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Pro-referendum group paying for robocalls

Original post made by Resident of Ventana Hills, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2016

The wealthy residents of Sycamore Heights and Bridle Creek, in addition to buying another full-page ad in this week's (1/29/16) edition of the Pleasanton Weekly, are also now paying for 'robocalls' to encourage people to sign their referendum petition.

To wit, this post in the Why not a referendum? Town Square forum string:

Posted by Diana
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
(posted earlier today, 1/29/16)

"Now we got a robo call encouraging us to sign the Lund ranch referendum. I'm amazed at how much money these people are throwing at it. Our neighborhood just wants a stop sign or speed bumps to keep the kids safe, wish we had this kind of money to gather in support of that. This is getting ridiculous and making me really hate the petition gatherers. I'm actually starting to feel harassed. I was approached at Safeway, at two separate schools, and now on the phone. Leave me alone, I'm not signing and I'm glad I never did."

BTW, PUSD does not allow solicitors on any Pleasanton school grounds/campuses, which includes school parking lots, without their permission.

Comments (9)

Posted by Fact Checker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

If you did sign and now regret it, you can have your name removed. Get the form at

Posted by robocalled
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

Hey Resident of Ventana Hills - guess what. The rich City of Pleasanton also used robocalling to encourage people to not sign the petition. And guess what - I paid for it, as did all the other tax-paying residents. So your point is....? No wonder referendums cost so much.

And I'm sure you're right - PUSD probably does not allow solicitors. Unfortunately, ordinary tax-paying citizens don't have the "right" to disallow solicitors on their own doorsteps.

Not much of a city supporter here.... Perhaps you might start to understand why anything the city supports is suspect in many citizens' minds?

Posted by huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:18 am

Better listen to your robo call more closely. Mine were definitely NOT from the City. Or are you just trying to create more misinformation?

Posted by robocalled
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:34 am

Trust me - I listened closely. The robocall definitely urged me NOT to sign the petition. So there are 2 possible sources - the developer or the City. I chose the city - guess I'm at a place where I'd believe that. How do you know it wasn't, or that they didn't encourage it (since they stand to reap tax benefits from the project going forward)?

Posted by huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

I received a robo call not to sign the petition and if I did how I could have my name removed. At the end of the call it gave a phone number and paid for by some LLC I didn't catch. why would the city get involved--wouldn't that be a misuse of taxpayer funds? Not worth the risk I would think.

Posted by fact checker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2016 at 9:39 am

Political calls are not subject to the Do Not Call List because such recorded messages or live calls do not include telephone solicitations. So, if you are a registered voter and list your phone number on your voter registration, your phone number is public information. So, if you don't want political phone calls, fill out a new voter registration card and don't list your phone number, which is an optional field!

Posted by Resident of Ventana Hills
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm


You are sadly misinformed and are making a false accusation. Those robocalls are generated by Greenbriar, not by the City of Pleasanton, and I received it, too, by the way. They identify themselves as 'GHC LLC' at the end. I believe the message also includes a 925 phone number at the end as well, presumably so you can call and request to be taken off their call list.

GHC LLC is Greenbriar, not the City of Pleasanton.

Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

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Posted by Trina
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

@ Eric

I never got a call but I know what you mean about "invasive and polarizing".

My eldest daughter was picking up her kids from school the other day and signature gatherers were on school property trying to get her and the another woman on campus to sign the petition as they were walking w/ their kids..….talk about "invasive and polarizing"

She's a lady, so she was not " " off….. but she was very surprised that out of town "political" operatives were invading the campus and were actually paid for every signature they were able to get!!!

To the defense of the Sycamore Heights/Bridle Creek folks, in a political campaign I guess one can afford to be a bit "lazy" if you are going to outsource the work and spend $50,000 to hire non resident Pleasanton folks to collect signatures.

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