As I sat in my kitchen watching Dr. Christine Ford bravely testify, I was absolutely dismayed to see the male Republican senators on our nation's Judiciary Committee working so hard to destroy a woman who is trying to speak up for herself and for all women.
My takeaway? We have no choice but to elect strong Democratic women in November at every level who we can consistently depend on to champion the rights of women.
That's why Rebecca Bauer-Kahan gets my vote for Assembly, today more than ever.
Re-elect Kathy Narum
As a small-business owner in Pleasanton, I am one of many who provide services and conveniences that make our city such a wonderful place to live. Working directly with them as clients also gives me a personal opportunity to hear what they are saying about the business climate in Pleasanton. And one of the key topics I hear about is traffic.
Traffic has a significant impact on many local businesses that make deliveries and service calls. Sitting in traffic costs small businesses time and money, so we need city leaders able and willing to collaborate with regional partners to alleviate vehicle congestion.
Regional solutions include extending BART to Livermore since we know people are commuting to Pleasanton in order to park and then ride BART -- which makes it a challenge for Pleasanton residents to find parking to do so themselves. We should also complete the widening of Highway 84 as soon as possible, and consider adding HOV lanes to 680-north to reduce the cut-through traffic.
Kathy Narum is already working on regional transportation matters, and I believe she is the only candidate for City Council who can broker these types of deals. As the past chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, I know how important regional partnerships are and I think the Chamber made a smart choice in endorsing Kathy Narum. She has my vote.
Streng, Narum for City Council
As a member of the Human Services Commission, I greatly respect those who are dedicated to serving our community. That's why I'm voting for Joe Streng and Kathy Narum.
Joe has a long track record of service to Pleasanton. During his nine years on the Park & Rec Commission, he delivered new parks and amenities, expanded our trails and made our streets safer. He also played a significant role in developing long-term plans for our Parks and Community Services Department. I've known Joe personally for more than a decade, and I admire his positive outlook and love for our hometown.
As the incumbent, Kathy also has a distinguished record of service to Pleasanton, including terms on the Park & Rec and Planning commissions. She has a deep understanding of the issues and works tirelessly to get things done.
Both candidates make it a priority to listen to residents with a genuine ear and work to make Pleasanton the best city for all residents. Let's make sure both Kathy and Joe have the opportunity to continue to serve our community.
Re-elect Assemblywoman Baker
With all of the arguing about politics this time of year, I think it's important to commend our leaders who do their job well.
I am a constituent of Catharine Baker's, and I had an issue that had gone unresolved and I had been ignored and stonewalled for weeks. I finally reached out to her office and I am so grateful I did. I was listened to, taken seriously, and it was made very clear to me that the assemblywoman genuinely cared about the people she represented.
Sometimes it gets lost in all of the bickering, but one of the most important things of a representative's job is to help their constituents. Catharine Baker takes that job seriously, I am grateful she is our State Assembly member, and she deserves to be re-elected.
Vote Julie Testa for council
Voters of Pleasanton, please wake up. Vote Julie Testa for City Council.
I lived most of my life in a quaint small town similar to Pleasanton. We loved our charming, and friendly, small town. I'll never forget the day we woke up and looked around at the skyscrapers towering over us. Traffic was suddenly unbearable, we asked who let this happen, and wondered if someone got paid off.
We realized too late that the quality of life that we had valued was gone, and that we had let it happen. We were not paying attention to who was representing us in our then small town of ... Walnut Creek.
You have the chance to elect a slow growth representative. Vote Julie Testa for Pleasanton City Council; don't make the same mistake Walnut Creek made.
Narum and Streng have my vote
Pleasanton's current library is a beautiful, useful building, but it is not well-equipped to meet the city's library and community center needs.
Surrounding communities enjoy spacious printed and digital information media centers with ample meeting rooms, quiet research areas and even cafes to get a bite to eat on a study break. I see residents of all ages visiting the Dublin and Livermore libraries, and enjoying a wide array of services. I believe the residents of Pleasanton deserve a comparable facility.
I attended the Pleasanton Weekly candidate forum for City Council, and I was impressed by the positions of Kathy Narum and Joe Streng on the library issue. Both advocate for a sensible, phased approach to build a new library on the Bernal property, and use the existing library as a new City Hall.
With their plan, the current library building continues to be a community asset long into the future, and taxpayers continue to benefit from the investment we made in that exceptional structure. In my considered opinion, this is an excellent use of public resources to achieve the level of amenities and community gathering space so many residents support.
Kathy Narum and Joe Streng have my vote.
Proud to endorse Narum
Pleasanton residents deserve clean, safe drinking water, and that won't happen by accident. Thoughtful planning, sound science and forward-thinking public policy will be needed to ensure our infrastructure and water treatment methodology provide healthy tap water now and in the future.
At a time when water utilities across the United States are grappling with aging water infrastructure, California water utilities must also prepare for drought. What does this mean for Pleasanton? This means we must continue to support our ongoing water supply reliability studies so we can prioritize investments in projects that best match our community's needs.
The water issues ahead will require leaders who understand science, listen to the community, and care deeply about the health and well being of Pleasanton residents.
As a Zone 7 Water District director, I have the distinct pleasure of working with Kathy Narum who serves on our City-Zone 7 Liaison Committee. Her engineering background affords her the analytical aptitude to evaluate reports and studies, and her stalwart commitment to water security for Pleasanton makes her an exceptional advocate.
I am proud to endorse Kathy Narum for City Council.
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