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4 now in race for Pleasanton City Council

Original post made on Aug 11, 2014

Four candidates are now in the race for election to the Pleasanton City Council, along with two others seeking election as mayor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:58 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by ILovePtown
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

So glad Olivia Sanwong is running again. She is a breath of fresh air for Pleasanton - has history here, experience in a big company, well educated, common sense.

Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

Should be an interesting race.

I heard that Olivia is running to represent the unions and already has strong employee union support. I hope that is wrong but we will see when we receive the info on the endorsements as well as checking out the city database on campaign contributions.

Posted by interesting
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

This should be a lively race. Not sure why Olivia San Wong is running. She lost by a significant margin last time and has not done anything new since then. Seems like a nice person but have not seen any leadership and she had 2 years to do something more. I think she is just on the very small committee as she was on before. There are much stronger candidates to choose from.

Posted by Tom F
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

Olivia San Wong is endorsed by Eric Swalwell. You know, our congressmen who shills for the Obama regime. Just say NO to Wong and any other candidates who are United States ruining democrats.

Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:36 am

Olivia is there for the unions. They want their representative on the council to prevent pension reform. Essentially the unions want to continue being represented on both sides of the negotiating table.

She is probably a very nice person but being used by the unions.

Posted by Davey D
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

Interesting says "There are much stronger candidates to choose from."

Yeah, because the real estate agent and the housewife we elected to council were so much more experienced. Those are really highbrow choices. Give me a break.

Unlike others running for council, Olivia isn't a right-wing shill for the Chamber of Commerce and developers. She is also under 50 years. She has my vote. Oh, I forgot, this Pleasanton, where it is ok to take gobs of money from developers but taking a dime from unions that fight for livable wages is sacrilegious. My bad.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:44 am

The GOOD NEWS is that voters have a choice...VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!

Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

I only support candidates who do not take money from the unions and the developers (who are represented by the chamber of developers; er I mean pleasanton chamber of commerce). I want a representative that represents the people of Pleasanton; not the special interests (public employees, developers). So do not want the shill for the public employee unions or the shill for the developers.

If you think the public employee unions are fighting for a livable wage, you are in fantasy land.

Posted by interesting
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

Davey D,
You forgot to say the "housewife" you imply had no experience was a former engineer who also spent over 15 years in public service positions helping Pleasanton: Parks and Rec Commission, President of Pleasanton Seahawks, and leadership positions with Rage Soccer and a number of committees.
I stand by my comment that I have not seen any leadership from San Wang and she had plenty of time to do so between the last race she lost by a huge margin and this race. Nice person i assume but a leader she is not. I am looking for objective leadership on the Council as we have big challenges ahead and glad we have more choices.

Posted by One
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

Wow, III, you seem to have some real skin in this election. Three churlish attempts to smear one of the candidates. Before you change your name, let me ask you....

Who are "the people" that you refer to? Because, it seems to me, that after you remove public workers, school teachers, union members, developers, investors, and people of color, there just don't seem to be all that many "people" left. Or do you simply have an axe to grind?

Posted by Paulette Kenyon
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I don't understand why so many working people have it in for unions. If it wasn't for unions, anyone who works for others for a living wouldn't have any rights. It's unions that keep wages higher. Because there are fewer unions, America's middle class is shrinking. Your kids have jobs at McDonald's to look forward to when they graduate. How many of you know people whose kids can't leave the nest? If someone rants that someone is supported by unions, as if that is a bad thing, they are probably a tea party person (vacant mind & angry at everyone who isn't supported by Fox News). The liberals of today were conservatives in my generation. We've moved so far to the right that there is no left anymore. It's like someone running over a squirrel and then running over it 500 times to make sure it's dead. Why are you so worried that there are any unions left? The boat is leaning so far to the right, that we're going under, already. You won! The big corporations run everything. You tea party people. YOu won already.. Don't you get it?

Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Ha Ha, the boat is leaning so far to the right? Just about choked. Could not be further from the truth.

I also believe that you misunderstood my concerns. They are not on unions in general. It is with public employee unions. Unions work when there is a balance of management/owners and the unions, and in an industry that can go out of business if the product is priced out of the marker as there is competition. With government, there is no competition so when the salaries and benefits are off the scale, the taxpayer looses as the service declines or there is a need of additional taxes to keep the same services. When the public employee union employees are represented by their union and the elected representatives also represent the unions there is no balance.

I have no problems with unions. I do however have problems with public employee unions when they are on both sides of the bargaining table in an industry that has no competition. Completely different things.

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