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Energy Committee Chair Joel Liu running for Pleasanton City Council District 3

First non-incumbent candidate in race aims to increase safety, sustainability

Joel Liu, chair of the city's Committee on Energy and the Environment, announced on Sunday that he would be running for the Pleasanton City Council District 3 seat this November.

Joel Liu, the current chair of the city of Pleasanton's Committee on Energy and the Environment, is running for Pleasanton City Council District 3. (Photo courtesy Liu)

According to his campaign announcement, first-time candidate Liu hopes to improve Pleasanton's public safety, sustainability and the partnership between the city government and the school district.

"I passionately advocate for these issues because these are what make an ideal community. Therefore, I feel a strong calling to step up and revitalize Pleasanton's charm," Liu said in a news release.

"With two pieces of luggage, very little money and determination, I landed in the United States over 20 years ago to pursue my Ph.D. degree. I had a dream and willingness to work hard, which allowed me to get my doctorate and become the electrical engineer I am today," he added. "I feel honored to call Pleasanton my home and compelled to serve this community even more."

The Nov. 8 election will be Pleasanton's first in a district-based format for City Council seats. District 3, where Liu is running, represents the southwestern part of the city. Incumbent Councilmember Julie Testa is the only other candidate thus far to indicate their intent to compete for District 3.

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A first-generation immigrant, Liu started serving on the city's Committee on Energy and the Environment in 2018, which works with city staff to advise the council on topics such as water, energy and the environment.

Most recently, Liu helped in the process of developing and adopting the Pleasanton Climate Action Plan 2.0, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a goal of 70% reduction below the 1990 levels by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality per capita by 2045.

"After City Council approved the Climate Action Plan 2.0, the hard work of implementing it began," Liu said. "I want to continue my service to the city to expand my responsibility to help Pleasanton become a sustainable city."

Professionally, Liu works as an engineering manager for Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company, where he is responsible for multimillion-dollar projects in its electrical engineering business.

In his campaign announcement, Liu said that his experience in managing an engineering business will give him the tools needed to manage the city in a fiscally sustainable way.

"Our shared goal should be to build a better Pleasanton together. This involves listening and harmonizing the needs of all community members from all backgrounds, and then working collaboratively and creatively to find the best solution for Pleasanton," he said.

"It is not an easy task," Liu added. "I believe the rigor of my academic pursuit, my corporate leadership experience and my involvement in city government equip me with the right skills and temperament to achieve the best result for Pleasanton."

In the past, Liu served as a parent member of the Harvest Park Middle School Site Council and as a member of the Community Advisory Committee of East Bay Community Energy.

He also volunteered for 17 years at the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA and in 2018 co-founded the Tri-Valley Asian Association, whose mission of the association is to build a bridge for Asian Americans to connect more with their community.

Liu has a doctorate in electrical engineering from Arizona State University and currently lives in Pleasanton with his wife, two children and their golden retriever. Both of his children attend Pleasanton Unified School District and are competitive Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers.

To learn more about Liu's candidacy, go to his campaign website at votejoelliu.com.

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Energy Committee Chair Joel Liu running for Pleasanton City Council District 3

First non-incumbent candidate in race aims to increase safety, sustainability

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jul 13, 2022, 8:29 am

Joel Liu, chair of the city's Committee on Energy and the Environment, announced on Sunday that he would be running for the Pleasanton City Council District 3 seat this November.

According to his campaign announcement, first-time candidate Liu hopes to improve Pleasanton's public safety, sustainability and the partnership between the city government and the school district.

"I passionately advocate for these issues because these are what make an ideal community. Therefore, I feel a strong calling to step up and revitalize Pleasanton's charm," Liu said in a news release.

"With two pieces of luggage, very little money and determination, I landed in the United States over 20 years ago to pursue my Ph.D. degree. I had a dream and willingness to work hard, which allowed me to get my doctorate and become the electrical engineer I am today," he added. "I feel honored to call Pleasanton my home and compelled to serve this community even more."

The Nov. 8 election will be Pleasanton's first in a district-based format for City Council seats. District 3, where Liu is running, represents the southwestern part of the city. Incumbent Councilmember Julie Testa is the only other candidate thus far to indicate their intent to compete for District 3.

