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Food Allergies? Food allergies, particularly in children, are clearly on the rise. According to Dr. Hugh Sampson, a food allergy specialist at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in N.Y. “We are certain that in the future the number of food allergies are going to increase.”


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The 45-member 191st Army band from Camp Parks marches past the reviewing stand during Pleasanton’s Veterans Day parade last Sunday.

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s the reviewer and announcer at last Sunday’s Veterans Day parade, I had the privilege of meeting scores of men and women in uniform as well as visiting again with many Pleasanton veterans assembled in and outside the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton. Veterans always have stories to tell, either from the battlefields where they fought or while on peacetime duty here and overseas. I chatted with Danny Soria, past commander of the Pleasanton VFW post and one of our city’s oldest veterans, who talked about the battles he fought in the Pacific in World War II and then again in Korea. I was in Korea, too, although well after the shooting war. That war, which began in 1951, is technically still going on. No peace treaty has ever been signed with North Korea, which from time to time still rattles its weaponry at the South Koreans and even toward us. But I owe it to Korea that I’m here in Pleasanton today. Short of funds in my sophomore year at the University of Tennessee, I joined the Army for a three-year tour that also promised college aid once I completed duty. After stints in Columbia, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., I was transferred to the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens, just outside Boston. One morning I was asked if I’d be interested in going to the Army Language School at the Presidio of Monterey. I also had a choice of several languages I could study, French or Portuguese for six

months or Korean for a year. A year in Monterey out of a threeyear hitch seemed pretty good, and I took it. Although never a top student in foreign languages in school, I must have scored a bit better than the other 29 in my class. It may have helped that I wrote a favorable review of a book about Syngman Rhee, the first president of South Korea, that appeared in the Christian Science Monitor. The book was written by the head of the Army Language School Korean instruction program, who was also my instructor. My good grades and influence with the faculty had their results. At the time, the Eighth Army in Seoul was awash with GIs who could speak, read and write Korean, but in my case, there was always room for one more. The rest of my class went to Paris. Army life in Seoul wasn’t bad. I read the daily press and emerging business publications, filing regular reports on the rebuilding boom then under way. Connections with the Associated Press bureau and the Monitor’s correspondent gave me a chance to hone my newspaper skills with stories that I was able to file about non-military conditions. The fact that the Eighth Army PIO was a Christian Scientist and liked the stories I was writing for the newspaper helped. Although I had joined the Army in Knoxville, but later listed a friend’s address in Carmel as mine, I was sent to a military base near Chicago for my discharge and given money for transportation back here. On Veterans Day, it’s worth a thank you to the U.S. Army. N

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Safeway to open its new Pleasanton store Friday Gas station, McDonald’s also in center’s plans

Water bills going up Zone 7, which supplies water to Pleasanton residents, approved a 5% increase last month, which will mean an additional $1.88 to the monthly water bills of typical households. Board members said the raise was necessary to keep service reliable and for infrastructure investments. Zone 7 has 40 miles of pipeline, nine municipal wells, three water treatment plants and a groundwater demineralization facility, all built more than 40 years ago. Zone 7’s operating budgets for this fiscal year and for 2012-13 are $2.2 million and $2.5 million, respectively, less than for 2010-11, the board reported. The district is also setting aside funds for waterquality improvements such as taste- and odor-control projects and demineralization to reduce water hardness.


Safeway will open its new Pleasanton Lifestyle supermarket at Bernal and Valley avenues at 8 a.m. next Friday. The grand opening will follow an invitationonly pre-opening ceremony inside the new store Thursday afternoon, which will also be a benefit for Open Heart Kitchen. Local representatives, including Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Pleasanton Vice Mayor Cheryl CookKallio, will join Safeway President and CEO Steven A. Burd at the Thursday reception. The Amador Valley High School band also will perform at the reception. This will be Pleasanton’s second Safeway store with the older market at Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road remaining open to continue serving that part of Pleasanton, company officials said. Other shops and buildings nearing completion on the new site will include a restaurant, small retail stores, two banks and a hairstyling salon.

A new McDonald’s fast food restaurant, which would be Pleasanton’s fourth, also is part of the plans, although that application has yet to work its way through the city’s planning process. Chipotle, a Mexican grill popular in neighboring cities, is not on the list of possible eateries, however, according to Donald R. Wright, senior vice president of Real Estate & Engineering for Safeway Inc., although there have been requests for it. However, Wright told a real estate marketing group recently, the company may still add a retail gas station. The station was on early plans but then scuttled after some opposition developed. Rather than delay the building process, Wright said the station plans were shelved but may be brought back by popular demand. “People tell us that they want a gas station at the new store,” he said. “There’s room for it and we may seek to build one there later.” The new 58,000-square-foot store Lifestyle supermarket will be almost twice as large as Pleasanton’s older store. Its opening comes 70

Man captured with local girl in critical condition after jailhouse jump

Get your motor running Goodguys is holding its 22nd annual Autumn Get-Together at the Alameda County Fairgrounds tomorrow and Sunday. It’s the final event of the Goodguys’ season and will feature more than 2,500 souped up American cars of all years, makes and models. Among the highlights will be a display featuring two generations of the Batmobile, an indoor truck exhibit featuring “The Patriot” Monster Truck and other specialty vehicles. Other attractions include a Goodguys AutoCross, which is an electronically timed vehicle agility course, a swap meet and car corral, vendor exhibits and a pin striper’s “brush bash” featuring pin stripe artists. Goodguys has teamed with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to conduct a “Toys for Tots” toy drop tomorrow. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and get $2 off general admission. Toys will be distributed as holiday gifts to local children in need. On Sunday, Goodguys, along with J. Rockcliff Realtors and CBS5, will give away a 1969 Chevelle muscle car.

Buddy Poppies Veterans will be outside some businesses Nov. 11-12 distributing Buddy Poppies. Donations made in exchange for the poppies will go to the VFW Orphans Home in Michigan.

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years after Safeway opened its first Pleasanton store on Main Street in February 1941. It also will be the newest of 270 Safeway stores in the company’s Northern California division, which, like its corporate parent Safeway Inc., is headquartered in Pleasanton. Company representatives said that Safeway’s Lifestyle-designated supermarkets have expanded meats, seafood, bakery and wine departments, featuring a large selection of organic products and a sandwich bar and customer seating area. More than 200 employees will staff the new store. Facing Valley Avenue, the store backs onto the northbound I-680 off-ramp and is part of a 12-1/2 acre site that Safeway is purchasing from South Bay Construction, which continues to own the rest of the 39-acre site. Although the site is zoned for office buildings, it is also being considered for residential units, including 10 acres that could be earmarked for affordable housing along the southeast side of I-680. N

McFate faces multiple charges in connection with earlier incident BY GLENN WOHLTMANN


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Thousands watch, march in 15th annual Veterans Day parade Main Street event hosts nearly 100 groups Several thousand lined Main Street on Sunday to watch Pleasanton’s 15th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade while another thousand or so marched, walked or rode in the parade. The parade is traditionally held on the Sunday before Veterans Day unless the holiday falls on Sunday. Sunday’s event featured military and veteran color guards, marching bands, a Vietnam era helicopter, horses, jeeps, Humvees and other military vehicles and many other patriotic units. The one-hour parade started at the Veterans Memorial Building at Main Street and Old Bernal Avenue where the bands, military vehicles and elected representatives from throughout the area assembled. On the parade reviewing stand in front of the Museum on Main were leaders of local veterans organizations and military reservists. They included Maj. Gen. Nick Tooliatos, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and his wife

Joni; Maj. Tom Gutshall of the U.S. Volunteer Joint Services Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick McKie from Camp Parks. Others in the official reviewing group were Joseph Sweeney, the Northern California civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army; David Scott of the New Caledonian Club of San Francisco; Tracey Buescher, co-chair of the Pleasanton Military Families organization; Gene Cota, chief of staff of District 14 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Ronald Parshall, commander of the American Legion, District 10. The annual parade is hosted by Pleasanton Post 6298 of the VFW and the American Legion’s Pleasanton Post 237. About 100 groups took part in the parade, including color guards from the Coast Guard, American Legion Post 237, Pleasanton Police Department, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and local units from U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard and See PARADE on Page 6

The man connected to a Pleasanton teen who went missing for several days last week is in critical condition following an apparent suicide attempt Monday night. Gavin McFate, 25, was arrested Sunday morning after he and Shelby Harris, 15, were located at a motel in Westley, Calif., following an anonymous tip to police. It is not known whether Harris was with McFate voluntarily, but McFate was wanted on an Alameda County warrant on prior charges that included unlawful intercourse with a minor and lewd acts with a child under 14. McFate was on his way Monday night to the showers at Santa Rita Jail when he tried to kill himself, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “He jumped off the tier to the ground below,” Nelson said, explaining that the jump was equivalent to diving head first off the second story of a building. “He’s in bad shape.” McFate had been set for an arraignment Tuesday. He had not been charged in connection to Harris’ disappearance but faces a total of four earlier sexually related charges, along with a charge of using a minor to carry or sell drugs and one count of possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, which is typically connected to methamphetamine possession. Harris, a 15-year-old Amador Valley High School student, went missing on Halloween day. She and McFate were spotted Nov. 1 in the Concord area. Harris was returned safely to her parents after the pair was seen Sunday at a motel near Interstate 5 in Westley, which is in Stanislaus County, about 45 miles away. Pleasanton police made the trip to the motel where they captured McFate and brought Harris home. McFate had been ordered held on $1.8 million bail. He’s currently being treated at a local hospital, which has not been named. N Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊNovember 11, 2011ÊU Page 5




More than beaches: Nichelle Baviera takes the Weekly to San Diego’s Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, which is home to multiple museums, art venues, gardens and the San Diego Zoo.

