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Editorial: New wrinkle in June 5 primary

Original post made on May 15, 2012

This year voters will find a different system in place when they go to the polls or cast their ballots by mail in the June 5 primary election. A new "open primary" system allows all voters to cast a vote for any candidate, regardless of party, for state and congressional offices. The top two vote-getters, even if they are members of the same political party, advance to the general election in November.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Menlo Moderate, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

Kirsten Keith did not serve on the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. Carlos Romero is the person best qualified to be on the Board of Supervisors as a representative of District 4.

Editor's note: Thanks. We changed the online editorial to planning and housing commissions.


Posted by archive, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Keith did not serve on the Menlo Park Transportation Commission, but she did serve on the Community Mediation Services Committee, Housing Commission and Planning Commission. Web Link

As the Almanac reported back in 2002, Keith was also a County Commissioner. Web Link


Posted by Menlo Moderate, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Unlike Keith, Carlos Romero has 4 solid years on the East Palo Alto City Council with a full year under his belt as mayor. Prior to his being elected as mayor, he was chair and vice chair of the East Palo Alto Redevelopment Agency, served on and chaired the city's Planning Commission for 6 years, and was a member and chair of the East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Board for 4 years. Currently, Romero chairs the City's Housing and Economic Development committees.

Romero is the Vice Chair of City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) of San Mateo County, and Vice Chair of the Dumbarton Rail Policy Advisory committee for Alameda and San Mateo counties. He is a board member of the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance comprised of 17 San Mateo County cities, and is an alternate board member on the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority. For three and one-half years, he served on the nine county Metropolitan Transportation Commission's advisory committees, and chaired its Equity Analysis subcommittee. He is an active participant in the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, focusing on their Housing, Land Use and Transportation policy areas.


Posted by What Sup?, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on May 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Too bad so few voters know Carlos. He is a gifted orator, an incisive leader, and a really smart guy whose got a keen understanding of what's going on and what needs to be done. No need to bash Keith, though. Odds are that Masur will win given the support she has.

Carlos should just skip the county and go straight to the US Senate where he might actually be able to make things happen. One of the most impressive people I've ever met.


Posted by Menlo Moderate, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

The purpose of my post was not to bash Keith but rather to point out an inaccuracy on the part of the Almanac. Keith is a good mayor However, Romero is stellar. So, why settle for good when you can have better?


Posted by archive, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Morerate, if by "4 solid years" you mean "less that 4 years", or "more that 3 years", or ever "about 3.5 years", then yes. Surprisingly, the PDF and print version of this article lists Morantes instead of Slocum, oops: Web Link

If number of LIKEs on Facebook is a valid metric, Romero is at the tail end of this group:
Keith: 234 - Masur: 190 - Morantes: 72 - Slocum: 63 - Romero: 26

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Editor's note: Due to a production error, an earlier version of the editorial ran in the paper. Here is the link to the correct version: Web Link We apologize for this error and will run a correction in the next edition of the paper.


Posted by Menlo Moderate, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Fortunately this election is not a popularity contest. It is about who has the most county experience and record of accomplishment and Carlos Romero is a runaway winner in this category. I don't intend any slight towards Keith but she simply is not in Romero's league. Give her 10 years and she will probably be stellar too but at this point in time she is simply too green.


Posted by archive, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Every election is a popularity contest.


Posted by Menlo Moderate, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 16, 2012 at 7:18 am

Every election is not a popularity contest.

In 1876 there were a total of 369 electoral votes available with 185 needed to win. Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, with 4,036,298 popular votes won 185 electoral votes. His main opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, won the popular vote with 4,300,590 votes, but won only 184 electoral votes. Hayes was elected president.

In 1888 there were a total of 401 electoral votes available with 201 needed to win. Republican Benjamin Harrison, with 5,439,853 popular votes won 233 electoral votes. His main opponent, Democrat Grover Cleveland, won the popular vote with 5,540,309 votes, but won only 168 electoral votes. Harrison was elected president.

In 2000 there were a total of 538 electoral votes available with 270 needed to win. Republican George W. Bush, with 50,456,002 popular votes won 271 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent, Al Gore, won the popular vote with 50,999,897 votes, but won only 266 electoral votes. Bush was elected president.

Many people complain that the electoral college is unfair. Our founding fathers created a Senate so that the smaller states (population wise) would not be put at a disadvantage by the larger states. The number of electoral votes each state gets is equal to the number of senators plus number of congress persons. This is established by Article 2 Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

If the electoral college were done away with then 17 states would benefit at the expense of 33 states. Do you think Joe Biden would advocate having Delaware's representation cut by 2/3? The answer is no. The electoral college is here to stay because 3/4 of the legislatures are need to approve a consitutional amendment-- which is the only means available to have elections by popular vote and not by the electoral college. When only 1/3 of the legislatures would benefit from that there is no way the electoral college is going away.


Posted by Bushwacker, a resident of another community
on May 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

Menlo Moderate: Thanks for your excellent exposition. I remember a commentator saying prior to the year 2000 vote that if Bush won the popular vote and Gore the electoral college vote, that would be the end of the electoral college. I think your post explains why that's not going to happen.

Could a new constitution be drawn up at a constitutional convention without the approval of three-fourths of the states? Are we hobbled by this antiquated constitution?

Actually, George Bush did win the popularity vote in 2000 -- in the Supreme Court on a 5-4 party-line vote. I guess that was the only vote that mattered.


Posted by Menlo Moderate, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

Article 5 of the Constitution allows for a Constitutional Convention. If 2/3 of the states, through their legislatures, petition Congress for a convention then Congress must put one on. Once the convention is called the States must approve any proposed amendment by a 3/4 super majority.

There is a great article by the Harvard Law School on this topic.
Web Link


Posted by Carlos Romero for SMC Supervisor!, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

What Sup?:

I agree with you completely about Romero and his need to be more well-known. If you're inclined to do so, please help spread the word about him and the qualities you so eloquently summarized:

"...gifted orator, an incisive leader, and a really smart guy whose got a keen understanding of what's going on and what needs to be done..."

I also agree with Menlo Moderate that Romero is the best candidate for the job.

I attended the LWV forum in MP a few weeks back, and he was in a league above everyone else in terms of his principles, convictions, knowledge, and experience. He was balanced and very thoughtful, which is what this county needs. His experience in a very challenging city in our county has prepared him better than all the other candidates.

Please help spread the word! CARLOS ROMERO FOR SAN MATEO COUNTY SUPERVISOR! Go to Carlos' website to learn more about him. He is the only candidate with a more detailed explanation of his views on the issues: Web Link.


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