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Crowds cheer Thorne at rally for his election as Pleasanton mayor

Candidate cites 40 years of business experience as essential to making sure city moves forward

City Councilman and candidate for mayor Jerry Thorne told more than 100 supporters at his recent fundraising reception that he will put his 40 years of business experience to work as mayor to bring fiscal sustainability and pension reform to Pleasanton.

Supporters cheered as Thorne outlined a multi-step program that he promised would start by putting performance measures in place to hold the City Council, itself, to public transparency standards "that will make sure you know what we do and that you can hold us accountable for our actions."

"My experience in the private sector taught me that you've got to be responsible and accountable for what you do," said Thorne, who is a retired senior executive from Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.

"Politicians today don't seem to feel that way," Thorne added. "If something goes wrong, they tend to blame everybody else. One of my favorite presidents, Harry Truman, liked to say that the buck stopped at his desk. In Pleasanton, as mayor, it will stop at my desk, too.

Thorne spent more than two hours at the reception, held in the backyard gardens at the home of Laura and Ron Capilla high in the hills of Castlewood and arranged by businessman Frank Capilla. Most of those at the reception, which raised $20,000 towards Thorne's election campaign, were from Pleasanton, including former Congressman Bill Baker and former Pleasanton mayor and city councilman Bob Philcox.

"Jerry is a common sense guy, very forward-thinking with an ear for everybody," Philcox said.

In addition to his business experience, Thorne also has spent the last 17 years in appointed and elected positions in Pleasanton. He served both as a member and chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission starting in 1995, where he successfully led a ballot measure to make sure part of the city's newly-acquired Bernal Community Park would be dedicated to sports. The lighted baseball fields now completed were part of that effort.

He was first elected to the City Council in a special election in 2005 to fill an open seat after Councilwoman Jenifer Hosterman was elected mayor. Thorne was elected to a full four-year term in 2006 and again in 2010. He has two years remaining on his current term as a councilman.

"As a long-time business manager, I recognize the difference between results-oriented leadership and partisan politics," Thorne told supporters. "There is a big difference in the way that you handle other people's money."

As mayor, he vowed to make pension reform a priority.

"We have to have a pension system in the state of California that makes sense and one that is sustainable," Thorne said. "Right now it's not sustainable."

"And to the men and women in the city who have those retirement programs, I don't think we can guarantee that their pensions, the way they currently are, will be there for them when they get ready to retire. Together, we need to make sure that we have a system that really works."

In addition to pension reform and City Council performance accountability, Thorne also said his priorities as mayor will include new job creation, protection of property values and rights, economic development, partnering with city schools to protect Pleasanton's quality of education, elimination of unnecessary government red tape and support for the men and women in uniform

"Together we can make sure that our city reaches its full potential and continues to be the 'City of Planned Progress.'" Thorne said. "We must not allow it to become the city of no progress."

For more information about Jerry Thorne, visit his website at www.jerrythorne.com.

Thorne is one of two council members seeking the mayor's post. Councilwomen Cheryl Cook-Kallio, who also has two years remaining on her term of office, is also campaigning for mayor.

In addition, three are campaigning for election to the City Council, where two seats will be filled in the Nov. 6 election to replace council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan, who are completing the eight years allowed for service on the council.

The three candidates are Realtor Karla Brown, former BART board member Ellen DeMarcus and Planning Commission chairman Jerry Pentin.

Comments

Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

"bring fiscal sustainability and pension reform to Pleasanton". What has he done since he has been on the council starting in 2005 for this? It is easy for a politician to talk about this during campaign season but another thing to actually do something. He has been in office since 2005. If this is a priority, he should have a plan by now. I want to see/hear the plan now.

"And to the men and women in the city who have those retirement programs, I don't think we can guarantee that their pensions, the way they currently are, will be there for them." His statement, or the article quote is wrong. There will always be money for pensions. We as the taxpayers are on the hook to pay for it, no matter what it cost. They can keep reducing services to a point where the government does not actually provide any services but rather is an organization that just collects taxes to pay for government employee pensions. I hope Jerry is not that ignorant on how this pension system works.

