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Editorial: Share your thoughts on city priorities

 

Pleasanton city officials are working to draft their recommended list of city priorities for the next two years, and now is the time to offer your input to city leaders during this important planning process.

Ultimately to be approved by the City Council, likely by the end of March, the city's newest work plan will guide the council's and city administrators' decision-making during 2019 and 2020, especially for how to allocate city resources (financial and staffing-wise) toward achieving those key objectives.

The list typically includes local construction projects large and small, key policy goals with short- and long-term impacts, and regional priorities.

The ongoing 2017-2018 work plan featured 90 council priorities -- and under half of those were carried over from the prior two-year plan.

Expect more of the same this time around, with dozens of previous priorities likely to appear on the 2019-2020 work plan.

But there will be plenty of discussion over potential new priorities as well. That's where public feedback will be vital.

Should the city prioritize the East Pleasanton Specific Plan? What strategies can the city implement to address housing affordability or local homelessness? What city streets should be eyed for key renovations? What about Sunol Boulevard or Stoneridge Drive freeway interchange improvements? Downtown? Civic Center relocation? The Spotorno property? Valley Link? Public safety?

Those are the types of questions city leaders are considering when it comes to developing their priority list.

City staff is meeting this month with each of the commissions and committees to find out what priorities they want to recommend to the council. Each of those is a public meeting, with resident feedback welcome -- the series continues with Youth Commission on Wednesday and Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday, and then five more meetings the next two weeks.

We also encourage you to reach out to the council members with your thoughts, via email at citycouncil@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

They are tentatively scheduled to hold their biennial priority-setting workshop on March 12, during which they will debate the draft project list generated by city staff, commissions and committees and hear live input from residents and other stakeholders on other possible initiatives.

Final approval of the work plan is currently scheduled to follow at the March 19 regular council meeting.

To make the cut, a project or initiative needs support from at least three council members. Make sure they hear your voice before deciding.

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11 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 7, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Number one priority is to build the Costco.
Once the Costco is built, everything else will trickle down.


6 people like this
Posted by erryja
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Feb 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm

I think a critical area for planning should be focused on better traffic management. Now that Foothill Rd has become an escape route for the tremendous 2-year growth (new housing) in Dublin, Pleasanton is stuck in the middle and can't mix without better traffic management.
I'm sure it will grow when Costco and other major places open in our fine little city.
Seems very hard to go anywhere in Pleasanton without being impacted by the Fairgrounds or other sister cities trying to cut through the 580/680 debacle.


4 people like this
Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 8, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Find purchase land for schools! This can happen after building Pleasanton Costco!


8 people like this
Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 11, 2019 at 9:29 am

Fifty Years Here is a registered user.

"Share your thoughts on City priorities?"
Prediction: They'll hold meetings and workshops and form committees and the outcome will be that the people of Pleasanton really want a $240,000,000 Civic Center on the Bernal Property and they want the current City Hall redeveloped into Shangrila.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 11, 2019 at 9:47 am

David is a registered user.

Start pressuring elected officials, including State and Fed reps to PRIORITIZE I580/I680 interchange to improve the I580 west to I680 southbound lane. How absurd all the taxpayer money was spent to widen I580 only to have it reduce to ONE lane going to San Jose. No wonder Pleasanton streets are affected during commutes and plans for I84 from Livermore to Sunol will not come close to solving it. When the Oakland Port put its freight yard in Tracy, one or two I580 lanes are taken up by Hugh trucks.


3 people like this
Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

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Relieve parking at BART Dublin-Pleasanton station. Pleasanton owns a share in LAVTA (Wheels) and Valley Link rail. Seek to have local ownership to BART properties at the once-planned BART Isabel station site. Enlarge Park/Ride there. (DKS in ACTC study estimated cost to make it 500 spaces on vacant BART-owned land at $3,560,000).

Move to have LAVTA run freeway express bus from there to BART connecting with every train in or out.


2 people like this
Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 11, 2019 at 12:05 pm

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Tried to correct DKS cost estimate. It is $3,256,000.
Robert S. Allen


10 people like this
Posted by Matt Sullivan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 12, 2019 at 8:50 am

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Michael A,

Trickle down economics did not work in the time of Reagan and it won't work today with Costco. The opposite has happened with vast income and wealth inequality and the "trickle up" to the 1% at the expense of the rest of us.

