Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 1, 2009

Guest Opinion

Lawsuit a blatant attempt to postpone, prevent Stoneridge extension

We are among the nearly 100 current residents of Pleasanton who made deposits to secure a unit in the planned retirement community of Stoneridge Creek located on the former Staples Ranch property at I-580 and El Charro Road.

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.

Dick & Peggy Karn Bill & Cathy James Helen Whitaker Mike Hosterman Rudy & Marge Johnson Jim & Dana Gulseth Walt & Robin Morgan Jerry & Marilyn Lemm Barbara & Hugh Hempill Jan & Chris Kinzel Lee & Carolanne Montgomery Isabel Curry Alvin & Patti Baer Mert & Evie Van Dreser


Posted by John, a resident of Downtown
on May 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

Well said All!

I agree that the city should move forward with haste as there is no injuction. I would like to see these groups counter sued for court costs pertaining to defense of a frivoluus law suit. I would hope that a reasonable judge would throw this case out.

Posted by what about he lion?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

But what about the mountain lion? That's it's home! Did the environmental study consider that? We need to reevaluate this.

Posted by Conflict of Interest?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

So since Mike Hosterman (husband of Mayor Jennifer Hosterman) is one of the signatories to this letter and has made a deposit on one the Senior Living units on Staples Ranch shouldn't that be a reason for the mayor to recuse herself from voting on the project? Or even the Specific Plan itself? Logic (and the law) say's so, but in the corrupt world of Pleasanton politics anything goes! Especially the rights of the citizens ....

Posted by Absurd, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Since the Council majority ignored city staff advice and approved the Staples Ranch plan quite probably in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act these folks might be surprised that the lawsuit is hardly "trivial". Not to mention that they also reneged on their commitment to the community regarding the Stoneridge Extension. Only time will tell, but it amazes me how many of our upstanding "Community of Character" citizens behave when due process and the legitimate exercise of rights conflict with their narrow self-interest. You would think this town is controlled by an elite few that consider it their birthright to have what they want when they want it and become indignant when those "obstructionist" details like the constitution get in the way. How absurd! On second thought, maybe not so absurd. It is Pleasanton, after all.

Posted by John, a resident of Downtown
on May 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Funny how some people suddenly become radical environazis and politcal "activists" when it becomes their last hope to stop a little street project.

Posted by Commuter, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2010 at 1:13 am

I can't wait for another way to my home in Livermore! Stanely Blvd is really the only other avenue other than the 580 that I can take to get to-&-from work. But then Stanley is too far south. My neighbors & I look forward to using Stoneridge Dr so we can avoid the constant traffic jam on 580!

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