<b>Below is an Oct. 31 e-mail from Councilwoman Mickie Winkler to Menlo Park residents. Ms. Winkler is a candidate in the Nov. 7 Menlo Park City Council election.</b>
It is really tough to run against Duboc and Winkler, a team that has:
-- Successfully outsourced the pool -- for huge savings and better programming -- with a contract the City can easily terminate should service not be maintained.
-- Balanced the budget just about every year under adverse conditions.
-- Reduced staffing to pre-dotcom levels without reducing services and without firing anyone, and will continue to stress containing staff numbers, ever mindful of high pension and retiree health-care costs.
-- Engaged all the residents for guidance in the most open process ever -- the Your City/Your Decision process.
-- Started investing in streets and infrastructure after years of neglect.
-- Restored funding to the library.
-- Got Ace Hardware back, widened Sand Hill Rd., and removed the traffic obstacles from Santa Cruz Ave.
Above all, systematically created the conditions for a sustainable fiscal base going forward, with many major tax-generating developments in the works.
What's a poor slate of opponents who are running against Boyle, Duboc, & Winkler to do?
They look for peripheral issues. They attack process when the outcome is outstanding, as with the pool. And they attack outcome when the process is perfect as with the Derry project. They fantasize that they could have done everything better than we did, better deals, more of this and that.
With respect to Bay Front Park, they claim we can put playfields elsewhere, when there is no elsewhere: that the city is actually going to endanger kids by exposing them to toxic waste (preposterous); that the sound of happy athletes will ruin the Bay Front Park landfill.
They claim that under our vigilant oversight, the budget deficit is up and tax revenues are down, when quite the reverse is true.
And then they try and create scandals where they can, and get the scandal-loving press involved.
They love to call us divisive while they go on the attack.
That's my target-eyed view of our local election.
My conviction is that if just one of our opponents joins the sitting council members who vote against out-sourcing, our cost-containment policies will be breached. My fear is that the projects that promise financial stability for our city will be at risk. My hope is that to keep Menlo Park moving forward, you will vote for Boyle, Duboc and Winkler.
If you have any questions with regard to the real pool process, for a Bay Front Park fact sheet, and for answers to other allegations as they pop up, please e-mail me: MickieWinker@aol.com
For a full list of City-Council accomplishments, see Web Link