This letter by Pat White was published in the Almanac's Feb. 14 print edition:
I missed the recent appointment of Charles Bourne to the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. I believe that he is not qualified for the position.
While arguing for the unsafe, very expensive Santa Cruz Avenue cement furniture a few years ago, he said to the council, "What difference does two minutes make in the response time of an emergency vehicle?" I was waiting to speak and almost fell out of my chair.
Take a look at the curbs in front of his home. He has them painted red, so no one can park there. Is he taking the law into his own hands? That's not what we want from a Transportation Commissioner.
He is infamous for complaints to Hillview School about innocent noise from dances and assemblies. The school was certainly there first. If he didn't want to live next to a school, he didn't have to.
At the very least, Mr. Bourne needs to recuse himself from all decisions affecting the west side of Menlo Park.
By this appointment, the City Council has forgotten their pledge of fostering less divisive government.
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park