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Guest Opinion: If we want to maintain local control, then do something about housing

Original post made on Jul 9, 2021

Blaming the state is a deflection for not coming up with any locally controlled solutions. If Pleasanton got a blank check for development and infrastructure from the state tomorrow, strong opposition for any new housing would remain.

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Posted by Fact Checker
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 9, 2021 at 9:11 am

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2021 at 9:16 am

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The 500 lb. gorilla!

I always will wonder what our RHNA numbers would have been if the original East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force had never been cancelled. We had local control and we stopped work on it.

Posted by Lakshmi
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 9, 2021 at 9:21 am

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Dear Ms. Duggan,

Thank you so much for this piece. You echoed my thoughts on the Vice Mayor's piece.

Simply stating that anything other than a large lot, single-family housing changes Pleasanton's way of living is not just exclusionary but excludes everyone else who doesn't meet certain socioeconomic criteria. The Pleasanton City Council has been voting against or even turning down creative proposals like the one at Barone's site that would have provided middle housing for people like me who have a full-time job as a Govt. employee but cannot afford to own or rent w/o my spouse's income. Looks like the City Council just wants to continue exclusionary zoning policies that will only allow McMansions and certain demographics to "maintain their way of life." Pretty classist

Posted by Diana Champlin
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 9, 2021 at 10:11 am

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Kate Duggan,

Well said!!

Posted by Craig
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

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I'd like to live in Blackhawk, can somebody build me a 1 million dollar house? I know they sell for a lot more but I just want a small house on a little lot just like I have in Val Vista.

Posted by Bryan Gillette
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 9, 2021 at 10:50 am

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Great article Kate. If we want local control then we have to solve our own housing problems versus the state mandating what we do. I am hopeful our Council will read your article and look for solutions so Pleasanton maintains control over its housing situation. We don’t need another housing lawsuit like we’ve had in the past. Thanks for your involvement on the Housing Commission and always focusing what is best for our City.

Posted by Simba
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jul 9, 2021 at 10:57 am

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Thank you, Ms. Duggan. I appreciate being informed by your perspective.

Posted by Lori J. Rice
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 9, 2021 at 11:39 am

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Couldn't agree more, thanks Kate!

Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 9, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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Well written and compelling. Thank you Kate Duggan. We must take control of our future housing obligations. Otherwise we will be forced into a situation none of us will like.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 9, 2021 at 2:16 pm

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I don't know about the rest of you.

I am glad, that back in November 2020, the effort to relocate the Oakland homeless to the Alameda County Fairgrounds failed.

Posted by Dean Wallace
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 9, 2021 at 4:13 pm

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Great piece! If we don’t want our communities to become places where only the rich or retired can live, something has to be done. We need workable solutions — thank you for showing what true courage in service of the public looks like!

Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 10, 2021 at 7:25 am

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We can do both.

We don’t need to greatly increase the density of existing neighborhoods, most of which are already parking-poor and not transit friendly by any stretch. And there’s no reason to build like Dublin, where developers eliminate lot size and yet sell at above-market, forcing traffic and noise problems.

But we should be aggressively converting the Hacienda lots and the east side into transit friendly, affordable housing. Pleasanton has plenty of undeveloped or non-residential land for that.

Posted by Affordable John
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 10, 2021 at 8:35 am

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I'm baffled by people that think density brings affordability. The market can't deliver affordability. Affordability requires state subsidies. Unfortunately years ago the state took away the its almost $2B in annual funding. We won't get affordability until we get massive state funding.

Current state legislation, if passed, will only make the problem worse. State funding and anti-speculation legislation would help.

The Bay Area has vast swaths of broad commercial corridors that could be rezoned for mixed use providing enough capacity for all of our housing needs. Unfortunately bills supporting that logical expansion (SB 6 and SB 15) have not been moved forward in a legislature that seems focused on supporting special interest bills over the needs of the people.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 10, 2021 at 4:36 pm

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Exactly- some of the most dense locations are the most expensive…..and interestingly enough also have
- highest crime
- highest homelessness
- worst schools

Please stop pushing your urban agenda on everyone - there is nothing wrong with suburban communities

Posted by PleasantonAdvocate
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 11, 2021 at 2:13 pm

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Thank you Ms Duggan for taking the stand. We appreciate your leadership.

It is time to stop arguing and start problem solving. We are a creative community. If we decide we wanted to accomplish a goal, we can get together and do it. I agree that we want less crime, less homelessness, better schools, but shutting down ideas and maintaining status-quo doesn't help either.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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Pleasanton Ridge should be revisited for development. For some folks that was affordable housing.

Pleasanton voters defeated measure PP in 2008. Again 2010 Pleasanton voters defeated Measure D - Oak Grove development. It was approved by the Pleasanton city council.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2021 at 11:27 pm

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Why is the only solution an attack on suburban living? Seems like those only seeing high density housing as a solution are shutting down ideas.

Posted by kmary1
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 12, 2021 at 10:03 am

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Great Editorial. Thanks Kate.

This is so much more on point and useful than the constant complaining by the anti-growthers - Julie and Karla et. al. We never see helpful, farsighted recommendations from this group, only complaints and "the state is wrong, we won't do it."

Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 12, 2021 at 10:54 am

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But if we want to maintain Local Control, we need to do a better job with Local Control. Our recent "Local Controllers" are the folks who narrowed Owens to one lane, put a Chik-Fil-A within 100 yards of an In-N-Out Burger, and can't get out of their own way to bring a Costco to town...

Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jul 14, 2021 at 2:59 pm

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Kudos to Ms Dugan for a cogent editorial with a grasp on the facts and devoid of scare tactics. Years of NIMBY attitudes have backed us into a corner to provide zoning for lots of new housing. Few recall that a successful lawsuit over a lack of housing forced Pleasanton to cease all building permits until housing was built. Now I fear the community will take the easy way out and support zoning all of East Pleasanton (industrial area) for high density instead of a combo of uses when new units should be spread out across the city.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2021 at 11:10 pm

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Just let Dublin build it. They love it and want it. Buy high density housing credits from Dublin, let them build

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