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Meet the Pleasanton city candidates

Original post made on Sep 19, 2020

Pleasanton has one of the largest and most diverse fields of candidates in city history for a 2020 general election that will usher in a sea change for the City Council dais.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 17, 2020, 3:44 PM

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Posted by Michael72688
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm

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Thank you for printing this Pleasanton Weekly. It looks like a great group of qualified candidates. I'm really looking forward to this election!!

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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 23, 2020 at 1:50 pm

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What are the candidates thoughts on the homelessness growing in population in the creek areas? If the city doesn’t come up with solutions now, it will get out of control as it has throughout this state. More crime, health issues, calls for service, fires, violence and more. It is by fair the biggest problem we face in this state. To place the problem into perspective, you remove California from the equation and there is a drop in homelessness throughout the country.

Inclusiveness, equal representation, safety, are all wonderful words. I hear more talk about how Pleasanton needs to have Boards, Panels, and Committees reflective of the community than I do solutions to this problem. If that is the magic answer to have great minds initiate action, then I welcome it. Pleasanton. Livermore may actually have a larger homelessness population, which in time spills into our town. Cooperation among the Tri-Valley Representatives will be essential.

But let’s not sidestep the reality that as of 2017 California had a government debt of over $1.5 trillion, which has certainly increased do to the handling of Covid19 by our California leadership. Don’t think that doesn’t impact

Remember though, low income housing and a sprinkle of a few ‘tiny houses’ isn’t going to address this issue. So go ahead candidates, tell us what you think?

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Posted by Joe Public
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 29, 2020 at 8:18 am

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Thanks, Pleasanton Weekly, for helping host a variety of political forums this year. I liked your earlier forums that were separate from the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s BACPAC or organization that donates money towards certain candidates and make endorsemoments, have a clear bias and this taints your forums neutrality. The Chamber’s BACPAC has many members of the building and development trades that dominate its selection process of candidates they endorse and the financing of candidate’s campaigns including with independent expenditures donations, like marketing costs for the candidates. When a candidate claim they aren’t taking builder/developer money, check out how much money they have received over the years from the Chamber of Commerce BACPAC. An example is Ponderosa Home Builder and their representatives who have given thousands of dollars to the Chamber of Commerce and have been a major part of the candidate endorsement process. It would be best to return to more neutral forums and sponsors in the future, Pleasanton Weekly.

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Posted by Jeremy Walsh, editor
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm

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Thank you for your input, Joe Public. In this year's election cycle, we partnered with chambers of commerce for production only during our candidate forums this fall. No chamber officials nor their members had any influence over how we moderated the eight forums or the questions we asked (same with any of our other partners or co-sponsors).

We have partnered with chambers in other communities in the past to hold neutral public forums for local elections. Finding community organization partners is vital for us to be able to produce these forums -- especially with regard to production logistics. That way we can focus on our efforts on organizing the candidates and moderating the actual events. We appreciate the chambers, PPIE, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and other partners for stepping up this year during a pandemic.

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