Menlo council members endorse candidates


Current Menlo Park City Council members, up for re-election or not, are starting to choose their favorites among the six candidates for three seats on the council.

Running for office are incumbents Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson, educator Chuck Bernstein, Menlo Park Fire Protection District board president Peter Ohtaki, Planning Commissioner Kirsten Keith, and wildcard entrant Russell Peterson.

Mr. Cline and Mr. Robinson appear to be supporting each other, based on the joint campaign kick-off party they hosted on Sept. 12.

There are three seats open on the council. Mr. Cline endorsed Ms. Keith for the remaining spot.

Councilman Andy Cohen, on the other hand, would like to clean house. He's campaigning against both incumbents, which, he admitted, might make his life more difficult next year if they win anyway.

He would like to see candidates Peter Ohtaki, Chuck Bernstein, and Ms. Keith join him on the dais instead.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Boy, this is going to be a very interesting election cycle. Let's hope that the candidates and their supporters stick to the issues and do not make it personal. Let the games begin ...

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Posted by Hoping for More Vibrancy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Has each/any of the candidates stated her/his position on the pending Specific Plan? Who is in favor of it?

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Posted by interesting
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

For: Cline, Keith and Robinson
Against: Bernstein, Ohtaki and Peterson

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Posted by old timer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Councilman Cohen is against the specific plan.

Robinson and Cline strongly support. They strongly support Measure T, the Menlo Gateway project, whereas Cohen is opposed and voted against approving it.To make matters even more interesting is the relationship between candidate Keith and Fergusson; it isn't friendly. thus you didn't see Robinson endorse Keith.

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Posted by Oak Ct. dominance?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

We already have one council person who lives on that culdesac.
2 of the candidates live a block or so away on the same culdesac.
Isn't that over representation of one short street?
Not that there's any law against it, but a tad coincidental.
Don't know if they would have the same sensitivity, and motivation, to reduce cut through traffic on other neighborhood streets in the Willows and West Menlo from commercial development . Just wondering.

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Posted by "Knowing I'm on the Street Where you Live"
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Dear "OAk Court Dominance":

It's WORSE than that! Actually, there are two candidates from Oak Court this time: Kirsten Keith and Chuck Bernstein. And yes, that's the same street as Kelly Fergusson lives on.

But don't worry. There is no way Berstein is going to get elected - he is just not tempermentally suited to be a Councilmember, and his core No Growth views are really only shared by a fairly small minority in Menlo Park.

Kirsten Keith might possibly squeak in, but so far she is running a pretty weak campaign and it's too hard to figure out where she stands on many things. She is more of a classic politician, and that's really not what we need up there.

Seems more likely that Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson who have the widest cross section of endorsers will be re-elected and joined by Peter Ohtaki as a decent replacement for John Boyle.

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Posted by Andy's third choice a shocker
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Huh? Andy Cohen is endorsing Kirsten Keith? SHe's for Gateway and the Downtown Visioning Process (which Andy originally supported)... Hardly a match made in heaven.

I thought Morris Brown recruited Russ Peterson (an HSR opposition leader) to run, so the question is, why isn't Andy supporting Russ Peterson too?

But hey, Kelly encouraged Kirsten Keith to run, yet Kelly has not endorsed her. So things are getting kinda strange...

When you look at endorsements though, Both Ruch Cline and Heyward Robinson have far and away the most overall endorsers, and not all of the same stripe, either - consistent with their basically moderate positions.

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Posted by Morris Brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Morris Brown certainly did not encourage Russ Peterson to run. I was as surprised as anyone when he took out papers.

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Posted by the willows
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Kirsten's site indicates where she stands on the measures: Web Link

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