Seen & Heard
That sounds good!
An enthusiastic fruit seller at the Danville Farmers Market likes to get attention for his business with offbeat quips to customers.
"This fruit is almost as beautiful as you are," he sometimes says to women.
"Hey, hoss," he says in a friendly greeting to men.
One potential customer asked the seller what his early-season apricots tasted like.
"Tastes like chicken," the fruit seller replied.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
May 21, 1969 Top story of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Obstacles Delay Review of 'Common Green' Tract Idea"
Plans to build a "Common Green" residential tract came to a screeching halt when developer George Oakes admitted, "I am not sure I can afford to build the compromise plan accepted by your planning commission."
He said he began the concept because "the more I talk to people, the more the idea of having the front yard open to a garden and the back door a service entrance got approval."
But he said, "I've got myself to the point now with the cost that I can't build it." He put the cost of each of the common green homes at $30,000. Public Works Director Alan Campbell called it a "minor problem" with the design.
All the houses in the modified tract would face one another and a common grassy area. Cars would get to the homes by way of streets leading to a garage at the back, and the 30-foot streets would contain no curbs or gutters.
Drains would be at the center of the asphalt pavement. In the 2-and-a-half-foot space between street and building would be more asphalt to the garage and guest parking, and that section would have to be cleaned by homeowners.
Because of that arrangement, normal vehicle parking codes wouldn't apply, and if anyone parked on the street, neither fire nor garbage trucks could get through.
"We don't know how we will treat this tract in terms of policing," said City Manager Jim Fales.
Real Estate: Allied Brokers, Pleasanton. Custom-built, fantastic three-bedroom beauty on quiet court. Wall to wall carpets, custom drapes, built-in kitchen, laundry room, covered patio, central air. $37,500.
Groceries: Safeway. USDA Grade A fryer parts, 59 cents a pound; White Rose potatoes, 5 cents a pound; Crisco, 69 cents a 3-pound can; and raisin bread, 31 cents a 1-pound loaf.
At the Movies: San Ramon Auto-Movie. "House of Cards" starring George Peppard, Inger Stevens and Orson Welles.
Answer to trivia question: What infamous killer was sentenced to death May 21, 1969, for assassinating a prominent politician? It was Robert Kennedy's killer, Sirhan Sirhan.
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