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Rotarians on a mission Two Pleasanton Rotarians — Tom Fox and Sandra Lepley — are back from medical missions that repaired cleft palates and cleft lips on more than 100 undernourished and impoverished children and a few adults in rural India. The two volunteered their time to serve with Rotaplast International, a nonprofit, humanitarian organization founded in 1992 as a world community service project that is part of Rotary International. Rotaplast is committed to changing lives through reconstructive surgery, often under difficult conditions in Third World countries. To date, volunteers serving on Rotaplast missions have performed 15,000 surgeries on 175 missions in 18 countries. Tom Fox was one of 25 volunteers on a mission that ended late last month. The group included three surgeons, four anesthetists, a pediatrician, four operating room nurses, two recovery room nurses, and eight Rotarians who served a non-medical support staff. In the field for 14 days, including travel time, the group stayed at the Paris International Hotel, which hardly matched the name with almost no hot water and a shower that consisted of a bucket with a measuring cup to serve as a scoop. Surgeries were performed in a nearby hospital, even less clean and where the Rotaplast team had to bring all the supplies they needed (including toilet paper for the lavatories), which had to be sterilized repeatedly as the surgeries proceeded. The Fox mission operated on 64 patients on this trip, down from the 80-100 patients usually served. That’s because more than half who signed up for care came with burns suffered earlier that had left scar tissue restricting their movements. By grafting new skin onto these burns, Fox said many of the patients were able to raise their arms or use their feet for the first time. These are major surgeries taking half a day with followup care required. Repairing cleft lips and palates can be done much faster, with a child born with a lip split to the nose recovering from the surgery in 1-1/2 hours almost completely healed. Fox said many of these children have been ostracized since birth, becoming an embarrassment to their families who tended to shun them and subject to abuse by classmates if they even went to school. Cleft palates are less noticeable,

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but those with severe problems have difficulty eating and talking. Like those who had their lips repaired, they left the hospital recovery room with a clean bill of health and no outward signs they ever had a problem. “The most satisfying part of these Rotaplast missions is seeing the smiles on the faces of children who really couldn’t smile before,� Fox said. “What we accomplish is to change these patients’ lives forever, and for the better.� Cleft lips and palates can be genetic and are mostly caused by the lack of folic acids in diets, such as leafy vegetables. Most of the victims are poor with meals largely consisting of rice and beans. While a common deformity in India, it’s even a bigger problem in the back road communities in South America, where Fox and Lepley have also served on Rotaplast missions. In addition to India, 21 other countries have hosted Rotaplast teams, including Vietnam, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Romania, China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Brazil and the Philippines. Fox has been on 18 Rotaplast trips, serving on teams that have performed surgeries on 75-80 patients each time. Although Rotaplast with financial support from Rotary International covers the cost of supplies and lodging, volunteers pay the costs of their own transportation to countries such as Venezuela, the Philippines and India, as Fox has done “When you see the good results of the patients we’ve helped through Rotaplast, it’s all worth it,� Fox said. N

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Teacher Once in a while, I don’t stop completely at stop signs. I also haven’t put my current registration sticker on my car, even though I’ve paid all the fees and it’s been sitting on my desk since July. One law I never break is jaywalking. I use the crosswalk and wait for the signal, especially when I walk my dog, Riley. He likes to follow the rules.

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Melissa Ritter Restaurant business I do break the texting while driving law once in a while, though I am trying to get better. I use the voice command feature, but if it gets messed up I do change it. I have been calling much more lately on my hands-free device. I also roll through stop signs from time to time.

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Marie Goh Physician’s assistant I read an occasional text while driving, but I am doing my best to break that habit. I use my smartphone to look up directions as well.

Malcolm Jerry Williams Police officer I am a police officer in Oakland, and I don’t always wear my seatbelt. We have to be ready for everything and must be able to jump out of the car quickly. I also roll through stop signs while on duty when it’s safe and necessary. I believe I’m fair when making traffic stops; I will often give a verbal warning if I feel that the offense doesn’t warrant a paper ticket. —Compiled by Kerry Nally Have a Streetwise question? E-mail The Pleasanton Weekly is published every Friday by Embarcadero Media, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566; (925) 600-0840. Mailed at Periodicals Postage Rate, USPS 020407. The Weekly is mailed upon request to homes and apartments in Pleasanton. Print subscriptions for businesses or residents of other communities are $60 per year or $100 for two years. Go to to sign up and for more information. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Pleasanton Weekly, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566. © 2012 by Embarcadero Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

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Mayor’s Award goes to ‘Hunger’ director Sherri Leal Organization delivered 1 million meals in two years

Donate costumes Wouldn’t it be scary not to have a costume for Halloween? Bob and Deb Cilk of Re/Max Accord are conducting their 13th annual Halloween Costume Drive to benefit young neighbors in need in the Tri-Valley. Donations of new and gently used used costumes and accessories will be collected through Oct. 24. Contact Bob the Cilks at 487-8735 or email bob.cilk@ to arrange for pickup.

Fire Safety Expo next week In observance of Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 7-13, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will host a free Fire Safety Expo from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will be held at the Fire Training Tower, 3301 Busch Road in Pleasanton, and kick off with a pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. to support local charities and the Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The event will feature giveaways, firefighter demonstrations, fire escape planning, information on fire safety, and much more. The public can take a tour of the Fire Safety Trailer and Training Facility, learn how to use a fire extinguisher at a special training, and obtain disaster preparedness information. A kid’s obstacle course is also included in this fun family event, along with demonstrations by the Livermore Police Department K-9 unit, and a Crime Prevention Booth hosted by the Pleasanton Police Department. For more information, visit or call 454-2361.

Library offers job counseling The Pleasanton Public Library offers help with resume writing, finding employment websites, and searching the web for jobs as well as help with online applications. The library has extensive support material available plus offers free consultations with an experienced Employment Recruiter. Sign up at the Reference Desk for a 20-minute consultation or call at 931-3400, ext. 7. This is an ongoing service. Library programs are free and open to everyone. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

Correction The “Thanks a Thousand!” event being held Saturday, Oct. 13, by the Amador Friends of Music to honor Jonathan Grantham on completing his 10th year as Director of Bands and being named 2012 Teacher of the Year by the school district begins at 1 p.m. at the Amador Valley High stadium.


Sherri Leal, director of the satellite branch of “Kids Against Hunger” in Pleasanton since 2010, which has delivered 1 million meals to children in Haiti, the Philippines and Somalia, was presented with the Mayor’s Award by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman last Friday night. Sherri Leal Nearly 200 attending the award celebration in the Barone’s Restaurant patio gave Leal a standing ovation, honoring her effort to enlist local volunteers to make, pack and send the meals. Each packet serves six children. “There are 7 billion people in the world and almost one in seven of those people are hungry,” Hosterman said. “Among those, it’s hungry children who are the most critical victims of malnutrition.”

“Sherri Leal is one of those people who simply won’t stand by as this is happening,” Hosterman added. “Here’s a woman who moved here with her family in 1997 and has been a volunteer in the community and her children’s schools ever since.” Leal worked for many years with the Alameda County Child Protection Services and was employed by Bank of America until she retired in 2010. That was the year when she became involved with organizations fighting world hunger and launched the satellite branch of Kids Against Hunger in Pleasanton It takes less than a minute for the volunteers to put together a meal, using scoops that add a predetermined amount of each of the ingredients. Leal explained that each meal contains rice, soy with extra protein, dehydrated vegetables, vitamins and minerals. “With a one-cup serving, you can literally survive and a child can actually thrive,” she said,

adding that when Kids Against Hunger volunteers travel to Haiti, they eat those meals themselves. Leal pointed out that Kids Against Hunger in Pleasanton already has a commitment to feed 1,500 children in Haiti three times a week, with the United Nations feeding them other days. To help her raise funds, Hosterman, who has worked with Leal’s organization packing meals, had placed donor boxes on each table at the awards dinner where contributions could be made. The public can also contribute by sending checks made out to Kids Against Hunger to 1258 Quarry Lane, Suite H, Pleasanton 94566 or clicking donate on its website, “We can’t save everybody,” Hosterman said at Friday night’s dinner. “But with a community like this, we can save a few.” Each year the city of Pleasanton sets aside an evening to celebrate the work of its appointed See AWARD on Page 8

Castlewood lockout ends Workers return Oct. 16, country club agrees to negotiate new contract BY GLENN WOHLTMANN


Walking and rolling Kindergartener Anthony Sowul and his mom Agnes look over treats offered to students from Alisal Elementary as part of the International Walk and Roll to School Day. Asked why walking or biking to school is important, second-grader Lizzie Loundagin said, “To get your exercise.” Schools in the district held their walk and roll events at different times, all of them ending today.

Council OKs county waste collection plan, nixes final housing settlement 2-2 vote fails to adopt measure that would end state confrontation With only four City Council members at their meeting Tuesday and with Mayor Jennifer Hosterman traveling, a measure giving more authority to a waste management agency passed 4-0 but a housing element amendment failed to gain approval with a split 2-2 vote. A resolution approving the General Plan would have brought to a close two years of costly legal issues involving the state and an affordable housing coalition. It will be brought back to the council at its Oct. 16 meeting after City Manager Nelson Fialho makes another effort as requested by Council members Matt Sullivan and Cindy McGovern to get the state Housing and Community Development (HCD) authority to relax its rules on controlling Pleasanton development issues. Sullivan also said he couldn’t support moving forward on a plan negotiated for more

than a year without alerting the community to the impact of the amendment. At the Oct. 16 meeting, he wants city staff to make a PowerPoint presentation that explains the state’s insistence on reviewing local growth management constraints. The waste management resolution proved to be easier for the council, with only two people in the chambers, to handle. It follows the council’s approval earlier of Alameda County’s decision to ban stores from using plastic bags and to start charging for paper bags. At the time, the council delayed “optingin” to the county’s comprehensive recycling mandate affecting commercial waste placed in dumpsters, a plan that basically requires large users to follow the recycling plan now in force in Pleasanton for residential customers. See COUNCIL on Page 8

The lockout of Castlewood workers is over. Workers will return to their old jobs at the country club Oct. 16 under terms of their old contract, according to a news release from UNITE HERE Local 2850. The agreement follows an Aug. 17 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson of the National Labor Relations Board, who found that Castlewood had maintained an unlawful lockout for two years. The union and Castlewood management then went back to the bargaining table for a series of meetings and to resolve what the union said was about $1.8 million in back wages owed by the club to the workers for locking them out. “While the details of those discussions remain confidential, generally speaking we offered a fair settlement proposal that would resolve the contract negotiations and the NLRB case,” Sarah Norr, spokeswoman for the union, said in a statement. The agreement, she said, would “cost the club far less than $1.8 million above its contract proposal, and most importantly bring about labor peace.” The lockout will have lasted two years, seven months and 21 days when the workers return to their jobs. The offer to bring back the workers doesn’t mean the battle between Castlewood and the union is over, according to Norr’s statement. “We were puzzled by Castlewood’s decision not to accept this proposal and settle the dispute entirely. However, we welcome the end of the lockout as an important step toward resolution,” she said. “Since there has been no overall settlement, Castlewood could still ask for a review of Judge Anderson’s decision from the NLRB in Washington. If the club does this, workers will be back on the job, under the terms of a good contract, while the legal process goes forward.” Another meeting between the club’s management and the union is set for late October, with an eye toward negotiating a new contract. N Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊOctober 5, 2012ÊU Page 5


