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Planning commissioner Kathy Narum wins Pleasanton Council seat

Original post made on May 7, 2013

Planning Commissioner Kathy Narum was elected to the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday, receiving 4,586 votes or 39.62% of the 11,655 votes cast in the special election

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 9:06 PM

Comments (34)

Posted by member, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Congratulations to Kathy. Now lets do the business for all of us in Pleasanton. Wish we could have a bigger voter turn out.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Has there been any discussion of a recount? 1300 votes is a pretty narrow margin. Also, I heard there may have been some tampering by the unions, who only care about themselves.

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Great job Kathy, and your campaign team too: Nancy Allen, Jen Pearce and Arne Olson. Congratulations.

Posted by Good job!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Steve, Get serious!! Only 11,500 voted !!! 39.62% to 26.86% is a HUGE spread ! ! ! 13% lead is a huge victory. Why would there be a recount, with a 13% lead. Don't start whinning.

Posted by Happy Voter, a resident of Birdland
on May 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

Great job Kathy. A well deserved win.

Posted by PoorTurnout, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 8:30 am

It's a sorry state of affairs when only 27% of the registered voters send in a ballot. How difficult is it to get a pen, draw a line and send the ballot in. You don't even have to pay postage.

The next time someone whines about the city council the first question should be, "Did you vote?" If not, then you have no right to whine.

To the 27%: I don't care who you voted for, you voted, congratulations.
To the 73%, you have no viable excuse for complaint for anything the city council does. Period.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

Sad about the poor turnout. When campaigns get nasty voters get turned off.

Congratulations to the winner and losers for running.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

Voting is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than a military coup!


Posted by 3 Stooge Revival, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

Since Mayor Thorne endorsed Narum, I certainly hope her getting elected is not going to revive the 3 Stooges on the council (formerly Hosterman, Thorne, Cook-Kallio). I am worried about that because the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce PAC endorsed Narum, and they have been strong campaign bankrollers of the 3 Stooges. It will be sad indeed if Narum advocates the policies of our former wacko Mayor Hosterman.

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

Clearly not representative of the majority! Imagine if there had only been two candidates!!

Posted by Nancy, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

Congratulations to Kathy Narum on her win.

A thank you to all the candidates for making this an exciting race and for caring enough about Pleasanton to want to make a difference.

Posted by Frank Capilla, a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on May 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

Kathy, congratulations on your success! Well deserved!
On behalf of the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery committee, I want to thank you for your support of our Cemetery and our efforts to make it the nicest park in town.

Posted by Helen, a resident of Del Prado
on May 8, 2013 at 9:46 am

Congratulations to Kathy Narum! Now it's time for the city council to work toward revitalizing our downtown and collaborating with PUSD to develop accessible and affordable youth programs.

Posted by Ron Imperiale, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

Congratulations Kathy,

Your the only candidate that responded to our families questions. I wish you success in maintaining our towns culture, and your vision for the future of Pleasanton and its residents.

Posted by Too bad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

I would have preferred a regular election rather than a mail in one. I know quite a few people who did not vote because the envelope has your name and address, so how confidential is that? I voted for Hamilton but he seems to have gotten very few votes. Too bad Narum won. Maybe that is the goal of mail in elections? To get people to refrain from voting as many did this time.

Posted by Chemist, a resident of Downtown
on May 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hoping Kathy does a good job for the citizens of Pleasanton, but worried that Kathy, the Mayor, and the Council will be paying back the developers who supported their elections when decision time comes. The low turnout is almost as worrisome as the ill-informed turnout.

Posted by No, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Share Chemist's concerns.
Greatly disappointed to see that Kathy—and her idea of the right direction for Pleasanton—will be impacting our city's (and indeed our own) future. Pleasanton has undergone such negative shifts in recent years and it looks as though her agenda will simply perpetuate this.

Posted by Long Time resident, a resident of Del Prado
on May 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

So happy to see Kathy Narum got the job!!
Good for her, but more importantly, good for Pleasanton!

Posted by Disappointed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Watch Jerry go as his Mom now is there to guide him.
Would have loved to see a non Chamber endorsed
Candidate be elected. You all worry about a Union
Backed Candidate, just wait. The Chamber with a minority
of Pleasanton owned businesses will "Rule the Day"! Nothing
Personal against Ms. Narum but was in the "Grand Plan". Too bad
for Pleasanton families.

