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ehicular traffic on Bernal Avenue at the I-680 interchange is horrendous and about to get worse. Much worse. Just as school is about to open and with many commuters ending their summer vacations, contractors are closing approach lanes to the southbound freeway ramp for a $4.5 million reconstruction project that will affect traffic through at least next February. When completed, Mike Tassano of Pleasanton’s traffic engineering division, says traffic flows will be much better. We’ll see. This stretch of Bernal has been a headache for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians for years. It’s been nearly 15 years since work was supposed to start on building a new $1.5 million bridge over the Arroyo De La Laguna between I-680 and Foothill Road. That never happened and traffic on the old two-lane bridge with one narrow sidewalk has likely doubled in the meantime. It’s particularly heavy when parents, students and teachers make their way to Foothill High School starting at 7:30 weekday mornings, just as commuters are also waiting in traffic for green metering signals to allow them to move onto the freeway. Since the opening of Safeway and the Gateway Center at Valley Avenue two years ago, morning rush hour backups often extend back past the Alameda County Fairgrounds. We’re not sure why it has taken so long for the new widening projects to start. They were approved more than a year ago. Had the work started at the time of summer school and workforce vacation breaks, at least three months of the coming agony could have been avoided. Apparently, a lot is needed before contractors can add a lane or two at a freeway on-ramp. Consultants had to be hired to prepare a Project Study Report to construct the improvements for Caltrans’ approval. Along with a supplemental analysis later, Caltrans and Tassano’s group conducted detailed analyses of the I-680/Bernal Avenue interchange to study various design alternatives to meet future

traffic needs. Those studies (surprisingly) showed a difference in roadway alignment from a 2001 design that, until now, governed freeway access. The new projects will be completed in separate stages. Bear with me as I try to explain the plans as stated in a report to the Pleasanton City Council in June: “At the I-680 northbound on-ramp intersection, one westbound through-lane will be converted to a shared through/rightturn lane to reduce queues and congestion. At the southbound ramp, one westbound throughlane will be converted to a second westbound left-turn lane to the southbound on-ramp, again to reduce queues and congestion. Also, the free running right-turn lane from the I-680 southbound off-ramp to eastbound Bernal Avenue will be converted to a yieldcontrol to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.” Understand? But not so fast. Caltrans says that the interchange work is within an area that has been identified as “archaeologically sensitive.” That means that a Historic Compliance Report outlining a testing and monitoring program is necessary and must be submitted to Caltrans and the State Historic Preservation Office. Since preparing the report was not included in the original scope of services in the contractor’s agreement, an archaeological test program at extra cost must be conducted prior to the start of construction. That will run between $50,000 and $100,000. After everything is done (I said February, remember?), the freeway interchange design firm will have to prepare “construction record drawings” for Caltrans at a cost nobody seems to know or wants to estimate. But not to worry. GHC Bernal Investors, LLC (BIC) will cover the costs, now estimated at $1,423,681.30, based on a commitment made in October 2000, long before the Safeway and its Gateway Center stores were conceived and when traffic was much less of a problem. I wonder if BIC read the small print in that agreement they signed. Q

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Streetwise

ASKED AROUND TOWN

In light of the drought, what are you doing to reduce your water consumption by the mandated 25%? Omar Kalare Chef Well at work we have converted to using paper plates and cups, and plastic utensils so that there is no need to run the dishwasher constantly. And at home, well, my front and back yards are quite brown.

Sabrina Holliday Retired I am watering my lawn only twice a week, and have been bathing even less frequently than that.

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Managing editor I am letting all of my houseplants die. I’ve always had a brown thumb when it comes to caring for plants, so I like finally having a good excuse for all of my plants looking so miserable.

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and every drop counts We may be in a severe drought, but we can get through this together. If we all reduce our water usage by 25%, we can keep Pleasanton flowing. Saving water today means having water tomorrow.

Aaron Duzmi College student I am taking shorter showers and buying more bottled water instead of drinking it from the tap. I’m also sure to tell my mom every day that every time she flushes the toilet, it uses up several gallons of water.

Ellen Gage Sales I’ve been trying to run my dishwasher and washing machine as infrequently as possible, and only when they are really full.

—Compiled by Nancy, Jenny and Katie Lyness Have a Streetwise question? Email editor@PleasantonWeekly.com

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Newsfront DIGEST

Safeway shareholders approve Albertsons merger Pleasanton company poised to join Boise-based supermarket firm

Pooch Parade set More than 200 dogs will strut down Main Street for the annual Pooch Parade during Pleasanton’s 1st Wednesday Street Party on Aug. 6. The parade route begins on the corner of Neal and Main streets at 7 p.m. All pooches should gather at Lions Wayside Park in downtown Pleasanton beginning at 5:30 p.m. to enter the parade and be judged in eight different categories, including most creative costume and best trick. Live music will fill the air, local artisans will be on hand to showcase and sell their works, and nearly 200 businesses and community organizations will have booths set up. Main Street will be shut down from 6-9 p.m. for this monthly summer event.

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n a move that could have far-reaching implications for Pleasanton, Safeway shareholders voted overwhelmingly last Friday to approve the acquisition of the Pleasanton-based supermarket chain by an affiliate of Albertsons, another national supermarket firm that has its corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The Safeway shares were bought by AB Acquisition, which owns the Albertsons chain and is controlled by Cerberus Capital Management LP. The $9 billion transaction, first announced in March, is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory

approval. According to Safeway, 70% of the outstanding shares and 96% of the shares voted were in favor of the acquisition. Shareholders also approved a non-binding advisory proposal to approve a merger-related compensation plan for Safeway’s toplevel executive officers, and they voted down two other measures, in line with recommendations by the board of directors: 90% said no to a proposal to label products containing genetically modified ingredients, and 88% voted against extending producer responsibility. Pending any divestitures that

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Alisal Elementary principal resigns

National Night Out Pleasanton will hold its annual National Night Out next Tuesday and the Police Department is seeking neighborhoods interested in hosting the informative and festive street parties. The crime- and drug-prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Pleasanton police. “National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and policecommunity partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” said Shannon Revel-Whitaker, Pleasanton police community services officer. The application deadline is today. For more information, visit www.pleasantonpd.org or call 931-5240.

Hiroshima Day The Tri-Valley CAREs advocacy group will host a remembrance and rally in Livermore next Wednesday in recognition of the 69th anniversary of the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Organizers plan to begin at 7:30 a.m. with music, speakers, art and a moment of silence to honor radiation victims, near Vasco and Patterson Pass roads in Livermore. The group will then take a short walk to and rally outside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory west gate. The event’s theme is “Failure To Disarm: Holding Our Government Accountable.” For more information, visit www.trivalleycares.org or call 443-7148.

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AMANDA AGUILAR

Both beaches at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton were closed for several days after the discovery of high E. coli bacterial densities. The beaches were reopened to the public on Wednesday.

Shadow Cliffs beaches reopen after E. coli alerts Health department gives OK after latest bacteria tests, EBRPD says BY AMANDA AGUILAR

Shadow Cliffs beaches reopened Wednesday after nearly a week of closures due to high levels of E. coli bacteria, according to park officials. “The levels got better over the weekend, and the health department gave us the OK to reopen,” said Hal MacLean, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) water management supervisor. EBRPD closed the south beach July 23 after bacteria measurements did not meet state health standards, and the north beach was closed July 25 after water test results came back too high in that area. According to MacLean, the south beach’s bacteria level was 6100 and north beach’s was 1000

as of noon July 25. The daily maximum level allowed under state standards is 235 (a figure that represents bacterial density per 100 mL of water). The bacteria densities began to decrease over last weekend and into this week, allowing the district to open both beaches on Wednesday, MacLean said. The low water level at Shadow Cliffs, as well as district officials not watering the lawn, may have contributed to the high E. coli readings, according to MacLean. “We haven’t been watering the lawn to conserve water,” he said. “So instead of the geese congregating on the lawn, they’re congregating on the beach.” The north beach was open to the public for swimming on July 24 under a “Yellow Light” water-

quality rating — which means there was an increased health risk for swimming and wading, and bacteria results did not meet state health standards. Resident Sheryl Chance said she wasn’t aware of the E. coli readings when she took her grandchildren to swim at the north beach on the afternoon of July 24. Upon learning of the “Yellow Light” alert, she quickly told her grandchildren they couldn’t swim that day. “It’s bacteria,” she said. “I don’t want them swimming in it. I wouldn’t swim in it.” The district tested the water daily once high E. coli levels were discovered, but officials plan to return to weekly testing with the readings now closer to normal, MacLean said. Q

Terri Quesinberry has resigned as principal of Pleasanton’s Alisal Elementary School and has been hired to the same position at Sunset Elementary School in Livermore. “We will greatly miss working with her,” Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said of Quesinberry this week. Quesinberry arrives at Sunset after working in the Pleasanton Terri Unified School District for 10 Quesinberry years. She was a teacher for seven years and then served as Alisal’s principal for the past three years. Quesinberry submitted her resignation on July 21, according to Ahmadi. Pleasanton school officials announced her departure on July 23, and her hiring at Sunset was announced the next day by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Quesinberry has not responded to requests for comment as of press time. According to a statement released by the Livermore district, Quesinberry stated that she is excited to join the Livermore school district and looks forward to meeting the Sunset school community. Prior to coming to Pleasanton, Quesinberry worked in Fremont’s school district with Ahmadi, who said that Quesinberry had been interested in more opportunities at the district level in instructional and staff development. However, See PRINCIPALon Page 7

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NEWSFRONT

ValleyCare’s merger deal with Stanford moving forward Agreement discussed during annual ValleyCare members meeting BY JEB BING

Plans to merge ValleyCare Health System and its Pleasanton medical center into Stanford University health care system are proceeding on schedule although the final combination could take a number of months to complete. John Sensiba, chairman of the ValleyCare board of directors, said its “corporate members” soon will vote on the merger proposition. Their approval would be a major step in freeing the board to move forward with the proposal. ValleyCare, which was established in 1961, has grown from a small hospital in Livermore into a comprehensive health system with medical facilities in Livermore and Dublin, as well as Pleasanton. But over the last five years, it has lost an average of $3.5 million a year, with $86 million in outstanding debt. By merging with Stanford, ValleyCare could continue to deliver high quality health care in the Tri-Valley amid fierce and growing competition for patients and services from other larger groups, Sensiba said. In a meeting with corporate members, who are supporters who

buy a membership to become part of a voting assembly dating back to the health system’s startup, Sensiba and ValleyCare’s new chief executive Scott Gregerson vowed to stop the losses as the merger agreement moves forward. Because of its heavy debt load, continuing competition from financially-strong hospital groups, such as John Muir in Walnut Creek, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and Summit-owned medical centers, Sensiba said, “We issued requests for merger proposals to a number of potential partners.” “Under non-disclosure agreements, I can’t reveal who they were except to say Stanford won,” Sensiba said. The annual meeting offers up-todate information about ValleyCare and is also a social event for corporate members, some who have been active supporters of the hospital, including several at the meeting who joined 40 and 50 years ago. For that reason, the members come early for refreshments and conversation, and the meeting, itself, is more festive and conversational than a typical corporate annual meeting with ample time

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tary Club of Pleasanton, Gregerson said the Stanford-ValleyCare merger could be similar to what happened when Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore came to the rescue of Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, D.C., which was in a similar financial situation. Sibley retained its identity with more medical services now available in the community it serves. Also at the annual meeting, Deborah McKeehan, former Pleasanton city manager and a ValleyCare board member since 2005,

stepped down due to term limits. Thanking her for her service, Sensiba then introduced Dale Kaye, who took McKeehan’s board seat at the meeting. At Sensiba’s request, McKeehan will stay on the board as a volunteer consultant to assist in the potential merger. Kaye, former CEO and president of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce, is now director of Innovation Tri-Valley, a collaboration among business leaders in Pleasanton, Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon.Q

Sunol residents, Girl Scouts build mini-library downtown BY MARIA AKHTER

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Mayor Jerry Thorne at nomination party for his re-election bid.

anton’s term limits law. Olson, a former Planning Commissioner and retired bank executive, also has launched his campaign for election to the council. A possible third candidate, Brad Hottle, has pulled nomination papers for the council race but has yet to announce publicly that he will seek a council seat. He is a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force. The nomination period, which began July 14, closes at 5 p.m. next Friday, Aug. 8. Q — Jeb Bing

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Corporate members of ValleyCare Health System fill the cafeteria at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton to learn about plans to merge with Stanford University’s health care system.

