VOL. XVIII, NUMBER 4 â€¢ FEBRUARY 17, 2017
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t is remarkable to witness the progress Sunflower Hill has made toward its goal of providing long-term housing solutions for adults with special needs. While swapping emails with Susan Houghton, the nonprofitâ€™s board president, she recalled that it was Leap Day (Feb. 29) five years ago when she started trading emails with parents who shared her concern about long-term housing for their adult children. Now, just five years later, Sunflower has land, cash commitments and a clear path toward a project with 30 onebedroom units in Pleasanton. Houghton noted in her email that Leap Day ideas are considered to be a precursor for starting great, innovative projects â€” amen. Last week, the Pleasanton City Council unanimously (Councilman Jerry Pentin was not at the meeting) approved an 87-unit housing project that also includes a 1.64-acre site reserved for Sunflower Hill. The 15-acre project bounded by Stanley Boulevard and the Arroyo Del Valle includes the extension of Nevada Street to Stanley Boulevard and First Street. The partnership between Sunflower and developer Mike Serpa, coupled with the cityâ€™s agreement, allows Sunflower to move forward with a separate entitlement process with the city. The council also approved an exclusive negotiation arrangement with Sunflower. Houghton told the council the organization intends to break ground by early 2019. The organization has partnered with SAHA Housing on its Pleasanton project, which also includes larger community space because Sunflower wants to allow the opportunity for parents to engage with their children in that area. Some parents have publicly said they may buy the market-rate homes in Serpaâ€™s Irby Ranch project. SAHA intends to submit plans to the city by July with the goal of an entitlement approval by December. It also must line up the tax-credit financing for the approximately $14.35 million project. One source of funding could be the countywide affordable housing bond that the voters approved last November. In addition to contributing the land for Sunflower, Serpaâ€™s company will contribute $1 million to the project through the cityâ€™s affordable housing
Sunflower Hill board president Susan Houghton with her son, Robby.
fund. The council also approved an additional $1.25 million from that fund for the Sunflower project. The plan for Serpaâ€™s 87-house development includes two- and three-story homes with small lots that likely will be priced at less than $1 million. The project is easily walkable to downtown and is a better use of that site than more commercial like whatâ€™s in the adjoining Stanley Business Park. There was some opposition to the project, but Gerry Beaudin, the cityâ€™s community development director, estimated that emails favored the project by a 70-30 margin. Most speakers at the council meeting also favored the project. The Sunflower momentum likely will continue to build next month when the Livermore City Council considers its 44-unit project on First Street across from the Safeway shopping center near Interstate 580. That should be a routine â€œyes.â€? The organization will preserve a historic building on the site. Sunflower is partnered with MidPen Housing on the Livermore project. Sunflower hopes to break ground in early 2018, with residents moving into the new units in 2019. The projects are the long-term solutions for parents who have raised their special-needs children to adulthood and have been concerned about what happens to their kids when they pass on. Contrary to the views of some critics who question whether the projects will be built, I am confident we will see groundbreakings and then new homes for special-needs adults. The 74 units planned will take care of the needs of some families, but there will need to be an ongoing effort to provide housing solutions for the adult special-needs population. Sunflower Hill has developed an excellent roadmap for other organizations with similar goals. Q
About the Cover Peggy Elliott pets 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Chloe at Eden Villa, an assisted living facility for seniors in Pleasanton. Chloe is one of 175 dogs in Valley Humane Societyâ€™s Canine Comfort program, which provides pet therapy throughout the East Bay. Photo by Julia Reis. Cover design by Paul Llewellyn. Vol. XVIII, Number 4
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Realtor Oh wow. I almost hate to admit the impact the weather has on my daily life. If the sun is not shining, I can’t go out and play golf. And my clients, if they are sellers, are less likely to want to show their houses. And if they are buyers, to go out looking at houses. I’ll take sunshine any day of the week.
Mike Rose Retired I find the rain depressing after a while, even though it helps to get us out of the drought. I love the sunshine, the vitamin D it provides and the lift it gives my spirits. I’m definitely in a better mood when the sun is shining.
