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Daily Post: "Take the broom to city hall"

Original post made by Outside Looking In, Menlo Park: other, on Oct 6, 2010

Today, the Daily Post, endorsed Ohtaki, Bernstein, and Keith. The Daily Post seems to have tapped into the anti-incumbent sentiment that is sweeping the country from national races right down to local races because of issues such as the need for pension reform.

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Posted by Couldn't Agree More
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

The two incumbents have failed our city for the last four years. 4 unbalanced budgets, a 35% pension increase and Robinson's personality have combined to move our city in the wrong direction.

Taking a broom to city hall sounds like a great idea to me and we couldn't ask for better replacements than Ohtaki and Bernstein. I'm not thrilled about Keith as she has been part of the problem - but at least she's not Robinson or Cline.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

It is ok to cite other published works as long as it is referenced correctly.


the Daily Post has it right by recommending those candidates. It is time to get rid of the incumbents which have caused more harm to our city than good.

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Posted by CutnPaste
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Posts intended primarily to promote or reproduce the content of other websites and newspapers are not ok.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm


I don't think that the spirit of the original post was to promote another newspaper. I think the original poster was trying to make us aware of a news story that most people don't have access to (The Daily Post is almost always taken by the time I get to the newsstand).

Do you ever copy a newspaper article URL to send to a friend? This is the same thing.

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Posted by CutnPaste
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm


A URL or a one-line summary of the article (ok) is not the same as posting entire paragraphs and long excerpts of the story (not ok). If The Daily Post wants exposure online, they can pay for their own website.

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Posted by Curiouser
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

This is one I wish there was an excerpt on- what do those three have in common, other than being for Measure T? They're all over the map otherwise, especially on El Camino- Keith likes the specific plan, Ohtaki likes part of it, and Chuck loathes it all.

I think this endorsement says more about the Daily Post than it does about these candidates.

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Posted by get it right
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Chuck is certainly not for Measure T. He is dead set against Bohannon's project and he is certainly right about that. Keith and Ohtaki are in favor of T , as are Cline and Robinson. That alone is enough for me to cross them off of my list.

Note that Bohannon has reported spending $150,000 to promote his Menlo Gateway.

The Almanac will certainly not make the same series of endorsements, since the Almanac is sure to endorse both Cline and Robinson. Since the Almanac has already endorsed Measure T and has written against Measure L, that gives you a good guide.

Newspaper endorsements don't mean a whole lot in Menlo Park -- the voters are too aware and smart to give much thought what a newspaper thinks.

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Posted by Outside Looking In
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm


The three candidates who the Daily Post endorsed ALL endorse Measure L-- Menlo Park's pension reform initiative. The Post also "vigorously supports" Measure L, which is why they endorsed these three candidates.

I think the common theme with this endorsement is fiscal responsibility. Their big question mark with Keith was they were unclear about whether she supports the unions. I'm not convinced she understands the fiscal problems, since she stated in the first candidates forum that solving the budget cut issue could mean increasing the UUT. Not a good idea!

Measure T was really not a focus of this endorsement. In fact, the Post endorsed Bernstein over Cline because of Bernstein's stance against increasing pensions.

As for Robinson, the best summary they had for him was that he didn't know his facts and that he had problems with working with people-- big surprise there!

It will be interesting to see who the Almanac endorses.

For now, the Post's advice is a good one-- "Take the Broom to City Hall." BOOT OUT THE INCUMBENTS!

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Posted by slocumectomy
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Flush them out, including the city monoger Rojas.
The inmates have taken over the asylum, doling out the city treasury to outrageous employee compensation, long term pension burdens, and $1.5 MIll. Downtown "Revisioning" to unnecessary outside planning "consultants", that will handcuff the city for decades.
Time for gut check.
Get somebody besides a couple of nice Soccer Coach dads from Park and Rec commission that got caught up in the Slocumite movement and got in way over their heads.

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Posted by serial voter
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Oct 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Correction: Rich didn't coach soccer until after he was elected and Heyward was a referee.

Re the comment: "what do those three have in common" -- wouldn't it be better to have a council whose members didn't have that much in common? Don't you want a variety of people to reflect the diversity of our community? As far as I'm concerned, the key attributes for a council member should be intelligence, integrity, a willingness to listen, and enough backbone to keep the wheedling unions and deep pocket developers from dictating city policies. I don't know if any of the candidates -- other than Chuck -- embody this ideal combination. Kirsten in particular seems pretty clueless.

Because most Menlo voters don't know any better -- and because the shiny Democratic mailer endorses Heyward and Rich -- I predict their reelection. Given the level of apathy around town, that's probably no worse than our city deserves.

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