PUSD posts gains in California Standards testing

Crowds fill Pleasanton park for animal welfare festival

Subgroups still lagging behind others in tests

4-hour-long Paws in the Park event funds shelter, services


Pleasanton school are making progress in teaching subgroups, like English language learners and economically disadvantaged students, according to an accountability report presented to the school board at its most recent meeting. And the district has concrete plans to continue its efforts, according to its strategic plan, which was also offered at the Sept. 27 school board meeting. “We need to have students placed where they can do the work,” said School Board President Joan Laursen. She said students and their parents should be encouraged “so they can be on the correct path.” School districts across the country are struggling to meet the goals set by No Child Left Behind, which requires all students to be proficient in English and math by the end of the 2013-14 school year. In preliminary results based on one set of tests, the California Standards Test, Asians, whites and Filipinos all were above the requirement to score 78% “proficient or better” for the 2011-12 school year. The district is working to bump the scores of some subgroups. “Almost every one of our subgroups made progress,” said Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi. English learners, for example, scored 33% proficient or better in English on the latest round of tests; although that’s still well below the 78% requirement, it’s

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above the 9% score from the 2010-11 school year. African-American students, students with disabilities and socio-economically disadvantaged students are also below the 78% threshold, but their scores have also come up. The district — as is the case in many districts across the country — is still working hard to bring up scores across the board in math. Asian students, with a score of 89%, were the only subgroup that met the 78.2% proficient or above target for 201112; white students were at 70%, Filipinos scored 75%, and every other subgroup scored 50% or lower. The district, however, has established goals and a pathway to achieve them, with specifics aimed at every subgroup in the district. For example, it will “Eliminate racial, socio-economic, and gender predictability in achievement.” As a benchmark toward progress, it plans to “increase in the number of English Learners moving up one CELDT (California English Language Development Test) level every year.” The objective meets the district’s overall plan to make its goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. “When school develop their site plans, they will have specific goals,” Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi told the board. N


More than 1,000 animal lovers filled Amador Valley Community Park on Sunday, Sept. 23, for the Valley Humane Society’s second annual pledge-driven dog walk and festival today to raise money to support animal shelter and community services. The Pleasanton Weekly was a sponsor of the event. Companies or groups of friends formed “dog packs” to fundraise together and walk as a team, with entry fees and donations far exceeding the society’s $12,000 goal. As a thank you, the dog pack that raised the most money was rewarded with a private Yappy Hour, sponsored by Main Street Meat and Fish. The festival featured activities for dogs and their friends, including canine demos such as Flyball, Nosework, Rally Obedience, Disc/Frisbee and Performing Dogs; a costume contest and a talent contest. Gourmet food trucks, pet-themed vendors, fun for the kids, and educational clinics added to the variety of options available to two-legged participants with cooling-off pools available to their fourlegged friends. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. For more information about its activities and programs, call 426-8656 or visit N


Robbie Shyken of Modesto and his Border Collie mix Gabriel were stars in the Frisbee-tossing contest at “Paws in the Park,” a pledge-driven dog walk and festival that raised money to support animal shelter and community services for the Valley Humane Society.


Police dispatcher busted for drug possession Search of home turns up ‘illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia’ BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

A Pleasanton Police Department employee has been placed on administrative leave after a search of her home turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. Police dispatcher Heidi Feathers, 46, is under both a criminal investigation and a department personnel investigation. The release said the search of Feathers’ home stemmed from an investigation of an allegation of employee misconduct. She was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at her home in the 5100 block of Monaco Drive. “At the residence, investigating personnel discovered illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The employee was subsequently arrest-

ed for violation of section 11377 of the Health and Safety Code (possession of a controlled substance) and booked into Santa Rita County Jail,� the report stated. Capt. Craig Eicher said police found what they suspect is about two grams of methamphetamine along with prescription medications in bindles — small packages used to hold drugs — for which Feathers did not have a prescription. Feathers is listed as the Police Department’s shop steward for local 955 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on the local 955 website. She was booked at Santa Rita Jail, posted bond and is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case against her. N

TV horror host to talk Spend An Evening with TV horror host John Stanley, the legendary San Francisco Bay Area “Creature Features� movie reviewer who is the October speaker at next week’s Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series. Stanley will talk about the movie monster boom during the 1950s and discuss his recent publication, “The Gang That Shot Up Hollywood,� which includes recollections from his movie and TV star interviews. The event is sponsored by Jack Harrington. The talk begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 members and seniors; $3 students and teachers. They may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling

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WWII paratrooper being remembered Saturday Robert Lee Vannatter Jr., 91, who parachuted into Europe with the 507th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment, died Aug. 27, and his life is being celebrated from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. Friends and fellow veterans are invited to attend. Last year Mr. Vannatter was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his heroic efforts in the liberation of France during the earliest hours of the Robert Normandy inva- Vannatter Jr. sion on June 6, 1944. He later fought in the Battle

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Family grieves for dog killed by two escaped pit bulls Jazz, a 4-year-old border collie, dies in attack BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

A Pleasanton family is mourning the death of Jazz, its 4-year-old border collie that was mauled to death Sept. 24 by two pit bulls owned by a neighbor. Blaine Cowick of the 500 block of Blackbird Drive said the grisly discovery was made by his 14-yearold son James, a freshman at Amador Valley High. The teen arrived home but wasn’t greeted with Jazz’s usual barking. Looking out a window, he spotted the two pit bulls. “He didn’t see our dog, so he ran around to our neighbor’s yard and climbed the fence,” Cowick said. “He saw our dog and there was blood everywhere. It kind of looked like a murder scene.” He said James called 911 and police quickly responded. By the time his wife came home, police and animal control were there Cowick said his neighbors, who

live nearby on Crestline Road, had a history of people calling the police on them due to the dogs, sometimes leaving them outdoors while they were away for the weekend. He said the dogs escaped through a small gate between the two homes. “I’m sure they heard my dog barking, they just dug and busted right through the fence,” Cowick said. “I heard these dogs barking — I had no idea they were pit bulls.” He said having the dogs is “akin to an automatic weapon.” “When they’re in a pair — there were two of them — they get this pack mentality, they gang up and they kill,” he said. “I don’t want this to ever happen again. It could be a child.” In fact, he said, neighbors across the street run an infant daycare center, and another neighbor has a small child. The owners voluntarily allowed their two dogs to be euthanized;

had they opposed, Cowick said, the city attorney would had held a hearing to decide the dogs’ fate. He said his family got Jazz through Furry Friends Rescue, which is based out of San Francisco. “They come out, they look at your yard, they make sure you have a fence, they make sure you have poisons locked away. We went through that whole process,” he said. Although it’s normally not recommended, Cowick said he consulted others and decided to adopt a new dog right away. “It’s a little different from your dog just dying. It registered on the trauma scale,” he said. “I thought it was best to get a puppy.” Coincidentally, Cowick said he’d seen a sign for border collie puppies in San Ramon the same day Jazz was killed. “Normally, you want to give your

kids a chance to grieve,” he said. But on the day after the attack when the entire family took a day off to bury Jazz, Cowick said, “I lied, I kind of kidnapped them,” and the family went to pick out its new puppy. The death of Jazz has Cowick looking at the bigger picture, especially since James was upset for days after the attack. “I know that pit bulls are responsible for two-thirds of the attacks on humans. Oftentimes, it is a family member or a close personal friend, so you don’t hear about it,” he said. “I think it’s been swept under the rug and from what I can tell, it’s kind of a growing problem. Pit bull allies and foes are sharply divided on the dangers of the dogs. Kristen Hart, Pleasanton’s animal control services officer, said she’s seen similar attacks before, and not necessarily by pit bulls. Hart


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worked in Fremont for nearly five years before coming to Pleasanton. “I don’t like to breed specify,” Hart said. “There are some breeds that have a higher rate of ‘prey drive,’ or animal aggression.” She said in her experience, pit bulls can be triggered to attack in protecting their owners. However, last year, a pit bull fatally mauled a pregnant Pacifica woman. An anti-pit bull website claims the dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59% of all fatal attacks, although a site that supports pit bulls refutes those statements. Cowick questions the safety of the breed. “One of the reasons I bought a house in Pleasanton is to have basic safety in my own yard. Shouldn’t they have to post that they have something like that?” he said. “People — it just seems that they’re naive about what their dogs are capable of.” N

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The council postponed adopting the broader waste management plan because Pleasanton Garbage Service, which handles garbage disposal in Pleasanton, was developing an action plan to recycle all wastes. That study is still under way and the council decided Tuesday to move forward in joining with all other cities in the county to start implementing full recycling through county-run Stopwaste, the agency in charge of the county program. Steve Bocian, assistant city manager, said the new plan that involves Pleasanton Garbage Service will likely raise garbage service rates for residential and business service. —Jeb Bing

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officials, the men and women who volunteer their time and talents to make Pleasanton better. This is the City Council’s way of thanking the individuals who advise them. Since 1971, the celebration has provided the mayor with the opportunity to identify an individual or group who has made contributions so outstanding that they warrant special recognition. These are the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Award. Commissions and committees honored Friday night were the Planning, Housing, Human Services, Library, Parks and Recreation and Youth commissions, and the Economic Vitality, Energy and the Environment, Hometown Holiday, Youth Master Plan Oversight and the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails committees. Also honored were the Downtown Hospitality Guidelines, East Pleasanton Specific Plan, Historic Preservation and the Kottinger Place Redevelopment task forces. N

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We all know the job market is tough, right? The national unemployment rate in August was 8.1%. But what they don’t report on the news is how your education choices affect your chances of getting and keeping a job. The real story in these statistics is that you have a far better chance of staying employed if

you have a college degree. This infographic shows that a solid education is more important today than ever before. Gary Alt is co-founder of Monterey Private Wealth in Pleasanton.

WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES Planning Commission Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue UÊP12 0848, Steve and Susan Suchon Application for a Conditional Use Permit to park and store a trailer over 25 feet long at the existing residence located at 4501 Denker Drive. UÊPUD-88, Sherman and Cheryl Balch Application for Planned Unit Development (PUD) Development Plan approval to subdivide an approximately ten-acre lot located at 6010 Alisal Street, in unincorporated Alameda County, into two single-family residential lots: (1) an approximately 3.5-acre parcel containing the existing residence, detached garage, and sport court; and (2) an approximately 6.5-acre lot which would include the construction of an approximately 4,000 square foot single story home and attached garage, a 1,200 square foot detached second living unit, and two detached garages. UÊP12 1220, Pleasant Partners, LLC/RREEF America, LLC Work Session to review and receive comments on a preliminary application to construct 305 apartment units, two retail buildings totaling approximately 7,520 square feet, new surface parking and a parking garage to serve the existing office uses, and related site improvements at the California Center property at 4400-4460 Rosewood Drive.

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COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES Applications are being accepted for the following vacancies: Civic Arts Commission – 2 members & 1 alternate Economic Vitality Committee – 1 member from each of the following categories: • Commercial Services Firm • Commercial Real Estate Developer • Green Economy/Environmental Industry • Financial Services • Medical Technology • Professional Services Firm Energy & Environment Committee – 2 Members Human Services Commission – 1 alternate Library Commission – 1 member & 1 alternate Youth Commission – 1 member from each of the following schools: • Village High School freshman or sophomore • Thomas Hart Middle School 6th or 7th grade Youth Master Plan Oversight Committee – 1 middle school parent Alameda County Transportation Commission Citizens Advisory Committee • 3 Pleasanton representatives Applications are available on the City’s website at http://www. or at the City Clerk’s Office, 123 Main Street. For additional information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (925) 931-5027. Applications due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2012.

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Las Positas College needs more revenue to meet student needs Las Positas College, the Tri-Valley’s award-winning community college, is a shining star among California universities and state colleges that accept hundreds of its graduates each year, but there could be trouble ahead. Kevin Walther, a doctorate-degreed administrator who became president of the school last year, told the Rotary Club of Pleasanton last week that enrollment, which peaked at 10,045 students just two years ago, has now dropped to 8,760 because of shrinking state funding. Course offerings also have been trimmed, from 927 courses offered in 2009 to 793 today. The “fill rate,” which determines how many can be in a classroom, is already at 95% with some teachers volunteering to take on more students than they are contractually obligated to handle. Since 2010, cuts in state funding have cost LPC JEB BING about 5,500 seats per semester Las Positas College presiand more than 13,300 seats for dent Kevin Walther urges voters to approve Proposithe 2011-2012 school year. tion 30 tax measure and Through the Measure B bond LPC’s Measure I parcel tax measure, LPC received enough to bring needed revenue to funds to build facilities and up- college. grade infrastructure to meet rising enrollment. This included a new state-of-the-art science complex nearing completion, a student services building and special campus pathways to ease the burden of students with physical disabilities. Measure B funds also allowed the college to install solar panels that now generate more than half of the electricity needed to power the campus. This has not only reduced the college’s carbon footprint, but it also has saved millions of dollars that are being used to serve students. But Sacramento, not school administrators, determines how many students can attend the state’s community college system, and that number is shrinking across California. The Las Positas College Foundation has helped and other fundraising efforts, including LPC’s joint venture with the city of Livermore to sponsor an Independence Day picnic and fireworks show on the campus, provide needed financial help. But it’s the millions of dollars in state aid that keep LPC and other community colleges afloat and those funds are withering. Walther said that LPC’s budget will stay about the same in 2013 if Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax measure is approved on Nov. 6. Without those additional funds, LPC will likely be faced with a $5.2 million mid-year budget cut. The LPC/Chabot College board of trustees has also placed Measure I on the Nov. 6 ballot, which is a $28 per parcel tax that would provide $5.6 million per year to both LPC and Chabot. Measure I requires a two-thirds vote to pass; Measure 30 can pass with a simple majority vote. Walther is urging voters to approve both Prop. 30 and Measure I. N

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Tri-Valley Heroes: We’re looking for a few good men and women The proverbial unsung hero: We all know one or two. These are the individuals or groups who keep doing what they do to make our community and lives better but very rarely get the recognition they so richly deserve. We are happy to announce that we will recognize the true, yet often anonymous, Tri-Valley Heroes this holiday season through a series of feature articles honoring eight individuals or groups for their positive influence on the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents. We will feature two Heroes each week beginning Nov. 23 and concluding Dec. 14. We want to recognize those individuals, groups or organizations that stand out because of their actions, integrity or honor, whether that hero is a firefighter who rescues a child from a burning house, the girl who is courageously battling leukemia, the business that allows its employees to mentor teens for an hour a week, or the neighborhood group that cleans up the creek. Awards will be given in the following categories: Arts and Cul-

LETTERS Blended rail? No! Dear Editor, High Speed Rail: Don’t waste money electrifying Caltrain. Your trains could not safely use its tracks. With 43 at-grade road crossings, with unprotected passengers waiting at Caltrain platforms, that’s inviting train delays, accidents and the demented. Save the cost to electrify Caltrain, tunnel in San Francisco, and later tube under San Francisco Bay for HSR to Sacramento. Far better — and much less costly: Upgrade (grade separate, multitrack and secure) UP/Amtrak via Mulford from Santa Clara to West Oakland. (This line would also be shorter, straighter, faster and safer for Capitol Corridor.) Where BART crosses over the UP/Amtrak line (by I-880 and Seventh Street), add a new intermodal station. As for unified regional rapid transit, plan for five-County BART around the Bay. Prepare a balanced plan with these elements: ■ Assure completion of BART to Berryessa and on to Santa Clara; ■ Convert Santa Clara-Millbrae Caltrain/UP to three tracks (two

ture, Community Spirit, Courage, Environmental Stewardship, Innovation, Rising Star and Role Model. The Lifetime Achievement award will recognize an individual or group for contributions, leadership, enthusiasm and tireless efforts on behalf of his or her community, county and neighbors. We are calling for nominations. This awards program is being conducted in all four Embarcadero Media East Bay divisions, which include the Pleasanton Weekly, Dublin TriValley Views, Danville Express and San Ramon Express. Individuals who work or live in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Blackhawk or Alamo are eligible, as are businesses located in these areas. If you know a person, organization or group deserving of recognition, complete the form at Tri-ValleyHeroes. Nominations can also be emailed directly to gallen@, but make sure all the information requested on the form is included. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 15. We are also looking for sponsors for the program and for the individual awards. Any individual or group can sponsor. Please contact me directly at or call 6000840, ext. 119, for information. We hope you find this opportunity to recognize the unsung Tri-Valley Heroes as exciting as we do! N BART, one UP); Convert San Francisco-Millbrae Caltrain/UP to an SF Muni Airport Express/UP line; ■ Extend BART to the Golden Gate and Carquinez bridges, to Brentwood, and over the Altamont; ■ Buy more BART cars and provide abundant parking; and ■ Bring the plan and funding to the voters of the five counties. Today’s BART started 50 years ago with a $792 million bond measure paid off over a decade ago. (Adjusted for inflation and the current five-county population, an equivalent bond measure today would yield about $16 billion.) Let the voters decide on a unified BART-based rapid transit system for their 6 million residents. Robert S. Allen, BART Director, District 5, 1974-88 ■

Top candidate Dear Editor, Karla Brown is one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable people we have ever met. She is an incredibly hard worker, gathering information, attending meetings, participating in city functions, and being part of community groups and functions. Her support for

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OPINION smart, slow growth is going to be very important as our city and community explore the ways and means to add more housing and more people in the next few years. Karla is supportive of Pleasanton’s heritage neighborhoods and our historic downtown, without which our town could lose much of the charm and character that we all love. Karla is supportive of maintaining our hillsides and trees as open space. Karla is an independent candidate, not obligated to any one group of people or any one organization. Karla will work hard for all of us, will remain open to conversations with everyone, and will seek to share views and opinions from all of the community. And Karla is smart, she has done her research. We support Karla Brown for City Council and ask you to support her also. Please go to Karla’s website,, if you want more information. Fred and Bonnie Krichbaum

Thanks, Mr. Grantham Dear Editor, Ten years ago, Jon Grantham arrived as Director of Bands at Amador Valley High School, and now he is the 2012 PUSD Teacher of the Year. The Amador Friends of Music (AFM) is hosting “Thanks a Thousand!” — saluting Mr. Grantham for being a positive force in the lives of nearly 1,000 students. Current and former students, families, friends, colleagues and AFM members are asked to send a thank you, memory, or special photo, for a “Book of 1000 Thanks!” A template and instructions are available at On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m., ceremonies to honor Mr. Grantham wil be held at the Amador Valley High stadium, including a runthrough of the 2012 field show, a presentation of the “Book of 1000 Thanks!” — and an exciting appearance by a surprise guest. All are invited to attend this free event. Questions? Call Sally at 5185916. Student and family lives have been forever changed by the excellent teaching of Mr. Grantham. He deserves “1000 Thanks” — and more. Marilyn M. Palowitch, Amador Friends of Music Alumni

Cook-Kallio for mayor Dear Editor, I am pleased to recommend Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor. As a City Council member, Cheryl has worked effectively for Pleasanton residents, both in the city and the region. She has fought for public park access to Pleasanton’s southeast hills, drafted plans to eliminate traffic congestion, and developed sensible measures to assure our city’s long-term fiscal stability and economic prosperity. About to retire after many years as an awardwinning high school teacher, Cheryl appreciates the priority our community places on quality schools, and she understands the value of city-school district cooperation to support education excellence for Pleasanton’s children and families. Cheryl welcomes input from all Pleasanton residents with varying

viewpoints, and always responds to calls and emails. When it comes to controversy, she strives to build community consensus rather than taking sides. She has the experience, temperament and passion to lead our very active, civic-minded community. Vote Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor of Pleasanton. Becky Dennis, Pleasanton Council Member 1993-2002

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Thorne for Mayor Dear Editor, Jerry Thorne is the ideal candidate for mayor of Pleasanton. His vast public service record in Pleasanton qualifies him to be the mayor of Pleasanton. As a member of the City Council, he has been an effective, responsible and decisive thinker. In addition, his strong and experienced voice has helped bring more consensus and cooperation to the Pleasanton City Council. Please join me in voting for Jerry Thorne for mayor of Pleasanton on Nov. 6. John O’Neill

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Megan StagnaroJohn Moffat

Sharon Van Heusen

Megan Marie Stagnaro and John Anthony Moffat II were married on March 31 at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. Megan is the daughter of Fritz and Suzie Stagnaro. She is a graduate of San Ramon Valley High and received her Integrated Marketing Communications degree from San Diego State and her masters in business degree from San Francisco State. She is a regional director of field marketing with Rouse Properties. John is the son of John and Nancy Moffat and a graduate of Amador Valley High. He received his BA in Communications from Arizona State University. He is a project manager with MCK Paving Co. John and Megan had their dream honeymoon in Italy and have made their home in San Ramon with their dog, Finnegan.

Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Clovis, CA after a brave f ight against melanoma. She is survived by her husband Bill, son William, father Bob Apple and wife Mary, mother Joy Williams and husband Bill, brother Jimmy Apple, Aunt Denice and Uncle Sam D’Andrea and family, Uncle Larry and Aunt Ruth Apple and family, Aunt Barbie Wilson, Aunt Diane Apple, as well as other relatives and friends too numerous to list. She was preceded in death by infant son James Kirk Van Heusen in April 1993. Shari was a devoted mother and wife, a generous, loving spirit who

Jan. 21, 1965-Aug. 4, 2012 Former resident of Pleasanton

brought light to the lives of so many. She took the lead in an assortment of civic and school activities from supporting our troops in the Middle East to bringing about the eScrip program at Alisal Elementary School. Shari also home schooled her son William up through high school. She enjoyed people, talking, reading, writing, arts & crafts and helping to bring about positive changes to our lives. She was excited about life, motivational and inspirational to those that knew her. Her love, support and care will be long remembered. Shari is very much missed by so many! A celebration of Shari’s life will be held from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2012 in the Barley Room of Handles Gastropub located inside the Pleasanton Hotel. Please join us to remember the love and light that was Shari. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made at the memorial for a bench and a shade tree to be placed at either Alisal Elementary School or Orloff Park in honor and remembrance of Shari’s life. Please contact Gina Landis at (925) 417-7490 or Lori Piper at (925) 846-2334 with any questions regarding the memorial.

Arleen Ann Neu Dec. 25, 1936-Sept. 23, 2012 Arleen Neu was called gently home to Heaven on Sept. 23, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Templeton, Iowa, she was a 25 year resident of Pleasanton. She is survived by her loving husband LaVern Neu, five children, 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and their families. Services were held.

In Loving Memory of Hank Gomez Pleasanton April 15, 1927-Oct.2, 2002 It has been 10 years, you will never be forgotten. For though we are far apart you are always and forever in our hearts. We love and miss you. —Dorothy, Frank and Debra

Christine SobreroSteven Gurske Christine Sobrero and Steven Gurske were married May 5 in an outdoor wedding at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton followed by a reception. Both graduated in civil engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Christine, the daughter of Bob and Peggy Sobrero of Pleasanton, graduated from Amador Valley High School in 2005. She is a design engineer for BKF Engineering in Walnut Creek. Steven Gurske, the son of Dave and Jan Gurske of Dublin, graduated from Dublin High School in 2005. He is a project engineer for the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and works in Palo Alto. The couple honeymooned in Italy and currently resides in Dublin.

Kate MaduellTimothy Waldron Kate Maduell and Timothy Waldron were married at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Pleasanton on June 23, with a reception following at Canyon View Dining Hall in San Ramon. Kate, the daughter of Dave and Annette Maduell, graduated from Foothill High in 2005 and from CSU Stanislaus in 2009. She is a third-grade teacher at Aspire Public Schools in Modesto. Timothy is the son of Rick and Vicki Waldron of Salida. He graduated from Davis High School is 2005 and attended Modesto Junior College. He is currently attending school to become a physical therapist. The couple honeymooned in Maui and is residing in Modesto.


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o t n a s a e l P e h t Meet Vote-by-mail balloting starts Monday By Jeb Bing

Sample ballots and voter info mailed to Pleasanton’s 40,452 regis ready to be marked and sent to the Although polls show Californi re-elect President Barack Obama Mitt Romney, there’s less certainty closely competitive races. Even D newly aligned 15th Congressiona Pete Stark is facing Alameda C Councilman Eric Swalwell is “too There’s also much less certain mayor and City Council seats wh mail between Monday and Nov. 6 Mayoral candidates and City Co Kallio and Jerry Thorne are neck the Pleasanton Weekly.

Candidates for Mayor CHERYL COOK-KALLIO


Twenty-five years ago I chose to raise my family in Pleasanton because it was a safe, vibrant city with excellent schools and a strong sense of community. Pleasanton retains these outstanding qualities. Your vote will determine who will lead Pleasanton, and more importantly, which direction our beloved city will take and how it will grow. It is about issues and effectiveness, and the ability to get the job done. In the next decade decisions will be made concerning transportation, affordable housing for working families and seniors, and the fiscal health of the city. It is essential that we have a strong leader with excellent interpersonal skills that promote relationships with all segments of this city and with those who represent us. I am that person. Six years as your City Council member, including three terms as vice mayor, have given me the practical experience needed to serve as mayor. Teaching Advanced Placement Government, U.S. History and Economics has provided a philosophical perspective of how and why our government works. I understand economics and what is important for all of us. As mayor I will take steps to ensure that we make sound fiscal decisions and maintain a healthy reserve while preserving and enhancing the things that make Pleasanton such a wonderful place to live and do business. As a public school teacher for more than 35 years, I truly understand the impact more housing will have on our schools and in our community. As a member of the joint Liaison Committee, I work closely with the school district to find ways we can work together to strengthen the quality of public education in Pleasanton. As mayor I will make sure that stakeholders are educated in what this means and are involved in the decision making process. I have a unique insight to these issues facing our city. As mayor I will focus on the critical issues that impact our quality of life: public safety, completing State Route 84, traffic signalization, economic growth and development, and affordable housing. Ensuring Pleasanton remains a vibrant, economically viable community by creating jobs and housing opportunities while strengthening our business districts and promoting ethical and accountable city government. I am accessible and inclusive, and will provide the strong, pro-active leadership required to lead Pleasanton into the future. I would be honored to have your vote. To learn more, visit

It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as your council member and three terms as vice mayor since I was first elected in 2005. You honored me by reelecting me in 2006 and 2010 with more votes than any other candidate for local office in Pleasanton. Prior to being elected to the City Council, I served you for a full decade as a Parks and Recreation commissioner, bringing my total formal public service to 17 years. In addition to my public service, I spent over 40 years in the private sector with the last 26 years in management with a Fortune 100 company, where I was personally responsible and accountable for hundreds of people and large sums of money. This combination of public and private leadership experience uniquely qualifies me to lead the city of Pleasanton into the future and accept the responsibility and accountability for the challenges we face. This is a critical time for the residents of Pleasanton. It is imperative that we create a truly balanced budget, provide our valued city employees with a truly sustainable pension program that will not burden our children and grandchildren with debt, maintain our high quality-of-life standards, partner with our school district to continue to provide a quality education for our children, and protect our current and future citizens from unfair debt and taxes. I have a clear vision of Pleasanton going forward over the next several years. This vision is based on years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors and the input I have received from citizens like you. My service as mayor of Pleasanton will be focused on what is best for Pleasanton. I have no interest in higher partisan office and my efforts will protect our city and its rights to local control of local issues. To achieve this, I will continue to work with regional efforts that impact Pleasanton and the region. To date, regional leaders have elected me to leadership roles in a variety of agencies, boards and committees that impact Pleasanton. The most recent include the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, Livermore Amador Valley Water Management Agency and the League of California Cities. In conclusion, I am the best prepared and best qualified candidate to be mayor of Pleasanton. Visit my website at and please vote for Jerry Thorne for mayor of Pleasanton on Nov. 6.

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Karla Brown is a Pleasanton woman and 20-year resident of P Together with her husband Tim, raised three daughters in Pleasa earned a business degree from San University and has achieved many a accolades in her business career. Over the past five years, Brown leader of open space and ridge-line leading the way to the passage of th preservation ballot measures. Both whelmingly approved by Pleasanton She is the only candidate endor Sierra Club, and both the Valley The Independent Newspaper. Brown is on record as opposin B1, the transportation initiative on ballot. She states that Pleasanton re to the Alameda County Transportat will stop in 2022. In addition, both Pleasanton and been paying a half-cent sales tax for more is being told they won’t get a s tax in perpetuity — no sunset clau would support a transportation tax i of the existing tax. Brown is a member of the Pleas This group is tasked with develop Lakes” rock quarry region, between She also is an ardent supporter o she believes are necessary to prese believes that future development s addressing the state mandate for af Brown knows that our city is fac a variety of options and taking inpu critical measures are needed to red Brown is an ardent supporter o buildings and downtown. This reg Special” and must be protected. O of our residents and shoppers; Bro needs of our downtown residents, downtown business community of Brown’s goals for City Council a while using fiscally conservative m lenges. As an active community m the Pleasanton Heritage Association real estate community, our schools To learn more about Brown, visit


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ormation pamphlets have been stered voters with mail-in ballots e Alameda County Registrar. ia voters will likely choose to over his Republican challenger y in projecting winners in more Democrat vs. Democrat in the al District where Congressman County prosecutor and Dublin close to call.” nty in the race for Pleasanton ere the 50% or more voting by could be major game-changers. ouncil members Cheryl Cook-to-neck in voter samplings by


There are similar slender margins separating City Council candidates Karla Brown, Erlene DeMarcus and Jerry Pentin. The winners for the two council seats that are opening this year due to term limits could be affected by votes for Mike Harris, who dropped out of the race last month but whose name appears first among the ballot listing of council candidates. Four years ago, Howard Neely dropped out of the Council race, but, like Harris, too late to have his name taken off the ballot. Even so, Neely received nearly 5,000 votes. While early voting probably won’t affect the outcome of the Obama-Romney race, it could have an impact in local elections where candidates and their positions are less known. Last night’s 90-minute debate among the five Pleasanton candidate should have helped clarify where each candidate stands. To help, we also asked those seeking election as mayor and City Council members to state their views, which follow.

