Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - June 18, 2010


Cemetery is lovely

Dear Editor,

My friend and I attended the Memorial Day Flag Ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery on May 31. The service was lovely with all the Scouts, speakers, the band, songs, and prayers to honor those who have fought for our freedoms.

When the ceremony ended, we walked around the whole cemetery for about an hour, locating familiar names on crypts and headstones. My friend and I were so impressed with the upkeep of the grounds. The flower holders were all full of flowers; some artificial and many fresh flowers. It was peaceful and beautiful to be there.

We would like to thank whoever has been caring for the cemetery grounds and making it so lovely.

Frugal success

Dear Editor,

On behalf of "Save Pleasanton Hills" and the "No on D" Campaigns, we would like to express our appreciation to all of our grassroots volunteers and contributors! We ran our frugal campaign, focused on keeping expenses low while educating voters about Oak Grove.

* Thank you to the many volunteers who spent their Saturdays at Farmer's Market talking to citizens.

* Thank you to our tireless walkers who spread the message by delivering hundreds of bright green fliers door-to-door, because mass mailers were too costly.

* A big thank you to the students at Foothill High School that spread the word that this plan was environmentally damaging to our ridgelines.

* A heartfelt thank you to our voters that knew this Oak Grove plan was not good for our city.

* And a generous thank you to our many financial donators that came close to covering our expenses. Close, but we are not there yet.

The land owner spent over $500,000, while our organization spent under $10,000. However, we still have $1,757 in outstanding bills. A $25 check (or more) payable to "Save Pleasanton Hills" would be a big help. Please mail it to: Save Pleasanton Hills, P.O. Box 5087, Pleasanton 94566.

You passed Measure PP to protect our ridges (November 2008), and now we have defeated Oak Grove (June 2010). Pleasanton's ridges will be safe for generations to come -- all because you helped and voted No on D.

Kay Ayala & Karla Brown, No on D campaign chairs


Posted by Get the Facts, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

"Pleasanton's ridges will be safe for generations to come"

This may be true, but eventually it will be developed. We could have helped future generations by voting YES on D, taking our medicine now in a small dose, and locking up a HUGE amount of open space. Instead, we have pushed the inevitable down the road, for a future generation to deal with. It WILL be developed, it WILL happen, no turning that clock back. This will become an "I told you so" moment, unfortunately.

Posted by justwondering, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I couldn't agree with you more!! The Lin's will be back with another project after 12 months have passed. One can bet it won't be as good as what we just passed up. Having said that, I do respect the vote of the people, I just hope Kay and company remember what we could have had when the time comes.

Posted by ??, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I thought the topic was how nicely the Pioneer Cemetery was being kept up.

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