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After decades of service, Chris Miller is stepping away Chris Miller, shown here signing nomination papers for Mayor Jerry Thorne (right) ahead of the incumbent’s re-election bid last year.



hris Miller, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army who served in Vietnam and for decades since has boosted veterans’ awareness programs, is taking a welldeserved leave from the many civic programs he has championed. In a letter made public by Pat Frizzell, chairwoman of Pleasanton Military Families, Miller said he is stepping down from his leadership role at the military support organization he founded in 1991, when the first Gulf War occurred, with the help of Marine mom Alice Johnston. He is also relinquishing his responsibilities for the Yellow Streamer program that he started 16 years ago. Working with Pleasanton crews, he posted American flags and yellow streamers on Main Street light poles, with each streamer listing the name, rank and branch of service of someone in the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones. Recently, he also resigned his longtime membership in the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, although the club created a special honorary membership so that he can continue participating when available. In December 2008, Miller’s wife Marty was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had surgery to remove the affected kidney four months later. Last year, she developed cancer in her other kidney. “Immediately our life together changed,” Chris wrote. “(Marty) stated that she would be a fighter, and I told her that I would be her rock.” Marty elected to use the UC San Francisco medical system. “It has not been easy for her, nor for me, either,” he added. “She had meningitis, pneumonia and many more roadblocks along the way. She has had wonderful oncologists, along with many specialists and treatments along the way.”

Still, the trips to UCSF have been difficult, both for Chris when he went to visit Marty when she was at UCSF and for the many back-andforth trips they made as she underwent outpatient treatments. “The better news is that about three months ago, (Marty’s) oncologist said that she could have a break from treatment, or ‘partial remission’ as Marty calls it. That’s where she is today, but still has to deal with having cancer though,” he said. During the treatment break, they made their annual trip to a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas. This week, they’re at M.D. Anderson Medical Center for a second opinion on Marty’s cancer treatment. This Houston hospital is ranked as a top cancer diagnosis and treatment facility. Still, like the veteran booster he is, Miller wants the PMF and the downtown streamer program to continue honoring veterans. Although now devoted to Marty’s care, he’s already arranged for Connie Teshara, a retired administrative executive at Ohlone College, to take over the Yellow Streamer. He also knows the importance of thanking veterans for their service. A veteran of the early days of the Vietnam War, he later flew commercial helicopters out of San Francisco for 11 years. He regularly saw returning Vietnam War veterans as they came through SFO and also back to the Bay Area and saw them treated “awfully and with disrespect” by their fellow American citizens. The PMF Support Group that he started makes sure that doesn’t happen again, hosting local troops when they come home with cheering, flagwaving crowds many Vietnam veterans never saw. Our thanks to you Chris for your years of service. Our support to you and Marty in her time of need. Q

About the Cover Residents line Main Street last Sunday during the 23rd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade, which like its predecessors was held in advance of the formal holiday so local veterans and officials can represent Pleasanton in other celebrations on Veterans Day itself — which will be Monday. Photo by Mike Sedlak. Cover design by Rosanna Kuruppu. Vol. XX, Number 42

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Eicher named interim police chief

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Career Pleasanton PD officer/supervisor will begin new role upon Spiller’s retirement

Catherine Kuo, a business analyst and school volunteer with two children in local schools, finished Election Night with a sizable lead in the special election for Dublin Unified School District Trustee Area 3, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night. Kuo received 404 votes (78.29%) in the two-candidate race for the long-vacant seat on the Board of Trustees. Opponent Malcolm Norrington, a vice principal at Foothill High School and a former police officer who lives in Dublin, garnered 112 votes (21.71%). The special election was open only to voters in DUSD’s Trustee Area 3, which encompasses parts of eastern and central Dublin. The board seat had been vacant since March, when third-term trustee Dan Cunningham stepped down for personal reasons. The current results include early vote-by-mail tallies and totals reported by all three Area 3 precincts on Tuesday, but they are still considered unofficial until all ballots are counted and certified.



leasanton city officials announced that Capt. Craig Eicher, a career officer and supervisor with the Pleasanton Police Department, will take over as interim police chief next week upon the retirement of current Police Chief David Spiller. Eicher, who has climbed the ranks since joining the department as a police officer nearly 30 years ago, has served as a captain for the past eight years, currently overseeing the department’s operations division. Eicher told the Weekly he is humbled by the opportunity to follow in Spiller’s footsteps as interim chief. “Chief Spiller has truly done a remarkable job leading the department while serving the Pleasanton community during the past 8 years. It’s been a real honor to have worked with him,” Eicher said on Monday. “It is my intention to maintain a high level of professional service for

our community as the city works through the process of identifying an ideal successor for the police chief,” he added. “I will continue to opCraig Eicher erate the department with a focus on our current goals and objectives, in-line with the city’s priorities workplan and the department’s mission during this period of transition.” City Manager Nelson Fialho, who made the interim police chief appointment, called out Eicher for his years of dedicated service to the department. “With nearly three decades of law enforcement service to the City of Pleasanton, Captain Eicher brings a depth of experience and professionalism to the interim post,” Fialho said in a statement Monday. “I

have all the confidence in Craig to continue the continuity of first-rate police services our community is accustomed to.” Eicher’s first day in the head chair will be next Friday (Nov. 15). Spiller announced last month he would be retiring on Nov. 14 after more than eight years at the helm of the department. According to Fialho, Eicher will serve as interim chief during the recruitment process for the selection of the city’s next permanent chief, which is expected to take three to four months. Eicher said he plans to apply for the chance to make the promotion permanent. “I have communicated my interest in the police chief’s position with the city manager and I would expect the recruitment to attract many highly qualified candidates,” he said. “Pleasanton is a highly desirable community and I work with many talented

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Student exchange The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is accepting applications from local teens who want to participate in the group’s annual summer exchange program. A participant needs to be a high school student with the equivalent of two years of high school Spanish. It is a reciprocal program, with students from Pleasanton hosted in Tulancingo homes for three weeks, and then all students traveling together to be hosted in Pleasanton homes. The only cost is the roundtrip airfare to Mexico. Information sessions have been set for next Tuesday and Wednesday (7-8 p.m.) at the Chamber of Commerce offices at 777 Peters Ave. To learn more, visit ptsca. org or contact Debbie Glenn at

‘Tuba to Cuba’ jazz The Preservation Jazz Hall Band is bringing the joyful sounds and timeless traditions of New Orleans to the Bankhead Theater at 7:30 p.m., on Monday (Nov. 11), as part of its “A Tuba to Cuba” tour, which includes Cuban singer Yusa and other special guests. Remaining tickets are $35-$75. Call 373-6800, visit, or go to the box office, 2400 First St., Livermore. Q

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individuals who show up to work each day and give their very best to make this community an outstanding place to live, work and play.” A longtime Pleasanton resident, Eicher began his law enforcement career as a volunteer in 1989 as a reserve police officer in Pleasanton. He was hired on as a sworn police officer for Pleasanton PD in 1991. During his rising career, he served as a bicycle officer, field training officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Eicher holds an associate’s degree from Las Positas College, bachelor’s degree in administration and justice from California State University Hayward and a master’s degree in public sector leadership from Saint Mary’s College. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Executive Leadership Institute from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Q

