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					VOLUME XLVI, NUMBER 24                          Your Local News Source Since 1963                                       SERVING LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL                                                      THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009

                                       Ambitious School Fund Campaign Begins
                                       By Ron McNicoll                                hire for the coming school year,                 to supplement school programs         with the contacts they already         English classes at 25 students.
                                           Pleasanton's two educational               said superintendent John Casey.                  after drastic cuts there. It pulled   have in trying to gain more            This year they have been at 20
                                       foundations have set a goal of                    Both foundations will be                      in millions of dollars, said one of   money.                                 students.
                                       raising $2.8 million to keep key               suggesting a donation of $190,                   its founders, Livermore school           EFFORT GOES BEYOND                     The new fund-raising push is
                                       school programs in the coming                  said Casey. That is based on the                 board member Bill Dunlop. In the        BOARD'S JUNE 3 ACTION                aimed at lowering the ceiling to
                                       fiscal year.                                   district enrollment of 14,800,                   early 2000s, a target of $180 per        The school board met June 3,        20 students.
                                           Pleasanton Partnerships in                 divided into the $2.8 million                    student was established, because      one day after the unsuccessful            The trustees also saved two
                                       Education (PPIE) and Pleasanton                target.                                          it would be $1 per day for the 180    Measure G parcel tax election.         reading specialist jobs, four
                                       Schools Educational Enrichment                    People may contribute any                     days on the school calendar. He       The tax received 62.68 percent,        counselors, and three jobs split
                                       (PSEE) have a short window of                  amount, said Casey. However,                     said that people responded well       instead of the 2/3's required. The     between tech and library ser-

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                                       opportunity to raise the money.                the suggestion of $190 per stu-                  to that.                              board adjusted the budget to pre-      vices. They accomplished these
                                       They will kick off the drive on                dent works well in the sense that                    PPIE will focus on class-size     serve some programs, although at       goals by deferring a one-year
                                       June 15. They must raise the                   people with children in school                   reduction, counselors, and read-      lower staffing than currently.         payment for part of employee
 The Independent                       money by Aug. 15.
                                           The August deadline is nec-
                                                                                      might be willing to donate that
                                                                                      much for each student, he said.
                                                                                                                                       ing specialists. PSEE will con-
                                                                                                                                       centrate on the elementary music
                                                                                                                                                                                By taking advantage of new
                                                                                                                                                                             flexibility in state class-size
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pension benefits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The foundations' $2.8 mil-
    now has a                          essary because that is when the
                                       school district must decide how
                                                                                         In Livermore, the Livermore
                                                                                      Valley Education Foundation,
                                                                                                                                       programs. Its traditional role has
                                                                                                                                       been funding those programs.
                                                                                                                                                                             reduction funding, trustees were
                                                                                                                                                                             able to put a ceiling on K-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lion would add more back to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    those programs. It would bring
 second section.                       many teachers and counselors to                founded in 1991, was established                     The foundations will work         classes and 9th grade math and                     (See CAMPAIGN, page 4)
   Section II is filled with infor-
mation about arts, entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                             Cities Consider Ways
and special events. There are
education features, as well as
the arts and entertainment and

                                                                                                                                                                             To Increase Business
bulletin board listings.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Pleasanton Working on
                                                                                                                                                                                        Incentives for Downtown
                                                                                                                                                                                 Pleasanton is moving forward       to expedite tenant improvements.
                                                                                                                                                                             with a plan to retain and attract      A final incentive would be a sales
                                                                                                                                                                             businesses. The main focus will        tax reimbursement program.
                                                                                                                                                                             be on the downtown. However,           "There are large spaces on the
                                                                                                                                                                             the programs could be used else-       market that could attract large
                                                                                                                                                                             where in the city.                     users," Ott stated.
                                                                                                                                                                                 There are three areas of focus.        Stoneridge Mall already has
                                                                                                                                                                             One is marketing and promo-            an approved tax reimbursement
                                                                                                                                                                             tion; the second is retention and      program. Another is proposed for
                                                                                                                                                                             attraction; and the final area         the Hendrick Auto Mall, planned
                                                                                                                                                                             development.                           for the Staples Ranch.
                                                                                                                                                                                 As part of the first area, the         To promote the development
                                                                                                                                                                             city would conduct market-             of business, the city could defer
                                                                                                                                                                             ing workshops and undertake a          payment of development fees
                                                                                                                                                                             market data study. Enforcement         for new retail, restaurant or en-
                                                                                                                                                                             of the sign ordinance would be a       tertainment tenants locating in
              Photo - Doug Jorgensen                                                                                                                                         "little relaxed" during the current    downtown until final inspection
The rodeo action will take place                                                                                                                                             economic times.                        or occupancy. Another proposal
this Saturday and Sunday, June                                                                                                                                                   Pamela Ott, Director of Eco-       would be to expand the city's
13 and 14 at Robertson Park                                                                                                                                                  nomic Development, said there          sewer connection fees financing
Stadium in Livermore. Gates                                                                                                                                                  will also be an effort made to         program for restaurants to all
open at 10 a.m. with the grand                                                                                                                                               promote local shopping.                businesses. Financing for city
entry at 2 p.m. On Saturday, at                                                                                                                     Photo - Doug Jorgensen       Under the category of attrac-      development impact fees, such as
10 a.m., the annual parade will        Anne and Bob Moorefield share a life during the event last week at Foothill High School in                                            tion and retention, the city would     in-lieu parking, affordable hous-
                                       Pleasanton. The event was in honor of Moorefield, who was retiring after 41 years of teaching,                                        create a downtown design assis-        ing, etc. could be instituted.
be held along Second Street in                                                                                                                                               tance loan program. The money
                                       36 at Foothill. For more photos and information, see page 8 in Section II of The Independent.                                                                                    In addition, the city could
downtown Livermore. For rodeo                                                                                                                                                could be used to improve facades.      participate in a statewide com-
ticket information, call 455-1550.                                                                                                                                           The city would also work with          munity infrastructure program.
There is a special family night                                                                                                                                              property owners on a tenant im-        This would allow owners of
event on Thurs., June 11 at 6
p.m. at the stadium. It will include
local team roping, as well as
                                        Livermore Creating Zoning                                                                                                            provement program in an effort

                                                                                                                                                                                       Livermore to Expand Tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (See PLEASANTON, page 4)

a demonstration of wild cow
milking. There is no admission
charge to attend family night.
                                        Designation for Airport                                                                                                                        Reimbursement Program
                                                                                                                                                                                The Livermore City Council          the changes, the partnership has
                                       By Ron McNicoll                                ing for the airport, so that it will                Those were also concerns                                                  agreed to provide 13,000 square
                                                                                                                                                                             approved the phasing of a Toyota
                                           Livermore has had an airport               conform to the new ordinance.                    raised by letters to The Inde-                                               feet of property to accommodate
                                                                                                                                                                             dealership to be built in North
Reward In                              at the current location since 1965.
                                       However, it is only this year
                                                                                      As with all such changes, an EIR
                                                                                      study is underway.
                                                                                                                                       pendent. In addition, some letter
                                                                                                                                       writers wondered whether the or-
                                                                                                                                                                                The first phase would be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BART along I-580.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lane Borges, speaking for
Horse Deaths                           that the city will be creating an
                                       airport category for its zoning
                                                                                         McIntyre said that the or-
                                                                                      dinance will bring about less
                                                                                                                                       dinance would replace the 1975
                                                                                                                                       airport master plan. If it were to
                                                                                                                                                                             combined automobile sales and          the Sullivan Group, noted, "A
                                                                                                                                                                             service facility to be built on        lot of things have changed in the
Now $33,000                            ordinance.
                                           The airport is zoned for educa-
                                                                                      development of the airport than
                                                                                      the master plan would. There will
                                                                                                                                       do so, would it be more restric-      9 acres of the property on the         world over the last 16 months.
                                                                                                                                       tive, or less, they wondered.         northside of Northfront Road. A        We are thrilled to be able to
    Clear Channel and the East         tional and public institution use.             be less development of hangars                      Residents' concern and suspi-                                             continue to bring this project to
                                                                                                                                                                             vehicle parking and display lot
Bay SPCA have partnered to             The city-owned airport is a public             and fixed base operations, which                 cion about the city's motivation                                             Livermore."
                                                                                                                                                                             would be located south of North-
help spread the word about a           institution, so it fit the category.           deal with provisions for planes                  can be seen in the context of what                                               He said that he hoped for a
                                                                                                                                                                             front Road. Initially, a 75,000
$33,000.00 reward fund estab-              Now, the city wants to tailor              and pilots.                                      happened in 2004. Then the city                                              late fall ground breaking, weather
                                                                                                                                                                             square foot building would be
lished to identify the person or       a zoning district for the airport.                The city staff conducted a                    was updating the airport master                                              permitting.
                                                                                                                                                                             constructed. An additional 20,000
persons responsible for killing        That will eliminate the vagueness              scoping meeting on the EIR on                    plan. However, objections from                                                   ECONOMIC INCENTIVES
                                                                                                                                                                             square feet would be added in the
two horses in Livermore on Oc-         of the current, broader language               May 28, with approximately 15                    the audience at a special meeting                                                Staff proposed several in-
                                                                                                                                                                             next five years.
tober 21, 2008.                        of the public institution zoning               members of the public present,                   at Granada High School, which                                                centives to encourage retention
                                                                                                                                                                                The council approved addi-
    A large billboard bringing         for the airport, said Livermore                said Livermore principal planner                 was estimated at 1000 people                                                 and attraction of businesses to
                                                                                                                                                                             tional landscaping as a buffer on
public awareness to the crime          director of public works Dan                   Susan Frost. Their main concerns                 or more, caused the city council                                             Livermore. The program would
                                                                                                                                                                             the northside of the project.
and the reward has been erected        McIntyre.                                      were about the city's motivation                 to drop the idea. The opponents                                              be citywide.
                                                                                                                                                                                The project would be devel-
in Oakland near the north-bound            At the same time, the city                 for moving forward with rezon-                   believed that the update would                                                   One of the incentives involves
                                                                                                                                                                             oped by the Sullivan Family
High Street exit on Highway            council is applying for a rezon-               ing, and any potential for an
                                                                                                                                                     (See AIRPORT, page 4)   Limited Partnership. As part of                  (See LIVERMORE, page 4)
880.                                                                                  increase in air traffic and noise.
    Clear Channel Vice President

                                       Resolutions Oppose
for Governmental Affairs Mi-
chael Colbruno explained why
the company decided to donate
valuable billboard space. “A
crime against an animal should         State Raid of Funds
be taken as seriously as a crime           City councils in Pleasanton                the city had revenues put aside
against a person. We hope that         and Livermore approved reso-                   in case the funds were taken by
this campaign is as successful as      lutions declaring that a severe                the state. He said that last year,
our partnership with the FBI to        fiscal hardship would exist if ad-             there were $100,000 in unfunded
catch criminals.”                      ditional property tax funds were               mandates required by the state.
    Lucky and Choctaw were             seized and additional unfunded                     Councilmember Jerry Thorne
killed during the night of Tues-       mandates adopted by the State                  urged residents to write their
day, October 21, 2008 while at         of California.                                 state legislators opposing the
pasture at a private ranch. The            State legislators may consider             legislation. "The state shouldn't
Rountree family members, who           a proposal to borrow $2 billion in             be using local jurisdictions as
owned the horses, were devas-          local property taxes from cities,              its personal ATM machine,: de-
tated by the tragi loss. Choctaw       counties and special districts to              clared Thorne.
had spent his life performing at       balance the state budget.                          Councilmember Cheryl Cook-
charity events and in parades;             Pleasanton would lose be-                  Kallio added that if a lot of
he had also helped children            tween $4.5 and $4.7 million. In                people write that would draw
with special needs through the         addition, there are many legisla-              greater attention to the issue.
Hoofprints on the Heart Adop-          tive bills still being considered              She suggested using e-mail,
tive Riding Center. Before the         that may result in new costs to lo-            because, "snail mail won't arrive
family adopted Lucky as a rescue       cal agencies because of unfunded               in time."
horse, he had been in compro-          mandates. Since the state began                    Livermore Assistant City
mised health after living in poor      taking additional property tax                 Manager Troy Brown told the
conditions, and through their          dollars from local jurisdictions               council that the city would lose
nurturing, Lucky fully recovered.      in the 1990s, Pleasanton has lost              $2.8 million. "That could impact
The two horses had bonded and          over $74 million.                              our ability to provide vital ser-                                                                                                           Photo - Doug Jorgensen
usually spent their time together          Pleasanton Director of Fi-                 vices," he stated.                               Agriculture takes many forms in the Valley. In the photo are both vineyards and a hay field.
in the Rountree pasture.               nance David Culver noted that                                        (See STATE, page 4)
    “We are very saddened by the
senseless and cowardly act of
violence that was carried out on
our ranch in Livermore,” shared
                                                                        Inside                                                                                                         PETS OF THE WEEK
                                                                                                                                                                                       When Jake met Julie... Just like in the movies, this couple is
                                                                                                                                                                                       a match made in heaven. Put simply, they adore each other.
Mike Rountree.                                                                                                                                                                         Julie will reach out to place her paw on Jake's back and in
    “The individual(s) didn’t just      Art & Entertainment....Section II              Roundup..................................3                                                      return Jake will rub noses with her. They've kept each other
shoot defenseless horses, but           Bulletin Board.............Section II          Short Notes.............................10                                                      company through their tough homeless days and now would
killed a member of our family                                                                                                                                                          like a safe home where they can grow old together. To meet
the evening of October 21st. We         Classifieds...........................10       Sports......................................6
                                                                                                                                                                                       this lovely pair, visit Valley Humane Society's Kitty City at 3670
very much appreciate the help           Editorial.................................4
and generosity by the East Bay
                                                                                       Obituaries................................8                                                     Nevada St. in Pleasanton, open Tues-Sat from 11AM to 5PM.
SPCA and Clear Channel to ad-           Mailbox...................................4                                                                                                    Visit the web site or call 925-426-8656.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Tickets on sale now for "The Great Catsby" Casino Night and
              (See REWARD, page 4)                                                                                                                                                     Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament!
PAGE 2 - The Independent, JUNE 11, 2009

LPC Offers Mentor Program for College Bound Students                                                                                                                                   of adult community members is
                                                                                                                                                                                       crucial. Partnering with Be A
   Robert Goetsch, Executive Di-   ameda County Board of Super-           adult guides—mentors—enables        the students and families partici-   and more successful adult lives.    Mentor, with its experience and
rector of Be A Mentor, Inc., and   visors, school officials, youth        them to understand and pursue       pate in activities and workshops     In many instances, mentoring        capabilities, strengthens our abil-
Ted Kaye, Chief Executive Offi-    services organizations and fu-         their goals.”                       designed to inform them that         provides the opportunity for        ity to ensure strong and success-
cer of Las Positas College Foun-   ture-thinking corporations, Be A          The College Bound Scholars       college attendance is a realistic,   young people to acquire the         ful mentoring partnerships.”
dation/College Bound Scholars      Mentor is leading a county-wide        Program is a unique partnership     acceptable and attainable goal.      fundamental skills required to          Both partners will recruit men-
Program, have announced a new      initiative to match children and       between Las Positas College and        “Pairing each student with a      succeed academically, socially      tors from among their affiliates
partnership to provide mentors     youth with volunteer adults to         the separate Las Positas College    mentor is a crucial component        and professionally.                 and throughout the greater tri-
for promising youth in the Tri-    support and guide them into            Foundation for first generation     of this process,” explains Abby         “The College Bound Scholars      valley community to be matched
Valley who embark on the path      productive and successful adult-       college students. Beginning in      Hirashiki, the program’s coor-       program was conceived to in-        one-to-one with students in the
to attend college.                 hood.                                  sixth grade, 30 middle school       dinator. “Mentors will provide       clude mentoring,” explains LPC      program.
   “Be A Mentor is honored and         “Many youth have hopes and         students from Dublin, Pleasanton    support, guidance and friend-        Foundation CEO, Dr. Ted Kaye.            “It takes all of us who can
excited to partner with this in-   ambitions, but don’t know how          and Livermore and their parents/    ship during this very unfamiliar     “We realize that in order for the   to make a difference,” notes
credible program,” says Goetsch,   to pursue them,” says Goetsch.         guardians join the program. Each    experience."                         youth we target, those who may      Goetsch.
who has been leading Be A Men-     “Their family structures and his-      student has a $1,000 scholarship       Studies show that young           be the first in their families to       To apply to be a mentor, go to
tor since its founding in 1991.    tory make this difficult as well, so   set aside in her/his name. Over     people with a mentor do better       attend college, to achieve their
   In collaboration with the Al-   to connect them with volunteer         the middle and high school years,   in school and develop healthier      goals, the support and friendship
                                                                                                                                                                        The Independent, JUNE 11, 2009 - PAGE 3

DeSaulnier Endorsed                                    State Senator Mark DeSaulnier currently rep-       tive office will extend daily hours and open 30      line at the District Office is 925-828-0515 and
   The American Federation of State County          resents Contra Costa county in the State Senate       minutes early, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and      Billing/Customer Service can be reached at
and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO District           and is a candidate for Congresswoman Ellen            close on alternate Fridays.                          925-828-8524.
Council 57 headquartered in Oakland, has joined     Tauscher's seat in the 10th Congressional district,      The administrative office, located at 7051
Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in endorsing           once the seat is open. Tauscher was appointed by      Dublin Boulevard, will be closed on the follow-      Buchanan Town Hall Meetings
Mark DeSaulnier for her seat in the 10th Con-       the Obama administration as Undersecretary of         ing Fridays and holidays: June 26; July 3, 10,          Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will host
gressional district. Other endorsers include Rep.   State for Arms Control and International Security     and 24; August 7, and 21; September 4, 7 and         several town hall meetings, including one in
George Miller, Assemblyman Tom Torlakson,           and is awaiting confirmation hearings.                18. This represents about 15% fewer hours that       Livermore.
the Contra Costa Central Labor Council, and                                                               the District needs to cool and light the building.      Residents are invited to meet Buchanan and
the Contra Costa Building and Construction          Charter School Budget Hearing                         Since the District implemented summer hours          discuss legislative issues with her.
Trades Council.                                        The Livermore Valley Charter Schools Public        in 2001, it has conserved approximately 6,000           She has announced plans to run for the 10th
   AFSCME District Council 57 said they are         Budget Hearing is set for June 18 at 7 p.m. It will   kilowatt hours of energy each summer.                Congressional District seat currently held by
endorsing Senator Mark DeSaulnier for Con-          be held in room 11 at the school, 543 Sonoma             To contact the District regarding water or        Ellen Tauscher.
gress because of his support for working fami-      Ave., Livermore.                                      sewer emergencies after hours, please call the          The Livermore meeting is Wed., June 17, 7
lies throughout his years representing Contra                                                             Alameda County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 925-462-        to 9 p.m. at Rancho Las Positas School in the
Costa County. AFSCME District Council 57,           DSRSD Reduces Hours                                   1212. For all other after-hours emergencies,         multipurpose room, 401 E. Jack London Blvd.
which represents 30,000 city, state, county and       To conserve energy during the peak power            call the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facil-
municipal employees, represents the majority of     demand season and reduce utility costs, the
members in the 10th Congressional District.                                                               ity operator at 925-875-2134. During summer
                                                    Dublin San Ramon Services District administra-        business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the main
PAGE 4 - The Independent, JUNE 11, 2009

                                                                                                       Pleasanton Concerned about Power Lines
  Gloria Retzlaff-Taylor
                                                                                                           The Pleasanton City Council
                                                                                                       approved a letter opposing the
                                                                                                       construction of new power lines
                                                                                                                                             miles. The towers would be 120
                                                                                                                                             to 150 feet tall. There would be
                                                                                                                                             six independent lines on each
                                                                                                                                                                                    receive no benefit," Dolan told
                                                                                                                                                                                    the council.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Councilmember Matt Sullivan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the council is not happy with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the results, it could establish a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           coalition with the county and
                                                                                                       near Ruby Hill.                       tower.                                 said that one benefit could be the     Livermore in opposition to the
     Gloria Retzlaff-Taylor died on May 26 with her family                                                 The vote was unanimous.              Dolan said there would be           greater use of renewables.             project.
  at her side.                                                                                         Pleasanton is the latest agency       impacts to Ruby Hill. Among                "That doesn't balance the vi-         Sullivan added, "We will see
     She was one of the pioneers of the rebirth of the Livermore                                       to oppose the project. Livermore      those that the city would like         sual, habitat and environmental        more of this stuff overtime. The
  Valley Wine Country. She and her husband, Bob Taylor,                                                and Alameda County have both          studied in the EIR are visual,         impacts," declared McGovern.           state has requirements to increase
  restored an old, dilapidated farmhouse on South Livermore                                            sent letters.                         health, and noise impacts as well          Mary Roberts, a member             renewables. Power projects are
  Avenue and planted a vineyard, bringing the property back                                                The project is being proposed     as impacts on property values.         of the Tri-Valley Conservancy          in remote locations. Lines are
                                                                                                       by the Transmission Association       The proposed route goes through        Board, said that TANC dismisses        needed to get the power to where
  to life as Retzlaff Vineyards.                                                                       of Northern California (TANC),                                                                                      people are. Utilities need to better
                                                                                                                                             a conservation easement for the        all of the polices within the South
     It was only the fifth winery in the reborn wine country.                                          a joint powers agreement among        Tiger Salamander and land under        Livermore Valley Area Plan and         coordinate getting that power to
  Some 45 now exist, a growth Gloria helped make                                                       15 public power agencies in           Williamson Act contracts.              the East County Plan. Ruby Hill        where it is needed. They can't run
  happen.                                                                                              northern California. The West-           The letter from Pleasanton          would not exist without those          transmission lines wherever they
     She was active in the local arts scene and in political                                           ern Area Power Association            suggests that TANC take another        plans, she said. There are two         want. Using more renewables is
  issues, campaigning for the slow-growth cause. Though also                                           (WAPA), a federal agency, is          look at routing that would have        large event centers and wineries       better for everyone. However, it
  a businesswoman, she passionately believed that the esthetics                                        partnered with TANC. The power        less impact. Placing the lines un-     in Ruby Hill. These are facili-        has to be done the right way."
                                                                                                       lines would enable development        derground should be considered.        ties that depend upon ambiance.           Cook-Kallio wanted to see
  of a city are as important as its economic interests.                                                of solar and wind power in three      Dolan pointed out that there is a                                             more health data on the im-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Many people purchased property
     Retzlaff Vineyards is a small, elegant winery, family                                             northern California counties. The     230 KV line underground in the         because of the easements. "They        pacts.
  run — typical of most Livermore Valley wineries. Gloria                                              power would be distributed via        Vineyard Corridor that works           do not want to look into power            There have been complaints
  personified their spirit. She would speak poetically about                                           600 miles of transmission lines       well.                                  lines. The route was chosen be-        about the notice provided for
  the unique gravelly soil that nurtured Livermore vines. She                                          to five public power-operating           Councilmember Cindy Mc-             cause it was the least expensive.      the project. In addition, no hear-
  herself was hands-on, getting down in the earth and planting                                         cities, none of which are in the      Govern also wanted the EIR to          I suggest they follow the path         ings had been scheduled in the
                                                                                                       Valley.                               study the impact on birds. She         of least impact, not the route of      Tri-Valley. A recent hearing was
  and tending her vineyard row by row, vine by vine. She                                                                                                                                                                   held in Livermore. It was added
                                                                                                           Pleasanton Director of Com-       asked if the routing took into ac-     least cost."
  found peace and wisdom in this toil.                                                                 munity Development Brian              count current land use.                    TANC has the final approval        at the last minute. The meeting
     A spokesman for the family said, “Hers was a bright light                                         Dolan noted that it is early in          Dolan said that apparently          of the project.                        was co-sponsored by the County
  that warmed us all.”                                                                                 the process. Scoping hearings         aerial photos were used. No                Sullivan said that is like al-     of Alameda and Tri-Valley Con-
                                                                                                       have been held to determine what      ground survey was conducted.           lowing a developer to decide to        servancy (TVC). According to
                                                                                                       should be studied in the environ-     "The project proponents are                                                   the TVC, the people from TANC
  Livermore VA Has A Future                                                                            mental impact review.                 now getting a lot of feedback on
                                                                                                                                                                                    build houses on his own with no
                                                                                                                                                                                    council approval.                      were less than cooperative in
     Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen the Central Valley                                                   In the Valley, 1000 acres         what is really there. There are            City Manager Nelson Fialho         scheduling the meeting.
  over Livermore as the location of a new 120-bed veterans                                             would be needed for the project       also questions about the benefits      said that the council could review
  nursing home and outpatient clinic.                                                                  for a 200 foot easement over 50       to communities the lines would         the EIR when it is published. If
     The decision makes sense given the regional growth                                                                                      go through. "Pleasanton would
  trends of the veterans' population.
     Fear that the Central Valley facility would result in
                                                                                                       (continued from page one)
  closure of the Livermore VA Medical Center has abated.                                               property in participating cities
                                                                                                       and counties to finance develop-         (Opinions voiced in letters         shows. Their website says that         sibility of failure, and more. Our
  Thanks in large part to the work of Congressmember Jerry                                             ment impact fees. Fees owed to        published in Mailbox are those         it has 2046 seats and it has a 29      guests get about 27 minutes to
  McNerney, everyone now seems to be on the same page                                                  the city would be financed by         of the author and do not neces-        ft. proscenium. I learned from         state their opinion. So, if anyone
  regarding this issue. VA has agreed to build a new outpatient                                        the issuance of tax exempt bonds      sarily reflect the opinion of The      another website that a fly tower       wants to hear what others have
  clinic in Alameda County and to keep Livermore open with                                             by the California Statewide           Independent. Letter Policy: The        needs to be 2½ times the height        to say, go to our website. Again
  new uses.                                                                                            Community ties Development            Independent will not publish           of the proscenium which, in this       it’s
                                                                                                       Authority. A special assessment       anonymous letters, nor will it         case, is 72.5 ft tall. That’s 23½      Also, we invite anyone who’d
     McNerney proposes establishing a center for treating                                                                                                                           ft shorter than what the LVPAC         like to offer their comments on
                                                                                                       on the owner's property would         publish letters without names.
  post traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries, pointing                                          be imposed to repay the portion                                              people insist is needed to draw        the air to contact us and we’ll
                                                                                                                                             Frequent letter writers may have                                              make arrangements for them to
  to Livermore's pastoral setting as an ideal site for treating                                        of the bonds issued by financing      publication of their letters
                                                                                                                                                                                    Broadway shows. Simply put,
  such ailments, which have become common in the Iraq and                                                                                                                           LVPAC and their representatives        come on our program. Grassroots
                                                                                                       the fees.                                                                                                           Issues is neutral; we’ve had peo-
  Afghanistan wars. He has been actively lobbying influential                                                                                                                       are not telling the truth. A 96 ft
                                                                                                          With the exception of the shop     Regional Theater                       fly tower is what they want, not       ple who are both for and against
  officials such as VA chief Eric Shineski.                                                            local program, the proposed in-       Barbara Hickman                        what they need. I’m disappointed       the theater. John Stein, Valerie
      However, he plans to put aside this campaign until the                                           centives would be implemented         Livermore                              that our City Council approved         Raymond, Kathy Chase have
  decision making for the Central Valley facility has been                                             for 12-months, generally from            We have been misled by              this project, and that staff recom-    been on as well as Gloria Taylor,
                                                                                                       July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.        LVPAC and their representatives        mended approval, without first         Len Alexander, Don Meeker and
  completed. Nothing will be done about Livermore until                                                The programs would then be            in a number of areas regarding         checking the facts. Don’t you          others. Valerie Raymond will
  that happens.                                                                                        evaluated.                            the proposed regional theater,         wonder what else we’ve been            give an update on financing of
     We are fortunate on this issue to have a Valley                                                      The cost for the programs          but maybe we can do something          told that isn’t true?                  the theater next week.
  Congressmember so committed. As a member of the House                                                is estimated at $225,000. The         about it.                                  What can we do about this              We can also join the growing
  Veterans Affairs Committee, McNerney has clout, and has                                              money would come from the                For example, they insist that       lack of truthfulness? For one          number of people who are urg-
  been actively using it. While for a time VA seemed bent                                              general fund.                         the fly tower for the proposed the-    thing, we can learn more about         ing our City Council to put this
                                                                                                          The programs were supported        ater must be 96 ft. high in order      the project and its repercussions.     project to a public vote. Since our
  on abandoning Livermore, it now looks like Livermore                                                 by two representatives of the         to draw Broadway-level shows.          Check out our local TV pro-
  has a future.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Council plans to provide public
                                                                                                       downtown. Pleasanton Down-            Well, I cringe at the prospect of      gram, Grassroots Issues, which         money for 75% of the cost of this
                                                                                                       town Association executive di-        having a 9-story building in the       can be seen anytime at www.            theater (that’s over $50,000,000!)
                                                                                                                                             middle of our downtown, so I did Recently
  Callippe Honored                                                                                     rector Christine Salidivar told the
                                                                                                       council, "This is a challenging       a bit of research. I’ve learned that
                                                                                                                                             the fly tower doesn’t need to be
                                                                                                                                                                                    several guests have discussed this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and then give it to LVPAC, it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           seems that voters should be al-
     The Callippe Preserve and Golf Course, owned by the                                               time. Downtowns are affected as                                              proposed theater, covering vari-       lowed to give their opinion. We
  City of Pleasanton, is an open space preserve with hiking and                                                                              96 ft. high to draw Broadway-          ous aspects, including financing,      aren’t all against the big theater;
                                                                                                       much as the large corporations.       type shows. The Bob Hope The-          size, design, the benefits, the pos-        (MAILBOX, continued on page 5)
  equestrian trails, endangered species habitat, wetlands and                                          Our neighbors can offer things        ater in Stockton hosts Broadway
  grazing land, in addition to a quality 18-hole golf course.                                          with redevelopment funds that
     This diverse course has just won a very prestigious honor:
  it made Golfweek Magazine's list of the 50 best municipal
                                                                                                       we are not able to do. These
                                                                                                       programs will help."
                                                                                                          Melanie Sadeck of Murphy's
                                                                                                                                             Governor Signs Sales Tax Measure
  golf courses in the nation. More than 8,000 golf courses                                             Paw was pleased that the city was        A bill by Senator Loni Han-         Fillmore – hired a consultant to       for vital police, fire and other
  were evaluated. Callippe, which opened in 2005, is one of                                                                                  cock (D-Oakland) to stop the           entice a retailer to move their        public services, with the money
                                                                                                       coming up with ideas that would                                                                                     going into the hands of unprin-
  the newer courses on this distinguished list                                                                                               “legal rip-off” of city sales tax      main offices into Fillmore while
                                                                                                       help the downtown to expand           money was signed into law by           leaving major distribution and         cipled profiteers. My bill makes
     "This well-kept secret of local golfers is now out of the                                         and grow.                             the Governor on Friday.                other facilities in Livermore. This    these kinds of backroom deals
  bag to the larger golf world," course general manager Mike                                              Councilmember Jerry Thorne            The bill contains an urgency        would have allowed Fillmore, in-       illegal throughout the state,”
  Ash commented.                                                                                       called it a good program. "It is      measure requiring a 2/3 vote so        stead of Livermore, to receive the     Hancock said.
                                                                                                       consistent with what I've seen        that it would go into effect im-       sales tax revenues from the busi-          Hancock’s bill prevents cities
     Congratulations, Callippe. Everyone who had a hand in                                             going on in the nation. I encour-     mediately upon signing by the          ness while Livermore would still       from entering into agreements
  creating this unique and original golf course can be very                                            age staff to extend the incentives    Governor.                              be stuck with providing services       with private consultants and
  proud.                                                                                               into the rest of the community as        The bill, Senate Bill 27, was       for the facilities left behind. As     retailers that transfer public
                                                                                                                                             introduced by Senator Hancock          part of the deal, Fillmore agreed      sales tax monies into the hands

