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Pleasanton 2017: Building boom continues

Original post made on Jan 13, 2017

For a city that only a few years ago elected a slow-growth City Council, voted for a measure limiting the number of apartments and homes to 29,000 and even stalled the planned extension of Stoneridge Drive to Livermore by nearly a decade, times have changed. Just look at what's in store in 2017.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:08 AM

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Posted by a member
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

"It also will have some of the highest rents in Pleasanton, starting at $1,900 a month for a studio/one-bedroom, going to $2,262 for a regular one-bedroom, $2,803 for two bedrooms and $3,427 a month for three-bedroom units."
My adult daughter and I already stopped by there last week. These prices have already gone up...a lot.


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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

I really hope the city of Pleasanton does it's due diligence - this city is growing too fast. The infrastructure (BART / Roads) can't handle the current population - so we are losing the Pleasanton "charm" that we all have loved.


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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

Jeb -

Thanks for laying all of this out for us; it's very much appreciated.
I have two questions I hope you can answer...

1. Regarding the new Pacific Pearl center at Stoneridge and El Charro, one has to wonder 'what kind of traffic study was done for that intersection?' During the December holiday season, the outlet stores alone cause a huge backup from I-580 in both directions, with people parking in the Target lot and dangerously trekking their way across the narrow 580 overpass to get to the outlets - a pedestrian accident waiting to happen. With 20-30 restaurants and businesses, the Pacific Pearl center is not a small corner strip mall and will generate a lot more traffic for that whole area.

2. The new Vintage Village complex, including Starbucks, at Stanley and Bernal/Valley sounds like it was grouped in with the Affordable Housing law suit; is that really the case? You state it (will have) 'some of the highest rents in Pleasanton.' Is there any sense or logic in finding how a $1,900/month studio contributes to an affordable housing plan? Those sound like San Francisco rents.

Thank you again for the article!


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Posted by School support?
a resident of Rosepointe
on Jan 13, 2017 at 10:28 am

As much as we appreciate the forward thinking of growing this amazing town and surroundings. As much as we appreciate the preservation of our small downtown feel. And as much as we appreciate all the options for additional living and shopping accommodations at our fingertips.....Where do the schools and their capacity to hold and educate these families kids fit in to all of this? It is as though it isn't a factor. One of the reasons we moved here 12 years ago was because we wanted our children to grow up with what we had had when we went to school. Reasonable classroom sizes, fantastic staff, teachers, a community that fought and supported the children's education and making that time in their lives special and memorable. How does that happen if we over populate and crowd the schools, enlarge classroom sizes and over work the incredible teachers and educators who are left to deal with it. Coming from an small Bay Area community that once thrived with small town feel, offered many amenities, parks, fantastic schools and love of those who lived there, and watched it all fall apart due to years of over building and overcrowding of schools. If we get so focused on the big stuff and forget about what makes our place special (schools/education/high test scores/community involvement/security...) are we eventually going to become like those other Bay Area cities we felt we had to move away from?


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Posted by Long Time P-towner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

@ School Support :
P-town is already there, especially with total mess PUSD has been in these last several years. "It ain't what it used to be'" folks! And that's a shame. (Where's Juanita Haugen


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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Jeff, question 2. I believe the answer is these developers can buy out of the affordable housing piece. They "donate" into an affordable housing fund at the city--what I heard was $5 million for this particular development. My understanding is we have met the affordable housing requirement set by the state, so there is no incentive to create more affordable housing. In the meantime, with no cap in place anymore, the city is approving building on every space possible, including those that are potential school sites and the plans for their new city center and use of the current space, and maybe even the spot they just spent $4.2 million for (although I've also seen others post it will be a parking structure).

School Support, as long as the district's demographers (through no fault of their own) are told by district staff to continue including the portables (over 100 across the district) as permanent student housing, the demographer will continue to say there is no immediate need for a school and we will have large, overcrowded campuses.

The district also likes to say there are "portables" and then there are "relocatables," implying the relocatables are permanent. The relocatables are nothing more than portables that have been put on slabs with facades slapped on the outside. The city, perhaps justifiably, believes the district demographer and is in no rush to help the district identify available land potential school sites (as I witnessed at the City/District Liaison meeting last week)--"maybe in January or February . . . if you have a superintendent." They *are* more than happy to include the district office in the downtown plan, but are not interested in discussing having the district office/staff included as part of the new City Center--"it's too late now."

There are a few people showing up to these and other meetings. We have got to participate more and in large numbers if we hope to create change in current thinking and planning.


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Posted by Apples
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

This is a huge drain on our infrastructure. Schools, roads, water, did I mention SCHOOLS!! Our teachers will feel the pain/strain of overcrowded schools immediately. When will we hold this community council/mayor, etc..accountable? Slow down the growth. Is anyone listening?

And let's put our children and teachers at the top of the list. Let's make them our STARS!! AND look to them for our future.


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Posted by Sjh
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jan 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

This just sickens me. As a Pleasanton resident for over 50
yrs can't believe the change. It's no longer a small town as people say and it's getting ugly like Dublin. I'm sure all the city of ptown board members and mayors never grew up in Pleasanton and remembers the beauty of the Pleasanton in once had.


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Posted by Jimbo Freeman
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 13, 2017 at 10:08 pm

The good news is now if you want overcrowding and pollution you no longer have to drive or fly to LA. Just enjoy it here in Pleasanton.


