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The Pleasanton City Council needs strong, unwavering, conservative leadership!

Original post made by Gail on Apr 1, 2013

When my family and I first moved to Pleasanton in 1986, it was a growing, world-class place to raise a family. Neighbors were friendly, people pitched in, and Judeo-Christian values were the norm. There was a true cultural consensus, people played by the rules, and we felt secure in the leadership of President Reagan. It really was morning in America here!

Fast forward 27 years and things have changed, often for the worse. Free spending city leaders have created an out of control City budget that may soon lead to bankruptcy. I never thought we would be heading the way of Oakland, but here we are. Big salary, big money-teachers (I've seen plenty driving BMWs) demand big raises and bonuses while people like you and me foot the bill. God has been taken out of the classroom while I'm paying for the whole unfunded pension liability. Now the schools are broke and begging for more and more of my money. Big state government is demanding we build 20 story high-rise Section 8 towers.Apartment buildings have already done enough damage to this town. Unneeded, big government regulations have stopped most development from coming here. They go to cities like Tracy that care about business. Drugs problems are running wild in our schools yet "leaders" fight against a Walmart supermaket. Now I'm hearing about 38% vacancy levels in our downtown while wild teenagers scare off good businesses. According to a study by a local church, family values have gone down 57% since the year 2000.

That's why we need strong, conservative, Tea Party leadership to straighten out this mess. Get government off my back. Whatever happen to freedom and liberty? Pleasanton was once great, lets get it back!

Comments (36)

Posted by nancy s., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

What Pleasanton doesn't need is Miller!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

goodness...what in the world has the government been doing on your backside...


Posted by factcheccker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

wow Gail, did Miller put you up to writing this? So many untruths in your statement!! The city council has NOTHING to do with teacher's salaries. I know Miller is telling people he'll fix the school district but there's a small problem--he's running for City Council not the school board!!

The City isn't going to allow 20 story buildings to be built--they couldn't even if they wanted to given the Livermore airport and height restrictions from it that affect Pleasanton. If you read the General Plan, height limitations are clearly defined.

Vacancies for commercial property are going down so clearly businesses are coming to Pleaaanton.

What does drug problems in the schools have todo with Wal Mart? By the way, the fact is Councilman Sullivan was the only person between the council and planning commission that attempted to hold up the wal mart. Another misstatement!

This is typical tea party nonsense--lots of innuendos and statements but absolutely no facts to back them up. Why is it the tea party (Miller) can't run on what they'd do to improve the city instead of all these statements not borne out by the facts?


Posted by Gail, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

factcheccker,

David Miller is a family man that fought for this country. Are you saying that isn't good enough? Christian values built Pleasanton. Miller supports freedom! Wake up!


Posted by factchecker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Gail, I'm saying let's talk facts about issues in Pleasanton which you and the tea party don't seem to do--see my post above. I haven't met too many people in Pleasanton who don't support freedom--I don't think Miller is any different then most of the residents!!

Again, can we talk about issues based on facts. . .?


Posted by Miller Time!, a resident of Civic Square
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Haven't you people read your Bibles? God punishes those who turn away from him, and our town has strayed very far from it's Christian founding. Especially in our schools, which now condone so-called "alternative lifestyles" and refuse to teach intelligent design, all while denying our children the right to pray in classrooms.

What we need is a strong-willed Christian conservative to tackle these issues, turn the heat up on the non-Christian teachers, and restore Pleasanton to the sight of the Lord. I know that David Miller will be the man to lead us on this righteous crusade. Enough of the liberal elitist corruption! Vote Christian, vote Miller!


Posted by factchecker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

There's just one problem here--Miller is running for the City Council NOT the school board. And if i'm not Christian, does that mean Miller doesn't believe in religous freedom? Hmmm. . .


Posted by Miller Time!, a resident of Civic Square
on Apr 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Hey factchecker, go check your facts!

City Council is above the school board. And what kind of religious freedom do we have when we aren't free to learn intelligent design? Or use boring teacher lecture time to engage in prayer with the Lord?

If you're not Christian, why do you even care? Oh, that's right--you worship Darwin and want kids to grow up learning to obey the doctrine of survival of the fittest instead of Christian charity and compassion.

I'd pray for you if I thought it would do any good.


