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he responses to our Streetwise question this week (see. page 4) show that we’re already kicking off the holiday season, even if it does seem a bit early this year. Downtown merchants kicked off the season Nov. 19 with a “Magical Holiday Evening� that featured street musicians, carolers, festive decorations and store-afterstore of special holiday refreshments. They kicked it off again at 7 a.m. the next morning with their first “Earlier than the Bird� shopping extravaganza, offering deep discounts, more refreshments and even special gifts for those shopping that early on a Saturday morning in their pajamas. Then last Friday, the big box retailers and shopping centers opened even earlier for the traditional busiest shopping day of the year — Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This week, Internet shoppers kicked off their shopping season with Cyber Monday. Tomorrow night, starting at 5 p.m. from the Amador Valley High School parking lot, the city of Pleasanton hosts its annual Hometown Holiday Celebration, by far the most festive and — at 2-1/2 hours — the longest parade of the year. An added plus this year is that both of Pleasanton’s award-winning high school marching bands — from Amador and from Foothill High — will add Christmas music with a marching beat as the parade makes its way south across the Arroyo del Valle bridge onto Main Street and south to the Veterans Memorial Building. Three announcer stands will be set up so that almost everyone on Main Street will be able to hear information about the more than 3,000 parade participants who will be passing by. Besides the bands, there will be scores of holiday

inspired entries including Pleasanton’s own Balloon Platoon (shown above), hundreds of Cub Scouts and Brownies dressed in theme as holiday trees, gifts and angels, as well as local car and dog clubs and equestrian groups. Watch for the Pleasanton Weekly convertible where I’ll be riding with our president Gina ChannellAllen. Wearing our funny-looking Santa hats, we’ll be there to promote the 2010 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. Contributions have now reached $26,679, more than a quarter-way toward this year’s goal of $100,000. Of course, no Christmas parade is complete without Santa Claus, who will again wave to the crowds from his perch high atop a fire truck from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department at the end of the parade. Then it’s off to the lighting of the huge Christmas tree in front of the Museum On Main. It’s already decorated and just waiting for a pull on the 1920s-era switch on the review stand by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman. With her will be Council Members Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Cindy McGovern, Matt Sullivan and Jerry Thorne. Also on-stage will be a music director leading singers and the public in a series of holiday songs. By the way, just so no one is disappointed by the parade festivities, Pleasanton police remind motorists that Main Street and some side streets will be closed to traffic and parking from 4 p.m. Saturday to about 8 p.m. Vehicles left on the street could be ticketed and towed away. Although we hope it would never rain on our parade, it has. In the event of rain, a parade cancellation telephone hotline will be implemented and updated each hour after 2:30 p.m. on parade day Saturday. The Cancellation Information phone Line is 931-5352. Gina and I will be waving to you along the parade route. We hope you’ll wave back. N

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Kristen Kuse Attorney We start the holiday season by putting out all of our decorations, which I love. We also do a lot of shopping and baking; everyone looks forward to our family’s Kringle recipe, which is sweet dough filled with brown sugar, walnuts and butter.

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Newsfront DIGEST Be inspired to decorate while helping animals Valley Humane Society will present Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Home Tour, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in downtown Pleasanton. Tickets, which include shopping opportunities, treats and live music, are $35 per person and proceeds support the programs of Valley Humane Society, a nonprofit animal rescue organization. There will also be carolers and drawings. Each of the featured homes on the tour, all decked out for the holidays, is located near downtown Pleasanton. The tour begins at 4444 First St., across from Wayside Park. To purchase tickets, call the Valley Humane Society at 4268656 or visit www.valleyhumanesociety.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Towne Center Books, Murphy’s Paw and the Wine Steward, plus they will be available for purchase the day of the event at 4444 First St.

‘Balloon’ menorah lit for Chanukah at Stoneridge More Jewish celebrations to take place this weekend The Chabad of the Tri-Valley hosted its sixth annual “Chanukah Wonderland” on Wednesday evening in the Stoneridge Shopping Center in a public festival that included holiday games, crafts, live music and Chanukah treats and activities — and a nine-foot menorah made of blue and white balloons. Another menorah will be lit Saturday evening in front of the Bankhead Theater in Livermore by Mayor Marshall Kamena right after he lights the downtown Christmas tree. And Tri-Valley Cultural Jews (TVCJ) are also invited to celebrate Hanukkah on Sunday at the Bothwell Center in Livermore. (Note that Jewish groups spell Chanukah/ Hanukkah differently.) Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, Chabad of the Tri-Valley’s director, said the 1,100-balloon menorah at Stoneridge mall is something new, designed and constructed by Party Fiesta in San Jose and paid for by contributions from the local Jewish community, with families contributing $100 per foot of the menorah.

“The opening Chanukah celebration is run and sponsored by Chabad of the Tri-Valley to encourage the community to ‘spread the light,’ the primary message of Chanukah,” Resnick added. “Chanukah reminds us that a little light can defeat an empire of darkness, human goodness can defy terror and brute force, and life and spiritual vitality can overcome destruction.” The celebration lasts for eight nights, and Resnick hopes the balloons will last that long. “They polished the balloons with a certain spray that’s supposed to keep it from deflating,” he said. “If we see that it’s starting to look shriveled up, we will replace it with a beautiful nine-foot structure we have that goes up in Stoneridge every year.” Resnick explained that the Chabad of the Tri-Valley’s menorah joins a national and worldwide tradition of public Chanukah menorah displays and candle lighting ceremonies inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

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It’s over! McNerney re-elected

Professional basketball comes to town The East Bay Pit Bulls, part of the rebirth of the American Basketball Association is based here in Pleasanton. It’s part of a Northern California division that includes teams from Clayton to Modesto to Sacramento, and includes two Bay Area teams, the Pit Bulls and the East Bay Matrix. The Pit Bulls kicked off the team’s first-ever season in November and has a record of 2 and 1. The team is playing a full roster of games through this coming March, using the Las Positas College gym as its home court. The ABA features a flamboyant type of basketball that flourished in the late 1960s and early 1970s, complete with its trademark red, white and blue ball. The original ABA merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. A vision statement for the team lists four goals: to ignite passion for professional basketball in the Tri-Valley area; to provide affordable sports entertainment to the community; to continue to build value into the ABA brand; and to provide professional basketball opportunities to local athletes. Tickets are $10; parking at Las Positas costs $2.

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Final vote gives congressman a 1.1% edge over Republican challenger Harmer BY JEB BING

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O Christmas trees Pleasanton’s annual Hometown Holiday Celebration tomorrow will feature merry residents dressed in the spirit of the season such as these homegrown Christmas trees (above) from last year. Festivities take place from 5-7:30 p.m. with a parade, tree lighting, Santa Claus, bands and more. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s the ho-ho-holidays, Pleasanton-style.

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is back in Washington, now the official winner of the Nov. 2 election that saw him gain a third term in office with a full 1% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer. All absentee and provisional votes have now been counted in the four counties the 11th Congressional District covers. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported that in the final count McNerney had received 115,361 votes, or 48% of the total number of votes cast, against Harmer’s 112,703 votes, or 46.9%. American Independent Party candidate David Christensen had 12,439 votes, or 5.1%. The four counties that reported their final vote tallies this week as required were Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Santa Clara. Voter turnout for the 11th Congressional District contest ranged from a high of 66.1% in Contra Costa County to a low of 59.9% in San Joaquin. Bowen said her office will certify the outcome by next Monday. See MCNERNEY on Page 6

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ClubSport Pleasanton adds five youth tennis courts Launches ‘Quick-Start’ tennis program for players 10 and under BY JEB BING

36-foot courts and one 60-foot court — to prepare young players for competition. “Having smaller courts for kids just makes sense,” said Marc Moran, USPTA tennis pro and tennis director at ClubSport Pleasanton. “It’s like what’s been done in baseball for years, where kids start with t-ball on a small field,” he explained. “Now tennis kids can have the same sense of accomplishment at an early age by

ClubSport Pleasanton is the first tennis facility in the San Francisco East Bay to create new regulation size courts for kids and launch a “Quick Start” tennis program for players 10 and under. Based on the new USTA tennis rules governing competition for 10-and-under tennis tournaments, ClubSport Pleasanton renovated its indoor tennis center to include five youth-sized courts — four

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playing on a smaller court.” Adult and youth tennis programs are on-going at the club, including leagues, private and group lessons. Additional QuickStart programs for the 10 and under set will launch during winter break this month. In addition to the new youth courts, all the indoor and outdoor courts at the club were resurfaced and all interior court divider nets and tennis nets were replaced. To

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numbers released by the CHP on Sunday. Last year, five people died in DUI-related crashes in the region. The provisional numbers showed that CHP officers statewide made 1,419 DUI arrests between Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, compared to

1,314 arrests for the same period in 2009. CHP officers in the Bay Area arrested 249 drunken drivers over the holiday weekend, compared to 207 arrests in 2009. The CHP continued its heavy saturation patrols through midnight Sunday. N

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the victory more than 2,100 years ago of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people (the Macabees), over the forces of an enemy that had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life, prohibit religious freedom and force the Jewish people to accept a foreign religion. More information is available at www. JewishTriValley.com. Jews are also being invited to celebrate Hanukkah on Sunday at the Bothwell Center with the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews (TVCJ). Spokeswoman Kristie Wang said the celebration will include a secular candlelighting ceremony, as well as games and crafts for kids and adults. “We will make latkes together, so please bring a potato to grate,” she said. “We will eat latkes and play dreidel. We have adopted a family through Jewish family services, so please contact us at Culturaljews@

aol.com to coordinate a donation.” She said participants will make wrapping paper for the gifts to be presented to the adopted family at the party. The Hanukkah Celebration for Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore. According to Wang, the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews is a Secular Humanistic community serving those who identify with the Jewish people through family, culture and history, rather than through religion. It serves the Greater East Bay with holiday celebrations, opportunities to express progressive social values, and education for children, adults and families. TVCJ is affiliated with the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations. —Jeb Bing

public Menorahs throughout the world this Chanukah. The Chabad will also host Chanukah Under the Stars tomorrow night at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., as part of Livermore’s holiday parade and celebration. The menorah will be lit at approximately 7:30 p.m., and festivities will include latkes, holiday treats, music and dancing. Monday morning the Chabad is joining with the Pleasanton Public Library to offer Chanukah Story Hour from 6-7 p.m. “It’s a story hour for children 8 and under,” Resnick said. The interactive hour will include puppets, Chanukah crafts, music and a special menorah lighting. Resnick said that Chanukah, the eight day Festival of Lights, recalls

