Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - June 4, 2010

Letters: Vote prohibited building

Dear Editor,

I am joining Friends of Pleasanton, the Sierra Club, and three of our local newspapers' editorial boards to urge folks to vote No on Measure D.

The natural ridgeline of Kottinger Ridge inside Pleasanton's urban growth boundary is being flattened "strip mining" style to provide building pads and to construct the road. A proposed water tank is outside the voter-approved urban growth boundary. The planned ridgetop roadways and lots are on top or adjacent to over 40 deep seated bedrock and surface landslides.

Landslide risks and soils subject to liquefaction are why many cities prohibit building on slopes greater than 25 percent or at the crest of ridgetops. Pleasanton citizens overwhelmingly voted to pass Measure PP, which prohibits building in such areas, but Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Jerry Thorne and Cheryl Cook-Kallio voted to place this development on the ballot so the developer can avoid Measure PP's restrictions.

On June 8, vote No on Measure D. Please visit the www.friendsofpleasanton.org and www.savepleasantonhills.com websites for more information.

Matt Morrison

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