Members of the Pleasanton Military Families organization walk along Main Street Sunday in Pleasanton’s 15th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade.

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the Young Marines, a unit from Stockton. The theme of this year’s parade was “Army Strong.” And Army officers and enlisted men and women along with scores of Army vehicles dominated the parade, ranging from the Army’s non-commissioned officer academy at Camp Parks to World War II jeeps and a Huey helicopter that was flown in Vietnam. The 45-member 191st Army band, a reserve unit stationed at Camp Parks, followed the color guards at the start of the parade, with more patriotic music provided during the parade by the Foothill High School marching band, under the direction of Joshua Butterfield and Erik Nishimori, the Ben Ali Shriners pipes and drum unit from Sacramento, and the “Swinging Blue Stars” from the USS Hornet, who sang songs of the 1940s and 1950s. Army sergeant Mariela Meylan, now retired, who was seriously injured while on duty in Iraq in 2004, served as Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. She spent eight months in a coma after the injury and a total of four years in military and Veterans Administration hospitals before returning to her parents’ home in Livermore three years ago. Of course, no parade is truly genuine without politicians, and they filled part of the parade line Sunday. They included Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and his wife Mary; State Senators Ellen Corbett and Mark DeSaulnier; Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggerty and Nate Miley; Mayor Tim Sbranti of Dublin; Councilman Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton; Councilman Newell Arnerich of Danville; and Vice Mayor John Marchand of Livermore. Also in the parade and then later a speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony in the Veterans Memorial Building was Pleasanton Vice Mayor Cheryl Cook-Kallio. “It is especially my honor to extend a heartfelt thank you from

“Swinging Blue Stars” sing music of the 1940s and 1950s. Right: Gold Star families remember their loved ones killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

the city of Pleasanton to our veterans organizations that support our Pleasanton tradition by hosting and participating in this ceremony each year with such care and attention to detail,” Cook-Kallio, a civic teacher at Irvington High School in Fremont, said. “It is fitting that we all come together as a community to honor our veterans. Year after year, while participating in this wonderful event, I have seen our main street lined with families, children waving flags, people yelling thank you to our veterans. It helps ensure that we never forget the sacrifice,” she added. “I heard Tom Brokaw talking about his new book, ‘The time of Our Lives.’ In it he talks about being grateful for the 1%. I thought I had misheard him so I began to pay closer attention. He wasn’t talking about the 1% we are hearing about daily on the news, not the 1% of the richest Americans. He was talking about the 1% who carry the heavy burden, that serve in our armed forces, so that the rest of us can live the American Dream.” “Even in difficult times, like the ones we are living through now,

we must not forget where we have been, what we have now and those men and women, like you and you and you, and those sitting behind me on stage have done to make it possible for all of us to live in freedom,” Cook-Kallio concluded —Jeb Bing


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Out on bail after Oct. 26 arrest A Foothill High teacher is out on bail after being arrested Oct. 26 on drug charges. Stephanie Deffner, 32, was arrested on Springtown Boulevard in Livermore at about 3:40 p.m., a police spokeswoman said. Deffner was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the spokeswoman.

Controlled substances include cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs such as codeine or hydrocodone, according to California state law. Deffner, of Pleasanton, teaches economics and AP human geography, the study of the world, its people, communities and cultures. She was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin; she was released on $12,500 bail, according to reports. —Glenn Wohltmann

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building. As the economy soured, that plan was shelved. Memory care/assisted living facilities are allowed under the same office building zoning rules in Pleasanton. Kavayiotidis told the council that under California’s health care laws, residents eligible to reside in his new facility must be at least 60 years old. The facility will have a combination of double- and single-occupancy rooms with two driveways off Sunol Boulevard leading to a parking lot for 31 vehicles. The building will have a pitched roof just over 17-1/2 feet tall at its peak. Kavayiotidis has also agreed to construct 6-foot-high sound





One-story building will house 46 residents The Pleasanton City Council has approved plans by an investment group to build a 21,000-squarefoot facility on a 1.7-acre site at Sunol Boulevard and Sycamore Road to accommodate up to 46 residents, mostly those dealing with Alzheimer issues. The one-story “memory care/assisted living� facility will have 23 resident rooms and offices for staff and assisted care workers. Also included will be a central dining room, activity rooms and a landscaped interior courtyard. In 2007, a part of the property, now owned by Nick Kavayiotidis, was approved for a two-story office


walls along the south and east boundaries of his property to serve as a noise barrier to homes along Sycamore Road. Although property owners in the vicinity of the planned facility were notified of public hearings to discuss the plans, none appeared at the Planning Commission meeting last month or at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “This will be a beautiful building and this is the kind of facility we want to have in our community,� Mayor Jennifer Hosterman said after the council voted 5-0 to grant Kavayiotidis’ request to build and operate the Alzheimer’s care facility. N

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Tri-Valley Y opens spacious facilities in Dublin ‘It’s a great day for the Y,’ says Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti Several hundred members and supporters of the Tri-Valley Y turned out last week to celebrate the organization’s headquarters and main facilities relocation to larger quarters at 6693 Sierra Lane, Suite F, in Dublin. The Y, which used to be located on First Street in Pleasanton, outgrew that space and took advantage of grants, increased donations and aid from Dublin to lease the former commercial office space. Kelly O’Lague Dulka, executive director of the Tri-Valley Y, led tours at the opening Nov. 3 of the new facility, which has large assembly and athletic rooms as well as offices. With music, food and refreshments, crowds that included Dublin and regional representatives, stayed well into the evening. “This is a great day for the Y and the city of Dublin,� Mayor Tim Sbranti said. “We’re happy to have the Y in our community.� Dulka said the expansion of the YMCA was made possible by a grant from the city of Dublin and residential home developer Jordan Ranch Properties. This expansion now allows for programs and services to take place at facilities in both Dublin and Pleasanton.


Kelly O’Lague Dulka, executive director of the Tri-Valley Y, greets hundreds of the organization’s supporters at the opening of its new facilities in Dublin.

