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Mayor is being paid off by developers

Original post made by long time resident, Danbury Park, on Feb 13, 2010

The city released the latest campaign finance reports at Web Link . If you look at Mayor Hosterman's report, you will see she raised over $10,000 this last six months even though there is no election coming up. If you look at the report you will see that almost all the donations came from developers. It is no surprise that the mayor changed from slow-growth to left-them build-whatever-they-want. There is much more money available to politicians who favor development.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

I checked. She obviously had a fund raiser. The contributions are almost all about $100 and there are many people there who are not developers.


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Posted by AngelaHasBeenBusy
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 14, 2010 at 10:06 am

Probably Angela Ramirez Holmes, the actual unelected mayor of Pleasanton (and Hosterman's political handler) as well as spokesperson for James Tong and the Lin family for the ridgetop Oak Grove Development, associated with Alliance Campaign Strategies, who is hired by Greenbrier developers, set up yet another Chamber of Commerce / developer "donate to Jennifer" pow wow.

Meanwhile, with its closed stores and Pleasanton with every shopping district and center full of cardboard signs sticking in the lawn, paper banners hung from doorways, and signs hanging from tree limbs, looks more like a fleamarket everyday. Good going, team Holmes / Hosterman (HH for short).


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Posted by long time resident
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

There are a few that are not developer's interest but not that many. There are some donations there from spouses of developers which are really developer's donations.

I guess the other key thing is, I have never heard of a local campaign for mayor or council having a fundraiser in an off-year. Typically our city has been free of political campaigning and fundraising when there is no election coming up. Now it seems the campaigns are now a year-around, every year thing.

Most of the donations in that fundraiser were not from residents of Pleasanton. Who is running our city now?


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Posted by AngelaHasBeenBusy
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh boy. It gets worse than that. I looked again at the spreadsheet of all the developer donations and and Pat Kernan, lawyer for the developers and also from the School Board chose to donate to Jennifer Hosterman's campaign, rather than to the schools.

You would think that with the Financial Crisis that the school district has he would be donating his funds to the school system instead.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

Does this woman really think that she is going to get re-elected as mayor? I don't think so...the funds must be for a run at a county or state office because her days in Pleasanton are numbered.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Breaking news: Politician takes special interest group money!


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Off-year? There's an election THIS year. Check your facts, people...


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Posted by long time resident
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Yes there is an election this year. The financial reporting was for last year when there was no election.

I also looked at the filing for the first half of last year. Just as interesting. She spent $3,000 to her campaign consultant Angela Ramirez Holmes and $1,800 to her accountant. The last really says something. Nobody else in the history of Pleasanton has ever had a paid accountant. Everybody else has had a volunteer in the community who supported the candidate do the accounting. The Mayor could not even get one of her supporters to do the accounting so she had to pay somebody to do it.

Going to the report before, she received a contribution from James Tong after the last election. The mayor apparently did not want James Tong's name as a contributor so she held off on depositing his check for $2000 (and Tong's buddy Daniel Tsai for another $2,000) until after the campaign.


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Posted by me
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

To AngelaHasBeenBusy,

That contribution from Patrick Kernan says he is from Camino, not from Pleasanton. Further data that he does not live in this city and illegal for him to be on our school board.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

What is the big fear of developers? What is there left to develop? Where are all these evil contributors going to realize their windfall? Pleasanton is pretty much all paved-over already. And as for Oak Grove? Had it been developed as planned and scheduled, Pleasanton would have had a public golf course fifteen years sooner, and been able to keep forty-plus million dollars in the bank for a rainy day!


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I love the 1/2 million dollars the mayor spent building a toilet in Delucci park.

How proud I am to be in a city with a 1/2 million dollar outhouse.

So how many teachers could be hired for 1/2 million dollars? Quite a few, I'll bet.


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm

i thought i heard that the Mayor had not renewed her contract with Angela Ramierez Holmes for the upcoming election. That would leave only Cheryl Cook Kalio using Angela.


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Posted by beth
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Jim -

The City and the School District are separate entities. The City CANNOT pay for teachers. I don't know why no one seems to understand this...

The Mayor isn't responsible for the bathroom - the Planning Commmittee and the City Council are...

C'mon...


