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David Bohannon races back to Menlo Park Politics

Original post made by Morris Brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Oct 17, 2010

In Feb. 2007, the Almanac posted an article wherein David Bohannon stated he was no long going to be involved in Menlo Park Politics

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The title is:

Being Bohannon: One of Menlo Park's biggest names talks about his new hotel, his family history, and why developers aren't all that bad

From the article we read: (this is a 2007 article)
Since taking a top spot in his family's organization, Mr. Bohannon has been an outspoken player on Menlo Park's divisive political scene, but he says those days are no more.
In the past, he's criticized what he has perceived as "anti-business" or "no-growth" city policies, and thrown support behind what some people have labeled "developer-friendly" candidates in local elections.
At Mr. Bohannon's peak involvement in the "no-growth vs. pro-growth" political battle, he worked with residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood to defeat zoning restrictions proposed for the city's industrial district in 2002. Previously, his company contributed $20,000 to "pro-development" candidate Christina Angell-Atchison in the 2000 City Council election.
But in recent years, he's backed away from politics, and he wants it to stay that way."People have gotten used to this two-sided political battle, and the last thing I need is to get involved with one side or the other," he says.
Former Menlo Park councilwoman Gail Slocum says Mr. Bohannon's recent track record suggests his intentions are genuine. She notes that he gave $2,000 to all six council candidates before the recent election, and attended both election-night campaign parties."[Mr. Bohannon] has done what a lot of people haven't been able to do, and that's step back from this super partisanship," Ms. Slocum says. "He knows there's bigger, more important things than this dualistic battle.

So now we come to the present time and the two viscous anti Chuck Bernstein hit piece mailers that were apparently sent to all the voters in Menlo Park. You can see them at:

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So David Bohannon’s staying out of Menlo Park council races was short lived, wasn’t it!! He now resorts to mud slinging hit pieces to try and defeat Chuck Bernstein’s campaign for City Council.

I guess he isn’t so sure anymore that his Gateway Project will be approved with the passage of Measure T this November, so he resorts to slinging mud at Chuck, who is opposed to his project.

I am proud to support Chuck in his effort to be elected to city council. Look at his credentials. Look at what he has done for the City in the past.

So this November Vote for Chuck Bernstein and be sure to

Vote No on Measure T

Morris Brown
Stone Pine Lane

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Posted by Andy Cohen
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

That's just part of the story! Heyward is in a strong position to game the system because he and Gail Slocum are supporting Bohannon's project energetically along with their third player, Kelly Fergusson. Slocum may not be on the payroll, but she certainly is on board with the pro-development them, a long step away from her campaign platform when she ran for council: "Measured Growth." Kelly and Heyward have the Democratic Party and Labor backing them every which way, and all based on promises Bohannon makes in his literature of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Now Katie Ferrick is joining in with how a few seconds more at Marsh and Middlefield are OK with her.

Remember all of this after the votes are counted on Measure T, because if it loses there will be lots of back-pedaling going on, and if it wins, there will be a lot of gridlock and forgetfulness among the 4 council members who voted for this amazing gift to Bohannon.

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