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Bipartisan open house Pleasanton’s representatives in the State Legislature, Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Democrat State Senator Steve Glazer, are co-hosting a public town hall next week in Livermore. The event will give residents a chance to share their thoughts and concerns regarding legislative issues impacting the community, and receive an update on State Capitol happenings from Baker and Glazer. The town hall is scheduled for Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the East Avenue Middle School multipurpose room at 3951 East Ave. in Livermore. To RSVP for the free event, contact Baker’s district office at 328-1515.
Ragin’ Cajun Local nonprofit Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is holding its Ragin’ Cajun Goes to Trinidad fundraiser next month in Pleasanton. The lime — a word for party in the Caribbean — will feature carnival music, dancing and dinner, plus live and silent auctions, to benefit the organization that provides Tri-Valley cancer patients during their treatment period with financial assistance for complementary healing services. The Ragin’ Cajun is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at the Casa Real Event Center, 410 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton. Tickets are on sale now for $200 per person, with table purchases available. Foundation representatives encourage community members to attend with neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members to support those with cancer in the Tri-Valley. For more information, go to https://goo.gl/RyRxcJ or call 866862-7270. Q
School district to explore building new elementary school on Neal property Trustees direct administrators to consider district-owned site
BY JULIA REIS
he Pleasanton school board Tuesday night took a step forward in planning for a new elementary school in the district, directing administrators to explore building on the district’s Neal property in the southeast part of the city. Trustees voted 4-0, with vice president Mark Miller absent, to look at options for a 13.2-acre, district-owned site at 1689 Vineyard Ave. rather than bring in a consultant to research additional possibilities for a new elementary school. Administrators had asked the board to provide direction on issuing a request for proposals for a consulting firm that would identify and evaluate properties the district
could buy, sell or exchange toward a new elementary school. “My recommendation would not be to go with the RFP,” trustee Valerie Arkin said at the meeting. “We have that (Neal) property now — why would we not utilize that if we could?” Trustees concurred upon hearing from interim superintendent Micaela Ochoa that she had just received a list of additional properties the district could look into from the city of Pleasanton. “Because the city today actually gave us a list of potential sites, I’d like to see how that plays out before we start spending money,” trustee Steve Maher said. The board’s decision came after
holding a one-hour workshop before the 7 p.m. regular meeting during which trustees heard options for how the district could pursue a new elementary school as part of the annual demographer’s report. At the workshop, a representative from Davis Demographics & Planning presented student population projections by residence that show enrollment is anticipated to decline over the next decade from 14,728 students in the fall of 2016 to 14,359 in fall 2026. The overall student population is expected to increase through fall 2019, when it is projected to peak at 14,991 students; however, the firm believes enrollment will drop every year thereafter.
While overall PUSD enrollment is projected to decline in 10 years, the report forecasts a rise in the high school student population from 4,897 in the fall of 2016 to 4,960 in fall 2026, with peak enrollment at 5,214 in fall 2019. Based on its projections, which were prepared with the help of city of Pleasanton planning staff, there is no need for any additional middle or high schools. With $35 million in Measure I1 bond funding earmarked for construction of a new elementary school, the district could elect to add a school and adjust PUSD boundaries, build on the existing district-owned Neal See SCHOOL BOARD on Page 7
Owens Dr. traffic meeting delayed City reschedules for March 7 due to key staff member’s absence NICHOLS-NAYLOR ARCHITECTS
The design proposal for 30 W. Angela St. calls for adding two patios covered by a decorative wooden trellis, and a new brick-clad tower would be added to the front corner to help the main entry stand out, all while not expanding the interior floor space.
