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Auto mall, senior living community sail through Planning Commission

Original post made on Jun 25, 2009

A number of seniors walked away from the City Council Chambers Wednesday night with smiles on their faces as the Planning Commission gave its approval to a new senior living community on the Staples Ranch property.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 25, 2009, 12:25 PM

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Good article but I don't think Blank is the Chair of the Committee anymore.

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Posted by Janet Pelletier, managing editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Good catch Beth! It's been corrected.

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Posted by Eric Semmelmayer
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jun 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

What happened to the proposed sharks ice facility!?

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Posted by We Love Development !
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

Hosterman has packed the Planning Commission with pro-growth Chamber lackey's who will give a rubber-stamp approval to anything that comes before them. Funny - she made her name and first got elected as slow-growth advocate in the Tarver-Pico mold. Political ambition does funny things to people! Since the outcome of the entire project EIR is still under litigation it seems odd that these projects would be approved by the commission. Can anyone say: We love development?!?

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Posted by Joe Crosslin
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to commute long distances"! Does that mean that everyone who would buy a new home in Pleasanton would work in Pleasanton? Besides, who forces a person to take a job in Pleasanton.

I'm guess the state has extra money that allows Jerry Brown the time and money to join in the litigation!

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Posted by Barbara Ann Roby
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

Staples Ranch? where is that? It is SOOO frustrating when you report issues and you assume we all know exactly where something is located. Better reporting would at least give some clue and indication physically where things are. Im interested in knowing about senior development but from this article leaves me clueless.

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Posted by Lynne
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I have a question - isn't the Staples Ranch project under the flight path of the Livermore airport? If it is, isn't this just going to cause more of an uproar about airplane noise coming from people who move near the airport and then complain about it? Maybe it isn't where I think it is, so this is a non-issue.

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Posted by Marcia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Hostermann wised up and discovered the pond of frogs (Kay, Matt, Ann, Brian, and a few others) she was croaking with back then were up to no good. Look around and discover that a community dies if it doesn't recognize the future and the needs that come with it. My hat is off to Jennifer! She got it!
BTW, "WE LOVE DEVELOPMENT" because it brings in the revenue we need to keep alive. This is especially exciting when it is planned with great detail to the needs of the MAJORITY community (take note special interest group(s) have cost us way too much damage as it stands today).
Livermore finally got it and look at them now! WOW!
As for the Sharks...."slow growth" is an understatement. The Sharks have been trying far too long to get this project up and running. Keep this pace up and they will leave as well. Stupid is as Stupid does. Ptown's arrogance is disgusting and it's costing us...alot!
Enough of the catering to a few...move forward before it's too late.

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Posted by Campaign $ Speak
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm


Hosterman wised up, alright. She found out that the "frogs" didn't have much to contribute to her campaign coffers, and that developer’s and their friends at the Chamber of Commerce had plenty. When your eye is on a bigger prize than the Mayor of Pleasanton you need those $$$ and connections. Viola! You decide that Growth is Good. And Marcia – those tax revenues come nowhere close to paying for development over time.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I didn't know all the Planning Committee members are also members of the Chamber of Commerce...really?

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Posted by Lynne
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Does anyone know the answer to my question up above re Staples Ranch being under the flight path of the airport?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 26, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Barbara Ann Roby,

Good point. Staples Ranch is a piece of corner property on the south and west side of the El Charro off ramp on 580. Livermore owns the east side and plans an outlet mall there while Dublin is planning on some "village" development on the north.


Yes. The senior community is being built with the usual mitigation requirements like air conditioning and double-pane windows, but mitigation doesn't usually work for some people. If you've followed the stats on the noise complaints gathered by the airport, you'll notice that generally 50% of the complaints are from Pleasanton and 90-100% of those are from only two Pleasanton households. For some, nothing will be "good enough".

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Posted by Amazing
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

You want the breakdown of the Planning it is:

Pierce - started out slow growth and now is rah rah rah
Olsen - so pro growth, it is embarassing
Narum - just like Olsen but much more subtle
Blank - thinks he is smart but just a big ego
Pentin - consolation prize waiting to run again
O'Conner - just the opposite of Olsen

If you are bored one Wednesday night - go to a meeting. Better than reality TV

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Posted by Want to know more?
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

Kathy Narum has been Jerry Thorne's campaign manager each time he has run for City Council. She was also Jerry Pentin's campaign manager in his unsuccessful run last year. She was appointed by Hosterman who passed over the only slow-growther on the PC, alternate Greg O'Connor. Hosterman appointed Pentin earlier this year – again passing over O’Connor – while kicking Anne Fox off the commission. Narum and Pentin were leaders of the so-called Save Our Park committee who worked to undermine the citizen’s referendum of the Oak Grove project. I won’t even bring up Angela Ramirez Holmes, who is a political consultant to both Hosterman and Councilmember Cook-Kallio, and who coordinated the anti-referendum activities of the Oak Grove developer. This political dynasty is fueled by developer spending and the Chamber PAC. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the dirty little world of pro-growth, special interest politics in P-town. Want to know more?

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Posted by PW should investigate
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Jun 27, 2009 at 8:25 am


The PW should do some investigative reporting about the political corruption in Pleasanton. Then you would really be doing the public a service with your rag.

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Posted by Amazing
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

You don't really expect to get any 'hard news' from the weekly do you? Especially if it might expose who is connected to who in City Politics and the Chamber PAC. Afterall, where do you think the Weekly gets its ad dollars from. No, we have the feel good paper in Pleasanton.

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Posted by the real facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2009 at 12:50 pm

to: Want to know more and Amazing

Jerry Thornes campaign managers were:
1st campaign - Becky Dennis and Dolores Bangston
2nd - Tanya Ludden
3rd - Tanya Ludden
4th - Ellen Pensky

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 29, 2009 at 2:03 pm

It's amazing to me that people have nothing better to do than to bash volunteers (Yes - Commissioners are volunteers) who spend countless hours on behalf of the City and its residents.

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