LettersStaples Ranch delays
The lead article, "More Delays for Staples Ranch," for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Business Connection insert in the July 2 Pleasanton Weekly succinctly summarized the frustrating situation in which hundreds of local seniors now find themselves. None of us could have foreseen that five years after Continuing Life Communities (CLC) indicated to the city of Pleasanton that it wanted to build a world-class lifecare community on the Staples Ranch site, we would still be on hold.
Stoneridge Creek, the CLC's beautifully constructed and landscaped retirement village, with villas, garden terrace residences and apartments for independent living, plus state-of-the-art assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, is still waiting for City Council approval of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for Staples Ranch. Hundreds of seniors have made financial commitments to move into Stoneridge Creek when it is completed. As the Chamber's article says, "The frustration among supporters of the very popular CLC project was palpable" when the City Council in June postponed the public hearing for approval of the SEIR until Aug. 24.
The ongoing delays imposed by special interest groups on the development of Staples Ranch not only threatens the city with the loss of a beautiful retirement facility, they also deny the city's seniors the right to choose where to live their remaining years.