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									             VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 6                         Your Local News Source Since 1963                                   SERVING LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL                                                  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009

                                                      Preservation Should Focus on Rural Areas
                                                          Urban growth boundaries for        scientists, the report is the prod-             suggests expanding focus from          more groundwater basin and wa-          ing fresh local goods, and creat-
                                                      both cities and counties and more      uct of a regional collaboration.                hills to urban parks and rural         tersheds - especially the rare al-      ing nearby places to experience
                                                      funding to purchase easements or       The Tri-Valley Conservancy,                     lands. "Alameda County has a           kali sink ecosystem.                    the outdoors.
                                                      provide incentives to preserve         Livermore Area Recreation and                   long record of successful conser-          The report, released this week,        However, many lands are still
                                                      open space are among the pro-          Park District, and the East Bay                 vation efforts including protect-      highlights the importance of the        unprotected. To secure the area's
                                                      posed actions in a new report          Regional Park District were                     ing scenic hills and ridgelines        region’s network of open space,         long term economic, health and
                                                      titled, Golden Lands: Golden           among those involved.                           and creating parks. Among the          its green infrastructure.               climate benefits, they need to be
                                                      Opportunity.                               The report recommends the                   key needs now are preserving the           It finds that the network of        protected.
                                                          The report is the culmination      following: ensure that the ben-                 county's rural areas, which in-        open space lands provides criti-           A section called "the secret to
                                                      of a two year research effort by       efits of Bay Area open space are                cludes a mosaic of ranchlands,         cal public benefits. The network        vibrant cities and towns" notes
                                                      hundreds of Bay Area land use          shared equally among all the                    vineyards and wildlife habitat,        defines the region's identity, at-      that more than 63 percent of Bay
                                                      leaders, working across geo-           region's residents; protect and                 and meeting the demand for ur-         tracting businesses, workers and        Area cities with unprotected
                                                      graphic boundaries and official        maintain vital lands through                    ban parks in the county's densely      visitors. It is a foundation for the    greenbelts lack urban growth
                                                      jurisdictions. Led by the Bay Area     acquisition, conservation ease-                 populated west.                        area's $400 billion economy and         boundaries. In addition, they are
                                                      Open Space Council, Greenbelt          ments, and ongoing steward-                        An effort should be made to         the area's quality of life. Natural     vulnerable to county policies
                                                      Alliance, and the Association of       ship; and adopt strong policies                 curb sprawl in the Tri-Valley, to      systems save money, offer secu-         that allow development of open
                                                      Bay Area Governments, with con-        to protect and maintain Bay Area                preserve habitat for rare and en-      rity and other benefits by provid-      space. To protect greenbelts, the
                                                      tributions from dozens of land         lands.                                          dangered species, conserve work-       ing clean drinking water, seques-       report recommends that urban
                                                      managers, county officials, and            In the Tri-Valley, the report               ing lands and protect the Liver-       tering greenhouse gasses, offer-                    (See GOLDEN, page 4)

                          Photo - Doug Jorgensen
             Livermore Police officers
             climb up on the roof of a home
                                                                                                                                                                                    Open Area Near Labs
             looking for a gun that a
             suspect had thrown away
                                                                                                                                                                                    Considered for a Center
             when he spotted the police.
             The suspect was taken into
                                                                                                                                                                                    Of Science Innovation
             custody. The gun was                                                                                                                                                      Efforts are underway to create          Generally, the work would fo-
             eventually located.                                                                                                                                                    an open campus area near the            cus on areas important to the mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                    national laboratories in Liver-         sion of the Lab, according to
                                                                                                                                                                                    more where research and devel-          Seaver. She mentioned the Na-
                                                                                                                                                                                    opment could be conducted.              tional Ignition Facility (NIF) as
              Reward Now                                                                                                                                                               Linda Seaver of the Lawrence         an example. Stockpile steward-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Livermore National Laboratory           ship, basic science and energy
              $33,000 for                                                                                                                                                           public affairs office stated that the   research are all conducted on
                                                                                                                                                                                    planning is in a very preliminary       NIF.
              Information on                                                                                                                                                        stage.                                     The concept being discussed
              Death of Horses                                                                                                                                                          As envisioned, the fence along
                                                                                                                                                                                    Greenville Road would be moved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            would put together a business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            plan and a marketing plan to es-
                 At its meeting on Tuesday the                                                                                                                                      to the west at both the Lab and         tablish a campus for innovation.
             five-member Alameda County                                                                                                                                             Sandia National Laboratories to         The goal is to move research out
             Board of Supervisors supported                                                                                                                                         create an open area. The goal           of the laboratories into the mar-
             a request by Supervisor Scott                                                                                                                                          would be to attract scientists and      ketplace, thereby stimulating the
             Haggerty to contribute $10,000                                                                                                                                         industrial partners, as well as         local economy.
             towards a reward fund for infor-                                                                                                                                       post-Doc students to collaborate           There is the potential for new
             mation leading to the arrest and                                                                                                                                       with in-house scientists on tech-       buildings and new facilities to
             conviction of the people respon-                                                                                                                                       nology transfer. Start-up compa-        house the research. Seaver said
             sible for the shooting death of                                                                                                                                        nies using spin-off technology          that currently there is no fund-
             two horses and a calf in unincor-                                                                                                                                      from the national laboratories are      ing. The Lab has requested fund-
             porated Livermore.                                                                                                                                                     expected to locate within the           ing through NNSA (National
                 The animals bodies were dis-                                                                                                                                       area.                                        (See OPEN CAMPUS, page 4)
             covered the morning of October
             22, 2008, found shot to death in
             pastures on two properties lo-
             cated along the border of                Rabbits await adoption. Keeping an eye on them while they exercise is Karen Johanson.
                                                                                                                                                         Photo - Doug Jorgensen
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pleasanton Board Nixes
             Alameda and Contra Costa Coun-
             ties. Tuesday’s action bumped up                                                                                                                                       Survey On Parcel Tax
             the total reward to $33,000. “Per-
             haps $33,000 may persuade
                                                      Rabbit Adoption This Saturday in Dublin                                                                                       By Ron McNicoll
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Pleasanton school board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A previous survey showed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            only 53 percent support for a
             someone that knows something             By Patricia Koning                     throughout the Bay Area.                        bits. “If we could get rid of Eas-     rejected the idea of taking a           $190 annual parcel tax. Two-
             about this crime to come forward             The dogs and cats at the East          Karen Johanson, HRS                         ter rabbits and spay/neuter all pet    community survey concerning             thirds support is required to pass
             and help us find and arrest those        Bay Society for the Prevention of      healthcare coordinator, says rab-               rabbits, we’d be good. We              possible passage of a parcel tax,       a parcel tax. However, with the
             responsible,” said Haggerty.             Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A.) will     bits make wonderful pets. “Rab-                 wouldn’t have so many rabbits          a question that might appear on         dismal state budget picture, the
             “Such cruelty against defenseless        have to step aside for a herd of a     bits are very affectionate and                  in need of good homes,” says           the ballot in June.                     board revived the parcel tax idea
             animals is simply inexplicable to        rabbits on Saturday, Feb. 7. With      bond with their caretakers. They                Johanson.                                  The vote on trustee Jim Ott’s       just to save programs.
             me.”                                     any luck, the 25 or so rabbits will    are very social, loyal, and have                    She takes issue with the giv-      motion not to conduct a survey              Taking the survey now, in the
                 The horses were shot while in        be heading to new homes by that        a great sense of humor. Watch-                  ing of rabbits as Easter pets. “Bun-   was 4-1 at the board’s meeting          face of changed circumstances,
             their pasture at the Collier Can-        afternoon.                             ing rabbits play is very joyful.                nies look so cute in Easter bas-       Jan. 27. Valerie Arkin was op-          might result in a better picture,
             yon ranch of Mike and Marianne                                                                                                  kets. However, they are not a spur     posed.                                  said trustee Valerie Arkin, who
             Rountree. The body of the calf               The East Bay S.P.C.A., located     And rabbits smell good,” she
                                                      at 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin,       adds.                                           of the moment pet and they are             The board has been discuss-         voted against Ott’s motion. Arkin
             was found in a neighboring pas-                                                                                                                                        ing a parcel tax in recent months       said that a survey by the district’s
             ture on Manning Road and be-             will be holding its monthly rab-           The social side of rabbits                  not for everyone,” she explains.
                                                      bit adoption, which occurs on the      means they thrive in the com-                   The HRS only adopts to adults          as a remedy for the $8.7 million        consultant would provide a bet-
             longed to Chris Hannekan. It ap-                                                                                                                                       budget shortfall over the next 18       ter idea of whether June would
             pears that the same weapon may           first Saturday of each month. The      pany of others, and that includes               and never adopts rabbit as gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                    months, triggered by the state          be a good time to pass a parcel
             have been used in the shooting           rabbit adoption is sponsored by        domesticated cats and well-be-                  (the recipient must be present and     fiscal crisis. In earlier years, when
                                                                                                                                             understand the responsibilities of                                             tax, and give clues about the
             of all three animals.                    the East Bay S.P.C.A., Harvest         haved dogs. Rabbits can also be                                                        surveys were taken, the parcel          strategy for getting the two-thirds
                 The two Tobiano Paint horses         Home Animal Sanctuary, House           litterbox trained.                              owning a rabbit).                      tax was going to be aimed at en-        vote.
             were owned by the Rountree fam-          Rabbit Society (HRS), and                  Most of the rabbits up for                      Owners need to rabbit proof        riching the district’s education            Superintendent John Casey
             ily. Choctow was a service horse         Friends of Fairmont Animal Shel-       adoption have either been aban-                 the areas of their homes where         program. Now the tax is being           said that the consultant could be
             and participated as lead horse in        ter. Rabbit adoptions are held each    doned by their owners or are the                the rabbit might be, as rabbits        eyed as a way to avoid severe           contracted quickly on the task,
             the Shriners’ mounted patrol unit        Saturday at different locations        unwanted offspring of pet rab-                              (See RABBITS, page 3)      cuts in program.                                     (See SURVEY, page 4)
             in numerous parades including
             several Rose Bowl parades.
             Lucky was a rescue horse, a “bag
             of bones” rescued in February
             from the Martinez shelter and
             nursed back to health. Lucky and
                                                      Wheels Raises Fares,
             Choctow participated with the
             Rountree’s other horses in char-
                                                      Makes Slight Service Cuts
             ity events for children; visiting        By Ron McNicoll                        will go up from $3 to $3.50.
             children at Shriners hospitals;             The agency that runs the            Regular monthly passes will rise
             and worked with Hoofprints on            Valley’s Wheels public transit has     from $53 to $60.
             the Heart, a Livermore organiza-         voted to raise fares and reduce ser-      In a first round of service cuts,
             tion that provides therapeutic           vice, including a Livermore line’s     LAVTA directors voted unani-
             riding lessons to special needs          Saturday runs.                         mously to eliminate the Satur-
             children.                                   Directors of the Livermore          day service on the No.18 line in
                 People from throughout the           Amador Valley Transportation           southwest Livermore. It serves
             Bay Area, as well as the local com-      Authority (LAVTA) voted unani-         Holmes Avenue and Granada
             munities, have shown their sup-          mously Feb. 2 to make the fare         High School via Fourth Street.
             port for the Rountree family. The        hikes and service reductions, ef-      Directors also eliminated one
             Rountree’s started the reward            fective March 22. The current          run in a counterclockwise direc-
                          (See REWARD, page 4)        $1.75 adult fare will rise to $2.      tion on the No. 3 in Dublin, while
                                                      Youths from 6 to 18 will also pay      leaving the clockwise run alone.
                                                      $2. Seniors will pay $1, up from       The eliminated bus was a con-
                                                      the 85 cents they pay now. Free        venience for passengers who
                                                      service from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on       didn’t want to ride nearly the
                                                      weekdays for seniors is discontin-     entire loop to reach a destina-
                                                      ued. They will pay the senior fare     tion behind where they boarded.
                                                      then, too.                                The vote also altered the
                                                         The changes were a response         schedule on some No. 12 runs,
                                                      to a $1 million LAVTA loss so far      and changed the flow of the No.
                                                      this fiscal year. Another $500,000     20, although it will travel the                                                                                                           Photo - Doug Jorgensen
                                                      is projected to be lost in the re-     same route. It will also start its              Gingerbread Preschool in Pleasanton presented its annual "Pajama Day" for students last
           "Food and Agriculture" is the              mainder of the fiscal year, which      afternoon commute one hour                      week. Students made pancakes for breakfast, built forts and tents in the classroom, and spent
           theme of this month’s art exhibit          will end June 30.                      later.                                          a lot of time reading together. The event kicked off a series of programs to introduce young
           at the Livermore Library. Forty               People who qualify for the             Directors will meet again in
                                                      Americans with Disabilities Act        March to consider more service                  children to literacy and the joy of reading. In the coming weeks, the 4-year-old class will take
           artists from the Livermore Art                                                                                                    several trips to the Pleasanton Library to familiarize themselves with the Children's section,
                                                      (ADA) currently ride free. They        cuts to offset the red ink. The
           Association have gathered                  will pay $1 per ride. Dial-a-ride                                                      and to obtain their first library cards.
                                                                                                           (See WHEELS, page 4)
           together a diverse collection of
           their food-related works, which
           will display from February 1-28.
                                                                                                                                                                                      PET OF THE WEEK
           The show coincides with the
           “Livermore Reads Together”
           program, which is reading Michael
                                                                                 Inside                                                                                               Cupid is poised to shoot his arrow straight to your heart.
                                                                                                                                                                                      He is young, playful and charming. He loves toy mice
           Pollan’s book ‘In Defense of Food’. Art & Entertainment............8              Roundup..................................3                                               and vigorous head rubs! To make Cupid your Valentine,
           Food and Agriculture is showing                                                                                                                                            visit Valley Humane Society’s Kitty City, open Tues-Sat
                                               Bulletin Board......................7         Short Notes.............................11
           at the Livermore Main Library                                                                                                                                              from 11AM to 5PM.               Visit the web site
           Artist's Gallery at 1188 S.         Classifieds...........................9       Sports......................................6                                   or call 925-426-8656 for more
           Livermore Ave. It is open during    Editorial.................................4   Obituaries................................7                                              info. Help Cupid and other homeless pets-buy your
           normal library hours. Pictured is                                                                                                                                          Jazzed About Pets tickets today! Tickets on sale at
           a painting, "Muskovies Take a       Mailbox...................................4   Open Homes......................On line
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                                                                                     Open Heart Kitchen
                                                                                     Receives $50,000 Grant
                                                                                        Open Heart Kitchen has announced it was one of 27 Contra Costa
                                                                                     and Alameda County non-profit agencies receiving a total of
                                                                                     $1,375,000 from Chevron Corporation. The grant to Open Heart
                                                                                     Kitchen, the first to the organization from Chevron, is $50,000.
                                                                                        David Feldman, Chevron Senior Specialist in Policy, Govern-
                                                                                     ment & Public Affairs, said, "The company is committed to contin-
                                                                                     ued support of local non-profits in the Bay Area.”
                                                                                        Chevron’s community engagement initiatives strive to contrib-
                                                                                     ute to economic growth and the well-being of the communities in
                                                                                     which the company operates and has invested over $119 million in
                                                                                     community engagement initiatives in the United States and around
                                                                                     the world in 2008. In the aftermath of October 2008’s economic
                                                                                     downturn, Open Heart Kitchen came to the attention of Darien Louie,
                                                                                     Director of Public & Private Partnerships for the East Bay Commu-
                                                           Photo - Doug Jorgensen    nity Foundation, which, as a partner with Chevron, recommended
           Donlon Elementary School in Pleasanton hosted the Third                   Open Heart Kitchen receive consideration. The donation is the larg-
           Annual International Faire on Wednesday, January 28. The                  est Open Heart Kitchen has ever received from a private corporation.
           event celebrated the diverse cultures and customs in the                     Based in Oakland, the East Bay Community Foundation is a lead-
           Donlon community by enabling students to see and                          ing resource for mobilizing financial resources and community lead-
           experience these different cultures. There was a variety of               ership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing
                                                                                     needs. Since its founding in 1928, more than 400 funds and endow-
           food for students and their families to sample, as well as                ments have been established and it currently manages charitable
           pictures, native clothing, flags and other artifacts on display           assets of more than $300 million.
           representing different cultures. Students found and                          “Chevron’s and the East Bay Community Foundation’s support
           answered questions about each country to earn stamps in                   for our program is tremendous in two ways. First, the grant equates to
           their passports. In the photo, students learn about Taiwan.               about ten percent of our current yearly operating budget and is non-
                                                                                     restrictive so it benefits all our programs—hot meals, boxed lunches,
                                                                                     and senior meals. Second, is the validation from Chevron and the
                                                                                     East Bay Community Foundation that Open Heart Kitchen is mak-
                                                                                     ing an impact in the Tri-Valley,” says Linda McKeever, Executive
          Wine Barrel Gets an Update
             The Livermore Valley Wine-         tion made this happen and we
                                                                                     Teens to Teach Seniors about Wii
          growers Association, in partner-      were glad to fund the design and        Pleasanton Seniors will learn their way around Nunchuks and
          ship with the City of Livermore,      installation. In the current eco-    Wiimotes on Wednesday, February 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the
          has installed new gateway wine        nomic climate, supporting our        Pleasanton Senior Center. That’s when the first weekly Wii Work-
          barrel signage and visitor infor-     local wine region and related        shop will kick off at the center, taught by the experts, senior high
          mation located at N. Livermore        businesses is vital.”                school students from the Amador Valley High School Leadership
          and Portola Avenues.                     Winery owners Dick Bartlett       team.
             “The region has grown signifi-     of Charles R. Vineyards and Tom         The Pleasanton Senior Center is now equipped with the Nintendo
          cantly since this visitor informa-    Heineman of Bent Creek Winery        Wii game, thanks to monies secured through a grant funded by the
          tion sign was last updated as it      volunteered their time, tools and    MetLife Foundation’s Fit for Life program. The Pleasanton Public
          only had 18 wineries on it. The       talent to repair and stabilize the   Library was one of 17 library systems across the nation to receive the
          region now has more than 40 win-      barrel before the new sign was       grant, which has been shared with the Senior Center for the new
          eries,” says Winegrowers Execu-       installed. “Dick and I were glad     gaming equipment.
          tive Director, Chris Chandler.        to help make this new signage a         Participating libraries will run programs in their communities fo-
          “Our goal was to have the new         reality. It’s what winery owners     cused on the five pillars of brain health that have emerged from the
          sign and logo installed before        do...we help each other out,” says   latest scientific research: diet, physical exercise, intellectual chal-
          President’s Day Weekend, when         Heineman.                            lenge, mental stimulation through new experiences, and socializa-
          most of our member wineries will         The Winegrowers will also be      tion.
          have special tastings or pairings.”   installing a brochure holder be-        For more information, residents can call the Pleasanton Senior
             Livermore Mayor Marshall           hind the wine barrel to accom-       Center at (925) 931-5365. The Pleasanton Senior Center is located
          Kamena said he is pleased with        modate the Livermore Valley          at 5353 Sunol Boulevard.
          the project. “The gateway wine        Wine Country wine tasting bro-
          barrel directional signage to Liv-    chure and visitor information
          ermore Valley Wine Country and        from the Tri-Valley Convention
          Downtown Livermore is impor-          & Visitors Bureau, Livermore
          tant to both residents and visi-      Downtown, Inc. and the Liver-
          tors. The Winegrowers Associa-        more Chamber of Commerce.

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          will chew anything that even       doors in a cage of about 2 x 3 x 4      Rabbits are creatures of prey.    expectancy for an indoor rabbit
          slightly resembles a piece of      feet. However, they should be out    They will die of a heart attack if   is 8 to 14 years. Rabbits kept
          hay—that includes electrical       of their cage for at least an hour   frightened badly enough—one          outdoors, even in a cage, typi-
          cords, rugs, even wooden furni-    each day to exercise (Johanson       reason they should be kept in-       cally live only two to three years.
          ture. Rabbits should be kept in-   recommends 10 hours a week).         doors, at least at night. The life   A rabbit diet is mostly hay with a
                                                                                                                       small amount of greens and rab-
                                                                                                                       bit pellets, which can be messy
                                                                                                                       and an issue for people with al-

             VALLEY ROUNDUP                                                                                            lergies.
                                                                                                                           Johanson says that families
                                                                                                                       considering a rabbit as a pet need
            DUI Nets 47                                         petaflop (quadrillion floating operations per sec-     to consider what their household
                Avoid the 21’s police roving saturation pa-     ond) system based on future BlueGene technol-          is like. Are there rambunctious
            trols brought in 47 DUI suspects on Super Bowl      ogy, to be delivered starting in 2011 and de-          dogs or children? “Rabbits can
            Sunday in Alameda County. There were four DUI       ployed in 2012; and an initial delivery system         live wonderfully with children
            warrant arrests and one alcohol-related injury      called Dawn, a 500 teraflop (trillion floating op-     and dogs or other animals, but
            crash, but no DUI fatalities.                       erations per second) BlueGene/P system, sched-         you have to consider if it’s a suit-
                There are no comparable figures because this    uled for delivery in the first quarter of 2009. Dawn   able environment for a rabbit.
            is the first enforcement effort directed at         will lay the applications foundation for multi-        They are pretty fragile,” she ex-
            football’s big event, said traffic Sgt. John Hurd   petaflops computing on Sequoia.                        plains.
            of the Livermore Police Dept.                           With a speed of 20 petaflops Sequoia is ex-            Another characteristic of rab-
                The number of law enforcement agencies in       pected to be the most powerful supercomputer           bits is their breeding ability. Rab-
            the county give Avoid the 21 its name. The          in the world and will be approximately over 10         bits can get pregnant at three
            campaign will be on the road again for the Saint    times faster than today’s most powerful system.        months of age and typically have
            Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 13 to 17 and           To put this into perspective, if each of the 6.7       litters of ten. Their gestation
            again on the Cinco de Mayo weekend.                 billion people on earth had a hand calculator          cycle is 28 days. They can get
                “We target the events and holidays that many    and worked together on a calculation 24 hours          pregnant again the day after they
            people traditionally celebrate with alcohol,”       per day, 365 days a year, it would take 320 years      give birth. So one female rabbit,
            Hurd said. “We are aiming at a zero in the DUI      to do what Sequoia will accomplish in one hour.        in the right circumstances, could
            fatalities column.”                                     Sequoia and Dawn will serve NNSA’s tri-lab         produce over 100 young in a
                The California Office of Traffic Safety funds   Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC)
            all 40 similar campaigns in the state through                                                              single year.
                                                                program, which unites the scientific computing
            grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety     resources and expertise of Los Alamos, Sandia              According to the House Rab-
            Administration.                                     and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.          bit Society, rabbits that have un-
                                                                The Sequoia systems will be focused on strength-       dergone spay/neuter surgery (“al-
            Computing Power                                     ening the foundations of predictive simulation         tered” rabbits) live longer than
                The Department of Energy’s National             through running very large suites of complex           unaltered rabbits, make better
            Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) an-          simulations called uncertainty quantification          pets because of calmer demean-
            nounced Tuesday a contract with IBM to bring        (UQ) studies. In addition, the machines will be        ors, and are easier to litterbox
            world-leading supercomputing systems to its         used for weapons’ science calculations neces-          train. All of the rabbits up for
            Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.             sary to build more accurate physical models. This      adoption on Saturday have been
               “The longstanding partnership of NNSA,           work is a cornerstone of NNSA’s Stockpile Stew-        spayed or neutered.
            Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and         ardship program to ensure the safety, security             A rabbit expert is present at
            IBM is ushering in an era of multi-petaflops com-   and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stock-     all rabbit adoptions to help po-
            puting,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas             pile today and into the future without under-          tential adopters determine if a
            D’Agostino. “These powerful machines will           ground testing.                                        rabbit is the right pet. For more
            provide NNSA with the capabilities needed to            Sequoia will have 1.6 petabytes of memory,         information on rabbits as pets,
            resolve time-urgent and complex scientific prob-    96 racks, 98,304 compute nodes, and 1.6 mil-           visit the House Rabbit Society’s
            lems, ensuring the viability of the nation’s        lion cores. Though orders of magnitude more            website at
            nuclear deterrent into the future. This endeavor    powerful than such predecessor systems as ASC              The rabbit adoption will take
            will also help maintain U.S. leadership in high     Purple and BlueGene/L, Sequoia will be 160             place from 11 am to 4 pm on Sat-
            performance computing and promote scientific        times more power efficient than Purple and 17          urday, Feb. 7, at the East Bay
            discovery.”                                         times more than BlueGene/L.
                                                                                                                       S.P.C.A. located at 4651 Gleason
               IBM will deliver two systems: Sequoia, a 20                                                             Drive, Dublin. For more informa-
                                                                                                                       tion, call 925-479-9670.

