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VOL. XV, NUMBER 38 • OCTOBER 17, 2014
Vranesh berates PUSD at board meeting
5 NEWS FHS football star named All-American
16 OPINION Weekly supports Measure BB
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saved from bankruptcy
thanks to us
atrons of the Bankhead Theater in Livermore can breathe
easier these days following
the decision by Livermore officials to assume ownership of the
bankrupt facility and refinance its
$22.2 million construction bond
debt partly with fees paid by other
cities and its residents at local landfill operations.
Taxpayers in Pleasanton can
also breathe easier that our city
never got involved in the murky
financings by the redevelopment
agencies, including one that financed the construction of the
Bankhead and was about to be
used to pay for a much larger performing arts center in downtown
Pleasanton long ago decided
against forming a redevelopment
agency (RDA) that was proposed
to pay for downtown street improvements. Instead, the city used
general funds to upgrade its sewer
system and more recently also financed construction of its $10 million Firehouse Arts Center as a
capital improvement project paid
mostly by the city with $1 million
in private contributions.
Since its opening in 2007, the
Bankhead has played an integral role
in the redevelopment and revitalization of Livermore’s downtown, where
most of those improvements also
were financed by a redevelopment
agency before those agencies were
closed down by Gov. Jerry Brown.
In a scathing report at the time,
State Controller John Chiang cited
millions of dollars in waste, misappropriation of funds and poor management of redevelopment agencies
in California. He found that at least
18 redevelopment agencies had
no reliable means to measure job
growth, that agencies did not track
their impact and that funding was
Although Livermore’s RDA was
not implicated in any wrongdoing,
it was gutted nevertheless and the
city was left with debt already incurred and financing plans no longer viable, including construction
of a much larger performing arts
center. The Livermore Performing
Arts Center (LVPAC) organization,
which operates the Bankhead, lost
a lawsuit it brought against the
state seeking to recover more than
$120 million in redevelopment
funds for a planned 2,000-seat regional theater in downtown Livermore, meant to supplement the
Bankhead — a project that has now
The Bankhead is a 500-seat theater, 200 seats larger than Pleasanton’s Firehouse. Some local performing organizations have moved
their performances to the Bankhead, including the former Pleasanton Playhouse group. The theater
now anchors a revived downtown
which the Livermore Council called
“one of the city’s most distinct cultural landmarks.”
“The city’s purchase provides a
clear path forward,” said Livermore
City Manager Marc Roberts. “It allows the Bankhead Theater to begin
a new chapter, with increased transparency, clear oversight and an enhanced connection to our community that will enable the Bankhead
to continue serving as a valued asset
to Livermore and its residents.”
Livermore, in coordination with
Alameda County, LVPAC, and the
Bank of New York Mellon, reached
an agreement to settle the Bankhead Theater’s debts. It will fund
its contribution through the allocation of future Host Community
Impact Fees the city receives as part
of a settlement agreement reached
from the expansion of the Altamont
Roberts said that as part of the
purchase, LVPAC will continue to
operate the Bankhead through a
sublease agreement with the city.
The sublease will last for a period
of seven years with the option to
renew after that time, providing
operating conditions are met. Programs at the Bankhead Theater
will continue uninterrupted, and
remain a focal point of activity in
While Pleasanton decided
against creating a redevelopment
agency that could have left the
city with huge debts to be paid
for years to come, taxpayers here
aren’t exactly off the hook. Part of
the re-financing of Bankhead’s debt
will come from $9.2 million in
certificates of participation Livermore will issue, using funds from
the Altamont Landfill and Vasco
Landfill Host Community impact
fees. Those fees come from an annual assessment on local garbage
rates, meaning that Pleasanton and
the whole region will pay for the
Bankhead for years to come.
For now, though, that won’t
be much. Livermore Mayor John
Marchand said he pays about 25
cents a year toward the subsidy. Q
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A new $4.5 million project to upgrade and expand Pioneer Cemetery won
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Vranesh back again at school board meeting
Claims PUSD is paying him $95,000 a year ‘to sit home and do nothing’
The Pleasanton Chamber of
Commerce, in collaboration
with other local chambers, will
host a candidates’ forum this
morning featuring the two candidates competing for election
in the 16th State Assembly District: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat, and Pleasanton
attorney and Dublin resident
Catharine Baker, a Republican.
The election on Nov. 4 will
determine which candidate
will succeed current 16th District Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, who is termed out this
The forum will be held from
7:45-9 a.m. at the Doubletree
by Hilton Hotel, 7050 Johnson
Drive. The cost to attend, which
includes breakfast, is $20. To
register, visit www.pleasanton.
Pleasanton Partnerships in
Education (PPIE) Foundation
will be hosting its 11th annual
“Toasts & Tastes of Fall” culinary competition and fundraiser
The entire community —
residents, parents, businesses,
civic and school leaders — join
together at this one event to celebrate and support education.
Proceeds benefit the foundation
and its programs that support
each student in the Pleasanton
The event, which is a cocktail party, culinary competition
and silent auction all in one,
runs from 6:30-10 p.m. at the
Castlewood Country Club, 707
Country Club Circle.
Golf under the stars
Tri-Valley Evening Rotary will
host a fundraising golf tournament tomorrow, and keeping
with the name of the club, it will
be at night.
The tournament is being held
to support the First Tee of the
Tri-Valley. It’s a “best ball” competition, so you don’t have to be
an expert golfer to enjoy a night
on the course.
The event will be held at the
Pleasanton Golf Center Executive Course at the Fairgrounds.
Featuring a “Double Shotgun
Start,” two foursomes will tee
off together, hunting down their
glowing golf balls, select the
team’s “best ball” location, and
By having two teams playing
the course together, it accommodates groups of more than
four to stay together. To register
for golf and dinner, sign on to
Tri-Valley Evening Rotary’s website at www.trivalleyrotary.org or
call 337-0433. Q
BY AMANDA AGUILAR
ormer Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh
addressed the Pleasanton
school board during the community comment session of Tuesday
night’s board meeting about his alleged charges and the district’s lack
of honesty and accountability.
Vranesh, who was removed as
Walnut Grove principal last October amid allegations of sexual
harassment and a hostile work environment, stated that the district
assigned him to a special education
teaching position at Village High
School May 29.
“I really looked forward to the
assignment, especially after working in the isolation of the itinerant
position fabricated especially for
me by the superintendent earlier
this year,” he told the school board
during public comment on nonagendized items.
Board members were prohibited
from responding to the comments
because the issue was not listed on
the meeting’s agenda.
According to Vranesh, assistant
superintendent of human resources
Bill Faraghan put him on administrative leave on June 30 before even
starting his teaching position.
He added that Faraghan informed
him that he would receive a “statement of charges” in mid-August.
“As of tonight, the district has not
given me one piece of paper, or
shred of proof, to show that I’ve
done anything wrong or to justify
paying an employee, me, $95,000
per year to sit home and do nothing,” Vranesh said. “Even though
I’ve asked repeatedly for all such
Vranesh also contended that Faraghan was going to recommend at
the Sept. 23 school board meeting that he be terminated. Leading
up to the Sept. 23 board meeting, Vranesh said he continuously
called Faraghan’s office for information but received no response.
“That’s not fair, nor should it
be acceptable to this district,” he
added.” But ... that’s the way it
works in PUSD.”
In addition, the former Walnut
Grove principal said the district’s
Fall festival a hit at Alviso Adobe
Kids get a kick out of ‘milking’ Fiona, the park’s life-sized, fiberglass cow
BY JEB BING
Hundreds turned out for
the free Fall Festival at the Alviso Adobe Community Park last
weekend with children, especially,
having fun by joining in a number
of activities designed just for them.
The public event, by 4-H clubs
and Meadowlark Dairy, included
milking lessons with Fiona (the
park’s life-sized, fiberglass milking
cow), a live animal display, and
plenty of games and crafts. Adults
also had a chance to tour the adobe
and join in music and dance by the
California Fandango Project.
Of special interest were demonstrations such as apple cider pressing, acorn grinding, blacksmithing
and ice cream churning. Other
activities included cow and horse
roping, short birding hikes and an
introduction to the park’s new Exploration Backpacks, which can be
checked out with activities relating
to the history of the site.
Visitors to the Adobe, which is
located just off Foothill Road at
3465 Old Foothill Road, also were
treated to complimentary burritos.
For more information about
the Adobe, call 931-3439. Q
dead in a ditch adjacent to Interstate 680, east of the high school.
The freshman girl usually took
the bus home from school, but had
recently started walking home to
avoid being teased by other students
riding the bus, her mother, Shirley
Orosco, said in a August 2008 interview with the Pleasanton Weekly.
At Carlson’s preliminary hearing two years ago, a pathologist
testified that Faelz died from 44
stabbing and incised wounds in her
Foothill High School senior
has been selected to join
the 2015 U.S. Army AllAmerican Bowl team to represent
Isaiah Langley, a Falcons cornerback, was given his bowl jersey
Oct. 9 in a ceremony on campus.
“Isaiah is a great young man who
has worked very hard for what he
has,” said Foothill principal Jason
Krolikowski. “He is a great source
of pride for Foothill High School
and for the Pleasanton Unified
The U.S. Army All-American
Bowl has been the nation’s premier
high school football event for 15
years, featuring the nation’s Top 90
high school football players.
Langley will play in the annual
East vs. West match-up on Jan.
3, 2015 at the Alamodome in San
Antonio, Texas. The game will be
televised live at 10 a.m. on NBC.
“Isaiah and all of the 2015 U.S.
Army All-American Bowl players
were selected not only for their
ability on the football field, but also
because they demonstrate mental,
emotional and physical toughness
— similar strengths to those of
our Army soldiers,” said Mark S.
Davis, deputy assistant secretary of
the Army for marketing. “We are
pleased to welcome these talented
athletes to this year’s showcase of
athleticism, teamwork and excellence and we congratulate each of
them on their selection.”
Langley’s father, Patrick, said he
is proud of his son and all the hard
work he put in.
“This was one of his goals this
year, to make the All-American
See TRIAL on Page 8
See ALL-AMERICAN on Page 8
MIKE SEDLAK/[email protected]
This unidentified toddler had his first try at milking a cow, albeit with
fiberglass Fiona, at the adobe’s fall festival last weekend.