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Posted by me
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

The mayor is on the city council and voted for it so ultimately she is partially responsible for it.

As for money for the school district, we actually have a precedent for this with our joint use facilities. The city could contribute to maintaining the school sports fields which is a community resource, which could free up money that can be used to pay for teachers. Not saying it is the right thing to do but it is possible. It might not be out of line for the district to charge the sports leagues for use of the fields as that money could go towards maintenance costs. The district charges groups to use their buildings so don't know why they don't do the same in the fields.


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Posted by downtown diva
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Oh c'mon folks. There was supposed to be a $5,000 bathroom for public use in the Veteran's Hall downtown, then the mayor said no to that and replaced it with a $500,000 bathroom shed facility across the street from where the concerts are held.

Fiscal restraint at its best.

Don't get me started on the firehouse full-fledged 'performing arts' venue, 1/2 mile from the Amador High School 'performing arts' venue.

Pleasanton-the Winchester Mystery House-it just keeps building and building and building.


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

me, the school district should be exploring turning grounds maintenance over to the city or contracting it out as well as fleet maintenance, accounting functions, etc. Things that are not to the core of what the school district is supposed to do which is educate our children.

It is my understanding that the district is not open to looking at these type of ideas. The city council is trying to help but the /board of trustees either can't think-out-of-the-box or is afraid to give up control.


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Posted by downtown diva
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Turning school accounting over to the city? No thanks. PUSD has enough accounting problems without adding felony embezzlement to its mix.

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, Jul 13, 2006

Public should know about embezzlement

Less than two weeks ago, we received an anonymous phone call inquiring why we had yet to report that a Pleasanton city employee had been arrested and pleaded guilty to the embezzlement of $77,000 in city funds.

Our response was that we knew nothing about it, but that we would check it out. Turns out that caller was on the mark, no thanks to the city.

Laurie Smith, 34, an accounting assistant for the city, admitted to embezzling $77,000 after a five-month investigation that began when a $1,500 charitable check was unaccounted for. Smith was arrested in her Livermore home May 4. She is expected to be sentenced on July 24 in Hayward.

While it appears that justice has been achieved, we are dismayed that the city itself did not release this information until we came looking for it.

The embezzlement of taxpayer money is information that should be made readily available to the public, whether that be through the media or some other outlet.

To try and hide the fact or merely assume that something like this is neither newsworthy or within the public's right to know is not serving taxpayers.

We also are wondering why the city would not want to highlight this case since sharp-eyed, city accountants identified the problem and followed the paper trail to the culprit.

City officials first noticed a problem in December when a $1,500 check donated to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department -- meant for a specific charity -- was not properly credited to the fire department.

When Smith was first confronted about the missing check that she had handled, she admitted to stealing the $1,500 check. She was fired on the spot. But investigators kept digging, uncovering a scheme that robbed the city of $77,000 over the course of a few years.

City attorney Michael Roush said the city has changed its operating system to prevent fraud in the future.

"We have a good system of checks and balances to make sure public funds are safe," he told the Herald. "We've tweaked the system now to make sure this doesn't happen in the future. In the city of Pleasanton, it's the first one I'm aware of in 18 years."

While we do not expect another case like this anytime soon, we would expect Pleasanton officials to realize that the public has a right to know about the embezzlement of taxpayer money, and that eventually news like this will come out.

Web Link


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Posted by henry
a resident of West of Foothill
on Feb 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

The Pleasanton Weekly TownSquare Forum: Cowardly and anonymous smear lives here! Catch the fever!


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Posted by downtown diva
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

Obviously, the mayor seems to think that taxpayer money grows on trees. Reminds me of the $600 department of defense hammers of a couple decades.

Seems like if it is in the city limits, it is overbudget.

Just this morning, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the new Pleasanton BART station is $26 million dollars overbudget.

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The price tag for BART's stalled West Dublin/Pleasanton Station has jumped to $106 million - a whopping $26 million more than the cash-strapped transit system had planned.

You can blame the increase on a pair of prefab walkways that have been sitting on the side of Interstate 580 for several months.

The walkways were intended to connect the new station, which sits on the freeway median, to adjacent neighborhoods.

But much to the embarrassment of BART planners, the walkways' welds failed to meet Caltrans' standards. Because they would be going over the freeway, Caltrans got to make the call to scrap them.

