Citizens Town Hall meetings held on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 Around Town, posted by Friend of Danville, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2013 at 10:07 am
A large group of Danville area residents are sponsoring two Citizen Town Hall meetings in the next several days. If you, like so many of us local residents, are concerned about Danville government's failure to respect the public's Measure S right to vote on residential development proposals for Agricultural land, and Danville's eager acceptance of high-density housing allocations from a regional bureaucracy called ABAG, PLEASE COME TO HEAR AND DISCUSS THE FACTS.
Here are the details:
If you want to be able to have a REAL DISCUSSION about the issues above, and not be forced into the straitjacket of hearing procedures at the Planning Commission meetings, come to these CITIZEN-SPONSORED MEETINGS:
LOCATION: DANVILLE VETERANS' HALL, HARTZ AVENUE
TIME: 7:30-8:30 (doors open at 7:00)
DATES: THURSDAY, FEB. 21ST, AND WED., FEB. 17TH
SPEAKERS: FRIENDS OF DANVILLE; SOS-DANVILLE; SOME HOA PRESIDENTS FROM AROUND DANVILLE; BOB NEALIS AND JIM JELINCIC, RECENT TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES
THERE WILL BE TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND REAL DISCUSSION
Posted by Arlene, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 8:02 am
June and Dave - I certainly don't understand your comments. We are working to preserve the quality of life in Danville. Come to the meetings and learn how good government works and the importance of local involvement.
SOS Danville (Save Open Space Danville) is vital to preserve our area. Danville Town Government is ignoring its commitment to Measure S. How is that good government??
SOS Danville initiative came about because of the Summerhill/Magee Ranch project and the Town of Danville’s attempt to negate the will of the voters as passed by Measure S. This project will seriously affect all of us along the Diablo Road corridor. It will cause havoc with its excessive traffic on the already small and hazardous Diablo Road. If there were any emergency like a fire, etc., people would not be able to get to safety. In addition to commute traffic, more than four schools are in the area and already contribute to horrendous traffic. The construction work itself will cause extreme problems and additional danger. Plus, the development will cause an adverse effect on our schools, creek and erosion problems, and overall damage to our property value.
However, the SOS Danville initiative is much more than stopping the Summerhill/Magee Ranch project. It will assure that the Town of Danville honor measure S by requiring a vote on future attempts to change zoning on agricultural and open space land. THAT’S LOCAL CONTROL! THAT’S GOOD GOVERNMENT!
DANVILLE RESIDENTS – BE SURE TO SIGN THE PETITIONS. THEY WILL BE CIRCULATED AT THE FEBRUARY 21ST AND 27TH MEETINGS. AND SPREAD THE WORD. WE NEED THE SIGNATURES ASAP.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 10:01 am
What is happening in Danville is a piece of a larger problem and that is the unelected organizations that have to control and change things into what they see as politically correct. The MTC and ABAG are two prime examples. Their goal of "One Bay Area" sounds just too scary and a part of some social experiment leading to clustered development and a degrading of the way we like Danville. We have a target on us as an example of the social elite that must be dealt with to bring us into compliance to be like other nearby communities. If you want to be controlled by outside forces that are appointed then sit on your hands and let them have their way with Danville. If you want to be proactive as Corte Madera did by leaving ABAG not wanting to be controlled by this outside mega force then come to these meetings and get involved!
Posted by JT, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 10:10 am
Local governments don't like to say "No." The citizens need to give them a reason to say no, which can usually be obtained when elected officials realize that their jobs are in peril at the next election, or better yet if the citizens rise up and force a recall election!!!!
Listen people! Developers are not stupid, as their entire existence is working with local officials, getting to know them, showing up at council and supervisor meetings, contacting staffers, donating money to their campaigns, working on their campaigns, getting to know their families. Developers work with local architects, local geo-technical firms, local contracters, local dirt movers, etc. etc., who all know and work with the local governments and have the same contacts.
On the contrary,typically, we the people go off to non-local jobs and never work with any government officials.
Start going to the meetings, start writing letters to the editors, start making phone calls, start participating at the "inside" level like the developers.
And for sure, look at the bylaws for recall campaigns, and start making moves to make this happen.
Posted by Danville Hartz, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 22, 2013 at 7:58 am
I don't think this is a right of left issue. This is an issue about the direction of our town. Do we want to have our downtown, which is the heart of our community, turned into the focal spot for high density housing? I say no. I also do not think the town should be re-zoning or re-classifying commercial/business properties into housing to EXCEED the requirements from the state dictated housing requirements. The planning committee put forth 35 acres to "be prepared" for future allocations in housing. However, the growth projections have been revised to the DOWNSIDE. Given this, we should allocate or plan to meet the immediate requirement and instead of ASSUMING there will be future growth in allocations, allow the states population to do what it will with the changing job situation and revise things as needed in the future (may be to the downside).
