The editorial in the Nov. 25 Pleasanton Weekly is spot on regarding our busybody mayor. No doubt Jennifer Hosterman has future political aspirations after completing her term as mayor of Pleasanton. She certainly is entitled to her personal opinion on National Energy Policy but is not empowered to speak for the community on a subject so vital to the future prosperity of our Country
California has painted itself into a corner on the matter of greenhouse gas, thanks to environmental activists like the mayor. Only time will tell what the future may hold for the once great State of California as businesses leave the state in search of a friendlier business environment and cheaper energy cost.
Ideas for downtown
Reading about Pleasanton's Downtown Task Force should give us hope for a 2012 vitalization, but some Task Force Groups get stymied. I've been on the Kottinger Task Force for some 10 years.
Downtown Pleasanton needs a fix -- what to do? More parking! For a few bucks and some paint, parallel parking can be changed to diagonal, almost doubling the amount of parking spaces on Main Street and Peters Avenue. Also more parking can be created in the city-owned railroad right of way between Spring Street and Ray Street, eventually building a parking garage, using city in-lieu parking funds or private investment with an option to buy.
For better traffic flow on Main Street, make it one way from St. John to Old Bernal, and make Peters Avenue one way from Old Bernal to St. John. It also would help to have Angela and Spring streets one way.
To enhance Saturday and Sunday downtown activities the Task Force might want to check out progress that has been made in Niles since the Niles Railway improved its rail line into town. If Pleasanton permitted the Niles Railway to continue north to Neal Street more activity could take place in our downtown, especially with the Firehouse Theater and all the fine restaurants. With proper cooperation Niles Railway might be interested in hosting a dinner/drama train between P-town and Niles.
Over the years many of these suggestions by some of the old-timers have been downplayed by city councils and city managers, so little has changed, but with new people and the Downtown Task Force there is still hope.
A little warmer tonight
Thank you so much for sharing the plea for clothing for homeless veterans with your contacts. Over 350 veterans were served at the Project Homeless Connect and the VA Clinic in San Francisco event on Nov. 9, and every item that was donated was gratefully received. Thanks to the generosity of so many people in the Tri-Valley, I had to take all the seats out of my minivan to fit all the donations, and it was packed to the roof. I cannot tell you how much your enthusiastic support of this event each year means to me and to all those who will be a little warmer tonight thanks to your help.
Thank you for the wonderful article and photos in the Weekly about the Firehouse Crystal Bell. It is a beauty! We appreciate your support.