BART directors recently voted to pay $6 million to settle a dispute with the contractors over the agency's role in approving the substandard bridges. But BART spokesman Linton Johnson said the transit agency also is on the hook for an additional $20 million in extra construction costs for having to work around the missing bridges for the past year and a half.

That doesn't include the estimated $3 million in lost fares from delaying the station's opening, which is now set for spring 2011.

"I don't know what to say other than I am extremely distressed," said new BART board President James Fang.

Fang said he wants a committee to go over the project because "clearly it is not meeting expectations."


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

Could the Pleasanton Weekly commend on WHY a Pleasanton City employee had been arrested and pleaded guilty to the embezzlement of $77,000 in city funds - and there was no news in the paper or on line??!!


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

I would hate to think it has anything to do with making the existing elected government officials or City Manager look good, in exchange for bias (non)reporting....


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

Vintage Hills Karen, you will not likely get an answer to your question as the PW seems to follow the lead of the mayor and the city in reporting only what THEY deem to be of value.
What exactly is it that all of these overpaid city employees do that obviously does NOT include minding the store? The money should be paid back from the excess salaries of this person's immediate supervisors.
Reliable and verifiable accounting is not rocket science. It starts with allowing no single person to control the books. The person who takes in the money cannot be the same person who validates the bank statements showing where the money went. Simple! We have enough banks in town that have not been subject to employee theft -- how about the city asking some of them for some guidelines?
Many thanks to Downtown Diva, I had not heard or read about this latest city fiasco.


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Posted by Read the dateline
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

Please look at the date of the article. This happened 3 plus years ago and is old news.


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Posted by LookingForTheFacts
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Did the mayor have a campaign kick-off in Oct 2009? See Web Link


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Posted by Embezzlement?
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

It's amazing how local government will try to cover things up when things go wrong. What else are they covering up?


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

As a stand alone, the headline is certainly libelous:

"Mayor is being paid off by developers"

The post goes on to say the mayor is receiving donations to her campaign from developers, which is perfectly legal and acceptable for politicians to receive such donations. But the headline phrase is designed to DEFAME because "paid off" always means personal financial gain.

"To recover in a libel or slander suit, the plaintiff must show evidence of four elements: that the defendant conveyed a defamatory message; that the material was published, meaning that it was conveyed to someone other than the plaintiff; that the plaintiff could be identified as the person referred to in the defamatory material; and that the plaintiff suffered some injury to his or her reputation as a result of the communication."

"In general, there are four defenses to libel or slander: truth, consent, accident, and privilege. The fact that the allegedly defamatory communication is essentially true is usually an absolute defense; the defendant need not verify every detail of the communication, as long as its substance can be established."

People in this blog are really quick to make defamatory statements. One day someone behaving this way is going to find themselves hiring a lawyer to defend themselves in a lawsuit to prove their statements are true. However, it seems that politicians are good targets for defamation because they are unlikely to sue.


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Posted by Johnny Cochran
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Frank,

spoken like a true lawyer! The mayor, I am sure, knows many attorney's since she worked at a law firm and married one of them.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm

The mayor may KNOW lawyers but she does not seem to be able to BE one as she keeps failing the bar exam.


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Posted by Johnny Cochran
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Resident,

If you have ever had a conversation with her it is not difficult to see what she fails the bar.


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Posted by Websters Dictionary
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Maybe there should be a Pleasanton dictionary published that talks about Pleasanton-specific interpretations of verbs and verb phrases (frank should go for IT!) . Seems like in the rest of the world "pay off" or "paid off" means donations too.


Local papers that pay off politicians?
Courier-Life donations raise questions
By Gersh Kuntzman
The Brooklyn Paper

Follow the money. That old journalistic mantra might be as applicable to Brooklyn's competitive newspaper market as it was to Watergate, now that the Sheepshead Bay'based Courier-Life chain is revealed to have been giving thousands of dollars to the politicians it routinely covers.

And the chain's co-publisher, Dan Holt, a resident of Plainfield, NJ, has given tens of thousands more, according to publicly available fundraising records analyzed by the Brooklyn Angle.

Such giving just isn't kosher, journalistic ethicists said.

