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San Ramon

History of Dublin Dublin has long been known as the "crossroads" of the Bay Area. Dublin now sits at the crossroads of two major highways: Interstate 580 and Interstate-680. However, the significance of the "crossroads" dates back over two hundred years when Dublin served as the crossroads of two important stage routes - one from the Bay Area to Stockton and the other from Martinez to San Jose. The Alamilla Spring, located in the Dublin area, provided a place for travelers to change horses and freshen up before continuing their journey. Dublin has a rich history dating back to 1772 when Pedro Fages led an expedition of 16 mounted men on a journey in search of a land route to Drake's Bay which at that time was called San Francisco Bay. Their return journey brought them through the Amador Valley. It wasn't until approximately 1822 when building began in the area. Jose Maria Amador had been paid in land for his years of service as a Mexican soldier and as administrator of Mission San Jose. He received a land grant of 16,517 acres in the Amador- Livermore Valley. He built several adobe homes and many small buildings that were used as shops where his Indian workers made soap, blankets, shoes, farm tools, etc., for use on his rancho. In 1852 Michael Murray and Jeremiah Fallon came to this area from Ireland. They purchased 1,000 acres of land from Jose Amador and built homes for their families. The area began to grow as many settled in the area. In 1853 Alameda County was created from parts of Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. Both Murray and Fallon served on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Townships were established the next year and Murray's name was chosen for this area. By 1877 the first schoolhouse in the Amador-Livermore Valley, along with a church, two hotels, Green's Store, a wagon and blacksmith shop, and a shoemaker's shop were constructed in Dublin. The Murray Schoolhouse, Green's Store, St. Raymond's Church and the old cemetery (where members of the Donner Party Expedition are buried) have been preserved and are now located on Donlan Way. Mail was delivered to the Dougherty Station Hotel. Thus the area became known as Dougherty's Station. Subsequently, the area became known as Dublin and in 1982 the City incorporated. During the past twenty years, the rapidly expanding Tri-Valley area has become renowned as a place of prosperity, a center for internationally acclaimed business parks and home to some of the world's largest corporations. The City of Dublin, located at the crossroads of the Tri-Valley, has contributed to the planned growth and forward thinking of the area. And the City continues to look ahead to expand and enhance the quality of life for members of the community. Alameda County School Test Results
Dublin Unified School Info ** Much of this information has been excerpted from Virginia Bennett's book "Reflections." Copies of this book and other historical information can be found at the Dublin Library. Click here for more Dublin Area Info

Livermore TOP OF PAGE

Founded in 1869, Livermore is located in the Tri-Valley region East of San Francisco on Interstate 580 providing easy access to both the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay metropolitan area. Livermore is the epitome of California living with its urban amenities and relaxed lifestyle. Surrounded by vineyards and golden hillsides, yet less than an hour from San Francisco - Livermore is ideally located for trips to the mountains or the ocean. Great hospitality, community spirit, and a sense of history with a tendency towards the futuristic - this is the image of California and an essential part of Livermore's appeal.

Tour California's Original Wine Country

Award-winning quality permeates those who come to experience the 15 friendly wineries of the Livermore Valley. The quiet and unrushed community of winemakers and growers who often double as tasting room hosts offers the same friendly hospitality that visitors experienced over a century ago. Winemaking is a way of life as much as it is a vocation to these vintners, and, given the Livermore Valley's ideal climate and soil, it's no wonder that everyone from fourth generation Livermore Valley Vintners to the cadre of new, talented winemakers strives to make wines that reflect the character and potential of this region.

Historic Tours and Museums

Historic sites and buildings abound. Visit the History Center and Art Gallery and pick up a walking tour map of the downtown area. You just might meet an oldtimer who knew world heavyweight boxer Max Baer or world champion all-around cowboy Johnnie Scheider.

Sports and Recreation

With more than 41 facilities operated by the Livermore Area Park and Recreation District, there is no shortage of recreational opportunities. There are plenty of sports leagues for youths and adults. Livermore currently has two public and two private golf course. Other entertainment includes bowling, movies, and two family amusement centers.

Shopping and Dining

Downtown Livermore features several historic sites to visit, as well as numerous antique shops and galleries. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, with more to open in the next year. Click here for more Livermore Area Info

(History courtesy of The City of Livermore Official Home Page) Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Test Results
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Information


Pleasanton TOP OF PAGE

">"> Pleasanton, is located in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its geographic location has been one of the major factors in shaping its past and will continue to shape its future.

Pleasanton has a deep agricultural heritage due to its being blessed with rich soil, it became the agricultural center for the Amador Valley and home to the oldest horse racing track in the nation. Even today, famous horses from around the country continue to be sent here to showcase their speed because of the excellent soil and facilities. The hops grown here were sought by many of the largest beer producers in the United States and Europe, making Pleasanton internationally famous.

After being chosen as the background for the movie, "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", starring Mary Pickford, the town served as the location for many films because of its historic downtown and rural flavor.

Pleasanton's rural character was maintained through the late 1950's while other cities in the Bay Area grew rapidly, often routinely bulldozing blocks of historic buildings in the name of "prngress." It was only a matter of time until developers made their move on Pleasanton and the 1960s and '70s brought drastic increases in both its boundaries and population. Located at the intersection of I-580/I680, Pleasanton became a magnet for retail/commercial developers. Several business parks were constructed including Hacienda, which is the largest in northern California. Jobs multiplied rapidly. By the mid 80s, Pleasanton was the third fastest growing city in California based on economic indicators.

Through the great efforts of its citizens and municipal programs, the historic downtown is once again buzzing with activity around new restaurants and retail businesses that have moved back to Main Street.

Revenues from its commercial and retail centers have helped the City fund many of the essential recreational and cultural services that set Pleasanton apart from other towns of like size in the Bay Area. Pleasanton manages to preserve its "turn of the century" flavor while promoting the growth and progress necessary for the economic health of the community. Pleasanton now has the largest active sports park in northern California, a public swimming complex with three pools, a regional park with facilities for boating, fishing and swimming, a City-owned theater for live performances, state-of-the-art basketball facilities built by the joint efforts of the City and School District at both middle schools, vast open space parks connected throughout with miles of trail for horseback riding, walking, or bicycling . . . and even a skateboard park.

The highly ranked Pleasanton Unified School District provides elementary, intermediate and high school education to the community. Achievement test scores consistently rank in the top percentiles among California schools.
Pleasanton Unified School District Test Results
Pleasanton Unified School District Info

As Pleasanton moves into the new millineum, it remains a welcoming family town and continues to emerge as a major job center with many corporate businesses moving their headquarters here, Over 3,000 businesses and industries employing over 32,000 people are presently located in Pleasanton. Its resident population now exceeds 57,000 and is still growing.

(Much of the text and images courtesy of the Official City of Pleasanton Web Site)

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Location: Incorporated on July 1, 1983, the City of San Ramon is located in Contra Costa Countq on 11 square miles of the San Ramon Valley, approximately 25 miles east of the City of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Ramon Valley has long been considered one of the most desirable living areas in the Bay Area because of its scenic beauty, good climate, suburban charm, and proximity to the Bay Area's major employment centers. San Ramon is at the heart of the valley and is surrounded by the prosperous communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, and Diablo.

Population: Since 1980, the population of San Ramon has increased by over 80% from 22,356 to an estimated 41,000 in 1995.

Income and Labor Until the early 1980's the City of San Ramon was primarily a bedroom community for the major employment centers in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose/Silicon Valley. The development of Bishop Ranch, in 1982, transformed San Ramon into a significant regional employment center. With the development of major new employment centers, employees are attracted from such far away distances as Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties.

The Bishop Ranch Office Park consists of 580 acres of land with 5.9 million square feet of office space. The office park currently is home to approximately 200 companies including such Fortune 500 companies as Pacific Bell, Chevron, AT&T, Toyota, and United Parcel Service. San Ramon is an attractive, expanding City and it is expected that over 16,000 jobs will be added within the next 15 years. This represents a 58% increase over the current 27,643 jobs in San Ramon. The City is also an affluent community with the average household income for 1990 estimated to be $79,245. This compares to a county-wide average of $59,432.

The nationally awarded and highly ranked San Ramon Valley Unified School District provides elementary, intermediate and high school education to the community. Achievement test scores consistently rank in the top percentiles among California schools.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Test Results
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Info

(History and images courtesy of The City of San Ramon Official Home Page.)

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