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hat a difference a mayor makes. For the last eight years, we’ve watched as former Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, an avowed environmentalist, championed causes and state, federal and local legislation on climate, water and energy controls. She took credit for making Pleasanton one of the greenest cities in the country and carried her message to Washington, Canada and even in a march on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Tuesday, her successor Jerry Thorne said enough’s enough and fired off a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, with the City Council’s support, asking him to start unraveling some of the most onerous provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He’s not alone. Other city and county leaders, and even the governor, himself, say it’s time to loosen requirements on the state’s 43-year-old landmark environmental law that Gov. Ronald Reagan initiated as a way to protect California. Thorne believes CEQA has its merits but in recent years has been hijacked by zealots who would like to slow down, if not stop, all development. They’re succeeding all too often, the mayor said, and their controlling hands are now into all aspects of California life even if there are no environmental issues. CEQA rules and regulations slowed the development of Stoneridge Creek, the major upscale retirement community now being built on Staples Ranch, and for years delayed, and almost stopped, the extension of Stoneridge Drive to Livermore, a project he and Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio pushed to complete. The new roadway will open in October. “As mayor of the city of Pleasanton, I urge you to adopt legislation that would modernize CEQA,” Thorne states in the letter sent Wednesday. He wants the legislation to force CEQA regulators to recognize that effective laws already exist for many potential environmental impacts. Reforms to the CEQA act should eliminate the need for multiple, duplicative CEQA review for projects that already comply with approved plans. If Pleasanton grants permits after determining that projects meet city, state and federal environmental standards, there’s no need for CEQA to start its own review process, as it’s now

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doing many times, Thorne said. Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, agrees. His group is part of a broad coalition that now includes Pleasanton in pushing for moderate reforms to CEQA. These reforms, Thorne said Tuesday, will preserve the original intent of the law while eliminating some of its misuses that hurt job creation, community development and the environment. Brown, recalling the problems he had with CEQA as mayor of Oakland, has made a strong commitment to modernize CEQA, a commitment Thorne and the Pleasanton Council in their letter asks him to keep. Thorne said Tuesday that in the 43 years since CEQA was enacted, many additional environmental regulations and standards have been enacted, yet public and private projects are still commonly challenged under CEQA even when a project meets all other environmental standards in existing law. Several bills have recently been introduced in the state Legislature that would reform CEQA, and Thorne hopes his letter will bolster action by the lawmakers. Particularly onerous and costly to cities are lawsuits by environmentalists, often one after another, that challenge adopted environmental standards such as those already in place in Pleasanton. As mayor, Hosterman was a strong environmental advocate who favored CEQA and other regulations. Now it’s Thorne’s turn to streamline the process, keeping the environmental quality standards already in place but making it difficult for environmental zealots to use the courts and lawyers with a vested interest from stretching good and needed development into eternity. N

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Is a swimming pool a positive or a negative feature when selling a house in Pleasanton? Robin Taggart Language arts teacher I would consider it a good feature because it’s excellent for people to get outside and exercise. No matter what age you are, swimming and splashing around in a pool is great fun, plus it gets you in the sun, which is great for Vitamin D production.

Marie Matuszak Registered respiratory therapist Well, my husband would definitely tell you it’s a positive feature, because he loves to swim. But I see it as a negative feature because it involves a lot of responsibility. I’m the wife though, so I always win, which means we wouldn’t buy a house if it had a pool.

Donnell Brown Cashier I think a pool is always a positive feature for a home. Especially because I love to swim and summer is right around the corner. I don’t have young children so I don’t have to worry about any safety issues.

Brandon Page Commercial real estate Ordinarily, I’d think a pool would be a great feature of any home I’d like to purchase. But now that I’m the dad of a newborn baby, a pool is the last thing I would want to have to worry about taking care of, and protecting the baby from accessing.

Tomas Castanon Waiter I would never buy a house with a pool. A pool is very expensive to maintain, and there are plenty of other places, away from a person’s own home, where people can swim and enjoy being outdoors.

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Newsfront DIGEST

State rejects Lin plea to build above Kottinger Ranch Affirms lower court’s decision to deny 51-home project

Candidate forum The Pleasanton Weekly is hosting a free, public forum from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, for candidates running for the vacant seat on the Pleasanton City Council. The four candidates are Mark Hamilton, David Miller, Kathy Narum and Olivia Sanwong. The forum will take place at the Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave., and doors will open at 6 p.m. Moderators will be publisher Gina Channell-Allen and editor Jeb Bing. Those attending can fill out cards to ask questions of individual or all candidates. Questions also can be emailed to The forum will be videotaped for later broadcast on Channel 29 and at The council vacancy occurred when Councilman Jerry Thorne was elected mayor in November. This election will be mail-in balloting only, with ballots due no later than 5 p.m. May 7 at the Alameda County Registrar’s office.


The state Court of Appeal ruled Monday against the owners of 562 acres of hilltop property in Pleasanton who claimed that they had the right to build 51 homes on the site, called Oak Grove. The decision effectively strips Frederic Lin and his mother Jennifer Lin of all development rights that were once granted by a Pleasanton City Council, a decision that was successfully reversed by a majority vote in a referendum June 8, 2010. Although the Lins could seek a review of the Court of Appeal ruling before the state Supreme Court, the chance that the high court would hear their argument, let alone overrule the Appellate court’s decision, is unlikely. Monday’s decision ends the Lins’ effort to develop their picturesque wooded property that

started in November 2003 when investor James Tong and his Charter Properties firm sought city approval for a planned unit development. The application received extensive review by various city commissions and also had the approval of the board of directors of the Kottinger Hills Homeowners Association, an action some members of that community group protested. The Lins’ 10-year effort to develop their property has had many turns and twists, first in the years the proposal made it through the approval process, and since Nov. 6, 2007, when the council approved the Oak Grove development plan and a citizens’ group called Save Pleasanton’s Hills began a petition-signing effort to overrule that decision. Former Councilwoman Kay Ayala and Allen Roberts, who lives in a hilltop community near the proposed Oak Grove development, led that

‘Madness’ cancelled “March Madness,” a fundraising party for the TV30 Foundation, has been cancelled. It was scheduled for tonight in the John Madden Sports Center at Goal Line Productions in Pleasanton. The eight big screens were each to air different college basketball games, as attendees enjoyed food and beverages. Marshall Kamena, president of the TV30 Foundation, said a new fundraiser will be scheduled shortly.

Corrections The Weekly desires to correct all significant errors. To request a correction, call the editor at (925) 600-0840 or e-mail:

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Bankruptcy continues for local charity

BART tests bikes Bicyclists have been allowed to ride on trains all day this week, including commuting hours, in BART’s second “bikes on board” pilot program. The program is a test of how bicyclists can integrate with commuters, according to BART officials. In the first pilot program, on each Friday of August last year, the trial was limited because Fridays have the lightest commute plus August is traditionally a lighter commuter month, officials said. Other changes made from the first to the second pilot programs included the rule that no bikes were allowed on any of the first three cars on a train during heavy commute hours. Feedback from the public will help determine results from the pilot program and ways to improve it in the future.

organization in collecting enough signatures to force a referendum on the issue. The Lins filed a suit to block that effort and have continued to sue both the Ayala group and the city of Pleasanton ever since, without success. Monday’s decision in the Court of Appeal not only ends that effort, but the court also ruled that the Lins have to pay the legal costs incurred by the defendants. The 22-page decision issued Monday by a three-judge Court of Appeal panel dealt mainly with the Lins’ argument that the council adopted two ordinances — No. 1961 and No. 1962 — in approving the Oak Grove development plan. They argued that the 2010 referendum reversed the council’s approval of No. 1961, but not No. 1962 which, in effect, was the actual development agreement.