"It's outside the norm of what journalists should be doing," said Kelly McBride, ethics group leader for Poynter Institute, a respected journalism school and think tank.

"The standard should be that individuals and companies in the media business should refrain from trying to influence the political process. Doing so creates the perception that their news product is biased."

Courier-Life, which publishes community and ethnic newspapers, shoppers and specialty publications, has been doling out money to candidates' campaigns for years — at least as far back as 1999, a period for which many records are available online.

In that period, the chain gave:

$500 to state Sen. Carl Andrews (D–Crown Heights), who is now running for Congress.

$2,250 to then-state Sen. Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge).

$1,050 to state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge).

$200 to Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D–Brooklyn Heights).

$1,180 to Assemblyman Nick Perry (D–Flatbush).

$2,000 to the speaker of the state Assembly, Sheldon Silver (D–Manhattan).

And Holt's given considerably more.

Of several officeholders contacted by this columnist, only Andrews responded.

"I think their coverage hasn't been flattering enough," Andrews said. "But, seriously, I think their coverage of me has been fair and effective."

Andrews called Holt "an upstanding resident of the community."

"There's nothing wrong with being associated with him," Andrews said.

Not for Andrews. But journalism watchdogs said Courier-Life's contributions should raise eyebrows with readers.

"It is certainly unethical for a newspaper that claims to be objective to contribute to the campaigns of politicians it covers," said Adam Penenberg, a journalism professor at New York University.

The watchdogs said that once readers know that a newspaper has a financial relationship with the pols it covers, editorial decisions become suspect.

For example, was a recent glowing Courier Life story about Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Vito Lopez —which gushed that Lopez "has managed to accomplish nearly everything he had promised" in cleaning up the tainted party organization — influenced by the $300 contribution the paper chain gave Lopez?

Newspaper companies, like all corporations, are barred from giving money in federal elections — so that's where Holt comes in.

As an individual, Holt has given far more than his paper chain, covering the federal tab and supplementing the company's local largess.

Holt's dolled out $2,250 to Andrews's congressional campaign, $1,250 to Golden, $2,000 to Gentile, nearly $4,000 to Borough President Markowitz, $2,650 to Rep. Ed Towns (D–Brooklyn Heights), nearly $6,000 to City Comptroller (and Mayoral wannabe) Bill Thompson and $5,500 to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D–Sheepshead Bay).

Published reports have stated that the New York Post is negotiating to buy the Courier-Life chain.

If the deal goes through, that could put Holt in like-thinking company — Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns the Post, is, through its political action committees, the single largest media donor to political candidates and parties, campaign finance records show.

Holt, who is chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and is on the boards of several other Brooklyn organizations, compared himself to Murdoch, and to Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman.

"Both of them give money to candidates," Holt said.

Holt told the Brooklyn Angle that Courier-Life's giving "does not interfere with the editorial product."

And he dismissed the notion that readers would come to see Courier-Life coverage as tainted because of the company's financial relationship with the politicians it covers.

"We don't publicize it, so the reader doesn't know," he said. "Our reporters are entirely independent of [the company's] campaign contributions."

That said, Holt added, "The more informed the public is, the better."

I couldn't agree more.

Buying favors?
The Courier-Life newspaper chain, a Sheepshead Bay–based outfit that bills itself as an independent voice, is actually a large donor to many local pols. In addition to direct contributions to politicians, Courier-Life has given $3,000 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee and $600 to the Brooklyn Democratic organization. Courier-Life Co-publisher Dan Holt — a resident of Plainfield, New Jersey — is also a large contributor, having given tens of thousands of dollars to Brooklyn politicians. Nationally, Holt hedges his bets, giving $2,400 to the National Republican Congressional Committee and $1,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Here is a list of just some of the recipients of largesse from the Courier-Life chain or its co-publisher, Dan Holt. — Gersh Kuntzman

