Danville mayor reflects on 2013, looks ahead at 2014

Storer highlights town accomplishments, talks about what's to come

Danville Mayor Robert Storer highlighted recent town achievements and looked forward to the plans for this year during his inaugural Mornings with the Mayor presentation Friday.

"We're excited that that freeway-widening and the new sound walls are taking place," Storer said, spotlighting the state's Interstate 680 Auxiliary Lanes Project. "We have some landscaping going on Camino Ramon (alongside the I-680 project) that will absolutely floor you ... Caltrans took out about 311 trees; we're going to replant about a thousand trees."

The first-time mayor also focused on private and public projects already underway or set to begin this year in downtown, including the Danville Hotel property redevelopment, water-main replacement, and the town's proposed posting of new directional signs, Railroad Avenue improvements and Hartz Avenue beautification.

"We want to emphasize that it's a pedestrian-friendly community: Shop locally, come downtown, bring your friends. We want you to enjoy downtown Danville," Storer said to the roughly 40 residents, town staff, local officials and community-organization reps gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Friday marked Storer's first time leading the quarterly Mornings with the Mayor presentation. The Danville Town Council unanimously appointed Storer to his first term as mayor during its December reorganization. This is his fifth year on the council.

Storer also spent time Friday reflecting on key events from late 2013, including the downtown holiday tree-lighting, the Village Theatre centennial celebration, the release of the Danville Connect mobile app and his mayoral installation.

"It was a very special night for me and my family," he said about the night he was named mayor. "Something that I've looked forward to for a good number of years, probably 14 or 15 to be exact."

Following his presentation, the mayor opened the floor to questions from the public and comments from outside-agency officials. Among those to speak and provide brief updates were Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen and representatives from the school board, fire district, police department and chamber of commerce.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

Well I am not from the Town of Danville....thank God for that.

But I will give credit when credit is due and I truly believe the new mayor is off to a good start.

The important thing here is that he is NOT brain washed by the other self serving council folks.

Good luck Mayor Robert Storer, I really think you are going to need it. Don't be scared to stand alone and fight for the folks of your town. I know they did not vote you in as Mayor. I realize you were selected by the town council. This could only mean two things...(they have you under their control) or (they believe you are weak and easily persuaded to way of running Danville) I hope you have the guts to be the Mayor.

Just my opinion Mr. Mayor. Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by concerned voter
a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

@Julia: The mayor is just one of the five elected (or appointed to fill a vacancy or appointed because no election is held because candidates are unopposed) to council by Danville voters, then chosen by the other four to be mayor. Storer started in his job 5 years ago when he was appointed to be a councilman to fill a vacancy. He was unopposed the first and only time he has been up for election since then(incumbents are always hard to beat because of voters' lack of knowledge about local issues and just plain apathy).

If he decides to run in 2014 (incumbent Karen Stepper has already declared her candidacy), he is going to face stiff opposition due to his actions during the last 5 years (and prior to that, his actions on Planning Commission). He is highly pro-development, which is no surprise because he is a developer and has built and owns some high-density housing in Danville! He is pushing for more high-density housing in Danville, contrary to the interests of Danville residents, and has disregarded voters' rights to decide pursuant to the 2000 Ballot Measure S whether residential development will be allowed on Danville's remaining Agricultural land. In fact, SOS-Danville is suing him and the Town as well as SummerHill Homes because of the Town's recent approval of the SummerHill Homes' 69+ home development for land designated for Agricultural use in the Danville General Plan, and the Town's failure to provide for the legally-required Measure S public vote.

Have you seen the hideous Elworthy Ranch "Quail Ridge" project being built by KB Homes along San Ramon Valley Blvd. across from 680? That land was supposed to remain Agricultural unless the voters decided otherwise. You can thank Storer for getting that mess through without a public vote. Can you believe that the Town is still claiming that the land covered by all those houses and apartments is still in Agricultural use? George Orwell would not be surprised....

Storer is nothing short of a disaster for Danville. I hope someone will step forward to challenge him. He is trying his best at charades like the "Mornings with the Mayor" to avoid talking about his actions regarding anything that really matters. Stick to the subjects of phone apps., planting trees (as opposed to all the ones being cut down, starting with the beautiful ones in front of the Vet's Hall), and rec. programs.

