Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio combined her birthday celebration with a campaign for re-election Sunday at a festive ice cream social at Lions Wayside Park.
Reserving the park for the special occasion, she reminded supporters that Pleasanton was recently recognized as one of the top 100 small cities in the nation "confirming how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful place."
She said she will work in her next four years on the council to keep it that way.
"If you like the direction that Pleasanton has gone in the last four years, I thinks it's important that you help us maintain that progression forward," she told the crowd. "As a council, we have made a huge number of decisions lately that have benefitted Pleasanton."
A key move, she said, was the council's decision last week to approve the final environmental plan that paves the way for multi-million-dollar residential, commercial, retail and sports developments on Staples Ranch, a 124-acre farmland owned by Alameda County that will soon be home to a new senior retirement community and an auto mall.
"We need to make sure that we keep business strong and that we keep attracting jobs here," she said.
She also emphasized three things: improving traffic circulation, the need for more affordable housing, and building community consensus on key issues affecting the city's future.
"We have made progress but it is not enough," she told the crowd. "I ask for your support to create an environment that makes it attractive to do business in Pleasanton, to strengthen and attract commerce and to encourage everyone to shop here by making it easier to do business in Pleasanton.
Cook-Kallio, a Pleasanton resident for over two decades, is a 33-year veteran teacher currently teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History and U.S. Government classes at Irvington High School in Fremont. She is also the school's "We the People" competition civics team coach.
She was first elected to the Pleasanton City Council in 2006 and is seeking re-election to another four-year term.