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Many skip this year’s Fair because of the searing heat


earing heat with temperatures above 100 degrees for several days in a row cut attendance at this year’s Alameda County Fair to a total of 391,426 visitors, well under last year’s record-high 534,577 fair-goers. Besides the heat, a day of rain and a weeklong BART strike also drove attendance down at the 101st annual Fair, although opening day attendance of 31,389 was up 2.3% over last year’s 30,692. No doubt adding to the fair’s planning dilemma was the sudden departure of long-time CEO Rick Pickering last December, who was hired as the new general manager of the California State Fair, also known as Cal Expo. Pickering was asked to assume those new duties Jan. 2 to deal with planning this summer’s Cal Expo, which also has its attendance problems. That fair opens today in Sacramento, running through July 21. Shortly after Pickering left, marketing manager April Mitchell also quit, leaving much of the marketing and public relations planning in the hands of her assistant Angel Moore, whose own experience and talent enabled this year’s Fair preparations to move forward. But it wasn’t until late April that the Alameda County Fair board made an offer to Jerome Hoban to fill Pickering’s post. He had to wrap up his duties as CEO of the Orange County Fair before coming to Pleasanton, leaving Moore and others on the fair staff to put the finishing touches on the 2013 program. Even though overall attendance was down, nearly 50,000 watched horse racing at the Fair this year, with 49,691 at the track during the Fair’s 17-day run and with the on-track handle up 3%. Renowned horse racing jockey Russell Baze achieved his 12,000th career win at this year’s 101st Alameda County Fair, remaining the winning most jockey in North America. Many events and exhibits saw increases. These included a 10% increase in competitive exhibit entries which totaled 18,764 with 4,937 exhibitors and a 3% hike in animal sales at the junior livestock auction last Sunday for receipts totaling $557,847. Small animal sales brought in $39,649. Other statistics: ■ A total of 546 pairs of hands

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washed at Sudsy’s Barn. ■ 114 dogs were adopted at Puppy Party Palooza. ■ There were 140 acts on four stages for a total of 170 hours of entertainment. Of the families and enthusiasts from throughout the region, many came to satisfy their annual craving for a signature corn dog or funnel cake and to watch the spectacular fireworks on Friday nights. In the food consumed category, vendors served up 100,336 corn dogs; 44,519 funnel cakes, 8,135 turkey legs; 1,670 deep fried Nutella; 1,845 Krispy Kreme donut burgers; and 2,550 slices of pineapple upside-down cakes. Volunteers pitched in to help Moore and the other Fair staff, with 984 volunteers contributing 12,000 hours. The Alameda County Fair originated in 1859 in downtown Oakland as a Floral Fair. The first modern-day Fair in Pleasanton began in 1912, and has been held annually with the exception of the war years. The Fair’s racetrack is the oldest one-mile horse racing track in America, dating back to 1858. The sons of Spanish Don Augustin Bernal constructed it, and wealthy horse owners shipped their horses from the East to Pleasanton for training during the winter months. As the Fair’s newest chief executive, Jerome Hoban was on the grounds every day greeting fairgoers and enduring the 100-plusdegree days along with them. “It was an honor to be part of the 17day celebration that highlighted our communities’ accomplishments and heritage,” Hoban said. “I can’t wait to see what the 2014 Fair brings us.” I agree, but might have added that we’re also hoping to see somewhat cooler temperatures when the Fair opens again next June. N

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Mac or PC — which do you prefer?

Sophie Aretta Manager, real estate company Mac, for sure. Three weeks ago I switched to a Mac and I love it. As with any change, there are some adjustments. But it’s well worth the occasional PC muscle-memory frustration. My new Mac is lightning fast, robust, relatively easy to use and is great for business.

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Newsfront DIGEST Fair food collection This year’s Alameda County Fair’s one-day food drive brought in 38,837 pounds of donated food to feed families in need in Alameda County. “We’re extremely fortunate to have the Alameda County Fair’s unwavering commitment to our mission and grateful to the thousands of Alameda County residents who combined their day of fun at the fair with support for their neighbors struggling with hunger,” said Katherine Avila, food drive coordinator for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. “The Food Bank serves one in six Alameda County residents, the majority of whom are children and seniors,” she added. “The need spikes during the summer months when children no longer can rely on school meals.” Donations of four non-perishable food items earned participants free admission to the fair.

Walmart to open Neighborhood Market on Wednesday 85 new employees trained, ready to greet customers at new grocery store in Pleasanton BY JEB BING

Walmart will open its new Neighborhood Market on Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, wrapping up several years of contentious debate over whether Walmart should be allowed to expand here. The 33,000-square-foot supermarket is located in the Meadow Plaza shopping center south of West Las Positas Boulevard in the store once occupied by Nob Hill, which was closed three years ago. Merchants in Meadow Plaza, which adjoins the Santa Rita Square Center, have been waiting anxiously for a new large anchor grocer to move in to help revitalize their businesses. Alton Wheeler, manager of the Walmart Neighborhood Center, said those retailers will be among city, civic and business leaders invited to his opening day party. “We’ll have a lot of festivities and special offers,” he said.

A walk-through of the new market showed the shelves neatly stacked with a variety of merchandise typically found in a major supermarket. Facing the store, the general merchandising section is on the right, featuring health and beauty products, paper towels and Alton Wheeler, manager much more. Fresh produce and packaged goods are on the left with food in cooling units and frozen goods in the center. Meat, fish and bakery goods are along the back aisle of the store. Walmart has revamped the Nob Hill store with wider aisles, new entry and exit doors, high white-painted ceilings with brilliant lighting and a pharmacy. Check-out stands line the front of the store with some set up for self-checkout and computer stations that keep

Veterans Resource Fair State senators Ellen Corbett (D-East Bay)and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) will cohost a Veterans Resource Fair at Pleasanton Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 301 Main St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 20. The fair will feature booths from a number of veteran service organizations and free resources to help veterans with education, employment, housing and other crucial issues. It will include a presentation on financial literacy and fraud prevention. In addition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will have claim representatives on hand to check the progress of pending VA claims. For information on other veterans resource events, see stories on page 8.

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Teacher gains fame for rethinking learning

Honors for New Leaf New Leaf Community Markets, which opened a store in Pleasanton in May, has been selected as one of the top 10 organic grocers by the Organic Consumers Association in its search for the top “Right to Know Grocers” in North America. The association said New Leaf was selected for its leadership role in educating the communities it serves about GMOs and their risks, for its active support of the California Proposition 37 food labeling ballot measure, its large inventory of GMO labeling currently in its stores, and its progressive GMO food policy. Last March, New Leaf announced that by 2018 all GMO foods on its shelves must be labeled as such.

track of inventory as well as customer suggestions. “We want to listen to our customers and have them tell us what they’re looking for and what they need,” Wheeler said. “Every Walmart market has the ability to tailor its merchandise and service to meet what customers want.” That includes a coffee bar, which Wheeler’s store doesn’t have. If enough shoppers and commuters stopping at the store on their way to work want coffee and a donut, Wheeler said he’ll put the service in. Wheeler has hired 85 employees (called associates at Walmart) and they’re all now at work in the store, completing training programs, stacking shelves and price-coding incoming jars of baby food and canned foods and other products in a maze of boxes vendors have been delivering.

‘Flipped’ classrooms engage and challenge kids BY GLENN WOHLTMANN


Firefighters help the young people who were stuck on the roller coaster at the Fair on Friday.

Four rescued from stuck roller coaster No injuries, but LPFD ladder truck called in for assistance BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

Four juveniles got an extra thrill last week when the roller coaster they were on got stuck at the Alameda County Fair and they were rescued by firefighters. The incident took place at about 7 p.m. July 5. There were no injuries, but the kids had to wait about 20 minutes for a ladder truck from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to bring them down. “It’s a ‘Zillerator,’ a roller coaster — it just stopped at a break, where it starts to come up on the rise,” said Angel Moore, the Fair’s interim marketing director. “It just basically got stopped on the track.” She said the Alameda County Fire Department keeps some staff on site during the Fair. They needed more equipment, so they sent out a call to the LPFD. “They called us on mutual aid,” said LPFD Batallion Chief Joe Testa. “We responded with an engine and a truck company.” Mutual aid is a cooperative agreement between emergency workers including firefighters and police officers. “What they really needed for this was aerial apparatus,” Testa said. “We laddered the roller

coaster and brought four people down. Our crews secured the roller coaster so it couldn’t move.” He estimated the height of the rescue at about 45 feet. Seven LPFD firefighters responded to the call and helped the four young people down in what Testa called “a fairly routine truck operation.” The kids were strapped into safety harnesses and off the coaster about an hour after firefighters arrived. It’s relatively unusual for rides at the Fair to break down, Moore said. “Rides get stuck all the time at all different places, but we don’t have that happen a lot here,” she said. The last time a ride at the Fair broke down was in July 2010, when the “Wacky Worm,” also a roller coaster, malfunctioned and caused minor injuries to five children and two adults. A connector link on a chain in that ride pulled apart, causing the chain to dangle in front of the ride and hit passengers. That same year, about 70 people were injured when they were swarmed by yellow jackets during a fireworks display, but a search of recent history showed no other ride malfunctions at the Fair. N

A fifth-grade teacher at Fairlands Elementary School has been bringing some innovative approaches to classrooms in the district and is making a national name for herself in the bargain. Lisa Highfill was recently tapped to be an instructional coach for the district, focusing on technology. That should be a comfortable fit for Highfill, who’s been through both the Google and the YouTube academies. She’s also using technology to spread her message to educators across the country. One recent afternoon, she was using Skype to talk to teachers in Texas, and was featured last month at a TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk in Livermore, speaking about “flipped” classrooms. A search for Highfill’s name on YouTube will turn up dozens of videos, featuring her Lisa Highfill giving a lesson or creations by her students. “It was probably three years ago when I was introduced to flipped teaching,” Highfill said. “It was a clever way to maximize my face time with kids.” Before, as is the case with most teachers, Highfill would spend all her time in class teaching how to do a particular thing, like long division, then assign homework. “That’s a pretty typical cycle of learning,” she said. “What I did was to rearrange that cycle.” The goal of flipped teaching is to involve students in active learning. In class, listening to a teacher talk, Highfill said, “There’s no engagement there.” In flipped teaching, she said, “I explore first.” “Here’s some blocks, what can you make from it. I don’t tell them the learning process behind it — they have to figure it out,” she explained. “Second in the cycle is the explaining of the concept, the flip.” See TEACHER on Page 8

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What does a farmer do when he moves into the city? Shawn Seufert, owner of Terra Bella Family Farm off Foothill Road, planted a front yard garden after moving to a house near Santa Rita Road last year with his wife Beth and two children. “We had a beautiful lawn and a big birch tree in the front yard as well as your run of the mill landscaping plants scattered around,” Seufert recalled. “We soon became frustrated with the maintenance of a lawn and a tree that sheds debris multiple times per year, so we killed our lawn. In February we tilled it under and installed an edible work of art.” Edible landscapes have been a passion of Seufert’s since he worked for a high end nursery in Manhattan Beach. “I was truly inspired to do something wonderful for my friends and neighbors so I designed this multi-use edible landscape,” he said. “It’s fun, saves on water and groceries, it’s interesting to look at and play in, and more importantly it’s educational and therapeutic. “I love it, our neighbors love it, and I believe that more people will become inspired and may consider planting food and not lawns.”

Pleasanton attorney joins race for 16th State Assembly 4 now seeking to succeed Assemblywoman Buchanan in 2014 BY JEB BING

Pleasanton attorney Catharine Baker announced this week that she will seek the Republican nomination to District 16 in the State Assembly next year. Although she is the only Republican vying for election to the office currently held by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), three Democrats have also announced their intentions to seek election to the office. They are Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Danville Mayor and Orinda mayor and gubernatorial adviser Steve Glazer. Assembly District 16 includes Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore in Alameda County and the Contra Costa County cities of Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon and Walnut Creek. “California should be a leader in education, economic growth, fiscal soundness, and infrastructure, yet we are lagging behind,” Baker said in a campaign launch statement. “We need to end government as usual in Sacramento, and get California working again.” Baker is an attorney with the Pleasanton law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel where her clients

Pleasanton attorney Catharine Baker, shown here with her husband Dan and their children Alex and Kate, is seeking the Republican nomination for election to the 16th State Assembly seat, being vacated next year by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.

include local small businesses and nonprofit organizations. In 2011, she received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for pro bono legal services from the California State Bar Association for her commitment to providing free legal representation to low-income individuals and families A resident of Dublin, she is also vice president of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and chairs the school’s Safety Commit-

tee. She is also a volunteer board director with the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek. Baker earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. She later went on to earn her law degree from UC Berkeley. She is married to Dan Baker. The couple has two children, Kate and Alex. N

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VetCon will be one-stop shop for veterans VA, others offer help from benefits to job skills BY GLENN WOHLTMANN

Those who have fought for our country face a staggering number of problems. According to statistics from the office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) the unemployment rate among veterans in California is approximately 10.3 percent, three points higher than the national average. The average time for a case pending at the Oakland VA regional office is more than a year, well above the national average. If veterans file a fullydeveloped claim, the average pending time is 139.7 days at the Oakland VA, although their target is 90 days. A district staffer in the congressman’s office said, on average, veterans contacting our office for assistance have been waiting for 1-2 years. National statistics show more than 30 percent of America’s homeless are vets, and a third of those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury or a combination of the two. The Veterans Administration office faces a backlog of 1.2 million claims. But there is some hope for local veterans, their families and those still in active service. The East Bay Veterans Fair is holding VetCon, a one-stop shop for vets, on July 15. The event will bring in a team from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help vets access health care, disability compensation and readjustment counseling, and to offer help filing claims. VetCon will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. It will also offer job search help from employment agencies for veterans to improve their resumes, tie their military experience to civilian employment, and assist vets with interviewing skills. Representatives from the University of California, California State University, and California community colleges will also be on hand to offer educational counseling, financial aid assistance, and help in completing applications for veterans that are considering attending college.

