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Glow in the dark

  • The Neon Run -- 7 to 11 p.m., March 1. The Neon Run is a night-based, 5K run through glow zones that will include neon glowing water, laser lighting, fog and music. After the run enjoy the Neon Festival filled with performers, music, lasers and blacklights. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. in Pleasanton. Registration is $49, parking $8. Register at www.theneonrun.com.

    Past Times

    Feb. 24, 1960 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Impact of 'New City' Gets Careful Scrutiny in Valley"

    City officials, planners and educators were studying the proposed new San Ramon Valley city to determine the possible impact on a dozen fronts of existing local services and programs.

    The proposal by the Volk-McLain Company to build some 9,000 homes in the area from Highway 50 north to San Ramon gained steam when the men behind the dream city appeared before the Alameda and Contra Costa County boards of supervisors.

    They envisioned a city encompassing $50 million in industry, $150 million in homes, $30 million in shopping facilities and the necessary services from churches, schools, libraries and recreation centers. In all, the dream city would stretch over 4000 acres, straddling the Contra Costa and Alameda County lines.


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    But the representatives of existing Valley centers are interested more in these ramifications:

    1. The chance now to push for one major sewer plant to serve all of the Pleasanton-San Ramon Valley area, with provision perhaps for any industrial sewage overflow from the growing city of Livermore.

    2. The challenge to speed up flood control work concerning the whole Valley, but aimed right now at the aggravation of flooding bound to result from paving for construction on 4,000 or more acres.

    3. The necessity to look again at local school programs, particularly in relation to any proposed merger, new high schools and junior high schools and even perhaps a junior college; all of this would change when and if the new San Ramon Valley city starts building its own elementary and secondary schools.

    4. And a look at how industry on the Alameda side of the county line might help local district taxes.

    The target date for a start on the Volk-McLain city: Sept. 1, 1960.

    Way back then

    Real Estate: Dublin Realty Co. A 6-year-old country home. Large living room and a fireplace. Two bedrooms. Separate dining room and step-saver kitchen with breakfast bar. Attached garage. School bus. About a mile from Pleasanton. Price is $14,900.

    Groceries: Hagstrom's. Hams, nine pounds for $5.99; fresh tomatoes, 19 cents a pound; Morton's frozen pies, two for 69 cents; and Beech-Nut strained baby food, 10 for 99 cents.

    At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins star in "On the Beach."

    Last week's Trivia answer: On Feb. 8, 1963, the AFL's Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Trivia Question: On Feb. 22, 1979, who was named the Oakland A's baseball team's new manager?

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