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improve court visibility and energy efficiency, all lighting in the area was upgraded. Two new tennis ball machines were also added for members, and the retail center will now stock regulation size balls and racquets for youths. Even the lounge got an upgraded with new furniture and a new 50-inch flatscreen television. “We are very fortunate to have indoor courts,” Moran said. “Even though we typically have great

As of press time late Wednesday, there was no word out of Harmer’s office if he was going to accept the results and concede the race to McNerney, or if he might ask for a recount. A recount can be requested, but Harmer would have to pay the bill, which could be expensive in the sprawling 11th District. In the last several weeks, he has marshaled his supporters and solicited funds to pay for a recount if one is needed. But McNerney, who has a Ph.D. in mathematics, said he knew he would win all along. He used his skills early after the polls closed with thousands of provisional and late-filed absentee ballots yet to be counted in each of the four counties. Yet, even with a point spread of less than 1%, he held a press conference Nov. 11 to announce that his analysis showed his lead was

already insurmountable, and he declared himself a winner. But Harmer questioned the math. With most of the uncounted ballots still in Contra Costa County, a Harmer stronghold, he felt he could overtake McNerney. The next week, the week before Thanksgiving, both McNerney and Harmer traveled to Washington, D.C., McNerney to take his seat in the reconvened 111th session of Congress and Harmer to attend a briefing for newly elected congressional candidates. They returned for Thanksgiving here with still no results certified by the California Secretary of State. Harmer’s wife Elayne, quipped that being a mother of four, the uncertainty of the contest has taken her back to her childbirth days. “It’s like you’ve reached your due date,” she said, “and the doctor walks in and says you’ve got to wait another three or four weeks. And then the doc throws in this caveat: ‘And you

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might not keep the baby.’” Such was life on the campaign trail that refused to end long after the polls closed, until now. N

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BUSINESS: Valley Community Bank reports third quarter results Bank continues to produce quality net income, CEO Loupe says Pleasanton-based Valley Community Bank, in announcing results for the third quarter, reported net gains from the sale of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans totaled over $477,000 for the quarter. “While under stressful economic times, the bank continues to produce quality net income even after larger provisions for loan losses,” said Richard P. Loupe, the bank’s chief executive officer. “Our asset quality metrics continue to improve, and the results are acceptable net earnings so far this year.”

“While not off the charts, the bank generated a return on common equity for our shareholders in the third quarter of over 5.17%,” he said. “We are proud of these results, which are a direct reflection of the quality of our loyal customers.” The bank reported net income available to common shareholders (unaudited) of $.0.13 per common share for the third quarter of 2010, compared to $0.22 per common share in the third quarter of 2009. Net interest income before provision for loan losses was $2.35

million for the quarter, a slight 1% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2009, Loupe reported. Compared to the first nine months of 2009, the bank increased its loan loss provision/expense by $625,000, or 63% for the first nine months of 2010. Total Allowance for Loan losses stood at $4.2 million or 2.50% of loans at Sept. 30, compared to $4.0 million, or 2.19% of loans at Sept. 30, 2009. Net interest margin was 4.38% for the quarter, compared to 4.24% for the same quarter of last year. According to the bank’s report,

total assets as of Sept. 30 were $209.5 million, a decrease of 3.6 % compared to Sept. 30, 2009. From September 2009-September 2010, net loans decreased 9.5% at quarter end. Much of this decrease was the result of borrowers repaying or paying down revolving lines of credit. Even though loans decreased year over year, the bank established a significant number of new commercial and personal banking relationships in 2010. Valley Community Bank contin-

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Safeway ready to build new supermarket near Fairgrounds 58,000-square-foot store will be ‘flagship’ operation for Pleasanton-based grocer BY JEB BING

Following the City Council’s approval of a new Lifestyle supermarket near the Fairgrounds and a mandatory 30-day period before permits can be issued, Safeway is putting construction plans in place to start work on its 58,000-squarefoot store early next year. Scott Trobbe, a principal partner at South Bay Construction, who currently owns the 39-acre undeveloped site that Safeway will share, said specific plans are being drafted now. Permits for the start of construction could be pulled in January with Safeway’s plan to open the store by this time next year. The Safeway store with adjoining retail and commercial stores and restaurants will be built on a 12-1/2-acre site at the at the southwest corner of Valley and Bernal avenues adjacent to the I-680 northbound off-ramp. That parcel will be acquired from South Bay Construction, which already has city approval to build up to seven four-story office buildings on the rest of the site. Safeway’s plans, which have been under consideration by city planners for more than two years, were approved unanimously by the Planning Commission and then approved in back-to-back 4-1 votes by the City Council at its meetings Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. Councilman Matt Sullivan voted against the project, contending that the new store could “suck the life” out of existing grocery stores in Pleasanton, possibly leaving employees at those stores without jobs. The only other criticism of Safeway’s plans came from Councilman Cindy McGovern, who said she was disappointed that Safeway had dropped plans to include a gas station as part of its new store development. “I’ve been asked by many just why there won’t be a gas station,” she said. “I know many who drive

to Dublin to buy gas at that Safeway and then do their shopping there.” City Manager Nelson Fialho said his staff, the Planning Commission and Safeway had agreed that a gas station at the new Bernal site just wouldn’t fit. McGovern joined with Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and others on the council to approve the project, saying it would bring new financial and shopping opportunities to Pleasanton. “This new store, here in Pleasanton where Safeway has its corporate headquarters, will be the company’s flagship store that will be continually updated with new ideas and products,” Hosterman said. Emily Wagner, Pleasanton’s director of finance, said an economic and planning study by a Berkeley consulting firm showed that 25 percent of the sales to be generated by the new store will come from shoppers using Pleasanton stores for the first time. Because of its larger size and product offerings, including large organic foods and fresh vegetables sections, the Lifestyle store also will bring back Pleasanton shoppers who now go to supermarkets outside of Pleasanton to shop, including Whole Foods in San Ramon, the survey added. The fiscal impact to Pleasanton will add $123,000 to the city’s general fund in the store’s first year of operation and $285,000 a year after that. The Safeway complex is at the southwest corner of Valley and Bernal avenues adjacent to the I-680 northbound off-ramp. It will include a bank with drive-up tellers and ATMs, a pharmacy, also with drive-up services, and restaurants. Walkways throughout the complex will connect the stores to several sit-down outdoor plazas. Driveways will be positioned along Valley Avenue, and one on Bernal will link with the Koll Cen-

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Impressionist slide show on tap Sunday Library presentation will include 100 works of art Artist Marlene Aron will offer a free slide presentation of more than 100 works of art by artists of the Impressionist Movement at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pleasanton Public Library. The presentation coincides with the birth of Impressionism and post-Impressionism exhibits taking place at the deYoung and Legion of Honor museums in San Francisco. Included in the presentation will be the art of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Cassatt, ToulouseLautrec, Van Gogh and others, a part of the Bay Area celebration of the work of artists who forever changed the way art is viewed, said senior librarian Penny Johnson. Marlene Aron is an artist, educator and published poet. She was educated in the Netherlands at the Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten and in the United States, receiving her master’s of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts. The program is free and open to the public with no registration required. The presentation will take place in the main meeting room of the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. For more information, call Johnson at 931-3405. N

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Opinion Pleasanton GUEST OPINION Weekly PRESIDENT Gina Channell-Allen, Ext. 119 PUBLISHER Jeb Bing, Ext. 118 EDITORIAL Editor Jeb Bing, Ext. 118 Managing Editor Dolores Fox Ciardelli, Ext. 111 Online/Community Editor Jessica Lipsky, Ext. 229 Reporter Glenn Wohltmann, Ext. 121 Contributors Don Colman Deborah Grossman Jerri Pantages Long Kerry Nally Joe Ramirez ART & PRODUCTION Lead Designer Katrina Cannon, Ext. 130 Designers Lili Cao, Ext. 120 Kristin Herman, Ext. 114 ADVERTISING Account Executives Paul Crawford, Ext. 113 Karen Klein, Ext. 122 Barbara Lindsey, Ext. 226 Stacey Patterson, Ext. 232 Real Estate Sales Andrea Heggelund, Ext. 110 Ad Services Cammie Clark, Ext. 116 BUSINESS Business Associate Lisa Oefelein, Ext. 126 Circulation Director Bob Lampkin, Ext. 141 Front Office Coordinator Kathy Martin, Ext. 124 HOW TO REACH THE WEEKLY Phone: (925) 600-0840 Fax: (925) 600-9559 Editorial e-mail: editor@PleasantonWeekly.com calendar@PleasantonWeekly.com Display Sales e-mail: sales@PleasantonWeekly.com Classifieds Sales e-mail: ads@PleasantonWeekly.com Circulation e-mail: circulation@ PleasantonWeekly.com

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Employee entitlements putting Pleasanton in financial jeopardy

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he financial strain of escalating public employee entitlement costs is a growing public concern. Ten entitlement reform initiatives were on the November ballot in the Bay Area alone. Nine passed. The city of Pleasanton faces the same issue, but has done little to date to address it. Generous public employee entitlements that were voted in during the 1999-2002 timeframe (based on Senate Bill 400) were not supBart Hughes posed to cost taxpayers extra, or in the case of Pleasanton, not much extra. However from 2002 to 2010, Pleasanton’s entitlement program has cost $97 million, nearly four times the original estimate. Today, Pleasanton spends $17 million per year on entitlements compared to less than $1 million in 2002. Entitlement costs now represent 21% of the General Fund vs. 1% in 2002 and are crowding out other spending. In addition, the Pleasanton’s retirement funds are significantly underfunded by $138 million (not including police). Unfortunately, things are going to get worse. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) investment returns’ assumptions are being revised down. And employer contribution rates must go up to compensate for the losses in 2008/09. CalPERS /cities are stalling to adjust but even CalPERS admits that contribution requirements will go up starting 2012. Pleasanton picks up both Em-

