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What to look for in November Council Candidates

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Aug 2, 2010

Both Menlo Park and Atherton councils have three of their five seats up for election this November and it appears likely that both will be contested elections.

The purpose of this topic is to create a Town Forum dialogue on what are the qualities that the citizens of Menlo Park and Atherton want in the council persons whom we will elect on November.

Let me provide my personal preferences in order to get the discussion going:

1 - committed to open and transparent government and pledged not to use closed sessions except when absolutely necessary (as opposed to using closed sessions whenever permitted).

2 - independent as demonstrated by neither seeking nor accepting support from anyone who is not a registered voter in their jurisdiction, which means accepting neither money or endorsements from unions, developers, business organization or civic groups.

3 - committed to acting in the best interest of the citizens of their jurisdiction rather than to further their own agenda or the agenda of some outside group.

4 - committed to working with their fellow council members to find the best solution for their jurisdiction without personal attacks or animosity.

5 - committed to having a balanced budget without recourse to reserves or accounting tricks.

6 - open to considering any opportunity for significant costs savings such as outsourcing of specific services.

Let the dialogue begin.

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Posted by Javier Wymer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm

- Don't think of the postings on Town Square as being particularly indicative of actual public opinion. There should be a disclaimer at the top a la "for entertainment purposes only".

- Don't take yourself too seriously. These are small towns and we're all neighbors- there's not room for ideological blowhards. We can work out the tough issues together.

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Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I really don't understand why you don't run for political office, Peter - you've got the pompous part down cold!

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Just Wandering asks:"I really don't understand why you don't run for political office, Peter"

I have and was elected twice with more votes than any of my opponents.

And your contribution to our community is????

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Posted by Kimberly Sweidy
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Aug 3, 2010 at 10:43 am


"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Barry Goldwater

Am I to understand that the above sophomoric responses to Mr. Carpenter's posting, including ad hominem name-calling, is an example of how our "upscale" community should be conducting itself in the pursuit of "We can work out the tough issues together?"

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

I still contend that Peter Carpenter has the smartest and logical mind of most anyone who ends up on the attack instead of an alternate opinion to his. He does not look for solutions to only his own city's problems, but to those of the entire County (which is a self righteous and divided group of people who are like a microcosm of the entire U.S. and its non united states)
Very few people seem to look to the future because they are at a standstill because of the recession and unequal parts of these towns are not in the over $200,000/a year income range. They are not being addressed as if they didn't exist. Well, they do.In greater numbers.
With larger numbers of voters, the rich and insecure rich are at their mercy come November.

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