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t is remarkable to witness the progress Sunflower Hill has made toward its goal of providing long-term housing solutions for adults with special needs. While swapping emails with Susan Houghton, the nonprofit’s board president, she recalled that it was Leap Day (Feb. 29) five years ago when she started trading emails with parents who shared her concern about long-term housing for their adult children. Now, just five years later, Sunflower has land, cash commitments and a clear path toward a project with 30 onebedroom units in Pleasanton. Houghton noted in her email that Leap Day ideas are considered to be a precursor for starting great, innovative projects — amen. Last week, the Pleasanton City Council unanimously (Councilman Jerry Pentin was not at the meeting) approved an 87-unit housing project that also includes a 1.64-acre site reserved for Sunflower Hill. The 15-acre project bounded by Stanley Boulevard and the Arroyo Del Valle includes the extension of Nevada Street to Stanley Boulevard and First Street. The partnership between Sunflower and developer Mike Serpa, coupled with the city’s agreement, allows Sunflower to move forward with a separate entitlement process with the city. The council also approved an exclusive negotiation arrangement with Sunflower. Houghton told the council the organization intends to break ground by early 2019. The organization has partnered with SAHA Housing on its Pleasanton project, which also includes larger community space because Sunflower wants to allow the opportunity for parents to engage with their children in that area. Some parents have publicly said they may buy the market-rate homes in Serpa’s Irby Ranch project. SAHA intends to submit plans to the city by July with the goal of an entitlement approval by December. It also must line up the tax-credit financing for the approximately $14.35 million project. One source of funding could be the countywide affordable housing bond that the voters approved last November. In addition to contributing the land for Sunflower, Serpa’s company will contribute $1 million to the project through the city’s affordable housing


Sunflower Hill board president Susan Houghton with her son, Robby.

fund. The council also approved an additional $1.25 million from that fund for the Sunflower project. The plan for Serpa’s 87-house development includes two- and three-story homes with small lots that likely will be priced at less than $1 million. The project is easily walkable to downtown and is a better use of that site than more commercial like what’s in the adjoining Stanley Business Park. There was some opposition to the project, but Gerry Beaudin, the city’s community development director, estimated that emails favored the project by a 70-30 margin. Most speakers at the council meeting also favored the project. The Sunflower momentum likely will continue to build next month when the Livermore City Council considers its 44-unit project on First Street across from the Safeway shopping center near Interstate 580. That should be a routine “yes.� The organization will preserve a historic building on the site. Sunflower is partnered with MidPen Housing on the Livermore project. Sunflower hopes to break ground in early 2018, with residents moving into the new units in 2019. The projects are the long-term solutions for parents who have raised their special-needs children to adulthood and have been concerned about what happens to their kids when they pass on. Contrary to the views of some critics who question whether the projects will be built, I am confident we will see groundbreakings and then new homes for special-needs adults. The 74 units planned will take care of the needs of some families, but there will need to be an ongoing effort to provide housing solutions for the adult special-needs population. Sunflower Hill has developed an excellent roadmap for other organizations with similar goals. Q

About the Cover Peggy Elliott pets 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Chloe at Eden Villa, an assisted living facility for seniors in Pleasanton. Chloe is one of 175 dogs in Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort program, which provides pet therapy throughout the East Bay. Photo by Julia Reis. Cover design by Paul Llewellyn. Vol. XVIII, Number 4

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Bipartisan open house Pleasanton’s representatives in the State Legislature, Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Democrat State Senator Steve Glazer, are co-hosting a public town hall next week in Livermore. The event will give residents a chance to share their thoughts and concerns regarding legislative issues impacting the community, and receive an update on State Capitol happenings from Baker and Glazer. The town hall is scheduled for Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the East Avenue Middle School multipurpose room at 3951 East Ave. in Livermore. To RSVP for the free event, contact Baker’s district office at 328-1515.

Ragin’ Cajun Local nonprofit Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is holding its Ragin’ Cajun Goes to Trinidad fundraiser next month in Pleasanton. The lime — a word for party in the Caribbean — will feature carnival music, dancing and dinner, plus live and silent auctions, to benefit the organization that provides Tri-Valley cancer patients during their treatment period with financial assistance for complementary healing services. The Ragin’ Cajun is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at the Casa Real Event Center, 410 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton. Tickets are on sale now for $200 per person, with table purchases available. Foundation representatives encourage community members to attend with neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members to support those with cancer in the Tri-Valley. For more information, go to or call 866862-7270. Q

School district to explore building new elementary school on Neal property Trustees direct administrators to consider district-owned site



he Pleasanton school board Tuesday night took a step forward in planning for a new elementary school in the district, directing administrators to explore building on the district’s Neal property in the southeast part of the city. Trustees voted 4-0, with vice president Mark Miller absent, to look at options for a 13.2-acre, district-owned site at 1689 Vineyard Ave. rather than bring in a consultant to research additional possibilities for a new elementary school. Administrators had asked the board to provide direction on issuing a request for proposals for a consulting firm that would identify and evaluate properties the district

could buy, sell or exchange toward a new elementary school. “My recommendation would not be to go with the RFP,” trustee Valerie Arkin said at the meeting. “We have that (Neal) property now — why would we not utilize that if we could?” Trustees concurred upon hearing from interim superintendent Micaela Ochoa that she had just received a list of additional properties the district could look into from the city of Pleasanton. “Because the city today actually gave us a list of potential sites, I’d like to see how that plays out before we start spending money,” trustee Steve Maher said. The board’s decision came after

holding a one-hour workshop before the 7 p.m. regular meeting during which trustees heard options for how the district could pursue a new elementary school as part of the annual demographer’s report. At the workshop, a representative from Davis Demographics & Planning presented student population projections by residence that show enrollment is anticipated to decline over the next decade from 14,728 students in the fall of 2016 to 14,359 in fall 2026. The overall student population is expected to increase through fall 2019, when it is projected to peak at 14,991 students; however, the firm believes enrollment will drop every year thereafter.

While overall PUSD enrollment is projected to decline in 10 years, the report forecasts a rise in the high school student population from 4,897 in the fall of 2016 to 4,960 in fall 2026, with peak enrollment at 5,214 in fall 2019. Based on its projections, which were prepared with the help of city of Pleasanton planning staff, there is no need for any additional middle or high schools. With $35 million in Measure I1 bond funding earmarked for construction of a new elementary school, the district could elect to add a school and adjust PUSD boundaries, build on the existing district-owned Neal See SCHOOL BOARD on Page 7

Owens Dr. traffic meeting delayed City reschedules for March 7 due to key staff member’s absence NICHOLS-NAYLOR ARCHITECTS

The design proposal for 30 W. Angela St. calls for adding two patios covered by a decorative wooden trellis, and a new brick-clad tower would be added to the front corner to help the main entry stand out, all while not expanding the interior floor space.

Commission OKs redesign plan for partially demolished downtown building Former Chinese restaurant site on West Angela set to get facelift BY JEREMY WALSH

The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved a design review application last week for a singlestory building on West Angela Street that was partially demolished after its latest restaurant tenant vacated the property. The proposal from owner Larry McColm calls for remodeling the building to remain at roughly 3,100 square feet inside while adding 996 square feet of covered exterior spaces that could be used for outdoor dining. The patios would be covered by a decorative wooden trellis, and a new brick-clad tower would be added to the front corner to help the main entry stand out. “A lot of effort has gone into this, to put the best face on this building as we possibly can,”

McColm, of McColm Commercial Real Estate, told the commissioners during their Feb. 8 meeting in the council chambers. “This is a very prominent site and has an empty shell on it right now,” city planning manager Adam Weinstein said, expressing support for the proposal. “Tons of people walk down Angela Street all of the time, especially on the weekends. We really need a building with active uses, whose architecture reflects the character of downtown and is designed in accordance with the Downtown Specific Plan.” The commercial building at 30 W. Angela St., vacant for more than a year after Joy China Cuisine closed, has civic ties for Pleasanton. Built in 1968, it was originally used as an Alameda

County Justice Court and later housed the city council chambers during the 1970s. After the Chinese restaurant left the building in 2015, the site found itself on the city’s radar when code enforcement received a complaint about demolition and property maintenance there that August, and officials determined the owner hadn’t requested or obtained permits, according to Weinstein. The city issued a building permit two weeks later for interior non-structural demolition and re-roofing, though the city later found crews took down nonstructural exterior walls too, outside the permit’s scope of work, Weinstein added. See REDESIGN on Page 6

