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acktracking from his vigorous opposition to a county transportation tax proposal in 2012, Mayor Jerry Thorne reversed course Tuesday to support the same, but slightly different, measure proposed for the November ballot. It’s the “slightly different” part of the Jerry Thorne new Measure B-1 tax bid that caused Thorne to back a resolution before the City Council recommending that the county Board of Supervisors place a 30-year extension and augmentation of the existing countywide transportation sales tax on the Nov. 4 ballot. And the rest of the council agreed in a 5-0 vote backing the resolution. Thorne said the new measure, as explained Tuesday night by Art Dao, executive director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, includes a “sunset” clause that requires voters to re-approve it in 30 years if it’s still needed. The same measure two years ago would have been permanent. Thorne was the only mayor in the county to oppose the 2012 measure with the Pleasanton council voting 3-2 to join him in opposition. There’s no way to tell, but Pleasanton’s opposition was believed to have influenced enough voters to defeat the measure by a mere 721 votes out of 527,403 ballots cast, just a fraction short of the 66 and two-thirds percentage needed. Dao addressed the council Tuesday in an effort to persuade the local lawmakers to support the measure this time around. Besides the sunset clause, the 2014 measure, Dao explained, would bring millions of dollars to Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley to improve transportation. It would include $130 million to turn Highway 84 into a four-lane expressway from I-680, across Pigeon Pass and to connect to the four-lane segment now being built from Airway Boulevard near the I-580 interchange to the western end of Ruby Hill Drive and Vallecitos Road. The measure also would provide $400 million to help fund an extension of BART to Livermore, another $1.26 million annually for local streets and roads, and $340,000 annually for local bike and pedestrian projects. Of the eight speakers who addressed the council Tuesday, half favored placing Measure B-1 on


the November ballot, the other half were strongly opposed, citing increased sales taxes as especially harmful to businesses and the elderly. One of the speakers was former council candidate David Miller, who asked the council not to vote for a new tax. After the council’s vote to support the measure, Miller, in a letter to the Pleasanton Weekly, was more blunt: “The expenditure plan allocates 52% of the funds to Bart, buses and high density housing related projects that should be funded by the developers themselves,” Miller wrote. “The voters weren’t fooled in 2012 and I’m confident the voters will once again reject this bad deal for Pleasanton in this November. Maybe then, we can get a reasonable transportation plan that more aligns with the priorities of the citizens of Pleasanton.” Thorne admitted Tuesday that the new measure’s 30-year sunset clause “is probably in perpetuity for many of us,” but it’s the principle that counts. Now serving as a Pleasanton representative on the Transportation Commission, Thorne said he has been impressed with the fairness of its members to fund projects in the county based on need, not political clout. “In general, I can tell you that I have a pretty low opinion of regional agencies because they usually have board member positions that are based on population,” Thorne said. “What happens is that the North County (Oakland, Berkeley) and the large population centers get everything because that’s the way their boards are made up.” “This particular commission does not work that way,” he added. “Although it has more members from higher population areas, the projects they come forward with are needs-based projects and everyone on the commission makes sure it happens that way.” He also praised Dao for streamlining the commission, combining it with another similar agency and thereby saving taxpayers “a lot of money.” He urged other regional and state agencies to follow Dao’s lead. If county supervisors vote to place Measure B-1 on the November ballot and voters agree, the sales tax increase would make Alameda the first Northern California county with a transportation sales tax of 1 cent per $1 of taxable goods. The total tax rate in most Alameda County cities is 8.75%; it would climb to 9.25% if the measure passes. N

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Newsfront DIGEST New PUSD director Mindy Bolar, the principal of Lydiksen Elementary School, has been appointed the new director of curriculum in the Pleasanton school district, succeeding Jane Golden, who is retiring and leaving the position immediately, according to the district. Bolar will finish the year as principal at Lydiksen before starting her new responsibilities for the 2014-15 school year. The process to find Bolar’s replacement at Lydiksen will begin immediately, officials said. Prior to coming to Pleasanton, Bolar worked for the Milpitas Unified School District in a variety of educational leadership roles. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in educational curriculum from Cal State East Bay.

Council OKs 3 multimillion-dollar corporate projects Business expansions to add jobs, tax revenue in Pleasanton BY JEB BING

The Pleasanton City Council approved three major business developments Tuesday that will cost millions of dollars to build, add millions more to the city’s sales and property tax revenue, and create a thousand or more jobs. In quick order and with no opposition, the council approved building plans by Workday, Inc., CarMax and the Hendrick Automotive Group. Workday, a fast-growing software

company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, plans to build a six-story glass and steel building that, when completed, will be Pleasanton’s second tallest building, behind only the nearby Safeway corporate headquarters building that is a foot higher than Workday’s proposed structure. The Pleasanton Police Department also will build its first branch station adjacent to one of two parking garages Workday will build. The plan brought cheers from Councilwoman Kathy Narum, who lives nearby and said residents on the west side of Pleasanton have long called for a stronger police presence on that side of town.

The 430,000-square-foot office building will be built on a site that includes BART-owned property once designated for a 350-unit apartment house complex and retail center adjacent to the West Dublin Pleasanton BART station. That site, once needed to satisfy Pleasanton’s need for affordable housing, was never developed as planned and is no longer needed to meet staterequired housing numbers. The office building will have a three-sided shape featuring a layered architecture which creates a base, middle and top. The base will feature glass walls highlighted by the building entry features and a covered outdoor dining area. The middle layer will feature

Readers Choice Voting for the Pleasanton Weekly’s 2014 Readers Choice closed this week with more than 18,000 ballots cast during the online voting period. Voters selected their favorite spots around town in dozens of “Best of” categories in the areas of services, health and fitness, beauty and style, epicure, kids and pets, home and vehicle, and rest and recreation. Winners will be announced online and in the Pleasanton Weekly’s print edition on June 27.

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Woman of the Year State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) recently honored Beverly Lane as Woman of the Year of the 7th Senatorial District, which includes Pleasanton. Lane, who currently sits on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors, has an extensive record of public service and community activism in the East Bay. A former mayor of Danville, Lane also chaired the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority and served as president of California Elected Women. With EBRPD, she has focused on expanding and promoting regional parks and trails, leading efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail. She is also a published author, columnist and museum curator.

continuous ribbon windows separated by horizontal bands. The top layer begins with recessed sixth floor walls continuing up to a deep eave soffit with a simple band at the parapet and finishes with horizontally-scored rooftop equipment screens. The new building will accommodate a growing workforce. Founded by Workday Co-CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri in 2005, Workday now has more than 1,750 employees and 400 customers. Two five-story parking garages also will be built as part of the project, and the Workday developer is considering a walkway from the

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Color guard made up of members of Pleasanton posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars carry the flags to the front of the 2013 Memorial Day ceremony.

Memorial Day ceremony Monday Pleasanton’s morning event to include patriotic music, tribute to veterans Pleasanton’s annual Memorial Day observance will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the garden area just south of the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard. The event, hosted by the American Legion Pleasanton Post 237 with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pleasanton Post 6298, honors all military veterans including those now on active duty and especially those who died while serving their country. A preliminary musical interlude by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams, will begin the ceremony with the program of tributes to start at 11 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Army Col. Paul Marnon, who served in Afghanistan and is now deputy commander for the Pacific Training Division at Camp Parks in Dublin. Other speakers will include Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne, VFW Post 6298 commander Kurt

Heuer and Richard Ghera, adjutant of American Legion Post 237. Georganne Seavey of the Blue Star Moms in Danville will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with Rev. Richard Rogers, pastor of Faith Chapel Church in Pleasanton, delivering the invocation. During the ceremony, the Legion will also honor Christina Mitne, a senior at Foothill High School, for earning the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, and Christopher Azuma, a senior at Amador Valley High School who won this year’s American Legion Oratorical Contest. The program will conclude at noon with “Taps” played by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and a 21-gun salute, honoring veterans who lost their lives while serving the country. For more information, contact Patrick Leary at (816) 225-1805, or email commander.vfw6298@ N — Jeb Bing

Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh, who was placed on administrative leave Oct. 25, has filed a formal claim against the Pleasanton Unified School District. A 17-page letter dated April 16 informed the school board members and Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi of Vranesh’s “claims for money damages and injunctive and other relief against your local public or Jon Vranesh other entity, for amounts totaling significantly in excess of $10,000...” The Pleasanton Weekly obtained a copy of the letter this week. Claims are generally required before a lawsuit for money damages can be brought against a public entity. The letter states that “PUSD and its agents and employees defamed Jon Vranesh” by “making or publishing false statement(s),” and by “making statements to third persons that disparaged Jon Vranesh’s skills and services, especially to the public.” It also claims Vranesh’s right to privacy was violated. In addition to naming the district, Ahmadi and assistant superintendent Luz Cazares, the claim also names the president of the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT), See PRINCIPAL on Page 6

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Architectural rendering of the new Workday complex in Pleasanton.

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BART station. City Manager Nelson Fialho told the council that the Workday project, alone, will generate more than $7 million in start-up fees for the city, school district and other government entities. Plans by CarMax, Inc., the country’s largest retailer of used cars, to build a regional auto “Superstore” on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton’s far northeast side also received final approval by the City Council. The pre-owned car dealership will include three main singlestory buildings with heights of up to 24 feet, including a main 13,064-square-foot “sales and presentation” building facing the 580 freeway. A larger 45,000-square-foot service building will be located farther south, with other buildings, including a non-public car wash, to be built between the freeway and Stoneridge Drive, where the main entry to CarMax will be located.

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Peggy Carpenter, as allegedly conspiring to “intentionally interfere” with the employment contract and the economic relationship between Vranesh and the district. Carpenter did not respond to requests for comment before press time. Vranesh was placed on administrative leave Oct. 25 for allegedly creating a hostile work environment. He is currently an “itinerant principal.” His contract for an administrator’s position in the district was not renewed for the 2014-15 school year. The district’s attorney, Kim Kingsley Bogard of Kingsley Bogard in Folsom, made the following statement to the Weekly on Wednesday regarding the claim: “The District has been dealing

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CarMax will occupy 20 of the 37 acres corner of Staples Ranch, which is already zoned for auto dealerships, leaving two other parcels available for new car dealerships in the future. Hendrick won the council’s approval to build an 83,300-squarefoot new car showroom and service facility for its Lexus of Pleasanton dealership. The Lexus site at 4335 Rosewood Drive is one of four dealerships owned and operated by Hendrick, which include Volvo of Pleasanton, Infiniti of Pleasanton and Acura of Pleasanton. Four buildings will be demolished in phases to make room for the expanded Lexus showroom and service center. The new building will include offices on the second floor with rooftop parking for service vehicles. No timeline was given to the council Tuesday as to when actual construction might start on these three projects. It’s expected that Hendrick will start demolition work soon with CarMax also considering a start-up date this year. Workday will likely start in mid2015. N with issues related to Mr. Vranesh’s employment since October of 2013. Those issues centered around Mr. Vranesh’s use of derogatory and vulgar terms to refer to a number of his subordinate female employees in the workplace. The District found these circumstances entirely unacceptable for the workplace. “The District is now presented with a tort claim filed by Mr. Vranesh which makes a vast range of accusations against a number of employees. It alleges everything from age discrimination to his receiving unwanted sexual advances from female employees and administrators. The allegations made in this claim are without basis in fact and in cases are entirely divorced from reality. The intent may have been to provoke outrage or anger and invite an imprudent response from those accused. These puzzling claims, however, have simply provoked a sense of concern and bewilderment.” Once a claim is presented, the public entity must act on it within 45 days, and provide written notice of the action taken. The entity can reject the claim, give notice the claim is insufficient, do nothing or approve the claim. The April 16 letter and Kingsley Bogard’s response are available in their entirety at PleasantonWeekly. com. N