City seeks input on design options for long-planned overhaul BY JEREMY WALSH

Mendenhall skillfully laid out the new town with not only room for residential housing but also room for warehouses along the train tracks,” Finn told the approximately 40 people who attended the event. “By Mendenhall’s foresight and through donating land to the railroad, the new town of Livermore became the commercial center of the region.” Born in Greene County, Ohio in 1823, Mendenhall made the trip out West in 1845 — during which, according to Finn, he suffered through a very rough trip

Pleasanton city staff and consultant firm Toole Design Group are continuing work to refine preferred options for creating a brand-new bikeway along the city’s major eastwest thoroughfare, West Las Positas Boulevard. As the proposed bicycle and pedestrian corridor improvements near a critical point in the design phase, the city has launched an online survey to gauge resident feedback about key aspects of the project before a conceptual design is advanced to the City Council for final consideration. “The survey will close on Nov. 15, and all the information will be reviewed and provided at a future Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Committee meeting to help determine a preferred design alternative,” city officials said. West Las Positas has been ranked as the city’s No. 1 priority for bike and pedestrian improvements, eyed for an infrastructure overhaul to

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To commemorate Livermore’s 150th anniversary, city officials, residents and a dozen descendants of founding father William M. Mendenhall attended a special ceremony at the new Civic Center Meeting Hall.

Livermore celebrates 150 years City dedicates new community room to founding father BY RYAN J. DEGAN

In 1869, William M. Mendenhall officially founded the town of Livermore and named it after his dearly departed friend Robert Livermore. Now, 150 years later, city officials have honored Mendenhall by dedicating a community room in his name. During a 150th anniversary celebration held last Saturday, residents, city officials and even a dozen or so of Mendenhall’s descendants gathered at the city’s new Civic Meeting Hall to mark the occasion and honor the memory of Livermore’s founding father.

“Mendenhall founded the city of Livermore in 1869 by establishing a 100-acre town site (and) naming it after his friend who he called a good, courageous and enterprising man,” Livermore Mayor John Marchand said at the gathering. “I am deeply honored to serve the community that he founded and also served.” At the celebration, Livermore city historian Richard Finn gave attendees a brief rundown of the life and legacy of Mendenhall, paying particular attention to the massive impact he had on the city’s growth and prosperity. “He was not one to sit still ...

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Dublin roads deemed Bay Area’s best and operations manager for Dublin, said in an interview. The city’s smoothly paved thoroughfares received a pavement condition index (PCI) score of 86 out of a total possible 100 points, as calculated on a three-year moving average basis — putting Dublin above other Bay Area communities like Palo Alto, Cupertino and neighboring San Ramon, which scored a PCI of 80. All Tri-Valley cities identified as “good” or better, according to MTC. Pleasanton snagged a PCI of 79,

while Livermore trailed closely with a 78 PCI; unincorporated parts of Alameda County received a PCI of 71. The secret to Dublin’s well-kept roads is city staff who meticulously track and document street repairs every year, according to Khan. Data collected from road renovations is entered into a computer model that gives staff a five-year projection of local road conditions, and also helps them plan which streets to repair next season. “We maintain the database very

efficiently and proactively, which also helps us to foresee issues and problems,” Khan said. “Doing database management regularly really helps us.” PCI scores of 90 or higher are considered “excellent”; communities with such scores have newly built or resurfaced roads with little or no damage. Roads with a PCI score in the 80 to 89 range are labeled “very good”, with “only slight or moderate distress, requiring primarily preventive maintenance,” according to MTC. Scores in the 70 to 89 range are in the “good” category; streets in the “fair” range (60-69) are considered “becoming worn to the point where

by Robert Livermore — but would soon be transformed by Mendenhall into a cultural and economic hub for settlers. In 1869, Mendenhall founded the city one year after his friend Robert Livermore’s death, and he quickly gained a reputation for being charitable and hard-working, according to Finn. To help the community get started, Finn said Mendenhall donated land to the Livermore college, gave a city block for a public school, donated land and money for the Methodist church and donated 12 lots to the city’s Presbyterian community. He also gave land to the new Transcontinental Railroad for a station, a

decision that would radically change the economy and way of life in the region. “The railroads cut the travel time from Livermore to Oakland from two days to two hours,” Finn said. Before the railroad, Finn explained, the region primarily raised livestock — Mendenhall himself at one point owned 1,200 angora goats, making him the largest angora goat owner in California. After the rails came to Livermore however, market access opened up significantly allowing farmers to cultivate wheat, barley, hopes, hay and grapes. The hay was such high quality that it was sold to markets all the way in England and the hops to the

Guinness distillery in Ireland. In recognition of Livermore’s founding father, city officials decreed that the new Community Room — inside of its recently opened Civic Center Meeting Hall at 1016 South Livermore Ave. — will from here on be known as the William M. Mendenhall Community Room. In addition to serving as a community meeting area, the community room will provide meeting space for public agencies and city advisory bodies, serve as overflow for City Council meetings with live view screenings so audiences can view council actions, and will serve as an Emergency Operations Center that is capable of accommodating up

Pleasanton, Livermore also rank strongly in pavement report BY JULIA BAUM

For the third year running, the city of Dublin has topped the annual Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) regional pavement condition report for its top-notch streets and roads. Each year, the MTC catalogs the condition of the nine-county Bay Area’s nearly 43,500 lane-miles of local roadways, including those in the Tri-Valley. “This is a bit of a bigger kudos for us, and we’re happy to see that recognition,” Obaid Khan, transportation

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beset by flooded rivers, hostile native inhabitants, fever, horse thieves, snow storms and 2,000 miles of travel off-road. A true California patriot, Mendenhall was an active participant in the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846 and even rode in John C. Fremont’s famed California Battalion. It was during his time in the Californian Army that Mendenhall first visited the Livermore-Amador Valley, while resting there with his forces. At that time the site of the future city of Livermore was mostly ranch land — much of which was owned

rehabilitation may be needed to prevent rapid deterioration.” Roadways below that are deemed either “atrisk” (50 to 59 PCI) or “poor” (25 to 49 PCI). The lowest-ranked Bay Area community was Petaluma, which recorded a PCI score of 45 for 2016-18. The regional average PCI score was 67, according to the 2018 report; with the Senate Bill 1 gas tax increase sending more money to local pavement programs, the Bay Area’s one-year average PCI score went up to 68 for last year. Local transportation Measures B and BB are also credited with improving Tri-Valley roads. See the full report at Q to 80 city personnel in emergency situations. Marchand was particularly appreciative of the new Emergency Operations Center, saying: “This facility is designed so that our first responders will have the tools and the training that they need to protect our community. We have learned from all too recent tragedies that if you fail to prepare then you prepare to fail. For this community, failure is not an option.” The William M. Mendenhall Community Room is located directly across from the new Dr. John Shirley City Council Chamber, which is set to host its first council meeting Nov. 25. Q

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Pleasanton native Frank Richard Shenave, age 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday October 17, 2019, at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto. Family, friends, and others whose lives Frank touched are invited to the Celebration of life at Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main Street Pleasanton, CA on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11am.


















