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Opinion - November 25, 2011

Our mayor vs. Canada's tar sands

We don't often comment on national or global issues, but since Mayor Jennifer Hosterman is speaking out publicly on behalf of the city of Pleasanton against the Keystone Canadian pipeline crossing into the U.S., we thought we'd chime in, too. Of course, Hosterman, an avowed environmentalist who serves on U.S. Conference of Mayors committees, is entitled to her opinions on national issues. She has supported the Kyoto Accord, smokestack regulations and clean air and climate control measures.

Yet her latest protest may be a bit far afield for the position she was elected to serve. Without any approval (as far as we know) from her colleagues on the City Council or a vote in favor by her constituents, Hosterman joined an outspoken coalition of American mayors in an effort to block the transport of Alberta's tar sands oil across the U.S. to the Texas Gulf Coast through a $13 billion Keystone XL pipeline. Hearing the mayors and other protestors, President Obama last week put the project on hold until after the 2012 national elections.

A much-relieved Hosterman wrote on Facebook this week: "I spoke against this project and think it needs to be canceled all together. But this is a good start."

Earlier, Hosterman expressed her concerns in a letter signed by 103 mayors: "When the President said recently that he thought 'folks in Nebraska like all across the country' aren't going to trade putting our kids' health at risk from contaminated drinking water, or potentially harming agriculture in our heartlands all for 'a few thousand jobs,' he hit the nail on the head. In fact, we don't need to make the trade at all. Jobs that are actually good for the environment can employ people across the country, whereas the Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs only for a small number of people in a few states, and not necessarily where jobs are needed most."

We're not pipeline or tar sand specialists, so we won't weigh in on whether the Keystone project would help reduce the country's dependence on overseas oil resources as its proponents argue or if it's too dangerous to cross the Sand Hills region of Nebraska, as that state's governor suggests. But at the same time, the issue may also be too far a stretch for Mayor Hosterman's expertise, even with her law degree. It certainly seems disingenuous for her to speak on behalf of the people of Pleasanton about tar sands and oil pipelines when there's so much more at stake right here at home.


Posted by Nomad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Mayor Hosterman has consistently taken her personal views and misrepresented them as Pleasanton "positions" on regional, national and international issues. That she has done so again regarding the Keystone pipeline is no surprise.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Nov 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Our esteemed mayor is part of a clan that refuses to do anything to help America to develop more energy, unless, of course, it involves tilting at windmills. God help us if we elect any more boobs like this, lest we achieve our dear leaders desire to make us a third world country.

Posted by Jersey Wilhelm, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

The Mayor is speaking as one voice among 103 other mayors. The Mayor's voice is one of 103 aimed at the Obama administration not simply regarding the Keystone pipeline but also other environmentally harmful projects that may be equally wrong-headed. I see nothing wrong with the Mayor expressing her view as part of her capacity as Mayor of Pleasanton. She has a voice, and she desires that Wash DC hear it. Bully for her. Tempest in a teapot, this one is, Editors.

Posted by Self-sufficient, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

She is not 'qualified' to offer an opinion on the subject, and certainly does not have my permission to speak for the residents of Pleasanton.
Our continent has much more oil than all the mideast. Obviously, Pelosi, Obama have been lying about US becoming independent of foreign oil. They and Hosterman want to block all other forms of energy, and they block us providing for ourselves.
? ? ? Without logic. They look like fools. We all suffer....and PAY, and PAY. They don't care, aside from the thousands of new jobs that would be provided, we would have more abundant and
cheaper supply.

Posted by Jersey Wilhelm, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Wowsa, "Self-sufficient" appears to be self-inflated in his preposterous view of the world. He claims: the Mayor "does not have my permission to speak for the residents of Pleasanton."

I've got news for you, bubba. She doesn't need your permission to speak out on her views as the Mayor of Pleasanton. Feeling a bit self-inflated are we?

Posted by Self-sufficient, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

Self-inflation is on the part of the Ms Hosterman. Sadly, she 'acted' on that self-inflation. Her extremism is against the wellbeing of all Americans. Self-sufficient we are not. Talk that we should be was that....just talk !

Posted by thank you PW, a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

THANK YOU, Pleasanton Weekly, for taking a stand AGAINST a liberal and a liberal ideal.