Jurors to decide if man murdered Foothill High classmate Tina Faelz
BY AMANDA AGUILAR
See SCHOOL BOARD on Page 8
Langley to represent
the West at 2015
Trial begins for 1984 Pleasanton killing
prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that belatedly uncovered
DNA evidence proves that
a then-teenage boy murdered his
14-year-old high school classmate
in Pleasanton 30 years ago.
Tina Faelz’s stabbing death on
April 5, 1984, remained unsolved
for more than 25 years, but prosecutor Stacie Pettigrew said a 2011
DNA test showed that a small
amount of blood that was found on
Faelz’s purse was Steven Carlson’s.
The chances of that blood belong-
treatment of its certificated administrators “is not pretty,” pointing
to other employees coming before
the school board to report ongoing
instances of the lack of honesty and
integrity that is “eroding and staining” the district.
“Those complaints seem to fall on
deaf ears,” Vranesh said. “It’s election time, and a time for each of us
to take measure of the integrity and
honesty of this school board and
district ... including its leadership.”
In other business Tuesday, the
school board received a report on the
school district’s student enrollment.
As of Oct. 1, there are 14,763
students enrolled in the district,
ing to someone other than Carlson,
who was 16 at the time of Faelz’s
murder and is now 46, are only 1 in
5 quadrillion, Pettigrew said.
Carlson, who has a long criminal history, including convictions
for committing lewd acts with a
child under the age of 14 and assault, was arrested and charged
with murdering Faelz in August
2011. He has pleaded not guilty.
Carlson and Faelz both attended
Foothill High School.
Faelz was killed on her way
home from school and was found
Pleasanton Weekly • October 17, 2014 • Page 5
Remembrance set for David Mertes
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There will be a celebration of life
Oct. 25 for David Mertes, former
chancellor of the California Community College system and at one
time chairman of the ValleyCare
Health System. Mr. Mertes, who
died Oct. 9, was 83.
Besides heading the state’s community college system from 1988
to 1996, he previously was chancellor of the Los Rios Community
College District, superintendent/
president of Santa Barbara City
College and president of the College of San Mateo.
After his retirement, Mr. Mertes
served on the board of the ValleyCare Health System and also as
its chairman. He was a founding
member and 11-year director of
the Las Positas College Foundation and had oversight of the International Service Projects of the
Livermore Rotary Club. In that
capacity, he made many service
trips to some of the neediest areas
of the world.
He received a bachelor’s degree
from San Francisco State University
and master’s and doctorate degrees
from UC Berkeley with a major in
He is survived by his wife, Barba-
ra Mertes, who serves on the board
of trustees of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District.
“Our entire district family
mourns the loss of a giant in the
field of higher education,” said the
district’s chancellor, Jannett Jackson. “His contributions to the community colleges in California will
not soon be matched. Our thoughts
and prayers are with trustee Mertes
and her family at this time of immeasurable loss.”
The celebration of life is set for
Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Robert
Livermore Center, 4444 East Ave.,
Halloween events start tonight in downtown
Ghost walks, scavenger hunts, Brew Crawl set to go
Downtown Pleasanton comes alive
for Halloween with three unique
events expected to attract hundreds
of adults and children to Main Street
for a ghoulish good time.
Starting tonight, and continuing
tomorrow and next weekend, the
Museum on Main is sponsoring a
90-minute guided tour of Pleasanton’s most haunted sites along Main
Street. Tours will depart every 30
minutes between 6-8 p.m.
Ticketing information and further
details can be found at the museum’s
website at museumonmain.org.
Then the free annual Halloween
Scavenger Hunt will take place from
of adult trick-or-treating during the
fourth annual Halloween Brew Crawl
from 5-8 p.m. that evening. Participants will have the opportunity to
sample over 40 beers and tasty bites
at 32 locations on downtown streets.
To add to the festive Halloween spirit
of this event, participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
Tickets for the Brew Crawl are
now on sale both online and also at
Redcoats Pub, 336 St. Mary St. and
Studio Seven Arts, 400 Main St.
For more information, sign on to
the PDAS’s website at pleasantondowntown.net. Q
10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Children 10 years old and younger
are invited to come in costume and
pick up instructions, a Halloween bag
and their first clue from the starting
location at Towne Center Books, 555
Main St. Children will have to solve
the clue in order to find the next
downtown location, where they will
be given a treat and their next clue.
A total of 25 downtown businesses are participating in this event.
Parents will be given the answers to
all of the clues to help children find
the treat locations.
Downtown merchants and local
breweries also are hosting a night
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Measure BB doubles the
funding for Tri-Valley street
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and reducing local trafﬁc.
SCOTT HAGGERTY SAYS YES ON BB!
“Measure BB will reduce trafﬁc, protect our seniors with
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COUNCIL OF THE
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THE PLEASANTON WEEKLY
THE PLEASANTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BAY EAST ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
LIVERMORE, PLEASANTON, DUBLIN BRANCH OF
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN
THE LINCOLN CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
ERIC SWALWELL, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
BILL BAKER, FORMER U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES & CALIFORNIA
NATE MILEY, ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SCOTT HAGGERTY, ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
CANDICE ANDERSON, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
JOHN MCPARTLAND, BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JERRY PENTIN, PLEASANTON CITY VICE MAYOR
KATHY NARUM, PLEASANTON CITY COUNCILMEMBER
ROBERT STORER, DANVILLE MAYOR
TIM SBRANTI, DUBLIN MAYOR
JOHN MARCHAND, LIVERMORE MAYOR
BILL CLARKSON, SAN RAMON MAYOR
BILL HARRISON, FREMONT MAYOR
DON BIDDLE, DUBLIN VICE MAYOR
DOUG HORNER, LIVERMORE CITY COUNCILMEMBER
SCOTT PERKINS, SAN RAMON CITY COUNCILMEMBER
MIKE DOYLE, DANVILLE CITY COUNCILMEMBER
ABE GUPTA, DUBLIN CITY COUNCILMEMBER
DAVE HAUBERT, DUBLIN CITY COUNCILMEMBER (CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR) BILL JORGENSEN
ANNE WEISCAMP, EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT
JIM MCGRAIL, ZONE 7 WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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SHARRELL MICHELOTTI, FORMER PLEASANTON CITY COUNCILMEMBER
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Continued from Page 5
Saturday & Sunday
October 25 & 26
10am - 5pm
Hartz Avenue in
historic downtown Danville
Free Trick or
assic Car Sho
Food & drink
which is four students less than in
According to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data
System (CalPADS), Pleasanton has
6,284 elementary students, 3,591
middle school students and 4,893
high school students. The elementary and middle schools gained
students while high schools saw an
The board unanimously approved of declaring this week as
the Week of the School Administrator.
Board members recognized
Pleasanton instructional technology coach Lisa Highfill as the
Pleasanton Unified School District
Teacher of the Year. They also appointed Lynn Novak as the coordinator of Facilities and Transportation.
Also during Tuesday’s community comment session, the board
• Chris Jacob, speaking about his
concern regarding board member
Jeff Bowser’s campaign contribu-
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back, torso, chin and head.
Pettigrew alleged Tuesday that
Carlson “brutally murdered Tina
and left her alive in a drainage
ditch next to I-680.”
The prosecutor said that at the
end of the trial, she will ask jurors
to conclude that, “The only reasonable interpretation of the evidence
is that Steven Carlson is guilty of
murdering Tina Faelz.”
Carlson’s lawyer, Annie Beles,
said there are many questions about
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For his re-election to the school
board, Bowser has received contributions from Alameda Central
Labor Council Unity PAC, International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers #595 and from people
outside of Pleasanton, Jacob told
the school board.
During his campaign for Alameda County Superintendent earlier
this year, Bowser received $100
from former APT president Peggy
Carpenter and $1,500 from Kimberley Bogard, the school district’s
attorney, according to the Alameda
County voters website.
• Chris Miller, addressing the need
to adjust the grading policy as the
district switches to Common Core;
• Rachelle Dean, talking about
providing and being open about
services for students with learning
At the end of each board meeting, board members can suggest
future agenda items. Trustee Jamie
Hintzke requested looking at a potential board bylaw on the censure
of individual board members for
improper conduct. Q
the DNA that was collected in the
case, such as when it was collected,
how it was collected, whether it
was contaminated and whether it
was improperly transferred.
Beles said the prosecution also
lacks other evidence that might connect Carlson to Faelz’s death, such as
a motive, fingerprints or a weapon.
“At the end of the case, after you
listen to all of the evidence, the
only verdict you will have is that
Steven Carlson is not guilty,” Beles
told jurors. Q
Information from the Bay City News
Service was used in this report.
From left: Foothill principal Jason Krolikowski, a U.S. Army representative,
Falcons star Isaiah Langley, Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi
and football coach Matt Sweeney.
for complete details of all activities go to
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team, and he worked hard to make
it happen,” he added.
When asked what the selection
means to him, Langley said, “The
word ‘honor’ is what comes to
mind. It is such an honor to play
for our troops and to get out there
with other athletes who are headed to college. I’m just honored
that I get to play and support our
troops for all they do for us.”
Langley will be attending the
University of Southern Califor-
nia next year on a full-ride athletic scholarship, and he will
be studying business administration.
As a result of Langley being selected for the All-American Bowl,
his head coach Matt Sweeney is
invited to travel to San Antonio
to attend the U.S. Army Coaches
Academy, an elite three-day learning
experience, and the opportunity to
participate in Bowl Week activities.
More information about the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl can be
found at usarmyallamericanbowl.
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Sandia’s fuel cell-powered mobile
lights ready for commercial use
Pilot program sets stage for commercialization and broader deployment
BY JEB BING
Mobile lighting systems powered
by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner,
quieter and now have a proven
track record in applications such as
nighttime construction, sports and
entertainment events and airport
operations, making them ready for
commercialization and broader use.
That’s the conclusion reached
by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and others after a
multi-year project sponsored by
the Department of Energy’s Fuel
Cell Technologies Office and the
Boeing Co. Project support also
came from Caltrans, Altergy Systems and 11 other project partners.
Developed by Sandia National
Laboratories and several industry
partners, the fuel cell mobile light
offers a cleaner, quieter alternative
to diesel-powered units.
Over the past five years, Sandia
and 14 institutional partners have
been developing the fuel cell mobile
light tower (H2LT) as a clean, efficient alternative to traditional lights
powered by diesel generators.