Tri-Valley Community Foundation owes $2.7 million BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

policy change came about based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses and the Harvard School of Public Health, among others. Stavropuolos said about one in 100 children will get lice on average. “When kids get it for the first time, it takes four to six weeks before they start itching,” she said, and by that time the lice will have already spread. She said lice are not a sign of poor hygiene, are not associated with any diseases, and that lice can only crawl, not fly or jump. That, Stavropuolos said, means lice can only be spread by direct head-to-head contact, and that only individuals, not school or buses can spread them. Several parents noted that children at school frequently touch heads during class or while playing. Parents were also troubled that the insecticides used to kill lice are toxic. One mother who’d re-

The Tri-Valley Community Foundation still owes more than $2.7 million to creditors, bankruptcy court records show, with nearly half owed to one large contributor. The charity filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy in September after a deep audit revealed years of spending more than it brought in, and creditors have lined up in an attempt to recoup their losses. Eric and Jennifer Wolford of Danville are owed nearly $1.5 million, and court records claim a fraud was committed by David Rice, then CEO of the TVCF. “The Wolfords were informed and believe that their contributions were not used for charitable purposes, but were, in fact, used to benefit David Rice personally,” court documents say. Between December 2010 and March 2011, the Wolfords entered into a donor-advised fund (DAF) agreement with the foundation, giving $1.53 million to be distributed to specific charities named by the couple. In 2012, when the Wolfords discovered about the TVCF’s financial problems through an article in the Pleasanton Weekly, they contacted the foundation, court records show. “Contrary to the accounting that had been provided to the Wolfords, the DAF had only $600,000,rather than the $1.533 million that was supposed to be there,” court documents said. “The Wolfords demanded the balance remaining in the DAF be contributed to World Vision, one of the organizations identified by the Wolfords.” Ron Hyde, who stepped in as CEO when Rice was fired, originally agreed, “then said it could not be done.” While the Wolfords may be the single biggest loss, a family by the name of Mitchner is out more than $700,000, again for donor-advised funds that were apparently given to other charities. San Ramon Attorney Ken Begun is handling the case, and wondered what happened to the insurance, called director’s and officer’s insurance, that’s supposed to be covering the losses. “I think it’s an asset of the bankrupt’s estate. I

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Wine weekend to feature Barrel Tasting Winemaker Brent Amos serves samples directly from the barrel at Fenestra Winery during last year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend, a fundraiser for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. The fifth annual event is taking place from noon-4:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Go to any of the 31 participating wineries to pay $40 for a wristband valid for both days, a wine glass and a map of the wineries. Find a list of the wineries at

Parents push for change in lice policy Parents got some changes but not all they were hoping for in a recent update to the lice policy by the Pleasanton school district. A meeting was held Monday night after the district received a petition with more than 300 signatures requesting that the school provide notices to parents when one of their child’s classmates is discovered to have head lice. That is something the district, following new guidelines, had deemed unnecessary. About 30 parents, mostly mothers, attended the meeting at Alisal Elementary School about the new policy. The meeting began with an announcement from Kevin Johnson, senior director of pupil services, that the district will resume sending such letters. “We are going to provide notice,” Johnson told the group. “We understand, you want to be noticed so you can check your children.” Some people left after hearing that news, and the meeting then veered into other aspects of the lice issue. School nurse Carrie Stavropuolos said the

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City switches children’s theater provider despite parents’ protests


Civic Arts Commission says new group offers more acting opportunities BY JEB BING

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The Pleasanton City Council agreed Tuesday night with a controversial recommendation of its Civic Arts Commission by awarding a one-year, $109,100 contract to a new group to handle children’s theatrical production services, booting the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival that’s been here since for years. Only four speakers addressed the council in advance of its 3-0 vote, a far cry from more than 50 who packed an earlier public hearing of the Civic Arts Commission when it made its decision. A representative of Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT), out of Berkeley, which won the contract bid to provide its services starting July 1, thanked the council for its support, saying its services will provide professional, artistic, technical and administrative support for at least three theatrical productions in the coming year. The San Francisco group did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting, which Councilwoman Karla Brown noted. “It would have been nice if they had shown up tonight to discuss their merits,” she said before casting her vote in favor of BACT. Susan Andrade-Wax, Pleasanton’s Community Services Director who recommended the change, told the council that because the current service agreement with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is due to expire June 30, she appointed a steering committee consisting of two Civic Arts commissioners and representatives of her department to review proposals that had been submitted by both the San Francisco group and BACT. The screening committee unanimously voted to recommend BACT based on the facts that it had pro-

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company might be taking over. They said only four of the fivemember Civic Arts Commission voted to switch services to BACT and that two of those voting were in their commission seats for the first time. “We had no voice at that meeting,” complained Carol Clinton. “More than 50 of us showed up to urge the commission to keep the contract it has, and many more signed petitions in support of the San Francisco group. Not a single person showed up to recommend a change.” But Karen Martens, a member of the Civic Arts Commission, told the council that the city staff did an outstanding job in keeping its consideration of the proposals and the selection process impartial. She said the first time a large group of parents showed up to comment on the proposed theater group change, the issue was not on the Civic Arts Commission’s agenda so commissioners could not discuss it at that time. At the second meeting, “a tremendous number of parents were brokenhearted that the San Francisco Shakespeare group was not chosen.” “Even so, I believe that the selection process was followed (in making the final decision),” she said. Councilwoman Cook-Kallio said that disappointed parents and children were no different from what she has seen in school when students lose a beloved teacher. Mayor Jerry Thorne said he remembers similar disappointments when his daughter, an athlete in her school years, faced the loss of favorite coaches. Still, all three — Thorne, Brown and Cook-Kallio — voted to award the contract to BACT. Councilman Jerry Pentin was not at Tuesday night’s council meeting. N

Police ID body found at recycling center Foul play ruled out Pleasanton police have identified a man whose body was found at the city’s cardboard recycling center late last month, and say no foul play was involved in the death. Raul Ibarra, 45, was tentatively identified by his passport, wallet, cellphone and personal papers. That was confirmed by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office. “He appeared to be a transient because of the property that was with him and because of the clothing — he had multiple layers on,” said Pleasanton police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber. While the coroner’s office hasn’t

released Ibarra’s cause of death, Schlehuber said, “It appears at this point the death was accidental and not anything criminal.” His body was discovered at about 11:45 a.m. Feb. 26 by a city employee working at the transfer station, 3110 Busch Road. Schlehuber said the Ibarra’s body came in to the recycling area on a truck that was picking up commercial cardboard in Dublin. “From the position of the body and the cardboard surrounding him, it was apparent he was in the back of the garbage truck,” Schlehuber

said. “What we suppose was that he was in the Dumpster camping out and he got dumped into the truck. There was actually a picture of him on his cellphone in a Dumpster.” Schlehuber said it is unlikely that Ibarra was killed by the compacter in the truck. “It doesn’t compress all the way back. This was a light load, there wasn’t that much to compact,” he said. “There were some injuries but nothing that was so black and white that you could say he was crushed.” —Glenn Wohltmann


would apply to the other ordinance as well. Lower courts and now the Court of Appeal agreed with that argument. At one time, and during the court considerations, the Lins submitted another plan to build homes on only 10 large lots of their property,

which would be permitted under the city’s land use plan. However, the Lins withdrew that proposal and now, tougher hillside development requirements approved by voters two years ago, would apply to any new building plans the Lins might submit. N

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posed “a more comprehensive range of programming, that it was more responsive to the overall requirements of the program, and that it could result in improved program administration and management,” Andrade-Wax said. Overall, both the steering committee and then the Civic Arts Commission were impressed with BACT’s vast experience working with multiple cities in the Bay Area, including San Ramon in the Tri-Valley. They also told the council in a report that BACT would not only continue the excellent level of children’s theater that parents and children in Pleasanton have come to expect, but with its knowledge of children’s theater, it could help grow the city’s program and that the experiences for the community would be more enriched. Pleasanton first contracted with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in 2008 to produce shows, which included “Sleepy Hollow,” “Ramona Quimby” and “Cinderella,” When the Firehouse Arts Center opened in 2010, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival was the only group to submit a proposal for both an outdoor theater production and children’s theatrical services. At Andrade-Wax’s request, Pleasanton again sought bidders for children’s theater services starting July 1. BACT and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival were the only two theater companies to respond. A majority of parents at Tuesday night’s council meeting and at the earlier meeting of the Civic Arts Commission urged to the city to stay with the San Francisco group, which they said has done a superb job of working with children here. Many said their children were “devastated” to hear a new theater

But the city’s legal team argued that the language in the both ordinances clearly spelled out that if either one was successfully reversed on appeal, that reversal


Revisiting 1963 a Dream.” It was the year that saw President John F. Kennedy give a speech in Berlin declaring himself a jelly donut; changes in how Kennedy approached civil rights and his view of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev; and the first stirrings of what would later become America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Williams said Kennedy was iniByron tially hesitant to Williams back King’s movement and was perceived as “wishywashy” in dealing with Khrushchev but later changed his views on both. “People evolve,” Williams said.

