

Seniors GRANDPARENT AND ME Bring your grandchildren ages 2-6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon July 16 to the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., for a morning of summer fun. Storytelling, summer craft and snack. Pack a lunch and plan to stay and eat on the patio or in the park. Cost $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org. PREPARING CHILDREN TO RECEIVE AN INHERITANCE Attorneys from an estate planning law firm will share insights and lead a discussion about things parents should think about as they prepare their children to receive an inheritance. The event is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 13 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $1.75 for resident and $2.25 non-resident. Call 9315365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org. Pleasanton.

Spiritual SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS Congregation Beth Emek invites the Tri-Valley community, regardless of faith, to attend its Friday Sabbath on July 16, which will be held outdoors at Harvest Park on Del Valle Parkway near Hopyard Road. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a short service for young children, followed by a bring-your-own dinner on the lawn at 6, with the service at 7:30 leading to a robust dessert (called an â&#x20AC;&#x153;onegâ&#x20AC;?) at 8:15. Visit www.ShabbatUnderTheStars.com.

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245 Miscellaneous ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM TINNITU (Ear Ringing or Buzzing) We have the solution! Try It Risk FREE!!! Call Now: 1-800-840-6404 www.EarPerfect.com (AAN CAN) Danville Moving Boxes Supplies - $47.50 HOME STAGING DESIGN eBooks - $12.00

500 Help Wanted Bookkeeper immediately needed!! In Search of a bookkeeper. Qualifications: -Excellent computer skills -Internet-capable -Quick learner -Ability to work under pressure and multi task -Proven ability to handle sensitive and confidential information -Ability to work independently as well as part of a team -Strong verbal and written communication skills -Strong organizational skills -Ability to perform several tasks simultaneously -Would work only 3 days;Mondays,Wednesdays & Fridays -Maximum of 2hrs during work days -$1200 per month( i.e $300/wk) Anyone can apply.Interested applicants reply with resume to: quartzcharles@yahoo.com

Local Red Worms & worm casting - $25/lb Scrapbooking & Stamping Spend an enjoyable evening with friends learning new techniques for creating cards or scrapbook pages, and earn FREE Close To My Heart products while you do it! Let me show you how easy it is! Laura Ryan, CTMH Independent Consultant http://cropcircles.myctmh.com

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250 Musical Instruments Beautiful vintage upright piano Gorgeous refinished vintage upright w/storage bench.Great 4 beginners. Recently tuned to pitch.Appraised $850.925-640-3561.

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345 Tutoring/ Lessons Everything-About-College.com College Admissions Specialist. Everything you need to manage the college applications and admissions process. FLUTE, CLARINET and SAX lessons Now is a great time to become the musician you have always wanted to be, have fun learning, and preparing yourself to do much better work academically! Beginners through very advanced students are welcome to learn your choice of music: old favorites, hymns, standards, classics, pops, marches, and Broadway show tunes. Please contact Margaret Settle at 925-837-6371. LOOKING FOR A MATH TUTOR?

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PET OF THE WEEK Cool cat Walter Walter is a cool cat, and it’s not only because he looks like a snowball! He has beautiful long fur that is pure white, a big fluffy tail and gold eyes. Walter is a large cat and he is very friendly. He should be kept as an indoor pet because white cats that receive overexposure to the sun are more CATHERINE HANSEN RUSH susceptible to skin cancers. Walter is a young adult and he is already neutered. Walter has a mellow disposition and he will brighten your day! Visit Walter ( pet # 93839 ) at the East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Drive in Dublin, open 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; telephone 925-803-7040. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJuly 9, 2010ÊU Page 19

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For more info: www.realtor.com MLS#40471023 OPEN HOUSE 7/18 1-4 This 4 BR & 3 BA home has everything you’re looking for. Very bright home, upgraded kitchen & bathroom, custom mahogany front door to enter the hard wood floor foyer. All new stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops. Remodeled master bathroom with tumbled marble, granite counter tops & tile floor. Very private serene back yard, oak trees, wrap around decks, trellis & gazebo with a trickling waterfall. 1 BR/1 BA downstairs. Easy access to Hwy 680, library, top rated schools, shops, park, senior center & downtown. 5791 San Carlos Way, Pleasanton Offered at $889,000

Over-sized 2-car Garage Approx.1,611 sq. ft.

Delightful two-story, featuring 3 Bedrooms & 2.5 Baths

If you are interested in viewing this stunning Verona home, give Gina a call today.

