Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - June 4, 2010

Letters: Extensive grading

Dear Editor,

Friends of Pleasanton recommends an emphatic No on Measure D, a plan to develop 51 mansions on Kottinger Ridge and adjacent ridgelines. Proponents of the plan hail it as a responsible compromise. It is not.

Measure D puts gigantic mansions on the scenic, accessible, ridgetop land on the property, leaving the majority of steeply sloped, inaccessible, fragmented pieces of land as open space. The ridgetops will be extensively graded and the dirt will be deposited on 26 acres.

A ridgetop roadway will further scar the property. Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 21, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 are deemed "High Visibility Lots" (see p. PLMD-28 in your voter guide) meaning they will be be highly visible from the rest of the city of Pleasanton. Don't buy into the developers' claims that they'll be magically invisible and 200 feet below ridgetops.

The developers and pro-development politicians, who've received significant campaign contributions, claim they are preserving ridges, when in fact they're bulldozing nearly the whole length of Kottinger Ridge that lies within the Urban Growth Boundary. See www.friendsofpleasanton.org for more details and vote No on Measure D.

Richard Pugh Chairman, Friends of Pleasanton

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