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Cook-Kallio -- Oakland Based Labor PAC is Highest Donor to her campaign according to latest filings

Original post made by Donations on Oct 28, 2012

Can you believe that an Oakland Based Labor PAC is Cheryl Cook-Kallio's highest donor in her latest campaign filings she just filed ?

Here are the top donations for who is paying for her campaign -- the highest one from and Oakland CA Labor PAC:

Unity PAC Alameda Labor Council $1500 Oakland CA
Local 3 District 20 Operating Engr $1000 Alameda CA
Northern CA Carpenters Reg Council $750 Oakland CA
Sheet Metal Workers International $500 San Ramon CA
Pleasanton City Employee Association $250 Pleasanton CA
Federation of State and Municipal Employees $250 Sacramento CA

Also, I looked to find out if she is paying those students of hers that keep making phone calls, but I could not find anything on her report of expenditures? How can she have her students call without paying them? Also, I have never heard of underage students under the age of 18 calling on phone banks. Are many people getting these calls? Is this even allowed?

I did see she has paid her campaign manager Gloria Ritchie LLC over $10,000 for literature and appears to be using an out of town Professional PR firm rather than local people for her campaign.

Comments (49)

Posted by fact checker, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Doesn't seem like much considering the total raised.

High school students often volunteer for campaigns. And yes, they are allowed to make phone calls. There are many Pleasanton students volunteering for campaigns, they may not be "her" students.

Paying for literature means paying for that mail you get in your mailbox. Expensive...postage a big expense.


Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

The students who are volunteering for Cheryl are students of Cheryl in Fremont. I guess that is the advantage of being a teacher. Give extra credit and you get a lot of free volunteer hours...

On the funds raised, it is obvious that she is getting the support of the unions. She is also a member of a public employee union. No way she will do anything to help the pension and unfunded liability costs. She will be supporting her fellow union members and not allow any real pension reform in the city.


Posted by Hmm, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

There are students from both Foothill and Amador volunteering. I know because my child is one of them!


Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm

They are plastering every house in Pleasanton.....Dems & Repubs !!!...those Unions have more money than any political party. The unions (who take worker's pay for bosses political activities) have worked too...and students. Their pile of issues, are Pete Stark, Obama,yes on many new TAX issues, Cook-kallio and DeMarcus, etc...to Dems and Repubs. I'm glad I DON'T have kids in her classes, I would not want a teacher intimidating them to help people I'm working against.


Posted by Ptown native, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

Local campaigns should be just that.
Outsiders should not be allowed into
our towns politics.


Posted by Active Resident, a resident of Avila
on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

Wow, a whole $4,250 in contributions !! How much influence can that buy? I am shocked! Citizens of Pleasanton beware!! And to think as much as $2,250 from OAKLAND !! We are being over run by radicals with cash to spare!

Seems to me that the $32K input into the City's political scene from real estate developers, should be a greater concern.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Avila
on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

How do you stop political contributions from entering the city, the state, the nation and the world?

As the late Jess Unruh said, "money is the the mother's milk of politics".

Campaign finance reform is the answer but it will never happen!! Believe me, if the disgruntled citizens could afford it, they would pay to have their way, human nature you see.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

Stacey is a registered user.

How can anyone disparage the teens who are volunteering and learning about local politics? Youth are a disenfranchised segment of the population. Being involved helps empower these soon-to-be voters.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

Local candidates that truly want to represent the residents of Pleasanton can simply choose to mail the checks back to the Oakland based PACs, the unions, the out of town developers and the out of town land speculators.

The Independent reported that half of her donations came from out of town. Seems like Cook-Kallio isn't doing that. 50% of her donations are from out of town.

Web Link indicates that of 74 of Cook-Kallio's donations, 37 were from out of town which is half of her donations! For Thorne's 168 donations, 77% or 129 were from Pleasanton residents.

Pay to play politics from outside unions, builder PACs, and building trade unions/PACs and real estate PACs means that Cook-Kallio will vote yes on every housing development, no matter what it is. She has yet to vote NO on any housing subdivision. Why? The money from developers, building trade PACs, real estate PACs, and unions.


Posted by WOW, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

Take a real close look at who is giving to whom.

