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on Mar 30, 2009
gee i wonder why those two stole the car and where they go to school
I'm wondering why the Weekly doesn't proofread thier articles - lots of typos.
People wakeup--drugs and other crimes are on the increase in this town. Nice idea for a teen center but have you seeen any discussion about it recently---political rah, rah. Drug buys go down everywhere. Slow down and just watch people. Kids in this town have tons of money--drug dealers and gangs know it. Up next, a kid will die--it's enevitable and will be tragic but thank God for the Firehouse Arts Center at a cool 10 million and a Senior Center that kids can't use and a little league field that cost a few million more.
Not all kids are atheletic or scholars. Stockton and Hayward have come to town--get ready for more to happen.
Though it may seem off subject, I agree with Lucky Guy. As a mom of three kids in this town I've long thought a teen center would benefit many of this population. L.G. noted some great examples of expenditures but none for those needing a place to hang out without it being a sporting event.
It's time to give this more serious thought.
Bored teens? Give me a break! When we moved here 12 years ago it seemed I couldn't go 2 blocks without seeing a park or a coffee shop. Libraries, malls, skateboard park... For goodness sake, when I grew up all we needed was hill with some trees on it.
Now where are my specs and walking cane?
A teen center would be nothing more than a crime magnet. If you're a drug dealer, where would you find groups of bored teens that don't have a good home life? Answer: at a "teen center".
I agree with AVHS Dad (oddly, we moved here 12 years ago too). Parents who don't monitor their kids activities and try to foist them off on a "teen center" are asking for trouble.
I graduated from a Pleasanton school in 2008 and a lot of people I know could see this coming. It doesn't have a ton to do with alcohol and drugs. Trust me lots of people in my year and years previous drank and did more. It's just the kids that are going to the schools now are different. Some students that were the most well known in the community and well revered by parents and fellow students went to parties, drank,socialzed did whatever and things still went smoothly. They got good grades, went to good schools, and didn't end up slashing tires and creating fake gangs. Most people still had respect for the school and for parents and there was just a closer tie between the adults of Pleasanton and the kids. I don't know what the solution is but as someone closer to the problem than most I don't think it is a community center or anything of that sort. Lucky Guy said it, people from outside are realizing whats in Pleasanton and are coming to cash in, unfortunate, but get ready for more unless something changes.
Lets give some praise where due.
I'm pleased that someone called, and that the police checked it out, followed it up.
That's commendable all around. People who steal one car, probably have, or will steal another. Maybe yours or mine!
And stolen cars are used in other crimes.
Great that they caught him, even after he ran into the school. Hope this changes a young man's path, away from a life of crime.
The fine pro-active Pleasanton Police are one reason we do not have more crime, a big quality of life thing.
Weekly, how about a commitment to follow the story- tell us what happens?
I'm sure that this is just an isolated incident that has nothing to do with expanding access to Pleasanton, cut through commuters, or the city council and majority of residents keeping their heads in the sand about the future of Pleasanton.
Until PW restricts all posts to those of registered users, please use a different identity so as not to confuse readers between you and me.
I'm sure that once the Stoneridge Extension is built, crime will go down...Pleasanton will be a much nicer placer to live.
I'll get right on that.
@unregistered Stacey in Amberwood/Wood Meadows:
What do you propose? Completely wall off our fair city and set up a few security checkpoints like Ruby Hill? You really think East Stoneridge will become a race track and/or conduit for drug trafficers? Give me a break. Those few residents that want to keep Stoneridge blocked off probably want the Livermore airport removed too. They, and I, knew what we were buying into. Besides, I'll appreciate a quicker trip to Costco when it finally gets built.
@registered Stacey in Amberwood/Wood Meadows:
I guess there could be another Stacey in Amberwood/Wood Meadows, but the thought scares me for some reason.
I have a couple of books at home on crime (my hubby works for SJPD) and one of the theories that I remember reading (on burglaries) was the "pattern theory". Burglars choice of suburbs to target is not random. One of the most important keys is having more than one escape route. As the "in and out roads" connecting to other suburbs increase, so does the crime opportunities. The other component is familiarity. Most burglars will target areas that they become familiar with (Brantingham & Brantingham 1984) this can include commuter routes, visiting friends, etc. In a Pennsylvania study they found that properties close to major arterial routes where more prone to victimization (Rengert & Walsichick 1985) All of this makes sense. Although there will be some positive consequences from the extension, there will be some "fallout" from it as well.
One last thing, building a fence around Pleasanton does not solve the problem as we have our own share of "bad guys" to worry about.
all of you are ridiculous you just go by wat u see on paper grow up you are stuck in the wanna be perfect life in pleasanton if you know wat a struggle is u wouldnt be so stupin i mean come on look at you adding a million comments about some thing you know nothing about you losers.
Friday afternoon excitement in downtown Ptown:
Plain clothes cops chasing a heavily tatooed, skinhead man in his twenties, down St. Mary's street. Perp thrown to the ground, face down and cuffed. Cops checking the alley and bushes for something the man tossed.
Yeah Pleasanton PD!!!!!!!
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