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Pleasanton Planning Commissioners Arne Olson and Jennifer Pearce said goodbye to their fellow commissioners last week as they stepped down from eight years of service on the commission, a group that often serves as a stepping-stone to election to the City Council. They also were honored Tuesday night at a special public reception hosted by the City Council where new commissioners Mark Posson, Jack Balch and Gina Piper were welcomed as the new appointments by Mayor Jerry Thorne and the council. Posson, who has served as an alternate for the last two years after previously serving on the Energy & Environment Committee, was appointed to a regular seat, joining fellow commissioners Greg O’Connor, Nancy Allen and Herb Ritter. Balch is a certified public accountant who owns his own business, Balch Enterprises, a commercial building, development and property management firm. Active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Global Management Account organization,


Arne Olson bids farewell to the Pleasanton Planning Commission after eight years of service. Behind him are sitting commissioners (from left) Herb Ritter, Greg O’Connor and Nancy Allen.

he is well-versed in financial and auditing standards for companies, nonprofits and federal, state and local governments. Balch has long been involved in civic affairs in Pleasanton, is a member of the Valley Business Park Owner’s Association and was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission in 2009, which he now leaves to join the Planning Commission. He also served on the Kottinger Place and East Pleasanton Specific Plan task

forces. Piper was appointed as an alternate member of the commission, succeeding Posson. The alternate must attend meetings and participate in all of its considerations, but only votes when a regular member is absent. Piper is a well-known Realtor in Pleasanton and currently a member of the city’s Economic Vitality Committee, which, like Balch, she will leave as she moves to planning. N

Candidate quits race for Alameda County auditor-controller Knox faces six felony counts for allegedly lying about where she lives Kathleen Knox, a candidate for Alameda County auditor-controller in the June 3 primary, has dropped out of the race after pleading not guilty to six felony charges alleging she doesn’t actually live in the county. Knox, who has been free on $60,000 bail since her arrest, issued a statement withdrawing from the election ahead of returning to court for a preKathleen Knox trial hearing. She was charged with one count of registration of an ineligible voter, two counts of perjury by declaration and three counts of fraudulent voting. Prosecutors allege that Knox listed her residence as being in San Leandro but she actually lives in Danville in Contra Costa County. She was running against Steve Manning, the county’s chief deputy auditor, in the upcoming election

for the right to succeed Patrick O’Connell, who was elected to the position in 1986 but announced in March that he wouldn’t seek reelection. Knox’s name will still remain on the ballot because the deadline to remove it has already passed. In her statement, Knox said that the “distractions of the current events have become overwhelming and my focus now needs to be entirely on my family, my business and my private life.” “To my supporters and my endorsers, I am eternally thankful and look forward to working together in community service in the future,” she said. “These last 2 months of campaigning and running for Auditor Controller have been an amazing experience. I have met so many engaging, hardworking and passionate people who believe in Alameda County.” On her campaign website, Knox said, “The Auditor-Controller’s office needs reform and it needs it now. Business as usual is just too expensive.”

Alameda County district attorney inspector Bruce Brock wrote in a probable cause statement that when Knox filed her candidacy papers in March she listed her address as 1345 Clarke St. in San Leandro. But Brock said an investigation by prosecutors shows that her true residence has been 663 Sheri Lane in Danville. When investigators interviewed Knox on April 21, Knox admitted that she moved to Danville in June 2010 so her daughter could attend San Ramon Valley High School, where she is still enrolled, Brock said. However, Knox said that when she decided to run for auditorcontroller in Alameda County she moved to the Rose Gate adult residential care home on Clarke Street in San Leandro, which she owns, according to Brock. But when authorities interviewed several care workers at Rose Gate they all indicated that Knox did not live at the facility, either at the care facility or in an upstairs apartment, Brock said. N — Jeb Bing

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Amador Valley, Foothill rank in top 100 California high schools Online publication looked at 19,400 high schools in making evaluations BY AMANDA AGUILAR

Foothill and Amador Valley high schools are among the top 100 best public schools in California, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report survey. The report, published in a recent edition of the online magazine, ranks Amador Valley at No. 46 and Foothill No. 64 in California. Nationally, the digital publication ranks Amador Valley No. 256 and Foothill No. 327 out of the 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, both schools have been recognized as Gold Medal high schools. Other Tri-Valley high schools also earned commendable ratings. Dougherty Valley in the San Ramon Valley school district ranked 67th statewide and No. 334 nationally, while California High in the same district ranked 199 in the state and No. 947 nationally, and Monte Vista High in

Danville ranked No. 236 in California and No. 1,087 nationally. Dublin High School ranked No. 237 in the state and No. 1,091 in the country. Granada High School in Livermore ranked No. 249 in the state and No. 1,139 nationally, with Livermore High ranking 345th statewide and 1,537th nationally. This year, schools with a College Readiness Index (CRI) value of 47.08 or higher were eligible to receive a gold medal, according to the U.S. News ranking methodology. Amador Valley has a CRI value of 59.2 and Foothill a 55.1, both above the California average. The CRI value is based on the percentages of 12th graders who were tested and passed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. “We are very proud of this recognition as this is a testament to current and former students, teachers, parents and staff members,” Foothill principal Jason Kro-

likowski said. “We will continue to challenge ourselves through a lens of continuous learning and school connectedness where everyone is valued and appreciated.” Amador principal Thomas Drescher echoed those sentiments. “This amazing accomplishment speaks directly to the collective commitment to excellence by the students, teachers, staff, and parent community at Amador Valley,” he said. Pleasanton Unified School District rankings can be found at the U.S. News & World Report website. The district said the rankings were calculated by looking at student performance on state-mandated standardized tests, how effectively schools educated black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, and performance on AP and IB exams to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. N

Zone 7 candidates appear on TV30 Four of the seven candidates seeking re-election or election to the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors took the opportunity this week to appear for interviews on TV30, the Tri-Valley’s community television system. The hour-long forum, hosted by Tom Morrison and produced by TVCTV, is currently airing on TV30 and streaming live on the Tri-Valley TV website at www. All candidates were invited to participate. Those who agreed to appear were John Greci Jr., Jim McGrail, Matt Morrison and Bill Stevens. Zone 7 supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving more than 200,000 people in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin, and

through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon. Board members are elected by the community to provide strategic guidance and planning for Zone 7’s policies, programs and finances. They serve four-year terms and represent the public throughout the Livermore-Amador Valley. Broadcasts will air Saturdays 4 and 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mondays 11 p.m., Tuesdays at noon, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays 8 p.m. This program will also be available via video demand at The special will air until June 3. N — Jeb Bing

4 honored with character awards 3 individuals, Lynnewood church chosen for community contributions BY JEB BING

Three individuals and Lynnewood United Methodist Church have been honored as this year’s recipients of the Juanita Haugen Community of Character award. The annual award is named for Juanita Haugen, co-founder of the Community of Character program and a longtime member of the Pleasanton school board, who died in 2007. The award recognizes those who exhibit outstanding volunteer service in Pleasanton while also displaying responsibility, compassion, selfdiscipline, honesty, respect and integrity. Lynnewood Methodist was honored for its Outreach Committee that works with Open Heart Kitchen and Axis Community Health to serve those in need. In partnership with Axis, church members also create “Bundles of Joy” supplies for newborns whose families are needy. A recent project was “Stop Hunger Now,” which involved packaging 10,000 nutritious meals for hungry people around the world. Locally, church members have volunteered to sort food at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Individuals who received the Juanita Haugen Community of Character award were Brad Hirst, Emily Scholz and Bob Williams. Hirst has been involved in thousands of hours of community service since moving to Pleasanton in 1967. He helped Pleasanton celebrate its 75th anniversary and was instrumental in having


Community of Character winners are (from left) Emily Scholz, Brad Hirst, Heidi Stark (of Lynnewood United Methodist Church’s Bundles of Joy project), Lynnewood Methodist’s pastor Heather Leslie Hammer, Bob Williams and Linda Van Pelt, representing Lynnewood.

several locations designated as historical sites. He also was part of Pleasanton’s General Plan review in 1968, served on the Planning Commission from 1969-72 and on the Economic Development Committee from 1992-2000. He was chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in 1976, and has long been active in chamber activities and the Rotary Club of Pleasanton. Scholz received the Juanita Haugen Community of Character award for her volunteer work at the Valley Humane Society. She devotes 6-10 hours a week at VHS where she trains all frontoffice volunteers and serves as an adoption counselor, helping

match up people with pets available for adoption. One specialty of Scholz’s is writing grants., and due to her efforts, VHS has been awarded over $50,000 this past year through a Maddie’s Fund Treatable Program Grant. Also recognized was Williams, who has conducted the Pleasanton Community Concert Band for 32 of its 39 years. He was one of the band’s original horn players when the group was formed in 1975. The band performs 20 concerts each year for the public, free of charge, with the all-volunteer group practicing every Thursday at Pleasanton Middle School. Williams’ home is the band’s office and library. N



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Above: “Wings of Freedom” tour visitors at Livermore Municipal Airport this weekend will have a rare opportunity to explore bombers that flew in WWII, and have an opportunity to sit in the bombardier seat. Left: This B-17 Flying Fortress, named “909,” as well as other heavy and mid-range bombers will be part of the tour. Photos by Gina Channell-Allen.

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had family members who fought in World War II, including my maternal grandfather and a great-uncle who was a Pearl Harbor survivor. While the thought of being on a plane built before my parents were born and not made for comfort was a bit frightening, the opportunity to fly on an aircraft that carried men and weapons to fight in that war like my ancestors was very significant to me. Being able to touch instruments that these men touched and stand where they stood made me feel more connected to two men I never really got to know, and hundreds of others who fought for our country. The Livermore Airport will host the B-17 aircraft I was on as well as other heavy and mid-range bombers over the Memorial Day weekend at the “Wings of Freedom” tour. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to explore bombers that flew in WWII, learn more about these unique treasures of aviation history and have a chance to fly in them.

