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Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 7, 2020 at 10:51 pm

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In her letter, Ms Brown does not state the donation amount. I note because I have heard the quarry company gave between $4000 to $6000 so setting the record straight, which is the subject of her letter, would be welcomed rather than having to look it up. The question remains for me is if there was another donation from them for the 2016 campaign. While Ms Brown says a business concerned about future development next to their plant makes it OK to accept campaign money, I think she should not form an opinion before planning for the land is presented to the public, and that taking large sums makes her appear biased in their favor. Is that an actual conflict of interest or the appearance of one?

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Posted by John Q
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 14, 2020 at 5:09 pm

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Mica, you can look up donations for many previous campaigns on the City’s Website: Web Link

There were many donations made to candidates over the years that come directly from real estate groups, companies in the building trades, political action committees like the Chamber of Commerce BACPAC, and others who would benefit from some decisions by the Pleasanton City Council Members to significantly increase their profit margin, especially when residential zoning is being considered. If you total up the numbers of contributions over time from these groups to Mayor Thorne, Council members Pentin and Narum’s campaigns. These past donations are considerably higher than the $4,000. given to Karla Brown by a gravel company that operates in the County in 2016. The gravel company is not under the jurisdiction of the City of Pleasanton or the Council.
The gravel company must not have felt the other candidates were listening to their concerns about safety issues with large scale residential development proposed for the East Side next to a working quarry. I am certain the residents would like it better when the mayoral and city council candidates like Nancy Allen, Valerie Arkin and Karla Brown, aren’t taking builder-developer campaign contributions. They don’t want their council representatives to feel any undue influence when voting on future projects coming from the builders and developers.

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Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 16, 2020 at 12:28 am

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To John Q, thank you for your comments. However I’m offended that Karla’s campaign flyers make it a point to say she will not accept developer money. In my mind, she has and has rationalized it but only after she was questioned about it. Campaign money is campaign money and when taken means the elected person gives them extra consideration over the comments of individual voters
My issue is having to look it up myself. If Brown thinks it’s Ok, then be up front and don’t wait for rumors and having to “set the record straight”. There has been ample opps to own it.

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Posted by George Bowen
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 16, 2020 at 10:49 pm

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Neighbors, if you had used your real names I would respect your positions even if I disagreed. How can a reader consider the source if the source hides who they are?

I am very familiar with campaign contributions after having run for City Council in 2014. I too pledged to not take special interest donations however did receive a large contribution from the Jameson Corp., aka the Gravel company. I used the Oxford definition, which is one “seeking special advantages” from the candidate. Before receiving their assistance I verified what Jameson was interested in. Had they contributed to my opponents who supported the proposed massive East Side development plan their funds could have been considered special interest donations, because they likely would have sold massive amounts of gravel to the developer. Instead, against their financial interest they did not want new homes butting up against against their reservoirs because of safety concerns for children drawn to play in the steep banked “lakes”. You see, Don Kahler, President of Jameson, was their when they pulled two dead boys from one of their lakes a few decades back. Never again, Don told me.

In contrast, when Jerry Thorne was first elected to the office of Mayor he did so with the benefit of over $23,000 in support from the California Association of Realtors PAC making an independent expenditure. It’s public record, look it up. Over the years he has continued to enjoy four figure contributions from PG&E and others. Now Mayor Thorne passes $10,000 of his war chest over to the Chamber PAC and another large contribution to Jerry Pentin.

Folks, make up your own minds about special interest money. Contact Don Kahler and go out to see the holes cut in the safety fences around the lakes by kids seeking adventure. Ask Don to tell you about those two boys. But don’t accept opinions from someone that won’t tell you who they are. Maybe it’s someone who does have a financial interest?

I am voting proudly for Karla because I know her first concern is serving the residents And small business owners of Pleasanton.

I welcome those with a different opinion posting is here, but only if you have the integrity to post your real name with it.

George Bowen

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Posted by Fred Massie
a resident of Ruby Hill
18 hours ago

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Thank you George Bowen. You and Karla Brown (candidate for Mayor and she will be receiving everyone in my household's votes) obviously care about our youth and our lives. I have never supported Jerry's team for huge development that is strongly pushed/supported by Pentin and his "let's just plan it" goals with developer Ponderosa.

I have also noticed his glossy brochures and marketing materials. This is Pleasanton. Deep pocket developers must be how he is pay for these expensive mailers?

No - No more Jerrys for me. I have had enough.

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