Following are letters on Measure D and June 8 primary candidates that arrived too late for the Pleasanton Weekly print edition on June 4.
As of this writing I am still deciding on whether to vote Yes or No on Measure D, and by the time this letter is printed, the Pleasanton voters will have spoken. I have read everything I could get my hands on regarding the arguments posed both for and against—some have been based on historical fact, some on pure emotion. But one argument on the No side that I found baseless and offensive was the often-cited charge that the developers are "outsiders," "not from around here," "from parts unknown," and even—God forbid— "foreign."
How is the owners' country of origin relevant? Must all developments in Pleasanton be owned and developed by an exclusive group of "insiders?" This sort of xenophobic behavior is not attractive, and I hope will have no place in debates which shape our town in the future . After all, aren't we supposed to be a Community of Character?
Yes on Measure D
Thank you for recommending YES on MEASURE D (the 51 unit Oak Grove Project) and for the excellent Editorial which explained the history of the project and process that got us to this June 8 election. Your Editorial served as well as a reality check for residents to consider before voting. As you pointed out, the future of residentially zoned land is tenuous given the present lawsuit regarding the housing cap and Pleasanton's non-compliant housing element.
Having served on both the Planning Commission (Reviewed both Kottinger Ranch and the first proposal for this property) and City Council, I truly appreciated your opinion and insight regarding this proposal which would guarantee in perpetuity 496 acres of open space owned by the City of Pleasanton, with completed trails and staging areas for the public to enjoy. The reduced 51-home proposal that requires design review of every home, will give the City control to ensure the least visual impacts possible. As you pointed out, the four-year City/neighborhood directed planning process resulted in a 4-1 City Council approval. With that process and approval, the Lins agreed to the payment of additional City Fees and the dedication of land, as well as a signed "Gift Agreement" with the Pleasanton Schools for facilities. I agree with your view that this opportunity will most likely not come our way again.
I join you in urging Pleasanton residents to take advantage of this opportunity and VOTE YES on MEASURE D in order to preserve for our residents 90% of the open space that is now privately owned by the Lin family and put to rest a very contentious issue in our "Community of Character".
Former City Council Member