This year there will be a B-17 Flying Fortress known as the “909,” a B-24J Liberator named “Witchcraft” and a B-25 Mitchell called “Tondelayo” (a name inspired by Hedy Lamarr’s character in the 1942 movie “White Cargo”). A P-51C Mustang fighter called “Betty Jane” will also be on hand. People are encouraged to explore the planes inside and out, a unique opportunity in planes this rare. After the war, many aircraft were scrapped for their raw aluminum to rebuild a nation in post-war prosperity; very few were spared. For example, the B-17 “909” is one of only eight in flying condition, and the B-24J “Witchcraft” and P-51C Mustang “Betty Jane” are the only remaining examples of their type flying in the world. This is the 25th year for the “Wings of Freedom” tour and the 22nd stop in Livermore. The tour, organized by the nonprofit Collings Foundation, visits an average of 110 cities in more than 35 states annually. The tour was created as a flying testament to the bravery

and tenacity of the human spirit — honoring the flight crews, ground crews and workers who made and flew these bombers, as well as the people they sought to protect. Bob Collings created the “traveling museum,” to give people an opportunity to see and tour the planes instead of just looking at them parked in a museum. “His original plan was tour for five or six years, the interest would die down, then put them in a museum,” said Kevin Ryan, a pilot who lives in Pleasanton and coorganizes the Livermore event. He has been involved in the Collings Foundation for more than 20 years. “One of my favorite parts is hearing stories from vets and being able to show decedents where their relative would have been on the plane,” Ryan said. “Wings of Freedom” will arrive at Livermore Municipal Airport, General Aviation Ramp, 636 Terminal Circle, at noon May 25. The aircraft will depart after 5 p.m. May 27. Hours of ground tours and display are noon to 5 p.m. May 25 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 and May 27. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times. Donations of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 are requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost and are encouraged to share their stories with visitors. Discounted rates are available for school groups. Visitors can also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. B-25 flights are $400 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half-hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924. More information can be found at N

Renewables among focus of Sandia, SINTEF collaboration Alliance could bring new solutions to difficult energy problems BY JEB BING

A decades-long partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable energy integration, electric grid modernization, gas technologies and algae-based biofuels, under an expanded agreement. SINTEF — whose Norwegian name is Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning — is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the environment, health and social sciences. Its specific technical strengths include oil and gas, materials, maritime and biomarine technology, building research and medical technology. The agreement includes close alignment with the Norwegian University of Science Page 8ÊUÊ May 23, 2014ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly


Inge Gran, president of SINTEF Energy Research, discusses the company’s collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories during recent visit.

and Technology in Trondheim, the largest technical university in Norway. Sandia has partnered with SINTEF since the 1980s, primarily in the field of combustion science at the lab’s Combustion Research Facility. A memorandum of understanding between the two organizations was signed in 2009. Past joint research has included the use of

laser diagnostics to study a new combustion technology that allows carbon-dioxide to be captured from the combustion products, and advanced numerical simulations of the turbulent mixing and combustion of fuel jets in air. This collaboration led to publications reporting important insights into the consequences of replacing carbon-dioxideemitting fuels with environmentally friendly fuel in power generation. Recently, research managers from SINTEF visited Sandia’s California and New Mexico sites to plan the enhanced collaboration. “Sandia and SINTEF are among the world’s leading energy research institutions, and expanding the areas of collaboration is expected to bring new solutions to these difficult energy problems,” said Bob Hwang, director of the Transportation Energy Center at Sandia. “This partnership can make important strides toward our nation’s goals in energy security.” The goal of the collaboration is to investigate various technical areas from an international perspective. The agreement enables

the organizations to undertake joint research, seek new funding opportunities and establish multidisciplinary partnerships. “Sandia offers a number of unique capabilities and significant test facilities, and we look forward to leveraging these resources in collaborating with SINTEF to advance our mutual goals,” said Juan Torres, senior manager of Sandia’s renewable energy technologies group. In addition to the Combustion Research Facility, Sandia’s energy research facilities include the photovoltaic systems evaluation lab, the distributed energy technologies laboratory and the Department of Energy’s national solar thermal test facility. “SINTEF is delighted to partner with Sandia to advance research in additional energy areas, along with our longstanding collaboration in combustion research,” said Inge Gran, president of SINTEF Energy Research. “The expanded areas of collaboration recognize the relationship we have already had with Sandia for several decades, and they point to a strong collaborative future.” N

Community Pulse POLICE BULLETIN Walnut Creek woman arrested on drug charges A traffic stop on Hopyard Road led to the arrest of 23-year-old Walnut Creek resident Laura Marie Rambo for alleged drug violations last week. On May 15, an officer saw Rambo’s vehicle at Chevron and ran a search of the license plate. The vehicle showed up as not registered, according to police. The officer waited until Rambo returned to her vehicle, heard the modified exhaust and saw no front license plate, and then made a traffic stop, according to police reports. Rambo reportedly told police she just bought the car and that was the license plate that came on the vehicle when she purchased it. During a search of the vehicle, the officer allegedly found a baggie with a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine and a wallet with a brown powdery substance suspected to be heroin. The substances tested positive for the suspected drugs, according to police. Rambo was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. In other police reports: UĂŠ"Â˜ĂŠ>ÞÊ£Î]ĂŠ>ĂŠĂŒĂ€>vvˆVĂŠĂƒĂŒÂœÂŤĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠ-ĂŒÂœÂ˜iĂ€Âˆ`}iĂŠ>Â?Â?ĂŠ,Âœ>`ĂŠ led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Pleasanton woman for allegedly possessing Xanax and having a previous warrant for disturbing the peace, according to police. ĂŠ /Â…iĂŠ ÂœvvˆViÀÊ Ă€iVÂœ}Â˜ÂˆĂ˘i`ĂŠ ˜}iÂ?>ĂŠ Â?ÂˆĂ˘>LiĂŒÂ…ĂŠ -V>ĂŒÂ‡ ena and knew she had a warrant, according to




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

May 11 Battery â– 6:28 a.m. in the 3200 block of Harvey Court â–  5:40 p.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasanton Avenue â–  8:03 p.m. in the 5200 block of Crestline Way Theft â–  7:05 p.m. in the 11300 block of Dublin Canyon Road

May 12 Drug violation â– 1 a.m. at the intersection of Dougherty Road and Sierra Lane â–  8:58 a.m. at the intersection of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Willow Road â–  11:55 a.m. in the 4300 block of Hacienda Drive â–  4:04 p.m. in the 3800 block of Vine Street â–  8:53 p.m. in the 6000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Fraud â–  8:36 a.m. in the 7000 block of Commerce Circle Theft â–  10:03 a.m. in the 3300 block of Arbor Drive Vandalism â–  12 p.m. in the 5000 block of Carducci Drive Residential burglary â–  4:54 p.m. in the 6100 block of Clubhouse Drive Alcohol violation â–  9:14 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street

May 13 Theft

8:06 a.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive; theft from auto â– 6 p.m. in the 11900 block of Dublin Canyon Road; auto theft â–  7:51 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting â–  10:20 p.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive; theft from auto Drug violation â–  11:30 a.m. in the 6200 block of Stoneridge Mall Road â– 

May 14 Theft â– 11:14 a.m. in the 2400 block of Tapestry Way â–  8:22 p.m. in the 3700 block of Old Santa Rita Road; theft from auto Vandalism â–  4:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Battery â–  6:19 p.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive â–  8:43 p.m. in the 4100 block of Amberwood Circle Fraud â–  6:26 p.m. in the 2300 block of Bay Meadows Circle

May 15 Battery â– 8 a.m. in the 8100 block of Arroyo Drive Commercial burglary â–  11:46 a.m. in the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive Theft â–  3:07 p.m. in the 6900 block of Riddell Street Fraud â–  6:40 p.m. in the 6600 block of Amber Lane Drug violation â–  10:52 p.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road

May 16 DUI â– 11:09 p.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street â–  11:29 p.m. at the intersection of Grapevine and Half Dome drives Commercial burglary â–  4:10 a.m. in the 4000 block of Pimlico Drive Theft â–  6:28 a.m. in the 7500 block of Canyon Meadows Circle; theft from auto â–  10:13 a.m. in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue â–  2 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting â–  2:03 p.m. in the 4300 block of Rosewood Drive; auto theft â–  6:38 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; shoplifting Vandalism â–  4:02 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Battery â–  5:31 p.m. in the 3500 block of Pimlico Drive Drug violation â–  10:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Hopyard Road

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May 17 Theft â– 11:25 a.m. in the 3700 block of Pimlico Drive; theft from auto â–  2:14 p.m. in the 8000 block of Mountain View Drive; theft from auto â–  4:02 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Drug violation â–  9:52 p.m. in the 2300 block of Greenberry Court Vandalism â–  11:39 p.m. in the 300 block of Abbie Street




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Vote Yes on Proposition 42


lthough Proposition 42 faces only token opposition, its passage is critically important to fix a problem that threatens the transparency of local government operations in California. The measure, approved without a dissenting vote by both the state Assembly and Senate, will amend the state constitution to make local governments responsible for the costs of making their official documents available to the public. Under current law, because complying with the California Public Records Act is considered a state mandate, the state must reimburse local governments for their costs. While many, if not most, local agencies don’t bother to seek reimbursement because the costs are so small, the reimbursement process has led to confusion and, recently, to a brief suspension of the law due to the state’s financial situation. Prop. 42 makes clear that cost should never be a factor in


whether local governments comply with the Public Records Act. As we have seen many times locally, the Public Records Act is an essential tool to ensure public accountability and sunshine on the workings of government. Millions of Californians seek answers from public officials and bureaucrats in cities, counties and school districts, including the Pleasanton Weekly — which demanded records involving the removal of Jon Vranesh as principal at Walnut Grove Elementary School last October. Because of the Public Records Act, we have been able to obtain substantial information, although much unnecessarily redacted, for articles we have published and will continue to pursue on this costly controversy. Prop. 42 will cement in the California Constitution the public’s civil right to know what the government is doing and how it is doing it. It will add independent force to the state’s laws that require local governments to comply with open meeting and public record laws and future changes to those laws made by the Legislature. It will eliminate the possibility that local agencies can deny a request for public information or slam a meeting door shut based on cost. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Information is the currency of democracy.� Tell the bureaucrats that the people, not the government, ought to decide what we need to know. We urge a “yes� vote on Proposition 42. N

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue s0  3,00ROPERTIES)),,# Applications for a certificate of appropriateness to demolish the existing 2,340-square-foot single-story building at 511 Main Street (Pastime Pool) and for Design Review approval to construct an approximately 8,659-square-foot two-story commercial building with an approximately 667-square-foot public mini-plaza ***************************************************************************

COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES RECRUITMENT The City Council is accepting applications for the following Commission Vacancies: 0ARKS2ECREATION#OMMISSION 0LANNING#OMMISSION !00,)#!4)/.$%!$,).%-/.$!9 *5.% ATPM %CONOMIC6ITALITY#OMMITTEE 1 Member from each of the following categories: Green Economy/Environmental Industry Residential Real Estate Broker Residential Real Estate Developer 9OUTH#OMMISSION 2 Middle School Representatives !00,)#!4)/.$%!$,).%/0%.5.4),0/3)4)/.3&),,%$ Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office, 123 Main Street, or on the City’s website at For additional information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (925) 931-5027. If you are interested in serving on a commission or committee that has no current vacancies listed, you may register your interest in future vacancies by completing an interest card on our website at

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LETTERS Misguided endorsement Dear Editor, The Pleasanton Weekly’s endorsement of (Tim) Sbranti (“Vote for Swalwell, Baker, Sbranti, Bowser, May 16, 2014) glosses over the facts about how he has blindly supported unions and their unreasonable demands, and as a result has been rewarded with huge union monetary support. If one doubts that Sbranti is “owned� by the unions, just take a look on the California Secretary of State website and look at the contributions to his campaign. Sbranti opposes any transparency on any public-sector collective bargaining, but at the same time opposes any reduction of future pension accruals in which local governments clearly are not able to afford. The BART fiasco only highlighted the fact that steps need to be taken to rein in the ability of BART workers to strike. However Sbranti supports the misguided belief that BART strikes are acceptable and it’s alright to bring the entire Bay Area economy to a halt. As the Pleasanton Weekly wishfully commented, a Republican and Democrat would be on the ballot in November. However it would behoove us all to make sure it is (Steve) Glazer and (Catharine) Baker, two candidates that have expressed their desire to rein in the unreasonable power wielded by the BART unions. David Johnson