Pleasanton residents hoping to hear from the City Council and city staff about traffic changes on Owens Drive will have to wait two additional weeks for their public meeting. The council’s discussion, originally announced for next Tuesday, has been rescheduled for the March 7 council meeting because city traffic engineer Mike Tassano, who knows the nuances of the project, is unexpectedly out of the office, according to city spokeswoman Tracy Dunne. The council agreed to hold a public discussion on the issue after hearing from residents in December and January with complaints about the city’s previous decision to reduce the eastbound lanes of Owens Drive from three lanes to one lane in front of a new four-story apartment building soon to be opened at Owens and Willow Road. The complaints ramped up once construction fencing came down around the project area and new curbing and lane closures showed the Owens Drive narrowing was permanent. The March 7 council meeting is expected to start as usual at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave. Q —Jeremy Walsh

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Peace ring formed in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, refugees Local interfaith group gathers outside mosque to offer support BY JEREMY WALSH

Nearly 150 residents of various faiths joined together outside the Muslim Community Center of the East Bay in Pleasanton last Friday afternoon to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants and refugees. The hour-long event, organized by the Livermore-Pleasanton Interfaith Clergy Association, featured several speeches, a group prayer and a peace ring where attendees spread into a large circle outside the mosque to offer support to their Muslim neighbors. “We want to cultivate a sense of

being neighbors,” Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, of Lynnewood United Methodist Church, said to the group. “We are standing, literally standing, in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors ... to say we trust you, and we want you to trust us.” The other speakers included Hina Khan-Mukhtar, Rev. Lucas Hergert, Rabbi Laurence Milder and a local 16-year-old Muslim girl. With occasional reference to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and discourse at the national level, the speakers said they were promoting solidarity, love, understanding and support.

“We want to be part of a nation that welcomes refugees and immigrants as brothers and sisters in one human family,” Hammer said. “I have nothing but words of gratitude,” Khan-Mukhtar said. “I’m grateful for the ring around the Islamic center,” she said, later adding the group also formed “a ring around our hearts.” She closed by saying, “Love will trump hate.” The group of women, men and a few children gathered outside during two afternoon prayer sessions at the mosque, greeting dozens of local Muslims as they arrived or exited and forming the large ring twice while the


Some participants brought signs with messages such as “We all belong,” “People of faith stand together” and this one reading “We love our Muslim neighbors.”

worshipers prayed inside the mosque on West Las Positas Boulevard. The speaker presentations occurred

in between the two prayers, and many of the worshipers from the first session came outside and listened. Q

Hope Hospice expands services by acquiring home health agency CEO: ‘Our goal is to help people remain independent at home for as long as possible’ BY JEREMY WALSH

Hope Hospice recently announced it acquired Hayward-based St. Claire’s Home Health in a move aimed at improving the local nonprofit’s endof-life care services and allowing its patients to transition seamlessly between home care and hospice care as their illnesses progress. With the move, the Dublinbased organization now offers a full spectrum of high-quality services, including home health, palliative

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McColm assured the Planning Commission that the building remains structurally sound. He said he is looking to remodel the building using the existing structural walls, rather than tear down and begin anew, for cost and time considerations. Before developing the current onestory redesign, McColm submitted a preliminary application to the city in January 2016 proposing a new

care and hospice care, to patients in the Tri-Valley and surrounding areas, according to Bob Boehm, Hope Hospice’s CEO. “Our goal is to help people remain independent at home for as long as possible,” Boehm said in a statement. “Combining home health care with our agency means we can offer rehabilitative therapies as well as palliative care to patients who have chronic or advanced illnesses but are not currently on hospice.” three-story building with a restaurant below, offices in the middle and apartments up top. City staff generally supported a mixed-use concept but didn’t like the proposed building’s design plan because it didn’t reflect the architectural character of downtown, according to Weinstein. McColm later scrapped that concept and eventually arrived at the one-story redesign. “That chapter is now closed, so we are left with renovating the existing



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Patients can still seek curative treatments while receiving pain and symptom management, support and guidance from Hope Hospice, Boehm noted. “We are proud to be able to offer a wider range of services that will help patients and their families enjoy what matters most to them and remain independent at home,” he added. Hope Hospice continues to operate as a community-led nonprofit, with St. Claire’s Home Health now a division of the organization, according to Boehm. St. Claire’s is now the only nonprofit home health agency in the Tri-Valley. structure and working just the best we can. And what I say is, we’re putting on the best amount of makeup and lipstick we can to make this a beautiful project,” McColm said. The commissioners were largely supportive of the proposal, though Commissioner Justin Brown said he thought “it needs a little more kick” while also pointing to the “brown on brown on brown” color concept. The commission urged the owner to work with city staff to identify appropriately varied color and finish options. The project was also endorsed by the Pleasanton Downtown Association’s Design and Historical Review Committee, Weinstein noted. He also acknowledged that the site would lose up to two of its 26 parking spots because of relocating the trash enclosure at the back of the building. With no tenant under lease, the interior design remains a bit up in the air. The owner said the building will “probably” remain a restaurant, but he left the door open for possibly considering a retail tenant. After a nearly 50-minute discussion, the commission voted 4-0 to approve the design application. Commissioners Jack Balch and Nancy Allen were absent. Brown, an alternate on the commission, stepped in to take part in the vote. Q

“We are very excited to join the Hope Hospice team,” Suzan Ferrer, St. Claire’s chief financial officer, said. “Hope Hospice is a respected organization that is deeply-rooted in the community.” St. Claire’s CEO Allurie Neri added, “We are looking forward to blending Hope’s excellent patient care with our clinical team.” A preferred home health care provider in the Tri-Valley and neighboring areas, St. Claire’s served more than 400 patients last year, and it is expected to see the same number of patients or more this year after the acquisition, according to Patty

Hefner, Hope Hospice director of communications. Every St. Claire’s employee joined the Hope Hospice family, including 22 per diem and full-time employees and both owners, so no one lost their job, Hefner added. Hope Hospice identified St. Claire’s as its ideal home health care agency in light of its track record such as being accredited by The Joint Commission, certified by Medicare, holding a top 5-star rating with Medicare and receiving high marks in consumer quality by rating agency, according to Boehm. Q


Tribute to Barbra Kelly Brandeburg is performing “My Favorite Barbra: Tribute to the Songs of Barbra Streisand,” music direction by John Simon, at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Brandeburg, a current star of “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco, will take the audience on a journey from the early days of Streisand’s career as a cabaret singer in New York City through her starring roles on Broadway and her critically acclaimed roles in Hollywood films. The performance includes rare “Barbra” anecdotes and stories, along with selections from “Funny Girl,” “Yentl” and “Hello, Dolly!” Tickets are $15-$25. Go to, call 931-4848 or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.


POLICE BULLETIN Serial bank robber sentenced in Pleasanton case A Stockton man dubbed the “Bearded Bandit” was sentenced to 45 months in prison in connection with a 2016 bank robbery spree across Northern California, including a Wells Fargo branch in Pleasanton, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch announced last week. Kenneth Michael Ellis, 31, pleaded guilty in November to eight separate counts of unarmed bank robbery, prosecutors said. He also agreed to pay more than $28,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said Ellis admitted to using force or intimidation to rob banks in Pleasanton, Fremont, Gilroy, Concord, Dublin and Lafayette. The robberies he admitted to all occurred in 2016 and included $5,145 from the Wells Fargo Bank in the Pleasanton Gateway shopping plaza on Bernal Avenue on March 17; $3,000 from a Chase Bank branch in Fremont on Feb. 12; $4,400 from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Gilroy on March 4; $3,180 from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Concord on March

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property or add a new school in northern Pleasanton where existing elementary schools — Donlon, Fairlands and Walnut Grove — are impacted and expected to stay that way, the consulting firm said in its report. If the district were to build on the Neal property, Davis Demographics added, it would likely have to make that school a “magnet” with special programming, such as dual immersion or science and technology, that would draw students district-wide. While trustees acknowledged that the Neal property isn’t in the most impacted part of the district, they said utilizing it would mean not having to purchase another site, saving money and time. “We have that land there,” Arkin said. “I know it’s not in the area we need it, but discussing our options of using that land sounds like the best thing.” Tuesday night’s discussion was the board’s first extensive dialogue about a prospective Measure I1 bond project since Pleasanton voters passed the $270 million school facilities initiative in November. Although elementary school student enrollment is projected to fall 3.5% in the next 10 years, trustees have pointed to the continued use of portables as a reason for the need for a new elementary school. The demographer’s report also indicated that 11 total elementary schools will be needed once the district reaches maturity, the unknown point in time when all land zoned residential in Pleasanton will be built on. Q


11; $1,700 from a US Bank branch in Dublin on March 15; $1,083 from a U.S. Bank branch in Gilroy on March 16; $1,434 from a U.S. Bank branch in Fremont on March 17; and $4,600 from a Chase Bank branch in Lafayette on March 21. Prosecutors said Ellis also agreed to pay restitution to three banks for robberies he committed in the Eastern District of California that included a Chase Bank in Elk Grove, a Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento and a Bank of Stockton in Rio Vista. Ellis was arrested on March 23, 2016 by the Brentwood Police Department after investigators received a call from a citizen.