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                                                                                                                     Lawsuit Charges Lab Management with
                    EDITORIALS                                                                                       Age Discrimination in Layoff Decisions
                    Making Downtown More Fun                                                                            The Law Firm of Gwilliam,           LLNS laid off approximately 440        are filing individual claims that      Federal Law by seeking volun-
                       A recent informal Pleasanton City Council discussion                                          Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer       employees, the vast majority of        will be consolidated for trial. This   tary separations to eliminate the
                    of economic development revealed strong interest in a                                            on Wednesday filed Complaints          whom were the Lab’s most senior,       will not be a class action.            need for any layoffs.
                    “right-to-do-business” ordinance.                                                                of Discrimination on behalf of         experienced employees. Califor-            The former employees con-             According to J. Gary
                                                                                                                     100 clients against Lawrence           nia law prohibits discrimination       tend that they were selected by        Gwilliam, lead counsel for the
                       The ordinance would free businesses to offer music                                            Livermore National Security,           in the workplace against any                                                  former employees, “It’s unfortu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Lab to lose their jobs because
                    and keep late-night hours, especially downtown. It’s                                             LLC (LLNS) , the private com-          employee who is over the age of        they were older workers (over 40)      nate that the Lawrence Liver-
                    hoped a right-to-do-business ordinance would have an                                             pany co-owned by Bechtel and           40 years old, based upon that          who were approaching their re-         more Lab, the University of Cali-
                    invigorating effect, drawing patrons to downtown bistros,                                        the University of California that      employee’s age. Over 100 of            tirement age. As a result, these       fornia and Bechtel Corporation
                    restaurants and the like.                                                                        operates the Lawrence Livermore        those employees have retained          former employees are out of work       would treat their employees in a
                                                                                                                     National Lab, for age discrimi-        Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso,              at a stage in life when finding        discriminatory manner. I don’t
                       Speaking from the audience, Peter McDonald observed                                           nation in massive layoffs that         Cavalli & Brewer to challenge                                                 think the Department of Energy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   new employment is particularly
                    that the idea for such an ordinance has been around for                                          took place last year. The com-         the layoffs. These former Lab          challenging.                           with whom they contract, would
                    awhile, with everyone supportive of it. “For three years                                         plaints were filed with the Cali-      employees include administra-              The laid off workers contend       approve of such conduct. These
                    there’s been one issue on which there is consensus: a                                            fornia Department of Fair Em-          tive assistants, maintenance           that the layoff selection process      entities should be setting the
                    right-to-do-business ordinance. It’s needed so we can                                            ployment and Housing. (DFEH).          workers, engineers and senior          utilized by the Lab was illegal        highest standards of fairness in
                                                                                                                        On May 22 and 23, 2008,             scientists. The 100 employees          and that the Lab did not follow        the workplace, not the lowest.”
                    have entertainment businesses,” McDonald said.
                       It would stimulate “a fun environment,” added
                    downtown merchant Melanie Sadek.                                                                 Plan Outlines Bay Area Transportation To 2035
                       Pleasanton is ready for it. The Old Firehouse on                                              By Ron McNicoll                        creased population will help           monitoring results of projects         paredness Task Force, said he
                    Railroad Avenue is being transformed into a little theater                                           The Metropolitan Transpor-         boost daily auto trips by 32 per-      closely to see what works effici       wanted to see something in the
                    and arts center. People will congregate at the downtown                                          tation Commission’s (MTC)              cent, and vehicle miles travel by          During the public hearing,         document about how staff arrived
                                                                                                                     $226 billion plan for meeting          33 percent. However, in the            Carli Paine, transportation pro-       at estimated gasoline prices for
                    cafes to cap off the night, if the cafes are there. We hope                                      challenges in transportation re-       whole regional picture, carbon         gram director for TransForm, a         the future. He doubted that the
                    the City Council will adopt this much desired ordinance.                                         gionally through 2035 was met          dioxide emissions are expected         non-profit which deals with land       estimate of $7.40 per gallon by
                                                                                                                     with compliments, criticism and        to drop by 14 percent, although        use and transportation, said her       2035 is anywhere close to accu-
                    North Livermore Guide                                                                            suggestions last week.
                                                                                                                         Meeting in Oakland on Jan.
                                                                                                                                                            particulate matter emissions will
                                                                                                                                                            rise by 30 percent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   organization “affirms the pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   gram.” However, the program is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rate. “Demand for oil is depressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by the economic crisis. Oil might
                        The Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) has developed a                                             28, commissioners representing             STRONG SUPPORT TO                  not enough, said Paine. “We            become more volatile (in price),”
                    conservation guide for North Livermore and will unveil                                           nine Bay Area counties heard            CURB GLOBAL WARMING                   can’t rest on our laurels.”            said Simone. He said that by
                    it tonight (Feb. 5).                                                                             comments about the draft trans-            A survey of residents shows a          In the final draft of the plan,    2025, “gas will be affordable
                                                                                                                     portation plan, which is called        strong background for MTC’s            Paine said she wants to see “how       only by the rich.” Simone said
                        The guide focuses on agriculture, horticulture, species,                                     “Change in Motion: Transpor-           future efforts to reduce emissions,    MTC can calibrate with counties        his personal estimate is $10 to
                    plants and wetlands. Trail and wildlife corridors are                                            tation 2035,” and the EIR for the      which are linked to global warm-       on projects where they control         $12 per gallon by 2015, “and
                    identified. Several key properties are identified for                                            plan.                                  ing. The survey showed that 65         most of the funds.”                    $20 by the end of that decade.”
                    protection.                                                                                          The plan wraps up various          percent think that global warm-            Gerald Cauthen, an engineer,          The public still has an oppor-
                        TVC seeks public input; they want to know if the                                             initiatives that MTC has an-           ing is “of extreme importance,”        said, “Many people think you           tunity to send written comments
                                                                                                                     nounced in the past several            and 28 percent said it is “some-       haven’t gone far enough on AB          on the plan and the companion
                    guide misses anything. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the                                       years, including an 800-mile re-       what important.”                       32 (the state law on controlling       draft EIR. They are due by March
                    Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue.                                             gional network of HOT (High                The plan calls for $400 mil-       carbon emissions) on climate           3. To save costs and paper, MTC
                    For more information, call 449-8706 or                                                           Occupancy Toll) lanes. Known           lion for a climate action cam-         change.” Cauthen also said that        encourages people to view the
                                                                             as “congestion pricing,” the           paign, and $45 million for a pro-      TransForm and the Sierra Club          documents on-line at its website
                        North Livermore plans have tended to be urbanization                                         HOT lanes allow vehicles not           gram to reduce emissions from          have said that HOT lanes are OK        at For a printed copy,
                                                                                                                     normally allowed to use carpool        trucking and other commercial          for the plan, but “not if you widen    send           e-mail           to
                    plans. The thrust of the TVC guide is preservation.                                              lanes to do so. A special scanner      goods movement. Some $1.6 bil-         freeways. The plan has 18 refer- or call 510-
                    Concerning the future of North Livermore lands, this is                                          at the carpool lane reads a card       lion would go to a “freeway per-       ences contradicting that.”             817-5836. The mailing address
                    the way to go.                                                                                   on the motorist’s car, and puts it     manence initiative” to manage              Historically, environmental-       is 101 E. 8th St., Oakland, CA.,
                                                                                                                     into a computer. Eventually such       freeway congestion. Public tran-       ists have seen freeway widening        94607.
                                                                                                                     trips are totaled up, and billed       sit would be expanded, and pe-         as detrimental because it in-             HAGGERTY ELEVATED
                                                                                                                     to the motorist.                       destrian and bicycle facilities are    creases traffic capacity, which                TO CHAIRMAN
                                                                                                                         MTC expects 2 million more         a part of the plan.                    then encourages more develop-             The MTC commissioners also
                                                                                                                     people in the nine counties by             There would be an effort to                                               elected Alameda County Super-
                 (continued from page one)
                                                                                                                     2035, and 2 million more jobs,
                                                                                                                     too, in addition to the current 7
                                                                                                                                                            obtain more traffic movement ef-
                                                                                                                                                            ficiency out of existing high-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ment sprawl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cal Simone, a board member
                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the San Francisco Peak Oil Pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          visor Scott Haggerty chairman, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          promotion from his vice-chair
                 growth boundaries be adopted at                        • Protect natural areas and                  million population. The in-            ways. There is also emphasis on                                               seat.
                 both the city and county levels.                    working lands with local land use
                 In addition, government should
                 provide incentives for infill to
                                                                     policies and plans that define
                                                                     where development should and                    Local Representatives Vote for Stimulus Package
                 encourage sustainable develop-                      should not occur.                                  Both Congressman Jerry              unemployment insurance provi-          the Production Tax Credit has          billion for school construction,
                 ment and to protect natural ar-                        • Preserve local food supplies               McNerney (CA-11) and Con-              sions.                                 been a priority of McNerney’s.         and $11 billion for Medicaid as-
                 eas.                                                and the agricultural economy by                 gresswoman Ellen Tauscher last             “The House took a necessary           H.R. 1 also provides other tax      sistance. Under this bill, the San
                     The following actions are rec-                  supporting strategies to improve                week voted in favor of H.R. 1, the     step to help stimulate our             incentive options to businesses        Francisco Bay Area receives $67
                 ommended:                                           the financial health of farms and               American Recovery and Rein-            economy by voting in support           that place new renewable energy        million for local street and road
                     • Give more people access to                    ranches.                                        vestment Act.                          of the American Recovery and           facilities in service during 2009      projects.
                 open space by requiring that a                         • Protect water supplies and                    The measure, developed in           Reinvestment Act,” McNerney            and 2010. With this legislation,           Tauscher stated, “This is not a
                 park be located no more than 10                                                                     conjunction with the new Obama         said. “This bill will help us cre-     renewable energy companies can         perfect plan but it is a necessary
                                                                     reduce flooding by promoting                                                                                                                                         measure.” Tauscher continued,
                 minutes by foot or bike from ev-                    watershed scale planning.                       Administration, passed the House       ate critically needed new jobs by      claim the Production Tax Credit,
                                                                                                                     by a vote of 244-188. The Senate       investing in shovel-ready infra-                                              “We need to address our federal
                 ery resident's home.                                   • Encourage private owners to                                                                                              which is a credit on renewable         deficit and our long term com-
                     • Make sure parks serve com-                                                                    is working on its version of the       structure, transportation and en-      energy that is produced, or an
                                                                     preserve their lands' ecological                Recovery and Reinvestment Act.                                                                                       mitments. I will continue to work
                 munity needs and are well main-                     values through policies and in-                                                        ergy projects that are ready to go,    Investment Tax Credit on renew-        with President Obama and House
                 tained and safe.                                                                                    Negotiations would then begin          putting people to work immedi-         able energy investments. The bill
                                                                     centive programs, and support                   to iron out differences between                                                                                      Leadership to see that programs
                     • Put nature within reach of                                                                                                           ately, while providing substan-        also creates a new Energy Depart-      are efficient and effective and
                                                                     ongoing stewardship.                            the two.                               tial funding to our education sys-
                 all residents and visitors by pro-                     Bettina Ring, Executive Di-                                                                                                ment grant of up to 30 percent of      eliminate those that aren’t. After
                                                                                                                        In the House version, Califor-      tem, improving health care de-         the cost of building a new renew-      we get this economy back on
                 viding public transit from cities                   rector of the Bay Area Open                     nia would receive over $32 bil-        livery and providing a tax cut to      able energy facility.                  track, we must restore balance to
                 to beaches, forests, and other rec-                 Space Council, states, “Sonoma’s                lion in economic recovery fund-        95 percent of the hard working
                 reation areas.                                                                                                                                                                       According to noted econo-           the federal budget.”
                                                                     redwood forests, Brentwood’s                    ing under ARRA. In addition,           families in this country.”             mist Mark Zandi, the American              She added, “It should be clear
                     • Protect land through acqui-                   orchards, and the slopes of Mount               12.3 million California workers            Included in the legislation is     Recovery and Reinvestment Act          that the ARRA is not a bailout
                 sition, conservation easements                      Hamilton provide Bay Area resi-                 would benefit from a new Mak-          a three year extension of the Pro-     will create or save over 800,000       for the state’s budget woes. In
                 and ongoing stewardship.                            dents with clean water, healthy                 ing Work Pay Credit of up to           duction Tax Credit for wind en-        jobs in California by the end of       addition to this federal support,
                     • For funding, seek new and                     local food, and unsurpassed rec-                $500 per worker. Almost 2 mil-         ergy through 2012, as well as          2010 and reduce the state’s un-        Californians need Sacramento to
                 existing bonds, local measures                      reational opportunities. In this                lion children would be eligible        energy generated using biomass,        employment rate by over 2 per-         step up and pass a new budget.
                 and budget appropriations at all                    time of climate change, child-                  for the Child Tax Credit Provi-        geothermal, hydropower, landfill       cent.                                  Until that happens, we face the
                 levels of government.                               hood obesity and economic un-                   sion. Over 2.3 million jobless         gas, and marine facilities through        The plan includes $4 billion        threat of additional infrastructure
                     • Preserve privately held natu-                                                                 workers would qualify for the          2013. A multi-year extension of        for transportation projects, $2.5      project shutdowns.”
                                                                     certainty, preserving our natural
                 ral areas and agricultural lands                    systems could not be more im-
                 by increasing funding for con-
                 servation easements.
                                                                        "This report helps decision-                 WHEELS
                                                                                                                     (continued from page one)
                     • Maximize conservation in-                     makers and anyone working to
                 vestments by aligning local ini-                    maintain the Bay Area’s quality                 agency already is dipping into         members decided on the final           people in the audience, develop-       it the right way, it’s not my fault.
                 tiatives, including mitigation of                   of life understand what we can                  its $2.7 million reserve to meet       motion for all changes to cut it       mentally disabled people, their        I pay taxes for you guys to sit
                 development impacts, with re-                                                                       expenses. The crisis is caused by      out. The vote was unanimous.           advocates, and the general pub-        there. The bus service you pro-
                                                                     each do to bring about positive                 the lack of a state budget, and            ANOTHER ROUND OF
                 gional conservation objectives.                     change.”                                                                                                                      lic objected to the fare increases     vide people is bad. We pay your
                                                                                                                     the prospects of less help than in               CUTS AHEAD                   and service cutbacks.                  salary.”
                                                                                                                     previous years when it is passed.         More service reductions are             Carmen Henderson, member               Tamy Ratto of the non-profit
                                                                                                                         However, the federal stimulus      projected for the March board          of an advisory committee on de-
                  OPEN CAMPUS
                  (continued from page one)
                                                                                                                     package is expected to send $4.7
                                                                                                                     million to LAVTA. There are
                                                                                                                                                            meeting. While a brighter finan-
                                                                                                                                                            cial picture then could save some
                                                                                                                                                                                                   velopmentally disabled use of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wheels, said. "The increases will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          East Bay Innovations said that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the group helps 170 clients, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          many live in the Valley. “They
                  Nuclear Security Administra-                       the entire valley."                             strings attached to it in regard to    proposed cuts, the list prepared       condemn us in wheelchairs to our       collect SSI and work here. They
                  tion) to group with infrastructure                     Livermore Mayor Marshall                    uses. Very little can be used for      by staff includes eliminated           homes. With cuts coming from           have a fear of going into (institu-
                  costs.                                             Kamena commented, "The City                     operating expenses, beyond             weekend service on No. 8 in            the state, and what we are get-        tional) homes,” said Ratto.
                     Since the land in question is                   of Livermore has been involved                  maintenance.                           Pleasanton.                            ting, it will be impossible. We             COMPLAINTS ABOUT
                  federal property, both NNSA and                    in talks with the Lab for several                   It costs Wheels $50 per hour          The No. 8 on weekends varies        don’t want to go into (institu-                 DRIVERS AIRED
                  the Department of Energy would                     years, and now Sandia as well, in               to operate service on one bus.         somewhat from the weekday              tional) homes,” said Henderson.            Although the hearing was fo-
                  have to sign off on the idea.                                                                      Costs include drivers, mainte-         route. It links BART to the            “We want to be independent. We         cused on rate changes and ser-
                                                                     order to assist them in the cre-                nance, insurance, depreciation,        county fairgrounds, downtown,
                     Asked about the potential for                   ation of a precedent setting cen-                                                                                             need transportation. If we can’t       vice, several speakers took the
                  funding with the economic                                                                          and fuel.                              and the senior center and              use it, how are we supposed to         opportunity to complain about
                                                                     ter of science innovation. For in-                  Dawn Argula, deputy chief of       Ridgeview Commons, a senior            live?” Henderson said.
                  stimulus package under consid-                     stance, much of NIF fusion tech-                                                                                                                                     what they said was the rudeness
                                                                                                                     staff for Alameda County Super-        development with approxi-                  Several other speakers empha-      of bus drivers. Ramirez said that
                  eration, Seaver said that any re-                  nology could be transferred to                  visor Scott Haggerty, tried to sal-    mately 200 apartments. If the fi-
                  quest would have to go through                                                                                                                                                   sized the need for mobility. They      he has a list of seven drivers’
                                                                     private, entrepreneur companies,                vage Saturday service on the No.       nancial picture stays dismal, the      said that disabled people who are      names he could give the agency.
                  NNSA.                                              who will develop products we                    18 line by suggesting a reduc-         board may have to decide in June       living on social security supple-
                     Sandia National Laboratories                                                                                                                                                                                         He claimed that disrespect is
                                                                     cannot even imagine."                           tion in the number of runs. It’s       about reducing service on some         mental income, or other rela-          shown to Hispanic people.
                  in New Mexico has established                                                                      important to have the line on          of its basic bus routes, including     tively small income, will be se-           Asked about that claim later
                  a science and technology park                                                                      Saturdays, because it serves a         the 12, the 10 and the 15.             verely restricted.                     by the Independent, executive
                  outside its gates. It is described                                                                 whole section of Livermore. With              PROTESTS OVER                       Jacob Germain of Livermore         director Paul Matsuoka said that
                  as a 200-acre technology com-
                  munity where tenants have "easy                    REWARD
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                                                                                                                     only 11 passengers, or about one
                                                                                                                     per trip, on Saturdays, board
                                                                                                                                                                    CUTS’ EFFECTS
                                                                                                                                                               With approximately 40
                                                                                                                                                                                                   said that Wheels could help fix
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the current economic problem by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whenever such complaints come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to Wheels’ attention, staff follows
                  access to world-class facilities,                                                                                                                                                not cutting government jobs (of        up with MV, the firm which con-
                  technologies, scientists, and en-                  fund with $5,000. It has grown
                                                                                                                                                                                                   drivers). “I find it ludicrous that    tracts with Wheels for providing
                     Among the tenants in New
                                                                     steadily since the shootings were
                                                                     publicized. Organizations in-                   SURVEY
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   three of the richest cities in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   America can’t together find the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the drivers. “They’ll be coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          seled. We can’t help but notice if
                                                                     cluding the East Bay SPCA and
                  Mexico are Robotic Manufactur-                     the international animal protec-                and probably have polling re-             “It’s a simple decision. We         funding for this,” he said. (Pleas-    a name comes up repeatedly. We
                  ing Science and Laboratory and                                                                     sults back by Feb. 17, when the        make cuts, and then the commu-         anton has been said by the U.S.        have the power not to have that
                                                                     tion group, In Defense of Ani-                                                                                                Census to be the highest-income
                  Advanced Manufacturing Pro-                        mals, have added to the reward.                 board expects to have a budget         nity decides what kind of district                                            driver assigned to us by MV,”
                  cesses Laboratory.                                 One event was held in Novem-                    study session. February is the         they want,” said Kernan.               city in the United States in its       said Matsuoka.
                     During a recent visit to Wash-                                                                  crucial month for making a de-            Several trustees made it clear      population class.)                         On Ramirez’s allegation
                                                                     ber and another is being planned                                                                                                  William Doherty, a Livermore
                  ington, D.C., local elected offi-                  to help raise money to increase                 cision about the June ballot in        that the board hasn’t made a de-                                              about bias against Latinos,
                  cials sounded out the idea with                    the reward.                                     order to meet deadlines, not only      cision yet to go for the parcel tax.   resident who said that his wife        Matsuoka said, "It could be true.
                  local Congressional representa-                                                                    for the election, but also for send-   They still want to hear from the       uses Dial-a-ride, argued to keep       However, the MV workforce is
                                                                        The Alameda County                                                                                                         the rates the same. Rates were
                  tives.                                             Sheriff’s Department is working                 ing out employee layoff notices        public at budget workshops they                                               very diverse. They have been
                                                                     with the Contra Costa County                    in March.                              intend to hold Feb. 10 and 24          raised when gas prices were            trained in customer service. They
                     Seaver said of the open area                                                                                                                                                  doubled. Now that gas prices are
                  proposal, "It is a good idea for                   Sheriff’s Department on the in-                 SURVEY WOULDN’T HELP,                  before the regular meetings, and                                              are our frontline ambassadors.”
                                                                                                                              SAYS KERNAN                   Feb. 17, when there is no regular      lower, there should be some bal-           Wheels staff monitors the cus-
                  Livermore. It is a good idea for                   vestigation. The Livermore Po-
                                                                     lice are also involved.                            The board majority agreed           meeting scheduled.                     ance provided by Wheels for            tomer service website, and the
                  Sandia, and it is a good idea for                                                                  with trustee Pat Kernan that hav-                                             consumers. “If you keep raising        complaints come there. If custom-
                                                                                                                                                               Trustee Jamie Yee Hintzke
                                                                                                                     ing a survey before deciding on        found some hope in the fact that       the rates, only the wealthy will       ers provide names of specific
                                                                                                                     program cuts won’t really make         the previous survey showed 53          be able to use it,” he said.           divers, there is follow-up.
                                                                          Publisher: Joan Kinney Seppala             much difference in relation to a       percent would approve a parcel             John Ramirez, who has been         “They’ll talk to the personnel,”
                                                                        Associate Publisher: David T. Lowell         June parcel tax ballot. If the tax     tax of $190 annually. “We have         riding buses since October, when       said Matsuoka. However, drivers
                       (INLAND VALLEY PUBLISHING CO.)                         Editor: Janet Armantrout               doesn’t pass, the board is still       that going for us. Also, on June 2     his car broke down, spoke in           are under immense pressure in
                                                                          Sales Manager: Jessica Scherer             stuck with making the layoffs          (election day) people will know        Spanish. LAVTA had no transla-         traffic, and in having to meet
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           ABAG Looking to 'Focused Future' for Development of Bay Area
              The Association of Bay Area         portation-efficient projects. Still,    ley cities are projected to develop     and heavy-rail stations, major bus    incentives, good design and            ing California laws, including
          Governments (ABAG) has pub-             thousands of additional acres of        into suburbs with populations           stops and ferry terminals. Trans-     community amenities, a trans-          Assembly Bill 32, California’s
          lished two different scenarios on       low-density, auto-dependent,            twice what they are today. Some         portation services have been ex-      portation-efficient region can be      Global Warming Solutions Act of
          how the area might development          single-use neighborhoods have           of the 84,000 people would move         tended and improved, and many         built. Large financial invest-         2006.
          through 2035                            been added to the urban footprint.      into multi-family developments          connections are nearly seamless.      ments into existing urban com-             Specifically, by 2035 the aim
              In 25 years, it is predicted that   Transit is still unavailable in         near the Dublin BART station            Existing, auto-dependent sub-         munities, unwavering commit-           is to achieve the following: re-
          over nine million people will live      many parts of the region and walk-      and at Hacienda Business Park.          urbs have been transformed into       ment and strong leadership will        duce driving per person by 10
          in the San Francisco Bay Area –         ing remains an unrealistic option       However, most new residents will        walkable downtowns and mixed-         be required to make it happen,         percent below today’s levels; re-
          two million more than today.            in too many places. This means          reside in new single family             use neighborhoods where more          according to ABAG.                     duce traffic congestion, measured
          Over one-quarter will be 65 years       the majority of residents con-          homes north of I-580.                   housing and businesses have lo-           The report notes that Bay Area     by hours of delay, by 20 percent
          old or older.                           tinue to drive to daily destina-            In the second scenario, Fo-         cated. Walking, biking and tran-      communities have made sub-             below today’s levels; reduce car-
              In the first scenario, Scattered    tions. As a result, driving and         cused Future, there has been an         sit use are the norm in many          stantial progress toward moving        bon dioxide emissions by 40 per-
          Success, local and regional             transportation-related carbon           incredible amount of region-wide        places. As a result, transporta-      away from a “business as usual”        cent below 1990 levels; reduce
          policy makers have had some             emissions have gone up.                 revitalization of inner cities and      tion-related carbon emissions         development pattern. There has         PM2.5 (fine dust particles) emis-
          success in developing more trans-          In this scenario, the Tri-Val-       new development around light-           have gone down.                       been some success in planning          sions by 10 percent below
                                                                                                                                      The focused vision of the Tri-    and developing more transpor-          today’s levels; reduce PM10
                                                                                                                                  Valley is one of 55,000 new resi-     tation efficient communities near
          EBRPD Launches 75th Anniversary with                                                                                    dents living in second units in
                                                                                                                                  existing single family neighbor-
                                                                                                                                                                        BART stations, VTA transit areas,
                                                                                                                                                                        MUNI stops and ferry terminals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               (coarser particulate mater) by 45
                                                                                                                                                                                                               percent below today’s levels;
                                                                                                                                                                                                               limit greenfield development to
          Addition of 153 Acres to Morgan Territory                                                                               hoods, new condominiums, apart-
                                                                                                                                  ments and townhouses near the
                                                                                                                                                                            The Bay Area’s regional land
                                                                                                                                                                        use and transportation agencies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               900 acres per year over the next
                                                                                                                                                                                                               25 years; and increase access to
             The East Bay Regional Park           Costa County Habitat Conser-            property. The slopes are densely        Dublin BART station and on            the Association of Bay Area Gov-       jobs and essential services via
          District Board of Directors             vancy through a grant from the          vegetated with a mixture of oak/        what is now surface parking in        ernments and the Metropolitan          transit or walking by 20 percent
          agreed to purchase the 153-acre         U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The         bay woodland and chaparral.             the Hacienda Business Park.           Transportation Commission,             above today’s levels.
          Schwartz property located by            remainder will come from the            The property’s diversity of habi-           ABAG notes that it believes       have set goals in an effort to reach       Comments are being taken on
          Morgan Territory Regional Pre-          Park District’s Measure AA funds        tat, abundant water and proxim-         a Focused Future offers the best      provisional long-term targets to       the scenarios. In Alameda, Con-
          serve near Clayton. The decision        which were designated for this          ity to 5,000 acres of protected         hope toward reducing reliance on      reduce region-wide driving,            tra Costa and San Francisco
          came at the Feb. 2 meeting.             parcel several years ago.               open space at Morgan Territory          cars and transportation energy,       greenhouse gases, to improve air       County jurisdictions, comments
             “This acquisition is espe-              Comprised of one large               Regional Preserve will provide          and ultimately reduction of the       quality, protect land resources        should be directed to Hing Wong
          cially significant because it is        Assessor’s parcel, the Schwartz         excellent opportunities for wild-       area's carbon footprint. With suf-    and to promote equity. These tar-      at (510) 464-7966, or
          the first one to be approved in         property is bisected by Morgan          life and wildlife viewing.              ficient capital infrastructure and    gets are mostly based on exist-
          2009, a very historical year for        Territory Road. The southerly                On January 9, 2007, the
          the Park District,” stated Board
          President Ted Radke. The East
                                                  portion of the property, approxi-
                                                  mately four acres in size, can be
                                                                                          Board approved the East Contra
                                                                                          Costa County Habitat Conserva-          Lab Adds Office to Aid Communications
          Bay Regional Park District is           directly accessed via the road. In      tion Plan and authorized the Gen-           In an effort to integrate com-    Affairs in the Office of the Secre-    Transportation Authority Office
          celebrating its 75th anniversary        the event trail access is obtained      eral Manager to execute an              munications, Lawrence Liver-          tary of Defense. Bruner is a re-       of the Inspector General. Bono
          this year giving it the distinction     through an adjacent land hold-          Implementing Agreement which            more National Laboratory has          tired colonel from the U.S. Air        also worked in the New York
          of being the first regional park        ing, there will be direct trail ac-     identified the Park District as a       created a new office of Govern-       Force, and served as an issues         State Attorney General’s Office
          district to be established in the       cess from the Schwartz property         partner in land acquisition, res-       ment and External Relations. The      expert on the personal staff of the    and served in various positions
          nation.                                 to Mount Diablo State Park.             toration and preserve manage-           new office will oversee the Lab’s     Secretary of the Air Force.            in local and national television
             Park District staff actually            Upper elevations of the              ment. The Schwartz property is          offices of Congressional Affairs,         As Director of Public Affairs,     news.
          began negotiations with the             Schwartz property provide pan-          the first acquisition project to be     Public Affairs Office and Proto-      Bono will report to the Director           As congressional liaison,
          property owners, Karl and Alfred        oramic views of Mt. Diablo and          completed from the partnership.         col.                                  of Government and External Re-         Kopple will join Christie
          Schwartz, in 1989. After years of       surrounding ridgelines. The                  Park District General Man-             Bill Bruner, formerly of NASA,    lations and serve as a key adviser     Schomer, LLNL’s Director of
          discussion, Mr. Schwartz and his        open grasslands and rock out-           ager, Pat O’Brien, adds “Thanks         has been selected as Director of      to Laboratory senior manage-           Congressional Affairs, to support
          son agreed to sell the property -       crops are used for foraging by          to the Conservancy’s efforts, the       Government and External Rela-         ment. Bono will oversee the            the Laboratory’s efforts in
          which had been owned by the             raptors, including golden eagles,       District will be able to complete       tions. James A. Bono, formerly        Lab’s Media and Employee Com-          strengthening effective congres-
          family for over 100 years - to the      red-tailed hawks and prairie fal-       this land acquisition and protect       of Cold Spring Harbor Labora-         munications, as well as its Com-       sional communications in coor-
          District so that it may be pre-         cons. From the ridge, the land          a significant portion of the Mor-       tory, has been named Director of      munity Relations and Education         dination with the U.S. Depart-
          served in perpetuity. The pur-          slopes steeply westward down            gan Creek watershed, preserve a         the Public Affairs Office and         Outreach programs.                     ment of Energy, and will provide
          chase price, supported by an in-        toward Morgan Territory Road.           prominent ridgeline and pursue          Scott Kopple, formerly of the              Bono brings 25 years of ex-       subject matter expertise and
          dependently prepared appraisal,         A series of undulating, heavily-        regional trail connections and          National Nuclear Security Ad-         perience in the communication          analysis in responding to con-
          is $803,880. Funding for the            wooded spur ridges, gullies and         public recreational opportuni-          ministration, joins the Labora-       industry, with expertise in sci-       gressional interest in LLNL’s pro-
          amount of $676,631 is being             seasonal creeks drain to Morgan         ties.”                                  tory as congressional liaison.        ence, government, environmen-          grammatic activities. He will be
          provided form the East Contra           Creek which runs through the                                                        “The integration of these func-   tal and legal subject matter.          based in Washington, DC.
                                                                                                                                  tions will strengthen communi-            Prior to joining the Lab, Bono         Kopple served at the Depart-
          Easements Gained for Trail Segments                                                                                     cations between the Laboratory,
                                                                                                                                  our community, the media and
                                                                                                                                  all levels of government,” said
                                                                                                                                                                        served as Director of Public Af-
                                                                                                                                                                        fairs at Cold Spring Harbor Labo-
                                                                                                                                                                        ratory in New York. From 2001-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ment of Energy/NNSA, serving
                                                                                                                                                                                                               as the NNSA Director of Congres-
             At its meeting Wednesday             to be about $7,000 to $8,000 per        During the first four years much                                                                                     sional Affairs since 2006. Prior
          night, the Livermore Area Recre-        year, which will be incorporated        has been accomplished. One was          Lab Director George Miller. “The      2007 he held a key position as         to that he was a staff member with
          ation and Park District Board           into the District budget.                                                       diverse expertise that Bill, Jim      Deputy Inspector General within        the U.S. House Government Re-
                                                                                          designation of the downtown             and Scott bring to their positions    the New York Metropolitan
          (LARPD) of Directors approved               One concern raised by Board         core as a cultural arts district. The                                                                                form Committee.
          four easement agreements for trail      member David Furst was the abil-        commission developed a mission          will meet the needs of the Labo-
          segments in Livermore.                  ity of the property owner to                                                    ratory, and I am pleased to have
                                                                                          statement, then a policy and pro-       them join our team.”
             These easements will help            change the easement.                    cedure manual to carry out the
          LARPD and the City of Liver-                Staff told him that the city and    mission.                                    As Government and External
          more to expand the city’s trail         district would be notified in the                                               Relations Director, Bruner will
                                                                                              Retzlaff noted that the com-        be responsible for strengthening
          system, which also connects to          event a change were proposed. It        mission worked with the city to
          regional        trails   beyond         was noted that the change could         create an arts fund, with 1 per-        Laboratory relations with all lev-
          Livermore’s boundaries.                 not result in a break in the trail or                                           els of government, the public
                                                                                          cent of city development costs          and other stakeholders. He also
             LARPD will pay a total of            a trail to nowhere.                     contributed and one-third of 1
          $36,397 for the approved ease-              Furst said his concern arose        percent of other development.           will oversee the Laboratory’s
          ment agreements. These trail seg-       from a situation that occurred                                                  Public Affairs and Protocol of-
                                                                                          With funds from the city devel-         fices. Bruner will report to Labo-
          ments are located along South           with a new trial constructed near       opment, the commission estab-
          Livermore Avenue at Concannon           Holdener Park. After the trial was      lished grant programs. The first        ratory Director George Miller. He
          Road, continuing east along             completed, the winery owners                                                    will be a member of the
                                                                                          four were approved recently.            Laboratory’s senior management
          Tesla Road to Mines Road, in-           said they needed a part of the              "We have accomplished other
          cluding segments that will con-         trail. While it did not create a        things as well. The commission          team.
          tinue north of Tesla Road to Char-      permanent break, a portion of the                                                   Bruner has 25 years of experi-
                                                                                          supported the Livermore Art As-         ence in strategic communica-
          lotte Way.                              trail cannot be used, said Furst.       sociation spring show by pur-
             In order to provide the trail            LARPD general manager Tim           chasing art. We helped to orga-         tions, government affairs, strate-
          amenities to the community, the         Barry said that business neces-                                                 gic planning and national secu-
                                                                                          nize and participated in the Peace      rity policy. Prior to joining the
          property owners along the trails        sity would still need to continue       Monument rededication. The
          are agreeing to accept easements        in the South Livermore area. "The       commission created a list of lit-       Lab, Bruner served as Deputy
          placed on their property for con-       agreements are the only way for                                                 Chief of Strategic Communica-
                                                                                          erary quotes to be placed in the        tions, and as Assistant Adminis-
          struction and ongoing operation         the district to gain easements to       downtown to create a literary
          of the trail segments.                  build the trail system."                walk. A map has been created of         trator for Legislative & Intergov-
             Funds for construction will be           The board also heard a report                                               ernmental Affairs at NASA. From
                                                                                          potential locations for murals,"        2001-2004 he was the Director
          provided by Signature Homes as          from Gloria Retzlaff on activities      she stated.
          a condition for developing              of the Commission for the Arts.             Retzlaff also noted that there      of the Office of Northern Gulf
          homes in that area. Once the trails     Retzlaff is the LARPD represen-         are three new members on the
          are complete, the District antici-      tative.                                 commission. They are Len
          pates additional routine mainte-            She noted that the commis-          Alexander, Phil Dean and Sallo
          nance and eventual repair costs         sion was beginning its fifth year.      Dunlop.

