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Pleasanton: City answers after people told to wait outside amid capacity crowd at council meeting

Original post made on Nov 15, 2023

While many Pleasanton residents might not be happy with their water bills increasing starting next year, some community members said they are also mad about how the final public hearing went down last week...

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Posted by Oliver Heaviside
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 15, 2023 at 9:33 am

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Water rates going up. Well, I wouldn't say I'm _happy_ but I don't mind. It costs a lot of money to maintain the infrastructure - pumps, pipes, etc need pretty much the same amount of upkeep regardless of exact volumne delivered. So, we all try to save water, whihc means the cost per gallon goes up.

The wastewater treatment facility here is equipped to turn treated and cleaned waste water back to the aquifer. The is a great idea. Growing up on a farm, with a well and septic tank, is the same thing and it works just fine. Let's do it here, too.

Posted by Matt Sullivan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 15, 2023 at 11:08 am

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So when I was on the Planning Commission in the early 2000's the Council Chambers was going through a renovation and closed for several months and both Planning Commission and City Council meetings were held at the large event room at the library. This worked very well as an interim meeting place and I don't remember anyone being turned away. Then when I was on the Council in 2004 when we were considering the proposed (and eventually built) Walmart grocery store on Santa Rita, there was so much controversy that we held the meeting at the Firehouse Art Center (which the city owns) to accommodate a crowd that we knew wouldn't fit in the Council chambers. I've been in many meetings at the Operations Service Center and its totally inappropriate for a Council meeting, especially when there is an item discussed that is so controversial. After almost 20 years of participating in public meetings I think I know something about making sure the public has access. So should the current Councilmembers. There's really only one conclusion from the decision to hold the meeting at OPS: they don't want public input before they make such a significant and controversial decision. I've seen it happen many times before!

Posted by MsVic
a resident of Mission Park
on Nov 15, 2023 at 11:13 am

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How can the Mayor say if you spoke before you can’t speak again, especially in light of new information? I believe that breaks public meeting laws. She should be admonished for how she handled this meeting!

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