Menlo Park: Fifth person pulls papers in council race

A fifth potential contender has pulled nomination papers for November's Menlo Park City Council race -- Kristin Duriseti, who has served on the Environmental Quality Commission for the past six years.

Ms. Duriseti, 44, said in a press release on July 21 that she and her husband Ram have lived in Menlo Park for 16 years. She works for the Woods Institute for the Environment as an editor of "Climatic Change" and manages the accounting for her husband's start-up company. A graduate of Stanford University, she holds a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

"I believe that the Council in partnership with the residents and businesses can create a vibrant community that promotes both neighborhood quality of life and a thriving local economy. Certainly, this will include supporting development that is appropriate for Menlo Park. With my background in economics and environmental policy, I have a deep understanding of and commitment to policy that balances these twin objectives," Ms. Duriseti said in the press release.

She joins incumbents Rich Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki as well as Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs, who have all pulled papers during the past week.

Sandy Brundage


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 6:55 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Kristin Duriseti works at Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment.

As an employee of Stanford she would be recused from decisions re Stanford University including the 500 ECR project.

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Posted by slate
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

At the last council meeting, Brielle Johnck praised former council member Kelly Fergusson for pointing out, "We don't need to dangle a carrot, and certainly not this big of a carrot, don't worry, developers will come," regarding the generous FAR available to Stanford and other developers. Council member Fergusson's husband works for Stanford, so she was also recused from specifica discussions on Stanford's project.

The perfect candidate for the Lanza/Fry slate would be recused from every development discussion. There would be no need for council to meet, other that to queue up development ballot initiatives.

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Posted by Sam Tyler
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

If the Stop Growth initiative passes, we won't NEED a City Council because the initiative sends all future changes to the Specific Plan directly to the voters. So much for representative government.

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