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Any questions for Pleasanton mayoral, council candidates?

Uploaded: Oct 1, 2014
The Pleasanton Weekly and TV30 will host two free and public forums for Pleasanton mayoral and City Council candidates starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

We will ask a few questions and then ask questions from the audience. You are welcome to post a few here too.

The forums will be held in the City Council chamber and will be taped by Tri-Valley Community Television for broadcast at various times and days leading up to the Nov. 4 municipal election on TV Channel 30.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Oct 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.


In an email to Olivia Sanwong which she did not respond back to me.
I asked the following questions.

Do you have ideas that will reduce Pleasanton's pension debt?
If so, will you share those ideas with me?

What is your take on the drought and its impact on Pleasanton?
What are your ideas to address this drought.

It is absolutely unprofessional that she did not respond to my email.
Because she didn't I recommend voting against her.

Posted by question, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Oct 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Thorne's web page says this:

"Supporting Our Children?s Education

I have a personal commitment to do whatever we can as a City to help maintain the high quality education that our community expects and deserves. As a result, the City shares the cost and use of a number of facilities such as gymnasiums at middle schools, tennis courts at middle schools and high schools, and sports fields throughout the city and district. The City has also now taken on the responsibility of maintaining sports fields at our middle schools and we have made low interest loans available to Pleasanton Unified School District. We have also negotiated higher than required School Impact Fees from developers."

1. LOCKED SCHOOL FACILITIES: Why has PUSD permanently barred access and locked the tennis courts at the high schools and why is the city not doing anything about it? Over $1 million in Measure B bond money was used to renovate the high school tennis courts and now the public cannot use them. The school district used to provide keys to residents for a $25 deposit. Now they don't. Why isn't the mayor doing anything about this?

2. OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS: Why are schools overcrowded, it has been two decades since a new school was opened, and does the city actually monitor what the School Impact Fees from developers actually get spent on?

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Oct 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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Why is the Mayor and Council rewarding the water wasters with lessor penalties and not rewarding the water savers for saving water through conservation?

Posted by Thank you Gina! , a resident of Beratlis Place,
on Oct 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, a blogger,
on Oct 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Unfortunately the trolls found the thread.
If you have a legitimate question for the forum tomorrow, email me at

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