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Sports Park Lights

Original post made by Millie, Parkside, on Jun 20, 2009

What possible reason could there be for those very bright lights at the ball field being on at 2:30 AM???
They stay on most of the night.
Surely this city could find better use for it's funds than to pay to light up a baseball field in the middle of the night.
Besides they are so bright! I live pretty far back in Parkside but can still see them. I feel sorry for the people that live close.

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 20, 2009 at 8:29 am

Millie,
Found the following on the city website:

How do I report a service problem at a park?
Call 925-931-5565 to report park problems or to request service.

Web Link


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 20, 2009 at 8:32 am

Ditto the lights on the Amador Field during times when school is in session. Talk about pissin' away money we don't have right now....


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Posted by And still watering the streets
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 20, 2009 at 9:52 am

While picking up kids at Grad Night last Saturday morning at 3 am, I noted the lights on at the sports park and Hopyard had so much water on it from either overwatering or the sprinklers spraying into the street and not just on the grass.

There are lots of little leaks (pardon the pun) the city can start shoring up to save money.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

It's a little difficult to get things fixed if no one reports them.

From the city website:
"What number should I call to report excessive water use or leaks in Pleasanton?

To report leaks or excessive water use, please call the City of Pleasanton Operations Service Center at (925) 931-5500. If you spot a water main break after hours of operation, call Pleasanton Police non-emergency line at (925) 931-5100."


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Posted by Complainer
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 20, 2009 at 11:09 am

But it's so much more fun to spend 5 minutes on the PW website complaining about it online then to spend 2 minutes to call up the City and let them know.


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Posted by FYI
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

Irrigation watering for large fields requires a different method than just watering a yard. The longer you water, the deeper the water goes, therefore the trees roots can stay deeper and not disturb the surface grass. It's a good way to keep the tree roots that grow like mad, down where they belong. We'd have to tear up the fields to repair them for a reason. Also, with the pending heat in the summer and the use of the fields, the "apparent" flooding at night is the exact way you want to water. It saves $$ short and long term. Trust me, they know what they are doing.

As for the lights, they are on for safety. I run the Sports park every morning at 5AM and there is always a PDD patrol car back there. It is a very large park and needs to be kept safe - that is what the lights are for.

My one suggestion, if anyone is listening, is to put motion detector lights similar to those in University parking lots. That would serve both purposes.


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Frankly, when we can't fund our schools I think we should operate like the State Of California and look at what parks in town can be either closed or sold. That might address our education budget gap now that the parcel tax failed.

Anybody willing to give up something? Or, does everyone in town still want to believe Pleasanton exists in a bubble???


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm

for FYI -- irrigation of plants and lawns is one thing, the city is irrigating the sidewalks and streets. Maybe they think the concrete will sprout and grow. That is nonsense, they need to cut back and make the watering more accurate. As for the lights, that is an expense that we simply do not need to endure right now. If it is so unsafe for your 5 AM run then run somewhere else. The city cannot afford to continue this kind of waste.
To quote FYI -- "Trust me, they know what they are doing" -- my only comment to that is you must be drinkin the koolaid if you trust this city to be fiscally responsible.


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Posted by Millie
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I have called the city, several times, about the lights! They will fix the timers and for awhile the lights are off.
I am not talking about the lights that are on the perimeter of the park, I am talking about the huge, bright ones that light up the main baseball field!
There can be no reason that those lights need to be on at 3AM!


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Millie,
If you can't get any satisfaction from the park maintenance folks, I'd contact Nelson Fialho, the City Manager, and let him know what the problem is - both with the field and the response, if that's lacking.

You can use the city website or here's his e-mail if you need it:
<NFialho@ci.pleasanton.ca.us>


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Posted by Just this afternoon
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Jun 21, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Driving down Santa Rita near the Taco Bell, the car was HIT by water spraying off the grass being watered.

Yes, I have called about the sprinklers aiming into the stree, rather than the grass. Nothing changes.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

Then you know what? If I'd already contacted the City Manager about the problem with both the sprinklers and the response, and received no satisfaction, I'd be contacting the City Council and Mayor, in writing so there's a trail, outlining the steps I'd taken to get the problem fixed. I'd ask them why is it they can ask us to cut our water consumption by 20% when the city is wasting water by not responding to complaints and fixing the sprinkler problems. Because, even if it's not potable water, it is water.

Since water consumption is such a big issue, I'd suggest they set up a hotline on the city website for reports of broken, mis-aimed, over-watering city sprinklers so that problems can be reported and fixed quickly.

If that didn't work, then I'd write an opinion letter for the PW to get the issue and hotline suggestion in front of more than just those that read the forum. 'Cause you better believe, that after we've all cut our water consumption by 20%, and the revenue from water usage drops, we're going to be seeing a water rate hike.

But that's just me.


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Posted by Ghetto Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 6:19 am

I have contacted the city many times regarding the water running through the streets on Hopyard, Las Positas, as well as Stoneridge. What I have been told is that we live in a place where we have "micro climates" and the water is set off by how much water the medians receive.....SERIOUSLY! I can't wash my car and then drive after 9 pm on any of these streets without running through at the very least 5 patches of water rolling from the median to the gutter on the opposite side of the street. GREAT WASTE as far as I am concern.

With regards to the lights, I have noticed they are on late, and wondered why, however I am not one totally complaining about it....just shut the blinds. I have wondered why the neighbors that live in the back of the sports park have fought so hard to keep the city from installing low level lights along the walking path though.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 23, 2009 at 9:06 am

The only organization in this town with more arrogance and unwillingness to listen to reason than the PUSD is the City Council, led by Hosterman. You can call, write or show up in person with the same result -- nothing. Under her leadership and that of Nelson Fiahlo, the water runs in the gutter and the traffic from cut-throughs on First Street is at an all time high to mention only two problems. Buy we are a nuclear free zone!
Using Hosterman's own premise that all politics are local, or was that all politics are national or was that . . . . anyhow, maybe it's time to contact my Congressman to see if that might get a response from her. She is always trying to hang onto his coattails at public events, that might actually work.
Or those people who drive past the flooded streets could take a photo and email it to Gina Channel-Allen, the publisher. She seems to be big on including photos from around town in the paper so how about some photos showing the waste that this city government thinks is from some "micro climate"? Imagine if the money from that wasted water could be directed to the schools. Imagine if we had a mayor and city council that was the slightest bit responsive to the needs of the city rather than using this as a stepping stone to something higher. Well, that's for another election and another thread.
But remember, we are a nuclear free zone! Hurray for Jennifer.


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Posted by FYI
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Resident, you commented, "for FYI -- irrigation of plants and lawns is one thing, the city is irrigating the sidewalks and streets. Maybe they think the concrete will sprout and grow. That is nonsense, they need to cut back and make the watering more accurate. As for the lights, that is an expense that we simply do not need to endure right now. If it is so unsafe for your 5 AM run then run somewhere else. The city cannot afford to continue this kind of waste."

I wasn't referring to my run needing lights. I was referring to the safety required in that specific park. Let's not take it too far, but it is not difficult to imagine what could happen back in that park without lights. If the PPD patrol car I see cruising through and parking needed to get out to investigate kids or others in harms way, they could be harmed or not see someone in need of help.

This article was specifically about the Sports Park and I responded to that. I cannot speak to the other areas of town. I'm just stating the reasons the Sports Park leaves the lights on.


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