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Food Allergies? BY JEB BING

Beaumont’s legacy: a children’s museum



n recent months, Dublin has been moving more aggressively among the Tri-Valley cities in luring major businesses and organizations to locate there. Target, which once eyed Pleasanton, has opened on the city’s far east side; Sprouts, a unique food market, is to the west. Two new athletic/outdoor merchandisers, REI and Sports Authority, just opened in central Dublin. A few weeks ago, the Tri-Valley YMCA moved its headquarters from Pleasanton to Dublin, and the School of Imagination, which once sought space for a facility in Pleasanton, opened in Dublin thanks to financial support from the city. Now the long-planned Valley Children’s Museum also is going to Dublin. A project pushed for years by former Pleasanton resident and businessman Rick Beaumont, the museum is about to receive 2-1/2 acres on a Camp Parks site that is being split up among the military, a developer and the city of Dublin. The Dublin City Council insisted on the land grant in another move to add more nonprofits in the city. Beaumont approached Pleasanton leaders about providing a place for a children’s museum, which will be patterned after Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and others in Sausalito and Stockton. Finding little interest, he and the Valley Children’s Museum board of directors approached San Ramon, whose leaders offered space in its new City Center. A few years passed before the board realized that it could be many years, if ever, before the San Ramon center is built. Dublin officials, learning of the plight, jumped in with their offer of financial and logistical help. As a starter, Beaumont and his group acquired a large Mervyn’s children’s activities trailer, which was part of the retail store’s roving tractor-and-trailer exhibit fully equipped and staffed that went to Mervyn’s stores around the country. Beaumont accepted the gift of the trailer — before Mervyn’s declared bankruptcy — and the unit is now a showplace of the Valley Children’s Museum to come with its weekly displays and shows at the Thursday night Farmers Markets in Dublin. Hundreds visited the exhibits all summer long, seeing models and working displays about early California, crafts and art. Volunteers worked with children to make dolls

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out of cornhusks the way they did in the 1800s. Each week, the theme of the exhibit changed, from early missions to water conservation presentations by Zone 7 representatives to stories about early Native Americans in the Tri-Valley area. Beaumont, who with his wife Nicole has four children, always had a passion for creating more places and activities that focus on very young children. Seeing the crowds at the Discovery Museum made him ask why we couldn’t have something similar closer to home. Surveys he and the newly formed board of directors championed showed widespread interest in an activity center for children up to 7 years old. But it’s not cheap and finding volunteers on a regular basis isn’t easy. Mervyn’s spent about $500,000 on the mobile exhibit that the Valley group is using. Dublin provides space in its Emerald Park free of charge. With a tractor and driver, there’s no reason the exhibit couldn’t be moved from time to time to other places, say, Pleasanton’s Sports Park or the Fairgrounds, or to Livermore. Eventually, once the Camp Parks site is clearly identified and dedicated to the museum, the mobile unit can be moved there. The partnership the Valley Children’s Museum has established with the city of Dublin and Camp Parks has come none too soon for Beaumont. An investment and financial planner since he graduated from Cal Poly 17 years ago when he moved to Pleasanton, he has resigned as chairman of the museum board effective Jan. 1, seven years after he took on the job. Now 40, he says it’s time for others to take on the task of finally building the museum. He plans to stay in touch, however, promising to be among the first in line with his family when it finally opens, hopefully in 2013. N

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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Newsfront DIGEST Holiday cheer downtown tomorrow Downtown will be the scene of holiday merriment tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m. with the “Earlier Than the Bird” launch of the shopping season. “This popular event is designed to launch the holiday shopping season in a festive and entertaining way, and provide amazing deals at our unique downtown stores before Black Friday,” according to the Pleasanton Downtown Association, which is partnering with Livermore Downtown Inc. Participating downtown shops will open at 7 a.m. with special offers and refreshments. Shoppers who arrive wearing pajamas will receive a free “Downtown Livermore/Downtown Pleasanton” winter scarf. KKIQ will have its team downtown from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to promote the event, which lasts until noon. Then tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m., downtown Pleasanton will host its annual holiday kick-off, “Magical Holiday Evening,” with live entertainment and children’s activities. Shops, restaurants and businesses will feature decorations, lights, special window displays and holiday treats. Santa and his helpers will be at the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., for photos, and elves will roam the street giving out candy canes.

Perplexed by book critics, women share tales of pushy parents ‘Tales from Swankville’ prompts discussion on rearing children in Pleasanton BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Despite national headlines drawn to Pleasanton after vicious reactions to “Tales from Swankville,” the 40 or so women gathered Monday evening at a Kottinger Ranch home said the book about pushy parents caused them to look in the mirror rather than lash out at the authors. The two-hour discussion brought out personal stories about overly competitive parents that matched those in the book, cowritten by Siah Fried of Pleasanton and Georgie Ikuma of Castro Valley. Some questioned how this generation of parents became so obsessed with uber-achieving children and others asked what could be done about it. “Every parent is upping the ante.

In dance, every kid has to have a solo — so your kid needs a solo. We’re all buying into that,” Ikuma said. “We don’t just want to keep up with the Joneses any more. We want to be better.” The book is a series of vignettes shared by a fictitious mom named Sasha, who is appalled by actions of other parents but also shares her own parenting mistakes. The authors are both Sasha, they said. “The point of the book is that we’re all guilty,” Fried said. Elizabeth Murphy introduced herself to the group as a neighbor of Fried’s although they’d never met. She became aware of the book when another neighbor covered her garage with signs belittling the author. Fried also has been asked not to teach the

second session of her kid-friendly healthy living class at Walnut Grove Elementary. “Think ‘Grace under pressure.’ It’s one of the hardest things,” Murphy told Fried. “Children observe everything so keep your head up. We all do the best we can. This isn’t unique to Pleasanton.” The authors said the setting indeed was not supposed to be Pleasanton but a generic Suburbia USA. But one of the first bloggers claimed it was Pleasanton and everyone ran with that. Much of Monday’s discussion centered on parents’ competitiveness. One woman related that when she moved to Pleasanton a few See TALES on Page 9

New attorney for suspect in ’84 slaying Steven Carlson remains in jail in death of Tina Faelz BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

open to the public serving, as Nagy put it, cuisine “that will take you from the Italian Riviera to the shores of the Danube to the coast of California.” Nestled in the wine country, the restaurant will specialize in a large inventory of local and French wines. In a presentation to the Planning Commission, the restaurant developers said that more and more people are interested in visiting the Livermore Valley wine region and the Vineyard corridor has become part of this popular tourist destination. Adding to the popularity of the Casa Real and Mitchell Katz wineries and event centers, the new Liliom Restaurant will have similar features. Nagy proposes to host daily private functions at the restaurant. These may include wedding, corporate events and more. City planners, in recommending that the

A former Santa Clara County prosecutor has taken over the case of Steven Carlson, charged with murder in the death of 14-year-old Foothill High School freshman Tina Faelz, who was killed 27 years ago. Carlson faces a single count of murder in the death of Faelz, whose body was discovered in a drainage ditch after school April 5, 1984. He remains in the Santa Rita Jail with Cameron Bowman taking over for Richard Foxall, the public defender originally assigned the case. Steven Carlson Bowman is now a partner in the criminal defense firm of Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman, based in San Jose. His LinkedIn profile states he has more than 19 years’ experience as a prosecutor and criminal trial attorney and was named trial attorney of the year in 1998. The firm “handles high profile and other sensitive cases,” according to his profile. Bowman was hired by Carlson’s family to take the case from the public defender’s office. Whether Carlson will be tried as an adult remains in question. He’s set for what’s called a fitness hearing on Jan. 10, when Juvenile Court Judge Trina Thompson will determine whether the case will be transferred or remain in juvenile court. Had Carlson been arrested in 1984 when he was still a teen, a similar hearing would have been held, and the laws from that time still apply. Currently, a juvenile can be charged as an adult by the District Attorney’s Office without such a hearing. Carlson has served time, including a felony count of lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14 years of age and he is on the state’s Megan’s Law list of sex offenders. Police have previously said Faelz did not appear to have been sexually molested. Faelz was last seen alive about an hour before her body was found. While the freshman girl often took the bus home from school, she had recently started walking home to avoid being teased by other students riding the bus, her

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Police collecting gifts for families in need With Christmas approaching fast, the Pleasanton Police Officers Association Charitable Foundation is beginning its annual Giving Tree Program, collecting gifts for families in need and seniors. The foundation already has the names of those it’s hoping to help out this year; now, it’s looking for people to step forward to donate. Gift tags listing what to buy can be picked up in the lobby of the Police Department beginning Nov. 29. It’s the third year the foundation has been collecting gifts through its giving tree. To learn more, call Officer Ryan Dawson or foundation President Kurt Schlehuber at 931-5100.

Correction The story in the Nov. 11 issue headlined “Man captured with local girl in critical condition after jailhouse jump” should have stated: “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.” The Weekly desires to correct all significant errors. To request a correction, call the editor at (925) 600-0840 or e-mail:


The former sales office near the main gate to Ruby Hill has been sold to a developer who will move it closer to Vineyard Avenue and convert it into a restaurant.

Council OKs conversion of Ruby Hill sales office into upscale restaurant Building will be expanded, moved closer to Vineyard Avenue BY JEB BING

The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday night approved the relocation of the former sales and model home office at Ruby Hill that will be converted into a two-story French restaurant facing Vineyard Avenue. The council and the city Planning Commission had both approved the plan four years ago, but the developers held back on the restaurant plan due to a weak economy. Now, both the Planning Commission and the council have approved extending that permit until 2013. Aprad Nagy, the developer, plans to build a basement just off Vineyard Avenue and west of Ruby Hill Drive to accommodate the French Tudor-styled sales building, which will then be lifted up and moved over to the top of the basement. Once open, the new Liliom Restaurant will

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Victim testifies about stabbing near Village High Defense attorney claims victim has history of violence BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

Amid allegations of gang threats and the admission that he’d brought a fake gun to school, one of two victims in a double stabbing Sept. 15 identified 16-year-old Victor Garcia as the his attacker. Cameron “CamCam” Gipson testified in a preliminary hearing last week that he was talking with another teen when Garcia, who has been charged as an adult in the double stabbing, approached. “The defendant said, ‘What?’ That’s when he stabs him,” said prosecutor Connie Campbell. She said when Gipson stepped back after being stabbed, he saw Garcia get punched by the second victim, who was then stabbed by Garcia. Defense attorney Thomas Knutsen, however, did his best to discredit Gipson, going over his testimony in painstaking detail and accusing

him of having violent tendencies. Knutsen got Gipson to admit, for example, that he’d been suspended after bringing a realistic looking fake gun to Amador Valley High School. Gipson testified he did so in fear of a Livermore-based gang called the South Side Riders who had confronted him in school. “They approached me with a knife,” Gipson testified. Gipson also admitted he’d gone from Amador toward Village High School with several friends, and with Dawayne Barnes, the other stabbing victim, as backup. Gipson also testified that he’d headed toward Village “possibly” to fight. Garcia admitted to police that he’d stabbed Gipson, but denied stabbing Barnes; he’s since pleaded not guilty. He’s being held in Santa Rita Jail on $260,000 bail. The preliminary hearing is set to continue Nov. 28. N

TAKE US ALONG Reading by the rock: Kayla and Justin Fulmer display the Weekly in front of Morro Rock, a 581foot volcanic plug located offshore from Morro Bay at the entrance to Morro Bay Harbor.

