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4 candidates in race to fill City Council seat in special May 7 election

Original post made on Feb 11, 2013

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

Comments (24)

Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton 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 Bill Fazakerly, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

This is a strong slate of candidates. Thanks to all for running. Thank you especially to David Miller, my favorite candidate among a strong group.
Bill Fazakerly


Posted by J Flack, a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 11, 2013 at 8:55 am


You can always drop your ballot off at the County Clerks office.

In most elections you can drop off your ballot at any polling place and/or city halls. Wait for details.

The requirement to vote in Revolutionary America was that you own property and have male genitalia, sounds like a much higher barrier to voting than a postage stamp.


Posted by Dave Walden, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

Dave Walden is a registered user.

WOW - lived in Pleasanton for 35 years and had business here for the last 28 and now feeling out of it. Don't know any of the candidates:-)

I guess I will have to get busy.


Posted by Dave Walden, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

Dave Walden is a registered user.

Thanks Jerry Pentin for the info. Now I know who is supporting Kathy I know she is, as Jerry writes, "The real deal".

Now who is Jerry Pentin:-) (Sorry, I just had to write that Jerry)


Posted by Don, a resident of Amador Valley High School
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 Castlewood
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 Downtown
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.
Bill Fazakerly


Posted by Yet Another Libertarian Goof, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Thanks Bill. Your comment on unions and UN agenda just placed you at the top of my list. That's what we need. Somebody to protect us from United Nations agendas.

Does P-town have a monopoly of sane people running for office, or what?


Posted by Mark, a resident of Canyon Meadows
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 Yet another libertarian goof, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

There is absolutely 'no skilled judgment' to be assigned any individual who casts their lot with the Tea Party.

Can anyone name a candidate besides Miller the TeaBag Birther and Ferzakely the UN Conspiratorialist who might satisfy even the most minimal measure of rationality?

Please, somebody help us out!


Posted by Kathy supporter, a resident of Another Pleasanton 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 Another Kathy Supporter, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

Kathy Naruum has worked very hard for the City of Pleasanton on the Parks and Recreations Commission and currently the Planning Commission. She will also have my vote.


Posted by Checking the facts, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
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 Downtown
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.
Bill Fazakerly


Posted by Yet Another Libertarian Goof, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

You're right, Bill. I am now convinced. We need you in national office.


Posted by justwondering, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Bill F is sounding a lot like Dave Miller. Could it be. . .just wondering.


Posted by Democrat, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
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.


Posted by Yet Another Libertarian Goof, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Well, if the United Nations has its hands in this, then there's no reason taking matters to the courts, because some guy from Nigeria or Sweden will be sitting on the bench. How did this happen?


Posted by Christina Nystrom Mantha, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Feb 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Our family is very excited about the candidacy of Olivia Sanwong - she is smart, has common sense, and, as she grew up here with us, has a lot of passion for Pleasanton. Glad she is running!


Posted by Who is Mark Hamilton?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Perhaps the PW could tell us a little about Mark Hamilton and what he stands for? Or does Mark need to write his own bio and history of service?


Posted by Jennifer Leonard, a resident of Charter Oaks
on Mar 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Olivia, you have my vote! You share my beliefs and values.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

Tea Party candidate. Really?


Posted by Janis, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I'm all in for David Miller. He has leadership skills and vision. He is a good man and I am glad he is running for city council. I can hardly wait to cast my vote for him.


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