“Kennedy evolved.” It was the year that included the assassination of both Kennedy and Medgar Evers, and saw the rise of George Wallace, who, as governor, tried to block access to two black men entering the University of Alabama. Students at the talk seemed aware of the events of the year, but Williams gave them context and perspective that came from researching his upcoming book. Foothill student Sonia Jensen said she came away with new insights about 1963. “Much of the historic information I had learned previously in my history class, however he presented it with much more detail and with an interesting perspective on it,” Jensen said. “He was very well educated of that particular year and the decade of momentous change surrounding it.” Jensen was among those who asked questions. She seemed to strike a nerve when she asked about gun control in the aftermath of the

A court document filed by OHK’s Executive Director Linda McKeever notes there’s no documentation for that because it was a verbal agreement made by Rice. McKeever also noted that the kitchen never received an unspecified amount of money that was earmarked for it through contributions made by Sandia employees or through other donors. Open Heart Kitchen, she said, “has never been provided an accounting of all employee giving campaigns.” The Livermore Homeless Refuge filed a claim for $15,000, and the Friends of Pleasanton Seniors filed a claim for $12,150, while Ana Villalobos of Cooking Matters, another Livermore-based nonprofit, filed a claim for $9,189 for time and out-of-pocket expenses. There are also claims for debts owed by the TVCF, including a $54,803 claim from Hacienda Portfolio for the foundation’s $3,366 permonth rent, and an outstanding bill for $9,855 from Tri-Valley Community Television. The charity also owes $954 in taxes to Alameda County. In all there were 37 claims made, ranging from the large ones mentioned above to one for $45, one of a dozen or so claims made by individual Sandia employees. Several charities apparently claimed they are owed money but didn’t file claims, according to court documents. Those include Amador Valley Adult Education, which claims it is owed $25,000 and the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, which claims it is owed $11,000.

Kirsten Niemeyer, the TVCF’s board secretary has been authorized to appear for the foundation; she could not be reached for comment. No criminal charges have been filed against Rice. Hyde said last year that he didn’t think the former CEO spent the money on himself, saying instead that Rice gave out money as an ego-feeding proposition. Hyde also said last year that he’d contacted two inspectors with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s consumer and environmental protection division, one of them a forensic analyst. “We asked them to investigate. I believe there’s enough evidence — pending investigation — for a criminal prosecution,” said Hyde, a former Superior Court judge. “I cannot find any evidence that he took any money for himself. (However) there is a scenario that could raise the specter that kickbacks were involved.” Although the charity renewed its registry with the state in July, it has yet to file taxes for 2011-12. Previous tax returns showed a pattern of overspending that began in fiscal year 2006-07. That year, it brought in nearly $1.36 million, but spent more than $1.6 million, drawing down existing assets. That became a consistent pattern, leading to a deficit of more than $172,000 in July 2010, the last year returns were available. Court documents said, however, that as of the bankruptcy filing, the TVCF has $520,066 in an investment account and $45,801 at Valley Community Bank in Pleasanton. N

point in the future. Others worried that a child with lice might return to school without being treated, and one big concern was that a child with lice could be ostracized by other children. One parent said a boy who been allowed to return to class was embarrassed when a girl next to him noticed them and said, “Eww, there’s bugs in his hair.” Johnson said he and the nurses will consider an additional change in school policy that would keep a child out of class after lice are discovered. Parents have been advised

to check their children for lice every week, paying special attention to the area near the neck, although there were some concerns that those who need it most will not get such attention from their parents. Household members of children with lice also should be checked. A Danville woman at the meeting, who professionaly treats children for lice and is dubbed the Lice Lady, said she had seen “hundreds” of cases recently, although Stavropuolos said there have been fewer reports in Pleasanton this school year than last. —Glenn Wohltmann

History comes alive for Foothill students BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

The year 1963 was something only in the history books for Foothill High School students until Oakland-based author, columnist and pastor Byron Williams spent an hour talking about the pivotal events that occurred that year. Williams, drawing from his upcoming book, “1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility,” talked about the year as one filled with events that continue to echo in politics today. “So many things happened in 1963 that affected us later,” Williams told the group of about 50 students recently. In that year, the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King Jr. led a march on Washington D.C., delivering the speech popularly known as “I have

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haven’t heard and that’s a big issue. Something went wrong and it’s time to make good on the promise,” Begun said. “That is potential large asset for this estate. It’s probably the only asset.” Hyde said last June that insurance would cover the foundation’s losses. “Nobody is going to lose any money,” Hyde said at the time. “We can and will get things worked out to everyone’s satisfaction.” Begun said he’s been in touch with the bankruptcy trustee about the money but hasn’t heard the status of the insurance claim. As was the case with the Wolfords, court records show Rice provided accounting figures showing large balances, when in fact, there were none. GWF Energy, which has set up a donor advised fund to help residents of Tracy, has claimed a loss of more than $270,000, with the funds, again, apparently directed elsewhere by Rice. While those three donors make up the bulk of the claim against the foundation, smaller claims hit closer to home. The Tri-Valley Rotarian Foundation filed a claim for $43,343; Hyde said last year that Rice gave the money to a different Rotary “in a moment of egotistical largess.” Open Heart Kitchen has filed a claim for $25,000, with $20,000 of that an unfunded matching grant.

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searched the issue said one common chemical is labeled a mild carcinogen, although a pediatrician at the meeting, Dr. Jonathan Flanzbaum, said the treatments are all approved by the academy of pediatrics. Lice can also be removed by the use of a special comb, which removes the lice as well as nits, which are the eggs of lice. That same mother was concerned that, like ticks, lice will be found to carry diseases at some

Newtown school shootings, a topic that’s been a part of several of Williams’ columns in local newspapers. Williams has been advocating making gun registration mandatory, with a 20-year federal sentence for anyone caught with an unregistered weapon. “If we have to register a car every year, are you telling me it’s impossible to register a gun?” Williams asked the students. In a recent column, Williams pointed out that the total fatalities of the shooting deaths in Newtown, Columbine, Aurora, Colo., Fort Hood and Tucson, Ariz., come to less than half the deaths in Oakland last year. “Newtown is not the face of gun violence in America. Urban Amer-

ica is the face of gun violence,” he told the students. Jensen said she’d never thought about the issue the way Williams presented it. “Many youngsters are dying every day in urban cities and there is no one speaking out for them,” she said. “He was most certainly not disparaging the tragedy of Newton, Conn., but highlighting the point that it seems the media only makes a big deal out of shooting when it occurs in quiet towns rather than places like Oakland.” The book will be available this year, the 50th anniversary of the events that, in Williams’ view, changed the future. N





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Concannon Vineyard celebrates Founder’s Day starting tomorrow Weekend event marks winery’s 130th anniversary Concannon Vineyard will celebrate Founder’s Day at the winery this weekend to commemorate 130 years of service, making it the country’s oldest, continuously operating winery under the same family label and stewardship. Starting in 1883, the winery has thrived under the guidance and contributions of each generation, beginning when Irish immigrant James Concannon first founded Concannon Vineyard, and planted Bordeaux varietals in the Livermore Valley. Second generation “Captain Joe” Concannon later sustained the winery through prohibition as one of the few legally allowed to make altar wines for the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco. Third generation vintner Jim Concannon was the first to varietally label Petite Sirah in 1961, making Concannon Vineyard the home of the country’s first Petite Sirah. He also played a pivotal

role in Concannon Vineyard’s significant contribution to the California wine industry with the now-famous Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon Clones 7, 8 and 11. Today, fourth generation vintner John Concannon continues the legacy by preserving the past and sustaining the vineyard lands his great grandfather planted 130 years ago. Concannon was the first winery to place its vineyards in the Tri-Valley Conservancy Land Trust. Founder’s Day celebration is being held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the winery’s tasting room, 4590 Tesla Road in Livermore. The cost is $10 per flight or $15 per flight with food. Live music will be provided by the Light House string band on Saturday and by Pog Mo Thoin on Sunday. For more information sign on to the winery’s Web page at www. N

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This vintage 1960s muscle car will be rounding the Auto-Cross course at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend at the Goodguys 31st All American Get-Together presented by Specialty Sales Classics. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday and features over 3,500 show cars and trucks of all years, makes and models.

