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Hundreds object to high density housing near Bernal Community Park

Original post made on May 5, 2011

More than 200 packed the Pleasanton City Council chambers Tuesday night, most of them there to object to a plan to build high density, low- and medium-income housing on 10 acres in their neighborhood that is now zoned for offices.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 4:13 PM

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Posted by Thank Moobeam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

If you don't like high-density housing appearing in Pleasanton, direct your wrath at Gov. Moonbeam Brown. Better yet, become very active to thwart all the other loony thing the guy does. As Attorney General, he forced this down Pleasanton's throat. One wonders how many folks in Pleasanton voted for Moonbeam to be Governor. The left-wing loons are not going to be satisfied until Pleasanton looks like San Jose.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

"If you don't like high-density housing appearing in Pleasanton, direct your wrath at Gov. Moonbeam Brown."

Not just Brown, but also the Pleasanton resident:

"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."

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Posted by Tea Party Don
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

Resident,

1996 was a long time ago. Pre socialist flight. Pre Tea Party victories. Didnt' you read the measure e results? We let this through and its' Stockton all over again. WAKE UP SLEEPING HEAD! Its' time to show Moonboomer the door on his way out.


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Posted by Where are they located?
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

Site 12 Goodnight Inn's 2.3-acre site on Santa Rita Road.

What is the cross street, or address?

No such operating business...

If they also build 30 units/acre, that could mean 69 units, or hundreds of tenants...


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Is the task force doing this planning looking at "Granny Flats" on existing single-family residential lots? These have the advantage of not being government run and are inherently better at promoting low-crime neighborhoods, unlike the high density, government subsidized housing that the task force seems to be promoting.


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Posted by Alice
a resident of Parkside
on May 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Anything that government touches will be filled up with crime. We have a criminal in the white house with his illegal aunt and they want to spread all of that to beautiful Pleasanton. Is there some where to protest this invasion? Why here? Is this what we voted for? Brown's Brownout? Or is the liberal media targetting us?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm

"Resident,

1996 was a long time ago. Pre socialist flight. Pre Tea Party victories. Didnt' you read the measure e results? We let this through and its' Stockton all over again. WAKE UP SLEEPING HEAD! Its' time to show Moonboomer the door on his way out. "

Actually, the Pleasanton resident and Urban Habitat filed the lawsuit against Pleasanton in 2006. That was during the Bush term, during Arnold's term. Brown joined them a little after that but before he became governor.

I was surprised to see the breakdown of the vote, surprised that anyone from Pleasanton would vote for union lover Brown (I voted for Meg). But then again, it was a Pleasanton resident who in 2006 went against Pleasanton because she wanted to repeal the measure passed long before 2006.

Moving forward: I will vote no on any tax extensions if they put it on the ballot. But I voted yes on E and will vote yes on local parcel taxes always, but for the state, I will vote no on more taxes, like I did with Arnold's initiatives.


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Posted by Bowler
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Pleasanton was out of compliance with state law. It does not matter who filed the original suit, or who later joined on. Directing spite at Sandra De Gregorio and the governor is ridiculous. The city's stipulation of the number of units allowed in the general plan was illegal. Period.


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Posted by Ksdil
a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I really have no vested interest in any of these sites. However it would seem to me that an empty ten acres would make more sense than say the Vintage Hills shopping center. What would happen to the businesses there?


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Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

The bottom line is that high-density housing that is not for seniors ruins schools. Thanks to state law, developers pay less school impact fees when they build high-density housing - housing that will more adversely impact the local schools than single family housing. And since high-density housing is usually low-income and rental; it's not like they can implement Mello-Roos and reclaim moneys for schools and infrastructure.

California legislators seem bent on destroying California's education system - notice how many cuts to education and increased tuition for state universities - yet the prison guards union gets a new contract with increased salaries and better benefits; and the costs to house prisoners in California are $50K per inmate - twice as what it costs in neighboring Nevada.

It's time for our state "leaders" to change policies that encourage crime and discourage education; otherwise all of California is going to circle down the toilet - even the great town of Pleasanton.


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Posted by Andrew
a resident of West of Foothill
on May 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

Welcome to Oakland, what a bunch of dopes, you wanted Brown, now deal with him, this is how revolutions begin.


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Posted by Bat Guano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

Bowler,

You are leaving out the part that it was a left-wing loon government that passed the law. If you don't like high-density housing coming to Pleasanton, VOTE THE LEFT-WING LOONS OUT OF GOVERNMENT!!!!

I'm doing the getting ready to sell fix-up on my house. I want to get the heck out of town before they turn this place into Hayward.


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Posted by Bat Guano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

Now that I think of it, its OK with the three lunatics on the City Council to build high density housing on the Bernal property, but its not OK for Safeway to put in a gas station. Since we know why the gas station was nixed (anything to do with Danville Petroleum campaign contributions?????), maybe the three lunatics on the council are saying "bribe us with enough $$$$ and will turn down the high density housing" (surely, you jest?!).


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

Sure a lot of NIMBY whiners around here. I still think the best place for dense low-income housing is the top of Mount Kay (aka Oak Grove).


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Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

To Bat Guano - Most city councils in California are funded by unions and developers; I would imagine Pleasanton's is no different; other than maybe a slightly higher percentage of local business interests than other East Bay towns.

Unions and developers both want to build new housing projects. Pleasantonians seem to understand that low-income, high density housing will be bad for crime, schools, and quality of life here.

Cities such as San Leandro and Hayward already had high crime and gang rates, bad schools and a bad quality of life - so the low-income developers who have succeeded there argued, "hey, how much is a few more low-income units going to hurt?" That would never fly in Pleasanton because the people here are not that stupid, and our town is doing great.

Unfortunately, council has the state law and Urban Habitat lawsuit to hide behind and claim their hands are tied. So they will ultimately approve all that their financiers tell them to. As the 70 acres of parcels get rezoned; it will be interesting to see who starts contributing to our council - especially the three who got the ridges development measure on the ballot.

State law can be changed. If our council really cared about the state of our city, they'd try to get our state representatives to overturn the housing law on the grounds that it destroys schools by mandating high-density, low-income housing with no way to mitigate the disastrous effects on public schools.


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Posted by Not my CA
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

Becky Dennis loves subsidized housing...let her solve it.
I think there has only been Republican legislature in Sacto for 2
of the last 40 years. Today's CA was created by and for Democrats.
Just like the prisons...that's not about crime, it's about more of the biggest, strongest union in CA...prison guards.


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Posted by Look in the mirror
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 9, 2011 at 5:36 am

Speaking of Brown...perhaps the problem with Pleasanton residents is that brown is the color of skin of many of the new residents that this housing would have a residents.

I know, traffic, over crowded schools all of the typical complaints and some are sincere, but most just don't like the idea of people of color moving to THEIR neighborhood.


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Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Look in the mirror - the old "everyone who's against it is racist" argument is very tired. In fact, I wonder if Obama supporters will still try to use it once Herman Cain wins the Republican nomination?

Pleasanton is attracting a lot of "yellow" and "brown" people from China, Vietnam, Korea and India who contribute to Pleasanton's diversity and make it great place to live. We're also starting to see more Latinos in Pleasanton--I think we even got a Mexican grocery store downtown and some good Latino-run authentic tacquerias. The fact is that Pleasanton attracts people of all colors and religions with a strong work ethic who place a high value on education and family values.

But looking at the track record of high-density subsized housing projects in Califonia; they are associated with a proliferation of crime, gang membership, drug use, and overcrowded public schools. Pleasanton is one of the last safe, relatively small towns in California with 9 and 10 rated schools. You can't blame people for trying to keep it that way.

Calling people racist who want to live in a low-crime town and good schools is really a backhanded insult to people of color--it implies that peoples' values are determined by their race, not the content of their character.


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Posted by Ann
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Folks if you don't know what this is REALLY about, you need to check out freedom advocates dot org. We are fighting a United Nations Agenda 21 being implemented in our cities, counties and states. Check out democratsagainstunagenda21.com This is a non-partisan issue. This is a freedom vs tyranny issue. It is a sovereign busting, liberty stealing, individual decision stealing proposition that you are fighting. WAKE UP. Run for office, and get those elected tyrants out of office.


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