Leafing through the statewide ballot information, the June 8 primary has its usual long lists of candidates for key state posts. A total of 23 names are listed for the Governor's race, 13 for Lieutenant Governor, seven for Secretary of State and 14 for Attorney General. Some candidate's names are familiar, such as Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman, who are battling it out for the Republican nomination for governor, and Attorney General Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown who is the leading candidate for that office on the Democratic ticket. Here in Pleasanton, which is split into three State Assembly districts, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, a Democrat, and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, a Republican, are repeating their primary bids which sent them head-to-head in 2008 for the 15th District seat, which Buchanan won. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is unchallenged in her bid for re-nomination on the Democratic ticket to seek re-election in the 18th District. The only contest for Assembly is in the 20th District, where Alberto Torrico is stepping down because of term limits to run for Attorney General on the Democratic ticket. Fremont Councilman Bob Weickowski is running against Ohlone Community College trustee Garrett Yee for Torrico's seat, with Adnan Shahab the only candidate on the Republican Party ticket.
While the five statewide propositions deserve careful reading, we especially hope you'll turn to the middle of the Alameda County pamphlet. That's the start of 58 pages of detailed information on Measure D. A Yes vote would allow Jennifer and Frederic Lin to build 51 homes on property they own at the end of Kottinger Ranch's Hearst Drive. They also signed a development agreement when their project was approved in 2007 by the Pleasanton City Council to contribute free of charge 496 acres of wooded land they own adjacent to the homes. The land will be available for use by the public in perpetuity as open space and parkland. The referendum is the result of an appeal of the council's decision by a group opposed to the development. Its points are well stated in the lengthy assessment of Measure D, which makes for detailed reading but also a better informed voter before casting the ballot.