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ongressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) spent his first days on Capitol Hill as an unpaid summer intern for then Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, where he answered phone calls, responded to constituents’ mail and gave tours to visiting Tri-Valley tourists. He also realized early on the importance of learning the names and memorizing the faces of those serving in Congress, and he continues to do so today. As an intern, to pay his expenses, he worked from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Sports Club, a small gym around the corner from the capitol that was frequented by many in Congress. His job JEB BING was to check Congressman Eric them in for workouts and Swalwell speaks at the Rotary Club of to get them space on their Pleasanton. favorite squash courts. At 8:30, he would put on a suit and tie and head to Tauscher’s office and then, at 5:30 p.m., he left for his second job, waiting tables at a nearby Mexican restaurant. He also learned that members of Congress and their staffs have big egos, so the more he could greet by name, the bigger the tips. That experience no doubt inspired a career in government service. So after earning his law degree from the University of Maryland, he returned to Dublin. He joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s office where, as a prosecutor, he handled 34 jury trials before leaving last fall after being elected to Congress in the 15th District, which includes the Tri-Valley. As a soccer star at Dublin High, which earned him a college scholarship, he also learned the art of aggressive offense and good defense, skills that are boding well for him as a leader in bipartisan negotiations in Washington. Part of learning the ropes in Congress, freshmen, like Swalwell in the current 113th Congress, take a four-week training course. It’s much like freshmen orientation in college, though without the parties. Two weeks are spent in Washington, another week at Williamsburg and then the final week at Harvard University. Speaking to the Rotary Club of Pleasanton last week, Swalwell, a member of the Hayward Rotary Club, said he remembers two things about his Harvard experience. First, the fact that he was attending a class at Harvard seemed to excite his parents, who live here, more than

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Planning commissioner Kathy Narum wins Pleasanton Council seat

Drug dropoff nets 787 pounds of meds A drug takeback program at the Pleasanton Police Department brought in enough prescription medication to fill 22 large boxes. That is in addition to 10 boxes dropped off at the city’s operations center at a recent E-Waste collection day. Together, those boxes of meds weighed more than 787 pounds. The program was run by the Pleasanton Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, giving residents the opportunity to drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. One way people are getting addicted to dangerous drugs is by raiding the medicine cabinets of their friends and family, according to a news release from the department. It’s the third year for the program, which was heavily attended by residents.

Principal Hansen to be honored The Amador PTSA is holding a farewell fete for retiring Principal Jim Hansen next week. The goodbye party will be Wednesday, May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wine Steward, 641 Main St. in Pleasanton, with wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 before the event by emailing Rob Campbell at and $25 at the door, with proceeds going to the school PTSA.

Receives nearly 40% of 11,655 votes cast in special election AND


Planning Commissioner Kathy Narum was elected to the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday, receiving 4,586 votes or 39.62% of the 11,655 votes cast in the special election. She finished ahead of David Miller, her closest opponent, by 1,377 votes in the unofficial tally posted by the Alameda County Registrar’s office. The two other candidates in the race for the one open seat on the City Council trailed, with Olivia Sanwong receiving 1,977 votes, or 17% of all votes cast, and Mark Hamilton finishing with 1,861 votes, or 16%. For Pleasanton, it was an unusual election in that votes could be cast by mail-only or voters could drop their sealed ballots off at the office of City Clerk Karen Diaz in the Pleasanton Civic Center, which more than 600 voters did through 5 p.m. Tuesday. Compared to the municipal, regional and national elections last November, when 47% of registered voters in Pleasanton cast their ballots by mail, the turnout for this election represented just 27.6% of the 42,485 now registered here. More than 100 supporters showed up last night at Narum’s celebration, held at the Hop Yard American Grill & Alehouse on

Corrections The Digest item last week on the new link of the Iron Horse Trail from Pleasanton/Dublin BART to Santa Rita Road should have said the groundbreaking took place May1; the link will be completed later this year. An article in a story last week about auto burglaries incorrectly stated that police will put fliers on car windows. Those fliers, alerting residents of a potential theft, will only be left on door jambs.

Hopyard Road. Many of them were also at the victory celebrations held after Councilman Jerry Thorne was elected mayor last November and Planning Commissioner Jerry Pentin was elected to the council. In fact, it was Thorne’s election as mayor that created the council vacancy that Narum will now fill. Narum’s most active opponents, Olivia Sanwong and David Miller, attempted to draw from outside the typical voting pool.

“I was trying to appeal to the voters that didn’t think their city government was representing them,” Miller said at his post-election party at Sunshine Saloon in Pleasanton. He said he wanted to make sure important issues were “front and center,” including high density housing, “and keeping an eye on our fiscal situation.” Miller also said his campaign hoped to promote “more open and honest government.”

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Pleasanton Council OKs pay-off of $20-million in golf course bonds

Swingin’ Blue Stars at Firehouse The Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet return to the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton for its third annual Memorial Day Weekend appearance. This year’s show is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Tickets are $12 to $25, with child, senior, and group discounts available. They can be purchased online at, by calling 931-4848, or at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.


Newly-elected councilwoman Kathy Narum is flanked by her huband Jeff and sister Gail at Tuesday night victory party.

Sanwong described her experience as fun, and said she was working to draw in a specific audience. “I was playing the field,” Sanwong said. “I wasn’t focusing on the same demographics as some of the other candidates.” She said she hoped that younger voters, especially some of her classmates from Amador Valley High School and some first-time voters, including those from that school’s Comp Civics class could sway the vote. Miller’s event drew about 20 people, including former City Councilwoman Kay Ayala. Sanwong’s event, held at a private home near where she grew up in Pleasanton, drew about 15, including Pleasanton school board member Joan Laursen. Mark Hamilton, the fourth candidate in the race, did not have a post-election gathering. Narum, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from UC Davis, is in her fifth year on the Planning Commission. She has been active in civic events since moving to Pleasanton in 1996. Prior to her appointment to the Planning Commission, Narum served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission for five years. She is also past president of the

Savings could exceed $10 million in interest costs The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday authorized dipping into available cash reserves to buy down $20.6 million in outstanding bonds used to finance the construction of Callippe Preserve golf course 10 years ago. Certificates of participation, as the bonds are called, totaled

$28,425,000 and were used to acquire and construct the golf course. They were also used to refinance the city’s outstanding 1991 certificates that were originally used for the construction of the Pleasanton Senior Center. With $20,650,000 in certificates remaining outstanding, Fi-

nance Director Emily Wagner told the council that by paying the bonds off in advance of their scheduled maturity on Oct. 1, 2032, the city will save approximately $10.7 million in interest costs. Wagner said she will be borrowing funds from several re-

serves in order to accomplish the early payoff on June 15, when the certificates can be called. Rather than making principal and interest payments annually of $1.6 million , those payments can now be made to repaying the reserves, repaying the full amount in 13 See CALLIPPE on Page 7

First-ever Education Summit introduces new science programs Planned to give kids a look at opportunities in engineering, biotech BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

The Pleasanton school district is incorporating more engineering and science into its curriculum with the idea of encouraging more students to head into those fields. At its first-ever Education Summit on May 8, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi spoke before about 100 business and community leaders, presenting the new approach. Ahmadi said it’s no

longer enough to teach literacy and math. Students will need new skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communications to compete in the 21st century, she said. “We want our students to be engaged thinkers,” Ahmadi told the group. She also said students should also have a strong sense of social responsibility. The district is at the start of

bringing in new engineering and biology programs. Tony Dennis, a math teacher at Amador Valley High, said the school is in the first year of what will be a four-year engineering program, with 139 students. “More than half of them are seniors, they’re going off to a twoyear or a four-year college,” Dennis said. Many students are embracing the program, and for those who

decide engineering isn’t for them, he told the crowd “I’d rather they discover it now, than when they’re sophomores in college and they’ve spent all your money.” Two students in the engineering program, Courtney Cavenaugh and Cristian Castro spoke at the event, and said they like what they’ve learned so far. “I’ve always liked math and sciSee SUMMIT on Page 6

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Convenience store OKd for Pleasanton Union 76 station on First Street Owners plan to add new lighting, underground storage tanks BY JEB BING

The aging Union 76 self-serve gas station at First and Ray streets in downtown Pleasanton will soon be getting a facelift along with a small convenience store that will be one of the few places for commuters to get an early morning breakfast roll and coffee between Livermore and I-680. The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved the makeover and 2,000-square-foot convenience store earlier and the time for an appeal of that decision has now run out. Several neighbors objected to the station re-build plan, including the owner of the Pleasant Plaza strip mall across Ray Street, but no one sought to seek a City Council review. Although the station is open 24 hours a day, planners ruled that the

convenience store can’t open before 5 a.m. That was a change from an earlier opening hour restriction of 6 a.m. at the request of Planning Commissioner Arne Olson. “You’d be surprised at how many commuters there are on First Street coming through from Livermore,� Olson said. The store, which will be operated by Delong Liu, owner of the station that’s officially a 76 ConocoPhillips station, will be about 500 square feet smaller than a 7-Eleven store Liu had proposed last December. The Planning Commission rejected that proposal, saying the store would have been too large for the small corner lot the station occupies. The zoning of the property allows for a service station with a convenience store, but prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages there. Terry

