Protect the Historic District, First Street, and the People of Pleasanton

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Pleasanton has been named one of the 50 best cities to live.  We reflect a community that values education and actively supports a preeminent school system which ranks among the Top 10 in California.  We have more than 1,200 acres of surrounding parks, open space and trails that offer spectacular vistas and abundant recreational opportunities.  Downtown Pleasanton is a charming historic destination with a mix of unique shops, services and restaurants. There are over 220 dining establishments in our community and our town is enlivened by events like a free summer concert series, festivals and parades along Main Street, a weekly year-round farmers market, stunning Callippe Preserve Golf Course, and an intimate performing and visual arts center right off of First Street.

We are proud of our town.  We are grateful to the Pleasanton PD for everything they do to protect our community. And we need to do all we can to maintain the neighborhood feel of Historic Pleasanton.

Please reconsider the 1998 designation of First Street as a Truck Route.  Given the lack of enforcement, signage, and police presence to monitor the 16,000 pound restriction and speed limit, First Street has become a throughway for large, dangerous vehicles. With First Street sitting adjacent to the Farmer's Market, Delucchi Park, and Lions Wayside Park, that extends the community nature of downtown Main Street to First Street, permitting trucks that aren't serving local businesses or residences to use First Street has had a dramatic negative impact on the local area and residents including, but not limited to, introducing significant air, dust, and noise pollution, safety concerns, and congestion of our neighborhood.

Secondly, we would love the opportunity to work with the Mayor, City Council, and Police Department to collaborate on ways to minimize the persistent violations of the law, both in regards to the speeds traveled, weight restrictions of vehicles, and red-light runners on First Street.  Additional police presence in morning and evening commute times and during high-pedestrian events such as the Farmer's Market and Concert in the Park would be so appreciated, as would increasing fines, adding large signs before entering First Street from both Stanley and Bernal re-directing trucks off of First Street that aren't serving local businesses or residences, installing "Your Speed Signs" and red-light cameras, and adding dedicated bike lanes to both sides of First Street to encourage drivers to slow down.  First Street is not a highway but an entry point into our quintessential town and neighborhood filled with families, cyclists, children playing, couples strolling, and beloved pets. This area should be safe for everyone. No one should fear walking along what is supposed to be a safe and peaceful area. 

In order to protect the integrity and future enjoyment of the community, it is of paramount importance that a concerted effort be made by all of us, including you as our local leadership, to protect what makes Pleasanton such a wonderful place to live.  We believe in you to do the right thing.  And we are here to help. 

Regards,

Residents of Pleasanton



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