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Pleasanton council majority passes on mask enforcement discussion

Thorne, Testa unable to get third vote to place item on agenda

Another attempt to formally agendize face mask enforcement amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a future council action item fell short at last week's Pleasanton City Council meeting.

Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilwoman Julie Testa supported agendizing the issue during matters initiated by council on Sept. 15, but no other council members joined to give them a necessary majority.

The subject had been brought forward by the two and failed to gain support during the Sept. 1 council meeting as well. That same evening, the Dublin City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance to issue fines for residents who fail to wear a face covering in public.

First-time violations for not wearing a mask in public within Dublin city limits are $100, followed by $200 for the second offense and $500 for each subsequent violation thereafter in a year.

Dublin council and city staff said the idea of enforcement is meant to increase public awareness and encourage participation and support. Individuals will not be stopped in Dublin by law enforcement, but complaints and staff reports about large unmasked gatherings will be addressed.

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A "Mask Up for Livermore" social media campaign recently launched as well; Livermore was the first Tri-Valley community to adopt a mask ordinance and $100 penalty for not publicly wearing a mask.

Instead of tickets, however, city employees in Livermore have been tasked with handing out masks to people without one, and mostly monitor around downtown and the San Francisco Premium Outlets. No fines for not wearing masks had been issued in Livermore as of Sept. 9, according to officials.

Vice Mayor Kathy Narum along with councilmembers Jerry Pentin and Karla Brown, who are both currently running in the mayoral seat this fall, appeared in a "Mask up, Pleasanton" video produced by the city in July promoting the wearing of face coverings, but said nothing during Thorne and Testa's motion earlier this month.

Nearly a dozen audience members expressed support for mask enforcement during the public comment portion on Sept. 15.

"I feel extremely uncomfortable knowing that our vice mayor and two mayoral candidates, all experienced politicians, do not support a motion that would literally save lives," resident Emma Reddy said, concluding, "We can do more as a city, and more as a council."

Later that evening, before the second agendization request vote, Testa addressed the speakers and said, "I do want those speakers to know that they're being heard."

"I absolutely do believe all of those comments that they have made," Testa said. "I am uncomfortable when I go out and people aren't wearing masks. I hear so much from people in the community, so many people who have said they don't want to go to our wonderful downtown dining right now because they feel that there's too many people."

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Pleasanton council majority passes on mask enforcement discussion

Thorne, Testa unable to get third vote to place item on agenda

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 3:37 pm

Another attempt to formally agendize face mask enforcement amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a future council action item fell short at last week's Pleasanton City Council meeting.

Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilwoman Julie Testa supported agendizing the issue during matters initiated by council on Sept. 15, but no other council members joined to give them a necessary majority.

The subject had been brought forward by the two and failed to gain support during the Sept. 1 council meeting as well. That same evening, the Dublin City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance to issue fines for residents who fail to wear a face covering in public.

First-time violations for not wearing a mask in public within Dublin city limits are $100, followed by $200 for the second offense and $500 for each subsequent violation thereafter in a year.

Dublin council and city staff said the idea of enforcement is meant to increase public awareness and encourage participation and support. Individuals will not be stopped in Dublin by law enforcement, but complaints and staff reports about large unmasked gatherings will be addressed.

A "Mask Up for Livermore" social media campaign recently launched as well; Livermore was the first Tri-Valley community to adopt a mask ordinance and $100 penalty for not publicly wearing a mask.

Instead of tickets, however, city employees in Livermore have been tasked with handing out masks to people without one, and mostly monitor around downtown and the San Francisco Premium Outlets. No fines for not wearing masks had been issued in Livermore as of Sept. 9, according to officials.

Vice Mayor Kathy Narum along with councilmembers Jerry Pentin and Karla Brown, who are both currently running in the mayoral seat this fall, appeared in a "Mask up, Pleasanton" video produced by the city in July promoting the wearing of face coverings, but said nothing during Thorne and Testa's motion earlier this month.

Nearly a dozen audience members expressed support for mask enforcement during the public comment portion on Sept. 15.

"I feel extremely uncomfortable knowing that our vice mayor and two mayoral candidates, all experienced politicians, do not support a motion that would literally save lives," resident Emma Reddy said, concluding, "We can do more as a city, and more as a council."

Later that evening, before the second agendization request vote, Testa addressed the speakers and said, "I do want those speakers to know that they're being heard."

"I absolutely do believe all of those comments that they have made," Testa said. "I am uncomfortable when I go out and people aren't wearing masks. I hear so much from people in the community, so many people who have said they don't want to go to our wonderful downtown dining right now because they feel that there's too many people."

