Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - February 26, 2010

Letter: Officials are wasting taxpayer dollars

Dear Editor,

This past Tuesday proved to be an interesting day to watch our mayor, Jennifer Hosterman, speak out of "both sides of her mouth." Speaking at a meeting hosted by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel, Mayor Hosterman delivered her "State of the City" address. In that address she said, "we (the mayor and City Council) are equally bound to a conservative fiscal policy that helps to insulate Pleasanton from the perils of the global economy." Then on Tuesday evening, Mayor Hosterman and her City Council cronies voted to waste $79,000-$97,500 of taxpayer funds to put the Oak Grove referendum on the June 8 ballot rather than waiting for the Nov. 2 ballot.

Hosterman, Jerry Thorne and Cheryl Cook-Kallio said that putting Oak Grove on the November ballot would give Oak Grove opponents more time to prepare their arguments for voting down the measure. So, I guess, they don't want the citizens of Pleasanton to hear all the pros and cons about Oak Grove before making an informed decision!

I also found it interesting that Councilman Thorne told his supporters at his re-election bid launch meeting, "he will continue and even intensify his focus on fiscal restraint..." Yet he joined the developer-friendly threesome to needlessly spend our taxpayer money.

All three who supported the June 8 ballot agreement show their true fiscal irresponsibility and continue to turn a deaf ear to their constituents.

Edward Janas

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