25% water cutback arbitrary, unfair Dear editor, I have been researching the material available related to the 25% water cut mandated for Pleasanton residents and businesses. I could not find any answers to these two issues: 1. An across-the-board 25% cut is a regressive tax and unfair to those of us without swimming pools or large yards. It is obviously much easier to cut water to the grass on the lawn than to stop using water for human necessities. As a result, it will tend to collect more tax from seniors or renters than from wealthier residents or businesses. I am sure that is not the intention, but this will be the result. 2. Understanding that we are in a drought and that we need to curtail water usage, if we want to comply with the 25% cut we need to know how to measure it. So, 25% of what? The measure says that if we use at least one unit more, we are subject to the penalty, but we do not know if we used more or less because we do not have the the data against which we will be measured. It is obvious that we need more information and perhaps a better understanding of what it is that the city is trying to do. The way this taxation was mandated is arbitrary, regressive and unfair. Juan Carlos Cabana

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Sports Junior football sign-ups underway Registration has begun for upcoming seasons of Pleasanton Junior Football League contact football, flag football and cheerleading divisions. The league offers cheerleading and contact football to boys and girls in second through eighth grades as well as flag football to boys and girls in second through 12th grades. There are no tryouts and there are no cuts in PJFL, which is entering its 45th season. Contact football registration includes a uniform and all necessary equipment. Players in this

division will practice three times per week starting in early August and play games at the Pleasanton Sports Park on Saturdays beginning in early September. Flag football registration includes a jersey and all necessary equipment. Flag football players practice once weekly starting in mid-August and play games at Hart Middle School on Saturdays beginning in mid-September. Cheerleaders who register receive a uniform and training experience, with practices two times per week starting in late June and cheering Saturdays at the Pleasanton Sports Park beginning in early September. For cost details, registration and other information, visit N — Jeremy Walsh


Granada High’s record-breaking 400 freestyle relay team consists of Nick Silverthorn, Trent Trump, Maxime Rooney and Bryce McLaggan (pictured left to right with coach JD Avilla).

Seahawks help break national record Granada High squad sets new mark in 400 freestyle relay BY JEREMY WALSH

The Granada High School boys 400-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of two Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers, broke the national public high school record last week by posting a time of 2 minutes, 59 seconds in the event final. The squad of Nick Silverthorn, Trent Trump, Maxime Rooney and Bryce McLaggan bested the previous national mark, held by Chesterton High in Indiana, by

0.36 seconds. The record-setting swim took place during the CIF North Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championship Meet in Concord. Rooney and Silverthorn are also members of the Pleasanton Seahawks. McLaggan and Trump swim for the Livermore Aquacowboys team. The quartet also took home first-place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:30:67. Overall, the Granada High fin-

ished second in the boys team competition, trailing only Northgate High School of Walnut Creek. The Amador Valley High boys finished in 13th place, and Foothill High came in 17th. The Dons girls combined to earn a fourth-place finish in the overall team competition, falling three spots behind first-place San Ramon Valley High of Danville. In other girls results, the Granada team came in 13th place and Foothill in 24th place. N

Spring league victory The U-11 BUSC boys team captured the spring league indoor soccer championship at Cabernet in Livermore. They finished off the undefeated season with a 6-3 victory over Livermore last month. Team members are (back, l-r) coach Nels Larson, Caleb Hilton, Collin Wallace, Andrew Maddalon, Ethan Braga, Evan Black, coach Anthony Maddalon, and (front, l-r) Bryce Osaki, Saif Rajabali, Kyle Larsen, Luke Atkinson and Jake Carr. Not pictured: Brady Judson. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Forever families Maddie’s Fund works to find every adoptable pet a permanent home STORY BY CATHY JETTER | PHOTOS BY MIKE SEDLAK

P Top: Maddie’s Fund works throughout the year to help pets find their “forever family.” The group’s effort is perhaps best exemplified by its annual Adoption Days event, set to take place next weekend. Bottom: Kacie Kunz plays with Teddi, a 14-week-old Pomeranian mix, last weekend. Teddi originally suffered from an eye infection, which was removed thanks to medical care paid for by Maddie’s Fund.

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aul and Stacy Brunner first learned about Cookie when she was featured in the Pleasanton Weekly as a “special needs dog” looking for a home. The following weekend, the Brunners headed to the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue Saturday morning adoption event, hoping for a chance to meet the year-old pit bull puppy. The Brunners were shocked to watch people walk away after learning the friendly, engaging dog after was deaf. “There was nothing else wrong with her,” Stacy explained. “And Maddie’s Fund had paid to have her trained to respond to a vibrating collar. She’s a great dog — we take her everywhere. She’s our adventure dog.” Dogs like Cookie are the reason Maddie’s Fund exists.

Established in 1994 as the Duffield Family Foundation and renamed in memory of the family’s beloved miniature schnauzer in 1997, Maddie’s Fund has helped allow Dave Duffield and his family to give over $300 million to ensure the welfare and placement of shelter animals. The business executive and Pleasanton have a long history together. First there was PeopleSoft, then came Workday. Now Duffield has based Maddie’s Fund in 3,000 square feet of the Stoneridge Corporate Plaza originally purchased for Workday offices. From there, the foundation is working with local rescue groups and shelters to make America a “no kill” nation by 2015. Many animal welfare advocates consider the elimination of euthanasia to be an unattainable goal, but

Duffield and the president of Maddie’s Fund, Rich Avanzino, believe it will happen. “Not just in this lifetime,” Avanzino said, “but in the year ahead.” For Avanzino, it comes down to a matter of mathematics. “There were 2.7 million animals euthanized in shelters last year,” he said. “Our research shows there are 17 million people thinking about taking an animal into their home. All we need to do is convince 2.7 million of those 17 million people to adopt their animal from a shelter, and we will have reached the goal — that’s only four additional adoptions per animal facility each week.” Avanzino and the Duffield family recognize the challenge Maddie’s Fund presents to the shelters by setting the “no kill” goal just months



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away. But, they say, the payoff for protecting the adoptable animals languishing in shelters across the nation is too big to ignore. Maddie herself was a shelter dog the Duffields adopted from the San Francisco SPCA in 1986. The joy she brought to their lives inspired Duffield to promise their furry friend that should the company he was just starting ever make any real money, he would give back to her and her kind. The Duffields certainly know how to keep their promises. Dave, his wife Cheryl, and all three of their children are involved with ensuring the success of Maddie’s Fund and its signature event — the largest free animal adoption program in America. This year, May 31 to June 1, will mark the fifth anniversary of Maddie’s Fund Adoption Days, a two-day extravaganza that has grown exponentially each year since its inception. “Five years ago we put up $1 million and saved 1,800 animals,� Duffield said. “Last year we placed 8,436 animals in homes over the three days. This year our goal is 10,000 animals placed in their forever homes, and I am betting we will exceed that goal.� Avanzino concurs, pointing out that Maddie’s Fund has earmarked $10 million for this year’s event. This is good news for the more than 200 shelters and rescue groups in cities across nine states participating in the Adoption Days program that went national just last year. Pleasanton has been a part of Adoption Days for the past four years, and the relationship strengthens with each event. Carrie Williams, director of marketing and business development for Stoneridge Shopping Center, said Pleasanton’s mall is proud to be the biggest adoption site in the Bay Area. “As neighbors with Workday, it was a natural fit for us to work with Dave and the organization to give back to the community,� Williams said.

The stores and the mall work together to promote Adoption Days, and the event is becoming quite well known, according to Williams, who added, “Every day of the weekend there will be 25-30 people waiting in line before the mall opens. Some groups run out of animals and don’t have to return on Sunday.� Emptying the cages is the ultimate goal, which is why the foundation’s vision for the future of Maddie’s Fund recently changed direction. In 2012 the foundation purchased an empty building in Hacienda Business Park with the intention to build Maddie’s Center, a state-of-the-art animal shelter and research facility at an estimated cost of over $45 million. However, Duffield said those plans no longer make sense. “As we talked to the people who were successful at placing animals in homes, we began to realize the money we were going to spend on that facility is better spent supporting those organizations who are already good at getting the animals out of the shelters,� he said. Avanzino added that while Maddie’s Fund will continue to support research through Maddie’s Institute — the academic division of Maddie’s Fund that provides animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, and rescue groups — the future for placing animals in loving homes isn’t in bricks and mortar shelters. “Fostering is the future for the ‘no kill’ goal,� Avanzino said. “People are more likely to adopt if the animal lovers of our country are engaged in the process. Maddie’s Fund can provide programs like free spaying and neutering and money for training and medical help, but we can’t supply the hours and people needed to reach our goals.� Sue James, president of Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR), couldn’t

agree more. A foster-based organization, TVAR and its 250 volunteers officially became a part of the Maddie’s Fund family on Feb. 1, though they have enjoyed support from the foundation for several years. “Throughout our relationship, the people at Maddie’s Fund saw how our system works; that by fostering our animals in homes and making our foster families part of the adoption process, we are able to place over 1,000 dogs and cats into permanent homes each year,� James said. “They let us know they were impressed and they wanted to help.� The partnership is so new they are still exploring ways to reach their mutual goal of a “no kill� community, but the financial support Maddie’s Fund has provided for medical care and training for dogs that need socializing has already benefited TVAR’s adoption efforts. TVAR will participate in Maddie’s Fund Adoption Days this year, as they have the last four, but this year they will be working to raise funds for the animals of the East County Animal Shelter. For each healthy animal the TVAR volunteers are able to place over the Adoption Days program, East County will receive $500 from Maddie’s Fund. A senior cat or dog with a treatable medical issue brings a stipend of $1,000 to the shelter. If a senior animal with a treatable medical condition is adopted, the shelter receives $2,000. “We are in this to find homes for every animal,� Avanzino said. “The old and the ugly deserve forever homes, also.� For those who have concerns that a free adoption event might attract unqualified pet owners, James said there is no need to worry. “There is still a screening process in place, and if we have any doubts, we will make a home visit before putting an animal

in someone’s care,� she added. The Maddie’s Fund Adoption Days spirit of commitment can be found throughout the year in Pleasanton’s Delucchi Park. Each Saturday TVAR volunteers gather and talk up the animals they care for to potentially permanent parents. The matchmakers are so successful that adoptive families often come back to visit, happy to share their stories

with those considering adoption. That type of happy ending is exactly what Maddie’s Fund and TVAR plan for every dog in their program and in the nation. So, don’t miss this year’s Adoption Days on May 31 and June 1; there will be plenty of dogs and cats like the Brunners’ Cookie — happy, healthy animals just waiting for their forever families to find them. N

Above: Marla, a 2-year-old and 85-pound bullmastiff, interacts with two young girls last weekend. Marla is the type of well-trained, loving dog volunteers hope to find a permanent home during Maddie’s Fund Adoption Days. Left: Addison and Emma Roylance (shown left to right) pet pit bull Sugar. Pit bulls are among the breeds of dogs often considered “hard to place� in adoptive homes, according to Maddie’s Fund representatives.

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Chef Ruhi Johar, of Pleasanton, prepared a spiced panna cotta as her third course during a recent food competition in San Francisco.

