too easy to criticise Menlo city council
Original post made by Henry Riggs on Nov 6, 2006
The hard line message from Bressler-Cline-Robinson keeps telling us that - if elected - they will merrily listen to us simple townsfolk and that all of the tough decisions faced by government will magically melt into feel-good consensus. Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions? Democracy is hard work. It takes a little more seasoning than that. John Boyle has the resume, Lee Duboc and Mickie Winkler have a proven record of success with really tough issues.
With several very vocal groups, this is not an easy town to govern. We need real leadership, not empty feel-good promises from opponents with little judgment, no experience, and no plan for our future other than being "more open" than endless public hearings.
We tried "splitting the ticket" two years ago, and look what we got. I've attended many council meetings, and its embarrassing. We need more than populist rhetoric, or its 2001 all over again.
47 Callie Lane
on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:25 pm
Henry Riggs is a planning commissioner appointed by Duboc and Winkler.
If I understand Henry's "logic", he endorses the inexperienced Boyle over two sitting commissions, Cline and Robinson who have far more city experience.
Help me understand.
on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:25 pm
"Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions?"
The incumbents have essentially stifled debate and have allowed hard decisions to be made by outside interests. Time and again, they've sold out the city. They've refused to listen to anyone other than their small clique, which includes you, Dick, Frank, and about three other people. We need to put a stop to their shenanigans now.
on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:59 pm
"Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions? Democracy is hard work."
Exactly the reasons I'm voting against Duboc and Winkler. Rigorous debate, respectful dissent, and hard decisions were not part of the process leading to approval of recent development projects in Menlo Park -- it was far too easy for the council majority to gift developers at every turn (then-Mayor Winkler gave barest lip service to the 200+ signed petitions from residents opposing the Linfield Drive project during one council meeting I attended). Democracy is hard work, and for this Menlo Park voter the work appeared to be too much for Duboc, Jellins and Winkler -- just look at the way they handled the mayorship this year. Do you call *that* democracy?!