I can't express how disappointed I was reading our local newspapers last week. Where's the outrage? Don't they see the big picture? Our whole referendum process is in grave jeopardy.
A large group of Pleasanton residents collected over 5,000 signatures from registered voters in a little more than 20 days to require a citywide vote on the Oak Grove project. But then a group of very wealthy developers and high-priced lawyers found a misguided judge who would overturn this referendum for no logical reason.
To comply with his ruling, each signature gatherer would have had to carry over 14 pounds of documents while trying to collect signatures. Essentially this means that any developer can circumvent the referendum process by creating a mountain of paperwork that no citizen's group can carry or afford to copy.
This is setting a very dangerous precedent.
There has been a deafening silence from the mayor, three on the City Council and the city attorney. While approving the signature gatherers' documents, they have not said one word to defend the will of the Pleasanton voters. On camera, they declared how strongly they support the referendum process, but off camera they have done everything to subvert it. This even included trying to stop voters from signing our petitions.
The mayor and three on the City Council have turned a deaf ear to voters, but I expect that the voters will return the favor in November when the mayor and some of the others come up for reelection.