California-based Multiquip Inc.,
a leading manufacturer and supplier of rental construction equipment, power generation, lighting
and other industrial products, has
Airport equipment and maintenance personnel at San Francisco International Airport and
Saunders Electric crews at various
Hollywood-area entertainment and
awards shows, including the Academy Awards, have already realized
the benefits of the clean and efficient H2LT as part of their regular operations. Other systems have
been used by highway construction
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crews at Caltrans and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
One system was even deployed
at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
to support the final space shuttle
launch in 2011.
The goals of the pilot programs
were to perform a variety of lighting tasks, assess the operation and
reliability of the technology in a
variety of potentially corrosive environments, reduce diesel emissions at deployment locations and
help promote hydrogen fuel cell
technology in new markets.
The project has been deemed a
major success in opening up new
fuel cell markets that complement
broader hydrogen energy markets,
including the light-duty vehicle market, said Sandia project lead Lennie
Klebanoff. Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors Co., Honda and Hyun-
Lights powered by Sandia National Laboratories fuel cells enable workers at
San Francisco International Airport to continue nighttime paving.
dai have all announced plans for
“Since San Francisco International Airport and Saunders Electric are now using H2LTs as part
of their regular operations, it is
stimulating the demand for hydrogen in those regions and helping to
create markets for its production
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and sale,” Klebanoff said.
A key educational component
emerged during the project as well,
“Wherever the H2LT was used or
displayed, we engaged with local
fire and building safety authorities
and first responders, few of whom
had prior knowledge of the physical or safety aspects of hydrogen
and fuel cell technology,” he said.
A paper describing the project,
“Fuel cell mobile lighting: A fuel
cell market transformation project,” was published in the Aug. 13
edition of International Journal of
The H2LT developed by Sandia National Laboratories and its
partners was deployed in 2011 at
the site of the final space shuttle
launch and observed by visitors,
shuttle astronauts and members of
the international media.
In addition to zero emissions,
perhaps the most attractive feature
of the fuel cell mobile light system
is how quiet it is.
The lack of noise, Klebanoff
said, is highly valued by highway
construction crews, airport maintenance personnel and stage crews
on entertainment production sets.
Users would rather not deal with
the odors and noise of diesel-based
Another important conclusion
that was reached was that the fuel
cell power system manufactured by
project partner Altergy Systems is
compatible with the rugged world
of construction. Caltrans used one
unit in rain, wind and snow in the
Sierra Nevada range.
The price tag for a prototype
fuel cell-powered mobile lighting
system initially was roughly triple
that of a traditional diesel-powered
Cost-cutting strategies Multiquip
is considering include incorporating highly efficient light-emitting
diodes (LED), which will allow a
reduction in fuel cell size; reducing
the size of the hydrogen storage
tanks; and decreasing the required
tank pressure rating. The cost of
the current LED technology used
with the system also is expected to
“Overall, end users have been
pleased with the performance of
the hydrogen fuel cell mobile lighting system,” Klebanoff said. “We’re
confident that the technology can
now be commercialized and widely
used in any application needing
large-area lighting.” Q
Pleasanton Weekly • October 17, 2014 • Page 11
Tri Valley Life
What’s happening around
the Valley in music, theater,
art, movies and more
REGGAE IS THE WAY
FOR AVHS GRAD
a reggaefusion band
he started in
arrison Stafford was only 7
years old when he heard the
distinctive one-drop rhythm of
Bob Marley coming from his older
brother’s room. He was hooked.
“My brother was listening to Bob
Marley’s ‘Legend’ album,” Stafford,
now 37, recalled. “From that point
on, I got all of Bob Marley’s music.
I was in my own little world.”
Harrison would do presentations
for his classmates on Rastafari, the
spiritual movement that rose in Jamaica in the 1930s and was made
famous by Marley.
“I was teased by the kids at
school,” Stafford remembered. “At
that time in Pleasanton there were
not any other Jewish families either.”
With the advent of MTV, he
looked forward to a reggae show
but none appeared. He only realized later that reggae was underground music, never promoted or
appreciated in the United States —
except Bob Marley, whose albums
sold in the millions, in this country
“For a lot of people, it’s very
foreign, very different than what
they’re used to,” Stafford explained.
“It’s people from a Third World
country, speaking about equal
rights and justice ... it really challenges society and questions authority and what is taking place in
Promoters were more interested
in music that could sell products,
Music was an integral part of
Stafford family life when Harrison
‘Even my bar mitzvah was Jamaican.’
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was growing up — his father Dick
was a jazz piano player who had
even toured with Count Basie — so
his folks accepted his devotion to
“Even my bar mitzvah was Jamaican,” Harrison Stafford said. “If
their children had an interest, my
parents embraced it.”
The Rastafari-Hebrew connection also spoke to Stafford.
“It is so biblical and speaks about
the people of Abraham,” he said.
He considers Rastafari a way of
life more than a religion.
“Religion is like something that
divides people,” Stafford said. “Rastafari embraces the idea that all
people come from God, we are all
the human race, and we should
treat each other as one.”
“Reggae and Rastafari are intertwined,” he added. “I taught the
history of reggae, and there are
two histories. One is the Jamaican
popular music, which developed
out of street music as well as the
U.S. R&B. Reggae came out of musicians that learned instruments in
the jazz way also to please tourists.”
Ska music came in the early
1960s, with songs about love and
girls, Stafford said. Reggae came
with a social message and fused
with Rastafari, and spread into
Kingston and the poor ghetto areas.
“We started to hear a social political type of movement, lyrics meant
to address the listener, hopefully to
have them reflect on life and live
more positive,” he said.
Stafford graduated from Amador
Valley High in 1996 and went on
to Sonoma State University where
he earned a degree in jazz performance. While in college he formed
an international reggae-fusion
group, Groundation, for which he
is the lead singer and guitar player.
He taught his reggae music class
“It was the first ever taught in the
history of America,” Stafford said.
“It took me two years to convince
the music department that it was
worth teaching and I was the one
to teach it.”
During that time, he made several trips to Jamaica researching
the subject, and sat with Rastafari
elders to gain historical knowledge
firsthand. His class often featured
musicians and elder Rastafarians as
Meanwhile his Pleasanton childhood friend Roger Landon Hall
was studying film at the Academy
of Art in San Francisco, and he
began to go to Sonoma to film
the guest lectures. This was the
impetus for a documentary the
two have produced, “Holding on
to Jah,” a comprehensive film on
the history of roots reggae music
and the Jamaican-based Rastafarian
movement. “Jah” is the Rasta term
Stafford said the film took on
momentum in 2009 after Academy
Award-winning director Jonathan
Demme praised it, saying, “’Holding on’ is so very beautiful ... Every
creative aspect shines in full effect
... I watched it, fell in love with it,
and delighted to a second viewing.”
Since then, the documentary has
been screened and well received at
film festivals including in Istanbul,
Finland, Australia, Washington,
D.C., and California.
Stafford put $40,000 of his own
money into making the 97-minute
film, but now he wants to release
it on DVD, which means paying to
license the music.
“Thirty-four songs are used in
the film, and it is going to cost
about $1,000 per song,” Stafford
“I’m not doing this to make
money,” he noted. “I just want to
see all this hard work about these
beautiful people come to completion. I want to go to Jamaica and
give to their children and grandchildren.”
“There’s a destiny thing,” he said.
“If you want good things to happen
to you, you have to put out good
energies to the world. This is all
part of who I am.”
Stafford lives in Tracy with his
wife, who is Jamaican, and their
21-month-old daughter and a newborn little boy. Stafford is about to
start Groundation’s 15th annual
European tour, featuring the release
of its new CD.
“I make my living touring outside of America — South America,
Australia, New Zealand,” Stafford
said. “We draw 5,000 in Paris and
10,000 in Sao Paulo. Groundation
has a unique sound, reggae and elements of jazz.”
“Europeans heard that unique
thing we were doing,” he continued. “Traditionally Europe has
been a great place for jazz. It was
the first place to embrace Bob Marley and Miles Davis. Europeans
have a larger palate in their intake
For more information about
Groundation, the documentary and
its financing, visit www.groundation.com and www.holdingontojah.com. Q
TRI VALLEY LIFE
PAL honors Las Positas student
Scholarship, merit awards presented to local artists
BY CIERRA BAILEY
The Pleasanton Art League (PAL)
awarded a local college student
with a scholarship during its annual exhibit reception last month.
Alisha Ellard — attending Las
Positas College in Livermore —
was this year’s recipient of the
$1,000 monetary award from PAL.
Ellard’s winning pieces were
three black-and-white ink images,
including one titled “Death Stare,”
that are currently being displayed
in this year’s PAL members art show
at the Firehouse Arts Center.
After she graduates from Las Positas, Ellard said she plans to transfer into the animation program at
the California Institute of the Arts
in Southern California. She hopes
to work for Pixar in the future.
Other awards were presented
during the opening reception Sept.
29, to members of PAL who submitted work for the organization’s
month-long exhibit in the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse.
Five artists earned merit awards,
each receiving $100. This year’s
winners were: Jennie McGregor,
Will and Estate
90 minute informational workshop
Hosted by Faith Chapel,
6656 Alisal St., Pleasanton.
Registration deadline is Nov. 6th
Please call for more information
COURTESY OF PAL
“Death Stare,” one of the winning ink images by student artist Alisha Ellard.
Patricia Devitt, Lisa Rigge, Norma
Webb and Grace Rankin.
The 15 artists who received honorable mention during the ceremony were: Louise Grey, Linda
Briggs, Barbara Daggett, Stephen
Rodriguez, Carol Maddox, Charlotte Severin, Courtney Jacobs,
Pat Smith, Carolyn Ramsey, Bettie Goosman, Sharon Cohune, Sue
Evens, Paul Veillux, Nancy Briemle
and Clarence Crew.
The exhibit is on display now
through Oct. 25 at the Firehouse
Arts Center located at 4444 Railroad Ave. Q
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‘Avenue Q’ comes to the Tri-Valley
TVRT opens run of Tony-winning musical this weekend
The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
is presenting “Avenue Q,” a modern
musical, at the Bankhead Theater
in Livermore this month.
The story is set in New York City
and focuses on the experiences of
a recent college graduate and his
friends during their journey to find
their purposes in life as they enter
“Avenue Q” — first performed
on Broadway in 2003 — won the
Tony Award “Triple Crown” for Best
Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
The musical is based on a concept created by composer and
lyricist Jeff Marx and songwriter
Robert Lopez. The show addresses
adult issues using humor, satire
and puppets to illustrate the plot.
