The Pleasanton Weekly reported today that it is endorsing Mayor Jennifer Hosterman for re-election and Councilman Matt Sullivan and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jerry Pentin for election to the City Council.
At the same time, the newspaper praised the work of Councilwoman Cindy McGovern, who is also seeking re-election to a second four-year term, and former Councilman and currently Pleasanton school board member Steve Brozosky, who is seeking election as mayor.
"Both have served the community for long periods of time and their good work as members of the City Council and on the school board, including 10 years there for McGovern, deserve much praise and the community's thanks," said Jeb Bing, publisher and editor of the Pleasanton Weekly. "We are confident that if either one, or both, are elected, that our city will continue to be well-led and served."
"We prefer that Mayor Hosterman continue as mayor, that Matt Sullivan continues to be the voice on the council that consistently insists on representative government, and that the extraordinary vitality and initiative of local businessman Jerry Pentin be added to the City Council," Bing added.
The endorsement editorial, which appears in today's print edition of the Pleasanton Weekly, follows:
Among the two candidates for mayor, we recommend the incumbent Mayor Jennifer Hosterman for re-election to another two-year term of office over her challenger, Steve Brozosky.
In her four years as mayor, Hosterman has championed millions of dollars in fiscally-responsible improvements to the benefit of all who live here: Callippe Preserve Golf Course; Kottinger Creek and the Veterans Memorial Building and, now under way, the Firehouse Arts Center that will boost public interest in our historic downtown and the Alviso Adobe Community Park.
Add to this her zeal for addressing and localizing issues such as global warming and alternative energy, we can be proud to have a mayor who is recognized nationally, persuading cities to make the country's environmental concerns part of their own agenda.
As a result, Pleasanton's new General Plan, which she has worked on since her election to the City Council in 2002, contains energy, water conservation and air quality elements that are blueprints for municipal planners everywhere.
She has also been more conciliatory in recent months in working cooperatively with our neighboring cities, traveling to Washington and meeting with mayors on regional issues. This has resulted in construction of a new carpool lane on eastbound Interstate 580. She also supports widening and extending El Charro Road, State Route 84 and extending Stoneridge Drive to Livermore. Her leadership in gaining council approval of Oak Grove with its 496- acres of open space was right-on, again showing her flexibility in steering Pleasanton toward buildout.
Steve Brozosky is to be commended both for his good work in the City Council from 2002-2006, when he lost in his first bid for mayor against Hosterman by only 189 votes, and for stepping up and volunteering his services on the Pleasanton school board after the death of Juanita Haugen. He's been effective in both positions, but we prefer Hosterman.
Of all the good characteristics we like about Matt Sullivan, his absolute devotion to representative government is what we admire most. Sure, his insistence on outside mediation of seemingly unsolvable disputes (St. Clare Episcopal Church v. Valley Trails homeowners, comes to mind) sometimes delays the process, but the end result is usually positive and good for our community.
A mechanical engineer, Sullivan brings the logical, well-thought-out thinking of his profession and business experience to the council. While we don't always agree with his views, he's consistent and rightfully seeks to build consensus with constituents. His long service on the Planning Commission gives him broader vision on the many housing, traffic and land use policies and open space preservation issues facing our city. Sullivan speaks his mind clearly and is the voice we need on the City Council.
A local businessman in the high-tech field of videography, Jerry Pentin has long been active in Pleasanton since moving here 17 years ago.
An ex-Marine, he's a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission and has been its chairman. He's also a member of Pleasanton North Rotary and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2007.
An advocate for open space, he supports Oak Grove and is leading the effort to bring a Sharks ice skating and hockey rink to Staples Ranch.
Our main regret in this election is that only two seats are open on the City Council. We wish there were three because we also admire the work of Councilwoman Cindy McGovern, who is completing her first four-year term and is seeking re-election.
McGovern served our community for 10 years as a respected member of the school board, where she also served as president, and she has championed youth activities and facilities both there and on the council.
With just two council seats to fill, we support Matt Sullivan and Jerry Pentin for election to the City Council on Nov. 4.