Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 28, 2010

Letters: Must guide growth

Dear Editor,

Up until last weekend, the only information I heard about Measure D was from the opposing side. This is unfortunate as there are quite a few positives to Measure D and the pros and cons of this plan need to be considered in the basis of reality.

First off, this land is going to be developed eventually, voting No now will only delay the inevitable. This is the third proposal by the developers and quite generous in several respects in that it guarantees that 496 acres of parkland will be created AND permanently blocks any future development on the land to the southeast.

Opponents to Measure D stand on the motto "Don't Mess with our Ridges." I sympathize completely, but progress is a fact of life and is required for growth and improvement. There is no way to stop growth - what we must do is control and guide it to best suit our needs. This plan protects our ridgeline from future development and creates parkland for all residents to enjoy!

Many current homeowners are complaining that their views will be blocked; well, guess what, when their houses were built they blocked someone else's views!

I recommend that everyone (Yes, No and Undecided voters) schedule an appointment to walk the land and learn how the development plans work with the local environment. When you vote on June 8, be fully informed.

Alyssa Williamson

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