Another packed agenda for the Pleasanton Council

Lawmakers set to name key priorities for city over next 2 years

The Pleasanton City Council will face a packed agenda Tuesday night as it meets to consider employee salary increases, a rent stability plan and its major priorities for the next two years.

The meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave., will likely last less than its 4-1/2 hour-long meeting one week ago, but could be just as contentious.

Two main issues that head the meeting’s agenda could be accepted by council members without much argument.

One proposes raising the salaries of city employees who are members of the Pleasanton City Employees Association Local 955 by 3%, effective April 1, with additional 3% raises for each of the next two years.

The new union contract also calls for employees to start contributing $25 monthly toward their medical coverage, which the city has been fully paying. The city now pays between $1,000 for a single policy to $1,800 for a family policy for its employees.

Council members are also expected to approve a new rent stabilization agreement with the owners of Hacienda Mobile Home Park on Vineyard Avenue. The 10-year agreement, which was approved by 97 of the 102 mobile home owners who voted in a special ballot, will tie rent increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), but will cap those increases at Hacienda to no more than 5% per year.

Residents own their mobile units, but lease one of the 149 spaces at the park.

Then it’s on to priorities and some of the 80 that have been proposed to get completed or at least underway in the next year or two.

These range from restarting the land development consideration for the East Side, a largely empty 400-acre site off Valley Avenue, to renovating the Amador Theater, where an aging fire escape has forced the closing of the balcony and water seepage on the other side is affecting the structure itself.

These proposed priorities and others are part of a long-range work plan the council considers every two years.

More than 250 people attended last Tuesday’s council workshop meeting, the largest ever for an informal meeting to speak for the proposed priorities they like or don’t like.

The majority focused on a handful of projects and programs up for consideration, including the East Side Specific Plan and problems at the Amador Theater.

Most contentious has been the plan to build senior housing on the Merritt property, a 45.75-acre parcel on Foothill Road that is sandwiched between single-family home communities and Interstate 680 at the back.

Earlier proposals to build residential units on the property were defeated in a referendum and in court. The parcel continues to have only its original home on the property.

These issues and 44 others are proposed for the council’s Priority List A, which are projects or programs that are to be decided or completed in the coming year. Others include: Kottinger Gardens, Phase II; Sunflower Hill construction; improve traffic circulation; design Sunol Boulevard improvements; widen Bernal Avenue at First Street; enact Climate Action plan 2.0; Johnson Drive Economic Zone; and open North Pleasanton police station.

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Posted by Sandra
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 19, 2019 at 10:35 am

Sandra is a registered user.

Requiring only a $25.00 monthly contribution to medical coverage is an insult to taxpayers when most of City mid-level employees have compensation packages well over $100,000.00 annually. I’m so disgusted about bloated city expenditures. I heard we are also subsidizing the taxpayer paid construction and operation of the small downtown theatre and Callipee golf course because ithey lose money. And now the city wants a big fancy new city hall.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 19, 2019 at 10:41 am

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They want a fancy city hall and so far refuse to collaborate with the district to share facilities, saving taxpayer money in facilities, operations, and meeting space.

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 19, 2019 at 11:45 am

Uh, the median household income in Pleasanton is $138k and the mean is above $150k. It’s not household but the median city worker makes $120k, and that is including emergency responders.

So I don’t know what you are all so up in arms about here.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 19, 2019 at 12:50 pm

My neighbor has a Ferrari, I should have one too. I mean we live in the same zip code. Forget the fact he's a PhD and partner in a company, we live in the same zip code, I should get a Ferrari too.

Satire aside, you're comparing base salary to total comp package. You need to include the retirement benefits in your evaluation for one. Two, you need to compare the type of work being performed (and I do believe in cost of living adjustments by area; but for the same work type.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Foothill Place
on Mar 19, 2019 at 2:33 pm

At the salaries they are already making, they can well afford to pay a lot more than $25 for their insurance. They should be paying at least half. Voting themselves a raise should be on a year by year basis and not be automatic for so many years in the future. The City can well afford to be putting some of the taxpayers’ money towards a better recycling program. If someone needs more than one particular trash can, they shouldn’t have to pay for it. One should be for “all” glass, plastic, tin, and paper. It is now all recycleable. When they trim trees, that should be shredded into mulch and offered to the citizens for free. They should offer to pickup two large items for free every month. They should ban the use of pesticides such as Roundup. They need to stop building so many apartments and should never have allowed them to be higher than two stories. I’ll stop here even though I have more.

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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Don't believe everything you read about pesticides. There is so much wrong information on them.

Now let's build some cell towers for people using AT&T!

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Posted by Skip Webb
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 19, 2019 at 8:03 pm

The Moron has spoken!

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 19, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Id argue, other than green waste, we should be charging more for garbage service, and limiting sizes more. I do support full material separation and fines for violating.

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Posted by Sandra
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 19, 2019 at 10:38 pm

Sandra is a registered user.

Don’t get off the track of this thread. The public employee compensation package ( salary, health/dental, pension, vacation/sick/general leave) is very lucrative. Paying only $ 25.00 per month out of pocket towards health insurance costs is astounding low. I think they pay 3.5 percent towards pension but many retire at 80% salary (spiking is no longer allowed for any one who is in the know) plus lifetime medical. WHOA.
I should have gone to work as a city secretary, retired early and bought my Ferrari. Haha

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm


I was not comparing base salary to overall compensation. I was comparing apples to apples.

And again, that includes public safety officers who pull the median up substantially based on available data, so the average staffer is making less than that.

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