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Why is Narum Taking Developer's Money?

Original post made by rick-native, Pleasanton Valley, on Apr 5, 2013

Wow,

I went to the city's website to look at the city council candidate's financial statements and was shocked at who Kathy Narum has taken money from. I couldn't believe the list of contractors, developers, land speculators/investors, land lawyers, consultans and others having a vested interest in doing business with the city of Pleasanton.

Here's the link to the city's portal where you can view all the candidates financials...check for yourself:
Web Link

Now on to the Whos-Who list of people financing Narum:

James Tong - President, Charter Properties. Dublin high density housing developer. Narum took the money, is she planning to Dublinize Pleasanton?

Anthony Macchiano - Co-Owner, Pleasanton Garbage Service who own 7.5ac property that will be re-zoned by by East Side Specific Task force that Narum co-chairs. Does PGS expect Narum to give them the best re-zoning deal?

Robert Molinaro - Co-Owner, Pleasanton Garbage Service who own 7.5ac property that will be re-zoned by East Side Specific Task force that Narum co-chairs. PGS really wants Narum to win.

Patrick Costanzo - Kiewit Infrastructure Company Representative on East Side Specific Task Force which Narum is Co-chair. Kiewit owns 50 acres under consideration for re-zoning. Looks like Kiewit wants to keep the task force Chairman happy. Patrick is also associated with Regent Properties' Dublin development Phase II of Sorrento East at Dublin Ranch announced in February 2010. They will be building 581 homes in six communities.

Bridget Metz - Is a project manager for Legacy Partner Group. She works with Steve Dunn from Legacy Partner Group who represents Lionstone Group who owns 304 Acres under consideration for re-zoning. Steve Dunn also represents Legacy Partners Group on the East Side Specific Task Force which Narum is Co-chair. Legacy Partners owns 16 acres under consideration for re-zoning. Seems Legacy and Lionstone don't want to be left out in the cold when the task force gets around to rezoning and mega-increases their property values.

John Wyland - Is SVP BRE. We all know BRE. They are developing the high density housing project in the Hacienda Business Park of nearly 500 apartments and retail space on two parcels situated on the south side of the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station. Also, BRE Properties will construct 18 three- and four-story structures on an 8.4-acre site at the end of Willow Road and Owens Drive and an 8.1-acre site at the northern corner of Gibraltar and Hacienda drives. Narum is on the planning commission that approved this project.

Ronald Capilla - CEO Can Am Plumbing. Plumbing contractor specializing in residential projects encompass national, regional, and local builders and range from large 800+ home development projects to smaller, 10- to 15-home projects. Can Am needs more development to fuel its business. Narum is their pick.

Carlson, Barbee & Gibson - Civil engineering firm on Pleasanton projects: Kaiser Technology Center, Pleasanton Post Office, Pleasanton Ridge, Vineyard Corridor, Garms Ranch, Sycamore Lane PUD. All high density development needs civil engineering services and the civil engineers need their projects go smooth through planning staff, planning commission and city council. Are they securing their piece of the pie?

Wow why so much contractor money?

Ronald Cote - SVP Barry Swenson Builders. This company specializes in design-build projects; from commercial, industrial, high density residential, senior housing and historical restoration projects to hospitality and the build-out of intricate tenant improvements.

Dublin Active Investors, LP - Approximately 1,200 acres of the Doolan Canyon area is owned by a panopoly of longtime Tri-Valley real estate investors known as Dublin Active Investors, L.P. Another investor that wants to Dublinize Pleasanton.

Art Dunkley - Owner of Castlewood Properties. Founded in 1978, Castlewood Properties, Inc. is a private real estate investment company concentrating on domestic and foreign-based investment property acquisition, entitlement processing and management. Real estate investors love Narum too.

John Ferreri - Owner ACACIA Partners I. Real Estate investors. Another real estate investor.

Brad Hirst - Equity Enterprises. Property Developer Another property developer giving money to Narum.

Jerry Hodnefield - Owner of Hodnefield Properities. Commercial property management.

Oh my...my fingers are getting cramped from all this typing...I wonder if she has any average citizens sending her money?

Peter MacDonald - Property Attorney. Currently representing BRE. BRE is developing 500 high density apartments in Hacienda Business Park, with 15% subsidized low-income units. With Kathy's help, BRE's high density projects would in Hacienda would probably go smoother.

