Major Pleasanton developer wants school district to halt tonight's expected approval of half-billion-dollar facilities plan Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jan 29, 2013 at 9:29 am
The developer of a multi-million-dollar apartment complex in Hacienda Business Park criticized the Pleasanton school board last night for moving forward on a half-billion-dollar facilities upgrade and new building plan without sharing that information with builders.
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Posted by Elizabeth, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:10 am
It would be nice to know where the other 73 acres are. Sounds like the developer slipped on this one....the facilities plan has been talked about for months. Why didn't the developer have someone talking to the school district in Nov.? I don't see it as PUSD's fault, as the new building expansion was discussed in forming the plan.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:58 am Kathleen Ruegsegger is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Elizabeth, have you looked at the plan? Have you seen the price tag? More important, the funding sources, such as selling Neal and using the Sycamore fund, are IMO shortsighted. If the community was truly aware, I think you'd see a lot more concern--for instance, from Ruby Hill residents.
The developer's issues are low on the list when you look at everything being proposed.
Posted by lessismore, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm
The death of our school as we know them to day!
Many of you are going call me names!
All of this high density housing will change our schools for the worst. Yes our school have problems. But we do not see the violence in our school that other school do in the area. We enjoy off the chart test scores at all off our schools. Said good by. It fun how the people who push for the high density housing do not have kids.
Yes there will be many hard work families move in to the high density housing trying to make a better life but there will be many we will not our kids becoming friends with.
So some of you tell me I do not know what I'm talking about. Take the Mall. Stop and talk to a few of the shop owner. Or ask why some are moving out of the Mall. Yes the new Bart station has had and impact.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm
It is indeed ironically fitting that you should be concerned about the quality of our public schools. As for the children who attend them, why not give them a chance to do their best instead of judging them before they start by a preconceived notion of their parents?
Sure, we might produce some problems down the road, but I'm also betting we'll see some real success stories - maybe just about like everywhere else.
Posted by lessismore, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Mike, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood
Yes there will be a few success!
But our schools will change in many ways and not for the good.
Mike do you have kids in PUSD?
Or are you just one of the many who will tell the parents of current students do not worry nothings going to change. It will change.
If you thing adding the number of low income units to the city of Pleasaton that are going to be add and we will not see and increase in crime and other unwanted actives you are a fool.
As I said before there will be many hard working family's who will move in because they want a better life for there kids. But there will also be a number of problems move in at the same time that will impact or city.
Posted by Diversify School Scores, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 30, 2013 at 11:37 am
Large numbers of "affordable" and government subsidized housing units are needed to diversify Pleasanton's stratospheric school scores. These test scores are not representative of the diverse population in the Bay Area. Furthermore, the strong correlation between housing prices and school test scores will bring about an overall lowering of prices on dwellings as the test scores become diversified to a more proper level. Dropping house prices will in turn help to make Pleasanton more affordable to those who are currently shut out. All of this is consistent with the wishes of residents who have become increasing "progressive" in their recent voting trends.
Posted by Elizabeth, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Kathleen, I wasn't saying I agree with the facilities plan, in fact I think it was a big waste of money and time at this point. what I was responding to was the accusation that it was the district's fault that the developer hadn't had the time to review or have input on it.
Posted by Jill, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm
While the developer wants the district to halt the plan until they hear from the developer, I think it can go the other way around. The developer should be halted until the facility plan is completed. We need to know what the real impacts from the new development will be and make sure that new development pays the total cost of their impact to the community.
The current residents should not be told to subsidize the new housing going in. The State wants the subsidized housing so the State should be coming up with the funds to implement it.