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Beacon Lighting

  • The Eye of Diablo -- 3:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Save Mount Diablo and the Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will light the rotating summit beacon on Mount Diablo to memorialize Pearl Harbor Day. The lighting takes place at sunset and the Eye shines all night to honor those who served. Summit Visitors' Center. $10 per car park entrance fee to Mount Diablo State Park. 925-947-3535.

    Seen & Heard

    The day after Thanksgiving is supposed to signal the start of the holiday shopping season, but a lot of folks at the Paragon Outlets in Livermore decided to treat themselves to bargains this year.

    "I have no room left in my closets," said Alamo resident Michele Silva while looking through her sacks of purses, a few of which she'd picked out for herself. "I don't know where I'm going to put everything."

    As one anonymous Coach outlet shopper, who made the pre-dawn drive from Merced, summed it up: "You come out to find gifts for other people, but you end up shopping for yourself."

    -- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

    Past Times

    Nov. 23, 1971 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Governor Routs Rare Book Sale"

    Gov. Ronald Reagan says he would never approve a plan which called for selling rare books off the racks of the University of California library.

    "I'd be absolutely opposed to selling rare books," said Reagan at a news conference. "The University of California library is the proper place to be the repository for rare books,"

    Reagan was responding to earlier reports that administration members were pushing to sell the books to help keep the university system in the black. He said that someone in the university system "leaked the information to the press.

    "That report was comprised of working papers of a team of auditors we sent out with instructions to find everything they could," said Reagan. "It was not the final report, and there were no final recommendations in it."

    "University officials knew this, and I even received a letter of apology from one university president apologizing for the leak," said Reagan.

    Headline: "Alameda Supervisors to Study '911' Dialing to Summon Emergency Service"

    A single emergency number for fire and police matters may be instigated countywide by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. A similar program, known as the "911" system, presently exists in the city of Alameda.

    The recommendation by the county administrator will be to establish an advisory committee to study the feasibility of such a program. Should the program be enacted, valley residents would dial "911" for fire, ambulance or police emergencies, instead of the individual numbers or the operator.

    Real Estate: Diablo Valley Realty -- Alamo, Roundhill Country Club, designed and built for present owner. Charming three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home, formal dining, cozy den/family room. Laundry-sewing room. Air-conditioned, central vacuum system. Beautiful 63-foot deck overlooking garden, automatic sprinklers. Golf cart storage. $79,500.

    At the Movies: Dublin Cinema -- see "Shaft" (rated R) also playing: "Mad Dog and Englishman" (R).

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayareanewsgroup.com or follow her on Twitter at Newsie1195.