Pleasanton Weekly endorses Swalwell, Glazer, Baker, Hosterman

Editorial board's endorsements carried in Friday's edition

The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed candidates for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly and the Bart Board of Directors that serve the interests of Pleasanton voters.

The endorsements, which follow, were made in an editorial posted by the newspaper's editorial board in Friday;s (Sept. 30) edition. They follow:

15th Congressional District

Based on his seasoned service in Washington and earlier as a Dublin city councilman, we again endorse Congressman Eric Swalwell for re-election in the 15th Congressional District, which includes Pleasanton.

Swalwell is a member of the Dublin Lions Club, Hayward Rotary, Cornerstone Church in Livermore and serves on the advisory council of Tri-Valley Conservancy.

Add to that his "day job" as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, charged with oversight of the U.S. intelligence community, as a ranking member and top Democrat on the Subcommittee on the CIA, as a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and on the subcommittees on energy research and development and research and technology.

Over 70% of the legislation he's supported has been bipartisan. He stays connected to our community, participating since elected in more than 800 community events. As we've written before, "What's there not to like about this guy?" Swalwell will face Republican Danny Turner in the Nov. 8 election. We say vote for Swalwell.

7th State Senate District

First elected to the State Senate in a special election in 2015, Steve Glazer has proven to be a maverick centrist Democrat who proposes and votes on legislation based on issues, not party politics.

Not surprisingly, unions and organizations steeped in Democratic Party affairs have opposed much of his efforts. In fact, he has worked with Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker to advance issues of mutual interest in both houses. A former political adviser to Jerry Brown, Glazer nevertheless has opposed the governor's wasteful high-speed rail plan and a twin-tunnels project to ship water through the Delta.

As a former mayor of Orinda, he is also experienced in local government. He holds a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and served on the California State University Board of Trustees. Glazer is being challenged by Republican Joseph Rubay, who lacks political experience. We support Glazer for re-election to his first full term in the State Senate.

16th State Assembly District

We endorse incumbent Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for re-election. Baker has consistently pursued bipartisan decisions as a legislator, emphasizing education as the gateway to opportunity and working to empower local decision-making rather than state mandates.

She was elected in 2014 after a lively campaign against then-Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat, to represent the 16th District, which includes Pleasanton. She is the mother of school-age twins, has been a parent leader in local schools, served as vice president of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and on several school improvement committees.

She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. She later went on to earn her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Baker's opponent, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, recently retired after more than 39 years as a classroom teacher. She served on the Pleasanton City Council for eight years, being termed out in 2014. She said friends had urged her to run for the Pleasanton school board, which we would also encourage.

As a Republican, Baker helps keep the state from having a one-party, Democrat-controlled Legislature. Vote for Baker.

BART Board of Directors, District 5

Former Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman is seeking election to the District 5 seat on the BART Board of Directors, currently held by John McPartland, whose term expires in December and is seeking re-election on Nov. 8.

We support Hosterman.

District 5 includes the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore and parts of Hayward and unincorporated areas of Alameda County. The BART stations in this district are Dublin/Pleasanton East at Hacienda, Dublin/Pleasanton West at Stoneridge Mall, Castro Valley and Hayward.

As mayor for eight years and a City Councilwoman before that, Hosterman dealt with issues that included transportation, land use, housing, jobs, air quality, water quality and supply. She also served as co-chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors water committee and had close-working relations with several federal agencies, where she gained political and financial support for projects that benefited Pleasanton.

Now a real estate professional in Pleasanton, her experience has her well-prepared to serve on the board of BART, the 43-year-old Bay Area transportation agency that is in need of update, repair and new leadership. Vote for Hosterman for the BART Board of Directors, District 5 on Nov. 8.

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12 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

I'm fine with the first three.

There isn't money in the world to make me vote for Hosterman. Her lack of focus and self agrandizing nature is not what BART needs.

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Posted by res1
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 30, 2016 at 11:45 am

res1 is a registered user.

Hosterman has always proven that she supports the unions over the taxpayers. We saw that when she was a representative for Pleasanton. This is the LAST thing we need with BART. The BART payscale and benefits are way off the scale due to BART representatives that cared more for the union than the taxpayers.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Eric Swalwell sold his soul to Pelosi in order to be appointed to the house select committee on intelligence.

Swalwell voted along with most all members of congress to over turn Obamas veto for allowing 911 victims to bring legislation against Saudi Arabia.

Swalwell ignored the opportunity to insert Kate's law into that legislation because he supports sanctuary cities.

Kate's death is irrelevant to Swalwell.

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Posted by AR15
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 4, 2016 at 7:50 am

AR15 is a registered user.

I urge you all to support incumbent Catherine Baker. I have been emailing her since last year about proposed legislation, and she has personally answered all my emails in an informative and timely fashion. I recently expressed dis-satisfaction with one of her votes, and did not hear from her for a while. Then she called me at home yesterday to explain and discuss. I have never had this level of response from an elected official. Her opponent is a radical Democrat in favor of gun confiscation, a complete stooge of the Obama philosophy.
The other 3 I would vote against if the opposition had a chance, but Catherine Baker truly deserves our vote.

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Posted by Justin
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Justin is a registered user.

Go Baker, a decent face to represent AD16!

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