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Hayashi, represented by attorney, skips court appearance

Pleasanton bomberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trail leads to Massachusetts

Accused of shoplifting nearly $2,500 in apparel

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A state assemblywoman accused of shoplifting at a Neiman Marcus store in San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union Square in October did not appear in court for a hearing and was excused from appearing at the next hearing in December. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, was arrested on Oct. 25 after a security officer at the store at 150 Stockton St. stopped her because she was leaving with items worth $2,445 that she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paid for, prosecutors said. The 45-year-old assemblywoman pleaded not guilty to a felony grand theft charge on Oct. 27 and was released on $15,000 bail. Hayashi was not required to appear in San Francisco Superior Court for a hearing Tuesday morning to set a date for the preliminary hearing. After Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing was continued to Dec. 7 to discuss the status of evidence in the case and possibly set a preliminary hearing date, prosecutor Paul Brennan asked that Hayashi be required to appear at all future hearings. Judge Gerardo Sandoval initially granted the request, but Hayashiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney Douglas Rappaport objected. Sandoval then talked privately with Brennan and Rappaport and

reversed his decision, waiving her appearance for the Dec. 7 hearing. District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office spokesman Omid Talai said prosecutors had requested that Hayashi appear at the hearings â&#x20AC;&#x153;to treat her the way any other defendant would be treated.â&#x20AC;? Rappaport declined to talk to Mary Hayashi reporters outside the courtroom after the hearing about what was said to the judge. Hayashiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman Sam Singer has said the arrest was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a mistake and misunderstanding.â&#x20AC;? Singer said she carries two cell phones and was texting and talking on the phone with a bag in her hands and inadvertently stepped outside the store. Hayashi was elected in 2006 to represent the 18th Assembly District, which includes Pleasanton, Hayward, Castro Valley and Dublin. She is a member of the leadership team for Assembly Speaker John Perez, serving as chair of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bay City News Service


A reenactment on Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wanted has led the FBI to New England in its search for the man wanted in a 2003 bombing at Shaklee Corp. headquarters on Willow Road. The FBI is asking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in locating Daniel Andreas San Diego, a fugitive on the FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wanted Terrorist list who may be hiding in western Massachusetts. A tip from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wantedâ&#x20AC;? has led the FBI to conclude that San Diego may be in the Northampton, Mass., area. FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers called the tip â&#x20AC;&#x153;recent and current.â&#x20AC;? San Diego was the first domestic suspect added to the FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Wanted Terrorist list on April 21, 2009. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wanted for his alleged involvement in two bombings in the Bay Area, including a Sept. 26, 2003, bomb laden with nails that was exploded at Shaklee. The FBI is offering a $250,000 reward for his capture. The Shaklee bombing was the second site believed to have been targeted by San Diego. Two bombs exploded approximately one hour apart on the campus of Chiron, a biotech corporation in Emeryville, on Aug. 28, 2003. A federal arrest warrant was

issued for San Diego in October 2003, but he disappeared before he could be taken into custody. San Diego, a former Berkeley resident and son of the Belvedere city manager, is described as a 6-foot-tall white male with brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 160 pounds. He has several tattoos, including a round image Daniel Andreas of burning hillSan Diego sides in the center of his chest with the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;It only takes a sparkâ&#x20AC;? printed in a semicircle below; and burning and collapsing buildings on the sides of his abdomen and back. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been linked to an extremist animal rights organization and was a dedicated vegan, eating neither meat nor any food containing animal products.

The bombing created a stir in Pleasanton, when the Police Department responded to the first of five calls dispatchers received on their emergency 911 telephone lines between 3:20 and 3:30 a.m. from residents who reported a loud explosion in the area. A minute earlier, a dispatcher at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department received an automated alert from Shakleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire alarm system of an emergency at the southeast corner of the building, near a doorway. Both police and firefighters were at the scene within minutes. Bomb-sniffing dogs from Pleasanton and the state police force were also brought in, with a determination made that the device that exploded was the only one in the area. Investigators said a kitchen timer wired to the device had triggered the explosive material. The FBI says San Diego should be considered armed and dangerous. N



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2006 Amador grad paralyzed in crash ‘I just unbuckled my seatbelt for a second’ BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

A life can change in an instant. That was the case for Katie Sharify. While on her way to Los Angeles on Nov. 2, the 2006 graduate from Amador Valley High took her seatbelt off and her eyes from the road for just a few moments. She wound up ejected from her car, hospitalized and paralyzed. Sharify said her mother had left fruit and energy drinks on the floor of the passenger seat, and the noise from them rolling around had begun to bother her. On Interstate 5 with the cruise control set to 70, she leaned over to move the cans, a decision that would change her life forever. “I just unbuckled my seatbelt for a second. I looked down for two whole seconds — I looked up and my car was veering to the left,” she said. She tried to swerve right but couldn’t bring the car back under

control. “I ended up just going off road and crashing into the little hills,” Sharify said. “The impact ended up sending me through the back window. I was ejected and when they found me I was 20 feet away from the car. The last thing I remember is the air bag opening. ... The car was just flipping and flipping. I don’t remember any of this, it was just what I was told.” “Next thing I remember was being put into the helicopter,” she continued. “I was airlifted to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.” There, she received blood transfusions and had spinal surgery. The accident left her with head injuries, broken ribs, a broken spine and a bruised spinal cord, along with the bruising and swelling one would get in any accident. The most serious was the damage to Sharify’s spine. “My injury is what they call t3/

t4. Those were the vertebrae that were bent,” she said. “My whole torso is still numb. I’m very lucky to have my hands.” Sharify said 80% of people with such injuries end up with little chance for full recovery. “The others get better, little by little, but hardly any walk,” she said. She is holding onto hope that new treatments will help her. “There’s stem cell research that’s going on. My kind of injury is what they’re looking for in the research,” she said. “I’ve been trying to qualify. Basically what they’d do is open me up, putting the stem cells in and hope for the best.” She added that she hoped the stem cell research done on her can ultimately help others with similar injuries. Sharify remains upbeat, although she realizes that walking again may be unlikely.

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I-580 link to Highway 84 major step in planned expressway to I-680 BY JEB BING

sides of the route over Pigeon Pass has helped to reduce long delays in that section, but it could be years before the full planned four-lane expressway is completed. Along with opening the Isabel Avenue interchange, Caltrans also closed the westbound I-580 Portola Avenue on-ramp. The eastbound I-580 off-ramp to Portola was closed several months ago. These closures were necessary, Caltrans said, in order to connect Portola Avenue south of I-580 with the new Portola Avenue overcrossing, and the city of Livermore’s extension of Portola north of I-580. For more information, call (510) 286-5445. N


that is allowed under the grape production conservation easement. The only change proposed to the building is a 382-square-foot addition on the second floor to be used for additional kitchen and staff facilities. A new driveway will be added off Vineyard for exclusive use of restaurant patrons, with a 100-vehicle parking lot wrapping around the building. Although no one appeared at the council meeting to comment on the restaurant plan, city staff received five comments from Ruby Hill residents who expressed concern over possible increases in noise and traffic once the restaurant opens. No opening date has yet been given for the restaurant, although city planners expect work to get under way in 2012. N

Caltrans opened all ramps of the Isabel Avenue interchange at I-580 early Wednesday morning, completing construction work ahead of schedule and ending months of detours and traffic snarls as the work continued. Isabel, which is officially designated as State Route 84, provides a key link to Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton and is a major traffic artery between Interstates 580 and 680. The four-lane roadway has largely been rebuilt and widened from I-580 east to Jack London Boulevard just past the Livermore Airport, where it narrows to two lanes. A truck-passing lane on both

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council extend the Nagy petition, said the restaurant would be open for dining in the evenings only starting at 6 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In order to offset any scheduling conflicts or potential impacts to Ruby Hill residents, private and corporate social functions would take place only during the restaurant’s non-dining hours. The Ruby Hill sales office was built by Signature Properties in 1994 as part of that developer’s construction of homes in Ruby Hill, which started in 1993. Now part of the South Livermore Valley Area Plan, it will occupy a 2.5-acre parcel


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years ago she joined a playgroup for her 2-year-old because she wanted adult company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at this playgroup, even at 2, the moms were comparing what the kids were doing,â&#x20AC;? she lamented. Another mother said that when her daughter returned from her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor education trip, the talk was all about which child had received the most letters. One woman recalled telling another that her child was going to play recreational soccer rather than competitive, getting the response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rec is for losers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;After reading the book I looked into the mirror,â&#x20AC;? said another woman. Her husband also read it and related its message to his physical therapist who told about an increase in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports injuries as they are pushed to succeed. The women in attendance (and three men) agreed that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children are overscheduled. One mother said her young daughter asked not to be signed up for anything, she just wanted play dates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was OK with that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but there was no one else home to have play dates with,â&#x20AC;? she said. A teacher commented on the harm of over-scheduling, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the time children have alone is essential to their growth and selfknowledge.â&#x20AC;? One woman said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think those lashing out at Fried were a modern phenomenon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mean people have been around forever,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jane Austen talked about mean, pushy parents 200 years ago.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The comment on someone being a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;loser,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, who would say that?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re preaching to the choir here but there is a culture of entitlement in Pleasanton,â&#x20AC;? said another, recalling a girl about to enter community college who told her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how hard it is in Pleasanton to say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to a junior college.â&#x20AC;? The group also discussed the effect of this parental over-competitiveness on children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are they as affected as we think they are?â&#x20AC;? someone asked. Mary Geasa, herself a middle school teacher, told about an AP English project at Foothill High where the students had to choose something to rebel against. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group chose helicopter moms,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all good students and they get it. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making a statement that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re OK. Their slogan is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Parenting Is Not Product Development.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? No one Monday night attacked the authors, although online blogs have been vindictive toward Fried, saying characters were based on them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so grateful tonight for talking about the topic,â&#x20AC;? Fried said. Kathleen Hart-Hinek and Anna Molz hosted the evening, feeling the subject was valid plus the air needed to be cleared after the hard feelings raised in town. They said they invited Friedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critics who chose not to attend. Fried, a health professor at Las Positas College, said she first started to question parental competi-


Georgie Ikuma (left) and Siah Fried, authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales from Swankville,â&#x20AC;? talk about the sense of competitiveness created by their generation of parents.