Professionals will offer help to those readjusting to civilian life ranging from Zen meditation and prayer groups to yoga, tai chi, and massage therapy. The Red Cross will hold a blood drive in honor of service members, and Blue Star Moms will collect items for care packages to be sent to troops overseas. Blue Star Moms of Contra Costa County will also greet participants and direct them to services, and free child care during the event will be provided by the East County Veterans organization. Beyond that, VetCon will feature opportunities to connect with fellow veterans who have used their experience in the military or their post-military transition to develop a skill, career or hobby. Among them will be Vietnam vet Bob Whitworth, author of “Through My Eyes: a Story of Hope.� “I want to help veterans understand that there is help for them to readjust to civilian life,� Whitworth said. “VetCon is the place to make connections and find some answers.� About 400 veterans attended the last event in 2011, and Contra Costa Veterans Service Officer Nathan Johnson says more are expected this year. “We’re excited to see VetCon grow, and to have veterans reaching out to other veterans to share their experiences,� Johnson said. “Having a wide range of examples of successful transitions can only help those who are still trying to navigate life back home.� No pre-registration for VetCon is required, but access to counselors and health care workers from the VA and County Veterans Service Office will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Veterans who want help with benefits counseling should bring a copy of their discharged documentation (DD-214) if possible. Those interested in being a vendor or volunteering at VetCon should contact Maurice Delmer at 680-4526 or N

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Operation Gateway for veterans, at LPC BY ISABELLA OHLMEYER

Las Positas College is holding an all-day seminar next week to help inform, encourage and motivate veterans who wish to further pursue an education. The event, called Operation Gateway, is sponsored by the college’s Veterans First Program. The seminar will offer a full day of interactive workshops to jump start each veteran’s transition back home and to civilian life. Topics include course and major planning, registration, readjustment services, college resources and post-911 G.I. Bill benefits. It is also an opportunity for veterans to learn about other benefits and resources for them. Coordinator Tony Santos is an advocate for veterans developing one-on-one relationships with each other. “Operation Gateway is a good

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By the time the flip occurs, the kids are already engaged and active. They want to understand the concept. There’s more to the idea of flipping a classroom. Highfill says instead of homework, she’ll assign a video for kids to watch at home, which takes the place of a class lecture. “Parents could watch it also, so they could see what’s going on in the classroom. Explain and remember — that’s the part parents can understand,� she said. “My job is to encourage and motivate them and push them. They come back to class the next day and they have to apply that knowledge.� When the class was learning about polygons, for example, Highfill gave out marshmallows and spaghetti, and the kids built their own. “That night, they watched a fiveminute video,� she said, and the next day, “they were building dodecahedrons.� When the students were studying planes, they asked for bubble solution. “The bubble stretches over the faces of these three-dimensional polygons,� she explained. “What’s mind blowing to them — they had a triangle and in the center they create a square. That started a whole new section of learning. “That’s when they had that ‘ahha!’ moment — when you create those those moments in the classroom, that’s when you know there’s learning. It’s loud and it ‘s messy.� Highfill has stopping trying to ban smart phones for her classes, and other devices have been provided by grants so that everyone has access. That way, if a student doesn’t have access to YouTube at home, or if she or he wants to watch the video again, they can, plus they can pause and rewind to watch a section again if they need to understand a part of the lesson. They can also go back and watch to get ready for tests.

way for veterans to network with other veterans on campus, and to also be more prepared for the upcoming school semester,� Santos said. Todd Steffan, one of the speakers at the seminar, believes that Operation Gateway will help the veterans become comfortable with their younger peers on campus. “Many of the veterans are older, structured and will be attending college along with 18to 25-year-olds who are relaxed while still being structured,� he said. “Hopefully, this seminar will help them transition smoothly into the college environment.� Operation Gateway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 19, is free; its location on the Las Positas Campus is to be determined. Veterans must sign up to attend; contact Tony Santos at 424-1572. N “We tweet everything we do,� Highfill said, adding that “other classrooms said, ‘Oh, we want to do that, too,’ so they started doing this across the country.�

Students stretch bubble solution over the face of their three-dimensional polygons, creating a square.

This has led her to become involved in ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, and on a more local level, CUE, Computer Users in Education. “I do workshops about at least once or twice a month. I’ve traveled to Portland and Boise to talk about this,� she said. Highfill wants to be clear to parents and other teachers that she doesn’t flip every class. Some weeks she won’t flip any classes; others she may flip one or two. Now, as the district’s instructional coach for technology, she’s bringing the same idea to her fellow teachers. “I’m creating flipped professional development now,� Highfill said. “The key to it is it takes a lot of time. You just can’t read a book and do it, you have to play. Summertime is the perfect time to do it, you’re lesson planning, that sort of thing.� So far, 50 teachers and administrators signed up for summertime professional development. But Highfill said the concept of flipped learning is about more than about using cool new toys. “Because I use technology doesn’t make me innovative,� she said. “It’s how I use that in the classroom, that makes it an innovative piece.� N


Summer Safety FOR YOUR KIDS. WATER SAFETY UÊNever leave children unattended around a pool or water – not even for one minute. Accidents occur quickly. UÊFlotation devices are not drown-proof. UÊChildren should always wear a life vest while boating and near open water. UÊAlways close your pool gate. Double-check the gate after people have been in the pool area. UÊReview your pool rules and safety with family, friends and babysitters. UÊLearn CPR. You could save a life. SUN SAFETY UÊAlways use sunscreen and wear protective clothing. UÊMake sure youngsters drink enough water. UÊWatch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke: dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat.

PREVENT BURNS UÊWatch toddlers closely near barbecues, campfires or outdoor fireplaces. Burns are common injuries. UÊInstall screens or some type of barrier where appropriate. UÊMetal playground equipment can get hot enough to cause burns on hot days. PREVENT FALLS UÊMove beds and chairs away from windows. Children may jump and play, and could fall through open windows. UÊMake sure low windows are closed to prevent young children from falling out. UÊInstall gates at the top of stairs or decks to prevent falls.

ROAD SAFETY UÊAlways wear helmets and protective gear while biking, skating or skateboarding. UÊDiscuss bicycle and road safety with your children. UÊReview pedestrian safety with children as well as adolescents. UÊNever leave a child alone in a car. Temperatures quickly reach over 100 degrees. UÊDrive cautiously, especially when backing up. Children move quickly and may be difficult to see. You may not see toddlers and older children playing behind a car. UÊAlways put your children in car seats or seat belts.

If you should have an emergency, San Ramon Regional Medical Center is prepared to treat you and your children in our newly expanded Emergency Department. A pediatrician from Children’s Hospital Oakland is in the San Ramon hospital 24-hours a day.

Our Pediatric Department at San Ramon Regional Medical Center recommends these safety tips.

Michael Cheng, M.D. Pediatric Department Chair Nick Giardini, M.D. Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatric Services Viki Haro, R.N., CPNP Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist & Director of Education


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An Arizona man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for a string of 2012 bank robberies, including U.S. Bank branches in Pleasanton and Dublin. In a plea deal with federal officials, Raymond David Lopez, 30, of Tucson was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for bank robberies he committed in May and June of 2012. Lopez pleaded guilty on April 3 to six counts of bank robbery. He admitted using verbal demands, a demand note, and intimidation to take $2,475 from a U.S. Bank in Pleasanton on May 9, 2012, and $756 from a U.S. Bank in Dublin on June 12, 2012. He also admitted using the same method to take $2,606 from a U.S. Bank in Pleasant Hill on May 13, 2012; $1,409 from a First Community Bank in Alameda on May 26, 2012; $1,135 from a Bank of America in Lafayette on May 29, 2012; and $4,900

from a U.S. Bank in Alameda on June 4, 2012. Lopez also admitted to three other bank robberies outside the area, also done in a similar way, in which he took $7,214 from a River City Bank in Roseville on April 26, 2012; $3,542 from another River City branch on May 2, 2012; and $4,000 from a Woodforest National Bank branch in Amarillo, Texas, on April 14, 2012. He was indicted by a federal grand jury last August after a joint investigation that included work by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with the Dublin Police Department, Pleasanton Police Department and others in the area. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton, who also sentenced Lopez to three years of probation and ordered him to pay a total of $28,037 in restitution to the banks. Lopez will begin serving the sentence immediately. N

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Overhead, construction crews have finished installing and adjusting new ceiling lights and crossbars for holding information signs. The Walmart store opening was delayed for more than a year by protests before the Pleasanton Planning Commission and City Council over allowing Walmart to add one of its Neighborhood Markets

here. Former Councilman Matt Sullivan and union representatives opposed Walmart’s bid, claiming that Walmart pays its employees “below scale” wages and benefits and that, as a non-union grocer, it could undercut other grocery stores in the way it prices merchandise. But because Walmart was taking over an old supermarket that already had the city’s approval, it was given an operating permit based on that prior approval and property use. N

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Human Services Commission Workshop Tuesday July 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. "ÂŤiĂ€>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ-iĂ€Ă›ÂˆViĂƒ]ĂŠĂŽĂŽĂŽĂŽĂŠ Ă•ĂƒVÂ…ĂŠ,Âœ>` UĂŠՓ>Â˜ĂŠ-iĂ€Ă›ÂˆViĂƒĂŠ ii`ĂƒĂŠĂƒĂƒiĂƒĂƒÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ-ĂŒĂ€>ĂŒi}ˆVĂŠ*Â?>˜

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Fresh fruits and vegetables fill the produce bins at Gene’s Fine Foods on Valley Avenue and Hopyard Road, which is celebrating its Pleasanton anniversary starting next Friday

Gene’s marks anniversary with Pleasanton celebration Supermarket has become local leader in produce, meats, organics Gene’s Fine Foods will celebrate its anniversary starting next Friday with product giveaways, prizes and free barbecue lunches at its store at 2803 Hopyard Road at the intersection of Hopyard and Valley Avenue. Gene’s was acquired by Mar-Val Stores in the Central Valley just over a year ago and has fast become a leading Pleasanton market for choice fish and meats, produce and organic products. The anniversary celebration runs from July 19 through Aug. 1 and includes a party-like atmosphere with numerous demonstrations, beer and wine tasting and draw-

ings for prizes. Among the prizes are a 50-inch television set, tickets to Giants games, two beach cruiser bicycles, an espresso machine and gift baskets. Casey Rodacker, store manager, said Gene’s is also partnering with the Valley Humane Society during the week-long celebration by matching up to $1,000 in cash register receipts as a contribution to the organization. Gene’s supermarket occupies 23,000 square feet and was upgraded with new display cases, freezers and a meat department when MarVal took over. Since acquiring the

store, Rodacker and his management team have actively supported numerous nonprofits in the area, including the Discovery Shop in Pleas- Casey anton and Shep- Rodacker herd’s Gate in manager of Gene’s Livermore along Fine Foods in with the Valley Pleasanton Humane Society. For more information, sign on to the store’s Web site at N



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Commission Vacancies Recruitment The City Council is accepting applications for the following Commission Vacancies:

Committee on Energy & the Environment Economic Vitality Committee for the following groups: Business at Large Green Economy/Environmental Industry Medical Technology Residential Real Estate Developer

Youth Commission Village High School (by fall 2013 freshman through junior) Thomas Hart Middle School (entering 6th or 7th Grade by fall 2013)

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Roche seeks FDA approval for new cervical cancer test Expanded indication would allow biotech firm’s Cobas Test to take lead in cervical screening strategy Roche, one of the world’s largest biotech companies with operations in Pleasanton’s Hacienda Business Park, has submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking the addition of a cervical cancer primary screening indication for the Cobas HPV Test. Approval of the expanded indication would mean the Cobas Test could be used as the first line test rather than Pap cytology as part of a cervical cancer screening strategy. The filing includes new threeyear follow-up study that involved more than 47,000 women being screened for cervical disease with Pap and HPV (Human Papilloma-

virus) tests. “This milestone demonstrates our long-term commitment to cervical cancer prevention and women’s health,� said Paul Brown, chief of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “Our ATHENA study validates the value of HPV DNA detection and we are confident that these data will demonstrate to the FDA that we have established the clinical utility of the Cobas HPV Test in primary screening for physicians and their patients.� The Cobas HPV Test received FDA approval in April 2011 to screen patients age 21 and older with abnormal Pap test results and to co-test with Pap in women

ages 30 to 65 to assess the presence or absence of high-risk HPV genotypes. In November 2012, the test was also CE marked for use as a primary screening test in countries that accept the CE mark. Persistent infection with Human Papillomavirus is the principal cause of cervical cancer in women, with HPV implicated in greater than 99% of cervical cancers worldwide. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are 12,200 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. annually and 4,210 deaths due to the disease. The World Health Organization estimates there are 470,000 new cases of cervical cancer annually. N

