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Heyward Robinson in line to be MP mayor

Original post made on Dec 1, 2008

Councilman Heyward Robinson is in line to become the city's new mayor Tuesday, Dec. 2, when the council appoints the new mayor and mayor pro tem for the coming year at its annual reorganization meeting.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Heyward Robinson has been a student of public mass transit and a supporter of those who oppose the high-speed train on the Caltrain corridor. I wish him well in his and the Council majority’s endeavors to confront the deleterious consequences of impending developments of the rail corridor’s expansion.

There are many in Menlo Park and elsewhere that disagree with this interpretation of anticipated events. That is, they do not believe the disaster that people like us project for our downtown. Nor do they anticipate -- indeed they dismiss such thinking – the negative effects on property values throughout Menlo Park (and not only along both sides of the rail corridor). I wish they were right and I was wrong.

The forecast for the National, State, County and Local economy is a gloomy one. Compound that with the cost burden on Menlo Park when construction sites spring up along the rail corridor throughout the city. I suggest that it is naïve in the extreme to believe that Menlo Park will escape scot-free.

All of which is to say that I hope that this Council is realistic enough to incorporate the projected rail developments – the elephant in the living room – in its priority plans for the coming year. Somebody better be paying attention to what is happening on the Peninsula, at Caltrain, and in Sacramento.

One of the highest priorities for this coming year should be the creation of and participation in a standing rail committee consisting of Council members from Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. Details for mission, goals and objectives to be spelled out.

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I agree that a regional approach to the HSR plans is a important piece. But I think right now the budget must take priority and this council must begin to take proactive steps to ensure a long-term budget integrity. We have the luxury of a healthy reserve that can be credited to past civic leaders and community organizers.
Don't waste it Robinson and Cline, take the reigns and lead. We expect to tighten our belts.

And no, this does not mean attack the unions. It means get everyone in the city staff on the same page and start prioritizing our spend.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Heyward's pugilistic prowess should come in handy at the dais so he can stifle any dissent from the center. Heyward displayed his Irish temper at a daytime basketball game on City property with a Menlo Park City employee where a shoving match broke out into fisticuffs. Much to the detriment of the city employee Heyward proved that he is not one to be pushed around. I hope the City buys extra D&O insurance for Sugar Hey Robinson.

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Posted by watchful
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 6, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Rumor has it one of his first official duties is attending a Council of Mayors meeting on the east coast --- of course at city expense. What a waste of funds.

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Posted by Just the facts, ma'am
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm

"Rumor has it..."? Is it true? Or is it just a cheap rumor? Let's stick with facts, rather than rumors, OK? Is he going to attend this meeting on the east coast? And is it at city expense? And what is the purpose of the meeting? Is it a waste of funds? What's the point of your post, "watchful"? I'm interested in information, not rumors.

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Posted by An Owl
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

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