          Livermore to Tighten up on Code Violations
               The current mortgage crisis           The increase in the number of        commercial centers and is work-
           and economic downturn have             cases has lengthened the re-            ing with businesses owners to
           resulted in an increase in de-         sponse time and reduced proac-          bring signage into compliance.
           mand for neighborhood preser-          tive enforcement efforts, includ-           Councilmembers said that
           vation services in Livermore.          ing those directed towards com-         while they were sympathetic to
               Councilmember Marj Leider          mercial signs, Vanderheiden ex-         businesses trying to advertise
           brought up the issue at the Janu-      plained. "Service loads will            specials and bring in business
           ary 12 council meeting. She said       likely remain impacted during           during the economic downturn,
           she had noticed increasing num-        the economic downtown.                  it is important to keep neighbor-
           bers of violations of the sign or-        He pointed out that the depart-      hoods and business areas look-
           dinance. Leider wondered what          ment uses outreach and educa-           ing good.
           enforcements were being taken.         tion in working with businesses             Several           of         the
               At the January 26 council          on sign violations. "We should          councilmembers said they would
           meeting, Andy Vanderheiden,            see an improvement in a week,"          favor leniency in "grey areas,"
           the staff member in charge of          he stated.                              where a violation may be minor.
           neighborhood preservation, said           In addition, building inspec-            Leider said that businesses
           that enforcement is particularly       tion staff has been trained to con-     should be made aware that flags
           difficult and labor intensive.         duct neighborhood preservation          and balloons are not allowed
           Homeowners faced with loss of          investigations; volunteers have         under the sign ordinance.
           income, mortgage payment de-           been trained to perform minor               City Manager Linda Barton
           faults or the possibility of fore-     duties; and staff continues to look     said that information regarding
           closure are less likely or unable      for funding sources through re-         the sign ordinance would be pub-
           to spend money on property             lated state and federal grant pro-      lished in the city's newsletter. She
           maintenance and home repair.           grams for such things as trash re-      also said she would work with
           The department also enforces           moval, mortgage assistance and          Livermore Downtown Inc. and
           the sign ordinance.                    blight mitigation.                      the Livermore Chamber of Com-
               The top priority of the de-           In his report to the council,        merce to provide information in
           partment is to deal with com-          Vanderheiden noted that staff           their newsletters and on their
           plaints that present a health and      has recently surveyed several           websites.
           safety risk, said Vanderheiden.
           The second priority is to focus
           on violations which present a
           visible blight that has the poten-
           tial of promoting additional
           blight. Third, the department
           deals with violations based on
           size and duration. An example
           is a temporary sign that is sixty
           days behind the allowable time
           limit. Another would be a very
           large sign that is dramatically
           out of compliance. Frequency
           and recurrence of violations is
           the final factor in determining
           the department's response. For
           example a spa sale sign that is
           placed in a large number of lo-
           cations throughout the city takes
           priority over a single garage sale
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Space and
           Fly Fishers Club Program Teaches Kids about Trout                                                                                                                                                                                                               Science Program
              The Tri-Valley Fly Fishers
          Club (TVFF) will continue its
                                                             them in local rivers and lakes.
                                                             Trout in the Classroom teaches
                                                                                                                 Trout in the Classroom at TVFF.                                                                                                                           At Library
                                                                                                                 Over the years, he has witnessed                                                                                                                              The Chabot Space & Science
          long-standing commitment to                        students that fish need good                        the fascination of tens of thou-                                                                                                                          Center brings its traveling sci-
          conservation by delivering fer-                    clean water, a natural food source,                 sands of children as they experi-                                                                                                                         ence fair to the Pleasanton Pub-
          tilized trout eggs to 29 grade                     and quality habitat to survive.                     ence the hatching and develop-                                                                                                                            lic Library on Saturday, Febru-
          school classes in Alameda and                          Trout in the Classroom has                      ment of the fish and learn to ap-                                                                                                                         ary 28.
          Contra Costa counties. These                       been the signature conservation                     preciate and respect their sur-                                                                                                                               Chabot To Go! includes
          deliveries, to take place Thurs.,                  effort of TVFF for 9 years. The                     vival requirements.                                                                                                                                       tables of favorite hands-on ac-
          Feb. 5, are part of the Trout in the               Club utilizes its fundraising ef-                       Tri-Valley Fly Fishers (TVFF)                                                                                                                         tivities, including astronomy
          Classroom program in which stu-                    forts to purchase and maintain                      is a group of men and women in-                                                                                                                           and space science, for all ages
          dents raise trout from fertilized                  refrigerated, insulated aquariums                   terested in the sport of fly fish-                                                                                                                        from kindergarten through 8th
          eggs in their classrooms in TVFF-                  that equip the classrooms to en-                    ing. The mission of TVFF is to                                                                                                                            grade.
          donated coldwater aquariums.                       joy the program.                                    advance the art and enjoyment                                                                                                                                 No registration is required for
              Trout in the Classroom is a                        “We added ten new aquari-                       of fly fishing through education,                                                                                                                         this free drop-in program, offered
          joint effort among the Depart-                     ums, making this the largest                        recreation, and conservation.                                                                                                                             from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the
          ment of Fish and Game, members                     group of classes that we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           library’s main meeting room.
          of the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers, and                 ever had,” said Program Coordi-                        The Club offers a one-day                        A 4th grade school class releases trout in a local stream at the                                          For more information about
          interested local school teachers.                  nator Derrell Bridgman. “This                       novice class to help new anglers                    completion of the Trout in the Classroom program.                                                     library programs and events
          The program involves students                      year, more than 4000 children in                    get started in fly fishing and hosts                                                                                                                      check the library’s website at
          in classroom activities associated                 schools from Brentwood to Sunol                     monthly fishing outings                                                                                                                         
          with hatching of salmon or steel-                  will experience a portion of the                    throughout Northern California                                                                                                                            services/library/programs-and-
          head trout eggs, monitoring their                  life cycle of fish firsthand,” added                and beyond. TVFF is also very                       The Club meets at 7:00 PM on                       Livermore-Pleasanton Rod and                       events.html or call the Children’s
          development to the “fry” stage                     Bridgman.                                           active in conservation projects                     the first Thursday of every month                  Gun Club. Visitors are always                      Desk at (925) 931-3400 ext. 8.
          of their lifecycle, and releasing                      Bridgman is the sparkplug for                   to preserve our fishing heritage.                   September through June at the                      welcome.

