Pleasanton Weekly endorses Hosterman for mayor; Cook-Kallio, Thorne for council

Accomplishments, city's fiscal strength make incumbents best choices on Nov. 2

The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne for re-election.

In an 800-word editorial in its Oct. 8 print edition that was circulated to subscribers, businesses and Pleasanton homes, the newspaper cited the accomplishments of the current mayor and City Council, including a balanced municipal budget despite a recession that's causing distress in neighboring cities.

The editorial follows:

In a city where the municipal budget continues to be balanced even during these severe recessionary times and with millions of dollars still set aside as "rainy day" reserves, this is not the time to "throw the bums out" as some political pundits might suggest.

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne should be re-elected so that their good work can continue.

Along with sitting council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan, this is an effective, proven team that should stay together to handle the challenges ahead. These include meeting the provisions of a court-ordered housing element that must pass muster with Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch, the Urban Habitat affordable housing coalition and state Attorney General (and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Jerry Brown, the principals in voiding the city's 1996 housing cap.

As part of a settlement agreement, the city must provide housing sites to accommodate more than 3,000 low-to-moderate income tenants. A council-appointed Hacienda Task Force is mid-way through making its recommendations. The current council that wrestled with the lawsuit and settlement agreement needs to stay in place to finish that work.


There's more. At a time when nearby cities are laying off employees, closing libraries and cutting services, Pleasanton has remained fiscally strong. More than 40 city jobs have become vacant in the last two years and have not been filled. Vehicles that were on a scheduled replacement list are still in use.

Meanwhile, multi-million-dollar developments on Staples Ranch to the east, a new Lifestyle Safeway supermarket on the west side and, most recently, the announcement that Clorox will move more than 1,100 employees into an empty corporate campus off Hopyard Road bode well for a more prosperous 2011 and beyond.

A new Firehouse Arts Center, lighted baseball fields, a restored Veterans Memorial Building and restoration of the historic Alviso Adobe all happened under the current council's watch.

Add to that Money Magazine's survey that named Pleasanton one of the top 100 cities in America. These are all accomplishments that point to retaining the good government we now have.


Over her last six years as mayor, Jennifer Hosterman has spearheaded many of these achievements. She also has gained influential leadership roles with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and a number of local and regional public agencies that benefit Pleasanton, including a coveted board seat on LAFCO, which will meet in January to decide a petition to annex Staples Ranch into Pleasanton. We need her there.

Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio is a career high school civics and history teacher in Fremont who coaches her school's "We the People" class each year. Well-versed in government and Constitutional issues, she's a valuable, problem-solving council member with helpful connections in Sacramento and Washington.

While she doesn't wear any party affiliation on her sleeve, she has endorsements from business and union organizations and supporters that show her to be fair and nonpartisan. More than anyone, she broke the years-long impasse that had stalled extending Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore, which has now been approved.

Retired HP executive Jerry Thorne has used his "free" time to now represent Pleasanton on 18 different boards and committees, including service as the past chairman of both LAVTA (which operates the Wheels buses) and the East Bay Division of the League of California Cities.

He is now using his financial skills to review and reform employee pensions with a recommendation expected next year on how the city can reduce its financial exposure to unfunded pension liabilities. He is also working to streamline government agencies that provide duplicate or unnecessary work, including four agencies that now handle water and sewer services in the Tri-Valley. We need to re-elect Thorne to continue that work.


Cindy McGovern has been our long-time favorite on the City Council, and before that for the years she served on the Pleasanton school board. She'd make a god mayor, but we prefer keeping Hosterman on the job to benefit from her years of experience and regional posts.

Karla Brown, who is a first-time candidate for a City Council seat, is a vibrant campaigner with different views on how the council should govern. We like her persistence and regular attendance at City Council meetings. She would make a strong, effective councilmember in the next round of elections in 2012.

These two also believe Hosterman sometimes ignores constituents who address the council. We agree and hope the mayor, who, because of term limits, has just two more years to serve, spends more time listening and evaluating the good suggestions from the lectern as well as from each of her fellow council members.

Fred Watson, manager of Open Heart Kitchen, is also a candidate for City Council. He has extensive experience both as a former police officer in Fremont and in business and lately with the Tri-Valley's major food bank. He's less skilled in Pleasanton issues, however. We urge him to volunteer for service on one of the city's commissions or committees to become better informed about the concerns he would face as a city councilman.

--Plesanton Weekly staff.