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The Pleasanton City Council signed off on a response plan with near- and long-term strategies to address levels of certain human-made chemicals found in the local groundwater supply Tuesday night. The move came after new state testing requirements led the city and Zone 7 Water Agency officials to discover their wells contain levels of synthetic compounds in the socalled “per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) family,” which were once commonly used for surface coating as an oil and water repellent but have been phased out to a major degree amid health and safety concerns. “I’m concerned. I would rather have a report that says we have a way to get rid of it and stop it now, a cost-effective way,” Councilman Jerry Pentin said at the close of the hour-long discussion. “I don’t think we’re going to find any of those things. I think we’re going to find this to be a very expensive process, and we’re going to have to see whether we can survive without our own ground wells, or we’ll have to depend on Zone 7 and Zone 7 can provide us with clean water,” he added. “We have positioned ourselves, from what I’ve heard tonight, at least, as being proactive as we possibly can right now.” The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water issued orders earlier this year for local water agencies to test their sources for PFAS chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), which are unregulated contaminants. Exposure to unsafe levels of PFOA



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and PFOS over time could result in health concerns such as cancer, liver damage and developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy, according to city staff. PFAS have been extensively used commercially as protectant agents for items such as paper or cardboard packaging, textiles, nonstick coatings on cookware and firefighting foams. While PFOA and PFOS have been phased out by American manufacturers, replacement substances in the PFAS family were developed and appear to behave in a similar toxicological manner, according to city staff. Concerns remain about past and current PFAS compounds contaminating water sources, especially groundwater wells near sites where the chemicals could be found more extensively, such as landfills, industrial properties, fire response sites and wastewater treatment plants. “This issue is very concerning ... The reason this is so concerning is because it’s persistent and it’s bioaccumulative,” resident and environmental advocate Jill Buck told the council. “When I see something that’s measured in parts per trillion, it doesn’t comfort me. That says, ‘This is bad stuff. This is really toxic,’” Buck added. For Pleasanton, 25% of the public water supply comes from three city wells and the rest is supplied by Zone 7, whose primary source is water delivered through the State Water Project, supplemented by local wells. Initial Zone 7 tests found some groundwater wells to be above the notification levels for PFOS or PFOA, with one well — Mocho-1 — testing above the response level (70

parts per trillion) for both. For the city’s active wells, Well 5 and Well 6 tested above the notification level for PFOS only while Well 8 tested above the response level for combined PFOS and PFOA. As a result, Mocho-1 and Well 8 have been designated as last priority, for use only when absolutely needed for meeting the water demand. City officials noted that its Well 8 has not been in operation since the initial testing and would only be used “under abnormal conditions such as extreme peak demand periods or if there are failures of other supply facilities.” The council on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the action plan developed by city staff to address the contamination concerns based on the initial testing results for Pleasanton’s water supply. The near-term plans include operational strategies such as quarterly testing for PFOA and PFOS, coordinating with Zone 7 on future testing and operations, and supporting efforts to determine potential sources of PFAS in the region that could be impacting local wells. Also in the short term, the city will continue to focus on public notification, which includes the PFAS webpage on the city website and the PFAS brochure residents have been receiving in the mail with their utility bill. Long range, the action plan calls for evaluating PFAS treatment options at Wells 5, 6 and 8; a comprehensive water capacity and distribution evaluation; incorporating financial impact estimates of new PFAS regulations into the water rate study; better tracking PFAS-related legislation; and revisiting regional water supply considerations. Q


the online survey. The questionnaire, complete with written and visual descriptions, asks residents to select their preference from seven options among the four concept alternatives: one-way separated bikeways (low or high cost), two-way separated bikeways (low or high cost), hybrid concept (low or high cost) and elevated two-way separated bikeway with landscaping. It also inquires about favored buffering materials, how to handle intersections and which segment to prioritize first. Once the survey closes, results compiled and input obtained from other key stakeholders, city staff and the consultants will present a draft conceptual design for public review and City Council approval in the January to March timeframe, setting the stage for further refining of the concept toward final design. A construction schedule would follow. To take the survey or learn more about the project, visit Q

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provide better usability and safer access for neighborhoods, schools and job centers in northern Pleasanton. Likely a multimillion-dollar project, construction could be divided into three segments: Foothill to Hopyard roads, Hopyard to Santa Rita roads, and Santa Rita Road to Boardwalk Street. City staff, consultants and committee members began predesign work in late summer 2018, with nearly four months of analyzing existing conditions and data-gathering. Then came the draft concept phase, which occurred from January to September of this year. The timeline was extended as they split some design scenarios into lowerand higher-cost options — such as bollards and pavement striping compared to using curbs and landscape barriers. Now the project team is in the “community feedback and concept refinement” phase, which includes


City clerk sues over accuracy in initiative rebuttal argument Friends of Livermore lawyer says that case has ‘absolutely no merit’ BY JULIA BAUM

The official who oversees municipal elections in Livermore has sued a campaign group alleging that their formal rebuttal argument for the downtown redevelopment initiative measure on the November 2020 ballot contains “false and misleading statements.” The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Sept. 30 by Livermore city clerk Sarah Bunting against leaders from the Friends of Livermore citizen group, is the latest battleground in the debate over the future of downtown Livermore. The initiative measure, which will ask voters next year to approve an alternative redevelopment proposal for the downtown area, is backed by the Friends. The signed authors of the rebuttal argument, who are also Friends members, are named in the lawsuit as respondents: William Dunlop, Jeanette King, Jeffrey Kaskey, Calvin Wood and Jose Barrientos. Livermore residents will vote on two downtown ballot measures next year. A related referendum on the March 2020 ballot seeks to reverse the Livermore City Council’s development agreement with a hotelier

to build a 135-room boutique hotel with a rooftop patio on Railroad Avenue next to the Bankhead Theater. In line with the council-approved Downtown Specific Plan, city leaders and stakeholders also envision revitalizing the area with more parking, shopping and retail, a blackbox theater, a science museum, a community park and 130 units of affordable housing. Some Friends members who also belong to Citizens for a Livermore Central Park — which formed earlier this year and is led by key members from Friends of Livermore and Better Livermore — successfully collected enough signatures from registered local voters this summer to place the referendum on the March ballot. The Friends group wants to move the hotel to the west side of Railroad Avenue and build a large park next to the Bankhead instead, among key concepts in the so-called “Central Park Plan” — the subject of the November 2020 initiative measure. The rebuttal argument, submitted by initiative supports to appear in the voter guide ahead of the November 2020 election, apparently raised concerns over accuracy for Bunting, who is the city’s designated election official.

