The Alameda County Democratic Party this week endorsed three candidates for the Pleasanton school board and recommended that voters vote no on Measure MM, which would restrict zoning on Johnson Drive to buildings no greater than 50,000 square feet.
The party made no endorsements of candidates seeking the office of Pleasanton mayor or for seats on the City Council, although it did endorse candidates in municipal races in Dublin and Livermore.
It also endorsed the re-election of John McPartland to the District 5 seat on the BART board of directors. He is being challenged by former Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman.
The candidates Democrats have endorsed for the Pleasanton school board are incumbents Valerie Arkin and Jamie Yee Hintzke and retired Hart school principal Steve Maher, who is seeking election to one of three seats available on the board in the Nov. 8 election. A fourth candidate, Kathleen Ruegsegger, is also seeking a seat on the board.
Democrats also recommended Yes votes on the three bond measures on the Pleasanton ballot, including Measure I1, the $270 million Pleasanton school bond measure. The other bond measures supported by the Democrats are Measure RR, a $3.5 billion bond measure, and Measure A1, the Alameda County $580-million Affordable Housing bond.
Measure MM, which would amend the Pleasanton General Plan to limit retail businesses from building large box-stores on Johnson Drive, is one of only four of the numerous measures on the November ballot the Democrats are opposing. The others are Measures BB, CC and DD, city of Berkeley measures dealing with a minimum wage ordinance and a rental unit gross receipts tax.