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Opinion - November 4, 2022

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Vote Jeff Nibert Pleasanton District 1

We need experienced city leaders on the Pleasanton City Council, and we need Planning Commissioner Jeff Nibert for District 1.

Jeff is running against a one-year transplant from Dublin with zero Pleasanton city experience. This is not the time for learning on-the-job. Our city is challenged with water quality concerns (PFAS), plus we must meet state mandates for 6,000 new housing sites. We are in this together, so our city budgets have been stressed while we reached out to help those residents and small businesses hit hardest during COVID.

Experienced leadership is critical to retain our safe and award-winning community. This is not the time for inexperience and untested ideas from out of town; instead, we need a Pleasanton planning commissioner with an impressive engineering career, who respects women and has deep roots in Pleasanton -- yes, in Pleasanton.

As a planning commissioner, Nibert is respected by his colleagues and endorsed by the majority of the City Council. While evaluating options for the Stoneridge Mall framework, Nibert knows we must balance roads, schools, safety for residents and environmental considerations with any new housing.

Nibert stands alone in District 1 when he promised to reject donations from all builders and developers who often hope to gain financial influence.

Jeff Nibert has the experience and integrity to lead Pleasanton as a councilmember through the next four years, he understands why Pleasanton is special, and he deserves your vote. Visit www.VoteJeffNibert.com.

-- Karla Brown, mayor of Pleasanton

Yes on Measure I

I long for Wednesday, Nov. 9 when some sense of normalcy might seep back into my life as a husband, father, working professional, coach and volunteer.

I have not been nearly as involved in those duties as I should or like to be. There have been far too many early mornings (or late nights) where I have awoke at 4:30 a.m. from a dead sleep only to think, have I done enough, who do I need to speak to, how can I be better in advocating for Measure I?

I have learned so much about our community. I had no idea how many people would voice their concerns to me on issues having nothing to do with the buildings and infrastructure our teachers educate in and our students learn in.

You see, I am a volunteer but also a concerned parent, homeowner and citizen in this community. I really do wish there was another way, another funding mechanism to improve the quality of school facilities in Pleasanton, but there is not.

And I wish the need was small but it is not. Many of the facilities our students go to learn in and perform in are embarrassing. If you don't believe me, ask the kids, the teachers and the parents who frequent these facilities. I will attest each of these groups know it.

Vibrant communities -- communities of character -- invest in their future, they invest in their kids, their teachers, and their schools. Pleasanton, we must do better.

-- Bill Butler

A new American voter endorsing Laurie Walker

Anyone who knows my husband James and I for even a quick minute will know we are unabashedly proud Canadians, but what you may not know is that after living legally in the United States for 25-plus years -- mostly in Pleasanton -- we decided to apply for our U.S. citizenship.

We are now full blown Americans as well, getting ready to vote in our first midterm election.

I am proud to be an American citizen who has known and worked with Laurie Walker-Whiteland for about 16 years -- through our time living in the Pleasanton Meadows, I've seen her impact on my kids and thousands of others at Fairlands Elementary School, on our Pleasanton Meadows Sharks swim team as a head coach, through her time working to raise money for our entire school district and as an employee of PUSD at Walnut Grove and Amador Valley over the last 10 years.

Laurie is the volunteer who shows up in all the ways you need and never backs down from a challenge. She's worked tirelessly to raise money for our whole district in ways that have benefited all of our children. As a coach she made sure both my children were part of a team that encouraged them to be their best through hard work and commitment.

Laurie has three almost-grown kids of her own but her time, energy, and donations of resources are unmatched. I have full confidence that she will be an outstanding representative and deserves your vote!

-- Lisa Thorsden

Break the mold: Support Liu and Wallace

I support Joel Liu for Pleasanton City Council, District 3, and Dean Wallace for the Pleasanton City Council, District 1. These two candidates bring fresh ideas to Pleasanton and represent much of our current and future community. They both found Pleasanton to locate and now want to give back to it, much like many of us!