MacKay & Somps Civil Engineers/Planners/Surveyors Dublin High Density Experts - The Terraces, Dublin; Positano, Dublin; Sorrento, Dublin. A new Narum friend.

Pleasanton Gateway LLC - Developers at Bernal/Valley (new Safeway area) She was on planning commission that approved this development. Gave Narum money. Thanks for appoving our project!

Ponderosa Homes II - Developer of the Villages at Ironwood. A property adjacent the East Side Specific Plan currently under consideration maybe Narum can help.

Thomas Fehr, Jr. - Salesman Cornesh & Carey. Property management services.

Paul Sheehan - Broker, Cornesh & Carey. Property management services. C&C writes a second check.

Mark Sweeney - Broker, Cornesh & Carey. Property management services. C&C writes a third check.

Jim Peterson - VP, Cornesh & Carey. Property management services. The C&C VP ponys up 4th check...they must really want Narum.

Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar and Associates - Provide Civil Engineering/ Infrastructure and Urban Design and Land Planning. Narum takes money from another civil engineering company specializing in Urban Design.

Mike Serpa - Real Estate Developer / MAS Real Estate. Narum takes yet more developer money.

Varni, Fraser, Hartwell & Rodgers - Land use Lawyers. Experts in land use, condemnation, and governmental matters. If you are going to construct high density housing, you have to condemn someone's property. Narum likes their money too.

William Hezmalhalch Architects Inc. - Provide Architecture, Planning, Community Design, Urban Design, and Global Planning Design. I think Narum's friends are planning to screw us.

Charles Wiser - CenterPoint Properties, owned by CalPERS is focused on the development, acquisition and management of industrial property. A state owned development company funding Narum.

After looking at all the developers, consultants and contractors that want Narum on the city council, I don't.


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Posted by stinky
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

Follow the money--I would like to see how many of these same developers also financed the campaigns of the rest of the City Council? We do not need another puppet of the developers on the city council.


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Posted by Omega
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

Narum is in the tank and not looking out for us and our best interests. VOTE DAVID MILLER!


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

Isn't this what Republicans do? Take money from the rich and enact policies that cut against the interests of the middle class? Show us where Miller has declined offers from any of the above. He'd crawl over broken glass to get half those endorsements. So, we have a typical Republican who's in the tank for big money, and a raving mad Tea Party zealot. Are there any candidates with integrity AND smarts?


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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

To Tom:
Instead of slinging mud, why don't you look into what David Miller actually stands for. Check David Miller's donors, and you will find plain old citizens. No developers. No unions. David Miller will represent YOU if you let him.


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Posted by Gary Kinsman
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

I want to keep Pleasanton's 'small town' characteristics. Look at all these developers, of which many would be more than happy in aiding with the State of California's efforts to force HIGH DENSITY housing onto Pleasanton. I don't want these people influencing our city's elections and elected officials. Save Pleasanton, before it's too late...


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Posted by Show Us The Money
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

Spin, Spin and Spin. I researched all of the candidate's campaign money flow. Nasty comments only show a weakness. Talk is cheap, so show us the facts to back up all of the untruths and pettiness, put out by the opposition.. DAVID MILLER is a Leader with Courage and Deep Integrity; who will stand up and be a saving voice for the Citizens of Pleasanton. No high rises or forced stackable housing for Pleasanton. Vote David Miller.


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Posted by Janet Martin
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

Tom,
Your comments are so disappointing. Mudslinging achieves nothing. We are looking for solutions. We need thoughtful discourse if we are going to protect our freedoms and our property rights. We have fought a war against England, Hitler and other tryannies to maintain local control by citizens. David Miller is concerned about preserving individual rights and freedoms. I assume you have an open mind. Perhaps you could have a meeting with David Miller to hear his platform.


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

I see James Tong is at it again, helping finance Narum's campaign. He keeps loosing lawsuits against the city to try to force us to allow his developments. Since he keeps loosing in the courts, he is left to financing campaign candidates who will support his projects. Frankly I am surprised that Narum accepted this donation. She should have returned it. Somebody who constantly sues the city is not a friend of the city.


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Posted by Downtowm Resident
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Some people are missing the point here. This isn't about anyone but Kathy Narum. Her "Civic Experience" seems to have allowed her to get a little too close to contractors, developers and others as Planning Commissioner. Of course these people support Narum. Their future profits may ride on her future votes. Her actions make her a poor choice for Pleasanton City Council.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Let's be clear about something. No matter how many different names a single poster uses on these posts to say he/she is voting for Miller, we all know that Miller is a goof who won't get 10% of the vote.

