Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 21, 2010

Letters: Partnership plan

Dear Editor,

By approving Measure D in June, we will be saying yes to a plan created through two years of dialogue and collaboration between Pleasanton neighborhood residents, planners and the Oak Grove property owner. The plan that emerged from that collaboration trades minimal impact for benefits we would be foolish to pass up.

By approving Measure D in June, our schools will receive initial fees upwards of $2 million, with additional tax revenue of $300,000 annually. The schools need this support now more than ever. Also, $200,000 in property taxes will go to vital city services, along with $1 million for traffic improvements.

What does Oak Grove get in exchange for all this? The opportunity to develop 51 city-approved homes, no more. The 496-acre hiking park area that Oak Grove will donate as part of the plan will protect our beautiful ridgeline and permanently block future development. That makes approving Measure D a smart choice for ensuring the future sanctity of the area as well.

Voting Yes on Measure D will provide benefits that Pleasanton sorely needs through a plan that reflects real neighborhood partnership. Let's see it through for our community.

Doris George

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