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Your Neighborhood Specialist DRE# 01201349

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3031 BOARDWALK Remodeled Pleasanton Beauty! One of the largest lots (over 9600sq.ft.) in community! Enjoy the sunshine with this gorgeous pool, spacious lawn area, side yard access, room for boat/RV. Beautiful mahogany floors throughout first floor. New upgraded carpet and freshly painted. Granite counters and much, much more! Offered at $799,900

Coming Soon! Pleasanton Hills, 3300 sq. ft. Stunning kitchen with views! Call for details . . .

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4 BEDROOMS 4239 Pleasanton Ave. Sat 1-4 Investment RE 512 Bunker Lane Sun 1-4 Keller Williams 860 Castlewood Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 3766 Smallwood Court Sun 1-4 Tom Fox 7425 Muirwood Court Sun 1-4 Pat Burns 3232 Balmoral Court Sat/Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 4803 Del Valle Parkway Sat/Sun 1-4 Prudential CA

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Calle Del Lago 4 bed 3 bath 2300+ sq ft Close to Tennis Park, Remodeled kitchen $769,000

COMING SOON! 8274 Regency Dr., Pleasanton 4,100+ sq. ft. 5bd., 3.5ba

512 Bunker Lane, Castlewood, Pleasanton

Laguna Oaks Beauty

JUST SOLD 2117 Black Oak Ct. Offered at $2,350,000

Traveling Notary services available. Call for pricing. JUST SOLD - 2556 Arlotta Ct. Offered at $1,355,000

Cindy Gee Realtor, Notary

California Realty

925.963.1984 cindy.gee@prurealty.com

NEW LISTING - A charming home with custom features and exquisite detail featuring 4 BR + bonus, 3 ½ BA, approx. 4,000 sq. ft., over a ½ acre lot. Quietly situated on a private lane in Castlewood Country Club. Offered at $1,599,000 OPEN SUN 1 - 4

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4239 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton

4432 First Street, Pleasanton

One of a kind Downtown Tudor home with approx. 3100 sq. ft. and vintage detailing throughout. 4br., 3.5 ba + office and partial basement! www.4239Pleasanton.com $1,589,000

Incredible 2,650+/- sf. Downtown Victorian, including 500 sf. legal separate unit above garage. Gorgeous original features and fine craftsmanship. Walk to everything! www.4432First.com $1,225,000

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Single Story Elegance at Golden Eagle 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Incredible updates and neutral decor include travertine tile, plantation shutters and granite counter tops. Gorgeous ridge views and Golden Eagle amenities. Open House Sunday from 1 to 4pm.

Jan Pegler

Realtor DRE#10384196

210 Angela, Pleasanton

716 St. John Circle, Pleasanton

Totally remodeled downtown 3br, 2ba single-story home w/ 2 car garage. www.210Angela.com $874,000

Remodeled 3br, 2.5ba, walk to Main Street! Approx. 1900 sq. ft. www.716StJohn.com $789,000

COMING SOON!

539 Bonita Drive, Pleasanton

1053 Division St., Pleasanton

Walk to downtown from this Pleasanton heights onestory. New roof, DP windows, approx. 9000 sf. lot! $689,000

Approx. 2000 sf., Downtown Victorian-style home $618,000

1015 Rose Ave., Pleasanton

PENDING!

10,000 sq. ft. Downtown lot with existing vintage home. Includes building plans for new 2000 sq. ft. home. $589,000

1262 Summer Ct., Pleasanton $718,000 380 Trenton Circle, Pleasanton $619,000

(925) 519-1455

925.963.0569 Cell 925.846.0506 Office

MIKE CAREY, Broker

www.prurealty.com/janpegler

Tim McGuire 925-462-SOLD WWW.TIMMCGUIRE.NET

Beyond Full Service—A Concierge Approach to Real Estate PENDING

ACTIVE

COMING SOON

5029 Hummingbird Road, Pleasanton

4520 Lin Gate Street, Pleasanton

5bd/3ba, 2,478+/-sq.ft, with a pool Offered at $799,000

4bd/3ba, 2,179+/-sq.ft Offered at $809,000

SOLD

PENDING

COMING SOON IN PLEASANTON 5087 Blackbird Way, Pleasanton 4bd/2.5ba, 2200+/- sq.ft Sold for $780,000

Beautifully updated Heathersping model in Pleasanton Valley, 4bd/2.5ba, 2,672+/-sq.ft on a 9,965+/-sq.ft lot, updated kitchen and baths, pool, spa and tennis court. Please call for private showing or details.