The local production, which is
R-rated, will run in Livermore from
this Saturday through Nov. 2. Tickets can be purchased at the Bankhead box office located at 2400
Jennifer Stark stars as Kate Monster in the upcoming Tri-Valley Repertory
Theatre production of “Avenue Q.”
First St. or by calling 373-6800
Tuesday through Friday 12-6 p.m.,
Saturday 3-6 p.m. Q
Valley Concert Chorale announces
In keeping with its objective to
deliver a variety of music, Valley
Concert Chorale’s new season is
entitled “Favorite Masterworks and
The Tri-Valley chorus is celebrating its 52nd season, and has been
under the direction of John Emory
Bush since 1998. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit chorale and receives
financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, fundraisers and donations.
The new season is as follows:
Annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah
• 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5
Asbury Methodist Church
4743 East Ave., Livermore
• 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13
Trinity Lutheran Church
1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton
• 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14
First Presbyterian Church
4th and L Streets, Livermore
Masterworks of Yesterday
• 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14
Trinity Lutheran Church
• 3 p.m., Sunday, March 15
First Presbyterian Church in
Music of the Silver Screen
• 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17
First Presbyterian Church in
Tickets are $20 in advance and
$25 at the door; $10 for high
school and college students. Children are free. Order advance tickets
or call 866-4003. Q
—Dolores Fox Ciardelli
Pleasanton Weekly • October 17, 2014 • Page 13
story by JEB BING
photos by JEB BING
AND MIKE SEDLAK
a livelier place
Cemetery upgrades focus on expansion, historical past, guided tours
he Pleasanton Parks and
approved a long-range
master plan last week that calls
for expanding Pleasanton’s Pioneer
Cemetery to make it a better place
to be buried and a more attractive
place to visit.
The commission accepted the
report and recommendations of a
seven-member task force appointed by the Pleasanton City Council
that was asked to determine how
the historic site can be beautified
and made more accessible — and
how much all that will cost.
The 120-year-old cemetery,
which the city purchased in 2007
from the International Order of
Odd Fellows, has seen some improvements since the city crews
and the Rotary Club of Pleasanton
invested time and money to cart
away litter, repair broken benches,
tombstones and pavement, and
spruce up the landscape.
But for many, including those
who have purchased the new grave
sites made available over the last
three years, Pioneer is still a mess.
It’s a community eyesore for those
who think of Pleasanton as a city
of well-groomed parks and trails.
On rainy days, though those have
A proposed kiosk would list names
of those buried at Pioneer and include
a map of those sites.
Kathleen Yurchak, assistant Operations Services director
been few this season, visitors come
away with muddy shoes and disappointment. These are survivors
who spent up to $10,198 for a full
double-burial grave site after the
404 new plots were added, close
to what nearby public cemeteries
charge, but they have green grass
and usually an on-site caretaker.
In many ways, Pioneer hasn’t
changed much since the days the
Odd Fellows owned it and probably
not a lot since John Kottinger was
buried there. With its recommendations, part of a $4.5 million upgrade
and expansion program that the
City Council will consider Nov. 18,
both the task force and the Parks
and Recreation Commission hope
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to change that, turning Pioneer into
a more visible, easily accessed cemetery that will provide more space
for burials, including cremains, as
well as become a teaching tool and
possibly even a tourist attraction.
Veterans’ organizations have already promised helping hands and
donations, offering to create a privately funded means of rebuilding
the veterans’ memorial and to help
pay future maintenance costs. The
price tag for the memorial alone is
Local arts contributors Nancy
and Gary Harrington want to go
even further. They’re calling for
a creative sign facing traffic on
Sunol Boulevard inviting passersby
to visit historic Pioneer Cemetery.
Once inside the gates, they would
be directed to a staging area where
the cemetery’s history, the names
of early Pleasanton settlers and
the more than 400 veterans buried
there would be listed with a locator
map to their graves. All through the
cemetery, markers would provide
more historic details.
Although a number of the pricey
new grave sites have been sold,
there’s still reluctance on the part
of survivors who would like to
have a warmer, friendlier place to
pay respects to their loved ones.
As of August, the city has sold
51 casket sites and 84 cremains
plots, with 151 casket and 269
cremains plots still available. Allowable grave markers, although
similar to what newer cemetery
locations require, are flat on the
ground with room for a name and
dates. Without a friend’s help, you
could walk some distance before
finding the deceased buried below.
The Veterans Cemetery at Los Banos
has the same ground-level ruling,
but its headstones are elevated and
slanted enough so names are visible
by motorists traveling along the
One initial stumbling block
when the city acquired Pioneer
was a stipulation that plots could
not be re-sold if no longer needed.
That’s changed under the new plan,
giving owners the right to transfer
back their plots for a full refund of
their purchase price.
By improving the grounds and
focusing on the historic values
of Pioneer, the new master plan
could turn the cemetery into a
special place, not only for internment but also as a more pleasant
and memorable place for survivors
and visitors. After all, there are
few cemeteries so easily accessible
with grave sites dating back to the
1850s, when Pleasanton Memorial
Gardens, as it was known then, was
The oldest legible headstone is
dated 1862. Some of the city’s
founding pioneers, including John
Kottinger, Joshua Neal and Augustin Bernal, and many Pleasanton
military veterans are buried there.
Grave sites were less expensive
then, with the first recorded burial
of a Sunol Glen resident named
“Peck” for $6. Other early burials
include the Jorgensens, Augustins
and Judge William H. Gale, whose
name still adorns an old office
building on Neal Street.
The name “Pioneer” dates back
to the late 18th century when
California recognized these small
cemeteries as rustic and informal
burial grounds. The alignment of
graves, as in Pleasanton’s Pioneer
Cemetery, is more random and the
types of grave markers less uniform. Typically, these cemeteries
are not irrigated and plantings are
limited, with few shrubs and no
Fast forward to 2012 when a
(Photo at top left) Narrow driveway off
Sunol Boulevard is the main entrance to
Pioneer Cemetery. Historic wrought iron
“I.O.O.F.” (International Order of Odd
Fellows) nameplate will be re-glazed and
preserved. (Lower left) Headstone for
Gary Phillips, a Vietnam War veteran,
one of more than 400 veterans buried
at Pioneer Cemetery. (Top photo) Grave
marker for former Mayor Ed Kinney
includes his trademark “Happy Face.”
(Above) Graves dating back to the
mid-to-late 1800s include headstone for
Pleasanton pioneer Augustin Bernal.
new and expanded citizens committee was formed to urge the
city to clean up, irrigate and landscape Pioneer to make it “the nicest
looking park in town.” A former
City Council was reluctant even
to acquire the cemetery for fear it
would become a costly operation.
This year’s council unanimously
has agreed to take that cost on and
authorized the master plan effort to
begin last January.
Members of the task force, or
oversight committee, are Brad Hottle and Deborah Wahl, of the Parks
and Recreation Commission; Stephanie Wedge and Heidi Massie, of
the Civic Arts Commission; Frank
Capilla of the Community Cemetery Group; Jayne Archer, Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services;
(Top photo) Schween family mausoleum south of Flag Circle is one of only two
remaining structures in Pioneer Cemetery. Family plots in late 1800s and early 1900s
often were marked by large concrete slabs with multiple headstones. (Above) Pioneer
Cemetery has a number of leaning and broken headstones and sunken plots such as
this one located near the edge of the cemetery’s historic section.
Doug Miller, representing veterans’
organizations; and Carolanne Montgomery, a member at large.
Kathleen Yurchak, assistant director of Operations Services who
managed the committee, said
members met five different times
this year, holding public workshops and making drafts of their
plan available for public review.
“It’s been an aggressive project,”
Yurchak and the committee
worked with four outside paid
consultants: PGAdesign, landscape
architects; CPRA Studios, cemetery
consultants; Alexander & Associates, surveyors; and HortScience,
She said the proposed war memorial would be built in what is
now called the Flag Circle, where
special services once were held on
Memorial and Veterans holidays but
were moved because of space limitations. The proposed kiosk would
list names of those buried at Pioneer
and include a map of those sites.
It could be a computer-generated
search screen and there are also
plans for a self-guided tour of the
cemetery to historic burial plots.
Also under consideration are adding grave sites in the historic parts of
the cemetery where unused spaces
could be available next to older
graves. It is estimated that 375 additional casket burials and 624 cremains burials could be realized in
those portions of the cemetery if all
were double plots. Given the privilege of burial next to historic figures,
those plots would cost more.
With 56% of Californians now
choosing cremation, compared to
38% nationally, Yurchak expects
future demand to intensify for cremains sites at Pioneer. That’s why
most of the proposed expansion
would add small plots for cremains, possibly part of low walls at
the cemetery’s edges but not crypts
as now seen at the adjoining St.
Augustine Catholic Cemetery.
Although burial site purchases
since the city acquired Pioneer include fees for perpetual care, most
graves at the cemetery have no
ongoing fee structure to maintain
graves and many of those buried
there have no families remaining
to handle those chores. One of the
task force recommendations is to
establish an organization such as
the Friends of the Library to adopt
graves for maintenance work.
Also, because at some point in
the future Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery will be at capacity, the task
force is suggesting that the City
Council may want to contract with
a firm to identify new property
suitable for future burials in Pleasanton.
If the City Council accepts the
master plan report and recommendations on Nov. 18, more studies
will be needed before work can
begin. Clearly, one of the first challenges for Yurchak and her staff
will be to count the graves. No one
really knows how many are buried
at Pioneer beyond the 400 that
Miller and his veterans’ organizations have identified. Q
Pleasanton Weekly • October 17, 2014 • Page 15
THE OPINION OF THE WEEKLY
Vote Yes on Measure BB
Gina Channell-Allen, Ext. 119
n an independent, comprehensive report called “In the Fast
Lane,” the Bay Area Economic Institute details the economic impact of Measure BB, Alameda County’s Transportation
Expenditure Plan. The measure calls for extending the halfcent sales tax for transportation purposes — now set to expire
in 2022 — to March 31, 2045, and adds another half-percent
for the same time period, in effect imposing a 1% sales tax for
the next 30 years.
The report finds that the 30-year, $8 billion plan will yield
$20 billion in economic activity in the region and create nearly
150,000 full-time equivalent local jobs in a wide variety of
occupations, including design, construction, engineering and
transit operations. It would bring millions of dollars to Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley to improve transportation. It would
include $130 million to turn Highway 84 into a four-lane
expressway from I-680, across Pigeon Pass and to connect to
the four-lane segment now being built from Airway Boulevard
near the I-580 interchange to the western end of Ruby Hill
Drive and Vallecitos Road. The measure also would provide
$400 million to help fund an extension of BART to Livermore,
another $1.26 million annually for local streets and roads, and
$340,000 annually for local bike and pedestrian projects.
