This year, there is one new issue: the development of the southeast ridge. On this single issue, people disagree and old alliances have changed dramatically. But there are many other issues involved in the race for mayor. Sadly, they are the same issues that were at the forefront two years ago. Traffic is still a huge frustration to residents. The 'update' to the General Plan is still not complete. The city is still on the edge of losing Staples Ranch and the $5 million in annual tax revenue. The mayor's lack of attendance at Tri-Valley planning meetings has given us no voice in regional traffic plans. The mayor's penchant for bringing her favorite national and international issues into council meetings is plainly divisive. The mayor's personal bias for or against a business is well known. She urged a developer to avoid leasing space to Starbucks because she doesn't like the company and urged that developer to bring in one of her favorite businesses.
Several years ago she tried to negate a contract the city had with Wal-Mart because she doesn't like that company. And after she approved commercial development at Bernal and Stanley, she led the effort to overturn the decision. The mayor's leadership on the city's most difficult issues has been a big disappointment. I will stick with Steve.