Pleasanton is a family oriented community which has many parks, recreational facilities and programs. Pleasanton is home to Stoneridge Mall, which boasts 165 shops and restaurants. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located in Pleasanton and are home to horse races and rides in addition to the largest Scottish Highlands games which are held annually.
With a population of a little over 70,000 Pleasanton was voted one of “America’s Top Hometown Spots” in the United States by Forbes in 2009. It is also listed as 63rd on Money’s best places to live.
Nicknamed P-town, Pleasanton’s motto is “The City with Planned Progress.” Pleasanton was founded in the 1850’s by John W. Kottinger, an Alameda County justice of the peace. It became the backdrop for the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and was once home to Phoebe Apperson Hearst, who lived on a 50 room mansion on what is now Castlewood Country Club.
Pleasanton experienced an economic boom in the 1980s with the development of a number of business parks, the largest being the Hacienda Business Park. These host a number of campus-like low rise and medium rise office buildings. Pleasanton is home to the corporate headquarters for Ross, Safeway, Shaklee, the Cooper Companies, Thoratec and Simpson Manufacturing. Oracle, maintains the former PeopleSoft Inc.campus offices as a major division in Pleasanton and is the third largest employer behind Safeway and Kaiser Permanente.