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Residents speak up to council against rezoning Pleasanton school district office site for affordable housing

Original post made on Jul 26, 2022

Several residents voiced their concerns regarding the 2023-31 Housing Element site list including the Pleasanton Unified School District headquarters property for potential affordable housing during last week's City Council meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 5:12 AM

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Posted by Carol Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 26, 2022 at 9:29 am

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Bernal would be a good spot for affordable housing. Raleys and Safeway near by plus 2 gas stations. Bus stops and freeway are close and so is Senior Center. And walking distance to downtown. Pleasanton hasn’t ever built anything “tacky.”


Posted by Frustrated Voter
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 26, 2022 at 9:38 am

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I am not in any way defending this proposed project for the current school district property, or any other sites on the list. I just wanted to point out that “lower income” encompasses most of your new public school and all daycare teachers. Lower income does not equate to drug runners, just working folks making not much money.


Posted by John B
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 26, 2022 at 10:47 am

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Housing is a silicon valley problem. Every town in silicon valley approved large offices with out even thinking, where does the employees/people live. Net result short of homes. Every city council in bay area is scratching their heads to meet RHNA. RHNA is very methodical and I believe Ellen also attended these meetings and discussed. Haven't seen any support coming from any of the other cities to reduce RHNA numbers. Today people are buying houses in Tracy, Lathrop etc, adding to the pollution and traffic, which by far, out weighs local traffic and pollution. Interesting problem in cities, young/middle aged people are not showing up in the city councils and asking for more housing. There is no one representing these folks. With so many rules, regulations in building a house, builders will be very reluctant to build more. Unlike prior Housing elements, HCD learned the drama of paper plans(most of them unviable) presented by Cities and they are going to come back to add more, if development was not done this time. This is required, which other wise cities produce BS housing plans. In my view Ellen was right, some of these unviable plans may fall off from the housing element. In fact they should be planning more. City completely ignored small housing projects, say 10 or 15 units, spread over all of Pleasanton. Small projects generally are more viable than large projects. My hope is to see middle housing more, where a three bed room apt/condo/house for a family to buy around ~500k. I do not see any such goals from the city.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 26, 2022 at 11:12 am

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Generally this makes sense, but holistically I take issue with mandates on housing but save water. Schools are overcrowded and we need bond money but bring more people in…..

No. Build infrastructure to support the growth. No infrastructure, no housing. It’s a reasonable and responsible requirement. Gov works for us. We say, they do. Not the other way around


Posted by Apples
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 26, 2022 at 12:37 pm

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I like the idea of PUSD having a larger space. No problem with that. But I think the issue is more for the aging population in Pleasanton. There's Stoneridge Creek for the wealthy. Then there's the Ridgeview Commons-have to meet their criteria, and Kottinger. Nothing really in-between. If you want to stay in Pleasanton that makes it difficult.


Posted by Nils Erickson
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 26, 2022 at 5:23 pm

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That corner is a great location for higher density, lower income housing. People have to live somewhere, and Pleasanton needs to step up and provide space for that development. I didn't read a single complaint in the article that had any real merit. Just people that don't want development near their houses. I'm sympathetic, but housing needs to get built and having high density walkable to shopping and downtown is a real win.


Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 26, 2022 at 10:50 pm

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Some of the affordable housing should be allocated for teachers in the PSD.


Posted by V
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Aug 1, 2022 at 12:38 pm

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This is absolutely critical. Without low income more housing how will our young people, teachers, and public servants be able to afford to live in a town like Pleasanton.

What is the point of having great schools, if our well educated young people can't return after college? They will end up helping other communities thrive and grow, while Pleasanton shrinks.


Posted by Jan Batcheller
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2022 at 11:24 am

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The corner of Bernal and 1st Street is a great place for housing. It can enhance the character of Downtown and provide more shoppers for the retail sector. It is close to public transportation.


Posted by Erlinda
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 3, 2022 at 3:47 pm

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I agree, this is Pleasanton and it must house our Pleasanton teachers doesn’t matter what school they are teaching here. They teach our children, it’s just right to give them more salary and more benefits.
We take care of those people who takes care of our families. Make sense to me.


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