Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - April 17, 2009

Letter: Disappointed in mayor's performance

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to voice my disappointment in Mayor Hosterman's job performance as our mayor of Pleasanton. I feel overall, she is doing an inadequate job of ensuring that our community is continuing to grow and improve in the necessary ways.

The main flaws I see in Mayor Hosterman's plans are the application of the taxpayers' money to trivial pursuits such as building parks and other leisure sites. At a time when teachers are losing their jobs and schools are having their funding reduced in phenomenal increments, another patch of grass and set of swings will do us no good. Education should be the priority in a compromised economy. When we pay our taxes, we pay them in exchange for the rights, privileges and benefits. One of these privileges is a community that is always improving and enhancing our quality of life. Granted, this does include parks, community centers, etc., but only when we have the funding for such amenities. At a time with limited funding, money would be better put to improving community staples such as Foothill Road. Hundreds of cars drive on that road daily, on the deteriorated, narrow two-lane road. There is certainly room to expand and allow for two more lanes and renovation of the existing road, and yet Ms. Hosterman feels that money would be better spent building a new golf course.

I am a freshman at Foothill High School and I find that my commute daily is uncomfortable, inconvenient and unpredictable due to the state of Foothill Road.

Reet Randhawa


Posted by Dan, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 17, 2009 at 8:35 am

So we should use funds to turn Foothill into a freeway and make it even more dangerous? Sounds like a terrible idea and a waste of money. Many people fail to understand that the expansion of roadways often encourages more auto traffic and only exacerbates the problem.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:13 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I think that downhill curve over by Highland Oaks Dr is pretty dangerous and the curve by Equus Ct too.

Posted by Megan, a resident of Foothill High School
on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

The point that Foothill needs attention is a reasonable one, people have died. The writer is unaware of the division of funds between City and School district. The City is responsible for parks and not for schools.

There are ways to address the high school traffic that would not cost much but have not been addresses. Foothill administration has not implemented car pool incentives (senior do not have provisional license restriction) there should be incentives to drive lower class-men.

The City traffic department should place bulletin boards that inform about school traffic and suggest non-school traffic take a different route during school start and release times.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 18, 2009 at 1:13 am

If I had to bet, I would bet Foothill Road will be improved when the property west of Foothill at West Las Positas is developed. It will probably be a condition when the development plan is approved...

I'm betting this will include Foothill Road from the current
four-lane at Muirwood to Bernal. Wouldn't be difficult to accomplish - push around some dirt on the west side of Foothill Road, lay down some asphalt, and it's done... Might be a couple parcels on the west side, south of Muirwood, to contend with but "progress" never encounters a problem it can't handle...

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