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Pleasanton police go back to black-and-white patrol cars

Original post made on Sep 10, 2008

Pleasanton police cars will have a new look starting tomorrow when the department rolls out its new black-and-white patrol cars.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 11:08 AM


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 10, 2008 at 6:53 pm

In my 30 years here in Pleasanton this is the 2nd or 3rd time they are going back to B/W cruisers, always for more or less the same reason. Don't confuse this with forward progress. In the future they will change again.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Just keep busting the creeps that break the law. Thank you officers!

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Thank you Cholo for butting in with an undermining comment, which you do on nearly every comment made in these posts by others, however innocuous the original comment may be, like about the cyclically changing colors of police cars in Pleasanton, if the comment does not meet your standards, whatever those may be.

Apparently Livermore has no venue for you to highlight yourself, so you spend your waking hours watching and criticizing Pleasanton. (Yes, saying thank you, keep busting the creeps had little purpose in this post but to somehow counter the point I made, at least in your mind.)

It's amazing how much energy people expend responding to you, even this post by me. Eventually, you become an itch to scratch.

Now, I turn it over to you for one of your (in)famous responses which normally end in hahahahaaaa teeeheeeee with various versions of "shut up".

I suggest the PW put a filter on any author "Cholo", thereby forcing you to re-surface under a new alias. Then, we can all watch how you do that and what new alias you take. It will add new entertain for us, the Cholo watchers.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Slick design!

God bless our Police Officers.

God bless Martinez Police Sgt Paul Starzyk and his family.

Keep up the good fight.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 11, 2008 at 12:39 am

Several years ago a nearby city, I seem to recall it was Oakland, made the decision to switch to pastel and white because the city government felt black and white police cars were intimidating to the public, especially young children.

In my opinion, the only "public" that should be intimidated would be those that had violated the law or were considering violating the law.

I hope these paint jobs weren't the "$299 Special" where the paint starts peeling in a year or so. I know a company that used this type paint establishment(lowest bidder)to change their fleet colors and the paint peeled off some of the vehicle hoods in less than a year...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Sorry to disappoint you, this is the real Cholo. I can assure you that about half if not more of the posts tagged Cholo are not mine.

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Posted by raven
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I like the new cars. Spotted one today. I can only hope this is just the beginning of the changes the police chief has placed on his priority list. It's time that the "community policing" is put to rest.

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Posted by Concerned about crime, not police car color schemes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

"The result is the product of the hard work, creativity and open-mindedness of police officers, police management and key city staff."

Um, let's see--we decided to go BACK to TRADITIONAL black and white police cars.

My reaction to that comment from Capt. Spiller is, "You've GOT to be kidding me, right?!" Troublesome that this is what Pleasanton Police apparently are spending their time on, instead of finding the recent bank robbers, and the jewelry store armed robbers that remain at large from just two of several troubling, serious crimes that recently occurred over the past several weeks.

Gimme a break--stop wasting time and our tax dollars discussing what color scheme to paint our police cars, and start spending more time on fighting and preventing crime, and finding criminal suspects that remain at large!

This is why we're awarding a new three-year contract with guaranteed 4% annual pay hikes to Pleasanton Police for--deciding what color to paint the patrol cars? I sure hope not.

Get back to serving and protecting us!

Another reason to get rid of/vote Hosterman out of office in November. This nonsense went down on her watch.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Sep 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm

ok, this is pretty funny. I'm not one to be posting negative comments about the "donut-hogging, do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" police officers, bot, for Pete's sake. How much was wasted on making this decision? Time spent talking about it, cost of painting the cars? Is this really our tax dollars being spent to the best of their ability??

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

It's amazing how ignorant some bloggers are. The B & W car is clearly more visible and might help to deter some crime and slow down speeders. Simple as that. Get a life whiners and complainers. I'm glad to see the B & Ws....what I see as a traditional police car.

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Posted by Concerned about crime, not police car color schemes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Hey Ben,

Here's what's amazing--Pleasanton's police cars used to be painted black and white. Guess you were ignorant of that fact. Guess you also are happy that Pleasanton wasted money to then paint them something else, and now they are going back to what worked before--all for some of the reasons you just mentioned. Duh--no kidding the B&W scheme works well--they should have never changed it in the first place, wasting our tax dollars!

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Posted by aaron
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

that's all it really is is a waste of our tax dollars..... today it is this, yersterday something else, who knows what kind of wastes will occur next.

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Posted by book um Dano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Maybe someones cousin owns the bodyshop that got the paint contract?

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Posted by RR
a resident of Castlewood
on Dec 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

better late (response) than never:
I suspect that Police Capt. David C. Spiller along with the chief got a kick back from the paint shop or he is just ignorant to the fact that we could use the same funds for so many improvements in our city i.e. widening the Foothill road, fixing the potholes, improving and upgrading the street lightings etc.
Thank you mayor Hosterman-you are running this city very well along with your cronies.