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Pentin launches campaign for City Council seat

Endorses Thorne for mayor at crowded breakfast fundraiser

Pleasanton businessman and city Planning Commission Chairman Jerry Pentin launched his campaign this week for election to the City Council in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

With his wife Josine and their daughter Joi at his side, Pentin greeted more than 75 supporters who turned out for a campaign-launch breakfast fundraiser at the Alameda County Fairgrounds pavilion, where real estate investor Brad Hirst served as the emcee.

So far, Pentin is the only candidate in an election when two council seats will be filled. Both council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan complete eight years on the council this year and must step down.

Two other council members, Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne, are seeking election to the mayor's post, aiming to succeed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, who must also step down this year due to term limits. Here again, no one else has indicated an interest in vying for the mayor's position, which means that there would be another council seat to fill, probably in a special election next spring.

Josine Pentin is an engineer who manages projects on the Knowledge Base Team at Juniper Networks. Joi, a championship golfer while a student at Amador Valley High School, will graduate from UC Berkeley next year. A championship player there, too, she will leave shortly for an international women's golf tournament in Scotland.

Jerry Pentin is serving is fourth year on the Pleasanton Planning Commission and also is vice chairman of the city's Bicycle Pedestrian Trails Committee and a member of the Downtown Hospitality Guidelines task force. He owns Spring Street Studios, a video production company that produces corporate videos, including one that was made at the Wednesday breakfast that he will use on Facebook and for other campaign promotions.

"This election is critical to Pleasanton," Pentin said. "We will have three new members on the City Council and that can mean a lot of change, change that I hope is good for Pleasanton."

He vowed to work to keep the city out of courtrooms on legal issues that have cost millions of dollars, and to work to keep state government off the city's back so that the council can determine the best way to govern the city.

He also pointed to Jerry Thorne, who was in the audience, and urged his supporters and the community to elect him mayor on Nov. 6.

Noting Tuesday's votes in Wisconsin and San Jose that dealt with pension reform issues, Pentin said he thinks recent actions by the council to rein in health and pension benefits for municipal employees were steps in the right directions.

"I believe that what our job is now is to protect the future, to work with city workforce representatives, and as each budget comes up, work towards the proper participation for pension funding," Pentin said.

Pentin's volunteer work includes numerous community activities. He served as president of Pleasanton North Rotary; co-founded a Pleasanton-based charity of cyclists titled "Cycling for a Cause" that raises thousands of dollars for Pleasanton high school civic activities; assisted in the renovation of Kaleidoscope for disabled children in Dublin and has helped many charities such as Bridge of Opportunity, an organization supporting foster children and at-risk children with college scholarships.

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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

So what brand of crook is this guy-the kind who is in the take from developers or unions or both? The fact that he endorses Thorne doesn't thrill me-at least he didn't endorse Cook-Calio.


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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I've had the pleasure of working with Jerry Pentin on both the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Bicycle Pedestrian and Trails Committee, and you won't find a more thourough and conscientious guy than Jerry. He does his homework, asks the right questions and listens to the public carefully before he casts his vote. He's exactly the right person we need to have on Council. If you don't know him already, make it a point to meet him during this upcoming election season. I think you'll be impressed.


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

From the article, "He vowed to work to keep the city out of courtrooms on legal issues that have cost millions of dollars, and to work to keep state government off the city's back so that the council can determine the bet way to govern the city."

That is a complete conflict. The courtroom charges we have incurred have to do with the state government on the city's back. We can thank former Attorney General Jerry Brown for this legal fee and loss of planning control in our city.

The other courtroom costs have been because of the Lin family constantly suing the city, and the Lins loosing each time. So does Jerry want us to roll over and not fight those who have a history of suing if they do not have their way?

Maybe Jerry can respond here to this.


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Posted by Pleasanton local
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

Our family has known Jerry for many years. We have seen his work first hand with the Rotary club where he donates numerous hours for this community. Jerry has always been a very honest and trustworthy person. I am more than happy to vote for him for City Council. Pleasanton could use more people like Jerry in our city government!


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Posted by hugo
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Jun 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

You can bet Ayala's puppet, Carla Brown will be in the mix soon.


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Posted by George
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hugo, I don't know who this Carla person is, but if she is in the same camp with Kay Ayala then she has my vote. I have a lot of respect for Kay the way she fought to put issues on the ballot even though those losers of a mayor and council would not support her when she was getting sued by the land owners - the Lins. Carla has my vote!


