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on Apr 2, 2010
In the interest of disclosure, readers/voters should be made aware that Mr. Roberts has a personal interest in the Oak Grove project since he owns property above which Oak Grove is to be built and on which there's an easement for the Oak Grove EVA route.
I recommend to voters to read the actual Ordinance 1961 and Ordinance 1962 documents.
Maybe the question should be... Mr. Pleasanton Weekly, please grant Stacey her wishes for disclosing an appropriate link between Mr. Roberts, along with personal interest to said property and Ordinances 1961 &1962. Next weeks Weekly would be appropriate. I'm sure the information would allow a slam dunk decision for all voters who are leaning one way or another.
How about disclosing the campaign contributions by Tong, Lyns and the other folks associate with this project - guess who got the lions share of the money - Jennifer, Cheryl and Jerry...let's see...how did they vote - how did they act. It is the same old story...follow the money...
I'm following the money Councilwoman McGovern and Councilman Sullivan received during the last election. I find it telling that McGovern received at least $2,000 in the last election from people who live on Grey Eagle Dr, Hearst Dr or streets off of Hearst--the neighborhood next to the Oak Grove property. Allen Roberts, who owns property abutting the Oak Grove property led the way with a $500 contribution to her campaign. And guess how she's voted and acted towards this project never mind that she lives in a home high on a hill.
Councilman Sullivan received over $700 from people in the same area.
Its just as important to follow the money for those not supporting a project. One certainly could wonder about their vote and how they are actting with regard to this project. . .
This is the point. If one is going to apply the principle of "follow the money", it must be applied equally. The same goes for letters.
No one looking at this local issue would mistake a letter from the Lins as that of the typical Pleasanton voter. Indeed many in Pleasanton have received a letter from the Lins. By not disclosing his personal stake in this project, Mr. Roberts is giving the appearance of being a typical Pleasanton voter. The person reading this letter who has never heard of Mr. Roberts may identify with him. Yet practically they cannot as Mr. Roberts has a higher degree of stake in the project than the typical Pleasanton voter just as the Lins have a higher stake in the project.
One should determine their decision on Oak Grove based upon whether they believe the benefits to all of Pleasanton outweigh the negatives, not based upon whether the benefits to Mr. Roberts outweigh the negatives.
Mr. Roberts also negotiated with the Lin's and the city over the emergency vehicle access through his property, signing off on the project as acceptable.
Check the minutes from the October 2007 council meeting when the project was approved by a 4-1 vote. His lot overlooks the Oak Grove property. That's right it is ABOVE the Oak Grove property.
Let's remember that Mr. Roberts was a huge contributor to the Save Pleasanton's Hills efforts here, bankrolling their website and ads. I guess he means to Save Pleasanton's Hills for himself. And by the way, due to his lack of disclosure of these contributions he was cautioned by the FPPC. Hard to follow the money if he never reports it, huh?
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