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Chamber endorses Hosterman for mayor, Pentin for council

Original post made on Sep 29, 2008

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Wednesday endorsed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman for re-election in the Nov. 4 municipal race and businessman Jerry Pentin for one of the two seats open on the City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 4:59 PM

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm

What exactly has Hosterman done where the Chamber would even want to support her? She is bad for small-businesses which create the most jobs and bring in the largest tax revenues. I don't think they are looking at the big picture.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Be sure and read the last paragraph that states who was on the Chamber selection committee. It includes Marty Inderbitzen, attorney for the Oak Grove/Lin/James Tong development. Jim McKeehan of Signature Properties, another local developer, also was a participant. Perhaps that will answer why the Chamber supports Hosterman versus Brozosky.
It also shows just how a Measure QQ committee would be influenced by developers participation in that process. I worked for a developer at one time. I know better now than to listen to who or what they want me to vote for.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm

The fact that we only have Hosterman or Brozosky to choose from saddens me a lot more than who the chamber elected to endorse. Having been a Pleasanton resident since 1984, we have not had a real leader of this city since Ken Mercer. They have all been downhill since. I just can't bring myself to even hold my nose to vote for either of them. Too bad the "change" mantra never made it to the local level. Is this really the best that Pleasanton has to offer?

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 30, 2008 at 12:10 am

How many voters really care who the Chamber of Commerce endorses? I suppose an endorsement means money in the candidate's coffers which will allow them to distribute more propaganda to my mailbox than their rival.

Wonder if Mr. McKeehan will endorse any of the PUSD candidates...:)

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Posted by whut
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 30, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Yeah your right "Pro-Law", I'd rather take advice from a forum in a local newspaper than a diverse committee made up up big and small business concerns by the Chamber. At least this way business get an idea and unified voice of recommendation. Easy to put stuff down, why don't you recommend how to do it better?

Most on this forum are more hung up in pointing fingers and complaining than making an effort to have a positive impact IMHO.

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Posted by whut
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 30, 2008 at 5:41 pm

I'll add that while you pick the 2 particular targets to go after in Mr's McKeehan and Inderbitzen, why don't you mention that the other members of the commitee include an ex superintendant of Schools for PUSD Bill James, Small Business owners (on and off main street) in Otis Nostrand and Joe Sasek, and Vic Malatesta and Long time Pleasanton residents and contributors Richard Karn and Steve Clarkson, Attorney John Sensiba and past Director of Economic Development for the City of Pleasanton Gail Gilpin. Clearly a _very_ deverse group. There is an aweful lot of Rush Limbaugh that goes on with these boards, ie... taking little snipets of disparet information and weaving all of them together to tell a convienient story.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Oh whew the facts!

I understand that it was unanimous too...This diverse group all chose to endorse one mayoral candidate, many of who were also on the committee during the last election and chose no endorsement that time.

Hmmm. . .what to make out of that. . .?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 30, 2008 at 9:45 pm

What to make out of that? Either it is because they think Hosterman has matured as a mayor since the last election or they don't want Brozosky anymore. Personally I think it is a combination of both.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 10, 2008 at 11:35 pm

The Chamber of Commerce represents business interests in our community and are one perspective. Interestingly enough, both Labor and Business endorse Hosterman this time around. Now how often do those groups agree? That is what makes endorsements interesting, to see different groups with different perspectives agree on one candidate. Seems like Hosterman is the choice for 2008.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I do my best to try to keep informed about local politics but suggesting Hosterman "matured" as a mayor makes the muscles in my neck get bigger from shaking my head back and forth trying to figure that one out.

I'd like to add that is NOT an endorsement of Brozosky by any means.

Both candidates are significantly over-rated by their supporters. I just can't see myself pulling the lever for either of them.

This is not just my opinion, but among my family and in the small social group I mingle, I find this to be true.

When I overheard commuters at the P BART station saying the same thing, it validated my opinion that both have been bad news for P town.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 12, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I agree she's matured. In my opinion, she's matured to the point of discovering ways to gain positions she hopes will further her political career.

I suppose the same could be said about a number of "local politicians"...

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