Walnut Creek neighbors of a proposed Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger restaurant showed up to the Walnut Creek City Council meeting Tuesday to urge the city -- which has no jurisdiction over Pleasant Hill -- to do something to stop the fast-food outlet from opening near their neighborhood.
Residents complained that the restaurant, proposed for North Main Street on the Pleasant Hill-Walnut Creek border, will bring traffic, noise and odors to their neighborhood. About 10 people spoke to the council about it.
Though the In-N-Out would be in Pleasant Hill, at 3131 N. Main St., next to the Black Angus restaurant, the Walnut Creek residents want their own leaders to stand up for them.
"We know you are involved, but we need more from you," said Laura Milstead. She is worried about the possible crime and the kind of late-night crowd it might attract to the area.
One resident was so upset by the thought of an In-N-Out next to her neighborhood that she cried as she pleaded with the council for help.
The council usually can't respond to questions raised during public comment, because those items are not listed on the agenda. But Mayor Sue Rainey said as an announcement that she, the city manager and Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Silva were planning to meet with Pleasant Hill city leaders about the proposed restaurant.
"We are getting involved," Rainey said. A meeting date hasn't been set, Rainey said, noting the first one will not be open to the public.
Pleasant Hill released the draft environmental document on the North Main Street store two weeks ago. The 30-day review period ends Oct. 8, and a public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.
This fall, In-N-Out Burger is opening another restaurant on Contra Costa Boulevard in Pleasant Hill, near the Target and Toys R Us stores.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.