Grayson of IronHorse Development, which will handle the new station development, said the store will carry food and refreshments normally found in a service station store. Along with the convenience store, planners also authorized IronHorse Development to add new fueling pumps with longer hoses to allow motorists to fill their car tanks from either side of pumping bays. Grayson said the upgraded station also will have better, more diffused lighting and a maintenance schedule to improve the station’s appeal. Chevron, the gasoline company generally responsible for maintaining underground fuel storage tanks at many Tri-Valley stations, also plans to pull out the old underground tanks at the 76 station and replace them with new ones. N


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Pleasanton police are investigating a bank robbery and two robbery attempts, all of which took place within a 24-hour period on May 7. Police spent much of the morning Tuesday searching for a man who held up the Chase Bank near the intersection of Hopyard Road and Stoneridge Drive at about 9 a.m. No weapon was seen. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank on foot, according to a police report, which said no car connected to the suspect was seen. He is described as a black male, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a mustache, wearing a baby blue hat, a blueand-white plaid shirt, baggy blue jeans and black shoes. The man was last seen on foot near the bank, a police news release said. Two other robbery attempts the same day — one at about 1:10 a.m. and the other, at about 10:40 p.m. that night — may be linked, according to police. In the first, two men with handguns approached an employee of Nations in the 5300 block of Hopyard Road, police said. The robbery was unsuccessful and the two were seen leaving the scene in an older white four door Honda. In the second, two armed men attempted to hold up both New York Pizza and Pasta and Taco Bell at the Rose Pavilion in the 4000 block of Santa Rita Road. The men pointed handguns at the employees and attempted to rob both businesses, and again were unsuccessful, according to police. While they were in Taco Bell, one of the suspects appeared to signal to the other and the two ran out of the business without and

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money or property. They were last seen running on foot south through the parking lot toward Rosewood Drive. No car associated with the suspects was seen. One of the suspects was described as a black male adult, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 to 170 pounds. That suspect was wearing a black ski mask, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with the word Hollister in white lettering across the chest, dark baggie blue jeans, and black gloves with yellow webbing between the fingers. The second suspect is also a black male adult, 18 to 20 years old. He is 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet tall, again weighing 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing black ski mask, a gray hooded sweatshirt, faded baggie blue jeans, gray gloves and had a black backpack or messenger bag. Anyone with information that would assist in either investigation is encouraged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.

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ence,� Cavanugh said, explaining that she used to think engineers just made engines. “I still haven’t figured out what I want to do, but it’s helped to narrow it down.� The classes have a hands-on approach, allowing students to built things — and take them apart. “It does show there’s a fun side to math,� Castro said. The first class, Introduction to Engineering Design, was offered this year at Amador, with two more classes to be added and other courses available through other local high schools, such as Dublin, which is also involved. Two middle schools, Pleasanton and Harvest Park, are also collaborating, with programs starting there this year. Ultimately, Dennis said, students as young as sixth grade may be involved. Meanwhile, Foothill is set to begin a 4-year biotechnology program this fall. Anatomy and Physiology teacher Ken Cuozzo said 154 students have already signed up for the first class, “Principles of Biomedical Science.� Many of those students are already planning to go into the field

in everything from nurses to surgeons to veterinarians. The group also got a look into the flipped classroom concept being spearheaded locally by Lisa Highfill, a fifth-grade teacher at Fairlands Elementary. Highfill gave an example of engaging a class by having them learn decimals by counting real money. Students then went home with homework that incorporated what they’d learned, and the next day, they were given restaurant menus to use as if they were going to place an order, again using the decimals they’d learned the day before. While Highfill said she knows it’s important for kids to be able to understand and remember concepts, her goal is to have them do higher levels of learning, including abstract thinking and analysis. By way of example, she said, some of the students using menus went online to find out the tax rate in Alameda County, and incorporated that and a tip into their restaurant order. In closing the event, Ahmadi asked the attendees to become involved, suggesting they could provide anything from field trips to mentorships to funding. N


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One claim dropped, others continue BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

A $3 million federal lawsuit that names the city of Pleasanton, a Pleasanton police officer and a number of others is continuing to make its way through the court system. The case was filed by Brian Lancaster, a former Pleasanton resident, who claims he was the victim of several attempts to have him arrested, and that confidential information about him was shared by an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy and a San Ramon attorney. The suit also claims that drugs and drug paraphernalia were planted in Lancaster’s car during a traffic stop. The case names Pleasanton Police Officer Tim Martens, the city of Pleasanton, attorney Leslie Regina, Deputy Ryan Silcocks, and Alameda County. One claim against Pleasanton has been dismissed, in which it was alleged Lancaster’s civil rights had been violated. Jeffrey Hubins, a Pleasanton attorney who represents Lancaster, said the judge ruled that illegally obtaining information was not a violation of Lancaster’s rights. “Everything else exists against them — negligence, all the state law claims,� Hubins said. He explained that if the judge decides that any of the claims are valid under federal law, the judge could also choose to look at claims that state laws were violated. If not, the case could end up at the state level, where a new judge would consider evidence. “If you have federal causes of action and state causes of action, you can bring them in federal court,� Hubins said. “The (federal) court has jurisdiction to rule on those if there is cause of action.� Right now, the federal judge has to decide if, as the lawsuit claims, Martens violated Lancaster’s civil rights. “What he told us to do is go, prove your case on Tim Martens,

and if that sticks, I’ll rule on state law,� Hubins said. “What we have against Lesley (Regina) is all state law stuff.� Regina has asked to be removed from the lawsuit, but the judge, for now, has refused her request. Silcocks has yet to file a response. Because Silcocks hadn’t responded, a judgment was filed against him, but Hubins said he expects a response from Silcocks’ new attorney, and thinks the judgment will be set aside. Regina, who has an office on Crow Canyon Court, was charged with one count of knowingly receiving records that she was not authorized to possess. Silcocks faces three misdemeanors, computer access and fraud, unauthorized disclosure of confidential information and unauthorized furnishing of a local criminal record. The misdemeanor charges were filed last June and the trial for Regina and Silcocks has been postponed five times. “They are stalling. That’s my opinion,� Hubins said. “I’m guessing they’re trying to negotiate with the D.A. and they don’t like what they’re getting, so they’re stalling.� In court on Tuesday, Regina did not show up, despite being ordered to do so by Judge Jacob Blea III. She has yet to appear in court. Her attorney, John Noonan, told Blea on Tuesday that Regina is still in discussions with the California state bar, which governs attorneys. According to the bar’s rules of conduct, an attorney can be penalized if he or she commits a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, engages in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, or engages in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. Penalties can range from sanc-



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years instead of the 20 years that would be required for the certificates. The drawdown of reserves will come from the the golf course reserve general fund, $2 million; the golf course reserve golf course fund, $1.2 million; the temporary recession reserve fund, $11.2 million, and internal service funds, $6.5 million. Current interest rates on the outstanding certificates are 4.6%, Wagner said, whereas the city is currently earning just under 1% on the reinvestment of city funds that total $204 million. — Jeb Bing


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Pleasanton Seahawks swimming organization, a member of the city’s East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force and is chairwoman of the city’s Heritage Tree board of appeals. She is married to Jeff Narum and the couple has two grown daughters, Jennifer and Lisa, who work on the East Coast. After college, Narum was employed as a chemical engineer, but with the arrival of the couple’s first daughter, she chose to be a stayat-home mom. As both daughters later started swimming with the Pleasanton Seahawks, she volunteered her time to work with the organization, joining its board of directors and eventually becoming president. At the same time, she became active with city and other civic organizations. “Through my service in these groups, I’ve talked with many residents across Pleasanton and gained invaluable knowledge of the issues facing the city and what’s important,� Narum told her supporters. She said her top three priorities as a councilwoman will be to promote the city’s fiscal sustainability, maintain Pleasanton’s high quality of life and preserve and create more parks and open space for all age groups. She also said that another priority of hers will be to improve and beautify Pioneer Cemetery. The cemetery was acquired a few years

ago from the International Order of Odd Fellows by a then-reluctant City Council. The cemetery has no water sprinkler system or caretaker. With regard to one of Narum’s key priorities, fiscal sustainability, she said it’s critical “as it ensures the availability of money to reinvest in our community for capital projects and to help maintain our high quality of life.� “Sometimes, when people talk about fiscal sustainability, they only refer to pension reform,� she said. “However, there are really two parts to fiscal health and we need to look at both: the expense side and revenues.� “With regards to expense, it’s not only pensions we need to look at, but include every line item in the budget,� she added. “To only talk about pension reform ignores the revenue side of the city finances, where I believe opportunities could be missed.� She said that the city’s unfunded pension liabilities are still a major concern, but that reducing them needs to be done in a way that is both fair to employees and to residents and supports the long term fiscal sustainability of the city With regard to municipal revenue, Narum said she will work with the owner of Stoneridge Shopping Center to support its redevelopment to maximize revenues. This would include being proactive in supporting the development of the approximately 250,000 additional square feet for retail that has


