SafeAmerica Credit Union
SafeAmerica Credit Union is a 450 million dollar insured, state chartered 35,000 member, natural person credit union operating from four public and two company branches in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The headquarters are in California. SafeAmerica was founded in 1953 to serve the financial needs of local Safeway Inc. employees. The credit union added Select Employee Groups over time and in December 2002, they became a community chartered credit union serving four counties. SafeAmerica Credit Union expanded in 2009 with the acquisition of the Kaiser Lakeside Credit Union; the acquisition added $24 million in assets along with 3,500 new members. SafeAmerica Credit Union has best in class advancements in digital banking using technologies like facial recognition software. Individuals living, worshiping, or attending school in the following California counties can join SafeAmerica Credit Union: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, California, or Santa Clara County, California.
Employees of SafeAmerica's Select Employer Groups, all immediate family members of current members are invited to join. Companies in the service area can offer credit union benefits by becoming a SEG; this is a standard process for credit unions. SafeAmerica Credit Union offers these services: Checking Accounts and related, including debit cards Savings Accounts Money Market Accounts Certificates of Deposit IRAs Consumer loans of all kinds Lines of credit Credit cards Auto loans: Car loans, motorcycle loans, etc. Home equity loans and Home equity lines of credit Mortgages Credit Insurance Direct Deposit Home bankingSafeAmerica annually sponsors a scholarship program for five members heading to college or are enrolled in college; the credit union is active with indirect lending through Credit Union Direct Lending. SafeAmerica — official site SafeAmerica statistics
Hacienda Business Park
Hacienda Business Park is a 900 acre mixed-use job center and housing development in Pleasanton, California. Approved in 1982 and ratified by Pleasanton voters in 1983, the business park covers 20 square blocks and features many multi-story office buildings and headquarters for mid-sized companies, it was envisioned by local and county planners as a location for office space that would be less expensive than that of Silicon Valley or San Francisco, close to housing in Pleasanton and nearby Dublin as well as the homes of existing employees in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010, the city settled a lawsuit to allow for more affordable housing development in the area, it is located adjacent to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Tri-Delta Transit's DX or "Delta Express" line connects to this station, providing "luxury" commuter express bus service from the East County region of Contra Costa County including the cities of Antioch, Oakley and Discovery Bay, as well as the town of Mountain House in San Joaquin County in the Central Valley.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District provides commuter subscription service from the central valley on several lines in addition to local service provided by WHEELS and the County Connection. Official website
The Blackhawk Museums is a group of museums in Danville, best known for its significant collection of classic and unique automobiles. The Museum is a not-for-profit 5013 private operating foundation; the museum houses about ninety classic cars. It houses a display showcasing the work of the Wheelchair Foundation; the facility is located within the Blackhawk Plaza shopping center, is an affiliate through the Smithsonian Affiliations program. Founded by a partnership between benefactor Ken Behring and Don Williams that began in 1982, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum first opened its doors in August 1988; the Museum, a not for profit 5013 private operating foundation, was established to ensure that significant automotive treasures would be exhibited for public enjoyment and educational enrichment. One of the museum's most unusual features is a 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6C with a body paneled with tulipwood. Over the years, the museum has housed a 1962 John F. Kennedy limousine and a Chinese Hongqi, the first Chinese-made automobile to be imported to the United States.
