That seems fine with Hosterman, who has become one of the most visible lawyers in town, always handling the beer garden booth placement and other activities during the popular summertime First Wednesday events. As a member of downtown Rotary, he also joins in community service projects, including luncheons at the Pleasanton Senior Center and chairing the club's annual Spirit Run. Downtown events have increased since he was first elected to the PDA board, where he served as president in 2000 and worked with the group's new executive director at the time, Craig Scharton, to launch the First Wednesdays.
In his new role as chairman of the Downtown Vitality Committee, Hosterman is focusing on programs under way or being planned to invigorate the downtown with new businesses and entertainment. With other PDA members, he has visited other picturesque and perhaps more profitable downtowns in San Luis Obispo, Menlo Park and Walnut Creek. Although, neither Hosterman nor others now in charge of the PDA want any large chain or department stores such as those found in Walnut Creek or Dublin moving to Main Street. Scharton, he recalls, liked to point out that the most viable -- and profitable -- downtowns usually had a Victoria's Secret lingerie store to attract younger shoppers. When a similar-type lingerie store moved to Angela Street a few years ago, some merchants complained that it was too racy for their more traditional customers. In the end, the store closed and moved to Livermore for lack of business. Still, Hosterman doesn't think it hurts to watch what others are doing to spur business activity downtown, which is why he supports a type of "Right to do Business" ordinance for the district, similar to one that's been enacted in Livermore. The idea is to establish entertainment standards relating to noise and hours that would apply to all PDA members. As it is now, he says, restaurants such as Barone's or Redcoats must go through extensive reviews to have their applications for late night dancing and other entertainment approved, often a six-month-long process through the city's Planning Commission and City Council. If the proposed ordinance had been in place earlier, a restaurant once located in the Train Station building on First Street might still be in business. It closed after neighborhood complaints and a compassionate city government stopped its popular nighttime events.
With the city's $10-million Firehouse Arts Center scheduled to open on Railroad Avenue in September, Hosterman's committee is considering steps to be taken to make it easier for bars and restaurants that might want to move here to serve crowds moving onto Railroad, Division and Main Street after evening performances. The DVC's plan is to beautify Division Street, possibly even turning it into a cobblestone walkway between Main and Railroad Avenue, connecting pedestrian traffic between downtown businesses and the new theater. Those ideas from the DVC will be among others presented to the hospitality organization's seminar scheduled for March 30. The core groups established to consider downtown improvements are in the community involvement, safety, business development, entertainment and hospitality categories. Hosterman will be part of a "walk-along" planned for the organization, with a report expected later on what can be done to attract more shoppers to downtown Pleasanton.
The Hostermans moved to Pleasanton in 1987 with their three daughters, Heather, now 29; Sarah, who is 27, and Meghan, 24, who just graduated from San Jose State University last Saturday. Although .Jennifer Hosterman thrives in politics, that's not an interest Mike Hosterman shares. An avid golfer as part of a men's group at Callippe Preserve Golf Course, he also hosts card parties at his office on a monthly basis: poker the fourth Fridays and Hearts on the second Thursdays. He also leads the regional Business Builders networking group that meets twice a month in Dublin, and is a regular at the racetrack at the Alameda County Fairgrounds when the horses are running and at other racetracks as well. He attribute his love of the sport to his younger years when his family moved from city to city, and coincidentally he insisted, near racetracks. These included tracks in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Bay Meadows in San Mateo; Santa Anita in southern California's Arcadia, and Hollywood Park near UCLA, which he attended for two years. He then transferred to Berkeley, where he completed his undergraduate work, and also took advantage of races at nearby Golden Gate Fields.
In fact, it was a Golden Gate Fields where he first met Jennifer on April 15, 1980. They were married three months later.