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Opinion - September 16, 2022

Letters

Liu for District 3

I am supporting Joel Liu's candidacy for Pleasanton City Council to represent District 3 on the City Council.

Joel advocates for city/school partnership, safety and sustainability. Joel said, "This is what makes an ideal community, our shared goal should be to build a better Pleasanton together." Joel will bring corporate leadership experience and years of community service to the council. Joel currently serves as chair on the Pleasanton Committee on Energy and the Environment.

It was not that long ago that Pleasanton engaged in litigation against the state mandatory housing laws. That litigation cost Pleasanton taxpayers $4 million. Pleasanton lost in that litigation. We have a current City Council member, Julie Testa, attempting to get the Pleasanton City Council to approve again, to join in litigation with other Bay Area cities currently litigating against the state mandatory housing laws.

Julie Testa's residence before final districting would have been in District 4. Testa is one of the three-vote majority currently serving on the Pleasanton City Council. That majority -- Testa, Arkin and Brown -- gerrymandered the districts, and voted on the Tangerine map to place Testa in District 3 because Testa is not electable in District 4. Pleasanton majority voters wanted the Lime map which did not divide neighborhoods, which is what the Tangerine map did.

I endorse and strongly recommend District 3 voters elect Joel Liu to represent District 3 on the Pleasanton City Council.

-- Michael Austin

Marchand has the experience

Livermore is a great place to live. We've had a truly great City Council and city staff for the last several years helping to keep our city on-track financially, and maintaining the infrastructure that makes it vibrant. And it has not been easy. John Marchand has been a part of that success.

Marchand has served on the council and as our mayor during good times and tough times. He has demonstrated his ability to collaborate, listen to and work with citizens to achieve our community goals, and knows that regional approaches to big problems are the ones likely to succeed. His opponent has no experience on the City Council, on the Planning Commission or with creating regional collaborations to solve city problems.

Being mayor isn't just politics, it's a real job that requires knowledge and skill. Anyone who has run even a small business knows how hard it is. A city is a big business, with all the personnel, legal and fiscal issues, and a budget of over $125 million. We deserve someone with proven skills and experience to guide Livermore forward.

We've done a lot of good work since the early 2000s when I moved to the Tri-Valley. Let's keep up the good work and be smart about how we chose our leadership. I wouldn't hire an inexperienced person to lead my business.

I'm voting for John Marchand and hope readers will respect the real job that being mayor is and consider the experience necessary to get the job done.

-- Lisa Tromovitch

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