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Yes on Measure D
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on Jun 4, 2010
Approval of voter referendum Measure D on the local ballots in Tuesday's statewide primary election would give landowners Jennifer and Frederic Lin the right to build 51 custom homes on property they have owned in Pleasanton's southeast hills since 1977 while granting the rest of their land - nearly 500 acres - to the city for a park, hiking trails and open space in perpetuity. We think it's a good deal, probably the best we will ever see from the Lins, who have followed city guidelines every step of the way since first proposing their latest plan four years ago. Denied an earlier bid in 1993 to build an 86-home development along with an 18-hole golf course in a similar referendum, the Lins sat tight before coming back with a 98-home development, but without the golf course. Meeting stiff opposition again, the Lins worked with Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Councilman Matt Sullivan in downsizing their bid to just 51 homes and agreeing to give the city 496 acres. For Sullivan and Hosterman, this met their interest in creating a 2,000-acre green belt along the southeast hills from Callippe Preserve Golf Course on the west to Shadow Cliffs Regional Park on the east. The Lins even agreed to construct the part of the regional trail that would run through the new public land along with a staging area in the hills above Kottinger Ranch that would provide parking for 11 cars, a place for horse trailers and restrooms. Staging areas are already in place on other sections of the regional trail at Shadow Cliffs and Callippe, and at least two more are planned in yet-to-be-developed land adjacent to Oak Grove.
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