I've read Jeb Bing's March 22 column "Downtown Planning: Are developers now making the decisions?" Mr. Bing may be on to something.
The people elect five council members to manage the city's services and development. During their electioneering, most, if not all, vowed to maintain the charm of downtown. I trust that they will adhere to their pledge.
Pleasanton is a destination for folks all around the Bay. They come for shopping, the restaurants and the charm. Why would council allow this charm to disappear? Ground-level residential units on Main Street? Four-story apartment buildings? How about more traffic and less parking?
When this gets to the Planning Commission, I would urge them to stop this foolishness right now and the same goes for the council. We must not allow developers to run the city.
As to the idea of spending $200 million to move city offices, the library, etc. -- wait a minute. There is a much more pressing need downtown: Parking! Why not build an underground multi-level garage? It could be put under Delucchi Park or across the street under Lions Park. I can't imagine it would cost $200 million.
Yes Ms. Allen, it is time for the public to become involved. The city can advertise their upcoming meetings, and should.
Citizens, if you like downtown, as it is now, go to the meetings and voice your opinion. Send a note to Mayor Thorne or your favorite council member.
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