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Menlo Park: Six candidates running for three council seats

The final roster for the upcoming Menlo Park City Council election holds few surprises, with six campaigning for three open seats.

Incumbents Rich Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki will face Environmental Quality Commissioner Kristin Duriseti, Planning Commissioner Drew Combs and former council member Kelly Fergusson, the city clerk's office announced after the filing period closed on Friday (Aug. 8).

The candidates appear split into two camps, with the incumbents against a ballot measure that would change the city's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan. Ms. Fergusson has the backing of Save Menlo, the grassroots group championing the ballot measure. While Ms. Duriseti has yet to state her position, Mr. Combs said he is inclined to support the measure but plans to keep an open mind.

Links to their campaign statements and websites are available here.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

It is interesting to note that both Fergusson and Duriseti would be recused from any Council discussions or decisions regarding any Stanford's properties in Menlo Park.


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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Menlo Park voters should do their duty to ensure that Fergusson and Duriseti do not participate in any city council discussions by not electing them.

The Incumbents Richard Cline, Peter Ohtaki and Kirsten Keith are the best qualified for Menlo Park City Council.


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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Peter makes a good point. All the more reason to vote for the initiative.


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Posted by Scholar
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Thanks; not in favor of this ballot measure myself


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Posted by Menlo-Observer-Not-So-Obervant
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

@Menlo Observer

Some substance to your post would be nice. Sloganeering is not very informative.


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Posted by Foreign Rule
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I think we should elect people with no conflict of interest - perhaps someone who isn't even a resident of Menlo Park ;)


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Posted by Inhaling?
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

What are people inhaling in this county? The place is being overrun by special interests and political con-men (and con-women). It can't be the poison now being sprayed to kill mosquitos (and anyything else with lungs). The bureacrats just started that campaign.


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Posted by mosquito-gas
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

@Inhaling?

Yes, I share your consternation on the chemical spraying the other night. I saw dead insects all over my yard the next day -- some which are quite beneficial to have. Since when did 4 cases in all of California constitute an epidemic such that spraying this toxin everywhere without anyone's consent is justified? Most West-Nile infections are asymptomatic and go undetected. It's insane.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Perhaps this was one of the fatalities from the spraying (the original has been removed from the author's Facebook web page):

Web Link


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Posted by council conflicts
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Am I guessing it was ok that Ohtaki and Mueller had conflicts about the specific plan?

It is not unusual for elected officials to have conflicts. Smart ones figure out how to have an impact on important matters. For example, some changes could be made, and need to be made, to the specific plan that affect more than just Stanford.


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Posted by good point
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

During their campaigns, Ohtaki and Mueller never promised to save the residents from a project they won't be able to vote on.


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Posted by Sam Tyler
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

"Council conflicts" writes "It is not unusual for elected officials to have conflicts.Smart ones figure out how to have an impact on important matters."

Even though it sure sounds that way, I assume you aren't advocating for City Council members to violate the law.


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Posted by Hard choices
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

The fact that PC would stoop so low as to post that tacky little collage suggests that Kelly represents a real threat to the special interest groups he serves. I have never been a Kelly fan, but now I am thinking I will vote for her.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Hard choices:

talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. Oh, and unless you consider the Fire District a "special interest" he serves no special interests.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Kelly posted that collage not me. I just pointed it out an an example of her judgment.


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Posted by Hard Choices
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Right, Peter. Remind me when Kelly accepted your Facebook friend request?

MV, you could save a lot of time by asking your doppelganger PC to add "and Menlo Voter agrees 110% with me" to the end of all his posts.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

And Hard Choice, what substantive contribution would YOU like to make to this thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion?

And what are all the names that you have used for your Forum postings?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Hard Choices:

perhaps you are new to this forum. I do not always agree with Peter. I have disagreed with him on a number of issues in the past. On Kelly we happen to agree.

Kelly is a self serving political climber that has no one but her own self interests at heart. She did not and would not serve Menlo Park well.

One other thing; with Facebook if one doesn't set their privacy settings so that only "friends" can see what they post, ANYONE can see it. But, you know that don't you?


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