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Pleasanton Council votes to restrict new banks from locating on Main Street

Original post made on May 2, 2012

The Pleasanton City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to place restrictions on banks, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions that want to open new facilities on Main Street.


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Comments (5)

Posted by GoodNews, a resident of Downtown
on May 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

"Pleasanton Council votes to restrict new banks from locating on Main Street-- Rules meant to encourage more retail stores, restaurants in downtown district."

While Pleasanton is lacking, Livermore has really ramped up its atmosphere downtown, with some recently added venues. I'd like to see our town do the same.

We've been gravitating toward downtown Livermore in the evenings/weekends, where there's plenty of activity, good food, live music, and special events to be found at places like Simply Fondue, Blacksmith Square, Double Barrel Wine Bar, Demitri's Taverna, El Sacromonte, Nestle Toll House Cafe, Sauces, Uncle Yu's, Casa Orozco, Lemon Grass Thai, Winemaker's Pourhouse, etc...


Posted by Leftist Pardner with PDA, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

So what is next? Why does this lead me to think that our leftist Counsel folks will try to clamp down on grocery stores wishing to lease buildings that previously were also rented by a grocery store? This whole matter has a strong smell to it of multiple agendas, all of which work against property owners, businesses, and citizens desiring to vote with their purchasing dollars between competing businesses.


Posted by P*town Truth Telleers, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

How dare new businesses want to open in Pleasanton without first proving that they're "green," 100% union operated, and then contributing substantially to the city council's election campaigns.

Good work in preventing new business downtown. Next on the agenda: chase current business out of town, make sure all of the restaurants downtown close by 7PM, and bring in enough low-income housing to lower property values and increase traffic and crime rate.

Social engineering at its best, baby!


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on May 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

P*town said: "Good work in preventing new business downtown. Next on the agenda: chase current business out of town, make sure all of the restaurants downtown close by 7PM, and bring in enough low-income housing to lower property values and increase traffic and crime rate."

Stop getting hysterical. There are at least SEVEN banks downtown along that short section of Main Street already. If you suddenly need to rush to a bank while walking on Main Street, you have your choice of:

- Comerica Bank (600 Main St.)
- First Republic Bank (249 Main St.)
- Well Fargo Bank (900 Main St.)
- Bank of America (337 Main St.)
- Valley Community Bank (465 Main St.)
- US Bank (749 Main St.)
- Chase Manhattan Bank (561 Main St.)

That not enough for you? How many more banks do you want to put on that short stretch of Main Street?


Posted by Been There, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

Agreed. There are plenty of banks downtown. Too many, in fact.

We would love to have more restaurants.

Better for Pleasanton to be a known for dining rather than banking :(

If you really need to go to the bank, you can do it online or you can go where you work or on the way home. But when you want to go out and SPEND money, it would be great to have a nice town like Pleasanton to enjoy a nice evening.

It is a real shame that the beautiful building that used to be the hardware store and is now...what else...Comerica Bank...could be an amazing site for a great business. BTW - I don't use Comerica Bank. My bank is Citibank in Livermore and Dublin...go figure.


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