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Guest opinion: Civility is under siege in Portola Valley

Original post made on Jun 18, 2022

The worldwide trend of populist resentment of government seems to have arrived in Portola Valley.

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Posted by Meg
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 18, 2022 at 9:47 am

Meg is a registered user.

I just saw a screen shot of some of the disrespectful and pajoritive comments made regarding resident volunteers by council members and employees using a private chats during meetings. John was at those meetings in his capacity as a council member. I have not heard that he stepped forward to stop this sort of unpleasant behavior. I suspect that some people are not interested in participating in a government because they do not like being trash-talked by the current PV government. And I further suspect that "This sort of innocuous exchange" would not have happened if they had been meeting in person. This is not the first, second or even third time I have seen residents treated in an unkind and disrespectful manor. There is not a lot of that is collegial in this council's behavior. The nail in the coffin will be if we do not vote in a kinder, more responsive and respectful council.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 19, 2022 at 8:28 pm

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It's beyond tiresome to see all the "Guest Opinions" on any matter involving the Town Council being written primarily by members of the Town Council. Why can't the Almanac show a shred of journalistic integrity?

Posted by Kevin Forestieri
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2022 at 9:53 am

Kevin Forestieri is a registered user.


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jun 20, 2022 at 2:34 pm

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I gotta say only step ???? not the public arena if you have a thick skin. I posted on Nextdoor over Woodside s Measure A and was called a liar, accused of being in the pockets of big business or special interests and much much worse.

It saddened me greatly to wade through the hateful vitriol of all the posts and comments. Why we all can't communicate with a bit more compassion and kind ess is beyond me.

If it weren't for human nature, we'd be a pretty good species.

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