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Park fund shouldn't pay for Measure J

Original post made by Renee Batti, associate editor of The Almanac, on Feb 7, 2007

The following letter by Brielle Johnck was published in the Almanac's Feb. 7 print edition:

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 7, 2007 at 4:39 pm

In a just world, the Winkler/Duboc campaign would be required to pay the $8,000, given that the ballot measure was a shameless campaign strategy of the then-council majority's devising. But so much for a just world -- we have the law to answer to.

But Brielle is right about not taking the money from the maintenance fund. Who made such an appalling decision? Someone who is still trying to undermine the public's determination to keep the park in open space with no commercial use?

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Posted by Elizabeth Lasensky
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 8, 2007 at 12:51 pm

There were also consultants who were paid to come up with plans for the sports complex, which in turn were used to justify and support the ballot measure. If these expenses were charged to the Bayfront Park Maintenance fund, they were incorrectly charged. They too should be paid by the Winkler/Duboc campaign.

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Posted by Chris M
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2007 at 9:35 am

I concur with the previous posts.

Raiding Bayfront Park's piggy-bank for Duboc and Winkler's political gain - to support their candidacies for MP City Council - appears to be dubiously ethical, although probably legal.