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In your opinion who was the best P-Town politician?

Original post made by IMHO on Jan 6, 2010

With the passing of Ben many are bringing up past politicians and their opinions on what they contributed. I am asking what politician in Pleasanton has done best by the city in your opinion, past or present. It is easy for me even though I have been here almost 40 years. KEN MERCER. If you have been here long enough to remember what he did as a mayor and how long he served it's hard not to agree with me. He was always humble and said he was just another single vote on the council, but he made the city everyone wants to have Pleasanton return to. Budget surplus (only city in California to have one at the time) and planned progress.

Comments (29)

Posted by Ray23, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Pleasanton Politicians Ranking - Top 5

1. Ben Tarver

2. Hosterman

3.Pico

4. Floyd Mori

5. Cheryl
Cook-Kallio




Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jan 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Ray23, I have not seen Mr. Mori's name mentioned in quite some time. Thank you. I had him for a professor at Chabot CC around 1972.



Posted by Devon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm

The best leaders were of the Brad Hirst, Bob Philcox, Bob ?? era. The ones mentioned above are pretty pathetic.
I took a single Chabot class from Floyd Mori...for the purpose of challenging him on every one of his socialist points... I proudly suggested he leave this country, since he mostly wanted to destroy most of it's core principles. It was good to prevent those in the class from his brainwashing. If only that could be done with the classes at Cal.


Posted by Jose, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 7, 2010 at 6:16 am

For completeness, you should include Ken Mercer. Also, I don't believe Cheryl Cook-Kallio has ever been mayor - just Vice-Mayor.

I've always though Ben Tarver was a great guy, and a great mayor for Pleasanton. Back in the early 90's when it seemed that every builder wanted to develop every square inch of available space, Tarver promised to slow it down, and he did exactly that. If it weren't for him, I think it quite possible we'd have a lot more homes on the Ridge, and Pleasanton would look a lot more like Fremont.

I've never understood what happened to Tom Pico; he was part of the "Dream Team" back then, helping in this slow growth movement. Then when he became mayor, he kept finding reasons to support more and more projects. He turned fully to the dark side when he became a consultant for projects like Oak Ridge.


Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

1) Ben Tarver

2) Cindy McGovern

While we're talking best, let's talk worst too.

1) Becky Dennis

2) Tom Pico

All others are simply NOT worth rating in any fashion.


Posted by Longtime Resident, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

Ken Mercer - He had the vision, wisdom, and relational skills to set it all in motion...


Posted by Jake R., a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:34 am

Tarver was the best by far.

Ken Mercer was the hero of sprawl loving Republicans (like Devon above) and let developers do whatever they wanted.


Posted by Patriot, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

Ken Mercer without exception was our best Mayor. Back in those days he had great help and support from Bob Butler, Frank Brandes, Karen Mohr, Dee Wilson, and several others whose idea was to make Pleasanton the "City of Planned Progress" -- of course somehow we don't hear that theme much more. Thanks Ken for all who did for Pleasanton.


Posted by Proud American, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

I arrived in Pleasanton just as Ken Mercer was exiting. From what I understand, Ben did an excellent job accepting and carrying the torch that Ken kept burning so well. So my vote:
1. Ken Mercer
2. Ben Tarver
3. (still waiting for this one)


Posted by Wendy, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

Clearly "Proud American" and "Patriot" are the same person.

Mercer was NOT our best mayor unless you like developers going wild.

Tarver is #1. RIP.


Posted by Dan the Man, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

Best
1. Ben Tarver
2. Ken Mercer
3. Cindy McGovern

Worst
1. Jennifer Hosterman
2. Cheryl Cook-Kallio
3. Becky Dennis

Worst Influencing Body
1. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce PAC


Posted by Mr P-Town, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jan 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

With out Mr Mercer most of you slow growthers would not be living in our Great City enjoying the amentias that his vision and labor provided. We are weathering the economic storm better then most because of the tax revenue of the Business Park and Mall.


Posted by Proud American, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

Clearly "Wendy" doesn't know what she(?) is talking about. Funny how one can form such a conclusion 'clearly' without knowing.
Mercer & Tarver seemed to be a good tag team. Mercer gave what was needed when needed. So did Tarver. Mercer enabled the growth needed. Tarver bridled it when needed. Both enabled the future that we are enjoying as present residents.


Posted by mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

I vote for Warren Harding. Later, Bob Butler retired the name "the mayor".


Posted by mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Remember Gene Rega?


