Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 28, 2010

Letters: Saw Oak Grove for myself: Vote yes

Dear Editor,

After listening to both sides of Measure D at First Wednesday, I decided to see for myself. Living near by, I hiked up the hill into Kottinger Ranch. What did I notice? you ask. Only about eight cars passed me on my trip. Traffic in the neighborhood is non-existent. I saw many "No on D" signs on the lawns of multi-million dollar homes built on hills. Having seen for myself, I doubt that I would have ever noticed this development had it not been for this multi-year fight. The homes that are built won't be noticed any more than you notice Kottinger Ranch on a daily basis. If they are, most of our eyes won't be sharp enough to make them out.

To my conservative friends, Yes on Measure D means property rights are honored. The owners negotiated in good faith and their plans are consistent with the General Plan. To my environmentalist friends, we'll have another vast expanse of open space in perpetuity. To Pleasanton families, a gift to our schools and a new place to walk the dog. Vote Yes on Measure D. Don't trust me? Go see for yourself.

Susan Piekarski

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