In other police news • Nearly 600 inmates from the Butte County Jail in Oroville were evacuated and transported to Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail earlier this week because of the threat of a spillway collapse at the Oroville Dam, authorities said. Butte County sheriff’s officials said the evacuation of all 578 of the inmates on Sunday afternoon was the first time an evacuation order has been issued at the Butte County Jail. The group consisted of 499 male inmates and 80 female inmates. Butte County sheriff’s officials said the inmates would return to the Butte County Jail when it is deemed safe for them to return. Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said there’s “plenty of room” for the Butte County inmates at Santa Rita because the jail housed about 5,000 inmates a day in the early 2000s

but currently houses only about 2,500 inmates a day. Kelly said his department may incur some overtime costs for housing and helping transport the Butte County inmates but he said the inmates “won’t tax the system.” • Former Livermore police Officer Daniel Black pleaded no contest last week to one misdemeanor count for involvement with the teenage daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher who’s at the center of a sexual misconduct scandal involving officers from multiple agencies. In return for Daniel Black’s plea to a single count of performing lewd acts, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other four misdemeanor counts he faced. In approving the plea agreement Feb. 9 after lengthy discussions in back rooms, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Alison Tucher told Black, 49, that his conviction will be expunged from his record in 15 months if he complies with all of its terms and conditions. Those include taking an AIDS test, watching an AIDA video, not committing any crimes and staying away from areas in Alameda County that are known prostitution hubs. Black is one of six East Bay police officers who were charged with felonies or misdemeanors in Alameda County as a result of the sexual exploitation scandal involving the teenage girl, now 19, who worked as a prostitute and is now seeking a total of more than $100 million in damages from multiple jurisdictions. Q —Bay City News Service

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Info session set on new recycling rules Businesses now required to provide recycling service Pleasanton city officials are hosting an informational session next week to help business owners learn specifics about new recycling rules that took effect at the beginning of the year. Phase II of the mandatory recycling ordinance requires all businesses and institutions, regardless of garbage service volume, to provide recycling service. Businesses that generate significant amounts of food scraps or organic waste must provide organics collection service, city officials said. Also, under the rules that took effect Jan. 1, all businesses must ensure recyclables are properly separated and no longer disposed of in the trash bins. Those businesses required to have organics collection must also make sure their food scraps and organic waste are kept separate from the garbage.

To help educate Pleasanton businesses, city officials, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Pleasanton Garbage Service will offer an informational session next Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. In addition to staff presentations, the representatives will also hold a Q&A period to answer any questions regarding the new rules. The event is open to all Pleasanton businesses and their representatives. RSVP is requested, to Sean Welch at For more details on the info session, call 931-5002. To learn more about the mandatory recycling ordinance, visit Q —Jeremy Walsh





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Opinion WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES City Council Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue â&#x20AC;˘Public Hearing: P16-1418, Zoning Code Update â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Consider re-introduction of Ordinance No. 2155 to amend the Pleasanton Municipal Code to: \WKH[LKLĂ&#x201E;UP[PVUZHUKZPTWSPM`[OLSPZ[VMWLYTP[[LKHUKJVUKP[PVUHSS`WLYTP[[LKSHUK\ZLZPU*VTTLYJPHS6Ń?JLHUK0UK\Z[YPHS+PZ[YPJ[Z"LZ[HISPZOH 4PUVY*VUKP[PVUHS<ZL7LYTP[WYVJLZZ"YLĂ&#x2026;LJ[J\YYLU[WYHJ[PJLZ"JSHYPM`HUK Z[YLHTSPULYL]PL^WYVJLK\YLZ"YLWSHJLV\[VMKH[LYLMLYLUJLZ"HUK\UKLYtake other changes to make the code more user-friendly â&#x20AC;˘ Presentation of a report detailing infrastructure improvements necessary and cost to extend water and sewer utilities into the unincorporated Happy Valley area

Planning Commission Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue â&#x20AC;˘ Vesting Tentative Map Tract 8352, GHC Lund Ranch, LLC Application for a Vesting Tentative Tract Map to subdivide an approximately 194.7 acre property at 1500 Lund Ranch Road into 46 lots for 43 singleMHTPS`OVTLZHWWYV]LK\UKLY7<+HUK[OYLLSV[Z[VILKLKPJH[LK[V the City of Pleasanton for permanent open space. Zoning for the property PZ7<+3+99+96:7/:>67SHUULK<UP[+L]LSVWTLU[Âś3V^+LUZP[` 9LZPKLU[PHS9\YHS+LUZP[`9LZPKLU[PHS6WLU:WHJLÂś7\ISPJ/LHS[O :HML[` >PSKSHUK6]LYSH`+PZ[YPJ[ â&#x20AC;˘ P16-0916, Greg Munn (WWSPJH[PVUMVY+LZPNU9L]PL^HWWYV]HS[VJVUZ[Y\J[HUHWWYV_PTH[LS` 4,800-square-foot, two-story, single-family residence with an approximately ZX\HYLMVV[H[[HJOLKNHYHNLH[:`JHTVYL;LYYHJLAVUPUNMVY[OL WYVWLY[`PZ7<+3+97SHUULK<UP[+L]LSVWTLU[Âś3V^+LUZP[`9LZPKLU[PHS +PZ[YPJ[ â&#x20AC;˘ P16-1900, City of Pleasanton Consider an amendment to the Pleasanton Municipal Code to comply ^P[O:[H[LSLNPZSH[PVUMVYZLJVUKHJJLZZVY`K^LSSPUN\UP[Z â&#x20AC;˘ Recommendation of Planning Items for the 2017 City Council Priorities â&#x20AC;˘ P16-1827, Emma Rohner, KT Builders (WWSPJH[PVUMVY+LZPNU9L]PL^HWWYV]HS[VJVUZ[Y\J[HUHWWYV_PTH[LS` 20,443-square-foot, one-story commercial building and related site imWYV]LTLU[ZSVJH[LKH[HUK >`VTPUN:[YLL[AVUPUNMVY[OLWYVWLY[` PZ7<+*7SHUULK<UP[+L]LSVWTLU[Âś*VTTLYJPHS+PZ[YPJ[ *************************************************************************************

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Now is the time to share your thoughts on downtown planning


he city of Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Specific Plan Task Force is assembled and a project timeline has been created. This is the time for the large and diverse stakeholder group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the residents who feel a strong connection and ownership of our downtown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to make their desires known. Not in six months or a year. Not when recommendations are going to the City Council. The update to the plan, which was adopted in 2002, will include evaluating parking requirements for development projects, exploring the integration of residential development, evaluating and clarifying maximum building height in downtown, integrating trails and pedestrian pathways, Division Street enhancements, and evaluating and providing land-use recommendations for the existing civic center site in coordination with the Civic Center Master Plan. The city has created a website,, with up-to-date information about the project and the timeline, background material and other documents, contact information and, the most important aspect, ways to participate. For example, residents are encouraged to attend public workshops, monthly meetings and complete online surveys. City staff contact information is available on the site so residents can write letters, call or email with their opinions. This month, residents are invited to take a self-guided tour of other Bay Area downtowns and take notes about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and photos of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what they like and think would be successful in our downtown. There will also be an online survey out soon, and residents who sign up for updates on the site will be able to participate. The next task force meeting will be held on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave. The time is somewhat convenient being after work and school, with commute time factored in, but before the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bedtime. This will be an 18- to 24-month-long process, and the city is actively reaching out to residents to participate. So many times people say they were never asked for their input. This is not one of those times. Let your voice be heard now. Q