In her lawsuit, Bunting asks the court to issue a peremptory writ of mandate ordering the group to “amend or delete the false and misleading words and statements” in their rebuttal. Livermore city attorney Jason Alcala and lawyers from San Francisco law firm Richards, Watson and Gershon assisting the case contend in court documents that “arguments in the city’s official sample ballot materials will mislead the voters by implying that the elections official and the city have sanctioned the characterization of real parties’ political arguments as ‘facts.’” Representatives for the city did not respond to requests for comment, but the lawsuit called several of the Friends’ ballot rebuttal statements false or “entirely misleading,” including that the city “counts walkways between buildings and the Blackbox Theater site as ‘open space’” in their own plan. The suit also denies the claim that officials “spent $500,000 on outreach, but ignored 75% of respondents who wanted the hotel on the west side of Livermore Avenue.” “The fact that some elements of a land use plan adopted by the Livermore City Council based on input from throughout the community did

not meet with the approval of these five (respondents) does not mean that there was no public input,” the lawsuit stated. Barry Fadem, one of the attorneys representing Friends of Livermore, denounced the city’s challenge. “Ballot arguments are exactly that; they’re their opinion,” Fadem told the Weekly. “California law gives us the right to make the statements contained in the ballot argument

and they’re not false or misleading in any way, period.” “The lawsuit has absolutely no merit and we expect it to be dismissed by the court,” he added. The respondents have until the end of the month to file a response in court; a Jan. 10 case management conference is listed on the Alameda County Superior Court website but Fadem said he couldn’t confirm the details of that hearing. Q

TAKE US ALONG Back for Halloween: Debbie Ayres sent in this photo of Joshua Neal and Angela Bernal returning to the corner of Second and Neal streets to celebrate Halloween with over 2,000 trick-or-treaters. While waiting for night to fall, Joshua caught up on Pleasanton news and the 125th Anniversary Celebration of his city. Joshua cofounded Pleasanton and donated money for the first church across the street in 1876. The couple currently reside in Pioneer Cemetery.

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Sheila Evelyn Reid December 31, 1924 - October 25, 2019 Sheila Evelyn Reid passed quietly on October 25, 2019, she was 94 years old. Sheila was born in 1924 in Edinburgh, Scotland to parents William Charles and Sabina Maria (Duffield) Eves. She was the youngest of 8 children. Sheila married Robert Kennedy Reid in March of 1951, whom she had met while ice skating. Sheila worked as a seamstress in Scotland before relocating to the Unites States. Bob and Sheila arrived in the US in 1963 with their daughter, Lesley. Sheila lived most of her life in Albany, California. There she enjoyed bowling, golf, and creating beautiful handcraft works including blankets, scarves, and clothing. She relocated to Pleasanton, California where she was active in social clubs, played bocce, and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially with her new great-granddaughter. Sheila is survived by her daughter Lesley and son-in-law Frank Napoleon, grandchildren Christin (Napoleon) Clark and Reid Napoleon, and greatgranddaughter Kaleigh Clark. A graveside service is planned for the family at the Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito. PAID


POLICE BULLETIN CHP officers rescue driver from burning car in Livermore Two local California Highway Patrol officers are being hailed heroes for pulling a badly injured woman out of her car as it caught fire following a crash in a rural area of Livermore over the weekend. Capt. Christopher Sherry, commander of the CHP’s Dublin office, lauded officers Samuel GarciaZepeda and Luis Toris for their “bravery and willingness to risk their lives” during the incident early Sunday morning. “I am very proud of Officers Garcia-Zepeda and Toris,” Sherry said in a statement. “These officers lived up to their sworn oaths as public protectors. Had it not been for officers Garcia-Zepeda and Toris, the driver would have been trapped in her burning vehicle, possibly dying. They are true heroes.”

Claude (Skip) Wilson Hinsley July 10, 1946 – November 1, 2019 Skip passed peacefully into Heaven on Friday, November 1, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital with family at his side. He was 73. Skip was a brilliant man, loving father, generous human, devout Christian and active member of Alive church in Oro Valley, Arizona. He is survived by his children Nicole M. Schmidt (Bradley), James C. Hinsley (Hazal), Tyler W. Hinsley, and three grandchildren, Quinn L. Kalabolas, Sean J. Tchorzewski, and Atlas D. Hinsley. Skip was born William Frederick Kemp and was renamed Claude Wilson Hinsley after adoption by James (Percy) and Lillian Hinsley in Baltimore in 1946. Percy worked at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point until his retirement in 1969. Lillian was a loving stay at home mother. Percy passed in 1998 in Sarasota, Florida at 94 and Lillian in 2006 in Pleasanton, California at 102. Skip grew up in Baltimore near Cold Spring Lane and Loch Raven Blvd. He graduated high school from Baltimore Poly in 1963 and from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1967 with a degree in economics. Skip then moved to New England for four years where he received an MBA from Dartmouth College in 1971. After graduating, he moved to Boise, Idaho for a position with Boise Cascade, traveling across the country. Shortly thereafter, Skip moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and completed a JD from UC Hastings. Skip spent 32 years in the restaurant/catering business, 23 of which as a sole proprietor owner/operator. He planted roots in the city of Pleasanton and was a prominent member of the community through is involvement in Rotary, Tulancingo Sister City Association, Thursday Breakfast Club, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, and his son’s youth sports leagues. Food, wine and conversations were his pas-

sion and languages of love and created passionate followers of Scoozzi through Girasole and the Big Horn Grill Restaurants. He will be remembered for his wisdom, compassion, warm smile, generosity, humor, loving spirit and above all else his integrity. Skip moved to Tucson, AZ in 2015 and would travel between his new home and the Bay Area to visit family and open his final venture, Sidetrack Bar and Grill until his passing. While in Arizona he rekindled his faith in the Lord where he led a Bible study out of his home, served his church faithfully as an usher, and led the reconstruction of a community Kitchen. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of EPCL (Equipping People Changing Lives), where he planned to make a trip to Kenya in 2020 to visit the children, his work impacted through schools being built and fed. In 2016 Skip began to investigate his birth family and miraculously gained brothers and sisters. In December 2019, Skip was to be the special guest at the Witter “Once in a Decade” Christmas Dinner. Skip’s legacy continues to live on through his kids, grandkids, and his newly found family: Stewart L. Witter (brother), Randolph (Randy) F. Witter (brother), Willis D. Witter III (brother), Katharine (Kitty) V. Witter (sister), John J. Witter (nephew), Sara K. Witter (niece), Lisa K. Witter (niece), Steven L. Witter (nephew), Katherine E. Witter (niece). Skip’s Church Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm on November 6, 2019 at Alive Church in Oro Valley, AZ. An informal Celebration of Life will be held from 1:30pm on November 11, 2019 at Sidetrack Bar + Grill in Pleasanton, California. In lieu of flowers, we would request a donation to Skip’s passionate cause, EPCL, via PAID

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The situation unfolded around 1 a.m. Sunday when the officers were dispatched to investigate a reported solo-vehicle crash on Raymond Road at Dagnino Road, located north of Springtown in Livermore. When they arrived the officers found a vehicle had run off the road and down a dirt embankment, and the engine was on fire with flames coming up from under the hood, according to CHP Officer Tyler Hahn. As the vegetation under the vehicle started to catch fire, GarciaZepeda approached and found a woman trapped in the driver’s seat. The only occupant of the vehicle, the woman was intoxicated, sustained major injuries in the crash and was unable to get out, Hahn said. “Officer Garcia-Zepeda jumped into action and pulled the woman out of the vehicle,” Hahn said. “He dragged the woman to safety as his partner, Officer Toris, attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.” Toris then helped Garcia-Zepeda carry the woman up the dirt embankment and laid her down safely away from the burning vehicle, according to Hahn. Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department personnel arrived to address the fire, and paramedics transported the injured woman to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley for treatment. Garcia-Zepeda was also hurt, injuring his ankle during the rescue, according to Hahn. The woman, whose identity was

not released, is expected to face DUIrelated charges.

