I read Jeb Bing's column "Fixing Amador Theater" in the March 29 Weekly. I was surprised that the outdoor staircase would "cost an estimated $1 million." I emailed the Weekly, thinking it was errata, but they confirmed the estimate.
I can't believe that a staircase could cost that much and seriously question the expenditure or the thought that went into that cost.
And, since I am at it, I wonder how our society got to a point where we have to install an elevator to get the handicapped to the balcony, which would be difficult for them to navigate and doesn't have a good view from the back. I support helping them but surely regulations have gotten out-of-hand when you have to install an elevator rather than set aside a good-view area on the main floor.
A parent lesson?
Every school day, I see a few parents pulling into the clearly marked "No Stopping At Any Time" zone just outside Hart Middle School to drop their kids. I shudder to think the lesson these impressionable young minds are learning from a seemingly minor act -- it is perfectly OK to defy any rule and authority for your convenience.
Parents, please remember, actions indeed speak louder ...
I oppose the changing of downtown Pleasanton. The traffic is horrible as it is; if you add more housing, it will only be worse.
Keep Pleasanton the way it is; if we wanted to live in Hayward, we would.
One of the reasons we all call Pleasanton home is because of downtown. Every time an old house comes down, apartments take its place. The city is ruining downtown.
Desperate times due to housing crisis
I couldn't disagree with your editorial positions more! We are desperate for more housing, especially affordable housing here in P-Town, please do all you can to work toward this. We have so many families in danger of being homeless (including my own) due to the housing crisis affecting the Bay Area.
The plan to add four-story units in downtown is a nice start; I think adding more units is beneficial.
Senior Support and PPD
On behalf of Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, I would like to thank Angela Paiva of the Pleasanton Police Department with whom we have collaborated for the Christmas tree giving. The tree is placed in the police department lobby every year for those in our community wishing to help by purchasing gifts for needy families and isolated senior citizens of Pleasanton.
We are honored to partner with the Pleasanton Police Department every year. Thank you also to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund for including Senior Support as a recipient.
Recommended changes to downtown Pleasanton
We recently learned that there is a plan underway to change the look of our downtown Pleasanton. We strongly oppose these changes. Specifically, raising the building height to four stories (subsequently opposed by the City Council), increasing the density of the buildings and adding housing units.
Years ago, we voted to limit the building height to two stories, add no additional housing units, increase the number of restaurants and more places that are open later in the evening.
We moved to Pleasanton in 1980 because we were drawn to the quaint, small-town feel that made Pleasanton special. Please don't change the appeal that has continued to set us apart from other towns in this area. This special feel is what increases our property value and makes this town desirable.
--Sharon and Dan Pilarski
Please consider for the future using monochrome distinctions for charts such as the "Pleasanton's Priorities" chart on page 15 of the April 12, 2019 edition.
As a person with limited perception of color variations, I asked my wife to discern for me the differences between the 2019 priorities. The color variations were also extremely difficult for her.
Fortunately, there is the additional webpage to clarify the priorities on the Weekly's website.
--Patrick M. Lofft
Giving back is important
I attend Hart Middle School in the seventh grade and have been assigned the Twenty Percent Project. In this project, we have to affect the community in some way, and we have chosen community service.
We are volunteering our time and writing about our experiences to show our community the importance of giving back. So far, I have volunteered at Tri-Valley Haven and donated old toys and stuffed animals to a center in Walnut Creek.
There are so many people out there without a home or food; one small act of kindness could make their lives just a little bit better. People in Pleasanton are so privileged, we should be able to do a little something to help those in need.
Sometimes people forget about how important volunteer work is, so we are raising awareness for volunteering and helping others. I have volunteered at the Tri-Valley Haven thrift store and donated three large bags of old toys and stuffed animals.
Thank you to the Knotty Naughty Knitters
Like the nursery rhyme: yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. With a donation of three bags of yarn from my daughter Julie Haynes, the ladies at the Pleasanton Senior Center who meet weekly to knit for their own families took on the challenge of knitting lap blankets for our residents at Pleasanton Nursing and Rehab Center.
The ladies created the most beautiful blankets. Our residents, families and staff greatly appreciate all your hard work and love that went into your wonderful creations. The residents placed their blankets on their laps and then took them to their rooms to put on their beds.
We have donated more yarn and the ladies keep on knitting. They are such a blessing to our residents. Keep up the good work ladies. Thank you, from all of us at the facility.
-- Linda DeGennaro
City priorities article
I am catching up on my Weekly reading and read the article you wrote a few weeks ago about the "Pleasanton's Priorities." I found the article both informative and really well written -- thank you for bringing this information to the public with such clarity.
Downtown Specific Plan
In response to Jeb Bing's column of March 22, 2019, "Downtown Planning: Are developers now making the decisions." After reviewing the draft Downtown Specific Plan, the answer is clearly yes.
The DSP Task Force accepted the recommendations of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Downtown Association without exception. This is contrary to the public's expressed desires in a previous survey.
It allows higher density, mixed-use buildings, taller buildings and ground-floor residential in place of active use retail in the core downtown district (latter, subsequently opposed by the City Council for Main Street and "mixed-use downtown" zone). It also proposes to move the public library, police station and city offices to the Bernal Park property at a cost of $200 million-plus, even though some of the facilities are adequate and don't need replacement. Surely there is a more creative and less costly alternative.
The DSP needs to be more innovative, more about creating a vibrant community, more about aesthetics, more about parking and less about crowding in more residential units.
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