LETTERS Walnut Creek comparison? Dear Editor, Boy, was I surprised to see Walnut Creek shown as the prime example for the future of downtown Pleasanton, per your Jan. 27 article about the downtown task force. Terms like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vibrantâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vitality during the day and eveningâ&#x20AC;? were traits the hired consultant desired rather than the pleasant ambiance of Danville with its historic downtown. I am familiar with the congestion, noise, high density and taller buildings of Walnut Creek, and I wonder if people in Walnut Creek would prefer the small-town character of historic downtown Pleasanton or the traffic nightmare of Walnut Creek. The task force seems dominated by folks who do not regard qualityof-life issues very highly and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be trusted to preserve the historic downtown when faced with the temptation of big money from high-density development. Hopefully, a pro-citizen City Council majority can soon replace the four on the City Council who seem more concerned with growth than preservation of the downtown

and the quality-of-life in Pleasanton. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;George Reid

Allow Syrian refugees Dear Editor, As Jews, we know all too well the suffering of war, oppression and hatred. Our people have been refugees over and over, in every time and place. We know what happens when refugees are refused admittance to safe countries, as happened to our people in the 1930s and 1940s when xenophobia, fear and hatred denied European Jews safe haven. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refugees are Syrians, almost half a million of whom are displaced from their homes, terrorized by their own government and victims of internecine hatred. Thousands have been waiting in miserable refugee camps while they have been vetted for up to two years by the American government. Those refugees have already been deemed safe to admit to America. We call on the American government to admit Syrian refugees. We call on the American people to welcome them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Board of Directors, Tri-Valley Cultural Jews

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BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI F i so a good Friends and neighbors are also Although winter rains continue, parents resource for camps, especially iff they have are preparing for summer, seeking out firsthand knowledge. mp for their activities for their children to enjoy during Parents’ expectations of camp the long break from school. kids may depend on their own experie, going away Pleasanton and the greater Bay Area ences in childhood. For some, have a long list of specialty camps, geared to camp was an annual ritual,l, maybe even elor — so they to every athletic, artsy, intellectual or other followed by years as a counselor en would want pursuit. Overnight camps are also available, might assume their children me. But for those scattered throughout the same. woodsy areas only a who have not had a ‘Identifying the best camp experience, the few hours’ drive away. an be new. Camps offer free- camp for your children idea can dom for children to You might like the ding your roam safely, something idea of sending means involving that isn’t usually alchild to an overnight them in the choice.’ camp but are not sure lowed today, even in Pleasanton’s safe neighif they are ready. Some borhoods, which gives them a chance to offer short stays of two or three nights for experience and develop independence. an introductory experience. Factors to With day or overnight camps, par- consider are: ticipants can choose their own activi- • Does your child feel comfortable sleepties and friends, and become part of a ing away from home with friends or community. It takes them away from relatives? electronics and lets them enjoy conver- • Is your child a good swimmer and comsations with new friends and pursue fortable in the water? This can be essential activities in a natural setting. if a camp has a lot of water activities. Special interest camps are an oppor- • Researching camps together can give you tunity for children to meet others who an idea of what your child likes and the are like-minded, whether in their love of level of enthusiasm. animals, music, tennis, etc. As they make Whether the camp is a sleepover or new friends on their own, children gain a day camp, some of the same criteria self-confidence. should be considered by parents when Identifying the best camp for your narrowing down the choices. It is imporchildren means involving them in the tant that any camp offer a safe, supportive choice. Talk to them about what kind of experience, and all camps should have a camp they would enjoy. You can explore well-trained staff that knows how to deoptions together as you search online for velop a sense of community. one that includes or even focuses on an • Talk to the director to find out how old interest of theirs. counselors are and how they are trained. While researching, you can also check • How does the camp handle a child who out reviews. As always, some should be may have trouble adjusting? taken with a grain of salt, but you also • What security measures are in place? might gain insights or at least learn what If your child is going away to camp questions to ask when you contact your for the first time, talk to them about how final choices. they are feeling about camp and what they

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Children can learn life skills and behaviors that become habits of the heart

BY MARLA COLEMAN h t we need d tto survive, i so d i on expewhat drawing Children learn life skills that become habits riences that give children healthy alternatives of the heart. and opportunities to instill capabilities, the Another mother wrote that the family was hallmarks of thriving, is the greatest gift you on a ski trip. The son got to the top of a steep can give a young child. hill and started to panic. The mom said, Does it really matter if my child doesn’t go “What would you do if you were at camp?” to day camp, especially since she will go to and he proceeded to engage himself in positive overnight camp in a few years? She is only 4 self-talk that was part of the camp culture: “It years old — why does she need day camp? may take time, it may be hard; but stick with Camp provides one of the very few links it, and you’ll be fine!” with a world larger than the consumer culture He skied down with a huge sense of ac- we inhabit — and day camp is one important complishment and perseverance. choice in a quiver of options. The camp expeIt’s tough to be a kid these days. It’s tough rience helps children and youth develop an to be a parent. In a sociappreciation of their place ety where the nature of and their responsibility in ‘Beginning camp at the family, the work place a much larger universe. and the community have an early age provides A preschooler — or changed dramatically, we even an older child who can no longer assume important advantages.’ might be reluctant to go that the natural process of to overnight camp — can growing up will provide children the experi- join a community that is created especially for ences and the resources they need to become her to practice growing up. Why wait until successful, contributing adults. age 10 when the benefits of feeling connected In sharp contrast to the traditions of grow- and being able to contribute and navigate at ing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, today we live in an earlier age can be reaped? the first moment when humans receive more Under the supervision of inspiring guides of their information second-hand than first! and passionate coaches, children can feel sucWe are in a climate where it is harder to know cessful and make new friends while having

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the time of their lives; they can experience belonging and contribution; they can have a sense of consistency and predictability in times of turbulence and change. Day camp can begin as early as age 3, and is geared to children who get to experience camp and still return home each evening. They have the best of both worlds — the camp community which is built exclusively for kids and their own home which provides the security they need at a tender age. One day camp parent said, “While my children and I are constantly bombarded by the news which is focused on what is wrong with the world, camp is a living example of what is right.” Day camp is a terrific first experience. Reminiscent of less complicated days, when people connected with nature, thrived on inter-generational relationships and made new

discoveries, everything is designed and scaled to ensure that children feel included, cared about and capable. Beginning camp at an early age provides important advantages. Camp is the best demonstration of moral and spiritual order — democracy is the core purpose. Children learn life skills and behaviors that become habits of the heart. While many then move on to overnight camp, others will be content to continue the day camp experience: after all, there is a camp for everyone — and that might well be day camp. Q Editor’s note: Marla Coleman is the parent liaison at Camp Echo in Burlingham, N.Y. A past president of the American Camp Association, she is a co-owner of Coleman Family Camps, which includes Camp Echo and Coleman Country Day Camp. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association; copyright 2016 American Camping Association, Inc.

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Attending summer camps can help children and teens experience the great outdoors, grow a creative passion, meet new people and create lifelong memories. They can also serve as a great backdrop for fun, entertaining movies. For my money, here are the five must-see camp movies:

, * , The 1961 Walt Disney production stars Hayley Mills as both identical twin sisters who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet for the first time until â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you guessed it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they happened to go to the same summer camp. They figure out that when their mother and father got divorced, each parent took one twin. So, the girls switch lives to meet their other parent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and work to bring them back together. Sure, the 1998 remake starring Lindsay Lohan is funny, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sticking with the original. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat Mills in her child-star heyday, and Maureen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara and Brian Keith are perfect as the parents.

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Again, go with the original â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and probably best to ignore the sequels while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it. The 1980 horror classic set the standard for a new generation of slasher films. It follows a group of teens trying to reopen a creepy, defunct summer camp haunted by the memory of Jason Voorhees, who reportedly drowned there as a boy years earlier. As the counselors work to rehab the camp, the killings begin. And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til the end â&#x20AC;&#x201D; OK, maybe they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really ever stop, since the movie spawned 11 more installments in the series. The original is the best, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-miss if you enjoy a good horror flick.

"&.  The 1993 sequel to director Barry Sonnenfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Addams Familyâ&#x20AC;? (one of my all-time childhood favorites) is uneven at times but saved largely by its camp sequences. The children of the cooky Addams clan, Wednesday and Pugsley, are cast off to Camp Chippewa, where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re outcasts among the other, â&#x20AC;&#x153;more normalâ&#x20AC;? kids. But they soon band with fellow fish out of water, and at the end of camp, they put on the most memorable (and fiery) â&#x20AC;&#x153;first Thanksgivingâ&#x20AC;? play in movie history. Christine Baranski and Peter MacNicol steal the show as the overzealous camp leaders.

