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Opinion - April 5, 2013

The Mike Bloomberg syndrome

Developers of a large apartment complex to be built on part of the California Center office land won the Pleasanton Planning Commission's approval last week, but not without unprecedented criticism from both an alternate member of the commission and the chairman of the city's Housing Commission. It was the second time Mark English and his Pleasant Partners group had presented detailed plans for a development at West Las Positas and Rosewood drives that will have 305 apartments in two, three and four-story buildings and a two-building retail center at the corner. The project will be built on some of the lush grassland on the West Las Positas side of California Center (formerly CarrAmerica), also utilizing much of the adjacent parking lot. The office center is only half-filled, but part of the new plan also calls for construction of a 7,500-square-foot new surface parking area and a parking garage on the I-580 side of the center when there's enough demand from new tenants.

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Posted by Fred M, a resident of Heritage Valley
on Apr 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

Can anyone tell me why these units, which are originally listed as AFFORDABLE and are High Density, must ALSO have below market (rent controlled) units? The developer will have less money for parks and amenities. The other apartment renters will be responsible for paying a portion of their neighbor's rent. And finally, how many people do we want in Pleasanton that can't really afford to live here?

This exceeds state requirements for our city's regional housing numbers, and it exceeds what can be legally required by the city- as part of the Palmer Case law. Our City government needs to listen to the voters, not bleeding heart liberals that want Pleasanton and East Pleasanton to be filled with below market rate-high density apartments.

If you want to help your kids move to Pleasanton, then you should help them, not their neighbors or other people that live here.

Posted by member, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

How can our children afford to live here? Have you seen how other countries are buying up the property? If a garage in bird land was up for sale, there would be multiple offers! Why are our banks holding back on loaning? Other banks (other countries) have easy credit. Look around... Its rare for a local to land a home here.

Posted by Fred M, a resident of Heritage Valley
on Apr 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

If people with money can afford to purchase a home, then we do not need subsidized housing any more. It should be a thing of the past.