Around Pleasanton: Fast-growing Dublin sizzling as Tri-Valley economic, family-friendly center


Dublin was recognized by Money Magazine last year as the seventh-best city in the U.S. and the very best in California, and Mayor David Haubert wants everyone to know that.

"Dublin is a vibrant, active community with excellent choices in housing, shopping and places to work. We have beautiful parks and open spaces, exceptional recreational opportunities, and outstanding neighborhoods," Haubert said in his two State of the City addresses last week. "We truly are blessed to live in such wonderful city. I know we are all proud to call Dublin home."

Haubert gave his reasons why Dublin is sizzling as a growing economic and family-friendly leader in the Tri-Valley in remarks before a sold-out $45-$55 a plate luncheon April 17 hosted by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and again that evening in a first free-to-the-public forum. Both events were held at the Shannon Community Center.

"Dublin is a great place to live, work and raise a family," Haubert said. "But great places don't just happen by accident and they don't happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people to make it all happen."

He praised the City Council, current civic leaders as well as those who served in earlier years and city staff for their efforts to make Dublin what it is today.

In its selection of Dublin, the Money Magazine article by Max Zahn states that the city, one of the fastest-growing cities in California, "sits among the hills 35 miles east of San Francisco with two stations on the Bay Area's BART system, (offering) commuters easy access to the region's vibrant tech and business ecosystem."

Zahn wrote, "But there are plenty of events right in town to build community among Dublin's 68,000 residents: a seasonal farmers' market that doubles as an outdoor concert venue, a spooky flashlight tour at a historic cemetery and an annual St. Patrick's Day parade that brings out the whole town. Even in the hot summer months, Zahn continued, "Salvation awaits at The Wave, a massive city water park that opened (in 2017).

"But that's not all," Haubert pointed out.

He said the city of Dublin is in a very sound fiscal position. Based on the city's recent midyear review of its fiscal 2018-19 budget, revenues are expected to total $92.6 million, which will be greater than planned due to increases in property taxes, sales taxes and development revenue.

Expenses are projected to total $84.7 million which means Dublin will have a surplus of $7.9 million. The city's 10-year forecast shows a positive balance through 2027.

In his State of the City report, Haubert said Dublin now has more than 2,300 businesses in the city, over 8 million square feet of commercial development, a workforce of than over 30,000 people and a low 2.6% unemployment rate.

Just last year, the city welcomed new companies such as TriNet Group, Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy, Crown Castle, Redfin, Vagaro, Epicor Software Corporation, a branch of Stanford-ValleyCare and a new Alameda County courthouse. Along with a new Kaiser Permanente medical center that will open next month, these new facilities have added over half-million square feet of new offices in Dublin, Haubert said.

"In the light industrial and warehouse market, Dublin has 1.6 million square feet and we are 99.9% occupied," he added. "We also have 4.1-million square feet of retail space with a low vacancy rate of only 4.7%."

Haubert continued: "Dublin offers our residents a food and retail experience that they crave. While many cities are losing business to online retailers, I am proud to tell you that Dublin is 'Open' for business."

Editor's note: Jeb Bing is editor emeritus for the Pleasanton Weekly. His "Around Pleasanton" columns typically run on the second and fourth Fridays of every month.

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Posted by Old Guy
a resident of Willow West
on Apr 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

Dublin may be a fine place to live and raise a family but the growth issue regarding new housing within their borders is out of control. Demands on services as a result of the housing frenzy is overwhelming and there seems to be little thought or concern employed when planning this growth.

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Posted by Frequentwalkermiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2019 at 11:59 am

A city full of stack-n-pack housing built on previously pristine rolling hills? If that’s “vibrant”, well, they should keep the vibrating over there.

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Y’all can’t figure out what stack and pick is. Is it apartments? Townhomes? Anything denser than a single family home on 5000sq ft?

I live in an apartment and I’d like there to be more so my rent isn’t dictated by my lack of options.

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Posted by Frequentwalkermiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:37 pm

I certainly cannot figure out what “stack and PICK” is. Not too many normal people can I’m afraid.

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Oh no, you’ve caught me in a typo without addressing the point. Oh well.

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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 29, 2019 at 4:42 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

it is a good place to shop...a lesson that Pleasanton should have learned. But take a look at those hills and tell me you would really want to live there.

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2019 at 6:39 pm

BobB is a registered user.

@James Michael,

It doesn't look that bad to me. It could just be what people are accustomed to. People who grew up in higher density communities may like it. I agree that Dublin is a good place to shop.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

I think its a crime with what dublin did to their hillside. They should have developed the military site before moving to the hills

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Posted by The_Truth
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2019 at 8:18 am

The article failed to mention a few things:

1) Dublin is a city of poor planning of infrastructures. The 1 and only road connecting east-west is Dublin Blvd. Dropping a kid of at the high school could easily take 60 - 70 minutes round-trip (that's without any pit-stops!). They should at least synchronize the traffic lights to improve traffic flow. No, they can't figure that out, so most drivers will get red-light at ever intersection!

2) The over-crowding of 1 high school makes more of a mini college campus with about 4000 students. Can you imagine the craziness of dropping off and picking up on school days?

3) Dublin is a city of condos. Can you name any other city of similar size with such a high number of condos? Over time, all the high-density housing will make this little city to be on the top 10 list of least attractive place to be.

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