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 Camp Hope is the setting for this 1995 coming-of-age comedy that follows young Gerry forced to attend a weight-loss camp. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of deep plot work here, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great watch if you want something light, clever and heartwarming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heavyweightsâ&#x20AC;? has some memorable moments/themes: the Blob, Lars, creative candy hiding places and an epic tournament where Camp Hope boys face off against more athletic peers. But most of all, the movie has then-littleknown Ben Stiller as the crazy camp founder, a relentless (and at times evil) fitness fiend who treats the boys unfairly but ultimately sees a hilarious downfall. Nice precursor to his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dodgeballâ&#x20AC;? character.

2  5  Writer/director Wes Anderson and co-writer Roman Coppola really shine with this one. The 2012 film centers on a 12-year-old boy who runs away from Camp Ivanhoe to meet his pen pal love, a girl who lives on the island where the camp is located. The movie follows the young couple and the adults in their lives trying to find them. The funny, versatile adult ensemble cast includes Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, to name a few. Not a traditional comedy, but an engaging ride.





(     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ernest Goes to Campâ&#x20AC;? (1987) is probably the best of the comedic film series featuring the late Jim Varney as the bumbling Ernest P. Worrell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Cheerleaderâ&#x20AC;? (1999) takes a biting, satirical look at the notion of conversion therapy, following a high school cheerleader, portrayed by Natasha Lyonne, whose family sends her to a conversion camp in an attempt to â&#x20AC;&#x153;cureâ&#x20AC;? her of being lesbian. (Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work.) And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Takes Two,â&#x20AC;? the best of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen feature films. In this 1995 movie, the real-life twins play identical strangers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one a rich daughter and the other an orphan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who conspire to help the formerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father and the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social worker fall in love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Meatballsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1979) or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wet Hot American Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (2001)?â&#x20AC;? you might ask. They just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it for me. The characters werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relatable, the subplots were boring and the laughs werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there consistently enough. Q

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CREATURES OF COMFORT Valley Humane Society program provides pet therapy throughout region STORY AND PHOTOS BY JULIA REIS “Is it OK if Chloe comes up to you?” Every other Saturday at Eden Villa, an assisted living facility for seniors in Pleasanton, Liz Stewart approaches residents with the same friendly refrain and a familiar companion — her dog Chloe, an 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. She and Chloe greet seniors sitting in the common room, then stop by individual rooms where residents have requested a one-onone visit. Often, residents spend a couple minutes petting Chloe and telling Stewart about their old dogs; sometimes, however, they’ll shy away from the opportunity. “They always tell me right away, ‘I am not OK with a pet visit,’ and we’re OK with that, aren’t we Chloe?” said Stewart, a Dublin

resident on a recent visit to Eden Villa. Stewart and her dog are just one of 175 active teams in Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy program. Started over 15 years ago by the Pleasanton nonprofit, the program takes Tri-Valley residents and their dogs to schools, businesses, assisted living facilities and other spots around the East Bay. Handlers take their canines to Pixar Animation Studios to offer stress relief for employees, pair them with children practicing their reading at local libraries or bring them to the bedsides of hospital patients, among other opportunities. “Canine Comfort Pet Therapy connects our dedication to dogs and cats in the community to the

Liz Stewart and her dog Chloe visit with Anna Marie Montano at Eden Villa in Pleasanton. Page 12 • February 17, 2017 • Pleasanton Weekly

Liz Stewart of Dublin takes Chloe, her 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, to visit an assisted living facility for seniors in Pleasanton twice a month as part of their volunteer work for Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy program.

incredible impact those animals have on people’s lives,” Valley Humane Society executive director Melanie Sadek said. “Though we don’t have cats in our program currently, we believe animals are a necessary healing tool, and so providing that care to those people in the community who need it the most is something we think adds value not just to the people, but to animals.” Canine Comfort teams consist of a handler and their own dog, and there’s a good mix of small to large dogs in the program, from Chihuahuas to Golden Retrievers. Valley Humane doesn’t train dogs to participate in the program; rather, it evaluates dogs and their handlers to ensure they meet a set of standards, according to Sadek. Canine Comfort dogs must be at least a year old and have some form of obedience training with the ability to perform basic commands like “sit” and “down.” They must pass Valley Humane’s temperament test, which requires them to be calm and friendly, enjoy being petted and able to adapt to different surroundings. Handlers have to provide their own dog, be at least 18 years old and successfully pass a background check. They submit separate applications for themselves and their dog and must attend an orientation if approved. Stewart got involved in pet therapy before moving to the Tri-Valley in 2010. As an Orange County resident working at a physical therapy office, she became interested in the work when a physical therapist started doing pet therapy with her Golden Retriever. Stewart thought her former dog Angel, who died last year, had the right temperament to be a pet therapy dog. She enrolled her in a training workshop and started volunteering in 2009.

When Stewart moved to the Tri-Valley in 2010, she researched local pet therapy volunteer opportunities and came across Valley Humane Society and its Canine Comfort program. She waited until Chloe was 6 before starting her as a pet therapy dog because “she was puppy-like still — you could tell she wasn’t quite ready,” Stewart said. “I took Chloe through a ‘Canine Good Citizen’ class, and then I had a friend of mine with a little girl bring her over to do a mock ‘Paws to Read’ session so I could make sure Chloe was right for that, if she would be OK with sitting quietly for a halfhour to hour session,” she said. Chloe passed the test and has been a pet therapy dog for nearly three years. Besides Eden Villa, Stewart regularly takes her dog to

Pixar, the Pleasanton and Livermore libraries, and Futures Explored in Livermore, which serves adults with disabilities. “Each facility brings different enjoyment and experiences,” Stewart said. “When we visit senior facilities, I love how it gets them talking about their own dogs or asking questions about Chloe. With Futures Explored, some really light up when Chloe comes in. I’ll hear employees saying they’ve been kind of sad today, but as soon as Chloe came in it brightened up their day.” Seeing the impact Chloe makes is what Stewart particularly enjoys about the volunteer work. “I love doing it because of the joy and comfort she brings no matter what kind of day someone’s having,” Stewart said. Fellow Canine Comfort volunteer

James, a kindergartner in Christine Fitzsimmons’ special day class at Alisal Elementary Sch during a recent pet therapy visit.

COVER STORY Paul Wankle has a similar affinity for his work with Buddy, his 13-year-old Golden RetrieverLabrador Retriever mix. Wankle, a longtime Pleasanton resident and business owner who also sits on Valley Humane’s Board of Directors, got Buddy as a rescue pet when the dog was 3. He then found out about the Canine Comfort program and thought Buddy was a good candidate because of his calm disposition. Wankle got his dog certified, and over the course of eight-plus years they’ve frequented Pixar, libraries for “Paws to Read” and veterans support facilities. Once a week for the last five years, he and Buddy have also visited Christine Fitzsimmons’ special day class at Alisal Elementary School, which consists of young students who have special needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities. Fitzsimmons and Wankle met after another pet therapy dog that had been visiting her classroom was unable to continue doing so. She says Buddy “was a perfect match.” “Our students have speech and language impairment,” Fitzsimmons said. “We do vocabulary and sentence structure and spoken language Monday through Thursday, and Friday is their chance to share with Buddy that we’ve been talking about penguins or the rain.” “Sometimes students that wouldn’t have chatted with me share something with Buddy,” she added. “That kind of language breakthrough is super fun to see.” Over the last five years, a bond has developed between Fitzsimmons’ class and Wankle and Buddy. In 2013, he and Buddy received the “You Make a Difference” award from SELPA (special education local plan area) for outstanding service to special needs students in the

hool, checks out Paul Wankle’s dog Buddy

Tri-Valley. They celebrated with a dinner out with Fitzsimmons’ class. “It’s incredibly rewarding,” Wankle said after a visit to Alisal this month. “These kids have become family.” He added he’s been glad to see the Canine Comfort program broaden its impact over the last

several years. “It used to be mostly Paws to Read; now it’s also nursing homes, veterans, special needs programs,” Wankle said. “We’ve seen tremendous growth to the Canine Comfort program over the last 10 years and it’s been so well received — it’s great to see.” Q

Twilight gala • Supporters of Valley Humane Society and their four-legged friends will come together March 3 for Tails at Twilight, the organization’s third annual gala. • Scheduled for 6-11 p.m. at the Palm Event Center, located at 1184 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton, proceeds from the event benefit the organization’s programs like Canine Comfort Pet Therapy and animal rescue efforts. • This year’s gala will include a champagne reception, passed hors d’oeuvres, a full no-host bar and a medieval feast, seated and served family-style. • There will also be dancing and live and silent auctions. Live auction packages include dinner for six made by Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department firefighters and the chance to name an Eight Bridges Brewing Company beer after your pet (with custom label design). • For Pleasanton residents only, the “Ambassadog” package names the winning bidder’s canine the city of Pleasanton’s ambassadog for 2017, complete with declaration, a Pleasanton Weekly feature, community television interview and a spot in the Hometown Holiday Parade. • Tickets are $125 per person, and guests should “dress to impress.” This event sold out in its first two years, so those interested in attending are encouraged to buy their tickets now at • Contact Melanie Sadek with questions, 426-8656 ext. 11 or

Paul Wankle of Pleasanton has taken his pet therapy dog Buddy, a 13-year-old Golden Retriever-Labrador Retriever mix, to Christine Fitzsimmons’ class at Alisal Elementary once a week for the last five years.

