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Hosterman cites city's progress in her last 'State of City' address

Original post made on Feb 23, 2012

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman delivered her last "State of the City" address yesterday, and what a way to go out.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7:50 AM

Comments (24)

Posted by Gladys G., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

How sweet it is that this was the last State of the City Address by The Hippy Mayor!

Her two terms as Mayor have been a huge step backward for Pleasanton. Hopefully she will not run for a higher elected office, or God forbid, decide to run for the Pleasanton City Council again.

Fellow Plesantonians, it is vitally important that we get another viable candidate or two running for Mayor. Cheryl Cook-Callio is an even loonier left-wing loon than The Hippy Mayor. Jerry Thorne is also a left-wing loon that has been a full participant in the pathetic rein of The Three Stooges. Don't elect one of the other two Stooges as Mayor!

Posted by Humvee Charlie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

Vehicle charging stations in the downtown area. Indeed! What's next? Will it be Solyndra solar panels on everyone's roofs, or a windfarm in everyone's back yard? How disgusting.

Posted by TAK, a resident of Oak Hill
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

I realize that this is an anecdotal observation but driving on W. Las Positas I see numerous vacant buildings and "for lease" signs. Is this the recovery of which our Mayor is speaking?

I'm encouraged that our city has expended funds to charge all three electric cars that exist in Pleasanton.

It's also great to see a solar initiative which is economically infeasable without massive subsidies (your & my taxes). I'm sure it will help to fight nonexistent global warming; sorry, climate change.

Gladys above is correct. We need a mayor & council that understand economics and scientific reality.

Posted by Humvee Charlie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

TAK makes a great deal of sense. After we overthrow all this climate change nonsense we can get back to the real task of reintroducing Creationism in our schools. We need to reclaim our good conservative heritage which hasn't fallen for all the scientific bunk about dinosaurs (read the Bible anyone? No mention of dinosaurs, right?). Task number two: we need to get back to late 18th century capitalist economics which, as any economic expert will tell you, is consistent with our late 18th century Constitution.

Posted by Michael Leonard, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

Michael Leonard is a registered user.

It's interesting to hear that we are doing so well in Pleasanton. I've been seeing a steady decline in downtown activites in Pleasanton, while seeing a steady increase in Livermore.

I've been to Livermore a few weekends and see the downtown restaurants and streets full of people. I come back to Pleasanton downtown afterwards and it's nearly empty.

I talk to Livermore business owners and they tell me how the city helps them get their business going. I talk to Pleasanton business owners and they talk about high fees and long delays in approvals.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Posted by new in town , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

I have lived here about a year. If this Pleasanton is 'strong' economically, I hate to see what it was when it was weak.

The schools are suffering from a lack of money or leadership or whatever the issue is. There are lots of empty storefronts in certain areas around the town. Some places just really look old and tired.

I have to agree with Michael. There is so much potential in downtown Pleasanton but everytime we talk to merchants we are told that the Council limits their growth. We, too, have noticed the vibrance of downtown Livermore and lack of it in downtown Pleasanton on weekend nights. Everything closes up at 9. Even Tullys? The Farmers Market could expand out... offer food vendors like coffee stands and breakfast burritos and such. But they are not allowed to expand.

And can someone tell me why Pleasanton gas prices are among the very highest in the area? We have a standing joke in our house... if you want to pay more for gas, buy it in Pleasanton.

Posted by kim, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

You've all said it very well. I"m almost disappointed that there is no one here supporting our 'badly needs a make over' mayor.

Posted by maria phillips, a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Please no more commie mayors. Can we stop day dreaming and elect a conservative who will get our beautiful city back up and running. Roll on December.

Posted by Homeowner, Taxpayer and registered voter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Yeah, Jeb

"...what a way to go out." Indeed.

"The city's finances weathered the recession in good order," Hosterman said,...with millions of dollars still in reserves and at a time when both sales taxes are increasing and property tax revenue has stabilized."

Thanks for ignoring and leaving us with a HUGE unfunded pension liability to saddle us and our kids with.