A first-generation immigrant, Liu started serving on the city's Committee on Energy and the Environment in 2018, which works with city staff to advise the council on topics such as water, energy and the environment.

Most recently, Liu helped in the process of developing and adopting the Pleasanton Climate Action Plan 2.0, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a goal of 70% reduction below the 1990 levels by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality per capita by 2045.

"After City Council approved the Climate Action Plan 2.0, the hard work of implementing it began," Liu said. "I want to continue my service to the city to expand my responsibility to help Pleasanton become a sustainable city."

Professionally, Liu works as an engineering manager for Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company, where he is responsible for multimillion-dollar projects in its electrical engineering business.

In his campaign announcement, Liu said that his experience in managing an engineering business will give him the tools needed to manage the city in a fiscally sustainable way.

"Our shared goal should be to build a better Pleasanton together. This involves listening and harmonizing the needs of all community members from all backgrounds, and then working collaboratively and creatively to find the best solution for Pleasanton," he said.

"It is not an easy task," Liu added. "I believe the rigor of my academic pursuit, my corporate leadership experience and my involvement in city government equip me with the right skills and temperament to achieve the best result for Pleasanton."

In the past, Liu served as a parent member of the Harvest Park Middle School Site Council and as a member of the Community Advisory Committee of East Bay Community Energy.

He also volunteered for 17 years at the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA and in 2018 co-founded the Tri-Valley Asian Association, whose mission of the association is to build a bridge for Asian Americans to connect more with their community.

Liu has a doctorate in electrical engineering from Arizona State University and currently lives in Pleasanton with his wife, two children and their golden retriever. Both of his children attend Pleasanton Unified School District and are competitive Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers.

To learn more about Liu's candidacy, go to his campaign website at votejoelliu.com.

Comments

lucy0583
Registered user
Amador Valley High School
on Jul 13, 2022 at 9:57 am
lucy0583, Amador Valley High School
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 9:57 am

I support and vote Joel.


Rocky
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Birdland
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:13 am
Rocky, Birdland
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:13 am

Strongly agree to improve public safety in Pleasanton! So Joel Liu has my full support!


Speech oppression
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California Reflections
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:47 am
Speech oppression, California Reflections
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:47 am

I support Joel Liu because of his proven successful record of collaboratively working with community members to achieve positive results for Pleasanton. I encourage you to vote for Joel Liu!


Speech oppression
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California Reflections
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:50 am
Speech oppression, California Reflections
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:50 am

Here is Joel Liu's Campaign Kick-off party on July 16 10am-11:30pm.

Web Link


Michelle Liu
Registered user
Val Vista
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:53 am
Michelle Liu , Val Vista
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 10:53 am

I support and vote Joel Liu.


Michael Austin
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 13, 2022 at 11:59 am
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 11:59 am

Austin & Xu, a Pacific Rim Joined Venture since March 1993 endorse Joel Liu to represent district 3 on the Pleasanton city council.


yi
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Harvest Park Middle School
on Jul 13, 2022 at 9:09 pm
yi, Harvest Park Middle School
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2022 at 9:09 pm

Joel spends a lot time to community activities. He knows what community needs. He is the best choice for the district 3.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 15, 2022 at 5:02 pm

I like that Joel Liu will bring that fundamental quality "RESPECT" to the city council. Respect for our city staff.

Respect for people is the most fundamental principle.

Respect fosters community, commitment, and loyalty, empowers employees to make positive decisions.


keeknlinda
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Jul 20, 2022 at 10:18 pm
keeknlinda, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Jul 20, 2022 at 10:18 pm

How refreshing to see someone with constructive ideals running for the District 3 seat. The negative approach we've seen from the incumbent fails to be conducive to good governance. Having someone on the council who won't be confused at every turn can only lead to a more efficient, less divisive, and truly collaborative environment for council members, staff , and residents alike.
It is a pleasure to serve on the Committee on Energy and Environment with Joel as chairman. Meetings flow easily and I've seen how quickly he understands the topics that come before us, how relevant and thoughtful his questions are, aimed at helping each of us to understand the matters before us without trying to cloud issues or change the subject.
A welcome change indeed.


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