In other news • The Pleasanton Police Department is hosting a public workshop next week geared toward helping residents keep themselves and their property safe during the holiday season. During the “Holiday Safety Tips” presentation, representatives of the criminal investigations unit will discuss topics such as preventing burglary and theft, personal safety, how to stop thieves from stealing packages on the porch and more. The free seminar, open to any resident, is scheduled to run from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 12) at the Pleasanton Senior Center at 5353 Sunol Blvd. • Alameda County sheriff’s officials are crediting their expanding Narcan program with saving a woman’s death amid an apparent overdose at Santa Rita Jail over the weekend. The woman was being booked into the Dublin jail on suspicion of outstanding warrants out of Livermore around 2 a.m. Saturday when she began to exhibit symptoms consistent with an opioid overdose, according to Sgt. Ray Kelly. Deputies and jail medical staff quickly administered Narcan (Naloxone) to the woman, which soon started to reverse the affects of the overdose, Kelly said. Q —Jeremy Walsh

Paul James Bras June 19, 1965 - October 28, 2019 Paul James Bras, a life-long resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 28, 2019. He was born on June 19, 1965 and graduated from Amador High School in 1984. He attended college at St. Mary’s College of Moraga and graduated from University of California Santa Barbara. After returning to his hometown, he married Leslie Croft of Livermore on March 26, 1994 and had two beloved children. Paul owned and ran Older’s Landscaping in San Jose. Paul was an avid soccer player as a child and delivered newspapers for the Valley Times, early developing the habits of hard work and entrepreneurship. He was the first of his siblings to buy his own car, a Volkswagen Beetle. He loved to windsurf as a young man, and taught windsurfing at Del Valle and Shadow Cliffs. He rarely missed an opportunity to watch his children play sports—cheer, football, and basketball. He loved traveling with his family to destinations near and far and riding his motorcycle on long scenic rides around the Bay Area. Paul is survived by his wife, Leslie Bras; his children Lilly and Logan; his parents, Jack and Flo Bras; a sister and brother, Diane Bras and David Bras; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday November 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Graham Hitch Mortuary at 4167 First Street, Pleasanton. PAID



HONORING VETERANS Pleasanton's annual parade pays tribute to those who served Photos by Mike Sedlak

Residents lined Main Street last Sunday to honor military veterans during the 23rd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade, a celebratory procession that featured local veteran service organizations, community groups and civic leaders such as Councilman Jerry Pentin, a Marine Corps veteran (center right), and Councilwoman Kathy Narum (bottom left). The postparade ceremony highlighted the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. This year’s event, like its predecessors, was held in advance of the formal holiday so local veterans and officials can represent Pleasanton in other celebrations on Veterans Day itself — which will be on Monday.

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THE NIMMO FAMILY Standing up to anxiety By Julia Baum Tri-Valley Hero recipients tend to savor the spotlight, but when the Nimmo family of Pleasanton accepted the Courage award last month, the moment was quiet and somber. It was a moment they didn’t imagine happening a year ago — and wished their reason for being there didn’t either. “We only wish we weren’t, which would mean we’re not doing what we’re doing, which would mean our son is still here,” Steve Nimmo said in a recent interview. “It all unravels that way. It’s humbling, though; we don’t think of it as courage or heroism or whatever the right word is ... This is something that needs to get done, and this is something that our son would’ve done.” Zachary Nimmo was caught in the throes of anxiety when he died last year. Despite constant questioning from father Steve and mother Mannie, Zachary assured them that he was doing OK. But underneath the facade of happiness was a well of pain that led the 15-year-old to take his own life last fall. It was all that the Nimmo family, including daughter Samantha, could do to not self-implode. Amid their palpable grief, the Nimmos formed a nonprofit organization in February called the Z-Cares Foundation, which promises to “stand up to anxiety.” “That was one of our coping mechanisms; it helped us talk about him a lot. The whole thing is built in his name,” Steve said. “We ask a lot if we think he would like what we’re doing. Usually the answer is he wouldn’t like the fact that his name is attached to it, but he would like the action that’s being taken, because he wouldn’t like the attention, which would’ve been his anxiety talking.” Mannie also found that staying busy helped the family carry forward, even while engulfed in tragedy. “Pretty much right away after he passed, we decided we needed to do something,” she said. “The biggest thing for us was just educating people” about anxiety and its effects. Anxiety, according to the American Psychological Association, is “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” The disorder affects an estimated 1 in 3 youths, and, as the Nimmo family noted, also comes with stigma attached. Z-Cares, which was named in Zachary’s

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The Z-Cares Foundation was created in memory of Zachary Nimmo.

memory, aims to erase the taboo of mental health by educating and opening conversations about it with community members. “There are so many preconceived notions about how (anxiety) looks, people are afraid to talk about it,” Mannie said. After producers of the mental health documentary “Angst” reached out following Zachary’s death, Mannie said her family found “the courage to do something.” Encouraged by others in the community, the Nimmo family and Z-Cares have hosted several screenings of “Angst” over the past year, including another earlier this week at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. “It’s our moment for everybody to get to know him a little bit, because not everyone did know him,” Steve said, so every screening starts with a story about Zachary, then concludes with a panel discussion led by the Nimmo family and mental health experts. Talking about anxiety is especially important, according to Steve, because doing so can help by rerouting the person’s thought process. “Just the act of talking utilizes a series of functions in your brain to help take you out of your amygdala and into your frontal lobe, which gets you out of your anxiety moment,”


Steve, Mannie and Samantha Nimmo (center) have partnered on “Angst” screenings and panel discussions to inspire conversations about anxiety and mental health.

he added. “If we can talk about it, maybe we can take the power away from anxiety, so that’s what we’re trying to do is create conversation.” In addition to more “Angst” screenings, ZCares also has other plans for mental health education; Steve and Mannie recently completed mental health first aid training and intend to help others become certified as well. “It’s just about recognizing (a mental health concern) because I don’t think as adults we even have the skills to understand what we’re dealing with,” Steve said. “It’s such a hidden disorder that these kids are suffering from, and so this gives us some of those skill sets to get some of those recognitions in place and take the appropriate action.” Zachary’s sister Samantha wants to take her training one step further and make it her life’s work. Before her brother’s death, Samantha was interested in kinesiology, but “my experienced over the past year has really opened my eyes to the struggles that our society is facing.” “I just realized this is what I want to do, to help people,” Samantha said. “I want to make that my life goal, to help people that are struggling with mental health, because I’ve seen firsthand what’s happening.” Steve wants to help people as well, but his wish for Z-Cares might not happen: “Ultimately, wouldn’t it be great if we went out of business because we’re not needed anymore — I guess that would be the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re anywhere near that space. We’d love to not be needed; but, unfortunately, I think we are. The community is supporting us to the point where they’re showing that they want this type of help out there.” Q

Hero FYI Zachary Nimmo (called “Z” by those close to him) excelled in soccer and lacrosse, and was “a self-proclaimed geek” who loved fishing, gaming and comics. The Z-Cares Foundation is for Zachary, and his memory influences every action taken and event hosted by the group. “It’s important for us that he’s at the central point of everything we do here for this,” Steve Nimmo said. Samantha Nimmo, vice president of youth collaboration for Z-Cares, is now in her freshman year at Whittier College in Southern California and aims to spread awareness of the foundation’s work on campus. Mannie and Steve Nimmo have coordinated multiple “Angst” screenings in the Tri-Valley and made Z-Cares grow while holding down careers and managing other responsibilities. He is employed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; she works for the Pleasanton Unified School District.