The question is whether there is a candidate, with liberal-democratic values -- i.e., interests in fairness, justice, rights -- who will not be beholden to big interests (Narum) or big myths (Miller).


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Posted by MUD SLINGERS
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I would say there is something we can be clear about. No matter how many different names an commenter calls a candidate in these posts, it is unproductive. It reduces the character of this town.

Why can't folks like 'Tom' state their support for a candidate without name calling and mud slinging?


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Posted by Janet Martin
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Tom. There you go again. Now you are accusing the 9 commentors as being 1 person. I do not live in Pleasanton but I have become extremely concerned after attending several MTC/ABAG visioning sessions. I realize that it is going to take independent city council people in communities all the the Bay Area to protect our property rights. We want city council members who are only beholden to the citizens.
MTC/ABAG has just released their draft Plan Bay Area in which they tell each community how they will develop. If a city refuses, they will lose return to source tax dollars. Hopefully, you can attend some of the MTC/ABAG meetings as well as interview David Miller since you are interestred in fairness, justice and rights, We are on the same page.


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Posted by Sal
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Tom asks " Are there any candidates with integrity AND smarts?"

Yes! Olivia Sanwong! She is smart, educated, pragmatic, a good listener, and adds a new perspective to the council. My fear is that she is being drowned out by the bombast and money of a Tea Party zealot and another candidate who is a shill for the Chamber of Commerce and developers. She is superior candidate to these two characters in almost every respect. Hope people notice before it is too late.

BTW, I bet "Janet Martin" is yet another one of Miller's out of town Tea Party buddies.


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Posted by Janis M
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Apr 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

This is ridiculous. David Miller put out an email from the East Bay Tea Party immediately after this posting to let people know how outraged he was. That's B.S. and Miller should be ashamed of himself. That's petty politics at its worst!


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Posted by Joanne A.
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Apr 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

What's wrong with people? Many of the people on this list are long time Pleasanton homeowners and families. They represent this valley as pillars of great community service - they have raised their families here, they give back and they are involved. Some may be developers but so what! Narum appears to have a lot of great experience and my feeling is that she has the backing of business and community leaders because she does a good job.


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Posted by Claire
a resident of Las Positas
on Apr 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hey Tom,
Why bring party politics and name-calling into the city council race when it is supposed to be a non-partisan race. Instead of trying to deflect the conversation from the actual issues why don't you do a little research beyond the biased articles in the Pleasanton Weekly. Look at the donor list of each candidate. Check out their websites. You might actually become an informed voter! I have done my own research and Narem's donor list looks like the "who's who" of big developers. David Miller's donors are jjust average residents... middle class people that you claim to be so concerned about.


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Posted by huh
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This is ridiculous. Miller had more out of town donors than Narum. In fact over 50% of his donors were out of town. These donors include tea partiers from other towns. What's their motivation for donating to a local election? Most of the names listed above are Pleasanton residents--home owners. Of course they're interested in the local election. When are we going to talk about real issues and not all this negative mud slinging campaigning that the tea party seems to want to engage in?


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Posted by Maryann
a resident of Heritage Valley
on Apr 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm

What does David Miller's experience bring to the table? Other than being someone who stirs the pot? What relationships can he call on? How much time will it take for him to learn the intricacies of civic government? Too many times over the last couple years the Tea Party folks have put up candidates who are unattractive to voters. People who are not ready for 'prime time'. How will having a contrarian outsider make things easier for decision making on city council? Since David Miller is willing to attack a fellow Republican, will he caucus with a Democrat?


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Posted by Glinda
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

People of Pleasanton:

Huh and Tom regularly spew their progressive/liberal agenda on other towns' posting sites. Name-calling is at the top of their toy box lightly shrouded in false intellectualism.
Methinks they would like Agenda 21 of the UN. Vote for Mr. Miller IF you want some chance of salvaging Pleasanton's TOWN atmosphere. I suggest voters NOT get caught up in "experience"--unless you consider the opponent's experience in coddling developers as a good thing for your future.


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Posted by Randi Fanene-Hieber
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

I am a 4th year college student. The Stunning Revelations concerning Narum's Campaign Contributions is so sad. Makes me glad that I am not a part of their scheme. I do not want to be a part of a system (campaign) like this; where paying off officials is how things get done. Decisions should be made, by what is best for the overall Community. Re-zoning should not be based on who contributed money to so and so's campaign.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

It's sad that a self-professed 4th year college student -- they're typically called seniors, Randi -- know so little about how politics works in American society.