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Goodguys will hold its 31st All American Get-Together vintage automotive festival Saturday and Sunday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Goodguys Communications Director John Drummond said that with a forecast of sunny skies and

temperatures in the upper 70s, it’s likely the show will attract record crowds. For that reason, extra traffic control personnel have been hired to help deal with overflow crowds. The Goodguys event, presented by Specialty Sales Classics, is California’s largest two-day automotive

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event. It will feature indoor and outdoor car shows with more than 3,500 hot rods, custom cars, classics, trucks, muscle cars and street machines of all years, makes and models. It also features a swap meet, a cars for sale corral and vendor exhibits. Entertainment at the show will include a Goodguys AutoCross road course, free kids games and live music, including more than 25 live bands gathering to participate in the Diablo Valley College “Rhythm, Rock & Blues Review.” On Saturday, more than 40 highly customized cars from the 1930s through 1972 will be showcased inside the main Fairgrounds building competing for the Goodguys 2013 Mother’s Custom Car of the Year Award. Also on Saturday, the Oakland Raiderettes will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. to sign autographs. The Goodguys show will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, closing at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door or online at for $17, with youths from 7-12 admitted for $6. Children under 6 are free. Parking at the Fairgrounds costs $8. N

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unday, known as Palm Sunday by many churches, marks the start of a week of spiritual significance in both the Christian and Jewish faiths as well as a time of school holidays, Easter bunnies, egg rolls and family gatherings by almost everyone. With 26 churches and Jewish congregations in Pleasanton, and with thousands who live here also attending religious services in other Tri-Valley cities, the coming week leading to Easter Sunday on March 31 and the eight-day observance of Passover that starts at sundown Monday are times of joy for many people and on many levels. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Christian churches distribute palms to commemorate Jesus Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest and crucifixion on Good Friday, the day on which Christians commemorate his death on the cross. Easter celebrates his resurrection and is the second most important date on the Christian calendar, Christmas being the first. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. The holiday also is meant to liberate its followers from their inner servitude, meaning those habits, fears and insecurities that restrict them from acting with morality, goodness and kindness. In fact the Hebrew word for Egypt (mitz-rayim) also means limitation and constraint. Thus, leaving Egypt would be translated into English as “leaving our limitations and constraints.� A time of great joy and unity, Passover is also when families and friends make a point of sitting down together for traditional Passover dinners, known as seders, and celebrate this festival of freedom. Among the servings is matzah, the bread that the Jewish people ate on their journey to freedom. This year, Pleasanton Rabbi Raleigh Resnick and his wife will host about 200 at their Passover seders, and they’ve ordered 100 pounds of hand-made matzah from Israel to give out as gifts to others for them to enjoy at their seders. Matzah is made of only flour and water. Shaped like a cracker, “its simplicity is meant to instill humility within us and help us push aside our bloated and selfish egos,� Resnick says. In fact, for the duration of the eight-day holiday, Jewish people refrain from eating any leavened products, such as store-bought breads, cakes, cookies and pastas. Among the special observances in the coming week will be “The Lamb of God� musical presentations being jointly held in the Bay Area by the Church of Latter-day Saints and the Roman Catholic Church. This is an inspiring Easter oratorio featuring the Mormon’s Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra, choir and soloists, written by Rob Gardner and directed by Alan Chipman. Presentations will be given starting Sunday evening at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, next weekend in the auditorium at Temple Hill in Oakland, and on April 14 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. Tickets are needed for any of these events, but they’re free and can be obtained at In his installation Mass last Tuesday, Pope Francis urged world leaders to protect human life and the environment and use tenderness to inspire hope. His was a message of hope and optimism that all of us can share as we observe the traditions and significance of the special spiritual week ahead. N

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LETTERS Political favoritism Dear Editor, It is disgusting how you have picked on David Miller because of some stupid suggestion to not put signs out for the City Council running almost till election time. However you have looked the other way when those that you favor have already put signs up. You owe an apology to canidate David Miller. Anne Fredrickson

Vote for Narum Dear Editor, On May 7, a Special Election will be held in the city of Pleasanton to fill a vacant council seat. This term will be for approximately 18 months. This position needs to be filled with a person who has experience in city government.

Only one candidate stands out with civic experience — Kathy Narum. Kathy has over 10 years of city government experience, in the city of Pleasanton, which makes the transition to City Council a logical choice for her. As a Planning Commissioner and former Parks and Recreation Commissioner for Pleasanton, Kathy will work side by side with the council members and take a global approach to the many issues that face the city. Her interests are to serve the residents of the city and to protect the quality of life in Pleasanton. As a former mid-manager to the city of Pleasanton, I urge you to vote for Kathy Narum for Pleasanton City Council in the special election that will be vote by mail only. Glen Haendel

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SELF-DEFENSE CLASS Awaken Your Inner Warrior: Learn to transition from reaction to defensive tactics in this unique, exciting class from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore. Cost is $39. Call 424-1467 or email commed@ Livermore.


UKULELE CIRCLE A new Ukulele Circle in being formed in Livermore. Come play ukulele with others and bring friends to the first meeting from noon-1 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at Galina’s Music Studio, 2222 Second St., Suite 2, Livermore. All ages are welcome. Beginners are welcome. Space is limited. Reserve your spot now. Send a request for participation online or call 9601194. There is a $5 fee. Ukuleles available for purchase. www.


LIVERMORE-AMADOR SYMPHONY 50TH SEASON CELEBRATION Livermore-Amador Symphony’s (LAS) 50th Season celebration continues with its third concert of the season, “Guest Conductor Potpourri,” at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. A prelude talk will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. The program includes “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland and Verdi’s “Overture to La Forza del Destino.” Dawn Harms, currently on the faculty at Stanford University, will be guest conductor. For tickets visit or call 373-6800. SACRED MUSIC OF EAST AND WEST Irina Shachneva conducts the Slavyanka Chorus in a performance of Theodore DuBois’ sacred cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” and sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church from 3-4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at St. Michael’s Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Tickets: $12/$15. For details, call Paul Andrews at 510-798-7966 or visit


SPRING BOOK SALE Friends of the Pleasanton Public Library will host its Spring Book Sale from March 22-24 in the library’s large meeting room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Friday night sale will run 6-9 p.m. for members only (you can join at the door); sale is open to everyone on Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)and Sunday (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). No strollers allowed. Friends of the Library is also looking for volunteers to help with the sale. Call Nancy Bering at 462-4362. YOM HASHOAH (HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY) Congregation Beth Emek will hold a Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) ceremony from 6-7 p.m., Sunday, April 7, and adopt and memorialize a Torah scroll that was rescued from a town in the former Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. Everyone Page 10ÊUÊMarch 22, 2013ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

is invited to join them for this proper and distinguished service. Congregation Beth Emek is located at 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Call Andy Kessler at 336-6276 or visit


‘GENIUS OF CHARLES DARWIN’ Richard Dawkins presents this 115-minute series about the elegance of Charles Darwin’s theories, the increasing fossil evidence, discussions of the misinterpretations of his theory to justify racialist attitudes, etc. The film will be shown from 7-9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Meet and greet potluck at 6:30 p.m., while a short discussion follows the film. A $3 donation is requested but not required. For more information, email or call 462-3459.


ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AMADOR VALLEY The local chapter of this national philanthropic organization is hosting its 18th Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 12-4 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle. This event includes tea tables decorated by members, food, drawing prizes and silent auction. The guest speaker will be Penny Warner, author and child development educator. Tickets are $50, with proceeds providing clothes and shoes to needy children. Reserve by March 29. For details, call Annette at 4625275 or visit www.amadorvalley. FUNDRAISER AT CASA OROZCO FOR AVHS CIVICS TEAM Enjoy a meal at Casa Orozco on Sunday, April 14, and a portion of the proceeds will go to help send state champions Amador Valley High School Competitive Civics Team to compete in the national finals. Mention AVHS Competitive Civics when you order. HOP YARD FUNDRAISER FOR AVHS COMPETITIVE CIVICS Enjoy a meal at The Hop Yard and help send state champions Amador Valley High School Competitive Civics Team to compete in the national finals. Mention AVHS Competitive Civics when you order. Starting at noon, Wednesday, April 10, at The Hopyard, 3015 Hopyard Rd. Pleasanton. PPIE RUN FOR EDUCATION Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) announces its first Run for Education on Sunday, April 14, with proceeds benefiting Pleasanton schools. The event will include a half-marathon, 5K and 1-mile Kids’ Challenge, with the former two routes passing through Pleasanton’s historic Main Street and finishing at the Fairgrounds. Visit TIME FOR JEWELS The American Cancer Society is having its signature event, “Time for Jewels.” Donate some of your baubles, bangles, and beads to help a cancer patient. Come to the Discovery shop at 1987 Santa Rita Rd. between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. starting Friday, March 29 to donate. Contact Monda

Wiseman at 462-7374 or at Monda. YMCA CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Tri-Valley YMCA will host its sixth annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 25, at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, where all proceeds (starting at $175/golfer) benefit kids. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting, make-up demonstrations, mini-massages, silent and live auctions, and more. Sponsorship opportunities also available. For more details or to register, call Victoria Noard at 263-4444 or email her at


SECULAR PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER Tri-Valley Cultural Jews are hosting an English haggadah that is secular, progressive and includes music as well as ritual elements with humanistic explanations, from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, March 30. Followed by a non-kosher-for-Passover potluck dinner. Held at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. Cost is $10/non-member adult. For reservations, call Jamie at 510-8881404. Visit


CALLING ALL STREET ARTISTS FOR THE BIG DRAW The Pleasanton Arts Celebration, “The Big Draw,” happens Saturday, May 11, in downtown Pleasanton at Division and Main streets. Artist applications, available at, are due Monday, April 15. Cost is $125 per square. Sponsorships are available.