If your benchmark is a particular interest group, then look closely. Thorne is very narrow old Pleasanton money. . .almost all from developer or business interests.

Cook-Kallio's is much more diverse and from many different segments.

Many of the same people have given to both.

Almost all of the people on both lists, including union money, gave to both during the last election. So that money was good then but not now? That support was good then but not now?

I find it laughable that someone would think that attracting young people to any campaign is a negative. I think it is wonderful that young people feel inspired enough to do the heavy walking and talking required to reach all the voters. When I have talked to many of them they seem well informed and sincere.

Is this what you have to talk about? Let's talk issues and what is best for Pleasanton. Look at the record of each candidate. MORE importantly look at the vision each candidate has for Pleasanton. Who do you think articulates that vision and the can effectively communicate that vision?

We can't build a moat around Pleasanton and pretend like the rest of the world does not exist. People live in Pleasanton and work elsewhere. Businesses are located here and the owners live in another city. We are not an island.

Cook-Kallio is out campaigning her opponent, that is clear.

There is no purpose for this thread otherwise.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

I've looked at Thorne's campaign statements and to say that his donations are from old developer and business interests doesn't seem to be an accurate statement.

I don't think Cook-Kallio has a vision for Pleasanton, otherwise, she would have been attending city meeting sessions for dozens of years trying to improve the city. Can you find where she even ever spoke at a city meeting prior to being elected? I can't find a thing. If you can find something on the city website, let us know.

I like that Thorne has been actively involved in making the city better for several decades.

I don't think Cook-Kallio has the best long term interests of Pleasanton in mind because of her vacation retirement home in Hawaii that she has in her campaign filing forms. It seems likely she will be moving from Pleasanton to Hawaii in a few years so it would seem it won't matter to her what happens to Pleasanton in the long term. Maybe that is why she has endorsements from Union City, San Leandro, Newark etc. It won't matter to her if Pleasanton loses its identiy and becomes another San Leandro. She'll likely be in Hawaii!


Posted by interesting, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

At Farmer's Market a couple of weeks ago, I asked the 2 students that were standing on a corner attempting to hand out literature where they lived. They both replied Fremont. So I asked them what the issues are in the campaign--silence. I then asked them if they were receiving community service or extra credit for helping--again silence. If they are receiving community service, I don't think this fulfills the intent of community service--it should be in their community or for something they care about not to help their teacher. If they're receiving extra credit, what for exactly? I'm troubled by this as it seems like using one's position to influence these kids to do the campaign work especially when they don't seem to know what the issues are for our community.


Posted by interesting, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

The donations from the unions both inside and outside of Pleasanton to only 1 candidate raise the question of looking for support for pensions as well as support for project labor agreements that will result in higher costs. it seems like they would have been smart to donate to both candidates as many of the developers and businesses have done.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

Stacey is a registered user.

WOW said it best, look at the voting record. Thorne and Cook-Kallio vote mostly the same, even on the unfunded pension liability.


Posted by interesting, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

Stacey, yes they both ultimately voted the same on the employee contracts but you don't know what was said in all the closed sessions and what they would have done had the unions not been willing to help towards the unfunded liability. I suspect that the two were miles apart in closed session.

There are a number of issues where Thorne & cook-kallio voted differently that are telling on how they see things. I'm thinking of Cook-kallio not wanting to allow rebutle agreements on the Oak Grove referendum & then changing her mind once she saw that Thorne was going to support allowing the arguments. How about her yes vote for Measure B1 the perpetual tax where Thorne voted no. Then I'm thinking of the vote on supporting the Castlewood union & the Peace foundation--both items beyond what our city government should be working on especially in these economic times where resources are limited. Then there was the Cunningham house where they voted differently even though she had led the applicant to believe she would support the house. How about wanting to have a discussion about requiring conditional use permits for all retail. (She backed away from that after the Chamber had a conversation with her.) Anyway, i could go on but the point is there are a number of votes where they differed.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

Stacey is a registered user.

