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Meet Menlo Park's new City Council candidate: Chelsea Nguyen, a former refugee, military police trainee and theology student

Original post made on Jul 23, 2020

Longtime Menlo Park resident Chelsea Nguyen has lived a life full of what sounds like contradictions. And now, she's planning to run for the Menlo Park City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 11:47 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 23, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Well the silence is deafening. Almanac a picture of the candidate would be more informative than the one you included of the dreary, empty entrance to city hall. It would help put a face to the candidate.

Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 24, 2020 at 9:09 am

So…rent control and a police force that doesn't enforce the law. Got it.

It's very clear they have absolutely no idea what the role of government is in our lives. Hint for future candidates: it's not using government force to make landlords accept arbitrary prices and destroy supply/demand, and it's not undermining the police, whose (legitimate!) job is to enforce laws, not produce "compassionate" outcomes for criminals.

These candidates are pathetic.

Posted by Callitwhatitis
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 24, 2020 at 10:42 am

Who is she kidding she says that military police were taught to shoot to wound and not to kill? Civilian police are taught to shoot to stop the threat not to kill. If you are saying that they are taught to kill in the police academy, it’s show your ignorance. Use of deadly force is always the last resort. It’s not tv folks cops aren’t taught to shoot the gun out of the bad guys hand. And there are no rules for bad guys, they do what ever they want! Wake up America the police are not the enemy.

Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:20 am

Ok, rent control again. Still would like to know how these candidates expect to implement it. Since there will be a near unlimited demand for low rent/fixed forever rent, will there be a lottery, what income level will be allowed, can I transfer it to my kids? You know, the little things, "be better?" is that it. So, real question here, should someone making $15.00 be able to "afford" to live here? and if you believe this (and could figure out a way to implement this), then I will quit my incredibly stressful job I do to be able to "afford" to live here, and get a job at Starbucks. Unfortunately there are no Starbucks in Atherton, but I could easily relocate to Malibu, they have a couple Starbucks there, and hey, no stress, 40 hours a week sounds great, and I demand to be able to afford it, and with 2 kids too. Just asking

Posted by Gail Slocum
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 31, 2020 at 2:58 pm

I, for one, am glad to see Chelsea is thinking about running for council. While I don't 100% agree with some of her early statements about her desired policy solutions, I and many should be concerned addressing housing affordability and racial justice in our own backyard. But such discussions are best when informed by local data. I hope Chelsea will pursue such data, and take what many see as the toxic/corrosive culture too often found in Town Square opinion postings with a grain of salt. Rather, I believe our City needs to foster constructive dialog that is respectful of views different from our own, and that all sides will ground their proposals in relevant facts/data. I trust that Chelsea would be open to reviewing the data, and having such a dialog; I hope to speak to her soon in such a spirit. Whether she is elected or not, I welcome her stepping up unto community leadership in some form to keep such concerns top of mind in all decision-making for Menlo Park. Perhaps after we can analyze a range of people's various potential approaches we might even find a creative third way? We are, after all, in a center of innovation here in Menlo Park.

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