Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 15, 2013

Former Councilwoman Karin Mohr dies in fall

Served 16 years in era of significant growth

by Jeb Bing

Karin Mohr, a Pleasanton City Councilwoman from 1980 to 1996, died Monday from injuries suffered in a fall. She was 74.

She lived with her daughter, Jennifer Harkins in Pleasanton. It was there that she fell off a ladder while cleaning gutters at the house on Nov. 5. She was rushed to Eden Medical Center with a massive brain injury and never recovered.

Mrs. Mohr served on the City Council for four consecutive four-year terms before term limits were instituted. Those were years of significant growth in Pleasanton. She was instrumental in bringing BART into the Tri-Valley and to Pleasanton, as well as in the planning and development of Hacienda Business Park, other business complexes and Stoneridge Shopping Center.

She was also a decision-maker in the redesign of Pleasanton's historic Main Street in the 1990s to better emphasize pedestrian traffic and outdoor dining.

"Karin Mohr contributed greatly to the Pleasanton that we know today," said Mayor Jerry Thorne. "Her vision and hard work were instrumental in the development of our transportation infrastructure, economic success and high quality of life. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the people of Pleasanton."

Former Mayor Ken Mercer, with whom Mrs. Mohr served on the council, agreed.

"Karin Mohr left a wonderful legacy for the people of Pleasanton," Mercer said. "She was actively involved in many of the wonderful amenities that we have today, from the Wheels bus system to the Pleasanton Sports Park, and also including the Pleasanton Senior Center, the Pleasanton Public Library, the gymnasiums at the middle schools that are shared use by the school district and the city, and so much more."

Her longtime friend, Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Cheryl Cook-Kallio, said Karin Mohr's imprint on Pleasanton can be seen all around town, "from Stoneridge Mall, to Hacienda Business Park to the Senior Center."

"She was a leader in stopping large trucks from using First Street," Cook-Kallio recalled. "Wheels was started in the Tri-Valley in part because of Karin's leadership."

"She was also one of the founding members of the Elected Women's Lunch, originally a very small group of regionally-elected women," Cook-Kallio added. "It has grown into a network of over 175 women who mentor other women in serving our community."

"Pleasanton has lost a great civic leader and many of us have lost a friend," she said.

Flags at municipal buildings in Pleasanton were lowered to half-staff this week in Mrs. Mohr's honor.

No services are planned at this time.

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