Bad Judgment by Outgoing Mayor
Original post made by Council Watcher, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Dec 1, 2009
Outgoing Mayor Heyward Robinson was determined to have the council take action before he left office to not only endorse him for a seat on the regional samTrans board of directors, but to have the council pass a motion requesting that Councilmember Boyle drop out of the race so as not to undermine Robinson's chances of winning. It was clear that Rich (and of course Boyle) were uncomfortable taking any action at what most of us expected was a purely ceremonial council meeting, but Robinson pushed ahead to bring the matter to a vote while he was still in charge. The discussion was probably made even more uncomfortable by the fact that Robinson did not recuse himself from the debate or the vote.
After the party line vote in favor of the motion, former mayor Steve Schmidt had the courage to come forward and point out how "weird" it was that we would not want to both of our council members to compete for this regional role and urged Boyle to stay in the race.
As much as Robinson may have wanted a quick endorsement to simplify his campaign, it would have been much more appropriate for him to have made his endorsement request to incoming Mayor Cline and let Rich decide how to best handle it at the next regular city council meeting.