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Oct
25
Editorial: Dublin voters should protect city’s financial success

Haubert, Josey, Kumagai will best continue the tradition of fiscal restraint, transit development

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Editorial: Dublin voters should protect city’s financial success

The best way to stay solvent is to live within your means. Dublin officials have lived by that philosophy since the city was incorporated in 1982.

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David Haubert

They pay down retirement debt, generally don’t build projects without funds in hand and contract out for police, fire and maintenance services to provide more flexibility.

Meanwhile, the city has been exemplary in its provision of transit-oriented development near BART.

Thus, the city checks two big boxes in our election-time evaluation, making it easy to support the mayoral incumbent who has helped drive the city’s success and two City Council hopefuls who want to carry on the tradition.

Voters should re-elect Mayor David Haubert and elect Jean Josey and Shawn Kumagai.

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Jean Josey

Haubert, a strong supporter of the city’s fiscal restraint and transit development, seeks his final two-year mayoral term under the city’s term limit of eight consecutive years in elective office.

His opponent, Councilman Arun Goel, provided no compelling reason to replace Haubert, especially because, if Goel were to win, the council would have to replace him or call a special election.

We were also disappointed that Goel, who touts experience as a transportation engineer, expressed hardened objection to a transit-friendly 499-unit apartment complex near the West Dublin BART station.

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Shawn Kumagai

The five council candidates are all newcomers because incumbent Abe Gupta and appointed incumbent Janine Thalblum opted not to run.

Josey, a technical writer and Dublin School District tutoring coordinator, was the standout — by far. Having served on the city’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, she has mastered

Dublin’s budget details.

Kumagai has homework to do on details of the city’s retirement debt. But he’s otherwise well-versed and brings impressive and diverse experience from his 17 years in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve.

We eliminated Bobby Khullar because of his leadership of the misguided attempted recall of Gupta and the late Don Biddle over city growth issues. Ramoncito Firmeza’s hardened opposition to transit-oriented development was a disqualifier. And biennial candidate Shawn Costello remains unfamiliar with key city issues.

Dublin is a model for other cities. We expect Haubert, Josey and Kumagai will keep it that way.


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