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I am embarrassed by the actions of a few neighbors

Original post made by Name withheld to protect myself, Mission Park, on Jan 28, 2016

I live in Mission Hills, this is my first post, so am sorry if it is not perfect.

My husband our 2 children and I live on a court so I may not be as affected as some others in my area, but I am completely embarrassed by the action of 4 or 5 of my neighbors.

Most of us are nice people who love living in Pleasanton. The actions of a few are making Ventana Hills and Mission Park look like an angry bunch of bullies. That is not the case.

I have see people I recognize from my area yelling at other people, calling them liars and more. In the beginning I saw some paid signature gathers, but I don't see them anymore. Now it is just other Pleasanton residents trying to put this on the ballot.

Yes, I signed to go to the ballot, referend I think it is called. I hope this project comes back a lot smaller so both areas can get along, and I think this is the only solution. I just want peace again and I think this is the beginning of many years of wars between the two areas which is wrong. I do NOT support this war.

Greenbriar - this is all your fault. The hills of Pleasanton is the wrong place for you to develop, and the wrong place for your traffic. Sign the petition then vote NO when it comes to the ballot. Thank you for letting me vent.

Comments (10)

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

Greenbrier could care less about our town, anyplace they can make a dime they will use all their resources including a slew of lawyers and glossy full page ads to intimidate us, hopefully all of us old time residents can see through the "smoke and mirrors" being used on us and vote for what's right. PP was passed by the majority and is now being re-interpreted by the minority, that road, that retaining wall is a structure!!

Posted by Very Simple
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

It boils down to adults (in Bridle Creek and Sycamore Heights) pouting and whining like children about a document they signed and now regret. Then lobbying others to support them.

If you regret it and don't want the traffic in your neighborhood, MOVE!

It's really very simple.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

"The hills of Pleasanton is the wrong place for you to develop, and the wrong place for your traffic." Seems your home is in the hills.

Posted by to Very Simple
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jan 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Holy wow. I don't live in either of the 3 or 4 neighborhoods, but the idea of "if you don't like traffic then move" would apply to every person that lives in Pleasanton. This sounds like trouble and should be rejected when it comes to a vote of the people.

And the above posters, you sounds like more bullying to me. My 3rd grade son came home in November sporting Anti-bullying orange bracelets from Pleasanton schools. Looks like some adults could use them as well. This is not your best self.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm


What are you talking about? This is about two neighborhoods wanting to push all new traffic into another neighborhood. This isn't the people of Pleasanton vs the builder. This is about neighborhood vs neighborhood. And the referendum supporters saying otherwise are being untruthful.

Posted by Resident of Ventana Hills
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm

@to Very Simple,

You might find it equally troubling that paid referendum petition signatures were apparently seen on school grounds at PMS earlier this week (in the parking lot, which is considered part of the school campus grounds and violates PUSD policy, unless they had prior permission of PUSD to be there), tapping on parents' car windows to ask them to sign the petition.

These apparently are some of the lengths the people paying for those signature gatherers are going to so you can vote on the matter, decide on traffic related to a small housing project (43 homes), that doesn't affect your neighborhood.

Compromise is a fact of life, and how most government entities get things done.

Our Mayor and City Council struck a compromise to resolve the matter between the 4 neighborhoods and the builder, Greenbriar, but residents of two neighborhoods, Sycamore Heights and Bridle Creek, refuse to accept it.

Sad, but true.

Posted by Trina
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

@ ND2.....or really Sycamore Height -Bridle Creek resident

"we stick with the facts"….What the referendum supporters really "stick with" is the lie and propaganda that PP is being violated.

When you make a FALSE statement like that to another person on this forum with the intention that the other person believe that statement to be true, that is a definition of lying. And I might note, this whole referendum is built on that lie.

"we deeply care about Pleasanton hillsides and ridges"… This is what the referendum supporters want everyone to believe. I can't tell you how many times I've heard the signature gatherers spout that one.

What you really "deeply care about" is keeping traffic from 31 homes (I repeat 31 homes) of the approved project in a VALLEY from being accessed via Sunset Creek Lane and thus, out of your neighborhood and off the road in front of your house.

I do agree with you that you are not ignorant… know EXACTLY what you are doing: using your financial wherewithal to mislead the people of Pleasanton and promote your NIMBY driven agenda through a $247,000 referendum to get your way.

Posted by Resident of Ventana Hills
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm


To reinforce your point re: "we deeply care about Pleasanton hillsides and ridges"... This is what the referendum supporters want everyone to believe.,

Just read Matt Sullivan's latest letter to the editor, published in today's (1/28/16) edition of The Independent, where he states:

"The Council could have found an acceptable compromise, including upholding Measure PP by granting the permitted 10 unit exemption acceptable to both neighborhoods."

Yeah, right, Matt.

Let's see--you're assuming Greenbriar agrees to a 10 home project, which the former City Attorney already indicated would expose the City to a possible takings lawsuit by them because of the large reduction in homes.

Additionally, guess you don't really "deeply care about Pleasanton hillsides and ridges," since that exemption (again, assuming Greenbriar even agrees to submitting a 10 home project after already agreeing to a compromise that is acceptable to them), then allows them to build all 10 of those homes on hillsides and ridges.

More unbelievable hypocrisy.

More misguided conclusions based on ignorance of the facts.

Posted by Think about it?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm

If the council really wanted to protect Ventana Hills, they would have capped that road years ago. Three (3) votes of the council in August last year and no more traffic-period. But NO, the mayor and council did nothing.

Face it, you were set up so Greenbriar could make more money and the council could get more donations by the developer. Time to work together not against each other.

Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

If your house is near tracks… expect trains. If your house is near an airport… expect planes. If your house is near a school… expect heavy traffic at 8am and 3pm. If your house is near a street that abruptly ends with a "dead end" sign… expect that road to someday be extended.

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