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Opinion - April 12, 2013

Kathy Narum for City Council

In endorsing candidates for the Pleasanton City Council, we have most often supported those with a strong record of commitment to public service. We are doing so again by recommending Kathy Narum for election to the council on May 7. She would fill the seat vacated when Jerry Thorne was elected mayor last Nov. 6. She is a seasoned, experienced hands-on candidate who would hit the council dais running, giving the support needed by a council that for too long has faced court-mandated housing orders, land use decisions and challenging fiscal policies with just four members. Narum would bring her five years on the city Planning Commission, another five on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and much more service with city and civic organizations to a council that needs her experience.

That's not to say that the other three candidates also seeking election to the council shouldn't be considered. We just think they need more savvy in handling the multitude of issues the council must tackle. Olivia Sanwong became active in municipal service a few months ago, and is now on the city's important Economic Vitality and Cultural Steering Plan committees. She's also working with the Amador Valley High School "We the People" team to prepare them for national competition in Washington late this month. As a a senior at Amador, she was on the team that took second place nationally in 1996. Sanwong wants to bring 21st century skills to the City Council. No doubt her technology-savvy capabilities would help, but after she's had a few more years on city advisory committees.

David Miller is a successful Silicon Valley businessman and an occasional critic at meetings of the council and board meetings in the Pleasanton school district, which his three children attend. His campaign has focused on keeping taxes in check, reducing the city's employee pension liabilities and making council and city staff considerations more transparent. We like his enthusiasm but would like to see him interact with members on a commission or two -- and there are plenty of vacancies -- before trying his hand on the council.

Mark Hamilton is a 24-year Marine veteran, the financial services director for a large Pleasanton company and the volunteer wrestling coach at Amador Valley High. He has strong credentials in all these fields. When asked why we haven't seen him around town, he suggested we weren't looking in the right places. As mentioned above, there are numerous community and sports committees that could use his help. We'd like to see him there before moving to the council.

We find it interesting that Kathy Narum is being criticized for having views similar to those on the council. In a city with a balanced budget and $25 million in reserves, low unemployment and a living standard that's been nationally recognized as one of the best for a city our size, we're not looking for change. We want leaders who will keep on this successful economic and quality of life track for years to come. Narum has those leadership qualities. Vote for her.


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Posted by joy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

Pleasanton voters, please note that Narum was taking money developers who she has direct influence on, and who wants to build high density housing in plesanton, and Narum's campaign was funded by those developers. That is a conflict of interest, I will vote for anyone but Narum

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Posted by RUserious
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Apr 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

The good ol' boys have anointed their next rubber stamp. No independent thinking required.

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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

Narum is funded by developers. If you want to live in LA, move there. If you want to maintain the small city character of Pleasanton, vote for someone else. Vote for someone who will represent you, not someone who will represent developers or unions. Narum is funded and endorsed by the folks who bring you high-density housing without building schools or infrastructure to support the population. Sanwong is endorsed by the unions. We need a council that will stand up to developers, unions and outside interests who want to dictate our city policies.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

Kathy is supported by Pleasanton residents. Slow growth advocates. Former mayors. Business owners. Lots of different people. All local.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Pleasanton weekly supports Narum? Well she's not getting my vote, remember PW also recommended Hosterman who cared more about national politics and positioning herself for further political aspirations than running our city government. Also remember who that the ol curmudgeon Pete Stark backed, Hosterman. I'll watch the meeting and decide on the remaining candidates. Thanks PW for eliminating one of the choices for me.