Livermore Toyota, the city's newest auto dealership having opened in March, has already dealt Granada Little League a big favor. Saturday at Max Baer Park the dealership presented the league with the first of three $10,000 donations.
The dealership on 6200 Northfront Road will donate $30,000 over three years. League board member Chris Wenzel said the money will help in maintaining the five fields the children play on as well as the snack shack.
"We can make it better -- the fields, the speakers, the scoreboards," said Wenzel, whose 11-year-old son has been playing in the league since T-ball level.
"We sat down and told them our needs, and they were very receptive to it."
The new dealership, which also includes a rental car station, a cafe and other retail, is estimated to have created 100 jobs in Livermore, and will bring in an additional estimated $500,000 to $800,000 to the city in tax revenue each year.
Malia's return: One of the pioneers of Livermore education came back on April 18 to check on how things are going. Joe Malia, who was the first principal at Emma C. Smith Elementary in 1965, visited from Montana and met with Tammy Rankin, the current principal.
Malia, 88, was also the assistant principal at East Avenue from 1958 to 1965. Malia became principal of Emma C. Smith Elementary School when it opened in 1965 with only portable buildings. He also led the school when it moved into its more permanent location in 1973, staying there for five more years.
Malia was principal at Joe Mitchell Elementary and Portola Elementary for three years each, and finished his career as the adult education principal. He retired from the district in 1985 and moved to Billings, Mont.
During his visit with Rankin and Livermore schools Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Malia shared stories about the school in the 60s and 70s and people with whom he sued to work. While he was here, Malia also met up with former Livermore schools Superintendent Leo Croce.
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