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Congratulations to Kathy. Now lets do the business for all of us in Pleasanton. Wish we could have a bigger voter turn out.
Has there been any discussion of a recount? 1300 votes is a pretty narrow margin. Also, I heard there may have been some tampering by the unions, who only care about themselves.
Great job Kathy, and your campaign team too: Nancy Allen, Jen Pearce and Arne Olson. Congratulations.
Steve, Get serious!! Only 11,500 voted !!! 39.62% to 26.86% is a HUGE spread ! ! ! 13% lead is a huge victory. Why would there be a recount, with a 13% lead. Don't start whinning.
Great job Kathy. A well deserved win.
It's a sorry state of affairs when only 27% of the registered voters send in a ballot. How difficult is it to get a pen, draw a line and send the ballot in. You don't even have to pay postage.
The next time someone whines about the city council the first question should be, "Did you vote?" If not, then you have no right to whine.
To the 27%: I don't care who you voted for, you voted, congratulations.
To the 73%, you have no viable excuse for complaint for anything the city council does. Period.
Sad about the poor turnout. When campaigns get nasty voters get turned off.
Congratulations to the winner and losers for running.
VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!
Voting is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than a military coup!
VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!
Since Mayor Thorne endorsed Narum, I certainly hope her getting elected is not going to revive the 3 Stooges on the council (formerly Hosterman, Thorne, Cook-Kallio). I am worried about that because the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce PAC endorsed Narum, and they have been strong campaign bankrollers of the 3 Stooges. It will be sad indeed if Narum advocates the policies of our former wacko Mayor Hosterman.
Clearly not representative of the majority! Imagine if there had only been two candidates!!
Congratulations to Kathy Narum on her win.
A thank you to all the candidates for making this an exciting race and for caring enough about Pleasanton to want to make a difference.
Kathy, congratulations on your success! Well deserved!
On behalf of the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery committee, I want to thank you for your support of our Cemetery and our efforts to make it the nicest park in town.
Congratulations to Kathy Narum! Now it's time for the city council to work toward revitalizing our downtown and collaborating with PUSD to develop accessible and affordable youth programs.
Your the only candidate that responded to our families questions. I wish you success in maintaining our towns culture, and your vision for the future of Pleasanton and its residents.
I would have preferred a regular election rather than a mail in one. I know quite a few people who did not vote because the envelope has your name and address, so how confidential is that? I voted for Hamilton but he seems to have gotten very few votes. Too bad Narum won. Maybe that is the goal of mail in elections? To get people to refrain from voting as many did this time.
Hoping Kathy does a good job for the citizens of Pleasanton, but worried that Kathy, the Mayor, and the Council will be paying back the developers who supported their elections when decision time comes. The low turnout is almost as worrisome as the ill-informed turnout.
Share Chemist's concerns.
Greatly disappointed to see that Kathyand her idea of the right direction for Pleasantonwill be impacting our city's (and indeed our own) future. Pleasanton has undergone such negative shifts in recent years and it looks as though her agenda will simply perpetuate this.
So happy to see Kathy Narum got the job!!
Good for her, but more importantly, good for Pleasanton!
Watch Jerry go as his Mom now is there to guide him.
Would have loved to see a non Chamber endorsed
Candidate be elected. You all worry about a Union
Backed Candidate, just wait. The Chamber with a minority
of Pleasanton owned businesses will "Rule the Day"! Nothing
Personal against Ms. Narum but was in the "Grand Plan". Too bad
for Pleasanton families.
I too am concerned about the priorities of Kathy, the Mayor and rest of council. Will their priorities rest with the developers who funded their elections or the wishes of the majority of residents. Only time will tell. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now. To anyone who is concerned.... Please follow the city council, go to meetings, stay informed. It is the only way we can have any influence. Developers have spoken with their money and we need to speak with our voices.
Good job Kathy! I Know you'll do right by 'Pleasanton'. I always vote for candidates with the greatest 'depth of knowledge' on the main topics under their purview. In this election it was definitely Kathy who has the greatest understanding of the range of issues before a Pleasanton Council in the next decade.
We are in good hands.
The percentage split would have remained much the same, regardless of turnout.
Activists voted and disinterested residents would not have turned out in person more than by mail.
Sigh of relief....No longer do we have those expensive Miller 'banner ads' in our face every time we look in on these PW TownSquare Forums threads!!! Lots of TP money was poured into Miller's big glossy mailers, and these PW threads.
Narum did neither campaign expenses....just historical reputation.
Let's hope we get a city council that is friendlier to developers. New development will bring in much needed funds for our schools, just as is happening in Dublin.
Sarcasm? I hope so!
I voted for Ms. Narum for ONE reason. I saw a sign on a telephone pole in front of Safeway at Santa Rita and Valley, directing us to a web site, called no on narum...or something along those lines. I checked it out and a very negative web site indeed. Posting signs on a telephone line is ILLEGAL...so I wish I knew who posted that and would have voted against their candidate on that basis alone. But I also decided to vote FOR Narum, since the last thing that Pleasanton needs is a bunch of nasty negative ads. We have enough of that sort of trash in national elections.
Glad David miller did not win- Now he and his goons can go around and pick up all those trash signs they stuck all over the place.
I voted for Kathy and am pleased she won. It is well deserved and I have every confidence in her.
That said, I find it interesting that many question her ability to operate without undue consideration for the business and union concerns that financially supported her campaign. These are some of the same voices in the past that have posted complaints about the negative business climate in California, the difficulty of obtaining required regulatory approvals and the many layers of fees/taxes that hinder local reinvestment. Can't have it both ways, folks.
Congratulations Kathy.. we wish you well in your venture into the City Council, You are so deservant of the post you have given so many hours of hard work to aid this city
To "To John",
Not sarcasm Pleasanton Parents are raising money and pushing the school district to lower first grade class size to 25.
Meanwhile, Dublin has first grade class sizes of about 21. Pleasanton currently has class sizes of about 30. It isn't because Dublin's school administrators are so much better at managing funds than Pleasanton's. It is because Dublin, through growth and development, is getting more funds to manage.
Congrats to Kathy. She is a hard worker and seems very committted to city and hoping she will serve us well.
The disappointment of this election was the mudslinging by one group without any basis. That kind of behavior may happen in National politics but we can do better in Pleasanton. Pleased to see none of the other candidates did not bow down to the behavior of one. There is no need for misguided mudslinging - let's all go out and tell our story and be respectful of each other. This is the pledge all candidates signed.
I hope Miller, Sanwong and Hamilton get involved and run again. Hats off to you all for stepping up! You have more guts than a one armed gun slinger.
So glad that Kathy won! She is definitely more reflective of the people of Pleasanton. As much as the David Miller camp likes to think that Pleasanton is as old school thinking as they might be, it is not. Pleasanton has changed in the last 30 years and its not the same conservative town it once was. Sorry David Miller folks, your days are long gone.
Congrats to Kathy. Not my choice, particularly, but a good choice for Pleasanton. The 'turnout' was atrocious. It is impossible to imagine a vote that would include less than 30% of registered voters bother to send in their ballot. Never mind that the ballot contained 'personal' information, just know that 100% of the voting public was given the freedom to freely vote in this election, and only a very few chose to exercise that right. Voting is a right. Voting is a privilege. In this case, voting would cost nothing more that a trip to the nearest mailbox, possibly your front door, and still only 27% decided to make the trip. We deserve the council we get. We will deserve any vote that goes a way you, as an individual voter, wishes not to see.
Just happy Miller and the Tea Party idiots didn't get a foothold on the council. Big sigh of relief there.
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