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Posted by KW
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm

To Sjh: Agreed. It's like this article is "bragging"...I am absolutely stunned at the Rents. How are our young people supposed to afford these rents? Affordable Housing??? ALMOST $3,500.00 for a 3 bedroom "Apartment" condo as you call it...I live right here at Vineyard and Bernal and the traffic is already getting bad. What is the plan for those of us trying to get around the traffic and into our own homes? When there is an accident Eastbound 580 and everyone crawls through this part of town what the heck? It's all about $$$ and it always will be...:( I think I can forget about ever feeling safe riding my bicycle around town like the old day)s...Do we really need 30-40 new Asian restaurants in the other development? Asian's make up 30% of the population. So is that who is buying everything up??!!!! When are the people's voices going to actually be heard and make a difference. Gee, I am surprised we can still even see the hills at all..


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Posted by laverne
a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm

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Well... you get what you voted for. Maybe next election you should clear out some of the ol' cronies. Stop voting for the same ol' type, if you dont want the same ol' type of results.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

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San Francisco used to be a quaint little town.

Move on people. Times change.

Glad to see the new Asian market moving in.

Happy to see residents who lived here 50 years moving out.


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Posted by Airgar
a resident of Ironwood
on Jan 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm

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In the name of progress...ugh...goodbye Pleasanton I'm going to miss you!


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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2017 at 8:30 am

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@ BobB: Yes, we want Costco. Yes, we want more Asian markets. Yes, we want more housing so people actually have a place to live, work, and raise a family, fulfilling their American Dream.

And absolutely yes, we are happy to see residents who lived here 50 years moving out, indeed. We need some new blood and tech fortune to bring some life to this city and make it better. I'm sorry some of you are stuck in the 50's.

The "old town feel" stuff is getting way too old for most of us.

That's EXACTLY what we voted for in the last election. Things will only get better for most of us.

Adios Amigo! I hear there are still a lot of "old town feel" places in Mexico where you can reside ;)


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Posted by caywen
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:12 am

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Normally I'd feel a bit bad for people to get displaced either due to culture or economics. Except that most of you will be making $800K on your house. So... world's smallest violin.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2017 at 6:02 am

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"And absolutely yes, we are happy to see residents who lived here 50 years moving out, indeed. We need some new blood and tech fortune to bring some life to this city and make it better. I'm sorry some of you are stuck in the 50's."

I haven't lived here fifty years, and wasn't born until well after the 50's. So I do not represent the group you mention above, yet I too am not happy with the changes to Pleasanton, and in the tri-valley as a whole.

And I do not think that "tech fortune" will improve this town, or "bring some life to this city and make it better" as you say. I think this city is great, in part, because of diversity in professions, culture, background, income (though the bottom is definitely getting pushed out) and age. Wanting people out because they were born in, or remember, the 50's is ageism, just another form of discrimination.

But don't worry, when I retire I will be moving out of town, so you can complain about the other people who are 'stuck in the 70's', or 'stuck in the 80's', but not me, I will get out of the way of the "new blood and tech fortune", cause they will "bring some life to this city". I'm sorry I'm dragging you down.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 18, 2017 at 10:23 am

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Common Sense, so if this "old town feel" is "way too old," what drew you here in the first place? In fairness, I think our downtown is beyond sleepy and needs some peppier businesses, but we came here in 1985, left in 1993, and came right back here 20 years ago. Good place to live; good place to raise kids; and now a good place to raise grandkids. Growing just to grow is not a benefit to anyone except city tax coffers.


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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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@ caywen: you're right! they are laughing all the way to the bank while on their way out. What's there to complain about?

@ Get the Facts: Not "ageism", just that most people tend to resist changes as they age. I know I do. But I know to get out of the way and not impede progress. That's how our world evolve. Like it or not, Pleasanton is changing and will continue to change in the years to come. Those from the 70's and 80's are more likely to embrace changes since we grew up with many changes in our lives. It isn't as easy for those who grew up in the 50's...IMHO. But impeding progress just 'cuz you want things like it used to be...well, that's definitely getting old. Just look at the classic Pavlovian response on this message board every time some new development is being proposed. That's gotta go!

@ Kathleen Ruegsegger: what drew me here is the cultural diversity, better than average schools, numerous parks, relatively lower cost of living, and the continuous business and residential development. Don't get me wrong...I don't want us to become Dublin but neither do I want us to remain stagnant. I never visited downtown Main Street prior to moving here but do think its character is well worth preserving. But for other parts of Pleasanton, I think we need further development to bring in more tech businesses and their workers. The truth is, you simply can't please everyone.

Times have changed so Pleasanton should continue to change with time. I think our elected officials are doing a fine job and facilitating these changes. Anyone of those city officials who impede changes should be voted out of office, IMHO. And that's my 2 cents for today...



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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

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@Kathleen Ruegsegger,

For me, the move to Pleasanton was to be nearer to my tech job that moved to the East Bay. I preferred the feel of Mountain View at the time. It had a nicer downtown and more diversity. It was also a great place to raise children. Growth, the kind that Pleasanton has experienced in the last 15 or so years, has improved Pleasanton. I wouldn't have considered moving to Pleasanton before BART or Stoneridge mall. "Growing just to Grow" has benefited me. I think Pleasanton is way more livable now than in the past in many ways.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

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I am for smart growth. I posted a map some time back of the prediction for the Bay Area in 2100. We can expect to grow; no avoiding it. But we have to be mindful, and right now our kids are sardines on campuses.


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