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Anti development group hires new laywer

Will contest draft environmental report

The group fighting a proposed development on part of the former Magee Ranch has hired an attorney to help its case.

Save Our Creek retained Dr. Stuart Flashman as part of its effort to stop the proposed SummerHill Homes development. Flashman's first order of business will be to represent Save Our Creek in its response to the upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which is expected to be released by the Town of Danville before the end of the year.

Save Our Creek member Todd Gary said the group was thrilled to have Flashman on its team.

"He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and we are confident that he will be a huge asset as local residents review the DEIR and challenge the project," Gary said.

Flashman joins the Save Our Creek group following the last-minute withdrawal of San Francisco-based environmental law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger after a debate over conflicts of interest.

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Shute assisted the Town in drafting its Measure S initiative, which requires a city-wide vote for projects requiring a land use designation change. Danville originally waived any question of conflicts of interest, but later reversed it decision, leaving SOC to look for new legal representation.

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Anti development group hires new laywer

Will contest draft environmental report

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Uploaded: Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 12:41 pm
Updated: Sun, Oct 30, 2011, 9:38 pm

The group fighting a proposed development on part of the former Magee Ranch has hired an attorney to help its case.

Save Our Creek retained Dr. Stuart Flashman as part of its effort to stop the proposed SummerHill Homes development. Flashman's first order of business will be to represent Save Our Creek in its response to the upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which is expected to be released by the Town of Danville before the end of the year.

Save Our Creek member Todd Gary said the group was thrilled to have Flashman on its team.

"He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and we are confident that he will be a huge asset as local residents review the DEIR and challenge the project," Gary said.

Flashman joins the Save Our Creek group following the last-minute withdrawal of San Francisco-based environmental law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger after a debate over conflicts of interest.

Shute assisted the Town in drafting its Measure S initiative, which requires a city-wide vote for projects requiring a land use designation change. Danville originally waived any question of conflicts of interest, but later reversed it decision, leaving SOC to look for new legal representation.

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[clarification]
Alamo
on Oct 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm
[clarification], Alamo
on Oct 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm
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Dear Editor,

Anti Development Group is not an accurate "political label" to apply to those opposing Danville's process of approval, obvious traffic impact, and environmental challenges of Magee Ranch development. Such a term does not show journalistic consideration of the groups' actions in protection of our roads and environment and, with likely political purpose, illustrates an at-odds relationship by the Express with Danville's neighborhoods as prejudice favorable to development interests on the Danville council.

Certainly, Green Valley/Stone Valley corridor neighborhoods, supported by Alamo's objection to Diablo Road diversion of traffic onto that corridor, recognize this groups actions as protection of our region's environment rather than any general opposition to development.

Editors EDIT when information is inaccurate. Please consider.


fed up with Diablo Road corridor traffic
Danville
on Oct 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm
fed up with Diablo Road corridor traffic, Danville
on Oct 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm
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Thank you for your insightful comment, [clarification]. I contributed to the fund to hire the lawyer on behalf of Save-Our-Creek. We are certainly not an "anti-development" group. Indeed, there are developers amongst us. Rather, we are for development in appropriate areas and on an appropriate scale. The Diablo Road corridor is no longer suitable for large-scale developments like the one SummerHill proposes due to the facts that both the Diablo Road corridor and the creek which drains the area are ALREADY OVER THEIR CAPACITY! Note to Danville Council Members and Planning Commissioners: when are you going to admit those facts!!!????


Michelle Erickson
Danville
on Oct 29, 2011 at 9:21 am
Michelle Erickson, Danville
on Oct 29, 2011 at 9:21 am
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Thanks for reporting on the new hire of our attorney Glenn! And to the posters above, I don't think we should get caught up on the semantics of the headline. My guess is that the reporter was merely referring to Save Our Creek's anti-development stance for this particular SummerHill project (in its current form).

Instead, residents who want to learn more about Save Our Creek should go to www.save-our-creek.com. There are also click throughs on the website to donate money to SOC's opposition efforts or to sign SOC's nearly 700 strong petition.


Concerned in Danville
Danville
on Oct 29, 2011 at 9:29 am
Concerned in Danville, Danville
on Oct 29, 2011 at 9:29 am
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Good point, [clarification]! I've contributed to the Save Our Creek cause as well and I don't consider myself or the cause "anti-development". I rather consider our cause as socially, economically and environmently responsible. I've lived in Danville for roughly 30 years and love it here. I want to preserve the wonderful lifestyle and beautiful scenic corridors and believe the SummerHill project is dangerous and destructive. That's not anti-development - it's anti-this-development in its present form. So Editor, please refrain from using descriptions that mischaracterize our efforts.


Derek
Danville
on Oct 30, 2011 at 9:13 am
Derek, Danville
on Oct 30, 2011 at 9:13 am
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I prefer "pro-open foothill" myself. And I hope Mr. Flashman puts some bit of research into the legality of our town council's actions regarding SummerHill's various proposals. There seem to have been far too many loopholes employed along the way.


CDSI Research
another community
on Oct 31, 2011 at 8:47 am
CDSI Research, another community
on Oct 31, 2011 at 8:47 am
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Dear Editor,

In further clarification efforts, Diablo Road corridor neighborhoods from Blackhawk to Alamo are very aware that Supervisors Piepho and Uilkema are not taking public action to promote county review of Danville's approval process for Magee and Weber Ranches' development. In document discovery between Danville and the county, there is an agreed delay in any county traffic impact study until Danville has finished all impact studies due in December.

Clearly, there cannot be such a delay by the county because it was their primary responsibility to perform such studies on behalf of Blackhawk, Diablo and Alamo as impacted by such Danville development and traffic diversion.

This is a newsworthy story far beyond the announcement of retention of counsel by neighborhoods wanting fair and rational representation from the Danville government. There are few readers that will not be affected by traffic and infrastructure burden of these projects.

Hal, CDSI Research


biblo
Alamo
on Nov 12, 2011 at 5:21 am
biblo, Alamo
on Nov 12, 2011 at 5:21 am
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Great, the same lawyer who just killed high speed rail in California will now continue his quest to 'save the planet' from evil change.


spinningwheels
Danville
on Nov 15, 2011 at 8:08 am
spinningwheels, Danville
on Nov 15, 2011 at 8:08 am
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I bet you could buy at least a quarter-mile of widened road for what this guy will cost -- and not resolve a thing. Lawyers are good at stopping things, not building things. Too bad -- it does reflect a clear anti-development bias.

Buy a civil engineer, instead!


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