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Opinion - September 23, 2022


Chamber supports Stoneridge well PFAS treatment plant

Water quality management is fast becoming a critical issue for cities throughout our country. A lack of viable water supply options has forced each community to closely analyze its water resources already in place and determine how to best manage issues that affect its ability to use that water.

The Stoneridge well is one of 10 such facilities serving Pleasanton's water needs. According to past testing, this well contains PFAS that may exceed the levels determined by the State of California as "safe" when they release new criteria later this year.

Losing Stoneridge as a water source will significantly impact Zone 7's ability to meet the water needs of all its customers. This would devastate businesses that have already been overwhelmed with two-plus years of a pandemic.

At some point, a treatment plant will need to be constructed to deal with our PFAS water contamination issues. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is writing to express our support for building a PFAS Treatment plant for the Stoneridge well at the earliest opportunity.

We recognize this is a significant financial investment that, if made now, will reduce the reserves held by Zone 7. The trade-off is to fast-track construction of a plant that, once online, can be used to both distribute Stoneridge well water (which accounts for about 15% of all water managed by Zone 7) and blend it with other water sources. This will minimize (and possibly eliminate) the need for your agency to take more drastic action.

-- James Cooper, president/CEO, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce

The West Las Positas adventure, revisited

It seems like just yesterday, actually two years ago, I wrote to you regarding the terrible driving conditions present on West Las Positas Boulevard between Santa Rita and Hopyard roads. After my letter was published in August 2020, I received a phone call from the Pleasanton City Manager's Office informing me that in fact a solution to address the road condition was in the city plan.

I thought, well that is wonderful news.

I didn't realize at the time the solution was to patch the asphalt in some areas of the road and post "Uneven Pavement" signs along the route. The result is the condition of the road is now worse, if possible, than it was before. The problem now extends into the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood.

You can easily bottom out no matter the lane you are using along the route. If it starts to rain in the fall, we will have a serious problem navigating across town, but at least we have some signs telling us it's really bad!

We had an opportunity two years ago to address the situation when schools were closed due to the pandemic and traffic on the road was reduced with more residents working at home. That said, we still need the road to be completely repaved.

I again challenge any of our city officials to take a ride on this pleasure cruise and see if they don't agree that funding needs to be allocated to ensure a permanent effective solution is implemented now.

-- Richard Lysaght

Thank you, Weekly

I really appreciate Ms. Jeanita Lyman's wonderful article "Alan Hu Foundation to host cognitive behavioral therapy webinar". Thank you for sharing this mental health resource with your readers.

A little bit of mental health knowledge can go a long way. Having such knowledge or not can lead to the result of a family becoming aware of their teens' mental struggles at the earliest stage and taking appropriate actions or being completely oblivious to such difficulties and failing to respond until it is too late.

We appreciate your incredible support for us to disseminate cutting-edge mental health knowledge to the public.

Raising awareness of mental illness and preventing the next teen loss to suicide has a long way to go. Alan Hu Foundation is working hard toward this goal. Thank you again for your awesome support!

-- Xiaofang Chen, co-founder/president, Alan Hu Foundation

Dems' endorsements

The Alameda County Democratic Party has endorsed a Yes position on all Alameda County local -- county, municipal and unified school district -- ballot measures and the following candidates for the Nov. 8, 2022 local elections:

Alameda County Supervisor: District 3, Rebecca Kaplan.

Dublin Mayor: Melissa Hernandez. Dublin Councilmember: Jean Josey, Kashef Qaadri.

Livermore Mayor: John Marchand. Livermore Councilmember: District 1, Evan Branning; District 2, Mel Chiong.

Pleasanton Councilmember: District 1, Dean Wallace; District 3, Jamie Yee.

Livermore Valley Joint USD Trustee: Craig Bueno, Steven Drouin.

Sunol Glen USD Trustee: Peter Romo.

Dublin San Ramon Services District Director: Area 5 (short term), Seema Badar.

Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Director: Maryalice Summers Faltings, Ruby Moppin.

These are among the only official Democratic Party local endorsements in Alameda County for the Nov. 8 election.

-- Igor Tregub

VFW scholarships

Pleasanton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 has announced two scholarship programs for this fall.

For high school students, the VFW Voice of Democracy provides an opportunity to express themselves regarding democratic and patriotic themed topics. Each year, more than 25,000 high school students compete nationwide for more than $2 million in scholarship money.

The competition starts at the local level here in Pleasanton and moves to regional, state and finally national competition and includes a trip to Washington, D.C. This year the topic is: "Why is the veteran important?" The winner receives a $35,000 scholarship.

For middle school students, the VFW Patriot Pen essay contest gives students the chance to compete for more than $1.4 million in prize money. Competition begins at the local level, moves to regional and state competition before moving to the final phase in Washington, D.C. This year the topic is: "My pledge to our veterans."

Students can find more information and applications here: https://vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

Applications are due by midnight Oct. 31, 2022. Mail them to: VFW Post 6298, PO Box 601, Pleasanton, CA 94566. For questions, text VFW member Roy Smith at 925.895.9880 or [email protected]

-- Doug Miller

vanZee for SRVUSD Area 1

Jesse vanZee has answered the call from families and teachers to run for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education, Area 1. He has built a reputation of being a bridge builder and community leader through his years of service at Montair Elementary School.

As president of the Montair Dad's Club, Jesse leads a large group of dads in support of the school. They engage in service projects, fund programs, infrastructure and offer support for teachers and families.

Jesse embodies the power of community partnership. He's a father of five children who will be part of SRVUSD until 2037. He has a long-term, vested interest in the excellence of schools in our district.

Jesse has declined any funds from special interest groups or PACs. He is committed to putting students before politics. This is truly a community-based, grassroots campaign -- one which has been clear about prioritizing students and the importance of giving all kids the opportunity to thrive in school.

As a former schoolteacher and mother of four young children, I am firmly committed to electing board members who engage the community and listen to teachers, parents, and students. This is how we build and maintain strong schools.

-- Katie Hejna

Yes on Measure P

This November, Livermore voters will have an opportunity to approve an extension of the sewer system into south Livermore.

Measure P will help protect our local groundwater basin from pollution by allowing existing and future property owners in the area to connect to the sewer system. A healthy groundwater basin benefits all Livermore residents particularly as water supplies become scarcer and less reliable with climate change. Under Measure P, the cost of constructing the extension will be carried by the people that will hook up to the new extension, not by people in other parts of the city.

Measure P also helps to ensure that agriculture in the South Livermore Valley remains economically viable. The vineyards and other agriculture use that exist in the South Livermore Valley provide important open space benefits and help to preserve the unique character and history of the valley. Land-use protections put in place many years ago by the South Livermore Valley Area Plan and Measure D will remain unchanged under Measure P.

This fall, I encourage all Livermore residents to join me in supporting Measure P.

-- Scott Akin


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