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Three Menlo council candidates file papers

Mike Brady decides not to run

Three candidates for the Menlo Park City Council made their intentions official on Aug. 6. Incumbents Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson filed papers with the city clerk's office and qualified to run; so did community activist Chuck Bernstein.

Since Councilman John Boyle will not run for re-election, the filing deadline has been extended to Aug. 11.

Two potential candidates opted to play the waiting game. Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board President Peter Ohtaki and local businessman Russell Peterson, who planned to fine-tune their candidate statements over the weekend, said they will file next week. Mr. Ohtaki plans to deliver his papers on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Mike Brady, who took out candidate papers earlier in the filing period, told The Almanac he has decided not to run. "I would be prevented from any high-speed rail activity while sitting on the council," he wrote Aug. 6 in an e-mail to The Almanac.

"I went to the (High-Speed Rail Authority) board meeting yesterday in San Francisco, and they unveiled a disastrous, ugly, industrial plan for the 55-mile Peninsula; we shall never be the same again unless we are strong and fight it to the end," he wrote.

Mr. Brady was one of the attorneys representing Mr. Peterson in a lawsuit against the rail authority.

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Posted by Labels
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

Calling Chuck Bernstein a "community activist" seems charitable. Has he done anything other than send cranky emails and complain under public comment? Like volunteer for a commission, or even speak about anything in a positive way?


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Posted by ant-labels
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Chuck Bernstein has served on a number of community task forces, such as Budget Advisory Committee, Child Care task force, Residential Review task force. He has provided energetic creative ideas.


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Posted by Chuck Bernstein
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Labels, I'm glad you asked that question.

I served on the Residential Review Task Force which dealt with the problems of residential development from 2000 to 2001. I served on the city's Child Care Task Force in 2003. I was a member of the city's Budget Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2006.

Unofficially, I co-founded the "Citizen Patrol," an anti-crime and anti-drug unit in the Willows and coordinated all patrols from 1991 to 1993 that led (okay, indirectly!) to the elimination of criminal blight in the Willows. As a member of the California Special Education Commission, I lobbied the Education Department in Sacramento to facilitate the transfer of the schools in the Willows from the Ravenswood School District to the Menlo Park School District.

I prepared the plan that, after a tortuous route, was adopted by the city council to remodel the old police station into a new child care center that ended up saving the city between $3 million and $5 million. I was in charge of the signature gathering in public places that obtained the majority of signatures necessary to place the pension reform initiative on the November ballot.

Professionally, I have created three large child care centers and two private schools that serve over 500 families, thereby creating 130 full-time jobs. Prior to that, I was a business consultant and wrote the original business plans for Gymboree and Banana Republic. I was one of three founding executives (the business manager) of TheatreWorks, now a nationally recognized theater group, and served as its business leader for 10 years.

I'm not sure that "community activist" is the appropriate label either. But as to the question of whether I have ever done anything positive, I think the facts speak for themselves.

"Cranky" is another matter. Your opinion is up to you, Labels!

How about identifying yourself so that we can talk? I would be interested in knowing what it is that you want.

--Chuck Bernstein
444 Oak Court, Menlo Park
chuck4council@ymail.com


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

"I served on the city's Child Care Task Force in 2003."

I'd keep that quiet if I were you, Chuck - not your finest moment.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

Are you union?


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Can someone please educate Hank that there is time for him to pull papers and qualify? Hank, your opinion aside, I will take any person who had the guts to run over someone who just pithers along and bad mouths people he views as his "opponents"...


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm

...someone who just pithers along and bad mouths people he views as his "opponents"...

Sounds remarkably autobiographical, truth.


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Posted by Tired of this
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

OMG, here we go again ! One more p-----g match, he said, she said, they said, he didn't, she didn't, they didn't ! Can we keep this
objective people? Whether we like or dislike our current local council, at least they take the time to try to better the city, whether they do a good job or not is in material, but at least they are committed to improvement.


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Posted by MenloVoter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Hey Hank, your running for City Council is a great idea. it's easy to throw stones when you do not have the guts to volunteer for the job yourself. Come out of hiding and run!


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

MenloVoter:

please stop using my handle. I had it first.


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Posted by OakdellManorVoter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Sorry, Menlo Voter. I did not realize the name was taken as it was accepted by Town Square.


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Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Monday at 5:15, Kirsten Keith, (planning commissioner) took out papers to run for City Council.

Getting more and more interesting by the day.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I just wait for the day Hank or Morris finally run for office and stop trying to get their fingers on the wheel of our city through proxies.


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Posted by Or Consequences
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2010 at 7:13 am

Truth,

At least Hank Lawrence served as a Menlo Park Transportation Commissioner, is active in Menlo Park City Employee Pension reform, an supported increased funding for the Las Lomitas School District. What public service have you performed on behalf on Menlo Park?

{Portion deleted. Please refrain from attacking other posters.]


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Posted by JustAsking
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

If Chuck Bernstein was in charge of the signature-gathering for the Pension Reform issue on the ballot, as he claims, then why wasn't he the one individual singled out in the lawsuit?


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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardina
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Chuck Bernstein was definitely responsible for gathering signatures for the Pension Reform Ballot Initiative. He has been integral to the strategy and organization to accomplish the amazing feat of getting 3100 signatures in such a short time. We couldn't have done it without him.

He has always been a voice of reason with regard to fiscal responsibility in Menlo Park. And was VERY vocal against raising pensions in 2007. You all need to see the attached video from 2007 when he was the ONLY voice against increasing the pensions, which we all know today was a HUGE (read $$$) mistake.

Web Link

Roy Thiele-Sardiña
Co-Chairman - Citizens for Responsible Pension Reform


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Posted by JustAsking
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Roy,
If you are so important, why weren't YOU named in the lawsuit?


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Posted by Subpoena Envy
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 11, 2010 at 7:15 am

Roy wasn't named bacuse Ned filed the petition.


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Posted by JustAsking
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 11, 2010 at 8:57 am

Sounds like Ned is our hero and that he should be the one taking out papers.


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