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Editorial: Electing leaders takes an educated citizenry

Original post made on Aug 28, 2020

Our editorial staff spends a considerable amount of time and resources helping Tri-Valley voters become that "educated citizenry." In addition to candidate profiles and other news coverage, we are hosting candidate forums this fall.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 27, 2020, 3:01 PM


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 28, 2020 at 8:25 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

How does A voter determine candidates worthiness to serve this community?

1. Ask the candidate a question. If candidate does not respond to the question, do not vote for that candidate.

2. If the candidate is not responding to the voter question during the campaign, the candidate will mot be responsive to the voter if candidate is elected.

3. When questions are provided to the candidate in writing, the candidate responds in a like manner in writing. That candidate is putting it all out there, that candidate has great courage, and exhibits the qualities of leadership that our community will need over the next four years and continuing forward.

4. Candidates with little or no experience? I send this message:

I recommend that you get four to six years of planning commission experience under your belt, along with half dozen years of community service. Residential voters will observe the value of your work and your sacrifice, in your service to the community.

Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 30, 2020 at 8:06 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

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Posted by Rishabh Raj
a resident of Las Positas
on Aug 30, 2020 at 5:54 pm

Rishabh Raj is a registered user.

Hello @ Pleasanton Weekly Staff,

The link to sign up for the candidate forum and submit a question ( is sending me to a Google Form that I'm allowed to edit and see other responses for, but does not submit answers. The Zoom link to sign up for the webinar works fine, and it says to email Steve Van Dorn our questions until September 1st. Would you want us to submit our questions this way or is the form more preferable? And if the form is more preferable, please fix it as soon as possible, please.

Posted by RonnieF
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Sep 8, 2020 at 11:07 pm

RonnieF is a registered user.

What is scarer to me is that despite community education, City Council candidate Arkin who is on the PUSD Board still thought the BART to Livermore should be built when the decision to end at Pleasanton with ValleyLink continuing East was made over 2 years ago. And that Council candidate Lee thought a “fly over” connecting I580 to southbound I680 was physically possible when Caltrans confirmed it is not.
We need Mayoral and Council member experience and knowledge ASAP and not on the job training at this critical time. I appreciate the interest in community service, but please serve on a few City commissions first before running to be an elected official.