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Traffic concerns for El Charro Road


s new members move onto city committees, commissions and even the City Council, views on projects also change. That’s what the owners of CarMax are finding as they try to firm up their building plans for the start of an auto mall on Staples Ranch. They thought that after more than a year of public hearings and staff meetings that they were set to go with a CarMax Auto Superstore on a 20-acre corner of Staples Ranch at I-580 and El Charro Road. That’s become a busy place with the Livermore Outlet Mall on one side, Target and other popular destinations on the Dublin side, and most recently the extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro, connecting to Jack London Boulevard across El Charro. That’s also the problem CarMax now faces as it seeks to add a driveway leading into their new superstore. It would be a right-turn, enter-only street just off the freeway, about half the distance to Stoneridge, which isn’t very far. Why the CarMax people didn’t ask for this special driveway during their months of planning is beyond me. It certainly would have raised red flags from city staff, planning commissioners and council members, as it has now. Traffic engineer Mike Tassano opposes the bid and now members of the Planning Commission are also concerned. They weren’t around when CarMax talked through its multimillion-dollar building plans earlier this year, eventually winning a final approval from the commission and City Council. The curb-cut and right-turn-only entryway to the future CarMax sales facility could be a disaster. Motorists leaving the freeway at high speed already have to make quick maneuvers on El Charro depending on whether they want to make a right turn onto Stoneridge into Pleasanton or swing to the left to turn onto Jack London for the outlets. Last Christmas, you’ll recall, cars were backed up on the freeway as shoppers traveled to the outlets. Stoneridge Drive wasn’t open then, but the thoroughfare through Pleasanton already adds considerably to the traffic count at the multi-phase traffic lighted junction. For eastbound traffic leaving the freeway, motorists must cut their speeds and brake as they drive onto El Charro, steering far to the right in a dedicated lane for right-turns onto Stoneridge, or to the two dedicated left-turn lanes for Livermore and the outlets.

Adding another far-far rightturn lane for CarMax doesn’t make sense and new Planning Commission members Jack Balch and Gina Piper agree. In the plan approved for the CarMax superstore, customers would travel to Stoneridge, turn right, and then turn right again into the CarMax site and what eventually will be at least one other auto dealer, possibly more. There’s another problem facing El Charro motorists no matter which way they’re turning at Stoneridge/ Jack London. Vulcan Materials, the asphalt company, owns El Charro beyond Stoneridge. It’s a private access road used by hundreds of trucks to reach mining operations on Stanley Boulevard, some owned by Vulcan and others essentially leased through Pleasanton Gravel and the Jamieson Company. Vulcan, representing the others, signed an agreement with Livermore and Pleasanton when El Charro was widened near the freeway to accommodate commercial development and the new intercity thoroughfare. The agreement was very specific in restricting access to El Charro due to the heavy traffic that continues today, allowing for only one other side street farther south on El Charro to accommodate future commercial development at that end of Staples Ranch. No extra access road, particularly one so close to the freeway interchange, was contemplated. Vulcan fears another access road, especially the one proposed, could interfere with truck traffic also exiting or traveling onto I-580. At a workshop meeting July 23 with the Planning Commission and representatives from CarMax and Vulcan, Tassano voiced his concerns over a new driveway next to the El Charro/I-580 interchange. He said it could further impede traffic flow and add another risk for motorists already faced with quick decisions as they drive onto El Charro. He also cited a provision in the city’s General Plan that specifically discourages arterials such as El Charro from adding new driveways. Still, in the end Tassano, Piper and Balch joined others in suggesting letting CarMax open the new access road with the understanding it could be closed if becomes a serious traffic problem. The CarMax proposal will require a Specific Plan amendment with approvals by the Planning Commission and City Council. Those meetings will likely be held shortly, since CarMax is ready to start construction. Q

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Do you have any special end-of-summer plans? Howard Smith Retired I plan on fulfilling my lifelong dream of traveling to Mexico, staying at a hotel and going fishing every day.

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PUBLIC NOTICE REVIEW AND PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT Public Comment Period July 15, 2014 through August 15, 2014 WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED? The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) announces a 30-day public comment period for the Draft Initial Study and proposed Negative Declaration pertaining to the Sunol Fire Station, Sunol, California. The Site is located within on land currently owned by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The Draft Initial Study addressed the 16 resources as required in the CEQA document. CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) – MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION Based on an Initial Study, the ACFD has determined that no significant environmental impacts would result from the Sunol Fire Station Project, therefore, in compliance with the CEQA, a Mitigated Negative Declaration is proposed. The Mitigated Negative Declaration, Initial Study, and all related documents are available for review and comment. Go to Click on Project Experience. Then click on the report link below Project Reports. A hard copy of the report is also available at the Pleasanton Public Library at 400 Old Bernal Rd. and the Alameda County Library at 2400 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont. WHY THIS NOTICE?

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Ida Luccio Travel agent It’s one of the busiest times of year for me at work, so I won’t be going anywhere. But in October, I’m going to Disneyland.

The purpose of this notice is to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the project and to provide the ACFD with your comments on the Draft Initial Study and the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration. HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? You may participate by providing your written comments on the Draft Initial Study and proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration. All comments will be carefully considered before a final decision is made on the Initial Study and proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration. Comments may be mailed, hand delivered, faxed, or emailed. All written comments must be delivered to: Pete Pegadiotes, Manager Alameda County Fire Department, 835 East 14th Street #200 E-mail:, Phone: (510) 670-5880, Fax: (925) 875-9387 All comments must be in writing and must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2014. Faxed, hand-delivered, or emailed comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2014.

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Newsfront DIGEST

Pleasanton school board candidates set Two incumbents, two challengers running for pair of seats

East Bay Stand Down Pre-registration is now open for all veterans wanting to attend East Bay Stand Down, a four-day event for homeless, needy and displaced American military veterans set for Sept. 11-14 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Health, medical and dental care, legal services, housing and employment options, rehabilitation programs, and access to the various benefits, earned through their military service, will be available for the participants. These services will be provided in a safe and secured environment, organizers said. Participants must apply and pre-register; no walk-in participants will be accepted without prior registration. For registration information, visit www. Organizers are also in need of nearly 2,000 military and civilian volunteers. Volunteer registration, which is required, closes Sept. 1. To learn more, visit the East Bay Stand Down website.



he candidate list is set for the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees during this November’s general election. Incumbents Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen as well as challengers Mark Miller and Paige Wright are running for the two available seats on the school board. The candidate filing deadline expired last Friday. Bowser, first elected in November 2010, served as school board president from 2012-13. He said he hopes to continue promoting strong fiscal stewardship, developing programs for at-risk students and keeping class sizes small. This is Bowser’s second regional

Jeff Bowser

Joan Laursen

election of the year. He lost out in his bid to become Alameda County superintendent of schools in the June primary. Laursen, elected in November 2010, is also seeking re-election to the school board. She said she would

Mark Miller

Paige Wright

like to continue working on improving resources for students, as well as increasing professional development for staff to help them integrate technological tools and project-based learning into their teaching. Miller, a Pleasanton school par-

4 vying for City Council

Art exhibit A new one-person exhibit, “Art on Porcelain,” is set to open later this month at the Museum on Main. The showing is scheduled to run from Aug. 27 through Oct. 12 at the museum, 608 Main St. Exhibiting artist Eugenia Zobel will host an opening reception at the museum on Sept. 7 from 1-3 p.m. While best known for her china-painting of grapes, Zobel will also be showing other various works of “Art on Porcelain.” The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 p.m. For more information on the upcoming exhibit, contact Zobel at 443-7266.

Beth Emek event Pleasanton’s Congregation Beth Emek will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday for the public to learn about worship opportunities, the community and religious school. Beth Emek is located at 3400 Nevada Court, just across Bernal Avenue from the LivermorePleasanton Fire Department headquarters. Rabbi Larry Milder and education director Judith Radousky are hosting the event, which includes tours of the building, sanctuary and classrooms. Light refreshments will be served. Congregation Beth Emek is an inclusive Reform synagogue with an open and participatory atmosphere, welcoming all people on their Jewish journey. For more information, email

ent and information technology manager, is vying for his first term on the board. If elected, he said he plans to seek a balance of parent, student, and staff needs, to be as transparent as possible, and to work collaboratively with the community and neighboring districts to improve our schools. The other challenger is Wright, a Pleasanton substitute teacher and volunteer. She said she wants to focus on being prepared for any challenges the district may face, creating open communication with parents and teachers, and continuing to make Pleasanton a highly desired school district. This fall’s general election is set for Nov. 4. Q

2 in mayor’s race as filing period ends


Crews use blasters to prepare Monaco Court and neighboring streets for resurfacing, but without telling homeowners who found they couldn’t use the street or move their cars beyond range of blasting machines.

