Thanks go out to over 300 Pleasanton residents who took time to write an email and/or attend the City Council's 2-Year Work Plan Priorities Workshop held on March 14th.  They voiced their opposition to planning the last large undeveloped parcel of land in the city (the East Side, north of Stanley and east of Valley) with a development of 889 houses.  The Council voted 4-0 against adding this project to their 2- year priority list. 
 
However, despite this vote, and on short public notice Councilmember Narum proposed a step toward developing the East Side by recommending a feasibility study to evaluate an extension of El Charro Road through to Stanley Boulevard, a project that would connect I580 with Stanley Boulevard.  This road extension would provide infrastructure for an East Side housing development such as the 889 houses that was just rejected by the Council.  This tip of the hat to development was approved on a 3-1 vote with Councilmembers Thorne-Narum-Pentin voting for it and Councilmember Brown voting against it.
  
On one hand we applaud the Council's unanimous decision to forgo planning of the East Side for the next two years.  However, we wonder why the El Charro feasibility study was hastily promoted by 3 members of the Council when there is no rush to plan this area nor public vetting of a road that may bring thousands of car trips from San Ramon, Dublin, I-580 to Stanley Boulevard through Pleasanton every day and pave the way for development of the East Side.

 Sincerely, 

Pleasanton Voters
www.pleasantonvoters.com

Committee: 1377399
Officers:
Kelly Cousins, President
Sandy Yamaoda, Secretary

Al Exner, Treasurer

​​​EAST PLEASANTON DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Concerned Citizens Influence Council's Vote


For the Independent Newspaper's article: Pleasanton Eastside Not on Priority List go to this link:

http://www.independentnews.com/news/pleasanton-eastside-not-on-priority-list/article_1d5dbaa6-0f40-11e7-bf49-937e598aa003.html  


​​​News from Pleasanton Voters

April 4, 2017

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PleasantonVoters.com is a non-partisan group of Pleasanton residents with the goal of educating Pleasanton voters about new and massive development projects that may negatively affect our City.  We have defined goals of preserving ridgelines and open space, protecting our voter approved Urban Growth Boundary, and retaining the best qualities of our City for future generations.  


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Officers:
Kelly Cousins, President
Sandy Yamaoda, Secretary

Al Exner, Treasurer
Committee # 1377399

Hundreds of community members made it very clear through 300 emails to the City Council and by speaking at public meetings that we do not support a plan for massive residential developments in East Pleasanton. Additionally, we do not support an extension of El Charro Rd from I-580 to Stanley Blvd. It is imperative to wait and see the full impact from 2,000 new apartments and houses already under construction and how it will affect school over-crowding and traffic congestion. Recently, the Council unanimously conceded to voter pressure and deferred planning of the East Side for the next two years. Shortly before the close of the public meeting, however, Council Members Narum, Pentin and Thorne approved a last minute feasibility study for the construction of an El Charro Road extension. This critical addition to the City's Work Plan was approved without adequate notice and input from the public. 

An extension of El Charro has many negative impacts. It facilitates building the largest residential development in Pleasanton and it would be a conduit to I-580/E Dublin area, bringing even more traffic to our city streets. The estimated cost of El Charro is a staggering $90 million-the equivalent of three new elementary schools. Who foots the bill? Perhaps our ½ cent sales tax, Measure BB funds, could be used but how does this benefit Pleasanton with more cut-through traffic? Isn't it funded by our tax dollars? This is a lose-lose proposition. Extending El Charro from I-580 to Stanley Blvd. does 2 things: It funnels cut-through traffic from I-580/680, and is a first step for a massive East Side Development. Pleasanton residents can direct and influence the future of our city. Email your concerns to CityCouncil@CityofPleasantonCa.gov and visit www.PleasantonVoters.com to learn more about what is going on in Pleasanton.


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  • Protect our Urban Growth Boundary
  • Preserve Ridgelines and Open spaces
  • Retain the best qualities of ourcity for future generations.  

March 25, 2017

An El Charro Extension Offers NO Benefit to Pleasanton
Kelly Cousins, Ph.D,,President of PleasantonVoters.com

On March 31, 2017, the Pleasanton Weekly published a Point/Counterpoint article titled “Studying El Charro Road”.  The following is an excerpt by PleasantonVoters.com President, Kelly Cousins. For the complete text, go to: 
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2017/03/30/pointcounterpoint-studying-el-charro-rd

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Your urgent attention is required!
PARTICIPATE IN THE FUTURE PLANNING OF PLEASANTON
It’s as easy as sending a simple email by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9

2,000 new housing units are currently under construction or in the planning in Pleasanton. At a special meeting of the Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m., the Council will consider adding the planning of the last large undeveloped parcel of land in the city (the East Side) to its two-year priority list.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Remillard Room in the main administration building of the City’s Operation Services Center, 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton.

A potential developer has already launched a paid marketing campaign to sway community support and City Council approval for this prospective project, which entails the construction of approximately 900 new homes. The campaign includes form letters of support and newspaper advertisements for the project, which could ultimately bring more than 3,500 new residents to Pleasanton.

As residents and voters, we have the ability to defer the planning and ultimate construction of a massive housing project that will further compound traffic and add to commuter cut-through traffic, school overcrowding, and water use in our city. Just send a simple email and your opinion will be counted too!
 
SAMPLE EMAIL that can be sent to 
citycouncil@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

 Dear Pleasanton City Council members:

Please consider my request NOT to include prioritizing planning for the east side in your 2017/18 work plan. Our community should experience the impacts from the 2,000 new housing units that are currently under construction or in the planning before we approve another large development that is not mandated.
 
Sincerely,
Your Name
Your Address

​​Email March 5, 2017

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