Liu has two children in our schools and understands the value of a safe and sustainable Pleasanton for their future. Wallace is a young professional with a goal of home ownership and brings an abundant wealth of legislative experience that will help Pleasanton.

Both of these candidates support a safe community in partnership with our police department. They both represent a break in the "traditional" candidate and represent the future of Pleasanton. I strongly encourage you to vote Joel Liu and Dean Wallace for Pleasanton. To learn more, visit www.VoteJoelLiu.com and www.DeanWallace.com.

-- Herb Ritter

Supporting Measure P in Livermore

Our community enacted the South Livermore Valley Area Plan to preserve and protect vineyards and open space from urban development.

But existing land-use restrictions don't ensure this area will remain in agricultural use or in a natural state. Planted vineyards guard against less scenic uses from encroaching on this beautiful area (like junkyards, lots filled with old cars, and paintball courses).

Sustaining a healthy wine country requires a critical mass of agricultural activity -- and right now winery operators are hesitant to plant due to the high cost of treating wastewater. Today, local vintners are forced to haul wastewater offsite, which is expensive and inefficient. Without access to safe and affordable wastewater disposal, our community will be unable to meet our goals for preserving scenic open space -- or growing our wine country.

That's why Livermore voters will have a chance to approve Measure P in this November's election. Measure P would amend the South Livermore Urban Growth Boundary to allow extended sewer service to support already permitted uses within the South Livermore Valley.

Extending sewer services will not change restrictions on residential building or development unrelated to wine country uses. Sewer line construction costs will be covered by a grant from Alameda County and by state and federal funds. Property owners connecting to the line will pay their fair share of operations and maintenance fees.

Livermore voters who support our natural environment and a thriving wine country should join Greenbelt Alliance and vote Yes on Measure P.

-- Amanda Brown-Stevens, executive director, Greenbelt Alliance

Town hall results

I want to thank the city for listening to the community at the Senior Center Town Hall meeting on Sept. 27, regarding a reported change of services at the Senior Center to include homeless services and shower program. Thank you Julie Testa, the only City Council representative who took the time to attend this important meeting.

My hope for a humble apology from CityServe's CEO was dashed with Christine Sevier's speech of mistruths perpetuating anger and set the tone for the entire meeting. Not one individual on the CityServe panel or city officials took responsibility for creating the public distrust, expressed by attendees.

Please review the new FAQs, located on the city website. Poor communication and an inability of city departments to inform each other of major decisions shows a need for restructuring.

I am uneasy with the wording that the "pilot shower program" has been suspended at the Senior Center building. This does not mean it has been removed from consideration in the future.

With little trust of the newly merged nonprofit, taking their word "that their service model for those experiencing homelessness is to take services to them" is meaningless. Stating the primary function of the office at the Senior Center will be to provide senior programs is "open-ended".

The "service agreement" for in-kind office space with the city of Pleasanton, should reiterate the requests of the community for only senior programs at the Senior Center building and permanent discontinuation of "pilot shower program".

-- Pam Silliman

Reelect Julie Testa

Referencing your comment regarding "Campaign finances show thousands spent on City Council" posted on Friday, Oct. 28, let's set the record straight: Julie Testa has not accepted donations from individuals or political action committees that do not live or work in Pleasanton. She has not accepted monies from special interest organizations such as the California Real Estate PAC from LA and The Lincoln Club of NorCal in Sacramento.

Further, she has not received monies from the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 3 from San Leandro or the Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 PAC in Livermore or monies donated from outside the state of California. Both challengers (Joel/Jamie) have received such funds from outside entities trying to sway the election based on special interests.

Lastly, Jamie accepted $2,500 from Raindrop Investments in Livermore based on her last filing. Julie is supported by local individual Pleasantonians who live amongst us. Yes, you are correct in your article that the City Council election for District 3 challengers "spending thousands on the City Council election"

However to beat Juile Testa, we longtime Pleasantonian residents know better ...We hope you will join us to reelect Julie Testa for City Council for District 3 on Nov. 8.