Program invites community to ‘take a book, leave a book’

So far, Thorne running unopposed as nomination filing deadline nears More than 100 supporters of Mayor Jerry Thorne crowded into the home of Joyce and Bob Shapiro in Vintage Hills Tuesday night to sign Thorne’s nomination papers as he seeks re-election on Nov. 4. Those attending included current and past members of the Pleasanton City Council, council candidates Kathy Narum and Arne Olson, San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, and Pleasanton attorney Catharine Baker, a Dublin resident and Republican who is seeking election in the 16th State Assembly district. Thorne thanked those who joined in the signing event and urged them to help get out the vote in the municipal election. So far, no one has taken out nomination papers to challenge Thorne for the mayor’s post. Councilwoman Narum, who was elected in a special ballotby-mail election in May last year to fill Thorne’s unexpired term on the council, is seeking election to a full four-year term. Besides her council seat, another council position will open this year when Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio steps down after eight years of service, the maximum allowed under Pleas-

allowed for questions, comments and introductions. Still, there was a sense of finality to the gathering with a number of questions about who will “own” ValleyCare after the merger, what will become of the ValleyCare Medical Foundation and its physician members, and how will ValleyCare’s 1,400 employees fare under the merger plan. For the most part, Sensiba said details of the merger are still being worked out. “We want to stay as a community hospital,” he said. “We want the hospital to stay here. It’s just too early to talk about eventual ownership and management.” After gaining approval from corporate members, Sensiba said Stanford still has to finalize the deal and then there will be state, federal and medical agencies involved in the process before Stanford takes over. In the meantime, he and Gregerson will be focused on continuing to trim expenses and get operating costs in line with revenue. “Health care issues are evolving very quickly and we have to evolve with them,” he said. Earlier, in remarks to the Ro-

Sunol residents and Girl Scouts Troop 32866 have built a small community library on the town’s Main Street. Completed in June and located outside the Jeffco Roofing Company building, the mini-library — a seven-foot-tall bookshelf with a glass door — is accessible 24-hours, stocked with around 250 books ranging from adult to children works, and stands with the motto “take a book, leave a book.” “The total project probably cost around $200,” said Sunol resident Tom Harland, who helped create the library. “All the books were donated from the Girl Scouts.” Harland said he and fellow resident Ben Coplan had discussed creating a small library in Sunol, which doesn’t have an official library, around five years ago. “At the time, it was just an idea,” Harland said. “We were thinking about buying an English phone booth for the library but found out that it was very expensive. So the idea didn’t progress for a while.” Then last year, the Sunol Girl Scouts troop expressed interest in creating a library as one of

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their projects, and Harland and Coplan used the opportunity to

combine forces to design the town’s first mini-library, according to Harland. Harland said he purchased the glass door for the library from Habitat for Humanity in February and constructed the plywood structure according to the dimensions of the door. The troop painted ceramic tiles to decorate the sides of the bookshelf, and the Girl Scouts have been given the responsibility of taking care of the minilibrary for one year. The Girl Scouts placed a plaque along the left side of the mini-library with information about the troop and program, as well as dedications and honorable mentions. The original donated books have a sticker with a picture and information about the Girl Scouts. Coplan said he hopes that books will rotate in and out all the time and that community members take advantage of the new, creative addition to downtown Sunol. There are hundreds of mini-libraries worldwide, and Harland and Coplan hope to officially register the Sunol library with the nonprofit organization Little Free Library. Q

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Livermore coach accused of lewd act Police: Incident took place at Cabernet Indoor Sports

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Students produce one-hour special for TV30 Sixth summer Tri-Valley Community Television offers production camp BY JEB BING

Tri-Valley Youth View, a onehour special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended the TV30 Summer Camp, is currently airing on TV30. For the sixth summer, Tri-Valley Community TV is offering three sessions of this unique TV Summer Camp. The first camp took place the week of June 16. The second session starts this Monday and the third session begins Aug. 11. Fourteen campers from Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon participated in the first fiveday camp. The currently airing episode of Tri-Valley Youth View represents the work of students who attended the first camp. “We always enjoy working with the students and seeing how creative and quick they are,” said

Melissa Tench-Stevens, executive director of TV30. “We had a super group of ‘new producers’ in our June camp,” she added. “We have a couple of spots left in the upcoming August camps. Guest interviews for those camps include Livermore Mayor John Marchand and Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne.” The hands-on TV camp provides an introduction to the technical and talent aspects of studio and field production. Tri-Valley Youth View was written and produced by students who range in age from 11-17 years old. Students researched and wrote questions, acted as crew for all the production positions and were the on-air interviewers for the program. Guests on the program now airing include Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Sblend

Sblendorio, founder of the Pleasanton Jr. Football League, and Joe Madden, co-founder of Vmersion Health a company that designs, develops and publishes free peer-topeer social media software for the specific purpose of improving the lives of those living with diabetes as well as other chronic diseases. Also included are California Department of Fish and Game award winner Lori Ambrosino, who speaks about gun safety; former Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart, representing Dublin Partners in Education and its Enrichment Academy; Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel; and current Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti. Current times for Tri-Valley Youth View are Mondays at 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at 9 a.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays, 8 p.m. Q

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child in Livermore on July 22, police said. Jesse Schlicker allegedly committed the act while hired at a soccer camp program as a speed and strength coach at the Cabernet Indoor Sports facility at 6474 Patterson Pass Road, police said. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child under 14, according to police. On its website, the company’s management said they are cooperating with the Livermore Police Department’s investigation into Schlicker. “We take many steps to en-

sure a safe and secure environment, from the high visibility of every inch of our play areas to screening the people who come in contact with our customers,” the company’s management said in a statement. “The coach Jesse Schlicker in question has been suspended pending the outcome of this investigation and formally restrained from the company’s premises,” according to the statement. Q —Jamey Padojino, Bay City News

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BART awarded $17.4 million anti-terrorism grant Comes after Swalwell’s letter urging DHS for funding to secure Transbay Tube BY AMANDA AGUILAR

BART has been awarded a $17.4 million transportation security grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district covers Pleasanton. The grant will provide funding to secure the Eric Swalwell Transbay Tube, which connects the East Bay to San Francisco, against a potential ter-

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Ahmadi added, there were no additional opportunities at the district level in Pleasanton for Quesinberry to pursue. “As people look at advancing

rorist attack. “My priority is protecting the millions of riders who rely on BART,” said Swalwell, who is a member of the Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee and authored a letter to DHS asking for support in BART’s request for transit security funding. “The failure to do so could cripple the Bay Area’s economy,” he added. Bay Area congressional members Mike Honda (D-San Jose), Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), George Miller (DMartinez), Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-

Menlo Park) joined in on Swalwell’s letter. “We cannot thank Congressman Swalwell enough for his tremendous leadership on securing this critical security funding for our system,” said BART general manager Grace Crunican. “Given all the high priority needs throughout the nation, this amazing proportion of the entire allotment is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping protect the BART system, its employees and over 400,000 weekday riders.” Last year, Swalwell helped secure a $12.8 million transportation security grant for BART. Q

their careers, they look for opportunities that may not exist in their own district or their workplace,” Ahmadi said. The Pleasanton district is currently looking for a new Alisal principal, and Quesinberry will be helping the district during the transition and interview process,

according to Ahmadi. The school, located on Santa Rita Road, is set to welcome students for the start of the new school year on Aug. 25. “We hope to have the new principal identified very soon, so that he/she is able to join us for our first leadership meetings,” Ahmadi said. Q — Amanda Aguilar

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might be required by the Federal Trade Commission, the merger with Safeway would give Albertsons close to 2,400 stores, including approximately 1,300 from Safeway, with total sales approaching $60 billion. Safeway Inc. has been a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. Last year, the company operated 1,331 stores in the U.S. and had annual sales of $36.1 billion. Safeway has had an 18-year presence in Pleasanton since 1996 and has been a major contributor to the city’s employment and municipal tax base. The company also is one of Pleasanton’s largest employers, with approximately 2,600 employees between the local grocery stores and the headquarters operations. The company has a long history in the East Bay and

was previously based in Oakland for many years. “We understand that part of running a very successful enterprise means making a business decision that’s best for the company,” said Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho when the transaction was first announced. “Given (the) announcement of the sale of Safeway, it is too early to know what that means for Safeway, or for Pleasanton.” “It is our hope that Safeway, or a new version of the company, will remain an active member of the Pleasanton business community, and continue to be a place of employment for many of our residents,” he added. The companies said they expect administrative cost savings, but don’t expect to close any stores. Under the acquisition agreement, Safeway president and CEO Robert Edwards will become president and CEO of the combined company, while Bob Miller, the current CEO of Albertsons, will become executive chairman. Q

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Alameda County OKs Oakland A’s lease Supervisors sign off on 10-year extension; JPA to weigh in next week The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an agreement to extend the Oakland Athletics’ lease at the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years. The vote is the next-to-last step in an often-contentious 14-month-long negotiating process aimed at keeping the baseball team in Oakland. The final step is a vote by the board of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority on Aug. 6. The JPA’s attorney, Jon Streeter, said he expects the board to approve the agreement because it voted to approve an earlier version of the lease on July 3. The agreement approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday includes changes that the Oakland City Council made two weeks ago and were approved by the A’s last week. Streeter said he was happy with the original agreement but the changes made by the city council were “a net improvement” that better protects the interests of the city and the county. The lease agreement includes an escape clause that allows the A’s to leave the Coliseum after the 2018 Major League Baseball season. However, the team would still

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The Oakland Athletics take on the Houston Astros at the O.co Coliseum, which could be the A’s home for the next 10 years under a new lease agreement.

have to pay rent at the Coliseum until the end of the agreement in 2024 unless it moved to another site in Oakland. The agreement also allows the city to force the A’s out of the Coliseum if a deal to develop the site and build a new football-only stadium there for the Oakland Raiders materializes. The most significant amendment made by the city council and ap-

proved by the A’s and the Board of Supervisors would free the city of Oakland and Alameda County from liability if the Raiders violate the terms of their lease at the Coliseum. Describing the lengthy negotiating process, Supervisor Wilma Chan said it has “gone through more twists and turns than any road anyone has ever seen.” Q —Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

North Rotary names new president BY JEB BING

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Businessman Tom Hall has begun a one-year term as president of Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR). Hall, 37, a certified public accountant, is a co-founder and partner of Green Leaf Real Estate Capital, a multifamily real estate firm in Danville. He leads its finance operations and has primary responsibility for approving and managing investments on behalf of lenders and investors.

