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Pleasanton: Incumbent Narum, challenger Testa win City Council seats

Original post made on Nov 7, 2018

Incumbent Kathy Narum finished well ahead in her bid for re-election to the Pleasanton City Council while slow-growth candidate Julie Testa earned the second available council seat at the end of Election Night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:15 AM

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40 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:19 am

Wow. We elected a rep who sued the city for her own disorganization and incompetence. The city has fallen far.


27 people like this
Posted by SHale99
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:53 am

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and looky: Swalwell with nearly 70% of the vote. Kinda shows this forum how they are generally wrong with their venom and so don't speak for any type of majority (voters).

Hum.


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:59 am

@Bill - please give us details regarding your post. Tesla states "our community clearly has a slow-growth perspective."

What data supports that?

I am not for "slow-growth" to the point of rejecting Costco, not allowing a good deal for the residents getting open space and schools getting $2M with the Lund property getting a fraction of the homes they wanted, etc.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2018 at 10:03 am

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Bill, still false commentary. Testa won that case. Testa's statement was not on the ballot because it was too late by the time the court ruled in her favor. Moving on . . . congratulations to Kathy Narum and Julie Testa. I think this will bring some balance to council discussions and certainly some tougher questions for staff.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2018 at 10:04 am

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Spudly, ask Testa those questions, not Bill. She has answered them before.


11 people like this
Posted by Tom & Ken
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 7, 2018 at 11:28 am

What a disappointment with this election. Now we have three big boobs running the City of Pleasanton. The blind leading the blind and no progress within the City. No wonder everyone goes to Livermore for entertainment and better places to partake food and enjoy the places that are better than Pleasanton. I can see Trump's influence has taken Pleasanton down the road instead of improving it.
Enjoy your retirement, Karen!


34 people like this
Posted by Beth
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm

I'm so embarrassed for our community that Testa won. I hope she can learn to count to 3.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm

I'm happy for Julie. We need new blood on the council and on the school board. Nationally I'm depressed as a liberal. We spent 5 billion dollars, barely won the house (26 seats I believe), may lose 5 more senate seats giving the Republicans free rein to appoint all the judges they want including more conservative supreme court judges. They also won the governorships of Ohio and Florida basically making President Trumps re election a certainty.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:05 pm

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And I can see civility has lost out nationwide and is evidenced in the posts above. You can, not like the outcome of the vote. You can, not like the people who won. Show up at meetings and state your opinions--whether you agree or disagree--on issues that matter the most to you. Participate. Making ad hominem attacks, however, says more about you than the person/issue you complain about.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Kathleen,

I didn't attack anyone did I?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

No! When I opened the thread, your comment wasn't there yet. Sorry.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

OK Kathleen - point well taken. I won't make ad hominem attacks. This is why I don't like Julie and I think she's bad for our town. She attacks the people who do work for Pleasanton, either as volunteers or as paid employees, in public meetings. She misrepresents conversations she has had with people so that they have to publicly refute them and set the record straight. She has no history of compromise in the work she has done for the City, and I believe, therefore, she will have no interest in compromise on Council. However, since she needs three votes to get anything done, and indeed to even get items on the Council agenda, that will hopefully not be too much of a problem.

She also has not demonstrated an understanding of how to represent the interests of the City's residents as a whole. This was the basis of my statement that she will be an embarrassment as she will have to represent the City on a multitude of committees and hasn't demonstrated an understanding of how to be broad and inclusive in her statements and representation. I can only hope the Mayor puts her on committees where she can't embarrass us too much.

I hope that clarified my statement for you.


7 people like this
Posted by Karl
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

What the heck does Donald Trump have to do with our election results?

Please explain......


21 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2018 at 4:33 pm

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@Karl,

Maybe it is the fear of outsiders?

Personally, I'm worried about Testa's opposition to any new development, from Costco to Lund Ranch 2. Seems like a NIMBY's dream candidate.

