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Kansas City mayor praises Hosterman for work at U.S. mayors conference

Original post made on Jun 15, 2010

Mayors from throughout the country are gathered at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Oklahoma City, including Pleasanton's Mayor Jennifer Hosterman who is being publicly praised as a "dynamo."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 9:16 AM

Comments (32)

Posted by Hosterman PR Machine, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

Jeb,

I hope you don't intend on continuing your unabashed PR for Hosterman now through the November elections! I know she needs damage control help to overcome her sell out to the Lin's and the Chamber (an impossible task, btw), but seeing this promotion from a "newspaper" week after week is sickening (and quite transparent!)


Posted by Tom, a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

And I suppose we are going to have to endure your brand of mean spirited smear campaigning until next November.


Posted by Hosterman PR Machine, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

Tom,

It's not about a "smear campaign". It's about telling the truth. Something we urgently need in government. We're not going to get it with this PR fluff or with your defense of what clearly is a corrupt official.


Posted by lion share, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

Hosterman gets praise from people outside of Pleasanton because that's where she spends all her time ... on regional issues. I think it would be a great thing to have a mayor that's focused on Pleasanton. Mayors many time use their position to bolster their image and maybe their chances for a higher office ... yep just what Pleasanton needs ... to be a stepping stone for higher regional politics. Isn't there someone out there that can lead Pleasanton, be involved locally? Please no Tea Baggers, ultra left or right extremists, you know someone pleasant.


Posted by Amy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

Let's not forget Hosterman's unabashed slobbering over her almighty "change maker" -- Obama -- whose goal is changing America from free-market capitalism to big government marxism (and he is succeeding in realizing his goal because of democrat support like Hosterman's, McNerney's, the editor of the PW, the mainstream media, etc.)


Posted by dublinmarx, a resident of Dublin
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

dublinmarx is a registered user.

Amy, you never let us down... it's all Obama's fault.


Posted by sickofit, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

Another PR piece by the Weekly...maybe they should change the name to the 'Weakly' since that is an accurate assessment of its objectivity and accuracy when covering news...


Posted by lion share, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

@ Amy: Raise it up a notch. You see redundancy in messaging loses validity over time. It becomes a droning white noise.You may have some valid points, but you have to express them with variation of theme and content. If you use the same three sentences to explain all things wrong with all events happening, it seems to lack insight into the problems you address. Anyway, take it with a grain of salt. But I do recommend changing the record every once in a while.


Posted by lion share, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

Again, the biggest issue with Hosterman is her regional focus. She doesn't get Pleasanton.


Posted by Tom, a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hosterman PR Machine,

The ultimate arrogance is when someone represents their "opinion" as the "truth".


Posted by Hosterman PR Machine, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Tom,

Not opinion. Fact. Look for yourself on the City campaign reports web site and you will see thousands of dollars in contributions from the Lin's, James Tong, Marty Inderbitzen , the Chamber of Commerce PAC, and various other developers and business interests:

Web Link

Then examine her voting record over the past four years where she has consistently supported these special interests and ignored the people that elected her to represent them.

Unfortunately, at all levels of government, campaign money has corrupted representative democracy. Hosterman didn't invent it, but thanks to her campaign advisors and her insatiable political ambitions, we are all suffering for it.

Tom – better wake up and smell the coffee!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Or, take a trip to the City Clerk's office to see the paper copies of older campaign reports that are not on the online system and check out all the developer campaign contributions to _all_ candidates who have run for City Council.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Here's an old favorite: Web Link


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

The problem is that readers may not be aware of History(tm) here. All they see are accusations out of the blue, but the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Those making accusations may not be entirely innocent themselves. It is all just a political move. Who wants to take bets that Anne Fox will run for Council?


Posted by sickofit, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Stacey - nice job of half truths...how much total did JH spend on her election (by the time it was over). According to newspaper articles, she and Steve were pretty close. Floating trial balloons already...I tought Angela Holmes was JH's campaign manager...or is that you...


Posted by curious, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

sick, check your facts--Stacey's link is for the 2006 election where Steve broke all records for raising campaign funds including money from James Tong, etc. It was 2008 where the totals were closer.

And you're wrong on both names for her current campaign manager although I can't remember who is her current campaign manager.


Posted by I dunno, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Then who is going to be the next mayor of Pleasanton?


Posted by curious, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Well, the period for filing nomination papers doesn't start for another month but one has to assume the Mayor will file again to run for re-election. I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see Kay run against her. Also, Matt Sullivan is actting like he's thinking about running for Mayor given his negativity directed towards the Mayor and Cook-Kallio.

But one has to ask themself about the state of the City given the economic climate. Outside of the Oak Grove controversy, all in all this City seems to be in pretty darn good shape considering all the economic issues going on. Our parks, streets, etc continue to look really good. There isn't a lot of litter lying around. Fees for using city facilities haven't been increased. So I tend to think that the current council is working for us especially since they don't just rubber stamp things like the school board.


