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Editorial: Vote Pentin for Pleasanton mayor, Allen and Balch for City Council

Their effective leadership experience will prove paramount for city's tough road ahead

Pleasanton is poised for a pivotal city election on Nov. 3, with the mayor's seat and two City Council positions on the ballot to reshape the dais as the city government continues to address monumental local issues such as the COVID-19 crisis, social justice reform and affordable housing.

City voters are fortunate to have a catalog of inspired candidates from which to choose. While looking through the list of five mayoral candidates and seven City Council contestants, we urge residents to recognize that depth of knowledge and depth of experience will be paramount to guide the city government during a difficult 2021 and beyond.

In our view, the candidates who best embody those vital characteristics and are the right community leaders for the terms ahead are Jerry Pentin for mayor, and Nancy Allen and Jack Balch for council.

Mayor of Pleasanton

The mayoral ballot features two sitting council members who are terming out after eight years -- Pentin and Karla Brown -- along with three political newcomers in Monith Ilavarasan, Tom Turpel and Druthi Ghanta.

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A demonstrated leader in Pleasanton, Pentin has run an invigorated campaign prioritizing safety, housing, business support, traffic relief, the environment, education and local control. A former Marine who now runs a media production company downtown, Pentin previously served on the city's Planning, and Parks and Recreation commissions in addition to the Firehouse Arts Center and Callippe Preserve Golf Course task forces.

His work on the council's Legislative Subcommittee will be also invaluable as the city looks to maintain its reputation as the "City of Planned Progress" in the face of impacts from the state and federal governments. We also view Pentin as a natural successor to outgoing Mayor Jerry Thorne, keeping the city on its strong path with an effective leadership style and comparable priorities.

Karla Brown likewise has been a proven independent thinker on the City Council during her eight years in office. She's shown herself to actively engage a number of community views and at times willing to be a lone critical voice in dissent to a council majority or city staff. She has also been a standout advocate for Pleasanton on groups like the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority board (but so has Pentin).

Where we give one slight edge to Pentin is the experience category; though they both have eight years on the council, Pentin has extra layers of public service on his record. We also see Pentin as the more effective leader to guide Pleasanton as it evolves into the future -- and yes, that evolution will have to include some growth because of local needs and state mandates. We see more feasibility in Pentin's responsible growth platform than Karla Brown's less-specific slow growth vision.

We'll be sad to see Karla Brown's voice leave the dais due to the city's term limit law, but we really hope she remains engaged in public service and even considers running for other local or regional offices to help ensure Pleasanton is well-represented at all levels.

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Ilavarasan, an Amador alum and young tech professional, impressed at our online candidate forum Sept. 3 with inspired ideas to address key issues like community inclusivity, police reform, affordable housing and COVID-19. But knowing about government and knowing how to govern are two very different things. We encourage Ilavarasan to seek a seat on the Planning Commission or another city body to gain necessary experience.

Turpel, a Pleasanton native and first-time candidate, did not participate in our forum and responded inconsistently to our comment requests so far. His stated campaign priorities are muddled at best, but more noticeable is an apparent lack of public engagement.

The final candidate, Ghanta, told us she needed to bow out of the campaign after qualifying for the ballot in order to focus on more important personal priorities than trying to be elected as mayor.

Pleasanton voters are lucky to have three really engaged candidates, two with good governance experience and one with the leadership presence needed to continue the city's strong record of accomplishments into the future.

Jerry Pentin will be that mayor for Pleasanton.

Pleasanton City Council

There are seven challengers for two at-large positions open on the City Council (Pentin's and Karla Brown's seats): Nancy Allen, Valerie Arkin, Jack Balch, Randy Brown, Jarod Buna, Zarina Kiziloglu and Chiman Lee.

To navigate a crowded ballot, we encourage residents to use the guiding light of city service experience. Allen and Balch, both members of the Planning Commission, stand above the rest.

They have some similar campaign priorities and some in contrast, but we recognize it's important to have differing viewpoints on the dais -- especially when they have the experience to back them.

