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Pleasanton City Council 'reluctantly' agrees to switch to district-based elections

Original post made on Sep 23, 2021

With a threat to file a suit over Pleasanton's current at-large electoral system looming, the Pleasanton City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring their intention to transition to district-based elections on Tuesday.

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Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 23, 2021 at 11:43 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

Livermore went through the district election process already. All the council people seemed eager to stick a finger of their district in the downtown so they could have a say in the downtown.

My suggestion then and now is don't do it that way.

First ask your council people to answer the question publically, "What is your passion in serving Pleasanton?... in 20 words or less. Post the responses for public display.

Then design your districts to encompass those passions as much as possible. Otherwise everyone wants to continue to do everything and nothing new is achieved.

If they can't or won't answer the question, that tells you something about why they do what they do.

Also, there is a needless assumption that if we have a mayor and 4 council members now, then we need four districts after, one for each council member and one for an elected mayor. Don't assume that at all.

My own calculations suggest Livermore would probably have benefited considerably more with six council members and 1 elected mayor, instead of accommodating just those holding seats now.

Finally there is transition. Transition strung out over years, is the incumbents way of assimilating power and favors before they have to face an entirely new constituency base. There is no evidence this serves the public interest and is generally seen as just a way of meeting the threshold of avoiding a lawsuit, which if filed against the city for non-compliance, will be upheld in court almost certainly.

So when you get your districts identified, just whip it into action and go. It makes for open and (more) honest political debate and races.


Posted by John B
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 23, 2021 at 3:27 pm

John B is a registered user.

I have seen council meetings. They care more for city how it looks, rather how new or young people can afford and stay. They will never be able to understand. First and foremost issue for city is housing, housing, housing. Increase the production by all means, to reduce the prices. Liberally up zone wherever possible. You can't box yourself, we are old community look...State will take more control of you. We need change and perhaps that change comes through new district lines.


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