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Opinion - March 29, 2013

As purse-strings loosen, city eyes new projects

For the first time since 2007, the Pleasanton City Council's biennial Priorities-Setting meeting last Monday was a cheerful event. With the city's economy improving and tax revenue increasing, council members declared their support of most of the 13 separate goals listed in a 22-page 2013 work plan prepared by City Manager Nelson Fialho and his staff. For sure, a green light was given to move forward on a public-private partnership for Phase II of developing Bernal Community Park, the 318-acre largely vacant parcel along Bernal Avenue and across from the Fairgrounds. Three years ago, $5 million was spent developing two lighted Little League baseball fields. Now more will be spent on fields, some lighted, for soccer, lacrosse, junior football and, yes, more baseball diamonds. This time, the improvements, authorized as part of a voter referendum, will include a woodlands area, riparian habitat and landscaping along a meandering creek that runs through the site.

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