FOOTHILL HIGH BAND WINTER SHOW The Foothill High School Band Boosters invite everyone to its day-long annual Winter Guard, Percussion and Drum Major Competition with more than 100 performances Saturday, March 23. Drum Majors start at 8 a.m. in the stadium, with awards at 4:45 p.m. In the large gym, the Percussion competitions begin at 9 a.m. followed by Winter Guard at 1 p.m. Awards presentation at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Foothill High School music programs.

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‘HAIRSPRAY!’ Amador and Foothill high school are presenting the Tony award-winning musical “Hairspray!” Come see the show at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 21; Friday, March 22; and Saturday, March 23, at the Amador Valley High School Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd.


FIREHOUSE ARTS CENTER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM The Firehouse Arts Center Volunteer Program is holding its Spring Orientation from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 28, in the Firehouse Theater at 4444 Railroad Ave. Positions include usher, greeter and gallery docent. Contact Jen Koch at jkoch@cityofpleasantonca. gov or at 931-4846.

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‘growing up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House’ BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI


Author to share joys and pitfalls of living in the masterpiece

im Bixler knew even at age 8 that she lived in a special house. Architects, photographers and fans of Frank Lloyd Wright were continually knocking on the front door asking for tours. From 1977-94, her parents, Burt and Karen Brown, owned a house built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 for Edward and Beulah Boynton in Rochester, N.Y. “When we first moved to Rochester my mother told the Realtor, ‘`I want unusual and contemporary,’” Bixler recalled. They moved into a low, flat house with a back wall composed entirely of windows overlooking a swimming pool, and Kim and her younger brother Kurt settled into school. Then her mother found out there was a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Rochester. “It was written in the paper as kind of a rumor,” Bixler said. The Realtor located the home and arranged a tour in the afternoon while the owners were out. “They were so excited after they saw it that they drove back,” Bixler remembered. She also explained that her father liked unusual cars; he was driving a 1954 Bentley when the couple parked in front of the house later that day to sit staring at it and daydreaming. “The people came outside and said, ‘What are you doing?’ That’s how they met them,” Bixler said. It so happened that the owners were tired of the home’s costly maintenance and were ready to move. “They bought our house and we bought theirs,” Bixler recalled. They also used the same moving van, which traveled back and forth switching out the occupants’ belongings. Wright’s prairie-style house in Rochester is considered one of his most stunning. The architect himself was on site during much of its construction. He also designed much of the furniture, and 17 pieces remain in the home. Bixler said living in the house influenced her

own design aesthetic. “Despite its size, the house was cozy. Sunlight from the stained glass windows would cast patterns along the walls, floor and furniture. The house was a work of art.” Her mother, a jewelry designer, opened her studio in one of the basement rooms, which had served as servants’ quarters for the Boyntons. Many of her pieces were inspired by the house. “It was strange as a child — friends would come over thinking, ‘Wow you’re so rich,’” Bixer said. “But my mom and dad did a good job of making us feel like it was a home.” The house was always a draw for friends because it was so inviting, she added. “We lived a normal life, with a twist. Cars were always slowing down as they passed the house, people knocked on the door begging for a tour, students often sketched the house and some of my friends became architects and artists because of the experience,” Bixler recalled. “When I was in the fourth grade, Craig Claiborne, who wrote for the New York Times, came to our house. A cookbook editor asked if my parents would host him at dinner and if they could spend the weekend. Mom said, ‘You’re welcome to stay but I’m not cooking.’” So Claiborne cooked a gourmet meal for all of them and served it in the celebrated dining room. Kim asked Claiborne if he was famous, and he replied that he had written many books. “Can I do my fourth-grade report on you?” she asked. Bixler is full of lively stories, which she shares in her book, “Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd House.” She is making a multi-media presentation on the joys and pitfalls of living in the celebrated home, at the Pleasanton library Monday evening. She currently lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband Tim, daughter Kendall, 15, and son Robert, 13, but the family was in Pleasanton from 2004-08 and the children attended Vintage Hills Elementary.

Bixler began writing her story when she was a young woman, jotting down notes while driving several hundred miles to a friend’s bridal shower. Then she put it aside for years until 2009, when she was recovering from knee surgery. She heard the Boynton house for sale, which renewed her interest in the project. “Stuck in bed, I started reformulating my stories into a book and then gave copies to my parents and a few friends,” she recalled. “Several months later I received a call from producer Todd McCammon at WXXI, Rochester’s public television station. He told me that he read my book and that he was working on a documentary about the new owners, and their planned restoration of the house, and wanted to interview me for the production.” Suddenly she had a deadline for the book, to tie it in with the release of the PBS documentary, which will air in the fall. “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years” includes an interview with Bixler and her mother, and has details about the home’s structural repair, the unexpected insect infestation, the restoration of the 253 art glass panels, and much more. “The book evolved over the next year,” Bixler recalled. “I went back to Rochester several times and began researching Wright and historical documents; this led me to interview everyone who had ever lived in the house. This is when the book started to get interesting.” Now, with her multimedia presentation, she is once more guiding people through the house and its history. “I started giving tours when I was 8 years old. Imagine this little kid in pigtails discussing the lines of the house, the symmetry of the leaded glass windows in relation to the matching light fixtures and Wright’s use of space and lighting. Architecture students would listen with rapt attention as I read my mom’s carefully printed notecards,” she said. “When I talk about the house, I feel like that kid in pigtails again.” N


The home Frank Lloyd Wright built for Edward and Beulah Boynton in Rochester, N.Y., is shown last year after its restoration was completed by Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker, who purchased it in 2009. Above, right, the south side of the home soon after it was built in 1908, with its 30foot by 60-foot reflecting pool; the dining room, with its furniture also designed by Wright, is the most famous room in the house — its ceiling soars up two stories with stained glass windows lining the tops of the walls, and a green, gold and yellow lighted glass panel covers the ceiling.

What: “What Is It Like Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House?” Who: Presentation by Kim Bixler, former Pleasanton resident When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, March 25 Where: Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Cost: Free

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Driving into the future New technology means smarter, safer cars, buses and trains

BY GLENN WOHLTMANN Page 12ÊUÊMarch 22, 2013ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

Forget flying cars and jet packs, the future of transportation is in public transit and in making cars and roads more efficient, smarter and safer. Transportation officials in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties agree that it’s unlikely new highways will be built. That, they said, will mean more partnerships between county and local governments to improve surface streets. Art Dao, executive director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, said unlike the past, when the federal government paid for huge projects, it’s “no longer the big brother.” “In order to survive, we need to be able to help ourselves. We need to be very innovative to address our local needs,” Dao said. “Transportation is not about highways any more, it’s about infrastructure development. The way to do that is through local government.” For Pleasanton, that means working with other cities, such as Livermore on the Stoneridge Drive extension to Jack London Boulevard at El Charro Road that is now under way. Dao said recent laws — specifically SB 375 and AB 32 — require greenhouse gas reductions of 15% by 2035. That’s responsible for the statewide push for transit-oriented housing. “We have to figure out how to get people out of cars into mass transit,” Dao said. He added that will not only mean housing but improvements to mass transit, where people can expect buses and trains to run on time. “We need sustainable, reliable, essentially userfriendly mass transit systems,” he said, adding they need to be interconnected, too. Anyone who’s taken BART and tried to connect with San Francisco’s MUNI system can understand that need. Beyond that, he said, “We need to get people out of cars and into other modes, not only mass transit, but also walking and biking.”