Commission OKs redesign plan for partially demolished downtown building Former Chinese restaurant site on West Angela set to get facelift BY JEREMY WALSH
The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved a design review application last week for a singlestory building on West Angela Street that was partially demolished after its latest restaurant tenant vacated the property. The proposal from owner Larry McColm calls for remodeling the building to remain at roughly 3,100 square feet inside while adding 996 square feet of covered exterior spaces that could be used for outdoor dining. The patios would be covered by a decorative wooden trellis, and a new brick-clad tower would be added to the front corner to help the main entry stand out. “A lot of effort has gone into this, to put the best face on this building as we possibly can,”
McColm, of McColm Commercial Real Estate, told the commissioners during their Feb. 8 meeting in the council chambers. “This is a very prominent site and has an empty shell on it right now,” city planning manager Adam Weinstein said, expressing support for the proposal. “Tons of people walk down Angela Street all of the time, especially on the weekends. We really need a building with active uses, whose architecture reflects the character of downtown and is designed in accordance with the Downtown Specific Plan.” The commercial building at 30 W. Angela St., vacant for more than a year after Joy China Cuisine closed, has civic ties for Pleasanton. Built in 1968, it was originally used as an Alameda
County Justice Court and later housed the city council chambers during the 1970s. After the Chinese restaurant left the building in 2015, the site found itself on the city’s radar when code enforcement received a complaint about demolition and property maintenance there that August, and officials determined the owner hadn’t requested or obtained permits, according to Weinstein. The city issued a building permit two weeks later for interior non-structural demolition and re-roofing, though the city later found crews took down nonstructural exterior walls too, outside the permit’s scope of work, Weinstein added. See REDESIGN on Page 6
Pleasanton residents hoping to hear from the City Council and city staff about traffic changes on Owens Drive will have to wait two additional weeks for their public meeting. The council’s discussion, originally announced for next Tuesday, has been rescheduled for the March 7 council meeting because city traffic engineer Mike Tassano, who knows the nuances of the project, is unexpectedly out of the office, according to city spokeswoman Tracy Dunne. The council agreed to hold a public discussion on the issue after hearing from residents in December and January with complaints about the city’s previous decision to reduce the eastbound lanes of Owens Drive from three lanes to one lane in front of a new four-story apartment building soon to be opened at Owens and Willow Road. The complaints ramped up once construction fencing came down around the project area and new curbing and lane closures showed the Owens Drive narrowing was permanent. The March 7 council meeting is expected to start as usual at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave. Q —Jeremy Walsh
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Peace ring formed in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, refugees Local interfaith group gathers outside mosque to offer support BY JEREMY WALSH
Nearly 150 residents of various faiths joined together outside the Muslim Community Center of the East Bay in Pleasanton last Friday afternoon to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants and refugees. The hour-long event, organized by the Livermore-Pleasanton Interfaith Clergy Association, featured several speeches, a group prayer and a peace ring where attendees spread into a large circle outside the mosque to offer support to their Muslim neighbors. “We want to cultivate a sense of
being neighbors,” Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, of Lynnewood United Methodist Church, said to the group. “We are standing, literally standing, in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors ... to say we trust you, and we want you to trust us.” The other speakers included Hina Khan-Mukhtar, Rev. Lucas Hergert, Rabbi Laurence Milder and a local 16-year-old Muslim girl. With occasional reference to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and discourse at the national level, the speakers said they were promoting solidarity, love, understanding and support.
“We want to be part of a nation that welcomes refugees and immigrants as brothers and sisters in one human family,” Hammer said. “I have nothing but words of gratitude,” Khan-Mukhtar said. “I’m grateful for the ring around the Islamic center,” she said, later adding the group also formed “a ring around our hearts.” She closed by saying, “Love will trump hate.” The group of women, men and a few children gathered outside during two afternoon prayer sessions at the mosque, greeting dozens of local Muslims as they arrived or exited and forming the large ring twice while the
Some participants brought signs with messages such as “We all belong,” “People of faith stand together” and this one reading “We love our Muslim neighbors.”