Hall joined PNR in 2008. He has been active in membership recruitment and in leading corporate sponsorships and ticket sales for “A Starry Night in the Caribbean,” the club’s annual fund-raising event. He also sits on the real estate advisory board of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Hall succeeds outgoing president Frank Hanna, a partner with Twisted Pair, Inc., a business communications equipment company in Dublin.

Founded in 1987, PNR has 47 members and is part of Rotary International, a global service organization with 1.6 million members. The Pleasanton club Tom Hall meets at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Handles Gastropub in the Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main St. Q

TAKE US ALONG Adventures in our sister city: The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association (PTSCA) sent its 31st delegation to Tulancingo with Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and his wife, Sandi. Tulancingo Mayor Julio Soto gave Mayor Thorne a ‘Key to the City’ and the cities exchanged multiple gifts. Posing outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City are (left to right) PTSCA president Rita Prieto-Galvin, Sandi Thorne, Mayor Jerry Thorne, Jay Galvin, ex-PTSCA presidents Alice Pryor and Jorge Victoria, and delegate Connie Jensen.

Community Pulse POLICE BULLETIN Oakland woman booked on drug sale, possession charges An Oakland woman was arrested on suspicion of drug violations and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop near the intersection of Owens Drive and Johnson Court on July 24, according to police. An officer conducted a traffic stop around 2:45 p.m. that day when driver Latessa Ann Hall, 37, allegedly failed to signal, stopped over the limit line at a red light and had an item hanging from her rearview mirror. Police allege that when the officer contacted Hall, she smelled like marijuana. In addition, she gave the officer multiple inconsistent responses when asked why she was in Pleasanton, and then started behaving erratically, according to police. The officer reportedly called for back-up and conducted a drug evaluation on Hall. Police reports said Hall had three children in the back seat of her car with no child seats. There was also an adult in the passenger side, who took custody of the children after Hall’s arrest, according to police. Hall was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of heroin and marijuana, possession of heroin for

sale, transportation of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license. After being booked, Hall was also charged for suspicion of bringing drugs into jail. In other police reports: • A Pleasanton resident reportedly discovered items were missing from his storage unit on July 22 after receiving a call from Santa Monica police saying they recovered his gun in a robbery case. The man remembered he last placed his gun in his storage unit located on the 3700 block of Stanley Boulevard, and immediately went to see if his unit was burglarized, according to Pleasanton police reports. The man reportedly told police he discovered that his safe, which contained two watches and two wedding rings, were stolen along with his gun. According to police reports, the storage lock was not tampered with or damaged. • A 54-year-old Pleasanton man was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and being drunk in public after getting into an argument with a construction worker at his townhouse complex on the 4600 block of Ithaca Way. On July 25, construction workers were repaving the complex’s car ports and resident Aleksandr Beltsar did not

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July 13 Battery Q 2:47 a.m. in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road Theft Q 8:58 a.m. in the 1600 block of East Gate Way; theft from auto Q 11:07 a.m. in the 5200 block of Crestline Way; auto theft

July 14 Vandalism Q 9:59 a.m. in the 4100 block of Rennellwood Way Fraud Q 10:10 a.m. in the 300 block of Main Street Theft Q 11:49 a.m. in the 3300 block of Smoketree Commons; theft from auto Q 12:25 p.m. in the 4300 block of Valley Avenue; auto theft Q 1:38 p.m. in the 3700 block of Old Santa Rita Road; auto theft Battery Q 6:58 p.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive Alcohol violation Q 7:38 p.m. in the 4000 block of Stoneridge Drive

July 15 Theft Q 9:46 a.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; theft from structure Q 11:26 a.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive; auto theft Q 1:59 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft from structure Q 7:16 p.m. in the 3300 block of Norton Way; theft from auto Q 9:23 p.m. in the 3100 block of Valley Avenue; theft from auto Alcohol violation Q 12:37 p.m. in the 4300 block of Railroad Avenue Battery Q 1:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road

July 16 Theft Q 9:11 a.m. in the 4700 block of Willow

Road; theft from auto Q 3:05 p.m. in the 5700 block of Owens Drive Drug violation Q 2:16 p.m., intersection of Peters and Old Bernal avenues Battery Q 2:34 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Graffiti Q 3:03 p.m. in the 1800 block of Santa Rita Road Fraud Q 6:53 p.m. in the 4200 block of Valley Avenue Q 7:13 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive Alcohol violation Q 10:21 p.m. in the 5300 block of Hopyard Road

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Sex offenses Q 3:51 p.m. Street information not disclosed.

July 19 Theft Q 3:17 a.m. in the 8100 block of Regency Drive; auto theft Q 3:47 p.m., intersection of Black Avenue and Hopyard Road; theft from auto Q 5:42 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; shoplifting Q 8:11 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Alcohol violation Q 3:45 a.m., intersection of Brockton and Pimlico drives Q 2:37 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Q 9:02 p.m. in the 800 block of Sunset Creek Lane

Theft Q 1:06 a.m. in the 4700 block of Willow Road; theft from auto Q 7:52 a.m. in the 400 block of Dolores Court; theft from auto Alcohol violation Q 2:19 p.m. in the 3100 block of Santa Rita Road Child abuse Q 5:33 p.m. Street information not disclosed.

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Vandalism Q 8:15 a.m. in the 3200 block of W. Lagoon Road Q 11:10 p.m. in the 200 block of E. Angela Street

Alcohol violation Q 12 a.m., intersection of Main and St. Mary streets Q 12:03 a.m. in the 3600 block of Old Santa Rita Road Q 4:32 p.m., intersection of Peters and Old Bernal avenues Q 7:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Vandalism Q 10:42 a.m., intersection of Benedict and Smallwood courts Theft Q 10:49 a.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive; bicycle theft Q 11:58 a.m. in the 4700 block of Hopyard Road; shoplifting Q 3:57 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street; theft from structure Q 4:07 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

Theft Q 12:25 p.m. in the 6400 block of Paseo Santa Maria; auto theft Q 1:45 p.m. in the 11300 block of Dublin Canyon Road; theft from auto Q 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting Q 3:43 p.m. in the 5500 block of Springhouse Drive

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July 22 Vandalism Q 5 a.m. in the 300 block of Abbie Street Q 7:01 a.m. in the 3800 block of Vine Street Theft Q 1:15 p.m. in the 6700 block of Paseo San Leon; theft from structure Q 5:29 p.m. in the 3700 block of Stanley Boulevard Q 10:21 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive; theft from auto Residential burglary Q 1:21 p.m. in the 4100 block of Lucca Court

like the cracks in the new asphalt and started yelling at one of the workers, according to police. The argument resulted in a resident calling the police for a verbal disturbance. Prior to the officer’s arrival, Beltsar allegedly grabbed brake fluid and poured it onto the new asphalt, according to police reports. The damage to the new asphalt totaled $10,000. Police allege that when contacted by an officer, Beltsar smelled like alcohol, had poor balance, watery eyes and slurred speech. Beltsar was subsequently taken into police custody. • Police received a call Monday morning about a possible mountain lion sighting under Main Street’s bridge near the Pleasanton Hotel. The caller described the animal as a black cat that was bigger than a domestic cat. An officer arrived to the location but was not able to find the described animal, according to police. Police said they are unsure of what kind of animal might have been under the bridge, but added that they have only seen mountain lions near Foothill Road. Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted. —Amanda Aguilar

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Opinion WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES Civic Arts Commission Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue • Review FY 2013/14 Civic Arts Grants – Final Performance Reports • Consider Request from Valley Concert Chorale to Amend its use of FY 2014/15 Community Grant Funds • Selection of one (1) Commissioner to serve on the Alviso Adobe Task Force

East Pleasanton SpeciďŹ c Plan Task Force Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Operation Services Center, 3333 Busch Road • Please visit our website at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov to view the agenda for this meeting. ***********************************************************

COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES RECRUITMENT The City Council is accepting applications for the following Vacancies: Economic Vitality Committee 1 Member from each of the following categories: Green Economy/Environmental Industry High Technology Residential Real Estate Broker Residential Real Estate Developer Housing Commission – 1 member Human Services Commission – 1 member Library Commission – 1 member

EDITORIAL

THE OPINION OF THE WEEKLY

Pleasanton council to monitor legislators’ decision-making

PUBLISHER Gina Channell-Allen, Ext. 119

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Tri Valley Life Editor Dolores Fox Ciardelli

hen the State Legislature ends its summer recess Monday, the politicians will find a new group badgering them on how to vote: the Pleasanton City Council. Urged on by Mayor Jerry Thorne, a member of the board of directors of the League of California Cities and staunch advocate of retaining local control on urban issues, the council created a process for monitoring state and regional legislation under consideration. Last week, the council voted unanimously to approve recommendations by its new Legislative Committee, headed by Maria Ojeda, assistant to City Manager Nelson Fialho. The committee’s report runs well over 100 pages, including the full text of the bills being evaluated and an analysis of each one by state senators and assembly members who sit on committees responsible for considering and moving the bills. Also included in the committee’s report are lists of California cities and organizations that support and oppose each of the bills. Ojeda’s was a daunting task, preparing a comprehensive report that council members could easily read on their iPads away from the dais. An “outstanding job,� Councilman Jerry Pentin said. The council’s action will be stated in a letter to all legislators to be delivered before Monday’s session opens. Q

Parks & Recreation Commission – 1 member Planning Commission – 1 member (Supplemental Questionnaire Required) Youth Commission 2 Middle School Representatives 2 At-Large Community Members for Alviso Adobe Task Force The City of Pleasanton is beginning the process of developing a plan to address the short and long-term needs of the Alviso Adobe Community Park. This process is intended to provide guidance and direction for the future of the Community Park and its programming which will help determine whether the Park is being fully utilized and if not, identify resource requirements and availability of these resources to increase utilization. The City Council approved the formation of a nine (9) member Task Force to provide input throughout the process, which includes one (1) at-large representatives and one (1) representative residing within a neighborhood next to or adjacent to the Alviso Adobe Community Park. For more information contact Susan Andrade-Wax, Director of Community Services at (925) 931-5340. APPLICATION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014 (WWSPJH[PVUZHYLH]HPSHISLH[[OL*P[`*SLYRÂťZ6ɉJL 123 Main Street, or on the City’s website at http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/pdf/newcommapp.pdf. For additional information, JVU[HJ[[OL6Ń?JLVM[OL*P[`*SLYRH[   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 www.cityofpleasantonca.gov

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Apology Last week we published photos of two front lawns, one brown and the other green, to illustrate some of the angst over the watering habits during the drought. We should never have published the addresses, however, and certainly didn’t mean to imply anything about these particular occupants. Our apologies.

