April 24, 2014

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.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION & INNOVATION? : Local TEDx Event Tackles Two Major Topics with Renowned Speakers


Local TEDx Event Tackles Two Major Topics with Renowned Speakers

LIVERMORE, Calif. (April 18, 2013) – How will schools teach in the Cloud era?  How is innovation fostered within communities and what drives     innovation?  How will the workplace evolve?

Find out on June 8th at TEDxLivermore when global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, innovators and local educators present their ideas on the theme:


“Creating our Future: Innovate + Educate”

“TEDxLivermore will ignite the conversation between innovators and educators from a variety of disciplines,“ said Rosalind Hamar, TEDxLivermore organizer and Head of School at Valley Montessori.  “We invite the entire community to join us for a transformative day of stimulating thinking.

“Las Positas College is excited to have a chance to serve as the venue host for this great event for the community.  This is a perfect example of the type of cross-pollination that spurs innovation,” said Kevin Walthers, President, Las Positas College.

TEDxLivermore has been created by civic-minded volunteers. It is supported by Rebellion Lab (Oakland), Valley Montessori School, Las Positas College, Innovation Tri-Valley, Yámana Science & Technology and the Livermore Chamber of Commerce.

TEDxLivermore is open to the public and will be held on June 8th at the Mertes Center for the Arts, Las Positas College.  Tickets are available at $75 per attendee ($65 for educators) and includes Saturday’s daylong discussions and lunch.  The event runs from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A limited number of individual and corporate sponsorships for TEDxLivermore are available.  Please contact Roz Hamar at 925.455.8021.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.TEDxLivermore.com

For full list of speakers, please visit http://www.tedxlivermore.com/speakers/


About TEDx,  x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration


Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/T







MISSION:      To promote and advertise veteran benefits to the community utilizing the community and business leaders as ambassadors keeping veterans aware of their benefits.


Everyone knows a veteran and not all veterans know their benefits, neither does most of the community. This program is designed to be a “ONE” click away from educating yourself about what is out there for veterans, dependents and business owners.


Advantages of veteranearnedbenefits.com :



The Livermore Valley has many military veterans returning each and every day, as well as a large number of veterans that have already returned. The Vets and Vines Foundation enables veterans to work in agricultural and viticulture environments providing a safe haven for veterans and keeping them up to date and aware of their benefits. There is no available source for people to find out about benefits without getting lost in informational garbage. The Veterans Earned Benefits program allows people to directly find out about benefits for not just each military branch but for ‘civilians’ also.


Check out the website beginning January 10th 2013 and help out fellow citizens and local Veterans. www.veteranearnedbenefits.com

For additional questions call or email at 925.321.0373 info@vvfusa.org

To learn more, attend the FREE workshop for business owners and veterans Thursday, January 10th 2013 at 12:00pm. The workshop will be held at the Livermore Valley Chamber’s conference room, located at 2157 First Street in Livermore, CA.  Please RSVP to nicholec@livermorechamber.org.



Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce to Install Board of Directors at Gala Event

Dale Eldridge Kaye and Former Mayor Marshall Kamena at the Board Installation and Gala Event, February 2011

Dale Kaye and Former Mayor Marshall Kamena, 2011

Livermore, CA (PRWEB) February 16, 2012 - Each year, the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrates the installation of their Board of Directors with a gala event. Checkers Catering and Special Events is catering the event, as they do each year with their special blend of fine food, and beautiful presentation.

The Gala sells out each year, and it’s expected to again this year.

“Last year, everyone was having such a good time, that they almost had to be kicked out when it was over at 10 p.m.,” said Dale Eldridge Kaye, President and CEO of the chamber.

The Robert Livermore Community Center will be transformed into the New Decade Lounge with music, dancing, an open bar, a fun casino and lots of networking opportunities. Jody Amos from Amos Productions will be providing the ambiance, music and disc jockey services, and has been a popular DJ at the Gala before.

The new Board of Directors to be installed include:

  •     Board Chair, Tim Tikalsky, from RINA Accountancy Corp.
  •     Vice Chair, Jay Davis, from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
  •     Secretary, Crystal Lu from Sybase, Inc.
  •     Treasurer, Jennifer Thaete, from the Law Office of Jennifer Thaete, LLP

The Gala Event will be held from 7-10:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue in Livermore, CA. Tickets are $115 per person, and there’s no silent or live auction. It’s just an opportunity to have a good time and enjoy wonderful food, music, dancing, fun and no paying for drinks.

For more information or to register, please visit www.livermorechamber.org or call 925-447-1606.


Anthony Chavez Speaks to Marylin Avenue Students

Anthony Chavez, grandson of activist Cesar Chavez spoke at an assembly for students at Marylin Avenue Elementary School on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Anthony Chavez, 25, grew up participating with his grandfather in United Farm Workers’ marches, rallies and political campaigns. He speaks before numerous student and community groups on behalf of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, established by the Chavez family, to further his grandfather’s life and work. Anthony also speaks out to students to foster relationships with one another based on commonalities instead of rivalries. Anthony is a recent graduate CSU Bakersfield.

During his visit to Marylin School, Anthony shared the legacy of his grandfather.  Cesar Chavez was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader; a genuinely religious and spiritual figure; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights. Cesar Chavez spent many years coordinating voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, leading campaigns against racial and economic discrimination. He founded the National Farm Workers Association which later became the United Farm Workers of America. Founding the union was a leap of faith, not just because the odds were against him, but also because he still had serious doubts; he questioned how he would make it succeed. Over four decades, Cesar Chavez saw his share of defeats, but also historic victories. Under Cesar, the United Farm Workers of America achieved unprecedented gains for farm workers, establishing it as the first successful farm workers union in American history. Anthony shares his grandfather’s experiences in order to inspire and motivate students to persevere through adversity.

As he spoke to students, Anthony focused on the importance of education and encouraged students to plan a community service project as they celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on 3/31. By the end of the assembly, students were excited to talk about how they might plan and become involved in serving the community.

Pacific Service Credit Union Donates 130,000 Holiday Meals

Pacific Service Credit Union Donates Toys

Employees Donated 50 Bags of Items

After the charities it supports told Pacific Service Credit Union that the demand for assistance by families and individuals had dramatically increased over the past year, the credit union stepped up donations to non-profit organizations this holiday season.

“The suffering caused by our struggling economy is heart-wrenching and unacceptable”, stated Steve Punch, president and CEO of Pacific Service Credit Union. “Many of the charitable organizations we work with tell us assistance necessary for needy families has increased by as much as 50%,” Punch added.

The credit union donated funds to ten non-profit organizations that will provide meals, groceries, blankets and toys this holiday season. The number of 2011 holiday meals provided by the credit union totals 130,000. Last year donations provided by Pacific Service CU provided 96,000 meals, bringing the total of holiday meals provided over the last three years to 300,000 in the communities the credit union serves.

Organizations receiving 2011 funding from Pacific Service CU to provide groceries and meals include:

“We are putting our full effort into our partnerships with local charities to assist those in need. I am particularly proud of the generosity our employees have personally demonstrated in helping others,” said Punch. “Our Board of Directors continues to lead the way in supporting organizations that provide food and basic necessities for those in desperate need especially at this critical time.”

Employees Pitch In

In addition to corporate donations this holiday season, employees of the credit union are also stepping up their individual donations. Credit union employees have donated an average of $10 each to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the Buy-A-Bag donation program, as well as providing more than 600 pounds of non-perishable food and an additional $650 in cash from their Friday “Jeans for Beans” casual dress program during the fourth quarter of the year.

“The credit union sets aside funds to match individual employee donations and each year it becomes a matter of pride to reach or surpass the prior year total”, said Noelle Fischer-Herbert, vice president of corporate development at PSCU. “We are on track to hit a corporate match of $3,000 this year and, along with employee donations, that will translate into an additional 23,000 meals.”

In addition, employees held a clothing drive collecting over fifty bags of clothes, diapers and toys that were donated to the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond.

About Pacific Service Credit Union

Pacific Service CU began its Community Giving Program in 2001. Since that time, the credit union has donated over $1 million to organizations that assist those that are at-risk, low-income, with training to acquire skills that provide a sustainable existence. The credit union estimates over 800,000 individuals have been assisted through contributions made over the years. The primary focus is on helping underserved individuals by funding education, health, safety, and abuse prevention programs. In addition to donations, the credit union also makes available meeting space for non-profit organizations in Community Rooms at branch locations. Pacific Service Credit Union is a leading California financial institution with more than $1 billion in assets. For more information about Pacific Service Credit Union, call (888) 858-6878 or visit the website, www.pacificservice.org.