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Pleasanton hires Vallejo development director to head expanded planning group here

Original post made on Mar 12, 2008

Brian Dolan, most recently the director of development services for Vallejo, has been hired as Community Development Director for the city of Pleasanton, a new post that will merge municipal planning, building code enforcement and safety units.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, March 9, 2008, 10:46 PM

Comments (3)

Posted by MB, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:46 pm

The good:
Best wishes to Brian Dolan and to Pleasanton.

The bad:
The SF Chronicle is reporting that a lack of foresight in long term planning for tax revenue and specifically failures in the Mare Island Project was a major factor, among others, in the Vallejo's near bankruptcy status. Web Link

I'm sure the city took a careful look at the gentleman's history but reading the article does make one pause for a moment.

More Good:
Pleasanton, though, doesn't have the same planning problem as business parks were developed as an economic bloodline (tax revenue, employment, etc.) for the city.

Posted by Jack Hovingh, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 15, 2008 at 11:16 am

The City of Pleasanton has been blessed with excellent Planning Directors. Both Brian Swift and Jerry Iserson have been sucessful in formulating and carring out the concept of the City of Planned Progress as the vision of Mayor Ken Mercer and Councilpersons Frank Brandes, Bob Butler, and Karin Mohr. These giants were responsible for the City that we know today.

Brian Dolan will have some large shoes to fill.

Good luck, Mr. Dolan.

Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

I read the linked article the first poster referenced and conclude the poster is being selective in his/her interpretation of Vallejo's economic crisis. Clearly the predominant cause is public safety costs that are 74 percent of the city budget, not the planning director failing to plan. Add to this that the city manager alone pulls down $314,000. On the revenue side the article makes a deal about Vallejo being largely residential and has not developed the commercial tax base that it could have done since Mare Island closed. But we all know that reasons for failing to develop commercially is a political failing, a failing to support and execute plans, not a planning director's failing to plan. To suggest that Vallejo did not develop its commercial tax base because it was the planning director's fault sounds ludicrous. It was politics and NIMBYism - we all know that. Look at threads in this publication saying I don't want another BART station. And I don't want Staples Ranch developed, etc.

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