I will respectfully, disagree with your statement that "you don't comment on national or global issues" however. The Pleasanton Weekly has promoted democrat candidates continually...and NEVER has questioned any of their platform. Example: our far leftwing Congressman McNerney's support of Obamacare...and without holding any town meetings on this issue.

America is being destroyed from within...and our socialist Mayor Hosterman is just one of many reasons.

I hope to see the Pleasanton Weekly publish more articles questioning our elected officials and their positions.

Posted by G7CaliGirl, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

Isn't this the mayor that supported the Oak Grove development that required the voters to step-in for the greater good of the people of Pleasanton and overturn that wrong headed plan. Mayor Hosterman is trying to use Pleasanton as a political stepping stone for her next elected office. She needed to get on record with the "environmental money people" by shooting her mouth off and using all of us as a tool for her own political ambitions. Wake Up - she isn't interested in creating jobs unless they can lead to a filling of her political coffers. Pandering is pandering.

Posted by huh?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Oak Grove protected almost five hundred acres of open space for all of Pleasanton. The people who stepped in wrongly pointed to the Pleasanton Ridge as being the location of that development. Two of the three proponents of the initiative had their own special interest in mind. One has a lot overlooking the property and the other at the top of the road accessing the property. The other, a personal vendetta against the current mayor, whom she lost to, and the agent of the property who donated to the mayor's campaign.

Before you get in an uproar, at one time he also supported the said candidate as well as the only councilmember to vote against the project! That's right after the Mayor and Councilmember Sullivan worked on a compromise solution, the council voted 4-1 in favor of the project.

They initiative proponents were successful in duping many people into thinking they were protecting "the ridge". Ultimately there will be houses built there with NO open space for the residents of Pleasanton.


And the affordable housing coming to Pleasanton? That was the result of a council sponsored initiative in the 90s violating state law. Why are we the only city targeted with this mess?

It is easy to complain when you only have part of the story. Harder to be part of the solution.

I appreciate the hard work of our elected officials whether I agree with them or not. Not such a fan of this muckracking.

Posted by Environmentalist-not, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Hosterman an 'environmentalist' after she wanted to scrape off the ridgetops of the southeastern ridges to build 51 mega-mansions? She is about as much of an environmentalist as British Petroleum is.

Posted by g7caligirl, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Didn't the initiatives pass? Haven't the Lin's lost in every court battle so far? Are they going to donate to Hosterman's new war chest for her next public office? Could there be pay to play going on here?

Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Only one more year of this sort to embarrassment. Fortunately, both candidates for mayor next year understand the specific responsibilities of city, state and federal governments. They have both acted accordingly since being on the city council.

Posted by thank you PW, a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

To Doug Miller,
I agree wholeheartedly with you.

However, unfortunately for Pleasanton I believe anyone who may replace this flaming socialist has the same warped, dangerous, anti-American liberal ideals.

Posted by Self-sufficient, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

This issue is not liberal or conservative....it's about jobs, American independence, and saving consumers money...It's logical, and economical.

Posted by Jersey Wilhelm, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

Some idiot said: "it's about jobs, American independence, and saving consumers money" Right and the rest of the world be damned. Our children be damned. If it'll save us right-wing fascists a few bucks, let the world burn up, because we couldn't care less.

Posted by thank you PW, a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

Dear Self-sufficient,
I submit to you that it IS all about liberal vs. conservative. Liberals are purposely destroying jobs in this country. Look at what is happening in this country. They are succeeding and they will finish destroying it if conservatives are not elected to local, state and fed government. Further, if non-elected liberal govt. administrators...like EPA and others are not dismantled. The EPA in particular is out of control and a threat to America's economy and national defense.

Posted by registered user, Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 27, 2011 at 8:37 am


No, the Lins did not lose all their court cases.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Jersey, do you drive a car? Are you that thick that you don't know how your car is powered? How will the pipeline in question burn up the world....provide a link to your research on your hysterical prediction. Have you and the mayor been worshipping at the alter of man-bear-pig again? You goofy leftist elites are funny and pathetic at the same time with your gloom and doom scare tactics.

Posted by Self-sufficient, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Yes, Wilhelm did illuminaate the divide. Only the most left radical would say with the pipeline WE would 'burn up the world'. Take a peek at China, they are already burning up the world all by themselves.
We have beome cleaner as the rest of the world has become dirtier. We are suckers to whip, beat, and bankrupt ourselves, while the china's of the world are pushing their dirt on us, while beating us in the marketplace....a loose, loose for us. ...making suckers of us.
Spew your platitudes to the dirty world, only then you can lecture us in your quest to destroy America.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm

The United States of America is ALREADY a Third World Country!

tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

i rest my case...

