Original post made on Sep 12, 2008
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 12, 2008, 12:00 AM
on Sep 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm
Your 'cover story' is more of an op ed, rather than a news story on Mayor Lockhart's impending end to her tenure as Dublin's mayor.
While I admire and respect the elaboration on the personal tragedies and struggles she and her family has endured, the decisions she and her City Councilmembers have made over the years have arguably helped promote the ugly, non-stop development of the Tri-Valley. In other words, not everyone's a fan of what she has done over the years.
What's occurred in Dublin is anything but "smart growth", and Dublin certainly doesn't look like a "small town" anymore--just another very poorly designed and planned suburban sprawl-type city. In a word, it's ugly.
East Dublin is awful. Sprawl, high-rise apartment buildings, poorly designed housing tracts, and a very poorly designed shopping center in Hacienda Crossings that attracts lots of crime on a regular basis.
She got one thing right, though. Pleasanton definitely doesn't look like Dublin, thank goodness.
The only folks that are really going to miss her are the developers, who've been feeding at the trough for years. Maybe Dublin will finally become a city that no longer represents a city that never saw a development proposal that they DIDN'T like.
One can only hope.
In conclusion, please, Jeb, save your editorials for the editorial page, instead of trying to pass off to readers as 'news', i.e., statement of facts. This cover story clearly isn't.
on Sep 14, 2008 at 10:31 am
I would have to agree. While growth is inevitable, when properly planned, it should not impact the community in a negative way, as 'East' Dublin has been planned. Sure, the tax dollars are good for Dublin, but at what cost to Dublin and the surrounding residents through gridlock traffic, crime, and building city type housing that assumes very few people have or drive a car. To call it 'smart planning' is quite frankly absurd and a joke.
on Sep 14, 2008 at 11:21 am
I hate that you have rewritten history with this story.
When Pico and Kamena met with Dublin it was to beg them not to over build. They warned of the ascetic, crime, and traffic consequences. Dublin said that Pleasanton and Livermore were just jealous of the tax revenue.
PW Friday, September 5, 2008,
"In consecutive years, the eastbound and westbound portions of 580 from Pleasanton to Livermore have ranked in the top four most congested roadways in the Bay Area."Web Link
We are all living with the consequences of Dublin's (Housten and Lockhart) greed!!!!!