But forget about having to read a book or two. Let me pose this question for you, Randi. Let's say you want a candidate who will fight for what you believe are the three most important issues facing our society today. Only one candidate does this, but alas, this candidate has taken money from others to run his/her campaign. Do you then not vote for that candidate? Put that way, you're really sounding a bit naïve, don't you think? 4th year college student, indeed. Did you not say senior because you've been at it 4 years now and still haven't passed from frosh to soph?


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Posted by You get what you pay for
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Well I looked at Narum's website and she never claims she is against growth, she just wants it to be "responsible." I guess that means she wants it paid for by her "responsible" friends.

I guess the Planning Commission gave her more than experience, it gave her a chance to meet all of these developers and hit them up for big donations.


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Posted by Gary Kinsman
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I just saw Ron's most recent comment. If Ron's comments are a barometer of our times, then our society is definitely going downhill fast. Can you image anyone talking like this to their mother or grandmother? What ever happened to civility? I hope shining a light on this type of behavior has a disinfecting affect...


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Posted by Tom the loner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Gary, you meant Tom not Ron, but you're right, civility for lefties like him does not exist. It's not his fault, it's a result of poor upbringing in whatever city he claims to live in. He also doesn't understand that 4 years in college doesn't mean you are done with your education. Once he starts his, he may figure it out.


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Posted by Proud Pleasantonian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Developers don't stay developers long unless they are smart and meet high standards set by the city. Every body will vote for somebody. Most of the long time residents, and most of all the kinds of business folk, developers, Hacienda Nat'l Corps, will all be voting, and they'll be voting for Narum...that's the 'smart voters' choice. The ones who truly care about all of Pleasanton....NOT selfish folk focused only on their own neighborhoods.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Someone with a good argument or refutation of an argument doesn't dwell on the "civility"/"incivility" of his/her opponent. To do so is the mark of a feeble mind.


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Posted by Proud Pleasantonian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2013 at 6:53 am

I'm already sick of the narrow Miller crowd, chanting me, me, me. That is not how Pleasanton became great. It's about open minded folk, willing to look at the 'big picture' for the good of 'Pleasanton' period. Single-issue, personally selfish folk are thorns and roadblocks. Anybody who doesn't vow to put all of "Pleasanton' first is not worth a vote. Anybody who doesn't put Pleasanton first, could buy some lovely acerage outside of town and make your own little isolated patch the way you want it....if the rigors of life in Pleasanton are just too much for you.


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Posted by VOTER
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

This Special Election is the worst since about 1992. Narum's money trail is the most revealing. Many, of those defending the donations from ALL of those Developers and Contractors, are on Narum's Co-Chaired Rezoning Task Force. They all have something to gain; especially now, with all of the future development, that will take place through-out Pleasanton. I have NEVER seen it this bad. Will not vote for her.


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Posted by Proud Pleasantonian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

There really is NO other realistic ! ! ! Most smart people from all walks, and long-timers want the best. The other 3 are not ready for the job.


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Posted by Proud of Yourself Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm

There is a CLEAR choice and it is not Narum. Unfortunately, the final filing period for this Special Election will not be revealed to the public, until after the election.


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Posted by Proud Pleasantonian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

VOTER, are you that ill informed. It's not her, it's Jerry Brown.
Our BIG state Brother is in charge of Pleasanton housing, and that brother decided what kind of and how much. You're a fool or a dreamer, to think that Miller can do anything about it. Get a grip on reality.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

My household of 13 voters wasn't sure how to vote until we read the above posts. I can now tell you that all 13 of us will be casting our votes for Miller. It's Miller Time baby, and we're going to celebrate his victory. Don't Tread on Me!!!


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Posted by factchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

Voter, cook-kallio and Sullivan chaired the rezoning task force for don't let the facts get in the way. One of things i find interesting is that miller is making such an issue of the housing but he did NOT attend a single task force meeting, public workshop, or planning commission meeting. Oh that's right, he was too busy leading the charge against the $98 a year school parcel tax.


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Posted by Wrong Factchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

Don't you mean the NEW parcel tax that would be added onto the over $800.00 extra tax we already pay for PUSD? You know, the about $860.00 extra per household? The tax that the School District refinanced without voter approval and spent with NO accountability? THAT PARCEL TAX? You opened up another can of worms. No wonder we tax payers rejected the extra parcel tax; when they couldn't even responsibly spend the current one wisely.


