MEETINGS, MEETINGS, MEETINGS. When folks say Sunol
is a good place to meet, they aren't kidding. Tomorrow, for
example, there are four, count them, four meetings scheduled
with import to Sunolians. And that's not counting the Sunol
Repertory Theatre rehearsal for "Caught in the Villain's
By the way, rehearsals are going wonderfully, and this season's
offering is going to be something to remember. Tickets go on
sale to the public on Feb. 2 at the Sunol Coffee House and Café,
and you can still become an SRT patron by contacting Producer
Diane Tiessen at 925-862-2020. For more info on the play, check
out the SRT site at www.sunol.net.
As for the other things going on Tuesday, the day starts with
the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sunol Glen School's spanking
new playground. Superintendent/Principal Diane Everett asked
me to remind all those Sunolians with nostalgic feelings for
the old green playground equipment that new safety laws required
it be dismantled. The new one is really something - big, colorful,
and very safe! Diane would like to thank Alameda County Supervisors
Scott Haggerty and Gail Steele, as well as Sunol residents Sandi
and Paul Bonderson for funding the playground. She also sends
thanks to Sunol Glen parents and Community Club for their support
on this project.
The playground will be dedicated at a future ceremony, date
to be announced, to Dr. Eugene Bouchard, a dedicated Sunol Glen
parent who passed away last year. When Dr. Bouchard died, his
wife, Maureen Hart, generously requested that donations be made
to the playground fund in his honor. Their daughter, Elizabeth,
now a second grader, attended Sunol Glen as a Pleasanton interdistrict
transfer student until the family moved out of the area.
Moving on to the afternoon, you can travel to Hayward or San
Francisco to attend meetings concerning the Mission Valley Rock
mining operation and its impacts on Water Temple Field. At 1:30
p.m. there will be a Public Hearing by Alameda County Planning
Commission at Alameda County Public Works Building, 399 Elmhurst
Street, Hayward. A final decision will be made on this date
concerning the intent to adopt an Notice of Exemption from CEQA
guidelines for Mission Valley Rock's continuing and expanded
mining activities at their currently active site. The expansion
and a five-year review of the surface mining permit for 43 acres
there will also be addressed at this meeting. At 1 p.m., there
will be a San Francisco PUC meeting at SF City Hall, Room 400,
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco. The quarry expansion
onto Water Temple Field will be discussed.
Tomorrow at 6 p.m., there will be a Sunol Glen School Board
Meeting in the auditorium, with the closed session scheduled
for 7:30. The survey the board will be sending out to the community
regarding the possible addition of two more trustees is one
of the items on the agenda, which is posted at the school and
on the town bulletin board.
Another meeting to make note of is coming up on Wednesday,
Jan. 30, when Save Our Sunol will gather in the cafeteria at
7:30. Featured speakers include Bruce Goddard and Ryan Matthews
of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority who will provide
information about sites being considered for a composting station.
Two of the sites are in Sunol, and residents of Calaveras and
Adrade Roads may be impacted by this project.
One Sunolian who is no stranger to a packed schedule of meetings
is our State Senator, Liz Figueroa. Kilkare Woods resident Pat
Stillman reports that Miz Liz joined her and husband Bart and
their faithful pup, Pudder, on a stroll along Kilkare Road recently,
including a stop to feed a vacationing neighbor's kitties. "She
said she loves being here so much that she waits 'til the last
possible minute to go back to Sacramento," Pat said. Who
could blame her?