Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - April 30, 2010

Letter: Preserve the city we love

Dear Editor,

I want to encourage my Pleasanton neighbors to vote Yes on Measure D on June 8. The plan for Oak Grove will protect the highest ridges in southeast Pleasanton. I've stood on the property, on the spot of one of the proposed lots, and looked out at the vast open space and beautiful hills that we as Pleasanton residents so deeply cherish. I've seen how the lots have been placed so the existing trees and contours of the land shield the homes from view.

We've worked hard to get to a plan that gives Pleasanton the most benefits with the least impacts. For years, neighbors, city staff and elected officials asked the developer to go back to the drawing table and submit another, better plan. Well, this is the other plan. This is a win for Pleasanton. They're asking for half of what they're legally allowed and creating huge benefits for the city. We must vote Yes on D. A Yes vote will ensure that with the recent court ruling nullifying Pleasanton's housing cap, Oak Grove will remain as 51 homes and not the 98 homes it's designated for.

With 12,000 trees, 496 acres of parks, and regional trail links, this plan will help preserve the Pleasanton we all know and love. Vote Yes on Measure D.

Jan Batcheller

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