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Superior Court judge rejects bid by Pleasanton to dismiss housing cap lawsuit

Original post made on Aug 28, 2009

An Alameda County Superior Court judge yesterday rejected a bid by the city of Pleasanton to dismiss legal challenges by an affordable housing coalition and the state of California to the city's 1996 voter-mandated housing cap.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 28, 2009, 8:00 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Aug 28, 2009 at 9:34 am

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It sure would be nice to know who is funding these insurgents at Urban Habitat. They certainly don't live in this area and their class envy mentality can only drag out environment down to the level of surrounding blighted urban locales.


Posted by Tennesse Jed, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 28, 2009 at 9:41 am

More social engineering brought to you by...Government!


Posted by Nosy Neighbors, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

The people speak, the thieves in black robes legislate to negate the peoples wishes. WTF but what


Posted by Nosy Neighbors, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:08 am

...did you think they would do? They know better than us don't they?


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Civic Square
on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

Honestly I believe we should build more affordable housing and apartments. There is a tremendous opportunity and location to build far more apartments over in Hacienda by the BART station. The people living there could utilize rapid transit and their children could attend Pleasanton schools and be involved in our community. I also believe it would significantly increase our level of diversity and also increase the number of minorities in our city.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:51 am

Wasn't a Pleasanton resident involved in this? I remember reading an article before about it.

Why the lawsuit? It seems like Pleasanton became the target, unfairly, of these habitats for humanity groups. If Brown runs for governor, I hope no one supports him. Imagine what he can do to the state.

This lawsuit is unfair, and I don't understand why a Pleasanton resident would be a part of this. Here is the part of the article that talks about that, and the link to it:

"Brown's motion, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, joins the suit filed in 2006 by Urban Habitat and Pleasanton resident Sandra De Gregorio that challenged the city's Measure GG, the voter-approved housing cap and growth management program that voters approved in 1996."

Web Link

Neighbor: you do not have to undo the housing cap to bring minorities to the city. Plenty of minorities live here, myself included, and that does not require undoing the housing cap. I bought an existing house at a regular price, and so have other minorities, so I am not sure what you are trying to say or accomplish.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

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I'm not a fan of apartments as a solution to provide "workforce housing" because there's no pride of ownership on the part of the renters.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Civic Square
on Aug 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Resident,

I am saying that building low income state or federally subsidized housing in the Hacienda Business Park would make it easier for minorities to live in our town. It has worked in Hayward as well as Castro Valley, and Oakland.


Posted by WWW, a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

WEll, this is just great. Just look what affordable housing (read-section 8)and 3 Walmarts on a 15 mile stretch have done to Fremont and its schools in just a few years. We are looking to move to Pleasanton from Fremont to get away from higher crime and "I don't care" attitude. Lokks like we will have to move to Colorado instead...


Posted by www, a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Oh yeah, and I am a minority in Fremont now. White non-hispanic. Please take me, Pleasanton!


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Civic Square
on Aug 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Well there little racists I believe Mission San Jose is 90% minority and makes are high schools look like Santa Rita Prison by comparison...........true?


Posted by MS, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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To the Civic Square resident. If you think that Hayward, Castro Valley and Oakland have been successful with low cost housing, then MOVE there as it looks like you want to live around gang-bangers, graffiti artists and the murder rates and crime rates are off the charts. We moved here for good schools, a safe living environment, low crime. When you bring in the low income housing it brings along baggage that no one wants. I lived in Thousand Oaks and they did this years ago and now that city is rife with crime. No thanks. You go live there if you think that environment is so good.


Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of Mission Park
on Aug 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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Mission San Jose High School does not have much, if any, affordable housing in it's boudaries. Small homes sell for $1,000,000+ just so people can get their kids into that district. We learned long ago that kids who are motivated can succeed at just about any school. And Foothill and Amador are comparable to Mission. Comparing those two schools to Santa Rita Prison makes you sound very ignorant.


Posted by Einstein, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Aug 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

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Pleasantonian,

I beg to differ regarding Mission San Jose High School. I grew up in the area and my mother still lives there. The area in Mission San Jose (it used to be a township) has a significant amount of low income housing. The area on the west side of Mission Blvd. from Ohlone College to Weibel is all low income as is the area on Fremont Blvd from Palm to Ellis St. or a very large area. Parts of Niles are also zoned as Mission or Washington as the residents have their choice of schools for the kids to go to. Do some fact checking and you will see that your other statement is incorrect also. Amador and Foothill are not even in the same ballpark as Mission San Jose as it is ranked highly in the nation.


Posted by Einstein, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Aug 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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Pleasantonian, more information about Mission San Jose

"Academics
In July 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mission San Jose High as the 60th best high school in the nation.[2]

Mission San Jose has a strong AP program, as demonstrated by the high percentage of students earning passing scores of 3 or above on AP exams. Among large public high schools, Mission has the highest passing rate for both AP Statistics and AP French.[4]

Mission San Jose students also perform well in other state and national tests. The school holds the highest position in the California public high school rankings (not including magnet schools) with an API (Academic Performance Index) of 931 in 2008. [5] A less cited ranking by Newsweek places the school 140th in the United States.[6]. Recently, Mission was named the 60th best high school in the United States by US News. [7] The school claims many other achievements and honors, among them the high number of students earning National Merit Scholarships.[citation needed] The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1987, 1996, and 2008. In addition, 76% of the students are on the honor roll with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and students' SAT scores are in the top 5% of the nation[5]."


Posted by Jetson, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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Who wrote this "I also believe it would significantly increase our level of diversity and also increase the number of minorities in our city." I recently moved here from the southbay to get away from all of that.


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