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About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in add... (More)
About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in addition to writing editorials for more than 15 years. I have served as a director of many non-profits in the Valley and the broader Bay Area and currently serve as chair of Teen Esteem and on the advisory board of Shepherd?s Gate. I also served as founding chair of Heart for Africa and have travelled to Africa seven times to serve on mission trips. My wife, Betty Gail, has taught at Amador Valley High (from where we both graduated) since 1981. She and I both graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as did both of my parents and my three siblings. Given that Cal tradition, our daughter went south to the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in international relations. Since graduation, she has taken three mission trips and will be serving in the Philippines for nine months starting in September. (Hide)
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Pleasanton police vehicles damaged in Oakland protest
Uploaded: Nov 10, 2016
Earlier today I wrote that the Pleasanton City Council elections were not surprising.
I did overlook one election-related surprise---seeing damaged Pleasanton police units in Oakland on KTVU this morning.
I reached out to the police and Cpt. Craig Eggers called me back with the information. Pleasanton sent a squad of one supervisor and five officers to Oakland as part of a countywide mutual aid call to deal with the post-election protest. The Pleasanton officers were stationed away from the main action on Broadway, but then got caught up when the vandals left the main protest to start destroying property.
All three Pleasanton units were damaged, one somewhat badly with a hole punched in the windshield, a dented hood and some interior damage. All can be repaired and the city will bear the cost.
Eggers explained that no costs are reimbursed for mutual aid unless the governor calls a state of emergency necessary to respond to a natural disaster like an earthquake or a flood.
What is it worth to you?
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