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E. TRENT THOMPSON Using art to help others By Dolores Fox Ciardelli E. Trent Thompson has found a way to fuse his passion for art with helping people. When the Tri-Valley artist opened his studio at The Switch, a collaborative work space on Second Street in Livermore, he befriended a homeless woman named Syndey living near the entrance. Thompson had the idea to paint her with creative nuances to acknowledge her as a valuable person. “I took it out to her to show her, and she was absolutely delighted,” Thompson recalled. “Just seeing her smile when she saw the picture inspired me that it was something to do more often.” He set out to paint others in need and thought of selling the paintings to benefit them. He went on to befriend and paint five other subjects, and called the program “Pictures for People.” The next step was to hold an art show to sell the paintings, an event that raised almost $8,000 in March. Thompson is the Pleasanton Weekly’s 2019 Tri-Valley Hero for Arts & Culture for his

Hero FYI E. Trent Thompson played baseball all through college. He plays the drums and has performed in jazz bands and marching bands. He is getting married next summer, as is his brother in Vancouver. They are planning their weddings five days apart so family and friends from the East Coast can make one trip for both. He has illustrated and published a book called “Feel,” which is a mental health resource to help people establish emotional literacy.

efforts. His next show, “Pictures for People 2.0,” is planned tentatively for next September. This time other artists are joining in the endeavor, which will be held at Penny Weight Brew and again benefit CityServe of the Tri-Valley. “It was always just a cool way to tie in what I do with trying to help people,” Thompson said. “It seemed like a win-win at the time, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.” Thompson, 24, was raised outside Rochester, N.Y., and moved to California to attend Azusa Pacific University where he earned a degree in cinematic arts with a concentration in animation and a minor in fine art. Now he lives in Dublin and is establishing himself as an “Art-Tre-Pre-Neur.” For the last show, he said, about 20% of the work was the painting and 80% was getting to know people and coordinating the endeavor. “By doing the first one, I have been able to make connections, and I can make this one bigger and better,” Thompson said. “Part of what I’ve been doing professionally is organizing art shows.” His company, Only Up, a creative project agency, also is putting together a mural festival for May, a month-long series of happenings and artists painting murals on exteriors in Livermore, which will kick off with a talent show at the Bankhead Theater. “I run a creative agency — some days I’m painting, selling fine art, selling murals, or I’m in front of the computer doing design work,” Thompson said. “We build brands, starting with artwork as the concept behind the brand.” His family is supportive of his efforts to help others. “I think my parents always built that mentality in myself, and also in my brother and sister,” Thompson said. “We were raised that we should be welcoming to all and do what we can to give back.” Despite all the positive feedback from the community, Thompson expressed concern that even after the publicity and funds raised by “Pictures for People” his friend Syndey still lives on the sidewalk. “It’s been a humbling experience to learn

Artist statement I am inspired by the idea that artwork has the power to spark movements and systems greater than myself. I think of my artwork as a journal of moments, feelings and concepts, which I demonstrate by a mix of symbolism, mediums and subjects. My artworks are schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation. I have branded myself an art-tre-pre-neur because I aim to leverage my natural proclivity for hustle to propel me throughout my career.

—E. Trent Thompson


Right: E. Trent Thompson with Shaun and the painting of him created as part of Pictures for People in March. “Shaun is ... gruff on the outside, but ... a grateful, friendly, charismatic man who looks to serve others,” Thompson said.

about the issue of homelessness and all that it takes for a community to make a difference,” Thompson noted. “It’s an uphill battle, but one that is worth fighting.” “It’s been eye-opening to talk to the people working on issues as a full-time job, to hear from them about all of the bureaucracy,” he added. For updates on the “Pictures for People 2.0” project, go to and sign up to be notified about next year’s show. To learn more about the mural festival, visit Q




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Gallery opens ‘Worth a Thousand Words’ Exhibit explores intersection between visual arts, written word BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

The Bankhead Theater Gallery has unveiled “Worth a Thousand Words,” an exhibit featuring artwork paired with poetry to explore the intersection between the visual arts and the written word. Throughout history, the two have combined to communicate — from the use of detailed illustrations in books to the creation of imaginative stage sets for the theater. The exhibit, curated by visual arts manager Anne Giancola in collaboration with Livermore poet laureate Cynthia Patton, will officially launch

with a reception next weekend and run through Jan. 6. Some works align art with poetry by the same artist, others are works of poetry offered with artistic flair. Art journals on display present a visual record of an artist’s thoughts and ideas, demonstrating how the creative process often evolves in both visual and written ways. Three-dimensional works include handbags by Rae Trujillo made from book covers and a child’s dress by artist Lorraine Crowder who used book pages to create a statement on current events.

“The Law” by Elinor Cheung.

Handbag by Rae Trujillo.

“Visitors should look for shadow boxes that convey depth of meaning and for three-dimensional works that connect art with words,” Giancola said. “The poetry they read and visuals they see have been designed to cause people to stop and think.”

Xiaojie Zheng has created an interactive experience that incorporates audio, visual and tactile components, and visitors will be encouraged to participate in the creation of a new work of art. The Founders Room in the

Bankhead Theater, located off the lobby, focuses on poetry with an exhibit curated by Patton and including poetry from the Teen Poet of the Month competition. During the run of the exhibit, the new Towne Center Books on Railroad Avenue next to the Bankhead Theater will have a shelf devoted to art books and related topics. The free public opening reception for “Worth a Thousand Words” will take place from 1-3 p.m. next Saturday (Nov. 16), with music by the Tropical Takeout Ukulele Band as well as light refreshments. A closing reception, Art & Wine Intertwined, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 4, with wine tasting for a slight charge, live music and refreshments. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. The gallery is free and open from 12-4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays as well as during performances. Q

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Want to learn about choosing native plants for your yard? The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club is hosting botanist Mark Brunell at its November meeting to speak on “California Native Plants in the Home Garden.” The talk and slideshow presentation will cover the diversity, selection and cultural requirements of native plants for garden use in this area. Also, there will be a discussion about resources to learn more about native plants and their culture.

Brunell is associate professor of biological sciences at the University of the Pacific, and his formal training is in Mark Brunell botany. He is past-president of the California Botanical Society and of the Alameda County Master Gardeners advisory board. He lives with his family in Livermore where he

maintains a food garden, providing him with first-hand knowledge of the challenges of the local soils and climate. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. next Thursday (Nov. 14), in the multipurpose room at Alisal Elementary School, 1454 Santa Rita Road. Visitors are welcome. For more information about the monthly meetings and other activities of the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club, visit www. Q —Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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Grayce Olson (19 kills, 18 digs), Ellie McElroy (35 assists, 15 service points), Auguste Kersulyte (16 service pts, 3 kills) and Sruti Jonnalagadda (14 kills). In the second round the Falcons fell 3-2 to Monte Vista. Olson (33 kills, 14 digs), Ishana Ram (53 assists, 7 service points) and Naya Williamson (19 digs, 16 kills) led the way.