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Ruhi Johar, a student at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, San Francisco, found her recent participation in Luce’s Culinary Clash nerveracking. “I did not know if they would enjoy the ingredients that I put together,” she explained. “I was delighted to know that they had enjoyed my food.” The judges didn’t just enjoy the three-course meal she prepared, Johar was awarded second place in the competition, which meant a prize of $1,000. Johar, who is in her early 30s, was born in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and also went to schools in Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland. She had never worked in the restaurant industry before starting school at Le Cordon Bleu. Her background is in Internet technology, but when she realized she found more joy from food than working at computers, she decided on culinary school. “I always had the passion to cook, and my family greatly supported my decision,” said Johar, who moved to Pleasanton about 10 years ago when she got married and now lives here with her husband, daughter and her collection of cookbooks. She also enjoys eating in Pleasanton’s restaurants. “I don’t have one favorite, there are several places I love to go to,” she said. “A couple that come to mind are Zakuro (Japanese Bistro) and Little Home Thai.” The third annual cooking competition, presented by Luce at the

InterContinental San Francisco and Le Cordon Bleu College, gives participants a chance to cook with Luce’s Michelin star chef Daniel Corey. First, students submit menus, which must stay within a particular price point. Chef Corey selects the top six for a challenge on the campus, and three finalists are chosen to present their three-course dinners at the restaurant, with the three runners-up serving as their sous chefs. Customers at the restaurant pay $40 per person on three different dates, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Culinary students also do wine pairing for the meals along with wine steward John Wight, with customers paying extra for the wine. Judges in the final competition include a panel of hotel executives, local personalities and food writers as well as guests of the restaurant that evening. The top winner of Luce’s Culinary Clash competed against four others from across the country on May 15 for the ultimate prize and scholarship money. “The Culinary Clash is always an enjoyable and rewarding experience for not only the student chefs but the judges, guests and hotel and restaurant team,” said Gail Gerber, InterContinental’s area director of sales and marketing. “We are excited to continue to support the culinary community in San Francisco but also showcase the emerging talents of these student chefs year after year.” Johar said she always enjoyed being See LOCAL CHEF on Page 15


‘Spring Rep’ brings famous ballets to stage

Famous ballet excerpts What: “Spring Rep” Who: Valley Dance Theatre When: 7 p.m., Saturday, May 31; 2 p.m., Sunday, June 1

New pit orchestra provides musical accompaniment Valley Dance Theatre will perform excerpts from legendary ballets, ranging from the flamboyant Spanish style of “Don Quixote” to the pure lyricism of “Romeo and Juliet,” at its spring repertoire production next weekend at the Bankhead Theater. “Spring Rep” will include the Broadway-style drama of “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” along with several newly premiering works. The global trend in ballet, from the Bolshoi to San Francisco, is to include contemporary-style choreography in their productions, noted Valley Dance Theatre’s artistic director Betsy Hausburg, while her troupe’s approach is that the classics are more effective in helping people appreciate ballet. “The classics are timeless and draw audiences with well-loved

scenes and familiar music,” Hausburg said. “We believe a mix of centuries-old and newer works affords audiences a much richer and more enjoyable experience.” Judy Eckart, a local businesswoman and audience member, said that seeing “The Nutcracker” every year has become a tradition in her family. “Those Valley Dance Theatre productions are reassuringly familiar yet always feature some unique touches,” she noted. “VDT’s spring shows feature varied styles which always include the classics as well as original choreography. Dance moves range from smooth and elegantly beautiful to startlingly athletic to comic.” “Thanks to VDT, I’ve seen and enjoyed clog dancing, step dancing, Bharatanatyam, a Vietnamese

harvest dance, and much more,” she added. The spring program will be accompanied by the newly formed Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra. Originally formed in 1995 with musicians from the Livermore-Amador Symphony only, the pit orchestra has evolved into a group of instrumentalists who also perform with a number of other musical groups in the Bay Area. Conductor Bob Williams, who moved from the role of musician to conductor in 1998, said the orchestra often includes members from as far away as Concord and San Jose. “About one-third of the pit orchestra consists of Livermore-Amador Symphony musicians, but I form the rest of the group from the approximately 50 other musicians


Whether cooking for a contest or a friendly meal, Johar notes that the food is being judged by those who partake. “It is always a little bit hard when cooking for anybody because you put all your passion into it,” she said. “But it is rewarding when you see them enjoy your food.” “After the academy, I would love to be able to work with the

best chefs and eventually be able to develop my own recipes for everyone to enjoy,” she added. Meanwhile she is grateful to Corey, the Luce team, the InterContinental Hotel and Le Cordon Bleu for giving her tthe opportunity to showcase her menu for the night in one of the top restaurants in San Francisco. “It was an amazing experience,” she said. N

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in the kitchen and experimenting with food and flavors. “A lot of my memories are tied around food and I try to recreate some of them,” she said, noting that her mother also loves to cook. “I love cooking all types of cuisines and dishes, but most of all I love making desserts.”

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who regularly attend rehearsals,” Williams said. “The pit can accommodate only about 33 people at one time, so the instrumentalists volunteer for performances according to their personal availability,” he continued. “It’s a logistical challenge, especially when we have multiple performances of a production like ‘The Nutcracker’ in December, but it always works out.” “I am very excited that Bob Williams has agreed to lead our very own pit orchestra,” Hausburg said.


Tory Bettencourt executes the women’s variation from the flamboyant Spanish-style “Don Quixote.”

“The finest musicians from the Tri-Valley area will be assembled to provide exciting live music for all future Valley Dance Theatre productions.” — Dolores Fox Ciardelli


Ruhi Johar’s Culinary Clash menu First Course: Seared Bay Scallops dressed in ginger coconut sauce, dusted with peanuts, with wilted mustard greens and sesame oil Second Course: Grilled Lambs Chops with pickled beet sauce, slow cooked lentils in chicken broth, shallots and browned sunchoke Third Course: Almond, Saffron and Cardamom Spiced Panna Cotta with roasted mango and sesame brittle

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Calendar Book Clubs GREAT BOOKS OF PLEASANTON The Great Books of Pleasanton book club meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday monthly at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call Sadie at 846-1658.

Classes 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 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call Mary Luskin at 9313400, ext. 7. Free and open to all.

Clubs LIVERMORE BRIDGE CLUB The Livermore Bridge Club meets from


10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at IOOF Hall, 2160 First St., Livermore, offering duplicate bridge games sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League. Duplicate bridge takes away the luck of which cards you get. Cost is $5. Call 699-1858 or go to PLEASANTON COMMUNITY TOASTMASTERS Learn the art of public speaking in a fun-filled and supporting environment. Meetings from 7:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday at The Clubhouse, 4530 Sandalwood Drive. Attend meetings as a guest at no cost. Call 395-1234 or go to PLEASANTON LIONS CLUB The Pleasanton Lions Club meets for dinner at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at The Regalia House, 4133 Regalia Court. The dinner fee is $10. For more information please visit http//


Sort, roll and go! It’s easy to recycle in Pleasanton. Just put the proper recyclable materials in the recycling bin and you’ll help the city and county recycling goal of less than 10% of compostable and recyclable material in the trash. Right now, Pleasanton residents are putting 18% of compostable materials and 10% of recyclable materials in their trash bins. We can do better just by following the directions below. For more information about recycling in Pleasanton, please visit

PLEASANTON MOTHERS CLUB The mission of the Pleasanton Mothers Club is to provide a social, supportive, and educational outlet for moms and their families in the local community. They offer a variety of activities, children’s playgroups, special interest groups, and more. For information visit Contact ROTARY CLUB OF PLEASANTON The Rotary Club of Pleasanton since 1965 has been a leader in the community in helping make Pleasanton a great place to live. It has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap’s Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www. ROTARY CLUB OF PLEASANTON NORTH Pleasanton North Rotary invites anyone interested in making a difference. The membership includes 65 professionals, business owners, executives, managers and community leaders. The club meets from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hilton Hotel, 7050 Johnson Drive. Call 556-2333 or visit VIRTUALLY SPEAKING TOASTMASTERS Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon-1 p.m. every Thursday at Electrical Reliability Services, 6900 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 415. Everyone is welcome to come see what a positive change Toastmasters can make in their confidence. Call 580-8660.

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CANTABELLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS CONCERT The award-winning choir of K-12th graders will perform their spring concert at 1 p.m., followed by 4th-12th graders at 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 31 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. The program includes patriotic singalongs such as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic� and “God Bless America,� and choral pieces in at least 12 languages, from Africa, India, Japan, China, Australia, the Americas and places in between. Tickets are $18-$20 for adults, children under 18 free. Go to EINE KLEINE SOMMERMUSIK The public is invited to Eine Kleine Sommermusik, a free concert of light sacred and secular music, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 presented by Our Savior Lutheran



Ministries, 1385 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. The concert will feature soloists and instrumental ensembles, choir and bells. Call 447-1246, ext. 231. STARSHIP FEATURING MICKEY THOMAS The venerable San Francisco band Starship, formerly Jefferson Starship, will play at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 at Amador Theater. Hear legendary lead singer Mickey Thomas and hits like “We Built This City,� “No Way Out,� and “Jane.� Tickets are $45-$55. Call 931-4848 or go to SWINGIN’ BLUE STARS OF THE USS HORNET Bay Area favorites return for their Memorial Day Weekend show at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Four vocalists plus big band present special musical tribute to the Armed Forces in the style of The Andrews Sisters. Tickets are $12-$25. Call 931-4848 or go to

Events BUNJO’S COMEDY ALL STAR SHOW Laugh out loud from 8:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 at Vito’s Express, 4060 Grafton St., Dublin. Featuring some of the best comedians from the Bay Area and beyond! Cost is $10. Call 2644413 or go to COME CELEBRATE GNON’S 6TH BIRTHDAY! Girls Night Out Networking will celebrate its 6 year anniversary from 5-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 at Barons Jewelers, 4870 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. Mingle while enjoying a glass of wine from Stage Left Cellars. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP by May 30 at www.gnon. org/monthly-mixer.html. Visit for more information! COMMUNITY BUILDING AND THE ART OF DIALOGUE Join The Bright Side of Life community at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 at Larkspur Landing Hotel as they explore “Community Building and the Art of Dialogue.� This 3-hour gathering will be facilitated by Sahar Kordahi. Cost is $25. Go to http://www. events/179829412/. 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 pro-


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vide the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. PLEASANTON ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES FAIR Join the Pleasanton Antiques and Collectibles Fair from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 in downtown Pleasanton! Find vintage and antique treasures from more than 200 vendors from the Bay and beyond. Free admission. Go to ST. MICHAEL’S SPRING BOUTIQUE St. Michael’s Spring Boutique will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 at St. Michael’s Church in Livermore. Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful boutique items. For more information, contact Barbara Pinto-Choate at or 292-5071. YOUTH ARTS MONTH The Firehouse Arts Center will host Youth Arts Month this May. May 23 will be “Jamfest,� a live local teen bands concert. Go to www. for details.

