What is it that county officials don't understand about the word Recession? Despite layoffs, corporate downsizing and looming program cuts because of a $41-billion state budget deficit, Alameda County is moving forward with a $15.5-million plan to "beautify" and improve a short stretch of Stanley Boulevard between Pleasanton and Livermore. While the roadway could use some work, now's not the time. Even if the county is flush with funds, the perception of a multi-million-dollar tree-planting effort sends the wrong message to taxpayers who are already being asked to dig a little deeper to bail out local school districts, including Pleasanton's, and the state in its budget crisis. Hearing about the county's beautification plans for Stanley, Timothy T. wrote on the Pleasanton Weekly's Town Square Forum last Thursday: "I'd like the county of Alameda to send a letter to every child in our school district apologizing for not being able to get the supplies and teachers they need because they really wanted to underground some cables on Stanley in case someone who shouldn't be driving veers off the road."
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