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Danville officials open sandbag station

Original post made on Dec 27, 2013

The town of Danville has opened its sandbag station, a public resource set up annually to help residents prepare for rainy conditions and cut down on potential flood damage.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 26, 2013, 10:50 AM

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Posted by Tracy
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

I'm curious to know how much this costs the tax payers. It sounds like there is a surplus of $$$ and in the theory of "use it or lose it" (regarding the budget) city officials have chosen to spend it on something completely irrelevant. I'm sure there are better ways to spend that $$$. Fix a pot hole, replace a street light, add crosswalk yield lights to more streets that intersect with the Iron Horse Trail. I think Home Depot and ACE Hardware can take care of our sand bag needs.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

Tracy, you are so right...The so called leaders in the town council are self serving idiots. Sand bags, The town council and the brain dead City manager are funny people, they make me laugh.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo...

PS...Every morning I wake up I thank the wonderful folks in Alamo for never voting Alamo as a City. And believe there were a lot of self serving idiots waiting to become "leader's' of our nice quite town.


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Posted by disgusted
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

Ladies-- the reason we need sandbags is because the Town has approved project after project over the years, covering the soil with impermeable surfaces. Those surfaces cannot absorb rainwater, so it runs off into the roads and then into the creeks, swelling them to levels that flood other people's properties downstream. Case in point: the SummerHill 69+-home project in the Diablo Road area. All the downstream creek-side properties (every one of them until the San Ramon Creek in downtown Danville is reached!) are in FEMA Flood Zones! Right now, with even minor storms, peoples' properties are being flooded and eroded. After SummerHill, the problem will be worse.

So Danville's government is fully aware of the flooding and erosion issues, and approves more and more development nonetheless. And that is why the Tonw is "thoughtfully" providing sandbags. What a way to run a Town! I certainly agree with Julia---that Town Council needs to be VOTED OUT!


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Posted by Dani
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Though I do not agree with the constant development in Danville (I remember when tassajara was still just hills and BH plaza didn't exist) I do appreciate the sand bags. I own an older lot/home off diablo and el cerro and it floods every year. It doesn't matter how many French drains we add, it still floods. Both our neighbor's properties are higher than ours. The sand bags do help a lot to direct the excess water into the storm drains and the water easement.


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Posted by Dani
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Though I do not agree with the constant development in Danville (I remember when tassajara was still just hills and BH plaza didn't exist) I do appreciate the sand bags. I own an older lot/home off diablo and el cerro and it floods every year. It doesn't matter how many French drains we add, it still floods. Both our neighbor's properties are higher than ours. The sand bags do help a lot to direct the excess water into the storm drains and the water easement.

This has been a problem for our family home for the last 40+ years.


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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Dec 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

So far no one has commented on the more obvious question, regarding the hilariously optimistic nature of the story.
I would love nothing more than to see us get back into a pattern where we might actually NEED sandbags, rather than severe water conservation measures. It is getting so I do not even want to look at the ten day forecast. After an all-time record breaking drought (but remember Julia from Alamo, climate change is just a myth!) I am expecting cactus to start sprouting on our local hills.
The only thing we might need sandbags for is to hold back the sand dunes. This story is a joke, right?


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Posted by voter
a resident of Danville
on Dec 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

@Derek: I understand the need for water and rain, but the point also being made is that Danville's Town Council members continue to approve more housing development despite their awareness that they are thereby causing even more flooding and erosion for existing homeowners. Shame on them.


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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Dec 29, 2013 at 6:55 am

The town fathers (and mothers) understand only too well that a few sandbags and a little flooding are a cheap price to pay for enormous increases in property tax revenue.


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Posted by Janey
a resident of Danville
on Dec 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Julia needs to find something to occupy her time. Maybe volunteering or finding someway to make the world a little better. Maybe if she did that, she would find some joy in life and would not be so negative all the time with her comments which seems to sound like a broken record player. Same negative sh@t, different day!


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Dec 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I hate to burst the bubble of the broken record crowd but most flooding issues in Danville are in the Osage Park area - development of which was approved by the County (that's the same government entity which approved the development of Julia's neighborhood) long before Danville was an official city. Modern development laws require a lot of things that were ignored in the past to prevent runoff and flooding - things like retention ponds and permeable surfaces which are routinely denounced as "socialistic nanny state" laws by many of the same people who complain about the government allowing anything to be built in their community(after their own house, of course.) Web Link


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Posted by Old Guy
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Julia and the "broken record crowd" are at it again. Local Government is bad bad bad. I look every so often to see if they ever say anything positive.

I feel sorry for their poor families, relatives and neighbors


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Posted by Friend of Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jan 1, 2014 at 10:03 am

You all need to get your facts straight. The Sand Bag program is sponsored by the County and is designed to mitigate those areas that are underserved with old storm drains and long-time run-off issues. Many of these issues existed before any of us were born.
This program does not cost the Town any money and is a complimentary service.
You should all appreciate the beautiful city and community you live in. Nothing is perfect, but Danville elected leaders and staff work their tails off to make good, fiscally sound decisions to benefit the community, at large.
If you are really unhappy, quit your incessant complaining and get out to a Community Meeting, or volunteer and make a difference. Your tired act of bashing is not helping anyone. Make a difference by doing, not brining down our wonderful area.


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