Fundraisers BINGO NIGHT Dublin High School Music Boosters Presents Bingo from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Dublin High School, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin. Must be 21 and over to play. Cost is 3 cards for $3, 6 cards for $6, 10 cards for $9. Join the fun! PROUD TO BE GLUTEN FREE FUN WALK AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST The Gluten Intolerance Group of Tri-Valley will hold a fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 at Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway, Dublin. The fun walk and gluten-free pancake breakfast will raise funds for the support group to help provide classes, medical conferences and social events. Contact Kim Rice at 577-5067. TRI-VALLEY CROP (HUNGER) WALK The CROP Walk is about ending hunger here in the TriValley. The walk is a 2-mile Downtown Pleasanton loop starting and ending at Amador Valley HS parking lot from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. Register for $5, but the goal is $25 per walker. Open Heart Kitchen will receive 25% of money raised. Go to www. to register.

Health DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT CLASSES This free weekly series of classes will teach you how to manage your diabetes with exercise, healthy eating and medications. Classes will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, from May 15-July 3 at the Dublin Senior Center. For all adults with Pre Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Call (510) 383-5185 or go to http://


Kids & Teens 1776-ERA KIDS MARCHING BAND YAPS The Young American Patriots Fife and Drum Corps, a 1776-era band, meets from 6:30-8 p.m. every Friday for rehearsal. Kids learn instrumental music, fife and drum with a Berkeley-trained drum instructor and 3-time US National Champion fife instructor. Free to try, $7 per hour after. Contact Jason Giaimo at 484-0265 or Go to www. SHAKE YOUR SILLIES OUT FOR SUMMER! Warm weather is here, and long summer days too! There will be two sessions of Story Time for preschoolers and toddlers, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Golden Apple Learning Store, 4807 Hopyard Road. Sing songs, play games, listen to a story and make a craft. It’s free and fun! Call 460-5163.

Lectures/ Workshops FREE PARENT EDUCATION SERIES The City of Pleasanton wraps up the 2014 free Parent Education Series from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at the Pleasanton Library with “I’m Talking But They’re Not Listening,” presented by Certified Parent Coach Rachel Sklar. Call 931-3434 or go to parent-education-series.

major book sales a year. To buy books, visit shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368. VFW-AL COFFEE AND DONUTS Every Saturday morning from 7:30-9 a.m., the VFW and American Legion host coffee and donuts for all veterans at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. All veterans are welcome. Visit WORLD WALK TO WELLNESS Pleasanton’s World Walk to Wellness group meets at 8:30 a.m. each Saturday to chat and explore while getting exercise. Most walks last 90 minutes; all are free. To be on the list to receive information each Thursday about that week’s walk, email

On Stage VALLEY DANCE THEATRE SPRING REP Dancers will perform excerpts from legendary ballets including “Don Quixote,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” and several new premiering works, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $25, $12 for students. Call 373-6800 or go to


CLASSES Seniors are invited to a Beginning Latin Line Dance from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays; cost is $12 for four classes per month or $15 for five classes per month. Beginning line dance from 10:2511:25 a.m. Thursdays, cost is $1.25 per class; beginning-intermediate line dancing from 10:1511:15 a.m., Tuesdays, cost is $2 drop-in, or from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, cost is $3 drop-in; easy and intermediate line dance from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, cost is $3 per class; intermediate line dance from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Fridays, cost is $1.25 per class; advanced line dancing from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays, cost is $3 per class; or social line dance from 10:1511:15 a.m. Tuesdays, cost is $2 for drop-in or $6 for four classes per month or $7.50 for five classes per month; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER FOUNDATION MEETING The Dublin Senior Center Foundation meets at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER MINILIBRARY The Dublin Senior Center Mini-Library is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the senior center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. The library gladly accepts donations of like-new used books published in the last five years, puzzles, magazines within three months of distribution, and video-

tapes. Unused books are donated to Friends of the Dublin Library. Bring donations to the office for processing. Call 556-4511. DUBLIN SENIOR CENTER PROGRAMS Dublin Senior Center offers different programs and activities including “ESL” which helps seniors practice their English conversational skills from 1-2:30 p.m. every Friday; a Reading Group that discusses new books from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month; the Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting from 1-4 p.m. every Monday; all at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Cost is $1.25 for each activity. Call 556-4511. INTERMEDIATE EVENING BALLROOM DANCE Learn various dance steps and meet other dancers from 7:158:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Dublin Senior Center. Instruction is provided for all levels. Everyone is welcome, with or without a partner. Cost is $48 for residents seniors, $58 for non residents or under 50. Contact 556-4511 or PEDDLER SHOPPE AT THE SENIOR CENTER The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It’s a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. TRANSCRIBING FOR YOU Transcribing for You has volunteers that will transcribe and print your letters to be sent. The service is located at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $1.50. Call 556-4511 for an appointment or email seniorctr@

Spiritual WEEKLY LDS BIBLE STUDY Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a weekly bible study from 7:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the church, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz. Refreshments served. For information, call 305-9468.

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Miscellaneous FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ONLINE BOOK SALE Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two



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LEGALS 995 Fictitious Name Statement LIFE SCIENCE WRITING SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 490384 The following person(s) doing business as: LIFE SCIENCE WRITING SERVICES, 5517 BLACK AVENUE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): WRG Life Science Writing Services, Inc., 5517 Black Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 05/14/2009. Signature of Registrant: William R. Gette, President/CEO, WRG Life Science Writing Services, Inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 04/15/2014. (Pleasanton Weekly, May 2, 9, 16, 23; 2014) RED LIME REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

File No.: 490042 The following person(s) doing business as: RED LIME REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS, 148 RAY STREET SUITE A, PLEASANTON, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Brown Developments Inc., 1652 Ceylon Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Jacqueline D. Brown, Vice President, CFO and Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 04/07/2014. (Pleasanton Weekly, May 9, 16, 23, 30; 2014) PLEASANT LANDSCAPING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 491316 The following person(s) doing business as: PLEASANT LANDSCAPING, 7986 WINGED FOOT COURT, PLEASANTON, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Emil Ternian, 7986 Winged Foot Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588; Sargis Anvia, 242 Burning Tree Drive, San Jose, CA 95219; John Solomen, 1396 Kingsport Lane, San Jose, CA 95120. 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: Emil Ternian, General Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 05/06/2014. (Pleasanton Weekly, May 23, 30, June 6, 13; 2014) A TOUCH OF HEALTH FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 491501 The following person(s) doing business as: A TOUCH OF HEALTH, 80 MISSION DRIVE SUITE A, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Veronica B. Horton, 220 Kilkare Road, Sunol, CA 94586. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 1988. Signature of Registrant: Veronica B. Horton. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 05/09/2014. (Pleasanton Weekly, May 23, 30, June 6, 13; 2014) MEG’S ART FOR AFRICA; ONE MILLION PENCILS FOR AFRICA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 491667-68 The following person(s) doing business as: MEG’S ART FOR AFRICA; ONE MILLION PENCILS FOR AFRICA, 1533 ROSE LANE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Julie Shriber, 1533 Rose 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: Julie Shriber. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 05/14/2014. (Pleasanton Weekly, May 23, 30, June 6, 13; 2014) RE-MASTERS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 491659 The following person(s) doing business as: RE-MASTERS, 11501 DUBLIN BLVD., #200, DUBLIN, CA 94568, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): MM Consulting, 6584 Cottonwood Circle, Unit D, Dublin, CA 94568. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Travis Roth, Controller. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 05/14/2014. (Pleasanton Weekly, May 23, 30, June 6, 13; 2014)

Dublin, CA on the following date and time: Friday, May 23, 2014, 12 p.m. This notice is given in accordance with provisions of section 21700 et. seq. of the Business and Professional Code of the State of California.


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997 All Other Legals Public Notice Business Professional Code S21700 Civil Code 1988 Notice is hereby given that a public abandonment lien sale of the following described properties will be held. The property belonging to Barbara J. Breen & William A. Schroeder was abandoned at 7182 Regional St., Dublin, CA. Inventory to include: bird feeders, wind chimes, bird statues, store fixtures, binoculars, bird houses, bird seeds etc. This property will be sold at a public auction located at: 7182 Regional St.,

Real Estate U.S. housing affordability edges higher in 1st quarter But Bay Area is least affordable in country BY JEB BING

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter. A report by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) shows that 65.5% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900. This is slightly higher from the 64.7% of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the fourth quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, the national median home price dipped from $205,000 in the fourth quarter to $195,000 in the first quarter, while average mortgage interest rates were virtually unchanged, moving from 4.54% to 4.57% in the same period. “Housing affordability

remains strong and this is an encouraging sign as the spring home building season moves into high gear,” said NAHB chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “As home prices and mortgage interest rates are unlikely to go down, the first quarter HOI is another indicator that this is an opportune time to buy,” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. Syracuse, N.Y. was the nation’s most affordable major housing market, as 93.7% of all new and existing homes sold in this year’s first quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $67,700. Meanwhile, Cumberland, Md. claimed the title of most affordable smaller market, with 96.3% of homes sold in the first quarter being affordable to those earning the median income of $54,100. Other major U.S. housSee U.S. HOUSING on Page 21


HOME SALES This week’s data represents homes sold during April 16-May 1

6929 Corte Mateo E. & K. Carluen to J. & J. Cole for $870,000 1124 Donahue Drive Hann Trust to D. Chen for $1,143,000 2366 Meadowlark Drive J. Narain to G. Venkataraman for $885,000 4934 Monaco Drive J. & L. Vanderoovaart to K. & J. Flynn for $1,250,000 4123 Payne Road M. & T. Bigelow to R. & M. Ring for $742,000 2517 Secretariat Drive P. Sen to H. & R. Iyer for $655,000 910 Sherman Way W. & J. Sherry to A. Lynch for $1,325,000 5467 Springdale Avenue Breshears Trust to N. Chang for $675,000 505 Tannet Court R. & C. Federighi to K. & P. Pattanayak for $785,000

Sohl for $395,000 207 Heligan Lane #8 K. Cline to R. & M. Ayerbe for $543,000 558 Huntington Way N. Sanders to Y. Wang for $525,000 1654 Juniper Street T. & L. Willey to B. Mahe for $530,000 884 Mohawk Drive D. Carpio to M. Feulner for $545,000 554 Rachelle Street Gotcha Trust to T. & K. Beecher for $627,500 1434 Rebecca Drive D. & M. Langhorne to Farrell Trust for $795,000 454 School Street Gutierrez Trust to S. Nam for $825,000 1536 Spring Valley Common D. & M. Mehrotra to A. Lau for $380,000 542 St. George Court Day Trust to S. & C. Guinn for $680,000 1701 Sterling Court Morrisroe Trust to Houston Trust for $1,370,000 5335 Wisteria Way S. Rogers to M. Tilley for $400,000


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6318 Almaden Way J. & K. Fejfar to M. Gates for $540,000 2364 Avon Place S. & L. Elmashni to R. & T. Sanders for $864,000 4109 Bristlecone Way F. & A. Zalar to Y. Yeh for $512,000 2904 Deer Hollow Lane Cole Trust to Regan Trust for $1,750,000 2245 Del Monte Street B. & L. Gray to Peffer Trust for $562,500 944 El Caminito Baltzer Trust to P. & M. Lassalle for $535,000 6170 Forget Me Not Spacher Trust to V. Gupta for $405,000 266 Garden Common B. & K. Smith to M. & M. Hamann for $417,000 5571 Goldenrod Drive Royster Trust to C. & D. Island for $760,000 861 Hagemann Drive K. Laughton to S.



