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Democrats oppose Measure MM anti-Costco bill on Nov. 8 ballot

Also urge voters to back 2 incumbents, retired principal in Pleasanton school board election

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.

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22 people like this
Posted by perrymac
a resident of California Reflections
on Sep 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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Curiouser and curiouser...why would the Democrats single out Measure MM for disapproval and not endorse any candidates? Then they endorse all the bond measures. Looks like they want Pleasanton citizens to pay more, more, more, and are perfectly ok with the city government spending millions to get Costco to come here. And they don't care about the candidates' stands on these issues. Clear picture of how they aren't in the business of protecting taxpayers.


16 people like this
Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm

We need Costco in Pleasanton! Both Dems and Republicans shop there!


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Posted by M. Smith
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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Wow! Amazing. There was heavy special interests used to get the Democratic Party to get involved with MM! I have voted Democrat. No more!

Costco is a city issue which which requires City funding, city borrowing, city traffic, and should not be backed by politians! Another great reason to vote YES ON MM.

Anything the politicians are for, makes me vey suspicious of special interests.

Yes on MM. Stop special interests trying to run our city!


25 people like this
Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Do you mean special interests like Black Tie and Shell.


4 people like this
Posted by Non-partisan
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Hey all you Mayor Thorne Haters - think he used his profits from his Costco stock sales to buy off the Dems??? Come on let's hear from all of you!!!


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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Who cares who the Alameda County Democratic Party endorses! Who are these people!?! I absolutely do not support a Costco on Johnson Drive! Yes on MM!


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Posted by hoops
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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I say forget about the Costco.[Removed because it didn't add anything to the conversation.]


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Posted by Mike W.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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Look no further than the Chamber of Commerce which receives large contributions from developers and major corporations. They have influenced the Democratic Party's endorsement for Costco. This I have been told. This I believe.

I vote: Yes on Measure MM.

I will not be influenced by Party Politics. In fact, I will vote the opposite way. Republican or Democrat. This is our City!


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

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Great place for a Costco.

Build it!


29 people like this
Posted by Nan
a resident of Rosewood
on Sep 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm

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Don't Build It! We don't need the traffic, the $11 million taxpayer giveaway, the $6 million debt!

We don't need Costco!


17 people like this
Posted by Tom M.
a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 21, 2016 at 7:51 pm

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I am very disappointed with the Alameda County Democratic Party....Scott Haggerty, Richard Valle, Wilma Chan, Nate Miley, Cheryl Cook-Kallio and
Eric Swalwell

I don’t appreciate being bullied by our town officials, by our Chamber of Commerce, by Pleasanton Weekly, and now the Alameda County Democratic Party.

I ask quietly, politely, but firmly; that you do not interfere. Allow the voters to decide based on the facts. Not your opinions!

Measure MM allows the voters of Pleasanton to decide. Not the politicians.


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

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I could be wrong- but I doubt that either Scott Haggerty or Nate Miley endorsed the decision to oppose MM. I think they would have voted to stay neutral and not try to influence the Pleasanton voters.

The others, well, what can I say.


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Posted by Bob QP
a resident of Rosewood
on Sep 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

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Let's see. You've got some local businesses who have been here paying taxes and participating in the community for 30 years or more, who sounded the alarm when they saw what the city was trying to pull with Costco and are concerned about the quality of life in Pleasanton and the large amount of money they are willing to spend. And on the other side you have a $16 billion company with absolutely no ties to the community that just wants to make money off of us and pay minimal taxes, with really deep pockets to influence decision makers and win.Their execs and staff will never have to deal with the traffic and pollution, and they don't really care. I know which side I prefer--YES on MM!


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

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Whether Democratic Party or Republican Party-- it is wrong to try to influence the voters of Pleasanton for political reasons.

The Alameda County Democratic Party should have remained neutral and allow the citizens of Pleasaton to decide on Measure MM. There are too many variables. They could not know the details of the SEIR (1700 pages), and subsequent reports (600 pages).

We deserve the right to our decisions, for or against, Measure MM without politicians trying to influence us for political reasons.

I will vote Yes on MM.


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Posted by PLSN Resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 22, 2016 at 6:41 pm

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So many people seem surprised by a political party indicating their support or not for candidates and measures?!?! First time for you in an election cycle perhaps? Endorsements and party recommendations have been going on forever. Newspapers and politicians do it too you know.

Freedom of Speech - allows them to say whatever they want. And you're free to ignore it.

Oh, and "No on MM!" :-)


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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

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I am willing to wager that the majority of the Alameda Democratic party doesn't use the 680/580 interchange during rush hour or live in our city. There is no need for them to weigh in on this retail behemoths warehouse location in Pleasanton. Too much city funding, city borrowing and traffic issues for me to get behind this project.

Yes on MM


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Posted by Val
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

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@Bill Brasky

I just read your blog. It is refreshing to have someone who cares. Many from my neighborhood are against Costco, yet few will blog. I see you are from Vintage Hills.

Thank you!

YES on MM.


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Posted by Jeff in CA
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

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I was at the meeting in which the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee voted on endorsements of city measures. When discussion turned to Measure MM, a motion was made by one of the Tri-Valley members to endorse the "No on MM" position. During discussion, several members urged the committee to remain neutral on such a hyper-technical measure and allow the citizens of Pleasanton to decide on Measure MM on their own. When it came to a vote, many of the voting members seemed confused about what they were voting on (i.e., instead of voting "yea/nay" on the motion, it appeared they thought it was "yea/nay" on the measure itself.) Keep in mind that a "yea" vote on the measure itself was the opposite of a "yea" vote on the motion that was on the floor. The motion passed; however, it was obvious that a number of people were expecting, after the yea and nay options, to vote "no endorsement," and they spoke up about it. But the vote was declared final.


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Posted by Jeff in CA
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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Full disclosure: I, Jeff Nibert, am a member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.


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Posted by Jeff in CA
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm

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At tonight's monthly meeting, the committee voted to rescind its prior endorsement of "No on MM." This required a 2/3 vote of all members present and voting. The vote to rescind was 21 to 8, with 2 not voting. All meetings of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee are open to the public and are held monthly at the San Leandro Public Library.


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Posted by Dave J.
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm

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Amazing! This is very good news to us who are YES ON MM!
Thank you Jeff.

I, too, had heard the committee was originally confused by a member giving wrong information. I'm sure you know who she is.


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Posted by PLSN Resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 6, 2016 at 6:03 am

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Jeff, you say the committee decided to "allow the citizens of Pleasanton to decide on Measure MM on their own." Thank you very much, but you don't "allow" anything. Whether you or any other body, newspaper, etc. endorses or not, every resident has the right to vote how they wish. There were comments earlier like "let us vote" and "don't interfere." Do people fundamentally not understand how politics, endorsements, and voting work in this country??


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 6, 2016 at 6:47 am

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So the Democratic Party doesn't know what it votes on ?


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 6, 2016 at 6:48 am

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What's this? Oh. Sure....oh wait people care about this.....uh...rescind....we didn't really understand it to begin with...don't listen to us.


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Posted by Jeff in CA
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 6, 2016 at 8:49 am

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PLSN, agreed -- I could have used another word, but the point is that some members had wanted the committee to be neutral.

Parent, one of the arguments made against rescinding was that people would respond as you have. However, for most of those who voted to rescind, it was wrong to have made the prior endorsement, and it needed to be undone despite any deserved scorn.


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