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been approved for the mall. At the same time, Narum would encourage owners of older shopping centers to look at revitalizing their properties to make them more attractive so that more Pleasanton residents and those from other cities will shop here. That would

generate more sales tax revenue and keep property values up which will positively impact property tax dollars, she said. Narum also wants to review, update and consolidate the planning documents for the Hacienda Business Park. “These documents have not had a comprehensive review for 20 years,� Narum said. “It’s important that the management of the business park has the ability to attract prospective companies and respond to their needs with an understanding of the process for getting approval of a city application. This should be done now so that we’re ready to respond as the economy improves and we don’t lose opportunities.� As part of seeking municipal revenue growth, Narum said the city will need to simplify its permit process where it makes sense. “We need to keep the focus on this issue so that we continue to challenge ourselves to improve the process, ensure that expectations are clear for all parties involved and avoid unnecessary work where possible,� she said. “I certainly understand and appreciate that time is money as all of you do.� As for preserving the high quality of life in Pleasanton, Narum said that means keeping Pleasanton’s small-town feel. It’s ensuring responsible growth, maintaining the historic downtown, keeping schools great, ensuring public safety and having beautiful parks. She cited the ongoing work of

the East Pleasanton Specific Plan task force that is now considering the best uses for 1,000 acres of mostly undeveloped land east of Valley Avenue and along Busch Road and Stanley Boulevard. “This task force needs to take into account the desires of all residents in terms of the open space, residential needs and retail and commercial development in a balanced approach and in a way that nearby neighborhoods are not burdened by traffic from any development,� Narum said. She also promised that as a member of the City Council, she will support a strong collaboration between the city government and the Pleasanton school district. This could include sharing of resources for activities away from the classroom and also looking for land for new schools if required. Narum said she has heard from many in Pleasanton who say they like and want to retain the smalltown feel of Pleasanton. “Nothing says ‘small town’ more than our downtown,� Narum said. “I served on the downtown Hospitality Task Force, which was formed to identify ways to make our downtown more vibrant.� “It’s important that residents go downtown for shopping, dining and entertainment to support the businesses,� she added. “I support the downtown and will make it a priority to encourage new businesses (there) and to look at ideas to help solve the parking problem in downtown.� N

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There are some unique Social Security benefits available to spouses. Knowing some details will help you maximize the benefit available to you. Let’s look at a hypothetical couple based on the 1950’s American household where Bob is the main bread winner in the family. Bob and Mary are 62 years old. Even if Mary never had a job outside the home that contributed toward Social Security, she’ll receive one-half of Bob’s Social Security retirement benefit amount when Gary Alt he applies for benefits. If she did contribute to Social Security, but her own benefit is still less than one-half of Bob’s, her benefits are combined. Note that Mary’s benefits don’t reduce Bob’s. His benefit is calculated on the average of his highest 35 years of earnings, regardless of whether his wife files for benefits or not. Just because Mary can receive benefits at age 62, that doesn’t

mean that it’s the best financial choice for her. There are several reasons to delay receiving benefits. The first reason is that taking benefits before Mary’s Full Retirement Age (FRA) of 66 reduces her benefit amount by 25%, and that lower payment is permanent. Benefits are reduced by about 6% per year below your FRA. Payments increase about 8% for every year you delay benefits past your FRA, up to age 70. The second reason to delay benefits is if Mary is working. If she earns more than $15,120, her benefits are reduced by $1 for every $2 above that amount. If she expects to earn $20,000 this year and if her monthly benefit is $600, she’ll be paid $4,760 instead of $7,200 for the year. Fortunately, whatever benefits are withheld due to income are recalculated back into her benefit once she reaches her FRA. After reaching her FRA, Mary can earn as much as she wants without reducing her benefits. A third reason to delay is if Bob and Mary earn over $44,000 per year (including investment income), up to 85% of their monthly benefit is taxed. Many people are working later today so delaying

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cores of speakers and several hundred civic, city and regional leaders gathered last week at the 2013 Decision Makers conference, hosted by the Bay Planning Coalition. This “alliance of distinct parties for joint action,” as BPC’s president Scott Warner called it, focuses on Bay Area ports — marine, air, rail and road — the businesses and facilities through which goods and people, the engine of our local economy and prosperity, move in, move on, move through and move out of our region. The assembly at Scott’s Seafood pavilion at Oakland’s Jack London Square, involved mostly stakeholders and experts from around the Bay Area who are working to ensure that this region remains at the forefront of goods movement and transportation innovation. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-13th) praised the “impactful work” that the coalition has done throughout the region over the last 30 years to promote efficient and sustainable infrastructure development. The diversity of participants in last Friday’s conference proved how extensively our regional economy is driven by trade through healthy transportation activities, including the heavy truck traffic on I-580 as it makes its way to and from the Port of Oakland, and the high volume of rail traffic passing through the Valley on Union Pacific tracks. ROGER BAZELEY John Coleman, ex- John Coleman, executive director of the Bay ecutive director of the Planning Coalition, introduces keynote speaker Bay Planning Coalition, Senator Barbara Boxer at last Friday’s “Decision pointed out that we are Makers Conference” in Oakland. seeing real signs that the economy in this area is beginning to improve. With the manufacturing of goods, whether in the electronics, computer, information technology and alternative energy sectors involving the Lawrence Livermore and Sandia laboratories, the Tri-Valley’s largest employers, our success and sustainable economic growth is increasingly dependent on interlocking activities by businesses and services in the Bay Area. The coalition, whose sponsors and members are mainly from energy and engineering companies in Oakland, San Francisco and on the Peninsula, considers as its responsibility the fueling of the area’s economic engine and jobs. Those at the conference weren’t disappointed as top economists, engineers, scientists, regulators, private investors, manufacturers of goods, the movers of these goods and a number of political insiders joined Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressman Eric Swalwell and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan as the Bay Planning Coalition celebrated three decades of accomplishments in reducing costs, delays and uncertainties for Bay development projects. Federal and state laws and plans call for the continued development of the Bay Area while protecting its natural resources. These laws require timely procedures for the many public agencies to review and act on permit applications. We know that permitting delays have added costs in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as agencies impose new restrictions and regulatory delays. The Bay Planning Coalition deserves praise for its efforts to increase productivity. Except for Swalwell, who talked about the Tri-Valley’s growing political influence in Bay Area affairs much to the surprise of many at the coalition’s conference, there were no cities or businesses from this area at the meeting. We hope that will change in future Bay Planning Coalition assemblies and workshops when more representatives from the Tri-Valley can attest to the work under way here with regard to transportation, water and environmental technologies that we have to offer. N

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Like mother, like daughter

First place — Cynthia Howard, daughter Tuesdai Powers

Weekly celebrates Mother’s Day with its annual lookalike contest BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

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Second place — Laura Paraschak, daughter Nalani Scates

uesdai Powers, 44, has been told her entire life that she looks like her mother, Cynthia Howard.

“She used to work as a checker at Safeway, the Santa Rita store, and I worked near Koll Center, and I would go to lunch and people would be staring at me,” Tuesdai recalled. “One time I was going to refinance my house and the guy was shocked, I could tell. I said, ‘You know my mom, she works at Safeway.’” They are this year’s winners in the Pleasanton Weekly 2013 MotherDaughter Lookalike Contest. “Our voices are even the same, which got me out of school often,” Tuesdai said with a laugh.

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“I look a lot like my dad, too, my dad’s side of the family,” she added. “Mom and dad look like brother and sister.” Her sister Quaker Varin looks nothing like them but her outgoing personality matches their mom’s, Tuesdai said. “Mom was one of most outgoing checkers at Safeway,” she explained. “She would even drive people home. She is very, very outgoing.” Tuesdai lives in Castro Valley with her husband, Chris Smith, and daughters Riley, 12, and Chloe, 6, who, she noted, do not share the maternal resemblance. “They look a lot like their dad,” Tuesdai said. Cynthia retired about 10 years ago from Safeway, is now single, and lives in Brentwood. But she comes to Pleasanton often to visit her boyfriend, Ray

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Thank you to everyone who participated, and to the moms: Happy Mother’s Day. Brown, who has lived here for more than 50 years. “She’s in Pleasanton all the time so she saw the contest in the paper, and I said, ‘I totally want to win,’” Tuesdai said. Tuesdai comes to the Pleasanton Sports Park two nights a week in the summertime to play softball, which Cynthia and Ray enjoy watching. Second-place winners in the lookalike contest were mother Laura Paraschak and daughter Nalani Scates.

