Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: I remember a story that was told to me as a young boy about a farmer and his donkey. Seems like the donkey had grown old, got lazy and just flat ran out of energy. The farmer, disgusted with the donkey, dug a large hole about eight feet deep and put the donkey in it and would test the donkey to see if it could survive. As the farmer began to shovel the dirt in on the donkey, it would either be buried alive or the donkey would have to show some initiative, energy and intelligence to keep from being covered up. You see, the donkey could not communicate with its owner, so this was the farmer’s way to find out if the donkey was still worth keeping around. As the farmer shoveled the dirt, the donkey began to “step up.” The more dirt the farmer shoveled, the faster the donkey would step up. And finally, as the hole filled to the top, the donkey simply walked out of the hole. The farmer said, “That was pretty smart on your part ole friend and I guess you’re still worth having around. And for showing that much initiative, I guess I’ll keep you around for a while.” The moral of the story is when we are put to what seems impossible circumstances, if we try hard enough, we will find a way. Our city manager, city staff and employees have found a way to keep this city running after being against those almost impossible circumstances for some eight months now. We could not have a better group of employees and I want to say THANK YOU for “stepping up” and continuing to “step up” keeping this city headed in the right direction on an even keel. Keeping in mind that COVID-19 is still here, let’s continue to do what we can to prevent the spread of the virus. Until next week, best regards, good health and wear that mask.

TRAVIS HALL is the Mayor of Pleasanton. You may email him at

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