Town Square

Post a New Topic

2 new Planning Commissioners installed by Pleasanton City Council

Original post made on Jun 18, 2013

Community leaders Nancy Allen and Herb Ritter were installed Tuesday night as new members of the Pleasanton Planning Commission

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:59 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by member, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

I wonder if appointing Ritter, a manager for a commercial real estate holding firm, to the planning commission is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.

Posted by Mr Cheney, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Didn't your mother teach you manners? If you can't say something nice Don't say anything at all. I'm sure your sitting at your home with nothing better to do than take jabs from your computer being nameless and aimlessly posting crap! Take the high road. Don't respond!!

Congratulations to the both of them for being VERY involved in their community and to help plan the future of the Beautiful city we all love to live and/or work in. I've had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ritter on Foothills Athletic Boosters projects and have found him to be an asset to our community. Keep up the good work!!

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I agree @MrCheney. I had the pleasure of working with Herb Ritter on the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Bicycle Pedestrian and Trails Committee where Herb was always thoughtful, well prepared and happy to listen to all sides before voting to do what he thought would be best for all of Pleasanton's residents. I'm sure he'll do the same at the Planning Commission.

Thanks to Herb and Nancy for volunteering. Keep up the good work indeed!

Posted by Chamber Machine, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Let's see ... Mayor "I'm Owned by Business" Thorne helps get his long-time campaign manager Kathy Narum elected to the Council .... now Narum's campaign manager Nancy Allen is appointed to the Planning Commission ... and lo and behold Thorne-protege Jerry Pentin's campaign manager Herb Ritter get appointed to the Planning Commission too!

Fox in the hen house? More like Chamber of Commerce owns the hen house!

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Better the Chamber of Commerce owning the Hen House than the unions. All the corrupt unions do is fight to get their members a higher living wage and benefits and that doesn't wash with me. Union members shouldn't make more than I do. And since i don't get benefits, neither should they. That's socialism, plane and simple.

Posted by Bryan Moran, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I agree with some of your points, but let me suggest a different conclusion. Having business people involved with government makes a lot of sense to me, seems logical and natural. Also Unions "fighting to get a living wage" is likewise logical and natural. Should we work for less money than it takes to get along? Of course not, both you and I should have enough to live. And as for benefits, instead of other people not being entitled to them because you don't have them, it seems better to me that you should have them too. Why not live better, instead of making the rest of the world poorer? And if they come as a result of working, that is capitalism, not socialism.

And congratulations to the new members of the boards. Thank you for volunteering. It is people like you (and all the rest of us:)) that make our country work.

Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I have worked with Herb and found him to be above board and honest. He will be an asset on the Planning Commission

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I guess the new way to get on a city commission to to work on an elected officials campaign!

While both of these people might be good candidates, and probably not the only candidates, it looks fishy that the two picked were the campaign managers for both Kathy Narum and Jerry Pentin.

My guess is they will be running for office at some time and want this on their resume. Then they can say they have the experience while the others running do not. Most people would not know that the reason other candidates are not on the commissions is because they are not friends/campaigners for current office holders.

Minimally, anybody who is voting to appoint positions should disclose close friendships or campaign staff relationships.

If you are keeping track, Thorne's campaign manager (and Pentin's previous campaign manager) was Narum. Narum's campaign manager was Allen. Pentin's campaign manager was Ritter. I guess this is the current "Old Boy's Network". Does not look like we have a diverse group of people representing the residents of Pleasanton right now.

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Or maybe, just maybe, these are the people who care most about Pleasanton. And who volunteer. And spend hours and hours of their time trying to make Pleasanton the best it can be. And work to support others who love Pleasanton and volunteer...

Maybe it's just as simple as that.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff for containing unverified or personal information.)

Posted by Nepotism, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I have no doubt that these are all individually good people who love Pleasanton. However, there are many people who love Pleasanton and volunteer. It does not take a rocket scientist to look at the current council and think that perhaps it represents just one segment. All of the council at one time except for Brown was backed by the Chamber of Commerce. Thorne, Cook-Kallio and Pentin were all backed by unions at one point. Three of the five were at one time park and rec commissioners and two are former planning commissioners. The only two with no commission experience is Brown and Cook-kallio. It takes a lot of guts to look over others who are as well qualified but didn't work for the mayor's (or his ally's) campaigns.

Is this the government Pleasanton wants or deserves?

It doesn't pass the smell test.

It doesn't serve the city well to have a group of people who are that close, even when they are nice people who love Pleasanton.

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm

So are you saying that because someone volunteers their time to serve on a city commission they should get less consideration in an election than someone who didn't? Or if being appointed to a spot their experience shouldn't be a considerstion?

I can't imagine a business hiring people that way.

Are you saying those with no experience should be our choices?

That seems curious to me.

Posted by ???, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm

sounds like sour grapes if you ask me. . .

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff for containing unverified or personal information.)

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

That's really funny, you accuse someone of having something to hide, but you don't want to admit your own name? Sad. Really sad.

Posted by ???, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

Did you raise your concern at the council meeting when the appointments were on the agenda? What's your point in raising this now hiding behind a screen name? This is starting to feel like campaigning by Cook-Kallio. BTW, I'm pretty sure that some of the people appointed did not support the Mayor in the last election.

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

To post your comment, please click here to Log in

Remember me?
Forgot Password?
or register. This topic is only for those who have signed up to participate by providing their email address and establishing a screen name.

Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions
By Elizabeth LaScala | 1 comment | 1,149 views

Sentinels of Freedom Newsletter
By Roz Rogoff | 0 comments | 929 views

New heights for NIMBYs
By Tim Hunt | 14 comments | 762 views

When those covering the news become the news
By Gina Channell-Allen | 2 comments | 757 views