Maybe we'll have to give up our collective right arm to pay for that in years to come.

Please, don't let the door smack you in the you-know-where on the way out. Good riddance. Finally. At least as Mayor. I'm sure we'll soon see her political campaign for running as the Democratic candidate for State Assembly, State Senate or Congress.

'Non-partisan' is a big joke--Cook-Kallio, Thorne and Hosterman--the three liberal Democrats. Wish they were all gone--let's please not vote in Thorne or Cook-Kallio for mayor.

Time for new leadership around here.

Posted by Humvee Charlie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Well, we've got the commie liberal Democrats on the run now! Make-overs aren't free. Things have never been so bad in this town. I mean its really bad. And it's the commie-hippie mayor's fault. Why do we vote in these people instead of someone who has the views being expressed by all of us above posters? Any of us would do a better job. No more daydreaming, people!

Posted by Perplexed, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

As above, I'm also a homeowner, taxpayer, and registered Republican voter...and former resident of Hayward. What in the world are you guys comparing P'town finances to?!? Look around, regional municipal budgets are in shambles. We are weathering the roughest economic recession since G'ma was a kid and this City didn't touch ANY reserve funds and has put forth balanced budgets every year? The golf course and arts center are hemorrhaging money, yet we're building a 2nd sports park and re-doing the library (still no branch in the north-side ghetto where the high-density housing is going). And a booming downtown? Remember when there was 9 rowdy bars on Main Street? I do, and no thanks. That's was Livermore's revitalization looks like to me.

Posted by Dan, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Michael Leonard is absolutely correct in his observations of Livermore and Pleasanton. We go downtown about once a month and have noticed how empty it seems even in decent weather.

So what does Mr. Hosterman think about that given his extensive experience in marketing and business?

Hint: that last part was sarcasm. He doesn't really have any experience, just been passing time on a board.

As for the state of the city, unfunded liabilities never seem to be a problem with some who's work tenure extend out to 4 years. For the rest of us in business, its everything.

And we keep electing them over and over.

Hi Hum Vee (Genius). You just reminded me to email Gina with all your new names. Goodbye.


Posted by Michael Leonard, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Michael Leonard is a registered user.

"Perplexed" you are so wrong to compare the Pleasanton dive bars of ten or more years ago with the redevelopment in Livermore. I remember those dive bars, they were about cheap beer and billards and catered to people with little money.

Livermore is catering to people who have plenty of money to spend on going out and they are packing downtown. They have many specialty restaurants, they have 4 high end winebars, two movie theaters, the Bankhead, and a remodeled downtown.

But most importantly Livermore is business friendly. I talked with one business owner who said that Pleasanton would have bankrupted him before he even opened with all of the paper work and fees. On the other hand Livermore welcomed him, and streamlined the process.

I moved close to downtown Pleasanton because I thought that it was the better place to live, but after years of being here I'm just seeing decline and business owners who tell me they are considering closing down, and I've seen a succession of changes in ownership.

Posted by Humvee Charlie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

My good neighbor Dan makes a really good point. How can we expect a politician with tenure out to 4 years to worry themselves silly over unfunded liabilities? We could repair this by having elections every six weeks or so, just to let the pols know who's boss in this union-infested, politically incestuous town. As for the markedly deteriorating conditions of our downtown, I think much of the blame must be put on the sudden influx of union agitators from out of town. The little wife and I heard them spewing their garbage about public school teachers needing to make a fair living wage and we about gagged before leaving the downtown area as quickly as we could. I'm not sure we'll return, ever, because things have gotten really really bad.

Posted by Dan, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm


I'm actually starting to like you a sympathetic way, of course. You're very persistent.

Your neighbor,

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

There was an article published today on Pleasanton's unfunded pension liability: Web Link

We're now the "most proactive Bay Area city" in tackling the issue.

Posted by P*town Truth Teller, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

@ New in town - Safeway wanted to sell cheap gas, but the council wouldn't let them - it was a conflict of interest with the local merchants who wanted to keep the gas price high. Competition isn't welcome in Pleasanton, as the mayor, Cook-Calio and Thorne have made clear to Wal-Mart who wants to open a low-price grocery store.

