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Hosterman political signs placed in downtown park

Original post made on Oct 26, 2008

Several callers to the Pleasanton Weekly Saturday questioned the appropriateness of political campaign signs for Mayor Jennifer Hosterman's re-election that were placed in Delucchi Community Park earlier in the day.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, October 25, 2008, 9:43 PM

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Posted by Big Boss Man
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 26, 2008 at 7:07 am

"IF"? Seems pretty clear to me..


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 26, 2008 at 7:29 am

That looks like Hosterman's "booth" at the Farmer's Market.


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Posted by iwastheretoo
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 26, 2008 at 9:33 am

Gee; Jennifer not following the rules. Not being respectful of our community. Not listening to the people. I am shocked to read this story and find it very hard to believe. I am sure she will blame over enthusiastic supporters and knew nothing about it.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 26, 2008 at 11:55 am

Why would this surprise anyone? Hosterman never plays by the rules. It was not her supporters, that excuse is overworked. It must have been space aliens who did it. Oh wait, did she already introduce legislation to ban space aliens?


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 26, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I'm just curious - is it fair to expect a candidate to keep tabs on all of their supporters and their actions? I mean, if she put them there herself and/or knew they were there and did nothing, I see all your points. For the record, I am neither for or against Ms. Hosterman.


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Posted by sawit
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Julie, if it were just a few yard signs I would understand that maybe it were some of her supporters and you are right you cannot keep tabs on all of them. However, this was not just yard signs. It was the big banner and banner holder that Hosterman uses at First Wednesdays. I guess she has one of these big signs so it should not be hard to keep track of. I saw this up on Saturday and also this morning, Sunday. I am quite disappointed in Jennifer on this. She knows better and being the current mayor, she knows the rules. I am sure she will just "appologize" but this was not fair to others who obey the rules and she gets a pass to have her advertising on a taxpayer-paid park while nobody else was afforded that oportunity. She is supposidly a leader but the message she is sending our youth in the community is, "the ends justifies the means. Win at all cost." Not a very good role model.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Yesterday, Main St. was closed for HS marching band competition. I imagine that Hosterman's "booth" got set up at the other end of the street (it _is_ the "booth", you can see the table in the photo). As far as I know, Brozosky doesn't have a "booth" (or at least I didn't see one at the last Farmer's Market I went to a few weeks ago). Yea, it should have been taken down afterward.


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Posted by not for hosterman
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

No one has permission to put signs on Pleasanton property. Check with the code enforcement people to confirm that. Of course they do not work on weekends so Hosterman took advantage of that. Do we really want to elect someone who flaunts the laws of her own city?


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 26, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Thank you for clarifying, Sawit & Stacey.

Now I have a question about no one having permission to put signs on Pleasanton property - I see signs everywhere! For example in the Vintage Hills shopping center that is being renovated, and along Bernal near Stanley. It's okay to post signs there even if it's Pleasanton property or private property that does not belong to you? I'm not being sarcastic, I really am curious as to where I could post a sign in support of a candidate/issue. Thanks, Julie.


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Posted by not for hosterman
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Julie,
No it is NOT allowed to post signs on city property. The code enforcement people will require removal of any sign on city property. The thing is that they cannot see everything. And Hosterman knows that.
You can post a sign on YOUR property, and that does not include the grass along the street when there is a city sidewalk in between the grass and your property.


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Posted by CMS
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Typically, political signs (or any signs advertising political/commercial activity) is never allowed to be posted on city-owned property (ie; parks, civic centers, libraries, etc) However, political signs are usually allowed during the limited campaign duration on the public right-of-way (ie; street backing lots, along streets, street corners, etc) as long as they are not in multiples, oversized, or a vision obstruction/public safety issue with their placement.

The City of Pleasanton does have zoning code(s) in place regulating the placement of campaign signs and this particular placement is a violation of that code.



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Posted by CMS
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 26, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Typically, political signs (or any signs advertising political/commercial activity) is never allowed to be posted on city-owned property (ie; parks, civic centers, libraries, etc) However, political signs are usually allowed during the limited campaign duration on the public right-of-way (ie; street backing lots, along streets, street corners, etc) as long as they are not in multiples, oversized, or a vision obstruction/public safety issue with their placement.

The City of Pleasanton does have zoning code(s) in place regulating the placement of campaign signs and this particular placement is a violation of that code.



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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Don't know for sure but last election they moved the political area from Main St to First during the Foothill Band review. The area pictures was where it was during the last election. It is not unusual for people running for office to leave their stuff there and pick it up later in the afternoon, especially if someone else was manning the booth. Many people running for office were up at the Alviso Adobe Park grand opening Saturday which went on from 10-4.

There are cars parked all over town in private parking lots with signs all over them. The people are not shopping, they are planting the cars (without permission) where they can be seen.

It is election season. Is this really what this is about?

This is rather picky and nasty.


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Posted by Discouraged
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 26, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Big surprise, another contentious campaign for two people who need to get a life. It's just as hot as it was last time, but with the Presidential race even hotter, it is completely dividing this nice, "small" town. Come on, let's all set a good example for our kids!


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 26, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Hostermann will not get my vote. I'm a regular person and if I sat up a barbecue or something at a public park, left all of my assorted lawn furniture there, and then just abandoned it, cooler and all, I'd have the police at my door and I would be fined. This action shows a complete lack of respect. City parks are not the mayor's personal deck and backyard.


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Posted by Marsha
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 26, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I know the Mayor was at the Alviso Adobe Community Park celebration, and she gave a great speech and dedication of our newest park! (I was there, too.) I think this is no more than campaign season in a small city - someone put out the Mayors "stuff" and someone else forgot to pick it up. Plain and simple.