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Amazing New Leaf

Thanks for Fourth Dear Editor, We’d like to thank the Pleasanton Weekly for helping to publicize — in print and online — the 15th annual Independence Day celebration in Lions Wayside Park. You helped inspire more than 600 people to brave the heat to take part in “Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution.” Most of the entertainment was provided by our superb Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams. As Ann Collins read the words Abraham Lincoln wrote in his Gettysburg Address 150 years ago, we were reminded how relevant those ideas remain today. It takes about 100 volunteers to provide the music, readings, decorations, seating, color guard and hot dogs that have become a tradition for Pleasanton’s Independence Day. Local Boy Scouts, Lions Club, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars all helped. We also thank event sponsor Heritage Bank of Commerce and music sponsor ACCUSPLIT, makers of certified accurate pedometers and stopwatches. We are already planning for July 4, 2014! Jerri Pantages Long, July 4th planning team member

Dear Editor, Recently a new store opened in our neighborhood called New Leaf Community Market. It is different from other stores because it only sells healthy foods that are organics, lactose/glucose free, pesticide/ hormone free, etc. This amazing market has many of the same food items that I would get at other grocery stores, but the exception is that all the items are organic and or pesticide/hormone free. At New Leaf, they make pizza, fresh sandwiches, deli items and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner items already cooked. Plus they make daily fresh ice cream and gelatto. I could go on but I would run out of room. My special needs daughter and I love the store and wish it to be successful. It is awesome to have such a selection of organic and unprocessed food. My daughter has special diet issues and since this store has so many safe and healthy options to choose from, it’s a real life saver. And I am sure that my family isn’t the only one benefiting from this new community market. I hope that by being featured in the Pleasanton Weekly, this will raise awareness about New Leaf to all parts of the city and beyond, and we’ll be able to see the store continuing to help make people’s lives healthier by offering them healthier choices. Johanna Hering

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Valley Christian Center at 50


undreds have joined this week in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Valley Christian Center in Dublin, and with good reason. This church and K-12 school have a rich history of community service to the Tri-Valley that goes far beyond its religious and education programs. Its “bridge building” effort to the communities it serves encourages members and students to place priorities on serving those in need. Its emphasis on outreach, called “The City,” has helped many thousands throughout the region. At Santa Rita Jail, for example, VCC volunteers work with the Inmate Services department and jail chaplain in conducting bible study, mentorship and one-on-one spiritual CONTRIBUTED PHOTO counseling programs Parishioners join in prayer at hillside site of Valfor many among the ley Christian Center in Dublin in celebration of 4,000 who are incar- church and school’s 50th anniversary. cerated there. Another program called “Night Strike” takes VCC volunteers into the Tenderloin District of San Francisco where they offer clothing, food and compassion to the less fortunate. VCC also joins with others at community events to serve those in need of counseling and financial aid. These include the New Living Expo and the Haight Ashbury Street Faire in San Francisco, the Art & Soul Festival in Oakland, at San Jose’s downtown Outreach programs and at the Art & Wind Festival in San Ramon. Locally, VCC volunteers hold evening coffees on many Friday nights at Starbucks in the Hacienda Crossings Center on Hopyard Road, sessions that are open to the public to talk about individual concerns and needs. By actively supporting Convoy of Hope, Valley Christian Center expands its financial aid globally by providing assistance to those affected by earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and more. Three years ago, VCC made a commitment to Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti to contribute 2,500 hours of community service that year through a wide range of volunteer opportunities. The organization far exceeded that goal, and the hours parishioners and Valley Christian school students now give in volunteer services in Dublin far exceed that 2010 goal. To encourage volunteering, the church even has a website for its members to determine how best to help at It was back in 1961 that church leader James Swanson of Bethel Temple in Hayward started the organization that is now Valley Christian Center. The congregation grew rapidly and, in 1966, purchased property to build its first chapel on the current site of McNamara’s restaurant. In 1968, the church adopted the name Valley Christian Center, it opened the Tri-Valley’s first interdenominational Christian elementary school, and started the fundraising drive that led to the construction of its state-of-the-art 850-seat worship and performing arts center at 7500 Inspiration Drive in the hills overlooking Dublin. Hundreds attended Valley Christian Center’s anniversary celebration festivities last weekend that included a Legacy banquet and the opening of an exhibit hall showcasing the history and various ministries over the 50 years. Thanks to the good work of this organization, hundreds, even thousands more can celebrate the help this group has provided to them in their time of need. N

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POLICE BULLETIN Probation search leads to multiple felonies A Pleasanton man was arrested on a variety of felonies and misdemeanors after a July 9 search of his home in the 2600 block of Becard Court, according to police reports. Steven Michael Sharp, 29, was on probation, so police didn’t need a warrant to conduct a search. Sharp was arrested for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia possession.

In other police reports: UĂŠ ˜>“>Ă€ÂˆiĂŠ >}Â˜ÂœĂŠ ˜`iĂ€ĂƒÂœÂ˜]ĂŠ {ĂŽ]ĂŠ of Walnut Creek was arrested at about 2:51 p.m. July 2 for felony forgery for attempting to cash a v>Â?ĂƒiĂŠVÂ…iVÂŽĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠf£ä]Ă“x{°ÇnĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠ7iÂ?Â?ĂƒĂŠ >Ă€}ÂœĂŠ >Â˜ÂŽĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ {ÇääÊ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ Hopyard Road. Anderson was also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant out of Berkeley.

UĂŠ Â…Ă€ÂˆĂƒĂŒÂˆ>Â˜ĂŠ->Â˜ĂŠ ……œ˜]ÊÓä]ĂŠÂœvĂŠ->Â˜ĂŠ Ramon; Trevor Duane Copeland, 21, of Pleasanton; and Spencer Jeffery Bohn, 19, of Pleasanton were arrested at about 11:50 p.m. July {ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ {{ääÊ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ,ÂœĂƒiĂœÂœÂœ`ĂŠ Drive for possession of stolen property, a felony, and misdemeanor petty theft. Bohn was also arrested for public drunkenness. The three ran after they were seen by an officer near a vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart. After they were caught, police found they had a stolen debit card, iPhone, identification card and house keys. UĂŠ ĂŠ Ă›>Ă€ÂˆiĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ÂˆĂŒiÂ“ĂƒĂŠ ĂœÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…ĂŠ Â“ÂœĂ€iĂŠ ĂŒÂ…>Â˜ĂŠfÂŁn]Ă¤Ă¤Ă¤ĂŠĂœiĂ€iĂŠĂƒĂŒÂœÂ?iÂ˜ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ>Â˜ĂŠ˜dependence Day commercial burglary at Best Deal Equipment in the ΙääÊ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ 6>Â?Â?iÞÊ Ă›iÂ˜Ă•i°Ê /Â…iĂŠ ĂŒÂ…ivĂŒĂŠ ĂŒÂœÂœÂŽĂŠ ÂŤÂ?>ViĂŠ LiĂŒĂœiiÂ˜ĂŠ {ĂŠ °“°Ê >˜`ĂŠ £ä\{{ĂŠ °“°Ê Ă•Â?ÞÊ {ÆÊ >ĂŠ f£ä]äääÊ Canon camera and lenses were stolen, along with six laptop comÂŤĂ•ĂŒiĂ€ĂƒĂŠĂœÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…ĂŠ>ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŒ>Â?ĂŠÂœvĂŠfĂŽ]ĂˆĂ¤Ă¤Ă†ĂŠĂ“xĂŠ car stereos worth a total of $2,500; >ĂŠfÂŁ]äääʘ`ˆ>Â˜ĂŠÂŽÂ˜ÂˆviĂ†ĂŠĂŒÂ…Ă€iiĂŠĂ›Âˆ`iÂœĂŠ game consoles worth a total of fĂˆĂ¤Ă¤Ă†ĂŠ V>ÀÊ ĂƒÂŤi>ÂŽiĂ€ĂƒĂŠ ĂœÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…ĂŠ f{näÆÊ and a $200 video game console. Entry was through the rear door. UĂŠ ĂŠ `iÂ˜ĂŒ>Â?ĂŠ ÂœvvˆViĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ >ĂŠ `iÂ˜ĂŒ>Â?ĂŠ

8‡À>ÞÊ vÂˆĂ€Â“ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ ÂŁ{ääÊ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ Cedarwood Lane were burglarized ÂœĂ›iÀÊ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ Â?œ˜}ĂŠ ˜`iÂŤi˜`i˜ViĂŠ >ÞÊ weekend. ĂŠ Â˜ĂŠÂœÂ˜i]ĂŠV>“iĂ€>ĂŠiÂľĂ•ÂˆÂŤÂ“iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠĂœÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…ĂŠ more than $2,500 was stolen from

‡ iÂ˜ĂŒ>Â?ĂŠ8‡À>ĂžĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂŁ{ääÊLÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠÂœvĂŠ Cedarwood Lane. A $1,500 Nikon camera, a $1,00 lighting system, and $25 charger were taken in the burglary, which occurred between xʍ°“°ÊĂ•Â?ÞÊÎÊ>˜`ĂŠn\{äÊ>°“°ÊĂ•Â?ÞÊn°Ê A front door was smashed to gain entry. ĂŠ Â˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠĂƒiVœ˜`]ĂŠĂœÂ…ÂˆVÂ…ĂŠĂŒÂœÂœÂŽĂŠÂŤÂ?>ViĂŠ LiĂŒĂœiiÂ˜ĂŠ xĂŠ °“°Ê Ă•Â?ÞÊ ĂŽĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ ÂŁÂŁ\ÎäÊ >°“°Ê Ă•Â?ÞÊ Ç]ĂŠ >ĂŠ Â?>ÂŤĂŒÂœÂŤĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ Ă•Â˜ÂŽÂ˜ÂœĂœÂ˜ĂŠ value was stolen from a dental office; again, a door frame was shattered to provide entry. UĂŠ /ĂœÂœĂŠ ÂŤiÂœÂŤÂ?iĂŠ ĂœiĂ€iĂŠ >ÀÀiĂƒĂŒi`ĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ felonies on July 5 at Stoneridge Shopping Center. ĂŠ >Â…Â˜ĂŠœ˜}ĂŠi]ĂŠ{x]ĂŠÂœvĂŠÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŒÂœÂ˜]ĂŠ Texas, was arrested at about 5:22 p.m. at Macy Women’s for felony }Ă€>˜`ĂŠĂŒÂ…ivĂŒĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠĂŒ>Žˆ˜}ĂŠfÂŁ]ĂŽĂ“{°™nĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ shoes, sweaters, dresses and tops. ĂŠ Ă•Â?ˆ>Â˜ĂŠĂ•}Âœ]ĂŠĂ“ĂŽ]ĂŠÂœvĂŠ>ĂžĂœ>Ă€`ĂŠĂœ>ĂƒĂŠ >ÀÀiĂƒĂŒi`ĂŠ >ĂŒĂŠ >LÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠ {\xnĂŠ °“°Ê vÂœĂ€ĂŠ >ĂŠ ÂŤiĂŒĂŒĂžĂŠ ĂŒÂ…ivĂŒĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ >ĂŠ fәÇÊ ĂƒÂ…ÂœÂŤÂ?ˆvĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ from J.C. Penney that turned into a felony when it was discovered he

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

July 2 Fraud â–  9:37 a.m. in the 2200 block of Camino Brazos â–  2:51 p.m. in the 4700 block of Hopyard Avenue â–  3:18 p.m. in the 1500 block of Ramblewood Way Auto burglary â–  9:53 p.m. in the 4000 block of Pimlico Drive Prowling â–  11:09 p.m. in the 2700 block of Lylewood Drive Threats â–  4:24 p.m. in the 4100 block of Casterson Court Vandalism â–  5:46 a.m. in the 1500 block of Poppybank Court â–  9:13 a.m. in the 4400 block of Second Street

July 3 Bicycle theft â–  12:15 p.m. in the 440 block of Railroad Avenue Battery â–  11:44 p.m. at the intersection of San Marco Way and Siena Street Public drunkenness â–  10:59 p.m. in the 5700 block of Northway Road â–  11:24 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street

July 4 Auto theft â–  9:31 p.m. in the 4300 block of Valley Avenue Commercial burglary â–  10:44 p.m. in the 3900 block of Valley Avenue Auto burglary â–  1:41 p.m. in the 3700 block of Ashwood Drive â–  10:59 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Vandalism â–  3:57 a.m. in the 6800 block of Santa

Rita Road â–  8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Calle Alegre and Via del Cielo â–  9:19 a.m. in the 900 block of Clinton Place â–  8:49 p.m. in the 2500 block of Hopyard Road Public drunkenness â–  12:22 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road â–  11:50 p.m. in the 4400 block of Rosewood Drive

July 5 Theft â–  3:14 p.m. in the 4000 block of Stanley Boulevard; fraud â–  4:33 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting â–  5:17 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Burglary â–  9:51 a.m. in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive; commercial burglary â–  4:12 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road â–  4:16 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Battery â–  7:59 p.m. in the 5300 block of Owens Court Vandalism â–  2:12 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Alcohol violations â–  5:19 a.m. in the 700 block of Mirador Court; public drunkenness â–  11:02 p.m. in the 6400 block of Owens Drive; public drunkenness â–  11:32 p.m. at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Blackbird Lane; DUI

