Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 7, 2010

Letter: Sierra Club says No on D

Dear Editor,

The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club recommends No on the Oak Grove subdivision because of its unsound environmental impact. Oak Grove has been a troubled project from the beginning. Not even the Planning Commission would approve the Environmental Impact Report because it's that bad.

Ridgetops would be scraped off for a ridgeline road and building pads, with around 700 thousand cubic yards of excavated dirt being deposited in valleys. If you think "mountaintop removal," you'll understand why so many of us know this project is so very wrong.

Also, 950 blue oak trees could disappear, some a century old, because the project design has them within or adjacent to the area of grading.

The footprint of the proposed 8,000- to 12,500-square-foot residences is incredible. With a planet climate emergency right in our face, how does anyone in all conscience justify old discredited building practices with supersized use of materials and consumption of energy?

Insensitive housing developments disfigure scenic views, destroy centennial oaks, fill in creeks, and damage habitat. The current project design just makes no sense.

Visit //sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/. Send this flawed project back for rework by voting No on Measure D.

Richard Pugh, Sierra Club Tri-Valley Group Executive Committee

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