Allen, in her seventh year on the Planning Commission with time on multiple other committees and task forces, points to her civic and business leadership record, finance background, independence, and support for preserving downtown's small-town character as well as responsible and thoughtful growth policies citywide. She's been an inquisitive voice who commands the room on the Planning Commission, and we look forward to her bringing those attributes to the council.

Balch, a sitting planning commissioner who earlier served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, also cites fiscal sustainability as a priority on the council, along with promoting economic recovery, keeping neighborhoods safe and strengthening the city-school district partnership. He's been a thoughtful commissioner, asking smart questions and providing informed input to help improve individual projects and city planning policies, and we expect to see much the same on the main dais.

Pleasanton's is perhaps the most effective planning commission in the Tri-Valley, and that's in part because of the perspectives and decision-making styles of Allen and Balch. They've always prioritized positive outcomes for the betterment of the community, even if they didn't see eye to eye on some specifics. That approach will be invaluable on the City Council.

Among the five other candidates, Arkin has 12 years of elected experience on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Arkin is well-versed in local education issues, but struggled in our candidate forum to show her expertise and creativity on city government topics -- including an unfortunate misstep implying BART to Livermore was still on the table.

Randy Brown, a real estate professional who is serving as board chair for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce this year, knows the issues but has never served on a city commission or committee. That sort of experience is vital to demonstrate independent decision-making, and the absence thereof can't be overlooked in this race.

Kiziloglu, a city housing commissioner, is running on almost a one-issue platform: affordable housing. She has important ideas on this top-priority topic, but her depth of ideas on other important topics is lacking. That said, we think Kiziloglu would be a great addition to the Planning Commission and urge her to apply (and be appointed) to help shape the future of Pleasanton.

Lee, a former one-term Economic Vitality Committee member, presents interesting concepts on topics like pandemic relief, police reform and sustainable growth, but he has failed to convince how he'd accomplish those ambitious goals as a council member with no high-level civic leadership experience.

Buna, an Amador alum running for the second time in 24 years, appears an accomplished attorney with important campaign priorities, but we're not confident that, given his lack of city service time, he would be able to offer the effective type of bold leadership he promises.

Don't get distracted by the collection of endorsements and social chatter that make it appear like there are two "tickets" developing for City Council -- Balch and Randy Brown as some sort of pro-developer duo, and Allen and Arkin as an apparent anti-growth tandem.

We see that as an over-simplification as it applies to all four of those candidates, but more importantly, Allen and Balch are nowhere near those extremes. And how do we know? They have individual voting records on the Planning Commission that prove their independent mindsets focused on what's best for the city.

The next four years for the Pleasanton City Council may well be defined by navigating conflicting priorities. Nancy Allen and Jack Balch are the leaders to help find that important balance.

Editor's note: The Pleasanton Weekly editorial board reached its decisions based on the candidates' performances at the Weekly's online forum, email interviews on endorsements, and our review of past reporting and research.

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Editorial: Vote Pentin for Pleasanton mayor, Allen and Balch for City Council

Their effective leadership experience will prove paramount for city's tough road ahead

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Pleasanton is poised for a pivotal city election on Nov. 3, with the mayor's seat and two City Council positions on the ballot to reshape the dais as the city government continues to address monumental local issues such as the COVID-19 crisis, social justice reform and affordable housing.

City voters are fortunate to have a catalog of inspired candidates from which to choose. While looking through the list of five mayoral candidates and seven City Council contestants, we urge residents to recognize that depth of knowledge and depth of experience will be paramount to guide the city government during a difficult 2021 and beyond.

In our view, the candidates who best embody those vital characteristics and are the right community leaders for the terms ahead are Jerry Pentin for mayor, and Nancy Allen and Jack Balch for council.

Mayor of Pleasanton

The mayoral ballot features two sitting council members who are terming out after eight years -- Pentin and Karla Brown -- along with three political newcomers in Monith Ilavarasan, Tom Turpel and Druthi Ghanta.

