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Haggerty, 2 other Alameda County supervisors, endorse for Cook-Kallio Pleasanton mayor

Original post made on Sep 19, 2012

Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggerty, Richard Valle and Nate Miley have endorsed Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:15 AM

Comments (35)

Posted by Chemist, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

Wow, a whole list of people who should be voted out of office at the first opportunity. Thanks, for the voter's guide.
Chemist


Posted by olfthfl, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

Not sure I'd want most of those endorsements if I was Cheryl!


Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

Big government spenders have to stick together.


Posted by Another independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

Is this a good thing? Not sure.

Interesting to note that Contra Costa Times endorsed Thorne, Brown and Pentin.


Posted by Mega Tax , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

Cheryl supports the Mega Tax B-1 that will give Alameda County tons of 'funding' (more taxes) with no accountability or sunset clause. She is Alameda County's lapdog. No wonder the drones in Alameda County support Union member Cook-Kallio.

The COntra Costa Times/Tri-Valley Herald support Karla Brown, Jerry Thorne and Jerry Pentin
Web Link


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

Agree with everyone so far. I wouldn't want these jokers endorsement if I was running. Especially Scott Haggerty. Anyone that commutes via Sunol grade would like to tar and feather him for his idiotic Express Lane fiasco.

I thought courage was going against the grain. It doesn't take courage to be for something that everyone else is.


Posted by annonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

Interesting to note that EVERYONE else has endorsed Cook-Kallio but the Valley Times and only because she did not agree with the editor.

Big Picture people! There is accountability for B1 and it is an extension of the current half cent to a penny! Be informed! You can't be for the projects and AGAINST the funding!


Posted by well, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Well it's half a penny for this, another part of a penny for prop 30, several thousand $$'s for prop 38 if that passes instead, some money for the community college parcel tax, possibly a community parcel tax for schools in 2013 . . . is there anything I'm forgetting? It adds up. And aren't we already about the highest taxed state in the nation?

I would never vote for a tax that doesn't expire - never.


Posted by EVERYONE else, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

... then "EVERYONE else" should also be voted out of office as well ...


Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

The politicians know the additional B1 tax would not be well spent, that is why they made sure there was no sunset clause in the tax. The tax is forever so they can screw up things even more since they don't have to come back to the voters to extend the tax.

Oh, and those "Independent watchdog committees", they are appointed by the elected officials. Talk about a fox guarding the henhouse.

To "anonymous", Cheryl has not been endorsed by everyone else.

I respect that Thorne stood his ground and voted against having a tax measure without any sunset clause which Cheryl was just looking for another money grab. Thorne has my vote.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

@annonymous - are you kidding? Since when has there been accountability for anything the county does? If the money were to be used in a "spend as you go" mode, that is you cannot spend the money unless you have it in cash, then I would agree that some accountability could be put in place. But Measure B is a tax that will be used to buy 30 year bonds. Once these bonds are purchased all accountability goes out the door. Just look at PUSD as an example.

Since when does fixing pot holes take a 30 year bond? Don't kid yourself, this tax is nothing more than a money and power grab by the Democratic party.

BTW look at the sales tax increases voters have approved on the Franchise Tax Board web site. It is amazing how many transportation related measures have added to our sales tax burden. What have we gotten for the money? Not much because every time you spend money from a bond it looses half its value.


Posted by Sarah, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

If we're going to be taxed, I want my money staying in Pleasanton. Voting for Cook-Kallio keeps the money in town and away from the liberals over the hill. Her ability to work with local officials, like them or now, will ensure that.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Gatewood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Anyone who supports the B-1 tax grab will not get my vote.
Why would any taxpayer support a tax that has no sunset clause?
You would have to be out of your mind.


Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Sep 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

How can we elect a union teacher, to represent us in negotiations, with with our union employees?????


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Sep 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

She is not even elected and she want's to increace our sales tax. She probably picked that up from Pete Stark.


Posted by Tish, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

How can we elect a union teacher to represent us in negotiations with our union employees?????

How can we elect a nonunion person to represent us in negotiations with our union employees????

Bias everywhere!!!! That's why it's best just to shop. Hey everybody, come on over to the other site where we're talking about new places to buy consumer goods in downtown. This is great!!!!


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

@Sarah - so you are saying that unless we vote a particular way, Pleasanton will suffer economic hardship. This is called voter intimidation and constitutes electoral fraud.

@Tish - you wrote "How can we elect a nonunion person to represent us in negotiations with our union employees????"

