For those, like myself, who thought that the council would have the decency to vote in member Andy Cohen, who would have been appointed had the process been followed, this was a case of gross inequity.
Could it be that Mr. Cohen's position on the downtown portion of the Vision Plan — slowing it down to listen to and involve the stakeholders — was the reason he was bypassed? Is that the "erratic behavior" that Mr. Robinson (whose own behavior could only charitably be called erratic) referred to? Erratic is a word often used to dismiss integrity by those who are more comfortable with "group think."
I do hope that council member Cohen will continue as the independent thinker he has shown himself to be. Those of us who feel left out of the process appreciate the fact that we have Andy Cohen on the council because he is one council member who actually listens.
Nancy Couperus is a downtown Menlo Park property owner and co-founder of the Downtown Alliance. She lives in Los Altos.