I am writing this letter to voice my disappointment in Mayor Hosterman's job performance as our mayor of Pleasanton. I feel overall, she is doing an inadequate job of ensuring that our community is continuing to grow and improve in the necessary ways.
The main flaws I see in Mayor Hosterman's plans are the application of the taxpayers' money to trivial pursuits such as building parks and other leisure sites. At a time when teachers are losing their jobs and schools are having their funding reduced in phenomenal increments, another patch of grass and set of swings will do us no good. Education should be the priority in a compromised economy. When we pay our taxes, we pay them in exchange for the rights, privileges and benefits. One of these privileges is a community that is always improving and enhancing our quality of life. Granted, this does include parks, community centers, etc., but only when we have the funding for such amenities. At a time with limited funding, money would be better put to improving community staples such as Foothill Road. Hundreds of cars drive on that road daily, on the deteriorated, narrow two-lane road. There is certainly room to expand and allow for two more lanes and renovation of the existing road, and yet Ms. Hosterman feels that money would be better spent building a new golf course.
I am a freshman at Foothill High School and I find that my commute daily is uncomfortable, inconvenient and unpredictable due to the state of Foothill Road.