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The sounds of America

  • Alameda County Fair Concert -- 8 p.m. July 3. Featured entertainment at the fairground's amphitheater will be America. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Free with fair admission. 925-426-7600.

    Seen and heard

    Fair fish flap

    Those goldfish long given away as prizes at California fairs -- including the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton -- have swum into an animal rights dispute.

    Animal protection groups say they want California to ban the goldfish giveaways because many of the fish suffocate in those plastic bags, get flushed down the toilet, or dumped into creeks or lakes where they can harm native fish and wildlife.

    While the groups this month are running ads critical of goldfish at CalExpo in Sacramento, Eric Mills of the Oakland-based Action for Animals says his group wants the fair in Pleasanton to stop the giveaway as well

    An Alameda County fair official confirmed goldfish are back again this year, but she said she wasn't aware of the beef.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past times

    Top story of the June 30, 1971, Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Pleasanton: Familial Bliss In A Sea Of High Priced Homes"

    Now it's official:

    Pleasanton is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Bay Area, with an extremely high percentage of married couples living in single-family homes that are well above average in value.

    Information compiled from the 1970 census also reveals that this community has a divorce rate representing 3.2 percent of its adult population, the sixth lowest in nine Bay Area counties.

    Our emphasis on the family was stressed by the knowledge that 74.7 percent of all Pleasantonites over the age of 14 were married at the time of the census, a whopping 15 percent over the Bay area's average. Livermore was second in that category, followed by Newark and Pinole, all over 70 percent.

    This city's average home value of $31,200 was second only to Piedmont in Alameda County, and well above the Bay Area median value of $26,115. Eight of the 91 incorporated cities within the reporting area have houses valued at a median of over $50,000, but these were largely older, established communities. Of the newer suburban areas, Pleasanton was clearly one of the dollar leaders.

    While far from the 'youngest community" in the Bay Area -- Newark recorded a median age of 19.6 for its 27, 153 residents -- Pleasanton was typical of the Bay Area trend away from the "under 5" surge, and emphasizing instead the 5-to-17 category, which now represents 24.2 percent of the nine-county region. The 18-20 group -- all prospective new voters -- totals 5.1 percent of the Bay Area's population while the 21-64 bracket remains relatively stable at 54 percent of the total. Those "65 and over" slipped just slightly to 8.8 percent of the 1970 census total.

    One record Pleasanton can't escape however is that business of "growth rate." During the decade ending in 1970, we were the second fastest growing city in all of the Bay Area. Only the San Jose suburb city of Cupertino outpaced us during those soaring sixties.

    At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. Now playing: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal in "Love Story." Also playing, "Paint Your Wagon" with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood.

    Trivia Question: What year did President Harry Truman formally end the state of war with Germany?

    Answer to last week's question: The Golden Gate Bridge construction debt was paid off July 1, 1971.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea-newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.