Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - June 4, 2010

Letters: Group spares no expense

Dear Editor,

Charter Properties and the Lins have spent close to $400,000 and hired Davies Public Affairs, one of the large PR firms whose specialty as disclosed on their website is making the public "irrelevant." Their website also says, "Our unique approach has won approval for offshore oil, nuclear plants, coal plants across the country." If Oak Grove was such a good development plan, why would they have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars inundating our mailboxes using slick mailers, "Dear Neighbor" letters, and employing telemarketers for poll after poll.

Residents are opposed to ridgeline destruction for luxury mega-mansions and are focused on contacting the public the old fashioned way - through walking neighborhoods, dropping fliers, and being at the farmers market. Neighbors are talking to neighbors about how destroying the ridges would change Pleasanton's character.

Despite Pleasanton residents consistently voting to protect the ridges for three decades, the proponents of the Measure D PR group have been campaigning for Measure D relentlessly and sparing no expense for months so they can bulldoze them. All of this adds up to a lopsided match between deep-pocketed land speculators and us residents.

It's time to take our town back and to get to the polls to save our ridges. Again. Vote No on Measure D.

Margo Tarver

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