So you decide based upon your suspicions rather than voting record? Interesting indeed!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Drivers sitting daily in traffic on First can thank the current lack of an improved Hwy 84 on the failure of Pleasanton leaders to work _with_ regional partners. No matter which way you decide about Measure B1, keep in mind the importance of regional relationships. Cook-Kallio is endorsed by both our current and former county supervisors: Nate Miley and Scott Haggerty.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Stacey, that is not correct. It has nothing to do with regional 'relationships.' There is considerable local opposition to having Highway 84 through steep winding hills upgraded to a 6 lane freeway. Have you ever traveled through 84 from Sunol to Livermore to see the terrain?

Many residents believe that 84 should not be a cut-through corridor from 680 to 580. Please see the concerns delineated on this website Web Link

Many believe that any funds should be used to widen 580 so that drivers continue to use the interstate through the 680 to 580 interchange in the evening hours. Also, there is an old-fashioned cloverleaf from Westbound 580 to Southbound 680 which results in a huge bottleneck on I-580 in the AM commute.

The flyovers that were built at 580 and 680 were built in the wrong direction because the local government 'leaders' failed to realize that the predominate commute pattern was toward the Silicon Valley, not toward Walnut Creek/Concord.

The failure for local government 'leaders' to realize that comes from them being completely out of touch with reality. After all, they don't commute down to San Jose/Silicon Valley.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

There is not considerable local opposition to Hwy 84. There's just some unknown little dusty old (and outdated) anonymous website. Anyone can put up a website.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Donations wrote: "... built in the wrong direction because the local government 'leaders' failed to realize that the predominate commute pattern was toward the Silicon Valley, not toward Walnut Creek/Concord."

Wouldn't you agree then that we should try not to fail either in realizing that Hwy. 84 is a part of that commute pattern?


Posted by Ptown native, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I agree with Donations and Interesting.


Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Interesting that someone on a lowly teachers salary who proudly announces that she lives in one of the lower-cost areas of Pleasanton (Jensen tract) has a vacation home in Hawaii. I guess her knowledge of the political process means she knew how to be "on the take" from the get-go when she assumed political office and made sure it was to her own financial advantage.

Pension reform is the issue this campaign. It was in the California gubernatorial election - and Jerry Brown had the chutzpah to get up and state that because he was on the take from, and the golden boy of, public employee unions - he was the best to work on their pension reform. Unfortunately, voters were dumb enough to believe that and he's done everything to try and raise revenue except pension reform. Hopefully the people of Pleasanton won't be dumb enough to think Cook-Calio will do anything about pension reform in Pleasanton.

As for getting her Fremont students to volunteer for extra credit, payment, whatever - that's pretty darn low. Even for her. If she is offering academic credit this needs be investigated. If my child was in her class and offered extra credit for volunteering for her campaign, but not that of her competitor, I would file a class action lawsuit against the school district for violating my child's Constitutional rights. But hey, as long as you're with the "ruling party" in California - silly little things like the Constitution and civil rights don't matter, do they?


Posted by fact checker, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

William Tell,

Accusing a person running for office of being "on the take"? Really? How low must we stoop? Is it any wonder that we can't get good people to run for office? Because people just make stuff up!

Guess you missed the CA pension reform legislation that happened in September? It will deal with many of the most compained about items...spiking, unequal cost sharing, cities skipping payments in good years. I guess you must have missed the pension reform that has happened in Pleasanton as well. All negotiations have dealt with the pension issue and the City has saved millions.

And again, with no proof whatsoever that those are "her" students. There are many high school students volunteering this election cycle. Our community encourages it. Oh wait, was that our community of character???


Posted by June, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:39 am

I agree with Stacey that finishing Highway 84 is important and Measure B is needed to complete the sub/regional transportation network. However, I am less enthusiastic than many others about the ability of 84 to significantly alleviate traffic gridlock particularly if more and more signals are installed between I580 and Vineyard on what should be an expressway. Also, despite the completion of I580 widening and metering lights, the relief at commute periods lasted barely 6 months. Again, we are stuck in having 84 prioritized in advance of the remaining I680/I580 interchange improvements which I believe would be money better spent (p.s. and let's get El Charro directly connected to Stanley


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 2:36 am

'Finishing 84' will never happen regardless of the money available. It will never be widened through Niles Canyon all the way to the Dumbarton Bridge. It was never designated to carry the volume of traffic for a commuter route. It will never be widened from Route 1 San Gregorio to Menlo Park. Also 84 is not a freeway as it enters the city of Fremont.