                                                                                                       (continued from page one)
                                                                                                                                             in response to a scam uncovered
                                                                                                                                             in the City of Livermore which
                                                                                                                                             would have resulted in the loss of
                                                                                                                                                                                    to kickback a major portion of
                                                                                                                                                                                    the new sales tax revenues to the
                                                                                                                                                                                    consultant and retailers: 85% for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of private consultants and busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nesses. The monies, taken from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the Bradley-Burns sales tax, will
                                                                                                          Brown noted that letters of        more than $6 million of sales tax      20 years.                              instead continue to be used to
                                                                                                       opposition to the proposed state      revenue to the city over the next         “This outrageous scam would         maintain critical public services
                                                                                                       take have been sent by Livermore      three years.                           have deprived both Livermore           throughout the city of Livermore
                                                                                                       Downtown, Inc., Livermore Area           Another city – in this case         and Fillmore of needed revenue         and other cities impacted by the
                                                                                                       Recreation and Park District, the                                                                                   scam.

AIRPORT                                                                                                Livermore Chamber of Com-
                                                                                                       merce and many businesses.
                                                                                                                                             (continued from page one)
(continued from page one)                                                                                 He recently attended a meet-
                                                                                                       ing with the state controller         the counseling staff up to the         be another fund-raising campaign          Donations may be made by
have generated more air traffic, a                      "We presented a conceptual                     in Sacramento. The message,           full-strength it has now, at one       the following year, Casey said         visiting to
potential for regular commercial                    outline of the ordinance at the                    according to Brown, was that          counselor per 400 students at the      the district will wait to see how      support class-size reduction,
flights, and more jets based at                     meeting, what the geographi-                       as soon as the state budget is        high schools. The new revenue          the 2010-11 budget goes. Gov.          reading specialists, or counsel-
the facility.                                       cal area would look like. We                       adopted July 1, it will be out of     would hire more reading special-       Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget         ors, or at
    The current letter writers are                  will be refining the text," said                   balance. The state could run out      ists, and preserve the elementary      will be out in January. That will      to support elementary strings
suspicious that the new ordi-                       McIntyre.                                          of cash in July.                      music programs.                        provide a better indicator of the      and band.
nance would produce those same                           LESS DEVELOPMENT                                 Brown declared that if there           Joining the $2.8 million with      future, he said.                          Checks may be mailed to
things. One letter writer, Purnam                      THAN IN MASTER PLAN                             continues to be unfunded man-         $674,000 already approved in              Queried about another try at a      PPIE, 333 Division St., Pleas-
Sheth of Pleasanton, said that the                                                                     dates and raids of local funds, the   the trustees' budget shift on June     parcel tax, Casey said he has no       anton, CA. 94566; PSEE, 351
                                                        McIntyre said that the or-
presentation of the ordinance so                                                                       city cannot sustain itself.           3 would yield $3,474,000 for the       way of gauging that whether that       Virginia Way, Pleasanton, CA
                                                    dinance will bring about less                                                            programs in 2010-11. The $233          would happen right now.
far has been short on details. He                   development of the airport than                       City Manager Linda Barton                                                                                        94566; or the Pleasanton school
                                                                                                       added that the Hispanic Chamber,      parcel tax in Measure G would             PPIE executive director Debi        district, c/o Public Information,
also asked whether the ordinance                    the master plan would. There will                                                        have raised $4.5 million annually      Covello said in a press release,
would lead to an extension of the                                                                      and both the police and firefight-                                                                                  4665 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton,
                                                    be less development of hangars                                                           for four years.                        “We feel that, with a coordinated      CA 94566. Donors may desig-
airport's two runways.                              and fixed base operations, which                   ers association have also sup-
                                                                                                       ported the effort to stop the take           SO FAR, EFFORT IS               effort to reach out to the com-        nate which program they wish
 ORDINANCE SEEN AS BET-                             deal with provisions for planes                                                                  ONE YEAR ONLY                  munity, we can reach our goal.         to support.
        TER REGULATOR                               and pilots                                         of local funds.
                                                                                                          Councilmember John March-              The fund-raising will be only      If we fall short, PPIE and PSEE
    Frost said that the ordinance is                    "We are looking at the long-                                                         for the 2010-11 school year.           will fund as much as possible to
a better regulatory document than                                                                      and said that other state agencies
                                                    term needs of the community.                       are continuing to approve un-         Asked about whether there would        support Pleasanton students.”
the current institutional zoning. It                We are seeing a smaller building                   funded mandates. One of them is
can be more specific and control-                   envelope that meets the needs of
ling. It can provide for restric-
tions on noise from the airport,
                                                    the airport," said McIntyre.
                                                        A fixed base operator has been
                                                                                                       new water quality requirements
                                                                                                       that will cost local agencies
                                                                                                       millions of dollars without an
                                                                                                                                             (continued from page one)
and regulate the development                        approved for the airport. The op-                  increase in water quality.            a tax reimbursement program.
that occurs at the airport.                                                                                                                                                         month. Information would in-               The areas of focus would be
                                                    erator has not approached the city                    Councilmember Doug Horner          Currently, the reimbursement           clude hours, services and location     business attraction and recruit-
    However, the ordinance can't                    with a site plan, said McIntyre.                   commented that Prop. 1A al-           program is only available to           of the new business.                   ment, particularly in the clean
regulate the number of planes                       None of the action in regard to                    lows the state to borrow funds        businesses that generate over a           Staff was asked if it is legal to   and green technology sectors.
using the airport. That is gov-                     the process of the EIR applies                     in the event of an emergency.         $1 million in sales tax revenues       rebate tax money.                      Tourism and marketing, special
erned by the Federal Aviation                       to that firm, said McIntyre. It's a                "An emergency does not arise          per year. The new proposal would          City Attorney John Pomidor          events, attraction of a vacation re-
Administration, said Frost. Any                     separate situation, he said.                       because you can't figure out how      lower that threshold to $30,000.       explained that rebating sales tax      sort development and expansion
aircraft can land there, provided                       Completion of the draft EIR is                 to balance the budget. That is        During the five year program, a        for no purpose would be illegal.       of cultural arts programs would
it is safe to land.                                 expected in late summer, or au-                                                          business would receive a percent-      However, if there is a public pur-     all be targets in the development
    The city definitely is not pro-
posing any runway extension,
                                                    tumn. After public comment, and
                                                    a final EIR, the ordinance will go                 REWARD
                                                                                                       (continued from page one)
                                                                                                                                             age reimbursement of the sales
                                                                                                                                             tax collected by the city. The
                                                                                                                                             sales tax dollars would be used
                                                                                                                                                                                    pose such as putting the money
                                                                                                                                                                                    back into public improvements,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the plan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In addition, plans would in-
said both McIntyre and Frost.                       to the city planning commission                                                                                                 that would justify the program.        clude ways to develop a work-
    McIntyre said that the airport                  and the airport commission. The                    vertise the reward. We hope that      to pay for public infrastructure       The city would receive a certain       force to fill jobs brought into
master plan will end, after the                     final stop will be the city council,               this effort will bring justice for    upgrades and development fees.         amount of money prior to any           the city. Among the proposals
council adopts the ordinance. He                    for approval or denial.                            Lucky & Choctaw.”                        Staff proposed a second in-         reimbursement.                         is the attraction of a private
agreed with Sheth that there have                                                                         East Bay SPCA Executive            centive that would shorten the            City Manager Linda Barton           university campus that would
not been many details about the                                                                        Director Allison Lindquist is         approval process. Under the            said that over the long haul, the      provide degrees in energy and
                                                                                                       determined to find the killer.        program, participating businesses      city would collect more sales          environment.
ordinance yet. They will be com-                                                                       “Although it has been many            would complete the review pro-         tax than they would have if a              Director of Economic Devel-
ing later in the process.                                                                              months, we are still optimistic       cess within 60 days.                   business had not expanded or a         opment Rob White was asked if
                                                                                                       that someone out there will do the       The final incentive would           new business had not moved to          there was interest on the part of
                                                          Publisher: Joan Kinney Seppala               right thing and turn in the person    be deferral of the payment of          the city.                              any university.
                                                        Associate Publisher: David T. Lowell
                                                             Editor: Janet Armantrout
                                                                                                       who senselessly killed these in-      impact fees.                           ECONOMIC DEVELOP-                          White said there had been
     (INLAND VALLEY PUBLISHING CO.)                                                                    nocent animals.”                         The city is also proposing a
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Pleasanton Board Reinstates 60 Jobs, Looks For More Support
By Ron McNicoll                       about adhering to a 20-to-1 stu-             The hold-back on payment                Ott continued, "It's no one's         However, teachers didn't give      fault. As a team, they could have
    The defeat of Measure G in the    dent-to-teacher ratio to qualify         does come with a risk, said Ca-          fault here. I appreciate the folks    up anything on the step-and-col-      made more concessions, and they
election June 2 has led to actions    for state funds for CSR.                 zares. The postponement can be           who voted no. I think they just       umn increase for this year, which     might have passed the tax."
to try to stem the tide of losses        A district can go higher than         a red flag, if the district is seeking   didn't want one more tax."            amounted to $1.5 million, said           Trustees postponed their June
that the state budget will force on   the limit of 20 students, provided       to borrow money. Finance people             Trustee Pat Kernan said that       Brozosky.                             5 special meeting to June 9. The
the Pleasanton school district.       it pays a penalty, which grows           would ask questions about the            he had "expected 80 percent."            Administrators also gave back      board switched its next regularly
    The district was able to fund     smaller as the cap number con-           debt postponement.                       Kernan said the timing of the         days, and agreed to some cuts on      scheduled meeting from June 23
the hire-backs because of flex-       tinues to increase. The district             In theory, it's possible that it     election blocked some voters          use of subsidized cell phones and     to 7 p.m. Monday, June 22.
ibility offered by the state in two   took it up to 25, which has a $1.6       could affect the district's credit       from backing it. "We still don't      other perks. However, Brozosky           The district is required to have
categories.                           million penalty. However, that's         rating. However, the important           have the latest state budget. I       said, "I don't think the leadership   a final budget for 2009-10 by
    The school board, which met       the amount the district has been         thing is to come up with a plan          wish more people had voted.           team, the board, the superin-         June 30. The state is also required
June 3, took several actions in the   paying anyway as its share of            to restore that to the books, said       Maybe we can fix that," he said.      tendent and leaders of unions         to have a budget by then, but
wake of the defeat:                   funding CSR, so it was a wash.           Cazares. That's what bankers will           Kernan said that he wants to       worked together on a solution. I      traditionally has failed to meet
    • The trustees unanimously        (The state pays $4 million of the        be looking for.                          go for another parcel tax. "Maybe     don't think any one of them is at     the deadline.
approved bringing back a total        CSR total for Pleasanton.)                MEASURE G WOULD HAVE                    people don't want to hear that,
of 60 positions, which had been          If the district had gone to                 HIRED BACK MORE                    but I don't care. I care about the
eliminated in February.               a cap of 30 per class, it could              The 60 jobs restored are a           kids," he said.
    • Class-size reduction (CSR)      have gained $1.6 million from            small number, compared to the               Trustee Jamie Hintzke said
will be maintained, but at a class    the state. However, trustees said        more than 249 full-time equiva-          that one way to boost turnout
limit of 25, instead of the current   that number would amount to no           lent jobs that the board cut in          would be to do a better job of
20-student cap.                       class-size reduction at all.             February. Measure G, which fell          educating residents about school
    • Some trustees analyzed Mea-        Trustee Valerie Arkin said that       about 5 percent short of winning         finance.
sure G's defeat. They said that       "25 is better than 30." During au-       two-thirds approval in a special            Hintzke also said it's impor-
they are ready to go to a parcel      dience comments, teacher Kelli           election June 2, would have re-          tant to get the district budget
tax again, after the community        Walter said, "Small classes are so       stored 123 full-time equivalents.        advisory committee working on
studies the budget further, and       wonderful. I even value 25-to-1          (Some jobs are shared by more            the problem of overcoming the
comes up with a plan that can be      (ratio of students to teacher). If       than one person, so the number of        budget deficit. Kernan agreed
supported by more people.             20-to-1 is not possible, 25 would        people affected is greater.)             with her.
    • The board saw some quick,       be wonderful."                               The $233 annual parcel tax                    A VIEW FROM
concrete support from five resi-                PAYING FOR                     would have run for four years,                    THE 'NO' SIDE
dents, who presented checks                  RESTORING JOBS                    and could have been extended                 One advocate of a 'no' vote on
totaling $3500 toward helping the         The other enabler for the hire-      if the board put it on the ballot        Measure G was Steve Brozosky,
district meet the funding crisis.     backs was a state policy that says       again. By then, state finances           a former city councilmember
    The 60 positions that will be     the school district is obliged to        might be in good shape, and a            and school trustee. He told The
saved will be primarily teachers      pay $674,000 this year for part          normal flow of money would be            Independent why he thought the
in class-size reduction, in K-3       of an employee pension fund.             coming into the district.                measure failed. Brozosky said he
and 9th grade English and math.       The fund is called Other Post                 DISTRICT MIGHT GO                   heard from many people that they
The number also includes four         Employment Benefits (OPEB).                      FOR TAX AGAIN                    voted 'no' because they expected
counselors, two reading special-      However, instead of making the               Some trustees also indicated         teachers to make a sacrifice much
ists, three people divided between    payment, the district can just           they want to put a parcel tax on         like people in private industry. He
library services and tech support.    put an IOU on the books for this         the ballot again. Trustee Jim Ott        said a pay freeze seemed to be on
Money for the Barton Reading          year.                                    said that the nearly 62 percent          people's minds.
Program was also restored.               The district had intended to          that voted in favor of the measure          Teachers did give back two
   FLEXIBILITY ENABLES                make the payment from this               "was awesome. A majority sup-            preparation days, which on aver-
           HIRE-BACKS                 year's 2008-09 budget. Instead,          ported what the board wanted.            age amounts to $700 in a year.
    The district was able to fund     the money will be used this one          Eighty percent would have been           It would have saved the district
the hire-backs because of flex-       year only for the hire-backs. The        better. It's a message to me to          about $700,000. (The forfeit
ibility offered by the state in two   district will form a plan to pay         go for it again. They say they           was conditioned on Measure G
categories. In one category, the      back the OPEB, said assistant            believe."                                passing.)
state has eased its requirements      superintendent Luz Cazares.