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2015 VALLEY OAK ROAD STUNNING PROPERTY! $1,975,000 3 BR 2.5 BA Guard-Gated Comm, skylghts. Wet bar,tall ceilings &wndws, wine closet,4-car grge. Commute loc Suzanne Bieser, CalBRE #01355940 925.847.2200



1318 BONUM WAY 55+ GATED COMMUNITY! $340,000 2 BR 2 BA Open floor plan,eat in kit, Corian counters, bk bar, covered patio,washer & dryer Deborah Levine, CalBRE #01386245 925.847.2200

3275 DUBLIN BLVD #302 JUST LISTED! $488,888 3 BR 2 BA Bright & Open, laminate floors, granite counters, fireplace, upgraded carpets, large balcony Romar De Claro, CalBRE #01341138 925.847.2200



22559 CANYON TERRACE DRIVE A MUST SEE! $899,000 5 BR 3 BA Fabulous Five Canyons on 1/3 acre, professionally landscaped, numerous high end upgrades Laurie Pfohl, CalBRE #00866660 925.847.2200

1059 VICTORINE ROAD WOW! 160 ACRES! $1,249,950 Private & secluded w/well, spring, PG&E & 2 barns. In Williamson Act. Delwyn Lounsbury, CalBRE #00330978 925.847.2200

DA N V I L L E 1026 MCCAULEY ROAD BEAUTY IN HIDDEN VALLEY! $1,450,000 4 BR 3.5 BA Huge bonus rm/off. Frplce in lvng, fmly & mstr bd, 1/3 acre, backs to open space, valley views! Tae Terry Kim, CalBRE #01363454 925.847.2200

1059 VICTORINE ROAD VERY PRIVATE! $1,174,950 3 BR 3 BA Granite kit, double pane windows, paint, heating & air. Barn, shop & garage w/office attached. Delwyn Lounsbury, CalBRE #00330978 925.847.2200

6631 Aberdale Circle C. Ying to L. Tong for $770,000 9085 Alcosta Boulevard #384 C. Flores to M. Czyz for $312,000 107 Aptos Court D. & M. Broderick to I. & O. Osuagwu for $766,500 118 Arapaho Circle King Trust to J. & T. Houston for $956,000 9672 Blue Mound Drive R. & S. Vesperman to D. & R. Silverwood for $787,500 1331 Canyon Side Avenue J. & M. Sousa to Roberts Trust for $765,000 300 Caraway Court L. & T. Small to H. Karthik for $1,050,000 46 Chaucer Court R. & S. Curry to A. & P. Kurokawa for $1,082,000 3915 Crow Canyon Road #123 S. Hopper to A. Ingram for $400,000

351 Dawes Court D. & A. Ben-Yaakov to S. Tarazi for $1,400,000 703 Destiny Lane Williams-Vegh Trust to Legris Trust for $550,000 104 Greenwich Court C. & F. Wood to Hann Trust for $1,020,000 3426 Java Drive Powels Trust to B. & C. Fuller for $929,000 639 Karina Court R. & C. Bordwell to D. & P. Patel for $1,195,000 650 Karina Court Afshar Trust to A. & A. Billapati for $1,180,000 3014 Lakemont Drive #2 L. Cogswell to Jamshahi Trust for $570,000 4506 Lilac Ridge Road G. & B. Grewal to E. & M. Mendez for $1,800,000 2553 McLaren Lane S. Stugard to E. Leung for $835,000 3 Plum Tree Lane M. & B. Ku to M. Caruso for $734,000 22 Rainbow Bridge Court R. & J. Lemmon to Senna Trust for $820,000 59 Rainbow Bridge Way S. & S. Barbato to H. Song for $950,000 7259 Sedgefield Avenue M. Anderson to S. Bhalla for $672,000 118 Shadowhill Circle K. Cadle to S. Sharma for $738,000 1049 South Wedgewood Road Shapell Industries to J. Wolff for $1,436,000 107 Stone Pine Lane J. Taylor to N. Nguyen for $413,000 7808 Stoneleaf Road #3 M. & J. Landucci to S. Narayanan for $740,000 241 Summerford Circle T. Rollins to A. Firmin for $818,000 249 Summerford Circle Pratt Trust to Y. Daddala for $965,000 4120 Terra Alta Drive Chedwick Trust to S. Ballentine for $970,000 6007 Westside Drive T. & J. Ro to T. Birur for $1,295,000 Source: California REsource

PLEASANTON SAT/SUN 1 - 4 12 DEER OAKS DR ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! $1,598,000 5 BR 3.5 BA 2 Mstr Suites. Upg kit. Granite counters w/SS Appl. Waterfall & gazeebo Nancy Sutorius, CalBRE #00628232 925.847.2200

PLEASANTON SAT 1 - 4 6106 KAVALA COURT CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN! $1,350,000 4 BR 3.5 BA Great loc for commuters, perfectly remodeled, contemp style, Mstr on 1st level! Corner lot! Larry & Kathleen Waelde, CalBRE #00473360/00885285 925.847.2200

2064 MARS ROAD VERY UNIQUE! $799,000 3 BR 2 BA 4 car tandem detached workshop/garage, in ground pool, large .27 acre corner lot Mary Evans, CalBRE #00983889 925.847.2200

5119 OAKDALE COURT TOWNHOME BEAUTY! $620,000 3 BR 2.5 BA High ceilings,updated kit,ba & floors w/ private patio that overlooks comm. greenbelt. Kristy Heyne, CalBRE #01488364 925.847.2200



464 N. LAFAYETTE COURT SUPER SHARP! $369,950 3 BR 2 BA Gourmet kit w/granite counters & lrg island. Tile flrs,Low maintenance yard, single story Kay Stromgren, CalBRE #00890085 925.847.2200

4636 ZINFANDEL AVENUE REMODELED W/POOL & SPA! $224,950 3 BR 2 BA SS appl. New tile,paint & carpet. Mstr BD w/bckyrd access. Close to freeway,schls & parks. Sharon Paulson, CalBRE #00467347 925.847.2200



7998 STONEHURST COURT PARADISE IN PLEASANTON! $1,100,000 3 BR 2 BA Grogeous home & backyard. Upgraded interior, pool, spa, gas fire pit, outdoor kitchen John & Daisy Ng, CalBRE #00917356/01311067 925.847.2200

302 W. MOUNT DIABLO AVENUE NICE 1-ACRE LOT! $289,000 Could be subdivided into 2 lots.Live on one & sell the other! Close to elementary school. Suzan Gladieux, CalBRE #01245705 925.847.2200

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One of Downtown Pleasanton’s Crown Jewels…Location, Location, Location! Become a Part of Pleasanton’s Rich History and Own This Historically Designated Charming Queen Anne Victorian Home on Property Once Owned By the King of Spain. This Unsurpassed Hilltop Location Overlooking Downtown Pleasanton is Located at the Historic Corner of Neal and 3rd Street. Enjoy the Space, Quiet and Privacy Provided By This Large & Unique Over One Half-Acre Beautiful Downtown Estate, Conveniently Located Just 3 blocks From Main Street. Because it’s a Great Property For Entertaining, Many Pool Parties, Celebrations & Weddings Have Taken Place Here Over the Years. You Will Also Be Able to Enjoy All The Nearby Downtown Amenities Anytime. *Prior Property Owners Also Include Joshua Neal and His Wife Angela Bernal Neal OFFERED AT $2,400,000


DOWNTOWN 4625 2ND STREET, PLEASANTON This Expanded Custom Victorian Home on a Double Lot Provides a Unique Opportunity to Both Own and Enjoy Classic Queen Anne Architecture on Historic Tree Lined Second Street, and still be able to enjoy the Conveniences of a Large Remodeled Modernized Family Home in the Heart of Downtown Pleasanton OFFERED AT $2,575,000

KOTTINGER RANCH 3750 SMALLWOOD COURT, PLEASANTON Beautiful panoramic views of Mt. Diablo & the Pleasanton Valley! This custom home built by Westbrook Homes is located on an 18,084 square foot private, elevated lot. This well designed, open floor plan offers a formal Dining Room, formal Living Room, as well as a full bedroom, adjacent bathroom & bonus room on the first floor. The remodeled gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, granite counters & a custom tile backsplash. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms total, this 4,748 square foot home also has 3 remodeled bathrooms & other upgrades throughout including, crown molding & new carpet! The expansive rear yard includes an in-group pool/spa, outdoor BBQ entertainment area & large patio & lawn area. Great home for entertaining! Neighborhood Community Center! Walk to Vintage Hills Elementary & Downtown! OFFERED AT $1,749,000 PLEASANTON900 Main Street Page 20ÊUÊ May 23, 2014ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly



U.S. HOUSING Continued from Page 19

ing markets at the top of the affordability chart in the first quarter included Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.; HarrisburgCarlisle, Pa.; and Dayton, Ohio; in descending order. Smaller markets joining Cumberland at the top of the affordability chart included Springfield, Ohio; Kokomo, Ind.; Mansfield, Ohio; and Lima, Ohio.

For a sixth consecutive quarter, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. held the lowest spot among major markets on the affordability chart. Here, just 13.3% of homes sold in the first quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $100,400. Other major metros at the bottom of the affordability chart included Santa AnaAnaheim-Irvine, Calif.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.; New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J.; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa

Clara, Calif.; in descending order. All of the five least affordable small housing markets were in California. At the very bottom of the affordability chart was Santa CruzWatsonville, where 21.1% of all new and existing homes sold were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $77,900. Other small markets at the lowest end of the affordability scale included Napa, Salinas, San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, and Santa Rosa-Petaluma, respectively. N

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$899,750 251-2536

4 BEDROOMS 6106 Kavala Court Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker 5728 Belleza Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 6465 Calle Altamira Sun 12-4 Kathy Westernoff 303 Neal St. Sun 1-4 Blaise Lofland

2 BEDROOMS 405 Vineyard Place Sat/Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-Valley

$400,000 397-4200

3 BEDROOMS 5961 Corte Arboles Sun 1-4 George McKean

$729,950 998-1798


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$1,350,000 847-2200 $650,000 251-1111 $864,500 577-2600 $2,400,000 846-6500

Absolutely Stunning Bridle Creek Beauty! This 3445 Square foot, 4 Bedroom , 3 Bathroom home complete with a large Bonus Room and an Office is nestled on a 13,622 Square foot lot offering an Entertainer's Backyard with a Luxurious pool! This is a must see! Listed at $1,589,000

5 BEDROOMS 12 Deer Oaks Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker


$700,000 463-0436

$1,598,000 847-2200

Call Me with Questions about this listing or any of your Tri Valley Real Estate needs!

$1,175,000 980-0273 $2,575,000 846-6500

High End Service Real People Attitude!

6 BEDROOMS 7666 Flagstone Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Fabulous Properties 4625 Second St. Sun 1-4 Blaise Lofland

BRE# 01290566


Presenting 5 Welford Ranch Ct! BREATHTAKING unobstructed panoramic Mt. Diablo views. Huge flat 1/3 acre lot. Private setting. Cathedral ceilings. Seamless Granite. New Bosch stainless appliances. New plush fawn carpeting. Tile flooring. Freshly painted. Spacious bedrooms. Desirable location. Top rated schools. $1,299,950

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A tranquil setting and tastefully upgraded throughout: NEW Rustic wood floors, plush carpeting, fixtures, granite and stainless appliances. Remodeled baths w/Travertine tile. Private patio. Near Iron Horse trail, parks & community pool. Stroll to downtown shopping, cafe’s, restaurants. Desirable community. A10+ $524,950

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Most sought after 1 story, lower level condo in gated community. This home has it all. Updated kitchen, new SS appliances & wine cooler. New interior paint, lighting, carpet & much more! Formal living room w/fireplace & quiet private courtyard. This model rarely becomes available. DON’T MISS THIS!!



