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Council to act on downsized $87.3 million operating budget Tuesday

Original post made on Jun 11, 2009

Members of the Pleasanton City Council indicated Tuesday night that they will approve a downsized $87.3 million operating budget for fiscal 2009-10 when it comes before them for a vote next Tuesday.

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Posted by PW
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

Pleasanton Weekly wrote: "With sales tax revenue down 10 percent, a zero percent projected increase in next year's property tax revenue and development basically at a standstill with almost no developer fees--once the cash cow of Pleasanton municipal revenue..."

Seems to me that the Staples Ranch project should be a no-brainer. The on-going revenue would be welcomed with open arms.

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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

If we were Dublin or Livermore, Staples Ranch would be half built already. We now risk losing a series of auto dealerships, with tax revenue we can ill afford to lose. P-Town City Council, get to work now!

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Posted by Do Right
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

I hope the City of Pleasanton quits sitting on this and progresses forward immediately with Staples Ranch. Don't lose or give away the asset of helping to increase our revenue. We are fortunate to have this before us. We cannot lose this opportunity to another entity. Pleasanton could lose big time; especially in these hard economic times.

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Posted by Pleasanton resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

I'm not too familiar with the Staples Ranch project. I do know that when I have shopping to do, many times it'll be done in Dublin or elsewhere, and that's tax revenue lost. I know I'm not alone. FWIW, I'm on Pleasanton west side where we have the mall and not much more.

It seems by the time I moved here, all the land was already zoned in for office space, office space, and more office space, with a little left for housing. Yet people have to eat and shop somewhere, and good point about car dealerships...I think we have, 4? Alot of lost potential revenue due to focusing too much on business and homes.

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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

Here we go again folks only talking about revenue. Revenue is important but we need to look at cost reduction as revenue will never be able to keep up with all desires for spending.

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Posted by It's the Economy, Stupid!
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 11, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Does anyone really think that in this economy Hendrick's will build a super-sized auto mall and that Mr. Tong will build his retail center? The Council is not standing in the way. In fact, the majority (Hosterman-Cook Kallio-Thorne) literally stabbed the community in the back by reneging on their Stoneridge Drive commitment in an effort to satisfy the County (aka Scott Haggerty) and push this along. As one of our more intelligent presidents understood, it's the economy, stupid!

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Posted by Franklin
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Its the economy stupid!

What exactly is going on with the Stoneridge Drive and Staples Ranch project as I am unclear here?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Pleasanton Weekly wrote: "Even more significant is the announcement that none of the city's 60 staff managers, including Fialho, will receive a pay increase during the next 12 months." with the exception of City Attorney Micheal Roush who just recieved a 4% pay raise retroactive back to Sept 2008. Nice gesture for someone who is retiring in Sept 2009 to increase their single highest year pay to boost his retirement income.

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Posted by klj
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I believe there are several things that are a problem for Staples Ranch right now. First, I cannot imagine that an auto dealer is looking to build a new facility and expand operations in this economy. That was the project that got Pleasanton interested in Staples Ranch since auto dealers are a large sales tax revenue item. I also think that all of the options on this property are going to be a problem. The county still owns this land, from what I understand, with several entities with options. I imagine the value of this land has gone down in this economy. Don't know if the county will renegotiate the price but that could be a major factor in any progress on this site.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm

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Go, City!

(What's the dollar amount for 10% less sales tax revenue? How do we encourage ourselves to shop local? My family tries to be very conscious of where we shop. Pleasanton resident above noted that they do a lot of shopping in Dublin due to proximity issues. Would little shops around a "transit village" at the new BART station help? You'll still need parking!)

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