Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



One of my favorite stories when I was young and growing up here in Pleasanton was the story of “The Little Engine That Could”. As you probably remember, the story’s signature phrase was “I think I can”. If you remember the plot, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain after its engine breaks down. Larger engines were asked to pull, but, they all refused. The request was sent to a small engine, who without question, agrees to try. The small engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating “I think I can”.

I hadn’t really thought of this story lately until Linda and I made a trip down to the city park to see the progress that is being made and to see the “Pleasanton Express.” This is the new stationary wooden “Train” that is located in the children’s playground section of the park. We were so very pleased to hear about the new name and tribute to Pleasanton’s own city newspaper. This city was very fortunate to have Judy and Bill Wilkerson choose Pleasanton to be a part of. And even today, the Pleasanton Express continues to be a frontrunner in the newspaper world with Noel Wilkerson Holmes and her staff continuing the legacy. One might think the Pleasanton Express is a small town newspaper, but, like the small engine, the Wilkerson family agreed to try and we are mighty glad they did.

Until next week…….best regards.

TRAVIS HALL is the Mayor of Pleasanton. You may E-mail him at mayor@

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