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Finally. election eve.

Uploaded: Nov 4, 2014
Last week while in NYC I received a call from a council member asking me how I felt the local campaigns were going? asking about Measure M in particular.

I responded that at the outset of the campaign there wasn't enough support for M and that it would fail. I added that in the past few weeks, though, since the disclosure of the $200,000 backing from Greenheart to defeat M, that M was definitely gaining traction. It also started with seeing the spawning more Yes on M 'Lawn Signs' – at least in the neighborhoods bordering El Camino and the traffic paths to 101.

Instead of the arcane zoning issues and consequences, I offered that that one donation provided an alternative, easier framework for understanding the Specific Plan and Measure M. I also noted that the tenor of the arguments against M one reads online - strident and lacking empathy that there could be other opinions- was ironically winning converts to Yes on M.

This discussion went on for a while, and we were in agreement on the above dynamics.

I then turned the table and asked this council member, "Well, what do you think?"

Councilmember's immediate response was a diplomatic, "I think I'm going to lose one of my colleagues."

We'll see in a few hours. It's been a weird election cycle.
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Posted by oh please, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Nov 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Stu, there is no way to know what will happen tonight. You may have already been one of the people that nobody should ever talk to about anything, but now we have this post to remind us.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Nov 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
0 minutes ago
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
At 11 PM here are the results with 23 0f 25 precincts reporting:
Measure Votes By Mail Early Voting Election Day Grand Total Votes
YES (37.23%)
1,328 16 1,054 2,398
NO (62.77%) *
2,320 33 1,690 4,043

Measure M will be defeated.

We now have the challenge of coming together as a community to build a better Menlo Park.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

As I posted yesterday before the results were known, here is what I hope happens and what I will work for:

1 - A collaborative effort with all of the concerned citizens to reaffirm their support for the deliberative process of the Specific Plan and the efforts of the Planning Commission and the City Council,

2 - An outreach to Stanford and Greenheart to submit revised proposals that reflect the outcome of the election,

3 - A commitment by both Save Menlo and Menlo Park Deserves Better to serve as a positive forces moving forward by encouraging dialogue and collaboration.


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