Viewpoint - November 17, 2010

Here's what they're saying on Town Square

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'Friends' seek to avert Caltrain demise

Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of the Menlo Park, Park Forest neighborhood.

The Friends of CalTrain should not be supported, nor should a ballot measure to support CalTrain be supported, so long as CalTrain continues to support running the high-speed rail line along their corridor. Making it very simple, if you support CalTrain with their present alliance with the high-speed rail authority, you are supporting the high-speed rail project. Now that high-speed rail will not come to the Bay Area anytime soon, if ever, CalTrain should wise up, dissolve their agreement with the rail authority, and get going on a new business model.

Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community.

Morris Brown's opinion that Caltrain should not be supported is one of the most self serving, short-sighted comments I've ever seen. Don't support a service that serves millions of people each year, keeps hundreds of thousands of cars off the roads, and, in many cases, represents people's sole way to get to work just because he owns property near the railroad track! I don't care how you feel about high-speed rail, we (all of us on the Peninsula and south) must support Caltrain.

Who should be the next Menlo Park mayor?

Posted by who knows?, a resident of the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood.

The next big City Council decision will be who will be the next mayor of Menlo Park. With two new council persons to be seated, under usual policy, neither should serve as mayor until they have had at least a year of experience. Current Mayor Rich Cline would also be eliminated as policy says a new mayor should not be the previous mayor. So that leaves members Andy Cohen and Kelly Fergusson. Ms. Fergusson is out actively looking to be elected. To me, she is out of touch with the community. Not only did she oppose Measure L, the pension reform, she wrote the arguments against it (by herself), and continues to push for union perks and salary increases. I don't think the voters of Menlo Park need her to be mayor again. Previous councils have gone against mayoral succession policy, which is not city code, but just an informal set of previous rules. Remember the Lee DuBoc, Mickie Winkler and Nicholas Jellins era, when in eight years Mr. Jellins managed to be mayor three times (very unfortunately). With newly elected members Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki perhaps becoming a voting block, maybe they will want to violate policy and be appointed mayor immediately. You only need three votes. We shall see.


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