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Make sure we retain our beautiful surroundings that make Pleasanton so special. Vote “yes” on Measure PP. Vote “no” on Measure QQ.

Susan Chavez, Pleasanton

PP does not stop building on hills

Dear Editor,

Wouldn’t it be preferable to hear from as many citizens as possible to see how the land located within our city boundaries should best be used? Access to open space and protecting the southeastern hills through an open, public process is the benefit to the citizens of Pleasanton of Proposition QQ.

Having a say in the process is so important, like the open, public process of determining uses of the western hills. QQ will use the expert resources we have avail- able to make sure that there is the right outcome and access to our remaining areas. If there is a great example, look at Augustin Bernal Park and the Pleasanton Ridge areas—wonderful biking, hiking, views, trails are available for the citizens of Pleasanton. Let’s take the time to do this right. Vote “yes” on QQ to support the public process.

Read your ballot carefully; PP does not stop building on these hills. Many of the supporters of PP are the ones that claimed we needed a more open process to plan Staples Ranch, so it was a process reopened for maximum public input. Seems like we should do the same with the southeastern hills. QQ starts the process and mandates the council to make it a priority. It’s about getting the best for Pleasanton. Join those who advocate for publicly accessible open space and read the list of sup- porters of QQ. Vote “yes” on QQ.

Janice Phalen, Pleasanton

Vote Brozosky for mayor

Dear Editor,

Steve Brozosky is the leader, the mayor Pleasanton needs. As a former City Council member, as a school board member, and as a volunteer for many local activities, Steve identifies problems, searches for solutions while bringing oppos- ing views to the table. Steve listens to citizens, and focuses on under- standing their concerns, though often these concerns are his as well. We need a mayor who listens. Additionally, Steve has a small business for which he developed software, making governments more accessible to their citizens.

Steve is particularly interested in the vibrancy of downtown, the heart of Pleasanton. As a councilmember, he was instrumental in the initial funding of the Firehouse Art Center to bring the arts to downtown and to increase its economic vitality. Steve would work with planners, commu- nity members, downtown property owners, and merchants to increase the vibrancy of downtown.

Steve is the fiscal conservative we need in these trying times. He understands the budgetary con- straints being placed on municipal- ities. As a school board member, he worked to develop a balanced budget with less revenue without affecting programs in the class- rooms. Steve is for Pleasanton, not special interest groups. He has no campaign contributions from developers or other special inter- ests, only Pleasanton residents. While it is more difficult to run a campaign without special interest money, Steve has put together a grassroots campaign as he feels that the city should belong to the residents, not the special interests.

Please join me and vote for Brozosky for mayor.

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Guest Opinion

We all share responsibility for Delta’s problems, solutions

by Jill Duerig

Contrary to a widespread belief, the environmental crisis that threat- ens continued water deliveries through the Delta is not just a Southern California issue.

Zone 7 Water Agency, the water wholesaler for Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon, relies on the Delta to convey about 80 percent of its municipal water sup- ply, and all of the water it provides to Livermore Valley vine- yards.

More than 2.3 million people in Zone 7’s service area, the Fremont area and the Santa Clara Valley drink water that originates in the Sierra, flows through the fragile Delta and is delivered through the same pumps that serve San Joaquin farms and Southern California.

In fact, Bay Area residents will be “the biggest losers” if nothing is done to improve the system of Delta water conveyance, according to UC Davis engineering professor Jay Lund, co-author of a report from the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California. He noted that the Bay Area has fewer alter- natives for water supply.

The Delta environmental crisis has resulted in court-ordered pump- ing restrictions that, coupled with drought conditions, underscore the urgent need for a strategy to protect both the reliability and the quality of existing Delta-conveyed water supplies.

Zone 7’s share of costs in addressing these unprecedented challenges is a key factor pressur- ing wholesale water rates for 2009. The challenges point to the need for all of us to conserve water. Using and recycling water wisely and minimizing waste will become a way of life in arid California, especially with the likelihood of state regulation on the horizon.

Bay Area residents will be the “biggest losers” if nothing is done to improve the system of Delta water conveyance.

Zone 7 has joined with several other stakeholder groups—includ- ing environmental organizations, wildlife agencies and other water districts—to formulate the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The plan seeks to address multiple interests related to the Delta, which conveys drinking water for two-thirds of Californians and is critical to the

state’s economy as a whole.

The intertwined goals of reliable water supply and Delta ecosystem restoration underlie both the Bay Delta plan and a plan drafted by the governor’s Delta Vision task force. Both plans have identified advan- tages of adding a canal or pipeline around the Delta to the Delta water- conveyance system.

There is bound to be much debate over a peripheral canal and the environmental restora- tion under consideration in both of these plans. But much will boil down to creating safeguards for the operation of a new, more flexible system so that we opti- mize badly needed benefits to the Delta ecosystem with water- supply reliability. Moreover, we must preserve the livelihood of communities in the Delta.

At stake in Zone 7’s service area is water supply for 200,000 resi- dents, businesses and industries, including a $200 million viticulture industry.

All Bay Area residents share responsibility for the Delta’s prob- lems and solutions. Residents in five Bay Area counties drink water conveyed through the Delta, while others drink Sierra snowmelt that is diverted by San Francisco’s Hetch- Hetchy system and by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District before reaching the Delta.

Jill Duerig is the general manager for Zone 7 Water Agency.

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