A plan to build a $600 million toll road called the Mid-State Tollway along 84 toward Antioch the was suspended in 2001 due to local opposition.

A mysterious group is funding the transportation measure in this election. Maybe it is the same unions and PAC that are funding Cook-Kallio's campaign.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 2:40 am

fyi-The canceled Mid-State Tollway had a widened 84 from Sunol to Pigeon Pass. It was cancelled. See the map and information from the California Dept of Transportation Web Link


Posted by disgusted, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 7:06 am

While this latest round of union contributions represents 15% of her total contributions, what's more troubling to me is that the unions representing City employees have all contributed. I don't recall the misc. employee union ever getting involved in an election both financially and the number of employees that have signs in their front yards. Not the best decision given that regardless of the outcome of the election, Thorne is going to be on the council for at least 2 more years. For someone touting ethics and accountability on their campaign literature this seems to fly in the face of that. Just like using firefighters to help at both of her fundraisers WHILE contract negotiations were going on. Questionable leadership!!

I hope that the residents are asking themselves why our city employee unions would get so involved in this campaign. Could it have something to do with employee pension reform. . .?

With regard to Measure B1 Stacey and others choose to miss the point. This is a tax without an end date on top of a tax we're already paying for transportation projects. Why couldn't the tax have been written like Meausre I with a clear end date? And why can't anyone find the campaign finance report for the Measure that has sent at least 2 pieces of mail? (Stacey maybe you can find it!) The fact that the Committee supporting Measure B1 isn't filing the paperwork should be of concern to EVERYONE especially Cheryl since she again is touting ethics, accountability and should make her pause in her support.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Like I wrote above, it doesn't matter which way you decide on Measure B1, having good working relationships with regional partners is something of value that benefits Pleasanton.

June, the Tri-Valley Triangle Study supposedly showed how widening Hwy 84 from 680 to Pigeon Pass alleviates cut-through traffic on First. There's quite some history related to the Stoneridge Dr. extension and pulling that Hwy 84 project from funding.


Posted by Angry taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

It is wrong that so much Bay Area union money goes to buy candidates, when those candidates are suppose to represent 'the people', not unions. We'll never get CA on a financially sustainable
course as long as this injustice is allowed.
Labor PACs inflate the costs to taxpayers of projects. I remember my outrage when Los Positas had expansion projects several years ago, and the Labor PAC required using only high priced union workers, when there were many out of work contractors who could have done the jobs for us at half the costs. But, that board, owned by unions, screwed taxpayers again. Taxpayers should demand open bidding and going to lowest bidders on projects, the buying of candidates to overpower the people is so wrong. Definitely vote yes on 32, so neither employers nor unions can take money from worker's paychecks, for political donations, without their permission first.


Posted by Retired70, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

I got one of those phone calls from the students. He said he was a student in Fremont, in Ms. Cook-Kallio's class, and was asked by the teacher to make the calls as a way to particpate in the "process". When questioned about Pleasanton issues he offered absolutely nothing other than he liked his teacher. He then proceeded to read a script about Pete Stark which would seem to re-direct his call toward more partisan-level politics than the local Pleasanton mayors race.
I'm old enough to remember when Civics class was a discussion about the electoral process and the issues without the partisan leanings. Not sure that is the case in today's educational system.


Posted by Joan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

It is obvious that Cook-Kallio is using her kids as a tool for her own campaign. I found this incredibly. This is an abuse of her power as an educator, and I would recommend anyone vote AGAINST her for her lack of ethics.


Posted by Liz in Ptown, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

Cook-Kallio is a pimp for the unions, and it sounds like she is turning her students into pimps for her campaign. I think she should be fired from her teaching job for that (I know that is dreaming, but it would be the proper thing to do). It ought to be enough to keep any thinking person from voting for her. It's evidence she lacks intregrity and intelligence.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Have any of you who talked to one of the teen volunteers ever asked them for their opinion about volunteering on a political campaign for their teacher? What I find inappropriate is the continual disparaging of the teens.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Seriously, what do you care about whether a teen decides to volunteer or not? Let's apply this to the adults and say that it is inappropriate for any adult who likes a candidate to volunteer on their campaign. It would be evidence of the candidate's lack of integrity and intelligence to start pimping their adult friends and supporters.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Matt Campbell was a teacher in Pleasanton schools and did not use the Pleasanton students in his Civics class as forced volunteers when he ran for city council.