BUYERS NEEDS

Family of 4 relocating from the Mid West seeks 4bd Birdland home up to $800,000

654 Palomino Drive, Pleasanton 3bd/2.5ba, 2300+/-sq.ft Offered at $539,000

Family of 4 seeks 4bd Birdland home up to $750,000 with a pool

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A Proven Track Record of Results in Pleasanton Real Estate Go to 680Homes.com for more information on these homes and other properties. JUST LISTED!

OPEN SUN 1-4

Elegant Golden Eagle custom home with 4 BR plus office, 3 ½ BTH, new cherry & granite kit, plantation shutters, and incredible .42 acre flat lot with pool, spa, and BBQ! $1,399,900

1054 Shadow Hills Ct. Stunning Mediterranean with 5 BR plus bonus & office, 4 ½ BTH, and huge flat 1/3 acre lot with sport court & BBQ. $1,495,000

POOL & SIDE ACCESS!

1/2 ACRE LOT!

New property. Stunning Mediterranean with 5 BR + office, 4 ½ BTH, and resort-like ½ acre lot with pool, spa, sport court, and fire pit! $1,499,000

PENDING SALE!

New Property. Charming 6 BR, 3 BTH home in Rose Point with granite & stainless kitchen, hardwood floors, sparkling pool, and side access! $985,000

PENDING SALE!

Stunning single story custom on 1+ acre lot with 6 car garage, hardwood floors, granite kit, finished attic/storage, and private location backing to Pleasanton Ridge open space! $1,699,000

New Property. Charming 4 BR, 3 BTH home with remodeled granite & stainless kitchen, new carpeting & paint, and large lot with pool! $719,000

JUST SOLD!

PENDING SALE!

Fabulous 5 BR, 4 BTH home in premium location with hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen & baths, and fabulous yard with pool & cabana! $1,600,000

JUST SOLD!

New property. Fabulous Vintage Heights home with 5 BR, 3 BTH, hardwood floors, new carpeting, and large flat .35 acre lot with pool & spa! $1,075,000

JUST SOLD!

Newer luxury 5 BR, 4 BTH single story home on prime .31 acre cul-de-sac lot with hardwood floors, granite/cherry/stainless kit, and more! $1,350,000

Incredible Castlewood area home with 4 BR, 3 ½ BTH, hardwood floors, granite & stainless kitchen, and resort like yard with pool, spa, and BBQ! $1,465,000

PRIVACY & VIEWS!

The 680 Group

New Property. Extreme privacy & panoramic views! Sharp 4 BR, 3 BTH home remodeled from top to bottom on .79 acres at end of private road. $1,199,900

PENDING SALE!

Fabulous Moller Ranch home with 4 BR, 2 ½ BTH, hardwood floors, granite & maple kitchen, luxurious master suite, designer carpeting, and private rear yard! $799,950

PENDING SALE!

Stunning newer home in the vineyards with 4 BR plus office, 3 ½ BTH, granite & stainless kitchen, hardwood floors, plantation shutters and a private .29 acre lot! $1,119,000

JUST SOLD!

Custom Kottinger Ranch home with 5 BR plus bonus room & office, granite & stainless kitchen, hardwood floors, and views! $1,615,000

JUST SOLD!

Fabulous West Side luxury home with 6 BR plus bonus room & office, 5 ½ BTH, sparkling pool, hardwood floors, and more! $1,400,000

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Doug Buenz

Real Estate. Seriously. Office 925.251.1111 Direct 925.463.2000 680Homes.com DRE #00843458

In this turbulent market, there is no substitute for experience and professionalism. Call me today to discuss your real estate needs! "When it came to selling our home, we interviewed seven real estate professionals, all with great credentials. We chose to go with Doug because of his track record, market knowledge, professionalism, concise thinking, and utter confidence. Doug's performance far exceeded our already high expectations. His follow through was terrific. Selling a house in a buyer's market is hard, but having the right partnership with a realtor is priceless" — Steve & Vicki S.

