Measure J (sports fields at Bayfront Park) is a political wedge
Original post made by MJ on Oct 23, 2006
Measure J is on the ballot for only one reason, to create a wedge between challengers to the incumbent slate and play field proponents.
Inappropriate e-mails have been sent out using the official e-mail lists of various kids sports leagues around the city - naming the candidates and their positions on Measure J. The implication is clear, the incumbent slate supports playing fields. The challengers don't.
However, challengers Robinson and Bressler have kids that use the play fields in Menlo Park. Cline and Robinson are on the parks and recreation committee. Bressler is on the AYSO board. Robinson is an AYSO soccer referee and Bressler is an AYSO coach.
These are people who care about play fields in Menlo Park and understand the real issues.
Menlo Park is not well served by a slate of incumbents who bring us wedge politics that obscure and confuse the truth.
on Oct 24, 2006 at 12:24 am
The city council has been criticized for not listening to the public over the golf course at Bayfront Park. Now the council seeks the broadest public opinion, through an advisory election, and some of the same people are knocking it for that.
The critics don't really want the council to listen to the public. They want the council to listen only to them, and follow what they say.
on Oct 24, 2006 at 12:34 am
The Yes on J sign is in the same design and shape as the Boyle, Duboc, Winkler sign.
The Boyle, Duboc and Winkler campaigns have been encouraging sports leagues to send out e-mails that link Measure J with the council race.
Measure J is a campaign tactic, an abuse of process, a violation of trust.
on Oct 24, 2006 at 4:38 pm
Sports fields at Bayfront Park have been in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan since 1999. The next step in planning is a $250,000 environmental impact report. I respect the council's decision to get public input through Measure J before spending that kind of money.