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TIME FOR A NEW MAYOR

Original post made by LOCAL MAYOR, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 27, 2010

Okay, I've heard it said on this forum you can't be against something you have to be fore something. It's time to start thinking about the local elections and who is going to be mayor. Someone who cares about the local community. It's time for discussion.

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Posted by Pablo
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Everybody knows she is trash and if you mention her name everyone just starts laughing but nobody of capability runs against her so she wins and we continue to lose.


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Posted by Scott C.
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

What about Kay Ayala or Karla Brown, as they led the hillside protection measure in 2008, and stopped the latest ridge / Oak development?


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Posted by curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:27 am

Kay Ayala stongly opposed the parcel tax which was favored by almost two-thirds of the voters so I don't think she's really in touch with the residents either. Wasn't she part of the "dream team" that opposed growth and then she parted ways with the rest of the "team" and supported development to the point that she was endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce when she ran for Mayor?


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Posted by Local Mayor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

You see? It's easy to "be against" something. It's more difficult to find a suitable solution. But, in the next few months I would like to challenge our fair city to come up with a good alternative to our mayor. One that likes Pleasanton, wants to promote good education by making the school district get rid of some of its rich administration and give it to the kids, and bring some electoral pride locally. No, no politicians that just want to use Pleasanton as a stepping stone to regional or state government. There's got to be someone out there. Helloooooooooo.


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

Personally I'd like to see Thorne run for Mayor. Of the current 4 Council, he seems to be the only that thinks for himself and has been on both sides on different issues. I would want the next Mayor to have some experience in City government.


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Posted by Local Mayor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

"I would want the next Mayor to have some experience in City government."

This is just a question "justwondering", doesn't that limit our choice and in turn limit those who may have something to add? Is government business that important? If it is, then what is it besides Robert's Rules of Order? I am not being cute or funny. I am serious about this. Shouldn't we open up the position to people with excellent qualities not a limited background. Open to any response


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Local Mayor,good question and yes it does. In rereading what I wrote, I wasn't really clear. I'm more interested in someone with familiarity with our General Plan, City finances including capital budget, zoning, etc. Possibly someone who is on the Planning Commission or has recently served could fit but I really think the Mayor needs to have a working knowledge of these items at a minimum. I don't think its quite as important for someone running for City Council although it would seem to make sense for a candidate to have served on one of the City Commissions.

I think its important to have a Mayor who isn't using it to run for higher office. In other words, someone who is serving because they care about Pleasanton not trying to further a career or running on a single issue.

Also, the Mayor and City Council have no direct effect over the school district. Look towards the Board of Trustees to get the changes you mention. I believe that the Board of Trustees election in November is actually more critical to the quality of our City then the Mayor/City Council election. We need Trustees that don't just rubber stamp staff recommendations.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I'm with justwondering. Thorne would make a good mayor and I hope to see him run in the future.

Karla Brown as replacement for Hosterman? Is that a joke? She'd be just like Hosterman, someone who has to grow into the role. I was not a fan of Hosterman, but she _has_ evolved. When people write here that Hosterman used to say that something would happen "over my dead body" and now she is for that something, that's actually a recognition of that growth. Issues used to be black and white until she was given a wider perspective. Do we want to start that all over again with someone else?

Maybe I'll start pining for "the good ol' days" back when the mayor was appointed by Council from amongst themselves. It didn't seem as politically charged as it is now with a directly-elected mayor.


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I would like to see a recent retiree from thje private sector with CEO level background. We are going to need someone in the very near future who can squeeze a nickel because things are going to get far worse.


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Posted by Local Mayor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I sorta fall on the side of Rat Turd. What's so complicated about "General Plan, City finances including capital budget, zoning, etc." A good CEO can review hundreds of new ideas, research them and become some what articulate about them in a very short period of time. I think we seeing things too narrowly "It has to be somebody in the club". Rat Turd's idea holds water. In fact, some of these rich CEO's around here should actually be called upon to do their civic duty. At least we don't want to limit our catch to what's in the barrel already. Do we? Stacey, thanks for weighing in.