This is the way its done all the time in private industry. Management looks out for the interests of the company. The same way the city council should look out for the interests of the citizens and taxpayers. Anything else you have a fox guarding the hen house scenario.



Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

The employees have a union that represents them in negotiations. The taxpayers end up having nobody to represent us if the Council that is supposed to represent us is actually part of a public employee union. Like stated above, in typical union negotiations you have management that looks out for the interests of the company. Our "management" is the Council who accepts large donations from the unions and is some cases is part of a public employee union. How can the Council represent us with that obvious conflict of interest? That is a reason why I support Jerry Thorne for Mayor. He is not part of a public employee union and he has stated he will not take any union money in his campaign. I want a mayor/council that represents the taxpayers, not the unions. It is the residents that are supposed to elect somebody to represent us, not the employee unions.


Posted by annonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

How convenient for Thorne not to take union money this time. He was endorsed and took money and help last time. He is taking that stand because he knew no money would be offered. Typical Thorne, whatever is politically expedient.


Posted by Bobbi, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Sep 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Can any of the Brown Camp tell the readers why none of Ms. Browns professional groups support her? I can actually answer my own question. People who know her best know she can't be trusted. Don't go there Pleasanton! You'll regret it!


Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

What groups??? The yes on Oak Grove, were all in 'unison'. and the long term East side committee, is just now starting, so there is zero history to that committee.
She is just this Summer coming on the 'community' scene.


Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Another Independent and Mega Tax, the Times listed their endorsed positions accordingly in the headline... Thorne, Pentin, Brown. Probably had something to do with length of Pleasanton community, and degree/number of community service. Let's not get carried away.
It was sort of default. The TImes took the PUBLIC pension issue to the CA Supreme COurt, and won the right to publish names, positions, salaries, and retirements. They would not be supporting public employees Cheryl or Erlene. Harris didn't know what his top issue was. There are two open council seats.


Posted by huh, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 5:35 am

annonymous, Thorne received $250 in the last election from a union and it wasn't from the Pleasanton employee unions as well as it was disclosed well before the election. Cheryl received that plus $2500 the day BEFORE the election so there was no time for people to learn of that plus absentee voters had already voted. And this is from someone touting accountability in government. Not to mention the fact she had firefighters working at her 2 fundraisers while the council was in contract negotiations with the union. How can that be practicing good government?

And I find it interesting that only 2 city commissioners are listed as supporting her. When is it going to be about Pleasanton and not about all these liberal democrat politicians that don't have anything to do with pleasanton?


Posted by Tish, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

I see so clearly now! We are all citizens and taxpayers. But the union members are neither. Companies bring in unbiased hired guns to shoot down the unions in the interests of the company -- except for the workers, but they don't count because all they do is work and make stuff. The city should elect a nonunion wrecking ball to tear down the unions in an unbiased way. Because, see, the unions don't count because they are neither citizens or taxpayers. All they do is work for the city. So they don't really add value to anything. It's great when everyone thinks so logically! Thanks, Bill!


Posted by GX, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

Tish - I suggest you take a look at the actual numbers involved so you can appreciate the push-back against unions. For over 10 years now, they have taken more than their fair share of city revenue leaving the community in worse financial shape.

I suspect most people don't have an issue with unions nor members of unions. I suspect that most non-union people have an issue when unions get greedy and game the system to take more than their fair share.

As a reminder to everyone:
- City personnel costs have risen from 65% to 77% of the general budget
- Pleasanton's unfunded pension liability grew from zero to approx. $180M

We need courageous and independent elected officials to quickly help bring this back into balance


Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thanks for info on unions sneeking in a large, last-day contribution to Cheryl, so it wouldn't be known by voters who had already mailed in their votes, or no time to learn about it.
UNfunded liability is an UNfair burden for taxes. I really resent it. I think it is wrong for me to pay for that obsence retirement buildup, when I have no retirement of my own. I want employees to cover more of their own retirements. You can understand why they want to buy two of their own into office....they're buying their own "insurance", even if they don't pay their own retirement.


Posted by Tish, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yes, don't you just hate paying taxes? For anything! GX sure does! For he offers us the same post virtually every day and on every site. His wife must love his conversation at the breakfast table: You seem grumpier than usual this morning, GX. Are those union city workers giving you nightmares again? Yes, Gladys. I'll send you some links later in the day, after I deal with my stock options, that sum up my outrage. Life is so unfair!

And those unions? Don't you just love the way they've improved the lives of their members? And at my expense! By the way, instead of allowing Walmart to come in tax free, as other companies do, is there any way perhaps we could pay them a gratuity to thank them for coming in? How about this? Mandatory furlough days for unionized city workers and use the savings to build a monument to Walmart that pays homage to Walmart's ingenuity in being able to hire workers who continue to be eligible for foodstamps at the same time. Now that's good old American capitalist know-how!