What a mess on Monaco Court Pavement work closes street without notice to residents BY JEB BING

Homeowners on Monaco Court and neighboring streets were awakened last Friday by crews with large machines adding pavement slurry to their street and blocking traffic. Residents said they had no notification the street work was starting that day. As a result, garbage collection was postponed, cars parked in driveways and on the street were unprotected from the air blasters clearing the cracks for the tar application. “The city probably should have

taken some of the $200,000 for the drought PR program and used it to let the residents know the scope and breadth of work planned for Monaco Court,” said one resident. Apparently, Blotto & Co. of San Carlos, which was the contractor hired to resurface the street, had plenty of “Don’t Park Here” bollards, but they were bundled after an earlier Aug. 4 start date was changed without notice. Residents complained that besides the lack of advance notice, the contractor’s work also was

troubling. Oil and asphalt was dripping from equipment, there were puddles of oil in the wheel of the heavy roller, there was no containment of the piles of asphalt with water mixed with the compound entering the sewers. “I’m sorry for the delays in the project and the terrible mess that is left in your court,” Michael Tassano, the city’s traffic engineer, told one resident in a response to an email complaint. “That is unbelievable. I copied our inspectors and our project engineer.” Q

Four candidates are now in the race for election to the Pleasanton City Council, along with two others seeking election as mayor. Olivia Sanwong, a member of the city’s Economic Development Committee who ran unsuccessfully for council two years ago, filed nomination papers before Friday’s deadline, qualifying for a position on the Nov. Olivia 4 municipal Sanwong ballot. She joins incumbent City Councilwoman Kathy Narum, former Planning Commissioner Arne Olson and resident George Bowen in the bid for two available council seats. In the council election, Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio is stepping down this year after serving eight years on the council, the maximum allowed under term limits. Narum, who was elected in a special ballot-by-mail election in May 2013 to fill Mayor Jerry Thorne’s unexpired term on the council, must be elected to a full four-year term to continue on the council In the mayor’s race, Pleasanton attorney Matt Morrison, who was unsuccessful in his bid for election to the Zone 7 Water Agency board last June, is challenging inSee CITY COUNCIL on Page 6

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New Pleasanton police Sgt. Eric Gora


New Pleasanton police Sgt. Larry Cox

Pleasanton police promotes pair New sergeants succeed retiring department vets BY AMANDA AGUILAR

Two Pleasanton police officers were promoted to the ranks of sergeants at a badge-pinning and oath-of-office ceremony in the City Council chambers last week. Newly promoted sergeants Larry Cox and Eric Gora will succeed two retiring department veterans. Cox is succeeding Sgt. Robert “Bob” Leong, who recently retired. Gora’s promotion came in advance of the planned retirement of Sgt. Mike Tryphonas. Cox was hired as an officer with the Pleasanton Police Department in 2001, where he has served as a patrol officer, field-training officer, police detective, personnel and training officer, and a department instructor on force operations

and range master. He previously worked with the Antioch Police Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from Union Institute and University. Gora was hired with the Pleasanton Police Department in 2010 and held various assignments, including patrol, investigations and department instructor for first aid/CPR. Prior to Pleasanton, Gora worked for the Citrus Heights Police Department for four years. He started his police career in 2004 with the Stockton Police Department, where he held a police officer position for two years. Gora has a bachelor’s degree in education from Cal State East Bay. Q

Pleasanton teen’s film set for New York screening Documentary focuses on children of deaf adults Incoming Amador Valley High School junior Jacob Baer’s documentary has been selected to be screened at the 2014 Varsity Brands All-American High School Film Festival from Oct. 24-27 at the AMC Empire Theaters at New York City’s Times Square. According to the festival committee, thousands of films from more than 45 states and 15 countries were submitted. The video called “CODA Pride” is a documentary highlighting children of deaf adults (CODA) and their experiences, relationships and their bilingual community. It is described as “powerful in its deconstruction of deaf stereotypes.” The film was written, directed

and edited by Baer, and includes other Pleasanton Unified School District students such as Rachael Baer, Sarah Baer, Dante Brooke, Jackson Anderson-Kovacs, Danielle Moyers, Jarod Moyers and Jessica Smario. “I love seeing students use their creativity and passion,” said Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi. “Congratulations to all students who were involved. We are fortunate to have such wonderful students who will continue to make this a better world.” The film can be viewed on YouTube by searching “CODA Pride” by JGBproductions2010. Q —Amanda Aguilar

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cumbent Thorne, who is seeking re-election to a second two-year term of office. Narum launched her campaign for election to a full four-year term on the council at a crowded breakfast campaign last February in the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Narum, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from UC Davis, served five years on the city’s Planning Commission before her election to the council. Earlier, she served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission for five years. She is also past president of the Pleasanton Seahawks swimming organization, and served on the city’s East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force and as chairwoman of the city’s Heritage Tree board of appeals. “During (my service) on the council, I’ve really tried to be accessible, listen to all perspectives and be accountable,” she said. She cited as some of her accomplishments working to finish construction drawings for the next phase of the Bernal Park property, creating a citizen’s task force to develop a plan to upgrade the appearance of the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery, approving changes to the Downtown Specific Plan with regard to residential properties that will improve design and remodeling and adopting a revised cell phone tower ordinance that will improve the coverage in the city. She said her priorities include reviewing and strengthening the city’s fiscal policy “so that we will continue to ensure that our city’s finances are sustainable.”

In filing for election to the council, Olson, a retired bank executive who has lived in Pleasanton for 28 years, cited his experience in serving for the last eight years on the Planning Commission. “This gave me a thorough understanding of our city’s planning process,” he said. “I strongly favor slow growth policies that ensure local control over land use decisions while complying with state law.” “As a council member, my two highest priorities will be neighborhoods and business,” he added. “Pleasanton is a collection of individual neighborhoods that together form our wonderful community. Preserving the small town intimate feel of individual neighborhoods will assure that the community as a whole will continue to reflect our small town values.” “Businesses are vital to Pleasanton,” Olson said. “They provide us with a large percentage of the revenue needed to keep our community fiscally sound, safe and clean. I pledge to work diligently to preserve and enhance our business base. In particular, I pledge to protect the jewel of Pleasanton, our downtown.” Sanwong said she is an advocate for sustainable growth policies that balance development with Pleasanton’s quality of life and natural environment. Her decision-making process for policies will be based on each project’s impact, including but not limited to water, open space, schools, traffic, public safety, libraries and the downtown. She has the endorsements of Congressman Eric Swalwell (DDublin), who is also a candidate

for re-election to that office, and outgoing Councilwoman CookKallio. Sanwong, a member of the city’s Economic Vitality Committee completed her master’s degree in business administration in May 2011 from the Simmons School of Management in Boston. Bowen is perhaps best known for his work with veterans’ organizations in promoting a Wente Concert fundraiser last October that raised funds to support wounded soldiers. Last month, he also announced the formation of a citizens’ coalition, Pleasanton Voters for Smart Growth, an organization that is opposed to adding more apartment houses in the city. “I am running for the City Council because I am convinced that the people of Pleasanton need a council member that will hold the line on further unnecessary residential growth,” Bowen said. “The Council’s upcoming decisions about adding thousands of new homes make Pleasanton’s growth the most important issue facing the city in the years to come.” “I am very concerned that Pleasanton is rapidly and unnecessarily departing from our long-held vision of being the ‘City of Planned Progress,’” he added. Although he has never served on a Pleasanton commission or in an elective office, Bowen has been active with a nonprofit organization he founded that is focused on reducing teen driving related deaths. He also serves at the national level on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Living Donor Committee, advocating for safe and transparent practices in living donor organ transplantation. Q —Jeb Bing

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Former redevelopment funds to pay for affordable housing, homeless care Alameda County benefits with millions for ‘boomerang’ program BY JEB BING

After months of discussion, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to designate former redevelopment funds to build affordable homes and prevent homelessness. The state dissolved redevelopment agencies in 2012, leaving some cities and counties without funds they had anticipated in funding major projects. Although Pleasanton and Dublin never subscribed to the special taxing agency, Livermore did and, in fact, committed its program to paying more than $120 million in redevelopment funds intended to pay for a 2,000-seat regional theater, putting the project in jeopardy. With redevelopment funds

given to California counties, the Alameda board agreed to spend $9.8 million for affordable housing production, $3.9 million for its Rapid Rehousing Program and at least $2 million for residual tax increment funds annually beginning in the 2016-17 fiscal year. These funds will be deposited into the county’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and can be used to create or preserve housing for extremely-low, very-low, and moderate income households. The Rapid Rehousing funds will prevent homelessness by helping families pay rent or help them get out of shelters quickly. Gloria Bruce of the East Bay Housing Organizations (EHBO) commended the county board

and county staff for making the commitment. “This is a great advance,” Bruce said. “Like other counties that have dedicated these ‘boomerang’ funds to affordable housing, Alameda County recognizes that continued public investment in affordable homes supports health, safety and stability for residents.” “While we did not secure the 20-25% of ongoing funds for affordable housing going forward (as requested), Tuesday’s decision represents major progress toward that goal,” Bruce added. EBHO was joined in seeking the use of redevelopment funds for housing and care by numerous organizations allied in its efforts.

These included Alameda Point Collaborative, EveryOne Home, BOSS, Building Futures with Women and Children, Christian Church Homes, city of Oakland, city of Emeryville, East Oakland Community Project, EAH, EBALDC, Eden Housing, Enterprise, Housing Consortium of

the East Bay, MidPen, NPH, RCD, Renewed Hope and SAHA. Supervisor Nate Miley, who represents Pleasanton on the county board, joined other supervisors in an unanimous vote to designate the boomerang funds.Q Bay City News contributed to this report





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How to choose the best credit card for you Common question among financial consumers is ‘what’s the best credit card?’ BY GARY ALT

I asked the same question recently as I re-evaluated my own credit card choice. I like to earn travel rewards on my credit card purchases because it’s like having a little piggy bank set aside to pay for vacations, but I realized that my travel habits had changed quite a bit over Gary Alt the years. I wasn’t staying at the same hotel chain as often, and transferring their points toward other hotels or airlines wasn’t very efficient. The number of points deducted was far higher than the intrinsic value of the points. (For most reward cards, a common view is that each point is worth about one penny.) But for an analytical person like me, the process of actually choosing a new card was pretty overwhelming. If my travel needs are so varied, does it make sense for me to use a loyalty card to one hotel chain or airline? Should I forget about reward points and just get a card that pays a cash rebate? How valuable is the sign-up bonus? With so many travel bargains available online today, I chose a card that earns points which I can apply to any hotel, airline, car rental company, or even travel packages. This gave me the most flexibility to find the best hotel deals, lowest airfare or best flight schedule. But what’s the best credit card for you? If you know a few things

about your spending habits and preferences, you can quickly narrow the field and select the best card for your needs. If you’re thinking about switching credit cards, think about the following: • Do you want cash back or rewards? Deep down inside I know getting cash back is the most straightforward way to save money, but it’s not nearly as fun as having a stash of money tucked away for travel. Still, do you want to have loyalty to a single hotel chain or airline? Or do you spend a lot on gas, making rewards for gas purchases more attractive? • Do you want to pay an annual fee? If you have good credit you can get a card without paying an annual fee, but if you choose a specific hotel or airline card you may end up paying a fee that could range from $20 to $99. Some of the best rewards cards charge a fee, but if you spend enough on your monthly bill it can outweigh that cost. • Do you travel internationally? Most cards will charge a fee for processing international transactions, but some charge less than others. If you frequently travel outside the U.S., pay attention to how much additional these charges will cost. • How much do you spend each month? If you track your expenses, you can more easily determine which card is best for you. For example, you can earn up to 5% on gas purchases each month with one particular card I found. If you spend a lot on gas, these cards might save you the most money. • Are you transferring a balance from another card? Some cards are

specifically designed to give you flexibility in paying down your debt. One card I found provides free interest for 18 months. I intentionally omitted the names of the cards in my article because it’s not the brand name that matters. What matters most is having a card tailored to your lifestyle. There are several websites that rate cards and help you apply for a card online. I’ve reviewed several of these sites and found to be the most user-friendly and the most helpful. The simplest way to use NerdWallet is to go to www., and select from their “Best Credit Cards” list (Best Hotel cards, Best Balance Transfer cards, Best for Students, etc) — they have nine “Best of” categories in all. Alternatively, if you know your detailed spending habits, you can also get customized data to help you make your selection. Once you enter your monthly spending for gas, groceries, restaurants and other expenses, the site calculates your annual savings for a variety of cards, factoring in the annual fee, sign-up bonuses and annual rewards. It does all the analytical work for you. But be forewarned — the best rewards programs aren’t a bargain if you’re paying interest on a monthly balance. The first rule in having a credit card is paying off your balance every month. Otherwise the interest you pay could outweigh the benefits you’re hoping to get. Q Gary Alt is a certified financial planner and a NAPFA member at Monterey Private Wealth in Pleasanton