The new facility includes a Family Wellness Center with services ranging from recreational programs to mental health services to fitness and dance classes. Dulka said the YMCA will con-

tinue to develop programs, classes and services to meet the needs of the Tri-Valley community. For more information, go to —Jeb Bing Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊNovember 11, 2011ÊU Page 7

Business News

Edited by Jeb Bing

Thoratec revenues up 13% over year ago Pleasanton company adds 8 HeartMate II assist centers Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corp., a manufacturer of device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies, has reported revenues for the third quarter of 2011 of $102.6 million, a 13% increase over revenues of $91.0 million in the same period a year ago. Results for all periods exclude the impact of Thoratec’s divestiture of its International Technidyne Corp. division, completed in November 2010. For the quarter ended Oct. 1, 2011, Thoratec reported net income on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis of $19.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, versus GAAP net income of $15.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Non-GAAP net income was $25.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011, versus non-GAAP net income of $20.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the third quarter a year ago. For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, revenues were $313.3 million, an increase of 10% over revenues of $285.4 million in the same period a year ago. On a GAAP basis, Thoratec reported net income of $57.2 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2011. For the first nine months of 2010, the company reported GAAP net income of $46.4 million, or $0.78 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income in the first nine months of 2011 was $74.3 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $61.7 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2010. “Thoratec had a solid third quarter, generating double-

Veterans Day ceremony at Dublin Safeway Friday morning Keynote speaker will be Marine vet wounded in Iraq


Thoratec’s headquarters on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton.

digit growth in pump unit sales year-over-year in both the U.S. and international markets,” said Gary F. Burbach, president and chief executive officer of Thoratec. “We continue to benefit from increased adoption of mechanical circulatory support, as well as the market leadership position of the HeartMate II LVAS (Left Ventricular Assist System).” “We also experienced a strong quarter with respect to new center development, as we added eight HeartMate II centers globally, including six in the U.S. and two internationally,” he added. “As of the end of the third quarter, we had 280 HeartMate II centers worldwide, including 141 in the U.S. and 139 internationally, versus a total of 254 at the end of fiscal 2010.” “Our continued growth is being facilitated by our market development and clinical education programs,” he continued. “In addition, the ongoing flow of data is demonstrating compelling long-

term outcomes in HeartMate II patients, including data published recently in leading peer-reviewed journals.” One of the recent data publications, which appeared in the October edition of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, compared outcomes from nearly 1,500 commercial bridge-to-transplantation (BTT) HeartMate II patients with those of nearly 500 patients who participated in the HeartMate II BTT clinical trial. The findings included Kaplan-Meier survival of 89% at six months and 85% at one year for commercial patients. In addition, commercial patients experienced declines in most adverse events versus patients in the trial, with catastrophic events such as device replacement and stroke occurring in just 1% and 6% of patients, respectively. “This dataset demonstrates excellent and improving outcomes for HeartMate II patients in a real-world setting among a broad range of implanting centers,” Burbach noted. N

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For the first time ever, Safeway will be launching a special Veterans Day campaign on Friday — Veterans Day — with a public Tri-Valley community celebration at its Dublin supermarket at 4440 Tassajara Road, just north of the I-580 freeway. Susan M. Houghton, Safeway’s Director of public and government affairs, said Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty will join guest speaker Bill Hansen in asking the public to donate to worthy organizations supporting the country’s military. The Amador Valley High School jazz band will open the one-hour ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks by Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway’s Northern California division in Pleasanton. Both McNerney and Haggerty also will make brief remarks. Then Hansen will deliver his remarks, entitled “From the Front lines.” In 2002 Hansen joined the California National Guard as an Infantry sergeant in the Marines, serving in Operation Desert Storm, Somalia, and Angola. During those years, he received numerous military recognitions, including a Purple Heart.

In February 2009, Hansen was in a convoy in Iraq when a lead vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). Though the IED only grazed the vehicle Hansen was riding in, his truck swerved off the road slamming into a drainage dish and then a brick wall at 50 mph. Hansen suffered serious injuries in the crash, including broken bones and a traumatic brain Bill Hansen injury. He was told he would never walk again without a cane. For the past two years Hansen has worked tirelessly at physical rehab in an effort to “heal my body and spirit,” as he says. He has been involved in the military’s Wounded Warrior Project, which provides long-term support and camaraderie for seriously injured veterans, including special events, discounted services and an online social network. Hansen in his remarks Friday will add: “You can overcome anything if you work hard enough.” N

Patelco adds person-to-person payment feature As most banks were busy weathering the fallout from the financial crisis, in mid-2009 Patelco Credit Union already was looking to the future. The Pleasanton-based institution sought to improve its competitive position by enhancing its electronic bill pay functionality with person-to person (P2P) payments. “We saw it as an opportunity to improve customer retention and position ourselves strategically,” Anthony Vitale, Patelco’s vice president for information technology, said. Patelco, which is located 4515 Rosewood Drive, has $3.6 billion in total assets. Patelco started by evaluating three vendors in the emerging P2P space. Initially focusing on online banking, it then realized that mobile P2P was

critical as well, and ultimately selected New York-based CashEdge, which was subsequently acquired by Fiserv out of Brookfield, Wis. “At the time, CashEdge was poised to be a market leader in the space,” Vitale said. “And its SaaS-based Popmoney rose to the top as the best solution overall.” While no significant challenges arose from a technology or institutional perspective, a user adoption hurdle quickly became clear. So Patelco set out to inform its customers of the electronic bill pay changes and opportunities. Now, Vitale said, “making a payment is easy. Senders just need a recipient’s email address, cell phone number or bank account information.” N

Opinion LETTERS Pleasanton EDITORIAL Weekly Budget surplus helps trim pension Strangers in cars THE OPINION OF THE WEEKLY

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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 Editorial Assistant Amory Gutierrez, Ext. 221 Contributors Jay Flachsbarth Jerri Pantages Long Kerry Nally

ith the state bleeding red ink and many California cities and school districts also facing budget woes, the city of Pleasanton has found itself with a $3.5 million surplus as it closed the books on fiscal year 2010-11. That’s to the credit of betterthen-expected property tax revenue of $48.6 million, albeit only 0.4% above forecast, sales taxes that came in at $18.5 million, well over $1 million better, and other revenues leaving the city coffers with $87,832,845, a 2% gain over projections. Property taxes are the single largest revenue source for Pleasanton. Due to foreclosures, non-payments and downward reassessments, they’ve been dipping in many municipalities and counties as home valuations continue to drop. In Pleasanton, the 2010-11 fiscal year property tax collections were greater than budget estimates. Sales tax revenue is the city’s second largest revenue source, accounting for more than 21% of total revenues. Again, based on economic projections at the start of the past fiscal year on July 1, 2010, Finance Director Emily Wagner and her staff projected receipts of $17,348,298. It wasn’t as bad after all. Fiscal year-end receipts were 6.7% better than projected. Besides increased revenue, expenditures also were down as the city ended the fiscal year with 41 unfilled authorized positions. Every department cut back, scheduled replacements of older vehicles were put on hold, and capital expenditures after the completion last year of the $10 million Firehouse Arts Center are close to zero. In addition, the city employees union agreed to a new contract that will have employees paying 2% of their pension costs for the first time, 4% starting next year. Negotiations are under way with unions representing the police force and firefighters, seeking similar agreements. In good economic times, revenue surpluses have usually been added to the city’s “rainy day” reserves to provide a financial cushion in a budget shortfall. Or part of the extra funds is set aside for capital expenditures. In its wisdom this year, the City Council, at the recommendation of Wagner and City Manager Nelson Fialho, approved using the $3.5 million surplus for replacement and repairs that have been delayed too long and to add $1 million to the city’s self-insurance fund, which was drawn down by $3.5 million as a result of costly lawsuits by Urban Habitat and the State Attorney General over the city’s housing cap, which the courts ruled illegal. Still more to its credit, the council agreed to set aside $1 million of the surplus to establish a fund that will start paying down the city’s unfunded pension liabilities that total as much as $121 million. Much like paying off a home mortgage, the city can continue paying the obligatory CalPERS payments to stay even or it can make booster payments to actually start paying down the principle. Trimming the unfunded pension liability was the right step for the council to take. N

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Dear Editor, On Halloween, police officers or police volunteers were driving a clearly marked Police/DARE SUV in my neighborhood. When they saw my daughter in costume, they pulled over and invited my daughter to come to the window and get some candy from them. I understand that this was a well-intentioned act, but I still wish that it would never happen again. I absolutely do not want

my child to get into the habit of taking candy from strangers in cars, but this practice sends a clear message to children: Sometimes it is OK to take candy from strangers that call you over to their cars. Yes, I understand that there is a difference between a civilian in plainclothes and a police officer in uniform, and I think children understand that, too — but still, this was not a good idea. Kevin Heller

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Alison Boswell is sponsoring a Winter Wonderland Holiday Party for kids in need for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

