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Menlo Park: Cline, Combs pull papers for council race

Two people so far have pulled papers to potentially run for the Menlo Park City Council this year: incumbent Rich Cline and Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs.

Mr. Cline would be running for a third term on the council. Fellow incumbents Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, also up for re-election, have said they intend to run for their second terms.

Mr. Combs joined the Planning Commission in May. Prior to that, he served on the Bicycle Commission. He has covered business and legal matters as a journalist and holds a bachelor's degree in urban studies and a law degree, although he does not currently practice as an attorney.

Sandy Brundage

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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

These Council Members should not be re-elected - out with the old. Ohtaki runs a questionable non-profit, and let's not mention Keith without mentioning 'cellphone-gate'.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

There is nothing "questionable" about Ohtaki's non-profit and Keith bears no responsibility for her spouses legal encounters.

Candidates for public office should be judged on their merits not on unsubstantiated charges by unknown people who claim to be "concerned".


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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

Of course, Atherton resident, Peter Carpenter knows all about everything Menlo Park.

I agree with Concerned Resident --- really we need a new council --- this one has failed miserably.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Interesting that only anonymous unregistered posters seem to want a new council. Fortunately anonymous people cannot register to vote.


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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

For sure Peter Carpenter cannot vote on the Initiative nor on candidates for council, since he lives in Atherton.

Oldtimer is a registered voter in Menlo Park, and will vote and will support the Initiative.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Note that more than half of the financial support for the pro-initiative candidates has come from, guess where, Atherton. Hopefully old-timers and concerneds will put their money where their mouth is. Opps, but that would mean that they would have to disclose their real names since anonymous contributions are against the law.


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Posted by F.O.G
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Gail Slocum, Heyward Robinson and Kelly Fergusson should pull papers. They would be the dream team.


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Posted by follow the money
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I'd rather see funding for a council race come from an Atherton neighbor than from the unions, whose deep pockets have allowed them to have an extraordinary and 100% self-serving influence on local elections.


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Posted by influence
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

The previous comment sounds reasonable, but union money has not impacted the city of Menlo Park in recent history.

The building trades (plumbers, carpters, electricians) have been the only unions that ever contribute to Menlo Park city council candidates, not SEIU or the Police unions. With all the vacant lots that should have been developed, but have been instead growing weeds, these contributions were a bad investment.


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Posted by CW
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:05 am

Carpenter says: "Keith bears no responsibility for her spouses legal encounters."

I seem to recall that an email was revealed showing that Keith was using her position as a council member to get the Menlo Park police to look into her husband's cockamamie claim that he was framed by Chuck Bernstein.

Peter, do you think it's appropriate for a council member to use their influence with the police to get somebody arrested?


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" do you think it's appropriate for a council member to use their influence with the police to get somebody arrested?"

That has been alleged but I have never seen any proof that what you stated occurred.

Please feel free to post original source data supporting your claim.


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Posted by CW
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm

There was a story in the Daily Post on January 24, 2013 that cited an email from Glen Rojas to John Woodell. When Rojas wrote the email in 2001, he was the city manager. The email is evidence in the civil suit Woodell has against two of your colleagues on the fire district board. Rojas said in the email that he had discussed the case with Kirsten Keith, and that the police were being made aware of their concerns.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

CW - I am only prepared to make judgements when presented with source data. The Daily Post story does not meet that criteria.


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Posted by claims
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

CW, that Post article was written before Chuck Bernstein's claim was rejected. Bernstein sued his neighbor claiming the neighbor has accused him of stealing the phone. The courts found no evidence that Bernstein's neighbor had ever accused him of stealing anything, and Bernstein lost the case.


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Posted by no admissible evidence
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm

CW, you have the facts wrong. The email was not evidence in the civil suit Woodell filed, but it was in the civil suit that Bernstein filed against Woodell. Web Link

"Judge Gerald Buchwald agreed with the dismissal, finding that Mr. Bernstein submitted no admissible evidence, according to the June 24 ruling."


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Posted by Gimme A Break
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Looks like the Keith damage-control team is in full force to try to change the story. The fact of the matter is that Keith emailed the MPPD to get her husband's phone back.

The bottom line is that even if there is an appearance of impropriety on Keith's part, shame on her. I guess, it will be a contest to see which unethical person will be elected to the MP CC-- Keith or Fergusson. What wonderful choices...


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