Posted by Mega Tax , a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:42 am
Cheryl supports the Mega Tax B-1 that will give Alameda County tons of 'funding' (more taxes) with no accountability or sunset clause. She is Alameda County's lapdog. No wonder the drones in Alameda County support Union member Cook-Kallio.
The COntra Costa Times/Tri-Valley Herald support Karla Brown, Jerry Thorne and Jerry Pentin
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:49 am
Agree with everyone so far. I wouldn't want these jokers endorsement if I was running. Especially Scott Haggerty. Anyone that commutes via Sunol grade would like to tar and feather him for his idiotic Express Lane fiasco.
I thought courage was going against the grain. It doesn't take courage to be for something that everyone else is.
Posted by well, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Well it's half a penny for this, another part of a penny for prop 30, several thousand $$'s for prop 38 if that passes instead, some money for the community college parcel tax, possibly a community parcel tax for schools in 2013 . . . is there anything I'm forgetting? It adds up. And aren't we already about the highest taxed state in the nation?
I would never vote for a tax that doesn't expire - never.
Posted by local, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm
The politicians know the additional B1 tax would not be well spent, that is why they made sure there was no sunset clause in the tax. The tax is forever so they can screw up things even more since they don't have to come back to the voters to extend the tax.
Oh, and those "Independent watchdog committees", they are appointed by the elected officials. Talk about a fox guarding the henhouse.
To "anonymous", Cheryl has not been endorsed by everyone else.
I respect that Thorne stood his ground and voted against having a tax measure without any sunset clause which Cheryl was just looking for another money grab. Thorne has my vote.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm
@annonymous - are you kidding? Since when has there been accountability for anything the county does? If the money were to be used in a "spend as you go" mode, that is you cannot spend the money unless you have it in cash, then I would agree that some accountability could be put in place. But Measure B is a tax that will be used to buy 30 year bonds. Once these bonds are purchased all accountability goes out the door. Just look at PUSD as an example.
Since when does fixing pot holes take a 30 year bond? Don't kid yourself, this tax is nothing more than a money and power grab by the Democratic party.
BTW look at the sales tax increases voters have approved on the Franchise Tax Board web site. It is amazing how many transportation related measures have added to our sales tax burden. What have we gotten for the money? Not much because every time you spend money from a bond it looses half its value.
Posted by Sarah, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm
If we're going to be taxed, I want my money staying in Pleasanton. Voting for Cook-Kallio keeps the money in town and away from the liberals over the hill. Her ability to work with local officials, like them or now, will ensure that.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm
@Sarah - so you are saying that unless we vote a particular way, Pleasanton will suffer economic hardship. This is called voter intimidation and constitutes electoral fraud.
@Tish - you wrote "How can we elect a nonunion person to represent us in negotiations with our union employees????"
This is the way its done all the time in private industry. Management looks out for the interests of the company. The same way the city council should look out for the interests of the citizens and taxpayers. Anything else you have a fox guarding the hen house scenario.
Posted by local, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm
The employees have a union that represents them in negotiations. The taxpayers end up having nobody to represent us if the Council that is supposed to represent us is actually part of a public employee union. Like stated above, in typical union negotiations you have management that looks out for the interests of the company. Our "management" is the Council who accepts large donations from the unions and is some cases is part of a public employee union. How can the Council represent us with that obvious conflict of interest? That is a reason why I support Jerry Thorne for Mayor. He is not part of a public employee union and he has stated he will not take any union money in his campaign. I want a mayor/council that represents the taxpayers, not the unions. It is the residents that are supposed to elect somebody to represent us, not the employee unions.
Posted by annonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm
How convenient for Thorne not to take union money this time. He was endorsed and took money and help last time. He is taking that stand because he knew no money would be offered. Typical Thorne, whatever is politically expedient.
Posted by Bobbi, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm
Can any of the Brown Camp tell the readers why none of Ms. Browns professional groups support her? I can actually answer my own question. People who know her best know she can't be trusted. Don't go there Pleasanton! You'll regret it!
Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm
Another Independent and Mega Tax, the Times listed their endorsed positions accordingly in the headline... Thorne, Pentin, Brown. Probably had something to do with length of Pleasanton community, and degree/number of community service. Let's not get carried away.
It was sort of default. The TImes took the PUBLIC pension issue to the CA Supreme COurt, and won the right to publish names, positions, salaries, and retirements. They would not be supporting public employees Cheryl or Erlene. Harris didn't know what his top issue was. There are two open council seats.
Posted by huh, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 5:35 am
annonymous, Thorne received $250 in the last election from a union and it wasn't from the Pleasanton employee unions as well as it was disclosed well before the election. Cheryl received that plus $2500 the day BEFORE the election so there was no time for people to learn of that plus absentee voters had already voted. And this is from someone touting accountability in government. Not to mention the fact she had firefighters working at her 2 fundraisers while the council was in contract negotiations with the union. How can that be practicing good government?
And I find it interesting that only 2 city commissioners are listed as supporting her. When is it going to be about Pleasanton and not about all these liberal democrat politicians that don't have anything to do with pleasanton?
Posted by Tish, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 7:34 am
I see so clearly now! We are all citizens and taxpayers. But the union members are neither. Companies bring in unbiased hired guns to shoot down the unions in the interests of the company -- except for the workers, but they don't count because all they do is work and make stuff. The city should elect a nonunion wrecking ball to tear down the unions in an unbiased way. Because, see, the unions don't count because they are neither citizens or taxpayers. All they do is work for the city. So they don't really add value to anything. It's great when everyone thinks so logically! Thanks, Bill!
