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World War II suspense

  • Incident at Vichy -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Oct. 19 through Nov. 10. Role Players presents Arthur Miller's suspenseful and gritty World War II drama. The Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville. Tickets are $20 and $28. 925-314-3400.

    Seen & Heard

    On the battlefield

    Reporter Katie Nelson took her fair share of gooshy, red hits during the Tomato Battle at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Sept. 29. But when it was time to leave the tomato-lobbing crowd to file her story, some purists objected to her early exit.

    "Not enough red! Not enough red!" shouted one battler, pointing to some clean spots left on her white shirt. The complainer promptly picked Nelson up and threw her into a semi-crushed pile of tomatoes.

    -- Katie Nelson, staff

    Past times

    Oct. 7, 1970 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Low-Cost Homes, Commerce for Santa Rita"

    John McGowan's application for rezoning along Santa Rita Road was finally approved by the City Council. But it didn't happen before Councilman Robert Pearson prophesied that the Amador-Livermore Valley would follow Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties and become an "urban anthill."

    Offered as a Planned Unit Development, the lands provide for 23.8 acres of multiple units, 22.6 acres of commercial service and 41.4 acres of industrial park lands. Jim Belda, representing the Besco Development Co., said 25 percent of the housing would be devoted to low and moderate incomes. He said the development would be a broad mixture of income, age and social groups.

    Pearson, voicing his fear of moving too fast and ending up with uncontrollable urban sprawl, said, " ... The population has to be limited, if is isn't you'll get a mess no matter what kind of planning you have.

    "Do you realize," he added, "the proposed density of the valley is higher than that in Los Angeles County?"

    The area in question is the former Lema-Nevis Ranch, on the west of Santa Rita Road near Route 580.

    Headline: "Murphy Visit Seen as Boost for City Park Bid"

    Pleasanton will fire all of its civic guns in a salute to Sen. George Murphy in an attempt to firm up the community's bid for 100 acres of federal land as a local park.

    The senator is coming here to dedicate Amador Valley Community Park. But Pleasanton hopes to also sell him on the virtue of park development for a large parcel on Hopyard Road now owned by the federal government but declared "excess."

    The Murphy party of boosters will no sooner cross into these city limits at Hopyard and Route 580 than a bevy of civic leaders will confront and halt the visitors.

    A quick side trip to the property on the east side of Hopyard is number one on the local agenda. Only after looking over the former Army well field will the senator's party be allowed to proceed to the community park.

    Real Estate: A beautiful new home with a beautiful view in Pleasanton's prestigious Vintage Hills for $32,950.

    At the Movies: Amador Valley Theatre in Pleasanton features Lee Marvin in "Monte Walsh, a Real Western."

    Groceries: Safeway offers ground beef, 48 cents a pound; leg of lamb, 99 cents a pound; and Cabanas premium bananas, 9 cents a pound.

    -- Louise Hartman, staff