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As economy picks up, so does city spending

Original post made on Jun 14, 2013

After a three-year hiatus, spending on municipal projects and improvements is back on the list of priorities for the Pleasanton City Council. At its June 4 meeting, the council approved a two-year work plan that includes millions of dollars of "high priority" projects, ending an austere capital improvements program that stopped after the $10 million Firehouse Arts Center was built in 2010.

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Posted by Chris B
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:44 am

Yes, improve Bernal Community Park for everyone. Let's get that Grand Meadow for walks and fields for active play.

Great priority ... Please let's not use taxpayer money to put in lawn and water at Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol that just benefits private people.

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Posted by local
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:03 am

I agree with you Chris on the cemetery. A bunch of guys purchased lots in the cemetery for REAL cheap and now they want the taxpayers to pay to have their cemetery with expansive lawns. Those people knew what they were getting when they purchased their plots. In fact, many (all?) of those people bought the plots from the Odd Fellows who owned the cemetery before the city saved the cemetery from complete ruin. They probably spent about $1,000 a plot at a 'fire sale' from the Odd Fellows who were ready to abandon things. I think the city and local service organizations have done a great job in making the cemetery look good. I have been there several times and think that it looks great now. Adding lawns to the cemetery now will only benefit a group of private people who got in and purchased their plots on the cheap.

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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:38 am

One would be remiss to not mention how the city has been less than honest about spending and revenue intake while bargaining with overpaid public workers. Three years of so-called austerity, and now they want to spend like drunken sailors. Well, these sailors have not been on the raging seas for quite some time. Had they their wits about them, rather than being tied to atrociously biased contracts with the new government class - public workers - they'd have noticed that the sea is fraught with giant swells of debt that are inevitably going to crash upon us like an enormous tsunami.

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Posted by local
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

I think it makes sense to put additional income into the underfunded benefits given to employees; especially the retiree medical. The CalPERS rates will be going up shortly and I wonder how that affects the ability to fund any capital projects for some time.

Ironically, the under funding of pensions is similar to the underpayment of plots at the cemetery. For pensions, the taxpayers are on the hook to pay for underfunded benefits. For the cemetery plots, those who bought plots at a way under cost price for a 'lawn cemetery' want the taxpayers to pay for their under funding.

I think the fair thing on the cemetery is to ask those who purchased lots to vote on creating an assessment district to fund an enhanced cemetery. If they want a lawn and the maintenance that goes along with it, they can pay for it (and any newly sold plots will have the same surcharge). I bet they would not want to do this if they had to pay for this out of their own pocket but they have no issue in telling the taxpayers to pay for it.

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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Arnold, that cemetery is the ultimate symbol of austerity spending. You buy the cheap plan and you get dead grass. As with all things in life, you get what you pay for.

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Posted by Byatch
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Wait, the economy is improving? For whom? Symantec just laid off 1700 employees, before that HP and Zynga. Who's kidding who? With all the occupants of this state collecting food stamps, unemployment, 'disability' pay, maybe this is what they meant by 'recovery' ..i.e. recovery taxpayers money to distribute to the non productive. Such is our state......

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Posted by truth be told
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:48 am

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Posted by Frosted Over
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

Nowhere on the list of capital projects do I see fixing our crumbling streets! That should be a much higher priority than anything on the current list, especially things like riparian habitat for salamanders. Our existing streets should be repaired before we add new streets like the Stoneridge extension, add sports fields, and especially those capital projects certain Council members want for their "legacy".

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Posted by ahhh the comments
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

I really enjoy the comments on the Weekly. Arnold, are you afraid of water? I would recommend taking a swim class at the Aquatic Center. Maybe once you can swim the water won't be so scary.

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Posted by Rose
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

Speaking of crumbling streets - whoever the contractor was that the City hired for the last paving of Hopyard and other streets ripped off the taxpayers. We have never seen a more shoddy job - the surface is rougher (like a washboard) than it was before, and the surfacing is so thin - we would be surprised if it lasts a year. The line painting was smeared and really second rate. If anyone recalls seeing the equipment this contractor used - 1960s trucks and guys running down the road with the striper - we wouldn't wonder at the results. Willow between Las Positas and Owens is a nightmare - dips and bumps big enough to make someone lose control of car at the posted speed limit. Please! Buy us some quality with those hard-earned tax dollars.

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