-- Steve Berberich

Joan's great deception

Three news articles worth discussion this past month.

The first was a front-page Independent piece that cited donations made by well-respected nonprofits to John Marchand's campaign. The problem is that the donations had been made from Marchand to the nonprofits. Error or intentional misrepresentation?

The second was in the East Bay Times on the 20th. It chronicled the four-year saga of Joan Seppala's campaign to thwart the electorate's will to move forward with the downtown plan. The plan includes 130 affordable housing units.

I know this because Joan recruited me to help pursue an alternative plan. There never was a plan. During the four months I worked with Joan, I had weekly calls with Bob Woerner and we discussed possibilities. None of Bob's suggestions were acceptable to Joan as it was always "too soon to negotiate". Once I realized there was no "win-win" alternative, I resigned.

The third article can be found in the LivermoreVine of Oct. 20. It is titled "Around the Valley: The Group of Many Names". This is a detailed accounting of the several PACs focused on stopping the downtown development. The one thing that these have in common is that 90% of the $1 million funding is from the Seppala family and Jean King.

It appears to me to be an orchestrated plan by Joan to push her anti-downtown plan by supporting candidates with essentially no experience in city governance as long as they oppose the downtown development.

-- Mark Palajac

Vote Yes on G for 21st-century learning

Vote Yes on Measure G so we can upgrade classrooms and labs to meet current safety and instructional standards, provide career training facilities and equipment for today's careers, replace outdated air filtration and electrical infrastructure, improve campus security, and replace old portables with permanent classrooms.

An independent audit rates half of the facilities at Livermore High School in "poor condition". Bonds are the only mechanism our state provides for upgrading school facilities, and it allows us to access matching grants.

All funds from the bond will be used for facilities in our school district, and none can be used for salaries. An independent citizens' oversight committee and annual audits ensure that the funds are spent as promised in the plans posted on our website and available at the Livermore Public Library.

As any Realtor will tell you, the most common question they get from homebuyers is: "How are the schools?" Investing in our schools and students benefits us all. It's time to give our students the schools they need for 21st-century learning, and a bond is the only way. Vote Yes on G!

-- Kristie Wang, LVJUSD trustee

Jeff Nibert for Pleasanton City Council

Jeff Nibert is running for City Council in Pleasanton District 1. He is a 35-year resident and has been active in volunteer and civic activities over that time. He is currently a member of the Pleasanton Planning Commission, which gives him a good understanding of city planning and land-use issues.

Jeff's priorities are to protect the quality of life in District 1 neighborhoods and to bring his engineering and project management background to civic decision-making. This is vitally important considering the redevelopment plans for Stoneridge Mall, which includes thousands of new high-density housing units, retail, and commercial development.

It will be critically important to have a councilmember representing District 1 neighborhoods as the plans evolve, and Jeff is that person. This is in stark contrast to his opponent, who moved to Pleasanton last year and is running on a pro-growth platform. Please vote for Jeff Nibert for City Council.

-- Matt Sullivan, former Pleasanton councilmember

No on Measure I

Vote No, a better plan is possible. PUSD's own data for past Measure I1 and proposed Measure I: Total district debt will increase to $665,000,000. Total repayment obligation will be a minimum of $1.157 billion.

Consider an alternative plan I propose to reduce the requested bond amount to $200 million or less, with minimal impact to schools.

Measure I has a fatal flaw which drives up cost. Bonds are issued through 2029; work will be completed in 2031 or later. The staggered release drives up projected costs (due to inflation) by a minimum of $30 million to $50 million.

How to reduce Measure I by $200 million:

* Apply $35 million from Measure I1 for the unnecessary new school.

* Sell unused, not needed property, yields $30 million, potentially $50 million.

* One bond, not four; accelerate work within four years versus eight to 10.

* Commit an additional 1% of the $200 million annual budget to maintenance every year, $20 million over 10 years.

One bond for $200 million will save $5 million to $10 million in costs for issuing the bonds.

