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Julie Testa Endorses Pamela Price for DA

Original post made by Sarah White, Pleasanton Village, on Feb 14, 2022

Pleasanton City Councilmember JULIE TESTA announced on February 14th her endorsement of PAMELA PRICE for Alameda County DA. Testa was elected to the Pleasanton City Council in November 2018. She is a 30-year resident of Pleasanton and has a lengthy history of civic participation within the community, including 11 years of service as a Human Services Commissioner, a board member for Tri-Valley REACH and the Tri-Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

"Pamela Price is bringing smart and compassionate plans to the table in this race for District Attorney,” stated Testa. “Her commitment to a compassionate response to mental illness and substance use will support first responders and bolster public safety.”

Recently, Testa and the Pleasanton City Council took on the mental health intervention alternatives as a tool to support law enforcement and public safety. Pleasanton, like many cities in the East Bay will be sending health professionals along with police officers to many calls for help when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis.

“Julie’s vote of confidence in my campaign is a testament to my commitment to change the way in which justice is administered in Alameda County. Our system is failing when we criminalize individuals who are mentally ill. said Price. “Julie’s work to create the Mental Health Response Program and her work with REACH and NAMI shows her determination to make sure that we have a DA that is not “throwing away people” but instead providing pathways to support and restorative justice for victims.”

“I attended Pamela’s forum on Serious Mental Illness and Justice Reform, she listened to stories from families who have found no justice for their loved ones who live with serious mental illness,” said Testa. “She brought forward compassionate and measured solutions and has been the only candidate working to bring families and victims to the table to find a solution.”

“It takes courage and commitment to stand up to the status quo and fight for change – I trust Pamela Price to do just that,” added Testa. “Her trailblazing experience in holding corporations, government, and our justice system accountable will usher in a new era of needed change at the county level."

Providing trained mental health support for moments of mental health crisis will be key to stopping the over-criminalization of individuals with serious mental illness. So will Pamela’s plan to expand the criteria of the County’s Behavioral Mental Health & Drug Courts. In fact, a recent report, the US. Department of Justice chastised the leadership in the DA’s office for not utilizing the diversion court system.

The DOJ study found that from 2009 to 2017, only 229 cases were prosecuted in the Behavioral Health Court in Alameda County. That is barely two cases per month every year. This pathway to solutions for those with mental health issues could be so more effective if we moved more resources and cases in this direction.

Pamela’s platform is resonating with community leaders and voters. Pamela is also endorsed by Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, the national Elect Black Women PAC, ATU Local 192 and ILWU Local 10 – both powerhouses in social justice and workers’ rights - and Alameda County elected leaders, Albany Mayor Ge’Nell Gary, Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison, San Leandro Vice Mayor Victor Aguilar, Emeryville Vice Mayor Scott Donahue, Fremont City Councilmember Jenny Kassan and Livermore City Councilmember Brittni Kiick.

Comments (12)

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2022 at 1:07 pm

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Hey Julie Testa, and Hey Sarah White...

What is it that the current district attorney Nancy O'Malley has failed to provide Alameda County these past 37 years, that she has-been in office?

The two of you along with Pamela Price seem to be slamming Nancy O'Malley's 37 years of service.

Pamela Price has no experience as a district attorney anywhere. Of the three declared candidates for this office, Terry Wiley has as many years of experience in the DA's office as O'Malley.

Pamela Price is on record declaring she "will remodel this district attorney office to be like Gascon in Los Angeles."

Citizens do not want criminals back on the streets same day they are arrested for felonies and hideous crimes.

People selling, buying and using illegal drugs are breaking the law. they need to be held accountable for their crimes.

People are homeless because they want to be. They have tuned out and just getting high. with all the government resources out there along with all the charities, religious organization's out there, there is no excuse to be homeless.

Convict the criminals that have broken our laws first, then treat those that need mental health services. (During and after they serve time for their crimes).


Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2022 at 2:49 pm

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"Pamela Price is bringing smart and compassionate plans to the table in this race for District Attorney,” stated Testa. “Her commitment to a compassionate response to mental illness and substance use will support first responders and bolster public safety.”

Mental illness is only one topic and the rest of her platform is anything but "smart" as it relates to safety for the community. The only people appear to be held "accountable" for anything are the police and/or prosecutors. Criminals on the streets? Diversionary programs, reduced incarceration/sentences, ignoring immigration law, investing in public health/social services, reducing "inequitable" penalties,etc. More of the "everyone is a victim/society is to blame" stuff from the political left.

Nothing "compassionate" about making excuses for irresponsible behavior and/or giving out little or no punishment for those who disobey laws. We're seeing the results right now with "smash and grab" robberies. The perpetrators know they won't be held accountable.

Web Link


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2022 at 7:16 pm

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January 14, 2021:

Ann Brown writing for the Moguldom Nation an online publication wrote.
Two black progressive women are working to change the criminal justice system in Alameda.

These two women, civil rights attorney Pamela Price and police officer JoAnn Walker team up to defund the district attorney and the sheriff, to get the incumbent DA and the sheriff out of office.


Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 14, 2022 at 10:51 pm

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Julie Testa's decision to endorse Pamela Price for Alameda County District Attorney is a great disappointment.

Pamela Price is one of several radicals that George Soros has funded in an effort to destroy our criminal justice system. Look at other Soros backed DA candidates like Kim Foxx in Chicago, Chesa Boudin in San Francisco and George Gascon in Las Angeles to see what life like might be like with Price in the DA's office These District Attorneys have presided over a significant increase in crime in their cities and counties. Democrats and Republicans now realize that defunding the police and other soft on crime measures have hurt the most vulnerable members of our society the most. Reject Pamela Price in 2022. Look instead at Jimmie Wilson.


Posted by factchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2022 at 9:25 pm

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Anyone know who the various police officers associations in Alamenda County are endorsing for DA?


Posted by Mike Brown
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 1, 2022 at 11:45 am

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Factchecker - I know candidate Terry Wiley won't be getting police backing anytime soon. His own son has been charged and convicted for attempting to ambush and kill 3 police officers in Solano County. He says he is tough on crime - but I guess only at the office.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 1, 2022 at 12:06 pm

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The Alameda County candidate forum November 4, 2021, Miley stated he is endorsed by the Hayward and the Oakland police departments.


Posted by Mike Brown
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 1, 2022 at 3:15 pm

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Michael Austin - Wiley not Miley... and it was Wilson who stated those endorsements - he is getting the police association endorsements and money. You are confusing the two of them.


Posted by Mike Brown
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 1, 2022 at 3:17 pm

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Here are all the charges Wiley's son has against him. I am seeing the police shoot out was at Candidate Wiley's house too with a rifle from his own home. Web Link


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 1, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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Yup, your correct.
I confused them.
It is Wilson with the police department endorsements.
Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro.


Posted by Mike Brown
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 2, 2022 at 2:32 pm

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O'Malley wanted Wiley to replace her - but she picked someone who has family issues and doesn't live in Alameda County. Jimmie Wilson is who the Police Associations are backing because he is the one who the DA's office sends out to fatal police shootings and helps make the case.


Posted by Christine
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 18, 2022 at 5:42 pm

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Update: Jimmie Wilson is endorsed by all of the police officer associations, including the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Alameda County, and the Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, Emeryville, San Leandro, Union City and Newark Police Officers’ Associations.


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