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COMMENTARY: Pleasanton gets it right

Original post made on May 17, 2013

Kathy Narum resigned from the Pleasanton Planning Commission last week after five years as a member and after winning election May 7 to a seat on the City Council in a robust, hard-fought campaign among the four candidates.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:59 AM

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Posted by Nice choice
a resident of Birdland
on May 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I voted for Kathy because of this on her website.

Parks and Open Space
I want to get Phase 2 of the Bernal Community Park funded. With increased revenues, we can make improvements to the park rather than spend money on lawyers and lawsuits. I want to preserve the parks we have and add open space for your enjoyment.

Hopefully, she will follow through on this campaign promise.


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Posted by huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I guess if the voters elect the same person that the paper endorses the result is "Pleasanton Gets it Right." Pretty arrogant.

People vote for who they think is the best person to represent themselves. Whoever wins is the right choice! It might not be who I voted for but that is irrelevant. The highest voter getter wins.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

grow up huh....tee hee hee she was legally elected...end of story!


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I agree--Kathy was a great choice. Although I may not agree with her on everything, she seems to bring a thoughtful, balanced leadership style to the table.

The odd exception to your "experience counts" rule is Karla Brown. Not only is she inexperienced and unqualified, she cost this city millions in legal fees before she was elected, and seems to be on a path to costing us millions more. I fear for that one.


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Posted by huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Karla Brown has not cost the city anything on lawsuits. Now James Tong and the Lin Family have. They keep filing suits against the city and they loose every time but it takes tax dollars to defend our rights. I am thankful that our city is defending the will of the voters, and winning each time. A lot better than the school district and their long suits with Signature Properties that they keep going to court on and lost because of bad legal advise from lawyers, including a lawyer on the school board.

So 'B', your message seems to be that if somebody files suit, give up. Everybody has the 'right' to sue anybody so it is hard to stop the suits. We either have to fight the ones we can, and should, win or send the message "sue us for whatever you want and you will get your way."


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Posted by Nice choice
a resident of Birdland
on May 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

This thread is on Kathy Narum and I had hoped it would be positive.

If any of you want to start a hate-fest thread on someone else you don't like or criticize those that volunteer their time for the betterment of the community, the safety of the public, in order to make Pleasanton a great place to live, why don't you start your own hate-fest thread? Thanks.


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Posted by All's good !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

The article is right, experienced Narum was the right choice, the people got it right.
B is also right, inexperienced Brown is not good.....tone-deaf to
wishes of all the people of Pleasanton.


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Posted by Harry Bush
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2013 at 8:23 am

Let's think about this. Both the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce PAC and the Pleasanton Weekly endorsed the Hippy Mayor. That really turned out well -- NOT! The Hippy Mayor was a disaster - she was much more concerned about state and national left-wing-loon politics than she was about Pleasanton. She was also a pawn for the unions. She was also clueless.
The Pleasanton Weekly should be more concerned about reporting the news than trying to peddle influence.


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Posted by Chamber Puppet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

Kathy is hardworking and takes her job seriously. Unfortunately, she's a clone of Thorne and Pentin, and like them, nothing more than a Chamber puppet. Just look at the campaign contributions.

Unfortunately, not enough people in Pleasanton really pay attention to local politics or they would see that this town is run by a small group of good 'ole boys still living in the 1950's.


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Posted by All's good !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Puppet, you say 'not enough people in Pleasanton really pay attention to local politics'. Good and right, city races are not suppose to BE about politics. City races are about neighbors, traffic, downtown, city services. 'politics' would be destructive, and should be irrelevant.


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