October 2017
Chef Colin Chen is bringing his 35 years of culinary experience to Pleasanton with his own restaurant, BaoTea Café. Now open on Koll Center Parkway, BaoTea is featuring everything from grab-n-go salads, steamed bun sandwiches and fried chicken cutlets to coffee, espresso drinks, fruit and milk tea and shaved ice. Learn more here.
Embarcadero Captial Partners launched their Zagster bike rental program at Stoneridge Place (7901 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton. Riding Zagster is easy - to use a bike, you unlock, ride and return. Once you download the Zagster app and join the Stoneridge Place Bike Share program, you are set. Learn more here.
CEO's Corner
The Future of East Pleasanton?
Scott Raty
When it comes to the future of East Pleasanton, there's only one thing that scares me more than our City not finishing the East Pleasanton Specific Plan (EPSP), it's that failing to do so could mean the State of California will determine its future.
Two years ago, the City Council indefinitely postponed the completion of the EPSP as we entered into our fourth consecutive year of drought.  With that postponement came their promise to complete the plan when the drought ended.
Well thanks to record rainfall this past winter, the drought is not only over, it looks like we are in for another very wet winter. Also, there's been great progress made to expand the use of recycled water throughout the City for irrigation. When finished, these 'purple pipe projects' will lessen the City's potable water demands by roughly 15%.
What now scares me most about our City not resuming the planning of the east side, is the fact the state housing administration recently published a report saying that statewide development of roughly 80,000 new housing units annually for the past decade has been roughly 100,000 fewer units per year than are needed; contributing greatly to runaway costs of housing. Further, if the shortfalls are not corrected, it will threaten the economy of the state.

Responding only as our legislature can, this legislative session included more than 130 housing bills, most having to do with affordability.  Fifteen of those were just signed into law by the governor, including some that will help streamline approvals, and put more pressure on the local level to provide more workforce housing throughout the state.  The message sent loud and clear from Sacramento to cities and counties is, do your part to balance jobs and housing or state government will do it for you.
There's no denying the need for greater affordability and availability of housing in California. We just lost our son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons to Austin, Texas where the housing dollar goes roughly three-times farther than in the Bay Area. However, If we don't restart the process on the EPSP in 2018,  it may go the way of piecemeal planning, or worse yet, the decisions will be made for us in Sacramento.
Larkspur Landing Pleasanton
Whether you're visiting for a day or for an extended stay of a month,
Larkspur Landing Pleasanton has everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed. Each of our all-suite accommodations features a fully equipped kitchen, separate living and sleeping spaces, and complimentary WiFi. Our friendly staff can't wait to welcome you to your home away from home. Larkspur Landing Pleasanton hosted a great mixer for the Chamber in August.
A great crowd enjoyed the beer garden at September's mixer hosted by McKay's Taphouse & Beer Garden. 
Did you know.....
McKay's is a year-round outdoor beer garden and restaurant. 
Private party spaces available year-round as well.
Family & Dog Friendly.

Your One-Stop Destination Conference Center!
Strategically located between highways 680 and 580,
Events at Hub is the perfect venue to host corporate events, product launches, social gatherings, banquets, fundraisers, and more. 
We offer two  state-of-the-art audio-visual ballrooms and a complimentary speaker lounge.  Equipped with a fully operational commercial kitchen, for your favorite caterer!   
First time clients will receive 15% off the venue fee.
Make Events at Hub your premier destination for any type of corporate gathering!
Valerie Pollock 925-699-5239
Senior Event Manager
5341 Owens Court

Come Ride With Us
Meals on Wheels of Alameda County is hosting their 8th annual "Wheels for Meals" bike ride to raise funds for providing meals to the 2,200 Alameda County seniors they serve each day. 

If you're interested in starting a team or riding yourself, this is a fun event with great routes.   
8th Annual 
Wheels for Meals Ride 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 
It's an opportunity to promote healthy living, community, and senior nutrition. Our ride supports seniors in Alameda County who count on us for daily nutritious meals and wellness checks. More than 1,200 cyclists, friends, family, company teams, and volunteers will participate in the event, with post-ride BBQ and entertainment for all ages.
Shadow Cliffs Regional Park 
PYP'S Donate Nearly $8,000 through Charity on Tap 
The Pleasanton Young Professionals hosted their inaugural "Charity on Tap" fundraiser benefiting the Alameda County 4-H Summer Camp Academy in late September. With the enormous community support, all the proceeds totaling nearly $8,000 will be donated in full. 

The event hosted at Handles Gastropub included music, a photo booth, silent auction, and lunch. Shadow Puppet Brewing was there to provide beer tastings and specials. The executive directors of 4-H Camp Academy project were in attendance and blown away by the huge turnout and fun was had by all. 

The Pleasanton Young Professionals are already looking forward to hosting the event again next year, and feel honored to support an organization helping develop leadership for teenagers.