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Pleasanton Chamber PAC endorses Thorne for Mayor, Narum, Olson for City Council

Original post made on Sep 20, 2014

The Pleasanton Chamber's Political Action Committee Friday endorsed Mayor Jerry Thorne for re-election and Councilwoman Kathy Narum and former Planning Commissioner Arne Olson for election to the City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:43 AM

Comments (38)

Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

If you want more housing development and congestion in Pleasanton, these are the people to vote for. The chamber is consistent at least in endorsing only pro-growth candidates in Pleasanton.

I always appreciate hearing who the chamber endorses as it makes everybody's job easier in separating the pro-growth candidates from the slow-growth candidates. I know I can exclude voting for any of the people endorsed by the chamber since I desire slow-growth and am tired of the traffic congestion and overcrowded schools.


Posted by a tale of two Downtowns
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

in other news, Downtown Pleasanton continues to wither away...are these chamber-endorsed candidates the best choice for Downtown? It seems these chamber-endorsed candidates are out of touch and probably go to bed early. No wonder Downtown Pleasanton also shuts down early. At least we live close to Downtown Livermore.


Posted by Agreed
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

I would not vote for any candidates endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce or Real Estate. We need a drastic change. These people are scarificing our town for their gain. New blood is needed.


Posted by Up the River
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

The real dilemma is that, for the most part, we have a choice between pro-growth candidates and union-hack candidates. Neither of those options is good for Pleasanton. Pleasantonians that prefer slow-growth and not being reamed to pay for outrageous union-worker compensation packages have no options.


Posted by Country Fair resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

We need someone to step up to these pro growth folks. Where is the water going to come from.....the schools are already over flowing and the traffic is a real problem. Thanks for telling me who NOT to vote for in the election otherwise move to Livermore or Dublin.


Posted by Another view
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

Really? All of these candidates are Pro-Growth just because the Chamber supports them? Check the facts, the current council has only approved projects thrown at them due to the lawsuit/illegal housing cap that got kicked down the road for years. Nice hack job labeling any councilmember or candidate pro-growth in Pleasanton. So you don't like the Chamber or it's endorsement? Fine, start your own anti-Chamber, anti-Business organization and endorse your candidates. Will that be Morrison and Bowen? Probably. But when you accomplish your goal, and have spurned all growth, of any kind in Pleasanton, be sure to own up to the closing of facilities, parks, etc. You can't have it both ways.


Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Matt Morrison and George Bowen are the only 2 candidates who will not take special interest PAC money, big business or big Labor!

They are actually relying on People Power instead of PAC money that can be from anywhere!

If you want a chance to slow down the SPRAWLING of Pleasanton and get true local control back vote for Morrison and Bowen!


Posted by Bowen Supporter
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I AGREE WITH THIS 150 PERCENT. GEORGE BOWEN IS SLOW GROWTH AND WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED TO HELP TRY TO SLOW IT DOWN. THE OTHERS WILL NOT, LOOK AT THEIR VOTING RECORDS TO GET THE FULL TRUTH

Matt Morrison and George Bowen are the only 2 candidates who will not take special interest PAC money, big business or big Labor!

They are actually relying on People Power instead of PAC money that can be from anywhere!

If you want a chance to slow down the SPRAWLING of Pleasanton and get true local control back vote for Morrison and Bowen!


Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

We need to get this information out to the residents of Pleasanton!

Once they hear the two sides of the Development Debate they agree with Morrison and Bowen!

We need to have more than a 30% voter turnout!

SPREAD THE WORD!


Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

For the 25 years I have lived in Pleasanton there are three things that have gotten worst.
1. Schools continue to be more and more overcrowed.
2. Traffic congestion continues to get worst.
3. Affordable housing keeps getting kicked down the road, so much so that decisions now have to be made based on fear of a lawsuit rather than on a logical plan that benefits the community instead of just the developers.
You would think that people that have been on city council and commissions would have tried to address these problem areas. If things have only gotten worst why should we re-elect them?


Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Check out the video on the City Website of the 9-2-14 City Council Meeting.

There where about 100+ concerned citizens who are worried about our over-crowded schools and streets. The Mayor threatened to shut down the PUBLIC COMMENT meeting after the audience polietly applauds somebody who disagreed with the Pro-Sprawl side.

The speaker was cut off at the 3 minute mark, I think the Mayor slammed his gavel so hard that it broke!

Later in the meeting, the Chamber of Commerce representative spoke. When the Chamber person hits the 3 minute mark you can barely hear the Mayor say quietly, "wrap it up" and then allows the Chamber rep to go on for about 30 seconds more with no yelling or breaking of the gavel...

It is on the record!


Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I will be voting for Matt Morrison and George Bowen also. I have been here in Pleasanton for decades....and followed councils each year. This one needs some major change. I hope citizens will really take the time and do their homework this year on who to vote for. You may or may not agree with me, but please ask questions and look around for opportunities to talk to these candidates. then make up YOUR mind....not just what you hear or read.




Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I don't think the Chamber PAC ever addressed our traffic issue!!