worshipers prayed inside the mosque on West Las Positas Boulevard. The speaker presentations occurred
in between the two prayers, and many of the worshipers from the first session came outside and listened. Q
Hope Hospice expands services by acquiring home health agency CEO: ‘Our goal is to help people remain independent at home for as long as possible’ BY JEREMY WALSH
Hope Hospice recently announced it acquired Hayward-based St. Claire’s Home Health in a move aimed at improving the local nonprofit’s endof-life care services and allowing its patients to transition seamlessly between home care and hospice care as their illnesses progress. With the move, the Dublinbased organization now offers a full spectrum of high-quality services, including home health, palliative
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McColm assured the Planning Commission that the building remains structurally sound. He said he is looking to remodel the building using the existing structural walls, rather than tear down and begin anew, for cost and time considerations. Before developing the current onestory redesign, McColm submitted a preliminary application to the city in January 2016 proposing a new
care and hospice care, to patients in the Tri-Valley and surrounding areas, according to Bob Boehm, Hope Hospice’s CEO. “Our goal is to help people remain independent at home for as long as possible,” Boehm said in a statement. “Combining home health care with our agency means we can offer rehabilitative therapies as well as palliative care to patients who have chronic or advanced illnesses but are not currently on hospice.” three-story building with a restaurant below, offices in the middle and apartments up top. City staff generally supported a mixed-use concept but didn’t like the proposed building’s design plan because it didn’t reflect the architectural character of downtown, according to Weinstein. McColm later scrapped that concept and eventually arrived at the one-story redesign. “That chapter is now closed, so we are left with renovating the existing
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Patients can still seek curative treatments while receiving pain and symptom management, support and guidance from Hope Hospice, Boehm noted. “We are proud to be able to offer a wider range of services that will help patients and their families enjoy what matters most to them and remain independent at home,” he added. Hope Hospice continues to operate as a community-led nonprofit, with St. Claire’s Home Health now a division of the organization, according to Boehm. St. Claire’s is now the only nonprofit home health agency in the Tri-Valley. structure and working just the best we can. And what I say is, we’re putting on the best amount of makeup and lipstick we can to make this a beautiful project,” McColm said. The commissioners were largely supportive of the proposal, though Commissioner Justin Brown said he thought “it needs a little more kick” while also pointing to the “brown on brown on brown” color concept. The commission urged the owner to work with city staff to identify appropriately varied color and finish options. The project was also endorsed by the Pleasanton Downtown Association’s Design and Historical Review Committee, Weinstein noted. He also acknowledged that the site would lose up to two of its 26 parking spots because of relocating the trash enclosure at the back of the building. With no tenant under lease, the interior design remains a bit up in the air. The owner said the building will “probably” remain a restaurant, but he left the door open for possibly considering a retail tenant. After a nearly 50-minute discussion, the commission voted 4-0 to approve the design application. Commissioners Jack Balch and Nancy Allen were absent. Brown, an alternate on the commission, stepped in to take part in the vote. Q
“We are very excited to join the Hope Hospice team,” Suzan Ferrer, St. Claire’s chief financial officer, said. “Hope Hospice is a respected organization that is deeply-rooted in the community.” St. Claire’s CEO Allurie Neri added, “We are looking forward to blending Hope’s excellent patient care with our clinical team.” A preferred home health care provider in the Tri-Valley and neighboring areas, St. Claire’s served more than 400 patients last year, and it is expected to see the same number of patients or more this year after the acquisition, according to Patty
Hefner, Hope Hospice director of communications. Every St. Claire’s employee joined the Hope Hospice family, including 22 per diem and full-time employees and both owners, so no one lost their job, Hefner added. Hope Hospice identified St. Claire’s as its ideal home health care agency in light of its track record such as being accredited by The Joint Commission, certified by Medicare, holding a top 5-star rating with Medicare and receiving high marks in consumer quality by rating agency CalQualityCare.org, according to Boehm. Q
Tribute to Barbra Kelly Brandeburg is performing “My Favorite Barbra: Tribute to the Songs of Barbra Streisand,” music direction by John Simon, at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Brandeburg, a current star of “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco, will take the audience on a journey from the early days of Streisand’s career as a cabaret singer in New York City through her starring roles on Broadway and her critically acclaimed roles in Hollywood ﬁlms. The performance includes rare “Barbra” anecdotes and stories, along with selections from “Funny Girl,” “Yentl” and “Hello, Dolly!” Tickets are $15-$25. Go to www.ﬁrehousearts.org, call 931-4848 or purchase at the theater box ofﬁce, 4444 Railroad Ave.