July 6 Auto burglary â–  6:20 p.m. in the 5800 block of Parkside Drive â–  3:12 p.m. in the 5500 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard Vandalism â–  2:41 a.m. in the 4100 block of Payne Road Alcohol violations â–  1:40 a.m. at the intersection of S. Valley trails and Hopyard road; DUI


10:01 p.m. in the 3100 block of Santa Rita Road; public drunkenness

July 7 Shoplifting â–  7:34 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Commercial burglary â–  11:44 a.m. in the 1400 block of Cedarwood Lane Auto burglary â–  5:36 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Vandalism â–  12:34 p.m. in the 4400 block of Second Street Paraphernalia possession â–  10:59 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and Kottinger Drive

July 8 Theft â–  9:23 a.m. in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue; theft â–  11:11 a.m. in the 1500 block of Via di Salerno; theft from structure â–  9:39 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; embezzlement Commercial burglary â–  8:38 a.m. in the 1400 block of Cedarwood Lane Auto burglary â–  10:23 a.m. in the 4100 block of Pleasanton Avenue Vandalism â–  10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Stoneridge Drive Public drunkenness â–  12:33 a.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road

July 9 Auto theft â–  7:57 a.m. in the 5000 block of Owens Drive Residential burglary â–  5:26 p.m. in the 4000 block of Payne Road â–  6:05 p.m. in the 6500 block of Inglewood Drive Vandalism â–  10:23 a.m. at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Nevada Street

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tor and a pillowcase were reported stolen in a residential burglary between 6:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. July Â™ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ{äääÊLÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠÂœvĂŠ*>ĂžÂ˜iĂŠ,Âœ>`°Ê A side garage door and the door from the garage into the home had been left unlocked. UĂŠ ĂŠ `Ă€ÂˆÂ?Â?ĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ >ĂŠ Ăƒ>ĂœĂŠ ĂœÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…ĂŠ >ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŒ>Â?ĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ fxäÇÊ ĂœiĂ€iĂŠ ĂƒĂŒÂœÂ?iÂ˜ĂŠ vĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠ œ“iĂŠ Depot in the 6000 block of Johnson Drive in a shoplifting reported at about 9:51 a.m. July 5. UĂŠ Â…>Ă€Â?iĂƒĂŠ-Â?ÂœĂ•ĂœÂŽi]ĂŠĂ“n]ĂŠÂœvĂŠ*Â?i>Ăƒ>˜ton was arrested on a felony warrant out of Modesto for assault with a deadly weapon after a traffic stop at about 1:15 a.m. July 9 in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road. UĂŠ 7>Ă€`ĂŠ Â?Â?>Â˜ĂŠ iVÂŽĂŠ ]ĂŠ Ă“Ăˆ]ĂŠ >ĂŠ ĂŒĂ€>˜sient, was arrested at about 5:15 °“°Ê Ă•Â?ÞÊ ĂŽĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ xnääÊ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ Owens Drive for possession of stolen property after being caught ĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŠ>ĂŠfÇxĂŠLˆVĂžVÂ?iĂŠĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠĂœ>ĂƒÂ˜Â˝ĂŒĂŠÂ…ÂˆĂƒÂ° UĂŠ ĂŠ Ă€iĂƒÂˆ`iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ {äääÊ LÂ?ÂœVÂŽĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ Stanley Boulevard told police at >LÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠĂŽ\ÂŁ{ʍ°“°ÊĂ•Â?ÞÊxĂŠĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠĂƒÂœÂ“ione used his Social Security number for employment in Tennessee. Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted. —Glenn Wohltmann


Robert James Trimingham May 26, 1937 - June 30, 2013 Robert (Bob) Trimingham passed away June 30th at his home in Livermore, CA. He is survived by his sister Claire (Tom) Fields, nephew Christopher (Sheila) Martin, niece Nicole (Maytheni Allen) Ines, four great nephews and two great nieces, and also his companion of many years, Deloris Colonna. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Lorna Trimingham, of Pleasanton. Bob was born in Pleasanton in 1937. He attended Amador High School and went to Stanford University where he received a degree in Geology. He then received a degree in Physical Science/Education from UC Berkley in 1963, and attended the University of Rochester in NY for a Master’s Degree in Education. Bob had a teaching career in Geology, Physics, and Math at Livermore High School which lasted for 30 years before retiring in 1995. Bob remained a loyal Stanford sports fan his entire life. His other primary interest was minerals and collecting mineral species, from micros to large showy specimens. He was a courageous mineral field tripper who avidly traveled America for collections, mineral shows and museums. He was a member of the Livermore Valley Lithophiles Gem and Mineral Society for 45 years. He helped with Lithorama Gem and Mineral shows, societies’ booths, lithophiles’ presentations, and the San Leandro Library reading programs. He was a charter member of the Bay Area Mineralogists in Palo Alto, and belonged to the Northern California Mineralogical Society in Placerville. Bob also was a member of the Mu-

seum on Main Street in Pleasanton, where he did displays on the Geology of the Tri-Valley area. His dedication to family and friends, as well as his generosity, intelligence, and kindness will be missed by all. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association.

Edward James McMahon Feb. 10, 1943 - June 20, 2013 Ed, resident of Ft Worth Texas, passed away on the 20th of June 2013, at the age of 70, peacefully with his family at his side in Waldorf, Maryland. Ed was born on the 10th of February 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa and raised in Pleasanton, California. Ed graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1 9 6 1 and then served his country honorably in the US Army. He retired from General Motors in 1999 after 37 years of employment. He was a proud member of the UAW Local 816, the National Rifle Association and enjoyed two decades of coaching baseball, playing softball, cooking, spending time with family, fishing and shooting at the gun range. Ed is survived by his sisters Patsy Lund, Barbara Mills, Bette Olivares, his two sons Master Chief Shawn McMahon, Jason (and wife Kim) McMahon and his six grandchildren Blake, Kailey, Mackenzie, Aydan, Grady and Maylee McMahon. At Mr. McMahon’s request there is no service being held, please send your condolences to 2202 Pinefield Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.

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Volunteers and donors gear up for Relay for Life By Jenn Teitell You may have noticed the proliferation of purple ribbons on trees and telephone poles lining Main Street. They were hung to promote the upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The annual event, scheduled for July 27-28 at the Pleasanton Middle School track, is a time for volunteers, participants and donors to come together to support the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. “I think Relay for Life is like a night’s getaway to have fun, meet new people that all have one thing in common — they are all affected by cancer in one way or another — and also to spread awareness to the people in our community,” said cancer survivor Kaitlin Gallagher. Gallagher, a recent Amador Valley High graduate, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2010 but is now in remission. She participated as a team member in 2012, and this year she is taking on a new role as Survivor Chair. Participants form teams that run and walk laps during the 24-hour event, camping together in the center of the track during their breaks. The goal is to have at least one team representative on the track at all times because “cancer never sleeps.” To add fun to the relay, some laps are themed; the Hawaiian and crazy hat laps are two scheduled for this year. Florine Johnston, a lead regional volunteer for the American Cancer Society, stressed the need for volunteers to help during the event as well as assist in setting up beforehand on Friday, July 26. The fundraiser has a goal of raising $105,000, much of which is anticipated to come from donaCOURTESY LARRY COY

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tions during and shortly before the event. According to the Relay for Life website, 35 teams and 213 participants have raised close to $36,000 as of Monday morning. However, raising money is not the only goal of the relay; it is also to inspire survivors to fight back against cancer and to know that the community supports them. “The biggest thing is for them to come out and participate and be a part of something bigger than the money,” said Johnston. Relay for Life will work closely with Valley Medical Oncology Consultants to raise money and promote awareness of cancer. The practice raised approximately $10,000 for last year’s fundraiser, according to Executive Director Bob Anderson. VMOC hopes to reach this goal again, he said, mentioning fundraisers such as drawings and the sale of cupcakes in the building lobby. Anderson himself has been involved for several years in the American Cancer Society Action Network, a group that lobbies for legislation that will benefit the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Some local businesses are supporting the cause, too. On July 1, Eddie Papa’s American Hangout held a fundraiser for the event, with 20% of the proceeds going toward Relay for Life. “We actually do fundraisers for multiple causes, and we donate to multiple causes because we feel like we can, so why shouldn’t we? We want to support people in the community because they support us,” said General Manager Andrea Gerton, who added that the fundraiser had a high turnout. Making the event a success is a community effort — Mayor Jerry Thorne will speak at the Opening Ceremony, and most of the teams are local residents. Kathy Lin, a senior at Amador Valley High School, is taking part in the fundraiser for a second year. Her team will likely raise around $1,500 mainly by selling See’s Candy, she said, remarking on the success of the team’s sales. Lin, like many participants, was inspired to join the cause because she had witnessed friends and family members struggling with cancer firsthand. “It’s very hard seeing close ones suffer both physically and emotionSee CANCER on Page 15


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Children earn prizes, keep minds sharp over summer BY JENN TEITELL

Readers looking for a prehistorically good time this summer can stop by the Pleasanton library to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Since June 15, the children’s section has been transformed into an elaborate set filled with dinosaurs, cave paintings and fossils, relating to the program’s theme this year, “Prehistoric Pleasanton.” At stations located around the set, readers can learn about the Ice Age, early man and ancient oceans as well as sign up for the reading incentive game, the main focus of the program. In the game, readers earn prizes for every ten hours they read as they move around a prehistoric-themed game board. “We have determined that we want our game to be about learning that reading is fun, so we don’t tie it to book reports; we don’t want it to feel like school. We tell them they can read absolutely anything they want — it’s just pure enjoyment,” said Sandy Silva, the head of the


Kid Power volunteers (l-r) Annam Gunney, 11, and Tiffany Kwok, 10, run a booth to help readers participate in the scavenger hunt and sign up for the summer reading program.

children’s section. Though the game is certainly about enjoyment, with prizes such as coupons for Cafe Art and Round Table Pizza, notebooks and brandnew books, it is also a way for its estimated 4,000 participants to keep their minds fresh over the summer. “The whole concept of the Summer Reading Game is really critical in terms of helping children

maintain the skills that they have achieved the previous school year, because they’ve done numerous studies that when children don’t read, they regress, so they spend the first part of the school year having to reintroduce and rebuild those skills,” said Silva. Helping run the program are Kid Power volunteers, kids entering grades six through nine who have been trained to help other children sign up for the game, explain the game, run the scavenger hunt and issue prizes. The small library staff would be unable to run the program without them, according to Silva. “It’s really fun to do this, and kids are really happy because you give them prizes,” said Kid Power volunteer Anushka Parihar, 14. The program will continue until Aug. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. For more information, visit the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., call the Children’s Desk at 9313400, or find information at www. N

ally at the hands of cancer, but it’s also incredibly impelling to see them pull through and fight back,” she said. Lin also felt that being involved in Relay for Life was a meaningful and rewarding experience for young adults such as herself. “I think that, a lot of times, high school students or youths in general are caught up in their own bubble of the world where everything is perfect or, if anything bad is out there, it won’t affect them personally,” she said. “It’s great that high school stu-

dents have the opportunity to be involved in causes like Relay for Life because it forces us to get out of that bubble and lets us make an impact in the lives of others.” Those interested in helping can visit to sign up to participate or donate. For those unable to attend Relay for Life but still wishing to help cancer-related causes, the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1987 A Santa Rita Road, needs shoppers as well as volunteers; and the annual Bras for the Cause Breast Cancer Walk is held downtown every year on Mother’s Day weekend. N

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“Oliver!” the musical is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel, “Oliver Twist,” the story of a young orphan in London who runs away from Mr. Bumble’s orphanage. He soon stumbles into a life of pickpocketing for con artist Fagin, along with his new-found friend the Artful Dodger. Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is presenting the award-winning musical next week at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, with director John Baiocchi Baiocchi was in the cast of the TVRT production of “Oliver!” in 1992, and he later directed and produced it in 2001. The show soon became one of his favorites. “The story of Oliver is dark, but

there is a hopefulness and humanity about it. The score is full of great numbers, and the characters are unforgettable. All of the characters make their way through a difficult world as best they can,” Baiocchi said. Choreographer Todd Aragon relates to the Oliver/Dodger friendship and how one relies on friends to get by. “My best friend as a kid was a ‘street smart’ kid like the Dodger who taught me how to fend for myself,” Aragon said. “We are still best friends to this day.” Oliver opens July 20 and runs through Aug. 4, with 8 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. shows on Sundays. For more information, visit N

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at Ruby Hill Winery event center in Pleasanton. Twenty winemakers are partnering with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors, and those who attend can taste the pairings then cast their votes for the People’s Choice award. Friday through Sunday, wineries throughout Livermore Valley will host cooking classes, barrel seminars, vineyard tours and more. Saturday night, guests join winemakers for a varietal dinner in a wine country setting. For a complete list of events, visit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association website at or call 4479463. N