Posted by factchecker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Hey Millertime, I think you've had a few too many. double check your facts--the city council and school board are 2 separate entities. One is NOT above the other-they are separate. I hope Miller has this figured out and you just haven't caught up yet. And isn't there something in the constitution about separation of church and state? but that's ok, don't let the facts get in the way!!


Posted by please, a resident of California Somerset
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

please allow your kids to pray at home and don't try to waste my childs learning time having to listen to you and your kids' fairy tale. "intelligent design". LOL. i love it. the religious lunatic fringe's latest attempt to rationalize the fairy tale that is the bible.


Posted by Really?!, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

The vacancy rate downtown is 6%.

The City has a 25 million dollar unrestricted reserve.

The city has about 178 million in assets.

City records and reported at the budget update during the last city council meeting. (currently in reruns on the public access channel 29)

The city is as far apart from Oakland as you can be and still be in California.

I could go on but it would only be important to someone interested in the truth.

David Miller appears not to be interested in the truth nor does he understand that any action by anyone on the city council requires three votes. He has misrepresented endorsements, ignores city ordinances, repeats information he knows to be incorrect. His characterization of the schools and housing in Pleasanton is just false and the email he sent out to Mohr parents borders on racism.

I honor the role soldiers play in keeping us safe.

I also honor honesty and integrity.





Posted by to really, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 1:54 am



Posted by Really?!: "nor does he understand that any action by anyone on the city council requires three votes."

Can you explain why you think the way you do? What you're describing is troubling. I prefer my city council members to vote independently and not concern themselves with what others may do.

Independent: not controlled by another: in politics, free from the authority, control, or domination of somebody or something else, especially not controlled by another state or organization and able to self-govern


Posted by factchecker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 7:20 am

to really, for the city council to pass/approve anything requires 3 out of the 5 members to vote in the affirmative. One person can say they are going to fight something but without the support of 2 other council members they won't get far.

BTW, is the person who started this blog the same person who started a blog about not fixing the cemetary?


Posted by Really?!, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 2, 2013 at 8:32 am

My point was that you have to be willing to work with others without alienating them. A loan voice on the city council without the willingness to see others citizens' points of view doesn't work. Miller can promise the world but it means nothing if he can't deliver. Independent views are desired and so is the ability to work toward what is best for the city. When you see a candidate that holds others in contempt it raises red flags


Posted by Conservative, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

I'mk already exhausted. I can hardly wait for constant fighting, caveman comments from the microphones, neighbors shouting at each other, moving backward. Pleasanton might even get it's own reality show. No more peaceful, beautiful Pleasanton. Start loading the cannon balls. Get your seat to watch civility pass from view. The self-righteous and judgemental will eliminate our freedoms.


Posted by Conservative, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

I'm for conservative, thoughtful, reasoned, and measured consensus, that's why I'm voting for Kathy Narum. she understands Pleasanton and will listen to all residents and all points of view...nothing matches listening.


Posted by Sal, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

Gail,

Congrats on fitting so many outright lies and empty right-wing platitudes into one post. We need a smart and pragmatic voice in Pleasanton. I'm voting for Olivia Sanwong.


Posted by Conservative, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

I'm conservative, not TP. Actually, TP intrusion & meddling is anything but consrvative. I'm traditional cautious conservative, and Kathy's experience will serve us all better than either Dave or Olyvia's total inexperience dealing with all the state governmental, neighborhood, and city-wide issues. City-wide experience on several Boards and commissions should be required to extablish credibility in ability to function in that environment on an ongoing basis.


Posted by tiffany, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The fact that you have one type of experience doesn't mean others are not qualified. Look at the planning commission meetings and the votes. Putting Narum on the council will promote one agenda, development and the Chamber of Commerce, that is unless the question is controversial and then she dodges the question.

I have a question. How can both the Chamber of Commerce and the Realtor community come out and endorse Narum after the last planning commission vote?


Posted by huh?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Just curious, what was the last Planning Commission vote?

Btw, have any of the other candidates ever attended a planning commission meeting?


Posted by factchecker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Has the Chamber endorsed a candidate? Where did you see that?


Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

You people are all being played by a sarcastic original post and a related follow up post to try to link miller to the original poster. If the voters in this town are this gullible, God help you all. Not sure if this level of desperation is coming from Olivia Swansong, narum or another wanna be in the mold of our hippy ex mayor.........pretty lame attempt nonetheless.


