Letters: Pleasanton 2010 or Chicago 1930?Dear Editor,
The proposed Oak Grove development, which is on the ballot June 8, has been the subject of bitter debate for at least several years. Advocates of the project tout the donation to the city of open space, scaling back of the original proposal to fewer homes, and fundamental property owner's rights. Opponents object to the destruction of ridgelines and century-old oaks, 8,000- to 12,000-square-foot homes and the successful ballot measures PP and QQ, which would prevent this sort of development. Both sides decry the "misinformation" and "misleading statements" put forth by their opponents. I have clear evidence of obvious visual falsehoods put forth by the project supporters, but some statements by Oak Grove opponents might be viewed as misleading as well.
As you yourself decide how to vote, whether you support or oppose ridgeline homes, please consider this: The developers filed a civil lawsuit against the citizen who spoke up against their project. In 1930 in Chicago, Al Capone ruled that city through intimidation; pay "protection" money or have your mom-and-pop grocery firebombed. We must, as citizens of Pleasanton, send an unmistakable message to anyone coming into our city that such tactics will guarantee their defeat, regardless of the alleged merits of their proposed project. I enjoy open space, too, and I support keeping our ridgelines free of mansions; but first and foremost, I support sending a message to developers that tactics of fear and intimidation don't fly in this town. Please vote No on Measure D.