@Kathleen,

I don't see what kind of balance Testa brings to the city council. She represents what is bad and backward about Pleasanton.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2018 at 5:39 pm

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BobB, you state Testa was against Costco. Where has she ever said that (not sure about your Lund claim)? As to balance, you have posted enough for me to believe (happy to be corrected) you think all growth is good. But you may not be looking at traffic, water, roads, support services of any kind, and the fact that over 200 students are not in their neighborhood schools and the many more in run down portables. Plan ahead, build what is needed to support growth, and then build. They put 350 apartments near where I live--I love the Starbucks and Bottle Taps. It's walkable. Don't know how many students it generated or where they are driving to get to a school though.


20 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:01 pm

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From what I’ve seen, Testa is a glass half empty attitude and will not be able to come up with positive solutions or compromise. I hope she gets over her anger issues because she has to work with other people.

I predict she will have a tremendous amount of staff time spent doing special research projects for her at her request. I think such staff time should be disclosed to the public since it is a cost to taxpayers and a potential burden on our public employees particularly if they are preparing s lot of background reports.


19 people like this
Posted by Finally
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm

I predict Ms. Testa will do a great job as a city council member, will not blindly worship the city manager as many seem to do now (do you notice how deferential the mayor is along with all but Ms. Brown are to the city manager during the meetings?).

Also do you notice how many of the city council members for literally years ask no questions before rubber stamping each and every proposal that is introduced?

Over 5% of the votes for mayor voted for Write-In candidates instead of Thorne.

I hope someone will oust him in 2 years. Definitely has been on the city council way too long.


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm

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Kathleen, with all your involvement with the PUSD issues, you should know the student generation per unit projectionsand furthermore, where those students are assigned. The demographers regularly report provide projections at all levels and if and when an enrollment decline or increase is anticipated.
The city had to approve apartments per the State and lawsuit. It is the PUSD charge to figure out how and where to accommodate students.
Those run down portables are just a travesty. Gimme a break. Not ideal, but it’s hardly the third world scenario you portray. I, liked many many others were housed in portables in high school and community college. I wasn’t damaged by the experience and went on to higher education.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:48 pm

@Finally - I believe you are mistaking deferential for mutual professional respect. But you’re correct, Julie Testa is not respectful to staff in public meetings and it’s embarrassing to me as a resident and says a whole lot about her character.

Oh and Mayor Thorne is in his last term. It appears you religiously watch City Council meetings but didn’t know that, which I find a little odd.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Congrats to JT for winning a seat on the city council and hopefully she sticks to her guns and helps slow down all the rubber stamping of all these idiotic projects the city keeps coming up with, this will give a little more balance to a one sided city council!!
Still don’t understand why everybody is in such a hurry to completely bury our town with stack and pack housing and apartments, it’s great for you investors, builders and realtors but really bad for us citizens looking for a little relief.
What’s going on with that large vacant lot on Busch road and Valley? All fenced off now and it looks like some surveying is going on there, hope they aren’t sneaking in all those homes some developer has been trying to get approved.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm

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@KR,

I don't believe all growth is good.


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:05 pm

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Dear Map,
The State REQUIRES cities to zone land for high density housing so each city will provide its “fair share” of housing units to meet the growing population and provide some affordable units. The city was successfully sued about this prior shortfall. Because the residents here opposed new housing for years, now the city has to get caught up and the State quota increases in 4-5 years. Quit blaming developers, the city council and city staff. If our town did not have this NIMBY-ism, there could have been balanced housing density over the years instead of now being forced to put high density on what little vacant land is left. The land at Bush Road was planned for development by a task force over a two year period. Helloooooo, pay attention and you might just get some facts about reality instead of wishing you were still in 1960 Mayberry.


40 people like this
Posted by Julie Testa - Bad for Pleasanton
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Julie Testa will be horrible for the City of Pleasanton. Bad decision neighbors.