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bound, a total distance of about 22 miles. The I-580 work is set to begin in 2015. Money from those express lanes will go to their maintenance and to expanding public transit, Dao said. Cars are already getting smarter, according to Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. “If you take a look at the fatality rate in the United States in terms of highways and roads, as little as five years ago 42,000 people were killed (per year). Today, there’s about 33,000. We’ve reduced it by 10,000,” Iwasaki said. “I think the difference is in the vehicle, things like Onstar, cars reminding you to put on your seat belt.” Onstar lets people communicate directly with an operator to report a crash or emegency. Iwasaki said that’s just the beginning. “In recent years you have lane-keeping technology, cars that will keep you in the lane,” he said. If the lane-keeping feature is activated, those cars won’t let people pass unless they signal. “In the future, cars may not allow people to pass if there’s not enough room. This helps older drivers — that takes some of the judgment calls out of the driver’s hand and could put them into a computer,” Iwasaki said. He said cars will be able to communicate with the highway system and through it with other drivers. “It will communicate with the infrastructure provider and other cars to say, ‘Hey, there’s a slick spot ahead,’” he said. And the same technology that’s being used in autopilot systems on airplanes will be shifted to cars and trucks. Iwasaki said that could prevent a car from getting too close to the vehicle in front. As technology continues, he said cars and trucks will become more autonomous, with cars traveling close to each other at high speeds — allowing more cars on the road. Trucks will be able to drive

closer together in truck-only lanes to take advantage of drafting, fuel efficiencies that come from driving close. That, Iwasaki said, is already in the testing phase. At least one car company has pioneered a system that won’t let a car go into reverse if there’s a pedestrian behind it. Beyond that, Iwasaki said, self-parking systems in use by some cars will take that technology a step farther. “In the future, you and your significant other will be able to get out and your car will park itself in a parking facility,” obeying all traffic laws along the way, he said. That will let cars park more closely together. Autonomous technology will also apply to public transit. Iwasaki said. “A bus will drive itself, going 30, 35 miles per hour, and the bus will veer over to its right for a stop, and that thing will come — without scraping a tire — an inch away from a docking station,” he said. “There’s a pilot project in San Diego, running buses on the shoulder. That technology is driven by magnets, embedded in the pavement. In the future, those sensors will be embedded in the car.” For trains, Iwasaki pointed to Japan, where the goal is to have them arrive exactly on time. He said thanks to improvements in technology, trains there already run within 30 seconds of their projected arrival and departure times. “What gets measured gets improved,” he said. “With better measurements, it creates a benchmark for BART to improve efficiency.” New technology is already in use in Pleasanton, according to Mike Tassano, head traffic engineer. “We’re seeing a lot more ways to fine tune our signal systems. We have wireless connectivity, that’s pretty standard, the ability of one traffic signal to talk to the next is getting more and more common,” he

said. “One of the things I see coming in the next five years or so is an improvement in how we coordinate signals.” Tassano saids he foresees signals not only improving how they communicate but being able to adapt to changing situations, for example, changing timing if there is an accident on a freeway that either delays drivers from exiting or to avoid a backup if more drivers take to surface streets. “We would like our signals to recognize those kinds of delays and decide what to do,” he said. The same thing could apply to rapid buses from the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (WHEELS), Tassano said. He said buses and signals already communicate as a bus approaches a light, but he said an adaptive system would let the two communicate over longer distances and time themselves to give buses a priority. Some of what’s new is actually a new use for old technology. “One of the common complaints we get about traffic is that when a new development comes in, the noise increases,” Tassano said. “We have decided to line our streets with noise attenuating pavement.” While there is a more costly solution — adding rubber to asphalt — Pleasanton decided to use open-graded asphalt, which uses larger rocks, creating small air pockets where smaller rocks usually go. Open-graded asphalt was originally designed to improve drainage. Those pockets, Tassano said, “actually capture a lot of the noise.” As we await those new developments, Iwasaki said current GPS technology that communicates accidents and slowdowns has already made a huge difference for drivers. “An informed driver is a safe and efficient driver. If you know what’s ahead, you’re more likely to get there safe,” he said. N Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊMarch 22, 2013ÊU Page 13


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Massage parlor busted in sting An undercover investigation led to a prostitution arrest at a local massage parlor, according to police reports. Li Bai, 44, a transient, was arrested at about 9:07 p.m. March 13 at Healthy Footprint Massage in the 4100 block of First Street on misdemeanor counts of prostitution and giving false identification to police. The owner of the parlor was cited on a violation of Pleasanton municipal code for allowing improper contact with a massage client. Police had received a call that the establishment was not operating as a legitimate massage parlor. A second woman was arrested for obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor.

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

March 13 Drug/alcohol violations ■ 1:27 a.m. at the intersection of Greenwood Road and Raven Road; possession of methamphetamines, possession of a prescription in another’s name, paraphernalia possession ■ 10:59 p.m. in the 5500 block of Springhouse Drive; DUI

March 14 Sex offense ■ 9:57 a.m. in the 100 block of South Main Street

Auto burglary a.m. in the 800 block of Kottinger Drive Drug/violations ■ 11:37 a.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive; under the influence of drugs ■ 11:39

March 16 Drug/alcohol violations ■ 12:40 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue; DUI ■ 12:50 a.m. at the intersection of Vervais Avenue and Main Street; DUI ■ 8:45 p.m. in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue; under the influence of drugs

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March 17 DUI ■ 2:12 a.m. at the intersection of Fair Street and Division Street ■ 11:59 p.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Alameda County Fairgrounds Gate five

March 18 Child abuse ■ 11:56 a.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive Auto burglary ■ 2:36 p.m. in the 600 block of Abbie Street

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Real Estate


FHA played critical role in housing recovery


Market downturn, recession would have been far worse without agency, national Realtors group says BY JEB BING

Since the private mortgage market collapsed, the Federal Housing Administration has played a critical role by helping make mortgage insurance available to millions of qualified home buyers, Gary Thomas, president of the the National Association of Realtors, told the Senate Banking Committee last week. That is exactly the way Congress designed the mortgage insurance fund to operate when it was established 80 years ago, he added. Without the FHA, the housing downturn and economic recession would have been far worse for the nation. “FHA helped fill the void over the past five years after private lending fled the market by providing safe, affordable access to mortgage credit to millions of Americans who wanted to purchase a home,� said Thomas, brokerowner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. “Had FHA not stepped in to fill the market gap, many families would have been unable to purchase homes, current homeowners would have experienced far greater drops in equity and their home’s value, and our nation’s economy would be much further from a recovery,� he pointed out. In his testimony, Thomas said FHA has always safely provided access to mortgage financing; it has never offered risky mortgage products, used predatory lending practices or engaged in exotic underwriting. However,

like other holders of mortgage risk, FHA incurred great financial losses as a result of overall market conditions that led to increased foreclosures. Thomas said NAR is confident that FHA has already taken many of the necessary steps to help stabilize the fund as well as numerous administrative changes to mitigate risk. Those changes include five increases to mortgage insurance premiums since 2009, hiring a credit risk officer, implementing credit score floors, requiring higher down payments for borrowers with lower credit scores, and adopting a series of measures to increase lender responsibility and enforcement, he said. FHA currently has one of the strongest books on record and the quality of borrowers has skyrocketed; continued market improvements and rising home prices will also help improve the fund’s future financial condition, noted Thomas. Thomas said NAR welcomes a time when FHA’s market share is reduced to its more traditional levels of 10% to 15% of the market, and the private lending market is once again robust, but we are not there yet. Uncertainty about pending financial regulations and the future of the secondary mortgage market are keeping private lenders from returning to mortgage markets. Once the rules for mortgage finance are resolved and housing prices stabilize nationwide he anticipates that private investors will return to the market and FHA’s market share


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availability and affordability of mortgage credit and undermine the fragile real estate recovery. FHA continues to play a significant role in the housing market and recovery. Thomas said he applauds them for their leadership and strength during the housing crisis, and for continuing to serve the needs of hardworking American families who wish to purchase a home. N

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will return to more traditional levels, he said. Thomas cautioned about making arbitrary changes to FHA, such as further increasing costs to consumers or limiting the use of the program to certain types of buyers, only for the sake of luring back private markets. While NAR supports changes that are vital to the solvency and strength of the FHA fund, actions to deliberately lower FHA’s market share could disrupt the

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This grand Mediterranean Estate built by John Clawson in 2000 features 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms plus 2 powder rooms with 5,577 square feet of elegant living space. Elegantly designed & lovingly cared for, this custom home is truly one of Ruby Hills most exquisite homes. It possesses a comforting sense of harmony and warmth with stately dimensions that create the ultimate environment for luxurious living. $2,379,888




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7173 Valley Trails Drive, Pleasanton Charming single story home in Central Pleasanton. 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, 1549 sq. ft. Walk to schools, shops and sports park. Great shape, newer roof, newer windows, whole house painted inside and out. Private backyard, no rear neighbors with beautiful custom built arbor for those hot summer evenings. LISTED AT $650,000

Julia Murtagh 2012 & 2011 Top Producer 4718 Pheasant Ct, Dublin 4 BR/2.5 BA, 2390 sq. ft. Built in 1997, fantastic location, good condition. SOLD FOR $701,000 — $51K OVER THE ASKING PRICE

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28 Pinkerton Court San Ramon Large family home on a large court in “Inverness Park.” 4 BR, 3 BA, 3367 sq. ft. Fully upgraded. Park like back yard. Never hit MLS. Call Julia for more information.



