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Gourd gala

  • Pumpkin Jubilee -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Kids and families are invited to dress up in the best and scariest costumes to participate in the festivities featuring face painting, crafts, balloon twisting, magic shows and trick-or-treating. Danville Livery, 440 Sycamore Valley Road, Danville. Free.

    Seen & Heard

    I-680 surprises

    Overheard on the police scanner at 10:25 a.m. Oct. 15:

    "Doghouse in the slow lane, southbound 680 ...."

    (No sign of the dog)

    Overheard on the police scanner at 2:20 p.m. Oct. 16:

    "She lost her calendar book and a brown notebook and would like help getting it; near Sycamore Valley Road (on Interstate 680) ....

    (Guess, who left something on the roof?)

    -- Kelly Gust, Staff

    Past Times

    Oct. 25, 1978 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Council Shows Concern Over Area Prison Image"

    News of Sarah Jane Moore's possible transfer to the federal prison here reignited City Council fears over the facility and its inmates. Moore was convicted of the 1975 attempted assassination of former President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.


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    "It seems to me we have got the who's who in female prisoners here," said Vice Mayor Frank Brandes before requesting that the council meet with federal representatives to discuss the issue.

    Earlier this summer the council opposed the transfer of Manson followers Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sandra Good to the facility. The prison is in Camp Parks just outside the city limits and also houses newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. Mayor Ken Mercer said he and City Manager Clay Brown toured the prison and met with the new warden, Charles Turnbo.

    "I came away having a better sense of security about the prison, Mercer said.

    But council member Stan Kephart said, "we are rapidly becoming the prison capital of the United States." He supports Brandes' request.

    The entire council then agreed to the meeting and asked Brown to write Congressman Pete Stark and Sen. S. I. Hayakawa, urging them to attend along with Warden Turnbo. The prison changed from a coed facility into an all-female institution well over a year ago.

    The council was not consulted on the change, and Brandes and Kephart fear the prison may become the home of the county's most dangerous female convicts.

    Headline: "Adult Store Tones Image"

    Livermore city efforts to tone down if not drive out an adult bookstore on First Street will apparently bear some unforbidden fruit.

    Operators of Exotic News have cleared away garish yellow window lettering and yellow letters identifying the store and reportedly will replace them with more sedate lettering.

    At the grocery store: Lucky's. Apple cider, $2.25 a gallon; Ranch style beans, 36 cents for 15 ounces; and Mrs. Smith's 46-ounce frozen pies, $1.69.

    Real Estate: UCB Relators, Pleasanton. Move right into this one-year new home. Concrete walkway and patio with cover. Beautiful professional low-care front and backyard. Four bedroom, two bath. $84,500.

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