Candidate Amount Donor
State Sen. Carl Andrews (D–Crown Heights) $2,750* Dan Holt & Courier-Life
Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) $550* Dan Holt
City Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) $4,250* Dan Holt & Courier-Life
State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) $2,300* Dan Holt & Courier-Life
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum $1,000 Dan Holt
Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D–Bushwick), county boss $300 Courier Life
Borough President Marty Markowitz $4,200*+ Dan Holt
Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D–Carroll Gardens) $750* Dan Holt & Courier-Life
Rep. Major Owens (D–Crown Heights) $400 Dan Holt
Assemblyman Nick Perry (D–Flatbush) $1,180 Courier-Life
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D–Manhattan) $2,000 Courier-Life
City Comptroller Bill Thompson $5,856* Dan Holt
Rep. Ed Towns (D–Brooklyn Heights) $2,650* Dan Holt
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D–Sheepshead Bay) $5,500* Dan Holt
* Separate contributions are added together / + Plus $600 from Holt's wife, Rosemary
Source: Federal Election Commission, New York State Board of Elections, New York City Campaign Finance Board


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

To all the Mayor-Bashers out there:
She's won the last three mayoral elections in this town. If you, or someone you know, can do a better job, raise a few bucks, knock on some doors, get off your lazy butts and run! It's people like Jennifer who put themselves out there who make this country and this city what they are, not the bloggers who sit around in their underwear and complain about everything...


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Posted by Hmmmm
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for your comments, Jennifer, um I mean, Jack.

Love the sitting "around in their underwear" comment.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

Hey Hmmmm,
Check my earlier post on this topic. I am certainly not the Mayor...


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Posted by Kim
a resident of Ponderosa
on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

With all this wasteful spending that goes on in Government at the local level, what really angers me is the money spent on off-cycle special elections.

Since the School District called a special election last year for a parcel tax and spent several hundred thousands on that, I don't believe that there should be any more special elections. I did not realize the tremendous cost to taxpayers until last year. And I never realized the entire 'low turnout' strategy that Government agencies use to game the system to try to maximize the Yes vote.

Regardless of the issue, I will automatically vote No for every issue that appears on a ballot for a special election. And I'll vote No for every office holder when their time comes to be re-elected (i.e., those who called for there to be a special election in the first place).


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Nice, not-so-veiled threat there, frank. Anyone that defensive about criticism of the mayor must also have something to hide or is in the mayor's inner circle of cronies.
Save your threats, unless you plan on registering and choose to come out of the shadows. Then, we can talk.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:45 am

Stacey is a registered user.

"There is much more money available to politicians who favor development."

Oh, is there?


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I guess the mobile home park people didn't donate enough, nor the Home Depot people.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Hey all you developers! There's plenty of opportunity in downtown Pleasanton. Come and get it! Donate today!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Stacey is a registered user.

No need to defend the Mayor. I'm just wondering where everyone else's donation is? Maybe YOU, average citizen, can pay her off too, I mean, if she's into that sort of thing.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Sorry, my pockets are not nearly as deep as the Developers. We 9 to 5 worker bees/regular citizens do not stand a chance influencing the Mayor.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Karen,

That's a quitter's attitude! You got 5000 signatures. $100 from each could be $500,000. That's quite a chunk of change!


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Last time I checked this is a free democracy. People sign a petition because the believe a cause is just and worthy of their support. Basic ethics. No strings attached and no expectation of funds coming your way.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Exactly. People (and corporations) are free to donate to a candidate of their choice whom they believe holds principles just and worthy of their support. But you'll call it "paid off".


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Posted by Ngo Payola
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

OK, if you don't like development in the hills, it's real simple. Recall the Hippie Mayor, Crook-Callio, and Funny Jerry now!

-- "I looked the enemies squarely in the eyes, and they were all Ben Franklins"


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Because raising the cash to purchase land that is zoned residential for 98 homes and is within both City limits and voter-approved County Urban Growth Line is more expensive than referendum, initiative, and recall.


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Posted by June
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, dont they? Too many made-for-T.V. movie watching perhaps?

To Karen who wrote: We 9 to 5 worker bees/regular citizens do not stand a chance influencing the Mayor. Many development projects have been delayed for yeeeeeears or denied because of objection from neighborhood groups. And most of those NIMBYS ever contributed a dime to anyone's campaign.



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Posted by June
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, dont they? Too many made-for-T.V. movie watching perhaps?

To Karen who wrote: We 9 to 5 worker bees/regular citizens do not stand a chance influencing the Mayor. Many development projects have been delayed for yeeeeeears or denied because of objection from neighborhood groups. And most of those NIMBYS ever contributed a dime to anyone's campaign.



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