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Oak Grove backers charge opponents with deception

Original post made on Dec 19, 2007

Supporters of the Oak Grove plan say they'll fight to give Pleasanton an open, honest debate on the issue over building 51 homes in the southeast hills above Kottinger Ranch, a project that would also give 496 acres of open space to the city free of charge.

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Comments (8)

Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 19, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Interesting statement for Dianne Feinstein regarding the mis-use of her words by the Save Pleasanton's Hills group. It's amazing that a US Senator would have the time to keep an eye out for grassroots groups improperly quoting her. Just another example of exploiting the initiative process and misleading voters. Haven't we had enough of the lying from the Bush administration that we have to deal with it in our local politics?


Posted by Sally, a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 19, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Actually the developer people are pretty lame for saying this. The ad that they are referring to had a statement from Diane Feinstein talking about the dangers of placing homes in a high fire area and then the ad said they agreed with Senator Feinstein. I don't know how anybody could read the ad and think that Senator Feinstein had any opinion on our development. I am sure the Cheryl Cook-Kallio's campaign manager, who is an active person in the Democratic party and a member of the Democrat Central Committee arranged for this. This same person has also been hired by Jennifer Hosterman as her PR person (guess we are in big time politics in Pleasanton when the mayor hires a PR person).


Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 19, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Sally,
The point is that Senator Feinstein wrote a letter to the mayor and stated that she had no official position on the Oak Grove development.

"I don't know how anybody could read the ad and think that Senator Feinstein had any opinion on our development."

Well, Senator Feinstein was able to read the ad and come to this conclusion.


Posted by Sally, a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 20, 2007 at 7:33 am

"Shelley"

You really think that Senator Feinstein read the ad? We are not that gullible? I would hope that she has more important things to do. The Democratic Party has their representatives on our Council and it was an easy connection to get Senator Feinstein to sign a letter saying she knows nothing about the Oak Grove development.

Let's get back to the real issue. Should we be harming the natural and visual environment by putting hills at the top of the hills? The rest of this, like letters from a Senator, are there to create a diversion.


Posted by Sally, a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 20, 2007 at 7:33 am

"Shelley"

You really think that Senator Feinstein read the ad? We are not that gullible? I would hope that she has more important things to do. The Democratic Party has their representatives on our Council and it was an easy connection to get Senator Feinstein to sign a letter saying she knows nothing about the Oak Grove development.

Let's get back to the real issue. Should we be harming the natural and visual environment by putting hills at the top of the hills? The rest of this, like letters from a Senator, are there to create a diversion.


Posted by Nicole, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2007 at 9:09 am

The point is that the proponents of the referendum used a United State's Senators name without permission. The quoted phrase was paraphrased from something said from the senate floor out of context about a different region of CA. It wasn't even a quote. How hard would this be to verify? Any citizen could contact the Senator's office and ask whether the Senator has taken a position on a particular issue.
Obviously someone asked the question and got the answer. Is this a big deal? The quote was placed in the ad to make people believe that Senator Feinstein agreed with the proponents. It was a misuse and meant to mislead. This should be taken in combination with other information.

The lesson? It takes work to be informed.


Posted by "Shelley", a resident of Downtown
on Dec 20, 2007 at 2:09 pm

"Sally"

Yes, I really do think Senator Feinstein read the ad.

"The advertisement states that I said: 'Local officials should start using zoning laws to keep residents from living in fire-prone areas,'" Feinstein wrote. "In fact, this was not a direct quote from me but was paraphrased from an Oct. 24 Associated Press report on remarks I made in the U.S. Senate on the Southern California wildfires."

I don't think we should begin this statement with "The advertisement states..." if she didn't read the advertisement.

"Sally" wrote: "I would hope that she has more important things to do."

Actually, I'm a little proud to say that a busy U.S. Senator has the time to deal with local issues for a city in the state the senator represents. You know, the whole representative democracy... anyway, you can say that I'm being gullible, but, that's like your opinion, man.


Posted by "Shelley", a resident of Downtown
on Dec 20, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Correction:
I don't think SHe Would begin this statement with "The advertisement states..." if she didn't read the advertisement.

Hah! I may be somewhat dislexic but not gullible!


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