Pleasanton's newly-elected mayor, Jerry Thorne, said he will long remember one afternoon during the recent campaign when he knocked on a door and a "very sweet and cute young girl around 10 or 11 years old" came to the door.

As Thorne told her who he was, she put her hands over her mouth and said she could not believe that the man who has his name on all those signs was actually standing at her front door.

"She was excited and called her parents to the door," said Thorne. "She made me feel like a rock star."

Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio had a similar experience when walking precincts. A resident opened his door and said, "Oh my gosh. It is you! It's really you!" The man proceeded to call his wife to the door and was so impressed that Cook-Kallio had come to his home that he gave her a hug.

Newly-elected councilmember Karla Brown enjoyed Saturday mornings during the campaign with her team in front of Tully's Coffee across from the Farmers Market.

"We asked hundreds of people if they were Pleasanton voters," said Brown, who learned that either the Farmer's Market is frequented by many out-of-town shoppers or "maybe people just weren't ready to talk politics first thing in the morning," she said with a smile.

Some local shoppers were more than happy to chat, however, and Brown said she misses her regular Saturday morning visits with Dr. Ford Roberts, Emil Oxsen and Daryl Thomas.

Brown also said pushing metal sign posts with her distinctive bright red signs into hundreds of front yards throughout town taught her that her yard isn't the only one full of hard clay under the grass.


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For newly-elected council member Jerry Pentin, a memorable moment during his campaign occurred when candidates attended an evening forum at a senior housing facility. Each candidate took turns walking up to a microphone to give a statement.

Pentin said when it came his turn, he took a step toward the microphone and felt the sole of his expensive dress shoe flap away from the shoe.

"I couldn't just stop and tell everyone my shoe had broken," he said, "so I scooted my shoe across the floor as best I could as I stepped up to speak."

Pentin's shoe has since been repaired thanks to council candidate Erlene DeMarcus who handed Pentin a business card at the candidate forum from Pleasanton shoe repair business, Maselli Bros.

MISSING TRIKE: Pleasanton's Becky Moulthrop needs our help. She walked over to our newspaper office to report that her bicycle, a three-wheeled adult tricycle that she relies on to get around town because she doesn't drive, has been stolen.

Becky said she and her neighbor lock their bikes under their apartment's stairs, but someone stole the two bikes earlier this month.

The theft has been reported to police, but she is hopeful we can help her spot the $250 trike around town. If you have information, call the police at 925-931-5100.

Let's help Becky.

Contact Jim Ott at jimott@sbcglobal.net.