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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - February 27, 2009

Editorial

'Circumstances Change'

The Pleasanton City Council, to its credit, voted Tuesday to extend Stoneridge Drive from its current barrier at Trevor Parkway to El Charro Road, where it will connect to Jack London Boulevard in Livermore. The new traffic artery, when completed in 2011 or 2012, will give Pleasanton motorists a faster and easier route to Livermore and the multi-million-dollar retail, recreational, senior housing and auto mall complex to be built on Staples Ranch, a 124-acre vacant parcel at the southwest corner of El Charro and I-580. At the same time, an extended Stoneridge will fulfill a General Plan obligation dating back two decades that called for a cross-town, intra-city thoroughfare. It was put in the plan to provide a way for motorists to travel between Livermore and Pleasanton without having to use the freeway.

The 3-2 vote to approve the Stoneridge extension was notable for several reasons. First, it was a difficult, yet decisive decision by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and councilmembers Jerry Thorne and Cheryl Cook-Kallio on a controversial issue that has troubled the community for too long. They deserve credit for carefully evaluating the reasons for deciding now to extend the roadway, which include:

* The major Staples Ranch development might not move forward as planned unless the extension is built, as required by Alameda County, the Staples Ranch owner and developer.

* The development, with its major auto row planned by Hendrick Automotive, a large retail center, a two-story ice rink to be built, paid for and operated by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks, and a privately owned and operated 600- to 800-unit independent, assisted living and skilled nursing care center, will be the largest since the Stoneridge Shopping Center and Hacienda Business Park were developed in the 1980s.

* Both construction and the operations after they're built will provide millions of dollars in jobs and tax revenue for Pleasanton at a time when other projects of this kind are being postponed or abandoned.

* The extension of Stoneridge Drive, long advocated by Dublin, Livermore, Alameda County and Caltrans puts Pleasanton back on the "good neighbor" list and likely to gain their needed support to press forward on widening Highway 84 over Pigeon Pass to connect commuters between I-580 and I-680. This, more than any other traffic plan, is expected to significantly decrease cut-through traffic on Pleasanton streets.

It's important to note that Tuesday's decisive decision by a majority on the Pleasanton council was made for the good of Pleasanton, and shows the flexibility of strong leaders to recognize that circumstances change. The roadway is needed and will bring benefits to Pleasanton, Livermore and the greater Tri-Valley and especially to all of us who work, live and do business here.

Comments

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm

"The extension of Stoneridge Drive, long advocated by Dublin, Livermore, Alameda County and Caltrans puts Pleasanton back on the "good neighbor" list and likely to gain their needed support to press forward on widening Highway 84 over Pigeon Pass to connect commuters between I-580 and I-680. This, more than any other traffic plan, is expected to significantly decrease cut-through traffic on Pleasanton streets."

Misguided actions by several Councilors and Planning Commissioners will no doubt put the SR84 widening at risk. They don't have Pleasanton's best interest in mind.


Posted by V.Venkatesan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Good editorial. I totally agree with it. Let us go ahead with something positive in these dark days for the country,state and Pleasanton.


Posted by Rick, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Politicians get money. Politicians flip flop. They morph into becoming as our esteemed mayor has referred to "Haggerty's lapdog."

From Mayor Jen's blog in 2006 Web Link

"Second, Supervisor Haggerty endorsed Councilmember Brozosky. Am I worried? Not in the least. But, their relationship goes further - while I have gone to bat for the people of Pleasanton and fought the County on numerous issues - Staples Ranch, the Stoneridge Drive Extension, the ACE Train station, putting up a fence in Happy Valley, etc., Supervisor Haggerty, even though he was elected to represent the people of Pleasanton, has failed miserably to do so, and Councilmember Brozosky is apparently his new lapdog with regard to all of those issues."

Woof! Woof!

I can't wait until a mayor is elected again that represents the people of Pleasanton.


Posted by Amused, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Haggerty and Brozowski hate Hosterman and have teamed up with Kamena to nail her when they can. Haggerty is about the County and is no Campbell. Boy to have him back again. Fremont, Sunol, Livermore and at the end Pleasanton. And oh yeah, a piece of Dublin when he and Councilwoman Hildenbrand were playing "house".