Good Stuff

Will on the big screen

  • Celebrate Shakespeare -- 2 p.m. Saturday. Danville will show the 1961 classic, "West Side Story," a musical adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet," followed by "Shakespeare in Love." Village Theatre, 233 Front St. in Danville. Tickets are $5. For details or to buy tickets, visit www.villagetheatreshows.com or call 925-314-3400.

    Seen & Heard

    A view to a 'killer'

    Residents of a peaceful Danville neighborhood were a little puzzled earlier this month when shortly after sunrise an unfamiliar young man drove up in a strange car, parked in front of a house and spent minutes scanning the block.

    He changed his clothes in his front seat and then walked away quickly carrying a mask. He didn't look like the paperboy.

    Upon returning to his car minutes later, the teen confessed to a curious neighbor that the activity was part of an assassin game to ambush fellow players and shoot them with a harmless Nerf gun to record a "kill."

    Proudly, the young man said he got his man. Then he donned a Monte Vista High School Mustangs sweatshirt and drove off to school.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Feb. 22, 1979 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Twin Cities Plan Seen"

    Plans to incorporate Dublin and San Ramon into "Twin Cities" that could operate as one government were previewed by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

    Dave Burton, the chamber president and a member of the Future Studies Committee, unveiled the innovative approach to government in a two-county region. A petition asking the Dublin San Ramon Services District to sponsor a ballot referendum for the incorporations of Dublin and San Ramon was distributed and signed by many chamber members.

    The area could support city government without raising taxes, Burton said. By collecting 1 percent of the 6.5 percent sales tax and its share on other sites, the area would reap $4.47 million -- money that now fills the treasuries of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

    Dublin's per-person tax revenue is $175 versus $110 in San Ramon. In comparison, Pleasanton collects $118 per person. Projected government expenditures were calculated at $142 in Dublin and $112 in San Ramon, compared to the $113 now spent in Pleasanton.

    The Twin Cities would permit a City Council for Dublin and San Ramon which would jointly administer general city business. The cities would still contract with the DSRSD and would open contracts for public works and streets. Each city would contract independently for sheriff and animal control and building inspection and run its own planning department, according to the proposed plan.

    Real Estate: Tri-Valley Brokers, Livermore. Large four-bedroom tri-level, needs TLC, but what a deal. Pool, covered patio, courtyard entry and more. $83,950.

    Top 5 songs: Rod Stewart, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?;" Gloria Gaynor, "I Will Survive;" Bee Gees, "Tragedy;" Village People. "Y.M.C.A.;" and Pointer Sisters, "Fire."

    Trivia Question: Feb. 26, 1953. Dr. Jonas Salk announces a vaccine to prevent what disease?

    Answer to last week's question: On Feb 22, 1979, Billy Martin was named manager of the Oakland A's

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