The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to build a 64, 474- square-foot building on the future Clorox Co. campus on Franklin and Johnson drives.
The research and development compound is expected to house as many as 1,100 workers. About 700 employees from Oakland are expected to relocate there, in addition to 400 presently at another Pleasanton site.
Despite their unanimous approval, councilmembers had questions about the impact a sixth building would have. They asked about how the company would handle hazardous materials.
"There's nothing going on that's not already going on in the existing facility on Johnson Drive," said Brian Dolan, Pleasanton's director of community development.
The company must acquire operating permits for the storage, handling and removal of hazardous materials. Officials from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department explained to council members that there will be yearly inspections to ensure compliance.
Danielle Stefani, the department's hazardous material coordinator, said the city never has had problems with the Clorox Co.
Councilmembers asked that the new building be able to accommodate future commercial recycling programs.
They acknowledged the city's long relationship with Clorox and the company's contributions to local schools.
The company is the latest in a series of moves by large corporations to Pleasanton. In the past year, Xradia, Callidus Software and Patelco Credit Union have relocated or are in the process of relocating to the city, bringing hundreds of jobs.
Business Anniversary Recognition
There are 129 businesses in Pleasanton celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. The City Council recognized some that have been in the city 15 to 40 years.
Owners and supporters filled council chambers and cheered loudly as representatives from the businesses received plaques.
For a list of all the businesses celebrating anniversaries, click here.
Update on the Climate Action Plan
Staff gave a presentation on Pleasanton's effort to create a Climate Action Plan (CAP), which would outline emission-reduction programs.
Director of Operations Services Daniel Smith showed councilmembers the new city website that explains how the plan is being created and how residents can participate.
For more information on the climate action plan and to see upcoming workshops, click here.