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Pleasanton city council holds first district map hearing

Original post made on Jan 6, 2022

The Pleasanton City Council held the first of several legally mandated public hearings on Tuesday before city officials will draw up new council districts and switch from at-large to district elections.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 1:44 PM

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Posted by Ndna Jnz
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 6, 2022 at 12:06 pm

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Tuesday’s city council meeting was a great eye-opener regarding the district voting information.

One very important question that alerted me was, if a City project is within the vicinity of a council member’s residence (and/or business address, I assume) and as always, that council member must recuse him/herself, how is there no remedy for representation of that council member’s district. This is un-democratic. The recused council member’s “constituents” have no control over where their representative council member resides; nor do they have control over the proximity to that council member’s residence of a City project. But, in such situations, those registered voters in that district, accounting for 25% of the city of Pleasanton, now have no direct representation or official voice on the council in regard to such project. And this project could be nearly “in their backyard.” As we have seen in previous times in Pleasanton, this can easily turn citizens and neighborhoods against each other.

The cities of California should organize to change the California Voting Rights Act so that it remains fair to all registered voters residing in an affected city. As with AB-9 and AB-10, California’s city leaders should be irate at this sort of control from the State, and as with those same bills from Sacramento, cities should plan to take on this absurdly imbalanced, unfair and problematic law.

Thank you to all council members for asking the right questions Tuesday night, allowing attendees to understand some of the issues this district voting can bring along with it.

Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 6, 2022 at 1:10 pm

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It could better serve the Pleasanton Meadows, to be represented by a residing city council member, with Livermore Airport concerns

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 6, 2022 at 3:44 pm

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Living in California with one party rules are a lot like living in China where one party rules. Exception being, China executes its criminals.

Posted by Ndna Jnz
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 6, 2022 at 4:23 pm

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Joe V – There is currently a city council member living in the Stoneridge Dr. path of the airport, and the current mayor lives in an almost adjacent neighborhood to Pleasanton Meadows, also suffering from the airport noise.

Posted by Nils
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 7, 2022 at 12:27 pm

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I like the new rule. I appreciate the efforts of those who have served, but most are from the same circle we see over and over in the town. It's hard for someone from an underrepresented group to break in, against established name recognition. Someone posted above from the Meadows where I used to live. Absolutely right. This will give a voice to a lot more people in town that don't have that person who has been here forever, who grew up in Ptown and knows everyone.

Posted by Nils Erickson
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 7, 2022 at 12:48 pm

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@Ndna - Living in a community is not the same as being selected by that community. Living in the Meadows doesn't mean the Meadows would have selected the elected mayor. The elected mayor may have gotten in based on efforts of those off Muirwood, Kottinger Ranch, and Vintage Hills. That's exactly why I like this rule. It will provide communities to the opportunity to put forth their own representation. I think this city could use that.

Posted by Ndna Jnz
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 7, 2022 at 5:09 pm

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Nils – Do you understand the part of my comment describing a situation in which a city council member for your district also lives in your neighborhod? If someone wants to open a new 24-hour 7-11 three blocks from your house, and the city council member has to recuse themself, your neighborhood now has no direct representation on the council, and so your neighborhood doesn't have a vote on a decision do allow or disallow (and other factors.)

Cool name btw, Nils.

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