Hosterman named adjunct professor at Stanford

Also sets up campaign committee for Congress in 2014

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, who is winding down her last seven months in office after more than 10 years of public service in Pleasanton, has been named an adjunct professor at Stanford University where she will teach a course on local government.

At the same time, Hosterman announced that she has set up a federal elections committee as she prepares to run for Congress in 2014. Nancy L. Warren, who lives in Hamilton in Marin County, has been named treasurer of the Jennifer Hosterman for Congress in 2014 committee.

Hosterman, who was first elected to the Pleasanton City Council in 2002, was elected mayor in 2004, the first woman to ever hold the office here. She was re-elected in 2008. Term limits require that she step down from office after eight years.

She officially will hand over the reins as mayor at the City Council meeting on Dec. 4 to the candidate who wins the municipal race in the General Election Nov. 6. So far, council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne are the only two seeking the mayor's post.

Hosterman said she has joined the Stanford faculty as a paid professor and will begin teaching a 10-week course at the end of September in the university's Continuing Studies Department. More courses will follow when the first of the Monday night classes end in early December.

Hosterman, 56, graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree and from the John F. Kennedy School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Her husband Michael is an attorney with offices in downtown Pleasanton, where he also is this year's president of the Pleasanton Downtown Association. The couple has three daughters.

"As mayor and with my involvement in many regional, state and federal organizations, I've had the greatest education anyone could get," Hosterman said. "I've worked hard to put Pleasanton on the map in a lot of different venues, both locally, in California and nationally."

"I also love to teach so I pitched Stanford about combining this experience in the classroom with a course on local government," she said. "I also approached USF, my alma mater, and they, too, were interested but Stanford made the first offer which I couldn't refuse."

She has to provide Stanford with her syllabus for the course by April 28, but has already lined up as one of her first guest speakers her friend Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and an East Cost attorney who specializes in environmental law. Like Hosterman, Kennedy is a licensed falconer.

"My course will focus on issues of importance to all of us at the local level, especially relationships with state and federal agencies and officials that can cause tension," she said. "These will include mandates, often unfunded for local governments, by the regional Air District and the Association of Bay Area Governments, as well as measures approved years ago, such as Proposition 13.

As for seeking election to Congress, Hosterman said she has talked with Congressman Pete Stark, who is seeking re-election in the newly-formed 15th Congressional District that includes Pleasanton. Stark was first elected to Congress in 1973 and indicted at a recent meeting in Dublin that this may be his last term in office.


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Posted by Native
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

Is Hosterman planning to give back her salary while she is at Stanford? She should return all her salary since she hasn't done anything positive as mayor

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Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

Good Grief!

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Posted by Alabama Fred
a resident of Happy Valley
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

Our hippie mayor should get a makeover before she stands in front of students at Standford. She hasn't done anything as mayor, and it was only a flook that she got elected both times.

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Posted by rd
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

I didn't know Stanford was lowering its standards---what a joke--they can have her---Also i doubt very much they are paying her--I'm sure she is doing it for free just to make her resume look better--
Has she even passed the law boards yet--

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Posted by Member
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

Shouldn't she pass the bar exam first or did she run out of chances to take it?

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Posted by P*town Truth Tellers
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

What's she going to teach? *Liberal* Studies?

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

Great...she has talked to Pete Stark?! Now there is a model to emulate. Geesh

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Posted by ca94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:10 am


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

I think she has done a very good job. She doesn't waste staff time and money like Sullivan.

She won one close election and the other bt a landslide.

Give her a break.

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

I am not shocked at the negative comments I am reading because of the fact that Pleasanton is filled with right wing, tea party people. I happen to like the Mayor and for people to make personal attacks is uncalled for. Many things have been accomplished over time she has been the Mayor of Pleasanton. We should be fortunate to live in a country where we can express ourselves and stand up for what we believe without being ridiculed for our personal way of life.

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Posted by Stanford alum
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

I'm sure this is exaggerated and overblown. Knowing Stanford well, I doubt she has that title and likely she is violating Stanford rules on use of the Stanford name and affiliation (if any agiliation really exists). In any case, the continuing studies program is not mainstream campus, and does not count for credit. Hostrerman in Congress would be a disaster!

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Posted by Alabama Fred
a resident of Happy Valley
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

She has never listened to the real people. She treets us like we're country hicks. Standford is making a big mistake.

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Posted by Ngo Loon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

What a joke!!!! The Hippy Mayor, one of The Three Stooges teaching at Stanford??? She obviously isn't teaching anything about the law because I don't think she ever passed the bar despite multiple attempts, so she can't even practice law, much less teach law. Is her class going to be on left-wing loonism in local government? Or, how to run a local government into the ground?

Come on, folks -- Pleasanton has suffered enough from The Hippy Mayor and her fellow two stooges on the City Council. The last thing we need is to have this loon as our Congressperson.

Also, I sure hope someone responsible decides to run for Mayor, because we also don't need one of the other two Stooges (Cook-Kallio or Thorne) becoming Mayor after the third Stooge, The Hippy Mayor's, horrible tenure.

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

Gee, if everyone in Pleasanton dislikes the job Hosterman was doing, how come she was reelected?

What's more amusing about this article is Pete Stark saying this will be his last term in office. He has two opponents running this year. Maybe his last term is the one he's finishing up now.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

Stacey is a registered user.

It's a Continuing Studies Department class. It's like UC Extensions or Las Positas Community Education classes that anyone can take for enrichment rather than towards a degree. Geesh.

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Posted by jill
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

She is a fine example of a student. I think she has taken the California bar exam over 9 times and failed every time.

Hum, maybe she is teaching a class on how to how to get away with using public resources for campaigning for office (answer: make sure you are in the same party as the DA).

"Knowing Stanford well, I doubt she has that title and likely she is violating Stanford rules on use of the Stanford name and affiliation." Hosterman violating the rules? I am shocked, just shocked!

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Posted by KIm
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I read the comments, because they are much more interesting than Ple weekly stories, before the article and my heart did a jump for joy when I read your commment. Going back to the article, it says Stark said it MAY be his last term. sigh.....

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Posted by TJCG
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I think she's done a good job as mayor. To all those who are constantly critical of her...why don't you run for mayor?!?! Because unlike Mayor'd lose.

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Posted by Daniel Bradford
a resident of Foothill High School
on Apr 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

In Mayor Hosterman's defense, the California Bar Exam is very, very difficult to pass. I can't remember the ingredients for a Singapore Sling...can you? *rimshot*

Welcome to the world of academia and higher education, Mayor H. We'll fit you for your tweed jacket with the suede elbow patches ASAP.

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