The arts and gym facilities for both high schools represent 30% of Measure I or $120 million (total debt obligation, with interest, is a quarter billion dollars). The board should reduce the plan by at least half or $60 million and look at upgrades, retrofit, to spend no more than $60 million total.

My revised plan will save taxpayers more than $400 million in principal and interest.

-- Joe Milelli

Nibert for City Council

Please support Jeff Nibert for City Council in District 1. As a former planning commissioner, I worked hard to preserve the hillsides from development. Jeff will be a council member who values the environment as much as I do and will advocate for local control.

Our city needs council members who will stand up to outside interests and not those who have other agendas. Jeff is smart and respectful and will listen to constituents.

I have known Jeff for over 25 years and as a longtime resident whose three kids went to Pleasanton schools, he understands the issues in Pleasanton and will continue to keep Pleasanton a great place to live, work and play.

-- Brian Arkin

Vote Yes on Measure P

Nearly 30 years ago the citizens of Livermore rallied behind the creation of the South Livermore Valley Area Plan. Its mission was simple: to establish urban growth boundaries that would preserve and protect the fertile soils of our historic wine country from suburban sprawl.

The area plan had a balance of incentives to plant new vineyards and limit residential density to one home per 20 acres. Preserving the vineyard greenbelts would not only provide valuable firebreaks to our urban areas, but they would protect the unique character of our towns and avoid the homogenous fate of other bay area communities that melded into a single urban mass once their vineyards and orchards were removed.

We experienced success in the early years, but now two-thirds of our vineyards need to be re-planted and there simply is not sufficient demand for local grapes. Measure P will allow the city to extend a sanitary sewer down Tesla Road to attract the very services and amenities, such as a resort hotel and spa, that the area plan envisioned and are essential to a vibrant wine country.

The alternative is scary. Fallow unproductive farmland will always attract unwanted development despite housing restrictions, be it solar farms, storage yards, paintball fields or debris dumps. To protect our groundwater and quality of life, I urge you to vote Yes on Measure P.

-- David Kent

The future of Livermore

I'm happy to be a resident of Livermore. We moved here in 1976, raised three kids in the public school system, took advantage of a lot of what the city had to offer and are still enjoying it here.

Lots has changed: the downtown is now a walkable, interesting place to be with many restaurants and shops. There are over 30 neighborhood parks, the Bankhead has a full lineup of shows, parking is plentiful, and there will be a boutique hotel for out-of-town visitors who come to enjoy the over 50 valley wineries and several breweries.

I see many projects that will come to fruition in the next few years bringing more to offer, especially in the downtown area. And it's not just about downtown. We have Sycamore Grove and Veterans Park, there is potential for another open space in Springtown, and we enjoy some of the best biking around.

Our City Council is made up of smart caring people who have the residents' best interest in mind when they make decisions. What I'm really looking forward to now is the completion of the Eden Housing project and the whole area around it so that moderate wage earners who add so much to our economy and our town can have a place to live where they can enjoy the amenities and the area as much as we do.

-- Jennifer Dayrell

Newsom has failed California -- Vote for Brian Dahle

Newsom has failed California with his radical progressive policies. Taxes and gasoline prices are the highest in the nation. We have heavy government regulation and taxes on business which has caused many to leave the state.

His COVID strategy locked out students from schools, shut down churches and caused business to close permanently. His policies have failed the public schools -- as witnessed by the low test scores. He has turned our state into a sanctuary for illegals and now wants to pay for late-term abortions right up until the birth of a baby. His administration supports DAs un-willing to enforce the laws and permits cashless bail which allows criminals to run free and wreak havoc in our cities.

Overall, we are worse off than we were four years ago due to Newsom's failed policies. On Nov. 8, vote for Brian Dahle for governor.

-- David Ott

Vote for Jeff Nibert

Jeff Nibert has the experience, familiarity and community knowledge required to effectively serve Pleasanton on the City Council.

