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Hosterman, Thorne, Cook-Kallio take seats again as mayor, City Council members

All three starting final terms with same five continuing on council for two more years

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne were sworn into office for their final terms as mayor and council members Tuesday night at the start of a meeting that may have been the longest one this year.

In addition to the swearing-in ceremony and re-election remarks, the council spent two hours discussing a housing development plan on Stanley Boulevard efore asking the Planning Commission to take another look at the request. Hosterman gaveled the meeting to a close shortly before midnight.

City Clerk Karen Diaz administered the oath of office to Hosterman, who was re-elected Nov. 2 to her final two-year term. She served two years on the City Council before being elected mayor in 2002, succeeding Mayor Tm Pico, who stepped down.

Diaz also administered the oaths of office to Thorne and Cook-Kallio, who like Hosterman will be termed out in four years. Council members are allowed to serve two four-year terms while the city's mayor is allowed to serve four two-year terms of office.

Hosterman won the election with 10,276 votes--or 53% of the votes cast. Her challenger and City Councilwoman Cindy McGovern received 9,044 votes, or 46.7%, and she remains on the council with another two years left to serve in her final term in office.

Thorne led in the four-person contest for City Council, receiving 14,201 votes. Cook-Kallio finished second with 12,009 votes, trailed by unsuccessful challengers for the two available council seats Realtor Karla Brown with 11,234 votes and Fred Watson with 4,928 votes.

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Posted by Trish
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

We best keep a sharp eye for what developers will try to pull off with these three still in control. Green seems to be something they understand, and I'm not talking about anything environmental.


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Posted by Scott
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

Trish,

Thanks for your minority view and immediate insinuations and attack. I don't know how the majority of us would have gotten through the day without your delighful and righteous insight beacuse you know so much better than anyone else that lives here.

Why is it these days that most of the posts just seem to center around someone having to throw garbage as the first posting instead of saying congratulations or something to that affect. Sorry your candidate did not get elected by the majority of us. It's alwasy nice that a minority view and attempt to be a squeaky wheel can stand up anonymously (another Pleasanton neighborhood? Really?) and be bitter and do nothing but attack because they did not get their way. Maybe you should run for office and see how much "support" you get for your views and abilities. IF the majority agree and it happens, good for you and that is what we will all live and deal with.

There seems to be a growing squeaky wheel syndrome in this City where people think they can post and say things and complain because they are not happy even if they really are in the minority on any given viewpoint. Sometimes, depending on the topic, an extreme minority. As long as they get their attention. Problem with this growing problem is that it takes more resources and energy to address and apease the squeaky wheels that the majority actually get less service or attention because everything has to come to a screeching halt constantly because god forbid someone isn't happy.

Congratulations Jennifer, Cheryl and Jerry and we thank you for your dedication to the City.


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Posted by Trish
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

Scott,

Since the majority elected these three loons, that must imply that the majority of votes in this city are now loons. Soon, Pleasanton will be like a many cities in the Bay Area that have elected loon councils - BROKE.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

Just keep voting for idiots and we will be bankrupt and look like Dublin before you know it. Can the citizens of Pleasanton rise above the harm these people will do. I hope so.


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Posted by fact checker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

Maybe the poster with the perspective that we will soon be broke, failed to see the city council report on Tuesday night that illustrated a balanced budget and money added to what are healthy reserves especially in these tough economic times. They city has been taking steps to make sure its fiscal house is in order. Has Pleasanton been affected, of course. Clearly the city saw many of these things coming and took steps to address them.


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Posted by Scott
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

What was that? Not sure. I thought I may have heard something. Was that a very tiny feeble but insignificant squeak from the back of the room? Not sure where it came from. I think it was hidden somewhere behind the garbage can or maybe out in the back alley or something? Obviously not important then. Guess I will get back to work with the rest of my fellow community members.


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Posted by Trish
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

Scott,

That noise was you being a pipsqueak. Maybe you could occupy your spare time by going to a spectacular loon event, such as a Pete Stark town-hall meeting. Better yet, attend a Jerry McNerney phone-only town-hall meeting where they preclude registered Republicans from participating in the meeting.


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Posted by These are great!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I enjoy reading these!

I, too, am concerned that the Developer's Friends were elected, esp. after they had already shown their colors.
Controlled development is one reason Pleasanton doe not yet look like Dublin, and schools are good, property values high.

Does anyone think that these 3 will change, even if people are watching? Are they even eligible for yet another term?


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