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Incident with Dublin police

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Wow Matt Sullivan is against something before he has any facts. This is why he he was such a terrible city council representative. He was against virtually every project that came to the counciil! What a small minded way to think. I suspect that the city will have a traffic plan that makes sense, the city will wind up with millions in tax revenue that can be used to better our great city and local residents will have a local Costco. We, the residents, need to recognize that the vast majority of residents are very satisfied with how much he city is run. We need to stand up for smart progress and tell Matt and his "against everything" pals to stop wasting our time with their against everything mentality.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

The 22,000 Pleasanton Costco members will shop Costco regardless if one is built in Pleasanton or not.

They would all appreciate a Costco in Pleasanton but are not beating the bush to make it happen.

A Costco in Pleasanton will up that current 22K membership to thousands more.

Posted by bobbyj16
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 11, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Thank you Karla Brown for voting no on the Johnson Costco. Keep voting no as the new building in Pleasanton has gotten out of hand. The project on Bernal and Stanley now blocks a beautiful view of the hills in Dublin to say nothing of what the traffic impact will be once the project is sold. The building behind Safeway off of Bernal looks like it was squeezed into an area without regard for open space, recreation area, or just a view of something other than another house.

Keep voting no Karla to ALL building in Pleasanton. There are things more important than money from taxes for our community

Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Please state your opinion without bashing others. To the person above who felt it necessary to belittle others because he disagrees with their opinions, please STOP. This forum does not have to be so ugly.
I too think the site that has been selected for Costco will require too many expensive road upgrades (at taxpayers expense), and I think any big box store will bring too much traffic to the area, and is unnecessary. Take a look at the Safeway on Bernal. That parking lot is poorly planned and with the new housing located next door, it is only going to get worse. Our city council and planning commission seems determined to build, build, build without considering the need for new schools, more police, fire, etc...

Posted by Nate
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I have been to the meetings and there is definitely not a anti-Costco lobbying group. Instead there is a large number of concerned citizens who are worried about the substantial impacts that this development will have on our city.

The budget numbers presented were honestly very underwhelming. The sales tax Pleasanton will get from the Costco development was only slightly above $1 million a year. The cost of roadway improvements is between 15 to 25 million dollars to expand Johnson drive. Additionally, the 15-25 million dollars results in traffic getting more than TWICE as bad on Stoneridge and Hopyard, and that is the "best case" outcome. There is no plan at all to mitigate the traffic merging onto northbound 680 from Stoneridge (Caltrans jurisdiction), which is already a very nasty merge because of the crossing traffic trying to get across to 680/580. The intersection at Owens and Hopyard was beyond repair according to the traffic planning guy because to mitigate the proposed traffic it would need to be 12 lanes across.

I am not anti-growth, and I am not anti-business. I want and expect something to be developed in that area, but a Costco/warehouse store is a bad fit. The planning commission seems dead set on shoehorning this development into the Johnson drive space. There are other development options that do not create quite as much sales tax revenue, but also do not cost tens of millions of dollars to prevent a traffic catastrophe. There already 2 Costco locations within 5 minutes of this location. Are we so shortsighted and lazy that that distance is too much?

Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm

I get a kick out of Matt Sullivan who insists that he single-handedly prevented the construction of the W Las Positas/i680 interchange but votes to populate W Las Positas with high density apartments. Unfortunately a number of council members like Matt think that Pleasanton can be flooded with new homes and apartments without adding infrastructure to accommodate the expansion in population. Thanks to poor planning, Pleasanton has no good way to get from from East Pleasanton to i680 and north/south traffic on Hopyard and Santa Rita is at over capacity. But its just not Pleasanton. Fremont and Dublin are up against the fence as well. Silicon Valley is beyond hope. Our retired Fire Chief moved to Montana. I am beginning to understand why.