Jeff not only serves as a Pleasanton planning commissioner, he is also a retired engineer and project manager who knows how to manage multimillion-dollar budgets.

As a 30-plus-year resident who raised his family in Pleasanton, Jeff understands Pleasanton and will protect its historic and small-town charm.

As an advocate for local control and reasonable growth, Jeff helped to create Pleasanton's new housing plan. He does not accept developer donations to his campaign, and will not allow unrestrained growth that would make our city unrecognizable.

His District 1 opponent moved from Dublin to Pleasanton only last year and cannot claim any of the above attributes.

The choice of Nibert is a clear one. VoteJeffNibert.com

-- Abdullah Salarzai

Vote for Julie Testa

I have been a resident of Pleasanton for over 27 years now; I am a retired oncology nurse. I am writing in to the newspaper to encourage everyone to vote for Julie Testa for Pleasanton City Council for a second four-year term.

I have known Julie for almost 38 years, having met her in a mom-and-baby group when we both lived in Fremont. When I think of Julie, the first character traits that come to mind are that she is an extremely hard-working woman of integrity. She and her husband and young sons moved to Pleasanton over 34 years ago, and Julie has always been very interested in all aspects of the development of Pleasanton, with a commitment to reasonable, well-planned growth that retains the small-town feel of Pleasanton that drew both of our families here decades ago.

Her priority has always been to represent residents and their concerns regarding quality of life, schools and public safety, water quality and conservation. She has consistently pushed back on the state's excessive growth mandates that threaten the careful balance of infrastructure and services that make Pleasanton such a desirable place to live!

Reelect Julie Testa for Pleasanton City Council.

-- Diane Martinez

Testa supports downtown

City Councilmember Julie Testa has been a strong supporter for Pleasanton businesses and has continually voted to invest resources to ensure the success of small businesses and the vitality of our downtown.

In 2020 when we faced the challenges of a global pandemic, she supported the development of a business assistance program to provide 0% small business loans to support more than 115 small businesses who were affected by the global shutdown.

Julie demonstrated leadership in converting emergency parklets into a downtown parklet program that allows continued outdoor dining in a safe and esthetically pleasing form. Julie has been a champion for Weekends on Main that brought a renewed vitality to downtown emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever.

Councilmember Testa is pro-business as well as pro-resident when it comes to Pleasanton

and is very deserving of reelection to a second term on the City Council. Thank you.

-- Maurice Dissels, downtown business owner

Yes on Measure G

Yes! Vote "Yes on Measure G". Measure G, the Livermore school district bond, will bring resources to Livermore to maintain our aging facilities, and also to update our classrooms to modern technical and instructional standards. Further, funds will be available to meet the matching requirements to receive money from the state school bond. Taxpayers, that's all of us, have already paid for this resource.

Our bond team has a stellar record bringing Measure J projects to completion -- on time and under budget with clean audits. Measure G funds will be spent according to the priorities of the district Facilities Master Plan and at the direction of the Board of Trustees.

As a trustee, I voted to put Measure G on the Nov. 8 ballot. Please join me and vote "Yes for Measure G" on your ballot.

-- Anne White, LVJUSD trustee

Nop for Livermore mayor

As a former Mayor of Livermore, I have been at the beginning, the middle and the end of many projects and changes in the city over the years. I am very proud to be a part of Livermore's blueprint and history. But that was then, this is now.

Elected officials need to listen to their constituents. They need to hear all voices -- not just each other or their own. Livermore residents are speaking but the current council and mayor don't seem to hear them. We have term limits for a reason, to ensure fresh, innovative perspectives and leadership that is representative of what the city needs today and wants tomorrow.

Today, I am excited to support new representation, a new chapter. For our city to thrive while retaining our character, we need new leadership.

It is time for a mayor with a vision to ensure everyone is represented, heard from and included. It is time for Mony Nop!

Mony Nop is a natural leader and innovator. He is a thinker, a planner, a doer, a problem solver. He is aware of the needs of our city and citizens. Mony will be responsive to the issues that Livermore will face in the next few years.

