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Menlo Park Mayor Betsy Nash aims to tackle traffic, housing issues if reelected

Original post made on Aug 11, 2022

Menlo Park Mayor Betsy Nash has pulled papers to run for reelection in District 4, facing challenger Peter Ohtaki in Menlo Park's first contested City Council race of the year.

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2022 at 8:21 pm

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Voluntary electrification program?

95% electric conversion by 2030 can't happen voluntarily. The city would have to ban new permits for gas furnaces, even as replacements. Calling this voluntary is false.

Posted by Adina
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 11, 2022 at 11:42 pm

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There are some great new incentives from the federal bill that just passed the Senate that will make electrification easier.

Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 12, 2022 at 7:07 am

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MP Resident:

You're right, total electrification isn't possible for a number of reasons. As you put it, it will only happen if people are forced into it. The virtue signalers like Nash will make it mandatory so they can "save the world", even though they say it will be "voluntary".

Posted by MP Father
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 12, 2022 at 4:18 pm

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Thank you Peter Ohtaki for entering the race and attempting to bring greater collaboration and balance to the City Council as well as to better stabilize our city management.

We need your help to have City Council listen to and work with its constituents and employees.

Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 16, 2022 at 8:37 pm

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The last thing we need is the city forcing residents to convert to electrical. First off, as I have said before, PG&E electricity has been responsible for more pollution and greenhouse gasses than any other form of energy in use. The fires that PG&E electrical transmission systems have started in the last 10 years have burned millions of acres, put thousand and thousands of tons of pollution in the skies (remember the orange day a couple years ago?) not to mentions destroyed thousands of houses and killed a lot of people. So forcing people to electrical is not going to help the environment until PG&E fixes their problems.

They have a plan to fix the transmissions problems and of course they expect rate payers to foot the bill, this means more huge rate hikes making moving to electricity even more expensive to everybody. They their is the cost of mew appliances, rewiring older homes and probably having to upgrade electrical panels, more money out of our pockets.

No thank you. If the council really wants to encourage the move to electrical start with this:
Remove permit fees for solar installations and car chargers.
offer incentives for changing out gas appliances for electrical (not forcing, encouraging)
Start a fund to pay for housing upgrades (Wiring and panels) for older homes and low income homeowners.

That is how they can start. Forcing conversion is not the way to make this happen. I guess this is another good reason to support Peter

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm

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Here we are again. Another flex alert has gone out with PG&E begging people to use less power between 4 pm and 9 pm. Yet another sign that the existing grid CANNOT handle the load in excess of what it is carrying now. Yet the true believers, "save the world" folks will force people into all electric, or even try to entice them with subsidies. All to put EVEN MORE DEMAND on a system that can't handle it. Why? To try to "save the world" by reducing the carbon emissions of MP. The reduction of which will have no effect on the world's CO2 levels. It's time to vote these people out of office and elect people that will do something about actually running the city and not "saving the world".

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