Amador foothill captures division title. Dons’ reward? Likely De La Salle ... In all my years covering prep sports, my favorite columns were ones where I wrote a series of random observations. It’s time for one of those as the fall season winds down and the winter season rapidly approaches. • First off, I need to send out big thanks to the following volunteers that continually sent in results each week, so the student-athletes got the recognition they so justly deserved. If not for these people, there would be no coverage for the hard-working athletes. Thanks to Joel Wittenauer (Amador Valley volleyball), Lynne Menon (Foothill boys water polo), Suzy Maska (Foothill cross-country) and Dusty Collins (Foothill volleyball). Here’s hoping we get some good people for the winter season. • Huge congrats to the Amador football team that righted the ship after a couple of bad games early in the season, came back and will hang a football banner in the Amador gym for winning their division. I have written about this before — it is always great to see a former athlete that I covered come back into the area and coach. Such is the case with Amador coach Danny Jones. The former Amador quarterback is now guiding the program and doing great things. Next up — North Coast Section. • For all the Dons have accomplished what lies ahead in NCS is a likely first-round game with De La Salle. That’s garbage. I have the highest respect for De La Salle and all the Spartans have accomplished. They have been the standard for high school football

excellence for years in Northern California. But there is no chance of beating them in NCS, and that’s not fair to the rest of the teams in their division. I have written about this before — it must be brutal for the other teams in the NCS Division I tournament to enter the playoffs knowing you can’t win the title. Honestly, just give De La Salle the Northern California Open Division berth in the state bowl game every year and let the others try to win an NCS title. They already have a system in place where they are not eligible to win the East Bay Athletic League title, so let’s do what is right and carry that over to NCS. • Props also go out to Foothill’s football team and coach Greg Haubner. Diminishing numbers, followed by a poor opening night loss to San Leandro didn’t paint a rosy picture for the Falcons. But the team rallied, put together a nice win streak in the middle of the season and finished with a 5-5 record. Haubner and his staff are up against it at a school where numbers are not favorable for the sport. Undaunted, they worked hard and came away with a season many — including myself — didn’t think was possible. • In all my years of covering high school sports one question is always out there — are there any officials/referees that are more selfimportant than volleyball officials? The best officials I have seen over the years in all sports are the ones that don’t make the game about themselves, but rather the players.

That never seems to happen with volleyball, where it is always about the referees/officials and they don’t hesitate to let you know they’re important. I saw it first-hand this past week when I was announcing the Foothill-Irvington NCS match. The second referee was continually verbally abusive to the high school girls working the score table, always speaking in a condescending-tone. Plainly, he was disrespectful and rude. It’s high school volleyball ref! Like the great line from the movie “Stripes” — Lighten up Francis!

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The Falcons closed out their EBAL season with an 8-5 win over crosstown rival Amador. It was a close game to start with Foothill taking the lead 2-0 and Amador quickly responding to tie the first half 3-3. The second half of the match, the Falcons turned on the heat as they went up to 7-4 going into the fourth quarter. Amador responded with another goal to round out the scoring. Top scorers for Foothill were Sanjay Menon (2), Daniel Kim (3), and Eugene Kruger (2). Q

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UPCOMING MEETINGS Planning Commission Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. • P19-0130, Niraj and Harsha Gandhi, Appellants; Nadia & Fayyaza Malik, Applicants: Appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s Approval of an Administrative Design Review for the construction of an approximately 480-square-foot second story addition and exterior stairway (to accommodate an accessory dwelling unit) at the existing twostory residence at 7218 Moss Tree Way. • Penalties for Illegal Demolition of Historic Buildings: Consider adding HUL^ZLJ[PVUπULZHUKYLZ[YPJ[PVUZVUM\[\YLKL]LSVWment for illegal historic building demolition to the Municipal Code to strengthen preservation of historic buildings and penalize unpermitted alterations and demolitions.

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement Security First Financial FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 564538 The following person doing business as: Security First Financial, 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: SFF Insurance Services, 4900 Hopyard Road, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588. This business is conducted by SFF Insurance Services, a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Sheila Markesteyn, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Oct. 17, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 2019). Positive Minds Academy FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 564585 The following person doing business as: Positive Minds Academy, 4713 First Street, Suite 105, Pleasanton, CA 94566, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Pinto & Bhattachayya Group LLC, 4713 First Street, Suite 105, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by Pinto & Bhattachayya Group LLC, a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Albert Pinto, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Oct. 18, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 2019). BC Tax & Accounting Services FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 564772 The following person doing business as: BC Tax & Accounting Services, 4299 Rosewood Drive, Suite 102 Pleasanton, CA 94588, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: BC Tax Inc, 2050 Longleaf Circle, San Ramon, CA 94582. This business is conducted by BC Tax Inc., a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein Feb. 1, 2019. Signature of Registrant: Shan S. Cao, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Oct. 24, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019). Transformational Hypnotherapy FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 564322 The following person doing business as: Transformational Hypnotherapy, 6701 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 250, Pleasanton, CA 94566, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Roya Farani, 6701 Koll Center Parkway, Suite

250, Pleasanton, CA 94566. This business is conducted by Roya Farani, an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Roya Farani, Hypnotherapist. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on Oct. 10, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019). H&P Brand Name 4 Less FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 565133 The following person doing business as: H&P Brand Name 4 Less, 17756 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo, CA, 94580, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Phuong Nguyen, 3459 Jerilyn Drive, San Jose, CA 95127. This business is conducted by Phuong Nguyen, an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. Signature of Registrant: Phuong Thi Nguyen, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on November 4, 2019 (Pleasanton Weekly, November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019). STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 540497 The following person(s) have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name. 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: H&H Brand Name 4 Less, 17756 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo, CA 94580, FILED IN ALAMEDA COUNTY ON: January 25, 2018, UNDER FILE NO. 540497. REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): Phuong Nguyen, 3459 Jerilyn Drive, San Jose, CA 95127; Hue Nguyen, 117 Ore Hayward Park Place, Hayward, CA 94544. THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY a General Partnership. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Alameda County on November 4, 2019. (Pleasanton Weekly, November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019). Rustic Rose Decor FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 564317 The following person doing business as: Rustic Rose Decor, 9877 Foothill Road, Sunol, CA 94568, County of Alameda, is hereby registered by the following owner: Cosette M. Johnson Blanchard, 9877 Foothill Road, Sunol, CA 94568. This business is conducted by Cosette M. Johnson Blanchard, an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein July 1, 2019. Signature of Registrant: Cosette M. Johnson Blanchard, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on October 10, 2019 (Pleasanton Weekly, November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019).

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Concerts THE SUBDUDES AT THE BANKHEAD The Subdudes will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are available at

PET OF THE WEEK Good golly! Little miss Molly is a young Chihuahua-Terrier mix just pulled into foster. She is curious about everything, playful and very cuddly. She loves walks and chasing her play toys or just hanging with her people. Molly is spayed, microchipped and upto-date on all of her shots. She is available for adoption through Tri-Valley Animal Rescue. Visit to learn more.

