Town Hall Meeting
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by James Lewis, Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Oct 4, 2007
Would anyone be interested in an 'ol fashion TOWN HALL meeting to address any issues the public would like to ask the City Council, City Staff and the Police Chief about?
This could be done on a weeknight or a weekend, such as Saturday, or both. Any topic could be fair game.
The meeting could be held at City Hall, in the Belle Haven neighborhood or other suitable meeting location, such as a church meeting hall or even in the auditorium at a local school. I idea would be to make it convenient for those with busy lives, families to raise and yet wanted to participate in the political process.
If this type of event is of interest, feel free to chime in. If enough people say Y E S, the rest is then just a formality.
The Welcoming Committee of Menlo Park
Jim Lewis, Co-Chair
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Posted by CantHelpButLaugh
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 19, 2007 at 11:33 pm
Here's the "formal" invitation made to the city council by Jim Lewis to attend his and Dick Poe's hootenanny (oops, I mean Town Hall meeting), taken straight off the City Council email page at:
Town Hall Meeting
Date: Sat Oct 13 2007 - 12:49:52 PDT
Honorable Mayor Ferguson, Mayor Pro-Tem Cohen, Council Member Robinson,
Council Member Cline and Council Member Boyle:
As the Welcoming Committee had such a terrific success with 100 or more in
attendance to meet the new Menlo Park City Manager, Glen Rojas, at the LEFT
BANK restaurant on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, from 8 am to 9 am, we would
like to extend a similar CORDIAL INVITATION to you, the City Manager, or his
alternate and the Police Chief, or his alternative to an "ol fashion, informal,
TOWN HALL MEETING.
California State Senator Joe Simitian had a similar one recently; and
U. S. Congresswoman, Anna Eshoo is having one today.
These meetings are a part of America as is APPLE PIE.
At your recent Workshop on "goals and priorities" held Wednesday, October 3,
2007 from 3 pm to 6 pm, the above TOWN HALL meeting was discussed. If I
recall, the Mayor respectfully DECLINED the invitation. Another City Council
member felt that if a member of the public wanted to address the City Council,
they were welcome to come during PUBLIC COMMENT #1 or #2. As you know, a
member of the public can ANNOUNCE to the City Council a topic not on the agenda,
but there is no DISCUSSION and certainly not any DECISIONS.
The City Council meetings are also relatively FORMAL, as one stands BEFORE
you, they are on TELEVSION for all to see, as well as COMPUTER streaming. For
some this is very INTIMANATING, INHIBITING, and of course, they are limited
to the INFAMOUS three minutes, or sometimes two minutes.
Obviously, if City Council MAYOR KELLY FERGUSSON won't come, it puts the
staff in a very COMPROMISING position. Afterall, you hire the CITY MANAGER and
the City Manager hires most everybody else.
If you decide NOT TO COME to the TOWN HALL MEETING, and the STAFF feels
awkward enough not to come either, and the POLICE CHIEF, or his delegate, don't
attend either, THAT'S OK.
WE WILL PROCEED ANYWAY - as we feel strong enough about the importance of
offering or hosting this event at this time and in this place.
In the CITY MANAGER'S ABSENCE, we will consider instead sending a CORDIAL
1) David Boesch, the former Menlo Park City Manager (currently with the SMC
Cty. Mgr's. office),
2) Jan Dolan, a former Menlo Park City Manager (currently Scottsdale, AZ
3) David Wheaton, former Menlo Park Assistant City Manager (current Citrus
Heights City Mgr.); and/or
3) Mike Bedwell, a former Menlo Park City Manager.
In the POLICE CHIEF'S ABSENCE, or his delegate, we will consider sending a
CORDIAL INVITATION to
1) Chris Boyd, former Menlo Park Police Chief;
2) Bruce Cumming, former Menlo Park Police Chief, and/or
3) A host of Police Officers that have left the force in recent years.
In the Menlo Park City Council MAYOR'S ABENSE, and/or other current COUNCIL
MEMBERS, we will consider sending a CORDIAL INVITIATION to
1) Last year's mayor, Nicholas Jellins;
2) Former mayor Mickie Winkler;
3) Former mayor, Chuck Kinney;
4) Former mayor, Steve Schmidt;
5) Former mayor, Gail Slocum;
6) Former mayor Lee Duboc;
7) Former mayor, Mary Jo Borak; and
8) Former mayor, Paul Collacchi.
The good citizens of Menlo Park I'm sure would rather have in attendance you
folks. Therefore, allow me to
RESPECTFULLY REQUESST that you RECONSIDER, and accept our humble and cordial
I feel strongly that we have a lot to LEARN from one another. TOGETHER
EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM), as some fondly say. It may also be said that THE
TEAM APPROACH IS THE BEST APPROACH.
This may be a reason why you have citizen volunteer COMMISSIONS, BLUE RIBBON
COMMITTEES, etc. There are many important topics currently before the city.
Please allow for this IMPORTANT area of COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION to take
I look forward to hearing from you, in hopes that you and others from the
Staff and PD will be in attendance.
Co-chair, Welcoming Committee
a grass roots, ad hoc citizen based committee