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Letters: Comparing the mayoral candidates

Original post made on Oct 24, 2008

Let's examine Mayor Hosterman's achievements. While our streets are congested and our schools are overcrowded, she has aligned herself with developers to add more housing. While our country has an energy crisis and our county has a water shortage, she fought hard to approve 8,000 to 12,000-square-foot mansions on our beautiful ridgelines. When the council's agenda was full of important city business, she selfishly wasted hours and hours trying to convince us that her hawk is like a chicken and should be exempt from city codes. When the citizens of Pleasanton tried to save our hilltops from development thru Measure PP, she initiated a competing Measure QQ, which was designed to confuse voters and allow developers time for unrestricted building on ridges.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 24, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 24, 2008 at 9:06 am

"Pleasanton will need a financial watchdog that will control city spending without asking for higher citizen taxes."

Uh, Pleasanton doesn't tax citizens.

"While our country has an energy crisis and our county has a water shortage, she fought hard to approve 8,000 to 12,000-square-foot mansions on our beautiful ridgelines."

Hosterman also "fought hard" to get a water and energy element into the new General Plan so those large mansions will have smaller carbon footprints than your home or mine.

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Posted by Approved?
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:43 am

Here we go again with all of the "as ifs". Its getting pretty irritating to continually have things that "could in theory happen" all of a sudden become a worst case scenario realized. 8,000 to 12,000 sq ft mansions approved? There isn't a single home thats even been submitted, yet information such as mega massions is being used almost as fact. Please at least deal in reality and say "some houses could be as large as", but to imply all will be masions mega or otherwise is just wrong and irresponsible.

Question: How many homes over 8,000 square feet exist out of 600 plus custom homes in Ruby Hill? I would guess maybe 20 to 30, and only a handfull over 10,000 sq ft. There is no way these homes will end up as large as people are wanting you to believe, it is simply what is possible. Given the economy and the trend toward downsizing (Hummer went Bankrupt remember), I don't think we're going to see excess that was allowed by the dotcom boom for quite some time.

Just trying to be rational.

BTW, We have 2 of the highest ranked high schools in California which is exactly why people _want_ to come here! The article above is laced with inacuracies and half truths. Pleasanton is not perfect, but is certainly in the 95th percentile. Reading these constant rants about whats wrong is getting old.

Here's a concept, pretend you don't live here but are considering moving here. Do what most people would do and make an objective list of the positives vs the negatives. The positive list would be exponentially larger than the negative one!

Hosterman for Mayor!

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 25, 2008 at 7:01 am

I have a question: Brozosky opposes the development of those big houses, but isn't he an advocate of "starter homes"? Does anyone know? I also read the same thing about McGovern. Adding more homes, whether mansions or starter homes will add to the problem of crowded schools. In fact, developing low income, high density homes would be really bad for Pleasanton, and its impact on schools would be bad.

So if anyone has any additional information about Brozosky's plan to support starter homes please let us all know.

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