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A vote against new commissioner

Original post made by Renee Batti, associate editor of The Almanac, on Feb 14, 2007

This letter by Pat White was published in the Almanac's Feb. 14 print edition:

I missed the recent appointment of Charles Bourne to the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. I believe that he is not qualified for the position.
While arguing for the unsafe, very expensive Santa Cruz Avenue cement furniture a few years ago, he said to the council, "What difference does two minutes make in the response time of an emergency vehicle?" I was waiting to speak and almost fell out of my chair.
Take a look at the curbs in front of his home. He has them painted red, so no one can park there. Is he taking the law into his own hands? That's not what we want from a Transportation Commissioner.
He is infamous for complaints to Hillview School about innocent noise from dances and assemblies. The school was certainly there first. If he didn't want to live next to a school, he didn't have to.
At the very least, Mr. Bourne needs to recuse himself from all decisions affecting the west side of Menlo Park.
By this appointment, the City Council has forgotten their pledge of fostering less divisive government.
Pat White
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park

Comments (2)

Posted by HillviewNeighbor
a resident of Hillview Middle School
on Feb 15, 2007 at 8:42 am

Perhaps Mr. White should review Mr. Bourne's application to learn of his professional qualifications before starting on a diatribe just because their concerns and conclusions differ on some matters.
I for one am very impressed with how thoughtful Mr. Bourne is, and how concerned he is with safety and quality of life for all of us who live on or near Santa Cruz and Hillview.
I find it hard to believe that Mr. Bourne painted the curbs red in front of his house because most people like their friends and relatives to be able to park in front when they visit. More likely this was done by the city out of concern for safety.
As parents of a Hillview child, we have complained in the past about the "innocent" noise of several dances and programs. Our decibel reader proved that the volume levels were dangerous for the ears of the children and adults in the buildings. Small wonder that neighbors also would complain.
If Mr. White would tone down his personal attacks, our city might be less divisive.

Posted by Margaret Fruth
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 13, 2007 at 11:31 am

I'm really glad this letter is here, because it says more about Pat White's character than about Charles Bourne's. I have followed Pat White's numerous letters for some time, and their tone is nothing if not consistent.

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