Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - April 30, 2010

Letter: Yes on D; Yes on Open Space

Dear Editor,

Measure D opponents are depending on Pleasanton voters making their decision regarding Measure D based on the incorrect and misleading statements they make at City Council meetings, farmers markets and in letters to the editors. What is their actual agenda? Keep these two points in mind:

1. Many of Measure D's most vocal opponents and financial supporters live adjacent to the project and have their own self interests at heart in disallowing a project that opens up an entire area (496 acres) for public use and enjoyment, an area they now consider their private preserve. They live in Grey Eagle, a gated community, and Kottinger Ranch, surrounded by private open space and signed to make sure it is kept private.

2. Opposition to this project did not start until park, open space and trail advocates came forward to insist the 496 acres of open space was made available to the public.

The Oak Grove Project enjoyed seven public hearings, was approved by four council members, is supported by park, trail and open space advocates and key local environmentalists. This is a good project that respects the vision of preservation of the southeast hills.

Vote Yes on D.

Dolores Bengtson

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