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Opinion - April 22, 2011

What a difference a recession makes

The Pleasanton City Council, which just a few years ago built its priorities on multi-million-dollar capital improvement projects such as the Callippe Preserve municipal golf course, lighted baseball fields on Bernal Community Park, a renovated Veterans Memorial Building and, most recently, the Firehouse Arts Center, agreed last week to a less costly but still ambitious priority plan for the next two years. As recently as 2004, when city revenues approached the $100 million mark, and with continued record high property and sales tax receipts, the city's fast-paced spending programs added more new facilities and services to all parts of Pleasanton, including the Alviso Adobe Community Park, Marilyn Kane Trail, restoration of Kottinger Creek, realignment of Vineyard Avenue, a new Gingerbread Preschool, a new fire station on Bernal Avenue across from the Fairgrounds, the widening of the Bernal Avenue bridge over the Arroyo del Valle, and a BMX competition bike facility at the Shadow Cliffs Regional Park.

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