Posted by Disappointed, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm
What a shame. The city will lose a fair and decent moderate. Let's hope Cline runs and if he wins, he doesn't slide south towards the mediocrity of the other 3 council members. It's always the way that the weakest is the one who feels most confident about running again.
John Boyle listens, answers emails and phone calls. He takes every issue and gets the facts before voting. We know why he has voted for or against every agenda item. No games. No tantrums, grandstanding and no silent pouting. He is too good for Menlo Park.
Posted by Ol' Homeboy, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Heyward Robinson "Thinks" there's more to do? Duh!
Hopefully, he won't be around to take any credit when something positive does get accomplished by this council. Sorry to see Mr. Boyle depart, but we should all feel his frustration. Time to clean house, and get some council people with backbones and who reflect the true interest of Menlo Park residents,not just the small, personal interest groups.
Posted by escaping, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 7:22 am
Boyle's not running again means simply he has faced reality. He wasn't going to win and he knew it. This year expect to see all the incumbents swept out of office, as they should indeed be. That happened 4 years ago if you care to remember.
Four years ago, Jellins refused to run again and he was replaced by Boyle, who barely won (about 100 votes as I recall). For the most part John has indeed been the "odd man" out as he put it.
The council has spent over one million dollars on a plan for the downtown that has well over one half of the property owners against; they have signed a petition to that effect. Yet City Manager and City Staff and council refuse to acknowledge the plan has failed and continue to put funds into the consultants money pig troff. Nobody has yet to put the the finger on exactly who on City Staff convinced the Chamber to tell Nancy Couperus she couldn't be present at the next block parties (unless she was in the free speech areas). Fran Dehn won't talk about it; City claims they weren't involved. Really!
So John Boyle cops out, most likely Henry Riggs about to step up and run. Heyward Robinson won't have any problem with financing; after all he gave $80,000 to the Obama campaign, but boy he has all this baggage around him, as does Mayor Cline, who has yet to announce, but rumors he will run again and announce very soon.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 8:52 am
Escaping must have had a double shot of the famous GLS Kool Aid prior to writng his blog. Boyle chose not to run again for two reasons.
First, he was fed up with those irresponsible dilettantes on the dais who have no idea how to provide effective stewardship over the City of Menlo Park.
Second, he was offered an opportunity to do some positive work where he does not have to fight ignorance, pettiness, and corrupt politics in order to accomplish laudable goals.
I have lived in Menlo Park for over 21 years and John was only one of a few council members who have measured up, including only one liberal. The rest are true embarrassments. John is an exemplary councilman whose assiduous service will truly be missed by Menlo Park residents. Thank you John for your service to the community.
Posted by truth, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:02 am
I can guarantee you Mr. Boyle winces when people like Hank drool on about him. If Hank speaks on your behalf, it is to your own demise. No one person helps the opposition more than Hank and his vitriol.
Posted by Or Consequences, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 9:48 am
Whenever Truth disparages just about anyone that is worn as a badge of honor. Truth is so stuck in her far left anachronistic ways that anything she has to say is truly irrelevant as is she. Truth's blogs are the ultimate in ennui but the perfect elixir for insomnia.
Posted by noblesse not obliged, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm
I don't think anyone wants to run in this election, which is why Lee is begging her fans to step forward and pull papers. We are all suffering political ennui It doesn't seem to matter who is in office; the song remains the same.
I am grateful to anyone who volunteers to serve, but I would not call Boyle a "fair and decent moderate." Instead, he has proven himself to be a laissez faire politician and crony capitalist who believes that the rich and privileged should get whatever they want, and the rest of the residents will benefit from the trickle down. I expect that many of his supporters are members of the country club elite, but the rest of us are nearly as pleased with his performance.
Posted by Gail Slocum, a resident of the Menlo Park: The Willows neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm
It is indeed too bad John Boyle has chosen not to run for re-election. Though I didn't always agree with him, he really worked hard and offered some excellent financial expertise and valuable perspectives. He will be missed. Thank you John for your service!
Another reason it's sad for the City is that it takes at least a year for a new Councilmember to get up to speed. With so many important things going on, it would have been much better to have continuity by re-electing John along with Rich and Heyward. All of these three essentially volunteer public servants have done a very good job at what everyone knows is truly a thankless job (in fact, one where you are a lightening rod for people like many here who like to just snipe but don't seem willing to step up and actually run!).
Again - much appreciation, John, for your able service to our City.
Posted by Lee Duboc, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Since I was named in this stream of emails, I'll address the person who mentioned me -- I have gotten a very good response from my email. There are lots of residents who want to run; and I'm very glad about it. I expect just from the response I have gotten in a few days that this should be a very robust city council election and any incumbent who runs will have some stiff competition.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm
I suspect that Gail Slocum's remarks towards John Boyle would have been somewhat less charitable had the Menlo Moderates had 3 seats instead of just 1. With John always being in the minority, the far left agenda was never in jeopardy.
Posted by Joan, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Well Hank, you've managed to get one out of five right. The city really won't have anything left in the reserves if we don't fix the pension (and other post retirement benefits) problem. Meanwhile, you might think about trying to improve your test score a bit.
Posted by puzzled, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:04 am
Hank - Your apparent definition of far left is FAR different from anything I have ever heard of.
It seems to me that a council that voted to impose on a powerful union, and with the union lawsuit over pension reform initiative voted to defend that it should go on the ballot, as well as voted for the Gateway project is pretty darned MODERATE. The only real hard core far leftie up there is Cohen and he's not up for re-election.
But reactionary responses and knee jerk labels don't move anything forward... so what?
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 7:03 am
So are we supposed to applaud the reckless city council at this late date for feebly attempting to dig the city out of a hole that it should not have been put in the first place? You give the council credit for something it was required to do by law. How disingenuous you are!
Remember, the Council punted on the Gateway project and left it up to the voters. Now that is real stewardship. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment]
Posted by truth, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Posted by Long time resident, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm
John Boyle is the best councilmember we've had in years. It is no surprise that he is moving on.
Although Mr. Robinson and Mr. Cline are good council members, they have a track record of unconditional support for the unions including a 30% pay increase, pushing for the utility tax to pay for the raise and benefits, and supporting a union takeover of the pool. These decisions have seriously weakened the city's financial strength and helped a small group of union employees at the expense of the citizens of Menlo Park.
Posted by Or Consequences, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm
David Boesch & Audrey Seymour hid the fact that the City had a surplus from the CC to garner passage of the UUT (Union Usury Tax). The Council relied on the knowingly false estimates from the City staff. Thank goodness Boesch & Seymour are now gone. I talked with Lee Duboc, Mickie Winkler and Nicholas Jellins and none said they would have voted for the UUT had the City presented with the factual numbers in the first place.
Posted by truth, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm
I was just setting the record straight on the issue. This is especially important now as everyone gets election fever.
The UUT was endorsed by that council and Boyle and others. Robinson talked about raising the UUT but did not and I have not heard a single instance of Cline proposing any increase, rather he pushed to set it at zero. The pool was outsourced with no RFP process so everyone on this string should have been up in arms about that. Sheeper is great and probably would have still won the contract, but policy is policy.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm
I was on the budget advisory committee with Boyle when the UUT was passed. Boyle was not on the City Council. He did not endorse the UUT. I publicly voiced my opposition to the UUT. [Portion removed. Stick to the topic.]
Posted by And I've Got A Bridge in Brooklyn For You, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm
"David Boesch & Audrey Seymour hid the fact that the City had a surplus from the CC to garner passage of the UUT (Union Usury Tax). The Council relied on the knowingly false estimates from the City staff. Thank goodness Boesch & Seymour are now gone. I talked with Lee Duboc, Mickie Winkler and Nicholas Jellins and none said they would have voted for the UUT had the City presented with the factual numbers in the first place."
Posted by get it straight, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm
Good old Jellins, was always trying to rewrite history. He also approved of the Santa Cruz street furniture, but tried to evade blame when it became an unpopular topic.
Actually passage of the UUT (which I think is ok, BTW), was pushed by Fergusson, who organized phone banks etc.
She has really gotten off track and really its too bad she isn't up, because her recent blunders, such as saying the Civil Grand Jury was corrupted and not taking responsibility for the rise in garbage rates would surely doom her. Note how Robinson is trying to defuse the garbage rate rise. Where was he when it was being done?
We need a whole sweep of all the incumbents this fall. And BTW, we certainly need a new City manager.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2010 at 7:02 am
You said you are the resident of another community. Would that be Pyongyang or Caracas? Are you serious? The council has Heyward Robinson who has donated over $100,000 to far left causes in the last 7 years according to the FEC.
And then you have Kelly Fergusson who with Gail Slocum, when both were on the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, hectored 3 time former Menlo Psrk Mayor Nicholas Jellins off the committee. His crime? Why he was a member of the Democratic Leadership Council. This is a moderate group. But that was a crime in Gail's and Kelly's eyes. They need committed leftists on the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee and having a centrist like Nicholas just would not do.
Then you have Andy as an administrative law judge for the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, who consistently ruled for the plaintiff in all his labor cases. You think that there just might have been just a little judicial bias?
We have 3 council members who have a documented history of being leftists. The current sitting council could be best described with two words and the first word is Cluster.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2010 at 11:11 am
The liberal mind is the master of the non-sequitur. I lived in Caracas for 18 months (when it was a democracy) and I am not Hispanic. My brother was born in Caracas and he is not Hispanic. Your understanding of the world is severely limited. What I was suggesting was that you are sympathetic to leftist doctrine. But I have to admit that some liberals are really slow on the uptake.
If anything is an outrage it is obtuse liberals who abandon rational thought to absurd degrees to reach irrational and illogical conclusions.