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Pleasanton mayor delivers State of the City address

Original post made on Mar 2, 2019

Pleasanton experienced another year filled with accomplishments in 2018, and city leaders are poised for another year of highlights in 2019, Mayor Jerry Thorne said during his annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 28, 2019, 3:39 PM

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Posted by Pleasanton Fan
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2019 at 10:12 am

I have lived in many cities in Bay Area and Pleasanton is one of the few that still holds a character with a community like feel. Now, there will be many trolls trying to post negativity, I know there are challenges but that holds true for most cities with significant population.


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Posted by Jon
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Mar 2, 2019 at 10:35 am

“A character with a community like feel” are you saying the mayor is a character?


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Posted by Pleasanton Fan
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Jon, ha ha good one :) :) I love ptown and real and positive news like it used to be before!


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 3, 2019 at 7:40 pm

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We have an immigration problem in Pleasanton. Too many people coming in too fast for the culture of Pleasanton to be preserved.

And check your bias. Im speaking of anyone external to Pleasanton moving into Pleasanton.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 3, 2019 at 7:40 pm

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Also love how tax revenue is high and what do we get for it......pension payments


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Posted by Downtown Ptown
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 4, 2019 at 9:53 am

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@Pleasanton Parent-don't forget about new park(s) and park maintenance, new streets and street repairs/paving, new water lines, new showers and renovations at the aquatic center, landscaping/maintenance, community classes, library, ....and yes pensions, because the simple fact is public servants deserve to have a pension, just as private sector workers do, no?


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Posted by No
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:01 am

DP. No, most private sector employees have pension, they may have a 401K plan. A 401K is a defined contribution plan a pension is a defined benefit plan.


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Posted by No
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 4, 2019 at 10:03 am

Whoops. "private sector employees mostly do NOT have pension plans" Can't type.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2019 at 11:01 am

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@PleasantonParent,

Thanks for the laugh. "culture of Pleasanton" must be preserved and all these people moving in from other communities are a threat to that. Bringing in all these outside "cultures" is a danger to our way of life!

This has me really worried. :)


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:38 pm

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BobB,
Perhaps you missed the most important part of my statement, which was around the volume and velocity in which they are coming. I'm all for people moving into Pleasanton, my point was the speed and quantity in that today doesn't allow for acclimation. Pleasanton just can't absorb that many people that fast and expect to preserve things that make it attractive to those wanting to move here.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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Downtown Ptown,
Thank you for pointing out some of the improvements, you're right in that they deserve recognition as they do improve our community. New parks, and improvements to city structures is a good use of funds.

I will say I'm at a loss for what new streets were added to improve existing traffic (I'm not counting streets created inside of new housing developments)..

Now maybe a matter of semantics, maybe not, but to your question. Public servants "deserve" to have a pension......hmmmm....not so sure I agree. They deserve to be equitably be compensated for their contributions, they deserve to have contracts fulfilled, but do they deserve a pension? I'd say no, they don't deserve a pension. i.e. if their contracts were switched to 401k programs as the retirement savings vehicle.



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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2019 at 7:23 am

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@PP

No, I don't see any kind of problem with people moving in too fast. If anything, it is an improvement. Out with the old, in with the new. I can't imagine even being concerned about that. What are these outsiders doing anyway?


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Posted by John B
a resident of Happy Valley
on Mar 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Dear

With the growth of Silicon Valley and ton of high tech jobs and very high prices in San Jose/Sunnyvale/Cupertino...it is bound to have the people to flood to Plesanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon.. That's pushing the tri valley prices as well. The homes are clearly unaffordable to the young and middle class. I am not sure my kids will be able to buy a house here. Everyone is thinking apartments or high density zoning is not in my back yard. Clearly this message is heard by our new Governor and expect some action in coming months. Cities are bound to lose the control with SB50 and similar laws. Already ADU is a right. Berkely city is planing to modify R1 zoning laws as a pre-emptive action so that they can be converted to duplex or triplex or fourplex. In the north pleasanton, I see lots of 1 acre or more sizes with little houses, hold by zoning laws done 30 or 40 years back for any development. What utter waste of land in 21st century. Change is inevitable and is it, in states hands or in our hands, depends on how well we address the issue.

-John


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:25 pm

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@ John B
I agree with you but I think you meant there are big lots with small houses in places like Happy Valley, not north Pleasanton.


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:48 pm

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@ Pleasanton Parent

I think the Stoneridge Drive completion was a huge improvement for cross town circulation and the widening of Old Stanley in downtown was helpful for street parking and safety. When Nevada Street is connected to First Street, it will help traffic flows there. We need more but won’t get funding without new development fees and sales tax.

In other news, public employees definitely should NOT get a pension which is usually a percentage of their top salary after a vested period of time. It is not uncommon to see 70 percent annually for mid-managers PLUS LIFE TIME medical coverage for themself and spouse. Taxpayers foot that bill and they can still get another job without income limits. I realize they don’t get SSI but I’ll take a pension and life time med over SSI and Medicare any day of the week. With the competitive salaries and generous benefits they now negotiate, scrap pensions and provide only a City 3percent matching 401k like the best of us working stiffs who don’t get weeks of vacations and sick time. Do the math and you will be shocked.


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