02/03/2011 - The Independent
VOLUME XLVIII, NUMBER 5Your Local News Source Since 1963 SERVING LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011Pleasanton Schools to Go for Parcel TaxFind Out What'sHappeningCheck out thesecond sectionSection II is filled with informationabout arts, entertainmentand special events. There areeducation stories, a variety offeatures, and the arts and entertainmentand bulletin board listThorne NamedTo NationalCommitteeNational League of CitiesPresident James Mitchell, Jr.,announced the appointment ofPleasanton City CouncilmemberJerry Thorne to his third termon the National League of Cities’(NLC)2011 CommunityandE c o n o m i cD e v e l o p -ment Policyand AdvocacySteeringCommittee.T h e c o m -mittee takesthe lead indevelopingNLC federalpolicy positions in the areas ofcommunity and economic development,financial institutions,international trade, housing, landuse, and recreation.As a member of the committee,Thorne will play a key rolein shaping the League’s policypositions, while advocating onbehalf of America’s cities andtowns on Capitol Hill, with theAdministration, and at home.“Participation with the PolicyCommittee gives Pleasanton avoice on Capitol Hill in mattersimportant to our City’s economicdevelopment. It also allows methe opportunity to interact withelected leaders from all overthe country and bring home toPleasanton the best ideas forcommunity and economic development,"said Thorne.Councilmember Thorne hasalso been reappointed to theEnvironmental Quality PolicyCommittee for the League ofCalifornia Cities. In addition todeveloping League policy on EnvironmentalQuality, the committeerepresents cities and townsacross California with the StateLegislature in matters related toEnvironmental Quality.PET OF THE WEEKEllie is about one year old, andpossibly a Pekingese/TibetanSpaniel mix. Although she is stilla bit shy, she warms up quicklyto people she knows. Kids arealso a great match for her! Ellieis easygoing and enjoys goingout on walks. On February 5thfrom 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., she will beavailable along with other puppiesand dogs. To learn more aboutadoptable animals, call 925-426-8656 or visit the website www.valleyhumane.org. Valley HumaneSociety is located at 3670 NevadaStreet in Pleasanton. Hours areTues.- Sat. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Photo Courtesy of Shoshannah ReedBy Ron McNicollPleasanton Unified SchoolDistrict trustees voted unanimouslyto place a $98 parcel taxon a mail ballot that will be dueback to the election authoritieson May 3.If successful, the measurewould raise $2 million each yearfor its four-year life. It could beextended by the board voting toplace it on the ballot again.By voting on Feb. 1 at a specialmeeting, the board was ableto meet a deadline of 5 p.m. Feb.Photo - Doug JorgensenPleasanton’s Lydiksen Elementary School multipurpose room was filled with the smell of freshlyprepared food from all over the world on Tuesday for the school’s International Festival. Duringthe school day, students visited booths representing more than 20 countries where they learnedabout the history, heritage, and food of each. In the evening, two young Lydiksen chefs preparedan international meal for families and the community. There were also dance performances, music,and food samples from a variety of countries. The recipes for the food have been published in thefirst Lydiksen International Cookbook. For information, call the school at 426-4420. DiscussingThe Netherlands with students is Wendy Vanderhorn KellerIt's All in the Genes When It Comes toCombatting Antibiotic Resistant BacteriaResearchers at LawrenceLivermore National Laboratory(LLNL) have discovered a newway to combat antibiotic resistantbacteria by using the bacteria’sown genes.For more than 50 years, antibioticshave been used to treat avariety of deadly infections andsaved countless lives. Its broadintroduction and application haschanged the face of medicineworldwide.Despite the advances made toantibiotics over the years, the listof antibiotic resistant bacteria,Land Use, TransportationPlanning Work TogetherPlanning for land use andtransportation will be go hand inhand as regions and cities moveto comply with new state laws.SB 375 aims to reduce greenhousegas emissions throughdevelopment of a SustainableCommunities Strategy (SCS),which integrates transportationand land use planning. The SCSmust be adopted as part of thenext regional transportation plan.Specifically, the strategy mustidentify areas in the nine-countyBay Area to accommodate all ofthe region’s projected populationgrowth, including all incomegroups, for at least the next 25years. It must try to achieve targetedreductions in greenhousegas emissions from cars and lighttrucks.AB 32 set a 2020 greenhousegas emissions reduction goal intolaw. The law directs the CaliforniaAir Resources Board (ARBArt & Entertainment....... Section IIBulletin Board............... Section IIClassifieds...........................1-Editorial.................................4Mailbox...................................4Inside2 to place the question on theMay 3 ballot.The May 3 balloting is importantfor success, accordingto the district’s consultant on theelection, Charles Heath. If thevote came later, it would overlapwith absentee mail balloting witha possible statewide election inearly June.Heath told trustees at theirmeeting Jan. 27 that school districtsthat held their local measureelections before statewide electionswere largely successful.such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus),E.coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter,is growing and becomingone of the world’s most serioushealth concerns. Infections onceroutinely treatable have nowbecome more difficult to combatand potentially more lethal.Paul Jackson and his LLNLteam come have taken a new approachto combating antibioticresistant bacteria by developinga new