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Homeowners win and lose at City Hall

Original post made on Nov 24, 2014

It's been said that in Pleasanton, homeowners who object to changes in their neighborhoods win when they take their complaints to city leaders. But not always.

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Posted by Love Pleasanton
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

Sad to see a Council Member "Nit picking" at a Business that supports residence in Pleasanton for her political gain.

Posted by Love the old Roseberrys
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

I live 4 blocks up the street from the Roseberry's Valero and always found it convenient to have the car repair station close by. I used them many times for smog checks and other repairs to an older car I had.
I'd rather have that than a car wash.
As far as the expanded 7-11 goes, it'll take some getting used to. The current cramped and old area where snacks are now sold is in need of an upgrade but I wish it wasn't going to be so big.

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

For once a good decision from the City. If residents in Rosepointe want to be a neighborhood of only single story homes then they need to do it legally and not just try to stop this homeowner. He has done nothing wrong and deserves to get his second story.

Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Nov 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I dunno. This Rosepoint owner's plan may be legal (as of now), but that doesn't make him a good neighbor if he's acting against the strong wishes of the majority of the other owners there. Each neighborhood has a certain feel to it, and owners understandably want to preserve that feel. Would you want your Pleasanton neighbor to decide to tear down his house and rebuild it in an Art Deco style? I doubt it. It would be an eyesore for your entire neighborhood. As for this Rosepoint owner, I tend to think that if he really wanted a 2-story Pleasanton house then he should have bought such a house in one of the many Pleasanton neighborhoods where 2-story houses are common. Moving into a community of single-story houses and then deciding to build to two stories against the wishes of the vast majority of the community there just seems unneighborly to me.

Posted by Chuck
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

We signed the petition to block a liquor store with slurpes called a 7-11, but the council ignored us. After the election they just don't care.

Where are elected officials that give a rat's a** about their voters after November?

I heard the gas station owner doesnt even live here but he is more important to them then we are. We sign a petition, some of my neighbors went to the Planning Dept. meeting and to the City Council meeting - does not matter. What a worthless group of people sitting in those chairs thinking they know more about my neighborhood than I do - after I lived her for 27 years! Un-American it is.

Posted by love the old Roseberry's
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

To Chuck - my sentiments exactly. I say "follow the money" and maybe we'd see that a larger business will collect more tax revenue for the city which is why it passed so easily.

Truthfully, now that the car repair station is gone that space is just being wasted. The owner shouldn't be expected to keep it dark and unused while he has to pay taxes and insurance on it.

Not sure what else he could do with that space aside from his current plan.

Posted by Jack
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Let's be honest, the owner recently purchased the fuel station with the goal to flip it into a 7-Eleven. I miss the oil changes and auto service that we used to take care of my wife's car. The owner wanted to make a dime off of our community and does not care about what is good for Pleasanton. Sad thing is that he and the big guy he hired didn't tell the truth.

I am mad that out of town owners have so much clout with the city government. The people like me and my family should be able have a say in what happens on our side of town and near our kid's schools.

Posted by Follow the Money
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

Why do most people run for City Council??? To lard their wallets! Remember some of the members of the City Council that were called the Dream Team? They ran for Council on an anti-growth platform, and were anti-growth for a while. Then a magic transformation came about and 2 out of 3 of them became pawns for developers. Wasn't that fascinating? The current City Council will pretty much rubber-stamp anything people want to build as along as they see the "benefit" (and I'm not talking about for the citizens).

Posted by Swimmer 75
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

Thank you Karla for supporting the people of PTown! The other council member & the Mayor don't!! Vote them all out in the next election!!!

A new 7-Eleven will only bring more traffic, pollution & of course, more crime?? Watch out for the first robbery/shooting there. Freeway get-away access is too close. Feel sorry for the neighbors near this 7-Eleven......

Posted by West side Observer
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Hem? Does Mr. Brandes still have gas station/quick-stop clients?

Posted by Bob12
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

An elementary school nearby with gridlock issues on most days at drop off and pick up times. A fire station, hospital on opposite corners, a very busy intersection linking Santa Rita, Stoneridge, West Las Positas, and access to the freeway - who needs a store on this corner. Maybe the owner does, but the neighborhood and this area of the city does not. - - Makes no common sense at all.