Posted by Sue M, a resident of Las Positas
on May 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I too am concerned about the priorities of Kathy, the Mayor and rest of council. Will their priorities rest with the developers who funded their elections or the wishes of the majority of residents. Only time will tell. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now. To anyone who is concerned.... Please follow the city council, go to meetings, stay informed. It is the only way we can have any influence. Developers have spoken with their money and we need to speak with our voices.

Posted by Good job!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Good job Kathy! I Know you'll do right by 'Pleasanton'. I always vote for candidates with the greatest 'depth of knowledge' on the main topics under their purview. In this election it was definitely Kathy who has the greatest understanding of the range of issues before a Pleasanton Council in the next decade.
We are in good hands.
The percentage split would have remained much the same, regardless of turnout.
Activists voted and disinterested residents would not have turned out in person more than by mail.

Posted by Good job!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Sigh of relief....No longer do we have those expensive Miller 'banner ads' in our face every time we look in on these PW TownSquare Forums threads!!! Lots of TP money was poured into Miller's big glossy mailers, and these PW threads.
Narum did neither campaign expenses....just historical reputation.

Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Let's hope we get a city council that is friendlier to developers. New development will bring in much needed funds for our schools, just as is happening in Dublin.

Posted by To: John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Sarcasm? I hope so!

Posted by ayeaye, a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

I voted for Ms. Narum for ONE reason. I saw a sign on a telephone pole in front of Safeway at Santa Rita and Valley, directing us to a web site, called no on narum...or something along those lines. I checked it out and a very negative web site indeed. Posting signs on a telephone line is I wish I knew who posted that and would have voted against their candidate on that basis alone. But I also decided to vote FOR Narum, since the last thing that Pleasanton needs is a bunch of nasty negative ads. We have enough of that sort of trash in national elections.

Posted by kbenson, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

Glad David miller did not win- Now he and his goons can go around and pick up all those trash signs they stuck all over the place.

Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I voted for Kathy and am pleased she won. It is well deserved and I have every confidence in her.

That said, I find it interesting that many question her ability to operate without undue consideration for the business and union concerns that financially supported her campaign. These are some of the same voices in the past that have posted complaints about the negative business climate in California, the difficulty of obtaining required regulatory approvals and the many layers of fees/taxes that hinder local reinvestment. Can't have it both ways, folks.

Posted by j ceasar, a resident of Downtown
on May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Congratulations Kathy.. we wish you well in your venture into the City Council, You are so deservant of the post you have given so many hours of hard work to aid this city


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

To "To John",

Not sarcasm Pleasanton Parents are raising money and pushing the school district to lower first grade class size to 25.

Web Link

Meanwhile, Dublin has first grade class sizes of about 21. Pleasanton currently has class sizes of about 30. It isn't because Dublin's school administrators are so much better at managing funds than Pleasanton's. It is because Dublin, through growth and development, is getting more funds to manage.

Posted by Stop mudslinging, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on May 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Congrats to Kathy. She is a hard worker and seems very committted to city and hoping she will serve us well.

The disappointment of this election was the mudslinging by one group without any basis. That kind of behavior may happen in National politics but we can do better in Pleasanton. Pleased to see none of the other candidates did not bow down to the behavior of one. There is no need for misguided mudslinging - let's all go out and tell our story and be respectful of each other. This is the pledge all candidates signed.

Posted by The Man, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I hope Miller, Sanwong and Hamilton get involved and run again. Hats off to you all for stepping up! You have more guts than a one armed gun slinger.

Posted by Good job Pleasanton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

So glad that Kathy won! She is definitely more reflective of the people of Pleasanton. As much as the David Miller camp likes to think that Pleasanton is as old school thinking as they might be, it is not. Pleasanton has changed in the last 30 years and its not the same conservative town it once was. Sorry David Miller folks, your days are long gone.

Posted by dave caldwell, a resident of Golden Eagle
on May 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Congrats to Kathy. Not my choice, particularly, but a good choice for Pleasanton. The 'turnout' was atrocious. It is impossible to imagine a vote that would include less than 30% of registered voters bother to send in their ballot. Never mind that the ballot contained 'personal' information, just know that 100% of the voting public was given the freedom to freely vote in this election, and only a very few chose to exercise that right. Voting is a right. Voting is a privilege. In this case, voting would cost nothing more that a trip to the nearest mailbox, possibly your front door, and still only 27% decided to make the trip. We deserve the council we get. We will deserve any vote that goes a way you, as an individual voter, wishes not to see.

Posted by Hmm., a resident of Birdland
on May 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

Just happy Miller and the Tea Party idiots didn't get a foothold on the council. Big sigh of relief there.

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