The measure would provide traffic relief, including financing
to every city in the county to repave streets, fill potholes and
upgrade local transportation infrastructure. Funds would also
be available to expand BART, bus and commuter rail service,
including BART expansion and improvements within Alameda
A similar measure failed by a fraction of the two-thirds favorable votes it needed two years ago, losing by just 721 votes out
of 527,403 ballots cast. At the time, those opposed to the measure, including the Pleasanton Weekly, cited its lack of a sunset
clause, making it a tax in perpetuity. Art Dao and his team at
the County Transportation Commission heard the complaints
and rewrote the measure to add a “sunset” clause that will give
voters a chance to vote on it again 30 years from now. A 30year sunset clause is probably in perpetuity for many of us, but
it’s the principle that counts.
Measure BB, with all of its benefits for Pleasanton, has our
support this time around. Vote Yes on Measure BB. Q
porter of downtown and the museum, he supports developing a plan
for a badly needed new library,
community and civic center.
Please vote for Jerry Thorne —
he deserves a second term.
Support for Narum
I encourage my fellow Pleasanton voters to vote for Kathy Narum
this Nov. 4. Kathy has continued
to help Pleasanton address difficult
issues for many years — from her
days on the Parks and Recreation
Commission to her service on the
Planning Commission, and now
her continued dedication serving
on the Pleasanton City Council.
Kathy spends the time and does
the research to fully understand the
issues. She works with the public
and to find the middle ground with
respect and dignity to all parties.
Her unquestionable love for our
city, coupled with her desire to help
others through service, make her
an excellent choice for your vote
Vote No on Measure BB
We got tricked by Alameda
County at the last election on a
sales tax increase. Now they are
back again asking for another 1%
sales tax increase for 30 years while
the existing increase in tax has still
eight years to run.
They think people will not notice
and make fear mongering claims.
People in the Valley have been
paying for BART for ages, and
we should not be paying a single
Further, California has the highest tax and sales tax in the nation.
The Department of Equalization
increased the gas tax by 3.5 cents a
gallon without reason and now we
have the highest gas tax in the nation. The governor also increased
the sales tax in the last election,
and billions of dollars are coming
into the government trough, a lot
more than budgeted.
With the highest gas tax and the
state reaping in billions of dollars
in sales tax increases, the need
for the Alameda county’s sales tax
increase to continue does not bind.
There are ample funds in the gas
tax to take care of the infrastructure needs. Alameda County gets
money from federal government
and the state also. It is time for our
politicians to live within the means
like the rest of us than continue to
tax the hard-working people. We
are now paying over 60% of our
wages in taxes. Just say No to BB.
Thorne the only choice
If you want a mayor who responds to all his constituents, respects and values diversity, and has
spent years serving on numerous
committees and commissions, then
Jerry Thorne is your man.
As mayor, Jerry has worked hard
to keep Pleasanton fiscally sound
and to reduce the city’s unfunded
pension liability. Jerry knows that
Pleasanton’s sound financial health
stems from our vibrant business
parks, regional shopping center
and dedicated city staff. Do not forget it is taxes from these that help
provide the outstanding parks and
community facilities we all enjoy.
Jerry has supported the redevelopment of Kottinger Gardens for
seniors, and he knows it is important to provide workforce housing
for the workers who help sustain
our fiscal health. A longtime sup-
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As members of the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force, we
wanted to comment on some inaccuracies and misinformation being
spread through campaign information the past few weeks.
In particular, Mr. Bowen has referenced our summary of meeting No.
17 stating that “the plan zones for
up to 2,279 new homes.” He also
has stated information regarding his
calculation for increased traffic.
For clarification, there is no approved plan yet — it is a working
draft that has just reached the stage
of environmental review (EIR) before a specific plan can be approved. Here is the information
from our most recent task force
meeting No. 17, which was held
two months ago:
• The EIR will consider 10 alternatives that range from no development up to 1,759 housing units.
• The base plan, or “preferred
plan,” was selected to be 1,300
• The preferred plan increases traffic on Santa Rita Road during the
peak hour by only 42 trips, due to
this plan paying for the completion
of El Charro Road.
• If the existing zoning in the plan
area (industrial) is to remain as it
is currently, it will generate traffic
volumes that are infeasible when
• The EIR also considers parks/
open space as a plan alternative.
(Although it does not consider a
solar farm, as mentioned as an interest by Mr. Morrison during the
• The 1,300 single-family homes
plan proposes to add approximately 80 acres of parks, a new school,
trails, $4 million of recycled water
outside the plan area and $26 million toward affordable housing —
all funded by the developer.
We feel that it was important for
the community to understand the
full opportunity available to them
before being told “it is the wrong
plan.” We would also like to note
that the Pleasanton Gravel Co. is
listed as a land owner in the plan
area, and representatives regularly
attend task force meetings to express their safety concerns about
residential development in the plan
area. We appreciate and respect
their input, but to suggest, as Mr.
Bowen has, that they are not a “special interest” seems incorrect.
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mail carrier was seen relieving herself in the bushes of my neighbor’s
yard. When confronted, the carrier
Whether she was sorry for her
action or sorry that she got caught I
don’t know. Just one more example
that we are turning into a “Third
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Bowen uses incorrect
information in ad
Pleasanton is desirable because it
has been well-planned by generations of dedicated residents, council members, commissions and
committees all aimed at maintaining its character.
I am a lifelong Pleasanton resident and serve on the East Pleasanton Specific Plan (EPSP) Task Force
with 17 others (neighborhood reps,
property owners, commissioners
and at-large members). We’ve been
meeting for the past two years to
study and plan the future of this
mostly light-industrial area. After
two years of experts, reports and
public input, we submitted a draft
plan for environmental review that
includes 10 alternative scenarios.
Upon completion of the EIR and
specific plan adoption, property
owners within its boundaries desiring to develop will still have to go
through the entire planning process
(site design, density, building design).
George Bowen’s ad for City Council in the Oct. 3 Weekly claims (citing Task Force meeting notes) that
the EPSP “zones 2,279” homes,
which is incorrect (along with the
car trip numbers). No one on the
Task Force supports such numbers.
In fact, the 10 plans being studied
for the EIR include a “no project”
scenario up to 1,759 units, and that
is only being included as an outside
number for the EIR.
I plan to vote for Arne Olson
and Kathy Narum, both who have
integrity and understand the planning process having served on the
Planning Commission (Arne, 8
years; Kathy, 5 years until becoming a city council member). Arne
and Kathy both have proven records of making sound decisions
based on resident feedback and real
Support for Mayor
The mayoral election in Pleasanton should be summed up in
two words: Jerry Thorne. Over the
past two years, he has been truly
a mayor all day, every day. There
is no reason to change that status,
since we all benefit from Jerry’s
productive full-time service.
We can thank Jerry for some of
the following accomplishments and
current projects in his nine years
of service as a councilman and
mayor: the long-awaited and wellused Stoneridge Drive extension,
the Bernal Sports Park emerged
with Phase 2 construction set to
begin, and the once-forgotten Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard
is being refreshed.
Just as important, but not very
well-known, is Jerry’s support for
our returning veterans that includes being there when each and
every one of them arrives at home
from their tours of duty. Jerry also
Recommend Narum and
Bowen for council
I am voting to re-elect Kathy
Narum for council because of her
strong experience and her accessibility. Kathy consistently reaches
out to residents to gather input on
our concerns and key issues. She
truly values hearing input from all
perspectives vs. just listening to
one side. I have always respected
this about her.
Kathy personally walks more
precincts than any candidate I have
ever known, always asking residents for feedback on how we can
improve Pleasanton. As a result of
listening to all sides, she has been
able to make thoughtful, balanced
and independent decisions that
keep Pleasanton special.
I am voting for George Bowen for
the open seat as I believe he will
bring diverse thinking and fresh
ideas to the council. It is critical to
have a council team that is not only
made up of smart and experienced
individuals, but also individuals
with diverse perspectives. This ensures there will be a healthy debate
on critical issues vs. a “me too”
vote, hopefully driving the best
Of the remaining three candidates, I believe George is the only
one who has both the experience
and the diverse perspective to create a thoughtful and well-balanced
Council team for Pleasanton.
Thank you for your consideration of Kathy and George as you
make your voting decision.
Break up good ol’ boys
Pleasanton has been run by a
small group of good ol’ boys (and
they are mostly boys) for years. No
one voted for these folks, you probably won’t recognize their names,
yet they call the shots.
Who are these people, and how
did they achieve this power over
our community? They are led by
the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and include several local
well-connected business and property owners, a few large corporate
interests and developers salivating
at the chance to cash in on our
now defunct housing cap. They
have combined resources for many
years to fund local campaigns with
hundreds of thousands of dollars
in direct candidate contributions,
PAC donations and independent
expenditures to buy a City Council
majority who will do their bidding.
The Chamber even has its own
manifesto, the “2015 Community
Vision,” which reads like a shadow-
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is at the forefront with a city-friendly welcome to businesses wishing to do business in Pleasanton.
Not least in his mayoral routine is
thanking and honoring those who
do good in our community; Jerry
recently honored Ken Mano with
the Mayor’s Award for the many
hours he devotes to community
Please help re-elect Jerry Thorne,
a results-oriented leader.
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I’m writing to encourage the
residents of Pleasanton to vote for
Arne Olson for the Pleasanton City
Council this election. I hope when
they are checking off the candidates, having read the candidates
ballots statements, they will realize that they should vote for Arne
Olson to fill the soon to be vacated seat of Councilmember Cheryl
Councilmember Cook-Kallio has
done an exemplary job representing the residents of Pleasanton, and
I think to fill her seat by electing
someone with the experience that
Arne Olson brings to the council is
the right decision.
Arne has spent eight years as
a planning commissioner for the
city and two years as a member of
the Economic Vitality Committee.