Posted by I dunno, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Then if things are running smoothly ... why change?


Posted by Caesar, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Hey did ya hear the news?

The dog catcher from Toledo Ohio said Hosterman is doing a swell job.

What the? Come on Jeb.


Posted by Ken, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Curious must be an out of touch elected official running for re-election or who is out of town most of the time. Let's talk about reality.

1] Parks and streets look good? Come on. Parks are in disrepair and the streets are overflowing with continuous traffic all hours of the day 2] Surrounding cities think Pleasanton is a laughing stock. The mayor and the other two council members, who seem to bring this town from one crisis to the next, can't plan their way out of a paper bag, which means the citizens end up having to do the actual work, like creating ordinances that were on the council's work plan back in 1996 during the Clinton administration 3] Pleasanton, because it can't say no to development, is the only city that can't get its act together to have an Iron Horse Trail but actually builds buildings right next to the right of way, meaning it is the least pedestrian friendly city in the area 4] Teen suicides are continuing to happen in Pleasanton, and the public officials remain silent in coming up with solutions or asking why this is happening. 5] The school district is in debt because it overbuilt facilities and can't pay off the COPS it took out, yet continues to want to build more and more facilities, rather than paying off the debt. 6] Downtown retail and office space is vacant or tenants are in the process of leaving, most of the shopping centers along Hopyard and Santa Rita are at least 20% vacant, and large retail spaces such as Domus and Nob Hill remain vacant. 7] The city council (3 of them) just wasted more taxpayer dollars on a special election that could have waited until November, for basically building mega-homes on land so hilly and steep that the cattle grazing up there have a hard time going up and down the hills


Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Definition of regional:

Of or relating to a particular region or district; of some particular region, district, etc.; local; sectional
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Posted by lion share, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 9 hours ago

Again, the biggest issue with Hosterman is her regional focus. She doesn't get Pleasanton.


Posted by Ken, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

According to the news, sounds like mayor Mark Funkhouser has used public funds for campaign activity. Web Link

Her brazen attempt to defeat a citizen's initiative through using our tax dollars and city employees to write a competing measure (which other newspapers called sleazy) is appalling.

I'm also outraged at getting inundated by phone calls from "Mayor Hosterman's office" with a caller id from Mayor Hosterman telling me to vote yes on Measure D.


Posted by Tom, a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Ken, have you been asleep for the last 3-4 years. Our entire country is in a major economic downturn. How did you think it would not affect Pleasanton. We are in pretty good shape thanks to our current city staff and city council. And I bet we are the only city in the US that would turn down 500 acres of free park land for a mere 51 homes that are not really on ridge tops like the opponets sold to the public. I was appalled at the attitude of the winners of Measure D at the city council meeting that is on now. The winners are still whining and name calling while the losers have lost with dignity and class and are moving on. The winners(Ayala, Brown and the Martins)can't seem to win with dignity. I guess you can't buy elections and you can't buy winning with grace and dignity either. I don't know which is worse. The latter I think. Time to move on. I guess you are just born with a bit of class or not.


Posted by Andrew A., a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I am so proud of our Mayor! Who can watch this and not think she is working herself ragged for all of us in Pleasanton?

Web Link


Posted by Ken, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Funny, of course, that city's website and minutes Web Link have the developer himself saying over and over that of the 51 lots, 50 lots were to be on the ridgeline/ridgetop except Lot 51.

"Mr Inderbitzen replied that Lot 51 was a large fill area which was an opportunity to get off the ridgeline but was also environmentally sensitive." 6/13/2007 p.12 of 19

Tim, the developer positioned the project as a ridgetop development. Are you saying the developer (Inderbitzen) is an opponent of their own development?


Posted by Andrew A., a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Web Link


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I figured it out! Hosterman needs Palin's hairstyle!


Posted by sickofit, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

Did you watch our 'dynamo' and her temper tantrum during the City Council meeting. Yes, Staples Ranch being delayed is unacceptable but throwing a public tantrum about it...give me a break. I also liked the way that she opined on a legal question...of course, how may times has she failed the bar exam...is it three or four...I have lost count. I am so proud of our mayor...


Posted by not a fan, a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

I am sick of the mayor's grand standing. Barking at the staff during a televised meeting because the matter had to get moved to another date - all so she could receive an ovation from the audience. She is already campaigning.

Was Staples Ranch fully vetted through the planning commission?
Were items about the DEIR resolved? Isn't there a lawsuit on this topic?


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

Stacey is a registered user.

not a fan,

Instead of making assumptions about what goes on in local government, why don't you do the research and find out the answers to your questions? Then perhaps you'd know that the lawsuit was settled out of court because it was mostly a non-issue.


Posted by curious, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Yes, the Staples Ranch SEIR and PUD's have been fully vetted and approved by the Planning Commission. It would seem like the PUD's should be available for people to review if interested at a minimum by looking at the Planning Commission minutes.


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