LETTERS Poetry and Prayer Dear Editor, I recently attended a panel discussion at the Firehouse Arts Center. It was a thought-provoking, inspiring and intriguing discussion about the connection of prayer and poetry. The poetry, song and prayer examples were very moving, and I did take away some inspiration for further exploration. A great night, thank

BY BART HUGHES

ployer and Employee contribution portions and the city’s taxpayers have picked up 100% of cost overruns to date. Except for the small portion that the fire department began contributing to last month, employees have contributed 0% to date. The City Council and city management have had multiple opportunities these past eight years to fix the problem in a way that is fair and equitable to both employees and citizens. This was an issue well before the most recent financial crisis; however the city’s lack of meaningful action has meant that taxpayers continue to pay for the planning mistake. Employee compromises negotiated to date pale in comparison to what other cities have achieved. City employees deserve to be fairly compensated, but not in a way that puts Pleasanton in financial jeopardy. Public employee compensation, when all benefits are included, exceeds what most equivalent private employees receive. For example, every $50,000 final salary increment for a retiring 55-year old employee represents over $1.3M in retirement benefits. As we bid fond farewell to retiring employees, we are essentially sending them off as millionaires. The current program is simply not sustainable. I value the services that city employees provide to our community. However, I am not supportive of a program that will continue to financially starve the city. We need to find a new approach based on sound financial assumptions that is fair to all stakeholders — current and future residents, plus current and future employees. I hope that in January 2011 with the new employee contract, the City Council and city management will find the resolve to come up with a solution that is best for all citizens of Pleasanton. Bart Hughes has been a proud resident of Pleasanton for 12 years. During his 20-plus year career, he has held senior management positions with several leading technology companies where he focused on operational improvement. He has held several board positions with local nonprofit organizations. In addition to his engineering degree, he holds a graduate degree in business.

you to the fascinating panelists from a variety of religious backgrounds, and thank you to our Poet Laureate, Deborah Grossman, for creating and presenting this event. More poetry at the Firehouse, please. Sara Nealy

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Conference shows investors opportunities in Tri-Valley

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ore than 200 early stage company executives, business investors and entrepreneurs joined in the two-day GROWCalifornia conference in Pleasanton last month, a first-time event here that showcased the advantages of relocating or starting up a business in the Tri-Valley. Sponsored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and a host of business and other business organizations, the event brought what Chamber President Scott Raty called a “Wow” response from participants, many who said they had seldom ventured this far east of their enclaves on the Peninsula or other parts of the state. After tours of the area and in discussions at the conference, which was held at the Casa Real Conference Center on Vineyard Avenue, investors and others said they had no idea how much is going on here in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley. The mix of attendees was as important as the number and the mix was truly impressive. They included company CEOs, venture capitalists and “angel” investors from all over. Some of them who are as close as the Peninsula said they’ve been looking for business-friendly, less-crowded areas to expand their businesses and were impressed by the reception they received from local governments and organizations. One Reno-based CEO said that he’s been looking to relocate his firm back to California and this visit sold him on the Tri-Valley. Called “Game Changers & Risk Takers,” the conference brought together high growth start-up and earlystage entrepreneurs. It was aimed at bringing a wide range of companies, professionals and service providers together for discussions on opportunities. These included alternative debt capital and grant sources, policymakers and other government officials, industry experts, leading technology authors, university and federal lab executives and researchers. The event also featured keynote speakers, expert panels, start-up capital pitches, product demonstrations, executive training sessions and “funder” roundtables. According to Jon Gregory, the primary organizer for GROWCalifornia, the Game Changers conference is statewide in scope but specifically included this Pleasanton conference to spotlight the East Bay and the Tri-Valley region and the significant efforts under way here to advance innovation. Gregory said the conference’s goal was to provide a Game Changing experience resulting in a year’s worth of important contacts in less than 48 hours. Working with Tri-Valley businesses and organizations, the Game Changers conference brought experienced entrepreneurial strategists here in our effort to brand Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as a hub of innovation, a two-day meeting that attracted attention statewide. If their enthusiasm for the advantages and opportunities they found here take root, we should be seeing many of them and their start-up companies coming here in the year ahead. N

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Your gift helps seniors, children and others in need Contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be increased by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. For every $1 contributed, $2 will be donated to these local organizations. All contributions will go directly to programs that benefit Pleasanton and Tri-Valley residents. Contributions will be distributed by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to the five agencies listed below. No administrative costs will be deducted from the gifts, which are tax-deductible as permitted by law. This year, due to the tremendous need of all nonprofits, donations will be shared equally among the five recipient agencies. For more information call us at 600-0840 or e-mail editor@pleasantonweekly.com.

The following agencies will be supported by the Holiday Fund: ■

Axis Community Health: Provides medical, mental health, addiction

counseling and health education services to more than 20,000 patients and clients each year, regardless of their ability to pay. An estimated 70 percent have no medical insurance or are underinsured, including some that have recently lost their jobs and health benefits. Call 462-1755 or visit www.axishealth.org. ■ Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center at ValleyCare: The ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, established in 1991, offers free access to easy to understand, up-to-date health and medical information. Open to the public, the library is located in the ValleyCare Medical Plaza, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 270, Pleasanton. The center is named for Ryan Comer, a star baseball player at Amador Valley High School who died of a rare form of pediatric cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma in 1991 at age 17.

Hope Hospice: Hospice care is unique because it works to not only meet the needs of those at the end of life but also supports the emotional and spiritual needs of the family as well. Hope hospice care is provided regardless of the ability to pay and relies on contributions such as those raised by the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

■ Open Heart Kitchen: As the only nonprofit free soup kitchen in the TriValley area, this service provides nutritious meals for low-income people in the area at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton, Holy Cross Lutheran and Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Livermore, and CrossWinds Church in Dublin. Visit www. openheartkitchen.org or call 580-1616. ■ Valley Humane Society: This nonprofit group’s mission is to teach responsible pet ownership. It assists in rescuing and placing abandoned or injured animals and operates an adoption center on Nevada Street in Pleasanton. It does not euthanize unless health problems dictate. Call 426-8656.

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Holiday Fund 2010 Open Heart Kitchen needs help Holiday Fund donations help provide 450 meals a day BY JEB BING

Among the five nonprofits that have been selected as this year’s recipients of the eighth annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) is the one that feeds a wide range of the needy and undernourished, from seniors to school children throughout the Tri-Valley. OHK uses the Holiday Fund contributions, which are expected to total about $20,000 this year, to help pay the cost of serving the 15,000 meals OHK handles each month. Founded in 1995 by an inter-faith effort, Open Heart Kitchen’s mission is to provide nutritious meals free of charge or qualification to the needy people of the area. It offers the only free hot meal service of its kind to “guests” who come from all walks of life. Some are homeless, but unlike many urban “soup kitchens,” Open Heart Kitchen guests are mostly the working poor. Many are low income seniors on a fixed income, single-parent families, and multi-generational families, all struggling to make ends meet. At Open Heart Kitchen they find a free healthy meal in an environment that upholds their dignity. And, it fulfills the most basic need of hunger in a dignified manner through three-meal program. Hot meals are made from scratch by OHK volunteers and served from several locations Monday through Friday to anyone in need. Each meal consists of a protein, starch, vegetable, green salad, fruit salad, bread, milk, coffee, tea or juice and dessert. On average OHK provide 450 hot

meals each serving day. Children who receive free school lunches during the week are left without on the weekends. To supplement school lunches over the weekends, OHK distributes a box lunch consisting of two healthy lunches to low income children and their families on Friday afternoons from four locations in the Livermore and Dublin area. On average 1,700 boxed lunches are prepared and distributed each week. In addition, Open Heart Kitchen prepares and serves dinner for low income senior citizens 62+ years, Monday through Friday at Ridge View Commons a low income senior center in Pleasanton. Usually there are 50 who sign up for these low cost “Senior Friendly” meals, where the suggested donation is $3 for a meal worth twice the price. OHK subsidizes the cost of each meal and provides free meals to any senior unable to make a contribution. In these difficult economic times, the number of those who rely on OHK has increased. According to OHK’s statistics, there are 6,229 people living below the poverty line in Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton. Contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which are matched dollar for dollar by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, help these families to pay for basic needs, like putting food on the table. For more information, visit OHK’s website at ww.openheartkitchen. org or call 580-1616. N

Thank you to our Holiday Fund donors At the launch of the 2010 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, 169 donors have contributed $27,179 to the fund. Nineteen anonymous donors have given $1,865 of that total.

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Individuals Jonathan & Janet Allen ............................ ** Ron & Kathy Anderson ......................... 250 Steve & Cris Annen ............................... 100 Andrew Bailey & Lauren Purcell ............1000 Rick & Dawn Barraza .............................. ** John & Bonnie Batty ............................. 200 Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Mary Jane .............. ** Phoebe Bell .......................................... 250 Chris & Glenda Beratlis ......................... 500 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bielby ........................ ** Jan & Jeb Bing ...................................... 200 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry & Jenny Brewer ............ 100 Bert & Dee Brook ................................. 200 Rod, Christina, Alyssa & Danielle Browning .......................................... 100 Tim & Teri Bush...................................... ** Frank & Muriel Capilla ............................ ** Terry Messick-Cass & Barry Cass ........... 100 Miguel & Julie Castillo............................. **

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The Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund The Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund was created to provide financial support from our readers for a select group of local nonprofit organizations to help alleviate the needs that exist, despite our community’s prosperity. This marks the eighth year of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. It provides an opportunity to aid local groups at a time when the numbers of those without jobs or with low-paying jobs and few if any health benefits have increased. The Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund drive could not exist without the help of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation and its generous donors. This will enable us to double your donation and allow your gift of $1 to total $2 to the nonprofits. An added benefit: Neither the Pleasanton Weekly nor the Tri-Valley Community Foundation will take any fees or expenses for administering the fund. One hundred percent of donations go to Fo the intended grantees. th We appreciate your support of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund and these worthy nonprofits.

