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.