With a goal to provide representative government to the people, Councilman Matt Sullivan is running for a second term on the City Council.
Sullivan was first elected to the council in 2004 and was a planning commissioner from 1998 to 2004. He was also involved in the Pleasanton Energy Committee and West Las Positas Interchange Committee. He is a senior program manager for an energy efficiency and renewable energy engineering consulting firm in San Francisco and has lived here since 1994.
Sullivan said he is proud of his role in working with the council toward finalizing and adopting the city's new General Plan.
"This new general plan is very important because we have some new policies in there, which are the energy element and a water element," he said. "Sustainability is one of the most important issues, especially as we get to buildout, so we need to look ahead and really plan our future."
Sullivan said he supports the Stoneridge Drive extension only after other transportation improvements are made to State Route 84, Interstate 580 and extending Dublin Boulevard east to El Charro Road.
"All these things need to fit together because if we just extend Stoneridge Drive now, it's not going to help Pleasanton," Sullivan said. "It's not going to help the other parts of town that are suffering."
Another debate in the forefront are the competing hillside protection measures, PP and QQ. Sullivan supports the citizen-backed PP and said he thinks a majority on the council is making a mistake in putting forward QQ.
"In a lot of ways, it's really a bigger issue than hillside development," he said. "Our citizens have come forward and put a couple things on the ballot because they weren't happy with the way the council was dealing with hillside developments and one of them was a referendum of Oak Grove, which is still in the courts."
Sullivan added that while he doesn't completely agree with PP, he supports citizens' rights to petition their local government.
"By putting a competing and confusing initiative on the ballot with the intent of defeating the citizens' initiative at the request of hillside developers is just the wrong thing to do," he said of the city's measure.
Other issues he supports include adding more affordable housing, enforcing the voter-mandated 29,000-unit housing cap, complete a city bicycle and pedestrian master plan that's under way and conduct a study on eastern Pleasanton for the chain of lakes for open space opportunities.
Sullivan's campaign website is http://www.electmattsullivan.com