April 2017
The thriving retail hardware company with more than 80 stores located throughout California, Oregon and Florida opened up in Pleasanton at 4555 Rosewood Drive. Orchard is a home, hardware, and garden retailer specializing in indoor and outdoor home enjoyment projects. Learn more here. 
Now open in downtown Pleasanton. World famous frozen treats: Italian Ice made fresh daily, old fashion frozen custard, sundaes, milkshakes, hand scooped custard cookies, fresh baked cookies, made to order custard cakes, and more. Rita's celebrated the "First of Spring" with Free Ice for everyone! Visit Rita's at 320 St. Mary Street.
CEO's Corner
Eye-opening trend about our student population
Scott Raty
Very eye-opening facts about student enrollment trends in Pleasanton Unified Schools were a hot topic at our recent Pleasanton 2020 Forum.

According to data provided by Board President Joan Laursen and Acting Superintendent Micaela Ochoa, projections for the 10-year period between 2016 and 2026 indicate very little change in total K-12 enrollment throughout Pleasanton. In fact, the experts project 369 fewer students in Pleasanton schools in 2026 than were enrolled in 2016.

More specifically, there will be a net gain of 88 students per year, for three years, scattered about Pleasanton's 15 public schools before topping out just shy of 15,000 total students in 2019.  Thereafter, for seven consecutive years, Pleasanton's K-12 student population will decline by 90 students per year to 14,359 in 2026.  And yes, the data includes all recent, current and projected new construction in our community.

In short, PUSD will see, on average, about six more students, per year, per school for three years before the trend reverses to about six fewer students, per year, per school for the next seven years;   that's an average of six students per school, NOT per classroom!

The facts clearly do not support assertions by obstructionists in our community who frequent public hearings at City Hall and claim "rampant development and runaway growth" are to blame for overcrowded schools. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The real challenge facing PUSD leadership is not growth, it's managing the challenges of peaks and valleys of elementary, middle and high school populations that ebb, flow and are complicated by resistance to the uncomfortable topic of redrawing school boundary lines to even out enrollment.  

With recent voter approval of PUSD's $175 million facilities bond measure (including $35 million for a new school) it's time to expose the myth about "rampant development," revisit policies surrounding boundary lines, school population requirements, and consider innovative alternatives to traditional brick and mortar classrooms to give all students in our community the very best educational environment possible.
Thank you to Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton for hosting a great mixer in February. Attendees enjoyed checking out the beautiful showroom and catered appetizers and drinks from Wente Vineyards. To view more photos from the mixer, visit the Chamber's Facebook page.
Thank you to the American Legion Post 237 for hosting a fun and patriotic mixer in March at the Vets Hall. As a patriotic Veterans organization dedicated to serve our fellow Veterans and Servicemembers, we participate in programs that promote duty and honor through patriotism in our communities and seek to inspire others in the spirit of volunteerism. 
  To view more photos from the mixer, visit the Chamber's Facebook page.  All photos courtesy of  FJK Imaging, American Legion Post 237.
  Special Thank You
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and contributors for our annual Community Service Awards event. Thank you!
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"We are committed to providing unmatched professionalism and personal service to each client's case."
Alexander T. Bowman,  the founder and principal of Bowman Law Offices, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University, and a Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy School of Law. 

Bowman Law Offices
(925) 399-1890
Getting your store ready for the new law
Starting May 1, 2017 for all retail establishments:
Beginning May 1, 2017, stores can only distribute compliant reusable bags or bags made of recycled  content paper. The store must charge a minimum price of 10 cents per bag, itemized on the receipt  (stores keep the revenue from bag charges to offset costs of implementing the law). 

On May 1, 2017, this ordinance is expanding to include ALL retail stores in Alameda County, and will include all restaurants starting on November 1, 2017.

Visit www.ReusableBagsAC.org for more information, including resources for compliant bags.
Artistic creation for everyone
SweetArt Creative Baking creates  special occasion custom-designed cakes,
cake pops, cookies and cupcakes!

Creativity has no limits! 

Before we make your cake, we create it with you, so bring your ideas and we will turn them into a stunning edible work of art.

The shop is located in downtown Pleasanton.  Stop by to chat about your next custom order or to pick up cake pops, slices, cookies, cupcakes, whole cakes and gifts for any occasion. 
4290 Stanley Blvd. in Pleasanton
Genuine - Fun - Uncommon
Nostalgic - Delicious
Eddie Papa's is a family friendly, fun-filled American style bar and grill featuring signature regional dishes from throughout the United States.
Memphis Pulled Pork: Slow roasted dry rubbed pork,  tossed with house made barbecue sauce, topped with slaw, Le Boulanger sweet onion bun.
Sustainable Grilled Pacific Swordfish grilled with avocado oil, pineapple salsa, roasted orange and Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes. 
Come try our newest regional menu where we take you to Hawaii! 
4889 Hopayrd Road, Pleasanton