Cheryl Cook-Kallio is using students in her Fremont class to work on her campaign. I find that troubling especially given her class ratings on Rate My Teachers Web Link which in 84 reviews over the last several years, mostly paint a picture of a person who talks about herself in class rather than the subject matter, is stubborn, intimidating, gives students good grades only if she likes them, and does little or no teaching in class other than assign her students packets to complete in class. Sample "I don't think that she is qualified to be a teacher, but i believe that she is a politician. She likes to tell the stories about her family, but doesn't listen to others. She likes to criticize everyone." In these circumstances, how can these students actually decline to work on her campaign?


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Again, have you asked for the opinion of those teens who choose to volunteer or is personal attacks all you have?


Posted by Interesting, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Stacey,

See my post above--I asked 2 of her students and got silence. They clearly didn't know how to answer the question. Are they choosing to volunteer--who is going to say no to their teacher when they are trying to get good grades to get into college? It seems like an abuse of her position.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I was called by one of Cook-Kallio's students in Fremont, not several teens. When I asked what organization she represented, she said she was a student at Irvington and asked questions about Cook-Kallio and Stark. She said she was assigned to make phone. I asked the student if she was being paid, and the student laughed and said "I wish!" I don't know how you expect me to poll 'several teens.' I didn't ask her to pass the phone around so I could talk to all of them making phone calls that day.

I then looked up Irvington High on the web and found the website. The people rating Cook-Kallio on that website with all those negative ratings at Rate My Teachers Web Link are presumably her students and parents of the students except a few 5 star ratings. I was quoting from that website which has 84 ratings from 2003 to the present.

Here are more:

"Her grades are very subjective. If she likes you, you have an A. If she doesn't, you have an F. That's just the way it works in her classroom."

"She's the most incompetent teacher I have had. I honestly can't believe she hasn't been fired for how lazy she is. For APUSH, all she does is play Hippocampus while she types on her laptop."

"Plays favorites with the ppl who share her opinions. Just lectures straight from the book."

"Didn't help us when we needed it most for the AP test"

"she yelled at me for sleeping in her class"


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Interesting,

Asking for a teen's opinion about volunteering on a political campaign is not the same as asking if the volunteer is familiar with Pleasanton issues. Don't you think it would show more respect to the teen to ask for their opinion on volunteering rather than interjecting your assumption on the matter?

Donations,

All you're proving is that you have nothing of merit to consider. You paste in only the negative comments from Rate My Teacher, why not paste the positive ones too? Oh right, negative campaigning. Don't you think people are sick and tired of being inundated with it? It's noticeable how Cook-Kallio's supporters have been avoiding that style of campaigning while Thorne's supporters seem to just be running wild on this website with it. I think they do a great disservice to Thorne.


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Stacey, sounds like you are a fan of Cook-Kallio. If you want to paste all 84 comments from Rate My Teacher on this web site, go right ahead.

The fact is that Cook-Kallio and using teachers from her very on Fremont classes brought this on herself. No one would be mentioning the Irvington teacher ratings if she wasn't herself using her own pupils as the labor pool of her campaign.

Guess the labor PACs and union labor and city employees just aren't enough.


Posted by Angry taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I agree with what Donations said.."How can these students actualy decline to work on the campaign". Key word INTIMIDATION ! That's
how I feel about anything political discussed in K-12 classes.
Intimidation, power of the GRADING authority if you disagree, or don't volunteer...intimidation felt by the less powerful who should not be placed in that situation...,done with a smile, or not.


Posted by digusted, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Stacey,

You can't be serious--

It's noticeable how Cook-Kallio's supporters have been avoiding that style of campaigning while Thorne's supporters seem to just be running wild on this website with it. I think they do a great disservice to Thorne.

