Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - October 8, 2010

Letters: Vote for McGovern, Brown

Dear Editor,

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.

Matt Sullivan, Pleasanton City Councilman


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I agree that it seems a little weird that there's a document that seems to compete with the General Plan. I tend to see it as a statement of what the BACPAC will focus on, which any organization should have.

But let's get to the heart of the matter. How is "Pleasanton 2015" so divergent from Pleasanton's own General Plan as to be in such conflict with the General Plan?

Posted by Really, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

Agreed Stacey,

Not only that, we had a total of 41 building permits pulled for the entire year last year. Where is the money likely to come from to continue to fund our city budget absent of developer fees? The answer is from business taxes. The Chamber PAC is simply there to assure as much as possible that our city have a pro-business climate and is in a good position to attract new business and retain what is here. I will tell you our planning dept. has gotten much easier to work with under Mayor Hosterman, but we still have a long ways to go.

Vision 2015 is very much in sync with the city's general plan. Anyone interested can get a copy from the chamber website or from the Chamber office on Peters.

Posted by Nomad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:06 am

The Chamber's Vision 2015 plan is here (Web Link) and is an easy 6 page read (two other pages are the cover and back page). A reasonable person who reads this should be able to see that this is *NOT* anywhere near a city government general plan. The rest of Mr. Sullivan's arguments and political support falls apart. As they usually do.

Posted by Nomad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

I recommend everyone read the Vision 2015 document and decide for yourself if that is what you want for your community.

Posted by sknywench, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

SULLIVAN IS OUT OF TOUCH. I dont understand Mr. Sullivan's comments at all. Our family and friends think Plesanton is a wonderful place and feel fortunate. . . no make that proud. . . to have high-profile corporate, research/development and enterpreturial businesses established here. The residential neighborhoods then follow as does top performing schools, fancy restaurants, grocery stores, parks, museums, etc. He is correct that economic vitality is crucial to our quality of life, but he chastises the very businesses and development that make Pleasanton the desirable place to work and live. His negative thinking in my mind is simply out-of-touch and feels like Berkeley 1960's protest-everything-attitude with business and development always being an evil plot against the people. That's small thinking from another era and I want big-thinking local leaders with vision. WE VOTE FOR HOSTERMAN, THORNE, AND COOK-KALLO.

Posted by No single issues allowed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

No way ! ! No narrow minded, single issue candidate is worthy !ever ! These 2 are bad for Pleasanton. We need representatives who actually care about ALL the people of Pleasanton...otherwise they do more harm than good...regardless of how highly they value THEMSELVES and their OWN OPINIONS ! ! ! And they seem to have made the choice to attach themselves at the hips, sort of ALL or nothing....SO guess it has to be NOTHIN! 'cause it will NOT be BOTH !

Posted by A Matt S Fan, a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

Matt Sullivan is a smart leader with great points. [removed]

The group of postings above does more harm to the chamber's reputation than anything Matt Sullivan could ever put into a letter to the editor.

Posted by Halloween is near, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

[Post removed due to same poster using multiple names]

Posted by sknywench, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

sknywench is a registered user.

Note that Mr. Sullivan does not bother to explain how the Vision 2015 is at odds with the General Plan. He does not, because it isnt. He is simply playing soundbites to the general public. I encourage everyone to review the Vision 2015 via the Chamber website for yourself and then you will see how Mr. Sullivan is trying to dupe us. For someone who eschews politicians, he sure sounds like one to me. Perhaps Supervisor Chris Daley of Pleasanton.

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