Posted by Norma, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2008 at 10:59 am
I am very glad to see that people are beginning to take a hard look at Steve Brozosky. Unfortunately for those of us who are not thrilled with Hosterman's left wing leanings, Steve is an even worse choice. He has proven himself to be the most prolific "flip-flopper" in the history of our city.
To illustrate my point, Steve first ran for office in 2002 on a political slate with Hosterman and Tom Pico. They called themselves the new "slow growth team". They stood on street corners together and campaigned on an anti-business, anti-development and anti-progress platform. Steve's association with Tom Pico and Measure V propelled him onto the City Council in spite of the fact that all of the other candidates were much more qualified.
At some point during the first two years of his term Steve's dislike for Jennifer Hosterman overcame his commitment to slow growth and he began courting the developer and business community. His conduct toward Hosterman during Council meetings was distracting and disgusting and he began one of the most personal and absurd campaigns against her that this community has ever seen. Because of his conduct, the Pleasanton election of 2006 became the laughing stock of the tri-valley.
Steve raised $80,000 mostly from business people and developers and spent more money than has ever been spent on a political campaign in the history of Pleasanton. Yet today he insults us by calling himself a campaign finance reformer. He even changed his political party affiliation to gain the trust of more conservative voters.
Now that Hosterman seems to be trying to govern more from the middle of the road, Brozosky has latched onto the Ayala crowd and is trying to become the new "no progress" candidate once again, double crossing those that supported him in 2006. He is supporting Measure PP trying to recreate the win in 2002 when he used Measure V. Unfortunately, Measure PP could leave this community with years of litigation to pay for. Putting Steve Brozosky in the Mayor's seat is simply not worth that cost.
In conclusion, I am no fan of out of control growth, but we must not support a candidate whose sole mission is to defeat Jennifer Hosterman, not to serve this community. As I said, I am not thrilled with Hosterman, but she is a far better choice than Brozosky.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm
Tom Pico is not running for office but Brozosky is. . . constantly.
I have seen him on a number of occasions say one thing in front of one group and the opposite in front of a different group. His personal attacks on Hosterman is contrary to our community of character, and frankly beside the point. One does not have to like their colleagues, but they must have some respect for them in order to discuss important issues. The amount of money that he garnered from developers and business people and then spent was obscene.
It is all about him not issues and certainly not the consensus of the council. During his tenure as both councilman and school board good things happened. However, none of it solely because of Brozosky and sometimes he voted against the majority and then took credit when the decision turned popular or was seen as the correct one.
His campaign is all about what's wrong with Pleasanton, no solutions in sight.
We need someone who works well with staff and council, can base decisions on fact, not popular opinion, and shows leadership in trying to build a consensus with the other members of the council, whoever they might be.
Posted by Lee, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 2:41 am
Ironic comment... if you read any of the emails you would know they showed the shamefully bad character of Jennifer Hosterman. She was lucky charges were not brought since she was guilty of misuse of her City email. The DA just did not think she was big enough fish to fry.
What I found disturbing in the few that I read was the content. I was disappointed in how disrespectful she was to and about citizens. That when she lost my support.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 7:39 am
We don't even have the benefit of knowing the content of Brozosky's _publicly owned_ emails. Those "disappeared". (Anyone with a little knowledge of how it works can make email "disappear".) At least as I understand it, the City IT Department fixed their little email archiving problem since this issue came to light.
Posted by Lee, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 7:59 am
If you asked for almost any of the City Councils and most School Board members official email it would be empty. For ten years I have heard them say they may receive on their public email, but send on personal to avoid any risk of inappropriate use.
The point is everyone knows better, but Hosterman wanted to use the influence of her office when asking for support and money, she figured no one would ever find out. It is not the small illegal actions that concern me but her willful "I am above the law" abuse of her office, made far worse when I read the malicious and disrespectful content of many of her correspondence.
It is not reasonable to ignore Hosterman's evidence of guilt and find Brozosky guilty through lack of evidence. I don't agree with blaming the whistle blower because we don't like things that are unpleasant, a frequent pattern of behavior in Pleasantville.
Posted by Erik H., a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm
You are absolutely correct. Hosterman is a small fish in a small pond and probably not worth the time, effort or tax payers green. The real tradgedy however is our community and its leaders unambiguous nose-dive into the steaming piles of gotcha politics.
The stench from within City Hall has permeated its walls to blanket our city in a poisonous cloud of malevolent stupidity. This impetuous need to condemn, attack and malign one another is not only droll and contemptible, it solves nothing.
Lets get back to what really matters, the city of Pleasanton. Lets focus on substance, issues and the community. There is always two sides to a story and an expert on each of them.
Posted by Lee, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm
You are sooo right. It is far better to look the other way and allow our elected officials to operate unchecked. Let them believe they are above the laws, bending and breaking laws as they please. Anyone who tries to hold them accountable should be labeled as the trouble maker/bad guys. You're right that is how it is done at the national level why not in Pleasantville.
Posted by fact checker, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 9:23 pm
It is illegal to destroy emails dealing with official business (including correspondence between the official and a constituent) of an elected official no matter what email account on which the emails appear. Public office holders who have no in, out or deleted emails are violating the law. It is impossible not to receive emails from someone.
Posted by eleanor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm
Talk about your flip-floppers! Hosterman is the queen in this category. She will say whatever the majority audience at a council meeting wants to hear, then will turn around and say just the opposite when the audience majority supports the opposite opinion. She does this one-on-one in conversations as well: tell one person she agrees with whatever their issue is, then tell another person on the opposite side of that same issue, that she agress with them. That is not leadership. I say anyone is better than Hosterman again for another 2 years.
Posted by Erik H., a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm
Give me a break my friend. Stop for one moment and look at the comparison you just made. City to Federal, nice leap! Also, stop for a moment and consider what we're arguing about. The only thing that our city has in common with the federal government is our incessant need to one up each other, to find any reason to condemn.
You are absolutely right, no man or woman is above the law, but consider your purpose before your punishment. Our own deeds, themselves, are our ultimate unraveling. The damage is done. Move on my friend.
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
Stop the bashing. You have to be the change you want to see in this world.
Posted by Lee, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm
I agree with your message but I am confused on how it relates to what I have said. If you read the original post you will see I am responding to the original letter and subsequent post's bashing. I too want for this to be a different campaign, but lies and misinformation can't go without response.
Posted by Erik H., a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm
Your right. I think you and I are on the same page with this one. I was only responding to your thick layer of sarcasm. No harm, no foul.
The Mayor is as transparent as the glass from which she drinks the Koolaide and I would like nothing more than to see the most effective course of action, voting her out of office. It's great, this democracy thing isn't it?