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Weekly endorses Hosterman for mayor: Sullivan, Pentin for council

Original post made on Oct 17, 2008

The Pleasanton Weekly reported today that it is endorsing Mayor Jennifer Hosterman for re-election and Councilman Matt Sullivan and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jerry Pentin for election to the City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 17, 2008, 8:13 AM


Posted by Brian, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 17, 2008 at 9:02 am

(Comment removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as hearsay or unsupported by facts.)

Posted by James, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 17, 2008 at 11:48 am

first let me say that i did vote for jennifer for her first term. she has changed my mind since then. I've seen a lot of changes in Pleasanton just within the last six years. we may have a mayor who has a passion for national attention and a fondness for the latest political correct fads, but we don't have a mayor that places her constituents needs first.

Since Hosterman became mayor, i have seen a steady decline in the city's infrastructure. we have more streets with more patches, broken sidewalks, and dying vegetation. i now see trash nearly everywhere i go in pleasanton.

crime has steadily increased until we now have armed robberies in jewlery and grocery stores. you can't leave anything in your car or it will be taken. and now gang grafitti has arrived. pleasanton has gotten the reputation of a rich, easy mark and has joined the ranks of the rest of the "East Bay" cities. hosterman did change the coplor of the police cars to black and white. that will certainly have an impact on crime.

and while she may have had some impact on public works that would have happened without her anyway, she has been a major speed bump for business growth in pleasanton. she has consistently denied requests from churches seeking to even slightly expand critical social and community services.

in short, while the majority of her time and focus has been spent on national or international issues, the city she was elected to care for has fallen into disarray. all you have to do is look carefully around you as you go about your daily business in pleasanton to see the damage already done. jennifer makes a fine activist but a poor mayor. lets hire someone who will work for us, not their own personal agenda.

Posted by James, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 17, 2008 at 11:57 am

Matt Sullivan. this guy is making a career of politics after years on the planning commision and now on the city council. i'll admit that he is a very calculating and thoughtful person. one that never forgets any slight or any project that didn't go his way.

Matt would like to make over Pleasanton in his own image. the question always for matt is not always whats best for the city, its how best matt can leave his mark on it. he is on record as saying that his desire to be on council is to "rectify and fix things that weren't done to his satisfation" when he was on the planning commission.

matt has a pretty one-sided agenda about the shape he thinks pleasanton should take. i think we need someone who is a leetle less dictatorial.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm

James, you sound like a 'glass half empty' kind of guy. I look around Pleasanton and my neighborhood and see a nice place to live and raise my family. My kids are thriving in school. I live in Vintage hills and I've got a nice newly paved and tree-lined street (Vineyard) that I drive on every day, as well as a new bridge to help me get to work that much faster on the way. The Vintage Hills shopping center is no longer an eyesore and tenants are filling it in.

And I understand the mayor is a proponent of extending Stoneridge Drive. That's great! Now I won't have to fight with all the Livermore folks getting home from work on Valley Ave. to Stanley Blvd.

I think it takes a pretty pessimistic person to look around Pleasanton and not see a lot to be thankful for.

Posted by Actually, a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Great perspective Jack! It is always easier to point out what is wrong. I've seen consistent feedback from some folks the have supported Hosterman in the past that have now changed because she in fact HAS been willing to listen, consider and change her opinions which hasn't always been the case with her. I think it frustrates some people that she is willing to change her mind and therefore has somehow become "one of them". To say she spends "the majority of her time and focus" on national and international issues is just plain incorrect. No one can honestly say that Jennifer does anything, without Pleasanton's best interest in mind. I will give her credit where credit is due, she has learned from direct experience and is a far better mayor today than last election.

Please lets stop the bitter negative politicing, and focus on what the candidate you support brings to the table positively.

Posted by James, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm

jack is lucky he lives in an isolated and insulated part of town and doesn't get to see as much of Pleasanton in his weekly routine. i don't support the cut throughs for stoneridge because they have much more of an impact on me, none of it positive. it might save you a few minutes of commute time, but it will bring a lot of unwanted traffic into my neighborhood.

and when did it become a bad thing to point out when something is wrong? if it never gets attention then it never gets fixed. i'm just not the feel good everythings fine in denial of reality kind of guy. i prefer the real world to the fantasyland some folks live in.

Posted by Half Full, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm

So James, do you feel there is more going right than is going wrong? Or do you just like to complain about what bothers or only matters to you? Jack dosen't seem to be "isolated", he seems to simply think there is a lot of good to see, and little to truly complain about. Virtually everyone would likely have something they personally don't like or agree with.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm

James, sounds like you're the one who wants to be isolated and insulated. You're OK with traffic coming through my part of town to go to Livermore, but not yours? Why not share the burden? Aren't we all in this together?

Are there issues and challenges in Pleasanton? Sure there are. But come on, this is a very nice place to live and work and raise our families. Let's all share the burdens and enjoy the rewards as one community!