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a p r. c o m DIAMOND COLLECTION

PLEASANTON HILLS

CHATEAU COUNTRY ESTATES

PLEASANTON HEIGHTS

OPEN SUN 1-4

PENDING

749 CRYSTAL LANE, PLEASANTON

5071 MONACO DRIVE, PLEASANTON

788 VINEYARD TERRACE, PLEASANTON

4262 TAMUR COURT, PLEASANTON

Don’t miss this beautiful home in the desirable Diamond Collection. Five bedrooms, 5th is office/ guest suite downstairs, three bathrooms, updated kitchen with new granite countertops, custom tumbled marble backsplash & stainless steel appliances. Expansive master suite with retreat & viewing balcony, new carpet throughout, three fireplaces & three car garage. Approximately 3,000 square feet. Private rear yard with in-ground pool/ spa & lawn area. Lot size is 8,230 square feet. Located on quiet street. Walk to great neighborhood park and Main Street Downtown Pleasanton! OFFERED AT $1,169,950

Beautiful upgraded Harrington Model in Pleasanton Hills. Panoramic views of Mount Diablo, the valley and Pleasanton Ridge. Four bedrooms (one downstairs), three bathrooms, upgraded kitchen, crown molding, plantation shutters, upgraded doors and casings, newer dual pane windows and three car garage. Expandable option for fifth bedroom. Approximately 3,000 square feet. Lot size is 8,158 square feet with upgraded landscaping. Located on quiet street. Just steps to great neighborhood parks and Main Street Downtown Pleasanton! OFFERED AT $1,029,000

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 $1,995,000

Walk to downtown from your custom home. Great location at back of court and adjacent to Kottinger Park. Don’t miss the large park-like private rear yard with in-ground pool, expansive decking, mature trees and beautiful landscaping. Approximately .27 acre lot. Views of Mt. Diablo. Everything is on one level, except downstairs bonus or guest suite. Four bedrooms, three baths at 2,524 square feet. Three car garage. Optional sauna. Walk to elementary school(s). OFFERED AT $879,500

VENTANA HILLS

BONDE RANCH

SYCAMORE HEIGHTS

CASTLEWOOD

SOLD! REPRESENTED BUYER & SELLER

SOLD! REPRESENTED BUYER

SOLD! REPRESENTED BUYER

SOLD

998 HOPKINS WAY, PLEASANTON

4914 MIDDLETON PL., PLEASANTON

1092 SYCAMORE CREEK WY, PLEASANTON

480 BUNKER LANE, PLEASANTON

Beautiful, highly upgraded home on premium lot in Ventana Hills. Four bedrooms, formal office (4th), 2 ½ bathrooms, 2,550 square feet. Completely remodeled kitchen and master bath. New hardwood flooring, newer carpet, three car garage. Private rear yard with panoramic views, built-in BBQ island, backs to open space on 9,216 square foot lot. Walk to Main Street downtown & great neighborhood park. SOLD FOR $1,065,000 “AS IS”

Beautiful private home in Bonde Ranch. Four bedrooms, 4th is office/guest suite downstairs, bonus room, 3.5 bathrooms, updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances. Expansive master suite with retreat, three car garage. Approximately 3,609 square feet. Private rear yard with in-ground pool/spa & lawn area, covered patio. Lot size is 11,994. Located on quiet street. Walk to great neighborhood park and Main Street downtown Pleasanton! SOLD FOR $1,295,000

Highly upgraded home on premium 20,180 square foot lot. Expansive views of Pleasanton Ridge. Backs to open space. Built by Greenbriar Homes in 2006. Four bedrooms, plus guest suite and bonus room, 5 bathrooms. Approximately 4,974 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. SOLD FOR $1,525,000

Beautiful upgraded private estate on .73 acre lot, built in 2000. Panoramic views of surrounding hills. Four bedrooms, bonus/game room, 3.5 bathrooms, approximately 3,606 square feet. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Private office with custom cherry built-ins. Beautifully landscaped. Viewing balcony. Expansive very private rear grounds ideal for entertaining. Includes: pebble tec solar heated in-ground pool & elevated spa, covered cabana with built in BBQ, bathroom & heater. Bocce court, play area, oversized three car garage. SOLD FOR $1,465,000

PONDEROSA VINEYARDS

PLEASANTON HILLS

BRIDLE CREEK

THE PRESERVE

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

6259 CORTE FUEGO, PLEASANTON

4848 DOLORES DRIVE, PLEASANTON

806 SYCAMORE CREEK WY, PLEASANTON

6229 DETJEN COURT, PLEASANTON

Beautiful upgraded home in a quiet court location in Ponderosa. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms and upgraded kitchen with granite countertops. Approximately 2,400 square feet. New paint. New carpet throughout. Wood flooring, crown molding, travertine entry and hall and wood burning fireplace. Lot size is 8,822 square feet and includes upgraded landscaping, beautiful rear yard with spacious new custom stamped concrete patio, mature trees and spacious lawn area. Walk to great neighborhood parks. SOLD FOR $950,000