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The view from Mount Bental, the site of one of the largest tank battles in history during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, is visited by Birthright participants each year



very year, thousands of young Jewish people travel to Israel to learn more about their religion, culture and heritage. Through the organization Taglit-Birthright, Jews between ages 18 and 26 can participate in a 10-day trip to the Holy Land for free. Hebrew for “discovery,” Taglit exemplifies the goal of the Birthright trip: a discovery of Israel and its people, discovery of one’s personal connection to Jewish values and tradition, and connection to the larger Jewish community. Since it began in 1999, Birthright has sent approximately 340,000 Jewish youths from 62 countries to Israel through donations from philanthropists, the state of Israel, the Jewish Federation system, the Jewish Agency for Israel and alumni. “We believe that the experience of a trip to Israel is a building block of Jewish identity, and that by providing that gift to young Jews, we can strengthen bonds with the land and people of Israel and solidarity with Jewish communities worldwide,” Birthright’s website states. Hundreds of Jewish teens and young adults throughout the Tri-Valley and Bay Area have participated in the educational pilgrimage, organized by a variety of companies who cater to niche areas of interest. Participants can opt for trips that are orthodox, outdoors-focused, Hillel/student-centered or photography-focused, among others. By offering a variety of experiences, Birthright organizers hope to reach a whole generation of Jewish youths. “It’s important for Jewish youth to visit Israel to form a bond with the people and with the land. They hear so much on the media, they see things on television, online and they can often get a distorted picture of the politics and the social reality,” said Rabbi David Katz of Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton. “To go to Israel shows them what is actually happening, revives their spirit, Page 16ÊUÊJuly 12, 2013ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

Jewish youths travel to Israel for unique cultural experience strengthens their identity and helps them understand where they fit in to a worldwide Jewish picture.” California High School graduate Jonny Grishpul went on Birthright in winter 2011 with a Hillel group. A junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Grishpul is active in Alpha Epsilon Pi, a national Jewish fraternity, and was also involved in college and high school Jewish youth groups. Despite his involvement, Grishpul considers himself more a spiritual Jew than a religious one. “From my prior Jewish education, I kind of learned the underlying values and morals Judaism teaches and really agree with those. I find it important to keep Judaism in my life,” he said. “I studied about Israel for so long — I knew it from a book sense, had heard about it but I’d never been there.” Grishpul counted visiting Tsfat — the home of Kaballah — and climbing Mount Heron as highlights of his trip. While ac-

tivities vary based on the trip provider, most Birthright participants visit the ancient fortress Masada, spend the night in a Bedouin tent, ride a camel, climb Mount Herzel and float in the Dead Sea. All trips visit important sites in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. “It was really meaningful to be in the place where your ancestors once stood and in the place where so much has happened; it just made a lot more sense,” Grishpul said. Twenty-six-year-old Sarah Buczek, a graduate of San Ramon Valley High, traveled to Israel in January 2011 with an outdoors program. Although she went with the intention of further developing her Jewish identity, Buczek said she realized she was more religious than many of her peers, but much less so than Israelis she encountered. “I just realized that I’m OK with being a ‘culture Jew,’” she said. “At first, when I came home from Israel, I felt like I needed to practice Shabbat and be more intense about Judaism,

but living in the U.S. it’s OK to feel that way.” Israeli society is much more conducive to traditional or orthodox Judaism, she added. “It’s a lot easier to hold Shabbat, to not work,” Buczek noted. “As opposed to here where to get the High Holidays off of work or school is impossible.” Birthright participants are toured around by Israelis, some of whom are actively serving in the army, in addition to being dropped in the middle of Israeli culture. For Cal High grad Leah Yamshon, the realities of societal enforced gender separation in religious places such as The Western Wall were initially troublesome. Upon returning to the Wall at night on Shabbat, however, Yamshon changed her mind. “The women’s side was like a celebration and the other side is not like that at all. It was a very uplifting experience with a whole bunch of Jewish women, and I felt very united,” she said. A journalist and Jewish educator who has spent several years preparing teens for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Yamshon said she traveled to Israel already solid in her Jewish identity. “I came there loving being Jewish and I left still loving being Jewish and it kind of reaffirmed that this is what I believed,” Yamshon said, adding that she would like to return. “Israel is just so interesting because of where it is geographically. It’s just kind of cool to be around this really neat culture for a week and it made me want to hold onto the faith even more when I got back.” Others, such as Pleasanton resident Lee Burg, left Israel a little disenchanted. Burg, 26, went on Birthright in 2006 and said he came home feeling less connected to his Jewish identity. “It was an overwhelming and divisive experience. It was nice to really get into it and know exactly how a lot of people are with their religion and pretty much make it their




At the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where tens of thousands of people sometimes gather for prayer. Known for centuries as the Wailing Wall, it was built by King Herod in the first century B.C.


Walking the narrow alleys of old Jerusalem.

whole life, but it was nice to be able to say you don’t have to be like that,” he said. Josh Gordon, a former San Ramon resident, said he expected Birthright to have a bigger impact on his identity as a Jew. Although Gordon left feeling more proud to be Jewish, he didn’t feel more inclined to go to synagogue or celebrate holidays. “It’s a very endearing experience in a lot of ways when you go over there, especially old Jerusalem and seeing how much they have gone through,” he added. “They’re a very proud people over there, and it’s pretty cool to be a part of that.” Responding to criticisms of Birthright being strictly pro-Israel or a means to sway participants in a Zionist political direction, all said they felt that trip organizers presented a fairly balanced view of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Buczek said she got a real taste for the Israeli way of thought when her group discussed politics with Israeli soldiers. “I’m more aware now of why it’s a very difficult location to have peace,” she said. “Everyone was really nice but their perspective on Israel is that it belongs to them and that was a really weird thought to me, because I never thought of land as belonging to a certain religion. The idea of sharing it is not a concept that they even consider almost.” Burg said that while he understands both sides, he didn’t want to get involved in political debate while on Birthright. “I used to be on Israel’s side just because it’s all you know about. But once you start hearing about the other side and how everybody else thinks, everybody needs their own place to call their own,” he said. Rabbi Katz disagreed with the negative connotations of Zionism and said that while the

trip is an arm of the Zionist movement in that it creates a bond between Jews and Israel, participants are wise to the political spectrum. “Our young people know how to ask good questions, how to see both sides of the picture and understand the needs, desires and hopes of all the populations of Israel,” he said. Regardless of political orientation, all participants agreed that Birthright was a powerful experience and one that they would recommend to other Jewish youths. “I wouldn’t say I’m any more Jewish from going to Israel but I feel a lot more connected to my heritage and to my religion from going to The Western Wall and seeing thousands of years of history before my eyes,” Grishpul said. To learn more about Taglit-Birthright, visit N


Participants travel the Negev desert on camels and donkeys.


Birthright youths visiting the Dead Sea cover themselves in mud, which is said to have positive effects on health.


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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

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COMPUTER TUTORING Need help with downloading E-books from the library to your E-Reader, sending e-mail attachments, social networking, blogging, general Internet questions? Drop-in classes are from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call Mary Luskin at 931-3400, ext. 7. Free and open to all.


BIKE PARTY PLEASANTON Bicycle riders of all ages, experience levels and bike types are encouraged to meet, ride and play together in the streets of Pleasanton the second Friday of each month. Riders meet at 7 p.m. Fore more information, go to pleasanton. MCNERNEY’S ‘CLEAN ENERGY NATION’ The TriValley Democratic Club presents Congressman Jerry McNerney and Marty Cheek, authors of “Clean Energy Nation.� There will be book signing, discussion and refreshments from 7-9 p.m., Monday, July 15, at IBEW 595, 6250 Village Pkwy., Dublin. Call 451-4303 or go to PLEASANTON NEWCOMERS CLUB This club is a great way for new and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every

month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. Visit Contact Info@ or 2158405. TRI-VALLEY SWEEPERS MEETING The next meeting of the Tri-Valley Sweepers, a social club for people who like to enter sweepstakes as a hobby, will take place from 10-11 a.m., Sunday, July 14. For details and to RSVP, go to www.meetup. com/Tri-valley-Sweepers/.


A SALUTE TO RAY CHARLES AND ARETHA FRANKLIN Bay Area favorite Johnny Trotman returns with his popular performing group and special guest Felicia White with a salute to the songs of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 931-4848 or go to FUSION FOLK AMERICANA AT THE LIBRARY Jennings and Keller, an acoustic duo playing fusion folk americana, are giving a free concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call the library at 9313400, ext. 4, for more information.


‘A SURVIVOR AND HIS SAVIORS’? Chabad of the Tri-Valley invites you to a special evening with Holocaust

survivor and author Mr. Leon Malmed, and the grandchildren of the courageous heroes who sheltered and saved his life. From 7:30-10 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at Pleasanton Masonic Center, 3370 Hopyard Road. Cost is $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Contact Rabbi Raleigh Resnick at 846-0700 or FARMERS MARKET Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. GNON’S GOING TO THE DOGS Girls Night Out Networking is partnering with the Valley Humane Society for a donation drive to help animals, at upcoming mixer, 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 17. For list of donations visit how-to-help/wish-list/. RSVP to TASTE OUR TERROIR EVENT Join Livermore Valley’s annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence. Winemakers partner with Bay Area Chefs to compete for honors. Taste 20 delectable pairings and cast your vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award! 6-9 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at Casa Real. Cost is $85. Go to TRIATHALON SERIES Close to 800 first-timer and many-timer triath-

letes will be on hand at On Your Mark Events’ 26th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd. Cost is $65-$73. Contact (209) 795-7832 or go to VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY’S THE GREAT CATSBY Kick up your heels in glorious revelry at The Great Catsby, a swank evening of delectable eats, live music, and gambling, from 6-10:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 301 Main St. Cost is $65, optional $35 poker buy in. Vintage fashions encouraged. Proceeds benefit Valley Humane Society. Contact 426-8656 or go to http://


THE HEART SEEN EXHIBIT Come to The Heart Seen Exhibit on Saturday, July 27, at Rick’s Picks in downtown Pleasanton. This independent art exhibit features found heart photography, heart shapes found in nature without human intervention. Contact Sandra Kay, the host and artist, at 337-2320 or


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ON THE TOWN ● CALENDAR friendly film about a misunderstood boy who takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Bring your own seating. Call 931-5340.


3RD ANNUAL TERRY PATTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT This golf tournament is being held in memory of Terry Patters, who passed away too soon, from 1-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5, at Poppy Ridge Golf Course, 4280 Greenville Road, Livermore. Cost is $150 per player. Go to http://events.melanoma. org/TerryPattersGolf2013 for more information or to purchase tickets. All proceeds go directly to the Melanoma Research Foundation. ADOPT A DOG/PUPPY (TVAR) Tri-Valley Animal Rescue is at the Pleasanton Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit the tent to meet puppies and dogs available for adoption! Speak directly with foster parents. Found out how you can become a foster home. Go to for more information.

DOGTOPIA’S CHARITY DOG WASH Treat your dog to a refreshing bath for a great cause, from 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 21, at 7132 Johnson Dr. Enjoy music, appetizers and refreshments with your dog and family! Suggested donation of $15 per dog. Donations benefit Veterans Moving Forward and America’s VetDogs. Call 416-7877. NEW LEAF SALES TO HELP RELAY FOR LIFE Shop at New Leaf Community Market from 8 a.m.9 p.m., Thursday, July 25, when 5% of the day’s sales will go to the American Cancer Society Pleasanton Relay for Life race on July 27, a life-changing event that helps the community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones and fight back. Go to PAWS IN NEED YARD SALE New and gently used items. Home decor, pictures, tote bags, and more. All proceeds benefit the community animals’ medical fund. Come to this one day only yard sale, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at Milfleur, 200 Ray St. To make


View a complete list of winners and their websites at

Amador Valley Chiropractic

Best Chiropractic Office — TIE

148 Ray Street, Suite A, Pleasanton, 484-0191

Bella Luna Studios

Best Photographer

P.O. Box 1824, Pleasanton, 998-1171

Callippe Preserve

Best Golf Course

8500 Clubhouse Drive, Pleasanton, 426-6666


Best Carpet / Flooring Store

4299 Rosewood Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton, 847-0866

Casa Orozco

Best Mexican Restaurant

7995 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin, 828-5464 325 South L Street, Livermore, 449-3045

Charles Schwab

Best Financial Planning Brokerage

6200 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, 875-5520 670 Main Street, Pleasanton, 462-0814

Best Home Furnishings and Best Place to Buy a Gift

Crispim BJJ Barra Brothers

Best Martial Arts Studio

Clover Creek

7063 Commerce Circle, Suite G, Pleasanton, 468-0330

Dickey’s BBQ 6654 Koll Center Pkwy., Suite 330, Pleasanton, 426-6800

Fontina Ristrorante

Best Barbecue and Best Take-out Restaurant Best Italian Restaurant

349 Main Street, Suite 150, Pleasanton, 462-9299

Foothill Optometric Group

Best Optometrist

6155 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton, 463-2150

Gay 90’s Pizza & Pasta

Best Pizza

288 Main Street, Pleasanton, 846-2520

Gina Piper

Best Real Estate Agent

6111 Johnson Court, Pleasanton, 200-0202

Glover’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Best Carpet Cleaning Service