“I call her my ‘mini-me,’” Laura said. Nalani, 14, is a freshman at Foothill High and pitches for its varsity softball team. Laura said that although they look alike, their personalities are different. “She’s more outgoing than me,” Laura said. “We sound alike but she’s very, very social.” As the years pass, the resemblance may grow. “My sister and I look a lot alike,” Laura said. “She’s a year older, and people used to ask if we were twins.” The Weekly received 42 entries into the lookalike contest this year and more than 1,000 votes were cast online for the winners. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to the moms: Happy Mother’s Day. “We are so excited to win,” said Tuesdai. “People always said we look alike.” N

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Everyone can learn to sing, says Bee Chow, artistic director of Cantabella Children’s Chorus, just like everyone learns how to read. And it is best to begin young. “That’s my philosophy and my greatest joy — getting kids who have no idea how to use their voice, getting them to learn to match pitches,” Chow said. “I sang in choirs all my life and my major was in music education. I think I’m very good working with kids and showing them step by step how to achieve.” Chow founded the Cantabella Children’s Chorus in 1992. “It started in my living room Cantabella with 10 kids, and two of them were my own, an Spring Concert 8-year-old girl and my 6-year-old son,” she What: Great ‘Britten’ recalled. “Singing to Korea is everyone’s first instrument — it Who: Cantabella always goes with Children’s Choir them.” “This year we When: 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., have about 225 Saturday, May 18 kids in total, rehearsing in three Where: First Presbyterian different locaChurch, 2020 Fifth St., tions,” she said. Livermore “We started in Livermore, expanded Advance tickets: $17 to Pleasanton, then adults; $8 youths 2-17. to Dublin two years Order at www. ago. Pleasanton by far has the most students.” Each of the locations has training choirs for children in grades K-5; and performing choirs for 4th-12th grade, which include the Children’s Choir, Chamber Choir and Honors/Touring Choir. All will join together next week to present their spring concert, “Great ‘Britten’ to Korea,” a tribute to British composer Benjamin Britten on his 100th birthday as well as a performance of the pieces Cantabella will perform this summer in Korea. “What excites me the most is we are joining the rest of the world choruses throughout the world in celebrating Benjamin Britten’s 100th year,” Chow said. “He wrote for all ages and different genres, instrumental to choral, and was one of the great composers who also took the time to write for children.” The invitation from World Vision to take part in its 2013 International Children’s Choir Festival in Korea means the first performances out of the country for the chorus although its choirs have traveled throughout the United States. “World Vision tackles causes of poverty and injustice around the world,” Chow said. “It has had a campaign since 2000 to promote children’s rights. ‘Imagine a World Where Children Are Safe’ is the theme, and we are proud to be part of that effort.” Cantabella will perform with eight choirs from around the world, leaving July 25 and returning Aug. 4. The 26 members participating are learning the faPage 16ÊUÊMay 10, 2013ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly


Cantabella Children’s Chorus has training choirs for children in grades K-5 and performing choirs for grades 4-12, but all 225 members join in for the spring concert, which is May 18. Above left, Cantabella performs the “The Piper of Hamlin” in 2010. This summer they will present Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera, “Noye’s Fludde.”

mous Korean folksong A-Ri-Rang, which they will perform in a mass performance with the others at the end of the festival after appearing in communities throughout Korea. “Last year we traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, for the World Choir Games,” Chow said. “They were patterned on the Olympics, with 20,000 people in competition. We went for the first time and brought home two silver medals so we didn’t do too badly.” This summer Cantabella will present “Noye’s Fludde”

(“Noah’s Flood”) by Benjamin Britten, one of the few children’s operas. For more information on joining the choirs, visit www. “For ages kindergarten through fifth grade, we don’t even audition them,” Chow said. “They just sign up, tell us what grade they are in, what background they have, and based on what information their parents give us, we just place them.” N


Enjoy wine and roses on Mother’s Day Everything’s coming up roses on Sunday, Mother’s Day, as rose enthusiasts gather at the Senior Center to share their prize blooms. It’s the 73rd annual Pleasanton Rose Show, known as “the people’s show� because anyone can bring roses from their home garden to enter. For many years, Pleasanton rosegrowers have brought the best from their gardens to a community rose show to be enjoyed by others and to be judged against their petaled peers. It all started in the 1930s when banker Harry Harding gave his customers rose bushes in appreciation for their business. Continuing the reciprocation, the customers would bring back blooms in the springtime for him. The beauty and fragrance that spread throughout the bank inspired Harding to start the Pleasanton Rose Show so everyone could share the loveliness. The show eventually outgrew the bank and moved to other venues including the Century House on Santa Rita. In 2011, it was held at the library, then last year it moved to the Senior Center. Somewhere along the line, the roses began to be judged. The show wasn’t held for a few years until a trio of women, who call themselves the Rosettes, decid-

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What: 73rd annual Pleasanton Rose Show When: 2-5 p.m., Sunday, May 12 Where: Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public



Roses are on display for everyone to enjoy on Mother’s Day at the Pleasanton Rose Show.

ed to bring it back seven years ago. The women, Leslie Faught, Marti Gilbert and Joyce Jones, are Alain Pinel Realtors, which sponsors the show. The city of Pleasanton has also joined in. “When we first started out about we probably had about 400 people come through the Century House, and at the library we’ve actually had up to 2,000 people come through, over 400 entries,� said Jones in an interview on Tri-Valley Community Television last year. Because of the growth, the event moved to the Senior Center last year. Also the city became a sponsor,

VFW resurrects swing era at Tea Dances Stop by Wednesday to enjoy old favorites BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013 10AM - 4 PM

A rose is a rose

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., for an afternoon Tea Dance on Wednesday, May 15. The Mellotones Combo will play dance music, with Joe Buonsante crooning as well as playing light percussion. “We play a variety of songs — samba, tango, rhumbas,� Buonsante said. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 has sponCONTRIBUTED sored these Tea Dances for VFW Tea Dances feature music from the the last two months, and Swing Era by the Mellotones Combo. Buonsante said they draw mostly folks older than 60. “But some are around 50,� he noted. Buonsante himself is 80, a veteran of the Korean War. He began singing at the age of 13 after walking into a movie theater and observing Frank Sinatra in action. He was a teacher by profession, in Pleasanton elementary and middle schools. The other Mellotones members play piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet and saxophone, in this and other bands in the area. The Pleasanton Senior Center used to host Tea Dances, as did the Dublin Senior Center, which halted them due to budget cuts. Pleasanton’s VFW was motivated to host them with the Mellotones. “They play what some might call the Great American Songbook, that is, popular tunes of stage, screen and radio, plus all-time favorites from the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s,� said spokesman Pat Leary. “They are a good time,� Leary added. “The music is a lot of fun — lot’s of memories.� Dancing begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues until 3. Cost is $7, which includes a light lunch. From Moonglow to Volare to the Tea for Two Cha Cha, join the VFW to dance or tap your toes to the music. N

which allowed the Rose Show to add even more features, Gilbert said. The schedule for Sunday is as follows: ■Exhibitor registration: 8-10 a.m. ■ Judging: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ■ Show opens: 2-5 p.m. ■ Awards ceremony: 2:30 p.m. This year’s Rose Show will again include wine tasting for $5 featuring Little Valley Winery of Pleasanton. N

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Free Maternity Education Seminar Presented by: Laura Silverstein, MD Rebecca Stone, MD ValleyCare Medical Foundation OB/GYNs Date: May 29, 2013 Time: 6:30 PM Location: ValleyCare Medical Center 5555 W. Las Positas Blvd 2 West Conference Room Pleasanton Please join us for a free education seminar where ValleyCare physicians will discuss important issues related to pregnancy, including staying healthy during pregnancy. Drs. Laura Silverstein and Rebecca Stone will also cover when to schedule your first visit to confirm pregnancy, what to expect during this visit and subsequent visits, as well as answer any questions you may have. We invite you to register for this seminar by calling the ValleyCare Health Information line at 1-800-719-9111 or visit our website at educationseminars.

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POLICE BULLETIN Five face charges in shopliftings Maria Clarissa Ronas, 41, of Daly City was arrested for burglary, conspiracy and use of identity theft at about 9:10 p.m. May 3 at Nordstrom in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road. Two other suspects were not arrested, but their names were forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for potential charges. The arrest came after loss prevention watched the three doing an extensive — and expensive — return of three handbags valued at a total of $3,354. Two other people were arrested for burglary in separate incidents in recent days stemming from shoplifting incidents. A 16-year-old female from Fairfield was arrested for burglary after stealing 4 bottles of perfume valued at $328 from J.C. Penney in the Stoneridge Shopping Center in an incident about 6:39 p.m. May 2.

