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BART a boon for Stoneridge sales as Christmas shopping season gets under way

Original post made on Nov 25, 2011

The decorations may have been up for weeks, but Thanksgiving weekend marks the official start of the holiday shopping season.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:46 AM

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Posted by Wind Fairy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2011 at 9:57 am

Well, if you didn't like shopping in Hayward, Berkeley, and Oakland, you're not going to have any choice now. They just imported Hayward, Berkeley and Oakland to Pleasanton. Better practice up on your marshal arts since they won't let law-abiding folks pack heat - only criminals get to do that. You better plan on accompanying granny to Stoneridge. Now that I think about it, I wonder how long it will be before Occupy Oakland moves to Stoneridge?

OK, left wing loons, start your diatribes!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Having just read the police blotter for the past week, it's also obvious what else is coming to Stoneridge Mall......lots more crime. Car thefts, robberies and assaults have increased dramatically since the new red carpet was rolled out for east bay thugs.
Oh well, it keeps busy and I don't have to worry about speed traps around town anymore. Bail bond businesses are booming, too.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Commerce is all about connecting products with customers, and BART facilitates that process.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Very true, Mike. For some, other peoples parked cars must be considered 'products', especially if they can be stripped down to provide additional smaller products to 'customers' that may be one step ahead of the law.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

We don't live in a perfect world. Stealing is in, honesty is out!

Pay attention to your environment, carry a loud whistle, shop with others, stay out of areas where there is no lighting.

Be Safe.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm


I haven't gotten the impression that mall crime has reached crisis proportions.


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Posted by constituent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

As long as Mary Hayashi doesn't head over the hill to "shop" Stoneridge, we'll probably be okay ;o)

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Posted by Hayward
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I live in Hayward, but have worked in Pleasanton for many years and most of my friends are from P-town. I enjoy shopping at Stoneridge, but am not a criminal and don't appreciate being called an "east bay thug" just because I live "over the hill", an expression I've heard many times from some Pleasanton residents. I remember hearing these fears expressed when they were building the new BART station. How easy is it, really, to rob or shoplift, run all the way to the station, to wait 20 minutes and jump on a BART train?! There may be some incidents occurring at Stoneridge, but I really don't think the new BART station is to blame.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 26, 2011 at 2:59 am

I just know that I carry my guy with me EVERY time I go to Stoneridge. Just like when I'm in Oakland, Hayward, San Jose, and SF.

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Posted by Yet Another Teacher
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Nov 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

One of the main reasons BART stops at Stoneridge Mall is because 90% of its workers live outside Pleasanton, and they need public transportation to get to their jobs.

If Pleasanton people were willing to accept the low-wage jobs at the mall, then Pleasanton could remain inside its bubble. But most Pleasanton teens are lucky enough to come from families where they don't need to have jobs to help support their families.

As for the race-baiting hysteria in the posts preceding mine, well, I won't dignify them with an answer. Those posts speak for themselves and no reasonable person will be persuaded by them.

I wonder why Pleasanton gets two BART stations and Livermore doesn't get the one it was promised many years ago? Simon Malls obviously had the political "pull" to get BART used as its personal transportation service to bring more customers and workers to its mall while the citizens of Livermore lack that power.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Yat, which post did you perceive as race baiting? Is that chip on your shoulder obscuring your view again?
Hayward, you're right, not all people from Hayward are thugs. As far as theft goes, BART turns out to be great for those car thirds that can take the train to their criminal destination and not have to worry about getting a ride back....they are just taking someone else's ride back to the east bay.

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Posted by Rolly
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Nov 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Ya have to feel bad for YAT. He/She takes a respite from the insanity of these threads, returns, posts a thoughtful comment, and the very first response comes from one of the resident village racists.

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Posted by Mark Thomas
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:34 am


Intelligent well thought out message, but if you truly follow local news and politics you would know that Simon Group had nothing to do with the second BART station. It was a developer who built commercial development in Dublin adjacent and will be building a mix commercial/residental apt complex on the Pleasanton side next to the new parking garage.

Will you be pitching a tent downtown soon?

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

Rolly, I hope you're able to catch that next train out of our village soon, since you people seem to think everyone is out to get you and that all your problems are caused by some boogey men in town.
I'm sure if you spent some time and gave a little thought to the matter, you could find another scapegoat for your miserable life and a reason why you feel you need to attempt a defense of posters like YAT.
Have fun down on the farm (plantation).

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Posted by Yet another crazy post by YAT
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm


You're the only one who brought up race...which really didn't surprise me. You seem to be the racist here since you're equating race (apparently no white people live east of Pleasanton) with crime (apparently only non-whites commit crimes). Take off your sheet.

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Posted by new Bay Fair
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Grew up in San Leandro. My mom worked in Oakland for 20 years. My friends & family saw first-hand Bay Fair Mall fall into crapper thanks to BART. Thugs & thieves pilfered that mall. Not about's the poor/disadvantaged (the have nots) who'll hit/break/steal. Younger readers, your idealism is good about social equality/justice. But we are human...far from perfect. Many seamstresses make good money in Oakland, Richmond, Hayward patching up new clothes that had security sensors ripped-off by shoplifters. Just about all of them lifted from Bay Fair store. Where's my source you ask? Worked in the field...saw first-hand. Stoneridge cares about money, not about you & I. Welcome to reality youngsters...

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Yat, in ever once mentioned or inferred race. If I did, cite the quote. Otherwise, keep sucking up to your race batter in chief (owebama) who tried to convince us that he was post racial, but is no such thing. You always take the lazy way out by playing the race card....I suppose it's just too difficult to compose a thoughtful response. Some teacher....

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Posted by John
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Since BART went into W Pleasanton look at the demographics in the mall and then match that against the crime blotter. An advance math degree is not requirred to figure this one out.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Lying with statistics 101. These are only reported crimes.

Talk to the business owners off the record and they'll say 1) They don't report all the crimes which occur (it takes time away from sales, having police in the store is perceived at negative, DA doesn't have resources to concern themselves with petty theft, etc.) and 2)Petty theft is up.

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