POLICE BULLETIN Serial bank robber sentenced in Pleasanton case A Stockton man dubbed the “Bearded Bandit” was sentenced to 45 months in prison in connection with a 2016 bank robbery spree across Northern California, including a Wells Fargo branch in Pleasanton, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch announced last week. Kenneth Michael Ellis, 31, pleaded guilty in November to eight separate counts of unarmed bank robbery, prosecutors said. He also agreed to pay more than $28,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said Ellis admitted to using force or intimidation to rob banks in Pleasanton, Fremont, Gilroy, Concord, Dublin and Lafayette. The robberies he admitted to all occurred in 2016 and included $5,145 from the Wells Fargo Bank in the Pleasanton Gateway shopping plaza on Bernal Avenue on March 17; $3,000 from a Chase Bank branch in Fremont on Feb. 12; $4,400 from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Gilroy on March 4; $3,180 from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Concord on March
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property or add a new school in northern Pleasanton where existing elementary schools — Donlon, Fairlands and Walnut Grove — are impacted and expected to stay that way, the consulting firm said in its report. If the district were to build on the Neal property, Davis Demographics added, it would likely have to make that school a “magnet” with special programming, such as dual immersion or science and technology, that would draw students district-wide. While trustees acknowledged that the Neal property isn’t in the most impacted part of the district, they said utilizing it would mean not having to purchase another site, saving money and time. “We have that land there,” Arkin said. “I know it’s not in the area we need it, but discussing our options of using that land sounds like the best thing.” Tuesday night’s discussion was the board’s first extensive dialogue about a prospective Measure I1 bond project since Pleasanton voters passed the $270 million school facilities initiative in November. Although elementary school student enrollment is projected to fall 3.5% in the next 10 years, trustees have pointed to the continued use of portables as a reason for the need for a new elementary school. The demographer’s report also indicated that 11 total elementary schools will be needed once the district reaches maturity, the unknown point in time when all land zoned residential in Pleasanton will be built on. Q
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11; $1,700 from a US Bank branch in Dublin on March 15; $1,083 from a U.S. Bank branch in Gilroy on March 16; $1,434 from a U.S. Bank branch in Fremont on March 17; and $4,600 from a Chase Bank branch in Lafayette on March 21. Prosecutors said Ellis also agreed to pay restitution to three banks for robberies he committed in the Eastern District of California that included a Chase Bank in Elk Grove, a Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento and a Bank of Stockton in Rio Vista. Ellis was arrested on March 23, 2016 by the Brentwood Police Department after investigators received a call from a citizen.