(continued from page 4)
I’m against the unnecessary           in this area. If Europeans can           style towers. It is time to use DC       sion project through the South
height, for example. But a rapidly    build an underground system,             for long transmission lines that         Livermore Valley vineyard area.
growing number of voters want         so can we.                               have less environmental impact.          She states that because the City
their opinion considered in the                                                Submerged DC lines running               Council approved the Livermore
final decision. Please contact City   Airport Rezoning                         the length of the Bay are a better       Valley Performing Arts Regional
Council members and urge them         James Hodge                              approach to Palo Alto.                   Theater without a public vote,
put it to a public vote.                  Why is the City proposing to            Livermore has worked long             Wente and Seppala should not
                                      eliminate the 1975 Airport Mas-          and hard to create and preserve          complain about the transmission
Build Underground                     ter Plan from the City’s General         a greenbelt for wineries and             line process.
Dolores Hiskes                        Plan? By eliminating the Master          parks. Residents have sought                The real irony is that Chase
Livermore                             Plan from the General Plan, what         to enhance their communities,            compares the well-advanced
    We oppose the TANC trans-                                                  lifestyle, and property values           transmission project of which
                                      items that are now covered under         using planning and preservation.         the public and most governing
mission line project as presented     the Master Plan will not be cov-
in Livermore the evening of May                                                TANC’s current plans have been           bodies in Alameda County were
                                      ered by re-zoning?                       deceptively concealed from the           unaware to one of the most trans-
27, 2009.
    As proposed, the project would                                             communities and residents in an          parent in memory.
                                      Out of Date Technologies                 effort to downplay environmental            In contrast to the transmis-
be an environmental catastrophe       John Toeppen
for the Livermore Valley. The                                                  and economic concerns while              sion proposal, the theater has
                                      Livermore                                hiding the real issues under the         been in the public eye for years.
visual impact alone would un-             More than 60% of the power
dermine decades of community                                                   guise of green power. This dis-          There have been innumerable
                                      generated in America never               ingenuous plan is merely a way           hearings by the Council and
effort designed to keep the East      makes it to the end user because
and South portions of the Valley                                               to promote archaic technology            Planning Commission, studies
                                      80 year old technology is used           while receiving Federal funding          and reports ad infinitum, as well
as an attractive and welcoming        to deliver that power. New
area for tourism, wineries, invit-                                             for infrastructure development.          as newspaper stories, columns
                                      methods of power delivery in-            It is clear that the future that         and editorials.
ing open space and life-style.        clude high voltage DV buried
    If the project is to be consid-                                            we plan should learn from the               Because the Council per-
                                      and submerged lines. These               mistakes of our past. The Bay            formed its due diligence and then
ered, the only acceptable routing     methods reduce line losses and
would be along I-580 and I-680.                                                Area is no longer receptive to           did the job it was elected to do
                                      are compatible with green power          environmentally insensitive out          without calling an election that
The whole design of an overhead       sources and storage techniques.
system as proposed here is a relic                                             of date technologies.                    would have delayed construction
                                      Yet TANC is planning 340 miles                                                    until costs rose to kill the proj-
of the 1950s and 1960s, as others     of new conventional power lines
have noted. This project should                                                Real Irony                               ect, Cathy says the theater was
                                      running the length of Northern           Bob Baltzer                              crammed down our throats.
be built underground, as is now       California, though Tracy, South
technically feasible.                                                          Livermore                                   In spite of the endorsement of
                                      Livermore, Sunol, and the East              I am replying to the Cathy
    In Denmark there is already       Bay. This is not the Smart Grid                                                   the Chamber of Commerce, arts
a 26 mile, 250 KV underground                                                  Chase letter published in the Val-       groups and scores of citizens, she
                                      of the future; this is a repeat of the   ley Times on June 1, 2009, titled
system in place and operating.        environmentally insensitive ap-                                                   calls it the ruination of down-
This is clearly the only sensible                                              “Ironic remarks.”                        town. Cathy, get real. This is a
                                      proaches of the 1960s. Such lines           Cathy derides Phil Wente’s
solution for a semi-urban region      would be a legacy that Califor-                                                   sour grapes ad hominem attack.
where visual impacts are crucial.                                              and Joan Seppala’s complaint
                                      nians would long regret. South           about the lack of public notice of
There is no sensible reason for       Livermore already has seven sets
an overhead system to be built                                                 a massive high voltage transmis-
                                      of high tension lines that use truss
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                                                                                                                                                          resulting in a stand up double and two more        Camden MacFarlane with another hit straight          catch, and a perfect stop and throw motion
                                                                                                                                                          runs. Alex Benito had the Twins scrambling         up the middle.                                       to get an out on 1st. Brandon Kinsey hit a
                                                                                                                                                          when he smashed a single between 1st and                Angels vs. Indians: 5/16 - The heat was         fabulous triple in the 3rd to bring in a run in
                                                                                                                                                          2nd. Then Cooper Smith got on base with a          intense on Saturday when the Indians took            addition to hits in 1st and 6th. Paul Dondero
                                                                                                                                                          fly ball single and scored later in the inning     on the mighty Angels in an afternoon show-           had a great grounder in the 1st to get in the
                                                                                                                                                          on a Sean Choi single to third. Cooper Smith       down. The game had some huge rips to the             first run. He was impressive pitching under
                                                                                                                                                          started the offense in the 3rd with a lead off     outfield by Carter Pierce, Will Carlson and          pressure in the 6th to wrap up the game with
                                                                                                                                                          chopper up the 3rd base line. TJ Rocha singled     Josh Anderson.. Other players who contrib-           the bases loaded. Ryan Rudolph had a nice
                                                                                                                                                          with a blazing, too hot to handle, line drive      uted to the team, by hitting singles, included       hit in the 4th bringing in a run. He kept up
                                                                                                                                                          up the middle. Riley Purnell got the crowd         Vincent Galli, Akio Fujita, and Jacob Hvidt.         his consistent performance as the catcher.
                                                                                                                                                          screaming with a sky scraping fly ball to left     The defensive highlight of the game came in          Matthew Schulz kept the hitting going with
                                                                                                                                                          and then, once again, big Andre Doty nearly        the third inning when Tyler Lopez quickly            a great hit in the 4th.
                                                                                                                                                          tore the cover off the ball when he slammed        ran down a short fly ball, making a basket                Red Sox 7 vs. Rangers 6: 5/21 - Red
                                                                                                                                                          another double. Closing out the game in the        catch, to record the out.                            Sox played great baseball on Thursday to
                                                                                                                                                          3rd the A’s fans were treated to a defensive            Angels vs. A’s: 5/26 - When the Angels          win a thrilling game 7-6. Noah Moreno
                                                                                                                                                          spectacle by Kyle Bautista. With the speed of      play the A’s, it’s always a hard played game.        did exceptionally well as the pitcher and at
                                                                                                                                                          a wildcat, Bautista pounced on nearly every        Tuesday’s game was no exception. Angels              bat. He had a fine hit in the 1st bringing in
                                                                                                                                                          Twins hit and demonstrated his superior arm        had some great defensive plays in the second         the first run. Michael Wiborn continued the
                                                                                                                                                          with laser like throws to 1st and 3rd.             inning with limiting the A’s to only three           remarkable pitching. He also had a great hit
                                                                                                                                                               White Sox vs. Yankees: 5/16 - It was          batters at the plate thanks to Peter Montini         in the 1st. Both Michael and Noah excelled
                                                                                                                                                          the White Sox versus the Yankees in an epic        and Joshua Anderson combining for the first          on the field stopping very good hits and
                                                                                                                                                          cross-neighborhood rivalry this week, and          two outs of the inning and Ryan Stemplinger          getting the runners out. Blake Bettencourt
                                                                                                                                                          the White Sox brought their best game. The         caught a fly ball to end the inning. In the third    had an excellent hit in the bottom of the 6th
                                                                                                                                                          one-two punch of Alex Zhang and Joey Herz          inning Vincent Galli contributed by making           to get a rally going for Red Sox. Benjamin
                                                                                                                                                          enjoyed a sizzling series of infield catches       two outs at second base. In the fourth inning        Thompson did a great job of swinging the bat
                                                                                                                                                          and throws that dominated the 2nd inning.          Carter Pierce showed he is a tough baseball          and of keeping the pitching in check. Kushaan
                                                                                                                                                          It should be noted that Cody Vaeth’s hitting       player by staying in the game after getting hit      Bahl did a great job of staying with the ball
                                                                                                                                                          has been solid all season, but he released         by the ball in the face not once but twice and       in the outfield and on 2nd base.
                                                                                                                                                          two dazzling line drives this week that            remained in the game. On the offensive side               Red Sox 6 vs. A’s 3: 5/30 - Red Sox won
                                                                                                                                                          were particularly impressive. Drew Steele,         the Angles had a great third inning with all         another exciting nail biter 6-3 on Saturday,
                                                                                                                                                          a solid player for the Sox, also played at the     players getting a base hit. The hitters, in order,   5/30/09 with a rally in the 6th inning. Tyler
                                                                                                                                                          top of his game.                                   were Joshua Anderson, Ryan Stemplinger,              Carlson had two solid hits including a double
                                                                                                                                                               Yankees vs. White Sox: 5/16 - A hearty        Daniel Jorgensen, Vincent Galli, Akio Fujita,        in the 6th which got in a run. Tyler also
                                                                                                                                                          breakfast must have fueled the Yankees for         Jacob Hvidt, Carter Pierce, Peter Montini,           pitched well keeping the batters in check.
                                                                                                                                                          a hard hitting game, as the Yankees came out       Will Carlson and Tyler Lopez. In the fifth           Brandon Kinsey kept up the pressure on the
                                                                                                                                                          swinging. Trent Pozzi and Matthew Kenning          inning Joshua Anderson cranked the ball out          batsmen with tight pitching. Brandon also
                                                                                                                                                          hit rockets into the outfield for doubles. Other   into the outfield for a stand up double.             had a hit in the 1st. Red Sox batting excelled
                                                                                                                                                          key contributors included Mikey Balzarini,              Angels vs. Indians: 5/30 - As the Angels        with some grand hits by Lucas Babati (2nd
                                                                                                                                                          Damien Kendrick, and Jaden Cardera. .              play their next to final game of the season,         and 5th), Blake Bettencourt (3rd) and Ryan
                                                                                                                                                               Yankees vs. Red Sox: 5/30 - The Yankees       there was one player that rose to the challenge      Rudolph (2nd). Matthew Beltran stood up
                                                                                                                                                          were shining in both offense and defense on        to have a defensive MVP game. It started             to the pressure with a crucial hit in the 6th.
                                                                                                                                                          this day as each player showed great effort        in the first inning with one out when there          Paul Dondero wrapped up the game with
                                                                                                                                                          and skill. Trent Pozzi was the big hitter of       was a short pop fly that Peter Montini had           fine pitching in the 6th and great stop to get
                                                                                                                                                          the game. Birthday boy Cole Mattos also            to make a diving catch to get the second out.        the runner out on 1st base.
                                                                                                                                                          excelled at bat and on the field. Johnny           The third out was just as exciting when Peter             Red Sox 14 vs. Indians 5: 6/4 - The
                                                                                                                                                          Walder had some exceptional hitting, in            again diving for the catch to end a great first      Red Sox played a fine game and won 14-5
                                                                                                                                                          particular after switching to a different bat in   inning. The second inning was just as good           on Thursday 6/04/09. Salomon Nery did an
                                                                                                                                                          the second inning.. Noah Lee had consistent        for this young player when Peter scooped up          outstanding job pitching in 2nd, striking
                                                                                                                                                          hitting and also tagged a batter out at second.    a few grounders and made excellent throws            out all 3 batsmen. Kushaan Bahl, Benjamin
                                                                                                                                                          But the highlight of the game and the season       to first base to make the first and second outs      Thompson, Matthew Beltran and Blake
                                                                                                                                                          occurred when Skyler Molzahn came out of           of the inning. Peter then jumped in the air          Bettencourt made their debut as pitchers.
                                                                                                                                                          nowhere to catch a pop fly.                        to catch a fly ball to get the third out of the      Kushaan batted superbly with hits in 1st, 3rd
                                                                                                                                                               A’s vs. White Sox: That raucous roar blar-    inning. In the third inning and fourth inning        (1 RBI) and 5th. Benjamin had a huge hit in
                                                                                                                                                          ing from the sports park Saturday morning          Peter, who must have been wearing a ball             the 5th and Blake in the 4th, each bringing
                                                                                                                         Photo - Doug Jorgensen           was coming from the A’s fans at field four.        magnet, moved to the short stop position             in a run. Brandon Kinsey hit a remarkable
                                                                                                                                                          The A’s were an RBI machine throughout             but the ball found him. During those two             double in the 4th to bring in a run in addition
Runners and walkers took part in the 1st annual Hook and Ladder Run hosted by the Livermore-                                                              the entire game. Heavy hitter Riley Purnell        innings he scooped up three balls and threw          to hit in the 5th.
Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation. It took place at Wente Vineyards last Sunday. The foundation                                                          started the bash fest with a lead off single       out the player at first base, he also made a              Red Sox 5 vs. White Sox 10: 6/6 – The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red Sox finished a great season on Saturday
                                                                                                                                                          in the 1st inning. Speedy TJ Rocha beat the        great line drive catch for an out. In the fifth
supports injured and fallen firefighters, burn foundation and local charities in the Tri-Valley. The                                                      throw to 1st on his grounder and then easily       and sixth inning Peter moved to first base           6/6/09 with an outstanding 16-3-1 record.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ryan Rudolph and Matthew Schulz made
event included both a 5K and 10K course, along with a Kids' race.                                                                                         got to 2nd when Cameron Reed’s hit loaded
                                                                                                                                                          the bases. Noah White destroyed the ball with
                                                                                                                                                                                                             where he made a couple more outs. What a
                                                                                                                                                                                                             great defensive game for Peter Montini. On           their debut as pitchers. Matthew had a super
                                                                                                                                                          his RBI line drive, and then big slugger Andre     the offensive side, the Angels had a couple          hit in the 2nd. Noah Moreno pitched with
                                                                                                                                                          Doty sent the White Sox ducking for cover          of great hitters to recognize. The best bat-         precision and speed. He continued terrific
U.S. Bocce Championships                          season during their last week of regular             deal with their crowd-stopping singles.            with a laser beam line drive. On defense TJ        ting occurred in the second inning when              batting with a double in 1st (2RBI) and a
                                                  season play. Taking on the Giants at home                 On Sunday, the girls played flawless                                                                                                                  hit in the 3rd. Michael Wiborn pitched flaw-
in Livermore                                      Wednesday, the Cubs came out swinging,               softball, shutting out all 3 of their opponents.
                                                                                                                                                          Rocha captured a bucket full of White Sox
                                                                                                                                                          grounders and then wowed the crowd when
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Daniel Jorgenson cranked the ball out into
                                                                                                                                                                                                             left field for a great hit. Shortly after that       lessly in the 4th. He also had an excellent
     Campo di Bocce of Livermore will host        with Raymond Blasquez, Carter Person,                They opened against the Gilroy Chaos with          he bare handed a bunt and whipped the ball to      Joshua Anderson also ripped a long one out           hit in the 1st. Lucas Babati had an awesome
that the 2009 United States Bocce Cham-           Kevin Wiest, Arnav Koul and Nick Palange             a 9-0 victory. Again, Madison Kahwaty              1st. Kyle Bautista pounced on a hot grounder       into the outfield for a stand up double. Later       hit to the fence in the 1st bringing in 2 runs.
pionships in Livermore, during the week           driving out 5 huge back-to-back singles in           amazed and astounded spectators with her           and tagged the runner for an out and Short         in the game Carter Pierce had a strong fast          Paul Dondero stepped up to ball and hit it
of June 23-28. The Nations best as well as        the first inning, quickly delivering 3 runs          impeccable pitching, striking out 6 of the         Stop Cooper Smith snagged a hot grounder           moving infield hit to get a single. During           hard in the 3rd. He also made an amazing
recreational players will be in attendance and    for the team with no outs. Top of the 2nd,           7 she faced. Hayley Thompson followed,             and threw to White at 3rd for the out.             the game all Angels hit the ball well with           catch in the 1st.
competing for the top honor of being called       Nick P and Luke Valentine each caught fly            striking out 3 of the 7 she faced and, backed           White Sox-v-Angels: 5/20 - A night            not one player striking out.                              Minors AAA: White Sox 7 vs. Yankees
the United States Bocce Champion in both          balls and later, Devin Cox also hit a single         up by incredible defense, kept the Chaos           game against the Angels seemed the stuff of             Angels vs. White Sox: 6/6 – It was the          8: 5/16 - Luke Hazen blasted an enormous
the team and individual categories.               for the team before the game was called due          scoreless. Then, Lindsey “Lightning” Phil-         magic as the White Sox played one of their         final game of the 2009 Season and the Angels         triple out to center field to rev up the
     There will be 5 tournaments occurring                                                                                                                best games of the season. Ben Schwartz was         came out to play offensively with great hits         White Sox score followed shortly by Ryan
                                                  to weather. Facing the D’backs on Saturday,          ips, after being hit by pitch in the 1st inning,   a double threat with great fielding as pitcher     from big hitter Joshua Anderson, Jacob Hvidt,        Westcott’s double. Jack Miller, Jake Simons,
throughout the week:                              Scott Kienhofer pitched a shut out in the 1st        dazzled the fans with an amazing triple.
     1. Open play in the B division, which                                                                                                                and a consistently strong hitting game. Kaleb      Peter Montini, Tyler Lopez, Carter Pierce            David Kozuch, and Andrew Cailteaux each
                                                  inning and later, Carter hit a single. Scott         Dispelling the theory that double means            Branscomb added monster hits as well, but          and Daniel Jorgenson. There was even a               pulled their weight with great singles and
typically consists of beginner to intermediate    displayed more awesome pitching in the               “2”, Sydney Mendoza, Hayley Thompson,              his terrific knock-down at shortstop had the       quick shot from Akio Fujita that Coach Pete          excellent fielding, but ultimately time ran
levels of play                                    2nd and Luke delighted Cubs fans with a              Morgan Waugh, Madison Kahwaty, and                 crowd on its feet. Grant Hoffmann hit two          who was next to the pitching machine had             out for the White Sox who missed a win
     2. Open play in the A division, which        huge double play at 1st. Later in the inning,        Alyssa Silva, double-trouble herself, all          doubles and a single, while still performing       to quickly jump out of the way to avoid the          by a hairline.
typically consists of players of intermediate     Devin drove in an RBI for the team. Luke             blasted doubles to the outfield. Courtney          strongly infield. The White Sox had a remark-      sharp hit. Even for an 8:30 AM game did the               A's vs. Red Sox: 5/30 - The A's ended
to advanced levels of play                        and Kevin teamed up to tag a runner out at           Hayes rounded out the hitting streak, going        able game with the whole team contributing         defense show that they too came out to play          their season on a high note with a win. This
     3. Under 21 Singles Punto, Raffa, Volo       1st in the top of the 3rd, and Raymond’s             2 for 2 with 2 singles.                            their best work.                                   ball. Peter provided several throws to 3rd           has been an incredible season of sportsman-
championship                                      SGL drove in an RBI later in the inning.                  Next, the girls faced Santa Cruz Moun-             Farm A: A’s vs. White Sox: After a slow       baseman Will Carlson to keep the runners             ship, growth and more fun than you can
     4. Women’s Singles Punto, Raffa, Volo        Nick Narciso pitched a solid 4th inning and          tain Dream. Offense and defense combined           start at bat in the 1st inning the A's came        from advancing. Peter continued to prove his         squeeze into one season. The boys have all
championship                                      Raymond caught a fly ball at shortstop and           beautifully to pull off a 9-0 victory. Kamy        alive on defense. Miles Molnar snagged a           diversity by catching a turn twisting catch          had a great time together with each expe-
     5. Men’s Singles Punto, Raffa Volo           ran down the base runner at 3rd for a dramatic       Farro took the mound first for Smoke, strik-       hot grounder and threw the runner out at           in the 4th inning that all the fans watching         riencing new successes in their game. The
championship Punto, Raffa Volo is the             double play. Later, Luke’s huge DBL deliv-           ing out 2 of the 4 batters she faced. She was      first. Nate Samuli added another out with          were in awe to see such a spectacular catch.         Athletics team consists of Andrew Bonilla,
international version of the traditional style                                                                                                            an excellent catch and throw to first. Carter      Vincent Galli contributed several outs as            Blake Staniford, Joe Geasa, Dylan Pottgieser,
                                                  ered another RBI for the team. Kevin took            followed by Sierra Marshall and Sydney             Smith closed out the inning by knocking            2nd baseman as well as attempting this               Will Leininger, Josh Depolo, Anthony Stiriti,
of bocce people are most familiar of. The         the mound top of the 5th and quickly made            Mendoza, each striking out 2 of the three
winner(s) of all 3 Punto, Raffa, Volo divisions                                                                                                           down a line drive and a quick toss to Elijah       tremendous fly ball that just bounced out of         Justin Reedy, Nicholas Barnett, Will Muat,
                                                  work of the D’backs lineup. Throughout the           they saw. Offensively, the bats came alive         Blockmon at third forced the last out of the       his mitt for the attempted final out in the 6th      Bailey McMullen and Marcus Toombs.
will represent the United States of America       game, Nick N fired several strong accurate           as everyone contributed at the plate. Brianna      inning. The A's batters started to wake up in      inning. Ryan Stemplinger played several key          Awesome season boys you should be proud
at the World Bocce Championships later this       throws from catcher to bases in pursuit of           Winger got the fans on their feet with her         the second with Brendon Beliso smashing a          positions that prevented the Sox team from           of yourselves. Leading the team this season
year. The site of the World Championship is       stealing base runners. Top Offensive Players:        single, Kamy Farro and Courtney Hayes              base hit up the middle and Dylan McLaughlin        scoring by catching a great fly ball near 2nd        to incredible victories was Manager Tom
yet to be determined.                             Luke Valentine, Raymond Blasquez, Carter             each had a double, and Madison Kahwaty             added another hit with a deep fly to right         base as well as running towards 2nd to get the       Reedy, Coach Marcus Staniford and Coach
     This year will be the third National         Person; Top Defensive Players: Nick Narciso,         had an amazing triple, but the highlight of        field, but the White Sox defense held the A's      runner out however it was the combination            Patrick Pottgieser.
Championship Campo di Bocce as a company          Scott Kienhofer, Kevin Wiest                         the game was Brianna Wheelock’s blast              scoreless. On defense in their half of the 2nd     of Tyler and Ryan that made the final out of              Majors: Yankees 13 vs. Indians 10: 5/12
has hosted this prestigious event.                                                                     to left field for a home run, leaving fans         the A's Alex Lennox showed superb glove            a fantastic season.                                  - The Yankees played a good solid game
     Campo di Bocce is working in collabora-                                                           gasping for air.                                   skill with a catch and throw to 3rd for a force         Minors AA: Red Sox 8 vs. White Sox 9:           against the Indians. Michael Parisi popped
tion with the Livermore community along
with the Livermore Downtown Association,          Livermore Smoke                                           Smoke finished the day with a game
                                                                                                       against the Redwood City Wicked, shutting
                                                                                                                                                          out. Brendon Beliso closed the inning with
                                                                                                                                                          a talented snag of a hot grounder and throw
                                                                                                                                                                                                             5/12 - Red Sox had another great game on
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Tuesday. Noah Moreno did an outstanding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a double and brought in two RBIs to start
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  up the Yankee scoring, and Cameron Clarke
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Asso-                 Over the weekend, the Livermore Smoke                                                              to 1st for the force out. In the 3rd, behind       job pitching and fielding the ball. He had a         floored the fans with his triple and 3 RBI
                                                  U8 Girls’ Tournament Team traveled to San            them out 10-0. Madison Kahwaty showed her
ciation and the City of Livermore itself on                                                            opponents what “wicked” really means, strik-       by several runs, the coaches motivated the         hit in the 3rd and a splendid double in the 5th      hit in the fifth inning. Nick Lemmon and
the tournament.                                   Jose where they dominated in the aptly-                                                                 team and the A's responded with a 5 run            which brought in 2 runs. Michael Wiborn kept         Justin Goodman also added to the Yankee
                                                  named “Slamboree” Tournament. The girls              ing out 5 of the 6 batters she faced with her      inning. Miles Molnar ignited the crowd             up the fine pitching followed by terrific bat-
     The Public is highly encouraged to come                                                           wicked-fast pitches appearing as mere blurs                                                                                                                offensive and ultimate victory with their
and watch as well as participate. There are no    played in 6 flawless games, out-scoring their                                                           with a scorching lead off single, then Elijah      ting. He also had two hits including a double        fantastic doubles.
                                                  competition 44-6.                                    across the plate. Everyone contributed at the      Blockmon amazed the team and the crowd             in the 2nd which got in 2 runs. Kushaan Bahl
qualifying stipulations, therefore everyone                                                            plate as Smoke continued to hit consistently       with stunning smash to center field for a          exhibited excellent skills in stopping the ball
and anyone who loves Bocce is welcome                  On Saturday, the girls opened up against
to participate.                                   the Los Gatos Magic with a 6-1 victory.              well. Kamy Farro and Jenna LaVerne were
                                                                                                       step-in-step as each blasted a double and
                                                                                                                                                          double. Tyler Sensiba drove in the first run
                                                                                                                                                          of the inning to with a blazing grounder up
                                                                                                                                                                                                             on the field and as the catcher.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red Sox 6 vs. A’s 4: 5/15 - Red Sox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Livermore American LL
     For details go to www.campodibocce.          Madison Kahwaty pitched a perfect 2 innings,                                                                                                                                                                        Livermore American Little League
                                                  striking out 5 of 6 batters. Hayley Thompson         then a single. Fans had to have a double-take      the middle. The A's line up became a RBI           played a solid game and showed the depth             highlights:
com                                                                                                    as Brianna Wheelock and Brianna Winger             batting machine with Nathan Samuli and             of their pitching skills with a 6-4 win on
                                                  continued the streak, striking out 5 of the 8                                                                                                                                                                       A Division: Mets vs. Rays: The Mets and
                                                  girls she saw. Then the dynamic duo took             hit back-to-back singles in the 3rd, but the       Carter Smith launching fly balls to the out-       Friday. Salomon Nery illustrated his batting         Rays ended their season on Saturday, May 30
                                                                                                       highlight of the game was most definitely the      field, and then Ethan Mancuso and Brendon          dexterity with a 3 RBI double in the 1st. He         with a fantastic, high-scoring game played
                                                  to the plate, both going 2 for 2, Madison
Pleasanton National LL                            Kahwaty with a 3-run homer on one of                 2-run homer by Madison Kahwaty.                    Beliso burned the turf with hot grounders and
                                                                                                                                                          scored the final runs of the inning. Denied
                                                                                                                                                                                                             continued playing well on the field, stopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                             two good hits and getting the runners out.           by both teams. The Rays won the game with
     Pleasanton National Little League            those plate appearances. Supporting them                                                                any runs in the 4th the A's fought back with       Lucas Babati had an awesome hit followed             Arnav Patel making multiple RBIs. Also
results:                                          were Sierra Marshall with 2 singles, 1 RBI,                                                                                                                                                                     leading the offense was Tyler Griffeath with
     Majors: Cardinals 4, Cubs 11: The end        Sydney Mendoza, Kamy Farro, and Lindsey              Pleasanton American LL                             a three and out. Left handed catcher Carter
                                                                                                                                                          Smith recorded two outs scrambling after
                                                                                                                                                                                                             by great running by him around all the bases
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to complete the run. He also helped the team         a double and a huge game-changing triple
of the first inning found the Cubs up 4-1         Philips with a single each, and Alyssa Silva              Pleasanton American Little League high-       foul balls. Third baseman John Garcia made         with some steady pitching. Matthew Beltran           from James Wilcox. For the Mets, Colby
over the Cardinals. Ryan Sweeney, Bryce           with a double.                                       lights (May and June games included):              a phenomenal play grabbing a screaming             kept up his focus on the ball to stop a good         Newton started the game off in the first in-
Hahn, RJ Perkins (with an RBI), and Zach                                                                    Farm B: A’s vs. Twins: 5/16 - The             grounder and rifling a frozen rope to Smith        hit and get the runner out on 1st.                   ning with a double later coming in to score.
                                                       Next, the team faced the West Valley                                                                                                                                                                       He later hit another double in the 6th inning
Cavros all had base hits. Connor Monson           Slammers. In a closely matched game, the             temperature was over 100 degrees on field          at home for the final out of the inning. In             Red Sox 4 vs. Angels 3: 5/16 - Red Sox
(with a single RBI) and Joey Repac (with a                                                             four Saturday, but the Farm B A’s pushed           the 5th inning the A's matched their tally         played another exciting 6 innings game on            for a late-game rally. On defense, fielded a
                                                  girls kept their fans on the edges of their          the thermometer even higher with their hot                                                                                                                 grounder at first and beat the runner to the
double RBI) followed up with doubles. Zach        seats as they tied the Slammers, 1-1. Madison                                                           from the 3rd with another 5 runs. Notable          Saturday, and won 4-3. Tyler Carlson had             bag for the out. Newton continued to make
Cavros was on the mound for most of the                                                                bats in a three inning battle with the Twins.      efforts in the inning came from Tyler Sensiba      three solid hits including a double in the 5th.
                                                  Kahwaty continued in her winning ways,               In the field to start the 1st the highlight was                                                                                                            outs at first for the defense throughout the
game, doing an amazing job of striking out        striking out 6 of the 7 girls she faced. Then                                                           delivering a lead off shot up the middle and       He was excellent on the field with a crucial
                                                                                                       provided by TJ Rocha when he pounced on
6 Cardinals. No runs were added for either        Alyssa Silva took to the plate, dazzling             a hot grounder and turned the throw to 3rd
team in the second inning; however, Ryan          the fans with her signature double. Sierra           for a force out.. The offense in the 1st inning
Sweeney made a perfect out at third, field-       Marshall brought Alyssa home with a single           was ignited by Cameron Reed with a shot
ing the ball and making the tag. The Cubs         and Madison followed with a single, but              between 1st and 2nd. The Twins outfield was
added three more runs in the third on a walk      that would be the only run the girls would           no match for the speedy Reed who stretched
by Connor Monson and base hits by Joey            score. The Slammers grabbed their bats and           the hit into a double. Andre Doty showed off
Repac, JP Johnson, Peter Balas, and a double      with 2 outs on them, snuck a run in. The             his muscles with a double of his own, and
by Jeffrey Klei. In the top of the fourth, RJ     game, ended early for time, would remain             Zack Moresco drove in a run with a stretch
Perkins, Garrett Wrenn, Jocob Felix, Ryan         deadlocked at 1 apiece.                              your neck, towering fly ball. Several other
Sweeney, and Bryce Hahn all had base hits.             Then the girls took on the Almaden              A’s sluggers contributed hits in the inning:
Connor Monson had a double, and Joey              Lightning. In a battle of the bats, the girls were   Noah White, Daniel Zhai, Sean Choi, Griffin
Repac an Mitchell Walsh had walks. All this                                                            Bean, and Kyle Bautista each batted in a run.
                                                  able to pull out a 9-5 victory. Kamy Farro,          On defense in the 2nd inning, Noah White
activity added another four runs to the tally     Madison Kahwaty, Alyssa Silva, and Sierra
for the Cubs bringing the total to 11. At the                                                          brought the cheering crowd to its feet with an
                                                  Marshall all were perfect at the plate, going 2      incredible catch and throw to 1st for the out.
bottom of the fourth after two quick strike       for 2, Sierra with an amazing triple. Morgan         Kyle Bautista showed his defensive power
outs by Zach Cavros, RJ Perkins performed         Waugh got a piece of the action, blasting a          with two throws to 2nd base. Despite the clear
a leaping backhanded grab for a third out.        double to the outfield and scoring 2. Brianna        sky we heard thunder in the 2nd inning when
Jeffrey Klei came in to pitch finishing out       Wheelock and Jennah LaVerne sealed the               Jude Magaan blasted a monster drive to left
the game for the Cubs.
     AAA Division: Orioles 11, Rockies 9:
The Rockies and Orioles came to play battling
for a key position in the playoffs. The Rocks
started off the hit parade by putting 4 runs
up in the first two innings. Jack Sanderson
and Greg Arnold provided the power for the
Rockies with the combined results of 3-for-3,
plus 3 walks, 4 RBIs, and 7 SBs! Trevor Holt
contributed a line-drive double that kicked
up chalk on the right field foul line, and
Duncan McCarthy continued his consistent
ways reaching base at every opportunity.
The Orioles would not give up and fought
back to an eventual 11-9 victory despite the
Rockies pulling off their "play-of-the-year";
a rare 8-6-2 double play executed flawlessly
by Noah Thomas, Ben Carter, and Seth Borg.
Greg Arnold of the Rockies swung for the
fences in the last inning to try to send the
game into extra innings, but came up short
managing an impressive double with 2 RBIs.
The Orioles managed to hold off the Rockies.
Top Offensive Players: Jack Sanderson, Greg
Arnold, Trevor Holt; Top Defensive Players:
Ben Carter, Seth Borg, Noah Thomas
     Tickets 4, Nationals 19: The Nationals,
this season have had their struggles, but for
the last three games, they made great strides
forward. Pitching, fielding and batting im-
proved noticeably, but this last game against
the Tigers saw a team that had come together
to make plays that thrilled the coaches and
crowds. In the first inning, the Tiger’s at bat
was very short-lived. AJ Warford caught
the only hit and beat the runner to first, and
then pitcher Joseph Richardson struck out
the next two. Richardson would continue
the strike-outs, racking up three more in the
next two innings. Bobby Fjerstad, Jose Garcia
and Connor Isozaki held the Tigers to a low
score with their good pitching throughout the
rest of the game. The shining moment of the
defense was in the 5th inning, when Justin
Lavell caught a pop-up, threw to AJ Warford
at first for a double play. Offensively, the
National’s Griffin Dees made the only score
in the first inning when he was walked by the
pitcher, but kept alert for the next few plays
and managed to steal home. Other players to
have base hits in the game were Eric Sheilds,
Ryan Wilson, Justin Lavell, Bobby Fjerstad,
Jose Garcia, and Aaron Wong. Ryan Shields
had an exciting double in the 6th inning. The
team was bolstered by solid support from
Eiad Nasser and William Brendel.
     AA Division: Cubs 7, D-backs 5: The
Cubs showed off excellent pitching, hitting
and defensive skills they sharpened this
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game. Lucas Gordon also got a great hit in
the first inning and also in the bottom of the     of the game driving in the A’s third run and      #1 Tyler Hattori, #3 Jesse Watson (Defense)
6th for an RBI. On defense, Gordon made            putting them up for good with a big double        #4 David Meyer, #5 Franco Moufarrej, #11
a great catch at the mound with a throw to         in the 5th inning. Nick Merrill continues to      Cameron Stephenson. White Sox (Offense)
first to end the inning. Also on offense, Ryan     impress at the plate going 3-4, Brother Dhru      Peyton Stultz, Alec Faith, Pascale Badders
Grace had a strong day with the bat going two      also did a great job in a limited role on this    (Defense) Aidan Ackerman, J. T. Kelly,
for three to help lead the offense.                day driving in a run with a single in the 3rd.    Matthew Kronmal.
      Red Sox 18, Phillies 13: Outstanding ball    This was a good win for the A’s and a great            Phillies (Offense) Jacob Kilbane,
was played by the Red Sox to win the first         way to bounce back after their first loss of      Jensen Roldan, Gregory Short (Defense)
game in the playoff series. Wes Edwards was        the season on Saturday.                           Blake Stokes, A. J. Morais. White Sox
unstoppable at both offense and defense with                                                         (Offense) Nick Hill, Taylor Pine, Nicholas
                                                                                                     Puso. (Defense) Peyton Stultz, Alec Faith,
3 hits, 2 RBIs, an unassisted double play in
the 3rd and a quick reaction tag out in the        Livermore National LL                             Brandon Yocham.
5th. Jake Engemann played a fantastic game              Livermore National Little League                  Angels (offense), Ryan Van Bladel,
with 3 hits for the night including a power-       highlights:                                       Drake Small, Jennifer Edwards-Estrada,
ful double in the 4th. Also showing superb              A Division: In the final game of the         (defense) Austin Lee, Daniel Bobosky, Max
skill and power were Luke Sorenson, Carson         season, the fans turned out to watch one last     Weasner, Yankees (offense) Max Higgins,
Neu, Nick Hermann, and Joseph Fields - all         Battle-of-the-Bay as the Single AA’s took on      Colton Trudeau, Ben Wiesner, (defense)
getting hits in every at bat. Tyler Naumann        the Orange Giants. Setting the pace for the       Dominic Shepherd, Colton Trudeau, Ryan
played great defense with an awesome catch         A’s, Dylan Silva started off the inning with      Stear.
of a line drive down the third-base line.          a blast to the warning track, scoring 2 runs.          T-Ball - Rays (Offense) Logan Wright,
The Phillies played a competitive game,                                                              JD Cerruti, Christopher Meinecke (Defense)
                                                   He was followed by Blake Texeira and Jonas        Dylan Corker, Jackson Newkirk, Zach
closing in on the Red Sox lead in the 5th.         Lindquist who brought a little “fire power”
Zack Burke had 2 doubles for the night and                                                           Van Huis
                                                   of their own as they smashed the ball to the           Giants (Offense) Connor Waklee,
Gavin Napier made a great double play. But         outfield. The Giants answered back with a
it wasn’t enough to stop the Red Sox, who                                                            Hayden Williams, Noah Thompson (De-
now lead the series 1-0.                           line drive by Caden Emry and Jacob Peterson,      fense) Kieran Campbell, Sam Carbonaro,
      Red Sox 7, Phillies 7: It was all about      each bringing in a run for the Giants. Joshua     Aden Clements: Phillies (Offense) Ryan
defense in the second game of the playoff          White also contributed at the plate and had       Hutchinson, Ryan Macintire, Augustine
series between the Red Sox and the Phillies.       a diving catch for the Giants.                    Mascari (Defense) Danny Knight, Colin
The Red Sox held a one-run lead early in the            Giants Vs Rockies: This was a great game     McConnell, Seth Mills
game. The Red Sox defense was incred-              for both teams. Awesome effort.                        Padres (Offense) Jake Fields, Garett
ibly strong, led by Evan Capurro and Jake               Majors: Diamondbacks 10, Giants 2:           Robb, Nicholas Hall (Defense) Garrett
Engemann who both made awesome catches             The Diamondbacks continued their hitting          Riddiough, Chase Kerezsi, Josh Bailey. Phil-
of well hit line drives, and by Mike Bryson        ways with a 10-2 victory Wednesday night          lies (Offense) Cale Salinas, Erin Schrader,
who repeatedly made perfect plays at first         over the Giants. The game was tied at 1 until     Neil Shah (Defense) Skyler Steele, Ryan
base. In the 5th inning, Jack Volponi hit a                                                          Hutchinson, RJ Little.
                                                   the third inning when the D-backs exploded             Junior 90s Gold: Granada 14, Pleasanton
powerful lead-off single and another skillful      with 6 hits, scoring 5 in the inning. Timmy
hit by Joey Campos put the runner in scoring                                                         National 4: In the first game of a doubleheader
                                                   Harris, Shane Silva, Jay Telles were all 2-3      day, Granada Junior 90’s Gold Team defeated
position. Wes Edwards followed up with a           for the Dbacks as was Billy Henderson, who
terrific hit that scored the run. The Phillies                                                       Pleasanton National 14 to 4. Granada’s of-
                                                   also hit a blast over the fence, scoring 3 in     fense came out of the gates quickly, posting
then came roaring back in the bottom of the
5th, scoring the go-ahead run. But the Red         the fifth inning. For the Giants, DB Vidal        5 runs in the first inning. Rio Castillo started    The Livermore U13 Girls Storm team won the championship for their age bracket at the NCJLA
Sox continued to battle with an awesome            was 3-3 with a ground rule double.