tiveness when deciding whether to enroll her daughter in com-

petitive dance. She asked her college students their thoughts on the

subject and said their responses were shocking. Their poignant comments about growing up with pushy parents begin each chapter of the book. Fried and Ikuma also appeared Monday on Brian Copelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ABC7 morning show and will be on his KGO Newstalk 810 radio show Sunday, which airs from 9-11 a.m. Huffington Post ran a story on the reaction in Pleasanton to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales from Swankville,â&#x20AC;? and CNNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anderson Cooper also contacted Fried. But the angry neighbors did not agree to talk and national news is interested in the controversy more than the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message, Fried said. At least the brouhaha is getting people to read the book, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most exciting thing to me is a guy in New Jersey who read the book twice and totally sees himself in the stories,â&#x20AC;? she said. Readers across the country have thanked her for getting them to look at themselves in the mirror, she said. The book is available online and at local bookstores. The Pleasanton Public Library has three copies with a long waiting list. N

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mother, Shirley Orosco, said in a 2008 interview with the Pleasanton Weekly. Like many of her classmates, Faelz took a back route from the high school, walking on a path that connected through Aster Court to Lemonwood Way Tina Faelz and under Interstate 680 to her home in the Valley Trails neighborhood. That day, she only made it part way when police believe she was approached and subsequently stabbed to death. Fellow high school students who walked the same path found Faelzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body at about 3:25 p.m., only 10 to 15 minutes after investigators believe she was killed, Lt. Darrin Davis said in a 2008 interview. N


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Wounded Warrior Project ambassador and Marine Sgt. Bill Hansen tells the crowd at a Safeway Veterans Day observance about how the project helped him after he was injured in Tikrit, Iraq.

Safeway, others salute veterans Wounded warrior tells gathering: ‘You can overcome anything’ The Safeway supermarket on Tassajara Road in Dublin welcomed veterans and their guests last week in observance of Veterans Day. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty joined Wounded Warrior Project ambassador William “Bill” Hansen, USMC, in asking the public to donate to worthy organizations supporting the country’s military. The Amador Valley High School jazz band opened the one-hour ceremony, followed by welcoming remarks by Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway’s Northern California division in Pleasanton. McNerney and Haggerty also spoke. Hansen, whose remarks were entitled “From the Front lines,” joined the California National Guard as an Infantry sergeant in the Marines in 2002. He served 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. 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 inju-


Safeway customers and volunteers pack care packages for active duty military during a Veterans Day ceremony at a Safeway store in Dublin.

ries in the crash, including broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. He was told he would never walk again without a cane. For the past two years Hansen has worked 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. In his remarks last Friday, Han-

sen concluded: “You can overcome anything if you work hard enough.” After the ceremony, McNerney and Haggerty and Safeway Executive Vice President Larree Renda and Schroeder helped other volunteers assemble care packages for Operation SAM (Supporting All Military), an organization that collects, packs and ships “comfort items” to active duty personnel overseas. The group is also writing letters of support that will be included with the care packages. N

Mason McDuffie names new VP Veteran mortgage banker to add more branches Stewart Reichardt has been appointed to the position of regional vice president for production at Mason McDuffie Mortgage Corp., responsible for establishing new branch offices for the firm as well as managing its Pleasanton office at 4301 Hacienda Dr. Reichardt began his tenure with Mason McDuffie by recruiting veteran manager Chick Donaldson Page 10ÊUÊNovember 18, 2011ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

and his team of loan officers to their new branch office located in Capitola. Reichardt has a history of expanding new and existing lending operations through-

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Opinion Pleasanton EDITORIAL Weekly New leadership at Las Positas


PUBLISHER Gina Channell-Allen, Ext. 119


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

Kevin Walthers, the new president of Las Positas College, is making the rounds of civic organizations to drum up support for the college he now leads, and with good reason. All is not well for community colleges in California, where student fees have now risen from $26 to $36 a unit hour. Higher fees are again being proposed in Sacramento for a two-year college system that is bursting at the seams with student enrollment. Enrollment at Las Positas College hit a record high of 10,000 students in 2009 before the state rolled back the amount allowed in a belttightening order. Still, that hasn’t dampened Walthers’ enthusiasm or that of the Chabot-Las Positas College board of trustees. The campus sparkles with new buildings, including a science building that will be completed in the spring and a spacious new student center and administration building that will open in early 2013. The school’s athletic center hosts major tournaments with Las Positas varsity teams in baseball, basketball, soccer and swimming winning top awards across the state. Its Foundation is considered the best in the state, raising millions of dollars locally to support the college. In these financially troubling times for California colleges, Walthers was worth waiting for. Las Positas had been without a president since DeRionne Pollard resigned nearly two years ago to become the president and CEO of Montgomery College in Maryland. A search firm interviewed a number of candidates and brought four to Las Positas for very public interviews. One dropped out of the running; the college board rejected the other three and the search resumed. Walthers was vice chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System when Las Positas selected him as its new president. He holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah, served on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, was responsible for that state’s financial aid program, and oversaw the West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing, the state’s educational technology provider to K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Prior to his time in West Virginia, Walthers was Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services at the College of Eastern Utah. In this position, he oversaw a portion of college operations including athletics, auxiliaries, facility management and financial operations. His career as an educator began in Texas as a high school teacher. He also served in policy roles with the Utah State Legislature and as a senior administrator with the Utah State Board of Regents. Besides his doctorate degree, Walthers holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his college education at Eastfield College in the Dallas County Community College District. He told a Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce group last week that he has the tools and space now to enroll 11,000 students, and by 2013 the campus could easily hold 14,000. There’s a growing demand for education at the two-year college level, both by an increasing number of Tri-Valley residents who can’t afford or qualify for the four-year universities and those who need the lower-fee colleges such as Las Positas can provide for the thousands of jobs that don’t require bachelor and master’s degrees. With Walthers at the helm, Las Positas College may be the best community college the state has to offer at a time when public education is at a financial crossroads. N

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LETTERS Sour note at event Dear Editor, What a wonderful program that was presented Nov. 6 at the Veterans Day Ceremony. The tributes to all veterans who served during the period from World War II through current times were very moving. Added to this moving experience was the music provide by our Pleasanton Community Concert Band. The only sour note was provided by one of the politicians who was present and had a brief part of the

program. County Supervisor Nate Miley wore his baseball cap during the whole program, even during the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. I assume he did not do this out of disrespect of our country, but merely he does not know how to respond to this situation. Has he never attended a sporting event when spectators are asked to remove their hats? Maybe he is busy at those times doing other things, like soliciting votes. Hal Nygaard

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azz, hip-hop, Bollywood. The action was nonstop at Jazz ‘n’ Taps Dance Studio on a recent weekend as students danced, danced, danced their way to more than $13,000 The 24-hour marathon began at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at the studio on Quarry Lane. It’s a fundraiser for Project Roadrunner, which helps with the needs at Marylin Avenue Elementary School in Livermore. The dance money is used to buy Christmas presents for its families. “Because we have ages 8-17, we put them in six different teams and there were always people from each team dancing,” explained Jazz ‘n’ Taps owner Sherri Sweetnam. “It’s a huge bonding experience for the kids.” “There is time for younger ones to sleep a little bit, but the most anyone gets is a few hours. The older girls dance all through the night,” she said. “We made it different and special by offering African, jazz, Bollywood, Tahitian, hip-hop,

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Students at Jazz ‘n’ Taps dance away the night at a 24-hour marathon that raised $13,000 to buy Christmas gifts for kids in need.

musical theater — and we had a choreography contest.” “The team parents and Jazz ‘n’ Taps instructors volunteered time, food and supplies to keep the dancers going,” she added. “It was a huge success,” said team director Jennifer Buros, who added that she is proud of the dancers and thankful to the parents and instructors. When not dancing, the 54 students worked on decorating T-shirts and other gift items. At the end of the marathon, they gave a dance performance of the numbers they’d learned during the 24 hours. Don McAlister, who is in charge of Project Roadrunner, arrived at the end of the marathon for a presentation of the money raised and there was not a dry eye in the house, said Sweetnam. “It always gets emotional,” she said. “Of course by the time you’re there for 24 hours everyone is very emotional anyway.” “I’m really proud of my kids,” she added.

“We do it every other year — this was the third time — and it’s a pretty cool adventure.” The dancers raise enough money for bicycles and other substantial gifts for the families, she said, and the $13,000 should be enough for presents for two years for the Project Roadrunner families. “They’re going to do the gift giveaway on Dec. 17,” Sweetnam said. “They invited my kids to help — they’re like little elves. Donielle Machi, a second-grade teacher at Marylin Avenue School, said her niece Katie was a dancer and asked her to donate. “I was brought to tears as I explained to Katie how much my students and their families appreciate the dancers for raising money for Project Roadrunner,” Machi said. “It is truly a gift these dancers give to these families for the holiday season.” E-mail McAlister at dmcalister@lvjusd.k12. for more information about Project Roadrunner. N


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My kayaker husband Jeff and I heard some exciting news: The whales were feeding closer than usual to the shore in Santa Cruz, making it a good time to see them in their natural habitat. We had Wednesday off work so we packed up the kayak and headed for the coast. With our first glimpse of the clear waters beneath the blue sky we knew we were in for a memorable day. The temperature was 72 degrees, but it felt like every bit of a warm summer day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in November. We parked near the harbor and hoisted our orange kayak into water, donned sunscreen and hats, and paddled out to sea. We passed other kayakers coming back and asked if they had seen any whales. They all said â&#x20AC;&#x153;no,â&#x20AC;? but they had seen dolphins and sea lions. Our kayak formed lines in the gentle waves that reminded me of the lines carved in sand dunes in the dessert, but these dunes were bluish grey and fluid, moving in ebbs and flows. I looked back at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, not even a mile away, sparkling in the sunlight, which is usually the main attraction. But today folks were there for the whales, and anyone with a boat, kayak, longboard or surfboard was heading out across the water in hopes of seeing one up close and personal. Laws dictate that you stay 100 feet away from the whales. The problem is, there is no law on how close a whale can get to you. Nonetheless we paddled on, listening to the squawk of seagulls with 4-foot wingspans as they soared over the water looking for their next meal. Up to this point, the only swimming creatures we saw were the sea lions, which were diving and popping up to see us. We decided they were a better bet than the whales so we paddled over to the pier to get a better look. Some were barking and attempting to jump onto the beams while others were lazily dozing in the warmth of the afternoon sun. But the tide had gone out, making the pier beams slightly out of reach. Still, they heaved their massive bodies out of the water only to smack their necks against the beam and go crashing back to the water. The slumbering sea lions already on the beams just lifted their sleepy

