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Council boondoggles?

Original post made by accountability?, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park, on Apr 28, 2016

Why are councilmembers Cline and Keith going on trips (Ireland and China, respectively) to other countries on city business? What business will they conduct and what benefit is it to the residents of Menlo Park? I know they are not the first to take these trips. What were the concrete results from the last trips taken by councilmembers? Help us understand why these are not boondoggles.

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Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Doesn't "boondoggle" imply that the "people" are paying for it?
Is that true? Is that what you are implying? It seems extravagant
for local city council people to be traveling across the world on city
business, which makes me a bit dubious.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm

Please get your metaphors in order. These trips are commonly referred to as 'Junketts,' not boondoggle which would suggest a publicly funded project of no use.

Let's hope they both bring back chocolate from the airport.

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Posted by Newsy
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

The City has friendship agreements with Cities in China and Ireland. Over the past few years delegations have gone back and forth. The Menlo Park Vice Mayor is going to China. Menlo Park Mayor is going to Ireland.


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Posted by vacation
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 30, 2016 at 9:06 am

@ Newsy, friendship agreements are not technically "city business", @accountability is suggesting that city funds will be used for expenditures or reimbursements, which does not appear to be the case here.

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Posted by Fess up
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Then WHO is paying for these trips. Transparency is in order. Come Clean Keith, who is paying for this trip?

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Posted by I wish
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

I wish we could send some former council members on a boondoggle provided they stay at their destination.

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