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Upcoming City Council Candidate Forums

Original post made by Rae, Mohr Park, on Sep 14, 2010

I had requested and have received the following information from Mr. Jeb Bing regarding any upcoming Pleasanton Mayoral and City Council candidate forums. As noted, not all of them are open to the public.

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm


We all realize that you are a fair, non-partisan, longtime Pleasanton resident of high morals, and it seems unfortunate for the implication to be that you are biased against Mr. Watson.

Since, you are taking the high road in your concerns for the future of the residents of the City of Pleasanton when it comes to Mr. Watson, I know you are equally concerned about the unfair vile personal attacks we have witnessed against David Harmer? The attacks on his religious beliefs should be particularly disconcerting to all fair minded people.

I don't know much about Mr. Watson, but as an intelligent voter I will do my homework before the election. I've already done my homework on Mr. Harmer, and I like what I see.

Yours in service to the community,

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Our local elections are *supposed* to be non-partisan. They are supposed to focus on Pleasanton and which candidate we, the voters, believe have, can and/or will address the issues facing Pleasanton in a way that is best for the majority of Pleasanton. I, as I believe most other voters in Pleasanton are doing, am looking at the City Council candidates in the light of who will be able to represent Pleasanton’s interests, as well as its residents and business owners, regardless of their political view or party, religion, race or sexual orientation.

Since Mr. Watson has chosen not to state his positions on the specific issues facing Pleasanton, and is a newcomer to Pleasanton elections, I can only base my opinion of his candidacy on three things: his candid commentary about where he lives, Muslims and a certain class of voters on various websites, his “fred4pleasanton” candidate website, and his bio on the Pleasanton Tea Party website where he is promoted as their “very own” candidate for City Council.

Because I did my homework on Mr. Watson using the information he has chosen to share, or in the case of his candid commentary, delete, I don’t believe he will be able to set aside his views and represent Pleasanton’s best interests - especially when those issues that will come before the Council involve someone Mr. Watson has shown he holds in contempt. We've already seen too much of that behavior from some of our elected officials lately.

As far as Mr. Harmer goes . . . he is, of course running in a very partisan national race. I have also done my “homework” on Mr. Harmer’s various candidacies and, as I have shared my opinion of his current candidacy, as well as source material, on the threads specific to Mr. Harmer, I won’t repeat them here.

However, I do hope you will keep in mind, as you research Mr. Watson, that just as you found that “The attacks on [Mr. Harmer’s] religious beliefs should be particularly disconcerting to all fair minded people”, I found Mr. Watson’s attacks on Muslims equally disturbing, as were his references to where he lived as a “Sin city biblically referred to as Sodom and Ghomora [sic],” a “moral filth pit” and "scary" voters who not only vote, but “have the power to breed and reproduce”.

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Here's the information I received from the LWV regarding the October 12, 2010 Candidate Forum:

"This is in reply to your email to the LWV re the Forum for the candidates for the Pleasanton City Council on Oct. 12, 2010. The candidates have all been invited to participate and will be given two minutes for opening and closing statements. Questions from the audience will be accepted, written on cards provided. Each of the candidates will have one minute to respond to the question.

The City Council candidates will meet at 7:00 p.m. and the mayoral candidates will meet at 8:00 9:00 p.m. The Forum is open to the public.

Thanks for your interest in this election.

Evelyn Bakken
LWV,LAV Voter Service"

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