The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce BACPAC has been very successful in funneling developer and business campaign contributions to candidates and winning elections. The litmus test is allegiance to the Chamber "2015 Vision," which is a developer and business friendly alternative to the Pleasanton General Plan. Apparently the Chamber doesn't like the real General Plan -- which took six years of broad community involvement to develop -- so they created their own version that caters to their narrow interests. And they seem to have no problem finding politicians eager to do their bidding. Why change a successful formula?
Economic vitality is critical to our quality of life and should be a high priority. But developer and business control of government is not democracy. Do you want the Chamber of Commerce calling the shots at City Hall or do you want representative government that is independent, is not beholden to big money contributors, that will manage growth and economic development in a sustainable way, and will work in the best interest of the entire community? If your answer is the latter, please join me in voting for Cindy McGovern for mayor and Karla Brown for council on Nov. 2.