4 candidates in race to fill City Council seat in special May 7 election Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Feb 11, 2013 at 5:00 am
The special election scheduled for May 7 to fill an empty seat on the Pleasanton City Council became a bit more interesting Friday as four candidates submitted final papers and paid their fees to qualify for ballot positions.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, February 9, 2013, 10:11 AM
Posted by William Tell, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 5:00 am
Will the mail-in ballot be postage-paid? If not, it's in essence charging people money to vote - and I doubt if that's Constitutional. But Alameda County is no stranger to tricks to rig elections - take "Rank Choice Voting" for example.
Posted by Don, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:48 am
So glad to see that Kathy Narum is running. I have been impressed with Ms. Narum because of her extensive civic leadership experience in Pleasanton and because she always reaches out to others to unsure she understands the needs of our residents and can do what is in the best interests for our overall city.
Posted by Libertarian, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:49 am
If you desire strong Tea Party leadership in our city, like how it influenced the "We the people" victory by our high schoolers, than Miller is your guy. Our city needs to conform to the principals of the U.S. Constitution, and eliminate all entitlements for the undeserving. Our kids will turn out much better, studying the Constitution and Bible instead of Marx's Communal Manifesto and the Little Book by Mao.
Posted by Bill Fazakerly, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm
The issues facing the City Council are not "entitlements for the undeserving" or whether our kids will be studying the Constitution, the Bible, Marx or Mao. While the school curriculum is extremely important, this is not the main focus of the City Council. The issues we should be thinking about include whether businesses will be allowed in Pleasanton independently of their union affiliations; whether land use will be dictated by local interests or UN agenda; whether the city employee unions will continue to have unreasonable retirement pensions, retirement ages, and contributions funded by the taxpayers; and a host of other fiscal issues. After our years under the "guidance" of Jennifer, we have a lot of lost ground to make up, and we need David Miller on the Council.
Posted by Mark, a resident of the Canyon Meadows neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm
I was very impressed with how David Miller became informed of the issue of unfunded retirement benefits for our city employees.
He went to work publicizing this issue so that the City Council was forced to renegotiate a recently completed (but not finalized) contract with one union of City employees, and that effort shaped subsequent negotiations with other unions.
These unfunded obligations are burdens on the future of our city, and they are enormous. Now is the time to get to work fixing them, not some time down the road when the fix will be even more costly and likely to result in large reductions in critical services.
I thank Dave for his role in getting our City Council to think again about these contracts and negotiate with a thought to the future beyond the next election. I think his skilled judgement would be an asset to our city if he is elected to the council.
Posted by Kathy supporter, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm
I don't go for political activists or lack of adequate experience. I'm for Kathy, regardless of special interest groups putting up newcomers. I'll stick with Kathy and her varied experiences and varied history in Pleasanton. Pleasanton first.....period. No single issues, special neighborhoods, special interests, limited experience. Kathy, for putting Pleasanton first.
Posted by Checking the facts, a member of the Alisal Elementary School community, on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:20 am
Civic experience is important to me in selecting a strong candidate. It sounds like Kathy Narum has over 10 years of Pleasanton civic leadership experience on the Planning Commission and Parks and Rec. commission and more.
Does anyone know if the other candidates have any formal Pleasanton civic leadership experience? I can't find that they do but could be missing something. Thank you.
Posted by Bill Fazakerly, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm
To Yet Another Libertarian Goof:
Do you actually believe that the 2008 Sustainable Communities Strategy, the 2006 Global Warming Act, and the 2010 California Sustainable Communities Strategy were all Pleasanton grassroots movements seriously considered by the residents of Pleasanton and their City Council? If you do, you are incorrect. The ideas driving the Association of Bay Area Governments (aka ABAG) did not originate with the Bay Area governments, the residents of the Bay Area, or the residents of Pleasanton; nevertheless Pleasanton is a member of ABAG, and each year we move a bit further along the agenda.
Posted by Democrat, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Democrats do not like ABAG because they are the ones forcing the high density housing on all the suburbs of San Francisco and Oakland.
ABAG's agenda is to turn the entire region including outlying suburbs into high density housing/transit centers, eliminate the typical tree-lined single family housing streets, as well as eliminate the automobile.
Meanwhile, when Pleasanton lost the Urban Habitat lawsuit at the Superior Court, the existing Pleasanton leadership did not even bother to appeal to the Appellate Division. This means that now all communities including Danville have to make their "high density housing" numbers assigned.
I'm tired of unelected regional bureaucracies like ABAG driving Pleasanton's future. And I'm tired of Pleasanton going along with it. I say we need to elect leadership that will not simply turn Pleasanton into a high density housing monstrosity as is ABAG's grand plan.