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Pleasanton Councilman Jerry Pentin running for mayor

Sets up showdown with fellow council member on November ballot

Sitting Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Pentin announced Thursday that he will be seeking elevated office with the city by running for the mayor's seat in the fall when he is terming out of his current position.

A second-term council member who works in media production and served in the military, Pentin said as mayor he would continue to champion local initiatives, advocate for responsible growth, prioritize sound fiscal decision-making and play "an active role in driving programs and policies that make Pleasanton one of the safest and most desirable communities in the nation."

"Addressing the pressing issues around traffic, schools, economic development, public safety and affordable housing is a challenge, and I've met these challenges," Pentin said in a statement launching his campaign.

"With your support, I will continue to represent Pleasanton with fiscal responsibility, common-sense values, and a collaborative work ethic. I will continue to work with the council and our city staff to prepare, plan and preserve the future of Pleasanton," he added.

Pentin's announcement sets the stage for a showdown with fellow City Council member Karla Brown, who is also terming out and running for mayor. Though they've served the maximum number of terms allowed for regular council positions under the city's term limit law, each is eligible to serve up to eight more years on the council as mayor.

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They are the only two candidates so far to declare their intent to seek the mayor's chair, which will be fully up for grabs since incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne is termed out this year.

Part of a crowded municipal ballot for the Nov. 3 general election, four candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for the two regular council seats (four-year terms) that are opening up this fall -- the positions held by Pentin and Brown.

Pentin first earned election to the City Council in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. Before that, he served on the city's Planning Commission (2009-12) and Parks and Recreation Commission (2003-09).

"I've worked hard over the past 25 years as your representative on the city council, commissions, task forces and committees taking on the challenges, facing the tough decisions and working towards supporting what is best for Pleasanton, today and for our future generations," Pentin said on his campaign website.

"I believe I have served this city the best I can. I've done my homework, studied the issues, met with both sides on many issues before the council and then voted for what is best for all residents of Pleasanton," he added.

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Among top accomplishments during his city service, Pentin pointed to task force work for the Firehouse Arts Center and Callippe Preserve Golf Course, participating in downtown planning updates, supporting the new anti-vaping ordinance and advocating on the city's behalf with the State Legislature.

Citing other priorities for his mayoral campaign, he said strengthening the city's partnership with the school district, supporting complete streets updates, planning for a new library and city facilities, protecting city open space and ridgelines, and pushing to stop "rampant growth" required by state legislation and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has spent his long civilian career in media production, currently operating his business Spring Street Studios HD out of downtown Pleasanton, Pentin and his wife have lived for the past 30 years in Pleasanton, where they raised their daughter.

To learn more about Pentin and his campaign, visit www.votepentin.com.

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Pleasanton Councilman Jerry Pentin running for mayor

Sets up showdown with fellow council member on November ballot

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 8:07 pm

Sitting Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Pentin announced Thursday that he will be seeking elevated office with the city by running for the mayor's seat in the fall when he is terming out of his current position.

A second-term council member who works in media production and served in the military, Pentin said as mayor he would continue to champion local initiatives, advocate for responsible growth, prioritize sound fiscal decision-making and play "an active role in driving programs and policies that make Pleasanton one of the safest and most desirable communities in the nation."

"Addressing the pressing issues around traffic, schools, economic development, public safety and affordable housing is a challenge, and I've met these challenges," Pentin said in a statement launching his campaign.

"With your support, I will continue to represent Pleasanton with fiscal responsibility, common-sense values, and a collaborative work ethic. I will continue to work with the council and our city staff to prepare, plan and preserve the future of Pleasanton," he added.

Pentin's announcement sets the stage for a showdown with fellow City Council member Karla Brown, who is also terming out and running for mayor. Though they've served the maximum number of terms allowed for regular council positions under the city's term limit law, each is eligible to serve up to eight more years on the council as mayor.

They are the only two candidates so far to declare their intent to seek the mayor's chair, which will be fully up for grabs since incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne is termed out this year.

Part of a crowded municipal ballot for the Nov. 3 general election, four candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for the two regular council seats (four-year terms) that are opening up this fall -- the positions held by Pentin and Brown.