Posted by GX, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 8:50 am
Tish - I suggest you take a look at the actual numbers involved so you can appreciate the push-back against unions. For over 10 years now, they have taken more than their fair share of city revenue leaving the community in worse financial shape.
I suspect most people don't have an issue with unions nor members of unions. I suspect that most non-union people have an issue when unions get greedy and game the system to take more than their fair share.
As a reminder to everyone:
- City personnel costs have risen from 65% to 77% of the general budget
- Pleasanton's unfunded pension liability grew from zero to approx. $180M
We need courageous and independent elected officials to quickly help bring this back into balance
Posted by Penny Pincher, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:27 am
Thanks for info on unions sneeking in a large, last-day contribution to Cheryl, so it wouldn't be known by voters who had already mailed in their votes, or no time to learn about it.
UNfunded liability is an UNfair burden for taxes. I really resent it. I think it is wrong for me to pay for that obsence retirement buildup, when I have no retirement of my own. I want employees to cover more of their own retirements. You can understand why they want to buy two of their own into office....they're buying their own "insurance", even if they don't pay their own retirement.
Posted by Tish, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:43 am
Yes, don't you just hate paying taxes? For anything! GX sure does! For he offers us the same post virtually every day and on every site. His wife must love his conversation at the breakfast table: You seem grumpier than usual this morning, GX. Are those union city workers giving you nightmares again? Yes, Gladys. I'll send you some links later in the day, after I deal with my stock options, that sum up my outrage. Life is so unfair!
And those unions? Don't you just love the way they've improved the lives of their members? And at my expense! By the way, instead of allowing Walmart to come in tax free, as other companies do, is there any way perhaps we could pay them a gratuity to thank them for coming in? How about this? Mandatory furlough days for unionized city workers and use the savings to build a monument to Walmart that pays homage to Walmart's ingenuity in being able to hire workers who continue to be eligible for foodstamps at the same time. Now that's good old American capitalist know-how!
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:25 am
GX is right, Tish. The writing is on the wall, and it says a tsunami is coming. You need to acknowledge selective facts that exclude the bigger picture. That will make your world view much more simplistic. It will allow you to make the claim that Jerry Brown was overwhelmingly defeated because CA public now hears the roar of the liberal-manufactured wave crashing upon the shores of wealthy people's wealth and property. This is why CA has a Dem dominated legislature: because the CA public now agrees with GX. Get with the program, Tish. You're making a fool of yourself citing facts about Walmart and its cozy little place in Pleasanton when the real facts are those raised by GX. Tish, in fact, I think you're a bit unbalanced, unlike GX who knows facts when he sees them and knows how to ignore facts that negate his own.
Posted by JLynn, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Cook-Kallio is a bigger left-wing-loon than our current Hippy Mayor. She is a union member that would be a union lackey as our Mayor if she were elected. She is an unabashed taxer and big spender. The fact that she has been endorsed by a bunch of other left-wing-loon big spenders just reaffirms her loonism. The fact that she is too looney for the Valley/Contra Costa Times, a very left-wing-loon newspaper, should give voters serious pause about voting for Cook-Kallio.
Posted by @ huh?, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Did you check where other money came from? Look at the variety of people who gave to Cook-Kallio. It wasn't just unions, but business and chamber of commerce. She represents all the people of Pleasanton and she has the connections to get things done. Most people just want the opportunity for the conversation. She responds to calls and actually does something about issues.
She has shown true leadership. The other guy has no personality and no initiative.
@ Bill your attempt at drawing a connection to people who broke the law is offensive. Smacks of desperation!
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Posted by @ huh?, "Did you check where other money came from? Look at the variety of people who gave to Cook-Kallio. It wasn't just unions, but business and chamber of commerce. She represents all the people of Pleasanton and she has the connections to get things done. She responds to calls and actually does something about issues."
- O.K., what has she got done? How has she helped to address the long-term financial issues facing Pleasanton?
"She has shown true leadership. The other guy has no personality and no initiative...It wasn't just unions, but business and chamber of commerce."
- I can't say Cheryl has shown true leadership. And do you really believe that an endorsment from the unions, and the Chamber, really represents all Pleasanton resedints. I'm just not a fan of placing more Union-First cnadidates, in a higher position of influence, that will be voting on Pleasanton Union Employee Contracts. The relationship just doesn't work, and I don't care what the chamber thinks. Your comment, "The other guy has no personality" smacks of desperation. This isn't a popularity contest.
"@ Bill your attempt at drawing a connection to people who broke the law is offensive. Smacks of desperation!"
"huh?", maybe you aren't aware but the article is about "Haggerty, 2 other Alameda County supervisors, endorse for Cook-Kallio Pleasanton mayor".
- I think the comments about their track record are more than justified!
Posted by It all adds up, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm
County 'supervisors' who want pawns as mayors so that actually County Supervisors run Pleasanton + Ramming Stoneridge Drive down the throats of Pleasanton residents when few regular citizens ever supported it + More cut through traffic + Lawsuit against Pleasanton because Cheryl secretly rammed Stoneridge Drive through without any EIR + endorsements of Congressman Pete Stark, State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson, Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Assembly members Joan Buchanan, Bob Wieckowski and Susan Bonilla, and the mayors of Dublin, Fremont and Union City + the Hosterman endorsement + the tie in with Tong consultant Erlene Demarcus = Cheryl doesn't get to be mayor
Posted by Freddy, a resident of the Charter Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Good thing Stoneridge Drive is not opened to the new Paragon outlets-yet. It would have been a traffic jam as all of those Pleasanton shoppers took their tax dollars to Livermore, helping to line Livermore's city coffers.