I know that Mony is dedicated to service and will lead Livermore into the future while preserving what makes Livermore Livermore.

Let's work to elect Mony Nop our next Livermore Mayor.

-- Cathie Brown, former Livermore mayor

Fiction on our doorstep

During this election cycle I have seen many things that are examples of malfeasance in the literature sent to our doorsteps. All the materials sent by the Take Back Livermore group, the Mony Nop for Mayor Campaign, the Save Livermore Downtown and the Move Eden Housing Group are misleading the general public.

Not only are they malicious, going so far as to paint their opponents as criminals, and extract excerpts from articles that take the words out of the original context given, but the lies are outrageous!

When I look at the John Marchand campaign material, it is very positive talking about the accomplishments and experience that he will bring to our city. Whereas, Mony Nop's campaign takes every opportunity to bad mouth, lie and negatively impact the community.

Is this really the mindset we want leading our community? It doesn't seem like Mony Nop will or can give our community what it needs -- a chance to heal from the damage done by these groups over the years and an opportunity to complete the long-term projects that have been delayed from completion time and time again.

Until campaign laws adjust to prevent this malfeasance, we have to decide for ourselves based on facts not fiction. Be a responsible voter and get the facts. Don't believe the fiction that lands on your doorstep daily.

-- Sherri Souza

Nibert is my choice

Jeff Nibert is the best choice for City Council in Pleasanton's District 1.

I have personally worked with Jeff on large construction projects. As a project manager he consistently demonstrated an effort to gain consensus with project team members. His experience as a project manager, and his role as a city planning commissioner, provide the background to be a successful member of the City Council.

Like Jeff, I have been a Pleasanton resident of over 30 years. In that time there has been significant development in adjacent communities without consideration of utility infrastructure, open space and traffic. Jeff will support Pleasanton's smart growth policies for commercial and residential projects to maintain the current quality of the city. Jeff supports a balance between preserving the historical areas like Main Street and an upscale to the Stoneridge Mall.

Jeff's professional experience and knowledge of Pleasanton makes him the best choice District 1!

-- John Villalobos

Testa truly listens

I am an admitted pickleball fan and there were no designated pickleball courts in Pleasanton a few years back. I asked Julie to meet me a Peet's one day and she gave me about an hour and a half of her time to hear me out. She listened to me and explained the process it would take to make this happen.

Well now, six new designated pickleball courts will be opened up in Pleasanton at Muirwood Park very soon. This happened in great part to Julie Testa. Thank you, Julie!

-- Laura Ditto

Nibert for District 1

I've known Jeff Nibert since our now-adult sons were in Cub Scouts together at Lydiksen. He has all these years been exactly the kind of involved parent and concerned and responsible citizen that makes Pleasanton great.

A retired engineer and project manager, he has brought his professional expertise in managing multimillion-dollar projects, a broad and balanced view, and a logical and reasonable approach to volunteering on our planning commission. He contributed to our new 2023 Housing Element and is now collaborating on the planning framework for the Stoneridge Mall. We need his familiarity, deep experience and perspective to move forward on the large and complicated projects.

Jeff knows how important our schools have been to our families and the support they need from the city. He knows how our police have helped make this a safe community and need continued partnership with us. He knows intimately from his own children how difficult it is for young families to get a start here. Jeff is already a champion for local control and balanced growth, and will fight the pressure from Sacramento and developers for unrestrained growth that would ruin our small-town charm.

His District 1 opponent says on his website that he is a 22-year resident of the Tri-Valley, but nine of those years he was in high school and away at Stanford. He moved from Dublin to Pleasanton only last year, hardly an invested, knowledgeable and committed contributor to our town.

It's a clear choice. VoteJeffNibert.com

-- Gene Vilain

Next week's election

I know both candidates for mayor of Livermore and I admire them both. I supported Mony Nop in the last election. I have also written that I think the Eden project is unfortunate and unattractive.

