Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - August 20, 2010

Letters

Stoneridge Jobs Bill

Dear Editor,

Those of us who hope to move into Stoneridge Creek Continuing Life Retirement Community have spoken at length about how it will benefit seniors. However, the development and operation of Stoneridge Creek is also like Pleasanton's own personal Jobs Bill.

In these tough economic times, it is important to realize that during the two and a half years of construction, Stoneridge Creek CLC will employ hundreds of construction workers. Then, once it is in full operation, over 400 workers will staff it. These careers will range from various director and manager positions to professional nursing, maintenance and culinary staff as well as various part-time service opportunities.

Also, estimates are that the development fees generated by Stoneridge Creek will exceed $20 million despite minimal traffic generation and no impact on the city's schools. Millions more will be collected each year in property taxes.

Stoneridge Creek will not only be a beautiful housing option for current and future residents and their parents where they can age in place, it will also provide significant employment opportunities for the community.

At its Aug. 24 meeting, the Pleasanton City Council will be asked to take the first step in the approval process leading to the construction of Stoneridge Creek. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and supporters are urged to attend.

Barbara Hempill

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