Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 21, 2010

Letters: If Measure D fails

Dear Editor,

What if "D" fails? In simple terms: The Lin family could sue the city of Pleasanton for breach of property rights. That could cost Pleasantonites millions, since it would be difficult suing just those citizens who voted No. The whole issue could end up in the State Supreme Court.

Or: The Lins could just forge ahead and build those previously authorized 98 homes, and they may or may not have square foot restrictions. (Fifteen percent of them would have to be affordable.) Said homes could be built on the lower areas above Kottinger Ranch. Rainwater off 98 large homes could cause an overflow in catch ponds at Kottinger Ranch, thus causing flooding of Kottinger Creek.

Or: The Lins could simply divide up their property in to 5-, 10- or 20-acre parcels and sell them off. Restrictions would then be on individual property owners, who would no doubt want a gated area and probably not be restricted on home size.

So: If "D" doesn't pass, Pleasantonites lose out by:

A. No trial area on our East Side Hills.

B. No real control on home sizes or size of lots/acreage.

C. A potential lawsuit.

D. A denser Kottinger Ranch concept.

Please think about it, then drive or walk the area. Vote Yes on Measure D.

Howard Neely, 44-year resident

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