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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - March 29, 2013

Letters

GOP not endorsing

Dear Editor,

I am watching, with interest and concern, the special election race in Pleasanton for City Council. There are Republicans in the race, though our party will not be endorsing any particular candidate.

Since the Alameda County Republican Party is not endorsing any of the candidates, if candidates are promoting the idea that they have received our endorsement it is not true. Republicans usually do not endorse when we have more than one candidate running in the same race. Our party is a "big tent" and within our ranks we have supporters for all of the candidates. As chairman, our party bylaws do not permit me to endorse in the name of the party. Our central committee endorsements require a two-thirds vote of the membership.

The four candidates for Pleasanton City Council offer varied experience to prepare them for this position, with one candidate having spent 10 years on various city commissions and boards. Some voters will like that experience, and others will prefer an outsider bringing a fresh outlook. My concern as Alameda County GOP chairman is that Republican candidates treat each other with respect and good will, without using smear tactics or negative innuendo to scare voters. Pleasanton voters deserve a clean campaign with real facts and solid solutions being offered.

We encourage Pleasanton voters to vote and return their ballots early.

Sue Caro, Chairman, Alameda County GOP

Miller for council

Dear Editor,

Pleasanton residents need to be aware of a threat to our quality of life. One Bay Area is forcing development on local communities. The plan involves transportation and housing trends; it is tied to transportation funding to force compliance. The goal is to change transportation and housing habits away from expectations of single-family homes. High-density housing will bring a high concentration of people, without generating adequate mitigation fees to offset the strain it will cause to our roads, parks, schools and library. Bonds will be forced on residents to pay for these impacts. I support affordable housing when done in a way that properly mitigates its impacts, but this will damage our existing community.

Any housing that is not fully mitigated will further overcrowd our schools. I often think of the rats in a cage experiment. The rats lived harmoniously, caring for one another when the cage was spacious. They multiplied, space and food became scarce; they turned aggressive and began eating their young. In over-crowded public schools, students often get lost in the crowd and demonstrate aggressive survival behavior. Pleasanton must oppose forced housing that will damage our community.

Pleasanton leaders are not standing up to this assault on our community. Legal fees to protect our community will seem insignificant when we are faced with hundreds of millions of dollars, in needed bonds and parcel taxes, to lessen the damage from high-density housing.

Pleasanton needs leaders with courage; that is why I am voting for David Miller for City Council.

Julie Testa

Massage terminology

Dear Editor,

In this week's edition of the weekly it was reported in the Police Bulletin section that a "Massage Parlor" had been busted. As a State Certified Massage Therapist, I object to the old school terminology of massage parlor. The license issued by the city and the Police Department states "Massage Establishment." The terminology used in your article contributes to the problem of genuine massage therapists, offering therapeutic massage to their clients, being subjected to unwarranted innuendo.

To become a California State Certified Massage Therapist we complete 510 hours (minimum) of schooling from an approved school of massage, go through rigorous background checks, and finger printing for the FBI. After graduating school it takes three months for the checks to be done, and a license to practice issued. At that point the city of Pleasanton requires us to be registered with the Police Department and get a permit from the city. The whole process takes a lot of work and effort and a genuine interest to help people.

It is time that massage therapy, and therapists, be taken seriously. Perhaps that change could start by changing the terminology used in the press. The majority of the public treat us with the respect we deserve and benefit greatly from our work. Perhaps the minority that book a massage expecting something different would reduce if the terminology was changed. The establishments that are not legitimate would soon go out of business, leaving myself and other genuine therapists in peace to help in the healing process of our clients.

Sharon Beatts, Renew You Massage

Rugy alive and well

Dear Editor,

I read last week's editorial about Pleasanton sports and what caught my attention was this: "(Community Services Manager Mark) Spiller said that about the only sport that hasn't yet caught on in Pleasanton is rugby, which has its dedicated players and fans but not yet the numbers to fill a field here."

For your information, the Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby Club is:

160-plus youth rugby players and 25-plus volunteer coaches

Fields seven age group teams

Founded in 2009 with a single high school team; growing 20% plus each year

Charter member of the Northern California Youth Rugby Association

Plays rugby eight months per year

Practices twice weekly and plays matches on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays

Hosts 10-12 all day "rugby days" per season, where 200 to 500 youth rugby players from 20-plus teams come to play rugby matches

While Cavaliers would love to practice and play in Pleasanton, where more than 60% of our players live, we find it difficult due to the grass-only fields, field closure policy, no refunds for rain-outs and the lack of hourly rental options, so we instead use Las Positas College, Robertson Park in Livermore, and Emerald Glen Park in Dublin.

