Posted by anon, a resident of the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Kelly is an embarrassment to Menlo Park. It wasn't just that she got caught rigging the mayor selection, it's how she's such a sell-out to the unions at every turn. How she thought our trash rate increases were just fine. Her bickering about every little thing. How she doesn't seem to understand basic concepts.
I wonder if she's worried that if she leaves council she'll be dumped by her employer, Siemens. Apparently she's some sort of government relations person with them, where she goes around to various cities to sell them on whatever systems Siemens is selling. I guess by being on the Menlo Park council, she gets a free ticket into the California League of Cities convention, where she can put on her Siemen's hat and lobby other cities.
Her job at Siemens might be the reason why she hasn't been a critic of high-speed rail.
Anyway, I'm sure the voters will speak loudly this November about whether they want her back.
Posted by intent, a resident of another community, on Jun 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm
The Almanac may choose to publish Ms. Fergusson's statements, which are docx attachement to CCIN and the report from the DA's office. These are all very difficult to find and view. We don't recall the DA ever stating, "there was no wrongful intent". There may be plenty of wrongful intent, but no crime. The DA only deals with crime.
The Almanac should also explain the purpose of the cure-and-correct. A simple Brown Act violation is not a felony, or a misdemenor or even an infraction. The bar is so low that any discussion can potentially amount to a Brown Act Violation. When the possibility of a violation is uncovered, the cure-and-correct is used to shed light on the discussion that occurred, and the issue is resolved.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm
Kelly is clearly ethically challenged. She knew the requirements of the Brown Act, yet chose to violate them. When caught, her response was "oops, I didn't know." BULLSH*T! If she didn't know she's incredibly incompetent. If she did know, which she likley did, she figured it better to "ask forgiveness rather than permission." In either event she shows herself as unfit to serve. If the Menlo Park electorate is STUPID enough to reelect her, they deserve what they get - an incompetent/dishonest representative that is a union lacky. Yeah, that's just what Menlo Park needs more of.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
"we can't imagine why the Labor Council, AFSCME or SEIU would spend a dime on the Menlo Park Council race."
Then you do not understand the union mentality - they have no intention of giving up. Their objective is to show that they can continue to get union endorsed candidates elected - and they will deliver their Due Bill later.
Posted by reform, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Peter, you underestimate how difficult it is for those special interests to find a person that is willing to be in their pocket, but can also be propped up to that status of a viable candidate. Just look at Masur, she came in 3rd place for the school board less than a year ago, and no newspaper has endorsed her (except the Almanac, which endorsed four). Those same special interests are leaning on their friends all around the county to send her contributions, but she still doesn't have a chance against Slocum.
Posted by reality, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Those who discount Fergusson aren't dealing in reality. 95% of Menlo Park residents don't pay attention to Menlo Park politics, and that is probably 70% of the public who will vote in Menlo Park for either Romney or Obama in November. Fergusson is going to take credit for Facebook and everything else under the sun in her ballot statement. Plus she will have the word incumbent by her name. Plus she will have union money in a year when political donors give most of their campaign contributions to national candidates. She will be very very tough to beat.
Posted by reporting, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 3:02 am
Sorry to ruin your ideal of the union candidate, but there is very little "union money" in the Menlo Park Council race. Fergusson received a grand total of $1,400 from unions in 2008. She had only 24 contributors that gave over $100, here they are:
Plumbers & Steamfitters, $1,000 : Maryann Moise Derwin, $760 : Julie Lance, $600 : Shirley Zeien, $500 : Valerie Fredrickson, $340 : International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $250 : Bob Ekedahl, $250 : Mark Flegel, $250 : Patti Fry, $250 : Richard Holober, $250 : Daniel Mendez, $250 : Otto Lee, $250 : Sophie Lo, $250 : Jim Madison, $250 : Jane Ratchye, $250 : Frances Scholes, $250 : Nick Sharma, $250 : Gail Slocum $250 : Irene Searles, $200 : Operating Engineers AFLCIO, $150 : Heyward Robinson, $150 : Edward Johnson, $150 : Charles Brandon, $150 : Steven Eisner, $125
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:58 am
the union money isn't in direct contributions. It's in mailers made up and distributed by them. It's in paid precinct walkers out stumping for the condidate. It's in buying and placing signs. Not direct donations and worth a hell of a lot more than $1400.