A demonstrated leader in Pleasanton, Pentin has run an invigorated campaign prioritizing safety, housing, business support, traffic relief, the environment, education and local control. A former Marine who now runs a media production company downtown, Pentin previously served on the city's Planning, and Parks and Recreation commissions in addition to the Firehouse Arts Center and Callippe Preserve Golf Course task forces.

His work on the council's Legislative Subcommittee will be also invaluable as the city looks to maintain its reputation as the "City of Planned Progress" in the face of impacts from the state and federal governments. We also view Pentin as a natural successor to outgoing Mayor Jerry Thorne, keeping the city on its strong path with an effective leadership style and comparable priorities.

Karla Brown likewise has been a proven independent thinker on the City Council during her eight years in office. She's shown herself to actively engage a number of community views and at times willing to be a lone critical voice in dissent to a council majority or city staff. She has also been a standout advocate for Pleasanton on groups like the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority board (but so has Pentin).

Where we give one slight edge to Pentin is the experience category; though they both have eight years on the council, Pentin has extra layers of public service on his record. We also see Pentin as the more effective leader to guide Pleasanton as it evolves into the future -- and yes, that evolution will have to include some growth because of local needs and state mandates. We see more feasibility in Pentin's responsible growth platform than Karla Brown's less-specific slow growth vision.

We'll be sad to see Karla Brown's voice leave the dais due to the city's term limit law, but we really hope she remains engaged in public service and even considers running for other local or regional offices to help ensure Pleasanton is well-represented at all levels.

Ilavarasan, an Amador alum and young tech professional, impressed at our online candidate forum Sept. 3 with inspired ideas to address key issues like community inclusivity, police reform, affordable housing and COVID-19. But knowing about government and knowing how to govern are two very different things. We encourage Ilavarasan to seek a seat on the Planning Commission or another city body to gain necessary experience.

Turpel, a Pleasanton native and first-time candidate, did not participate in our forum and responded inconsistently to our comment requests so far. His stated campaign priorities are muddled at best, but more noticeable is an apparent lack of public engagement.

The final candidate, Ghanta, told us she needed to bow out of the campaign after qualifying for the ballot in order to focus on more important personal priorities than trying to be elected as mayor.

Pleasanton voters are lucky to have three really engaged candidates, two with good governance experience and one with the leadership presence needed to continue the city's strong record of accomplishments into the future.

Jerry Pentin will be that mayor for Pleasanton.

Pleasanton City Council

There are seven challengers for two at-large positions open on the City Council (Pentin's and Karla Brown's seats): Nancy Allen, Valerie Arkin, Jack Balch, Randy Brown, Jarod Buna, Zarina Kiziloglu and Chiman Lee.

To navigate a crowded ballot, we encourage residents to use the guiding light of city service experience. Allen and Balch, both members of the Planning Commission, stand above the rest.

They have some similar campaign priorities and some in contrast, but we recognize it's important to have differing viewpoints on the dais -- especially when they have the experience to back them.

Allen, in her seventh year on the Planning Commission with time on multiple other committees and task forces, points to her civic and business leadership record, finance background, independence, and support for preserving downtown's small-town character as well as responsible and thoughtful growth policies citywide. She's been an inquisitive voice who commands the room on the Planning Commission, and we look forward to her bringing those attributes to the council.

Balch, a sitting planning commissioner who earlier served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, also cites fiscal sustainability as a priority on the council, along with promoting economic recovery, keeping neighborhoods safe and strengthening the city-school district partnership. He's been a thoughtful commissioner, asking smart questions and providing informed input to help improve individual projects and city planning policies, and we expect to see much the same on the main dais.

Pleasanton's is perhaps the most effective planning commission in the Tri-Valley, and that's in part because of the perspectives and decision-making styles of Allen and Balch. They've always prioritized positive outcomes for the betterment of the community, even if they didn't see eye to eye on some specifics. That approach will be invaluable on the City Council.