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heads before slumping back into their warm beds. After a nerve-wracking paddle under the pier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which I did rapidly in response to the barking sea lions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we emerged on the other side. We once again headed out to sea to try and catch a glimpse of the main feature of the day, the whales. My husband was paddling, I was lying back with legs stretched out and face in the sun hoping to coax a little color into my pale skin when â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what was that? That dark mass surging out of the water? My husband reacted faster than I did by paddling quickly toward it. I sat up and also began paddling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we were heading toward a whale. The whale submerged into the water and let out a spray of water. We paddled faster toward it, another kayaker also in pursuit. Here it came again, heaving itself out of the water. We could see its hump back,

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Simple decorations can be stunning BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Some holiday decorating tips are easy: Class up that poinsettia by taking it out of the foil wrapper and putting it into an attractive vase. It’s best to keep decorating simple, recommends Barbara King, a floral designer who is in nursing education at ValleyCare Health System. For about 10 years, King has been one of the decorators for the stunning trees auctioned off at the annual ValleyCare fundraiser, Christmas Tree Lane, which is this weekend at Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. This year King was responsible for two trees, one titled “Fanciful

Flight,” which featured birds, and the other to recognize that this year is ValleyCare’s 50th anniversary. “That’s a beautiful kind of classic tree with blacks and golds and pearls, a frosted tree,” she explained. She advises people, when decorating for the holidays, to pick a theme for the room or area. “Do you want it to look like a snow village? The South Pole?” she asked. “Pick how you want it to look — old-fashioned, new or more modern.” She also said to pick three colors then stick to the color theme, such as crimson red, dark forest green

and white or gold. “I try to keep the basic theme and the new things fit in,” she said. When decorating a tree, she pointed out, put something colorful toward the trunk and decorate from the inside out. “Fill the center core of the tree. If you’re going to use scarves, put it in toward the trunk, string it through the center of the tree, pull it forward in poofs,” she said. Think the prettier ornaments you want to put out toward the tips.” Don’t be afraid to put large things on trees as a focal piece, she said,

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noting that even a small tree can have a focal point. “If you’re doing a winter wonderland tree use a pair of small kids skis tied into the tree, like a 3-4foot pair,” she said. “Think outside the box.” Mittens and scarves are also effective, she added. “I like to add some floral garlands or floral picks in the tree. That adds interest,” she said. King recalled going through a formal period in decorating her own home about 10 years ago but now her holiday decorating tends to revolve around her grandchildren, ages 6, 7, 11 and 12. They enjoy helping her place teddy bears under her tree and the Department 56 miniature houses that light up, which go under the tree and often on the mantle. She also places a garland on her mantle, along with lights. “If you’re doing green fresh garland on the mantle and just a little greenery on the table runner and a wreath, it is uniform throughout the house,” King said. “The house still shines — it doesn’t have to be elaborate.” “Think continuity,” she explained, “so everything sort of re-

lates to one another. Colors that relate always work better.” Remember to keep decorations low on the dining table, she said, because they can also serve as the centerpiece when enjoying the holiday feast. She also suggests running garlands up and down stair rails. “Lighted garlands on the stairway are really pretty,” she said. “They can be tied with so many things — tie them with a red bow.” No matter how beautiful our new decorations may be, the holidays are also a sentimental time. “We all have our special things we’ve had over the years but we put them out anyway,” she said. “I do that as well. My colors are generally crimson red, deep greens and I add pearl or silver along with that. I find that other ornaments or family things I add in tend to be OK with those colors.” Outside, she hangs a wreath and puts lights around the doors as well as on two small arbors in front of her house. But she does not feel a need to go overboard. “Because I work at Christmas Tree Lane all October and November, I’m becoming a minimalist at home,” she said with a laugh. N

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Holiday Fund 201 Help for those who need it most BY JEB BING

Five nonprofits have been selected as this year’s recipients of the ninth annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, the community-wide campaign that starts today to provide needed funding for vital local nonprofits. This year, the Tri-Valley Community Foundation has agreed again to provide matching funds of up to $50,000 to the campaign so that for every $1 contributed, another $1 will be given to these five nonprofits. With the match, this year’s goal is $100,000 with the funds to be allocated equally to each of the five organizations: Axis Community Health, Hope Hospice, Open Heart Kitchen, Valley Humane Society and the Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center at ValleyCare Health System Foundation. “Last year, when the state of the economy was perhaps even more dire, our readers rallied to the call and contributed nearly $100,000 in direct donations over and above the Tri-Valley Community Foundation’s match,” said Gina Channell-Allen, president and publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly. “That gave us a grand total of $147,000, which enabled us to contribute nearly $30,000 to each of last year’s beneficiaries,” she added. “We hope to do even better this year.” Unlike most other fundraising drives by individual organizations, the Holiday Fund has no administrative expenses or other overhead. The Pleasanton Weekly donates all the support services so all money raised can go to the local nonprofit groups. All funds are held in trust by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. David Rice, president of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, said giving to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund this year is more important than ever. “Although Pleasanton is ranked as one of the wealthiest cities of its size in the David Rice nation, there are hundreds here and many more in the Tri-Valley who rely on these organizations for individual and family assistance, emergency aid when they’re suddenly without jobs, and health care,” Rice said. “Not everyone is wealthy here, not everyone has a job, not everyone has health insurance. These are the people who need our help.” “Whether we’re employers or among the employed or in business for ourselves, each of us has been affected by fast-rising costs in health care, for basic commodities and food, even for highway and bridge tolls,” Rice said. “Those on the bottom rung of the employment ladder may have a job, but they don’t earn enough to meet these ongoing higher living costs. They often have inadequate or no health

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insurance at all. Some have lost their jobs or their benefits, or both, because of corporate downsizing, layoffs and benefit reductions. We see these needs vividly through the Tri-Valley Community Foundation’s programs and the good work the Pleasanton Weekly’s Holiday Fund accomplishes.” Rice added that although the public should continue to support other fundraising efforts, such as through the Red Cross and United Way, the Weekly’s Holiday Fund offers a close-tohome approach that is more effective and direct in getting the funds that are contributed to the local organizations that need them. One of this year’s recipients is again the Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center at ValleyCare. The center is located inside the ValleyCare Health Library. Money generated by the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund helps the center offer personalized reference assistance and access to medical databases, some in other languages, including websites and articles, plus books, videos and models. “Funds received from the 2010 campaign have been instrumental in keeping our cancer support groups running,” said Stephanie du Pont-Pensa of ValleyCare’s Ancillary and Outpatient Services. “We were even able to add another support group for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.” Open Heart Kitchen is another Tri-Valley charity that is again on the Holiday Fund list for 2011. “We served over 216,000 meals in 2010 and expect to serve even more this year,” said Linda McKeever, executive director. “The biggest increase is the newly unemployed and underemployed in the local area.” Open Heart Kitchen, which serves meals in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, has seen a 25% increase in demand for free meals, far greater than the pace of donations given directly to the organization. “Open Heart Kitchen is often the ‘bridge’ that enables a family stay on its feet from week to week,” McKeever said. “Last year’s generous grant from the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday fund went directly to support our hunger relief programs. Your funds helped purchase food, supplies and the direct cost of preparing and serving meals.” Axis Community Health, another recipient of this year’s campaign, provides medical care and behavioral health services for all members of the Tri-Valley community regardless of income or ability to pay. Last year, Tri-Valley residents made more than 115,000 visits to Axis, which is a 15% increase over the previous year. Axis is enrolling more than 400 new patients each month and the need for care continues to increase as the recession continues. Although Axis serves all ages, the need for adult primary care medical services has been explosive in the past year

as more people have lost their job or had their insurance coverage curtailed. “In the past year,î said Sue Compton, Axis’s CEO, “we have added two more physicians and two more nurse practitioners to our staff and we are providing care at our five sites every day or the week, as well as on Saturdays and eveningsóand even all of this is not keeping up with the need for care in our community.” “We are especially grateful to be selected as a recipient of the Pleasanton Weekly’s Holiday Fund campaign this year as it will allow us to continue to meet this critical need in our community,” she added. Another beneficiary of the 2011 Holiday Fund campaign is Hope Hospice. The organization, headed by Larry Lakes, is known throughout the Valley for the special kind of healthcare it offers. It’s unique because it works to not only meet a dying patient’s physical needs, but supports their emotional, social and spiritual needs 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 to provide services. Its mission is to provide compassionate, quality end-of-life care and grief support to patients and families. Hope Hospice and its volunteers step in when medical science can no longer add days to life, and what matters is the quality of life that can be added to each day. Last but not least is help for our furry friends who give so much to us in return. Once again, the Valley Humane Society is on the list of recipients for the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. This all-volunteer group, with its mission to educate others on responsible pet ownership, recently moved into its new facility on Nevada Street. It is finding that more people are giving up their pets due to lack of money to care for them. One service Valley Humane Society provides is donating pet food for pet owners who are having financial difficulties. The organization also rescues, treats and funds a home for abandoned or injured animals. It does not euthanize unless health problems dictate. David Rice said that “what’s important about giving to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund is that, in partnership with the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, we can identify these programs and activities that need our help and serve our entire community.” “We know what the needs are locally because of our expertise in covering these nonprofits in the Weekly’s news columns and through the Foundation’s programs to help serve their financial needs,” he explained. “We can put money to work very quickly whereas it might take quite a long time for these organizations to partner up with donors themselves,” he added. “So this is a much more effective and direct way to get money to work in the community by giving to the Holiday Fund.” N

Top: Melanie Sadek and her rescue offices of the Tri-Valley Humane Socie in Pleasanton. Center: Medical Assi checks an Axis prenatal patient. Botto hold their after-school meals provid Kitchen.

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At the launch of the 2011 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, 44 donors have contributed $9,305 to the fund. 6 anonymous donors have given $710 of that total.

Individuals Mr. & Mrs. William Adams ..........................................................100 Andrew Bailey & Lauren Purcell .................................................. 1000 Chris & Glenda Beratlis ................................................................500 Jan & Jeb Bing .............................................................................200 Mrs. Terry Messick-Cass & Mr. Barry Cass ....................................100 Mrs. Merlyn Chesnut .....................................................................** Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Ciccarello ........................................................** Chris & Linda Coleman ................................................................500 Mr. Dave Cryer ..............................................................................** Barbara Daniels.............................................................................** The Darrin Family ........................................................................100 Alice Desrosiers ...........................................................................100 Michael & Suzanne Dutra ............................................................100 Richard & Gloria Fredette ..............................................................** Frank & Connie Gouveia ................................................................** Raymond James...........................................................................200 Don & Jean Kallenberg ...................................................................** Kem & Renee Kantor .....................................................................** Karen J. Mannering ........................................................................** Todd & Mindy Miller ...................................................................250 Sharron Morrison ..........................................................................25 Bruce & Debra Parelskin ..............................................................100 Bill & Peggy Paris ...........................................................................** Ms. Rita Rollar ............................................................................100 Robert & Kathleen Russman ..........................................................** Swati & Manoj Samel ....................................................................** Tim & Belinda Schultz..................................................................100 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Spangler .........................................................100

Businesses & Organizations DeBernardi Development Construction & Remodeling ....................** Pleasanton Pet Sitting ....................................................................75 Sue Evans Photography ...............................................................100

In Honor of Valley Care Lactation Services from the Manthas ............................**

In Memory of Betty Patrick from Charles & Joan Brown ........................................** Our Mom Lora from Lada & Dmitriy Kosarikov ..............................** Mike, Matt & Diane from Jerry & Josine Pentin..............................100 Janet Reichlin from Mike, Lori & Michael Reichlin .........................500 Mary L. Erickson from Al Copher ...................................................50 Dave Hare from Chris, Linda & Ming Coleman .............................250 Eva, Adeline, Roy & Archie ...........................................................100 Doris T. Walberg from Todd & Brenda Walberg ............................100 Mom - Mae Yip from Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Oh ........................................** Lillian Cassani from Mike & Kris Harnett ......................................100 Allan Hillman, Randy & Margie Warner & David & Marian Hillman from Sharon Hillman ...............................................................150 John A. Mavridis ............................................................................** **The asterisk designates that the donor did not want to publish the amount of the gift.