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF OUR WORSENING TRAFFIC PROBLEM IN PLEASANTON!
2 MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS GET RUN OVER ALMOST AT THE SAME TIME!
STOP THE SRAWL!
Middle School Bicyclists Struck in 2 Separate Collisions on Friday
The incidents took place within six minutes and a half of a mile of each other.
By Autumn Johnson/ Editor (Patch Staff)
Updated September 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm
2 Middle School Bicyclists Struck in 2 Separate Collisions on Friday
By AUTUMN JOHNSON
Two bicyclists from Thomas S. Hart Middle School were involved in two collisions less than a half of a mile apart from each other shortly after school was released on Friday afternoon, Pleasanton Police officials said.
According to Lt. Scott Rohovit, the two collisions also happened just minutes apart on Sept. 12.
“There were two collisions within 6 minutes of each other involving bicyclists and vehicles,” Rohovit said. “The first one was at West Las Positas Blvd. and Payne Road at 3:14 p.m. and the second was at Hopyard Rd. and West Las Positas Blvd. at 3:20 p.m.. Preliminary reports were that one of the cyclists was transported to the hospital for observation and the other was released at the scene.”
Sgt. Joe Leonardo says both of drivers involved were cooperative with the investigation.


Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

The PAC of the Chamber of Commerce in Pleasanton is primarily supported by developers and companies related to development. To Another View, maybe you have missed the memo but the council has approved much more housing than is required to satisfy the 'housing needs' and they are still working on more areas, like the east side. I feel the council is greatly abusing its power. We had a housing cap that could only be changed by a vote of the people. Because of a lawsuit, the council completely removed the housing cap and now they have given themselves power to approve whatever they want; against the will of the people. The Council should have instead modified the housing cap to allow for growth as required by the 'housing needs' instead of removing it completely.


Posted by Jane
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I was at the city council meeting on the 2nd. It was a packed room with people opposing all the new development. The council was not the least bit interested in listening to what we were saying. They voted yes anyway.
Well, they wouldn't listen then so my only way to get them to listen is with my votes.
And they will NOT be getting any of my votes!
We are always encouraged to make our feelings known, let those who represent you know how you feel and what you want. What for? They do exactly what they want and exactly what they took money to support.
Bowen and Morrison will get my votes


Posted by funny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Please check your facts. The court removed the housing cap. The previous council put in place a growth management ordinance which the current council is following. All 5 councilmembers voted in favor of the apartment peojects. That means karla brown did as well. Does that make her pro growth or speak to the facts. . .as they say dont let the facts get in the way


Posted by Slappy
a resident of Avignon
on Sep 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This guy doesn't have the leadership skills to bring the unions together at the bargaining table and come to a deal. The proof is in the pudding...he is a bean counter and not a leader.


Posted by Save the city
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I hope everyone does their research on this issue. Vote to slow down the growth in our city by choosing George Bowen for City Council.

He is someone who cares about our traffic, and water, and schools.


Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Another strange quote from the 9-2-14 meeting came from Development supporter Jerry Pentin who said in his argument for new development that "There has been no new building in Pleasanton for the last 14 years"!

Some fact checking turned up nearly 1,000 new homes during that time...

What was he thinking?????


Posted by P Town Pride
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm



I think all this slow/no growth is ridicules you cannot maintain a healthy community without growth. We all need to take a look at our roots and the wise men and women that founded our fair City.
Do any of you newbie No growthers even know what our City moto is? We are the City of Planned Progress.

The previous so called No Growth Mayors and City Council got us into a Major lawsuit and placed us in very difficult position one that forced us into reaction mode instead and planned progress mode.

Please choose carefully no growth is cool a buzzword. Without a healthy balance you will become deficient in many other areas. Remember the business community does not only generates a lot of tax dollars the local business community has always been extreme generous to the schools and parks and numerous community originations.


Posted by Stephanie L.
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I normally read these posts but I don't write them, but today is different. These candidates have all approved growth without enough water. My plants are dying and my grass is brown. More people won't help that.

I wait in line to pick up my son at school and the number of kids in his classroom cause him to get less attention. Afterschool my husband takes him to a tutor for extra help.

I think the business community wants to tell me who to vote for, but I say no, they are wrong to do that. It is time for new government in Pleasanton that are backed by the people, not the businesses. We see what they gave us before, now it is time for change.


Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

If you look at the campaign disclosures from the chamber of commerce political action committee over the years you will see the major contributions come from housing developers plus PG&E. The chamber has fought for every housing development in Pleasanton. Do not be misled in thinking they are supporting businesses. The PAC purpose is to support more housing and congestion in Pleasanton.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

What is wrong with more growth and development? Dublin has a lot more growth, and its schools are less crowded and have higher and faster increasing test scores.


Posted by Growth does not pay for itself
a resident of Ponderosa
on Sep 24, 2014 at 8:17 am

It is a falacy to believe that residential growth pays for itself. It does not. New businesses which generate tax revenue like a new Olive Garden WOULD pay, a new car dealership WILL pay for itself, but don't be fooled by the Chamber endorsed candidates that all support 1000's of new homes in East Pleasant. The numbers don't work.

