A special Pleasanton City Council meeting was held after a dinner honoring outgoing members of the council due to term limits. Jeanne Israel (District 6 ) served six years, Roger Garza (District 5) served 18 years and J. R. Gallegos served 23 years. The meal was cooked by Pumpco Services with meat donated by Terry Gawlik of Republic Services.
Former council members and family members were in attendance to honor the outgoing council for their many years of service to the citizens of Pleasanton.
Each member spoke of how being on the council had been positive experience.
Israel mentioned that she respected everyone that she had served with over the years and that she “could not have done anything by myself.” She thanked her supporters and friends who offered encouragement and assistance.
J.R. Gallegos said that “there had been some challenges, but we worked through them. We agreed to disagree and moved on.” He also thanked District 4, his family and friends.
Roger Garza mentioned that the support and encourgagement of his late wife was instrumental in his years on the council. He too mentioned challenges and specifically pointed out when he changed his mind on developing the downtown buildings into the current Civic Center and Library. “Going to work one day I saw the board across the broken window on the building and changed my vote that day,” said Garza.