The Pleasanton City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to consider its response to a controversial hillside initiative by a citizens' coalition that will go to voters in the General Election Nov. 4.
The meeting is a follow-up to the council's meeting June 17 when it approved sending the initiative to the Nov. 4 ballot box, but then postponed a discussion on its own possible actions at the request of Councilman Matt Sullivan.
The council must decide well before an Aug. 7 deadline if it wants to float its own ordinance proposal before voters on Nov. 4 to compete or complement a citizens' initiative it sent to the ballot box.
That initiative, written and promoted by former Councilwoman Kay Ayala and her citizens' coalition--Save Pleasanton's Hills—would block some steep hillside developments on undeveloped land in the city and would also reinforce and tighten the city's voter-mandated 29,000-unit housing cap.
For consideration tonight will be a 41-page staff analysis the council had requested frtom city staff on the Ayala initiative.
The meeting tonight--rescheduled from its customary Tuesday night meeting time that was scheduled for July 1--was chosen since some on the council will be on vacation or otherwise out-of-town. Sullivan, with the support of Councilwoman Cindy McGovern, also objected to the proposed July 1 meeting date because it falls too close to the July 4 holiday and at a time many residents may also be on vacation.
Because any action on the initiative response could be a split 3-2 vote one way or another, all council members wanted to schedule a meeting date when they could attend. Aug. 7 is the final date any council-initiated measure must be written, approved and submitted to the Alameda County Registrar's office to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.
Hosterman, who just returned from U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami, willl launch her reelection bid at a campaign rally from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight at the Rose Hotel. She agreed to leave that event early to lead the council's discussion tonight.
A copy of the staff analysis of the Ayala initiative and proposed actions for the council to consider can be viewed on the City of Pleasanton's Website at http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/government/meetings/cc-special-meeting.html or at the City Clerk's office in City Hall.