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

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 ■ 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. 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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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 the intended grantees. We appreciate your support of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund and these worthy nonprofits.

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The Tri-Valley Community Foundation is located at 5674 Stoneridge Dr., Ste. 206, Pleasanton, CA 94588. More information about the Foundation can be obtained by contacting the organization at the above address, by calling its President David Rice at (925) 734-9965 or through its website: The Pleasanton Weekly will make every effort to publish donor names for donations received before Dec. 31, 2011, unless the donor checks the anonymous box.

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WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th. The meetings of the Energy & Environment Committee for October, November & December have been cancelled. The next regular scheduled meeting will be on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION TASK FORCE RECRUITMENT Applications are being accepted for five at-large positions on an ad hoc Task Force that will review the current Downtown Specific Plan and Design Guidelines and make recommendations to help clarify City policy on historic preservation and development review processes in the Historic Downtown and other areas within the City. The seven-member Task Force will comprise of five Pleasanton residents and two Planning Commissioners. The task force will meet monthly beginning in late January 2012 and complete its work by June 2012. Applications are available at the Office of the City Clerk, 123 Main Street, or the City’s website at newcommapp.pdf. For more information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (925) 931-5027. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, November 18, 2011.

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

Nov. 6 Drug violations ■ 11:26 p.m. at the intersection of Stanley Blvd and Bernal Ave; possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance, paraphernalia possession

Nov. 7 Attempted murder ■ 3:41 p.m. in the 1900 block of Santa Rita Road Theft ■ 1:39 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft Auto burglary ■ 5:13 a.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road Vandalism ■ 11:11 a.m. in the 7300 block of Johnson Drive ■ 3:06 p.m. in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road Public drunkenness ■ 2:12 a.m. in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue

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tronics. Sometime between 12:55 a.m. and 1:32 a.m. Nov. 13, a rear door was pried open; a $1,400 iMac and six monitors valued at $256 apiece were stolen. Police recovered a video of the suspect, along with a copy of a California drivers license. Jake Logan Resnikoff, 27, was arrested at about 3:34 p.m. Nov. 8 at an assisted living center on Valley Avenue on charges of burglary and possession of a controlled substance in the theft of medication from a resident. Alfredo Vazquez Vazquez-Delgado, 35 was charged with burglary and shoplifting in the theft of $410 in apparel from Macy’s Men’s Store in the Stoneridge Shopping Center. Vazquez-Delgado was arrested at about 5:15 p.m. Nov. 12. Dwayne Marcel Ross, 36, was arrested for possession of stolen property on Nov. 8 at around 6:18 p.m. at the Home Depot in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive in connection with a stolen driver’s license.

Theft ■ 8:09 a.m. in the 4600 block of Bernal Avenue; auto theft ■ 10:37 a.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive; forgery ■ 12:24 p.m. in the 500 block of Bonita Avenue; identity theft ■ 5:16 p.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Dr; possession of stolen property

Nov. 9 Theft ■ 10:41 a.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive; identity theft ■ 1:58 p.m. in the 4300 block of Foothill Road; theft, possession of stolen property ■ 6:25 p.m. in the 4300 block of Foothill Road; theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance ■ 8:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; embezzlement Hit and run ■ 5:09 p.m. in the 1300 block of Hopyard Road; hit and run, DUI Vandalism ■ 8:55 a.m. in the 7300 block of Johnson Drive

Nov. 10 Attempted robbery ■ 6:50 p.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road

Petty theft 11:44 a.m. in the 6400 block of Owens Drive ■ 5:34 p.m. in the 5800 block of Owens Drive ■ 9:50 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Prank calls ■ 12:57 p.m. in the 5500 block of Paseo Navarro ■

Nov. 11 Assault with a deadly weapon ■ 12:07 a.m. in the 2500 block of Secretariat Drive Theft ■ 6:56 a.m. in the 4500 block of Chabot Drive; grand theft, two counts auto theft ■ 9:59 a.m. in the 5800 block of San Juan Way; identity theft ■ 1:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft ■ 4:49 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; theft ■ 8 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; auto theft, two counts Auto burglary ■ 7:05 p.m. in the 3900 block of Stoneridge Drive Drug/alcohol violations ■ 10:12 a.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Blvd and Staples Ranch Dr; minor transporting alcohol, marijuana possession, driving with marijuana ■ 12:16 p.m. at the intersection of Cedarwood Lane and Black Avenue; public intoxication, drugs

Nov. 12 Rape ■ 2:58 p.m. in the 6300 block of Arlington Drive Robbery ■ 1:15 p.m. in the 5600 block of W. Positas Boulevard Theft ■ 4:26 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; burglary, shoplifting ■ 8:13 p.m. in the first block of Stoneridge Mall Road; grand theft, misappropriation of property ■ 11:04 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; auto theft Auto burglary ■ 1:05 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Vandalism ■ 4:28 p.m. in the 2200 block of Golden Road DUI ■ 3:57 p.m. in the 2800 block of Hopyard Road ■ 6:32 p.m. at the intersection of Sunol

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Nov. 13 Theft ■ 5:21 p.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasanton Avenue; auto theft ■ 8:52 p.m. in the 8200 block of Moller Ranch Road; mail theft Battery ■ 2:39 p.m. in the 4000 block of Stoneridge Drive Alcohol violations ■ 7:21 p.m. in the 4100 block of Vineyard Avenue; DUI ■ 11:37 p.m. in the 1100 block of Santa Rita Road; public drunkenness

Nov. 14 Theft ■ 11:20 a.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasanton Avenue; grand theft ■ 1:02 p.m. in the 5300 block of Case Avenue; identity theft ■ 1:06 p.m. in the 3900 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; identity theft ■ 2:11 p.m. in the 1900 block of Brooktree Way; grand theft Burglary ■ 8:29 a.m. in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road Auto burglary ■ 8:37 a.m. in the 2100 block of Rheem drive; auto burglary, vandalism Vandalism ■ 10:05 a.m. in the 7700 block of Creekside Drive ■ 2:41 p.m. in the 1500 block of Calle Santa Anna DUI ■ 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue

Nov. 15 Theft ■ 3 p.m. in the 3500 block of Pimlico Drive; grand theft ■ 7:41 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft Battery ■ 8:22 p.m. in the 4100 block of Churchill Drive ■ 8:37 p.m. in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue Vandalism ■ 10:32 a.m. in the first block of Stoneridge Mall Road ■ 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of I-680 and Bernal Avenue ■ 2:44 p.m. at the intersection of 37.6697 and -121.91367 Public drunkenness ■ 5:19 p.m. in the 4400 block of Springhouse Drive

Transitions OBITUARIES Walter Lewis Dunkley Walter Lewis Dunkley, 93, died November 11, 2011 in Pleasanton, CA surrounded by his family. Walt was born February 15, 1918 in Olds, Alberta, Canada. He will be fondly remembered by his family, Dave and Cheryl Dunkley of Weatherford, TX, Art and Tuny Dunkley of Pleasanton, CA and Ken Dunkley and Catey Low of Montecito, CA, as well as six Dunkley grandchildren: Shana, Blaine, Michael, Dan, Paige and Claire. His loving wife of 64 years, Virginia M. Dunkley, “Ginie,” predeceased him in 2008. Walt and Ginie raised their family in Davis, CA, and spent many retirement years together at Eskaton Village in Carmichael, CA. During their married life they enjoyed wonderful times with their three sons and six grandchildren as well as worldwide travel.. For the past three years, Walt lived in Pleasanton, CA. His family will cherish the memories of his positive and cheerful outlook, bright smile and sharp intellect. He was a source of pleasant optimism and good humor for all who knew him. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hope Hospice in Dublin, CA.

Richard Edward Hessel, Ph.D. March 1951 - November 2011 After a two year battle with cancer, longtime Pleasanton resident Dick Hessel gently passed away at his Pleasanton home at the age of 60. Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Otto and Ruth Hessel. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Dick shared his love of engineering as a professor at the The University of Cincinnati and Clarkson University, before moving into the private sector. Dick’s career in the

computer industry led him and his family to the Silicon Valley, where they settled in Pleasanton. The beloved husband of Connie Hessel for over 30 years, Dick is survived by his wife and two daughters, Andrea Kline Simon, 28, wife of Paulo Kline Simon; Kendra Hessel, 19; brothers Jim and Steve Hessel of Cincinnati; and his four cats. A true connoisseur of jazz music, the blues, and a lover of cats, Dick was also a weekly tennis player who will always be fondly remembered for his impressive beard and warm sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Hope Hospice, so that the less fortunate may share in the same degree of love and care that Dick received in his time of need. www.

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never changed. He loved a variety of music and celebrated anniversaries with his wife at jazz festivals. Bob is survived by his wife of 29 years, Maggie Cannon of Oklahoma City, OK and their three children Renee, Nathan and Justin, all of Oklahoma; his father, Charles Cannon and step-mother June of Pleasanton, CA; Sisters, Debra (Neil) Cannon Ardoline of Westminster, CO and Karen (Mark) Cannon Hitesman of Pleasanton, CA as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his mother Patsy Puderbaugh Cannon. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Bob’s life which will be held at Rock Bible Church, 4100 1st Street in Pleasanton, CA on November 26, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. A service will also be held on November 17, 2011 at the family church in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to his favorite charity, Samaritans Purse, in Bob’s name.


