Council Backs Downtown_ Vasco Stations

					VOLUME XLVII, NUMBER 17                         Your Local News Source Since 1963                                       SERVING LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL                                                            THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

                                       Council Backs Downtown, Vasco Stations
                                          The Livermore City Council                  by the BART board. The decision                      The selected route was that              for station locations, three pro-     economic development near sta-
                                       voted unanimously to recom-                    is expected to made in June.                     recommended by staff.                        posals for maintenance yards and      tion sites, reducing greenhouse
                                       mend that a BART extension                         The recommended route,                           Staff told the council that oth-         10 potential track alignments that    gas and connecting with other
                                       to Livermore go underground                    known as 2B, follows I-580                       er alignments were unfundable                had emerged from previous stud-       transportation systems such as
                                       through the downtown and at                    east from the Dublin-Pleasanton                  due to various constraints that              ies. The tenth alignment, the one     ACE and the high-speed rail
                                       grade to Vasco Road.                           station to Livermore’s East Air-                 would not allow the city to meet             selected by staff and endorsed        project.
                                          If funding could not be ob-                 way-Portola interchange, where                   the criteria need to gain money to           by the council, evolved as part          City engineer Cheri Sheets
                                       tained for a downtown station,                 it goes underground and angles                   build the extension. Among those             of the public outreach process        told the council, alternative 2B
                                       the council’s vote included                    southeast beneath Portola and                    is a requirement for housing. The            that included public hearings and     best satisfies community goals
                                       the recommendation to extend                   city streets to the location of                  MTC, which makes spending                    community workshops. Cost for         and policies for infill develop-
 Find Out What's                       BART to Vasco Road. A Vasco
                                       station would be near the na-
                                                                                      the current Altamont Commuter                    decisions, requires 3850 existing            the various options range from        ment, economic vitality and
                                                                                      Express (ACE) station at the                     or planned housing units within
    Happening                          tional laboratories and the area               downtown transit center.                         a half mile of a station. With the
                                                                                                                                                                                    just over $1 billion for a single
                                                                                                                                                                                    Isabel station to $3.8 billion for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          regional mobility; local, regional,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          state and federal transportation
                                       where Livermore anticipates that                   From there it turns east and                 2B option, the required housing              option 2B                             policies for intermodal connec-
       Check out the                   a large number of jobs will be                 rises back to the surface along                  could be split between the down-                BART’s anticipated effect has      tions, reductions in greenhouse
                                       generated at the i-Hub. The state              the Union Pacific Railroad cor-                  town and Vasco sites. “Without               evolved beyond freeway relief         gases, congestion relief and
      second section                   has designated Livermore as an                 ridor leading to its terminus on                 the housing, the project will not            to a more comprehensive array         sustainable transit through mixed
    Section II is filled with infor-   i-Hub, a center for innovation.                the east side of Vasco Road. A                   be funded,” declared city traffic            of benefits, such as connecting       use development at stations. She
mation about arts, entertainment          The final decision on a BART                maintenance yard would be con-                   engineer Bob Vinn.                           city with city, improving the         also noted that is the environmen-
and special events. There are          extension alignment will be made               structed at the Vasco site.                          Staff examined five proposals            mobility of residents, stimulating                    (See BART, page 2)
education stories, a variety of
features, and the arts and en-
tertainment and bulletin board
listings.                                                                                                                                                                           Pleasanton Looks at
                                                                                                                                                                                    Negotiations to Settle
Livermore Police                                                                                                                                                                    Court's Cap Ruling
To Host Town                                                                                                                                                                            The Pleasanton City Council       involved a charge of discrimi-
Hall Meeting                                                                                                                                                                        continued public hearings on
                                                                                                                                                                                    how the city should respond to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nation. Urban Habitat alleged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that the city favors housing for
    A Town Hall Meeting will                                                                                                                                                        recent court ruling, overturined      seniors over other multifamily or
be held May 4 at 7 p.m. at the                                                                                                                                                      the city’s housing cap.               other low income types.
Robert Livermore Community                                                                                                                                                              The council is considering            Alameda Superior Court Judge
Center, 4444 East Ave., Liver-                                                                                                                                                      three responses: continued liti-      Frank Roesch issued the ruling
more. It will feature Chief Steve                                                                                                                                                   gation, compliance, or negotia-       on the lawsuit on March 12.
Sweeney, Captain Scott Trudeau,                                                                                                                                                     tions.                                He ordered the city to complete
Captain Steve Gallagher, and                                                                                                                                                            The council will continue to      re-zoning to accommodate its
other members of the Livermore                                                                                                                                                      meet in closed session to discuss     share of the region’s housing as
                                                                                                                                                                                    the various options. The next         required by state law. The ruling
Police Department.
                                                                                                                                                                                    session was set for April 27. It      prevents the city from using the
    The community education                                                                                                                                                         is possible there could be a deci-    cap in any planning documents
presentation is offered by the                                                                                                                                                      sion by the end of the week. The      or decisions. The judge also sus-
Livermore Police Department                                                                                                                                                         council appears headed towards        pended the right of Pleasanton
in cooperation with the Liver-                                                                                                                                                      negotiating, while retaining the      to issue nonresidential building
more Police Department Citi-                                                                                                                                                        ability to litigate if an agreement   permits. Roesch did not rule on
zens Police Academy Alumni                                                                                                                                                          were not reached.                     the discrimination charge.
                                                                                                                                                       Photo - Doug Jorgensen
Association (CPAAA) and the                                                                                                                                                             The city has until August 9 to        “We think the order is broader
Livermore Area Recreation and          Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III high fives students at Rancho Las Positas in
                                                                                                                                                                                    respond to the court.                 than the law allows,” stated Tom
Parks District (LARPD).                Livermore.                                                                                                                                       Councilmember Cindy Mc-           Brown, counsel hired by the city
    Chief Sweeney will discuss                                                                                                                                                      Govern noted, “We are truly           to represent it in the litigation.

                                       Lorrie and Sully Sullenberger
current law enforcement trends                                                                                                                                                      talking about issues, not making      Brown noted that the city has
in Livermore and then open the                                                                                                                                                      decisions. We are trying to reach     failed to update its housing ele-
meeting up to questions from                                                                                                                                                        an understanding on both sides”       ment to include regional housing

                                       Honor Rancho School Students
the audience. This Town Hall                                                                                                                                                            Hosterman commented, “Just        numbers. Under state law, hous-
Meeting is intended to allow our                                                                                                                                                    as we vigorously defended the         ing elements have to be adapted
community members to discuss                                                                                                                                                        cap, we will pursue vigorously        and then updated on a regular
topics they feel are important         By Patricia Koning                             need to go to this school,” said                 Captain Sullenberger, of course,             a solution that will bring Pleas-     schedule. They are required to
to them and the police depart-             Lorrie Sullenberger has been               Lorrie, an Ambassador to the                     saved an entire plane load of                anton into compliance and safe-       accommodate regional housing
ment.                                  waiting to meet the students at                California Governor’s Council                    people.”                                     guard the best interests of the       numbers, he added.
    According to Chief Sweeney,        Rancho Las Positas Elementary                  on Physical Fitness and Sports,                     Sully achieved worldwide                  community.”                               The city has spent about
                                       School since last September,                   the organization that sponsors the               fame on Jan. 15, 2009, when                      The suit was filed by Urban       $500,000 in legal expenses on
“The Livermore Police Depart-
                                       when they gave away their                      Governor’s Challenge.                            he successfully landed US Air-               Habitat, which claimed that           the case. It does not include
ment prides itself on being an
                                       Governor’s Fitness Challenge                      On Friday, April 23, Lorrie                   ways Flight 1549 in the Hudson               the city’s growth policies made       the work performed by the city
open agency with our commu-                                                                                                                                                         it impossible for it to meet its
                                       gold medal award of a $100,000                 and her husband Captain Ches-                    River after engine failure due                                                     attorney’s office. An appeal could
nity members. This Town Hall                                                          ley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III                  to bird strikes. Lorrie runs Fit             regional fair share housing num-      cost about $250,000. The city
Meeting will allow us to directly      fitness center to Modesto’s Tu-
                                       olumne Elementary School.                      attended the school’s Earth Day                  and Fabulous . . . Outdoors                  bers, particularly with regard to     could also face claims for legal
interact with the people we serve                                                     assembly. “We often talk about                   ( w w w. f i t a n d f a b u l o u s o u t   low income housing. The suit          expenses for Urban Habitat,
                                       After reading essays from other
and I hope that we can have a          finalists in the Governor’s Fit-               heroes in our world. I think a         , which aims to help               targeted the 29,000 unit housing      which instituted the lawsuit.
great exchange of information          ness Challenge, Principal Chris                hero is someone who changes a                    women find fun in everyday exer-             cap and the growth manage-                Brown said the options are
and ideas. It’s imperative that        Calabrese said it was obvious                  person’s life or saves a life,” said             cise and accept their bodies.                ment ordinance, which limits the      to to include fighting the ruling.
we include our community in            that other schools had a greater               Calabrese. “Both of our guests                      “I married him over 20 years              number of permits allocated each      “There are substantial questions
our law enforcement efforts,           need than Rancho for the fitness               here are heroes—Mrs. Sullen-                     ago, back then he wasn’t so                  year. The housing cap could have      about whether the city has the
and I am always interested in          center.                                        berger because she changes                       cool,” said Lorrie. “You are lead-           only been overturned by a vote of     right to go immediately to the
hearing what our residents have            “I was so blown away by                    people’s lives by helping them                   ers right now. You set an example            the people.                           appeals court because of the
to say about what is occurring         what you had done. I said we                   make healthier choices. And                                     (See RANCHO, page 3)              A third element of the lawsuit                  (See RULING, page 4)
in town.”
    The Town Hall Meeting is
an open forum. Everyone is
welcome to attend. Reservations        Grant Program Would Help
are not required. It will help plan
for seating if attendees register      With Stream Improvements
for the presentation by calling           The Zone 7 Water Agency is                  preliminary designs for bank
LARPD at 373-5700 and regis-           launching a pilot grant program                stabilization, erosion protection,
tering for class #2723.                to determine whether public/                   habitat and other improvements
                                       private partnerships could help                on a mile-long stretch of arroyo
                                       in implementing Stream Man-                    from Castlewood Drive down-
                                       agement Master Plan (SMMP)                     stream to the Verona Bridge. The
                                       projects on privately owned                    design work could then be used to
                                       stream reaches within Zone 7’s                 seek future joint funding for con-
                                       jurisdiction.                                  structing those improvements,
                                          The Zone 7 Board of Direc-                  and could make the project more
                                       tors agreed to requests from a                 competitive for future state and
                                       group of private landowners for                federal grant funding.
                                       a $100,000 grant to facilitate                    “This action demonstrates
                                       stream improvements consistent                 Zone 7’s willingness to work
                                       with Zone 7’s SMMP goals.                      collaboratively on watershed is-
                                       Their properties are located along             sues, and provides one avenue for
                                       a stretch of Arroyo de la Laguna               seeking joint funding on stream
                                       between Pleasanton and Sunol,                  management issues like slope
                                       which suffers from significant                 stabilization and restoration,”
                                       streambank erosion and loss of                 said Zone 7 Board President
                                       backyard property.                             Dick Quigley. “To finally see                                                                                                                     Photo - Doug Jorgensen
                                          The Urban Creeks Council,                   SMMP projects where the rubber
                                       a non-profit organization, will                is meeting the road – and with                   The annual Wente Vineyards criterium and road race were held over the weekend. Winning the
PET OF THE WEEk                        administer the grant along with                community involvement – is re-                   junior men's (15-16) criterium was Marcus Smith of Pleasanton. Ryan Gabow of Dublin finished
Meet her Royal Highness,               $50,000 in matching funds it has               ally special.”                                   fifth in the 17-18 Jr. men. Mike Gabow was 7th in the master (45-99). Gordon Lau of Livermore
Princess Diana! Although,              received from the U.S. Environ-                   Zone 7’s SMMP, adopted in                     finished 6th in the men's criterium. In the road race event, Nathan Parks, Livermore, finished 3rd
                                       mental Protection Agency. The                  2006, identifies the lower reach                 in the master class, Hanns Detlefsen, Dublin was 9th. Dan Foehner, Pleasanton, raced to 2nd in
unlike her namesake, she is not        money will be used to develop                                   (See STREAM, page 3)
British royalty- she is a Persian                                                                                                      the men's event.
princess! She is a true exotic
beauty. She would do best in
a quiet home where she can
rule over her loyal subjects.
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tally superior alternative with         merce, said the chamber agreed        to Greenville. If the downtown         one of the original proposals. It     making a decision, we need to      gest that downtown won’t be a
the best air quality, most energy       with staff recommendation. His        to Vasco alignment were to go          came out of input received from       take into consideration how        destination, when the 2000 seat
savings, and most reduction in          reasons were eonomic. “We must        forward, he asked why it could         the public. “The freeway will do      people will be living 30, 40 and   theater is coming, is incorrect.
vehicle miles traveled. It was the      get BART to the i-Hub area near       not continue as a subway all the       nothing but benefit Tracy and         50 years from now.”                Having a downtown station is a
concept with the most support at        the laboratories,” he stated.         way to Vasco.                          Manteca. After 40 years, do we           Mayor Marshall Kamena           real plus.”
the community workshops.                    Len Alexander, Livermore              Susan Young called the fa-         want to use our BART ticket for       noted, “It’s important that the        Kamena concluded, “I believe
    In looking at the proposed Isa-     Valley Performing Arts Center         vored alignment, “the path of          commuters who have not paid,”         rail goes to the laboratories.     in this one. I haven’t heard any-
bel and I-580 station, Vinn said        CEO, favored 2B as the best           most disruption to the most            he asked. Horner said he would        Thousands of jobs will be cre-     thing that would make me change
that because of the urban growth        option. “I believe it will make       residents of Livermore. It will        pick the option that has the          ated on the 1600 acre science      my mind.”
boundary (UGB), scenic corridor         an impact on the viability of         destroy a neighborhood. You will       most benefits for the citizens of     and technology park. To sug-
policy, and airport protection          the downtown and enhance our          be hurting a lot of people.”           Livermore. That’s 2B. He noted
zone, no new housing could be           ability to run the performing arts         Valerie Raymond described         that the decision impacts how we
built at the site. In addition, there   theaters.”                            the staff recommendation as            will function in the future. “Cars
is no connection to ACE.                    Winegrower Jon Christensen        “staggeringly expensive. Fund-         won’t continue to be the primary
    The Greenville site, once the       reminded the council that the         ing it would require strong com-       way to get around. A station in the
favored end of line station, is         city’s policy has been to grow        munity support and consensus,          downtown will benefit the city
unlikely ever to be built due to        within the city’s current bound-      which doesn’t exist. Regional          for decades and decades.”
environmental concerns. Regula-         aries to avoid building in empty      support is unlikely to be enthu-           Marj Leider also did not want
tory agencies have indicated they       fields. Much effort and planning      siastic. Every dollar spent is a       to overturn the airport protection,
would not likely issue permits          had gone into preserving the          dollar not available to projects       UGB or scenic corridor protec-
that would allow development of         vineyards and open space areas        important to other areas. The only     tions. “If I didn’t keep them, I
the station and maintenance yard,       around the city. “There is a new      alternative that makes sense is a      would betray those who voted
said Vinn. There are sensitive          opportunity to focus more on the      single station at Isabel/580. The      me into office.”
habitat and wildlife mitigation         downtown. A major transit center      limitations cited by staff are arti-       Jeff Williams, who grew up in
corridors in the area. “Because of      can define a city center. Freeway     ficial and can be changed.”            Orinda where the BART station
that, a station at Greenville is not    stations are a concept of 30-year-        Also stating that the con-         is a block from the downtown,
viable,” explained Vinn. In addi-       old urban planning,” he stated.       straints, such as the UGB, scenic      said there were no negative im-
tion, the location near the eastern         Michael Weiner brought up         corridor and airport protection,       pacts to the downtown. “With a
UGB would make it difficult to          the impact on cultural activities.    are all things that can change         lot of hard work, we can make
meet the housing requirement.           Weiner, is a member of the board      was Linda Jeffery Sailors. She         sure the negative impacts are
On the positive side, it would          of the California Symphony. He        pointed out that under the 2B          mitigated in Livermore. When
pick up the most San Joaquin            said of Livermore, “It is a des-      option, 81 living units would be
commuters.                              tination spot. I look forward to      lost. Other towns had to pay for
    Sheets called Greenville “fa-       exploring its cultural offerings.”    undergrounding. “I don’t think
tally flawed for environmental              David Lowell, who chaired         we can afford it,” she stated. She
reasons.” In addition, residential      the Wings for Charity airshow,        urged the city to recommend an
development at 100 units to the         pointed out that issues that make     Isabel station with future expan-
acre would be required at a loca-       the protection zone necessary are     sion possible.
tion far from any city services.        safety and noise. “I can’t imagine        Sheila Cooper said of the pre-
    Malcolm Quint, BART proj-           building the needed homes in the      ferred alignment, “Homes will be
ect manager, was asked about the        area. No one would want to live       taken. How will relocation take
potential for a Greenville station.     there.”                               place. I love the Bankhead The-
“It is my sense that staff will not         Reading a letter of support for   ater. However, Livermore will
recommend the site because of           a downtown station was Rachael        not become a destination for the
the constraints that have been          Snedecor, executive director of       arts. The city does not have the
identified,” he replied.                Livermore Downtown Inc. The           restaurants and walking areas to
    Vinn continued the discussion       letter notes that the board feels     make that happen.”
of options. A downtown station          confident that the presence of a          Luanna Layton suggested
is in the middle of the urban           downtown BART station added           that requirements for funding at
core. It is best suited for transit     to the existing transit center will   Isabel and Greenville could be
oriented development (TOD).             allow Livermore to truly grow         waived, because Livermore has
“The biggest constraint,” said          its residential and entertainment     been paying into the system for
Vinn, “is that development is           developments. The underground         such a long time.
already there.”                         option preserves the design and           In response to comments
    The Vasco station is near jobs,     beautification elements in place      about funding, BART Board
the i-Hub and existing plans            and the board strongly endorses       member John McPartland com-
for a neighborhood. It, too, is         the underground option. The           mented, “If BART goes to Isabel,
constrained by existing devel-          board would like assurance that       not only would we end up with
opment.                                 with the addition of theater ven-     difficulty in funding it, it would
    Vinn felt that concerns about       ues, housing and transportation       be a non-starter. It would be an
noise and visual impacts could          projects, parking structures and      end game.” He said there are four
be mitigated for the 2B option.         street parking balance is main-       criteria that must be met to gain
When it came to concerns about          tained.                               funding. They are political will,
parking, Vinn said it could be              Bob Baltzer pointed out that      funding, sustainable ridership
constrained in the downtown. He         additional money could be saved       and connectivity with ACE or the
pointed out that many downtown          by putting the Vasco yard east of     high speed rail. Isabel would not
stations on the BART line have          Greenville and well south of I-       meet the criteria.
no parking at all. He felt that suf-    580 outside the UGB. This would           Councilmembers then ex-
ficient parking could be provided       save $300 to $400 million.            plained their reasons for support-
at Vasco to intercept commuters.            Those favoring a station on       ing the staff recommendation.
In the downtown, parking would          the freeway, either Isabel alone or       John Marchand noted that it
be controlled by the city. It could     both Isabel and Greenville point-     is an extremely difficult topic to
be shared with other uses.              ed to the disruption construction     handle. He has friends on both
    Public testimony was split          would cause in neighborhoods.         sides of the issue. “All of the ar-
almost 50-50 between the down-          There was concern about noise,        guments have merit. One thing I
town to Vasco alignment and             loss of property values, and the      find troubling are statements this
keeping the extension on the            loss of homes.                        is staff driven. It is goal driven.
freeway with stations at Isabel             Milo Nordyke said his prefer-     A lot of the options are unfund-
and Greenville.                         ence was a station at Isabel to       able.” He said he did not want
    Those in favor of 2B talked         provide access for students at-       to change the airport protection
about the positive economic             tending the college. He pointed       zone. Citizens have steadfastly
impacts, ease of access by other        out that homes have already           supported the UGB. “I love the
public transit and walking, and         been built in the airport protec-     fact we have the scenic corridor.
the fact that it is the most likely     tion zone. Other homes could          It separates Livermore. Citizens
to be funded.                           be built.                             put these protections in place.”
    John Mahoney, representing              Matthew Steinberg favored             Doug Horner pointed out
the Livermore Chamber of Com-           a freeway alignment all the way       that the preferred option was not
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of Arroyo de la Laguna, which         the stretch near Verona Bridge       flooding.                           partnerships in implementing
carries much of the area’s storm-     formed a neighborhood coalition         Although many of the Valley’s    some SMMP projects could be a
water to Alameda Creek and on         called Friends of Verona Reach to    streams and channels are under      win-win for everyone involved.
to San Francisco Bay, as region-      address their concerns about ero-    public ownership, the Verona            The grant program will re-
ally important to the flood protec-   sion and loss of property, along     Reach of Arroyo de la Laguna        quire minimum criteria to be
tion goals of the entire Valley.      with overall stream health. The      is one of many privately owned      further refined through the pilot
The SMMP list a project for this      bank erosion is a major source       areas seen as important to the      program: Grantee must provide
stretch of arroyo that includes       of sediment buildup in the down-     overall health of the Upper Alam-   a 25 percent match for requested
bed/bank stabilization, restora-      stream area of the arroyo, which     eda Creek Watershed. Achieving      grant funds. Grant funds may be
tion/rehabilitation through bio-      reduces its stormwater-carrying      flood protection in the Valley is   provided only to non-govern-
engineering methods, and other        capacity. In addition, the erosion   therefore difficult for Zone 7 to   mental organizations, non-prof-
habitat enhancements within the       is so great that large amounts of    accomplish without costly or        its, homeowners associations or
reach.                                tree debris can become lodged        unpopular land acquisition. Zone    other groups assisting private
   Private landowners along           downstream, causing out-of-bank      7 is hopeful that public/private    landowners. Grantee must own
                                                                                                               land within Zone 7’s jurisdiction

  VALLEY ROUNDUP                                                                                               and be located on a stream identi-
                                                                                                               fied in the SMMP or subsequent
                                                                                                               flood protection improvement
                                                                                                               plans as needing improvement
  Bill Benefits Veterans                               was sleeping.                                           or enhancement.
     A bill authored by Congressman Jerry Mc-             Sterling was transported to Valley Care Hos-
  Nerney (CA-11) to address the needs of veterans      pital in Pleasanton where he was pronounced
  who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  passed the House of Representatives.
                                                          An investigation led detectives to believe that
                                                       Adams caused the infant’s death due to “her de-
                                                                                                               Zone 7 Directors
     “Many service members who were wounded
  in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced a
                                                       liberate disregard for his life.” Investigators con-    Won't Increase
                                                       cluded that when Adams used methamphetamine
  traumatic brain injury. In fact, traumatic brain     for four consecutive days and refused to sleep,         Meeting Pay
  injuries are the hallmark injuries of these wars,”   she knew she was incapable of safely caring for
  said Rep. McNerney. “It is our responsibil-          Sterling. Although she was aware of the dangers            In a unanimous decision,
  ity to ensure that the Veterans Administration       of caring for Sterling while under the influence        Zone 7 Water Agency’s Board of
  is equipped and ready to provide the ongoing         of methamphetamine, she did not make arrange-           Directors chose not to increase
  services necessary to fully address the impact of    ments for others to care for him, in conscious          the amount of money directors
                                                       disregard for his life.                                 are paid to attend Board meet-
  traumatic brain injuries.”                                                                                   ings — even though their cur-
     McNerney’s bill helps develop improved poli-         Adams is a long time abuser of methamphet-
                                                       amine, with numerous arrests for drug related           rent compensation falls below
  cies for care and rehabilitation of veterans with                                                            that of other water districts in
  traumatic brain injuries by establishing a special   charges. She has been through numerous drug
                                                       rehabilitation facilities, where she learned the        the region.
  panel to assess how well the VA treats veterans      dangers of using of methamphetamine.                       Board members said they
  with TBI. It will also help establish TBI-specific      Adams had made plans to use methamphet-              don’t serve in a publicly elected
  education and training programs for VA health        amine in celebration of her upcoming birthday. In       office for the money. Plus, they
  professionals.                                       preparation for using methamphetamine, Adams            want to set an example in these
     Congressman McNerney’s bill passed the            stated she stopped breastfeeding Sterling. Adams        difficult economic times by
  House as part of the comprehensive Caregivers        traveled with Sterling to a residence in Rich-          foregoing an increase in com-
  and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. The        mond, California. Adams stated that while at            pensation.
  inclusion of McNerney’s bill in this Act is an       the Richmond residence, she continually smoked             “It’s important for the public
  important step because the legislation reflects      methamphetamine from March 15, 2009 until               to know that the board sitting
  language agreed upon by both the House and           March 18, 2009.                                         here making policy and water
  Senate. The Senate could take up the Caregivers         Adams then returned to her Livermore resi-           rates decisions is, in compari-
  and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act in the      dence. Although Adams was presented with op-            son to neighboring boards, re-
                                                       portunities to have someone else care for Sterling,     ally paid leanly,” said Board
  coming months.                                                                                               President Dick Quigley. He said
                                                       she continued to keep him in her custody. Adams
                                                       was with Sterling on a couch inside their residence.    compensation is particularly
  Workshop to Help Seniors                             While on the couch, Adams fell asleep for the first     small when considering all the
     Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) will           time since beginning her methamphetamine use            time that Board members put
  hold a senior assistance workshop in Dublin.         four days earlier. While sleeping, Adams rolled         into Zone 7 business outside of
  The workshop will take place on Friday, April        on top of Sterling, smothering him.                     Board meetings themselves.
  30th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dublin          Adams has two other children, currently ages            The Board’s current com-
  Senior Center, located at 7600 Amador Valley         three and five. Both of these children had meth-        pensation, last adjusted in June
  Boulevard.                                           amphetamine in their system when born. They             2008, is $159.99 per meeting,
                                                       were removed from her custody by Child Protec-          with a maximum of four meet-
     Representatives from the Centers for Medi-                                                                ings per month for a maximum
  care and Medicaid Services, the Social Security      tive Services.                                          monthly total of $639.96. During
  Administration, and Alameda County Adult and                                                                 that same period, the Bay Area’s
  Aging Services will be on hand to offer one-         Funds for Schools                                       Consumer Price Index rose 3.8
  on-one assistance to seniors with obtaining              A “drop off and donate drive” last Thursday         percent.
  benefits, including applying for Social Security     at Pleasanton schools resulted in donations of             The mean compensation level
  and Medicare benefits, checking on the status of     $73,000.                                                of other six Bay Area water
  a previous application, and obtaining help with          CORE, Community OutReach for Education,             agencies surveyed is $166 per
  missing Social Security payments.                    is a combined effort by PPIE (Pleasanton Partner-       meeting, with a maximum of 9.2
     In addition, representatives from the Dublin      ships in Education Foundation), all Pleasanton          meetings per month for a maxi-
  Police Department and the Eden I&R / Alameda                                                                 mum monthly total of $1,448.88.
                                                       Unified School parent groups, and the District to
  County 2-1-1 program will give presentations                                                                 Currently, Zone 7 is also the
                                                       raise funds for libraries, technology, and student      only agency of those surveyed
  on topics relevant to seniors, such as fraud pre-
  vention and how to connect with social service       support programs.                                       in which board members are
  agencies.                                                The overall goal of the campaign, which will        not eligible for health and dental
     For questions regarding the workshop, contact     run through June 1, is $954,064. PUSD fami-             benefits.
  Congressman McNerney’s Pleasanton office at          lies have been asked for a donation of $150 per
  925-737-0727.                                        student, and community members are invited
                                                       to donate as well. Currently, the campaign has
  Murder Charge in Baby’s Death                        raised a total of $130,165.
     The Livermore Police Department arrested              The next Drop and Donate day is May 27.
  Jessica Adams for the murder of her two month        However, donations may be made any time, by
  old baby, Gary Sterling.                             check on online at
     Livermore police and medical personnel                A garage sale is planned for Friday, April 30
  responded to a call about an unresponsive baby       (3 - 6 p.m.) and Saturday, May 1 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  on March 19. His mother told the officers that       at 2810 Camino Segura.
  she had accidentally suffocated him while she

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for other children and adults in
your community and across the
country. We are here today to be
inspired by you.”
    Sully told the Rancho students
they have a unique school culture
and attitude. “It’s so much fun to
be here, such joy in the room,” he
said. “Before I landed the plane
in the Hudson, I hoped that by the
end of my life that I would have
done enough things, one day at a
time, to have made a difference
in the world. You are on the right
path of making heroic choices,
one day at a time.”
    The Sullenbergers joined
Calabrese and several Rancho
teachers on stage to lead the
children in the fitness song “Tony
Chestnut (Toe-Knee Chest-Nut)”.
The Rancho students then sang
the Rancho school song to the
Sullenbergers and then every-
one—all 522 students, their
teachers, other staff members,
and plenty of parents—headed
out to the track where the Sul-
lenbergers jogged a lap with the
    Lorrie and Sully spent a long
time signing autographs on cop-
ies of Sully’s book “Highest
Duty: My Search for What Really
Matters”, scraps of paper, hands,
and even the back of the students’
Governor’s Fitness Challenge t-
shirts. Several children, walking
away from Sully, swore they’d
never wash their hands again.
    Every student at Rancho has
completed the Governor’s Chal-
lenge since it began in 2006. The
school has been finalist in each
of the last three academic years.
To participate in the Governor’s
Challenge, students must be ac-
tive 30-60 minutes a day at least
3 days a week for a month in
addition to physical education
classes. For more information on
the Governor’s Challenge, visit
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                                                                                                            Pleasanton Objects to Condition on Rt. 84 Funds
  Community Responds
                                                                                                                The City of Pleasanton will be
                                                                                                            sending a letter to the Tri-Valley
                                                                                                            Transportation Council (TVTC)
                                                                                                                                                      Pleasanton has been at odds
                                                                                                                                                   with other valley communities
                                                                                                                                                   over the extension of Stoneridge
                                                                                                                                                                                           Govern urged the council to send
                                                                                                                                                                                           a letter to TVTC. “Something
                                                                                                                                                                                           like this has never happened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on member jurisdictions. “Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    businesses and people are pay-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing into the TVTC fund. Setting
                                                                                                            objecting to a condition placed        Drive. The extension was ap-            before. It is not a good thing to        a condition on spending those
     Instrumental music in elementary schools in the Liver-                                                 on funding a project Pleasanton        proved as part of the Staples           start now. I think it’s really bad       funds is a line that shouldn’t be
  more Valley Joint Unified School District appears to have                                                 has long wanted.                       Ranch development. However,             business,” she declared. “Funds          crossed,” declared Sullivan.
  been saved for at least another year, thanks to the Liver-                                                    Matt Sullivan, who represents      a lawsuit challenged the ad-            should be based on commute                  Livermore City Councilmem-
  more Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) working with                                                      Pleasanton on TVTC, told the           equacy of the Staples Ranch             needs. Funding decisions should          ber Doug Horner, who represents
                                                                                                            council last week, “The good           environmental impact report in          not be political.”                       Livermore on TVTC, told the city
  the community.                                                                                                                                                                              City Manager Nelson Fi-
                                                                                                            news is there is funding to begin      looking at impacts resulting from                                                council that because of the slow
     LVEF president Vicki Schellenberger announced re-                                                      planning the portion of Route 84       the extension. An out of court          alho commented, “We advocated            down in development, TVTC
  cently that the foundation was closing in on its goal to raise                                            between Pigeon Pass and I-680.”        settlement was reached. The             strongly against the inclusion of        funds are coming in more slowly
  $100,000 for elementary music. She told the Livermore                                                     There is $2.94 million designated      city agreed to conduct additional       the condition, but were unsuc-           than anticipated. “There is $2.94
  school trustees, “Keeping an elementary instrumental music                                                for the area.                          studies. The council will then          cessful in having it removed.”           million for Pleasanton to begin
  program is really a game changer. If you cut elementary                                                       “However, I have an issue          review the new information and             Sullivan noted that placing a         planning the southern portion of
                                                                                                            with the decision. There is a          revisit the approval of the road        condition by a regional commit-          Route 84. The provision moves
  music, in four years you’ll see a drastic change at the high                                              condition attached. The money          extension, along with Staples           tee sets a precedent that could          forward only if the MOU is
  schools.”                                                                                                 is not approved unless there is a      Ranch plans.                            lead to other regional agencies          signed,” stated Horner.
     The community stepped up to contribute to the program:                                                 signed memorandum of under-               Councilmember Cindy Mc-              placing conditions on projects
  Wente Vineyards, through the wine bottle auctions at its                                                  standing among the members
                                                                                                            of the Triangle Committee on

                                                                                                                                                   Livermore Labeled 'Boomtown'
  summer concert series; ABC Music, though its House of
  Floyd concert in February; and the Gene Morgan Insur-                                                     arterial extensions. I objected
                                                                                                            strenuously and voted against the
  ance Agency, which donated $10,000 in November. Earlier                                                   allocation, because of that condi-
  this year, the middle school and high school bands and                                                    tion,” explained Sullivan.                 Livermore was recently la-          new BART stations.                       housing, mass transit is coming
  orchestras raised nearly $9,000 at two “Make Time for                                                         The Triangle committee con-        beled a “boomtown to be” by                 8. It is home to two federal         and there is a regional theater in
                                                                                                            sists of Livermore, Pleasanton,        radio talk show host Mike Con-          national laboratories.                   the offing. With the Bankhead
  Music” concerts.                                                                                                                                 sol.                                        9. It is home to – or has signifi-   Theater, there is a tremendous
     LVEF continues to fundraise through its “Straight A’s                                                  Dublin, and Alameda County.
                                                                                                            It was established to study ways           His show, Boomtown Busi-            cant operations from – signature         play for culture.” He suggested
  for Livermore Students: Academics, Athletics, and Art”                                                    to improve traffic on local high-      ness, airs on KDOW AM1220               employers such as Comcast,               that is all good for business.
  program. The goal is to raise a total of $300,000, to be split                                            ways. One of those is the ex-          Saturday 7 a.m. or Sunday 11            Kaiser, FormFactor, the Wine                  He pointed out that the city
  evenly among the three areas.                                                                             tension of roads in the three          a.m.                                    Group and Topcon Positioning             and chamber have worked to-
                                                                                                            communities: Stoneridge Dr. in             On April 17, his program            Systems.                                 gether to bring in businesses and
     We hope the community comes through with funding for                                                                                                                                      10. Lastly, this city – and val-     those businesses in turn promote
                                                                                                            Pleasanton, Jack London Blvd.          focused on Livermore. He didn’t
  all of these programs to ensure Livermore students have                                                                                          say which city would be the topic       ley – has given birth to and hosts       Livermore. He added that it is
                                                                                                            in Livermore, and Dublin Blvd.
  the well rounded educations they deserve.                                                                 in Dublin.                             of the program. He stated, “I’m         more than 40 wineries.                   rare for a chamber and govern-
                                                                                                                                                   talking about a boomtown in the             He followed the introduction         ment to work together.
                                                                                                                                                   future tense, rather than the pres-     with an interview of Rob White,              White said that one of the
                                                                                                                                                   ent. I believe it is on the cusp of     Livermore’s economic develop-            companies coming to Livermore
                                                                                                                                                   breaking out in a big way.”             ment director, and Dale Kaye,            is Bridgelux. “The company was
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                                                                                                                                                       He added, “In fact, if munici-
                                                                                                                                                   palities were stocks and I was a
                                                                                                                                                                                           CEO of the Livermore Chamber
                                                                                                                                                                                           of Commerce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    considering moving its manufac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    turing offshore. We were able to
                                                                                                                                                   stock picker, this city would be            Consol asked White if he felt        bring them to Livermore.”
outstanding claims of discrimi-                            Councilmember Jerry Thorne                       beat down local restrictions on        my hot pick as the city that will       Livermore were poised to pull                White added there is a com-
nation. The claims need to be                          wondered if growth could be                          development.”                          pull away from the pack when the        away and become a boomtown.              mon vision at all levels. The
resolved before the city could file                    based on social services that                            Of the court ruling, he said       economy rises out of this dread-            White replied, “Livermore            mayor is on the board of the
an appeal,” explained Brown. He                        should be provided by the state                      that the judge’s remedies way          ful recession. “                        already is a boomtown.” It con-          Chamber. City and chamber
added that an appeal would be                          or the county.                                       overshot the mark. The judge               He said the city has outstand-      tinues to see business growth.           staffs work well together. There
a long and expensive process.                              Dolan replied, “I wouldn’t                       had no authority to throw out the      ing fundamentals:                       There is low unemployment                is constant communication. He
“The council needs to think about                      dismiss the idea out of hand.”                       cap entirely. Saying the city can’t        1. It’s got a sizable population,   under 8 percent, and the business        noted that over seventy company
committing the needed time and                             The public testimony fol-                        issue any commercial approvals         so it already has a critical mass of    occupancy rate is in the low 90s.        headquarters or regional head-
resources to an appeal.”                               lowed.                                               until land is rezoned is too high      people and political power              “There are a couple of jewels you        quarters are located in the Valley,
    The city could comply. “What                           Kay Ayala commented that                         a price. The City of Pleasanton,           2. It’s got lots of undeveloped     didn’t mention. The Livermore            most of them in Livermore. They
that means is subject to some                          local control is being taken away.                   itself, should be asked how to ful-    land.                                   airport allows businesses to eas-        are new and clean tech compa-
debate. As it reads, the ruling                        She said that the city should ap-                    fill state numbers. The Plaintiff          3. It’s got a science and tech-     ily access world markets. Plus,          nies, all start-ups.
eliminates the cap and allows ‘by                      peal the decision.                                   should agree to drop the com-          nology park in formation.               there is a lot of industrial land            Kaye said it is important to
right’ development,” said Brown.                           Others focused on negotiation.                   plaint if the city makes realistic,        4. It was selected as one of        available that is under utilized or      take advantage of all the jewels.
It isn’t clear whether the develop-                    Affordable housing advocates                         practical adjustments.                 only six places selected to be          not built on,” said White.               She noted that not just Livermore
ment would be ‘by right.” He said                      Pat Belding and Becky Dennis                             He said the Superior Court         part of the state’s iHub program,           Kaye noted there has been            companies are involved, but Sy-
that short of eliminating the cap,                     urged a settlement.                                  ruling does not set a precedent.       acres which are designed to spur        a recent influx of new business          base in Dublin and Chevron in
the city could leave it in place                           Belding stated, “An appeal                       However, if it were appealed to        economic growth by showcasing           that provides potential for greater      San Ramon. “These companies
with the ability to make excep-                        would be a further waste of                          the Court of Appeal, the resulting     and supporting California’s most        things to come as they spread            are interested in being intercon-
tions to accommodate regional                          taxpayers money. This is an op-                      decision would set a precedent.        promising hubs of innovation..          the word about what Livermore            nected.”
housing numbers. “It would be a                        portunity to gain the workforce                          Some cities have built in              5. It’s got a thriving and quaint   has to offer. Many of the busi-              Consol said that neither the
floating cap.”                                         housing that the city needs.”                        escape valves, if their caps were      downtown.                               nesses coming are technology             chamber nor the city act as if
    Negotiations are a third op-                           Dennis talked about infra-                       not allowed. The current Pleasan-          6. It’s got a strong housing        companies.                               Livermore were a really small
tion. Brown said that strict com-                      structure. She said that the city                    ton cap allows no exceptions. It       stock with lots of recently com-            Consol noted, “Livermore is          town. Livermore operates like
pliance to the ruling wouldn’t                         knows what its sewer capacity is,                    could be 2020 or 2025 before the       pletely construction.                   incredibly well balanced. It has         cities such as Los Angeles. It
necessarily advance the city’s or                      the water it needs, and the traffic.                 cap is reached at the rate housing         7. It on tap to have a BART         technology, emerging tourism,            plays in the same way the big
the advocate’s best interest. The                      She suggested allocating building                    is being built.                        line extension brought to the city      its ag heritage has been protected,      boys and girls do. It has paid
city has been in talks with Urban                      permits to both commercial and                                                              with one and maybe even two             there are wineries, a variety of         dividends in a really big way in
Habitat.                                               housing development in a fair                                                                                                                                                attracting new business.
    He said the city can retain its                    manner. “The city cannot fail                                                                                                                                                     White said it is the quality of
right to litigate at the same time                     to allocate infrastructure to low                                                                                                                                            life that is attractive. Plus the city
is is negotiating. “We intend to                       and very low income housing. It                                                                                                                                              has a top priority to be business
do so until the time we have an                        should not all go to commercial                                                                                                                                              friendly.
agreement that both sides find                         development.”                                            (Opinions voiced in letters        nity. McKeehan’s statement that         tions, the aloof land speculator             Kaye said there are seven
acceptable.”                                               Mary Roberts, who took part                      published in Mailbox are those         “there is a waiting list for families   from outside the country, in spite       things that are identified as pro-
    Mayor Jennifer Hosterman                           in the most recent housing el-                       of the author and do not neces-        to see a pediatrician in this area”     of never actually showing up in          moting innovation. They are: a
noted, “The ruling means that                          ement update as a planning                           sarily reflect the opinion of The      may be based on requests for            person to any local city hearing,        good research institution, en-
the city is obligated to plan and                      commissioner, said that people                       Independent. Letter Policy: The        same day full physical exams.           spent record amounts of around           trepreneurs, investment capital,
zone to allow for the possibility                      “didn’t plan, they had agendas.                      Independent will not publish           There is no waiting list in the         a half-million dollars to influ-         a talented workforce, business
of development. In no way is                           I don’t think we should appeal.                      anonymous letters, nor will it         non-foundation pediatricians’           ence local elections and to try          friendly government, quality of
the city committed to build or                         I prefer negotiation. We need                        publish letters without names.         offices for same day ill or urgent      to convince Pleasanton voters            life, and social and professional
devote public resources to build-                      to be able to retain the right of                    Abusive letters may be rejected        visits. In fact, actual statistics by   to approve Kottinger Hills and           networks. Kaye said, “We don’t
ing homes.”                                            discretionary approvals.” Roberts                    or edited. Frequent letter writers     governmental agencies reveal            Dublin voters to double its popu-        have boundaries. We are looking
    Brown pointed out that since                       said it is time to look at a more                    may have publication of their                                                                                           at a brand of innovation. It’s a job
                                                                                                                                                   that this geographic area has had       lation and approve Measure B,
the cap was approved in the mid-                       regional approach to housing.                        letters delayed.)                                                                                                       creator that will help everyone
                                                                                                                                                   an excess of pediatricians per          in order to annex another 1,400
1990s, state obligations have                          There is lots and lots of high                                                              100,000 lives for years.                acres of East Dublin it owns near        in the region. The trend is to
evolved. Dozens and dozens of                          density housing in Dublin that is                    Doctors Respond                            McKeehan compares John              Tassajara Road. The result? Take         involve the larger companies in
laws have been approved, chip-                         empty and more is on the way.                        Bruce M. Gach, M.D.                    Muir’s Foundation with Val-             a look at that view of 14,000            the effort.”
ping away at local control.                            Those should count as regional                           It’s an easy task for someone      leyCare’s. John Muir formed             housing units in East Dublin ,               When asked about companies
    There are growth management                        housing, said Roberts.                               trained in public speaking to          its Foundation legally. Separate        30,000 new commuters and the             in the pipeline, White declined to
regulations available. Such tools                          One expert in the field of land                  undermine the truth with gener-        from their Foundation is the John       traffic congestion which has been        name them. He did say that big
have been tested in the courts and                     use believes the city council                        alities stated as facts. Chairs of     Muir Medical Group, composed            the result.                              transportation companies could
upheld, said Brown.                                    owes an obligation to the resi-                      Boards of Directors and C.E.O.s        of independent practitioners.               Now Kottinger Hills is back          be establishing new facilities.
    City Planning Director Brian                       dents of Pleasanton, who have                        rise to such positions in part         They formed an alliance with            on the ballot in Pleasanton , but        They currently work with San-
Dolan discussed some of the                            twice approved the cap by large                      because of their abilities to con-     their hospital because of the           this time it is called Oak Grove,        dia on combustion research. He
growth management tools the                            margins. “State law has imposed                      vince their “stakeholders” of          manner in which they were ap-           with 51 Ridgeland "Hotels,"              noted that Sandia is changing the
city could utilize in the future.                      all this ambiguous verbiage on                       their version of the truth. The        proached. They know they can            all of which are proposed to be          way combustion is accomplished.
He noted that the city should                          local governments. It needs to be                    article “Doctors Group at Odds         refer elsewhere as they deem            larger than the existing "Hay-           Auto makers can’t change to all
have completed a housing ele-                          sorted out with legal opinions.”                     with Foundation” is peppered           appropriate. McKeehan goes              ward Hotel"---that monstrosity           electric quickly. However, they
ment update by June 2009. “We                          In the end, the city might find that                 with assertions from ValleyCare’s      “on to say that all hospitals will      of a house on top of Pleasanton          could change the way fuel is
wanted to see the outcome of the                       the restrictions are very onerous.                   Board Chair Deborah McKeehan           eventually include foundations."        Ridge.                                   burned to create a zero emis-
litigation,” he stated. The update                     On the other hand, the city might                    which illustrate how easy it is to     That simply is not true and is              I do NOT support Oak Grove           sion car.
will begin soon. It offers an op-                      not have as heavy an obligation                      manipulate facts. The ValleyCare       another reason to question all of       and here is why:                             Another aspect of the national
portunity to include new growth                        as it is facing now. The expert                      Medical “Foundation” is a threat       her other claims.                           1. It involves scraping off          laboratories that could lead to
management tools.                                      said he would probably go with                       to the patient’s free choice of            Finally, when looking up the        ridgetops to flatten ridgelines for      increasing numbers of businesses
    One option is to rely on city-                     an appeal of the court decision.                     medical care. If a patient sees a      regulations for a group to qualify      development.                             in Livermore is the National Igni-
wide standards for services and                            He said when planning for                        foundation physician, that phy-        for Foundation designation you              2. It puts houses on ridgetop        tion Facility. “If we can solve a
infrastructure to limit growth.                        housing, a city doesn’t have to                      sician is only allowed to refer        will find that legally constituted      areas which voters have time and         way to power the world in Liver-
The city’s current system is                           have provide any fixed amount in                     the patient to other physicians        foundations must have in place          time again said are inappropriate        more, it’s a big thing.”
not based on a level of service                        order to meet state law. It can take                 employed by the Foundation un-         40 physician members in ten             for development                              White explained that NIF is
standard, explained Dolan. He                          into account all of the planning                     less the particular specialty is not   separate specialties before apply-          3. It grades steep slopes in         the experiment, not the power
pointed out that if this option                        objectives such as the environ-                      available within the Foundation.       ing for Foundation status. Agree-       excess of 25% slope.                     plant. “It looks like researchers
were selected, both commercial                         ment, natural resources and open                     That is part of their employment       ments with outside providers to             4. Oak Grove is not environ-         will reach their goal of fusion in
and residential growth would be                        space. A city would only have to                     agreement with the hospital.           accept referrals don’t qualify          mentally sensitive to the site.          May or June,” he stated
impacted.                                              zone to meet its regional housing                    The Foundation has hired many          in this number. ValleyCare has          It fills valleys with 26 acres of            Consol also noted that the
    The city could develop a new                       numbers assigned by ABAG, no                         of its doctors from out of our         yet to meet those government            the dirt from the scraped off            film commission is an exciting
program. Growth could be grant-                        more.                                                area and now has most special-         requirements to call their group        ridgetops.                               direction.
ed that meets policy themes such                           There are no dollars for af-                     ties represented to avoid outside      a Foundation.                               5. Oak Grove does not create             Kaye said it started as an
as green building. “It is a system                     fordable housing. Who is going                       referrals. Is an unknown doctor            Where do you as a patient           open space. The open space is            economic development initiative.
referred to as a ‘beauty contest.’                     to pay for it, he asks. He pointed                   the person you want to trust with      wish to place your trust, with          already there.                           Filming is excellent for every
Projects are ranked based on                           out that the housing can’t be                        your health?                           your community physician or in              6. Grading is near or adja-          business in the area. The city is
what a city has set as criteria. The                   built unless it is subsidized.                           McKeehan stated that there         an organization that isn’t honest       cent to 900 rare native blue oak         generic enough to be shot as a lot
proposal that ranks the highest                        The city can’t pay, and neither                      is room to have independent            with you?                               trees.                                   of places. We are now scouting
would be the one that met the                          the state nor developers will.                       doctors and Foundation doctors                                                     7. Oak Grove does not raise          for an Ernest Hemingway film
largest number of criteria.                            “The numbers are an effort to                        practice together at the hospital.                                                                                      that takes place in Key West.
                                                                                                            The facts are the non-founda-
                                                                                                                                                   Vote No on Measure D                    revenues for the city. It will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “The single best element in be-
                                                                                                                                                   Anne Fox                                actually cost more than the taxes
                                                                                                            tion pediatricians no longer get                                               collected to maintain and service        ing a successful commission is
                                                                                                                                                   Pleasanton                                                                       cooperation. We respond to such
                                                                                                            referrals from the community                                                   the development, and requires
                                                                                                                                                       Back in 1993, the Lin land                                                   strange requests as a call for five
                                                                                                            obstetricians since all but two are                                            formation of a Geologic Hazard
                                                                                                                                                   development speculator filed                                                     cows all with white faces that had
                                                                                                            Foundation employees referring                                                 Abatement District (GHAD).
                                                           Publisher: Joan Kinney Seppala                                                          a lawsuit against the City of                                                    to be on site in half an hour.
                                                                                                            only to Foundation pediatricians.                                                  The driving force behind all
                                                         Associate Publisher: David T. Lowell                                                      Livermore where it owns 1,400                                                        “Over the last five weeks,
    (INLAND VALLEY PUBLISHING CO.)                            Editor: Janet Armantrout                      That’s okay for the obstetricians                                              these Lin-initiated sprawl Tri-
                                                                                                                                                   acres in North Livermore north                                                   seven or eight major productions
                                                                                                            since they are paid a set salary                                               Valley developments is land
                                                                                                                                                   of I-580. In 2000, they filed an-                                                have filmed in the area, mainly
 The Independent is published every Thursday by Inland Valley Publishing Company, 2250 First St.,           by the Foundation no matter how                                                speculation.
                                                                                                                                                   other lawsuit against the citizens                                               commercials. We are looking for
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that "no" vote on Oak Grove on            1. Many of Measure D’s most          outstanding with great singing          Hell No!!!                               The proposed houses would          ridgeline protection (Measure
June 8th. I urge the Pleasanton        vocal opponents and financial           and comic skills.                          The issue is very simple: No       be built on ridgelines visible        PP) just passed by the voters in
electorate to defeat this badly        supporters live adjacent to the            Tri-Valley Repertory has had         on Measure D wants the Oak            from all over our city. Pleasanton    the last election.
designed plan and vote ?no? on         project, have their own self in-        many wonderful productions              Grove development to abide            residents voted to save our hills        Vote to preserve our ridgleline.
Measure D.                             terests at heart in disallowing a       over the years. This was one of         by the General Plan which also        from projects like this. Voting       Vote to protect the environment.
                                       project that opens up an entire         the very best.                          complies with Measure PP, a           NO on D will stop multi mil-          Vote NO on measure D.
Yes on Measure D                       area (496 acres) for public use             I am confident all who at-          voter approved ballot measure         lionaire landowners or anyone
Bob Butler                             and enjoyment, an area they             tend will be very pleased, and          of a couple of years ago.             else from building any dwellings      Sierra Club: No on D
Pleasanton                             now consider their private pre-         such support will help keep                The voters have spoken sev-        that would mar our beautiful          Richard Pugh
   We have a chance to bring           serve. They live in Grey Eagle, a       this fine company producing             eral times, and once again we         ridgelines.                           Sierra Club, Tri-Valley Group
unprecedented benefits to the          gated community, and Kottinger          great entertainment that can be         must vote to stop the building                                              Executive Committee
City of Pleasanton by voting YES       Ranch, surrounded by private            enjoyed locally. The company is         on our Ridges or at least make                                                  The San Francisco Bay Chap-
on Measure D in June. The Oak          open space and signed to make           a wonderful asset to our valley         them comply PP. All this because      Preserve Ridgeline                    ter of the Sierra Club recommends
Grove plan approved by the city        sure it is kept private.                communities.                            our City Council will not step        Brian Arkin                           No on the Oak Grove subdivision
council in 2007 was the result of         2. Opposition to this project                                                in and do their jobs…It’s funny       Pleasanton                            because of its unsound environ-
four years of public review and        did not start until park, open                                                  how they vote according to their         Vote NO on Measure D. Did          mental impact. Oak Grove has
negotiations. During this time the     space and trail advocates came          No on Measure D                         Political Donations…                  you ever shop at the now-empty        been a troubled project from the
property owners made many con-         forward to insist the 496 acres of      Linda Garbarino                            No on Measure D is a Grass         Domus store ? The one which           beginning. Not even the Planning
cessions to improve the benefits       open space was made available to        Pleasanton                              roots organization, scraping by       was Pleasanton’s largest grocery      Commission would approve the
of the project to the city.            the public.                                I am voting NO on Measure            to beat the large developer, who      store in the 1960’s? It’s about       Environmental Impact Report
   The property is 562 acres in           The Oak Grove Project en-            D. As Pleasanton residents we al-       by the way has sunk tens of           8400 sq. ft., that is the average     because it's that bad.
the southeast hills, and under the     joyed 7 public hearings, was ap-        ready voted to protect our ridge-       thousands in this campaign and        size of the 51 homes authorized           Ridgetops would be scraped
General Plan could have as many        proved by four councilmembers,          lines from development. Now,            operates with a fully paid staff.     for the Oak Grove property. The       off for a ridgeline road and build-
as 98 homes. The plan on the           is supported by park, trail and         another developer push to mar              No on Measure D will win.          largest homes could go to 12,500      ing pads, with around 700 thou-
June ballot includes 51 homes on       open space advocates and key            the ridgelines is called Measure        You can see the mounting support      sq. ft., so add another 50% to        sand cubic yards of excavated
62 acres, with 497 acres donated       local environmentalists. This is        D. The promises in their fliers are     at the Farmers Market, where I        the Domus building. Of course,        dirt being deposited in valleys.
to the city, forming its largest       a good project that respects the        very misleading. Our schools will       was hooked and have become a          that does not count the multi-car     If you think "mountaintop re-
park. In addition, Pleasanton          vision of preservation of the           not be saved. Fees paid by the          devoted supporter.                    garage, cabana house, or second       moval," you'll understand why
will receive millions in fees to       southeast hills.                        proposed ridgeline homeowners              I worked the streets all day       unit.                                 so many of us know this project
help our schools, traffic improve-                                             can NOT be used for classroom           Sat April 24th and got only two          A yard of dirt would be a          is so very wrong.
ments, and vital city services.                                                programs, reduction of class size,      negative remarks - two out of         good-sized load for a full-sized          950 blue oak trees could
   This plan is a tremendous           Performance to See                      or salaries.                            over 200 contacts - looks like        pick-up truck. To build those 51      disappear, some a century old,
opportunity for Pleasanton. I          John Shirley                               What would Measure D pro-            great odds to me.                     homes, it would take 620,000          because the project design has
urge you to find out the facts for     Livermore                               vide? It will allow wealthy land-          Vote no on Measure D. Please       such loads to move the dirt which     them within or adjacent to the
yourself, and join me, a 47-year           I hope many of your readers         owners to bulldoze the ridgelines       vote on June 8.                       the Oak Grove developers plan         area of grading.
resident, in voting YES on Mea-        will take the opportunity to en-        and erect huge mansions that will                                             to cut off Pleasanton’s southern          The footprint of the proposed
sure D in June.                        joy a great Tri-Valley Repertory        blight our beautiful view! These                                              ridges. To cut 43 feet off a hill     8,000 to 12,500 square foot
                                       production now running at the           Big Box houses will be visible          Vote No on D                          top, a lot of dirt needs to be        residences is incredible. With a
                                       Bankhead Theater.                       from all parts of the city. Let's not   Christine Bourg                       moved. Add a mile long road on        planet climate emergency right
Yes on D;                                  “Springtime for Hitler” (The        make the same mistakes made in          Pleasanton                            the just flatten ridge to service     in our face, how does anyone
Yes on Open Space                      Producers) on opening night was         other cities. Protect Pleasanton's          Join me in voting NO on           the 51 houses.                        in all conscience justify old dis-
Dolores Bengtson                       amazing, and I am sure this great       ridgeline by voting NO on mea-          measure D. Don't be fooled by            I have other concerns -- the       credited building practices with
Pleasanton                             production will be appreciated by       sure D.                                 glossy fliers of pristine hills and   visibility of many homes from         supersized use of materials and
    Measure D opponents are            all during it its run.                                                          promises of money coming soon         the valley floor, habitat destruc-    consumption of energy?
depending on Pleasanton voters             The orchestra and the stage                                                 to our School District to rescue us   tion, fire danger to homes on hill-       Insensitive housing develop-
making their decision regarding        direction were excellent. as were       Vote No on June 8                       from the current funding crisis.      tops surrounded by grasslands,        ments disfigure scenic views,
Measure D based on the incor-          the costumes, set, staging, light-      Tony Slimick                            If and when homes are built in        significant distances and time        destroy centennial oaks, fill in
rect and misleading statements         ing, and all aspects of the effort in   Pleasanton                              the Oak Grove development, the        delays for fire trucks, a truncated   creeks, and damage habitat. The
they make at Council meetings,         support of the performers.                 What’s all the hub-bub about         fees paid by homeowners (not          City hearing process before the       current project design just makes
Farmer’s Markets and in letters            Most of the beautiful blondes       Measure D. I have spoken to both        developers) can not be used for       approval, a developer lawsuit         no sense.
to the editors. What is their actual   in the ensemble were brunettes,         sides and my choice was very            programs, smaller class size, or      to invalidate this referendum,            Visit the website at sanfran-
agenda? Keep these two points          but great regardless of hair color.     clear within just a few minutes.        salaries; they would NOT save         big money trying to buy this Send this
in mind:                               The leads and principles were           Not just No on Measure D…But            our schools!                          election.                             flawed project back for rework by
                                                                                                                                                                Lastly, this project violates      voting No on Measure D.
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                                                                                                      jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but it wasn't enough     fifth, scoring 3 times to come from behind
                                                                                                      to put away the first-place A's, who answered      and win their fourth straight.
                                                                                                      every Indians rally and clawed back to win              D-Backs 8, A's 7. Top Hitters D-Backs
                                                                                                      a 10-9 battle. The Indians opened the game         - Stanley 1B, 1B, 2B, 2RBIs, 2 runs scored;
                                                                                                      by sending 10 batters to the plate and scored      Reeves 2B, 1RBI, 2 runs scored; Rasmussen
                                                                                                      five runs on four singles from Brett de Geus,      2B, 2 runs scored. Top Hitters A's - Hinds
                                                                                                      Nolan Burton, Michael Schwanhausser and            1B, 2B, 1 run scored; Swadener 1B, 1B, 2
                                                                                                      Fabian Placencia, a walk and two hit-batters.      runs scored; Bricker 1B, 2B, 2RBIs. Top
                                                                                                                                                         Pitcher D-Backs - Steim 3.5IP, 0R, 3H, 1K.
                                                                                                      But the A's responded immediately with a           Top Pitcher A's Lesky 4.5IP, 4R, 7H, 3K.
                                                                                                      first-pitch liner, a double and a three-run        A close game between the D-Backs and A's
                                                                                                      homer on a two-out, 3-2 pitch that closed the      came down to the wire. The A's came from
                                                                                                      gap to 5-4. In the second inning, the Indians      behind to go ahead by one run in the fifth. The
                                                                                                      stretched their lead to 7-4 as Nick Martin         D-Backs then took the lead by one run in the
                                                                                                      doubled to right-center, de Geus ripped            sixth, but with two men in scoring position
                                                                                                      his second single, and Patrick Loughnane           the A's were unable to convert in the sixth
                                                                                                      pounded a grounder between third and short.        and the D-Backs held on for the win.
                                                                                                      But the A's knotted the score at 7-7 in the             Minor AAA - A's 16, Red Sox 4. Top
                                                                                                      third with three singles and two walks and         Hitters Red Sox – Michael Thaete 2 hits, 1
                                                                                                      an errant overthrow to the pitcher that set off    RBI. Top Hitters A's – JJ Sailors 1 BB, 1
                                                                                                      a wild 2-4-2-3-2 play that allowed the tying       run scored Mitchell Rocereto 2 hits, 2 RBI,
                                                                                                      run but ended with the second A's runner out       1 run scored; RJ Wright 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs
                                                                                                      at the plate as he tried to score when the first   scored. Top Pitchers Red Sox – Jack Kath
                                                                                                                                                         2 IP, 3H, 3R, 4 K's. Top Pitchers A's – Seth
Tri-Valley Blue Devils Squirt B team won the Norcal Championship.                                     throw home caromed back toward first base.         Street 1 IP, 1 H, 0R, 2 K's.                      Pleasanton Ballistic United Soccer Club U14 Premier reached the
                                                                                                      The Indians scratched out a 9-7 lead in the
Team members are from Pleasanton - Sarah Takahashi, Ian Montesanti,                                   fourth by loading the bases on three one-out
                                                                                                                                                              A's 14, Phillies 8. Top Hitters Phillies
                                                                                                                                                         - Jason Van Bladel 2 hits, 2 RBI. Top Hitters
                                                                                                                                                                                                           semifinals of the CYSA-North State Cup tournament at the Morgan
Dylan Dilger, Gavin Wallace; Livermore - Zach Acton; Dublin - Peyton                                  walks, with de Geus scoring on a wild pitch        A's - Alex Hattori 3 hits 1 RBI; Troy Forward     Hill Soccer Complex last weekend. The boys won their 4-team bracket
Wisch; Danville - Erich and Henrick Lang, Mason Evans; Alamo - Cole                                   and Burton on an infield grounder by Dustin        3 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored. Top Pitchers        in the preliminary round in Rio Linda in early April, then advanced to
                                                                                                      Dukleth. The resilient A's closed the gap to       Phillies - Reid Heffron 1 1/3 IP, 2H, 1R, 4
Madzey; San Ramon - Gabe Buckles, Sage Zonner, Justin Morkin;                                         9-8 in the bottom of the inning, then took a       K's. Top Pitchers A's - Blake Downey 2 2/3        the Sweet 16 round, where they defeated Heritage Manchester 5-2.
Castro Valley - Ethan Stibich; San Lorenzo - Christian Wong-Ramos;                                    10-9 lead -- their first of the game -- in the     IP, 2 H, 2R, 5 K's.
                                                                                                                                                              Dodgers 11, A’s 5. Top Hitters Dodg-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           They then advanced to the quarterfinals, where they bested Almaden
                                                                                                      fifth and held on.
Brentwood - Alex Barclay, Ethan Dodd; Tracy - kyle Corliss; Stockton                                                                                     ers – Andrew Walker 2 hits, 1 RBI, 3 runs         Storm 4-2. Premier then met Santa Clara Sporting in the semifinal game
- Jered Stevenson. The head coach is Andrew Barclay (Brentwood),                                                                                         scored; Mark Silverthorn 1 single & 1 triple,     where, despite playing some of their best soccer all season, they fell
assistant coaches are Greg Acton (Livermore), Thomas Corliss (Tracy)                                  Studios of Self Defense                            3 RBI. Top Pitchers A’s – Joe Murphy 2 2/3
                                                                                                                                                         IP, 2 hits, 1 R, 7 K’s. Top Pitchers Dodgers      short 0-1 but finished in the top 4 of the 47 U14 teams entered. Pictured
                                                                                                          Martial artists from United Studios of
and Jason Wisch (Dublin)                                                                              Self Defense in Livermore competed in a
                                                                                                                                                         – Drew Kujacich 4 IP, 2 hits, 3 R, 5 K’s.
                                                                                                                                                         Great game that went back and forth until
                                                                                                                                                                                                           are (front, left to right) Marco Neves, kamron Crow, Scott Simpson,
                                                                                                      martial arts tournament recently in South          the 6th inning. The A’s took the lead 5-3 in      Jackson Adams, Rob Rowenhorst, Tommy Thompson, Connor Clark,
Good Year for Blue                                are more than 300 kids in the program and
                                                  they come to Dublin from as far away as
                                                                                                      San Francisco. The event, attended by 802          the 4th inning when RJ Wright crushed a           coach Todd Higley; (back) coach Pablo Espinosa, Nathan Howald,
                                                                                                      competitors from the Bay Area and rest
Devils Ice Hockey                                 Elk Grove, Corte Madera and Stockton to             of California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona,
                                                                                                                                                         triple to the left field wall and scored on the
                                                                                                                                                         throwing error. The Dodgers manufactured 2        Michael Paiva, Collin Blaney, Aaron Trujillo, Thomas Lee, Nate Grixti,
     The 2009-2010 season marked the 40th         play. The 2009-2010 season was the very             Washington and Utah, comprised of three
anniversary of the Tri-Valley Blue Devils, a      first for the Blue Devils High School teams         events: sparring, forms (classically called
                                                                                                                                                         runs in the 5th to tie the game. After Andrew
                                                                                                                                                         Walker came in for relief and held the A’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Max Molz, Brenden Inchauspe, and Pablo Espinosa.
youth ice hockey club based at Dublin Ice-        that play in the Bay Area league run by the         "katas"), and kata with weapons. The event         in the 5th, the Dodgers exploded for 6 runs
land. The club was founded by the Merrick         San Jose Sharks. Tri-Valley fielded three JV                                                                                                                                                                very good in the field, aggressive base run-
                                                                                                      saw competitors from over 25 schools com-          in the top of the 6th inning to take the lead     Nicholas Hall (offense) Garett Robb, Wesley        ning by Jose Mariscal turned a single into a
and Long families in the East Bay in 1970         teams and a Varsity team.                           pete, and was open to all of United Studios        for good led by Mark Silverthorn’s massive        Short, Garrett Riddiough
and initially played at Southland Mall's ice           For more information, please visit the                                                            bases loaded triple and then scored on the             Yankess- (offense) Michael Anolin,            homerun, and Sam Ogunfunmi got a single
                                                                                                      of Self Defense’s 200-plus schools.                                                                                                                     & an RBI.
rink in Hayward.                                  Tri-Valley Blue Devils web site at www.                 Team Livermore had 18 representatives          throwing error.                                   Tate Magindale, Skyler Steele- (defense)
     The sons and grandsons of the found-                                                                                    A's 13, Giants 11 - The A's steal a win      Jake Addington, Shawn Walker, Hudson                    AA Division: Astros 6, Cardinals 4: The
                                                                                                      ranging all the way from white to black belts                                                                                                           Astros and the Cardinals faced off in their
ers are coaching and playing with the club                                                            in various age and rank categories, although       over the Giants in a back and forth battle.       Steele- Phillies (offense) Austin Machedo,
today.                                                                                                                                                   With strong offense from Malini Tia with          Mark Bennet, Michael Straus - (defense)            second game of the season. Both teams
                                                                                                      USSD does not allow people under the
     The Blue Devils had a successful 40th        Pleasanton American LL                              age of 16 to receive a full level black belt.
                                                                                                                                                         two singles, one RBI and two runs scored
                                                                                                                                                         and from Emory Larson with two singles,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cooper Meyer, Hunter Houghton, Isiah
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Garrido- Ramariez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              started strong; the Cardinals scored a run in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the top of the 1st, Branden Trevethan hit a line
anniversary season, with multiple tourna-              Pleasanton American Little League              Competitions are separated by both age and
                                                  highlights:                                                                                            two RBI's and one run scored the Giants                TeeBall - Phillies (Offense) Tanner Park-     drive double and scored on a single by Ryan
ment titles, four teams advanced to the state                                                         rank to ensure fairness.                           were strong. The A's answered back with           er, Jared Di Paola, Ryan Martin (Defense)
championships and one traveled across the              Farm B: Yankees vs. White Sox: The                                                                                                                                                                     Carlson. The Astros' Carson King answered
                                                                                                          Placing in various events included:            hits of their own including a single, an RBI      William Eccles, Sean Nadeau, Elena Wool-           back with an awesome in-the-park home run
country to compete in the USA Hockey Tier         Yankees and the White Sox were fired up to              1st place: Alex Flegel-Jr. Pee Wee             and 3 runs scored from Albert Amavizca            sey: Yankees - (Offense) Braden Vash, Luthor
II Nationals in New York.                         play their baseball game. Thomas Babati had                                                                                                                                                                 in the bottom of the 1st. The Astros turned up
                                                                                                      Kata, Orange Belts; Alaric Hileman-Junior          who reached base 4 times and RJ Wright            Hart, Reggie Wade (Defense) Tyler Trudeau,         the heat in the 3rd inning. Jack Volponi hit a
     In January, Tri-Valley's PeeWee B (un-       a huge hit into the field and ran the bases         Kata, Green Belts; Roger Hileman-Sr. Men           with one RBI and 2 runs scored who also           Daphney Lux, Andrew McAlinden
der 12) team won the International Silver         with ease. Eric Millar fielded the ball and                                                                                                                                                                 solid single to right-center and then worked
                                                                                                      and Women's Kata, Green Belts; Kaelise             reached base 4 times. The pitchers for both                                                          his way to third with two stolen bases. Gavin
Stick Championship, an honor known as             threw like a pro. Caleb Lammie swung the            Hileman-Women's Sparring, Green Belts              teams dueled with strong performances for
the Stanley Cup of youth hockey. The team         bat and connected with a slamming hit to the            2nd place: Justin Kundert-Boys Spar-           the Giants from Woody Stultz for 3 innings        Livermore American LL                              Napier and Daulton Johnston each doubled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Carson King tripled, bringing the Astros
name will be engraved on the Silver Stick         field. The boys enjoyed playing and seemed          ring, Green Belts; Alaric Hileman-Jr. Men's        and 4 strikeouts and Cameron Geyer for                 Livermore American Little League
trophy in the Hockey Hall of Fame for the         to work together as a team.                                                                            3 innings. Joe Murphy put together three          highlights:                                        run total to 4 at the end of three. The Cardinals
                                                                                                      Sparring, Green Belts; Carla Kochmann-Sr.                                                                                                               threatened in the 4th inning but were shut
next year. The same team won their division            Farm A: Angels vs. Athletics: Angels           Women Sparring, Brown and Black Belts;             strikeouts in two innings for the A's followed         Junior 80's: Pleasanton American
at the Norcal championships and finished          played the A’s in a spectacular game that                                                              by 3 strong innings by Blake Downey with          Pirates 13, Livermore American A's 2: Top          down by a fantastic catch in left field made
                                                                                                      Skyler Goddard-Mens Sparring, Brown and            7 strikeouts. The Giants took the lead in the                                                        by Astro Nick Hermann. The Cardinals
second in the state championships in San          looked like it took place more in the air than on   Black Belts                                                                                          Pirates players: Cole Goeta, Nick Soldati;
Jose on April on 11.                              the ground. Nolan Jetter’s hitting—including                                                           bottom of the fifth with a double from Stultz     Top A's players: Thomas Brown, Aaron               would not trail for long however; they tied
                                                                                                          3rd place: Nick Anderson-Jr. Mens Spar-        scoring two runs but the A's answered back                                                           it up in the top of the 5th on hits by Ryan
     The Midget AA (under 18) team played         the innings during which he experimented            ring, White through Orange Belts; Kaelise          with a huge triple from Mitchell Rocereto         Arndt, Christian Morris. Goeta hit a base
well at the state championships in Valencia in    with batting as a lefty—made spectators wish                                                                                                             clearing triple; Soldati played great defense.     Carlson, Joe Hager, and a well-hit double by
                                                                                                      Hileman-Men and Women's Kata, Green                that put two more runs across. The A's held                                                          James Duperly. Astro Shane Grimes had a
mid-March, earning a return trip to the USA       they had brought their binoculars: tall, arcing     Belts; Brian McKee-Mens Sparring, Brown            the lead in the bottom of the sixth to finish     For Livermore, Brown, RBI single; Arndt,
Hockey Tier II Nationals. They traveled to        hits momentarily lost in the white clouds                                                                                                                on base 3 for 3; Morris, 2 for 2, 4 K's as         strong single in the bottom of the 5th but
                                                                                                      and Black Belts                                    the game with a 13 to 11 win.                                                                        the Astros could not bring him around. Yet
Rochester, New York in early April to play        then descend on the grass with disarming                4th place: Jason DeSantis-Pee Wee Boys              Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 7. Top Hit-          pitcher
teams from New Mexico, Illinois, Delaware         speed. Mike Rodriguez sent the balls flying                                                                                                                   Majors: Giants 13, A's 3: The A's and         the Astros refused to let go - Gavin Napier
                                                                                                      Sparring, Green Belts; Tyler Felgenhauer-          ters: DBacks - Dillon Martinez-1 x 1B, 2 x                                                           pitched three straight strike-outs in the top of
and Tennessee. The team advanced to the           each time he was up to bat. Brett Ciraulo as        Boys Sparring, Green Belts; Hannah Pea-            2B; Lucas Anninos-3 x 1B, 2 runs scored;          Giants played an exciting game, with the
quarter-finals and then to the semi-finals        third baseman consistently fielded grounders                                                           Grant Riddiough- 3 x 1B, 1 run scored             Giant's taking an early lead. Oustanding           the 6th and then singled in the bottom of the
                                                                                                      cock-Jr Women's Sparring, Purple and Blue                                                                                                               6th to get the rally going. Daulton Johnston
where they were defeated in overtime by a         and sent them air mail to first base. After a       Belts; Roger Hileman-Sr. Men and Women's           Dodgers-Morgan Kelly- 2 x 1B, 2B; Mark            pitching by Garrett Cordisco, with 10 strike
team from Oklahoma that ultimately won            good single, Connor Schmidt leapt around                                                               Silverthorn-2 x 1B, 2 runs scored; Drew           outs, kept the A's scoreless until the 5th, when   singled and the winning runs then scored on
                                                                                                      Kata, Brown and Black Belts (competing as                                                                                                               a powershot double hit by Carson King who
the national title. Last year, the Blue Devil's   the bases as his teammates’ hits successively       green belt); Roger Hileman-Men's Sparring,         Kujacich-2B, 1 run scored. Top Pitchers:          Sam Bothwell started a rally with a double
first-ever AA team made it to Nationals and       sent him bouncing into home with a grin that                                                           DBacks- Lucas Anninos-3IP, 6H, 4R, 3K.            and Austin Birdwell with an RBI. Great             led the Astros to victory.
                                                                                                      Green Belts                                        Dodgers- Drew Kujacich-5IP, 7H,7R,1K;                                                                     Tigers 8, Reds 1: The Tigers started
was eliminated in the second round.               lit up the field.                                       Fighting Spirit Awards: Jasmine Geyer-                                                           defense by the A's Brandon Pierra with 2
     The Blue Devils' Squirt B (under 10)              Minors AA: White Sox vs. Yankees: The                                                             Andrew Walker-3IP, 2H,1R,2K. What a               great catches in center field. The Giant's of-     the game with a giant roar. In the top of the
                                                                                                      Pee Wee Girls Sparring and Kata, Blue Belts;       great hard fought battle by both teams! The                                                          1st inning Nolan Smith caught 2 high flies
team was undefeated, 14-0, in the regular         White Sox scored 3 runs, and the Yankees            Michael Butterfield-Boys Sparring and Kata,        game was tied 6-6 after the sixth inning. The     fense was solid with Jake Ledbetter (singler,
season and won the Norcal championship            scored 7 runs. Jake Gebb hit an outstanding                                                                                                              RBI) and Cole Jacobs (2 singles, 3 stolen          and made a double play with Joseph Fields
                                                                                                      Brown and Black Belts; Adam Heinke-Pee             DBacks came back strong with a run in the                                                            to keep the Reds at 0. In the bottom of the
in late March by scoring 27 goals while al-       triple for the White Sox. Great job Jake.           Wee Boys Sparring and Kata, White and              top of the 7th and their defense held off the     bases) securing the win for the Giants. Top
lowing only five during the championship          Matthew Greenup hit an awesome double                                                                                                                    players Giants: Garrett Cordisco (3 for 4,         inning, Smith, Ian Partridge, Mason Arnold,
                                                                                                      Yellow Belts; Mattea Maroney-Junior Kata,          Dodgers. There were lots of great hits and                                                           and Grand Hrdlicka all made hits, and the
tournament. The team finished second in           for the White Sox too.                              Brown and Black Belts; Gabrielle Drewes-           defensive plays by both teams throughout          3 RBI's), Jake Ledbetter, Cole Jacobs; Top
the state championships that took place in              Minors AAA: White Sox 2, Angels 6:                                                                                                                 players A's; Sam Bothwell, Brandon Pierra,         Tigers scored 4. The Reds pitching buckled
                                                                                                      Pee Wee Kata, Green Belts                          the game.                                                                                            down and prevented further runs until the
San Jose April 9-11.                              The White Sox were having one of their best             For more information about tournaments              Minor AA - Phillies 6, D-Backs 6. Top        Austin Birdwell
     The Squirt A team finished the regular       games of the season leading 2-1 going into                                                             Pitchers: Cameron Stephenson, Coby Cortez,             AAA Division: Padres 19, Mariners 3:          4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th, the
                                                                                                      and other events at United Studios of Self                                                                                                              Tigers scored 4 more, with Ian Toland, Drew
season in first place and advanced to both        the fourth inning. Pitcher Braxton Henley           Defense, call 925-449-1746 or stop by 4429         Johnny Geyer and Justin Watson. Top Hitters:      The Padres came out swinging Saturday, best-
the Norcal and state championships, where         had many strikeouts in both the second                                                                 Morgan Labrucherie, Coby Cortez, Daniel           ing the Mariners 19-3. While every member          Brauderick, and Cameron Songey each earn-
                                                                                                      1st Street in Livermore.                                                                                                                                ing RBIs. Songey also stole 2nd base. The
they finished second.                             and third innings and great infielding by                                                              Granados, Johnny Geyer and Justin Watson.         of the Padre team got at least 1 run, highlights
     The Midget A (under 18) team com-            Cameron Hennings and Dylan Barker kept                                                                 Offense: Kinar Desai, Ethan Dreger, Jacob         were Noah Reno (home run, 3 RBI's, 3 runs)         Reds defense clamped down, with William
                                                                                                                                                         Keeler, Max O’conner, Harry Rose, Devin                                                              Steinberg, Xavier Pelican, and Julian Stroud
pleted the regular season in second place
and played in both the Norcal and state
                                                  the Angels off the scoreboard. The White
                                                  Sox were also hitting well with a double by         Pleasanton National LL                             Shah. Great game and a close match up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Adam Lebish (3B, 3 RBI's). Cameron
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Priest played great defense at shortstop. On       making an outstanding play to tag a runner
championships.                                    Radley Rel in the second inning. Barker                  Pleasanton National Little League                  Diamondbacks 15, Dodgers 10. Top Hit-        the Mariner's side, Dominic Bartoni looked         out at home. In the fifth inning, the Reds'
                                                                                                      highlights:                                        ters D-backs - Scott McPherson 1B, Travis                                                            bats started to heat up. Mike Viscaino hit a
      Over President's Day weekend, the Mite      had a Single RBI; Jake Wilner and Daniel                                                               Silva 2B, 3 RBI, Colby Smith 1B. Top Hit-
(under 6) team captured the title at the Wine     Coyle hit singles. With the score at 2-2 in              Single A: Giants vs. Dodgers: The
                                                                                                      Dodgers put up a tough game for the visiting       ters Dodgers - PJ Kalcic 2B, Thomas Vi 2B.
Country Face Off in Santa Rosa and the            the fifth inning, the pressure was on White                                                            Top Pitchers D-backs - Zach Parodi, Noah
Bantam A (under 14) team was undefeated           Sox pitcher Noah Moreno. Moreno and                 Giants. Logan Seitz led the way by going
                                                                                                      4-4 and scoring a run for the Home team.           Wiesner. Top Pitchers Dodgers - Jonathan
at the Polar Bear Invitational Tournament         the team again allowed no runs in the final                                                            Nguyen, Michael Nowaczyk. A tight battle
in Phoenix. They beat a Bantam team from          two innings. With the score tied, an extra          Tanner Fehrmann helped the cause with              was broken open when Travis Silva hit a laser
Calgary, Alberta for the championship.            seventh inning was played. Key bunting and          some nice play in the field and also went          into left center field with the bases loaded.
     The Tri-Valley Blue Devils offer both        steals allowed the Angels to make 4 runs in         2-3 at the plate. Aidan McCarthy hit the           Kyle Correia played an active game behind
travel and in-house ice hockey teams for          the seventh inning.                                 ball well and scored a run for the Dodgers.        the dish for the Dodgers.
boys and girls ages 4 to 18. Currently, there          Majors: A's 10, Indians 9: The Indians         The play of the game was Garrett Alsup’s                Minor A - Mariners (Offense) Colton
                                                                                                      quick thinking on the mound with the bases         Osborn, Colton Trudeau, Dylan Corker.
                                                                                                      loaded. His fielding of a grounder and a nice      Defense: Peyton Stultz, Tyler Marks,
                                                                                                      throw to catcher Logan Seitz saved a run in        Vijay Memula. Pirates (Offense) Mason
                                                                                                      the final inning of the game.Nick Costello         Eastman, Zach Gooby, Matthew Gomes;
                                                                                                      was the MVP for the Giants. He crushed a           (Defense) Ryan Wenzel, Vincent Dixon,
                                                                                                      couple of the hardest hit balls we’ve seen         Daniel Becerra.
                                                                                                      this season. He was equally tough in the                Phillies: (Offense) Logan Hartrum,
                                                                                                      field, not letting anything get past him a 3rd     Matthew Kronmal, Ty Bothwell-Mitlitsky;
                                                                                                      base. Robby Perkins Arango was the other           (Defense) Aidan Ackerman, Alec Faith,
                                                                                                      star for the visitors, showing great range at      Logan Finch. Red Sox: (Offense) Shlock
                                                                                                                                                         Bansal, Skyler Ferguson-Rosa, Cody Ward;
                                                                                                      shortstop and proving to be a really tough         (Defense) Malik Merchant, Luke Moylan,
                                                                                                      out at the plate.                                  Chris Perez.
                                                                                                           Dodgers vs Mets: The Dodgers and Mets              Farm - Team Mariners (Offense) Con-
    It’ll be rodeo time again in six short weeks. June 12 and 13 are the                              played a great game this Saturday. The score       nor Perkins, Samuel German, Andrew Bates;
dates for the 92nd Annual Livermore Rodeo. Check out the website                                      went back and forth right to the end. Just a       (Defense) Justin Gilliam, Joshua Henninger,
                                                                                                      great day for baseball. JT Fulmer and Declan       Jordan Fritz. Team Pirates (Offense) Ben for all the event information, tickets and                                     Alsup started the game off for the Dodgers         Wigginton, Sam Morrisroe, Wesley Short;
host hotel information. For early birds, tickets will be on sale at                                   with back to back singles, leading to the first    (Defense) Landon Jansen, Will Wentworth,
the Rodeo booth in front of Baughman’s during the Livermore Wine                                      2 runs of the game. Garrett Alsup also had a       Jake Fields.
                                                                                                      hot bat for the visitors, going 2-3 including a         Giants (offense) Sam Carbonaro, Connor
Country Festival May 1 and 2. Buy your tickets early for the best                                     big double in the 4th inning. Benjamin Wold        Waklee, Hayden Williams (defense) Dale
seats in the shade.                                                                                   came up with the big plays in the field again      Spence, Noah Thompson, Stephen Geyer:
                                                                                                                                                         A's (offense) Colin McConnell, Ryan Ma-
    The Rodeo Week’s events are as follows (all but the parade are                                    for the Dodgers. Fielding a hard hit ball into
                                                                                                                                                         cintire, Neil Shah (defense) Benjamin Sears,
                                                                                                      right field, Ben made a great pickup and throw
held at Robertson Park):                                                                              to 1st for the out. He also made a spectacular
                                                                                                                                                         Claire March, Donovan Holmes
                                                                                                                                                              A's: Neil Shah, Ben Sears, Augie
    • Wednesday, June 9 is Local Team Penning and Mixer. Tickets                                      grab to end the game, catching a hard shot to      Mascari. Red Sox: Joshua Johnson, Aidan
are $20. They will be sold at Baughman’s. This is an age 21 and over                                  the outfield that would’ve easily been extra       Buenrostro, Christian Silva.
                                                                                                      bases and scored the two baserunners. The               Diamondbacks (defense) Ryan Tafoya,
event. It includes team penning, tri-tip bbq, and dancing to live music                               Mets had a terrific game themselves. Justin        Zachary Van Huis, Ryan Stear (offense) Ben
from Whiskey Dawn. Check out the band at                                         Rasmussen led the way for the home team            O'Connor, Ben Wiesner, Grant Thrailkill:
If you like good food, good music and a really good party you need                                    going 4-5 with a huge double to centerfield        Pirates (defense) Wil Wentworth, Jake Fields,
                                                                                                      in the 2nd inning bringing in two runs. Kevin
to come. This event is limited to 1,000 and usually sells out.                                        Santero was solid for the Mets on offense and
    • Thursday, June 10, 6pm, is Family Night. It includes local team                                 defense, going 2-3 at the plate. Kyle Mann
roping, The Nestle Nesquik Wild Cow Milking, $1 hot dogs, $1                                          looked great behind the plate. Nothing got
                                                                                                      past the Mets catcher. He also went 2-4 at
sodas, Nesquik and Juicy Juice. This is a free event. Bring the kids                                  bat and scored a run for the Mets.
and their friends and enjoy some good, clean family fun. You won’t
find a free event like this anywhere else. Wild Cow Milking is truly                                  Granada Little League
and literally a kick in the pants. The kids will love it.                                                  Granada Little League highlights:
    • Friday, June 11 is Professional Slack at 8am. This is where the                                      Granada Junior 90's: Granada 11,
                                                                                                      Pleasanton American 11: The Granada Junior
pro cowboys and cowgirls compete for a spot in the weekend rodeo.                                     90's squared off against Pleasanton American
This is also free to anyone who wants to see the nation’s best pros                                   this past Friday in Livermore. After trail-
compete for a spot in the weekend rodeo.                                                              ing for most of the game, Granada scored
                                                                                                      6 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the
    • Saturday, June 12 is the Livermore Rodeo Parade at 10am. The                                    game. Brandon Self led the Granada attack
parade is hosted by The Livermore Rotary Club. It runs along 2nd                                      with 3 hits. Jose Gonzalez finished with 2
                                                                                                      hits, including a double and 2 RBI's. Matty
Street in downtown Livermore. Get there early for a spot on the curb.                                 Proetel, Logan VanSchaack, Tyler Offill and
Each year the parade draws more and more people so give yourself                                      Nick Campiotti all had a hit to go along with
                                                                                                      an RBI. The pitching for Granada struggled
a few extra minutes for parking and getting to 2nd Street.                                            most of the game as once again walks kept
    • Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 are the dates for the 92nd                                them in trouble throughout. Seldom used
Annual Livermore Professional Rodeo. Both shows start at 2pm and                                      pitchers Campiotti & Self were able to shut
                                                                                                      down the potent Pleasanton offense in the 6th
include the awesome majesty of the Grand Entry, the presentation of                                   and 7th innings to allow Granada to come
the Country’s Flag and Military’s Colors by the Veteran’s of Foreign                                  back and tie the game.
                                                                                                           Granada 10, Valley White 0: JT Storti got
Wars, the speed of all the timed events and of course all the bucking                                 the call on the mound for Granada and in turn
action of the broncs and bulls. The Riatta Ranch Cowboy Girls trick                                   pitched 5 scoreless innings while allowing
                                                                                                      1 hit with 0 walks and 3 strikeouts. Storti,
riding team is back as is the US Army Mounted Unit. Both days                                         Jose Gonzalez ans Logan Vanschaack all
promise to be full of exciting action and great family fun.                                           turned in a solid offensive showing as they
    The 2010 Queen contest was the closest in many years. In fact,                                    finished with 6 hits, 2 doubles and 5 RBI's.
                                                                                                      Tyler Offill, Nick Campiotti, John Madruga
the judges took over 2 hours to decide who would be crowned Miss                                      and Jacob Benavidez each had a base hit for
Livermore Rodeo 2010. It was that close. The judges selected Bailey                                   Granada. Defensive standouts for Granada
                                                                                                      were Shortstop Ryan Dearborn and second
Castello to represent the Livermore Rodeo up and down the state for                                   basemen Brandon Self.
the 2010 rodeo season. Bailey is a long-time horse enthusiast and has                                      Granada 12, Valley White 2: The Granada
                                                                                                      Junior 90's were able to take home a win in
been part of the rodeo family for many years. “She will do Livermore                                  the second game of the double header this past
proud. Get your girls a picture with Miss Livermore Rodeo 2010 at                                     Saturday as Logan VanSchaack pitched 6 in-
the rodeo. Congrats Bailey.”                                                                          nings to earn the win. VanSchaack completed
                                                                                                      his strong game by allowing 5 hits, 2 runs (0
    The time is getting close for one of this town’s biggest week-                                    earned), and 6 strikeouts. Once again, Jose
ends. Come out and support your Livermore Rodeo. This event is                                        Gonzalez and JT Storti were the offensive
                                                                                                      spark for Granada as they each had 2 hits
a significant part of this town’s heritage and kids will love it. So                                  with 3 RBI's. VanSchaack, Ryan Dearborn,
will friends and family. We’ve partnered with the Doubletree Hotel                                    and Matty Proetel all hit safely with 2 hits
                                                                                                      of their own. Brandon Self and Tyler Offill
to offer out-of-towners 2 free tickets if they stay at the Host Hotel.                                each had a single. For the game, Granada
Give the Doubletree a call and ask for the Rodeo Promo and they’ll                                    finished with 11 hits in 24 at bats, 12 runs
take good care of you.                                                                                and 7 stolen bases.
                                                                                                           Majors - Dodgers 6, Mariners 4. Top
    Similarly, if you purchase some Wrangler products at Baughman’s                                   hitters Dodgers - AJ McMillan - 3 run HR,
you’ll receive a ticket voucher for either Saturday or Sunday. So pick                                3 RBI, 1R; Kyle Moylan - 2H, 1 RBI, 1R;
                                                                                                      Kyle Emrich - double, 1R; Mariners - Adam
up a new pair of jeans or a fancy new shirt and you’re in.                                            Padilla - triple, 1R; Gregory Moreland
    The organizers are looking forward to welcoming everyone June                                     - single, double, RBI; Jason Frost - double,
                                                                                                      1R. Top pitchers Dodgers - Nick Lind - 4IP,
12 and 13, and remind people not to forget about Family Night or                                      2H, 1R, 6K; Mariners - Anthony Miller - 4IP,
the Mixer. Just come and relax, have a few laughs, grab a bite to                                     2H, 3R, 3K. The Dodgers' AJ McMillan hit
eat and enjoy some true western fun. Everyone can be a cowboy                                         a three run homer in the bottom of the first
                                                                                                      to tie the game at 3, and Nick Lind and An-
for a day.                                                                                            thony Miller dueled for 4 innings each. The
                                                                                                      Dodgers broke through in the bottom of the
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                                                                                                     Casey, Emily Verbeck; Greyhound Proper-           hit. Hannah Schott did a great job pitching
                                                                                                     ties - Stella Kruschke, Masynne Mendes,           in the third inning and had a base hit. Top
                                                                                                     Lexi Whitney                                      Player: Blueline Company - Jessica Cole,
                                                                                                          Greyhound Properties vs. Jabwire: For        Hannah Schott
                                                                                                     Greyhound Properties, both Amanda Dilger               Blueline Company 7, State Farm Insur-
                                                                                                     and Camille Kulak did a super job pitching        ance – Leslie Wolf 2: In her pitching debut,
                                                                                                     two innings each and Whitney Dishman              Hunter Faria got all three outs by strike-out.
                                                                                                     had a great overall game. For Jabwire,            Sarah Sullivan did a great job catching and
                                                                                                     Clarissa Mendoza, Kate Reedy, and Kenna           had a base hit. Alliannah Cuevas hit two
                                                                                                     Asmussen did a great job pitching too. Top        singles and scored a run. Alexis Blaschka had
                                                                                                     Players: Greyhound Properties - Amanda            two fantastic innings of pitching, backed by
                                                                                                     Dilger, Whitney Dishman, Camille Kulak;           a hit to the outfield. Chloe Engel was catcher
                                                                                                     Jabwire - Kenna Asmussen, Clarissa Men-           for two innings then took the mound with
                                                                                                     doza, Kate Reedy                                  confidence to pitch. Elena Webster had a hit
                                                                                                          Total Player Center vs. GFI Stainless:       far into the outfield. Top Players: Blueline
                                                                                                     For Total Player Center, Nicole Williams did      Company - Alliannah Cuevas, Hunter Faria,
                                                                                                     a great job as pitcher, while Kate Weckwerth      Sarah Sullivan; State Farm Insurace-Leslie
                                                                                                     made some powerful hits to the outfield and       Wolf - Alexis Blaschka, Chloe Engel, Elena
                                                                                                     Emily Hunt scored an out at third base. Top       Webster
                                                                                                     Players: Total Player Center - Emily Hunt,             Mini Black Division: Construction
                                                                                                     Kate Weckwerth, Nicole Williams; GFI              Testing Services (CTS) 2, Ogden Costa Cre-
                                                                                                     Stainless - Dana Chabrien, Samika Goel,           ative Group 4: Construction Testing Services
                                                                                                     Elina Vermana                                     (CTS) had strong pitching performances from
                                                                                                          Fernando's Mexican Restaurant vs. All        Kaitlyn Jones and Lauren Hermes. Lauren
                                                                                                     Star Sports: All Star Sports’s Tara Daly had      Sowers had a strong outfield performance.
                                                                                                     a monster hit to out field, Brianna Fong also     Top Players: Construction Testing Services
                                                                                                     made several key hits, and Haley Kolon was        (CTS) - Hanna Fleshman, Allison Jenezon,
                                                                                                     all around awesome in the field. Fernando’s       Taylor Sowers; Ogden Costa Creative Group
                                                                                                     Mexican Restaurant’s Payton Pozzi pitched         - Isabella Clark, Sarah Costa, Amanda
                                                                     Photo - Doug Jorgensen          like an All-Star, Rachel Lemmon made a            Hoffman
Amador Valley High School player got trapped in a run-down in a                                      fantastic throw to first base for an out, and
                                                                                                     Isabella Fragomeli was strong at bat. Top
                                                                                                                                                            Bob's Giant Burgers vs. 5, Construction
                                                                                                                                                       Testing Services (CTS) 2: Olivia McGee
game against Granada in varsity baseball action. The Dons came                                       Players: Fernando’s Mexican Restaurant -          pitched 4 out of the 7 innings taking the win
                                                                                                     Isabella Fragomeli, Rachel Lemmon, Payton
away with a 10 to 2 victory. The Dons' JV team won, 5 to 2.                                          Pozzi; All Star Sports - Tara Daly, Brianna
                                                                                                                                                       for Bob's Giant Burgers throwing some strong
                                                                                                                                                       strikes to the opposing team. She had 3 put
                                                                                                     Fong, Haley Kolon                                 out for Bob's Giant Burgers while batting 2
                                                                                                          Jabwire vs. Total Player Center: Top         for 3 with 2 runs being scored. Libby Shlag
                                                                                                     Players: Jabwire - Megan Rovira, Mad-             came in taking the save and pitching the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo - Doug Jorgensen
double and stole third base. Julian Stroud        standing hustle in the field. Top players
                                                  Rangers: Damien Stiles-excellent fielding
                                                                                                     eline Shimy, Peyton Williams; Total Player
                                                                                                     Center - Emily Hunt, Aoife Stapleton, Colie
                                                                                                                                                       3 innings for Bob's Giant Burgers. She batted     The Livermore High School varsity boys' lacrosse team lost to
also hit a double and brought Viscaino                                                                                                                 1 for 3 with a double and scoring a run for
home to score a run. However, the Tigers          skills; Henry Timmons-hit a homerun; Ethan         Williams                                          Bob's Giant Burgers. Emily Cabral batted 1        Foothill, 13 - 2 Foothill scored five goals in the first quarter and
defense held strong in the final innings;
highlighted by Toland's huge catch in right
                                                  Durns-had some big hits
                                                       Rangers vs. Brewers: Top players for
                                                                                                          All Star Sports vs. Delores Gragg, Re-
                                                                                                     altor: For All Star Sports, Brooke Szurgot
                                                                                                                                                       for 3 having 2 RBIs for the team. She also
                                                                                                                                                       had two defensive put outs for Bob's Giant
                                                                                                                                                                                                         two in the second to take a 7 - 2 lead at the half. Foothill added
field at the top of the 5th. The Reds were        the Rangers included: Stone Stephenson             was an outstanding third baseman. Emmy            Burgers. Top Players: Bob's Giant Burgers         three goals in both the third and fourth. The Livermore boys JV
                                                                                                     Madigan crushed the ball in the infield, and      - Emily Cabral, Olivia McGee, Libby Shlag;
unable to rally in the 6th, leaving the final
score Tigers 8 and Reds 1. Top offensive
                                                  who had a big hit in the first inning and\ did
                                                  a great job fielding balls in right field, Henry   Maddie Beyer made a clutch out at first.          Construction Testing Services (CTS) - Harper      team also lost to Foothill, 13 - 4
                                                  Timmons with an excellent hit in the first         For Delores Gragg, Realtor, Paige threw to        Cook, Kaitlyn Jones, Nicole Riordan
players for the Reds: Mike Viscaino, Julian                                                          third base for a key out while she was on the                                                           Concord Feed 0, Roof-Life Construction        O'Neal, Megan Shackley
Stroud, and Jackson Brown. Top players for        inning and great a great assist to first base,                                                            Ogden Costa Creative Group 6, John Ro-
                                                                                                     pitchers mound. Kayla made an amazing play        cha–ReMax Accord 9: John Rocha–ReMax              21: Top Players: Concord Feed - Brittany               ACC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
the Tigers: Nolan Smith, Cameron Songey,          and Michael Vieira with big hits in both the       at first when she was playing second base,        Accord had some great hits in the win over        Barrowcliff, Shannon Greenhouse, Kara             10, TPC Softball 1: ACC Environmental
and Ian Toland. Top 3 defensive players for       first and second innings.                          and Mia was at the top of her game playing        Ogden Costa Creative Group. Top Players:          Haynie; Roof-Life Construction - Megan            Consultants, Inc. came back strong after
the Reds: William Steinberg, Xavier Pelican,                                                         outstanding defense in the infield.               Ogden Costa Creative Group - Julia Bal-           Mannion, Clarissa Punla, Lailinda Xu              their first game close loss with a big win
and Julian Stroud.                                                                                        Temperature Perfection vs. Contra Costa      estreri, Allison Defazio, Kathryn Lee; John           Minor Black Division: ACC Envi-               against TPC Softball. ACC Environmental
     White Sox 2, Cardinals 1: Branden Tre-       Pleasanton Girls Softball                          Co. Public Auto Auction: For Contra Costa         Rocha–ReMax Accord - Mckenna Harris,              ronmental Consultants, Inc. 9, Pleasanton         Consultants, Inc. once again had great pitch-
vethan and Reece Wilkins pitched incredible            Pleasanton Girls Softball League              Co. Public Auto Auction, Bella Segundo,           Espi Lotti, Brooke Promes                         Glass 0: ACC Environmental Consultants,           ing and defense to hold TPC Softball to one
games for their teams. The game was tied 1-1      results:                                           Alyson Marzocco and Kannon Phipps all                  Minor Teal Division: Robert Half Inter-      Inc.’s pitchers throw a seven inning no-hitter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alex Sanchez pitched four innings, Emily          run. ACC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
in the bottom of the 7th inning when Cole              T-Ball: TIMMCGUIRE.NET Alain                  contributed big hits and sound defensive          national, Inc. 1, TIMMCGUIRE.NET Alain                                                              had great hitting by Madison Soble, Jenyce
Gibson from the White Sox had a walk off          Pinel Realtors vs. Richert Lumber Co., Inc.:       play while Hannah Kramer, Corey Timby             Pinel Realtors 15: Top Players: Robert Half       Crimi two innings and Christina Echavia
                                                                                                     and Sydney Soares fueled a strong come-                                                             one inning. Sophia Brown had a nice hit           Dutcher, Christina Echavia, Michelle Wood
hit, scoring Jacob Zayas from third base. Top     Great game between TIMMCGUIRE.NET                                                                    International, Inc. - Emma Brunker, Isabella                                                        who each had two hits. Madison Soble and
                                                  Alain Pinel Realtors and Richert Lumber Co.,       back with key hits and solid base running.        Mora; TIMMCGUIRE.NET Alain Pinel                  and scored twice. Caroline McMorrow and
players for the Cardinals:, James Duperly,                                                                                                                                                               Emily Crimi also scored twice. Emma Furr          Christina Echavia also scored twice. Top
Shane Cromwell, Branden Trevethan; Top            Inc. Olivia Beaumont was really on her toes        Both teams did a fantastic job of pitching,       Realtors - Charli Faris, Karlee Schweitzer
                                                  at shortstop and made a great throw to first       and battled hard. Top Players: Temperature             Concord Feed 11, Robert Half Interna-        pitched three solid innings for Pleasanton        Players: ACC Environmental Consultants,
players for the White Sox: Jacob Zayas,                                                              Perfection - Hannah Kramer, Corey Timby,                                                            Glass. Top Players: ACC Environmental             Inc. - Jenyce Dutcher, Madison Soble, Mi-
Cole Gibson, Reece Wilkins                        base. Olivia Fragomeli played second base                                                            tional, Inc. 2: Maria Summersett of Concord
                                                  and really hustled during every play. Ella         Sydney Soares; Contra Costa Co. Public            Feed made her pitching debut and did an awe-      Consultants, Inc. - Emily Crimi, Christina        chelle Wood; TPC Softball - Lauren Blach,
     A Division: Braves 17, Rays 4: Top           Patterson played catcher for the first time        Auto Auction - Alyson Marzocco, Kannon            some job. Kara Haynie also pitched a great        Echavia, Alex Sanchez; Pleasanton Glass           Jillian Pluschkell, Emily Trinidad
Braves players: Jesse Wolfson was 4 for           and showed good form. Lauren Reilly did            Phipps, Bella Segundo                             game for Concord Feed. Concord Feed’s             - Emma Furr                                            Major Teal Division: 3PAR, Inc. 5,
4, scored one run and had 2 RBIs; Patrick         a great job in the field and Hannah Macucci             Mini White Division: Borg Fence vs.          bats were buzzing, with several girls batting         ACC Environmental Consultants, Inc. 1,        Contra Costa Co. Public Auto Auction 7:
Curulla was 4 for 4, scored 2 runs and had        was a great hitter. Mackenzie Klein showed         Diablo Designs Tile & Marble: Pitching            2 for 2. Top Players: Concord Feed - Erin         Pacific Dental Care 2: Top Players: ACC           Top Players: 3PAR, Inc. - Molly Hamilton,
one RBI; Chris Miller scored one run, made        good speed running the bases. Overall all          debuts of Nikki Harman and Emily Murawski         Chilicky, Kara Haynie, Maria Summersett;          Environmental Consultants, Inc. - Madison         Shelby Richmond, Meghan Sensiba
a clutch out at 2nd to end the game. Rays         girls had great hits during the game and           complemented the solid hitting from Alex          Robert Half International, Inc. - Talia Florio,   Avery, Christina Echavia, Alex Sanchez;                Mancebo Corporation 13, Kevin Martin,
top players: Drew McDonald. He had 2              fielding plays.Top Players: TIMMCGUIRE.            Amavizca and Isabel Mayfield. Top Players:        Lauren Milligan, Caitlyn Sigua                    Pacific Dental Care - Karen DiDio, Jessica        Attorney at Law 12: Top Players: Mancebo
hits and made a good defensive out on 3rd;        NET Alain Pinel Realtors - Olivia Beaumont,        Diablo Designs Tile & Marble - Alex Ama-               Association Management Solutions,
Tyler Ramirez. He had an RBI. He caught           Oliva Fragomeli, Ella Patterson; Richert           vizca, Nikki Harman, Isabel Mayfield              LLC 11, Richert Lumber Co., Inc. 5: Richert
a flyout at 3rd and was responsible for an        Lumber Co., Inc. - Mackenzie Klein, Hannah              Savvy Seconds vs. TG Information             Lumber Co., Inc. was led by Jessica Emde
unassisted triple play.; Colby Scherere: He       Masucci, Lauren Reilly                             Systems: For TG Information Systems, Kylie        who had two excellent catches in the field
had 2 outstanding defensive plays including            Floor Coverings International East Bay        Stewart made a great hit with an RBI and          and had a hit and RBI, Hannah Friesen
                                                  vs. Hyatt-Summerfield Suites: Hyatt-Sum-           pitched well. Sydney West did a wonderful         pitched one inning, had one strikeout, and
a flyball on first base.                                                                             job in right field with first base back up.
     Rays 4, Yankees 9: Top players Yankees:      merfield Suites’ top players are Natalie                                                             Jenna Voorhies chipped in with one hit of her
                                                  O'Sullivan and Erica Haley for hitting and         Madeline Ward was awesome pitching. From          own. Association Management Solutions,
Evan Sire - 3 for 3 - 1 double, 2 runs, 1 RBI;    Ella Hodges for fielding. Top Players: Floor       Savvy Seconds, Christina Castaneda made           LLC was led by Natalie Lambros who had
Jack Kilner - 3 for 3 - 1 run, 2 RBIs; Joseph     Coverings International East Bay - Natasha         great plays out at third two times. Allie Simon   three hits, two RBIs and caught two pop flys.
Orluck - 3 for 3 - 2 runs, 1 RBI. Top players     Hicks, Samantha Richert, Jane Ruby; Hyatt-         was fantastic pitching with a no run inning, a    Krista Buescher had two hits and three RBIs,
Rays: Ethan Zenner - 2 for 3; Michael Grant       Summerfield Suites - Erica Haley, Ella             nice double, and a RBI. Sammi Carlson made        and Julia Goetz added a hit and an RBI. Top
- 2 for 3; Zachary Medina - 2 for 3               Hodges, Natalie O'Sullivan                         a beautiful throw to first base. Top Players:     Players: Association Management Solutions,
     Yankees vs. Orioles: The Orioles were             Micro Division: Temperature Perfec-           Savvy Seconds - Sammi Carlson, Christina          LLC - Krista Buescher, Julia Goetz, Natalie
victorious over the Yankees with a score of 12    tion vs. Greyhound Properties: A spirited          Castaneda, Allie Simon; TG Information            Lambros; Richert Lumber Co., Inc. - Jessica
to 0. The Yankees were short on players but       contest between Temperature Perfection             Systems - Kylie Steward, Madeline Ward,           Emde, Hannah Friesen, Jenna Voorhies.
gave it their all. Kyle Stow, Reece Bittner and   and Greyhound Properties, highlighted by           Sydney West                                            J. Lohr Winery–Jeff Meier 9, Robert Half
Evan Sire were all 2 for 2. The Orioles were      key hits from Whitney Dishman, Maysene                  Savvy Seconds vs. Sports Assoc. of           International, Inc. 3: A great game with great
well represented with outstanding hitting and     Mendes and Camille Kulak of Greyhound              Alameda Co. Deputy Sheriff: Sports Assoc.         plays on both sides. J. Lohr Winery–Jeff
defense efforts by Kaitlyn McDonald, Mason        Properties. The Temperature Perfection trio        of Alameda Co. Deputy Sheriff had great           Meier: Julia Oltman played well as catcher
                                                  of Charlotte Whiting, Emma Seitz and Alex          pitching by Natalie Larsen and a wonder-          and also scored one run, hit two singles and
Paulo and Cameron Winter.                                                                            ful hit struck by Stephanie Silva. Savvy
     T-Ball: Orioles vs. Giants: Top players      Stokoe provided a spark with big hits and                                                            stole bases. Lauren Schaefer played well
                                                  recorded some key outs to successfully offset      Seconds also had some great pitching from         at third base where she got an out. Abby
Giants: Luke Dodson-was the Giants player         the power display by Greyhound Properties.         Geneva Ekren. Natalie Tarantino made an           Sage struck out 2 players as pitcher and also
of the game; Drew Kardy-demonstrated great        Top Players: Temperature Perfection - Emma         amazing defensive play at second. Allie           hit 2 doubles and caught a pop fly. Robert
hitting skills; Keoni Hurskin-played great        Seitz, Alex Stokoe, Charlotte Whiting;             Simon had yet another big hit, double. Top        Half International, Inc.: Audrey Morse did
defense in the field. Top players Orioles:        Greyhound Properties - Whitney Dishman,            Players: Savvy Seconds - Geneva Ekren,            a super job as catcher. Stephanie Owens
Brett Whitelaw- had some solid hits; Jar-         Camille Kulak, Maysene Mendes                      Allie Simon, Natalie Tarantino; Sports As-        made great plays at second base and Jenna
rett Williams- played great defense; Dylan             Sean Doyle vs. Greyhound Proper-              soc. of Alameda Co. Deputy Sheriff - Natalie      Taffe played well at first base. Top Players:
Borges- Great hits                                ties: For Greyhound Properties, Masynne            Larsen, Stephanie Silva                           J. Lohr Winery–Jeff Meier - Julia Oltman,
     Giants vs. Rangers: Top players Giants:      Mendes, Stella Kruschke, and Lexi Whitney               Mini Teal Division: Blueline Com-            Abby Sage, Lauren Schaefer; Robert Half
Luke Darby-Great hitting; Ryan Demo-              played great overall games. Top Players:           pany 1, Genworth Financial 5: Jessica Cole        International, Inc. - Audrey Morse, Stephanie
excellent fielding; Joey Makarewicz-out-          Sean Doyle - Jillian Brugaletta, Allison           pitched a great second inning and got a base      Owens, Jenna Taffe
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Corporation - Diane Hadley, Brianna Jack,          1:10.57                                           three wins in as many games.                                                                           huge raffle giveaway and a chance to win
Jillian Quintanal; Kevin Martin, Attorney               200 Individual Medley: VG: 2nd A.                 The Crush #10 team won two games,              goals by Hall again, assisted by Mac Morgan,       $10,000 and more!                                Generation Gap on Sunday, rolled 63 over
at Law - Lexi Campisi, Zoe Chapman,                McLaggen 2:28.54; VB: 1st Carlo 2:02.95,          defeating ASA Green and East Bay Bulldogs.          and the final Cowboy score was made by                 All proceeds will benefit the Helen Diller   average for a 178 game.
Sydney Smith                                       2nd Lindsay 2:03.20, 3rd Harker 2:19.95           Against ASA Green, the Crush jumped to              Morgan unassisted. But Livermore suffered          Family Cancer Research Center
     Mancebo Corporation 8, ViewMobile-                 50 Free: JVG: 3rd Darling 29:29; JVB:        an 10 point first quarter lead and cruised to       injuries and couldn't sustain pressure.                Lunch & Registration begins at 11am. 13: took           2nd Stoll 25.14; VG: 1st C.McLaggen 25.12;        a 49-31 victory. James Dayton led the win-              California went ahead with 1:37 left in the    Shotgun start is at 1:00pm                       Livermore Smoke
an early lead by scoring 10 runs in the first      VB: 1st Kulp 23.17                                ners in an all-around game with 9 points, 3         game and tacked on their last goal while the           To register visit www.beebsatlaspositas.         Livermore Smoke
2 innings. Mancebo Corporation battled                  50 Fly: JVB: 2nd Stoll 30.55, 3rd            rebounds and 4 assists, and big man Dominic         Cowboys were a man down. Steven Martinez           com or call (925) 455-7070.                          Under-8: Lightning Bolts vs Lightning:
back, scoring 5 runs in the last 3 innings to      Peters 30.94                                                                                          had 8 saves in the loss.                                                                            Lightning Bolts players: Emily Brown, Han-
fall short 13 to 8. For ViewMobileDental.               100 Fly: VG: 1st Swanson 1:03.12; VB:        DeFina had 3 assists of his own.                                                                           Entries limited to the first 144 received
                                                                                                          In Sunday's game against the tough                                                                so don’t delay                                   nah Whitelock, Nicole Benjamin; Lightning
com, Miranda Paulos had 2 RBIs, Cassie             1st Guido 55.27, 3rd Chandler 56.92                                                                                                                                                                       players: Zakiya Clark, Tiffany Rucker, Cloe
Balducci went 3 for 3, Ashna Jasuja had                 100 Free Style: JVG: 3rd White 1:07.14;      Bulldogs, everything went right for the Crush
2 hits, while Maddie Dragotta struck out           VG: 1st Hayes 54.93 ; VB: 2nd Hayes 51.03,        as they had a 32 point first half on their way      Granada Lacrosse                                                                                    Williams.
the only 3 batters she faced. Mancebo              3rd Kulp 53.10                                    to a 52-28 win. Dayton again led the team                The Granada High School girls varsity         Bowling News                                         Lightning Bolts vs Wildcats: Lightning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bolts players:: Elliana Aggarwal, Sofia
Corporation were led by Jaime Rinetti and               500 Free: JVG: 3rd Danner 6:58.70;           with 12 points, including 2 treys and Stephen       lacrosse team won a tough game against Cal              In the Monday Getaway Fours, Laurie
Jillian Quintanal, both going 1 for 1, with        JVB: 2nd Shaffer 5:59.78; VB: 1st Chandler        Goode had 11 points and a team high 7 re-           High on Friday night, 12-9. Friday night’s         Chapman rolled 85 pins over average for          Randall, Katherine Terry; Wildcats players:
2 walks, and scored 4 of the team's 8 runs.        4:47.85, 2nd Dourov 4:57.55                       bounds. Dominix Kovacs had an amazing 6             win by Granada was the first time the Mata-        a 224 game.                                      Taylor Bond, Jillian Devine, Payton Hall
Top Players: Mancebo Corporation - Jil-                 200 Free Relay: JVG: 2nd Glover,             steals together with 8 points, and Grant Perry      dors have beaten Cal High in four years.                Roger Purta turned in a 289 game in
lian Quintanal, Jaime Rinetti, Jenn Teitell;       Douglas, White, Darling 2:02.00; JVB: 1st         contributed 9 of his own.                                The first half was a back and forth duel      the Tuesday Match Point league. Derrek - Maddie Dragotta,            Blaze, Shaffer, Neumayer, Stoll 1:45.50,               The Crush #2 team won their only game          ending up with Cal ahead 7-6 via a goal in         Gillians shot a 269 and 259 game, Brandon        Amador Judo
Ashna Jasuja, Miranda Paulos                       3rd Peters, Middlecamp, Mccallum, Shull           of the weekend, beating Piedmont by a 39-19         the last minute of the first half. The Matadors    Klinefelter a 278, and Isiah Hayggod a 234            The Amador Judo and Jujitsu Studio
     Mancebo Corporation 4, Kaelin Con-            1:49.63; VG: 2nd A.McLaggen, Swanson,             margin. Holding Piedmont to only 6 points           opened up the second half with intensity and       game. Mark McCreary rolled triplicate 247        in Livermore sent 12 competitions to the
struction, Inc. 5: Top Players: Mancebo            Boeher, C.McLaggen 1:48.69; VB: 1st               in the first half, the Crush was able to keep       focus that gave them control of the field until                                                     semiannual City College of San Francisco
Corporation - Cassidy Holmes, Meghan               Lindsay, Kulp, Dourov, Hayes 1:35.55, 2nd                                                                                                                in the 4 Seasons Modified Guys & Dolls, Fred
                                                                                                     their players rested in the moderately paced        the end of the game. The Matadors capital-         McCarrell bowled a 279 game, Pat Braga had       Judo Tournament. It was held last weekend.
Fletcher, Kendall Martinez; Kaelin Con-            Firl, Benge, Glover, Linhart 1:39.61                                                                                                                                                                      Players from all over California competed.
struction, Inc. - Stephanie Chilicky, Erica             100 Back Stroke: JVB: 1st Blaze 1:12.38,     game. Austin Medeiros led the victors with 11       ized on several shots to earn 6 goals vs.          a 234 game and Tom Grammatica bowled
                                                                                                     points on smooth shooting, Andre Kasten has         Cal High’s 2 in the second half. Granada’s         118 over series average with games of 179-       The Amador team brought home 15 top
Goldhawk, Haley Hjerpe                             3rd Shaffer 1:12.98; VG: 1st Hayes 1:02.08;                                                                                                                                                               medals:
     3PAR, Inc. 10, Melisa Mazotti-Johnson,        VB: 1st Carlo 56.60, 2nd Hayes 57.47              6 rebounds on the inside, and Calvin Rasbold        midfield performed very well with multiple         202-202. Ray Salas turned in a 290 game in
VP Tucker Assoc. 1: For 3PAR, Inc., Carly               100 Breast Stroke: JVG: 1st Douglas          had 3 assists and added 7 points.                   turnovers and recovery of ground balls             the Cheyenne league, Glen Thompson a 273              1st place: Abby Maciel-Lahann, Dublin,
Krakauer allowed just 1 run, pitching a            1:24.29, 2nd McEntee 1:32.64; JVB: 1st                                                                by Captains Hayley Olson, Catrina Hick-            and Wayne Folster 257. Austin Stuber, in         jr. female; Dan Ikegami, Dublin; jr. male;
complete game and Shelby Richmond hit a 3          Shull 1:16.40, 3rd Middlecamp 1:21.52; VB:                                                            man and Jamine Sanck. Melanie Pacheco              the Generation Gap league, rolled 73 over        Rafael Gamboa, Dublin, jr. male; Victoria
RBI triple. Top Players: 3PAR, Inc. - Jaime
Altman, Carly Krakauer, Jacquie Price
                                                   2nd Schierloh 1:08.96, 3rd Benge 1:15.08
                                                        400 Free Relay: JVG: 3rd Danner,
                                                                                                     Livermore Lacrosse                                  controlled multiple draws and helped the
                                                                                                                                                         Matadors win crucial control of the ball at
                                                                                                                                                                                                            average with a 255 game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Senior bowler Dick Braden, in the Mon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Burke, Livermore, intermediate femaile; Na-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             than Maratea, Livermore, intermediate male;
     Senior Division: Cardinal Jewelers            Guilford, Menise, White 4:56.53; JVB: 2nd              Finally, Finally the Cowboys win in the                                                                                                            Adam Skinner, Livermore, sr. male; Jamie
                                                                                                     EBAL - April 20                                     mid field throughout the night. Granada’s          day Primetimers, rolled a 245 game, Tony
9, Tracey Buescher-Hometown GMAC                   Shaffer, Stoll, Shull, Snyder 4:00.94, 3rd                                                            defense held tight and shut down several           Giannotti a 226, John Waite a 222. In the        Behymer, Livermore, sr. female; Bradley
1: Tracey Buescher-Hometown GMAC                   Neumayer, Eckles, Skaor, Shanley 4:22.77;              The Livermore Boys Varsity Lacrosse                                                                                                                Maratea, Livermore, black belt.
                                                                                                     team earned its first victory in the East Bay       drives by Cal with strong contributions by         same league, Harry Thompson bowled 100
jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning.   VG: 2nd C.McLaggen, McDiarmid, Stroud,                                                                Andrea Chy, Ariana Garcia, Jasmin Alves            pins over series average with games of 190,           2nd place: Garrison Groves, Livermore,
However, Cardinal Jewelers dominated the           Hayes 3:54.79; VB: 1st Chandler, Cuido,           Athletic League by beating crosstown rival,
                                                                                                     Granada Matadors, 11 - 5.                           and Aly Codiroli, in addition to capitalizing      206 and 196 for a 592. Tom Crane rolled a        jr. male; Gabrielle Gamboa, Livermore,
rest of the game and won 9-1 with excellent        Kulp, Carlo 3:27.76, 3rd Glover, Linhart,                                                                                                                                                                 jr. female; Victoria Burke, Livermore,
defense, solid hitting and aggressive base run-    Hughes, Firl 3:45.50                                   Granada scored first. Then Tommy               on several well executed clears by Goalie          259 game in the Sirs & Sirettes league with
                                                                                                     Parker scored, assisted by Kyle Kline, to tie       Allison Davis.                                     Ron Knott rolling 70 over for a 235 game         brown belt; Bradley Maratea, Livermore,
ning. Tracey Buescher-Hometown GMAC                     Honorable Swimming Effort: JVG:                                                                                                                                                                      brown belt.
were led by Carly Botelho with a hit, Eileen       Mikki Glover 100 Back stroke; JVB: Josh           the game at one each. Granada scored again               By the end of the game, the Matadors          and Paul Guerrero a 234.
Adams with a hit and Gina Daly with a hit                                                            to take a one goal lead after one quarter by a      came out on top with scoring contributions              Youth Bowler, Brendan McClain bowled             3rd place: Kai Ikegami, Dublin, jr. male;
                                                   Snyder 500 Free Style VG: Emma Hughes             score of 2 - 1. In the second quarter Livermore                                                                                                         Josh Rodrigues-Lahann, Dublin, jr. male; Ja-
and an RBI. Cardinal Jewelers were led by          200 Free Style; VB: Alec Grabarek 50                                                                  being made by Captain Hayley Olson,                67 over average for a 212 game in the Friday
Alex Ruis with two hits, Alyssa Dunlap with                                                          scored three goals, two by Parker and one by        4 goals, Livv Gerton, 4 goals, Shannon             Family Affair league. Nick Moreland, in the      son Craig, Livermore, intermediate male.
                                                   Free Style                                        Scott Gragg, to take a 4 -2 lead at the half,
two hits and Christine Balestreri with a hit.                                                                                                            Sunnergren, 2 goals and Camille Hanna
Top Players: Cardinal Jewelers - Christine                                                           Kline had all three assists.                        with 2 goals.
                                                                                                          In the third quarter, the Cowboys scored
Balestreri, Alyssa Dunlap, Alex Ruis; Tracey
Buescher-Hometown GMAC - Eileen Ad-                Amador Swimming                                   three more goals. Parker had his fourth goal
                                                        Amador Valley High School JV girls           of the game, Kline followed, and Travis Cy-
ams, Carly Botelho, Gina Daly
     Tracey Buescher-Hometown GMAC 13,             swimming and diving team turned in some           ronek had his second goal of the year from          Youth Football and Cheer
Livermore Smoke Eliminators 10: Tracey             nice individual performances, but fell to         the Long-Stick-Middie position. Kline had                Livermore Youth Football and Cheer is
Buescher-Hometown GMAC and Livermore               Carondelet 127-59. Lissi Knell was a              his fifth assist. Granada scored with seconds       the longest established football/cheerleading
Smoke Eliminators played in an instant             standout for the Dons with first place finishes   left to make the score 7 - 3 Livermore after        program in Livermore. This is the 36th year
classic. The game saw lead changes every           in the IM and in the fly. She also swam on        three quarters.                                     of fun, family, football and cheer.
inning and neither team led by more than three     the medley and 400 free relay teams which              Finally, in the fourth quarter, Livermore           The league is supported by Granada
runs. It was filled with excellent pitching,       finished second. Joining Knell on the medley      put the game out of reach as they scored            High School, Livermore High School,
well played fielding and game changing hits.       relay were Lindsey DeWilde, Elaina Gates,         four times. Gragg had his second of the
                                                   and Katie Marlin. Swimming on the 400             game, Stan Steeper, Daniel Rowan, and               Valley Christian High School, and The
Livermore Smoke Eliminators were led by                                                                                                                  Diablo Valley Youth Football Conference.
Icacia Pereida with a double and a triple and      team were DeWilde, Marlin and Kristine            Eric Loberg followed with goals. Parker had
                                                   Waldear.                                          three assists in the quarter. Granada added a       The program emphasizes education, family,
3 RBIs, Victoria Rowell with a single and                                                                                                                and the football knowledge and techniques
triple and one RBI, and Janet Koenig with a             The diving team was also impressive with     late goal to make the final score Livermore
                                                   Nicole George, Raquel Fraticelli, and Gabby       11 - Granada 5.                                     that prepare athletes for the exact structure
single. Tracey Buescher-Hometown GMAC                                                                                                                    of high school and collegiate football and
were led by Sarah Machado with three hits,         Schulz going 1-2-3 to sweep the event. The             The defense was lead by Chris Hill,
two RBIs and two innings of excellent              Dons other top three finishers were Erica         Rusty Schmidt, Joe Gonzales, Aubrey Gott            cheer programs. Competition is against
pitching, Gina Daly with a single, double          Efigenio, second place in the breaststroke,       and Michael Fischer. Gavin Herr had four            teams from cities, structured around the
and three RBIs and three innings of pitching       and Emily Truax, third in the 200.                saves in the victory.                               East Bay Athletic League. This is the only
including the closeout inning preserving the            Despite missing many key swimmers,                As with the Varsity, the Livermore Boys        program in Livermore offering this level
victory, and Olivia Buescher with two hits         the Amador Valley JV swim team kept their         JV team won their first EBAL game by defeat-        of instruction.
and two RBIs. Top Players: Tracey Buescher-        perfect EBAL season going with a 104-72           ing the Granada Matadorsby ,6 - 2                        The Football program is offered for
Hometown GMAC - Olivia Buescher, Gina              win over De La Salle. James Cheney was a               The Cowboys scored two goals in the            athletes from 7 to 14 years old, and the Cheer
Daly, Sarah Machado; Livermore Smoke               key part of the Dons victory with a pair of       first quarter to take a 2 - 0 lead after one        program is offered for athletes from 5 to 14
Eliminators - Janet Koenig, Icacia Pereida,        individual wins in the 200 and 500 free, and      quarter. Goals were by Junior McCammon
                                                   participated in a pair of relay wins on the 200   and Brandon Hall, both unassisted. In the           years old. Practice starts August 2. Everyone
Victoria Rowell                                    and 400 free relays.                              second quarter Livermore, added two more            who signs up will participate. There is an early
                                                        Amador came into the meet down by six        goals by Max Kreger and Mac Morgan.                 registration discount of just $75 until April
                                                   points from the diving event held earlier, but    Hall had the lone assist. Livermore lead 4          30. There are discounts on fees for families
Foothill Little League                             they quickly erased that deficit by going 1-3     - 0 at the half.                                    with multiple athletes. Payment plans are
     Pleasanton Foothill Little League             in the medley relay. David Becker, Camren              In the third quarter, Livermore added          available on a limited basis.
(PFLL) highlights:                                 Chang, Kaleb Peterson, and Alec Grotegut          their final two goals of the game. McCam-                Visit the program website at Liver-
     Majors: Giants 6, Angels 18: The Angels       got to the wall first for the Dons.               mon had his second goal of the game as     or call the athletic director
defeated the Giants on a beautiful spring               Amador then took 11 and 10 points in         did Kreger. James Ellis had the lone assist.        Eric with questions at (925) 200-1556 or e
evening. Joshua Ott led the offensive attack       the 200 free and the IM with Cheney win-          Granada added a goal in the third and one in        mail
for the Angels with 3 hits, 4 runs scored and 2    ning the 200 and Justin Pasquale taking the       the fourth to make the final score Livermore
RBI. Matt Bishop had a single and a double,        IM. The Spartans brought the score to 37-31       6 - Granada 2.
3 RBI and 1 run scored, Joey Richardson had
2 hits and 2 runs scored, Nick Bush had 1
                                                   by winning the 50 free, but Pedersen won
                                                   the fly, and Ben Sorensen and Becker went
                                                                                                          The defense was lead by Spencer
                                                                                                     Davidson, Jacob Farmos, Chris Alderson,             PGSL Board
hit and 3 runs scored, Jack Sanderson had 1        1-2 in the 100 free to open the lead back         Joe Munns, Niklas Palomba and Max                        Notice is hereby given that Pleasanton
hit and 2 RBI, Jordan Singh scored 3 runs,         to 58-42. After Cheney and Joey Lindley           Byrnes. Steven Martinez had 10 saves in             Phantom Girls Softball League is accepting
Mitchell Walsh had 1 hit, 1 run scored and         went 1-2 in the 500 and Amador won the            the victory.                                        nominations for its 2011 Executive Board
1 RBI, Brett Derham had a run scored and 2         200 free relay (Cheney, Matt Sun, Sornsen,             The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team came-           of Directors. Nominations are to be made
RBI, and Bobby Fjerstad had 1 hit and 1 run        and Grotegut) the Dons were up 78-52 and          down off of their victory over Granada and          at the board's regularly scheduled meeting
scored. In total the Angels had 10 hits. Jack      it was all but over.                              were flat in losing to Foothill, 13 - 2             on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Hyatt
Sanderson and Joshua Ott held the Giants to             Becker won the backstroke and Andrew              Foothill came out and scored five goals        Summerfield Suites, 4545 Chabot Drive
3 earned runs, while only walking 2 batters        Song and Chang went 2-3 in the breast to          in the first quarter and two in the second          , Pleasanton , CA 94588 . The meeting
and striking out 6. Joey Richardson made           set up an anti-climatic 400 free relay which      to take a 7 - 2 lead at the half. Livermore's       begins at 8:00pm. Voting will take place on
several great plays on defense for the Angels,     saw Cheney, Becker, Sun, and Sornsen take         goals were by Tommy Parker. Scott Gragg             Saturday, May 22, 2010. All adults 18 years
and Mitchell Walsh and Joshua Ott teamed           the event and cap the win.                        had the lone assist. Foothill added three goals     of age and older who are associated with the
up to throw out a Giant runner at home by a             The Dons managed to grab five individ-       in the third and fourth to make the final score     League (i.e. player parents, coaches, board
great throw and an acrobatic catch and tag by      ual firsts, and four seconds, but the depth of    Foothill 13 - Livermore 2. Gavin Herr had           members) are eligible to vote. Ballots will
Ott, and Jordan Singh and Nick Bush teamed         the De La Salle varsity swimming and diving       six saves in the loss.                              be available on Saturday (5/22/10) at the
up for a game ending double play when Singh        team was just too much for Amador Valley               The Livermore Boys JV team followed
ran down a fly ball in left field and threw        to overcome and they fell 105-81.                 suit in losing to Foothill, 13 - 4                  Pleasanton Sportspark next to the Snack
a strike to Bush at first base to double off            Andrew Seitz posted a pair of firsts for          Foothill took a 4 - 1 lead at the half.        Bar by GSB 7.
the Giants runner. Top Offensive Players:          the Dons, in the IM and the 500 free, to lead     Brandon Hall had the goal and Max Kreger
Joshua Ott, Matt Bishop and Nick Bush. Top         the Dons first place finishers. Bryan Hughes      had the assist. Foothill scored eight in the
Defensive Players: Joey Richardson, Jordan         chipped in a first in the fly and a second in     third to put the game away in one of the worst      Baseball Camps
Singh and Joshua Ott                               the 200 free, while Kyle Surber did likewise      quarters of the year. Hall had his second goal          Livermore High Varsity Baseball Coach
     AAA Division: Red Sox 13, Orioles 5:          in the 50 and 100 free. Nick Johnston and         of the game in the third quarter. Mac Morgan        David Perotti is hosting two summer camps.
After falling behind early in the game, the        Jason Chen went 1-2 in the back for one of        had two goals in the fourth quarter, assisted       Each camper will receive individual instruc-
dangerous Red Sox bats came alive with             Amador’s few event point total wins. Chen         by Aaron Untalan. Steven Martinez had 12            tion from coaches and Livermore High
Sean Sexton, AJ Warford and Will Brendel           also finished third in the IM behind Seitz.       saves in the lossLivermore took on the #5           players, a snack each day and a camp shirt.
each delivering 2 clutch hits. Once in the         Tyler Pullen and Peirson Connors placed           and #10 teams in the CIF this week and came         There are two 5-12 year old camps that cost
lead, the Red Sox defense held tight. Ramon        second and third respectively in the diving       out losing both games April 13.                     $100 and $125. The two dates are: June 28-
Cristwell caught a deep fly in center field,       event held earlier.                                    The Livermore Varsity Lacrosse team            July 1 (four days only) and July 12-16 and
Will Brendel snapped up a hot grounder at 3rd           Amador got as close as 10 points after       played its best EBAL game ever in losing to
for a force play and Will Mattingly and Sean       the IM, but the Spartans slowly pulled ahead      the Mustangs of Monte Vista, 10 - 7                 run from 9-12 each day. For more info to
Sexton both made critical plays at 2nd base.       and led by 14 after Seitz, Tim McLaughlin              The Cowboys scored first on a goal             sign up please contact David Perotti at (925)
                                                                                                                                                         586-2811 or or check                                                                              Photo - Doug Jorgensen
Mitch Lawrence allowed only 1 run over 3           and Stefan Hall went 1-3-5 in the 500 free.       by Tommy Parker assisted by Kyle Kline.
innings pitched and Dylan Walsh closed out         However, that’s as close as the Dons would        Monte Vista scored two to go ahead 2 - 1            website                         Granada High School diver goes into the water during a meet
the game with a dramatic strikeout.                get as De La Salle gained six in the 200          after one quarter.
     Red Sox 15, Tigers 5: The Red Sox             free relay and 10 in the breaststroke to put           The same combo worked their magic                                                                 with Foothill. The Granada girls varsity won, 10-6, led by Melissa
had a great game Friday night playing for          the meet away.                                    again to tie the score at 2 apiece. The Mus-        Charity Cup Golf Classic                           Parker, 1st, , Mandy Bakker, 2nd, and Taylor Fleet, 6th. The girls
the first time under the Bernal lights. The             The Amador Valley varsity girls fell         tangs then scored the next two to take a 4               Beeb’s Sports Bar & Grill is hosting its
offense was on fire, led by AJ Warford who         behind early and could not come back against      - 2 lead, but Scott Gragg scored, assisted          15th Annual Charity Cup Golf Classic at Las        JV was also victorious, 13 to 3. Jamie Haines, Jackie Neuman
had 2 extra base hits and 4 RBIs. Brandon                                                            by Ryan Wilkerson, to make the score 4
Fan, Will Brendel and Mitch Lawrence had
                                                   Carondelet falling by a 122-64 score.
                                                        The Dons came into the swim meet             - 3 at the half.
                                                                                                                                                         Positas Golf Course (915 Clubhouse Drive)          and Summer Johnson finished 1-2-3. The boys varsity came
                                                                                                                                                         in Livermore on Friday May 21st, 2010.
clutch RBI singles while Ben Carter and            up by six points after divers Emma Rigl,               Monte Vista scored the next three goals             The cost is $150.00 per player includes       away with a 11 to 5 win, Caleb Knight finished 1st, Josh Knight
Ramon Cristwell each scored 2 runs. Dylan          Haley Brott and Marina Mihov finished             to take a 7 - 3 lead. Then Parker scored again,
Walsh, Justin Newton and Brandon tore up           1-3-4. Chelsea Finn gave the Dons some            assisted by Kline, to creep closer, but a last      green fee, cart, golf shirt, lunch, dinner,
                                                                                                                                                         on-course refreshments, awards ceremony,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3rd and Cory Johnson, 4th.
the bases with 5 steals each. Sean Sexton          hope with a second place finish in the IM,        second goal gave Monte Vista an 8 - 4 lead
led the defense with 2 shutout innings on          but the strong and deep Carondelet team           after three quarters.
the mound and executing a critical double          still pulled ahead.                                    The Mustangs scored again to make
play at 2nd base. AJ also pitched 2 strong              Catherine Breed was a bright spot for the    it 9 - 4. Then, unassisted goals by Gragg
innings with Mitch closing out the game for        Dons with a first place finish in the 100 free    and Stan Steeper brought the Cowboys to a
a Red Sox win.                                     and a second place finish in the fly. Danielle    score of 9 - 6. Monte Vista tacked on their
     AA Division: Rangers vs Mets: In a            Stickler, swimming the backstroke, also           final goal to take a 10 - 6 lead. Then Goalie,
hard fought battle the Rangers' rallies in the     grabbed a second spot.                            Gavin Herr took off down the field to score
5th & 6th was enough to post a win against              Amador had four third place finishers,       a goal, assisted by Kline, to make the final
a very good Mets team. On the basepaths            Roshni Nair in the 200 free, Natalie Wong         score 10 - 7, a very good game. (Monte
Ian Montesanti, Dylan Dilger and Brandon           in the fly, Bernadine Martin in the 500 free,     Vista was favored by 7 goals.) Herr had 12
Lipscomb scored the max 3 runs in the 5th          and Finn in the breaststroke.                     saves in the loss.
after each player along with "DK" Dylan                                                                   JV team lost 12 - 1 to Monte Vista
Kolon got a base hit followed by a two out         Livermore National LL                                  Junior McCammon had the lone goal
towering triple by Chandler Queenan to bring            AAA Division: Cardinals 2, Giants 1:         assisted by James Ellis. Steven Martinez
them all in to score.                              Cardinals and Giants played a great defensive     had 10 saves in the loss.
     A Division: The Diamondbacks hit              game. For the Giants, Joey Sullivan had a              On April 16, an under-manned Cowboys
the cover off the ball at Saturday's game.         big hit to center field in the 4th inning.Vic-    take it on the chin, losing to California High
Coben Emerson had a number of great plays          tor Samara came through with a 2 out hit in       School, 11 - 3. The game started well for the
in the field, including an unassisted double       the 6th. Michael Friesen pitched 2 shutout        Cowboys as the score was 4 - 3 well into the
play. Anshul Panda made a nice catch on a          innings to start the game and hit 2 for 2         second quarter on goals by Scott Gragg, Eric
fly ball at second base. Taylor Lee, Noah          with the only Giants RBI. For the Cardinals,      Loberg, and Tommy Parker. Kyle Kline had
Lee, and Jack Spinola were on as well with         defensively - Ian Slominski threw out 2 run-      three assists. The California Grizzlies then
great hitting. Overall a great team effort         ners at 3rd base; Jake Winslow played well        scored the next two goals to lead 6 - 3 at the
played by all!                                     at 3rd; Cole Rees played well at 1st.Kade         half. California scored four in the third quarter
     T-Ball: Express vs. Rivercats: An excit-      Gomes pitched 6 great innings. Offensively        and one in the fourth to make the final score
ing game was played by both teams with             - It was pretty tight and hits were few, but      11 - 3. Herr had 14 saves in the loss.
good hitting and fielding. For the Express,        Trey Olsen and Ian Slominski got on base               The JV Lacrosse team lost to the Griz-
the game ball was given to Nicholas Walsh          and scored the 2 runs.                            zlies, 7 - 5. At the half, Livermore was down 4
for being a great all around team player.                                                            - 2. Goals by Junior McCammon and Brandon
Micah Masten played well all around and                                                              Hall, assisted by Nick Vickers, provided the
Riley San Filippo made an outfield hit. For
the Rivercats, Gavin Le Bars, Chase Knight,
                                                   Crush Basketball                                  offense in the first half. California went up 5
                                                                                                     - 3 after three quarters. The third Livermore
and Tyler Ferry all had good hits. Top play-            In 8th grade MVP flight basketball action    goal was by Hall assisted by McCammon.
ers for the Express: Nicholas Walsh, Micah         this past weekend, the Tri-Valley Crush took      Livermore finally caught the Grizzles on
Masten, and Riley San Filippo. Top players
for the Rivercats: Gavin Le Bars, Chase
Knight, and Tyler Ferry.

Granada Swimming
    Granada High School and Foothill High
met in a swimming meet over the weekend.
Highlights (JVG junior varsity girls; JVB
junior varsity boys; VG varsity girls, VB
varsity boys):
    200 Medley Relay: JVG:2nd Glover,
Douglas, Danner, Darling 2:20.09; JVB:1st
Blaze, Middlecamp, Peters, McCallum
2:07.05, 2nd Eckles, Shanley, Snyder,
Skaor; VG: 2nd McDiarmid, A. McLaggen,
Swanson, Hayes 1:59.55, 3rd Harker, Clark,
Boeher, C McLaggen 2:02.13; VB: 1st Carlo,
Schierloh, Guido, Hayes 1:45.39, 3rd Lind-
say, Dourov, Chandler, Harker 1:47.96
    200 Free Style: JVG: 3rd Darling
2:31.04; JVB: 2nd Neumayer 2:15.17; VB:
1st Guido 1:48.58, 2nd Dourov 1:54.62
    100 Individual Medley: JVG: 3rd Glover
1:16.58' JVB: 2nd Shull 1:09.95, 3rd Snyder
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Shirley Sue Simmons                   band of 28 years, Richard Penzot-     out by the immediate family at a         Marion went to be with Jesus          In lieu of flowers, memorial      on January 21, 1941 and passed
   Shirley passed away peace-         ti, her daughter Renee, her sister    later date.                           on Sunday afternoon, April 18,        donations may be made to the         away peacefully at his home in
fully at home with her family by      and brother, four grandchildren,                                            2010. Following a lengthy ill-        Parkinson's Center of Oregon at      Livermore, CA; on April 5, 2010.
her side on April 16, 2010 after a    and three great-grandchildren.
                                      Carol was preceded in death by
                                                                            Doris Lee Wanden                      ness, she passed away peacefully      OHSU in Portland Oregon.             He was 69 years old.
short battle with cancer. She was                                               Doris Lee Wanden passed           at her home in Keizer, Oregon.           There will be a memorial ser-         Jim was a veteran of the U.S.
                        a resident    her daughter Terrie, and by her                                             She was born March 21, 1922           vice at 1 p.m. on May 8 at Cedar
                                                                            away Saturday, April 17, 2010                                                                                    Navy and worked for Ford for
                        of Pleas-     son Robert.                                                                                       in Charlot-     Grove Church in Livermore.
                                                                            at her Camanche Lake house                                                                                       over 35 years after serving in the
                        anton.            Carol’s thoughtful, generous                                                                  testown,           Donate by mail, send a check
                                                                            in Ione, CA at the age of 67                                                                                     military. As a hobby Jim enjoyed
                            S h e     and kind spirit will be greatly                                                                   Prince Ed-      or money order to: OHSU Foun-
                                                                            years. She was born December 4,                                                                                  building and restoring classic
                        was born      missed by all of her friends and                                                                  ward Island,    dation, 1121 SW Salmon St.,
                                                                            1942 to Floyd and Dora (Drew)                                                                                    cars and was an active member
                        on Aug.       family.                                                                                           Canada, to      Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205-
                                                                            Haskins in El Reno, OK. Doris                                                                                    of The Good Guys Auto Club.
                        2, 1945 in        Those wishing may make me-                                                                    Jack and        2021.
                                                                            married Gilbert Wanden on April                                                                                  Jim was loved by many and will
                        Monterey,     morial contributions in Carol’s                                                                   Blanche
                                                                            14, 1962 in Hayward, CA. Being                                                                                   be missed by all.
                        CA. and it    name to the Valley Humane
                                      Society, 3670 Nevada Street,
                                                                            with her family was the most im-                            Stewart.        Frank La Ferrera                         He is survived by his sons
                        remained                                                                                                        The fam-
                        her favor-    Pleasanton, CA 94566.
                                                                            portant thing to her. She touched                                           "Dago Frank"                         James E. Collins Jr. and Michael
                                                                            the lives of many, and will be                              ily included        Frank La Ferrera died April
                        ite place.        Private family services are                                                                   three broth-                                         E Collins, daughter-in-law Kari
                                                                            deeply missed.                                                              21, 2010.
                            S h e     planned.                                                                                          ers and two                                          Valasek, and grandsons Mi-
                                                                                She is survived by her hus-                                                 He was thedevoted husband
was preceded in death by her                                                band, Gilbert Wanden of Liver-                              sisters.                                             chael E. Collins II and Ryan D.
                                                                                                                                                        to Marion for 62 years, loving
father, Angelo DiVecchia. She         Charlotte keogh Bachleda              more, CA; children, Wade Eric            Marion married Norman              father to Sandra and Denise and
is survived by her loving hus-            Charlotte Bachleda was born       Wanden of Pleasanton, Aaron                                                                                          Jim has seven brothers and
                                                                                                                  Stewart. They had three chil-         father-in-law to Ken, dear grand-
band of 47 years Ron, sons            June 18, 1918, and entered into       Drew Wanden of Discovery                                                                                         sisters: Ivan, Delbert (deceased),
Mike (Kelly), Tim (Michelle),                                                                                     dren: Don, Linda and Scott. Wid-                           pa to Amber,
                                      rest April 19, 2010, she was 91       Bay, Christina Renee Wanden                                                                                      Eddie, Betty, John, Pat and
Steve (Christine); and 7 grand-                                                                                   owed in 1951, she immigrated                               Kendra and
                                      years old.                            of Livermore; sisters, Rita Jane                                                                                 Tom.
daughters; mother, Idris (Sue)                                                                                    to California in 1961. She found                           Brooke, and
                                          Charlotte was born in Con-        Jacobs of Valley Springs, Bar-                                                                                       Jim was laid to rest at the
DiVecchia; 2 brothers, 2 sisters                                                                                  Bill Frey, the love of her life, in                        caring broth-
                                      necticut lived in the Livermore       bara Jean Cambria of Livermore;                                                                                  Sacramento Valley National
and many friends.                     for 48 years. She and her late                                              Livermore. They married in 1962                            er to Nancy,
                                                                            grandchildren, Tyler Drew Wan-        - making her the adopted mother                            Steve and       Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
   She became a self taught           husband moved to Patterson            den, Sierra Lynn Wanden, Em-
baker extraordinaire, among her       when he retired in 1984, but she                                            of Bill and Linda Frey. Marion                             Salvatore.
many other talents. Volunteering      returned to Livermore when he
                                                                            ily Lauren Perry, Allison Grace       and Bill enjoyed water skiing,                                 He was      Colonel John Toman
                                                                            Perry, and Cody James Franco.                                                                                       Pleasanton resident John To-
as a docent at Alviso Adobe in        passed away in 1998                                                         camping, biking and later became                           born in
                                                                                At the family’s request there                                                                                man died April 23, 2010.
Pleasanton and being “grandma”            Charlotte was a parishioner of                                          snowbirds between Oregon and                               Brooklyn,
                                                                            will be no services. Inurnment                                                                                      John was the beloved husband
at Forest Home Farms in San           St. Michael’s Catholic Church for     will be in Memory Gardens             Yuma, AZ. In 1989, Marion was                              New York
Ramon was her passion. She            many years. She was a Radioman                                              diagnosed with Parkinson's dis-                            on August 3,    of Mary Toman, devoted father to
                                                                            Cemetery in Livermore.                                                                                           John J. Toman of Oakdale, CA,
was a long time member Order          in the Navy and met her late hus-         Memorial contributions may        ease. They moved from Azalea,         1930. He moved to San Francisco
of the Eastern Star Oak Leaf          band who was also in the Navy,                                              Oregon to Keizer. They enjoyed        when he was a boy and graduated      Lani Toman of Redondo Beach,
                                                                            be made to Children’s Hospital
Chapter #8                            while training in Jacksonville,                                             new friends and worship times         from Mission High School. Frank      CA, Tom Toman of Pleasanton,
                                                                            Foundation, 800 Research Park-
   Shirley was loved by all and       Fla. She enjoyed watching and                                               at First Baptist Church in Sa-        was coined the "newspaper boy"       Lindy Chase of Loxahatchee,
                                                                            way, Suite 150, Oklahoma City,
lived a life with no regrets.         attending Oakland A’s game,           OK 73104. Condolences may be          lem, volunteer work with Meals        in the North Beach district when     FL, Chris Toman of Livermore,
   Friends and family are invited     gardening, and taking annual          offered to the family, via e-mail,    on Wheels, and building a new         he was 10 years old, standing in     CA, and cherished grandfather to
to A Celebration of Life honoring     family trips to South Shore Lake      at condolences@danerimortuary.        house.                                front of the old Fior de Italia in   eight grandchildren.
Shirley at Graham-Hitch Mortu-        Tahoe. Her main focus in life was     com . Arrangements have been             Marion is remembered as a          Washington Square. He was a             John, affectionately known
ary in Pleasanton on April 30, at     her 6 children.                       entrusted to Daneri Mortuary in                                             foreman in the iron trade for 58     to many simply as, “the Colo-
                                                                                                                  loving, kind and gentle woman.
2:00 pm. Contributions in her             Charlotte was preceded in         Jackson.                                                                                                         nel," touched many lives with
                                                                                                                  Her favorite hobbies were oil         years and loved every minute of
name can be made to the Ameri-        death by husband Milan Victor                                                                                                                          his boundless optimism. He was
can Cancer Society.                                                                                               painting, poetry, reading, play-      punking iron and the camaraderie
                                      Bachleda in 1998. She is sur-                                                                                                                          born in Scranton, Pennsylva-
                                      vived by children Janet (Bob)
                                                                            Lucille (Lou) Angelina                ing the organ and sharing life        of his co-workers at Soule Steele
                                                                            Romaniello Granica                    stories.                              and RPS. Frank was an avid           nia on May 5, 1930, graduated
Carole N. Rose                        Newlands of Livermore, CA;
                                                                                                                     She is survived by her hus-        deer hunter, fisherman and loved     high school from Girard Col-
    On April 18, 2010 we lost         Mary Anne (Jack) Gomes of                 Pleasanton resident Lucille
                                                                            Granica passed away suddenly          band, Bill; brother John and          working in his garden. He will       lege, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
a remarkable Tri-Valley resi-         Vista, CA; Julie (Andy) Thomas                                                                                                                         graduated from the West Point
                       dent, wife,    of Reno, NV; Valerie (Dan) Ste-       on April 12, 2010. Lou was born       sisters, Vida and Shirlie, all in     be missed dearly by his family
                                                                            in Waterbury, CT on November          Canada; her children, Linda           and friends.                         Military Academy in 1953, was
                       mother,        ussy of Poway, Ca; John (Holly)
                                                                            28, 1942.                             Huffman, Linda Frey and Bill              The family requests that any     assigned to the Army Corps of
                       cousin, and    Bachleda of Livermore, CA; and
                                                                                Lucille was raised in an Ital-    Frey of California and Scott          donations may be made to Hope        Engineers and served a tour in
                       friend, Car-   Paul Bachleda of Livermore, CA.
                                      She is also survived by grand-        ian American home, and was            Stewart of British Columbia. She      Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite      Korea in 1954 as a combat engi-
                       ole Rose.
                       Carole         children Karen Homer; Laura           extremely proud of her heritage.      was predeceased by her parents,       100, Dublin, CA 94568.               neer. He earned Masters Degrees
                       passed on      Webster; Scott Newlands; Nicole       Lou relocated to California in        brothers Ira and Gordon and son,          Arrangements by Graham-          in Physics and Civil Engineering
                       peacefully     Edminster; Danielle, Lauren, and      1973 with her only daughter,          Donald.                               Hitch Mortuary.                      from the University of Illinois,
                       amidst         Austin Steussy; Sarah and Emily       Gina. She spent most of her              Burial will be in Truckee,                                              later resigned his active U.S.
                                                                            years living in the South Bay, but    California. The memorial service                                           Army commission to accept a
                       her four       Bachleda, and great-grandchild
                                                                            relocated to the Livermore/Pleas-     will be Sat., May 1 at 1:30 p.m.,
                                                                                                                                                        James E. Collins Sr.                 position at Lawrence Livermore
                       men, two       Madison Edminster.                                                                                                   James E. Collins Sr. was born
                       daughter-          Mass of the Resurrection          anton area in 2005 to be closer       First Baptist Church of Salem.                                             National Laboratory where he
                                                                            to Gina, her son-in-law Scott,                                                                                                (continued on page 10)
                       in-laws,       was celebrated April 23, at
                       her brother    St. Michael’s Catholic Church,        and her only grandson Andrew
(John), sister-in-law (Trish) and     Livermore. Burial followed at         (Drew). She was a resident of
an assortment of four footed          the San Joaquin Valley National       Ridgeview Commons in Pleasan-
friends. Carole was devoted to        Cemetery in Santa Nella where         ton and a member of the United
her family and to raising her three   Charlotte and Milan were re-          Christian Church in Livermore.
boys. Carole spent a number of        united.                               She was very passionate about
years as a production pattern             Arrangements by Callaghan         donating a lot of her time and
designer assistant for Byer of        Mortuary.                             efforts to both facilities, in both
California. At Byer, Carole made                                            fundraising and activity causes.
                                                                                Lou taught most who touched
many new friends with whom            Francis Marciel                       her life or whose lives she touched
she continued to stay in contact         Francis Marciel, born in Liver-
with to this day. Carole always                                             to LOVE big, LIVE big, have
                                      more, CA. on Dec. 13, 1925 to
considered all her friends as part                                          FAITH, and to LAUGH hearty.
                                      Frank and Marie Marciel, passed
of her extended family.                                                         She is survived by her daugh-
                                      away suddenly on April 18, 2010
    Carole was an avid quilter,                                             ter, Gina, son-in-law Scott, and
                                      in Mt. Vernon. OR.
making many baby quilts for                                                 her grandson Drew of Livermore,
                                         Francis grew up in a large
friend’s new babies and full                                                CA, along with her older brother
                                      ranching family in the Livermore
sized quilts for family members.                                            Leonard Romaniello, Sr. and
                                      Valley and spent his youth work-
She was always on the lookout                                               his children, Lenny and Cathy,
                                      ing on the ranch learning the
for that special piece of fabric                                            and her great niece and nephew,
                                      skills and techniques he would
that would fit into her current or                                          Michael and Christina of Water-
                                      utilize the rest of his life. As
maybe a future project.                                                     bury, CT.
                                      an adult, he farmed, ran cattle
    Carole is survived by her hus-                                              She will be remembered as a
                                      and did harvesting jobs in the
band of 52 years William (Bill)                                             loving mother, grandmother, aunt
                                      Altamont & Midway areas in the
P. Rose, son William (Bill) P.                                              and friend.
                                      surrounding Livermore hills. He
Rose Jr. of Woodfords, CA, son                                                  A memorial service was held
                                      married his wife Mary on Feb.
George Matthew Rose, of New                                                 at United Christian Church on
                                      18, 1956. They settled on rural
York City, Patrick Allan Rose of                                            April 16th. Her family requests
                                      Buena Vista Ave. in Livermore.
San Francisco, daughter-in-laws                                             that in her memory donations
                                      In 1970 they bought a 2,200
Susie Pacheco-Rose of San Fran-                                             be sent to the United Christian
                                      acre ranch in Mt. Vernon, OR
cisco and Karen Brickey-Rose of                                             Church, 1886 College Avenue,
                                      near John Day, moving there in
Woodfords.                                                                  Livermore, CA 94550 in her
                                      1971 where they continued to
    No services are contemplated.                                           name.
                                      develop the ranch and raise their
In place of flowers please make a     three children. Fittingly, Francis
donation to the Leukemia/Lym-         spent the last day of his life rid-   Marion Blanche Frey
phoma Society.                        ing around his beloved ranch on
                                      his trusty 4-wheeler with Mary
Carol A. Penzotti                     at his side.
    Carol A. Penzotti died April         Other survivors besides Mary
11, 2010. Carol was born in Balti-    are daughters Sheryl Wishard
more, MD on March 23, 1945. She       (Bard) of Prairie City, OR,
                         moved to     Joanne Hansen (Frank), and son
                         Te m p e ,   John Marciel both of Mt. Vernon.
                         AZ, where    Surviving brothers are Paul,
                         she spent    Lawrence, Herman and Roy
                         her ado-     Marciel and sisters Marie Brock-
                         lescence,    man, Theresa Turpin and Sharon
                         and even-    Marciel. Six granchildren, four
                         tually       great-grandchildren and numer-
                         moved to     ous neices and nephews also
                         the Cali-    survive.
                         fornia          A Memorial Service will be
                         Bay Area     held at the family ranch in Mt.
                         where she    Vernon on Sat., May 1st at 1 p.m.
has lived for the last 40+ years,     Private scattering of Francis's
mostly as a resident of Liver-        ashes on the ranch will be carried
    A true craftsperson, Carol was
a naturally talented and notori-
ously prolific, especially with her
cross-stitch creations. Creativity
was an innate part of who she was
and how she expressed herself.
Amongst her creative pursuits
were cross-stitch, knitting/cro-
chet, and most recently beading
and jewelry making. If you
were counted among her friends
you would surely have received
a handmade gift from her. In ad-
dition to her crafts, Carol had a
great love of reading, crossword
puzzles, and all things whimsi-
cal. She delighted in spending
time with family and friends.
She adored her grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, and
she loved animals (especially
her cats).
    Carol is survived by her hus-
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(continued from page 9)                            where he found most of his eagle                   Arthritis Walk                                    understanding the innovative mind           May 8, 2010 as a statewide day of
served for 26 years, retiring as a                 collection treasures. He was truly                    The 2010 Tri-Valley Arthritis                  by exploring the latest research in         service.
senior scientist in1990.                           a “simple man” and wanted noth-                    Walk will be held on Saturday, May                cognitive science and psychology                Some 75,000 volunteers, 8 years
                                                   ing more in life than to be happy.                 1st at the LifeStyleRx, 1119 East                 while also reflecting on the creativ-       and older, will participate in the
    He retired as a member of the                                                                     Stanley Boulevard at 8:00am.                      ity of famous artists, scientists, and      "Mormon Helping Hands - Renewing
Army reserves after 30 years of                    Don always had something funny                        Please visit the Tri-Valley Arthritis          business people.                            California Parks" service projects.
military service in 1983 as the                    to say, whether it was wrong or                    Walk website at www.aw2010trivly.                     Galindo lightheartedly guides the       Mormons in every community in
commandant of a U.S. Army                          right it was hilarious and down-          . For more information,               reader through the universal stages         California, working with park and
reserve school for which he was                    right funny. Always so giving and                  contact Sarina Aguirre, Arthritis                 of the creative process and describes       civic officials, have identified hun-
awarded the highest military                                                                          Foundation Community Develop-                     the nature of creative insight, ways to     dreds of projects in parks throughout
                                                   helping to others. He would give                   ment Manager at saguirre@arthritis.               transcend creative blocks, the keys to      the state.
award in peace time, the Legion                    the shirt off his back for another.                org or call 415-356-1237.                         cultivating creativity in groups, and           In the Dublin/Pleasanton/Liver-
of Merit. His passions for the last                He loved to watch baseball and                                                                       how to break free of groupthink by          more area, approximately 1,000
20 years of his life were both:                    his favorite team the Giants. As                                                                     using both sides of the brain. As a re-     volunteers will work in city parks and
serving as Chairman, CEO, and
                                                                                                      Sheep Shearing Day                                sult, readers discover how important        historic sites, as well as walking trails
                                                   for football he was a diehard                           Visit Forest Home Farms Historic
President of Pan American Re-                                                                                                                           relaxation, collaboration, diversity, a     and arroyos. Volunteers will wear the
                                                   Raiders fan.                                       Park to watch the sheep get their                 sense of humor, and a sense of play         distinctive yellow Mormon Helping
sources, Inc., a public company                        Donald is survived by his                      annual haircuts on Sunday, May 2,                 are to finding new ideas.                   Hands vests, the official vests used
with a patented system for con-                    mother Martha Wilson of Liver-                     11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                The Friends of the Livermore Li-        by members of their church when
                                                                                                           There will be something for the
verting landfill waste into elec-                  more and father Wayne Wilson                       whole family. There will be live music
                                                                                                                                                        brary have underwritten this program        participating in humanitarian service
tricity; and his several national                                                                                                                       as part of the Friends Authors and          projects and disaster relief offorts
                                                   of Sacramento. Father to Donald                    and demonstrations of old-time tradi-             Arts Series. For additional events,         throughout the world.
speaking engagements as an ex-                     Wilson II, Jason Wilson, Ashley                    tions such as lace-making, woodcarv-
                                                                                                                                                        check the library’s website at www.             For more information about
pert on energy and environmental                                                                      ing, quilting, and spinning. Nature-
                                                   Wilson, Megan Wilson, and Em-                      lovers will find garden tastings and                            Mormon Helping Hands, please                                             ning to supply
issues. He was a member of St.                     ily Wilson. Grandfather to Tyler                   sheepdog demonstrations. Children's                                                           visit                 interpretive materials for some of
Augustine’s Catholic parish and                                                                                                                                                                     snewsroom/eng/ and type "Helping                  the new display areas, like the visitor
                                                   Conder, AJ Shipman,, Aureanna                      activities include 4-H animals, crafts,           Storytime with Farmer                       Hands" in Search                                  reading area and the rotating seasonal
enjoyed world travel, woodwork-                    Fernandez and Madeline Wil-                        games and tractor rides.                               Storytime with the Farmer will be
                                                                                                           Take a tour of the property and                                                                                                            displays, among others. And lastly,
ing, golf, performing as a vocal-                  son. Brother to Sheryl Pierce,                                                                       held at Forest Home Farms Historic                                                            MDIA will provide new merchandis-
ist, and spending time with his                    Brother-in-law Jeff Pierce and
                                                                                                      visit the old-fashioned Gift Shoppe               Park in San Ramon.                          Visitors Center Upgrades                          ing fixtures and equipment for the new
                                                                                                      featuring Victorian items and farm                     The topic for Wed., May 5, 10             Mount Diablo Interpretive As-
beloved family and friends.                        brother to Michael Wilson, Sis-                    mementos. Food will also be avail-                a.m. to 11 a.m. is "Happy Mother's          sociation (MDIA) is working with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Visitor Center Retail Area.
    A memorial mass was cel-                       ter-in-law Julie Wilson. Uncle to                  able for purchase. Price is $2 higher             Day."                                       Mount
ebrated on April 28th at St.                                                                          at the gate, so pre-register and save                  There will be stories, songs,
                                                   Melisa Maynard, Jessica Wislon,                    money.
Augustine Catholic Church,                         Sarah Pierce, Jay Pierce, and                                                                        crafts and refreshments. There will
                                                                                                           For registration information call            also be an opportunity to visit with
Pleasanton, CA, followed by                        Michael P. Wilson. Great Uncle                     (925) 973-3200 or visit www.sanra-                the animals that live at Forest Home
military honors committal at                       to Toni Juarez , Taylor Juarez,           The activity num-                Farms Historic Park.
St. Augustine’s Cemetery, 5780                                                                        ber is #64661. For more information
                                                   Brooklyn Juarez, Leslie Juarez,                    about Forest Home Farms Historic                       Children must be accompanied by
Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.                           Chance Posada, Shelby Pierce,                      Park call (925) 973-3284.                         an adult, but only children need to reg-
    Family asks that memorial                                                                              Forest Home Farms Historic Park              ister. Pre-register by calling the San
                                                   and Devon Oase. Donald was                                                                           Ramon Community Center at (925)
contributions be made to Girard                    loved by all and will be missed                    is located at 19953 San Ramon Valley
                                                                                                      Blvd. Parking at the farm is limited,             973-3200 or register online at www.
College, 2101 South College                        by everyone; he will be in our                                                              Cost is $5
                                                                                                      but parking will also be available on
Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121, in                   hearts forever as he touched all                   Pine Valley Road, west of San Ramon               for residents and $6 for non-residents.
the name of John Toman, Class of                   of our lives.                                      Valley Blvd.                                      Ages 3-5 only. Space is limited. This
1947, or flowers sent to Graham-                                                                                                                        event will be held outdoors, so please
                                                       Nothing was better than the                                                                      dress appropriately. 4/19- Activity
Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton.                        smile on your face as I yelled                     Thinking Differently                              #64662 and 5/5- Activity #64663.
                                                   across the way “Hey Don Pet-                           Author Javy Galindo will discuss                   Forest Home Farms Historic Park
Donald James Wilson                                ty”, wearing your favorite hat.                    his book The Power of Thinking
                                                                                                      Differently at the Livermore Public
                                                                                                                                                        is located at 19953 San Ramon Valley
    With great sadness we an-                                                                                                                           Boulevard, San Ramon, just south of
                                                   You will forever be in my heart                    Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Liver-              Pine Valley Road. Call 925-973-3284
nounce the passing of Donald                       “Uncle Dizzel” I love you, your                    more Avenue, at 2 p.m. on Sunday,                 for information.
James Wilson on April 22, 2010.                    niece Jessica Wilson.                              May 2.
He was a resident of Livermore.                        Born a free spirit, reborn a                       There is no charge for this event.
    Donald was born July 3, 1959                                                                      Books will be available for sale and              AABC Scholarships
                                                   “Freebird," fly freebird, fly.                     signing.                                             Activities and Academic Booster
in Berkeley, California. During                    All my love your son Donald                            “Creativity isn’t reserved for the            Club (AABC) of Foothill High is
his childhood he was very active                   Wilson II                                          elite, the painter, inventor, or entre-           accepting applications for four schol-
in sports; he loved playing soccer                                                                    preneur. It is a skill that we are all born       arships of $500 each from Foothill
                                                       There will be a visitation on                                                                    seniors.
and baseball and was also a Boy                    Fri. April 30; 10:00-11:00am, in                   with and can harness to enhance all
                                                                                                      aspects of our lives,” says creativity               The application can be found at
Scout. He also spent several years                 the Chapel of Callaghan Mortu-                                                              or on the
                                                                                                      expert Javy W. Galindo, author of
in drum corps. He was a student                    ary 3833 East Ave. Livermore;                      The Power of Thinking Differently:                AABC webpage under scholarships.
at Granada High School, and en-                    with a Celebration of Life com-                    An Imaginative Guide to Creativity,               The deadline to submit an application
joyed the Army where he proudly                                                                       Change, and the Discovery of New                  has been extended to May 7. Please
                                                   mencing at 11:00am. A burial                                                                         submit applications to Mrs. Bing in
served his country repairing                                                                          Ideas. “Regrettably, far too many of
                                                   procession will follow to the San                  us react to our circumstances with                the Foothill counseling office.
tanks. Donald was a mechanic                       Joaquin Valley National Cem-                       habitual responses that leave us feel-
for many years by trade and loved                  etery where Don will be laid to                    ing stuck, frustrated, and desperate              Day of Service
to fix things with his hands. As                   rest and also receive traditional                  for deeper meaning.”                                  Recognizing the impact of the
an eagle collector, Don loved                      Army honors.                                           Galindo claims that the key to cre-           current economic environment on
garage sales and thrift shopping                                                                      ativity is overcoming our neurologi-              California's valuable local, regional,
                                                                                                      cally wired thinking habits in order to           and state parks, members of The
                                                                                                      explore creative possibilities. In his            Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
                                                                                                      book, he takes a unique approach to               Saints have designated Saturday,

   LEGAL NOTICES/CLASSIFIEDS                                                                                                                          
LEGAL NOTICES                     Del Valle Lodge, 3979 First       /s/:Dennis D. Gordon              ANIMALS                          BE WARY of out of area           71) HELP WANTED             ATTN: COMPUTER WORk.             paid to train in the California   DRIVER-COMPANY Ex-
                                  Street, Livermore Ca 94550        This statement was filed with                                      companies. Check with the                                    Work from anywhere 24/7. Up      Army National Guard. Up           perienced OTR Drivers and
    FOR INFORMATION                                                                                   2) CATS/DOGS                                                       Opportunity knocking
                                  is hereby registered by the       the County Clerk of Alameda                                        local Better Business Bureau                                 to $1,500 Part Time to $7,500/   to 100% tuition assistance.       Teams. Consistent Miles,
      PLACING LEGAL               following owner(s):               on April 8, 2010. Expires April                                    before you send any money                 Auto Sales         mo. Full Time. Training pro-     Part-time work. Full-time ben-    Excellent Health Benefits, 6
                                                                                                      ADOPT A DOG OR CAT, for
           NOTICES                Lalman, Inc., 3979 First          8, 2015.                                                           or fees. Read and understand            Self-Motivated       vided. www.KTPGlobal.            efits. May qualify for bonus      mo. OTR experience & current
                                                                                                      adoption information contact
   CONTACT BARBARA @              Street, Livermore Ca 94550        The Independent Legal No.                                          any contracts before you sign.         Easy Schedule         com or call 1-800-330-8446.      www.        CDL. 888-463-3962. www.
                                                                                                      Valley Humane Society at
         925 243-8000             This business is conducted        2761. Publish April 22, 29,                                        Shop around for rates.             No Experience Needed      (CAL*SCAN)                       reers or 1-800-GO-GUARD. eoe m/f/h/v.
                                                                                                      925 426-8656.
   FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            by:a Corporation                  May 6, 13, 2010.                                                                                                Will Train!                                      (CAL*SCAN)                        (CAL*SCAN)
                                                                                                      Adopt a new best friend:         65)HEALTHCARE                                                CONSTRUCTION SkILLS?
     NAME STATEMENT               The registrant began to                                                                                                                         Benefits
      FILE NO. 436284             transact business under the
                                                                       FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            TVAR, the Tri-Valley Ani-           Discover a Career in                  Apply Within
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secure jobs w/paid training.     TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED               CLASSIFIEDS
                                                                         NAME STATEMENT               mal Rescue, offers animals                                                                    Great salary, medical / dental   AD
The following person(s) doing     fictitious business name (s)                                                                                 Healthcare!                      Or Online @
                                                                          FILE NO. 436376                                                                                                           and $ for school. HS grads       call Barbara 925 243-8000
business as:Why Not 3D,           listed above on December
                                                                    The following person(s) doing
                                                                                                      for adoption every Saturday      Livermore Adult School In
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri 1-             or go on-line at
                                  27, 1996.                                                           and Sunday, excluding most             Partnership with               Call Parm or Ravi @
1130 Catalina Dr., Apt#80,                                          business as:Hey Nay Nay           holidays. On Saturdays from                                                                   800-345-6289 (CAL*SCAN)          www.independentnews.                    Reaches
Livermore Ca 94550 is hereby      Signature of Registrant:                                                                                Boston Reed College                 (925) 294-7700
                                  /s/:Sabhash L. Patel
                                                                    Ink Dba: The Bracelet Bar,        9:30 am to 1:00 pm, both dogs    Offers Affordable training        Ford / Lincoln / Mercury   ABLE TO TRAVEL. Hiring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     com Also available pay by            38,000 Homes
registered by the following                                         252 Main St., Pleasanton Ca                                                                                                                                      Credit Card for Classified and
owner(s):                         This statement was filed with
                                                                    94566 is hereby registered by
                                                                                                      and cats are available at the           to become an                                          8 people. No experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Display Ads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Direct mail
                                                                                                      Pleasanton Farmers Market at
Jermel Algernon Wells, 1130       the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                    the following owner(s):           W. Angela and First Streets.
                                                                                                                                         Orthopedic Technician
                                                                                                                                                                                                    necessary. Transportation &                                                  to
Catalina Dr., Apt #80, Liver-     on April 8, 2010. Expires April                                                                        in less than 8 months!                                     lodging furnished. Paid train-   72) HELP WANTED/DRIVERS
                                  8, 2015.
                                                                    Nancy K. McKain, 95 Wind-         Two locations will showcase         Sunday Classes start
                                                                                                                                                                        CONTRACTORS WANTED
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing. Work and travel entire                                        Livermore, Dublin,
more CA 94550                                                       ward Common Unit 2, Liver-                                                                            for Senior Home Health                                     SLT NEEDS CLASS A TEAM
This business is conducted        The Independent Legal No.                                           cats only: Petsmart in Dublin              May 2nd!                                           USA. Start today. www.Pro-                                         Pleasanton & Sunol
                                                                    more Ca 94551                     from noon to 4 and the Pet                                              Care Must Have                                         DRIVERS with Hazmat.
by:an Individual                  2758. Publish April 15, 22,
                                                                    This business is conducted        Food Express in Livermore
                                                                                                                                       Seats are Filling Fast, Call
                                                                                                                                                                                           Call 1-208-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     $2,000 Bonus. Split $0.68 for         Call Barbara
                                  29, May 6, 2010.                                                                                         to Register Today!                                       593-0813 (CAL*SCAN)
The registrant began to trans-                                      by:an Individual                  from 1 to 4. On Sundays,                (800) 201-1141
                                                                                                                                                                           Senior Solutions, Inc.                                    all miles. Regional contractor       925 243-8000
act business under the ficti-        FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            Registrant has not yet begun                                                                               925 443-3101         JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Get            positions available. 1-800-
                                                                                                      cats are available at Petsmart
tious business name (s) listed         NAME STATEMENT               to transact business under                                                                                                                                       835-9471 (CAL*SCAN)
                                                                                                      in Dublin from 1 to 4, and
above on January 1, 2010.               FILE NO. 437014             the fictitious business name      PetCo in San Ramon from 11
Signature of Registrant:          The following person(s) doing     or names listed.                  to 3. Information, call TVAR
/s/:Jermel A. Wells               business as:Deepesh, Inc.,        Signature of Registrant:          at (925) 803-7043 or visit our
This statement was filed with     dba: Sands Motel, 3787 First      /s/:Nancy K. McKain               website at
the County Clerk of Alameda       Street, Livermore Ca 94550        This statement was filed with
on March 23, 2010. Expires        is hereby registered by the       the County Clerk of Alameda       4)FOUND
March 23, 2015.                   following owner(s):               on March 24, 2010. Expires           LOST or FOUND AN
The Independent Legal No.         Deepesh, Inc., 3787 First         March 24, 2015.                           ANIMAL?
2754. Publish April 8, 15, 22,    Street, Livermore Ca 94550        The Independent Legal No.            FREE SECTION. Call
29, 2010.                         This business is conducted        2762. Publish April 22, 29,                Barbara
   FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            by:a Corporation                  May 6, 13, 2010.                   925 243-8000 to let 49,118
     NAME STATEMENT               The registrant began to trans-                                      households know!
                                                                       FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
  FILE NO. 436610-436611          act business under the ficti-
                                                                         NAME STATEMENT               AUTOS/BOATS/RV’S/TRUCKS
The following person(s) doing     tious business name (s) listed
                                                                          FILE NO. 436612
business as:1)Experience          above on October 9, 1996.                                           10)AUTOS WANTED
                                                                    The following person(s) doing
Disc, 2)Triple Point Advisors,    Signature of Registrant:
                                                                    business as:Performance           DONATE VEHICLE: RE-
3266 Chablis Court, Pleas-        /s/:Sabhash L. Patel
                                                                    Landscape Service, 5781           CEIVE $1000 Grocery Cou-
anton Ca 94566 is hereby          This statement was filed with
                                                                    Preston Avenue, Livermore         pon. Your Choice. Noahs Arc
registered by the following       the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                    Ca 94551 is hereby registered     - No Kill Animal Shelters.
owner(s):                         on April 8, 2010. Expires April
                                                                    by the following owner(s):        Advance Veterinary Treat-
Gauri Reyes, 3266 Chablis         8, 2015.
                                                                    Plants Direct Inc., 5781 Pres-    ments. Free Towing, IRS Tax
Ct., Pleasanton Ca 94566          The Independent Legal No.
                                                                    ton Avenue, Livermore Ca          Deductible, Non-Runners. 1-
This business is conducted        2759. Publish April 15, 22,
                                                                    94551                             866-912-GIVE. (CAL*SCAN)
by:an Individual                  29, May 6, 2010.
                                                                    This business is conducted
Registrant has not yet begun         FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            by:a Corporation                  DONATE YOUR CAR: Chil-
to transact business under             NAME STATEMENT               The registrant began to trans-    dren’s Cancer Fund! Help
the fictitious business name            FILE NO. 436535             act business under the ficti-     Save A Child’s Life Through
or names listed.                  The following person(s) do-       tious business name (s) listed    Research & Support! Free Va-
Signature of Registrant:          ing business as:Manbha-           above on August 9, 1996.          cation Package. Fast, Easy &
/s/:Gauri Reyes                   van Catering, 4386 Diavila        Signature of Registrant:          Tax Deductible. Call 1-800-
This statement was filed with     Ave., Pleasanton Ca 94588         /s/:Darrell L. Amaral             252-0615. (CAL*SCAN)
the County Clerk of Alameda       is hereby registered by the       This statement was filed with     DONATE YOUR CAR To
on March 30, 2010. Expires        following owner(s):               the County Clerk of Alameda       Breast Cancer! Help Sup-
March 30, 2015.                   Mukta Arora, 4386 Diavila         on March 30, 2010. Expires        port Breast Cancer Patients
The Independent Legal No.         Ave., Pleasanton Ca 94588         March 30, 2015.                   Financially. Free towing! Tax
2755. Publish April 15, 22,       This business is conducted        The Independent Legal No.         deductible! Se Habla
29, May 6, 2010.                  by:an Individual                  2763. Publish April 22, 29,        Espanol 1-800-489-2540
   FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            Registrant has not yet begun      May 6, 13, 2010.                  www.CarsForBreast
     NAME STATEMENT               to transact business under                                 (CAL*SCAN)
                                                                       FICTITIOUS BUSINESS
      FILE NO. 436942             the fictitious business name
                                                                         NAME STATEMENT
The following person(s) doing     or names listed.                                                    SELL YOUR USED CAR
                                                                      FILE NO. 437044-437045
business as:Vega’s Land-          Signature of Registrant:                                            HERE. Call Barbara at 925-
                                                                    The following person(s) do-
scaping, 1039 Bluebell Dr. #3,    /s/:Mukta Arora                                                     243-8000
                                                                    ing business as:1)Painted
                                  This statement was filed with
Livermore Ca 94551 is hereby
                                  the County Clerk of Alameda
                                                                    Tree Winery, 2)Painted Tree       EMPLOYMENT
registered by the following                                         Cellars, 6776 Preston Ave,
owner(s):                         on March 29, 2010. Expires                                          56) ADULT CARE
                                                                    Ste C, Livemore Ca 94551
Samuel Vega, 1039 Bluebell        March 29, 2015.
                                                                    is hereby registered by the              CAREGIVERS
Dr. #3, Livermore Ca 94551        The Independent Legal No.
                                                                    following owner(s):                 NEEDED for elder care.
This business is conducted        2760. Publish April 15, 22,
                                                                    One Varia LLC, 6776 Preston           Light housekeeping
by:an Individual                  29, May 6, 2010.
                                                                    Ave Ste C, Livermore Ca              errands transportation
The registrant began to trans-       FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            94551                               meal prep personal care.
act business under the ficti-          NAME STATEMENT               This business is conducted             Please fax resume
tious business name (s) listed          FILE NO. 436986             by:a Limited liability com-              925 371-8118
above on April 7, 2010.           The following person(s) doing     pany
Signature of Registrant:                                                                              60) BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
                                  business as:dgbestdeals,          Registrant has not yet begun
/s/:Samuel Vega                   2648 St Helena Ct., Livermore     to transact business under        ALL CASH VENDING! Be
This statement was filed with     Ca 94550 is hereby registered     the fictitious business name      Your Own Boss! Your Own
the County Clerk of Alameda       by the following owner(s):        or names listed.                  Local Vending Route. In-
on April 7, 2010. Expires April   Dennis D. Gordon, 2648 St.        Signature of Registrant:          cludes 25 Machines and
7, 2015.                          Helena Ct., Livermore Ca          /s/:John Gash                     Candy for $9,995. Multi-
The Independent Legal No.         94550                             This statement was filed with     Vend LLC, 1-888-625-2405.
2756. Publish April 15, 22,       This business is conducted        the County Clerk of Alameda       (CAL*SCAN)
29, May 6, 2010.                  by:an Individual                  on April 9, 2010. Expires April
                                                                                                      WARNING - DO NOT Start
   FICTITIOUS BUSINESS            The registrant began to trans-    9, 2015.
                                                                                                      a home/new business op-
     NAME STATEMENT               act business under the ficti-     The Independent Legal No.
                                                                                                      portunity until you listen to
      FILE NO. 437013             tious business name (s) listed    2764. Publish April 22, 29,
                                                                                                      this pre-recorded message:
The following person(s) doing     above on April 1, 2010.           May 6, 13, 2010.
                                                                                                      1-800-714-9540. (24/7)
business as:Lalman, Inc. dba:     Signature of Registrant:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Independent, APRIL 29, 2010 - PAGE 11

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MERCHANDISE                        165) HOUSE/ROOMS/RENT-           SERVICES                        178)CHILD CARE SERVICES         Free Brochures. (619) 294-     187)SCHOOLS/TRAINNG
                                   ALS TO SHARE                                                                                     7777.
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logs 34” diameter, mills                                            for the best reach, coverage,                                                                  grader, excavator. Job place-
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quick-cycle-sawing increases       placement. Call Barbara 925      Reach 6 million Californians!                                   be entitled to compensation.   College of Construction. www.
efficiency up to 40%! www.                                          FREE email brochure.Call        180)EDUCATION
                                   243-8000                                                                                         Attorney Charles Johnson 1- promocode:                                            (916) 288-6019.www.Cal-         HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA!            800-535-5727. (CAL*SCAN)       NCPA1. (CAL*SCAN)
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                                   Substantial discounts, lim-                                                                                                                                        The type of analysis offered is likely a Comparative Market
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 Turntable, 8 Track Player,        Fish Lake Valley acreage (CAL*SCAN)          Medical Vacuum Pumps.
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       925 321-6038                                                                                                                                                                                   If another house in your community sold two months ago for
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 MOVING? FREE BOXES                capped views. Great recre-                                                                                                                                      $525,000, that must be the value of your property – right?
  CALL 925 321-4800                ational opportunities. Upscale                                                                                                                                     Maybe, maybe not.
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121)ESTATE/GARAGE/                 available to qualified buy-
YARD SALES                         ers. Call 1-877-669-3737.                                                                                                                                       sell for. But a number of factors go in to determining market
       ESTATE SALE                 (CAL*SCAN)                                                                                                                                                      value.
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 Cherry Diningroom/set,            CLOSURES Near Booming                                                                                                                                           ing data about real estate activity in your neighborhood.
 Wicker/Bed, Small/Appli-          El Paso, Texas. Was $16,900
 ances, Jewelry, China,                                                                                                                                                                               This activity falls into four categories:
                                   Now $12,900. $0 Down, as-
 Glass, Linens, Furniture,         sume payments, $99/month.                                                                                                                                          • Properties currently on the market.
 Vintage/Dolls & Toys, Cloth-      Owner Financing. FREE map/                                                                                                                                         • Properties in contract or “pending.”
 ing, Collectibles, PB/Books,      pictures 1-800-343-9444.
 MORE. Many BARGAIN                                                                                                                                                                                   • Properties that have sold within a certain time frame. In a
 Prices. CASH ONLY,                                                                                                                                                                                fast-moving market, that generally means no more than three
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 Livermore near Holmes             24 in California! Go online                                                                                                                                     that same period.
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 BENEFIT:                          and get complete details.
 Livermore-Amador Sym-             Don’t miss deadline - Bid                                                                                                                                       yours as possible, and within a definite time period.
 phony.                            Now: www.OnlineBidNow.                                                                                                                                             Last winter when your neighbor’s house went into contract,
                                   com 1-866-539-4174. Buyers                                                                                                                                      your house may well have garnered the same price. Several
                                   Agents: Up to 3% commis-
 LIVERMORE, May 1, Col-            sion available! Auction by                                                                                                                                      months later, the market has shifted. Some neighborhoods have
 lectibles, Furniture, Kitch-      Hudson & Marshall, Bond                                                                                                                                         gone up in price; some have gone down or stayed flat.
 enware, Paintings, Tools,         FS386-69-21 & FS386-69-22.                                                                                                                                         Your agent begins by setting criteria, then narrows the search
 Toys, Much More. Sat 7:00         (CAL*SCAN)
 - 3:00, 1094 Eve Lane,                                                                                                                                                                            as much as possible. The more market activity, the more focused
 Livermore.                        1ST TIME OFFERED. 40 AC                                                                                                                                         the search can be, and the more accurate the results.
                                   Outside Show Low, Arizona.
125)HOUSEHOLD GOODS                $29,900. One day only, May                                                                                                                                         Begin with the old real estate maxim: “location, location,
Place your household items         1st. Only 9 ranches on 360                                                                                                                                      location.”
     here for sale. Call           acres priced for immediate                                                                                                                                         The best comparable properties – or “comps” – are those in
 925 243-8000 or go on-line        sale - great opportunity.
                                   Middle of nowhere prices, for                                                                                                                                   the same neighborhood or development. But often there is not
at www.independentnews.
  com Also you can pay by          an exactly where you want to                                                                                                                                    enough activity to provide a clear picture.
  Credit Card for Classified       be location. Shadow Springs                                                                                                                                        Agents may expand the search based on proximity – meaning
      and Display Ads.             by AZLR. 1-888-445-5740.
                                   (CAL*SCAN)                                                                                                                                                      they will search for properties within a certain distance from your
127) LOST/FOUND                                                                                                                                                                                    home – typically .5 to 1 mile for suburban properties. Other times
                                   By Advertising with The Inde-
 LOST or FOUND AN ITEM             pendent reaching over 38,000                                                                                                                                    agents may look for homes in neighborhoods that are similar to
      FREE SECTION                                                                                                                                                                                 yours.
                                   homes and businesses with
 Call Barbara 925 243-8000
                                   your ad placement. Call Bar-                                                                                                                                       Similarity of neighborhoods is based such factors as the age
NOTICES/ANNOUNCEMENTS              bara 925 243-8000                                                                                                                                               of the development, proximity to downtown, amenities such as
155)NOTICES                        172)LOTS & ACREAGE/OUT                                                                                                                                          parks and libraries, tests scores at the local schools, crime rates,
“NOTICE TO READERS:                OF STATE                                                                                                                                                        how well-maintained the neighbors’ homes are.
California law requires that       By Advertising with The Inde-                                                                                                                                      Two identical houses can sell for very different prices based
contractors taking jobs that to-
tal $500 or more (labor and/or
                                   pendent reaching over 38,000                                                                                                                                    on location.
materials) be licensed by the      homes and businesses with                                                                                                                                          The agent then narrows the search to focus on homes most
Contractors State License          your ad placement. Call Bar-                                                                                                                                    like yours. The criteria most often used include:
Board. State law also requires     bara 925 243-8000
that contractors include their                                                                                                                                                                        • The size of the home in square footage. Only finished, per-
                                   175)REALESTATE AUC-                                                                                                                                             mitted space is considered. Garages and screened-in porches are
license numbers on all adver-
tising. Check your contractor’s                                                                                                                                                                    not included.
status at          UNRESERVED AUCTION /                                                                                                                                               • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Homes with guest
or 800-321-CSL B (2752).           SACRAMENTO: Thursday/
Unlicensed persons taking          Friday, May 20-21, 2010.                                                                                                                                        cottages or granny units can count those bedrooms and bathrooms,
jobs less than $500 must           Two Unused Modular                                                                                                                                              as long as they were built with permits.
state in their advertisements                                                                                                                                                                         • The age of the home. In general, new homes sell for more
                                   Homes By a Ritchie Bros.
that they are not licensed by
the Contractors State License      Unreserved Auction, For                                                                                                                                         than older homes. One exception may be beautifully maintained
Board.”                            more details: 530-724-                                                                                                                                          and/or refurbished vintage homes in desirable locations.
                                   3900;                                                                                                                                            • Lot size. Buyers may pay premiums for lots that are larger,
REAL ESTATE                        (CAL*SCAN)
The Federal Fair Housing Act,                                                                                                                                                                      especially if the space is well utilized.
Title VII of the Civil Rights                                                                                                                                                                         • Is it a short sale? Many buyers will underbid properties be-
Act of 1964, and state law                                                                                                                                                                         ing sold short because of the hassles and delays often associated
prohibit advertisements for
housing and employment                                                                                                                                                                             with these sales.
that contain any preference,                                                                                                                                                                          Once your agent has a list of homes similar to yours, he or she
limitation or discrimination                                                                                                                                                                       will figure the average list and sales prices of those properties.
based on protected classes,
including race, color, religion,                                                                                                                                                                      Then it’s time to refine the value by looking at criteria that
sex, handicap, familial status                                                                                                                                                                     cannot be programmed in to a CMA calculator. For these crucial
or national origin. IVPC does                                                                                                                                                                      factors, you will have to depend on the knowledge and expertise
not knowingly accept any                                                                                                                                                                           of your agent.
advertisements that are in
violation of the law.                                                                                                                                                                                 For example:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Location of the lot. Houses on busy streets tend to sell for
PLEX/HOUSE/TOWN-                                                                                                                                                                                   less than those on quiet cul-de-sacs, for example.
HOUSE/RENTAL                                                                                                                                                                                          • Condition of the property. Agents who are familiar with a
GOT A HOUSE FOR RENT?                                                                                                                                                                              neighborhood know which homes were move-in ready and which
Let the 38,000 households/                                                                                                                                                                         required major repairs.
businesses that read the Inde-                                                                                                                                                                        • Floor plan. While square footage is important, how that square
pendent find out about it. .
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            OR                                                                                                                                                                                     that are much larger and more lavishly appointed than their
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even though your agent prepared a CMA when you first started
162)HOMES FOR SALE                                                                                                                                                                                 discussing selling your home, if it’s been more than a few weeks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   he/she will likely update it based on current market conditions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you delay offering your home for sale, or if your property
                                                                                                                                                                                                   stays on the market for a while, the analysis will have to be up-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   dated continually.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The last thing you want is to price your property based on
                                                                                                                                                                                                   outdated statistics, and watch the market pass you by.
    HOUSE FOR SALE                                                                                                                                                                                    A CMA is designed primarily for homeowners who want to
    4112 Freeda Court                                                                                                                                                                              sell their property.
 4bd/2ba, detached home
 in court location. Great                                                                                                                                                                             However, a professional market analysis is also a useful tool for
 floorplan, solar panels,                                                                                                                                                                          buyers wondering what the perfect home in the perfect neighbor-
 and upgrades. Built in                                                                                                                                                                            hood will really cost – not just what it’s listed for in the Multiple
 2005. Sold through City of
 Livermore to moderate-in-                                                                                                                                                                         Listing Service or what Zillow estimates as its value.
 come families. $357,448.                                                                                                                                                                             The List Price is the asking price. It may or may not represent
 Contact Tri-Valley Hous-                                                                                                                                                                          a realistic value for the property.
 ing Opportunity Center at
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   will pay their asking price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some sellers price their homes low, either because they are
                                                                                                                                                                                                   willing to sacrifice full price for a quick sale or because they be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   lieve listing it low will generate multiple offers and thus a higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                   selling price. If you see a home listed for a price that is “too good
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to be true,” it probably is.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Realtor can help a smart buyer calculate the fair market value
                                                                                                                                                                                                   of a property, which is the amount the house will likely sell for.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      So, for a free Market Analysis of your home – or a home you
                                                                                                                                                                                                   are considering making an offer on – call your Realtor today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cher Wollard is a Realtor with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Windermere Welcome Home, Livermore.
PAGE 12 - The Independent, APRIL 29, 2010

Livermore, Pleasanton Agree to Discuss Airport Issues
   The cities of Livermore and        analysis and “disagree with the        the construction of airport facili-    ceeded the limits set by the ordi-          At its meeting earlier this       land uses and development stan-
Pleasanton have a tolling agree-      conclusions.”                          ties in the assurances. They felt      nance. If it did, the staff will then   year, the council rescinded the       dards for the airport. It would
ment with regard to litigation            The letter points out that         facilities should not be part of the   identify the aircraft that exceeded     35 year old airport master plan.      constrain development to the
involving Livermore’s recent          there was no analysis provided         assurances.                            the established noise limit.            It reduced projections of future      extent feasible under FAA rules
vote to change the zoning of its      of future improvements. The                In addition to Pleasanton,            If the aircraft is based at          use at the airport, down from         and regulations.
airport.                              letter also raised concerns about      those opposed to changes at the        the Hayward Airport, airport            370,000 operations to 220,000            The Livermore city council
   The tolling agreement extends      impacts from jet travel, which         airport are most concerned about       staff will speak to the owner to        by 2030. Operations at the airport    also approved a resolution that
the right of Pleasanton to file       could be significant in those por-     single event. They would like to       learn why the aircraft may have         have never reached the projected      included what they hoped would
a lawsuit by 15 days starting         tions of Pleasanton lying under        see a system put in place similar      exceeded the noise limit. If the        numbers. The highest number           calm those with concerns about
April 21.                             the flight path. Single event noise    to that used by the City of Hay-       aircraft is not based at the Hay-       of annual operations was about        the airport.
   Livermore City Attorney            is not dealt with in the analysis.     ward at its airport.                   ward Airport, the aircraft owner        283,000 in 1993. There are cur-          They include such things
John Pomidor commented, “The          The airport study is based on an           The City of Hayward has an         is notified that the aircraft may       rently about 140,000 annual           as staff will take no action to
agreement gives the two sides an      overall average of noise, the letter   ordinance that limits the noise        not use the airport so long as the      operations. The number of planes      encourage a major cargo carrier
opportunity to talk a little more     points out.                            level (measured in decibels) of        aircraft is unable to comply with       to be based in Livermore was          service to come to Livermore;
without the threat of litigation.”         Pleasanton also raised con-       planes using the Hayward Airport       the noise limits.                       reduced from 900 to 720.              the city does not intend to extend
He said any lawsuit would be          cerns about language relating to       and provides for fines for viola-         Dan McIntyre, Livermore                  The level of development is       the existing runways; and the
limited to issues addressed dur-      grant assurances. When a public        tions of the limits. The airport       public works director, said that        reduced from 1.9 million square       city will continue to aggressively
ing the discussion on changes at      agency accepts grant monies for        maintains four noise monitors          the city conducts a noise study         feet to about 1.4 million square      foster reduction of airport noise
the airport.                          the purposes of acquiring land for     that are designed to measure           every two years. In 2007, the           feet. To date, about 670,000          consistent with federal law and
   As part of the hearings on re-     an airport, it must agree to adhere    the noise of aircraft taking off       council considered an option to         square feet of facilities have been   in cooperation with other Tri-
zoning of the Livermore Airport,      to specific assurances relating to     and landing. When someone              study noise or to monitor it. The       constructed.                          Valley cities.
Pleasanton sent a letter stating      use, operation and maintenance         complains about noise, airport         decision was to study the level of          The new zoning would spe-
they believe there are fundamen-      of the airport. The objection          staff check noise monitor records      noise. “That’s all we are doing.”       cifically identify the permitted
tal flaws in the environmental        Pleasanton had was including           to see if the noise reported ex-

Wild Horses, Burros Available for Adoption in Livermore
    Residents of the area will have   feet), surrounded by a fence built        Title to adopted wild horses        wild herds.
the opportunity to add a horse or     of pipe or boards. The corral en-      and burros remains with the                The BLM periodically gathers
burro to their families, when the     closure must be six feet high for      federal government for one year.       horses and burros to control herd
Bureau of Land Management             adult horses.                          After providing a year of good         populations on ranges shared
brings its Wild Horse and Burro          Horses under 18 months old          care, adopters can receive title.      with wildlife and domestic live-
Adoption Program to the Liver-        can be kept in corrals with five-      The BLM or a representative            stock. Herd sizes are controlled
more Rodeo Grounds, Robertson         foot fences. Four-and-a-half-foot      will check on the condition of         to ensure there is sufficient feed
Park, 3500 Robertson Park Road,       fences are allowed for burros.         the animal during the adoption         and water for all range users and
Livermore, on Saturday and Sun-       Adopters must provide a two-           period.                                to ensure that natural resources
day, May 1 and 2.                     sided, roofed shelter to pro-             Wild horses and burros are          are not over-used.
    “We’re holding the adoption       vide protection from extreme           protected by a federal law, the            For additional information on
in conjunction with the Cali-         weather.                               Wild and Free Roaming Horses           the adoption event or wild horse
fornia State Horseman’s Spring           “Adopted animals should be          and Burros Act. The law rec-           management, contact the BLM
Stampede,” said Doug Satica,          kept in this corral until they can     ognizes the animals as “living         toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS
                                                                                                                    or the Litchfield Corrals at (530)
manager at BLM’s Litchfield           be approached, handled, haltered       symbols of the historic and            254-6575. Information is also
wild horse and burro facility         and led,” Satica explained. “Non-      pioneer spirit of the west,” and       available online at www.wild-
near Susanville. “We encourage        gentled animals should not be          requires the BLM to manage the
everyone to come out and enjoy        placed in large, open pastures.”
both events.”                            At the adoption event, Adopt-
    The BLM will offer 30 horses,     ers must provide a halter and lead
mostly yearlings, and 10 burros       rope. BLM wranglers will halter
for public adoption. Anyone in-       and load adopted animals. Adult
terested can preview the animals      horses must be transported in
when they arrive at about 3 p.m.      stock trailers with side-swing-
on Friday, April 30.                  ing gates.
    The event gates will be open
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Adoptions begin with silent bid-
ding from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday. Animals not taken dur-
ing bidding will be available for
a $125 adoption fee.
    “With spring and summer
days ahead, this is a good time
to begin training an adopted mus-
tang or burro,” said Satica. “Our
horses and burros are certified to
be healthy and they are ready to
begin training.”
     The horses are from herd
management areas in Northeast
California and Northwest Ne-
vada. Burros (donkeys) came
from Southern California des-
     All available animals have
received de-worming treatments
and vaccinations for West Nile
virus, rabies and common equine
diseases. All have negative Cog-
gins test results. Adopters receive
complete health records for their
animals so they can begin health
care programs with their veteri-
     To qualify, adopters must be
at least 18 years old and have
no convictions for inhumane
treatment of animals. BLM staff
members will interview all pro-
spective adopters to be sure they
meet the BLM adoption require-
    Newly adopted horses and
burros must be kept in corrals
with at least 400 square feet of
space per animal (20 feet by 20
THE INDEPENDENT • SECTION II                                                                                                                      THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

Art, Community, & Education

                                                                    Chef Suzanne Aziz, founder
                                                                    of The Heart and S.O.U.L.
                                                                    of Nutrition, will discuss
                                                                    "Cooking Organically for
                                                                    Health" at the upcoming
                                                                    Good Food Festival in Pleas-

                                                                                                                      Favorite Songs of Harry
                                                                                                                       Chapin to be Featured
                                                                                                                     in Special Tribute Concert
                                                                                                                          at the Bankhead
                                                                                                                        With signature songs such as “Cat’s in the Cradle”
                                                                                                                    and “Taxi,” Harry Chapin is recognized as one of the
                                                                                                                    most iconic singer-songwriters of the 1970s. His tragi-
                                                                                                                    cally early death in 1981 cut short his prolific career,
                                                                                                                    but his classic folk rock music lives on in the hearts
                                                                                                                    of his own and subsequent generations.
                                                                                                                        A Tribute to Harry Chapin, featuring some of his
                                                                                                                    best known songs, arrives at the Bankhead Theater
                                                                                                                    for one performance only on Friday evening, June
                                                                                                                    4, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Performed by the Steve Chapin
                                                                                                                    Band, led by Harry’s brother Steve, with original band
                                                                                                                    members and guest vocalist Jessica Craven of the
                                                                                                                    Chapin Sisters, the concert will be a Chapin family
                                                                                                                    event and a celebration of Harry Chapin’s legendary
                                                                                                                    songwriting gifts.
                                                                                                                        Harry Chapin was known for his ability to transform

                 Healthy Eating Goal of                                                                             simple stories and heartfelt messages into memorable
                                                                                                                    songs. Often called an American troubadour, Chapin
                                                                                                                    took great pleasure in touring small towns and play-

                  Good Food Festival
                                                                                                                    ing intimate venues, where his relaxed stage presence
                                                                                                                    connected him with audiences in a very personal way.
                                                                                                                    His songs were inspired by the everyday stories of or-
    The City of Pleasanton will host   and offers something for everyone      myths, how to read food labels, and   dinary people, such as the cab driver in his song “Taxi”
a Good Food Festival on Saturday,      interested in learning about healthy   examples of healthy foods, among      and the father and son of his best known hit “Cat’s
May 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.      eating. It kicks off at 9:15 a.m.      other topics.                         in the Cradle,” which soared to number one on the
at the Pleasanton Senior Center.       with keynote speaker Dr. Susan            “The Good Food Festival is an      popular music charts in December 1974. A cautionary
    The Senior Center is located at    Rapp from Kaiser Permanente. In        opportunity for all ages to learn     reflection on a man’s distant relationship with his son,
3939 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.          “Eat Healthy and Thrive,” she will     about the small things we can do                                          (See CHAPIN, page 3)
    This free event targets all ages   cover goals for eating well, diet                (See GOOD FOOD, page 3)
2    THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                                                                                                          Art & Entertainment

                    What’s so funny about greed?
             The Producers Camped-out at the Bankhead
by Harry Stoll                                                                                                                                                 back to earth.
    In The Producers—one pro-                                                                                                                                      The costumes by Lisa Danz are
ducer whines, the other wheedles                                                                                                                               gorgeous and fitting, the choreog-
money out of lonely loaded old
                                                                                                                                                               raphy dances, and the sound of
ladies—and together, they bet
                                                                                                                                                               music echoes to support the story.
against their investors, a prepos-
terous notion with absolutely no                                                                                                                               The ensemble dance numbers are
basis in reality. Max Bialystock                                                                                                                               a high kick as they spin, glisten,
and Leo Bloom choose a musical,                                                                                                                                and all in all are shiny and bright.
Springtime for Hitler, that will so                                                                                                                            Those are some of The Producers
offend the audience it will open                                                                                                                               long suits—its length isn’t. Geez,
and close the same night. They                                                                                                                                 26 scenes.
cook the books intending to take                                                                                                                                   During intermission, the audi-
the money and fly down to Rio. But                                                                                                                             ence is handed a playbill of Spring-
alas, poor Bialystock and Bloom,                                                                                                                               time with ads done in a 1950s style
it’s too bad to fail. After an initial                                                                                                                         and a pun-filled production crew
gasp, the audience finds letting the                                                                                                                           list, such as “Orchestrations …
sunshine into the evil vile life of                                                                                                                            Blair Flatley,” but missed saying
Hitler is not an outrage, but outra-                                                                                                                           it’s performed at The Blankhead.
geous, and Springtime is a joy to                                                                                                                                  The Tri-Valley troupe’s Spring-
the world. It’s not Bloom’s day and                                                                                                                            time for Hitler is lavish and flies
Bialystock plunges.                                                                                                                                            like a mockingbird with swastika
    The Producers is a derivative of                                                                                                                           dancers, and soldiers in well-tai-
Mel Brooks’ screenplay for his film                                                                                                                            lored uniforms, including a blue-
debut in 1968. He adapted it for the                                                                                                                           eyed blonde dude in dark blue,
stage in 2000 and it was a huge hit.                                                                                                                           played by Bob Stratton. His cast
His oeuvre includes Robin Hood:
                                                                                                                                                               notes have the Brooksian comment
men in tights, Dracula: dead and
                                                                                                                                      Photo - Doug Jorgensen   that he “… likes blind sky diving,
loving it, and the in-progress, CEO,
Baby.                                     Cast of "The Producers" in rehearsal for the Bankhead Theater production.                                            Sumo wrestling, and full contact
    The Tri-Valley Repertory The-                                                                                                                              gardening. There are brown shirts
atre present it at the Bankhead—         raucous lines lying spread on his       play might not play in Peoria but                                             to poke fun at, including Hitler in
                                                                                                                        dresses, and carry patent leather
with disciplined, but over the top,      casting couch while he becomes a        Sandpoint will love it. When it’s                                             Jodhpurs, sitting on the edge of the
                                                                                                                        purses. One scene with three old
around the bend, and below the           man with a mission.                     corrupted, he is enraged and waves                                            stage for his soliloquy, perhaps too
                                                                                                                        ladies would make Archie Bunker
Borscht Belt performances, direc-           Seaberg has a big show biz           a Luger, taking names and kicking                                             close to the audience for comfort.
                                                                                                                        squirm. But then immediately,
tion, dancing to the music, chore-       voice and Lopez a beautiful wide-       attitudes.                                                                        We know what happens to Hit-
                                                                                                                        they captivate with a walker-dance
ography, and script—to sneak a           ranging voice. They are so good             Doing this corruption is the                                              ler. What do you think happens to
                                                                                                                        created by Tri-Valley Rep’s Kevin
peek into the human heart. This          you believe it.                         worst director they could find,                                               those who scheme to cheat their
                                                                                                                        Hammond. In a Busby Berkel-
tale of greed is good. Kathleen             Tiffany Davis is the oo la la        Roger DeBris of the Gay White                                                 investors? Part of the answer is
                                                                                                                        eyesque Tilt-a-Whirl, the circling
Breedveld is the producer and John       Ulla, who undulates, dances like        Way—played by Kenneth Blair                                                   at the Bankhead in The Produc-
                                                                                                                        dancers raise their walkers and
Maio the director.                       a windup doll, and is chosen for        with swishiness. When B&B                                                     ers. It’s springtime, time to see
                                         the play by the panting pair. Tif-                                             the light bounces off the flying
    Jeff Seaberg portrays the bully-                                             visit his house to sign him up, he                                            Springtime for Hitler, the musical
ing Bialystock and Robert Lopez          fany delivers a smart portrayal of                                             aluminum legs, then they come          within a musical.
                                                                                 introduces his all-gay production
the shrinking violet Bloom. Both         the cliché dumb blonde. She has
                                                                                 team. “They all live here.” That’s
distinction up the place. The once-      legs up to here, no to there, and
                                                                                 a comment on the high proportion
big shot Bialystock is without           provides an insight when she sits
                                         on the couch between them and           of gays in theater.
profit in his hometown.
    Lighting designer Andrew             uncrosses and recrosses them at             Some of the gay scenes drag,
Dorland lights up the sky over           the speed of sight. Davis plays her     with caricatures rather than charac-
                                                                                 ters. The biggest audience laughs                            The Producers:
Bialystock when Bookkeeper               with naughty innocence.                                                                 Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore
Bloom notes that a failed produc-           The script shtiks it to the audi-    at the gay gags came from females,
tion can make money. Bialystock          ence with a glut of good gags—be-       while the biggest laughs at dumb
bludgeons bookkeeper Bloom into          fore you can swallow one here           blonde cheap shots came from                                  Remaining runs:
leveraging and slicing and dicing        comes another. It’s gritty and witty,   males. Brooks fan, Danville actor            Fridays and Saturdays April 30, May 1, 7, and 8, at 8
the investments. Lopez’ Bloom            sometimes silly, but ya gotta pay       G. Scott Phillips, points out that            p.m. and matinees Sundays May 2 and 9, at 2 p.m.
is an honorable wimp who is too          attention. Check the background         Brooks is an equal opportunity
easily corrupted by thoughts of          posters, such as “King Leer.”           offender. He says, “The gay ste-                                  Admission:
show biz glitz, including babes             Ben Krantz should be charged         reotypes depicted (Roger DeBris             $36.50 general, $34.50 for seniors over 60, and $26.50
on Broadway, “… in nothing but           with larceny for his love child         and his entourage) certainly exist                           for juniors, under 18
pearls.”                                 Franz Liebkind, who is the de-          within the gay community, but they
    Bialystock plays sex games to        ranged playwright of Springtime         are only a part of who we are.”                                    Tickets:
get old ladies’ largesse. In The Well    for Hitler. Bulky Ben happily               The young actors play old                 Online, by phone
Hung Stable Boy and the Milk             dances and sings in celebration         ladies bent, creaky, croaky, and                     925.373.6800, or at the ticket window
Maid, Savannah Stratton is deli-         of all things Third Reichian. His       phony. They are clad in floral print
ciously lascivious as she delivers
Art & Entertainment                                                                                                       THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                         3

                                                                                               Broadway Chorus Plans Mother's Day
                                                                                                     Weekend Performances
                                                                                Broadway Chorus will perform                                                atre, formerly known as Pleasanton
                                                                             “The Great Choruses of Broadway                                                Playhouse. Tri-Valley Repertory
                                                                             2” on Mother’s Day weekend.                                                    provides regional Theatre produc-
                                                                             The show will feature selections                                               tions for the San Francisco East
                                                                             from beloved Broadway musicals                                                 Bay and the Tri-Valley area includ-
                                                                             including Gypsy, The Sound of                                                  ing Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore,
                                                                             Music, Les Miserables and Hair-                                                Sunol and San Ramon.
                                                                             spray.                                                                            The adult Broadway Chorus is a
                                                                                Pianist Daniel Lockert will          the show days. Ticket prices are       mixed group of about 80 men and
                                                                             perform along with other musi-          adults 18+ $18, seniors 60+ $15,       women non-auditioned performers
                                                                             cians. Also performing will be the      juniors under 18 $10. There is a       directed by Jenny Matteucci and
                                                                             Broadway Kids Chorus, made up                                                  accompanied by Daniel Lockert.
                                                                                                                     10% discount for those who hold a      There is also a Broadway Kids
                                                                             of local children in grades 1-8,        Broadway Chorus “business card”
                                                                             directed by Martie Muldoon.                                                    Chorus for students in grades 1-
                                                                                                                     available from any Broadway            8 directed by Martie Muldoon.
                                                                                The three performances will be       Chorus member. For more infor-         Typically there are two concerts
                                                                             held on Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m.,        mation visit the chorus website,       annually which usually include
                                                                             Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and , or call        both the adult and youth groups.
                                                                             Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at the          925.462.2121                           Broadway Chorus encourages the
“Ranch Shed” by Kathleen Meyer.                                              Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita            Broadway Chorus is a com-           community to attend the perfor-
                                                                             Road in Pleasanton.                     munity chorus located in the Tri-      mances listed on the website and
   'Art Made Easy' Work in Exhibit                                              Tickets are available online
                                                                             at or at the
                                                                                                                     Valley area (Pleasanton - Dublin       welcomes members of the com-
                                                                                                                     - Livermore, California). It is part   munity to join and sing with the
   The public is invited to the opening reception for the 16th annual        Amador Theater box office on            of the Tri-Valley Repertory The-       group. The website is located at
“Celebrating Art Made Easy” art exhibit on Mon., May 3, 6 to 9 p.m.                                                                               
The exhibit features the work of Charlotte Severin and her students
from the 2009-2010 class.
   The exhibit will be held at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol
                                                                             GOOD FOOD
                                                                             (continued from front page)
Blvd.                                                                        to improve our diet, and the major      adults eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a     Garden Club
   Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.                           implications those changes can          day, and teens eat 34 teaspoons of        Healthy food cooking demon-
   The exhibit will include plein air paintings (painted on location), as    have on our short-term and long-        sugar a day. By comparison, most       strations will also be included and
well as flowers, till life, figures created using live models, and experi-   term health,” according to event        women should be getting no more        are scheduled as follows:
mental works on Yupo and crumpled rice paper and collage.                    coordinator Diana Tucker.               than 6 teaspoons a day of added           • Making Your Own Healthy
   In addition to the opening reception, the exhibit will be open for            Concerns about the growing          sugar, while men have a recom-         Snacks for Kids (ongoing through-
the public to view May 4 to 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 7, 9 a.m.         epidemic of obesity among adults        mended limit of 9 teaspoons.           out the morning) presented by
to noon.                                                                     and children are sweeping the              Following the keynote speech,       Crista Haar, Cal High School
   For additional information, contact Charlotte Severin, 846-6382.          nation. The American Heart As-          visitors can participate in a num-     Culinary Department
                                                                             sociation reports that American         ber of workshops and seminars             • Quick and Healthy Meals

                                                                                                                     including:                             (10:00 a.m.) presented by Mechiel
                                                                                                                        • Eating Well at Any Age pre-       Taylor
(continued from front page)                                                                                          sented by Carol Garberson, R.D.,          • Cooking Organically for
“Cat’s in the Cradle” was based on    deserved reputation of their own.                                              Senior Support of the Tri-Valley       Health presented by Suzanne Aziz,
                                                                             office remains open through in-
a poem written by Chapin’s wife       This evening of song is enlivened                                                 • Shopping on a Shoestring pre-     Founder of The Heart and S.O.U.L.
                                                                             termission. To purchase tickets
and set to music after the birth of   by the casual onstage sharing of                                               sented by the ‘Shoestring Sisters’,    of Nutrition
                                                                             call 925-373-6800 or visit www.
their son Josh. While he built a      personal anecdotes and stories                                                 Susan May and Joanne Hall                 The Pleasanton Senior Center’s
reputation for his music, Chapin      of the band members’ years with                                                   • Eating Organically for Health     ‘Snappy Café’ will offer a healthy
was also known for his passionate     Harry Chapin on the road and in                                                presented by Suzanne Aziz, Found-      lunch for $5 for non-seniors and $2
dedication to humanitarian causes.    the studio.                                                                    er of The Heart and S.O.U.L of         for seniors. For more information,
                                                                                                                                                            please contact the Pleasanton Se-
He was posthumously awarded
a Congressional Gold Medal for
                                          A Tribute to Harry Chapin
                                      is part of the Livermore Valley
                                                                                 Rose Society                        Nutrition, and
                                                                                                                        • Container Gardening pre-          nior Center at (925) 931-5365.
his activism in working to combat
world hunger.
                                      Performing Arts Center’s LVPAC
                                      Presents series featuring acclaimed
                                                                                 Annual Show                         sented Livermore-Amador Valley

    A Tribute to Harry Chapin
brings together the talent found in
                                      performers in music, dance and
                                      other performing arts throughout
his extended family. Since 1991       the year. Closing this season’s            The Mount Diablo Rose Society
the Steve Chapin Band has per-        series will be a lively performance    22nd Annual Spring Rose Show is
formed the songs of Harry Chapin,     by the Doo Wah Riders on Friday        set for Sunday, May 2.
together with songs written by        evening, June 11, 2010 at 8:00             It will be held at the Dublin Se-
Steve, to audiences throughout the    p.m. Known for their energetic         nior Center, 7600 Amador Valley
United States. The band includes      and original style of “country with    Blvd., Dublin.
bass player “Big John” Wallace        a Cajun twist,” the Doo Wah Rid-           This is an American Rose Soci-
and drummer Howard Fields,            ers concert marks the third year       ety sanctioned show.
who toured with Harry Chapin          the Bankhead Theater has offered           Novice public entries and en-
in the 1970s, as well as Wallace’s    a country music performance in         tires from society members are
son Clark and Steve Chapin’s          conjunction with the annual Liver-     welcome between 7 to 10 a.m.
son Jonathan, both of whom play       more Rodeo.                                The show will be open to the
the guitar. Also representing the         The Bankhead Theater is lo-        public for viewing from 1 to 4 p.m.
family’s younger generation is        cated at 2400 First Street in Down-    The awards presentation will take
guest vocalist Jessica Craven of      town Livermore. The Ticket Office      place at 3:30 p.m.
the Chapin Sisters, a group whose     is open Tuesday through Saturday           There is no admission charge.
lyrical sound and rich three-part     from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.               For more information call (510)
harmonies are establishing a well-    On performance days the ticket         331-6115
4   THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                                                                                                                Art & Community
                                                                                                      Museum on Main to Honor
                                                                                                  Excellence in Preservation of History
                                                                                  The Board of Directors of the       was originally intended.                toric character of our community,
                                                                              Museum on Main in Pleasanton                • Historic Business Award:          either through preservation of a
                                                                              is taking nominations for the First     The business should demonstrate         structure, creation of incentives
                                                                              Annual Museum on Main Heritage          excellence in the preservation of       for preservation, or work in record-
                                                                              Awards. The awards recognize            historic structure that has always      ing the community?s history; OR
                                                                              excellence in the preservation of       been a business or commercial           it may be a group that has had a
                                                                              our community’s history.                property, maintaining as much of        significant impact on the history
                                                                                  Each year a panel of qualified      the original character of the struc-    of our community.
                                                                              judges, including historical pres-      ture as possible.                          Those who wish to nominate
                                                                              ervation architects, members of             • Educator Award: The hon-          a building, organization or indi-
                                                                              the history profession, representa-     oree should be an educator in the       vidual may pick up a nomination
                                                                              tives from the community and the        Pleasanton Unified School District      form and a complete set of criteria
                                                                              museum’s board will select award        who has shown exceptional sup-          for each award at the Museum on
                                                                              winners in five categories. This        port for and dedication to formal       Main or by visiting the Museum’s
                                                                              year’s honorees will be publicly        or informal education programs,         web site at www.musuemonmain.
                                                                              acknowledged at an award cer-           particularly in the area of history,    org. Nominators will be asked to
Fr. Jim Sullivan                                                              emony to be held September 24,          civic engagement or the social          attach a short essay, no more than
                                                                              2010 at the museum, 603 Main            sciences.                               a one page, single-spaced page in
Seven Summers From the Shore De-                                              Street.
                                                                                  The five awards that will be
                                                                                                                          • Phoebe Hearst Award: The
                                                                                                                      honoree should have made sig-
                                                                                                                                                              length, discussing the reasons for
                                                                                                                                                              nominating this particular prop-
       buts in the East Bay                                                   presented are:
                                                                                  • Historic Preservation Award:
                                                                                                                      nificant and lasting contributions to
                                                                                                                      the field of history and/or historic
                                                                                                                                                              erty, business, group or individual.
                                                                                                                                                              Other materials as appendices at-
   Fr. Jim Sullivan of Our Lady of    and parishioners to continue his        The building should demonstrate         preservation in our community,          tached to this application.
Guadalupe Parish in Fremont, for-     work with these impoverished            excellence in the adaptive reuse            • Historic Organization Award:         All nominations must be re-
merly of Pleasanton, has published    young men from Caracas. “I think        of an historic structure maintaining    The honored group should have           ceived by June 30, 2010. For more
his first book, Seven Summers         the main things the guys have got-      the historical integrity of the exte-   made significant contributions to       information, please contact Jim
From the Shore: A Seminarian’s        ten from me, so far, are deeper faith   rior while renovating the interior      maintaining the history and/or his-     DeMersman at 925-462-2766 or
Story.                                (which just) happens automatical-       space to a use other than that which                                  
   He launched the publication        ly, if you hang around with me for
with with numerous book-signing       long, and greater hopes, a broader
parties and events in the East Bay.   vision of what might be possible
During the gatherings, Fr. Jim
gave humorous readings from his
                                      for them, in life,” he stated.
                                          “They are great buddies with           Festivities Mark Opening of Livermore
book. He expressed appreciation
                                                                                        Summer Farmers' Market
                                      the Californians. This is good for
to his friends, reminding them        all of them — sometimes I think
that the entire proceeds from the     this ministry is as much for the
book will be used to support his      North Americans as for the South           The Livermore Certified Farm-        There will be live music and gour-      ers’ Markets, with over sixty Cer-
youth ministry in Caracas, Venezu-    Americans. I want to help them          ers’ Market will open for the sea-      met food. Local artisans will also      tified Farmers’ Markets weekly
ela. Tico and Valentina Zendejas,     build better lives for themselves       son on Thursday, May 8.                 be in attendance, displaying hand-      in the Bay Area during the peak
Miguel Vargas, and Ravi Arman         and their families. I want them to         The farmers’ market will be
of the Marysville Youth Group,                                                                                        made arts and crafts. Market man-       summer months. Certified Farm-
                                      draw closer to God, be more seri-       held each Thursday from 4:00pm
and E.J. Rin from the Alameda         ous about their faith, which they                                               ager, Thomas Dorn, says “There          ers’ Markets are locations that offer
Youth Group, were special guests                                              until 8:00pm in Carnegie Park           will be food, fun, live music and       only California-grown products
                                      all have. I believe that several of
at book-signing parties. Events       them are future priests. We have        between J and K Streets through         other great entertainment offered       sold directly to consumers by the
will be on-going throughout the       sponsored some of them in English       October 21. The market will             throughout the season. It’s going to    farmers that grew, nurtured and
spring and summer. A second           programs, paid their tuition, paid      showcase Northern California’s          be a lot of fun for everyone.”          harvested the crops. All PCFMA
printing of the book has already      rent for one of them for a semester     freshest fruits and vegetables at          Local farmers and other pro-         markets accept WIC FMNP (Wom-
been scheduled.                       so he could study fulltime, and so      reasonable prices.                      ducers will bring produce like          an Infant and Children Farmers’
   The book is about Fr. Jim’s        on. Their employment opportuni-            “We are pleased to continue our      strawberries, raspberries, cherries,    Market Nutrition Program cou-
pilgrimage from seminarian to         ties rise with their capacity with      well-received presence in the com-      salad greens, artichokes, and later     pons) and EBT (the Golden State
priesthood and the young men          English.”                               munity as a way to help promote
from Marysville in his youth group                                                                                    on in the season terrific peaches,      advantage food stamp cards).
                                          Tico Zendejas, who was in the       buying local and eating healthy,”
that he mentored and traveled with    Marysville youth group, attributes                                              nectarines, tomatoes, peppers and           For more information on the
to Betania near Caracas, Venezu-                                              said John Silveira, Director of         corn, all locally grown and straight    Livermore Certified Farmers’
                                      the success of the young men, both
ela. While there, he met and has      Californian and Venezuelan, to          PCFMA.                                  from the fields. Live music as well     Market, please contact the Pacific
been working with another group       Father Jim’s efforts.                      To celebrate the new season          as visiting bands will be featured      Coast Farmers’ Market Associa-
of young men for three and a half         To order Seven Summers From         Livermore Downtown Association          each week.                              tion at (800) 949-FARM, (925)
years.                                the Shore, go to www.catholiccali-      will be in attendance for a special        The Pacific Coast Farmers’           825-9090, or go to www.pcfma.
   Fr. Jim expressed gratitude for                         “Thirsty Thursday” event. Market        Market Association is the state’s       com.
the support given by his friends                                              patrons can sample local wines.         largest operator of Certified Farm-

                                                         Poetry at Ravenswood This Weekend
                                      latest in a continuing series.          fornia Poets in the Schools. The        awarded the 2007 and 2008 Robert        have appeared in Atlanta Review,
   Featuring Joan Gelfand and             Featured poets will read at 2       winner of the 2010 Cervena Barva        Phillips Poetry Chapbook prizes,        Margie, The Hudson Review and
Rebecca Foust with guest host         p.m. An open follows, after a short     fiction award, her chapbook of          and All that Gorgeous, Pitiless         Women’s Review of Books. She
Deborah Grossman, poet laure-         break.                                  stories “Here and Abroad” will be       Song, winner of the Many Moun-          has been twice nominated for
ate of Pleasanton, reading poems          Joan Gelfand of San Francisco       published late this spring. She will    tains Moving Poetry Book Prize.         Pushcart awards.
about mothers and motherhood          is a 2008 Pushcart prize nominee        be reading from her books Seeking       God, Seed, a book of environ-              Light refreshments will be
on Sun., May 2 at Ravenswood          and winner of the 2005 Best Fic-        Center and A Dreamer’s Guide to         mental poetry with art by Lorna         served. Admission is $5. Raven-
Historic Site, 2 to 4 p.m.            tion Award from Chaffin Journal.        Cities and Streams.                     Stevens, will be released this year     swood is located at 2657 Arroyo
   The City of Livermore and Poet     She is the Fiction Editor for Zeek         Rebecca Foust is the author          by Tebot Bach Press. Her poems          Rd., Livermore.
Laureate Cher Wollard present the     Magazine and a teacher with Cali-       of Dark Card and Mom’s Canoe,
Art & Community                                                                                                              THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                          5

                                                                                                                                                                      Hike for
      Music Review: Battle of the Basses                                                                                                                            Hope Offers
        Produces Exciting Program                                                                                                                                    Two Treks
                                                                                                                                                                  The trails of the Sunol Regional
                                                                                                                                                               Wilderness are are the location for
                                             The concert itself opened with     ed with ease.                          cello solo. The Prelude had much        the Hike for Hope benefiting Hope
By Nancy O’Connell
                                         a work by Diego Ortiz for viola da         This Suite for gamba was very      crossing of strings and ended with      Hospice.
    On Saturday evening, April                                                                                                                                    It will be held May 1. The hike
24th, the last of the three early        gamba and harpsichord. Ortiz in        popular in 1724, but it was 50         several chords. In the Allemande
                                                                                years later before viola da gamba      he handled the trills and double        will start between 8:30 and 9:30
music concerts was given in the          1553 wrote a book on ornamenta-                                                                                       a.m.
Las Positas College library. Every       tion, and this piece demonstrated      music reached Germany. No form         stops with ease. The Courante had
                                                                                                                       difficult 16th note passages, but his      Registration fee is $35, children
seat was taken, so word of these         some of the many types. Not only       of instant communication in those                                              6 years and younger are free.
wonderful programs is spreading.         trills, but mordents and appoggia-     days! Karl F. Abel’s father was a      tone quality remained beautiful.
                                                                                                                       The Sarabande, here presented as           There are two treks available
Kevin Fryer, a master harpsi-            turas embellished the melodies. As     good friend of J.S. Bach, and Karl                                             from easy to moderate: The Little
chord builder, was the pre-concert       Morris played, one had a chance        became close to one of Bach’s          a stately dance form had double
                                                                                                                                                               Yosemite Hike is along a tree lined
speaker, and he first interviewed        to look closely at the gamba. The      sons when both lived in England.       stops and several chords crossing       park service road. The moderate
David Morris, who brought three          fingerboard is much shorter than       Abel’s Sonata in E Minor had a         3 or 4 strings. Morris had perfect      trail continues up the Canyon
fascinating instruments with him         on a modern cello, and there are       Moderato which featured driving        bow control, even at the tip. In the    View Trail.
– the viola da gamba, a bass vio-        frets which enable the player to       rhythms, and an Allegro which led      Menuettos, he played with his bow          The park is located at 1895
lin, and a Baroque cello. Morris         play chords more easily.               the performer from the lowest to       much closer to the fingerboard,         Geary Rd., Sunol.
spoke on the evolution of these              According to David Morris, To-     the highest range of his gamba.        wending his way through very               Registration can be completed
three basses over the last four and      bias Hume ( ca. 1569-1645) wrote           After the intermission, David      tricky passages. The Gigue in 3/8       at
a half centuries.                        “scads of pieces”. The three which     Morris brought out his bass vio-       time was gay, with staccato used        forhope.
    David Morris started his cello       he played demonstrated the variety     lin. He said that because it was       for emphasis, and again, many              Parking is $5 per car. Hike
studies at the age of 12. Later he       that the viola da gamba can attain     a band instrument, there was no        chords.                                 for Hope’s designated parking is
received his BA and MA in music          without keyboard accompaniment.        solo music for it. He performed            The last work on this exciting      adjacent to the Alameda Creek
from U.C.Berkeley. He received           There were many double stops           a work of Francesco Rognoni’s,         program was by Giacobo Basevi           Picnic area. Follow the parking
                                         in The Spirit of Gambo. Loves          who died around 1525. For the          Cervetto, who lived for 101 years!      directional signs after entering the
a scholarship to Jerusalem and
                                         Farewell sounded more like a           bass violin, Mr. Morris held his       An Italian of Jewish descent, he        park. Additional parking will be
encountered the viola da gamba                                                                                                                                 available in the overflow parking
for the first time. His instrument       lively folk song with much cross-      bow overhanded, but not all the        traveled to England to sell Stradi-
                                                                                way at the frog, as it’s held for      varius violins. This venture was        lot located 1.3 miles of the park
has seven strings instead of the         ing of the strings, and A Souldiers                                                                                   entrance, (watch for signs). A
usual six. The viola da gamba is         Galiard was rhythmical – a true        modern cello playing. There were       not successful, but he and his
                                                                                                                       compositions were very popular          shuttle bus will be available for
in the lute family, and it is tuned      galliard, a 16th century dance form    no longer frets on the fingerboard,                                            transporting you to hiker registra-
in fourths, rather than fifths, with     – gay and rollicking, in 3/4 time.     but marvelous deep sounds came         with the English.
                                                                                                                           His Sonata IX in F was for cello    tion inside the park.
the interval of a third in the middle.       Marin Marais lived from 1656       forth.
                                                                                    Domenico Gabrielli was the         and harpsichord. The Caccia was
He told the audience that all of the
string instruments are descended
                                         to 1728, and he left five books of
                                         music for gamba and bass viol.         most famous cellist of his day. He     a tour de force for the cellist, but    Spring Stampede
from the Arab world’s stringed
fiddle, called a spike fiddle. This
                                         Explaining that playing the entire
                                         Suite could take all evening, David
                                                                                was connected to a church in Bolo-
                                                                                gna which was like a conservatory,
                                                                                                                       most memorable of the four move-
                                                                                                                       ments was the Andante allegro           Offers Variety of
is still played today in Egypt and       Morris chose a subset to share. The
                                         Prelude was delightful, and the
                                                                                and he trained many cellists. His
                                                                                Sonata, written about 1689, had
                                                                                                                       with its haunting melody.
                                                                                                                           Cheers erupted from the back
                                                                                                                                                                 Horse Events
other countries, and the bow is held                                                                                                                               California State Horsemen’s
underhanded, instead of the way a        Allemande was livelier with many       four movements. In the Largo           of the audience when the play-
                                                                                                                       ers stood to take their bows, and       Association, Region 5 is holding
modern cellist holds his bow.            double stops, ornamentation and        there was an especially beautiful                                              its 17th Annual Spring Stampede,
    Next he introduced a bass violin     trills. The Sarabande, a popular       melody played principally on the       two curtain calls brought them
                                                                                                                       out again from behind the library       May 1st & 2nd at Robertson Park at
which he had created especially          dance form, was more serious and       top two strings, the D and the A.                                              the Livermore Rodeo Grounds.
for him. It is bigger than a cello,      refined and in triple time with an     Accompanied by the harpsichord-        stacks. No actual stage curtain in
                                                                                                                                                                   This is a fundraiser for the Re-
is tuned down one whole note             accent on the second beat. David       ist throughout, this Sonata had a      this setting! Next year, however,       gion 5 Equestrian Program.
from cello tuning, and was played        Morris used every inch of his bow,     slow third movement, followed by       these early music concerts will             The 2-day includes a Gym-
standing up, because one was not         using an underhanded hand posi-        a very brief Prestissimo.              be held in the new performing           khana, Cattle Sorting, Winery
allowed to sit in the presence of        tion. In the Gigue, there were rapid       David Morris referred to Jo-       arts center on the campus. When         Trail Rides, Western/English Horse
royalty. In the days of courtly          notes, and his fingers climbed far     hann Sebastian Bach as a “bril-        concert halls replaced the smaller,     Show, Kiddie Korral Children’s
music, royalty was often the em-         up the fingerboard past the frets.     liant dinosaur”. Suites as dance       private homes, the beautiful vi-        Area, Vendors, Food & Drink.
ployer. The third instrument he          The harpsichordist flawlessly          forms were dying out, but Bach         ols could not be heard. Which               For information go to www.
demonstrated was the Baroque             followed him. The Rondeau and          perfected the form based on all that   instrument won the “battle of the or contact
cello, which closely resembles the       Chaconne demonstrated difficult        had gone before. He performed          basses?” The cello. Its tone carried    Gina at 925-354-6514 or Lvs-
cello of today, but it had no end        passages which Morris surmount-        the Bach Suite #2 in D Minor for       to the back of every concert hall.
pin, so he played it gamba style,
holding it between his legs.
    Yuko Tanaka, harpsichordist,
a native of Japan, has played with
major Baroque ensembles and
received her PhD in early music
from Stanford University . Her
beautiful instrument was built by
Ron Nakashima and is based on
one created in 1624 by Joannes
Ruckers. This instrument belongs
to Marilyn Marquis, who spear-
headed these early music concerts
five years ago.
6     THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                                                                                             Education & Community

                     At Holy Cross Lutheran’s Preschool,
                        Teachers Make the Difference
By Patricia Koning                                                                                                                                           that between them, they have over
   As Holy Cross Lutheran Church                                                                                                                             100 years of experience teaching
looks forward to celebrating its 50th                                                                                                                        at the school. Another common
anniversary this fall, Pastor John                                                                                                                           denominator is that most of the
Bost thinks the church has a lot of                                                                                                                          teachers’ own children attended
reasons to be proud. One of those                                                                                                                            the program.
reasons is Holy Cross Lutheran’s                                                                                                                                “Most of us never left after our
preschool, which has been serving                                                                                                                            kids finished,” says Cindy Silveira,
Livermore families since 1973.                                                                                                                               who teaches in the three-year-old
   “I think Holy Cross has one of                                                                                                                            program. “We value each other and
the best preschool programs in the                                                                                                                           we value the school.”
Tri-Valley,” he says. “Our low stu-                                                                                                                             A 10-year veteran of Holy
dent to teacher ratio gives parents                                                                                                                          Cross, she says she loves the de-
peace of mind that their children                                                                                                                            velopment in three-year-olds over
will get plenty of one-on-one and                                                                                                                            the course of the year. She also
hands-on instruction. The overall                                                                                                                            loves letting the kids get messy.
goal of the preschool program is                                                                                                                             “The messier the better. One of
to instill in the children a love of                                                                                                                         my favorite things is to let the
learning.”                                                                                                                                                   kids go crazy with glue,” she adds.
   Bost knows a thing or two                                                                                                                                 “They don’t always get that glue
about the preschool program, and                                                                                                                             dries clear. The kids make these
not just from the perspective of a                                                                                                                           masterpieces that then disappear,
pastor—his seven-year-old went                                                                                                                               but then they are fascinated with
through the program, his four-year-                                                                                                                          the texture and shininess of the
old is currently in the program,                                                                                                                             dried glue.”
and he expects his one-year-old to                                                                                                                              Holy Cross Lutheran will be
attend in a few years.                                                                                                              Photo - Doug Jorgensen   celebrating its 50th anniversary on
   His favorite aspect is “Godly        Students entertain residents at Heritage Estates in Livermore.                                                       Sept. 17-19, beginning with a for-
Play,” which he alternates leading                                                                                                                           mal dinner and dance at the Robert
with the preschool director Jenifer     says Bost. “We are seeking to draw    “We don’t apologize for this,” says    times, and the junior kindergarten-     Livermore Community Center
Montgomery. In Godly Play, Bost         things out of the children, rather    Bost. “We are a school that will       ers four times a week.                  that Friday night. Bost expects
or Montgomery reads a 20-min-           than bury them with information. I    talk about spirituality with your         Each classroom has up to 18          a number of founding families
ute Old Testament story, livened        believe the kids will discover what   kids. We may not be the school         students with three teachers, keep-     and former pastors to attend the
up with visual aids and props.          they need to from the stories.”       for everyone but I think people        ing the student to teacher ratio at     celebration. A special worship
Afterwards, the students answer            Faith and religious instruction    appreciate our honesty.”               1:5 or 1:6. State licensing require-    service will be held on Sunday,
“I wonder” questions, such as “I        are a strong component of the            The Holy Cross preschool has        ments stipulate a ratio of at least     Dec. 12, the actual anniversary of
wonder where you see yourself           Holy Cross preschool program,         three programs: 3-year-olds, 4-        one teacher per 12 students at this     the church’s founding.
in this story?” or “I wonder if we      although the school and Vacation      year-olds, and junior kindergarten,    age group.                                 For more information on Holy
could remove any part of the story      Bible School program draw more        each offered in the morning and           Right now 13 teachers work           Cross Lutheran, visit www.holy-
and still have it make sense?”          people with faith connections         afternoon. Three-year-olds attend      in the Holy Cross preschool, and or call 925-
   “It’s not about history or facts,”   outside of Holy Cross than to it.     twice a week, 4-year-olds three        Montgomery proudly points out           447-1864.

                      Rotary Foundation Announces Over $27,000 in Grants
   The Rotary Clubs of Liver-              Grants were given to the fol-      “Teen Zine” is an art and literary        • Community Children’s Health        gram feeds a growing number
more met recently to announce           lowing:                               magazine created by Livermore          Access Program, a partnership           of kids in each of our Livermore
the awarding of a total of $27,125         • The Open Heart Kitchen re-       teens to showcase the artistic         between the City of Livermore           schools who live in cars with their
grants from the Rotarian Founda-        ceived a total of $11,000. $5,000     talents of Livermore teen artists,     Human Services and Livermore            parents and siblings. It gives a hand
tion of Livermore                       was awarded for the “Weekend          poets and writers.                     School District received $5000.         to veterans who go to the Veteran’s
   The Foundation is managed            Box Lunch Program, Livermore              • The “Dictionaries for Young      The program’s goal is to remove         Hospital for their medications as
by both the Livermore Rotary            Hot Meal Program” and $6,000 for      Scholars” project, sponsored by        barriers to success in school by        they try to return to a normal life.
and the Livermore Valley Rotary.        a matching grant opportunity.         the Livermore Rotary with par-         providing access to local medical,      On the happy side, there were sto-
It provides major grants to local          • The Assistance League of         ticipation by the Livermore Valley     dental and optometric care for low      ries of Livermore teens crying with
organizations that have identified      Amador Valley received $6,500         Rotary, the Hindu Cultural Center,     income, uninsured and underin-          pride and joy when they saw their
special needs.                          for their “Operation School Bell”,    Livermore National Lab and other       sured children.                         own artistic creations published
   The Foundation awarded a             providing clothing and books to       participants, received $2500 to           As each recipient went to the        in the “Teen Zine” glossy teen
total of $27,125 in grants to five      children in Livermore Schools.        continue this program. Every third     podium to receive their grant they      magazine. There were stories about
organizations. Two grants went to          • Livermore Public Library         grade student attending Livermore      shared stories – some happy and         young kids going with Assistance
continue support for organizations      received $2,125 to fund a teen        schools receives an illustrated dic-   some bringing tears to the eyes of      League volunteers to buy basic
whose programs feed and clothe          magazine (or “Teen Zine”) called      tionary, as does every third grade     the audience.                           clothes for school in the fall.
needy children.                         “Fusion”, for the second year.        teacher.                                  The Open Heart Kitchen pro-
Education & Community                                                                                                       THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                  7

   Pleasanton Teams Move
   On in Destination Imagi-
     Nation Competition
    Four teams of Pleasanton students used their creativity to solve
challenges involving improvisational skits, puppet shows, robots and
construction projects at the California state Destination ImagiNation
tournament April 10 at Independence High School in San Jose. Com-
peting among 180 creative problem-solvers from all over California,
four Pleasanton teams earned spots in the Global Finals to be held at
the University of Tennessee, May 26 to May 29.
    Destination ImagiNation is the world’s largest creative problem
solving program designed to teach children divergent thinking, creative
problem solving and team work.
    The teams are: “There is No Planet B” from Foothill High School,
first place and second place; “Senioritis” from Foothill High School,
second place; “Vanilla Chocolate Ninjas” from Pleasanton Middle
School, first place; and “Creative Wizard Champions” from Fairlands
Elementary, second place.
    Teams from Foothill High School and Fairlands Elementary also
received special Renaissance Awards for outstanding design, engineer-
ing, execution and performance.
                                                                              Photo is of of Foothill High School team, “There is No Planet B” with first place, second place and
                                                                              Renaissance Awards. From left are Hunter Laine, Preston Hedrick, Arielle Siegel, Sachin Dhar, Marisa
                                                                              Victor, Naveed Akhter

     99 Ranch Market’s New Store
       Now Open in Pleasanton
   99 Ranch Market, the leading               • Seafood Department fea-       foods from the Deli department
Asian American supermarket chain,         tures a lobster tank and a large    available for dine-in or take-out,
opened its 12 th retail location in       assortment of live crabs and        providing with sautéed dumplings
Pleasanton on Tuesday, April 20.          fish, which will be cleaned and     and oriental items, which are hand-
The Pleasanton store, located at          cut upon request. Fish will also    made by experienced chefs.
4299 Rosewood Drive, Pleasanton,          be deep fired at no additional          The new 99 Ranch Market will
represents 99 Ranch Market’s retail       cost.                               also offer additional services and
location in Northern California.              • Meat Department is staffed    conveniences, including ATM,
   99 Ranch Market’s 11 locations in      by professional meat cutters        phone cards, California Lottos and
the Bay Area are known for offering       and offers a complete selection     Mega Millions. There are a lot of
a wide selection of freshest fruits and   of USDA Choice beef. Best           discount items offering at the store,
vegetables and the highest quality        quality poultry and pork meat.      customers will be able to receive
meats and seafood. The Pleasanton         Hard-to-find items including        special savings during the store’s
location satisfies an important need      rabbit meat, quail and black        grand opening.                          Local Comcast employees and their families joined with students
for customers looking for the best for    chicken can also be provided                                                and parents to spend the morning repainting the Kindergarten
                                                                                  On top of a wide variety of 99
themselves and their families.            in the store.                                                               Playhouse, building a retaining wall, planting flowers, restriping
                                                                              Ranch Market introduced various
   David Lee, Chief Operating Of-             • An extensive array of fresh                                           the playground, sanding and repainting the flagpole, replacing
                                                                              licensees in the Pleasanton Store,
ficer of 99 Ranch Market in Northern      produce, including locally                                                  benches, repairing fences, and cleaning up the grounds at
                                                                              including the bank, book store,
California, said, “We are commit-         grown produce, an unusual
ted to offering enjoyable shopping
                                                                              cosmetic service and health food        Livermore Valley Charter School. This volunteer effort was part
                                          selection of seasonal, exotic       supplement company, to provide          of the 9th Annual nationwide “Comcast Cares Day.” Pictured are
experience and abundant choices to        specialty products.                 customers with a truly convenient       volunteers repainting a map of the east coast of the United States.
our customers. Promising diverse              • An extensive selection of     shopping experience.                    “Our local students and parents continue to feel the devastating
products and quality services, we         wine and beer from around the           99 Ranch Market is committed        effects of school budget cuts, and we hope that our Comcast Cares
believe the new Pleasanton store will     world                               to maintaining its market- leading
satisfy the needs of residents in this        • The Grocery Department        position by providing one stop          Day efforts at 14 California schools can have a positive impact on
highly populated district. Our store in   provides a full selection of        shopping convenience to custom-         that situation,” said Curt Henninger, Regional Senior Vice President
Concord has been a great success and      oriental grocery items, such as                                             for Comcast California. “Comcast Cares Day is part of our ongoing
                                                                              ers, consistently delivering value
has prompted us to open a second in       authentic food items from Tai-                                              commitment to education and to improving the quality of life in the
                                                                              for money through Super Fresh
the Tri-Valley area, and we believe       wan and China, ethnic offerings                                             neighborhoods where we live and work.”
                                                                              Foods, Friendly Service and Low
this new business development will        including Hispanic and Filipino     Prices. Please visit www.99ranch.
take root in this district and open a     and Indian foods.                   com for more details about 99
new chapter for the whole group of            • A large bakery emphasizing    Ranch Market.
99 Ranch Market.”                         made-from-scratch pastries,             For more information, please go
   The new 46,000-square-foot 99          desserts and artisan breads         to the stores of 99 Ranch Market,
Ranch Market features many appeal-            • A wide variety of great       or visit the website: www.99ranch.
ing elements, including:

ART/PHOTO EXHIBITS                                  non ADAS members. Artist’s applications           under free. Reservations required, 925-          23-24 and April 30-May 1 at 7:30 p.m.,         to “Wayward,” at $15 p.m. general, $10
Livermore Art Association Gallery,                  available: e-mail ormawebb@comcast.               447-8941. Come and enjoy a day under             April 24 at 11:00 a.m. and May 1-2 at 2:00     youth/senior/alumni, $5 for CSUEB
  located in Carnegie Park, offers art              net or call 925 828-9170.                         the shade of the winery's old trees. Kick        p.m. Audience members are encouraged           students, may be reserved at http://class.
  classes, unusual gifts, painting rentals, art   Art exhibit, Louise Gibler will be exhibiting       off your shoes and dance to the music of,        to bring donations of nonperishable food
  exhibits and information pertaining to the        her oil paintings consisting of still life,       Top Secret. Please call 925-447-8941 for         items to the theater to benefit The Haven      tions.php or at 510-885-3118.
  art field, 2155 Third St., Livermore. The         landscape, floral and figurative subjects         more information.                                Food Pantry. Tickets are $12, $16 & $20       Las Positas College Dance Performance,
  gallery has been open since 1974 and is           for the months of May and June 2010 at          Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, Mother's                for adults and $8, $12, & $16 for children     May 7 and 8, 8 p.m. college theater, 3000
  run as a co-op by local artists. Hours are        the Garre Vineyard & Winery 7986 Tesla            Day May 9. Have a picnic and taste wine.         and seniors. All tickets may be purchased      Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. $12 gen-
  Wed.-Sun. 11:30-4 p.m. For information            Road, Livermore. Hours of operation are           There will be treats to dip into a chocolate     online at up          eral admission, $8 students and seniors.
  call 449-9927.                                    Monday through Friday 11 a,.m. to 12:30           fountain. All mother's get free tasting.         to three hours prior to the performance,       424-1119.
Seward Johnson Sculptures Downtown                  p.m. and weekends 11:30 3:30 p.m.          Picnic spots available first come, first         by phone at (925) 931-3444, or in person
  Pleasanton, interactive exhibit by sculptor       All the pieces are framed and done in the         served. Reserve a table, with linens for         at the Amador Theater Box Office. Box         AUDITIONS/VOLUNTEERS
  J. Seward Johnson placed on sidewalk              chiaroscuro style of painting.                    only $15.00. Private Courtyard max 50            office hours are Monday through Friday        Auditions, Joseph and The Amazing Tech-
  locations. The eleven life-size, three-         Diapers to Diapers, poetry, prose and pho-          people, $200.00. Wine club recieves 10%          from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for two hours       nicolor Dreamcoat. Tri-Valley Repertory
  dimensional bronze sculptures depict the          tography exhibit. Vogue Studio, 5410-4            discount on table & courtyard rental. 3053       prior to the performance. Group discounts      Theatre: Adult Auditions: (ages 14-mature
  everyday activities of people who may be          Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. Reception with           Marina Ave, Livermore, www.rmwinery.             are available.                                 adult) May 10 and May 11 at 7:30 pm
  found anywhere, from a man reading a              artists Sat., May 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cre-         com, to reserve e-mail info@rmwinery.          Dark Deeds at Swan's Place or Never              Call-backs by invitation only, May 15 at
  newspaper on a park bench and an elderly          ative director: Sandra Kay; photographer:         com or call 443-1998. 3053 Marina Ave.,          Trust a Tattooed Sailor, May 14-16 &           noon. All auditions at 315 Wright Brothers
  woman carrying a bag of groceries to a            Monica Dawn. Gourmet appetizers. Live             Livermore.                                       21-23. San Ramon Community Theater             Avenue, Livermore. Bring a current head
  child welcoming a soldier home from duty.         music by the band 256. $3 at the door.          Tamás Estates will host Buon Appetito,             presents the tongue-in-cheek, uproarious       shot and resume. Prepare 16 bars up-tempo
  The exhibit will remain in place through          Tri-Valley Haven fund-raiser.                     on a new day, May 12, featuring a food           melodrama. Classic Olio songs, skits,          Broadway song with sheet music in your
  June 30, 2010. More information about           Pleasanton Art League, 41st Annual Art              and wine pairing experience. 4 to 7 p.m.         and dances between scenes. Front Row           own key. Everyone auditioning must be
  the J. Seward Johnson exhibit is avail-           Show, May 21-23, Alviso Adobe, 3465               Offered complimentary to Salute wine             Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd.,           prepared to dance. No flip flops or bare
  able by contacting Pleasanton Fine Arts           Old Foothill Road, Pleasanton. 10 a.m.            club members. Reservations are highly            San Ramon. www.sanramoncommuni-                feet Children's auditions: (ages 7-13) on
  Coordinator Julie Finegan at jfinegan@            to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to         recommended. Seating is limited. Open                                    Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m. at 315 Wright or (925) 931-5355.            2:30 p.m. Sunday. No admission charge.            for Club Members and up to 4 guests each.      Plays Inspired by O’Neill, May 16, 2010.         Brothers Avenue, Livermore. Children do
Art Exhibition – Works by Colin Hurley              Public is invited.                                $10 for guests. Visit           From the new collaboration between the         not need to prepare music, but must be
  at Ryan Fine Art gallery, An exhibition of      Art & Wine Crawl, May 38, 5:30 to 7:30              or call 925-456-2380 to purchase tickets         Foundation and Playground, eight new,          ready to dance and learn music from the
  works by this expressionistic painter with        p.m. downtown Livermore. Several art-             or to make reservations. 5565 Tesla Rd.,         short plays which all pay homage in one        show. A parent must stay on the premises
  local roots, creating a range of playful to       ists’ receptions, studios and wine tasting        Livermore.                                       way or another to Eugene O'Neill and/or        during the audition. If your child is cast in
  edgy works in media from acrylic to spray         venues. Organized by Ryan Fine Art                                                                 his works. 3 p.m. Danville Town Hall,          the show, at least one parent must volun-
  paint, will be showing at Ryan Fine Art           Gallery, pick up a map, 171- South J            MUSIC/CONCERTS                                     201 Front Street. Tickets $25. www.            teer to supervision duties for 2 rehearsals
  from April 16th through May 8, with a             Street, Livermore. Maps available one           Las Positas College Music Department                             or performances. Cast: featured, 6 men,
  reception Friday, April 30 from 5:30-8:00         week prior to exhibition. www.lindary-            Recital, May 5, 12:30 p.m. College the-        Las Positas College One Act Plays, May           1 narrator (female); featured 11 men, 1
  p.m. Ryan Fine Art is located at 171 So.                                    ater, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore.           19, 12:30 p.m. and May 21, 8 p.m. on           woman; ensemble. More information go
  J Street, and open lunch hours Thursday         Art in the Vineyard, May 30, Wente                  Free admission. 424-1119.                        campus, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Liver-           to
  through Saturday and Friday evenings.             Vineyards Estate Winery, 5565 Tesla             Las Positas College Orchestra and Band             more. Free admission. 424-1119.
  Info at                 Rd., Livermore. Art in action, art displays       Concert, May 5, 7:30 p.m. location TBA.        Tri-Valley High: The Impossible Film            MOVIES
Call to Artists - Art Exhibition, What Lies         and sales, entertainment, wine tasting.           Information 424-1119.                            Project, May 20, 21, 22. Creatures of         A Patch of Blue, Classic Film Series,
  Above, Below & Through, a juried exhi-            Information go to www.livermoreartas-           KC and the Sunshine Band, May 7, 8 p.m.            Impulse, teen improv group, creates short       Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.,
  bition exploring surface, depth, opacity                                    Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center.         films based on audience suggestions.            May 6, 7 p.m. Las Positas College and
  & transparency. Entries due April 16th.                                                             Tickets or information at www.sanramon-          Veterans Hall, 301 Main St., Pleasanton.        Pleasanton Public Library present this
  Exhibition runs May 14 - June 19th at Ryan                                                 or 973-ARTS.                  $8 in advance and $10 at the door; student      classic film series with Candy Klaschus,
  Fine Art, 171 So. J Street, Livermore. See      WINERY EVENTS                                     Leo Kottke, Livermore Valley Perform-              tickets with valid ID $5 in advance and         film historian and Coordinator of the Hu- for details.           Vino Carnival, a wine country Auction               ing Arts Center Presents. May 14, 8              at the door.                                    manities Program at Las Positas College.
Through the Glass Eye, current exhibit              benefiting these local children's charities,      p.m.. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,        Twelve Angry Men, presented by the King's         No admission charge.
  showcased at the gallery at Deer Ridge            hosted by the Livermore Valley Wine-              Livermore. 925-373-6800, www.liver-              Players, a local, amateur theater company.    Book Into Film, "Emma," May 16. A film
  Vineyards. This exhibit features landscape        growers Foundation. Sat., May 1, Palm                             May 21, 22, and 23, 2010. 7 p.m. Cedar          based on the book by Jane Austin. View
  photographic works by Marc Davis, Chris           Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleas-        Las Positas College Vocal Jazz Concert,            Grove Community Church, 2021 College            the movie at 2:00 p.m. in the Pleasanton
  Foster, Stephen Joseph, Lon Overacker,            anton. 5 p.m. silent auction and upscale          May 14, 8 p.m. on campus, 3000 Campus            Ave., Livermore. 925-447-2351.                  Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue,
  and Lawrence Piggins. Free and open               carnival cuisine, 7:30 p.m. live auction          Hill Dr., Livermore. $12 general admis-        Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill,          Pleasanton, followed by a comparison of
  to the public during tasting room hours,          and dessert/port pairing. Tickets $175 per        sion, $8 seniors and students. 414-1119.         May 23, 2010, 3 p.m. A classic play, one        the movie with the book. Free. Informa-
  Friday through Sunday, 11 am - 5 p.m. until       person. Game token packages available,          Livermore Amador Symphony, concert                 of O'Neill's renderings of Greek tragedy        tion: 925-931-3405.
  May 21, 2010. Preview the collection at           buy 5 game tokens and event ticket for            May 15, “Strings, Tuba and Mahler,” Tony         transported to American soil. Directed        Film Program for MAP, (Mature Adult              $200.                             Clements, tuba. 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater,         by Soren Oliver. The Eugene O'Neill             Program), "Miss Potter" will be shown
  html. Deer Ridge Vineyards, 1828 Wet-           Cinco de Merlot, May 1, Cedar Mountain              2400 First St., Livermore. 925-373-6800,         National Historic Site, Tao House Tickets       Tues., May 18 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasanton
  more Rd., Livermore.                              Winery, So come by between 12:00-4:00                    $25.               Library. Beatrix Potter has delighted
The Contra Costa JCC will open three                and enjoy some Mexican food and Merlot          Las Positas College Instrumental Jazz            A Tribute to Harry Chapin, Fri., June 4,          generations of children with her books.
  new exhibits featuring work by Michael            compliments of Cedar Mountain. 7000               Concert, May 15, 8 p.m. on campus,               8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,        But she kept her own private life locked
  Yashar, a collection of Ketubot, and Tra-         Tesla Road, Livermore, 925-373-6910.              3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. $12             Livermore. LVPAC Presents The Steve             carefully away. Oscar-winning star Renee
  ditions: From Generation to Generation,         Art, Wine & Chocolate, An evening of                general admission, $8 seniors and stu-           Chapin Band with special guest Jessica          Zellweger brings her secret story to the
  an eclectic collection of Judaica from            wine-tasting, live music and fine art to          dents. 414-1119.                                 Craven of The Chapin Sisters. Tickets           screen in "Miss Potter.” Rated PG. 93
  the local community. The exhibits will            benefit Camp Kadima. Saturday, May 1,           Pacific Chamber Symphony concert,                  on-sale to public Tues. April 27 at noon.       minutes. The film will be shown in the
  be housed at the Contra Costa JCC’s               7:30-10 p.m. Come experience the fine             Thurs., May 20, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater,         925-373-6800, www.livermoreperform-             Library Meeting Room. The Pleasanton
  Friedkin Art Gallery, Gallery 925, and            art of nine diverse award-winning and             2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets avail-                                    Library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.,
  Tice Valley Gallery from May 12 through           upcoming Bay Area artists. Works on               able at 925-373-6800, www.livermore-                                                             Pleasanton. This program is free. No regis-
  September 17, 2010. Gallery hours are             display will include original watercolors,                            DANCE                                             tration is required. For more information,
  Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to               acrylics, oils, ceramics, photography and       JAMfest Youth Concert, May 28, 7 to              Saturday Night Dance Parties, themed              call Penny Johnson, 931-3405.
  8:00 p.m and Fridays, 9:00 am to 3:00             jewelry. Enjoy wine tasting from Little           8:30 p.m. Lions Wayside Park, corner of          parties each Saturday night from Salsa        Book Into Film, "Clueless," May 30. Read
  p.m. The public is invited to enjoy the           Valley’s selection of superb wines. Treat         First and Neal Streets, Pleasanton. Local        to Swing, includes an optional group            the book, then view the movie at 2:00 p.m.
  exhibits. Admission is free. The Contra           yourself to delicious gourmet desserts.           youths perform. City of Pleasanton Parks         dance lesson at 7:15. $15 cover charge,         in the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old
  Costa JCC is located at 2071 Tice Valley          Live music performed by Night Harvest.            & Community Services contact at Mark             7:15 dance lesson, 8:00-10:30 for dance         Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, followed by a
  Blvd. in Walnut Creek.                            Tickets are $20. Little Valley Winery,            Duncanson at 925.931.3481                        parties. It's All About Dancing, 171 So.        comparison of the movie with the book.
Call for Artists, Art in the Park, Danville:        739 Main Street, Pleasanton. Contact                                                               Livermore Avenue, 925-449-9292, or              Free. Information: 925-931-3405
  12th Annual Fine Arts Festival, October           Sharon Cohen, 925-931-1055 x11 or               ON THE STAGE                             
  2 & 3, On the Town Green, Front Street                          The Producers, Tri-Valley Repertory The-         Wayward, an immersive dance/theatre             CHORAL
  Park, by the Library. Categories: Paintings     Lavish Laines Winery, May 7-9: release              atre mainstage musical, April 30, May 1,         event that will lead audiences on a journey   Las Positas College Choir Concert, May 4,
  in All Media, Photography, Ceramics,              of the 2008 Gewurztraminer. Come out              2, 7, 8, 9. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First         through and around the Cal State East Bay      8 p.m. Centerpointe Presbyterian Church,
  Sculpture, Graphics and limited openings          and taste this wine. For more information         St., Livermore. Tickets or information at        University Theatre, will be performed at       Pleasanton. Information 424-1119.
  in Fine Jewelry (no crafts). Sponsored by         on anything about Lavish Laines Winery            925-373-6800, www.livermoreperform-              8 p.m. May 7-8 and 14-15, and at 2 p.m.       Ohlone College Community Chorale and
  Alamo Danville Artists’ Society and the           please feel free to send an email to lalvish-                                     May 16. The show, rated “R” for mature         Fremont Christian High School Living
  Town of Danville, this event is a Fund   Tasting Room open-            Treasure Island, April 23-May 2, 2010,             content and non-sexual nudity, will con-       Water Vocal Ensemble, directed by Darryl
  Raiser for Art in the Schools of the San          ing soon at the Good Brewer, 2960 Pacific         at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita           sist of two parts, both focused on issues      Guzman Sat., May 8, 3 p.m. works by
  Ramon School District. Art in the Park            Avenue, Livermore. Fri.-Sun. 11-5.                Rd., Pleasanton. Presented by City of            concerning growing up, rites of passage        American composer Randall Thompson
  includes a Judged Inside Art Show and           Mother's Day Picnic, May 9, noon to 4:30            Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company, in          and what it means to be an adult. Guests       including "Frostiana," a unique collabo-
  food, wine and live entertainment. Booth          p.m. at Retzlaff Winery in Livermore.             partnership with the San Francisco Shake-        will assemble in the University Theatre,       ration between Thompson and American
  spaces are 10’ x 10’ and the fees are $85 for     Cost: $10.00 for adults, children 15 and          speare Festival. Performances are April          25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Tickets       poet laureate Robert Frost. The music
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 has been described as "American in               by Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery). The               fund-raiser and celebration showcasing
 spirit but universal in appeal." Centerville     activities are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bothwell        the talent of Pleasanton students through
 Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Ave.           Arts Center located at 2466 8th Street in        a visual arts show and performing arts
 in Fremont. Tickets: $10-$15. www.               Livermore. Tickets are $135 per person for       extravaganza at the Bankhead Theater                                  dinner, wine, and workshops. All proceeds        in Livermore, May 21-22. Proceeds will
Broadway Chorus will perform "The Great           will benefit the Livermore Shakespeare           go to support PUSD's elementary band
 Choruses of Broadway 2" on Mother's Day          Festival. Guests are encouraged to call          and strings programs and Visual and
 weekend. The show will feature selec-            Katie Marcel at (925) 443-BARD or                Performing Arts (VAPA) specialists for
 tions from beloved Broadway musicals             email by               the 2010/11 school year. PSEE's goal is
 including Gypsy, The Sound of Music,             May 1st to secure a seat for an evening          to raise $290,000. Visit for
 Les Miserables and Hairspray. Pianist            to remember.                                     updated information or to make a dona-
 Daniel Lockert will perform along with         1st Wednesday Party, May 5, 6 to 9                 tion. May 21 will feature a visual arts show
 other musicians. Also performing will be         p.m. “Cinco De Mayo” theme. Down-                with wine and cheese tasting. May 22 will
 the Broadway Kids Chorus, made up of             town Pleasanton. Featured band The               feature performances by groups from all
 local children in grades 1-8, directed by        Houserockers. Pleasanton Downtown                PUSD schools, starting at 9 a.m. www.
 Martie Muldoon. The three performances           Association hosting. 484-2199. events@ 
 will be held on Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m.,                         Open Heart Kitchen fund-raiser, May 22,
 Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May      Las Positas College Speech Performance             11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by HK Cycles
 9 at 2 p.m. at the Amador Theater, 1155          Night, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,         at 196 Airway Blvd., Livermore. There
 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton. Tickets are       Livermore. May 6, 7:30 p.m. $12 and              will be a band, food, drinks. Everything is
 available online at         $8. 925-373-6800, www.livermoreper-              being donated, so any proceeds raised will
 or at the Amador Theater box office on the                                 go directly to Open Heart Kitchen. Cost to
 show days. Ticket prices are adults 18+        Livermore Rotary, 12th annual Wine                 partake is $15/single person, $20/couple.
 $18, seniors 60+ $15, juniors under 18           Train on the Niles Canyon Railway. The           The band performing is "Relic." All are
 $10. There is a 10% discount for those who       family event is set for Saturday, May 8.         invited to attend.
 hold a Broadway Chorus "business card"           Proceeds benefit the Rotary scholarship        Author Peggy Kennedy, discusses her
 available from any Broadway Chorus               and community projects. Depart Sunol             book, Approaching Neverland: A Memoir
 member. For more information visit the           Station at 6:30 p.m. and return at ap-           of Epic Tragedy and Happily Ever After.
 chorus website, www.broadwaychorus.              proximately 8:30 p.m. There will be wine         Sun., May 23, 2 p.m. Livermore Library,
 org, or call 925.462.2121                        tasting, soft drinks and water. Appetizers       1188 So. Livermore Ave. Admission              Color Bands - Metallic is the theme of an exhibit of work by artist
Cantabella Children’s Chorus, annual              and desserts will be available on the            is free. For more information call 925-        Claudette McDermott at Poetry on Canvas in Pleasanton. She is the
 spring concerts, “Hope for Resolution,”          train. Strolling musicians will entertain        373-5505.
 Saturday, May 22, at Amador Theater,             riders. A pre-boarding show will feature       Let’s Go Science, Livermore Valley               featured artist in a series of exhibits called, "The Creative Process."
 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton.                entertainment by gunfighters of the Old          Performing Arts Center Presents. May           Her personal motto is, "Keep creating and keep the passion. Sell
 Award-winning choral group presents              West. The fare is $25, which includes            23. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,          to paint, don't paint to sell." For information go to poetryoncanvas.
 training and performing choirs, grades           one complimentary wine taste; youth fare         Livermore. 925-373-6800, www.liver-
 K-12, at 1:30 PM; performing choirs              (under 21) is $10. Tickets are availableat
                                                                                                                                                  com or call 461-5084.
 only, grades 5-12, at 4:00 PM. Concerts          the Travel Bug, 2269 Third St., Livermore.     Livermore Heritage Guild Auction, May
 will conclude with performance of title          For more information, call Kathy Coyle           29, Duarte Garage, corner of Portola
 song, composed for Mandela and de                at 606-7564.                                     Avenue and L Street. www.livermore-
 Klerk, a message of peace and unity for        Las Positas College Speech Tourna-       
 all people. Tickets at the door: $15 for         ment, May 14, 1 to 5 p.m. on campus,           Spring Antiques & Collectibles Street
 adults, $5 for children.                         3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. Free            Faire, May 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main
Folk Songs From Around the World,                 admission.                                       Street, downtown Pleasanton. Informa-
 Valley Concert Chorale, Sat., May 22, 8        Symphony Awards, Livermore-Amador                  tion available at 484-2199. events@
 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, Pleasanton.        Symphony will present four awards       Pleasanton
 Music from Norway, Japan, Nigeria, Ar-           of $399 each at the May 15 concert to            Downtown Association.
 gentina, Iceland, the USA, (of course!).         graduating high school seniors who have                    participate in school and community
                                                  musical activities during high school.
OPERA                                             Information regarding the awards and an
La Rondine, by Puccini. April 29, May 1,          application form may be found at www.
  4, and 7 at 8 p.m., May 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. Questions directed at
  San Jose Opera. California Theatre, 345         447-8789.
  South First St., San Jose. $51-$91. 408-      2010 Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour,
  437-4450 or                    May 16, Fund-raiser for Valley Humane
Live Theater-Casts from the Met: 10 a.m.          Society. Features gardens in Pleasanton.
  Saturdays at Dublin's Royal Hacienda            Tickets or information www.valleyhu-
  Cinema. May 1, Armida. Replays of each
  opera will be shown on Wednesday at 6:30      An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt,
  p.m. as follows: May 19, Armida.                Thursday, May 20, Sit back and enjoy
                                                  an evening with U.S. President Theodore
MISCELLANEOUS                                     Roosevelt. Museum on Main Ed Kinney
An Afternoon of Poetry about Mom,                 Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Lynnewood
 Sun., May 2, 2 to 4 p.m. Ravenswood              United Methodist Church, 4444 Black
 Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., Liver-           Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $5 members
 more. In collaboration with the City of          and seniors, $10 nonmembers, $3 students
 Livermore and Poet Laureate Cher Wol-            and teachers with ID. Reservations are
 lard, Pleasanton Poet Laureate Deborah           suggested. Tickets may be purchased
 Grossman will guest host at Ravenswood.          at the door. Call the Museum on Main
 San Francisco poet and fiction writer Joan       at 462-2766.
 Gelfand will read poems on family from         A Taste of Summer, BBQ Cook-off compe-
 Seeking Center and A Dreamer’s Guide             tition will be held Friday May 21, 2010, at
 to Cities and Streams. Rebecca Foust will        the Alameda County Fairgrounds, from 4         Angela Johal's latest tissue
 read from Dark Card and Mom's Canoe.             to 8 p.m. The event is a charity fund-raiser   paper paintings will be on
 Deborah Grossman will also read from             for “Hacienda Helping Hands” the chari-
 her book, Goldie and Me, co-authored by          table giving arm of the Hacienda Business      display at Wente Vineyards
 her mother. An Open Mic follows. Cost:           Park in Pleasanton. http://helpinghands.       Estate Winery Tasting Room
 $5.00, students free. pleasantonpoetry@                                  from May 1-31. An artist's                                     Taste of Summer BBQ, Friday, May 21,
Rehearsal behind the scenes, Livermore's          4 to 8 p.m. Fund-raising event for Haci-
                                                                                                 reception with wine and cheese
 Shakespeare’s Associates behind the              enda Helping Hands. Alameda County             will be held on Sun., May 2, from
 scenes rehearsal, "Romeo and Juliet."            Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. Tickets $20.          1-3 p.m. Pictured is one of her
 May 8 Spring Fund-raiser for a rare op-
 portunity to experience the world inside       Celebrate!, a Pleasanton Schools Educa-
                                                                                                 paintings, "Fruit of the Vine."
 the rehearsal room. Dinner, dessert              tional Enrichment (PSEE) benefit to Save       The tasting room is located at
 and Livermore Valley Wine (donated               the Arts in Pleasanton Schools. Two-day        5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore.
10     THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                                                                                                                       Community

                  Dublin Rotary Honors Community Superstars
    Dublin Rotary honored six                                                                                        the City’s Disaster Preparedness       outstanding Music Director. In
community superstars.                                                                                                efforts and as the guiding force       five years, he has grown the music
    The Superstar Awards program,                                                                                    in the week’s Dublin Pride Week        program from 35 students to over
now in its second year is intended                                                                                   celebration.                           200 participating in marching, jazz
to recognize City and School Dis-                                                                                                                           and beginning band. He also is
trict employees who meet very                                                                                                                               the 2010 President of the Dublin
high standards and would not                                                                                                                                Teacher Association. As the union
likely receive recognition either                                                                                                                           president he has been instrumental
from the public or from elected                                                                                                                             in working with the District to
officials.                                                                                                                                                  problem solve all issues during this
    The selection criteria include                                                                                                                          time of massive budget cuts.
Leadership by Example, Ethics
First (Embodied by the Rotary
4-way Test), An Openness to New
Ideas, and Dedication to Excel-
lence.                                     Sergeant George Lytle is a
    These broad categories include     27-year officer with 11 years as-          Lisa Feldman works at Station
32 specific criteria which are used    signed to Dublin Police Services.       16 on Donohue Drive. She is a
to select the Superstars. The honor-   He is currently the Supervisor of       member of the Urban Search and
ees are selected by representatives    the Special Investigations Unit.        Rescue Task Force and operates
of the City and School District in     Last year he organized the Holiday      some of the Department’s more            Bonnie Reed is the Secretary
six specific categories: City – Po-    Crime Suppression Unit; for the         specialized pieces of equipment.      to the Principal of Dublin High
lice, Fire, and Non-Emergency          first time there were no holiday        Last year she coordinated Dublin’s    School, who was effusive in de-
Service; School District – Teacher,    crimes in the commercial areas of       Holiday Toy program.                  scribing Bonnie as patient, helpful,
Administrator, and Classified.         the City. Fire Engineer                                                       thorough, fair and honest, courte-
    The Superstars are:                                                                                              ous and confidential and a true

     In Between Stitches Featured in
                                                                                                                                                               Keith Nomura is the Principal
         Quilt Sampler Magazine                                                                                                                             of Green Elementary School and
                                                                                                                                                            encompasses character values
   In Between Stitches, a quilt shop in Livermore, has been chosen as                                                                                       important to this award – value
one of the ten featured shops across the United States and Canada for                                                                                       of respect, leading by example,
the Spring 2010 issue of “Quilt Sampler” magazine, published by Better                                                                                      mutual respect at all levels, high
Homes and Gardens.                                                                                                                                          integrity and ethics.
   The magazine is published twice a year. It has been profiling top                                                                                           The Wells Middle School Jazz
quilt shops for the past 13 years. Shops submit a detailed application on
                                                                                   Roger Bradley is an Admin-                                               Band entertained the crowd.
their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules
and design philosophies. A panel of experts selects ten to be featured         istrative Analyst for the City. His
in each issue.                                                                 significant contributions are as
   The magazine will be available on newsstands on May 11. Employees           the manager of the Environmental
of each quilt shop also design an original quilt for the magazine. The         Services Division, the head of           Lee Fallon is Fallon School’s
full-sized pattern appears in the issue.

                  American Red Cross Honors Local Volunteers
   The American Red Cross              Services Coordinator Anne Black-        the donation process. He also         more than 1,000 hours of volunteer     has worked at the registration desk
Northern California Blood Ser-         stone said. “No matter what is          provides educational information      service with the Red Cross since       and in the canteen at mobile blood
vices Region presented David           going on in his life, Dave tries to     and helps donors schedule their       2000.                                  drives and blood donation centers,
Waterman, Cathy Slinkard and           be at every blood drive and does        next appointment.                        The LLNL Retirees staff at least    and sometimes makes blood dona-
the Lawrence Livermore Na-             whatever he can to ensure the com-         As a blood donor ambassador,       three four-day blood drives every      tion reminder calls to donors.
tional Laboratory Retirees group       munity donors leave happy. And          Waterman is often the face of the     year with lab employees (some             The President’s Volunteer Ser-
with the President’s Volunteer         for that we extend our profound         Red Cross to many donors. It’s his    years it’s as many as five four-day    vice Award is issued by the Pres-
Service Award, a national honor        thanks to him.”                         job to thank them for their dona-     drives). At each weeklong drive        ident’s Council on Service and
offered in recognition of volun-          Waterman volunteers his time         tions, make sure they are comfort-    the group contributes 120 hours        Civic Participation on behalf of
teer service.                          at Livermore-area blood drives,         able and most of all make sure each   of service to the lab donors. In       the President of the United States
   Waterman of Livermore quali-        where he serves as a blood donor        of them feel appreciated.             the last five years alone, the LLNL    to recognize the best in American
fied for the gold level of the         ambassador in the canteen area.            The Red Cross presented the        blood drives have collected more       spirit, and to encourage all Ameri-
PVSA, having logged well in               After donating blood, donors         Lawrence Livermore National           than 4,500 pints of blood.             cans to improve their communities
excess of 500 hours of volunteer       are required to rest for fifteen min-   Laboratory Retirees group with           Slinkard, a Livermore resident,     through volunteer service.
service with the Red Cross since       utes in a refreshment area referred     a President’s Volunteer Service       received a silver level PVSA. She         For more information on volun-
September 2002.                        to as the “canteen”. Waterman           Award. The group qualified for a      has recorded more than 250 hours       teering with the Red Cross, please
   “Dave cares about these do-         provides donors with juice and          gold level award under the fam-       of volunteer service, and has done     visit our website, redcrossblood.
nors, about this community, and        snacks, which help restore the          ily/group category by amassing        a little of everything during her      org.
about the Red Cross,” Volunteer        fluids and nutrients lost during                                              time with the Red Cross. Slinkard
Community                                                                                                                          THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                        11

                                                                                                 Waste Management Earns Clean Air Award
                                           ing and advanced individual training             Altamont Landfill was awarded                                           their contributions to improving
                                           (AIT).                                       the 2010 Clean Air Award for                                                air quality. The 20th Anniversary
                                               During basic military training, the      its Greenhouse Gas Emissions                                                of the Clean Air Award, Breathe
                                           trainee received instruction in drill and    Reductions. Presented by Breathe
                                           ceremony, weapons qualification, map                                                                                     California was founded in 1908 to
                                           reading, tactics, military courtesy, mili-   California, the award recognizes                                            combat tuberculosis and today is
                                           tary justice, physical fitness, first aid,   the Altamont and its owner/opera-                                           dedicated to fighting lung disease
                                           and Army doctrine, history, principles       tor Waste Management’s innova-                                              by advocating for clean air, climate
                                           and traditions.                              tive conversion of landfill gas to                                          protection and policies to promote
                                               During AIT, the soldier completed        liquefied natural gas (LNG). The                                            public health.
                                           the military police specialist course to     bio-fuel from the LNG plant,
                                           acquire skills to provide combat area                                                                                        Waste Management Area Di-
                                           support, conduct battlefield circulation     which opened in November 2009,                                              rector of Landfill Operations Ken
                                           control, area security, prisoner of war      is expected to reduce nearly 30,000                                         Lewis who accepted the award on
     Air Force Reserve Airman Ste-         operations, civilian internee operations,    tons of carbon dioxide emissions                                            behalf of Waste Management said,
ven J. Anderson (shown in photo)           and law and order operations. The            in California annually. A panel of                                          “It is an honor to receive this award
graduated from basic military train-       trainee performed as a team member           Green Ribbon Judges including                                               in recognition of our innovative
ing at Lackland Air Force Base, San        in support of battlefield operations,        representatives from the Natu-
                                           installation law and order operations                                                                                    approach to harnessing waste in
Antonio, Texas.                                                                         ral Resources Defense Council,                                              place to create the lowest carbon
    The airman completed an intensive,     and security of Army resources and
eight-week program that included           installations. Additional training in-       Silicon Valley Leadership Group,                                            fuel available. Fueling our garbage
training in military discipline and        cluded providing peacetime support           Environmental Defense Fund and         Ken Lewis with award.                trucks with garbage is the ultimate
studies, Air Force core values, physical   to the military community through            Bay Area Rapid Transit selected                                             closed-loop solution.”
fitness, and basic warfare principles      security of resources, crime preven-         the Altamont Landfill from numer-                                               The Altamont Landfill LNG
and skills.                                tion programs, and preservation of           ous nominees.
                                           law and order.                                                                      ganizations such as yours that the   Plant produces nearly 13,000 gal-
    He is the son of Robert Anderson                                                        State Senator Mark Leno in a                                            lons of clean-burning fuel a day
of Paradise, and the grandson of Joy           He is the son of Michael W. Baugh-                                              world will be brighter for future
Montgomery of Livermore.                   man and Dawn R. Baughman, both of            Senate Certificate of Recognition      generations.”                        — enough to power more than 300
                                           Livermore. His wife, Stephanie, is the       stated “I commend your dedica-            Waste Management was pre-         of Waste Management’s more than
   Army National Guard Spec. Ryan          daughter of Cindy J. Colisino of Mor-        tion to creating the world’s largest   sented with the Clean Air Award      500 natural gas vehicles in Califor-
N. Baughman has graduated from One         gantown, W.Va. Baughman graduated            landfill gas to liquefied natural                                           nia. Harvesting the gas from the
                                           in 2004 from Livermore High School,                                                 at an awards luncheon at the St.
Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort                                                    gas plant in an effort to reduce       Francis Hotel in San Francisco on    existing waste, without another
Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.,            and earned a master's degree in 2009
                                           from the University of West Virginia,        greenhouse gas emissions. It is        April 16, 2010. Eight additional     morsel of organic material entering
which included basic military train-                                                    through the ongoing efforts of or-                                          the landfill, the Altamont will pro-
                                           Morgantown.                                                                         honorees were recognized for
                                                                                                                                                                    duce an average of 10,000 gallons
                                                                                                                                                                    of LNG a day for the next 30 years.
                                                                                                                                                                    An alternative to foreign fossil
                                                                                                                                                                    fuel, Altamont LNG is a sustain-
                                                                                                                                                                    able use of a naturally occurring
                            PPIE Student Grant Awards Go to Seven Projects                                                                                          gas byproduct of decaying waste
    Pleasanton Partnerships in                                                                                                                                      in landfills. The Altamont captures
                                           cluding: Accusplit, ACOE, ADP                cation Foundation, a community-        ganisms more closely in Biosphere    more than 93% of the landfill gas
Education (PPIE) Foundation has            / ProAction Foundation, Black                based volunteer group, exists to       III project
announced the latest round of PPIE                                                                                                                                  - among the highest capture rates
                                           Tie Transportation, The Clorox               enhance learning experiences for           Calculators In The Classroom:    in the industry — to convert to
Student Grants. Seven Pleasanton           Company, ClubSport Pleasanton,               students of the Pleasanton Unified     Patrick Tambunting, Mohr El-
Unified School District students                                                                                                                                    LNG and fuel turbines to produce
                                           Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Fre-               School District through a partner-     ementary School, $190.00 to          enough electricity to power nearly
have been selected to receive fund-        mont Bank, Kaiser Permanente,                ship of businesses, schools and the    purchase calculators for group and
ing for their Student Grant projects                                                                                                                                8,000 homes annually.
                                           KKIQ, Oracle, Pleasanton North               community.                             individual math activities               Waste Management has the
(see list below).                          Rotary, Robert Half International,              PPIE Foundation Student Grant           Every Fifteen Minutes: Lau-
    The PPIE Student Grant pro-                                                                                                                                     largest fleet of natural gas vehicles
                                           Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Tri-              Awards, 2009-2010, Cycle #2            ren Traurig & Rachel Usedom,         in the industry. To meet its grow-
gram, now in its twentieth year,           Valley Community Foundation,                    Donlon Paws Newspaper: Kiley        Foothill High School, $500.00 to
promotes positive learning ex-                                                                                                                                      ing demand for bio-fuel, Waste
                                           Vulcan Materials, and the Walter             Grundstrom, Donlon Elemen-             support anti-drinking and driving    Management is in the process of
periences inside and outside the           S Johnson Foundation.                        tary School, $340.00 to provide        program delivered to Juniors and
classroom, and supports co-cur-                                                                                                                                     sighting an LNG plant in South-
                                               PPIE Foundation also offers              a digital camera and printing sup-     Seniors.                             ern California. It is also prepar-
ricular and extra curricular student       Education Grants for Pleasanton              port for student produced school           Art Room – Recess Activities
activities and projects. General                                                                                                                                    ing to build a fueling station at
                                           Unified School District employees            newspaper.                             Program: Paige Williams, Wal-        the Altamont Landfill to fuel its
guidelines require each application        to fund projects that are student-                                                  nut Grove Elementary School,
to be student authored, to have                                                                                                                                     transfer trucks from the Davis
                                           focused, that promote creativity                Yearbook Committee: Carly           $500.00 to purchase art supplies     Street Transfer Station and other
a teacher sponsor and the site             and innovative thinking, and that            Moresco, Donlon Elementary             for weekly art projects conducted
principal’s approval. To better                                                                                                                                     third-party vehicles that travel to
                                           offer expanded learning opportuni-           School, $270.00 o purchase three       during recess                        the Altamont.
support student interests, two grant       ties to students. Applications are           digital cameras to provide pictures        The Beacon – Literary Maga-
cycles are offered, the first in the                                                                                                                                    For more information about the
                                           available on the PPIE Foundation             for yearbook                           zine: Connie Wu, Foothill High       Altamont LNG Plant or to sched-
fall semester and the second in the        website, Grant                    Science Under A Microscope:         School, $300.00 in seed money
spring semester. The PPIE Grant                                                                                                                                     ule tour, please contact Karen Stern
                                           requests are accepted in amounts             Pranav Praveen, Mohr Elemen-           to provide support of new literary   at 510-613-8720 or kstern2@
Program is funded by generous              up to $2500.00.                              tary School, $250.00 o purchase        magazine including student cre-
donations from our partners in-                                                                                                                           
                                               Pleasanton Partnerships in Edu-          microscopes to explore microor-        ated literary and art works
12        THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010                                                                                                                                                                            Community

     (Organizations wishing to run notices in       Jon Ric Express Spa.                                 cializing shelter animals, becoming a dog/cat      $12. Activity Code: 23441. www.DublinSe-            in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo 1315
Bulletin Board, send information to PO Box               Wildflower Walk, Sat., May 1, John Muir         foster, helping at adoption events, helping with Dublin Senior Center, 7600          Lomitas Ave., Livermore. A $5 freewill dona-
1198, Livermore, CA 94551, in care of Bulletin      Historic Site, two hour walk starts at 9 a.m. Meet   fund-raising and marketing efforts, and plenty     Amador Valley Blvd.                                 tion for Fr. Thomas would be appreciated. For
Board. Include name of organization, meeting        at CalTrans Park and Ride, corner of Alhambra        of other supportive roles available. Tri-Valley         Navigating the College Application             more information contact Julie at upcatholic@
date, time, place and theme or subject. Phone       Ave. and Franklin Canyon Rd., Martinez. No           Animal Rescue is a 100% non-profit, 100%           Maze, This course will provide an overview or 925-447-4549 ext 114.
number and contact person should also be            admission charge. Bring water. Wear good             volunteer organization, whose mission is to        of the entire application process including gen-         Meditation Study Group - Practice new
included. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.)               walking shoes, trail is steep. If rains heavily,     end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless         eral procedures, early action/decision, getting     meditation methods, based on teachings of
     The Peddler Shoppe, located in the             walk cancelled. Information, 228-8860.               animals. Please bring a pen and $10 cash or        recommendations, writing strong essays, and         Shinzen Young, using audio, video and hand-
Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.,              Pleasanton VIP Travelers, Culinary Insti-       check as a donation to help cover the cost of      strategies for keeping everything organized.        outs. Meeting 7:15-8:30 pm on the second and
will be open on Sat., May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1     tute of America and Rachael Dunn Chocolates          materials. Open to age 18 years or older. Con-     Many shortcuts, time-saving resources, and          fourth Tuesdays of the month, at Tri-Valley
p.m. The shoppe features many one-of-a-kind         in St. Helena, Wed., May 26, $88 members, $89        tact Valerie May, or          tips will be provided. Livermore Adult Edu-         Unity's Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Val-
items, all handcrafted by local senior citizens.    nonmembers. Columbia State Park, National,           829-6660. To find out more about the organiza-     cation - Tuesday, 5/18 6:30-9 and Saturday          ley Blvd., #120, Dublin. Contact Gayle at
Wide selection of gifts for the individual,         Hotel and Railtown, June 19, $78 members,            tion and volunteer opportunities, please visit     5/22 - 9-11:30   
family or friends.                                  $79 nonmembers. Reservations sign up at the or call 925-803-7043.                 - 925 606-4722                                            Prayer Circle - Prayer, meditation, study,
     Valley Humane Society presents “Hid-           travel desk at the Pleasanton Senior Center,              ClutterLess Self Help Support Group,               Bingo night, benefiting Christensen            and sharing. Meeting 7:15-8:30 pm on the
den Gardens of the Valley Tour,” from 10            5353 Sunol Blvd.                                     (CL) is a nonprofit, peer-based, self-help         Middle School Wrestling team, Sat., May 8.          first, third, and fifth Tuesdays of the month,
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, rain or                Free computer class, Livermore Adult            support group for people with difficulty           Bingo Ranch, 3070 Pacific Ave., Livermore.          at Tri-Valley Unity's Gathering Place, 7567
shine. Tickets are $35 per person. Gardens in       Education is offering a free computer class 5/3-     discarding unwanted possessions. Meetings          Doors open 4 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.        Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. Contact
Pleasanton will be visited. (925) 426-8656.         6/4, Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm to people              in Room 7 at 7 p.m. every Monday 7:00 to           Must be at least 18 to play. One pack $17; games    Bob at
     Livermore Master Gardener Demon-               who qualify through a One-Stop Career Center.        8:30 p.m. at the St. Mary & St. John Coptic        pay $175, $250, and $500. Mystery envelope               Learn the Old Testament: Over 4 million
stration Garden, Guided tours Saturdays: May        This intensive computer course includes Word,        Orthodox Church. Room 7, 4300 Mirador              to first 150 players. Snack bar. Proceeds will      people have benefited from the Walk Through
1, 8, 15, 22; 10-noon. The garden demonstrates      Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2007. Some             Drive, Pleasanton. Just come or call our one of    be used to purchase uniforms and equipment.         the Bible Seminar, a fast moving & enjoyable
drought tolerant plant and other earth friendly     computer experience is required. For more            the volunteers: 925-200-1943, or go to www.        Contact Laura Sheppard at the Bingo Ranch,          teaching technique to over-view the entire Old
gardening techniques -- Alameda County Mas-         information please call 925-606-4722 or visit                                   606-7777, for information.                          Testament’s 70+ key milestones with hand
ter Gardeners will be on site to give tours and     us at 1401 Almond Ave. Livermore.                         Shop for the Cause, Sun., May 2, 1 to              Blue Star Moms East Bay, Chapter 101, is       motions to glue them in memory. Join us at
answer plant and gardening questions. 3585               Pee Wee Art Time. For 2—5 year olds and         6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 522          collecting donations for the deployed military      Valley Community Center, 4455 Del Valle
Greenville Rd Livermore by the Martinelli           an adult. Planned projects followed by time to       South L Street in Livermore. 35 commercial         personnel to be placed into care packages and       Parkway, Pleasanton. Sat., May 1 (9 am – 4
Center. For more information: http://groups.        explore other art mediums of the children’s          vendors as well as artisans and crafters offer-    mailed to them for 4th of July. The dates for       pm) for middle school through adults who are                            choice. Lots of paint, glitter, glue, clay, col-     ing a wide variety of products and services.       "Drop Zones" are: Sat., April 24, 10-3, Pleas-      eager to learn the Old Testament. $25 covers
     Arts and Crafts Faire, Sat., May 1,            lage, etc, all doable for preschoolers! Books,       Fund-raiser for National Alliance on Mental        anton Wal-Mart; Sat., May 1, 10-3, Molly's          course material, lunch and refreshments.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. fund-raiser for Operation         blocks, enriching toys and story. Bothwell           Illness (NAMI) Tri-Valley Chapter. Raffle with     Pup Purr-ee; Sat., May 8, 10-3, Pleasanton          Advance Registration required - Diane Saito
S.A.M. (Serving all Military). Veterans Me-         Arts Center, 2466 8th St, Livermore, Calif.          variety of items. for       Wal-Mart; Sat., May 22, 10-3, Pleasanton Wal-       925-829-4380,
morial Building, L Street, between fith and         Thursdays, 9:30 am—10:30 am. April 29,               further information.                               Mart. Information contact Stephanie Nimitz,              Bible Study, offered Wednesdays, 7:30
sixth streets, Livermore. Handcrafted gifts         May 6, 20, 27, June 3, 10. $20/class, includes            Rummage Sale, Sat., May 1, Holy                                    to 8:30 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of
for Mother's Day.                                   all supplies. Sign up for as many classes as         Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St.,                  Calpers retirees, all retired public employ-   Latter-day Saints, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz,
     Pleasantonians 4 Peace, is sponsoring a        you like. To register or for more information,       Livermore. 8 a.m. to noon - rain or shine.         ees under the Calpers retirement program are        Pleasanton. Refreshments served at no cost.
candlelight Vigil in front of the Museum on         contact Ava Chinn            Proceeds from the Rummage Sale will be             invited to attend bimonthly meetings at Emil        925-305-9468.
Main, 603 Main Street, downtown Pleasanton,         or (925) 462-5915                                    donated to American Cancer Society. Hosted         Villa's Hickory Pit & Grill, 3064 Pacific Ave.,          Jewish Voice for Peace political activist
Wed., May 12, at 7 PM. Participants will                 Learn Scottish Country dancing at the           by Livermore Moms.                                 Livermore, at 10:45 a.m. Dates are June 3,          Michael Batchelder will speak at the First
reflect on the human and monetary costs of          Livermore class of the Royal Scottish Country             Tri-Valley Republican Women will offer        August 5, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2. For more informa-      Presbyterian Churchin Livermore on Sunday,
the war, honor veterans who have sacrificed,        Dance Society, San Francisco Branch. Lively          two nonpartisan scholarships -- one for $1,000     tion, call Dona Allen, 443-3484.                    May 16. Batchelder is a solar power engineer
and visualize ways of moving beyond this            reels and jigs, graceful strathspeys. All ages.      and one for $500 -- to eligible high school se-         Sixth Annual Bringing Back the Natives         and long-time political activist. The evening
conflict to a more peaceful world. In addi-         Adults Mondays 8 to 9:30 p.m. Livermore              niors from the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and    Garden Tour: Registration for the Sixth An-         will begin with refreshments and fellowship in
tion, there will be a Peaceful War Protest on       Veteran's Hall, 522 South L St., Livermore;          Livermore who will attend a two- or four-year      nual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour,         the Fellowship Hall (enter on South K Street)
the fourth Wednesday of the month, May 26           youth or adult Fridays 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the         academic college in September 2010. Winners        which will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2010        at 6:30 pm. At 7 pm, Batchelder will Israeli
between 5 - 6 at the corners of First and Neal      Valley Dance Theatre School, 2247 Second             will be chosen on the quality of their essays,     from 10 to 5, is now open. This free, award-win-    politics, U.S. policy and practical peace activ-
Streets. Questions?? Call Cathe Norman at           St., Suite B, Livermore. Call Margaret Ward,         written as open letters to Congress, addressing    ning tour features 50 pesticide-free Alameda        ism, The program will Include an opportunity
(925) 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@           449-5932 or Sheena MacQueen, 447-1833.               the issues involved in the Federal government's    and Contra Costa county gardens that conserve       for questions, answers and discussion and will; or Website              Meat Sale, Foothill High School Athletic        complete assumption of the college student         water, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain    conclude at 8:30 pm. The program is sponsored                        Boosters is having a Meat Sale on May 1 and 2        loan program in the Budget Reconciliation          50% or more native plants. This self-drive tour     by The Vineyard Chapter, Pilgrims of Ibillin.
     Livermore Amador Genealogical So-              from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in the Foothill     Act of 2010. Submission deadline is May            showcases a variety of gardens, from large          All are welcome. The program is free. Dona-
ciety, meets Tues., May 11, 7:30 p.m. Guest         High School Parking lot, Pleasanton. Proceeds        15; winners will be announced May 21. For          parcels in the hills to small lots in the flats.    tions gladly accepted. For more information,
speaker will be Douglas Mumma. He will              from the sale benefit all sports and all athletes    complete rules and submission procedures,          Native plant sales and talks at select gardens.     Contact First Presbyterian Church, (925)
talk about FamilyFinder and the Mumma               at Foothill High School.                             contact Janet-marie Persico at jmpersico@          Space is limited and registration is required;      447-2078.
"proof of concept" project. The meeting is at              Tri-Valley Republican Women Feder-   or visit www.trivalleyrepublican-      register early to ensure a place. Volunteers are         Victory Point Church will dedicate its
Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court,          ated, Voters in the upcoming Republican                                             needed. Please register or volunteer at www.        new sanctuary at 6258 Preston Avenue in Liver-
Pleasanton. For information, or directions          primary are invited to attend a candidate                 San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club                               more on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
go to              forum hosted by the Tri-Valley Republican            invites new & long-time residents to its                Daughters of the American Revolution,          Businesses and individuals who transformed
html. Family Tree DNA [FTDNA] will soon             Women Federated at its next dinner meet-             monthly luncheon on May 20 at Forbes Mill          Jose Maria Amador Chapter, Pleasanton,              an office warehouse into a sanctuary will be
be offering a new DNA diagnostic tool called        ing on Thursday, May 13. Ask questions of            Restaurant, 200 Sycamore Valley Rd., West,         volunteer women's organization that promotes        honored. Guest speaker will be The Reverend
"FamilyFinder" which matches linked blocks          Republican candidates for national and state         Danville from 11:30 - 2pm. Program will be         patriotism, preservation of American history        Ron Mullings. Nursery provided. Visit the web-
of DNA across the 22 autosomal chromosomes          offices, and learn more about the propositions       the annual installation of officers. The cost      and promotion of education. Members and             site at or call
which everyone has. For additional informa-         on the June 8 ballot. Meeting starts at 6:30pm       is $19. Call Myrna, 560-0656, for reserva-         prospective members welcome. For more in-           925-455-0700. Pastor is Stuart Young.
tion contact Dick Finn, Program Chairperson,        at Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk            tions & info.                                      formation and meeting location, contact Susan            Science & The Bible: The Genesis
at                               Road, Livermore. $26 for members, $30 for                 St. Michael School first annual Alumni        at 699-4147 or                Debate is the topic for May 11 at 7:30 pm at
     Granada High School Class of 1980              nonmembers. Advance reservations required            Day on May 14, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.                The Bingo Ranch, 3070 Pacific Ave. in          St. Charles, 1315 Lomitas Ave., in Livermore.
reunion. Friday, June 25, 2010 Pine Street          by Monday, May 10. Call Phyllis at (925)             The evening event will be catered in the school    Livermore and is open Mondays, Wednesday,           Santa Clara University Religious Studies pro-
Bar & Grill Mixer 8:00pm; Saturday, June            462-4931 to RSVP. www.trivalleyrepublican-           hall. Casa Orozco will be providing the ap-        Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Buenas Vidas        fessor, David Pleins will explore the current
26, 2010 The Club at Las Positas-Beeb's    for more information.                      petizers and the event will include pictures and   Youth Ranch has been running Bingo for 16           debate over the Genesis creation story from a
Dinner Reception 6:30-11:30pm; After Party,              Education Fair, Thurs., May 13, 4 to 7 p.m.     presentations from prior graduating classes,       years and is now working with Christensen,          variety of angles, looking in particular at the
Jackie Tarin Rankl's Residence 11:30pm to           Livermore Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave.           homeroom teacher attendance, and plenty of         Arroyo Seco and East Ave Schools, and Excep-        theological debates, the scientific challenges,
1:00am. Find information on www.Granada             Meet representatives from Golden Gate Uni-           fun and games. There will be fundraiser for the    tional Needs Network and All American Sports        the history of the conflict, the public policy /free register, Facebook            versity and other bay area universities. Learn       St. Michael Technology Fund. No attendance         Academy Teams. Come play Bingo and support          debate, and the enduring meaning of myth.
and Classmates. Tickets on sale now $90             about their programs and financing opportuni-        fee is required. Please contact the school to      the kids in Livermore. Call 925-606-7777.           Bring a friend to share this with and questions
per graduate, $60 for guest through May             ties. Information, call the Livermore Economic       reserve space for the first annual Alumni Day,          Pleasanton Newcomers Club and Tri-             to ask. A $5 freewill donation will go to pay for
1st. Questions/Concerns please contact Patti        Development Department, 960-4140.                    email                             Valley, great way for new and established resi-     speaker fees. For information contact Julie at
Wilson Smylie 925.487.2080 or seeme@pat-                   Veterans Employment Conference,                    Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, PetSmart            dents to meet new friends, keep in touch with or 447-4549 ext 114.                                        Wed., May 26, 9 to 11 a.m. Robert Livermore          Charities National Adoption Event. It runs Fri-    old friends, have fun and become acquainted              Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times:
     Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring Club,         Comunity Center, 4444 East Ave. Employers            day April 30 to Sunday May 2, 2010. PetSmart       with neighbors, merchants, restaurants, profes-     Prayer-Based Solutions, talk by David Ste-
Sat., May 1, 35 miles from Shannon Center in        and Federal Contractors are invited to learn         Charities Adoption Center at PetSmart 6960         sional services, and Pleasanton and Tri-Valley      vens, May 23, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Four
Dublin to Sunol Regional Park, meet 9 a.m.,         about government programs and incentives             Amador Plaza Road, Dublin; (925) 803-8370.         communities. Coffee on first Wednesday of           Points by Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel, Amador
Bill Goodwin, 487-0521. Sun., May 2, 30 miles       for the hiring of veterans. Information, call the    Adoptable pets will be available from 9 a.m.       each month, or come for lunch on the second         Room, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. There
Dublin to Danville, meet at Livermore Cyclery,      Livermore Economic Development Depart-               to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and, from        Wednesday of each month. Information, visit         is no admission charge. Stevens’ ideas are based
9 a.m. Bob Heady, 833-8214. Mon., May 3, 8          ment, 960-4140.                                      10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.                       the website at           on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the
to 18 miles mountain bike trails Lake Chabot             Good News Bears, nonprofit with a mis-               Picnic in the Park, Fri., June 4, 11 a.m.     or call Sandy B. at 249-1776.                       Bible, and as discussed in Science and Health
loop, meet 7 p.m., Janie Page, 408-598-0247.        sion to distribute stuffed animals to social         to 1:30 p.m. Bray Commons. Open to family                RELIGION                                      with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker. More
Wed., May 5, 38 miles Lafayette to Pinol via        services, emergency services, medical facili-        and friends. Barbeque lunch, games, prizes and          Calvary Chapel, Livermore, presents:           information go to This
Reliez and Pig Farm Hill, meet 10 a.m., Gail        ties and anyone who needs a hug. Based in            entertainment. Shuttle service to and from the     ‘The Truth Project: Know what you believe           talk is given is hosted by the Christian Science
Blanco, 872-1001. Anyone planning to go on          Livermore, the group reaches around the Bay          picnic is available at the Dublin Senior Center    and why." Wednesdays at 7 pm in March, and          churches in Hayward and Livermore. Care for
a ride is asked to contact the leader for details   Area and the world. Volunteers needed to hold        by reservation. Price includes a reserved seat     April. Located on 545 N L Street, Livermore.        children too young to attend the talk will be
on where to meet and what to bring.                 collections of gently used teddy bears and other     at a picnic table and lunch. Tickets on sale       Call (925)447-4357 or visit calvarylivermore.       provided onsite.
     Chefs Grand Tasting, Fri., May 21,             stuffed animals, assist with fund-raising and        until May 31: Res $3/Non-Res $4. Tickets           org for more information.                                Art Show, An exhibit of paintings, pho-
5:30 to 10 p.m. Shannon Community Center,           deliver the animals to organizations supported       after May 31: $5. Activity Code 24377. www.             Exploring the Gospel of St. Luke: Join         tography, jewelry and more will be shown at
Dublin. Food samplings and fine wines from          by the group. Meetings 2nd Tuesday of the   Dublin Senior              Fr. Thomas Bonacci, C.P., scripture scholar,        Tri-Valley Unity on May 16, 11:30 to 1:30,
top local restaurants and wineries, musical         month, 6:30 p.m. at the Livermore Police             Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd.                   over five weeks, where he will look at Luke’s       2260 Camino Ramon, San Ramon. Music
entertainment, silent auction. Hosted by            Station. Log on to                  Latin DancEscape, Saturday, May 1,            unique contribution to the Gospel traditions of     will be performed and a raffle held as well.
Rotary Club of Dublin. Proceeds go to Open          or call 373-7982 for more information.               7-10pm. Hot and spicy Mexican, Cuban,              Jesus who models what it means to be “Spirit-       Light refreshments served; love offering.
Heart Kitchen and the Rotary Club chari-                 Volunteer Orientation, Tri-Valley Ani-          Salsa and other Latin music. Dance Instruc-        filled” people. Anyone in the community who is      Event preceeded by church service at 10 a.m.
table projects. Tickets $75 per person. www.        mal Rescue, Sat., May 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m. East         tion provided in the first hour. Singles and       interested in understanding more about Luke’s       at which the Clarewood Singers perform. All Tickets available at Cauchi       County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Drive,           couples welcome. Tickets on sale until April       Gospel is invited. The sessions are on Monday       are welcome. (925)
Photography, Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, or         Dublin. Volunteer opportunities include so-          31: $9. Res/$10 Non-Res. Tickets at the Door:      evenings, April 26, May 3, 17 & 24 at 7:30 pm       829-2733.

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