Good thing the mayor has appointed her personal injury attorney husband to the Downtown Business Association so it can continue the work of stiffling business and inhibiting growth downtown in the event we accidentally elect a pro-business mayor. Everything is business (or anti-business) as usual.

Posted by P*town Truth Teller, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Btw, some of us take offense to referring to Hosterman, Thorne and Cook-Calio as "The Three Stooges." It's insulting to us fans of the slapstick comedy trio.

And the Pleasanton Weekly will eventually pull down your comments if you badmouth their favorite libs on the council - like competition, free-speech is frowned upon if you tell the truth about certain people.

Posted by iwastheretoo, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm

P'town Truth Teller, you might want to check your truths as my take from watching the council meeting is that its Sullivan and Cook-Kallio that are trying to keep Wal-Mart out. They're the ones that are advocating for requiring conditional use permits for all retail uses. The other 3 didn't go along with that thankfully--frankly I find it scary that a council could decide what stores to have here in town

Posted by Chuck, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Did I really read "and what a way to go out???"
Really? Did you read the newspapers just yesterday about how we have gone from ZERO unfunded pension obligations to $135 MILLION during Ms. H's tenure? Or doesn't that count?
Oh, but we have electric car plug in stations!!! WOW!!
And, we have a ballpark that cost how much? THAT NOBODY USES!!!
And, still, despite a lot of ongoing work overthe years, we have a LOT of potholes, and VERY rough streets. And, despite statistics to the contrary, does anyone really believe that CRIME is down??? I for one, do not. Just like D.C., we seem to have created tons of debt for our children and grand-children....Hmmm.....Guess that's the left-wing Democrat way! Can't wait for November..............

Posted by Humvee Charlie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Ya gotta love these liberals and their "facts." Who CARES which council members are part of the three stooges? The point is, as Ptown Truth Teller stresses, it isn't so much the particular truths as the BIG TRUTH that matters, namely, that this commie council and its hippie mayor are stooges no matter how they vote. So, too, with Chuck. Statistics show that crime is down? Well, I'm with Chuck on this. Why believe the statistics. Statistics are just liberal "tactics" (see V.I.Lenin and Leon Trotsky) that are used by liberal communistic militants to scare or appease the masses. I'm am so concerned about my grandchildren and great grandchildren and the tsunami of debt they're going to be under, that I haven't been able to sleep in three nights. To think of being saddled with millions upon millions of debt just because we had a dirty hippie in office who wouldn't even consider getting a makeover. It's too much to bare.

Ballpark? Why a ballpark when Walmart is begging to have more stores in the city? INdeed!

Posted by Lisa, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Good riddance. Does her husband's appointment outlast her being in the office? Those stupid car chargers could have paid for teen suicide prevention programs. Should we count how many children we've lost to suicide on her watch while she's worried about nonsense and doing family favors. Nepotism at its best. Get out.

Posted by Humvee Charlie, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Ah yes, the mayor's responsibility for the suicides. How could we forgot to mention those? But it gets worse....

It involves the crushing tsunamic mountain of debt talked about by Bart Hugehouse and Chuckster and Kathleen Riggleswivel and steve/Dan and so many other of the vigilant watchers in Ptown. What about our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren? Because of our hippie mayor, they are going to be inundated with debt no matter where they go. And they won't be able to escape it. They can try fleeing to Arkansas or Texas or any other refuge, but the Pleasanton council, mayor, and all the multiplying bureaucrats will chase after them and their children, and their children, demanding that the city be compensated for all those unfunded liabilities. Our kids might be able to run, but they won't be able to hide. Born into this city, the city's murderous debt will forever hound them. College will never be a possibility. Pleasanton's bureaucrats, in need of a makeover, will strip them of their college funds and use it for another three downtown vehicle charging stations.

Posted by Shaking in my shoes, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Ooooh... I can almost visualize the movie trailer now, in living color! Truly scary stuff... brrrr.

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