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Pleasanton leaders mull solutions for workforce housing shortage

Original post made on Oct 20, 2021

Solving the jobs-housing imbalance in Pleasanton will require building more housing for those currently commuting to work in the city boundaries but also encouraging local employers to hire more locally, city officials said Tuesday.

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Posted by Pweekly reader
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 20, 2021 at 6:42 pm

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Maybe letting Amazon come in and build their Borg warehouse full of low-wage/no benefit part time jobs was a bad idea? The average warehouse job will pay less than 1/3 of the average HHI for the city.

How many "affordable units" could have been built on the spot that thousands of Amazon workers who qualify for food stamps and ObamaCare, will commute to from 510 and 209?

It's just funny, the lack of self-awareness that is on display with these articles.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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There are a substantial number of commuters out of the Central Valley and elsewhere that are perfectly content with their homes, have no desire to live in Pleasanton. Their preference is to commute.

There are a substantial number of commuters on the Bart, Ace, and company busses that are perfectly content with their homes, have no desire to live n Pleasanton. Their preference is to commute.

How many other commuters into Pleasanton from everywhere will retire before 2032, the new housing element date.

Building more affordable housing or expensive housing in Pleasanton is likely to have periods of no electricity, due to PG&E cannot keep the power on, and there is the water problem. How will additional housing find water to flush the toilets? Zone Seven is squeaking by, poorly managed, their water is not fit for human consumption.

There is a need to know what the work force is in ten years. What are the jobs in Ten years? Will there be empty business parks in Ten years?

Posted by Jo
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 21, 2021 at 6:15 am

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We all can't live where we work...If I work in Atherton can you get me a home there?

Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 21, 2021 at 7:43 am

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"Dennis added, "You can't really calculate the savings as carbon sequestration unless you know how far they come from so that's why I think that that is a very important metric."

The important metric is housing affordability and availability, not the calculation of "savings" from carbon sequestration or "climate change" impacts. Cost of living is high enough in the Bay Area due to taxes/regulations, the state already has too many environmental regulations, and the last thing we need are additional mandates at the local level (leading to higher costs) to supposedly "save the planet".

It's laughable that the city or state is somehow going to make a difference (other than people like Dennis, Newsom, etc. wanting more control/micromanagement over residents) when nations like India and China are NOT going to participate in job killing/managed economic decline measures like carbon sequestration and/or getting rid of fossil fuels. California can't keep its own lights on because clean energy is both unreliable and can't be produced in sufficient quantity. This problem will only get worse with electric vehicle mandates and the elimination of natural gas in buildings.

Posted by John B
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:50 am

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The comments from City council is cost to build a house ~$1M. Of that there are about ~$200k city fees (with water, sewer, school) and add the cost for land + architecture, civil etc + financing cost + construction + profit. 15% are seniors in the town and where does care takers for these seniors have to stay/come ? Same thing applies to many other professions, where salary is around $100k. Not sure which builder will build affordable houses for ~$600k. RHNA will force city to implement the quota and they should do in all respects. City council (and the rest of bay area) was sleeping in all these years not producing enough houses. Our sons and daughters cannot afford $2M houses. Current policies by the city have to be relaxed and simulate more housing production. Should embrace SB9, SB10 to full extent with least/no restrictions and encourage more infill house production, else city will have 25% seniors with no one to take care of them in the next 10 years...

Posted by Jocelyn Combs
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 21, 2021 at 12:12 pm

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Amazon bought property in East Pleasanton, but development there has not been approved by the City Council. So there are a few steps before that can happen. Housing and traffic would needs to be discussed.

Posted by Becky Dennis
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Oct 21, 2021 at 3:03 pm

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MichaelB, the point of tracking carbon sequestration and GHG elimination resulting from Pleasanton’s investment in affordable housing for lower income service employees is to position the City to get a financial return through participation in the carbon marketplace. I do understand that day is some time off in the future. However, the price of carbon credits keeps rapidly rising. I want Pleasanton and our local businesses to get a return on all our climate action investments. Housing that eliminates employee commutes is currently the richest source of potential measurable carbon sequestration. The City should invest in a tracking system that quantifies our progress. The sooner Pleasanton reaches net neutrality, the sooner our climate action programs can generate returns in the carbon market.
For those interested in thinking about this approach to planning, here’s a website link with some of the basics. A Google query will give you access to many more.

Web Link

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 21, 2021 at 5:53 pm

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Wait thought we didn’t have enough water….

Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 21, 2021 at 7:14 pm

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Let’s build houses for our teachers, police officers, and people who serve our community. Amazon warehouse does not belong in Pleasanton in the middle of the city. We don’t need more Costco stores - enough of them with 20-30 minute drive. Build infrastructure for water, clean electricity and build more housing - create more good-paying jobs, reject slave paying jobs for Amazon.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 21, 2021 at 8:47 pm

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Slave paying?
Your statement is self contradictory.
Your statement is inflammatory.
Your hate and rhetoric is not welcome here, please join us in constructive conversation, not ignorant hate speech

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:18 pm

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Kevin an anonymous poster is a systemic and especially politically exploited expression of hatred with active hostility.

Posted by John B
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 22, 2021 at 11:20 am

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As a parent, you help more to the kid who is not doing so well in the school, so that they have a chance to excel. You do not remove him from the school. I do not believe Pleasanton is only for techies and for others to stay away. It's only matter of time, we all age, become senior citizens, and you need help in one way or another. Also there is misconception that teachers, police, govt employees only need housing. There are 100's of jobs that do not even pay (and perks) as these, and they all need housing. Pleasanton has ton of parcels/sites that are big and can be split into ~5000sqft lots and have the houses/duplexes built. The need of action from City is to help these owners or encourage these owners with least restrictions and liberal requirements to split and build more housing.

Posted by buklau
a resident of Avila
on Oct 22, 2021 at 12:23 pm

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This is going to all be great to solve the traffic issue in the East Bay!!

Posted by JoeV
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 25, 2021 at 11:15 am

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An Amazon Distribution Center will only complicate things even more.
Is the Pleasanton City Council aware of what happened in the City of Santa Clara after the 49ers moved in?
Amazon is big player also, and they can influence City politics too.

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