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High-tech street lights beef up safety on Foothill Road

Original post made on Sep 23, 2009

It's likely that the 18 new street lights to be installed on Foothill Road just outside the Golden Eagle gated community will be the costliest and most debated ever. And, no doubt, the longest project on the Pleasanton engineering staff's books, dating back to the late 1980s when the three subdivisions that make up the Golden Eagle development were approved. Since Golden Eagle Estates, with the gates, and Golden Eagle without them are on both sides of Foothill, the street was widened a bit to accommodate bike lanes and turning lanes and street lights were installed, all paid by the developers. It wasn't long before the phones started ringing at City Hall asking that those unsightly tall, silvery poles and powerful fixtures that were illuminating Golden Eagle backyards be taken down because they were not in character with the "rural nature" of the upscale community. City workers complied but fortuitously left the concrete and metal footings in place just in case someone changed their minds.

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Posted by PtownResident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2009 at 11:35 pm

When did we all become so snotty in Pleasanton? "asking that those unsightly tall, silvery poles" Give me a break. If this is the worst thing you have going on in your life to complain about?? Not to mention the schools are having to cut back for lack of funding. Let's put up some overpriced lights for the rich off Foothill. Sad.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:36 am

They had them and didn't want them, so they were removed - now they want them back...

I'm all for re-installing them, only at the expense of those that want them back. Why should the city be required to pick up the cost. We(the city taxpayers)already footed the cost to remove the lights they didn't want and now we're expected to cough up over $56,000 to put back more expensive models. There's a street light on our court that shines in my bedroom window, can I have it replaced with one of the new hi-tech models???

Some strange things take place in this city. I suppose it's called "who you know"...

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

@ Jerry - I fully agree. The lights should go up only after the funding is secured from the homeowners and not the City. I would recommend we all send letters to the City rejecting their plan to pay for the re-install of the lights.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:24 am


How about in the letters we also request the new hi-tech models for our neighborhoods if they are to be installed at Golden Eagle Estates...

Hey, what's fair for one, should be fair for all...

Also, why wasn't the developer required to remove the lights(and now re-install them)at their expense. Do you suppose campaign donations were involved. Naw, foolish me, it's probably just good community relations/concern for the poor deer...

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