Almanac

News - October 20, 2010

Correction

In the Voter's Guide that ran in the Oct. 13 issue, The Almanac reported that incumbent Menlo Park Councilman Rich Cline is opposed to Measure L, the pension initiative. Mr. Cline said he neither supports nor opposes Measure L: he is neutral on the issue.

Comments

Posted by looking on, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Well, the Mayor may take that position, but he along with the rest of council is responsible for there being a Measure L. If they hadn't three years ago, raised that pension rate, this would not have happened at all. So he is responsible for its appearance.

Only John Boyle (who is not running) and Andy Cohen, not up at this time, support L. Robinson is strongly anti Measure L. Like on so many issues he is in lock step with Fergusson.

Cline and Robinson are going to be defeated rather easily because they created the fiscal mess we are mired in. They hired the present City manager as well.

But in all truth, in reality, the member who should be painted most heavily with Measure L, is Fergusson. She led the charge to please the unions, pushed the council hard to raise the pension rate, and she now is the only council person to write the against L argument.

Measure L is gong to win big, and its coat-tails are going to be enough to defeat incumbents, Cline and Robinson. I really like Cline. He works very hard, presents an excellent image of the City as Mayor, runs good meetings, but his votes leave a lot to be desired.

The old Winkler / DuBoc / Jellins camp smell blood in this election, and they are going to draw it big time. Keith and Ohtaki look like sure winners. Benstein, by far and away the best candidate, should gather up the third seat


Posted by tale of the tape, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

ballot listing sequence will play out the final tally
Robinson, Cline, Ohtaki,, followed by Keith, Bernstein, etc
Off year elections with a lot of ballot measures tend to make disaffected local voters pick the first 3.
Just look at the sample ballot.
Too many national/state issues to get newer residents empowered in "08 for "change" to focus on local elections
Besides, they will tend to vote their pocketbook for local issues, when upside potential will suppress philosophical leanings


Posted by looking on, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I hardly think that Menlo Park voters can be classified as "disaffected local voters". With Measure L and Measure T on the ballot --- certainly not. Certainly not me.


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