Richard & Gloria Fredette ..................................... ** Kathleen Glancy ................................................... 50 John & Fran Glavin ............................................... ** Roy & D’Aun Goble ............................................ 100 Frank & Connie Gouveia ....................................... 25 Mrs. Bernice Hansen ........................................ 1000 Mike & Kris Harnett .............................................. ** Ryan Brown & Julie Harryman ............................... 75 Tim & Sharyn Henshaw ........................................ ** Ed & Holly Heuer.................................................. ** Bill & Fran Hirst ................................................... ** Garrett & Angela Holmes .................................... 100 Charles & Kay Huff ............................................... ** Bill & Cathy James .............................................. 100 Bill & Dodge Jamieson ........................................ 100 Rudy & Marge Johnson ....................................... 100 Don & Jean Kallenberg .......................................... ** Kem & Renee Kantor ............................................ ** Jim & Elaine Keysor ............................................. 300 Jim & Pat Kohnen ............................................... 100 Gary & Mary Lazarotti .......................................... ** Cameron & Jill Lorentz .......................................... ** Walt Lupeika, CPA ............................................. 100 Karen Mannering................................................ 100 Srikant, Christina, Ashley & Thomas Mantha ......... ** Doug & Raeia Marshall ....................................... 100 SSG John H. Marshall, USA, Ret. .......................... 50 Pete & Julie Mason ............................................... ** Mary McClain ...................................................... ** Ken & Barbara McDonald ..................................... ** Steve & Kathy McNichols .................................... 750 Greg & Peg Meagher ............................................. ** The Mellen Family ................................................ 50 Jeff & Kathy Narum ............................................ 100 John O’Neill ......................................................... ** Norman & Joyce Pacheco ...................................... ** The Pentin Family ............................................... 100 Tom & Patty Powers ............................................. ** Alan & Jean Purves................................................ ** Marc & Becky Randall......................................... 250 Rita Rollar.......................................................... 200 Mr. & Mrs. Bill Ruvalcaba ................................... 300 Swati & Manoj Samel ........................................... ** Owen & Rebecca Saupe ........................................ ** Kyle, Jennifer, Sophia, Tyler & Colin Schmiegel ....... ** Tim & Belinda Schultz......................................... 100 Howard & Emilie Seebach ................................... 100 Jerry & Charlotte Severin ..................................... 100 Lonnie Shaw....................................................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Spangler ................................ 100 Mike & Kerry Jo Stephan ..................................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. D. L. Stevens ..................................... 250 Mr. & Mrs. John & Kay Stewart ............................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Carole Sygiel....................... 200 Jim & Debbie Tracy ............................................... ** Tom & Mary Walker ............................................. ** Judy Wang, Megan Yu & Justin Yu........................ 100 Glenn & Janet Wenig............................................. ** Mr. & Mrs. Dan Yeggy ......................................... 100 Jeff & Debi Zentner ............................................... **

Businesses Amador Valley Lions Club ................................... 300 Beratlis Automotive .............................................. ** Dublin Tool & Manufacturing ............................. 100 DeBernardi Development Construction & Remodeling ...................................................... **

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The Perfect Holiday Gift! Dear Santa, Since I have been very good all year and you know I love golf, I would love a gift that... Provides us unlimited access to golf, tennis and dining for 3 months Is a special place to spend time with family & friends Creates memories that will last a lifetime Please put in our stocking a 2011 Trial Membership at Castlewood Country Club. It’s the perfect place to meet, play, relax and return. PS — If you’re not sure, maybe you could check out the Open House on December 4, from 1:00pm-3:00pm, to learn more about the Trial Membership? While you’re there, why don’t you pick out a new golf club to put under the tree?

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Mountain lion believed to blame for recent deer kill Pleasanton police are asking local people to keep their eyes open when walking, after it was determined Nov. 23 that a mountain lion took down a deer in the eastern part of the city.

No one saw the attack, but there have been sightings of mountain lions in the eastern part of Pleasanton, in the area between Mohr Avenue and open space behind the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation center at 3333 Busch Road. So far there have been no attacks on people or pets, but police are reminding residents that they could occur, especially in areas near open space. While they ask for people to exercise caution, any spotting should be called in to the Pleasanton police non-emergency number, 931-5100; call 911 if the situation is dangerous.

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

Nov. 22 Theft â&#x2013;  4:43 p.m. in the 400 block of Angela Street; forgery â&#x2013;  7:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft Burglary â&#x2013;  10:05 p.m. in the 5400 block of Sunol Boulevard; burglary, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession, possession of a non-narcotic with intent to sell, possession of a hypodermic needle, probation violation Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  12:57 a.m. in the 6900 block of Corte Verde; under the influence of a controlled substance â&#x2013;  11:42 p.m. at the intersection of Reflections Drive and Stanley Boulevard; public drunkenness, driving with marijuana

Nov. 23

Vandalism 9:10 a.m. in the 7000 block of Pleasanton Avenue Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Pleasanton Avenue and St. Mary Street; driving with marijuana, possession of an illegal weapon â&#x2013;  5:13 p.m. in the 400 block of Main Street; public drunkenness â&#x2013; 

Nov. 24 Theft â&#x2013;  7:06 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft Burglary â&#x2013;  8:06 a.m. in the 5900 block of Via del Cielo â&#x2013;  9:23 a.m. in the 4900 block of Owens Drive; automotive burglary â&#x2013;  10:22 p.m. in the 600 block of Rowell Lane Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  7:37 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession â&#x2013;  10:48 p.m. in the 5800 block of Valley Avenue; marijuana possession

Rosewood Drive; theft 11:03 a.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting â&#x2013;  1:01 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting â&#x2013;  6:08 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft â&#x2013;  11:25 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road; identity theft Burglary â&#x2013;  8:45 a.m. in the 9500 block of MacDonald Court; burglary, vandalism â&#x2013; 

Nov. 27 Theft â&#x2013;  11 in the 6700 block of Rancho Court; forgery â&#x2013;  11:02 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft â&#x2013;  4:04 p.m. in the 200 block of Mavis Drive; identity theft Battery â&#x2013;  12:16 a.m. in the 500 block of Main Street; battery, vandalism Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  2:54 a.m. in the 7700 block of Bernal Avenue; DUI â&#x2013;  9:09 p.m. at the intersection of Mission Drive and Sunol Boulevard; driving with marijuana, possession of alcohol by a minor

Theft â&#x2013;  12:37 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft â&#x2013;  1:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; identity theft â&#x2013;  2:26 p.m. in the 400 block of Main Street; identity theft, three counts of forgery, filing a false police report, parole â&#x2013;  3:09 p.m. in the 6600 block of Owens Drive; forgery â&#x2013;  4:36 p.m. in the 600 block of Palomino Drive; identity theft Burglary â&#x2013;  3:24 p.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive

Nov. 25

Theft â&#x2013;  7:42 a.m. in the 4500 block of

Theft â&#x2013;  10:27 a.m. in the 5500 block of Springhouse Drive; identity theft â&#x2013;  1:22 p.m. in the first block of California Avenue; auto theft â&#x2013;  5:46 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; theft Drug/alcohol violations â&#x2013;  1:11 a.m. at the intersection of Ray Street and Walnut Drive; public drunkenness

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ultimately stationed in Alameda. After his discharge in 1962 he worked at several small electronic firms prior to his career at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, from which he retired in 2001, after 29 years. Traveling was a passion of his, and he and his wife traveled to all corners of the world. Some of his favorite places were London and Maui, and most recently the home he built in San Felipe, Mexico. He also loved to frequent Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Kitchen in Pleasanton, having coffee every morning with his friends, who looked forward to his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joke of the Day.â&#x20AC;? He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Elmira Trimble; his

aunt and uncle Thelma and David Shall; and his brother Sonny Trimble. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Charlotte; his children, Todd Trimble (Christi) of Brentwood and Laura Farro (Ken) of Livermore; sisters, LaRue Thompson, Bonnie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan (Dennis) of New York and Elaine Gilbert of Texas; three granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a memorial at 3 p.m. today at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4157 First St., Pleasanton, with a reception immediately following at the family home in Pleasanton. Donations may be made to Kaiser Permanente Volunteer Services, the Valley Humane Society, or to a favorite charity.

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Chicago, Chicago: Helena, Joe and Alexsander Twarowski brave the Chicago cold last December to stop for a photograph with their Weekly in front of the famous Chicago Theatre.

Icy Ireland: Amy and Todd Blaschka, 15-year residents of Pleasanton, pose with their Weekly amid snow showers at Ashford Castle in County Mayo last winter on a weekend getaway. Amy is CEO of the Tri-Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ — you’re invited to sing along BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

The joyous message of Handel’s “Messiah” will ring out in Pleasanton next Friday night, voices trained and untrained intermingling as the story is sung. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Although composed by George Frideric Handel in the 1700s for Easter, “Messiah” is now a Christmas favorite. Locally the Valley Concert Chorale has performed it as a Sing-ItYourself for the last five years. “It will be an intimate affair with the director and the audience close by,” said Bill Leach, who has sung with the chorale for 13 years. “There is no audition, no practice. The director will give us a few moments of warm-up, and he runs through the real fast parts of the piece.” “It’s generally superb,” he added. The term “audience” is used loosely because almost everyone in the church will participate. Before the singing begins, chorale director John Emory Bush will organize them, said Leach: “Sopranos over here! All the basses sit over here!” And so on. The four-part harmony also includes alto and tenor. “We’ve done the Messiah for so many years, we literally have it memorized,” Leach said. “That helps the audience who’ve interspersed themselves.” Those who only want to listen, not sing, are also welcome. “We want everybody to mingle so they get the feeling of being surrounded by music,” Leach said. Four professional soloists are hired for the occasion, with accompaniment by concert pianist Daniel Glover. “He puts a whole different twist on the overture,” noted Leach. The performance will include only the first section of the three-part “Messiah,” but the popular Hallelujah Chorus that comes at the end of Part 2 will be brought forward to conclude the presentation. “Everybody wants to sing the Hallelujah,” Leach said. “I swear if we sang it at the beginning everyone would then leave.” Valley Concert Chorale is performing the masterpiece at Trinity Lutheran Church because of its excellent acoustics. The composition was written as a secular work of art, said Leach, because “the Church” refused to acknowledge it as a religious piece. Handel had a hard time getting it performed, he added.

