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Update: Chuck Bernstein, Michael Brady pull candidacy papers for Menlo Park council race

 

Chuck Bernstein, who has been active in opposing the Bohannon-Menlo Gateway project and in helping to qualify the citizen-driven pension reform initiative for the November ballot, and high-speed rail opponent Michael J.Brady took out papers this afternoon (July 29) to run for a seat on the City Council.

In a prepared statement, Mr. Bernstein said he wants to help the city in "establishing a balanced budget and maintaining it, making wiser land-use decisions in a more timely manner, and ensuring that government works for its citizens instead of the citizens working to maintain government."

Mr. Brady, an attorney, has filed at least two lawsuits against the California High-Speed Rail Authority for a range of complaints. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

Mr. Bernstein is president and co-founder of Early Learning Institute, which operates three child development centers and two private schools in the Bay Area. In the last decade, he has served on city task forces that studied residential development, child care services, and the budget.

So far, Mr. Bernstein, Mr. Brady, council incumbents Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson, and Menlo Park Fire Protection Board President Peter Ohtaki have taken out papers. None has filed them yet to become official candidates for the three open seats to be filled by voters on Nov. 2.

The filing deadline is Aug. 6, but will be extended to Aug. 11 if Councilman John Boyle sticks to his decision not to seek a second term.

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Posted by interesting
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Bernstein platform: No to Gateway, no to the new gym, no to downtown plans, no to derry, no to the 1300 project...no...no...no...


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Posted by Morris Brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

"interesing" whee did you get what you have printed as "Bernstein platform"?

I have read his statement which has been released and I don't find any of that in his statement.

So please give send along the document from which you post these statements.

BTW, I'm not running for Council, but I'm sure you would make the same allegations about me.

And yes, I am endorsing Mr. Bernstein as a candidate for council.

morris brown
stone pine lane
MP


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Maybe Bernstein could be the fire cracker the council needs to get its act together ! He was very vocal during the bohannon debacle and yes he tends to veto everything as well ! sometimes no, isn't always bad, as long as it's balanced with yes votes. it will be intersting to hear Peter C's take on his candidacy, at lease he isn't running for the fire board this time.


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Posted by Chuck "no's" best
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

A Chuck Bernstein candidacy is about the most comedic scenario we could have imagined. What, Don Brawner and Elias Blawie weren't available? If you want to see what Chuck's all about, flip through the Council's online video links to catch one of his many red-faced rants during open comment.

The "old gang of seven" has been really off its game with the Bohannon opposition completely backfiring. Chuck being the standard-bearer is just another sign of that old, out-of-touch coalition falling apart.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

If Mike Brady is against HSR then he should not be elected.


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Posted by No Surprise
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Can someone give us a list of the law suits and appeals that Brady has filed against developers trying to get a project built in the city? High Speed Rail is only one of his targets.

Brady and Bernstein are the extreme "no" activists in Menlo Park. Bernstein's negativity goes back years.

It's very odd that his wife works as a consultant to developers, helping them get approvals from city councils and working with neighborhoods to ease their concerns and get the project built.

Menlo Park is on strange town.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Both Mike and Chuck have shown that they are people who can get the job done. And they have done so repeatedly on behalf of the city. We are fortunate that they are running.


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Posted by Amused
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

"We are fortunate that they are running"
The most fortunate will be the incumbents and anyone else who can brand herself or himself as a moderate to be contrasted with this pair.
Look for a third no-no candidate to round out the slate.


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Posted by MOE
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hello "voter"
If you know that they get the job done perhaps you could give us a list of which jobs they have gotten done. And while you're at it perhaps another list of the jobs they were trying to get undone would be revealing.
Maybe delaying and trying to defeat projects is getting the job done in your opinion?


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Posted by Yeah, right!
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I've never know of one positive thing either Bernstein or Brady have ever done. Their campaign literature will be fun to read. Blocking, opposing, killing, trashing, and filing legal action are their strong suits.

They know how to cause a whole lot of pain for people.

Their running will guarantee victories for the incumbents and they're a weak team who don't have much to brag about also.

Woe is Menlo Park


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Posted by Emily Litella
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

How can anyone say one single bad word about Mike Brady?

He's a fine, upstanding young man who dealt with the unfortunate loss of his wife by actually becoming a stepfather to three All-American girls to go along with his three All-American boys. He has a prestigious job as an architect, owns his own home, is a loving husband and supports the economy by employing a full-time nanny who is a legal US citizen. He was even named "Father of the Year" by a local newspaper (The Almanac I guess) after his stepdaughter Marcia submitted an essay.

Anyone who DOESN'T vote for Mike this November must be against baseball and apple pie as well!

Wait...what...oh, he isn't THAT Mike Brady, but some other Mike Brady.

Oh, that's very different - never mind!


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Posted by Lefty
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

Gail Slocum for City Council. Why have her puppets Heyward and Rich when we can have the real deal.


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Posted by LOL
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jul 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

Good post, Emily Litella!


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Posted by Julius Hoffman
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 31, 2010 at 10:17 am

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Posted by midtown gadfly
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

Where are the nay-sayers to quality of life when the chips are down? Can no one step up to run for council besides Ciardella?


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