Town Square

Post a New Topic

Guest Opinion: Setting the record straight on districting, and moving forward in a civil manner

Original post made on Mar 10, 2022

The four public meetings are archived on the city of Pleasanton website for you to review. Comments about the map's legality, gerrymandering and more are unfounded and baseless, and the reality is quite the opposite.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 8:54 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 10, 2022 at 7:06 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

This guest opinion is more of the same spin attempt to justify the majority vote for the Tangerine map for districting.

One new injection from Arkin, "one special interest group with many members who are not even Pleasanton residents, and a political agenda to boot."

That statement is another fabrication spewed by Arkin.
Valerie, please identify that "special interest group", I wish to connect!

The Lime map presented for districting was absolutely the correct map to use for districting. the Tangerine map was absolutely the wrong map to use for districting.

The paid demographer received $50K payment for his work. He gave the three city council members what they wanted. Not what was best for the city of Pleasanton and its residents.


Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 10, 2022 at 9:21 am

MichaelB is a registered user.

"Since Feb. 24, there has been a swell of outrage spewed by one special interest group with many members who are not even Pleasanton residents, and a political agenda to boot."

Complaints about a special interest group with a political agenda? Arkin seemed to have no problem with Moms Demand Action (special interest group with a political agenda) promoting their useless "safe storage" ordinance in the city that was elevated as a "top priority" item by the city council. Nothing mentioned during the hearing process about safety problems/violations with guns in Pleasanton but the staff report cited the (nonexistent) "problem" of a few hundred firearms related accidents nationwide as the "justification" for enacting it.

Assigning blame to/spreading innuendo about residents who are doing nothing wrong is not "kind", "respectful" nor "moving forward".


Posted by Ennis
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 10, 2022 at 9:51 am

Ennis is a registered user.

Boy, didn't take long for the usual people to get started. "What has been most discouraging throughout has been the lack of kindness and respectful dialogue." Miss that part? How about contacting Valarie directly, at the email address she's providing, and discuss what seems to still be an issue on your part - direct dialog and communication instead of the usual drivel. I've dealt with her many times when she was on the school board -she's open minded, happy to discuss concerns, consider other points of view, and will publicly state her opinion. Try engaging differently/directly instead of through your keyboard.


Posted by Barbara Costello
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 10, 2022 at 9:55 am

Barbara Costello is a registered user.

I appreciate the Vice-Mayor's comments; however I do think if she is going to call out a "special interest group with many members who are not Pleasanton residents" she needs to identify that group. This entire process smacks of political agendas and I do not like the idea that the district was gerrymandered to preserve a voting bloc.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Valerie Arkin's hostile contempt towards nonresidents that bring goods and services into this community, nonresidents that help with money to the holiday fund, the assets nonresidents place in this community, nonresidents technology and business savvy that helps this community thrive is an outrages insult to nonresidents in this community by an ungrateful Valerie Arkin.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from PleasantonWeekly.com sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Gun violence shatters sense of safety
By Gina Channell Wilcox | 21 comments | 2,042 views

Two measures to re-invigorate Livermore Valley wine country headed to November ballot
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 1,280 views

What it takes to become a teacher
By Monith Ilavarasan | 1 comment | 1,075 views