Among the two candidates for mayor, we recommend the incumbent Mayor Jennifer Hosterman for re-election to another two-year term of office over her challenger, Steve Brozosky. In her four years as mayor, Hosterman has championed millions of dollars in fiscally-responsible improvements to the benefit of all who live here: Callippe Preserve Golf Course; Kottinger Creek and the Veterans Memorial Building and, now under way, the Firehouse Arts Center that will boost public interest in our historic downtown and the Alviso Adobe Community Park. Add to this her zeal for addressing and localizing issues such as global warming and alternative energy, we can be proud to have a mayor who is recognized nationally, persuading cities to make the country's environmental concerns part of their own agenda. As a result, Pleasanton's new General Plan, which she has worked on since her election to the City Council in 2002, contains energy, water conservation and air quality elements that are blueprints for municipal planners everywhere. She has also been more conciliatory in recent months in working cooperatively with our neighboring cities, traveling to Washington and meeting with mayors on regional issues. This has resulted in construction of a new carpool lane on eastbound Interstate 580. She also supports widening and extending El Charro Road, State Route 84 and extending Stoneridge Drive to Livermore. Her leadership in gaining council approval of Oak Grove with its 496- acres of open space was right-on, again showing her flexibility in steering Pleasanton toward buildout.
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posted Friday, October 17, 2008, 12:00 AM