Posted by William Tell, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2013 at 8:54 am
Wish I knew more about her. Her civic service sounds great and she appears to want to do the right thing for Pleasanton. Or has she already started to accept contributions from developers and unions in order to sell Pleasanton out for high-density Section 8 housing?
Posted by Good to hear, a member of the Alisal Elementary School community, on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm
I am delighted to hear Kathy Narum is running. Have worked with her on a couple local initiatives and always found her to be a hard worker, fair, balanced and focused on trying to keep Pleasanton the wonderful city that it is. She also has a strong and proven background of community service and is a strong open space/parks advocate. Preserving open space is key to me and i appreciate Kathy Narum's leadership in this area.
Posted by Defines Public Servant, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Kathy has my vote, no matter who might run. She has served Plesanton well, and can be trusted to continue doing what is best for Pleasanton. I think it's silly to hold an election. She's right for the job, want's it, she has worked with this team,,,,seems she should be appointed to fill the vacancy.
Posted by lessismore, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 10, 2013 at 11:48 am
I do not know Kathy but Iím sure she is a nice person who means well.
I have a concern that we seem to lack City Council member with a business development background. Yes we need smart growth, but we need growth. I see a council of letís get in the way of growth because we do not want things to change.
I hope Iím wrong!
We need the person or persons who will focuses bring the type of jobs and business to our site that we need to grow.
Face some facts the un-funded pension liability is not going away. We need a tax base that can continue to support many of the reasons we all moved to Pleasanton.
I would like to see more balance or people in the middle not to the left.
Posted by What is important, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm
What is important is: does Kathy want to abolish public unions and give Pleasantonians the right to get as many plastic bags as they want at the grocery store? I had to buy my own doggy doo bags and they are so expensive I will have to sell some of my jewels to pay for them.
Also, I think Pleasanton should be a gated community. The Chinese built a Great Wall around their country to keep out the barbarian hordes. Why can't we do the same? If you don't live in Pleasanton but you come here to work (my housekeeper lives in San Leandro and my gardener lives in Livermore), then you can have a special pass, but you have to be out of town by sundown.
I can't vote for Kathy until I know her position on these important issues, especially the bags. I'm sick of Utopian liberals who want to take away my plastic bags. This is worse than Nazi Germany or even San Francisco.
Posted by June, a member of the Alisal Elementary School community, on Jan 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm
Serving on the Planning Commission and other city organizations demonstrates a real commitment to our community along with a thorough understanding of a wide range of issues. We are fortunate to have an experienced and informed person interested in running for this remaining open seat on the City Council.
Our family will vote for Ms Narum. We are 23 year Pleasanton residents
Posted by George M, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm
The issues has been raised and no one has answered it yet. I hear that she has been involved in our community. Find. But what exactly does Kathy stand for? Growth? Highways? Pools? Pension reform? Crime? What are her top issues?
Posted by Nancy Allen, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2013 at 11:26 am
Thank you for asking about Kathy and what she stands for. Kathy is in the process of updating her web site and it should be up by February. She will have a lot more detail so others can learn about her. Kathy is also having her kick off fundraiser on February 7th and I am happy to share more information off line if you are interested in attending and learning more(email me at email@example.com).
I have known Kathy for over 30 years and worked with her on city committees and commissions as well. No matter what the issues of the day, I am supporting Kathy because I know her top priority is to do what it takes to protect our quality of life in Pleasanton and because she always reaches out to others and listens to input from residents to help her make the most objective and balanced decisions to protect our quality of life. She has been a leader over the years in protecting open space and helping to build parks (e.g, Val Vista, Bernal, Calippe Golf Course). She also has a strong financial background and I believe will be able to understand the financial challenges the city faces and help to make good decisions to keep our city financially sound.
Kathy is also happy to meet one on one with others to learn more about your needs and for you to learn more about her. Community input and involvment is key for Kathy. Again, feel free to reach out to me off line if you would like to arrange a meeting (I am a long time friend and volunteered to be her co-campaign manager).
Posted by Mike , a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2013 at 8:15 am
Will Kathy go against staff and unions to represent the best interests of residents? Are Kathy's relationships as Thorne's campaign manager and friend with Penton going to create a majority of three to maintain status quo?
Kathy seems like a nice person but I would like to see someone who is an independent thinker who has the backbone and courage to stand up for residents even when we do not yet know there is a threat to our quality of life. I have not seen that quality in Kathy.
Posted by Nancy Allen, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2013 at 10:30 am
Wanted to address your question about Kathy being an independent thinker. I have known Kathy for over 30 years and found her to be a very independent thinker who is focused on representing the residents of Pleasanton and that is why i am supporting her. Her independence has continued that in her most recent role as Planning Commissioner. For example she was the ONLY planning commissioner that challenged the staff recommendations on the last housing element numbers and recommended we not approve more homes than the minimum required by law. She was fully representing the citizens (and also going against the majority on the Council and Planning Commission) in recommending that the Planning Commission and the Council approve only the minimum required housing element numbers for Pleasanton (and not the higher number recommended by staff).
Kathy has a number of examples of her independent thinking and welcomes the opportunity to discuss with you or others if you'd like to learn more about her. Again feel free to reach out to me off-line if you or others would like to discuss with Kathy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I won't be checking the blog much as activity low but look forward to talking with you if you'd like. Nancy