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A Winter Wonderful is returning to Main Street to put smiles on faces that may not always have a reason to smile. Pleasanton Girl Scout Alison Boswell is sponsoring the holiday event at the Veterans Memorial Building next month for kids in need, to earn her Gold Award. Alison said she was inspired when she helped out last year at the party put together by Girl Scout Claire Williams. “Last year’s event was truly wonderful,” Alison said in an email. “The number of happy faces just made my day.” She decided it would be a “fun challenge” to organize another Winter Wonderland, plus she wanted to help children in need. “Initially I was planning a disability awareness workshop,” said Alison, who has ataxia, which makes it difficult to control her muscles. “But I accomplished that last year as just a personal project. ... So many people have supported me over the years so I wanted to give back.” Alison, a junior at Amador Valley High, will give the party for more than 100 children whose names were provided by a teacher at a Title I school. At the event, she will give them items to make their lives better — such as warm coats and socks, school supplies and a food basket — as well as fun gifts and stockings. She is also planning exciting activities for the kids to enjoy. Last year there was a cookie-decorating station. As part of her project, Alison is running an “Adopt a Child” program to find people to give warm winter coats to the children, and she said the community has responded. “Many of us have what we need, such as warm coats and socks, but others don’t so it’s nice to help out,” she said. “Local businesses are helping me by having my new warm coat, backpacks and gift drop boxes displayed at their stores. Friends are passing the word around about my kids needing new warm coats, backpacks and school supplies.” The veterans are hosting the event at the Veterans Hall on Main Street, she said, and she has found others to assist her from the clubs at Amador. “I’m in the process of recruiting at least 30 volunteers for the event to help with the set up, event and cleanup,” she said last weekend. “I will probably type up some instructions for the day of the event for the volunteers as well as email them in advance so they know what their job is and what we are trying to accomplish at each station/activity the children will enjoy,” she said. “I already have some Girl Scouts signed up to help,” she added. “Maybe they will become inspired for their Gold Award like I was when I attended Claire Williams’ event last year.” The Girl Scout Gold Award requires an 80-hour project that shows leadership, coordination and a dedication to bettering the community. Allison has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and has helped others with their projects. “It has been an awesome group to be involved with,” she said. “As an older Cadet Girl Scout I planned, organized, and executed an ecology workshop for 120 Brownies.That was my Silver Award Project.” “Looking back there were many stepping stones to help me grow and learn leadership skills,” she continued. “Now I’m trying to use those skills to accomplish my Gold Award.” The Winter Wonderland Holiday Party will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Email Alison at GScoutAlison@ N


Jack and Evan Berry, ages 7 and 5, deliver their candy to Dr. Steven Nerad. Brother Ryan, 8, was at home.

Trick or treat trade Kids exchange 500 pounds of candy for orange and black toothbrushes Pleasanton pediatric dentist and orthodontist Steven Nerad hosted his office’s annual candy buyback again this year, in his never-ending mission to keep children’s teeth healthy. With 500 pounds of candy piled up in his front office at the end of the event, it proved to be another battle won in the war against cavities, his staff noted. Nerad said he purposely waited until two days after Halloween to collect the candy. “It’s a good way to let kids enjoy it for a few days, then stop the process,” said Nerad, who opened his practice in Pleasanton in 1989. Getting the word out was easy, he said. Fliers were circulated at schools, and patients passed them out in neighborhoods. As a result, 53 students showed up at his Serpentine Lane office to voluntarily turn in their candy in exchange for a black and orange toothbrush, some money, a chance to help their schools and troops serving overseas. One 7-year-old wanting to do his part for the troops canvassed his neighborhood the day after Halloween, going door to door collecting leftover candy. For every pound of candy

brought in, Nerad paid $1 to the student and pledged to pay $1 to the three schools with the largest amount of candy. This year there was more competition among the schools than ever before, he said. With the help of the Lydiksen Parent Faculty Club, which turned in 75 pounds of candy while students turned in 42 pounds, Lydicksen Elementary was the top winner. In exchange, it received a matching donation of $117. Sunshine Enrichment Preschool came in second and received $75; Mohr Elementary School, last year’s winner, raised $50. Nerad donated the 500 pounds of candy he collected to the Brentwood Summerset Veterans Club to include in holiday care packages going to troops serving overseas. Students and parents at the buyback also signed three large posters for the troops. While the opportunity to benefit the community was a driving force, Nerad wanted to reward the students for their generosity and said he wasn’t surprised the orange Halloween toothbrushes with black bristles were a hit. “It’s a great, fun event,” he said. “It grows every year. We more than doubled our collection from last year.” N

$10,000 to help cancer patients Sandra Wing receives a check for $10,000 from Kurt Grossheider, an attorney who admires the mission of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, in memory of Thomas J. Faria, who died of thyroid cancer in 2009. Toward the end of his life, Mr. Faria directed donations to support organizations that engaged in cancer research and treatment of cancer patients. This $10,000 donation lets the foundation provide immediate relief to at least 10 cancer patients in the Tri Valley by helping them pay for complementary therapies — such as therapeutic massage, acupressure, acupuncture, deep breathing techniques, guided meditation and/or visual imagery sessions — during their cancer treatments. These therapies are typically not covered by insurance, and they help alleviate side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy. “We are so appreciative of this donation,” said Wing, a dual cancer survivor. “In our first two years, we have been able to support over 75 cancer patients in the Tri-Valley.”

Making a difference with ghosts Lydiksen Elementary CLUB 40 students learned once again that it’s often better to give than receive, report its leaders, as the members delivered about 2,000 Tootsie Pop ghosts they made to Open Heart Kitchen to help its clients celebrate Halloween. CLUB 40 is a service learning group at Lydiksen that meets at lunch. It teaches kids positive values and how to make a difference through their acts of kindness. The club is based on Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets.

Out AMADOR VALLEY QUILTERS GUILD MEETING The AVQ meeting is open to all those who are interested in the culture, history and artistry of quilt making. The group will meet from 1:303:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave., with Cathy Miller, known as “The Singing Quilter.” Through jazz and folk voice, guitar and quilt examples, Cathy takes her first-hand knowledge as a quilter and historian to touch lives. Call 371-4747. FAMILY CONCERT Pleasanton Community Concert Band presents its Family Concert from 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. This concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 846-5897 or visit ANNUAL TURKEY BINGO Support veterans while enjoying the VFW Post 6298 Turkey Bingo. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host bar; bingo is at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. Bingo cards are $10 each for 20 games. $50 cash prize and turkey for games 8 and 16. Call David at 462-7893. NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY EXHIBIT The annual touring exhibit of the prestigious National Watercolor Society will be on display through Dec. 11 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. A companion exhibit of works by California Watercolor Association art-

About ists, “Five Palettes,” will also be shown. Admission including both exhibits is $5. Call 931-4849 or visit EARLIER THAN THE BIRD This popular event will launch the holiday shopping season with many downtown shops open from 7 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 19, in downtown Pleasanton. Participating retailers will provide special offers and refreshments. Shoppers who arrive wearing their pajamas will receive a free “Downtown” scarf. Call 484-2199 or visit www. AMADOR AND FOOTHILL BANDS Amador Friends of Music and the Foothill Band Boosters invite music lovers to see both bands perform their field shows, for free, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, at Amador Valley High School, Stadium, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. Come from 5:30-7:15 p.m. and enjoy fare from gourmet food trucks with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Amador band. Call 699-7921. BELLY DANCE TROUPE Experience the traditional dance and music of Egypt as the Hala Dance Troupe performs at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The awardwinning dance company has been featured throughout the Bay Area as well as Egypt. The performance is another of the library’s ongoing Dance & Sing Around the World programs. Call 931-3400.

—Concerts, Film & Live Music CHRISTMAS TREE LANE Enjoy the gaily decorated trees at this fundraiser for ValleyCare Charity Foundation. Events include a Family Stroll, from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, which features a visit with Santa Claus, refreshments, shopping in Santa’s Secret Shoppe and strolling among the trees. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children; a Tinsel Tea, at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, lets participants walk through the magical indoor forest as they place their chance ticket in the mailbox of the tree they hope to win and bid on unique silent auction gift baskets. Tickets are $35; and a Silent Night Soiree, an evening of dancing and dining with friends, from 6:30-11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $75, which includes dinner and dancing with proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program and the Emergency Room expansion at ValleyCare. The events are at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave. Call 3734560 or visit fundraisingevents.

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Soldiering on Sentinels of Freedom’s first Pleasanton participant prepares to graduate

Mirror Connections Rekindled As I gaze beyond who I see in the mirror with a look of confusion. I wonder and regenerate my memory of who I am when looking at the image in the mirror. Your soul glows like a rainbow of optimism of you, not me. Your wants and needs reflect reactions and images of inner connections of who I can and will be. I can feel the sun I can feel the rain I can feel your heart beat, mine beat the same. I realize I’ve just witnessed an enchanted moment a sigh of relief. Because I’m just looking at connections rekindled, gazing in the mirror reflections of me.