In additition, there is no room for more students in our schools. Funding from development and the state is not enough to educate our children, that is why PUSD is so far in debt.

In addition, there is no water for these new people and us too.

In addition, that land should be used for water storage and flood control -NOT for more houses to drain our economy.

Those are the real reasons to support other candidates.


Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

In fact the school district is looking to a bond measure to build new schools to accommodate the students of the new housing. The current residents will be subsidizing new growth.

If growth pays for itself, the district should never have to go to the general public to pay for increased school facilities or additional facilities.


Posted by David
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm

We need school buses. half of the traffic problems are due to 10,000 minivans taking kids to school.

Want to know what a vibrant growing fun city looks like, go to livermore. Our downtown is like a beautiful painting, nice to look at, but no life. City offices should move out of downtown so we can make a parking garage so that we can attract some decent retail and dining.


Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

BobB is a registered user.

"It is a falacy to believe that residential growth pays for itself."

Okay, so what are they doing right in Dublin, and why can't we do that in Pleasanton?

Why are their test scores going up and class sizes going down? They have lots of growth, and now their math scores are higher than Pleasnaton's.


Posted by Bowen supporter
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Schools need to be built before we approve any more new large multi family housing.

Lets get George Bowen in office, so that he can help vote the right way and get things done.

Make some changes to help improve Pleasanton. VOTE BOWEN


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

what is missing with new development is.

1. Planning primarily and city council, mayor secondly are not requiring new development projects to bring the water to the development.

2. If the developer cannot provide the water than the development should never arrive at the planning desk.

3. Developers can barter, beg, steel or purchase water rights from any number of sources. If developers want to build here, than bring the water along with the project.

4. Developers must be required to provide the new school (s) for their project, new parks, etc.


Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

I like our downtown quite bit more than Livermore. No packs of drunks wandering the streets. No gangs to be seen. Peaceful. If you want to live next to downtown Disney, you can move east a few miles down Stanley. Don't let the door hit you.

The schools are not crowded. Many have quite a bit of capacity. It looks crowded because helicopter parents don't let their kids walk.

Traffic is bad on a couple roads when school shifts, or rush hour. Still much better than any other town I've lived. I have zero problem crossing town on weekends to run errands.

Develop the freeway corridor all you like. It's next to an interstate. That's where development belongs, and it will pay for all the great parks and common areas Pleasanton provides.

Still a great place to live, just like it has always been. Some folks do like to complain though.


Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Speaking of development fees and growth paying for itself… Where did all the money go that was collected from Ruby Hill to build the Neal School?


Posted by Citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Yes, we know where the US Chamber of commerce PAC money went in last Presidential election….to the GOP… enough said…. but Im still undecided on Mayor… How will they solve the water shortage in Pton?


Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:44 am

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is completely different that the US Chamber of Commerce. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce really does not care much about business but rather housing developments and profits for the developers.


Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Can we get a FULL DISCLOSURE of where this PAC gets it's money????

Does the money come from Developers in SoCal?? China?? Timbuktu??

Thanks Supreme Court!!

With Citizen's United it can be from anywhere! Very secretive!! Where is the Transparency????

Can We The People get that information even though they don't legally have to disclose their source of cash????

The PAC which is probably following this can post it right here...

I will expect silence on this one...


Posted by Gator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm

This is for Citizen:

From Mayor Candidate Matt Morrison,

The Tri-Valley has gone from importing 60% of it's water to 80% in less than 15 years all on account of over development.

City Hall says we can't halt current building approvals regardless of the impact on water unless Zone 7 goes to a stage 4 water emergency (we are at stage 3, stage 4 is 35% mandatory reduction, no landscape watering).

We need a mayor that moderates growth AHEAD of the emergency. As it stands we may already be at the limits of Pleasanton's water supply.


Posted by Save our City
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I like what you said Matt. We are over developing for our schools, and our water supply. We need to slow it all down.

George Bowen, and Matt seem like they want to give us help with that.

Lets vote for them


Posted by Larry
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Only 1 of these 4 candidates is from here, went to high school here, has commuted to both SF and Silicon Valley working in high tech from Pleasanton. Clear choice if you ask me

Www.vote4olivia.com

She's got so much energy and enthusiasm I'm very surprised the Pleasanton Weekly did not endorse Olivia as 1 of the 2.


Posted by sknywench
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

sknywench is a registered user.

Dear Mr. Morrison,
Arent you the same person who delayed Stoneridge Drive and the new, wonderful senior housing complex for years? I recalled you kept talking about total traffic gridlock and later about environmental impacts to a special endangered weed. Well, I see no gridlock, and it turned out the weed was, well, just a common weed. Too bad we all had to wait so long for Stoneridge Creek. Now you speak about water which is not a new issue to us native Californians. I am looking for leadership and solutions to address water supply and quality for future generations (our kids and grandkids). To simply say no more development is simply naïve.


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