Among the five other candidates, Arkin has 12 years of elected experience on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Arkin is well-versed in local education issues, but struggled in our candidate forum to show her expertise and creativity on city government topics -- including an unfortunate misstep implying BART to Livermore was still on the table.

Randy Brown, a real estate professional who is serving as board chair for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce this year, knows the issues but has never served on a city commission or committee. That sort of experience is vital to demonstrate independent decision-making, and the absence thereof can't be overlooked in this race.

Kiziloglu, a city housing commissioner, is running on almost a one-issue platform: affordable housing. She has important ideas on this top-priority topic, but her depth of ideas on other important topics is lacking. That said, we think Kiziloglu would be a great addition to the Planning Commission and urge her to apply (and be appointed) to help shape the future of Pleasanton.

Lee, a former one-term Economic Vitality Committee member, presents interesting concepts on topics like pandemic relief, police reform and sustainable growth, but he has failed to convince how he'd accomplish those ambitious goals as a council member with no high-level civic leadership experience.

Buna, an Amador alum running for the second time in 24 years, appears an accomplished attorney with important campaign priorities, but we're not confident that, given his lack of city service time, he would be able to offer the effective type of bold leadership he promises.

Don't get distracted by the collection of endorsements and social chatter that make it appear like there are two "tickets" developing for City Council -- Balch and Randy Brown as some sort of pro-developer duo, and Allen and Arkin as an apparent anti-growth tandem.

We see that as an over-simplification as it applies to all four of those candidates, but more importantly, Allen and Balch are nowhere near those extremes. And how do we know? They have individual voting records on the Planning Commission that prove their independent mindsets focused on what's best for the city.

The next four years for the Pleasanton City Council may well be defined by navigating conflicting priorities. Nancy Allen and Jack Balch are the leaders to help find that important balance.

Editor's note: The Pleasanton Weekly editorial board reached its decisions based on the candidates' performances at the Weekly's online forum, email interviews on endorsements, and our review of past reporting and research.

Comments

Michael
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 24, 2020 at 6:35 pm
Michael, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2020 at 6:35 pm
51 people like this

I recommend voting for that mayor candidate that has demonstrated real sincere interaction with response to resident voters. I believe that is not Jerry Pentin. The candidate demonstrating that quality is Karla Brown.


Pete
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2020 at 8:39 pm
Pete, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2020 at 8:39 pm
17 people like this

Pleasanton requires a lot of prayers with this editorial statement...


Rishabh Raj
Registered user
Las Positas
on Sep 24, 2020 at 8:44 pm
Rishabh Raj, Las Positas
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2020 at 8:44 pm
16 people like this

The Weekly mentions covid-19, social justice reform, and affordable housing as the main issues this election... but literally barely mentions any of those issues in their decision to endorse their candidates.

We're in a historic moment that could decide the future of this city on a multitude of issues, how is the best strategy "more of the same"?


Mike Woody
Registered user
Valley Trails
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:08 am
Mike Woody, Valley Trails
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:08 am
24 people like this

Why is it “newspapers” always feel compelled to voice their opinion about anything, especially About politics? Is it because they feel themselves of such importance as a “news outlet” the few who work for them feel their opinion or point of view means more Than the rest of us? Or maybe we are not as informed as they are so we need a little help? Maybe they should focus on accuracy of news. Stick with news.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:10 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:10 am
43 people like this

It is unfathomable that Pentin and Balch (will have to recuse himself) were chosen. Let's hope voters are smart enough to see Brown and Allen are the best choices.


justwondering
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:48 am
justwondering, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:48 am
13 people like this

Kathleen you are making an assumption about Balch having to recuse himself. Why don't you reach out to him directly and pose the question instead of making assumptions likely based on inaccurate information.?


