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Debating mature Sycamore trees

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Sep 13, 2012

Having lived in the valley for more than 50 years, I’ve witnessed major changes since Pleasanton was a farming community of 3,000 residents and you could buy a home in Dublin for $10,000 with $100 down on the VA plan.

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Posted by Casanova_Frankenstein
a resident of Old Towne
on Sep 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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Konichiwa, kemosabes! It is I, Casanova Frankenstein!

Like Tim Hunt, I too have had to chuckle as I watch these chuckleheads debate whether or not to cut down some trees. In fact, in reading Tim Hunt's scoop on this breaking story, I came to feel as if he and I were sitting side by side as this tale of high political drama unfolded before us. I imagine the conversation between us would have gone something like this:

I, Casanova Frankenstein: "Why are we chuckling again?"
Tim Hunt: (Chuckling)"Because these dorks don't know sycamores the way I, Tim Hunt, know sycamores."
I, Casanova Frankenstein: (laughing) "Ha! What a bunch of San Ramorons!"
Tim Hunt: "See what union labor gets you?"
I, Casanova Frankenstein: "Uh, so why are we watching a city council meeting in San Ramon?"
Tim Hunt: "Fight the nanny state!"

Good times. Good, good times...

Auf weiderhuren, dudes!

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Posted by Justin D
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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It's a beautiful country we live in where people can share their opinion publically without having a full picture. Ahhh the freedom of speech. Where your comments are completely off base is its not just about the trees. The issue is the city refuses to slow the traffic down ad their have been severe accidents and even a fatality. The homeowners in the immediate area requested:
1) put up a pedestrian barrier (as already outlined by consultants employed by the city).
2) install "rumble strips" similar to the Bay Bridge in an effort to make people aware of the S-curve where people speed excessively.
3) enforce the speed limit and potentially reduce it by 5 mph.
Instead the city wants to widen the lanes. To do this it means the median goes along with the trees. Anyone who knows anything about traffic patterns, professional driving or common sense will know that with wider lanes people will feel more comfortable thereby increasing their speed further over the posted 40 mph. I drive that hill daily and I can guarantee if 100 cars were tracked at least 80+% would be going 50 mph or faster. By widening the lanes and with 80% of traffic at say 45 mph on average (speed assessment) thus the city would increase the speed limit. Then magically determine there isn't enough lanes (which by the way the lanes already meet both state and federal guidelines) thus adding a lane or two. This quickly becomes a slippery slope as I and my fellow homeowners that live in the Bollinger Canyon impacted do not want a freeway outside of our homes. As it stands right now you can't even have a conversation when walking up/down the street during even moderate traffic flow let alone rush hour. So it's not just about the trees, it's about the fact that Shapell Homes, the City of San Ramon and others poorly planned for adequate traffic throughput into and out of the Windemere / Dougherty Valley Area. Whoops maybe that's why they want more lanes. More money in their pockets by selling more homes which equals more cars but hey those of us that live in the area get killed by cars speeding on an s-curve uphill raceway.

The Lorax

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Posted by Justin D
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

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iPhone auto correct stinks. Please forgive the "ad" and "their"...

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