Valley Concert Chorale’s holiday favorite gives a majestic touch to Christmas “He wrote it in London in English even though he was German,” Leach explained. “He had to take it to Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, for the first performance.” It was well received but Handel continued to hone the piece until the mid-1750s. Leach also remarked that the composer made “a bundle” off the “Messiah” although little of it is original. “He had a friend named Charles Jennens who took the words out of the books of the Bible, and as for the music, he plagiarized,” Leach said. He explained music was written at that time for limited audiences, kings and wealthy people who commissioned it, so the public had never heard the compositions by Bach or Italian operas until Handel incorporated them into “Messiah.” Some of the music was his own, written years before. “He assembled it,” said Leach, in 24 days. “It was one of the few pieces he wrote for the masses.” “Messiah” sing-alongs are popular in England and the Netherlands, said Leach. “There they are called ‘Scratch Messiahs.’” The $10 admission fee for the Valley Concert Chorale’s “Messiah” covers the costs of the professional musicians and rental of the facility. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own music although there will be some available. “There are Messiah scores all over the place,” Leach explained, “and I would be surprised if everyone doesn’t bring their own.” Leach said he is expecting about 200 participants in addition to the 45-member Valley Concert Chorale. “I hope they’ll show up wearing bright Christmas regalia so it will be colorful as well as fun to listen to,” Leach said. “Each year the number of singers increases,” said Chorale president Dave Brunswick. “Last year’s event was a big success, drawing well over 100 singers from around the TriValley and beyond.” “Why do we do this?” Leach asked. “To give fellow citizen singers a chance to belt out the chorus — remind them they don’t have to go to Davies Symphony Hall in the city.” “It’s great being able to offer this musical experience to the area,” agreed Brunswick. N

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“Messiah” enthusiasts from the community mingle with members of the Valley Concert Chorale to belt out the Christmas favorite. Last year’s performance drew 100 new singers but this year organizers expect the audience to double in size.

Christmas favorite What: Who: Where: When: Cost: Other: Call:

“Sing-It-Yourself Messiah” Valley Concert Chorale and the community Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10 $10 Please bring music if you have it. 866-4003 for advance tickets

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A lively musical tale for the holidays Cast of 75 to present ‘Princess and the Pea’ Pleasanton’s Civic Arts Stage Company will present the classic tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” in holiday panto style Dec. 10-19 at the Amador Theater. The production will combine the traditional tale of vain Queen Grossioso, henchman Ratatouille and Princess Victoria with the fun of British panto-style theater, which includes frequent audience participation and interaction. In addition to the story, the show will entertain with lighthearted music and Shakespearean plot twists. “The message we bring to our audiences in this show is about being true to yourself and telling the truth,” said director Rebecca J. Ennals. “It’s about being who you really are and finding your right

place in the world.” The play, written by Kate Hawley, is based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in which a princess dresses up as boy, becomes close friends with the prince, and falls in love with him. At the ball, she appears as a girl and all is revealed, culminating in a happy ending. The cast of 75 is joined by professional guest actors Paula Wujek, who has directed and acted in many local productions, and Charles Orlando, who has worked with Pleasanton’s Creatures of Impulse teen improv troupe as well as several other Bay Area community theater groups. “Thirty of our cast members are brand new to Civic Arts Stage Company, which demonstrates our commitment to expanding our

reach and welcoming new actors,” said Ennals. Music was developed for the play and adapted especially for Civic Arts Stage Company. This lively, expressive, musical show can become part of everyone’s festive holiday celebrations, Ennals said. The Amador Theater is located at 1155 Santa Rita Road. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 18 and 19. A special Firehouse Kids series performance will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets for adults are $10, $15, $18; children and seniors $6, $9 and $12. Purchase online at www.firehousearts. org or call 931-4848. Series and group discounts are available. N

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Henchman Ratatouille flatters vain Queen Grossioso in Civic Arts Stage Company’s production of “The Princess and the Pea” at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton from Dec. 10-19.

An old-fashioned Christmas treat The annual Victorian Yuletide Celebration, complete with miniature horse buggy rides around the estate, is being held from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ravenswood Historical Site, 2647 Arroyo Road in Livermore. This year’s focus will be on entertainment, crafts for children to make, and lots of Christmas decorations, jewelry and homemade unique items to purchase at the Gift Shop. Professional photographer Maggie Cruser can take photos with St. Nicholas and Mrs. St. Nicholas or people can bring their own cameras.

The Unitarian Universalist Band and Livermore High School Chamber Choral will perform. Tap Dance programs will be presented by Triple Threat Performing Arts and ballet will be danced by Trinity Arts Dance Academy. The Asbury Bell Ringers will also play. There will be gifts for the children and homemade baked goods plus hot cranberry apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee and ice cream cones. Children’s crafts will be provided by the Cafe Art-Ceramic Studio, Livermore Pleasanton Pediatrics, Thomas Marcel, D.D.S,

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Director Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is the ultimate ADD movie, a tone poem steeped in the language of sound bytes and electronic cues. I would go as far to say that it plays like a representation of a parent’s worst nightmare about their kid’s recreational video game and mp3 exposure, their world shown in blips and Technicolor widgets framed by one quest after another, with no responsibility in sight. This is the sly joke of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels on which this movie is based, with Scott Pilgrim infusing his media-soaked apocalyptic imagination into the humdrum Toronto life he slugs through. It’s “Walter Mitty” for the 21st century; but, unlike Thurber’s quintessential underdog, Scott Pilgrim also has an electronic and sometimes jerky heart at his center, a bratty tin man for the digital age. It’s fitting that Edgar Wright should enjoy this character, given his gift as the enfant terrible of the new pop cinema. Wright, whose collaborations with actor Simon

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Author Visits â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;IMPRESSIONIST MOVEMENTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marlene Aron will present a beautiful and inspiring slide presentation of over one hundred works of art by artists of the Impressionist Movement at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. View the art of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and others, as they celebrate the work of artists who forever changed the way we look at art. This program is free and open to all. Call 931-3405. LESLIE BAKER Pleasanton resident author Leslie Baker will be reading and signing copies of her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healing Feelings; A Healing Story for Children Coping with a Grownupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mental Illness,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at Borders, 4575 Rosewood Dr. THE KENNEDY DETAIL JFKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Service agents will reveal the inside story of an American tragedy. Meet author Gerald Blaine, a former agent, and hear his story at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3405.

Classes FREE FIFE (FLUTE) AND DRUM LESSONS The Young American Patriots Fife and Drum band â&#x20AC;&#x153;YAPsâ&#x20AC;? is a Pleasanton-based parade band dedicated to perpetuating the music and history of the American Revolution of 1776. It will host free drum or fife (flute) lessons from 6:30-8 p.m., every Friday. Call Jason Giaimo at 484-0265 or visit www. youngamericanpatriots.com. PASTEL PAINTING WORKSHOP Join artist Debbie Wardrope in this workshop focusing on painting in pastel from 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 9, at Studio 7 Fine Arts, 400 Main St. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a beginner or a more advanced student, this fun and relaxed class will give you the opportunity to create beautiful paintings in a supportive environment. All levels of expertise are welcome. Cost is $90. Call 846-4322 or visit www.studiosevenarts.com.

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 Jenny Papka, co-director of Native Bird Connections, will speak on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inviting Birds into the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at Alisal Elementary School, 1454 Santa Rita Rd. Potluck at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m. Call 449-4870. PLEASANTON NEWCOMERS CLUB This club is a great way for new and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. Visit www.pleasantonnewcomers.com or call Ruby M. at 462-6404.

SOCRATES CAFE The Socrates Cafe discusses modern philosophical questions using the Socratic Method, on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at Peets Coffee, corner of Valley Ave. and Hopyard Rd. No politics involved. Call 2491865 or visit www.digiassist.com/ SocratesCafePleasanton.html.

Concerts â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A FESTIVAL OF CAROLSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centerpointe choir and the handbell choir will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Festival of Carolsâ&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3140 Cornerstone Ct. The concert will feature traditional Christmas music as well as some unusual arrangements. A reception will follow the concert in the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worship center. This concert is free. Call 846-4436. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;THREE CHEERS FOR BEETHOVENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Livermore-Amador Symphony presents an all-Beethoven program featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Pianoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony No. 5â&#x20AC;? from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $22-$28 for adults, $20-$26 for seniors and $10 for youths. Call 373-6824 or visit www.livamsymph.org. BAY BELLS One of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest running community hand-bell ensembles will perform a special holiday concert entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Bellsâ&#x20AC;? from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. The whole family will be thoroughly entertained by the 100 bells and chimes. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $3 for 5 and under. Call 556-4500 or email john.hartnett@dublin.ca.gov. . CAROLS OF COMFORT AND JOY Enjoy carols by Valley Concert Chorale that give comfort and carols that spread joy from 8-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, and 3-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd. Audience sing-a-long of traditional carols. Food drive for Open Heart Kitchen. Cost $20 if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. High school and college students $10 with valid student ID. Call 866-4003 or visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org. CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND DESSERT Experience the Spirit of the Season through song and word at the Christmas Concert and Dessert from 7-9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway, with Sylvia Lange of Crimson Bridge. Tickets are $10; call 846-6622.

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Exhibits TRY-VALLEY TOYBOX COMES TO MUSEUM Toy aficionados will share their collections at the third â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasures of the Tri-Valleyâ&#x20AC;? exhibit from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, from Nov. 10 through Jan. 30, at Museum on Main, 603 Main St. There will be toy-making crafts and opportunities to meet the collectors. Call 462-2766 or e-mail education@ museumonmain.org.

Film AFGHAN STAR The Pleasanton Library is hosting a series of free documentary films at the new Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Each film will start at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afghan Starâ&#x20AC;? will be shown Dec. 16, a documentary that follows the three-month process of filming a Pop Idol-style TV series from the regional auditions to the final in Kabul. Behind the scenes at all times, the filmmakers gain unprecedented access to the lives of contestants, fans and producers alike. Call 931-3405.

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third Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of every month, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400. LUNCH PROGRAM The lunch program sponsored by Spectrum Community Services is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Lunch is served at noon. Suggested donation: $3.25. Reservations required a day in advance by 1 p.m. Call 931-5385. PEDDLER SHOPPE AT THE SENIOR CENTER The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It’s a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings; and 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday monthly.