Posted by factchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Bobby, the fact is that Karla Brown & the rest of the council have NOT voted on Costco. The fact is that Karla Brown & the rest of the council voted FOR the apartments at Bernal & Stanley as well as the houses/apartments behind the Bernal Safeway. The fact is that this was the result of the lawsuit the City lost because of previous councils who chose to thumb their nose on having a housing element meeting state law.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Costco supporter here. Would love to see it.

I can't believe the people complaining about traffic or crowding in Pleasanton. Pleasanton is not crowded, and as long as you are not on 580 or 680, there isn't that much traffic.

What we do need even more is more housing.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Costco supporter here. Would love to see it.

I can't believe the people complaining about traffic or crowding in Pleasanton. Pleasanton is not crowded, and as long as you are not on 580 or 680, there isn't that much traffic.

What we do need even more is more housing.

Posted by Matt Sullivan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

I usually don’t respond to anonymous rants on the PW blog, but I’m making an exception this time to address misinformed and/or intentionally distorted facts.

Matt – In my 6 years as a Planning Commissioner and eight as a City Councilmember, I voted “Yes” on many proposals, projects, and ordinances that were beneficial to the people of Pleasanton. I also voted “No” on many bad projects that benefited the few at the expense of the many. Regarding the Johnson Drive EDZ/Costco, my position on traffic impacts are based on the results of the traffic study performed for the Environmental Impact Report, which shows significant traffic congestion from the project with the city relying on mitigations on I-680 and I-580 under Caltrans control running to close to a billion dollars in cost (with no funding source). Did you read the EIR? Regarding the tax revenue, did you know that the city has expressed willingness to pick up the traffic mitigation tab of up to $15 million on Costco’s behalf as a subsidy? Since the city has yet to produce a pro forma comparing the subsidies to the revenues I’m not sure how you say we will receive “millions in tax revenue” As a Councilmember, I was a champion of Smart Growth, but sorry to say that Costco, with the influx of single occupancy vehicles, lack of adequate public transit, and the resulting further degradation of our air quality, does not qualify.

Bill – I have never claimed to have single-handedly prevented the construction of the West Las Positas Interchange. This was the result of broad public opposition, a three-year study on alternatives performed by the city, and eventual near-unanimous support to remove it from the General Plan by the neighborhoods, Hacienda Business Park, other key business leaders, city staff and the City Council at the time. The high density housing along West Las Positas is the result of the courts overturning our voter-approved 1996 Housing Cap, and a settlement with the state Attorney General requiring the city to rezone several properties for high density residential to meet our Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). I voted to approve this rezoning, but only after a two-year citizens committee process to select the most appropriate sites in the city for rezoning – near transit, near existing infrastructure, and away from the Urban Growth Boundary. Otherwise known as Smart Growth.

I know we live in a political era of disregarding the facts, untruths, and demagoguery, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a political debate on the issues without it?

Posted by Anna
a resident of Happy Valley
on Jan 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm

After all this time I still don't understand why we don't have a 680 freeway interchange at Las Positas. It is an inconvenience for many people, and forces us to use more gasoline. I can understand the people living next to there not wanting it, but why inconvenience everyone else because of their objection?That interchange was planned long before they bought their houses.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 14, 2016 at 9:29 am

Anna - good question Anna. Matt why don't we have an interchange? You were the cheerleader for opposing this interchange, but then you go and support high density housing allocations that make this interchange now a necessity. Good for you that you had this interchange removed from the General Plan years ago. But this is not yesterday, it is today, and we have to live with decisions you made in the recent past. It is sad that you, Jerry, and Jennifer went into a panic mode concerning RNHA land that did not need to be allocated. Property owners saw an easy out and took advantage because no one on the council or legal department questioned the ridiculous numbers that the state came up with. You could almost see the slaps on the back and high fives from the property owners and developers when the lots on Las Positas were rezoned to high density residential. At least I have to give Jerry some credit for confronting a group of angry Parkside/Birdland/Gates homeowners who discovered that four story apartments were approved right in their backyards. Where were you and Jennifer?

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