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Pleasanton real estate snapshot

Uploaded: Mar 28, 2019
Despite the steadily increasing home prices in Pleasanton, buyers have yet to reach the “pain point” according to Dave Stark of the Bay East Association of Realtors.
Dave updated the Pleasanton Men’s Club this month on the local real estate scene. Among the nuggets in his talk were comparing the price run-up in the early to mid-2000s to prices since the recovery kicked in during 2009. Median prices in Pleasanton peaked at $850,000 in 2006 before dropping to $810,000 in 2008. The low point was $685,000 in 2009. Since then, median prices have climbed to $1.3 million and increased 9 percent, 9 percent and 10 percent in the last three years.
The current market snapshot, year-over-year, showed time on the market increasing from 20 to 25 days and percentage of asking price dipping slightly from 102 percent to 99 percent. It’s still a healthy market.
The number of homes sold have varied in the last five years from a low of 614 to a high last year of 694—every year fell into that range.
Dave’s takeaway is that Pleasanton remains a very desirable place to live and, like other coastal areas in the state, we suffer from the long-term shortage in new housing, particularly single-family.

For a trained attorney, Rep. Eric Swalwell sure puts aside his background to behave like a pure politician.

So, it is that he and two fellow East Coast Democrats have reintroduced the “Journalist Protection Act.” The bill singles out crimes against journalists for special federal prosecution.

It’s pandering and a response to President Trump’s barrage—a well-deserved barrage looking at Robert Mueller’s report—of fake news. Swalwell and others argue that president’s rhetoric can spark attacks on journalists.

Just save it, congressman.

Journalists deserve special protection no more than any of the American citizens do. It’s completely unnecessary, but panders to the mainstream media where our congressman is a frequent guest. The First Amendment already guarantees a free press.

It’s like the “hate crime” legislation that made politicians feel better for doing something, but just add another unnecessary layer. A crime is a crime—prosecute it as such without having to try to determine motive.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Frenchie, a resident of Castlewood,
on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Frenchie is a registered user.

Well said, Tim, guess he overlooked the First Amendment! Thanks for pointing this out.

Liz Rose

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Mar 28, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Regarding Swalwell, I agree with you in totality.

On another note, we have all of these elected representatives from California that should be putting fourth California peoples business, but have abandoned us to run for president, or to appear nightly on the liberal mainstream media outlets.

Not a single one of the California representatives in Washington have returned anything to California. California representatives in congress are the largest collection of self claimed Jesus Christ Super Stars.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on Mar 30, 2019 at 4:53 am

Seriously -save what? A 4-page partisan synopsis? Still another 300+ pages to examine and given the corruption that Cheeto in Chief has dragged into the White House along with indictments and prison time -let's just ignore that shall we? Uninformed, only interested in padding his own pocket (Trump brand on White House trinkets anyone), hiding behind the Religious Right when convenient, and the thinly veiled support of the violent, extreme right. Let's wait for the other shoe to drop on the Muller report before passing judgment shall we? What frightens me is the rationalization on the part of so many that this is ok and can be explained away. It's corrupt, dishonest, criminal behavior that shouldn't be part of the highest office in the land.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Mar 30, 2019 at 8:04 am

Anonymous posters have no credibility!

Posted by 2 Michael Austins?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Apr 1, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Unregistered Michael Austin - isn't there also a registered user named Michael Austin?

Seems that being unregistered and anonymous are the same thing?


No Credibility


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Apr 1, 2019 at 6:46 pm

I do not have any control over how the weekly determines my status when I post.
Gina Channell-Allen can verify I am a paid subscriber and a registered user.

I have no problem to tangle with anonymous posters. Anonymous posters are cowards and perverts, a decadent part of our society.

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