Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - October 1, 2010

Letters: McGovern for mayor

Dear Editor,

Pleasanton is at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively. We are facing issues that require honest, sound and effective guidance from our elected officials. We need a mayor who treats everyone at City Council with respect, including those who are expressing opinions she may not agree with. We need a leader who will listen to the entire community before making critical decisions that impact us all. Pleasanton needs Cindy McGovern as our mayor.

Looking forward, Pleasanton is facing budget, growth and traffic challenges that will require our mayor to undertake the hard work of balancing neighborhood, business and individual concerns and issues with the huge task of maintaining quality city services, parks and streets, our great quality of life, and that small town atmosphere we all love. It won't be easy in a down economy. Cindy McGovern will do it with integrity!

Pleasanton needs a mayor whose campaign will not be funded, endorsed nor influenced by the Chamber BACPAC, outside political Independent Expenditure Committees or big developers. We need a council leader who encourages and appreciates citizen participation and collaboration on matters affecting the city. We need a mayor who treats residents and business owners, as well as staff and our commissioners with respect, not contempt. We may not agree with the final decision that the council makes, but with McGovern as mayor we will always know we've been heard and that our opinion is valued.

McGovern has proven that she can and will stand up for honesty, integrity and ethics in Pleasanton government. Elect Cindy McGovern as our mayor.

Billie Otis

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