MsVic
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Mission Park
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:04 am
MsVic, Mission Park
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:04 am
23 people like this

Jerry Pentin is clearly the best choice for Mayor and a person who truly cares about this city. Hope that most people know that the state - Sacramento has already dictated that we must add another 5000 homes to Pleasanton. Jerry has already gone to bat for us with Sacramento, but their decision is made and it will stick. Jerry will continue to battle this for us, but at the same time he will also do the best possible planning due to the Sacramento mandate. Jerry is the best person to carry out the vision of Pleasanton - a community of planned progress.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:59 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:59 am
39 people like this

Balch has not mentioned his affiliation with his family’s business. He has had to recuse on issues facing the Planning Commission because of his family’s business. There is no reason for him to ignore this issue. He gets a zero in my book for ignoring this matter. Voters should know, and not with a weak answer of “I won’t have to recuse much”.


justwondering
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:12 pm
justwondering, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:12 pm
13 people like this

Kathleen, again why are you unwilling to reach out to him yourself and ask the question on recusal? Afraid of the answer you'll receive and that its in fact not an issue? (Remember, you didn't know that CM Testa had to recuse herself from the DSP vote until it was pointed out to you.) Don't you think the Weekly would have satisfied themselves on this before endorsing him?


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
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on Sep 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm
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justwondering, he was asked. His answer was “I won’t have to recuse much.” The Weekly endorsed two people I’d rather not see win . . . Pentin and Balch. We’ll see where we end up.


Jeremy Walsh, editor
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another community
on Sep 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Jeremy Walsh, editor, another community
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on Sep 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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Kathleen raises an important point regarding Balch's ability to fully participate -- perhaps the most important question, from our perspective, as our newspaper has observed his previous recusals on the Planning Commission. We were convinced by Balch's answer to our direct question on that issue, including his assertion that late last year he learned (per private legal advice and FPPC inquiry) that he had been self-recusing more often than actually required by statute. We believe Balch when he tells us to always expect his full participation as a City Council member, except in select instances when recusal would be required. And our editorial board will be watching closely to ensure our confidence is well-placed.


Joe Public
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Amador Valley High School
on Sep 26, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Joe Public, Amador Valley High School
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2020 at 7:52 pm
38 people like this

After reading the Weekly‘s endorsement for Mayor, I was not convinced by their reasons for endorsing Pentin over Brown. It mentioned both candidates have 8 years of experience on the Council and on numerous committees. Brown’s leadership skills on the Council are much different from Pentin’s after watching the City Council meetings for years. She is more inclusive, seeks information and questions staff and other experts as well respectfully listens or communicates with residents demonstrating appreciation for the resident’s input. Pentin’s style on the Council does not encourage input or engagement by the community to speak before the governing body. He is often dismissive and rude even to fellow Council Members when they don’t agree with him. He doesn’t appear to build consensus on the Council. Brown would make a much better leader for tackling the challenges that our community faces and in working with the new Council members who are elected in November.


justwondering
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm
justwondering, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm
19 people like this

I happen to think that integrity is a very important quality in our Mayor and city councilmembers. Today I came home to a doorhanger from Karla Brown that had a banner under her pictue proclaiming her Mayor. I'm pretty sure the election hasn't occured yet. What was even more unbelievable was below that "experience with integrity" Proclaiming yourself mayor before an election is hardly showing integrity!!! This comes on top of her ads in the Weekly proclaiming herself Mayor of Pleasanton which, by the way, the Weekly must have made her change in yesterday's edition. I want a candidate with integrity--Karla Brown isn't it.


Joe Public
Registered user
Amador Valley High School
on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:02 pm
Joe Public, Amador Valley High School
Registered user
on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:02 pm
32 people like this

Let’s give the residents of Pleasanton more credit for reading the campaign literature and being able to discern if someone is running for Mayor or Council!
Sounds like very flimsy attack on Ms. Brown.


