The Mayoral and City Council forums scheduled so far are as follows:
Tue. Sept. 14, Chamber of Commerce, Faz (upstairs), 7:30AM. Call the chamber for cost and seating availability.
Mon. Sept. 20, Ridge View Commons cafeteria (Not sure when the actual forum starts). This is a meeting for Ridge View residents only.
Sat. Oct. 2, CTV, 12:00 Noon (studio closed for this taping with program to be aired multiple times during October).
Tue. Oct. 12, League of Women Voters, Council Chambers, 7:00PM
Over the almost 20 years I have lived in Pleasanton, I have watched City Council candidates become more and more personal in their campaigns against their opponents. Until this election, however, our candidates have not expressed the extreme political rhetoric and vitriol for anyone who may have a different political view, or follow a different religion, that seem to have become the norm in partisan politics.
The Mayoral and City Council election in Pleasanton is supposed to be non-partisan. I am very concerned that Mr. Fred Watson will be able to make decisions regarding our town, its residents and its business owners that are not influenced by his political views.
Although he has yet to provide them, I hope that Mr. Watson's positions on Pleasanton issues will become apparent as all candidates are questioned in these forums. However, I would also like to know from Mr. Watson specifically how he will represent Pleasanton interests, as well as those residents and business owners in Pleasanton, given his candid opinions regarding those of us he finds morally bankrupt, and/or our Muslim community.
To that end, I am contacting both CTV and the LWV to request that the moderators of these forums to please consider asking Mr. Watson my question. I urge any Pleasanton voter who has candidate questions or concerns to share them with CTV and the LWV. If enough of us ask the hard questions, maybe we can get some answers.
Contact info: LWV Web Link
Contact info: CTV Web Link (I'm contacting Melissa Tench-Stevens, Executive Director)