Pleasanton council delays Owens Drive traffic meeting

City reschedules for March 7 due to key staff member's absence

Pleasanton residents hoping to hear from the City Council and city staff about traffic changes on Owens Drive will have to wait two additional weeks for their public meeting.

The council's discussion, originally announced for next Tuesday, has been rescheduled for the March 7 council meeting because city traffic engineer Mike Tassano, who knows the nuances of the project, is unexpectedly out of the office, according to city spokeswoman Tracy Dunne.

The council agreed to hold a public discussion on the issue after hearing from residents in December and January with complaints about the city's previous decision to reduce the eastbound lanes of Owens Drive from three lanes to one lane in front of a new four-story apartment building soon to be opened at Owens and Willow Road.

The complaints ramped up once construction fencing came down around the project area and new curbing and lane closures showed the Owens Drive narrowing was permanent.

The March 7 council meeting is expected to start as usual at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave.


21 people like this
Posted by Sf commuter
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

Yes, we certainly got fooled on this one! What a waste.

21 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

STALL TACTICS, need to get all their ducks lined up, probably hoping the citizens will just give up and go away.

7 people like this
Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Mike tessano, the traffic engineer, had in unscheduled surgery. Don't you agree that he is an important part of the discussion and should be present for the hearing and thus the need to continue to the next meeting?

18 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

As poor of a decision that was, and the obvious problem it, I don't think he'd have to be there.

If this were to model some unknown "what if" situation, then yes. This decision isn't that difficult to make.

22 people like this
Posted by Carol Smith
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Cannot attend the meeting on Tuesday because of a chorus rehearsal but I would like to have my opinion counted as one who thinks he lane change was idiotic. Who would plan a busy intersection to go from three lanes to one without some hidden agenda? The developer of the building should have to bring the street back to its original three lanes and move the desired parking out of the way of the thoroughfare.

7 people like this
Posted by Bella
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm

The City required the developer to reduce the street width for traffic calming. If they want it changed now after its been built, that expense is on the City to reimburse the developer. Let it stay for 6 months and people will figure out they can take Chabot or go back to Hopyard instead to redistribute traffic at commute times. As a taxpayer, I dont want my money spent.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm

City holds the power here, not the developer. Fix it at their cost, its a road, not a structure, shouldnt be too costly or hard. Hold back future permits unless fixed. Or incorporate a additonal fee in future permits to cover cost. There are non taxpayer funded solutions here

30 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 18, 2017 at 6:58 am

Traffic calming?? If that's a true story then let's just keep building all these new projects right up against our city streets and reduce our traffic lanes or eliminate those streets altogether and just have bike paths. Common sense would tell you that the city sold out to the developer on this project with little regard for the residents of this town, you build your project to fit the lot size and not oversize it and take away our streets! You don't need a traffic engineer to point out the obvious, you need somebody to step up, admit their mistake, and explain how they will correct it!

23 people like this
Posted by calm
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:27 am

My suggestion for traffic calming is to REQUIRE all city employees to use public transportation or bikes to get to work. Lets make all parking at city hall limited to 2 hours.

Maybe throw in School District employees. Our school district should be modeling the behavior we want. Eliminate drop-off and pickup zone at schools, or only allow if you pickup 3 or more students.

The reason the city sold out to the developer on Owners, which affects BART circulation is nobody at the city uses BART to get to work. So no inconvenience to any of them.

16 people like this
Posted by Save Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

We don't want the City to narrow any more of our streets! The narrowing of our streets are part of the City's plan to include with the high-density housing projects that they are adding and will continue to add to our town (and doing so in a VERY SNEAKY manner). These narrowed streets will do NOTHING to alleviate the traffic or safety issues generated by these high-density housing projects. Drivers who live in Pleasanton and commuters who use our streets to avoid 580/680 will be forced to avoid these narrowed streets which will add EVEN MORE spillover traffic onto our neighborhood streets putting at risk the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists who use our neighborhood streets. We need to stop the City from adding any more high-density housing and narrowing of our streets!

Here's the link to the petition to expand Owens Drive back to 3 lanes from 1 lane, they need 750 signatures (currently at 632) Web Link

10 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Jake Waters is a registered user.

Remember, we need to keep building living accommodations for the H1-B visa holders and the refugees that are coming to our city. This is why Governor Brown reversed our desire to put a hold on further buliding. Do you just love the notion that we have no control over our city?

11 people like this
Posted by Congestion
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

Headline should have read:

Pleasanton council delays Owens Drive traffic meeting due to traffic congestion.

3 people like this
Posted by Johsen
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

How about Willow Rd intersection of Owens Rd from two lanes road become one lane and no corner for right turn? somebody in our city officials have responsibly turn our it mess.

5 people like this
Posted by JC
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

I wonder, do Pleasanton residents complain about everything? Not everything is a conspiracy to make your lives miserable. Are you miserable? Have we come to the point where narrow road lanes cause disgust? Such a 1% -er problem. I drive through Pleasanton often; Pleasanton is no different than other towns, traffic-wise.

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