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Guest Opinion: Say No to unnecessary growth

Original post made on Jul 18, 2014

Pleasanton residents have repeatedly shown overwhelming support for slow, balanced growth. The city is preparing to approve a change to its General Plan that could include 1,292 more high-density housing units than mandated by the state. We question the wisdom of doing so. What's wrong with that? Plenty.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Laura Berkley
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Thank you, former Mayor and Councilman, for highlighting this pending crisis to our community. The word is getting out, and more Pleasantonians are rallying to support the grass roots efforts to halt current the out-of-control growth policies. We can only hope that the Planning Commission and City Council will act in accordance to the peoples' wishes within the requirements of the law.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Your kidding right? Matt Sullivan along with Jennifer Hosterman and Jerry Thorne approved the rezoning of the Las Positas properties from business to residential, paving the way for monster apartment complexes to be built on small parcel lots. Anton Luxury is being built next to a cancer clinic and Summerhill will be built across from Hart Middle School. Summerhill has stated that these apartments will house few children. So on one end of Las Positas we have the cancer apartments and on the other end we have the pedophile apartments. One woman was angry that a man had parked on Las Positas and was taking pictures of the junior high kids. What do think people are going to do in a four story apartment complex located across the school that looks directly into the PE grounds and playing fields? Mind you that this rezoning was not the result of RHNA mandates. It was at the request of Hacienda Business Park as an attempt to "urbanize" the park into a mixed use. There were statements made that the property on Summerhill site had been vacant for years. This is false. It remained a rented business property per county records until June of 2013. Tom I appreciate your efforts to make a Pleasanton a city of planned progress. Matt you can go jump in lake.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2014 at 7:15 pm

"... currently severely impacted by enforced water conservation that may get much worse, uncertain climate change impacts, unfunded regional growth mandates, sewer system limitations and more."

Funny, Dublin doesn't seem to be "severely impacted". What are they doing right, and can't we do that in Pleasanton?

"Are you ready to drink treated sewage water?"

Sure, not problem at all. Astronauts have been doing it for decades, and it is completely safe. Only the ignorant wouldn't understand that. Stop pandering to the ignorant.

And then there's all this talk about impacts on schools, but Dublin's schools are doing great, and they have a lot of high density development going on.

In the comments on the other article regarding George Bowen's "coalition" against growth, there was a bunch of blatant racism and xenophobia expressed. I wonder if that is really at the root of all this, or at least a large part of this "coalition".

And just in case I wasn't clear, Tom Pico and Matt Sullivan, I am asking if you or your followers are racist or xenophobic.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm

How can they say we have no money? We just spent $550,000 on a dog park, $420,000 for a park for the Rotary, and another $500,000 to two teachers?


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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

we should have quit building forty years ago and then most of you would not even live here


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

[removed because it was irrelevant]


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Posted by caywen
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

caywen is a registered user.

Some random dude in Rome, circa 750 BC: "we should have quit building forty years ago and then most of you would not even live here"


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Et tu Brute?


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Matt Sullivan,

Is there a reason why you thought this re-zoning: Web Link
was good for Pleasanton?

I actually agree with limiting growth for all the reasons you state and more. But your inconsistency (and that of most current and former politicians of any party) bothers me and kinda ruins the message.

Just sayin'...



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