Editorial Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:15 am
Pleasanton's zoning and land use controls apparently aren't keeping up with changes in the city's mix of commerce, industry, private schools and the arts. In February, the City Council denied an appeal of a Planning Commission decision and allowed the Little Ivy League School to continue its operations at a new location in the Hacienda Business Park. School founder and Principal Jennifer Zheng said the school, which has 90 students, had lost its lease on a Stoneridge Drive location where it had been permitted to operate since opening in 2005. The new location, approved in a 3-2 vote by the council, is at 5925 W. Las Positas Blvd., across from Hart Middle School and in a former commercial building that has since become the home of the Korean Presbyterian Church. Little Ivy, whose main enrollment consists of American-born children of Chinese descent, provides tutoring on a variety of English and mathematics subjects but with a special focus on Chinese language and culture.
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Posted by Robert, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:15 am
The council majority (Hosterman, Thorne, Cook) who are approving child-based businesses outside of retail areas are driving downtown Pleasanton into the ground. And they are driving manufacturing/industrial businesses out of the area by approving these kid businesses in industrial areas.
I just saw where G.R. Doodlebug is closing its doors on Main Street. With all these approved children's businesses in industrially zoned Valley Business Park (aka "Romper Room" Alley) and Hacienda Business Park, no wonder Main Street is no longer viable and there are so many vacancies.
America can't survive if it can't produce anything anymore. No wonder businesses are outsourcing overseas when local officials are approving children's businesses in industrial zoning areas by calling them "trade schools." Give me a break! No wonder America no longer has a viable economy.
Sounds like McGovern, Sullivan and Fox are the only ones that realize the damage that these local decisions are doing to our economy.