Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 28, 2010

Letters: We can't be bought

Dear Editor,

Oak Grove could have been a sensible development that all Pleasanton could have embraced. Instead a very, very wealthy land speculator/developer got very, very greedy.

They decided to build huge mansions on top of our beautiful ridgelines to maximize profits. They will need to bulldoze those ridgelines and dump the remains in the valleys below. They will need to cut down countless old standing oak trees.

They submitted a plan that has absolutely no restrictions on energy or water usage. Those 51 mansions will use the energy and power of 250 normal-sized homes.

They sued the city and one of its most concerned citizens, costing us thousands of dollars to defend. The Appeals Court and the California Supreme Court found that they had no basis for that suit. Their motive was to bully us into submission with dollars and high priced lawyers.

Now they are sending out countless mailers using deceptive arguments trying to buy our votes. Their opposition, Save Pleasanton Hills, cannot afford to send out one of those mailers. Instead our volunteers must walk door to door to place our information under your doormat.

Please become informed and tell this greedy developer that the citizens of Pleasanton cannot be bought, tricked or bullied. Vote no Measure D.

Bill Rasnick

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