In other police news • Nearly 600 inmates from the Butte County Jail in Oroville were evacuated and transported to Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail earlier this week because of the threat of a spillway collapse at the Oroville Dam, authorities said. Butte County sheriff’s officials said the evacuation of all 578 of the inmates on Sunday afternoon was the first time an evacuation order has been issued at the Butte County Jail. The group consisted of 499 male inmates and 80 female inmates. Butte County sheriff’s officials said the inmates would return to the Butte County Jail when it is deemed safe for them to return. Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said there’s “plenty of room” for the Butte County inmates at Santa Rita because the jail housed about 5,000 inmates a day in the early 2000s
but currently houses only about 2,500 inmates a day. Kelly said his department may incur some overtime costs for housing and helping transport the Butte County inmates but he said the inmates “won’t tax the system.” • Former Livermore police Officer Daniel Black pleaded no contest last week to one misdemeanor count for involvement with the teenage daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher who’s at the center of a sexual misconduct scandal involving officers from multiple agencies. In return for Daniel Black’s plea to a single count of performing lewd acts, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other four misdemeanor counts he faced. In approving the plea agreement Feb. 9 after lengthy discussions in back rooms, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Alison Tucher told Black, 49, that his conviction will be expunged from his record in 15 months if he complies with all of its terms and conditions. Those include taking an AIDS test, watching an AIDA video, not committing any crimes and staying away from areas in Alameda County that are known prostitution hubs. Black is one of six East Bay police officers who were charged with felonies or misdemeanors in Alameda County as a result of the sexual exploitation scandal involving the teenage girl, now 19, who worked as a prostitute and is now seeking a total of more than $100 million in damages from multiple jurisdictions. Q —Bay City News Service
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Info session set on new recycling rules Businesses now required to provide recycling service Pleasanton city officials are hosting an informational session next week to help business owners learn specifics about new recycling rules that took effect at the beginning of the year. Phase II of the mandatory recycling ordinance requires all businesses and institutions, regardless of garbage service volume, to provide recycling service. Businesses that generate significant amounts of food scraps or organic waste must provide organics collection service, city officials said. Also, under the rules that took effect Jan. 1, all businesses must ensure recyclables are properly separated and no longer disposed of in the trash bins. Those businesses required to have organics collection must also make sure their food scraps and organic waste are kept separate from the garbage.
To help educate Pleasanton businesses, city officials, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Pleasanton Garbage Service will offer an informational session next Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. In addition to staff presentations, the representatives will also hold a Q&A period to answer any questions regarding the new rules. The event is open to all Pleasanton businesses and their representatives. RSVP is requested, to Sean Welch at email@example.com. For more details on the info session, call 931-5002. To learn more about the mandatory recycling ordinance, visit www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/city-of-pleasanton. Q —Jeremy Walsh
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Opinion WEEKLY MEETING NOTICES City Council Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue â€˘Public Hearing: P16-1418, Zoning Code Update â€“ Consider re-introduction of Ordinance No. 2155 to amend the Pleasanton Municipal Code to: \WKH[LKLĂ„UP[PVUZHUKZPTWSPM`[OLSPZ[VMWLYTP[[LKHUKJVUKP[PVUHSS`WLYTP[[LKSHUK\ZLZPU*VTTLYJPHS6Ń?JLHUK0UK\Z[YPHS+PZ[YPJ[Z"LZ[HISPZOH 4PUVY*VUKP[PVUHS<ZL7LYTP[WYVJLZZ"YLĂ…LJ[J\YYLU[WYHJ[PJLZ"JSHYPM`HUK Z[YLHTSPULYL]PL^WYVJLK\YLZ"YLWSHJLV\[VMKH[LYLMLYLUJLZ"HUK\UKLYtake other changes to make the code more user-friendly â€˘ Presentation of a report detailing infrastructure improvements necessary and cost to extend water and sewer utilities into the unincorporated Happy Valley area