                                                        Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 2: The Dia-
                                                                                                     things off with a leadoff walk. Kyle Campiotti
                                                                                                     then singled, followed by an RBI double by          playoff. The won four hard fought battles in the extreme heat. In the championship game, the
double by Logan Church in the 6th, followed
by a phenomenal hit from Logan Kavanagh            mondbacks finished the season with a 6-2          Robbie McLeod, a two RBI double from Matt           girls out lasted the previously undefeated San Carlos Firehawks after a thrilling overtime and
                                                   victory over the Dodgers. Tylor Silva took        Richards and capping off the inning with a
which scored the tying run. At the end of 6, it
was all tied up. Game 2 will continue where        the hill and set the pace of the game going 5     two RBI double from Nate Preece. Granada            shoot out to decide the Gold Medal Winner. Team members are Sophia Brown, Ryan Murphy,
it left off on Saturday morning.                   innings, striking out 11 and allowing 2 hits      stayed hot in the 2nd inning by scoring two
                                                                                                     more runs with Castillo scoring by way of
                                                                                                                                                         Jordyn Brauer, Sadie Grozier, Amanda Stapp, Madeline Aston, Samantha LaBella, Jackie Gilbert,
      Championship game: Red Sox v. Phillies:      and a walk. Offensively Jay Telles, Billy
In a continuation of Game 2 played Thurs-          Henderson, and Conner Spalding each had           an Alex Davis single and Davis scoring on a         Hannahh McGillvray, Sabrina Donlan, Alison Racer, Emily Aston, Celine McConnell, Megan
                                                                                                     Mac Morgan single. Not content with a 7-3
day night, the Phillies excelled to beat the
Red Sox in inning 7. A third playoff game
                                                   2 hits for the Diamondbacks. For the Dodg-        lead, Granada continued the onslaught into          Patterson, Lexi Ewanich, Nicole Moran, Annelise Dutcher, Makenna Steele, Annalise Stevenson,
                                                   ers, Jordan Dowd had a double and a “web
was necessary to decide who would be the           gem” in the field at second base, and Barry
                                                                                                     the 4th inning. With bases loaded and two
                                                                                                     outs, Granada’s Ryan Flayler came through
                                                                                                                                                         Sophie Hudson, Lauren Sandy, Belinda Westbrook, and Allison Nickel. Coaches are Richard
champions. In the 3rd game, there was great
hitting by Red Sox players Joseph Fields,
                                                   Goldman had a scorching double in the             with a two RBI single and Trevor Bondoc             Murphy, Mike Steele, Bill Aston and Rusty Stapp.
Mike Bryson, and Logan Church, all going           fifth to drive in the 2 runs for the Dodgers.     knocked in two with a deep double. Granada
3 for 3. Mike Bryson and Joseph Fields also        With this win, the Diamondbacks sealed up         finished off Pleasanton in the sixth with a run
showed superior defense with great catches         2nd place for the season and they head into       scoring hit from Morgan, a bases loaded walk
and awesome infield plays to get key outs.         the playoffs.                                     to Castillo and a single from Campiotti. Top       an extremely hard fought, physical game. The       Positas Golf Course in Livermore from 11
                                                        T-Ball: A's finished off a great season      Hitters: Matt Richards 2 for 2, 1-2B, 3 runs                                                                                                            experience level. For those just interested
But the Phillies out played the Red Sox and                                                                                                             Crew defeated the Rocklin Soccer Academy           a.m. to 8 p.m.                                    in cheer classes there are stunting and basic
it was their day. The final score of the 3rd       with a game against the Padres. The teams         scored, 1 walk, 1 hit by pitch, 2 rbi’s; Nate
                                                                                                     Preece 2 for 2, 1-2B, 2 rbi’s; Alex Davis 2        Strikers, beating them 2-1. During the match,           Granada High’s football program is cur-      cheer classes on Monday’s 6:00-7:00. Tum-
game was 12 to 8 with the Phillies taking first    progress was evident. A special thanks to                                                            both teams had several opportunities to score,     rently 200 players strong. Prizes for 1st, 2nd,
place and the Red Sox in second place.             Coach Jeff Latkowski and assistant coaches        for 4, 3 runs scored, 1 rbi; Ryan Flayler 1 for                                                                                                         bling classes are also offered as is gym rental
                                                                                                     2, 1 run scored, 2 rbi’s; Kyle Campiotti 2 for     with Rocklin striking first, leading 1-0 at the    & 3rd place, as well as longest drive & closest   for middle school or high schools. (Must call
      AA Division Playoffs: Cubs 7, Indians        Francois Lortie, Tony Montalvo, Christian                                                            half. After the break, a re-energized Crew         to the pin. Raffle prizes will be awarded at
5: Cubs highlights: Jordan Esling hit a 2          Borges, and Curtis Nagengast. Great job           4, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 1 rbi; Rio Castillo                                                                                                            to pre-register for classes) or visit the gym
RBI Home Run bringing home DeAndre                                                                   1 for 2, 2 runs scored, 3 walks, 1 rbi; Rob        team returned to the field, dominating the         the dinner. Fee is $115 per golfer, includes      for a free practice on Tuesday or Thursday
                                                   A's! A's players: Aidan Montalvo, An-             McLeod 1 for 4, 1-2B, 1 run scored, 1 rbi;         second half of play. Defender Allie Lau            range balls, green fees, and full BBQ dinner;
Hawkins. Wes Williams hit an RBI triple            thony Molleson, Charlie Latkowski, Hayden                                                                                                                                                                 (ages 5-13 5:00-7:00 & ages 14-18 7:00-9:00)
bringing home Hunter Burke; Rory Cart-                                                               Mac Morgan 1 for 4, 1-2B, 1 run scored, 2          scored the first goal for the Crew with a          $25 per person for dinner only.                   Call the gym today for more information
                                                   Henry, Jimmy Theberge, Jordan Borges,             rbi’s; Trevor Bondoc 1 for 2, 1-2B, 1 hit by       strong kick off of her left foot, sending the           Putting contest is at 12:30 p.m., din-
wright slapped an RBI double bringing home         Landon Ratinho, Michael McDaid, Nathan                                                                                                                                                                    (925) 245-1552 or visit our website at www.
Zack Ridenour and Michael Honeycutt. Indi-                                                           pitch, 2 rbi’s; Damion Gan 2 for 2, 2 runs         ball flying past the opposing goalie into the      ner at 6 p.m. Go to www.granadafootball.
ans highlights: Jared Tavares hit 2 singles and    Evans, Nathan Nagengast, Quinn Johnson,           scored; Top Pitchers: Rob McLeod (5 in-            net. The second Crew goal was scored by            com/articles/announcements.htm to down-
scored two runs; Sean Constable connected          and Xavier Lortie.                                nings, 4 runs, 2 hits, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts),     Adaurie Dyack. As a crowd of girls from            load form.
for two singles, scored a run and stole a base;
Alex Forgatsch hit 2 RBI singles.
                                                        AA Division: Saturday the Padres faced
                                                   the Dodgers with the Padres gaining a close
                                                                                                     Ryan Flayler (1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk,
                                                                                                     2 strikeouts)
                                                                                                                                                        both teams fought for control in front of the                                                        Tri for Fun
                                                                                                                                                        Striker’s net, Adaurie was able to get her foot                                                           On Saturday, June 20, a field of close to
      Cubs 2, Indians 3: Highlights Cubs:
Jordan Esling hit a double and a singe and
                                                   victory over a long battled game. Both teams
                                                   gave great effort with a close or tied score
                                                                                                          Granada 9, Pleasanton National 1: In
                                                                                                     game two, Granada completed the sweep by           on the ball, and with a quick strike, kicked       Spirit Run                                        1,000 first-timer, few-timer, and many-timer
                                                                                                     beating Pleasanton National 9 to 1. Granada        it into the goal for the Crew’s second point.           Registration is now open for the Rotary      triathletes will be on hand to kick off On
scored two runs; Ryan Excover slapped              throughout most of the game. The Padres                                                              Every girl on the team played their best,          Club of Pleasanton’s 16th annual Spirit
two RBI singles to bring home Eslilg for           team has gained marvelous skill in batting        once again came out of the gates quickly                                                                                                                Your Mark Events’ 22nd annual Tri-For-
                                                                                                     with a leadoff single by Rio Castillo. He          preventing the Strikers from scoring during        Run in downtown Pleasanton on Sunday.             Fun Triathlon Series, at Shadow Cliffs Park
the Cubs' two runs; Hunter Burke pitched           and fielding to hold them in the 3rd place                                                           the second half of the game.
three solid innings, and turned in a solid                                                           quickly stole second base and scored on                                                               June 21.                                          in Pleasanton, CA, On Your Mark Event’s
                                                   position for the up coming play-offs. Pitcher,    a Rob McLeod single. In the 2nd inning,                                                                    The Father’s Day tradition annually
effort in field play with four outs. Indians       Nate Gooby and Addison Westbrook held the                                                                                                                                                                 Tri-For-Fun Triathlon Series.
highlights: Jared Tavares singled for two                                                            Granada scored two more with Ryan Flayler                                                             draws more than 1,200 runners to partici-              Utilizing the lake and rolling hills of
RBIs; Drew Arruda hit two singles; and
                                                   team in a strong defensive position. Conner
                                                   Burke had an outstanding play at 2nd base
                                                                                                     and Nate Preece crossing the plate with            Foothill Little League                             pate in either a 10K or 5K run as well as         Shadow Cliff Park and the flat paved roads
Branden Trevethen singled.                                                                           another McLeod hit, this time a double.                 Foothill Little League highlights:            a kid’s race.                                     running through Pleasanton and Livermore,
                                                   position making a difficult out at 1st. The       Granada having one of their best offensive              Majors: A's 7, Angels 11" The Pleasanton           The 10K run will start at 8 a.m. on Main
      Cubs 5, Indians 4: Cubs won the champi-      Dodgers gained the lead with 2 runs a head.                                                                                                                                                               the Tri-For-Fun features a course distance
onship with solid efforts from Austin Brown,                                                         weekends of the season continued putting           Foothill Little League Major Angels defeated       Street followed by the 5K run at 8:30. The        of 400-yard Swim (warm, clean lake);
DeAndre Hawkins and DeVonte Hawkins.               In the 6th inning, Johnny Tyree of the Padres     up runs by posting 3 runs in the 5th inning        the A’s 11 – 7. With this victory the Angels       courses wind through Pleasanton neighbor-
                                                   made the hit of the game - a triple, bringing     with Mac Morgan, Alex Davis and Matt                                                                                                                    11-mile bike (loop course, flat streets);
DeAndre scored the winning run. Indians                                                                                                                 clinched first place for the season. This          hoods, the Alameda County Fairgrounds and         3.1-mile run (rolling fire trail). The course
were led by Nick Boulllerce, Richard Crago         in 2 RBIs for the Padres to take the lead and     Richards scoring runs from an RBI sacrifice
                                                                                                     fly from Robbie McLeod and David Russell           game was a continuation of a game back             on trails along the scenic Arroyo del Valle.      is perfect for the newcomer as well as the
and Brenden Trevethen                              win the game.                                                                                        on Mar 31 that ended after 8 innings tied at            Proceeds go to support the Rotary Club
                                                                                                     knocking in two. Granada capped off the                                                                                                                 seasoned triathlete. Along with the shorter
      AAA Division: Athletics 8, Mariners 7:                                                                                                            7-7. When the game was resumed on June             of Pleasanton’s scholarship program. In the       (than usual tri distance) course and the safe,
                                                                                                     day with 3 more in the 6th inning. Top Hit-
This was an intense game because the winner
got a ticket to go to the playoffs. The crowd      Granada Little League                             ters: Alex Davis 4 for 4, 1 run scored, 1 rbi;     4, the Angels broke out for 4 runs in the top      last ten years, more than $280,000 has been       friendly, and non-competitive atmosphere,
was on the edge of their seat the entire game.          Granada Little League highlights:            Rob McLeod 2 for 3, 1-2B, 1 run scored, 1          of the ninth inning led by Kyle Lawrence’s         raised for scholarships that are awarded          the Tri-For-Fun makes an excellent event for
The Mariners scored 3 runs in the first inning          Minor AAA - A's 11, Rays 1 (Champion-        walk, 1 SAC fly, 4 rbi’s; Mac Morgan 2 for         and Jordan Ott’s doubles. Carl Mubarak,            after an application and interview process        the numerous first-time triathletes. Though
but by the bottom of the 2nd inning the A’s        ship Game). Top Hitters A's - Adam Padilla        3, 1-2B, 2 runs scored; Kyle Campiotti 1 for       Collin Blaney, Luther Little, Joshua Ott and       to deserving Pleasanton graduates who need        the three Tri-For-Fun triathlons are not
scored 7 runs on the Mariners. Kyle Archer         - 1B, 2B, 2 RBI's, 1 run scored; Tanner Wright    2, 1 hit by pitch, 1 rbi; Rio Castillo 1 for 3,    Matt Weir also had singles in the inning.          financial help to attend college.                 competitive with awards (remember, it’s
of the A’s smashed a ball down the first base      - 1B, 2B, 2 RBI's, 1 run scored; Christopher      1 runs scored. Top Pitchers: Alex Davis (6         Stephen Chipman pitched a scoreless ninth               In 2008, 24 students from the four Pleas-    for fun), there is a digital timing clock so
line for a triple with 3 RBI’s. Kyle stole         French - 2B; Wes Katz - (2)1B, 2B, 2 RBI's,       innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts),    inning striking out two A’s batters to seal        anton high schools received scholarships.         each participant can check on his/her time
home on the next play. Darian Look from            2 runs scored; Blake Lesky - (2)1B, 1 RBI,        Matt Richards (1 inning, 0 runs)                   the victory. Top Offensive Players: Kyle                To register, please go online to www.        personal achievement.
the Mariners pitched 3 great innings holding       1 run scored. Rays - Connor Swadener - 2B,                                                           Lawrence, Jordan Ott and Carl Mubarak;    For information about the               After the novice athletes master the
the A’s to 7 and the Mariners answered back        1 RBI, Noah Stewart - 1B. Top Pitchers A's                                                           Top Defensive Players: Stephen Chipman,            Rotary Club of Pleasanton, please see www.        first three Tri-For-Funs, they can meet the
with 5 runs. Mariner led the A’s on the top of     - Blake Lesky, Wes Katz, Trey Cortez; Rays
                                                   - Jason Frost and Dominic Bricker. The A's
                                                                                                     Youth Soccer                                       Jordan Ott and Kyle Lawrence.                                         challenge of the final event – the Tri-For
6th inning 8 to 7. Kyle Archer of the A’s was                                                              The Livermore Elite Fury U-13 girls                                                                                                               Real. The final event of the series is held
key fielding a ball in center field and throwing   won the AAA Championship with great               completed its spring league season with
                                                   pitching, great hits and great defensive plays                                                                                                                                                            at the same location, but the distances have
it all the way to the catcher to prevent the
Mariners from scoring. Pitcher, Justin Hill        by Zac Heinz and Lucas Anninos.                   two wins and a tie. Against the Alliance           Bocce Standings                                    Baseball Summer Camp                              been increased to 700-yard swim, 20-mile
                                                        A's 11, Padres 6. (Playoffs ) Top Hitters    Diamonds, the Fury started strongly with                Spring League action at Campo di Bocce            Livermore High Varsity Baseball Coach         bike, and 4-mile run. The Tri-For-Real is
of the Mariners was in the midst of closing                                                          good offensive runs from Jenna Hatch and
out the A’s offense in the bottom of the 6th,      A's - Blake Lesky - (2)1B, HR, 4 RBI's, 1 run                                                        of Livermore is starting to come to an end.        David Perotti is hosting two summer camps         also professionally timed, giving our of-
when the Athletics came off strong. Boney          scored; Lucas Anninos - 1B, 2 RBI's; Adam         Elise Falgout. Madyson Souza and Kylie                  Tuesday night PRV (Punto, Raffa, Volo         on June 22-26. Each camper will receive           ficial results.
Noreiga had a good day at the plate with a         Padilla - 1B, 2 RBI's; Tanner Wright - 1B,        Diaz had a couple of shot attempts and Ryley       style), the more advanced bocce players            individual instruction from coaches and                The 2009 On Your Mark Tri-For-Fun
walk and a single. Boney was stealing 3rd          1 RBI. Padres - Michael Stein - 1B, 2B, 1         Landreth led the defense to stop the Alli-         fields teams that have years of experience         Livermore High players, a snack each day and      Series dates are June 20, July 18, and Au-
base when the Mariners over threw the ball         RBI, 2 runs scored; Eric Martin - 2B, 2 runs      ance attack. In the 19th minute, Livermore         under their belts. The league has completed        a camp shirt. The 5-12 year old camp costs        gust 15. The Tri-For-Real will be held on
allowing Boney to steal home and tie the           scored; Gregory Moreland - (2)1B, 1 RBI.          scored when Diaz fired a shot that deflected       their spring season and the final standings        $150 and runs from 9:00-12:00 everyday. If        September 20. All races will start at 7:00
game. The star of the game was Gabe Rudy           Top Pitchers A's - Blake Lesky, Wes Katz,         off the keeper and Morgan Brandt followed          are as follows:                                    you sign up before June 15th (post marked),       a.m., at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500
with an out to advance runner for an RBI.          Trey Cortez; Padres - Gregory Moreland and        up the loose ball and placed a shot into the            Napoli came in first place, 17 and 1; Point   pay only $110. The 13-18 year old camp            Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. There is a 1,000-
His final at bat was at the bottom of the 6th      Sam Gausch. It was a close game until Blake       goal for a 1-0 lead. The Alliance opened the       & Shoot in second place, 12 and 6; Son of a        costs $100 and is from 12:30-2:30 on June         participant maximum for each triathlon. As
inning, there were 2 outs and he had 2 strikes,    Lesky, who's bat was on fire, hit a HR to         second half with a lot of pressure but Fury        Bocce in third place, 10 and 8 with 168 points     24-26. This camp is only $75 if postmarked
                                                   break the 6-6 tie to go ahead 8-6, the inning                                                                                                                                                             always, all four triathlons will sell out.
he continued to fowl off several balls and then                                                      keeper Tayler Lennier stopped several shots,       scored; Azzurri on fourth place, 10 and 8          by June 15th. For more info to sign up please          Entry fee for the three Tri-For-Funs
powered up to hit a beautiful ball down the        finished off with a walk by Wes Katz, a 1B        including a punch save in the 53rd minute.
                                                   by Tanner Wright and a 1B by Adam Padilla                                                            with 163 points scored; Gung Ho II 10 and          contact David Perotti at (925) 586-2811 or        is $55.00 in advance, and $65.00 day of.
first base line allowing Joseph and Stephen                                                          Beth McCall played strongly in the middle to       8 with 163 points scored and 143 against; or check website www.           Participants will receive a commemorative
to score and seal the win!                         to further the gap and win 11-6.
                                                        Minor AA - Rays 15, Padres 0. (First         deny the Diamonds momentum and Brandt's            Montoni, 10 and 8; Left Coast Bocce Club,                                    T-shirt, refreshments, snacks, and entry into
      Majors: Giants 2, Red Sox 1: At the                                                            tenacious defense denied the Diamonds
end of the regular season the Giants and           play-off game of the season). Top hitters                                                            9 and 9; XXX, 8 and 10; DeBocceRi, 3 and                                                             the always exciting raffle (must be present
the Red Sox were in a deadlocked for 3rd           for Rays - Sean Croghan (2B), Connor              attack late in the game. The Fury held on          15 and Bocce Bangers 1 and 17.                                                                       to win). ($65.00 advance, and $75.00 day
place, requiring a playoff Friday night, and       Sweeney (1B, 1B), Colton Casey 2B, Nolan          for the win and its first victory against the           Wednesday is the newest bocce league,         Cheerleading                                      of for the Tri-For-Real, which also includes
what a great game it was! Both teams were          McCormick (1B, 2B), Nick Swanson (1B)             Alliance in five tries.                            the Winery league . They have 8 teams                  Sign ups are underway for the Nor Cal         trophies and medals.)
so evenly matched, that it came down to            and Grant Blockley (1B ) Defense for the                Livermore played an excellent game           competing and the final standings are as           Elite All-Stars, a competitive cheer team.             Check-in and registration will begin
the bottom of the 7th inning to determine          Rays - Outstanding defense by Seth Street         against the Sacramento Extreme. The Fury           follows:                                           The program is open to ages 5-18 with any         at 5:00 a.m., with the first wave hitting the
the winner. Sean Stavert, who pitched a            (pitching) and Samuel Miller (pitching and        broke through in the 25th minute when Elise             McGrail Vineyards came in first place, 13                                                       water at 7:00 a.m.
masterful 3 inning 1 run game, knocked in          nice plays at shortstop) Top hitters for Padres   Falgout drove a long ball which bounced off        and 1; Wente Vineyards in second place, 10                                                                To register or to receive more information
the winning run with a walk off single. The        - Hector Salcedo (1B) and Bailey Bradley          the keeper near the left post and into the goal.   and 4; Concannon Vineyards in third place,                                                           about On Your Mark Events’ Tri-For-Fun
Giant’s Jake Peterson scored the winning run       (1B) Defense - Great pitching by Jack Kath        A minute before half, Kylie Diaz forced a          8 and 6; Cuda Crushers in fourth place, 7 and
                                                   and a nice play by Hector Salcedo                                                                                                                                                                         Triathlon Series, call 209-795-7832 or go
and had also made 2 game saving plays in                                                             corner and Livermore took advantage when           7; Wood Family Vineyards, 6 and 8; Ruby                                                              to
center field. Jack Frevert came in with the             Phillies 5, Rays 3. (Close play-off game).   Amanda Fairclough's corner kick was di-
                                                   Phillies - great pitching by Riley Van Trease                                                        Hill Winery, 5 and 9 with 124 points scored;
bases loaded in the top of the 5th and was                                                           rected in by Kaitlyn Bulhoes. The Fury turned      Steven Kent Winery, 5 and 9 with 107 points
able to pitch his way out of the jam giving        and Gabe Vargas with a 0 run inning in the
                                                   first -struck out the side in the second . Top    up the pressure in the second half. In the 45th    scored and Page Mill Winery, 2 and 12.
up no runs. The Red Sox had an equally                                                               minute, Alison Pierson's left cross found
great outing by their starting pitcher, Kyle       hitters for Phillies included Riley Van Trease                                                            Although Spring Leagues are done; all
Constable, who only gave up 2 hits in his          with a TRIPLE, Nate Wilson -solid base            Diaz who dropped a pass to Elyse Codiroli          are welcome to stop by Campo di Bocce
4 innings pitched, and who crushed a ball          hit for an RBI, and PJ Kalcis with a home         who scored to make it 3-0. Hatch's strong          of Livermore to take in some games. For
to center in the top of the 7th, only to be        run to win the game. Rays battled! Strong         run resulted in a foul and Falgout's free kick     more information on leagues, visit www.
thrown out by a great defensive play trying        pitching by Seth Street and Samuel Miller         from outside the box made it 4-0 in the 58th Registration for Fall
for second. Dylan Guilin also pitched well         and outstanding defense by Connor Sweeney         minute. Six minutes later, Rebekah Johnson         League will begin later this summer. Come
and had a key single, and also for the Red         at third base Top hitters - Sean Croghan          sent a well-placed ball which Hannah Gooby         and see what all the fun is about!
Sox, TJ Hood played a great game and had           with a clutch hit, Connor Sweeney - base          ran down and tapped by the onrushing goalie
a single as well. Great job to both teams and      hit, Dylan Tompkins - base hit and Samuel         for 5-0. Fairclough directed a corner kick
congratulations on a good season.                  Miller base hit.                                  which Gooby controlled and passed to Diaz          Hopyard Golf Scramble
      JR 90s Division: LALL J90s Red Sox                Giants 15, Phillies 3. Top Pitchers Phil-    for a tap-in to make it 6-0. The Fury finished         The Hopyard Golf Scramble will be
(Home) 13, Mountain House 1: Ryan Faulk            lies - Gabe Vargas struck out the side in 2nd     it's 7-0 win in the final minute when Amber        held June 29 at the Castlewood Country
pitched 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball with 10       inning. Giants - Mark Silverthorne struck                                                            Club Hill Course.
                                                   out the side in the 1st and 2nd inning. Top       Lennier gained possession of a corner kick
strike-outs as the Red Sox beat Mountain                                                             to set up Diaz who spun around and beat                The shotgun start is at high noon.
House. Helping the Red Sox offense was             Hitters Phillies - PJ Kalcic single; Riley                                                               The fee is $150. Funds raised benefit the
                                                   Van Trease single w/RBI. Giants - Brandon         the keeper with a high shot. Taylor Lennier
Sara Marquez with a 2-RBI double in the                                                              played another solid game in goal, posting         Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center.
first inning and Kyle Walbridge with a double      Johnson 2 triples with 3 RBI, Tyler Rogers
                                                   base hit w/RBI; Zach Macintyre base hit           her third consecutive shutout.                         Lunch will be provided by McNamara's
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      LALL A’s 0, LALL Red Sox 3: The A’s          w/RBI. Top fielding Giants - Ried Hefferon              Livermore battled the Stanford Typhoons
suffer their first defeat of the season. On this   had great fielding throughout the game; Josh      to a 1-1 tie as both keepers played well. Once     mediately following play at the Hopyard
day they ran into some really good pitching        Mills had an awesome out filed pop fly to         again, the Fury scored on a corner kick from       Alehouse.
and just couldn’t get the bats going. The A’s      end the game. Phillies - Nate Wilson with 2       Amanda Fairclough when Gooby made a                    For tickets or information, call 373-
got 5 great innings of pitching from Matt          outs at 1st base, Jason Snell stopped a ball      spectacular play when she leaped into the          4567.
Puls who struck out 8 and held the Power-          in right field and got the runner out at 1st      air and directed the shot off her upper body
                                                   base, Seth Davis stopped a ball at 2nd base
ful Red Sox offense to just 3 runs, Jackson
Mancieri came on to close out the game and         and got a runner out at 1st base.
                                                                                                     by the goalie with seconds to go in the first
                                                                                                     half. Down 1-0, the Typhoons turned up
                                                                                                                                                        Football Skills
held the Red Sox scoreless for the final 2.             A's 14, Giants 13 (Semi-Final Tour-                                                                 Granada Football Skill Camp: Non-
                                                   nament Play). Top Hitters Giants - Ryan           the pressure in the second half. The Fury          contact football camp conducted by Granada
The A’s were held to just 4 hits on the day 2                                                        defense, led by Sarah Wilkinson's strong
of them coming from their starter Matt Puls.       Wright 2 Doubles w/4 RBI, Zach McIntyre                                                              Head Coach, Tim Silva. This campn is open
                                                   and Jason Van Bladel Great Hitting. Top           play on the left side, held until the 72nd         to all incoming 3rd-8th graders. June 15th
Matt Puls also combined with Nick Gaul for                                                           minute when a Typhoons player took the
a great pick-off play at third base. The A’s       Defenders - Mark Silverthorn started game                                                            through June 19th from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
loaded the bases in the bottom of the 6th,         pitching 2 outstanding innings catching 2         ball inside the middle of the box and turned       Cost is $100. Go online to granadafootball.
with no one out it looked as if it was setting     line drives, Tyler Rogers caught 4 innings,       quickly to fire a shot high into the back of the   com to print out a registration form. Register
up nicely and the A’s would rally like they        and Troy Wentworth played a great game at         net. Livermore preserved the 1-1 tie a few         by mail: Granada Skills Camp, c/o Tim Silva,
have done so many times this year, but the         1st Base. Top Hitters A's - Trey Emmett w/        minutes later when McCall hustled back to          400 Wall St., Livermore, 94550 Questions:
Red Sox pitching got them out of that bind         couple great hits and Brian Mahoney with a        clear a shot in front of an open goal. Amber
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and the A’s couldn’t seem to get the big hit                                                         Lennier played another strong game in the
when they needed it. Credit the other team,        - Outstanding pitching by both Brian Cuy          midfield and Tayler Lennier had another
sometimes you just have to tip your cap to         and Ben Rocha. Great game boys.                   solid game in goal, including a diving save
your opponent.                                          Minor A - Phillies (Offense) Aaron           in the final minute.                               Football and Golf
       LALL A’s 3, TVLL 2: Matt Stoebe             Udoutch, Caleb Hardesty, Scott McPherson                Livermore U13 Girls Soccer Crew 95              The Granada Football Golf Tourna-
pitched a complete game 4 hitter and struck        (Defense) Ethan Lux, Scott McPherson,             took on the Strikers in what turned out to be      ment will be held Fri., June 26 at the Las
out 7 in this one in a terrific display of         Dillon Pedro : Yankees (Offense) Michael
pitching. He mixed speeds very effectively         Nowaczyk, Brodie Wolf, Jacob Eijansantos
and kept TVLL off balance only allowing            (Defense) Thomas Vi, Spencer Williams,
2 runs. The A’s were triggered offensively         Jacob Morton.
by Big Joe Halliwell who had the biggest hit            Farm - Pirates (Offense) #7 Sam Meier,
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Mulkh Raj                              28. Following the service, a cav-    Livermore, CA on Thursday,            Patricia Duncan (Jim) of Pleas-         In lieu of flowers, please send   retired in 1991.
    Mulkh Raj was born on Sep-         alcade of vehicles was escorted      June 11, 2009 at 4 p.m. with a        anton and sons Edward DeCoite        memorials to a favorite charity.         Lita traveled to the Philip-
tember 14, 1942 in Suva, Fiji and      to the Mission City Memorial         dinner to follow.                     (Helga) of Oakdale and Dennis           Arrangements by Graham-           pines and Europe (England,
passed away peacefully on June 1,      Park in Santa Clara. After the                                             DeCoite (Joann) of Fontana.          Hitch Mortuary.                      Belgium, Holland, Germany,
2009 in Castro Valley, at the age      graveside service, the attendees     DSRSD Director                        Margaret is also survived by                                              Luxemburg, France and Italy).
of 66. Mulkh was born and raised       were invited to gather at Carrow's                                         nine grandchildren and 13 great      Pablita Purisima Martinez            Locally, she enjoyed going to
                                       Restaurant on Saratoga Ave. for      Thomas Ford                                                                                                     Carmel, Monterey, Los Angeles,
in the Fiji Islands and migrated                                                Thomas W. Ford, a member of       grandchildren and numerous               The second of nine children
to the United States in 1962. He       a reception.                                                               nieces and nephews.                                                       San Diego, San Francisco, Lake
                                          James will be greatly missed      the Board of Directors of Dublin                                           born to Martin Purisima and
worked for the City of Livermore                                                                                     A Mass was held at St. Augus-     Maxima Tabbada, “Lita," to her       Tahoe and Reno.
                                       by his wife, family and friends.     San Ramon Services District
at the Las Positas and Springtown                                                                                 tine Catholic Church in Pleasan-     relatives and friends, was born 75       Lita was a devout Catholic,
                                                                            (DSRSD), recently died of natu-
Golf Courses as a Certified Golf                                            ral causes. Elected to the Board      ton followed by interment/burial     years ago on January 25, 1934, in    a loving wife, a caring mother
Course Superintendent for the          Herbert Walter Quick                 of Directors in 2002, Director        at St. Michael's Catholic Cem-       Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.      to her three children, and a
last 40 years. Mulkh was also             Herbert was born on Feb. 9,       Ford was involved in various          etery in Livermore.                  She died June 4, 2009.               wonderful grandmother to her
one of the founding members of         1928 in Johnson City, New York.      civic affairs around Dublin for          Both the DeCoite and Duncan           Nursing was her first choice     thirteen adoring grandchildren.
the Shri Guru Ravidass Temple          He passed away in San Jose on        many years prior.                     family would like to express a       of profession when she enrolled      She loved crocheting, gardening,
in Pittsburg, CA.                      Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the           Most recently, Director Ford      special thank you to the caregiv-    at the Manila Central University,    sewing and cooking. Her fam-
    Mulkh is survived by his wife      age of 81.                           served as Vice President of the       ers and staff of the Pleasanton      Manila, Philippines. Her weak        ily, friends and co-workers were
Kartar and their three sons as            Herbert was a physicist, engi-    Board of Directors and on its         Nursing & Rehab Center along         heart prevented her from pur-        very fond of her fried vegetable
well as four brothers, four sisters,   neer, mathematician and techni-      Personnel and Wastewater Com-         with the Graham-Hitch Mortuary       suing her career. Determined,        lumpia.
and three grandchildren. Mulkh         cal writer and editor. He worked     mittees. He also was a member         of Pleasanton for their dedication   however, to better herself and           Lita was blessed to have her
was a great husband, father, and       at Intel, NASA and Lawrence          of the Board of Directors of the      and service.                         have a career, she graduated         husband at her side when she
grandfather. He will be greatly        Livermore National Lab before        Livermore Amador Valley Water                                              and obtained her Bachelor of         passed away peacefully in her
missed.                                he retired in 1997. He served the    Management Agency, a joint            Eva Elizabeth Dianda                 Arts degree in social work at the    sleep. She is survived by her hus-
    Funeral services were held         country as a Sergeant in the US      powers authority comprised of                                                                                   band of 47 years; her daughter,
                                                                                                                     Eva Elizabeth Dianda died         Philippine Women’s University
June 4 in Livermore.                   Air Force.                           the cities of Livermore, Pleas-                                                                                 Gina Martinez-Morabe (Roland):
                                                                            anton, and DSRSD that conveys         June 7, 2009. She was born           in 1958. She worked with her
    Arrangements by Callaghan             Herbert is survived by his                                              January 13, 1915. Eva resided        father, who was then the Boys        Gabriel, Reyna and Rafael; her
                                       loving wife Lulu, his children,      treated wastewater from the                                                                                     sons Vic Martinez (Tess): Isa-
Mortuary.                                                                   member agencies’ treatment            in Livermore for the last forty      Scout Executive of the Philip-
                                       Yvonne Gomez of San Jose,                                                  years. She was a member of St.       pines for the province of Ilocos     bella, [Alex, Sophia and Marco-
                                       Denise Quiapo of Stockton, Mi-       plants to the San Francisco Bay.                                                                                from a previous marriage]; and
Madeleine G. Silvey                    chelle Miller of Arizona, Chris-         “Director Ford brought very       Michael's Catholic Church and        Sur. She later decided to use her
    Madeleine Silvey, 89, of                                                                                      the Italian Catholic Federation.     profession by joining the Office     Bob Martinez (Loren): Phia,
                                       topher Quick of San Jose, Valarie    strong financial expertise to the
Livermore, returned to the Lord                                             District’s Board,” said DSRSD         She was family oriented, a gour-     of Social Welfare Administration     Norrin, Rhia, Heaven, Tanis
May 25, 2009. She was born in          Kramer and Kathy Smith, both                                               met cook, skilled seamstress,        based in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.          and Symphony; her two sisters,
                                                                            General Manager Bert Michalc-
the small mining town of Sut-          of Sacramento, and numerous          zyk, “and it served us well during    talented craftswoman, and had            Lita met her husband, Roberto    four brothers, ten nieces, sixteen
ersville, PA on April 1, 1920.         grandchildren.                       his tenure.”                          a green thumb. She had numer-        B. Martinez, known to his friends    nephews, and many grand nieces
She attended Catholic gram-               A Visitation will be held on          “Director Ford promoted the       ous home remedies for ailments,      and co-workers at the LLNL, as       and nephews. She will be dearly
mar school with her brother            Friday, June 12 from 4-8 p.m.,       use of private sector efficiency      was always in good health, and       Bob, when he was assigned as a       missed by all.
and sister. In her twenties, she       Funeral Service will be held on      models in the public sector,” said    always returned home a winner        Special Attorney for the province        Family and friends may visit
worked in Washington D.C. To           Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m., all    District Engineer Dave Requa,         from her trips to Reno and Lake      of Ilocos Sur during the 1961        on Thursday, June 11, from 5:00
support WWII, she joined the           at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East     citing efficiency measures of         Tahoe.                               presidential election. They were     pm to 8:00 pm (Rosary at 8:00
Marilyn Club, completing many          Ave., Livermore.                     the maintenance team as one              Eva grew up on an artichoke       married a year later.                pm) at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833
solo flights buzzing over tops of         In lieu of flowers, donations     example. Director Ford was also       farm in the Monterey area. There         Arriving in Honolulu, Hawaii,    East Avenue, Livermore.
hedges and barns. She moved to         are suggested to a charity of        a strong proponent of the use of      she served as a midwife, taught      in July 1971, Lita took good care        A memorial Mass will be held
                                       choice.                              alternative energies at DSRSD,        English as a second language,        of her children and continued        Friday, June 12, 11:00 am at St.
Stockton, CA with her family in                                             including photovoltaic power,
1945. She met her husband Tom                                                                                     assisted locals preparing for        to do so even after relocating       Michael's Catholic Church, 458
                                       Florence Winifred Sites              co-generation, fuel cells, and the                                                                              Maple St., Livermore. Commit-
while working at Sharp General                                              use of hybrid and alternative fuel    their citizenship as well as car-    to Livermore, CA in 1973. She
Depot. They were married in                Florence Winifred (Flood)                                              ried large responsibilities on the   joined the INTEL workforce in        tal to follow at Memory Gardens
                                       Sites died at her home with her      vehicles.                                                                                                       Odd Fellows Memorial Park,
1950 and moved to Livermore in                                                  “Tom held his opinions            farm.                                1975 where she received several
1962. She was very proud of her        children at her bedside on Thurs-                                             Eva was preceded in death         service awards. When INTEL           Livermore.
                                                                            strongly, but was always open
Catholic faith and was an active       day, June 4, 2009.                   to listening to the ideas of oth-     by her parents, Giocondo and         relocated to Santa Clara, Lita
member of St. Michael's Church.            She was born on May 2, 1921      ers. If you could persuade him        Catarina Cerri, her sisters, Rose
She made many life-long friends        in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the      in the give and take of debate,       Cerri, Eugenia Teale, Lena Ro-
while working at the Ark Pre-          daughter of Carey S Flood and        he would change his mind when         seo, brother Ugo Cerri, and her
school and St. Michael's rectory.      Nellie May (Footitt) Flood. She      convinced,” said Michalczyk.          husband Italo Dianda. She is
She cherished the close friend-        graduated from Farmland High         “He asked tough, to-the-point         survived by her daughters, Mar-
ships she shared with neighbors        School in 1939 and was married       questions, expected good staff        lene Dianda and Jeanette (Louis)
and fellow parishioners.               on June 7, 1941 to Phillip Frank-    work, but was understanding of        Basser, granddaughters Lynnell
    Madeleine was preceded in          lin Sites. They lived in Farmland,   the real world in which the Dis-      Bartolo, Jannell (Gary) Wall,
death by her husband Tom. She          Indiana until January of 1959.       trict operates so he did not look     and Elizabeth (Michael) Duarte;
will be especially missed by her       She was active in the Psi Iot Xi     for perfection.”                      seven great grandchildren, one
in-laws Rex Funk, Kay Spaniel,         Sorority and an active member            Ford had a long and varied        great grand granddaughter, and
Edna Dick and Pat Lang, her            of the Farmland Congregational       career. In the military he was        numerous nieces, nephews and
son Tom Silvey Jr., daughters          Christian Church. She was an         stationed in Japan and various        cousins.
                                       avid music lover, playing the pi-    other Pacific bases. After the           Funeral services will be pri-
Michelle Walter, Madeleine                                                  military he worked for several
Heal, Mimi Testerman, Monique          ano and the organ. She also sang                                           vate.
                                       as part of a trio that performed     companies in various sectors in-
Avdienko, and spouses, 9 grand-                                             cluding manufacturing, aero-
children and many nieces and           throughout central Indiana. She
                                       was a member of the bridge club      space, finance, and insurance.
nephews.                                                                    While a Plant Layout Engineer
    A vigil service was held at        that was formed in high school       for Westinghouse, Ford planned
7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at St.        and later become the calendar        and coordinated the installation
Michael's Church, Livermore.           girls of Randolph County. These      of streamlined assembly line
A Mass was celebrated Monday           women posed for a calendar, a        equipment and improved the
June 1st at the church. In lieu of     la the movie “Calendar Girls,"       flow of materials throughout the
flowers donations can be made to       to try and save the Winchester       plant. He also was instrumental
St. Michael School. Holy Angels        courthouse, a historical piece of    in turning around a failing West-
Funeral & Cremation Center, St.        their community.                     inghouse plant in California.
Michael's Cemetery                         In January of 1959, Florence     While working at AMPEX in
                                       and family moved to Livermore,       California, Ford and a coworker
James Brendon Hanlon                   where Florence started a pre-        created a business model that
                                       school along with a close friend,    was a comprehensive purchas-                  Unplug unused
    James Brendon Hanlon was                                                ing-demand and shop-loading
                                       Vera Beckham. Both she and her
born in East Boston on October
                                       late husband were very active and    system, a predecessor to what             electronics. Electronic
18, 1924. He passed away peace-                                             is now known as supply chain            appliances use electricity
fully at his home in Livermore on      long time members of the Asbury
                                       Methodist Church in Livermore.       management.                               even when turned off,
May 22, 2009, after a prolonged                                                 Ford helped start Grassroots
illness. His wife, Ruth, and fam-      In 2005, a recent widow, she                                                 and by eliminating these
                                       moved to Oakdale, California to      Issues, an informational, half-
ily members were at his side.                                               hour television program aired            electricity vampires you
    James was active in Sirs 101       be with her daughter and son-in-
                                       law. In Oakdale she sang with        on Cable Channel 26 that offers          can save 6 to 26 percent
(Sirs in Retirement) in Liver-                                              a broad range of topics to edu-
more. Until his illness, he en-        the choir at the senior center for   cate local viewers about current
                                                                                                                    on your average monthly
joyed the Design Review group          a short time and was a member of     issues.                                       electricity bill.
of former Lockheed co-workers          the Community United Method-             From Pittsburgh, PA, Director
from Sunnyvale and Palo Alto,          ist Church were she helped start     Ford has lived in Dublin with his
California, who met on Friday          and afternoon ladies group.          wife Jean since 1985. He holds a
mornings at Carrow's on Sara-              She is survived by her daugh-    Business Degree from Duquesne
toga Avenue in San Jose.               ter and son-in-law, Ron and Peg-     University in Pittsburgh.
    James and his wife, Ruth,          gy A (Sites) Ragle of Oakdale;           “He was a strong supporter of
enjoyed many travel adventures         her son and daughter-in-law,         District customers and staff in all
after their marriage in May 1990.      Perry and Lisa Sites of Yucaipa,     venues and in that regard,” said
Some of their memorable trips          CA; a grandson Eddie Ragle and       Michalczyk, “we have all lost an
were a Panama Canal cruise,            wife Laura of Waterford, CA; a       advocate and a friend.
an Elderhostel trip to the Brit-       granddaughter Chelsea (Sites)
ish Isles that included a week
in Scotland, a week in Wales,          Howell and her husband Dan of        Margaret M. DeCoite
and a week in Ireland. Another         Redondo Beach, CA; two great            Margaret M. DeCoite died on
Elderhostel trip was a tree week       grandchildren Warren & Wendy         May 29, 2009 at the age of 89.
tour of France studying various        Ragle of Waterford; and several      She was born August 14, 1919
artists that consisted of a week       nieces and nephews in Indiana,       in Maui, Hawaii. She had been
in the South of France, including      Illinois, California and Colorado.   a resident of Pleasanton for 24
Monte Carlo, a week in Provence        She was preceded in death by         years,
and culminating in a week in           her parents, brothers, sister and       Margaret was a homemaker
Parish with a farewell dinner at       husband of 62 ½ years, Phillip       and member of St. Augustine
the Louvre. A not to be forgotten      F Sites.                             Catholic Church in Pleasanton.
trip was to Africa, a two week             Memorial gifts can be sent       Her hobbies were cooking, bak-
adventure on safari. We would          to Community Hospice, Inc.           ing, and sewing. She loved to
see jaguars in trees, cheetahs with    4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA         sing and dance the hula while
their cubs, and lions mating, etc.,    95356-0259 or Asbury United          playing the harmonica and uku-
etc. Another trip James enjoyed        Methodist Church (Fellowship         lele. Other interests included
was to Ireland, where he had to        building fund), 4743 East Ave,       crochet and gardening.
drive on the left side of the road     Livermore, CA 94550, or a char-
and where we stayed at a differ-                                               Her husband, Edward, passed
                                       ity of your choice.                  in Sept. of 1990 and her youngest
ent farm house every night.                A Celebration of Life will be
    James is survived by Ruth                                               son, Reggie in August of 1995.
                                       held at the Asbury United Meth-      She is survived by her daughter
and her children, Michael Ryon,
Claudia Bleyle and her son Ryan        odist Church, 4743 East Ave,
Bleyle and his wife Dianne; Judi
Rice and her children Jessica
and Jordan; Scott and his wife
Meaghan and Patrick Ryan and
his wife Ellen.
    James was preceded in death
by his first wide Anne in 1987
and a daughter, Kathleen in
1994. Nine surviving daughters
are Margaret Schauer, Paula
Reber, Louise Trainor, Eliza-
beth Adolph, Colleen Solomon,
Patricia Hanlon, Nancy John-
ston, Barbara Rooney, Lauretta
McCarthy and their respective
husbands. Jim is also survived
by 26 grandchildren and 9 great
    A Mass of Christian Burial
was celebrated at St. Michael's
Church in Livermore on May
                                                                                                                                                                            The Independent, JUNE 11, 2009 - PAGE 9