LETTERS Shame on you, Weekly Dear Editor, In response to your article “Drought keeping the pressure on water cutbacks� (Editorial, July 25, 2014), I had to write in. Please tell me when the Pleasanton Weekly decided to take on the role of judge and jury of Pleasanton residents? How completely irresponsible of the Pleasanton Weekly of essentially launching a smear campaign by printing a picture with a resident’s address and implying that because their lawn is green that they are not complying with the mandatory 25% reduction without providing any factual data. There are plenty of dangerous people out there that could be incited to take matters into their own hands and your use of McCarthyism like tactics is reprehensible. The article presents no data that this resident has not complied with the 25% reduction other than the color of their lawn, which is nothing more than your opinion. When will you decide that other residents in this community are not saving water based on the color of their lawn? The city of Pleasanton

has a measure in place, and it has nothing to do with the color of a resident’s lawn. —Maureen Hunter

On water conservation Dear Editor, I was very disappointed in last week’s Editorial (“Drought keeping the pressure on water cutbacks�) that implied that if someone has a green lawn that he is not conserving water. There are many ways to cut back on water usage without killing your lawn. With regard to the city of Pleasanton mandatory 25% cutback on water usage, what they are not taking into consideration are the people, like myself, who for years have tried to conserve water. It’s easy for the guy down the street who for years has hosed down his driveway and sidewalk every week. To cut back, all he has to do is just stop hosing everything down. What a hardship. Just because someone has a green lawn does not make him a criminal; he is just not flushing every time. —Chuck Hermanson

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Sports Tri Valley Aquatics star at Junior Olympics Some 21 swimmers from Livermore’s Tri Valley Aquatics team competed in the annual Junior Olympics held in San Jose from July 11-13, setting more than a dozen new team records and posting even more top-five finishes. Roughly three-quarters of the Aquatics’ participants were Pleasanton residents. The Tri Valley Aquatics relay teams finished in the top four in all of their events. The quartet of Grant Yap, Patrick Ren, Cole Reznick, Wolfgang Lachance placed third in the 200 freestyle relay (with a time of 1:46.91),

third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:56.96) and fourth in the 200 medley relay (2:03.04) in their 13-14 age group. The Aquatics 15-18 age group relay team of Regis Lachance, Caleb Wagner, Thomas Gjerde and Audrik Antonio finished second in the 200 medley and fourth in the 200 freestyle. The individual results yielded a range of new team records and high finishes. Julian Wagner, 19, broke team records in seven events: 1500 freestyle (18:57), 800 freestyle (9:58.93), 200 backstroke (2:33.87), 200 indi-

vidual medley (2:31.95), 400 freestyle (4:45.75), 200 breaststroke (2:56.14) and 400 IM (5:21.06). Ryan Ridosko, 10, set three new team records while placing first in the 400 freestyle (5:08.70) second in 200 freestyle (2:28.23) and third in 100 freestyle (1:10.09). Katherine Tsui, 17, won the 100 breaststroke (1:18.62) and 200 breaststroke (2:51.64). The team’s 50 backstroke record was broken by 12-year-old Caroline Gjerde (35.10). Five team members qualified for their first time in their events to compete in the Far Western Cham-

pionships held in Concord. Sophia Krafcik, 14, earned a Far Westerns qualifying time in the 100 butterfly (1:10.25). Yap, 14, qualified to compete at Far Westerns in the 200 freestyle (2:09.56) and 400 backstroke (4:36.73). Thomas Gjerde, 16, came in third place in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.12, which also qualifies him to compete in Concord. Reznick, 13, swam to qualify in three of his events: 400 freestyle (4:35.09), 800 freestyle (9:32.22) and 100 butterfly (1:06.14). He also placed fourth in his age group in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

Wolfgang Lachance, 14, earned three Far Western times: 50 freestyle (26.45), 100 freestyle (58.31) and 200 butterfly (2:31.86). He also came in third in the 50 freestyle, sixth in the 100 freestyle and eighth in 100 backstroke. Regis Lachance, 16, finished in fifth place in his age group in the 50 freestyle. He also broke the team record in the 100 freestyle (57.50). Milton Dumay, 18, came in fifth in the 400 IM. Stephanie Doi, 19, broke team records in the 200 IM (2:38.81) and 100 butterfly (1:09.42). Q —Jeremy Walsh

Dolphins wrap up undefeated season Pleasanton team wins sixth straight in San Ramon

BY JEREMY WALSH

The Pleasanton Valley Swim Club Dolphins defeated the San Ramon Aqua Bears 1011-795 on July 18 to complete a 6-0 regular season and claim their ninth straight VSL Dual Meet title. Dolphins came in first place in the following races at the San Ramon venue: Freestyle • Keira Barker (6 years old and under girls) 25-meter, 20.00 • Drew Krekorian (6-under boys) 25-meter, 23.12 • Nathan Bodensteiner (7-8 years old boys) 25-meter, 17.83 • Zoe Allen (7-8 girls) 25-meter, 16.19 • Marta Wilbrink (9-10 girls) 50meter, 33,54 • Alyssa Wu (13-14 girls) 50meter, 27.18 Butterfly • Olivia Kang (6-under girls) 25meter, 25.72 • Paolo Casentini (6-under boys) 25-meter, 24.19 Breaststroke • Colin Braga (7-8 boys) 25-meter, 23.88 • Kaylee Dillon (11-12 girls) 50meter, 38.43 • Nathan Yu (11-12 boys) 50meter, 39.51 • Chase Sinclair (13-14 boys) 50-

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Dolphins swimmer Juliano Casentini (right) takes part in a race earlier this summer, one of Pleasanton Valley Swim Club’s six wins during the regular season.

meter, 33.19 Individual medley • Julia Gonsman (11-12 girls) 100meter, 1:13.12 • Alyssa Wu (13-14 girls) 100meter, 1:11.18 • Erin Walsh (15-18 girls) 100meter, 1:07.11 • Eric Li (15-18 boys) 100-meter,

1:00.33 Backstroke • Griffin Shea (7-8 boys) 25-meter, 22.66 • Brooke Christian (15-18 girls) 50-meter, 32.68 • Thomas Bosse (15-18 boys) 50meter, 30.86. Q

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First-timers finish as top two Hart Middle School students Davis Wollesen and Bryce Lombardi placed first and second, respectively, in their age group during their firstever 10K at the sixth annual Hook & Ladder Run in Livermore in June.

Babe Ruth all-stars advance to regional tourney The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-star team has advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series Pacific Southwest Regional tournament in Ukiah on Aug. 4-9. This is the third year in a row that this group of boys has advanced to the regional playoffs for the Babe Ruth World Series. The team is comprised of boys from Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. Shown (bottom row, left to right): Jack Murphy, Nic Venezia, Trey Cortez, Dante Albanese, CJ Malski and Drew McCarthy. Top row (left to right) are coach Scott Eder, Jared Bannister, Nolan Bartnick, Gabe Giosso, Jack Maloon, Joshua Ott, Clark Eder, Mitch Lawrence, Max Moore, manager Sean Venezia and coach Mike Maloon. The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old and 14-year-old all-stars also advanced to their respective regional tournaments, with the 13-year-olds playing in Fowler and the 14-year-olds in Surprise, Ariz. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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A park going to

the dogs Pleasanton joining national trend for bigger, better off-leash runs MIKE SEDLAK (MIKE@DIGITALSIGHT.COM)

By Jeb Bing

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pacious and often elaborate dog parks are the rage of many American cities, and now Pleasanton is about to join in. With 26,800 dogs in town and after years of pleading by dog aficionados, the City Council has signed off on a $300,000 plan for a second, and much larger, off-leash dog park on a two-acre site at the Lagoon Road/Bernal Avenue staging area of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail. Although it’s flatland sandwiched between the Arroyo de la Laguna just south of the Bernal Avenue bridge and the on-ramp to southbound I-680, heavy brush along the arroyo and the Pleasanton Ridge to the west make the area a bit more attractive than it sounds. But then dogs just want a place to run unfettered, not a scenic park. But then scenic parks are the trend of dog parks being built these days, with some sporting beachfront land, fountains and even art exhibits for pet owners to enjoy while their dogs run free. In Pleasanton, it will be up to landscape architect Bob Tanaka and his Berkeley-based design group to deliver an innovative design for Kane Trail dog park that meets the approval of the council and the hundreds of off-leash advocates who have been pleading with city officials for a larger and more at-

tractive dog park since the first one opened in Muirwood Community Park in 1998. That narrow back-of-the-park exercise area lies just under the noisy I-680 freeway, with the only amenities consisting of a watering bowl and a picnic table. Tanaka’s $49,400 contract calls for design work that will include a parking analysis, site survey and presentation of his schematic design at public hearings before the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council starting in December. Final approval will likely come next February when a construction contract is awarded. The new dog park could open in mid2015, according to Steve Bocian, assistant city manager. Hopes for a second dog park came alive in 2000, when Pleasanton acquired free-of-charge 138 of the 515-acre Bernal site that developers bought. Pleasanton has 52 community parks but only one for dogs, and pet owners badgered the council to place a better and larger one on Bernal. But those hopes were dashed when in a 2006 referendum on the amenities that could go on Bernal, sports and 4-H demonstration fields, a youth center, cultural arts center, wooded trails and even a meandering creek were included, but specifically no dog park.

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Phil and Lydia Roberts anxiously await a larger dog park as they exercise their dog at crowded Muirwood.

So fast-forward to last February after another eight years of petitions and emails to city leaders, the current council — no doubt exasperated with all the dog talk, and with several on the council who own dogs — gave the green light to the Parks and Recreation Commission and community services director Susan Andrade-Wax to dedicate 1.5 acres of the 12-acre Kane Trail site for dogs. Planners also acknowledged that at least two other dog parks will be needed in the future to serve those living on the east and south sides of the city, but it could take another eight years before those are considered. To be sure, dog parks are seen as a poor use of parkland by nearly half the population and as good for pets and families by the other half, according to a report by the Association of Pet Trainers. In a perfect world, dog parks would not have to exist as well-behaved dogs would have the privilege of being off-leash. And, despite laws to the contrary, dogs often can be seen running free in Pleasanton parks under the benevolent eyes of their owners. Good dog parks, it is said, encourage owners to take their dogs there for safety and hygiene reasons. Perhaps that’s what makes dog parks the fastest-growing segment of the urban park population.

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Buddy, the Golden Retriever owned by Paul Wankle of Classic Cars, Ltd., in Pleasanton, can’t wait to go to Pleasanton’s new dog park.

