At long last, the City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss if the city of Pleasanton and its taxpayers should pay the cost of appealing a Superior Court decision that, in effect, supported the council's decision on Oak Grove. Oak Grove is the proposed 51-luxury-home development proposed for a 600-acre site atop Kottinger Ranch and Vintage Hills, where the developer also has agreed to turn over 496 acres to the city of Pleasanton for hiking, equestrian trails and a nature park. Following the council's 4-1 vote last November to allow Oak Grove to proceed, a citizens' coalition--Save Pleasanton's Hills--organized and led by former Councilwoman Kay Ayala, spent the next 30 days collecting signatures on petitions seeking to force a referendum to overturn the council's action. The Alameda County Registrar's office later affirmed that the group had collected more than the 3,700 signatures needed from registered Pleasanton voters, as required by law. However, the Oak Grove developers, Jennifer Lin and her brother Frederic, filed a suit through their attorneys to block certification of the voter petitions on grounds that they were improperly obtained. Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch agreed and, in a decision rendered last Feb. 22, ruled against Ayala, thus allowing the council's decision to stand. It's that decision that Ayala and Save Pleasanton's Hills are appealing before the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
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