Posted by John, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Hosterman for Mayor!!!
Hosterman, a 20 year Pleasanton resident, has represented the city exceptionally well as our mayor. In the past few years she has made informed decisions that are in the best interest for Pleasanton, i.e. the Bernal property development, the Stoneridge extension, Oak Grove, just to name a few. She has forged relationships with both local and other elected officials to bring opportunities to Pleasanton (Refer to her endorsement list on her web site).

Under Hosterman the city has increased its reserves and long term investments. She has held open office hours to the public for increased availability to her constituents. She represented out city on the trip to Tulancingo and supports the Fire House Arts Center.

And yes James, Hosterman is environmentally conscious. Is that really a detractor for you? I admire her for standing up to the status quo and pushing forward to build and develop our city responsibly. When she attends conferences outside of our urban boundaries to collaborate with others on issues related to our environment it can only be a benefit for us in Pleasanton.

James are you really going to blame the mayor for an increase in crime? It's the economy stupid!!! People are desperate in these difficult economic times. Our police department is well trained and I have confidence that they will take the appropriate measures to maintain our high standard of living we are accustomed to.

As for her opponent, all I have to say is watch the council meeting when he lost the mayoral election as he threw a tantrum during his parting shot.

Posted by Tired of Hosterman, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Please, spare us Jeb.

Your endorsements for Hosterman and Pentin have got to be the worst kept secrets on the planet. Wow, what a surprise.

Another reason why your paper should be renamed the Hosterman Weekly.

Vote Brozosky, vote McGovern! Two more years of 'aspiring to the next higher political office' Hosterman? Spare me, er, no spare US!

Posted by Funny, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 17, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Funny, ToH you certainly don't mind using Jeb's forum here to complain? Why don't you find another paper's forum? The Brozosky supporters get angry and petty every time someone dosen't do exactly as they'd like. Funny thing is, more editioral space and letters to the editor have been published up to now for those supporting Brozosky, Sullivan, and McGovern and I certainly haven't heard Hosterman supporters claiming the weekly is playing favorites in that regard.

Posted by Curious, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2008 at 9:30 pm

ToH, I don't get it--did you read the endorsement? The Weekly didn't just endorse Jerry Pentin for City Council but also endorsed Sullivan as well. These two couldn't be more different in their positions but both bring a passion as well as a unique individual perspective to making Pleasanton a better place for us to live.

The Weekly realizes that there is more to this local election then just QQ vs PP unlike at least one other newspaper I won't mention. Give Jeb credit for stepping outside the box on this one at least for the Council race.

Posted by Paul, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I am disappointed that the PW would throw McGovern, with nearly two decades of service to Pleasanton, under the bus to promote their progrowth agenda.

Pentin will be a good progrowth soldier.

For Mayor

For Council

Posted by AJ, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Paul, I'm confused. You say the PW is pro-growth, but they endorsed Sullivan, a very no growth councilperson. Am I missing something here???

I think the Weekly did a good job of thoroughly interviewing the candidates and determining who will be best for the job. I'm voting for Hosterman and Pentin, and I'm not sure about Sullivan or McGovern. I liked Howard Neely, but he dropped out of the race. Maybe I'll vote for him anyway! :)

Posted by just wondering, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2008 at 8:22 am

Paul,given that we have a housing cap, and I don't hear any of the candidates suggesting that the housing cap number be raised (including Pentin), isn't progrowth really an issue of the past? There are less than 2,000 units left to be allocated. I think we need to be more focused on getting things done in a timely manner that will sustain what we have including keeping our downtown vibrant.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 19, 2008 at 8:52 am

It's all relative. "Pro-growth" is an insult thrown at each other by no and slow-growth advocates. It is like a vegan calling a vegetarian a meat-eater.

Posted by Fred, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Oct 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

I'm glad PW picked someone besides Brozosky for mayor. Janet is not much better, but I rather see her then Bozo in the office. Glad he was thrown under the bus.... a Wheels transit bus that is! :)

Posted by James, a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 19, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Stoneridge should have been put through before the houses were built-there would be no issue. It was designed to be an East-West road, one of only a few that we have that would allow traffic to flow between Pleasanton and Livermore. Hosterman is hated by Brozowski and troops who take their orders from Kay Ayala. Kay is rude and vile to anyone who disagrees with her views. Jennifer has matured as a council member and the city is doing well. It appears on TV that she tries to work with the other council members. This council has 5 big projects completed or in process of completion. People will really like the adobe interactive park on Foothil when it opens next weekend. Although traffic continues to be an issue, it is being addressed. People forget it takes money and cooperation. Jennifer continues to work on her communications and I think she deserves another 2 more years. As for Sullivan, he lost me with the Medical Marijauna issue. The high schools are a smorgasbord for drugs right now. The kids go to Hayward and Oakland now and are able to get weed from the dispensaries--what a joke. Sorry he has joined Kay and her minions. Cindy lives on a ridge like Brozowski--what hypocrits!

