Former Councilwoman Karin Mohr dies in fall

Served 16 years in era of significant growth

Karin Mohr, a Pleasanton City Councilwoman from 1980 to 1996, died Monday from injuries suffered in a fall. She was 74.

She lived with her daughter Jennifer Harkins, in Pleasanton. It was there that she fell off a ladder while cleaning gutters at the house on Nov. 5. She was rushed to Eden Medical Center with a massive brain injury and never recovered.

Mrs. Mohr served on the City Council for four consecutive four-year terms before term limits were instituted. Those were years of significant growth in Pleasanton. She was instrumental in bringing BART into the Tri-Valley and to Pleasanton, as well as in the planning and development of Hacienda Business Park, other business complexes the development of Hacienda and other business parks and Stoneridge Shopping Center.

She was also at the decision-making helm for the redesign of Pleasanton's historic Main Street in the 1990's to better emphasize pedestrian traffic and outdoor dining.

"Karin Mohr contributed greatly to the Pleasanton that we know today," said Mayor Jerry Thorne. "Her vision and hard work were instrumental in the development of our transportation infrastructure, economic success and high quality of life. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the people of Pleasanton."

Former Mayor Ken Mercer, with whom Mrs. Mohr served n the council, agreed.

"Karin Mohr left a wonderful legacy for the people of Pleasanton," Mercer said. "She was actively involved in many of the wonderful amenities that we have today, from the Wheels bus system to the Pleasanton Sports Park, and also including the Pleasanton Senior Center, the Pleasanton Public Library, the gymnasiums at the middle schools that are shared use by the school district and the city, and so much more."

Her long-time friend, Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Cheryl Cook-Kallio, said Karin Mohr's imprint on Pleasanton can be seen all around town, "from Stoneridge Mall, to Hacienda Business Park to the Senior Center."

"She was a leader in stopping large trucks from using First Street," Cook-Kallio recalled. "Wheels was started in the Tri-Valley in part because of Karin's leadership."

"She was also one of the founding members of the Elected Women's Lunch, originally a very small group of regionally-elected women," Cook-Kallio added. "It has grown into a network of over 175 women who mentor other women in serving our community."

"Pleasanton has lost a great civic leader and many of us have lost a friend," she said.

Flags at municipal buildings in Pleasanton were lowered to half-staff yesterday in Mrs. Mohr's honor.

No services are planned at this time.


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Posted by Jenna
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

Karen made a number of very positive contributions to Pleasanton in general, and specifically through her tenure on the City Council. One can look back at her time of service with a bit of nostalgia because the Council in those days had more positive accomplishments -- before it became dominated by left wing loons.

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Posted by Ellen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

Very sad to hear of her passing. I never met her but heard many wonderful things about her.

It's too bad people can't just come here to pay their respects without taking some unnecessary political jab. Very inappropriate place for that.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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Posted by Dorothy Nesbitt (Scribner)
a resident of Ironwood
on Nov 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I served with Karin on City Council and greatly admired her dedication to Pleasanton and its development. She never seemed to tire of working for the public needs.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Sad news indeed.

Our thoughts are with her family.


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Posted by Ann Pfaff-Doss
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

A lovely, dedicated lady.

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Posted by local
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm

She was a class act and will be missed. She was one of those elected officials that had a passion for the job and for the issues of Pleasanton and was not afraid to say what needed to be said. I also respected her greatly for when she ran for Treasurer of the City of Pleasanton and her campaign promise was to eliminate that position. She won, held on to her promise and influenced the city council to put a ballot measure in front of the residents to eliminate her position. The Treasurer's only job was to sign co-sign staff checks, and get paid for it.

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Posted by Ellen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I didn't know that about her. What an incredible story. What person in elected office does that? Amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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Posted by Becky Dennis
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Nov 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

Karen was a great lady who worked hard for Pleasanton. As the first woman elected to City Council, she didn't initially get the respect she deserved. Nonetheless, she remained unflappable, independent, and always made decisions true to her principals. During her time in office she secured many City amenities that residents enjoy today. And without Karen's persistent efforts, gravel trucks would still be rumbling down First Street.

After she retired from the Council, I ran into Karen from time to time. I would ask how she was doing, and her face would light up as she said how much she was enjoying her retirement, and especially having more time with her family. Karen's untimely death is so sad. She deserved many more years of happiness.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 14, 2013 at 7:15 am

A old friend of the family and she will be dearly missed. I agree and support all of the positive comments preceding but to me this amazing woman was so special for unending energy.
She fell off a ladder while cleaning the rain gutters! at 74!

Another piece of Pleasanton passes on...

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Posted by Al. Bronzini
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I am saddened at the news of Karin's passing and extend my condolences to her family. Karin played a vital role in supporting the Downtown revitalization project. she always listened to the concerns of community and always did what she said she would do.

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Posted by Tribute
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

How sad. A tragic reminder for all of us seniors of what we do and do not do. Karin was kind and generous. I had not seen her as much in recent years as in earlier years.
Will there be any memorial service ??

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 17, 2014 at 9:52 am

So very sad to hear. I wondered why I had not seen her walking her beloved dog...

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 22, 2014 at 9:32 am

This is Terribly shocking: great to be active & yet die so young, to sad. May God Bless & keep Your Family. Gary & Phoebe Schwaegerle & Family

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

May She Rest in Peace.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

May She Rest in Peace.

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