Posted by Civil, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Frugal, the campaign you are referring to is obviously very effective, otherwise you would not feel obligated to comment. You are encouraged to vet the candidates, the Almanac provides this forum for you to do so. In Menlo Park, we are fortunate to have strong candidates such as Catherine Carlton (and others) that are willing to participate in the process.
Posted by Neighbor, a resident of the Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm
It's unfortunate that Mr. Bragg's "setback" had to be publicized, but it confirmed my suspicions as to his potential debt....He has a big spending problem, as evident from all of his "toys", cars, boats, expensive marketing gimmicks, etc. I wouldn't trust him making financial decisions for my town, as oldtimer as commented.
Posted by bankruptcy, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm
There are plenty of Stanford MBAs that lost their shirt in the recent real estate downturn, but none of them are running for Menlo Park City Council, in this election. Mr. Bragg is not the first Menlo Park candidate to have declared bankruptcy, but the voters have been known to reject such candidates, just look at what happened to Christina Angell-Atchison and Chuck Bernstein.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm
People need to realize that many people that are now in financial trouble were spending within their means before the economy tanked. The income that they were dependent upon suddenly went away, through no fault of their own, and that which they could previously afford, they could no longer. It doesn't necessarily mean they were irresponsible in their financials. It means the economy tanked.
This economy has affected far more MBA's and other "responsible" folks than most of us will ever know. Some were able to avoid bankruptcy, others were not. The only ones we know about are the ones that couldn't avoid bankruptcy. A bankruptcy that often was no fault of their own, but the results of a major recession. Some would even call it a "depression." So before you are all too quick to jump on the "Dave Bragg was irresponsible" bandwagon, I suggest you take a deeper look at things, then look in the mirror. There but for the grace of god could have gone YOU.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm
I'd be concerned about his bankruptcy & his busy schedule. It's not about blaming him, it's about individual voters deciding what candidate they think will do the best job. That decision will be reached by factoring in information that you think may add or detract from their ability to do a good job. For some, this means a impeccable finances, for others it may mean wisely weathering life's storms even if one pays a high price for that. Luckily, Bragg's young enough that he can run again if he doesn't win this year.
Posted by Dave Bragg- Business Owner/City Council Candidate, a resident of the Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm
To all readers and posters on this thread about Ms.Carlton's pulling papers. It is obvious that a handful of you may be interested in more information about my investment in affordable housing for military personal in Texas that pushed me into bankruptcy. I would love to have the opportunity to share my experience with everyone that really cares to know, I would like to meet with you this Friday (8/10) at 10am, Location TBD.
I would also love to discuss the issues the are Directly effecting Menlo Park.