If there is ever a change in field use policy and how Pleasanton allocates and charges for its field space, Cavaliers would love to practice and play rugby in Pleasanton.

Richard Reynolds, President, Pleasanton Cavaliers Youth Rugby

Narum for council

Dear Editor,

We have been residents of Pleasanton for 44 years. We have raised our family here, started our business here, and intend to stay here. We are fortunate enough to have our family living in Pleasanton, and our grandchildren are currently attending Pleasanton schools.

Our family has always been active and concerned about Pleasanton politics. Out attitude has always been "what's best for Pleasanton."

In the upcoming City Council race, we feel that there is one candidate that is head and shoulders above the others, and that's Kathy Narum. Kathy is a long term resident of Pleasanton. She has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, she presently serves on the Planning Commission, and she has participated in many other city activities. We feel her experience and qualifications exceed the other three candidates combined. She is not running for council to "go along and get along" and she is not afraid to take a hard stand on public employee wages and benefits. Most importantly, like us, Kathy has a deep love and affection for our city. From our beautiful downtown to our schools and our neighborhoods, Kathy's attitude is and always will be "what's best for Pleasanton."

We encourage you to join with us and vote for Kathy Narum for Pleasanton City Council.

Frank & Muriel Capilla

Miller for council

Dear Editor,

I have known David Miller, his wife Laura, and their three daughters for several years. As a City Council member, he will put the interests of Pleasanton residents and taxpayers above those of outside special interests.

David is aware of the efforts to determine Pleasanton's future by unelected regional governmental boards. As a proponent of local control, David has spoken out in front of these regional boards in favor of retaining local control. David has also been on the forefront of the unfunded liability issue facing Pleasanton and has been instrumental in bringing the issue to the attention of residents and taxpayers. That is why I trust him as a City Council member to bring transparency to local government.

He will keep residents informed about the issues that will affect them. That is why I will vote for David Miller and encourage others to vote for him, too.

Suzanne Tringali

Comments

Posted by member, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

GOP not endorsing? Who are the GOP members in council race? Would like to know party affiliation. Thanks


Posted by member, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Why is Narum talking to Public Employee Unions? Why is the Mayor doing damage control?

Received an interesting email last week from the Mayor stating that Narum is talking to Public Employee Unions, but not taking their money.

Could this be a conflict of interest?

Birdlander--


Posted by Longtimer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

First, city positions are NON-partisan. They are about what is best for all of Pleasanton. They are not about far- reaching platforms. I certainly hope all candidates have meet & talk with all constituents. Anyone shallow enough to label anyone by party, is doing a disservice to all in Pleasanton. We have little control. Informed residents know that. There are so many federal and Ca state laws, rules, and mandates, we have a small voice in our town. That is determined by the fools voting for Ca state legislature, and Gov who sign the crap they come up with.
I've always thought anybody who only listens to one station or one commenter, is blinded by tunnelvision. I watch and listen to all stations enough to make ongoing opinions based in facts, from issue to issue. Thus, I have little desire to waste time in discussing any issues with shallow people, who don't know multiple sides enough to engage with all the facts. There is a reason we have under cover spies, and military intelligence. Regardless of issue, always know the opposition. Narrow, single-issue people, are not fully equiped to even debate, much less lead, or vote.
Those who CAN,....DO. Those the CANNOT,...just SHOUT LOUDER.


Posted by justwondering, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Of course, the candidates should be talking with the employees. Candidates should be talking with employees since they carry out the Council directives. That's common in business for managment to talk with employees. My understanding is that 3 of the 4 candidates are talking with the employees to understand their perspectives and issues. Frankly I think that's a good thing in having knowledgeable Council members.

I, too, received a copy of the email from Mayor Thorne. It sounded to me that he was trying to set the record straight about statements made by at least one candidate that aren't true and aren't supported by fact. I looked at the financial disclosures for 3 of the 4 candidates (1 didn't file which is interesting). None of them reported any union contributions. So how can a candidate make a statement that another candidate is supported by the union? No financial contributions--have they endorsed? I want a council member to be honest, ethical, balanced and able to work with everyone since it requires 3 votes to move something forward. The tea party candidate doesn't seem to understand that.


Posted by Longtimer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I have not received an email. Makes me a bit curious.
I just know I like the vast experience of Kathy Narum.