Thorne for mayor of Pleasanton

Jerry Thorne is the ideal candidate for mayor of Pleasanton.

His vast public service record in Pleasanton qualifies him to be the city's mayor. As a member of the City Council, he has been an effective, responsible and decisive thinker.

In addition, his strong and experienced voice has helped bring more consensus and cooperation to the Pleasanton City Council.

Please join me in voting for Jerry Thorne for mayor of Pleasanton on Nov. 6.

John O'Neill

Pleasanton

Mayor Cook-Kallio what town needs

As a former mayor in the City of Pleasanton, I have been very impressed in watching Cheryl Cook-Kallio as she has spent her time on the Pleasanton City Council, and learned the government system, and became a leader in our five city subregion.

She has proved her leadership capabilities by taking on the controversial Stoneridge Drive improvement situation, and lead the City Council in coming to a decision which now has the road under construction. She did this when no other Councilmember would take on the issue.

Look at the people who have endorsed her, State elected officials, County Supervisors, and the majority of the elected officials of the five towns in our area. They know very well what a wonderful job she has done and she deserves to be elected mayor and lead the City of Pleasanton.


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Cheryl will be a full-time Mayor and do an excellent job, she deserves your vote in November.

Ken Mercer

Pleasanton

Elect Brown to City Council

We strongly support Karla Brown for Pleasanton City Council.

Karla believes that we need to preserve the charm of our unique historic downtown, its surrounding neighborhoods and its vintage homes. As an active member of PHA (Pleasanton Heritage Association), Karla has worked with the group to publish a monthly newsletter. She believes growth should be slow and smart. Protection of our ridgelines and open space are also important issues for Karla. She led the effort to put ridgeline protection before voters, who voted overwhelmingly for strict protections.

Karla is an open minded, creative thinker, whose willingness to listen to all citizens will enable her to work with other council members to maintain our quality of life, while working cooperatively with neighboring cities regarding traffic, water quality and regional land uses. Vote for Karla Brown on Nov. 6.

Brian and Christine Bourg

Pleasanton

Pleasanton council could use Pentin

As a 43-year resident of Pleasanton, I am pleased to give my support to Jerry Pentin for Pleasanton City Council. I met Jerry over 20 years ago when he and his family moved to Pleasanton. Over the years since, I have worked with Jerry on a number of charitable and community projects. You can be assured that Jerry works hard to fulfill the commitments that he makes. As a local business owner, he understands the need for cooperation between the city and the local business community. His work with the Callippe Golf Committee, the Parks and Rec Board and with the City Planning Commission has shown his commitment to Pleasanton and has given him a good understanding of the issues facing Pleasanton today. Please vote for Jerry Pentin on Nov. 6th.

Jack Parker

Pleasanton

Vote Brown for council -- and smart growth

Karla Brown has my vote this November, as she is the only candidate for slow and smart growth for Pleasanton. She has been endorsed by many including local papers pointing to Karla's experience helping to save the ridgelines (Measure PP). She has worked for many neighborhoods including the preservation of our historic homes and downtown. Karla was a member of the Hacienda Task Force and currently serves on the East Pleasanton Task Force, to help develop a plan for the largest remaining undeveloped land in Pleasanton. Karla has shown that she can work cooperatively with many stakeholders and has a good grasp of the details needed to make important decisions about our city's future growth.

I have been impressed by Karla's understanding of the budgetary issues facing our City and our long-term debt. Another important consideration for choosing Ms. Brown is she does not take campaign contributions from special interest groups, including labor unions, PACs, or developers. Karla is not beholden to these groups and can negotiate labor contracts and consider land development in the best interest of the community. Karla stands out as a clear leader among the other candidates.

Go to www.vote4karla.com for more information.

Kelly Cousins

Pleasanton

Hart and Haubert for Dublin Council

For Dublin City Council, I recommend the re-election of Kevin Hart. His contributions to the council and a well run city are evidence enough that he is an asset to Dublin.

For the other open council seat we have a rare opportunity to elect someone who is well prepared to help govern Dublin. David Haubert has nine years experience as a member of the Dublin Unified School District board. He has been involved with the district's budgeting, school site planning, equipment and real estate management, and personnel policies.

He worked towards consensus building with fellow board members and was actively involved with other city and county agencies, all which benefited the Dublin school district and students. Of all the new candidates, David has the necessary skills, experience and leadership to have on the Dublin city council.

Alameda Co. Supervisors Nate Miley and Scott Haggerty, along with the Alameda Co. Firefighters, have endorsed both Kevin and David. Please join me in voting for David Haubert and Kevin Hart this year.

Michael Lutz

Dublin

President has given us all the Big Bird

I do not understand why President Obama and the Democrats are so incensed about Mitt Romney's threat to eliminate the funding for Big Bird, because he would actually be doing them a favor. He would be removing the very symbol of what they have been giving the American public the past four years.

Joe Crosslin

Pleasanton

Scouts LGBT rules should be changed

I became an Eagle Scout more than 50 years ago. The program taught me a lot. I gained a long-lasting love of hiking and being out doors. But it also taught me how to get along with others, some of whom may be of different backgrounds.

Tom Barnidge's column reminded me why the Boy Scouts needs to change. Their attitude toward gays is simply indefensible in today's society. There are many more important things for them, and us, to spend time and effort on, starting with tolerance.

Ward Belding

Pleasanton