Editorial Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Sep 12, 2008 at 9:57 am
There were smiles all around last week after the City Council approved in a 5-0 vote the basic terms for a ground lease for an ice rink on Staples Ranch. After two years of public hearings and negotiations, it looked as if all the marbles were finally in place for a multi-million-dollar development of the vacant 126-acre parcel that will include a new auto row planned by Hendrick Automotive, a 600-800-unit adult and senior care complex to be built and operated by Continuing Life Communities, a 16-20 store retail center and the ice rink, a proposal by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks. Missing in the master plan being drafted with these commercial, housing and recreational amenities, however, is an extension of Stoneridge Drive from its current eastern barrier at Trevor Road through Staples to connect to El Charro Road and Livermore. Without Stoneridge, the Pleasanton Weekly has learned, the Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) has indicated that it will not allow Pleasanton to annex Staples. The planned developments could still move forward, but with Staples either annexed into Livermore, which is waiting in the wings, or as part of Alameda County, which owns the land.
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Posted by Matt Sullivan, Pleasanton City Council, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2008 at 9:57 am
I am writing in response to your editorial of September 12th entitled “Build Staples or lose Stoneridge”. The fact that this was an opinion piece doesn’t relieve the Weekly from its responsibility for getting the facts straight. You state that “about all” of the Council has agreed to keep the right-of-way intact for a future Stoneridge extension and that I have “not changed my mind” about opposing the extension. The fact is the Council has unanimously adopted the current city policy of leaving the Stoneridge Extension in the General Plan and to work with our neighboring jurisdictions to develop a “roadmap” of necessary regional transportation improvements, timing, and funding sources before the extension is completed. Both the regional and our own General Plan traffic studies indicate that if Stoneridge is extended before key regional improvements are made no relief will be provided to our city congestion. In fact, the opposite will occur as commuters from a gridlocked freeway system will stream into Pleasanton looking for relief. I have been a leader on the Council in forging this compromise policy, working with proponents of the extension and the affected neighborhoods. This compromise is the most sensible approach to achieve local and regional traffic solutions to help our neighbors as well as ourselves, maintains Pleasanton’s local control of our land-use decisions despite outside pressure, and puts us in a good position to advocate for projects that will truly benefit Pleasanton, such as widening Highway 84 over Pigeon Pass. This is the kind of responsible leadership we need on the City Council.
Posted by Grow Old Waiting, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm
Time for silliness to stop. Time for employees to have shortest route to Hacienda jobs. Cost of gas & pollution makes it criminal for these several electeds to put their individual opinions ahead of the good of the people and the wishes of all Pleasantonians.
Stoneridge extension is so needed NOW, I say play hardball either start it now with final county deal or let Staples forever be blocked. Anybody who wants it better be vocal NOW or forever do WITHOUT the rinks and arenas you profess to want. The two gameplayer / dictators on the council, will block so that it will never happen. SO act / vote now or forever hold your tongue. Mayor is a problem.. need other candidates. I say block Staples forever as