By Tim Hunt
Campaign spinUploaded: May 10, 2016
When it comes to misleading campaigns, the No on K folks in Pleasanton are certainly a pace-setter.
This is the crew of folks in a neighborhood directly affected by traffic from 43 homes that the City Council approved earlier this year after the typically lengthy Pleasanton approval process. Some folks in Bridle Creek joined with a few other anti-development people to employ paid signature gatherers and barely qualify the referendum for the ballot.
The question will be decided on the June ballot so the anti-K folks have parked a box truck with its message around town. Among the presumably poll-tested buzz words are “developers”, “sprawl” and “hillsides.” To say these are a stretch is quite an understatement.
Yes, Greenbriar Homes is the proponent. The firm has built a number of quality neighborhoods in Pleasanton. Sprawl—give me a break. It connects to two existing neighborhoods as called for in the city’s General Plan. It would not be a stretch to consider it an infill project.
The homes are located in a valley, largely out-of-sight, not along ridgelines or hillsides as is the case in the Gray Eagle, Kottinger Ranch and other older developments on Pleasanton’s eastside.
Do take the time to read the ballot arguments and learn what is real instead of paying attention to the sound bites.
Developers in Livermore have hit a home run with the speculative warehouse project, Oaks Logistics Center, according to a report in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Telsa, with its manufacturing in the former General Motors plant in Fremont, has leased two warehouse buildings totaling more than 1 million square feet with an option for another 300,000 square feet. The warehouse project is located right off Highway 84 (Isabel Avenue) between I-580 and Stanley Boulevard.
Developed by Trammell Crow Co. and Bentall Kennedy, it is an easy drive at non-commute hours to Tesla’s plant in Fremont. In addition to the Fremont plant, Tesla is building a huge battery manufacturing plant in Reno.
There will be a new fall attraction in Pleasanton when the Alameda County Fair stages the first fall racing meet in recent history.
The fair won approval from the California horse racing board to take over the dates that were formerly used by the Stockton fair. Stockton tried a racing only event last fall and lost a chunk of money.
It was significant because the state board went for Pleasanton instead of Golden Gate Fields in Albany. During the regular fair meet, racing is a cornerstone of the activities and drives attendance. This year, that will run June 15 through July 4 (finishing on a Monday) and then offer a fall meet from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4.
What will be interesting to see is what events, if any, the fair decides to run to complement the fall meet. September and October are busy months for many people between school and youth sports.