1485 Chianti Ct, Livermore Wonderful home in Livermore, 3126 sq. ft. 4 BR/3 BA on 16,000 sq. ft. lot. Huge backyard with custom pool and spa. JUST SOLD FOR $925,000

1938 Clover Ct, Pleasanton Stunning home, in “Golden Eagle” Estates. 5 BR/4.2 BA, 5784 sq. ft. stunning views, on just under 1 acre. JUST SOLD FOR $1,830,000


6221 Detjen Ct, Pleasanton Beautiful home on 1/2 acre in Preserve, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms. SOLD FOR $1,510,000

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The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was created to relieve homeowners of the phantom income tax associated with forgiven debt from a short sale, foreclosure, or loan modification. Although this legislation was set to expire at the end of 2012, the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act extended this exemption through 2013.

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DANVILLE SUN 1 - 4 1250 COUNTRY LANE NEW PRICE REDUCTION $1,299,000 5 BR 3.5 BA Upgraded home w/In-law Apt.Kit/Ba w/Granite.Formal Liv/Din Rrm.5 Stall Barn &raised garden 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE 2089 N. LIVERMORE MEDITERRANEAN VILLA $2,999,950 4 BR 5 BA Spectacular entry from huge circular brick driveway.Tile Flrs.Lrge Kit w/granite.Library. 925.847.2200



1026 MCCALULEY RD HIDDEN VALLEY HOME! $1,388,000 4 BR 3.5 BA Bonus Rm/OfďŹ ce.Fireplace in Liv,Fam,&Mstr.Private 1/3 acre lot.Open Space.Valley Views 925.847.2200

42969 NIDO CT SPANISH VILLA IN MSJ $899,900 4 BR 2 BA Din Rm.Lrge fam rm;hrdwd rs/ ďŹ replace. Kit-lots of cabinets/Gas range.MBR walkin closet 925.847.2200


SAT/ SUN 11AM-4PM 34327 BODKIN TER SPACIOUS FLOOR PLAN $600,000 3 Bd/2.5 Ba Cathedral Ceilings.Lots of Natural Light. Newer Hardwood Floors,Windows & Patio Door. 925.847.2200

11565 ESTRELLA CT COMING SOON CALL FOR PRICING 3 BD 2 BA Cul-de-sac. Upgraded kit. Completely remodeled master ba, hrdwd rs, backyard with patio area. 925.847.2200 3385 DUBLIN BLVD #246 GORGEOUS ARRONA MODEL! $499,000 3 BR 2 BA Beautiful courtyard/waterfall view.Hrdwd Flrs.Ceiling Fans in all bdrms. 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE 2445 ANCONA CIR DESIRABLE SOUTH LIVERMORE $1,050,000 5 BR 4.5 BA Plus OfďŹ ce.Pool/Spa.4 Car Garage.Large Side Access Area.Chef’s Kit w/Granite/Maple Cbnts. 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE SUN 1 - 4 9030 DOUBLETREE LANE GORGEOUS EXECUTIVE HOME CALL FOR PRICING 4 BR 3 BA Lrge Formal Din./Liv. Rm.Updated Kit overlooking fam.rm.Sep.bed/bath for inlaw.Pool/Spa 925.847.2200

SAN RAMON SAT/SUN 1 - 4 5118 HOLBORN WAY VIEWS, VIEWS, VIEWS! $1,088,000 4 BR 3.5 BA Open Flr Plan.Hrdwd Flrs.Upgraded Kit.w/Granite.Lrge Fam.Rm w/Fireplace.Lrge Loft. 925.847.2200

1215 GONZAGA CT COURT LOCATION! CALL FOR PRICING 4 BR 3 BA 2 Story w/In-Law Unit.Gleaming Hrdwd Flrs.Lovely Upgrades.Fireplace.Bckyrd w/fruit trees. 925.847.2200

1264 VIA JOSE NICELY MAINTAINED MOBILE HOME! $48,500 2 BR 2 BA Open Floor Plan.Vaulted Ceilings.New Capet.Washer/Dryer/Refrigerator included.Storage shed 925.847.2200

2833 ALNWICK AVENUE HIGHLY DESIRABLE CONDO! $440,000 2 BR 2.5 BA SS Appliances/Granite Counters in Kit.Tile & Carpet rs.2 Car Garage.Pool,Spa,Gym 925.847.2200 173 HELIGAN LANE #2 BEAUTIFUL CONDO $409,900 2 BR 2 BA Great views of Livermore Valley.Well kept community.Great Commute location. 925.847.2200

SUNOL 12058 GLENORA WAY SUNOL HOME! $689,000 4 BR 2 BA plus ofďŹ ce area.1/3 Acre(3 Lots)w/1.5 car garage & 22x15 bonus rm.Close to K-8 schools. 925.847.2200


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deal for ranch, winery, privacy or whatever you desire! 100 acres with 360 degree views! Tree lined 1/2 mile gated driveway. Year round pond. Absolutely within a few minutes to 680, great commute location. Must see to appreciate. Offered at $3,999,000



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5731 DAKIN COURT, PLEASANTON Newer Summerhill home on premium private lot in Sycamore Heights. Secluded location with private backyard and panoramic views! Professionally landscaped! 5BD, 4.5BA, activity/hobby room, 4,021 sq. ft. Lots of custom woodwork, including fully wrapped windows, wainscoting and built-ins. Gourmet kitchen open to large family room includes granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Large master suite, spacious bathroom with large tub and separate shower. Great location, walk to downtown and neighborhood park! Less than 5 minutes to Castlewood Country Club. Don’t miss this one! OFFERED AT $1,729,000

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! Attendance area for great schools. Walk to Mission Park & Downtown Pleasanton! OFFERED AT AND SOLD FOR $1,399,000

4355 CAMPINIA PLACE, PLEASANTON Gorgeous custom single level on .60 acre premium lot in desirable Ruby Hill private gated community. Beautiful views of surrounding hills and vineyards. Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, custom gourmet kitchen with granite slab countertops. Extensive crown molding, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, expansive master suite. Completely finished three car garage. Beautiful grounds include mature professional landscaping, built-in BBQ, viewing/sitting area, large covered patio and extensive lawn area. Ruby Hill community amenities include country club, golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, dining and greenbelt. OFFERED AT $1,439,000








3834 ORION COURT, PLEASANTON Quiet court location near downtown, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2800 plus square feet. Lot size is 9074 sq. ft. Highly upgraded custom home, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, expansive master suite with retreat, fireplace and upgraded bathroom. Large family room with fireplace, plantation shutters and crown molding. Newer landscaped private rear yard with built-in BBQ, refrigerator, sitting area, fire pit and beautiful stone patios and landscaping! SOLD FOR $958,000

1210 SANTORINO COURT, LIVERMORE Blaise represented the Buyer in the purchase of this beautiful South Livermore home located next to Independence Park. Large five bedroom, four and a half bath, 4,149sf. house with Brazilian wood, tile and carpeted floors. Large kitchen with granite, cherry cabinets and Wolf appliances. Spacious family room, full bath/bed 1st floor, large master suite with sitting area. Three car garage all on a spacious 12,686sf. lot located in a small private court location. SOLD FOR $1,055,000

2812 GARDEN CREEK CIRCLE, PLEASANTON Beautiful Pleasanton single level close to great neighborhood parks & award winning schools. Open floor plan with three bedrooms, two updated bathrooms, 1720 square feet. Excellent condition, remodeled kitchen and master bathroom, spacious family room/ kitchen area. Newer dual pane windows, wood flooring, updated fixtures, vaulted ceilings, completely finished garage. Large private rear yard with mature trees and concrete stamped patio. 6264 square foot lot. Convenient to Downtown. OFFERED AT $649,000





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


2449 MINIVET COURT, PLEASANTON “The heart of Birdland.” Location, location, location! Quiet court is walking distance to Woodthrush Park, all levels of schools, two shopping centers, Aquatic Center & Sports Park! Premium .28 acre lot (12,125 sq. ft.) Single level 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms with 2112 sq. ft “Gatewood” model in excellent condition. Granite countertops in kitchen. Remodeled master bathroom. Expansive front yard with private gated courtyard. Beautifully landscaped! Large backyard, great for entertaining, with in-ground pool/spa & refinished deck! OFFERED AT AND SOLD FOR $819,000


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! SOLD FOR $850,000

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HOME SALES This week’s data represents homes sold during Jan. 29-Feb. 22, 2013.