Highly desirable single story end-unit. Completely renovated throughout! Upgraded kitchen: Granite. Stainless & Recessed lighting. Hardwood floors. New dual-pane windows. New carpets. Fresh paint and texture. New doors. Totally remodeled bathrooms. Den/office. Huge garage. You will not find another home like this. $524,950

We Have Buyers!!! We Need Your Listings!

Warren Oberholser REALTOR



John DeMarinis REALTOR® BRE#01378667

(925) 551-3040 (925) 980-4603

(925) 551-3040 (925) 984-0550

Windermere Select Proper ties

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Livermore’s Finest!!


4008 Hillcrest Commons, Livermore

3 Bedrooms, Updated Kitchen and Baths!!

Sold for: $460,000

Real Estate Directory Darlene Crane,

Dennis Gerlt



OPE S A DV IS O R S 925-699–4377

Broker/Owner Gerlt Real Estate Services direct: (925) 426-5010 email:

349 Main Street #203, Pleasanton

CA LIC# 01317997

Real Estate Mortgage Advisor

NMLS 30878 License 00907071

Susan Kuramoto

Janice Habluetzel ÂŽ

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


cell: (408) 316-0278

BRE# 1385523 BRE# 01199727

Jan Pegler ÂŽ

REALTOR Better Homes and Gardens (925) 519-1455 DRE# 01384196


Serving the greater Bay Area for over 20 years with integrity Read client testimonials at

To advertise in the Tri-Valley Real Estate Directory call (925) 600-0840. Ask about online and email advertising.

From Our Happy Buyers of a Beautiful Livermore Home‌.. Future home buyers, Joyce, and her husband Rick, were there to guide us through the process of buying our first home. They were incredibly patient with all the questions that come with being first time home buyers. It was clear that they wanted the best home and deal for us. They were so receptive to feedback of what we were looking for and what we were not interested in. In the end, we found the PERFECT home for us! Joyce hand delivered our offer and went above and beyond for the sellers to know who we are as a couple and why we were the perfect buyers for the home. We have already recommended Joyce and Rick to family and friends that are looking to buy in the area. We are so thankful that we had them to make the process of buying our first home seam-less! Thrilled to be first time homeowners, Andy & Shannon Livermore I’m never too busy for your referrals!

900 Main Street, Suite 101 Pleasanton, CA 94566


Realtor BRE# 01348970 Direct: 925-998-3398 E-mail: / (925) 251.2585 Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide*

Luxury Real Estate and Lifestyle in the East Bay


910 Sherman Way, Pleasanton 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom +/-3,016 square feet

Open Sunday 1-4

Joyce Jones

SOLD $1,325,000

REAL PEOPLE... REAL REVIEWS... This was our third Real Estate transaction with Phyllis, now joined by her partner, Peter McDowell, and once again it was a total success. Peter and Phyllis were patient and knowledgeable and were able to find us the perfect new home. Phyllis and Peter are awesome and make a great team! We appreciated their honesty, sincerity and professionalism every step of the way, and look forward to working with them again, someday. We highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell their home. - Scott and Donna McKibben

4587 Winter Court, Creeks Bend, Pleasanton

NEW LISTING! Walk to Downtown from this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath single level home on private cul-de-sac adjacent to creek side walking paths. Outstanding home, great floorplan, ready and staged to perfection. Listed At $828,000

For more reviews from our clients please visit our web site

Phyllis Weiner 1210 Hearst Drive, Kottinger Ranch PENDING $1,498,000 5 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom +/-3,269 square feet


(925) 251.2585

Peter McDowell REALTORÂŽ

(925) 251.2550

Please call us about our NEW LISTING Coming Soon in the Castlewood Country Club!

4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom +/-3,030 square feet

Information provided by Š 2013 2014 Terradatum and its suppliers & licensors ( metrics/licensors). BrokerMetricsŽ • (925) 251.2585 • (925) 251.2550 • CalBRE #00673849 / 01361481

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Winding Oaks Dr., Pleasanton

4501 Lakewood Street, Pleasanton



Pleasanton “Estates on Oak Ridge” 6 Custom Lots Left! Located in the Vineyard Corridor. Build your DREAM HOME. Pricing starting at $845,000. Open Sunday

Stunning 2 bedroom condo in Walnut Creek, walk to BART, downtown and easy freeway access. 1400 sf, 2.5 baths, large office/den on lower level. 2 car finished garage with resin coated floors, cabinets, Janice Habluetzel attached to unit. Laminate floors, carpeted 925-699-3122 stairs, granite in kitchen, ss appliances. Move in ready! Call Agent for Pricing!

Margene Rivara 925-200-6916

2739 Milani Ave., Pleasanton

Margene Rivara 925-200-6916

Outstanding Agents! Outstanding Results!


Listings Sold by RE/MAX Offices 01/01/13 - 12/31/13



This 4 bedroom tri-level with inground pool is situated on a corner lot in Pleasanton’s west side. Enjoy the views from the spacious deck. Features include convenient commuter access, newer windows & roof, formal living & dining rooms, 2 fireplaces & more. Contact Bob Cilk for details. $775,000

2758 E. Sugar Hill Terrace, Dublin

tive e xecu t O L - E rd e n E s t a N U S a G en ra f t s m

Fabulous 4 bedroom, 3 bath former model home with remodeled kitchen & many upgrades! Stunning Brazilian cherry floors and inviting lap pool! This one is a 10! $898,000

Data provided by Terradatum. The above representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Contra Costa and Alameda MLS (MAX MLS). RE/MAX®, the Multiple Listing Service, and the member Associations of REALTORS® do not guarantee or are in any way responsible for data accuracy. The data includes all reported closed transactions, sellers represented and buyers represented, including buyers represented in dual agency relationships in the above referenced county, city or zip code area. Due to MLS reporting methods, dual agency relationships has potential for over reporting which are not verifiable. Data maintained by the Boards or their MLS’s may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Figures compiled 01/01/2013 – 12/31/2013. This is not intended to solicit property currently listed with any other broker.

Bob & Deb Cilk 925-487-8734

2394 Fern Trail, Sunol


Diane Sass 925-699-9508



STUNNING 2,000+ Sq. Ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Private 10,950 Lot. Quality, impeccable details, top rated schools, parks, nature, easy commute location beautiful landscaping Open Sunday $1,189,000



Antero Portela 925-600-7653


Immaculate Luxury Home in Scenic Golf Course Community! Absolutely Stunning home backs to Golf Course with amazing views. Wonderfully upgraded throughout! Chef’s kitchen features island w/granite slab, built-in-fridge, walk-in pantry, Formal living, dining and family room. Spacious Master suite w/private deck overlooking Golf Course. 3 car garage.

1,600 1,400 1,000 800 600 400 200 0 RE/MAX

Coldwell Banker

Better Homes and Gardens

J. Rockcliff

Keller Williams

Ready to get your home loan?

888-502-7548 With over 400 Associates in 10 offices throughout the East Bay, RE/MAX Accord is your first choice for home buying and selling. CAL BRE #01491373 Loan inquires and applications will be referred to a Loan Officer who is licensed in the property’s state. Equal Housing Lender. Prospect Mortgage is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd., Suited D300, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Prospect Mortgage, LLC (NMLS identifier #3296, is a Delaware limited liability company, licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. This is not an offer for extension of credit or a commitment to lend.

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530 Heligan Unit 4

Beautiful 1-year old, Shea Santa Monica Model. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1806 sqft all on one Floor. NOTE: Private driveway parking is such a plus for this home. So many upgrades, beautiful kitchen with granite slab counters and back-splash, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors. A must see home! $639,500




Pleasanton’s Best Value!! 7666 Flagstone Drive, Highland Oaks



733 Vineyard Terrace Pleasanton 5 BD, 5BA 4000 Sq. Ft. Custom Single Story with Incredible Valley Views $5500

Call for private showing!


264 Spring Street Pleasanton Located in Downtown Pleasanton 1BD, 1BA 600 sq. ft. $1400

Large 3900 sq. ft. home with Gourmet Kitchen, Granite, Hardwood, Media Room, Walk to schools/ shopping/parks. 6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms. Beautifully staged. NEW PRICE $1,175,000

3046 Tonopah Circle Pleasanton Las Positas Gardens Single Story End Unit 3BD, 2BA, 1220 sq. ft. $2250

WANTED RESIDENTIAL HOMES! Rentals are in High Demand in Pleasanton Call Us Today For More Info!

Kevin and Bernetta Wess Cindy and Gene Williams

Tri-Valley Property Management

REALTORS® BRE LIC # 01370076 and 00607511

LIC # 01482226 & 01465272



Recent Pending Sales 4116 Creekwood Ct 400 Old Ranch Ct 3536 Gresham Ct 303 Garden Common 39 Elmwood Drive, San Ramon Wonderful East Hampton Home in San Ramon. Enjoy your summer evenings on your front porch. 3 bedrooms, plus loft, soaking tub in large master. Open bright floorplan, wood floors, inside laundry, Formal living and dining room. Great commute location. $779,000

Louise Davis

COMING SOON 8031 Bethel Lane Gorgeous single level custom with breath taking panoramic views! Approx 4000 sq ft., 5/4 bedroom, 4 baths. 3/4 acres

Lic. # 00551850

Gail Boal

Lic. # 00630556


“I know what it’s like, I’ve been in your shoes and it brings me great joy in helping others achieve their ultimate goal. Whether buying or selling a home, I take great pride in going the extra mile for you.” —Lisa


CA LIC #01313252 Tri Valley 925-967-4744 Central Valley 209-815-5505 Residential - Land - Investment

Spectacular views from serene setting on golf course. Beautiful single story in gated community. 4BR & 2 BA, 2163 +/- sq. ft. Updated kitchen with granite counters. Entertainer’s backyard with raised deck and flagstone patio. Just sold for $931,000.

DeAnna Armario & Liz Venema REALTORS® LIC # 01363180 and 01922957



405 Vineyard Place, Pleasanton Single Level, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, plus 2 covered carpor ts. Granite counter tops in kitchen, inside laundry with lots of storage, both bathrooms have been remodeled and feature Toto toilets, marble, new tub in hall bath , fans lights in both bedrooms with large outdoor patio. Priced at $400,000

Lisa C. Perry

1103 Canyon Hills, San Ramon




Buying or Selling a Home?

Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bath, single level, minutes to charming downtown Pleasanton and top rated schools!

REALTOR® LIC # 01276455


SOLD! Multiple Offers Over Asking!

4082 Francisco Street

Please call for pricing and more info!

Tom Fox

REALTOR® CA Lic#s 01735040, 01713497, 01395362



Open Sat/Sun 1-4PM 3291 Melanie Cir, Pleasanton 4 bdrm home in Parkside! Granite kitchen, remodeled bathrooms and pool! Offered at $950,000

Open Sat 1-4PM 6275 Inglewood Dr, Pleasanton Delightful one level, with 3 bdrms 2 baths and almost 1600 sq ft. New paint, driveway and aggregate walkway. Priced in the low $700,000’s

Colleen McKean, CRS REALTOR® LIC #00868205 925-847-8880


925.463.0436 |

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