By Jeb Bing
Joe Streng nominated for election to Pleasanton City CouncilUploaded: Jul 29, 2018
Susan Hayes, chair of the Pleasanton Human Services Commission, joins Joe Streng (pictured) at a special event to sign nomination papers as he seeks election to the Pleasanton City Council on Nov. 6.
The event was held Thursday night at the home of Cathy and Herb Ritter on Regency Drive in Pleasanton.
Streng stepped down earlier this year after nine years on the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission. That followed earlier service on the city’s Bike, Pedestrian and Trails subcommittee.
Streng served two years as chairman of the Parks & Rec commission and also played a key role in planning the Bernal Community Park and athletic fields, Cubby’s Dog Park and expanding Stoneridge Creek, Rotary and Harding neighborhood parks and the Pleasanton Tennis Park.
“I’ve also worked with the council and city staff to plan other projects, including the upcoming community farm at the Bernal park and the redevelopment of Lions Wayside Community Park on First Street,” Streng told a backyard filled with supporters at the Ritters’ home.
Streng and his wife Elizabeth are graduates of Amador Valley High School. Both also graduated from Sacramento State University and worked in Sacramento for a few years before returning to Pleasanton.
“This city holds a special place in our hearts and we’ve been privileged to call it home for nearly 40 years,” he said.
Streng added: “Moving forward, our city faces issues that will require cooperation and leadership. We’ve taken steps to prepare for our pension obligations, but more needs to be done. Managing traffic around and through Pleasanton continues to require a regional approach to develop long-term solutions, as well as local action to keep our streets safe for cyclists and pedestrians.
If elected to the City Council, Streng said he would focus on three priorities: Fiscal responsibility and oversight, carefully planned development and maintaining the city’s quality of life.
To do this. Streng said he would work to:
• Maintain downtown’s charm and character while ensuring it continues to grow and thrive.
• Protect the ridges and open spaces, making sure new development plans are given the highest level of scrutiny.
• Keep Pleasanton safe and secure, with responsive and effective police and fire departments.
• Embrace the city’s growing diversity and make sure every family feels welcome.
• Collaborate with the school district to maintain great facilities and ensure student safety.
• Encourage businesses to continue bringing jobs to Pleasanton to sustain the city’s vibrant economy.
Streng added: “Pleasanton is not only the best place to live in the Bay Area, it’s the best in California and the entire country and I want to keep it that way.”