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Top stories of the June 14, 1977 Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Dublin Annex -- Old Idea Needs New Study"
Annexing Dublin to Pleasanton is an idea that's been around a long time, but its latest rebirth needs study, according to Councilmember Joyce LeClaire.
Alameda County Supervisor Fred Cooper kicked off the latest annexation talk. He feels that Dublin, at 17,000 in population, can't grow much as a city if it incorporates on its own. The maximum would be around 20,000, and that's not enough administration, he said. A report of the Local Agency Formation Commission a few years ago said the same thing and recommended that if Dublin urbanizes, it should annex to Pleasanton.
The combined city would amount to 47,000 right now with the growth potential of 68,000 people by 1995. In Cooper's eyes, that's a good efficient city population. He said "100,000 is ideal, but anywhere in the 50,000 to 150,000 range is good. Above that, your top managers lose track of what's going on, below that you don't have the efficiency of scale."
LeClaire said there are advantages and disadvantages to annexing Dublin. She said Dublin's attractive commercial development would bolster the tax base of a combined city. On the other hand, it would cost more in services if Dublin leaves Alameda County and the (local services district), she said. Asked whether Dublin could ever be integrated psychologically with Pleasanton, LeClaire pointed out that the 580 freeway would always present something of a barrier, but annexation would give Dubliners more of a sense of community then they have now.
"I don't think that Dublin residents feel in touch with the county," she said.
Another thing to consider is the "small-town attitude in Pleasanton" she said, though annexing Dublin may not really affect it. "That small-town feeling is important to me, and I've heard that comment from many Pleasantonites, so we would have to check that out, too," said Le Claire.
Tim Baldwin, a leader in the "incorporate Dublin" effort, said some Dubliners already have spoken out on annexation. A Boy Scout troop polled 500 people in the community and asked, if all other factors were equal, if residents would want to annex to Pleasanton or go it alone. Two-thirds voted for an incorporated Dublin, one third for annexation to Pleaanton, said Baldwin.
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Trivia question: What baseball team scored 14 runs in the first inning of a 1950 game against the A's?
Answer to last week's question: On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape the prison on Alcatraz Island.
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