Planning Commission Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Avenue â€˘ Vesting Tentative Map Tract 8352, GHC Lund Ranch, LLC Application for a Vesting Tentative Tract Map to subdivide an approximately 194.7 acre property at 1500 Lund Ranch Road into 46 lots for 43 singleMHTPS`OVTLZHWWYV]LK\UKLY7<+HUK[OYLLSV[Z[VILKLKPJH[LK[V the City of Pleasanton for permanent open space. Zoning for the property PZ7<+3+99+96:7/:>67SHUULK<UP[+L]LSVWTLU[Âś3V^+LUZP[` 9LZPKLU[PHS9\YHS+LUZP[`9LZPKLU[PHS6WLU:WHJLÂś7\ISPJ/LHS[O :HML[` >PSKSHUK6]LYSH`+PZ[YPJ[ â€˘ P16-0916, Greg Munn (WWSPJH[PVUMVY+LZPNU9L]PL^HWWYV]HS[VJVUZ[Y\J[HUHWWYV_PTH[LS` 4,800-square-foot, two-story, single-family residence with an approximately ZX\HYLMVV[H[[HJOLKNHYHNLH[:`JHTVYL;LYYHJLAVUPUNMVY[OL WYVWLY[`PZ7<+3+97SHUULK<UP[+L]LSVWTLU[Âś3V^+LUZP[`9LZPKLU[PHS +PZ[YPJ[ â€˘ P16-1900, City of Pleasanton Consider an amendment to the Pleasanton Municipal Code to comply ^P[O:[H[LSLNPZSH[PVUMVYZLJVUKHJJLZZVY`K^LSSPUN\UP[Z â€˘ Recommendation of Planning Items for the 2017 City Council Priorities â€˘ P16-1827, Emma Rohner, KT Builders (WWSPJH[PVUMVY+LZPNU9L]PL^HWWYV]HS[VJVUZ[Y\J[HUHWWYV_PTH[LS` 20,443-square-foot, one-story commercial building and related site imWYV]LTLU[ZSVJH[LKH[HUK >`VTPUN:[YLL[AVUPUNMVY[OLWYVWLY[` PZ7<+*7SHUULK<UP[+L]LSVWTLU[Âś*VTTLYJPHS+PZ[YPJ[ *************************************************************************************
COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES RECRUITMENT The City Council is accepting applications for the following: Civic Arts Commission 2 Members 1 Youth Member Committee on Energy & Environment 1 Member Economic Vitality Committee 1 Member from each of the following categories: *VTTLYJPHS9LHS,Z[H[L+L]LSVWTLU[ Commercial Real Estate Broker -PUHUJPHS:LY]PJLZ Hacienda Business Park Housing Commission 1 Alternate Member Human Services Commission 1 Member 1 Youth Member Library Commission 1 Member 7HYRZ 9LJYLH[PVU*VTTPZZPVU 3 Members 1 Youth Member Planning Commission 1 Member Youth Commission 2 At-Large Member /PNO:JOVVS4LTILY APPLICATION DEADLINE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 0U[LY]PL^Z^PSSILOLSK-LIY\HY`[O[OY\4HYJO[O (WWS`H[O[[W!^^^JP[`VMWSLHZHU[VUJHNV]NV]KLW[ZJSLYRIVHYKZ application.asp -VYHKKP[PVUHSPUMVYTH[PVUJVU[HJ[[OL6Ń?JLVM[OL*P[`*SLYR H[ 4HPU:[YLL[7SLHZHU[VU
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THE OPINION OF THE WEEKLY
Now is the time to share your thoughts on downtown planning
he city of Pleasantonâ€™s Downtown Specific Plan Task Force is assembled and a project timeline has been created. This is the time for the large and diverse stakeholder group â€” the residents who feel a strong connection and ownership of our downtown â€” to make their desires known. Not in six months or a year. Not when recommendations are going to the City Council. The update to the plan, which was adopted in 2002, will include evaluating parking requirements for development projects, exploring the integration of residential development, evaluating and clarifying maximum building height in downtown, integrating trails and pedestrian pathways, Division Street enhancements, and evaluating and providing land-use recommendations for the existing civic center site in coordination with the Civic Center Master Plan. The city has created a website, ptowndtown.org, with up-to-date information about the project and the timeline, background material and other documents, contact information and, the most important aspect, ways to participate. For example, residents are encouraged to attend public workshops, monthly meetings and complete online surveys. City staff contact information is available on the site so residents can write letters, call or email with their opinions. This month, residents are invited to take a self-guided tour of other Bay Area downtowns and take notes about â€” and photos of â€” what they like and think would be successful in our downtown. There will also be an online survey out soon, and residents who sign up for updates on the ptowndtown.org site will be able to participate. The next task force meeting will be held on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave. The time is somewhat convenient being after work and school, with commute time factored in, but before the kidsâ€™ bedtime. This will be an 18- to 24-month-long process, and the city is actively reaching out to residents to participate. So many times people say they were never asked for their input. This is not one of those times. Let your voice be heard now. Q