Less Traffic Congestion in Bay Area
    Traffic congestion on Bay        flects both the slowdown in the        charts from number 11 in 2007,
Area freeways fell last year for     Bay Area job market that began         although average daily vehicle
the first time since 2003, ac-       last year and the positive effect      hours of delay on this segment
cording to the latest congestion-    of new highway improvements            remained steady at 3,140.
monitoring data released today by    that came on line in 2008,” said           Haggerty pointed out ad-
the Metropolitan Transportation      MTC Chair and Alameda County           ditional improvements coming
Commission (MTC) and Caltrans        Supervisor Scott Haggerty. “One        to other traditionally congested
District 4.                          of the biggest improvements is         freeway corridors in the years
    The daily number of vehicle      expanded ramp metering. Near           ahead. “The I-880/State Route
hours of delay due to congestion     my home in Dublin, for example,        92 interchange project is moving
in the nine-county region dropped    ramp meters were activated last        ahead nicely and will help speed
12 percent in 2008.                  year along both directions of          travel for motorists on both free-
    Among the “Top 10” list of       Interstate 580. The data shows         ways when it wraps up in 2011.
congestion hot spots for 2008,       eastbound afternoon congestion             The region’s first freeway
the morning commute along            plunged 29 percent (to 5,250 ve-       express lanes are scheduled to
westbound Interstate 80 to the       hicle hours of delay in 2008 from      open late next year on I-680 and
Bay Bridge toll plaza retained its   7,410 hours in 2007) and west-         in late 2011 on I-580 in Alameda
longtime hold on the top spot with   bound morning congestion fell          County after projects in both di-
an average 7,800 daily vehicle       17 percent (to 4,240 hours last        rections of I-580 are completed.
hours of delay.                      year from 5,120 hours in 2007).        The lanes will be free for carpool-
    The eastbound afternoon com-     We can expect additional conges-       ers and buses, and also available
mute along I-580 through the         tion relief later this year when the   to solo drivers who choose to
Tri-Valley dropped one spot to       eastern portion of the I-580 HOV       pay a toll. Express lanes have                                                                                    Photo - Doug Jorgensen
number 3 on the Top 10 list for      lane project is completed.             been in use for years in Southern Friday night concerts in Pleasanton are a time for fun. The performances are held in Lions Wayside
2008 while the westbound morn-          “The new Transportation             California and other areas around Park starting at 7 p.m. The Corvairs will entertain this Friday.
ing commute slipped to number        2035 Plan that MTC adopted             the country, and they’ve proven
6 on the 2008 list from number
4 a year earlier. Other notable
                                     last month,” continued Haggerty,
                                     “commits $1.6 billion to a Free-
                                                                            to be an extremely effective
                                                                            way to improve mobility for all
                                                                                                              Adult Day Care
congestion hot spots that experi-
enced a reduction in delay in 2008
                                     way Performance Initiative that
                                     will expand ramp metering and
                                                                                At the county level, Alameda
                                                                                                              Plans Advance
                                                                                                                   A group looking to re-estab-
include the morning commute          make other operational improve-        County experienced the greatest lish adult day care in the Valley,
on westbound Interstate 80 from      ments to freeways throughout the       amount of freeway congestion now has three potential facilities
Powell Street in Emeryville to the   region over the next five to seven     (defined as average speeds below for a new program: the Nielsen
Bay Bridge.                          years. Drivers in all nine Bay         35 miles per hour for 15 minutes School Site in Dublin, the Arroyo
    Bay Area motorists experi-       Area counties can look forward         or longer) in 2008, with 53 ,000 Mocho School Site in Livermore
enced 142,400 vehicle hours of       to the kind of time savings that       daily vehicle hours of delay. and the Discover Church Site in
delay during the morning and         I-580 commuters are already            Coming in a distant second, with Livermore.
afternoon commute periods on         experiencing.”                         27,000 daily vehicle hours of de-      There are also two proposals
an average weekday during 2008.         Nine of the top 10 regional         lay, is Santa Clara County.         from experienced organizations
This is the lowest regionwide        hot spots were on the 2007 list as         The 2008 congestion statistics for managing a new adult day
total since the 135,700 hours        well. The sole newcomer was the        are part of an annual initiative care program. The selection of
recorded in 2005 and nearly 20       eastbound afternoon commute            that tracks the performance of the the manager and site should be
percent below the 177,600 hours      along State Route 4 from Rail-         region’s transportation system. made early this summer.
registered at the height of the      road Avenue in Pittsburg to Som-       MTC is the transportation plan-        The Tri-Valley Adult Day
high-tech boom in 2000.              ersville Road in Antioch, which        ning, financing and coordinating Care Program Board along with
    “The drop in congestion re-      climbed to number 10 on the            agency for the nine-county San representatives from the Tri-
                                                                            Francisco Bay Area. Caltrans Valley cities are working hard
                                                                                                                              new manager. After
                                                                            is responsible for the planning, to select the is selected the Board
                                                                                                                the manager

