Jim Lewis files libel claim against City
Original post made by MP Citizen on Jun 1, 2008
that states that Palo Alto resident,Jim Lewis, has filed a claim against the City of Menlo Park alleging being libeled by council person Kelly Fergusson.
If this article is at all correct, and with the implication from the response of the City Attorney indicating that the City might pay Lewis in order to avoid a lawsuit, I find any such claim payment totally offensive.
This issue should be immediately brought out into the open; no settlement should be made without public oversight.
This is the same Jim Lewis who has just posted to the MP e-mail log a note titled
Economic Stimulus Package For Menlo Park
His claim against the City is certainly going to help stimulate the City's economy I guess.
on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:44 am
Jim Lewis has discovered an economic stimulus package...for Jim Lewis. Sue a member of the city council and collect a chunk of change. Easy! Just send Jim $25 (cash or check only; trading stamps and IOUs not accepted) and he will tell you how you too can make some extra money in the comfort of your own home. Why do any honest work when empty threats will take you where you want to go!
on Jun 2, 2008 at 9:59 am
Has anyone read the pdf that was attached to the email? Someone spent some time pasting together a lot of newspaper clippings including big photos of celebrities (I had some elderly aunts who were fond of the same pastime). After sifting through that material, you get to his stimulus package, which is chock full of good economic advice like "say please and thank you" and "re-establish the arts commission." Jim also suggests adding people to the staff to apply for grants and coordinate volunteers and handle other miscellaneous tasks. With personnel costs being our biggest expense, I think we need to focus on ways to reduce staff. Hiring more people isn't going to erase our deficit!
on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm
To see who we're dealing with in Mr. Lewis, check out his posts here:
The city should not pay him one red cent, as it would likely just encourage him to "come back to the lawsuit trough" over and over again anytime his name is even mentioned by a city official.