McKeehan is well-suited for this unpaid leadership position. As city manager from 1990 to 2004, she rebuilt Main Street and restructured the city's financial system to place emphasis on salting away funds for a "rainy day." The effort started after the recession in the early part of the 1990s suddenly cut into the city's rapidly rising revenue during the building boom of the previous decade.
It continues today with the result that Pleasanton, with a reserve of well over $10 million, is financially well-positioned for the declining property and sales tax revenues we're seeing now as well as handling the seizure of $5 million or more in local property tax revenue by the state.
A city manager during a time of unprecedented growth in Pleasanton, she also worked with Livermore to merge the two cities' fire departments. Her only disappointment, she told me later, was that Dublin, which contracts out its fire protection services, wouldn't join the new partnership. On her watch, we saw the construction of the Pleasanton Senior Center, the development of the Callippe Preserve Golf Course and the agreement with Greenbriar Homes to give the city 318 acres of the Bernal property free of charge when the developer bought the 510-acre parcel from San Francisco. It was no surprise when McKeehan received the coveted Mayor's Award in 2004 and also was named that year as the Pleasanton Weekly's Woman of the Year.
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