Posted by Stu Soffer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:22 am
While Menlo Park does not have term limits, there is little history of council members building long-term enamor. Usually council members tire of the job and its effect on their professional and personal lives, and self control implements a de-facto term limit of 2 -terms.
It seems a third term is more vanity than fulfilling a public need.
Posted by old timer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:01 am
Yes indeed, Menlo Voter understands why the union support is so important to Fergusson. "Reporting" just doesn't understand how the system works.
Fergusson spends most of her time attending Democratic party events, seeking endorsements and doing her self promotion. She should have resigned 2 years ago, but didn't and now expects the voters to give her a third term.
Posted by reform, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Menlo Voter, please dig into your personal archive for one of these independent expenditure mailers promoting Kelly Fergusson, and describe it. Better yet, post a link to a finance report that shows the expenditure. Unless the union can provide bodies to walk precincts and do phone banking (as we've seen with the firefighters), these will be no measurable impact on this election.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm
you provided your own example, the firefighters. You think they're the only union that does this kind of thing?
The other item unions provide is their "endorsement." Which, for the less diciminating voters, is a reason to vote for the endorsed candidate. Do you think this doesn't come with a price. If you don't think so ask Peter Carpenter what happened after the union endorsed him. They came calling expecting pay back. They didn't get it and from then on the firefighters put a target on his back.
Sorry, Kelly is a union lacky and has already shown herself to be deeply ethically challenged. She deserved to be recalled and she certainly doesn't deserve reelection.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Menlo Voter is correct. In the last fire district election I understand that the fire fighters union spend more than $50,000 to get their candidates elected, namely Rob Silano. They also endorsed Virginia Kiraly. Both were elected, so don't underestimate their machine.
While Kelly's record and decisions speak for themselves, sometimes the unexpected happens -- she could get re-elected. Hopefully, she will have some good competition.
Posted by Through the Looking Glass, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm
Henry Fox: Great observation that Kelly is vulnerable... one tiny correction, though. Ohtaki got the most votes, Keith got the second most votes, and Cline got the third most votes. Both newcomers beat an incumbent in terms of the number votes and ousted Angry Heyward, who received the fourth most votes. It is definitely doable to oust Kelly, and I hope any potential candidate realizes this.
While I appreciate that some posters like Mueller, my only problem with him is that he seems to be a johnny-come-lately. He's done some things, but to me, it seems that everything he's done has been calculated to run for city council instead of doing something because he genuinely cares about the community. He may be a smart guy, but I fear he may also be disingenuous. We don't need more disingenuous people on our council.
Anyone, however, is better than Kelly!!! I hope more people step up to run. While I think Mueller would be a mediocre choice, Kelly would be horrible choice!
Posted by Ray Mueller, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:00 am
Hello Through the Looking Glass!
My phone number is 650-776-8995. If you would like join me for coffee sometime, I would be happy to speak with you about our community and my sincere desire to serve it. I also am proud to share with you the endorsements I already have received from Kirsten Keith, Rich Cline, John Boyle, 6/7 planning commissioners, and 5/6 of my fellow transportation commissioners as well. I don't share these endorsements to boast, but rather in the hopes that you may find some solace in the fact so many public servants have stepped forward to endorse me so early in this City Council race because they believe after working with me that I do genuinely care greatly about this community, all of this community. That being said, you certainly are entitled to your opinions. I look forward to getting to know you in the future.
Posted by olttimer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:05 am
Just make sure when you meet with Ray Mueller, he tells you he wants dense development because we must protect the foothills and the animals there. He supports the higher density in the downtown / El Camino plan.
Don't let him fool you into believing that he is a "residentialist" He is anything but. Quality of life to him, means first, quality of life to animals and residents of Menlo Park come second.
Rich Cline convinced some of us at one time he was a "residentailist", but his votes and actions have shown him to be anything but that. Originally allied with Boyle, DuBoc and Winkler, he convinced many he was not a Bohannon puppet; years later look at his votes.
Don't make the same mistake with Meuller and certainly Kelly must go in any case.