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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Mayor — City of Pleasanton

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About this office

Approves or vetoes city council actions, recommends measures to the city council, and appoints various municipal officers.
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Jerry Thorne

Incumbent Mayor/Retired Professional...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Continue to maintain Fiscal responsibility and accountability...
  2. Make land use decisions that are sensible and sustainable...
  3. Advocate for sufficient water and traffic infrastructure...
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Julie Testa

Small Business Owner
Top 3 Priorities
  1. It's all about our 'Q'! – Pleasanton's Quality of...
  2. As mayor: I will stand up for residents, not developers,...
  3. I want to empower Pleasanton to have a voice, to take...
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20,106 votes (62.89%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to maintain Fiscal responsibility and accountability and continue to reduce future unfunded pension liabilities.
  • Make land use decisions that are sensible and sustainable without exposing ourselves to additional legal action form outside sources or the State.
  • Advocate for sufficient water and traffic infrastructure to take care of State required growth. This includes advocacy for local control of local land use issues.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent Mayor/Retired Professional Engineer and General Manager Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies
Council Member and Mayor, City of Pleasanton, CA — Elected position (2005–current)
Senior Manager, Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies (1975–2002)

Education

Degree University of Tennessee B.S. and P.E. ( Professional Engineering Certificate #SF1158), Chemistry, Zoology, Environmental Enagineering (1966)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, League of California Cities (2013–current)
Commissioner, Alameda County Transportation Commission (2012–current)
Immediate Past President, Alameda County Mayors Conference (2014–2016)
Executive Board Member, Association of Bay Area Governments (2014–2016)
Two Term Chair, Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission (1995–2005)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • State Assembly Member Catharine Baker
  • State Senator Steve Glazer
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell

Organizations (4)

  • Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
  • Pleasanton Police Officers Association
  • Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974
  • Lincoln Club of Northern California

Elected Officials (20)

  • San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson
  • Total of 70 Elected and appointed officials
  • Dublin Mayor David Haubert
  • Livermore Mayor John Marchand
  • Danville Mayor Karen Stepper
  • Danville Councilmember Robert Storer
  • San Ramon Councilmember Scott Perkins
  • Danville Councilmember Mike Doyle
  • Livermore Mayor Emeritus Dr. Marshal Kamena
  • East Bay Regional Park District Ayn Weiscamp
  • Former Pleasanton Mayor Bob Philcox
  • Former Pleasanton Mayor Bob Butler
  • Pleasanton Councilmember Arne Olson
  • Pleasanton Councilmember Jerry Pentin
  • Former Pleasanton Councilmember Sharrell Michelotti
  • Former Congressman and State Assembly member Bill Baker
  • Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley
  • Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty
  • Former State Assembly member Guy Houston
  • Pleasanton Vice-Mayor Kathy Narum

Individuals (1)

  • Steve Maher, Candidate for PUSD Board of Trustees

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Small Business Owner
11,777 votes (36.84%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • It's all about our 'Q'! – Pleasanton's Quality of Life.
  • As mayor: I will stand up for residents, not developers, and take a more thoughtful approach to growth in Pleasanton- one that considers impacts on our schools, traffic, water, and quality of life!
  • I want to empower Pleasanton to have a voice, to take back control. We are out of balance. We do have a choice to Slow Down and return to responsible planning.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner

Biography

 

 

I STAND FOR RESIDENTS, NOT DEVELOPMENTS

 

I love Pleasanton and value our small town character.

 

I have lived in Pleasanton for 30 years. My children all attended Pleasanton's public schools and went on to graduate from California universities. I served as a Pleasanton City Commissioner for 11 years and participated on numerous committees and task forces for both the City of Pleasanton and Pleasanton Unified School District.

 

Please visit JulieTesta.com.

Political Beliefs

As mayor: I will stand up for residents, not developers, and take a more thoughtful approach to growth in Pleasanton- one that considers impacts on our schools, traffic, water, and quality of life!

 

An agenda of excessive development is rapidly changing the small-town character of Pleasanton. More than 2,000 housing units will come online in the coming year, bringing thousands of new residents to Pleasanton. Crowded schools, gridlocked roads, and a finite amount of water—how can we support this growth? The City Council continues to approve new projects not required to meet any housing mandate.

 

Additional development Is Not Required through 2022. Housing mandates are finished! Pleasanton rezoned 1200 units beyond lawsuit requirements!! Yet housing that meets no requirements is being approved. There are plans to rezone more land for even more housing.

 

  • Traffic is becoming unmanageable and more importantly, unsafe!
  • Land is being rezoned for more housing development.
  • Housing approvals are not all mandated by the State.
  • Our water supply is limited. Further development adds more pressure to those of us who already live here and must conserve.
  • Every Pleasanton school exceeds student enrollments identified in our General Plan guidelines. Studies confirm that overcrowded schools have a negative impact on students.

I support a new library. The lesser-known story about the Civic Center project is the tremendous expense in moving the police station from the land the library, city offices and police station currently occupy so the land can be rezoned for residential development. Imagine three- or more-story buildings, additional traffic, and parking, stuffed in our already impacted downtown.

 

Reduction in unfunded pension liabilities was not achieved with corrections, but instead by moving money around. Unsustainable retirement obligations will continue to short-change City amenities and services, like a new library, road improvments, and more, for decades.

 

 

I want to empower Pleasanton to have a voice, to take back control. We are out of balance. We do have a choice to Slow Down and return to responsible planning.

 

 

For a Slow-Growth Mayor, vote Julie Testa.

 

Please visit JulieTesta.com.

 

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