Quick City Council action gives Clorox OK to move to new Pleasanton campus

Former WaMu five-building center will now house six buildings, 1,100 Clorox employees

It may have been one of the fastest land use approvals ever in a city known for its methodical, sometimes painstakingly-long reviews of new developments, but Clorox was officially welcomed here as the city's newest major corporation Tuesday night by an enthusiastic City Council in a 5-0 vote that said come ahead.

"It's no doubt a sign of these tough economic times," said Councilman Jerry Thorne at the end of the less-than-one-hour discussion.

The council's swift approval, with only one public comment and no opposition, followed a similarly-quick approval of the same Planned Unit Development (PUD) measure just two weeks ago by the city's Planning Commission, again in a 5-0 vote with few questions or comments by commissioners.

Of course, Clorox, which has been headquartered in Oakland for years, is not new to Pleasanton. It has a technical center on Johnson Drive, which will be sold when Clorox moves at least 700 employees here onto a five-building corporate campus near Stoneridge Drive and Hopyard Road. Clorox is acquiring the now-vacant site from Washington Mutual Bank. The 400 employees now at the Johnson Drive research center also will move to the new campus.


Tuesday night's City Council approval was required because Clorox plans to build a sixth building on the site, a 65,000-square-foot two-story structure that, while large, will house only 40 employees to work on special projects. With high ceilings, the building will be just under 40 feet tall with a cooling tower and other rooftop equipment camouflaged behind screening that could go just beyond 50 feet in height.

The campus complex is at 4900-5040 Johnson Drive and adjacent to Thoratec and Hitachi, other research and development companies. At one time, more than 3,000 employees worked on the site when it was used by former owner Providian as a credit card call center.

"We're happy to be your new home," Mayor Jennifer Hosterman said to the lone Clorox representative who attended the meeting.

The council then moved on to other business, which included:

Receiving a report from City Attorney Jonathan Lowell that the first hearing in a court case involving Oak Grove developers Frederic and Jennifer Lin and the city of Pleasanton has been delayed until mid-November to give Pleasanton's outside counsel time to be briefed on the litigation.

Heard an update on the city's climate action plan that includes a city-sponsored Community Green Fair on Oct. 21 and a Climate Action Plan workshop on Oct. 27.

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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Doing the right things to attract business to town is why Pleasanton succeeds on a microeconomic level. Nearby towns such as Oakland, Hayward and San Leandro are business unfriendly - harassing businesses with unnecessary taxes and tax assessment districts, and actively discouraging office parks and white collar jobs. Pleasanton works hard to welcome these businesses. The businesses in turn provide high-paying white collar jobs, which in turn attracts more college educated professionals to town - people whom are active in the public school system which is one of the reasons it's one of the best in California, if not the entire US.

Unfortunately a lot of liberal politicans don't understand the simple economic principles of success. Thank goodness Pleasanton sure does.

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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Great job city council!

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Really? We're patting our city council on the back for allowing Clorox to move a few blocks???

I guess its a good thing that they didn't drive Clorox out of town, maybe we should pat them on the back for that. (Clorox is a great company and we should encourage them to stay)

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I think you missed a detail. We're patting our Council on the back for allowing Clorox to move a few blocks _and_ a few miles. They're consolidating operations from Oakland and Pleasanton to Pleasanton. Web Link

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Posted by ptownfreckle
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

Bravo to the city Council for acting in a quick and efficient manner to bring more jobs to Pleasanton!

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I agree that those who don't have the facts understood shouldn't dismiss the spin of the original post. In addition to the 400 workers coming over from Johnson Drive in Pleasanton we will gain 700 workers that will transfer over from their Oakland headquarters. The City of Pleasanton staff and City Council should be complimented on their quick action bringing this needed extra tax revenue to our town.

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