California cities are watching closely the outcome of the legal battle in Alameda County Superior Court over a referendum effort affecting the development of Oak Grove. A tentative ruling by Judge Frank Roesch has already stirred interest from those on both sides of the public initiative process because of his extremely conservative view of the California Code of Civil Procedure. If the tentative ruling stands, developer Jennifer Lin and her brother Frederic will have all the permits and approvals they need to develop 51 large custom home sites on 77 acres they own atop Hearst Drive in Kottinger Ranch. As part of their agreement with the Pleasanton City Council, they also have promised to turn over the remaining 496 acres of adjacent hilltop and wooded land that they own to the city of Pleasanton for perpetual use as open space and a public park. Pleasanton plans to create hiking trails, equestrian paths and a park area with picnic tables, lavatory facilities and parking. The acreage, the largest land grant ever given to the municipal government, also is being considered as a model open space parcel that other southeast side developers will be encouraged to duplicate when their land parcels are developed.
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