Candidates for City Council BROWN

n business Pleasanton. they have anton. She n Jose State awards and

has been a protection, e two strict were overn voters. rsed by the Times and

ng Measure the Nov. 6 sidents are already paying half-cent sales tax tion Improvement Authority (ACTIA), which

Livermore (and all of Alameda County) have BART since 1970 (for 42 years!). Now Liverstation unless they pay another half-cent sales use at all. She states that is flawed logic. She if it were introduced closer to the 2022 sunset

santon’s East Side Specific Plan Task Force. ping possible alternatives for the “Chain of n Pleasanton and Livermore. of “Slow and Smart Growth” policies, which erve Pleasanton’s small-town character. She should be gradual and well planned, while ffordable housing. cing unsustainable growing debt. Looking at ut from city employees, she understands that uce the debt. f safeguarding our heritage neighborhoods, gion helps define “What makes Pleasanton Our quaint downtown is a feature for most own wants to reach a balance between the while encouraging a thriving and profitable shopping, dining and evening events. are to continue with slow growth measures, measures to address the city’s financial chalember, Brown has also been a volunteer for n, Valley Humane Society, RAGE Soccer, the and many more. t



Erlene DeMarcus is a recognized transportation expert who has spent a career working for the betterment of our community. She is running for City Council to continue those efforts, concentrating on quality of life issues like transportation, jobs, public safety and children’s programs. DeMarcus brought BART to Pleasanton, which was the first extension in BART history. Before her election to the BART board of directors, DeMarcus led the community effort to persuade BART to adopt the project, and subsequently the campaign effort to pass the countywide transportation tax necessary to fund it. Once elected to the board, she pushed the Pleasanton extension to the top of the project list. A former Congressional staffer and consultant to county supervisors, DeMarcus said she will fight cut-through traffic and complete BART to Livermore, freeing up parking and taking outof-town cars off our streets. DeMarcus is committed to bringing quality jobs to Pleasanton, and retaining the ones we have here already, bringing more shopping choices, and more dollars for public safety. The opportunity to work closer to where we live turns commute time into family time; our children have more options to stay close as they enter the workforce; and our community’s quality of life benefits. When asked why she is running, DeMarcus said, “Pleasanton is my home and I want to continue to do what I can to improve the quality of life for us all.” She said she will continue to focus on issues of transportation, jobs, public safety and children’s services as ways of improving that quality of life. Erlene DeMarcus is owner and principle of the DeMarcus group, specializing in transportation management and planning. While a congressional staffer she advised Congressman Bill Baker on regional transportation issues. She was one of the founding members of the Pleasanton-Dublin Livermore WHEELS program. DeMarcus asks voters to join with teachers, firefighters, environmentalists, small business owners, community leaders and others to support her bid for City Council. For more information, go to

This election is very important to the future of Pleasanton, as it will bring significant change to the City Council. We need strong leadership to help sustain the healthy, safe and vibrant community that we all enjoy. Since moving to Pleasanton more than 21 years ago, I’ve served on a variety of commissions and advisory groups, including my current role as chair of the Pleasanton Planning Commission. Previously, I was a Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commissioner for six years, including time as chair. I also served on the Callippe Golf Course Committee, and our group was honored with the Mayor’s Award in 2005. I’ve had the honor to serve on the Firehouse Arts Center and Veteran’s Building Renovation and Rededication committees, and I helped see the Val Vista Park, Alviso Adobe Park and the Bernal Community Park Master Plan to fruition. I also served on the Kottinger Place Redevelopment Task Force, and I was an early supporter of the extension of Stoneridge Drive and the annexation of Staples Ranch. I am a 28-year member of Rotary and past president of the Pleasanton North Rotary Club and was honored as Rotarian of the Year in 2007 and 2011. As a local business owner, I’ve supported nonprofit agencies and youth organizations and was the recipient of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce’s “2010 Excellence in Business” award. Our city faces many challenges in the years to come. One of my top priorities is to ensure that future pension requirements for our city employees are sustainable for the future. And I see many opportunities to continue to improve our quality of life in our community through the East Pleasanton Specific Plan, the redevelopment of Kottinger Place and future phases of Bernal Community Park. We need to make sure we have experienced, qualified people on the City Council to make tough decisions on these issues and more. I encourage you to learn about all the candidates who are running for City Council this year. I’m confident you’ll find that I’m the most qualified and experienced person on the ballot. Pleasanton is a very special place and I believe my family is blessed to live here. I’m running for City Council because I want to ensure that future generations will have the same incredible memories and opportunities that we have enjoyed. I would be honored to serve as your City Council member. For more information, visit Jerry Pentin’s website at

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In other police reports: UĂŠ ĂŠ `ÂˆĂƒÂŤĂ•ĂŒiĂŠ ÂœĂ›iÀÊ Â˜ÂœÂˆĂƒiĂŠ Vœ“ˆ˜}ĂŠ vĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ basketball courts at an apartment complex landed a man in jail for robbery, according to Pleasanton police reports. Greg Francis Gregory, 54, of Pleasanton was arrested at the Eaves apartments in ĂŒÂ…iĂŠĂŽĂˆĂ¤Ă¤ĂŠLÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠÂœvĂŠ˜`Ă€iĂœĂƒĂŠĂ›iÂ˜Ă•iĂŠ>Ă€ÂœĂ•Â˜`ĂŠ 6:28 p.m. Sept. 27. Gregory, angry about the noise three juveniles were making, forcibly took three basketballs from the youths, the report said. UĂŠ >ĂŒ>Â?ĂžĂŒÂˆVĂŠ VÂœÂ˜Ă›iĂ€ĂŒiĂ€ĂƒĂŠ ĂœiĂ€iĂŠ ĂŒ>Ă€}iĂŒi`ĂŠ LÞÊ thieves this week. The converters, which are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, contain precious metals including platinum, palladium and rhodium and can be sold for quick cash at recycling centers and scrap yard. ĂŠ Â?Â?ĂŠ vÂˆĂ›iĂŠ ĂœiĂ€iĂŠ ĂƒĂŒÂœÂ?iÂ˜ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ Ăƒ>“iĂŠ ĂŒÂˆÂ“iĂŠ period, between the evening of Sept. 30 and the morning of Oct. 1. One valued at $2,000 was stolen between 10 p.m. Sept. 30 and 7:15 a.m. Oct. 1 from a home in the in the 2200 block of Camino Brazos; another $2,000 converter was taken between 2:20 a.m. Sept. 30 and 2:20 a.m. "VĂŒÂ°ĂŠÂŁĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠĂˆÂ™Ă¤Ă¤ĂŠLÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠÂœvĂŠ >Â?Â?iĂŠÂ?ĂŒ>‡ mira. Two $500 catalytic converters were stolen, one in the 5300 block of Blackbird Drive between 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and 8 a.m. Oct. 1 and one between 5 p.m. Sept.

30 and 4:45 p.m. Oct. 1 in the 2300 block ÂœvĂŠ7œœ`ĂŒÂ…Ă€Ă•ĂƒÂ…ĂŠ7>Þ°ÊĂŠVÂœÂ˜Ă›iĂ€ĂŒiÀÊÛ>Â?Ă•i`ĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠ $1,200 was taken between 9:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and noon Oct. 1 from the 2200 block of Goldcrest Circle. Pleasanton is not alone: Thefts of catalytic converters have been reported to be ÂœÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠĂ€ÂˆĂƒiĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ iÀŽiÂ?iĂž]ĂŠ iĂœ>ÀŽ]ĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ and Richmond. UĂŠ >ĂƒÂ…ĂŠ Ăœ>ĂƒĂŠ ĂƒĂŒÂœÂ?iÂ˜ĂŠ vĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠ ĂŒĂœÂœĂŠ Â?ÂœV>Â?ĂŠ LĂ•ĂƒÂˆÂ‡ nesses the last week of September. In one incident, $3,048 stolen from Valley Medical Oncology Consultants in the 5700 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard between 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 8:25 a.m. Sept. 27; there was no sign of forced entry. In the second, $614 cash was stolen from Caffino, the kiosk coffee shop in ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ ĂˆĂ‡Ă¤Ă¤ĂŠ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ->Â˜ĂŒ>ĂŠ ,ÂˆĂŒ>ĂŠ ,Âœ>`°Ê Â˜ĂŠ employee arriving for work at 4:52 a.m. Sept. 28 discovered a window had been smashed. UĂŠ ĂŠ Ă€iÂ˜ĂŒĂœÂœÂœ`ĂŠ ĂœÂœÂ“>Â˜ĂŠ Ăœ>ĂƒĂŠ >ÀÀiĂƒĂŒi`ĂŠ "VĂŒÂ°ĂŠ Ă“ĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ ÂŤ>ĂƒĂƒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ VÂœĂ•Â˜ĂŒiĂ€viÂˆĂŒĂŠ LˆÂ?Â?ĂƒÂ°ĂŠ Ă•`Ă€iÞÊ Thomas, 23, was arrested for forgery at about 8:09 p.m. after attempting to buy a $99 iPod speaker dock and $129 vacuum. Thirteen counterfeit $20 bills were confiscated as evidence. UĂŠ /ĂœÂœĂŠ Â?ÂœV>Â?ĂŠ Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒĂŠ ĂœiĂ€iĂŠ Ă›ÂˆVĂŒÂˆÂ“ĂƒĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ felony identity theft in recent days. One, reported at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 28, was caught when called a resident of the 3300 block of Santa Rita Road to see if she’d made a $494.14 purchase. While that was not shipped, the woman discovered two other fraudulent purchases, one for $886.86 at and another for $395.40 at In the second identity theft, reported at 11:38 a.m. Oct. 2, a resident of the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive told police someone used her credit card to charge two $300 gift cards at Macy’s. UĂŠĂŠfÂŁ]Ă“Ă¤Ă¤ĂŠÂ“ÂœĂ•Â˜ĂŒ>ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠLˆVĂžVÂ?iĂŠĂœ>ĂƒĂŠĂ€iÂŤÂœĂ€ĂŒi`ĂŠ stolen from the 5500 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 26 Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

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POLICE REPORT The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available.

Sept. 25

Auto theft â– 5:31 p.m. in the 5900 block of Via del Cielo

Sept. 26 Rape â– 10:21 p.m. in the 8000 block of Ensenada Drive Theft â–  11:03 a.m. in the 2300 block of Stoneridge Mall Rd; fraud â–  5:25 p.m. in the 3500 block of Mercato Ct; theft from structure Vandalism â–  8:12 a.m. in the 4100 block of Churchill Drive â–  5:19 p.m. in the 7300 block of Johnson Drive â–  6:02 p.m. in the 400 block of Old Bernal Avenue Drug violations â–  8:49 p.m. in the 5100 block of Monaco Drive; drug investigation â–  10:25 p.m. in the 4400 block of Comanche Way possession of a controlled substance, under the influence of a controlled substance

Sept. 27 Auto burglary â– 1:07 p.m. in the 5800 block of Parkside Drive Vandalism â–  6:07 p.m. in the 4400 block of Mohr Avenue Drug violations â–  8:13 a.m. at the intersection of Valley Ave and Crestline Rd; marijuana possession, driving with marijuana

Sept. 28 Child abuse â– 7:16 a.m. in the 3500 block of

Brent Court Theft â– 2:59 p.m. in the 6300 block of Alvord Way; fraud â–  7:13 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Auto burglary â–  9:53 a.m. in the 11900 block of Dublin Canyon Road Alcohol violations â–  1:56 a.m. in the 1400 block of Santa Rita Road; DUI â–  2:10 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Mohr Avenue; DUI