Joseph Williamson, 23, of Hayward was taken into custody for burglary and public drunkenness in a May 2 incident at Sport Chalet. Williamson was arrested at about 4:45 p.m. after grabbing a $29.99 backpack and trying to leave without paying. Typically, a shoplifting arrest can be elevated to burglary if a person enters a store with the intent to steal. UÊ-ˆ`˜iÞÊ ˆvvœÀ`ʈ]ÊÓÇ]ʜvÊ ÕLlin, was arrested for misappropriation of lost or stolen property at about 12:45 a.m. May 4 in the 5200 block of Hopyard Road for not returning credits cards he told police he found. An officer saw Hill, discovered he was on probation with a search clause, and a search revealed he had credit cards from other people in his wallet. Hill was on probation for possession of stolen property and the case remains under investigation. UÊ >ÕÀi˜Ê ˆ˜`ÃiÞÊ >ÀVˆ>]Ê Ó{]Ê œvÊ Pleasanton, was arrested for possessing four counterfeit $20 bills. Ê ÌÀ>vvˆVÊ Ã̜«Ê >ÌÊ >LœÕÌÊ £Ó\£ÇÊ «°“°Ê

May 2 in the 4200 block of First Street led to the discovery of the bogus bills. UÊ ,œV…iÊ œÀ}>˜]Ê xä]Ê œvÊ iÜ>ÀŽ]Ê was arrested at DMV in the 6900 LœVŽÊ œvÊ 7°Ê >ÃÊ *œÃˆÌ>ÃÊ œÕiÛ>À`Ê for receiving stolen property at >LœÕÌÊÈ\äxÊ«°“°Ê>ÞÊÇ° Morgan was arrested after an employee called police about suspicious people; an officer contacted them and found a laptop that had been reported stolen in Eureka in 2010. UÊ/…iÊvÀœ˜ÌÊ`œœÀʜvÊÊ-“œ}Ê-…œ«Êˆ˜Ê the 3500 block of Utah Street had its lock bypassed overnight May 2 and $204 cash was stolen, along with a smog technician’s card. The theft took place between 5:10 p.m. May 2 and 8:45 a.m. May 3. UÊ ˜Ê >Ê >ÞÊ ÈÊ LÕÀ}>ÀÞ]Ê f£ääÊ V>Ã…Ê was stolen from a home in the 1400 block of Calle Enrique beÌÜii˜ÊÇ\ÎäÊ>°“°Ê>˜`ÊÇÊ«°“°ÆÊi˜ÌÀÞÊ to the home was through a sliding glass door, which had been left unlocked. Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.

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

May 1 Theft ■ 8:49 a.m. in the 2000 block of Olivia Court; fraud ■ 12:17 p.m. in the 4200 block of First Street; fraud ■ 5:09 p.m. in the 5900 block of Stoneridge Mall Road ■ 9:25 p.m. in the 6000 block of Corte Encinas Drug/alcohol violations ■ 7:48 p.m. in the 500 block of Peters Avenue; under the influence of drugs ■ 11:23 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street; public drunkenness

May 2 Theft ■ 4:50 a.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive; auto theft ■ 11:40 a.m. in the 1100 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting ■ 12:42 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive ■ 3:08 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Auto burglary ■ 11:06 a.m. in the 1700 block of Santa Rita Road Vandalism ■ 6:45 a.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Avenue Drug/alcohol violations ■ 12:03 a.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street; public drunkenness ■ 1:36 a.m. in the 500 block of Main Street; public drunkenness ■ 2:36 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; methamphetamine possession, paraphernalia possession ■ 6:54 p.m. at the intersection of Foothill Road and W. Las Positas Boulevard; DUI ■ 11:04 p.m. in the 900 block of Main Street; public drunkenness, malicious mischief

May 3 Theft ■ 12:52 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive ■ 2:00 p.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive; auto theft ■ 7:46 p.m. in the 5500 block of Johnson Drive; theft from structure Auto burglary ■ 11:00 a.m. in the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive Drug violations


James Peter Campana Sept. 3, 1926-April 26, 2013 James Campana, 86, of Sonora, CA died peacefully on Friday, April 26. He was born to the late Arthur and Katherine Campana, September 3, 1926, San Francisco, CA. Jim attended Balboa High School and was written up in the SF Chronicle as “the Tommy Dorsey of Balboa High.” He received a BA and MA in Music in 1956 from San Francisco State University. He was married 59 years to his late wife Rosemary, and they lived in Pleasanton for 37 years before retiring to Sonora, CA in 1996. Page 18ÊUÊMay 10, 2013ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

12:29 a.m. in the 4200 block of Hopyard Road; under the influence of drugs

May 4 Theft ■ 9:41 a.m. in the 3200 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; fraud ■ 10:47 a.m. in the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; auto theft ■ 11:39 a.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue; bicycle theft ■ 6:06 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting ■ 9:56 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Battery ■ 11:49 a.m. in the 400 block of Main Street Drug/alcohol violations ■ 1:50 a.m. in the 3700 block of Hopyard Road; paraphernalia possession ■ 1:57 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Koll Center Parkway; DUI

May 5 Shoplifting ■ 4:24 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road DUI ■ 1:48 a.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue

May 6 Theft ■ 9:31 a.m. in the 6300 block of Paseo Santa Maria; fraud ■ 10:09 a.m. in the 7700 block of Canyon Meadows Circle; auto theft ■ 1:56 p.m. in the 3900 block of Stoneridge Drive; bicycle theft ■ 2:09 p.m. in the 5000 block of Franklin Drive; theft from structure ■ 4:19 p.m. in the 3200 block of Vineyard Avenue

May 7 Child abuse ■ 8:18 a.m. in the 700 block of Rose Avenue Theft ■ 12:27 p.m. in the 3700 block of Stoneridge Drive; bicycle theft ■ 12:56 p.m. in the 3100 block of Berkshire Court ■ 2:26 p.m. in the 8000 block of Golden Eagle Way ■ 7:55 p.m. in the 1700 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

Jim was hired in 1959 as the Band Director at Amador, and taught until he retired in 1979. Mr. C. was passionate about making a difference in his students’ lives. In 1975 he founded the Amador Valley Jazz Festival and after his retirement, it was renamed the Campana Jazz Festival, which he attended faithfully every year. Jim was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church of Sonora, and SIRS. He traveled with his wife, family, and friends throughout his retirement. He enjoyed playing golf and dining at Caesar’s Restaurant of San Francisco with family and friends. Jim is survived by four children: Lisa Garon, of Pleasanton, Terri Campana, of Palenville, NY, Tina Wilbur, of Sonora, Paul Campana, of Fremont, and five grandchildren. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. May 16th at GrahamHitch Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass, May 17th at 10 a.m., St. Augustine’s Church in Pleasanton. A Memorial Reception will follow the mass at the Pleasanton Hotel (Handles Gastropub).


Author Visits

AUTHOR VISITS THE BERRY PATCH Local author Sarah Jane will launch her children’s picture book, “Hope’s Garden�, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at the Berry Patch, 350 Main St., # A. Learn how you, like Hope, can grow your own garden from seed! Call 413-0546.


CLUTTERLESS SPECIAL SPEAKER Sandy and Jim Trout will discuss “Setting Up Your Plan of Action� and “Organizing Your Project� at a special open ClutterLess meeting, at 7 p.m., Monday, May 13, at St. Mary and St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador. RSVP at 525-3992, or ClutterlessPleasanton@


PACIFIC CHAMBER SYMPHONY The Pacific Chamber Symphony concert, featuring pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, will begin at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Cost is $30-$45, students $7. Call 373-6800. SMOKEY ROBINSON Smokey Robinson will perform his Motown hits and share stories about his music and legendary career at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San

Ramon. Visit or call 973-3343.



Tomorrow: The Big Draw

73RD ANNUAL PLEASANTON ROSE SHOW The 73rd Annual Pleasanton Rose Show will be 2-5 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Exhibit entry and judging 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Pleasanton and Alain Pinel Realtors. Go to www. or call 251-1111. COME SHOP AND NETWORK GNON (Girls Night Out Networking) is offering ladies a chance to mingle and shop at Kali Kouture, from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at 1883 Second St., Livermore. $10 for members; $15, non-members. RSVP by May 14 at HAPPY HOUR IN PLEASANTON The Widow and Widowers of Northern California invite you to join for Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Sheraton Hotel, Pleasanton. RSVP to Marge at 8285124 or by May 14. MEETING FOR VFW POST 75 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Post 75, will next meet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville. Contact Post Commander Ernie Petagara at 362-9806.

WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES Human Services Commission Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue UĂŠ,iĂ›ÂˆiĂœĂŠÂœvĂŠՓ>Â˜ĂŠ-iĂ€Ă›ÂˆViĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜iĂ€Â˝ĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂŒĂŒiiĂŠ Assignments UĂŠÂŤÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂŠ œ˜`Ă•VĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ>ĂŠÂœÂˆÂ˜ĂŒĂŠiiĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂˆĂ›iĂ€Â“ÂœĂ€iĂŠ Փ>Â˜ĂŠ-iĂ€Ă›ÂˆViĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜

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Street artist Chris Pasadis will be creating chalk art at The Big Draw on Saturday, an arts celebration sponsored by the city and the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council. Enjoy art of all kinds, plus a rummage sale and more from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Railroad Avenue and Division Street. Visit www. for a complete schedule. Proceeds beneďŹ t the Arts in the Schools Grant Program SAY GOODBYE TO MR. JIM HANSEN Amador Valley High School PTSA invites you to say goodbye to departing principal Jim Hansen, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at The Wine Steward, 641 Main St. Enjoy a glass of wine with Mr. Hansen and light hors d’oeuvres at the wine bar. Cost is $20 before May 8, $25 after. Contact to RSVP.




ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION The annual Juried Student Exhibition runs May 15-June 8, starting with an opening reception, 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at CSU East Bay Art Gallery, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Parking is $2-$10. Contact (510) 885-3299 or

Eddie Papa’s American Hangout 4889 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, 469-6266. Winner of The Pleasanton Weekly’s Reader Choice Awards for “Best American Food,� “Best Meal under $20� and “Best Kid Friendly Restaurant,� Eddie Papa’s American Hangout celebrates the regional food and beverage cultures of America. Bring the whole family to enjoy iconic dishes from across the United States, Old World Hospitality, and hand crafted artisan cocktails. To have your restaurant listed in this dining directory, please call the Pleasanton Weekly Advertising Department at (925) 600-0840

Public Notice The Board of Directors of ValleyCare Health System (The Committee for the Livermore Pleasanton Areas, Inc.) unanimously ratiďŹ ed the Nominating Committee’s selection of individuals for the four Board positions to be voted upon at ValleyCare’s Annual Meeting of its corporate members on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The following nominees for the 2013–2016 term are as follows: At Large

Jim Summers


Janet Cristiano


Tim Weaver

Physician Seat C

John Louie, MD

A Corporate member may be nominated by petition submitted before 5 pm on Friday, May 31, 2013 to the Secretary of the Board, signed by twenty-ďŹ ve (25) or more members of the Hospital Corporation. The petition must contain the written consent of the candidate and designate which area he/she is representing (Pleasanton, Livermore, At Large, Physician).

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Cooking Camps at Pans on Fire 3059-JK Hopyard Road Pleasanton, CA 94588 (925) 600-7267 www.pansonďŹ info@pansonďŹ Sizzle! It’s HOT in the kitchen this summer with week-long cooking camps where kids (ages 8 and older) and teens can explore world cuisines, create a restaurant concept, and cook like a Food Network star or a Disney princess. Week-long half-day camps include snacks and a full meal, plus an adult ticket to the Friday gala buffet. Early Bird registration through May 1 and other incentives. Only time for a one-day program? Check out our special 4th of July week classes. Off to college? Our College Boot Camp class will give you survival culinary skills. Visit the website for details.


enGAGE! Summer Enrichment Camp at Harvest Park Middle School (925) 577-6981 enGAGE! Summer Enrichment Camp inspires kids to stretch themselves beyond grade level standards and use higher order thinking skills to become creative problem solvers. enGAGE! students thrive with time and encouragement to deeply investigate topics of interest and learn to ask questions that will lead to a lifetime of discovery. Two-week or four-week options for incoming 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Courses include Creative Writing Through Creative Reading, Brain Fitness Through Art, Creative Problem Solving, Music Production, Digital Arts & Animation, Basic Programming, LEGO NXT Robotics and Kinesiology for Kids. Session 1 is June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, July 1, 2 & 3 and Session 2 is July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 & 18. Hours are 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.


Fashion Design & Sewing Camp @ KIDZ KRAFTZ! 7690 Quail Creek Cir., Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 271-0015 Focus on sewing stylish, wearable clothing, accessories, craft and jewelry projects, while introducing children to fashion design concepts, sewing techniques, basic pattern manipulation and fashion illustration. Sewing machines and notions provided. FREE fabric for ďŹ rst day of the camp. Pizza Party on last day of the camp. Early Bird Registration Special, as well as many Discount options available.


Roughing It Day Camp PO Box 1266 Orinda, CA 94563 (925) 283-3795 Roughing It is a traditional all-outdoor day camp located at the Lafayette Res-


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ervoir for children ages 4 to 16. Free transportation from 2 stops in Pleasanton and 26 other Tri-Valley, East Bay, and SF locations. Free extended care. Our sessions are designed for social growth, skill development, friendship and fun. Skill based instruction in horseback riding, swimming, waterfront activities, and more. Helping children grow in wonderful ways for over 40 years! Programs include: Day Camp (4 & 8-week sessions), Horse Day Camp (2-week sessions), and Outdoor Explorers (1-week sessions). Three great programs for younger campers. Sessions run June 24th through August 23rd.


Sylvan Summer Scholars Sylvan Learning Center 6654 Koll Center Parkway Suite #185 Pleasanton, CA 94566 Contact Sue 925-485-1000 or Avoid summer learning loss and provide enrichment for you K-12 student with our Sylvan Summer Scholars Program (36 Hours) or our Sylvan Summer Sampler (12 Hours.) We offer excellent programs in beginning reading, academic reading, math, writing and study skills. These programs will help your student be better prepared to start school strong academically in the fall. Our Connections to Algebra program and our Foundations for Geometry program help your student smoothly transition into the next level of math. Our programs are individualized for your student. Our motivation program helps build students skills and conďŹ dence! Sylvan’s exible hours allow you to set up a schedule that will work with your summer schedule. Call us today to discuss the Sylvan advantage that makes learning feel good!


Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church 1225 Hopyard Road Pleasanton, CA 94566 (925) 846-6363 Register: www. Join us June 17-21 from 9:00 a.m. noon for an epic adventure as Trinity Lutheran Church of Pleasanton hosts Kingdom Rock — Where Kids Stand Strong for God! This fun and educational Vacation Bible School (VBS) program is open to youth who will be 4 years old by 9/1/13 through youth entering 5th grade. The cost is $60/child or $120/family. To register, visit and click on the VBS button. The website will give you more information about this great week of VBS that is approaching.

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EARLY ALERT CANINES FIRST ANNUAL 4-2-1 WALK Four paws, two feet, one cause: funding goes to help train diabetic alert canines and place them with diabetics in the community. 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Life Technologies, 6055 Sunol Blvd. Preregistration $15, day of event registration $20. Call 349-5190 or go to MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST The Pleasanton Chapter Order of DeMolay will hold its Mother’s Day Breakfast 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11, at Pleasanton Masonic Center, 3370 Hopyard Road. Proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. Cost is $9. Contact 895-1832 or web@norcaldemolay. com.


MOTHER’S DAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH Join Elliston Vineyards in celebration of Mother’s Day. Treat her to a delicious Bottomless Champagne Brunch Buffet, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Elliston Vineyards, 463 Kilkare Road, Sunol. Cost is $45 adults, $20 children. Contact 862-2377 or

Kids & Teens

ICE CREAM SOCIAL Using time tested recipes and human energy, you can concoct yummy ice cream the old fashioned way. Come 12:30-1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Rd. Ages 5-12. Cost is $3. Preregistration required at using the code 54769. Call 931-3483 for details.

Lectures/ Workshops

GARDEN TALKS AT DEMO GARDEN The ACMG Livermore Demo Garden, 3575 Greenville Road, holds monthly Saturday Garden

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Tour benefits animals 10 private gardens on display for 8th annual event The Valley Humane Society is presenting its eighth annual Hidden Gardens of the Valley tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, May 19, a fundraiser to beneďŹ t their cats and dogs looking for homes. For $35, participants can visit 10 private CONTRIBUTED gardens at their own speed on this selfSpring flowers are in bloom for guided tour, looking for inspiration for the Hidden Gardens of the Valtheir own gardens or just to enjoy. Tickets ley tour, which benefits the Valcan be purchased online at http://valley Humane Society., at the Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., nurseries including Alden Lane, Armstrong Garden Center and Western Garden, Town and Country Veterinary Hospital and Towne Center Books. The tour will take place May 19, rain or shine. Talks: April 13 is “Selecting Low Water Shrubsâ€?; May 11, “Selecting Ornamental Grassesâ€?; and June 8, “Attracting Honeybees.â€? All talks are 10-11 a.m. and are free.

tale “Ramayana,� at 7:30 p.m., Fridays, May 10-17; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, May 11-18; and 2 p.m., Sundays, May 12-19. Tickets are $6-$18, and available at or 9314848.

Live Music


BONFIGLIO-BEDROSSIAN-ANDERSON TRIO Enjoy a Mother’s Day treat with Bonfiglio-BedrossianAnderson Trio performing music by Beethoven, Muczynski, Bruch and Brahms at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1893 N. Vasco Road, Livermore. A suggested donation of $15-$25 will benefit the Unitarian Universalist Church Youth Program.

DANCESCAPE SOCIAL DANCE The CoolTones Big Band have been heating up dance floors for years, so join in from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, at Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Refreshments and prizes too. Tickets $10-$12 before May 9, $13 at the door. Contact 556-4511 or seniorctr@dublin.

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SPORTS DIGEST Dons win varsity volleyball title The Amador Valley boys varsity volleyball team staged a comefrom-behind victory to take the East Bay Athletic League title, beating Foothill High after being down two games. AVHS won the last three games, including coming back from a deficit in the fourth that could have cost them the title. The Dons won the last three games, including erasing a late deficit in the fourth, to win the EBAL title, 27-29, 14-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-12. The win also will give Amador Valley a higher seeding in Division I playoffs.

