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Pleasanton: Judge rules in favor of city to effectively end latest lawsuit over proposed Costco store

Original post made on Nov 16, 2020

A judge last Friday ruled against the petitioners suing the city of Pleasanton for a second time over environmental approvals for the proposed Costco and JDEDZ, potentially ending the lawsuit and clearing the way for the project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 16, 2020, 11:53 AM

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Posted by Long Time Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm

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Thank you Judge Roesch! Next thing we will be how does the EIR be effected by what if the Alameda Fairground gets converted to a shelter for the homeless. The voters have voted and let it be. Don't be a sore loser like Trump!


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Posted by Vic-tah
a resident of Mission Park
on Nov 16, 2020 at 4:16 pm

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So what's the betting that the opposition does appeal? Gesh. And how long after that until the first shovel? What a waste of judicial time and an abuse of the system.


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Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 16, 2020 at 4:33 pm

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There is still plenty of time to gas up at those overpriced Shell gas stations, M. S. will definitely have a plan C up his sleeve to keep dragging this out who cares what Pleasanton’s majority wants !!


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Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm

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I figure these lawsuits are a delaying tactic to make CostCo give up and go away. I hope the lawsuits are deemed frivolous and that the City counter-sues to get back the taxpayer dollars that were spent in attorney fees fighting a legal challenge for a second time. M.S. group did the same on the Stoneridge Drive completion. They claimed a rare and endangered plant would be destroyed when it was later found to be a common weed.


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Posted by AnaB
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 16, 2020 at 7:17 pm

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Why build a Costco in Pleasanton? There is one in Danville and another in Livermore, no need for 3 so close to each other. I feel Ikea would be more beneficial, especially with all the 4-story apartment buildings continuing being built. I have so many others saying the same thing, it's ridiculous to build another Cosco, period!


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a resident of Birdland

on Nov 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm

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Posted by Ornithology
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2020 at 9:20 pm

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Phew...

Please ( with praying hands) let this be the end of M.S. and crew holding this development hostage.

To Costco:

Please stick with us. Most here are very excited to have you in Pleasanton.


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Posted by Ptowner
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Nov 17, 2020 at 9:33 am

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Matt Sullivan no longer represents the majority of the citizens of Pleasanton. He and his group have been on the wrong side of this issue and have been standing in the way of the majority of the voters who long ago have expressed their wish to have Costco in Pleasanton. The delay in providing the advantages of having a Costco in Pleasanton to meet the needs of the people, the jobs denied, the lost tax revenue that could have been put to good use, and the cost to the city for legal fees has been outrageous and shameful. Let the will of the people be realized. Thank you Judge Roesch for your proper ruling.


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Posted by chet
a resident of Lund Ranch II
on Nov 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm

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@AnB...Ikea is going to build in Dublin. All plans are in place. As yet they haven't pulled permits.


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Posted by Cliff S
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Nov 17, 2020 at 9:16 pm

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The high cost of low price: Why is it so important to you Costco advocates to have another big box store here, killing all the small businesses and killing Pleasanton's rare small town feel? step back, slow down, quit spending money on more cheap junk and save the planet, and our town. Please care. if you're compromising on your morals because you are begging for cheap gas, what you really need is to get rid of your gas guzzler. (Gas should be 10.00 a gallon) Or just plow down old Pleasanton, throw it away, build new retail everywhere like all the other boring new towns so all of us who do care will move away for you. We do not need more Walmarts, home depots, Macdonalds, shake shacks, chick filets, burger kings... all the places who don't care about the community or the environment at all, just their stock holders, your money, and shutting out local business with cheaper prices. not worth it. The claimed tax dollars and low paying jobs are not worth the cost.


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 18, 2020 at 7:13 am

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Yes, but no one is proposing to tear down downtown. The Costco will be in an unused corner of town.

And no one is proposing shopping at Costco instead of downtown—not any more than they already do at the crowded Livermore or Danville locations. And both have or will have cheap gas.

The only question is why build a Costco so close to ones already. And that’s up to Costco, not us, to decide, based on their analysis. Which so far says they should.

All that’s left is what is in it for sure, and that’s sales tax revenue—and maybe convenience.

Not difficult to figure out. We get a slight benefit, as supported by the voters, and Costco figures they somehow make enough money to justify. I doubt much else will change, except for traffic.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 18, 2020 at 10:46 am

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Im here for the comments


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Posted by CWM
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 18, 2020 at 12:52 pm

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Cliff, I get where you are going but I think you're barking up the wrong tree. I agree that small businesses are feeling the pinch not only due to large retailers like Costco, Wallmart..... but also the pandemic that we are living with. However I think the real threat to small business is the internet. With a large number of people using the internet for the first time to order all sorts of goods because of Covid-19 they are realizing the convenience of ordering online and having it delivered to your front door. I would worry much more about the ease of ordering on the internet than having a Costco built by the freeway.


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