Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 21, 2010

Letters: D is for 'dust'

Dear Editor,

The mysterious Lin family, from parts unknown, who never appear at public forums, were able to purchase, through their agents, large amounts of land in the Tri-Valley in the 1970s and are once again attempting to push through another eye-clogging development. This involves bulldozers scraping off pristine ridges, dumping dirt in the nearby ravines, uprooting "other oak groves" in the process, and last but not least destroying ages-old wildlife habitat. Then the cement trucks come in and 52 homes of 12,500 square feet arise out of the dust, and there will be dust. But wait, each home will need a pool, a cabana, a three-car garage, the gatekeeper's humble cottage, perhaps a landing strip for a private copter, and, of course, the obligatory small dungeon for those who don't appreciate ostentatious displays of wealth. Who really needs a 12,500-square-foot home? Have the advocates of this disaster given any thought to how much power is needed to heat and cool these places, and the amount of water they will require?

Here is a great idea for the Lin Family: Donate all the land to the city of Pleasanton as a "Preserve" and get a tax write-off. Then you will be a hero. Pleasanton will have a parade in your honor, and all the townsfolk can finally meet you. Because the Oak Grove development plan is a bad idea. However, voting No on Measure D is a very good idea.

Patricia A. Bacon

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