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Posted by West Side Observer
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:33 am

So, let's see. Independent and Times the other guys and Thorne. Weekly and Opinion Pleasanton incumbents including Thorne. Thorne better win big with this kind backing. He deserves it.

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Posted by daniel
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

What a surprise ,I almost fell out of my chair.Has this paper ever endorsed anyone other than what the chamber of commerce has endorsed .
This paper is such a joke when it comes to local issues.since most of their revenues come from real estate companies ,its no wonder they are forced to support big business .
You can predict almost 100% of the time who they will endorse, as they say just follow the money !

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Posted by dogfish
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

Why would you recommend a 6 year incumbent. Hosterman never was any good with her ideas and I feel Pleasanton will be better off with a new mayor and new ideas to continue to improve one of the best places to live.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I'm waiting for Thorne to run for mayor!

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Posted by Fact Checker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

Good job weekly! You endorsed people with vision and who are more than one issue candidates. Yes, the three council incumbents were endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce but to some degree all were also endorsed by labor and the firefghters. I think that demonstrates what the weekly said about Cook-Kallio could be applied to Thorne and Hosterman also, they represent the diverse stakeholders that make up Pleasanton. The current council has done a great job. Pleasanton is a wonderful city and we need people in office who see the big picture not one issue candidates.

Vote Hosterman Cook-Kallio, and Thorne for Pleasanton City Council

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Danbury Park
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

Daniel, your comments don't make sense given that Karla Brown is a real estate agent. BTW, the real estate PAC didn't endorse Karla either.

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Posted by Salsa
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

The Pleasanton Weekly is right on target as to why it is endorsing these candidates. We don't need to go experimenting with unknown candidates at this time. We need people with a wide range of experience who have convictions, a sense of fairness and are able to lead our city into the future.

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Posted by Tonya "Clubber" Harding
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

Hurray! If Hosterman gets another term, Pleasanton is sure to get an ice arena! If she can't put one in downtown, she'll put one in the Staples Ranch property. If she can't get one built there, she'll get the Lin's to build it and donate it to the city in return for more housing. She might not do anything else for the next couple of years, but by God Pleasanton is going to have an ice rink!

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Posted by Chamber Stooges
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

No surprise here. The Chamber Mouthpiece endorsing the Chamber Stooges. Let's just hope the voters see this for what it is: an incestuous orgy of corruption designed to benefit the narrowest of special interests and gut what we have left of local democracy.

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Posted by 40 year resident
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

Congradulations Pleasanton Weekly. You are supporting the team that best represents the majority of the residents. Cindy and Karla are just rubber stamps for Kay Ayala and have cost Peasanton dearly with legal fees and the opportunity for a 500 acre park and trails and preservation of the ridge. Also denying the owners of the property their rights to develope their land.

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Posted by Roberto G.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

OMG! This is a stunner! NOT!!!!

Did anybody expect the Weekly to endorse anyone other than these three? The only question is rather they did it as a locked-step left-wing loon endorsement, or rather they were following instructions of the big kahuna, Scott Raty, CEO of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. Keeping these three in office automatically lets Raty control a majority of the council.

Come on Pleasanton, we can no longer put up with the Hippie Mayor and her two side-kicks. They are at the beck and call of the Chamber and the developers and they have been very harmful to Pleasanton. ITS TIME TO GIVE THEM THE BOOT!

Jeb, if you already haven't you can also go ahead and endorse Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer and Jerry McNerny - the Loon Trifecta!

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Posted by Barry
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I want an investigation into the Chamber of Commerce. I read where the National Chamber of Commerce is taking millions of $$$$$ from FOREIGN interests and co-mingling it with US funds and spending to influence the continuation of shipping our jobs overseas!
How connected is our local CoC to the national?

Why are local employment figures not discussed? Why are the RISING business vacancies not being addressed?
Hosterman just says that we just have to ride this out and see what happen!

I think we need new blood in our local government. We need another Measure "D" upset this November to combat this creeping CofC power that is being fueled by the US Supreme Court corrupt decision to give corporations a free for all channel for millions and millions of $$$$ to subvert, pervert, and influence our lcal lives.

NO on D! NO on Hosterman, Cook-Kalio, and Thorne!!

Like Measure D, the ONLY power We The People have is our vote. Let's do it again this November!

Those who are unsure of the CofC, please research our National CofC's efforts to help China and India keep stealing our jobs! They are funnels for a crap load of funny money from overseas!

