Jerry Thorne plans to 'hit the ground running' when he takes office as mayor Dec. 4 Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Nov 8, 2012 at 1:45 am
City Councilman Jerry Thorne, who was elected mayor of Pleasanton Tuesday, said Wednesday that he wants to restructure council meetings by moving part of the time allotted to public comments to the end of the meetings so that those whose issues are on the agenda can be heard on time.
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Posted by Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 10:21 am
Good job Jerry. The meetings need to be streamlined and made more productive. You can use your meetings at Agilent as a model. The public sector is so incredibly inefficient. Time to bring it to the modern age.
Posted by Frank, a resident of the Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:35 am
Congratulations on your win Jerry. I'm happy to hear that you will be "hitting the ground running". Anything you can do to streamline city services, will be greatly appreciated by the business community, as well as the citizens of Pleasanton. Best of luck to you and the new council. Please take good care of the city we all love.
Posted by Concerned about Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm
Government is not the private sector nor should it model itself after the private sector. The private sector is about profit and government should be about democracy. This is clearly a nod to Thorne's business and developer campaign backers who hate the messiness of public hearings (time is money!). This is just the latest in a series of attempts to limit public participation first started by Hosterman years ago. Interesting that Thorne waited until McGovern and Sullivan are gone to raise this - they would have shut this down with two votes!!
Posted by June, a member of the Alisal Elementary School community, on Nov 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm
Great idea. It is better and more respectful to those attending for a particular topic to be heard and heard on time without being postponed at a late hour to another hearing date. I see many people who regularly speak at length during the public comment period, leave immediately and go home while people who have an item on the agenda must sit and wait in the chambers patiently for their turn. The public will still have the ability to speak agenda. The only difference is they will have to let the agendized matters go first.
Posted by Democrat, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm
I recall that speakers were allowed to speak last on the agenda about 25 years ago when the Redevelopment Agency vote came up, but after the threat of a voter recall of the entire city council, speakers could speak first.
Since then the Attorney General has weighed in on the matter and speakers must speak first. But if Pleasanton wants to go head to head with the Attorney General again and be the recipient of yet another AG lawsuit, I'm sure the AG will be happy to file another lawsuit with Pleasanton for not complying with the law and fine Pleasanton millions of dollars.
Posted by Bamboozled by Jerry T, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm
Jerry came by my house, knocked on my door and said he would stand up for Pleasanton. He has not even been sworn into his new office and he is putting out of town developers in front of us, the people. I feel like he lied to me.
Jerry thinks developers and out of area paid consultants are more important than the voters who put him into office. Is he a puppet for the local business folks?
Another lying politician!! I don't like this one bit!