Today, in the 100 largest cities in the United States, there are over 600 off-leash parks for pooches to putter around and play. Here are a few: Bonita Springs, Fla. Spending almost $400,000 for a dog park in Bonita Springs seemed extreme, especially when critics considered other proposed uses for the site, such as an affordable housing community or a social services center. “Love for pets is commendable,” the Bonita Springs News-Press commented in an editorial. “Dedicating so much land and the cost of such

features as an irrigation system and special sod, when there could be a better use for the property, deserves much more discussion that could result in a better long-range plan.” Even so, the Bonita Springs City Council voted earlier this year to spend additional money for the park after costs came in about $93,000 over the original $300,000 budget for the 6.5-acre site. Lora Taylor, the city’s communications manager, said last week that construction is ready to start. Fort Walton Beach. Also in Florida, some residents in Fort Walton

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MIKE SEDLAK (MIKE@DIGITALSIGHT.COM)

Dog walkers at Pleasanton’s Muirwood Park are (from left) Jan Othen, Jocelyn Lewis, Roberta Davies and Linda Schwartz.

FORT WALTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Sign invites pet owners to woodsy Fort Walton, Florida dog park, built with public and Chamber of Commerce contributions.

JEB BING

Sign welcomes hikers to Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail at Lagoon Road near Bernal Avenue where Pleasanton will build its new $300,000 1.5acre dog park. LORA TAYLOR/CITY OF BONITA SPRINGS

Architect’s sketch of new Mayhood dog park that will open this year in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Beach criticized the dog park proposed for Liza Jackson Park for relying on taxpayer dollars to pay for lighting, landscaping, maintenance and so forth. The new park is in a woodsy corner of the park that planners say can’t be used for much

else anyway. Also, it’s funded with donated money, not tax revenue. “This effort was a joint one between our chamber and the city of Fort Walton Beach,” said Ted Corcoran, president of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of

Commerce. “The land is unusable for normal park amenities, thus perfect for this dog park concept.” Jacksonville. On Florida’s eastern shore, Jacksonville’s dog park charges $11 per pup to enter, but the price may be worth it. Here’s what you get: 42 acres of open space, closed space, agility courses, 10 acres of nature trails, three lighted acres for use until 10 p.m., and

Lake Bow Wow, a 2-acre swimming lake with a fountain. Shreveport, La. In Shreveport, a proposed dog park has become a political issue. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is blocking one planned for his city. The Red River Waterway Commission there put up $280,000 to build the dog park along the riverfront. The city council supports it, but the mayor does

not. Now, a lawsuit has been filed by the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance to force the mayor to approve the project. So, at this point, the city is not going to get a dog park for free, and instead will have to spend money defending a lawsuit. New York City. Tompkins Square, the first of 55 dog parks now scattered across the Big Apple, opened in 1990 after a huge community effort to take it from a square block of urban decay and turn it into a safe place for dogs. In 2008, the park went through a $450,000 renovation that included a state-ofthe-art clay surface. The park hosts an annual Halloween dog parade. Chicago. Mondog Park, the Windy City’s first “legal” off-leash dog park, offers a chance for dog owners to walk their pets along the shores of Lake Michigan. Provincetown, Mass. Although relatively new, Provincetown’s dog park consistently makes the cut as a top dog park in America. It’s filled with wonderful structures, painted benches and tall sculptures donated by the surrounding artists in the Cape Cod area, making the locale more than just a dog park. Seattle. In a city where there are more canines than kids, pet owners can find 11 off-leash parks within the city limits, including Magnuson, the only one with access to Lake Washington’s freshwater shoreline. At 9 acres, the park also has a special, fenced-in section for small dogs. Los Angeles. Laurel Canyon’s dog park is centrally located high in the hills off Mulholland and home to many of Hollywood’s beautiful people and their pups. The park has been described as “a dirt oasis” for dogs, but it doubles as a top, celebrity-sighting destination. Houston. Remember Millie, President George H. W. Bush’s English springer spaniel? Millie died of pneumonia in 1997 at age 12, but Millie’s name lives on with the sprawling, 13-acre dog park with three ponds, water fountains and wash-stations established in her honor in Houston. Even closer to home, there are a number of dog parks that top Pleasanton’s single off-leash run at Muirwood Park. Point Isabel in Richmond is a one-of-a-kind, landscaped, 23-acre off-leash dog park that is one of the largest in the country. It has sweeping views of the Bay Area, and is well known for its dog bath facility, Mudpuppy’s. Half a million dogs visit Point Isabel each year. Nearby cities also have larger dog parks, including Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore, Danville, Castro Valley, Alamo, Fremont, San Leandro, Hayward and Union City. “Pleasanton has a great park system,” said Melanie Sadek, executive director of Valley Humane Society. “It is time to add a great dog park, one that has ground cover that is easy for dogs to run on, shade for the owners, water for the dogs and lots of wide open space for them to run.” “Off-leash parks play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of our canine residents and their families,” she added. “Plus a well-exercised dog is a good dog. Tired dogs are less likely to bark, destroy property or cause problems in general.” Q

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Tri Valley Life

What’s happening around the Valley in music, theater, art, movies and more

Lights, camera, action on Second Street

The staircase scene is about to be filmed; at left, producer Greg Lyon waits with teen actress Shelby Lyon while at the top of the staircase, actor Sean Patrick Flanery listens as director Phil Gorn gives instructions.

Family feature filmed at Pleasanton home for spring release STORY AND PHOTOS BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

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ake one.” The teenage girl bounded up the stairs, a book about monkeys in the crook of her arm. “Hey, Dad,” she said in passing to the 40-something guy on his way down. At the bottom of the stairs, he turned to gaze after her quizzically, holding the expression a long time. “Cut!” called out director Phil Gorn. After some discussion, an assistant sprayed something on the knobby newel post at the foot of the stairs, and take two began.

The staircase scene was shot — again and again — last week on the set of “Gibby,” a PG-13 family movie being filmed at the big yellow house on Second Street at Angela in Pleasanton. It’s the home of the Aimar family, Theresa and Dave, and their three sons, J.D., Adam and Noah. “The attraction was the quaint and much sought after charm of Pleasanton,” Theresa Aimar said. “It just can’t be found in many places.” Page 14 • August 1, 2014 • Pleasanton Weekly

The house was built in 1907 then remodeled in the 1990s by the Aimars, who more than doubled the square footage but kept its Victorian charm. The family was planning to sell the home when, during an open house in April, movie producers Greg Lyon and Kyle Kernan left a card with their Realtor and explained they would like to use it for a movie. The Aimars didn’t pay attention at first but the producers were persistent so finally Theresa called them back. Their credentials

Animal trainer Tom Gunderson relaxes with Crystal, a 20-year-old capuchin monkey movie star. Gunderson was generous with visitors, letting Crystal hop onto their shoulders and coaxing her to smile for photos.

checked out, and the crew from Half Moon Films took over the house in June. One of the first things they did was repaint one of the boys’ bedrooms pink for the teenage girl. The finished basement served for wardrobe, makeup and a cool place for the teen stars to play cards and video games. On the front lawn, tables held snacks and drinks, and cast members relaxed in lawn chairs. “Pleasantonians are noticing sightings of movie stars and flocking to see what’s going

on,” Aimar said. The family stayed in a hotel for eight days in July. “Our living quarters were the ‘hot set’ during that time,” Aimar said. “Nothing could have moved, not even an inch, such as the TV hand-control, as the next shoot needed to look exactly the same as the day before.” The plot revolves around a young teenage girl, Katie, stuck in a depression when she loses her mother. That all changes when her

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The Victorian house on Second Street at Angela was transformed into a movie set in June and July for the filming of a family feature-length movie called “Gibby.”

science teacher, who lives across the street, goes on vacation and asks Katie to take care of her little monkey, Gibby. Gibby revitalizes Katie, also helping her get back into gymnastics and renewing her friendships. This includes finding a potential boyfriend and dealing with a mean girl who wants to beat Katie at everything. Katie is played by 14-year-old actress Shelby Lyon, the dad by Sean Patrick Flanery (“The Boondock Saints” and “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”), and the teacher by Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”). Peyton Meyer is Tommy, and other friends are played by Sabina Bacino, Ysa Penarego and Eryn Nicole Pablico. But the real star on Second Street was Crystal, a capuchin monkey who has been in 24 movies, including playing a drug-dealing monkey in “The Hangover Part II.”

“This is her first starring role,” said Tom Gunderson, her trainer at Birds & Animals Unlimited. “She has been in two-dozen feature films and 40 TV shows, here and overseas.” Gunderson was endlessly patient as Crystal, clad in backwards Newborn 2-size diapers, nimbly hopped onto the shoulders of visitors. Gunderson used hand signals to elicit a smile and kisses for photos. “I’ve had her for 18 years, I got her when she was 2 1/2 years old, and they live 40 to 50 years in captivity,” he said. “I’m 45, so we will retire together.” “We found one restaurant downtown last week that let Crystal sit outside,” co-producer Greg Lyon said. “Animals are a bit problematic.” Lyon, who lives in Alamo, also wrote the script. He began the process about four years ago after see-

ing a father and daughter and their gibbon when he was picking up his son from a summer camp at Stanford University. “When we write, we draw on our experiences,” Lyon said. Although he considers himself a storyteller more than a writer, this is his third movie — the other two being “Sux2BMe,” released in 2012, and “Pas a Vendre,” which he filmed in Paris last year. They likewise feature Shelby Lyon, who is his daughter. Filming for “Gibby” was also done at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Diablo Gymnastics in San Ramon, and at Goal Line Productions in Pleasanton. The house across Second Street from the Aimars’ has a role when Tommy flies a drone into the window. Now the work continues at Universal Studios. “We will do the editing at Universal,” explained director Phil Gorn, who lives in San Francisco but stayed locally during the filming. “I shoot all over. I just shot in Italy, ‘Richard the Lionheart, Part II,’” Gorn said. “Gibby” is scheduled for release in the spring when school gets out. “If you can make a fun movie with the holidays or an animal, it will do quite well,” Greg Lyon said. “Tying this to the end of school, we will have a holiday and an animal.” The Aimars will wait until the end of the school year to put their house back on the market, Theresa said, since twin sons Adam and Noah will then graduate from Foothill High. Meanwhile Noah, who plans to major in film in college, is getting hands-on experience, and the whole family enjoyed the process. Plus the beloved Victorian home and neighborhood where the boys grew up is preserved on film for the family to enjoy at any time. Q

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Mozart and more — for free The Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra will give a free concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore. Directors are Göran Berg, artistic director of Sycamore Strings Academy, and Kathy Boster, music director of orchestra, band and choir at East Avenue Middle School in Livermore. The concert will include “Overture to the Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart; “Summon the Heroes,” written for the 1996 Olympic Centennial by John Williams; “Themes from Scheherazade” and “Procession of the Nobles” by Rimsky-Korsakov; “Polovtsian Dances” by Borodin; the first movement from Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony;” and two works by Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye.

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Calendar Civic Meetings CITY COUNCIL The Pleasanton City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION The Human Services Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

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 931-3400, ext. 7. Free and open to all. FREE COUNSELING JOB SEARCH SKILLS AND RESUME WRITING Get a free consultation with an experienced Employment Recruiter on select Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons at the Pleasanton Library. Receive help with resume writing, employment web sites, search for a job on the web, and get help with online applications. Make a 20-minute appointment at the Reference Desk by calling 931-3400, ext. 4.

