Government has a habit of becoming its own special interest. When that happens, it gets away from what it was initially designed to do, serve your interests and the interests of the people in our community. We all have our own special interests. Yours might be your family and the time you spend enjoying our parks. Maybe your interest is to build a business or buy your first home. What matters to you should be no less important than any other individual, business, committee, commission or agency in Pleasanton.
I’m running for Pleasanton City Council to help create a more transparent City Government and to give people like you a greater voice in community affairs. Please read these People First Priorities. If you agree with me that Pleasanton should put people first, I would appreciate vote. Remember to sign and mail your ballot before May 4, 2013. Your ballot must be must be received by May 7.
Develop ratings for City services, like we do for school report cards and 5 star hotels. We can’t improve performance if we don’t measure it. This gives residents a greater chance to participate in creating “people friendly” public services.
We must determine the impact of population shifts and planned public housing projects on city services. Do we expand utilities? Hire more police and fire protection? Build more schools? Let’s plan BEFORE we have a problem.
Pleasanton spends more money that it takes in. That must stop. If it doesn’t, you will pay higher fees and taxes to cover Government expenses. You live within your means. As your City Councilman, I will insist City Government does the same.
As the only candidate with children attending public school in Pleasanton, I have a vested interest in the quality of the education they receive. I will continue my support for the exceptional work of teachers at our top ranked area schools.
As a sensible growth advocate, I believe we need to review and revise cumbersome government processes that may discourage small business creation. At the City Council, our goal must be to encourage and support local businesses, attract desirable new businesses, and promote job growth.
I continue to support Mayor Jerry Thorne’s efforts to create a balanced budget, with a balanced spending plan that, is both fair and affordable and meets our obligation to City Employees. We made a promise to City Employees. Pleasanton keeps its promises.
As citizens of Pleasanton, we have an obligation to see that our senior citizens and retirees are afforded the respect, dignity and accommodation that they deserve. Our seniors have every right to expect a safe, enjoyable and affordable retirement in Pleasanton.
By confining speaker comments to 3 minutes and posting agendas only a few days in advance of meetings, your participation in decisions that affect your family, neighborhood and wallet is limited. As your City Councilman I will request that City Agendas be posted 1 week in advance, and individuals be given 5 minutes before the City Council to present their case. The City Council is here to serve you.
Our children are our most precious blessing. As responsible citizens and City Council Members, we must encourage our City to make our children’s safety their highest priority. This means the City must work closely with PUSD to create a plan that ensures that our schools and the Pleasanton Police Department have sufficient staff resources, training, and equipment to address any possible situation.
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