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Pleasanton council majority passes on mask enforcement discussion

Original post made on Sep 23, 2020

Another attempt to formally agendize face mask enforcement amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a future council action item fell short at last week's Pleasanton City Council meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 3:37 PM

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Posted by been there
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:08 am

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I don't even know where to begin. Firstly, the best thing Pleasanton has done is opening Main Street. It should e a permanent event on weekends every summer. Many of the restaurants are very busy with outdoor dining and adding that to their original indoor operations would bring an energetic vibe to our town and much needed revenue. People are coming from all around just for the live music and great social and dining experience. If people are uncomfortable going downtown, then they can stay home. That has always been the case. Exercise your free will while you can.
Secondly, [portion removed because it contain statements without links to credible sources to back up the claim].

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Posted by Gale Naylor
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:34 am

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It's not hard to find scientific evidence that masks are effective in preventing disease.

"In an editorial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities." Web Link

"..[T]wo stylists at a Missouri hair salon tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 ... [and] developed respiratory symptoms but continued to see clients ...The salon in which they worked had a policy requiring both stylists and their clients to wear face coverings ... More than 98% of clients wore a face covering...None of the interviewed customers developed symptoms of illness." Web Link

"The science of masks: cloth masks helped during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
Consider, though, that a century ago, there were only cloth masks, and they indeed lowered infection rates for health care workers and others during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Manchurian plague epidemic of 1920-1921, and, in the 1930s and 1940s, tuberculosis. A study of U.S. mask mandates found that mask wearing may have averted 230,000 to 450,000 coronavirus cases by late May. Another modeling study that estimated that, if 95% of the U.S. population wore masks, 18% fewer would die from the virus by Oct. 1 (including 125 fewer people in Colorado)." Web Link

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Posted by Jill Miller
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 23, 2020 at 11:40 am

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It's unfortunate that two council members who are running for election would not weigh in on this issue which, sadly, seems controversial. I will be certain to ask whether/not they support mask enforcement at the Farmer's Market -- where many candidates have a presence -- and share their responses in this feed.

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Posted by Rishabh Raj
a resident of Las Positas
on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

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I think Pentin explained why he doesn't support a mask mandate with a post on his campaign website (which is horribly flawed and poorly reasoned imo), but I don't think Karla Brown or Narum have said anything since then. But in the moment, seeing all 3 of them not say a WORD was really upsetting. they didnt even explain why they didn't want to AGENDIZE a mere discussion on a mask mandate in the future, let alone why they didnt support the measure.

I'm glad Mayor Thorne and Councilmember Testa support the measure, but seeing the 3 others - especially the 2 competing to be our next mayor - respond like that made me really concerned.

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Posted by Rishabh Raj
a resident of Las Positas
on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:20 pm

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Also, thank you @Jill Miller for being willing to ask them about it face to face at the Farmers' market, I'm sure we're all eager to see what they say!

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Posted by Ben J.
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:03 pm

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Posted by AK
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:48 pm

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Ben J. , you should cite your source instead of just copy pasting. Especially if it’s from the Blaze, which is bunk.
Web Link

Wearing a mask protects against droplets, which is one of the more common delivery mechanisms. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. I wear it for your sake - I hope you’ll wear it for mine.

And shame on those two candidates. Very telling and it’ll inform my vote.

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Posted by Linda Kelly
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 25, 2020 at 11:48 am

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Jill Miller, this display of mask enforcement may give you pause. Do we want this from our local law enforcement? I surely do not. Web Link

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Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm

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@ L. Kelly

Another reason why SRO's should be removed from PUSD schools

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 25, 2020 at 8:14 pm

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Wearing A mask is basic common sense.

Wear A mask and avoid those people who do not wear a mask with safe distancing.

Life is so very short, it is nonsense to hasten the end of A already short life.

Everyone, do what is best for you to have A long healthy prosperous life.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 27, 2020 at 9:15 am

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At last check there are 446 reported COVID-19 infections in Pleasanton.

Just a few months ago this number was 26 infections.

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Posted by Guillermo M.
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm

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Particulate matter size of the Novel Covid 19 virus = .007-.010 microns. The most effective ported N95 mask is effective to .03-.05 microns. That cute little mask you bought on Etsy or your Coachella bandanna is basically killing everyone around you should you be infected. In other words, don’t be a bunch of güey’s! The mask nonsense needs to either end or we ALL need to be wearing full medical grade PPE’s, gloves & face shields. There is no middle point.

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2020 at 10:47 pm

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Guillermo M,

Viruses have to be suspended in fluid or they die. It is the water droplets that are bigger in size than the virus. That is why regular cloth masks and surgical masks do help quite a bit to slow the spread.

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