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Father of driver in cyclist death arrested

Original post made on Jul 16, 2013

The father of the 18-year-old under investigation for running down a bicyclist on Foothill Road has been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 5:23 PM

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Posted by E
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

So the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Great role model.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

BEST NEWS TODAY!


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I looked up the arrest and it does mention he was charged with drugs, I can't wait to see what else comes out about this family.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Marie, How do you look up an arrest? Is there a website?


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Resident, google "local crime news Pleasanton" and you can see everyone who has been arrested this month, Aaron Hall is listed there


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Posted by Huh
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Interesting that the Pleasanton Police Dept. Blotter that states "Reports updated daily" and "Welcome to the Pleasanton Police Department's Daily Report Log" at Web Link

has the last incident logged on 2/23/2013. Has Pleasanton been "incident free" since 2/23 of this year, or has all logging stopped?


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Hall, Aaron - (M/E) Age: 43 Map It
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Pleasanton , CA 94588-4412 Verified Address

Reported: 07/11/2013 by Crime Reporter: 7246
Crime Report #: 9121153
Source: Alameda SD

29800(A(1
30605(A
30305(A(1
F HS11377(A Possession of Controlled Substance

Bail Amount: 00265000
Residing in Crime Beat Zone: Tri-Valley


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Posted by cyclist too
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 17, 2013 at 12:25 am

For anyone who thinks that Cody Hall deserves a break or has suffered the least little bit of remorse . . . . . think again.

(Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) What a role model his daddy is. A convicted felon (does anyone know the felony charge?) who buys the little brat a total a 3 cars to wreck, one of which takes out an innocent person.

Please contact the district attorney (Nancy O'Malley) to recommend that the most serious possible charges be leveled at Cody. No other innocent people deserve to suffer at the hands of this disfunctional family.


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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:53 am

LOSERS!!!


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Posted by P-town
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2013 at 5:18 am

Aaron Hall graduated from Foothill in 1987: Web Link

Who out there knows this guy? Doesn't sound like a great father.


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Posted by Libertus
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 7:12 am

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Posted by Dman
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

@ Libertus - you are an internet troll - four fathers???


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Posted by Republican Too
a resident of Ponderosa
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

Libertus- I'm not an Obama fan, but your comments are quite a stretch. Save your fight for someone who is NOT a parolee with an illegal stash of firearms.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

We're learning a lot more about the driver and his family. I remember this post from a previous thread on this topic:

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Posted by Shocked, a resident of another community, on Jun 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

It amazes me how lightly people on this forum make and pass judgements on something they know nothing about. No one here has DIRECT knowledge of what happened. You don't know this teenager. You do not know his family. They are loving parents and good, working class people, born and raised in this town long before it became the wealthy, white-washed version of little house on the prarie it is today.

I hope as people and as parents you never have to face what they are about to. Because judging from the attitudes posted here, it will be difficult for them to raise and nurture their other children when his name does eventually come out.

It is an absolute tradgedy what happened and every thought and prayer goes out to the family of the victim. But publicly crucifying this kid and his parents is going to solve what, exactly? Traumatize two families? Vindicate the woman who was killed?

They say it takes a community to raise a child. Act like that, a community. Support the family who lost a loved one and support a child who is going to need it in the months and weeks to come. At the end of the day, his failure is a testement to all of us, not just him and his parents.

And until we find out exactly what happened...please let's keep the speculations, judgements, and political debates to a minimum.
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Posted by hmmmm
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

At least the guns were in a gun safe.


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Posted by Ben Johansen
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

Wow...lynch mob mentality. Why don't you all band together and march to their house with torches and pitchforks people? Must make you all feel so good to feel like you can look down on someone and bash them with rocks, so to speak. Hopefully I do not know any of you 'anonymous' people. Your hatred runs way too deep.


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Posted by Will
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

Ben...in the days of pitch forks and torches, at least the people holding them had to show themselves...here they get to throw stones anonymously. All the stone throwers are sure to have a clear conscience and a clear slate that puts them in a place to pass judgement. These people are very ugly humans...I feel sorry for them as they wallow in shallowness.

I have no opinion other than it appears that a felon has been arrested for having weapons that he shouldn't which is good. Everything else here is just a bunch of vultures feeding on a tragedy. This is all to familiar on this site...it shows a really ugly side of "Pleasant"on

COWARDS!


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Posted by Bright Corners of Town
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

Ben, please. If we listened to you weeping hearts, we'd all be prancing in the daisies and singing kum-bay-ya. This man is a two-time felon with a pair of illegal assault rifles. What do you think he intended to use them for, aerating his lawn? So some people are saying he deserves to go to jail, and the law seems to agree. (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

and let us not forget the drug charges he was arrested for too...

29800(A(1: Felon w/firearm

30605(A: possession of assault weapon

30305(A(1: person prohibited from owning/possessing firearm in possesion of ammunition

F HS11377(A: Possession of Methamphetamine


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Posted by Michele
a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

Will: Couldn't have been said better and I couldn't agree more. The anonymous lynch mobs are regulars on this site, as well as others.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

Will wrote: "Ben...in the days of pitch forks and torches, at least the people holding them had to show themselves...here they get to throw stones anonymously. All the stone throwers are sure to have a clear conscience and a clear slate that puts them in a place to pass judgement."

Yeah, Will, I have to admit that I have a pretty clear conscience: I have never driven down Foothill road at 85 mph. I have never tweeted about going down Foothill road at 85 mph. I have never tweeted a boast about speeding down the freeway and putting the innocent lives of others on the road - including women and children - at risk. I have never been arrested for felony drug possession. I have never put the lives and welfare of my neighbors and community at risk by possessing illegal assault weapons. How about you?


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Posted by Ben Johansen
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

Bright Corners of Town, I have no weeping heart. Commit a crime, do your time. Did you comprehend the post? No mention at all of feeling sorry for him. It's about people passing their high almighty judgment against someone else. Will stated it correctly, "Everything else here is just a bunch of vultures feeding on a tragedy."


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Reply to Huh: The City Police Blotter has been dead since Feb. It took two requests before I got a response. They are too busy. Send your request to reactivate it through the city website. It's a valuable service. There is a non-government site that lists arrests of Ptown residents but the city site used to list arrests by Ptown officers.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

Ben Johansen: "Bright Corners of Town, I have no weeping heart. Commit a crime, do your time. Did you comprehend the post? No mention at all of feeling sorry for him. It's about people passing their high almighty judgment against someone else."

Ben, here's a tip for you: If you don't want people passing judgement on your actions, don't publicize your exploits on public social media sites.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

This is sounding more like a which hunt. Anyone who drives down Foothill can see how a bicyclist can get hit and killed rather easily and unintentionally. I think this heartbreak is getting out of control and there is so much nastiness here.

Talk about throwing stones when you live in glass houses. Time to stop and take a look around at yourselves and realize if you make a mistake in your life, these same people will be ready with pitchforks and rope. Is that the society you want? Stop this hate band wagon.


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Posted by Apollo
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

Well said, Sam! Curious why we are suppose to remain sympathetic for a family who seems to believe the law does not pertain to them. What about the innocent life that was lost and her family?

According to the news report in the Tri-Valley Herald, "Cody Hall was the only one home when officers arrived at the residence... and while searching the house they found a large gun safe in the garage, to which Cody Hall said he did not have the combination. After officers were unable to get anybody to come home and open the safe, they forced their way in and found two illegal assault rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Further investigation revealed that the gun safe belonged to Cody Hall's father, 43-year-old Aaron Hall, a twice-convicted felon who is prohibited from having any firearms in his possession."

So Aaron knew what he was doing was illegal and being the great father he is... he left his son alone in the house to deal with all of this?


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Posted by Jake
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

Does it seem a little strange that the father did not think, my son has run a lady down and they might press criminal charges against him, so maybe I should get the guns and drugs out of our house before they come and search our home??


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

@Jake. So do you routinely drive 85 mph in a 40 mph zone? Cody did. Also, the cyclists have the same right to the road as the cars. Your last sentence about the NANNY state is interesting, all things considered equal, both cyclist and car had the right to the roadway, the Hersevort's were in a marked bike lane, whose rights were taken away? Diane lost her life to a punk ass kid who should not have even been behind the wheel of a car (or tricycle for that matter), enabled by his parents and the judge who threw out previous speeding tickets. Maybe Cody and his father can share a jail cell together....


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Posted by S
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

Okay you all need to take in consideration of the woman who died because of this and what her family is going through not some dumb teenager that doesn't know how to drive!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Lets hope that he can soon visit his son ... in the prison yard!


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Posted by Ben Johansen
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Sam, Apollo, et al...Since I never mentioned being "sympathetic" at all, and you both twist the whole meaning of my post to your hateful, dog pile on, I'm better than them point of view, I'll leave with the knowledge that you two are part of "a bunch of vultures feeding on a tragedy." Enjoy your hateful, almighty, gossipy life, looking down on others in spite of yourself.


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

@Libertus...do you know your history? or the Constitution? or the laws? The police were serving a lawful search warrant on the dwelling where Cody resides. Mmmmm...Gun safe in garage that Cody has access to.. "Cody is this your gun safe?" "No, it is my father's gun safe". Mmmmm....father is a twice convicted felon....Mmmmm...the law says he cannot own guns, but he has a gun safe, "Mr. Hall please come open your gun safe for us"...no response from Mr. Hall. Mmmmm....let's open it and see what we find....Mmmmmm...illegal assault weapons and ammo...Mmmmmm....Mr. Hall you are under arrest.

I don't know about you. But I only have one father, not FOUR.

These laws were in affect long before Obama became president. So get off your Obama is to blame for everything horse. The blame here falls on Aaron and Cody Hall.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ben Johansen wrote: "Sam, Apollo, et al...Since I never mentioned being "sympathetic" at all, and you both twist the whole meaning of my post to your hateful, dog pile on, I'm better than them point of view, I'll leave with the knowledge that you two are part of "a bunch of vultures feeding on a tragedy."

Ben, if you've been following the developments in this story at all, it should be apparent to you that this was a tragedy waiting to happen. If Diana Hersevoort hadn't been riding her bike and gotten hit on that day, it was only a matter of time until some other unfortunate person crossed paths with this out-of-control driver who liked to boast of going 85 mph down Foothill drive and even faster on the freeways. In fact my wife and daughter frequently travel down that road by car in order to get from our house to I-680 so, yes, I take it a bit personally when some nut boasts of recklessly driving down Foothill Road at 85 mph.

Your feeble attempt to paint this story as just some unfortunate tragic accident that could have happened to anyone is laughable in view of the FACTS that have been made public thus far. At first, everyone did think that this was just an unfortunate accident, and if you look back at the original PW story you'll see that commenters were initially expressing sympathy for both parties involved in the accident. It was only after further information was made public about the driver's public social media posts and tweets that the "pitchforks" came out - and deservedly so.


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Posted by marie
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Lets think about this~Aaron Hall has done 2 things that have caused him to be a 2 time felon, he again does not follow the rules of being a felon and has both guns, ammo and drugs in his home and we wonder why the son Cody is not a rule follower??


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This is sad for everyone involved. I do wonder why police would do a search warrant? Is this normal for a car accident? I think they used this case to search this house.


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Posted by Smiley Face
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Speeding is a serious problem in this city. During my nightly run, I see at least 3 to 4 cars speeding down Valley at more than 50 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. I think PPD needs to step up their traffic enforcement and issue more citations. That way we can get the repeat offenders off the streets.


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Posted by cyclist too
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I have no cares at all about why the PD executed the search on that house. Three cheers for them for doing it, whatever the reason.

If you are a convicted felon you should have no rights at all to EVER refuse a search. Best thing that could happen to this world is to lock up the entire family and throw away the key. Daddy is a convicted felon, a druggy, an idiot -- no surprise how the son turned out.

As for the "piling on" charged by some posters . . . just exactly how many crimes does one family need to commit before law abiding people have the right to determine them to be a bunch of creeps? Should we turn the other cheek until something like, say, murder is committed? Well some of us consider Cody's driving record to be nothing less than practice for the murder that he did commit. And mommy and daddy just kept on facilitating it with a new car to replace all of the wrecked ones. I just don't see one single redeeming thing about anyone in that family. Put me on that jury, please.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Here's some information about the prior felony convictions of Aaron Hall from the Contra Costa Times:

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"While he would not speak to the nature of Aaron Hall's past felony convictions, Reimer said they were charged in 1993 and adjudicated in 1994, the year Cody Hall was born."

"Court documents indicate those convictions were for assault with a deadly weapon and firing at an inhabited dwelling."

"Court documents also indicate that Aaron Hall had recently tried to purchase another firearm but had been turned down due to his criminal convictions."

(Web Link)
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Now I make it clear that I'm not being judgmental or anything by posting this. After all, who among us hasn't at some time or another assaulted someone with a deadly weapon or fired a gun at an inhabited building? I'm certain that this man's neighbors on Echo Court are extremely upset with the police for unfairly taking away this poor man's illegal assault weapons. I know that if I lived on Echo Court I wouldn't give even one second's thought to the idea of putting up armored steel plating around my 6-year old daughter's bedroom simply because my neighbor was an ex-felon who was convicted of firing a gun at an inhabited building and had illegal assault weapons as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition in his possession.


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Posted by Mom O2
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

Well said Sam and Cyclist too!


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Posted by shut the f up
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:29 am

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Posted by Tiger
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jul 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

Someone said Cody passed the car in front of him on the RIGHT at the blind turn. Does anyone know if this is true?


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

@Tiger. That is what we heard as well. Tire marks indicate this as well. I hope PPD/DA investigation is thorough and completed soon. The extreme recklessness of his actions should hopefully equate to a long prison term. Maybe he can room with his father.


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

Smiley Face ....if your serious in wanting more PPD attention to speeding...please contact the City Manager and request more Police Officers. I am not sure you are aware the PPD has been short staffed (based on current population levels) and needs more cops. The Traffic Unit has also been cut. This will only get worse with all the new housing already planned to be built in Pleasanton.


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Posted by Fed up
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

So the father is now in custody for breaking the law. I guess what I want to know is why did this kid have a license to drive a vehicle if he already wrecked two and had speeding tickets? Hello??? And another question I would love to sit down and ask his father... Did you think you were helping your son when you bought him another car after he wrecked the first one? Did you ever think to yourself... Gee maybe my son is a little too irresponsible to be behind the wheel of a car after he wrecked the second one. Did you ever demand to see what your kid was posting on his social media sites? Did you ever pay attention to the kind of spoiled entitled silver spoon in mouth kids your kid was hanging out with and say,,, Maybe I had better pay a little more attention to my kid, maybe I had better be a father instead of trying to be his best Friend!!! I guess not, Obviously you are not wired to think that way and sadly ... Now a woman's live is ended,a man is left without his wife, life partner. A daughter is left without her mother and grandchildren will never know the love that only a grandmother can give. Your son will forever be haunted by what he has done, and if you cannot buy his way out .. Which I hope and pray you cannot... HE will pay a steep price for his irresponsible and selfish destructive actions. Hopefully he will learn a lesson, hopefully his young and reckless friends will think twice when behind the wheel from no on. Hopefully everyone will learn from this but one thing that will never happen,,, That woman will never ever be able to live what should have been the rest of a beautiful life. Condolences to her family and prayers to the rest. May you all learn a valuable lesson what ever it is may you all learn it and be wiser for it!


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Posted by Mother
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

Possessing guns and ammo.. Twice convicted felon.. Son crashed 3 cars.. Son Known to be a rash driver in the neighborhood, neighbors feel embarrassed staying on that court n remain anti social... What worries neighbors is access of such scums to schools that are not secure enuf....they have guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition!! Whhaattt!!' never know if any is Under influence what they wud be upto! Pleasanton residents pl voice it out that we dont need such people here!Hope the court and the law take right steps. Father and son shud be jailed undoubtedly!!


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Posted by leon foonman
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jul 27, 2013 at 8:53 am

Over here in Foxwood Estates we are less concerned with the degradation of civility than we are with the extrapolatioms of the commenting public in regrds to this transgression of traffic mores.
In the even that the NSA has been involved as a lever to wrest our rightful ownership of weapons and automobiles, we have a right to know.
Who is protecting the Bill of Rights in Pleasanton?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I am and I mean it! No monkey business with C at the helm!

HOORAY!


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Posted by No Surprise
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Aaron was a complete pothead idiot in high school. It comes to no shock at all that he turned out to be a drug addled moron in and out of trouble with the law and it is even less of a surprise that his spawn ended up just as stupid.

What surprises me, is even with the ample supply of white trash, he found someone dumb enough to spread her legs and breed with him.

Anyone backing this LOSER is likely an old high school weed buddy hoping their closet case supply doesnt get cut off.

They both deserve a long long long stay in prison. They are trash....the kind Pleasanton tries SO HARD to not admit to...

Where's your Copenhagen can and knock off cowboy hat now Aaron?


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