Dolores Street DUI â–

2:44 a.m. in the 5000 block of Case Avenue

Oct. 1 Theft

Sept. 29


8:05 a.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive; auto theft


9:50 a.m. in the 2300 block of Woodthrush Way; fraud


9:27 p.m. in the 4400 block of Rosewood Drive; theft from structure


9:34 p.m. in the 3400 block of Norton Way; theft


Theft â– 11:51 a.m. in the 300 block of Main Street; theft â–  2:04 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Vandalism â–  3:41 p.m. at Stoneridge Drive Drug/alcohol violations â–  1:03 a.m. in the 3900 block of Rockingham Drive; public drunkenness â–  2:03 a.m. at the intersection of Pimlico Drive and Santa Rita Road; DUI â–  10:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Chabot Drive; marijuana possession


5:19 p.m. at the intersection of Junipero Street and Sonoma Drive

Drug violations â–

2:34 a.m. near the intersection of Interstates 580 and 680; paraphernalia possession

Oct. 2 Robbery â–

5:48 p.m. in the 5800 block of Stoneridge Mall Road


Sept. 30 Sex offense â– 11:01 a.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Theft â–  10:55 a.m. at the intersection of Lylewood Drive and Regency Drive; theft â–  5:03 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Vandalism â–  3:50 a.m. in the 4900 block of


9:03 a.m. in the 5000 block of Rigatti Circle; fraud


1:38 a.m. in the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive; fraud


1:55 p.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive; theft


4:44 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; shoplifting

Auto burglary â–

7:21 a.m. in the 3600 block of Manchester Street


7:55 a.m. in the 3600 block of Annis Circle


8:18 a.m. in the 3800 block of Cheshire Court


11:50 a.m. in the 3600 block of Cambridge Court





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Concerts ‘THE MAGIC OF MOZART’ The Pacific Chamber Symphony’s all-Mozart program will include Cassation No.2 in B-flat, Concerto No.2 in E-flat, Symphony in D, Symphony No. 40. Special Artist Glen Swarts, PCS Principle French Horn; Maestro Lawrence Kohl. The event is from 8-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $30, $36, $45; students $7. Call 373-6800 or visit VALLEY CONCERT CHORALE Valley Concert Chorale kicks off its 49th season at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, with “Songs of Laughter - An Afternoon with Gilbert and Sullivan,� at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore. Enjoy tasty treats, silly songs, and prize drawings. To see the 2012-2012 concert schedule, visit or call 866-4003. $40/per person.

Events 11TH ANNUAL ARTWALK Experience the 11th ArtWalk from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2400 First St., Livermore. This event brings thousands out to stroll and enjoy a day of art, music, wine and shopping in downtown Livermore. Visit CARAVEL & OUTCAST WINE RELEASE The event is from 2-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Callippe Golf Preserve, 8500 Clubhouse Dr. Adults only 21 and over. Cost is $20. Visit CRAFT FAIR AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST Thomas S. Hart Middle School’s third annual Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Thomas S. Hart Middle School, 4433 Willow Rd., Pleasanton. Enjoy breakfast and shopping while listening to the middle school band play throughout the morning. A breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage is just $5. The event is a fundraiser for its Band/Strings Department. Call 425-0882. DRUG AWARENESS FORUM Hart Middle School, 4433 Willow Rd., will be the location of a free

Drug Awareness Forum at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22. There will be a panel of speakers representing the schools, police department, Mothers with a Purpose, and Axis Community Health to provide attendees a wealth of information. Pleasanton. FREE TOUR: WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND WATER RECYCLING Learn how 10 million gallons of Tri-Valley wastewater is treated every day -- either purified and recycled to irrigate green spaces or safely cleaned and pumped into the San Francisco Bay. The tour is from 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 10 at DSRSD Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7399 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton. Free and open to the public (adults, teens, children 7+ years). Reservations required: complete form at Education/tourrequest.html. Call 875-2282. GIRLS NIGHT OUT NETWORKING Come for the fun of meeting and chatting with other women at GNON (Girls Night Out Networking) from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at American Laser Skincare Center, 5000 Pleasanton Ave. #120. Cost is $10 for GNON members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP to gnoners@gmail. com by Oct. 22. Visit

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Trick or treating for adults Guests are encouraged to wear costumes to the second annual Halloween Brew Crawl, on Saturday, Oct. 20, hosted by the Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA). Patrons will shop along Main Street andsample a variety of beer and food pairings while enjoying a beautiful fall evening. One thousand tickets are on sale for $30 at Pleasanton Main Street Brewery, Redcoats Pub and Studio Seven Arts; tickets will be available for $35 at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event at the Firehouse Arts Center. The price includes beer tastings at 25 downtown locations, a commemorative beer glass and tasting map. Designated driver tickets are $10 the night of the event. Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., and feature three expos: community safety, community service, and community wellness. There will also be a BBQ fundraiser for the Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

Organizations wishing to participate should send an email to info@ PLEASANTON FINANCIAL FITNESS EXPO The city of Pleasanton will host a 55+ Financial Fitness Expo

from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. This free event features workshops, speakers and exhibitors with information about services and products to

GREATER TRI-VALLEY REGION NCHRA FALL NETWORKING SOCIAL Join your HR colleagues for a fun-filled evening from 5:307:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd. Cultivate new relationships, catch up with friends, and enjoy great hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $35; NCHRA Members are $25. Contact Denise Granados at 415-291-1992 or visit HALLOWEEN SPIRIT RUN AND COSTUME CONTEST The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is holding a 5K race/run/walk, kid’s challenge and costume contest at 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, in downtown Pleasanton, under the Arch. Proceeds of this race will be used to purchase wheelchairs for the needy, plus Rotary will donate $5 of each registration to designated Pleasanton School. For information, contact the Rotary Club of Pleasanton at or visit www. LIVERMORE AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE The 17th annual Livermore Airport Open House flies into town on Saturday, Oct. 6. This event features aerobatic performances, exhibits, aircraft on display and entertainment for all ages. Food provided at nominal cost. Small group tours are available. The airport is located at 636 Terminal Circle, off of Airway Blvd. at the I-580. For more information, call 960-8220. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Livermore. MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR PLEASANTON FESTIVAL Residents are invited to the free Make A Difference for Pleasanton Festival from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, to discover ways they can make a difference in their health, homes and community. The festival will take place at the Senior



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ON THE TOWN ● CALENDAR help navigate retirement planning. Lunch will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Abbie 4-H Club. Call 931-5369. TRI-VALLEY COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR High school students and their parents can meet with representatives from Community Colleges,

CSUs, UCs, Private & Out-of-State colleges; Military & ROTC recruiters; Vocational & Technical Schools from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Granada High School, 400 Wall St., Livermore. Call Danille Mintz at 606-4800, ext. 3520.

We’re looking for a few good men and women The proverbial unsung hero: We all know one or two.

These are the individuals or groups who keep doing what they do to make our community and lives better, but very rarely get the recognition they so richly deserve. These true, yet often anonymous, Tri-Valley Heroes will be honored this holiday season through a series of feature articles.

Awards will be given in the following categories: ▲ Arts and Culture ▲ Community Spirit ▲ Courage ▲ Environmental Stewardship ▲ Innovation ▲ Rising Star ▲ Role Model ▲ Lifetime Achievement

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Exhibits INDIAN BASKETRY AT MUSEUM ON MAIN Museum on Main, 603 Main St., is showcasing the traveling exhibit, “American Masterpieces: The Legacy of California Indian Basketry,” through Oct. 14. Guided tours are available at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Open 10 a.m-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; and 1-4 p.m. Sun. Call 462-2766 or visit PLEASANTON ART LEAGUE The Pleasanton Art League (PAL) members’ exhibit, featuring local artists’ work in a variety of media, will run through Oct. 20 at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Also on exhibit will be the Pleasanton community drawing, “Alphabet Soup,” drawings made out of initials of children who attended the Farmers Market on July 14. The drawing will be sold by a silent auction during the exhibit to benefit PAL’s youth scholarship fund. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; and for one hour prior to each Firehouse Arts Center performance and during intermission. Donations are appreciated. Call 931-4848 or visit www.


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‘BAG-IT’ DOCUMENTARY You are invited to a free encore screening of the award-winning documentary, “Bag-It.” The film, which started as a documentary about plastic bags but evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways and more, will be shown at 7 p.m., Oct. 15 & Oct. 17 at Cinema West, 2490 First St., Livermore. Call 960-8015 or visit

Fundraisers 2012 BAY AREA STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME WALK & PICNIC Gather up a team and walk a mile for Down syndrome and help raise $150K. Price includes T-shirt, barbecue lunch and many activities. Start fundraising today: www. event/t-shirt. Sponsorship opportunities available. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7 $30. Little Hills Ranch, 18013 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. 362-8660.

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BON APPETIT, TOASTS & TASTES OF FALL Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation invites you to enjoy its ninth annual culinary event to benefit Pleasanton schools. Sample 15 tasty dishes and enjoy live entertainment and silent auction from 6:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the California Center Pleasanton, 4400 Rosewood Dr. Reserve your place at www. $65 per person.

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DANCE FEST AND GLOBAL OUTREACH The Dance Fest and Global Outreach event supports Taylor Zevanove’s Gold Award project, which will benefit Thai refugees. The event is from 1:304:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at

PET OF THE WEEK Meet Lucy Lucy is a stunning 5-year-old female orange tabby, which is not a common breed. She is a sweet, shy cat who does not shine in a shelter setting and is dying for a forever home. Once she trusts a person, he or she becomes her human. Call Valley Humane Society at 426-8656, or go to www.valJENNY XIA to see other dogs and cats waiting for you. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton, open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; noon-7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd. Youth ages 10-17 and of all skill sets are invited to earn service hours as they take dance classes, watch performances, listen to outreach speakers, and engage in leadership training. $12 minimum donation. Call 484-2513 or visit FOOTHILL ATHLETIC BOOSTERS MEAT SALE The Foothill Athletic Booster Club’s annual fall meat sale is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7, in the Foothill High School parking lot. Choose from premium quality USDA choice meats and FDA seafood -- all at warehouse prices. Visit apps/events/2012/10/6/1281796/ HARVEST PARK CHEER HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Harvest Park Cheer is holding a Holiday Boutique from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, in the Harvest Park Middle School multipurpose room, 4900 Valley Ave. Over 30 vendors confirmed including Kathryn Mosher Designs, Stella and Dot, Scenty, Jockey Clothes, Tickled Pink, Cabernet Sports, Fancy Stuff, Dove Chocolates, Massage Envy, Cookie Mondays, Posh Spa Pampering, Pampered Chef, Shaded Bling & Things, Tupperware, Savvy Seconds, Steps, Arbonne. There will be a big drawing as well. Proceeds will help send athletes to cheer competitions this school year. Contact Barrie Shaffer at barrieshaffer@ VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY Full of sweet and furry faces, the 2013 VHS Calendar is available for $15, which helps animals year-round by funding rescue and rehabilitation programs. Place your order today so you can pick it up in November at the VHS, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. For more details, call 426-8656, ext. 17, or visit

Health HEALING TOUCH FOR TRI-VALLEY VETERANS Free Healing Touch sessions for veterans of any military branch are from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Las Positas College. A session can help relaxation, ease pain, improve sleep, focus thoughts and promote overall feeling good. The American Holistic Nurses Association endorses Healing Touch. Space is limited. Contact Vivian at 3528917 or htfortrivalvets@yahoo.

com. Visit WALK WITH A DOC Stretch your legs and “Walk with a Doc,” a unique walking program that offers you a chance to spend time with a doctor who will answer your questions and provide you support. So put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, bring family, friends and even your dog, and walk for your health. This event starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Pleasanton Sports Park, 5800 Parkside Dr. Visit www.