Posted by IMHO, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

For the record Ken Mercer is a democrat and always has been. If it wasn't for him the city would have had to replace it's sewer mains costing millions. He was wise enough to say(in the late 80's) 'We have dug the ditch why not spend a little more and get the larger pipeline?' No growther's hated it but it was "Planned Progress" and without him it all would have been needed to be replaced well after he was out of office. He was anti-measure K but wanted people to be able to rebuild their house on the ridge if it for example burned down. He was pro-hacienda and pro .25% increase in Pleasanton's sales tax. That .25% alone from local car dealerships is money we need and needed. Budget surplus, doesn't that sound good right now? This was during a down economy also when no city in California had one. I wish he'd run again but no chance.


Posted by IMHO, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

Oh, and as stated by Mr. P-Town, if you haven't been here for atleast 25 years you don't know Pleasanton before Ken Mercer and your no growth attitude is too late to the party. Many want to pull the draw bridge up after they have crossed it. No growth after my house and businesses building has been built. Thank Ken for no buildings in Pleasanton over three stories also. Anyway I just felt that earth quake, did you?


Posted by quaker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

An earthquake occurred at 10:36:46 AM (PST) on Thursday, January 7, 2010.
The magnitude ? (not yet determined) event occurred 10 km (6 miles) ENE of Milpitas, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 8 km ( 5 miles).


Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Tom Pico didn't "go to the dark side", he just was a slow learner. Ken Mercer was a great Mayor; and Ben Tarver, while basically a nice guy, was somewhat misguided in his inflexible stance on new development. Just my opinion.


Posted by Proud Pleasantonian, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I've seen almost 40 years of progress in Pleasanton, and without a doubt, in my mind, Ken Mercer (supported by Bob Butler, Frank Brandes, Dee Wilson & Karen Mohr) was the best of the best. Without his positive influence, we would not be the fine city we are today. He POSITIVELY influenced our revenue stream, that has enabled good growth, jobs, shopping, and our schools. I don't believe in slamming those that had other goals, but new arrivals since 1990 have not seen what can truly be done with positive leadership and a good future vision. Thanks, Ken, for having those qualities when we needed them -- and we still do.


Posted by Howard Adams Neely, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Without doubt, Ken Mercer was the best rotating Mayor and the best Elected Mayor that Pleasanton ever had since I moved here in 1966.
He would be followed by Warren Harding and Bob Philcox.
In retrospect, back in the good old days the rotating Mayor was done within the elected Council, which was the best situation for our town. Under the elected Mayor process it doesn't give the other Council members a chance to develop into the top role.
If Pleasanton did not have a good City Manager, then the elected Mayor consept would be okay. Most residents don't realize that all the employees of Pleasanton are under the Ciy Manager, Nelson Fialho, so he does the hiring and firing......not the Mayor or the Council.
Howard Adams Neely
PS: The Weekly deserves a big red rose for promoting these issues, and giving the residents that chance to spout-off .


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Mr. Neely wrote: "Most residents don't realize that all the employees of Pleasanton are under the Ciy Manager"

Indeed! Web Link


Posted by Helen, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Pleasanton is an community that has grown to be the envy of the east bay and many leaders have given so much to make it the fine community it is. Bob Philcox, Ed Kinney, Frank Brandes and Ken Mercer. They all had the vision to approve Stoneridge, the business park and develop fine sports parks for the children of Pleasanton. Thanks to all of them for spending hours making Pleasanton the wonderful town that every wants to live in and raise their family.


Posted by Joey, a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Best
1. Ben Tarver
2. Ken Mercer
3. Cindy McGovern

Worst
1. Jennifer Hosterman
2. Cheryl Cook-Kallio
3. Becky Dennis

Worst Influencing Body

1. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce PAC

Completely agree across the board.....


Posted by Janet, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

Ed Kinney hands down.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Whether you agree or disagree with anyone who has served, one has to honor the service. It is a difficult job, actually exemplified by this post that puts some of the same people in both the good and bad column!
It is a hard job, requires hours of study and no matter what decision is made someone is unhappy!

It is easy to criticize! Many of us wouldn't do the job under any circumstances.


Posted by One who remembers when the City could no longer afford to turn on any of the neighborhood street l, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

By far Ken Mercer,Ed Kinney and Bob Butler.


Posted by IMHO, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 15, 2010 at 12:16 am

Ed Kinney was a great guy and is missed by all who knew him.


Posted by Derek, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Bob Philcox, Ed Kinney, Frank Brandes and Ken Mercer, Those were the days but you're forgetting Walt Wood!


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