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Posted by Marsha
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 26, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I know the Mayor was at the Alviso Adobe Community Park celebration, and she gave a great speech and dedication of our newest park! (I was there, too.) I think this is no more than campaign season in a small city - someone put out the Mayors "stuff" and someone else forgot to pick it up. Plain and simple.


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Posted by Confused
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Isn't it City Property when every candidate sets up their stuff similar to this at the Farmer's Market every week? Last time I checked the street corners in front of Peet's and GR Doodlebug don't belong to candidates.

Yes, it should have been taken down after the Farmer's Market on Saturday. That was clearly an oversight on the Mayor's part and/or her volunteers. But aren't the comments getting a little silly here?


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 26, 2008 at 9:37 pm

"But aren't the comments getting a little silly here?"

Are you referring to the ones that imply someone leaving Hosterman's "stuff" out is a good reason to not vote for her? :) I would hope people are voting for better reasons...


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Posted by whocares
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm

The comments here are not silly. These antics are common for Hosterman. How about allowing her opponent to use the park next weekend to make things even?

Parking a car or truck around town with signs on it is allowed, as long as it is not left overnight in a private parking lot (without permission) or on a city street for more than 72 hours. The Farmer's Market displays every Saturday are on city sidewalks, but are not signs posted and left unattended; signwaving is also allowed on city sidewalks.

Take a look around town. Most of the "illegal" signs left posted in the public right of way or on city property belongs to Hosterman and Measure QQ (supported by Hosterman). Hosterman complains immediately to code enforcement if she sees signs she doesn't want in a public place and has them removed.

There are too many important reasons not to have Hosterman as our mayor; this is a minor nuisance. Just vote her out of office and be done with the drama.


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Posted by iwastheretoo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm

wc, I'd have to differ with you on the "illegal" signs being from Hosterman and QQ. My travels in the city today, found numerous PP signs in medians and in the area between the street and sidewalk. It appeared as if someone put them up for the weekend and will probably take them down in the morning. Notable areas were Birdland and Valley, Bridle Creek/Sycamore area. All of the campaigns are guilty of various sign violations including Steve Brozosky's campaign. Regardless of who you do or don't support, lets stick to the facts as well as the issues. Campaign signs don't solve issues in this city.


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Posted by Bonnie
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm

This whole sign violation is just a sample of her "You elected me now step back" attitude. She didn't think laws apply to her and her hawk, she thought 5000 signatures were not important to listed to regarding Oak Grove and 5000 more for Save the Hills.com, she figured email accounts can be used however she wishes, and now she wants to put her signs around town because she is mayor and should not have to follow the laws like everyone else.

It is bad enough to drive by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and see all of her signs out front. It looks like Jennifer Hosterman campaign headquarters! Four years of her rules are enough. I say vote her out! Steve B looks like a good guy, a huge volunteer in town and an ethical sort of man who listens to people here in town. I am going to vote for him!


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Posted by Josh
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 27, 2008 at 8:29 am

Brozowski is dirty too I believe, just in other ways. Hosterman cannot turn around without being criticized--part of the negative political strategy that he, Kay and Cindy use to lambast her. People realize that there is the Bozo Team; backed by a vile Kay Ayala and supported from the bushes by Cindy versus aHosterman Team with support from the Chamber, Cheryl and Jerry to a lesser extent. Last campaign it was Dan Carl leading Brozowski's negative campaign....I believe Jennifer is an "operator" but so is Brozowski and like the Presidential Race, we are faced in voting for people that are less than stellar both in character and in what's best for us as a "COMMUNITY". But now that I think of it, I haven't seen one negative piece nor have heard her publicly be negative about Bozo---maybe I have just missed seeing it.


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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 27, 2008 at 10:18 am

Lucky for us with all the the open retail and business spaces in Pleasanton she hasn't started covering those windows with her banners. Her slow growth initiatives are working great. In fact I think our growth is actually in decline.


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm

I must be missing something. How is this any different than Steve Brozosky parking his rolling advertisment pick up truck in the end spot toward the street at Safeway on Santa Rita ALL DAY YESTERDAY?

This has been his practice for quite some time. Is this any different? The answer is no. I think we have a double standard.


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Not only Bozo, but McGovern and Pentin (sometimes. Looks like used car lot when they do it.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 27, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I think that's legal as long as the car isn't parked in the same place for more than 72 hours.


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Posted by Soooo
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 28, 2008 at 9:08 am

Soooo anyone can park their "advertisment" for 72 hours if its attached to a moving vehicle in front of the park for example, but can't put signs in the same place for 72 hours? Funny how the Bozo side supporters think this is OK when it is essentially the same thing they are complaining about from the opposition. Guess Jennifer just needs to get an ugly old clunker, decorate it with banners and move it every 72 hours.......


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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Who cares about the signs? The point is neither of the 2 option provides anything for the city of Pleasanton. I see no hope with either option, Based on what we have seen with Jennifer which is nothing, I guess the decision is which of the 2 evils do we pick?


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Posted by Are you kidding?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Nothing from Jennifer? In the past two years, I have seen her increase her outreach to the community seeing her set up shop for office hours where I am at Shakespeare in the Park, Family Fun Night at the Swim Center, Sports Park, 1st Wednesday, Farmers Market. In addition, great projects like Firehouse Arts, Alviso Adobe, Downtown bathrooms, work on traffic improvement.

At least she realized something after the last election and is out there trying to improve her relations with the community. I think she has also focused on Pleasanton more and this has brought around a lot of folks that previosuly did not support her.

Her endorsement list speaks volumes. How often do business and labor agree?


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