Holiday HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR ALL AGES Pleasanton’s Community Services Department offers a wide range of fun and spooky Halloween activities throughout October. The season kicks off at the Firehouse Fright Night Movie Festival, at 8:30 pm., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Parkside Patio behind the center at 4444 Railroad Ave. The feature movie is “Ghostbusters” (PG), so come as your favorite character from the movie. Tickets: $10. For details on other events, visit HALLOWEEN SPIRIT RUN The Rotary Club of Pleasanton invites you to it second annual Halloween Spirit 5K Run & Walk and Kids’ Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Arch on Main Street. Start times (9 a.m., 10:15 a.m.) and entry fees ($5$35) vary. Benefits the Wheelchair Foundation and a local school. Contact On Your Mark Race Events at 209-795-7832 or visit

Kids & Teens DAR ESSAY CONTESTS Students are invited to participate in the American History Essay Contest (grades 5-8) and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest (grades 9-12), sponsored by the Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Winners will be acknowledged with a $100 prize, certificate, and medal at the Annual Awards Ceremony in February 2013. Deadline for each contest is Thursday, Nov. 15. For the information packet for the American History Essay Contest, contact Phyllis Houghton at For the information packet for the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, contact Carole Vercellino at


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Foothill/Giants family: The Crawford family of Pleasanton (Jenna, Mike, Kaitlin, Amy, Lynn and Brandon on the field) took the Pleasanton Weekly with them to the San Francisco Giants game Saturday, Sept. 22, where they watched their son and his teammates clinch the National League West title. They brought along the “Falcon Family” edition because Matt Sweeney coached Brandon in football and Amy in softball, adding a few banners to the FHS gym. Kaitlin graduated from Foothill last year and Jenna attends Foothill currently.

Lectures/ Workshops ‘OUT ON A LEDGE’ The East Bay Community Trip to Israel presents “Out on a Ledge: The Story of the Jewish Partisans” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada St. Speaker: Fred Rosenbaum. Admission $10; free to trip registrants. Visit www.jfed. org$srael2013.

DISCOVER GENEALOGY, PLEASANTON Discover your family heritage with help from volunteer docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, who will be at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14. No appointments are necessary. For more details, call Nancy Jones at 931-3400, ext. 7. Free.

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ON THE TOWN â—? CALENDAR your life. Alameda County Master Gardeners are on hand from 9:3011:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month to give advice and guided tours of their Demonstration Garden. Free Livermore Earth Friendly Demonstration Garden, 3575 Greenville Rd., Livermore. 510639-1371.

Live Music ASIA IN PLEASANTON The rock group ASIA, featuring John Payne, comes to the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. This show will feature selections from the band’s upcoming release, “Americana,� and hits from both the John Payne era and the classic era. Tickets for adults $35, $40, $45. Purchase tickets at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office or, or call 931-4848. CARPENTERS TRIBUTE “Close To You,� a tribute to the Carpenters,

comes to the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. Celebrate the ‘70s with classic songs and sounds that made this music duo so popular. Tickets for adults $15, $20, $25; for children $12; group discounts available. Call 931-4848 or visit GRAMMY-NOMINATED VOCALIST Enjoy contemporary American and traditional Spanish music performed by Grammy-nominated Perla Batalla at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. Batalla will perform songs that reflect her bi-cultural personal and musical heritage. Tickets for adults $15, $20, $25; for children $12. Purchase at Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, at www.firehousearts. org, or by calling 931-4848. GUITARIST MEETS JAZZ HARPIST / VIOLINIST Enjoy some world music performed by Peppino D’Agostino and Carlos Reyes at the Firehouse

Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Tickets for adults $15, $20, $25; for children $12. Call 931-4848 or visit

On Stage ‘LA BOHEME’ Puccini’s dramatic love story ‘La boheme,’ will be presented at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. This is event takes place at 8 p.m., Oct. 6; 2 p.m., Oct. 7; 8 p.m., Oct. 13; and 2 p.m., Oct. 14. Directed by Tony Award winner Eugene Brancoveanu. Adults $39-$74. Students 18 years and younger $10 off on all days, all seating sections. Student ID. Call 373-6800 or visit

Political Notes DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN RALLY Join Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, CA Senate Majority Leader Ellen

Corbett, Senators Mark DeSaulnier and Loni Hancock for a campaign rally and look into future issues at the TriValley Democratic Club Meeting from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15 at IBEW 595, 6250 Village Pkwy, Dublin. Join in the discussion of plans for after the election. Contact Ellis Goldberg at 831-8355 or visit Calendar.htm PLEASANTON MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ FORUM The League of Women Voters of Livermore-Amador Valley and the American Association of University Women Livermore-PleasantonDublin Branch will co-sponsor a candidates’ forum from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, in the Pleasanton City Council Chambers, 200 Old Bernal Ave. Council at 7 p.m. and mayor at 8 p.m. Questions from the audience will be taken. Contact Barbara at 846-9739 or visit http://

Seniors ADVANCE FUNERAL PLANNING A free Advance Funeral Planning presentation will take place from 10:3011:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The presentation will focus on options, payment plans, cost control and protecting your family. I Call 931-5365 or email

Volunteering BECOME A LITERACY TUTOR Share the gift of reading and writing by becoming a volunteer tutor through the Pleasanton Library’s Project Read. Training will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. For more details, call Penny Johnson at 931-3405 or email PennyJohnson@ The Pleasanton Library is at 400 Old Bernal Ave. Free.

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Thrilling road to golf title PGA Junior League champs had tough climb to top

Tomas Rozsa congratulates Stephen Dougherty after his blistering goal in Sunday’s game against Willow Soccer Club Lobitos, one of two hard-fought battles for Ballistic United U16 Premier the weekend of Sept. 22-23. Premier beat Orchard Valley of Morgan Hill, 1-0, but lost 2-1 in the close game against Willow Soccer Club Lobitos of San Jose. BUSC players in photo (l-r) are Ben Smedley, Blaz Perko, Mason Picone, Rozsa, Dougherty and Brad Pilkington.

Fall Harvest champs: U19 Select The BUSC U19 Select held serve at home by winning the Fall Harvest Classic, 2-0, over the Walnut Creek Chelsea last weekend in Pleasanton. Game 1 against Dublin ended in a 3-1 victory. Next Select faced the MVLA Firestorm that had defeated them before; this time Select prevailed with a final score of 1-0. Game 3 was for the flight vs. the San Carlos Flames, which Select won to go on for the final play against Walnut Creek.

Score leads to top of standings Blake Tucker of Ballistic United U14 Premier 99 beats the keeper to the ball and scores against Monterey FC Salinas on Saturday in a contest that ended with a Ballistic victory, 2-0. Top offensive players were Tucker, Kyle McClanahan and Jason Campbell while top defensive were Jimmy Thompson and Imran Matin. The win keeps Ballistic (3-0 league play, 6 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie overall) at the top of the National Premier League standings with a 3-point cushion over second-place Mustang of Danville.

Team GRIP golfers, based out of Las Positas Golf Course, had a tough climb to the top, to be crowned 2012 PGA Junior League National Champions at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club outside of Chicago on Sept. 16. The 13-member team has seven 13-year-olds and the youngest is 9. They won their local league this summer, going undefeated in the regular season. Next, the young golfers beat the best team from the Sacramento league in the City Championship held at Rancho Solano Golf Course in Fairfield, dominating the contest, with many of the GRIP team going 6, 7 and even 8 under par. This victory earned the team its spot in the PGA Regionals held outside of Los Angeles in August. At Regionals, GRIP members were really tested for the first time, in 110-degree heat. But they persevered and earned the right to represent California in the Junior League National Championships held Sept. 15-16. Team GRIP participated in a practice round Friday, Sept. 14, at Cog Hill to get ready for the tournament. “The kids were more focused then ever to achieve success,” said Emily Chin, mother of team member Alex Chin. “Cog Hill was amazing. Pristine fairways, fast greens and a ton of history. Just a great facility and the weather was 75 degrees every day we were there.” The tournament kicked off with a Skills Competition at Medinah Country Club, home of this year’s PGA Ryder Cup. Kirabo Reed of Brentwood (Long Drive), Jared Khoo of Danville (Chipping), and

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Home sales in many parts of the country continued to improve in August with the national median price rising on a year-over-year basis for the sixth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors, an industry trade group. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include singlefamily homes, town homes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 7.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million in August from 4.47 million in July, and are 9.3% higher than the 4.41 million-unit level in August 2011. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said favorable buying conditions get the credit. “The housing market is steadily recovering with consistent increases in both home sales and median prices,� Yun said. “More buyers are taking advantage of excellent housing affordability conditions.� “Inventories in many parts of the country are broadly balanced, favoring neither sellers nor buyers,� he added. “However, the West and Florida markets are experiencing inventory shortages, which are placing pressure on prices.� According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.60%

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in August from a record low 3.55% in July; the rate was 4.27% in August 2011. “The strengthening housing market is occurring even with difficult mortgage qualifying conditions, which is testament to the sizable stored-up housing demand that accumulated in the past five years,� Yun added. The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $187,400 in August, up 9.5% from a year ago. The last time there were six back-to-back monthly price increases from a year earlier was from December 2005 to May 2006. The August increase was the strongest since January 2006 when the median price rose 10.2% from a year earlier. Distressed homes, which include foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts, accounted for 22% of August sales, down from 24% in July and 31% in August 2011. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 19% below market value in August, while short sales were discounted 13%. Total housing inventory at the end of August rose 2.9% to 2.47 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 6.1-month supply at the current sales pace, down from a 6.4-month supply in July. Listed inventory is 18.2% below a year ago when there was an 8.2-month supply. The median time on market was 70 days in

