We were delighted to see this project, and the entire Staples Ranch development, finally move forward with City Council approval in March. However, we are now extremely disappointed to learn that The Center for Biological Diversity, the Alameda Creek Alliance and a handful of residents who call themselves Safe Streets Pleasanton have filed a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of the environmental review.
The lawsuit could result in more delays and ultimately put this important senior housing project at risk. We are upset because this is nothing more than a blatant attempt to postpone and/or prevent the completion of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road, a road that has been planned for more than 20 years; a road that every homebuyer in that area learned about before purchasing their home.
It's a shame these obstructionists can't appreciate that more than four years of planning and study went into the Staples Ranch development, and that our City Council and staff, as well as Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and county staff, find the environmental work satisfactory.
Unfortunately, they don't appreciate that, as seniors, our biological clocks are ticking louder each day, and for every day, we face a greater risk of not qualifying for residency at Stoneridge Creek.
We urge the citizens of Pleasanton to reject the arguments of these obstructionists and not support their lawsuit. Support your City Council and the senior citizens who live here in Pleasanton and want to continue to be a part of this great community. If you are asked to financially support the lawsuit, say no. Urge the city to proceed as rapidly as possible.