Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 14, 2010

Letter: Voters OK'd Oak Grove as residential

Dear Editor,

Don't be misled by the reasoning used to support No on D arguments. The facts on the Oak Grove development and its potential impact are readily available and should ease any concerns of any Pleasanton resident. I have lived here almost 40 years and know firsthand that every project is fully vetted before it is approved.

Pleasanton voters approved the General Plan that designated the Oak Grove property as residential. The proposal that we'll uphold on June 8 comes as the result of two years' collaboration between Oak Grove and Pleasanton neighbors. They worked to create a plan Pleasanton would support, a plan that included a reduction of Oak Grove's housing development plans by half and multiplied the benefits Pleasanton will receive. School systems will receive millions, alongside significant sums for traffic improvements and city services.

The ridgelines won't be compromised. Ninety percent of the property will be donated, serving as open park space to protect the ridgelines and permanently prevent further development. Home designs for the mere 51 homes requested must following strict guidelines and receive approval from the city before they are built. The mega-mansions some fear will not be prolific, and our views will not be meaningfully impacted.

We need to remember that our Pleasanton neighborhoods have shared in this entire process. The plan we're voting on is a plan we helped create, and a plan that will benefit Pleasanton tremendously. Vote Yes on D on June 8.

Erlene DeMarcus Former BART Director

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