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Alisa, another Alisal kindergartner, pets Buddy. Canine Comfort volunteers take their dogs to libraries, hospitals, classrooms and other locales, as well as respond in the wake of disasters or emergencies, such as the Ghost Fire in Oakland.

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Foothill girls soccer finishes regular season with win at Amador Dons wrestling earns EBAL title; Foothill boys basketball stays hot The Foothill girls soccer team traveled to Amador Valley to close out the regular season and came away with a 3-2 victory last week. With the win, the Falcons ended their season with a 12-3-3 overall record and 7-3-3 in the East Bay Athletic League, arguably the toughest league in California. The victory against Amador didn’t come easy, however, as the Falcons fell behind two different times before taking the lead for good late in the match. After being down 1-0 midway through the first half, the Falcons quickly responded with a nice

individual play by Sarah Broacha to beat the Amador keeper and tie it 1-1. The Dons again took the lead late in the first half, but the Falcons responded midway through the second half with a strong finish from Tami Kwong off an assist from Ariana Nino. The game-winner came from Nino minutes later, on a ball that eluded the Amador keeper and slid into the far corner. A hard-fought rivalry game did not disappoint, as both teams played well enough to win. Earlier in the week, the Falcons hosted Granada for Senior Night and came out with another 3-2 victory.

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The Amador Valley wrestling team celebrates clinching the East Bay Athletic League title last week.

Foothill had taken a 2-0 lead midway through the second half with goals from Nino and Kwong, but Granada fought back later in the half to score twice to knot the match with less than five minutes to play. Even though the Falcons were in control for much of the match, maintaining possession continued to be a challenge, making the match harder than it should have been. This play finally caught up to the Falcons with the Granada comeback that forced the Falcons to score late to pull out the victory. The winning goal was a quality one, with center back Peyton Raun making a strong run up the right side of the pitch only to lay an excellent through ball to Kwong, who beat the keeper to the ball and finished off the Matadors.

Basketball The Foothill boys kept their winning ways going last week, taking on and beating the teams from the city of Livermore.

The Falcons opened the week with a 65-44 win over Livermore. Rod Allen had 17 points to lead the scoring for the Falcons. Gary Pride had 10 points and played very strong down low, and J.T. McDermott added 12 points. The Falcons closed out the week by redeeming one of their earlier losses in the season, beating Granada 56-49. McDermott and Ramon Christwell had 15 points each to pace the scoring attack. Allen added 11 for the Falcons.

Wrestling The Amador Valley came home with the overall EBAL title after its match-up at Monte Vista in Danville on Feb. 8. It was the third straight year for the Dons to claim the title, and this one was lopsided, as the Dons beat the Mustangs 62-16. Scoring pins for Amador were Donovan Lucente (108 pounds), Tyler Self (122), Tyler Bonitz (128), Brody Kiehn (134), Lucas Sira

(140), Jacob Lum (162), Jackson Butler (172), Jake Perlman (197) and Alex Crepeau (287).

Water polo The 2017 Olympic Development Program National Championships is headed to the Tri-Valley during the next month. The Boys National Championship is up first Feb. 24-26, followed by the Girls National Championship March 10-12. Foothill, Amador Valley, Dougherty Valley High, Las Positas College and the Robert Livermore Community Center will all serve as host venues. Full schedules for both events and hotel information are available at regionals.html. Q Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at Bonded & Insured • Lic #731462


Pleasanton takes over USA Cheer Open Pleasanton was well-represented at the United Spirit Association (USA) Cheer Open at UC Davis on Super Bowl Sunday, with Foothill, Amador Valley, Pleasanton Middle, Hart and Harvest Park (shown) all competing. The Foothill junior varsity cheer team was the star, not only winning its division but taking home the Grand Champion honor as the competition’s best team. Foothill varsity, Amador Valley varsity and Pleasanton Middle each won their divisions, and Hart also earned a high finish, coming in second in its division. Expires 3-3-17

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PET OF THE WEEK Say hello to Jello


Date Theatre NESAME S AME OF STREET EVENT‘K : Description IS FOR KINDNESS and ’ times, The cityetc of for Pleasanton the event. and the Pleasanton Public Library will host NAME OF EVENT: Description and Sesame Street with its pop-up tour, times, etc for the event. “K is for Kindness” from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in the Grand Court. Pleasanton Public Library will offer information L ISTINGstaff BOLD : Calendartext is the on how to sign paragraph tag.up for a library card, and upcoming library events and LISTING BOLD: Calendartext is the activities. During the Pop Up K is for paragraph tag. Kindness Tour, preschoolers and their families will learn all about ways they can be kind, while having fun with a Sesame Street live performance. For more information call the Children’s Desk, 931-3400, ext. 3.


Concerts WE BANJO 3 A flamboyant mix of Irish, Bluegrass and old-time music, We Banjo 3 will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Firehouse Arts Center. The two sets of brothers, Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley, are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Tickets are $25-$35. Call 931-4848 or go to

Talks & Lectures TRI-VALLEY WRITERS Novelist Beth Barany will present “Seven Keys for Planning Your Novel for Pantsers” at the Tri-Valley Writers meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Four

This 6-year-old gray and white feline cuddles, flops and rolls around with a gelatinous jiggle. He’ll set your heart aquiver with his manly mass, but he’s really quite a mellow fellow. Jello is waiting for his big pushover at Valley Humane Society at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. Adoption fees for adult cats are reduced to $14 through this Saturday. For more info, visit or call 426-8656. Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road. Cost is $12 for members, $17 for non-members. Go to www.

Fundraisers FOOTHILL BAND CRAB FEED Come enjoy good friends, great food and fabulous music by Foothill’s award winning Jazz Bands from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 301 Main St. There will be tasty food including crab, pasta, salad and bread, with a no-host bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Tickets are $55. All proceeds go toward supporting the music program at Foothill High School. Go to www. for tickets. BEER TASTING & SUDSY SUPPER Come to St. Bart’s Beer Tasting and Sudsy Supper from 5:30-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 at St. Bartholomew’s, 678 Enos Way, Livermore. There will be tastes of local beers, French crepes and pub food; the music of the Queen of Hearts Combo and the Mellotones Jazz Band for swing dancing, and streaming the Oscars. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $15 for youth, and include tastings, supper and dessert; additional beer may be purchased. Go to

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visit the Pleasanton Public Library on the third Tuesday of each month to give free 15-20 minute consultations. Appointments are by lottery. Register from 5:30-5:45 p.m.; names selected at 5:50 p.m.. Call 931-3400, ext. 7.

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PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY USER GROUP The PT Users Group meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Pleasanton Senior Center. The usual format is 2-3 presentations by various presenters. Topics include internet use, email, photos, security, help with Windows 7/8/10, smartphones, tablets. Cost is $2-$2.50. Call 931-5365.

MEN OF BREAKFAST Join the Men of Breakfast or MOB at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month for a cup of coffee and friendly discussion at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Bring a newspaper and whatever topics pique your interest. Call 931-5369.

Health & Wellness 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 Conference Room 112 at the Alcosta Senior & Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. For more information, view their blog at www. or call 487-5706 or email NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) TRI-VALLEY NAMI Tri-Valley Parent Resource and Support Group meets 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 third Tuesday of each month at Pathways To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 114. The group is drop-in, no registration required and is free. For more information contact Marsha McInnis at 980-5331 or PLEASANTON SOLE MATES Join this weekly walking group at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday mornings departing from the Pleasanton Senior Center. Participants must be able to walk 2.5-3 miles and keep a moderate pace with the group. Stop by the Center to pick a monthly walk schedule or call 925-931-5365 for more information. PLEASANTON PEDALERS If you love cycling, this group is for you. Join at 9 a.m. every Thursday. Rides will be at an easy pace from 15 to 25 miles,

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Jerome Lenk, director of liturgy and music for Mission Dolores Basilica Parish in San Francisco, is presenting a free organ program at 4 p.m. this Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road. Lenk will perform works by the masters of organ composition from Bach to Franck, showing the vast capabilities of the church’s Allen digital organ.