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Posted by Robin
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

For the 3 (Kallio, Thorne, Hosterman) to be told time and time again over numerous meetings by the developer in many meetings that all the houses except one were on top of the ridgeline, for them to instead sign their names to the pro-ballot Measure D arguments to hoodwink the voters and claim the houses are hundreds of feet below them, means one of three things. Perhaps the 3 are: 1-in some sort of comatose state during the city council meetings 2-pathological liars 3-don't listen.

Whatever the reason, none will ever get my vote again.


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Posted by Jill
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I'd like to see someone who can explain to the voters, clearly and directly, that:

1. The Lins have property rights and their land is zoned for a lot more houses than the Oak Grove plan designated. We'd better find a way to work with them before they take us to court and get to do whatever they darn well please up there.

2. Stoneridge was built to go through--go drive it yourself and see. The people complaining about it are akin to those who buy a home near an airport and then complain about the noise. And, again, we'd better step up to the plate here to reap the benefits of the proposed development--park land, tax money--before the county gets fed up and gives the land to Dublin or Livermore instead.


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Posted by Jan
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Yes, the Lin's might sue over property rights, but the courts have NOT supported most of the sue happy land owners. It is the Lin's last ditch effort over a council vote, and they stand even less chance of winning over a popular vote.

Two, Stoneridge was supposed to go through, but to where, is the question. Staples Ranch? El Charro? Jack London? Hwy 84? or all the way to Tracy? There is no automatic yes from the council, just because the road "looks" like it should be extended does not mean that the final destination is not a part of the consideration.


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Posted by Robin
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Land speculation corporations reaping the economic benefits of building monstrous Super Deluxe McMansions on ridge-tops while offloading the unbuildable leftovers to Pleasanton taxpayers? (and getting a tax write-off)

And the result. Our hard earned tax dollars will be siphoned off for Ops & Maintenance of the off-loaded lowland 'leftovers' in perpetuity.

What a scam.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Jan wrote: "Stoneridge was supposed to go through, but to where, is the question."

Livermore! The plan for a regional east-west route in that area has been in Pleasanton's General Plan since the 60s! Stoneridge, with its soundwalls and homes set back from the road, was the replacement for West Los Positas, with its homes fronting the road. Jack London used to be named Los Positas for a reason. The need for such a regional road was recognized decades ago and that need still exists, even if you can find an alternative to Stoneridge.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Anyone here ever heard of "Pico's Tunnel"? :D


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Like a Stoneridge Road connection, I guess there was never supposed to be an offramp at Las Positas, either. I sincerely believe that today the Alameda County Fairgrounds and Racetrack could not get approved. Some group would bitch about it until the development was squashed. Pleasanton is stuck in neutral. Bring back Ken Mercer...!


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Posted by Candidates?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

*We are looking for a new candidate for mayor!
*He/She should support the views of the majority of residents re. housing cap/slow growth, no ridgeline houses, green construction, economic vitality downtown, maintain low crime and green parks,etc.
*This person should have a good working understanding of how a city is run.
*They should offer Representative government, but with with leadership to make sound decisions.

Candidates please come forward!


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Posted by Candidates?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

Anyone out there interested in being Mayor for 2+ years? Anyone? Please don't tell me that we are going to suffer through another 2 years of Mayor Jen just because no one will get up off their sofa and run. Or is it because she has locked up the Planning Commission and city commission jobs so tight with her own buddies, that no one of another opinion has been let into the circle to gain experience with City Government.

Ben Tarver used to place people that he respected, but may on occassion disagree with, in critical positions to get BOTH sides of the story. Not the case here.

None of her cronies will run against her, and everyone else is too tired. We need new blood in town. Anyone ready to take on the task?


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