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News - July 23, 2008

Where's the excitement in Menlo Park council race?

• David Bohannon forms new "non-political" group; Cohen and Fergusson remain unchallenged.

by Rory Brown

It's almost the end of July, and there's little to no controversy on the Menlo Park City Council election front.

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Posted by Confused, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I'm really confused. If David Bohannon's group isn't political in nature, or wasn't formed to influence the election, how is it that so many people didn't know about it until now? The article says Mike Gullard has attended a meeting, but how did he find out about it? Are the meetings by invitation only? Did the Almanac know about it? Probably not, or they would have reported on it sooner than this week.

This isn't adding up. Can we get some answers here?

Posted by Polly Ticks, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

If history has taught us anything, the election is bound to get nasty, if not exciting, by the time October rolls around.

Posted by who needs exitement, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Seems to me that the ideal leadership in Menlo Park would manage the city in a way that the community can respect. Then there would be less need for petitions and for "throw the bums out" movements. While I neither like the glacial pace of government nor all decisions made by the city, I think this council is doing a decent job. I'd rather get excited about other things than this election.

Posted by skeptic, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 25, 2008 at 12:13 am

The council elections in off years (when a minority of the council is chosen) tend to be pretty low key. And the consensus is that both incumbents are doing a decent job; our mayor has accomplished quite a bit and Kelly has not attempted an encore to the Park fiasco. If they are willing to sit through those interminable meetings for another four years, I say more power to them.

Despite rumblings from the Bohannon faction and former council member/mayor Steve Schmidt, it's hard to come up with names of anyone else who would both be willing to run and who would stand a chance of winning. Christina Angell-Atchison, anyone?

Posted by exit polls, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 25, 2008 at 7:48 am

sure looks like Gibboney is giving Schmidt an early campaign promo. in this week's Almanac Guest Opinion. What placement! With that prominently located Schmidt cheap shot "hit piece" on Kelly, thinly disguised as a call for "community dialogue",
appears Steve is begging for folks to ask him to run to make it a race. Nice try, Steve, you're history. Not only are you "termed out", you burned too many bridges

Posted by 8/8/08, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 25, 2008 at 8:05 am

What symmetry! Beijing Olympics, magic no. 8 in Chinese tradition, so 8/8/8, that's the dealine, Aug. 8th. maybe one of the Sinnott's?

Posted by 8/8/08, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 25, 2008 at 8:07 am

forgot to mention, the Aug. 8 deadline is also 88 days before the election!

Posted by on the button, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 25, 2008 at 8:16 am

think of the luck if someone files on 8/8/08 @ 8:08am!
Or proposes marriage, gets a marriage license at the county at that precise moment, makes an important business decision, etc.
Should be an up day on Wall Street as well. I think I will put something on Ebay auction that ends at that time.
what a kick!

Posted by voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Have to laugh at Steve calling for a candidate who represents moderate Menlo Park when he himself is on the extreme fringes...and doesn't seem to know it!