Clubs LIONESS CLUB The Livermore Lioness Club welcomes new members at its regular monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. A $2 to $5 donation is requested. Participating in the many activities of the group is a great way to meet local people. Lioness is a service club which helps many worthy causes in our community. Call 443-4543. 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 www.pleasantontoastmasters.com. 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 pleasantonmothersclub. org. Contact membership@pleasantonmothersclub.org. PLEASANTON NEWCOMERS CLUB This club is a great way for new

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and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. Visit www.pleasantonnewcomers.com. Contact Info@ PleasantonNewcomers.com or 215-8405. 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. PleasantonRotary.org. 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 Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St. Call 556-2333 or visit www.pnr-rotary.org. TRI-VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED ANNUAL SUMMER BBQ You are invited to the Annual Summer BBQ get together from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 at a private home in Livermore. Come get acquainted, and learn about Republican women of the East Bay and their accomplishments. There will be plenty of food courtesy of the TVRWF. Bring a side dish or dessert to share and a drink of your choice, and bring a swimsuit and towel for a dip in the pool! Address and directions provided upon RSVP. Contact Rebecca Potts at 294-4013 or rebecca.potts@comcast.net. 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.

Concerts DON CRUZ AND THE WOLFPACK Don Cruz and the Wolfpack will make their public debut at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 and Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St. Their repertoire includes the latest Top40 hits and selected R ‘n B and funk classics, delivering dance floor hits with their own unique twist. For more info contact partygarage@yahoo.com. JEFF BORDES AND FRIENDS: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG Trumpeter Bordes and The Burnt Ends return, featuring Meredith McHenry,

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Lorin Rowan, and Tumbledown House. Enjoy a night of swing and swamp-jazz at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Firehouse Arts Center! Tickets are $22-$27. Call 931-4848 or go to http://www. firehousearts.org.

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Events 17TH ANNUAL POOCH PARADE The 17th Annual Pooch Parade will be on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Lions Wayside Park. Registration/judging begin at 5:30 p.m., dog tricks at 6:30 p.m., parade at 7 p.m. Winners and raffle numbers will be announced at 7:45 p.m. Enter your pooch, any size, 4 months or older! Entry fee is $10 per category. Proceeds benefit Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For more information or to download a registration form go to www. trivalleyguidedogs.org. 4TH ANNUAL TERRY PATTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT Join this golf tournament being held in memory of Terry Patters who passed away too soon from noon-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4 at Poppy Ridge Golf Course, 4280 Greenville Road, Livermore. Tickets are $160 per player, $55 for dinner-only option. Visit http://events.melanoma.org/TerryPattersGolf2014 to buy tickets or make a donation. Call 640-0042. ADULT & TEEN SUMMER READING Pleasanton Public Library’s Adult & Teen summer reading program, “It’s a Mystery @ the Library,” begins Saturday, June 14. Win prizes while you enjoy your summer reading! More information at www.adultsummerreading.wordpress.com. AN EVENING WITH DONNER PARTY SURVIVOR MARGARET BREEN Dr. Doris Dwyer, professor of history and humanities at Western Nevada College, takes the stage as Margaret Breen, a member of the ill-fated Donner Party, on Friday, Aug. 8 at Firehouse Arts Center. Breen joined the California wagon train of 81 pioneers who in 1846 found themselves trapped in the snow in the Sierra Nevada. Admission is $10. Call 462-2766.

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Goddess in our midst You would be wise to adopt Athena. This creamy, 3-month-old is one of the cutest kittens in the Valley Humane Society pantheon. Offer her an olive branch and she’ll climb right up into your arms. Find Athena at the Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. To learn more, visit www. valleyhumane.org or call 426-8656.

farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. GNON AND COCO CABANA CALLING FOR ALL WOMEN! Girls Night Out Networking and the Coco Cabana Restaurant would love you to join at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 at Coco Cabana Restaurant, 4500 Tassajara Road, Dublin. Enjoy fabulous networking opportunities, tons of raffle prizes, socializing, great food and fun! Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP and prepay by Aug. 4. Call 487-4748 or go to http://www.gnon.org/ rsvp.html.

FAILURE TO DISARM: HIROSHIMA DAY AT LIVERMORE LABS Features Rick Wayman (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation) on the Marshall Island lawsuits against the nuclear powers for their “Failure to Disarm,” and will be from 7-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Livermore Labs. Go to http://afsc. org/office/san-francisco-ca.

LIVE LOVE LATCH Join La Leche League of Livermore/Mountain House at this World Breastfeeding Week event from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 at Ravenswood Park in Livermore. The event will feature an official count of the number of breastfeeding moms and their supporters, a potluck dinner, a free raffle for great prizes, breastfeeding mini photo sessions and vendors. Contact Katherine Havener at (209) 8208339 or kchavener@att.net.

FARMERS MARKET Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very

THE 7TH ANNUAL KILLER LAUGHS COMEDY COMPETITION Killer Laughs features some of the best and brightest comics in the Bay Area. Many who have participated in the past have moved on to do television, movies and more. Audience votes will determine who moves on and will be

tion will take place from 8:30-10 p.m. every Friday, now through Oct. 24 at Vito’s Express in Dublin. Call 264-4413 or go to www.bunjoscomedy.com.

Exhibits BRANCHING OUT: THE TREE IN ART Trees breathe life into our atmosphere and into our art. See this inspired exhibit now through Aug. 31 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Works include contemporary, re-visioned and traditional art in multiple media. A reception for the artists will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Go to mylvpac.com. SUMMER EXHIBITS: LYNDA BRIGGS AND JEFF SNELL See the works of two outstanding artists from June 5-Aug. 13 in the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center. Lynda Briggs’ paintings are colorful, lively, and busy: Jeff Snell unites traditional landscape and popular culture in vigorous abstracts full of movement and energy. Call 931-4849.

Film ‘CHASING ICE’ National Geographic enlists a climate skeptic photographer to capture visual evidence of climate change. This film shows in stunning photography the evidence and the extraordinary challenges of this mission. Meet and

CALENDAR greet potluck at 6:30 p.m., film at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 2 at IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Free, $3 donation accepted. Call 462-3459. FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK: ‘HUNGER GAMES - CATCHING FIRE’’ Pleasanton residents are invited to enjoy a free movie at dusk on Thursday, Aug. 7 at Amador Valley Community Park. See the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Call 9315340. Contests, games and singalongs before the show!

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! MUSIC IN THE ORCHARD Nottingham Cellars, Altamont Beerworks and Ken’s Woodfired Pizza come together to support the Pedrozzi Foundation and Team Delaney. See Crawdad Republic in concert from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Purple Orchid Resort and Spa in Livermore. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets available at www.purpleorchid. com or Nottingham Cellars tasting room. PLEASANTON/TULANCINGO SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION 23RD ANNUAL BBQ AND AUCTION FUNDRAISER Join and fun and help a good cause! The BBQ and auction will be from 5:3011 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Advance reservations suggested at $35, $40 at the door; children $12 and reserved sponsored tables for 8 for $280 before Aug. 9. Sign up online at www.ptsca. org or credit cards accepted at 846-4134 after 7 p.m.

Kids & Teens M.O.M.’S READING TIME: OLD TIME SUMMERTIME Preschoolers and their families are invited to meet at the Museum on Main for a free monthly reading program with books and crafts! This month’s theme is Old Time Summertime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Free Admission, donations are always appreciated. No reservations required. Large groups or playgroups please contact Museum on Main in advance. Call 462-2766. OPEN HOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL Quarry Lane Preschools are hosting an Open House$ce Cream social event from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3. Families are invited to come and learn more about Quarry Lane Preschool programs. Visit the Boulder St. or Black Ave. campus. Call 846-9400 or go to quarrylane.org.

Miscellaneous FREE REFERRALS AT THE PLEASANTON LIBRARY Meet with a local case manager to get help finding local resources, including kinship or parenting services, financial resources, senior services, child care referrals, legal assistance, mental health resources, and emergency food, clothing, shelter. From noon-2 p.m. every Monday at the Pleasanton Library. No registration required. For more information go to lincolnchildcenter.org. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ONLINE BOOK SALE Did you know you could buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/ shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368. VFW-AL COFFEE AND DONUTS Every Saturday morning from 7:309 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 www.vfwpost6298.com. 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 informaton each Thursday about that week’s walk, email walks@worldwalktowellness.org.

On Stage ‘O BEST BELOVED’ “O Best Beloved,” winner of the San Francisco Fringe Festival 2013 “Best of Fringe” Award, will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Pleasanton’s Centennial Park, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So-Stories, it’s fun for the whole family! Bring family, friends, a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy free, professional entertainment! Go to www. obestbeloved.org.

Seniors BRAIN MATTERS Enjoy a morning of fun while learning how to keep your brain active and your memory sharp. The class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Fridays of every month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Word games, puzzles, challenging activities, reminiscing and more, geared to help you age-proof your mind. Cost $1.75 for resident and $2.25 for nonresident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org. BROADWAY MELODIES LUNCHEON Enjoy lunch and a show from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Dublin Senior center, 7600 Amador

Valley Blvd., Dublin. Menu by Eddie Papa’s American Hangout, entertainment by LaDiDa, a women’s a cappella group. Register by Aug. 4. Cost is $10-$12. Contact 556-4511 or seniorctr@dublin. ca.gov. COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIORS Pleasanton Public Library hosts Computer Classes for Seniors including Beginning Internet on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Beginning E-mail on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Open Practice on the third Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of every month, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400. 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 OFFERS MUSIC CLASSES Dublin Senior Center offers two music classes including Sing-a-longs with Judy Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays; and Ukulele Beginning Instruction with Judy Kuftin and Merrill Ito at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, both at the Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Cost is $1.25 for each class. 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, a Reading Group that meets monthly to discuss new books and a Needle Arts Group that enjoys quilting, sewing and knitting. Fees vary for each activity. For a complete list of activities, contact 556-4511 or seniorctr@ dublin.ca.gov. HYPERTENSION CLASSES Hypertension is also known as “the silent killer” because symptoms usually don’t show up until they cause a heart attack, stroke or organ damage. This free 4 week series will cover basic education on blood pressure, nutrition, physical activity, and medications. Classes will be from 10 a.m.-noon every Friday, from July 18-Aug. 8 at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Registration required. Call 9315365 or go to pleasantonseniorcenter.org. MILLS LINE DANCE SOCIAL DJ Millie Dusha will play tunes from the classic oldies at the Mills Line Dance Social from 2-4 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. All levels of dancers are welcome. Cost is $3. Call 556-4511. 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@ ci.dublin.us.