2843 Hopyard Road, Suite 190, Pleasanton, 462-4262


Best Hair Salon for Women

4307 Valley Avenue, Suite F, Pleasanton, 462-4247

Healthy Necessity Massage

Best Massage

610 Main Street, Suite E, Pleasanton, 413-2629

Hearing Services

Best Hearing Services Provider

4460 Black Avenue, Suite F, Pleasanton, 484-3507 1613 Second Street, Livermore, 960-0391

Heritage Estates

Best Senior Living Facility

900 East Stanley Blvd., Livermore, 373-3636


Best Burger and Best French Fries

6015 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton, (800) 786-1000

Jazz N Taps


Best Place for Dance Lessons

1270 Quarry Lane, Pleasanton, 484-0678

Landmark Mortgage Group

Best Mortgage Company

5075 Hopyard Road, Suite 130, Pleasanton, 600-2000

Mary Lou Edwards

Best Mortgage Professional

5199 Johnson Dr, Suite 110, Pleasanton, 285-5333

Moxley Team

Best Real Estate Team

900 Main Street, Suite 101, Pleasanton, 600-0990

Precision Auto Repair

Best Foreign Car Repair

164-A Wyoming Street, Pleasanton, 462-7440

Renee Huber

Best Local Insurance Agent

320 Saint Mary Street, Pleasanton, 484-2222

Sohl Chiropractic

Best Chiropractic Office — TIE

4439 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 200, Pleasanton, 462-2225

Tri-Valley PC Medic

Best Computer Repair

4917 Golden Road, Pleasanton, 989-7722

A Touch of Health Day Spa

Best Day Spa

80 Mission Drive, Suite A, Pleasanton, 484-1726

Valley Plumbing

Best Plumber

272 Rose Avenue, Pleasanton, 462-1639

VIP Cleaners

Best Dry Cleaner

3120 Santa Rita Road, Suite E, Pleasanton, 462-8838 1809 Santa Rita Road, Suite F, Pleasanton, 846-4335 400 Main Street, Suite 200, Pleasanton, 462-6007

Best Financial Planning Firm (Non-brokerage)

Zen Pilates & Fitness

Best Yoga / Pilates Studio

Wealth Management Associates

3059 Hopyard Road, Suite C, Pleasanton, 600-7800



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Folk rock on tonight with the Bacchus Brothers Concerts in the Park continue tonight with the Bacchus Brothers performing folk rock from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park on the corner of First and Neal streets, with overflow crowds filling the north edge of Delucchi Park across Neal. The Friday night concerts are Pleasanton’s favorite spot for picnicking and live music, sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association. Concert-goers can put out blankets and chairs the morning of the concert. JEB BING

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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND Tri-Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will be meeting from 1-3 p.m., second Saturday of each month at Valley Memorial Hospital, 1111 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Any visually impaired or blind person is urged to attend. Call Carl at 449-9362.

Kids & Teens

CAT CARETAKER CAMP Step into the shoes of a Valley Humane Society Cat Care Volunteer for one week and earn volunteer service hours while caring for cats, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, July 29-Friday, Aug. 2, at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St. Cost is $250. Ages 10-15. Contact 426-8656, ext. 13, or VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School will be offered 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Aug. 8-Friday, Aug. 9, at St. Clare’s Church, 3350 Hopyard Road. Four years old through fifth grade. Cost is $60 first child, $40 each additional. Go to stclarespleasanton. org.

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AMADOR VALLEY QUILTERS Presenting “A Desperate Housewife’s Quilt Journey” by Sue Rasmussen, a humorous look at her development as a quilt artist. Bring your own lunch and join in a lemonade social at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at 5001 Case Ave. Contact Pamela Campion at 836-6460 or For more information, go to www.amadorvalleyquilters. org.


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BERRY BONANZA BERRY TASTING Stop by each New Leaf department for a taste of something berry delicious, from noon-3 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at New Leaf Community Market, 3550 Bernal Ave. Go to www.newleafpleasanton.eventbrite. com.

MID-SUMMER NIGHT’S BBQ Have an exquisite sit-down steak dinner in Shakespearean ambiance from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at New Leaf Community Market. Cost is $14.99. Free drawing for tickets to Shakespeare in the Vineyard. Preregister by calling 621-7660, ext. 120, or go to VFW POST 75 MEETING Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post 75, will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville. For more information, contact Post Commander Ernie Petagara at 362-9806 or go to

On Stage

‘LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION’ Tri-Valley Young Performers Academy presents “Les Miserables School Edition” at 7 p.m., Friday, July 12; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 13; and at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at Livermore High School, 600 Maple St. Cost is $10. Contact Linda at TVYPA@ or go to www. ‘TRI-VALLEY HIGH: THE SERIES’ Bay Area’s award-winning teen improv troupe, Creatures of Impulse, presents its summer classic, Episodic, with live, improvised teen soap opera, full of mesmerizing teen angst. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, July 10-31, at Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $5-$15. Call 931-4848. FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK PRESENTS ‘MACBETH’ Shakespeare in the Park presents “Macbeth,” a masterpiece of intrigue, swordplay and witchcraft, at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, June 29-July 14, at Amador Valley Community Park. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy free professional theater under the stars. SNEAK PEEK AT GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Lamplighters Music Theatre will perform a free sneak peak of “Iolanthe,” a satirical story about what happens when a band of fairies takes over Parliament, at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 21, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Full production comes to the Bankhead Theater in August.


EAT, DRINK, AND BE LOCAL WITH WINE PAIRINGS Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and New Leaf Community Markets are teaming up to offer wine and food pairings featuring Page Mill Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Las Positas Vineyards, Longevity Wines and Wood Family Vineyards. From 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 12, at New Leaf Community Market. Go to www.

‘23 MINUTES IN HELL’ Bill Wiese, the New York Times best-selling author of “23 Minutes in Hell” will be the guest speaker the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, July 21, at Harvest Valley Church, 3200 Hopyard Road. Contact 484-2482 or Visit

KNIFE SHARPENING Absolutely Sharp will be offering its sharpening and repair services from noon-6 p.m., Monday, July 15, at New Leaf Community Market. They will sharpen knives, scissors and fix broken tools. Prices vary. Go to www. for more information.

PROJECT READS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Change a life - become a literacy tutor. Pleasanton library’s Project Read needs volunteer tutors to help adults with English skills. Volunteer training will be 1-4 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Contact Penny Johnson at 931-3405 or PennyJohnson@



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Pleasanton National Intermediate playing in World Series Livermore hosting 1st Little League World Series in new division BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Pleasanton National Intermediate, a team of 13-year-old players in Pleasanton National Little League, will represent District 57 at the newly created Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division World Series for 11- to 13-yearolds. The new league is holding its inaugural tournament July 30-Aug. 5 at Max Baer Park, home of Granada Little League, in Livermore. “It is the first Pleasanton team to make it to the Little League World Series,” said Andrea Lander, a player’s mom. “Pleasanton National won the District 57 Championship by beating Granada, 9-2, in the final game.” “ESPN is going to be here, and there will be a big parade in Livermore,” she added. The parade begins at 6 p.m., Monday, July 29, following an awards ceremony for the teams, which have already won their divisions, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

Pleasanton National will play in the first game, on Tuesday. The team is managed by Dave Lander and coached by Dale Wolfe and Bob Kaufman. Team members are Mitch Benson, Quinn Brinnon, Max Heverly, Jimmy Kaufman, Maxwell Lander, Nate Lau, Cal O’Loughlin, Nicholas Orecchia, Evan Wolfe, Trevor Bergman, Drew Kobayashi, Trevor Wallace and Drew McGinty. The new division will have a pitching distance of 50 feet and base paths of 70 feet. Livermore was chosen last summer as the site for the 50/70 Baseball Division World Series from among several cities, including Vancouver, Washington and Chicago. “It was a difficult choice, since all the cities are so close in terms of what they have to offer,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball. “Ultimately, the Board of Directors settled on Northern California, the greater San Francisco

area, Livermore and Granada Little League as its top choice.” The World Series Tournament Director will be California District 57 Administrator Dave Wetmore, a San Ramon resident who has implemented several levels of the 50-70 Pilot Program throughout his district. “The 50/70 Pilot Program has been welcomed with open arms here,” Wetmore said. “People see it as a great way to make the transition from the Little League field to the standard baseball diamond. For us, it has kept more players in our programs into their teenage years.” “We’ve got 10 teams coming in to Northern California for the inaugural series,” Wetmore said. This includes teams from Asia, Latin America, Puerto Rico and Canada, along with five teams from the United States, from the East, Southeast, Southwest, West, the Central U.S. and a local team. International teams will compete against

RAGE U17 competing for National Championship

Pleasanton National Intermediate 13-year-olds celebrate after winning the District 57 championship. The team now heads to the Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division World Series.

each other, as will the American teams, with the winners going head to head in the finals. The Intermediate World Series

could be an annual event for Livermore if all goes well and the turnout for the games — which are free — is high, Wetmore said. N

Phantom 12B starts strong

Pleasanton RAGE U17 Elite Clubs National League is one of the final eight teams competing in the North American Soccer League Championship in Virginia from July 10-15 after winning its bracket in the 2012-13 ECNL Finals in Colorado. “The commitment for each other’s success is what kept them working hard when things were very difficult,” said Head Coach Walter Pratte. Team members are Precious Akanyirige, Hailai Arghandiwal, Haley Chow, Danica Egelston, Jessica Jochheim, Samantha Koepp, Katelyn Lortie, Jesy Nelson, Alexandra Nicholas, Brianna Nicholas, Pooja Patel, Brielle Preece, Micaele Scafani, Marissa Scheid, Kylee Smith, Sarah Toelkes, Ivy Torres-Flores, Keli Wheatley and Sarah Wilkinson.

Phantom 12B team members (l-r) Malia Konig, Aliya Lubrin, Rachel Pettey, Michaela Cabral, Coach Shannon Giusti, Libby Schlag, Jessica Shockley, Brooke Promes, Lauren Hermes, Kaitlyn Jones, Coach Pete Schlag, Hope Alley and Abby Curlett celebrate their secondplace win in the tough Jan Macpherson Memorial Tournament, which kicked off their summer softball travel season. Phantom beat San Carlos Force, 16-2; Foster City Flash, 5-4; San Mateo Slammers, 3-1; Los Gatos Magic, 3-1; and Almaden Lightning, 5-4, on their way to the championship, where they again faced Foster City Flash, which this time prevailed, 13-17.



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LEGALS 995 Fictitious Name Statement DIRECT TO YOU NOTARY SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 479504 The following person(s) doing business as: DIRECT TO YOU NOTARY SERVICES, 1226 SHADY POND LANE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Dhawallah Aisien, 1226 Shady Pond Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: D Aisien. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 06/12/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 2013) BAY AREA HOME INSPECTION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 479474 The following person(s) doing business as: BAY AREA HOME INSPECTION, 1552 EAST GATE WAY #134, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Roula Adalat, 1552 East Gate Way #134, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Roula Adalat. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 06/12/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013) VINEYARD BALLET ACADEMY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 479774 The following person(s) doing business as: VINEYARD BALLET ACADEMY, 3550 Bernal Ave., Ste. 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Tenaya Fallis, 576 Briarwood Ct., Livermore, CA 94551; Talia Fallis, 576 Briarwood Ct., Livermore, CA 94551; Tatiana Fallis, 576 Briarwood Ct., Livermore, CA 94551. This business is conducted by a General partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Tenaya Fallis, General Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 06/19/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013)

US MOBILE MARKETING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 479475 The following person(s) doing business as: US MOBILE MARKETING, 3294 CURTIS CIRCLE, PLEASANTON, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Steve Mallory, 3294 Curtis Circle, Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Steve Mallory. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 06/12/2013. (Pleasanton Weekly, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 2013)





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U.S. housing starts show strong market recovery Outlook for continued housing expansion remains positive for rest of 2013, study shows BY JEB BING

A total of 255 metropolitan areas across 49 states and the District of Columbia qualified to be listed on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for July, a newly released report shows. The Improving Markets Index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. The current reports shows new construction is down slightly from the 263 metros that made the list in June, but is more than triple the number of metros that were on it in July 2012. Six new markets were added to the list and 14 were dropped from it in July. Newcomers include the geographically diverse metros of Cumberland, Md.; Saginaw, Mich.; Farmington and Las Cruces, N.M.; Kingston, N.Y.; and Olympia, Wash.

