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Menlo Park councilman to run for state Assembly

Peter Ohtaki said he'll seek election to District 24 seat held by Rich Gordon.

Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki has announced plans to run in 2016 for the District 24 California Assembly seat currently held by Rich Gordon.

Among others who have announced they will run for the seat are: Mike Kasperzak, a 14-year Mountain View city councilman; Marc Berman, development director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and a Palo Alto city councilman; Vicki Veenker, an intellectual property attorney and president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley; and Barry Chang, current mayor of Cupertino.


Menlo Park City Councilman Peter Ohtaki / Photo by Michelle Le
Mr. Ohtaki said he will be running to support local, rather than state control, promote entrepreneur- and tech-friendly state policies, and urge fiscal responsibility, according to his campaign website.

His term on the Menlo Park City Council expires in November 2018.

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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Now it's becoming clear why Peter supported the massive (oversized) development on El Camino. The developers will be getting out their checkbooks.


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Posted by fact check
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Peter never supported massive or oversized development on El Camino. No council member supported or group supported massive or oversized development on El Camino. More importantly, 2014's Measure M did nothing to alter the size or height of any development along El Camino. Measure M was only a limit the amount of office space per development. The Downtown Specific Plan does limit the size and height of development along El Camino.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

dammit fact check! there you go injecting FACTS into the discussion.


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Posted by Sandra
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Peter Ohtaki is running as the only registered Republican in this partisan race for California Assembly District 24.

Menlo Park City Council Party Affiliations

Peter Ohtaki: Republican
Catherine Carlton: Republican
Rich Cline: Democrat
Ray Mueller: Democrat
Kirsten Keith: Democrat


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

"Peter Ohtaki is running as the only registered Republican in this partisan race for California Assembly District 24. "

AND?


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Posted by fact check
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Dave Price got it wrong in his Opinion piece in today's Daily Post, he states, "A bi-partisan approach... in an interview last night (Ohtaki) emphasized that he would be a bi-patisan problem solver. That's a fair comment since he has been the only Republican on a five-member council." We aren't proposing that Ohtaki's comment is not fair, only that Price has no idea what he's talking about. Carlton is also a Republican. Web Link


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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 22, 2015 at 8:04 am

really? is a registered user.

Don't let the Republican label fool you. Peter is about as Republican as Trump is a moderate. He's a good guy who works for everyone.


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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

pogo is a registered user.

If you only vote for or against someone because of a letter that follows their name, you're probably part of the problem.


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Posted by Pay Attention
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 22, 2015 at 10:47 am

Fact Check: Listen up. Ohtaki, along with Keith, Cline, Fergusson tripled the development rights for property owners in the Specific Plan Area (Think Stanford). This allowed both "massive and oversized" developments and with NO public benefits. This all occurred BEFORE Measure M went on the Ballot. Had Measure M passed, office buildings in any single development would have been limited to 100,000 sq ft. So, at the end of the day, El Camino Real would have had more moderate development. Ohtaki was very clear during Specific Plan discussions about public benefits that developers (think Stanford) should not be mandated to provide public benefits.

He actually thought the building permit fees were public benefits.

Makes no difference, Ohtaki may have Republican money but he's fighting an up hill battle being that he's unknown outside of MP and is up against Democrats. Ohtaki is one of those Republicans who loves the private sector, dislikes taxes but isn't shy about asking for public money to pay for infrastructure for a private developer.

Ohtaki's former job was a dubious non profit that got corporate contributions for round table gatherings on disaster preparedness. Ask Ohtaki how the money he raised was spent. He'll tell you that 90% went to his salary. A joke, at best.


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