Abigail Lynn Caraballo Abigail Lynn Caraballo was born at 12:13 a.m. Oct. 10 at ValleyCare Medical Center to Kim and Nick Caraballo of Pleasanton. She weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Bob Cannon, 52, of Oklahoma passed away unexpectedly Oct. 9, 2011. He was born in Buffalo, New York to Patsy and Charles Cannon on June 20, 1959. He lived in Tonawanda, New York; Denver, Colorado; Placentia, California; Dayton, Ohio; Pleasanton and area cities, California and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was a member of the first graduating class of Foothill High School (1977). He excelled in tennis and golf and played on his high school team all 4 years. He traveled competitively for tennis. Bob joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Germany where he met his wife Maggie and married in 1982. He worked 20 years for Farmer’s Insurance (Dublin, CA and Oklahoma City). Moving up through the ranks, his last position was as a Software Development Lead. Bob always enjoyed a variety of sports and began running over the last five years. He participated in many marathons, ranking extremely high in many of his races. Even though he moved to Oklahoma 12 years ago, his devotion to the San Francisco 49ers

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ARTISTS SIGNING Meet Mike Hampton (Hot Zombie Chicks) and Brandon Bracamonteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smash Bang Pulpâ&#x20AC;? and will have prints, art and more. Call 3995352 or visit TRI-VALLEY TRAILS Long time Livermore residents Nancy Rodrigue and Jacky Paulson will present a photographic journey along trails in the Tri-Valley. Their recently published book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tri-Valley Trails: Hiking Adventures in the Greater Livermore, Amador and San Ramon Valleys,â&#x20AC;? features 67 hikers in 10 different parks in the Tri-Valley area. Presentation is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OF CAROLS AND CANDLELIGHTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Get in the holiday mood with a strong dose of carols, a touch of candlelight and audience sing-along by attending the Valley Concert Choraleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road. Las Positas College Chamber Choir and Cantabella Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus will join the chorale and harpist, Dan Levitan, will be the featured guest. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; high school and college students are $10 with valid ID. Call 866-4003 or visit HOLIDAY CONCERT Pleasanton Community Concert Band presents its Holiday Concert from 2-3:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. This concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 846-5897 or visit JEFF BORDESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; JAZZY SOULFUL CHRISTMAS Jazz trumpeter Jeff Bordes presents a holiday celebration of New Orleans swing band and soul of the blues. The concert is from 8-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $15$25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit


BRUNCH BREAKFAST The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like to invite you to join them for a brunch buffet breakfast at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 27, at Hilton Garden Inn,

2801 Constitution Dr., Livermore. Cost is your menu choice and beverage. RSVP to Hilda by Friday, Nov. 25, at 398-8808. LAA GALLERY RECEPTION LAA Gallery will host a Holiday Reception from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the gallery, 2155 Third St., Livermore. Meet the gallery artists, enjoy tasty desserts, and browse the collection of handmade gifts such as jewelry, pottery, accessories and paintings. The public is always welcome to visit and admission is free. Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., WednesdaySunday. Call 449-9927. TRI-VALLEY SINGLES CONVENTION Most singles stay home over Thanksgiving weekend and are eager for something fun to do! Meet new friends for the holidays at the TriValley Singles Convention, from 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Marriott Hotel, 11950 Dublin Canyon Rd. Adults of all ages welcome. Dressy attire recommended. Event includes an entertaining keynote address on 30 Secrets to Finding Love. Dance party from 9 p.m.-midnight. Cost is $20. Call Rich Gosse at 415-507-9962 or visit


HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE CPA firm JL Consulting is coordinating a holiday food drive benefiting people in need served by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable foods can be dropped off between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at JL Consulting, 1024 Serpentine Ln., Suite #105. It will be accepting donations until Dec. 16. Call 8461859 or email OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Garry Linforth is starting work on his Eagle Scout Project, to send shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal care items to underprivileged children in developing countries. He is organizing this with Centerpointe Church for the relief effort Operation Christmas Child. It costs $7 for the shipping. Email garrison_linforth@yahoo. com. The supporting organization is Samaritanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Purse, which will receive any excess funds. SCOUTING FOR FOOD The Scouts annual food collection drive ahead of the holiday season to benefit local food banks begins Saturday, Nov. 12, when they leave informational door hangers at homes in the area asking for non-perishable foods. The collection begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Leave items curbside outside your home, in plain view. If you do not receive a door hanger, drop donations at Walmart, 4501 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton. Also, Scouts are assisting the Lions Club in collecting prescription and reading glasses, which can be donated along with food items. SECRET SANTA TOY DRIVE Put on your Santa hat and lend a helping hand to make sure Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 60,000 foster children enjoy a bright holiday season with a gift from Santa under the tree. Sleep Train will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped gifts for all ages. Drop toys off at the nearest Sleep Train, through Dec. 11. Visit www.

TRUFFLES TO REMEMBER OUR TROOPS Truffles to Remember our Troops invites the public to buy a truffle to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank Youâ&#x20AC;? to our troops from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at its table in front of Studio 7, at the corner of Angela and Main streets. Proceeds benefit the building of â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart homesâ&#x20AC;? for veterans with multiple amputations and college scholarships for veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; children. Call 600-0664 or visit

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CELTIC FOLK DUO Men of Worth will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The Celtic folk duo take the audience on a guided tour of their musical roots with stirring tunes, soulful ballads and abundant humor. Tickets are $14-$22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit

LIVERMORE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER The Livermore Community Thanksgiving Dinner serves over 1,000 free hot meals each year, from turkey to dressing to desserts in a holiday atmosphere. The dinner is from 1-5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 24, at Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. The dinner is free to the public. Call 455-9782 or visit

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SLEEPING BEAUTYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; See the classic tale â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beautyâ&#x20AC;? as performed in the comedic â&#x20AC;&#x153;pantoâ&#x20AC;? style, filled with music, dance and magic, at 7:30 p.m., FridaySaturday, Dec. 9-10 and 16-17; 2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Tickets are $10, $15 and $18 for adults; $6, $9 and $12 for children and seniors. Call 931-4848 or visit

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FOOTHILL CHEER CAMP Foothill Competition Cheerleaders are calling all K-6 cheerleaders to learn new moves, dances and cheers at a class from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd. Includes class, lunch, certificate, T-shirt and mystery gift. Register by Nov 1 and save $5. Go to to download the registration/medical release form. Cost is $50. Call 699-1149 or email

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. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


CHRISTIAN SCIENCE THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE Tri-Valley residents are invited to join First Church of Christ, Scientist, in the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving Day service. The worship hour features a 15-minute period for members to share their stories of gratitude for the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessings. Service is from 11 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Nov. 24, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 263 South N St., Livermore. Childcare is provided. Call 447-2946 or visit MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS Under the direction of Cindy Krausgrill, the Magic of Christmas will feature both sacred and secular music for the holiday season, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd. Admission is free, with refreshments following the concert. A freewill donation will be accepted to benefit Open Heart Kitchen. Visit THANKSGIVING DAY WORSHIP SERVICE Tri-Valley residents are invited to a Thanksgiving Day wor-

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MORNING GROUP RIDE - CYCLING A group ride starts at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday from Cycle Pros Bike Shop, 728 Main St., meeting in the parking lot. The ride breaks into groups based on skill and distance. The regular ride usually covers 25-40 miles at speeds of 14-18 mph. The long ride covers 35-60 miles at a brisker pace. Routes vary each week. On Sundays mornings there is a group ride for everyone, same time, same place, broken down into levels based on ability and distance. Call 400-4336 or visit

Support Groups BEYOND TREATMENT BREAST CANCER This group provides a safe place to express and share

thoughts, concerns and experiences of living with the uncertainty after treatment for breast cancer, the physical effects and problems related to intimacy, marriage, reproduction and employment. The group meets from 6-8 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite #270. The group is facilitated by Mary Prishtina, RN, and Estee Goren, MFT. Call 399-1177. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support group meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at LifeStyleRx, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 833-2784 or visit 7:30-9 p.m. 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. at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support you deserve at the

Senior Support Program of the TriValley. 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 DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, DBSA, is a support group for people who live with depression, bipolar and other disabilities. They can help each other navigate the ups and downs of life! A place where you can be yourself and feel safe. The group meets from 7:15-8:45 p.m. every Wednesday, at St. Claire’s Episcopal Church, Classroom 1, 3350 Hopyard Rd., although it is not affiliated with the church. No charge for meetings. Call 462-6415 or visit www.dbsalliance. org/pleasanton. EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP If you have recently been diagnosed with ET or would like to learn more about this com-

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Sports Girls serve up successful tennis season Foothill wins EBAL; Foothill, Amador reach semifinals in NCS team tennis BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Girls tennis at both Pleasanton high schools wrapped up victorious seasons this week, reaching the semifinals in the North Coast Section team championships. The playoffs came on the heels of Foothill winning the championship title in the highly competitive East Bay Athletic League after 14 league matches, as well as bringing home the first-place title from the Logan High School Tennis Tournament. “We’ve had an amazing experience,” said Foothill Coach Kendra Zierau. “We have lot of good players who come together to be a really great team.” NCS team playoffs include four sets of singles and three sets of doubles. Foothill beat Alameda (7-0) and Mission San Jose (4-3) before being defeated by Monte Vista (4-3) in the NCS semifinals at Santa Rosa Junior College. Amador Valley bested Maria Carrillo (6-1) and San Ramon Valley (4-3) before falling to Tamalpais (4-3) in Santa Rosa. “Both Foothill and Amador Valley lost our matches in third sets so the teams that went to the semifinals were remarkably close,” said Claire Chinn, who co-coaches Amador Valley with Chris Anne Olenic. “This shows how strong everybody was.” Monte Vista faced Tamalpais in the finals in a match that began Saturday and finished Monday with Tamalpais winning (4-3). Amador’s Brooke Irish was chosen to represent EBAL in the NCS singles championships. At press time Wednesday, Irish was facing Dougherty Valley in the semifinals. “It’s a gift to have a player like Brooke Irish but to be No. 1 you have to have strength all the way down your ladder and that’s what we’ve had this year,” Amador Coach Chin said.

Amador finished third in EBAL, behind Foothill and Monte Vista. San Ramon was fourth. “This was the best Amador has done in the history of Amador,” said Chinn, who is in her seventh year of coaching at the high school. Foothill doubles team Taylor Hoppe and Jessica Chen were chosen to represent EBAL at the NCS championships, and at press time Wednesday were facing Monte Vista in the semifinals. “We have three major components to our program,” Foothill Coach Zierau explained. “No. 1 is to develop our tennis game. We want them to be the best players they can be.” No. 2 is to develop the players as women of integrity, on and off the court, responding with grace whether they win or lose, she said, and the third component is to have fun. “Sports are about growing as an athlete and as a person but at this level we sometimes forget about the purpose being to have fun,” she said. “We have an absolutely incredible team with incredible women who are such a joy to work with,” Zierau said. “If this is what our future holds, we’re in great shape.” Amador team members are Cassie Balducci, Jonelle Balducci, Claudia Chau, Emily Havannessian, Haley Howard, Brooke Irish, Janavi Kumar, Meghana Manne, Megan Marschall, Karly McCloskey, Niki Mohebi, Sanjana Seth, Kelly Villanueva, Claire Williams, Jenny Yang and Rachel Yang. Foothill team members are Navdeep Chahal, Jessica Chen, Leeane Chen, Shivani Doraiswami, Kayla Haykin, Taylor Hoppe, Camille Lusher, Melissa Muller, Kirtana Nadella, Ellen Ouyang, Kelsey Ouyang, Terri Scott, Alison Wong and Alicia Yang. Assistant coach is Yvonne Hoppe. N

Top: Amador Valley’s successful season included the NCS playoffs, where the team reached the semifinals last weekend. Bottom: Foothill varsity tennis team celebrates after winning the championship title in the East Bay Athletic League. The team also reached the semifinals in the NCS playoffs.