“This is the sixth straight month in which at least 70% of all U.S. metros have qualified for the Improving Markets Index,” observed NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. “The relative stability of the IMI is representative of the broad recovery under way, which is much more extensive than what we were looking at one year ago.” “Despite slight ups and downs in recent IMI levels, an overwhelming majority of U.S. metros, including those located in almost every state, remain solidly on the path to recovery even as the pace of their improvement is slowed by ongoing challenges related to the availability of credit, labor, lots and certain building materials,” added NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Based on recent trends in home prices, housing permits and employment, the outlook for a continued housing expansion remains very positive for the remainder of 2013.” See HOUSING on Page 28


Alamo 4 BEDROOMS 9 Ashford Ct Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

Pleasanton $1,279,000 837-4100

Dublin 1 BEDROOM 3718 Finnian Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$385,000 847-2200

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$449,000 847-2200

3 BEDROOMS 11734 Castle Ct Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$665,000 847-2200

4 BEDROOMS 7920 Creekside Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Lucia Miller

$1,175,000 251-+2548

Livermore 2 BEDROOMS 194 Selby Ln Sun 1-4 Al Zielske 524 Dovecote Ln #1 Sun 1-4 Gene and Cindy Williams 3 BEDROOMS 3668 Germaine Way Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 1360 Wilton Rd Sat/Sun 12-4 Coldwell Banker 545 Heligan Ln #3 Sun 1-4 Eva Deagan 4 BEDROOMS 2794 Tahoe Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1070 Arlington Rd Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 12540 Doubletree Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 2686 Chablis Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 2862 Waverly Wy Sun 1-4 Eleanor Pemper 5 BEDROOMS 1235 Lomitas Ave Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Moxley Team

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4 BEDROOMS 2996 W Ruby Hill Dr $2,250,000 Sun 1-4 Fabulous Properties 980-0273 3833 Kamp Dr $699,950 Sat 1-3:30/Sun 1-4 Delores Gragg 989-6500 5120 Blackbird Dr $819,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Melissa Pederson 397-4326 6315 Inglewood Dr $695,000 Sun 1-4 Dave & Sue Flashberger 463-0436 5 BEDROOMS 9509 Macdonald Court Sat/Sun 2-4 Janna Chestnut 4366 Campinia Sat 1-4 Mike Carey 809 Sunset Creek Lane Sun 1-4 Doug Buenz 1939 Foxswallow Cir Sat/Sun 1-4 Emily Barraclough 858 Castlewood Pl Sun 1-5 Steve & Lorraine Mattos

$1,600,000 876-6105 $1,459,000 963-0569 $1,799,000 463-2000 $999,000 621-4097 $2,395,000 980-8844

6 BEDROOMS 938 Sycamore Creek Wy $1,895,000 Sun 1-5 Steve & Lorraine Mattos 980-8844

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Magnolia Place 5813 Flora Common Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 447-0890 1,972 – 2,510 sq. ft. 3 – 5 bedrooms s 2.5 – 3 baths

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524 Dovecote Lane Unit #1, Livermore


37789 Palomares Road, Castro Valley This private secluded hide-away is the best of resort style living in the country. 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, 2772 square feet on 22 ¾ acres. Bring your horses and ride the endless miles of trails from your own ranch. Store your RVs and enjoy the sparkling pool surrounded by nature. Shown by appointment only. Call listing agent Natalie (925) 580-5963. Offered at $1,595,000

Stunning townhouse, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car attached garage.1639 sq ft. granite slab counters, Travertine tile floors, upgraded stainless steel Bosch appliances. Crown molding, marble slab counters. Beautiful location, outside unit. Exclusive listing. Offered at $525,000

Call Gene & Cindy for details. 510-390-0325

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Charm and elegance radiates from this beautiful Grey Eagle Estate. This custom estate is over 5000 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 2 dens and a media room that could also be a wonderful au pair or in law set up. Gourmet granite slab kitchen with old world hardwood floors. Stunning views from almost every room! 4 car garage. Soon to be priced in the low 1,700,000’s


6315 Inglewood Drive, Pleasanton Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. Sunny kitchen with granite slab counters, stainless steel appliances and tile floors. Wonderful step down family room with cozy fireplace.Large living room and spacious master bedroom. Lots of upgrades. Offered at $695,000

Liz Venema & DeAnna Armario Mike Chandler LIC #01039712


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938 Sycamore Creek Way, Pleasanton This Bridle Creek designer home has it all. The home offers 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,455+/- square feet of living space on a .4 acre lot. It features stainless steel appliances, sub zero refrigerator, large kitchen island, bar with granite tops and backsplash, eat in kitchen, formal dining room, marble, hardwood floors, carpet, crown moldings and surround sound. The large spa spills into the 25 yard solar lap pool. The professionally landscaped yard offers a gazebo, fire pit, paver decking and lawn area. Offered at $1,895,000


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858 Castlewood Place, Pleasanton Castlewood’s “Street of Dreams” offers this 6,000 square foot 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home on 1 oak-studded acre. Panoramic views from every window, overlooks 18th green, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and the valley below. Spacious kitchen opens to patio, outdoor entertainment area, pond with gushing waterfalls. Full size sports court, nature trails. Media room, office, pool room, guest suite downstairs.

Offered at $2,395,000


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Dublin May 24-30 Total sales reported: 20 Lowest sale reported: $330,000 Highest sale reported: $988,000 Average sales reported: $674,350

Livermore May 24-30 Total sales reported: 24 Lowest sale reported: $153,000 Highest sale reported: $905,000 Average sales reported: $545,104

Highest sale reported: $3,075,000 Average sales reported: $931,841

This week’s data represents homes sold during May 24-June 18

San Ramon June 12-18


Total sales reported: 25 Lowest sale reported: $475,000 Highest sale reported: $1,264,000 Average sales reported: $833,800

6861 Adobe Court Ottati Trust to M. Nguyen for $550,000 3590 Brent Court E. & M. Fernandez to D. Chhaya for $679,000 5424 Cameo Court Zupan Trust to V. Chander for $460,000 3534 Churchill Court Morgan Trust to M. Albright for $800,000 7758 Country Lane R. Malstrom to K. & N. Walsh for $1,540,000 9671 Crosby Drive Santos-Panganiban Trust to A. & X. Gelb for $1,495,000 3314 Dunsmuir Court L. Herring to P. Lee for $785,000 2859 El Capitan Drive K. Sutton to P. Krishnamurthy for $565,000 2343 Goldcrest Circle Shaw Homes to G. Jordan for $550,000 936 Gray Fox Circle Bank of America to H. Liu for $1,060,000 1387 Greenwood Road W. Petro to R. & I. Green for $915,000 4630 Laramie Gate Court P. & M. Guillory to V. & J. Husejnovic for $775,000 418 Mission Drive C. Kim to J. Yao for $930,000 3644 Ovella Way M. & P. Gellman to S. & D. Gilmour for $1,350,000 6821 Payne Court M. & N. McDonagh to A. Chalamalasetti for $750,000 500 Pine Hill Lane Stunkel Trust to R. Bitbaba for $950,000 545 Rose Avenue H. Digiusto to Armaz Trust for $412,500 5768 San Carlos Way D. Rinetti to Z. & S. Ahmad for $1,065,000 5624 San Luis Court Dillon Trust to F. Bortot for $705,000

Sunol May 24-30 Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sale reported: $630,000 Highest sale reported: $630,000 Average sales reported: $630,000

Pleasanton May 24-30 Total sales reported: 22 Lowest sale reported: $412,500

Source: California REsource

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San Ramon 6811 Aberdale Circle N. & M. Economos to G. Chavali for $804,000 3700 Anderhan Place Haynes Trust to H. & A. Toralba for $705,000 3127 Ashbrook Lane C. & J. Hyun to R. & A. Parikh for $921,000 14 Canyon Hills Court X. Luo to S. Mishra for $850,000 22 Carlisle Court J. Leonard to J. & J. Fead for $475,000 5800 Cattleya Way Milton Trust to M. & C. Adas for $1,055,000 1517 Cedarwood Loop Nationstar Mortgage to R. Alguri for $580,000 2718 Corey Place Evergreene Trust to E. & L. Persico for $729,000 2554 Derby Drive R. & K. Mok to T. & S. Chakravarthi for $1,049,000 612 Dromana Court P. Kyone to E. & T. Chaudhry for $1,010,000 2301 Elan Lane B. Wu to G. Zheng for $785,000 738 Galemeadow Circle Collins Trust to D. & B. Kershaw for $655,000 742 Galemeadow Circle B. Knizek to R. Balogh for $640,000 3230 Glencoe Circle Lemay Trust to S. & S. Schmit for $1,175,000 2797 Marsh Drive D. & K. French to J. & C. Ingram for $630,000 2450 Milford Drive D. & N. Praharaj to K. & S. Potluri for $739,000

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DUBLIN SAT 1 - 4 11734 CASTLE CT WEST DUBLIN~COURT LOCATION $665,000 3 BR 2 BA Open flr plan.Upgraded kitchen w/granite & SS Appl.Remodeled Mstr bath.Private Backyard. 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE SAT/SUN 1 - 4 12540 DOUBLETREE DRIVE INCREDIBLE VIEWS! $1,149,000 4 BR 2.5 BA Remodeled Kitchen w/granite counters/ SS Appl. Hrdwd flrs. Formal Din/Liv w/Vaulted Ceilings 925.847.2200


SAT/SUN 1 - 4 3718 FINNIAN WAY THE VILLAS AT DUBLIN RANCH $385,000 1 BR 1.5 BA Gorgeous Kit w/granite & open floor plan.Fireplace in Family rm.w/balcony.1 car garage. 925.847.2200

5364 CAMINO ALTA MIRA ENTERTAINER’S DELIGHT $899,000 4 BD 3 BA Spacious/remodeled home in cul-de-sac. Newer roof.Views.Vaulted ceilings.Formal Din/Liv rm

CONCORD 3530 NORTHWOOD DR CUTE & WELL MAINTAINED CONDO $155,000 2 BR 1.5 BA Near shops, schools and transportation. It has easy access to freeway. 925.847.2200

DUBLIN SAT/SUN 1 - 4 3360 MAGUIRE WAY #408 THE TERRACES CONDO $459,000 2 BR 2.5 BA Unit has hrdwd flr,upgraded carpet,SS Appl.,Granite counters,Balconies off of liv rm/mstr 925.847.2200

6625 PIONEER LANE #2 HERITAGE COMMONS $385,000 2 BR 2.5 BA Beautiful townhome. Remodeled Kit & Bath. Walking distance to parks & trails. 925.847.2200

FREMONT 42755 ROBERTS AV IRVINGTON DISTRICT HOME $499,950 3 BR 2 BA Spacious Liv rm w/bay windows.Gourmet kit.w/garden window.Din rm w/french doors.Lrge bkyrd 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE SAT/SUN 1 - 4 2686 CHABLIS WAY GORGEOUS CUSTOM HOME! $925,000 4 BR 3 BA High ceilings.Wd flrs. Gourmet Kitchen. Plantation Shutters. Private lot. Side access. 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE SAT/SUN 12 - 4 1360 WILTON RD UPDATED LIVERMORE HOME $525,000 3 BR 2 BA Updates: Maple cabinets,granite,SS Appl., Hrdwd & tile flrs, Copper piping, Dual pane windows 925.847.2200


SUN 1-4 1070 ARLINGTON ROAD GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD $588,000 4 BR 2 BA New paint,lighting & carpets in Liv rm.Updated Kit w/granite.Dual Pane Windows.Hrdwd Flrs. 925.847.2200

SAT/SUN 1 - 4 2246 EAST AVE. REMODELED HOME $715,000 4 BR 2.5 BA Separate family & dining rm.Plantation shutters.Updated kitchen.Hardwood floors.Views. 925.847.2200

LIVERMORE SAT/SUN 1 - 4 2794 TAHOE DR SHADOWBROOK COMMUNITY $879,000 5 BR 2 BA Beautifully Remodeled.New Carpet & Paint.In-ground pool w/hot tub.Amazing curb appeal. 925.847.2200 1419 SAYBROOK DRIVE WONDERFUL HOME! $489,000 3BD 2 BA Remodeled.Refinished hrdwd flrs.New gourmet kitchen.Dual pane windows.Landscaped.

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Now Pending - 5 Offers 3833 Kamp Drive, Pleasanton Lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. Features updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances including: gas range, recessed lighting and refrigerator. Other upgrades include: hardwood floors, shutters and wood blinds and inside laundry. Large lot for the neighborhood. Walk to park, schools and shopping. Offered at $699,950

2670 Calle Allegre, Pleasanton

A new Country Fair listing! This lovely home features 4 large bedrooms, 3 baths, approx 2854 sqft on a 12,968 sqft flat lot. Desirable and open floorplan with remodeled kitchen. Custom features include 3 built-in TVs in living, family room and master bedroom. All new exterior stucco and paint, dual pane windows, completely remodeled pool and spa. Too many upgrades to list. Ready to move into and enjoy the summer. Offered at $1,240,000

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Just Listed 4431 Seminole Way, Pleasanton $420,000 Move right in to this three bedroom townhouse close to top rated schools, shopping and transportation!

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Val Vista Charmer Move in ready, 3 bedroom home close to parks and schools! Clean, well maintained, and beautifully landscaped yard! Contact Katie for details!

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“The fact that more than two-thirds of all U.S. housing markets continue to be represented on the improving list should be a boon to consumer confidence at a time when many are looking to take advantage of today’s very favorable mortgage rates,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co. The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top

Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metro area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six consecutive months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list. A complete list of all 255 metros currently on the IMI, and separate breakouts of metros newly added to or dropped from the list in July, is available at N


Here is a gem of a home situated in the “Del Prado” neighborhood on a quiet court. This single story home, has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, with just under 2000 sq ft of living space. Enjoy a great layout, with a parklike back yard. Sit back and enjoy the beautifully landscaped yard on a large deck off the family room/kitchen. Sold by Julia Murtagh at Alain Pinel Realtors (925) 997-2411.

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Julia Korpi 25199 Century Oaks Cir – Castro Valley – $899,000 Absolutely stunning home with every decorator touch you can imagine. Panoramic view of the bay & city lights at night. Professional landscaping with nothing spared. Water softener, wet bar, beautiful window treatments & lighting. There’s just too much to list, with triple garage too. Contact Julia for more details at 510-305-3913.

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Katie Moe 6805 Payne Court – Pleasanton Val Vista charmer close to parks and schools! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been well cared for and is move-in ready! Spacious and beautifully landscaped yard with no rear neighbors! Contact Katie for additional details at 216-9083.

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Jan Pegler 125 Ray Street – Pleasanton – $435,000 Sharp one-story on upper level, spacious bedrooms each with a full bath – walk-in closets & balcony. All neutral carpet and colors. Fireplace in living room, slider to balcony and storage closet. View of redwoods from kitchen, dining and bedroom windows. Grassy open area outside condo—walk to downtown Pleasanton. Contact Jan for more details at 519-1455.