Shepherd's Gate                                                             design, construction, mainte- will work with the manager to
                                                                            nance and operation of the state help establish a new program.
                                                                            highway system.                        Once the manager is in place

Needs to Raise Funds                                                                                            and a site location determined,
                                                                                                                licensing of a new program will
                                                                                                                take at least six months.
    The community’s help is          the past giving and support of
needed to ensure that the services   Shepherd’s Gate, and have great
and housing for battered and         faith that the community will
homeless women and children          respond at this urgent time, to
continues at Shepherd’s Gate.        help us continue our mission,”
    The Board and Executive          said Steve McRee.
and Associate Directors, Steve          Shepherd’s Gate, with cam-
and Carla McRee, announced           puses in Livermore and Brent-
that the shelter needs to raise      wood, serve more than 650
$150,000 by the end of its fiscal    battered and homeless women
year on June 30, 2009 to meet        and children each year. Some ar-
all of the program, ministry, and    rive with just the clothes on their
operational needs of the orga-       backs, seeking a fresh start. For
nization.                            more than 25 years, Shepherd’s
    “The community has been          Gate has served over 9,000
wonderful and generous, but we       women and children, providing
were finding that many people        Christ-centered housing and
have been saying, ‘We didn’t         services such as professional
know you had such a need.’ We        counseling, drug and alcohol re-
wanted to raise awareness that       covery, and job skills training to
the current summer situation is      help women and children break
very urgent, and we need your        cycles of abuse, addiction and
help more than ever,” said Carla     homelessness.
McRee                                     Shepherd’s Gate is a non
    Currently, the Board of Direc-   profit organization that receives
tors and the McRees have drasti-     no government funding, and
cally cut expenses, including cut-   relies on community donations
backs in staff salaries and have     and support. Those interested
had to lay off some long-time        in learning more or helping, are
staff members. So far no women       asked to contact Jennifer Harp at
and children have been turned        (925) 443-4283 ext. 204. Dona-
away due to lack of funding and      tions can be sent to 1660 Portola
the mission of Shepherd’s Gate       avenue, Livermore, CA 94551, or
to care for women and children       donate online by going to www.
in crisis is still being done suc-
    “We are so very grateful for
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Astronomy Program                              Center, in Hayward, which will provide         includes passport, binder, and one photo       portable and heavy-duty off-road mobile
                                                                                                                                             systems are eligible.
                                                                                                                                                                                              County Farm Bureau, Madera County                or register can be found at www.Liver-
    Early Summer Astronomy is the              five six-bedroom homes for 30 seniors          of each park’s special history.                                                                 Farm Bureau, Merced County Farm        
topic of a Livermore Area Recreation           with developmental disabilities.                    Donations are accepted. A portion             Other eligible practices to reduce           Bureau, Nisei Farmers League, Raisin
and Park District ranger program on                The Shepherd’s Gate Life Center in         will go toward the Museum’s Educational        fugitive dust (particulate matter) include       Bargaining Association, San Joaquin
Sat., June 13.                                 Livermore is the third project HomeAid         Scholarship Fund. The goal this year is to     conservation tillage, harvest activities,        Farm Bureau, San Joaquin Valley Unified          Dublin Youth Academy
    Meet Ranger Glen Florey at 8 p.m. at       has adopted for this organization. Says        raise $1,000 for a competitive scholarship     precision pest control and manure injec-         Air Pollution Control District, Stanislaus            Dublin Police Services will be con-
the Wetmore Road entrance to Sycamore          Shepherd’s Gate Executive Director,            between the two high schools. Next year        tion. Up to $22 million is available for this    County Farm Bureau, Tulare County Farm           ducting a Youth Academy for students
Grove Park.                                    Steve McRee, “HomeAid has supported            plans are to have scholarship programs         program. In addition, certain regional Air       Bureau, Western Agricultural Proces-             between the ages of 14 and 18. The
    The winter stars have disappeared          Shepherd’s Gate and its ministry for the       for both schools.                              Pollution Control Districts may provide          sors Association, Western Plant Health           sessions will begin Mon., July 20 and
below the horizon, and the early summer        last ten years. With this partnership, we          2009 - July 25, Veteran’s Park; August     co-funding opportunities.                        Association, and the USDA—Natural                continue through Fri., July 24. The acad-
stars are emerging. Participants will go       can provide the necessary life-changing        22; Delucchi Park.                                 The workshops will provide detailed          Resources Conservation Service.                  emy will be held at the City of Dublin
for a walk into the park as the skies finish   skills to get women and children back on           For information call, 462-2766, email      information and applications for the                                                              Regional Conference Room, 100 Civic
darkening and then spend some time with        their feet and not spend critical financial, or visit              program.                                                                                          Plaza. Each session will be conducted
a few telescopes checking out the more         resources on construction. It is a true                              Representatives from the USDA’s              Relay for Life                                   between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.
obscure wonders. Bring a jacket, but please    partnership that works.”                                                                      NRCS and Farm Service Agencies,                      Relay For Life is the American Cancer        There is no fee to attend.
leave flashlights in the car.                          The San Francisco Foundation                                                          regional Air Districts, agricultural asso-       Society’s flagship annual fundraiser. Re-             The academy may include courses in
     There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee.    (TSFF) is the community foundation             Air Quality Workshops                          ciations and farm equipment dealers will         lays take place all over the country. For        the following areas: crime scene investiga-
A $2 donation is requested to help support     serving the Bay Area since 1948, grant-            A series of workshops will be held         be at each workshop to answer questions          the eighth consecutive year, Livermore           tion, gang identification and prevention,
the programs. Participants may call (925)      ing nearly $776 million over the past          during the next few weeks to update            and help producers determine if they are         will have its own Relay. Last year over          special response unit, bomb squad unit,
960-2400 for more information.                 ten years.                                     farmers and ranchers about a new cost-         eligible for the program.                        $224,000 was raised at the Livermore             K-9 unit demonstrations, crime preven-
                                                   HomeAid Northern California is             share program to help reduce air qual-             For complete details, visit: www.            event for cancer research.                       tion/community policing, police station
                                               the 8th chapter of a national non-profit       ity emissions from off-road mobile or                 A very important part of this event is       tour, and physical training.
Wine Release Event                             organization with the mission to build         stationary agricultural sources. Fifteen           Agriculture Air Quality Workshops            celebrating cancer survivors and remem-               The academy is designed for students
    Mitchell Katz Winery will host a           dignified housing where homeless               workshops are scheduled in various             closest to Livermore are on Tuesday, June        bering those who have lost their battle          who have an interest in the field of criminal
wine release event on Sat., June 20 from       families and individuals can rebuild their     agricultural production areas throughout       16 at 1 p.m. – Stanislaus County Farm            with cancer.                                     justice. Students should be prepared to
noon to 5 p.m.                                 lives. For more information visit www.         the state, beginning on Wednesday, May         Bureau, 1201 L St., Modesto and 5:30                 This will be the second year that we are     participate in some interactive and physi-
    Wines to be introduced are 2007                                   27 in Fresno and concluding on Tuesday,        p.m. – San Joaquin County Farm Bureau,           recognizing Care Givers as an important          cal training exercises.
Sangiovese - Crackerbox Vineyard and                                                          June 16 in Stockton. A complete list of        3290 N. Ad Art Rd., Stockton.                    part of a cancer patients’ life. Care Givers          Applications for the academy can be
2007 Zinfandel, Paso Robles.                                                                  workshops is below.                                The workshops are hosted by the              are invited to join the event to Celebrate,      obtained at Dublin Police Services or by
    There is a $20 fee that includes live      Lark in the Park                                   The cost-share program is adminis-         USDA’s NRCS and Farm Service Agency,             Remember & Fight Back!                           calling Officer P. Cervantez at 833-6690.
music, barrel sampling chilli cook-off             “Lark in the Park,” led by a museum        tered by the USDA—Natural Resources            regional Air Pollution Control Districts,            This is a 24-hour event, starting at         All applicants under the age of 18 must
contest, logo wine stem glass, and various     docent and sponsored by Pleasanton’s           Conservation Service (NRCS) as part of         Far West Equipment Dealers Association,          9am on Saturday, June 27 and ending at           have parental consent before attending
varietal tasting.                              Museum On Main, takes visitors one Sat-        a new air quality provision of the 2008        and Agriculture Improving Resources              9am on Sunday, June 28, on the track             the academy. Classes will be limited to
    Mitchell Katz Winery is located at         urday each month to one of Pleasanton’s        Federal Farm Bill, provided through            (A.I.R), a coalition of agricultural and         at Livermore High School. Teams are              25 to 30 students on a first come, first
1188 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. No res-        local parks and to explore the local history   the Environmental Quality Incentives           governmental agencies formed to help             formed to raise funds and take turns walk-       served basis. Potential participants must
ervations are required. For information,       that surrounds the park. Participants begin    Program (EQIP). Under the program,             educate farmers and ranchers about air           ing laps. They set up a tent and camp out        successfully complete a background
call 931-0744 or visit www.mitchellk-          each event at the designated park where        agricultural producers can apply for cost-     quality issues. Partners in A.I.R include:       at the event.                                    investigation check, sign waiver forms,                                 the activities will take place.                share funds to replace, repower, or retrofit   Almond Hullers and Processors Asso-                  Additional volunteers are needed on          and be approved by the Chief of Police.
                                                   This next visit will be to Moller Park,    existing combustion engines. The deadline      ciation, California Air Resources Board,         on Friday, June 26 with setup, Saturday,         Felony or misdemeanor arrests are cause
                                               5500 Pleasant Hill Road, on June 27. All       to apply is June 26, 2009.                     California Apple Commission, California          June 27 with many different jobs and             for application denial.
HomeAid Grant                                  events are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.                  Producers in 36 counties are eligible      Association of Resource Conservation             Sunday morning with the take down of                  If there are further questions, contact
    HomeAid Northern California has                An information sheet on each park          to use the funds to help reduce ozone and      Districts, California Citrus Mutual, Cali-       the event. Anyone interested in volun-           Sergeant Ellis Craft at 833-6681 or Officer
received a $25,000 grant from The San          will be handed out. Photos of the parks        particulate matter emissions. Priority will    fornia Dairy Campaign, California Farm           teering, please contact Jacky Poulsen at         Cervantez at 833-6690.
Francisco Foundation. These funds will be      will be available for purchase, $5 for one     be given to replacing older, higher-pollut-    Bureau Federation, California Grape &            (925) 455-0542.
used to facilitate the development of the      quality photo; $1 for one photocopy. An        ing engines with newer, reduced-emission       Tree Fruit League,                                   For questions, please contact Pamela
Shepherd’s Gate Life Center in Livermore       activity related to that park’s history will   technology engines that meet or exceed             California Cotton Ginners & Grow-            Vivion-Brooks at 925-784-3321 or pa-
that will support battered women and           be presented. Yearly membership in the         current emission standards. Stationary,        ers Associations, Fresno County Farm    Information
their children, and The Village at Walpert     Lark in the Park is $25 per person and                                                        Bureau, Kern County Farm Bureau, Kings

   LEGAL NOTICES/CLASSIFIEDS                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                             LEGAL NOTICES                       FICTITIOUS BUSINESS          Place, Pleasanton Ca 94566       22, 2014.
                                                                                                                                                                  FOR INFORMATION                  NAME STATEMENT             This business is conducted       The Independent Legal No.
                                                                                                                                                                PLACING LEGAL NO-                   FILE NO. 424945           by:an Individual                 2510. Publish June 4, 11,
                                                                                                                                                                          TICES               The following person(s) doing   Registrant has not yet begun     18, 25, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                CONTACT BARBARA @             business as:Mighty Media        to transact business under          FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
                                                                                                                                                                       925 243-8000           Partners, 717 Saddleback        the fictitious business name          NAME STATEMENT
                                                                                                                                                                FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           Circle, Livermore Ca 94551      or names listed.                       FILE NO. 425561
                                                                                                                                                                   NAME STATEMENT             is hereby registered by the     Signature of Registrant:         The following person(s) doing
                                                                                                                                                                                              following owner(s):             /s/:Marcella Lopez               business as:HD Entertain-
                                                                                                                                                                     FILE NO. 423828
                                                                                                                                                                                              Quantum Imaging Solutions,      This statement was filed with    ment 4167 Torrey Pine Way,
                                                                                                                                                             The following person(s) doing    LLC., 717 Saddleback Circle,
                                                                                                                                                             business as:Welcome Home                                         the County Clerk of Alameda      Livermore Ca 94551 is hereby
                                                                                                                                                                                              Livermore Ca 94551              on April 27, 2009. Expires       registered by the following
                                                                                                                                                             Realty, 39 California Ave. Ste   This business is conducted      April 27, 2014.                  owner(s):
                                                                                                                                                             204C, Pleasanton Ca 94566        by:a Limited liability com-     The Independent Legal No.        Hector Duron, 4167 Torrey
                                                                                                                                                             is hereby registered by the      pany                            2508. Publish May 28, June       Pine Way, Livermore Ca
                                                                                                                                                             following owner(s):              Registrant has not yet begun    4, 11, 18, 2009.                 94551
                                                                                                                                                             Maria Abker, 2119 Presidio       to transact business under         FICTITIOUS BUSINESS           This business is conducted
                                                                                                                                                             Ct., Danville Ca 94526           the fictitious business name         NAME STATEMENT              by:an Individual
                                                                                                                                                             This business is conducted       or names listed.                      FILE NO. 424591            The registrant began to trans-
                                                                                                                                                             by:an Individual                 Signature of Registrant:        The following person(s) doing    act business under the ficti-
                                                                                                                                                             The registrant began to          /s/:Scott Pietro                business as:Tandis Studio,       tious business name (s) listed
                                                                                                                                                             transact business under the      This statement was filed with   5424-10 Sunol Blvd. Ste          above on 2007.
                                                                                                                                                             fictitious business name (s)     the County Clerk of Alameda     244, Pleasanton Ca 94566         Signature of Registrant:
                                                                                                                                                             listed above on December         on May 19, 2009. Expires May    is hereby registered by the      /s/:Hector Duron
                                                                                                                                                             1, 2002                          19, 2014.                       following owner(s):              This statement was filed with
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Independent Legal No.       Arman Habibi, 5701 Stonecliff    the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                                                                                                             Signature of Registrant:
                                                                                                                                                                                              2505. Publish May 28, June      Vista Lane, Pleasanton Ca        on June 5, 2009. Expires June
                                                                                                                                                             /s/:Maria Abker                  4, 11, 18, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                             This statement was filed with                                    94566                            5, 2014.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS          This business is conducted       The Independent Legal No.
                                                                                                                                                             the County Clerk of Alameda           NAME STATEMENT             by:an Individual                 2512. Publish June 11, 18,
                                                                                                                                                             on April 21, 2009. Expires             FILE NO. 425053           Registrant has not yet begun     25, July 2, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                             April 21, 2014.                  The following person(s) do-     to transact business under       ANIMALS
                                                                                                                                                             The Independent Legal No.        ing business as:Gelateria       the fictitious business name     LOST OR FOUND AN ANI-
                                                                                                                                                             2503. Publish May 21, 28,        Americana, 4179 First Street,   or names listed.                 MAL? Free Section. Call
                                                                                                                                                             June 4, 11, 2009.                Livermore Ca 94551 is hereby    Signature of Registrant:         Barbara 243-8000 to place
                                                                                                                                                                     STATEMENT OF             registered by the following     /s/:Arman Habibi                 an ad.
                                                                                                                                                               ABANDONMENT OF USE             owner(s):                       This statement was filed with
                                                                                                                                                                                              Laura Erickson, 736 W.                                           1) CATS/DOGS
                                                                                                                                                             OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                                           the County Clerk of Alameda           ADOPT A DOG OR
                                                                                                                                                                          NAME                Woodside Ave., MtnHouse         on May 11, 2009. Expires May
                                                                                                                                                                                              Ca 95391                                                          CAT, for adoption informa-
                                                                                                                                                                     FILE NO. 395283                                          11, 2014.                                  tion contact
                                                                                                                                                             The following person (s) has     This business is conducted      The Independent Legal No.
                                                                                                                                                                                              by:an Individual                                                   Valley Humane Society at
                                                                                                                                                             (have) Abandoned the use                                         2509. Publish June 4, 11,                 925 426-8656.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Registrant has not yet begun    18, 25, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                             if the Fictitious Business                                                                        Adopt a new best friend:
                                                                                                                                                                                              to transact business under         FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
                                                                                                                                                             Name:                            the fictitious business name                                     TVAR, the Tri-Valley Ani-
                                                                                                                                                             Fantastic Sams, 869 E.                                                NAME STATEMENT              mal Rescue, offers animals
                                                                                                                                                                                              or names listed.                      FILE NO. 425062
                                                                                                                                                             Stanley Blvd., Livermore Ca      Signature of Registrant:                                         for adoption every Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The following person(s) do-      and Sunday, excluding most
                                                                                                                                                             94550                            /s/:Laura Erickson              ing business as:Fantastic
                                                                                                                                                             The Fictitious Business          This statement was filed with                                    holidays. On Saturdays from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sams, 869 E. Stanley Blvd.,      9:30 am to 1:00 pm, both
                                                                                                                                                             Names Statement was filed        the County Clerk of Alameda     Livermore Ca 94550 is hereby
                                                                                                                                                             on May 1, 2007 in the County     on May 21, 2009. Expires May                                     dogs and cats are available
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              registered by the following      at the Pleasanton Farmers
                                                                                                                                                             of Alameda.                      21, 2014.                       owner(s):
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Independent Legal No.                                        Market at W. Angela and First
                                                                                                                                                             Beautanicals Inc., 2658 Lucca                                    FS TriValleyInc., 3312 Glen-
                                                                                                                                                                                              2507. Publish May 28, June                                       Streets. Two locations will
                                                                                                                                                             Court, Livermore Ca 94550                                        coe Cir., San Ramon Ca           showcase cats only: Petsmart
                                                                                                                                                             This business is conducted       4, 11, 18, 2009.                94582
                                                                                                                                                                                                 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS                                           in Dublin from noon to 4
                                                                                                                                                             by:a Corporation                                                 This business is conducted       and the Pet Food Express in
                                                                                                                                                             Signature of Registrant:              NAME STATEMENT             by:a Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                    FILE NO. 424048                                            Livermore from 1 to 4. On
                                                                                                                                                             /s/:Marina Devine                                                The registrant began to trans-   Sundays, cats are available
                                                                                                                                                             This statement was filed with    The following person(s) doing   act business under the ficti-
                                                                                                                                                                                              business as:Pinkie’s Clean-                                      at Petsmart in Dublin from
                                                                                                                                                             the County Clerk of Alameda                                      tious business name (s) listed   1:00 to 4:00, and PetCo in
                                                                                                                                                                                              ing Service, 273 Rachael        above on April 30, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                             on May 12, 2009. Expires May     Place, Pleasanton Ca 94566                                       San Ramon from 11:00 to
                                                                                                                                                             12, 2014.                                                        Signature of Registrant:         3:00. For more information,
                                                                                                                                                                                              is hereby registered by the     /s/:Ram Kothandaraman
                                                                                                                                                             The Independent Legal No.        following owner(s):                                              call TVAR at (925) 803-7043
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This statement was filed with
                                                                                                                                                             2504. Publish May 21, 28,        Marcella Lopez, 273 Rachael                                      or visit our website at www.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                                                                                                             June 4, 11, 2009                                                 on May 22, 2009. Expires May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FOUND AN ANIMAL?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FREE SECTION.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Call Barbara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               925 243-8000 to let 49,118
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               households know!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FOUND Charcoal Grey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Long Haired Male Cat near
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Madison Ave. Livermore 926
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FOUND Small Female Dog in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Livermore near Springtown/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1st & Southfront.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Call Robin 916 845-8175
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FOUND AN ANIMAL?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FREE SECTION. Call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                925 243-8000 to let 49,118
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               households know!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5)FREE KITTENS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FREE KITTENS to Good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Home. All Shots & Litterbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Trained. 3 Ten-Wk-Old Kit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tens - Will email Pictures 209
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LOST Large Tabby Cat Grey,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Blk & White Male Vicinity of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Shore Haven Cir Livermore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               925 449-4300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LOST Dog Boston Terrier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               13yrs with micro chip. Vicinity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Tracy. Call 520-668-4832
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LOST Large Male Orange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cat. Long Haired Neutered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Last Seen May 23rd Murrieta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               & Holmes. REWARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        925 922-1759
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LOST A FAMILY PET?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FREE SECTION. Call Bar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bara 243-8000 to let 49,118
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               households know!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               10)AUTOS WANTED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DONATE VEHICLE: RE-
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                                                                                                                                                                                  – the listing agent also represents the buyer in a transaction.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The laws of California allow such representation, but only if
                                                                                                                                                                                  all parties are informed of this “dual agency” relationship. In such
                                                                                                                                                                                  transactions, the agent is obliged to work especially hard to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                  all parties are fairly represented and fully informed.
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Jobs Available for Area Teens
    Jobs are available for a select   gible as well. Students in a fam-   from the Federal Stimulus pro-
group of Tri-Valley teens this        ily of four which made less than    gram approved by Congress and
summer, as part of the "Summer        $27,234 last year are eligible.     signed into law by the President.
Youth Employment Program:             Students must be available from     The grant is being managed
Learn and Earn." Students will        June 22 to August 7, from 8:30      by the Tri-Valley Community
be paid to attend daily classes at    a.m. to 4 p.m. They must also       Foundation in conjunction with
Livermore High School and then        have transportation to Livermore    the Alameda County Workforce
will work in a paid internship.       High School.                        Investment Board. A parallel
They can earn school credits and          "This is a great opportunity    program for older students at Las
up to $1600 this summer.              for some youth in need to get       Positas College is already filled.
    Low income students, ages         paid to go to summer school and
                                      have a paid internship as well,"        Anyone interested in applying
15 to 18 are eligible, if they are    said Ellen Turner, Program Of-      for the program, should contact
entering grades 10, 11 or 12 this     fice of the Tri-Valley Community    Ellen Turner at 998-5472 or Cha-
fall. Foster youth and those in       Foundation," she added.             risse Lee at 493-0633.
special education may be eli-             Funds for the program come
THE INDEPENDENT • SECTION II                                                         THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009

Art, Community, & Education

                                        the Town           Photos - Doug Jorgensen
                               The 1st Annual “Paint the Town” was held in
                               Pleasanton last Saturday. The event, sponsored
                               by Museum on Main, was open to all ages. Work
                               created during the day was auctioned off to
                               benefit the museum. Kindergartners to 6th grade
                               painted at various locations on the museum
                               lawn. Middle and high school students as well
                               as adults selected their own locations in the
                               downtown area. Photo lower left is of Stephanie
                               Wren, in the top photo is Serena Sandhu, lower
                               right is Charlotte Severin.
2    THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                                                                                                                 Art & Entertainment

 Pictured are, from left, Andrea Davis, Krishnapriya Somasekharan, Angela Sun, Natalie Vaughan, Jessica Saldinger and Edris Bernanian.
 Not present for the photo were Justin Mardjuki and Curtis Kim.

       PCAC Honors Young Artists, Art Supporter
    The Pleasanton Cultural Arts         corruption of time, the need to go       their ability to write with a solid              The judges said of the winners,
Council recognized youth who             back to nature and appreciate it."       literary basis, display a strong use          "They moved us with their music.
excel in the arts, as well as a long        Vaughan said of her photo-            of language, demonstrate a sig-               They had matured tremendously
time supporter of the arts, at the       graphs, "I am really into fashion        nificance of theme, and strong                in a year. They were so good, we
annual awards dinner last week.          and portrait photography." She           story line.                                   had them tie for first place." Both
    The YEA! Awards (Youth Ex-           works in a studio or on location.            Saldinger, a student at Foothill          had auditioned the previous year
cellence in Art) were presented          The outfits worn by the models are       High School, was described as a               for the award.
to two students in each of four          assembled by Vaughan. She uses           poet who produced work ranging                   Dance featured two different
categories: literature, visual arts,     her sister and friends as models,        from "playful and lighthearted to             styles. Judges felt the two top
dance, and music.                        and hires professional models on         dark and explosive."                          students really did stand out. They
    In the visual arts, photographer     occasion. "I am inspired by fash-            She read samples of her work.             noted that movement transcends
Natalie Vaughan received the first       ion. I form my ideas for the photo       One is titled, "Green."                       the type of dance, the way people
place award, the Phyllis Went-           around the clothes. I like bright            "If there's a hell,/ I bet it's green./   use their hands, arms and fingers;
worth Award given in memory              colorful scenes that are unique so       With walls of George Washington/              every little part of the body means
of long time artist and arts sup-        that people will stare at the pictures   And Alexander Hamilton/ Staring               something in dance.
porter Phyllis Wentworth. Artist         for a long time," she stated.            down at you.                                     Davis performed a modern
Angela Sun received the second              In the literary awards category,          I bet it jingles/ With battleships        dance that she had choreographed
place honors. Recognition in the         there were many more applicants          and buffalo,/ The White House,/               herself. She has been dancing since
literature category went to poet         than in previous years. The win-         and Liberty./                                 the age of three and has entered
Jessica Saldinger, 2nd place, and        ners were chosen on the basis of             IN GOD WE TRUST."                         dance competitions for the past
writer Edris Bemanian, 1st place.                                                     Another poem she read dis-                six years. She focuses on jazz, but
Andrea Davis received the top                                                     cussed changes in her life since              chose to perform modern dance for
award in dance, with Krishnapriya                                                 entering high school, called "I               her presentation.                     Krishnapriya Somasekharan
Somasekharan finishing second.                                                    Used to Be a Reader." She said                   Somasekharan selected a clas-
Two musicians tied for the top                                                    she had started keeping a journal             sical dance of India that describes   strongly about having art a part
spot in music and were given the                                                  in the fifth grade. "When I feel a            Lord Krishna for her performance.     of education. She was described
Renee Lewis Award. They are                                                       strong emotion, I just write," she            She described it as the national      as "the backbone of PCAC," who
pianist Justin Mardjuki and cellist                                               declared.                                     dance of India, a dance of mind       keeps track of and writes grant ap-
Curtis Kim.                                                                           Bemanian was described as, "a             and soul that uses grand expression   plications for Arts in the Schools.
    Art Supporter of the Year was                                                 captivating and powerful writer               to described Lord Krishna. She        She has served as chairman of Arts
Diane Wardin.                                                                     with a strong storytelling abil-              said that she had been studying       in the Schools for many years.
    The students presented ex-                                                    ity." He read a portion of a short            for ten years. In addition to clas-       Wardin said, "I am honored to
amples of their work during the                                                   story written about the atrocities in         sic dance of Indian, she performs     be chosen. You know I like to work
evening.                                                                          Darfur. He said he was inspired to            other styles, including Bollywood.    in the background and help things
    In the visual artists category,                                               write it after reading a book about           However, classical dance is her       roll along."
there were four times as many ap-                                                 the genocide in South Africa, "Kaf-           favorite.                                 Rather than take a book for
plicants as last year. In order to se-                                            fir Boy," and watching the news. "I              The Pleasanton Cultural Arts       herself, a larger presentation will
lect the winners, the judges looked                                               wanted to raise awareness among               Council established the Arts Sup-     be made in Wardin's name to the
at the diversity and complexity of                                                my friends about what is happen-              porter of the Year Award in 1995      library.
a student's work, was it an imita-                                                ing in Darfur," he explained.                 to recognize the outstanding con-         Wardin stated, "I am passion-
tion or did it include an imprint of                                                  Not all of his writing is of such         tributions to the arts by special     ate and fond of arts in the schools
his or her personality; was their a                                               a serious nature. He is working on            people in the Tri-Valley area. The    and art for children. I want to find
passion for art that came through                                                 a fantasy/fiction book with friends           award consists of a book selected     something for the children's area
in the finished work.                                                             about three young boys who go on              by the recipient, and PCAC do-        at the library. I am working with
    Sun works in a variety of media                                               an adventure in a fantasy world.              nates another copy of the book to     the library to select something that
ranging from a pencil still-life to                                                   Cellist Curtis Kim was unable             the Pleasanton Library.               will help promote appreciation for
acrylics. "I'm really into color," she                                            to attend the dinner.                            Wardin, the Art Supporter of the   the arts in children."
said of one painting that she also                                                    Pianist Justin Mardjuki per-              Year, has been a member of PCAC           She concluded by saying, "It's
described as having been made up                                                  formed a work by Chopin, "Scher-              for 21 years. She is a native of      been a great pleasure to work with
out of her own mind. It is a multi-                                               zo No. 2 in b flat minor."                    Pleasanton, graduated from Ama-       all of you all of these years."
                                         Andrea Davis
media work, "that represents the                                                                                                dor Valley High School, and feels
Art & Entertainment                                                                                                 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                       3

                                                                                        Artist to Show Work at                                      Band Performs at
                                                                                         Fine Fretted Friends                                       Farmers' Market
                                                                            Works by Livermore artist Maggie Cruser will be on display at Fine         On Thursday, June 11, from
                                                                         Fretted Friends in Livermore on June 20.                                   6:00 pm to 8:00 pm The Pleasan-
                                                                            Theme is "Every Picture Tells A Story/Livermore Now and Ten             ton Community Concert Band will
                                                                         Years After." The show runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.                         be performing at the Livermore
                                                                            Cruser notes, "Livermore and its people are special. I represent that   Farmer’s Market at the corner of
                                                                         feeling in my style of art and color. My goal is to demonstrate in art     Fourth and J Streets.
                                                                         form what Livermore is now and where Livermore plans to go in the             The Band will be playing a
                                                                         future."                                                                   variety of musical styles includ-
                                                                            The exhibit also includes photography of Livermore and the environs     ing selections from popular songs,
                                                                         of California. These includes landscapes, seascapes, and woodlands.        oldies, pops and marches. Music
                                                                            The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge. Fine     from famed composer Leroy An-
                                                                         Fretted Friends is located at 2181 First Street.                           derson will provide a backdrop to
                                                                                                                                                    the musical themes provided in
                                                                                                                                                    the program.

