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City Council to vote tomorrow on high-density housing plan

Original post made on Jan 3, 2012

The Pleasanton City Council will hold back-to-back meetings starting tomorrow to consider and likely approve a detailed plan to rezone 73 acres of available properties in various parts of the city to allow the construction of more than 2,000 apartments in two- and three-story buildings.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 6:48 AM

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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Jan 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

It's highly suspicious that the council added 200 sites to the plan, all while pretending they are against having to do this and "their hands are tied by the lawsuit." Must have been a payoff (whoops, I mean "campaign contributions") by BRE and other developers.

Too bad we don't have a lawyer who's willing to put up a legal challenge against state power over land-use regulation since our estemeed council members didn't have the courage to appeal the ruling in the first place.


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Posted by annonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Pay attention, THEY did and lost! How much of taxpayer's money do you want to spend? The city spent millions! Why do you think everyone else needs to follow state law but Pleasanton.


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Posted by follow the money
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I question whether the council really tried to defend this. I think they went through the motions so that they could say they tried everything but the majority wanted this extra housing so they could appease their campaign contributors.


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Posted by Trudy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Anonymous is right. The city's general plan was not in compliance with state laws. There is no reason or basis to charge fraud or conspiracy or collusion here, and such unfounded accusations sicken me.

Change is coming whether you like it or not. Embrace it, or move on.


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Posted by Mr. Geeneyuss
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Oh well, at least we had a nice 40 or so year run as a safe, rural bedroom community and it was bound to come to an end sooner or later. I just would have preferred later.

Unlike the previous developments, Hacienda Business Park, Stoneridge Mall, Foothill/Westside,et. al., this is bound to come back and bite us in the buttocks my friends. We're not even talking about simply high density housing ala the Dublin monstrocity we're talking about bringing low, Section 8 and government subsidized housing into Pleasanton. If this sounds elitist in any way to you then

[ portion removed by PW staff as insinuating derogatory [word removed by editorial staff] comments ]

NO, you don't have a RIGHT to live anywhere you want!
NO, the government does not have a duty, obligation or legal right to subsidize said housing!
NO, we should not stand for this and YES, by all means we should be fighting this.

Unfortunately by the time I am writing this our esteemed leaders will have already sold us down the path of no return and will have opened up this town to become yet another testament to the best laid plans of liberal do-gooders, socialist utopians and a failed governor.

Buh Bye P-Town as we knew it, thanks for the good memories.


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Posted by Susan W.
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Oh Trudy dear...it is the duty of good people to change bad laws. A community, city, town or neighborhood has the right and obligation to challenge such laws if they deem them to be unjust, detrimental to the well-being of the general citizenry or a hazard to the community in general.

This did not happen to Danville, Palo Alto, Hillsborough or any other town with a slightly higher than average median income and property values. Pleasanton was singled out and made an example out of.

Watch out Bay Area, social re-engineering is coming to a town near you !


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Posted by why?
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Danville, Palo Alto, Hillsborough or any other town in California didn't pass a council sponsored initiative, (90s council) that basically said Pleasanton intended to violate state law. Other cities have been able to limit growth and stay out of the courts by zoning according to state law. The council either got bad advice from their city attorney or did not pay attention to the good advice that might have been given.

BTW, this is not section 8 or project housing. It is affordable to people who work retail, or beginning career jobs. Where do you think those people who wait on you at a restaurant or do your lawn or work childcare jobs?


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Posted by Does your newspaper have a dictionary?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

Dear Editors, your edit is hilarious and I think you meant to say "fallacious." In the Pleasanton Weekly's own edit, you said "fellatious" in your edit below. Please invest in a dictionary. You can order one on Amazon. Thanks.

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Posted by Mr. Geeneyuss, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 3 hours ago

Oh well, at least we had a nice 40 or so year run as a safe, rural bedroom community and it was bound to come to an end sooner or later. I just would have preferred later.

Unlike the previous developments, Hacienda Business Park, Stoneridge Mall, Foothill/Westside,et. al., this is bound to come back and bite us in the buttocks my friends. We're not even talking about simply high density housing ala the Dublin monstrocity we're talking about bringing low, Section 8 and government subsidized housing into Pleasanton. If this sounds elitist in any way to you then

[ portion removed by PW staff as insinuating derogatory fellatious comments ]

NO, you don't have a RIGHT to live anywhere you want!

NO, the government does not have a duty, obligation or legal right to subsidize said housing!

NO, we should not stand for this and YES, by all means we should be fighting this.

Unfortunately by the time I am writing this our esteemed leaders will have already sold us down the path of no return and will have opened up this town to become yet another testament to the best laid plans of liberal do-gooders, socialist utopians and a failed governor.

Buh Bye P-Town as we knew it, thanks for the good memories.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Some other forum software will tag a post that has been edited by a moderator with a special "this has been edited by a moderator" notice that is generated by the software and cannot be replicated by someone posting. It is difficult to tell currently if the notice can really be trusted. [ portion removed by PW staff as unfit for print ] Maybe the PW can get their software guys to add such a feature.


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Posted by Been there
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I, too, had a huge laugh over the "fellatious" comment by PW!

Do you know what noun you turned into an adjective!!! What a hoot!!

I love a good laugh!

Oh, my.



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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Jan 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

I got a smile out of that too. But Stacey had it right; that "Portion removed" wasn't done by our staff. Guess the commenter was trying to make a point about our editing, but used the wrong word. Or used that one on purpose. Either way, it's sort of funny.
Anyway, I will bring this up with IT. Maybe we will have to implement some sort of system like the "registered user" system for making edits. Something similar to this is happening on another site's Town Square. But that person isn't nearly as creative.
Town Square definitely keeps the editors here busy...


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