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PUSD Trustee Valerie Arkin running for Pleasanton City Council this fall

Original post made on May 18, 2020

Pleasanton Unified School District Trustee Valerie Arkin announced Monday that she will seek election to the Pleasanton City Council in November with her school board term expiring this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 18, 2020, 4:43 PM

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18 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 18, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Valerie Arkin is 25% of the fiscal disaster that is the PUSD system. No way she gets on the city council and contaminates the budget and all the great work that has been completed and continuing projects.

20 people like this
Posted by Ann
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 18, 2020 at 8:25 pm

Thank you, Valerie Arkin, for running for City Council. I have worked on several school related projects with you and have seen how you have conducted yourself over your past 12 years on the School Board. You have my strong support for your bid for a position on the Council and appreciation for your many years of service as a school board member. Proven leadership is a valuable asset especially when dealing with challenging budgets and decisions that help keep our community growing in the right direction.

3 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 18, 2020 at 9:25 pm

What specifically does that mean? Did she vote in favor of spending initiatives you didn’t support? If so which?

17 people like this
Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2020 at 11:43 pm

First and foremost, Michael, there are 5 trustees and 100 divided by 5 is NOT 25. Second, do you realize how high our schools rank in national and state rankings? Last I checked, Pleasanton Unified School District ranks 11th best in the entire state. As for the national ranking, it ranks 117 out of 10,782, according to Niche. These are stellar rankings. So to say that she has created a “disaster” is just false. Thirdly, Valerie Arkin has a very good background to handle budgets and programs; She even has an MBA which if you don’t know, is where you learn to manage budgets and operations. Overall, Valerie would be excellent on the city council and her track record indicates that too.

14 people like this
Posted by Lou Astbury
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 19, 2020 at 7:36 am

It is great that Valerie is running for City Council. There is no better candidate
and no other candidate that has already contributed so much to the quality of life in Pleasanton.

11 people like this
Posted by Robbie
a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2020 at 8:08 am

I like Ms. Arkin’s platform of preserving the historic character and uniqueness of downtown Pleasanton. We have an iconic Main Street and limited commercial district that is being encroached on by higher density housing. We need to retain small businesses and restaurants to attract visitors in downtown. I am concerned about allowing three and four story buildings and too much residential in our Downtown. Let’s elect Valerie Arkin and Nancy Allen to serve on the City Council in November 2020 to help with this effort.

12 people like this
Posted by Sam
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 19, 2020 at 8:31 am

Congratulations Valerie and you will be a great asset to our city Council like you have been for PUSD.

Unlike many other politicians you follow thru your commitment that you discuss during the campaign time.
You care for our children and PTown homeowners without school age children. Our city needs some one like you to maintain the balanced budget that helps both groups.

We are behind you to make sure that you are part of our City council.

9 people like this
Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 19, 2020 at 9:18 am

I have known Valerie Arkin for many years. She is smart, makes independent decisions, she loves Pleasanton and she will make an excellent Leader in City Government as a Council member.

I know it takes a lot of guts to run, so thank you for stepping up!

8 people like this
Posted by Jonathan
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 9:29 am

This article made my day. Thank you for running Ms. Arkin. I could not see myself voting for Jack Balch, The third generation From a huge developer family member. I could not stomach voting for Randall Brown, pro developer real estate agent and chamber president.

Together with Nancy Allen and Valerie Arkin, we have LOCAL leaders I can support the November 2020.

10 people like this
Posted by J Clark
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 19, 2020 at 10:32 am

Having served as the President for the Pleasanton Teachers Association for many years before retiring in June from a 28 year career in PUSD, I will post for the first time on this platform in support of Valerie Arkin's candidacy for City Council.
Valerie was always one school board trustee that we could count on to consider all perspectives of an issue, to gather input from all stakeholders, and to work collaboratively to find the best solutions for our district, the students, and the teachers, who by all data points prove to be the top-ranking educators in California!
Valerie has not asked me to post, but as soon as I saw this article announcing her decision to serve in another vital leadership role for our city, I was compelled to reach out to our amazing community in hopes you will get your vote out in support of Arkin for City Council.

3 people like this
Posted by sly
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 19, 2020 at 12:07 pm

I am delighted Valerie has decided to run for City Council. It will be good to have a strong educated voice that will stand up for maintaining our historic downtown and businesses. Her experience on the school board bodes well for supporting our award winning system and she will bring insight into how growth will affect the quality of our schools, traffic and our precious water supply.

9 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 19, 2020 at 4:59 pm

Fiscal disaster is PUSD:
PUSD did not deliver on previous band measures.
Valerie Arkin was front and center for Measure M.
Measure M bond language was deceiving, misleading
an attempt to commit fraud.

People and Organizations endorsing Measure M was a factor in its defeat.
If people and organizations had stayed out of the endorsement business, Measure M would have passed.

7 people like this
Posted by Pleasantonmom
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on May 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Randy appears to have no individual accomplishments - only shared with his wife - maybe she should run. He will lose. He doesn't have true passion for our city - but it's clear he wants to be elected, for the sake of being elected.

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