And then there were two: Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson has joined the 2012 race for Menlo Park City Council.
Seeking a third term, for the moment Ms. Fergusson is only running against Transportation Commissioner Ray Mueller. Early endorsers include Planning Commission chair Katie Ferrick, who also supports Mr. Mueller. San Mateo and Santa Clara county supervisors Dave Pine and Liz Kniss are backing Ms. Fergusson, along with former Menlo Park mayor Chuck Kinney; and Paul Fong and Sally Lieber from the state Legislature.
Ms. Fergusson pointed to new community facilities, such as the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, along with the city's financial reserves and credit rating, as signs that life is good in Menlo Park.
"My emphasis on retention in our police force has led to two major gang take-downs in the past four years, with 75 arrested and hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs and cash seized, along with another very recent prescription drug and anabolic steroids operation bust," she said. "These successes translate directly to safer schools, neighborhoods, and reduced violent and property crime. Residents can count on me to continue to protect essential services."
Facebook's arrival and the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan present challenges for the city's planning process, according to Ms. Fergusson, but overall bring the sort of economic benefits that she'd like to continue to develop.
Asked about the Brown Act violation that led to her resignation as mayor in 2010, the council woman said she was very happy the incident was behind her so she can focus on serving her constituents.
"Of course it was never my intention whatsoever to violate the Brown Act, which exists to ensure the public has the transparency it needs in all local government decision-making. I am grateful the district attorney agreed there was no wrongful intent," Ms. Fergusson said. "Do I regret the incident happened? Of course, as it was certainly never my intention to do so."