Posted by Jim, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 20, 2008 at 2:59 pm

As I drove downtown yesterday I could see the excellent job that Jennifer is doing. Every block is filled with going out of businesses and vacant store fronts. Her slow growth plan is working well.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm

That's the mayor's fault? Foreclosures the mayor's fault? How about the economic hole that has been dug for us by our state and federal administrations.

Let's lend money to people who can't afford to pay it back.

Oh yes, No new taxes, loopholes for the very rich and we have an endless stream of money we can put into a war that according to GWB we were done with years ago (remember Mission accomplished?) Where is that money going to come from? Programs are going to be cut. That is why they raid the Social security fund. However if you cut social programs or retirement finds like SS, people will still need services and that money still comes out of our pocket.

Someone has to pay for it, oh that would be us!

A state where every Republican state legislator except one pledged to NEVER raise taxes, however we have a budget where 89% of the budget is already pledged to some program, 6% is INTEREST ONLY on money we are borrowing from CHINA, which leaves 5% discretionary and our tax base is down and costs of programs is going up. Our deficit this budget go round was about 18 billion dollars, oh by the way, the approximate amount that would have been collected by the car tag fees passed by Gray Davis. Hmmm. . . With a governor who said he would not take any outside money because he was rich enough how now raised more money than anyone is history...

well that was a rant,

When you think whether Hosterman has done a good job or not, think about where we are as a city. There has been planning. The city has a rainy day fund. The city is not operating in a deficit. The city can afford the projects planned because the city has planned, well. So in this downturn of the economy, The city has not had to borrow money or lay off employees.

I think Mayor Hosterman is doing a commendable job.

Posted by Jason, a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Everything is Hosterman's fault!!! So easy. She should be drawn and quartered---pleeeease. I would like to see Mrs. Ott thrown out on her ear. She started as a replacement Economic Development person and she was the lead on soliciting business to set up shop in Pleasanton. Now she is the CM's "girl friday". What a waste of money. No notable business has come to town that I am aware of. Focus is on downtown and not the other businesses around town and for that I blame the entire council.

Posted by undecided, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm

San Ramon has a surplus of cash. Do we?

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm

The city is fiscally sound, all public record. There is money in the bank for a rainy day.

Posted by Jason, a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 23, 2008 at 7:02 pm

We have millions stashed away---one of the few cities who has done a good job at that----and oh yeah, with Jennifer on council for 6 years, 4 as Mayor. With a good council and City Staff that she leads. I am voting for her.

Posted by Jim, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Ok. We have money in the bank. But 1/2 of the downtown is vacant. 1/2 of the business park is for rent. We don't have enough space for youth sports. Getting around down is a joke because 1/2 of the street lights are off in their timing. I can't think of one positive thing she has done for the city. Name one.

Posted by Jason, a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm

As for downtown and business park vacancies, that is a poor economy and property owners greed with high rents. The downtown has been allowed to turn into nothing but restaurants and banks. No shoe repair, no hardware store to give it old time personality. PDA is a joke and that I blame council for. Pam Ot a used to be Economis Development gal now a "special projects" person doesn't help. While other communities recruit business aggressively Pleasanton sits on their hands and thinks their "too special". Compare opening a business somewhere else and then "experience" Pleasanton. That i blame council fo---ALL of them, not just the Mayor!!!

Posted by Concerned for Pleasanton, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 4, 2008 at 11:56 pm

To comment on James comments regarding Hostermann for Mayor and the Jeb Bings endorsement.

Our family could not feel like you nailed any closer than we could. My husband has been here 18 years and I have been here only 10. Everything you said rings EXACTLY true and is why we are not voting for Hostermann and will NEVER vote for hostermann again. She is no longer representing herself as a local non-partisan. She has made it very clear and obvious that she is taking money and support from the Democratic National Committee and we did not vote for a partisan Mayor on her first term. She is uses a Democratic Central Committee advisor and has been bought out by special interests. I regret ever voting for her in her first term. With the city counsel approving a new 300 unit apartment at Stoneridge, her desire is to turn us into just another filthy trash ridden dirty, ghetto, over populated, liberal east bay city like Oakland, Hayward or Castro Valley. Hostermann you may have the now widley liberal Jeb Bings Pleasanton Weekly backing you and you may have won this election but I vow that myself and everyone I know will work 10 times as hard against you on your next election and I don't care who runs against you, I along with everyone I know want you OUT and OUT NOW!

Posted by Concerned for Pleasanton, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:05 am

Since Hostermann brags that she's made the city so affordable by raising the required low income housing up to 20% on new builders and offers a low income housing lottery purchase, our family would like to know since the city is required to purchase a second mortgage to back those who qualified for those loans a. how many loans have they purchased so far and how many of those who purchased low income housing have gone into foreclosure? How many of those have defaulted on those city owned loans?