—Jay Wilkerson

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To look at him, you wouldn’t be able to tell that Jay Wilkerson is a decorated combat veteran who spent nearly 40 days in a coma and awoke unable to communicate or recognize his family or friends. On Wednesdays or Saturdays in Pleasanton, Wilkerson is easy to spot, setting up the Senior Center or the Vets Hall for rentals, dumping the 30 or so trash cans on Main Street, or working at the Aquatic Center. He’s one of the guys who’ll be out at 2 a.m. hanging Christmas decorations in the next few weeks. The future’s a bit uncertain for Wilkerson. He’d like to make the transition from working part time at the city’s operations department to fulltime, except that the city’s not hiring at the moment. And he’s finishing up courses at Las Positas College. “After this semester, I’ll have my certificate for business management. I’d like to go into the management side of operations,” he said. His boss, Chris Rizzoli, Pleasanton’s support services supervisor, said everyone likes Wilkerson and that he’s not afraid of taking on new tasks. He’s currently learning to run the city’s street sweeper and has been gaining computer skills, thanks to his co-workers. “I’m the new guy, so they show me everything they know,” Wilkerson said, adding that working for the city, “I’m in the public eye.” He’s living here and would like to make Pleasanton his permanent home, although he said the cost of housing is prohibitive. “I really would like to stay here. Health-wise, this is the perfect place for me. It’s all about being comfortable and this is comfortable all year round,” Wilkerson said. It helps that Pleasanton is a good place for Wilkerson’s children to visit. His daughter, Precious, is 19. His son, Emmanuel, is 14. Both live in Maryland. “My daughter just started college. My son is in the eighth grade. He’s on the honor role. He was here over the summer,” he said. Routine is important in Wilkerson’s life. He gets up at 3:30 a.m., eats, exercises and is at work by 5 a.m. “It gives me structure. It’s better if I have a set goal every day,” he said. Wilkerson came here as part of the Sentinels of Freedom program. He was wounded in Iraq when two rocket-propelled grenades struck his Humvee in a March 2006 blast that killed his buddy sitting next to him and left Wilkerson almost brain-dead. He suffered severe head and hand injuries. As is the case with most severely wounded soldiers, Wilkerson was first flown to the Army hospital in Germany, then to Walter Reed in Washington. Wilkerson was diagnosed with traumatic brain

injury and post traumatic stress disorder. He was originally unable to recognize his family or his friends. Over time, and thanks to the Army surgeons and therapists, he began to recover. As his brain built new pathways, Wilkerson was transferred to the Army’s trauma center in Palo Alto, one of four special treatment centers for brain damage. He spent two years there relearning skills most of us take for granted: motor coordination. Walking. Speech. “I had to learn how to walk, talk and eat all over again,” Wilkerson said. “It’s almost like you’re a child in an adult body.” Meanwhile, Sentinels of Freedom, based out of San Ramon, was looking for a local candidate. The group was begun in 2003 by Mike Conklin after one of his three sons — all Army Rangers — was wounded in Iraq. Conklin and some friends managed to put the program together in 2004, just in time for the return of Army Cpl. Jake Brown. Brown, who is from the Bay Area, was crushed by a tank in Germany. He went through 26 surgeries and nearly a year of rehabilitation. Through the Sentinels program, he has graduated college and has been reintegrated into his community. “The whole idea of the Sentinels program is to find a volunteer and help him become independent,” said Doug Miller, who’s part of Wilkerson’s team. The program is now active or starting up in 19 states, with 51 veterans currently enrolled and 23 graduates as of August. “To this day, I have no idea how they found me,” Wilkerson said. He was in the service for 18 years, but since he was injured in combat, the military bumped his length of service to 20, allowing him to retire as a staff sergeant with full military benefits. That wasn’t good enough for Sentinels of Freedom. The four-year program requires participants to work at least part time as well as go to school. Wilkerson did both. It wasn’t easy. “When I first started at Las Positas, even though I knew everything in the syllabus, I couldn’t retrieve it,” he said. He had to learn note taking skills and worked with a tutor. Now, he said, “My cognitive skills are better.” While looking for a potential job for Wilkerson, Miller approached City Manager Nelson Fialho. “I told him Jay’s story,” Miller said. “They took a chance. They brought Jay in as an unpaid intern. Before you know it, he had a paid position. A lot of this is about Jay and a lot of this is about the city of Pleasanton.” Wilkerson is also a poet, and he said writing helped him recover.

“When I write about things, it’s better take it seriously until I got injured and helped me heal,” he said, adding, “I ca along. If it helps somebody, it’s helping m Wilkerson is due to graduate from the of Freedom program in 2012, adding un to his life. He’s met the goals that were lai him, but given the economy, finding fullti may be difficult. He’s also losing the t worked with him from the time he was c Tom Daggett, another of Wilkerson’s te that doesn’t mean he’ll just get dumped. “We’re never going to let Jay out of our for the actual four-year program, it’ll co end,” Daggett said. Wilkerson feels the same way. “ I feel really confident,” he said. “If th questions I have, anyone on my team I still call.” Miller said the entire purpose of the p to prepare its graduates for exactly this. “The Sentinels of Freedom provides a place to live for four years, usually an au and helps them get connected to school appropriate, a job, so that after they’ve fin four years they have significant additional e they have valuable work experience an been mentored significantly by the team. probably have substantial savings,” he said “Part of the mentoring process is that them make plans for what they wan They’ve got valuable work experience a going to prepare for the day he’s on his o As Wilkerson gets ready to graduate a on, the Sentinels team here in Pleasanton hunt for a new candidate. “Mike Conklin at the Sentinels is alway for candidates. He and I are in discussio someone who could fit into Pleasanton. it comes down to finances,” Miller said everyone I’ve dealt with like Jay is exactly way. They want to succeed. ... They don be pitied.” While he doesn’t have a fulltime job ye son could ultimately end up on the city’s “The city has indicated that they’re i in eventually bringing him on as a full ployee,” Miller said. Wilkerson said he’s also interested in with other vets. “I would love to do that,” he said, expl could be totally honest with them, as o been through what they’re experiencing. H that talking with another soldier also help While nothing is locked in just yet, W seems to have a good handle on his futur “I refuse to fail,” he said. “I refuse to b as disabled.” N

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Theft ■ 11:44 a.m. in the 5900 block of Corte Arboles; grand theft ■ 12:57 p.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive; auto theft ■ 2:46 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; petty theft Burglary ■ 3:39 p.m. in the 100 block of Valley Avenue Drug/alcohol violations ■ 1:18 a.m. in the 6700 block of Santa Rita Road; underage drinking and driving ■ 4:19 p.m. in the 6700 block of Santa Rita Road; possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

Nov. 2 Theft ■ 9:14 a.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive; auto theft ■ 9:37 a.m. in the 1100 block of Wenig Court; identity theft ■ 11:51 a.m. in the 500 block of Main Street; petty theft ■ 2:04 p.m. in the 6300 block of Calle Altamara; identity theft ■ 6:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; petty theft

Burglary 5:17 p.m. in the 500 block of Tannet Court Drug/alcohol violations ■ 12:01 a.m. in the 4100 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance ■ 9:02 a.m. at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Stoneridge Drive; possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prescription in another’s name ■ 11:08 p.m. in the 5300 block of Owens Court; public drunkenness

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Nov. 3 Theft ■ 11:48 a.m. in the 1000 block of Bartlett Place; grand theft, identity theft ■ 4:04 p.m. in the 3400 block of Boulder Street; grand theft ■ 4:07 p.m. in the 4900 block of Valley Avenue; grand theft ■ 5:36 p.m. in the 4900 block of Valley Avenue; petty theft Burglary ■ 11:17 a.m. in the 100 block of Valley Avenue ■ 3:08 p.m. in the 3600 block of Kamp Drive Auto burglary ■ 8:46 p.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road Drug/alcohol violations ■ 12:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Hopyard Road; public drunkenness ■ 4:16 p.m. in the 4200 block of First

Nov. 4 Theft ■ 4:37 p.m. in the 1300 block of Vailwood Court; petty theft Burglary ■ 12:14 p.m. in the 4300 block of Foothill Road; burglary, petty theft Auto burglary ■ 8:09 a.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive Public drunkenness ■ 11:38 p.m. in the 100 block of Spring Street

Nov. 5 Theft ■ 11:19 p.m. in the 4200 block of Mirador Drive; auto theft Burglary ■ 3:13 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime

Nov. 6 Auto theft ■ 12:03 a.m. in the 600 block of Palomino Drive ■ 8:47 a.m. in the 3400 block of Norton Way ■ 9:38 a.m. in the 4000 block of Vineyard Avenue ■ 6:57 p.m. in the 600 block of Palomino Drive

Bring Home the Holidays The Pleasanton Weekly will help you start off the holiday season with the annual glossy Holiday Gift Guide in the November 18 issue. Also, each newspaper issue during the season will feature articles dedicated to helping you make the holidays a sweet and joyous time full of fun, family and friends.

