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Environmental groups claim City Council erred in approving land-use plan for multi-million-dollar Staples Ranch project

Original post made on Mar 24, 2009

The Center for Biological Diversity, Alameda Creek Alliance and an organization named "Safe Streets Pleasanton" delivered a detailed letter to Pleasanton city officials yesterday of their intent to file a suit against the city to force a reversal of the City Council's approval of an Environmental Impact Report.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:53 AM

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Posted by West Side Observer
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

Now you can see why nothing ever happens in Pleasanton. More importantly, you can now see why anything that just happens to sneak through, sneaks through at costs astronomically higher than original projections. Ask the Hendrick Automotive Group and the senior center folks if they are experiencing agida over the process they have been put through so far.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 24, 2009 at 9:09 am

"Safe Streets Pleasanton" or "Taxpayer Subsidized Wide Soundwall-lined Cul-de-Sacs Only for Our Neighborhood"? In the meantime children in other neighborhoods have to cross very busy residential streets as commuters race through other residential areas instead of taking yet-to-be-built major arterials.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Mar 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Well said Stacey.

I say ignore the letter. I doubt these groups have the funds to follow through with their threats, which would probably fall flat in court anyway.

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Posted by javadoc
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

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The dream scenario must be to have EIR's take five years to complete, at which time a new lawsuit will be filed because the EIR reflects conditions that are outdated.

In all seriousness, shouldn't there be some sort of "loser pays" provision to minimize obstructionism?

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Posted by Ed Dantzig
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

It's starting to feel like a conspiracy of the few to hold Pleasanton captive to their own narrow agenda. The letter should be acknowledged and sent to the dead letter file.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

This letter is EXTORTION.

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Absolutely do not negotiate with these people. Make them file the lawsuit. Let's see how deep their pockets are.

Their lawsuit will only increase the visibility of this issue and make it even more apparent to Pleasanton citizens how ridiculous our two obstructionist council members have been to encourage these small factional interests to work against the good of the majority.

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Posted by Randy
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Stacey, so you admit that commuters cut through Pleasanton daily:

as commuters race through other residential areas instead of taking yet-to-be-built major arterials.

yet you want to be able to make it easier for them by extending Stoneridge, and you have refuted other's comments about commuters. Are you confused or just contrary? Why are you misleading people? Just bored?

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:25 am

Me thinks there are two Stacey's posting. One "registered" and one not, or, one is a fake Stacey pretending to be the "one and only" Registered Stacey.

This is so confusing.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

Stacey is a registered user.


Why is it somehow a "gotcha" to say that commuters make up some of the traffic? Pleasanton residents and workers (i.e. local traffic) also constitute "Traffic" in Pleasanton. Are we going to punish ourselves and our workers by not building the needed infrastructure to handle "Traffic" because some of that is commuters or are we going to build a road system that efficiently moves everyone to their destination? That's like limiting yourself to dial-up because there's porn on the Internet. Traffic comes whether the road system gets built or not. That's why there's a traffic problem driving through Pleasanton today. That's why Stoneridge was built lined with soundwalls and a wide median.


I'm trying to post while logged in, like the PW wants, but PW doesn't make it easy. They want to encourage people to register and post while logged in yet their website software kicks people off after about an hour and forces them to log in again. For a frequent poster like me, that is annoying.

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Posted by June
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:48 am

Traffic is like water. It finds equalibrium and balance. People will always take surface streets when freeways are backed up and more importantly for this discussion, even when they are not. They'll take the shortest distance between two points, period. Providing another west-to-east connection between Livermore and Pleasanton is needed for both commute and non-commute times for mobility of residents, and especially when there is an accident tying up traffic whether its on the freeway or on a major street such as Santa Rita, Valley, Stanley, Vineyard or yes, the future Stoneridge connection. Look at Dublin, 20 years ago they fought a I680 off-ramp to Dublin Blvd. Well, years later and double the taxpayers costs, they fought for transportation funding to build it. Guess what, they finally have it and are thankful for the increased mobility. Too bad those short-sighted local politicians cost everyone so much more money.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

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@Stacey: You mean Stoneridge wasn't built lined with soundwalls and a wide median so we could have another nice area to walk our dogs and have more lanes than we know what to do with? I'm shocked!!! You also say there's porn on the internet??? I'm even MORE shocked!!!

By the way, when I get logged out I just double click on the user id box and my computer remembers my login & password.

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