People forget that the mayor has no more power than a council member. They mayor runs the meetings and makes recommendations for appointments to commissions but is only one vote out of five in anything. Jerry will not have any more power as mayor than as a council member.


Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

"Most of those at the reception, which raised $20,000 towards Thorne's election campaign, were from Pleasanton." Failed to mention that the fundraiser was not held in Pleasanton. It was in Castlewood which is actually in the county. They cannot vote for Pleasanton offices.

Was this an article or the paper just printing an endorsement ahead of the election?


Posted by question, a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

I don't know Thorne. Is he a conservative? If not, are there ANY conservatives running for mayor?

When will the citizens of Calif wake up to the fact that Democrat policies are destroying this once terrific State?


Posted by OOPS, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

Am I to believe that a man who had the fire department employees holding up street signs helping him with his election campaign for city council is now going to be negotiating for the city on my behalf?

He asked the firefighters to park cars at an election campaign fund raiser.
Where is that information in his "public transparency standards"?

I dare anyone to ask him about that little fact. I suspect he will not want to be accountable for that action!

If you are not confused you are not paying attention.


Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

I think accountability to the public and transparency is way overrated.

Mitt -- Always transparent.


Posted by iwasthere,too, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

I think you have Thorne confused with the other candidate running for Mayor. NO firefighters parked any cars at this fundraiser or at any fundraiser held for Thorne.

Scott Walsh, a retired firefighter waved signs once for Jerry a few campaigns ago. Its important to note that Scott is endorsing the other candidate as well as given money to her. I think that's a pretty clear sign that Jerry is serious about pension reform.


Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Yup, the other candidate has the firefighters parking cars and helping her out. No way she will every do any pension reform, especially since it would affect her teacher pension also (no, she is not a teacher in Pleasanton). I have been waiting for Jerry to actually suggest any specific ideas of pension reform. While I am encouraged he is saying it is a problem that needs to be addressed, I want to hear specifics. He has had since 2005 as a council member to be thinking about ideas. And why has he not mentioned them at all during the employee negotiations going on to date? You do not have to be mayor to do that.


Posted by nwbtcw, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Aug 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

"And to the men and women in the city who have those retirement programs, I don't think we can guarantee that their pensions, the way they currently are, will be there for them when they get ready to retire."

More attacks on the middle class in Pleasanton.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Jerry was the only elected person in Alameda County who opposed the Measure B perpetual tax that is coming to a vote in November. Our other candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio supports the idea of a perpetual tax wholeheartedly.

It is important who is Mayor just because this person is the mouthpiece for Pleasanton to commissions like MTC and ABAG. It would help to have someone who questions what exactly is in the best interest of the taxpayers, not someone who is another "me to" rubber-stamper.


Posted by Sammy G., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thorne and Cook-Callio, along with the Hippy Mayor, are the incompetent Three Stooges on the City Council. The only good thing to be said about Thorne is that he is better than Cook Callio. She is a uber left wingnut, is bought and paid for by unions, and is out to vacuum out your wallet/purse. She is also a high school teacher preaching her socialist idiology to teenagers (fortunately not Pleasanton teenagers). Could someone that is not a left wing loon run for Mayor?


Posted by chemist, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

To Sammy G.
Please don't put Jerry Thorne in with the Three Stooges. The Stooges are the Hippy Mayor, Cook-Gallio, and Matt Sullivan. Jerry Thorne may not be as conservative as you would like, but he is not a Looney Toons liberal like the rest of this council.


Posted by june, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

I like the fact that Thorne is talking about taking responsibility for fiscal matters such as pension reforms, performance standards starting first with the City Council and then the city employees, and looking to increase job creation and businesses right here in the good old Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

As for retirement pensions for public employees, join the hard reality of the private sector workers. No one likes it, but job security, high wages and secured pension at 55 years old is not acceptable any more. I see a majority of city salaries to be a minimum of $70,000.00, mostly around $90 - $100,000.00 and above with full paid benefits.