LETTERS Walnut Creek comparison? Dear Editor, Boy, was I surprised to see Walnut Creek shown as the prime example for the future of downtown Pleasanton, per your Jan. 27 article about the downtown task force. Terms like â€œVibrantâ€? and â€œVitality during the day and eveningâ€? were traits the hired consultant desired rather than the pleasant ambiance of Danville with its historic downtown. I am familiar with the congestion, noise, high density and taller buildings of Walnut Creek, and I wonder if people in Walnut Creek would prefer the small-town character of historic downtown Pleasanton or the traffic nightmare of Walnut Creek. The task force seems dominated by folks who do not regard qualityof-life issues very highly and canâ€™t be trusted to preserve the historic downtown when faced with the temptation of big money from high-density development. Hopefully, a pro-citizen City Council majority can soon replace the four on the City Council who seem more concerned with growth than preservation of the downtown
and the quality-of-life in Pleasanton. â€”George Reid
Allow Syrian refugees Dear Editor, As Jews, we know all too well the suffering of war, oppression and hatred. Our people have been refugees over and over, in every time and place. We know what happens when refugees are refused admittance to safe countries, as happened to our people in the 1930s and 1940s when xenophobia, fear and hatred denied European Jews safe haven. Todayâ€™s refugees are Syrians, almost half a million of whom are displaced from their homes, terrorized by their own government and victims of internecine hatred. Thousands have been waiting in miserable refugee camps while they have been vetted for up to two years by the American government. Those refugees have already been deemed safe to admit to America. We call on the American government to admit Syrian refugees. We call on the American people to welcome them. â€”Board of Directors, Tri-Valley Cultural Jews
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BY MARLA COLEMAN h t we need d tto survive, i so d i on expewhat drawing Children learn life skills that become habits riences that give children healthy alternatives of the heart. and opportunities to instill capabilities, the Another mother wrote that the family was hallmarks of thriving, is the greatest gift you on a ski trip. The son got to the top of a steep can give a young child. hill and started to panic. The mom said, Does it really matter if my child doesn’t go “What would you do if you were at camp?” to day camp, especially since she will go to and he proceeded to engage himself in positive overnight camp in a few years? She is only 4 self-talk that was part of the camp culture: “It years old — why does she need day camp? may take time, it may be hard; but stick with Camp provides one of the very few links it, and you’ll be fine!” with a world larger than the consumer culture He skied down with a huge sense of ac- we inhabit — and day camp is one important complishment and perseverance. choice in a quiver of options. The camp expeIt’s tough to be a kid these days. It’s tough rience helps children and youth develop an to be a parent. In a sociappreciation of their place ety where the nature of and their responsibility in ‘Beginning camp at the family, the work place a much larger universe. and the community have an early age provides A preschooler — or changed dramatically, we even an older child who can no longer assume important advantages.’ might be reluctant to go that the natural process of to overnight camp — can growing up will provide children the experi- join a community that is created especially for ences and the resources they need to become her to practice growing up. Why wait until successful, contributing adults. age 10 when the benefits of feeling connected In sharp contrast to the traditions of grow- and being able to contribute and navigate at ing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, today we live in an earlier age can be reaped? the first moment when humans receive more Under the supervision of inspiring guides of their information second-hand than first! and passionate coaches, children can feel sucWe are in a climate where it is harder to know cessful and make new friends while having
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discoveries, everything is designed and scaled to ensure that children feel included, cared about and capable. Beginning camp at an early age provides important advantages. Camp is the best demonstration of moral and spiritual order — democracy is the core purpose. Children learn life skills and behaviors that become habits of the heart. While many then move on to overnight camp, others will be content to continue the day camp experience: after all, there is a camp for everyone — and that might well be day camp. Q Editor’s note: Marla Coleman is the parent liaison at Camp Echo in Burlingham, N.Y. A past president of the American Camp Association, she is a co-owner of Coleman Family Camps, which includes Camp Echo and Coleman Country Day Camp. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association; copyright 2016 American Camping Association, Inc.
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