Dublin 8435 Cavalier Lane Inns Trust to W. Razaqi for $280,000 8276 Davona Drive A. Tabatabai to E. & E. Good for $362,000 3245 Dublin Boulevard #407 B. Smith to H. Kim for $382,000 3360 Maguire Way #118 D. Nanjegowda to M. Lakshmanan for $435,000 5346 Tilton Court Deutsche Bank to W. Wong for $550,000 7804 Tuscany Drive D. & L. Keels to V. Lachney for $385,000 8150 Vomac Road Federal National Mortgage to H. Guan for $460,000

Livermore 1526 Buena Vista Avenue D. Hughes to D. & R. Silva for $763,500 1143 Carrara Court C. & R. Flynn to P. & A. Spence for $745,000 335 Covellite Lane Picha Trust to F. Rossi for $535,000 823 Debra Street Sandia Laboratory Credit Union to W. & L. Porter for $305,000 1921 Depot Drive #103 P. & C. Valley to E. & L. King for $430,000 391 Edythe Street M. Tearney to G. & S. Bardakos for $378,000 832 Geraldine Street D. & H. Roach to

S. Williams for $396,500 523 Heligan Lane #2 V. Manda to Sasaki Trust for $425,000 286 Michell Street E. Owen to A. Batute for $350,000 1637 Monterey Drive L. Fearn to M. Paolini for $214,000 1009 Murrieta Boulevard #39 S. Mei to Ng Trust for $154,500 744 Nightingale Street B. Hooper to D. Cummins for $410,000 1477 Pine Street R. Straight to D. & C. Schaefer for $430,000 6128 Poinsettia Common Metzinger Trust to W. Nascimento for $450,000 5823 Running Hills Avenue A. Ziebarth to C. Knoth for $375,000 636 South I Street Williamson Trust to T. & P. Nigg for $270,000 3038 Verdala Drive W. & S. Murray to U. Rao for $1,190,000 1746 Verdite Street M. & D. Galli to Ditzler Trust for $825,000 5720 Wisteria Way R. Young to Y. Hsu for $562,000

Pleasanton 7835 Canyon Meadow Circle #A Stevens Trust to Q. Zhu for $365,000 1938 Clover Court Daroza Trust to B. & R. McBrearty for $1,830,000 3265 Flemington Court M. Leoni to S. & J. Decoite for $720,000 1557 Kolln Street Ford Trust to G. & B.

Russell for $576,000 1080 Laguna Creek Lane K. & M. Choi to Stedman Trust for $1,550,000 2934 Liberty Drive A. & Z. Zilanawala to Q. Xue for $580,000 5063 Monaco Drive W. & A. Taylor to T. Bellamy for $950,000 6014 Sequoia Court DDW Capital to Y. Lu for $659,000 7289 Valley Trails Drive Silva Trust to G. & R. Wilkinson for $677,000 2327 Woodthrush Way S. & D. Aikin to K. & D. Haut for $610,000

San Ramon 2278 Camino Ramon Camino Ramon Partnership to Danville Chinese Bible Church for $1,000,000 2 Foxglove Lane Home Reserves to

Woodstone Properties for $635,000 621 Hardcastle Court M. & M. Mun to Chen Trust for $1,728,000 624 Hardcastle Court Clark Trust to A. & A. Yadav for $1,587,500 127 Madelia Place Ringle Trust to J. & D. Byers for $575,000 4755 Malayan Street Shapell Industries to S. & S. Biswas for $740,000 16 Marilyn Place G. & R. Srour to M. & J. Plicner for $533,500 421 Pearl Crest Court Shapell Industries to S. Wu for $730,000 275 Reflections Drive #21 C. & L. Bond to Jeha Trust for $149,000 2145 Watermill Road Mcarthur Trust to Y. Xu for $570,000 322 Winterwind Circle V. & O. Tsyganok to C. Brooks for $359,000


Dublin (Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 2013)

Pleasanton (Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 2013)

Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sale reported: $280,000 Highest sale reported: $550,000 Average sales reported: $407,714

Total sales reported: 10 Lowest sale reported: $365,000 Highest sale reported: $1,830,000 Average sales reported: $851,700

Livermore (Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 2013)

San Ramon (Feb. 15-Feb. 22, 2013)

Total sales reported: 19 Lowest sale reported: $154,500 Highest sale reported: $1,190,000 Average sales reported: $484,658

Total sales reported: 11 Lowest sale reported: $149,000 Highest sale reported: $1,728,000 Average sales reported: $782,455 Source: California REsource

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Located in the heart of Tassajara Valley just minutes from shopping, top-rated schools and transportation, this 145 acre property is just waiting to be discovered. It includes all the amenities needed for a first class equestrian facility, a 3544 sq ft custom home and a 2462 sq ft ranch style home as well as plenty of room to create your own family estate. Please contact Katie Moe for additional details or to arrange a private showing. Price upon request.

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6922 Corte Mateo, Pleasanton Gorgeous home in the desirable Del Prado neighborhood of Pleasanton. This home features a fabulous open floor plan with a light & bright upgraded kitchen with a breakfast nook that open to the family room. Upgrades include laminate wood floors downstairs, newer carpet upstairs, freshly painted inside and out, newer baseboards & beautiful granite counter tops in the kitchen. The formal living room with vaulted ceilings flows into the formal dining room. Spacious master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a nice master bathroom with dual sinks. Large beautifully landscaped back yard with room for RV storage on the side yard. OFFERED AT $788,000 sBEDROOMBATHROOMS s!PPROXIMATELYSQFTOFLIVINGSPACE s,OTSIZEISAPPROXIMATELYSQFT

PLEASANTON | 900 Main Street 925.251.1111 Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊMarch 22, 2013ÊU Page 23 EXPLORE THE NEW

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PLEASANTON $4,000,000 193+/- Acres privately owned known as Blessing Ranch. All utilities run to edge of property offering numerous buildable pad options. Perfect for escaping city life while being only minutes from town. 9480 BLESSING DRIVE

PLEASANTON $1,899,000 4bd +office, 4.5 ba +.5 in pool house. Vaulted open beam ceilings and floor-toceiling windows inspire a grandness to the home. This home sits on just under an acre lot & backs to a private creek. 7755 COUNTRY LANE

LIVERMORE $1,499,950 Immaculate and rare property! 3332+/-sf single story home, excellent condition, 1800+/-sf basement, 1800+/- sfshop/garage/ apt., endless views! 5800 EAGLES RUN RD

PLEASANTON $995,000 Expanded "Heritage" model, 6bd/3ba, 2,820+/-sf, full bed/bath downstairs, granite kitchen and bathrooms, expanded FR, new windows and roof, walk to K-12 schools and more! 5162 HUMMINGBIRD RD

DISCOVERY BAY $985,000 Georgeous Discovery Bay home at end of cul-de-sac, mini marina, 2 docks ~ could accomodate 50' yacht, gourmet kitchen, water views from many rooms, large covered waterproof deck and so much more! 5771 SALMON COURT







LIVERMORE $925,000 Grace and elegance in this incredible custom home! Modern architectural design, grand living with granite slab kitchen, 2 islands, hardwood floors, spiral staircase and more! 1444 MILAN CT

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LIVERMORE $749,950 Beautiful 4bd/2.5ba, granite kitchen, hardwood floors, built-ins, finished garage with extra storage, great location, close to trails and downtown. 1304 BUCKHORN CREEK RD


PLEASANTON $599,000 3bd/2.5ba home in Shadow Cliffs, Remodeled kitchen, upgraded bathrooms, nice backyard, vaulted ceiling in family room and more! 3014 BADGER DR


PLEASANTON $379,000 2bd/1ba 874 sq.ft. +/- New carpet & paint, concrete tile roof, newer dual pane windows & water heater, private backyard, covered patio, 2 car garage w/storage, includes washer/drying & refrigerator, no HOA, close to shopping, parks. 2190 GOLDCREST CR.


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DANVILLE Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with over $300k in upgrades , solar, gourmet kitchen,Brazilian hardwood floors and a tranquil private garden are just the start a to this Danville beauty! 502 CONCHA CT.

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Section 1 of the March 22, 2013 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 03.22.2013 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the March 22, 2013 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly