July 23, 2014

Believing in the Possible – Innovation Tri-Valley’s Forum Examines the Tri-Valley’s Wealth of Innovators


Believing in the Possible – Innovation Tri-Valley’s Sixth Annual Innovation Forum Examines the Tri-Valley’s Wealth of innovators


The Medical Innovation Forum will feature two panel discussions with distinguished experts in many fields, as well as a Forum Expo. The day will conclude with a wine reception for all attendees.

Livermore, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

“Medical devices, tests, and treatments are critical to each and every one of us. The Tri-Valley is a star when it comes to innovations in the medical field. Companies based in the region are working on amazing products and ideas that are our future, and are changing the face of medicine,” according to Dale Kaye CEO of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.

To showcase some of the brilliant minds and businesses that are leading society into a more effective, high quality medical care, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group is presenting “How Medical Innovation is Changing Your World,” on Wednesday, July 23 from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton.

“Those leading the way into medical advancements will gather to share the latest news plus answer your questions,” said Brian Chase, Chair of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Elizabeth Cantwell, a committee member for the forum said “What you will see at this forum are models for innovation partnerships between public and private entities, where you will be able to learn about groundbreaking applications and ideas. The network of ideas from these partnerships is instrumental to the success of these advancements and is not limited to medical research. Many types of businesses can contribute to and leverage the innovation frameworks that exist in the Tri Valley to enhance their own success.”

Believing in the Possible

Moderated by noted press figures, the day will feature two panels of experts. The closing speaker is Faz K. Bashi, Chair, Life Science Syndication – Angel Capital Association. His theme, “Technology and Venture Capitalism – Believing in the Possible” will shed some light on how these ideas, inventions, and innovations become funded.

How Partnerships Create Innovation

The first panel will focus on “Medical Technology – How Partnerships Create Innovation and How That Impacts You.” Did you know 3D imaging is being used extensively in creating new devices that will change the way the medical world works? This panel will include Rich Stump, co-founder of FATHOM, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest 3D printing production center. Joining him will be Lawrence Livermore Lab Director for Economic Development Elizabeth Cantwell, Malin Young, the Director of Bioscience and Material Science at Sandia National Lab, and Don Bitting, Program Director, Research Business Development at IBM. They will showcase how partnerships between the National Labs and private enterprise are critical to the success of innovation in, not only the medical world, but in all areas of research and development. Rounding out the panel is Ted Tarasow, Vice President of Product Development for Healthtell, a fast growing life sciences company based here in the Tri-Valley that has developed OneTest™—a powerful new technology for the early detection and monitoring of progressive diseases such as cancer.

Paving the Way to High Quality Medical and Wellness Care

The second panel of the afternoon will be “Paving the Path to High Quality Medical and Wellness Care.” Scott Gregerson, CEO of ValleyCare Health System, will be joined by Rahul Parikh, MD with Permanente Regional Technology, where he helps to lead technology projects that connect Kaiser Permanente members to their physicians and health system. Jason Paragas, Deputy Program Director of Biosecurity for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory serves as the focal point for the Biological Application for Advanced Strategic Computing initiative that will enable predictive biology for national and global security through multi-scale simulation. He’ll explain exactly what that means. Completing this panel will be a representative from SAP sharing its game-changing developments, and Lynn Fischer, CEO of Title 21 Software, an innovative tech firm delivering highly configurable, integrated solutions to help health care and life science companies gain regulatory compliance, reduce costs, improve quality and achieve a paperless environment. Her strategic initiatives have resulted in Title21 Software becoming the “go-to” solution in blood banking for process improvement and quality management.

Throughout the day, guests are invited to visit the many exhibit booths at the Forum Expo. Networking and sharing ideas are critical to the success of every business and this day will be a perfect opportunity to make those connections you need, plus learn how the ideas of science fiction we thought were so far in the future are right around the corner.

This event is sponsored by AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, and the City of Pleasanton, along with Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot now by going to http://www.livermorechamber.org to register on-line, or call the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce at 925-447-1606. Tickets for the Forum, including lunch and the Expo, are $65 for ITVLG and Livermore Valley Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Exhibit space is still available for $300. This includes an 8′ table, 2 chairs, and 2 tickets to the Forum (including lunch). Please call 925-447-1606 for information on your business exhibiting at the Expo.




Hayward Lands Two Medical Technology Companies at The Sandoval Business Center

Hayward Lands Two Medical Technology Companies at The Sandoval Business Center


June 23, Hayward, CA – Dan Bergen of Colliers International, represented, The Sandoval Business Center, Leasing nearly 15,000 SF to two advanced medical instrument technology companies this month. A newly funded group, CogENT Therapeutics of Palo Alto has leased 5,880 SF at 717 Sandoval Way, for $10.20/SF/Year NNN. Austin Barrett with T3 Advisors, represented CogENT in this long term lease. The other lease was an in-house 8,640 SF renewal to Hantel Technolgies at 703 Sandoval Way, Hayward.

CogENT Therapeutics was founded in 2011 as a collaboration between medical industry veterans and innovative ENT surgeons. A privately held medical device company, CogENT will utilize this space for their headquarters and Scientific R&D for ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) disorders. For more information about CogENT please visit, www.cogent-tx.com

Hantel Technologies is a one-stop resource for your medical device and biotech product design, engineering, and manufacturing needs. Like CogENT, Hantel headquarters their full line of R&D and manufacturing at this centralized location. For more information about Hantel please visit, www.hanteltech.com.

These newsworthy deals confirm the recent trend of companies moving to the East Bay. The two med tech deals have reduced the available space of the Huntwood area’s premier R&D health-tech project. a 12,000 SF and a 6,000 SF space remain available for lease. “There is a trend of medical and health-tech entities considering and moving to the East Bay due to lack of available space in the West Bay and/or the “triple rent factor”, states Dan Bergen, with Colliers International. Please call Dan for space alternatives, at 1/3 the price of the Peninsula.

About Colliers International

Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 15,800 professionals operating out of more than 485 offices in 63 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world.

For the latest news from Colliers International, visit colliers.com/us/news or follow us on Twitter: @ColliersIntl

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Livermore Valley Joint School District Announces Candidacy Information


Friday, June 20, 2014


Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

685 East Jack London Boulevard, Livermore, CA 94551

CONTACT: Kelly Bowers, kbowers@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Announces Candidacy Information


LIVERMORE, CA, June 20, 2014 —- The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) has announced it has information available for citizens interested in running for one of four vacant seats on the Board of Education. Three members of the Livermore School Board of Education will be elected for a four-year term on November 4, 2014.  One additional member will be elected for a two-year term. The Board of Education is the policy making body of the Livermore School District.  Its responsibilities include hiring the superintendent, approving curriculum and the budget, and negotiating contracts with the bargaining units in the District. The five trustees serve staggered four-year terms.


All candidate filing documents may be obtained at the Alameda County Office of the Registrar of Voters beginning July 7, 2014 and must be completed by August 6, 2014.


One of the most meaningful contributions a person can make to his/her community is serving on the local board of education. In an effort to provide accurate information for citizens to reference while considering candidacy, the District will hold a workshop covering roles and responsibilities of public service as a Board member, as well as the election process. The informal session will be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the Board Room at 685 E. Jack London Boulevard.  Topics will include duties of trustees, meeting calendar, time lines for candidates, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission rules.  Anyone interested in the process is invited to attend, listen, and ask questions.


Being a Trustee of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District does not require a degree in education or a background in politics. However, it does require a sincere interest and strong investment in the community, its children, and their education.


For further information or to receive written materials from the Candidate Information Night, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 925-606-3281.



Additional Contact Information:

School Board President Kate Runyon, krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1339

A Picnic and Opera in a Vineyard

Livermore Valley Opera


Media Contact:
Heidi Massie
LVO Publicist

(925) 519-5158


June 19, 2014


A Picnic and Opera in a Vineyard

A Relaxed Summer Evening of Music and Wine to Benefit Opera


LIVERMORE, CALIF.  – What better way to enjoy a summer evening than picnicking in a vineyard, sipping wine and listening to opera?  It is an evening of classic opera in a relaxed, casual setting nestled among the vines of Retzlaff Vineyards for Livermore Valley Opera’s 22nd annual Opera in the Vineyard.   Details are as follows:


Opera in the Vineyard

Sunday, July 20, 2014; 5pm- 8pm

Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore

$35 in advance through July 8; $45 after July 8.


“The annual Opera in the Vineyard has become a popular community event,” says Raquel Holt, LVO founder and this year’s event co-chairperson.  “Our supporters and many come each time, enjoy the high quality of the talented opera singers, the wonderful program, and the lovely vineyard setting.”


This benefit event for LVO offers a chance for the community to enjoy arias from classic operas performed by professional singers in an informal setting.  It is a “bring-your-own-picnic dinner” event where guests can purchase the organically-made wines of Retzlaff Vineyards while enjoying performances by professional opera singers.


“It is always wonderful to see our supporters enjoy themselves in an informal, casual event as they listen to beautiful arias being performed by LVO’s talented principal singers,” adds Holt.  “From their picnic baskets, our guests take out a spread of delectable culinary delights to share, and to hear the clinking of wine glasses as they happily make a toast to each other is a delight to see. Of course, the scenic Retzlaff Vineyards is the perfect venue!”


Arias a la carte

Once again, LVO will offer the extremely popular “Arias a la carte” portion of the program when guests have the opportunity to purchase songs from a “menu of arias” for the singers to perform at the purchaser’s table or seating area.  This year’s singers are soprano Marie Plette (Mimi in LVO’s La bohème), tenor Christopher Bengochea (Don Jose in LVO’s Carmen) and baritone Krassen Karagiozov (Shaunard in LVO’s La bohème).  Accompanying the singers is pianist Chun Mei Wilson.


Reservations and Early Bird Savings – Sell out expected

Early bird reservations for $35 through July 8 can be made online at www.livermorevalleyopera.com, or by calling the information line at (925) 960-9210.  After July 8, the cost is $45 if space is still available as this event is expected to sell-out.  Reservations for tables of eight can be reserved in a company or family name.


Raffle, silent auction and additional information

Adding to the festivities will be a raffle drawing and silent auction, including spectacular desserts for guests to enjoy after their picnic.


While Retzlaff wine will be available for purchase, no outside wine is permitted.  Guests are encouraged to carpool.


Visit LVO’s website www.livermorevalleyopera.com for more event information.


About the Performers


Marie Plette

American soprano Marie Plette is acclaimed in the major opera houses of North America and Europe for her compelling portrayals from Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly to Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Her recent performances of Madama Butterfly prompted the New York Times to remark, “The opera did partake of the other great unifying factor here: a star turn, by Marie Plette in the title role.” Immediately after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1992, Marie Plette was invited to make her Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She has performed frequently with the company since then in roles including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, and Kristina in The Makropoulos Case. Most recently, she appeared singing five roles in the Berkeley West Edge Opera production, Legend of the Ring.


Christopher Bengochea is a prize winning international opera tenor who has been heralded as having “power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of ‘natural sound.’ He performed the title role in Idomeneo to enormous success. Jason Victor Serinus of Opera News says: “Tenor Christopher Bengochea’s dark-hued (voice)…conquered virtually every vocal hurdle Mozart set out for Idomeneo … Bengochea’s performance was exceptional.” Other engagements included Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine for Opera Orchestra of New York and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème.  Christopher had been a Resident Artist of Opera San José, 2005-2008, where he performed Rodolfo in La bohème, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role of Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, Tigulio Festival Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara.


Krassen Karagiozov

Baritone Krassen Karagiozov was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. He participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia. In addition to concert work as a collaborative pianist in Bulgaria, Turkey, and USA he appeared as baritone soloist for a recital and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. During the 2008 – 2009 season, he made his debut as a member of Opera San José’s resident principal artists, appearing in the title role of Eugene Onegin, Sgt. Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Escamillo (Carmen). Roles performed recently by Mr. Karagiozov include Henry in The Gift of the Magi for Hidden Valley, Silvio in I Paggliacci, Gianni Schicchi for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Marcello in La Boheme, Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Lescaut in Manon for OSJ.


Chun Mei Wilson, pianist/accompanist,hascollaborative projects that range from recitals with double-bass to marimba to coloratura soprano. Ms. Wilson apprenticed as a prompter at San Francisco Opera and for many seasons has accompanied for Festival Opera, North Bay Opera, and Martinez Opera.  Ms. Wilson had the privilege of coaching Frederica Von Stade from 1997 until the mezzo’s Carnegie Hall farewell recital in 2010.

About LVO

Livermore Valley Opera was founded in 1992, and presents fully-staged operas in the spring and fall at the Bankhead Theater. The theater is located in Livermore in the Tri-Valley area, just 45 miles east of San Francisco. The Bankhead Theatre features excellent lines of sight and acoustics, helping the Opera to attract talented singers and stage directors.

LVO combines the talents of professional musicians, stage directors, principal singers, and designers with the dedication and practical abilities of volunteers filling such critical roles as board members, chorus, stage crew, and set builders to reach its artistic goals.

The mission of Livermore Valley Opera is to enrich the community by producing the world’s best operas, and to foster the careers of talented opera singers. LVO encourages a wider appreciation of opera and the associated arts.

Livermore Valley Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.







Heidi Massie
Communications Consultant

Shrek The Musical Here in Livermore!

[TVRT is a non-profit organization.]
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre Presents:

Shrek The Musical
July 19 – August 3
Rated PG
Performances are 8pm Fri/Sat and 2pm Sun
at the Bankhead Theater.*
No Friday Performance Opening Weekend.
Directed by Carol W. Hovey,
Choreography by Kevin Hammond, Vocal Direction/Accompanist by Sierra Dee, Musical Director: Jo Anne Fosselman,
General Manager/Producer: Kathleen Breedveld
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Book & Lyrics by: David Lindsay-Abaire

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar® winning Dream-Works film, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got a big mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

Shrek Cast:
Shrek: Dane Lentz, Princess Fiona: Catherine Williamson, Donkey: Aaron Porchia, Lord Farquaad: Chris Olson, Pinocchio: Burton Thomas, Gingy/Featured Dancer: Dominic Dagdagan, Dragon/Shoemakers Elf/3 Blind Mice: Danielle Pierce, Teen Fiona/Humpty Dumpty: Christine Curulla, Teen Fiona/Ugly Duckling: Claire Shepard, Young Fiona/mice: Emily Joy Kessel, Young Fiona/mice: Juliana Morrow, 3 Blind Mice/Dragonette/Queen Lillian/Rat: Katherine Stein, 3 Blind Mice, Dragonette/Rat: Tosca Maltzman, Dragonette/Wicked Witch & Mama Ogre: Nicole Squires, Straw/King Harold: Ron Pickett, Sticks/Knight: Jeremy LaClair, Bricks/Knight/Rat: Matthew Busbee, Papa Bear/Papa Ogre/Knight: Mark Flores, Mama Bear: Chelsea Ashton, Sugar Plum Fairy/Bluebird: Suzie Shepard, Fairy Godmother/Rat: Amanda Ross, Peter Pan/Deer: Eric Gateno, Big Bad Wolf/Rat: Brian Olkowski, Little Red Riding Hood/Rat: Izzy Shepard, Baby Bear/Grumpy, mice: J.D. Cerruti, Captain/Bishop/Villager/Rat: John Holst, Young Shrek/Mice: Dylan Cazin, Thelonius/Guard/Knight: Jeffrey Warner, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Heidi Amstrup, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Meghan Hornbacker, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Kelly Lotz, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Max DeSantis, Featured Dancer/Villager/Rat: Michelle Roque

For tickets – visit the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA or call 925-373-6800, Tuesday thru Friday, noon to 6pm, Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., closes 30 minutes after curtain or visit online: www.mylvpac.com/.
Visit www.tri-valleyrep.com for more information.
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EBM Construction Comes to Livermore


Contacts: Mark Triska, SIOR, SVP George Wineinger
Tel: 925 227 6210 Tel: 925 227 6214
Email: mark.triska@colliers.com Email: george.wineinger@colliers.com

Commercial Industrial and Decorative Welder comes to Livermore

LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA, March 18, 2014 – Mark Triska of Colliers International represented RARI Properties, LLC in the Purchase of 5937 Graham Court, Livermore. The Sellers were represented by George Wineinger and Michael Lloyd, also of Colliers International. RARI Properties, LLC purchased the Light Industrial building for $1,800,000.
This 19,380 SF freestanding Industrial building is the new home to EBM Construction, a welding company specializing in commercial decorative and Industrial welding. EBM is relocating from the Hayward Market in order be more centrally located in their market and to own their own Premises. This new location is off of South Vasco Road and has great access to I-84, I-580 and to the Central Valley.

Increasingly, Tenants from the 880 Corridor are looking to relocate to the Tri-Valley to be closer to where they and their employees live, and to own their own buildings.
About Colliers International

Colliers International is the third-largest commercial real estate services company in the world, with over 13,500 professionals operating out of more than 482 offices in 62 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV; TSX: FSV and FSV.PR.U), it focuses on accelerating success for its clients by seamlessly providing a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and research. Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News magazines ranked Colliers International as a top U.S. real estate company. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world.

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Livermore Toyota Grand Opening Event


To: Assignment & Photo Desks


Sullivan Automotive Group Contact:

Krista Bernasconi


(916) 223-1060


Livermore Toyota Grand Opening Event with Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz and Livermore Mayor John Marchand


WHAT:              Livermore Toyota official dealership grand opening event, March 27th from 5-7 pm. Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz, City of Livermore Mayor John Marchand and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and members of the business community will be on hand for a ribbon cutting and to present declarations to the ownership group.

The Sullivan Automotive Group invested more than $30M to purchase and develop the 10-acre parcel which now comprises a full service dealership including state of the art service bays, a rental car station, café and retail boutique.

The dealership recently hired a staff of 100, creating new jobs for the city and contributing to Livermore’s economy, which is expected to generate annual taxable revenues in excess of $100M, which will provide the City of Livermore with over $1M annually.


WHEN:            Thursday, March 27, 2014 5-7p.m. PST

Suggested media arrival time: 5:30 pm. PST


WHERE:           Livermore Toyota  - 6200 Northfront Road – Livermore, CA 94550

VISUALS:         Ribbon cutting with Livermore Mayor John Marchand and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Hagerty

Interviews with Toyota executives Dan Swartz (GM for Toyota), John L. Sullivan and David Rodgers (Livermore Toyota owners)

Toyota vehicles and interior and exterior shots of the dealership 

ABOUT:            The Sullivan Automotive Group is comprised of four separate dealerships representing seven brands including Chevrolet, Dodge, Chrysler and Scion. In addition, the Sullivan Automotive Group operates a centralized automotive wholesale parts center from a 29,400 square foot warehouse that serves all of Northern California and Nevada. To learn more, visit thesullivanautogroup.com


Livermore School District Recognized and Awarded



Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

CONTACT: Kelly Bowers, kbowers@lvjusd.k12.ca.us


Livermore School District Recognized and Awarded 

California Business for Education Excellence Recognizes High Achieving Schools

After reviewing student achievement data in every public school in California, California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) has named 5 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) schools to the 2013 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School. Since 2005 the Honor Roll increased from 261 high performing schools to an inspiring 2,099 high performing schools in 2013. The Honor Roll includes California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California’s business community for having demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students. The mission of California Business for Education Excellence (www.cbee.org) is to raise student academic achievement and close achievement gaps in California public schools by ensuring every student reaches a minimum of grade level proficiency. This is accomplished by providing a voice to high performing public schools so that all schools can replicate their best practices. Since 1998, CBEE has worked to focus businesses around a common agenda for high performing public schools leading to increased baccalaureate degrees and economic productivity. The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award. CBEE Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over four years and are outperforming expectations for every subgroup of students. CBEE Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.  “This is an exceptional State honor! Congratulations to the staff, students and educational communities of these schools!” says Kelly Bowers, Superintendent of Livermore Schools.


The annual award is supported by numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll. LVJUSD schools honored are:

Star School Award:

Marylin Avenue Elementary

Scholar School Award:                           

Emma C. Smith Elementary
Sunset Elementary
William Mendenhall Middle

Granada High

A full list of the Honor Roll schools and districts as well as the full press release from CBEE can be found at: www.cbee.org.

Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon, krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1139

Marylin Avenue Principal Kim Farrand, kfarrand@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4724

Emma C. Smith Principal Tammy Rankin, trankin@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4750

Sunset Principal Kuljinder Sekhon, ksekhon@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-5230

Mendenhall Middle School Principal Susan Sambuceti, ssambuceti@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4731

Granada High School Principal Philomena Rambo, prambo@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4800

Heritage Estates Receives Excellence Award

Heritage Estates is in the Top One Percent of

Senior Living Communities Nationwide

Local Retirement Community receives Excellence Award from SeniorAdvisor.com


(East Livermore, CA) February 6, 2014 –Heritage Estates is among the select retirement communities to be presented with the 2013 Excellence Award from SeniorAdvisor.com, the nation’s largest senior living referral service.

The award is given to the top senior living communities who have received an overall average rating of at least 4.5 from residents and families’ online reviews.  The winners were selected from more than 100,000 senior care providers who currently subscribe to SeniorAdvisor.com.

“Heritage Estates is proud to have received the 2013 Excellence Award from SeniorAdvisor.com”, said Steve Battisti, General Manager, Heritage Estates.  “We strive every day to provide the fun, compassionate and caring atmosphere that our valued residents have come to know.  It is truly an honor to be recognized for the hard work our staff puts forth every day. I’m sure our residents are equally as proud to be part of the Leisure Care family of communities.”

Winners of the Excellence Award are located all over the country and represent the top tier of independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care communities on the SeniorAdvisor.com website.  This exclusive designation places the winners in the top one percent of the senior living communities nationwide, according to consumers.

Heritage Estates is managed by Leisure Care, one of the nation’s top retirement living organizations, which brings over 35 years of experience in creating premier retirement communities.  Heritage Estates exemplifies Leisure Care’s inventive ‘Five-Star Fun’ philosophy of changing the perception of senior living by providing amenities commonly associated with luxury hotels and supporting healthy, active lifestyles.

“SeniorAdvisor.com was launched with the goal of providing a useful resource for the consumers looking for first-hand feedback on senior care communities,” said Eric Seifert, President, SeniorAdvisor.com.  “We wanted to put a spotlight on those companies who have invested efforts to deliver excellent customer service to potential and existing customers, as evident from their high ratings.  The recipients of the first SeniorAdvisor.com Excellence Awards set a high bar of quality for other senior care providers to follow.”

Heritage Estates is one of five Leisure Care Communities to receive the SeniorAdvisor.com award.  Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found at https://senioradvisor.com/content/top-rated-senior-living-communities

About Heritage Estates

Heritage Estates is a Leisure Care-managed retirement community located in Livermore, CA. The community offers senior living services in elegant one- and two-bedroom apartments with over one third available through their affordable housing program. Leisure Care is one of the largest privately owned and most innovative operators of senior living communities in the United States and Canada.  It’s inventive ‘Five-Star Fun’ philosophy is changing the perception of senior living by providing amenities commonly associated with luxury hotels and which support healthy, active lifestyles.  Dynamic programs and wellness-oriented offerings include but are not limited to: true restaurant dining; PrimeFit℠, an innovative health and fitness program with personal training options; and Travel by Leisure Care, a full-service in-house travel agency.  For more information, please visit http://www.heritageestatesretirement.com.

About SeniorAdvisor.com                                                                                                               SeniorAdvisor.com is the premier consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities nationwide.  The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior living decision, and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones.  Senior Advisor is an independent operating unit of A Place for Mom, Inc.  For more information, please visit www.SeniorAdvisor.com.

SeniorAdvisor.com is a consumer reviews website established by A Place for MOM (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral service, as a way for senior and their families to share feedback on senior living communities and services.

Media Contact:

Steve Battisti
Heritage Estates

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StopWaste Awards for Industry Leaders in Waste Reduction

StopWaste Awards for Industry Leaders in Waste Reduction

On May 9, 2013, local public agency StopWaste will recognize twelve businesses and institutions from around the county for outstanding achievements in waste reduction. The practices these champions have put in place are as varied as the industries they represent—from the promotion of recycled content products in construction and landscape retail to institutional food waste prevention and effective recycling programs in multi-tenant properties.

Among those being recognized are nine McDonald’s restaurants in Alameda County, three of them located in Livermore. As part of a waste reduction initiative within McDonald’s Pacific Sierra Region, the owners and franchise partners of these restaurants made recycling and composting of food scraps and food-soiled paper a priority at their businesses. Employees at these model restaurants now collect recyclable and compostable materials from kitchens while customers sort materials for recycling and composting with the guidance of custom signage.  The StopWaste Business Assistance team provided bilingual staff trainings to help launch the new programs.

Other industries represented by the winners of the 2013 StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards include institutional foodservice, manufacturing, landscape design and construction, building material suppliers, commercial and residential property management, office operations, and product distribution.

Livermore businesses honored in the past include Costco Wholesale Livermore, US Foods San Francisco Division and Wente Family Estates.

Visit www.StopWaste.Org to RSVP for the free StopWaste Business Efficiency Award celebration and learn how your business can be a leader in waste reduction!  The recognition event will be held on May 9, 7:30-10 a.m., at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.