Costco will have the same trickle up affect: $20 million in taxpayer subsidies and sales lost from local business leaving the community straight to their corporate HQ in Washington state. These are the facts that the city and Costco don't want you to know.

You may love their $1.50 hot dogs, but its a high price to pay for the community as a whole.


2 people like this
Posted by mm
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 12, 2019 at 9:49 am

#1 priority should be increasing our water supply to support current and future growth needs. Need to allocate/purchase land & resources for this before all the land options are off the table due to development.

"Patriot" the city along with the state already own undeveloped land reserved for education. Problem is the land is not in the areas of high density growth nor will it likely be in our lifetimes since in the vineyard area. I am sure worth a pretty penny. City needs to sell that and purchase land where needed rather than bill property owners for more school bonds. And good luck to them trying to find any open space now in the areas the schools are needed.


4 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm

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@mm,

Do you have any information indicating that there is a problem with the water supply for Pleasanton?


7 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 12, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Tired of driving to livermore Costco when I could be shopping at a Costco in my own hometown, and leaving my tax dollars here, still shop and support our local stores retail and restaurants and every local gas station except for Shell Oil because I refuse to be ripped off by a company overcharging for every gallon of gas as compared to other local gas companies


2 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 12, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Trickle down economics from a Costco build is not about capital gains or dividends.

Costco build trickle down is about creating jobs, jobs with wages that suport families, providing family health care for employees, jobs with wages that increase spending creating more jobs.

Costco build is about adding to the tax revenue for the city of Pleasanton, tax revenue that will help to finace city priorities, which this article is all about.



8 people like this
Posted by Isabel F.M.
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 13, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Fairly simple.

NO MORE STACK & PACK HIGH DENSITY HOUSING!

One look to what has become of the landscape of Dublin should leave no doubt in anyone's mind. We don't want to mirror that atrocity.


7 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm

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Give it a rest Mr Sullivan!!!!!!! CostCo will be built and the community will rejoice. Even the opponents will eventually be seen shopping there and sheepishly enjoying their hot dog. By the way, what’s wrong with reducing our carbon footprint by not driving to San Ramon or Livermore.


2 people like this
Posted by Skip Webb
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 15, 2019 at 8:11 am

Sorry David; (removed) they can’t get in your car and drive 4 miles to go to Costco, so now we will have one in Pleasanton, and the traffic getting in and out of there will be a nightmare...I hope you enjoy sitting in traffic while you’re stuffing your yap with 1.50 hotdogs and chocolate Frosties


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2019 at 9:15 am

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@Skip Webb,

So you want to drive a longer distance to get your hot dogs and frosties and that's good for the community somehow?


2 people like this
Posted by To Mr. Austin
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 15, 2019 at 10:54 am

Check your receipt again, most people buy FOOD at Costco and most FOOD is not taxable. The $21M in road improvements fro Costco and 2 hotels (that our residents won't ever stay in) will not off-set the tax revenue- if ever. The increase in police presence for the parking lots alone due to auto break-ins near the freeway, will be another cost the residents will need to pay for. I guess if Costco paid for the road improvements, I might be okay with it, but that is not the deal struck with the city.

Personally, I try to support local small businesses if I can.

I just don't see the need. Pleasanton has 2 Safeway stores, 1 Lucky's store, 1 Walmart Neighborhood store, and food, sporting goods, jewelry, books, etc. sold at many other locations. A short 15 minute drive to 2 different Costco stores is good enough for me.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2019 at 11:28 am

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@"To...",

You are forgetting gas.


6 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm

All those people buying food stuff are also buying electronics, appliances, furniture, jewelry, health care products, such as eye glassed, contact lenses, prescription drugs and last but not least they are buying gasoline, all of which are heavily taxed ten percent or more for each purchase.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 15, 2019 at 3:01 pm

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Dear Skip Webb, I guess as a snotty Castlewood resident you think everyone else is lazy and stupid if they don’t agree with with you. You obviously don’t mind driving a long distance down off the mountain to mingle with the unwashed residents who would like to not get on the freeway and fight traffic in order to contribute to our local economy and receive significant roadway improvements that people like you pay disproportionally much less for than us working people.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm

David is a registered user.

One more thing Mr Webb, I cant wait to stuff my yap with free samples and 1.50 hot dogs right here in good old Pleasanton, my home town of 35 years. If you are sick of traffic like we all are in the Bay Area and Tri Valley, instead of trying to insult people, why don’t you move to Blackhawk or Danville where there are plenty of other hillside mansions available.


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