Posted by Viv, a resident of the Walnut Hills neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2008 at 9:29 am
It is early....just wait it will get more interesting..........
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:14 pm
You know something? :)
Posted by CHOLO & friends, a resident of Livermore, on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:33 pm
WHO'S RUNNING? I'm running...to the airport! I'm off for a few weeks but I'm taking my computer with me. I'll be monitoring the posts and I will report you to Jeb if things get out of hand!
Mes petites.....good health, keep an eye on your pocketbooks!
Like they say, filler-up!
Posted by westsider, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm
Think you're right, Viv. It'll only get more interesting now that we're officially in the Silly Season. Maybe we'll hear from an 'almost' Planning Commissioner next!
Posted by westsider, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2008 at 2:04 pm
Woohoo! Silly Season is truly here! Now another sour grapes Planning Commissioner is talking about running! Who's next?
Posted by Vinelander, a resident of the Vineyard Hills neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm
So far we have: Matt Sullivan, Jerry Pentin and Howard Neely running for City Council; and Jennifer Hosterman, Mary Roberts and Greg O'Connor running for Mayor. And the filing period has only been open for 4 days - since 7/14/08. Whoopee!!
Posted by Jennifer for Mayor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2008 at 8:44 pm
With three candidates for Mayor...Jennifer is a sure winner!!!
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Awww... come on Steve. We know you are going to file. Why the drama queen approach of waiting to the last minute?
Posted by Brian, a resident of the Foothill Place neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 9:56 am
There's no way Steve Brososky is running against Mary Roberts, for one. And second, so far there's only two people who it has been reported are considering running for mayor: Mary Roberts and Jennifer Hosterman. Where did you get Greg O'Conner? Who is that?
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 11:20 am
Brozosky came close to winning the last election. It was quite close. There's not really a reason why he wouldn't run.
Posted by just the facts, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm
Planning Commissioner Alternate Greg O'Connor took out papers to run for Mayor last Thursday. Planning Commissioner Anne Fox took out papers to run for Mayor yesterday. Wonder who the next Planning Commissioner to take out papers will be. . .
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm
Time already to vote for Bosco (Sunol's dog mayor) as write-in?
Posted by Interested, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm
To the extent that in the past four or more years Sullivan and Hosterman have been "tighter than ticks", does this represent a "lover's quarrel" or does it represent a real difference of opinion?
It will be interesting to observe if Hosterman and Sullivan support each other in the coming election as they have done in the past.
Posted by Bosco, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm
Bosco "passed away" several years ago>
However Cholo is still alive (I think).
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm
That doesn't make Bosco any less eligible! God rest his soul!
Posted by Brian, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 6:38 pm
Quite frankly, I think people are taking out papers for Mayor to yank all of your chains...look, it's working!
Posted by Interested, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm
You are correct...
The fun begins...when the papers are filed!
Posted by interested II, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm
no ones chains are being yanked. The transparency of this is so obvious. There will only be one paper filed and it will be Ayala? Brozosky? McGovern?. Quity frankly I prefer Bosco to any of these three. It's insulting that they think the people of Pleasanton cannot see this for what it is.
Posted by Audrey, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm
No way....that's not the scenario...anyone else?
Posted by annonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 9:29 pm
McGovern hasn't even filed for council yet. Is she running?
Posted by just the facts, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm
Isn't Mary Roberts listed as treasurer for Steve Brozosky's campaign committee as well as Cindy McGovern's Committee? If so, she's going to be awfully busy between being treasurer and a candidate. I also understand that she offered to be treasurer for Matt Sullivan's reelection bid.
One has to ask here who is really running and why all the games?
It wouldn't surprise me if Steve Brozosky is busy trying to find some election code that calls into question the council sponsored initiative. Probably occupying him at the moment such that he hasn't had time to pull his papers for Mayor.
Posted by checking facts, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm
One has to realize that signing up to be a treasuer of a campaign is not a lifetime committment. I would assume that Mary Roberts would not be anybody else's treasurer while being a candidate herself.
I also see that Jeb's article that talked about people running said that nobody is yet challenging Hosterman although Mary Roberts actually pulled papers to run before Hosterman did according to the City Clerk. Even the Independent that publishes on Thursday, a day before the Weekly publishes, has an article on Roberts. Either Jeb does not check his facts with the City Clerk on who is running (maybe he just asked Hosterman and did not verify) or he is abusing his power of the press by not even mentioning opposition to Hosterman since he wants Hosterman to stay in power.