22 people like this
Posted by Fran
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

I voted in the Vintage Hills trailer park off of Vineyard. As I turned left into the development, there was a Julie Testa sign in the medium strip - right in front of the Vote Here sign. It is illegal to have political signs on public land and it is illegal to have a political sign within 300 feet of the polling door.

Seems like Julie Testa ran a dirty and illegal campaign that contributed to her unfortunate victory.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 7, 2018 at 10:43 pm

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Fran, I hardly think Testa put the sign there. Some tactics include taking other’s signs and putting them in places the candidate can get fined for. Wasn’t someone caught doing that a couple elections back?

Thanks BobB. I’ll remember for future discussion.

Beth, its deferential. Thorne, even if joking, has publicly called Fiahlo “boss.” The council is the top of the org chart.

David, if the council is like the school board, one member is not able to direct staff—it takes at least two or consensus. Even I hope that is the case.

Frankie, it always amazes me when people determine what I should know. I don’t believe, btw, that the latest demographic report is out yet. I have provided plenty of data to the board with perspectives they were not considering and proving a school was needed. Portables are miserable. And you didn’t address all the students being driven all over town to non-neighborhood schools. Miserable for those families too. It takes collaboration with both entities to allow building and sufficient time for PUSD to house students properly.


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Posted by Walk-in Around
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 8, 2018 at 5:25 am

Congratulations Julie Testa! Those who are posting derogatory comments about Julie, should look at how many votes she received! Julie will be our voice against a horrible Downtown High-Density housing agenda, which is one reason why she received so many of our votes! Go Julie!


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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 8, 2018 at 8:21 am

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Why is everyone so blank and white here? So Testa is anti growth. And so the state mandates growth. Those can be balanced a thousand different ways. I suspect an anti growth council will balance it better than a pro growth one. And we don’t have an anti growth council. Just one anti growth councilwoman. And I truly doubt she’ll hide in the corner when the city is required on approving state mandated growth. So why should I or anyone be so disturbed by this?


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Posted by Doug
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 8, 2018 at 9:51 am

"Congratulations Julie Testa! Those who are posting derogatory comments about Julie, should look at how many votes she received! "

Agree. It seems that these forums often get packed by those with a viewpoint that goes against the views of the majority. From all the posts on these forums against Newsom before the election, one would have thought that he would lose his election by a landslide.


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Posted by BrendanForCongress
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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Congratulations to Julie Testa & Kathy Narum. May you help run Pleasanton wisely and represent those who voted for you.

I encourage those of you who have issues with a representative to reach out to them to share your views and opinions. Be civil. Listen. Explore for common ground. I've met both Julie and Kathy and found each very intelligent and courteous.

You might just be pleasantly surprised to find out how much you agree on some issues.


21 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 11, 2018 at 10:41 am

@frankie- What’s wrong with Mayberry??? Born and raised here and up until about 10 years ago it’s been a great place to live and raise kids. Not against growth but the infrastructure must be there to support it, our schools are overcrowded and run down, our streets are parking lots with cut-thru traffic taking over for 6-8 hours a day and no matter how much people like to rant and rave about dMkhZneeding more housing let’s face the facts that what is being built and sold is not for the middle class working person it’s for the foreign investors and deep pocket buyers from Silicon Valley looking to get out of that cluster and want to move here and create that same cluster!! Fix the problems we have now then let’s plan future growth!!


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

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@Map,

Of course everything being built is expensive because there isn't enough housing. Supply and demand.

Nothing wrong with Mayberry, you just can't put it right next to Silicon Valley. The economics just don't work.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

@BobB. “Supply and Demand”. Great for those investors, developers and realtors, not so great for the health of our city! Build the infrastructure, fix our schools and city streets then maybe you can build some more of that over-priced very profitable stack and pack homes and apartments, one step at a time we can’t keep putting the cart In front of the horse!!


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