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

What is that crack about an Ayala puppet? Isn't he the only one running? I won't vote for people that run negative campaigns -ever. It goes to show you the real guy he is.


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Posted by Steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

There all crooks period. All of them belong in Spain or Greece or some other communist country where all the politoes are millionnares.


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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Please take the time to meet Jerry Pentin in person. Don't form an opinion based on these nameless, faceless blog posts. I think that if you meet Jerry at a First Wednesday you'll be impressed with his love of Pleasanton, his fair-mindedness and his grasp of the issues. Meet Jerry. Talk with him. You'll like what you hear, I bet.


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Posted by Why?
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jun 10, 2012 at 12:03 am

Why would voters vote for someone who organized a do not sign petition political campaign to shut out the opportunity for the voters to have a voice on whether to approve or not approve Oak Grove [the developers (the Lins) are ones that have been fined $20 million by the Feds who have accused them of scamming the govt with unlawful bogus optional basis tax shelters].


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Posted by Herb Ritter
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Jerry values everyone's opinions and is alway willing to discuss any concerns and opportunities to help make Pleasanton a Great Little City.

Jerry will run a positive campaign based on facts and encourages volunteers & city workers to get involved and be part of the solution.

Check out his website at www.pentin.com and he will be updating his newsfeed on Web Link. Check it out and "LIKE" it be informed.


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Posted by George
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Herb & Kurt- thanks for the glowing comments on Jerry but neither of you have address the comment by Why? Here is the quote...

Why would voters vote for someone who organized a do not sign petition political campaign to shut out the opportunity for the voters to have a voice...?

Is that true? If he is a great guy and wants to know what the public thinks, it seems like he would want the public to weigh in. I'm just saying, I got a BIG problem with this double talk.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

What is the problem with exercising the freedom of speech to convince people to not sign a petition? Are people only allowed to hear what the signature gatherers have to say? I'm glad Pentin was out there ensuring that voters heard *all* opinions on the Oak Grove matter, not just what the signature gatherers had to say.


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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Okay - we've established the type of crook he is - paid for by the developers. Might be okay as long as he doesn't go for more low-income housing than we legally need to satisfy the lawsuit.

The sad reality is that all of them are on the take - it's just the amount and their benefactors are different.


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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

OK 'George' here's your answer, I think. Jerry probably believed (although I haven't spoken to him about this for years) that the Oak Grove development would've been a very good thing for Pleasanton. And that the petitioners were led by someone who wanted to be mayor, and had been soundly defeated, and was using the issue to benefit her own ends. Jerry probably thought that a 500 acre nature park given to the City and its residents was a good thing.

But why don't you ask him yourself? He won't be hard to find over the next few months. You might be pleased to learn that Jerry is a good guy, and very approachable, and eager to listen to all sides of an issue.

He has my vote. And I hope he'll earn yours.


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Posted by Why?
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jun 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Funny how the west side referends the Merritt Property on flat land off Foothill Rd. Then some of these same people wanted mansions on the SE ridges in a fire hazard zone with no road as an escape route.

Total hypocrisy.


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Posted by June
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

This is a mostly negative tread by people who sit at the back of the room and throw rocks. What happened to being open-minded and listening to the issues and positions of the candidates during their campaign. No wonder no one wants to run for office these days with the brawl and mud slinging. So let me get in the gutter with you. Id rather see developer contributions than union contributions. At least development contributes revenue and to the local economy with all decisions vetted during the public review. The unions do it in private, have caused pension short-falls and created affluent government retirees. Oh, and no one can even see the SE hills which is no ridgeline, where Oak Grove is located unless you are in a plane. The ultimate political wanna-be fear tactic


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Posted by Why?
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

Funny, I can see the SE hills ridgeline every time I cross the West Las Positas bridge (soon to be interchange) over the 680 freeway and look due SE.


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Posted by George
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I live in a big house and I don't really care if more big houses are built, but Kurt, I don't understand why anyone would try to block the voters of Pleasanton from voting on an issue. Just let the development go to the ballot and let both sides be heard in public. This just does not make sense to me. Perhaps Jerry can tell us?


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Posted by Why?
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Go to Google's search page

Type the words

hong lien lin

Press enter. Read the description of these links that come up. I am certain anyone reading these links will be stunned and question why anyone in our city's government would be involved with these folks.


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Posted by Manuel
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Was this event that Jerry Pentin was at sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce? I heard that he is in their back pocket.


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