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Stepping down

Original post made on Sep 12, 2008

Once an undistinguished step-sister to the fast growing neighboring cities of Pleasanton and Livermore in the last half of the 20th century, Dublin today is a retail, entertainment and smart housing that is being recognized nationally for municipal leadership in the 21st century.

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

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Posted by Not a Janet Lockhart fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Sorry Jeb,

Your 'cover story' is more of an op ed, rather than a news story on Mayor Lockhart's impending end to her tenure as Dublin's mayor.

While I admire and respect the elaboration on the personal tragedies and struggles she and her family has endured, the decisions she and her City Councilmembers have made over the years have arguably helped promote the ugly, non-stop development of the Tri-Valley. In other words, not everyone's a fan of what she has done over the years.

What's occurred in Dublin is anything but "smart growth", and Dublin certainly doesn't look like a "small town" anymore--just another very poorly designed and planned suburban sprawl-type city. In a word, it's ugly.

East Dublin is awful. Sprawl, high-rise apartment buildings, poorly designed housing tracts, and a very poorly designed shopping center in Hacienda Crossings that attracts lots of crime on a regular basis.

She got one thing right, though. Pleasanton definitely doesn't look like Dublin, thank goodness.

The only folks that are really going to miss her are the developers, who've been feeding at the trough for years. Maybe Dublin will finally become a city that no longer represents a city that never saw a development proposal that they DIDN'T like.

One can only hope.

In conclusion, please, Jeb, save your editorials for the editorial page, instead of trying to pass off to readers as 'news', i.e., statement of facts. This cover story clearly isn't.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 14, 2008 at 10:31 am

I would have to agree. While growth is inevitable, when properly planned, it should not impact the community in a negative way, as 'East' Dublin has been planned. Sure, the tax dollars are good for Dublin, but at what cost to Dublin and the surrounding residents through gridlock traffic, crime, and building city type housing that assumes very few people have or drive a car. To call it 'smart planning' is quite frankly absurd and a joke.

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Posted by Historian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

I hate that you have rewritten history with this story.

When Pico and Kamena met with Dublin it was to beg them not to over build. They warned of the ascetic, crime, and traffic consequences. Dublin said that Pleasanton and Livermore were just jealous of the tax revenue.

PW Friday, September 5, 2008,
"In consecutive years, the eastbound and westbound portions of 580 from Pleasanton to Livermore have ranked in the top four most congested roadways in the Bay Area."Web Link

We are all living with the consequences of Dublin's (Housten and Lockhart) greed!!!!!

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Posted by Wes
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

The only thing Lockhart has done is creat a giant problem for the tri valley. When all that high density starts to fall apart dublin will be the slum of the east bay.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Delay is preferable to error, that was not Dublin's motto. Information is the currency of democracy, what? you ask.We actually made decisions with information?

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Posted by Hope not
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Does anyone know what happened at the Council meeting last night?

I heard that our City Council voted to give the green light for high density housing in Hacienda.

Maybe we will look like Dublin soon.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm

What?! 5,000 people didn't show up to voice their opposition against this?

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Danbury Park
on Sep 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm

If it was a citywide vote it would have been defeated by more than 5,000 votes.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 18, 2008 at 1:14 am

Yep, 4/5th's of the council gave the developer the OK. Sullivan voted "No". Said he felt the housing associated with this project, since it counts against the housing cap, could be put to better use in later projects. He made some other interesting points but it seemed the other councilmembers thought this is a good project. McGovern also had several interesting suggestions to enhance the project.

There was some concern about a "flyover" that could possibly wipe out some of the guest parking.

From what I could see of the design drawings on TV30, to me, the building didn't look all that attractive. Seemed to have lots of balconeys and overhangs. Reminded me of what going on in Dublin.

Includes office, retail, and low/moderate income housing(could be wrong but I seem to recall 309 units total), if $850 month for a one bedroom apartment can be called low income.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 18, 2008 at 7:48 am

Did Sullivan happen to describe what would be a "better use" for him?

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 18, 2008 at 8:54 am

This project was not Hacienda it was across from the mall adjacent to the new BART station, 350 units. It will be a peek at what is to come in Hacienda.

This will bring families that will take anything to get their kids out of the crappy communities and schools in the Bay area into Pleasanton.

More kids, NO ROOM in our Schools! Great planning PUSD!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm

I'm not sure he fully explained how his "better use" is related to later projects.

He did say he was concerned this housing, since it would be located alone in a "business park atmosphere"(my term), would create a community that would be isolated away from the traditional community setting, or words to that effect. When the housing was discussed I wondered who would purchase this type housing but it was touted as "carbon footprint friendly" since there will be retail and a grocery store(Safeway)on site with Stoneridge Mall and BART in easy walking distance. Don't think I'd like to live there.

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