Cook-Kallio for mayor; Pentin, Brown for City Council
Original post made on Oct 12, 2012
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on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:31 am
Cook-Kallio is the right choice for mayor. She has proven that she can work well with a variety of different groups and is truly bipartisan. She's tough-minded and calmly handles the bully tactics of local Tea Party types at city council meetings. While Thorne isn't a bad person, he has an antiquated 1950s vision of suburban living. He has called people "elitist" simply because they voiced opposition to uninspired, run-of-the-mill, auto-dominated strip mall development. He feels that demanding a better product out of profit driven developers makes you some kind of snob. In other words, he accepts mediocrity for Pleasanton when we should aspire to so much more as a city.
Also, the type of supporters Thorne has attracted is quite revealing. They seem to have a resentful and sadistic bent. He seems to appeal to a group of aging conservatives that are anti-teacher and despise fair wages for working people. They want to build a wall around Pleasanton, keep "different" people out, and take Pleasanton back to 1952. Change will come whether they like it or not and Cook-Kallio has a clear vision for the future.
on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:37 am
Please note that Cheryl Cook-Kallio has been one of the most reluctant Council Members when it comes to pension reform. While she has voted for recent contract reforms, she has been one of the strongest proponents of worker needs/desires which has slowed down the necessary reform.
Her (and others) unwillingness to take an honest look years ago at the pension hole previous councils created, pushed out the necessary reform a few years. This is one of the reasons why even after recent contract moves, Pleasanton's pension liability continues to grow.
Cheryl has many positive traits, but to label her as a strong leader with regards to pension reform is simply not accurate.
It is quite telling that unions are backing her. Keep this in mind as you consider your vote.
on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm
Hope you all look at the City of Pleasanton's website to access the candidate's campaign finances disclosures submitted this October to see who is providing those big checks to support the candidates and influence their decisions on the future council. DeMarcus has the biggest numbers coming from the Charter Properties developers and their associates or over $13,000 in contributions coming from the Lins and Tongs. This doesn't surprise me as Erlene worked as a paid consultant for Charter Properties and this is a pattern of political influence that has been a trade make of these developers. Is this the kind of influence we want on our City Council or do we want a candidate who represents the Pleasanton citizen. Let's show DeMarcus and other candidates that money from PACs and big developers do not help you get elected in our town.