We’ve Accomplished a Lot Together!
In 2012, I told Pleasanton residents about the goals I wanted to implement if they chose me as Mayor. Financial accountability topped that list of goals.
As a municipal agency, Pleasanton has consistently been AA+ rated by Standard and Poor’s. We are the envy of many California cities that lack our 10% reserve for economic uncertainties.
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 maintains 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 also provides traffic controls and crossing guards at schools at no charge to the district.
We have negotiated higher than State-required School Impact Fees from developers.
Stoneridge Drive Extension
Completed in 2013, Stoneridge Drive now connects Livermore and Pleasanton at the junction of the elegant Stoneridge Creek Retirement Community and a wonderful 5-acre neighborhood park. The project also features a trail extension that connects the Arroyo Mocho Trail to the Livermore Trail system.
Implementation of City Housing Element
Our new Housing Element, combined with our Growth Management Ordinance, will allow us to remain in compliance with State law and carefully meter future growth; for example, in 2015, the City only approved 140 new residential units.
Jerry’s Op Ed regarding Housing – Pleasanton Weekly, July, 24, 2014
One of our biggest challenges as we move forward will be to maintain the small town character of Pleasanton. One of the side effects of growth is traffic congestion. As Mayor, I’ve worked very hard to address problem areas as follows:
Unfunded Pension Liabilities
In 2011, the City Council established a goal of reducing the City’s unfunded pension liabilities by 10% over 5 years. We have exceeded this goal, reducing liabilities by 13% over three years!
Enhancing Recreational Facilities and Opportunities for all Citizens
Sports and recreation are very important to the Pleasanton community!
Alviso Adobe Community Park:
Celebrating its 8th Anniversary! A unique addition to our Parks and Recreation facilities honoring our local history.
Improvements completed in 2013
Bernal Community Park:
Phase Two completion expected in Fall 2016
Pleasanton Public Library:
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary! Attracting over 2,500 resident visits each day.
Pleasanton Senior Center:
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary! It continues to attract hundreds of residents every day to participate in the activities planned there.
Staying on the forefront of technological advances is important in a thriving community like Pleasanton. Here are some of our recent accomplishments in this area:
Our Reputation: A Reason To Be Pleasanton Proud
We have built a strong reputation for our city. We have a reputation for:
Pleasanton Accolades and Awards
Ranked 31 – “America’s Top 50 Best Cities to Live” – Money Magazine
Ranked 9 – “Top Earning Towns”
Listed – “Top 20 Best Cities for Young Families in Northern California” – Nerdwallet.com
Ranked 2 – “Best City in California for Raising Kids” – Apartmentlist.com
91% of Pleasanton Business Owners rate Pleasanton as an “excellent or good” place to do business
97% of Pleasanton Residents surveyed say Pleasanton is a “good to excellent” place to live