Posted by traveling, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Jul 20, 2008 at 7:37 pm
Jeb not checking the facts????? Are you kidding, when does he ever bother? Given Jennifer's turn to the dark side where Pleasanton goes to the highest bidder-he'll support her for sure.
It pays to read the Independent if you really want to know what's going on.
Posted by annonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm
Is this the same Independent that referred to Kay Ayala as a former mayor?(She lost that election!)
The one that misquoted councilmembers in an article and then asked Ms. Ayala to comment on the misquotes? That Independent?
It pays to call or email and ask the person involved themself rather than relying on newspapers. The people are NOT hard to get ahold of. . .and you can get the info from the person involved. Then if you disagree, you disagree.
Posted by westsider, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm
I hope Jerry Pentin runs for council. He's a good guy, and he's not only a business owner here in Pleasanton, but a Parks and Rec Commissioner, so he knows both business and the civic process. Run Jerry run!
Posted by friend, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm
What worries me abouy Jerry Pentin is his connection with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has turned itself into the "Friends of the Developers" organization. Chamber reps are at every Council meeting dealing with development or control of development and speak out for every development and speak against any environmental restrictions.
At the last two Council meeting, the President of the Chamber has come to the Council meeting to talk about the initiative and has been saying false statements. After he is done speaking, a Council member, and verified with a staff person, says what was just stated by the Chamber spokesman as incorrect. But he keeps saying the same thing over and over. I did not think he was that dumb so he probably keeps saying the same thing, hoping that people will hear him and not the staff members correcting him.
Posted by annonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm
The Chamber of Commerce is an organization WITHIN Pleasanton, not separate from it. It is a part of the community just like every other citizen or citizen's group. It is not inherently evil. In fact many of the things we all enjoy have had Chamber support. It is just one perspective. Even within the Chamber I bet you would find differing view points.
So now we judge people based on association not individual perspective?
Posted by friend, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:37 pm
Yes the Chamber is within Pleasanton BUT they have turned into a special interest group for the developers. I agree within the Chamber you find differing views but at the Board and within their Political Action Committee, their focus is pro-development. This has turned into a circular item. They support pro-growth, then the developers contribute to their PAC, the PAC wants to stay influential so they support pro-growth in a stronger way to keep their money flowing for the PAC.
Just look at the latest initiative activity at the City Council. As a business owner I do not see how STRONGLY opposing the Citizens Initiative and STRONGLY supporting the Council initiative helps me as a business owner. Whether we build on hills vs. the flatland is not an commerce issue; it is a land use issue. While I have benefited from the networking opportunities of the Chamber of Commerce, I will probably not renew my membership. If the Chamber leadership focused on commerce issues and not land-use issues I would renew my membership. As a "reqular" Chamber member I am not allowed to vote on them focusing on land-use issues, except with my feet.
Posted by annonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:21 pm
A special interest group? Every group has a special interest. Whether you look at the term as derogatory or not depends on where you stand on a particular issue.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:23 pm
I would argue that land use issues are commerce issues when the business of the company (a developer in this case) is development of land. BTW, the developer is a Pleasanton company (Charter Properties). Are they a member of the Chamber too?
Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2008 at 9:02 pm
Hey, mr. or ms. annonymous. One 'n' please.
One who nowes.
Posted by friend, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2008 at 9:41 am
PG&E is a member of the Chamber but I do not see the Chamber advocating for a power plant in Pleasanton. I guess if Chevron was a member of the Chamber then the Chamber would be advocating for drilling for oil in Pleasanton based on the premise that they support their members.
I guess Charter Properties is a Pleasanton business now. They used to be in Fremont but probably moved out when Charter Properties was fined by the FPPC for laundering money for some Fremont campaigns.
Posted by sigh, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm
Well I guess whoever said only one paper would be filed and it of course is Brozosky was right on. Just what we need another vintictive campaign. The transparency was so obvious. I am insulted that another one of their little childish games was played thinking thay the residants of Pleasanton were so naive that they couldn't see through it. Shame on the other ones who took out their papers and stepped in line to promote one of Brozosky's ill conceived manipulations. his specality.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Ah! I was wondering if there would be an update as it is now past deadline to file. If the other potential candidates had filed, it would be splitting the vote since they all have the same basic stance on the major election issue (Oak Grove). Brozosky has the best chance at winning against Hosterman (since the last election was so close). What I wonder is if Brozosky will get his developer buddies to donate to his campaign again!