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Pleasanton leaders support Pentin for Mayor

Original post made by W Ron Sutton , Mission Park, on Oct 29, 2020

There is a reason that Pleasanton people in community leadership positions support Pentin for Mayor, from fellow city office holders to the Chamber of Commerce:
Serious experience, including Planning Commission, before his City Council 8 years.
Pleasanton's role in the Regional planning for Housing and Transportation solutions have been, and, will be, the most serious issues for the next 20 years, with a significant jump in housing participation required, starting next year.
Recent events have led to Pentin's increased "seeing, hearing, and understanding" of Pleasanton residents' concerns.
Mayor Pentin has the serious experience to address those concerns as Mayor.

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Posted by Tesident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2020 at 11:35 am

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Totally agree!

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 29, 2020 at 2:59 pm

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Recently I bumped into Guy Houston (former Mayor of Dublin) and asked him who I should vote for in Pleasanton for Mayor? He said, Jerry Pentin because he is pro-growth like me. Then I looked on Jerry's website and all of the pro-growth mayors from Dublin are listed Tim Sbranti and David Haubert.

I don't want Pleasanton to look like Dublin. I'm voting for Monith, Tom or Karla. Definitely not the pro-growth guy that has been rattling around Pleasanton for years. Time for a new leader - we don't need another Jerry Thorne.

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Posted by kmary1
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 30, 2020 at 10:24 am

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The comments on slow growth and pro growth are totally non sensical. The truth is no one running for office in Pleasanton says "I'm pro-growth, I want more houses and traffic." That would be political suicide. The other truth is that Sacramento and its issuance of RHNA numbers determines our growth pattern. Between 2022 and 2030, the Pleasanton Council will have to make available to builders between 4,000 and 5,000 sites for homes/apartments. It doesn't matter who is elected mayor or to the council.
So, if you hear that a candidate promises slow, controlled growth, he/she is saying that totally for political reasons. No matter what they say or want, we will still have to hit our RHNA number of 4,000 to 5,000 units.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 30, 2020 at 11:45 am

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And we can hit those numbers logically, which is what this will be about.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 30, 2020 at 12:16 pm

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So much for Pleasanton leaders:


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Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 31, 2020 at 5:02 pm

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Back when we could attend council meetings in person you would have seen the real Jerry Pentin and his stand on “Dublinizing” Pleasanton and turning this town into a giant parking lot, it would be like having Thorne all over again. Vote for Karla Brown and maybe even things up on the city council.

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Posted by Russell Simms
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 1, 2020 at 11:56 am

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Mr. Sutton,
The Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, made up for years by those in the building trades and developers have supported past political candidates and are continuing to endorse Pentin, for a reason. They have spent over $8,000 on this election alone to continue their cozy relationship with certain Council members especially when they want to bring big project forward for approval.
My idea of a leader is someone who listens to the residents who elected them and speaks on their behalf, not at the behest of the developer‘s money.
A better choice for City Council and Mayor are those candidates who have chosen not to take builder and developer money: Nancy Allen, Valerie Arkin and Karla Brown.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 1, 2020 at 12:06 pm

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Thank you Mr. Simms. I couldn’t have said it better.or agree with you more.

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Posted by kmary1
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 1, 2020 at 12:32 pm

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Karla has admitted taking donations from the local gravel company. It's no secret that the company does not want El Charro Road to be extended to Stanley so that their trucks will maintain exclusive use of the road. Karla has done her best to throttle building on the East Side so that El Charro would not be built. Now, a gravel company does not build homes.They only supply materials for builders to build!! Please!! And Karla actually tried to explain away this issue in the Weekly.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm

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East side cannot be developed until the city locates a water source, zone 7 is not capable to supply the water for east side build. The city does not have sufficient dirty ground water to fill the void.

PG&E is unable to provide uninterrupted power for east side build.

