Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2008 at 9:25 am
I thought Steve Brozosky was great as Larry Appleton on the 1980s hit sitcom “Perfect Strangers”, however, I also believe he is a Karl Rove-like political hack that would be a poor choice for mayor. He is a divisive member of our community and if you’re thinking of voting for him, “don’t be ridiculous.” Perhaps he should focus on a new sitcom pilot or building the largest waterslide in the western United States on a hillside in Pleasanton.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2008 at 10:16 am
I think Mr. Sullivan doesn't truly understand representative government. Direct democracy is anathema to it. Also, "the right to petition government" is not the same as the right to initiative, referenda, and recall as granted in the State of California. Stop confusing the two.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2008 at 10:19 am
For those of you confused by "the right to petition government", it means you have a right to lobby and sue. The right to initiative, referenda, and recall is a direct democracy idea that allows a voting populace to create law, rescind law, and remove an elected person from office.
Posted by David, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2008 at 11:54 am
It is obvious that the writer using the name Ray is either Hosterman or paid by Hosterman (she also writes as Vinelander and other names), this demonstrates why Hosterman has lost so much past support in our community.
Posted by Not that kind of Democrat or Steve, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Oct 13, 2008 at 10:03 am
Did you forget that Jennifer appeared at the opening of the Democratic Party headquaters here in Pleasanton last month? Isn't she supported by, and supporting most of the listed Democratic ticket candidates now?
BTW she regaled those 70 or so of us surprised persons assembled with an assesment of her opponent in this race: "yes, I'm running against that nasty little man...."
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 13, 2008 at 10:39 am
Huh? I was answering someone's question about when politics in Pleasanton started getting partisan, not making a comment either way about Brozosky or Hosterman's partisanship. Go read Web Link "Pleasanton race could be getting partisan"
Although supposedly former Pleasanton police chief Bill Eastman's run for mayor back in 2002 was tainted with partisanship as well.
Posted by wondering, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 8:14 pm
I am also curious why Mr Brozosky does not have an endorsement list yet. I am also wondering why he has never disclosed his educational background while running for city council, mayor or to fill a seat on the school board. Didn't pay to much attention to it until it became an issue for a current candidate for the school board. I would be very interested to know where he received his engineering degree.
Posted by wondering, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:21 pm
Self taught for what? City Council, Mayor, School Board? He really does need to finally let the voting public know where he received his engineering degree. Since someone else is questioning the education of a school board candidate it sure would be appropriate for the school board to explain why they appointed someone without the proper credentials to fill an open position on the board.
It would also be nice to know why he has not posted his endorsement list.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2008 at 2:19 am
Why don't you simply call Mr. Brozosky and ask him...I'll bet he would be glad to answer your questions...
Why would it make a difference where he received his engineering degree and what "proper credentials" didn't he have that would deny him a seat on the PUSD school board. Could you list the "proper credentials" required to hold a seat on the PUSD school board. Educate us...
In my opinion, you also need to have a good conversation with Mr. Brozosky. You seem to have questions that only he can answer...
Posted by interested, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2008 at 7:17 am
Given that we only have one Mayor and looking at the endorsement page of Mayor Hosterman, there aren't too many community leaders left to endorse Steve besides the usual malcontents such as Ayala, Brown, Fox, Pugh, O'Connor, Arkin, Martens, etc.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2008 at 12:02 am
What's the definition of "community leader".
I saw a list of "community leaders" on a candidate's mailer and recognized a husband and wife that were listed. I know for certain those people aren't "community leaders". Just people that contributed to a campaign...
Does membership in a country club make you a community leader???
Posted by No PAC, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2008 at 11:26 am
Anyone who values the endorsement of special interest groups like Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Teachers union, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, or any PAC does not understand the special interest group is only supporting someone they think they can buy and control.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm
OooOo big bad and scary "special interest groups"! Did you know that groups such as Stop Pleasanton Gridlock, Save Pleasanton Hills, Friends of Pleasanton, and Pleasanton First can also be considered "special interest groups"?
There is a perception that special interest groups can "buy and control" a candidate. Unfortunately there is no evidence that supports that assertion, although several websites are attempting now to study the phenomenon. There is no doubt a certain level of influence that groups can have upon elected officials. It comes as part of "the right to petition" enshrined within the First Amendment. Get educated about this. Web Link
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Oct 19, 2008 at 12:34 am
Maybe "buy and control" is a bit strong but does anyone not believe an elected official wouldn't feel an obligation to a "big money donor", especially if the "donation" was the difference between victory or defeat and they knew/thought they could count on this donor during the next election cycle.
In my opinion, a "big money donor" could have a certain amount of "control" over a politician and it wouldn't fall under "a certain level of influence" or "the right to petition". It would fall under "this is what we want or no big bucks at the next election". Of course there's probably no recorded evidence to prove this "control" occurs but observing a politician's actions and using common sense can, at times, be just as convincing as "recorded evidence". In my opinion, Gray Davis, and certain others, never saw a Prison Guards Assn. proposal they didn't like.
Politicians wish to feed at the public trough as long as possible and they need big money to stay there. The "nickel-dime" donations they receive from the "little people" doesn't amount to squat when it comes to a hard fought campaign.