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Ask a bunch of brainy creek scientists to come up with a door prize quiz, and you can bet the first question isn't: "Who bats leadoff for the San Francisco Giants?"
Last week, at the dedication for a $1.3 million creek restoration on Arroyo de la Laguna near Pleasanton, the quiz question was: "What is the current temperature, turbidity and flow of the water in the creek?"
In case the question stumped you, one door prize winner was dead-on with his guess: "70 degrees," said Alyson Aquino, of the Natural Resources Conservation District.
Forget candy or gift certificate prizes with this group, instead, they gave out native plants -- coffeeberry, California fuchsia and a Salvia clevelandii, to be precise.
-- Denis Cuff, staff
Headline: "Boating and Fishing Within City Limits Could Be More Than a Dream"
The Arroyo del Valle west from Hopyard Road is a beehive of activity. Tiny boats are scattered along that long reach of water, each one occupied by not less than two children and some manned also by a brave father.
Mothers watch from the comparative safety of the creek bank, a group of high schoolers stop their horses long enough to swap small talk with teenagers riding bikes on the adjacent trail and then all of them suddenly take off in a race down those meandering paths that flank the creek ....
All of that is, of course, a dream. And yet there are engineers and community leaders who believe such an "Arroyo del Valle Recreation Wonderland" is not only possible, but could be achieved with just a little more cooperation among the agencies concerned with water production in this valley.
"People don't seem to realize that a great deal of planning has gone into providing water sports within the city limits," said Alan Campbell, Pleasanton's public works director.
"The right of way for the new Del Valle Parkway was placed close to the creek in order to provide an uncluttered view of that stream ... and the land between the roadway and the creek will be preserved as a permanent green strip to include riding trails."
Headline: "$80,000 Poverty Study?"
"Eighty thousand dollars just to study low-income housing seems exorbitant to me," Councilman Bernard Gerton said about the Pleasanton Housing Authority's recent request for federal funding.
Gerton made his comments when the Authority asked the council to ratify a resolution asking for the federal loan for surveys and planning for low-rent housing projects.
Mayor Robert Reid closed the discussion, noting the city's "moral obligation" to provide for people in the community "not as fortunate as we are."
Real Estate: Mark Gerton Realty offers in Pleasanton Heights five bedrooms, three baths, carpets, central air conditioning, big patio and sprinklers for $41,950.
Groceries: Safeway sells large, whole Dungeness crabs for 58 cents a pound; seven-bone chuck roast, USDA Choice, 56 cents a pound; and potatoes in a 10-pound bag for 55 cents.
At the Movies: Vine Theater in Livermore shows "Z" with Yves Montand and Irene Papas.
-- Compiled by Louise Hartman, staff