Rock'n New Year's Eve
Seen & heard
Funny, ours usually rides a bike ...
Overheard on the police scanner, regarding a runaway canine in Danville and Animal Control in hot pursuit:
"They're rounding the corner now ... The dog is on foot ..."
-- Kelly Gust, Staff
Dec. 29, 1971 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Pleasanton 1971 In Review"
January: The still-existing controversy over a second hospital for the Valley was beginning to simmer.
February: The federal government gave Pleasanton 105 acres of surplus land along Hopyard Road that became the city's new Little League complex.
March: Old St. Augustine's Church on Rose Street came down after 90 years of service.
April: The right of cities to collect in-lieu park fees from developers and to spend those funds for development of recreation areas was upheld by the state Supreme Court and later by the U.S. Supreme Court, adding $175,000 to city park coffers.
May: Pleasanton won its struggle to get gravel trucks off city streets with county approval of the new El Charro interchange with Route 580.
June: The 1970-71 Amador Valley High School year was one to remember. Out of a possible 10 EBAL championships, the Dons captured seven and finished second in three others.
July: The federal government announced its intention to build a youth detention center to house 175 first offenders at Camp Parks. The plan is still pending along with another federal plan for a national cemetery on the land.
August: Shadow Cliffs Park made its public debut. The depleted gravel pit was rehabilitated by the East Bay Regional Park District.
September: Pleasanton property owners were asked to pay the highest tax rate in the city's history ($1.50) -- still not enough to finance all municipal needs.
October: Slow-growth advocates in Livermore with SAVE (Save All Valley Environment) launched a petition for an initiative election to stop growth until problems of water, sewers and school overcrowding can be solved.
November: The end of an era came when residents began vacating Kottinger Village, to be razed in 1972 to make room for a senior citizens complex.
December: Pleasanton selected the Don Juan rose as its official flower.
Groceries: Safeway -- canned hams, $6.79 for an 8-pound tin; tom turkeys, 33 cents a pound; navel oranges, 9 pounds for 99 cents. Party ice cubes, 7 pounds for 35 cents.
At the Movies: Dublin Cinema -- Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp."
Answer to last week's Trivia Question: The Don Juan rose.
Trivia Question: Which Safeway store in Contra Costa County was the first with a UPC code scanner?
By Louise Hartman. Contact her at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow her on Twitter at Newsie1195.