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Business News

Edited by Jeb Bing,

Assistance LeagueÂŽ of Amador Valley

Safeway launches campaign to help ‘special needs’ people

is grateful to the following donors for their generous support of its local philanthropic programs:

Donations benefit Easter Seals, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Special Olympics

Altamont Cruisers AT&T Cavalieri Jewelers, Lance Cavalieri Clorox Janice Brown Kiwanis of San Ramon Lapides Family Fund, Lori Lapides Livermore Valley Real Estate, John Carter Mary and John Pilat 0LFKDHODQG0DU\ORX)UHQGR,QÂżQHUD 3DFLÂżF&RORU*UDSKLFV Rotarian Foundation of Livermore Rotary Club of Pleasanton Foundation Safeway Foundation Soroptimists International of Pleasanton/Dublin Tax Related Services, Peter McIntyre The Steve and Desiree Ralph Family Foundation Valley Spokesman Touring Club Wells Fargo

Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have launched a campaign that will fund important programs that assist people with special needs. Through the Support for People with Disabilities campaign during the month of August, Safeway customers will be able to donate to Easter Seals, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Special Olympics. These are among the world’s most prominent and respected organizations providing services to people with disabilities, conducting ground-breaking research to treat developmental and neuromuscular disease, and making competitive sports accessible to everyone. “These three organizations have transformed the lives of millions of people with a range of special needs,� said Larree Renda, Safeway executive vice president and chair of The Safeway Foundation. “We’ve had long relationships with Easter Seals, MDA and Special Olympics and are proud to be a part of their mission to assist others to live healthier lives and reach their full potential.� Over the years, Safeway has


Safeway Inc., headquartered in Pleasanton, and The Safeway Foundation has initiated a new campaign to provide assistance to people with special needs.

raised and contributed more than $200 million to support the efforts of the Support for People with Disabilities campaign partners. The funds have financed

critical programs and raised public awareness about the important work these organizations perform every day. Q —Jeb Bing

The Parkview for free use of its meeting rooms And a special thank you to


for their participation in Clothing the Children through Operation School BellÂŽ

Assistance LeagueÂŽ of Amador Valley

“Reaching Out To Those In Need�

Hacienda Helping Hands awards Axis $10,000 Grant to help pay for new Pleasanton health center opening next summer Hacienda Helping Hands has awarded a $10,000 impact grant to Axis Community Health, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable health services to TriValley residents. The grant will be used to help pay for construction of a new health center in Pleasanton that will open next summer. “Hacienda Helping Hands felt a

$10,000 impact grant could make a real difference at this critical time when Axis is raising funds to open the new community clinic, which will serve thousands of Tri-Valley residents who rely on Axis for health care,� said James Paxson, Hacienda’s general manager. “We are pleased to step up as supporters of this important effort.� The new health center will dou-


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ble Axis’s service capacity in both primary health care and mental health. The nonprofit organization now has two clinic sites, one in downtown Pleasanton and another at Livermore’s multi-services center. It also operates two behavioral health sites and a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program site. The new facility, which involves a complete interior renovation of the structure at 5925 W. Las Positas, will add an additional 27 exam rooms and seven counseling rooms. “Hacienda Helping Hands has come through again for us and we are very grateful,� said Sue Compton, Axis CEO. “Construction for the new clinic begins later this year, so every dollar we can raise now is needed,� she added. The project has an overall cost of $12 million, and Axis is raising $1.7 million through a capital campaign to help pay for construction costs. Additional funding will come from Alameda County and the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton; the remainder will be financed. Q —Jeb Bing

Community Pulse OBITUARIES POLICE BULLETIN Livermore women arrested in Stoneridge Mall thefts Two Livermore women were arrested for allegedly shoplifting with intent to steal at J.C. Penney in Stoneridge Shopping Center on Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m. Loss prevention officers reportedly saw on a security camera 21-year-old Paulina Alejandra Echeverria-Valdez put makeup into 19-year-old Daniela Fernanda Echeverria-Cornejo’s purse, and exit the store without paying, according to Pleasanton police. A loss prevention officer contacted the two women and allegedly found suspected stolen items from other stores in the mall in the women’s possession, according to police. Police alleged EcheverriaCornejo had a $20 H&M shirt in her possession, and EcheverriaValdez had $71 worth of items from H&M and American Eagle. The two women were arrested on suspicion of burglary and petty theft. In other police reports: • John Muir Physicians Network, located at 5820 Stoneridge Mall Road, was burglarized sometime

between Aug. 1-3 when the business was being remodeled into doctors’ offices. According to police, various work crews were at the business remodeling the offices. When workers returned on Aug. 4, they reportedly found the newly installed network equipment was missing, police said. Police reports said the total amount of computer equipment allegedly stolen was over $16,000. No arrests have been made. • A Pleasanton man was arrested for suspected drug charges after police conducted a probation search on him on Aug. 7. The officer saw 46-year-old Jason Eric Shorr in a park and knew the man was on probation for possession of black tar heroin, according to police. During the probation search, the officer allegedly found plastic bags similar to those used to put drugs into. The officer continued the search at Shorr’s residence on the 700 block of St. Michael Circle and allegedly found black tar heroin, tin foil and 29 tooters — used to inhale heroin. Shorr was arrested on suspicion of possession of a useable amount

BIRTHS of black tar heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. • Pleasanton police arrested a Livermore man on a warrant at his house on the 2400 block of Sheffield Drive in Livermore. Officers waited for Shane Timothy Fournier, 48, on Aug. 8 to arrive at his house after Fournier had a parolee-at-large warrant, according to police reports. Police said when Fournier arrived, officers searched his vehicle and allegedly found a crystallined bag that officers determined to be methamphetamine. In addition, they allegedly found hypodermic needles, two syringes with a clear brown substance in it and pills with a presence of methamphetamine. Fournier was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and controlled substance as well as failure to follow parole guidelines. • A Pleasanton woman reported to police on Aug. 7 that a stranger grabbed her buttocks around 10 a.m. while she was in the parking lot of the Archstone Hacienda Apartments on Owens Drive.

The woman described the assailant as a younger Hispanic male, around 18 years old, with short-close cropped brown hair, police said. No arrests have been made. Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted. Q —Amanda Aguilar

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Aug. 3 Auto theft Q 7:18 a.m. in the 5000 block of Owens Drive Q 7:29 a.m. in the 5500 block of Springhouse Drive Q 9:34 a.m. in the 4800 block of Saginaw Circle Q 2:35 p.m. in the 5600 block of Springhouse Drive Q 9:56 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Domestic battery Q 3:16 p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue Drug violation Q 11:04 p.m. in the 1000 block of Serpentine Lane

Aug. 4 Commercial burglary Q 10:57 a.m. in the 5800 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Theft Q 12:46 p.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive; theft from auto Q 5:04 p.m. in the 3400 block of W. Las Positas Boulevard; theft from structure Graffiti Q 3:53 p.m. in the 3200 block of W. Lagoon Road

Aug. 5 DUI Q 1:17 a.m., intersection of Bernal Avenue and Puerto Vallarta Vandalism Q 8:17 a.m. in the 7000 block of Commerce Circle

Residential burglary a.m. in the 3400 block of Andrews Drive Bicycle theft Q 8:48 a.m. in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue Q 4:51 p.m. in the 3400 block of Dennis Drive Domestic battery Q 10 p.m. in the 500 block of Rose Avenue

p.m. in the 4800 block of Bernal Avenue; theft from auto Q 9:29 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; theft from auto Residential burglary Q 2:23 p.m. in the 4800 block of Treewood Court Domestic battery Q 9:40 p.m. in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road

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Burglary Q 9:56 a.m. in the 7000 block of Johnson Drive Theft Q 11:02 a.m. in the 200 block of Kottinger Drive Q 11:52 a.m. in the 4400 block of Bacon Court; bicycle theft

Alcohol violation Q 7:45 a.m. in the 200 block of Main Street Q 11:15 p.m. in the 4700 block of Fair Street Theft Q 10:57 a.m. in the 5500 block of Paseo Navarro Q 10:51 p.m. in the 1400 block of Maple Leaf Court Embezzlement Q 2:09 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Drug violation Q 3:46 p.m. in the 2400 block of Sheffield Drive Residential burglary Q 7:18 p.m. in the 5100 block of Rappolla Court

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Aug. 7 Alcohol violation Q 12:20 a.m. in the 300 block of St. Mary Street Q 1:55 a.m. in the 5900 block of Owens Drive; DUI Vandalism Q 2:16 a.m. in the 5600 block of Owens Drive Drug violation Q 9:50 a.m. in the 700 block of St. Michael Circle Q 7:59 p.m. in the 3000 block of Chardonnay Drive Sex offenses Q 10:42 a.m. Street information not disclosed. Theft Q 11:08 a.m. in the 200 block of Mavis Drive

