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CNN Money: Pleasanton Named Top 100 Best Cities To Live

Original post made by Proud and Staying Positive on Jul 12, 2010

Yay, Pleasanton!
Just don't read the negative blogs that permeate the boards here that put a sour taste to the feel of the town.

It's refreshing for once to read lots of positive comments from users about Pleasanton on CNN.

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Posted by misplaced conservative anger, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

We have one of the top 50 public golf courses in the US, a great school district, and now we are named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live!!!!

I've had it!!!! I'm outraged!! I blame Obama for this!!! We need more conservatives running this town so we can be more like Tracy, CA or some other backwards Central Valley town!

Posted by Stuck in I mean Pleasanton, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jul 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Whoever selected Pleasanton never lived here.

Posted by where am i, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I look at out my backyard as a huge turkey and her small child nip at the grass, the bluejays splash in the birdbath, the crows squawk like the dickens, the squirrels wrestle with each other and my tomatoes grow by the bushel. Now if I could only get rid of my self-righteous next door neighbor and find an extra $250,000 a year I think I would consider myself in heaven ... congrats to Pleasanton!

Posted by Ryan, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

As someone who lived near far more crowded, and expensive parts of the bay area: I just don't get how some folks just don't realize how good we have it in P-town. This is the *only* city I've ever known that basically has *no* bad neighborhoods (I grew up in Stockton, so don't argue with me on this point), lots of beautiful trees (including redwoods), convenient access to all one's needs for shopping and such, many parks, and a subway-line leading directly towards a world-renowned urban center in under an hour.

And yes, it may be pricey to buy a home here: But, there are many reasons why (including those listed above) -- especially considering that the housing "bubble" has already "popped".

Posted by PeanutGallery, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm

misplaced conservative anger

So by your logic, conservatives are the reason why Pleasanton beat out every other City in Northern California on the rankings? That's interesting: considering this is quite possibly the most conservative city in the Bay Area. And once again, no other city in the Bay Area made the list. And the other two California cities that ranked higher than Pleasanton are both in Orange County.

Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

M. is a registered user.

I do believe that "misplaced conservative anger" was being facetious.

Posted by PeanutGallery, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

hmm, perhaps he was being facetious.

At any rate. It's cool to see that this city have a central online forum for us all to share out ideas. It's something I haven't seen in the other places I've lived (including Silicon Valley).

Posted by Beth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

While Pleasanton is indeed a nice place, I feel that articles like this one are tantamount to describing the wonderful accommodations of the titanic just prior to it sinking.

The more important issue is whether we can save America from collapse as a result of this current Administration's policies and leadership.

Posted by Ryan, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm


I agree, there is a lot to be concerned about, when it comes to our nation's leadership. But rest assured, that leadership (at the Federal level) will change in a few years: there is just no way that the status quo can be sustained. And at the state level: we are going to see some more dramatic change take place *much* sooner.

Stay vigilant but keep optimistic ...

Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2010 at 1:18 am

According to the article, Pleasanton is only a hour away from Monterey now - not almost 2 hours. I have to find this new route!

Posted by Cathy, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

I am glad Money Magazine recognized the great city that we live in. Did we spend our selves into debt? I think our City Admistration needs to keep tabs on their spending. Great Editorial in the Times about local governments that spend like the good ole days, but income is coming in like 2010, and not bound to improve in the future. Can we sustain this city and its bloated budget, high paid officals with golden benefits with our tax base still dropping? Will things like spending on special elections and the mostly undeveloped Bernal park, have a place in 2011? I am concerned that some serious belt tightening must be on the horizon for us and a drop to the top 1000 is around the corner.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

Not sure how they get their data. In the magazine it says our sales tax rate is 8.25% and our high temperature in July is 75.8. I wonder how good the other data is.

Posted by Apples, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

I've lived here for 25 years. Lovely place to raise a family, schools are good and it has a good community feel. However, we need to spruce up the downtown. Have you been to Llivermore lately?

However, the best part about this town are the parks! If we only had water somewhere, a lake, fountain, something!

Posted by Tim, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:03 am

Apples: Lakes? How about our "Chain of Lakes"? That was the description a realty person used speaking at a luncheon I attended recently. It took awhile to realize he was talking about the quarries that are supposed to be connected to Shadow Cliffs.

Chain of Lakes surely sounds better than a "string of quarries".

Posted by Jim, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:58 am

Top 100 sounds better than bottom 100. Happy to live here.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jul 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

Apples -- You are absolutely right! Our city planners are really stuck in a rut. We need to improve our downtown with family/teenager priced restaurants and snack establishments. My family never eats downtown because I hate paying $25 per plate. We also need entertainment in downtown, and a band in the park doesn't cut it.

Where do people go for nightlife in Pleasanton? Livermore.

Posted by bj, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

No suprise here. I have lived all over the country and this is by far the best place I have ever lived. I have been in the tri-valley on-and-off since 1964 and think that Pleasanton has done a spectacular job of balancing growth, history, and a family community. Worth the home price and commute for me every day.

Congrats P-Town!

Posted by Barbara, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I always wanted to live in Pleasanton because it was so much more "upscale" than Livermore. Now, I never go to Pleasanton to eat or for entertainment. We have it all right here!!

Posted by Jen, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I agree that downtown needs help. It needs a nightlife, more parking, and a few stores that will get people walking on Main more regularly (Whole Foods would be great where Domus used to be!)

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