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Posted by local resident
a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38 am

Funny how Storer didn't mention the 2030 General Plan debacle, where thousands of local residents had to show up at the hearings to stop Storer and his cronies from devastating Danville over the next 16 years through their "Plan". Let's can him!

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Posted by RUkidding
a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

He's just another "BOBBLE HEAD" for the developers. An unelected Mayor.......RUkidding ???

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Posted by Jody
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 28, 2014 at 6:51 am

I'm also upset with the Quail Ridge mess or as people now call it "Fort Ugly". I cannot believe someone would ever approve that disaster. It is everything Danville isn't, mainly high density. It looks like Dublin and Windemere.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

95% of Danville houses are hideous.

Greenbrook area looks like The Brady Bunch. Blackhawk houses are 8,000 sq. ft. of 1980's bad taste. Houses made in the 90’s like Shadow Creek, Bettencourt, Tassajara Ridge, etc. are garages. And new developments are so crammed together they look like ghettos.

What makes Danville bearable is there are lots of trees & bushes to hide everything. That’s what Danville needs to do with Fort Ugly. Plant some trees ASAP.

I want to enjoy our quaint downtown & drive to my beautiful neighborhood without ever having to look at all the ugliness. Isn’t that what the Danville bubble is all about? We shouldn’t be forced to look at other people’s problems and mistakes.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

I agree with spcwt. 100%.

Must... lie... down. Feel....faint...

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm

It's time to shake up the council and mayor's office and not re-elect incumbents. Maybe we will get a council that listens to us.

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Posted by Hope Not
a resident of Danville
on Jan 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

Dave- none of your are worth listening to.

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Posted by no urban housing
a resident of Danville
on Jan 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

Mr. Storer: What high-density housing are you planning to build next? Just what we didn't need, a mayor whose business is building dense housing.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Danville
on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

Funny how his "reflections" included nothing significant. Yet another effort to hide the truth from uninformed Danville voters.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jan 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm

no urban - Storer's "high density housing" is an apartment building designed for seniors and the disabled tucked in at the end of Hartz down by the freeway. Somehow he made it happen with no government subsidy.

You find that to be offensive? Making it possible for elderly folks or people with disabilities to continue living near their families with some degree of independence? It offends you that there's a building that probably no one reading this has ever even seen, that contributes nothing to the cost of police, schools, or other public services exists in our "special" town? What would you do with those folks? Hide them away "somewhere else?" Does their very existence offend you?

How mean-spirited and self-centered are you, anyway?

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Posted by local resident
a resident of Danville
on Feb 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm

@Huh? Storer wanted to make big bucks on his high-density housing. He is not a philanthropist. You are even more naive than the average resident if you believe he was in it for anything else.

BTW: Wasn't he on the Planning Commission when he got his approvals for his dense housing? How did that work, exactly?

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Local: I suggest you go down to the end of Hartz and look at the "high density housing" you're prattling about. Then tell us how somebody is going to make "big bucks" off of renting those apartments out to seniors and the disabled. (Storer's building is adjacent to Sycamore Place, the much larger "high density" project for seniors on Laurel which was built with subsidized funding. Those of us with elderly relatives are finding out how limited our options are in this area.)

Then, since we're so "naive" you can answer the simple questions: Where do you think the elderly folks in all those apartments should live? Should we run them out of town? Are they "unworthy" to live in Danville? Is it a blight on our community that the disabled and elderly are somehow allowed to live here? Whose "back yard" should they be forced to live in? And is building housing for them here evidence of corruption? Perhaps criminal? Just how despicable do you consider Storer's conduct to be, building housing for people less fortunate than the "real" Danvilleites?

And then you can answer the even better question, which "no urban" ducked: How mean-spirited and self-centered are you, anyway?

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Posted by local
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

@Huh?: Please answer my question: Did Storer build high-density housing because he is an altruistic philanthropist? Is everyone, therefore, that builds housing of any sort an altruistic philanthropist because, after all, they are providing places for people to live and people need places to live? Also, given that high-density housing is a great concern for residents of Danville, should a fox be in charge of the chicken coop in Danville? I.e., should Developer Storer be deciding about high-density housing permits?

Come on, Huh, you are obviously either Robert Storer himself, Geoff Gillette (the Town's propaganda minister), or some lackey for them.

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