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Nice work if you can get it

Before last week's planning commission meeting on Danville's controversial general plan, resident Mike Arata handed out sheets showing wages of Association of Bay Area Governments workers. Executive Director Ezra Rapport's annual salary of $198,504 was at the top.

At the meeting, some speakers had harsh words for ABAG and its requirement that Danville set aside 9.6 acres for affordable housing.

Resident Clelen Tanner approached the podium, salary list in hand. He said he came to speak against the general plan and ABAG, but changed his mind.

"When I came here I got this sheet of the salaries," he said. "I would like staff to tell me where I can get an application for employment."

-- Jason Sweeney, Staff

Horns, antlers -- what's the diff?

Danville police scanner traffic, 12:55 p.m. Jan. 8: "There's a report of a bull walking down the center of Green Valley Road," said the dispatcher.

Moments later, from the same dispatcher: "There's a second caller now. One is calling it a bull, and one is calling it a deer ..."

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

Past Times

Top stories of the Pleasanton Times Jan. 25, 1961


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Headline: "SRV Gets a Garbage Man ... and Wait Until L-P Folks Hear About All those EXTRAS!"

San Ramon Village residents got a garbage man, and you can bet Villagers will be the envy of every citizen throughout Livermore and Pleasanton.

It all came about after some close bidding by Livermore Disposal, San Ramon Disposal and Oakland Scavenger Co. All of them wanted the Village's garbage.

They want it so bad the successful bidder finally came up with an offer that reads like something out of Housewives' Utopia!

Livermore Disposal won the contract after a bid that looked like this: $1.10 per month for a once-a-week pickup of one can; $1.60 per month for one-can pickup twice a week; $1.35 for two-can pickup once a week. Livermore Disposal will go right in the backyards to render this pickup service (no dragging the brute to the curb or the driveway like the peasants in Livermore and Pleasanton).

And, and as an added service, once each year the garbage man will launch a "spring cleanup" by picking up every thing left on the curb by the homeowner. (By comparison, Livermore residents pay $1.40 for their one-can-a-week service, and in Pleasanton, the gross charge is $1.50, with 10 cents of that going back to the city).

And to take the sting out of paying that nasty old monthly bill, Livermore Disposal will provide stamped, addressed envelopes to the customer.

Real Estate: Murphy Realty, Pleasanton. Exceptionally nice older five-room home, wall-to-wall carpet, landscaped. $9,950.

Groceries: Safeway. Frying chicken, 39 cents a pound; Swiss steak, 89 cents a pound; Tide detergent, giant package, 49 cents; lettuce, two heads for 29 cents.

Used Cars: Jobrack Motors, Livermore. Special: 1955 Chevrolet V8 Sport Coupe, radio, heater, automatic, excellent condition, $825.

Trivia Question: Pleasanton 1975, auto accidents have increased, by which gender? See next week's Past Times for the answer.

Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayareanewsgroup.com or follow her on Twitter at Newsie1195.