FRIENDS OF THE PLEASANTON SENIOR CENTER ‘NEWCOMER’S WELCOME’ The Friends of the Pleasanton Senior Center is sponsoring a twice-monthly “Newcomer’s Welcome” from 10:30 a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Tour the facility and hear about programs and activities, questions are welcome and will

be answered, and light snacks will be served. Attend a free lunch at the Sage Cafe after, no reservations needed. Go to www.

Teens YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT DAY The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District will host Youth In Government Day from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Students will have the opportunity to hear from city leaders and shadow staff who make Pleasanton one of the best places to live. Applications available for students from Foothill, Amador Valley, and Village High Schools at, the school administration offices or Applications due Friday, Feb. 24. Contact Recreation Coordinator, David Weisgerber, at 931-3474 or dweisgerber@



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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement SUNSHINE PHOTO BOOTH FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526792 The following person(s) doing business as: SUNSHINE PHOTO BOOTH, 161 SIERRAWOOD AVE., HAYWARD, CA 94544, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Michael Chand, 161 Sierrawood Ave., Hayward, CA 94544. This busi-

ness is conducted by a Limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Michael Chand, Principal. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/24/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17; 2017) LARKIN PRO FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526455 The following person(s) doing business as: LARKIN PRO, 268 RACHAEL PLACE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Amy Larkin, 268 Rachael Place, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Amy Larkin. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/13/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17; 2017) DREAM BAY HOMES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526786 The following person(s) doing business as: DREAM BAY HOMES, 3203 CURTIS CIRCLE, PLEASANTON, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Mano Chidambaram, 3203 Curtis Circle, Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 01/01/2017. Signature of Registrant: Mano Chidambaram. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/24/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17; 2017) SUN21 GLOBAL LLC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526771 The following person(s) doing business as: SUN21 GLOBAL LLC, 6754 BERNAL AVE., SUITE 740-208, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): SUN21 GLOBAL LLC, 6754 Bernal Ave. Suite 740-208, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by a Limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Yong Sun, Manager Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/24/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; 2017)

the County Clerk of Alameda on 02/02/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3; 2017) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 494887 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): THE SIGNWORKS, 46 TRAYNOR STREET #7, HAYWARD, CA 94544-1953 FILED IN ALAMEDA COUNTY ON: 08/12/2014 UNDER FILE NO. 494887 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): Barry Quraishi, 3827 Vine Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. Signature of Registrant: Barry Quraishi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Alameda County on Feb. 6, 2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3; 2017) AMADOR DENTAL AND ORTHODONTIC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526387 The following person(s) doing business as: AMADOR DENTAL AND ORTHODONTIC, 5000 PLEASANTON AVE. SUITE 110, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jacob DeVinney DDS Inc., 37 Vista Montemar, Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 10/31/2016. Signature of Registrant: Jacob DeVinney, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/11/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 10, 17, 24; March 3; 2017) PLEASANTON BARBERSHOP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 527346 The following person(s) doing business as: PLEASANTON BARBERSHOP, 5424 SUNOL BLVD. SUITE #2, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Truc Tran, 3648 Madrid Drive, San Jose, CA 95132. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 12/12/2014. Signature of Registrant: Truc Tran. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 02/07/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10; 2017)

GAINED INSIGHT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526123 The following person(s) doing business as: GAINED INSIGHT, 5820 STONERIDGE MALL ROAD SUITE 219, PLEASANTON, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Katherine Nagy/Nitz, 106 Palmer Street, San Ramon, CA 94583. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein 10/10/2011. Signature of Registrant: Katherine Nitz/Nagy. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/05/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; 2017)

CHIRP THE LITTLE MAKERS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 527444 The following person(s) doing business as: CHIRP THE LITTLE MAKERS, 608 MAIN ST., SUITE F, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Sri Ramya, Sundaram, 1155 S. Central Parkway, Mountain House, CA 95391. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Sri Ramya Sundaram. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 02/09/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10; 2017)

COPIA GROWTH ADVISORS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 527062 The following person(s) doing business as: COPIA GROWTH ADVISORS, 8123 BRITTANY DRIVE, DUBLIN, CA 94568, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Michael Kaskowitz, 8123 Brittany Drive, Dublin, CA 94568. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Michael Kaskowitz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/31/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3; 2017)

MERN’S JEWELS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 526853 The following person(s) doing business as: MERN’S JEWELS, 332 MAVIS DRIVE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Mary Hazle, 332 Mavis Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Mary Hazle. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/25/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10; 2017)

GIFT OF GAB FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 527087 The following person(s) doing business as: GIFT OF GAB, 2841 WHITNEY DRIVE, PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Parrish Verducci, 2841 Whitney Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on 01/31/2017. (Pleasanton Weekly, Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3; 2017)

997 All Other Legals

EDGETEK ENGINEERING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 527167 The following person(s) doing business as: EDGETEK ENGINEERING, 173 HELIGAN LANE UNIT 7, LIVERMORE, CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Edge Coffee LLC, 173 Heligan Lane Unit 7, Livermore, CA 94551. This business is conducted by a Limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Jonathan Owen Salsman, Officer. This statement was filed with

NOTICE OF 30-DAY PERIOD FOR PUBLIC COMMENT The Department of the Army has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the impacts that could result from modernizing and operating five training ranges at the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Alameda County, Dublin, California. The EA and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) are available at the Dublin Public Library (200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA); Contra Costa County Library (Dougherty Station) (17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA), and Pleasanton Public Library (400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA), and on the Internet at Written comments submitted by March 19, 2017, will be considered prior to the Army concluding this National Environmental Policy Act process. Written comments should be directed to: Mr. Dan Gannod, U.S. Army Garrison, 620 6th Street, Dublin, CA 94568, or by email at

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Gorgeous Unique Newer Updated O home Downtown Pleasanton, Chef ’s, Gourmet Kitchnen with stainless, warm Hardwood floors, Upscale rich brown marble counters, Open Floorplan. Walk to downtown, Approx. 3000 sq. ft, including a 350 in-law unit (rental income) or teen room!! THIS IS A MUST SEE!!! Call Cindy for a private showing! Offered At $1,648,000

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NORTH PLEASANTON 3314 Hadsell Court, Staples Ranch Lovely Home built in 1993, 4 bedrooms and large loft area, 2.5 Baths, just under 1900 sgft with a nice backyard. Enjoy built in BBQ, Fire pit and large spa. This home is located in North Pleasanton. Call Julia for more information. LISTED FOR $960,000


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DOWNTOWN PLEASANTON 269 Kottinger Drive, Pleasanton

3514 Kings Canyon Court, Pleasanton Beautiful home located near Pleasanton Tennis Park and Sports Park with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths just under 1,900 sq. ft. Upgraded with style, this OVTLOHZHNYLH[ÅVVYWSHU^P[OHSHYNLYLUV]H[LKWYP]H[LIHJR`HYK^OPJO includes a covered living area and kitchen for summer entertaining. Enjoy a quiet neighborhood with a court location, convenient access to trails, parks, and schools. OFFERED AT $929,000

Charming Cape Cod bungalow on a quiet lane near shops, restaurants, and farmers market. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home was built in 1954 and rebuilt by the current owner with permitted add on. 1,703 sq. ft. home on just under a 6,000 sq. ft. lot. SOLD FOR $882,500


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We used Julia’s expert services for both the purchase of a new home and the sale of our existing house. She was a top-notch negotiator in both transactions. . . exceptionally personable, professional, and patient. Julia knows her stuff, and she knows the market very, very well, whether you are selling or buying. Her attention to detail is reassuring, and she takes care of EVERYTHING. We especially liked that she took great care to understand our needs and desires at the outset and that she always represented our best interests. She invested generously with time and effort and advertising to ensure the successful showing of our home during the open house. We would recommend Julia ^P[OV\[YLZLY]H[PVUMVYHU`YLHSLZ[H[LULLK!:OL»ZHÄYZ[JSHZZHNLU[^P[O incredible local experience. Butch & Jenny

CAMERON PLACE 2157 Cameron Circle, Pleasanton Stunning, sophisticated Green Point rated single story home with upgrades. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3231 sq. ft. home sits on a 16,904 sq. ft. SV[,UQV`HSHYNLI\PS[PUV\[KVVYNHZÄYLWSHJL beautiful patio and bocce ball court. SOLD FOR $1,935,000


SOUTH PLEASANTON 424 Matthew Court, Pleasanton Beautiful custom home in Carriage Hills, located in a court in South Pleasanton. Enjoy 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, 3220 sq. ft. on an 1/2 acre lot, built in 2000. SOLD FOR $1,890,000 REPRESENTED BUYERS

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1566 WETMORE DRIVE, LIVERMORE Don't Miss This Very Private Vineyard Estate on Approximately One Acre in the Heart of the Historic Livermore Valley's Wine Country. This 6-year Old Quality Built and Exceptional Universal Designed Custom Home Has Won an AIA Architectural Award (Architect, Erick Mikiten), is Sustainable, Solar Powered and Surrounded by Acres of Protected Open Space and Vineyards with Views of the Surrounding Hillsides! Indoor Living (Great Room) Meets Outdoor Living (Expansive Deck) by Way of Large Multi-Slider Window Wall. Four Bedrooms, Large Multi-Purpose Room (Possible 5th), Four Bathrooms and approximately 5007 Total Square Feet, Includes Pool House and Private Separate Attached Guest Quarters. Beautiful Grounds Includes Fitness Pool. As an Added Bonus this Property is Handicap Friendly. For a Private Showing Contact the Blaise Lofland Real Estate Group. For more photos and information, please visit!













