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Pleasanton: Court rejects citizen group's appeal in lawsuit over proposed Costco store

Original post made on Mar 10, 2022

A state appellate court panel has denied a citizen group's challenge of the public approval process for the proposed Costco store and overarching JDEDZ, siding with the city over the adequacy of the project's environmental review.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 10, 2022, 3:26 PM

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Posted by Pl
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2022 at 3:53 pm

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Matt Sullivan in shambles


Posted by PLSN Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2022 at 3:56 pm

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Outstanding!! Is the obstruction nightmare over?!?! Can we finally get the Costco residents want and need? Just imagine if we had those gas pumps today with the huge price spikes going on. Costco's charging significantly less than the Pleasanton/Dublin Gas Oligopoly does - and that's probably why there's been so much funding for these lawsuits. But the day will now come when we'll be able to find parking at Costco, and not need to burn more gas and cause more traffic and pollution driving some 30-45 minutes round trip to Livermore or Danville. Hallelujah!


Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 10, 2022 at 4:03 pm

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Just imagine if we would have had access to bulk food purchase (and other crucial goods) during the beginning stages of Covid, and now access to cheap(er) gas. Well the good news is that some lawyers got a little richer over this and it's eventually going through...

Can the mayor officially banish the one person who spearheaded the lawsuit? [Portion removed. Our policy does not support comments that include direct name-calling, even if stated metaphorically or tongue-in-cheek - Jeremy]


Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Mar 10, 2022 at 4:22 pm

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Great News!


Posted by My opinion
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2022 at 4:51 pm

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Matt Sullivan should be so ashamed of himself. However, I don't think narcissistic sociopaths have the ability to feel shame.


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 10, 2022 at 6:33 pm

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Start the tractors, grab the shovels, and get this thing done!


Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 10, 2022 at 7:51 pm

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Yay!


Posted by PleasantonGoodCitizen
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 11, 2022 at 7:27 am

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Hope the wishes of majority that voted for the intitiative come true.


Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 11, 2022 at 9:39 am

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Doing shopping as a passer-by helps reduce greenhouse emissions.
I will be happy to buy in Pleasanton instead of making a separate trip to drive up to Danville or out to Livermore.
It would be helpful to make Hopyard @Johnson a double turn and close off the Chik A FIL access from Johnson except for a right out exit but Im no traffic expert.b


Posted by Patriots
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 11, 2022 at 10:17 am

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So happy for this good news !!


Posted by Dave
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 11, 2022 at 11:08 am

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Glad to see this move forward.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 11, 2022 at 12:33 pm

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There is a problem:

Mayor Brown has indicated she would not continue to support the Costco build if any other business pulls out of the project. There is the current voting block control on the city council made up of Testa, Arkin and Brown.

Then there is the other wild card:

Mat Sullivan is on record in a recent Tim Hunt blog stating, Costco in Pleasanton will "NEVER" happen. Apparently Matt Sullivan is not finished with his shenanigans to prevent the Costco build in Pleasanton,


Posted by Long Time Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 11, 2022 at 12:57 pm

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Is it really over? Look at the last paragraph of the article. The reporter seems to leave a hint that there are other lawsuits pending. Very frustrating.


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 11, 2022 at 1:59 pm

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Here’s the thing: Matt Sullivan has to stop now. It is good for Pleasanton, especially now. I doubt Brown and Testa, or even Arkin, are opposed to a large building there, which includes Costco. The people voted. Let’s get started.


Posted by Lynn
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 11, 2022 at 2:39 pm

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The people have voted (more than once) in favor. Isn't this the second law suit to stop the people's vote? If not, the obstacles Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Growth and Matt Sullivan brought in this suit is more than enough. I certainly hope they don't bring any more ("exploring all possibilities). It would be nice if our vote counted and not be struck down by a minority group.


Posted by LanceM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2022 at 8:25 am

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"one of the few tools the public has to protect not only the environment but to provide us a voice when our government representatives do not."

Of course the citizens of Pleasanton voted on and approved this project, but I guess Matt Sullivan and his thugs don't like that voice.

Of course more lawsuits will happen - if there is one thing for certain in this country, is that with enough money you can make anything happen or stop happening in this case.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 12, 2022 at 10:34 am

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Citizens can fight back:

The majority of registered voters that approved the Costco build can form a group. With each person throwing $500 into funding. This would equate to approximately $300K for starters.

Use that funding to higher top notch law firm from the Bay Area to file counter cease-and-desist lawsuit against Sullivan and his group.

We can use the discover laws with depositions to depo them into submission. We can depo Sullivan for starters, discover his backers, depo them get their documents, bank accounts, everything. No limit to what we can ask for and get.

We continue to depo them every three months until they hang it up. Costco gets built. Situations, conditions, etc., can change every 90 days or so. thus, depo every 3 months.


Posted by resident
a resident of Danbury Park
on Mar 13, 2022 at 10:52 am

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We know who their backers are. Its Cox Family Gas Stations. I stopped getting gas at their stations long ago due to this. Money talks.


Posted by Shpcapt
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 15, 2022 at 9:58 am

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Great news. Hope we can go ahead and have Costco in Pleasanton finally. It has ben too long already


Posted by Mike
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 29, 2022 at 5:38 pm

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Our legal system was designed to provide equity under the law and not to be used as a shield or sword against our foes.
Our laws need to be updated to stop people and organizations from using the law as a shield or sword against others.
This was clearly driven by one misguided person that decided to use the law as both a shield and sword against the majority of residents and Costco just because their feelings were hurt when residents rejected their misguided attempts to limit the development and approved this development.
I think Costco and the City of Pleasanton deserve compensation and should sue the group that filed these worthless lawsuits. I suspect the damages would exceed $25 million. Citizens for responsible growth need to get their checkbooks out and be ready for bankruptcy for abusing our legal system.


Posted by SS
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 4, 2022 at 12:07 pm

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hope this is THE END of it, Finally a Costco in Pleasanton :-)


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 4, 2022 at 2:57 pm

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The Mercury News headlined an article Sunday that Pleasanton Costco will be built by end of 2023. I was not able to read the entire article because they wanted me to pay a fee to read entire article. I declined to pay the fee.


Posted by Jeff Durban
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 5, 2022 at 8:43 am

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Matt Sullivan now has his sights set on the expanded skate park at the Ken Mercer sports park. He was overheard at Cook's Seafood last night that he fears the new park will steal skaters away from other small skate parks and create unreasonable traffic jams on Hopyard.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 5, 2022 at 8:53 am

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The county fair and the Scottish games bring extra traffic onto Hopyard and other streets in Pleasanton. All those people leave behind thousands of dollars with local merchants.

The expanded skate park may not be in place for another ten years. All the same all those out-of-town skateboard competitors will leave behind dollars with local merchants.

All is good!


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