That experience, plus having lived
in Pleasanton for nearly three decades, being a community servant
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and someone that loves his community the way he does makes me
confident that Arne is the candidate
of choice. As the current vicemayor of Pleasanton, I know what
it takes to be on this council, and I
believe Arne is the most qualified
He won’t be a councilmemberin-training for the next two or three
years; he’ll be ready to go. Please
join me in voting for Arne Olson as
well as incumbents Councilmember Narum and Mayor Thorne on
of Tim Sbranti
The Pleasanton Weekly endorsement of Tim Sbranti is nothing
short of laughable. Here is a person
that used his position as head of
the California Teachers Association
(CTA) political action committee to
basically smear his opponent, Steve
Glazer, in the primaries with the
association spending millions on
campaign contributions to assure
that their lackey was the Democrats
The CTA has spent a record $211
million in the last decade to influence political outcomes. Follow
the money and it is obvious who
Sbranti is beholden to. In addition,
Sbranti opposes transparency in
public-sector collective bargaining,
supports BART workers ability to
strike, bringing the Bay Area to a
grinding halt (refresh your memory
on both the frustration and time
delays caused by the unreasonable
demands by the BART unions) and
opposes reduction of future pension benefit accruals.
His opponent for the 16th State
Assembly District, Catharine Baker,
would ban strikes by BART workers; Sbranti would not. Baker has
refused to fill out any secret questionnaires by interest groups, which
are often a condition of endorsements and contributions; Sbranti
has played that game. Baker agrees
with a Los Angeles judge’s recent
ruling that found that California’s
overly protective rules on teacher
tenure and the primacy of seniority undermine the civil rights of
low-income and minority students;
Sbranti sees no need to disrupt the
status quo on that point.
Is this the type of representation
that the 16th District wants?
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Jerry Thorne, as mayor of our
Pleasanton City Council, has
proved himself to be an effective,
responsible leader and an independent thinker. He is a man of integrity, known for his “grass roots”
efforts, who listens and works with
us. His strong and experienced
voice has helped bring more con-
sensus and cooperation to the City
Council resulting in decisions and
actions that serve well Pleasanton’s
people, businesses and government.
Jerry is a trusted businessman,
environmental engineer, family
man and community leader.
Jerry is well-recognized for
representing our Pleasanton City
Council on numerous regional,
state and national commissions and
boards. In Pleasanton he lead the
fight for lighted, multi-use sports
fields, for a teen center, for a youth
club, and for civic-arts facilities to
be built on the Bernal property.
He has recognized the fast-growing
aging population in Pleasanton and
is committed to continuing strong
services to our Senior Center, and
to promoting programs that provide assistance to seniors including
Jerry Thorne will continue to be
an outstanding mayor of Pleasanton. We need his strong and
thoughtful leadership. Let’s get
Jerry elected again.
Support for Baker
The Weekly got it wrong by endorsing union-backed Tim Sbranti
over Catharine Baker. One of the
biggest problems our state faces are
the unfunded liability of public employee and teacher pension plans.
The Pleasanton Weekly endorses
Sbranti, who is a teacher and the
chair of the Political Involvement
Committee of the California Teachers Association, one of California’s
largest unions. Talk about putting
the fox in charge of the hen house!
The editorial endorsement basically chose him for being a longtime local politician, not as the best
candidate on the issues affecting
the Tri-Valley or the best voice for
us in Sacramento. We don’t need
more union-backed longtime politicians that just toe the union party
line on pensions, taxes, schools
and spending. They haven’t been
getting the job done for us in
Sacramento, and they have totally
screwed up our state.
We need someone like Catharine Baker, a longtime resident of
the area who has the experience
we need: experience as a leader
in our local schools, experience
working with Tri-Valley small businesses and nonprofits to help them
become successful, and experience
with political courage to take on
powerful interests, even in her own
I am voting for Catharine Baker,
and I urge my fellow voters to
do the same because I don’t want
another longtime union puppet
representing us. I want someone
that’s going to change the culture in
Sacramento. I want a leader to represent us — that leader is Catharine
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WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES
Citrus Heights man arrested for
suspected drug violation
A man from Citrus Heights was arrested Oct. 8 after
Pleasanton police officers received a call about suspected drug activity at an automobile shop on California
When the officer arrived, many people were inside
the business, and one of them was on probation for
evading law enforcement, according to police.
The officer conducted a probation search on the
man, identified as 45-year-old Christopher Sean Gorman.
Police allege Gorman had methamphetamine in his
pockets. The officer also searched Gorman’s car and
allegedly found ammunition — a prohibited item for
someone on probation.
Gorman was arrested on suspicion of possession of
methamphetamine, probation violation and possession of ammunition.
In other police reports:
• The Safeway on Bernal Avenue was able to recover
over $200 worth of cosmetic items after a man and
woman tried to leave the store without paying for the
items, police said.
An unknown black male and white female entered
the store, and store employees reported seeing the
people filling four reusable grocery bags with items
such as facial creams, expensive shampoos and razors.
According to police, the items stolen are worth approximately $900.
Police said an employee attempted to stop the man
and woman as they left the store without paying, but
they were able to run away from the employee — after
the employee tore one of the four grocery bags and was
able to recover several stolen items.
No arrests have been made.
• A house on Tapestry Way was reported burglarized
after the female resident returned home and found various pieces of jewelry missing on Oct. 6.
According to police reports, the upstairs master
bedroom was ransacked. Police say the point of entry
was the backyard glass door.
Tuesday, October 216, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
Public Hearing: Adopt a resolution Levying the Pleasanton
Downtown Business Improvement District Assessment for 2015
and approve agreement renewal between the City of Pleasanton
and the Pleasanton Downtown Association to administer the
Downtown Pleasanton Business Improvement District
Public Hearing: Adopt a resolution approving the Citizens’
Options for Public Safety Program (COPS) Year 18 Appropriation
Update on the Stage 3 Water Shortages and Local Emergency
Consider a resolution accepting the 2013/14FY Unaudited
Financial Report for the Operating Budget and amending the
2013/14FY Operating Budget
Concurrent Item of City Council and Housing Authority
Board of Directors – Consider approval of an application to the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the
Demolition and Disposition of Kottinger Place located at 240
Kottinger Drive as part of the Kottinger Place / Pleasanton Gardens
Review and consider the City of Pleasanton’s 2014 Cultural Plan
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue
The Pleasanton Police Department made
the following information available.
Q 9:24 a.m. Street information not
Theft from structure
Q 2:54 p.m. in the 1500 block of East
Q 9:16 p.m. in the 800 block of Bricco
Q 3:20 a.m. in the 4300 block of
Rosewood Drive; auto theft
Q 5:15 p.m. in the 5800 block of Valley
Avenue; theft from auto
Q 6:34 p.m. in the 11900 block of
Dublin Canyon Road; auto theft
Q 5:51 a.m. in the 5600 block of
Q 10:29 a.m. in the 800 block of Main
Street; commercial burglary
Q 6:13 p.m. in the 2400 block of
Tapestry Way; residential burglary
Q 7:37 a.m. in the 7300 block of
Q 11:03 a.m. at the intersection of
Bernal and Vineyard avenues
Q 4:13 p.m. Street information not
Q 5:48 p.m. Street information not
Q 8:38 a.m. in the 1200 block of
Concord Street; theft from auto
Q 11:51 a.m. in the 5300 block of Case
Avenue; bicycle theft
Q 1:52 p.m. in the 400 block of Boulder
Court; theft from auto
Q 7:15 p.m. in the 6100 block of W. Las
Positas Boulevard; bicycle theft
Q 10:23 p.m. in the 1100 block of
Santa Rita Road; theft from structure
Q 10:55 p.m. in the 5100 block of
Gary Dean Logan
December 9, 1938-August 20, 2014
Gary Dean Logan passed away on
Wednesday, August 20th after a short yet
valiant battle with liver cancer; he was 75
years old. He touched so many lives with
his gentle spirit and lively sense of humor.
Gary’s remarkable life included extraordinary achievements in spite of his humble beginnings. His resilience and goodwill were
clearly demonstrated through his effortless
charitable endeavors and love for children.
Gary was born in San Francisco, Ca, raised
in Santa Barbara, Ca and later moved to Independence, MO. He
was introduced to The Andrew Drumm Farm for under-privileged
children at the age of 13. Soon after, it was determined that Drumm
Farm would become Gary’s new home. During his residency, Gary
attended East High School, graduating in 1956. After serving in the
Navy for four years, Gary returned to California where he enjoyed
a 54 year career in the electronics industry. Gary was a resident of
Pleasanton for more than 17 years. He worked for companies such
as Mel Labs, Zeta Labs, Shugart Associates and FlexStar.
It was through Shugart Associates that he would meet his match,
the love of his life and future wife, Pamela Young. This dynamic
pair seized the opportunity and as a result of an acquisition of
FlexStar’s disk drive repair facility, he started his own company.
As Founder/CEO of BigByte Corporation for 25 years, Gary leaves
behind a legacy of great influence and tangible accomplishments.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of almost 28 years, Pamela
Young Logan; children Keely Lozano (Tino) of Prunedale, CA,
Michael Logan of Merced, CA and Cari Brockett of Sonora, CA.
Grandchildren Chris Raymond (Cinthia) of Rocklin, CA, Sean
Raymond of Prunedale, CA, Stevi Torres (Mario) of Sonora, CA
and Kennedy Brockett of Sonora, CA. Great-Grandchildren
Isabella and Camille Raymond of Rocklin, CA and Cali Torres of Sonora, CA, his faithful canines Winston Bentley Logan and Burr Jack
Logan and a host of cousins and relatives.
Gary was predeceased by his mother Phyllis Lyon Logan, brother
Donald Logan, father Kenneth Walter Logan and his sister Joyce
Elaine Herrington. He would also want to recognize his beloved
canine sons which passed before him: Prescott Miles Logan, Bentley Ross Logan and Jack Prescott Logan.
A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at
Barone’s Restaurant in Pleasanton. This was an invitation only
Family requests that a donation be made to:
Drumm Farm Center for Children:
Select “Give Today” check Tribute and fill in:
Gary Dean Logan
PA I D
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Applications at 5460 Sunol Boulevard, Suites 3 and 4 (Oak Hills
Shopping Center) to: (1) modify an existing Conditional Use Permit
to convert a previously approved tutoring facility with a maximum
of 30 students into a Heritage School with a maximum of 30
students and an outdoor playground area; and (2) Design Review
approval to remove eight existing parking spaces at the rear of the
existing shopping center and construct a new 1,984 square-foot
outdoor playground area enclosed with a new 6-foot tall wrought
P14-1164, Ravi Cherukuri and Greg Kawahara
Application for Design Review approval to construct a two-story
custom home at 2523 Yolanda Court.