Rage U-15 takes championship title

U11 Pride Girls Lacrosse undefeated in league U11 Pleasanton Pride Girls Lacrosse White team is undefeated in its league, with a record of 13-0. The U11 White went a perfect 13-0 in league play, battling clubs all over the Bay Area from Woodside and Novato and all along the Valley. The Pride finished its league run on May 5 in Concord with a 5-3 win against the Walnut Creek Warriors. Back: Coaches Jen Murphy and Kelly French. Top row (left to right): Ainsley Hasty, Kaitlyn Sweeney, Sophia Shiblaq, Catherine Murphy, Isabella Mayo, Julia Borchers, Megan Guerra, Bella Foster, Sophie Keegan, Middle row (left to right): Eva Bull, Mady Sweeney, Lilly August, Victoria Frentz, Grace French, Lilly Cloutier, Bottom row (left to right): Marley Diligent, Maille Smith, Kalena Johnson, Alexis Bayani, Lily Manos, Missing: Annika Sodergren, Quynhlan Nguyen.

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The Pleasanton Rage Under 15 girls beat the ACC Mavericks 3 to 1 on May 5 to win the Northern California State Cup Soccer Championship. In play at Turlock, the ACC Mavericks scored first and held on to that lead going into halftime. The Pleasanton Rage Premier team came out of halftime to score three unanswered goals in the second half, winning the Northern Califor-

PREP LINE-UP May 10 ■ Baseball: 4 p.m., Amador vs. California, home ■ Baseball: 4 p.m., Foothill vs. Monte Vista, away ■ Boys Lacrosse: 7 p.m., Foothill vs. Amador, home ■ Girls Lacrosse: 7 p.m., Foothill vs. Amador, away ■ Girls Lacrosse: 7 p.m., Amador vs. Foothill, home ■ Boys Lacrosse: 7 p.m., Amador vs. Foothill, away

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nia State Gold Cup. The Pleasanton Rage U15 Girls’ road to the state cup started in midApril with a win over the Alliance FC Devils by a score of 3 to 1 in Morgan Hill and a 3-to-0 win over the San Ramon Azuri.

San Ramon sweeps Amador in swimming All four Amador Valley swim teams — varsity and junior varsity, boys and girls — were bested by the San Ramon Valley Wolves in a recent competition. After the 100 fly, it appeared that the Amador Valley Varsity boys swimming and diving team had a chance to upset San Ramon Valley, but the Wolves proved too deep and talented and the Dons fell 10382. The Dons stayed close to the powerful San Ramon Valley varsity girls swimming and diving team, but in the end, Amador Valley dropped a 112-73 decision. A strong San Ramon Valley team proved too much for the Amador Valley JV boys swimming and diving team and they lost 108-75. The loss was the Dons first in an EBAL meet this season. And after winning five straight EBAL swimming and diving meets, the Amador Valley JV girls finally met their match and fell to San Ramon Valley 132-51.

■ Softball: 4 p.m., Amador vs. San Ramon, away

May 15 ■ Baseball: 4 p.m., Amador vs. San Ramon Valley, away ■ Baseball: 4 p.m., Foothill vs. California, away

May 16 ■ Softball: 4 p.m., Foothill vs. Amador, home ■ Softball: 4 p.m., Amador vs. Foothill, away

May 17 ■ Baseball: 4 p.m., Amador vs. Foothill, away ■ Baseball: 4 p.m., Foothill vs. Amador, home

■ Softball: 4 p.m., Foothill vs. California, away




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RRA LLC DBA CALIFORNIA SHINE CO. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 477028 The following person(s) doing business as: RRA LLC DBA California Shine Co., 7090 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): RRA LLC DBA California Shine Co., 7090 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is conducted by a Limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 04/09/2013. Signature of Registrant: Hector Rodriguez-President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 04/09/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, Apr. 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2013)

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Realtors urge preserving home ownership tax policies 65% of families who claim deduction earn less than $100,000 per year, association president says BY JEB BING

As Congress pursues comprehensive tax reform, it should focus on doing no harm to housing and America’s 75 million homeowners by maintaining current tax laws for home ownership and real estate investment, the National Association of Realtors told Congress this week. NAR President Gary Thomas testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee concerning federal tax provisions that affect residential real estate. Thomas said that home ownership has had long-standing support in the country because of its many benefits to individuals and families, communities and to the nation’s economy. “Realtors know that home ownership is an investment in your future and for many people, owning a home helps them gain a foothold into the middle class,� said Thomas, who is the broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. “NAR remains committed to preserving the current tax measures for home ownership so that millions of Americans can continue to build the kind of financial security that owning a home can provide,� he added. In his testimony, Thomas said the current tax code contains housing-related provisions

that help facilitate home ownership, build wealth for families and provide stability to communities. Altering these policies could marginalize current and future home buyers as well as jeopardize the nascent housing recovery and the overall economy. He urged specific support for maintaining the current deduction for home mortgage interest. The mortgage interest deduction helps many families become home owners, which is the foundation for a healthy middle class, and it is vital to the health and stability of housing markets. The mortgage interest deduction primarily benefits middle- and lower income families. Sixty five percent of families who claim the deduction earn less than $100,000 per year, and as a percentage of income, the biggest beneficiaries are younger middle-class families. “The mortgage interest deduction makes sustainable home ownership more affordable for millions of middle-class families; these families are the nation’s backbone,� he said. He continued, “Protecting these hard-working Americans should be Congress’ top priority as it pursues comprehensive tax reform. On behalf of our one million Realtor members and millions of homeowners, we urge Congress to do no harm to housing.� N

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8127 Via Zapata Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker

3 BEDROOMS 1605 Brush Creek Place Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$748,888 847-2200

5 BEDROOMS 140 Westwich St Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$925,000 837-4100

Dublin 3 BEDROOMS 6561 Mariposa Sat 1-4 Bhg Tri-valley Realty

$575,000 463-9500

$699,900 847-2200


1165 Meadow Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$498,000 847-2200


3 BEDROOMS $624,950 577-2600


$499,000 426-9094

$565,000 397-4200

4101 Stanley Blvd Sat 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$599,000 314-1111

243 Lloyd St Sat 1:30-4:30

$569,000 251-1111

1521 Oxsen St Sat 1-4/Sun 12-2

$595,000 998-7747


Sun 1-4


Jill Denton


Fabulous Properties


979 Oak Manor


Sun 1-4

889 Del Norte Dr Sat 12-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley


$1,438,000 Cindy Gee

2996 W Ruby Hill Dr

3191 Delicado Ct Sat 1-4 Liz Sullivan 3 BEDROOMS

Alain Pinel Realtors

7985 Paragon Cir Sat/Sun 1-4


1067 Hollice Lane Sat/Sun 1-4 Kathy Westernoff


Doug Buenz


5 BEDROOMS 959 Oak Manor


Sun 1-4

Tom Fox


Visit for sales information, current listings and open homes. For marketing opportunities call Carol Cano at 600-0840, x226.

TOP PRODUCER Caring Professional Hardworking 7985 Paragon Cir

Just Listed! Open Sat/Sun 1-4

This rarely available single-story Ascona home in Ruby Hill offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and approximately 2,627 square feet on an 8,386 square foot lot with a 3-car garage. The single story Monterey Spanish design home features a front courtyard fountain sitting area for enjoyment of the amazing views. Elegant living areas include marble tile entry, dramatic volume ceilings with gorgeous crown molding, two fireplaces, raised-panel doors, and designer lighting. Well appointed kitchen includes granite slab counters, large center island, raised-panel alder cabinetry, recessed lighting and a breakfast nook. Master suite includes dramatic coffered ceiling, walk-in closet and spacious master bath with double vanities, whirlpool bath, and separate stall shower. Sold by the Fabulous Properties Team at Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty Donna Garrison (925) 980-0273 or Susan Schall (925) 519-8226.

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OPE S A DV IS O R S 925-699–4377

REALTORS Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty 510-421-2836

NMLS 30878 License 00907071

LIC# 01149252

349 Main Street #203, Pleasanton

Irma Lopez

Teresa M. ConnorsÂŽ

Senior Mortgage Advisor direct: 925.397.4390 cell: 408.476.7118


Keller Williams Tri-Valley Realty

(925) 315-9616

Pending! LAGUNA OAKS, RESORT STYLE LIVING. Pool, Tennis, Parks and more!

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2577 Arlotta Place

Realtor, Notary

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Branch Manager / Mortgage Advisor direct: 925.397.4141 cell: 925.381.8190 CA DRE #01505858, NMLS #256864

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REALTOR phone: 925.699.2133

Janice Habluetzel ÂŽ

Direct: 925.730.1628 Cell: 925.577.8802

Tom Montano ÂŽ

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DRE# 1385523

DRE# 00661426

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Cindy Gee ÂŽ

REALTOR Notary, GRI, CDPE (925) 963-1984 DRE# 01307919

5770 Stonecliff Vista Offered at $938,000

Traveling Notary services available. Call for pricing.

Brett Junell REALTOR

DRE # 01296953, NMLS # 254790

LIC# 01369799

738 Galemeadow Circle, San Ramon — 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1532 sq. ft with views! Backs to open space. Offered at $598,000. Call Cindy for details.