                                                                                                                 Junior Golf Clinic                                                                                                                                        have youth league sign-ups Saturday, Feb 7th
                                                                                                                      Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleas-                                                                                                              at the rink from 10am-2pm.
                                                                                                                 anton will host a ‘Free Junior Clinic’ for                                                                                                                     League fees will be discounted on this
                                                                                                                 youth ages 7 to 17 on Saturday, February 21,                                                                                                              day only as an early bird special. Fees are
                                                                                                                 at 2:00 p.m. Golf professionals from the                                                                                                                  normally $135 but will only be $100 on this
                                                                                                                 Callippe staff will be on hand to provide                                                                                                                 day. After Feb 7th regular fees are in effect.
                                                                                                                 instruction on full swing at the course driving                                                                                                           The rink is located behind Junction Ave
                                                                                                                 range in this one-hour free clinic.                                                                                                                       middle school in Livermore. Information is
                                                                                                                      Golf clubs and balls will be provided, or                                                                                                            available at ( 925)443-1500.
                                                                                                                 participants may bring their own clubs if they                                                                                                                 Leagues are separated by age but with
                                                                                                                 prefer. For more information or to register for                                                                                                           experience in mind: Squirts 7-9, PeeWee 10-
                                                                                                                 this free clinic, please contact Doug or Jake                                                                                                             12, Bantam 13-15. Ages 16 and up can play
                                                                                                                 at (925) 426-6666, or visit the Callippe                                                                                                                  in the adult league. League games are at night
                                                                                                                 Preserve Golf Shop. Callippe Preserve Golf                                                                                                                with practices on Saturday mornings. Loaner
                                                                                                                 Course is located at 8500 Clubhouse Drive                                                                                                                 gear available as long as participants have
                                                                                                                 in Pleasanton.                                                                                                                                            skates. Age 6 and under players are free Mini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mites are 6 and under players who come out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for 45 min on Saturdays at 9:15. Session
                                                                                                                 Little League Sign-up                                                                                                                                     starts early March ends late May.
                                                                                                                     Livermore National Little League is still
                                                                                                                 accepting registrations for the 2009 Season.
                                                                                                                 For more information on registration and try-                                                                                                             CCOP CYO Track and Field
                                                                                                                 outs, check out the new website                                                                                                                                CYO Track and Field 2009 The Catholic
                                                                                                        or call the League                                                                                                                    Community of Pleasanton (CCOP) invites
                                                                                                                 Line at (925) 443-5655.                                                                                                                                   children in grades K through 8 to participate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in the CYO Track and Field program. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           program is open to all children in Pleasanton,
                                                                                                                 Football/Cheer Signup                                                                                                                                     Dublin and Sunol, regardless of religious
                                                                             Photo - Doug Jorgensen                   Livermore Youth Football and Cheer                                                                               Photo - Doug Jorgensen              affiliation. The program introduces children
          Croce Elementary took on Altamont Creek in their own version                                           Livermore Youth Football and Cheer                                                                                                                        to Track and Field, improves fitness levels for
                                                                                                                 (LYFandC) is starting registration for the          Amador Valley High School defeated Livermore 4 to 1 in                                                all sports, and everyone participates fully. A
          of a superbowl game with PTA dads battling it out. Altamont                                            upcoming season.                                    women's varsity soccer. Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick scored the game                                           parent/athlete information and registration
                                                                                                                      This is a full contact football league that                                                                                                          meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday,
          Creek was the winner, 14 to 12.                                                                        has been established for 36 years. The league's     winner on a direct kick following shortly with another score.                                         February 22nd at St. Augustine's Hall, 3999
                                                             Sierra Marshall and Gianna Paden led the
                                                                                                                 motto is “children first, game second.” The         In the photo, Amador goalie Jessie Mickelson (second from                                             Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Information is
          Letter of Intent                                   team in rebounds and steals. Emily Ilharreguy,
                                                                                                                 goal is to teach the fundamentals of both
                                                                                                                 football and cheer needed to make the transi-       left) gets ready to make a save.                                                                      available online at
              Livermore High School Senior Quarter-          Georgia Higgins, Sarah Wenzel, and Gianna           tion into high school. The league works
          back Justin McPherson signed a letter of
          intent on Wednesday committing to Azusa
                                                             Cole were excellent offensive players. It was
                                                             a hard fought game and both teams showed
                                                                                                                 together with the local high schools to ensure                                                All Pony players are           Ultra-Marathon
          Pacific University on a football scholarship.      great sportsmanship.
                                                                                                                 its participants are learning the fundamentals
                                                                                                                 needed for their very competitive football and
                                                                                                                                                                     Jr. Football Signup                                welcome.                                                A 50K Diablo Trail Run hosted by Save
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mount Diablo will be held Sun., March 22.
          Justin completed his prep career with over                        •        •       •                   Cheer programs. LYFandC’s emphasis is on                 Registration is underway for the upcom-
          4600 yards passing and 37 touchdowns.                   SM\SC 3rd grade girls Thunderbolts             proper technique and fundamentals, respon-          ing Livermore Junior Football League (LJFL)        Free Baseball Clinic                               Start time is 8 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Diablo Trail 50K is a point-to-point
          Justin was selected as an all league EBAL          played an exciting game on Sunday against           sibility, accountability, and most impor-           season.                                                 Livermore High School head baseball
          quarterback in 2008. Justin competes in            St. Raymond's. The Thunderbolts were be-                                                                     Due to its success over its two-year                                                             ultra-marathon starting at Round Valley
                                                                                                                 tantly being a good person and teammate.                                                               Coach David Perotti, his coaching staff and        Regional Preserve in Brentwood and follows
          varsity track and maintains a 3.6 GPA.             hind at the half 7-0. In the fourth quarter, the         All coaches are required to attend coach-      existence and the support of LARPD and the         current LHS baseball players are hosting a
                                                             girls game from behind and tied the game 7-                                                             high football programs, LJFL is expanding                                                             the Diablo Trail to Castle Rock Park in
                                                                                                                 ing clinics each year to strengthen their                                                              youth all skills baseball clinic for kids of all   Walnut Creek. The trail winds through Round
                                                             7. A terrific effort and season for the Thun-                                                           to all children aged 9 through 14 (as of           ages on Saturday February 7. There is no
          CYO Basketball                                     derbolts by Arianna Salcido, Katherine
                                                                                                                 knowledge of the game.
                                                                                                                      Football and cheer squads have been very       December 31, 2009.) All football partici-          charge. The clinic is from 12:30-3:30 at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Valley, Morgan Territory, Mount Diablo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           State Park and Shell Ridge Open Space. The
               St. Michael's/St. Charles (SM/SC) 6th         Gomez, Katie Dabney, Emily Robinson,                successful in the highly competitive Diablo         pants will learn the fundamentals of contact       Livermore High Varsity Field. Donations
                                                             Nicole Bartels, Janessa Sanchez, Ashley                                                                 football in a safe and positive environment                                                           course is challenging and fully supported.
          Grade Girls American League team traveled                                                              Valley Youth Football Conference (DVYFC).                                                              will be accepted, if people are wanting to help    The event includes post race lunch and t-shirt
          to Dublin for the regular-season finale against    Lamb, Taylor Sullivan and Emily Jones.              Registration will be held Feb. 12, March 12         and play regardless of talent level or ability.    the program. Please call Coach Perotti at
                                                                            •        •       •                                                                       All cheer participants will learn the funda-                                                          for all participants. All runners must check in
          St. Raymond’s in CYO basketball action. St.                                                            and April 16 from 6-8 pm at Round Table                                                                (925) 606-4812 x2438 for info on how to sign       at the start in Brentwood between 7:00 and
          Raymond’s came out strong, out-shooting                 The Hot Shots (SM/SC, 3015) finished           Pizza 1024 East Stanley Blvd. Discounts are         mentals, cheer at games and compete locally.       up, or go to
                                                             their season with a 10-6 loss to SM/SC                                                                  All games will be played in Livermore at the                                                          7:45 am.
          and out-rebounding the St. Michael’s girls.                                                            available at January and February dates.                                                               LHSCowboysBaseball for more info                        To register or for more information go to
          It was a close game in the early going.            (3018). Trailing 10-1 early in the game, the        Information go to website           high schools. All practices will take place in
                                                             Hot Shots scored 5 consecutive points but ran                                                           Livermore. The season begins on August 1                                                    
          Danielle Dufek provided the spark that got the                                                         lyfc or email
          rest of the team going, playing one-girl           out of time in their comeback effort. The Hot            The league is currently accepting appli-       and concludes in early November.                   Roller Hockey Signup
          swarming defense and wreaking havoc with           Shots scoring leaders were Sydney Mendoza           cations for both football and cheer coaches for          In person sign-ups will occur on Wednes-          Valley Roller Hockey in Livermore will
          the St. Raymond’s offense. At the same time        (2 points), Maddie Stewart (2 points), Regan        the upcoming season.                                day, February 18, 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday,
          Rachel Hernandez found the range, and the          Wiedenfeld (1 point), and Madison Kahwaty                                                               March 18, 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, April 22,
          shots started falling. She finished with a         (1 point). Their top rebounder was Jenni                                                                6 to 8 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2 to 4 pm,
          team-high 14 points, Delaney Sommerhaueser         Kovisto while Talina Quezada, Alyssa Silva,         Youth Basketball                                    Saturday May 9, 2 to 4 pm and Wednesday,
          had a great game, particularly in transition,      Courtney Hayes, and Kira Karter anchored a              PYB 3/4 grade Gauchos hosted the                May 20, 6 to 8 pm at Round Table Pizza, 4098
          and the girls clinched first place with a solid    strong Hot Shots defense                            Highlanders Saturday and came away with a           East Ave., Livermore.
          40-14 win.                                                        •        •       •                   18-12 victory. Gauchos were down 12 - 6 at               The registration cost is $265 for football
                          •         •       •                     SM/SC 3rd grade girls (#3014) defeated         the half and pulled together for the win with       and $100 for cheer. Registration will close
               SM/SC 5th grade boys (#504) narrowly          St. Joan (#3012) by a final score of 15-7.          Karly Laffer (fourth year out of Hearst El-         when the league reaches 260 players. Players
          lost to St. Isidore (#502). The final score was    Gianna Paden and Gianna Cole each scored            ementary) and Alexis Simmons leading the            who are not able to register with LJFL will
          24 to 22. A strong effort was turned in by all     6 points and Sierra Marshall finished up the        scoring with 10 points and 6 points respec-         be given instructions to Pleasanton Junior
          the players; individually and as a team. St.       scoring with 3 points. Daniela Walker, Geor-        tively. The Terminator, Clare Lazansky, also        Football League registration. LJFL intends
          Isidore took an early lead. SM/SC played           gia Higgins, and Kailyn Stow were top               added a hoop for the Gauchos. Highlanders           to expand in the future to accept all Livermore
          hard and brought the final score to within two     defensive players. Sarah Wenzel and Emily           Hannah Myers and Chloe Luk (first year out          children who wish to play contact football or
          points. Baskets were scored for SM/SC by           Ilharreguy assisted with steals and rebounds.       of Hearst) contributed buckets with Myers           to cheer.
          Kevin Key, Tyler Paden, Ben Parker, Sean                                                               leading the scoring for the team. Highlanders            For additional information, interested
          Stavert, Jarrett Powell, Lance Rietveld, Aaron                                                         defense was tough with Natalie Lambros and          parents              should               visit:
          Spiller. The defense was led by Kevin Key,         Gymfinity Gymnastics                                Aashna Avachat applying pressure. Andrea   Presi-
          Ben Parker, Lance Rietveld, Aaron Spiller               The girls team from Gymfinity Gymnas-          Lopez aided by Ashley Foster led the Gau-           dent and Vice-President of LJFL are Jim
          and Sean Stavert.                                  tics combined to win the Very Merry                 chos defense line with Lopez initiating a           Burke and Bob Adelman.
                          •         •       •                Unbirthday Invitational held February 1 at          number of critical steals. Lexi Blair, first year
               SM/SC 5th grade girls (#5011) defeated
          St. Isidore (#5011) in overtime. SM/SC
                                                             Gymfinity in Livermore. Valentina
                                                             Barbalinardo won the level 8 all-around title
                                                                                                                 out of Hearst and former Fremont Christian
                                                                                                                 School stalwart, along with Megan Foster,
                                                                                                                                                                     Pleasanton Softball
          battled to end the game at 8-8, sending the        with a 36.025 and Kelley Hebert brought             Tori Field, Ava Haase, and Kylia VanHorn                 Junior Umpire Training: The Pleasan-
          game into overtime where SM/SC won 13 -            home the level 7 younger title with a 35.7.         rounded out the Gauchos coordinated effort.         ton Girls Softball League is looking for boys
          10. Top scoring players for SM/SC were             Isla Andrews and Rebecca Meister each                                                                   and girls in 7th - 12th grades to become Junior
          Jamie Wittmer with 5, Alex Winkler with 4          placed first on bars in their level 7 age groups                                                        Umpires. This is a great way to earn money,
          and Cassandra Chavira and Courtney Ganguet         with a 9.2 and 9.175, respectively. Haley           Run or Walk                                         build confidence, be part of our exciting
                                                                                                                                                                     games, and have fun at the same time! A
          with 2 each. Top defensive players for SM/         Brott brought home the level 7 vault title in            The 14th Hats Off America Red T-Shirt
          SC were Breeyn Lasit, Zoey Bothwell,               the older age group with a 9.1, while Shannon       10K Run/5K Run or Walk will be held on              mandatory training session (for both new and
          Taylor Cory and Madelyne Hyde.                     Gray placed first on vault in the level 7           Saturday, February 7, beginning at 10 a.m.          returning umpires) will take place on Satur-
                          •         •       •                younger age group with a 9.4.                       at Sycamore Valley Park, 2101 Holbrook              day, February 21 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the
               SM/SC 5th grade: 514 Eagles played a               Full results - LEVEL 4, 6 to 8 years -         Drive, Danville, rain or shine. Entry fee is $35    Pleasanton Sports Park Adult Softball Com-
          really tough team this week — 516 St. Joan.        Vault: Emily Rakestraw, 9.0, 2nd; Alex              per person.                                         plex meeting room. Those interested should
          Excellent performances from the Eagles in-         Crivello, 8.375, 6th. Bars: Rakestraw, 8.8,              There is no entry fee for volunteers. All      email name, address, phone numbers (home
          cluded a nice score by Chris Ayon as well as       2nd. Beam: Rakestraw, 7.55, 5th; Crivello,          runners and volunteers will receive a red t-        and cell), age, grade and any previous expe-
          great hustle around the basket by Nathan           7.35, 6th. Floor: Rakestraw, 8.175, 2nd. All-       shirt, and lunch donated by El Balazo Res-          rience to PGSL Junior Umpire Director
          White. The entire St. Joan team played well        around: Rakestraw, 33.525, 2nd; Crivello,           taurant. Hats Off America will present Rachelle     Carlos Castaneda,
          and the Eagles wish them good luck in the          15.675. LEVEL 5 - Vault: Jessica Biggs,             Arroyave with a check for $1,000, bringing          Questions? contact Carlos Castaneda at 925-
          playoffs.                                          7.75, 2nd; Chelsea Werner, 6.6, 5th. Bars:          the total to $12,100 to the family from HOA.        484-8446.
                          •         •       •                Paige Chew, 7.9, 2nd; Werner, 5.3. Beam:                 For information or to register or volun-            PGSL Registration: The 2009 season is
               Catholic Community of Pleasanton              Biggs, 8.375, 3rd; Chew, 8.175, 4th; Werner,        teer, contact Sparky George at (925) 855-           quickly approaching. Registration is still
          (CCOP) girls 4th grade beat St. Isidore            6.225, 5th. Floor: Chew, 7.825, 4th; Biggs,         1950 or The            open for all divisions in the Pleasanton
          Sunday in a close 12 - 8 game. St. Isidore         7.65, 5th; Werner, 6.325. All-around: Werner,       site includes links to other organizations that     Phantom Girls Softball League. All girls
          came out strong to take a quick 4 point lead.      24.45, 4th; Chew, 23.9, 5th; Biggs, 23.775,         support troops. Hats Off America is a non-          living in Pleasanton , Dublin and Sunol are
          Isidore scoring came evenly from Julia Peter,      6th.                                                profit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization.         eligible to play PGSL softball. Two ways
          Kamaile Kenny, Reagan Waidelich, and                    LEVEL 7, 9 to 11 years - Vault: Shannon                                                            to register: 1)             On-line          at
          Sarah Mazetti. There defense was strong, led       Gray, 9.4, 1st; Kelley Hebert, 9.025, 2nd;                                                    ; 2) Mail-in:
          by Jaqueline Lawson, Jessica Frankel, and          Michelle Shallit, 9.0, 3rd; Gabriella Lemoine,      Water Polo Registration                             PGSL, P.O. Box 911 , Pleasanton , CA
          Sabrina Dunbar. CCOP never had a moment            8.625, 5th; Isla Andrews, 8.4. Bars: Andrews,            Registration is now open for Stoneridge        94566 (download a registration form from
          of rest but were able to land a few more buckets   9.2, 1st; Lemoine, 8.775, 2nd; Hebert,              Water Polo’s spring season. The group is            our website). For more information, please
          with Alexa Blair and Reya Paulos scoring 4         8.625, 3rd; Shallit, 8.05, 5th. Beam: Andrews,      accepting both experienced and beginner girls       contact           Chris          Tanis       at
          points each and Tricia Ritter as well as Orla      8.95, 3rd; Hebert, 8.65, 4th; Gray, 8.15, 5th;      and boys ages 9-14. This is a fun opportunity or visit the PGSL
          Lamont with 2 points each. Gauchos defense         Shallit, 7.375. Floor: Hebert, 9.4, 1st; Shallit,   for returning players as well as those brand        website at
          had strong showings from Elena Angst, Alex         9.3, 2nd; Gray, 9.1, 4th; Andrews, 8.85, 5th.       new to the game to learn new skills and
          Simmons, Daniela Block, and Laura “Pony”           All-around: Hebert, 35.7, 1st; Andrews,             compete in this exciting youth sport. The
                                                                                                                 season begins March 2 and continues through
                                                                                                                                                                     Foothill Little League
          Belichak. Larsen Perry led the defensive           35.4, 2nd; Shallit, 33.725, 5th; Gray, 26.65;                                                               Pleasanton Foothill Little League open-
          coordination handling the low post.                Lemoine, 17.4. LEVEL 7, 12+ years - Vault:          April 29. Practices are held at the Dolores
                                                                                                                 Bengston Aquatic Center in Pleasanton. For          ing Day is March 14, 2009. Teams are
                          •         •       •                Haley Brott, 9.1, 1st; Jaime Gray, 9.0, 2nd;                                                            forming now. Still accepting enrollment for
               The 4th grade SM/SC Timberwolves              Allison Honig, 8.9, 4th; Amy Morrison,              more            information,            visit
                                                                                                        or call (925)           most ages. Sign up your son or daughter now
          defeated CCOP #422 24-15 on Sunday. The            8.875, 5th; Angelica Leporati, 8.625, 8th;                                                              for a season of Little League at
          scored was tied 8-8 at the half. The               Kaitlin Hausmann, 8.375; Rebecca Meister,           484-0172.
          Timberwolves led by one at the end of the          8.15. Bars: Meister, 9.175, 1st; Hausmann,
          third quarter. The Timberwolves led the rest       9.05, 3rd; Leporati, 9.0, 4th; Brott, 8.95,
          of the way with two buckets scored by Kavan        5th; Honig, 8.275, 8th; Morrison, 8.025.
          Bagatelos and two scored by Jacob Murdoch          Beam: Meister, 8.95, 2nd; Morrison, 8.6,
          in the fourth quarter. Dante DeMayo played         4th; Brott, 8.575, 5th; Leporati, 8.35, 8th;
          his best defensive game of the year for SM/        Gray and Honig, 8.275, T9th; Hausmann,
          SC. Jacob Murdoch and Ben Kerling were             7.9. Floor: Brott, 9.2, 4th; Meister, 8.95,
          key players on defense with five rebounds          5th; Honig, 8.825, 6th; Morrison, 8.8, 7th;
          each and three steals each.                        Leporati, 8.3; Hausmann, 7.625. All-around:
                          •         •       •                Brott, 35.825, 3rd; Meister, 35.225, 4th;
               In the last game of the season, SM/SC         Morrison, 34.3, 6th; Leporati and Honig,
          Wildcats (#3014) took on CCOP (#3011) in           34.275, T7th; Hausmann, 32.95, 10th; Gray,
          a tough game, losing 16 to 11. At the end of       17.275.
          the first half, the Wildcats had vigorously             LEVEL 8 - Valentina Barbalinardo -
          closed the gap to a 5-8 score. Gianna Paden        vault, 8.975, 1st; bars, 9.35, 1st; beam, 8.8,
          and Gianna Cole were the top scorers. Cassidy      1st; floor, 8.9, 1st; all-around, 36.025, 1st.
          Herberth, Kailyn Stow, Daniela Walker,

