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on Nov 19, 2013
Danville should be proud of its ranking. However, when the council approved VERY low income stack and pack housing comes in, see the ratings deteriorate. The new ghetto game of Knockout" where youths cold cock an unsuspecting pedestrian will probably become a new Danville event on our lovely streets. Property damage and theft will increase as well as the decline of our schools' academic scores and ratings. Thanks city council!!!!
Not enough hate and fear in the world for you, Reina? Just gotta spew some bile in case anyone isn't feeling threatened enough by "others," right?
I agree with Reina and your suggestion of hate and fear is inaccurate and offensive.
Many, many residents of Danville feel the same way as Reina, myself included.
Who are you to judge the real concern over the social engineering of the state and local politicians and progressives who want to change our town?
There is no way the low income housing will be a benefit to Danville. Social engineering is a bad dream for most of Danville's property owners.
"Huh": I want to live on the 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach, but can not afford it. If you follow your logic, Capitalism goes out the door, and Pebble Beach has to provide affordable income property for people like me. Where does it end? Call me old fashioned, but if you can not afford to live some place, you live some place you can afford.
Much ado about nothing. Save your complaints for Obamacare.
We should all be happy that we live in a safe community, but also realize that this does not come without effort and shared goals. We will have more residents who do not share the same goals when stack and pack and more affordable housing is built here. By the way, the new stack and pack project on San Ramon Valley Blvd. has an affordable component requirement and will also have an apartment building with Section 8 residents due to federal and state laws. We are not immune from federal regulations that will eventually have an adverse effect on this town. Call it what you want, but it is a form of redistribution of wealth promulgated by the current leaders making the rules that we are forced to live by.
I agree with Reina and Louise. Danville is the way it is because of the people. Not every small town needs section 8 for God's sake. The politicians behind section 8 don't do it for the benefit of the low income people, they do it because they hate places like danville. It bugs them that some of us actually live in safe areas. Whenever a serious crime happens here and conservatives get upset, hyper-libs react with deep resentment and bile saying "you know how many murders and robberies happen in Richmond?!" So?!! I don't want Richmond to be that way either. Not the point!
These comments are weird. The Danville Weekly has become a hub of tea party crazy. Paranoid people sitting around all day reading the local internet paper and responding with their deep and profound off topic comments about nothing.
Our Town is indeed a wonderful place to live, I moved to Danville over 25 years ago and also feel that the people are generally polite and law abiding thoughtful citizens. Add a good police force to the mix and the quality of life enables all of us to live in a terrific environment. Case in point, last month I and many others decried the increasing number of menacing drunks on the Iron Horse Trail. The police effectively monitored the situation and now we can use the trail without being hassled. Thank you Danville PD. Lastly, ditto on the tea party wing nuts posting anti Obama jabs at every opportunity, on topic or not. The election is over, time to move on folks.
I am glad that the rants of the few paranoid cranks above who continuously seek to sow fear and divisions in our community do not reflect the many, many generous and kind people with whom I have the daily pleasure to share this wonderful community.
Dudes, Danville has something like 9 section 8 vouchers. They are your grandmas and grandpas in the senior communities. This community is wonderful and will remain wonderful. If the least we have to fear is a grandma on section 8, right on Danville.
"Logical" is naively foolish. The very low income garbage will NOT be granny. Remember this. When local elections roll around. This is all part of the UN Agenda 21. I agree with Reina--nothing good will come from this.
I see HUH is one of the local libtards disassociated from reality. I hope he/she is one of the first a low low income transplant attacks on the streets. That would be awesome! Meanwhile, go tAke a walk in Oakland--preferably with a cell phone in hand to attract attention to yourself.
I love living in Danville, and I'm proud that it is considered a safe town. I'm lucky to have neighbors that are liberal and conservative who have spirited and yet respectful debates. We've had discussions about the affordable housing issue and the one thing that we agree on, is that to make assumptions that because someone qualifies for housing assistance that they will be a criminal (or otherwise bad for the community) can only be described as paranoid thinking. The only thing that we can possibly know about these individuals and families is that they qualified for some assistance at this particular point in their lifetime, and that they want to live here.
I just don't find that notion the least bit scary.
In response to Diane, it is not as common for those who are economically comfortable to steal or rob. They don't need it. But those who do need it, are often those that commit these crimes. Statistics do show us this. But we can assume that not all who need government assistance will be more inclined to commit crimes. This is a nice assumption. But that is all it is. P. S. Safe as compared to what, Oakland, Hayward,San Leandro or Richmond?
Lifelong Danville resident here. In my neighborhood, full market value, Danville PD regularly visits the house where the boy sells marijuana, brandishes a knife, & steals iPhones. Huge house, rich parents, no need to do these things. Yet it happens. Nothing to do with low income housing. Nothing at all. Just a thought for those of you that forget there is a heroin problem in this town because the kids have outgrown the pills that they got out of their rich parents medicine cabinets. Us rich people have problems within our pearly gates, please stop pointing at other communities around us that have problems also. It just makes us look elitist and most of us who grow up here try to stay as far away from the snobbier as possible. It's not pretty.