Rare Opportunity for Serenity! All the Conveniences of City Living while Immersed in Nature! Beautiful Custom Home in Golden Eagle with Stunning Panoramic Views of the Valley, Surrounding Hills and Ridgelines from Every Window! Enjoy an Approximate 1 Acre Wooded Lot with Exceptional Privacy! Convenient Access to Downtown and to Silicon Valley-via I-680 from this Exclusive Gated Community with Pool, Tennis Courts, Generous Open Space and Direct Access to East Bay Regional Parkland. This 4 Bedroom, 4 ½ Bathroom Home is in Excellent Condition and Has Many Upgrades Including a Completely Remodeled Large Gourmet Kitchen. Included is a 4 Car Plus Garage, Expanded Driveway for Guest Parking and Proximity to Award Winning Schools.

Expanded & Remodeled Kottinger Ranch Single Level, Plus. “Deer Grove” Model in Premium Location! Solar Powered Home with Five Bedrooms, 3 ½ Remodeled Bathrooms and 3481 Square Feet. Master Suite, Three Secondary Bedrooms, 2 ½ Bathrooms, and Expanded Remodeled Kitchen-Downstairs. Upstairs- Large Bonus Room (5th Bedroom), Full Bathroom, Exercise Room & Separate Workstation Area. New Paint (Interior & Exterior), New Carpeting, Panoramic Views, Private Rear Grounds with In-Ground Pool/Spa. Greenbelt Across the Street, and Very Near to Community Amenities Include Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Picnic/BBQ Area, Open Space and Walking Trails. A Very Short Walk to Award Winning Vintage Hills Elementary School. Good Access to Downtown and I-680 Commute!

Located in the Desirable Bent Creek Valley Neighborhood adjacent to Walking Trails and Nearby Creek! Premium .42 Acre Lot with Mature Landscaping Offers Large Private Backyard! Four Bedrooms (One Downstairs), Three Full Bathrooms, Approximately 2570 Square Feet. Spacious Kitchen, Family Room with Fireplace, Large Master Suite, and New Interior Paint. Three Car Garage, Great Schools, Good Access to 580/680 and BART! For a Private Showing Call the Blaise Lofland Real Estate Group!

Come Check Out This Spacious 4 Bedroom, 2 ½ Bathroom Home With 2444 Square Feet. Located at the End of Aspen Court  which  Backs to Open Space. Just  a Few Steps to the “Oakhill” Community Center Clubhouse with Pool  and Playground. Enjoy this Premium 8254 Square Foot Lot with Parklike Backyard including Generous Lawn Area, Mature Trees, Deck and Pleasanton Ridge Views. Walking distance to Award Winning  Lydiksen  Elementary and Foothill High School. Remodeled Kitchen, New Interior Paint & Carpeting. It’s Only Five Minutes to BART Station and Stoneridge Mall. Also, Just minutes to 40-Plus Livermore Valley Wineries and Less than 1-Hour to Three International Airports.











Single Level on Premium .28-Acre Lot with Pool in Excellent Downtown Location. Original Condition Inside-Needs Your Self-directed Upgrades. Don’t Miss this Great Opportunity to Do It Your Way and Get in at a Great Price Point with Low Interest Rates & Property Taxes. Three Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms and 2,000 Square Feet (plus patio room) on One Level. Large Family Room and Formal Dining Room. Spacious Private Rear Yard with In-Ground Pool. Call The Blaise Lofland Real Estate Group for a Private Showing.

Single Level in Excellent Kottinger Ranch Location, Close to Downtown! This Upgraded Duet Offers Three Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms and Approximately 1,500 Square Feet. Upgrades Include Beautiful Dark Maple Flooring, Plantation Shutters and Upgraded Baseboards Throughout. Gourmet Kitchen has Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops and Custom Travertine Backsplash. This Home Also Offers Indoor Laundry, an Attached Two Car Garage, New Perimeter Fencing and Private 5,004 Square Foot Lot with Aggregate Patio and Mature Trees. Community Amenities Include a Pool, Park, Open Space, Tennis Facilities and more with Low HOA Dues! All Within Walking Distance To Downtown! Call the Blaise Lofland Real Estate Group for a private showing.

SOLD FOR $915,000

SOLD FOR $850,000

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The Village at Ironwood for the 55 year and older resident.This single story home offers a court location and one of the largest lots in the development at 7,500sqft. Along with a driveway that could accommodate 6 cars for off street parking. The home offers: Tile floors in the main living areas and carpeted bedrooms. A guest bedroom and full bath. A very spacious master suite with walk in closet & a rear yard access. The kitchen has pendent lighting, generous cabinet space, step in pantry, breakfast bar/seating, spacious dining area, generous windows with views of the spacious patio/pergola & rear yard.An office (or 3rd bedroom) with custom built in white cabinetry. 2 BR (optional 3rd BR or media/den) 2.5 BA with 1,910sqft


2 master bedrooms with 2 addition bedrooms. 3 full bathrooms with 2,010 sqft of living space One master suite is upstairs the other on the main level. Located in the heart of Pleasanton and close to downtown area for dining and activities and all levels of award winning schools. A tile entry leads you into the living room with a brick surrounded fireplace, opening to the kitchen and living room. An expanded family room, original hardwood floors and new carpet are additional features. The rear yard has a brick patio area with a lawn and mature trees and side access.


$1,280,000 OON GS N I COM


All you could ask for and more in this 1.5 story Pottery Barn inspired decorated home, built in 1997. Wood floors welcome you thru the lower level of the home with vaulted ceilings in the living room and dining room areas. The kitchen offers a prep island, gas stove, pantry, with a breakfast nook that opens up to the family room. Built in 1997 1.5 story with vaulted ceilings 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths Upstairs laundry 1,655 sqft 4,182 Lot with side yard access


L IVERMORE Court location & close to a park Built in 1998 with 2,140 sq ft A 5 bedroom 3 bath home. 2 story This home has been updated from inside to outside with designer touches. The master bath offers new dual sink vanity, a soaking tub and separate shower with a spacious walk in closet. One bedroom suite is on the main level with a full bath. The custom designed salt water pool offers a waterfall and nestled in just the right location.

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Buyer needs Pleasanton: ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME - IS IT NOW BIGGER THAN YOU NEED? I HAVE A BUYER FOR YOUR HOME…… A Pleasanton family with 4 children are anxiously looking to purchase a home in the Pleasanton Valley and or Birdland area. • A 5 bedroom Heritage is their dream home • A 4 bedroom could also work for them • Close to Harvest Park, Walnut Grove and Amador High School • If the home is not updated – that’s OK. • If the home is updated – that’s OK • They can be flexible with a close/move in date

Buyer needs in Livermore: I HAVE A young family with 2 kids THAT HAS JUST SOLD THEIR HOME AND LOOKING FOR A LARGER HOME. • They desire a 4 bedroom with 1,900 plus living space • A 2 story home • A nice yard for the kids to play • They would like to secure the home SOON.

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639 AVINGTON COURT, BRENTWOOD Beautiful OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 remodeled home in Brentwood! 2530 sq ft. 2 story, 4/3one bed/full bath downstairs. Large lot with pool! Call for pricing.

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4959 Blackbird Way, Pleasanton 5 bedrooms + a bonus room. Beautiful backyard paradise with sparkling pool, arbor and outdoor kitchen. 10,000 sq ft lot. $1,240,000



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