Denise
Registered user
Grey Eagle Estates
on Sep 28, 2020 at 6:03 am
Denise, Grey Eagle Estates
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on Sep 28, 2020 at 6:03 am
16 people like this

Kathleen, please stop speaking as if you are educated on the recusal requirements that could possibly affect Balch. You have stated on these blogs that you "don't really follow" the City Council and are more interested in School Board matters. Yet...here you are yet again vaguely dropping innuendoes to sow seeds of doubt about matters that you clearly know very little about. AGAIN...I will say....you are a mouth piece for Nancy Allen and I have no respect for her as a candidate based on how you behave on these blogs. Integrity matters and that is something Nancy Allen lacks.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 28, 2020 at 9:12 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2020 at 9:12 am
19 people like this

Denise, my comments about Balch are my comments. Nancy has nothing to do with it. Balch has recused himself, as Jeremy Walsh pointed out, perhaps too much on the planning commission. But he has had to recuse. So, the voters need to know and know why. Voters, as I already acknowledged, will vote as they please.


Walter
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2020 at 7:51 am
Walter, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2020 at 7:51 am
3 people like this

Kathleen, so you're saying you'd rather have Balch sit for matters that he's not independent from, or you're saying he has recused more than you'd prefer. Either way, I think we know your opinion - no matter how many times you voice it. Can we guess how you're voting?


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 29, 2020 at 9:23 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2020 at 9:23 am
20 people like this

Walter, I’m saying voters should know who Balch is—a member of his family’s corporation. It doesn’t make him a bad person, but it could mean he has to recuse himself (and has on the Planning Commission). As long as voters know who they are choosing, then that’s that. I have said I will vote for Nancy Allen; not much guessing involved.


Flightops
Registered user
Downtown
on Sep 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Flightops, Downtown
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm
23 people like this

Have to agree with “joe public” on how Pentin handles himself at the city council meetings and the way he treats other council members and the public that has attended these meetings, short tempered, rude, and not the person that I want representing my city and it’s citizens!!
How about a full disclosure on all his special interests and who Pentin actually draws a paycheck from??


justwondering
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2020 at 9:38 pm
justwondering, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 29, 2020 at 9:38 pm
9 people like this

Flightops and JP, all the things you write about Pentin, I have observed Karla do much the same. She has be absolutely disrespectful to staff especially when she realizes the point she is making is not correct. I've observed this on multiple occassions. i have observed eye rolling with both members of the public and other councilmembers when she doesn't agree. She has interrupted and been rude to other councilmembers on several occassions, as well.

I would like to see the personal attacks stop and get back to discussing the issues. This city is facing a number of significant issues and voters should understand candidate's positions instead of the personal attacks.

Kathleen, Jack Balch has answered the recusal question to the satisfaction of the Weekly. Don't you think its time to drop it and move on to the issues? There are a number of things that can be brought up about Allen but instead lets get back to the issues.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:24 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:24 am
11 people like this

justwondering, PW responded after I raised the issue. It may be to the PW’s satisfaction, but perhaps not voters.


Ben
Registered user
Kottinger Ranch
on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:43 am
Ben, Kottinger Ranch
Registered user
on Sep 30, 2020 at 9:43 am
16 people like this

It is understandable that Pleasanton Weekly made a half hearted endorsement of Jerry Pentin. They are making their endorsement based upon their pocketbook. Most of the advertising revenue for PW is from the real estate/developer sector. Mr. Pentin has never come across a development that he did not support. In addition, he is rude and aggressively dismissive of anyone that disagrees with him. He is a divisive person that should not be in a position of authority for Pleasanton. Karla is respectful of all viewpoints and will listen to residents on all sides of an issue. She is also reliable and is generous in sharing her time to meet with residents. This is unlike Jerry. who is known to miss his appointments.


A Chamber Friend
Registered user
Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 30, 2020 at 6:34 pm
A Chamber Friend, Pleasanton Valley
Registered user
on Sep 30, 2020 at 6:34 pm
14 people like this

Denise and Just Wondering - you are alienating people you may be working with in the future on the City Council, so I suggestion you stop now. This attack on candidates is not demonstrating the kind of quality leaders that our organization would support in the future.


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