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Posted by tesident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2020 at 1:08 pm

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If we're going to talk about special interests, then let's talk about all of them. For example, Karla has received $2,000 from the owners of the garbage compwny who provide us service. Pretty sure the council votes on garbage rates, service etc. How is this listening to residents and working on their behalf.

She has also received $1,000 from Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department PAC plus they spent another $4,000 in independent expenditures on her behalf. Anyone want to bet their union contract expires next year? AND guess who approves their contract--that's right the City Council.

And by the way, Form 460 campaign financial disclosure for the latest period 10/18 to 10/27 was to be filed by 5:00 last Friday. Nearly two days later, she has NOT filed the disclosure form. Why not? What donations is it she doesn't want to be seen? More anti-Costco money?

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Posted by Sandra Wong
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Nov 1, 2020 at 1:11 pm

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@KMary1 Let me get this straight Karla Brown wants to "throttle" which means she does NOT want the massive development in East Pleasanton, the Gravel company donation is outside of Pleasanton and they are NOT a developer so her donation from many years ago is inconsequential, and she also does NOT want El Charro to connect 580 to First Street? Thank you for reaffirming my vote. Karla Brown all the way.

What exactly did Jerry do that sets his leadership on the council apart from the other council leadership in Pleasanton, other than support thousands of homes in East Pleasanton? Transportation support- where? I saw Pentin sits on that is for handling garbage and bans for plastic bags not transportation.

If you want to be a member of the chamber, pay a fee, anyone can join. That is not leadership. I doubt Monith, Tom or Karla are members of the Chamber, so that was an easy decision for chamber. Isn't one candidate the president of the chamber, talk about good old boys. Perhaps the author can tell us if he is part of the "good old boys" that had controlled elected offices in Pleasanton for too long. Way over due for a change in power in the white house and in Pleasanton.

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2020 at 5:08 pm

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What is with all the NIMBYS? We need a lot more housing in Pleasanton. There is a shortage.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 1, 2020 at 9:32 pm

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Explain where and how the water resources and power resources will be there for east side development?

This is not a NIMBY question.

It is a resource question.

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Posted by Sandra Wong
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 1, 2020 at 9:42 pm

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@ BobB I beg to differ. I work in the valley as a property manager and massive numbers of renters are leaving SF, Mt View, SJ and PA because they lost their job or they can work anywhere. Even in 2019 the growth percentage in the 5 counties of the Bay Area was only 0.3%. Hardly the massive numbers Newson and his builder and labor friends want you to believe. Think about it, Newsome gains votes by supporting the housing mantra MORE-MORE-MORE but loses nothing when no one wants to move into the overage for housing. The next step, your house goes down in value because there is a glut on the market. At that point houses are more affordable but at your loss.

Here is a link to learn more. The housing shortage is exaggerated in 2019 and now it is just a rumor.

Web Link

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Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 2, 2020 at 8:21 am

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@ Michael Austin

I agree with you about the water (as well as sewage capacity)

But the position of Zone 7 is that it can supply water to a development of more than 1000 homes (See current EIR for east side)

After the homes are built, along with the estimated 5000 as directed by RINA, Pleasanton will be forced to implement toilet to tap since the other water source we have (aquifer) has been poisoned for eternity, and required at the latest estimate $40MM+ in filtration in order to use.

Pleasantion and Zone 7 are both using the solution to pollution is dilution method to make the ground water fit for human consumption.

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Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 2, 2020 at 3:14 pm

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Sandra, your reasoning is pretty spread thin but it affirms my thinking that Karla as a realtor and getting bigger sales commissions will benefit her greatly by limiting housing because it’s all about the money, right?
The State mandates every City build a fair share of housing to help all income levels like your waiters, house cleaners, students, young professionals, seniors on SSI, teachers, etc. Pleasanton has a deficit of at least 4,000 units. Pleasanton will never be Dublin because our residents won’t accept it, but we have to face facts that population increases! If any candidate says no or slow growth, they are giving you a fairy tale for your vote.

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