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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Wrong, we are currently paying on a school district bond based on the value of your home. My tax bill shows a payment of $600.00.


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Posted by Wrong Again??? factchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Wrong again! I believe you are confused and probably don't know how to read your tax form or Assessments. I am not talking about your County portion, but the parcel tax voted by the citizens of Pleasanton a ways back. When did you come to town? Never the less, with Narum on board with all of her donations received from all of those Developers; we could be headed for more taxes in order to help support all of the new development coming to Pleasanton.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

To the person who keeps changing his name (i.e." Wrong Factchecker", and "Wrong Factchecker").

Pleasanton has never passed a school parcel tax. Not long ago, or ever. There is a bond measure that passed, as "???" correctly pointed out, and it is not $860. It is based on the value of the house. The money can only be used for school facilities, like building improvements. Money from a parcel tax can be used for things like class size reduction and reading specialists. Pleasanton has never passed a school parcel tax.


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Posted by to john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

John, if "There is a bond measure that passed, as "???" correctly pointed out, and it is not $860. It is based on the value of the house.", then how do you know it isn't $860.00? I'm just curious.

John, you go on to say that "the Bond Debt can only be used for school facilities, like building improvements." I can assure that your assertion isn't true. Even traditional Bond Funds, not the Capital Appreciations Bonds that have been abused by the PUSD, are subject to many drains on the principal. If you think for one second that Bond Funding dollars for school districts ALL make it toward their intended purpose ... you should view the Bond dollar as Salmon running up stream.


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Posted by nope
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

"Money from a parcel tax can be used for things like class size reduction and reading specialists."

If they guaranteed the parcel tax money would have been used for CSR and reading specialists, it would have passed. They refused. They made vague promises instead.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

"then how do you know it isn't $860.00? I'm just curious."

Because of the tax bills I've been getting for years and there is no $860 assessment on my bill? It isn't a fixed amount, like a parcel tax. It is based on the value of your house. Are you perhaps a youngster who hasn't yet paid taxes? Do you see now that Pleasanton has never passed a school parcel tax?

" I can assure that your assertion isn't true..."

It is certainly true that those bond funds can't be used to hire reading specialists or reduce class sizes. Only parcel tax funds can be used for those purposes.

And please, quit using multiple names. What's the point in doing that, unless you're just trying to confuse everyone?


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

To "nope" (or perhaps the same person who keeps changing is name),

Do you understand the difference between "can be" and "shall be"? Do you understand the difference between "can be" and "cannot be"? Parcel tax funds can be used for those purposes, as I said. Bond funds cannot be.

Some person, who keeps using different names (perhaps a child -- I don't know), claimed that Pleasanton already had a parcel tax. It does not.


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Posted by to john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

"then how do you know it isn't $860.00? I'm just curious."




""Because of the tax bills I've been getting for years and there is no $860 assessment on my bill? It isn't a fixed amount, like a parcel tax. It is based on the value of your house.""

If it isn't a fixed amount, and it is based on the value of a home, how do you know someone else with a home of greater, or lesser, value isn't paying more or less than you do. You really don't make sense.


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Posted by Erin
a resident of Ironwood
on Apr 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

Have you considered another thing these supporters of Kathy's have in common? A history in Pleasanton, a concern for its past and its future. Families who they have raised in Pleasanton. Civic organizations they have served. A passion for the City and what it has provided for their families, their businesses, their churches, their non-profits. I see a list of people like Kathy who have worked tirelessly for the betterment of this City. People who have brought you many of the things that were the reason you likely came to town in the first place. Maybe even built the home you live in?

And to insinuate Kathy wields some sort of undue influence over the East Side Task Force is laughable. If you have ever attended one of these meetings you see a committee of 18 diverse individuals who represent competing interests (business owners, past mayors and council people, land owners, city commissioners, neighborhood representatives, Zone 7 people, etc.) As a Planning Commissioners, Kathy and Jen Pearce jointly "run" the meetings which only means trying to keep us on task and following an agenda. They have no more "influence" over the committee than anyone else.

Pleasanton is not a political party-affiliation kind of town. People who get elected tend to have a history here - a history of serving on committees, participating in service activities, giving generously of their time as they raise their families and strive to maintain the charm of our City.