Norm Nelson 39333 Marbella Terraza – Fremont – $470,000 Beautiful Mediterranean-style home with rich hardwood flooring and functional floor plan, with bed/ bath upstairs that would be a perfect office space. Private patio, updated kitchen and baths, rich décor throughout. Centrally located to Lake Elizabeth, parks and BART. Contact Norm for more details at 323-8204.

Al Zielske 194 Selby Lane – Livermore – $449,000 Clean and neat 2 br/2ba condo. Wood flooring in living room. Full size washer and dryer in unit. All appliances come with the sale. Walk to Las Positas College. Close to 580 freeway exit, BART station and Costco. Offers evaluated as they come in. Contact Al for more details at 998-2201.

Katie Moe 4431 Seminole Way – Pleasanton – $420,000 Lovely 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home that is ready for you to move right in! Thoughtful updates, clean and well maintained...just waiting for you! Close to parks, schools, shopping and transportation. Contact Katie for additional details at 216-9083.

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1939 Foxswallow Circle, Pleasanton Stunning home in the desirable Birdland neighborhood. This home features a fabulous open floor plan with a light & bright upgraded kitchen with a breakfast nook. The gorgeous kitchen features granite counter tops, tile floors, upgraded cabinets, a walk in pantry and upgraded appliances. The family room has vaulted ceilings that flow into the kitchen and dining area. The home features one bedroom downstairs along with a half bathroom and laundry room. Additional features include a newer roof, newer air conditioning, great front porch, spacious living room, lots of natural light throughout the home and centrally located in Pleasanton. Large beautifully landscaped back yard. Offered at $999,000

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Represented Buyers Sold for $303,000 8185 Mountain View Dr. #F Pleasanton

Sold for $503,000 19709 Spruce Street Castro Valley

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Pleasanton Market Update: Market still strong, especially in the lower price ranges A sharp increase in pended sales of homes priced under $1 million in Pleasanton prevented a dramatic decline in total sales pended during June. Sales did come down off their eight-year high in May but only by seven units. Inventory, while still painfully low, managed a slight increase, buoyed by homes priced under $2 million. Overall, pended sales of single family detached homes fell 8.5%, from 82 in May to 75 in June. June’s 75 pended sales were still higher than a year ago, when 73 sales pended (and inventory was 40% higher a year ago, with 100 homes for sale). Inventory increased 6% to 71 homes at the end of June from 67 at the end of May. Inventory relative to pended sales increased to nearly one month (0.95 months) at the end of June from 0.8 months at the end of May. The segment of the market made up of homes priced under $1 million was where the action was in June. Both inventory and pended sales increased from May’s levels. Inventory increased by six units in June, from 27 at the end of May to 33 at the end of June, a 22% jump. Pended sales rose from 48 in May to 54 in June, an increase of six units or 13%. Inventory relative to pended sales was relatively unchanged at about 0.6 months. This segment accounted for 47% of Pleasanton’s inventory at

the end of June and 72% of pended sales during the month. Both percentages were higher than in May (40% and 59%, respectively). Homes priced between $1 million and $2 million saw pended sales cut in half, from 25 in May to 12 in June. This segment has been very volatile this year. Inventory increased by four units (27%) from 15 at the end of May to 19 at the end of June. 1.6 months of inventory was available at the end of May relative to pended sales, up from 0.6 months at the end of May. 27% of Pleasanton’s inventory and 16% of pended sales for >> Go to to read the rest of this article.

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Exquisite Bridle Creek home with 4 BR plus office & bonus room, 4 BTHS, 4 car garage, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, and .28 Acre private lot with pool, spa, & views! $1,799,000


Custom home on Incredible 70 acre site on top of the Pleasanton ridge with sweeping views of oak studded canyons. 3 BR, 2.5 BTHs, guest house, 7 car garage, and more! $2,620,000


Pristine custom home with 6 BR, 5 1/2 BTHS, dramatic foyer with split staircase, gourmet granite & stainless kitchen, and incredible private setting with golf course views! $1,879,000


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



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! $2,450,000 Fabulous 4 BR, 3.5 BTHs 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 | PLEASANTON | 900 Main Street 925.251.1111 Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJuly 12, 2013ÊU Page 29

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4876 Merganser Court, Pleasanton

3bd/2.5ba, 2056+/-sq.ft. executive home in exclusive Moller Ranch, Granite kitchen & baths, stainless steel appliances, beautiful views.

3bd/2.5ba, 1202+/-sq.ft. Completely remodeled townhome, new granite kitchen, stainless appliances. New granite baths with custom tile. New carpet and paint, inside laundry, 2 car attached garage.

4bd/2.5ba, 2087+/-sq.ft, detached 700+/-sq.ft in-law unit, updated kitchen and baths, new tile entry, windows, carpet and paint. Quiet Court with large backyard.


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2327 Capistrello Street, Dublin 4bd/3.5ba, 3027+/-sq.ft., gourmet granite kitchen with SS appliances, full bed/bath downstairs. Offered at $929,000


8107 Arroyo Drive #1, Pleasanton 2bd/1ba, 798+/-sq.ft, Laguna Vista Estates, desirable 1 story unit completely renovated throughout. Truly a must see! Offered at $299,000




4432 Del Valle Pkwy, Pleasanton 3bd/1.5ba, 1280+/-sq.ft townhome, new wood flooring, carpet, paint and custom baths w/ pedestal and claw foot tub, new windows, HVAC equipment. Walk to downtown! Sold for $425,000


2740 Laramie Gate Cir, Pleasanton 4bd/3ba, 1897 +/-sq.ft. Upgraded “Fir” model in the Gates. Custom marble entry, updated granite kitchen, remodeled granite baths, plantation shutters, sparkling pool and spa. Sold for $860,000




2009 Raven Road, Pleasanton 4bd/2ba, 2186+/-sq.ft. Corner lot in Birdland. New 40 year roof and gutters, paint, carpet, newer dual pane windows, hardwood floors, stamped concrete driveway. Sold for $759,000


5162 Hummingbird Rd, Pleasanton 6bd/3ba, 2820+/-sq.ft. Expanded “Heritage” model. Granite kitchen and baths, built-in cabinetry in family room. Full bedroom and bath downstairs. Sold for $1,037,500

2104 Armstrong Dr, Pleasanton 4bd/2.5ba, 1698 +/- sq.ft. Expanded Pleasanton Village home, oak flooring, neutral tone, maple/granite kitchen, remodeled master bath. Oversized private lot, hot tub. Offered at $639,000





2115 Raven Road, Pleasanton 5bd/3ba, 2538+/-sq.ft. “Heritage” model, new granite kitchen, tile flooring. New furnace, paint, carpet, windows. Remodeled granite baths. Newer roof, garage door. Offered at $949,900



4932 Blackbird Way, Pleasanton 4bd/2ba, 2104+/-sq.ft. Remodeled granite kitchen, new windows, new paver driveway. Custom fireplace and solar heated pool. Sold for $870,000




4644 Cope Court, Pleasanton 4bd/2ba, 1808+/- sq.ft. Wonderful “Woodhaven” model with many upgrades. New kitchen with quartz counter and stainless appliances, updated baths, sparkling pool. Sold for $798,000

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4923 Blackbird Way, Pleasanton 4bd/2ba, 1748+/-sq.ft. Remodeled kitchen with stainless appliances, new granite/cherry bath with custom tile shower, hardwood oak floors, French doors, plantation shutters. Sold for $830,000



1537 Fairview Court, Pleasanton 4bd/4ba, 1865 +/-sq.ft. 3rd car detached garage/workshop. Stainless steel kitchen with double oven, hardwood floors, 2 way fireplace, new paint, newer windows. Sold for $699,000

2604 Camino Segura, Pleasanton 4bd/3ba, 2801+/-sq.ft. remodeled granite kitchen with stainless appliances, remodeled granite baths, hardwood floors, dual pane windows, plantation shutters. Offered at $999,950



2789 Calle Alegre, Pleasanton 4bd/3ba, 2854 +/-sq.ft on a .26 acre lot. “Trinity” model in original Country Fair, full bedroom and bath downstairs. New fencing, redwood decking and hot tub, 3 car garage. Sold for $1,042,500






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4270 Mairmont Drive, Pleasanton 4bd/2.5ba, 1,802+/-sq.ft, updated kitchen and baths, inside laundry, pool and side yard access Sold for $698,000

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831 SUNSET CREEK LN, PLEASANTON This highly sought after location offers views of the Pleasanton Ridge and Mt. Diablo on a private approximate 12,131 square foot lot. Four bedrooms plus a bonus room, three bathrooms. The open floor plan with volumed/coffered ceilings offers a gourmet kitchen and expansive master suite. The expansive and professionally landscaped rear yard offers several fruit trees and raised garden beds. Close to schools and library, walking distance to downtown Pleasanton and quick access to 680. Call for more information!

2226 KAMP CT, PLEASANTON Quiet court location, this beautiful home offers four bedrooms and upstairs plus room/office, three and a half bathrooms and is approximately 3,099 square feet. The formal dining room and living room offers vaulted ceilings and high windows with lots of natural light. The private lot offers a newer Pebble Sheen Pool with mosaic inlays, waterfall, solar heat and quality Jandy Pool Equipment. Rear yard also offers a spa, outdoor shower and cabana/ patio. Close to schools and Nielsen Park! Call for more information!

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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

2556 WILDE AVE, PLEASANTON Blaise represented the buyer in the purchase of this expanded single level home with upstairs bonus room in Walnut Glen Estates. The premium estate lot includes a private rear yard with a pool, spa and sports court offering a resort-like experience. The open floor plan includes vaulted ceilings and a gourmet kitchen that opens to the family room. Walking distance to award winning schools and parks! OFFERED AT $1,599,000 AND SOLD FOR $1,665,000


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! 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! SOLD FOR $1,300,000






1141 RIESLING COURT, LIVERMORE Blaise represented the buyer in the purchase of this custom built home. This home offers vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan as well as refinished hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen offers a gas range and views of the beautiful rear yard. Master suite is spacious and offers dual closets and vaulted ceilings. Master bath has an oversized tub and separate stall shower. The beautiful and spacious rear yard includes a stamped concrete and covered patio perfect for entertaining. SOLD FOR $775,000



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

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PLEASANTON $1,860,000 Majestic Oak home situated on large pvt. lot in one of Pleasanton's finest areas! 5bd/4ba, 5,120 +/-sf., kids family room downstairs, views from most every room,large wine cellar,easy freeway access. 23 DEER OAKS CT

PLEASANTON $1,799,000 Fabulous Bridle Creek home, 4bd + office & bonus room,5ba, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, designer upgrades throughout, large private yard with sparkling pool, spa, and views. 809 SUNSET CREEK LANE

PLEASANTON $1,699,000 Incredible 5bd/4.5ba custom home situated on a .75+/- acre lot, ground floor in-law/au pair unit, 5 car garage and so much more! 7814 BERNAL AVE

PLEASANTON $1,600,000 Space abounds in this beautiful single story home with nearly 3,600 square feet and 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms plus office. Wonderful corner location. 4 acres lot. Beautiful pool, outdoor kitchen. 9509 MACDONALD

PLEASANTON $995,000 Custom 4 bdrm/2.5 bath home. Expansive kitchen w/ granite. Vaulted ceilings. Lrg mstr w/bay windows. Backyard has deck, covered patio & grass. Close to downtown, schools & close to Highway 84 & 680. 664 ROWELL LANE







PLEASANTON $868,000 Court location in desirable Del Prado neighborhood. 4 bdrm/2.5 baths. Updated kitchen w/custom counters & cabinets & walk-in pantry. Formal dining rm. Expansive backyard with lush landscaping. 2573 CORTE RIVERA

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PLEASANTON $795,000 Single story, 3bd/2ba, 1,722+/-sf, formal dining room, vaulted ceilings, gated side yard access,located in the heart of Pleasanton in one of the premier neighborhoods. Close to schools and sports park. 2538 LARRIKEET COURT

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LIVERMORE $754,000 Single story home has it all! 5bd/2,300+/sf, spacious & open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, wood floors, pool/spa nestled in pricate backyard, side yard access, close to schools & shopping. 1235 LOMITAS AVENUE


PLEASANTON $725,000 Charming home situated in awesome Pleasant Valley neighborhood. New roof, dual pane windows, hardwood floors, walk to K-12, shopping and downtown. 1944 BROOKTREE WAY


PLEASANTON $499,000 Great end unit,lots of light, upgraded kitchen, gorgeous low maintenance patio, deck, fruit trees, auto sprinklers, finished 2 car gar., attic w/pull down stairs for extra storage, community pool, spa & BBQ. 4107 STANLEY BLVD


73 Annual Pleasanton Rose Show Congratulations to all the Winners: Judy Hall Amanda Curran Ryann Lubeck J.C. Trenbrink Judy L. Miller Alice Plummes Roxann Corbett Stephanie Goldsmith Janice Decker Mark Mintz -

Best of Show, Queen, Best Arrangement Best Decorative Arrangement - Minature King, Best Rose in a Bowl Childrens Overall Winner, Best Childrens Single Stem Best Peace Rose, Best Climber, Most Fragrant Best Grandiflora Spray Best Floribunda Single Best Floribunda Spray Best Old Garden Rose(s) Best Minature Best Single Stem - Judges

We’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors for helping make this event a great success.



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