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Pleasanton City Council to hold first public hearing on creating districts

Original post made on Jan 3, 2022

The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday will hold the first legally mandated public hearing before it can draw districts and switch from at-large to district elections.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 3, 2022, 9:34 AM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 3, 2022 at 8:55 pm

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Don't know how districts will be determined. But, per the law stated in this article it seems the following scenario would be plausible.

Pleasanton has twenty-four square miles. Pleasanton has population of approximately 80,000 people. The mayor represents everyone.

Assuming there will be four districts when the map is completed. One district for reach council member. Each council member will represent six square miles with 20,000 people.

Because there cannot be two council members representing the same district, two current council members will be out of a job if the maps are drawn up per the law.

I challenge all current council members and the mayor to weigh in here with commentary. This is a public forum, and public discussion on this new districting is required by law. If you do not weigh in here, you are not following the law.

Posted by Robertbush81
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 4, 2022 at 10:16 am

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This seems like an unnecessary activity. From eliminating/overriding single family residential zoning, to mandating planning for overbuilding/congestion, to whatever this is intended to do, the state seems to want to turn the suburbs into a dense urban structure in my opinion. Not a fan.

Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 4, 2022 at 10:27 am

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To the extent possible I sense a community of Pleasanton's size yields more sensitive, listening, government by increase the number of council persons and districts from 4 plus one mayor up to 6 plus one mayor. Then create a district pattern that circles old town as much as possible with the old town component placed in the hands of one of the 6 districts.

All the council people want to carve out and have a piece of the old down. My advice is forget it. Go to 6 + Mayor and try to get the old town under the wing of one council district.

The first item that should be considered is, should we use this opportunity and time to create 6 districts plus 1 mayor at large.

Otherwise what you will get is baited and switched by councils that don't listen. They will speak stolen words of sincerity, sound great in campaigns, and immediately become captured by all the old power players, as soon as they are elected. Whereas the closer you make your council to the district (by reducing the number of persons in their district) the more sensitive the elected council person remains after elected.

No one will listen to this advice and act on it. I perfectly understand. But there you have it. 6 not 4 will give you more.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 4, 2022 at 11:12 am

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Previously termed out council members can now run again for council to serve their district. They previously ran and served as at large candidate.

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