Why did Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Vice Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio fail to follow the obvious will of the people of Pleasanton?
The City Council's approval of Oak Grove in November 2007 instigated both a referendum of their Oak Grove approval and a citizens' initiative to protect the Pleasanton hillsides. The people of Pleasanton voted to approve hillside protection ordinances with the passage of Measures PP and QQ in November 2008. While it is true we did not vote specifically on Oak Grove, we did vote for Measure PP, which prohibits this type of development on ridges.
Pleasanton voters passed PP, and thus clearly stated by virtual proxy that the Oak Grove development was not the type of development we want in Pleasanton. Somehow, the City Council majority determined that voters need to vote No again in order to be heard.
I don't see how the City Council majority could have failed to simply rescind their approval of Oak Grove. But no, the City Council majority decided to give the Taiwanese land speculator one more chance to push through the Oak Grove development.
If you are irritated by having to vote again on an issue that should have been resolved with the passage of PP, or because putting Measure D on the June ballot has cost Pleasanton $95,000; you don't have to look far for the people to blame! The City Council majority caused this mess!
Don't be fooled by misleading promises; please vote No on Measure D!