The hard line message from Bressler-Cline-Robinson keeps telling us that - if elected - they will merrily listen to us simple townsfolk and that all of the tough decisions faced by government will magically melt into feel-good consensus. Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions? Democracy is hard work. It takes a little more seasoning than that. John Boyle has the resume, Lee Duboc and Mickie Winkler have a proven record of success with really tough issues.
With several very vocal groups, this is not an easy town to govern. We need real leadership, not empty feel-good promises from opponents with little judgment, no experience, and no plan for our future other than being "more open" than endless public hearings.
We tried "splitting the ticket" two years ago, and look what we got. I've attended many council meetings, and its embarrassing. We need more than populist rhetoric, or its 2001 all over again.
47 Callie Lane