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Aug. 9 Battery Q 10:36 a.m. in the 5600 block of Stoneridge Drive Burglary Q 4:03 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stoneridge Mall Road Theft Q 7:22 p.m. in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Mall Road; shoplifting

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Opinion WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES City Council Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue ŕ Ž Public Hearing: P14-0419/P14-0420/P14-0421, City of Pleasanton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Consider adopting resolutions for a General Plan Amendment and H+V^U[V^U:WLJPĂ&#x201E;J7SHU(TLUKTLU[HUKJVUZPKLYPU[YVK\J[PVU of an ordinance for a Rezoning to expand the permitted uses for an existing home from residential only to residential, limited JVTTLYJPHSWLYZVUHSZLY]PJLHUKVYVÉ&#x2030;JL\ZLZMVYHHJYL site located at 4202 Stanley Boulevard ŕ Ž <WKH[LVU[OL:[HNL>H[LY:OVY[HNLHUK3VJHS,TLYNLUJ` Declaration ŕ Ž Second Reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 2105 approving the Development Agreement with the Austins to vest the development approval of eight residential lots (referred to as PUD-58 and Tentative ;YHJ[H[ 6SK-VV[OPSS9VHKMVYH[LU`LHYWLYPVKMYVT[V ^P[OHĂ&#x201E;]L`LHYVW[PVU6UPU[YVK\J[PVU*V\UJPSTLTILY)YV^U ]V[LKUVHUK*V\UJPSTLTILY*VVR2HSSPV^HZHIZLU[

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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: .YLLU,JVUVT`,U]PYVUTLU[HS0UK\Z[Y` High Technology 9LZPKLU[PHS9LHS,Z[H[L)YVRLY 9LZPKLU[PHS9LHS,Z[H[L+L]LSVWLY Housing Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 member Human Services Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 member Library Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 member Parks & Recreation Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 member Planning Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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[`*SLYRZ6Ń?JL 123 Main Street, or on the City's website at 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 regiwster your interest in future vacancies by completing an interest card on our website at

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Choices for voters


oters in Pleasanton should welcome the choices we have in the Nov. 4 elections, particularly those in the congressional, state legislative, school board and city council races that directly affect our community. As school board member Joan Laursen, a candidate seeking reelection, said in an Opinion piece she wrote in 2012, our task as a community is to deepen our â&#x20AC;&#x153;bench,â&#x20AC;? to encourage residents to get involved, to show that their participation does make a difference. This year, we have that participation across the board with incumbents and challengers vying for votes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially encouraging that we will have Republicans and Democrats on the ballots for Congress and the State Assembly. Republican Hugh Bussell of Livermore is challenging incumbent Congressman Eric Swalwell in the 15th Congressional District that includes Pleasanton. Republican and Pleasanton attorney Catharine Baker faces off in the Nov. 4 election against Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti for the 16th State Assembly District seat. With Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new primary system, the two top vote-getters in these highly partisan races are on the general election ballot, whether Democrats or Republicans. In 2012, two Democrats competed for Congress. This year, voters will have a choice not only of candidates, but also of political parties. Also, four candidates are in the race for election to the Pleasanton City Council, along with two others seeking election as mayor. Mayor Jerry Thorne, who is seeking re-election to a second two-year term of office, is being challenged by Matt Morrison, a Pleasanton attorney and environmental activist who also holds an executive position with the Sierra Club. The two candidates have very different views on issues affecting Pleasanton, giving voters a clear choice in November. In the City Council election, Councilwoman Cheryl CookKallio is stepping down after serving eight years on the council, the maximum allowed under term limits. Councilwoman Kathy Narum, who was elected in a special ballot-by-mail election in May 2013, also must be elected to a full four-year term to continue on the council. She served five years on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning Commission and five years before that on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks and Recreation Commission before being elected to the council. Also seeking election to the council are George Bowen, Arne Olson and Olivia Sanwong. Although he has never served on a Pleasanton commission or held an elective office, Bowen serves at the national level on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Living Donor Committee. He also recently formed a citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coalition to oppose adding more apartment houses in the city. Sanwong, a member of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Committee, ran unsuccessfully for council two years ago. She is an advocate for sustainable growth policies and has the endorsements of Swalwell and Cook-Kallio. Olson served eight years on the Pleasanton Planning Commission, stepping down last May due to term limits. He favors slow growth policies, adding that he believes businesses are vital to Pleasanton, provide a large percentage of the revenue needed to keep the community fiscally sound and will have his support. The four campaigning for election to the Pleasanton school board are incumbents Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen and challengers Mark Miller and Paige Wright. Miller, an information technology manager, is seeking his first elective office. Wright has worked in the school district as a substitute teacher and school volunteer. Laursen, a financial analyst by training, is past president of the Pleasanton PTA Council and has served on the boards of numerous school and community organizations in Pleasanton over the last 15 years. Bowser has extensive teaching and business experience and was an administrator at Amador Valley High School and in outside districts before joining Qwest Communications, where he holds a senior management position. Both are completing their first four-year terms on the school board, which has no term limits for its members. Q

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Sports 3rd Tri for Fun coming to Shadow Cliffs Pleasanton event offers non-competitive atmosphere for triathletes BY JEREMY WALSH

Nearly 600 triathletes with a wide range of experience are set to participate Saturday (Aug. 16) in the third of four triathlons in the 27th annual Tri for Fun triathlon series at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton. Offering a shorter-than-normal course and a non-competitive atmosphere, Tri for Fun provides an opportunity for first-time triathletes to try the sport while also serving as a popular event for seasoned triathletes. Because of the nature of the event, it’s not unusual to see a 9-year-old running along side with a 78-yearold, according to organizers. “Providing a fantastic experience for all participants is truly our main goal with the Tri for Fun,” said Mark Aiton, co-principal of event

organizer On Your Mark Events. “There are now literally thousands of people who cut their triathlon teeth with the Tri For Fun, and they keep coming back, as well as take part with our other longerdistance triathlons.” Saturday’s Tri for Fun course features a 400-yard lake swim, an 11-mile bicycle ride and a 3.1-mile run. It is the last of three nontimed, non-competitive triathlons in the series, with a fourth “Tri for Real” competitive triathlon set for mid-September. Throughout the summer series, at least 60% of all participants will be beginning triathletes, according to organizers. Check-in and registration begin at 5 a.m. Saturday, with the first wave hitting the water at 7 a.m.

at the regional park, 2500 Stanley Blvd. in Pleasanton. Entry fee for the Tri for Fun is $65 (non-timed) and $73 (chip timed) in advance, with $10 to be added to race-day registrants. Preregistered entry for relay teams is $180 (nontimed) and $188 (chip timed), $10 will be added to race-day registrants. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, snacks and entry into the raffle. Though the Tri for Fun event is non-timed, a clock will be provided at the finish line for participants to measure their performances or the triathletes could choose to have their results recorded via time chip. The series’ first two non-competitive triathlons occurred June 8 and July 19. The competitive, full-length triathlon is set for Sept.

Sharks repeat as Tri-Valley champions Eight teams, 950+ swimmers compete in season-ending event The Pleasanton Meadows Sharks claimed their second straight title in the season-ending championship meet for the Tri-Valley Swim League, comprised of teams from Pleasanton and Dublin. More than 950 swimmers, ranging from 4 to 18 years old, from eight local teams competed in the event at the Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center on a hot summer day Aug. 2. The meet saw nine league records broken and more than 760 swimmers set personal bests in one or more of their individual events. The Pleasanton Meadows team finished in first overall with 2,483 points. The Dublin Green Gators placed second (2,127 points) and the Del Prado Stingrays came in third (2,064.5).

The other team results were ClubSport Tidalwaves at 1,858 points, Ruby Hill Killer Whales at 1,531.5 points, Briarhill Barracudas at 1,426 points, Foothill Area Swim Team Dolphins at 1,336.5 points and DBAC Pirahnas 1,203.5 points. Individually, four swimmers earned 60 points each for their team during the meet. On the girls side, there were Aubrey Tran of Ruby Hill and Amy Heath of Del Prado, and on the boys side, there were Frankie Fitzpatrick of Dublin and Tristan LaLonde of ClubSport. The nine new swim league records set during the event were: • Caden Banke, Kenny Chen, Sam Jorgenson and Cole Stedman (Del Prado) mixed 9-10 years old 100 medley relay, 1:08.01. • Jenna Brown, Lauren Coching,

Kirsty Brown and Lauren Farrauto (Ruby Hill) 13-14 girls 200 medley relay, 2:04.98. • Jenna Brown (Ruby Hill) 13-14 girls 50 freestyle, 25.79. • Frankie Fitzpatrick (Dublin) 11-12 boys 50 butterfly, 28.97. • Fitzpatrick (Dublin) 11-12 boys 50 IM, 1:07.62. • Jonathan Ye (ClubSport) 11-12 boys 50 backstroke, 32.27. • Kirsty Brown (Ruby Hill) 13-14 girls 50 backstroke, 29.53. • Kyle Mui, Justin Lee, Immanuel Purisima and Fitzpatrick (Dublin) 11-12 mixed 200 freestyle relay, 1:56.25. • Kirsty Brown, Farrauto, Taylor Sowers and Jenna Brown (Ruby Hill) 13-14 girls 200 freestyle relay, 1:48.80. Q —Jeffrey Allen


Participants complete the swimming leg during the June Tri for Fun triathlon event at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton.

