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Thorne vows to make pension reform a top priority as mayor

Original post made on Oct 10, 2011

Councilman Jerry Thorne has launched his fundraising campaign for mayor of Pleasanton with a pledge "to be your mayor all day, every day," promising to focus on the needs of the city and not on partisan politics.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 10, 2011, 7:19 AM

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Posted by taxpayer
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

As of this date I have still never received any reply to my numerous emails to Jerry asking for his specific plans for pension reform. If he plans to ask for ANY contribution from public employees or to make ANY reductions in retirement formulas this is news to me. As I said, he has failed to reply to any emails thus far so I have no idea what he really thinks.
Talk is cheap in an election year when running from a safe seat.


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

Music to my ears - a leader who wants to deal honestly with the facts and solve problems so we can leave Pleansanton a better place than when we got here.

You've got my vote Mr. Thorne!


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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Didn't this guy always vote with the public employee unions in the past? But now that he's running for mayor, he's turned populist?


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm

What is populist about the following facts?

- Personnel costs have grown from 65% to 79%
- Unfunded pension liabilities have grown from zero to $180M
- Current service levels are being crowded out by personnel costs

Maybe he is just focused on the single largest financial issue this city faces. Mabye he has the courage to do what is right for current and future citizens.

If you want to label this as populist then please do bring on more populist leadership. The city will be better for it.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thorne sounds good to me. Seems to have his priorities straight.


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Posted by Peter Malloy
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Since Thorne has been on the council he has never made an independent decision that he can call his own. The man has no core believes, and consistently and carefully measures and weighs popular opinion before casting his vote. "Whichever way the wind blows" should be his campaign slogan, because he certainly lacks the courage and fortitude to think for himself.


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Posted by He makes the grade!
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I love all of that grading I'm seeing of the ridgelines in eastern Dublin. I can't wait until our ridgelines start being flattened out if Thorne becomes mayor. What a beautiful sight to behold!

Concrete rules!


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Posted by huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Your comment makes no sense! Thanks to Kay we have QQ so that our hills WON'T look like Dublin regardless of who is Mayor!!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I'm already having trouble trusting this guy.

I can sense his desire to make it easier for developers to build without regard to public concerns, but what specifically does he have in mind for dealing with pensions?

Mike


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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

GSX - I have no trouble with Jerry turning populist on the pension issue; and as you suggest - I would also welcome if everyone else turned populist as well. I just don't think his past actions mesh with his current rhetoric. So I wonder if he had a true change of heart after examaning the facts, or if he's just outrighting lying to the public to get elected while winking to the public employee unions that it'll be screw-over-the-taxpayor as usual.


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2011 at 9:27 am

Well the upcoming Council votes for the new Police and Fire contracts are going to be interesting and telling. It should separate out the go-slow status quo people from those who want to be more aggressive solutions.

Those votes will be happening in the next couple of months.


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Posted by He makes the grade!
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

Thorne has not reined in pension spiking at all while he has been a city council member so I doubt he will have any plans for pension reform as mayor. Every campaign promise he made in his run for city council he himself has broken so he just says what is popular to get elected. Seems to me he is just trying to morph himself into Kay Ayala with all this talk of pension reform. Next I'll bet his campaign manager will be putting speeches in his hand about saving the hills of Pleasanton. Oh brother.


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

He makes the grade! - So who are you supporting or who are you hoping that runs?


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Posted by He makes the grade!
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I don't trust any currently elected official that turns a blind eye to crime and fraud operating within the city limits in the name of 'promoting business.' Just another article appeared in the SF Chronicle today - Web Link

How many millions of tax dollars have been spent on a massive Federal undercover operation that could have been stopped by Pleasanton officials themselves years ago?


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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Is there anyone running for council who supports the taxpayor and doesn't habitually lie to get elected? It seems like the two who have announced so far don't fit the bill...

Does the city charter specify that a council member has to be human - because at this point, a retarded chimpanzee seems like a better choice by comparison.


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Posted by Boomer
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm


Let me see if I got this straight...

Isn't he the same elected official that chose to leave the liabilities unfunded in the first place all the while taking credit for the cities 35- 40 million dollar reserve fund. Doesn't the CAFR2010 report show a 25 million dollar surplus reserve while he's riding the pension reform rhetoric? For the simpletons out there here's a mental picture you can hold on to. The city has always had a very full piggy bank but hasn't been paying their mortgage. " Oh but all the cities do it." So what. That alone is a behavior akin to treason as far as I tell.

I'd like to see what this guys pension looks like, rumor has it that the city council members have their home loans covered by the city. Good luck trying to find where that is written.

Isn't this guys' name on the Firehouse Arts museum that went 10 million in the red? This is the same museum that was constructed too few seats to recoup any of the costs for operating it? (It sure does look pretty though)

Is this guy the same one who drove businesses like Lowe's out of Pleasanton? The same company that now operates across the freeway giving Pleasanton all the traffic and none of the tax money?


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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2011 at 9:36 am

Boomer - Which alternative to Jerry are you supporting and how have they stacked up against the list of complaints you outline?


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

If Thorne is serious about pension reform, he'll get my vote.


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