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22 benches on Stanley Blvd

Original post made by Driver on Apr 3, 2012

Any idea (other than a need to spend tax dollars) are there now 22 benchs on Stanley Blvd between Pleasanton and Livermore? Can't imagine sitting and staring at Stanely Blvd will be a highly sought after activity. Why not a par course or something else more useful?

Comments (30)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

What a cool way to encourage folks to meditate on a bench.

Posted by Curious, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I was thinking the exact same thing this morning as I drove down Stanley. What an incredible waste of money. I hope the benches were donated and the work crews donated their time to install the benches, but I'm confident the taxpayers footed the bill. Whoever approved the benches should lose their job. In these austere times, we cannot afford to spend on these types of projects. The money could have been better spent upgrading the Rapids Waterslides that have a proven track record of providing entertainment and revenue for the City.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

There are lots 'n lots of birds who will no doubt appreciate their new perches. Just ignore the crap and have a nice resty resty!

Not to mention the trancendental meditators and families out on a picnic! Or, young folks smoking their stuff...

Illegals will also need a few spots to take a quick nap!!!

Posted by zownes, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Glad I'm not the only person that notice. Between the benches, Sullivan and mr Obama today.....I held little hope us as a civilization. Who is going to sit and watch cars zip by at 55.

Posted by Nancy s., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Are they at bus stops? If not, way to many.

Posted by Barry, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Shovel-ready jobs.

Posted by Zoey, a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

Last Tea Party event I was at (I was at two, by the way, and really liked them, really), there werent enough places to sit and whittle. Any chance we could move those benches to the party? I might not make it because my cousin has to pull a couple of my teeth out that day, and its the only day he can get away from the garage. But if I'm there I want ta be able ta whittle.

Posted by John , a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

Here is what I could find:

Web Link

Posted by Tracey, a resident of Civic Square
on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

I just do not understand why the benches are aimed to face the train tracks and cement plant as opposed to looking at the beautiful hills the other way.

Posted by Diana, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thank goodness I am one of many who had the exact same thoughts seeing those 20+ benches. Why there, who wants to look at the RRtracks and quarry inhaling traffic exhaust? Why so many? What a waste of money and it must be the shovel ready stimulus money being wasted!

Glenn please write this story of $10M tax dollars for Streetscape & Roadway Improvements.

Posted by Suzy Q, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Good point Tracey. The lake would be a great view but watch your back for the rocks that come flying off the gravel trucks. My window has 8 dings from flying rocks off trucks and off the road.

Posted by Zoey, a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Those dings on your car are caused by union truckers. The Teamsters have a bounty system where each driver gets a bonus for every ding they cause. Unions are ruinating this country. Honest.

Posted by Things, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

It's things like this that makes me want the world to end in December... Civilization is doomed.
If its not one stupid thing its another.

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for the link @John, I think the other part of this is that section of Stanley Blvd. will be the Iron Horse Trail link between Pleasanton and Livermore. So my guess is that there'll be lots more people walking or riding bicycles out that way. Pleasanton's part of the I.H.T. will go northwards from the Bernal / Stanley intersection to the B.A.R.T. station, and from there up to Martinez. And Livermore's will go all the way to Lake Del Valle. I don't know if the benches are part of that, but that's my guess.

Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Per the document that John posted, page 4, the rendered plan shows benches, but facing away from the roadway. I think they were installed wrong. Other than that, I am really excited about these improvements and look forward to using them regularly.

Posted by Been there, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I saw them today and it looks like they are just supposed to be a place to rest if you're walking the whole distance. Maybe they'll serve a purpose for older folks who need to sit down every once in awhile on a walk. I guess I'm good with that.

The drawback for me is that these benches are sitting ducks for graffiti. Can't wait 'til that happens. :/

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I agree, the number of benchs appear to be overkill.

I do hope they plan on putting some of the benchs between Shadow Cliff and Bernal; so the poor families who can't afford or find a parking place within the park on holiday weekends can have a place to stop and relax for a few minutes.

I think our community could do a much better job of handling the parking situation on Stanley and figuring out how to provide easier access to the park on the more popular weekends. Of course, I also think that allowing the water-slides to vanish without greater resistance on the part of our community is unfortunate.

Posted by Barry, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

This works out to about $2000 per foot for trees, benches, and paving.

Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

Been There says: "Can't wait 'til that happens. :/" referring to his hope that the benches are attacked with graffiti. I find that so sad, so mean spirited. Why can't you look at this as a community beautification, an enhancement for all to enjoy? Why hope for the worst possible outcome?

Posted by Been There, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

Neighbor: Sorry that you didn't you see the 'tongue in cheek' in my comment about graffiti.

I certainly DO NOT want to see graffiti. I despise it and I am just very sad that it happens anywhere. Sadly, if these benches are not treated with an anti-graffiti surface, I think someone will come along and mess it up with their 'art'.

Usually, I am an optimist. But when it comes to graffiti, I have turned into a realist.

Let's order the right anti-graffiti spray paint color.

Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

@Been There, apologies for my misinterpretation.

Posted by Ava Tune, a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on Apr 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thanks for the various comments. I am an aging boomer and walking has become my predominant exercise. I love the Iron Horse Trail from the Hopyard in San Ramon to Stanley in P-town. I appreciate the benches; however, I have to agree Stanley's allotment is a bit much. I would like to see a few benches traded in on a Port-A-Potty or several ALL along the route.

Posted by Benches for Droppings, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

What a bleeping boondoggle! Stanley Road is getting more and more traffic and is desperately in need of an upgrade. So they waste millions of dollars on upgrading the bike path, putting in useless benches, and some trees. Now we can sit on the benches and sing Cum By Ya!!! This is the kind of stuff that happens when you have left-wing loons running things. This is why Californians are moving out of the state by the millions (and being replaced by immigrants who vote predominantly left-wing loon immigrants - hence a spiraling collapse). Instead of a job, you have a nice new bench to warm, complete with bird droppings.

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Stanley Boulevard has been an eyesore lo these many years, and the first thing you guys do is complain that anyone attempts to make our landscape look and act a little better. The road IS getting an upgrade. That includes a pedestrian/cycle path with benches and trees. Sure, maybe a few too many benches, but if you're inclined to get out of your cave and go for a walk or a bike ride, it just might be nice to have a place to sit or tie your shoes as you go. By the comments above, it appears that people would rather this be an eight lane freeway through the dust and dirt of the cement plants.

By the sound of the discussion here, it looks like America's new motto should be "I've got mine. The rest of you can go to hell!"

Posted by AnnaS, a resident of Foothill High School
on Apr 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

You people simply don't understand how our city management takes care of our future. When Pleasanton Ridge will be closed due to lack of funding, when Occupiers will finish with Oakland and will come to occupy our Sports and Val Vista parks - where are you going to bring your kids? With Stanley's benches, your city management found a solution for you.

Posted by Robert, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I totally agree with the gross overuse of benches. Could have cut them down to 4 or 5 over the total length of redevelopment. What were they thinking? That being said I like the beutification of the Pleasanton - Livermore corridor and the safety barriers now in place.

Posted by viny, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Apr 7, 2012 at 4:57 am

I think I know the reason for so many benches.
Most of us are overweight or obese.
They are spaced out close enough so we can catch our breath
when we go for walks. That's it!

Posted by road work at its best, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:17 am


Posted by Jacobyte, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm

If you look at the official plans at Web Link you can see quite clearly that the benches have been built facing the wrong way. They should be facing away from the road.. Please Fix Them !!

Posted by Melanie, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

That is funny the benches are installed incorrectly :) Not sure I want my back to the road even with the bike path as a buffer. Also I am unsure I want to pay the "shovel ready" crew of dummies to fix their own mistake. Lets face it they won't fix it on their dime it will be billed as an overage!

There are plans for more landscaping on railroad side as well as a new landscaped median. Do we need more landscaped medians to pay more crews to come out, close lanes, and maintain monthly? I am all for beautification however this is basically a commuting route.

There are also exercise stations in the plans that I do not see built as of yet. Do people really use those? I used to like to play on them when I was a kid.

It would be nice if someone could scale back the scope of the project and spend the money in other areas, but it is probably too late for that now that the machine is moving, contracts have been made, materials ordered etc..

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