14 at the regional park. To register or to receive more information about the series, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-

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n o t n a s a e l P f o ’ s y u G d o o The ‘G t n e v e l a b o l g w o ether is n Goodguys Get-Tog eBty Jeb Bing


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s tens of thousands of classic car enthusiasts head to Pleasanton for next weekend’s 28th annual West Coast Nationals, Goodguys founders Gary and Marilyn Meadors reflect on how they started the event in their Alamo home in the winter of 1987. The husband-and-wife team didn’t know it at the time, but their plan to form an association of hot rod and custom car aficionados would put Pleasanton on the international map of motor sports. It was a big gamble to quit their day jobs and go into show business full time, but the Meadors’ family passion for cool cars fueled the dream. That dream blossomed, turning their new Pleasanton-based company into one of the world’s leading promoters in the automotive realm and the Alameda County Fairgrounds serving as the anchor facility of a fledgling network of national hot rod events. Looking back, it was really just a simple plan that morphed into something much more. The Goodguys show caught lightning as baby boomers grew to a time in their lives when they sought to rekindle their youth through Lil’ Deuce Coupes and hot rod roadsters, the

kind of cars the Beach Boys sang about. Goodguys’ events and their association grew almost as fast as a 1,000-horsepower muscle car. Today, the association is 70,000 members strong, holds 20 annual events across the country (including four each year in Pleasanton), publishes a monthly color magazine and employs more than 30 full-time staffers at its Serpentine Lane corporate headquarters. The Meadors’ son Marc, now 43, serves as company president. The West Coast Nationals, called “The Perfect Rod Run” by Hot Rod Magazine, is known as the industry’s “Crown Jewel,” due to its propensity to attract hot rodding’s top cars and star builders, said John Drummond, communications director for Goodguys. “The pull of Pleasanton and the Goodguys West Coast Nationals is truly international,” he said. “Hot rodder Martin Lundqvist of Stockholm, Sweden shipped his car to Georgia in July and is driving across America to Pleasanton to fulfill ‘a lifelong dream.’ Years of national automotive magazine coverage have made it like Woodstock for car enthusiasts.”


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The three-day celebration of vintage American iron will be held next weekend, Aug. 22-24, at the fairgrounds, attracting close to 4,000 cars, 1972 and older, and tens of thousands of fans. Not only is the event popular around the world, it’s a boon to Pleasanton. “I still remember my first meeting with Gary Meadors,” said Scott Raty, president and CEO of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. “Many years ago Gary came to the chamber office and shared his enthusiasm and vision for a weekend event that would sell-out every hotel room in town.” “There were about 1,000 new hotel rooms coming online at the time, and it was exactly what was needed to put Pleasanton on the map for weekend visitors and convention business,” he added. “Not only did Gary make it happen then, the Meadors family is still making it happen today with capacity crowds and every hotel room both here and around the Valley sold for three-plus days each August as well as for the other events Goodguys stages. With all the visitors come significant boosts in retail and dining all over town.”

Goodguys car show at the fairgrounds.

Pleasanton Downtown Association executive director Laura Olson echoed Raty’s sentiments. She told Drummond: “Downtown Pleasanton is, as always, excited to welcome the Goodguys back to Pleasanton. Goodguys events bring energy and excitement into our community, and we love seeing the attendees enjoying our beautiful downtown as part of their visit to Pleasanton. We are fortunate to have a strong relationship with the Goodguys organization and appreciate all they do for our community as a whole.” Barbara Steinfeld, president of Visit Tri-Valley, agreed. “Every time Goodguys comes to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, the Tri-Valley thrives,” she said. “The event’s loyal crowd fills our hotels and animate downtown’s Main Street with jaw-dropping cars. Goodguys brings new visitors to the Tri-Valley every year. As their audience grows, so does the exposure for our region.” Indeed, Goodguys and events such as the West Coast Nationals and others throughout the year have been good for Pleasanton. The city has also been very good to Goodguys. After operating for 15 years in their hometown of Alamo, the Meadors family decided it was time to expand. The search for a new Goodguys corporate headquarters led them to Pleasanton. “We’ve always considered the


GOODGUYS Martin Lundqvist and his wife, Mia, stan d in front of their custombuilt 1932 Ford hot rod outside their home in Stockholm, Sweden. They are coming to Pleasanton next week end to fulfill their “longheld dream” to participate in the Goo dguys West Coast Nationals.

city of Pleasanton home,” Marc ton resident 11 years. He serves Meadors said. “It’s a friendly place on the executive board of Visit with a great community spirit and Tri-Valley in addition to coaching the fairgrounds is second to none.” youth football here. “When looking for a new home Drummond spent his youth in for the company in 2003, we Sunol and Pleasanton, graduating looked here first and found a per- from Foothill High in 1984. The Goodguys 28th West Coast fect home on Quarry Lane,” he added. “We envision being here for decades.” Goodguys firmly believes in being a good community partner and giving back. It supports Foothill and Amador Valley high school athletic programs and is active in local community events as well as aiding those at the Veterans Hospital in Livermore. Two key Goodguys staff members also have roots firmly planted here. Andrew Ebel, vice president of Business Operations at Goodguys, has Classic cars that some older folks migh been a Pleasant reme next weekend’s Goodguys West Coast

Nationals event will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. For complete event details, including admission prices, event attractions and more, visit www. or call 838-9876. Q


mber owning add to the nostalgia to be found at Nationals show.

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Tri Valley Life

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



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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The winners of the first night of the seventh annual Killer Laughs Comedy Competit ion gather around host Mean Dave (center). Also shown (left to right) are Saul Trujillo, Pete Munoz, PX Floro and Abhay Nadkarni.

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this competition ‘Killer comedy’ in its seventh year in Dublin BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

If you eat two pieces of toast with butter on them, that’s considered normal, comedian Saul Trujillo told the audience at Bunjo’s Comedy Club in Dublin. But if you put the two pieces of buttered bread together, that is not normal: That is a fat sandwich. Trujillo’s comic delivery of this observation and others helped earn him first place in the opening preliminary round of the seventh annual Killer Laughs Comedy Competition on July 18. Nine hopefuls bounded up to the stage one by one to deliver their five-minute routines. Except the hefty Leanne Ridgers did not “bound” — she slowly pulled herself up and compared the climb to scaling Mount Everest. The comedians joked about themselves, the audience — mostly white and not especially young — and having reached the pinnacle of performing in the Lowe’s parking lot. Comedy fans Lettie and Frank Camp arrived early to get good seats in the cozy back room at Vito’s Express Pizza, across the parkPage 14 • August 15, 2014 • Pleasanton Weekly

ing lot from Lowe’s, where Bunjo’s is located. The couple, who live in Pleasanton and have been married 48 years, said they’ve enjoyed comedians together since they were dating in San Francisco, where they saw a lot of improv and some famous names, including Woody Allen. The Camps had nothing but admiration for those willing to stand up in the spotlight, face the audience and try for laughs. “There are an interesting number who are in tech jobs,” Frank noted. “They are young but quick.” Comedian Stephen Turner, 46, a senior software engineer, was calmly checking his iPhone before the show started. He is also a rhythm guitarist with a Grateful Dead cover band, he said, but only performs about four nights a month because he is also married with children. “People who are really going after it get out four, five, six nights a week,” he said. Turner, who lives in San Jose, draws from his own life for his material — nerd jokes

and dad humor. It was at a former competition that he realized why he is a comedian. He thought he would be upset if he wasn’t one of the winners until someone asked, “Is that why you’re doing this?” No, he realized; he really didn’t care if he won or lost. What he values is the night that he’s really “on” and the audience is digging it. He’s doing it for that high. Although Turner always liked to joke around, he said he didn’t realize he wanted to perform comedy until he was 35; one lunch hour he was making coworkers laugh and they encouraged him to go onstage. “Standup comedy is frighteningly easy to get into — and frighteningly hard to quit,” he said. Most comedy clubs open the mic to newcomers on slow weeknights and all it takes is the nerve to sign up, Turner explained. He started at a club in Sunnyvale; it allowed comedians four minutes to perform and for every person they brought to the club they were allowed an extra minute. “That’s how they pay their bills,” he said. “Comedy clubs are vehicles for selling alcohol.” The hardest clubs to perform in are those that are part of a bar or restaurant that may have competing noise. Bunjo’s, with its dedicated room for 50 in back of the pizza place, was a good setup. Turner hadn’t decided what he would do that night, he said, because it partly depended on where he was in the lineup of nine. “I watch the others, and I watch the audience,” he said. Bunjo’s was launched a few years ago by John DeKoven, tech support specialist by day and comedy club impresario by night. He is proud that competition winners have gone on to bigger and better things. “The inaugural winner in 2007, David VanAvermate, later was a runner up in the San Francisco International Comedy Com-

petition,” DeKoven said. “Last year’s winner, Sandra Risser, is incredible. She is 73 or 74 years old and probably performs four or five times a week all over the country.” The Killer Laughs Competition starts with 80 comedians, performing in eight preliminary rounds every Friday through Sept. 5. The top four from each night, chosen by the audience, move on to the quarterfinals, being held Sept. 12 to Oct. 3. Again the audience votes and the top four go to the semifinals, which are held in two rounds, Oct. 10 and 17. The top four from those competitions are in the finals Oct. 24, and the top three winners receive awards and cash prizes. The preliminary rounds have a $10 cover charge, and reservations can be made at 2644413 or “The preliminary rounds can be very hitand-miss as we have funny comics to newbies, so the prelims are a way to weed out the chaff,” DeKoven said. “The quarterfinals are better, and then of course the cream rises to the top for the semifinals and the final round.” The first preliminary round July 18 was hosted by Mean Dave, a bearded, long-haired fellow who joked about his appearance. At the end of the evening, as the audience votes were being tallied, headliner comic Jeff Applebaum was onstage, drawing nonstop laughs from the audience. “Applebaum tours nationally and has been on ‘The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,’” DeKoven said. As the tables began to fill just before the show started at 8:30 p.m., DeKoven said it’s hard to predict how many will show up to watch. “A couple of months ago, we had to turn people away,” he said. At the end of the evening, the four winners were announced: Trujillo along with Pete Munoz, PX Floro and Abhay Nadkarni. But the other five had gotten a few laughs, too — and that was the point. Q


Children’s message: Save water


Art contest in office building promotes water conservation When faced with the need to conserve water in her downtown office building, Civic Center Station, Vera Revelli knew it would need to be a team effort and began to look for a creative way to spread the message. The building is on First Street and houses 25 businesses. She recalled a PG&E campaign years ago in which children were encouraged through a school program to spearhead energy conservation for their families. Using that as inspiration, Revelli launched an art contest and encouraged tenants with children to enter their water conservation art work. “Children can often look at a problem and cut through to the core better than adults,” Revelli said. “Plus, they love to be part of the solution if you can engage them.” She put out the call to young artists to use their imaginations and create art to remind adults to conserve water. Children ages 6 and older were asked to submit original artwork; those 5 and younger were provided with a black and white coloring sheet. The young participants were recognized with a prize and their winning artwork will be displayed throughout Revelli’s office building, particularly at key locations such as above sinks. “I am excited to debut their artwork and hope it will help serve as a fun reminder to conserve as we adults already know is important,” Revelli said. “It’s just difficult because our brains are so busy thinking about other things; what we really need are cues as


Elyse Helmgren created this winning submission for an art contest held by the owner of the Civic Center Station office building to promote water conservation.