“Global Family” by Shrevashe Chakraborty, age 9, from India is part of the exhibit of international children’s art, “Celebrations Around the World,” at the Firehouse Arts Center’s Harrington Gallery from Dec 11-Jan. 12. It is from the permanent collection of Paintbrush Diplomacy, which seeks to promote peace and understanding through art exchanges and exhibits of works by children ages 5-18. The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Swinging holiday music for all to enjoy. Free. Call 931-3405.

will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 11. Tickets are $10-$18 for adults and $6-12 for seniors and children. Purchase online at www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4848.

Miscellaneous Recreation

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ONLINE BOOK SALE Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

On Stage ‘HOLIDAY TREASURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD’ Livermore School of Dance will be performing “Holiday Treasures From Around the World” at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 1st St., Livermore. Tickets $18-$26 for adults with a $3 discount for seniors and students. Enjoy an evening of diversified dance from around the world including holiday, classical and contemporary styles of dance and music. Call 245-9322. ‘PRINCESS AND THE PEA’ Conniving henchman, Ratatouille, and Princess Victoria, dressed as a boy, have their own plans to take the throne from the vain, deceptive Queen Grossioso in “Princess and the Pea.” See it at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10-11 and 17-18; and at 2 p.m., Dec 12, 18-19, at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. A special Firehouse Kids performance

MEET MY AUNT AMPHIBIAN Millions of years ago, Great Aunt Amphibian came out of the sea and formed an important part of life on earth. Explore the wonderful world of amphibians from 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 4 at Alviso Adobe Park, 3465 Foothill Rd. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult through the entire class. Cost: $9 resident; $12 non-resident. Call 931-3483 or email enicholas@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

TECH TUESDAY A new computer class with Las Positas College student volunteers will guide you through various programs, applications and answer computer questions. Class is from 10-11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $5 resident, $6 non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

Spiritual CHRISTIAN SPEAKER Internationally known Christian speaker Dr. Rose Anne Coleman will be speaking at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd. Cost is $25. Call 846-6363 or e-mail Trin@aol.com. HANUKKAH CELEBRATION Celebrate Hanukkah with the Tri-Valley

Cultural Jews from 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. There will be a secular candle-lighting ceremony as well as games and crafts for kids and adults. Bring a potato to grate so you can make latkes and play dreidel. Call 596-0416.

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. CLUTTERLESS SELF HELP GROUP Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending this support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Rm. 7. Call 200-1943 or visit www.clutterless.org. EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP If you have recently been diagnosed with ET or would like to learn more about this common movement disorder in a safe and supportive environment, please join us 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. Call 487-5706 or e-mail galexplor@comcast.net. FIBROMYALGIA ‘PLUS’ SUPPORT GROUP The Fibromyalgia “Plus” Support Group holds informational meetings for those who suffer from FMS as well as similar

conditions and desire knowledge, understanding, support, sharing and caring. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the ValleyCare Health Library, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Ste 270. Sufferers and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Call 443-5707. PLEASANTON MILITARY FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP Formed in 2003 this support group’s mission is to provide support and comfort to the families of Pleasanton residents whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. This group has monthly meetings and other events such as the upcoming Dec. 4 Christmas/Holiday “pack out” of comfort and care items to be sent to deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where these personnel have streamers displayed with their name, rank and branch of service. Contact Chairwoman Pat Frizzell at PleasantonMilitaryFamilies@gmail. com or Chris Miller at millercj3@ gmail.com. TRI VALLEY SUPPORT GROUP FOR FIBROMYALGIA, LUPUS & ALL FORMS OF ARTHRITIS Tri Valley Support Group for Fibromyalgia, Lupus and all forms of Arthritis meets from 6:30-8 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Tri Valley Support, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. They are in need of volunteers to help. Call 875-0960.

Volunteering AMERICAN RED CROSS Tour the donation center of the American Red Cross and learn ways to greet, inform and thank our community’s blood donors or help post flyers and key locations. A volunteer orientation class will be held from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Advance sign-up required. Call 510594-5165 or e-mail blackstonea@usa. redcross.org.

Seniors BRAIN MATTERS Enjoy a morning of fun while learning how to keep your brain active and your memory sharp. The class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of every month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Word games, puzzles, challenging activities, reminiscing and more, geared to help you age-proof your mind. Cost $1.75 for resident and $2.25 for non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www. pleasantonseniorcenter.org. COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIORS Pleasanton Public Library hosts Computer Classes for Seniors including Beginning Internet on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Beginning E-mail on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Open Practice on the

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BULLETIN BOARD 115 Announcements GAIN NATIONAL EXPOSURE Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at 202-289-8484. This is not a job offer. (AAN CAN) PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 (Void in Illinois) (AAN CAN) Children’s Book Reading Event You and your children are invited to attend a book reading & signing for author Leslie Baker, M.A., MFT Borders Book Store December 4th, 2010 1:00 - 4:00 pm 4575 Rosewood Drive Pleasanton, CA 94588 (925) 227-1412 For more information Visit www.HealingOurFeelings.com

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202 Vehicles Wanted

Royal Doulton figurine - $25

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Danville Community Band Concert Overwhelmed by Clutter? Monday

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201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts Cayenne

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230 Freebies Free River Rock - FREE

240 Furnishings/ Household items 3 piece kitchen carving set - $10 Entertainment Cabinet - $25.00

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Sawmills New Norwood LumberMate-Pro handles logs 34” diameter, mills boards 28” wide. Automated quick-cycle-sawing increases efficiency up to 40%! www. NorwoodSawmills.com/300N 1-800661-7746 ext. 300N. (Cal-SCAN) 2011 Entertainment Coupon Books - $30 Lionel Train Set - Complete - $225 Pleasanton Double Burial Plot - $8500 RED WORMS FOR COMPOSTING $25.00

Lioness Club seeks New members

CHA CHA and GRAYSON were 2 outside cats I cared for last year who I loved, brought to Valley Humane & were adopted- Yay!! I’d just like to hear from whoever adopted them: how’re they doing, what kind of housecats they have become? Please email me if you have info about these 2 kitties. Thank you, Alice (alice@radiancemagazine.com)

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435 Integrative Medicine Herbal Medicine, Fact or Fiction

450 Personal Growth YEAR END LETTING GO CEREMONY

460 Pilates Pilates Training

470 Psychics Will you find the one? Find out with a FREE Psychic reading! 1-800894-3798 www.keen.com (AAN CAN)

KID STUFF 330 Child Care Offered Kids Pick Up And Drop Off For School(s). In Pleasanton. Contact Pat at parul4229@hotmail.com Live in AuPair Childcare

345 Tutoring/ Lessons Everything-About-College.com College Admissions Specialist. Everything you need to manage the college applications and admissions process.

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Drivers Company and to haul flatbed freight. 6 months OTR. Valid Class A. Qualified Applicants Contact Recruiting at 800-827-9500. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Company Drivers Solos and Hazmat Teams *GREAT PAY *GREAT MILES *CDL-A Required. We also have dedicated and regional positions available. Call: 866-448-1055 SWIFT. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Company Drivers Solos and Hazmat Teams * GREAT PAY * GREAT MILES * CDL-A Required. We also have dedicated & regional positions available. Call 866-789-8947. Swift. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Regional CDL needed. Gordon Trucking, Inc. Sign on bonus in some areas! Current Openings on our NCA Fleet. Home weekly available! Consistent Miles and Time off! Full Benefits, 401k. We have lots of Freight! www.TeamGTI.com 1-888-832-6484 EOE. (Cal-SCAN) Medical Assistant Learn on the job. Good pay, benefits, 30 days vacation/yr, $ for school. No experience OK. HS grads ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri 1-800-345-6289. (Cal-SCAN)

Paid In Advance! Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! www.homemailerprogram. net (AAN CAN) Sales. Able to Travel Hiring 8 people. No experience necessary. Transportation and lodging furnished. Paid training. Work and travel entire USA. Start today. www. ProtekChemical.com 1-208-590-0365. (Cal-SCAN) Sales: 18-24 Openings Travel, Work, Party, Play! Now hiring 18-24 guys/gals for exciting travel job. 2 wk pd. training. Hotel/Transportation provided. Return guaranteed. Call today/ start today. 877-259-6983. (Cal-SCAN)

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Who Adopted Cha Cha & Grayson?

425 Health Services

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135 Group Activities 155 Pets

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133 Music Lessons

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PET OF THE WEEK Let baseball live on Are you a baseball fan that is sad the season has ended? If so, we have three adoptable puppies named after famous baseball teams, so that the sport can live on in your home. Blue Jay, Ranger and Rockie are three terrier mixes about 10 weeks of age. Each puppy has its own unique personality and would love to MICHAEL MALONEY meet you. We also have two adult dogs — Jack and Count Dracula — up for adoption. To learn more about these five special dogs, call 426-8656 or visit the website www.valleyhumane.org. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Real Estate

OPEN HOME GUIDE AND REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND

SALES AT A GLANCE

Fremont

7649 Paseo Santa Cruz Sat/Sun 1-4 Prudential

$959,888 734-5223

3 BEDROOMS 43523 Southerland Way Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 42036 Meredith Drive Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

5 BEDROOMS 5063 Monaco Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$899,000 699-9508

$1,248,000 251-2544 $759,000 699-9508

Livermore 3 BEDROOMS 1089 Auburn Street Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 736 Sunset Drive Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$399,900 251-2589 $399,900 847-2200

4 BEDROOMS 5648 Stockton Loop Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$869,950 583-1111

5 BEDROOMS 2514 Merlot Lane Sat 12-3 Coldwell Banker

$899,000 847-2200

Pleasanton 4 BEDROOMS 3088 Crestablanca Drive Sun 1-4 Moxley Team 3524 Milleford Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 11 Lower Golf Road Sat/Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors 2987 Liberty Drive Sun 1-4 Keller Williams

$1,030,000 600-0990 $1,295,000 487-5157 $1,385,000 251-2544 $625,000 858-1984

6 BEDROOMS 1226 Shady Pond Lane Sun 1-4 Moxley Team

$1,675,000 600-0990

San Ramon 5 BEDROOMS 3927 Jamie Place Sat/Sun 1-4 Prudential

Dublin

Pleasanton

Total sales reported: 14 Lowest sale reported: $293,000 Highest sale reported: $1,060,000 Average sales reported: $494,143

Total sales reported: 9 Lowest sale reported: $514,500 Highest sale reported: $1,720,000 Average sales reported: $1,012,833

Livermore

San Ramon

Total sales reported: 21 Lowest sale reported: $99,000 Highest sale reported: $1,030,000 Average sales reported: $426,071

Total sales reported: 11 Lowest sale reported: $174,000 Highest sale reported: $943,000 Average sales reported: $613,364

Source: California REsource $999,888 734-5223

To place an ad or open home please contact Andrea Heggelund (925) 600-0840 x110 or e-mail aheggelund@ pleasantonweekly.com

18 Foothill Place, Pleasanton

3039 Briggs Court, Pleasanton

Stunning 1-story backs to Laguna Creek. Open space. Views!!! $2,388,000

Laguna Oaks Beauty! Private, quiet ct. Great open floor plan, outdoor kitchen. Views!!! $1,399,000

“Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season!”