P14-1022/P14-1097, Genius Kids
Applications for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a licensed
daycare for children ages 2-6 years and a tutoring center for
grades K-6 and for Design Review approval for an outdoor play
area at 5698 Stoneridge Drive.
CenterStreet Properties, LLC
Work Session to review and receive comments on a
Preliminary Review application to construct an approximately
120,000-square-foot shopping center with emergency vehicle
access from El Charro Road and related site improvements on the
Retail/Commercial Site at Staples Ranch.
Applications for: (1) General Plan Amendments to change the
Land Use Designation of an approximately 0.59-acre vacant
parcel located at the southwest corner of Hopyard Road and
“Open Space – Public Health and Safety” to “Business Park”
and to change the Land Use Designation of an approximately
0.18-acre portion of 6111 Johnson Court from “Retail/Highway/
“Business Park”; (2) Rezoning of 6111 Johnson Court from the O
designation of the PUD-I/C-O (Planned Unit Development –
parcel; (3) PUD Development Plan approval to construct an
two drive-through lanes and related site improvements; and (4)
Square II development (PUD-96-13; 5225-6015 Johnson Drive) to
The City Council is currently accepting applications for a vacancy on
the Tri Valley Conservancy. The Tri-Valley Conservancy is a community
organization whose mission is “to permanently protect the fertile soils,
rangelands, open space and biological resources, and to support a viable
agricultural economy in the Tri-Valley area.” For more information visit
If you are interested in applying, please visit our website at www.
The above represents a sampling of upcoming meeting items.
For complete information, please visit
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‘AFTER HOURS AUTHORS’ PROGRAM
HOSTS TWO GRAPHIC NOVELISTS
The Pleasanton Library and Towne
Center Books will host a visit by the
popular, award-winning graphic
novelists Raina Telgemeier and
Kazu Kibuishi at 7 p.m. on Friday,
Oct. 24 at the Pleasanton Library.
Raina Telgemeier is the author and
illustrator of the graphic novels
“Smile” and “Drama,” both #1
New York Times bestsellers, as
well as other works. Kazu Kibuishi
is the creator of the #1 New York
Times bestselling “Amulet” series,
as well as other works. Co-sponsor
Towne Center Books will have copies of both authors’ books available for purchase and autographs.
No registration required. Ages 8
and older. For more information,
call 931-3400 or go to http://
NEUROTIC PARENT’S GUIDE TO
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS Join Emmywinning writer and author J.D.
Rothman for a lively, laugh-filled
reading and conversation about
the insanity of modern college
admissions, from 7-8:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the
Pleasanton Library. Towne Center
Books will sell copies of the book.
CITY COUNCIL The Pleasanton City
Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first
and third Tuesdays of the month
at City Council Chamber, 200 Old
TRI-VALLEY WRITERS MEETING The
Tri-Valley Writers Meeting will be
from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18
at Four Points by Sheraton. Guest
Speakers D. Patrick Miller, a collaborator, ghostwriter, and principal
editor, and Sari Friedman, poet, fiction and creative non-fiction writer,
will present “The Golden Age of
Self-Publishing is Now.” Writers of
all genres and experience levels are
welcome. Cost is $12 for members,
$17 for non-members. Contact
828-7687 or [email protected]
PLEASANTON COMMUNITY CONCERT
BAND The Pleasanton Community
Concert Band will perform a program for all ages featuring music by
famous composers whose names
begin with an “S” at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Firehouse
Arts Center. Free! Call 846-5897 or
go to pleasantonband.org.
AN EVENING WITH ALBERT EINSTEIN
Broadway and film actor Duffy
Hudson returns in a highly anticipated performance as Albert
Einstein, the great scientific thinker
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNIT Y
who revolutionized physics, at 7
p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the
Firehouse Arts Center. Tickets are
$10, $7 for seniors, $5 for members, $3 for students. Call 4622766 or go to www.museumonmain.org.
GHOST WALK Meet the ghosts
of Pleasanton’s past during the
Museum on Main’s popular Ghost
Walk. This family-friendly tour will
take you to some of Pleasanton’s
most haunted sites along Main St.
Tours depart the museum every
30 minutes between 6-8 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18,
24-25. Costumes encouraged. For
tickets and more information, go to
GRAND REOPENING AT BON DIA
CAFE Come and join Bon Dia Café
at their grand reopening event
from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21
at 1987 Santa Rita Road, in the
Mission Plaza Shopping Center.
Appetizers, drinks and special
raffles will be held throughout the
evening. Call (510) 390-2342. Bon
Dia Cafe, 1987 Santa Rita Road,
HALLOWEEN BREW CRAWL
Downtown merchants and local
breweries will come together for a
night of adult trick-or-treating at
the Halloween Brew Crawl from
5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Participants will sample over 40
beers and tasty bites at 32 locations on and around Main St.
Guests are encouraged to come
in costume. Tickets are $35 and
available at Red Coats Pub, Studio
7, and at https://pleasantondowntownassociation.instagift.com/
HARVEST CELEBRATION Celebrate
the Harvest Season from 6-9 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 24 at Harvest Valley
Church, 3200 Hopyard Road.
Music, games, prizes, inflatables,
puppet shows, petting zoo, face
painting, chili cook off, and pie
contest. Hamburger or hotdog,
chips and drink available for $5.
Nachos, cotton candy, popcorn,
caramel apples, chili and pie available for purchase. Call 484-2482.
INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
Come learn a variety of simple
dances from around the world from
3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at
the Veteran’s Hall in Livermore. No
partner or experience needed. Wear
smooth soled shoes and lightweight
clothing. Enjoy folk music, refreshments, and new friends. Children
welcome. Call (415) 246-7697 or
go to www.folkdance.com.
MIXER FOR TRI-VALLEY RENTAL
PROPERTY OWNERS The City of
Pleasanton and Abode Services
will host a resource mixer for TriValley rental property owners from
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.
24 at the City of Pleasanton’s
Operations Service Center, 3333
Busch Road. Light lunch and door
prizes. Clifford Fried, a Partner at
Fried and Williams Attorneys at
Law, will speak on how to deal
effectively with difficult tenant situations. Information will also be
available regarding strategies for
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good tenant selection, programs
for tenants that are also beneficial
to landlords, and more. Space is
limited. To reserve a spot, contact
Flora Garcia at 373-5313 or [email protected] by Oct. 21.
WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN OF
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPAGNE
BRUNCH The Widowed Men and
Women of Northern California
invite you to join for a champagne
brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct.
26 at Castlewood Country Club.
RSVP to Jill at (510) 881-4758 or
[email protected] by Oct. 18.
‘WE CAN’ ART EXHIBIT AT LAS
POSITAS COLLEGE The “We Can”
art exhibit will benefit the Alameda
County Community Food Bank by
sale of the paintings and the donation of canned foods. The exhibit
will run from Oct. 1-30 at the
Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for
the Arts at Las Positas College in
Livermore. Paintings can be viewed
and bid on in $60 increments at
www.biddingforgood.com/lpcfoundation; cash donations can also be
made at this website. Food donations can be made at the college.
A closing reception will be held
6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30.
For more information contact Bill
Paskewitz at 424-1265.
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE SPONSORS
BOOK DRIVE Assistance League of
Amador Valley will hold a children’s
book drive for Make a Difference
Day on Oct. 25. New books for
children in grades K-5 can be
donated now through October at
Towne Center Books, 555 Main
St. Presented in conjunction with
Operation School Bell which provides students in need in the TriValley with clothes and shoes. Go
GOLF UNDER THE STARS Tri Valley
Evening Rotary will host a golf
event to support their community
service efforts and First Tee program Tri-Valley from 4:30-9 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Pleasanton
Golf Center Executive Course.
Tickets are $75. Contact Mark at
(510) 410-7703 or [email protected] Go to trivalleyrotary.
LHS PTSA GRAD NIGHT DROP
AND SHOP Support Livermore High
School PTSA Safe and Sober Grad
Night at the Drop and Shop meat
and plant sale, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
on Saturday and Sunday, Oct.
25-26 at Livermore High School.
Drop off your old TVs, Laptops,
monitors and DVD players and
shop a selection of great plants and
meats. Contact [email protected]
PLEASANTON WALK4WELLS 7K RUN
Join this 7k run to raise awareness
about women and kids who walk
great distances to access clean
water, from 9:30 a.m.-noon on
Sunday, Oct. 19 at Pleasanton
Sports and Recreation Park.
Includes a mile Fun Run, activities
for kids, and raffle prizes. Guest
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TOUR DE CURE WOMEN’S SERIES
Grab your bikes, ladies! Whether
an avid cyclist or just a beginner, the American Diabetes
Association’s Tour de Cure
Women’s Series is a chance to
ride in sisterhood to celebrate all
women living with diabetes and all
those affected by the disease. The
event will be from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 26 at Shadow Cliffs
Regional Park. Register today!
Contact Lee Barona at (510) 6544499 ext. 7461 or [email protected] Go to www.diabetes.org/
TRI-VALLEY BASKET BRIGADE The
Basket Brigade is a special kind of
Thanksgiving food drive and community effort that offers participants the opportunity to donate
food and much needed items to
families in need. The participants
may choose to deliver wrapped
baskets to families in need located
throughout the Bay Area. This
special donation event will run
now through Nov. 22 at Valley
Montessori School in Livermore.
Go to trivalleybasketbrigade.com.
WINE FOR A CURE Join the 5th
Annual Wine for a Cure, a benefit
for Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.,
from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19
at The Purple Orchid Resort and
Spa in Livermore. Meet actor Todd
Giebenhain, who lives with CF; Bill
Ring, former San Francisco 49er
great; and recording artists Adam
Topol and Tess Dunn, who lives
with CF. Tickets are $100, $125 for
VIP. Call (650) 404-9979 or go to
COVERED CALIFORNIA INFORMATION
SESSION Learn about Covered
California, the new online “marketplace” that makes it simple and
affordable to purchase quality
health insurance, at 6:30 p.m. on
Monday, Oct. 20 at the Rincon
Library in Livermore. Find out how
you may be eligible to receive assistance to pay for health insurance
plans, or for free coverage through
Medi-Cal. Go to www.CoveredCA.
