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Pleasanton mayor candidates address key election issues at Weekly forum

Original post made on Sep 6, 2020

The Weekly's online forum featuring Pleasanton candidates for mayor on Thursday night touched on key local issues including support for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, affordable housing and policing reform.

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Posted by Renée
a resident of Mission Park
on Sep 6, 2020 at 11:04 am

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It’s refreshing to see a younger more diverse candidate who is passionate about progressive ideas. With Monith as our mayor Pleasanton can be a leader in providing accessible housing for essential workers and pairing mental health services with police. I also love what he said about making a community task force to work with the police. Let’s make Pleasanton’s representatives more reflective of the community.

Posted by Candyce Roberts
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 7, 2020 at 5:05 pm

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The forum was just excellent. Thank you so much PW for hosting this and for selecting pertinent questions for the candidates. We were able to get a clear picture of where candidates stand on the issues. Because of the clarity or lack thereof in the candidates' answers, I did feel there was a definite stand out candidate. We listened on our phone and the quality was great. Looking forward to the next forum. I encourage everyone to log on and listen so they can make an informed decision in voting.

Posted by RonnieF
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Sep 8, 2020 at 12:14 am

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@Renee. To Renee’s comments, I think Monith would be fantastic on a Housing or Human Services Commission! But not as our Mayor until he has had a few years sitting on on some commission gaining experience with issues. Having strong relationships already established with various agencies and other surrounding city representatives on Day One is crucial given the complexities of City government and pending State regulations.

Posted by Joe Public
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

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Thank you Pleasanton Weekly for hosting the forum for the Pleasanton City Council Candidates as well as for your previous forums this campaign season. Your questions were diverse. Unfortunately, the 2 different times of the interviews gave the later group of City Council Candidates an advantage of hearing the mayoral candidates answers to the questions . I wish the questions could have been different for each group. My concern about the candidates along with the lack of experience of several candidates who are running, is the issue of donations and influence on the candidates’ votes on future projects. I understand that City Council Candidate Jack Balch works for a family owned developer and property manager business in Pleasanton. I will be voting for those candidates who are not accepting developers and builders campaign donations.