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Offered at $1,399,000

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Offered at $889,000

925.963.1984 cindy.gee@bhghome.com DRE# 1307919

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As a team, Phyllis and Peter bring more than 30 years combined experience, and a proven track record in the local real estate market. Although they specialize in the higher end executive and luxury home market, they are happy to serve their clients in all price ranges and help them achieve their real estate goals.

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SQ.FT., 0.49+/- ACRES 3 BD 2 BA t 1,878+/- SQ.FT., 4,550+/- SQ.FT. LOT THIS STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL TOTALLY CUSTOM HOME IS LOCATED IN BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED CARRIAGE GARDENS HOME. FULL BED & INCREDIBLE CHARM AND CRAFTMANSHIP, JUST TWO BLOCKS FROM THE DESIRABLE WEST SIDE OF PLEASANTON. THE FINEST MATERIALS & BATH DOWNSTAIRS. UPDATED KITCHEN, MEDIA ROOM, HUGE BONUS DOWNTOWN. INCLUDES GARAGE APARTMENT (SQ.FT. NOT INCLUDED) WORKMANSHIP THRUOUT, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE HILLS AND VISTAS, ROOM IMPROVED LOT W/ GORGEOUS POOL AND FULL SPORTS COURT. VICTORIAN STYLE CHARM. BACKS TO OPEN SPACE. EXCELLENT, WELL PLANNED FLOORPLAN. PERFECT FOR HANGING OUT OR ENTERTAINING!

5 BD 4(2) BA t 5,200+/- SQ.FT., 0.62+/- ACRES 5 BD 3 BA t 3,475+/-

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6768 ARLINGTON DR, PLEASANTON 7914 PARAGON CIR, PLEASANTON SOLD ABOVE LIST! $1,030,000

PENDING! $1,498,000

647 BONITA AVE, PLEASANTON

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3422 TORLANO PL, RUBY HILL 1225 LOZANO CT, RUBY HILL 11 LOWER GOLF RD, PLEASANTON 5063 MONACO DR, PLEASANTON 3524 MILLEFORD, PLEASANTON Formal French $1,749,950 OPEN SAT & SUN 1-4 $899,000 OPEN SUN 1-4 $1,295,000 Classic Italian Villa C ALL FOR P RICE . OPEN SAT & SUN 1-4 $1,385,000

5 Bd 3.5 Ba t4,500+/- sq.ft., 0.56+/- Acres

6 Bd 7(2) Ba t8,877+/- sq.ft., 0.65+/- Acres

4 Bd 3 Ba t2,400+/- sq.ft., 0.33+/- Acres

5 Bd 3.5 Ba t3,079+/- sq.ft., 0.18+/- Acres

Uwe Maercz 925.360.8758

Uwe Maercz 925.360.8758

Steve & Lorraine Mattos 925.251.2544

Diane Sass 925.583.2168

Formidable, elegant Formal French custom home Stunning Ruby Hill Estate. Nestled in an unrivaled On the 8th fairway of the Castlwood Country Club. Semi-custom Pleasanton Hills home w/Mt Diablo w/ private location, backing up to open space. setting among olive trees and lush landscaping w/ Single story w/ seperate family room, formal View!5 bedrooms plus theatre room w/fireplace Custom built by Jerry Soba Construction. dinning. Beautiful plank hardwood floors. plus den! Theatre, remodeled kit w/pine cabinets. mile long views of vineyards.

4 Bd 3 Ba t3,182+/- sq.ft., 0.34+/- Acres

Laguna Oaks single story! New paint outside, beautiful floorplan, ktchn re-done, high ceilings, new frnt lndscpng, perfect for entertaining!

M. Lucin & J. Bundy

925.487.5157

6645 AMBER LN, PLEASANTON 1819 MADDALENA CT, RUBY HILL 2818 GARDEN CREEK, PLEASANTON 850 CONCORD ST, PLEASANTON CAMINO SEGURA, PLEASANTON Carriage Gardens $1,398,000 Exquisite, Prime Lot $1,400,000 REO/ Bank Owned $635,800 Vintage Hills $750,000 New Price! $699,000

5 Bd 3 Ba t3,475+/- sq.ft., 0.50+/- Acres

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4 Bd 2.5 Ba t2,292+/- sq.ft., 0.09+/- Acres

Beautifully upgraded custom home features 5 spacious bd, improved ½ acre lot. Pool, spa, waterfall, slide, sport court and more.

Located on the West side featuring an over-sized flat building pad w/ Mt. Diablo, vineyard, & golf course views. Cul-de-sac, private neighbors.

Stoneridge Place - Brand NEW appliances in kitchen. Open floor plan w/ formal living, dining & family rooms. Plenty of natural sunlight.

Weiner & McDowell Group 925.251.2585

Uwe Maercz 925.360.8758

Joe Frazzano 925.735.7653

CEDAR MOUNTAIN, LIVERMORE 636 SYCAMORE CT, LIVERMORE 000 HANSEN RD, LIVERMORE Tuscan Estate C ALL FOR P RICE . Amber Ridge $650,000 Wine Country $790,000

4 Bd 5.5 Ba t8,950+/- sq.ft., 16.86+/- Acres Walls of glass, salt water aquarium, wine tasting room. Incredible setting. apartment perfect for in-law or au-pair. 9 car garage. Views and more!

4 Bd 2.5 Ba t2,553+/- sq.ft., 0.21+/- Acres

Lot Acres Apx: 3.23

Wine country unique opportunity for retail. Popular Sagewood Flr Plan. Extremely well kept Commercial site designated as “Wine Country home, hrdwood flrs, granite counters, beautiful landscaping, huge sideyard access & much more! Retail” in the South Livermore Valley Specific Plan.

4 Bd 2.5 Ba t2,052+/- sq.ft., 0.23+/- Acres

3 Bd 3 Ba t2,801+/- sq.ft., 0.16+/- Acres

The Bowers Team 925.785.3795

Albert Bernardo 925.997.0123

553 HELIGAN LN, LIVERMORE New Price! $399,950

9877 FOOTHILL RD, SUNOL 16+/- Acres $1,890,000

CUSTOM home. Pool w/ newly resurfaced pool. Originally designed as 5-bedroom home. Formal Granite kit, dual pane windows.Detached garage dining can be converted to office or extra bedroom. Full bath on first floor. Great opportunity. w/ lots of parking, beautiful grounds.

2 Bd 2 Ba t1,718+/- sq.ft.

Upgraded cabinets, granite countertops. Huge master with walk in closet. Living room with gas fireplace. Great location! Attached 2 car garage.

4 Bd 3 Ba t3,027+/- sq.ft., 16+/- Acres

Exceptional Pleasanton Ridge Access. Newly Built”2009” Custom Home. Pleasanton Ridge Water. Panoramic Views. Single Story Dream Home.

Peggy Cortez 925.648.5454

Corey Green 925.899.6011

Tom Bramell 925.583.2180

Bill and Vickie Keller 925.200.6764

Kristy and Company 925.251.2536

4966 CERRETO ST, DUBLIN Location/ Views! $899,900

5146 S FORESTDALE CIR, DUBLIN No Rear Neighbors $789,900

CALIFORNIA WAY, LIVERMORE Jensen $319,900

303 MIRAMONTE LN, LIVERMORE Amber Ridge $648,000

1089 AUBURN ST, LIVERMORE Open Sun 1-4 $399,900

4 Bd 3 Ba t2,861+/- sq.ft., 0.19+/- Acres

Newer home w/ no side neighbor & open space Upgrades throughout, 5th room currently used as Gleaming hardwood floors throughout (except behind home. Designer selected finishes, plus loft office, plus it has an open loft/bonus room, over kitchen and laundryroom). Livingroom w/ cozy $120k in upgrades, mountain views. & hardwood floors. Full Bd & Ba on first floor. fireplace; Eat-in kitchen w/ views of the backyard.

5 Bd 4 Ba t3,707+/- sq.ft., 0.13+/- Acres

5 Bd 3 Ba t2,661+/- sq.ft., 0.10+/- Acres

3 Bd 2 Ba t1,389+/- sq.ft., 0.17+/- Acres

Beautiful Home, flowing floor plan includes; vaulted ceilings, w/ huge master. Beautiful backyard perfect for entertaining. Walk to park.

South side rancher w/step down formal living rm w/ fireplace, formal dining rm, solid bamboo floors thru-out, kitchen w/ granite tiled counters.

3 Bd 2 Ba t1,516+/- sq.ft., 0.14+/- Acres

Joe Frazzano 925.735.7653

Lisa Doyle 925.855.4000

Tom Chance 925.487.6360

Corey Green 925.899.6011

Michael Swift 925.251.2589

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Danville

Lafayette

Montclair/ Piedmont

Orinda

Walnut Creek

4105 Blackhawk Plaza Cir. Danville, CA 94506 925.648.5300

3880 Blackhawk Rd. Danville, CA 94506 925.736.6000

15 Railroad Ave. Danville, CA 94526 925.855.4000

3799 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA 94549 925.385.2330

6116 La Salle Ave., Ste. 200 Oakland, CA 94611 510.339.4800

89 Davis Rd., Ste. 100 Orinda, CA 94563 925.253.7000

1700 N. Main St. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 925.280.8500

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4 BD 3 BA 2,788sf. on a 10,462sf. lot. Bedroom and full bathroom downstairs. 3 car garage, hardwood flooring, custom built.