Posted by to bob12 and swimmer 75
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I'm not sure if much more traffic will be generated. There is already a store on site, they are just making it bigger and newer.
The same folks will go there after construction that go there now in my opinion - the Adams pool trucks, the Borg fence trucks, the car dealer lot boys filling up new cars, and local residents like me.
Instead of the run down, dirty, cramped store that is there now, there will be a new, revamped store.
It will take some getting used to - that's for sure

Posted by Paul Dubois
a resident of Rosewood
on Nov 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm

A business owner takes all the risk, often mortgaging their homes, and you all presume to tell him what kind of business works best for you. If you are right that the present gas station is the right configuration "for the people of Pleasanton" then get together, raise the money, buy the business, and YOU take the risk. Likewise, a two-story house is not outlandish just because you don't have one. Art Deco and out of place? Then the person would presumably lose money when he sold it. This is a free country, unless you get city government into the act.

Posted by Trekmtb
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Nov 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Looks like the Homwowners win, not lose.

Posted by Karen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The comment I "loved" most about the new 7 Eleven was that it will provide a place for people to get staples like milk, bread, etc. I guess the new Walmart Grocery that went in isn't enough.

And, I can't believe anyone thought we needed another car wash over on that side of town.

I am sure this would have been a very different decision if it was proposed near Ruby Hills or Castlewood.

Posted by Uncle Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Nice Developer Rubber Stamp City Council majority!

Thorne, Pentin, Narum and Cook-Kalio are just rubber stamps for any developer who winks at them.

Cook-Kalio is replaced by another Developer Rubber Stanp Arne Olson...

See you later Cook-Kalio! I will not miss your anger towards the people and Sprawl is OK for Pleasanton attitude.

Your legacy will be the loss of the "Hometown Feeling" of Pleasanton with your Stineridge Drive Freeway, over-crowded schools, traffic nightmares, and blatant disregard for the Citizen's concerns.

Just another Bad Politician who lost touch with the people and sided with the Developers!

I am very disappointed in your term especially that you are a Government Teacher. Your actions and rants are very bad examples for your students!

Posted by Ann
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thank you, Council member Karla Brown, for taking up the issues that effect neighbors and neighborhoods, instead of dismissing them for the benefit of a businessman who lives outside of the community. The recent City Council meeting's agenda regarding a new 7-11 and re-zoning the gas station at the corner or W. Las Positas and Santa Rita is a good example of how our majority on the Council are ignoring the majority of neighbors once again.
The Independent in Livermore has an editorial in their Nov. 27th edition on page 4, regarding the 7-11 re-zoning and the other council members rolling over for advocates of development despite its cost to our community. "...the [majority] council needs to remember that they were put into office to listen to and protect residents! as well as support economic growth." Perhaps this is why the 7-11 agenda item was postponed to occur after the election.

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Not much development left to do in this town. Just about every patch of dirt is now occupied with something. I find it fascinating that we have had if these people move here and then they complain about traffic, over crowded schools etc as they are the ones which created the over crowding. The only ones who have the right to complain are the ones who lived here prior to 1990. After that it was all downhill.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I purchased my first home in Pleasanton 1997 and moved in.
The home I purchased was built in 1985.
I purchased my second home in Pleasanton 2001 and moved in.
My second home was built in 1971.
Both homes built before 1990.
Do I have a right to complain?

Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm


Probably not. You just added to the increased population. Everyone moved here for the small town atmosphere and what came with it and as a by product killed it. We now have 75,000 people in a few square miles and are boxed in by Livermore and Dublin. Nothing can be changed nor can we go back to the past. We vote for the same people and expect a different result. No I am sorry it cannot change nor I guess should it. It is what it is.

Posted by Uncle Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

We have a chance in 2016 to vote the Rubber Stamp Majority

The cities of Richmond and Alameda won against the same big money Chamber of Commerce shills, so can we!

Let's organize Now!

Posted by Uncle Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Pete and Micheal,

Did you know who the 2 slow growth candidates were in this months City Elections?

Just curious...

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Bowen - Morrison!

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