Zero tolerance, maximum fun
Golden Skate owner embraces relationship
with the San Ramon Police Dept.
By Scott Steinberg, STAFF WRITER
Friday, January 24, 2003
THE GOLDEN SKATE roller rink in San Ramon has zero
tolerance for drugs and alcohol. Its owner, Hassan
Sharifi, in fact, does not permit smoking on the property,
including the parking lot.
Partnering with the San Ramon Police Department to
host Drug Abuse Resistance Education skate nights
has been a natural fit for the Fremont resident and
former University of Nebraska English professor.
This is one of the most successful DARE programs
in the nation, Sharifi said. We bring
in 150 to 400 kids at one time so the officers can
talk to them one-on-one.
The first skate night of the season was Wednesday
for fifth-graders in San Ramon, Danville and Alamo.
Admission is $7. Parents skate free, and about one-third
of the admissions go to the DARE program. This is
the ninth year the police department has held its
DARE skate nights. Sharifi has owned the Golden Skate
for seven years.
But why did Sharifi leave the University of Nebraska,
where they teach football, as he put it,
to operate a roller rink? I got to the top of
the academic ladder, he said. All I had
to do was wait to retire and die. The Iranian
native decided to return to California and try his
hand at real estate. He now sells commercial real
estate in addition to operating the Golden Skate.
He pays his high school employees $100 for a full
one-point increase in their grade point average. Maintaining
straight As is also worth $100. I run
this place like a school, Sharifi said.
The sixth-grade skate nights are Jan. 27, Feb. 12
and March 12. The two remaining fifth-grade skate
nights are Feb. 10 and March 10. The third- and fourth-grade
skate nights are Jan. 29, Feb. 24 and March 17. The
first- and second-grade skate nights are Feb. 3, Feb.
26 and March 19. Each program begins at 6 p.m.