Rachel Carlucci and Graham Davis Married April 25, 2014 We are pleased to announce the marriage of Rachel Carlucci, daughter of Patricia Bossard and the late Robert Carlucci of San Diego, to Graham Davis, son of Tom and Ann Davis of Pleasanton. The wedding ceremony was held at the Leoness Cellars Winery in Temecula, CA, on April 25, 2014. The maid of honor was Brooke Carlucci, the bride’s sister, and the best man was Matt Kadomatsu, the groom’s high school friend. Rachel graduated from Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego in 2004 and Sage College of Court Reporting in 2011. She is currently working as a disposition reporter in Madison, Wisconsin. Graham graduated from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, 2003, and received his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State in 2009. He recently earned an osteopathic medical degree from Rocky Vista University, Denver, Colorado. Graham is currently doing his medical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Anesthesiology. Graham and Rachel honeymooned in Saint Lucia and currently reside in Madison, Wisconsin. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness! PAID ANNOUNCEMENT

Memories Made Here


Young Rithi Krishnaraj submitted this winning artwork to highlight water conservation.

soon as we turn on the tap.” The young artists who joined the effort are Elyse Helmgren, Lexi Irvine, Tyler Irvine, Rithi Krish-

naraj, Shruthi Krishnaraj, Charlotte Olson, Clark Olson, Luke Olson and Shaswat Sharma. Q —Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Engagement Jennell Lucich and Komron Shahhosseini Ron and Barbara Lucich, formerly of Pleasanton, enthusiastically announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennell, to Komron Shahhosseini, son of Saeid and Karen Shahhosseini of Orangevale. Introduced in Abbie 4-H as middle schoolers and reunited in chemistry class at Foothill High School, the spark ignited over a decade later, thanks to a very good friend and very good luck. Jennell is currently a first grade teacher in Santa Rosa and Komron is a real estate developer in Santa Rosa. A fall wedding is planned. PAID ANNOUNCEMENT

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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. HOUSING COMMISSION The Pleasanton Housing Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

Clubs ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AMADOR VALLEY All ladies are invited to join this dedicated group of volunteers, reaching out to those in need in the Tri-Valley and having fun doing it. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at The Parkview, 100 Valley Ave. Contact 461-6401 or Go to www. DBE (DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE) Welcome to ladies of British or British Commonwealth Heritage. DBE holds meetings at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Castlewood Country Club. Members focus on philanthropy, enjoy social interaction and form long-lasting friendships while contributing to local charities and supporting retirement homes in the USA. Call Edith at 998-3500.

Concerts I LIKE IT, I LOVE IT: A TIM MCGRAW TRIBUTE FEATURING TOM DRINNON Tom Drinnon is a noted country singer in his own right, and has performed with some of the biggest names in country music. His hit show is not only a tribute to McGraw, whom Drinnon has sung with, but it is also full of stories and facts about McGraw, and experiences Drinnon has had opening for him. The show runs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are $17-$27. Call 931-4848 or go to

Events A GOOD MAN IS EASY TO FIND IN THE BAY AREA A good is easy to find at the Best of the Men Convention! Each woman will meet at least one good man, or receive a full refund at Midnight. Join the fun and meet a good man from 7:3011:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Marriott, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road. Adults of all ages welcome. Dressy attire recommended for this lovely hotel ballroom. Cover is $20. Call (415) 507-9962 or go to www. ARTIST REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR 12TH ANNUAL ARTWALK LIVERMORE Artist registration for the 12th Annual ArtWalk in Livermore closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. This event brings thousands to a day of art, music, wine and shopping in Livermore’s


eclectic downtown. Contact 4472787 or info@bothwellartscenter. org. Go to http://artwalklivermore. com. ARTIST SIGNING: JOHN HAGEMAN Meet artist John Hageman. John will be signing his new book “The Woodland Welfare Manifesto” published by Slave Labor Graphics from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Heroes and Villains Comics. John is an amazing artist and Heroes and Villains fans will recognize his work from the Creepy Kofy Movie “Time Comic” and CKMT Live show posters! Call 399-5352. COMMUNITY CAMPOUT The City of Pleasanton’s Community Services Department and the Boy Scouts of America are proud to host their first ever Community Campout Friday-Suaturday, Aug. 22-23 at the Bernal Community Baseball fields. Fun activities, games, a campsite, breakfast and dinner will be provided! Register at www. Call 931-5340 for more information. DINNER IN LIVERMORE The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite you to join for dinner at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. RSVP to Gloria at 846-8320 or by Aug. 15. GOODGUYS 28TH WEST COAST NATIONALS The west’s largest gathering of hot rods and custom cars! The Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals features over 3,500 1972 and older show cars, plus vendor exhibits, an automotive swap meet, collector cars for sale corral, FREE kids fun, live entertainment, beer garden, mini engine display and more! Join the fun from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Aug. 22-24 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Call 838-9876 or go to HAPPY HOUR IN PLEASANTON The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite you to joinfor Happy Hour on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Sheraton Hotel. RSVP to Marge at 828-5124 or by Tuesday, Aug. 19. LIVERMORE AND PLEASANTON GARDENERS, UNITE! Are you interested in putting in a native plant garden, but aren’t sure how to go about it? Would you like to meet other people living near you who are native plant gardeners, or who would like to be? If so, join from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 1499 Winding Stream Drive, Livermore. Call (510) 236-9558 or go to NIGHT OF THE LIVERMORE DEAD ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL The plague starts at the Downtown Art Studios, where citizens get turned into zombies and turned loose in Livermore’s Downtown, from 6-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Contact Linday Ryan at 447-2787 or

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QUILTS OF VALOR: ROOKIE QUILT PROJECT Amador Valley Quilters invites you to help make a Quilt of Valor or fleece scarves and neck coolers for 400 homeless veterans expected at East Bay Stand Down held Sept. 11-14 at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Bring a yard of fleece or cotton from noon5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Pleasanton Masonic Center, 3370 Hopyard Road. Call 484-1641 or go to www.amadorvalleyquilters. org. STAND-UP COMIC: RABBI BOB ALPER It’ll be 90 minutes of nonstop laughter when “the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy - intentionally,” performs at Beth Emek, from 7:309 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Congregation Beth Emek. Rabbi Bob Alper will present wonderfully unique material that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean. Tickets are $20-$36. Go to http:// SUNDAY BRUNCH IN LIVERMORE The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite you for Sunday Brunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Campo di Bocce. RSVP to Harriett at 4478229 or by Thursday, Aug. 21. 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 crowned the Killer Laughs Champion. The competition 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

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! BOLLYWOOD JAM Bollywood Fusion is the Bay Area’s first ever charity Indian Independence Day celebration! They have partnered with Love Never Fails to ensure that all proceeds go to helping youth that are threatened in becoming involved with domestic sex trafficking. Join for a great cause from 7-10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon. Cost is $10. Contact Shivi Bhatnagar at 913-1552 or Shivibhatnagar97@; Neha Makkapati at 997-1212; Lekya Mukkamala at 519-5178; or Jasmine Sondhi at Go to or events/1470501019859045/. Dougherty Valley High School, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon.



PET OF THE WEEK I’ll take a Java

MADDIE’S FUND events/1470501019859045/. 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 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 5:30-11 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. or credit cards accepted at 846-4134 after 7 p.m.

Lectures/ Workshops INFANT SLEEP WORKSHOP AT PLEASANTON LIBRARY A practical workshop for parents of children ages 0-2 (and expecting parents, too) will be presented by Dr. Irena Keller, Ph.D., Adjunct Prof. in the Child & Adolescent Development Dept. at San Jose State University. The focus will be on what parents should know about infant sleep and handling sleep issues, from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Pleasanton Library. Call 931-3400 ext. 3. PREPARE HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES WITH EASE Stop by for a short demonstration by Certified Health Coach Kim Rice of healthy, quick and easy lunch ideas to fuel your child, between 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at New Leaf Markets. Take home a weekly lunch menu plan and recipes. Enter to

Java is a sweet, loving pitbull mix waiting patiently for her forever home. She adores her walks and can play so cutely with her volunteer friends at the shelter. She even has her own video, viewable at Java is available for adoption at East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Dr. in Dublin, open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information about Java, call 803-7040.

win one of two stylish, lead-free, BPA-free, Laptop LunchesÆ Bento Boxes for use by kids or adults. Go to http://www.newleafpleasanton.

Miscellaneous ‘LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY’ Members of the Alameda County Bar Association visit the Pleasanton Public Library on the third Tuesday of each month to give free 15 to 20 minute consultations. Appointments are by lottery. Register from 5:30-5:45 p.m.; names will be selected at 5:50 p.m. and people must be present when names are drawn. Appointments begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Call 931-3400, ext. 7. 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

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 SUNSET SOIREE Join for music, dance and fellowship under the setting sun, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 in front of the Bankhead Theater! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a performance by the Livermore School of Dance Jazz, with music

CALENDAR entertainment by the Garage Band Academy and Dj and sound by Matticus. To make this event extra special, please wear orange, red or yellow clothes. Bring your own picnic dinner or order a pre-packaged dinner from Uncle Yu’s at the Vine for $7 by going to No dinners will be sold at the event. Bring your own beverages. Free admission! ‘THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE’ Let out a lusty “Aaaargh” for one of the most popular comic operas of all time. A beloved tale of tenderhearted pirates, bumbling British bobbies, a Major-General wellversed in everything but military matters, and his bevy of beautiful daughters. The show runs at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on SaturdaySunday, Aug. 23-24 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $25-$47. Call 373-6800 or go to ‘THE SECRET GARDEN’ Enjoy this delightful musical production of the classic children’s tale at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 16; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore. Benefits Big Heart Wellness Center. Matinees feature a health fair starting 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors. Children 5 and under are free. Call 447-3289 or go to

Recreation FREEZE FRAME PHOTO COMPETITION Between Aug. 15-Sept. 15, the TriValley Conservancy invites photographers to participate in the annual Freeze Frame photo competition! Submissions will be accepted Aug. 15-Sept. 15, and contest rules and registration instructions will be coming soon. Cost is $25 for a photo, $10 for additional photos. Contact 449-8706 or freezeframe@ Go to

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 non-resident. Call 931-5365 or visit www. FRESH BITES Join nutrition educators for a fun and interactive cooking class at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, now through October, at the Pleasanton Senior Center. This class will focus on tasty, easy, and fast recipes that require minimal ingredients and are adapted for 1-2 people. To register call 9315383. Space is limited. JOYFUL CONNECTION DANCE PROGRAM Experience the richness of Chinese culture as the renowned

Xiaopei Chinese Dance school returns at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Pleasanton Senior Center. This exciting dance program features local students from five to fifteen years of age and showcases a number of colorful traditional Chinese folk dances. Call 931-5365. SAGE CAFE The Pleasanton Senior Center is excited to introduce their new lunch program. Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Daily offerings include salad, soup, choice of sandwich or hot entree. The cost is $3. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 931-5365 to reserve a spot.

