Your No vote on Oak Grove means much more than protecting our hills. It says that representative democracy is alive in Pleasanton, and that business and development interests, obscenely large campaign contributions, and compliant politicians will not rule the day. We need to take back our government from these special interests and return it to the people where it belongs. You voted for new hillside protections with Measure PP. If you want that to mean anything, then vote No on Oak Grove and force the developer to return with a plan that meets your demands.
I support property owner rights, if they follow Pleasanton's General Plan 2005-25, containing ridgeline protection. Oak Grove does not comply with important elements of our current Plan. The old 1996 General Plan directed the City Council to create a hillside protection ordinance; they did not. Without specific protections, a few council members made up their own rules, and approved Oak Grove. Outraged citizens mobilized, gathered signatures to referend, and were sued (by the developer). Why? Because Oak Grove is not "Planned Progress." Ask for a non-ridgeline plan that follows current law. Vote No on D.
Oak Grove will not be helping our schools; in fact the developer is not paying anything to our schools. The claimed $2 million to the schools, which we would not see for about 10 years, are impact fees paid by future homeowners toward additional facilities for the additional students that will attend our schools. These fees do not go toward teachers, programs or books. The developer is falsely trying to convince you that this development will help our school budget problems. While the schools have financial difficulties, this development does nothing to help our current situation.
I've worked on campaigns in Pleasanton since the 1980s. The money spent in the last three years by the developer of Oak Grove is unprecedented, nearly $1 million. He wants to build on our ridgelines at any cost. He hired a retired mayor as consultant for the project. He sued our city and our citizens to prevent this public vote. He continues to contribute thousands of dollars to the mayor and two City Council members, who voted for Oak Grove. Please send the message, "Our ridges are not for sale," by voting No on D.