Pleasanton needs transparency
In the Tri-Valley, why do Dublin and Livermore have functioning online public records repositories, but in Pleasanton, it is an entirely different story?
In August 2022, the last posted Pleasanton City Council minutes are from over six months ago from the first week in February. What seems to be the problem with the City Council in Pleasanton seemingly being unable to approve and publish minutes of their own meetings on its Laserfiche public records website? Six months seems quite a long time to not be able to publish simple meeting minutes from government meetings.
Similarly, has the Planning Commission enacted any resolutions this entire year? Or if indeed they have actually voted on resolutions this calendar year in 2022, why are none of these posted on the city's website?
In Pleasanton, unfortunately even the search page at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov with a link in the middle of the page for minutes, agenda reports, ordinances and resolutions that opens Laserfiche doesn't seem to work, generating a "This Site Can't Be Reached" error.
Pleasanton residents deserve transparency and access to public records from their local government just like the residents of Dublin and Livermore. Sadly, perhaps transparency and public access to government records are no longer priorities for Pleasanton elected officials.
-- Anne Fox
On bike awareness
I welcome the recent articles on bicycle awareness. They make excellent points and I whole heartily agree. I learned to drive in the Netherlands, where there are numerous bicyclists, and always treble-check my right-side blind spot before entering the turn and encourage all drivers to develop that habit.
However, I wish to make a point to the bikers -- and parents. Every near-miss I have had with a bicyclist has been their fault; 75% of those are when I am making a left turn, on a green arrow, and a bicyclist from the opposite direction just rides through and ignores their red light.
Many bikers are rule-abiding, but many do ignore red lights and stop signs. They don't see a car is turning in front of them. The other 25% are young kids bicycling on sidewalks. They go through a crosswalk without looking. Often, especially downtown, they are hidden by the tents that restaurants have put up.
A driver, no matter how aware, has difficulty having a kid on a bike pop up in front of them after they have checked no one is anywhere near crossing.
Bikers: Please stop ignoring traffic signs; you may eventually get hurt. Parents: Please teach your kids that riding fast into a crosswalk can get them hurt. They should pause for a moment and check the crossing itself. Besides they shouldn't be riding their bicycles on the downtown sidewalks anyway -- I've almost been hit by them a few times when walking.
-- Mick Hanou
Newsom failed San Francisco and California
As mayor, Newsom ruined San Francisco with his progressive left policies and as governor he has done the same to our once great state of California.
He has led the destructive effort with his over-regulation on business and citizens, the closure of businesses and schools during COVID, which we knew then was the wrong thing to do -- read the Great Barrington Declaration and the Johns Hopkins study on the subject.
The excessively high taxes, welfare for illegal aliens, sanctuary state for abortions, failed K-12 schools, DAs un-willing to enforce the laws and cashless bail allows criminals to run free and wreak havoc in our cities, lack of a water strategy -- California has not built a new dam in over 40 years -- and electrical power shortages have caused the deterioration and destruction of our once beautiful state. Do I dare go on?!
Our once-wonderful state has been ruined by Newsom and his progressive left bombastic policies. Have you noticed that there is a mass exodus of Californians leaving the state? I too was planning to leave California, but have decided to stay, for now, and fight to save our great state from the destruction by Newsom and his progressive left band of cronies.
In November, please join me in voting Newsom and his administration out of office and vote in moderate commonsense Democrats and Republicans.
-- David Ott
Housing mandates from Sacramento will hurt Pleasanton
There is no doubt that California needs more housing, especially affordable housing, and Pleasanton is trying to do our part.
Pleasanton should be allowed to take the lead in this process, but instead Sacramento has issued a mandate forcing us to build significantly more housing than I feel we can absorb. They have also begun taking away local control over new housing developments; one example is the five-story complex proposed across from our library.
Sacramento simply does not care about the negative impact their mandate will have on Pleasanton. They don't care that they are forcing us to build new higher-density housing developments within many of our existing neighborhoods, dramatically increasing traffic congestion, exacerbating our existing parking problems, further crowding our already overcrowded schools, straining our water resources, etc.
Our city leadership has made a tremendous effort to reason with Sacramento and allow Pleasanton to increase housing to a level that makes sense for our community, but Sacramento has refused to listen to reason.
Other cities in California face the same challenge as Pleasanton. A number of these cities are joining together to take legal action against Sacramento to halt their arbitrary housing mandate and restore local control overdevelopment to cities like ours.
The city of Pleasanton needs to band together with these other cities in this fight and not just roll-over and comply, to the permanent detriment to our wonderful city.
-- Joseph Hernan
Myopic view on gun laws
Your publisher's opinion piece last week, "Gun violence shatters sense of safety", was incredibly myopic.
What she misses is the fact that California's tough gun control laws do work, and that without those laws, more criminals would get guns. How do we know this? The 10 states with the most gun ownership per capita have, no surprise, the highest rates of gun violence.
And again, no surprise, the states with the lowest gun ownership per capita, have the lowest rates of gun violence. In other words, tough gun control laws that limit possession of deadly weapons for the most part lead to low incidences of gun violence.
If Mrs. Wilcox's premise is that more should be done to get guns out of the hands of criminals, I fully agree. Rather than offer a constructive approach, however, she takes aim at Rep. Swalwell and Gov. Newsom for not doing more.
I, for one, think, reducing the number of guns in circulation, legal and illegal, is a good first step. According to the U.S. Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics, stolen or illegally obtained guns are used in over one-third of gun crimes. Gun buybacks and stricter penalties for firearm use in the commission of a crime would be a good start.
It's time to stop hand-wringing and start taking action. It would be great if the Pleasanton Weekly could take a leading role in our community to help reduce gun violence and allow our neighbors to feel safe wherever they go.
-- Eric Drattell
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