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Cohen withdraws request for tree reconsideration

Original post made on Nov 9, 2010

The fate of a heritage redwood tree on University Drive may -- or may not -- return to Menlo Park City Council. Without explanation, Councilman Andy Cohen has now twice requested, and then withdrawn the requests, that the council consider reconsidering its vote.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 9:54 AM

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Posted by frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

It looks to me like the Almanac doesn't like Mr. Cohen. What ever happened to "fair and balanced"?


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm

We would have written these stories the same way no matter who was involved. Elected officials are responsible for their words and actions, and The Almanac is responsible for reporting them.


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Posted by Defensive?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

The Almanac once was objective. More recently however, how about it's reporting of the emailgate (council use of city email) incident during the campaign? Try a websearch of the Almanac website "Kelly Ferguson email"


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Web Link


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Posted by Defensive?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Your link above refers to a followup on an earlier story in at least one local paper. This would have been when the question of the Brown Act was first raised. If you did a story at that time, please provide a link.


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Posted by Moe
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

The reason we have a heritage tree ordinance in Menlo Park is to protect the city's tree cover - a major component of its pleasant character.
Kim LeMieux, a realtor is (or should be) fully aware of the existance and intent of this ordinance. To purchase this small property to develop a large (speculative?) residence and being aware of tree and ordinance indicates utter disrespect for the neighborhood.
LeMieux's request to cut down the tree should be denied regardless of her machinations. If professional Architects can't come up with a design that protects the tree LeMieux should cut her losses and move on.


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Posted by my view
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Sandy Brundage again tries to paint Judge Cohen in a bad light. Why is she on this rampage and why is the Almanac agreeing to such obviously bias reporting.

If I were Cohen, I would not be willing to talk to her again; why should he? She writes on 3 party hearsay information (she has already written that LeMieux was not the source for the original report and that Cohen certainly was not the source of the "TIP" that was afforded the Almanac for the story.)

Poor journalism, certainly not up to previous Almanac standards, and much more like the muckraking competition.

Keep on trying to stir the pot Ms. Brundage -- its sure to get you the axe soon enough.


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Posted by dharma
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm

The heritage tree ordinance does not prevent the removal of large trees. It establishes that requests to remove or significantly prune trees that are over 16" in trunk diameter (10" for most oaks) shall be reviewed and an application is required. There is no presumption of denial.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

Stop defending Andy. He blew it himself and he will again. The reporter HAS to cover this issue. And if Andy takes the Palin route the way you all have and blames the media, well then it is officially time to retire Andy from council.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

[Post removed; stick to the topic]


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Posted by Confused
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

The story says, "Without explanation, Councilman Andy Cohen has now twice requested, and then withdrawn the requests, that the council consider reconsidering its vote." Did he explain his requests and changes of heart to the Almanac?


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Posted by looking on
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I would think that Andy Cohen would not tell the Almanac anything anymore. For what ever reason, they are trying to attack him personally --- just best to keep one's mouth shut in such cases.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

You are delusional if you think this is the media's fault.


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Posted by Defensive?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Sandy, I'm still waiting for another link. (See November 9, 12:48 posting above)

Maybe I missed something but from what I've read in the Almanac nothing not was reported regarding Kelly Ferguson's private use of the City's email until there was something positive news to report. And when you did report the story the emphasis was on the Brown Act and not on the behind the scene campaigning.

The inference is that you were quick to attack Andy Cohen but delayed reporting negative stories on Kelly Ferguson.



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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Still defending a council member who said he would help a resident because she is good looking?

Disgusting.


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Posted by Defensive?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Message to "truth".

You sound angry. Is it because Bohannan won't be hiring anyone for 8 years?


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Never angry, just disappointed with you. I worry that wealthy white men continue to think that it is okay to make gender specific pick up lines to women as if they have some right to do so.

Do you think you have a right to use your power to try to flirt with me or come on to me?

I don't think you do. And I certainly don't think Mr. Cohen does. You guys pound the table for so much less about traffic lights and fields.

You attack reporters and opponents and anyone but Mr. Cohen.

It is a joke.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Truth -

I agree with you and have already said so on this thread. Mr. Cohen's remarks were despicable.

But please don't blame all wealthy white men. It's never a good idea to make blanket statements about any ethnic group.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Truth's comments just go to show that bigotry is not race or gender specific.


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Posted by Creeping Alzheimers
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

How about we just keep Cline as Mayor, Ohtaki (top vote getter) Vice Mayor?
With KF's transgression on using her council email for political blasts [portion removed; personal attacks violate terms of use] time for a stability check as we are about to enter the post Rojas era.
Oh, you didn't hear about Ingram, RWC City Mgr, suddenly resigning today after his performance evaluation.
Glen's as good as gone.
Your heartfelt thoughts are welcome


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

Confused:

Mr. Cohen did not respond when asked about the reasons for the requests by The Almanac. He also gave no explanation to city staff or council when making the requests.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

I am hopeful the council sees the logic in Cline staying on as Mayor. Disagree with him or not, but he does manage meetings well and keeps the politics at least marginalized. He's white and wealthy so I am not against all of them.


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Posted by Defensive?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

Sandy, I'm still waiting for another link. (See November 9, 12:48 posting AND November 10 2:02PM posting above)

Maybe I missed something but from what I've read in the Almanac nothing not was reported regarding Kelly Ferguson's private use of the City's email until there was something positive news to report. And when you did report the story the emphasis was on the Brown Act and not on the behind the scene campaigning.

The inference is that you were quick to attack Andy Cohen but delayed reporting negative stories on Kelly Ferguson.

IF THERE IS NONE, PLEASE JUST SAY SO.


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Posted by Renee Batti
news editor of The Almanac
on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Renee Batti is a registered user.

Defensive: We wrote the 'email' story when we had enough information to fact-check what was in the Post's original article and write our own article. End of story.


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Posted by defensive?
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Renee, Thanks for the explanation. [Portion removed. We see no need to continue this discussion.]


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