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Upbeat year ahead for Pleasanton

Original post made on Jan 3, 2019

Corporate and retail growth, along with the city's financial stability, promise to make 2019 another banner year for Pleasanton.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:37 pm

Pleasanton isn't meant to be a city of over 80,000 traffic is already a nightmare at times the historic downtown has no historic feel except for a few buildings and now the 2 and 3 story housing and offices "Pleasanton the city that abondand it's history"

4 people like this
Posted by Dave
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm

How about a parking structure downtown ? I can’t even park in front of my own house. 10 years till retirement and this mess will be in my rear view mirror !

17 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 3, 2019 at 7:24 pm

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This all sounds like progress to me. I'm looking forward to all the new development. I am really glad to see that Workday chose to keep its headquarters in Pleasanton.

6 people like this
Posted by James
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 3, 2019 at 11:07 pm

When I moved here the sign used to say...City of Planned Progress. I guess the “Planning” disappeared over the lat 45 years.

12 people like this
Posted by Raymond
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 4, 2019 at 10:32 am

Pleasanton is doing a good job of being fiscally responsible. These are very exciting changes coming to our city. My only suggestion is having some more commercial variety in the downtown area. Currently it is mostly restaurants. How about a movie theater? a grocery store? billiards hall? rock climbing?

8 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

Over the years we had a grocery store, a movie theater, and a pool hall downtown but in this day and age that is not what the younger deep pockets crowd is looking for, they want their stack and pack housing, wine and beer bars, nicer restaurants and some quaint little shops. They want easy parking for their cars and bike lanes and bike racks for their high end bikes. Used to be really nice here!!

7 people like this
Posted by Kayla
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 4, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Although I'm happy to see that some of our glaring vacancies will be taken care of, eating is not the only activity that the downtown should be focusing on. We need more retail/variety/gift shops. We have enough salons and spa's (massage parlor's) to fill an entire second town. If you are going to come to the downtown area deciding where to eat should not be the only thing to do. And the shops that are already here will up and leave or just die off with no interest. What are you offering to new merchants to want to sell and grow their future in our town? Rumors abound of bad landlords and skyrocketing rents. And then there's the elephant in the room that never seems to be addressed; parking, parking, PARKING!! Not only is it almost impossible as an employee of a downtown business we also get to hear constant, DAILY complaints from our customers.

9 people like this
Posted by Rose
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 4, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Please be careful generalizing what the "younger" crowd is looking for. Many people that I know who are "younger" and represent a range of socio-economic backgrounds in Pleasanton and the Bay Area, don't want "stack and pack housing" and all enjoy a wide range of options downtown.

10 people like this
Posted by Apples
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm

I would like to see 'trollies' of sorts to shuttle us back and forth to events downtown when the streets are closed. The parking issue has yet to be remedied so if we all parked in the LARGE parking lot at Amador (hoping there's no other event at the school that day/night) then be shuttled down old Stanley and dropped off near Meadow Lark Dairy (or somewhere). This could be the end to the parking issue when we have events downtown.

4 people like this
Posted by Tom & Ken
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 4, 2019 at 7:01 pm

There's no mention of " Porky's Pizza " on Valley & Hopyard. The building looks nice and looking forward to their Fried Chicken. Great Food to be served....San Leandro Porky's Pizza is always packed. Any clue of opening date?? Lot's going on in Pleasanton in 2019. Bill don't be so rough on Karen!!

5 people like this
Posted by Nick Valenziano
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Hi Tom and Ken,

Thank you for the support!

Porky’s is on track to be open in the beginning of March. We have already hired about 50 local high school students to help work there and still looking for lunch time team members. (removed)

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Posted by Tom & Ken
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 5, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Say there Nick,

Thanks for the much needed info....If I were a bit younger, I too
would jump at the chance to apply and be a team member at Porky's. Great that you hired local high school student's . They are good kids just starting out on their way to becoming responsible adults. Wishing you good fortune and Thanks for joining us in Pleasanton. Looking forward to your fantastic food menu.

6 people like this
Posted by Freeway Fixing Duh
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jan 5, 2019 at 11:17 pm

How about a 580W to 680S flyover?!?!?!?!

3 people like this
Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 6, 2019 at 8:44 am

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With some of this extra money, the City needs to get serious about parking in the Downtown. You want more variety and more to do Downtown? Make it easier and more inviting to go there! How did Livermore's Downtown shoot ahead of ours? Their City invested in their Downtown! It's about time ours does too...

16 people like this
Posted by My opinion
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2019 at 5:53 pm

My opinion is a registered user.

There is very rarely ever a time when parking is not available either one or two streets over from Main. The problem is the lazy people who expect to park ten feet from the door of the business they are visiting. Even for the Santa parade there was still parking on Second Street well after the parade started. Try going to Carmel and finding a place to park that is even within the city limits. Won't happen. Nor will it happen in many other popular towns. Learn to walk a couple hundred steps and stop expecting parking immediately in front of the stores.

6 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 6, 2019 at 6:37 pm

City leadership should continue to focus on paying down the Pleasanton pension debt.
They have made serious effort towards that debt, it should continue to be on the agenda.

8 people like this
Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

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Park on 2nd Street? I'd rather drive 5 minutes down Stanley and have another enjoyable night in Livermore...
It's about investment and commitment. Livermore has invested in their Downtown and it shows...

3 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm

My P's showed up over the holidays. They moved from Ptown to a very nice town on the east coast. A place I really like, but it doesn't fit my current dynamic. They absolutely love it.

After a couple weeks here, they commented, "Pleasanton is still the nicest place we have ever lived."

I traveled around a bit. I found nicer houses for the price. I found (rarely) places with better traffic. But the P's were right. It's certainly the best place I have ever lived.

8 people like this
Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 8, 2019 at 6:34 pm

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@Myopinion. AMEN TO THAT. Lived here my whole life and have never had trouble with parking, what a bunch of whiners, park that car and get out and walk a little, quit making those illegal u-turns on main st and running the stop signs trying to beat everybody to that perfect parking spot!! As for downtown Livermore I’ve had to park further out and walk then anytime in P-town, wait till they build that stack and pack housing along with the hotel in their downtown!! Hopefully JT honors her campaign promises and doesn’t give in to those clowns wanting to build that 200+ million palace for the city council.

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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 10, 2019 at 10:34 pm

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My suggestion to alleviate the parking situation which directly affects the types of business that set up shop and contributes to the current vacancies downtown; 3 parking structures of varying spaces and footprint- (1) at Peters/ W. Angela the lot behind Peet's. (2) at the Workbench and Inklings lot. (3) at the ACE train lot.

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