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Foothill wins over Amador Valley with 2 late-game touchdowns Hard-fought game at packed stadium ends season for cross-town rivals The Foothill High School Falcons walloped the Dons from Amador Valley High School Nov. 10, 21-7, with two fourth-quarter touchdowns on the Foothill field. A packed stadium on a cool, clear night cheered and gasped as the cross-town rivals battled it out. Foothill led Amador Valley 7-0 at half-time, but the Dons quickly came back to tie the game, making the score 7-7 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Dons continued driving toward a tie-breaking goal only to fail to make enough

yardage for a field goal. A fourth-down punt gave Foothill the ball at its own 13-yard line, setting the Falcons on a march down the field that gave quarterback Tommy Paulson a chance to connect with two passes and a touchdown. Paulson connected again late in the game, giving Foothill the game-ending 21-7 lead over Amador Valley. —Jeb Bing

Left: Senior Carter Ridgway of Amador Valley tries to elude Foothill’s No. 25 Jamirr Holland in last week’s game between the cross-town rivals, which Foothill won 21-7. Right: Foothill’s No. 88 Jack Finney scores a touchdown while dragging along two Amador defenders.

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Foothill FV cheerleaders come out on top

Renegades clinch first place The Renegades, Pleasanton Rage, U16 Division 4 soccer team celebrates after clinching first place in their division on Saturday with a season record that includes 8 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. Team members are (front, l-r) Hannah Bagot, Tori Knuppe, Vanessa Harman, Lauren Fowler, Carly Krakauer, (middle) Mackenzie Bullock, Rachel Buehler, Erin Walsh, Madison Lawer, Kelley Dixon, Malea Montalvo, Taylor Miller, Cassidy Holmes, (back) Coach Jake Krakauer, Jenna Coop, Juliana Herrera, Coach Robert Fowler and Coach Garrett Holmes. Not pictured: Karah Paul.

Foothill High School’s JV competition cheer squad took first place in a field of seven teams in the JV Show Cheer-Novice division as the team presented its 2011-12 routine at the first USA Regional competition Nov, 6 at Washington High School in Fremont. The team performed intricate stunts and tumbling to the delight of their fans and audience. Foothill’s group stunt team took second place in a field of three teams in the high school group stunt-intermediate category. A second group stunt team and the varsity competition team were unable to compete due to injuries. The JV squad includes: Haley Bean, Zoe Cristobal, Mitsu Dill, Sarah Downey, Kelsey Emery, Michelle French, Rikki Holman, Emily Palange (Team Captain), Jordan Robinson, Taylor Sanchez, Jessica Smilovitz, Sabrina Stermer, Brittany Trevor, and Natalie Wright. The group stunt team includes: Camille Hamlin, Caressa DeRossett, Hayley Jefferies, Emily Palange and Gabbie Scalise. The JV team is coached by Karen Maurice. The group stunt team is coached by Megan Moore. Kim DeJoy is the head coach for Foothill’s nationally ranked cheer squads and is assisted by Cheryl Holy.

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Premier soccer shuts down Rebels Kyle McClanahan scores a goal and defends well in U13 Ballistic Premier 99’s win, 3-0, over the Union City Rebels on Saturday. Top offensive players for Ballistic were Youki Chiba and Bryce Taylor; top defensive players were Jacob Dremalas, Kyle McClanahan, Nick Carreon, Jacob Guzman and Daniel Ferguson. The strong effort along with excellent team possession shut down the Rebel attack.

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California sales up slightly in October But lower loan limits cool market overall BY JEB BING

California home sales posted a marginal increase in October and also were above year-ago levels, according to figures released today by the California Association of Realtors (CAR). Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California edged up to a seasonally adjusted 493,240 units in October, up 0.9% from a revised 488,700 in September, according to information collected by CAR from more than 90 local Realtor associations and MLSs statewide. October home sales also were up 8.5% from the revised 454,740 units sold during the like period a year ago. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2011 if sales maintained the October pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. “Based on preliminary analysis, it appears that the lower conforming loan limits has had a cooling effect on home sales in October, particularly in the higher cost markets across the state, such as the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal regions of Southern California,” said CAR President LeFrancis Arnold. “This evidence supports the need for reinstating the higher loan limits while the housing market is in transition to recovery.” The October statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home sold in California was $278,060, down 3.3% from $287,440 in September and down 8.9% from the $305,150 median price recorded

for October 2010. “While October’s sales were on track with expectations, the month-to-month drop in the median price was larger than usual for this time of year,” said CAR Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “Because of the lower Fannie, Freddie and FHA conforming loan limits, some buyers purchased less expensive homes so that their mortgages would meet the criteria for the lower limit, while others were unable to qualify for nonconforming loans that typically have higher down payment requirements and higher mortgage rates,” she said. “The resulting change in the mix of sales drove down October’s median price.” Other key facts of CAR’s resale housing report for October 2011 include: ■ The Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes was 5.3 months in October, up from 5.1 months in September but down from a revised 6.2-month supply in October 2010. The index indicates the number of months needed to deplete the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. ■ Thirty-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 4.07% during October 2011, down from 4.23% in October 2010, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 2.92% in October 2011, compared with 3.36% in October 2010. The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home was 55.2 days in October 2011, compared with 51.5 days for the same period a year ago. N


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1097 Lexington Way, Livermore Beautiful single story 5 bedroom, 3 bath home in popular Kristopher Ranch. Wonderful floor plan. Backyard is an entertainer’s delight complete with pool/waterfall/spa and outdoor BBQ. Offered at $849,000

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7235 Valley Trails Drive, Pleasanton 5 BR, 2 BA, 2481 sqft. Remodeled kitchen. Big, open kitchen-family room combo w/vaulted ceiling. Extra lrg BR upstairs can be master or bonus room. Office loft overlooks family room. View of hills & ridge line with no rear neighbors. Large paved side yrd access.

5994 W. Las Positas, Suite 101, Pleasanton | 459 Main Street, Pleasanton | 2300 First Street, Suite 216, Livermore Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊNovember 18, 2011ÊU Page 27

J. Rockcliff

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BED 6 BA 7(2) 8,877+/- SQ.FT.

0.65+/- ACRES


BED 6 BA 5(3) 8,330+/- SQ.FT.

3.85+/- ACRES





BED 6 BA 3.5 3,670+/- SQ.FT.

0.80+/- ACRES




BED 4 BA 3


2,500+/- SQ.FT.

0.20+/- ACRES

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BED 5 BA 3.5 4,200+/- SQ.FT.

0.71+/- ACRES

Stunning, classic Italian Villa in one of Bay Area’s most desirable locations. Catch your breath & prepare for what lies beyond the gorgeous entry of this estate. Nestled in an unrivaled setting among olive trees & lush landscaping w/ mile long views of vineyards.


A gated westside French Chateau custom estate with stunning grounds, elevator, private tennis court, indoor pool, casino/theater, 450 gal salt water fish tank, finished attic, vista terrace etc. Incredible level of detail!



Beautiful Italian style home featuring +/-4,189sf, 5 bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms, with gorgeous Brazilian Cherry floors and elaborate crown moldings. Enjoy the spacious +/-31,268 sf lot (+/-0.71 acres) with pool and privacy in the back!



Profess Remodel! Chef’s’ Kit w S/S top of line equip, Granite Counters, Cust Mill-work thru out, Cust 2 station office w/ cherry cabs, Baths w/ cherrywd, granite, tumbled marble, Newer windows, Plantation shutters, Bonus room w/ built-ins, fireplace.



Spectacular private park-like setting for this beautiful updated cstm home w/ amazing valley views. Open layout w/ grand entry & luxurious master suite. Remodeled kitchen. Crown molding & cstm designer features throughout. Pool & waterfall.













BED 5 BA 6.5 7,330+/- SQ.FT.

0.65+/- ACRES

Elaborate Italian Villa with +/-7,330 sf, 5 bedrooms, 6/1 bathrooms, stunning tile work and built less than four years ago. This home offers an impressive entry foyer, stately office, movie theatre, expansive kitchen, walk-in wine cellar and more.


BED 4 BA 3.5 3,449+/- SQ.FT.

0.20+/- ACRES

Resort style backyard with pool. 4 bedrooms + large loft, 3 car garage, cul-de-sac location, numerous upgrades including cherry cabinets, slab granite, upgraded flooring, wrought iron, Brazilian cherrywood flooring. Don’t miss this one!








BED 4 BA 3

2,916+/- SQ.FT.

0.29+/- ACRES

Wonderful remodeled and upgraded Trinity model in Original Country Fair! Perfect location, floorplan and amazing backyard including saline pool, spa, waterfalls and spillways. Downstairs bedroom and full bath, maple cabinetry,newer roof and win-




BED 5 BA 3.5 2,878+/- SQ.FT.

0.12+/- ACRES BED 3 BA 4.5 4,062+/- SQ.FT.






BED 4 BA 2





2,553+/- SQ.FT.

0.47+/- ACRES

BED 3 BA 2

2,474+/- SQ.FT.

4.10+/- ACRES

Come Experience Country Living - prestigious Tassajara Ranches, mins to vibrant Shopping & Entertainment. Newer roof, paint & carpet.+office, plantation shutters, central vaccum, bath/heated floors, new irrigation system. Barn/Garage w/ 2+ stalls.




4513 M IRANO C T

0.19+/- ACRES BED 3 BA 2

Beautiful Pulte Home with 4 Beds 2.5 Baths and over 2500+ sq ft. Home includes hardwood floors,vaulted ceilings, side yard access and more.. Needs some TLC like carpet and paint. Close to park, shopping and freeway. Great Neighborhood!





BED 5 BA 4.5 3,776+/- SQ.FT.

0.23+/- ACRES

Super Los Olivos! Gourmet kit, granite, big island, 2 butler’s pantries, lrg breakfast room, formal living & dining w/recessed lights & coffered ceiling.Built-ins! Brazilian cherry flrs upstairs. Big master w/travertine tiled bath. Stamped concrete patio. Views!

4105 Blackhawk Plaza Cir. Danville, CA 94506 925.648.5300

0.33+/- ACRES

Stunning 1 of a kind, in the heart of Livermore Wine Country. Every detail of this home has been carefully considered & has every amenity imaginable. Wonderful architecture & a well designed floor plan. Fantastic backyard w/ outdoor kitchen & inground pool.