For all of these reasons, I believe Kathy Narum is the only candidate qualified to participate on the City Council.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

To the person posting as "to john",

You said "how do you know someone else with a home of greater, or lesser, value isn't paying more or less than you do." I never claimed that someone wouldn't. When you or someone else were posting as "Wrong Factchecker", you or someone else said "You know, the about $860.00 extra per household?" That says "per household". It was you or "Wrong Factchecker" who was making the "per household" claim, not I. Do you get it now? It is not $860 "per household". It depends on the value of the house (and is a bond, not a parcel tax).


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Posted by Saied
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 9, 2013 at 8:42 am

I was thinking of supporting Kathy until I learned that she took money from the Tong/Lin Family Dynasty. They sued us and our friends all so they could rob Pleasanton of scenic ridges to put mega mansions where the beautiful oak trees are now.

If she is beholden to the Lin Family, I say RUN away from her FAST!


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Posted by Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

Most of these up-standing citizens (as you call them) on Narum's List, have BIG egos. Believe me, most of them have received more then they have given. While placing their names out there for recognition, they are making the bucks. They have been making the bucks for years. Most want to know what is in it for them. Don't kid yourself. I have watched these egos perform for over 40 yrs.. Some have never done anything for this Community. Don't get me wrong, there have been the few, who acted out of the goodness of their hearts.


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Posted by Frank Capilla
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Apr 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

David Miller, Are you wondering why the business community is not supporting you? On top of everything else now you and your Tea Party supporters have personally insulted the construction Industry, development community, real estate industry and the business community in general. I thought you said you were pro-business candidate and you wanted to encourage business to grow in Pleasanton. Can you explain how you intend to do that without a development, construction, or real estate industry? If you are so anti-business, why did you appear before the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and ask for their endorsement?
Here is why I'm not supporting you: You have been in Pleasanton less than four years. You don't have a business in town, nor do you work in town. You don't sit on or have you ever volunteered for any city commissions or boards, you don't belong to any local service clubs or organizations. I understand you joined the Pleasanton Chamber the week before the candidate's interviews. Are you going to drop out now that you didn't get their endorsement?
Now with zero experience, you want to be on the Pleasanton City council. Why? Because you are against everything and for some reason you are mad at everyone. Do you think we are all involved in some vast left wing conspiracy?
David, why don't you take some time and learn about our City. It's a great place once you get to know it. Get involved, join in, and take some time to learn about this wonderful place we call home. Why don't you take the time to meet some of the business people that are supporting your opponents? Most of them have been participating in Pleasanton politics since you were in grammar school. Try being a little nicer David. You might be a better candidate next time.
My family and I have been in the community since before stop lights. I started my business here in 1972. If you would like to get together some time and talk about Pleasanton, I'll be happy to buy you a cup of coffee. I'm very easy to get a hold of.
Frank Capilla


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Posted by Correcting the facts
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Siade,

I understand in talking to Kathy that she returned the $100 donation from James Tong. Mr Tong attended a fundraising breakfast others organized for Kathy where the suggested donation was $100 for attending. He gave the minimum. Kathy was not comfortable with accepting this donation from Mr Tong. This was not yet captured on the last donations report but will be reflectd on the next one.


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Posted by Miller not walking his talk
a resident of Avignon
on Apr 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

David Miller says he wants to fight the RHNA housing allocation and regain local control.

Where was David Miller when all the meetings on this topic came up. We attended nearly every meeting on the Housing Element work and never saw him at one metting and never heard him speak. Can't see any record of this from meeting notes either - I encourage others to check out minutes and see for your self.

Also Miller does not seem to understand history of this issue and why slower growth members of the team like Matt Sullivan and Cindy McGovern joined the rest of the council in a 5-0 vote to settle the law suit. The city had already lost over $3M fighting this losing battle and was risking losing even more if we did not settle. Worst case if we kept fighting a losing battle was to be told that developers could "build by right" which meant that the city would have zero control over what the planned building would look like.

Fortunately, we stopped before we lost 100% of control.

Bottom line though I am tired of hearing how David Miller says he is only person who will stand up and fight when in fact the former Council fought for 3 years and state law prevailed. I don't want to throw away millions more on losing battles. We need to move forward and make Pleasanton the best it can be.

We need candidates who can walk their talk and have not seen that from Miller. Have just seen him try to slam everyone else without saying how he will make things better.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Note how all these anti-Miller trolls can't quote a single line from our Constitution? Shills. Every single one of them.


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