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ARTISTS SIGNING Meet Mike Hampton (Hot Zombie Chicks) and Brandon Bracamonte’ (The Mustache Ride) from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at Heroes and Villains Comics, 264 Main St. They will be signing their new book “Smash Bang Pulp” and will have prints, art and more. Call 3995352 or visit


PTS ASSOCIATION MEETING Everyone is invited to attend the upcoming Celebration Association meeting from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. Enjoy meeting other families, play fun activities, pizza and pies, and support your local Parent Teacher Student. There is no charge to attend this event. Call 399-1629 or visit


2011 HOLIDAY FOOD & COAT DRIVE Enjoy an evening of socializing, giving and shopping. High

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WINTER BIRD COUNT Join us as we get a beak-full of information about our fine feathered friends from 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 12, at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. Discover the tools and skills needed to view the local feathered residents as the group participates in the Audubon’s Winter bird count. Dress with the weather in mind. Cost is $3 for residents; $5 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; call 931-3479.

TRI-VALLEY CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND Will be meeting from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Valley Memorial Hospital, Cafeteria Room 2, 1111 East Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Any visually impaired or blind person is urged to attend. Call Carl at 449-9362.



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Pleasanton man named to U.S. under-23 soccer roster Bingham is goalkeeper for the San Jose Earthquakes San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham of Pleasanton was named to the United States U-23 National Team roster for camp in Duisburg, Germany, last week as head coach Caleb Porter works to establish a pool of players for 2012 Olympic qualifying. Bingham departed Sunday to join Porter and 30 other invitees to train from Nov. 7-16 at Sportschule Wedau, a German sporting school. Porter’s goal for the camp is to evaluate players and create a pool of talent to draw from for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament hosted by the United States in March of next year. The tournament field includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada as well as representatives yet to be determined from the Caribbean and Central America. Bingham featured in one match as a rookie with the Earthquakes in 2011, a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Oct. 8. He made four saves in that match and

recorded his first career assist after launching a ball off the turf 70 yards down field to set up a goal by Chris Wondolowski. The Pleasanton goalkeeper also saw time in exhibition and Reserve League matches. Bingham started and kept a clean sheet for 45 minutes against West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League on July 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. He also scored a goal against the Baggies, a 90-yard strike off the grass that bounced over West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill for San Jose’s first goal in a 2-1 win. Bingham also started in two Quakes Reserve League games, compiling a 2-0-1 record with a 0.33 goals-against average and two shutouts. The Earthquakes acquired Bingham in a weighted lottery on Jan. 25. At 6 foot 2, he was a 2010 NSCAA All-American as a junior at UC Berkeley, registering eight shutouts in 20 matches (including the NCAA Tournament). He helped lead Cal to a 14-2-4 record and allowed just 17 goals in 2010, good for a 0.77 goals-against average. The Golden Bears

fell to eventual NCAA Champion Akron in penalties in the quarterfinals. As a sophomore in 2009, Bingham was named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team, posting four shutouts in 16 starts with a 0.95 goals against average. He also appeared in one game as a freshman while backing up current

Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Bingham played his club soccer for Mustang, and his squad in 2007 reached the Super Y-League U-17 National Championships. He was also a three-year varsity starter at California High School in San Ramon. N

Gymnasts go Hollywood West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy compulsory gymnasts (l-r) Capri Gavino, Allison Reilly, Coach Edyta Kalinowska, Zoey Castillo, Lauren Swenson-Lennox, Lydia Muentz and Corrine Jackson competed in the Hollywood Invitational at North Bay Athletic Association in Vallejo with good results: Level 4: Phoenix Cabuay - 2nd place bars, 4th place all-around; Mariah Murphy - 2nd place bars, 4th place all-around; Juliette Gosselin - 3rd place beam, 4th place all-around; Amelia Liao - 2nd place vault, 3rd place floor; Rachel Shaw - 2nd place vault. Level 6: Sara Ling - 1st place vault, 5thplace all-around. The level 5 team won 3rd place with Corrine Jackson - 2nd place bars and floor, 3rd place vault, 1st place all-around; Lauren SwensonLennox -1st place vault, 2nd place floor, 2nd place all-around; Lydia Muentz - 2nd place beam, 4th place all-around; Zoey Castillo - 1st place bars.

SPORTS DIGEST On the gridiron Foothill High lost against Monte Vista High on Friday night, 12-7, ending the Falcons run of post-season play. Since 1992, Foothill has been in the playoffs but the Mustangs knocked them out of contention with the defeat Nov. 4. Amador Valley could still go to the playoffs although it lost its Nov. 4 conference game to the Cal High Grizzlies, 42-28. But the Dons must first beat the Falcons at the crosstown rivalry game scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Foothill stadium.

Cross country championships The Amador Valley cross country team hosted the East Bay Athletic League cham-

pionship meet last Saturday over the 3-mile course at Shadow Cliffs Park. The Amador Valley girls’ varsity team, led by Jena Pianin’s first-place finish, ended a very close second to Granada, widely considered the strongest team in Northern California. The Dons boys’ squad also finished second behind a powerful San Ramon Valley team. The quality and depth of coach Jason Oswalt’s harriers were evident as Amador Valley’s cross country team had the most impressive overall performance of the day. The Dons had the most varsity athletes earn all league (by finishing in the top 14 of the varsity race): Connor McCarthy (4), Jacob Schlachte (7), Kevin Huey (11), Jena Pianin (1), Kelly Parsons (4), Maddie Quinn (6), and Katie Girvan (11). The Dons also had the most individual race wins: Jena Pianin in the varsity girls race, Blane Infald in the JV boys race, and Juliet Logan in the girls frosh/soph race —

and Zach Beston took second in the boys frosh/soph race. Also, the combined varsity score and time of the Amador boys and girls squads were the best of any school in the powerful East Bay Athletic League.

Sign up for Ryan Gordon games Soccer players from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools, young and old, men and women, are invited to participate in the annual Ryan Gordon alumni games Jan. 7. All gate receipts and snack bar proceeds will go directly to benefit the soccer programs at Foothill and Amador high schools. The ninth annual games feature men’s and women’s soccer players from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. Each game will be divided into periods for the older players and the younger players. The teams play for trophies that are awarded to the schools of

the winners. Ryan Gordon was a 2003 graduate of Foothill High School who was killed in a boating accident shortly after graduating. He played soccer at Foothill for four years and was to attend Santa Barbara City College and to continue playing soccer. The games alternate play at the two schools. This year, the event will be at Foothill, with pre-game activities beginning at noon.

Honors for basketball coach Terri McMorrow, Foothill’s varsity girls basketball head coach and also a Foothill parent, is being inducted into St. Joseph University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. She was on the 198485 women’s basketball team that earned the university, a Division 1 school in Philadelphia, its first NCAA tournament bid. McMorrow attended the university on full scholarship for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Rage vs. Mavericks The Pleasanton Rage U10 Black team’s (l-r) Amanda Dilger, Olivia Murphy and Kelly Meyrath converge on the ball as the ACC Mavericks of Berkeley’s Juliette Delany (8) and Madeline Shean (7) also close in. The Mavericks used two first-half goals to hand the Rage a 2-0 loss in the opening round of the 130-team Kick or Treat Tournament in Fremont. DENNIS ONIKI

Kick-or-Treat BUSC U12 Advanced won second place last weekend at the MVU Kick-or-Treat in Fremont. Team members are (front, l-r) Sam Chase, Drew Helmers, (second row) Austin Lucero, Tommy Storey, Cole Heinbaugh, Joseph Merkadeau, Ryan Klein, (back) Daenen Wollesen, Ben Thompson, Eric Shields, Ziaan Rajabali, Omar Quereshi, Andrew Benoit. Coaches: Manoli Mandelenis, Barry Heinbaugh, Will Wollesen. Not pictured: Connor Dubiel, Trent McGill, Staton Rosenblum.

