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Opinion - January 18, 2013

Pleasanton's East Side 'Vision' plan has merit

Among the priorities the newly constituted Pleasanton City Council will consider this year is the planning now under way for 1,000 acres of lakes and largely undeveloped land east of Valley Avenue and along Stanley Boulevard. Considered by some as Pleasanton's "last frontier," this acreage is under study by the council-appointed East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force, an 18-member group under the guidance of Brian Dolan, director of community development, and Janice Stern, the city's planning manager. The task force, which has been meeting since last fall, is off to a rocky start with Mayor Jerry Thorne on Tuesday criticizing its "Draft Vision Statement" as reading more like an instruction manual than a broader, less specific look at what this frontier might look like in future years. Thorne and the council also agreed that elected members of the City Council should not sit on task forces or other committees and commissions whose recommendations ultimately will be decided by the council.

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