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Mayors outraged by vice president's snub

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Jul 10, 2009

Many of the country's mayors--including our own Mayor Jennifer Hosterman-- are hopping mad over being snubbed at their recent convention in Providence, R.I. by Vice President Joe Biden and others in the Obama administration. This top-level delegation that had been given top billing on a meeting dealing with stimulus funds and other federal aid desperately needed by many cities thought that a group of firefighters waving signs across from the city's convention center were pickets, so they refused to cross the lines. As Hosterman learned, and what Biden's aides should have told him, this fringe group of protestors was part of a bargaining unit that was having a labor dispute with the convention's host, Providence Mayor David Cicilline. Because the union is in binding arbitration over its contract, it's barred from picketing or striking, and the sign wavers were simply among many others who use the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting to demonstrate for their causes.

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Posted by This is news?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm

The Ultimate Entitlement Program: Public Official.

Give me a break, Hosterman, stop puffing yourself up - you're not that important. You're not. You may think of yourself more highly than you ought to, but you shouldn't have made the trip and wasted the money WE DON'T HAVE this year, not next. Why do you feel the need to be "honored"?

Jeb, Don't worry about missing out. We can hear your claps for Hosterman far and wide and I'm sure they rang out on the East Coast as well.

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Posted by james
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

our downtown has become a ghost town because jennifer spends all her time out of town.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

But James, I have to because I am SOOOOO important!

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Posted by Mayor Moonbeam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm


At LEAST I didn't quit my job first! I let PTown foot the bill for my travels!!

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Posted by Unemployed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I am not a supporter of our present mayor but I have speak out because I can't believe the blind support the bloggers is showing to the existing administration. How blind can you be! The fact that the current administration did this just shows that they have their own agenda. So stop dumping on our mayor - this is bigger issue than you can see.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Why would the VP want to speak with Plutonia's mayor? Isn't she after all the person that holds a wild bird captive? go take a leap got what you deserved!

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 10, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Obama should come here and personally apologize. That'd be rad. Remember when Clinton landed by helicopter at PMS for a Labor Day speech at the Fairgrounds?

So much for showing leadership, Biden. Honor the unions, but the rest of us be damned.

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Posted by Really? I maean really???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

Hosterman is just another "tic" among the "political" many who sees herself "important enough to be considered "snubbed". Give me a break. Most in this town have been ignoring her and her agenda. But given our local media here (Bing can you hear me?) you'd never know that!

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Posted by Sensible taxpayer
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Boy, I wonder if the "slap" the U.S. mayors received will translate into some positive action at home? While Jeb has been known to embelish a story or two with a pinch of drama, if this one is accurate you've got to ask yourself a question.

Would Mayor Hosterman ever have the nerve to cross "her" picketing firefighter's or police here in P-town? Cities all over California are in trouble due to the outrageous retirement packages these (greedy?)union reps ask for and receive-Vallejo went bankrupt as I recall-because the "candidate" then elected official loves the support they receive from these vocal/active voter/supporters.
Rarely it seems do these mayors stand up for the taxpayers, Mayor Hosterman included given past experience.

Let's hope that the mayor returns with a little more backbone than she left with.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hosterman had no business using OUR money for another of her infamous boondoggles. No matter what happened, right or wrong, she should not have been there. She does nothing for this town yet thinks it is just fine to tramp all over the country at our expense. Jennifer, go play with your bird. You give a whole new meaning to the term "bird brained".

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Both Joe and Jennifer have no place in office. Name one thing that either has done of value. I hope she enjoyed her trip at our espense. Maybe Pleasanton will wake up before the next election.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm

In case you are not paying attention, Pleasanton is weathering our economic storm pretty well. New storefronts downtown directly counter the charge that main street is a ghost town. Federal stimulus funds are going to those who lobby for the funds. So, why can't Pleasanton be at the table?

Keep up the good work Jennifer. Naysayers seem to show up on the anonymous blogs.

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Posted by Vienna
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm

This sounds like the case of a pebble stopping the entire train. In what world does a mayor not know how to determine a true picket line from a bunch of people holding signs? If there is incompetence at the level of entering a building – how can we believe that REALLY HARD decisions are being handled any differently?

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Posted by jacob and alma
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Nov 30, 2010 at 6:14 am

Sounds like a bunch of Tea Party sour grapes going on. I think Jenny won 4 times over the mediocore, angry, opponents she has faced. By the way, who is paying for the Lin's lawsuit? Kay, Karla, Cindy, maybe little "ridge dwelling" Stevie. Who is next? You go Jennifer, knowing that you were probably the best mayor Pleasanton has had.
b cool

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

It is very evident from recent heated council meetings or workshops that there is a bitter part of our population that continues to express themselves in ways unbecoming of an adult. The other side of the coin is that is what a democratic society is all about. I support Mayor Hosterman fully & appreciate her efforts to protect our citizens.