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Menlo Park mayor joins race for seat on Board of Supervisors

Original post made on Feb 5, 2012

Newly minted Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith on Saturday tossed her name into a crowded field of candidates for a seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, February 4, 2012, 11:04 PM

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Posted by News Junkie, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

The Examiner has an intersting perspective. It said

"Keith does have at least one significant challenge in that her most significant public exposure recently came in the form of a bizarre political drama in Menlo Park in which the cell phone of Keith's husband was discovered underneath a political lawn sign that had been placed in a neighbors lawn and "relocated" to a resting place under a tree in the neighbor's side lot.

The odd political tempest caught the attention of the local press with numerous articles published following the coincidence and even caught the attention of a local television station.

Another factor that could play into the election for Keith is the fact that she has served on the council to which she was elected for just 14 months and is now making a bid to depart. Such a move could come with a backlash from even staunch local supporters who put in effort to see her elected to city office. But such is the calculation of politics and ambition.

To read the entire article please click below:

Web Link

Posted by interesting, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

Political ambition serves no one but the candidates. This is a shame for our city that yet another council member used us to move up. I will not be supporting Keith again.

Posted by Smear campaign, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

The last two posts feel like smear campaign plants. The first references a blog post, not an examiner article. The author doesn't speak for the Examiner. He obviously doran support Ms. Keith. The second claims other Menlo Park politicians have used City Council to "move up". The poster obviously knows little about political history in Menlo Park. Who was the last Menlo Park city council person to move up to supervisor? Looks like the county thug patrol is trying to stir up drama in Menlo Park, where there need not be any. Keith would represent Menlo park well at the County level. It's about time we had some representation there.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Why would a candidate for public office not authorize the release of their residence information?

"Res: Not Authorized to Release"

Posted by News Junkie, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

The author writes for the Examiner. It is posted on the Examiner web site with the consent of the Examiner. Yet somehow, in Smear Campaign's tortured logic, the facts do not matter. If the facts reflect negatively upon Smear Campaign's candidate, regardless of how true they are then it is a smear. Me think you doth protest too much.

Posted by interested, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

There are more qualified and experienced people than Keith all around our great city who remained dedicated to the pledge they took to our city and finished the job they started.

That is all. I have nothing against Mayor Keith. 14 months is kind of a joke.

Posted by Smear campaign, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

Interesting does raise a good point. It is true that Councilmember Fergusson has many more years of experience on City Council than Ms. Keith. And she never has sought higher office.

Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

A city attorney once told me "anyone who has ever been elected dog catcher has no trouble seeing themselves standing at the top of steps at the Capitol in Washington, DC being sworn in as President by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court."

I tend to agree.

Posted by Political Savant, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

It is obvious that the spouse in that dynamic political couple best qualified to run for the Board or Supervisors is not Kirsten Keith but her charismatic husband Mr. John Woodell. Mr. woodell has consistently displayed sound judgment, maturity, and behavior reminiscent of a Statesman. Mr. Woodell would be a great addition to the Board of Supervisors and I encourage everyone to ask Ms. Keith to step aside for her far more capable and accomplished husband Mr. Woodell.

Posted by Outside Looking In, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

It's obvious that Ms. Keith is looking only at her own blind political ambition, instead of what's best for her community. Barely on the council for a year and barely mayor for 2 months-- yikes! Voters should look at the County Bd of Supes position as a job to represent the voters and community. Supes are paid a six-figure salary w/benefits, so we voters should approach this election as if we were "hiring" someone. Looking at the overall make-up of the board, for me, I would want someone w/a fincl background/understanding so that the county budget will be scrutinized and/or validated; someone who has real and long-time public office experience to understand and tackle problems (not taking credit for everything, like Ms. Keith has done w/"bringing Facebook to Menlo Park!"); and someone who brings a diverse perspective. There are other things to look at, but these would be my top three "employee" criteria. I don't think Ms. Keith meets any of them.

Posted by interesting, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

[Portion removed. Please don't guess at the actual name of an anoymous poster.]

Let me give you some examples...

Boyle, Winkler and Duboc went four years. Jellins went eight with Schmidt, collacchi and Kinney. None of them grabbed for a higher post while carrying out their pledge to our city. And look currently and you have Cline and Cohen who have not shown any inclination to use us as a step. Insult all of these folks all you want. They all spent more than 14 months and kept the word they gave to the city.

Posted by No more political polarization!, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Interesting: My thoughts exactly! You must have read my mind! [Portion deleted. Please avoid "guilt by association" comments. ]

Our government, at all levels, has challenging issues to deal with, and elected representatives must all work together for balanced public policy -- not a "pure" ideological one. That's been a killer for the Republicans, and it will be a killer for the Democrats, if we don't watch out for people [Portion deleted.]

Keith is unprepared to meet these challenges, and she would be a tremendous waste of public funds.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

How refreshing and uplifting to this discussion it would be if everyone who posted used their real name - certainly there can be no fear of retaliation for commenting on this topic.

Instead what we are seeing are personal attacks by nameless individuals - to what end? -certainly not to have a 'thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion.'

Posted by boadicea, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

boadicea is a registered user.

What I do not understand is that to be Mayor of MP she has to reside in the city of MP. To be a supervisor she has to live in the district that she seeks to represent: E. Palo Alto or North Fairoaks. So which is it? Or perhaps it is neither in which case she should not be running.[Menlo Park is in the district.]

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Here is the map of District 4 for San Mateo County.

Web Link

Posted by Henry Riggs, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Henry Riggs is a registered user.

The county government takes a bigger slice of your real estate tax bill than your city does. The county provides public health, the court system, county parks, roads, jails and sheriffs department. And the county is in deep financial doodoo because we haven't paid attention - as one blogger put it "the county is just not a real entity to me"!. This is OUR county, not someone elses, and they tried to close a friggin public park. Having Menlo Park represented by one of our own would not be a bad thing.

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