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Election: Union influence key issue in Menlo fire board race

Original post made on Sep 1, 2013

Peter Carpenter, no stranger to the Menlo Park fire district board of directors, decided to enter this year's election with barely 24 hours to spare before the filing deadline. The district serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Double Standard, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Peter C., showing his double standard and a real political animal...Endorsed by the union in the past and VOTED FOR the 3@ 50 for the firefighters retirement! I can't believed he was fooled by the union....he's to smart for that ....RIGHT! Looks like the his political machine is running out of one else wanted to run, except him....what a sad state of affairs for you Peter. The firefighters are now in mediation with the district. Morale at the district is high! The district is running great, with the current management. Go did a great job in the past, now go fishing!

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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I am pleased to once again rise to the call of public service.
My priorities,if elected, will be:

Make sure that the District remains financially solvent.

Reach a negotiated agreement with firefighters' union.

Maintain superior fire and medical responses.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I would note that I have previously served more than 9 years as a Fire District Director - having been elected twice by the citizens to four year terms and also unanimously appointed twice by the then four serving Directors to fill unexpected vacancies (including when Peter Ohtaki left the Fire Board when he was elected to the Menlo Park City Council. I am currently endorsed by 2 current mayors, 5 former mayors, three current Fire Board Directors and 3 former Fire Board Directors and Board Presidents.

Posted by Union One, a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

Has Peter Carpenter every been a member of a union?

And, how classy to be bashing labor movements on LABOR DAY.

Good work.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Note my second priority:

Reach a negotiated agreement with firefighters' union.

Nothing union bashing in that statement.

I was quoted, correctly, as saying on Aug 21 :
"Since there will (hopefully) be a new firefighter's contract negotiated with the Fire District during the forthcoming term, I can understand that it is in the labor union's interest to have Fire District Directors who you think will serve your interests," Mr. Carpenter wrote in an email to the labor council on Thursday. "Similarly, an endorsement by a labor union for an election that will be immediately followed by labor negotiations carries with it the appearance of a conflict of interest."

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I am pleased to support Mr. Carpenter. He bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Conversely, I will not be supporting Mr. Nelson, a well known union backer and mouthpiece like his colleague, Mr. Silano, who was heavily backed by the union in the last election. While I'm not anti union, it was interesting that the union spend $85,000 in the last fire district election -- $85,000 -- when historically candidates have spent less than one tenth that amount. I wonder how much the union plans to spend in this election?

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The fact that the union was willing to spend $85,000 in the last election should tell anyone with a modicum of intellect that they are trying to buy influence on the board. I'll vote for Peter in the hopes of preventing the union from owning a majority of the board.

Posted by Thoughts & Question, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 5, 2013 at 1:33 am

Bob, I totally agree with you about supporting Peter Carpenter and not supporting Jack Nelson. I think you're right that Nelson is a union hack. From what I've heard, Nelson isn't the brightest bulb either, but getting back to the union support... I think anyone financially supported by the firefighters should not be elected to the fire board. From what I've read, it also sounds like Carolyn Clarke may also be backed by the union.

Peter: who do you think the non-union backed candidates will besides yourself? Also, do you know the candidates' ballot placement?

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:06 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

There are three seats on the Board that are up for election this November.

In addition to myself two other fiscally conservative and experienced individuals are also candidates in this election - Rex Ianson, who is currently in his second term on the Board, and Chuck Bernstein.

Carpenter is first on the ballot, Bernstein is fourth and Ianson is fifth.

The two seats not up for election are held respectively by a very competent, fiscally conservative individual and the other by someone who was elected in 2011 with a huge financial investment ( estimated to be over $50k) by the firefighters' union. The three seats in play will determine wether or not the union gets control of the Board - just in time for the Board to sit in judgement on a new contract for the union!

I urge all of you to vote for the three of us - Bernstein, Carpenter and Ianson - and to ask your friends to do do the same.

Posted by Ginger, a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

Remember to vote for Carpenter, Ianson, and Bernstein. Their job is to represent you, the taxpayers.

Posted by Double Standard, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Why was my post removed from last night? It appears freedom of speech is no longer a right or the truth no longer counts. People should know this when they pick up and read your newspaper. Good luck and I'm sure the next election you will be a bad memory.

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