$1,675,000

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925.600.0990 MOXLEYTEAM.COM

3 BD 2 BA 1,734sf. on a 6,500sf. lot. HUGE family room addition, granite kitchen, updated baths. Side yard access.

$690,000

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$619,000

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KOTTINGER RANCH

LOS OLIVOS

PLEASANTON SEMICUSTOM

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SOLD

1327 HEARST DRIVE, PLEASANTON

1588 FOOTHILL ROAD, PLEASANTON

4150 CREEKWOOD COURT, PLEASANTON

2951 PICHOLINE COURT, LIVERMORE

Great location! Beautiful semi-custom home on .40 acre lot. Expansive deck with panoramic views! Private rear grounds. Five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 4,026 square feet. Upgraded gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, newer paint & carpeting, extensive hardwood floors. Expansive master suite. Community pool, park, tennis courts and open space. Walk to Main Street and award winning schools! OFFERED AT $1,195,000

New custom single level home on private country lane off of Foothill Road. This private half acre lot is located adjacent to Golden Eagle with ridge views. Four bedrooms, bonus room/guest quarters, home theater room, private office, lockable 400 bottle wine cellar, 4.5 bathrooms, 4762 sq. ft. Gourmet kitchen with granite slab countertops, top of the line appliances. Oversized three car garage (4th car option). In-ground pool, detached permitted room (office/workout room) seller to credit buyer for brand new landscaping. Near Castlewood Country Club. OFFERED AT $1,695,000

Don’t miss this private, Pleasanton home on premium ½ acre lot. Large multimedia/game room, upgraded kitchen and bathrooms with granite. Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, hardwood floors, two fireplaces, three car garage, 4,002 square feet. Large secluded park-like rear yard includes expansive Trex deck, in-ground pool, Hot Springs grande covered spa, waterfall/pond, playhouse, zip line, large lawn area, mature redwood trees and large cemented side yard area. Walk to great schools & neighborhood parks. OFFERED AT $1,195,000

Beautiful, highly upgraded Los Olivos home on professionally landscaped private .25 acre lot. Don’t miss it! Five bedroom (bonus room 5th), 3.5 bathrooms, plus detached studio/guest quarters (1 bed/1 bath). Approximately 3889 sq. ft. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, granite slab countertops and stainless steel appliances. Highly upgraded spacious master suite with granite. Beautiful grounds include large private patio, spacious lawn area, garden/play set area, and atrium/side patio. Views of surrounding hills. Minutes to quality golf courses and Livermore Valley wineries. SOLD FOR $950,000

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PLEASANTON HEIGHTS

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

2845 VINE COURT, LIVERMORE Beautiful highly upgraded home in excellent condition. Panoramic views of vineyards and surrounding hills. Five bedrooms (4th is private office, 5th in guest house/casita), four bathrooms (4th in casita). Approximate total square footage 3,553. Upgraded kitchen with granite countertop & backsplash, two fireplaces, plantation shutters throughout, three car garage. Private gate & rear grounds include separate guest house/casita, expansive exposed aggregate patio, lawn area, fruit trees and vineyards. No backyard neighbors. Close to wineries & golf courses. SOLD FOR $809,000

SOLD

4262 TAMUR COURT, PLEASANTON

2468 VIA DE LOS MILAGROS, PLEASANTON

2649 CALLE ALEGRE, PLEASANTON

Desirable “Original Country Fair”. Excellent location. Convenient to everything. Walk to all levels of schools & parks. Customized highly upgraded home with five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, bonus/game room, 3,787 square feet. Three car garage, remodeled kitchen with granite and custom backsplash, custom cabinets & built-ins, plantation shutters throughout, newer high quality roof, two wood burning fireplaces. Very private beautiful grounds include in-ground black bottom solar heated pool & spa, exposed aggregate patio with flagstone, beautiful landscaping on .27 acre lot. SOLD FOR $1,318,500

Original Ponderosa’s Country Fair. Location, location, location. Convenient to everything. Great schools. Don’t miss this Pleasanton home in sought after Original Country Fair. Four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,651 square feet. Two wood burning fireplaces. Beautiful private rear grounds include in-ground pebble tech pool, built-in outdoor kitchen/BBQ, expansive stone patio, sauna, basketball/sports court and waterfall on .26 acre lot. SOLD FOR $970,000

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). SOLD FOR $869,000

PLEASANTON 90 0 Main Street

The latest from The 680 Blog Should You Sell Your Home During the Holidays? Mistletoe. Lights. Warm fires. The holidays are a special time of year, and most people have a "Rockwellian" soft spot for these festivities (at least until they get the credit card bills for all of the shopping). The natural assumption is that having your home on the market from late November through December is a waste of time... that there are no serious buyers out, no one buys homes during the holidays, etc. Let's be honest; there are normally fewer buyers in December than there are in April. And showing your home this time of year can range from a minor annoyance to a major hassle. And there is indeed a strong argument to be made that it does not make sense to pile up days on market if you do not have a good chance of selling your home. These are valid arguments. But as is often the case, there is the opposite view that the holidays might be the best time to sell your home. Here are the reasons: Most houses just look better during the holidays. As we have discussed numerous times, buying a home is an emotional process first. And a nice house that is beautifully decorated for the holidays can create a very

warm, inviting environment. A crackling fire, ginger bread cookies, and lights can be the icing on the cake for some buyers in terms of creating that strong emotional appeal. There is less competition. Many sellers take their homes off the market during the holidays, so there is typically less competition from other properties during this time of year. That is a good thing. It is easier for your home to stand out if there are fewer choices. Buyers can be more serious. Yes, there are typically fewer buyers in the market during the holidays. But some of them are very motivated. I mean, who would miss a chance to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" for the 47th time just to go casually look at homes. Holiday buyers are likely to include folks relocating to the area, or buyers with some urgency or impending event pressuring them to look

>>Go to www.680homes.com to read the rest of this article.

Doug Buenz Office 925.251.1111 Direct 925.463.2000 680Homes.com CA DRE# 00843458

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Go to 680Homes.com for more information on these homes and other properties. GOLDEN EAGLE!

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!

PRIVACY & VIEWS!

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

JUST SOLD!

Fabulous 5 BR, 3 BTH home on premium 1/2 Acre lot with hardwood floors, granite counters, new appliances, and more! Backs to open space with loads of privacy.

$934,000

$1,199,900

$1,500,000 JUST LISTED!

Fabulous single story 4 BR, 3 BTH home on an incredible private .90 acre wooded flat lot with gate. Gourmet kit with island, huge master suite & more!

COMING SOON!

Luxurious single story on a large flat 1.1 Acre lot with 4 BR + office, 3 ½ BTH, hardwood floors, gourmet granite kitchen, & more!

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Upgraded 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with granite/cherry/ stainless kitchen, plantation shutters, and incredible "Sunset Magazine" rear yard with spa.

$800,000

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LIVERMORE $2,495,000 Exquisite and original craftsmanship remains in this incredible Vintage Estate. Situated on almost 2.25 acres with huge development potential! 4260 FIRST ST

PLEASANTON $1,675,000 6 bd, 6 ba, 5,096sf. on a 15,712sf. lot. 3 car garage. Award winning landscaped backyard. Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops. 1226 SHADY POND LANE

PLEASANTON $1,500,000 Gorgeous Castlewood area luxury home, next to creek! PRIVATE mature cul-de-sac lot, custom solar pool&spa. 4bd, office, 3.5ba. 7909 DORAL CT

PLEASANTON $1,389,000 Fabulous 1 story on flat .9 acre lot,privacy galore! 4 bd, 3.5 ba, large gourmet kitchen. Incredible setting w/ gated entrance. 2744 FOOTHILL RD

PLEASANTON $1,089,000 Stunning one story custom rebuild in Castlewood Country Club! 4 bd, 3.5 ba, and office on a half acre with a pool. A true masterpiece! 10 CASTLEWOOD DR

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PLEASANTON $1,030,000 3 car garage w/pass thru to covered parking in rear. Highly upgraded, gourmet kitchen, updated master bath, marble counters, and more! 3088 CRESTABLANCA DR

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PLEASANTON $980,000 One of a kind custom home; 2 master br downstairs! 4 br + lg bonus rm. Huge gourmet kit w/adjoining family rm. Formal dining/living rm. 326 DIAMOND CT

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LIVERMORE $869,950 Immaculate 4bd/4ba home, 3709+/-sf, gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, ss wolf appliances, upgraded cabinets & built-ins. 5648 STOCKTON LOOP

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PLEASANTON $699,000 4 bd, 2.5 ba 1,770sf. 5,796sf. lot. Huge rear yard. Updated kitchen with granite, tile, center island. Formal dining and living room with vaulted ceilings. 5190 GENOVESIO DR

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PLEASANTON $559,000 3 bd, 2.5 ba, 2 car garage. Built in 1999. Loads of upgrades, designer flooring, freshly painted, new carpet and appliances. Shows like a model. 3541 ROCCA CT

A View From The Top The higher you perch, the farther you can see. When you have exceptional vision to start with, it’s no wonder that you can spot opportunities before others do. And capitalize on them. Alain Pinel Realtors began 20 years ago with vision of changing the way real estate business is conducted. Today, our financial strength, focus and experience enable us to lead the Bay Area real estate industry in home sales. And to plan on being here for a long time to come. Visit us at apr.com and see what we see.

Don Faught Vice President Managing Broker Pleasanton and Livermore dfaught@apr.com

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Narendra Malani, M.D. Medical Director, Respiratory Services

Here, you’ll find the best of the best. San Ramon Regional is one of a few medical

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centers that can say our primary Hospitalists

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are Intensivists who are triple board certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Internal Medicine. They are dedicated to your inpatient care – from the ER or the OR, throughout your stay, to recovery and release. While you are in our hospital, hospitalists are the eyes and ears of your doctor, ready to respond quickly to any change in your condition. Consulting closely with your doctor or surgeon, they understand your needs and medical history. Our hospitalists bring their highly specialized and rich experience to your care. For a referral to a physician who practices at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, call 800.284.2878 or visit FIND A PHYSICIAN on www.OurSanRamonHospital.com.

OTHER AFFILIATED PHYSICIANS: Erik Gracer, M.D. Family Medicine

Jatinder Marwaha, M.D. Internal Medicine

Frank Hsueh, M.D. Internal Medicine

Zainab Mezban, M.D. Internal Medicine

Nader Kaldas, M.D. Internal Medicine

Bakul Roy, M.D. Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease

6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon

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