Pentin first earned election to the City Council in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. Before that, he served on the city's Planning Commission (2009-12) and Parks and Recreation Commission (2003-09).

"I've worked hard over the past 25 years as your representative on the city council, commissions, task forces and committees taking on the challenges, facing the tough decisions and working towards supporting what is best for Pleasanton, today and for our future generations," Pentin said on his campaign website.

"I believe I have served this city the best I can. I've done my homework, studied the issues, met with both sides on many issues before the council and then voted for what is best for all residents of Pleasanton," he added.

Among top accomplishments during his city service, Pentin pointed to task force work for the Firehouse Arts Center and Callippe Preserve Golf Course, participating in downtown planning updates, supporting the new anti-vaping ordinance and advocating on the city's behalf with the State Legislature.

Citing other priorities for his mayoral campaign, he said strengthening the city's partnership with the school district, supporting complete streets updates, planning for a new library and city facilities, protecting city open space and ridgelines, and pushing to stop "rampant growth" required by state legislation and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has spent his long civilian career in media production, currently operating his business Spring Street Studios HD out of downtown Pleasanton, Pentin and his wife have lived for the past 30 years in Pleasanton, where they raised their daughter.

To learn more about Pentin and his campaign, visit www.votepentin.com.

Comments

Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2020 at 6:30 am
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2020 at 6:30 am
2 people like this

It would really be nice if we could get many people to run for PUSD board as we have for city offices!


Ibid
Canyon Oaks
on Jun 19, 2020 at 6:53 am
Ibid, Canyon Oaks
on Jun 19, 2020 at 6:53 am
19 people like this

Jerry is very strongly oriented toward more and more and more growth. Even at the expense of greater congestion and lack of necessary infrastructure. Any show on his part about no or slow growth is superficial and for show. He further is allied with the business first mantra of The Chamber of Commerce. If you want more stack and pack dwellings, more commercial in-fill, urbanization that degrades the quality of life in our fine town, and a mayor with a penchant for sneering at those who do not agree with him, then vote for Jerry.


Stefanie H.
Country Fair
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:06 am
Stefanie H. , Country Fair
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:06 am
20 people like this

Jerry has proven himself to be a fair and independent leader. He has the experience the council needs to lead us into a very uncertain future. And despite other comments he is not PRO growth. He has shown he understands that growth is necessary in all communities and I believe he has made thoughtful decisions in the best interest of our whole community. I am absolutely voting Pentin for Mayor in November!


urmomz
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:24 am
urmomz, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:24 am
18 people like this

Thank god, a person with common sense and conviction is running. Go Jerry!


kmary1
Country Fair
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:53 am
kmary1, Country Fair
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:53 am
15 people like this

Jerry exhibits thoughtfulness and common sense when discussing his positions. He's a great successor to Thorne. To those who complain about stack and pack growth, please submit your own plans to accomodate the 2000 to 4000 homes we will have to build to meet RHNA requirements. I get very tired of the slow growth people who have no plans other than to say "we should stop building." That shows a total lack of reality and responsibility. Even "slow growth Karla now says "WE'RE NOT GOING TO BUILD ANY MORE HOUSES, than we have to." She has some sense of reality. Julie, on the other hand, is completely out of it.


Janeen Rubino-Brumm
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:58 am
Janeen Rubino-Brumm, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:58 am
18 people like this

Jerry Pentin has been a valuable member of our City Council as well as other commissions and task forces in Pleasanton. He has served our city passionately for well over 20 years. He is a family man with service in his heart - service for his country and service for his city. He also is a compassionate and kind man, always taking time to discuss the city concerns with my adult son who is developmentally disabled, and even getting back to him when these issues have been discussed and resolved by city council. Jerry definitely has my support and my vote in November!


Bryan
Del Prado
on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:01 am
Bryan, Del Prado
on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:01 am
11 people like this

I have known Jerry for many years and he brings a very common sense mentality to situations and glad to see him running for Mayor.


Naveed Khan
Stoneridge Park
on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:52 am
Naveed Khan, Stoneridge Park
on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:52 am
11 people like this

Jerry Pentin is not the right person for Pleasanton Mayor's job. Once a peaceful and calm town, Pleasanton is pursuing the model of Dublin and San Jose of unfettered growth and greed. Pentin is a growth and greed candidate. I would like to hear Pentin's views on Race injustice, Policing, Police Demographics and School district.


hmmm
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 11:11 am
hmmm, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 11:11 am
19 people like this

For those of you concerned about growth, I challenge you to look at both candidates for mayor's voting records. If you do it objectively, you'll find that they are nearly identical. Sound bites are one thing but the actual voting record is another.

Frankly, I'm glad to see Jerry decide to run and bring a straight forward leadership approach to government. As a former Planning Commissioner he has the understanding of land use in our community--something clearly lacking with Brown. And Brown's support of Julie Testa should be enough to question her ability to be a good Mayor let alone many other reasons. Anyone watching council meetings of late can attest to that.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Jun 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Jun 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm
12 people like this

Idk, Julie Testa is doing well. She anticipated the issue with the police. Choose the mayor you prefer based on how they will perform.


Flightops
Downtown
on Jun 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm
Flightops, Downtown
on Jun 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm
18 people like this

We don’t need another “Jerry” sitting on the throne, those 2 together kept any naysayers quiet while ramrodding their pet projects through those city council meetings.
An advocate for responsible growth wouldn’t be in such a hurry to bulldoze the library and city offices and relocate to property not zoned for those buildings not to mention the 200 plus million out of our pockets to build that western Taj Mahal !! Sorry Jerry we know what you are up too, move across the freeway and help to finish destroying Dublin!!


Ronnie
Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 19, 2020 at 11:56 pm
Ronnie, Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 19, 2020 at 11:56 pm
15 people like this

I’m voting for Pentin because he is a voice of reason and shows leadership. But just how and where in Pleasanton does this community remotely look like Dublin? Our leaders have never advocated for that to occur. We must however meet State requirements to build more new housing for Economically disadvantaged people. That’s equality and ending systematic discrimination. Slow growers like and Brown may sound balanced when she says build only what we are required to build but does she tell you that big looming number which in part is due to her NIMBY constituency putting us way behind the mandate.


Ronnie
Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 20, 2020 at 12:02 am
Ronnie, Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 20, 2020 at 12:02 am
3 people like this

IDK, while I agree with your comment, your anonymous name turns my stomach every time I see it. It’s just plain sick and offensive really. Im not even crazy about cats...


Mulah
Country Fair
on Jun 20, 2020 at 5:11 am
Mulah, Country Fair
on Jun 20, 2020 at 5:11 am
22 people like this

Jerry Pentin is most certainly pro-growth. Look at his voting record. He rarely votes against any project and preservation is a word that never escapes from his lips. He is beholden to the Chamber of Commerce and their mission is well known - promote more commercial and residential building. Pentin also is a poor consensus builder. When others agree with his beliefs he is chummy; when citizens and citizen groups do not agree with his beliefs instead of working with differences, he attacks, dismisses and sneers. Is this the type of person you want for mayor? A mayor has to have an open mind to listen to diverse elements of the community and to decide what best serves the community. Pentin has many fixed beliefs, his overt and subtle dismissiveness of difference and his overt affiliation with organizations committed to growth at all costs a makes him a poor candidate for mayor.


hmmm
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2020 at 6:14 am
hmmm, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2020 at 6:14 am
5 people like this

Mulah, see my earlier comment. If you compare Pentin's and Brown's voting records, on development projects you'll find they are nearly identical. I guess that makes Brown pro-growth too or do the facts not matter to you?

I have seen the exact same behavior that you describe for jerry Pentin by Karla Brown. Eye-rolling, smirks, head-down ignoring the speakers when she doesn't agree with them. Hardly open-minded. Her support and alignment with Julie Testa should concern anyone watching the council meetings. Lack of decorum, manipulation, condesending and more by Julie Testa should concern all.


urmomz
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2020 at 7:03 am
urmomz, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2020 at 7:03 am
12 people like this

Mulah -

Yes, we need a mayor with beliefs and conviction. A mayor who constantly bends to the random political winds of whoever was last in her office or put a few dollars in her pocket will be a disaster. We need a leader, not a leaf in the wind.


Bay Area Native
Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm
Bay Area Native, Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm
10 people like this

@Michael:
Given how often you provide your input it would be really nice to see YOU run for school board, city council, or mayor.


Get The Facts
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Get The Facts, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm
7 people like this

Jerry and Karla have VERY different records. Please check out the last two council meetings and get the facts: Web Link
1) Tobacco - Jerry voted for existing tobacco retailers to continue selling tobacco near schools. Karla said NO.
2) Police Public Input - Jerry voted NO to have a public hearing on police practices; Karla, Julie, and Kathy all voted YES for a public meeting.
3) Downtown – Jerry’s early votes supersized downtown. Karla preserved the smaller scale of downtown.
4) East Pleasanton - Jerry was late to ask for East Pleasanton planning to be halted during the drought. Karla was first to say NO on East Pleasanton.


Ronnie
Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 21, 2020 at 11:49 pm
Ronnie, Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 21, 2020 at 11:49 pm
4 people like this

Posters keep saying Pentin is beholding to the Chamber of Commerce. How That is exactly has not been made clear. I know the Chamber supports small businesses and seeks corporate participation in sponsoring community events. So I’m glad Pentin has business leaders support in this economic turmoil.
Ms Brown accepted several thousand dollars in campaign donations from a quarry company who is on record as not wanting any new development other than open industrial land near its Plant operations. But now she says she won’t accept money from housing developers. Hippocracy and ethic issues abound and surround her.


hmmm
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2020 at 9:53 am
hmmm, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2020 at 9:53 am
3 people like this

gtf, I suggest you get the facts
1. all council members agreed with grandfathering tobacco stores and tobacco retailers within 1000 feet. CM testa commented that she didn't think they should be grandfathered at all. Where Jerry Pentin and Karla disagreed was on what happens when a store or retailer within 1,000 feet is sold. Karla seems to think that its ok to make the 4 tobacco stores worthless by not allowing them to continue to sell tobacco after they are sold. She had some lame excuse they could just relocate, never mind if there is even a location for them other then in residential as well as the substantial cost to move. Isn't the idea of having a tobacco retail permit the way to ensure compliance with not selling to minors? Some much for being a supporter of small business.
2. Didn't Pentin agree to have an agenda item to plan a comprehensive public meeting on police practices? Pretty sure Brown was silent on the discussion. Brown has a video on facebook stating she and testa are for police reform/defunding whatever that means. Do you really think the silent majority wants to defund the police?
3.Neither Brown nor pentin were on the downtown task force. not sure you can make the statement on "early" votes. Narum and Thorne were on the task force and had the early votes which were against staff recommendations for allowing taller buildings on Main St. Ironically, CM Testa didn't even know that the Rose Hotel is 3 stories.
4. Pentin wrote the guest opinion in the weekly calling for a halt to the east side planning process NOT Brown.

If you don't support Pentin, that's your choice but lets debate on facts.

BTW, Check out the campaign finance disclosures. Brown took the largest donation on record of $4,000 from the gravel company and then voted not to plan the east side. Check out all the donations from the Cox Family gas stations--thousands of dollars and surprise guess who was against Costco. Guess she thinks its ok for them to gouge the residents of Pleasanton with what they charge!!


Ronnie
Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:06 am
Ronnie, Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:06 am
2 people like this

Thanks Hmmm. Now I’m pissed. cM Brown taking political contributions from gas and gravel companies. She should recuse herself from voting on the East Pleasanton Area and ditto should have on the Johnson Drive (aka CostCo) redevelopment process. What a crock. And she calls out housing builders as trying to influence her with money and trashed the Chamber instead of supporting business and new homes for seniors and those who can’t afford estate homes in the hillside like where she lives. I’m so disgusted.


MsVic
Mission Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 4:10 pm
MsVic, Mission Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 4:10 pm
4 people like this

We support Jerry for Mayor. Jerry has proven time and time again he has the experience, logic and knowledge to lead our city. Karla uses rhetoric and changes her position to appease people. Evident by her agreeing to help the neighbors during Measure K, then doing an about face and supporting signature gathers to get a referendum on the ballot that ultimately lost. Jerry is clearly a better choice for Pleasanton.


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