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Posted by GX
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Good thing I'm an independent thinker and don't rely on biased publications like Pleasanton Weekly to make up my mind.

Of course the Pleasanton Weekly, Business Chamber of Commerce the Pleasanton City administration will always fight for candidates that will enable their development gravy train. Average citizen's needs and desires be damned.

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

GX -- Development is not a bad word. Ken Mercer, our last great mayor, understood planned progress and the benefits available for the citizens of Pleasanton. Too bad that we don't have another Ken Mercer on the horizon.

Okay, now, all you anti-ice rink, Oak Grove, and Stoneridge extension people, join hands and sing a couple of verses of Kumbaya just to get your political juices flowing....!

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Posted by MainStreetDiva
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

MainStreetDiva is a registered user.

What a surprise. The PW endorses Hosterman. yawn. In their eyes, she can do no wrong...

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Posted by Eddie
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Already cast my mail-in vote. Those three DID NOT get my vote. No surprise that this liberal mag recommends them though. But if you are not informed and vote strictly by what the liberal newspapers and mags recommend, then you get what you deserve; tax and spend, comments of 'it's someones else's fault' and complete stupidity and ignorance.

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Posted by Fact Checker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Neither of the newspapers were a surprise. The Times/Herald are one issue papers, very myopic. WE voted on Measure D. it's done, get over it.At least the Pleasanton weekly looks at other issues!

Do you like Pleasanton. Is it well managed? Then Hosterman, Thorne and Cook-Kallio it is...Look at the big picture.

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Posted by Really.
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

I do have to crack up at all of the comments regarding developer gravy train etc..... Guess how many building permits were pulled for an entire year last year? 41..... yes 41.......

To imply that any candidate is under the influence of development interest is absurd at this point, and frankly an old and tired and inaccurate argument.

For all those running on a "slow growth" agenda. Do you really think we can get slower than 41?

We are lucky to still be in a position to have a balanced budget with adequate city resources given the current economic crisis.

Time to get realistic no growth Pleasantonian's. With development at a stand still developer fees are GONE. How will we pay the bills for all of our expected services without revenue? The Chamber sees the writing on the wall and wants candidates that will bring business (tax revenue), to town to maintain our quality of life.

Clorox relocating to the Washington Mutual property is a big step in the right direction! Thanks for leading the effort to make this deal and others like it happen Mayor Hosterman. You have had and will always have the best interests of Pleasanton in your heart!!

If people want to consider good business a "special interest" I guess I'm for special interest.

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Posted by Nomad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

Regarding Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Jeb Bing writes "While she doesn't wear any party affiliation on her sleeve, ..."
This is blatantly false - as Jeb Bing (PW 11.27.09) stated that Cheryl was the campaign coordinator for Alberto Torrico's run for Attorney General. A google search shows multiple cross-endorsements with Democrat candidates for office.
Jeb - at least be factual, if not honest.

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Posted by Nomad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

As Really. says, developer fee revenue is minimal. This has forced PUSD to *again* borrow from the Sycamore fund to cover the COP payments. I agree, if good business is a 'special interest', I'm all for it.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm

While driving the streets of Pleasanton and seeing all of the for rent and open space signs in Pleasanton I agree lets vote for what we have now. Why grow and prosper?

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Who is Karla Brown and what has she done? She has no track record and her own real estate peers do not endorse her. She's had her head filled with Kay Ayla's nonsense. She needs to go back to her little fiefdom in Kottinger Ranch and try to figure out another way for the Lin's to not build on their property.

McGovern? Please! Another Ayala puppet. She can't hold a candle to anything Hosterman has accomplished during her tenure as mayor. McGovern opposes anything Hosterman favors. She has been an impediment to growth in this city. Send her off into the sunset!

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Posted by Karla & Cindy Fan
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:01 am

What have Karla & Cindy done for us you ask? They represent the voters of Pleasanton - a welcome change! Jerry, Cheryl and Jennifer have been the talk peices for the Chamber for too long now. Cut off ridges, push through roads, put houses on ridges. That is what the chamber wants. Very suspicious how the incumbent's goals align with the Chamber's own 2015 plan to build this city which includes forcing Oak Grove and Staples ranch through before the process has been finished.

I am ready for CHANGE for better representation.

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Posted by Maria M.
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

41 NEW building permits sounds like too many for me. I want to live it a small town. And what is wrong with that? These pro-growth folks need to step down and move to ugly Dublin.

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