Spiritual COMMUNITY HU CHANT Community HU Chant is the theme of a non-denominational prayer activity from 1-1:45 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at The Parkview, 100 Valley Ave. HU is a love song to God that can help you. Call 447-9583. DIFFERENT RELIGIONS COME TOGETHER TO SHARE PRAYERS Join this group as people come together to share prayers, regardless of religion, at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month at 6721 Corte Del Vista. Their motto is “The fundamentals of the Holy Books are one and the same. Unity is the essential truth of religion.” No contributions elicited. Call 426-1847. ECKANKAR, COMMUNITY HU CHANT Community HU Chant is the theme of a non-denominational prayer activity at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at The Parkview, 100 Valley Ave. HU is a love song to God that can help you. For More Information contact http:// eck-ca.org/. SUNDAY SERVICES AT UNITY OF TRI-VALLEY Join the Sunday service with Reverend Karen Epps at 10 a.m. every week at Unity of TriValley, 9875 Dublin Canyon Road, Castro Valley. Children’s program available. All are welcome. Ongoing classes, groups, and activities. Call 829-2733 or go to http://www.unityoftrivalley.org/.

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Coptic Orthodox Church, Room 7, 4300 Mirador Drive. Call 9221467 or 525-3992. Go to www. ClutterLess.org. GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS Gamblers Anonymous helps people who have a gambling problem to return to happy and productive lives. If you want help for you or someone you love, meetings are 7:30-9 p.m. every Friday at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. in Room 8. Call the helpline at 1-(855)222-5542 or visit the website at www.gamblersanonymous.org. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) NAMI Tri-Valley Parent Resource and Support Group meets twice a month for parents with children to age 17 diagnosed or suspected of having bipolar or other mood disorders. It meets from 7-9 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Pathways To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 114, Pleasanton. The group is drop-in, no registration required and is free. For more information contact Suzi Glorioso at 443-1797 or email glorios4@comcast.net. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS This 12-step support group for people with eating behavior problems meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore; and at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays in the Middle School Room at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 1893 North Vasco Road, Livermore. Free with donations accepted toward room rent. No weigh-ins. Call Nora at 337-9118. PLEASANTON MILITARY FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP Formed in 2003 this group provides support and comfort to the Pleasanton families whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has monthly meetings and other events such as “pack outs” of comfort and care items for deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where streamers are displayed with the name, rank and branch of service of Pleasanton military personnel. Learn more at www. pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org.

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CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP This is a safe place to speak openly about your experience of pain and to learn ways of coping with it. Meetings are 12:30-1:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly at Asbury Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore. Call 447-1950. CLUTTERLESS SELF HELP GROUP Overwhelmed? Clutter stressing you out? ClutterLess is a nonprofit, peer-based, self-help group for people with difficulty discarding unwanted possessions. Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Mary and St. John

EAST BAY STAND DOWN 2014 East Bay Stand Down 2014 (EBSD) is scheduled for Sept. 11-14 at the Alameda County Fair Grounds for the homeless and needy veterans and their families. Volunteer Registration is now Open online at www.EastBayStandDown.org. Call 743-8850. VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley seeks adult volunteers to drive seniors to their medical appointments. Hours are flexible. Program hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call Jennifer Cullen at 931-5387 for more info. Funding for this program is provided by ACTC and Measure B Funds.

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Low interest rates perk up California home sales June sales up from May, but still down year-to-year BY JEB BING

Lower interest rates and stabilizing home prices combined to boost home sales in June, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported this week. However, diminished home affordability remains a challenge for buyers, particularly in high cost areas of the state. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 394,930 units in June, according to information collected by CAR from more than 90 local Realtor associations and multiple listing services statewide. June marked the eighth straight month that sales were below the 400,000 level and the 11th straight decline on a year-over-year basis. Sales in June increased 1.5% from a revised 389,060 in May but were down 4.8% from a revised 414,830 in June 2013. The statewide sales figure

represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2014 if sales maintained the June pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. “While June home sales rose at the statewide level, the market is still constrained by tight supply and low housing affordability in areas of high demand, where job growth is robust and international buyers have a strong presence,� said CAR president Kevin Brown. “Overall, however, with inventory improving and home sales slowly moving back up, the market is more balanced, and we could see further market normalization in the upcoming months as interest rates remain at the lowest levels we’ve seen so far this year,� Brown added. The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home

slipped 2% from May’s median price of $466,320 to $457,160, but was up 6.6% from the revised $428,700 recorded in June 2013. The statewide median home price has increased year-over-year for the previous 28 months, marking more than two full years of consecutive year-over-year price increases. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling as well as a general change in values. “Home prices are finally increasing at a healthier pace, and the smallest year-overyear price gain in more than two years suggests that prices are stabilizing,� said CAR vice president and chief economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “Last year’s frenzied market of multiple offers, which drove sales prices above listing prices, has tapered off as the sales-to-list price ratio has

dropped to a more normal level at nearly 99%, which signals a return to a more balanced market,� she added. Other key facts from CAR’s June 2014 resale housing report include: • Housing inventory edged slightly higher in June, with the available supply of existing, single-family detached homes for sale increasing from 3.6 months in May to 3.7 months in June. The index was 2.9 months in June 2013. The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. A six- to sevenmonth supply is considered typical in a normal market. • The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home also rose in June, up from 31.6 days in May to 33.9 days in June and up from 27.8 days in June 2013. • Mortgage rates dipped in June, with the 30-year, fixedmortgage interest rate averaging 4.16%, down from 4.19% in May but up from 4.07% in June 2013, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates in June averaged 2.40%, down from 2.43% in May and down from 2.60% in June 2013. Q

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Pleasanton 843 Division Street #C P. Lassalle to J. Mello for $320,000 4082 Francisco Street S. & D. Robinson to S. & T. Marrs for $759,000 5410 Greenfield Way Novak Trust to M. & S. Ryberg for $899,000 4501 Lakewood Street B. & J. Massey to Fikrat Trust for $798,000 1794 Magnolia Circle Fitzpatrick Trust to A. & A. Sellakannu for $755,000 5364 Northway Road Andreatta Trust to J. & N. Wilson for $855,000 7777 Oak Creek Court American International Relocation to J. Yang for $952,000 5080 Pebblewood Court R. Guadagna to J. & R. Whiting for $760,000 2871 Red Pine Court F. Zaman to N. Maveli for $765,000 5278 Riverdale Court R. Plam to E. Charles for $650,000 6256 Roslin Court C. & R. Franck to D. & S. Tom for $773,000 1369 Royal Creek Court J. Norton to Maier Trust for $1,320,000 3657 Shenandoah Court M. Teixeira to J. & J. Cyr for $770,000

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M O U N TA I N H O U S E 54 W LUNA LOCA LN BEAUTIFUL FORMER MODEL HOME! $349,500 &6&%9TKVEHIH½\XYVIW77%TTP'SVMERGSYRXIVW (IWMKRIVTEMRX [MRHS[GSZIVMRKW&YMPXMR&&5 6SQEV(I'PEVS'EP&6)

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4276 FITZWILLIAM ST STUNNING TOWNHOME! $575,000 &6&%2EXYVEPPMKLX,EVH[SSHžSSVW7XEMRPIWW 7XIIPETTP+VERMXIGSYRXIVW4PERXEXMSRWLYXXIVW:MI[W 6SQEV(I'PEVS'EP&6)

2015 VALLEY OAK ROAD STUNNING PROPERTY! $1,975,000 +YEVH+EXIH'SQQYRMX]7O]PMKLXW;IXFEV8EPP GIMPMRKW [MRHS[W;MRIGPSWIXGEVKEVEKI 'SQQYXIPSGEXMSR Suzanne Bieser, CalBRE #01355940 925.847.2200 SUN 1 - 4 5178 SPRINGDALE AVE BEAUTIFUL FOREST HILL HOME $1,078,000 &6&%2I[IVLSQIFYMPX;IWX7MHI +SYVQIXOMXGLIR&H&EWXžSSV,EVH[SSHžSSVW Dual pane windows. 1MOI6MPI]'EP&6)

7242 Stonedale Drive H. Lewis to S. Bandopadhyay for $650,000 7450 Stonedale Drive P. Zieminski to L. & G. Rose for $651,000 4103 Suffolk Way L. & E. Olson to J. & L. Yamamoto for $835,000 570 Sycamore Creek Way Louie Trust to B. & M. Long for $1,625,000 3423 Torlano Place Wahab Trust to P. & P. Dasari for $2,280,000

Livermore 164 Barber Street D. & J. Franks to C. Scullard for $650,000 2355 Chateau Way Fletcher Trust to G. Hindley for $765,000 3940 Dartmouth Way D. Pineda to Pineda Trust for $350,000 1154 Del Norte Drive Yarolimek Trust to D. Jacobson for $337,000 849 El Caminito K. & N. Graham to A. & T. Vierra for $650,000 5443 Goldenrod Drive Alsion Investment to A. Chinwala for $700,000 2036 Hawk Street Pineda Trust to S. & J. Plaskett for $575,000 2940 Kennedy Street J. & B. Kerns to J. Weber for $600,000 Source: California REsource

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660 EMERSON ST MISSION SAN JOSE HOME $1,350,000 5 BR 3 BA Court location. Award winning schools. ,VH[HžVW6IQSHIPIHOMXFEXLW0SJX'STTIVTPYQFMRK Elaine Arnt, CalBRE #01046497 925.847.2200 SUN 1 - 4 4386 DIAVILA AVE BEAUTIFUL BELVEDERE HOME! $820,000 &6&%-R'YP(I7EG*VTPGI/MX[MWPERH,MKL GIMPMRKW-RWMHIPEYRHV]0ERHWGETIHFGO]VH[PVKTEXMS Nancy Sutorius, CalBRE #00628232 925.847.2200

S A N L E A N D RO 1430 142ND AVE CLOSE TO ALL CONVENIENCES! $429,000 &6&%,EVH[SSHžSSVW9THEXIH/MXGLIR(YEP TERI[MRHS[W*MVITPEGI'IRXVEPLIEX0EVKIFEGO]EVH Laurie Pfohl, CalBRE #00866660 925.847.2200

SAN R AMON SAT/SUN 1 - 4 1215 NANCY LN BEAUTIFUL CONDO! $535,000 &6&%7TEGMSYW¾SSVTPER0MZMRKVSSQ[MXLFYMPX MRWYVVSYRHWSYRH'IMPMRKJER1EWXIVFIHVSSQ[MXL [EPOMRGPSWIX /EVIR8'EP&6)

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4681 Third Street Pleasanton

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HOME with full length wrap around porch. Walk downtown, includes 4 BR, 3.5 BA, 3200+/-sq.ft. Completely upgraded/ remodeled interior and exterior with beautiful landscaping. Custom basement media room, new roof with owned solar. This home is a Z[\UULYHKLÄUP[LT\Z[ZLL*HSSMVYWYPJPUN

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9157 Tangerine Street Wonderful 55 and better senior community in San Ramon. One level home with 2 bdrms, 2 bath quiet street. These are rarely available.