Several changing exhibitions, representative of topics in transportation and science as they relate to our society have been hosted in the various galleries and reception areas throughout the Museum. Current exhibitions include selections of American jukeboxes from the golden age of the juke box and a display of antique gas pumps. Since 2000 the Blackhawk Automotive Museum has been an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and together they have partnered to bring a variety of cultural exhibitions, historical artifacts and significant automobiles from across the US; the museum is a partner in organizing the local Concours d'Elegance event, which showcases some of the museum's collection among the usual entrants. In February 2015, the Blackhawk Museum added a permanent collection of 19th century North American artifacts called The Spirit of the Old West, showcasing both the settler and Native American stories of the European expansion of North America in the 1800s. Blackhawk Museum
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bay Area Rapid Transit is a rapid transit public transportation system serving the San Francisco Bay Area in California. The heavy rail elevated and subway system connects San Francisco and Oakland with urban and suburban areas in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo counties. BART serves 48 stations along six routes on 112 miles of rapid transit lines, including a ten-mile spur line in eastern Contra Costa County which utilizes diesel multiple-unit trains and a 3.2-mile automated guideway transit line to the Oakland International Airport. With an average of 423,000 weekday passengers and 124.2 million annual passengers in fiscal year 2017, BART is the fifth-busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States. BART is operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, formed in 1957; the initial system opened in stages from 1972 to 1974. As of late 2019, it is being expanded to San Jose with the Silicon Valley BART extensions; some of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system's current coverage area was once served by an electrified streetcar and suburban train system called the Key System.
This early 20th-century system once had regular transbay traffic across the lower deck of the Bay Bridge, but the system was dismantled in the 1950s, with its last transbay crossing in 1958, was superseded by highway travel. A 1950s study of traffic problems in the Bay Area concluded the most cost-effective solution for the Bay Area's traffic woes would be to form a transit district charged with the construction and operation of a new, high-speed rapid transit system linking the cities and suburbs. Formal planning for BART began with the setting up in 1957 of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, a county-based special-purpose district body that governs the BART system; the district began with five members, all of which were projected to receive BART lines: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, the City and County of San Francisco, San Mateo County, Marin County. Although invited to participate, Santa Clara County supervisors elected not to join BART due to their dissatisfaction that the peninsula line only stopped at Palo Alto and that it interfered with suburban development in San Jose, preferring instead to concentrate on constructing freeways and expressways.
In 1962, San Mateo County supervisors voted to leave BART, saying their voters would be paying taxes to carry Santa Clara County residents. The district-wide tax base was weakened by San Mateo's departure, forcing Marin County to withdraw a month later. Despite the fact that Marin had voted in favor of BART participation at the 88% level, its marginal tax base could not adequately absorb its share of BART's projected cost. Another important factor in Marin's withdrawal was an engineering controversy over the feasibility of running trains on the lower deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, an extension forecast as late as three decades after the rest of the BART system; the withdrawals of Marin and San Mateo resulted in a downsizing of the original system plans, which would have had lines as far south as Palo Alto and northward past San Rafael. Voters in the three remaining participating counties approved the truncated system, with termini in Fremont, Richmond and Daly City, in 1962. Construction of the system began in 1964, included a number of major engineering challenges, including excavating subway tunnels in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Passenger service began on September 11, 1972 just between MacArthur and Fremont. The rest of the system opened in stages, with the entire system opening in 1974 when the transbay service through the Transbay Tube began; the new BART system was hailed as a major step forward in subway technology, although questions were asked concerning the safety of the system and the huge expenditures necessary for the construction of the network. Ridership remained well below projected levels throughout the 1970s, direct service from Daly City to Richmond and Fremont was not phased in until several years after the system opened; some of the early safety concerns appeared to be well founded when the system experienced a number of train-control failures in its first few years of operation. As early as 1969, before revenue service began, several BART engineers identified safety problems with the Automatic Train Control system; the BART Board of Directors was retaliated by firing them. Less than a month after the system's opening, on October 2, 1972, an ATC failure caused a train to run off the end of the elevated track at the terminal Fremont station and crash to the ground, injuring four people.
The “Fremont Flyer” led to a comprehensive redesign of the train controls and resulted in multiple investigations being opened by the California State Senate, California Public Utilities Commission, National Transportation Safety Board. Hearings by the state legislature in 1974 into financial mismanagement at BART forced the General Manager to resign in May 1974, the entire Board of Directors was replaced the same year when the legislature passed legislation leading to the election of a new Board and the end of appointed members. Before the BART system opened, planners projected several possible extensions. Although Marin county was left out of the original sys
Ross Stores, Inc. is an American chain of off-price department stores headquartered in Dublin, California operating under the brandname, Ross Dress for Less. It is the largest off-priced retailer in the U. S; as of 2018, Ross operates 1,483 stores in 37 U. S. states, the District of Columbia and Guam, covering much of the country, but with no presence in New England, New York, northern New Jersey and areas of the Midwest. Ross Department Store was first opened in California, in 1950 by Morris "Morrie" Ross. Morris would work 85 hours a week doing all of the bookkeeping for his department store. In 1958 Ross sold his store to William Isackson to become a residential and commercial real estate developer. Isackson built the company to six stores, located in San Bruno, Novato, Redwood City, Castro Valley. In 1982 a group of investors, including Mervin Morris, founder of the Mervyns chain of department stores, purchased the six Ross Department Stores in San Francisco, changed the format to off-price retail units, within three years expanded the chain to 107 stores under Stuart Moldaw and Don Rowlett.
By the end of 1995 the chain reached an annual sales of $1.4 billion with 292 stores in 18 states. By 2012 Ross reached $9.7 billion for the fiscal year with 1,091 stores in 33 states with an additional 108 for Dd's Discounts in 8 states. Ross moved its headquarters from Newark to Pleasanton, California, in the Tri-Valley area, in 2003. Barbara Rentler took the place of CEO Michael Balmuth on June 1, 2014. Ross moved its headquarters from Pleasanton to neighboring Dublin, California in 2014. T. J. Maxx Marshalls Burlington Official website
Las Positas College
Las Positas College is a public community college in Livermore, California. Las Positas College began as an extension program of Chabot College in 1963, offering 24 classes and enrolling 810 students at three sites, including Livermore High School. By 1965, the program had expanded to Granada High School in Livermore and subsequently offered classes at Amador and Dublin High Schools as well; the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District purchased the Livermore site that same year, intending to develop a comprehensive community college. However, in 1970 and again in 1972, bond issues to build the rural college failed despite Tri-Valley voters' overwhelming support, ostensibly because of opposition among the District's largest voting population, who lived outside the service area for the proposed college. Lacking funds to develop a second comprehensive community college, the Board of Trustees voted to develop a small education center at the Livermore site. On March 31, 1975, "Valley Campus" opened as the Livermore Education Center of Chabot College.
Las Positas College has since developed into a accredited comprehensive institution having a diverse student body, where students seek career preparation. In 1988 the College was designated by the Board of Governors to be an independent college. Las Positas College received full accreditation on January 7, 1991 from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In December 2013, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District trustees appointed Barry A. Russell as the sixth president of the college. Russell earned his Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, worked in the office of the chancellor at California Community Colleges at the time of his appointment to president. Las Positas College enrolls 10,000-day and evening students; the College offers a two-year curriculum for students seeking career preparation, transfer to a four-year college or university, or personal enrichment. Las Positas offers a guaranteed transfer agreement with all UC's except UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Students who come to the College can choose any of 22 Occupational associate degrees, 16 Transfer associate degrees, 42 Certificate Programs. The college has a competitive public speaking team, the Talk Hawks. In 2009 the Las Positas Talk Hawks were ranked as the number one community college, number two college overall at the International Forensics Association Championship held in Montreal, Canada; the Ultimate Frisbee team won the College D-III national championship in 2006. In Fall semester 2015, LPC began its first season of intercollegiate Men's and Women's Water Polo. Transferring to a 4-year Degree: Las Positas College's Transfer Program Rancho Las Positas — namesake and 19th century rancho in Livermore Valley. Official website Radio Las Positas The Express Newspaper
Chevron Corporation is an American multinational energy corporation. One of the successor companies of Standard Oil, it is headquartered in San Ramon and active in more than 180 countries. Chevron is engaged in every aspect of the oil, natural gas, geothermal energy industries, including hydrocarbon exploration and production. Chevron is one of the world's largest oil companies, it was one of the Seven Sisters that dominated the global petroleum industry from the mid-1940s to the 1970s. Chevron's downstream operations manufacture and sell products such as fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals; the company's most significant areas of operations are the west coast of North America, the U. S. Gulf Coast, Southeast Asia, South Korea and South Africa. In 2010, Chevron sold an average 3.1 million barrels per day of refined products like gasoline and jet fuel. One of Chevron's early predecessors, Star Oil, discovered oil at the Pico Canyon Oilfield in the Santa Susana Mountains north of Los Angeles in 1876.
The 25 barrels of oil per day well marked the discovery of the Newhall Field, is considered by geophysicist Marius Vassiliou as the beginning of the modern oil industry in California. Energy analyst Antonia Juhasz has said that while Star Oil's founders were influential in establishing an oil industry in California, Union Mattole Company discovered oil in the state eleven years prior. In September 1879, Charles N. Felton, Lloyd Tevis, George Loomis and others created the Pacific Coast Oil Company, which acquired the assets of Star Oil with $1 million in funding. Pacific Coast Oil became the largest oil interest in California by the time it was acquired by Standard Oil for $761,000 in 1900. Pacific Coast operated independently and retained its name until 1906, when it was merged with a Standard Oil subsidiary and it became Standard Oil Company or California Standard. Another predecessor, Texas Fuel Company, was founded in 1901 in Beaumont, Texas as an oil equipment vendor by "Buckskin Joe"; the founder's nickname came from being aggressive.
Texas Fuel worked with Chevron. In 1936 it formed a joint venture with California Standard named Caltex, to drill and produce oil in Saudi Arabia. According to energy analyst and activist shareholder Antonia Juhasz, the Texas Fuel Company and California Standard were referred to as the "terrible twins" for their cutthroat business practices; the Texas Fuel Company was renamed the Texas Company, renamed Texaco. In 1911, the federal government broke Standard Oil into several pieces under the Sherman Antitrust Act. One of those pieces, Standard Oil Co. went on to become Chevron. It became part of the "Seven Sisters", which dominated the world oil industry in the early 20th century. In 1926, the company changed its name to Standard Oil Co. of California. By the terms of the breakup of Standard Oil, at first Standard of California could use the Standard name only within its original geographic area of the Pacific coast states, plus Nevada and Arizona. Today Chevron is the owner of the Standard Oil trademark in 16 states in the western and southeastern U.
S. To maintain ownership of the mark, the company owns and operates one Standard-branded Chevron station in each state of the area, although its status in Kentucky is unclear after Chevron withdrew retail sales from Kentucky in July 2010; the Chevron name came into use for some of its retail products in the 1930s. The name Calso was used from 1946 to 1955 in states outside its native West Coast territory. Standard Oil Company of California ranked 75th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts. In 1933, Saudi Arabia granted California Standard a concession to find oil, which led to the discovery of oil in 1938. In 1948, California Standard discovered the world's largest oil field in Ghawar Field. California Standard's subsidiary, California-Arabian Standard Oil Company, grew over the years and became the Arabian American Oil Company in 1944. In 1973, the Saudi government began buying into ARAMCO. By 1980, the company was owned by the Saudis, in 1988, its name was changed to Saudi Arabian Oil Company—Saudi Aramco.
Standard Oil of California and Gulf Oil merged in 1984, the largest merger in history at that time. To comply with U. S. antitrust law, California Standard divested many of Gulf's operating subsidiaries, sold some Gulf stations and a refinery in the eastern United States. Among the assets sold off were Gulf's retail outlets in Gulf's home market of Pittsburgh, where Chevron lacks a retail presence but does retain a regional headquarters there as of 2013 for Marcellus Shale-related drilling; the same year, Standard Oil of California took the opportunity to change its legal name to Chevron Corporation, since it had been using the well-known "Chevron" retail brand name for decades. Chevron would sell the Gulf Oil trademarks for the entire U. S. to Cumberland Farms, the parent company of Gulf Oil LP, in 2010 after Cumberland Farms had a license to the Gulf trademark in the Northeastern United States since 1986. In 1996 Chevron transferred its natural gas gathering and marketing operation to NGC Corporation in exchange for a 25% equity stake in NGC.
In a merger completed February 1, 2000, Illinova Corp. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynegy Inc