Martinez good for Livermore school board

I was extremely pleased to see Belia Martinez appointed to my remaining term on the Livermore Valley Unified School District Board!

I now ask you to keep her on the board by voting for her Nov. 6. I support Belia because she is passionate about working with our youth, has served our country, worked successfully in our community with youth programs and is a huge volunteer in the Junction K-8 school community.

Since being appointed to the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District board, she has shown the ability to critically listen and be a positive part of a governance team in doing what is best for our kids. Belia is fiscally responsible and knows how to build partnerships in our community to help our schools thrive. Livermore deserves the best possible school trustees; please vote for Belia Martinez on Nov. 6.

Stewart Gary

Livermore former trustee, LVJUSD member, Livermore City Council

'No' on B1; public unions just too costly

Sales tax in California is 7.25 percent, the highest in the nation. Alameda County's is 8.75 percent. Measure B1 would bring it to 9.25 percent. This 0.5 percent tax would be in perpetuity. Our current tax rate is punitive, and we are going to make it worse. Plus we will force people to shop in surrounding counties where they will pay a lower sales tax. Why not go to Costco San Ramon instead of Livermore?

The alleged purpose of this tax is to improve transportation and highways and to create jobs. What you are not told is that through prevailing wages and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) these jobs will all be union. The unions only represent 15 percent of the workforce in California (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). So 85 percent of the workforce has to pay this punitive tax so the unions can enjoy more work at higher wages. Do you wonder why every union-sympathetic politician and every union in Alameda County is supporting this tax?

Please vote "no" on Measure B1.

Derek Kvistad

Pleasanton

Cook-Kallio for Pleasanton mayor's office

I am supporting Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor of Pleasanton.

Cheryl has superb communication skills and a clear understanding of how all levels of government work. She shows the courage to make hard decisions based on what is best for the entire community. Quite simply, Cheryl will provide the strongest leadership for Pleasanton as we address future issues.

Pleasanton is not an island. Whether we like it or not, Pleasanton's future will depend to a certain extent on the ability and willingness of leaders to work well with our city neighbors, the county and the state. Only by working together will we be able to protect those values so important to us all while meeting our commitments and addressing common concerns. Cheryl enjoys the respect and support of local and regional leaders of business, unions and all levels of government. That good relationship will be of tremendous value when we need to sit at the table with those leaders to discuss and solve mutual problems.

Exercise your right to vote -- Cook-Kallio for mayor.

Dolores Bengtson

Pleasanton

Thorne right for mayor of Pleasanton

Having worked with Jerry Thorne for a number of years on Pleasanton's Community of Character Collaborative Board, I know him to be a man of integrity, motivated by nothing more than a sincere desire to maintain and strengthen the quality of life that we love and enjoy in Pleasanton.

Thorne is a man who cares about a safe and enriching life in which families and individuals can strengthen and thrive. Many cities are faced with bankruptcy. It is important for Pleasanton to have a leader who knows how to work with businesses and work to have a balanced and strong local economy. Jerry has had experience in the business world as well as two terms on the City Council that provide him with the knowledge and vision so important for our city to be financially strong.

In his many years of service to Pleasanton, Jerry has worked to help maintain the wonderful quality of life we enjoy here. As you look at our beautiful parks and sports venues, it is important to know that Jerry had a part in bringing many of them to Pleasanton.

Jerry will devote his full time to the job of mayor. It is a rare individual who gives his full time "heart-and-soul" to his city at a time in his life that offers him a multitude of choices.

Jerry deserves to serve as our mayor, and he will be and outstanding choice.

Joanne Gunson

Pleasanton

'Yes' on 37; let public know what's in food

The hypocrisy of the anti-Proposition 37 campaign is breathtaking. Big Ag and Big Chem have spent millions on our feckless legislature to keep them from passing any labeling bill. Now, when the majority of Californians turn to the initiative process to get a labeling law, they whine that it is poorly written. They could have had something they could live with but they wanted everything.

GMO foods are labeled all over Western Europe. People have the choice of buying them or not. That is what I want for my family. Proposition 37 will stop, or at least slow, Big Chem from poisoning our water, our air, our soil and our food. Please vote yes on Proposition 37.

Brian Sanborn

Pleasanton

Women Voters' endorsements for the election

The League of Women Voters California says:

  • Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, is supported by the League because it begins to move California toward financial stability and adequate funding for all the services wanted from government.

    Proposition 34, the SAFE California Act, is supported by the League. It will replace the death penalty in California with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and save more than $100 million yearly because court and incarceration costs are so much higher for prisoners at risk for a death penalty.

    Proposition 40, Referendum Redistricting, is strongly supported by the League. Vote "yes" to reaffirm the maps drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission, to support the work of the Commission and to retain fair districts.

    Proposition 31, Government Performance and Accountability Act. The League recommends a "no" vote. While its intentions are good, Proposition 31 has several significant flaws that would lead to legal uncertainty and years of litigation. In addition, it puts this process into the state constitution.

    While the League sees some merit in Propositions 38 and 39, it has taken a neutral position on them because of their earmarking of revenues.

    Barbara Hempill

    Pleasanton LWV Livermore- Amador Valley Board