Viewpoint - March 23, 2011

Letter: Grateful for editorial on travel expense controls

Thank you to the Almanac for its editorial about the Menlo Park City Council's inadequate travel expense controls, facilitating Kelly Fergusson's excessive use of taxpayer dollars to fund her frequent political junkets. Your recommendations for reform should be taken seriously by the council.

The case of Ms. Fergusson's recent trip to Washington, D.C., illustrates how the travel policy can be abused by a council member who cares more about political career advancement than about serving Menlo Park's interests. Apparently, she had a substantive meeting with just one legislator, who she could have just as easily met in her local Bay Area office. And it only cost $1,400. What a bargain!

Nevertheless, I'm sure that we can count on travel pictures of Ms. Fergusson, shaking hands with D.C. politicos, to be prominently featured in her future campaign literature.

Frank Tucker, Politzer Drive, Menlo Park


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