Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - June 4, 2010

Letters: Nimby Drive

Dear Editor,

A Yes on D sign in my car attracted some bicyclists at the Golden Eagle staging area to the Bernal Park western ridge trails. They asked me why I didn't want to protect a ridge I obviously enjoyed hiking. I was dismayed to learn they had no real idea as to where Oak Grove was. After I informed them of its location and told them about the 496-acre parkland to be deeded to the city (and previously designated as a private golf course for a 100-home gated-community) their attitude about proposition D reversed.

I urge those of you in favor of D to make sure friends and neighbors understand the most basic tenets of the proposition. Be sure they know it is private land zoned as residential. Tell them to drive up Old Bernal on to the end of Hearst to view the land beyond. Notice the proliferation of No on D signs on this street whose residents are the only ones with access to the land. The street name should be altered to Nimby Drive.

The No on D group is currently in code violation, not having reported on a required 460 form, expenditures to indicate who has funded their signage and full-page newspaper ads. Who are the contributors, how much have they spent, and where do they live in relation to the property in question?

And regarding letters from school board participants, since when has serving on a school board (past or present) insured that you are only concerned with serving schools and not promoting your own interests? To characterize as insignificant the money a Yes on D victory would provide to schools is ludicrous. Does anyone think the school district would turn down the money?

John Kallio, Public School Teacher, 37 years; retired

Comments

Posted by scooder, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Yeah, well, knowing common sentiment around these parts, it'll likely go the way as the "multi-use" trail associated with the Callippe project went. They exclude bikes from the it.


Posted by local, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I guess our council member who supports the project did not think we would realize that the person who "wrote" this was her husband.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

What about the Council member whose husband has donated to the No on D campaign?


Posted by local, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I did not see a letter to the editor from that person.

Stacey: I can see why people assume you work for the Oak Grove developers. Your reply here was such nonsense.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I do not understand why it matters to you that a Councilmember's husband wrote this letter when that has absolutely no bearing upon judging the project based upon the pros and cons of the project itself. So I wondered what it matters to you that another Councilmember's husband is donating to the No campaign. What does it matter that the husband of a former Planning Commissioner has also written letters?


Posted by Eric, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I was almost killed by a mountain biker hurtling around a corner when I was hiking up the hills off Foothill Road. Bikers and hikers should have separate trails.


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