Also, please read the EIR and SAP documents. They are considered part of the General Plan and lay out how parking will be reduced for the low income housing (as it would for non-low income housing). Reducing parking provided, increasing the density, building taller builds (3+ stories) these are all wavers to builders to allow them to construct residences at a lower cost. Having less parking and more people (2400+ people or 910 units) are in the plan for downtown. This will negativiely impact the traffic, noise, and make westside Danville no longer the desirable housing location it is today.
There are many things to be concerned about and as citizens, it is our responsibility to be fully informed. The documents spell is all out.
The documents actually state that increasing the housing as planned is in direct conflict with the goals and objectives of the environmental impacts. So to keep Danville sustainable, this increase in housing has the opposite impact on our town -- more trash, more cars, more people, more greenhouse impacts.
Again, this is not a policial right or left issue. It is an issue related to the future look and feel of our wonderful downtown.
I understand there are Measure S issues as well, but the SOS group is doing a great job getting their word out. They have had more tine to organize. The downtown issue seems to be newer and fewer people are aware.
Posted by JRM, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Feb 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm
This is why I did NOT vote for Doyle and Morgan. Arnerich for Assembly? That would be no....he is destroying our town's ambience to garner the developer's support for his next step. A vote for Newell is to support Tom Koch and the New Farm expansion. Like Nancy Reagan taught us....JUST SAY NO.....JUST SAY NO.....
Posted by Derek, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Believe me, you would have trouble finding anyone more disparaging of Tea Party and Kato Institute mentality than I, but Danville Hartz is correct. It's not a dem/repub issue at all. Some SOS organizers are also prominent Tea Partier's, but don't confuse this with what the rest of us want for Danville's future. If anything, I could make a case the righties, if anyone, usually tend to be pro-business and pro-development, and anti-environment. The cause here June is completely consistent with lefty values, if that's where you fall. If the only project on the board were a senior housing complex in a sensible location, very few of the posters above would even be here. But that is most assuredly not what is at stake here. The rapid and continued trashing of our lovely town cannot be allowed to continue.
I strongly advise the Vet Hall meeting organizers to use this opportunity to discuss recall options for Morgan, Doyle, and Arnerich. I mean, it sounds like "Arny" wants to leave anyway. I'll be glad to help him out the door.
Posted by for the record, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2013 at 8:53 am
Thank you for your thoughtful post, Derek. My only question would be to ask which of the SOS-Danville organizers are "prominent Tea Partier's"? I know most of them and don't think any are directly affiliated with that organization, not that there would be anything wrong with that.
The Danville government officials are trying to portray people that are against what they want to do, whether it be developing open space or building high-density housing, as some kind of radicals. Nothing could be farther from the truth. They are local residents concerned about the preservation of the small-town character of Danville and the LOCAL public's right to decide the Town's future.
Newell Arnerich is trying for higher office. The last thing he wants to do is to thwart ABAG's agenda. Developers and the ABAG thought police will be after him in a second, using the ruse that opposing ABAG means you against the environment and any low-income housing.
If you don't believe my analysis, just read the recent San Francisco Business Times article about Danville and Corte Madera.The author called Danville and Corte Madera "refusnik" (echoes of communist lexicon) cities and claimed they are against having ANY low-income housing within their limits. That is, of course, not true, but it is the ruse used to justify forcing developer-friendly high-density projects into small suburban towns. Any towns that protest are branded as anti-poor and anti-environment. And speaking of the environment, putting high-density projects in a town without a BART line and without jobs is not environmentally friendly, but reasoned analysis is something ABAG does not like. Every town must follow the ABAG model or else it is not being "socially just".
Posted by Louise, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 26, 2013 at 9:33 am
Recently a town near Houston, TX (Pasadena) voted down a low income housing project. It was land owned by the school district and they had a developer willing to move forward. The officials listened to the residents who did not want this project. What is wrong with our town officials? They don't listen and they don't care. They want more high density housing so they can get more revenue and are closet utopians who feel that we should "spread the wealth around." Have you tried to park in downtown Danville lately? It's not easy anymore. Now with the new housing development on SRValley Blvd. there will be more traffic added to the Sycamore/SRVB area. We put them in office, let's get them out of office.
Posted by newspaper reader, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm
It is unfortunate that so many Danville-area residents do not receive a local newspaper or even read the local online papers. That is what the Danville government relies on ---that no one knows what they are doing until it is too late! It is far more important to follow local government activity than national, which we have virtually no infuence over.
WISE UP! SUBSCRIBE TO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS! Freedom of the press is our only protection against government tyranny!