Some History Of Pleasanton California

Pleasanton, California

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Incorporated in 1894, Pleasanton was founded and named by an Alameda County Justice of the Peace named John W. Kottinger, in honor of his friend, Major General Alfred Pleasonton, who was a member of the Union Army Cavalry. The current spelling of Pleasanton is a result of a U.S. Postal Service employee’s typographical mistake.

In 1917, Pleasanton was the backdrop for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, a family movie staring Mary Pickford. This was no small feat considering that less than seventy years before that, in the 1850s, Pleasanton was ruled by bandits and desperados and carried the nickname of “The Most Desperate Town in the West”. Prospectors were often times ambushed by bandits (like Joaquin Murrieta) as they made their way back from ‘gold country’. The bandits would then make a quick getaway to Pleasanton where shootouts on Main Street were quite common.

According to the latest U.S. Census, the population of Pleasanton is 67,724 and is the wealthiest midsize city in the United States. Mostly known for hosting the Alameda County Fair during June and July ( and the Stoneridge Shopping Center, Pleasanton is also home to the Safeway Inc. headquarters, a large AT&T campus (formally SBC), and several business parks; the largest being the Hacienda Business Park. To emphasize outdoor dining and the increasing foot traffic, Main Street was redesigned in the 1990s. Phoebe Apperson Hearst called Pleasanton home while living on a 500-acre ranch in a 50-room mansion. Her prime Pleasanton real estate is now the site of Castlewood Country Club.

The city of Pleasanton has three high schools – Amador Valley High School, Foothill High School, and Village High, which is a continuation school. Amador Valley High and Foothill High are ranked among the top 300 schools in the country. There are also private schools in Pleasanton, including Carden West School.

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Livermore Home Buyer Seminar

This is the Year to Make a Move!

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Start with this Livermore, CA

Homebuyer Seminar!

When: Saturday March 1, 2008

10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: 2157 First Street

Livermore, CA

Why: To learn about…

Why now is the time to buy a home

Cost of rent verses buying

Loan and home buying process

Preview of homes currently on the market

Residential mortgage counseling available

Now is a GREAT time to BUY.

Come to this Seminar, and find out WHY!

RSVP to Ellen or Nancy at

925-455-5049 or 925-321-2097

Space is limited.

Hosted by:

Ellen Bettencourt & Nancy Anderson, Real Estate Brokers

Special thanks to:

Diane Wood, Residential Pacific Mortgage

Terri Thiel, Fidelity Title Company

Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK) Ham Radio

If you are near Livermore, California and want to learn more about Ham Radio / Amateur Radio feel free to stop by our club at one of our monthly meetings.

Livermore Amateur Radio Klub

General Meetings

The Livermore Amateur Radio Klub’s general meetings are held from 9:30am to 12:00pm local time on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Ave, Livermore, California.

The meetings usually have a short business segment followed by a technical or general interest presentation. The famous “Klutz Award” rounds out each meeting. Visitors are welcome!

Pre-Meeting Breakfast
Join us for breakfast –  8:00 AM.  at Emil Villa’s on Pacific Avenue (1/2 block from City Council Chambers).

The Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK) was incorporated on July 30, 1959, as a nonprofit association.

We host testing sessions to get your amateur radio license after club meetings if they are requested. We do all the licenses; Technician License, General License & Amateur Extra License Talk to Ron Kane (AD6KV at two weeks before the scheduled meeting to see if it can be arranged.

LARK Yahoo Chat Group
LARK Broadband Hamnet Info
LARK Broadband Hamnet Chat Group

Past LARK newsletters:

The regularly scheduled on-the-air Nets for Livermore Valley and Eastern Alameda County are listed below. These Nets provide a place to meet others, disseminate news items, and to provide practice sessions for Net operations. Your participation is encouraged and all are invited.

Monday Night Wednesday Night Thursday Night
LARK Monday Night Net Windfarms / 10-10 Net Newcomer & Tech Net
19:00 Hrs PST/PDT 19:30 Hrs PST/PDT 19:30 Hrs PST/PDT
147.120 + (100 Hz PL) 28.485± MHz 147.120 + (100 Hz PL)

Join Lark Membership Form

Join LARK & pay online – Membership $20 annually:

or you can mail payment in here:

You can also find other clubs offering testing sessions at:

President George Moorehead KG6WIU
Vice President Paul Amala NK8F
Secretary Craig Mullins KK6FFZ
Treasurer Bernie Bernstein NJ6W
Board Member (PP) Tom Crabtree W6RTI
Board Member Dave Knowlton K6KDL
Board Member Roger Deming KJ6WSO
Activities Ian Parker W6TCP
Membership Jeff Child KG6JHQ
Newsletter Jeana Holme KK6KZT
Events Coordinator George Moorehead KG6WIU
Net Coordinator Ed Diemer AE6D
Swap N Shop Ron Kane AD6KV
Repeater Paul Amala NK8F
RFI Gary Johnson NA6O
T-Hunts Rich Harrington KN6FW
VE Team Ron Kane AD6KV
Web Site Arnold Harding KQ6DI

LARK Mailing Address:
Livermore Amateur Radio Klub
P.O.Box 3190
Livermore, CA 94551-3190

Real Estate Remodeling: Where to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

When you want to do some remodeling in preparation for selling your home, you don’t want to have to invest a great deal of money. The idea is to increase the value of your home prior to selling, without having to be overly concerned about recovering the cost. More than an exact calculation, it’s largely a matter of having the satisfaction that you’re making reasonable improvements that will make both parties happy — you and the prospective buyer.

Shop Around for the Best Prices
In order to maximize your return, which is the part that will increase the satisfaction level on your side of the bargain, you want to check for the best prices and, if you can, do as much work as possible yourself. Depending on the kind of work you need to do, you can find good sales and discounts at many home improvement stores. If you look for discontinued and sale items you can find deals on things that will appeal to a buyer but cost very little money.

Appliance Upgrades
If you have appliances to replace such as a washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and the like, scratch and dent sales are a good place to shop. You’ll find a large selection of items that have minor scratches, many of which cannot be seen once you put the appliance where you are going to use it. For example, a washer may have a scratch on the side that will be hidden by the dryer, yet because of this flaw, the price is substantially reduced.

As long as the appliances are in good condition there is no need to replace old appliances with new ones just because you are going to sell the house. If you need to solve the problem of an appliance that may become an issue because it is not working, you may even find appliances at second-hand stores.

New carpeting can significantly add to the appeal and value of your home.
At carpet outlet stores, you can find end pieces of carpeting left over (remnants) from cuttings. If you know how to properly install carpet, or if you get an experienced professional to install it, no one will ever be able to tell that the carpeting was not custom measured.

Fresh Paint
Some fresh paint can perform miracles on your real estate. If you go to discount stores you can find the paint you need at a reasonable price. Don’t worry about color when you’re selling your house–the purpose is to do some home improvements that will increase your home’s value. In fact, some people prefer white walls because it goes with anything, while others would prefer to repaint when they move in, and white paint makes that easier for them.

Remodeling Makes a Difference
Remember, it’s not how much you pay, but the quality of the remodeling projects that you undertake, that will make the difference. Don’t overdo it, but make sure to take care of areas that are in need of remodeling — carpeting, tile, appliances, painting (inside and out), replacing worn shingles, replacing broken shutters, refacing kitchen cabinets, and other similar projects to present a pleasant and inviting appearance.

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Bettencourt Real Estate and Appraisal in Livermore CA

Looking for Livermore property or Livermore homes for sale?

Ellen & Henry Bettencourt of Bettencourt Real Estate

We are a husband and wife team serving the Livermore California Real Estate and Appraisal market, with over 25 years of experience, so you will feel safe working with us. We will use our expertise and work hard to help you on your quest to buy or sell your home.

We take great pride in helping you to find your dream home whether that be in Livermore or other Bay Area places. We will work with you one on one until you are confident in your decisions. Because we know buying and selling a home is a big responsibility and a huge life change, we give you all the needed facts so you can make an educated and informed decision about your property and your future.

Ellen primarily works with residential Bay Area Real Estate home buyers and sellers, in and around the following cities; San Ramon, Blackhawk, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore.

Henry is a lot and land expert working all over California, and beyond! He can help you purchase land to begin a grape vineyard or even land on which to farm. Henry and Ellen own their own cattle farm, so they have personal experience when it comes to what it takes to run a successful and profitable cattle ranch.

We hope you choose us to help you on your quest to buy or sell property. You can comfortably count on us to give you all the details and we promise to work hard for you until you are satisfied.

Feel free to drop by our Livermore Real Estate office anytime so we can answer any questions you may have…

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Realtor Ellen Bettencourt in Livermore CA – Your Livermore Agent

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A local Livermore Real Estate Agent, serving the Residential Bay Area Real Estate needs of the Tri-Valley; including Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Blackhawk. If you are thinking of a home in this area, call or email me at:
(925) 455-5049

Ellen specializes in the residential side of the business, while Henry lists and sells ranches, “everywhere in the area, from Willows to Elk Creek to the Oregon border.” He knows land, coming from a ranching and farming background, and continues with his son to run cattle on property in the area. He is also an appraiser for land trusts.

Ellen holds a B.A. from Cal State Hayward, an A.A. Degree in Real Estate from Chabot College, and a GRI designation in real estate. She is active in the community, working on political campaigns and community service projects. She thoroughly enjoys the residential side of real estate, dealing with buyers of first or move-up homes. “I’m grateful to be able to work with them at a special time of their lives.

Right now the industry is doing well. Interest rates are lower and many loan programs are structured to allow people the opportunity to get into a home at all levels of affordability.”

She also likes the after-effect of the buying process. “You develop great personal relationships with clients even after the transaction has been finished,” she says. “You make new friends.” Whether the real estate market is up or down, both Ellen and Henry truly enjoy the business especially working with people and helping them to make their home buying dreams come true.

Realtor Henry Bettencourt in Livermore CA Farm & Ranch Land Specialist

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A local Livermore Real Estate Agent, specializing in selling ranch and farm property throughout California. He presently raises cattle in Livermore, CA. If you are looking for a place to raise horses, or to just spread out a little, call me at: (925) 455-5049


Henry Bettencourt was born in a home that is now on the Round Hill Country Club property in Danville. “My dad, John, leased and worked the ranch land,” he recounts. Then theDepression hit and he went out of business. He got a job as a gardener at Diablo Country Club, then went into trucking. He hauled grain to warehouses in Livermore and other areas.”

Bettencourt smiles when he talks about his own background. “I went into the service when I was 18. When I got out I worked hay balers around here and then went down to Los Banos. When I came back to the valley, I thought I would try farming.” He laughs, “Have you ever tried to farm when there is 13 ½ of rain each year?”

Watching The Valley Grow

Bettencourt decided to do something else. “In 1951 I got my real estate license and went to work for Harlan Gelderman.” Gelderman owned a real estate brokerage and was a large landowner in the San Ramon area. “When I went to work for him, there were only four homes in Round Hill Country Club. Those were the days when contracts for selling a house were one page long.”

Henry worked for Gelderman for 28 years, and then decided he wanted to do something else – to sell commercial property, rather than residential.  Gelderman balked, so Bettencourt quit. “Pretty soon, I got a call from Harlan asking me to come back.”

Gelderman had planned to build a separate office onto the existing office for commercial sales, but died suddenly at age 56 before it was accomplished. So, Bettencourt decided to branch out on his own and sell real estate in Livermore, specializing in ranches.

Setback and Recovery

In 1983, Bettencourt’s world took a crash when Henry was hospitalized with extreme complications from diverticulitis that almost took his life. His illness and recuperation took one year. In the meantime, his wife Ellen, whom he had married in 1974, had left her job as executive assistant to Alameda County Don Excel, obtained her real estate license, and was managing the business.

Henry recovered, Ellen received her real estate broker’s license in 1986, and the business moved ahead. Then came the late 80’s and early 90’s when the market for homes and land dried up. Business was tough, but the Bettencourts hung on. In the mid 90’s the market turned around and has been going strong ever since.

Let me help you find your dream home in Pleasanton, CA

Everyone has their own idea of their perfect home – their dream home, and I can help you find it. I am quite familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area (especially Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon & Dublin) and through my extensive networking, can often times show my clients their dream home before it is even on the market!

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I want to start looking for your dream home now, so please tell me as much as you can about what features it has to offer. The more you can tell me about your perfect home, the better match I can find for you.

Below is a list of features that will help me better determine the right house for you, so please include them in what you are looking for.

City you would like to buy in or move to
When you are looking to buy and/or move
Type of home – condo, townhouse, single family, ranch, etc.
Age of home
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms – full and half
Square footage of home
Square footage of lot
Garage size – single, two-car, etc.
Backyard size
Pool and/or Spa
Highly quality schools
Zoned to have cattle or other agricultural animals

If you have any questions, please call or email me today!

Info on Schools for Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore & San Ramon California

The cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon offer several schoolsof all levels, both public and privately funded.

Pleasanton Unified School District

Livermore High School is one of the oldest in the area, having been established in 1891. It is also a notable school because it became the first union high school in the state of California. Livermore is also home to Las Positas College, which is part of the California Community College system, along with Chabot College, its sister school in nearby Hayward.

San Ramon’s California High School is considered to be one of the best high schools in the state. It is also a part of the East Bay Athletic League and has a very strong football program, thought to be one of the best in the NCS (North Coast Section) conference.

Below you will find a complete list of links to local school districts with  information including their national ranking, test scores, and student body numbers.

National Center for Education Statistics

School Wise Press – great info on comparing schools

Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Results for all California Schools

Dublin School District

Pleasanton School district

Livermore School District

San Ramon School district