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              Organizations wishing to run notices in    contact Pleasanton Senior Center at (925)931-     about the current budget crisis in Sacra-      Livingston,      20 years old who have a Masonic relation-                Tri-Valley Chapter of the National
          Bulletin Board, send information to PO Box     5365.                                             mento, the 2/3 requirement for passing the     pedlpushers. Sat., Feb. 7, 60 miles out         ship. At the same time as the regular Bethel        Federation of the Blind meets on Saturday,
          1198, Livermore, CA 94551, in care of               Pleasanton Reads needs volunteers,           state budget and changing tax policy. Q &      Calaveras Road to Milpitas back via Niles       meeting, there is a JD2B group meeting for          Feb. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Cafeteria
          Bulletin Board. Include name of organiza-      new tutor training and orientation will be        A and a discussion will follow her presenta-   Canyon, meet 9 a.m. at Val Vista Park in        those girls who aren’t yet 10 but would like        Room 2 at Valley Memorial Hospital in
          tion, meeting date, time, place and theme or   Sat., Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.          tion. TVDC members later will vote on a        Pleasanton, Curtis Stallins, 922-2461. Sun.,    to participate in some of the Bethel activities.    Livermore, 1111 East Stanley Blvd. Do you
          subject. Phone number and contact person       Adult volunteers provide free tutoring to         resolution to support legislation and ballot   Feb. 8, 32 miles up slopes of Mt. Veeder,       Please call Cory Solda at 683-5401 or contact       know anyone who is blind or is experiencing
          should also be included.                       adults who want to improve reading, writing,      measure(s) to repeal the 2/3 majority voting   meet 10 a.m. in Napa, Peter Rathmann, 336-      at or visit our Website       vision loss?      Our organization can help
              Milestone: Erna and Lester Knott cel-      and English speaking skills. Tutor qualifica-     requirements for passing California State      0973. Wed., Feb. 11, 47 miles Dublin to         at for more info.          people to adjust. Any visually impaired or
          ebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on      tions are: at least 18 years old; interest in     budgets and tax legislation. Refreshment       Castro Valley back to Moraga Commons,           Pleasanton Masonic Lodge- 3370 Hopyard              blind person is urged to attend. Call, Carl,
          February 1, 2009.                              helping another adult; no teaching experience     served.        Wheelchair accessible.          meet 10 a.m. at Shannon Center, Bill            Road, Pleasanton.                                   449-9362 for more info.
              Nintendo Wii for Seniors - Play Ball!      needed. Please call to register for the Project                         Goodwin, 487-0521. Anyone planning to go             Livermore Area Blood Drive - Friday,                Economic Survival Through Personal
          February 11, Wii Kickoff Party, 3:30-5:00pm.   Read orientation. For more information, call           Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring          on a ride is asked to contact the leader for    February 13, 1-7:00 p.m. at Robert Liver-           Budgeting, free three hour seminar, Sat.,
          The Pleasanton Senior Center begins offering   Janice Bauman, 931-3411 or email                  Club, Sun., Feb. 7, 32 miles Cinderella        details on where to meet and what to bring.     more Community Center, 4444 East Av-                Feb. 7, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Celebration
          Wii bowling, tennis and baseball. Training                      training ride, meet 8 a.m. at Osage Park in        Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 14 in            enue, Livermore. There is a severe shortage         Christian Center, 1145 Bluebell Drive, Liv-
          will be provided by Amador Valley H.S.             Tri-Valley Democrat Club, meet 7              Danville,             Karin            Ball,   Pleasanton meets at the Pleasanton Masonic      of blood in the Bay Area, and only 3% of the        ermore. Taught by a local financial advisor,
          Leadership class. Ongoing Wii play begin-      p.m. Feb. 16 at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Sat., Feb. 7, 40     Lodge at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday       eligible people give blood. Please help save        the seminar will teach budget design, creative
          ning Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 from 3:30-       Parkway, Dublin. Assembly District 15             miles Cinderella training ride, meet 8:30      of every month. Job’s Daughters is an orga-     a life by giving blood. The process takes 1-        budget ideas and core principals that will
          4:30pm. No Cost. For more information          Representative Joan Buchanan will speak           a.m. at Central Park in Sa Ramon, Bekki        nization for girls between the ages of 10 and   1½ hours, and snacks and refreshments are           improve and strengthen financial position
                                                                                                                                                                                                          served after you donate. You must be 17 years       and help avoid adverse consequences. De-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          old, and have a form of identification with         signed for people facing financial challenges,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          you. To sign up, go to,            the seminar helps them analyze their situation
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and use RLCC as the sponsor code. For more          and establish sound financial principles in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          information contact Tom Petty at 925-980-           their personal finances. For more informa-
                                                                                                                                                          Marjorie A. Walker                              8164 or e-mail           tion call 925-455-4250 or visit
          Elizabeth “Libby” Shutts                       Rene Marie Margaroni                              While in Livermore, Clyde took                     Marjorie passed away peace-                      Livermore Amador Valley Garden       
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Club meets Thursday, February 12, at 7:00                Widowed Men and Women of North-
              Libby Shutts, artist, family                   Rene Marie Margaroni, age                     position as a research assistant               fully after a brief illness on Feb-             p.m. The meeting will take place at Alisal          ern CA., Chinese lunch in Pleasanton,
          matriarch and zucchini connois-                68, born in San Francisco, CA,                    in environmental and vibration                 ruary 1, 2009, with her family by               School, multipurpose room, 1454 Santa               Panda Restaurant, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m.,
          seur, passed away peacefully the               on January 19, 1941, peacefully                   testing at Sandia National Labo-               her side.                                       Rita Road, Pleasanton. Speaker is Deborah           RSVP by Feb. 8 to Kathy, 484-4880. Fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whigham, co-owner with her husband, gar-            Fry in Dublin, Feb. 13, 5 p.m., RSVP by
          morning of January 26, 2009. She               passed away at her Pleasanton,                    ratories, for the next 27 ½ years.                 Marjorie was the loving wife                den designer Gary Ratway, of Digging Dog            Feb. 11 to Hilda, 398-8808. Champagne
          was surrounded by her loving                   CA residence on Thursday, Janu-                       Clyde was an educated and                  of Leo Walker of Pleasanton who                 Nursery. Her topic will be ornamental grasses       brunch in San Ramon, Marie Callender's
          family.                                        ary 22, 2009.                                     brilliant man. He attended                     cherished her during her 54 years               and off season interest in the garden such as       Restaurant, Feb. 15, 11:45 a.m., RSVP by
                                                                                                                                                                                                          architectural details, bark, branches and           Feb. 12, Marsha, 830-8483.
              She was a long-time resident                   She is survived by her chil-                  Mitchel College in Long Island,                of marriage. They were wed at St.               berries. Digging Dog Nursery has been fea-               Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Network,
          of Hollister and Palo Alto, where              dren Steve and Jennifer, daugh-                   NY; Chabot College in Hayward                  John’s Church in Cambridge,                     tured in Martha Stewart Living and will also        meets 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 16. Stacy Malkan,
          she was a substitute school-                   ter-in-law Taren, son-in-law                      and Livermore; University of                   Massachusetts on June 11, 1955.                 be appear this spring in Gardens Illustrated.       author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Visitors are welcome. For questions, call           Side of the Beauty Industry, will discuss the
          teacher for the Palo Alto Unified              Michael and her beloved grand-                    Tennessee Space Institute in                   Marjorie was born in Cambridge,                 Sally at 417-8809.                                  toxic truth about everyday personal care
          School District for many years.                children Joseph, Jonathan,                        Tullahoma, TN and attended nu-                 Massachusetts June 7, 1928, the                      Pleasantonians 4 Peace, sponsoring a           products and the ongoing effort to shift the
          She later worked in the planning               Zachary and Jessica. Her grand-                   merous seminars and workshops                  beloved daughter of Elizabeth                   candlelight vigil in front of the Museum on         beauty industry to safer alternatives. Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main, 603 Main Street, downtown Pleasan-            is at the Living Vine Fellowship, 4100 First
          office at Stanford University un-              children were truly the joy of her                in general education, physics,                 and Patrick O’Neill. She attended               ton, February 11, Wednesday, at 7 p.m.              St., Pleasanton. This meeting is free for
          til her retirement. The past 6                 life as well as socializing with                  real estate, and space environ-                Cambridge High and Latin                        Those attending will reflect on the human and       members, as well as for first time visitors.
          years she resided in Pleasanton.               friends and shopping for her                      ments.                                         School followed by business                     monetary costs of the war, honor our veterans       For further information, please visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                          who have sacrificed, and visualize ways of or e-mail Tri-
          Libby was a respected Chinese                  grandchildren. She leaves be-                         He loved to volunteer in the               school. She worked for the Army                 moving beyond this conflict to a more     
          Brush painter who loved to share               hind family and friends that will                 state park system. He was a do-                Intelligence, and The Veteran’s                 peaceful world. Questions?? Call Cathe                   Annual Rummage Sale, First Presby-
          her passion and talent with ev-                miss her endearing charm and                      cent on Angel Island in San Fran-              Administration during her career.               Norman at (925) 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at          terian Church, 451 South K St., Livermore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                ;                             or   Feb. 6 and 7. Hours 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
          eryone she could, and her cheer-               love of people.                                   cisco Bay. Clyde was also a stu-               She received decorations from                                        Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
          ful and polite demeanor ensured                    She will be laid to rest at Holy              dent of Allensworth’s State His-               the Secretary of the Army and the                    Amador Valley Quilt Guild will meet                 St. Michael School, 345 Church St., in
          that she was universally loved.                Cross Cemetery in Daly City, CA                   torical Park where he studied,                 Mayor of Boston honoring her                    on Saturday, February 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the       Livermore will be holding an information
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Av-             night on February 5. Anyone interested
          Her sense of humor, even in times              beside her mother and father. Per                 among other things, Shaft,                     bravery in supporting firefighters              enue, Pleasanton. The meeting will feature          learning about grades K-8th please meet in the
          of pain or crisis, was legendary.              her request, no services will be                  Califia and Buffalo Soldiers in                fighting an extensive fire in the               Karen Flamme. Her topic will be Cultivating         Kindergarten classroom at 7 p.m.
              She was preceded in death by               held.                                             the west. Some of Clyde’s other                hold of the SS Black Falcon Vic-                Creativity: Don’t Hem Me In. The guild is                Beer judging seminar, grand master
                                                                                                                                                                                                          a non-profit educational association for quilters   beer judge David Teckam will present semi-
          her husband, Hamilton Shutts,                      Arrangements by Callaghan                     passions were his family, reading,             tory which was docked at the                    of all skill levels. Anyone interested in           nar, Sun., Feb. 15, 1 p.m. beginning class,
          and survived by three children,                Mortuary.                                         writing, fishing, bowling, travel-             Boston Army Base. In addition,                  quilting may attend. For further information        3 p.m. advanced. The Englander in San
          Judson Shutts, Peter Shutts, and                                                                 ing, golfing and photography.                  she spent many rewarding years                  about the guild or upcoming speakers, please        Leandro. $25 for either session, $45 for both.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          visit        our       website,          http://    Hosted by Mad Zymurgists homebrew club
          Janet Rowe; and five grandchil-                Dean Mills Davis                                      Clyde is survived by his ex-               as a homemaker raising their five                                and Beer By BART. RSVP is required.
          dren Scott Rowe, Monica Shutts,                    Dean Mills Davis, 68, passed                  wife and friend, Remona; four                  children.                                            Armchair Travelers, will take place at         Contact          Brian         Cooper        at
          and Shannon, Cameron and Tay-                  away at home unexpectedly on                      children: Colette, Jerilyn,                        Marjorie is survived by her                 the Livermore Civic Center Library onThurs., Provide a phone
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Feb. 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dale Schauer will        number and class or classes planning to
          lor Shutts.                                    Tuesday, January 27, 2009.                        Leanne and Jeffrey; nine grand-                loving husband Leo, sons Steve                  share digital photographs of adventures with        attend.
              Services were held January                     He leaves behind his loving                   children: La Shawna, Aja, Ricky,               Walker (Debbi), John Walker                     his wife Carlotta in Slovenia and rural                  RELIGION
          30, at Christ Episcopal Church                 wife of 34 years, Gail, and four                  Monique, Jamaal, Ashley, Jeffrey               (Laurel), Bill Walker (Melissa),                Northeast Italy. In Slovenia, Dale and                   Dealing with loss, of loved one, ses-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carlotta Schauer enjoyed views of the capital       sions second and fourth Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
          in Los Altos.                                  children; Pam Davis Williams,                     Jr., Jesse, and Jaidee; and six                Bob Walker, daughter Betsy                      Ljubljana, visited Bled with its charming           at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001
              In lieu of flowers, donations              David Davis and wife Deanna;                      great-grandchildren: Aujai,                    Jones (Doug) and grandchildren                  lake and castle, and took a scenic drive up and     Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Dates are Feb. 12
          may be made to California                      Julie Kumpf Williams and hus-                     Ayana, Levelle, Nia, Nakayla and               Kimberly, Christopher, David,                   over the Julian Alps. In Northeastern Italy,        and 26 and March 12 and 26. Meetings open
                                                                                                                                                                                                          they experienced the beauty of the small            to all regardless of religious orientation. Call
          Baron’s Ball, c/o the American                 band Roger; Michael Kumpf and                     Naudiah. Clyde is also survived                Christopher, Julia, Katie, Kirsten,             towns Aquileia, Cornino, Interneppo,                Mary at 846-5377 with questions.
          Cancer Society, 747 Camden                     wife AnMarie; and 8 grandchil-                    by an entire host of nieces, neph-             Victoria and Kate. She is also sur-             Spilimbergo, Paularo, and Illegio. High-                 The Future of the Catholic Church is
          Ave, Ste. B, Campbell, CA 95008.               dren. He is also survived by his                  ews, cousins and close friends                 vived by her brother Bill O’Neill,              lights of the Northeastern Italy portion of the     the L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          trip include a mosaic school tour, an interest-     presentation offered at St. Charles Borromeo,
              Arrangements by Graham-                    loving sister Alverda Nerat and                   and neighbors.                                 sister Betty Leppzer and numer-                 ing village butterfly mural walk, and short         1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore, Tuesday,
          Hitch Mortuary                                 husband Jim; beloved brother                          Clyde may have left us on                  ous nieces and nephews includ-                  mountain forest hikes. Adults are invited to        February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall.
                                                         Stan Davis and wife Sylvia; and                   January 23, 2009, but not with-                ing Robbie and Ted Leppzer                      this free program on the second Thursday of         Frederick Parrella, ThD, a Professor of The-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          each month in the Community Meeting                 ology in the Religious Studies Department
          Barbara J. Hylton-Bailer                       many dear nieces, nephews and                     out us knowing that the best and               whom spent several years with                   Rooms of the Civic Center Library, 1188 S.          of Santa Clara University, will do presenta-
              Barbara J. Hylton-Bailer                   cousin Deanna Malliokas. He                       most beautiful things in the world             the family during their childhood               Livermore Avenue, Livermore. For addi-              tion. In addition to contributing chapters to
          “Little Barbara” passed away                   was preceded in death by his fa-                  cannot be seen or even touched,                and of whom she loved dearly.                   tional information please call 925 373-5500.        books, he has edited four volumes, most
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Northern California Human Resources            recently, From Trent to Vatican II: Histori-
          peacefully on January 26, 2009.                ther, David R. Davis and mother                   they are felt with the heart.                      In lieu of flowers the family               Association presents: Distinguish Your-             cal and Theological Investigations. There is
          She was surrounded by family                   Gretchen Von Osterheldt of Wis-                                                                  requests that donations be made                 self—How to Stand Out in a Tight Job                a $5.00 freewill donation to pay for the
          and friends. The Pleasanton resi-              consin and Iowa respectively.                     Homer Hughes                                   to the St. Vincent de Paul Soci-                Market. Wed., Feb. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          at ADP, 4125 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              speaker. For more information contact Julie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at or 447-4549ext 114
          dent was born November 1939.                       Dean grew up in the San Di-                      Homer Hughes, a native of                   ety in Livermore.                               Registration $35 NCGRA members, $55                      Tu B’Shvat seder and potluck lunch.
              Barbara was preceded in                    ego area where he led an active                   Oklahoma and a resident of                         Visitation will be on Thurs-                general. Information at,              Sunday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. Bothwell
          death by her Aunt Bernice and                  youth. He graduated from El                       Pleasanton since 1954, passed                  day, February 5th from 5-8 PM at       or 415-291-1992.                    Center 2466 8th St. in Livermore. Guest
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Tri-Valley Republican Women                speaker environmental educator David
          Uncle Pat.                                     Cajon Valley High School and                      away at the age of 80 on January               the Graham Hitch Mortuary 4167                  Federated will continue its 2009 speaker            Darlington. $5/non-members of Tri-Valley
              She is survived by her daugh-              attended San Diego State Univer-                  29, 2009.                                      First St in Pleasanton, followed                series on Thursday, February 12, 2009, with         Cultural Jews. Bring a dish for 8 to share.
          ter Carey Hylton, son Scott                    sity. He moved north to Liver-                       He was very athletic and in                 by a mass Friday morning at 10                  guest speaker Mike Jarchow, a Danville              Children welcome.               Reservations
                                                                                                                                                                                                          resident active in The Cuba AIDS Project, a or 925 485 1049.
          (Josie) Hylton, her grandchildren              more, building a 27-year career                   his youth played semi-pro base-                a.m. at St Elizabeth Seton Church               US-based humanitarian organization serving               Tri-Valley Unity Church, ‘The Third
          Chelsea Hylton-Ransome, Elijah                 in retail and managing                            ball. In later years, he played lob            at 4001 Stoneridge Dr. in Pleas-                HIV/AIDS patients and families in Cuba.             Jesus’ Sermon Series - Rev. Steve Maynard
          and Brianna Hylton, Aldrin                     Baughman’s Western Outfitter’s                    ball and was president of the                  anton. Burial services will be pri-             Jarchow will address the true political, social     applies concepts from Deepak Chopra’s latest
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and medical conditions in Cuba that he has          book in his Sunday morning talks. This
          Montana and Devon McMillan,                    in downtown Livermore. He was                     league. He rounded out his ca-                 vate.                                           witnessed first-hand. Location: Frankie,            week’s theme is “Me and My Shadow.” TVU
          her best friend Cookie Clark and               a charter member and past-presi-                  reer in sports by playing bocce                    Arrangements by Graham-                     Johnnie and Luigi Too Restaurant, 11891             meets at the Dublin Radisson, 6680 Regional
          by her longtime partner Lupe                   dent of the Livermore Jaycees                     ball. He passed on his love of                 Hitch Mortuary.                                 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. 6:30-9pm. $26 for             St., at 10 a.m. Sundays. Ongoing classes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          members and $30 for nonmembers. Reser-              groups available. All are welcome. Call 829-
          Espinoza.                                      and helped spearhead the                          sports to his children and grand-                                                              vations required. Call 925-846-5944 by              2733 or see
              She will truly be missed by                organization’s development.                       sons, who all played sports and                Ruth Amelia Camara                              Sunday, February 8.
          all that knew and loved her.                   Dean’s love of family, athletics,                 whenever possible he was there                    Ruth Amelia Camara passed
              A memorial service was held                and community were enhanced                       to watch them.                                 away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009
          Feb. 2 in Livermore.                           though his active participation                      Homer looked forward to his                 in Oakland, CA. She was born in
              Arrangements by Callaghan                  in several organizations. He was                  family vacations in Lake Tahoe                 Glendale, AZ. on Dec. 22, 1952.
          Mortuary.                                      a past-president and 30-year                      and on the coast. He was gener-                She was 56 years old.
                                                         member of the Livermore -                         ous and giving, a man for whom                    Ruth was raised in San
          John Martin Lignell, Sr.                       Granada Boosters Organization                     his family always came first. He               Leandro and moved to Livermore
              John Lignell passed on Janu-               and past-president of the                         also enjoyed visiting with friends             shortly after graduating from
          ary 26, 2009. He was 71.                       Granada Supporters Parent                         and neighbors.                                 high school. She retired in 2008
              He was born February 13,                   Group. Dean cherished his many                       He will be remembered by his
                                                                                                           wife Cecilia, his "doll" of 56 years,          after 28 years of service at
          1937. A native of the Bay Area,                friends and extended family. He                                                                  Lawrence Livermore National
          he was raised in Oakland and                                                                     by his daughter Ricki/Frank
                                                         will be dearly missed by all.                     Coryell and grandsons Bryan/                   Laboratory. She enjoyed water
          lived for 30 years with his family                 A memorial service was held                   Katie Coryell and Daryl/Chrystal               skiing, and the great outdoors.
          in Dublin. He was a retired owner              February 2 in Livermore. A re-                    Coryell, daughter Vicki Hughes                 She was an accomplished seam-
          operator and prior to his truck                ception followed at the family’s                  and her partner Erma, son David/               stress lovingly making her
          driving career drove tour buses.               home.                                             Susie and grandsons Aron and                   daughters prom dresses through
          In his retirement he spent much                    The family requests that me-                  Adam Hughes, great grandson                    out the school years.
          of his time volunteering at the                morial donations be made to his                   Chayce Coryell, and many nieces                   She is survived by her parents,
          Pacific Bus Museum. He                         “favorite organization”, the Liv-                 and nephews, especially Phil                   William and Jannet Camara of
          touched all he met with his                    ermore – Granada Boosters.                        Lang and George Oxsen.                         San Leandro, her son Robert
          friendly spirit, love of humor and             Please send donations to The                         Arrangements by Graham-                     Eckert of Livermore, daughters,
          kind heart.                                    Boosters at 4117 Fourth Street,                   Hitch Mortuary.                                Tamara (Martin) Trester of
              He is survived by his beloved              Livermore, CA, 94550 “in                                                                         Modesto, Crystal Achziger of
          wife of 46 years, Beverly Lignell.             memory of Dean Davis”.                            Robert H. Ronald                               Livermore, brother, Michael
          He was a devoted father to                         Arrangements by Callaghan                        Robert "Bob" H. Ronald died                 Camara of Brentwood and sisters
          Debbie and Jay Lignell, a caring               Mortuary.                                         January 31, 2009. He was born                  Elaine Sunday of Hayward and
          father-in-law to Denise Lignell,                                                                 May 6, 1920.                                   Renee Leca of Pleasanton, and
          a loving brother to Walt, Bob and              Clyde Taylor                                         Bob is survived by his be-                  her three grandchildren, Marysa,
          Lars Lignell and a very proud                     Clyde Taylor died January 23,                  loved wife Dorothy Ronald, his                 Connor and Zach.
          grandfather of Alyssa, Noah and                2009. He was born on August 7,                    son Robert and and daughter-in-                   A Vigil will be held on Thurs.,
          Nathan Lignell. He is also sur-                1929 to Annie Bea and Robert                      law Joanie from Yuba City, 5                   Feb 5, 7 p.m. at Callaghan’s
          vived by many sisters-in-law,                  Taylor in Henderson, NC. He was                   grandchildren and many nieces                  Chapel, 3833 East Ave., Liver-
          nieces and nephews.                            an only child. At the age of 18                   and nephews. He was preceeded                  more. Memorial Mass will be
              A celebration of his life was              years old, Clyde entered the Air                  in death by his daughter Cathye                celebrated on Friday, Feb 6, 11
          held February 2 Cornerstone                    Force where he served diligently                  Rahlves and his mother- in-law                 a.m. at St. Michaels Catholic
          Fellowship.                                    and through his efforts, became                   Hazel Partridge.                               Church, 458 Maple St., Liver-
              The family requests memorial               a Sergeant.                                          Bob was a Pleasanton resi-                  more. Inurnment will follow at
          contributions in lieu of flowers                  In 1956, Clyde married                         dent for over 40 years, served in              St. Michaels Cemetery.
          to the Pacific Bus Museum P.O.                 Remona Pettiford, and fathered                    the Coast Guard during WW II                      In lieu of flowers, donations
          Box 601105 Sacramento, CA                      4 children, Colette, Jerilyn,                     and was retired from Union Lo-                 are suggested to Shepherds Gate,
          95860 or Children’s Hospital                   Leanne and Jeffrey, all whom he                   cal 302.                                       1639 Portola Ave., Livermore, CA
          Oakland                         at             considered his finest works of art.                  Funeral services were held on               94551 or St. Jude’s Children’s
                 Clyde retired from the Air                     February in Hayward.                           Hospital. (
          foundation.                                    Force in 1967. He and his family                     Arrangements by Graham-
              Arrangements by Callaghan                  moved to Livermore, California,                   Hitch Mortuary.
          Mortuary.                                      where he lived until his last day.

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                                                                                                             It's All Jazz with The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
                                                                                           Jazz musicians The Brubeck                                                                                                     reviews from All About Jazz,
                                                                                       Brothers Quartet will perform at                                                                                                   “Once again the BBQ attains that
                                                                                       the Amador Theater on Friday,                                                                                                      rarefied level where music is both
                                                                                       February 13, at 8:00 p.m.                                                                                                          relaxed and expressive, and their
                                                                                           This is a City of Pleasanton                                                                                                   joy in its creation is contagious.
                                                                                       Civic Arts Presents program. It                                                                                                    There’s really nothing out there
                                                                                       complements the next day’s                                                                                                         that comes close to their unique
                                                                                       Campana Jazz Festival, also at                                                                                                     brand of inventiveness.”
                                                                                       Amador.                                                                                                                                Tickets to The Brubeck Broth-
                                                                                           The Brubeck Brothers Quar-                                                                                                     ers Quartet are $20, $25 and $30
                                                                                       tet features two members of one                                                                                                    for adults and $15, $18 and $21
                                                                                       of America’s most accomplished                                                                                                     for students. They may be pur-
                                                                                       musical families, Dan Brubeck                                                                                                      chased           online          at
                                                                                       on drums and Chris Brubeck on                                                                                             up
                                                                                       bass and trombone. Along with                                                                                                      to three hours prior to the perfor-
                                                                                       guitarist Mike DeMicco and pia-                                                                                                    mance, by phone at (925) 931-
          The Punch Brothers perform at the Bankhead.                                  nist Chuck Lamb, they have per-                                                                                                    3444, or in person at the Amador
                                                                                       formed at concert series, colleges                                                                                                 Theater Box Office. Box office
                                                                                       and jazz festivals across North The Brubeck Brothers Quartet part of Jazz week in Pleasanton.                                      hours are Monday through Fri-
                    Punch Brothers Brings                                              America and have appeared with
                                                                                       several prominent symphony or- the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, long, coast-to-coast live broad-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for two hours prior to the perfor-
                                                                                                                          the Philadelphia Orchestra and cast on “Toast of the Nation” on
                    Its Own Style of Music                                             chestras.
                                                                                           With Chris Brubeck’s compo- the Russian National Symphony National Public Radio.
                                                                                                                                                            The Brubeck Brothers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mance. Group discounts are
                                                                                       sitions as a vehicle, the BBQ has Orchestra.                                                                                           The Amador Theater is
              The Punch Brothers, featur-        agreeable instruments, so it          joined with chamber groups to         The BBQ was chosen to kick Quartet’s new Koch release,                                       lcoated at 1155 Santa Rita Road,
          ing Chris Thile, comes to the          seems like there are limitless pos-   collaborate with musicians from off the New Year with an hour “Classified” has earned this rave                                    Pleasanton.
          Bankhead Theater for their only        sibilities for them.”
          Bay Area stop on Sunday, Feb-              Other members of the group
          ruary 15 at 8 p.m. The line-up of
          Punch Brothers-whose name is
                                                 include guitarist Chris Eldridge,
                                                 a founding member of the Infa-                       'An Evening with Emily Dickinson' Planned in Dublin
          taken from the Mark Twain short        mous Stringdusters and occa-             The City of Dublin will                   Richards, will reprise her role as         dozens of theater productions    
          story, Punch, Brothers, Punch!-        sionally sits in with his dad Ben’s   present the final event of the city's        one of American's leading poets,           throughout the Bay Area includ-            Tickets will be available at the
          is formidable.                         band, The Seldom Scene; bassist       5th annual Winter Concert Series             Emily Dickinson. These special             ing numerous Shakespearean                 door. However, seating is limited.
              Thile released the first of five   Greg Garrison has played with         on Sat., Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sun.,         Valentine's Day productions are            and classical theater offerings.           Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 6
          solo albums when he was just           trumpeter Ron Miles and Left-         Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Dublin              designed to provide the viewer             She has also served the theater            to 12 and $3 for age 5 and under.
          thirteen. By the time he was 20,       over Salmon-along with banjo          Heritage Center.                             with a personal glimpse of Emily           world as a teacher, dramaturgy                The Heritage Center (Old St.
          he was attracting a following          player Noam Pikelny. Pikelny he          Featured will be "An Evening              Dickinson re-created as a charm-           and director.                              Raymond's) is location at 6600
          among pop, country, and alter-         has performed and recorded as a
          native-rock audiences as a mem-        solo artist and has collaborated      with Emily Dickinson - The Belle             ing, witty woman with a fertile               Advance reservations can be             Donlon Way. For more informa-
          ber of the Grammy Award-win-           with acoustic music heavy-            of Amherst."                                 inner life who does on every sec-          made by calling 925-556-4500               tion, call 556-4500 or go to
          ning Nickel Creek. A Washing-          weights John Cowan and Tony              Bay Area Critics' Circle award            ond of living and all of creation.         or         go    on-line      to 
          ton Post critic recently said of       Trischka. Violinist Gabe Witcher,     wining actress, Gwyneth                         Richards has performed in
          Thile, “He may well be the most        a life-long friend of Thile’s, is a
          virtuosic American ever to play        sought-after session man whose
          the mandolin.”                         fiddle-playing has been featured
              Thile has often incorporated       on the soundtrack of films rang-
          pieces by Bach and other classi-       ing from Toy Story to Brokeback       Wild Vine Art Gallery and Wine                 be torch work bead making, soldered        traces the history of Tango, from its    Chinese New Year's Carnival, Feb. 15
          cal masters into his live perfor-      Mountain. Witcher also has re-         Lounge, Angela Johal will display             stained glass, pendant jewelry, fine       origins in the red light district of       from 5 to 9 p.m. at Amador Valley
                                                                                        her abstract oil paintings for the month      art painting and more. There is no         Buenos Aires to the glamour of the         High School. There is no admission
          mances, but he’s taken a fearless      corded with a range of artists from    of February. The artist reception will        admission charge. The public is in-        Roaring Twenties, and its evolution        charge. Cooking demonstrations,
          leap into long-form composition        Willie Nelson to Beck to Randy         be on Thursday, February 5, from 7-           vited. For more information, call          to the world of contemporary ball-         food tasting, food shows and compe-
          of his own with The Blind Leav-        Newman and played in dobro             9 p.m. The Wild Vine is located at            1(866) 561-0838.                           room, accompanied by the music of          titions, potluck dinner, festival per-
          ing the Blind. Instead of work-        master Jerry Douglas’ band for six     2187 First St., Livermore.                  Cosi fan tutte, San Jose Opera, com-         Astor Piazzolla and many others.           formances, vendor booths, children's
                                                                                       Broadway Chorus, a community cho-              edy by Mozart performed Feb. 7, 12,        $55/$40/$35/$30/$12          students.     games and raffles. Amador Valley
          ing with a traditional chamber         years.                                 rus located in the Tri-Valley area,           14, 17, 20 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 8, 15,       925.373.6800       or     online    at     High School, 1155 Santa Rita Rd.,
          ensemble, though, he employs               The Bankhead Theater is lo-        seeks new members to join the 80-             22 at 3 p.m. California Theatre, 345           Pleasanton. Sponsored by the Chi-
          the instrumentation that has fas-      cated at 2400 First Street in          member group. No prior singing                South First St., San Jose. $69, $81      Creatures of Prometheus, Pacific             nese American Cooperation Council
          cinated him since childhood:           Downtown Livermore. To pur-            experience is necessary although an           and      $91.    408-437-4450       or     Chamber Symphony performs                  (CACC) Those planning to attend the
                                                                                        ability to read musical scores and                             Beethoven’s evocative work, Thurs.,        Feb. 15 event are asked to RSVP at
          mandolin, banjo, guitar, violin,       chase tickets call 925-373-6800,       experience singing within a chorus is       Franc D’Ambrosio’s Hollywood, Sat.,          Feb. 19, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater,
          and bass. Says Thile, “Ever since      or visit the LVPAC website             preferred. Those interested should            Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Grand Theatre Center        2400 First St., Livermore.               History Talk, Livermore Heritage
          I was really little, they are what I       attend the first practice session for the     for the Arts, 715 Central Avenue,        7th Annual Youth Music Festival,             Guild hosting, Wed., Feb. 18, 7:30
          identified with. These are very                                               2009 season which will be held Sun-           Tracy. In Hollywood, he will take a        Friday, February 20, 8:00 p.m.             p.m. Livermore Library, 1188 So.
                                                                                        day, February 8, at 6:00 PM at the            nostalgic look at favorite musical         Hosted by City of Pleasanton Civic         Livermore Ave. Gary Kinst,
                                                                                        Ridgeview Dining Commons, 5200                films and perform award-winning            Arts at the Amador Theater, l 1155         neswletter editor for the California
                                                                                        Case Ave., Pleasanton. The room is            songs such as Singin’ in the Rain,         Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Solo          Chapter of the Lincoln Highway
                                                                                        located directly across Case Ave.             Moon River, Some Enchanted                 vocalists, instrumentalists, and vocal     Association, will talk about the Lin-
                                                                                        from Pleasanton Middle School.                Evening and Danny Boy. $35 & $40;          and instrumental ensembles, ages 18        coln Highway in the area. Doors
                                                                                        Broadway Chorus is part of the Tri-           Grand Box Seats additional $15;            and under, will perform. Tickets to        open at 7 p.m. Light refreshments.
                                                                                        Valley Repertory Theatre, formerly            Parterre Seating additional $5.00.         the Youth Music Festival are $7.00 in    Piano concert with Mark Anderson
                                                                                        known as Pleasanton Playhouse.      , by phone or in         advance and $10.00 at the door.            and Tamriko Siprashvili, Sat., Feb.
                                                                                                     person at the box office.                  They may be purchased online at            21, 8 p.m. Amador Theater, 1155
                                                                                       Great Performances: A free series of         Book signing, Author Brian Yaeger,  up to three       Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Informa-
                                                                                        classic films hosted by Candace               "Red, White and Brew," Thurs., Feb.        hours prior to the performance, by         tion and tickets 931-3444 or
                                                                                        Klaschus, Professor of Media Studies          12, 6:30 p.m. The HopYard Ale-             phone at (925) 931-3444, or in per-
                                                                                        at Las Positas College. She presents a        house in Pleasanton. Hosted by Mad         son at the Amador Theater Box Of-        Ciaramella, February 28, Las Positas
                                                                                        talk about each film prior to the             Zymurgists. Towne Center Books of          fice.         College Early Music Series, 8 p.m.
                                                                                        viewing. Programs begin at 7 p.m.             Pleasanton will have books available     Tribute to Glenn Miller and Gene             college library, 3000 Campus Hill
                                                                                        Feb 5, Now; Voyager will be shown.            for purchase. RSVP to Brian at             Krupa featuring the Tex Beneke             Dr., Livermore. 15th-century renais-
                                                                                        No registration is required. The Clas- if plan-         Orchestra, Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m.           sance music through the sounds of
                                                                                        sic Film Series continues every first         ning to attend.                            Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street,       the 15th-century wind band,
                                                                                        Thursday of the month through June          Campana Jazz Festival, competition           Downtown Livermore. 13-piece Tex           Ciaramella. Pre-concert talk, post
          Kate Evans                                                                    4, 2009. For more information, call           and awards, Amador Valley High             Beneke Orchestra. The evening also         concert reception. Complete series, 3
                                                 Lillian Vallee                         Penny Johnson, 931-3405.                      School hosting. Sat., Feb. 14, 7:30        stars     Mary      Lou      Metzger.      concerts $40, students $12; indi-
                                                                                       The Underpants, Role Players En-               a.m. competition begins. 461-6196          925.373.6800       or     online    at     vidual concert $15, students $5. For
                  Two Poets Featured at                                                 semble, Danville, Jan. 16-Feb. 7.
                                                                                       Guys and Dolls, Tri-Valley Repertory
                                                                                                                                      or 1155
                                                                                                                                      Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.
                                                                                                                                    Heartbreaker: A Live Rock Tribute
                                                                                                                                                                               Entries sought, Artists are invited to
                                                                                                                                                                                 submit entries into a juried art show/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            additional information and tickets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            please contact: Marilyn Marquis,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Artistic Director. 925.424.120
                  Ravenswood Reading                                                    Theatre (formerly Pleasanton Play-
                                                                                        house), Mainstage Musical, Bankhead
                                                                                        Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
                                                                                                                                      to Led Zeppelin, Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      The Grand Theater, 715 Central
                                                                                                                                      Avenue, Tracy. Tickets are $33-$43.
                                                                                                                                                                                 auction/sale to be held Sat., May 16
                                                                                                                                                                                 at Castlewood Country Club in Pleas-
                                                                                                                                                                                 anton. "That's Entertainment!" fund-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don Lewis: Young Expressions, Civic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arts Presents, Feb. 28, 8 p.m., March
             The Ravenswood Poetry Se-           of Czeslaw Milosz and a novel          Feb. 6, 7, 8. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., Sun.      To purchase tickets, call the Theater      raiser. Net proceeds will support the      1, 2 p.m. Amador Theater, 1155
          ries continues at Ravenswood           Crane Season. She will read from       2         p.m.          925-373-6800,         Ticket Office at 209.831.6858 or           capital campaign to complete the           Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Tickets
          Historic Site on Feb. 15.              a new work entitled: Heat or               visit: and       Firehouse Arts Center currently un-        adult: $10, $14, $18, child: $6, $10,
                                                                                       Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting, wine         access the calendar to purchase tick-      der construction in downtown Pleas-        $14.     Tickets      at   931-3444,
             Livermore Poet Laureate             Small Bomb of Revelation (A            stroll in downtown Pleasanton. Feb.           ets online. Group Discounts are avail-     anton The deadline to submit art-
          Connie Post will host the poetry       Poem in Thirteen Torrents).            5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Information, 484-         able.                                      work is March 5. For questions on the    Livermore's Got Talent, Sat., Feb. 28,
          reading. Featured readers will be          Evans is the author of a novel     2199, Pleasanton Downtown Asso-             Tango Fire, Wed., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.            art sale/show, please contact commit-      7 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First
          Lillian Vallee and Kate Evans.         (For the May Queen), a poetry          ciation.                                      Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street,       tee member Tricia Poulos Leonard at        St., Livermore. Presented by Liver-
                                                                                       Artists at Work weekend at Deer Ridge          Downtown Livermore. Featuring a   or (925)         more Rotary Clubs. This competition
          They will begin at 2 p.m. An open      collection (Like All We Love)          Vineyards in Livermore. 1 to 4 p.m.           quintet of brilliant young musicians,      462-8263.                                  will feature singers, dancers, bands,
          mic will take place following the      and a nonfiction book about les-       on Feb. 7 and 8. 1828 Wetmore                 ten torrid dancers and one of            The Hot Club of San Francisco Gypsy          pianists, magicians, comedians and
          presentation and a short break.        bian and gay teachers (Negotiat-       Road. Among the arts and crafts will          Argentina’s finest singers, Tango Fire     Jazz, Sun., Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Pleasan-       other performers. Information and
             Connie Post recently had            ing the Self). Her second novel,                                                                                                ton Library meeting room, 400 Old          applications are available at
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bernal Ave. Groove to Paul Mehling
          work published in the most re-         Complementary Colors, will be                                                                                                   and The Hot Club of San Francisco.       Sophie Milman, jazz vocalists. Feb. 28,
          cent issue of Cold Mountain re-        released in Summer 2009. Her                                                                                                    This style is based on the swinging,       8 p.m. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa
          view, a national print journal.
             Vallee is an award-winning
                                                 poetry, stories and memoir pieces
                                                 have appeared in more than 50
                                                                                                  Writers Club Offers Workshop                                                   gypsy jazz music of France’s Django
                                                                                                                                                                                 Reinhardt. No admission charge, no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Civic Arts Pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sents,        tickets      931-3444,
                                                                                          The California Writers Club–              tonishing, poignant, candid,                 registration required.           
          translator, writer and scholar who     magazines. She’s currently work-
          served an apprenticeship with          ing on a third novel and a mem-       Tri-Valley Branch offers writers             poetic….and ripe with discovery.”
          Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. Her        oir about caregiving. A Califor-      of all genres and experience lev-               A writer’s writer, Oxenhandler
          poems appear in Highway 99, A          nia native, she has lived in Se-      els the opportunity to learn about           will present her surprising take
          Literary Journey through               attle and Yokohama, Japan. She        their craft and share their work.            on the opportunities and seren-
          California’s Great Central Valley,     now lives in San Jose and             The next meeting is on Saturday,             dipity that wait on the partici-
          Two-hearted Oak, Collision, and        teaches in the Department of En-      February 21 from 11:30 am to                 pants’ own journeys as writers.
          in three chapbooks—Vision at           glish and Comparative Literature      2:00 pm at Oasis Grille, 780 Main            This is THE talk for writers who
          Orestimba, Erratics, and handful       at San Jose State University.         Street, Pleasanton.                          have ever wondered if there is
          of snow. She writes a popular              Light refreshments will be           What do writing and wishing               more they can do to enhance
          monthly column, “Rivers of             served. Admission is $5; students     have in common? Plenty, accord-              their writing and grow their ca-
          Birds, Forests of Tules: Central       are admitted free with ID.            ing to Noelle Oxenhandler, au-               reers.
          Valley Nature and Culture in Sea-          Ravenswood is located at          thor of The Wishing Year and the                The meeting cost is $21 for
          son,” which documents her              2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore.           speaker at the February meeting              members and $27 for nonmem-
          bioregional passions. She is cur-          For more information, contact     of the California Writers Club –             bers, including lunch. Anyone
          rently preparing two books for         Connie            Post          at    Tri-Valley Branch. Part memoir,              curious about the group is in-
          publication, Bear with a Cross:                part history, and part metaphysi-            vited to attend with no obliga-
          Primordial Tradition in the work                                             cal journey, The Wishing Year is             tion to join. Reservations are re-
                                                                                       Oxenhandler’s chronicle of her               quired.
                                                                                       year of “putting it out there.”                 To make a reservation for Feb-
                    Tickets Go on Sale for                                                This concept is familiar to writ-
                                                                                                                                    ruary 21, contact Fred Norman at
                                                                                                                           or 925-
                                                                                       ers each time they face a blank              462-7495 by Wednesday, Febru-
                      Sunol Melodrama                                                  page or screen or send their fledg-
                                                                                       ling manuscripts into the uni-
                                                                                                                                    ary 18. For more information on
                                                                                                                                    the California Writers Club-Tri-
              The Sunol Repertory Theatre 2009 melodrama is titled “Million
           Dollar Baby” or “A Hot Time In the Old Towne Tonight.”                      verse hoping to find a home. The             Valley Branch, contact Kathy
              The public is invited to come out and Boo, Hiss, Cheer and               Wishing Year, which received a               Urban at 925-296-0447 or
           Laugh…!!! Performance are Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 and             starred review in Booklist, has     or go to
           Fridays, March 13, 20 and 27. Curtain time is 8 p.m. in the Sunol           been described as “charming, as-   
           Glen School Auditorium, 11601 Main St., Sunol.
              Refreshments will be sold and served by local charitable organi-
               Tickets are $15. They go on sale Saturday, February 7th, for one
           day only, at the Sunol Jazz Café, in downtown Sunol at 11896 Main
              Tickets will also be available on-line at or call
           Guin van Dyke at 925.862.0664.

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                                                                                       Wardrope to Be                                   Amador to Host Winter Percussion Competition
                                                                                       Featured at LAA/                                 For the first time, both the
                                                                                                                                     Amador Valley High School
                                                                                         PAL Meeting                                 (AVHS) Winter Percussion corps
                                                                                                                                     and the AVHS Winter Guard team
                                                                                        Pleasanton artist and resident               will host a dual home competi-
                                                                                    Debbie Wardrope, who creates                     tion at Amador Valley High
                                                                                    paintings of local wineries, vine-               School in Pleasanton. It will take
                                                                                    yards, Mt. Diablo and downtown                   place on Saturday, February 7,
                                                                                    Pleasanton, will be demonstrat-                  2009. The Harvest Park Middle
                                                                                    ing her pastel painting technique                School Winter Guard will also
          Bronwyn Hagerty (left) and Annie Sandholtz will perform solos                                                              be participating.
                                                                                    at the Pleasanton Art Association
          with the symphony.                                                        and Livermore Art Association                       The Winter Percussion com-
                                                                                    joint meeting on February 16, at                 petition will lead off the day,
               Valentine's Day Concert of                                           7:30 PM at the Cultural Arts
                                                                                    Building on Black Avenue in
                                                                                                                                     starting at 12:25 p.m. The award
                                                                                                                                     ceremony will be held at
                  'Winter Landscapes,                                               Pleasanton. The demonstration
                                                                                    is free and open to the public.
                                                                                                                                     3:20pm. Over 15 teams from all
                                                                                                                                     over Northern California will
                                                                                                                                     compete. Winter Percussion
                  Summer Romances'                                                      “I really enjoy painting local
                                                                                    scenes,” says Wardrope. “I’ve
                                                                                                                                     corps use a variety of drums and
                                                                                                                                     other percussion instruments in
               "Winter Landscapes, Summer Romance" is the theme of the Sat.,        lived in Pleasanton most of my                   a musical performance of drill                   Winter Guard team.
           Feb. 14 Livermore-Amador Symphony concert.                               life. It’s amazing how many great                movements and precision team-
               The 8 p.m. concert will be held at the Bankhead Theater, 2400        subjects there are right here in the             work.                                            cision drill and the spinning and                  ments will be available for sale.
           First St., Livermore.                                                    Tri-Valley. I especially love the                   The Winter Guard units will                   tossing of rifles, flags and sabers                Proceeds from the entire event
               Violinist Annie Sandholtz, a senior at Livermore High School,        Livermore wineries and vine-                     start their competition at                       in dynamic routines.                               will go to support the Amador
           and Bronwyn Hagerty, a sophomore at Livermore High School, are           yards and have also been work-                   5:30pm, with awards at 10:15                        Tickets are $10 for adults, and                 Valley High School Marching
           winners of the 2008-2009 Competition for Young Musicians. They           ing on a series of downtown                      pm. Over 25 teams from North-                    $8 for students and seniors, (chil-                Band and Colorguard.
           are the featured soloists with the Livermore-Amador Symphony at 8        Pleasanton pieces at twilight.”                  ern California middle and high                   dren under 5 are free) and are                         For further information, please
           p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at the Bankhead Theater in Liver-              Wardrope will demonstrate                    schools, as well as independent                  good for both competitions.                        contact Mr. Jon Grantham, Band
           more.                                                                    one of these twilight paintings                  teams, will be participating.                    Doors will open 30 minutes be-                     and Colorguard Director at
               The Symphony’s 36th annual competition, was held on October          at the PAL/LAA meeting.                          Winter Guard teams perform to a                  fore each show (the gym will be                    Amador Valley High School,
           26, 2008. Annie played the first movement of Symphonie Espagnole         Debbie’s downtown Pleasanton                     variety of musical genres, incor-                cleared between events).                           461-6196 or Jill Zollinger at
           by Lalo, and Bronwyn played the first movement of Haydn’s Con-                                                            porating dance, acrobatics, pre-                    Baked goods and refresh-               .
                                                                                    pieces are usually street scenes
           certo No. 1 in C major. They will perform these same works at the
           February 14 concert.                                                     that include well-loved build-
               Judges for the competition were Dr. Arthur Barnes, conductor of      ings such as the old Kolln hard-                                             Concert Pianist Opens Music Academy
           the symphony, and pianist Marilyn Thompson, a professor of music         ware store and vintage neon signs                   Award-winning concert pia-                    Boyden, Danielle Naler, and                            A native of the Republic of
           at Sonoma State University. The Livermore-Amador Symphony’s              like Dean’s Café and Haps. Her                   nist Tamriko Siprashvili recently                Victoria Ball. The academy fac-                     Georgia in the former Soviet
           annual Competition for Young Musicians is open to instrumental-          most recent painting includes                    opened Inspire Academy of Mu-                    ulty members all share a common                     Union, Siprashvili began play-
           ists and vocalists who reside or attend school in Livermore, Pleas-      Strizzi’s restaurant. Wardrope                   sic and Arts in Pleasanton. The                  goal of inspiring and challeng-                     ing the piano at age 3 and was
           anton, Sunol, Dublin, or San Ramon. Students are eligible through        works primarily in pastel for her                academy, which offers group and                  ing students to experience the                      trained at both a special music
           grade twelve. If not enrolled in high school, the maximum age is         downtown scenes but also paints                  private lessons in piano, guitar,                joy of music, develop a lifelong                    school for gifted children in
           seventeen.                                                               in oil and acrylic. She teaches                  voice, and advanced placement                    love for the arts, and fully express                Tbisili, the capital of Georgia,
               At the Symphony’s Winter Landscape, Summer Romance con-              art through the city of Pleasan-                 music theory, is still accepting                 themselves with musicianship                        and at the Moscow Conservatory
           cert, the orchestra continues its bicentennial tribute to Felix          ton and is offering several up-                  students for the winter/spring se-               and artistry.                                       of Music. Siprashvili’s interna-
           Mendelssohn with his incidental music for Shakespeare’s A Mid-           coming classes, including one                    mester, which began on January                      Group piano lessons for                          tional career was launched after
           summer Night’s Dream and will conclude the evening with Howard                                                            19.                                              young children (ages 4–6) fol-                      taking first place at the 1985
                                                                                    for adults on pastel painting for                   Siprashvili, a Steinway Artist
           Hansen’s Nordic symphony.                                                                                                                                                  low the Music for Little Mozarts                    Robert Schumann International
                                                                                    beginners and one for children                   who has performed in concerts                    curriculum, a fun, imaginative                      Competition for Pianists and
               Concertgoers are invited to hear the Prelude, a 30-minute talk       based on the work of the Impres-                 around the world, founded Inspire
           beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. Tickets are available                                                                                                         series that helps children develop                  Singers. She has recorded several
                                                                                    sionists.                                        Academy to share her passion for                 singing and listening skills, as                    CDs, both as a soloist and as part
           through the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street, Liv-           Debbie’s work can be seen at                 music and the arts with students                 well as an appreciation for many                    of an acclaimed piano duo with
           ermore, or online at or by calling (925) 373-        Studio 7 Fine Arts in Pleasanton                 of all ages and levels. In forming               musical styles. Designed to en-                     her former husband and partner,
           6800.                                                                    on the corner of Main and West                   Inspire Academy, Siprashvili                     courage a love for music, each                      Mark Anderson.
               Tickets are $8 to $28. For information or tickets, call (925) 373-   Angela Streets or online at                      gathered a faculty of accom-                     lesson follows the adventures of                       For additional information
           6800                                                                                                                      plished musicians, including                     Beethoven Bear and Mozart                           about Inspire Academy of Music
                                                                                                                                     voice teacher Sarah Franklin;                    Mouse as they learn about mu-                       and Arts, call 461-3266 or visit
                                                                                                                                     classical guitarist Ben Barron;                  sic.                                      
                                                                                                                                     and piano teachers Debbie