Beautiful upgraded Pleasanton Hills home. Four bedrooms, plus office/nursery/workout room, three bathrooms and upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Approximately 2,710 square feet. Lot size is 10,269 square feet with upgraded landscaping. Located on quiet street with private rear yard. New carpet throughout, new interior paint. Two fireplaces. Three car garage. SOLD FOR $950,000

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. SOLD FOR $1,510,000

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

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4128 STANLEY BLVD $1,799,000 Exquisite, unique property features 3 living structures. Grand main house, guest cottage, historical barn w/rec room & studio, pool & pool house. Must See! www.4128StanleyBlvd.com

MARK KOTCH

MOXLEY TEAM

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7208 ROSECLIFF CT. $1,750,000 Gourmet cook's kitchen & entertainers delight. 5bd/5.5ba, w/ 5,330 sf. plus theater room, office and library. Outdoor kitchen, large patio & pool.

SYLVIA DESIN

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4897 DOLORES DR $1,499,000 You won't find a nicer home this close to downtown Pleasanton. Stunning custom cherry detailing throughout. Gourmet kitchen, pool & spa, formal living room & covered porch, library, views.

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2516 WILDE AVE $1,499,000 Incerdible Mediterranean 5bd+retreat, sunny granite/stainless/tumbled stone kitchen,luxurious master, .50+/-acre resort like lot/pool/spa/sport court/fire pit/huge lawn area & more!

MARK LAFFERTY

2784 LYLEWOOD DR $1,210,000 4bds/3ba,3500+/-sf home. Expanded FR, formal DR,and LR. Upstairs Bonus room. Built in 1996. Master suite with fireplace, near great schools and shopping. Large corner lot.

MOXLEY TEAM

DOUG BUENZ

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1528 FREDERICK MICHAEL WY $1,075,000 Beautiful custom home,over 4000sf located on the south side of Livermore. 4bd/3ba, granite counter tops, tile flooring, crown molding and much more.

MOXLEY TEAM

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ANNI HAGFELDT

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DAN GAMACHE

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1151 DONAHUE DR $869,000 3Bd 2.2Ba 2,162sf. Single Level. Hardwood flooring, open kitchen, large master suite. Formal dining, nook & bar seating. Walk to community pool.

541 GERARD CT $849,000 4BD 2.5BA 2,573sf. Gourmet kitchen with nook, dining room/living room off kitchen. Large family room. Large master suite w/ 3 closets. Baths updated.

574 ESCONDIDO CIR $839,950 Custom 5bd/3.5ba, 3000+/-sf home on 15,000+/-sf lot in desireable Granada Wooods. Pool, sports court, private office in master,sun/bonus room, large laundry room, too much to list!

3310 W. LAS POSITAS BLVD $799,950 Beautiful 4bd/3ba, 2260+/-sf home with over $250k of recent upgrades throughout! Every detail has been thought of with this home. Too much to list! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this opportunity!

SYLVIA DESIN

JOYCE JONES

SALLY MARTIN

JEFFREY RUDOLFF

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5744 SAN CARLOS WAY $799,000 NEW PRICE! Nice 2-story, 3-bedroom home near elementary & middle schools, 680 freeway, and downtown Pleasanton. Many custom details. Updated kitchen and baths. Great floorplan.

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3232 BALMORAL CT $749,950 Updates Galore, 4bd, 3ba, w/pool, hot tub, granite counters, white cabinets, raised ceiling w/sky light in kitchen, hardwood flooring, beautifully updated baths, indoor laundry and MORE!

PLEASANTON | 900 Main Street 925.251.1111

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4224 TAMUR CT $699,000 4 bd/2 bath in great location! Updated kitchen & appliances. Updated baths w/tile. All living space on one floor. Expansive screened-in deck with roof. Near park, schools, churches, and downtown.

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2807 WINTHROP AVE $539,950 Remodeled and located at the end of Cul de sac. This 3 bedroom 2 bath with gourmet kitchen, coffered ceilings, slate tile flooring and much more is perfectly priced. Call today.

LIVERMORE | 2300 First Street 925.583.1111


Pleasanton Weekly 07.09.2010 - Section 1