Council OKs homes atop Kottinger Hills--Again!
Original post made
on Oct 3, 2007
Ending four years of community meetings, public hearings and countless land use, geotechnical and architectural studies, the City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to allow the construction of 51 super-large estate homes in the Kottinger Hills in exchange for the gift of nearly 500 acres of public open space, hiking and equestrian trails and other amenities.
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posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 5:47 PM
Posted by Tom
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 4, 2007 at 4:10 pm
I agree with some of Frank's comments, especially some of those concerning the Lin family.
And what do you know? Somebody in the press (Jeb Bing) FINALLY decides to disclose that the Lins "live elsewhere, but are major property owners and developers throughout the region." That's rarely mentioned in news articles involving them--typically just their names are listed and that's it.
Do you know where they live? I do. Taiwan. Ask Marty Inderbitzen, their attorney. He'll confirm if you ask him, but he never readily offers that fact up. Gee, I wonder why?
Pretty sad that the Lins never make, nor have, at least that I'm aware of, any effort to appear in person to speak with or meet anyone themselves. Attorney Marty Inderbitzen, who lives on the top of Casterson Ct. in Kottinger Ranch, btw, and won't be bothered much by the traffic issues involving Hearst Drive, and James Tong, a long-time local property developer, are the Lins' spokespersons. We never hear directly from the Lins.
The Lins won't be bothered or affected by any of the development they've created in the past, present, or future, either.
I should point out that I don't live in Kottinger Ranch. I'm just tired of the Lins and their continuing influence on the Tri-Valley in general. Their grand development plans never seem to end.
I think it would be interesting, and beneficial to Pleasantonians, if Mr. Bing and/or some other members of the local press would embark on a series of investigative reports on the Lin family, when they acquired all of their property, where their former landholdings in the Tri-Valley are, how they have been developed, what holdings do they still have, what are they proposing to develop on them, and when will they and Messrs. Inderbitzen and Tong be done, in essence, having a huge hand in the development of the Tri-Valley.
Indeed, to repeat Frank's comments, be aware that the Lin family has owned large tracts of land in the Tri-Valley for a long, long time-- and they still own more that has yet to be developed.
Frank's comments regarding the Lins and Dublin are spot-on. Now Mr. Inderbitzen and the Lins are trying to convince Dublin to build 4 high-rises on undeveloped land in Dublin they still own. That's right, skyscrapers anywhere from 16 to 21 stories tall. Is that what you want to see in the Tri-Valley? Not me. Unfortunately, Dublin's Mayor, Janet Lockhart, has yet to see a development she didn't like. Only saving grace is she's termed out after next year, so maybe Dublin will elect a 'slow growth' mayor, but looking at their out of control and poorly planned growth over just the past 5 years (see Hacienda Crossings and Dublin Ranch), I doubt it.
Frank's wrong about one thing, though. The Lins certainly haven't rolled over. They've won--just like they have for almost 30 years. They'll make hundreds of millions of dollars more off of the sale of the lots and homes in Oak Grove, and Messrs. Inderbitzen and Tong will continue to line their pockets with the most assuredly big fees they are happily paid from the Lins.
There's nary a new development built in the Tri-Valley in the past three decades (and counting) that the Lin family hasn't had their hands in.
Maybe they'll share some of their riches with their Taiwanese neighbors, the majority of whom assuredly aren't nearly as rich as they and Messrs. Inderbitzen and Tong have become at our expense.
They all have contributed to the mayor's and select council members' campaign coffers, too, btw.
Something else to think about.