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Pleasanton: Citizen group appeals judge's rejection of lawsuit over proposed Costco store

Original post made on Jan 28, 2021

Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Growth are appealing an Alameda County Superior Court judge's rejection of their lawsuit against the city of Pleasanton over environmental approvals for the proposed Costco store and the JDEDZ.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12:44 PM

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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 28, 2021 at 3:58 pm

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Really...this is still newsworthy? In my opinion Mr. Sullivan has cost us nothing but money. Think about all of that sales tax revenue that was lost because of the virus and how part of it could have been offset if Costco was open. Enough is enough!


Posted by Linda Kelly
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 28, 2021 at 5:52 pm

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Heavy sigh. Please, not again, Mr. Sullivan. Each of us needs to pull together to help our communities recover from the economic and health disaster that is Covid. Do your part by stopping the senseless and costly lawsuits that serve only to stir up angst. The majority of your neighbors are anxious to see the new Costco, have said so repeatedly. Find another passion to occupy your time and spend your money on, for all our sakes.


Posted by Mike
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 28, 2021 at 8:54 pm

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File a counter suite for damages. Once these frivolous lawsuits become something that truly cost the LOSERS some cash they will drop it. Laws in CA need to change to balance the system against suing developers for wanting progress. Enough LOSERS! What a joke citizens for responsible growth is. The only thing they want is high gas prices, low wage jobs and a stagnant Pleasanton economy! Enough!


Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jan 29, 2021 at 10:45 am

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Linda Kelly...You don't really believe the tMatt Sullivan is spending his OWN money on lawsuits, do you? He hasn't spent his OWN money for many years now....
COSTCO would have contributed many tax dollars towards the coffers of the City of Pleasanton, to offset the many Dollars lost by the closing of restaurants and other businesses due to the COVID mess.
All this fuss over something that's been voted FOR but the Voters in Pleasanton...Really? Why have a vote, if Voters do not matter? What are we becoming? Vote the Sue!...


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 30, 2021 at 9:14 am

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5 years and still nothing.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Money well spent by the local Gas Station owners, right?

That Sullivan is a swell guy, isn't he? <---sarcasm


Posted by Linda Kelly
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 30, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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Dknute, I don't actually have a clue whose money he is spending because names of persons in his group are so far unidentified. As I understand it, he has refused to divulge who any members of his group are and attempts to ascertain that information have failed. Early on, I asked why he is so obsessed with preventing his fellow Pleasantonians from having this well-vetted project and was told he is simply an angry man.
This city has bent over backward attempting to help local businesses and residents weather the covid storm, and to waste city monies fighting this unfair litigation can result in hardships on us all. I urge him to just knock it off. And yes, I know I'm probably wasting my breath, but I had to say it.


Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 30, 2021 at 3:08 pm

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Linda K...I'm not so sure that he is really "simply an angry man". I do, however, think that he is a shameless opportunist who follows the money. He's on a payroll and that is for sure. If Costco had gotten to him first then I'm sure he would be all for the project. Just my opinion, I could be wrong. But one thing that I'm not wrong about is that this has gone on for WAY TOO LONG.


Posted by Ornithology
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

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“You’re killing me Smalls”

Matt,

Enough.... please, ENOUGH

You continue to go against the citizens votes on this issue.

As a council member, you represented US.

Well, US HAS VOTED. You loose.

Move on and try your hand at something else.

And, PLEASE LIST Those sponsoring you. Gas stations, probably. Anti ‘everything’ people’... likely.

(God: please let it stop. Amen)


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 31, 2021 at 8:14 am

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We are familiar with Matt Sullivan:
The group he speaks for whoever they are, appear to be reclusive in that they have self-sequestered, their ambitions unclear and subject to speculative banner.

What we know is, Costco will be built. Maybe not in Matt Sullivan's life time, but it will be built!

The price of goods and service Costco provides results in significant savings to the membership.

The price for a gallon of gas at Costco is routinely $0.65 - $0.75 cents per gallon cheaper than the nearest competitor. For every ten gallons of gas, we pump into our cars saves us $6.50 - $7.50 of our hard earned money.

The merchandise and food stuff at Costco is routinely 30% less in cost than the nearest competitor, sometimes greater than 30%.

Costco's rotisserie chicken is a huge whole chicken, and tasty for $4.99, the nearest competitor occasionally sells on sale small pieces, eight pieces for $5.00. The hot dogs, delicious and cheap, and there is fresh made pizza, it is filling.

Years ago, I purchased a new car through Costco's new car program, I saved $3,000 from what the dealer priced to me.

Plan you exclusive vacation package and business travel through Costco's travel program.

Have your prescription meds filled at Costco, save more money, write off your membership fee.

Whatever your purchase plans, check it out at Costco first, you will save money.

I receive a substantial bonus or cashback every February, it is always $300 plus, my wife also receives cash back bonus money with her Costco Citi card.




Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 31, 2021 at 9:59 am

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Where is the mayor on this? I do know that Matt Sullivan provided her a ‘Key Endorsement’ on her page at the time she was running for city counsel in 2012- see link: Web Link

Politics being what they are, it is always a matter of following the money and power. I have concerns that COSTCO may not become a reality. I certainly do not hear any supporting comments from City Hall to the contrary. If there are, I would ask someone to speak up- perhaps I missed it.


Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 31, 2021 at 11:56 am

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"comments from City Hall"...that's funny. We have no representation at City Hall. WE VOTED...end of discussion. City Hall, that's really funny now. These are the same people that are slamming the citizens into EBCE.


Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 31, 2021 at 2:07 pm

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I am for the Costco... And I have not read the briefs nor anything to do with the legal case... But could it be that the same EIR process that produced pinching Owens down to one lane, and the wonderfully convenient traffic situation at Chick-fil-A, is at work again for Costco?


Posted by John
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 1, 2021 at 12:13 am

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Which is better for Pleasanton?
Customers shopping at the Livermore Costco or customers shopping at the new Pleasanton Costco? If the Pleasanton Costco is not built, then all the tax dollars go to Livermore.


Posted by Long Time Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

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This is ridiculous! The voters have voted 3 times and reject the objections 3 times. What else do we need to do to get this ball rolling?

BTW, with the objections, does the judge realize the impact report is based on the situation when the report was written NOT based on current situation. If this gets dragged out, how will the judge make the decision? On the other hand, if CA is going to all ELECTRIC VEHICLES in 3 years, the arguments about pollution become moot because there will be no more car pollution. Anyone who argues otherwise should take it with the State.

Enough is enough. All these activities are making the lawyers rich and taxpayers poorer since the City has to defend the frivolous law suits.


Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 1, 2021 at 2:49 pm

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Hey Long Time...Electric vehicles are not pollution free. They have to be charged and solar and wind can't handle that and their batteries have to be recycled. But you are dead right about the lawyers. There's always somebody behind the curtain making money at the tax payers expense.


Posted by Linda Kelly
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 1, 2021 at 4:29 pm

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James Michael and Longtime Resident, not to worry. The executive order by the governor has a target date of 2035 for starters, and it applies only to new passenger vehicles sold. You don't have to get rid of your gas guzzlers until they fall apart. And the big ol' noisy gravel and garbage trucks, busses, and commercial vehicles already owned are good to go .
But James...if France and Germany and 13 other countries can do it, we can do it as well if not better. Please don't fret.


Posted by Mr. Julius
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 3, 2021 at 10:28 am

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We need the new Costco now more than ever with the JoeBama / Harris Green Energy plans. Over 25,000 jobs and a huge pipeline already canceled, giving China a quick gift.

$30 Billion earmarked for farmers by the Trump Administration will now go to White Elephants like the California High Speed Rail, likely our biggest boondoggle ever. Highway 5 made since, Highway 99? The lawyer full-employment act, and not many farm workers will need $60 rides to nowhere.

A Highway 5 route, and / or a 3rd lane on Hwy 5, were logical choices. Not to Greenies.


Posted by Becky
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 4, 2021 at 9:52 am

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What is happening with the possible IKEA store in Dublin?


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 4, 2021 at 10:57 am

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To be factual, electric cars give off CO2, the alleged boogie gas of the left.


Posted by chet
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 4, 2021 at 5:22 pm

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@Becky..I contacted Dublin planning and asked about IKEA. They said all plans are in place to proceed but they have not pulled permits yet.


Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 5, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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The study of Cumulative impacts is standard EIR 101 so I’ll be interested in exactly what is being challenged. Sounds like frivolous attempt lacking merit once again and that’s probably why the appeal court judge denied it. I thought PCRG said during the last campaign that they were only providing unbiased public info about issues. Why are they now aligned with this second lawsuit? And the public still does not know the names of their board members. Anyways, a question was asked as to who funds Mr Sullivan. I can only think it’s possibly organized labor group(s) since CostCo is non-union.


Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 5, 2021 at 7:03 pm

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Mica...Costco has both union and non-union employees just as it has both union and non-union stores. Most of the union stores are on the west coast. But it is a fair and generous employer. Much fairer and generous than the gas stations that want to keep it out.


Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 5, 2021 at 8:53 pm

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James Michael, thanks for this input. I keep grasping for straws as to why Mr Sullivan is so anti CostCo or big box retailer and hotel(s) at this site when the public wants it and it will add convenience and permit fees and sales tax to our coffers. I think he is telling us how and where we should shop and that he has an unhealthy bias against big box retail. He opposed WalMart as well as the WalMart grocery store where people can get lower prices to feed their families. They haven’t resulted in the deplorable s invading our town. Talk about a self centered egomaniac and snob.


Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 10, 2021 at 5:19 pm

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And isn't it a little strange that M. Sullivan and the Costco haters have nothing to say about the new project near the mall across from Kaiser? They plan to bulldoze the place and put up 3 office buildings and parking. How about that traffic M. Sullivan? Anything to say? Another law suit? I guess it's okay because they don't plan to have a gas station on the site.





Posted by David
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 11, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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This is nothing more than somebody worrying about losing money at the gas stations that he owns and pumping up a bunch of puppets to support him.


Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2021 at 7:32 pm

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Judging from the comments here, perhaps the Pleasanton Weekly should do what the SF Chronicle has done and eliminate reader comments from all their stories.


Posted by Becky
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 18, 2021 at 9:35 am

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The Livermore Costco is too crowded, yet they refuse to increase their hours of operation. I wish they would build a new Costco in Dublin.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 18, 2021 at 9:51 am

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Costco is building a Costco in Pleasanton because the Livermore Costco is maxed out and there are more than Twenty Thousand Pleasanton residents that are Costco members.


Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:50 pm

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Wondering why MS doesn’t go after Costco in Danville for building the mega gas station?? Surely it will cut into his pals profits at nearby Shell gas stations?
Build our Costco now and quit with the delay tactics MS!! Citizens of PTown step up and quit buying over priced shell gas, hit these clowns in their pocketbooks and do some damage!!!


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 25, 2021 at 9:37 am

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Costco announced today that they are raising minimum wage for their store workers to $16 hour. That is greater than hourly wage paid to workers at Amazon, Best Buy, target and many others.


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