Ghost winners The BUSC U16 Select team brought home the first place trophy from the Elk Grove Ghost Games held the weekend of Oct. 29-30. After playing three games in the preliminary rounds, they took on the Elk Grove Force in the championship game. BUSC fell behind in the early part of the second half but tied the game with 10 minutes left. Both teams failed to score in the two overtimes sending the game to penalty kicks. BUSC scored on three of their four attempts as Nima Jafarkhani, Brandon Roberts and Michael Liamos connected. BUSC goalkeeper Ryan Cabrera rose to the challenge and stopped all three of Elk Grove’s penalty kicks for a final score of 2-1 (penalty kicks 3-0). Team members are (front, l-r) Wesley Rager, Arthur Kuo, Ryan Cabrera, Brandon Roberts, and Connor Neads, (middle) Alex Codik, Grant Petrie, Nima Jafarkhani, Dustin Lacy, Hunter Qualls, Mikey Babcock, Chris Ford, Michael Liamos and Coach Joe Giovacchini, (back) Coach Tom Roberts and Kenny Rockwood. Not pictured: Kevin Vigallon and Josh Regal.

Swimmer brings home the gold Rebels celebrate an exciting win The Pleasanton U19 Lady Rebels celebrate Nov. 2 after beating the No. 1 ranked San Ramon Lightning, 2-1. Up to that point in the season, only two goals had been scored against them with Lightning averaging four-plus goals a game. The game started out with a quick strike by Kaala Cheney, then San Ramon came back to tie the score 1-1 before the first half. The Lady Rebels attacked from all over the field creating many shots on goal opportunities. In the second half Allison Lindblom found an opportunity to fire another ball into the goal, making it 2-1. Page 18ÊUÊNovember 11, 2011ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

Former Pleasanton Seahawks swimmer Catherine Breed, shown with Pleasanton coach Steve Morsilli at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month won gold medals in the 200 meter freestyle (2:00.08) and the 800 free relay. Breed is a freshman at UC Berkeley.

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Third quarter 2011 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 98% higher than during the same period last year and 10% higher than the second quarter of 2011, according to a survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lending on commercial and multi-family properties continues,â&#x20AC;? said Jamie Woodwell, MBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president of Commercial Real Estate Research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mortgage originations by life company portfolios hit another new record in the third quarter, and lending by bank portfolios and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also picked up. Mortgages, which were caught up in the global economic uncertainty of recent months, declined from last quarter but were higher than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Q3 level.â&#x20AC;? The 98% overall increase in commercial/ multi-family lending activity during the third quarter of 2011 was driven by increases in originations in most property types, the MBA survey showed. When compared to the third quarter of 2010, the increase included a 406% increase in loans for hotel properties, a 164% increase in loans for retail properties,

a 103% increase in loans for office properties, a 39% increase in loans for multi-family properties, a 3% decrease in industrial property loans and an 8% decrease in health care property loans. Among investor types, loans for commercial bank portfolios increased by 433% compared to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third quarter. There was also a 61% increase in loans for life insurance companies and a 47% increase in loans for Government Sponsored Enterprises, or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Third quarter 2011 commercial and multifamily mortgage originations were 10% higher than originations in the second quarter of 2011. Compared to the second quarter, third quarter originations for retail properties saw a 37% increase. There was an 8% increase for office properties, a 4% increase for hotel properties, a 2% decrease for multi-family properties, a 14% decrease for industrial properties and a 30% decrease for health care properties. Among investor types, between the second and third quarters of 2011, loans for commercial bank portfolios saw an increase in loan volume of 55%, the survey showed. N

Smaller cities leading way in improved housing markets Survey shows tough conditions continue across much of country The number of improving housing markets continued to expand for a third consecutive month going into November, rising from 23 to 30 on the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index. The list dropped two metros and added nine new ones: Cheyenne, Wyo.; Corpus Christi, Tex.; Davenport, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; Hinesville, Ga.; Lima, Ohio; Monroe, La.; Tyler, Tex.; and Williamsport, Pa. The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement for at least six months in housing permits, employment and housing prices. The following metros were listed in November: Alexandria, La.; Amarillo, Tex.; Anchorage, Alaska; Bismarck, N.D.; Casper and Cheyenne, Wyo.; Corpus Christi, Tex.; Davenport, Iowa; Fairbanks, Alaska; Fayetteville, N.C.; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Hinesville, Ga. Others listed include: Houma, La.; Jonesboro, Ark.; Kankakee, Ill.; Lima, Ohio; McAllen and Midland, Tex.; Monroe, La.; New Orleans; Odessa, Tex.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Pittsburgh, Pa., and Sherman, Tex. Also listed were Sumter, S.C.; Tyler and Waco, Tex.; Waterloo, Iowa; Williamsport, Pa.; and Winston-Salem, N.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texas continues to dominate the list of improving housing markets in November, increasing its net number of entries to eight and continuing a trend in which energy-producing metros seem to be doing better than

the average,â&#x20AC;? said Homebuilders Association Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nev. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meanwhile, the geographic diversity of metros also continued to expand this month, with the states of Colorado, Georgia and Ohio all represented for the first time,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is further evidence that all housing markets are uniquely dependent upon local conditions, and some are leading the way toward an eventual, broader recovery.â&#x20AC;? NAHBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief Economist David Crowe added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The November IMI remains heavily weighted by smaller cities, with Pittsburgh and New Orleans as the only major metros represented. This is indicative of the tough conditions that continue to prevail across much of the country, particularly in larger markets that have been hit hardest by job losses and foreclosures during the recession and that will take more time to heal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;However,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;momentum is building in pockets of the country where energy and agriculture are the dominant industries and where consistent, measurable improvements in economic conditions are now becoming apparent.â&#x20AC;? The two metros that dropped off of the improving markets list in November were Iowa City and Wichita Falls. These metros experienced declines in their employment and new housing permit data, respectively. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jeb Bing

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0.15+/- ACRES

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0.33+/- ACRES

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Alamo 3 BEDROOMS 29 Brookdale Court Sun 1-4

5 BEDROOMS 753 Traviso Cir Sat/Sun 1-4 $820,000 280-8500

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6 BEDROOMS 1311 Laverock Lane Sun 1-4 Michael Hatfield Broker

$2,950,000 984-1339

Blackhawk 3 BEDROOMS 306 Live Oak Drive Sun 1-4:30

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4 BEDROOMS 69 White Pine Lane Sun 1:30-4

Keller Williams Realty

$1,550,000 855-8333

5 BEDROOMS 4412 Deer Ridge Rd Sun 1:30-4

Keller Williams Realty

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Emma Lea has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pleasanton office as a sales associate, specializing in residential sales throughout the Tri-Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has been rapidly growing in the Tri-Valley area and we need high caliber agents to help us meet the increasing needs of our clients,â&#x20AC;? Emma Lea said Will Butler, manager of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pleasanton office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emma is bright, energetic and works tremendously hard to meet and exceed the expectations of homebuyers and sellers.â&#x20AC;? Prior to joining Coldwell Banker, Lea worked at Insphere Insurance Solutions for six years as a licensed insurance agent. Her responsibilities included insurance consultation and sales, customer service and business management. She has also owned and operated The Coffee Co. in Pleasanton since 1984. She earned her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Pleasanton is located at 5980 Stoneridge Drive. For more information, call 847.2200 or Lea directly at 922.0671 or by email at N



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Wow! Better than new because it is done & ready! Extensively designer remodeled, single level, plus upstairs bonus room/au pair/guest quarters! Premium corner .34 acre lot! Four bedrooms plus bonus, four bathrooms, 3588 square feet. Completely remodeled gourmet kitchen with new granite slab countertops, designer backsplash & new stainless appliances. Remodeled bathrooms with granite slab countertops, custom marble flooring & surround. New interior & exterior paint, new carpet, new Travertine flooring! Vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, crown molding, new door hardware & light fixtures! Security alarm system & intercom! Finished three car garage! Tile roof. Professionally recently upgraded landscaped grounds with spacious lawn area & patios. Award winning Pleasanton schools! Walk to neighborhood parks! OFFERED AT $1,269,000






Premium private large (12,691 sq ft) lot in excellent court location with in-ground pool & spa! Highly upgraded five bedrooms, three bathrooms. Approximately 3,369 square feet. Completely remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom cabinets & stainless steel appliances. Remodeled master bathroom with new granite & tile. Three car garage. Professionally landscaped private rear grounds with in-ground pool, spacious deck and large lawn area. Just a few minutes to downtown. Just around the corner from Nielsen Park. Award winning schools! OFFERED AT $1,165,000

As soon as you enter you will be impressed with the unique elegance. Gorgeous custom home on private .62 acre lot. Approximately 4,541 square feet, four bedrooms (two master suites) plus office/wine room and bonus loft area and 5.5 bathrooms. Quality, high end equipment and finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen with granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors. Oversized four car garage. Beautifully landscaped Tahoe-like grounds with mature trees. Two minutes to Castlewood Country Club. OFFERED AT $1,565,000