Spiritual COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY NEW MEMBER COFFEE Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Come find out more about this year’s study of the “Return to Jerusalem: God’s Mercy and Faithfulness to His People” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Drive. Additional classes run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 11-May 14 on Thursdays. Children’s Program available. Call 399-5074 or go to http://www.communitybiblestudy. org/. CRYSTAL SINGING BOWLS Sound healing can be a powerful experience of moving energy in your body through the vibration of the singing bowls. Reverend Lennis Baugh facilitates an evening of healing the body and soul as he plays these beautiful instruments, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Unity of Tri-Valley’s Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd. #120, Dublin. Call 829-2733 or go to ECKANKAR, ECK WORSHIP SERVICE ECKANKAR, “Serving God: On-the-Job Training” will be the theme of the next ECK Worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Four Points Sheridan, 5115 Hopyard Road. The ECK Worship service is held on the third Sunday of the month. Go to OPEN HOUSE AT CONGREGATION BETH EMEK Whether you are new to the area or just new to Beth Emek, drop by their Open House to learn about worship opportunities, their community, and religious school, from 10 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Congregation Beth Emek. Meet Rabbi Larry Milder and Judith Radousky, the Education Director. Contact Claire Moran at OPENING THE INTUITIVE GATE: THE KEYS TO DEVELOPING YOUR INTUITION Uplifting, musical, and inspiring, Dr. Will Tuttle unites both Eastern and Western traditions in this practical workshop from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Unity of Tri-Valley. He will also be speaking at the 10 a.m. service. Suggested love offering: $25. All are welcome. Call 8292733 or go to

Support Groups 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 4471950. EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP If you have recently been diagnosed with ET or would like to learn more about this common movement disorder in a safe and supportive environment, please join us from 10 a.m.noon on the third Saturday of each month, in the Blackhawk A and B conference rooms at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. For more information, view their blog at or call 487-5706 or email 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 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.

Volunteering 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 Call 743-8850. SAGE CAFE AT THE PLEASANTON SENIOR CENTER Energetic and friendly individuals are needed to set up, serve and clean up during lunch service from 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Sage Cafe in the Pleasanton Senior Center. This is a great way to meet people and impact the lives of the many participants who attend each day. For more information call 931-5365.

Roger Martin Horstman August 16, 1947 - August 7, 2014

Resident of Pleasanton Roger, born in Santa Monica CA, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. Roger was preceded in death by his brother Leonard August Horstman Jr. Roger will be greatly missed by his wife of 33 years Debbie, son Aric, son Mathew, daughter-in-law Julie, and sister Kathie. Roger grew up in the Los Angeles area, moving to Pleasanton with Debbie and Aric in 1994. Roger worked over forty years in the semiconductor industry, most recently twenty five years with Photo Sciences Inc. of Torrance, CA. He will be missed for his intelligence, generosity, and good humor. He loved gardening, photography, woodworking, and had a special passion for family genealogy. A final wish was to make mention of his genealogy website which he meticulously maintained for over a decade. The site, has been a collaborative effort with distant family members worldwide. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roger’s name to Hope Hospice of Dublin or the American Cancer Society. His family and friends will have memories of his love and friendship forever. PAID OBITUARY

Gary Oren Brooks

May 31, 1943 – August 5, 2014 Gary Oren Brooks passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2014, while on vacation in the San Juan Islands one of his favorite places on Earth on the boat he loved with his family at his side. Gary was born in Long Beach on May 31, 1943, and spent his early years with his parents Helen and Jack Brooks in Torrance, CA. He graduated from Brown Military Academy and then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Whittier College. While at Whittier, he was very active in the Orthogonian Society and the varsity football team. He met his future wife, and lifelong love, Jane, while there and with her constant support and devotion he went on to establish himself and make his mark in the home building industry. Gary began his career at Robert H. Grant Co. in Anaheim where he quickly moved up the ranks, becoming President of the Northern California Division and eventually President of the Corporation. This necessitated a move to the Bay Area for his family, which now included their daughter, Sharon, and their son, Mike. Upon the dissolution of the Grant Corporation, Gary set out to start his own company and began building homes in Northern California. Northbrook Homes became very successful due to his keen business acumen and vision for building homes on undeveloped pieces of land in the local area. His colleagues and coworkers remember him as a true blue home builder! Gary and Jane had just embarked on the next planned phase of their life’s journey together - retirement - when he was suddenly taken from us. His parents and his beloved daughter, Sharon, preceded him in death. His wife of nearly 50 years, Jane; his son, Mike; his brother, Kim; sister Jackie Linnell; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families survive him. A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle. Donations may be designated in his memory to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice. Gary will always be remembered by his many friends and family for his very sharp wit, wonderful sense of humor, and the many stories he loved to tell and embellish as only he could. It’s too quiet here without you, Gary - we miss you and love you. Full speed ahead! PA I D


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But appreciation is slowing down throughout U.S. BY JEB BING

Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter with national year-over-year price appreciation now at its slowest pace since 2012. The National Association of Realtors (NAR), in its latest quarterly report, states that the median existing single-family home price increased in 71% of measured markets, with 122 out of 173 metropolitan statistical areas showing gains based on closings in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2013. Forty-seven areas (27%) recorded lower median prices from a year earlier. There were fewer rising markets in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, when price increases were recorded in 74% of metro areas. Furthermore, 19 areas in the second quarter (11%) had double-digit increases, a sharp decrease from the 37 areas last quarter and the overall average of 43 areas since the second quarter of 2013. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said price increases are balancing out to the benefit for both buyers and sellers. “National median home prices began their most recent rise during

the first quarter of 2012 but had climbed to unsustainable levels given the current pace of inflation and wage growth,” he said. “At this slower but healthier rate, homeowners can continue steadily building equity,” he added. “Meanwhile, for buyers, increased supply with moderate price gains is giving them better opportunities to choose.” The national median existing single-family home price in the second quarter was $212,400, up 4.4% from the second quarter of 2013 ($203,400). The median price during the first quarter of 2014 rose 8.3% from a year earlier. Yun added that despite the stabilization in price growth, sharp increases still exist in some markets and are impacting sales, notably on the West Coast where inventory shortages are more prevalent. “New construction for ownership housing and rentals is needed to alleviate price and rent pressures and accommodate their growing populations,” he said. Total existing-home sales, including single-family and condo, increased 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million in the second quarter from 4.60 million in

the first quarter, but are 4.5% below the 5.10 million pace during the second quarter of 2013. Distressed homes, a category that includes foreclosures and short sales, generally sold at a discount and accounted for 12% of second quarter sales, down from 17% a year ago. “Fewer distressed sales will help diminish appraisal problems,” Yun said. According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate on a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage fell each month during the second quarter to an overall average rate of 4.23%, down from 4.36% during the first quarter of the year. These mortgages were 3.70% in the second quarter of 2013. Lower interest rates and a slight rise (0.7%) in the national family median income ($64,751) led to improved buying power in a majority of metro areas during the second quarter. To purchase a single-family home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5% down payment would need an income of $47,816, a 10% down payment would require an income of $45,299, and $40,266 would be needed for a 20% down payment. Total housing inventory showed much-needed improvement at the

end of the second quarter at 2.30 million existing homes available for sale, which is 6.5% higher than a year ago. The average supply during the quarter was 5.6 months; it was 5.1 months in the second quarter of 2013. A supply of six to seven months represents a rough balance between buyers and sellers. NAR president Steve Brown, coowner of Irongate, Inc., Realtors in Dayton, Ohio, said even with the increase in supply, Realtors across the country are reporting that properties are selling faster than earlier in the year. “The improving economy and lower interest rates are increasing the pool of interested buyers,” he said. “On the contrary, competition remains tight and all-cash offers are still a common occurrence. This inevitably is causing hesitation for some first-time buyers, who are more likely to have lower down payments and need to secure financing amidst tight credit conditions.” Metro area condominium and cooperative, covering changes in 62 metro areas, showed the national median existing-condo price was $211,100 in the second quarter, up

This week’s data represents homes sold during July 14-23

Livermore (July 14-21) Total sales reported: 16 Lowest sale reported: $372,000 Highest sale reported: $1,195,000 Average sales reported: $682,906

Pleasanton (July 14-21) Total sales reported: 21 Lowest sale reported: $299,000 Highest sale reported: $1,890,000 Average sales reported: $908,381

San Ramon (July 18-23) Total sales reported: 23 Lowest sale reported: $365,000 Highest sale reported: $1,436,500 Average sales reported: $765,391

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ASKING PRICE $1,589,000 SALE PRICE: $1,625,000





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4 BEDROOMS 2061 Pleasant View Lane $1,629,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 314-1111 6485 Tiffany Common $634,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 847-2200 283 El Caminito $599,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Denise Ivaldi (510) 325-7997

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4 BEDROOMS 1236 Chianti Court $1,079,900 Sun 1-4 Melissa Pederson 397-4326 8037 Regency Drive $1,548,000 Sun 1-4 Cindy Gee 963-1984 8031 Bethel Lane $1,790,000 Sun 2-4 Gail Boal 577-5787 6370 Alvord Way $725,000 Sat 1-3 Dave and Sue Flashberger 463-0436 5 BEDROOMS 403 Neal St. Fri 10-1/Sat 11-4/Sun 1-4 DeAnna Armario & Liz Venema