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Liberalism,

I normally like what you say, but you have it wrong here. I am totally for David Miller and I don't have any problem with what Gail said. I'm sorry, but you need to read Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin. We need to take this country back from the people that brought BART to Pleasanton and all the crime that came with it! How could any body be against Reagan! If David Miller has a way to get prayer back into the schools, he's got my vote! If he can get them to teach creationism instead of evolution, that is gravy! You need to read what Gail said again my friend.


Posted by Voter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Thanks jake, you just eliminated one of the candidates for me to consider. Now to look at the other 3.


Posted by Freedom IS what it IS, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm

We need a govt that puts Christianity back in the classroom. Where students learn how to be lambs of God and follow His word because that's what freedom is all about, following God's orders. See, people who think for themselves only think there free. Only a real slave of Christ is free because it's in the Bible and the Bible is truth and freedom. The truth will set you free. When God says to Abraham 'kill me your son', Abe said 'God you must be puttin' me on.' But God said "No", only if you become a slave and do what I tell you, like kill your son, will you be free. Because that's the truth, and that's freedom. And that's why the T.E.A. Party has my vote. We'll clean up this town of heathens from top to bottom so that we're all free.


Posted by Freedom IS what it IS, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm

... except the heathens. They're not free and never will be free. That's why it's okay that we cast them all back to Satan so that the rest of us can be slaves in freedom.


Posted by Voter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I'm more and more convinced that Miller should have run for the school board. He and his supporters seem to be more obsessed with school issues and not city issues. He should withdraw and concentrate on 2014 school board election. there will be two seats up for election and no one is happy with Joan Laursen so it would be a piece of cake for him.


Posted by No Chamber Candidate for me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

Sadly the Chamber and real estate group are 100% in alignment with each other at ever election. I did some homework and both groups supported both Jerry T, Jerry P and Erlene D. and they agreed the election before as well. I have heard they share some of the same leadership.

I guess they think more low market rate "stack and pack" apartments and condos will make our town better - and look like Dublin. My realtor said she never met a development she did not like.

Sorry these endorsements are a kiss of death for my vote.


Posted by P Town Gal, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I look at what happened in Dublin...bee hive housing yuk! Then I look at Kathy's supporters and see Pleasanton turning into Dublin if she is elected. I'm going with David not with someone who is in the pocket of big developers.


Posted by john, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

"I look at what happened in Dublin..."

I look at Dublin, and it looks pretty nice. Different strokes I guess.


Posted by Freedom IS, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 7:26 am

The choice is becoming clear enough. All I hear is mudslinging from the novace whose not ready for prime time, and the developer puppet who has way too much experience which is a problem because well you know.

On the other hand, we have a unexperienced hothead who will bring real passion to the debate floor. He doesn't sling mud like the others and their mudslinging supporters.

David Miller cares about the big issues. Like prayer in school and the United Nations takeover of our city. Because our Founders prayed and they were against the United Nations, especially the attempt to put bike trails throughout the city. This makes Miller my kind of guy. We need the US Constitution to guide us in our local politics, especially keeping citizens armed and ridding freeloading bike riders from the roads.


Posted by You've been PUNKED!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

This thread was started by an anti-Miller TROLL and you have all been PUNKED! If you are old enough to vote, you are old enough to THINK! Give it a try.


Posted by Freedom IS, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

What?!?!? What do you mean by punked??? Please explain for us how you've thought through this with your ability to think!!! Do you mean to say that Gail is making fun of David Miller??? How do you know that??? Her post strikes me as being at least as rational as most of the other Miller posts here and elsewhere. Please, punked!, help us through this cuandery.


Posted by member, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Wont vote for Miller and Tea party, always the party of no.. Like when you see a stop light, your reaction should be 'great an easy way to ensure we don't all crash into each other, 'not', ' How dare the government tell me when I can and cannot go!" (B. maher} so typical of the current cast of conservatives.


Posted by Miller also, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Family of five here and all voters. We were unsure who to vote for until I read this and now after discussion we are all going to vote for Miller.


Posted by KC, a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

I'll never understand those whose idea of freedom is "the freedom to only do things the way I think they should be done". If you want your kids to be taught intelligent design, so ahead and teach it to them. This is a "free" country because the government does not stand in the way of you doing that.


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