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Relationship ironies

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    Past Times

    March 16, 1960 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Sharp Livermore Trio Sells Pleasanton Dads on 50-Year Lease for Their Own Water"

    A Livermore trio with a 25-year record of success with witching willows and water-filled wells came down from the big city to sell a 50-year contract to a bunch of hard-nosed councilmen and engineers in Pleasanton.

    The Minoggio Brothers, Joe and Ben, aided by John Sciortino, took just two weeks to convince the city of Pleasanton that they could:

    1) find the site for a productive well;

    2) prove its capacity with tests;

    3) and guarantee that quantity and quality for 50 years or more.


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    They back up their talk with a contract that calls for payment from the city (at eight cents per 100 cubic feet) only as long as the well produces as promised. If production falls off, the city stops paying. Pleasanton's city dads were first skeptical, then dubious, finally downright eager (at least thee of them) as they agreed to a contract that calls for the city to provide the pumps at a cost of some $17,225; pump the water from the well to the reservoir, with the city paying the power bill and a promise to buy at least $4,000 of water per year from the Minoggios.

    Councilman Reno Cairo, who likes a good well as much as the next guy, argued against the 50-year contract, felt the city should first clear up dubious contracts with San Francisco and the Township Water Board, from which the city now gets virtually all of its water. Councilman Orloff backed up Cario in this thinking.

    The Township water costs the city 10 cents per 100 cubic feet, delivered to the ground surface. Mayor Gerton was joined by Councilmen McWilliams and Bubics in arguing that 50 years of water at eight cents was a good buy. Besides, the city will need another producing well by midsummer.

    The Minoggio-Sciortino team has obtained a site just east of the First street bridge on the Arroyo del Valle for the Pleasanton city well, which is guaranteed to produce 750 gallons a minute for 50 years, and another 50 if the city wants the option.

    Having agreed man-to-man that the whole idea is workable, the two sides then dumped the entire matter into the hands of their respective attorneys with instructions to come up with them fancy words to make it all legal-like.

    Real Estate: Dublin Realty Co. Let the children walk to school from this cozy three-bedroom home in Pleasanton. Nice neighborhood. Take over a good FHA loan with monthly payments of $85, including taxes and insurance. It won't last long at $13,200.

    Groceries: P&X Quality Food. Hills Bros. Coffee, two pounds for 97 cents; one pound of Silver Bell margarine, 10 cents; Larry's one-pound poor boy sandwich, 49 cents; and Skippy peanut butter, 18-ounce jar for 49 cents.

    At the Movies: Vine, Livermore. NIGHTMARE -- all Hollywood monsters together for the first time! Alive! On our stage! Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Vampires and Voodoo Maidens. Thrills! Chills! Excitement! Ghouls and Zombies stalk the aisles! Also on the screen: "The Mummy," all new in terrifying Technicolor! An ambulance will be standing by at all times! All seats $1.

    Trivia question: According to the New York Times there were two best selling novels in 1970. What were they?

    Answer to last week's question: The number-one movie in 1960 was "Psycho," directed by Alfred Hitchcock.