Posted by Kim, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:20 am
I am hopeful Hosterman will recognize that nearly half of Pleasanton wanted her out of office. She has been so vindictive to non-supporters, perhaps she will take a page out of our president elects book and reach out to her opponents.
I challenge Mayor Hosterman to represent all Pleasanton residents, and bring our community together.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2008 at 11:21 am
No doubt some people wanted her out of office. However there are about 41,000 registered voters in Pleasanton. Hosterman received about 53% (17,192) of the votes cast. Brozosky received about 45% (14,717)of votes cast. There are about 68,000 people in Pleasanton. Of the people who voted, a bout 10,000 people did not even vote for mayor. There are usually two reasons for this, people are fed up with both, or they like what is going on in town. With the high voter turn out this election, most times the lack of a vote is one of confidence in the system.
Having said all that, of course the mayor should represent all of Pleasanton and supporters and non supporters deserve representation and respect.
Posted by Kim, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm
Having the advantage of the incumbency many of Hosterman's votes were voters that probably couldn't name Pleasanton's mayor if asked (not supporters). The flip side is every one of the 14,717 votes for Brozosky was either a vote against Hosterman or an informed vote for Brozosky.
As an elected official you should post with your name.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm
No matter the outcome of the election or how anyone feels about it, I find Kim's posts rather insulting, or at least highly ironic. I wonder if she would say the same thing about all of the voters who voted for McGovern or any of the other people who won? Even more facetious is Kim's apparent logic that because an anonymous poster writes about election data easily available to anyone with an Internet connection that person must be an elected official. Well, we will never know who anonymous really is and Kim is free to speculate all she wants.
Earlier Kim challenges Hosterman to become more representative of all Pleasanton residents and yet Kim appears to have failed to notice that Hosterman has been trying to do this more within the last two years.
Posted by Kim, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:02 pm
Every incumbent knows they have a tremendous advantage, uninformed voters vote incumbent. Brozosky would have won the last two elections without Hosterman's incumbent advantage.
Given the pre-election editorials in nearly every paper challenging the poor citizen representation of Hosterman and Pleasanton's council majority, I am not the only one that recognizes that she is not trying hard enough.
Posted by westsider, a member of the Lydiksen Elementary School community, on Dec 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm
Kim, I beg to disagree. I am not a Hosterman supporter, but I give credit where credit is due. In the last election, Jennifer Hosterman beat Steve Brozosky by several hundred votes. Steve's name was certainly not unknown then, as he'd been a Councilmember, Parks and Rec Commissioner and 4H advisor up to that time. Since then, he was appointed to fill an empty spot on the school board. He certainly wasn't someone who was not visible in the community. This election, he lost by several thousand votes. So did he lose because he was running against an incumbent, or in my humble opinion, did he lose because too many peope really did know him this time?
Posted by hmmm, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 9, 2008 at 4:37 pm
Hmmm, I vote for the latter, particularly when noticing that he really had no endorsements, as evidenced by the fact the he took his endorsement list webpage off his site. Many individuals who worked hard to get him elected last time, worked hard to get Hosterman elected this time.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm
Kim wrote: "I will continue to hold Hosterman accountable for her vindictive, citizen hostile actions."
Good! Then we agree that elected officials can be freely criticized on this blog by anyone. It is, after all, protected free speech. I'll continue to do the same then for "The Community Voice" (Matt Sullivan) and Cindy McGovern, who is arguably the one who benefited the most out of all the candidates from incumbent advantage this election. And this is the lady who wants the City to now spend taxpayer money to notify for over-the-counter permits because someone made a mistake on a single issue. Heck, why doesn't the City start notifying for work neighbors have done that don't need a permit?! Let's make everyone happy even if it is detrimental to the public good! That's government's job, right?
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2008 at 7:49 am
Stacey, you have been determined to being a Grinch. Suggestion... join Mayor Hosterman's team and your transformation should start immediately. How to start you ask? Your 15 minutes of fame is over.Get it? Consider promoting opportunity for others. Our Mayor needs someone like you. It's called H.O.P.E., Hosterman's Own Pleasanton Effort. I know there is good in you somewhere.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2008 at 8:21 am
HAHA! See, Kim? When you criticize elected officials, no matter if you use facts, spin, or even outright lies and even though it is all protected free speech, you will get attacked personally or your words criticized too and you should expect that without taking it personally.
Thanks, Pete, for the illustration! Interesting that you did not attack Kim for criticizing Hosterman and not "promoting opportunity for others"!
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2008 at 8:38 am
I knew your exact response Stacey. :) I hold you to a higher standard because having more to offer is a gift. I don't attack those who can not take it. Besides, Steve didn't want to win. He is more valuable within the public sector to assist other needs. You tend to simplify things for others. Why stop that? That is a gift. Don't go head to head with others. How do you know that Kim is not Barbara Boxer? Lighten up.... :)))))): Have to go work on my six pack