What to look for in November Council Candidates
Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Aug 2, 2010
The purpose of this topic is to create a Town Forum dialogue on what are the qualities that the citizens of Menlo Park and Atherton want in the council persons whom we will elect on November.
Let me provide my personal preferences in order to get the discussion going:
1 - committed to open and transparent government and pledged not to use closed sessions except when absolutely necessary (as opposed to using closed sessions whenever permitted).
2 - independent as demonstrated by neither seeking nor accepting support from anyone who is not a registered voter in their jurisdiction, which means accepting neither money or endorsements from unions, developers, business organization or civic groups.
3 - committed to acting in the best interest of the citizens of their jurisdiction rather than to further their own agenda or the agenda of some outside group.
4 - committed to working with their fellow council members to find the best solution for their jurisdiction without personal attacks or animosity.
5 - committed to having a balanced budget without recourse to reserves or accounting tricks.
6 - open to considering any opportunity for significant costs savings such as outsourcing of specific services.
Let the dialogue begin.