So its okay for a former Pleasanton Mayor to send out blast emails personally attacking Thorne or a former Livermore Mayor to do the same. How about a retired firefighter telling people Thorne is missing in action? That's okay--when in fact Thorne attends more City events then anyone? And how about Cheryl calling or meeting with Thorne supporters and trying to intimidate them to support her. And how about Cook-Kallio signs showing up in yards of Thorne supporters? My point is that the Cook-Kallio campaign has done more then their fair share of mud slinging and to try and put it all on the Thorne campaign is an outright joke!! Let's talk about the issues--you have chosen to ignore questions about funding for Measure B1 and other items mentioned on this blog rather trying to deflect the issues onto the Thorne campaign!!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

disgusted,

You'll have to excuse me for ignoring your question on Measure B1. How can I be expected to defend a position that was wrongly attributed to me and thus which I have no interest in defending? The only point I made was to highlight the value to Pleasanton of a candidate with good regional relationships regardless of how one feels about Measure B1. Pleasanton is not an island and we've already been set back in relieving cut-through traffic on First by acting rather hostile towards our regional partners. If Measure B1 fails, the value of a mayor with those relationships actually increases.

Donations,

No one forced you to cut'n'paste from Rate My Teacher. If you want to pin blame on something, start with UC admissions on volunteering for something the student is "passionate" about then look into how many community service hours the local high schools are requiring. One could say that Cook-Kallio is helping these students complete their community service hours. Again, why don't you ask the students why they chose to volunteer and be sure to find out why they chose a political campaign over other opportunities? How do you know it isn't something they wanted to do?


Posted by Sad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I am dumbfounded by the lack of thinking that so many are spewing when it comes to students volunteering. Forced volunteers? Seriously? Cook-Kallio is dedicated to working with students, especially when it comes to youth in government. She is someone who's actions speak much louder than your slander. This mentality is a serious downfall for our city. If you and attitudes like yours are the ones who support Thorne, what a diservice you sure are doing for him!


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Cheryl seems to be completely using people outside of Pleasanton for her campaigning. Using the democratic party to call out. Using students from Fremont. Neither of those groups have the best interest of Pleasanton in mind. For the students, those in Fremont have no idea of what it is like to live in Pleasanton. Bad enough that those students are getting extra credit for their class by working for their teacher so she can work her way up the political ladder, but I don't think you are teaching them much except to be a sheep when in politics and do whatever somebody tells you to do. They are learning part of the process but they should really be volunteering for a representative in their own community so they can actively discuss the issues.


Posted by Angry taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2012 at 12:21 am

to Sad, What is sad is the POLITICIZING of NON-partisan city races !!
Piles of literature were stapled together at most Dem and Repub houses for PETE STARK, all the union tax props, COOK-KALLIO, joan Buchannan, etc. ! ! THAT mentality is a serious downfall for our city!!


Posted by NO to Cheryl NO to Erlene, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I just got a mailer 100% PAID for by the democratic committee pushing Cheryl Cook Kallio and Erlene DeMarcus down my throat! I don't want either one of them. Personally I think Erlene's lack of ethics regarding her huge donations from out of town investors and from the James Tong family and the Lin Family make her a dangerous candidate for city government. And Cheryl - she looks bad just being on the same card - push piece.

Kick them both to the curb - vote NO to Cheryl and Erlene. Keep local politics about local government and people who care about our city, not some central committee out of Hayward that has no idea about what is right for Pleasanton.


Posted by disgusted, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Its worth noting that Cheryl seems to be proud of the fact that she recruited Erlene to run for City Council. That should say volumes about cheryl and her candidacy for Mayor!!


Posted by Donations, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:04 am

They must be desperate! Sad that Cook-Kallio and Demarcus need San Leandro resident Robin Torello (donated to Cook-Kallio's campaign 1/22/2012) to sign messages on glossy mailers in a weak attempt to convince Pleasanton people to vote for them.

Given that Robin Torello sent out a near identical mailer to convince people to vote for now disgraced Nadia Lockyer a couple of years ago ( here is the Robin Torello produced Nadia Lockyer mailer Web Link ), this doesn't bode well for Cook-Kallio and Demarcus.


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