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Mental health pilot program tops a packed City Council agenda

Original post made on Nov 2, 2021

A packed agenda for the Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday includes voting items concerning school resource officer and mental health response pilot programs, as well as updates on the city's CAP 2.0 and other city business.

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 2, 2021 at 5:18 am

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"Staff has recommended waiving a first reading of the ordinance, which "seeks to curb access to firearms by children and other persons who may be at risk of harming themselves or others by prohibiting a person from keeping a firearm in any residence unless the firearm is stored in a locked container or the firearm's trigger lock is engaged.""

And the reason for waiving a first reading was? Afraid someone might question the reasoning behind it (locked up guns being made useless for self defense) and what problems in Pleasanton that it specifically addresses? I feel so much "safer" by having the city council go after residents who have nothing to do with the current problems we have with guns on the streets of our cities - by lecturing them/mandating that they are "not doing enough" to stop it.


Posted by Ptown Baseball Dad
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 2, 2021 at 1:44 pm

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Just say “no” to this:

"Staff has recommended waiving a first reading of the ordinance, which "seeks to curb access to firearms by children and other persons who may be at risk of harming themselves or others by prohibiting a person from keeping a firearm in any residence unless the firearm is stored in a locked container or the firearm's trigger lock is engaged."

The people’s business must be reviewed in broad daylight, not hidden from scrutiny.



Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 2, 2021 at 3:40 pm

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"The people’s business must be reviewed in broad daylight, not hidden from scrutiny."

Here's part of the text from the city council agenda item on this issue (and a possible reason why a reading is being waived/business hidden):

"DISCUSSION
The unsafe storage of firearms threatens public health and safety...."
Nationally, in 2020, there were 369 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 142 deaths and 242 injuries. In California, there were ten unintentional shootings by children resulting in three deaths and seven injuries. As of September 14, 2021, there have been 266 unintentional shootings by children resulting in 107 deaths and 173 injuries across the nation while there have been at least 11 unintentional shootings by children, 3 deaths, and 8 injuries in California. (Data was provided by Everytown Research and Policy.)"


One might want to question why this is such a "priority" item for the city and where the supposed "threat to public health and safety" is when their own data (from a gun control group) indicates only 369 unintentional shootings by children in 2020 - in a nation with a population of about 330 million that has widespread private gun ownership. Do the math. This is a nonexistent problem and does not warrant consideration by city officials and/or a vote.

Yet another example of Bay Area politicians pandering to the gun control movement and doing anything they possibly can to discourage/intimidate law abiding citizens (despite earlier claims of promoting "diversity" and "inclusion")from exercising a Constitutional right. What about the "public health and safety" threat from criminals abusing guns (acquired illegally) on the streets? Were all of those shootings "unintentional"?


Posted by David
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Nov 2, 2021 at 9:13 pm

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News flash ! City Council votes to give their officemate a raise of 11%
City attorney Dan Sodergren does not deserve this. We'd all be better off if he quit.


Posted by runningguy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 2, 2021 at 11:42 pm

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Its nice to see the City Council take on issues that are important to its residents. Especially after several years of a do nothing Thorne lead council.


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 4, 2021 at 7:24 am

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Could Pleasanton Weekly or someone from the Mayor’s office (we never hear from the Mayor) address the justification of the City Attorney’s 11% raise? Just curious. Secondly, how will the city enforce the security of firearms in ones home? What rights will they remove, which seems to be a ‘thing’ with Democrats. I’ll ho,d my breath for the answers.


Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 5, 2021 at 12:01 pm

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"Secondly, how will the city enforce the security of firearms in ones home? What rights will they remove, which seems to be a ‘thing’ with Democrats. I’ll ho,d my breath for the answers."


They may not be able to enforce it - if they get taken to court. The Supreme Court already threw out a similar measure as part of the 2008 Heller decision.
If the city government did their homework on this issue instead of being so eager to say "me too" and appease activists/special interest groups ("Moms Demand Action"), they would have known.

But some of us already know what they (and others) are doing - using the "children", "prevention" and "safety" excuses to make it prohibitive for any law abiding person to own or use guns. Pleasanton ran all of the legal firearms vendors out of business in the late 1990s. The county banned gun shows at the fairgrounds shortly afterward. Virtually no one in any Bay Area county ever gets approved for a concealed weapons permit.

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