Posted by GX, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

Tish, IMHO you really undermine your credibility when you refuse to acknowledge the facts and instead try to play the games you do.

The numbers are what they are and fortunately the vast majority of the CA public now comprehends them and agrees with me.

Public unions gamesmanship and week political leaders are the only thing standing in the way of the necessary change.

Make sure you vote for candidates who are willing to stand up and do what is right for the average citizen.


Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

GX is right, Tish. The writing is on the wall, and it says a tsunami is coming. You need to acknowledge selective facts that exclude the bigger picture. That will make your world view much more simplistic. It will allow you to make the claim that Jerry Brown was overwhelmingly defeated because CA public now hears the roar of the liberal-manufactured wave crashing upon the shores of wealthy people's wealth and property. This is why CA has a Dem dominated legislature: because the CA public now agrees with GX. Get with the program, Tish. You're making a fool of yourself citing facts about Walmart and its cozy little place in Pleasanton when the real facts are those raised by GX. Tish, in fact, I think you're a bit unbalanced, unlike GX who knows facts when he sees them and knows how to ignore facts that negate his own.


Posted by JLynn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Cook-Kallio is a bigger left-wing-loon than our current Hippy Mayor. She is a union member that would be a union lackey as our Mayor if she were elected. She is an unabashed taxer and big spender. The fact that she has been endorsed by a bunch of other left-wing-loon big spenders just reaffirms her loonism. The fact that she is too looney for the Valley/Contra Costa Times, a very left-wing-loon newspaper, should give voters serious pause about voting for Cook-Kallio.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The same people endorsing Cheryl also endorsed a morally depraved meth addict, and a thief who was charged with grand larceny.

So getting endorsed by these people is probably not saying much.


Posted by @ huh?, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Did you check where other money came from? Look at the variety of people who gave to Cook-Kallio. It wasn't just unions, but business and chamber of commerce. She represents all the people of Pleasanton and she has the connections to get things done. Most people just want the opportunity for the conversation. She responds to calls and actually does something about issues.

She has shown true leadership. The other guy has no personality and no initiative.

@ Bill your attempt at drawing a connection to people who broke the law is offensive. Smacks of desperation!


Could we focus on issues?


Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Posted by @ huh?, "Did you check where other money came from? Look at the variety of people who gave to Cook-Kallio. It wasn't just unions, but business and chamber of commerce. She represents all the people of Pleasanton and she has the connections to get things done. She responds to calls and actually does something about issues."

- O.K., what has she got done? How has she helped to address the long-term financial issues facing Pleasanton?

"She has shown true leadership. The other guy has no personality and no initiative...It wasn't just unions, but business and chamber of commerce."

- I can't say Cheryl has shown true leadership. And do you really believe that an endorsment from the unions, and the Chamber, really represents all Pleasanton resedints. I'm just not a fan of placing more Union-First cnadidates, in a higher position of influence, that will be voting on Pleasanton Union Employee Contracts. The relationship just doesn't work, and I don't care what the chamber thinks. Your comment, "The other guy has no personality" smacks of desperation. This isn't a popularity contest.

"@ Bill your attempt at drawing a connection to people who broke the law is offensive. Smacks of desperation!"

"huh?", maybe you aren't aware but the article is about "Haggerty, 2 other Alameda County supervisors, endorse for Cook-Kallio Pleasanton mayor".

- I think the comments about their track record are more than justified!

"Could we focus on issues?"

I hope so - what about you?


Posted by It all adds up, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I guess:

County 'supervisors' who want pawns as mayors so that actually County Supervisors run Pleasanton + Ramming Stoneridge Drive down the throats of Pleasanton residents when few regular citizens ever supported it + More cut through traffic + Lawsuit against Pleasanton because Cheryl secretly rammed Stoneridge Drive through without any EIR + endorsements of Congressman Pete Stark, State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson, Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Assembly members Joan Buchanan, Bob Wieckowski and Susan Bonilla, and the mayors of Dublin, Fremont and Union City + the Hosterman endorsement + the tie in with Tong consultant Erlene Demarcus = Cheryl doesn't get to be mayor


Posted by Freddy, a resident of Charter Oaks
on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Good thing Stoneridge Drive is not opened to the new Paragon outlets-yet. It would have been a traffic jam as all of those Pleasanton shoppers took their tax dollars to Livermore, helping to line Livermore's city coffers.


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