The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre will be presenting Peter Pan at the
Bankhead Theater this summer. Recently the female "Lost Boys"
had their hair cut to begin the process of getting into character.
The event took place on May 28th, at Fusion 3 Salon in downtown
Pleasanton. Fusion 3 donated their services in cutting three of the
girls' hair. Pictured left to right are Deborah Lagin, Madison Brinnon
and Imani Wilson. Madison and Imani's hair was long enough to
meet the 10" requirement to donate to Locks of Love. Locks of
Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to
financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada
under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any
diagnosis. Another "Lost Boy" who had her hair cut separately was
Melissa Heinrich.
4    THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                                                                                                            Art & Entertainment

                                              Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
                                                    Not Tri-Valley Rep
by Susan Steinberg                       us best can hurt us the most; they      compassion flows, even for the          the show, however, is mousey           Washington.”
   Liz Taylor and Richard Burton         know just which buttons to push.        vilest outbursts.                       little Lydia Bruno, as the young,         Small and sardonic, these zing-
were the iconic Hollywood couple,           For an exquisitely anatomized,           Like spectators at a tennis game,   vacuous ingénue wifey, whose           ers lighten the dark tone of the
larger than life on or off the screen.   no-holds-barred match between           the audience follows every verbal       hang-ups have hang-ups. Just           play, while a carefully-chosen
They created huge romantic cos-          two veteran opponents, you              volley, cringing and sympathizing       watching the emotions of innocent      menu of Beethoven selections
tume movies like “Anthony and            couldn't ask for a better ringside      with each player in turn. For the       confusion, drunken giddiness, and      foreshadows the growing ferocity
Cleopatra", and "Taming of the           seat. As mundane domestic bicker-       performers, it’s a tricky high-wire     revolted nausea sweep across her       of the dialogue, from the tension
Shrew." Then suddenly, inexpli-          ing between old-marrieds George         act of precise timing, a fencing        face is a lesson in silent acting      of the Pathetique Sonata to the
cably, came the ugly domestic            and Martha (your first inkling of a     match of rapier-swift lunges and        expertise. Verbalizing less than       thundering Fifth Symphony and
mud-slinging of Edward Albee's           comedic counterpoint) escalates,        parries. Done well, it’s a triumph;     the others, her wordless eloquence     the final passion of the Ninth.
dark little drama "Who's Afraid of       a newly arrived young couple,           done to perfection, a miracle.          is impressive, and her inspired           A comfortable “period” set,
Virginia Woolf?"                         Honey and Nick, are as confused,            Well, call Director Susan Hov-      giggles haunting.                      subtly varied lighting, perfect cos-
   Fans flocked to watch the spec-       embarrassed, and then horrified as      ey a miracle worker for orches-             Altogether, the ensemble plays     tumes, props, and onstage music
tacle of two famous stars washing        the audience, whose predictable         trating this ensemble to riveting       with and off each other like a fine    evoke the early ’60’s to the life,
the dirty linen of their deteriorat-     reactions they mirror.                  perfection, and giving characters       musical quartet, each an indispens-    and provide a setting of absolute
ing marriage in full public view.           Trying to preserve the polite        fine-tuned cues for vocal nu-           able component of the total perfor-    realism for an increasingly unreal
Popular rumors of boozing, binges,       social fabric of their visit becomes    ances, facial expressions, and          mance. And, believe it or not, they    human battleground. Yet it is ter-
and crockery-smashing fights were        more and more difficult, as the pen-    body language that convey their         score some hysterically comedic        ribly real to anyone who has been
brought to life right up there on the    dulum of anger and anguish swings       inner reality beyond the words of       points in the midst of their poison-   wounded by the hurtful words of
big screen for all to see. Somehow,      wildly from George to Martha and        the script.                             ous dialogue. Audience chuckles        a loved one.
though, the play itself became sub-      back again. Drinking desperately            The cast of four is amazing,        greeted several great malaprops,          Discover a rarely-performed
ordinate, submerged in the drama         to retain some sense of normalcy        especially veteran actors Mark          from ”a gangle of geese” to the        masterwork of modern theater and
of a real-life tempestuous marital       and calm, Nick and Honey begin          W. Jordan and Sara Stoebe as the        wonderful, “That’s just blood un-      enjoy the exceptional excellence of
meltdown.                                to shed their proper façade, and to     psychologically co-dependent            der the bridge.”                       a brilliant professional cast bring-
   For the real play, you have to        disclose achingly intimate prob-        George and Martha. Endless pages            George is a practiced poker-       ing Albee’s Tony Award-winning
experience the intensity of Tri-         lems of their own.                      of dialogue come alive with a           faced put-on as he describes Mar-      drama to life. Performances are
Valley Reps’ current production             Very strong stuff, this show-        spontaneity that belies months of       tha, “She’s about 125 – years old,     scheduled for Fridays and Satur-
in Pleasanton's intimate Studio          and-tell of four damaged human          memorizing and mental prep for          that is – her weight is consider-      days at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM
Theatre. It's a show you'll never        beings under a pitiless microscope,     this grueling duel.                     ably more.” Mentioning that he         through June 28. For reservations
forget: viscerally searing, hard-hit-    as the sad truths of their lives and        Matt Davis as the all-American      has three academic degrees, he         contact 462-2121 or www.trival-
ting, and as sadly believable as the     marriages unfolds onstage. Just as      Good Guy, with profile and phy-         intones: “AB, MA, Ph.D. is de-
incredibly aberrational headlines in     they seem to have hit rock-bottom       sique to match, comes complete          scribed as either a wasting disease       You can’t beat the convenient
tomorrow's tabloids.                     in mutual recriminations, new lay-      with a reassuring air of Midwest-       of the frontal lobe or a miraculous    Valley location, inexpensive ticket
   Domestic violence usually in-         ers of savage vindictiveness are        ern decency, until goaded to gut-       new life-saving drug.” Musing on       prices, and a quality equal to the
volves physical injury, but as any-      revealed. But, at the same time,        level nastiness to match George’s       the colleagues who went off to         sensational original New York
one familiar with the problem can        new levels of pain and self-loath-      deliberately-aimed provocations.        serve in WWII, he relates incredu-     performance. As the familiar ad
relate, the worst damage is usually      ing make the hatefulness under-         His is a truly astounding charac-       lously, “Not one single man in the     goes, “I guarantee it.”
psychological cruelty. And here the      standable. And with understanding       terization.                             department getting killed – it’s
cruelty is mutual. Those who know        of a human being’s pain, viewers’           The surprise “sleeper star” of      irrational.” After a pause he adds
                                                                                                                         slyly, “Of course, nobody bombed

            Young Artists Invited to Design "Lightpole Banners"
    The Bothwell Arts Center             and, this year, features extended                                               addition, the winners and several      display and available for bidding
(BAC) is sponsored a new proj-           hands-on arts activities for children                                           honorable mentions will be show-       by silent auction during ArtWalk
ect and contest for the upcoming         and adults.                                                                     cased during ArtWalk.                  on October 10. A celebration of the
2009 ArtWalk. Winners selected              Waste Management (WM),                                                          Kathleen Minser from the "Ask       project and the last hour of silent
from high school and college-level       the official sponsor of the 2009                                                Kathleen" column commented,            auction bidding will take place
competitions and local artists will      ArtWalk Art Banner Project, se-                                                 “Waste Management is thrilled          from 5 to 6 p.m., just after the close
create 35 original works of art to       lected this year’s banner theme                                                 to sponsor the project and help        of ArtWalk. All proceeds will ben-
be hung on street lightpoles in          as “Peace-Love-Recycle." WM                                                     ArtWalk reach and involve more         efit the Bothwell Arts Center, home
downtown Livermore this summer.          and the Bothwell Arts Center are                                                youth in the arts. In addition, we     to many visual and performing art-
The banners will be displayed for        holding contests for Las Positas                                                are excited to see how the artists     ists and cultural arts groups.
the public to enjoy during the two       College students and all Livermore                                              and students interpret the “Peace-         Students are invited to pick
months prior to ArtWalk, which           residents who are high school age                                               Love-Recycle” theme. It is a           up an application at Way Up Art
takes place on Saturday, October         including those attending Granada,                                              wonderful opportunity to collabo-      & Frame at 1912 Second Street,
10.                                      Livermore, Vineyard, Del Valle                                                  rate art with WM messages about        LAA Gallery at the Carnegie
    ArtWalk is an event that turns       and Phoenix high schools, as well                                               being green while engaging the         Building, the main office of the
downtown Livermore into an arts          as private, alternative, vocational                                             community, especially the younger      Livermore Public Library, through
district for a day. Attendees stroll     and home-school students. The                                                   generations.”                          their school art programs, or
several blocks going from place to       contest is open to teens who are        will receive a 30" wide by 60" tall        In addition to the student con-     downloaded from www.Bothwel-
place as they shop, dine, sample         now completing 9th - 12th grades        banner, supplies, and time at the       tests, 25 local artists are donating The deadline for
wines at local wine tasting rooms        or are attending Las Positas Col-       Bothwell Arts Center to paint the       their time and talents to create art   applications to be received is June
and view art created by over 150         lege. There will be a total of 8 win-   final panel. Students will be offered   banners. They have the option of       25, 2009. For more information on
artists. The day also includes free      ners divided into age and location      assistance from professional local      following the theme or going in        ArtWalk or the Art Banner Project,
music offered in multiple locations.     groups for judging.                     artists to transfer their conceptual    their own artistic direction.          please contact Linda Ryan at 925-
This will be the 8th annual ArtWalk         Winners of the competitions          art design to the larger surface. In       The banners will be on final        447-ARTS.
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                                                                                                                                                                      Photos - Doug Jorgensen
In the top photo, Livermore Rodeo Queen Rachel Nelson (right) and Jr. Rodeo Queen Erica Labrucherie danced the Macarena with students. The photo, lower right, is of
Leo Croce.

                                                Croce Elementary Throws a Hoedown
                                     Leo Croce, the school’s namesake      Teachers then presented him with       husband Bill. She started teaching     the students took a seat to learn
                                     and a former superintendent of the    two large cards signed by the entire   square dancing to the Croce stu-       a little about cowboys, ranching,
                                     Livermore Valley Joint Unified        student body.                          dents and some of the teachers. Bill   and good character traits. Janet
                                     School District.                         The kindergartners got the en-      served as the hoedown caller while     Lemmons of the Cowboy & Kids
                                        The children arrived on the        tertainment started with a dance       Bankert was teaching at Croce.         Rodeo, Education and Character
                                     school’s playground ready to          to “Old Dan Tucker.” Each grade           The fifth graders finished out      Program (
                                     show off their square dancing,        level performed a square dance         the student performances with a        with some help from the Rodeo
                                     decked out in their best hoedown      with plenty of do-si-does, circling    dance to “Engine #9” that con-         queens led the “Cowboy Up!”
                                     outfits—cowboy hats, bandanas,        left and right, and bowing to          cluded with hats flying in the air.    program. The students learned
                                     boots, and flannel. Suzie Loomis,     partners.                              Then it was the teachers’ turn.        that Rodeo is the only sport that
                                     director of Croce’s Kid Connection       Veteran second grade teacher        About a dozen of Croce’s female        came from an actual profession
                                     program, served as the emcee for      Allyn Teicheria says the hoedown       teachers showed off their moves        (ranching), got some hands-on
                                     event and got things started with a   has been happening since she           to Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky       experience with saddles, spurs, and
                                     big “yee-haw!”                        joined the staff at Croce. “The        Heart.” Despite Loomis’ strong         other cowboy gear, and discussed
By Patricia Koning                      Another yee-haw went out for       hoedown is a lot of fun because the    encouragement, none of the male        making good choices in life.
   Last week, Croce Elementary       Leo Croce after Loomis announced      kids love to dance and dress up,”      teachers joined in the dance.             Everyone enjoyed a BBQ lunch
in Livermore celebrated the end      that he had won the Rotary Com-       she adds. “They look forward to           Next the entire school took to      to close out the hoedown. The
of the school year with a long-      munity Service Award and would        performing in front of their friends   the dance floor in the center of the   Rodeo Queens stuck around Croce
standing tradition—the annual        be riding in the Livermore Rodeo      and parents each year.”                playground for the “Macarena,"         through lunchtime to sign auto-
hoedown. Joining the children,       Parade on the morning of Satur-          Years ago, teacher Joan Bankert     which, according to Loomis, Croce      graphs, pose for pictures, and an-
staff, and parents were three spe-   day, June 11. She encouraged the      started the Croce hoedown.             calls the “cowboy-rena.” The           swer questions about what it’s like
cial guests: Livermore Rodeo         students to show their support for    Bankert, who has since retired         rodeo queens danced with the stu-      to be part of Livermore’s royalty.
Queen Rachel Nelson, Junior Ro-      Mr. Croce by coming out to the pa-    and lives in Phoenix, belonged to      dents along with a few parents.
deo Queen Erica Labrucherie, and     rade dressed in their Croce purple.   a square dancing group with her           After the dancing was finished,
Art & Entertainment                                                                                                                                          THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                                         7

Spring Concert, Music Ministry Catholic           Wild Vine Wine and Art Lounge, 2178              & 14th, 12:30-5:00 PM. Wine, food, &      or www.alexxan-             take visitors through step-by-step how to
  Community of Pleasanton. Sat., June 13,         First St., Livermore                             country music. BBQ sausage bites &                                       enjoy tasting wine. Space is limited. Come
  7 p.m. Children, adult and teen choirs        Revive, Refresh, Rejuvenate, 1 to 4 p.m.           sourdough bread will be served. Kids             Landscape in Art: from Impressionism to the       to the winery to purchase tickets. $15.00
  sing a variety of music, also featured will     June 13, presentations by Sandy Parbury          welcome. Bring in Livermore Rodeo                  Present, program June 21, 2 p.m. Liver-         pp. Wine club members are free. 3053
  be the Bansuri Flute, Shakuhachi, Cello         of Design Concepts and Phyllis Brady of          Ticket for a free tasting. 3053 Marina             more Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave.           Marina Ave, Livermore. www.rmwinery.
  and more. St. Elizabeth Seton Church,           Twigs & Ivy Floral at Alexander's Fine Art       Ave, Livermore. 925-447-4280 www.                  Presented by March B. Freedman, artist          com, 447-4280
  4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. All are        in Pleasanton. New exhibit featuring work                                       and art historian. No admission charge.       Rock and Country Fest, Cattlemen’s As-
  welcome. Free will offering appreciated.        by Zhang Xin, Viktor Shvaiko, Robert Bis-       Asleep at the Wheel, Saturday, June 13, 8           Friends of the Livermore Library Arts           sociation Benefit. June 27, 7 p.m. Bank-
  Information, 484-5020.                          sell and Daniel Gerhartz. Sparkling wine         p.m., Western swing, boogie, and roots-            and Authors series.           head Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
Contest - Amateur photographers can               from Little Valley Vineyard accompany            music. Tickets $55/$40/$35/$30/$12                                         925-373-6800, www.livermoreperform-
  win cash prizes in Alameda County               hors d'oeuvres by Amarone's Cucina Itali-        students. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First           Sunset Winemaker Dinner, June 27th, 6:30
  CattleWomen's "He Oughta Beef in                ania. 608 Main St., Pleasanton. 846-6015,        St., Livermore. 925-373-6800, www.                 until 9:30. Les Chenes Estate Vineyards       12 Angry Jurors, Asbury Players Com-
  Pictures" Father's Day photo contest.                                     is pairing with Poppy Ridge for a Sunset        munity Theater, June 26, 27, 28, 2009.
  Winning photo will be published in The        Wente Vineyards 2009 concert series: June         Total Request, Live, Danville Commu-                Winemaker Dinner. Four course meal              Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743
  Independent. Contest entries, which can         18, Heart, July 2, B-52's; July 16, Frankie      nity Band, June 14, 3 p.m. Dougherty               prepared by Chef Raymond and paired             East Ave., Livermore. Curtain time is 8
  be black and white or color, are to show        Valli & The Four Seasons; July 23, Kathy          Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550              with wines of Les Chenes Estate Vine-           p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m.
  shy father deserves beef on Father's Day.       Griffin; July 29, Steve Miller Band;              Albion Rd., San Ramon. www.SanRa-                 yards. Call Poppy Ridge for reservations        on Sunday. Tickets are $7 general admis-
  Photos must be 3" x 5" or larger. An op-        August 3, Gretchen Wilson; August 13,                               (925) 456-8205 - ask for Leticia. $80.00        sion. For addition ticket information and
  tional 25 words or less description of the      Diana Krall; August 19, Elvis Costello;         Hairspray the Dance Musical, June 14, 2             per guest, plus tax.                            reservations, please call 455-1048. Tickets
  photo may also be submitted. Amateur            and August 31, Sheryl Crow. Wente                 p.m. Amador Dance XTreme. Bankhead              Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, Wine Appre-            can be purchased at the door 20 minutes
  photographers of all ages are invited to        Vineyards Box Office at (925) 456-2424,           Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets       ciation 101. June 27, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the     prior to curtain, however seating is limited
  enter the contest. Official entry forms         or on-line at               925-373-6800, www.livermoreperform-               basics of tasting wine and learn some wine      for this production and reservations are
  may be obtained at the website, www.            Tickets range in price from $79 to $309                                       trivia and facts. Tasting room manager will     suggested., or by             per person, depending on the show and the       Total Request, Live, Danville Community
  calling 455-5755. Entries must be post-         dining option selected. Wente Vineyards is        Band, June 14, 3 p.m. Dougherty Valley
  marked by Fri., June 12, 2009. All entries      located at 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore.           Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion
  will be displayed on the Alameda County         Concert gates open at 6:00 p.m., and all          Rd., San Ramon. www.SanRamonPer-
  CattleWomen website.                            shows start at 8:15 p.m.                
2009 Summer Theatre Camp. ActSmART              Livermore Art Association US Bank Show,           Pleasanton Art League and Livermore Art
  Children’s Theater summer production            June 3 to July 7, 2125 Second St., Liver-         Association, general meeting Mon., June
  is Pirates of Penzance, a Gilbert and           more. Judged show. Public may view the            15, 7:30 p.m. Cultural Arts Building, 4455
  Sullivan musical. Set designs are by            show during regular banking hours.                Black Ave., Pleasanton. Come and mess
  Andrea Bechert from Chicago, who in           Diablo Theatre Company, (formerly Diablo            around - all sorts of art supplies to try for
  collaboration with the producer Deborah         Light Opera Company), presents "Hello             free. Come and play.
  McQueen, will be building a ship that           Dolly," Dennis Lickteig directs cast of 32.     Gong Show Night, The California Inde-
  opens up and rotates into various scenic        8 p.m. June 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 27; 2     pendent Film Festival will hold its first
  elements. Bothwell Arts Center, For more        p.m. June 14, 21, 27, 28. $29-$41, Lesher         ever Gong Show Night on June 17th, at
  information go to www.SmARTSunlim-              Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut       7 PM at the Vine Cinema. Come and join
  ited or call 245-0283.                          Creek. 943-7469. www.lesherartscenter.            the fun and festivities of the evening as
Works by photographic artists on display          org,                                audience will decide the fate of several
  at Windermere Welcome Home for the            Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Tri-Valley          movies. The mantra will be "if you don't
  next two months. Participating in the           Repertory Theatre (formerly Pleasanton            like the movie, gong it." Admission Price
  show are Natalia Matthews Aasen, Bill           Playhouse) Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpen-           is $8. Tickets can be purchased at the Vine
  Hackett, Dennis Vied, Julie Wright and          tine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton. June 12,        Cinema in downtown Livermore.
  Walter Davies The public is invited. There      13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28. Fri. and Sat.   Summer Vacation, travel, transportation,
  is no admission charge. 1790 First St.,         8 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. Ticket information 462-        exotic locations, parks, outdoors, family
  downtown Livermore. Viewing will be             2121 or                     and friends, theme for the Livermore Art
  during regular business hours. For more       Scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream,              Association Gallery. Trunk show on Fri.,
  information, call 447-9159.                     June 11, 7 p.m. Livermore Library, 1188           June 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m. for jewelry and
Tuesday Tunes, Livermore Downtown Inc.            So. Livermore Ave. Preview of the                 wearable art. Wine and cheese, meet the
  free, live music to the Flagpole Plaza each     upcoming production by Shakespeare’s              artist. 1255 Third St., Livermore. Hours
  and every Tuesday through October 13th.         Associates. No admission charge. Friends          are Wed.-Sun. 11:30-4 p.m. For informa-
  Concerts begin at 5 p.m. Bands to perform       of the Livermore Library Arts and Authors         tion call 449-9927. Open until 8 p.m.
  on the following schedule: June 16, Mud         series.           during Farmers' Market on Thursday.
  Daddy; June 23, Wallin and Baretta; June      Pleasanton Community Concert Band con-            Donald Duck's 75th Anniversary Party,
  30, Papa's Garage; July 7, Next Level;          cert, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Livermore       June 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet a special
  July 14, Of Shape and Sound; July 21,           Farmers Market, Fourth and J Streets,             guest, see new Disney originals, win
  Joe Grape and His Bunch; July 28, Silent        Livermore, CA. Free. Information: 925-            prizes, refreshments served. Disney Art
  Partner; Aug. 4, Aerodynes; Aug. 11, Luna       846-5897 or               on Main at Alexander's Fine Art, 608
  Fish; Aug. 18, Sound Check; Aug. 25,          Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, June 13th                Main St., Pleasanton. 846-6015, www.
  Moreality; Sept. 1, Hummingbirdz; Sept.
  8, Bryan Harrison Band; Sept. 15, Fender
  Cronin; Sept. 22, Damn Neighbors Blues
  Band; Sept. 29, Groovy Judy; Oct. 6, U
  Get What U Pay 4. For more information,
  go to or
  call 925.373.1795.
 Concerts in the Park, Pleasanton Down-
  town Association, The concerts are at
  Lions Wayside Park, corner of First
  and Neal Streets. Concerts are 7 to 8:30
  p.m. Corvairs, June 12. Hurricane, July
  19. The Crisis, June 26. Burton and
  Company, July 3. Rock Explosion, July
  10. Komodojazz, July 17. La Ventana,
  July 24. The Houserockers, July 31. The
  Cocktail Monkeys, August 7. Finding
  Stella, August 14. Magic Moments,
  August 21. D-Lucca, August 28. Public
  Eye, Sept. 4. For more information, visit
The Wild Vine Art Gallery: Jennifer Mc-
  Gregor is the featured artist for June.
  Jennifer's vivid botanical photography is
  filled with color and texture where style
  ranges from sharply focused still lives to
  a softer, more painterly focus. Reception:
  June 11, from 7 - 9 p.m. Located at the
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                                                                                           Photos - Doug Jorgensen
Last Saturday Bob Moorefield took his final bow after 41 years of teaching, 36 of those at Foothill High School
in Pleasanton. A special farewell was held at the school's football stadium. It included an alumni performance
of Stars and Stripes Forever, with musicians and colorguard from all eras joining together. Earlier in the week,
the Pleasanton City Council passed a resolution honoring Moorefield. He stated, "I was just doing my job. It is
wonderful if you can teach all these students and have a great time doing it. The job could not be done without
the support of the parents and the school district." Moorefield added that he believes that music is an essential
part of kids' lives. "I hope the budget mess doesn't remove the opportunity for kids to enjoy music." "Moorf"
(as he is known by his students) started a band at Foothill High when it opened in 1972. The band numbered 17
students and gave just one performance during the year, but with a lot of recruitment, there were 56 members
the following year. The band program and the number of students participating has continued to grow, and the
program now includes marching, symphonic and concert bands, wind ensemble, two jazz bands, percussion,
color guard, and choir classes, with about 400 students enrolled in the various programs. Thousands of trophies
are on display in the band room and around the school. Under Moorefield's leadership, the Foothill Marching
Band has appeared in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade five times, played in Super Bowl XIX, and set
a world's record by performing from Paris to London for 5 hours, 21 minutes, aboard the Euro Star Express on
the first day of the Chunnel crossing. The Jazz Ensemble has played in Europe and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
In the lower photo, Moorefield introduces drum majors he has taught.
Art & Education                                                                                                              THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                       9

                                                                                                                             Stockholm Cathedral Choir Per-
                                                                                                                                  forms in Pleasanton
                                                                                                                          The Stockholm Cathedral Choir will perform at Centerpointe Pres-
                                                                                                                      byterian Church on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                          Led by Gustaf Sjokvist since 1967, the choir serves at the Stockholm
                                                                                                                      Cathedral, one of Sweden’s most important places of worship and the
                                                                                                                      site for numerous Royal ceremonies and national celebrations.
                                                                                                                          The choir’s musical repertoire covers the range of sacred music
                                                                                                                      dating from Gregorian chants to current day compositions. Among the
                                                                                                                      choir’s traditions are December performances of Handel’s Messiah.
                                                                                                                          The Pleasanton concert will feature works by Johannes Brahms,
                                                                                                                      Purcell-Sandstrom, Felix Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, Knut Nystedt, P.E
                                                                                                                      Lange-Müller, Hugo Alfvén, Iwar Wikander, Erland von Koch as well
                                                                                                                      as some folk songs.
                                                                                                                          Choirmaster Sjokvist attended the Royal Academy of Music in
                                                                                                                      Stockholm. In addition to his four decades of service at the Stockholm
                                                                                                                      Cathedral, he conducted the Swedish Radio Choir for 12 years and
                                                                                                                      has been the principal guest conductor for the Bavarian Radio Choir
                                                                                                                      in Munich, Germany.
                                                                                                                          In 1998, he received the Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus and was
                                                                                                                      honored with a medal from the Royal Academy of Music in 2007. The
                                                                                                                      Swedish King appointed him the Court Organist in 2000.
                                                                                                                          The Pleasanton performance is one of three public Bay Area con-
                                                                                                                      certs. The choir also will perform in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral
                                                                                                                      (11 a.m. June 21) and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley (5
                                                                                                                      p.m. June 21).
                                                                                                                          There is no admission charge to the Pleasanton concert. A reception
                                                                                                                      for the choir will follow the performance.
Team members with trophy and medals.                                                                                      Centerpointe is located at 3410 Cornerstone Court at the corner of
                                                                                                                      Busch Road and Valley Avenue.

    Teamwork, Imagination Earns Trophy                                                                                    For more information or directions to the church, please see www.
                                                                                                             or call 925-846-4436.
   Seven Pleasanton students           teams on arrival in Knoxville.         when the bridge was walked upon.
recently earned First Place in the        The challenge this year was to      These, along with other projects
"A New Angle!" challenge at the        build a two part structure made out    combining acting, art, engineering,                    Talk Looks at History
Destination ImagiNation Global
Finals held in Knoxville, Tennes-
                                       of wood and glue which weighed
                                       less than 20 grams and could hold
                                                                              computer programming, construc-
                                                                              tion/set design, and creative minds                      of Livermore Lab
see recently.                          as much weight as possible. The        carried the team to victory.               Lecture on “History of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory”
   The problem-solving team was        team’s 18 gram structure held 900         Destination ImagiNation is              Maxine Trost will talk about the history of Lawrence Livermore
made up of students from Foothill      pounds.                                active in all 50 states and in 40       National Laboratory from the perspective of an archivist. Using pho-
and Amador Valley high schools:           In addition, the team was re-       countries, with more than 12,000        tographs and oral histories, she will trace the founding of the Lab in
James Hedrick, Preston Hedrick,        quired to put on a performance in      teams supported by more than            1952 through its early development. The lecture is presented by the
Naveed Akhter, Hunter Laine,           which two art forms were merged        40,000 volunteers. The 2008-2009        Museum On Main Street Ed Kinney Lecture Series.
Devon Gold, Alex Chebotarev, and       to create a new art form. Their        program season marked the 26th             The lecture will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at the Lyn-
Sargun Dhillon. The team faced its     combined art forms were archi-         anniversary of DI. Additional in-       newood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue, Pleasanton.
most intense competition in that       tecture and music that resulted in     formation on the program is avail-         Maxine Trost is the laboratory archivist at Lawrence Livermore
additional rules were revealed to      a musical bridge that played music     able at        National Lab, a position she has held since 2001. She also served as
                                                                                                                      archivist at the Massachusetts State Archives as well as the American
                             Writers Club Offers Program                                                              Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. She holds a master's
                                                                                                                      degree in history from New York University.
    The California Writers Club–       and compelling stories from the        News Coverage” and “Outstanding            No reservations are necessary. Admission is $5 for museum mem-
Tri-Valley Branch offers writers       candidates and those who voted         Enterprise/Investigative Report.”       bers, $10 for non-members, $5 for teachers with valid ID and $3 for
of all genres and experience levels    for them, Mark will offer tips on      In 2008, he launched his own free-      students with valid ID. Call (925) 462-2766. Memberships will be
the opportunity to learn about         interviewing, finding the heart of     lance news reporting, public rela-      available for purchase that night. Contact (925) 462-2766 or visit www.
their craft and share their work.      a story, deadlines, and what the       tions and political analysis agency for information.
The next meeting is on Saturday,       future of journalism holds. The        at
June 20 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm       presentation is an opportunity to          The meeting cost is $21 for
at Oasis Grille, 780 Main Street,      get a writer’s take on a transform-    members and $27 for nonmem-
Pleasanton.                            ing moment in history and the          bers, including lunch. Anyone
    Local author Mark Curtis hit       “political road trip of a lifetime.”   curious about the group is invited               Iran Topic of Pleasanton Li-
the road for the recent presiden-         Curtis has 30 years experience      to attend with no obligation to join.
tial campaign and chronicled the       as a radio and television profes-      Reservations are required. To make                    brary Presentation
exciting journey in his recently       sional. He has worked as a reporter    a reservation for June 20, contact
published book Age of Obama: A         throughout the U.S. and was with       Fred Norman at Fnorman300@aol.             Pleasanton Public Library presents the film “Rick Steves’ Iran." It
Reporter’s Journey with Clinton,       KTVU in Oakland from 1993-             com or 925-462-7495 by Wednes-          will be shown Tues., June 16 from 1 to 2 p.m.
McCain and Obama in the Mak-           2008. A former Congressional           day, June 17. For more informa-            Rick explores the most surprising and fascinating land he’s ever vis-
ing of the President 2008. He will     Fellow and capitol correspondent,      tion on the California Writers          ited. Discover the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich and glorious past,
share the inside scoop on the his-     Mark has been honored numer-           Club–Tri-Valley Branch, contact         learn more about the 20th century story of this nation, and experience
toric election and an insider’s per-   ous times for his work, including      Kathy Urban at 925-296-0447 or          Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village.
spective on the rapidly changing       multiple awards from the Florida or go to             This program is free and open to the public. The film is 60 minutes
world of journalism today. Along       Associated Press Broadcaster’s               long. For more information call Janice Bauman, 925-931-3411
with behind-the-scenes anecdotes       Association for “Outstanding Spot
10      THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                                                                                                                         Community

      Libraries Offer Summer Reading Programs for All Ages
                                                                                August 8. Children of all ages can    fashioned hoe down on August
                                                                                pick up a Tales of the Old West       8 with square dancing and a live
                                                                                booklet to track their summer read-   caller, music and thirst quenchin’
                                                                                ing progress as they wagon across     sarsaparilla.
                                                                                the plains, boat down the river,         For more information about
                                                                                ride the range and pan for gold to    Tales of the Old West and a com-
                            in Pleasanton                                       claim prizes along the way upon       plete listing of the library’s excit-
                                                                                completing 10, 20, and 30 hours of    ing programs and activities, visit
   The Pleasanton Public Library         theme.                                 reading. Last year, more than 4,000   our website at
will unveil a lavishly constructed           “Last year we had a pirate         Pleasanton youngsters signed up or call the Chil-
theme set for the 2009 Summer            theme that was nothing less than       to participate in the Pleasanton      dren’s Desk at (925) 931-3400.
                                         spectacular,” says Library Director    Public Library Summer Reading                                                 and/or attending library programs.
Reading Program on Saturday,                                                                                                                                  Complete 5 activities to be entered
June 13 beginning at 10:00 a.m.          Julie Farnsworth. “We anticipate       Program.                                 ADULTS
                                         another gold medal set that will          A compatible program for tod-         The Pleasanton Public Library        in the prize drawing. Register at
Each year, a theme is selected for                                                                                                                            the Reference desk. Co-sponsored
the reading incentive game which         take us into the Old West this sum-    dlers and pre-schoolers is also       presents “Reading Out West,” the
                                         mer and everyone is invited to join    included. Wild West Wednesdays        adult summer reading program            by the Pleasanton Downtown As-
is enhanced with an elaborate                                                                                                                                 sociation.
set that is constructed within the       in the fun,” she adds.                 will include entertainment for the    beginning Saturday, June 13 to
                                             This year, Children’s Librar-      whole family, including musicians,    Saturday, July 25.                         For more information please
Children’s Library area. On open-                                                                                                                             contact Doreen Irby 925-931-
ing day of the program, the library      ian Sandy Silva has unveiled a         cowboys, puppets, and Game Day           Adults can earn points by com-
                                         program theme of Tales of the Old      carnival games. The summer read-      pleting library related activities      3400 ext
staff arrives at work in costumes
that coordinate with the program         West, which continues through          ing program culminates in an old      like reading or reviewing books,

                                                                                mer Reading program, “Express         Participants will receive a “How        ing program, teens are invited to
                                                                                Yourself @ Your Library,” to be       to Play” flyer and an email invita-     become a Young Adult Volunteer
                                                                                held from June 12 to August 15.       tion to log in to BookSprouts, an       (YAV) for the children’s summer
                                                                                Participating teens are invited to    on-line book discussion interface,      reading game, “Be Creative @
                                                                                read for pleasure, discuss books      which they can access from their        Your Library.”
                                                                                on-line, win prizes, and attend       home computer or from a library            For more information about
                                                                                special events. A grand prize         computer. Upon logging into             Library summer reading programs
                                                                                drawing will be held at the end of    BookSprouts, teens can discuss          for all ages, teen volunteer op-
                                                                                the program.                          books and post recommendations          portunities, or teen events, please
                                                                                   Beginning June 12, teens can       as part of the “Express Yourself @      visit the Library website at www.
                                                                                sign up to participate in the Teen    Your Library” program.        , or call Sandy
                                                                                Summer Reading program at any             In addition to the summer read-     at 925-373-5500 ext. 5583.
                                                                                Livermore Public Library location.

                                                                                                                More Reading News . . .

                         in Livermore
    In addition to Summer Read-          tence or two describing each book,
ing programs for children and            and whether you would recom-
teens, this year the Livermore           mend the book to others.
Public Library will hold its first an-      • Turn in your entry form at any
nual Summer Reading program for          Livermore Public Library. The first
adults – Master the Art of Reading!      100 finishers will receive a prize.
Although families are encouraged         All entries will also be placed into
to read together, an adult does not      a drawing for a chance to win
have to have a child in the summer       the “Booklover’s Basket” grand
reading program to join.                 prize.
    Adults can pick up an entry             • Submit an additional entry
form at any of the three Livermore       form every time you read 3 more
Libraries (Civic Center, 1188 S.         books, for an extra chance in the
Livermore Avenue; Rincon Branch,         grand prize drawing.
725 Rincon Avenue; Springtown               Whether you prefer mysteries,
Branch, 998 Bluebell Drive) or           romances, science fiction, or west-
print one from the library’s website     erns, take some time to relax this
(         summer and join the Adult Sum-
starting June 12th.                      mer Reading program, Master the                                                                                                     Photo - Doug Jorgensen
    The Adult Summer Reading             Art of Reading, at the Livermore     Sunset Elementary School students stood in line to dunk their principal. The students were given the
program will work as follows:            Public Library.                      opportunity for having received over 22,000 points in the accelerated reading program. The top two
    • Read 3 books or listen to 3
audio books between June 12th and                                             point earners for their grade level (grades one through five), won the opportunity to "soak" Ms. Flint
                                            TEENS                             and Mrs. Simons. Top readers were: 1st Grade: Jeffrey Fairbanks - 80.9 points, Jessica Warren - 38.4;
August 15th.                                Teens entering grades 6-12 are
    • On the entry form, write the       invited to participate in the Liver- 2nd grade: Matthew Larson - 208.4, Eliana Eme - 172.3 points; 3rd grade: Weston Everett - 657.2,
books’ titles and authors, a sen-        more Public Library’s Teen Sum- Christopher Kilday - 257.9; 4th grade: Miles Larson - 776.8, Ethan Shang - 538.1; 5th grade: Victoria
                                                                              Shu - 437.8, and Erik Mork - 326.2.
Community                                                                                                                 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                              11

                                                                                            Pedrozzi Scholarship Winners Announced
                                                                              The Pedrozzi Scholarship              Hayes                                         Undergraduate One, Two and Three
                                                                           Foundation awarded $229,500 in               Undergraduate Four Year Marquis      Year College Student Scholarships:
                                                                           scholarships this fall.                  Scholarship $20,000 each: Shire Beach    Alyssa Lichtenberger $7,500, Ally-
                                                                                                                    and Mark Larik                           son Davis $6,000, Brooke Zollinger
                                                                              The 2009 winners are as fol-              Undergraduate Four Year College      $6,000, Elyse Cargo $4,000. David
                                                                           lows: Community College 1 year           Student Scholarships: Emily Paddack      Dosanjh $4,000, Rebecca Knight
                                                                           Scholarships $1000 each: Kyle            $10,000, Amanda Johnston $8,000,         $4,000, Chad Springer $4,000, Jessica
                                                                           Newton and James Williamson              Katie Thralls $8,000, Kathryn Uglow      Foret $3,000, Courtney Groth $3,000,
                                                                              Community College 2 year Scholar-     $6,000, Alexander Curtis $6,000, Cory    Taylor Machado $3,000, Jesse Ashcraft
                                                                           ships $2000 each: Holly Duffy, Candice   Chang $6,000, Alexa Danner $6,000,       $2,000, Lisa Banke $2,000, and Brian
                                                                           Evenson, Alena Harris, Stephanie         Dana Felker $6,000, Katrina Anderson     Shaw $2,000
                                                                           Reibert, Justin West, and Jennifer       $4,000, Andrew Budiman $4,000, Dan-           St. Patrick's Seminary Scholarship
                                                                           Whitney                                  ielle Dixon $4,000, Kellie Knezovich     Award $10,000: Leonard Marrujo
                                                                              Technical/Vocational Scholarship      $4,000, Dhanya Madhusudan $4,000,             The Mario Pedrozzi Foundation is
                                                                           $4000: Ashley Hund                       Philip Hopkins $4,000, Aaron Sanchez     in its second year of awarding graduates
                                                                              Graduate School 2 year Scholar-       $4,000, Kathryn Sanlis $4,000, Kevin     of Granada and Livermore High School
                                                                           ship $5000 each: Katherine Eddle-        Walton $4,000, and Cassandra Ventura     Scholarships. Last year the foundation
                                                                           man, Hammad Hammad, and Garrett          $4,000.                                  awarded $500,000.00 in scholarships
                                                                                                                                                             to 92 students.

                                                                                                  Pleasanton to Graduate 1200 Seniors
                                                                               Pleasanton Unified high schools      School graduated at a ceremony           Seunguk (Uggie) Lee is the vale-
                                                                           graduate 1,200 students                  at the Amador Theater (1155 Santa        dictorian, and Michael Chen is the
                                                                               Pleasanton Unified School Dis-       Rita Road).                              salutatorian. For Foothill, there
                                                                           trict will graduate 1,200 seniors at         On Friday, June 12, Amador           are four valedictorians--Swetha
                                                                           ceremonies being held this week.         Valley and Foothill high schools         Akella, Asher Bantock, Jonathan
                                                                               On Wednesday, June 10, se-           will hold their graduation ceremo-       Hwang, and Jenny Mei.
Casey Long of Pleasanton accepts his appointment notification              niors at Horizon High School             nies at their respective school's            Tickets are required for seating
from Rep. Jerry McNerney. Long will attend the U.S. Naval                  participated in a ceremony at 11:30      football fields. Foothill seniors will   at the Amador Valley and Foothill
                                                                           a.m. in the Village High School          graduate at 6:30 p.m., and Amador        graduations. Families and friends
Academy.                                                                   multipurpose room (4645 Bernal                                                    of graduates are encouraged to
                                                                                                                    Valley will start their ceremony at
                                                                           Avenue). Also on June 10, at 7           7:30 p.m.                                carpool and arrive early to allow
                                                                           p.m., seniors from Village High              The valedictorians and salu-         sufficient time for parking.
                                                                                                                    tatorians from Amador Valley                 Amador Valley High School is
                                                                                                                    and Foothill high schools were           located at 1155 Santa Rita Road.
                                                                                                                    introduced to the PUSD Board             Foothill High School is at 4375
                                                                                                                    of Trustees. For Amador Valley,          Foothill Road.

                                                                                 Your Stage
                                                                                 Toys Opens
                                                                               Rob and Dee Nitzsche com-
                                                                           bined their collective interests in
                                                                           set design, performance and their
                                                                           three girls to form Your Stage
                                                                           Toys, celebrating the opening of
                                                                           its first store on June 6th at 63 An-
                                                                           gela in downtown Pleasanton.
                                                                               The Grand Opening festivities
                                                                           include appearances by Capt’n
                                                                           Jack Spareribs, Magic Dan and
Rep. Jerry McNerney congratulates Kristine Lindstrom of Sunol for          The Front Porch Band.
                                                                               Your Stage Toys was formed
her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.                             in 2007 as an on-line toy store
                                                                           featuring products emphasiz-
   Two Named To Service Academies                                          ing sustainability and natural
                                                                           materials that promote learning
   Two Valley residents were among 14 young men and women appoint-
ed to the service academies by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.          through performance, creativity
   Casey Long, an Amador Valley High School graduate, will be enroll-      and imagination. Your Stage Toys
ing at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Among his hobbies          will feature a stage on which big
are playing the piano and doing gymnastics.                                and little performers can put on
   Kristina Lindstrom of Sunol, a graduate of Stevenson School in Pebble   magic shows, puppet shows,
Beach, will attend the Air Force Academy. She was a competitive ski        dance, music or theatrical perfor-
racer and broke many records at Stevenson School in weightlifting.         mances. For information, go to
                                                                  or call
                                                                           at 800-708-2198.
12        THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009                                                                                                                                                                         Community

      Organizations wishing to run notices in      She is the daughter of Steven and Lourdes           CAREs will speak about Livermore Lab issues.       unwanted possessions. Meetings in Room 7 at        AWANA children's program Wednesdays at
Bulletin Board, send information to PO Box         Contreras, residents of Pleasanton. Contreras       Refreshments served. Public invited. www.          7 p.m. every Monday 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the       6 p.m. 449-4403 or www.Tri-ValleyBible-
1198, Livermore, CA 94551, in care of Bul-         is a graduate of Amador Valley High School.                                  St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church.
letin Board. Include name of organization,         Texas Lutheran University recently named                 Brain Book Club, June selection is How We     Room 7, 4300 Mirador Drive, Pleasanton.                 Unitarian Universalist, 1893 N. Vasco
meeting date, time, place and theme or subject.    Amy Lemmon of Livermore, to the Dean's              Decide by Jonah Lehrer, meeting Wednesday,              Livermore High School 1971-74 Reunion,        Rd., Livermore. 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
Phone number and contact person should also        List for the spring 2009 semester. Lemmon, a        June 17, 7-8:30 p.m. in the garden at Towne        Aug. 8, Rod and Gun Club in Livermore, no          Information 447-8747.
be included.                                       business administration major, is the daughter      Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton.            host bar, buffet dinner. Tickets $45, couples           First Church of Christ, Scientist, Liver-
      Contest - Amateur photographers can win      of Paul and Sharon Lemmon. She is a graduate        Everyone is welcome; book is available at the      $85. Information Mike Lutz, 988-8655, Jeff         more, has services at 10 a.m. every Sunday
cash prizes in Alameda County CattleWomen's        of Livermore High School.                           store, 925.846-8826.                               Hannon, 209-243-2712; Phil Martin, 650-            and at 7:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each
"He Oughta Beef in Pictures" Father's Day               Instructors sought for Fall session. Have           Rockin' Rackfest 2009, Sat., June 20, Al-     454-6218; Shauna Pope, 456-0576. email             month. Sunday School for students (ages 3-20)
photo contest. Winning photo will be published     fun and make some extra money by teaching           ameda County Fairgrounds, noon to 5 p.m. Day                       is held at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The church and
in The Independent. Contest entries, which can     or sharing a special talent at Livermore Adult      of good food and fun, artistic vendors, salon           Tri-Valley Seniors: Need a ride to your       reading room are located at Third and N Streets.
be black and white or color, are to show shy       Education. You need not be credentialed. Please     and spa pampering, games and entertainment.        medical appointment? Seniors who require           The Reading Room, which is open to the public,
father deserves beef on Father's Day. Photos       call 925-606-4722 for more information              Sponsored by Save the Ta-Tas Foundation and        door-to-door service are now eligible for a        features books, CDs and magazines for sale.
must be 3" x 5" or larger. An optional 25 words         OSHA training, OSHA 500 trainer course         Whole Foods of San Ramon. Raffle, wine and         ride to their medical appointments. Volunteers     For information, call (925) 447-2946.
or less description of the photo may also be       for construction industry and OSHA 501 trainer      beer garden. Proceeds benefit breast cancer        use their personal vehicles to drive seniors to         Faith Chapel Assembly of God, 6656 Alisal
submitted. Amateur photographers of all ages       course for general industry: The courses brief      research. Information www.RockinRack-              and from medical appointments. Seniors must        St., Pleasanton, Sunday School for all ages 9:30
are invited to enter the contest. Official entry   participants on effective instructional ap-                                      be 60 and over, living in Dublin, Livermore,       a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Children’s Church
forms may be obtained at the website, www.         proaches and address topics required by the              Livermore High School, class of 1969, 40      Pleasanton or Sunol, and unable to find a          11:15 a.m. Women's Bible study Wednesdays, or by calling        10- and 30-hour OSHA programs focusing              year reunion, Sept. 19, 2009. Information call     ride (relative, friend, bus, paratransit.) For     at 10 a.m. Please call office at 846-8650 for
455-5755. Entries must be postmarked by Fri.,      on those considered to be most hazardous. A         Terry (Durham) Wolcott, 447-6627, or Mary          a ride, or to volunteer, contact Jennifer Cul-     weekly programs.
June 12, 2009. All entries will be displayed on    qualifying written exam will be administered        (Gomes) Straight, 447-5815.                        len at (925) 931-5387 or ja.cullen@yahoo.               Our Savior Lutheran Ministries, 1385 S.
the Alameda County CattleWomen website.            at the end of the class. To participate, students        Country-Western Barbecue, Pleasanton          com. Funding for the Senior Transportation         Livermore Avenue, Livermore. Sunday wor-
      Adult and Teen Volunteers Needed this        must have completed the OSHA 510 construc-          Senior VIP Club, Mon., June 22, Pleasanton         Program is provided by Alameda County              ship at 9 a.m.; Sunday School and Adult Bible
summer for the Tri Valley Youth Court (TVYC).      tion safety or the OSHA 511 general industry        Senior Center, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Live           Transportation Improvement Authority and           Study at 10:30 a.m.; Sequel (Contemporary
Teen volunteers can serve as Advocates (youth      standards course, and must have at least five       entertainment by South County Band play-           Measure B Funds.                                   worship) at 10:30 a.m. For information, call
attorneys), Court Clerks and Jurors. Advocates     years of health and safety work experience.         ing classic country, line dancing, couples              Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley      925-447-1246.
prepare and present the case for the Defendant.    500 - July 6-9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 501- June 15-      dancing, great food. $8. Tickets at the VIP        is looking for Volunteer Drivers to transport           Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743
Jurors and Court Clerks are needed one evening     18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CLPCCD OSHA Training           travel desk, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.         seniors to their medical appointments. The         East Avenue, Livermore. 9 a.m. Sunday wor-
per month – the first Tuesday from 5:30 pm         Center, 5020 Franklin Drive, Pleasanton.            Information, 931-5370. Deadline to purchase        Senior Transportation Program supplements          ship. Information 447-1950.
– 8:00 pm at the Gale/Schenone courthouse in       For more information and to register for the        tickets is June 18.                                existing public and paratransit services by pro-        Calvary Chapel Livermore, “Unequivo-
Pleasanton. TVYC is a diversion program for        course visit, or call (866)             Pleasanton Senior VIP Club, trips: Fri.,      viding rides via volunteer drivers. Volunteers     cally teaching for today the whole counsel of
first time teen offenders. For more information,   936-OSHA.                                           June 26, Flowers and wine - Plymouth-              must have a valid driver's license, a registered   God’s Word” Sunday Services 10:30 am and
visit our website at www.trivalleyyouthcourt.           The Ins & Outs of Today’s Real Estate          Clement includes flowers, wine tasting and         vehicle and carry personal automobile liability    6:00 p.m. 545 N. L Street Livermore. (925)
com or call Tonya at (925) 337-7175.               Market, A casual, no pressure way of finding        lunch, $71 members, $73 nonmembers. July           insurance. Please contact Jennifer Cullen for      447-4357 -
       Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club         out about the realities of buying and selling       8, Carmel & 17-mile drive, $44 members,            more information at (925) 931-5387 or email:            Kids Night Out, 1st through 6th graders,
meets on Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m.           real estate in today’s economy. Thursday,           $46 nonmembers. July 3-5, July 4th in Reno-                                Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. June 17-July 15. Each
The meeting will take place at Alisal School,      June 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room        Sparks, includes fireworks, casino package,             RELIGION                                      week features a special theme such as water fun,
multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road,           (Room 106), Our Savior Lutheran Ministries,         etc. $237 double, $355 single, $3 additional            First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth         games, sports and a scavenger hunt. $55 ($5
Pleasanton. This month’s speaker is Ed Laivo       1385 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore. Topics         for nonmember. Information, Travel desk,           Street, Livermore. Information (925) 447-2078      per night). Register, contact Valerie Fleming,
from Dave Wilson’s Nursery. His topic will         include market conditions, loan modifications,      Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.,        or                          484-2482 ext. 106 at Children@harvestvalley.
be summer pruning of fruit trees. Visitors         short sales, bank owned properties, homebuyer       Pleasanton, 931-5370.                                   Tri-Valley Bible Church, 2346 Walnut          org. Harvest Valley Christian Church, 3200
are welcome. For questions, call Sally at          programs, tax assessment reduction, plus ques-           NAMI Tri-Valley Parent Resource & Sup-        St., Livermore, holds Sunday worship at 10         Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton.
417-8809.                                          tion and answer opportunities.                      port Group, meets June 16, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00       a.m. with Sunday school for all ages at 9 a.m.
      Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring Club,            Rodeo dinner-dance, Livermore-Pleasan-         p.m. Pathways To Wellness 5674 Stoneridge          Children's classes during adult worship service.
Sat., June 14, 70 miles Muirwood Park in           ton Elks Lodge 2117. Sat., June 13, 6 p.m. Elks     Dr., Suite #116, Pleasanton. A support group for
Pleasanton Walnut Creek and Clayton, meet          Lodge, 940 Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Western         parents of children diagnosed with, or suspected
8:30 a.m. Herman Bonilla, 426-0680. Sun.,          tri-tip dinner (chicken available by advance        of having, bipolar or other mood disorders.
June 14, 36 miles Embarcadero to Tiburon           request), dace to music by DJ Steve Edwards.        Contact: Suzi Glorioso, (925) 443-1797, or
and Larkspur, meet 10 a.m. Bill Goodwin,           Tickets and reservations, call the Elks Lodge       e-mail:
487-0521. Wed., June 17, 47 miles, Shannon         at 455-8829 by June 10.                                  NAMI Tri-Valley Family Support Group,
Center in Dublin to Castro Valley and Moraga            Widowed Men and Women of Northern              Pleasanton, June 15, 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Commons, meet 10 a.m., Bill Goodwin, 487-          CA, Lunch in Livermore, June 16, 11:30 a.m.,        Pathways To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Dr.,
0521. Anyone planning to go on a ride is asked     RSVP to Roselyn by June 12 at 999-9936.             Suite #116, Pleasanton. A support group for
to call the leader for details on where to meet    Happy hour in Pleasanton, June 19, 5 to 7           family/caregivers of adults with mental illness.
and what to bring.                                 p.m., RSVP to Lorraine by June 17, 846-3330.        Contact: Marsha McInnis, phone: 980-5331, or
      The 12th Annual Pooch Parade will            Friendly bridge/optional lunch in Castro Valley,    e-mail:
take place on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 in         June 20, 1 p.m. RSVP to Paula by June 17,                San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club,
downtown Pleasanton. Registration begins at 5      510-537-6438. Happy hour in Castro Valley,          luncheon June 18, 11:30 p.m. at the Crow
p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m. at Wayside    June 26, 4 to 6 p.m., RSVP to Bert by June 24,      Canyon Country Club. Spencer Christian,
Park, corner of First Street and Neal. Enter       510-582-7524. Birthday dinner in Fremont,           the TV personality, will be the guest speaker.
your pooch in one of eight categories. The         June 27, RSVP by June 24 to Ramona at               Contact Paula at 735-6483.
entry fee is $10.00 per category. All proceeds     510-471-9630.                                            Essential Tremor, East Bay Essential
benefit the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Rais-            Free teen workshop, Pleasanton Com-            Tremor Support Group meets 10 a.m. to noon
ers. For complete details and registration go to   munity Counseling Center, "This is Not the          the third Saturday of each month in Black-                 Outcome I Expected: How to Handle Loss              hawk A&B conference rooms at San Ramon
      Film, “River of Renewal,” will be shown      and Disappointment." Sat., June 20, 2 to 4 p.m.     Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon
Sat., June 27, 7 p.m. at the IBEW Hall; 6250       Pleasanton Library. Teens will have opportunity     Rd., San Ramon. Those recently diagnosed
Village Parkway, Dublin. Meet & greet begins       to share with one another in a confidential and     with ET or wanting to learn more about the
at 6:30 PM. The film will be followed by a         supportive setting. Free. Snacks. $10 Jamba         most common movement disorder, welcome
question and answer period hosted by the           Juice gift card for attendance. Call Jenny,         to attend. Information, call 487-5706 or email
author and filmmaker, Stephen Most. This           600-9762 ext. 7#.                         
film explores the conflicts between various             Tri-Valley Democratic Club, Meets 7 p.m.            ClutterLess Self Help Support Group, (CL)
groups who have an interest in the Klamath         June 15 at the Livermore Library, 1188 So.          is a nonprofit, peer-based, self-help support
River, either for its water or because of its      Livermore Ave. Marylia Kelley of Tri-Valley         group for people with difficulty discarding
salmon fishery. This event is open to all, is
free (although, a $3.00 donation keeps things
humming along), refreshments are served, and
the hall is wheelchair accessible. For more
information, call 925-462-3459,
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This free event will be held at the Pleasanton
Library on Monday, June 29 from 7 - 8:30 PM.
Contact Diane Keller at 963-2932 or drkeller- for more information.
      Student news: Christina Contreras, a
resident of Pleasanton, CA has graduated from
Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in
Economics. The College’s 116th Commence-
ment Exercises were held on May 17, 2009.
While a student at Pomona, Contreras was a
senior interviewer in the Office of Admissions.

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