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Pleasanton council OKs Iron Horse Trail extension, high-density housing in Hacienda Business Park

Original post made on Mar 2, 2011

From deciding to keep the bright yellow colors on sidewalk ramps for the handicapped to giving final approval to land use changes for an 850-unit housing project, the Pleasanton City Council dealt with a number of disparate issues Tuesday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 7:57 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by Karla, a resident of Danbury Park
on Mar 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

I say, leave the domed curb ramps bright yellow. If it helps those with impaired vision see a bit better, than it is achieving the objective. I don't think any of us with good vision can even begin to imagine what it might be like to have anything less. The bright yellow color should be a reminder of how fortunate we are. Having read this article, going forward, I will appreciate the sight I have and think of those not as lucky every time I step off one of those curbs. Thank you to the city of Pleasanton, Daniel Smith and his department for their good work.


Posted by Frosted, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

I say those curb ramps suck. The bumps are unnecessarily high, causing injury and damage. Its comical to see how many groceries (especially things in bottles and glass container) get trashed when people roll their grocery carts across them coming out of grocery stores. One more program designed by worthless government bureaucrats (that will retire at an early age with an obscenely high pension). Regarding the awful yellow color -- if a sight-impaired person cannot feel those oversized bumps through their shoes, they have worse problems than sight impairment and should not be out walking on their own.

Now, regarding having a dolt demanding to know councilmembers' views on the war: If Matt Sullivan was sponsoring this, it appears we will now have to refer to The FOUR Stooges on the city council. It appears that Cindy McGovern is the only councilmember that is not a loon.


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

The city just voted to allow the urban ghettonization of Pleasanton and degredation of our public schools - but as the city council and this paper positions it; it's not a big deal. I wonder who all is on the take from the developers who stand to profit from this?


Posted by another concered californian, a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

Amen Concerned Californian. I moved to Pleasanton to raise my children in a safe environment. My husband works hard to support us and I work part time. If I wanted to take the easy way out I would have stayed in Hayward. Some people will say on this blog that Pleasanton people our snobs, but I like living in a safe community and the children our getting an excellent education. No handouts for this Hispanic family...


Posted by 30 Year Resident, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Frosted-she is a loon too!!!! All the questions that she asks are staged. She has the answers or could have received those answers from Staff before she goes to Council Meetings. All smoking mirrors......if she is truly ignorant to the fact that Staff could give her the answers then she really is stupid and vain. She meets also with the City Mgr. each week for an hour or so. Each Council Member meets with Fialho. Fialho also meets with his Dept. Heads every week so all the info is there.


Posted by Jim, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Oh my god...did I just read a posting that contained the phrase 'smoking mirrors' while accusing others of being ignorant?

You just can't make this stuff up.

You sir, must consider contacting comedians to sell your material.

My only hope is that you were not educated here in pleasanton.

Too funny...


Posted by Susan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2011 at 8:05 am

Did we not learn anything from the eyesore known as Dublin?


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

Urban Crapitat's motto should be:

"Attacking the last few nice communities in California and making them as ghetto as Oakland and South Central Los Angeles"


Posted by Rich, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

"Smoking mirrors"... that IS really too funny, I agree, Jim!


Posted by Nosy Neighbors, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Nosy Neighbors is a registered user.

...Smoking Mirrors huh? Didn't know Charlie Sheen had moved north?

Seriously, we've had to pay $1.8M to the blood sucking leftists from urban crapitat to accomplish what? An already overburdened school district that will now be facing even more issues with ESL students, delinquency, truancy and other wonderful aspects of drugs, gangs,etc.

Yes we did move here because it's NOT Hayward, Oakland or even Dublin for that matter and I have none, ZERO shame saying that. If it is elitist to want to raise your children in a better environment than you were raised in or happened to live prior then rail all you want against my "elitism." Just remember though, no building has happened yet and if we continue to pressure the city council, builing commission, architectural committee's and so forth either no self respecting building developer or financier will touch this project. It's time to use the power of the bully pulpit against those who brought this upon us & a little taste of their own medicine will be oh so sweet!


Posted by LadyD, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

We are spending an awful lot of money for how may "seeing impaired" people exactly? I don't have a problem with the color or helping those who need help, but something tells me this is NOT money well spent. Someone got a juicy contract for this and they are the real winners.

I can't imagine why we need so many more low cost housing units. With property values dropping the way they are there are tons of deal on rental units right now. More to come I'm sure as people have to move out of the area and the state due to financial troubles.


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

Here here Nosy Neighbors! But watch out for the Urban Crapitat propaganda (lies).

> They'll tell you that there will be no impact on public schools while the developer tries to develop a daycare on-site. In the Urban Habitat sponsored project in San Leandro, the developers were going to pay $10 million for a parking garage and only $900,000 to the school district for impact fees. Everyone knows if this monstrosity is built, we'll need a new elementary and to expand Hart. New school construction is about $50M.

> They'll tell you there will be no traffic impact and that all the residents will take BART to work, even though the whole rationale for their lawsuit was that people who work in Pleasanton couldn't afford to live here.

> They'll tell you that low-income housing raises surrounding property values - but they'll use studies where condemmed tenaments in blighted areas of Detroit and Chicago were demolished for low-income housing.

I'm with you--let' pressure the city to do the right thing. Question is - are council members going to do what's right for residents, or what makes $en$e for their developer buddies and finaciers?


Posted by Trapped & Angry, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:42 am

Well people, thank then Atty General Jerry Brown !! I doubt now Gov Jerry Brown is going to feel our pain or attempt to right the DEGREE of this wrong !
The largest number of 1000s is off Valley, near dump and all the existing traffic, which we spent years discussing and NO Stoneridge DRive extension relief in sight ! ! Is there NO JUSTICE. I thought Valley was toO deadly for kiddieS to cross to Alisal...so now add thousands more ! ! What a CRIME !
But, we must never forget the newcomers we must subsidize are ENTITLED...LIVING IN Pleasanton is a birthright! ! (ooops some may not have any birhtright). The key point is a selected group is deemed ENTITLED to be PLEASANTON RESIDENTS. Now, you and I started out where EVER we could afford, IF and WHEN we could, we would MOVE UP. That USED to be the AMERICAN way. NO more. YOU think you WORK so you can pay to send your kids to the school of your choice...wrong plan. State government has decided you will subsidize 1000s to move into your neighborhood and neighborhood school. YOU have no choice.
Recent Pleasanton leaders have worked so hard dead-ending streets to block and bottleneck traffic. Then Plunk a whole mini-town right on the street with the worst traffic in Pleasanton. What happened to "building near transit centers, like BART". I must have missed just HOW the 1000s at Valley and Busch will be instantly transported to BART ? ? ? Sheer INSANITY !


Posted by Trapped and angry, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Nosy, you expressed the feelings of most Pleasantonians very well ! !
Parcel taxes will be a regular happening once we add thousands more to our school. Homeowners have no rights any more....I think the message to homeowners and taxpayers is pretty much...screw you.


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