Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - November 12, 2010


Motivations questioned

Dear Editor,

Former Tri-Valley Herald editor Tim Hunt should fully disclose his motivations for slamming Councilmember Cindy McGovern and me in his Oct. 24 column. The Pleasanton Gardens Senior Housing Task Force has advocated closing the privately owned facility and having the city build a replacement at taxpayers' expense. McGovern has raised important questions about razing the facility, but the task force would like the property "donated" to the city which could then sell it to help fund the new facility. Since proponents of this are primarily real estate interests and housing advocates, perhaps Hunt can explain what they have in mind for the property after the senior facility is gone? Perhaps Hunt should also disclose whether he works on behalf of developers lobbying councilmembers behind closed doors to support residential development?

Hunt also repeats the tired mantra that if you oppose the Chamber of Commerce you are anti-business. As a long time councilmember, it's my opinion that the Chamber leadership is more interested in political power than they are in sustainable economic development. We need an honest conversation about economic development during this time of recession. But I don't believe we will get it from the Chamber leadership or Tim Hunt.

Matt Sullivan, City Councilmember, Pleasanton

Grateful to supporters

Dear Editor,

Now that the 2010 campaign is over, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteered their time, efforts, endorsements, contributions and support to my campaign. A special thanks to Kathy Narum, who is an awesome campaign manager, and to my wife Sandi who is my greatest supporter and source of encouragement.

There were so many individuals who contributed in some way to my campaign that it is not possible to thank everyone personally, but I want you to know that I am eternally grateful.

I want to offer my very special thanks to the voters of this great city for allowing me the honor and privilege of serving you for four more years.

Jerry Thorne, Vice Mayor, Pleasanton

Now the fun begins

Dear Editor,

While I am very glad the campaign is over, I have to say that your support made it so much easier. Many of you donated, walked precincts, wrote letters to the editor, hosted events, sent emails to your friends and family, and of course took a lawn sign. I am truly blessed by such supportive friends.

And now the fun begins: Jeff Bowser and I will join the school board and be sworn in at the Dec. 14 meeting. I would be pleased to see you in the audience with my family for the swearing in, but I will completely understand if you just want to catch it on TV.

I am honored to represent you on the school board and am anxious to get started on the work we need to do together. Thank you again for all your help.

Joan Laursen


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