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School, city activist Julie Testa seeking election as Pleasanton mayor

Longtime critic of overcrowded schools to face Mayor Jerry Thorne on Nov. 8 ballot

Julie Testa, a former city commissioner on the city's Human Services Commission and a longtime advocate of measures to reduce school overcrowding, will seek election Nov. 8 as mayor of Pleasanton.

She filed the required nomination papers to put her name on the Nov. 8 ballot at 4:54 p.m. Friday, just six minutes before the deadline for candidates to file for this year's elective offices.

She will face Mayor Jerry Thorne, who launched his campaign for re-election to a third term in office last February. Thorne was elected mayor in 2012 after serving seven years as a city councilman, and before that on the Parks and Recreation Commission and numerous other regional boards, commissions and committees. He is a retired senior executive from Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies,

In a message to Pleasanton voters, Testa said: “As Pleasanton mayor, I will promote a different perspective of Pleasanton's Quality of Life issues: to stop excessive development, to collaborate with the school district in addressing overcrowding in our schools, to ease traffic congestion, to plan ahead for water shortages due to recurring drought and to avoid irreversible impacts to our historic downtown," Testa said.

“Most important," she added, “this is your city. I am committed to really listen to the people of Pleasanton and to understand your concerns."

Testa has been involved in community activities for 30 years, including serving for 11 years on the Human Services Commission. She also has served vulnerable populations with local nonprofits, including as a director on the board of Tri-Valley REACH (Resources Education Activities Community and Housing), and in her work with students at Las Positas College, working with the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tri-Valley.

She has participated on numerous budget and planning committees and task forces for both the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton school district, most recently as a member of the district's Citizens' Committee on Debt Management.

Testa and her husband Nick, who live in the Pleasanton Hills neighborhood, are small business owners. Their three children attended Pleasanton's public schools and now are graduates of California universities.

For more information, email her at julietesta4mayor@gmail.com or look for JulieTesta4Mayor on Facebook.

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104 people like this
Posted by JJ
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:37 am

JJ is a registered user.

Slower, more responsible growth.
Not part of the "good ole boys club"
Will not take direction from the Chamber of Commerce!

She's got my vote.


79 people like this
Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

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This is good news! Competition is healthy. Issues will be debated. Growth will be debated. Self- interests will be debate. Who controls our City will be debated.


85 people like this
Posted by Val
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

Val is a registered user.

Competition is good!!

Mayor Thorne originally ran for office based on transparency. Responsible growth.

What happened? We need change!


86 people like this
Posted by Bob QP
a resident of Rosewood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:11 am

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Just in the nick of time! Now we will get real debates on listening to what the people want, and taking a hard look at new development. Welcome, Ms. Testa!


81 people like this
Posted by Maxed Out!
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

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PW writes about Julie: "longtime advocate of measures to reduce school overcrowding". This is wonderful news! We need someone who values "responsible growth", as "JJ" put it. Clearly, if class rooms can get overcrowded and academia suffers, Julie know the same is true of Pleasanton. She has my vote!


82 people like this
Posted by Jetson
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Thank god someone is running against our current Mayor. He is just the building king, all he does is build more high density construction and add traffic! She has my vote!!


65 people like this
Posted by Bix
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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Thank God, indeed.
And thank you, Julie.


58 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

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I have watched Julie Testa pour her heart and soul into the well-being of this Community for 30 years. She always wants the best for Pleasanton and has never acted with self interest in mind. I am so pleased to be able to support her for Mayor! It's time for a change.


30 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm

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No way I would vote Julie Testa. She dismissed my opinions outright right here on these forums.

I disagreed with her opinions on the schools, and she did not appear to even consider my point of view.


41 people like this
Posted by Kaz
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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There needs to be change in our education system! Julie is up to the task to get things done!!


35 people like this
Posted by LauraD
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm

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This is great news. Julie has been a tireless advocate for this community for years. Although it's often an uphill battle she has managed to make our community a better place in many ways. You will not find a more dogged supporter of this town. Vote for Julie!


34 people like this
Posted by res1
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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BobB, if that is your real name, Julie has used her real name in discussions and does not hide anything. She is passionate enough to use her real name and not be just an anonymous user. She also did not owe you consideration of any of your opinions on previous postings (whatever they were) as she wrote those as a concerned individual. Julie would probably be one of the first to say that it is ok to agree to disagree. She is not going to just tell you what you want to hear, as many politicians do. She will respect her opinion and hope others respect hers. Obviously if you don't feel that traffic is an issue in Pleasanton, we are not building fast enough, and the schools are not over capacity, you probably do not want to vote for her. You would then be better served by somebody supported by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.


25 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

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With Julie Testa, it is her way or the highway!


34 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

BobB is a registered user.

I'm passionate about education and the educational experience of my children in PUSD.

Julie Testa does not have some kind of monopoly on the truth, but she acts likes she does.

And I don't care if she uses her "real name".

And I don't want to punish or send a message our school district by voting no on every parcel tax measure for our schools.

And I'm not a zero growth NIMBY. I think we need more cell phone towers, not fewer.


12 people like this
Posted by MDB
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

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I met Julie last night on Main Street as we waited for the Wounded Warrior Parade. She impressed me and I'm going to find out more about her on her website!


8 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

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@res1,

She didn't ignore my questions, she specifically replied that she wouldn't "waste her time" to answer me.

Go back and look.


11 people like this
Posted by Lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm

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I do know Julie Testa.

Not sure how she is going impact overcrowding in the schools. That ship has sailed. One comment was fixing education system. She is running for the wrong post. Maybe she should try school board.
If she is running on an education platform, then she has lost my vote.

Or her supporters don't understand how the city gov & school board work. In that case, she should find other fans that do understand the process.

Looking forward to finding out more.


5 people like this
Posted by LanceM
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 20, 2016 at 10:41 pm

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Got to agree with Lessismore

The mayor has nothing to do with the schools other than possibly influencing whether a new school gets built, but they can't transform education or fix the education system.


7 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

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The city can do many things regarding schools. Every housing project approved will have an impact on overcrowding. There are 115 portables on campuses today, 62 of them on elementary campuses. The reason the demographer says we don't need a school is because those portables are considered permanent in their calculations. 62 portables is equivalent to more than two schools. While we wait for a new school and portables keep getting added to address growth, there is less play area, crowded lunch schedules, and very large enrollments at the sites, many well over the district plan of 700 students, nearly all above the City's General Plan of 600 students (a plan the district agreed to). Julie understands all this very well. More collaboration, as we did for middle school gyms and the Amador Theater, is needed. We must work to maximize all tax dollars in our community for the benefit of everyone, and especially our youngest citizens.


3 people like this
Posted by West side Observer
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

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Governor Brown makes the development decisions in Pleasanton. Remember that pesky housing cap NIMBYs instituted and the governor's winning lawsuit? The mayor, and a pretty good one, just supervises what kind of clock towers and turrets we demand of developers who can afford the endless approval process.

We have demanded, over the years, a feel-good council. Mayor Thorne makes me feel better than Julie Testa (removed).

There's a bubble a comin' so we needn't jump the gun on those portables. Many of the kids in those portables will disappear along with their parent's jobs.


4 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 22, 2016 at 11:32 am

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Yes, I have commented that Brown hit us once and will again. I've also posted the predictions for growth in the Bay Area through 2100. Even the district's demographer has indicated a need for at least two new elementary schools in the not too distant future, and that is while including the 62 portables on those campuses (there are 53 additional portables on 6-12 campuses). I wouldn't count on children disappearing.


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