Posted by registered user, Oliver Heaviside, a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

Ms Hosterman continues to display a lack of knowledge of basic legal principles, despite her claim to be a lawyer, or at least a law student. It is plain fraud for her to assert, in her capacity as Mayor, that her personal opinions are the position of the City of Pleasanton or its citizens.

This is no different than if she were to use City funds to pay for her groceries. She is mis-appropriating City resource for her personal use and gain.

Our Mayor is one turkey who has survived Thanskgiving. Let's get her voted out, or impeached, and elect someone who understands the duties, responsibilities, and limits of power of the office of Mayor.

I only wish I had the time and funds to pursue private legal action against her. Perhaps one of Pleasanton's wealthier citizens will step up.

Posted by Larry, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

Here is the problem, we have a socialist in office, and people think if we get someone else in her place, they may be worse.

Not so! We need a leader to step up, and people to help that person get elected, so we can do what is right for the country. We need jobs and we need them now.

These wack jobs get elected is because people sit on the sidelines and complain, but are not willing to do the work to make a change.

You do not need to be on either side of the political spectrum, just a little common sense to see what is really happening.

Investigate this Agenda 21 that Pleasanton has signed onto, that should wake some of you up.

By the way, we are not a third world country, Cholo should travel if he would like to see what a real third world country is, like his home country.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

Take up the matter of whether or not the US is a third world country with S&P.

I've traveled extensively since I was a child. The US is indeed a third world country...have you visited East Oakland recently? Richmond, CA?

I have not traveled much in Africa. I have a loose foot and love to step!

Posted by jiaf, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

Dare I say, Cholo, based on your recent travels in the east bay, you probably have no need to go to Africa. It's sad to see what has become of a once productive and thriving community.......

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

I have friends from Ethiopia and I would love to travel there. I would have a place to stay, guides, the airfare is too expensive for me at present.

Posted by CW, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm

My qualifications to speak on the merits of the proposed pipeline from Canada to the Gulf coast:
1. Born and raised in Nebraska & familiar with the terrain in question.
2 Although I have made CA my home for a long time, I travel to NE at least annually, and most recently in October to visit family and friends, who remain a good source of info. for me.
3. Certainly more familiar with the political climate there than Mayor Hosterman!

The proposed route is NOT etched in stone,and has within the psst 4 weeks been dramatically changed, so as to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area. The Governor was correct in questioning the original PROPOSED route, and it can be changed to meet these legitimate objections. We do NOT need to jeopardize one resource (water) for the sake of another (oil)!!
The fact remains that this country NEEDS THIS PIPELINE! And,not 20+ years from now,but NOW! I have seen estimates ranging from 70,000 to 700,000 jobs being created by this pipeline -- NOT just a few for a short period of time -- BUT, our illustrious Pres. will not make a decision in favor of jobs in an election year, because it would offend the sensibilities of people like Mayor H., who has no more idea how to create job opportunities than does BHO! So, he has pulled another "stall" job!!

Posted by FactChecker, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

The mayor's seat is open in 2012 as Mayor Hosterman is termed out! Step up and serve!

Posted by Ollie Lightfoot, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

CW is waaaaaay underestimating the job potential of the proposed pipeline. I've seen estimates that it would create between 7 million to 70 million new jobs. Obama is stalling because it's an election year and he can't afford to have between 7-70 million happy, newly hired oil workers voting for him. You may consider me an expert on these matters, as I once hitchhiked through North Dakota on my way to Alaska to fight forest fires. (I didn't make it. Got distracted once I met a cute farm girl in Montana.)

Posted by Self-sufficient, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

Obama is wrong to block those millions of new jobs. Our people will continue to suffer because he's catering to the extreme greens who put their zealotry ahead of Americans.

Posted by Ngo Loon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

Our Hippy Mayor is a stupid left-wing dolt. It is going to be so good to be rid of her. I'm sure this dolt will be running for a higher office, from the left-wing-loon party, of course.

Please keep her horrible tenure in mind when you vote for Mayor. Do not vote for Cook-Callio. We don't want to replace a left-wing dolt with another left-wing dolt.