Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 23, 2010

Group rallies in bid for City Council to act on Staples Ranch

Thousands of dollars in deposits await completion of retirement community

by Jeb Bing

After nearly five years of delays in the approval process for the development of Stoneridge Creek, a continuing life retirement community on the Staples Ranch site, 35 Pleasanton seniors took matters into their own hands this week, rallying in front of the Civic Center and signing a petition asking the City Council to approve the project.

The group hopes to enlist even more supporters to speak at a special council meeting Aug. 24 when the Staples Ranch plan will be considered for final action.

Barbara Hempill, who is a member of the group, said those seeking approval have made down payments, some years ago, to acquire units at Stoneridge Creek.

"Many have lived in Pleasanton for 40 years or more and have been active on city committees and commissions, in the school system, in numerous civic activities, and as volunteers with nonprofit organizations," she said.

Since state law requires that CLC residents be able to care for themselves when they enter the facility, and it is estimated that construction will take between two-and-a-half and three years, continued delays are significant in determining who will be eligible to move in when the development is completed.

"The bright yellow T-shirts worn for the photo read 'Approve Stoneridge Creek Now' and this exactly expresses what they want to see happen when the City Council meets on Aug. 24 to discuss approval of the supplemental environmental impact review for Staples Ranch," Hempill said.


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