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Las Positas Foundation CEO Ted Kaye announces his retirement

Uploaded: Dec 11, 2014

Las Positas College is losing one of its key advocates next June when foundation CEO Ted Kaye re-retires after 10 years at the helm.
Ted, who retired from the Disney Company after a 25-year career to move north to the Bay Area and into the non-profit sector, took the helm of the fledgling Las Positas Foundation in 2003. This week, he told his board and college President Barry Russell that he would leave in June. He left Disney in his 50s and is ready to focus on grandkids as well as travel and enjoy a more relaxed life.
When Ted took over, the foundation had raised just $36,000 in a year. Over his tenure, he has raised that to a consistent $400k with highs of more than $900k and $1,099,000 this year thanks to a $500,000 gift to the child-care program.
His engaging personality as well as a business background focused on results have positioned the foundation very well to move ahead. One particular emphasis for both the college the foundation has been the Veteran's First program that supports vets in a variety of ways as they seek additional education.
Ted leaves Las Positas with a foundation endowment of about $700k—a significant number for a community college that typically is a tough sell. Most successful donors remember where they finished instead of where they started. Ted has successfully built bridges into the community to help families and employers recognize the key asset that a quality undergraduate institution can be in the human and economic success of the valley.

Just what upsets Pleasanton neighborhoods continues to fascinate me.
One of the latest examples was the neighbors living near the gas station at the corner of Santa Rita Road and West Las Positas Boulevard that has operated for 25 years.
They opposed station owner, Michael Roesbery's plans to enhance his business by adding a self-service car wash and a 7-11 convenience store on the site. The new Union 76 station at the corner of First and Ray streets did the same thing except did not have room for the car wash.
Among the objectors was former Mayor Brandes who threatened a referendum. Ironically, after his council term, Brandes was instrumental in locating two other gas stations in town. Among the objections was that they 7-11 will be too close to Fairlands School.
Seems like there was lots of grasping at straws.
Both the city staff and the Planning Commission recommended the proposal, which won the votes of four members of the council. Only Councilwoman Karla Brown was opposed, saying among other things that the city did not need another 7-11. That may be her opinion, but should not have entered into what was a decision about a permitted land use within existing zoning. Her view about being too close to Fairlands was better rationale, although a bit of a stretch in my view.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown,
on Dec 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

Brown's vote is the classic Ben Tarver "Free No." It doesn't change the outcome, but when she runs for Mayor, she is the one who "listens and stands up for the little guy!"
She just got 10 votes...

Posted by Pete, a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes,
on Dec 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

"Just what upsets Pleasanton neighborhoods continues to fascinate me." Glad to see you were captivated,Tim. According to a planning commissioner, the opinion was, the re-zone to alcohol use was not an issue...considering that this said property was not in the Las Positas Garden Townhome or Pleasanton Meadow neighborhood. Furthermore, there was no response,at least publicly, from the school district, or the following Pleasanton neighborhoods: Springhouse,Hacienda Commons,Archstone,,Ironwood,Shawdow Cliffs, Canyon Oaks,Pheasant Ridge,Walnut Hills,Southeast Pleasanton,Happy Valley,Carriage Gardens,Rosepointe,Bridal Creek, Sycamore Heights, Lund Ranch,Mission Hill,Bonde Ranch,Kottinger Ranch, Old Towne,Pleasanton Heights,Ruby Hill,Grey Eagle Estates,Vineyard Ave,Remen Tract,Vintage Hills,California Reflections,Jensen Tract,Amador Estates,Danbury Park,Heritage Valley,Rosewood,Sycamore Place,Pleasanton Village,Mohr Park,Morh-Martin,Stoneridge Orchids,Stoneridge Park,Gatewood,Belvedere,Verona,Las Positas Garden,Pleasanton Meadow,Fairlands,California Somerset,Ridgeview Commons,Civic Square,Downtown,Pleasanton Valley,Birdland,Willow West,Amberwood,Wood Meadows,Valencia,Siena,Avilla,Moller Ranch,Parkside,Del Prado,Country Fair,Valley Trails,Val Vista,Oak Tree Acres,Oak Tree Farms, CASTLEWOOD,Golden Eagle Farms,Longview,Dear Oaks,Twelve Oaks,Laguna Oaks,Foothill Knolls,The Preserve,Oak Hill,South Muirwood,Stoneridge,Highland Oaks,North Muirwood,West of Foothill,Canyon Meadows and Canyon Creek. conclusion Tim, why pick on us? It was a Community effort that we will live with. Do you feel better? Respectfully

Posted by Bill, a resident of Pleasanton Heights,
on Dec 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Nice work Ted. Thank you.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Dec 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

I'm happy that Roesbery will be updating that tired dirty snack shop that has been there for as long as I can remember. I'm not happy about the alcohol sales that will be going on however but this has already been discussed and debated.

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