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

Original post made on Feb 24, 2012

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

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:40 AM

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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

Not one mention of the fact that Pleasanton's pension liability grew from ZERO dollars to $137 Million over this period. And it is still growing.

Don't be surprised by the continued decrease of city services and facilities required to cover this deficit.


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Posted by P*town Truth Teller
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

Wow--all of the comments were eliminated as there were against this paper's darling's - Hostermann, Thorne and Cook-Kalio. Maybe a real paper needs to expose what this paper is doing. I guess the good news is that a large segment of P*town isn't buying the b.s.

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Posted by 37 yr resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

She did a good job, by and large. Those who want to bash her should look in the mirror!

If they do, they won't like what they see.

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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

I have nothing personally against Mayor Hosterman. Overall, I believe she is a good person and wants the best for the city. I do believe she caters too much to public employee unions. She is a smart woman and realizes that she can't cross public employee unions if she has any hope at the next level.

But it is a disservice to the future of this city to try to avoid (sweep aside, ignore, downplay, etc.) the largest fiscal issue we have ever faced as a city.

A fiscal issue that threatens to undermine future quality of this city.

A fiscal issue that continues to grow today even with the new employment contracts.

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Posted by rd
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

No wonder politicians have such low ratings.She is a perfect example of what is wrong with politics--it all comes down to the money.
For years she was against Stoneridge extension, then the chamber and Haggerty throw her some money and she does a 180 .
As far a Wal-Mart goes she emailed me when the rumors first started and she swore she would never support putting in a Walmart fact she said she hated Walmart and it would never see the light of day..Last council meeting i see she voted for it .
Her years of being mayor have been filled with one lie after the other--like all politicians thy go where the money is --she is no different
sure looks like her pet project at staples ranch has been a total dealer , hockey ,shopping plaza all down the tubes--
She has been nothing more that a stooge for big buisness

Goodbye and good riddance

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Posted by Theo Jueneman
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

I think overall she did a good job except for her being corrupt and bought off by the unions. And coronating her husband was a real slap to businesses in Ptown and especially everyone who know him. The liabilities really bother me, though, and what it means to future generations. I've already purchased land in Oklahoma for my kids and grandkids to escape the tsunami of debt these liabilities are going to pile upon us, but now I understand those liabilities will be chasing future generations across state lines.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

Just keep electing people like her so the city goes down the tubes and individual rights are not respected.

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Posted by Carl
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I voted for her in 2008, but I won't be voting for her in 2012. Let's get someone in who will give us all a complete refund on the taxes we paid for our Socialist Republic of Pleasanton these past years. I want my money back! Send her back to the commune where she and her phoney hubby came from.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

She did a great job as our mayor. As I drive by all the empty business locations, review our current finance problem related to pensions, see how bad it is to get from point A to B in Pleasanton because of traffic lights that are not in sync or people trying to avoid the pot holes. Worthless

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Posted by wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Have you been to other cities? Have you all been affected by this economy? What kind of services are you missing? Police? Fire? Park and Rec? Clean Water? Are you living in the same place I am living?

There is a difference in current debt and unfunded future liability. If you own a house you have an unfunded future liability. You may have a monthly balanced budget but you still have an unfunded future liability. If you don't, you live differently than most of the rest of us and good for you!

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Posted by Research
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Feb 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

I am appalled that "wondering" is asking for everyone else to do the research for him/her on a public forum instead of making a simple phone call to the school, researching the "We the People" program or making a direct inquiry. The fact as to why this is being done in a public forum seems pretty obvious. "wondering" IMHO, I would love to see you put your interest and energy into a positive perspective and help the school through volunteerism. You'll find that it is not evil nor does it have some corrupt agenda. The "we the people program has existed at Amador Valley from close to 20 years and you want to blow it up to make a point about fairness? I'm sure there must be some other venue for you to spew you venum esspecially if you really don't have a student involved like you claim. Get a life. P.S. I have no current connection or students at AVHS.

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Posted by P*town Truth Teller
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

> Thug club open to out-of-towners where people get shot
> Acres rezoned for low-income housing that nobody wans
> Mall has more vacancy than it has in years
> Teacher gets caught dealing drugs at Foothill and doesn't get fired

Yep--she's doing great!

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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Wow - It is important to understand that the current unfunded liability of $137 Million is for city services already consumed. If you included the projected future unfunded liability portion, the total number would be much larger.

Because we as a city decided not to deal with the unfunded liability issue until late in the game, future citizens will have to pay that $137m and will essentially be paying for services we enjoyed. This is like living beyond your means and putting it all on credit and then your kids being forced to pay for the bill when it comes due.

While this is not all Hosterman's fault, she sat on the Council and/or served as Mayor during all but one year of the period where Pleasanton's employee personnel costs/liabilities were growing out of control.

Even today with the new employee contracts, our unfunded liability continues to grow. We have even stopped digging the hole deeper.

If Hosterman were forced to include this cost in Pleasanton's annual budget, I don't think there would have been one year where we would have had a balanced budget. Not one year.

This is why it is quite disingenuous for Hosterman, the Council and city management to claim the fiscal prudence high ground that they are.

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Posted by Theo Jueneman
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Unfunded liabilities continue to haunt us with the threat of an unfunded liability tsunami that will inundate all expenses not sucked up by the whole unfunded liability matter. With unfunded liabilities increasing we either stop or not stop digging the whole of unfunded liabilities even deeper than it is. I've done the math. If you support unfunded liabilities you are a person to be pitied. I pity you. Why aren't the stop lights synchronized????

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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Clearly a facetious and diversionary comment with the hope of distracting people from thinking critically about our unfunded liability issue.

The longer we look the other way, the larger the problem will grow. It is not going away until we deal with it in an honest and comprehensive way.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Has Stockton gone bankrupt yet?

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Posted by really
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

GX seems to know something that clearly EVERYONE else has missed. . .completely ignores state law, contracts, the economy and the fact that the people on the council live here too. There is no upside in purposely ignoring a problem.

His myopic focus on a real issue to the exclusion of EVERYTHING else is counterproductive.

Unfunded liabilities need to be addressed. . .along with a myriad of other issues. How does GX propose this be done? EASY to complain.

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Posted by GX
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Really - Please help me understand what the "real issue" is from your perspective?

I am very curious to learn how it stacks up against our unfunded liability problem - a problem that is $137 million and growing. A problem that is nine years old. A problem that continues to crowd out other key city expenditures (library upgrade, road paving, etc.).

A problem that public employee unions, city management and many of the city council would hope that the public would forget about.

Trust me, I've been doing much to solve this problem. And the reason is I'd like to keep Pleasanton the way it is and not have it be sucked dry by an overly generous public pension program that allows city employees to retire with multi-million dollar packages.

Please do help me understand what the "real issue" is.

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