Real Estate Directory

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Real Estate Mortgage Advisor

Coming Soon

Views! Gorgeous, updated 4 bed, 3.5 bath home with 3182 sq. ft. 1-story home features a 4-car garage. Located in desirable Laguna Oaks. Offered at $1,438,000

Jan Pegler ÂŽ

REALTOR Re/Max Accord phone: (925) 699-3122

Andrew Liu

REALTOR Better Homes and Gardens (925) 519-1455

Liu Management Services

DRE# 01384196

DRE # 01762647 5506 Sunol Blvd., Ste 200

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REALTOR Since 1978 Re/Max Accord (925) 730-1668

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PLEASANTON | 6111 Johnson Court #110 | 925.463.9500 | Open Sat 1-4

Liz Sullivan

Katie Moe

Andrea Rozran

Mia Teetsel

3191 Delicado Ct – Pleasanton – $499,000

2992 Innisbrook Way – Dublin – $1,038,000

4665 Newhaven St – Dublin – $710,000

3276 Northampton Ct – Pleasanton – $769,000

Lovely & rare on market single story with vaulted ceilings. Very private entrance and a view of open space. Wonderful wrap around private patio. Upgraded carpet and flooring. Possible handicap capabilities. Quality & amenities abound.... and all on one level! It is all here for you!

Beautiful large and bright home in Dublin Ranch Golf. Great open kitchen with ample cabinet space, island with breakfast bar and built in computer desk. 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs and luxurious master suite with spacious walk-in closet. Full bath and bedroom without closet downstairs.

Beautiful/well maintained home has 3 bedrooms plus a large loft that could be converted to a 4th bedroom. Parks, award-winning schools, public trans (BART), & shopping nearby. Private backyard & large “great room” with open floorplan for entertaining. Priced below recently sold homes in community.

Welcome to Pleasanton Meadows! This fabulous 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is walking distance to top-rated schools and has easy access to parks and the local Cabana Club Pool. At the end of a court with a fabulous back yard and one full bed/bath on the main floor.

Jan Pegler

Rosemary Yandell

Open Sat/Sun 1-4

Katie Moe

Cindy Gee

6000 Old School Rd – Danville – $9,550,000

7985 Paragon Circle – Pleasanton – $1,438,000 125 Ray Street – Pleasanton – $425,000

204 San Moreno Place – Fremont – $899,900

Nestled in Tassajara Valley awaits 145 acres of beauty and privacy. The property includes a 3544 custom home and a 2462 ranch home. Also features indoor/ outdoor arena, 67 stall barn, paddocks and more. Minutes from top schools & shopping! Best of country living! buyer 2 verify

Gorgeous, updated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with 3182 sq. ft. 1-story home features a 4-car garage. Located in desirable Laguna Oaks. Community pool, tennis, parks, close to shopping, schools, downtown. Must see!

Single story in a great location! Steps from Mission Valley Shopping Center and highly ranked schools. Oversized two car garage, side yard access, family room with fireplace and skylight, formal dining & parquet floor in living room and so much more!!

Sharp one-story on upper level. Spacious bedrooms each with full bath, walk-in closets & balcony. All neutral carpet and colors. Fireplace in living room, slider door to balcony and storage closet. View of redwoods from kitchen, dining and bedroom windows. Grassy open area outside condo. Walk to downtown Pleasanton.

Pleasanton Market Update — Inventory Higher The Pleasanton market saw the inventory or single family detached homes jump 72% in April, with homes priced under $1 million leading the way. Inventory was at its highest level since June of last year., but still remains below normal. Pended sales, feeling the pinch of the lower inventory levels here all year, dipped slightly in April. The overall level of inventory jumped by 31 homes in April, from 43 at the end of March to 74 at the end of April. Inventory is still 31% lower than it was a year ago when 108 homes were available. Pended sales fell 16 units during April to 53 properties. The result was that inventory relative to pended sales more than doubled, from .6 months at the end of March to 1.4 months at the end of April. The inventory of homes priced under $1 million spiked 209% in April, from 11 at the end of March to 34 at the end of April. 37 sales pended in this segment in April, an 18% fall off from 45 in March. Inventory relative to pended sales nearly quadrupled to .9 months, from .24 months at the end of March. Homes in this price range accounted for 46% of all homes for sale in Pleasanton at the end of April, up from 26% at the end of March. 70% of April’s pended sales were in this price range, not much of a change

from 65% in March. Homes priced between $1 million and $2 million made up 20% of Pleasanton’s inventory and 25% of pended sales for April, both numbers down from March (26% and 28%, respectively). 15 properties were for sale in this price range at the end of April, four less than at the end of April. Pended sales fell from 19 during March to 13 during April. That left 1.2 months of inventory in this segment at the end of April, up from .6 months at the end of March. Still, pending sales were higher than the inventory at the end of the month, showing that the market remains >>Go to to read the rest of this article.

Doug Buenz The 680 Group

Office 925.251.1111 Direct 925.463.2000 CA DRE# 00843458

Serious. Real. Estate.

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Luxurious single story home in the Castlewood area featuring 4 BR, 4 BTHs, gourmet kitchen, 7+ car garage, and a private almost 3 acre lot with sweeping views! $2,399,000 979 Oak Manor Way

Fabulous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath luxury home backs to open space with hardwood floors, granite & stainless kitchen, soaring ceilings, and private 1/3 Acre lot with pool & spa! Sold for $1,300,000


Custom home on Incredible 70 acre site on top of the Pleasanton ridge with sweeping views of oak studded canyons. 3 BR, 2 1/2 Bths, guest house, 7 car garage, and more! $2,699,000


Stunning Sycamore Heights former model home with 5 BR, 4.5 BTHS, spacious granite/ stainless kitchen, custom wood work & trim, and private yard with panoramic views of the Pleasanton Ridge! $1,729,000


Gorgeous Castlewood home with upgrade finishes throughout! 4 Bedrooms plus bonus room, 4 full baths, pool, gated entrance, sweeping views, 3 car garage, hardwood floors, and more! $1,425,000


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5731 DAKIN COURT, PLEASANTON Just Listed! 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! SOLD FOR $1,729,000

752 TURRINI DRIVE, DANVILLE Remodeled, upgraded single level on a premium .35 acre lot with in-ground pool and outdoor kitchen. Four bedrooms, three baths, 3,114 square feet, side yard access and three car garage with extra workshop area. Upgraded gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Remodeled bathrooms with custom tile flooring. Spacious family room, living room and master suite. Separate studio in rear yard with sink. Beautiful views of the ridge and a ten minute walk to Downtown. Great schools! OFFERED AT $1,169,000

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. SOLD FOR $712,000






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. SOLD FOR $1,450,000

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


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


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


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


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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PLEASANTON $2,699,000 Incredible 70+/-acre parcel on top of the Pleasanton Ridge, sweeping views of oak studded hills, unique home, gated entry, 8+ car garage, detached guest house and more! 9745 SANTOS RANCH RD

PLEASANTON $2,399,000 4 BR, 4.5 Bths, 7 car garage, 2.9 Acres, panoramic views, single story. 979 OAK MANOR

PLEASANTON $2,149,000 Beautiful Castlewood, remodeled 2011, amazing Craftsman style house, 14th fairway. Great view, custom metal fencing, kitchen with everything a gourmet chef could want plus wine refrigerator in pantry. Landscaping with rear yard fire feature. 5 FAIRWAY LANE

PLEASANTON $988,000 Downtown Pleasanton, 2 homes on one lot! Great opportunity for living or income. Each home is 1000 sq.ft. and rent for at least 2400 a month! 475 E ANGELA ST

PLEASANTON $775,000 This wont last long, a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, single story home , just under 2000 sq. ft. Situated on a quiet court in the "Del Prado" neighborhood. This home has an amazing park like back yard. 6828 CORTE SALCEDO







PLEASANTON $660,000 Single level in Pleasanton's west side. Open floor plan w/ large island/breakfast bar overlooking family room. Formal dining room and living room with vaulted ceilings. Expanded master suite w/ walk-in closet. 5185 SPRINGDALE AVE


PLEASANTON $659,000 Wonderful opportunity to make this home your own. Close to parks, downtown, award winning schools, easy access to 580/680. 3bd/2.5ba, 1651 sq.ft. 3110 HALF DOME DR


LIVERMORE $525,000 Brand new roof and solar for pool. Great location. Beautiful yard with side yard access. Spacious floor plan with formal step-down living room and separate dining room. 4159 GUILFORD AVE


PLEASANTON $475,000 Coming Soon! Lovely end unit townhome, just blocks from downtown. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Gorgeous patio, community pool. 4107 STANLEY BLVD

LIVERMORE $375,000 Beautiful backyard with several fruit trees. Features include recently remodeled kitchen, newer roof, insulation, copper pipes, HVAC, and tankless water heater. 456 JAMES ST


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Pleasanton Weekly 05.10.2013 - Section 1  
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Section 1 of the May 10, 2013 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly