Posted by stick to the issue, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm
ďCuriousĒ - what does it matter. In a few clicks, sitting in a Pleasanton home, you or I could post pics on a site in Bangladesh, if desired. Most postings here are anonymous, arenít they? I noticed you didnít refute the message; you only attacked the messenger.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm
I am a friend of Steve's. I've known him for a number of years and I have a lot of faith in him to want only to do the right thing for Pleasanton. These attacks on him for the size and location of his home are unconscionable in my opinion. Frank seems to be bearing a grudge for some reason and is obsessed with the size of this house.
On other forums, some of you suggest calling the candidate or representative and asking them the question and I would suggest the same to Frank, et al. Just to satisfy myself, I did just that. I called Steve today to discuss this issue as I know he does not read the blogs. I have never had reason to doubt Steve's honesty and this is what he told me.
The home he is in was built around 1972 and was remodeled about 10 years ago. The total square footage now is 4400 sq. ft. In the remodel, no grading was done nor were any trees removed other than a small orange tree. While he is on a hill, there are several homes higher than his as well as the water storage tank that Frank marked on one of his links. He does not, nor do I, consider his home to be on the ridgeline. If you stood at Steve's door in the shadow of that water tank, you would also agree that he is not on a ridgeline.
Yes, 4400 sq ft is pretty big. But it is not the mega mansion that Frank claims it to be. He has been very defensive about his estimate essentially saying it was 'calculated'. At first he stated it to be 6-7,000 sq ft and now above says it is 8,000 ft.... if not bigger. Frank, before you do any further posting with false claims, I suggest you contact the county assesor's office for accurate information. And perhaps you would be willing to also calculate the elevation of the other homes we can see in your link --the ones with the red roofs. Web Link
I still support Steve and will give him my vote tomorrow. Pleasanton will be better off under his leadership.
Posted by acg, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:30 am
I posted the 4 photos of the house. I noticed that Brozosky was opposed to large houses on the ridges, and that he said somewhere that we should preserve the "rural nature" of those hills. So I was astonished to see his own house and the pool and the several outbuildings and what might be a little Marie-Antoinette fountain centered in the front lawn. Rural?
I'm not sure if large, expensive houses are good or bad for those hills -- I can see arguments on both sides, in terms of protecting the hills/wildlife/views as much as possible -- since leaving them pristine for all time is not a realistic goal.
But I do like to know if I can trust a politician's words. And as I was mulling this all over, Fletch used my pet-peeve phrase, "Trust me" in his post disparaging frank's Google Earth research. Dontcha just hate it when people use that phrase to tell you, so condescendingly, to trust them at the same time that you know for a fact that they are just flat-out wrong? It hit me at a bad moment -- reading "Trust me, it's one story" at the same moment that I was looking at that huge two-story house.
I live in P-town. Have lived here for 30 years. I have access to someone who can load a photo onto that far-away resort's web site. I thought that would make it more convenient to view them. But the photos I posted are accessible to anyone who can click here
and enter an address in the top box, and then click on "bird's eye view." Try it for your own house: you get 4 photos that invade what used to be your privacy even more than Google's "Street View" or zillow.com's aerial of your house with its price on your roof.
More information is good, right? At least, it's not bad. And what kind of house a politician lives in is relevant when that politician wants to enforce his strong views about the houses others will live in. Like the politician who talks a lot about public education and then sends his children to private schools. Not a show-stopper, but interesting to know how public policy translates into private decisions for those we elect to lead us.