However, the opponents of this project, who have shed as many skins as a lizard, have proposed no credible alternative to it. They offer no realistic plan to terminate the present contract or to deal with the large legal costs, damages and delays associated with that action. It is hard to imagine credible contractors rushing to do business with the city in the aftermath of that mess.

To date, the proponents of cancellation of the Eden contract and construction of a mythical park have only offered a notion. There is no exit plan from the Eden contract, no plan for legal proceedings and costs, much less damages, and no meaningful plans for land acquisition, building designs, and construction of alternates.

So far, the multiple shifting short-lived organizations have been playing only with their own money, mostly from the same few large contributors. Should they succeed in electing a compliant majority of the City Council, they will through their agents start playing with your money.

Your choice on the ballot is vital to the future good governance and finances of Livermore. If I lived in the city rather than in the county, I would vote for John Marchand, Evan Branning and Mel Chiong.

-- Jay Davis

Joel Liu and Jeff Nibert

Think about our water/well problems in Pleasanton. Water suppliers in our area were notified/required to sample "our water" within our distribution system as far back as 2013, per EPA requirements. Why wasn't that done?

And if so, were the PFAS numbers below the federal EPA requirements? Who dropped the ball within the city of Pleasanton to have outlined a protocol/process to establish precedent?

Think about $4 million, or more, placed into 40 stacks of $100,000 in $100 dollar bills? This is to renovate the Century House on Santa Rita Road. Think about your own large home in Pleasanton, replacing roof, siding, electrical, design, concrete, landscape, cut some trees, etc. Century House is not a historical site. I enjoy/love this home. But truth be told Century House set in place our own historical district within our own city of Pleasanton.

We require/need responsible leadership for those of use who understand cost, based on planning/execution of future projects within Pleasanton's future.

-- Pete Miller

Impact 100 East Bay support

It was only a couple hours after Meals on Wheels Diablo received a community grant award of $25,000 from Impact 100 East Bay, Inc., that the fire alarms were going off at their Walnut Creek facility. The grant will support a new Senior Breakfast Bags Program to MOW-Diablo program participants who face food insecurities.

While many donations are making their way to MOW-Diablo for recovery and reconstruction, and business interruption insurance will cover 80% of their operating costs for the next six months, they are projecting at least a $12,000 shortfall.

The Board of Directors of Impact 100 East Bay, Inc. a women's philanthropic organization serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties, voted last week to immediately grant $2,000 to cover next month's shortfall. We are hopeful that other organizations will follow Impact 100 East Bay's lead.

We will keep in contact with MOW-Diablo Executive Director Caitlin Sly and be prepared to offer additional assistance, if necessary.

Impact 100 East Bay awarded $160,000 in grants on Sept. 24, bringing the cumulative grants of more than $700,000 over the last six years.

We are trying to grow our membership. We are hopeful that this emergency assistance to our latest awardee will help get MOW-Diablo over their short-term setback and will make the community aware of the philanthropic organizations that function behind the scenes in our communities to help with unmet needs.

-- Debbie M. Vargas, treasurer, Impact 100 East Bay

Encore Players auditions

Encore Players of Livermore is excited to announce auditions for "Lysistrata", a modern language adaptation of the classic Greek play by Aristophanes.

This version was adapted by San Francisco playwright Will Huddleston, who is working with Encore to adapt it further for Encore's production, which will take place Jan 28-Feb 5, 2023 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. "Lysistrata" will be directed by Diann McCannon.

Auditions will continue on Saturday Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. All auditions will be held at Asbury UMC, 4743 East Ave., Livermore. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script, no preparation is required.

Started in 2014, Encore Players provides an opportunity for senior actors and directors to share their passion for theatre with the community. While we encourage and accept actors of all ages, we particularly look for works that give "seasoned" actors an opportunity to perform.

Encore Players is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable theater group, where all participants, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued, respected and safe. All are encouraged to audition!

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact me at [email protected] More information is also available at www.encoreplayers.net.

-- Martie Muldoon

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