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