Fundraisers SPORTS EQUIPMENT COLLECTION DRIVE New and lightly used sports equipment to benefit under privileged local students will be collected from 12 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Amador Valley High School Santa Rita Parking Lot. Email

Food & Drink TRI-VALLEY CONSERVANCY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT JEANS & JEWELS Tri-Valley Conservancy will celebrate 25 years of preserving the Tri-Valley at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Casa Real Event Center. Call 4498706.


adjusted by a representative from Sears Optical. FALL PREVENTION EXERCISE There is an exercise class, focusing on strength and flexibility, from 10:15 to 11:10 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.


Health & Wellness MEDI-CAL AND COVERED CALIFORNIA INFORMATIONAL TABLE Axis Community Health is available from 1 to 4 p.m. every second Monday at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, to give answers on Medicare questions.

Seniors EYEGLASS ADJUSTMENT FOR SENIORS At 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., have eye glasses

SPECIAL SCREENING OF “ANGST� RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY “Angst� is being presented at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Center for Performing Arts, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin. Registration is requested. RSVP at by searching for “Angst.�

Community Groups FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a program based on

Employment TECHNOLOGY Workday Inc. is accepting resumes for the following positions at various levels in Pleasanton, CA: Software Engineer / Software Development Engineer (P3/4-SESDE 11/3) - Analyzes, designs, programs, debugs, and modifies software enhancements and/or new products used in local, networked, or Internet-related computer programs. Product Manager (P3/4-PM 11/3) - Designs, develops and manages activities for a specific product or group of products from product definition and planning through production, release, and end of life. Quality Assurance / Automation Engineer (P3/4-QAAE 11/3) - Debugs software products through the use of systematic tests to develop, apply, and maintain quality standards for company products. Software Application Engineer (P3/4-SAE 11/3) - Analyzes, designs, programs, debugs, and modifies software enhancements and/or new products used in local, networked, or Internet-related computer programs. Technical Product Manager (P3/4-TPM 11/3) - Designs, develops and manages activities for a specific product or group of products from product definition and planning through production, release, and end of life. Submit resume by mail to: Workday, Inc., Attn: Human Resources/Immigration, 6110 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588. Must reference job title and job code.

To place an ad or get a quote, call 650.223.6582 or email

the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Visit PLEASANTON LIONS The Lions meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Inklings, 530 Main St. All are welcome to attend our meetings. Contact Lion’s President Renee Huber at 789-0804. DENESSA ATILES, LIVERMORE INDIVISIBLE SPEAKER Denessa Atiles will be the featured speaker for the Livermore Indivisible meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Livermore Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Contact TRI-VALLEY WRITERS TO SHARE PUBLISHING TIPS Publisher and Tedx speaker Brooke Warner will be the featured speaker at this month’s meeting of the Tri-Valley Writers Club at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road. Reserve by Nov. 13 at

Volunteers FREE RESTRAINING ORDER CLINIC From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month, at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza Dublin, help is available from Tri-Valley Haven staff and volunteers to get a domestic violence restraining order. No appointments necessary, just drop-in. This a free, confidential service. Call 449-5847 ext. 2606.

Theatre THE FANTASTICKS Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s production of the musical “The Fantasticks� is onstage now through Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton. Visit for more information.

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Real Estate


It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... to buy and sell Despite reputation, November and December actually provide positive opportunities for real estate transactions

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have, with an eye toward family, friends and the future. Sellers should remember to present their home with this in mind. Keep decorations simple and small so the room gets the attention. Set the mood by lighting a fire and having a smell of sweets and cider wafting through the halls, and even offer treats to the holiday house-hunting guests. Q


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As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the emotional aspect of the holidays can help sellers. Holiday buyers are going to be caught up in the “hearth and home” season. Buyers thinking of family and holiday gatherings can be the emotional nudge to motivate a purchase, or even the purchase of a larger home than they might otherwise




The late-autumn season can still be an advantageous time to buy or sell a home, despite its reputation to the contrary.


and want to get their kids settled before the new school term. Or they might just be feeling some stress if they listed their home in the fall and it’s still languishing post-Halloween, making them just a little more anxious and eager to deal. Many sellers might also want a contract in hand for tax advantages. If it’s a rental property on which they incurred a loss, they are likely to want to take the deduction this calendar year. Tax advantages go both ways. Home ownership brings numerous tax perks, from deducting mortgage interest to property taxes. Keep in mind, though, that changes to the tax law capped the property tax deduction at $10,000 and deduction of interest on mortgages up to $500,000, down $1 million. Private mortgage interest (PMI) and closing fees might also be deductible. Always double-check with a tax expert or accountant about any tax questions. Another advantage to buying during winter months is that you might get a more realistic view of the house and can check for issues that you’d notice only during colder, wet weather — like a door that swells shut or a leak. These are less likely to catch during warmer, drier months. Of course, don’t forget that issues that crop up more during summer will be less accessible — such as how well the air conditioning works. Make sure that the home inspector does a thorough job on those fronts, too. Speaking of home inspectors, since November and December are generally slower months, you will likely have easier access to professionals like inspectors, movers, real estate agents and mortgage brokers. They are less busy during the holiday season because, again, there are just not as many home sales happening. In addition, motivated real estate agents and lenders might share your desire to get it done and in the books before Jan. 1 rolls around.

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eople tend to wait until spring to put their house on the market or start house-hunting, having heard November and December are lousy months to buy or sell a house. But the many benefits to buying or selling during the holiday months actually make it a perfect time. “The fourth quarter can be a successful time for both buyers and sellers in the residential markets. Q4 sellers are serious and motivated. This together with less competition can provide a prospective buyer with an edge,” said Will Doerlich, broker/owner at Realty ONE Group Today in Pleasanton and a past president of Bay East Association of Realtors. This year, there are several points that might prompt buyers and sellers to move forward during the last two months of 2019. With the Federal Reserve recently lowering the interest rate, prospective buyers who have sidelined themselves might consider becoming active again. And more buyers means there is also an opportunity for sellers. Sellers might think people are less likely to see their home in the midst of their hectic holiday schedules. That can definitely be true, but most people have more time off around the holidays. And if a buyer is house-hunting instead of curled up under a blanket in front of a fire, they are serious. Many winter buyers are working against a deadline, whether it’s an expiring lease, relocation or a contract on their current home. The holiday seller is also likely to be serious and motivated. So what a buyer might lack in choice of available homes could be balanced out by dealing with a more flexible seller. Most sellers have a compelling reason for putting their house on the market during the holidays. They might be facing a relocation

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4 BD | 3 BA | 3,000 SF 6 OFFERS | SOLD FOR $1,575,000

Bonde Ranch Beauty! This 1997 Built Shapell Home sits on .22 Acre Lot that’s Perched on a Court Located at the Top of Bonde Ridge with Views of Pleasanton Ridge, The Valley and Oak Studded Permanent Open Space Behind. This Home has an Owned Solar Power System. Its Beautifully Landscaped with Private Rear Yard with Flagstone Patio and Arbor! Included are Four Bedrooms (1 Downstairs), Plus Loft /Flex Space for Office Area, Three Full Bathrooms and Approximately 3,000 Square Feet. It has a Three Car Garage, Upgraded Windows Throughout, New Carpet (Upstairs) and Upgraded Engineered Flooring (Downstairs), Concrete Tile Roof.


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