Regional leaders back Cook-Kallio for mayor at fundraiser
Councilwoman praised for leadership by former State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Supporters of City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio joined her for a festive 58th birthday celebration and a campaign fundraiser in her bid for election as mayor of Pleasanton.
The backyard and indoor reception included a virtual "who's who" of regional politics, including Congressman Pete Stark (D-13th), Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, Fremont Mayor Gus Morrison, Union City Mayor Elect Carol Vernaci-Dutra, former Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena and representatives of State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and state Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. Also there was Jeff Bowser of Pleasanton, a school board member, and Erlene deMarcus, a candidate for Pleasanton City Council.
A keynote speaker at the event was Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and at one time a state assemblywoman who represented Pleasanton.
"I am humbled by the level of support I enjoy from these elected and former officials," Cook-Kallio said. "These are the people with whom we need substantive relationships so that we can make decisions that benefit the Tri-Valley and especially Pleasanton."
She said that leadership ability is crucial to the well being of Pleasanton, that we need to make sure our community is financially healthy and financially sustainable and "this means that we all work together to make sure that we maintain needed city services and continue to maintain a safe community."
"I understand economics and what is important to all of us," she said. "As mayor, I will take steps to ensure that we make sound fiscal decisions and maintain a healthy reserve while continuing those things that make Pleasanton a wonderful place to live and do business."
She added: "We need to be proactive in encouraging companies to locate here. We want to encourage a diversity of businesses here because we want people to live, work and shop in Pleasanton.
"As mayor I will actively seek out businesses that help achieve those goals, small businesses throughout the city in addition to encouraging larger businesses to locate in Hacienda Business Park. These businesses help us pay our bills."
With regard to the state's affordable housing mandate, Cook-Kallio said it's critical that we plan well and within the law.
"We can be smart about this," she said. "As mayor I will make sure that all stakeholders are educated in what this means and are involved in the decision-making process. As a public school teacher for more than 35 years, I truly understand the impact this housing will have on our schools and on our community."
Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Eastin urged those at the fundraising rally to get out the votes for Cook-Kallio, citing the councilwoman's years of teaching experience and devotion to her school's "We the People" civics teams as providing solid government experience.
"She does an incredible job, she's a great teacher," Eastin said. "She has the courage to stand up and get the job done. She has the courage to speak the truth in this state and city and country. She'll make a great mayor for the city of Pleasanton."
The birthday party and fundraiser were held in the home of former Councilwoman Becky Dennis and her husband Murray Dennis in the Foxborough neighborhood, just above Vintage Hills.