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Rich Cline - Why is his business based in Palo Alto?

Original post made by Lisa Giuliano, Menlo Park: University Heights, on Oct 26, 2006

Rich Cline states that he wants to recruit more business to Menlo Park, however, it's quite striking that he keeps his business in Palo Alto.

Rich Cline should start by putting his own company here. Rich is the founder and president of a professional services firm that offices out of Palo Alto.

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Seems rather hypocritical of him to keep his office in PALO ALTO!

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Posted by Elias Blawie
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 26, 2006 at 9:48 pm

Interesting comment. Let me say that Rich Cline is gainfully and fully employed, as are Heyward Robinson and Vince Bressler.

Have you bothered to check the current work credentials of the Slate candidates? I think it is important that we have folks on the council who share the views of working Americans and local residents.

As a founder who has built his own local business and who employs dozens of people and who presumably bring some of their commerce and dollars to Menlo Park as well, Rich Cline has every reason to be proud. And, he doesn't particularly brag about it either.

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Posted by Skeptic
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 26, 2006 at 11:08 pm

If I were a supporter of the slate, I would not be introducing the topic of employment. One only has to do a little googling to find some rather startling information about the work history of one slate candidate who professes to be adept at business.

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Posted by Patti Fry
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 27, 2006 at 12:44 pm

Instead of speculating or inventing Rich Cline's reasons for locating his business's office in Palo Alto, I asked him.

His reply was that he would prefer to be in Menlo Park but the RENTS ARE TOO HIGH for a growing business. It should be no surprise that Menlo Park continues with vacant buildings when businesses choose to locate in other communities because Menlo Park's rents remain higher than in competing cities. SUN's sales office left Menlo Park for a cheaper location when their lease was up, not because of a lack of business friendliness of the city itself.
After 4 years, the Duboc/Winkler/Jellins slate still has no economic plan - and candidate Boyle thinks they're doing a great job. We need independent thinkers on the Council who understand this business reality and are willing to work on a viable business development plan.

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Posted by TiredofElectionSeason
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 4, 2006 at 3:00 pm

I have to say I'm very disappointed that we can't all acknowledge that there are different political views with different approaches and the views with the most votes will win. This debate has gotten so ugly and so personal.

Six people have offered to serve our community in an unbelievably thankless job. Can we stop pointing fingers and stop trying to claim that some candidates are less representative of "working Americans and local residents". They are all local...they are all generous with their time and they are all willing to serve in a position that I'm willing to bet most of us would refuse to consider.

So can this debate please become less personal and adversary and more productive! Please!

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Posted by Thomas (Sharon Heights)
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Thomas (Sharon Heights) is a registered user.

Mayor Cline at least appears to be fiscally responsive when it comes to his own company from this 2006 article in which Patti Fry asked him why his offices were located in Palo Alto instead of Menlo Park...


In the meantime anyone know who ever took over those old Sun offices that Patti Fry speaks about and WHERE they moved from?

Jimmy McMillan, you have nothing on our mayor when he tells us that we fail to recognize that we have a balanced budget. "There certainly are a lot bigger things going on than $14,000 in salary" photo ops with Mark Z.

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