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Realtors like state's housing plan that Pleasanton opposes

Governor's bill would strip California cities of right for detailed review of developers' plans

The California Association of Realtors this week applauded a "build by right" proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown that Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and the League of California Cities oppose.

Brown's plan would allow proposed land use decisions by developers to occur without any public review or public hearings and would give city and county staffs the decision-making authority over elected city councils and county boards of supervisors.

"The governor's 'By Right Housing Proposal' pre-empts local discretionary land use approvals, eliminates opportunities for public review of projects and project-level environmental review and restricts design review," City Manager Nelson Fialho states in a report to be presented to the Pleasanton City Council tonight.

"These factors support the city taking an 'oppose' position to the governor's proposal," Fialho added.

If approved by the council, the city's opposition will be conveyed to Brown in a letter from Thorne, who also is a member of the League of California Cities.

Pleasanton's opposition, which is expected to be among similar concerns sent to the governor by many California cities and counties, comes on the heels of an endorsement of Brown's bill by the California Association of Realtors, which favors the "build by right" proposal.

"CAR recognizes the urgency of California's housing crisis and fully supports Gov. Brown's efforts to reduce development costs and improve the pace of housing production," said the organization's president Pat "Ziggy" Zicarelli.

Zicarelli added. "We encourage the Legislature to include this proposal in its final state budget."

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13 people like this
Posted by STOP GROWTH
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:27 am

OF course realtors like this. MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

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Thankfully, I won't have to say this, again, after today. Permanently save 174 acres now--YES on Measure K.


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Posted by Lynn C.
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

This proposal is outrageous. It must be stopped. Follow the money trail...Gov. Brown's pockets are surely being lined by developers and realtors on this one. Another example of the corporate control of government.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 7, 2016 at 10:43 am

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I don't know that the governor personally benefits. I don't even think this is corporate greed or control. There is an organized citizens' group fighting for cheaper housing, and with good reason. The real issue is protecting what we can legally.


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Posted by sknywench
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

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If people actually read the bill, it states a housing project must be in compliance with the City General Plan, Zoning codes, provide a minimum of 10% affordable units, and be an urban infill site. HELLOOOO? That is already required here in Pleasanton. Obviously there is a housing shortage crisis due to NIMBY-ism that the State needs to take away local control AGAIN. Face it. . . we are self-ish here in Pleasanton and oppose any new housing because it might affect our quality of affluent life, small town of 75,000 people, and over $ 1M property values for cracker-jack tract houses. No coincidence that national studies show the housing crisis is so bad that all of the millennials cant afford to live here and have to move away to Texas, Oregon, Washington, anywhere but here. If the council really cared about all of the residents, they would not oppose this housing approval streamlining legislation since we cant get the job done ourselves without years of talking about it, initiatives or referenda by really, really rich people.


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Posted by Millennial Pleasantonian
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

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Thanks to the prior poster. When I read how nasty the commentors about realtors, politicians, the chamber of commerce, and any one who drives a car other than themself, I realize how narrow minded California has become. Funny thing is that most posters have relied on a realtor to help them sell or buy a house, or criticized someone for serving in an elected office when they themselves couldnt coordinate a carpool schedule. And we all buy things or need a service, but we think business groups are greedy. Of course, everybody else cant drive on "my" street. How sad.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

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Skny, 75,000 isn't really a small town. When we first moved here in 1985, it was smaller, 30,000. And not much before that it was essentially a town of summer homes for wealthy San Franciscans. More than doubling our size in 30 years (and 75,000 doesn't include the people who will fill all the apartments, etc. already under construction) -- that's 150% growth. Smart growth is fine. Preserving permanent open space is essential. By the way, those other states are fine places to live. Don't make it sound like the ends of the earth.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

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Over the previous eight years the East Bay Parks have handed over millions of dollars towards the purchase of acreage all along the Pleasanton ridge. In a couple of years there will be a vehicle staging area where West Las Positas ends at Foothill road. There will be hiking trails, etc.


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Posted by sknywench
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

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Kathleen, you mis-understand my wicked humor. I do not think 75,000 people is a small town. Im saying let's get real and recognize the Bay Area and the State is growing in population. I am a fourth generation California and have lived here in Pleasanton as long as you too. It is natural that the growth pattern came to the Tri-Valley once the Interstate 680 and Interstate 580 were built. What we need to address is the lack of housing supply for our grown children and infill sites make sense to me. I agree with you that the hillsides should be open space (Yes on K), but at the same time, put housing where the streets, transit and shopping are already built and quit making it difficult. BTW, I love those other places. Thank god there are still some reasonably affordable, progressive cities that see the need for a mix of apartments and housing.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:43 pm

I have been here since 1968. The rest of you are illegals in my city.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm

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Sorry Skny! I'm fine with the mix. Wish all my kids and grandkids were here. As long as we don't want Costco, why not high density housing on that site?


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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Kathleen, I couldn't help reading your last comment about Costco. I don't want to necessarily change the direction, but since you brought it up, I want Costco. The last thing we need is more, more, more high density housing in that area or any other area. If it is a matter of one's child not being able to buy a home in Pleasanton, then choose another city close by. More high density housing will bring the traffic that many people argue Costco will bring, more crime, more use of the water system, and so on. Yes on Costco!


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 12, 2016 at 6:33 pm

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it is not up to you to tell me or my kids where to live. The growth is coming; the governor is going to force the issue; there is a citizen's organization suing communities to accommodate growth. So, we need to protect the land we can and put the growth nearest to transportation corridors. (BART, 580/680). As to Costco, it would be convenient, but not if the city has to borrow $20 million from Costco to do it.


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Posted by Swimmer75
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

Soooo Glad I don't live in Pleasanton/Tri-Valley Area/CA. Anymore! I am a native CA. & object to the fact that growth is rampant, traffic is horrible & pollution is everywhere!! My allergies were terrible in CA.?? Love living in Florida, despite the shooting yesterday. The air is wonderfully clean, there is no traffic, my allergies are gone and the people here are absolutely wonderful!! Hope you are all ready for more development.....it's just aweful!!!


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Posted by Longtime Resident - Looking At FL
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Swimmer75 - where did you move to in FL? My parents are in St. Augustine, I have visited many times and am investigating retiring there. My next trip is in August so I can check out the heat / humidity. I went to college in the Southeast, so I have an idea of what it is like. Please share more. Thanks.


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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

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The next time all of us are commuting over Hwy. 580 take a moment and notice the series of billboards that are talking about "stack & pack housing" and how ICLEI, ABAG (& Scott Haggerty) are contributing to the "Dublinization" of the Tri-Valley. Jerry Brown and his cohorts are simply complicate pawns in this game of social manipulation.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 14, 2016 at 4:49 pm

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Governor Brown is nobody's pawn. I'll say it again, we have to protect the land we can and plan for smart growth. It's coming anyway. Either we choose to develop wisely or we will be forced.


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