Posted by Thorne supporter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

Sammy G, I think your mouth is running when your mind is not in gear. Jerry ThornE has served us well, and gained valuable learning experiences during his terms in office. He has such valuable financial experience we so desperately need. Jerry is a very good guy, so maybe you're the fringe. SMART people would be working to make sure he is elected Mayor ! ! He's right for Pleasanton. It's Jerry T. and Jerry P. for me...
BILL, YOU are SO right. ABAG is the very scary, over-the-top group that came up with and is pushing the insanely cruel TAX PER MILE idea. Jerry would be there to protect us from such things. Political Cook-Kalio would be right with ABAG, EPA, and PUBLIC unions. She'd still has 2 years on council, but we don't need to make her mayor ! ! ! !


Posted by Curious, a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

To Comments from Bill and Thorne Supporter regarding ABAG, the 2012 ABAG rooster states Councilmember Thorne currently represents Pleasanton on ABAG. I guess that makes Mr. Thorne responsible for the "insanely cruel tax per mile idea", put forth by ABAG. I agree that the tax per mile tax is ridiculous and I don't understand how he could allow it to move forward.


Posted by iwastheretoo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thorne represents Pleasanton in the ABAG General Assembly which is made up of 1 representative from each city in the bay area (all 9 bay area counties). He is not on a decision making board or committee for ABAG. Check the record--he has never voted for/on any such tax as "tax per mile".


Posted by Independent Thinker, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm

ABAG recommendation for tax per mile is bad idea. Enough Big Brother in our lives. Don't drive that much, so not affected. Worried about assault on freedom and making some people resort to public transportation. Wonder how much more government imposition can be placed upon us. Mandated seatbelts, motorcycles helmets, child safety seats in automobiles. All an imposition on Constitutionally delegated rights to make individual free choice. Looking for link on this. Will get back later.


Posted by mattrogers, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

mattrogers is a registered user.

Seeing the financial and social achievements, looks like it won't be that easy for Him to win the elections. He is contacting some outsiders to fund the campaigns as well I heard.
Web Link


Posted by Thorne supporter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2012 at 12:16 am

Curious, Thorne is a steady hand, he does not do stupid, extreme, radically crazy things, like tax per mile. Don't spout off with lies when you don't know of what you speak. HALF a truth (attending meetings), is worse than saying nothing. He is not a voting member.


Posted by Independent Thinker, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

Like Walmart, but over the years have tended to shop mostly at Gene's. Still pretty good. Two employees disclosed that Thorne supports unions and wants to put GPS tracking devices in cars. One employee said he supports mandatory helmets for skateboarding minors. Very Big Brother. Such a stand overlooks how onerous this is for parents of skateboarders who can't afford helmets.


Posted by curious, a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thorne Supporter, you wrote "ABAG is the very scary, over-the-top group that came up with and is pushing the insanely cruel TAX PER MILE idea. Jerry would be there to protect us from such things."

I was simply pointing out the fact that Mr. Thorne currently does represent Pleasanton on ABAG, and was either unable or incapable of doing anything to protect residents from the proposed tax per mile proposal that should have been shot down as soon as it was proposed.

In regard to ABAG, nothing would change if Mr. Thorne were to be elected Mayor in November.


Posted by Thorne supporter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

I'll make this really simple....IT is NOT ABOUT ABAG, only to illustrate, Jerry's character is the very solid, experienced, common sense person, owning nothing to ANY GROUPS, only THE PEOPLE of Pleasanton,which is what we want in a mayor. This TOPIC is about electing our MAYOR. It's a mayoral discussion. That position involves sitting in on various boards and commitees, some for information, but 'part of the job'.He would not be part of a crazy idea, no matter who pushes it....usually majority rules.


Posted by notforme, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Thorne is a a good person. He is not a leader. Sitting on the council, a committee or multiple committees and saying nothing is not leadership.


Posted by curious,too, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

Thorne is a quiet leader--look at what he's accomplished with his involvment on the Parks & Rec Commission and now the council. His opponent used the firefighters to park cars during her fundraiser while the City is in the middle of contract negotiations with them--poor judgement at best. That's not the kind of leadership Pleasanton needs in this economic times.


Posted by Ditto, curious too, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2012 at 12:26 am

I too think Jerry Thorne is a fiscal conservative that has seperated himself from the special interest groups that are consuming the general fund tax dollars. He will get my vote.


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