COVERED CALIFORNIA INFORMATION
SESSION Learn about Covered
California, the new online “marketplace” that makes it simple
and affordable to purchase quality health insurance, at 7 p.m.
on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the
Pleasanton Library. Find out how
you may be eligible to receive assistance to pay for health insurance
plans, or for free coverage through
Medi-Cal. Go to www.CoveredCA.
com. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old
Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT
CLASSES This 7-week series will
teach you how to manage your
diabetes with exercise, healthy eating, and medications, and answer
all your questions about living with
diabetes. Classes are 9:30-11:30
a.m. Fridays, Oct. 17-Dec. 5 at the
Dublin Senior Center. Open to all
adults with Pre Diabetes and Type
2 Diabetes. Call (408) 768-3763
or go to http://www.acphd.org/
CRAFTERS WANTED FOR HOLIDAY
BOUTIQUE Crafters wanted for the
Holiday Boutique; the boutique will
be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday,
Nov. 15 at Harvest Valley Church.
For more information contact
Valerie at 484-2482 ext. 121 or
Kids & Teens
HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT Kids
10 and younger are invited to come
in costume and pick up instructions, a Halloween bag and their
first clue from the starting location,
Towne Center Books, 555 Main St.,
starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
Oct. 25. Solve the clue to find the
next downtown location, where
they will be given a treat and their
next clue. Parents will be given the
answers to the clues to help children find the treat locations. Call
484-2199 or go to www.pleasantondowntown.net.
LIFETIME TENNIS 9TH ANNUAL
HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT Join in costume for an annual trick-or-treat
evening, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on
Friday, Oct. 24 at the Pleasanton
Tennis and Community Park. This
free event features the Haunted
Hallway of Horror, games and
activities for kids and adults, and
yummy treats for all. Call 931-3449
or go to www.lifetimetennis.com.
‘LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY’ Members
of the Alameda County Bar
Association visit the Pleasanton
Public Library on the third
Tuesday of each month to give
free 15 to 20 minute consulta-
‘BOOMERAGING: FROM LSD TO
OMG’ Bay Area’s one and only
Will Durst will present his rollicking
celebration of “the Maturation of
the Boomer Nation” at 8 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18
• Credits can be transferred
• Students can transfer at any time
• Transfer scholarships are available
• On-campus and online courses
4889 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton,
469-6266. Winner of The
Pleasanton Weekly’s Reader
Choice Awards for “Best American
Food,” “Best Meal under $20”
and “Best Kid Friendly Restaurant,”
Eddie Papa’s American Hangout
celebrates the regional food and
beverage cultures of America.
Bring the whole family to enjoy
iconic dishes from across the United
States, Old World Hospitality, and
hand crafted artisan cocktails.
‘THE FABULOUS FABLE FACTORY’ AT
LAS POSITAS Las Positas College will
present its children’s theater show,
“The Fabulous Fable Factory” at 7
p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24; and at 2
p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the
Black Box Theater at Las Positas
College. The play centers around
the retelling of four of Aesop’s most
famous fables: “The Tortoise and the
Hare,” The Lion and the Mouse,”
“The Ant and the Grasshopper,”
• Flexible one-course-per-month class schedule
at the Firehouse Arts Center. Ably
assisted by his genial wit and trusty
overhead projector, Durst presents
his newest one-man show. Tickets
are $20-$30. Call 931-4848 or go
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MAD SCIENCE FOR KIDS AT
PLEASANTON LIBRARY The
Pleasanton Library will feature Mad
Science of Mt. Diablo at 1:30 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 25. The company
brings its traveling science lab for
a presentation of Fire and Ice! This
fast-paced, interactive presentation
is meant for grades 1-5. 200 free
tickets will be given out at 1 p.m.
prior to the event. Call 931-3400
ext. 3 or go to www.ci.pleasanton.
tions. Appointments are by lottery.
Register from 5:30-5:45 p.m.;
names will be selected at 5:50 p.m.
and people must be present when
names are drawn. Appointments
begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
Call 931-3400, ext. 7.
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PLEASANTON LACROSSE NEW PLAYER FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at HART MS
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time players and anyone interested
in learning more about this great
game! The New Player Festival is
for boys and girls currently enrolled
in 1st through 10th grade.
Come and enjoy an afternoon
of fun! The Fall Festival is a great
opportunity to try out one of the
areas fastest growing sports. PLC
and High School coaches, from
Amador and Foothill, as well as
local players will be on hand to
teach new players the fundamentals
of lacrosse: passing, catching,
cradling, shooting, ground balls and
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and “The Farmer and His Donkeys.”
Free. The show will also be touring
to elementary schools in the TriValley area. Contact Ken Ross at
(510) 763-7087 or [email protected]
CREATURES OF IMPULSE PRESENTS
‘NIGHTMARE’ The Bay Area’s awardwinning teen improv troupe will
present their live, improvised horror
show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 30 and Saturday, Nov. 1. A
free preview show will be at 7:30
p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. A special
late-night show (costumes encouraged) for ages 14 and up only will
be at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. All
shows at the Firehouse Arts Center.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for
students. Call 931-4848 or go to
PLEASANTON SENIOR PLAYERS:
‘ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID’ Pleasanton
Senior Players return with a hilarious comedic romp about four
friends who made a promise at
Senior Prom to be in each others’
weddings. “Always a Bridesmaid”
will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday, Oct. 24-25; and at 2 p.m.
on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Firehouse
Arts Center. Tickets are $10, $5 for
children. Call 931-4848.
FREE MEMORY SCREENING FOR
SENIORS Caring Solutions is spon-
soring free memory assessment on
the fourth Thursday of the month
at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600
Amador Valley Blvd. Call 5564511 for a 30-minute appointment. Preregister by the Monday
prior to reserve an appointment.
Informational materials are available at the Senior Center.
HEALTHY SENIOR NUTRITION
AND FITNESS LifeStyleRx and the
Branch of AAUW will present
“Healthy Senior Living: Nutrition
and Fitness” at 2 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 23 at the Livermore Civic
Center. Featuring Valley Care
Health wellness center, LifeStyleRx
and a nutritional eating seminar
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL
ILLNESS (NAMI) TRI-VALLEY NAMI
Tri-Valley Parent Resource and
Support Group meets twice a
month for parents with children
to age 17 diagnosed or suspected
of having bipolar or other mood
disorders. It meets from 7-9 p.m.
the 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 [email protected]
with a registered dietitian. Call 2482444 or go to www.aauw-lpd.org.
CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP
This is a safe place to speak openly
about your experience of pain and
to learn ways of coping with it.
Meetings are 12:30-1:30 p.m. the
first and third Mondays monthly
at Asbury Methodist Church, 4743
East Ave., Livermore. Call 4471950.
EAST BAY ESSENTIAL TREMOR
SUPPORT GROUP If you have
recently been diagnosed with ET
or would like to learn more about
this common movement disorder
in a safe and supportive environment, please join us from 10 a.m.noon on the third Saturday of each
month, in the Blackhawk A and B
conference rooms at San Ramon
Regional Medical Center, 6001
Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon.
For more information, view their
blog at www.eastbayet.com or call
487-5706 or email [email protected]
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AMADOR
VALLEY All ladies are invited to join
this dedicated group of volunteers,
reaching out to those in need in
the Tri-Valley and having fun doing
it. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the
third Thursday of the month at The
Parkview, 100 Valley Ave. Contact
461-6401 or [email protected] Go to www.
LIFETIME TENNIS 9TH ANNUAL
HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT Volunteer
at Lifetime Tennis’s 9th annual
Halloween Fun Night from 5-9 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 24 at Pleasanton
Tennis and Community Park. This
is a free community event needing
volunteer actors for the haunted
house and costumed volunteers to
help with carnival games. Contact
Aaron at [email protected]
MOTHERS WITH A PURPOSE
Mothers With a Purpose meets
at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Thursday of the month at
the Foothill High School Library.
Mothers with a Purpose was
formed by local moms to offer
support to families affected by
addiction. Visit www.motherswithapurpose.org.
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995 Fictitious Name
MD SPA OF PLEASANTON FICTITIOUS
BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.:
496507 The following person(s) doing
business as: MD SPA OF PLEASANTON,
531 MAIN STREET, PLEASANTON, CA
94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Robert F. Gray MD
Inc., 531 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA
94566. This business is conducted by a
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Signature of Registrant: Robert F. Gray,
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(Pleasanton Weekly, Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov.
MCT DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION;
INVESTIGATIVE BUSINESS CONSULTANTS
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
File No.: 496650-1 The following
person(s) doing business as: MCT
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PLEASANTON, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Michael
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NOTICE OF DAMAGES SOUGHT BY
DEFAULT C.C.P. §§425.10, 425.11, 580;
CIVIL CODE §3295 ASSIGNED FOR ALL
PURPOSES TO THE HON. KIMBERLY
E. COLWELL, DEPT. 18 NOTICE TO
Defendant O.F. Lending Group, Inc., an
unknown business entity,; Defendant
James Rivera, an individual; Defendant
Tiffany Carr, an individual; Defendant
Gregory Lomba, an individual (collectively “Defendants”); Plaintiffs Mary Kate
Cunniff, Mitchell Eason, Katie Eason,
Bryan Evans, Gregory Henry, Tobian
Henry, David Lim, Janice Yee, Webster
D. Loudd, Katherine Loudd, Deborah
McLarty, Rickie McLarty, Darlene
McLarty, Janice Nelson, Tommy Ness,
Deborah Ness, Benjamin Ostroff, Mary
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Semitsu, and Karen Thumm (“Plaintiffs”)
and each of them reserves the right to
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twenty thousand and five dollars and
twenty cents) in restitutional damages,
$43,737.22 (forty three thousand seven
hundred and thirty seven dollars and
twenty two cents) in compensatory
damages (and/or emotional distress)
and $690,000.00 (six hundred and
ninety thousand dollars) in punitive
and/or statutory damages against each
Defendant listed above jointly and severally in Alameda County Superior Court
Case number RG12640691 entitled
Cunniff et al., v. O.F. Lending Group, Inc.
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GUIDE AND REAL
SALES AT A GLANCE
Highest sale reported: $1,625,000
Average sales reported: $647,476
Dublin (Sept. 10-18)
Total sales reported: 9
Lowest sale reported: $653,000
Highest sale reported: $1,150,000
Average sales reported: $833,944
San Ramon (Sept. 22-24)
Total sales reported: 7
Lowest sale reported: $725,000
Highest sale reported: $1,189,000
Average sales reported: $934,429
Livermore (Sept. 10-18)
Total sales reported: 21
Lowest sale reported: $228,000
Source: California REsource
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7122 W. Woodbury Ct,
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Pleasanton Weekly • October 17, 2014 • Page 27
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