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Is a locally filled initiative newsworthy?

Original post made by Steve Brozosky on Oct 24, 2007

I find it interesting that a citizens initiative was filed in the City of Pleasanton last Tuesday called "Save Pleasanton's Hills & Housing Cap" but there has been no mention of this in the Pleasanton Weekly (online or printed). The initiative was filled by former City Councilwoman Kay Ayala and resident Karla Brown. It has been published in The Independent (last Thusday) as well as the Valley Times and the Tri-Valley Herald. In fact, both the Valley Times and the Tri-Valley Herald have already endorsed the initiative saying the "hill ordinance too long delayed." No matter what your opinion is on the initiative, I would think this is newsworthy and I am surprised that a paper that exclusively covers Pleasanton has not even mentioned it. The initiative can be found online at: Web Link


Posted by Janet Pelletier, assistant editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 25, 2007 at 10:43 am

Steve, there will be a story about the initiative online and in the paper tomorrow (Friday).

Posted by Kay Ayala, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 25, 2007 at 12:37 pm

I have left five messages for Jeb Bing and two for the president of the newspaper. I have had no return telephone calls. I would have very much appreciated sharing that the intent of the Initiative is to protect scenic hills from development, to direct development away from lands with environmentally sensitive features or with primary open space values, and to make the Pleasanton General Plan definition of a housing unit consistent with federal and state definitions.
Please call me if you would like to help.
Kay Ayala 462-5446
One of three who filed the Initiative

Posted by Steve Brozosky, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 25, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Interesting that those who filed the initiative were not contacted nor were discussions made with them but there is already a story that has been written that will be in print tomorrow. Janet, I will be interested in seeing the article where the proponents of the initiative were not even contacted.

Posted by Steve Brozosky, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 25, 2007 at 4:44 pm

I see the article on the initiative just went on the online version while I was writing the last post. The article is incorrect in its assertion on the housing cap. A quick discussion with the proponents would have cleared this up. The initiative clarifies a housing unit in the City of Pleasanton to be consistent with how the State and the Federal Government counts a housing unit. I think most people thought Pleasanton was counting homes the same as the State government since the State government is trying to dictate how many we build. With the City not counting some types of units at their discretion, they are probably allowing more mansions to be built rather then "affordable" units anyway.

Posted by Member, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 26, 2007 at 10:13 am

I say we build 100 "Affordable/low income" housing units around Steve's place!!! Why don't you endorse that Steve if you are so concerned about the city "allowing" mansions to be built!!

Posted by Steve Brozosky, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 26, 2007 at 11:28 am

Hum, I sense some misdirected hostility from somebody who calls themselves "Member" :-)

Posted by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Oct 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

With regard to Steve Brozosky's criticisms, let me point out that I did talk to Ms. Ayala the day after she filed the initiative petition, but awaited the City Attorney's review and preparation of the language to be used in obtaining signatures to post the story, which we did immediately after his certification.

Posted by Tired of Steve B, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2007 at 9:53 am

Hey Steve B.

Enough already. Let people do their job. If you win next time then it will be your turn. Until then give us all a break.