Newer beautiful home built in 2004. Great location, backs to open space with views of Mount Diablo, Pleasanton Ridge & surrounding open space! Three bedrooms plus loft/office, two & a half bathrooms, 2401 square feet. Custom tile flooring. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances. Spacious master suite. Oversized two car garage. Beautiful landscaping. Walk to new sports park & award winning Hearst Elementary, Pleasanton Middle School, Oak Hill Shopping Center & Main Street! Convenient to Callippe Golf Course & Castlewood Country Club. SOLD FOR $810,000



335 DEL SOL AVENUE, PLEASANTON Location, location, location. Desirable downtown quiet court location! Beautiful upgraded home, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with 2350 square feet. Remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash and stainless appliances. Newer upgraded hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, dual pane windows, newer brushed nickel hardware and fixtures. Lots of upgrades including 30 year roof. Elevated lot with private secluded tranquil grounds includes TimberTech deck, mature trees. Walk around the corner at Neal and in one minute you are at the Farmers Market and can also enjoy all the other downtown amenities! Award winning schools! SOLD FOR $830,000


Excellent location!!! Panoramic views of surrounding hills. Backs to open space, no rear neighbors. Great condition, move in ready! Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3300 square feet. Recently updated gourmet kitchen with granite slab countertops! Spacious master suite with fireplace & large bathroom. Open living room, family room and formal dining room. French doors, hardwood flooring. Three car garage. Beautiful, professionally landscaped grounds include, in-ground pool, spacious deck, gazebo, large lawn areas and 135 wine producing grape vines, private vineyard! Community amenities include tennis courts & pool! Walking distance to Main Street and downtown! Award winning Pleasanton schools!! SOLD FOR $1,400,000








Beautiful single story on private premium .35 acre lot. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, approximately 2,150 sf. Completely remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash, custom cabinetry and high end European appliances. Hardwood flooring, French doors, vaulted ceilings, newer windows, newer tile roof. Master suite includes custom built-in closet/ dresser area, French doors to rear grounds, private bathroom with dual sinks. Very private professionally landscaped rear grounds, with no rear neighbors. Recently re-plastered and tiled pool/spa with new equipment. Built-in kitchen/ BBQ island with refrigerator. Mature trees, patios and lawn areas. OFFERED AT AND SOLD FOR $949,000

Best location in Laguna Oaks! Desirable Newport model on premium .40 acre lot. Quiet premium court location. Four bedrooms, bonus room, plus formal office. Private guest/in law/au pair quarters (4th). Three and a half bathrooms. Approximately 3,830 square feet. Large gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, custom backsplash, tile flooring and large eating area. Spacious master suite with views of Pleasanton Ridge, and large walk in closet. Beautifully landscaped rear yard with ultimate privacy. Expansive lawn areas (pool site). A short walk to the community pool, park, and tennis courts. SOLD FOR $1,300,000

PLEASANTON 90 0 Main Street

The latest from The 680 Blog Pleasanton Market Update October 2011 – Quite On The Home Front It was a pretty calm month in the Pleasanton<http://www.680homes. com/pleasanton-real-estate/> real estate market in October, with pending sales of single family detached homes virtually flat and inventory falling a little; quite typical for October. It is interesting to note that pending sales in the $1 million to $2 million range jumped during the month, with corresponding drops in other segments. Overall, inventory fell by 16 homes, from 189 at the end of September to 173 at the end of October, an 8.5% decline. That is the third straight monthly decline in inventory, not uncommon for this time of year. Pending sales rose by one to 53 during the month. Inventory relative to pending sales stood at 3.6 months at the end of September and 3.3 months at the end of October. Neither sales nor inventory changed much in the under $1 million market segment during October. Inventory stood at 115 homes at the end of October, down eight units or 6.5% from September's 123 units. Pending

sales, meanwhile, fell by two from 45 in September to 43 in October. Inventory relative to pending sales was unchanged at 2.7 months. This price range accounted for 81% of Pleasanton's pending sales during October, down from 87% in September, due mostly to the jump in pending sales in the $1 million to $2 million segment (see below). 66% of Pleasanton's inventory was in this price range at the end of October, little changed from

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5703 Athenour Court Moller Ranch beauty shows like a model! Pristine 3 BR, 2 1/2 BTH home with hardwood floors, granite kitchen, plantation shutters, downstairs master BR. Private lot! $799,000 Almost new Gale Ranch home with 4 BR, 3 1/2 BTH, custom tile flooring, luxurious master suite, stunning granite/cherry/stainless kitchen, 3 car tandem garage, and upgrades galore! $889,000


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5083 Muirwood Drive Upgraded 4 BR, 2 ½ BTH Stoneridge area home with vaulted ceiling, granite kitchen, hardwood floors, new carpeting, new roof, 3 car garage, and private yard! $819,000 Country living yet close to everything! Fabulous 4 BR, 3 BTH home remodeled with designer upgrades on 2+ acres with sports court, and more! $1,199,900


Model perfect 5 BR, 3 BTH home with hardwood floors, granite kitchen, designer paint, luxurious master suite, large private yard, and bonus room! $875,000 Pristine upgraded Vintage Hills 4 BR, 2.5 BTH home shows like a model! Cherry & granite kitchen, 3 car garage, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and private .31 acre yard with sparkling pool! $885,000

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PLEASANTON $1,350,000 Newly constructed in court. Open floor plan w/high ceilings. BD/office is on the 1st level w/adjoining BA. Highly upgraded kitchen w/granite counters, large island w/sink, stainless steel appliances. 1334 STONE CANYON CT

PLEASANTON $1,325,000 Custom built, single level home on 1+/acre. Open floor plan, updated kitchen, dinette area, breakfast bar, granite counters, formal LR & DR, pool, 2 patios, volleyball court and more! 3623 CAMERON AVE

PLEASANTON $995,000 Open floor plan with huge downstairs bonus room! Remodeled kitchen with granite counters & lots of storage! Rear yard offers pool, spa and large patio area great for entertaining! Close to schools! 5260 RIDGEVALE WAY

PLEASANTON $895,000 Stunning hardwood floors & vaulted ceilings. Kitchen has slab granite & lrg brkfst nook. Master with fireplace & fabulous views. Gorgeous pool & spa. 5th bdrm is an office, 4th bdrm is media room. 1108 CRELLIN

PLEASANTON $875,000 Expanded “Miramar”, 5bd/2.5ba, 2,688+/sq.ft, remodeled throughout, granite kitchen, hardwood floors, new carpet/ paint, newer windows, plus pool and hot tub. 4823 PIPIT CT







PLEASANTON $734,950 Spacious Kottinger Heights is ready for entertaining and family fun. 4bd/2.5ba, 2260+/-sf. Relax around the sparkling pool or enjoy a sunny interior retreat. 3643 BERNAL AVE


PLEASANTON $729,000 4 bd, 3 ba (1 bd/ba downstairs), updated kitchen/baths, & solar panels for energy efficiency. LOCATED end of the cul-desac, backing to greenbelt w/playground, community pool, tennis courts, MORE! 3298 MONMOUTH COURT


PLEASANTON $612,000 Beautiful 5bd/3ba single story on corner lot. Updated kitchen, granite counters, generous storage, walk-in pantry, sparkling pool & close to schools! 4055 ALVARADO ST


PLEASANTON $550,000 Beautifully appointed front room with French doors, hardwood floors, built-in cherry cabinetry. Wrap around breakfast bar in kitchen opens to huge great room. 4 beds/2 baths 2042 sq. ft. 7254 VALLEY TRAILS DR

PLEASANTON $485,000 2bd/3ba, with office/potential 3rd bedroom downstairs, beautifully updated kitchen and baths, vaulted ceilings, custom fireplace, attached 2-car garage, walking distance to Shopping, Schools and Parks. 1485 TRIMINGHAM DR

Alain Pinel Realtors not only continues to lead the Bay Area in home sales, but we also rank as the #1 Largest, Privately-Owned Residential Real Estate Firm in California – and #2 Largest in the United States. In a day when real estate firms proliferate, merge, morph and disappear, APR thrives. Source: 2011 REAL Trends Top 500 survey, ranked by Closed Sales Volume in 2010

Don Faught Vice President Managing Broker Pleasanton and Livermore

PLEASANTON | 900 Main St 925.251.1111


LIVERMORE | 2300 First St, Suite 316 925.583.1111

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Section 1 of the November 11, 2011 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 11.11.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 11, 2011 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly