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Speed racer

Original post made by Mal, Del Prado, on Feb 4, 2013

Will the driver of a FAN shool bus observed at vintage hills school this afternoon please slow down in school zones and surrounding areas and observe speed limits, you practically ran me off the road on kottinger, you should know better !!

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Posted by Lou
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Mal, this is the Yang Fan Academy that you speak of which is an unlicensed day care. If it was licensed, you could complain to the State. Since it is not licensed, you can call the city's non-emergency police number at 931-5100.

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Posted by Mal
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Wasn't aware that we had unlicensed child care running around town in buses, thought everybody had to be licensed? Parents beware, PPD beware, going to call on this one, there's enough knuckleheads driving around we don't need one with a bus full of kids !!

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Posted by Irony
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

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Posted by Lou
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Yang Fan Academy is not a State-licensed school age child care provider. This business has filed multiple forms with the Federal Government claiming they are in the Childcare business, but has told the city they are in the Chinese Language Teaching business, thus the city administrators and mayor have not required them to obtain a Childcare license. You can contact city hall about this.

Yang Fan Academy is a fictitious business name recorded on 9/29/2008 at Alameda County with the owner being HAPPY, LEARNER CENTER, INC. HAPPY LEARNER CENTER INC is defined at the California Secretary of State on 7/16/2008 and the owner is YUN YE on 741 SALTILLO PLACE in Fremont CA.

There is also a company called LIL INC that has filed multiple forms on Guidestar telling the Federal Government their primary mission as "Provide After-School Care." "Doing Business As" is blank, but the website they list on the Government forms is the same as Yang Fan Academy. You can look up all of these forms for any business in town on

11 School Age day care centers within Pleasanton are licensed. They are BUSY BEES on Mirador, CENTERPOINTE at the Presbyterian Church, CHILD DAY SCHOOL, on Rose Ave, EARLY YEARS CHILDRENS CENTER on Hopyard and Del Valle, EXTENDED DAY CHILD CARE at WALNUT GROVE Elementary on Black Avenue, Kindercare on Brockton, LA PETITE ACADEMY on Valley Avenue, QUARRY LANE on Boulder Street, and YMCA OF THE EAST BAY Y-KIDS at FAIRLANDS, LYDIKSEN and MOHR Elementary Schools.

There is a Yang Fan Preschool LLC that was created last March for preschool children, but there is no licensed school age facility for Yang Fan Academy.

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Posted by Ptown native
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I've seen that van all over Ptown.
I always know the driver will do something
very stupid and dangerous. That person
drives like an idiot!

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Posted by Lou
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

There are multiple vans running around town at almost every elementary school. If someone is driving recklessly, get the license plate and call the Pleasanton Police.

By the way, lawyer Peter MacDonald is the one that represented this business and convinced the city to allow it to operate without a State day care license even though the business indicates to the Federal Government it is a child care business.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Another shady lawyer, "shocking" !! I wonder who's helping all these massage parlors pop up all over town?? We all know what's going on in there is the city turning a blind eye to this as well as these unlicensed child care operations?

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

Interesting post as I work for Yang Fan. Our after school program doesn't need a license because we are considered a Heritage school. Please do some homework on what we offer and why is needed for an after school program.

As for the driving, I have no clue who that is. My van runs are in the completely different part of the Tri Valley. I will bring this up with my director though. Here's some food for thought though. I have observed MANY parents texting on their cell phone, flying into the parking lot to pick up their kids. I have seen parents not even paying attention to crosswalks, and almost hitting kids within inches. I have seen parents screaming at their child to run across the pick-up lanes, and the child's head is not visible when they run directly in front of vans, thus creating a dangerous situation. When you pull out of a pick-up spot, don't block two to three lanes just so you can get out faster than any one else. Wait until you can pull completely out to the lane over so your not blocking anyone else. And the one that gets me the most: don't speed down the street on the way to your child's school when you see our vans. You speed past us just so you don't have to wait behind our vans while we pick up more children than your car can fit. Don't call the kettle black when MANY parents speed by.

(I've been in this business for years and know exactly what laws are needed for after school sites and driving vans. Don't go spouting off on something you know little of. I.E. there is no 'massage parlor' or illegal activities going on at this site.)

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

I'm sure I'll have more to post after today's school run. Let me add a few more things. It's illegal at Mohr Elementary to make a u-turn out of their picking line- so don't do it even though you have an audience watching you. The large vans that we drive...we sit up much higher and can see and all the illegal activity going on inside your car. So don't text, play with your ipad, iphone, laptop, put make-up while driving or us any other electrical device that you know you shouldn't be using.

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Posted by Lou
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

Guest, sounds like you are blaming everyone else in Pleasanton for reckless driving. Interesting. Also, I'm interested in your interpretation of the laws. Your forms which are 990s posted on the internet that you have filed with the Federal Government (IRS) say you are an after school child care program. You make no mention of the word "Heritage School" in your IRS forms.

I assume you are claiming to the IRS you are a child care program so that the parents who pay you for day care expenses for their children are eligible for a federal tax credit of up to 35% percent of the cost of day care, yes?

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I'm not blaming everyone else, but lets be honest here and make sure that all vehicles share the road responsibly. It's not just an after school program's vehicle that drive fast or do illegal things behind the wheel.

The only childcare program at Yang Fan is the preschool, which is licensed. The school-age is very much NOT a daycare. Children come and do homework, are tutored, go to Chinese classes, writing classes, music classes, book clubs, do extra math and language arts work that is not given by school teachers etc. I've read all the other Pleasanton Weekly threads, where people bash our center for being licensed exempt. For your information, as well, myself and a few other instructors at our center are fully credentialed. We don't simply have 13 ECE units to be considered an "after school teacher."

Lastly, I think a response from a thread a few years back states it nicely; having a license in this day and age doesn't guarantee safety. For example, look at the child care facility that closed in the Koll Center. That was a center licensed by the state and was completely backwards!

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Posted by Guest
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Yang Fan after-school program offering the after-school academic enrichments to school age children is operating without the child care license, because license is NOT required for this program. However, Yang Fan Preschool is a fully licensed operation in compliance with the state licensing law.

Lou, child care in California is governed by federal and state two sets of regulations. If you are interested in doing impartial and intelligent research about these complicated federal and state regulatory scheme, I will be more than happy to point you the right direction.

I am one of the parents who send our children to Yang Fan. I have to tell you, "Yang Fan offers the extraordinary academic enrichments to our children in after school hours like no other child care had done. It turned a normal after school child care into an excellent tutoring place." This is not my words, but those of a Pleasanton resident who opposed Yang Fan After-school application for conditional use permit without a child care facility license. You have to credit our city managers and city attorney who are well competent and have thoroughly investigated the needs for afterschool care in Pleasanton.

As for the federal tax issue, the Congress apparently thinks that working parents like me deserve certain tax credit if we have to pay someone to take care of our children after they are dismissed from the public school. Millions of parents like me applaud the Congress' common sense that tax credits granted working parents shall not be taken away simply because this person, while providing care to our children, also provides after school academic enrichments.

On the other hand, the child care licensing requirements stem from the state law. California legislature believes that it behooves California public to exempt school age child care facilities like Yang Fan after-school from license requirements because the meeting the requirements will drive most of these facilities out of business. In California particularly in Bay Area it is very hard to find a facility that meets the stringent requirements for licensed child care facility.

That said, Yang Fan does have a facility that meets the requirements as licensed child care facility, as they have been granted the child acre license for Yang Fan preschool operating at the other of the same building.

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