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HOME SALES This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s data represents homes sold during July 14-23

Pleasanton 7788 Bernal Avenue S. & C. Hensley to S. & S. Ahn for $1,600,000 1350 Bordeaux Street R. & I. Chan to R. Bhargava for $1,416,500 6465 Calle Altamira J. & D. Moore to P. & N. Steffan for $835,000 5904 Corte Espada B. & D. Kincaid to W. Benner for $875,000 2120 Delucchi Drive K. Rose to R. & M. Sethi for $600,000 844 Division Street S. Swoboda to J. & K. Feldman for $1,133,000

4340 Fairlands Drive H. & F. Zafari to O. Symonenko for $648,000 2303 Gloria Court R. & J. Lin to M. & A. Telang for $1,350,000 2769 Hartley Gate Court Mitchell Trust to B. & C. Stultz for $921,500 5196 Hummingbird Road S. & K. Berckmoes to Kiziloglu Trust for $875,000 6343 Inglewood Drive M. & J. Sundstrom to L. Yuen for $775,000 1012 Malaga Court Behnam Trust to S. & T. Simon for $1,065,000 2739 Milani Avenue Kumar Trust to H. Li for $925,000 8035 Mountain View Drive #D T. & T. Karunamoorthy to R. Herr for $405,000 3433 Norton Way #7 N. Jiang to S. Wentz for

$299,000 3545 Norton Way K. & D. Brunicardi to J. Steed for $422,000 3134 Paseo Robles Mcnamara Trust to D. Duplessis for $950,000 7998 Stonehurst Court G. & K. Warren to T. Stumpp for $1,025,000 1557 Trimingham Drive Herbert Trust to W. Wu for $691,000 405 Vineyard Place #B R. Patterson to D. Ozdogan for $375,000 1895 Zenato Place J. Neumann to D. & J. Peoples for $1,890,000

Livermore 6265 Altamar Circle N. Mohammadi to J. & S.

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LIVERMORE SAT/SUN 1 - 4 6485 TIFFANY CMN JUST LISTED! $634,000 4 BR 2.5 BA Maralisa Courtyard, backs to trail w/hill views. Updated home is pristine! Community pool. Kathleen Waelde, CalBRE #00885285 925.847.2200

PLEASANTON SUN 1 - 4 3205 E RUBY HILL DRIVE GOLF COURSE VIEWS! $2,199,000 5 BR 4.5 BA Expert craftsmanship. Library & 2 BD on 1st level. Pool, spa, outdoor kitch & Rose Arbor. Kathleen Waelde, CalBRE #00885285 925.847.2200




SAT/SUN 1 - 4 20233 NORTHCOVE SQ BEAUTIFUL NORTH POINT HOME $699,000 End unit. Loft w/ built in shelves.Vaulted ceilings. Dual pane windows. Fence patio. 2 car garage. HOA. 2ERG]7YXSVMYW'EP&6)

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[MRHS[W[MRIGPSWIXGEVKVKI'SQQYXIPSG Suzanne Bieser, CalBRE #01355940 925.847.2200

DUBLIN 4276 FITZWILLIAM ST STUNNING TOWNHOME! $575,000 &6&%2EXYVEPPMKLX9TKVEHIWLVH[HžVW stainless steel appl., granite, plantation shutters, views. Romar De Claro, CalBRE #01341138 925.847.2200




Pawloski for $605,000 350 Burgess Street Harrach Trust to L. & T. Velasco for $630,000 1230 Deep Creek Road Gavankar Trust to J. & K. Kingston for $875,000 5445 Kathy Way Heath Trust to R. & V. Colgin for $656,000 2096 Latour Avenue Keller Trust to M. & J. Sundstrom for $1,175,000 711 Moraga Drive Young Trust to M. Young for $480,000 277 North L Street S. & J. Hamilton to K. Hoffman for $480,000 993 Rincon Avenue D. & E. Hobdy to A. Awasthi for $538,500

S A N L E A N D RO 1332 SCENICVIEW DR BAYOVISTA W/BAY VIEWS! $799,000 &6&%(YEPTERIH[MRHS[W4EVUYIXžVW 9THEXIH&%W:IVWEXMPIžVTPER-RPE[[WITEVEXI entrance. Laurie Pfohl, CalBRE #00866660 925.847.2200 13550 SCHOOL ST JUST LISTED! $525,000 &6&%5YMIXRIMKLSVLSSH2IEVJVII[E] WLSTTMRK HS[RXS[R4SSP[MXLRI[½FIVKPEWW Low maintenance yards. David Beville, CalBRE #01954597 925.847.2200

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4853 ROCKLIN DR JUST LISTED! $715,000 4 BR 2.5 BA In a popular neighborhood near Pioneer Elem,this beauty has been updated throughout. Elaine Arnt, CalBRE #01046497 925.847.2200 1430-142ND AVE CLOSE TO ALL CONVENIENCES! $429,000 &(&%,EVH[SSHžSSVW9THEXIH/MXGLIR(YEP pane windows. Fireplace. Central heat. Large backyard. Laurie Pfohl, CalBRE #00866660 925.847.2200


T R AC Y 302 W. MOUNT DIABLO AVE NICE 1-ACRE LOT! $260,000 Could be subdivided into 2 lots. Live on one & sell the other! Close to elementary school. Suzan Gladieux, CalBRE #01245705 925.847.2200



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5.9% from the second quarter of 2013 ($199,300). Forty-seven metro areas (76%) showed increases in their median condo price from a year ago; 15 areas had declines. The five most expensive housing markets in the second quarter were the San Jose metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $899,500; San Francisco, $769,600; Anaheim-Santa Ana, $691,900; Honolulu, $678,500; and San Diego, $504,200. The five lowest-cost metro areas in the second quarter

were Youngstown-WarrenBoardman, Ohio, where the median single-family home price was $78,600; Rockford, Ill., $85,300; Elmira, N.Y., $87,800; Decatur, Ill., $90,900; and Toledo, Ohio, $95,900. Regionally, total existinghome sales in the Northeast rose 5.1% in the second quarter but are 4.1% below the second quarter of 2013. The median existing single-family home price in the Northeast was $255,500 in the second quarter, down slightly (0.9%) from a year ago. In the Midwest, existinghome sales increased 9.4% in the second quarter but remained 6.1% below a year ago. The median existing

single-family home price in the Midwest increased 4.4% to $167,600 in the second quarter from the same quarter a year ago. Existing-home sales in the South climbed 3.4% in the second quarter but are 1.0% below the second quarter of 2013. The median existing single-family home price in the South was $187,300 in the second quarter, 3.7% above a year earlier. In the West, existinghome sales rose 7.1% in the second quarter but remain 9.0% below a year ago. The median existing single-family home price in the West jumped 7.3% to $297,400 in the second quarter from the second quarter of a year ago.

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Pending in 8 days! Multiple offers received!! Highly desirable location. Beautiful panoramic backyard views of Pinole Valley. Completely Remodeled One of a kind single story with lots of attention to detail. NEW Kitchen, Hardwoods, Carpets,Raised panel doors, Trim work & more. Nicely updated baths. New Hvac and roofing system. 2547 Silvercrest Ct. Pinole. 3Bd/2Ba $499,950

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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1331 Valley Ave Gorgeous 4 BR, 2 1/2 BTH home with granite kitchen, 3 car garage, and more! $1,075,000 JUST SOLD


West Side 3 BR, 2 BTH, remodeled granite kitchen, private cul-de-sac lot near park! $850,000 OPEN 1-4 JUSTSUN SOLD

Carlton Oaks

8008 Rockford Place

5 BR, 4 BTHS, new paint & carpeting, granite & stainless kitchen, private yard. $1,268,000

5 BR + ofďŹ ce & game room Remodeled throughout with private 1.1 Acre lot $1,930,000


Bridle Creek 4 BR, 2 Bonus Room, 3 BTHS Designer upgrades throughout! $1588,000 JUST SOLD

1023 Sycamore Creek Way 5 BR, 5 1/2 BTHS, Gorgeous Cape Cod style home with designer upgrades throughout $1,710,000

The real estate market in Pleasanton slowed in July, with declining sales and increased inventory. These changes were driven by homes priced from $1 million to $2 million. The median sales price also fell about 4% from June. I should note that last month, I mentioned that the median sales price was RYHUPLOOLRQIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHKHUHEXW the data was revised downward for June and the median sales price was just below $1 million at $990,000. Inventory was at its highest level since June 2012. The median sales price of a single family detached home was $925,000 in July, down IURP-XQH-XO\ÂśVSULFHZDVDOVRORZHUWKDQD\HDUDJRWKHÂżUVWWLPH since February that the median sales price was lower than it was a year earlier. After steadily increasing since February, closed sales slipped in July, from 79 in June to 79. That was still 25% higher (15 sales) than in July 2013. Closed sales will likely continue to decline, since pending sales are also falling (see below). 60 sales went into contract in July, down 14% from 70 in June. July was the second consecutive month with double digit losses in pending sales. July also had 11 fewer sales go pending than a year ago (71 in July 3013). 92 homes were actively listed at the end of July; the most since there were 100 in June 2012. July had six more homes listed than in June and 15 more than a year ago. Inventory relative to pending sales increased from 1.2 months at the end of June to 1.7 months at the end of July and 1.4 months a year ago. It took 23 days for homes to go to contract in July, up from 20 days in June. Homes were also on the market for 20 days in July 2013. Analysis By Price Range There was not much change in the market for homes priced under $1 million. 40 homes were actively listed in this segment at the end of July, one less than at the end of June and two less than a year ago. Go to to read the rest of this article.

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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.

Livermore Sharp 2 bedroom condo with garage, under $400,000 Wanted Downtown location will consider any price range. Cash buyer

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656 Varese Court, Ruby Hill Custom Mediterranean Estate 6 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths 5,059 square feet on 1/2 acre lot Master and Junior Master Located on golf course and quiet cul-de-sac

403 Neal Street, Pleasanton

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