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                                                                                                                    tered by the following           tious business name (s) listed   The registrant began to trans-     Registrant has not yet begun     registered by the following
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                                                                                         NAME STATEMENT             Kristen Clay, 7400 Highland      Signature of Registrant:         tious business name (s) listed     fictitious business name or      Michael John Herrera,
                                                               FOR INFORMATION            FILE NO. 419587
                                                                   PLACING                                          Oaks Dr., Pleasanton Ca          /s/:Kristen Clay                 above on January 1, 2009.          names listed.                    138525 Athy Ct., Fremont Ca
                                                                                    The following person(s) doing   94588                            This statement was filed with    Signature of Registrant:           Signature of Registrant:         94536
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                                                                   CONTACT                                          This business is conducted       the County Clerk of Alameda      /s/:John Conkle                    /s/:Gregory Keith Dennett        This business is conducted
                                                                                    Pooches & Puddy Tats, 7400      by:an Individual                 on January 7, 2009. Expires      This statement was filed with      This statement was filed with    by:an Individual
                                                                  BARBARA @         Highland Oaks Dr., Pleasan-
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                                                                                    ton Ca 94588 is hereby regis-   act business under the ficti-    The Independent Legal No.        on January 2, 2009. Expires        on January 8, 2009. Expires      to transact business under the
                                                                                                                                                     2432. Publish January 15, 22,    January 2, 2014.                   January 8, 2014.                 fictitious business name or
                                                                                                                                                     29, February 5, 2009.            The Independent Legal No.          The Independent Legal No.        names listed.
                                                                                                                                                                                      2433. Publish January 15, 22,      2434. Publish January 15, 22,    Signature of Registrant:
                                                                                                                                                        FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           29, February 5, 2009.              29, February 5, 2009.            /s/:Michael John Herrera
                                                                                                                                                          NAME STATEMENT                                                                                  This statement was filed with
                                                                                                                                                           FILE NO. 419400               FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS          the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                                                                                                     The following person(s) doing         NAME STATEMENT                       NAME STATEMENT            on January 14, 2009. Expires
                                                                                                                                                     business as:Tasty Hoops, 528            FILE NO. 419643                     FILE NO. 419220          January 14, 2014.
                                                                                                                                                     Fontonett Ave., Livermore CA     The following person(s) doing      The following person(s) doing    The Independent Legal No.
                                                                                                                                                     94550 is hereby registered by    business as:Greg’s Hardwood        business as:Free To Be Me        2436. Publish January 22, 29,
                                                                                                                                                     the following owner(s):          Floors, 2218 Bluffs Ct., Liver-    Child Care, 542 Junction Ave.,   February 5, 12, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                     John Conkle, 528 Fontonett       more Ca 94551 is hereby reg-       Livermore Ca 94550 is hereby
                                                                                                                                                     Ave., Livermore CA 94550         istered by the following           registered by the following          FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
                                                                                                                                                     Jennifer Severo, 528             owner(s):                          owner(s):                              NAME STATEMENT
                                                                                                                                                     Fontonett Ave., Livermore CA     Gregory Keith Dennett, 2218        Janette Billingsley, 880 Grace          FILE NO. 420211
                                                                                                                                                     94550                            Bluffs Ct., Livermore Ca 94551     Street, Livermore Ca 94550       The following person(s) doing
                                                                                                                                                     This business is conducted       This business is conducted         This business is conducted       business as: ARC - N - SPARK
                                                                                                                                                     by:Husband and wife              by:an Individual                   by:an Individual                 ELECTRIC, 3622 East Ave.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Registrant has not yet begun     Livermore CA 94550 is hereby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to transact business under the   registered by the following
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         fictitious business name or      owner(s):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         names listed.                    Robert Earl England, 3622
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Signature of Registrant:         East Ave., Livermore Ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         /s/:Janette Billingsley          94550
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This statement was filed with    Anna Laura England, 3622
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the County Clerk of Alameda      East Ave., Livermore CA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on December 24, 2008. Ex-        94550
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pires December 24, 2013.         This business is conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Independent Legal No.        by:Husband and wife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2435. Publish January 22, 29,    The registrant began to trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         February 5, 12, 2009.            act business under the ficti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tious business name (s) listed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            above on January 20, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NAME STATEMENT              Signature of Registrant:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FILE NO. 419883            /s/:Robert E. England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The following person(s) doing    This statement was filed with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         business as:Planet Auto          the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Wholesale, 575 C Street #D,      on January 23, 2009. Expires
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hayward Ca 94541 is hereby       January 23, 2014.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Independent Legal No.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          February 5, 12, 19, 2009.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FILE NO. 420033
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The following person(s) doing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          business as: American Finan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cial Modifications, 39 Califor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nia Ave. #204B, Pleasanton Ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          94566 is hereby registered by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the following owner(s):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maria Abker, 2119 Presidio Ct.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Danville Ca 94526
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This business is conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by:an Individual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The registrant began to trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          act business under the ficti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tious business name (s) listed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          above on January 20, 2009.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          /s/:Maria Abker
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on January 20, 2009. Expires
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          February 5, 12, 19, 2009.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FILE NO. 419802
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The following person(s) doing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          business as: Sai Chaat Cafe &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ice Cream, 4307 Valley Ave.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pleasanton Ca 94566 is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hereby registered by the fol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lowing owner(s):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bharti Parmar, 25610
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crestfield Dr., Castro Valley Ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This business is conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by:an Individual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The registrant began to trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          act business under the ficti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tious business name (s) listed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          above on January 13, 2009.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on January 13, 2009. Expires
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             LEGAL NOTICES/CLASSIFIEDS                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                    tising. Check your contractor’s
              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           Adopt a new best friend: TVAR,     AREA REPRESENTATIVES to            121)GARAGE/YARD SALES             status at or           COLORADO BANK FORE-
                NAME STATEMENT              the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue,      place and monitor foreign ex-                                        800-321-CSLB (2752). Unli-             CLOSURE - 35 AC $29,900.
                 FILE NO. 420387                                               change students with volun-               ESTATE SALE:                                                      Enjoy 300 days of sunshine.
                                            offers animals for adoption ev-                                                                         censed persons taking jobs
          The following person(s) doing     ery Saturday and Sunday, ex-       teer host families. Indepen-                                         less than $500 must state in           Rocky mountain views, utilities.
          business as:Monarch Coun-                                            dent contractor with compen-           Antique furniture, oil                                               Excellent financing. 1st come,
                                            cluding most holidays. On Sat-                                            lamps; Collectibles,          their advertisements that they
          seling Services, 2068 First       urdays from 9:30 am to 1:00        sation and training. $1000 per                                       are not licensed by the Con-           1st serve!! Call Today 1-866-
          Street, Livermore CA 94550 is                                        student. Visit www.CCI-              including WWI and WWII                                                 696-5263         x       4938.
                                            pm, both dogs and cats are                                                    Memorabilia,              tractors State License Board.”
          hereby registered by the fol-     available at the Pleasanton                                                                                   (CAL*SCAN)
          lowing owner(s):                                                     1-800-605-2341. (CAL*SCAN)             Confederate Money,            REAL ESTATE
                                            Farmers Market at W. Angela                                               Glassware, Carnival                                                  20 ACRE RANCHES, $0
          Heather Corbett Ford, 2068
          First Street, Livermore Ca        and First Streets. Two locations   COMMUNITY INVOLVED                         Glass, more.              The Federal Fair Housing Act,          down! Near Booming El Paso,
          94550                             will showcase cats only:           PEOPLE needed to work with               February 6, 7, 8;           Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of   Texas. $15,900, $159/month.
          This business is conducted        Petsmart in Dublin from noon       international high school stu-          2235 Fourth Street,          1964, and state law prohibit           (10%/225 mths) Beautiful
          by:an Individual                  to 4 and the Pet Food Express      dents. Coordinate with                      Livermore                advertisements for housing             Mountain Views. Road Access.
          The registrant began to trans-
          act business under the ficti-
          tious business name (s) listed
                                            in Livermore from 1 to 4. On
                                            Sundays, cats are available at
                                            Petsmart in Dublin from 1:00
                                                                               schools, interview families,
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          above on June 16, 2004.
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          /s/:Heather Corbett Ford
                                            to 4:00, and PetCo in San Ra-
                                            mon from 11:00 to 3:00. For
                                                                                 TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED
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          the County Clerk of Alameda       website at                  or go on-line at                place your ad in for
                                                                                                                                                    accept any advertisements
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Those who serve their country and their communities in spe-
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          January 28, 2014.                 4)FOUND                            Also available pay by Credit                                         157)APT/CONDOS/HOUSE/
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          19, 26, 2009.                                                                                                                              843 N N, Livermore, $1800/
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                                                                                                                                                     mo. 3 BR, 2 BA beautifully            FREE email brochure. Call          discharged military personnel, and their surviving spouses.
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                                                                                                                                                     renovated, 2 car garage,
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                  FILE NO. 420279           David 245-9700                                                                                           of storage, on quiet street.           DISPLAY ADVERTISING in
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          more California, 1832             FREE SECTION Call Barbara                                                                                                                       over 3 million Californians!
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          94550 is hereby registered by     households know!                                                                                         2 Bedroom 1 Bath, 824 sq.ft.,
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          the following owner(s):                                              press - 22 yrs old. Good MVR,       LOST or FOUND AN ITEM             Remodeled, Large Yard,
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          The following person(s) doing     8000
                                                                                                                                                    Call Barbara 925 243-8000 to           National Certification Prep.       ployees.
                                                         0R                                                                                                                                Placement Assistance. Finan-
          business as:Light Cipher Pho-
                                                 Home Delivery                   NOTIES/ANNOUNCEMENTS              place your ad
                                                                                                                                                                                           cial Assistance. Northern Cali-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Herocare was started two years ago in Florida by Lane Hauk.
          tography, 522 Rhea Way, Liv-
          ermore CA 94550 is hereby         Pay by Credit Card for any                    in                      151)ANNOUNCEMENTS                 165) HOUSE/ROOMS/RENT-                 fornia College of Construction.    Hauk himself had been a medic in the military. His mother was a
          registered by the following        Classified or Display ads.              Livermore                                                      ALSTO SHARE                   Use Code            nurse, his father a police officer. Although he now has a successful
                                                                                                                        Axis Health Center                                                 “NCPA!” 1-866-302-7462.
          owner(s):                         EMPLOYMENT                         Pleasanton & Sunol                 4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasan-           RENTYOUR EMPTY                                                       business in banking, he wanted to make a difference in the lives of
          Ira K. Weiny, 522 Rhea Way,                                                                                                                                                      (CAL*SCAN)
          Livermore Ca 94550                50)ACCOUNTING                          Call Barbara                   ton. Serves Valley residents      LIVING SPACE By Advertising                                               people who served their country and their communities.
                                                                                   925 243-8000                   with emphasis on those with           with The Independent
          This business is conducted              We are looking for:                                             low income. The center has            reaching over 49,119
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The non-profit group screens professionals and negotiates dis-
          by:an Individual                    a Male or Female repre-                                             general medical services, fam-                                                                              counts in the housing and financial sectors. Participating mem-
                                                                               78)HELP WANTED SALES                                                    homes and businesses
          The registrant began to trans-      sentative in this Position:                                         ily planning, well baby, prena-
          act business under the ficti-                                        A PHAT JOB! Now Hiring 18-         tal and maternity programs,
                                                                                                                                                      with your ad placement.                                                 bers include real estate agents, mortgage specialists, financial plan-
                                                • Accountant Manager                                                                                         Call Barbara
          tious business name (s) listed        • Sale Representative          24 Sharp Enthusiastic Moti-        social services, blood pres-                                                                                ners, insurance agents, title and escrow companies, legal services
          above on January 16, 2009                                            vated Individuals. Free to                                                   925 243-8000
          Signature of Registrant:
                                               • Clerk
                                                                               Travel USA Representing
                                                                                                                  sure checks, WIC food supple-                                                                               and credit counselors.
                                              You can email us at                                                 ment programs, premarital         170)LAND FOR SALE/OUT
          /s/:Ira Weiny                       (       150+ Leading Publications. 2       blood test, sports/camp physi-    OF STATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The hope is that the money saved can go toward other things –
          This statement was filed with       for more information.            weeks paid training, transpor-     cals, TB screening, free trans-                                                                             including the cost of purchasing a home.
          the County Clerk of Alameda                                          tation provided Return trip        portation available. 925 462-     BUYER’S MARKET. New
          on January 23, 2009. Expires      56) ADULT CARE                     guaranteed. Call Tina or Jim                                         Mexico. Ranch Dispersal. 140
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tom Wardrope, branch manager of Cherry Creek Mortgage in
          January 23, 2014.
                                                                               1-800-642-6147. (CAL*SCAN)                                           acres - $89,900. River Access.                                            Pleasanton, heard about the program when it was still in its in-
          The Independent Legal No.                                                                               155) NOTICES                      Northern New Mexico. Cool                                                 fancy.
          2442. Publish February 5, 12,        NEEDED for elder care.          MERCHANDISE
                                                Light housekeeping                                                “NOTICE TO READERS: Cali-         6,000’ elevation with stunning                                               “When Lane told me what he did, I said, ‘Wow, this is the great-
          19, 26, 2009.                                                        116)EQUIPMENT FOR SALE                                               views. Great tree cover includ-
                                               errands transportation                                             fornia law requires that con-
              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS             meal prep personal care.                                            tractors taking jobs that total   ing Ponderosa, rolling grass-                                             est thing I’ve heard of in a long time,’” Wardrope said.
                                                                               SAWMILLS FROM ONLY
                NAME STATEMENT                   Please fax resume             $2990 - Convert your Logs To       $500 or more (labor and/or        land and rock outcroppings.                                                  Wardrope brought the program to the East Bay in May 2007,
                 FILE NO. 420240                   925 371-8118                Valuable Lumber with your          materials) be licensed by the     Abundant wildlife, great                                                  and serves as the program director for Alameda and Contra Costa
          The following person(s) doing                                        own Norwood portable               Contractors State License         hunting. EZ terms. Call NM
          business as:Receipt Stream,       60) BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
                                                                               band      sawmill.      Log        Board. State law also requires    L&R, Inc. 1-866-360-5263.                                                 counties.
          3245 Dublin Blvd. #103, Dub-      100% RECESSION PROOF!              skidders also available.           that contractors include their    (CAL*SCAN)                                                                   Service providers pay a fee of $150 per month to participate.
          lin Ca 94568 is hereby regis-     Do You Earn $800 in a Day?         license numbers on all adver-
          tered by the following
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cherry Creek has five or six mortgage specialists involved in the
                                            Your Own Local Vending             300N -FREE Information: 1-
          owner(s):                         Route Includes 25 Machines         800-578-1363        x300N.                                                                                                                     program, including Carolyn Thomas, an experienced loan officer.
          Matthew Meirovitz, 3245 Dub-      and Candy for $9,995.              (CAL*SCAN)                                                                                                                                        “This is a great way to give back to people who serve our
          lin Blvd. #103, Dublin Ca 94568   MultiVend LLC, 1-888-625-
          Vijay Mehta, 1510 Dominion        2405. (CAL*SCAN)                   118) FREE/GIVEAWAY                                                                                                                             communities,” Thomas said. “In this kind of economic environ-
          Dr., Zionsville IN 46077                                                   GOT OLD JUNK                                                                                                                             ment, anything we can do to help people save is a big deal.”
          This business is conducted        BE WARY of out of area com-
                                            panies. Check with the local             FREE/GIVEAWAY                                                                                                                               Wardrope interviews professionals who want to participate, and
          by:a General partnership
          The registrant began to trans-    Better Business Bureau before                SECTION                                                                                                                              checks their references and credentials. These “affiliates” then
          act business under the ficti-     you send any money or fees.             Call 925 243-8000                                                                                                                         agree to provide discounts not available to the general public.
          tious business name (s) listed    Read and understand any                       Barbara
          above on January 2, 2009          contracts before you sign.                                                                                                                                                           “In buying a home, this program can people save $1,500 to
          Signature of Registrant:          Shop around for rates.                        GIVEAWAY                                                                                                                            $4,000 from discounts provided by the Realtor, the title company,
          /s/:Matthew Meirovitz                                                          FUTON BED
                                            71) HELP WANTED                            Wooden Arms,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the loan officer and the appraiser,” Wardrope estimated.
          This statement was filed with
          the County Clerk of Alameda            INTERNET SALES                     Lift up Coffee Table                                                                                                                         The non-profit program is offered in 20 states, and the goal is to
          on January 26, 2009. Expires              MANAGERS                        Call 925 454-0311                                                                                                                         “take it national, county by county,” Wardrope said.
          January 26, 2014.                     Experience preferred                                                                                                                                                             The program also includes insurance agents and brokers and
          The Independent Legal No.                but will train the
          2443. Publish February 5, 12,             right person                                                                                                                                                              financial planners. The financial planners offer a free one-and-a-
          19, 26, 2009.                            Plenty of leads                                                                                                                                                            half hour consultation to eligible clients.
                                                  and great hours
              FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                       EOE                                                                                                                                                                      “With insurance, there is not really much in the way of dis-
                NAME STATEMENT                   Call 925 456 1239                                                                                                                                                            counts, but we screen them to make sure they offer really good
                 FILE NO. 420442
          The following person(s) doing     FIREFIGHTER No experience                                                                                                                                                         service,” Wardrope said.
          business as:BlueJeanSoft,         needed. Training, travel, great                                                                                                                                                      Although the program is designed to benefit public sector em-
          383 South “I” Street, Livermore   pay/benefits/vacation & regu-                                                                                                                                                     ployees, Wardrope has had to struggle to get endorsements from
          Ca 94550 is hereby registered     lar raises. H.S. grads ages 17-
          by the following owner(s):        34. Call Mon-Fri. 1-800-345-                                                                                                                                                      their employers and unions.
          Richard Hugh Twomey, 1170         6289. (CAL*SCAN)                                                                                                                                                                     “I haven’t met a decision-maker who doesn’t love this pro-
          Larkspur Drive, Livermore Ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gram,” he said. “Yet most of these public sector employers have
          This business is conducted                                                                                                                                                                                          never let us in to present what we have to offer. This program offers
          by:an Individual                                                                                                                                                                                                    a bundle of services to their employees at no cost to them.”
          The registrant began to trans-
          act business under the ficti-                                                                                                                                                                                          He described having met with the superintendent of Castro
          tious business name (s) listed                                                                                                                                                                                      Valley Schools, told him they would need to get approval from the
          above on December 8, 2008.                                                                                                                                                                                          California Teachers Association in order to endorse Herocares.
          Signature of Registrant:
          /s/:Richard Twomey                                                                                                                                                                                                     “We would probably need the president of the CTA,” Wardrope
          This statement was filed with                                                                                                                                                                                       said. “Downpayment is an issue these days. Teachers especially
          the County Clerk of Alameda
          on January 29, 2009. Expires
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are a category that, well they don’t make as much money as even
          January 29, 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                   police officers, fire fighters and others do.
          The Independent Legal No.                                                                                                                                                                                              “But we do not need endorsement to get participation. Eligible
          2444. Publish February 5, 12,
          19, 26, 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                       people can just contact us directly.”
          ANIMALS                                                                                                                                                                                                                In addition to the affiliates’ network, Herocares is launching a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herocare Rewards plan. This pilot program offers discounts from
          1) CATS/DOGS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              major retailers and service providers. The goal is to provide sav-
          ADOPT A DOG OR CAT, for                                                                                                                                                                                             ings of $150 to $200 per month to eligible recipients.
          adoption information contact
          Valley Humane Society at                                                                                                                                                                                               “I think this is the most exciting part of the program,” Wardrope
           925 426-8656.                                                                                                                                                                                                      said. “This is what I am spending the next two months building in
          LOST OR FOUND AN ANI-                                                                                                                                                                                               our two counties.”
          MAL? Free Section. Call Bar-                                                                                                                                                                                           In Florida, over 100 restaurants have signed on. Nationally,
          bara 243-8000 to place an ad.                                                                                                                                                                                       Herocares has discount offers from Costco, Alamo and Enterprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              car rentals, and Sears Commercial.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “It’s like buying wholesale, versus retail,” Thomas said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Eligible individuals can sign up for rewards cards online. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              goal is to have the East Bay program in place by April.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “As this program grows throughout the country, they will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              able to provide more services,” Wardrope said. “Our communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cannot operate if these people are not there on a daily basis and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              doing their jobs. With all the cutbacks, we’re really going to ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              preciate those people who work in DMV.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 More information about the Herocares program is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              available at or by calling 1-877-HERO-411
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cher Wollard is a local Realtor with Windermere Welcome Home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Women’s Council of Realtors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Top Producer Panel will be featured at the February meet-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ing of the Southern Alameda County Chapter of the Women’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Council of Realtors. Panelists are Georgia Butterfield of Legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Real Estate, Chuck Edell of Realty Experts, Jim Walberg of Keller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Williams, and Jennifer Griessel of Prudential California Realty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 6680 Regional Street, Dublin. Lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              will be served. Admission is $25. The cost is $25 for members; $30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for non-members and guests.
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                                                                                                                                                     at the Civic Center Library on Monday,       with people who know the most about           In addition, parents of prospective
                                                                                                                                                     February 9, at 7 PM. Civic Center            Carden West School in a relaxed and       students may tour the school any
                                                                                                                                                     Library is located at 1188 S. Livermore      casual atmosphere” says Dr. Mark          Wednesday or Saturday morning from
                                                                                                                                                     Avenue.                                      Silzer, Principal and Executive Direc-    10 a.m.-12 noon. Elementary students
                                                                                                                                                          John Weaver will tell stories at the    tor of Carden West. “The students’        may choose to spend a day at school.
                                                                                                                                                     Springtown Branch Library on Satur-          work will be showcased. Current fami-     Advance notice is requested by calling
                                                                                                                                                     day, February 14 at 11:00 AM. Open           lies, teachers and administrative staff   the school at (925) 463-6060.
                                                                                                                                                     Heart Kitchen will be present to accept      can answer questions and discuss the          Detailed information is available at
                                                                                                                                                     nonperishable       food     donations.      academic programs offered.”     
                                                                                                                                                     Springtown Branch Library is located
                                                                                                                                                     at 998 Bluebell Drive near the duck
                                                                                                                                                         Bring the whole family—and some
                                                                                                                                                     friends, too—for some fun sports sto-
                                                                                                                                                     ries presented in English & Spanish at
                                                                                                                                                     the Rincon Branch Library on Thurs-
                                                                                                                                                     day, February 19 at 6:30 PM. Rincon
                                                                                                                                                     Branch Library is located at 725 Rincon
                                                                                                                                                     Avenue in May Nissen Park and Swim
                                                                                                                                                         All ages are welcome to these free
                                                                                                                                                     library programs. Contact Youth Ser-
                                                                                                                                                     vices at (925) 373-5504 for more in-
                                                                                                                                                     formation or pick up a storytime sched-
                                                                                                                                                     ule at any one of the Livermore Public