generation of antibiotics,based upon a much deeper understandingof the bacteria’s ownor Board) to begin developing actionsto reduce greenhouse gaseswhile also preparing a scopingplan to identify how best to reachthe 2020 limit. The plan to meetthe 2020 target is to be adoptedby early in 2011.Four Bay Area agencies areworking on the SCS. They areABAG, MTC, the Bay AreaAir Quality Management District(BAAQMD), and the SanFrancisco Bay Conservation andDevelopment Commission. Inaddition to land use and transportation,the plan will address airquality and adaptation to climatechange.Alameda County SupervisorScott Haggerty hosted a workshoplast Saturday to updateelected officials and staff on thenew laws and planning effortsin the Bay Area to meet the newlaws. He told those present, “This(See PLANNING, page 8)Roundup..................................3Short Notes.............................9Sports......................................6Obituaries................................9Those that held them at the sametime or a little later were not successful.Heath’s polling showed thatthe parcel tax has a likely chanceof gaining support from 71 percentof voters. Two-thirds supportis needed to pass a parcel tax.If the election were successful,having it in May also willturn on the revenue spout to thedistrict in time for next year’sschool funding. Tax collectionswill be made in December andApril, with the cash going to thegenes. The method consists ofturning the pathogens’ own genesand processes against it.“Rather than looking for amore traditional solution to theproblem and perhaps findinga chemical or antimicrobialsolution, we decided to harnessgenetic sequencing and take acloser look at the makeup of thepathogen’s DNA,” Jackson said.“In doing so, we’ve identified thegenes within bacteria that encodefor lytic proteins – a very importantcomponent for cell survival(See BACTERIA, page 3)district.The assessor will charge 1.7percent of the proceeds as acollection fee. The district’scost for conducting the electionwill be between $200,000 and$250,000.Trustees said they were carefulto conduct the polling beforeputting the measure on the ballot.The result of the district’s $233parcel tax last year was a coupleof percentage points short of passage.No survey was conducted,because the board majority atFeeling Confident,High-end Outlet MallAdds Additional LandParagon Outlets has acquiredan additional 17 acres for thehigh-end retail outlet mall thatit plans to develop on the eastside of El Charro Road in Livermore.(Paragon Outlets was formerlyknown as Prime Outlets.)The purchase of the additionalland, a deal that closed shortlybefore the end of December,brings Paragon’s total land-holdingto 59 acres.Kelvin Antill, Paragon developmentpartner, told The Independentthat the firm acquiredthe land in anticipation of futureexpansion. Paragon is confidentthat its initial development willbe successful, and there will bea need to add more buildings,he said.Paragon already has signedsome high-end retailers, includingNieman Marcus, BrooksBrothers, and Tommy Hilfiger.In regard to the high-end tenants,as well as the size of thedevelopment, Antill said, “Welook forward to creating moreshopping opportunities for thearea.”The firm plans 134 storesThe Livermore Police Departmenthas responded to anincrease of gang activity andgang-related crime over thelast several months. The typeof gang related crimes include:vandalisms, graffiti, assaults withweapons, and batteries.Due to the increase in gangactivity, the department has assigneda patrol-based team ofofficers and supervisors to proac-Fog added a dreamy quality to the view along Foothill Road in Pleasanton.that time felt there was not timeto do it.The board emphasized thatthe money would go to corecurriculum programs, such asreading and math specialists andcounselors, as well as librarysupport. Attracting and retaininghighly qualified teachers isanother named asset.Not one penny would go toany salary increases or pensions,said the board. There would be aleast seven citizen members serv-(See PARCEL TAX, page 3)on the initial 42-acre property.The retail area footprint of thebuildings was approved for anexpansion from 450,000 squarefeet to 540,000 square feet by theplanning commission. The citycouncil will take up the matterFeb. 14.Livermore Mayor MarshallKamena said that he thinksParagon definitely will need theadditional property. “I’m happythey purchased it,” he said.If the Livermore developmentis as successful as those ownedParagon in other U.S. locations,“I think that ultimately theywould have about 200 storeswhen the two properties arecombined,” said Kamena.Antill’s projected opening datein fall 2013 is conservative, saidKamena. “I am hoping it will beopen by Christmas 2012.”“We’re really looking forwardto the opening, after working forit for more than four years. Weare ready for shoppers to come toLivermore,” said KamenaParagon was able to expandthe retail footprint in the firstphase by reducing parking area,(See LAND, page 4)Police Move toHalt Gang Activitytively address the gang problems.The enforcement effort was formalizedearlier this month.Officers are conducting highprofile patrolling of known gangareas; contacting, identifying,and documenting potential gangmembers; conducting probationarycompliance checks; andattempting to remove graffiti asquickly as possible. Currently,(See POLICE, page 4)Photo - Doug JorgensenRABBIT ADOPTION EVENTMeet Daisy and her litter of 2 mo. old Lionhead babies thisSaturday. Lionheads are a small rabbit, 4 1/2 lbs, with longwool surrounding their face, resembling a lion’s mane. MeetDaisy and her 5 babies along with 50+ rescues at our monthlyadoption event Saturday, February 5, at the East Bay SPCA,located at 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin from 11- 4 pm. Thelow adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery. Visit www.eastbayrabbit.petfinder.com or call 925-449-6368 for moreinfo.