5498 Springvale Drive, Dublin (YFPMR6ERGL&IEYX]MRE+VIEX0SGEXMSR &IEYXMJYPFIHVSSQôFEXLLSQIWU JIIX8ERHIQ8LVII'EV+EVEKI Offered at $899,000

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1236ChiantiCt,Pleasanton Remodeled 4 BR/2.5 BA home on 11,820 sq ft lot. One of a kind backyard boasts total privacy backing to open space w/ redwood deck, view deck, stone patio, side yard access & beautiful landscaping. Approx. 2,000 square feet of living space includes hardwood ÅVVYZNYHUP[LRP[JOLU^ stainless steel appliances & so much more. Cul-de-sac

6370 Alvord Way, Pleasanton Stunning Kitchen remodel with cherrywood cabinetry, granite GSYRXIVWERHXMPI¾SSVW2I[GEVTIXMRK throughout. Beautifully remodeled granite and cherry bathrooms. 4 bdrms, 2 baths and over 1800 sq ft....large yard.

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4611 Helpert Court Pleasanton Val Vista Neighborhood 3BD. 2BA 1555 Sq. Ft. $3200

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8031 Bethel Lane, Pleasanton RARE Gorgeous single level custom with breath taking panoramic views! Approx 4000 sq ft., 4 bedroom, FEXLWEGVIW[MXLQEKRM½GIRX backyard- perfect for entertaining Offered at $1,790,000

1081 Heinz Ranch Ct, Pleasanton Gorgeous home in the Vineyards! Backs to open space! 5 bed, 4 bath plus a bonus room. Entertainers backyard with pool, spa, cascading Offered at $1,849,000 waterfall.

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5994 W. Las Positas, Suite 101, Pleasanton | 459 Main Street, Pleasanton | 2300 First Street, Suite 316, Livermore | Broker License #01395362 Page 20 • August 1, 2014 • Pleasanton Weekly

REAL ESTATE

OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND

Brentwood 2 BEDROOMS 1484 Bismarck Lane Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$362,500 934-1111

Danville 4 BEDROOMS 1629 Brush Creek Place Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 714 Park Hill Road Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$789,900 314-1111 $1,099,000 314-1111

5 BEDROOMS 7861 Galway Court Sun 1-4 Phyllis Catania

$1,480,000 200-7877

Dublin 2 BEDROOMS 3240 Maguire Way #108 Sun 1-4 Diane Smugeresky 4 BEDROOMS 5498 Springvale Drive Sun 1-4 Fabulous Properties 2037 Haggerty Drive Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$485,000 872-1276

$899,000 980-0273 $888,800 847-2200

Livermore 3 BEDROOMS 2197 Beech Common $579,900 Sun 1-4 BHG Tri-Valley Realty 463-9500 5163 Felicia Ave. Call for price Sun 1-4 Cindy and Gene Williams 918-2045 5 BEDROOMS 2173 Hall Circle Sat/Sun 1-4

Jo Ann Luisi

$987,000 583-1106

Pleasanton 2 BEDROOMS 2465 Heatherlark Circle Sat/Sun 1-4 Denise Ivaldi

$549,000 846-7997

4398 Krause St. Sun 1-4 Moxley Team

$570,000 600-0990

3 BEDROOMS 1496 Calle Enrique Fri 10-1 Fabulous Properties 7635 Canyon Meadow Circle Sat/Sun 1-4 Denise Ivaldi 2574 Skylark Way Sun 1-4 Tim McGuire

$565,000 980-0273 $479,000 846-7997 $839,000 462-7653

4 BEDROOMS 4386 Diavila Ave. $820,000 Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 847-2200 1331 Valley Ave. $1,075,000 Sun 2-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 251-1111 8053 Horizons Court $2,295,000 Sun 1-4 Teri Pohh 588-8300 4681 Third St. Call for price Fri 10 - 1 / S a t 11 - 4 / S u n 1-4 DeAnna Armario and Liz Venema 260-2220 8031 Bethel Lane $1,790,000 Sun 2-4 Gail Boal 577-5787 5178 Springdale Ave. $1,078,000 Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 847-2200 1460 Irongate Court $1,450,000 Sun 1-4 Moxley Team 600-0990 1236 Chianti Court $1,079,900 Sat 1-4 Melissa Pederson 397-4326 5 BEDROOMS 3205 Ruby Hill Drive Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1081 Heinz Ranch Court Sun 2-4 Gail Boal

$2,199,000 847-2200 $1,849,000 577-5787

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$1,200,000 600-0990

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2425 Amantea Way, Dublin Built in 2012, this Dublin Ranch home is beautifully upgraded and features 4 bedrooms 3 baths, + Loft, approx. 2870 sqft, 10,000+ Landscape w/ ¾EKWXSRITEXMSGEVXERHIQKEVEKI and fabulous views.

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7276 Huntswood Court, Pleasanton 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths approx. 4792 sqft, with Bonus room and separate SJ½GIKVIEXGSYVXPSGEXMSRERHPEVKI spacious back yard. Call for private showing.

Offered at $1,799,000

8444 Galindo Dr. Dublin Offered at $560,000

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1537 C OURTNEY A VE . PLEASANTON

Located in the Mohr Estates- 5BD, 4.5BA + Office & Bonus Room 5,800Sq.Ft. Nestled on a ½ acre lot with a private well for irrigation. Main level offers and elegant entry, office, Bedroom with full bath, formal living & dining room complimented by the custom sunroom. Private yard with large grass area, solar heated pool/spa and a pool house complete full bath & outdoor kitchen. Close to award winning schools.

773 R OLLING H ILLS L N . PLEASANTON

Located in the Chateau - 5 BD, 4.5BA, Office, 4,952 Sq.Ft. w/ 812 Sq.Ft. Carriage House 1 BD, 1BA w/ full kitchen. Main level offers an elegant entry, office just off the entry and a Bedroom with full bath. Private yard with amazing views of the surrounding hills - solar heated pool with waterfall & spa, private courtyard & spacious grass area.

OFFERED AT $1,895,000

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900 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566

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Single Story Elegance~this 3,180 SQFT home offers 4BDR, 3.5 BA on a 14,005sf lot. Private court enterance brings you into the open floor plan. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters overlooks the family room & breakfast nook. Generous cabinet space offered. Enjoy the large rear yard with covered patio, outdoor BBQ & room for pool. Close to Award Winning Schools.

Located in Country Fair Estates. 6BD, 3.5BA 3,378sf. on an 11,265sf. lot. Expanded Trinity model and offering 2 bedrooms & full bath on main level. Master suite offers an expanded suite with office/retreat. Large lot offering mature landscaping and a private setting. Located at the end of a court and walking distance to shops and parks.

Located in Mohr Park. 2BD, 2BA 930sf. on a 5,129sf. lot. This detached home offers single level living with an updated kitchen opening to the living room w/ vaulted ceilings. Located on a corner lot offering a large side yard and back yard with a private setting. Close to shopping, Mohr Elementary and parks.

OFFERED AT $1,450,000

OFFERED AT $1,270,000

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BRIDLE CREEK Desirable Single Level on Private Expansive Approximately 1/2 Acre Lot with In-Ground Pool/Spa & Outdoor BBQ/Entertainment Area. Great location! Gourmet Kitchen with Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances. (Great Room Concept) Includes: Five Bedrooms (Generous Master Suite), Four Bathrooms, and approximately 3246 Square Feet. Three Car Garage and Adjacent Asphalt Play Area. Walk to Main Street, Neighborhood Park & Oak Hills Shopping Center. Don’t Miss it! OFFERED AT $1,595,000

770 SUMMIT CREEK LANE, PLEASANTON Go to: 770summitcreeklane.com. Call Blaise for a Private showing at 925.846.6500.

DISCOVERY BAY, LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY A world of small town living where the pace is little slower, but the adventure is right out of your back door. Take a deep breath, smile, and feel your body decompress as you arrive in this family community where you can live where you play. Enjoy water sports and country club living minutes from the Bay Area. Let us share the Bay Area’s best kept secret and this qualitybuilt custom estate home, and we are sure you will make both your own. Call Blaise Lofland or the Prince Team for a private showing of this approximately 10,000 sq.ft. custom home with 250 feet of waterfront, built on .55 acres over three lots, and only 3 minutes to fast water! OFFERED AT $4,995,000

621 BEAVER COURT, DISCOVERY BAY Go to: visit-621beavercourt.com for more information! 

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This beautiful single level ranch located on quiet court has it all! Newer remodeled kitchen w/ granite, appliances, flooring & cabinets. Amazing backyard w/ new custom paver patio w/ view of inviting solar heated pool. Too much to list. A must see!! 455 Ann Ct. Livermore. 3Bd/2Ba $599,950

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Gorgeous Single Story in popular Canyon Crest!! This spacious home backs to permanent open space, and features new tile floors, new paint, new carpeting, a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, double ovens, and a large kitchen nook with views of the hill. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, formal living room and dining room, beautiful family room with wet bar and views of the hill. No rear neighbors, the home backs to the hills, and features a wonderful, relaxing backyard. Wonderful location, walk to park and elementary school!!!. 5290 Canyon Crest Dr. San Ramon. 4Bd/2Ba $899,950

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LIVERMORE $1,089,000 Incredible custom home in one of Livermore's most sought after areas. All the bells and whistles in this beautiful custom home! Outstanding floor plan 2153 VINTAGE LANE

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LIVERMORE $987,000 Beautiful executive style home, peaceful vineyard setting, downstairs bed/den/full bath, detached office on side of house, solar heated pool, spacious garage w/ attached hobby room. 2173 HALL CIRCLE

PLEASANTON $949,000 Gorgeous 4bd/2.5ba in desirable West Pleasanton,close to schools, parks, shopping & BART, upgrades include hardwood floors, updated master & guest baths. 4896 DRYWOOD ST

DUBLIN $888,950 Open floor plan, 3bd+loft/4th bd + 2 tech centers, detached studio apt above garage, private entry, great location, super clean, freshly painted interior, washer and dryer included 5619 APPLEGATE WAY

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PLEASANTON $839,000 Rivershore model in Birdland 3bd/2ba, 1,722+/-sqft on a 6,860+/-sqft lot, updated kitchen and baths, new windows, roof, HVAC, Stainless appliances, 6-panel doors, new paint private backyard. 2574 SKYLARK WAY

PLEASANTON $799,000 Charming single story ranch in desirable Jensen Tract neighborhood! Prime corner lot location, 3bd/2ba, spacious and open, huge living/dining area, breakfast nook private rear yard, walk to downtown & schls 4090 NEVIS ST

DUBLIN $749,000 Beautifully upgraded home features granite and stainless kitchen, opens to family room/dining area, 1bd/ba downstairs, close to community pool, rec center, schools, shopping and more! 3335 ARALDI LN

LIVERMORE $680,000 Meticulously maintained home. Open floor plan. Add your personal touch to make this gem your dream home. Per owner some hardwood floors under carpet. Clear pest report 736 WIMBLEDON LN

LIVERMORE $679,900 Charming 4bd/2ba,court location, Huge lot and RV area high ceilings, lovely rear yard, pool, garden beds, 12x16 storage shed, green house and more! 6135 ALTAMAR CT

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DUBLIN $485,000 Beautiful upgraded condo, granite & stainless kitchen, 2 master suites, 2 car gar, washer/dryer/frig included, pool, spa, gym and more! 3240 MAGUIRE #108

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