Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 28, 2010

Letters: Yes on public open space

Dear Editor,

Yes on Measure D, Yes on Public Open Space.

No on D claims they are "grassroots," just scraping by to try and beat the large developer. Their grassroots have plenty of "green"! No on D is supported by homeowners living in Grey Eagle and Kottinger Ranch, custom, high-end homes, some estate size. No on D demonizes the Oak Grove land owners for protecting their property rights while presenting the adjacent property owners who have considerable self-interest in opposing this project as somehow being grassroots.

No on D claims the grading required for the Oak Grove roads and 51 home pads is environmentally bad. The last phase of Kottinger Ranch required 25 percent more grading than will take place on the entire Oak Grove site. Remember Grey Eagle project? The grading for those homes was very substantial, and of course those homes are on top of the "ridges" and highly visible. Double standard?

Please put the issue of ridgeline location to rest by reviewing the map on page 60 of the sample ballot info booklet showing the location of the housing pad sites and the regional trail. The last home pad is 200 feet below the ridgeline, the public trail is on the ridgeline!

Oak Grove will be a lovely neighborhood similar to those adjacent to it. It will secure 496 acres of public open space and trails for all to enjoy and will benefit our city for years to come.

Yes on D, it's good for Pleasanton.

Gerry Brunken

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