Dance, taste, enjoy
July 22, 1970
Top story of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Federal Land for Muni Golf Course -- but City Finances May Still Spoil Plans"
Pleasanton appears to have won a major political victory on the battlefield of federal surplus lands, but there still remains strong fiscal doubt that a 105-acre parcel on Hopyard Road will soon become a municipal golf course.
"It is the same old story," said City Manager James Fales. "We have the opportunity, but we don't have the money. It will be up to the City Council and the people to decide if the 105 acres has a higher priority than a lot of other things we've been talking about for some time."
The chief representative for federal lands in the Bay Area left little doubt that Pleasanton would get first dibs on "Army Well Field No. 1," a narrow stretch of land reaching east from Hopyard, just above Valley Avenue.
"It seems like an excellent use to me, and I personally will endorse it," was the comment of Thomas Hannon, regional administrator for the General Services Administration.
Now that the "swap deal" with Santa Anita Development Co. has fallen through, the GSA has no prime bidder for that parcel, or any other part of the 2,500 acres still held by the federal agency within or adjacent to this city.
Official procedure requires the GSA now advise all other federal agencies that the former Well Field is now to be declared "surplus" to all governmental needs. If no claim is filed within 30 days, the GSA can give Pleasanton a chance.
"There is the possibility that Pleasanton could get the land for half of its appraised market price," Hannon said. "However any deal such as that is up to the Department of Interior"
Pleasanton could improve its position two other ways. First, the land could be zoned to "public use only" thus greatly reducing the market value from the $10,000 per acre price being paid for nearby residential parcels. Secondly, the city could always seek an "open space grant" from another branch of the federal government to help pay for the ground.
But if the city got its portion of the purchase price down to something less than $100,000, there would still be the considerable cost of developing a golf course.
Way back when
Meadowlark Dairy Drive-In: Specials for menu magic -- large eggs, 50 cents a dozen; butter, 85 cents a pound; and ice cream and sherbet, one half-gallon for 70 cents.
At the Movies: At the Vine, Livermore -- now showing, "M A S H" the best American war comedy since sound came in. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Tom Skerritt.
Groceries: Safeway -- slab of bacon, 63 cents a pound; whole fryers, 29 cents a pound; oxtails, 29 cents a pound.
Trivia Question: What racehorse was the first to win more than $1 million in career earnings?
Answer to last week's question: On July 4, 1970, Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" radio show debuted in Los Angeles.
Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com.