                                                                                                                                                     Teen Chef Cook-off
                                                                                                                                                         Livermore teens are invited to put
                                                                                                                                                     on a chef’s hat and join us for cooking
                                                                                                                                                     fun at the Livermore Public Library.
                                                                                                                                                     The Teen Chef Cook-off provides an
                                                                                                                                                     opportunity for teen boys and girls to
                                                                                                                                                     learn what it takes to be a real chef,
                                                                                                                    Photo - Doug Jorgensen           improve culinary skills, and compete
            Pack 939 got together for the annual Pinewood Derby competition. Cubs and their parents                                                  for a prize. February is the month to
                                                                                                                                                     celebrate Livermore Reads Together
            watched as the cars headed for the finish line in one of the heats.                                                                      featuring the book by Michael Pollan,
                                                                                                                                                     In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutri-
                                                                                                                                                     tion and the Pleasure of Eating.
                                                                                                                                                         On February 7, teens will have the
           Free E-Waste Recycling                        more. The 2007 Chardonnay and the            tate Cancer Support Group on the sec-          chance to show-off their cooking tal-
               An EarthCare free electronic waste        2006 Zinfandel, Hansen Ranch are             ond Tuesday every month, from 7:30
                                                         sold out at the winery. Jeff (First Street                                                  ents to Chef Leopold Crouse from
           recycling event will be held Sat., Feb-                                                    p.m. to 9 p.m. The support group meets         Livermore’s Firehouse Bistro and
           ruary 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the          Wine Co) has reserved his cases! The         at San Ramon Regional Medical Center           Books. Teens are to prepare an original
           Granada High School teacher parking           2006 Syrah (which is almost sold out)        in the South Building, West Day Room,
                                                         and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignons, Quail                                                         dish and bring it to the library’s Com-
           lot. The lot is located in front of the                                                    located at 7777 Norris Canyon Road.            munity Room at 3:00 p.m. for the
           school at 400 Wall St., Livermore. The        Creek Vineyard will also be available             The Man to Man American Cancer            competition. Chef Crouse will critique
           event is a benefit for Granada Grad           for a small tasting fee.                     Society program and the Us Too are
                                                             On Saturday, February 7th wines                                                         each dish based on basic culinary school
           Night.                                                                                     cosponsors of the support group that is        rules and criteria: presentation, aroma,
               The following will be accepted:           will be available for tasting at Gene’s      designed to help men cope with pros-           flavor, nutrition/ composition. He will
           desktops, laptops, and PDAs, monitors         Fine Foods, 2803 Hopyard Road in             tate cancer by providing community-
                                                         Pleasanton from 2pm - 5pm. $1 tasting                                                       then declare one boy and girl the win-
           and televisions, printers, copy and fax                                                    based education and support to patients        ner of the competition. Each winner
           machines, computer systems (HDs will          fee.                                         and their family members. Men in any           will receive a free meal from the
           be erased), mice and keyboards, ste-              On Valentine's Day and Presidents        stage of prostate cancer—from the
                                                         Weekend the winery will be open Feb.                                                        FireHouse Bistro and Books and a
           reos, radios and players, VCRs, DVD                                                        newly diagnosed, those in treatment            chance to cook with Chef Crouse at the
           players, etc., telephones and cell            14 and 15. The winery will be releasing      and long-term survivors—are invited            restaurant.
           phones. Freezers, air conditioners, bat-      the 2006 Syrah from the Madden Ranch         to participate. The group provides an
                                                         Vineyard and offering barrel sampling                                                           For a complete judging criteria sheet
           teries or anything with motor oil will                                                     opportunity to speak one-on-one with           or for further information about the
           not be accepted.                              plus futures offering on the 2007            others who have been treated for pros-         event, please visit our TEEN SPACE on
               For additional information contact        Grenache and 2007 Zinfandel from             tate cancer, and learn from their expe-
                                                         Hansen Ranch.                                                                               the      library’s       website       at
  or                                                              rience. Family members are welcome.   or call Sandy
           call Steve Ramona at Earthcare Recy-              Wood Family Vineyards is located         The support group is not intended to           at 925-373-5500 ext. 5583.
           cling, 408-943-9943                           at 7702 Cedar Mountain Dr., Liver-           and will not provide medical advice,
                                                         more.                                        consultation and/or diagnosis.
                                                                                                          Ron Ellis, Ph.D., a licensed thera-        All Things Trader Joe's
           Gold for Madden Wine                          Diet and Behavior                            pist from The Wellness Community,                   Wona Miniati, co-author of Cook-
               John Christopher Cellars 2006 Mad-                                                     facilitates the group. For more infor-         ing with All Things Trader Joe’s” will
           den Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon just                 April Walker, from the Feingold          mation about the Prostate Cancer Sup-
                                                         Association, will speak on The Link                                                         speak at 7pm on Tuesday, February 10
           won a Gold medal at the San Francisco                                                      port Group, contact The Wellness Com-          at the Livermore Public Library Civic
           Chronicle Wine Competition. The               Between Diet and Behavior/Learning –         munity 925.933.0107.                           Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue.
           grapes came from Hall of Fame Coach           What Research Shows at 2pm on Sun-
                                                         day, February 15 at the Livermore                                                                Wona Miniati and co-author Deana
           John Madden’s vineyard located in                                                          Jefferson Award                                Gunn have written a cookbook that
           Eastern Livermore.                            Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S.                                                        shows how to make food using ingre-
               These grapes were selected by             Livermore Avenue.                                Elaine Taylor of the Taylor Family
                                                             Children and food are a hot topic                                                       dients all from Trader Joe’s. Using
           winemaker Tom Doczy from a hillside                                                        Foundation has recently been awarded           fresh ingredients strategically coupled
           location, harvested by hand at sunrise        today. Come and learn about the              the Bay Area’s Jefferson Award. The            with Trader Joe’s prepped items, Cook-
           and fermented in small bins, and then         newest research linking diet to behav-       Jefferson Award recipients are “ordi-
                                                         ior and learning. Familiar name brand                                                       ing with All Things Trader Joe’s shows
           aged in a blend of 60 gallon French and                                                    nary” people who do extraordinary              you how to have healthy, home-cooked
           American Oak barrels. The result is a         products will be used to provide a basic     things without expectation of recogni-         gourmet meals in a short amount of
           complex, delicious Cab you will want          understanding of food processing and         tion or reward. It is also the nation’s
                                                         ingredients. Learn about the practical                                                      time. Miniati and Gunn drew upon
           to try. KCBS Narsai David commented                                                        largest media partnership highlighting         their international backgrounds and
           On Air that it was a “Deep concentrated       applications to improving behavior           service to America.                            lifetime of cooking experience in de-
           ruby color. Lush fruit aromas of black-       and academic performance.                        Elaine was nominated by a long
                                                             An organization of families and                                                         veloping this unique cookbook. As
           berry and cherries. On the palate, a real                                                  time volunteer who has a child partici-        busy individuals who juggle careers
           intensity of fruit and yes, plenty of         professionals founded in 1976, The           pating in the heart camp.                      and family, they share their best time-
           tannin."                                      Feingold® Association of the United
                                                         States is dedicated to helping children                                                     saving tips in this collection of original
               This is the first vineyard designated
           Madden Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.              and adults apply proven dietary tech-        Weight Management                              Trader Joe’s recipes.
                                                                                                                                                          This free program is part of Liver-
               John Christopher Cellars at Black-        niques for better behavior, learning              Curves of Livermore is offering
                                                         and health, and to generating public         free weight management classes to teach        more Reads Together: In Defense of
           smith Square is located at 25 So. Liv-                                                                                                    Food, a community-wide reading pro-
           ermore Ave., Suite 103, Livermore.            awareness of the potential role of foods     its method for losing weight and raising       gram, featuring Michael Pollan’s book
           For information, call 456-9463.               and synthetic additives in behavior,         metabolism.
                                                         learning and health problems.                     Classes include:                          In Defense of Food: The Myth of
                                                                                                                                                     Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating.
                                                             This free program is part of Liver-           • Start-Up Class (90 minutes) for         For additional events check the library’s
           Romantic Campfire                             more Reads Together: In Defense of           first-time participants.
                                                                                                                                                     website at For
               There will be a Romantic Campfire         Food, a community-wide reading pro-               • Phase 3 (30 minutes) to teach the       more information contact Rosemary
           on Sun., Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. It will be hosted   gram, featuring Michael Pollan’s book        last and most important stage of the           Dukelow at 925-373-5514.
           by the Livermore Area Recreation and          In Defense of Food: The Myth of              Curves Weight management Plan and
           Park District ranger staff. Meet Ranger       Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating.       the secret that makes the plan work.
           Dawn Soles at the group picnic area at        For additional events check the library’s         • Special Topics Classes (30 min-         Shot Clinic
           Veterans Park.                                website at For      utes) will cover a different topic each            Axis Community Health has sched-
               Join this program around the camp-        more information contact Rosemary            month, including Smart Grocery Shop-           uled free immunization clinics for chil-
           fire to learn the history of Valentine's      Dukelow at 925-373-5514.                     ping, Choosing the Right Carbohy-              dren on February 7, and March 7, 2009
           Day. Feel free to bring hot dogs to cook                                                   drates, Eating Out, Emotional Eating           from 9:00-11:00 a.m. The clinics will
                                                                                                      and more.
           over the campfire. A unique campfire
           dessert will be provided, as well as hot
                                                         4-H Presentation Day                              Classes will be taught by Curves
                                                                                                                                                     take place at Axis’ Pleasanton Clinic
                                                                                                                                                     only, 4361 Railroad Avenue, between
           chocolate. Please call for reservations           On January 31, Alameda County 4-         Registered Dietitian, Nadia Rodman,            Main and First Streets in downtown
           at 925-960-2400. A $3 per-person              H held their annual 4-H Presentation         and facilitated by weight management           Pleasanton.
           supply fee is requested.                      Day.                                         coaches from Curves of Livermore,
                                                             Presentation Day gives 4-H mem-                                                              Saturday Immunization clinics are
               There is a $3 per vehicle parking                                                      through a series of DVDs that will             open to all Tri-Valley families who are
           fee.                                          bers the opportunity to practice public      alternate teaching with hands-on ac-           low income or uninsured, including
                                                         speaking in front of judges. Many            tivities. Participants will be encouraged
                                                         members of the Del Arroyo 4-H club                                                          those enrolled in Medi-Cal and Medi-
                                                                                                      to make a weekly appointment to weigh
           Cooking Demonstration                         participated including Jessica Choi,         in with their weight management coach,
                                                                                                                                                     Cal Managed Care. Parents should bring
                                                                                                                                                     child’s immunization records and in-
               A “Cookin’ the Market” cooking            Riley Male, Amanda Morris, Angela            who will provide accountability.
           demonstration will take place at 2 p.m.       Richards, Ashley Ruzicka, and Joey                                                          formation about family income and
                                                                                                           All classes are free to members and       medical insurance. There is a fee for
           on Sunday, February 8 at the Liver-           Villarreal.                                  non-members, but participants will be          some immunizations.
           more Public Library Civic Center, 1188            Also participating in Presentation       able to take advantage of special pric-
           S. Livermore Avenue. This demon-              day were the Del Arroyo 4-H members                                                             Immunizations by appointment are
                                                                                                      ing on essential tools that will enhance       also available at (925) 462-1755.
           stration will present new foods and new       in the puppetry project: Sean Daniel,        their success.
           cooking techniques that show just how         Megan Daniel, and John Ruzica and                 Curves of Livermore will be offer-
           quick and easy it can be to prepare           members of the Square Dancing Project:       ing classes Feb. 21st at 12 noon.              School Open House
           healthy dishes using seasonally fresh         Angela Richards, Alec Roberts, Sydney             For more information, contact Sara
           fruits and vegetables.                        Roberts, John Ruzicka, Ashley Ruzicka,                                                          Carden West School has scheduled
                                                                                                      Dobson        at    925.960.9199       or      an open house during open enrollment
               The “Cookin’ the Market” pro-             and Dillon Coggins.                
           gram is a partnership between the Pa-                                                                                                     for the 2009-2010 school year on
           cific Coast Farmers’ Market Associa-                                                                                                      Wednesday, February 11, 2009 from
           tion and Fresh Approach, two San              Cancer Support Group                         Family Storytime                               6:30-8:00 p.m. Carden West is located
           Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organi-              Men who have prostate cancer and              Celebrate the Lunar New Year—             at 4576 Willow Road in Hacienda Park
           zations that share a commitment to            their family members are invited to          the Year of the Ox—with stories about          in Pleasanton.
           supporting local farms and farm prod-         participate in a free Man to Man Pros-       the festival, the ox, and all of his friends       ”Open House a great time to talk
           ucts as part of the solution to commu-
           nity challenges of obesity and food
               This program is part of Livermore
           Reads Together: In Defense of Food, a
           community-wide reading program,
           featuring Michael Pollan’s book In
           Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition
           and the Pleasures of Eating.
               For additional events check the
           library’s            website          at
  . For more
           information       contact    Rosemary
           Dukelow at 925-373-5514.

           Simply Organic
               Jesse Ziff Cool, author of Simply
           Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable,
           Seasonal, and Local Ingredients, will
           speak at 7pm on Thursday, February
           12 at the Livermore Public Library,
           1188 S. Livermore Avenue.
               Dedicated to sustainable agricul-
           ture and cuisine for 33 years, Jesse is an
           advocate for local, sustainable, organic
           food production. Buying locally pro-
           vides great quality, boosts our economy,
           protects our farmland, enhances our
           local food systems, and keeps us and
           our environment healthy. The creative
           force behind five unique restaurants,
           three of which she owns today, Jesse
           has authored seven cookbooks, as well
           as numerous articles.
               This free program is part of Liver-
           more Reads Together: In Defense of
           Food, a community-wide reading pro-
           gram, featuring Michael Pollan’s book
           In Defense of Food: The Myth of
           Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating.
               For additional events check the
           library’s            website            at
  For more
           information       contact     Rosemary
           Dukelow at 925-373-5514.

           Wood Family Vineyards
               Wood Family Vineyards has a va-
           riety of events in the next two weeks.
               On Thursday, February, 5th, win-
           ery representatives will be pouring
           wines at First Street Wine Company,
           2211 First
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           Teens Literally Take A Stand Concerning Suicide
           By Ron McNicoll                      treated with therapy or medica-         attempted. A boy said he didn’t       for them. “OK, they will get
               Some 100 or so teen-agers in     tion or both, said Coleman. It will     have the right to judge, to say       mad,” Coleman said, but it
           the meeting room at the Pleas-       get worse, if it is not treated.        some do it for the attention.         shouldn’t stop people from mak-
           anton library voted with their            IS SUICIDE WRONG?                      The biggest group was the one     ing the effort.
           feet at a forum about teen sui-          On the first question about the     that disagreed about attention-          The forum was organized by
           cide.                                morality or immorality of sui-          seeking as a motive. One girl said    Foothill High School junior
               The teen-agers were asked at     cide, all the students took their       it feels like “more of a personal     Nidhi Mastey and by Pleasanton
           the meeting Jan. 29 to stand in      places at one of three areas in the     thing.”                               teen services librarian Terese
           groups labeled “agree, disagree      room. Among those who didn’t                Coleman implied that people       Parham.
           and either don’t know, or have       agree that suicide is wrong, was        who talk about suicide are issu-         Mayor Jennifer Hosterman
           mixed feelings” about two state-     a girl who said, “It’s a personal       ing a call for help. She said that    made opening remarks. She said
           ments concerning suicide. One        choice. Maybe you wouldn’t do           most of the 70,000 calls each year    that she has three children who
           said, “Suicide is morally wrong,”    it, but I don’t think it’s wrong.”      received by the county hotline        went through local high schools,
           the other, “Teens who attempt            A boy said, “In certain situa-      are about suicide. Coleman            so she knows how difficult the
           suicide are just doing it for the    tions, it can be OK, if a person        pointed out that some teens fear      teen years are, with the start of
           attention.”                          has a painful disease.”                 their friends might get angry         adult expectations laid on them.
               There were no wrong answers          Another girl said, “A person        with them, if they try to get help
           concerning their own views and       may not be coherent, and then
                                                do something that can lead to his
           feelings, said Mercedes
           Coleman, coordinator of the          or her death.”                          History Talk Focuses on
           county’s Teens for Life program.         Those who said suicide is
                                                wrong said that the choice shows
                                                                                        Architect Julia Morgan
           The high school students’ com-                                                   Betty Marvin, performing as       conscience, and early success in
           ments showed that the moods,         “it’s about you, but if you want
                                                                                        Hearst Castle architect Julia         a male-dominated profession.
           thoughts and conditions that         help, you can get it.” Another girl                                           She was most widely known for
                                                                                        Morgan, will give a presentation
           drive teens, or anyone, to kill      said, “You don’t know how your                                                Hearst Castle at San Simeon.
                                                                                        at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 19,
           themselves are complicated.          life would be in 20 or 50 years.”       at Lynnewood Methodist                Morgan also designed YWCAs,
               To give the youths some          Coleman underscored the                 Church, 4444 Black Avenue,            churches, clubs, schools, and
           background before they took          thought by saying, “So it’s a de-       Pleasanton.                           homes throughout California—
           their stands, Coleman provided       cision you can’t take back.”                The lecture, part of the Ed       around 700 projects in a 50 year
           some statistics on suicide, and          A boy said, “It’s selfish in a      Kinney Lecture Series, is spon-       career.
           solicited some comments con-         way. You’re hurting people per-         sored by Pleasanton’s Museum             She was the first woman to
           cerning the teens’ understanding     manently. Coleman said, “For            On Main.                              graduate in architecture (1902)
           of suicide. From the statistics,     every suicide, six people are in-           Betty Marvin is historian and     from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts
           the teens learned that every year    timately affected. That doesn’t         preservation planner with the         in Paris. Morgan returned to the
           in the United States, 30,000         include students, friends, and the      Oakland        City      Planning     Bay Area and worked for John
           people die from suicide, ranging     soccer team.”                           Department’s Cultural Heritage        Galen Howard, the UC Berkeley
           in age from 10 years old to the          Those who had mixed feel-           Survey project, a highly regarded     campus architect. In 1904 she
           elderly. Some 90 percent of those    ings about suicide being called         citywide inventory of historic        opened her own office.
                                                wrong were the largest group. A         buildings and neighborhoods.             One of Morgan’s largest com-
           who killed themselves had one
                                                girl said that “wrong” is not a         As a professional historian with      missions was William Randolph
           or more mental illnesses, includ-                                                                                  Hearst’s La Cuesta Encantada,
                                                good word choice. “I don’t feel         degrees from Stanford and UC
           ing depression.                                                                                                    popularly known as Hearst
                                                you can judge when people feel          Berkeley, Marvin bases her Julia
               Although depression may be                                               Morgan impersonation on ex-           Castle, in San Simeon. In 1919
           present, it is not a cause of sui-   there are no options.” Another
                                                                                        tensive and ongoing primary re-       she began work on the lavish and
           cide, but rather a warning sign,     girls added, “You can’t put any
                                                                                        search.                               enormous compound, a project
           said Coleman.                        label on it at all. It’s a choice.” A                                         which continued for over 20
                                                                                            When she visits, Miss Mor-
               The teens in the audience        boy said, “There are so many dif-                                             years. Other designs for Hearst
                                                                                        gan will reminisce about her
           called out various signs that        ferent causes as to why people          struggle to become an architect,      included the Wyntoon estate in
           friends might see in someone         may commit suicide.”                    her colorful clients and associ-      Siskiyou County, the San Fran-
           who is thinking about suicide. A           MOST SAY IT’S NOT                 ates including the Hearsts and        cisco Medieval Museum, a resi-
           lack of motivation, isolation,           ATTENTION-SEEKING                   Bernard Maybeck, and her life-        dence for Marion Davies in
           sleeping too much or too little,         On the second question,             long involvement with women’s         Santa Monica, and the Babicora
           a change in appetite, and a loss     about teens attempting suicide          philanthropic organizations.          Hacienda in Mexico. She closed
           of interest in activities were       just to attract attention, only two          Julia Morgan (1872-1957),        her office in 1951 at the age of
           among them. Sadness, anger and       students, both boys, agreed with        renowned Bay Area architect of        seventy-nine.
           apathy also are signs.               the statement. One said, “A lot of      the first half of the 20th century,      Reservations are requested for
               Coleman asked the audience       attempts are just attempts. They        has become a California icon for      the talk. Admission is $5 for
           to raise hands if they had expe-     would find a way (to kill them-         her distinctive Craftsman and         museum members and $10 for
           rienced any of those things. Vir-    selves), if the really wanted to do     Mediterranean designs, social         non-members. Call 925-462-
           tually everyone did raise a hand.    it.” The other boy said he agreed                                             2766. Memberships will be avail-
                                                with that.                                                                    able for purchase that night.
           So everyone has a bad day. That’s
           no cause for alarm about suicide,        A boy in the middle group
           she said. However, when the bad      said, “Sometimes they do” seek
           days persist, and there are sev-     attention, “and sometimes it’s
           eral signs at the same time, there   because they suffer from depres-
           is cause for concern.                sion. It depends on the case. A
               Depression is such a signifi-    girl said that there is not always
           cant condition that it should be     a clear sign about why suicide is

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