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been there
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Del Prado
on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:08 am
been there, Del Prado
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:08 am
19 people like this

I don't even know where to begin. Firstly, the best thing Pleasanton has done is opening Main Street. It should e a permanent event on weekends every summer. Many of the restaurants are very busy with outdoor dining and adding that to their original indoor operations would bring an energetic vibe to our town and much needed revenue. People are coming from all around just for the live music and great social and dining experience. If people are uncomfortable going downtown, then they can stay home. That has always been the case. Exercise your free will while you can.
Secondly, [portion removed because it contain statements without links to credible sources to back up the claim].


Gale Naylor
Registered user
another community
on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:34 am
Gale Naylor, another community
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:34 am
49 people like this

It's not hard to find scientific evidence that masks are effective in preventing disease.

"In an editorial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities." Web Link

"..[T]wo stylists at a Missouri hair salon tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 ... [and] developed respiratory symptoms but continued to see clients ...The salon in which they worked had a policy requiring both stylists and their clients to wear face coverings ... More than 98% of clients wore a face covering...None of the interviewed customers developed symptoms of illness." Web Link

"The science of masks: cloth masks helped during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
Consider, though, that a century ago, there were only cloth masks, and they indeed lowered infection rates for health care workers and others during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Manchurian plague epidemic of 1920-1921, and, in the 1930s and 1940s, tuberculosis. A study of U.S. mask mandates found that mask wearing may have averted 230,000 to 450,000 coronavirus cases by late May. Another modeling study that estimated that, if 95% of the U.S. population wore masks, 18% fewer would die from the virus by Oct. 1 (including 125 fewer people in Colorado)." Web Link


Jill Miller
Registered user
Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 23, 2020 at 11:40 am
Jill Miller, Vintage Hills Elementary School
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 11:40 am
47 people like this

It's unfortunate that two council members who are running for election would not weigh in on this issue which, sadly, seems controversial. I will be certain to ask whether/not they support mask enforcement at the Farmer's Market -- where many candidates have a presence -- and share their responses in this feed.


Rishabh Raj
Registered user
Las Positas
on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Rishabh Raj, Las Positas
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm
32 people like this

I think Pentin explained why he doesn't support a mask mandate with a post on his campaign website (which is horribly flawed and poorly reasoned imo), but I don't think Karla Brown or Narum have said anything since then. But in the moment, seeing all 3 of them not say a WORD was really upsetting. they didnt even explain why they didn't want to AGENDIZE a mere discussion on a mask mandate in the future, let alone why they didnt support the measure.

I'm glad Mayor Thorne and Councilmember Testa support the measure, but seeing the 3 others - especially the 2 competing to be our next mayor - respond like that made me really concerned.


Rishabh Raj
Registered user
Las Positas
on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Rishabh Raj, Las Positas
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:20 pm
32 people like this

Also, thank you @Jill Miller for being willing to ask them about it face to face at the Farmers' market, I'm sure we're all eager to see what they say!


Ben J.
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Birdland
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:03 pm
Ben J., Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:03 pm
4 people like this

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AK
Registered user
Amador Estates
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:48 pm
AK, Amador Estates
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:48 pm
28 people like this

Ben J. , you should cite your source instead of just copy pasting. Especially if it’s from the Blaze, which is bunk.
Web Link

Wearing a mask protects against droplets, which is one of the more common delivery mechanisms. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. I wear it for your sake - I hope you’ll wear it for mine.

And shame on those two candidates. Very telling and it’ll inform my vote.


Linda Kelly
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:48 am
Linda Kelly, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:48 am
8 people like this

Jill Miller, this display of mask enforcement may give you pause. Do we want this from our local law enforcement? I surely do not. Web Link


Bryant Annenberg
Registered user
Downtown
on Sep 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm
Bryant Annenberg, Downtown
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm
9 people like this

@ L. Kelly

Another reason why SRO's should be removed from PUSD schools


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm
14 people like this

Wearing A mask is basic common sense.

Wear A mask and avoid those people who do not wear a mask with safe distancing.

Life is so very short, it is nonsense to hasten the end of A already short life.

Everyone, do what is best for you to have A long healthy prosperous life.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:15 am
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:15 am
3 people like this

At last check there are 446 reported COVID-19 infections in Pleasanton.

Just a few months ago this number was 26 infections.


Guillermo M.
Registered user
Downtown
on Sep 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm
Guillermo M., Downtown
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm
1 person likes this

Particulate matter size of the Novel Covid 19 virus = .007-.010 microns. The most effective ported N95 mask is effective to .03-.05 microns. That cute little mask you bought on Etsy or your Coachella bandanna is basically killing everyone around you should you be infected. In other words, don’t be a bunch of güey’s! The mask nonsense needs to either end or we ALL need to be wearing full medical grade PPE’s, gloves & face shields. There is no middle point.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2020 at 10:47 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2020 at 10:47 pm
4 people like this

Guillermo M,

Viruses have to be suspended in fluid or they die. It is the water droplets that are bigger in size than the virus. That is why regular cloth masks and surgical masks do help quite a bit to slow the spread.


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