I get so sick and tired of hearing about section 8 and how it will ruin Danville. I know several people including myself that could benefit from it. And guess what? I have never been in trouble in my life. I have raised 3 children that have never been in trouble in there life. I am ill and can no longer work. I have lived in San Ramon and Danville for almost 15 years. I worked hard in my career to be able to live here. Unfortunately I got sick with a disease that is horrible and I had to stop working. I am lucky to be able to still almost afford to live here with my 8 year. I wish people would quit judging the people that would ruin this town because of their financial status. I am included in this number and I am a extremely nice person with a wonderful daughter and a college degree. It wasn't my fault I got sick and had to be moved into this category. STOP JUDGING.
@Pearly Gates, we had the same experience. A family down the street moved their brother in once he was released from prison for a violent crime, and their son followed in his footsteps, vandalizing the neighborhood and finally assaulting kids in high school. This family has since moved but it is clear that we are not immune to the vices that befall those in all socioeconomic classes.
@Louise, I think it is true that some people who are in poor economic conditions will commit crimes as a direct result of this status, but it is hard to say what motivates someone to sink to that level. As you can see from Theresa above, many that we very much want to keep in our community but are struggling to stay here may benefit from this type of assistance.
My point is just that to judge someone as a criminal just because their economic circumstance is not as lucrative as yours, and to fear them as your neighbor just doesn't make sense to me at all.
No one's saying they're intrinsically bad because they're low income. That's a straw man. But why does every single town need it? Section 8 doesn't need to be in Danville. The fact is, when they made the section 8 around bollinger the crime increased. There was a huge spate of thefts from parked cars for instance in plazas around that area that had no problem before. It was traced to those who lived in the section 8 housing. Danville is not a town made for section 8. Dublin is. What's the problem with living in Dublin? Not good enough for section8 living?
I think it's just delightful that we couldn't get through a discussion about low crime in Danville without one of our delightful tinfoil hat brigade members trotting out [drumroll, please...] Agenda 21!
And yes, Danville has long had some Section 8 housing, and plenty of people getting hauled off to jail from our most affluent neighborhoods for a variety of crimes. (I've known a couple of the white-collar criminals myself.)
But I guess acknowledging that isn't not as much fun as ranting on about "stack and pack" housing and the latest paranoia from the far right...
@ Rick - Nimby much?
I will recommend that Huh? and others stop labeling and start discussing the facts.
And speaking of Huh?, I don't know where you live, Huh?, but judging from the amount of postings you regularly put on Danville Express, I am inclined to believe you are a paid troll dedicated to inciting comments from others.
You're all pathetic.
To sum it up is d-bag. Some libs here say that rich kids are just as violent as low income. No facts support that. That's why danville doesn't have a murder rate, (excepting Rylan Fuchs whose murder was related to group home kids from low income areas like Richmond which we imported here to endanger our children). I don't blame low income kids anymore than I blame a pitbull that was abused and turned into a fighting dog. But I'm not gonna allow it around my children. Lets clean up the ghetto, not bring the ghetto here
How do you know that the lower income (rent-subsidized) seniors who are moving into Danville are from the ghetto?
If it's for low income seniors then that's great
It's the Danville Police people should be holding accountable. When neighbors call to report drug dealers in their neighborhood they just blow it off and tell you it's just kids with marijuana then do nothing about it. So here's a kid selling marijuana and look what happened. It's these irresponsible kids with money, time and clueless parents who are bringing in the violent criminal elements. If the police would arrest and prosecute these Danville teens they would realize it's not just a game to make a quick buck and have some fun on the wild side. It's supply and demand; there wouldn't be any drug dealers etc. if there wasn't a demand here.
It would help if people in this town would loose the attitude that they're immune to crime and take the time to lock and secure their homes and cars, not leave valuables in their vehicles and have some street smarts. Salesmen and solicitors can easily be thieves casing out homes. Don't give our community the reputation of being an easy target and attract crime.
Fight the communist scourge known as ABAG! Wake up people and stop voting for the people who appoint these tools. The social democrats are ruining Kalifornia.
Most interesting array of commentary from Danville residents...Most interesting. Dirka dear, I know you feel compelled to align yourself with dear Arnold's unmistakable accent, but it is to us natives and always will be?
C A L I F O R N I A. -And frankly? After spending the last two years traveling the USA? I have to say, I'd rather be here with the problems we have, then elsewhere with these problems...Believe me, most of us don't realize how fortunate we are in the East Bay. Not by a longshot.
I think it is interesting that the Danville - San Ramon Express posted the article and titled it Danville as one of California's Safest City. As an after-thought, San Ramon was also noted as in the top 50... Actually 10. Just behind Danville. In my experience, 9 or 10 are probably equivalent.
Perhaps a little more of the writer's energy could have been spent on this article and actually mentioned San Ramon as more than and afterthought.
Too bad that this online 'news' source has gotten so Danville centric now that they've merged the two Cities into a single web page.
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