Blackhawk East

4,606+/- SQ.FT.

Magnificent Former Model Estate built by Taylor Woodrow! Every option you could imagine; natural stone, marble, hardwood, wood paneling, crown mouldings, built-in speakers & more! Master suite w/ retreat & balcony. Panoramic views. a kind DUBLIN



OPEN SUN 1:30-4:30PM

Gorgeous. 5th bed room converted into suite and attached to master bedroom, to relax, to watch movie privately/withfriends of choice. Has formal living room and family room, traviertine/carpet floor, granite counter top, shutters, fully landscaped.


BED 5 BA 5



BED 4 BA 3

2,240+/- SQ.FT.

0.21+/- ACRES BED 5 BA 5.5 5,017+/- SQ.FT.

15 Railroad Ave. Danville, CA 94526 925.855.4000

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0.33+/- ACRES BED 5 BA 4

This Norris Canyon, San Ramon beauty backs up to open space and the Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space. Features a wonderful pool and waterfall, spa and an excellent space for outdoor entertaining.

C ATHY D EAN & K ARI W AHL 925.200.4130

3880 Blackhawk Rd. Danville, CA 94506 925.736.6000



3799 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA 94549 925.385.2330



1983 Second St. Livermore, CA 94550 925.667.2100



3,362+/- SQ.FT.

0.21+/- ACRES


Montclair/ Piedmont Pleasanton 6116 La Salle Ave., Ste. 200 Oakland, CA 94611 510.339.4800

925.253.7074 DANVILLE


Large executive home in south Livermore in the sought after Kristopher Ranch neighborhood. The house is situated on a nine thousand and thirty four square feet lot. Great privacy for guest or in-laws.


0.30+/- ACRES

Wonderfully location at the end of a cul-de-sac, near vineyards & open fields. Spacious entry way, gourmet kitchen & grand master bedroom suite. This home has a large backyard w/ a private apartment/office above the garage.


Desirable Westside in Silvergate Highlands! Laminate & wood flrs, dual pane windows, updated kit & baths. Master bd downstairs w/ private bath. Amazing parklike yard on 2 lots with RV access. Minutes to 580/680 & BART, schools, shopping & restaurants.

Blackhawk West Danville

0.25+/- ACRES BED 4 BA 3.5 3,504+/- SQ.FT.

2,484+/- SQ.FT.

Over $160k in upgrades. End unit w/ 3 terraces. 4 car garage w/ acrylic flooring, storage. Home features: hardwood floors, granite kitchen & master bath countertop, SS appliances, ceiling fans, upgraded carpet, cabs, stair rails & more!

5075 Hopyard Rd Ste. 110 Pleasanton, CA 94588


BED 4 BA 2.5 2,402+/- SQ.FT.

0.23+/- ACRES

Custom built rancher completed in 2007. Open floor plan. Chef’s kitchen w/custom island, walnut cabinets, granite slab, + SS appl. Distressed walnut hrdwd floors. Amazing bathrooms. Ringed-shaped extended gated driveway/ detached oversized gar.



89 Davis Rd., Orinda, CA 94563 925.253.7000

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









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3717 BRANDING IRON PLACE, DUBLIN Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhome situated in the desirable Silvera Villas neighborhood of Dublin. Approx. 1654 sq ft of living space, this gorgeous home has a wonderful light and bright open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan. This home features many upgrades throughout including granite counters and stainless steel Bosch appliances in the kitchen and Bamboo hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors throughout the living room, family room & kitchen. OFFERED AT $395,000


10 TURRINI PLACE, DANVILLE A truly amazing home on a large lot that is great for entertaining or just relaxing. Stunning grounds with a pool, spa, pond, a deck with an outdoor BBQ area & gazebo. Home is approximately 5,000 sq ft. & is in need of some updating. OFFERED AT $1,175,000


1684 TANGLEWOOD COURT, PLEASANTON Location! Location! Single story home located on a court just around the corner from the Elementary and Middle school. The home is approximately 1716 sq ft home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The exterior has been freshly painted and updated landscaping in the front yard. The kitchen has been updated and has a wonderful open layout to the family room. Nice sized private back yard with a pool. OFFERED AT $649,000


4235 CLARINBRIDGE CIRCLE, DUBLIN Beautiful 2 bedroom 2 ½ bath condo in The Villas of the Dublin Ranch neighborhood. With approximately 1401 sq ft of living space this home has a nice open, light & bright layout. The kitchen has many upgrades including granite counters & stainless steel appliances. OFFERED AT $324,500 OPEN SUN 1:30-4:30

10776 RUTHVEN LANE, DUBLIN Fabulous West side Dublin location in the California Highlands neighborhood. Great open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan includes vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms 2 ½ bathrooms with approximately 1387 sq feet of living space. The home has a large living room/dining room with ďŹ replace, spacious patio and a 2 car attached garage. Located amongst the foothills to create a very serene atmosphere. OFFERED AT $399,000



5809 STONECLIFF VISTA, PLEASANTON Gorgeous home located in the Canyon Oaks neighborhood. Great views of Mt Diablo and no rear neighbors. Gourmet kitchen w/ granite countertops & stainless steel appliances & spacious master suite. Home has 3 bedrooms 2 ½ bathrooms with approximately 2400 sq ft of living space. OFFERED AT $810,000

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5 BD 4.5 BA 4,205sf. on a 10,588sf. lot. Over $50,000 in upgrades. Open floor plan with high ceilings. Bedroom/office is on the 1st level with adjoining bath. Highly upgraded kitchen with granite counters, large island with sink, and stainless steel appliances. Custom fountain in rear yard surrounded by garden area.



5 BD 3 BA 3,291sf. on a 39,892sf. lot. Flat 1 acre 4 BD 2.5 BA 3,043sf on a 10,750sf. lot. lot. Country elegance close to town. Updated kitchen Hardwood floors throughout. Large offers neutral appliances, dinette area, breakfast bar, downstairs great room with built-in bar and granite counters with full height backsplash, recessed vaulted ceilings. Remodeled kitchen with granite lighting and opens into the family room. This single counters and excess storage. Expanded master story offers a private well, pool, volleyball court, suite with retreat. Pool and spa in rear yard. horseshoe court and so much more! Perfect for entertaining!





OPEN SUN 1:00-4:00



5 BD 3 BA 2,925sf. on a 10,331sf. lot. Open floor plan with bedroom & bath on main floor. Spacious kitchen with lots of storage. New carpet & roof. Master suite with large walk-in closet. Pool and spa in backyard.


5 BD 3 BA 1,802sf on a 6,955sf. lot. Updated kitchen offers wood floors, pantry, granite counters, breakfast bar. Private deck and pool offered in rear yard. LOCATED IN THE HEART OF PLEASANTON!


3 BD 2 BA 1,608sf. on a 10,000sf. lot. Single story in South Livermore. Expanded and updated kitchen, family room and master suite. Spectacular, huge rear yard with side yard access.


DRE #00790463, 01412130

925.846.6500 DRE# 00882113 WALNUT GLEN ESTATES





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

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PLEASANTON $2,149,000 Beautiful Craftsman style quality custom home in Ruby Hill. Rich hardwood floors, 5bd w/ private baths, game room, office, gourmet kitchen w/commercial grade appliances, stunning views of Mt. Diablo. 3720 RABOLI STREET

PLEASANTON $1,799,000 Absolutely stunning custom home features 5bd + bonus room + office on over an acre backing to open space. Recently remodeled kitchen, situated on quiet cul-de-sac. Perfect for entertaining! 8008 ROCKFORD PLACE

DANVILLE $1,650,000 4bd/3.5ba, 3800+/-sf on 5.18+/- acres. Formal living & dining rooms, bonus room and large kitchen. Back yard with pool, spa & gazebo. Abundant room for horses or vines. Private gated entrance. 6650 JOHNSTON RD

PLEASANTON $1,199,000 Remodeled country home, 2+/-acre, 4bd/3ba + media room,loft&office, granite/cherry kitchen,stunning great room, luxurious master suite with retreat, total privacy, lighted sports court & more! 927 HAPPY VALLEY RD

PLEASANTON $1,079,000 Charming 4bd/3.5ba, 3,283+/-sf home situated on .50+/-acre cul-de-sac lot. Features granite kitchen, pool, 4 car garage and more. 4184 CREEKWOOD CT











LIVERMORE $1,070,000 WINE COUNTRY LIVING! This amazing five bed, four and a half bath home includes a gourmet kitchen, hardwood, bed and full bath downstairs. 2975 LUSITANA

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 $849,000 Walk to Award Winning Schools, downtown Pleasanton and shops, from this 4 bedroom. 2,5 bathroom home. Built in 2003 by KB homes, this home is just under 2900 square feet, and in great condition. 6023 STERLING GREEN CIR

PLEASANTON $819,000 Fabulous updated Forest Hill home, 3 car garage, granite kitchen, center island, vaulted ceilings, new designer carpeting, hw floors, new interior paint, new roof, very private yard & more! 5083 MUIRWOOD DR

PLEASANTON $799,000 Model sharp home featuring 3bd + loft, downstairs luxurious master suite, sunny granite & maple kitchen, premium location across from open space with private lot and more! 5703 ATHENOUR 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 4bd/3ba (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 $710,000 3bd/2ba, 2,600+/-sf situated on a 12,947+/sf lot, freshly painted inside and out, new appliances, inside laundry, side yard access 3596 CHIPPENDALE CT

LIVERMORE $705,000 4bd + bonus/den, 3 Full Baths, 1 full bath downstairs. Beautifully remodeled kitchen and baths. Premium lot with pool, spa and side yard access. 899 LUCERNE ST

PLEASANTON $679,999 Rare to find single story custom built, 4bd/2ba, great open floor plan w/ excellent use of space. Great location with quick access to freeways, schools, shopping and downtown Pleasanton! 5769 SAN CARLOS WAY







DANVILLE $675,000 Country Charm! 3bd/2ba Farmhouse with a lot of potential! 1.2+/- acres, possible 2nd unit, Become a country farmer or plant a small vineyard! 20 SHERBURNE HILLS RD


FREMONT $675,000 Absolutely gorgeous 1,852+/-sf, Mission San Jose, 1 story with loft/3rd bd, renovated kitchen, granite counters, new appliances and more! 41421 TIMBER CREEK TERRACE


PLEASANTON $555,000 Super clean, upgraded kitchen, huge beautiful backyard, new windows, great location, very well maintained by owners. 6432 INGLEWOOD DR

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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


PLEASANTON $438,950 Wow! 3bd/2.5ba, 2 car garage, townhome. Prime Stoneridge location. Kitchen updated, vaulted ceilings, laminate flooring, F/P, inside laundry, AC, cozy enclosed front patio, community pool & more! 7337 STONEDALE DRIVE

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Pleasanton Weekly 11.18.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 18, 2011 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 11.18.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 18, 2011 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly