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Chuck Bernstein blasts Council on Ballot arguments

Original post made by really interesting, Menlo Park: Felton Gables, on Aug 16, 2010

Published on the Menlo Park email website is a letter to officials in Menlo Park

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from Charles Bernstein, a candidate for Menlo Park council.

It starts with:

Please accept this letter as my vigorous objection to the
ballot language of the Argument For Measure T (Gateway
Project) and Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure T. While
the documents contain a number of distortions, they contain
one outright lie that must be removed.


continues with

That being said, the statement from the Rebuttal to
Argument Against Measure T that crosses the line into
absolute falsehood is the following:

"FACT: Menlo Gateway is projected to net … $600,000
annually for schools in Menlo Park."

This is a clear and blatant lie designed to counter the
valid argument against the project that the three
elementary school districts serving Menlo Park children
(Menlo Park, Las Lomitas, Ravenswood) will not get one
penny of property taxes or impact fees despite the
projection that their populations will grow as a result of
this project because all of those monies would be directed
to the Redwood City School District. If there is a
legitimate rebuttal to the opponents' claim, it should be
advanced. If not, a lie should not be a permissible
substitute, especially when made by former city council
members and other community leaders.

Serious charges for sure.

Mayor Cline and Kelly Fergusson were as I recall put in charge of writing the ballot arguments. They must be the responsible City officials along with City staff who wrote these.


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