Councilman Thorne blasts 'elitists' over efforts to block Staples Ranch, Stoneridge Drive projects
Original post made on Jul 11, 2007
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on Jul 11, 2007 at 6:40 pm
In typical republican form, Thorne resorts to name calling with the classic "elitist" word. I guess if you oppose suburban sprawl, that makes you an elitist. I guess if you care about good city planning and the environment, instead of simply "tax revenue for the city", that makes you an elitist. When you consider the cost of suburban sprawl (traffic, pollution, bad health, bad quality of life, etc.) the immediate gratification of tax revenue isn't so grand. The "tax revenue" lovers seem to completely lack a sense of what makes a good built environment and also show almost no foresight into the potential impacts such development bring about. Gee, why don't we build 12 Walmarts in Pleasanton, they bring revenue! It is also comforting to know that a sprawl loving republican Scott Haggerty is playing a role in this.
on Jul 11, 2007 at 6:47 pm
Elitists? Has Thorne been watching too much Fox News?
on Jul 11, 2007 at 6:52 pm
Ray, what part of 'Pleasanton doesn't own that land' don't you get? Alameda County owns it. Alameda County is going to sell it. The only question is which City will be allowed to annex it. If the short-sighted NIMBY's in the Stoneridge neighborhood convince Alameda County to look elsewhere for a city who will allow the County to make the money they want to, how will that help you 'oppose sprawl?' You'll have the development, minus the parks, of course, and Livermore or Dublin will get the tax revenue. Can you say 'goodbye Pleasanton Library?'