Mayoral and Council candidates appeared at a breakfast forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The article reports:
"Hosterman said one of her goals is the completion of Highway 84, which would ease traffic in the city. Brozosky said he would shift more manpower from the city's Planning Department to traffic to handle congestion."
Firstly, it is frustrating to watch the City wait on external forces to solve our traffic problems. That is the strategy that both Sullivan and Hosterman seem to favor. It is like taking a gamble that we'll wait and see if the outside improvements help our traffic and if so, maybe we can get away with not doing city infrastructure improvements. Neely appears to understand this frustration. What ever happened to Stop Pleasanton Gridlock?
Secondly, I don't understand Brozosky's proposal. How can one "shift manpower" when the skill set of people working in the Planning Department different from the skill set of those working in Traffic? Is Brozosky suggesting to fire and hire? What are these newly hired traffic people going to do? Also, isn't this kind of "shifting" a function of the City Manager and not that of Mayor? I'd hate to have a Mayor that starts second guessing the City Manager.