August, consistent with 69 days in July but down 23.9% from 92 days in August 2011. Homes sold in August were on the market for less than a month, accounting for 32%, while 19% were on the market for six months or longer. NAR President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc. in Miami, said some buyers are involuntarily sidelined. “Total sales this year will be 8 to 10% above 2011, but some buyers are frustrated with mortgage availability,� he said. “If most of the financially qualified buyers could obtain financing, home sales would be about 10 to 15% stronger, and the related economic activity would create several hundred thousand jobs over the period of a year.� First-time buyers accounted for 31% of purchasers in August, down from 34% in July. They were 32% in August 2011. All-cash sales were unchanged at 27% of transactions in August; they were 29% in August 2011. Investors, who account for most cash sales, purchased 18% of all homes in August, up from 16% in July. They were 22% in August 2011. Single-family home sales rose 8.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.30 million in August from 3.98 million in July, and are 10.0% above the 3.91 million-unit pace

in August 2011. The median existing singlefamily home price was $188,700 in August, up 10.2% from a year ago. Existing condominium and co-op sales increased 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 520,000 in August from 490,000 in July, and are 4.0% above the 500,000-unit level a year ago. The median existing condo price was $176,700 in August, which is 3.3% higher than August 2011. Regionally, existing-home sales in the West increased 8.3% to an annual level of 1.17 million in August but are unchanged from a year ago. With ongoing inventory shortages, the median price in the West was $242,000, which is 16.3% higher than August 2011. Existing-home sales in the Northeast rose 8.6% to an annual pace of 630,000 in August and are also 8.6% above August 2011. The median price in the Northeast was $245,200, up 0.6% from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the Midwest increased 7.7% in August to a level of 1.12 million and are 17.9% higher than a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $152,400, up 7.8% from August 2011. In the South, existing-home sales rose 7.3% to an annual pace of 1.90 million in August and are 11.1% above August 2011. The median price in the region was $160,100, up 6.5% from a year ago. N

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HOME SALES This week’s data represents homes sold during August 2012.

Dublin 3356 Araldi Lane D R Horton to R. Baruvoori for $585,500 5501 De Marcus Boulevard #544 G. Kolluru to V. Chintala for $415,000 3290 Maguire Way #101 K. Lee to Y. Qi for $367,500 11753 Murietta Court S. Kruschke to K. Damavandi for $565,000 3162 Paolo Terrace Taylor Morrison of California to A. & M. Sriranga for $706,500 8077 Peppertree Road Community First Development Fund to J. & C. Powers for $495,000 6554 Pioneer Lane Federal Home Loan Mortgage to K. Tokuda for $195,000 7656 Ridgeline Drive Schaefer Dublin Holdings to O. & S. Ronen for $1,031,000 7783 Tamarack Drive Martinez Trust to Goenawan Trust for $415,000 6317 Ventura Way KB Home to M. David for $562,500 6323 Ventura Way KB Home to R. & J. Blair for $623,500 4626 Woodrose Circle M. & M. Zenzen to J. & B. Gross for $845,000

Livermore 409 Alameda Drive D. & F. Miller to L. & T. Kowallis for $420,000 1489 Cheryl Drive Gibbs Trust to M. & T. Toro for $780,000 136 Edythe Street C. Rocha to L. & S. Otterstetter for $450,000 826 El Rancho Drive B. & C. Wood to B. Daggett for $365,000 2237 French Street US Bank to J. Hansen for $750,000 2045 Galloway Common Federal National

Mortgage to T. Blalock for $297,000 577 Jensen Street Department of Housing to D. Pearson for $310,000 2200 Marina Avenue L. & P. Mann to D. & B. Barker for $700,000 1580 Mendocino Road Souza Trust to M. & J. Schafka for $450,000 1085 Murrieta Boulevard T. Marazzo to Barnes Trust for $135,000 6233 Oakville Lane H. & M. Family Trust to T. Palmer for $925,000 870 Old Oak Road G. Bennett to R. Dahlheim for $765,000 823 Olivina Avenue M. Shinkel to R. Dhillon for $320,000 3056 Rivers Bend Circle D. & G. Jamarai to P. & K. Alvarez for $760,000 1422 Santorina Drive G. & N. Bartz to B. Barrie for $930,000 3893 Silver Oaks Way Federal National Mortgage to J. Randazzo for $370,000

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4045 Cid Way M. Montes to Y. Huai for $445,000 2449 Crestline Road B. & Y. Hoeksema to C. Lee for $750,000 2009 Foxswallow Road M. Marinko to K. & J. Delong for $817,000 1948 Harvest Road Millard Trust to N. & K. McCarty for $670,000 1026 Laguna Creek Lane Jenkins Trust to W. Lem for $1,450,000 4357 Mirador Drive S. & L. Zensius to D. & B. Shohfi for $709,500 4848 Smith Gate Court H. Scatena to A. & H. Selkow for $662,000 1558 Trimingham Drive T. & E. Perkins to M. & A. Umansky for $525,000 4098 Wells Street Fletcher Trust to E. & B. Collyer for $630,000

9632 Broadmoor Drive G. & D. Edmondson to E. Gunn for $895,000 5205 Canyon Crest Drive King Trust to U. & P. Joshi for $760,000 1025 Cedarwood Loop K. Parthasarathi to G. & R. Suserla for $525,000 3019 Cedarwood Loop J. Yi to A. Sejpal for $634,000 4 Circle E Ranch Place D. & S. Manoukian to D. & A. Cheng for $1,388,000 100 Copper Ridge Road Legacy Copper Ridge to M. & E. Mitchell for $335,000 38 Copper Ridge Legacy Copper Ridge to P. & K. Bareiss for $341,500

6035 Dalton Way A. Brown to T. & J. Schull for $500,000 5330 East Lakeshore Drive B. & M. Clyde to S. Guan for $625,000 2349 Elan Lane R. & B. Singh to A. Singh for $689,000 609 Greylyn Drive L. & J. Rosenblatt to V. & F. Marquez for $655,000 810 Joree Lane Last Mile Properties to S. & J. Chew for $375,000 731 Lake Mead Place J. & J. Durkin to R. Abels for $790,000 150 Reflections Drive #15 D. Rondero to E. Malak for $165,000 Source: California REsource



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The latest from The 680 Blog What is Real Market Value? So by now we all know that the Pleasanton market is on fire. Inventory in most price segments is scarce, and buyers are seemingly everywhere. For some buyers, buying a house today has become a frustrating and nerve-wracking experience. And if that is not enough to confuse and aggravate even the calmest buyers, an over-heated market like this creates issues with valuation. The question every buyer has when they are lucky enough to find a house that is actually available in their price range is "what is it worth?". Great question, but hard to answer. The problem lies with the definition of value, or more specifically market value. In a normal market (we haven't seen one of those in a while), inventory is abundant, and the pace of the market is calm. Buyers actually have time to carefully consider their options, and mull over their strategy. As agents, we can look at comparable sales to help determine what a reasonable price is for a given property, and we can take a calm, reasoned approach to arriving at the offering price. In this type of market, agents in essence assume the role of an appraiser... looking at recent sales, adjusting for various factors, and helping the client arrive at a fair price. Market value is strongly

related to recent sales data. However, when the market is unbalanced and overheated, things get more complicated. Yes, we still look at comparable sales data to get a picture of what has occurred recently. That is one component of determining the market value of the home. But we also have to consider the demand component. When there is extreme demand for a given property, that must be taken into consideration when determining the value. By definition, a property is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. It is possible, if not probable, that some properties will sell for more than what the data suggests they should sell for. As a buyer, you need to consider demand for a property when deciding what price to offer. Here are some tips. >> Go to to read the rest of this article.

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176 PRATO WAY, LIVERMORE Upgraded 5 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, approximately 3325 square foot Centex home. Spacious gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, island, and breakfast bar! Expansive master suite with spa tub and walk-in closet. Plantation shutters, crown molding, custom tile and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout downstairs. Dual heating & air conditioning. Beautifully landscaped front and rear yards, in-ground pool/raised spa and private courtyard area, three car garage with electric gated private driveway. Close to golfing, Ruby Hill Country Club, renewed downtown and adjacent to the Livermore Wine Country! OFFERED AT $869,000

369 OAK LANE, PLEASANTON Former Friden Estate Hunting Lodge -“Moonlight Oaks.” Private driveway included in this 1.2 acre estate lot in premium wooded, secluded location. This is an entertainers dream home. Extensive use of quality redwood timber. Recently upgraded, desirable single level with tastefully maintained historic charm. Panoramic views of nature and historic majestic oaks. Approximately 3800 square feet with three bedrooms, three remodeled bathrooms, large gourmet kitchen, and incredible great room with large Yosemite style fireplace and open beam ceiling. Large basement for storage and detached two-room wine cottage. OFFERED AT $1,399,000

1431 GROTH CIRCLE, PLEASANTON Premium location, two bedroom, two bathroom, approximately 1345 square feet, extensively upgraded single level home with open floor plan, adjacent to park. Kitchen has new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Bathrooms are upgraded with granite countertops, new plumbing fixtures and hardware. Vaulted ceilings, new window blinds, new tile flooring, private atrium area, & upgraded landscaping. Conveniently located near Downtown, Mission Plaza Shopping Center, Amador Shopping Center, The Aquatic Center, and Amador Valley Community Park. OFFERED AT AND SOLD FOR $539,500









1010 LAMB COURT, PLEASANTON Former model home, upgraded throughout, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2029 sq. ft. Built in 1999. Premium 3654 sq. ft. Corner lot. Upgraded contemporary kitchen, adjacent family room, formal dining & living rooms, wood burning fireplace, two car garage, walk to downtown (1 minute walk to main street). Crown molding throughout, dual pane windows downstairs, triple pane windows upstairs (most), upgraded carpeting, dual zone heating & air conditioning, ceiling fans/lights in all bedrooms, two inch wood blinds in kitchen & family room. SOLD FOR $640,000

6513 ARLINGTON DRIVE, PLEASANTON Enter this secluded .56 acre estate through the long, private driveway! This mostly single level custom home includes an upstairs spacious second master suite. Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. Approximately 4003 total square feet, large remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Expansive rear grounds with views of open space and Pleasanton Ridge, includes ten person spa, built-in fireplace, expansive lawn area and stamped concrete & brick patios. Great home for entertaining! Three car garage with adjacent bonus room. SOLD FOR $1,130,000


5206 SELENA COURT, PLEASANTON Check out this double sized lot (.56 acre). Premium private court location for this quality built Greenbriar home (2000), includes 4 bedroom (1 down), 3 baths, and bonus room. Beautiful professional landscaping with in-ground pool/spa in this expansive private backyard including multiple sitting areas, adjacent beautiful Heritage Oak tree, elevated ridge viewing deck. Upgraded gourmet kitchen, with granite counters, marble heated flooring and stainless appliances. Comprehensive audio/video system included. Three car garage. Great home for entertaining! OFFERED AT AND SOLD FOR $1,399,000

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Pleasanton Weekly 10.05.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the October 5, 2012 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 10.05.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the October 5, 2012 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly