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By Carol Graham
When Las Positas College reconvened following
winter break, during which
Connecticut's Sandy Hook
Elementary shooting had
claimed 28 lives, many administrators relayed their
concerns that faculty and
staff were unsure on how to
react in a similar event.
"It seemed every administrator knew exactly what
to do," said President Kevin
Walthers, Ph.D. "Unfortunately, none of them were in
agreement on what exactly
that was."
On February 6, emergency management expert
Kim Aufhauser led a training
session designed to educate
administrators, instructors
and students on how to to
prepare for an active shooter
on campus.
"Be mindful, not fearful.
Have situational awareness,"
said Aufhauser. "Don't lose
precious seconds to denial.
Folks, we're way past those
days. There is no survival
value in denial; it's just going to slow you down."
For most people, experience with gunshots is drawn
from movies or television,
which use special sound
effects, causing the popping
sound of real-life gunshots
to sound artificial.
"Bottom line, if there is
any possibility that it might
be a gunshot, assume it is,"
said Aufhauser. "It's better
to take precautions and be
in error, than do nothing only
to discover they were real
There are three key decisions involved in surviving
an active shooter situation:
get out, hide out or take
If there is a path to get
out, take it immediately.
Don't wait for others to
validate the decision. Leave
belongings behind. Once
in a safe area, call 911 or
campus security and be
prepared to provide useful
In some cases, escape is
Stulen Reflects on His 36-year Career with Sandia
Renews Call to
Keep Livermore VA
Congressman Jerry McNerney has urged Veterans
Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to "explore options to
keep the Livermore VA
Medical Center as a provider
of veterans' services."
In a letter to Shinseki
dated Feb. 6, McNerney also
called on Shinseki to help
facilitate providing funding
in the 2014 budget to build
a new veterans medical
facility and nursing home
in French Camp, which is
about 20 miles northeast of
McNerney represented
primarily the Valley and
San Joaquin County until
this year, when boundaries
(See SAFETY, page 2)
Four on
Ballot for
The Livermore Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Board approved the hiring
of Marguerite Mazzitti as its
new CEO and president.
“We are delighted to have
Marguerite join the Chamber
as CEO and president. Her
mix of private and public
sector experience, along
with her ability to engage
diverse groups of people,
make her the ideal person
to build on the successes
that Dale Kaye has produced
for nearly a decade. Marguerite’s enthusiasm for
Livermore and the Valley
are evident and exciting”
stated board president Jay
Mazzitti's career has
taken her across the United
States for companies such
as American Express Corporate Services managing Rick Stulen goes out for a stroll.Photo - Dino Vournas, Sandia National Laboratories.
Fortune 100 accounts. Her
experience includes sales,
operations and marketing.
She landed in the East Bay
12 years ago, where she By Patricia Koning
the decision to come here, the laboratory’s first syndeveloped her own import
In 1976, Rick Stulen left we had a lot of anxiety about chrotron radiation research
and wholesale business spe- Indiana, where he’d just moving to California. As effort, which investigated
cializing in Italian ceramics. finished his PhD at Purdue Midwesterners, our view properties of hydrogen on
She worked with retailers, University, and moved to of California was Los An- surfaces in relation to Sanwineries, and restaurants Livermore with his wife and geles,” he says. “We were dia’s hydrogen storage proto reorganize and revitalize baby to take a job at Sandia pleasantly surprised to find grams. In 1984, he became
their businesses. Most re- National Laboratories. Last in Livermore a city with a manager of Sandia's surface
cently, Marguerite held the month, after 36 years at more rural setting, a distinct science and chemical physposition of General Man- Sandia, most recently as vice identity, and real sense of ics department.
In the early 1990s, Rick
president of the California community. For a young
(See CHAMBER, page 3)
site, Rick decided to take family, that really made a helped initiate one of Sandia's first cooperative reon a new challenge – retire- difference.”
“When we were making dia, Rick helped establish agreements (CRADAs)
not possible. To hide out,
find a place concealed from
the shooter's view, one that
will provide some measure
of protection. If there's a
door, lock and barricade it.
Turn off all lights and close
any blinds. Silence radios,
cell phones and other noise
producing objects that may
alert a shooter. Although
counterintuitive, do not
huddle together; spreading
out makes it harder for the
shooter while allowing indi-
under DOE's Technology
Transfer Initiative. This
CRADA, an agreement to
develop compact radiation
sources for next-generation
lithography options in microelectronics manufacturing, led to the formation of
the Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) Program
and an industry-funded $300
million, three-lab CRADA
with Lawrence Livermore
and Lawrence Berkeley
(See STULEN, page 10)
Four candidates are on
the ballot, seeking to fill Jerry Thorne's open seat on the
Pleasanton City Council.
The seat became vacant
when Thorne was elected
mayor last November. The
city council set the by-mail
only voting for May 7.
Candidates are Mark
Hamilton, David Miller,
Kathy Narum and Olivia
Hamilton is a finance
director for ADP. He is a
wrestling coach at Amador
Valley High School. He lists
himself as a veteran.
Miller is a smart phone
engineering executive. Miller has been a member of
the grassroots movement.
Narum, who holds a
bachelor of Science degree
in chemical engineering
from UC Davis, is in her fifth
year on the Planning Commission and is a member
of the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force. Narum
served on the city's Parks
and Recreation Commission
for five years. She is past
president of the Pleasanton
Sanwong, a graduate of
Amador Valley High School,
is a representative on the
Pleasanton's Economic Vitality Committee. She is a
Market Research Analyst
working in the high tech
(See COUNCIL, page 4)
Dublin Council Plans to Pick Swalwell Successor at Next Meeting
The Dublin City Council
plans to appoint Congressman Eric Swalwell's successor at its next regular council
meeting on Feb. 19.
The seat became vacant
when Swalwell was elected
to Congress last November.
Mayor Tim Sbranti and
the remaining three council-
members will interview the
candidates during an open
meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.
in the council chamber. If
the council does not reach
a decision then, the process
would be carried over to a
special meeting on Feb. 26.
The deadline to apply was
Feb. 13.
Candidates will be allotted three minutes each to address the council. Members
of the public will have one
minute at the microphone to
talk about the candidates.
Four residents had applied as of Tuesday to fill out
the term of former Dublin
councilmember Eric Swal-
well. The four applicants are
Anita Carr, Rameet Kohli,
Lisa Trujillo, and Doreen
Wehrenberg and Carr
both ran for city council last
November, finishing behind
winners David Haubert and
Kevin Hart. Wehrenberg
finished third with 3668
votes. Carr was fourth with
3249 votes.
Carr is a member of the
city's Heritage and Cultural
Arts Commission. She had
an 18-year career in information technology. She lists the
city's top three policy issues
as job creation/economic
(See DUBLIN, page 4)
Neighbors Want to Keep
Offices at Sunset Sites
It's back to the drawing
board to design housing to
(See VA, page 10) replace two small business
centers in Livermore.
Sunset Development
Company owns the two
properties. One, the 13-acre
Sunset Office Plaza was
built in the early 70s and
has more than 75,000 square
feet of medical, dental and
office space in 10 buildings.
It is located at the corner of
Concannon and Holmes. The
Livermore Financial Center
consists of four buildings on
two acres behind the Lucky
Shopping Center.
Representatives of Sunset have been meeting with
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them and profitable for the
Last Thursday, Chris
Truebridge, Sunset senior
vice president of planning
and entitlements, met with
neighbors. He summarized
the concerns of neighbors,
presented three new plans,
and listened to comments.
Truebridge began the
session by noting that Sunset is aware that the majority opinion supports, "no
change whatsoever." If there
were to be any residential,
neighbors stated that they
did not support high density.
He said that there had been
concern about new housing
that would generate students
that would impact Sunset
(See SUNSET, page 8)
Short Notes.....................9
Photo - Doug Jorgensen
Revelers were decked out in bright colors for the New Orleans Bash held last Friday
at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.
They call me Boom Boom Betty, and I'm the real thing, honey . .
. the cat's meow, if you know what I mean! You could wait nine
lives before you find another feline like me. I'm always up for
a little heavy petting, but I'm quite kittenish at heart, cuddling
makes me drool. Visit Boom Boom Betty and all her friends
at Valley Humane Society (VHS) this weekend for Adults Only,
a cat adoption affaire running February 14-17, 2013. Adopt
any adult cat (9 mos+) for just $14; standard adoption criteria
apply. Visit or call (925) 426-8656 for more
information, or to view all dogs and cats awaiting adoption.
VHS is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton.
PAGE 2 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Veterans Discover the
Benefits of Yoga Class
By Carol Graham
Chris Rivera remembers
exactly how he felt after his
first yoga class.
“I was sore. I didn’t
want to move,” said the
22-year-old Army veteran.
“But I felt really good, really
relaxed. I’m kind of anxious
and yoga let me get some
things off my shoulders.”
Rivera was the first one
to sign up for the new community education class
“WarriorsOne Yoga for Veterans” offered at Las Positas
College beginning February
Instructor Suzanna
Spring led a small, introductory class last fall in the
Veterans Resource Center at
the college. The new class
will be held in the yoga studio on campus from 5:15 to
6:15 p.m. each Thursday for
three months.
Following their introduction to yoga, both Rivera and
his wife Danielle became
“I tend to get wound up,
especially around school.
Yoga was a great way to
de-stress both my mind and
my body,” said Danielle,
also an Army veteran. “We
look forward to it every
week. We get our stuff ready
and say, ‘It’s yoga night
tonight!’ We feel so great
The class, specifically
tailored for military veterans
and their families, addresses
common health issues: recovering from injuries, relief
from post traumatic stress
disorder, and learning relaxation techniques that can
alleviate pain, insomnia and
“There are misconceptions about yoga being a
religious practice. It’s not,
but it can be spiritual. The
practice itself is transformative,” said Spring, who for
the past year has been teaching a yoga and meditation
class in the poly-trauma unit
of Livermore’s VA hospital.
“Over time, I’ve seen peo-
ple conquer addictions and
change their diet habits.
“Yoga is that perfect window of an hour or so where
life becomes really simple.
You’re able to focus on
yourself and listen. To relax
deeply is learned; sometimes
we need to relearn it.”
The class is open to all
veterans in the community,
said LPC’s Veterans First
Coordinator Todd Steffan.
Participants do not need to
apply to the college, and
no grades or credits are received for the class. The fee
for LPC students is covered
by Veterans First; for nonstudents, the cost is $30.
“Yoga is beginning to be
used as an adjunct therapy,”
said Spring, noting that yoga
has been shown to increase
strength, flexibility and
balance, enhance immune
function, lower blood sugar
and cholesterol levels, and
improve psychological wellbeing.
“I initially became involved with yoga through
mixed martial arts,” said student veteran Joseph Cook.
“I’ve suffered a lot of injuries in my shoulder, neck
and hips. If I don’t stretch,
I lose mobility. Once you
lose mobility your quality
of life goes down significantly. Of all the treatments
I’ve received through the
VA and traditional medical
avenues, yoga has been the
most effective means of
Added Spring, “Whether
veterans are in their 20s or
50s, they’ve pushed their
bodies. They’ve often literally carried a lot of weight
around because it’s so rigorous. Yoga is a mindful
practice of listening and not
pushing through the pain
but being able to make adjustment to give your body
a break. It’s not, ‘No pain,
no gain.’ It’s ‘No pain, no
Spring said she’s glad
misconceptions about
yoga are being dispelled.
“There’s an idea that yoga
is simply laying on the floor
and stretching, that there
isn’t any challenge to it, or
that it’s a feminine practice,” said Spring, who also
teaches yoga at LifestyleRx
and Cosmic Dog. “Yoga can
be very challenging. A lot
of men come because they
know it is really strengthening. In fact, there’s such an
influx of men they’ve started
calling it Bro-ga.”
Both Spring and Steffan
are hoping local veterans’
groups will help get the word
out about the class. For
more information or to sign
up, visit or
call (925)424-1467.
“I wasn’t too sure at first
because I’d never done yoga
and I didn’t know anyone
personally who had,” said
Danielle. “We tried it out
and love it so much. You can
start out not being sure.”
Added Chris, “The first
few classes last fall I would
close my eyes but my mind
was still racing a hundred
miles an hour. It wasn’t
until the last few classes
where I would lay there and
actually feel my body, feel
my muscles. It was completely different. I learned
to let go.”
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viduals more options.
Finally, if it's determined
there is no other option than
to take out the shooter, be
prepared to do whatever is
necessary to neutralize the
threat, either by disrupting
his actions or incapacitating
him. Throw books, backpacks or chairs, yell or use
improvised weapons.
Although Las Positas
College offers one of the
safest college campuses
in California, its Campus
Safety and Security Office
says it is committed to ongoing efforts to ensure a safe
educational environment.
Students, professors, faculty, parents and community
members can now sign up
for the AlertU system - an
emergency text messaging
service available for mobile
phones. In the event of an
emergency, subscribers will
receive important security
information in real time.
AlertU offers two-way messaging, allowing subscribers
to receive and relay information from inside and outside
a crisis zone. To sign up,
visit www.laspositascollege.
Faculty and administration were also advised to
stay involved with their students. "There's a commonality among institutional killers," said Aufhauser. "They
all leave breadcrumbs; they
all leave clues."
Warning signs include
plummeting grades, isola-
Kim Aufhauser
tion, and lack of hygiene.
Warning behaviors include
being angry and argumentative, blaming others for
their problems, not taking
responsibility for their own
actions, and being injustice
collectors: perceiving every
slight as a major issue.
Although Aufhauser
noted, "We need to look at a
cultural sea change," to fix
the overriding threat of active shooters, being prepared
is something everyone can
do right now.
"Perhaps the most important thing is that we must be
prepared for the unthinkable
while continuing to teach
without fear," added Walthers. "While the chances of
this happening at Las Positas
College are small, we must
be diligent in preparing for
the worst and hoping that we
never need our training."
Amador 'We the People' Team Headed for Nationals
Amador Valley High
School in Pleasanton again
has won the honor of representing California in the
national "We The People"
civics team competition at
George Mason University in
Fairfax, Va., April 27-29.
Amador placed first
among nine competing
schools at the state tournament Feb. 9 in Bakersfield.
They won the competitions
at the congressional district
and regional levels to qualify
for the state event..
Amador teams have gone
to the nationals before, including 1995, when the
school won the national
championship, and in 2006
and 2007, when the team
was runner-up.
Foothill High School's
team also competed in the
state tournament, as did Fremont's Irvington High School
team, which is coached by
Pleasanton councilmember
Cheryl Cook-Kallio.
Only the top three teams
are announced at the end of
the state competition. Neither Foothill nor Irvington
won the second or third
place honors, which went to
two Bakersfield area high
Brian Ladd and Mairi
Wohlgemuth coach the
Amador team. Ladd told
The Independent that in his
21 years' experience in the
program at Amador, as a
coach, teacher and assistant
coach, "this team is as good,
if not better than any team I
have been a part of."
The team won despite
having members who were
sick, but were present and
ableattain an extremely high
level of success, said Ladd.
The team is proud to represent the school, the district
and the city at the national
competition, said Ladd.
The team welcomes donations to help pay for the
trip back East. Ladd said
they should be sent to Amador Valley Comp Civics,
1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA. 94566. Deadline
is April 1.
Foothill faculty member Jeremy Detamore, who
teaches the school's advanced placement class in
We the People, said that the
team did win unit awards in
two categories at the state
competition. One unit focused on changes in the Constitution since the formation
of the republic. The other
concerned the structure and
function of the constitutional
Detamore has coached
the team for five years. The
group has qualified for the
state tournament each year.
"The team's 28 students
took everything we practiced
into the competition. Despite
not reaching the goal of winning the state, I'm proud of
what we accomplished," said
The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 3
Goldstein Appointed
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Parney Albright has selected
William Goldstein as deputy director of
Science and Technology. Goldstein had
served in this position in an acting capacity since September 2012.
“Bill’s proven scientific leadership
abilities, his passion for developing and
sustaining science, technology and engineering excellence, and his ability to
manage strategically to meet the critical
national security missions of the Laboratory make him the best choice for this
role,” Albright said.
As deputy director for Science and
Technology, Goldstein will continue to
serve as an advocate for the Laboratory’s
scientific and technical programs, and
will lead the strategic deployment of
the Laboratory’s science and technology
capabilities. He will oversee the Lab’s
portfolio of S&T activities, taking line responsibility for the science, technological
and engineering institutional roadmap, including the Laboratory Directed Research
and Development (LDRD) Program,
collaborative research with academia and
private industry and institutional planning
Goldstein’s service to the Laboratory
spans 27 years. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Columbia University
and a bachelor’s degree in physics from
Swarthmore College. Goldstein is a fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He received the
DOE Weapons Recognition of Excellence
Award in 1994.
“Through the screening process conducted over the last several months and
from the input received from key stakeholders, it was clear that Bill is viewed
as a respected and trusted scientist and
manager among Laboratory employees
and senior management, as well with
government sponsors and academic and
private industry collaborators,” Albright
Bridgelux Names CEO
Bridgelux, Inc. announced that its
Board of Directors has appointed Bradley J. Bullington, the company’s current
Vice President, Strategy and Corporate
Development and General Manager,
Technology Solutions, as Chief Executive
Officer, effective immediately. William
Watkins, formerly CEO, has moved up to
Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Bullington joined Bridgelux from
Seagate in 2010, where he worked with
Watkins. He has been responsible for the
Company’s overall business strategy and
all corporate and market development
activities, including strategic partnerships and joint venture development,
technology licensing, capital formation
and the legal function. Bullington also
ran Bridgelux’s Technology Solutions
“Brad has helped drive Bridgelux’s
strategic direction and corporate development initiatives since joining the
Company when I came aboard,” said
Watkins. “I look forward to working with
him to ensure a smooth transition, as well
as going forward as Bridgelux enters its
next phase of growth.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors,
I want to thank Bill for his leadership and
integrity in guiding Bridgelux for the last
three years,” said Alan Salzman, CEO
and Managing Partner of VantagePoint
Capital Partners. “During his tenure,
Bill restructured and recapitalized the
Company, nurtured and developed our
leadership position in GaN on silicon and
significantly strengthened Bridgelux’s
position in the rapidly growing global
lighting market.”
Bridgelux is a leading developer and
manufacturer of technologies and solutions transforming the $40 billion global
lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Livermore,
California, Bridgelux is a pioneer in
solid state lighting (SSL), expanding the
market for light emitting diode (LED)
technologies by driving down the cost of
LED lighting systems.
Record High Grape Crush
California’s 2012 crush totaled a record high 4,383,100 tons, up 13 percent
from the 2011 crush of 3,874,158 tons,
and 1 percent larger than the previous
record high 2005 crush. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of
all grapes crushed, at 2,289,783 tons, up
19 percent from 2011. The 2012 white
wine variety crush totaled 1,724,121 tons,
up 21 percent from 2011. Tons crushed
of raisin type varieties totaled 270,085,
down 28 percent from 2011, and tons
crushed of table type varieties totaled
99,111, down 36 percent from 2011.
The 2012 average price of all varieties
reached a record high of $734.35, up 24
percent from 2011. Average prices for
the 2012 crop by type were as follows:
red wine grapes, $879.04, up 24 percent
from 2011; white wine grapes, $623.50,
up 15 percent from 2011; raisin grapes,
$318.62, up 20 percent; and table grapes,
$272.21, up 24 percent.
In 2012, Chardonnay accounted for
the largest percentage of the total crush
volume with 16.8 percent. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading
percentage of crush with 11.3 percent of
the total crush. The next eight highest
percentages of grapes crushed included
wine and raisin grape varieties.
Festivities Planned to Celebrate
Senior Center's 20th Anniversary
The Pleasanton Senior Center celebrates
its 20th year anniversary on March 2 and 3,
2013 with a gala weekend filled with special
activities surrounding the theme Celebrating
the Past and Embracing the Future.
The festivities kick off on Saturday,
March 2 at 10:00 a.m. with a broad variety of
class demonstrations and exhibits and a skit
performed by the Center’s thespian troupe,
the Senior Players.
A free barbecue lunch on March 2 is
available to those visitors age 50+ that pick
up advance tickets on Wednesday, February
20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Center,
located at 5353 Sunol Boulevard.The weekend fun concludes on Sunday, March 3 with
a free Tea Dance from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.,
featuring live music by The Cool Tones.
Since opening in March of 1993, the Center has served as a resource for the community, offering a wide array of valued classes,
programs and services for mature adults. It
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ager for Hillendale Home Care based in
Walnut Creek. She was active with the San
Leandro Chamber of Commerce in special
projects, including San Leandro By Design,
Leadership San Leandro, and served as
a Commissioner on the Board of Zoning
“Livermore is a fantastic place to visit,
work and live. It has a unique mix of
businesses that drew me to be part of this
dynamic organization. Livermore has transformed from dust and grapes to a thriving
community. It is a great example of what
also houses the Pleasanton Paratransit and
RADD programs (Recreational Activities
for the Developmentally Disabled) and the
offices of the independent nonprofit Senior
Support Program of the Tri-Valley.
Today, more than 1,000 patrons a week
pass through the Center’s doors to access
a robust schedule of health and wellness
classes including Zumba Gold, Fit for Fifty,
Walking, Tai-Chi, Yoga, and Sittercise.
On the horizon is the soon-to-be launched
Pleasanton Peddlers program, a new bicycle
club for mature adults. Other popular offerings include book, computer and photo
clubs, computer tutoring, knitting, brain
fitness, community lectures and writing
classes. There is a woodshop, with numerous opportunities for wood working, wood
carving and wood turning.
For more information, contact the Pleasanton Senior Center at (925) 931-5365.
a successful chamber, city and business
community can achieve. I am thrilled about
the opportunity to work with this energetic
group” stated Marguerite Mazzitti.
Former Chamber CEO and President
Dale Eldridge Kaye will be heading up
Innovation Tri-Valley as CEO. Innovation
Tri-Valley was formed as a collaboration
and commitment among key business leaders in the Tri-Valley region, which includes
Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton,
and San Ramon.
For more information on the Livermore
Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit www. or call 447.1606.
PAGE 4 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Youth Ranch Closing
Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, a non-profit that
served at-risk boys for all of Alameda County, is
going out of business.
The ranch was founded in 1974 by Butch and
Ruth Shattuck and Sally Bystroff, all Livermore
residents. Over the last forty years, the ranch has
served more than 3000 youths at its location in
The goal of the ranch was to provide a rural
setting where youth could develop self-worth and
learn primary values that would lead to better
Changes in state funding allocations reduced
the ability of organizers to serve youth at the ranch.
The economic downturn reduced donations. Operations were suspended until such time funding could
be found. Sadly, that was not possible.
Without such programs as the Youth Ranch,
youth who need help may not receive it, resulting
in greater costs to the community in the future.
We thank the Shattucks and Sally Bystroff for
their extraordinary efforts in providing help to so
many young boys. Their hearts were in the right
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development, transportation
needs, and environmental
Kohli, who moved to
Dublin in 2010, was appointed to the planning
commission in December.
He works in the energy
management business. He
is a board member of iGATE NEST, served on the
Dublin Human Services
Task Force, and worked as
a legislative assistant in the
House of Representatives.
He listed growth, education
and community as the three
top issues.
Trujillo works in internet
retail sales. She has lived
in Dublin since 1966. She
earned a B.A. in political
science, and a certificate in
legal studies and paralegal
studies. She sees the top
issues as growth, traffic and
Wehrenberg has a B.A.
in management, and is senior project manger for
Kaiser Permanente, which
involves dealing with contracts, budgets, design and
local permitting processes.
She served eight years on
the Dublin planning commission. The city 's top issues are traffic, economic
development and housing,
said Wehrenberg.
Each candidate filled out
a questionnaire, the same
that was used the last time
the council filled a vacancy
by appointment.
The six questions included such things as their
perception of two or three
top policy issues facing
Dublin and how to solve
them, what they see concerning future growth, and
whether they have time and
willingness to read hundreds
of pages of staff reports for
each meeting.
The questionnaire also
asks what the candidate believes his or her relationship
to be to the public, city staff
and other council members,
and how city services should
be provided and financed.
At the February 5 meeting, two candidates in the
last election, Doreen Wehrenberg and Shawn Costello,
came to the microphone
and offered themselves as
Costello talked about his
education, and his six years
of working for the city on
housing. He mentioned he
also studied accounting.
Wehrenberg said, "I have
the solution for you. You can
appoint me this evening.
I'm ready to take over, and
conduct business as usual.
I have been on the planning
commission for eight years.
I was the first graduate of
Dublin 101."
"I'm not sure what you're
looking for, but you have an
opportunity to fill the seat
tonight," said Wehrenberg.
Councilmember Kevin
Hart said, "I'd add one thing.
She came in third, when the
votes were counted. Dublin
voters did vote for her."
Swalwell's vacant term
has two more years to run.
Haubert said that he had
not considered "appointing
tonight." If the council
wanted to appoint Wehrenberg that night, Haubert
would support it, he said.
"However, in my mind, in
the process of appointment,
I lean heavily toward the
vetting (screening) process.
I had not heard we could
walk out tonight with an
appointed councilmember.
If you polled Dublin, I think
99 percent would say, I don't
think you should do that,
said Haubert.
Haubert was told by staff
that it was up to the council
to decide how to make the
appointment, and making it
that night was legitimate.
In choosing the appointment process, the council rejected a special election, either by mail only
or through the traditional
voting method, either in the
June primary or the November election.
Councilmember Don
Biddle said it was pointless
to hold an election, with the
expense involved and the
fact that in June the remaining term would be a year and
a half long, or in November,
just one year.
Projected cost for a
mail-in ballot would be
from $147,000 to $189,000.
Folding into the June or
November election would
cost between $84,000 and
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Plastic Bag Ban
Walter D. Harvey
Recently banned plastic
“grocery” bags are being
falsely labeled “single use."
Most of us know better; they
have many subsequent uses.
Many had a printed request
to “reuse” and/or “recycle."
Recycling is made easy
by placing bagged plastic
bags of all sorts on top of
recycling carts. So why did
the county and city officials
take the draconian step of
banning reusable, recyclable
plastic grocery bags?
Landfill reduction? Each
bag, when flattened, occupies three-tenths of a cubic
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Council Pays Tribute to Clarence Hoenig
The Livermore City
Council paid tribute to the
late Clarence Hoenig by
closing Monday's meeting
in his memory.
Hoenig, who died Feb. 4,
2013, was a long time political activist. He spoke many
times at the council.
Councilmember Stewart
Gary commented, "He was
a huge mentor to me. I will
miss his advice and barbed
emails. We are losing some
of the shapers of the community who were active in
the 70s."
Mayor John Marchand
added, "Clarence was a
mentor for me and many
others. He was a champion
in promoting quality of life
for all. We didn't always see
eye-to-eye, but you could
always have a conversation
with him. Sometimes you
could change his mind on a
subject. He was a remarkable human being."
During the meeting open
to the public portion of the
meeting, former councilmember John Stein stated,
"We have lost an individual
who helped shape the character of our community."
Stein listed some of the
organizations that Hoenig
was active in creating.
In the late 60s and early
70s, the city had seen rapid
growth. In the fall of 1971,
a small group of citizens,
concerned about double sessions in the schools, lack of
water and sewage capacity
and poor air quality, founded
Save All Valley Environments (SAVE). Hoenig was
the first president of SAVE.
Hoenig recalled that this
was the first initiative drive
in Livermore or Pleasanton.
The grassroots movement
attracted national attention.
Hoenig was deeply involved in Save Our Hills.
The Save the Vineyards
group, which morphed into
Friends of the Vineyards,
helped to bring about the
South Livermore Valley
Area Plan.
Measure D, for which
Hoenig campaigned, has
protected agriculture land
and open space.
He served as a member
of the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
Foundation Board.
Education was important
to him, as were the arts. Hoenig was instrumental in the
passage of a bond measure
involving the school district,
city, and park district that
resulted in the construction
of a community center and
new library and the updating
of Livermore schools.
Hoenig was also an advocate for those who were less
Mitchell Katz Winery riles neighbors
Concerns voiced about noise and traffic
by Harry Stoll
Mitchell Katz Winery
has yet to receive a state permit to operate a tasting room
in a converted barn at its
new location on Buena Vista
Avenue. The winery faces
opposition from neighbors
who fear the tasting room
could hold loud events.
“All we want are peaceful Fridays, Saturdays, and
Sundays,” said neighbor
John Howard, who lives
immediately north of the
site. He said he and his
neighbors are not opposed
to a legitimate business on
the site, including a winery
and a tasting room.
Winery owner Mitchell
Katz said he is not going
to hold events on the site.
“I didn’t hold weddings at
the other site (On Vineyard
Road in Pleasanton).”
Shawn Wilson, chief-ofstaff for Alameda County
Supervisor Scott Haggerty,
doubts that an event center
would ever be approved for
the site. He wrote in an email, “If Katz ever wanted
to apply for a conditional
use permit, the community
would be notified, a public
hearing would be set and I
am very sure that it would
be hard to make the findings
that this location, would be
suitable for a full on event
Wilson said he has heard
complaints from two neighbors and pointed out there
is nothing the county can
do to prevent a winery and
tasting room from locating
on the Buena Vista site if it
complies with appropriate
codes, including fire and
building codes. He said the
county can monitor to make
sure the tasting room is not
hosting events that are not
allowed at tasting rooms in
the general plan.
The property is zoned
for a winery and a tasting
The previous tenant, Lavish Laines Winery, held
numerous non-permitted
events, which partly explains neighbors' concerns.
The county eventually placarded the barn as “Not to be
occupied.” Katz says he will
run a completely permitted
To operate a tasting
room, a permit from the
California Department of
Beverage Control (ABC)
is required. “Mitchell Katz
Winery does not yet have a
permit to serve or sell wine
at the Buena Vista site,” said
ABC representative John
Carr.” He said the permit is
pending. ABC has received
six protests from neighbors
concerned about matters
such as noise and traffic.
On February 2, the tasting
room was pouring, which
Katz explained was a party
for contractors who helped
with the construction. One of
the attendees was wine club
member Veronica Bauer.
“I’m a big supporter,” said
Bauer. Katz commented
to another attendee, “You
didn’t think I’d make it,
did you?” That seemed a
reference to the optimistic
opening date, after deciding
to locate on Buena Vista in
late fall.
Neighbor Howard said
the tasting room was pouring the following day (Super Sunday). He estimated
100-150 cars were comin
in and out. He said some of
the tasting was outside, but
everything was quiet and he
had no complaint.
Another neighbor, Don
Hughes, who lives further
north on Buena Vista, also
has concerns about events
being held at the tasting
room. He said the tasting
room was pouring on Super
Sunday. Some cars were
parked on Buena Vista Avenue. He saw people carrying wine glasses with liquid
in them to their cars. After
the Sunday event, there was
a continuous line of cars on
Buena Vista Avenue, headed
for East Avenue. That could
have been due to everybody
exiting at once to watch the
Super Bowl.
Hughes, as with Howard,
said he has no objection to
a proper winery and tasting
room on the site.
The tasting room was not
open on Saturday, February 9.
Buena Vista Avenue is
straight and smooth, but is
also narrow and has speed
humps. Hughes suggests that
to ease traffic concerns on
the road, passage for the tasting room parking lot could
be located on Tesla Road,
which borders the site to the
south. Concannon Vineyard
and Crooked Vine/Stony
Ridge wineries have passages on this stretch of Tesla,
which has the same characteristics along all three properties. Such a passage would
require a road approximately
600 feet long between Tesla
and the tasting room.
Howard said Katz has
not met with neighbors.
Katz said, “I learned my
lesson from Hansen Road,”
referring to his application
to operate a winery and tasting room there near Arroyo
Road. At the planning commission meeting neighbors
turned out in force to oppose the permit. The City of
Livermore has made it clear
there is not to be a winery on
the Hansen Road site.
Howard said that the
Buena Vista Avenue property owner George Mueller had essentially told the
neighbors to take a flying leap. Denise Mueller, George Mueller’s wife,
said the noise from Lavish
Laines was negligible. She
couldn’t hear it inside her
house, which is located on
the large property containing
the winery and tasting room.
“It was a waste of taxpayers’
money,” said Denise Mueller, regarding neighbour’s
calling the sheriff to complain about the noise.
”Katz does have a permit
from Alameda County to
convert the barn into a winery and tasting room,” Supervising Building Inspector
Jerry Brown said by phone.
He said the undertaking has
some problems that Katz is
working on.
inch; 15,000 would fit in
the smallest trash cart. Visit
your local landfill and ask
yourself if the ban is going
to significantly reduce what
you see.
Litter reduction? Of
thousands of pieces of roadside litter that I saw during
the Holidays, relatively few
were grocery bags. The ban
will not noticeably reduce
roadside litter, nor the need
for and cost of its removal
as claimed. The ban will
not noticeably reduce trailside/lakeside/streamside
litter that I encounter, but
it will deprive me of handy
handled bags to put it in. I
certainly won’t take with me
the bulky cloth bags that I
use when grocery shopping.
Our waterways will not be in
noticeably better shape; they
will still be fouled with trash
that cannot be legislated
Harm to wildlife? What
species and how many per
year? Decades of reading
publications that focus on
nature and the environment
has never revealed that grocery bags are a threat to
any wildlife species. None
would mistake them for food
as claimed. If documented
harm has occurred, in anywhere near the hundreds
of thousands of birds killed
annually by existing wind
farms, I would support the
The ban merely provides
an illusion that something
useful is being done to improve our environment. So
why did local county and
city officials jump on the
ban-the-bag bandwagon?
Beats me!
Hazardous Plan
struggling to get enough
to eat.
Recently Livermore
Downtown announced that
Spanky’s Dog House plans
to hold a hotdog eating contest. Participants eat as
many hotdogs as they can,
and they are warned that
this contest can be dangerous to their health, with side
effects including nausea and
At a time when more
and more people are going
hungry in the Tri-Valley
and organizations like Open
Heart Kitchen are asking
for more donations to feed
the growing numbers of
needy, it seems totally inappropriate to hold, sponsor
and announce such a waste
of food. Surely the owners
of Spanky’s Dog House and
Livermore Downtown can
find better ways to publicize
the merchants in Livermore.
DC focused on the safety of
existing weapons rather than
new untested designs. Playing pass-the-nuke might be a
fun adventure for the politicians and scientists, but it’s
one that communities can’t
afford. Join with Tri-Valley
CAREs to tell DC and the
Labs: road-trips are fine, but
leave the bombs behind!
Beverly King
On January 30th, TriValley CAREs sponsored
a Community Forum at the
Livermore Library to explain
the Dept. of Energy plan to
dangerously ship plutonium
pits from Los Alamos New
Mexico for testing at the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then
returned to New Mexico via
public roads.
I was at the Forum to
hear legal, environmental
and policy experts explain
their concerns about the
plutonium shipments, which
ranged from legalities to
environmental hazards to the
complex issues of nuclear
The Forum was filled
with people concerned with
this dangerous proposal. I
thank Tri-Valley CAREs
for sponsoring this event.
Most encouraging was when
the audience separated into
groups to discuss various
issues and determine the
next course of action. The
enthusiasm was ardent and
productive. To join in the
next steps one can attend
a follow-up meeting at
the Livermore Library on
Thursday, February 21st at
7:30. Additional community response can stop this
hazardous plan. For more
information check www.
The Wrong Way
David Furst
It is totally wrong for
Livermore to hold a food
eating contest at a time when
people in the Tri-Valley are
Roads and Bombs
Chelsea Collonge
I drive between the Bay
Area and New Mexico several times a year. Both these
places, which I call home,
are harmed by nuclear weapons policy. Los Alamos Lab
in New Mexico makes new
nuclear bomb cores, despite
our government’s promise
to reduce the nuclear stockpile. Now Livermore Lab in
the Bay Area has to import
these bomb cores, test them
and send them back. If this
plan goes into action, toxic
plutonium will join me and
millions of others on the
highway six times a year.
We wouldn’t need to test
these bomb cores at all if
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sector. She volunteers at the
Museum on Main.
Ballots will be automatically mailed out to all eligible registered voters residing
in the City of Pleasanton. No
postage will be necessary to
return the ballot
The first day sample ballots will be sent out is March
28. Early voting will begin
April 8.
Completed ballots must
be received by the Registrar
of Voters Office no later than
8:00 p.m. on May 7, 2013.
Postmarks are not acceptable. No polling places will
be open for the election
Application Process
Richard A French
Hello, Livermore neighbors. I’ve lived in Livermore
for my entire 55 years, minus
a couple of years while I was
in the United States Marine
Corps and traveling. My
family lived in Livermore
all of this time.
My dad worked at the
Livermore Lab for 32 years
as a math scientist and computer programmer. He was
the best father a son could
have and I miss him dearly.
He died of cancer two
summers ago. His illness
was determined to have been
more than likely caused by
his exposures at the Lab.
The Department of Labor
has a compensation program
that has money set aside
for Department of Energy
employees like my dad and
their survivors.
In my case, I needed some
help with the Department of
Labor’s application process.
I received that aid here in
Livermore from Scott Yundt,
the staff attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs. Scott also facilitates a support group for
workers and their families.
Interested members of the
community can contact him
at [email protected]
or at 443-7148.
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Pictured is Philippe Blin (far right) with the 2013 signing
seniors from Pleasanton Rage.
Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby team battled the Alameda
Photo - Doug Jorgensen
The West Coast Wildfire U13G team battled two top
ranked teams over the weekend to make it into the
Norcal Premier State Cup finals. In a quarterfinal game,
the Wildfire met a well-seasoned Diablo FC premier.
After regulation play and two golden goal halves, the
game remained scoreless 0-0. The game came down to
penalty kicks to determine the winner. Goalie Claire
Abele sank the sixth PK and saved the final opponent
shot to win the game. The girls now head into the finals
for one last game to bring home a cup and determine
final U13 season rankings. Pictured is Tori Diehl taking
and making one of the Wildfire’s penalty kicks to help
win the game.
Foothill High School and Amador Valley High battled
in the boys varsity soccer EBAL season finale. The
match ended in a 1 to 1 tie. Both teams qualified for the
North Coast Section division I playoffs. Foothill took on
Newark Memorial, while Amador Valley faced San Ramon
Valley in opening round matches on Wednesday. The
girls teams from both schools also made the playoffs,
with Foothill playing Washington on Wednesday in the
first round. Amador took on Freedom High. In division II,
Dublin boys played St. Mary's College High School; the
girls played St. Patrick-St. Vincent High in the opening
round of the playoffs.
In the photo are both won first place in team competition.
They are Scott Mackanic, Andrew Herrador, Tommy
Mistretta, Bennett Huang, Joshua Romerao, Travis
Gollott, Chris Siebel, Wesley Estrada and Nikita
California. Director of West Coast
Soccer Troy Dayak took on this task
and formed a team featuring players
from four different WCS teams. The
base players came from his U14 girls,
added were a few players from team
Wicked, Wild & Katz. This collage of
players turned out to be a formidable
team making it all the way to the Championship game where they fell 0-1 to an
older Elk Grove team. The team work
and support from the players, parents
& coaching staff was unbelievable, a
true club mentality.
Livermore Aquacowboys team members.
Rage Seniors Sign
Pleasanton RAGE hosted the
2013 college signing night honoring
RAGE seniors Wednesday, February
6, 2013 at the Pleasanton Marriott.
Family, teammates, coaches, RAGE
board members, and staff all gathered
along with Amador Valley High School
Principal, Jim Hansen to celebrate the
signing seniors’ achievement.
College signing night is the first
Wednesday in February when high
school seniors can sign a binding National Letter of Intent to play NCAA
college athletics. At this event, 14
seniors that have played in the Pleasanton RAGE girls soccer club anywhere
from 1-14 years officially signed their
intent to continue to play soccer for
colleges and universities across the
United States. The girls were individually recognized by RAGE director of
coaching and player development,
Philippe Blin.
Here are the RAGE signing seniors
for 2013: Haley Chow - Princeton;
Marissa Scheid - UC San Diego; Emmy
Rodriguez - University of Oregon;
Alyssa Holsworth - Fresno State;
Nicole Heller - UC San Diego; Kylee
Southwell - UC San Diego; Gabrielle
Ko - UC Irvine;
Tamara Aboumrad - UC Berkeley;
Sahar Arghandiwal - Cal State Los
Angeles; Alyssa Devine - Marquette
University; Amanda Nunes - Fresno
State; Marisa Rodrigues - Southeastern
Louisiana University; Zoe RogersLemke - Cal State Monterey Bay;
Shayda Haddad - UC San Diego
Livermore American LL
The Livermore American Little
League opened play over the weekend.
Highlights include:
Majors: Angels 10, Phillies 5:
Phillies top players were catcher Parker
Brandt; Dalton Johnston excellent
pitching in the 3rd and 4th innings, nice
line drive on the first; and Rigo Zapien,
pitching, plus an RBI, and an unassisted
out while playing at first
Angels 4, Phillies 3: In the second
inning Kyle Kohn hit a 2 run RBI for
the Phillies. He then went on to steal
home to take the lead for the Phillies.
The final run was scored by Parker
Brandt for the Phils, who stole 3 bases
to get home. Phillies caught 3 pop flies
and snapped up 2 line drives, stealing
some great hits from the Angels. The
Angels' pitcher Morano did an excellent job on the mound in the 5th inning,
keeping the Phillies from increasing
the lead. He caught a pop fly for the
final out of the game.
Phillies 5, Angels 5: Arnold hit
an over the fence home run in the 1st
inning for the Angels. Arruda (Angels)
was responsible for 3 outs at first. The
Brandt brothers, Ryan and Parker,
(Phillies) were responsible for a good
portion of the hits and outs. In a close
play, Jeremy Theobald recorded an out
for the Phillies in the 4th by stopping a
steal at 3rd base to end the inning. In
the 5th inning Aaron Aguilar recorded
three consecutive strikeouts for the
Phillies. In the 6th Aguilar hit the 2nd
2 run RBI of the pre-season.
Phillies 11, Giants 0: The Phillies
hitting streak began with a 2 out rally
in the top of the first, and continued
through the 4th and final inning where
6 runs were scored. Several players
recorded RBI’s including Kyle Betz,
with 3 solid doubles, which scored 4
of the Phillies runs. In the 3rd inning
Jackson Brown (Phillies) dropped a
fly ball, but quickly recovered to record
the out at 2nd. The Angels executed a
great play in the 2nd when the catcher
threw to 2nd for the out on a steal. But
ultimately they were held down by
solid pitching by Aaron Morales.
Cyclone Wrestling
Livermore's Cyclone Wrestling
Club brought home 6 medals from the
Dehli T.O.C. qualifying tournament on
Saturday, at Delhi High School.
8th grader Joey Sullivan won all
three of his matches by pin and placed
first. 8th grader Miguel Castro had 2
pins and claimed first place. 7th grader
Coben Turk won all 4 of his matches,
3 by pin to take first place. Wrestling
in his very first tournament, 6th grader
Jason Nunez won his last 3 matches in
a row to come back and take 3rd place.
In the heavyweight division, 8th grader
Spencer Houle took 3rd place and 7th
grader Christian Lopez took 4th.
By placing first in this tournament,
Joey Sullivan qualified for the Tournament of Champions on March 9th in
Loomis. He joins fellow Cyclone wrestlers Ryan Petersen, Spencer Houle
and Chris Sanchez who have already
qualified for that tournament.
Cyclone wrestlers will compete
this Sunday at the Roseville T.O.C.
qualifying tournament.
Cavaliers Rugby
The Pleasanton Cavaliers Girls
Varsity team opened up their gold
division play with a match against
the Alameda Islanders on Sunday
morning at Las Positas College. Junior
Wing Delaney Armonino led the way
with three tries and earned co-player
of the game along with senior eight
woman Daniela Hernandez. Team
Captain Caitlin Reid contributed
with two scores while inside center
Emily Roskopf touched down three
tries. Also scoring were Lina Hart,
Autumn Gieringer, Jillie Eicher and
Sammy Crepeau on the way to a
74-5 victory.
The young U10 team hosted
Golden Gate and Land Park, playing
2 matches against each and ended
up 3-0-1. Fast physical matches and
everyone contributed. Man of the
Match awards went to Ruair Dwyer,
Matt Polaski, Isaiah Gaio, Patrick
Crandall, and Ronan Cook.
U10 silver played Golden Gate
and Land Park and ended 1-1. Again
tough physical play across the board
with an outstanding first tri by Max
Young. Man of the Match awards went
to Nathan Comiskey, Crayton McCafferty and Connor Waklee.
Pleasanton Seahawks
The Pleasanton Seahawks age
group swimmers proved they are
Pictured are West Coast Wrath U12 players focused on
the ball pursing it to create another opportunity for the
team in the Norcal State Cup semifinals.
champions in competition at the
Zone 2 Championship meet held in
Moraga, January 26, 27, 2013. Many
best times were achieved. Seven PLS
swimmers were named to the All Star
Zone 2 team: Sydney Lu, Max Cory,
Nicole Stiles, Christina Zuniga, Paulina Umanksy, Audrik Antonio, and
Wolfgang Lachance.
8&UN Girls: Paige Bennett, 50
free new A; Adora Do, dropped 9
seconds in 50 free and 8 seconds in
100 IM; Aclina Kenny, best time in
100 free; Sydney Lu, 2nd 50/100fr,
2nd 25 back, 2nd 25 breast, 1st 25 fly,
1st 100 IM; Aven Lee, 4th 25 back, 8th
25 fly, Christina Coatney, 1st 25 breast;
Crystal Wang, 8th 25 breast, new A
time in the 25 free; Sophia Stiles, new
B time 25 free.
8&UN Boys: Alex Suen, dropped
2 seconds in 100 free; Dominick
Wonosaputra, new A time in 25 back,
dropped 8 seconds in his 100 free; Max
Cory, 4th 25 free, 2nd 50 free, 4th 100
free, 3rd 25 back, 4th 25 breast, 3rd 25
fly; Alex Smedley –best time 50 fee;
Eric Kang – best time 50 free; Jordan
Lee – new A time in 25 breast, took
10+ seconds off in 100 IM.
10UN Girls: Lara Serban, best
time in the 50 back; Stephanie Shao,
3 best times; Nicole Stiles made the
Zone all, star meet; Emma Washum,
100/200 free new JO’s; Elinor Kry
– best times in all 4 events, took 4
seconds off 100 free; Rachana Mukkamala, 200 free new JO.
10 UN Boys: Mattias Bengtsson,
100 free new A; Lleyton Plattel, FW
in the 200 free; Alex Ren, 6 best
times; Junwoo Kang, 100 free new
JO; Jaewoo Kim, 2 new JO’s; Andrew
Wang, 2 new JO’s,
11, 12 Girls: Bella Hernandez, 3
best times; Christy Neufeld, 6 best
times; Grace Kim, 2 best times; Amber
Fornoles, 100 Fly new A; Sarah Rafie,
200 IM new A, 100 Bk new B; Amber
Fornoles, 100 free, 200 IM new JO’s;
Nawoo Kim, 50/200 free, 200 IM new
JO’s; Jennifer Lee, 200 free new JO;
Paulina Umansky 100 free new JO.
11, 12 Boys: Calvin Chui, 100%
best times, JO in the 200 IM; Kyle
Kenny, 3 best times; Chris Lam
swam well; Matthew Neufeld, 5 best
times; Justin Tsai, 2 best times; Nick
Wonosaputra , 4 best times; Niklas
Bengtsson 100 Brst new A, 100 Bk;
Tyler Lu 100 Brst, new JO; Ben Sproul
100 free, 100 breast new JO’s, 6 best
times, 100 back, new FW; Tyler Lu,
200 free, 200 IM new PRT’s, 6 best
times; Tim Yao 100 free, 100 Fly new
PRT’s; Chris Jhong, 6 best times;
Will Rose, 2 best times; Wolfgang
LaChance, 2 best times.
13, 14 Girls: Sofia Barrera, 2 best
times; Alexandra Hernadez, 1 best
time; Corrie Maguigad, 1 best time.
13, 14 Boys: Audrik Antonio,
50/100 free new JO, 100 Brst new JO,
6 new best times; Niklas Bengtsson 5
new best times; Aditya Gupta 2 new
best times; Drew Kobayashi, 100 BR
new JO; Alex Kuang, 100 back best
time; Michael Martin, 3 new best
times; Rishab Nair 2 new best times;
Dominic Rafie, 2 new best times; Ben
Song 1 new best time
15, 16 Girls: Jae Williams, 2
best times
West Coast Wrath
The West Coast Wrath U12
traveled to Santa Rosa for the Norcal State Cup semifinals to take on
OVSC Stingrays with the winner
representing their club in the Championship game. The Wrath players
exploded for two goals in the first
15 minutes. Both goals were created
by the defensive back line playing
through and over the top balls to
the forwards. Late in the first half
the hard work from the mids created some creative soccer which
culminated into two more goals.
In the second half of the game the
Stingrays threw all they had at the
Wrath team. The pace and physicality of the game intensified forcing the
Wrath coaches and players to make
multiple adjustments to keep players
fresh and matched up with opposing
players needing to be marked and
shut down. All Wrath defensive
players did just that whether clearing
a ball out or standing tall and denying
a cross or shot. With many brilliant
saves by the Wrath Goalie there was
little hope for the Stingrays as time
ticked off the clock. Wrath did not
list individual names in ths story
because this was a true team effort
and win. The Wrath has only been
together for two seasons and in that
short time have won a league championship, local tournaments and
went down south and won the San
Diego Albion Cup Championship.
Now they are just one win away from
the Norcal Championship.
West Coast Soccer was asked
on Friday the 8th if they could form a
team to put into the U15G age group
of the JJ Minor tournament in Stockton
The Livermore Aquacowboys
hosted the 'Valentine's Splash' at the
Robert Livermore Community Center
on February 9-10, 2013. The LAC
home meet was a Pacific Swimming,
Zone2, Short Course, C/B/A+ Swim
meet with 410 registered swimmers
competing in 2077 events.
Swimming for LAC were Minhnha
Kawamura (8), Jessica Akins (9),
Chenoa Bodera (10), Annelyse Combitsis (9),Katie Ottman (10), Franco
Moufarrej (10), Daiki Nishikawa
(10), Jacqueline Arnold (11), Amanda
Butcher (12), Tori Carroll (12), Katherine Dabney (12),Caroline Eckel (11),
Sydney Magann (12), Kristina Mena
(12), Julia Rocha (12), Megan Wilcox
(12), Alexander Bass (12), Paige
DaCosta (11),Christopher Gonzalez
(11), Matthew Hayes (12), Collin
Trump (11), Hunter Woffinden (12),
Annemarie Arnold (14);
Paige Chew (13), Emily Chong
(13), Megan Fairbanks (14), Emma
Hayes (13), Nicolette McConn (13),
SofiaMoufarrej (13), Celine Nguyen
(14), Larissa Trump (13), Dante DeMayo (13),Brandon Siu (13), Jenna
Chew (15), Shelby Diehl (15), Kathie
Kulp (16), Jessica Paul (16),Nathan
Boas, Jared Brandley (15), Alex
Gonzalez (14), HaleyHamza (16),
Stephen MacKanic, Bryce McLaggin, Shelby Swanson (18) and Trent
Trump (16).
West Coast
In competition at their own meet,
the West Coast Classic, the weekend
of January 26 and 27, there were many
highlights for the West Coast Olympic
Gymnastics Academy (WCOGA)
boys. Competing as a team, Level 5,
Level 9 and Level 10 WCOGA took
first place. Highlights include the
Level 10: Joshua Romero 1st
floor and vault, Wesley Estrada 2nd
Pommel, Chris Siebel 3rd pommel,
Travis Gollott 1st rings, pommel, vault
and high-bar, Nikita Latman 1st rings
and 3rd vault.
Level 9: Bennett Huang 1st AA,
Andrew Herrador 2nd AA, Thomas
Mistretta 3rd AA, Scott Mackanic
3rd P-bar.
Level 8: Zion English 1st P-bar,
Dominic Costa 2nd vault, Robbie
Tambunting 1st floor and vault.
Older level 8: Stephen Chan 2nd
P-Bars, Yianni Constantinides 1st
pommel and rings.
Level 7: Evan Young 3rd AA, Will
Lavanakul 4th AA.
Level 6: Cameron Levine 2nd AA,
Kiran Bhat 2nd high-bar, Cameron
Higgins 3rd vault, Aden Cohen 4th
AA, Patrick Tambunting 5th pommel, Avery Castillo 3rd vault and
Level 5: Izaiah Mlay 1st AA,
Malakai Mlay 3rd AA, Andrew
Tambunting 4th pommel, Tyler Hom
4th floor.
On February 2 and 3, the WCOGA
boys teams competed in Elk Grove at
the Mas Watanabe Meet.
Highlights include: Level 5
Izaiah Mlay 1st AA, Malakai Mlay
1st vault and 2nd pommel, Tyler
Hom 3rd p-bars, Andrew Tambunting
6th p-bars.
Level 6 Cameron Levine 2nd AA,
Cameron Higgins 3rd vault and highbar, Kiran Bhat 2nd high-bar.
Level 7: Evan Young 3rd AA, Will
Lavanakul 1st pommel and p-bars.
Level 8: Zion English 1st AA,
Robbie Tambunting 5th AA, Dominc
Costa 2nd rings, Ben Roller 4th rings,
Stephen Chan 3rd rings.
Level 9 Thomas Mistretta 1st AA,
Scott Mackanic 2nd p-bars and vault,
Andrew Herrador 1st rings, vault, pbars and high-bar.
Level 10: Joshua Romero 2nd AA,
, Wesley Estrada 3rd pommel, Nikita
Latman 1st floor, rings, p-bar.
Fusion Soccer Tryouts
Livermore Fusion Soccer Club
invites players to attend the Premier
Program tryouts. All sessions will
take place at the new Robertson Park
Turf Fields. For more information,
or to register for tryouts, please visit
Tryout Schedule: U12 Girls:
Saturday, Feb. 16th, 9-11am; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 9-11am; Tues., Feb.,
19th, 5-7pm
U13 Boys: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 13pm; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 1-3pm; Wed.,
Feb. 20th, 4:30-6:30pm; U13 Girls:
Saturday, Feb. 16th, 11-1pm; Sunday,
Feb. 17th, 11-1pm; Wed., Feb. 20th,
6:30-8:30pm; U14 Boys: Saturday,
Feb. 16th, 5-7pm; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 57pm; Thurs., Feb. 21st, 4:30-6:30pm;
U14 Girls: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 3-5pm;
Sunday, Feb. 17th, 3-5pm; Thurs., Feb.
21st, 6:30-8:30pm.
PGSL Registration
2013 Registration is still open for
most divisions in the Pleasanton Phantom Girls Softball League. All girls
in grades K-12 living in Pleasanton,
Dublin and Sunol are eligible to play.
Two ways to register: 1) Online - visit
the website at; 2) By check & postal mail
- Download a registration form from
the website and mail to PGSL, P.O.
Box 911, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
For more information or questions,
email Christine Tanis at [email protected]
Note: All players will be notified of
team placement within the next three
to four weeks. However, extra time
is allowed for the Seniors Division
(grades 9-12), to allow for High School
team placement in Feb. 2013.
The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 7
Livermore Studies What Services to
Bring Back as the Economy Recovers
The City of Livermore
financial picture is improving.
Over the last four years,
the city has cut services
and personnel. Now it is
beginning to look at how to
allocate future funding, with
public safety the top priority. In addition, the city will
concentrate on long term
obligations before adding
staff back.
The Livermore City
Council had requested that
staff prioritize where any
additional funding might be
directed as resources became
available to restore services
and personnel. The council
heard options for a five year
plan at Monday's meeting.
There was no vote. Councilmembers offered comments
on the proposals.
The council heard a report
that showed the city is still
in a recovery mode. Property
taxes are stabilizing. The
sales tax revenue shows
signs of strengthening. "Beyond 2014, funding appears
to be stable. Revenues are
projected to stop shrinking
and begin to grow.
Staff stated that a lot
of resources would not be
available to restore cuts that
have been made or to expand
Assistant City Manager
Troy Brown noted that the
staff needs to be right-sized.
Staff requires training and
development. He said departments have looked at
how resources might be
deployed to meet future
needs. "There are some
things we used to do that we
may not do in the future."
An example is street light
maintenance. A program is
underway to replace lights
with LEDs, which require
very little maintenance.
Issues that the city faces
include deferred technology
and fleet replacement, the
cost of post employment
benefits, the increasing cost
of health care, and an underfunded capital improvement
Brown noted that people
care how the city looks.
Public safety and libraries
are key service areas that the
public supports.
Staff recommendations
on where future increased
resources might be directed
were grouped into three
City Manager Marc
Roberts explained that staff
looked at a variety of scenarios when considering
in which groups services
would be placed. Personnel
is one issue. In 2007, the
city staff consisted of 557
full time equivalents (FTE).
Today that number is 450.
"For the next 5 to 6 years,
staff is not recommending
adding back any more than
ten FTEs. Virtually all of
those would be clustered in
public safety."
Rather than hiring, resources, such as personnel,
would be moved around to
where they are most needed.
Some projects would be handled by contract employees
with a specific job and time
to complete it.
The first area that would
receive attention includes
how the community looks.
"How the public areas are
maintained impacts economic competitiveness and
property values," said Roberts.
There would be an expansion of crime prevention and
public safety with the hiring
of three full time positions
for the police and a police
Other top priorities are
to add to replacement of
the fleet and replace reserve
funding utilized during the
economic downtown. Retiree medical is a major driver,
Roberts continued. The city
is faced with a $90 million
obligation over the next 40
years. The sooner we fund it,
the less expensive it is.
The second group of projects to be addressed would
be continuing to restore
landscape maintenance, increase funding put toward
fleet and IT replacement,
and start placing funds in
an account for downtown
parking. With the loss of
redevelopment funds, some
other source will be required
to build the next parking
In the third area, the main
focus would be on increas-
ing the funding for retiree
medical benefits. In additoin,
funds would be used to fully
restore landscape maintenance. Money would be
used to enhance and expand
crime prevention programs
by adding a special ops unit
and one civilian.
Councilmember Stewart
Gary stated that underfunded liabilities, such as retiree
medical benefits and maintenance costs, are a problem.
He said that he is not looking
to add back anything of substance except police for the
next two to four years.
Councilmember Bob Woerner agreed with staff's proposal. He would like to see a
report on how decisions are
made. He noted that little
things are important, such as
litter removal and landscape
maintenance. He would like
to explore options to see
those areas enhanced more
Councilmember Doug
Horner stated that full funding of post-employment
benefits is key to future
stability. "We need to live
within our means, invest
and pay down the debt." He
noted there was no mention
of libraries in the report,
although they are highly
rated as important by the
community. He wondered
what the plan was to bring
them back. "The mark of a
great city is not the services
it provides to the more affluent, but how it provides for
the under-served."
Woerner added that in
talking to a youth from
Springtown, he was told that
the library there is not just
about reading, it is a place
where residents achieve a
sense of community.
Roberts said that the staff
is preparing a plan to deal
with library services.
Mayor John Marchand
pointed out that 51 percent
of the city's budget goes to
public safety. "I am happy
to see public safety in group
one." He continued that how
a community looks is important. He said that perhaps
residents could collect litter
when they are walking their
dogs, something he does.
Livermore Amgen Start Stage
Ends at the Top of Mt. Diablo
Changing direction for
the first time in its eight-year
history from south to north,
America’s largest professional cycling stage race, the
2013 Amgen Tour of California, will bring riders and
spectators first-time destinations, unprecedented climbs
and demanding sprints on
the approximately 750-mile
Amgen returns as the title
sponsor for the heralded 8stage race, set for May 12
to 19, 2013. Livermore will
host stage 7 on Sat., May 18.
The start is at 11:35 a.m. on
Third Street by Carnegie
Park. The stage finishes at
the summit parking lot on
Mount Diablo.
The 92-mile route
through Livermore features
several cyclist favorites,
including Morgan Territory Road, new to the race
this year. The riders will
navigate narrow, twisting
climbs through bucolic farm
country and redwoods before making a roller-coaster
descent. The race will return to Patterson Pass Road
where riders will encounter
the infamous “wall,” a short,
steep climb toward the end
of the road where riders
will peddle up grades over
15 percent in the last two
kilometers. The peloton
will return to Livermore
for a sprint, and finally to
Mount Diablo, which historically has attracted some
of the largest audiences for
a mountain race route. This
year, the race will cover
an additional 4.5 miles of
climbing to the summit.
Race organizers are looking to fill nearly 5,000 volunteer positions. Registration and further information
about the various duties
available is now available
online at
PAGE 8 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Hopped up crowd treated to rare beer release
Altamont Beer
Works taps a need Pliny the Younger on tap at First Street Alehouse
Livermore’s first
post-Prohibition brewery
by Harry Stoll
Greg or Steve’s capable hand in the taproom grabs
the handle, pulls down, and golden brew flows. Let
the sunshine in. You’re right down the hallway from
the fermentation vats at the Altamont Beer Works on
Research Lane off Vasco Road. At one time breweries
were commonplace here, with one on Main Street, not
far from the flagpole. Prohibition ended that.
Now, Altamont Beer Works has ended the dry spell.
Co-workers Greg Robles and Steve Sartori had a satori
at Buffalo Beer over after-work on-tap Anchor Steam
that led to Livermore’s first brewery since Prohibition.
They often did home brewing at Greg’s house. Now,
they are the owners and the brewers who have worked
their way through drawings, plans, contractors (some
of whom flaked on them) and the government permit
process. Greg says they have no complaint about the
city. They did some of the construction themselves.
Other work was completed by friends. “Beer is a great
barter commodity,” says Greg.
They offer several beers on tap. On Saturday, February 9 they had Shelter, Ganja Juice, Rich Mahogany, and
Left Coast. A 32-ounce or 64-ounce growler-full will
cost from $8 to $15. When you taste Greg and Steve’s
beer you’ll see that’s a real deal. Altamont Beer Works
sells growlers, which are 32 oz. or 64 oz. self-sealing
containers to keep your beer fresh. A green way to buy
beer is to return your ABW growler there for a refill.
The tap room is one of those miracles of turning a
space in a bland research park into an inviting friendly
venue, with polished concrete floors, a tasteful paint
job, art on the walls, including a huge mural of beer
making operations, and sunlight slanting through thin
slats of Venetian blinds. About eight people tasted beer
the day I visited. Small tastes are free. Many beer lovers
get their growlers filled. The origination of the word is
unclear, but once was a usual way of bring beer home
and has made a comeback. Sellers are legally allowed
to fill only their own growlers.
The beer names—and the beers—available in the
taproom, have an international flavor:
Cerveza Espumosa—a beer take on sparkling
wine—is a crisp, dry wheat beer with a hint of blackberry to balance the tartness. It’s akin to the Old World
Berliner Weisse.
Birra Bianco—a “white beer” hybrid of the noted
Belgian Wit Bier is an unfiltered wheat beer with aromas of sweet orange peel and coriander seed—it’s light
bodied and full-flavored.
Dirty ‘D’— is an American brown ale, with a clean
refreshing taste, just right for the summer, or the winter,
and all that’s between.
Left Coast—an Indian Session ale West Coast style,
light in color and body, with a very hoppy nose and is
flavorful without bitterness. It can satisfy the biggest
hop head.
Smooth Operator—a smooth, rich oatmeal stout,
heavy on the chocolate malt, with a sip of coffee, this
is a complex and balanced brew.
Rich Mahogany—this American Red Ale, brewed
for the sophisticated palate of anchorman Rod Burgundy—has a pungent hop aroma, a deep mahogany
hue and a medium bitterness.
Shelter IPA—an homage to the Rolling Stones and
India Pale Ale, with a full flavor of the hops without the
extreme bitterness, this brew brings unique hop flavors
and is light in color and body and brings shelter from
the storm. Order it by saying, “Gimme Shelter.”
Hella Hoppy—a true West Coast double India Pale
Ale, without bitterness, it lets the hops do all the talking.
Has some citrus and floral with minor tropical notes
written in the aroma.
Could a Hip Hop be on the way? Maybe a cool brew
with active hops.
Greg and Steve have some fun with the names, but
their absolute joy is in the making of fine brews. They
are hard-working, dedicated and talented brewers.
Although creativity is essential, as Greg points out, it
takes a lot of science to make beer properly.
Greg sees the preference for really good beer as
people wanting to know about the origins of their
food, how it was grown, and processed, and what’s in
it. He has been home brewing for over 30 years and
has won national awards for his Vienna Lager and his
American Brown Ale. Typical of his attention to detail,
he explains the difference between lager and ale. “Lager is fermented cold—from 40 to 50 degrees, while
ale is fermented hot—from 50-60 degrees. Like most
processes, there are more differences than that, such as
the two eating different sugars.”
Steve is maybe 25 years younger than Greg. In the
typically American way, got into beer in college, but
what was not typical, he got into good beer. He and
Steve met on the job and the Altamont Beer Works was
their destiny.
Go to the Altamont Beer Works for some real beer.
It’ll cost you more than the swill advertised on TV, but
the price is right.
The Altamont Beer Works is up and pouring. They
opened February 6 and are planning a grand opening late
in February. Participants, such as musical groups have
not been determined. You can bet it won’t be Myron Florin playing the Beer Barrel Polka, but maybe that skinny
British old guy will come and prance around—perhaps
accompanied by the old guitarist who had a wasted face
at age 20—for a more successful Altamont Concert.
Give them shelter.
by Harry Stoll
Saturday, February 9,
shortly after 8 a.m.: a large
crowd of beer lovers waits
politely— not blocking the
sidewalk—outside the First
Street Alehouse for its 9 a.m.
opening, and a taste of Pliny
the Younger, a once a year
release of Triple India Pale
Ale by the esteemed Russian
River Brewing Company,
whose beers are regularly
rated 100 out of 100 by the It’s part
of a national beer resurgence.
Inside, owner Ron Witherspoon, with restrained yet
matter of fact pride, points
out that only a very few
outlets receive this prize.
He says there is a waiting
list. The wait is worth it.
The brewers release a Pliny
in early February. Now it’s
the First Street Ale House’s
turn. Pliny the Elder was a
huge success, and now the
nephew gets a try. Today,
tasters are to receive only
one glass, either nine ounces
for $7 or 16 ounces for $12.
The tasters agree it’s worth
it. Also worth it, the wait for
one glass.
At 9 a.m., Ron stands
with his back to the front
door. Through it and the
windows, tasters are seen
outside waiting behind him.
Waitresses move around.
They are comely, but not TV
beer babes, these are working women. Both the male
and female staff are dressed
in the colorful American costume of blue jeans. Ron asks
the staff, “Ready?” They
nod, he opens the door and
the tasters enter briskly but
orderly, typically in groups
of seven. Some belly up to
the bar, which quickly fills.
The back bar wall features
a chalkboard listing “Rotating Beers.” There are about
seven of them.
Some customers go immediately to tables to order
beer, then go to a room offering a buffet breakfast of
an amazing array. A cook
makes an omelet while the
diner watches. Beer with
breakfast might seem odd,
Patrons toast 'Pliny the Younger.'
Photo - Doug Jorgensen
but it’s perfect.
The place quickly fills as
more wait outside. The First
Street Alehouse is a cavernous yet welcoming space
with an open ceiling with all
the workings—such as the
vents—visible. Brown paneling prevails on the walls.
The acoustics are pleasant for such a large place.
Initially, a base thumpedthumped, then somebody
singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
calmed the level to merely
excitable. Seats at tables, the
bar, or on a bench against
a mirrored wall with tall
chairs facing them are all
comfortable. All in all, it’s a
cool place.
The beer tasters are remarkably well-informed.
Eric Wall, Dave Steele, and
Lauren Grove sit in the wall
seats. Lauren tasted it and
said, “Definitely worth the
hour and a half wait.” Eric
makes beer at home. “Basically, making beer is putting
hops in boiling water. The
art is when you put the hops
in, the longer they are in the
more of the hop taste results.” The taste of the hops
is critical in ale. Beginning
tasters sometimes perceive
the taste as bitter, hardy but
bitter. Others value the taste.
The secret is to know when
to hop it. Eric believes that
for Pliny the Elder, it was
“dry hopping,” meaning
the hops were held off and
added late to the fermentation tanks.
David Steele pointed out
that Pliny the Younger is
definitely smoother than the
uncle, Pliny the Older. That’s
the consensus among many
tasters: Pliny the Younger
is smoother. They avoid the
word bitter, but it’s obviously a factor. With little hop
influence, a brew is boring
and wimpy, with too much
it’s bitter. Hopstasis is critical. A few tasters are new to
the beer revolution and have
no comment until they reach
the halfway point, then nod.
Maybe it’s like wine and
must open up.
Tasters leave and seven
more tasters are shown in.
Soon a blue jeaned waitress
says they have started the
second keg. Each Keg holds
15 ½ gallons. New tasters
keep arriving. The tasters are
convivial, not rowdy.
Two of the tasters are
Danny and Mindy Lee Skolnik, who were married in
December and retain that
glow. They met on the Internet. He’s from all over the
U.S. and she arrived from
Thailand as a young child. “I
want to use wine descriptors
for it, such as smooth, yet
robust,” says Mindy Lee.
Danny finishes first and offers to finish her beer. Her
small hand grasps the pint
and she uses some Americanism implying hands off.
Justin, who works in Internet sales, says of Pliny the
Younger, “Smooth, classy,
one of a kind. Definitely
worth the hour and a half
wait.” He wants to thank
the Alehouse for tapping
this beer.
“We’ve started the third
keg to be sure everybody
gets some,” says one of the
waitresses. In cabinets and
on shelves is the largest collection of beer cans in the
United States.
Ron estimates 300 tasters showed up and the First
Street Alehouse made sure
everybody received a taste
of Pliny the Younger. Russian River Brewing Company has a marketing mystique
going for it, and limiting the
release might be shrewd. Of
course, maybe they can’t
make beer that good that
often. What they and First
Street Alehouse have going
are remarkably good beers.
First Street Alehouse is
open late and in addition to
an extensive high quality
beer and wine list (and ice
cream floats) has a menu this
long, with house made chili,
taking up one line.
First Street Alehouse,
2016 First Street, Livermore, 925.371.6588,
the neighborhood and the
South Livermore Plan. Comments included, "Part of the
beauty of the area is that
there are large lots. In the
proposals we've seen, people
will live on top of each other.
That will destroy the look of
the area."
Some of the neighbors
mentioned that Sunset consider building a senior housing development, which
would generate less traffic
and have no impact on the
school. Others noted there
is a shortage of single family
homes in Livermore.
Asked why there are no
improvements being made
that would keep the centers
viable, Truebridge stated
the buildings are 40 years
old. It is time to for them to
undergo major repairs. "Sunset does not believe it could
recoup the cost of the repairs
with rent increases."
Truebridge told the audience, "Both centers are under-performing. We haven't
been able to raise rents for
six years. It makes no sense
to continue to operate the
centers. We'd like to work
with the community to come
up with a plan that is acceptable. If not, we will exit
the property. Someone else
will be up here with another
Several audience members stated that they believe
Sunset is just trying to make
money. They suggested killing the idea and holding
meetings with whoever buys
the land. "Let Sunset sell it
as it is."
Tenants who spoke at the
meeting said they would not
be able to find comparable
offices at the price they are
paying. The representative
of a nonprofit located in the
center said the organization
could not afford to move. A
spokesperson stated, "You're
killing us and a lot of small
businesses. Fix it up. Tenants will move in as the
economy recovers."
At the end of the meeting
Truebridge said there would
be no 3-story residential
buildings or apartments.
"We will look at suggestions
made and propose something that provides the best
economic return to us and
is the most acceptable to the
community. We want to get
out of town. This is the only
project we have outside of
San Ramon. When we go,
we want to leave something
that we are proud of."
He said there would be at
least one other meeting with
the community before anything is submitted to the city.
At the meeting, the community will be able to comment
on the new proposals.
(continued from page one)
Truebridge said that
students generated by any
development on the sites
could not be accommodated
at Sunset. "There is nothing
wrong with telling new homeowners that their kids can't
go to the school. It's not right
for new students to replace
those already at the school,"
he stated.
Truebridge pointed out
that plans are for market rate
projects. There will be no
low income housing. Sunset
plans to pay the in lieu housing fee to the city.
The three new plans discussed by Truebridge were
rejected by those in the audience. One proposal featured
17 units of single family one
story homes, twelve two
story single family homes
and 100 townhouses. The
single story homes would
locate behind current homes.
The second option consisted
of a greenbelt between older
homes and the newer homes.
The housing would include
66 2-story single family
units with detached garages
on alleys and 78 3-story
townhouses. The final idea
presented retained the current buffer area between the
older homes and the office
park. Beyond the buffer
would be 226 apartments
- all rentals.
After presenting the options, Truebridge said that
it is clear that people don't
like apartments. The 3-story
townhomes are probably too
There were suggestions
that Sunset come back with a
large lot single family development that better matched
The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 9
Tri-Valley Haven Close to Goal of Matching Grant Offer
After months of fundraising and awareness campaigns, Tri-Valley Haven
is closing in on its goal to
raise $125,000 to meet a
challenge grant opportunity
from an anonymous benefactor.
The Haven, which has
long been the primary provider of safety net services
including a confidential
shelter for battered women,
a family homeless shelter
and food pantry, has struggled to maintain its service
levels during the recession.
“Our first course of action
was to reduce our manager’s
hours and preserve services.
When that was not enough,
we closed our administrative office on Fridays and
only after all other options
had been exhausted did we
look at reducing direct service staff,” says Ann King,
Executive Director of the
Haven. “What the challenge
grant will empower us to do
during a fiscal crisis is allow some breathing room to
come up with alternate funding strategies rather that immediately move to cut staff
hours. It is in effect a safety
net for the safety net."
The community’s response to the challenge has
been encouraging. Events
such as the Haven’s Pace
for Peace 5K Walk/Run in
October and Holiday Craft
Fair were successful and
donations are up from previous years. What is most
moving are the number of
modest gifts coming from
individuals who previously
benefited from Haven services. “It’s truly touching
to see individuals come
full circle from making use
of our programs to being
PPIE Raising Funds
The campaign for the 201314 fund ends March 31. Please
help us help your students.
The Pleasanton Partnerships
In Education Foundation (PPIE)
is starting the 2013 Spring Campaign to raise funds that help
maintain high quality education
for all Pleasanton public school
The state has reduced spending on education by $1,600 per
student. While the passage of
Proposition 30 prevents additional program cuts, PPIE helps
mitigate the impact of the cuts
that have already been made.
PPIE continues to raise funds for
critical, district-wide programs
that include literacy coaches,
extra class sections, class size
reductions, counselors, and
specialists in technology and
physical education
PPIE is suggesting a voluntary donation of $350 per
elementary student and $200 per
middle and high school students.
However, any amount is greatly
appreciated. Nearby education
foundations are requesting an
average of $570 per student in
their school districts. Donations
are 100% voluntary and tax
For more details, check
your school website or the
PPIE website,
When making a donation by
check, credit card, PayPal or
to make monthly payments,
also visit If you
have further questions, contact
Rita Galvin – PPIE Executive
Director at [email protected]
G. Lucile Piper
Nov. 15, 1920-Jan. 23, 2013
Lucile Piper died January
23, 2013 at the age of 92.
Lucile was
born and
i n Tw o
M i n nesota.
She and
her sister
to San
in 1941
where she found work in
an aircraft factory. While
living in San Diego she met
her husband, Frank R. Piper.
Lucile and Frank were both
at the same bus stop late
one night and realized the
last bus had already gone
by. Frank offered to escort
Lucile home safely in a
taxi. That was the beginning — they were married
in September of 1943.
Lucile was a full time
homemaker and an excellent, passionate and adventurous cook. Her family
enjoyed wonderful adventures of wilderness camping
and eventually, sailing on
San Francisco Bay. When
her family was younger,
Lucile was very active in St.
Michael’s Parish in Livermore. She was a catalyst
in developing the library at
St. Michael’s school. While
living in Rossmoor, Lucile
has been active in St. Anne’s
Parish. She served as an extraordinary minister of Holy
Communion, taking the host
to the residents of Manor
Care in Walnut Creek.
Lucile was predeceased
by her husband, Frank in
April of 1997 and by her
Cancer Champions
The Amgen Tour of California is now accepting nominations for Breakaway from
Cancer® Champions.
Four individuals – one from
each of the 2013 Amgen Tour
of California communities of
Escondido, Santa Clarita, Santa
Barbara and Livermore – who
have made a positive impact and
acted as an inspiration to those
affected by cancer within his or
her community will be selected
as the Breakaway from Cancer
Nominate a cancer survivor,
patient, caregiver, or advocate
for those impacted by cancer.
Individuals can now nominate
themselves or others to be a
Breakaway from Cancer®
Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 25, 2013.
Full criteria and information
about becoming a Breakaway
from Cancer Champion is available at
The Breakaway from Cancer Champions will lead the
Breakaway Mile through their
community during the 2013
Amgen Tour of California on the
following dates: Escondido on
May 12, Santa Clarita on May
14, Santa Barbara on May 15,
Livermore on May 18.
daughter, Laura Piper Borland in June of 1997. She
is survived by a son, Frank
Piper Jr. of Brookings,
OR, and by two daughters,
Barbara Piper Nichols of
Livermore, CA and Paula
Piper Moss of Concord, CA.
She is also survived by 9
grandchildren and 19 great
grandchildren. To her loving family she was known
as ‘Super Grandma’.
Lucile enjoyed an independent lifestyle in her
Rossmoor condo, doing her
own cooking and, with some
help from her family, managing her affairs. She passed
away peacefully at John
Muir Hospital after suffering
a fall on the sidewalk on her
way to Saturday afternoon
mass at St. Anne’s Catholic
Church. She was surrounded
by her loving family at the
time of her death. She will
be greatly missed.
A memorial mass will
be celebrated on Saturday,
February 16 at 11:00 am at
St. Anne’s Catholic Church,
1600 Rossmoor Parkway,
Walnut Creek. In lieu of
flowers, please make a contribution to an elementary
school library.
Joseph Just
The Just family sadly
announces the passing of
Joseph Just who died peacefully at home Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the age of
Joe grew up in Bellingham, Washington where he
began his career as a butcher
in his father’s shop. He
moved to Livermore in the
early 50’s, where he continued his profession as a
master butcher and manager
stable enough to give back
so others can be helped”,
says King. “We are now in
the home stretch with our
Safety Net fund-raiser and
are asking the community
to help raise the remaining
$20,500 so we can realize
our goal,"
To donate to the Safety
Net campaign and have the
gift matched, please send
checks to Tri-Valley Haven
3663 Pacific Avenue Liver-
more CA 94550. For more
information please call (925)
Now in its fourth decade
of service, Tri-Valley Haven
provides vital shelter and
support services to victims
of domestic violence, sexual
assault and homelessness.
The Haven also provides
comprehensive violence prevention education and counseling. For more information
about the Haven please visit or
call (925) 449-5842.
Residents Invited to Home Energy Forum
The City of Pleasanton
joins with Energy Upgrade
California in Alameda
County to host a free TriValley Home Energy Forum
on Thursday, February 28,
2013 at the Operation Services Conference Center
located at 3333 Busch Road
in Pleasanton. The forum is
scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
Participants will learn
about rebates worth up to
$4,500 on a home energy
efficiency upgrade and have
Sister City Exchange
High school students can
learn about participating in the
Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister
City Association Youth Cultural
Exchange Program.
Information is being presented at The Foothill Spanish
Club meeting during lunch time
on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, in Sr.
Ospina classroom, B-27. The
Foothill parent/student meeting
is on Feb. 27th at the library
(lower level) at 7:00 pm.
The Amador student meeting is during lunch time on
Thursday, Feb 21st in Mrs.
Eyewe's classroom, Q201. The
Amador parent/student meeting
is on Feb 26th, in Mrs. Eyewe's
classroom, Q201 at 7:00pm.
To participate in the program, a student needs to be
entering his or her sophomore
–Senior Year in high school in
the fall and have completed a
second year of Spanish by the
end of this school year. The
cultural exchange is an enriching experience for students and
their families. This experience
can apply as community service
requirements in most instances
and is as a Pleasanton ambassador an excellent experience
to enhance any potential college
entrance portfolio as well. Teens
and their parents are invited to
attend the informational sessions to learn more. The application and selection process
will be explained.
for P&X Markets until his
As a veteran of World
War II, Joe proudly served in
the U.S. Navy from 1942 to
1945 in the Pacific Theater.
During retirement, Joe
remained active golfing and
traveling, and through membership in SIRS #121. His
love of golf reached a high
point when he and fellow
Springtown golfers celebrated his 90th birthday playing
18 holes at Silver Creek
Valley Country Club.
Joe loved to travel with
his wife while pulling his
trailer to explore many
points of interest throughout
the United States and visit
Lake Tahoe annually.
He leaves his wife of 70
years, Mary, and is survived
by his daughter JoAnne
Sabo; granddaughters, Kelly
Bennett and Wendy SaboEdgar; five great-grandchildren and many nieces
and nephews. Joe’s brother
and 4 sisters preceded him
in death.
He will be honored and
remembered in a private
family service.
Memorial gifts may be
made to Joe’s favorite charity, Salvation Army, or to a
charity of one’s choice.
Leda Mabelle
Barcus Thornburg
Leda Mabelle Barcus
Thornburg, a resident of
Pleasanton, passed away
peacefully on February 10,
2013. She was born September 28, 1921 in Idaho Falls,
Idaho to William Henry and
the opportunity to meet with
local participating contractors. A Pleasanton homeowner will also describe
the experience and benefits
of pursuing an energy upgrade.
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide program
that offers incentives to
homeowners who complete
select energy-saving home
improvements on a singlefamily residence. These incentive packages encourage
customers to take a “whole
house” approach by combining several related improvements at once to increase a
home’s overall energy efficiency and achieve greater
Homeowners may select
from one of two upgrade
packages that may include
air sealing, attic insulation,
duct sealing, hot water pipe
insulation, thermostatic control valve, low-flow showerhead, and combustion safety
testing, high-efficiency fur-
nace, energy-efficient cooling, water heater system,
energy-efficient windows,
duct replacement, wall insulation, and other custom
energy saving measures.
To RSVP to this free
event, please visit or call (510) 8916528. To learn more about
Energy Upgrade California,
please visit
More information about the
exchange program can be found
on Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister
City Association's website at .If you have other
questions or would like to recommend a student, please email
[email protected] or call Rita
Galvin at 925 249-1885.
the Spring season:
• Rincon Library: 725
Rincon Avenue, Livermore:
Drop in from 3:30-4:30pm on
the 3rd Friday of every month
for crafts at the Rincon Branch
• Civic Center Library:
1188 South Livermore Avenue,
Space Crafts- February 23,
2013 from 10:30am -12:00.
Children will choose from
three space themed designs.
Children may take home a photo
of themselves as an astronaut!
This craft is in conjunction
with 2013 Livermore Reads
Together, Packing for Mars, by
Mary Roach.
Spring Craft with Café ArtMarch 20, 2013 from 11:30am1:00pm. Listen to a story and
paint a ceramic piece with a
representative from Livermore’s
Café Art.
Windy Day Craft- April
10, 2013 from 12:00- 5:00pm.
Drop- in craft. Make a fun windy
day craft with Ms. Gail.
Crafts are designed for
children in grades Pre K- 5. No
registration necessary.
For more information, please
contact the Youth Services Desk
at (925) 373-5504, or the Rincon
Library at (925) 373-5540,
or visit the Library’s website: applications for the Diablo Area
2013 Grant Program.
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit provides financial
support to local nonprofit, public
health, and human service organizations that serve vulnerable
Diablo Area grants are
made to organizations serving
East and Central Contra Costa
County and the Tri-Valley Area
of Alameda County and are for
one-year only.
The deadline for online
application is March 1, 2013
at 5 p.m.
In 2012, Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Community Benefit grants program contributed
$616,500 to local non-profit
and public agencies working
in East and Central Contra
Costa County and the Tri-Valley area.
Those interested in applying
should contact Molly Bergstrom
at (925) 313-4694 or [email protected] to make a brief appointment to discuss the process.
Proposals that are a good match
for Diablo Area priorities will
then be directed to an on-line
Grants will be awarded for
projects and programs beginning July 1, 2013.
For more information on
Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program, visit:
Nature Walk
Early Signs of Spring is
the topic of the Sun., Feb. 17
program presented by Livermore Area Recreation and
Park District ranger staff. Meet
Ranger Amy Wolitzer at 10 a.m.
at Sycamore Grove Park, 1051
Wetmore Road.
Participants are likely to
see blue dicks, shooting stars,
johnny jump-ups and more. This
will be a slow-paced walk of
about four miles round-trip with
some moderately steep sections.
This program will last about
three hours. Walk is cancelled
if it is raining heavily; it will go
on if it is only sprinkling.
There is a $5 per vehicle
parking fee at either entrance
to Sycamore Grove Park. A $2
donation is requested to help
support the programs unless
other fees are specified. Participants may call 925-960-2400 for
more information.
Craft Programs
The Livermore Public Library presents the following
children’s craft programs for
Kaiser Grants
Mabelle, as
she preferred to
be called,
is survived by
daughters Marilynn Rodrigues of Tracy and
Marlene (Paul) Williams of
Georgetown. She is also survived by grandchildren Kim
Burnett of Kingman, AZ,
Shannon (Stephanie) Williams of Colorado Springs,
CO, and Jennifer (Frank)
Matos of San Jose, CA as
well as great-grandchildren
Taylor Reeves, Tanner Williams, Cole Matos, Katelyn
Matos, and many nieces
and nephews. Mabelle was
preceded in death by her
husband of 49 years, Harold, in 1993 as well as her
parents, her brother George
and her sisters Vesta, Laura
and Dessie.
Mabelle worked for
Hewlett Packard in Mountain View and Palo Alto for
more than 20 years, and then
moved on to another hightech company, BTI Computer Systems in Sunnyvale for
another 15 years. After living in Belmont for 38 years,
she retired with her husband
to Camellia Gardens, a senior living area, in Manteca
in 1989 and then moved to
Livermore in 2004. Mabelle
enjoyed working on her family history and traveling with
many Manteca Senior Cen-
ter members to Salt Lake
City, Utah to do research in
the Mormon Library.
Visitation will be at 10:00
a.m. and a Memorial Service
at 10:30 a.m. at Callaghan’s,
Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue,
Livermore, CA on Thursday,
February 14, 2013. Private
interment will be at Cypress
Lawn Cemetery, 1370 El
Camino Real, Colma, CA at
2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the
family prefers donations to
Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark
Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin,
CA 94568-3024 or a favorite
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit is accepting
Clara MacCready
Sept 27, 1917-Feb 9, 2013
Clara MacCready, a long
t i m e
of Livermore,
a w a y
in Hayward,
CA at
the age
of 95.
was an
Alameda County Retiree and a
member of the Church of
Christ in Hayward. She is
survived by daughter Janet Philpott; grandchildren,
Rhonda Fletcher, Craig Pacanowski, Brad Rawlins
and Leigh VanGundy; nine
great-grandchildren and one
great-great-grandchild and
many nieces, nephews and
She was preceded in
death by a daughter Joyce
An informal graveside
gathering will be on Fri.,
Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at
Memory Gardens Cemetery,
3873 East Ave, Livermore,
CA 94550
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
PAGE 10 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
ORCON founder Hollis
Bascom reflects on 50
years of innovation
By Patricia Koning
If you’ve flown in an airplane or have carpeting in your
home, chances are you’ve benefited from ORCON Corporation products, even if you’ve never heard of the company.
The Union City-based company is a leader in the reinforced
film industry, providing the insulation films used in most
commercial aircraft, insulation blankets for satellites, and
carpet-seaming tape that holds together much of the carpeting installed in North America.
Longtime Livermore resident Hollis Bascom founded
ORCON in 1962. “I came back from World War II and
started the company in a 10 x 10 office on First Street,”
he says.
With a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley
and experience with several manufacturing companies, he
looked for a problem he could solve. At the time, the films
and fabric industry needed material that was both durable
and lightweight.
“At that time there were many unsuccessful efforts to
create lightweight reinforced films using yarns glued onto
polyester and polyethylene films. But the materials were
too fragile and tore easily,” explains Bob Zajdel, manager
of business development for ORCON.
Hollis patented the BOCS (Bonded Oriented Continuous Strand) manufacturing process in which two sets of
yarn are laid perpendicular to one-another on a substrate
(typically an ultrathin polymer film), and bonded in place
with an adhesive. The unique adhesive application process
ensures that the yarns are structurally integrated to guarantee
great strength and tear resistance with the lowest possible
The first big success came just four years after the
company’s inception, when the Boeing Aircraft Company
adopted ORCON’s insulation films for use on its entire fleet.
The company continued to innovate and expanded into new
markets including “finished” insulation blankets for aircraft,
aerospace, and vehicle applications.
Not every idea proved successful, like forays into
reinforced tar papers for roofing and reinforced fabrics
for tire interplies. “There were times I wasn’t sure if the
company would survive,” says Hollis. “But we kept trying
new ideas.”
Hollis, a true entrepreneur, continued looking for ways
to apply his manufacturing processes. In 1970, the ORCON
Carpet Seaming Tape Division was started to serve both
the residential and commercial carpet industries. Using the
BOCS process, ORCON quickly established itself as the
flooring industry’s leading manufacturer of carpet seaming
tapes along with a unique line of carpet seaming irons and
flooring installation tools.
ORCON products have also made their way into outer
space. NASA has been a customer for many years, using
ORCON films on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and
the International Space Station. ORCON is working to
develop a relationship with SpaceX, the first privately
held company to send a cargo payload to the International
Space Station.
Hollis also had a significant impact on the city of Livermore. In 1956, he was one of the leaders of the effort to
create Valley Memorial Hospital, which opened in October
1961. Before Valley Memorial, the closest hospital was in
Oakland. Hollis was the first president of the Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.
Hollis is the sole owner, president, and chief executive
officer of ORCON, which at its height employed about 300
people. In 2010, ORCON sold off the Carpet Seaming Tape
Division. Today, without that Division and the lingering effects of the economic recession, the company employs about
120 people. ORCON employees are heavily invested in the
company, as they own about 50% of the non-voting stock
through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Hollis never really considered taking the company
public. He has funded the company’s growth by leveraging equity in the company’s headquarters in Union City, a
building the company owns, and by reinvesting profits. “We
haven’t had to rely on a lot of banks,” he says.
ORCON’s newest innovation is RE-2000™, a fire-blocking material. A one-inch blanket of RE-2000 can block
a high-velocity, 2000°F flame for many hours while the
backside temperature stays under 140°F. The material, says
Hollis, could prove invaluable in many industries, including
petro-chemical drilling and refining, construction/building
insulation for everything from single-family homes to highrise commercial buildings.
“A wildfire can wipe out homes in a rural area very
quickly. RE-2000™ will protect the structure and contents
from imminent destruction,” he explains. “We also envision the material being used to wrap steel beams in high
rise buildings and protect them from the elevated heat of a
high-rise fire. The Twin Towers fell because extreme heat
from the jet fuel caused the structural beams inside those
buildings to distort and then buckle.”
ORCON is currently working on gaining certification
for RE-2000 for use in the construction industry and many
others. The company expects to receive an Underwriters
Laboratory rating for RE-2000™ in the next six months.
For more information on RE-2000 go online to www.
“I’m proud of this company,” says Hollis. “What we
are doing today is very much cutting-edge. Every time we
move ahead, it is through innovation – creating something
that no one else has ever done before.”
Actor and Comedian Brian Copeland to Present a
Comedic Look at His Struggle with Chronic Depression
Las Positas College announced today that KGO
radio and "ABC 7 Live" talk
show host Brian Copeland
will present his one man
show "The Waiting Period:
'Laughter in the Darkness'"
on Wednesday, February 20
at 7:00 p.m. in the College's
Mertes Center for the Arts.
"The Waiting Period" is
Copeland's hard hitting, yet
comical, look at his personal
struggle with chronic depression. The show focuses on a
10 day period. That time was
the mandatory waiting period before he could receive
a newly purchased gun, with
which he planned to end his
life. Copland will stress how
his wonderful sense of the
comedy of life served him
insidiously well as a buffer
against the grim reality of his
intention. His is a story both
powerfully inspirational and
life affirming.
In commenting on the
event, Las Positas College
Psychology Department
Instructor Ernie Jones said:
"Depression is one of the
most common and debilitating health problems, affecting about one in ten people
in the United States. It is
also one of the most treatable
Science on Saturday to
Focus on 'Medical Radar'
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's lecture
series, "Science on Saturday," on Feb. 16 features the
topic, "Medical Radar,"
The lectures are free and
are held in the Bankhead
Theater, located at 2400
First St. in Livermore. Two
presentations are offered at
9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Each lecture highlights
cutting-edge Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) science
presented by leading Lab
researchers who are joined
by master high school science teachers.
On Feb. 16, the title of
the presentation is "Medical
Radar: Next Generation Life
Saving Medical Diagnostic
Devices." The talk will be
given by LLNL scientist
John Chang and teacher
Dean Reese of Tracy High
Lectures and demonstrations are targeted to middle
and high school students.
The lectures are sponsored
by LLNL's Science Education Program. Seating is on
a first-come basis. There is
no preregistration.
For more information
about Science on Saturday,
directions and a map, go to
the Web at or
contact Richard Farnsworth,
(925) 422-5059.
The Bankhead Theater is
located at 2400 First St. in
downtown Livermore.
disorders. Yet stigma, shame
and misunderstanding keep
most people suffering in silence. Our goal in presenting
"The Waiting Period" at Las
Positas College is to encourage greater awareness and
understanding of depression
and illustrate that there is
help and hope to treat the
Mr. Copeland's performance is open to students
and the general public. Admission is $10 with advance tickets available in
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shifted, excluding Alameda
County and giving him a
bigger portion of San Joaquin County.
Although McNerney's
former district boundary
never included Livermore,
he has a strong interest in
veterans. He had served on
the Veterans Affairs Committee, so he has led the
congressional effort to try to
keep Livermore VA open.
The VA wanted to close
it, and instead spend its resources in the areas where
more veterans are now living. Valley veterans could
be served in Fremont or Palo
Alto, the VA argued.
McNerney told Shinseki
that he is glad to see expansion to San Joaquin County.
The design for facilities
there is expected to be ready
this year. McNerney is encouraging Shinseki to seek
funding in the 2014 budget
to pay for completion of the
"Each day this project is
delayed means thousands
of veterans must drive hundreds of miles to Palo Alto,
CA ., for many medical
services," McNerney told
Shinseki. He mentioned the
creation of 900 construction
jobs for the project.
The Livermore site provides long-term care, nursing home level short-stay
post-hospital sub-acute and
rehabilitative care, and hospice and palliative care.
In addition, McNerney
urged re-evaluation of the
Livermore facility for best
use once the new facilities
are completed.
"Once again, I request
that you keep the Livermore
facility in the hands of veterans. The VA may want
to explore the feasibility
of transitioning this facility into a community-based
outpatient clinic so that
local veterans can continue
to receive critical medical
services, while not burdening the VA budget," said
Congressman Eric Swalwell, whose district includes
the Livermore VA campus,
told The Independent that
he, too, is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to
keep the campus open.
It is important to "maintain VA services close to the
many veterans who live in
the area, and also (for the
VA to) continue its plans
for a new outpatient clinic
and community living center in San Joaquin," said
"Our veterans bravely
fought and sacrificed for
our country. As more veterans return from overseas,
it is our responsibility to
keep our promises to them
in terms of health care, job
training, and assisting with
the transition to civilian
life," he said.
"I look forward to working with the VA and veterans
in the Bay Area to find ways
we can better serve them,
through these facilities and
other services," said Swalwell.
Dublin Looks at Residential Development Near 580
he Dublin City Council
has authorized a general plan
amendment (GPA) for a developer who wants to change
plans for a choice property
at one of the gateways to
the city.
The council took the action on a unanimous 4-0 vote
at its Feb. 5 meeting.
The 27-acre property is
across the street from Hacienda Crossings, a major
Dublin shopping center that
houses the Regency cinemas and many stores and
restaurants. The land is at
the northwest corner of Hacienda Drive and Interstate
580. The current zoning is
general commercial. Blake
Hunt Development wants a
change to a predominantly
residential use, in the range
of 450 to 750 units. Some
20,000 to 40,000 square feet
would be zoned for commercial.
Jerry Hunt, who represented Hunt Development
at the meeting, showed the
council sketches of the property, which represents the
developer's current thinking
about its design. Included
is a 2-acre linear park run-
ning north and south up the
middle of the property.
Hunt said the park would
be not only a centerpiece that
ties together the proposed
surrounding residential uses,
but also a link to the 14acre property north of it,
which is owned by Regency
Regency has been talking
to the city about a GPA as
well. It would include approximately 160,000 square
feet of commercial zoning
for the center. Typically
Regency anchors its retail
developments with a major
supermarket and a drug
Dublin designates mixed
residential-use as high density residential and commercial. However, Hunt is
looking at medium density
as well. Dublin would have
to create a new designation
to accommodate that usage.
Hunt Development would
like to emphasize restaurants
on its land. They would
serve both the neighborhood
and a broader city area, said
Jerry Hunt.
Councilmember Kevin
Hart said he thought that
Hunt had a good point. "You
have to wait 30 to 50 minutes
to eat in Dublin on Fridays.
Clearly we need good quality restaurants," he said.
With restaurants will
come a need for the owners
to meet the fees imposed by
Dublin San Ramon Services
District (DSRSD) for sewer
service. Restaurants are considered a high intensity use.
Councilmember Kevin Hart
asked Hunt how he plans to
deal with cost of the connection fees. Hunt replied that
it's "clearly a big obstacle,"
and must be studied.
Hart also commented on
the housing mix. Hart said
he would like to see a good
number of single family
homes in the development,
something he talked about
in general for the city during
his reelection campaign.
One Dublin resident
spoke on the issue. Jing
Firmeza asked whatever
happened to the "Digital
Dublin" concept. He did not
like the prospect of what he
said might be 750 condominiums on the land. "Our
home prices are being hammered," he said, concerned
that adding more homes
would keep housing prices
In the council discussion,
LVOC facilities today include the Combustion Research Facility (CRF) and
Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory
(CTRL), both at Sandia, and
the High Performance Computing Innovation Center at
LLNL. Newer developments
include a demonstration unit
for a CRADA with Livermore-based Cool Earth Solar that will be announced on
Feb. 20, and a hydrogen bus
refueling facility that is in
the early planning stages.
A more subtle change at
the site is a new approach
to diversity. “The challenge
for running a laboratory or
business of any significant
size is, how do I get the most
out of my employees?” says
Rick. “One way is to make
all voices matter, by listening to and appreciating the
value of different ideas and
He says he first observed
this with the EUVL CRADA. “The project brought
together competitors with
very different ideas and in
the end, the combination of
everyone’s ideas made this
a very powerful collaboration,” he says.
Rick opened up site strategic planning meetings to
anyone in the workforce.
These meetings were run
by volunteers from different roles and levels around
the site. “It was exciting
to watch,” he says. “Many
people were intent on having a voice and contributed
good ideas that were applied
to some decisions on discretionary investments.”
When setting agendas
for site visitors, diversity is
a consideration in selecting
the staff members to provide
presentations and lead tours.
“In the past, the same set of
people gave every briefing,
instead of opening up that
opportunity to earlier career
staff,” Rick explains. “This
has been noticed by several recent visitors. I think
it shows that we care about
stewarding our people.”
He wants employees to
feel comfortable expressing
their ideas and contributing
all that they can. A part of
that, says Rick, is not taking
yourself too seriously and
having fun at work.
An avid runner and cyclist, he made lunchtime
walks a regular part of his
workday. At the kickoff
for the employee contribution program in 2011,
Rick and other site directors participated in a tricycle race. Outreach groups
host events such as a piñata
contest and car show. The
monthly Farmers’ Market
in the LVOC has included
a flash mob, dancing, and
live music.
Rick plans to spend his
newfound free time enjoying Livermore and visiting
his three children and three
grandchildren. This will include stopping by the wineries, cycling (he’s signed up
for two century rides this
spring and summer), enjoying the symphony and the
library, and sailing on Lake
Del Valle.
(continued from page one)
dia’s main headquarters in
Albuquerque. He led and
managed research, development, and engineering in
nanosciences, materials and
process sciences, microelectronics/microsystems and
optoelectronics, advanced
manufacturing, computational sciences, engineering
sciences, radiation sciences,
modeling and simulation
science, and high-energydensity physics.
Rick returned to Livermore as the vice president
of the California site in
2009. During this time, the
site went through several
significant changes. The
most obvious change is the
development of the Livermore Valley Open Campus,
a collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory (LLNL) to create an open, unclassified
research and development
space for work in areas such
as bioscience, cyber security,
detection technologies, and
hydrogen application.
Established in 2011, the
The College is located
at 3000 Campus Hill Drive,
Livermore 94551. For more
information, contact Professor Ernest Jones at (925)
424-1217 or at [email protected]
national laboratories.
Rick served as deputy
director of science-based
engineering and technology
and was the chief executive
officer and the chief operating officer of the EUVL
Virtual National Laboratory,
a consortium of the three
national labs. In 1999, he
received Lockheed Martin's
prestigious NOVA award for
Technical Excellence. He
considers his work on EUVL
to be one of the highlights of
his career.
Rick was promoted to director of materials and engineering sciences in 2001. In
2003, he assumed leadership
of the Exploratory Systems
and Development Center,
which became the Center for
Homeland Security Systems
and Development.
In 2005, Rick was promoted to vice president of
science and technology and
served as Sandia's chief
technology officer, as well
as chief scientist for the
nuclear weapons program,
a role that took him to San-
the campus bookstore; space
permitting, they will also be
available at the door. Visitors are reminded that the
campus has a $2 parking fee.
Daily tickets are available
from vending machines in
the campus parking lots.
Don Biddle said that he likes
the Hunt plan's concepts, but
also reminded the council
that the staff report points
to problems that have to be
addressed in the GPA.
Among the challenges
is the loss of a prime commercial site that could catch
customers from Hacienda
Crossing across the street.
There are also challenges
about locating residential
units adjacent to I-580, including air quality and noise
impacts, and a parkland
deficit caused by adding
hundreds of residents without a corresponding addition
of parkland.
Jobs-housing balance
would be affected by changing the commercial zoning
to residential. There might
be pressure generated for
residential zoning to replace
nearby campus office zoning. Also, losing commercial would reduce Dublin's
chance to add more property
tax and sales tax revenue.
The council heard a report on the Dublin Spatter
event, which was held Sept.
22, 2012.
A total of 15,000 people
attended the event, with
more than half of them
drawn to the closing fireworks display. A band also
was a big attraction.
Although the fireworks
were the biggest draw, the
wine-tasting did well, selling
out with 1000 customers.
The event included 11 wineries and 12 restaurants. There
was a demonstration stage
where chefs from Johnny
Garlic's and The Restaurant
at Wente provided ideas on
Cultural Arts and Heritage manager Ann Mottola said in looking ahead
to this year's Splatter, which
is scheduled for Sept. 21,
people indicated they want a
wider variety of food available. There needs to be more
food. Last year, the supply
ran out.
Several councilmembers
were enthusiastic about having fireworks again, but
Mottola cautioned against
it. It could build expectations
for the following year, when
launching aerial fireworks
would not be safe, because
of construction of a nearby
park facility.
The council directed
staff to keep working on
this year's event and report
The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 11
Call 925-243-8000
FILE NO. 473876
The following person(s)
doing business as: PMO
Solutions!, 535 Rosso Ct.,
Pleasanton, CA 94566, is
hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
James David Mansour, 535
Rosso Ct., Pleasanton, CA
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on N/A.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: James David Mansour
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 15,
2013. Expires January 15,
The Independent Legal No.
3384. Published January 24,
31, February 7, 14, 2013.
FILE NO. 473944
The following person(s) doing
business as: Alan and Sons
Automotive, 4001 1st Street,
Ste 7A, Livermore CA 94551,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Alan Moffat, 3708 Catamaran Ct, Discovery Bay, CA
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on N/A.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Alan Moffat
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 16,
2013. Expires January 16,
The Independent Legal No.
3385. Published January 24,
31, February 7, 14, 2013.
FILE NO. 473670-1
The following person(s) doing business as: (1)Livermore Valley Brokers (2)LVB
Consulting, 4435 1st St
#146, Livermore CA 94551,
is hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Gilbert P. Souza II, 4771 Kimberley Common, Livermore,
CA 94550
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on 1/31/2006.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Gilbert P. Souza II
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 11,
2013. Expires January 11,
The Independent Legal No.
3387. Published January 24,
31, February 7, 14, 2013.
FILE NO. 473871
The following person(s)
doing business as: Animal
Medical Center of Livermore,
1318 Railroad Avenue, Livermore CA 94550, is hereby
registered by the following
Livermore AMC Incorporated, 1318 Railroad Avenue,
Livermore, CA 94550
This business is conducted
by a Corporation
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on 9/25/1998.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Harinder Bains, President
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 15,
2013. Expires January 15,
The Independent Legal No.
3388. Published January 31,
February 7, 14, 21, 2013.
FILE NO. 474059
The following person(s) doing
business as: Premier Handyman Service, 688 Saddleback Circle, Livermore CA
94551, is hereby registered
by the following owner(s):
Richard Garcia, 688 Saddleback Circle, Livermore, CA
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on 1/2/2012.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Richard Garcia
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 18,
2013. Expires January 18,
The Independent Legal No.
3389. Published January 31,
February 7, 14, 21, 2013.
Case No. RP13664323
1.To all heirs, beneficiaries,
creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may
otherwise be interested in the
will or estate, or both, of:
2.A Petition for Probate
has been filed by: DIANA G.
Superior Court of California,
County of ALAMEDA.
3.The Petition for Probate
requests that: DIANA G.
appointed as personal representative to administer the
estate of the decedent.
4. ( X ) The petition requests
the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to
probate. The will and any
codicils are available for
examination in the file kept
by the court.
5. ( X ) The petition requests
authority to administer the
estate under the Independent
Administration of Estates Act.
(This authority will allow the
personal representative to
take many actions without
obtaining court approval.
Before taking certain very
important actions, however,
the personal representative
will be required to give notice
to interested persons unless
they have waived notice or
consented to the proposed
action.) The independent administration authority will be
granted unless an interested
person files an objection to
the petition and shows good
cause why the court should
not grant the authority.
6.A hearing on the petition
will be held in this court as
Date: February 27, 2013
TIME: 9:30 AM DEPT: 201
County of Alameda
2120 Martin Luther King
Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Probate Branch
7.If you object to the granting of the petition, you should
appear at the hearing and
state your objections or file
written objections with the
court before the hearing.
Your appearance may be in
person or by your attorney.
8.If you are a creditor or
a contingent creditor of
the decedent, you must file
your claim with the court and
mail a copy to the personal
representative appointed by
the court within four months
from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in
Probate Code section 9100.
The time for filing claims will
not expire before four months
from the hearing date noticed
9.You may examine the file
kept by the court. If you are
a person interested in the
estate, you may file with the
court a Request for Special
Notice (Form DE-154) of
the filing of an inventory and
appraisal of estate assets or
of any petition or account as
provided in Probate Code
section 1250. A Request for
Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.
10.Attorney for Petitioner:
Terry L. Campbell
SBN: 191908
Attorney at Law
2125 Wylie Drive, Suite 7
Modesto, CA 95355
(209) 529-4800
The Independent Legal No.
3390. Published January 31,
February 7, 14, 2013.
FILE NO. 473595
The following person(s) doing
business as: Livermore Valley Bed and Breakfast, 3615
Caldeira Dr, Livermore CA
94550, is hereby registered
by the following owner(s):
(1)Jaime Osorio (2)Etelvina
Garcia, 3615 Caldeira Dr,
Livermore, CA 94550
This business is conducted
by a Limited liability partnership
The registrant began to
transact business under the
fictitious business name(s)
listed above on N/A.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Etelvina Garcia, LL Partnership
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 10,
2013. Expires January 10,
The Independent Legal No.
3392. Published February
7, 14, 21, 28, 2013.
Public Notice: Union Pacific
Railroad Company hereby
provides notice of the proposed modification to a 40
foot monopole communications tower. This site location
is Milepost 21.0 Union Pacific
Railroad, Alameda County,
Hayward, CA. The Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure
Registration Form 854 filing
number is A0788901. No
lighting is anticipated.
The application may be reviewed by going to www. and
entering the Form 854 File
Number. Environmental
concerns may be addressed
by filing a Request for Environmental Review online
at or by mailing
a request to: FCC Requests
for Environmental Review,
Attn: Ramon Williams, 445
12th Street SW, Washington,
DC 20554.
The Independent Legal No.
3395. Published February
14, 2013.
FILE NO. 474379
The following person(s) doing
business as: Small Jobs Fine
Home Remodeling, 2390
Pasatiempo St, Livermore CA
94551, is hereby registered
by the following owner(s):
Michael Sean Henry, 2390
Pasatiempo St, Livermore,
CA 94551
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on May 3, 1991.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Michael S. Henry
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 29,
2013. Expires January 29,
The Independent Legal No.
3396. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
FILE NO. 474396
The following person(s) doing
business as: Cafe Joy, 5321
Hopyard Rd, Ste G, Pleasanton, CA 94588, is hereby
registered by the following
(1)Taj N. Kamkar, 2833 Alnwick Ave #4, Livermore, CA
94551 (2)Marjan Fotouhi,
6122 St. Andrews Way, Livermore, CA 94551
This business is conducted
by a General partnership
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on 1/1/2013.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Taj N. Kamkar, Marjan
Fotouhi, Partners
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 30,
2013. Expires January 30,
The Independent Legal No.
3397. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
FILE NO. 474457
The following person(s) doing
business as: Mechanic King
Auto Repair, 3687 Old Santa
Rita Rd #14, Pleasanton, CA
94588, is hereby registered
by the following owner(s):
RJB Enterprises LLC, 4011
Regatta Dr., Discovery Bay,
CA 94505
This business is conducted
by a Limited liability company
The registrant began to
transact business under the
fictitious business name(s)
listed above on N/A.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Raymond Haywood,
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 31,
2013. Expires January 31,
The Independent Legal No.
3398. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
FILE NO. 473572
The following person(s) doing business as: Brain Stain
Entertainment, 5157 Norma
Way, Apt 239, Livermore, CA
94550, is hereby registered
by the following owner(s):
Caleb Leighton, 5157 Norma
Way, Apt 239, Livermore,
CA 94550
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed
above on 12/26/2012.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Caleb Leighton
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on January 10,
2013. Expires January 10,
The Independent Legal No.
3399. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
NOTICE is hereby given that
sealed competitive bids will
be accepted at the Alameda County Social Services
Agency Contracts Office,
2000 San Pablo Avenue, 4th
Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
KSSP2013 Kinship Support
Services South County:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
at 10:00 AM, Dublin Public
Library, 200 Civic Plaza,
Community Room, Dublin
and North County: Wednedsay, February 27, 2013 at
10:00 AM, Social Services
Agency, 2000 San Pablo
Ave., Oakland Room, 2 nd
Floor, Oakland Response
Due by 2:00 pm on March
22, 2013 County Contact:
Karen Obidah at (510) 2678608 or via email: [email protected] Attendance at
Networking/ Bidders Conference is not required. The
RFP is available via the GSA
under Current Contracting
No. 3400
NOTICE is hereby given that
sealed competitive bids will
be accepted at the Health
Care Services Agency, 1000
San Leandro Blvd., Suite
300, San Leandro, CA, 94577
#902013 Organizational
Development Consultancy
Mandatory–Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 3:00 PM
at Health Care Services,
1000 San Leandro Blvd,
Room 325, San Leandro
OR Wednesday, February
27, 2013, 3:00 PM at Public Health, 1000 Broadway,
Room 5000A, 5 th Floor,
Oakland Response Due by
2:00 pm on March 21, 2013
County Contact: Kristel
Acacio at (510) 618-1910,
[email protected]
Attendance at one networking conference is Mandatory.
Specifications regarding the
above may be obtained at
the Alameda County GSA
Current Contracting Opportunities Internet website at
No. 3401
FILE NO. 474604
The following person(s) doing
business as: Bel the Handyman Services, 1312 Maplewood Dr, Livermore, CA
94551, is hereby registered
by the following owner(s):
Belkasim Maklaf, 1312
Maplewood Dr, Livermore,
CA 94551
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to
transact business under the
fictitious business name(s)
listed above on N/A.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Belkasim Maklaf
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on February 5,
2013. Expires February 5,
The Independent Legal No.
3402. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
FILE NO. 474621
The following person(s) doing
business as: Animal Medical
Center of Pleasanton, 3901
Santa Rita Road, Suite A,
Pleasanton, CA 94588, is
hereby registered by the
following owner(s):
Harinder Bains, 1318 Railroad Avenue, Livermore,
CA 94550
This business is conducted
by an Individual
The registrant began to
transact business under the
fictitious business name(s)
listed above on N/A.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Harinder Bains
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on February 5,
2013. Expires February 5,
The Independent Legal No.
3403. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
(Notice pursuant to UCC
Sec. 6105)
Escrow No.
that a bulk sale is about
to be made. The name(s)
and business address of the
seller are:
DTA USA, INC., a California
Corporation, 6800 Sierra
Court, Suite C, Dublin, CA
Doing business as:
All other business name(s)
and address(es) used by
the seller(s) within the past
three years, as stated by the
seller(s), are:
The location in California
of the chief executive office
of the seller is: 6800 Sierra
Court, Suite C, Dublin, CA
The name(s) and business
address of the buyer(s) are:
a California Corporation,
6764 Preston Ave., Suite B,
Livermore, CA 94551
The assets being sold are
generally described as: inventory and are located at:
6800 Sierra Court, Suite C,
Dublin, CA 94568
The bulk sale is intended to
be consummated at the office
of: Versant Law Group, 300
Montgomery Street, Suite
600, San Francisco, CA
94104 and the anticipated
sale date is March 6, 2013
The bulk sale is subject to
California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106
[If the sale is subject to Sec.
6106.2, the following information must be provided.]
The name and address of
the person with whom claims
may be filed is: Alexander E.
Hamilton, Esq., Versant Law
Group, LLP, 300 Montgomery
Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104 and the last
date for filing claims by any
creditor shall be March 5,
2013, which is the business
day before the sale date
specified above.
Dated: 2/4/13
California Corporation
By: Alexander E. Hamilton
Its: Authorized Representative
No. 3404
FILE NO. 474859
The following person(s) doing
business as: Boatmasters,
5162 Preston Ave, Livermore, CA 94551, is hereby
registered by the following
Boatmasters, 5162 Preston
Ave, Livermore, CA 94551
This business is conducted
by a Corporation
The registrant began to
transact business under the
fictitious business name(s)
listed above on 7/9/90.
Signature of Registrants
:s/: Michael P. Schmitt
This statement was filed
with the County Clerk of
Alameda on February 11,
2013. Expires February 11,
The Independent Legal No.
3405. Published February
14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013.
for adoption information
Valley Humane Society
Adopt a new best friend:
TVAR, the Tri-Valley Animal
Rescue, offers animals for
adoption every Saturday
and Sunday, excluding most
holidays. On Saturdays
from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm,
dogs are available at
the Pleasanton Farmers
Market at W. Angela and
First Streets. Two locations
will showcase cats only:
Petsmart in Dublin from
12:00 to 4:00 and the Pet
Extreme in Livermore
from 12:00 to 4:00. On
Sundays, cats are available at Petsmart in Dublin
from 1:00 to 4:00, and Pet
Extreme in Livermore from
12:00 to 4:00. For more
information, call Terry at
(925) 487-7279 or visit our
website at
Cat & kitten adoptions now
at the new Livermore Petco
on Saturdays from 10:00AM
to 2:30PM. We have many
adorable, tame kittens that
have been tested for FIV &
FELV, altered & vaccinated.
We also have adult cats &
ranch cats for adoption.
Independent Contractors
Wanted. Senior Home
Health Care. Must have experience. Senior Solutions,
Inc (925)443-3101.
BE WARY of out of area
companies. Check with the
local Better Business Bureau
before you send money or
fees. Read and understand
any contracts before you
sign. Shop around for rates.
Call (925)243-8000
California law requires that
contractors taking jobs that
total $500 or more (labor
and/or materials) be licensed
by the Contractors State
License Board. State law
also requires that contractors
include their license numbers
on all advertising. Check your
contractor’s status at www. or (800)321CSLB (2752). Unlicensed
persons taking jobs less
than $500 must state in their
advertisements that they are
not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.”
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Audience Given a Glimpse of NASA's Research in Space
By Carol Graham
Bill Craig, Ph.D. had his
work cut out for himself.
Addressing an audience
composed of all ages and
levels of education, Craig
spoke about motivation for
conducting science from
space, in particular talking
about NuSTAR and the results of its first six months
in space.
"Public lectures are a
great deal of fun because
they make me think carefully about the basics of
what I'm doing, why it is
important, and why what I
care about should matter to
anyone else," said the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory astrophysicist.
"The most challenging
part is finding analogies
that relate a complicated
observation or mathematical
formula to something familiar to most people."
Craig's talk, "Why Do
Science From Space?" is
part of the Livermore Public
Library's ongoing "Livermore Reads Together" program.
"Each year we choose a
book, encourage the community to read it, and then
plan a series of events based
on the topics and themes
found in the chosen title,"
said librarian Joyce Nevins.
This year's choice is "Packing For Mars: The Curious
Science of Life in the Void,"
by Mary Roach. Upcoming
talks include Cooking For
Geeks: Real Science, Great
Hacks and Good Food, and
Out of This World Apps.
Craig spoke about NuSTAR, NASA's Nuclear
Spectroscopic Telescope
Array, which was launched
last June from the Kwajalein
Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
The NuSTAR mission
deployed the first orbiting
telescopes to focus light in
the high energy X-ray (6-79
keV) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. During
its initial two-year primary
mission phase, NuSTAR
will take a census of collapsed stars and black holes,
map recently synthesized
material in young supernova remnants in an effort
to understand how stars
explode and how elements
are created, and help to define what powers relativistic
jets of particles from the
most extreme active galaxies
hosting supermassive black
"Almost always, someone has a question about
black holes," Craig said
about the mysterious regions
of spacetime from which
gravity prevents anything,
including light, from escaping. "There is a great deal
of fascination about the
Although one of NASA's
smaller projects, NuSTAR
required a heroic effort from
a lot of people, said Craig.
Teams from the Lawrence
Livermore Lab, Caltech,
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Columbia University,
the Danish Technical University, and UC Berkeley
worked together to make it
"Current deep space exploration has many of its
origins right here in Liver-
more," said audience member Carlos Custodio. "Dr.
Craig studies high energy
X-rays emitted from black
holes, noting that scientists
can get closer to understanding the origins of the Big
Bang since the oldest black
holes may be located near
the edges of the universe. I
was intrigued that scientists
are using alternative methods to study the origins of
the universe."
Added Craig, "There are
interesting things to learn
about the most energetic
objects in the universe. The
technology we use to observe these has applications
to a broad array of things on
earth. Pushing the frontiers
of science and technology
not only answers fundamental questions, which is
important in its own right,
but almost always results in
broad benefits to society."
For information on talks
and programs at the library,
visit www.cityoflivermore.
net/citygov/lib and click on
Winegrowers Association Installs New Board
The Livermore Valley
Winegrowers Association
has announced the installation of its 2013-2015 Board
of Directors. Jennifer Fazio
of The Steven Kent Winery
and La Rochelle is the new
president, taking the reins
from Gina Cardera of Garre
Vineyard & Winery. The
new board will serve a term
of two years.
Members include: Jennifer Fazio, Steven Kent
& La Rochelle Wineries
(President); Lanny Replogle,
Fenestra Winery (Vice President); Amy Hoopes, Wente
Family Estates (Secretary);
Jim Perry, Eagle Ridge Vineyard (Treasurer); Kathy
Liske el Sol Winery (AMAC
Chair); Gina Cardera, Garre’
Vineyard & Winery (Past
President); Catherine Cheda,
Hawthorne Suites
Mark Clarin, Picazo
Vineyards; John Concannon,
Concannon Vineyard; Harry
Galles, Galles Vineyard;
William Martin, Safeway;
Heather McGrail, McGrail
Vineyards & Winery; and
Rhonda Wood, Wood Family Vineyards.
The Livermore Valley
Winegrowers Association
is a 501(c)6 organization
that supports the wineries,
growers, and members in the
Livermore Valley American
Viticultural Area through
educational and marketing
programs. For more information, please visit www.
Explanation of Vote on Raptor Study
A story in the Feb. 7 issue about a study that found
that Altamont raptor deaths
have declined to a three-year
average level of 50 percent
wrongly attributed some
remarks to Sean Smallwood,
who no longer sits on the Altamont Pass Wind Resource
Area (APWRA) Scientific
Review Committee (SRC).
The comments, which
had been summarized by
a third party who attended
the meeting, were made by
Smallwood's replacement,
Mike Morrison.
Morrison told The Independent in an e-mail this
week that he voted against
approval of the report prepared by the wind power
firms' consultant for two
Morrison said that before
he replaced Smallwod, the
committee had agreed to use
a three-year moving average
to determine fatality change
from the baseline data. (Previously it was a single-year
review.) Morrison said that
he respects the committee's
decision, but he does not
think the three-year review
is the best technique.
Morrison said that he
wanted to wait one more
year to rule on the report,
because of a trend in the
data for the past three years,
which he said was rising
upward in the number of
raptor deaths.
Morrison's other reason
for voting "no" was that he
thought, "We need to err on
the side of being conservative. I do understand that
asking the companies to
remove additional turbines
was going to incur a lot of
cost (i.e., if we voted that
50 percent had not been
achieved), but I cannot use
economics to make a professional assessment. "Ultimately it is the county that makes the decisions.
SRC is just providing them
with recommendations.
Thus I can give the county
as clean a recommendation
as I can, based only on my
professional assessment of
the biology of the situation,"
said Morrison.
Morrison is a professor in
the Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries Sciences at
Texas A&M University. He
specializes in wind energyrelated avian mortality.
The 50 percent reduction
was called for in a lawsuit
settlement. Attainment of
that figure can mean the
end of removing a certain
number of turbines that
otherwise would have to be
The report goes to county
planning director Albert
Lopez as one more piece of
information to use in making his decision concerning
turbine removal.
Photo - Doug Jorgensen
Bill Craig describes the goal of NuSTAR.
Since 1963
– 2013
Livermore-Amador Symphony’s (LAS) fiftieth season celebration continues
with its second concert of
the season, “Vienna Bonbon and Russian Drama,”
on Feb. 23 at the Bankhead
Theater in Livermore.
The program includes
Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich, Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor (1st movement), and Zigeunerweisen
by Sarasate. To honor the
Symphony’s 50 th Season,
Lehar’s Gold and Silver
Waltz will be performed.
Conducting will be Dr. Arthur Barnes who is in his
penultimate season as Music
Director of LAS. Featured
will be the winners of the
symphony’s Competition
for Young Musicians: pianist
Vivian Sung and violinist
Young Sun (Angel) Kim.
Vienna, the city of waltzes, celebrates Carnival season in January and February
with over 450 balls, the
sweetest being the Bonbon
Ball. Franz Lehar composed
his Gold and Silver Waltz
for another dance, the Viennese Gold and Silver Ball,
hosted by Princess Pauline
von Metternich at the beginning of Carnival in January,
1902. The separate themes in
the waltz complement each
other, providing a romantic
celebration of LAS’ golden,
fiftieth season.
The first movement of
Robert Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor features
pianist Vivian Sung. Vivian
remembers that she was first
enchanted by the piano at
age five, when she laid her
eyes on her cousin’s fingers
dancing across the keys.
Now sixteen years old, she
mador S
Young Musicians to Perform with
Livermore-Amador Symphony
is a junior at Dublin High
School and the daughter
of I-Ping Liu and Michael
Sung. Vivian has studied the
piano for the past ten years.
She says, “Music has always
been an entanglement of my
emotions; there is passion,
hatred, and frustration – but
above all, love. Music is
the only world in which I
can truly be myself, express
my emotions, and expose
my soul.”
Vivian’s current teacher,
whom she says has instilled
in her “a wild passion for
music,” is Dr. Jed Galant.
When she attended Wells
Middle School Vivian was
the keyboardist for the jazz
band. She has excelled in the
Music Teachers’ Association
of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit (CM) exams, which qualified her to
perform in numerous MTAC
CM Branch Honors Recitals
and Convention Festival
Recitals. In 2012 she was
selected as an Advanced
Panel winner. Vivian has
also participated in music
festivals and won various
competitions, including the
Schumann Festival in Pleasanton and the U.S. Open
Music Competition.
Music of the Romantic
period is most intriguing to
Vivian. Aside from classical
music, she enjoys listening
to modern music: the latest
pop music of both American
and Asian cultures, rhythm
and blues, and jazz.
Vivian shared her knowledge of music with young
children in a summer program at the Dublin Library.
During each session she told
anecdotes of composers and
used personal music record-
Angel Kim
Vivian Sung
ings to demonstrate each
musician’s unique personality, turning several students
from Lady Gaga fans into
Beethoven fanatics. Vivian says of music, “I have
always regarded music as
my own little ‘happy place,’
where no one can disturb me
in my reveries of melodies
and harmonies.”
Schumann’s Romantic
piano concerto is a brisk,
emotional place to dwell.
The first movement begins
energetically and the emotional mood shifts throughout the piece until the exciting ending. At the premiere of the work in 1846 in
Leipzig, Schumann’s wife,
Clara, played the piano solo.
It was Clara who encouraged Schumann to expand
his Phantasie, a fantasy for
piano and orchestra, into
a full concerto, resulting
in the only piano concerto
Schumann was to complete.
Violinist Young Sun (Angel) Kim will solo in Pablo
Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen.
Angel began playing the
violin at the age of eight,
and first performed as a soloist at the Livermore Solo
and Ensemble Festival in
the fifth grade. Angel is a
seventeen-year-old senior at
Amador Valley High School
in Pleasanton who says, “I
fell in love with the violin
when I first heard Sarah
Chang perform. I like to play
the violin because it helps
me relieve my stress when
I have many things on my
Angel, whose parents are
Chunsun Kyung and Wan
Ho Kim, currently studies with Davis Law at the
San Francisco Conservatory
of Music. She has been a
member of the LAS Youth
Orchestra for three years.
She is the concertmaster and
student representative of the
Oakland Youth Orchestra
(OYO), through which she
says she has gained a passion for the music she plays.
She also serves as concertmaster and vice-president
of the Livermore-Pleasanton
Youth Outreach Symphony
Angel won first place in
the most recent OYO Concerto Competition and the
honorable mention award
as a sophomore. Last year,
at the Korea Times Youth
Music Competition she won
third place; in the sixth grade
she won second place. Angel
received a scholarship award
from the Korean American
Music Supporters Association and the Contra Costa
County scholarship award
for leadership and volunteer
work. In addition to violin
she particularly enjoys math
and has served as a math tutor since eighth grade. She
became a book club leader
in the Korean Parents Association when she was in
ninth grade.
In 2010 Angel was invited to participate in the
Chanticleer National Youth
Choral Festival. In May
2013 she will perform with
the OYO at the Castro Valley Arts Center. She says
of her musical experience,
“Besides solo violin, orchestra has been a huge part of
my life, and I plan to continue to be in an orchestra
even when I grow up.”
Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) is a
composition about the Roma
people. With themes of sad
lament and bright dance,
it ranges from majestic to
melancholy to lively and
intricate. It is based loosely
on the czardas, a Hungarian
folk dance. Sarasate wrote
Zigeunerweisen in 1878 and
it premiered in Leipzig the
same year. It remains one
of his most popular works.
Finally, the orchestra will
perform Dimitri Shostakovich’s dramatic Symphony No. 5. Written when
Shostakovich’s life was
under constant threat by Stalin’s regime, Symphony No.
5 was a success with both the
political authorities and the
public. In 1936 Shostakovich fell out of official favor;
his work was criticized in
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British Guitar Maestro hits
Firehouse Arts Center
Performing will be (from left) Alan Geier, Phyllis Harding and Barbara Mullens-Geier.
"Humboldt Pi" Concert
The chamber music
group," Humboldt Pi", will
present a concert on Feb. 24
at 4 p.m.
The group, consisting of
pianist Alan Geier, flutist
Barbara Mullens-Geier and
clarinetist Phyllis Harding, will perform a program
of trio music by French
composers Maurice Emmanuel, Camille Saint Saens
and Gabrielle Faure; Swiss
composer Ernest Bloch and
contemporary American
composers Eric Ewazen and
Gwyneth Walker.
This trio of friends first
met as participants at a
Chamber Music Workshop
at Humboldt State University in 1985. Since that time
they have continued to enjoy
working and performing
together. In January of 1998
they presented their first
Livermore concert as a Super Bowl Sunday benefit for
the FPCL organ fund.
All three players have
continued to be very involved with the Humboldt
Workshops. Alan is now one
of the directors, Barbara is
a coach and Phyllis serves
on the board of directors.
During the school year, Alan
teaches music at Polytechnic
High School in Pasadena. He
is a soloist, vocal coach and
pianist with several choral
groups in the area. Barbara teaches flute, coaches
chamber music groups, and
is principal flute with the
Claremont and Fullerton
Symphonies. Phyllis teaches
clarinet in the Livermore
area, performs with local
chamber groups and often helps facilitate musical
This afternoon of music
will be held in the sanctuary
of First Presbyterian Church,
corner of 4th and L Streets,
Livermore at 4:00 pm, February 24, 2013. Free will
donations will benefit the
Open Heart Kitchen.
British guitar maestro
Adrian Legg brings his USA
Tour to the Firehouse Arts
Center for a single performance on Friday, February
22, at 8:00 p.m. The show
is a celebration of Legg’s
award-winning 11th album
release “The Very Best of
Adrian Legg.”
In self-describing his
music, Legg says, “I’m a
collision between European
classicism and the American
guitar. I make up tunes and
play them on the guitar. On
a good day people give me
money for it. That’s it: the
beginning and end there, and
all that’s in between.”
Readers of the U.K.’s
Guitarist magazine voted
him Acoustic Guitarist of
the Decade, and in Guitar
Player’s readers’ poll he was
named four times as Best
Acoustic Fingerstylist.
Legg’s discography of
11 albums to date includes
such award-winning titles
as Guitar for Mortals, Mrs.
Crowe’s Blue Waltz, and
Wine, Women & Waltz. His
most recent release (October
2012) is the widely celebrated “The Very Best of Adrian
Legg.” In addition to his
composing and performing,
Legg is known for his commentaries on the popular National Public Radio program
“All Things Considered,”
which also uses a number
of his guitar interpretations
of its theme music. His
three instructional videos
(Beyond Acoustic Guitar,
Fingerpicking & Open Tunings, and How To Cheat At
Guitar) are widely used and
However, for Legg, the
fulcrum and essence of his
creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the
whole point,” he stresses.
“Everyone makes a journey,
an effort; we all come toable through any LAYAC or gether – me, the audience,
Soroptimist membet. Presale the people who run the venue
prices are adult $10, student – to share this wonderful,
$8 and adult/student deal universal, human emotional
$15. Tickets sold at the door interaction. This is where
will be adult $15, student the music lives.”
Born in a Salvation Army
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hospital in the London
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tion please contact: Amelia his family’s East End backBenko (925) 447-7416 or ground melds immigrant
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with East Anglian farming
stock, with lots of musicmaking thrown in. Adrian
MISS Representation Screening Set
Livermore is
working in
c o n junct i o n
with the Livermore Area
Youth Advisory Commis-
sion (LAYAC) to promote
public awareness of the
media’s misrepresentation
of women by hosting the
screening of the award winning documentary film by
Jennifer Seibel Newsom –
MISS Representation.
The movie exposes mainstream media’s contribution
to the under-representation
of women in positions of
power and influence in
America. The film advo-
cates that all people should
be equally represented in the
media, all voices should be
heard and people should be
valued for their talents, and
ability to contribute to the
world at large.
The screening will take
place on Thursday, February,
21, 2013 at 7:00pm at the
Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave.,
Presale tickets are avail-
Adrian Legg
was choirboy, piano and
violin student before settling
in as an oboist in school and
youth orchestras. But he
says he listened to electric
guitar-led groups on Radio
Luxembourg “while buried
under his bedcovers.” On
the sly, he “cobbled together
his own jury-rigged guitars,
or rather odd stringed instruments…using scraps from
school woodworking class,
fret wire, and junk metal its
retrieved from the local bus
depot.” And the rest, as
they say…
The show is one performance only. Tickets are
$10, $15, $20. Tickets may
be purchased online at www. up to two
hours prior to the performance, by phone at (925)
931-4848, or in person at
the Firehouse Arts Center
Box Office, 4444 Railroad
Avenue, Pleasanton.
The entrance to free parking is on Spring Street near
First Street.
The Mandolin, the Mayor, and
the Man from La Manchia
The Pacific Chamber
Symphony concert on March
3rd will feature Mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall, Livermore Mayor John Marchand,
and the world premiere of a
piece by composer Christopher Caliendo. The Pacific
Chamber Symphony is conducted by Maestro Lawrence
Mr. Marshall’s repertoire
includes music from baroque
to bluegrass. He will play
two pieces – one by J.S.
Bach, and one of his own
composition. The Concerto
in G minor, by Bach, is an
adaptation of a harpsichord
concerto, which was in turn
an adaptation of an earlier concerto for violin. The
second piece – Mandolin
Concerto No. 1 in G major is Mr. Marshall’s own threemovement composition for
mandolin and mandocello.
Two more works, both
unique in their own right,
round out the evening’s offerings. One is the world
premiere of a new piece by
Hollywood composer Christopher Caliendo – Cross
Cultures Number 1 for string
symphony. This three-movement piece is an exploration
of folk music styles.
The fourth work on the
program is the Don Quixote
Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann. Livermore Mayor
John Marchand will read
selections from Cervantes’
classic work. He will be
accompanied by the Pacific
Chamber Symphony.
According to those who
have attended concerts, Pacific Chamber Symphony
blends the power and tonal
richness of a professional
symphony orchestra with
the intimate clarity and delicate nuances of a chamber
music ensemble. Under the
guidance of dynamic Maestro Lawrence Kohl, these
brilliant professionals offer
insightful interpretations
performed at the highest
The Pacific Chamber
All Stars
The Captivating Beat
of the Heart of Cuba
THU FEB 14 7:30pm
Pictured are Mike Marshall and, at right, composer
Christopher Caliendo.
Symphony is an LVPAC
resident company.
The concert will be at
7:00 Sunday, March 3, at
the Bankhead Theater in
Livermore. Tickets are
$45/$36/$30, $7 students,
and can be purchased at
the Bankhead Theater box
office, online at or by phone
at 925.373.6800.
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Join us Thursday,
February 28th
from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Featuring House of Floyd
FRI FEB 15 8pm
Chiara String
Del Valle Fine Arts
SAT FEB 16 8pm
Reunion of the
Doo Wop Stars
Favorites from an
Unforgettable Era
FRI FEB 22 8pm
Vienna Bonbon and
Russian Drama
Livermore-Amador Symphony
SAT FEB 23 8pm
Ribbon Cutting
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of Flamenco Vivo
TUE FEB 26 7:30pm
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Doo Wop Tribute Evokes the Familiar Sounds of an Era
An evening of songs will
take fans back to the 1950s
and 1960s when an all new
tribute show “Reunion of
the Doo Wop Stars” reaches
Livermore at the end of
this month. Featuring The
Four Preps, original Coaster
Leon Hughes, the Drifters
tribute band, and hosted by
award-winning comedian
Scott Wood, the show is
filled with timeless hits from
“There Goes My Baby” and
“26 Miles/Santa Catalina”
to “Yakety-Yak.”
“Reunion of the Doo
Wop Stars” will be at the
Bankhead Theater for one
performance only on February 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
The members of The
Four Preps originally came
together in 1954 when they
answered a call in their
school bulletin at Hollywood High looking for
groups for the upcoming
talent show. Led by Bruce
Belland, who remains their
front man, they stole the
show with their sleek har-
monies and engaging style.
They were soon in demand
for other gigs and, two years
later, became the youngest
act to sign with a major record label. Their best known
hit, the California-themed
“26 Miles/Santa Catalina”
written by Belland, climbed
the charts in 1957 and made
them a pop music sensation.
The original group disbanded after 15 years and Belland
went on to pursue a highly
successful career in the television and film industry. He
re-formed The Four Preps in
the late 1980s and has since
toured the country transporting delighted audiences back
in time with their distinctive
doo wop harmonies.
“Reunion of the Doo
Wop Stars” will also feature original Coaster Leon
Hughes and his group bringing back such old favorites
as “Yakety-Yak” and “Charlie Brown.” Originally
formed under another name,
the group emerged as The
Coasters in the mid-1950s
The Four Preps (left) and The Coasters are part of the new Doo Wop show.
with a distinctive upbeat
blues sound that quickly
earned them a top spot in
the emerging world of rock
and roll. As their fame took
off, they were often featured
on network TV shows such
as the Ed Sullivan Show
and Dick Clark’s American
Bandstand. Such top hits
as “Save the Last Dance
for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Stand By Me,”
by the Drifters tribute band
as well as other favorites
by doo wop specialty band,
Billy and the Corvettes, will
make this one-night-only
musical reunion complete.
Providing his own comic
touch as he serves as host
for the evening will be “Mr.
Punchline,” Scott Wood.
Over the last two decades,
Wood has kept audiences
laughing on television and in
theaters across the country
with his rapid-fire comic
one-liners. He won the Improv Comedy Club’s talent
search for funniest comedian
in 2003 and has since appeared on cable television’s
Comedy Central and other
stations. With zany antics
and impeccable comic timing, Wood blends his own
style of insightful humor
with a remarkable ability to
mimic voices in an extensive
repertoire of celebrity and
pop singer impressions.
Tickets for “Reunion
of the Doo Wop Stars” on
February 22nd range from
$43 to $63 each for adults
and $14 for students, and are
available at the Bankhead
Theater box office, 2400
First Street, Livermore.
Tickets may be purchased
by calling 925-373-6800 or
Verdi’s La Traviata Set for the Bankhead Theater
Livermore Valley Opera,
the Tri-Valley's regional
opera company, presents
Verdi’s romantic story of
love and heart-break with
La Traviata at the Bankhead
Performances are March
9 at 8 p.m. March 10, 2 p.m.;
March 16, 8 p.m. and March
17, 2 p.m. An opening night
gala celebration dinner will
be held at Uncle Yu’s at the
Vineyard, 4:30pm.
La Traviata is one of
the most popular operas
and a staple of the standard
operatic repertoire. It is the
story of a lost woman who
is rendered virtuous by her
tortured and shattered love
for the one man who dared to
love her in spite of her past.
Performed in three acts
and sung in Italian with English supertitles, composer
Giuseppe Verdi adapted
the opera from Alexandre
Dumas’ romantic novel “La
dame aux Camélias” (The
Lady of the Camellias). In
Verdi’s adaptation, La Traviata, which literally translates
as The Fallen Woman, is the
story of a young courtesan
Violetta Valéry who finds
the love of her short life in
a young nobleman Alfredo
Germont. But Alfredo’s
father insists that Violetta
break off her relationship
with his son to protect his
family’s reputation.
“La Traviata offers an
emotional ride between the
gaiety of 1800’s Parisian
parties and the despair of
a poignant ending,” says
LVO President Jim Schmidt.
“It belongs in the top tier
of opera with some of the
most familiar and enjoyable
music known, and our cast
brings the characters to life
with rich vibrant voices and
commanding stage presence.”
Lyric soprano and dramatic actress Rebecca Davis
will sing Violetta. Alum of
the famed San Francisco
Opera Merola Program, Davis has performed numerous
principal roles in major opera houses across the country. As Joshua Kosman (S.F.
Chronicle) said of Rebecca
Davis in a prior appearance
as Violetta, she “boasts a
big, vibrant sound that she
keeps under superb control,
as well as pinpoint technical
command and a wealth of
vocal coloration. Her voice
is muscular enough to tackle
the most daunting displays
of power, but tenderly lyrical
in more intimate passages.”
Tenor David Gustafson
will sing Alfredo, Violetta’s
lover. Gustafson who sang
Roldolfo in LVO’s fall 2012
production of La bohème,
is one of the Bay Area’s
most popular opera singers. As reported in the S.
F. Examiner when he sang
Calaf, in Puccini’s Turnadot,
Gustafson “has audacious
tone and an imposing stage
Baritone Torlef Borsting will sing the part of
Alfredo’s father Germont.
His voice has been hailed as
"heroic" and "wonderfully
rich and warm" while his
stage persona was lauded as
"bigger than life" and "rakishly handsome". Borsting
sung the part of Angelotti in
LVO’s March 2012 production of Tosca.
Schmidt explains that
LVO’s production of La Traviata will be unique even for
opera aficionados. “If you
have seen La Traviata before, our production promises to be a new experience,
thanks to the imaginative direction of our stage director
Brian Luedloff.” Luedloff
who directed LVO’s production of Madama Butterfly in
2011, which San Francisco
Classical Voice described
as “riveting”, will present
his vision of Verdi’s opera,
opening March 9.
• Opening Night Galas at Uncle’s Yu’s at the
Vineyards: Gala ticket includes wine, donated by
Livermore’s BoaVentura de
Caires winery, and dinner at
Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard,
followed by a dessert reception in the Bankhead Theater
lobby. The welcome reception of wine and appetizers
begins at 4:30 pm and seating at 5:00 pm at Uncle Yu's.
Guests will have a chance
to meet the Stage Director
Brian Luedloff and Alexander Katsman, LVO’s Artistic
Director and Music Director
and Conductor. Gala Tickets
are $85, and are available
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Reception Offers Chance to Meet and Talk to Photographers
through Bankhead Theater
box office.
• Napa Valley Opera
House “Violetta” pre-performance party: Livermore
Valley Opera has been invited to bring La Traviata
to the historic Napa Valley
Opera House on Wednesday,
March 13. This special performance during opera week
features the singers in full
costume, chorus, 23-piece
orchestra, some furniture
and key props, with English
• Prior to the performance
will be a “Violetta” party, a
meet and mingle party for
opera patrons of Livermore
and Napa, from 6:00p to
7:45p. Tickets are $35. The
festivities include heavy
appetizers and a wine “tasteoff” between fine wines of
Livermore and Napa. Visit for
tickets and information.
• Ice Cream & Opera:
Sunday matinees of Livermore Valley Opera productions offer a treat of ice
cream for all at intermission.
• Pre-opera talk; artist’s
reception: Included in the
ticket price are pre-opera
talks providing insights to
the featured opera, held one
hour prior to curtain. Brian
Leudloff, Stage Director
for La Traviata, will lecture
opening weekend. The second weekend, Diane Mauch,
President of the large Rossmoor Opera and Ballet Club,
will provide insight to the
LVO’s traditional artists'
reception is held in the lobby
immediately following each
Tickets are adults $39$74; students 18 years and
younger $10 off on all days,
all seating sections (student
ID required). Opening night
Gala tickets are a separate
ticket purchase of $85. The
Bankhead Theater is located
at 2400 First St., Livermore.
Tickets may be purchased
at the box office, on-line at
or by calling 373-6800.
By Carol Graham
Both the photographer
and the subject of his or
her favorite picture will be
present at "Different Paths:
Alternative Photographic
Expressions," on Saturday,
February 16 at Livermore's
Figurehead Gallery.
"The photograph was
taken on our honeymoon,"
said Walter Davies, his eyes
lighting up as he recalls a
winter day in 1963 when
wife Nan jumped in the air
on the beach, her image
captured forever by the lens
of his camera.
The reception, at which
Nan will play a flute accompanied by a cellist,
features platinum prints by
Davies, Cibachrome prints
by Ron Rigge, and handtinted prints and solar-plate
etchings by Lisa Rigge.
"These are three types
of photography that are not
widely practiced today,"
said Ron. "They're different
paths, almost extinct now,
to making fine-art photography."
Davies uses a platinum
print process that offers a
much longer tonal range
from dark to light than
the more usual developing
methods. "The photographs
are richer with more depth,"
he said. "The natural landscape is a principle muse. I
like the magic and beauty
of light and contrasts, light
and shadows. I try to bring
to the viewer an aspect of
what they may not have
paid attention to before - to
expose beauty."
Nan added, "You can just
walk into a platinum print."
Ron's specialty is his
work with Cibachrome, a
fade-resistant color process
that he's been refining since
the late 1970s.
"If you learn about photography, you learn about
who went before you. It
wasn’t just Ansel Adams,"
said Ron. "I liked the FSA
(farm security administration) photographers who,
during the depression, photographed signs, buildings,
and cars."
Calling his favorite subjects "Americana," Ron said
he drives back roads, or Blue
Highways - a term referring
to small, forgotten, out-ofthe-way roads connecting
rural America. "You may
find nothing for days, then
you find something. Color
is a beautiful match for some
subjects, but there also has
to be something in the picture - composition or content
- that makes you think, 'Why
do I want to keep looking
at that picture?' There's
something very emotional
in a picture that stops you."
Lisa, Ron's wife of nearly
22 years, said, "I met Ron's
photograph before I met
Ron. Cibachrome has a
luminosity, sheen and depth
that jumps off the wall at
Lisa, who paints tinges
of color on black and white
photographs, also enjoys
traveling the back roads.
"We've visited a lot of ghost
towns. They're one of my
favorite subjects because
the buildings are something
from the past. Hand tinting
is something from the past,
so it's a double layer of what
used to be," she said. "The
buildings are just empty
space but they're full of the
lives of the people who lived
Also on exhibit will be
Lisa's solar-plate etchings,
which show lovely, unearthly images of people and
places, notably missions,
into which she's added or
subtracted various objects.
"I take artistic license," she
said with a smile.
The Feb. 16 reception,
held from 2 to 5 p.m., kicks
off the Different Paths exhibit which will be open
through March 30th.
"This is a great show for
young people or anyone
interested in photography,"
said gallery owner Ken Ball.
"They can talk to the pho-
Work shown is (top left) a
platinum print by Walter
Davies; (upper right) a
hand tinted print by Lisa
Rigge, and (lower right) a
Cibachrime print by Ron
tographers, and learn about
history, techniques and composition."
The reception is open to
the public. Light refreshments and wine will be
served. Figurehead Gallery
is located at 2222 2nd Street
in Livermore's Old Theatre
Mall. For more information or to receive gallery
announcements, visit www.
Added Davies, "The
muse that has captivated me
is the beauty and mystery of
light and shadow. I attempt
to explore their play and
dance through the eye of a
camera. The exploration is
incomplete, however, until
experienced through the
eyes of a viewer."
Program Focus Is on Astronomy for Everyone
Kevin Manning will present his program Astronomy
for Everyone: Size and Scale
of the Universe at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S.
Livermore Avenue.
There is no charge for
this event.
Award-winning astrophysicist Kevin Manning,
a former consultant with
NASA, is passionate about
astronomy. He will guide
young and old on an educational and entertaining
exploration of the universe,
the stars and other celestial
wonders in his fascinating program Astronomy for
Everyone. Following the
program, a powerful telescope will be available in
the library plaza for viewing
Mars, the Rings of Saturn
and other object in the night
sky, weather permitting.
Kevin, PhD, is a retired astrophysicist, having
worked as a consultant with
NASA, the Chandra XRay Observatory launched
on the space shuttle with
Kevin Manning
the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics,
and other ground-based
observatories. He earned his
doctorate from Tufts University. Kevin won national
and international awards
in his field, and worked
with Brookhaven National
This program is part of
Livermore Reads Together,
a community-wide reading
program featuring Mary
Roach’s Packing for Mars:
The Curious Science of
Life in the Void. Livermore
Reads Together is hosting
free events for children and
adults during the month of
February 2013. Copies of
books and event schedules
are available at all Livermore Public Library locations.
Livermore Reads Together is sponsored by The
Friends of the Livermore Library. For additional events
check the library’s website
at www.livermorelibrary.
Visualizing Science Through Art Program
Left Brain, Right
Brain: Visualizing Science
Through Art is the topic of
a program to be presented
at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the
Livermore Library.
Art and technology need
not be adversarial. In this
presentation, Chris Ford
of Pixar Animation Studios will share insights into
how the art and technol-
ogy of feature film special
effects and animation is
being applied to scientific
and astronomical visualization, illustrating how art,
science, and technology are
producing some of the most
extraordinary visual images
of the 21st century.
This program is part of
Livermore Reads Together,
a community-wide reading
program featuring Mary
Roach’s Packing for Mars:
The Curious Science of Life
in the Void. Livermore
Reads Together is sponsored
by The Friends of the Livermore Library.
There is no admission
charge. The library is located at 1188 So. Livermore
Ave. For more information,
call 373-5505.
Cooking for Geeks Presentation Set
Cooking for Geeks: Real
Science, Great Hacks, and
Good Food will be presented in conjunction with
Livermore Reads Together.
The program will be
from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16
at the Livermore Library,
1188 So. Livermore Ave.
Jeff Potter combines
love of science with love
of food in his book Cooking for Geeks. More than
just a cookbook, Cooking
for Geeks fosters discovery,
inspiration and invention in
the kitchen.
Jeff experiments with
equipment, techniques,
chemistry, even the psychology and genetics of flavor.
Sometimes it's delicious,
and sometimes he blows up
the kitchen. Sometimes he
does both.
This program is part of
Livermore Reads Together,
a community-wide reading
program featuring Mary
Roach’s Packing for Mars:
The Curious Science of Life
in the Void. Livermore
Reads Together is sponsored
by The Friends of the Livermore Library.
For more information,
call 373-5505.
Livermore Has Medals, And A
Proud Chest to Pin Them On
by Laura Ness
Livermore has plenty
of medals to show from
the recently held 2013 San
Francisco Chronicle Competition, one of the largest
such in the world, receiving
entries from over 1300 wineries. The public tasting of
award winners will be held,
Saturday, Feb 16th at Fort
Mason in San Francisco.
Steven Mirassou of the
Steven Kent Winery can be
especially proud of his crusade on behalf of Livermore
Valley’s Cabernet prowess,
having achieved Best Of
Class for the 2009 Smith
Ranch Vineyard Cabernet.
He also scored Silver for the
2009 Folkendt, and a Bronze
for the 2009 Ghielmetti Petit
Verdot. Nicely done.
We’re always impressed
when a winery scores a
Double Gold (DG), a sure
sign that something about
a wine made a big and consistent impression on the
Among the wines and
wineries so honored were:
Bent Creek scored Double Gold twice - for its 2010
Livermore Cabernet and
2010 Livermore Petite Sirah
– now them’s some bragging
rights! Plus, they also scored
Gold for the 2010 Zin and
Syrah, and Bronze for the
2010 Cabernet Franc and
Red on Red. Did anyone say
2010 was a good year? This
surely seems like proof.
La Rochelle also hit the
DG jackpot twice: for its delightful 2010 Dutton Morelli
Lane Chardonnay (Russian
River) and exquisite 2009
Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Pinot Noir from the Santa
Lucia Highlands. They also
raked in Silver for both the
lovely 2009 SLH Pinot and
the powerful 2009 Donum
Estate Pinot (Carneros).
Crooked Vine hit Double
Gold for its 2010 Pinot
Noir, proving that when it’s
a cool year, you can actually make decent Pinot from
Livermore. (Ok, Rick finally
proved me wrong!) Crooked
Vine also scored Silvers for
its Fume Blanc, Viognier,
Moxie, Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Petit Verdot, and
Bronze for its Chard, all
from Del Arroyo Vineyard,
Livermore Valley.
Fenestra pulled in a
Double Gold for its 2009
“Conjugation,” a lovely
Bordeaux Blend, and Golds
for Touriga and Graciano
(Lodi), with Silvers for Estate Grenache and Syrah, as
well as Silvers for Thatcher
Cab, Ghielmetti Petit Verdot
and Petite Sirah. Fenestra
always shows well – they’ve
got such a massive arsenal,
it’s hard not to hit fence post
after fence post. They’ve
constructed a most impressive collection of medals
over the years. Congrats to
Lanny, Fran, Meredith and
Brent, especially as Brent
moves on to Las Positas,
and Meredith steps up as
Winemaker for Fenestra.
Nottingham Cellars was
awarded a Double Gold for
its sensational 2010 “Awakening,” Rhone blend – one
of Collin’s most inspired
wines yet, and he’s just
getting started. Nottingham’s brilliantly executed
“Supremacy” also scored
Gold, and a good deal of the
chest was filled with Silvers
for Fraser Howard 2011
Chardonnay, 2011 Arroyo
Seco Viognier, 2010 Casa
de Vinas Petite Sirah, 2010
Livermore Valley Cabernet
and 2010 Aguirre Vineyard
Malbec. Bronzes for 2009
Micro Lot Cab, 2009 Casa
de Vinas Cab and 2010
Triska Crane Ridge Merlot
rounded out the loot.
Wente Vineyards showed
its Gold mettle with three of
them: 2011 Livermore Valley Chardonnay, 2010 Small
Lot Livermore Cabernet
Franc and 2010 Livermore
Merlot. They scored Silvers
for 2011 Livermore Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Eric’s
Small Lot Chardonnay, 2009
Reliz Creek Pinot and 2010
Charles Wetmore Cabernet
(Livermore). Their 2011
Riva Ranch Chardonnay
and Riverbank Riesling,
as well as the Wente 2010
Livermore Cabernet, took
home Bronze.
Csaba Szakal proves
once again to be “en garde,”
as he’s serious as steel about
making it big in the wine
business, with two Golds,
one for the 2009 Russian
River Pinot Noir Reserve,
the other for “Magdalena”
Port. He took Silvers for the
massively impressive 2008
Diamond Mountain Cabernet and the Reserve version
of this wine, the lively 2009
Russian River Pinot, and the
2009 “Adamus” Bordeaux
Blend, also from Diamond
Occasio scored Gold for
both its 2010 Del Arroyo
Zinfandel and 2010 Thatcher Bay Merlot, as well as
Silver for 2011 Del Arroyo
Sauv Blanc (delightfully
springlike) and Bronzes for
2011 Del Arroyo Chardonnay, 2010 Del Arroyo Petite
Sirah and 2010 Livermore
Valley Cabernet.
Stony Ridge was a repeat
performer with two Golds,
one for the 2009 Cabernet,
the other for the 2009 Trifecta. They showed Silvers
for the 2011 Chardonnay,
2010 Zin and 2009 Syrah.
Retzlaff impressed with a
Gold for its 2005 Bordeaux
Blend, which goes to show
that age does matter, and
especially with Bob’s wines
– they just get better and
better as they mature. He
also took home a Silver for
the 2009 Estate Chardonnay.
Go, Bob!!
Many Livermore wineries scored medals for each
wine they entered, including
Cuda Ridge, which went 5
for 5, with four Silvers and
1 Bronze. The 2010 Merlot, 2010 Cab Franc, 2010
Petit Verdot and 2010 Cab
Sauvignon, all took Silver,
with the 2010 Syrah taking a
Bronze. The 2010 Cabernet
Sauvignon also won Silver
Medal at the 2013 Cabernet
Tiny but delicious, Harris Tesla scored Gold for its
2009 Estate Cabernet, which
certainly made owners, Bill
and Sandy Thomson, smile
even more brightly than
usual. You can find different
vintages of Harris Tesla's
wonderful Cabs at Wine
Makers Pourhouse, Double
Barrel and Underdog.
Also tiny, Tate Dog
scored Gold for its 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from
Wisner Vineyard– love that
Also small, but growing
rapidly, and with three guys
named Steve behind it, you
know somebody is always
on the ball. The 3 Steves
2008 Livermore Cabernet
scored Silver, as did the
2010 Dry Creek Zinfandel.
These guys are on a roll.
Speaking of Silver
tongued Cabs, the 2009 Rodrigue Molyneaux Reserve
Estate Cabernet (100% Cab
and aged in American and
French), scored an impressive Silver in the $40 and
up category, going head to
head with big guns from
Napa, not to mention the
local competition, which
gets more intense every
year. They also received a
Bronze for the 2009 Estate
McGrail scored Silver
for its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Kudos to Mitchell Katz
Winery for their Gold Medal
winning 2010 Falling Star
Merlot, as well as Golds
for Tawny and Petite Sirah
Ports, and Silvers for Zin
Port, Shadow Hills Chardonnay and two vintages
(2009 and 2010) of Falling
Star Petite Sirah. What, no
Sangio? Mitch is supposedly opening his doors at the
former site of Lavish Laines
in early February.
Longevity hit the Silver slot with an impressive
5 medals, for Zin, Syrah,
Debru-vee, Petit Verdot
and “Philosophy” Bordeaux
Blend, as well as a Bronze
for the fortified Zin dessert
Thomas Coyne received
two Silvers for “Confluence” and Viognier, and
Bronzes for Grenache and
Petit Verdot.
Fittingly, it was stalwart Concannon who really
brought home the Gold for
Livermore this year. This
is entirely appropriate, considering that the winery is
celebrating its 130th anniversary. As John Concannon
likes to point out, 2013 also
commemorates 110 years of
Cabernet Sauvignon production at Concannon Vineyard. Concannon’s role in the
success of Cabernet Sauvignon in California rose to
historic proportions in the
early 1970’s, when the Concannon Clones 7, 8 & 11,
sourced from the Concannon
vineyard here in Livermore,
provided the backbone for
the replanting of previously
damaged vineyards in premium wine regions, including the Napa Valley. It is
safe to say that Concannon’s
Cabernet clones helped save
Cabs veritable bacon.
It’s most fitting that both
the treasured 2008 Mother Vine Reserve Cabernet
Sauvignon and the 2010
Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon, both took home
Gold. For this, winemaker
Julian Halasz, should be
“The San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition is one of the most
prestigious in the country,
so this accomplishment is
very exciting for us,” said
John Concannon fourthgeneration vintner. “My
great-grand father first
planted Bordeaux cuttings
of Cabernet Sauvignon in
1903, and we are proud to
still be producing that same
wine today.”
Concannon Vineyard
celebrates the following
medals: Gold - 2008 Mother
Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008 Polo Field
Reserve Petite Sirah; 2011
Reserve Sauvignon Blanc;
2010 Conservancy Cabernet
Sauvignon; Silver - 2010
Reserve Assemblage Blanc;
2009 Reserve Merlot; 2010
Reserve Assemblage Red;
2009 Reserve Syrah; 2010
Stampmaker’s Red Reserve;
2010 Conservancy Chardonnay.
When Alma Henry
entered her senior year
in 1921, she decided to
take English, Geometry,
Chemistry, and Physical
Education classes. Geometry was her hardest class:
“I have to study it more
than anything else. I think
this is one of the reasons
why I like it the best; it
takes real study to get a
good mark in it.” She said
that the senior class was divided into two sections for
math—one was advanced
and the other slower. She
said, “I am lucky enough
to be in the advanced section. I have to stay there,
too, because I must get a
“2” in math to make either
college or normal.”
The term “normal”
meant a state teacher’s
college. The two report
cards she included show
that she did manage “2-“
both semesters for geometry. She did not receive
“1” in any classes except
for Physical Education; the
rest of her grades were “2.”
In their system, “1” meant
“exceptional scholarship;
”2” meant “recommended
for university entrance.”
The first football game
of the season was on
September 24 at Concord. Livermore was not
expected to win, so the
Livermore team and the
fans who made the trip
were very happy when the
game ended in their favor,
31 to 7. Alma kept notes
on all the games, especially including the feats of
her two younger brothers,
Ray and Alan Henry. The
first string football players
were Joe Schenone, Willard Allen, Butch Martin,
Ed Rasmussen, Harold
Wright, Alan Henry, Bill
Bonetti, Joe Grana, Ray
Henry (captain), Harold
Lawless, and Bill McGlinchey, quarterback.
Alma included two photos
of the first game and also
a photo of the team, which
named all the players.
They were wearing leather
helmets, typical of that era.
In October the team played
against Hayward, Fremont,
and Centerville. Livermore
won the first two games,
Alma Henry and Her Book, Part 2
Livermore town
team twice,
winning both
times. At Stanford in April,
track members
from all over
California took
part; Ray Henry
was the only
person from
Livermore who
took second
in the 100 and
440. Baseball
season started
on April 22.
The team
played Berkeley High, Tracy,
and Centerville.
but lost to Centerville,
On NovemAlma Henry at the high school. in 1921.
ber 2, the high
Photo courtesy of Philip Henry.
school put on
a show at the
Bell Theater
on First Street to raise
13-14. Ray Henry, one
money to pay off the debt
of the halfbacks, scored
on the football uniforms;
two touchdowns against
any money left over went
Fremont. That game was
played here at home on the into the athletic funds. The
school entertainment, perrodeo grounds. Livermore
formed before and after the
also played against Piedmotion pictures, included
mont and Tracy.
numbers by the orchestra.
Alma made notes about
In 1921 Louis Sachau
the girls’ intramural volleyball and baseball games. formed a high school
orchestra. Alma named
The boys’ basketball
the members of the group,
season started on Decembut she was not one. At
ber 14 against Tracy. Alan
the program for Washingand Ray Henry were the
ton’s Birthday, they played
two guards, Bill Bonetti
“America” and “The Star
the center, Al Simoni
Spangled Banner.” The
and Bill McGlinchey the
school also held programs
forwards. The boys played
San Juan (a Hercules club), for Theodore Roosevelt’s
birthday, Lincoln’s BirthSanta Clara Prep, Dublin,
day, and a program that
Hayward, Piedmont, and
celebrated Arbor Day and
Turlock. On their way to
Luther Burbank’s birthday.
play San Juan on January
Alma said, “Mr. Sachau’s
20, one of the cars carryorchestra this year has been
ing part of the team had an
very successful. They have
accident. Joe Grana and
played at school doings
Bill Bonetti both got black
and were thought very
eyes, but there were no
other injuries. The girls’
Near the beginning
basketball team played the
of her book, Alma glued
in squares of fabric. The
first, a light purple with
small white polkadots,
called dotted Swiss, was
from her graduation dress.
The next page had two
squares—one a coral color
and the other a coral lace.
The dress made from these
fabrics was for the Senior
Ball. The long sleeves were
made of the lacy material.
The lace also covered the
solid fabric of the skirt.
The sash was a black silk
ribbon, decorated with
small roses made from
the coral fabric. Mrs. R.A.
Hansen sent Alma a pair
of white silk stockings to
wear to the ball. On May
20 the ball was held at the
Sweeney Opera House.
The class had spent two
weeks working on decorating the hall with tissue
paper and almond boughs.
Tissue paper almond blossoms were twisted into the
boughs so that they looked
like real spring blooms.
The stage featured baskets
of ferns and climbing white
roses. Alma said, “We had
a large crowd. Everyone
was dressed in their very
best array. In every way it
was a successful dance.”
Commencement exercises were held on June 8,
1922, also at Sweeney’s
Opera House. Alma presented a talk at commencement about the history of
the class. They had started
as 52 freshmen; they ended
with 20 graduates.
Who was Alma Henry?
No one really important in
the history of the world.
But she kept a wonderful
record of her senior year
for us to enjoy. She went
on to San Jose State Normal School and became an
elementary school teacher.
She married Roy Rasmussen in 1928 and moved
to Saticoy, a small town
near Ventura. After her
husband’s death in 1949,
she moved to Pleasanton,
where she taught in local
elementary schools until
her retirement. She died in
(Readers can reach me at
[email protected])
Art Happens, 2nd Thursday of each
month, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, March
14, April 11. Downtown Livermore. Art
displays, poetry, entertainment, special
events. For the brochure go to www.
water+color 2013: California Watercolor Association’s 43rd National
Exhibition. This prestigious exhibit will
be on display through Saturday, February 16. Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, 4444
Railroad Avenue. Admission is free,
donations appreciated. Gallery hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12-5
p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Livermore artist Lenore Kreit is exhibiting her paintings at Garre Winery Cafe
through February 29. Garre Winery Cafe
is open weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
Weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7986
Tesla Road, Livermore.
Freeze Frame 2012 Exhibit, Tri-Valley
Conservancy (TVC) will be displaying
the winners of its 2012 Freeze Frame
photography contest at the Firehouse
Arts Center in Pleasanton through
Sunday, February 16. The work will
be located in the downstairs Hallway
Gallery and in the upstairs Alcove
Gallery. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444
Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton from 6:30
to 7:30 p.m.
California: Earth, Fire, Water, Life,
art exhibition Harrington Art Gallery,
March 2-April 6. Reception March
6, 7 to 9 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center,
4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. or 931-4848.
Livermore artist, Gloria Sayers, is exhibiting her paintings at the café at Garre
Winery, 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore for
the months of March and April. The
café is open weekdays 11 am to 2 pm
and weekends 11 am to 3 pm.
Pleasanton Art League Show at the Alviso Adobe, March 9 and 10. Reception
and awards Sat., March 9, 1:30 to 3:30
p.m. Located between Old Foothill Road
and Foothill Road, 3465 Old Foothill
Road, Pleasanton.
Pleasanton Art League, Livermore Art
Association, general meeting 7:30
p.m. Tues., Feb. 19, Almond School,
Livermore. Guest artist is Mike Bailey.
No admission charge.
Figure Drawing Workshop, every Friday
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Artists bring
their own materials and easels. Open
to all artists. Professional artist models
(nude). No instructor. Students under
18 need written parental permission to
attend. Cost $20 per session. Bothwell
Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore.
Coffee, tea and refreshments are
available. Call or email Barbara Stanton
for more info about the workshop,
925-373-9638 - [email protected]
Live music at The Winemaker's Pour
House, 2241 First Street, Livermore:
Thurs., Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m. Joey T and
Simon. Sat., Feb. 16, 6:30-9 p.m. Meredith and the Mercenaries. Sun., Feb.
17, 5-7:30 p.m. Chris Ahlman. Thurs.,
Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. Steve Kritzer. Fri., Feb.
22, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Amber McDonald;
Sat., Feb. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Joey T., 925
Port & Chocolate Weekends held
weekends in February, 2013. Tamás
Estates, 5565 Tesla Road Livermore,
(925) 456-2380.
Events at the Winemaker's Pour House,
Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m. Valentine's Day
Chocolate Love Jam, music by Joey T
and Simon. John Christopher Cellars
Zinfandel Port $20.00/per couple.
Dessert only $8.00. 2241 First Street,
Livermore. (925) 215-2656.
McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Chocolate Fondue and Cabernet Sauvignon,
noon to 4:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16, dark
Belgium chocolate fountain and several
treats to dip in the chocolate fountain.
Taste 4 big, red wines to pair with each
treat. $20/person; $10/club member.
Open for tasting on President's Day Monday, February 18, noon to 4:30 p.m.
Brushstrokes and Wine Notes, 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Sat., March 9, class taught
by artist Sharon Costello to learn how
to paint this grape canvas. Open to
all levels.,
(925) 215-0717, 5600 Greenville Rd.,
Wood Family Vineyards, open Presidents
Weekend, February 16th & 17th, noon
- 4:30 for winery's 7th Annual Barrel
Tasting and Futures; sampling the 2011
Grenache and offering futures. Taste
new release of 2009 Syrah, Madden
Ranch Vineyards along with other
current releases. $10 tasting fee and
keep your logo crystal wine glass. www. for updated
information. 7702 Cedar
Mountain Rd., Livermore; (925) 6067411.
Thomas Coyne Winery Winter Open
House, Feb. 16, 17, 18, noon to 5
p.m. each day at 51 E. Vallecitos Road
Livermore. Release of five new wines:
2009 Vino Tinto Reserva, California;
2011 Carignane, California; 2007
Cabernet Franc, Livermore; and, 2011
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi. A
selection of fine fruits and cheeses will
be served. “Bottle Your Own Wine:” Vino
Tinto Barato, a red table wine, at the
Open House. Bring your clean bottle, we
will fill, cork and label it for $6.50 per
bottle; bottle, label and cork it yourself.
Use our bottle for $7.00. This is only
available on Feb. 16. (925) 373-6541,
Fenestra Winery, 30th annual Barrel
Tasting, February 16, 17 and 18, from
noon to 5pm, all three days Admission
is $10.00 (no charge for wine club
members). Unreleased wines will be
sampled right from the barrel while
owner Lanny Replogle, and winemaker
Meredith Miles share interesting tidbits
and facts on the wines. 2011 vintages
of Livermore Touriga Nacional, Livermore Tempranillo, Lodi Tempranillo, and
Cabernet Sauvignon from Ghielmetti
Vineyards. There will also be an introduction to the first-ever True White.
Fenestra is located at 83 Vallecitos
Rd Livermore. 925-447-5246 or email
[email protected]
Sunset Sip & Shop, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16,
Join the wineries of Livermore Valley
for a Sunset Sip & Shop at Livermore
Premium Outlets. Sixteen wineries will
pour for guests as they shop the night
away. Tickets are $16 per person and
include 16 one-ounce tastes in a logo
wine glass and an event program. Visit for tickets and a list of
participating wineries.
6th Annual Cuda Ridge Wines, Vines and
Valentines, Sat. & Sun., Feb. 16th and
17th, from 12:00 – 4:30 each day. Two
tasting flights, Cupid and Desire, $5.00
each, and tastings are complementary
to Cuda Cadre wine club members.
There is still a limited amount of the
2008 Cuda Amis, port style, wine
available for tasting and purchase.
There are special wine discounts. Roger
Kardinal is playing on Saturday and
Alder Creek on Sunday. Both Roger,
and the Alder Creek duo, play a wide
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editorials in Pravda. Many
of his friends and relatives
were killed or imprisoned by
the government. Fearing for
his life and that of his family,
he withdrew his Symphony
No. 4 from rehearsal. It
didn’t premiere until 1961
long after Stalin was dead.
Under pressure to reform his
style, Shostakovich wrote
Symphony No. 5 in 1937. It
is described as a powerful,
emotional work that was
interpreted by the people
as an understanding of their
suffering under Stalin, while
at the same time satisfying
government officials as a
portrayal of socialist realism.
Future concerts of the
season will take place on
April 6 with guest conductor
Dawn Harms and on May
18, featuring Beethoven’
s Ninth Symphony. Valley
Concert Chorale and Pacific
Masterworks Chorus will
join the orchestra in the
Beethoven performance.
All concerts begin at 8:00
p.m., preceded by a prelude talk from 7:00 – 7:30
p.m. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First
St., Livermore. Tickets are
available at www.mylvpac.
com or at (925) 373-6800.
range of 60's & 70’s folk music. Andy’s
Candies on hand with Chocolate Toffee
tastings and purchase . More information go to or
call 510-304-0914.
4th annual Livermore Valley Uncorked
competition is accepting entries through
Wed., Feb. 20. Sponsored by Tri-Valley
Conservancy, open only to wines made
from grapes grown in the Livermore Valley. Judging will be held on Wednesday,
February 27, 2013. The winners will
be announced on March 12, 2013. For
information and entry details go to www.
Barrel Tasting Weekend, noon to 4:30
p.m., March 23 and 24, taste wines
right out of the barrel, meet winemakers
and more. Each winery will host a
unique experience during barrel tasting
weekend including at least one barrel
sample for each ticket holder. Chance
to pre-purchase wines before they have
even been bottled (aka “futures”)!
Tickets are $35 in advance / $40 event
day and includes barrel tasting at over
30 wineries on Saturday and Sunday, a
logo wine glass and wine tasting map.
Visit for tickets and a
list of participating wineries.
Chris Bradley's Jazz Band will appear
at The Castle Rock Restaurant in
Livermore/at Portola Ave., Feb. 26. Band
performs 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Dance
Floor, Small Cover.
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All
Stars, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www. or 373-6800.
Eddie Money, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Dougherty
Valley Performing Arts Center, Albion
Rd., San Ramon; 973-3343.
11th annual Youth Music Festival, Feb.
15, 7:30 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center,
4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. Information, contact
Mark Duncanson at [email protected]
Pink Floyd Concert Experience: An
Evening of Pink Floyd starring House
of Floyd, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. 2400
First St., Livermore. or 373-6800.
Bill Harley, Grammy winning music
and humor, Feb. 16, children 2 p.m.
adults 8 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center,
4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. or 931-4848.
Chiara String Quartet, Del Valle Fine
Arts concert, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www. or 373-6800.
The World of Webber: A Cabaret Tribute
to the Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Broadway and stage veterans Tielle
Baker, Kelly Brandeburg, and Kyle
Martin with pianist and musical director
Evan Alparone. Song selections include
favorites from Cats to Phantom of the
Opera; from Evita to Sunset Boulevard.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2:00 p.m. Tickets
$15-$25; youth $12; senior $22; Group
discounts available. www.firehousearts.
org, 925-931-4848, or at the center
Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue,
The Kingston Trio, (Sold Out) Feb. 17, 7
p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars, Feb. 22, 8
p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Guitarist of the Decade, Adrian Legg.
British Guitar Maestro Adrian Legg’s
USA Tour comes to Firehouse Arts
Center. Celebrating award-winning
11th album release “The Very Best of
Adrian Legg.” Friday, February 22, 8:00
p.m. Tickets $10-$20. Purchase online
at, 925-9314848, or at the center Box Office, 4444
Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton
Livermore-Amador Symphony, Feb. 23,
8 p.m. Vienna Bonbon and Russian
Drama. Bankhead Theater, 2400
First St., Livermore. 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Chamber Music trio 'Humboldt Pi' featuring Barbara Mullens-Geier on flute,
Phyllis Harding on clarinet and Alan
Geier on piano will present a concert
on Feb. 24, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the
sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church,
corner of 4th and L Streets in Livermore.
Donations will go to Open Heart Kitchen.
The Venusians concert, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
The group's style fuses the ambient and
atmospheric with enchanting melodies
and entrancing rhythms. Program
part of Livermore Reads Together, a
community-wide reading program featuring Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars:
The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
Livermore Library, 1188 So. Livermore
Ave. 925-373-5505.
Beppe Gambetta and Peter Ostroushko,
Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore. or 373-6800.
Mike Marshall, on mandolin, Pacific
Chamber Symphony, Sun., March 3, 7
p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Carl Tilchen, singer/songwriter
performing, Blackhawk Museum, 3700
Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville,
Sunday, March 3, 2-4 PM, & 4-5 PM.
This performance is for Family Day at
the Auto Museum. Carl Tilchen will sing
many popular songs about cars, & his
original songs Google’s Car No Driver,
& Racing for the Common Man. This
performance is free with paid admission
to the museum: Adults $10, Seniors
65+, and Students $7.
San Ramon Symphonic Band, March
8, 7:30 p.m. A Night at the Symphony,
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center,
Albion Rd., San Ramon; 973-3343.
Julian Lage Group, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Red Clay Ramblers, March 13, 7:30
p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Story Road, featuring members of
Molly’s Revenge, concert 7 p.m. Sat.,
March 16, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church,
3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
Great music, Good Food - traditional
Irish Fare. Child care will be provided.
Tickets are $40.00 for adults, $25.00 for
children. Membership in St. Clare's is
not required. To purchase tickets, please
call the Church office:925-462-4802 or
email [email protected], www.
Pleasanton Chamber Players, March
17, 2 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center,
4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. or 931-4848.
Steve Seskin & Friends The Songwriters
sing, March 16, 8 p.m. Dougherty Valley
Performing Arts Center, Albion Rd., San
Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, Del
Valle Fine Arts concert, March 23, 8
p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Beatles tribute, the Sun Kings, March
30, 8 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center,
4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. or 931-4848.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,
Feb. 14-March 10. By Steven Dietz.
Based on the original 1899 play by
William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle
Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for
Best Mystery Play Combining two of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, The Scandal
in Bohemia and the Final Adventure.
The Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311
N. Third St. in Hayward. The Box Office
is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30
to 5:30 and can be reached at (510)
Paco Pena Flamenco, Feb. 26, 7:30
p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
California Theatre Center, Robinson
Crusoe, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Feb. 26,
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. Includes lesson guide. www., 800-606-0424.
Tickets for the 32nd year of the Sunol
Repertory Theatre are on sale at
Elliston Winery, 463 Kilkare Rd. Tickets
can be purchased for $15 on Sat. &
Sun. between 11am-4pm. This is a first
for the theatre “Murder in the House of
Horrors” A Who Done It Mystery. Performances are Fri. & Sat March 8, 9, 15,
16, 22 & 23 at Sunol Glen School 11601
Main St. Sunol. Doors open at 7:30.
Performance starts at 8 p.m. Beverages
are sold at intermission by charitable
Pippi Longstocking, Pleasanton Civic
Arts Stage Company projection. March
1-10, Fri., Sat., and Sun., March 6 and
7. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad
Ave., Pleasanton.
or 931-4848.
Murder Most Fouled-Up, a comedy by the
award-winning playwright, Nikki Harmon, presented by Asbury Players Community Theater. It’s the madcap story of
a greedy family, a confused household
staff and some unhappy spirits who
only have 24 hours to find the treasure
hidden by the diabolical Edwin Randolph
and his ancestors. Performances March
2, 3, 8 and 9, 2013. Show time Friday
and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee
2 p.m. General admission $10. Asbury
United Methodist Church, 4743 East
Avenue, Livermore, CA. (925) 4471950. Tickets available at the door or
online at Brown Paper Tickets. For more
information about this show or about
Asbury Players Community Theater, go
Ivy and Bean, The Musical, March 9-17,
11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Front Row
Theater, Dougherty Station Community
Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San
Free Classic Film Series, Pleasanton
Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue,
1st Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
through June 6, 2013. The program
is hosted by Candy Klaschus, a film
historian who coordinates the Humanities program at Las Positas College.
The programs are free and all are
welcome to attend. Penny Johnson at
Best of Smuin Ballet, March 1, 7:30 p.m.;
March 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bankhead
Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www. or 373-6800.
Children’s opera auditions, Cantabella
Children’s Chorus will hold a Round 2
of auditions on Sunday, February 24th,
2-3 pm at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal
Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore
for principal youth roles in Benjamin
Britten’s famous children’s opera,
Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) to be
produced this summer in collaboration with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Church. The audition is for all roles, but
Cantabella especially welcomes, male
voices (changed voice preferred, but not
required). No previous opera experience
necessary. Upon receipt of audition
form and $20 audition fee, the audition
schedule and materials, including a
specific song for you to prepare will
be provided. Walk-ins are welcome at
3 pm and can sing “happy birthday."
Audition fee will be applied toward the
opera camp tuition. For audition forms,
location and financial aid information,
visit or call
La Traviata by Verdi, presented by
Livermore Valley Opera. Sat., March 9,
8 p.m.; Sun., March 10, 2 p.m.; Sat.,
March 16, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 2
p.m.. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St.,
Livermore. or
Opera San José Giuseppe Verdi’s Il
trovatore. Il trovatore will be sung in
Italian with English supertitles. Eight
performances are scheduled from February 9 through 24 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown
San José. Tickets at the Opera San José
Box Office, by phone at (408) 437-4450
or online at
Science on Saturdays, Feb. 16, 23, 9:30
and 11:15 a.m. Free series for students
presented by the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory. Bankhead Theater,
2400 First St., Livermore. or 373-6800.
Sunset Sip and Shop, Saturday,
February 16 and Saturday, February
17. Livermore Valley wineries featured.
Livermore Valley Premium Outlets, 2774
Paragon Outlets Dr., Livermore. www.
Livermore Reads Together 2013, Packing
for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in
the Void, by Mary Roach. Events include
the following (unless noted, events are
held at the Civic Center Library, 1188
So. Livermore Ave): Sat., Feb. 16 at 2
p.m.: Cooking for Geeks: Real Science,
Great Hacks, and Good Food with author
Jeff Potter; Tues., Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.:
Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale
of the Universe with Dr. Kevin Manning,
astrophysicist; Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7
p.m.: Left Brain, Right Brain: Visualizing
Science Through Art with Christopher
J. Ford, RenderMan Business Director,
Pixar Animation Studios; Sat., Feb.
23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon:
Bacchus Brothers Perform at Oldies Valentine Dance
Asbury Live Presents
the Bacchus Brothers for
a Valentine Oldies Dance
Party and Chocolate Tasting
on Feb. 16.
The performance is at
Asbury United Methodist
Church at 7:30 p.m.
The band converges the
sounds of Tower of Power,
Bob Marley, and Led Zepplin. Since 1998 The Bacchus Brothers "Put the UNK
in FUNK" and provide groovin', high-energy music.
Band members are Mark
Clarin - guitar, vocals; Ray
Merrill - drums, vocals; Don
Veca - bass, vocals.
Influenced by many
styles, the Bacchus Brothers have a style of their
own. It is the congruence of
rock, jazz, blues, funk, and
country that makes this trio
sound fresh.
The band formed in 1998
while feeding off the energy
brought on by the fusing of
three musicians in a rhythmic resonance of collision
and converging musical
Mark Clarin, The Country Bumpkin, first experienced music during his Hootenanny-filled childhood
in Huntsville, Alabama.
Growing up, he played guitar in a musical family of
accordions, banjos and a
The Bacchus Brothers
slew of off-the-wall genre
and instrumentation. He
soon found his greatest talent in song writing. In 2003
Mark competed in the West
Coast Songwriters association and won best song for
the East Bay at the Freight
and Salvage for his rendition
of "Too Many Choices."
Ray Merrill, The Professor, is a percussionistextraordinaire with a groove
that wont quit. Originating
from the Oakland zone via
the Pacific Northwest, his
ears were full of the sounds
of Tower of Power and the
like. Ray was the sessions
drummer representing the
United States for the Music
Bridges Projects in Cuba,
1999. His collaborations
with the likes of Bonnie
Raitt, Mick Fleetwood, Peter
Frampton, Gladys Night and
Burt Bacharach are just a
hint at Rays expertise. His
tasteful and masterful fills
and punchy rhythms add
much to this brilliant trio.
Don Veca, The Viking,
plays bass and sings and
brings a wickedly tight
sound from the roots of
his own personal mentors
and his rich childhood in
Livermore, California.
From a very musical family, Don has an extensive
musical background, having
received his BA in music
and computer science. This
led him to a work at EA
(Electronic Arts) where you
can hear much of his compositional works on many
of todays main-stream video
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased
at or
by calling 447-1950.
Asbury is located at 4743
East Ave., Livermore.
Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Masterpiece “The Vagina
Monologues” is coming to the Mertes Center for the
Arts at Las Positas College. Performances will be held
on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2013 at 8 pm.
Local favorite Eleisa Cambra is directing. Proceeds
will benefit the Haven’s domestic violence and sexual
assault programs. Tickets are available online at http://
SpaceCrafts! – A Children’s Program
with space-related crafts for preschool
through grade 3, and have your photo
taken as an astronaut; Sun., Feb. 24
at 2 p.m.: Exploring Mars: Chronicles
from a Decade of Discovery with author
Scott Hubbard; Tues., Feb. 26 at 7
p.m.: The Venusians featuring global
instrumental music; Wed., Feb. 27 at 7
p.m.: Out of This World Apps, computer
apps that will rock your world. For more
information, check the library’s website
Ragin’ Cajun, Mardi Gras event, music,
dancing, dinner, beads, live auctions,
and more on Friday, March 8, 2013,
6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton.
Annual fund-raiser event for the Sandra
J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation,
which provides cancer patients in the
East Bay Tri-Valley area with financial
assistance for complementary healing
services during the course of their
chemo and/or radiation therapy that
are not covered by insurance. Tickets
are available online at http://www. or by
calling (866) 862-7270.
50th Annual Coin Show, Livermore
Valley Coin Club, March 10, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Elks Lodge, 940 Larkspur Dr.,
Livermore. Displays, bourse, prizes. Free
admission, free wooden nickels, hourly
drawings. Lunch available.
An Evening with Lady Carolyn, Tues.,
March 12, 7 p.m. Museum on Main
Ed Kinney Lecture series, Celebrate
Women’s History Month with Carolyn
Runnells, as the lovely Lady Carolyn.
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad
Ave., Pleasanton. www.firehousearts.
St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl, March
15, 6 to 9 p.m. downtown Pleasanton.
Downtown merchants, restaurants and
local breweries.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 16-17,
Civic Center, Dublin. Parade on March
History Lecture, Livermore Heritage Guild,
new Livermore “Images of America”
photo book featured. Doors open 7 p.m.,
talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Livermore
Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. $2
donation suggested.
Art Happens Features a
Romantic Theme
From a romantic flamenco performance at ABC
Music Source to “glittery
heart” body painting at the
Downtown Art Studios and
romantic dessert and wine
pairing, February’s Art Happens focuses on a love theme
from 6-8 p.m. today, Feb.
14, at various locations in
downtown Livermore.
A special Open Mic for
poetry and short prose at
Figurehead Art Gallery offers Love as the theme.
Poetry and art lovers, as well
as those who are romantic at
heart, can stop by for a few
moments, or stay for the full
Other art happens events
include an open mic night at
Panama Red and Heart Beat
Art at Blacksmith Square, as
well as Valentine’s Day specials at several restaurants
and winetasting locations.
Art Happens maps and a
listing of locations is available on the Bothwell Arts
Center’s Facebook page
or at
index.php/bac. The event is
coordinated by the Bothwell
Arts Center and Livermore
Performing Arts Center.
Valentine’s Day Open Mic
'Love" is the topic for the
Open Mic for poetry and
short prose. Livermore’s
monthly art crawl, which
features works by various
artists on display at participating downtown locations,
is held the second Thursday
Picture Purr-fect: The Valley Humane Society not only
offers adorable, adoptable animals, there are now murals
representing five Tri-Valley cities that were painted by local,
professional artists. They are all part of the Girl Scout Gold
Award project coordinated by Carly Krakauer, a member
of the local Crossroads Girl Scout Service Unit. Two of a
total of five murals have now been completed. The latest is
a scene of downtown Pleasanton painted by artist Debbie
Wardrope. All of the artists are donating their time and
creativity to help beautify the walls of the visitor rooms
at Valley Humane Society. Yang Liu completed a mural of
Dublin several months ago. Artists Megan Parks-Haller,
Omar Morineau and Kathleen Hill have also committed their
time and talents to paint three additional murals depicting
Danville, San Ramon and Livermore. VHS hopes to have
all of the murals completed by this summer. Pictured are
Artist Debbie Wardrope (right) in front of the mural of
downtown Pleasanton that she recently painted for VHS.
Girl Scout and project co-ordinator, Carly Krakauer is on
the left.)
of each month, 6-8 p.m.
This month, that’s Valentine’s Day.
Poetry and art lovers, as
well as those who are romantic at heart, can stop by
for a few moments, or enjoy
the entire event.
Livermore Poet Laureate
Cher Wollard will host the
literary event at Figurehead
Gallery, 2222 Second Street,
Suite 21, upstairs in the Second Street Mall.
Ken and Victoria Ball,
the proprietors of the gallery,
will open their doors to both
writers and those who wish
to view their displays and
listen to the readings.
Writers who wish to read
their poems or short prose
pieces can sign up at the
For information, contact
Wollard at 925 824-4824
or [email protected] Or
check out www.livermorelit.
Changes of eno scenery
Wineries on the move
by Harry Stoll
Valley eno orbits alter
course—with selling and
buying of winery property, leases expiring, new
brands, relocations, and
new arrangements, all in the
3 Steves Winery is buying the property at 5700
Greenville Road, next to
McGrail’s, and will operate
its winery and a tasting room
there. Tasting hours will
be on weekends. 3 Steves
owners are Steve Buman,
Steve Melander, and Steve
Ziganti. 3 Steves recently
won silver medals at the
San Francisco Wine Competition for its Livermore
Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
and its Dry Creek Zinfandel. The winery has been
producing wine at Tenuta
Vineyards and has a tasting
room at Swirl on the Square
at Blacksmith Square, that it
will continue to operate.
The property is being
sold by Connie and Dan Davis, owners of Red Feather
Winery on the property.
They will continue to own
the name Red Feather. Connie says it will continue
to operate its tasting room
there on the 2nd weekend
of each month, from 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Ziganti says that
arrangement will continue
Sculpture OKed for In front of
Museum on Main
The Pleasanton City Council approved the location of a
new work of art at last week's meeting.
"Joyful Empowerment," donated to the city by Bob and
Marilyn Athenour through the Harrington Art Partnership,
will be placed in front of the Museum on Main.
To date, Nancy and Gary Harrington and/or their co-donors have acquired and donated eight sculptures to the city.
"Joyful Empowerment" was created by Angela De la
Vega. She says, "For each sculpture I listen to a memory, a
vision that does not fade as it must come into being in all
of its fullness. I always work with a model for this vision,
a model that can represent a multiplicity of humanity, flowing with spirit and shaping light and shadows over form."
for a year while the Davises
seek other property.
Big White House Winery
has been leasing space from
Red Feather on the property,
with access further south
on Greenville Road. Steve
Ziganti of 3 Steves e-mailed,
“Hopefully they will continue there and lease from
me. I DO NOT want them
to move.”
Dante Robere Cellars—
an artful mash-up of the
names Daniel Rosenberg
and Bob Bossi—is the brand
of the two longtime home
winemakers gone commercial. Recently they bought a
6-acre Syrah vineyard and
an adjacent 2-acre building site on Wetmore Road,
opposite the entrance to
Sycamore Grove. They plan
on taking two years to build
a winery and tasting room,
which the zoning allows.
They have sold grapes to
Page Mill and el Sol wineries and have leased winemaking equipment from el
Sol. Now, they’re making
wine at Eagle Ridge under
a shared proprietorship.
Varietals include Cabernet
Sauvignon, Chardonnay,
Grenache, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and
Zinfandel. Production is
to be about 2,500 cases.
They’ll sell their wine only
at the tasting room and to
restaurants. Starting in about
May 2013, as an interim
measure, its wines can be
tasted at Eagle Ridge.
Mainstay Cedar Mountain Winery is being sold.
Originally, Dana DeNardi
of Woodside, was a buyer,
but she backed out. Now
David and Darcie Kent are
buying it. He is the CEO of
The Wine Group, owners
of Concannon and Darcie
Kent brands, among others.
Darcie is active in the industry. Original owners Earl
and Linda Ault will retain
the right to the name Cedar Mountain on a smaller
property down the road. For
many years, Cedar Moun-
tain produced its own brand
and also made wine for
brands under custom crush
arrangements. Earl has been
praised by start-up wineries
for being very forthcoming
with advice.
Kent said by e-mail ” At
some point in time we plan
to reopen 7000 Tesla Road
as the Darcie Kent Winery.
We will know more details
in a few weeks.”
Valor Winery is the new
name for Lavish Laines
Winery. It moved to 2133
Research Drive, Suite 14
(near East Avenue) and is
open for tasting in the production and barrel room on
the 1st weekend of each
month, from 12 noon to 5
p.m., or by appointment:
925.371.0339. Its web site
lists a 2010 Napa Valley
Sauvignon as currently
available and a 2011 Livermore Valley Chardonnay
and Zinfandel to be released
soon. Valor continues to
talk about its commitment
to veterans.
Caddis is the to-be brand
of Chris Sorenson, associate
winemaker at Occasio. Caddis is a type of fishing lure.
Ryhan Estates—which
once operated a tasting room
on East Avenue, next to
Cuda Ridge—has been absent from the local scene for
a spell. Soon it’s to open a
tasting space in Rios-Lovell
Winery’s tasting room. The
wine will be made at different locations, said a Ryhan
Rubio Estates is to be
the name of the winery at
the Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton site once occupied
by Mitchell Katz Winery.
Owner Mike Callahan said
Rubio will concentrate on
Italian inspired wines. The
plan is to open in March.
Winemaker Chris Graves
says Rubio will have the
largest tasting room in the
Livermore Valley, and will
have a grandeur to challenge
a well-know winery area to
the north.
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Pleasanton Newcomers Club, open
to new and established residents of the
Tri-Valley. Activities include a coffee the
first Wednesday of the month, a luncheon
on the second Wednesday of the month,
Bunco, Mah Jongg, walking/hiking groups,
family activities, and monthly adult socials.
Information, call 925-215-8405 or visit
Kindergarten registration, Do you
have a child turning 5 on or before October
1, 2012 and ready for kindergarten? Come
to a Livermore Valley Joint Unified School
District annual Kindergarten Registration
Fair on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 3
p.m.-7 p.m. or Friday, March 1, 2013 from
2-6 p.m. at the Robert Livermore Community
Center. For more information, visit www.
Tri-Valley Democratic Club, meeting
7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 18 at IBEW 595 Hall,
6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Theme will be
"Putting climate change on the front burner."
Join the discussion with Erica Stephen
from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, Judy
Pope of & Jim Donnelly
Environmental, Health & Safety Consultant.
Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring
Club, Sat., Feb. 16, 71 miles from Bollinger
Park and Ride to Midway and back, meet
8:30 p.m., Brahim Satoutah, 963-7024.
Sat., Feb. 16, 38/48 miles, Cinderella
conditioning ride, meet 9 a.m. at Dublin
High School, [email protected] or
[email protected] Sun., Feb. 17, 30
miles from Shannon Center south to Sunol,
Niles Canyon and Palomares Canyon, meet
9 a.m., Brahim Satoutah, 963-7024. Sun.,
Feb. 17, 20 miles leisurely ride along Iron
Horse Trail from Dublin to Danville, meet
9:30 a.m., Bob Heady, 980-7989. Wed., Feb.
20, 35-55 miles from Heather Farm, meet
10 a.m., Richard Skow, 939-6964.
Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club
will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February
14 at the Alisal School multipurpose room,
1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Natalie
Elola, owner of the Lucky Garden in the
Village Green Shopping Center in Dublin, will
discuss unique advantages, possibilities,
techniques and equipment of Hydroponic
Growing. Visitors are welcome. For more
information call Bev at 925-485-7812 or
Tri-Valley Communities Against a
Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley
CAREs), monitors nuclear weapons and
environmental clean-up activities throughout
the US nuclear weapons complex, with a
special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities. All are welcome at
our monthly meeting at the Livermore Civic
Center Library Thursday, February 21st from
7:30pm to 9pm. For more information call
Tri-Valley CAREs at (925) 443-7148 or visit
our website at
Lawyers in the Library, program offers
free legal information and referral. The
program is co-sponsored by the Alameda
County Bar Association. The third Tuesday
of each month at the Pleasanton Library.
Each person will have a 15 to 20 minute free
consultation with a member of the Alameda
County Bar Association. Appointments are
by lottery. Register from 5:30 to 5:45 pm.
Names will be selected at 5:50 pm. You
must be present when names are drawn.
Appointments begin at 6:00 pm and end at
8:00 pm. For more information, call Merry
Luskin, 931-3400, extension 7.
18th annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,
hosted by Assistance League® of Amador
Valley, will be held on April 13 from 12 – 4
at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. The event includes charming tea tables
decorated by the members, delicious food,
raffle prizes, lucky teacups, a hat contest
and silent auction. Penny Warner will be
the guest speaker. She is an award-winning
author, family life columnist and child development educator. The tickets are $50 and
must be reserved by March 29. Proceeds
from this event provide school clothes and
shoes to children in need. For information,
call Annette at (925) 462-5275, or go to
Emeritus Senior Living, grand reopening celebration, 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb.
28, 355 West Grant Line Rd., Tracy. Tours,
entertainment, food and beverages. RSVP to
Bringing Back the Natives Garden
Tour, Registration for the Sunday, May 5,
2013 tour is now open. A variety of bird- and
butterfly-friendly, pesticide-free, water
conserving, low maintenance gardens that
contain 60% or more native plants will be
open on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at various locations throughout
Alameda and Contra Costa counties. More
than 40 garden talks will be scheduled
throughout the day. Native plants will be
sold at numerous locations over the course
of the weekend of May 4 and 5 during the
Tour’s Native Plant Sale Extravaganza. www.
Widowed Men and Women of Northern
CA., Brunch in Livermore, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.,
RSVP by Feb. 14 to Hilda, 398-8808. Happy
hour in Pleasanton, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., RSVP
by Feb. 19 to Marge, 828-5124. Breakfast in
San Ramon, Feb. 24, noon, RSVP by Feb. 21
to Janet, 443-3317. Lunch in San Ramon,
Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m., RSVP by Feb. 24 to
Marsha, 830-8483.
Pleasantonians for Peace, candlelight
vigil 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 14 in front of
the Museum on Main, 603 Main Street,
downtown Pleasanton. Participants will
reflect on the human and monetary costs of
the war, honor veterans who have sacrificed,
and visualize ways of moving beyond this
conflict to a more peaceful world. Peaceful
War Protest on the fourth Wednesday of the
month, February 27, between 5 - 6 at the
corners of First and Neal Streets. Call Cathe
Norman at (925) 462-7495; Matt Sullivan
at [email protected]; or [email protected]
Health and Fitness Classes at
CareMore Care Center, 4270 Rosewood Dr.,
Pleasanton. No cost or preregistration is
required. Tai Chi: Tues. and Thurs. through
Feb. 28, 10 a.m. Chi Kung: Tues. and Thurs.
through Feb. 28, 11 a.m. Zumba: Thursdays
through Feb. 28, 9 a.m. Chair Yoga: Mondays
through Feb. 25, 10:30 p.m.
LARPD Rummage Sale, Livermore Area
Recreation and Park District’s annual Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb.
23. The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave., Livermore. or 925-373-5700.
Free Healing Touch Sessions for
Tri-Valley Veterans March 9, April 13, May
11 and June 8. Available time slots: 9:00
a.m., 10:15 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. Free Healing
Touch sessions for active, inactive, combat
or retired Veterans from any military branch.
Healing Touch Program is endorsed by
the American Holistic Nurses Association.
Advance reservation required as space is
limited. Sessions held at Las Positas College, Veterans First Center, Building 1000,
Livermore. Student status is not required.
For more information or to schedule a session, please visit www.quantumhealinghth.
com or call 925-352-8917.
4th annual Crab Feed & Auction, Alisal
Elementary School PTA fund-raising, Sat.,
March 2, 6 p.m. to 20 p.m. at the California
Center, 4400 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton.
$45 per person includes all you can eat
crab (or chicken), bread salad and pasta,
no host bar, silent and live auctions, music
by The Regulars. For more information or to
purchase tickets, visit
Excel classes presented by the in
beginners, intermediate, and expert level.
Gain skills for career advancement, learning
formatting, advanced formulas, visual basic
programming, and more. Classes taught by a
finance professional with 10 years of experience. Sign up for one, two, or three sessions
from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library:
Wednesday, February 20: Intermediate Excel;
Thursday, February 28 Expert Excel (includes
VBT Programming). Registration is required,
as space is limited. Ask at the Reference
Desk or call 925-931-3400, extension
7. Library programs are free and open to
everyone. Call Merry Luskin or Doreen Irby at
925/931-3400 for information.
Bingo Bash, The Italian Catholic
Federation, BRANCH #285, is holding its
annual bingo bash, a fund-raiser to aide
the Cooley's Anemia research at Children's
Hospital-Oakland and the group's college
scholarship fund. The event will be held
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at
St. Michael's Parish Hall, 372 Maple St.,
Livermore. There will 10 games of bingo,
music of DJ Joe Buonsante, a raffle and line
dancing led by Melanie Calabrese - all for
$10.00 per person. Beverages, Pizza, and
snacks available for purchase. Reservation
deadline: Feb. 11. Call Helen W. at 925462-3798. If unable to attend, a donation
would be appreciated. Mail donations to ICF
c/o E. Meier 6597 Lansing Ct.. Pleasanton.
CA 94566.
St. Michael's/St. Charles crab feed,
benefit for CYO basketball. Fri., Feb. 22,
6 p.m. to midnight. Shrine Event Center,
170 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore. All you can
eat crab or chicken, pasta, bread, salad.
Tickets $40 at Evening
includes raffle prizes and dancing. Additional
information at [email protected] or
Ragin Cajun Mardi Gras Gala hosted
by the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies
Foundation on March 8, 2013 at the Palm
Center in Pleasanton. The event includes
dinner, music, dancing as well as silent and
live auctions. The proceeds benefit cancer
patients living in the Tri-Valley by providing
healing therapies that help offset the sideeffects of radiation and chemotherapy and
are not covered by insurance. Information
and tickets, contact the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation at 866-862-7270
or visit the website at
Writing Club for Young Adults, open to
all skill levels, taught by published Young
Adult author J.L. Powers at the Livermore
Public Library. The Club will meet from
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, February
21, March, 21, and April 18, 2013 in the
Storytime Room at the Civic Center Library,
1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore.
The event is free and no registration is
required. For more information, please visit
TEEN SPACE on the library’s website: www., or contact Jennifer at
925-373-5500, extension 5576.
Livermore Peripheral Neuropathy
Support Group meets every fourth Tuesday
of the month at 10 a.m. in the second
floor conference room at Heritage Estates
Retirement Community. The address is 900
E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore All are welcome.
Contacts are: Sandra Grafrath 443-6655 or
Lee Parlett 292-9280.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Josefa Higuera Livermore
Chapter, meets 9:30 a.m. first Saturday
of the month from September to May at
Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East
Ave., Livermore. DAR is a women's service
organization. Members are descended from
a patriot of the American Revolution and
are dedicated to patriotism, preservation of
American history, and securing America's
future through education. Contact Pat at
447-8254 for more information.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental
Illness), Tri-Valley Parent Resource and
Support Group is a twice-a-month parent
support group for parents with children to
age 18 diagnosed with or suspected of having bipolar or other mood disorders. It meets
First and third Tuesdays of each month
from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Pathways
To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Dr., Suite
#114, Pleasanton. The group is drop-in,
no registration required and is free. Suzi
Glorioso by phone: (925) 443-1797 or by
e-mail: [email protected]
Operation: S.A.M. "Supporting All
Military" is a 501(c)3 non profit military
support organization based in Livermore.
S.A.M. has been in operation since January
2004. It is dedicated to the continued
support of deployed troops. Preparation
of comfort packages takes place every
other week - all year long. Providing morale
support for those deployed. All information
provided is confidential and is not shared
for security purposes. To submit a name
and address, inquire about donations or
helping, please visit,
email [email protected] or call
925 443-7620 for more information and the
calendar of events.
Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) offers services to help
people with disabilities and supports them
to live independently and participate in their
community for as long as they are willing
and able to do so. CRIL maintains offices in
Hayward, Fremont and Livermore to provide
information and referrals and provide
community education at senior centers and
affordable housing complexes to residents
of Southern Alameda County. The Tri-Valley
office is located at 3311 Pacific Avenue,
Livermore 94550 and can be reached by
phone at (925) 371-1531, by FAX at (925)
373-5034 or by e-mail at [email protected] All services are free.
First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth
Street, Livermore. 9:00 a.m. Contemplative
Service in the Chapel, 10:30 Traditional
Service in the Sanctuary and children’s
program. For more information
or 925-447-2078.
Tri-Valley Bible Church, 2346 Walnut
St., Livermore, holds Sunday worship at
10 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages
at 9 a.m. Children's classes during adult
worship service. AWANA children's program
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 449-4403 or www.
Unitarian Universalist, 1893 N. Vasco
Rd., Livermore. 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
Information 447-8747 or
Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada
Court, Pleasanton. Information 931-1055.
Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, affiliated with
the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations ( Information, Rabbi Judith
Seid, Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, 485-1049 or
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
Livermore, services 10 a.m. every Sunday.
Sunday School for students (ages 3-20) is
held at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The church
and reading room are located at Third and
N Streets. The Reading Room, which is
open to the public, features books, CDs and
magazines for sale. For information, call
(925) 447-2946.
Sunset Community Church, 2200 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. Sunday worship service
at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children's church
provided. A "Night of Worship" first Sunday
of each month at 6 p.m. Wednesday night
program for all ages at 7 p.m. Information,
call 447-6282.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church Sunday
Service 9:30 a.m. 1020 Mocho St., Livermore. Information, 447-8840.
Our Savior Lutheran Ministries, 1385
S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore. 8:30 a.m.
worship (semiformal); 9:45 a.m. adult Bible
study/Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship (informal). For information, call 925-447-1246.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743
East Avenue, Livermore. 9 a.m. Sunday
worship. Information 447-1950.
Calvary Chapel Livermore, Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. 545 No. L Street Livermore.
(925) 447-4357 -
St. Matthew's Baptist Church, 1239
North Livermore Ave., Livermore. Services
on Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Adult
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Children's Sunday
school at 9:30 a.m. Prayer each Wednesday
at 7 p.m. followed by Bible study at 7:30
p.m. 449-3824.
United Christian Church, celebrating
50 years in the Tri-Valley. 1886 College Ave.
at M St., Livermore; worships on Sunday
morning at 10:30 a.m. Children’s program
on Sunday morning and first Fridays. The
community is welcome. United CC is an
Open and Affirming ministry. Call 449-6820
for more information.
Granada Baptist Church, 945 Concannon Boulevard, Livermore. Services: Sunday
school – 9:45 a.m.; worship service – 11
a.m. All are welcome. 1-888-805-7151.
Seventh-day Adventist Church, 243
Scott Street, Livermore. 925-447-5462,
services on Saturday: Sabbath school 9:30
a.m., worship 11 a.m. www.livermoresda.
org/ All are welcome.
The deaf community is invited to
worship at First Presbyterian Church in
Livermore, where ASL translation will be
provided every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The
church is located on the corner of 4th and
L streets.
Faith Chapel Assembly of God, 6656
Alisal St., Pleasanton, Sunday School for
all ages 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m.,
Children’s Church 11:15 a.m. Women's Bible
study Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Intercessory
prayer 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Please call
office at 846-8650 for weekly programs.
Trinity, 557 Olivina Ave., Livermore. Sunday worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday school or Bible study for all ages
at 9:45 a.m. Awana is Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday nights there is adult Bible study
at 6:45 and NRG and Re.Gen for youth, and
children's choir for kids. Child care during all
events. 447-1848,
St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas
Ave., Livermore. Meditation groups following
the John Main tradition, every Monday 5:30
p.m. and 7 p.m. For details, contact Claire
La Scola at 447-9800.
Centerpointe Church, 3410 Cornerstone
Court, Pleasanton. Services: 9 a.m. blended
with choir and band. Childcare offered for
infants through age 6 and children start in
the worship service. 10:40 a.m. contemporary worship led by a band. Sunday school
for children and middle-schoolers. www. 925-846-4436
St. Innocent Orthodox Church, 1040
Florence Rd., Livermore. Sunday service at
10 a.m. For details please see our website
at or call Fr. Leo Arrowsmith at 456-0845.
St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, 3350
Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, Services
on Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
Children’s Sunday School & Chapel at 10:15
a.m. All are most welcome to come and
worship with us and to enjoy our hospitality.
For more information call the church office
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church,
678 Enos Way, Livermore, Sunday services
with Rev. Joyce Parry Moore - Rector. 8:00
am Contemplative Eucharist with Taize
music, 9:15 am Godly Play and Adult Bible
Study, 10:30 am Sung Eucharist with choir;
child-care available. Youth Group every
Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Parish
Hall and youth room; youth oriented programs "Rite 13" and "Journey to Adulthood." for more
St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church
(1928 Book of Common Prayer), 193
Contractors Avenue, Livermore. Sunday
services: 8:45 a.m. (Low Mass) and 10 a.m.
(High Mass with Sunday School). Other Holy
Days as announced. For information, call
msg. center at 925/906-9561.
Tri-Valley Church of Christ at 4481 East
Avenue, Livermore, worship service 10:30
to 11:45 a.m. Sundays, all are welcome.
925-447-4333 ( a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Little Brown Church, United Church
of Christ 141 Kilkare Road, Sunol. 10:30
a.m. worship. All are welcome here. www. 925-862-2580
Pathway Community Church, 6533
Sierra Lane, Dublin. Contemporary Worship
Service, Sunday 10:30 am. Children, youth,
adult programs. Biblically based practical
messages, nondenominational. All are
welcomed. www.pathwaycommuntiychurch.
org (925) 829-4793.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 486
S. J Street, Livermore. 9:00 a.m. worship
service. Bible Study/Sunday School 10:20.
Bible Basics Class, which explores the main
teachings of the Bible, meets at 7:00 Sunday
night. Call 371-6200 or email [email protected] for more info.
Tri-Valley Church of Christ, 4481
East Avenue, Livermore; 447-433.3 www. Update on classes for
The Story 9 to 10:00 a.m.. Worship Service
10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Grief workshops, bimonthly sessions.
St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge
Dr., Pleasanton. 2nd and 4th Thursday
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Feb. 14 & 28, 2013
and March 24, 2013. No preregistration is
necessary. These sessions are open to all,
regardless of religious affiliation. Please call
Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377 for more
Lynnewood United Methodist Church,
4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Sunday worship at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. with childcare
and Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. (First Sun.
of month 9 a.m. is traditional with organ,
10:30 a.m. is informal with guitar.) Rev.
Heather Leslie Hammer minister. All welcome., 925 846-0221.
Unity of Tri-Valley Church, ongoing
groups, activities, classes, and youth
services. Sunday services at 10 a.m., 9875
Dublin Canyon Rd., Castro Valley (just 2
miles west of Stoneridge Mall). Rev. Karen
Epps, minister. (925) 829-2733, www.
St. Michael’s Centennial celebration,
mass and dinner, April 27, at St. Michael
Church. Mass at 3 p.m. followed by a
celebration dinner with two seatings: 5 p.m.
and 6 p.m. Tickets for dinner are available in
the rectory and at the school. For additional
information, please email Jacki Tyler [email protected] from St. Michael's School or Sister
Emmanuel [email protected]
Eckankar , "What is True Worship" is
the theme of the next ECK Worship Service,
Sunday, February 17 at 11:00 AM. The ECK
Worship service is held once a month on the
third Sunday at the Four Points Sheridan,
5115 Hopyard Road (about 2 blocks south
of the I-580 Hopyard exit). For further
information, Please contact http://eck-ca.
org/ by computer.
DAR Honors Essay Contest Winners
Pictured are Matthew Lee (center) whowas honored
as Foothill High School’s December Student of the
Month by Foothill Principal John Dwyer and Tina Case,
president of Pleasanton North Rotary. (Photo by Dave Cherry)
Matthew Lee Honored as
Foothill High Student of Month
Knowing how to do the math helped Matthew Lee become Pleasanton Foothill High School's December Student
of the Month.
More precisely, Lee’s 97% acheivement level in advanced placement calculus was an eye-opener for Foothill
teachers and Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) officials when
they chose him for the award. John Dwyer, Foothill High
principal, presented a certificate and $50 check from PNR
to Lee at the Rotary chapter’s Feb. 1 meeting.
Lee is taking a full load of accelerated courses in his
senior year, Dwyer noted during ceremonies. In addition to
calculus, studies in chemistry, economics, government, German, history, psychology, and video production marketing
are part of his final college preparations.
“(Matt) has the personal characteristics, qualities, attitudes, and skills that make him a unique individual with the
capacity to do great things in the future,” Mr. Dwyer said.
By Patricia Koning
The Josefa Higuera
Livermore (JHL) Chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution
(DAR) honored the winners
of its annual essay contests.
The ceremony was held on
Sat., Feb. 2.
In the Good Citizen
Essay Contest, Samantha
Smith, a senior at Granada
High School, won first place.
Ashley Lois, a senior at
Livermore High School,
won second place. Anchal
Sinha of East Avenue Middle School was the eighth
grade winner of the American History essay contest
for both the JHL chapter and
District IV.
The other JHL American
History Contest winners are:
Lailani Bumanlag, Junction
Avenue K-8 (fifth grade);
Connor Livingston, Mendenhall (sixth grade); and
Kendall Hefner, East Avenue (seventh grade). Each
of the American History
winners received a $100
award and $50 for their
school classroom. Sinha
received an additional $25
for winning in the District IV
Pat Moore, Regent of the JHL DAR Chapter (back row,
left) is with essay contest winners (front row, L-R)
Connor Livingston, Lailani Bumanlag, and Kendall
Hefner. Back row: Ashley Lois (center) and Samantha
Smith (right). Anchal Sinha is not shown.
contest. He now moves onto
the state level contest. The topic for the American History Essay Contest
was “Forgotten Patriots
Who Supported American
Struggle for Independence,”
focusing on the groups, including African Americans,
Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided
military, patriotic, and pub-
Police Employees Commended for Life-Saving Effort
Pleasanton Police Chief
Dave Spiller formally commended police employees
for their life-saving performances on the evening of
January 19, 2013.
At 8:57 pm Police Dispatcher Teri Stewart received a 9-1-1 call from a
woman reporting her 53
year-old friend was suffering from a possible heart attack and she was attempting
to perform CPR. Dispatcher
Brandy Medeiros immediately dispatched Officer
Lisa Cavellini, Officer Jeff
Grave and Sergeant Joseph
Leonardo to the location.
Within two minutes of
the call, the officers were on
scene and assessing the victim. Officer Cavellini immediately began CPR, while
Officer Grave deployed an
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Sergeant Leonardo performed
rescue breathing.
Within a short time the
AED provided a shock,
which was effective in restarting the male’s heart. By
the time he was transported
to the hospital via ambulance he was coherent and
talking. Two days later the
man was released from the
hospital with no residual effects or complications. Doctors determined he suffered
a massive heart attack and
had it not been for orchestrated efforts of public safety
personnel, he would have
had less than a ten percent
chance of survival.
Every patrol vehicle in
the PPD fleet is equipped
with an AED and all officers
receive regular training in
CPR and advanced first
aid. The Pleasanton Police
Department encourages everyone to learn CPR.
lic service in support of the
American Revolution. The
contest is open to students
in fifth through eighth grade.
The topic for the Good
Citizen Essay focused on
“Our American Heritage
and Our Responsibility for
Preserving It: How are our
freedoms and responsibilities as good citizens changing?”. Smith won $1,000
for first place and Lois won
$500 for second place.
Students also submitted
transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a detailed
description of their community service, high school
activities, extracurricular
activities, future plans, and
how they fulfill the four
qualities of a DAR Good
Citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. This contest was open
to high school seniors.
In her essay, Smith pointed out that both George
Washington and Teddy
Roosevelt are considered
very successful presidents,
despite their nearly opposite approaches to foreign
affairs. She wrote in her
“President Teddy Roosevelt took a very different
approach than President
Washington by taking on
the motto of ‘talk softly
and carry a big stick.’ He
made America the policeman in foreign affairs while
Washington’s farewell address pleaded for America
to remain in isolationism. …
How is it that two presidents
can take on completely opposite ideals and still manage to be successful? The
answer is simple: change.”
Lois wrote about her
experience at the U.S. Naval
Academy summer seminar
and the concept of service
above self. In her essay, she
“Our freedoms and responsibilities change based
on our motivation for bettering our nation. It takes drive,
focus, and commitment in
order to see this country
flourish, which is why our
sovereignty is constantly
modified. People are going
to be besieged with decisions, but the most important
aspect to remember is that
whatever you decide to do,
do it with passion and heart;
otherwise do not attempt it
at all.”
The DAR essay contests
take place in the fall. Topics
usually are announced in
early September and entries are due in November.
The JHL DAR chapter also
gives out a Teacher of the
Year Award each spring.
For more information, visit