Evita, the phantom and cats, oh my!
Seen & heard
Time for her close-up
Regina Hancher made a big impression last week in her interview for a Dublin school board vacancy -- very big. A 6-foot tall electronic close-up of her face was cast on a big screen above the Dublin school board dais as Hancher attended via Skype.
She was out of town on business, but there was no missing her on that giant screen, typically used for budget and Power Point presentations.
Early on, trustees had an anxious moment when it wasn't clear Hancher could hear or be heard. Board members were relieved when Hancher spoke, explaining that some board members weren't close enough to their microphones, but that Trustee Amy Miller's voice was loud and clear. The audience laughed.
"Sorry for the virtual circumstances," Hancher said.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Headline: "Six Flags in Pleasanton -- Sure Thing By '71"
"If I were a betting man, I sure wouldn't put up any money against Six Flags' chances of landing in Pleasanton."
The comment of this one city spokesman was indicative of the mood of the community, or at least the leadership bloc, as Great Southwest Corp. prepared to make its formal pitch to build that $20 million amusement park here.
Even while city hall keeps maintaining "We haven't seen any plans yet, so we can hardly make a decision," there is a prevailing attitude that points solidly toward a California branch of the fun centers now located in Texas and Georgia.
"Six Flags Over California" is here in everything except construction fact. Great Southwest has a construction schedule that calls for opening it in summer 1971.
Something in excess of $50,000 has already been spent in researching, engineering and public relations, all pointed toward the specific piece of Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton. Highland Oaks Home Owners Association officers say they don't oppose the park but want it someplace other than on that Foothill Road site. Traffic and noise are big worries.
Some adjacent property owners near that Bernal-680 juncture have similar misgivings about the daily influx of 10,000 to 20,000 persons per day, but their fears appear to be muted by the possibility of the cash windfall that could result from rezoning and resale of their own property.
Real Estate: Mark Gerton Realty, Pleasanton. Huge five bedrooms, dining room, separate laundry, carpets and drapes. Immaculate conditions, big patio, nicely landscaped. $39,750.
Groceries: P&X Foods. Eight-pound canned ham, $6.49; shrimp cocktail, four-ounce plastic pouch, 29 cents; Gallo Ripple wine, red or white, 60 cents.
San Ramon Auto Movies. John Wayne, Katharine Ross and Jim Hutton star in "Hellfighters."
Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com.