A Statesman please Menlo Park Elections, posted by OpptyforaStatesman, a member of the Hillview Middle School community, on Nov 2, 2006 at 5:11 pm
Isn't there any one of the candidates step up and put a stop to the negative campagining and the hysterical personal attacks? Is the Menlo City Council such a prestigous office that you would have people tear apart good people that give time, money and passion to our community? We are all neighbors. Our kids are in class together, on the same ball teams. Please, call off the negative personal attacks!
Posted by CleanCampaign, a resident of another community, on Nov 3, 2006 at 10:09 pm
I think what we're seeing in this election may be a case of chickens coming home to roost. The incumbent slate has spent the past year ignoring the concerns of parents who use the Menlo Children's Center, using 3-2 votes to force their agenda, vilifying the city employees union, and riding roughshod over anyone who stands in their way. Did you really expect these groups to sit back during this election? The incumbents have alienated a lot of people with their heavyhanded approach to governing, and it should surprise nobody that so many people are coming out against them. Yes, I agree, we need to restore civility to the public debate, but what we're seeing now are the end product of four years of uncivil, discourteous, and mean-spirited behavior by the incumbents.
Posted by NoVastUnionConspiracy, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2006 at 12:01 am
Of Mickie Winkler, the 10/15/06 Daily said … “ Winkler in particular has contributed to the discord, making intemperate remarks the further inflame the debate. “
Winkler, Duboc, and Boyle’s attack strategy was to demonize the unions and then paint the unions onto their opponents, but the strategy got blown up early in the campaign. Part of the strategy, first engineered in an email by Sam Sinott during a Boyle, Duboc, Winkler campaign kickoff was to spread a false story that Cline, Bressler, and Robinson would revoke the pool management contract from Tim Sheeper and give it back to the same union they were demonizing.
But the Sinnott story was totally false, the contract cannot be revoked, and the false claims about Cline, Bressler, and Robinson were quickly discredited.
Specific attack remarks made by Winkler in a large circulating email falsely accused the union and misquoted a city staff report saying it, too, blamed the union, when it made no mention of them.
From the 9/14/06 Daily:
A Menlo Park City Council member has accused a local union of using “intimidation tactics” to block the city from outsourcing child care services.
“As a result of stepped-up campaign by the SEIU to discredit the sole remaining bidder and receipt of at least three threatening letters, Building Kidz has decided to withdraw its proposal," Winkler wrote.
Winkler’s email stopped short of accusing the union of drafting the three anonymous letters, and she said Wednesday that she has “no way of knowing” if the union wrote them.
The e-mail is what it is,” she said. “I believe it. I’m allowed to have an opinion.
Union officials called for a public retraction and an apology from Winkler.
“Suggesting that the SEIU performed ‘intimidation’ tactics, including sending ‘anonymous’ threatening letters to Building Kidz, is untrue and borders on defamation and libel.
The Council member’s e-mail also said that many firms chose not to bid in the application process “out of fears the union campaign would tarnish their reputation in other communities where they currently do business.”
But an Aug. 17 staff report on potential applicants lists four reasons why applicants did not respond—and unions are not included.”
[End Daily story quotes]
In other words, Winkler cooked-up transparently false information about the union. Duboc and Boyle also repeated versions of the false union story before it lost its legs.
Posted by DeepInsider, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2006 at 12:11 am
For those who want more information, the individual who posted above, Realtor Dick Poe is an "officer" of Menlo Park Matters the pro-Winkler, Duboc, Boyle PAC responsible for purchasing the "democratic slate mailers" that gave the appearance that Democrats were endorsing Republicans Duboc and Boyle. (Winkler, now a democrat, is a former republican).
More interesting than the misleading slate mailer is the contradiction between what Poe says and what the candidates say.
Duboc and Winkler had "no memory" of any conversation with Poe and his PAC. Boyle did remember conversing with them, and Poe himself was emphatice that his PAC consulted with the candidates."
From the article:
"The mailers came out of two political lobbying and consulting firms in Los Angeles County and were paid for by Menlo Park Matters, a political action committee supportive of the Winkler, Duboc and Boyle ticket. The group spent more than $4,700 on the mailers.
The fact that the mailers are not specifically aligned with a single party fits the mold of nonpartisan local elections, said Dick Poe, director of Menlo Park Matters.
"The whole idea is, this is a nonpartisan race," he said. "Our intention was to get the message out to voters - regardless of party affiliation - to vote for these candidates."
Winkler and Duboc both said they couldn't recall discussing the mailers with Menlo Park Matters.
"Nobody has talked to me about the mailers," Duboc said. "If they asked me, I don't remember it to be quite honest. This is an independent group ... they don't have to ask us."
Boyle said he remembers being asked, but voiced some concern about the contents.
Poe was adamant he floated the mailer tactic by the campaign.
"I have absolutely no doubt that the campaign was aware that we ordered those mailers," he said. "Did we ask their permission, did they make the decision? No."
The mailers themselves raise questions about just what voters should believe on election day.
For those who wish to know, its perfectly legal for the PAC to be in communication with the campaigns, but, it they are, then they face different reporting requirements because the PAC and the campaigns are deemed to be "coordinated."
The conversations inadvertently reported by the Daily are prima facie evidence that Dick Poe's PAC, Menlo Park Matters were coordinated with at least the Boyle campaign, and might suggest that Duboc and Winkler fibbed about it.
Posted by sepulveda, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2006 at 8:21 am
check out google -"Pluris John Boyle", go to entry 6, eapd.law, pg. 4 of newsletter is most revealing about Boyle's telecom success(?). check out Santa Clara County Superior Court filings, Pluris, John Boyle entries. Note landlord's unlawful detainer, suit by Heating/AC contractor on company bldg. Such great business acumen is what MP needs? Go figure?
Posted by Reader, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2006 at 4:33 pm
Telecom Equipment Specialist Leaves Worldview Technology General Partner John Boyle plans to leave Worldview Technology Partners, Palo Alto, Calif., this fall after three years with the firm. When Mr. Boyle joined Worldview from Matrix Partners, Waltham, Mass., his expertise in networking and telecommunications equipment was at peak demand.
But Mr. Boyle’s portfolio took a severe beating when that industry collapsed. He was on the boards of two key companies that went out of business last year after raising large sums of money. TollBridge Technologies, a developer of technology to transmit phone calls over the Internet, collapsed in June after raising $84 million since 1998. And router developer Pluris folded in July after raising $215 million since 1999.
Worldview has made nearly half of its investments in networking and telecom startups. Such investments are dragging down returns. Data from the University of Michigan shows Worldview’s 2001 fund’s internal rate of return a negative 23 percent. (The university adds, however, that the IRRs of young funds are not meaningful.) Mr. Boyle has begun winding down his role at the firm and is now on the boards of just two start-ups: Cierra Photonics, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Ceyba, Ottawa, both optical networking startups. One appears to be burning cash particularly fast. Despite raising a $93 million round in 2001, Ceyba expects to be raising another round during the second half of this year.
Worldview co-founder Michael Orsak says Mr. Boyle, 44, wanted to spend more time with his family. “It’s all very amicable,” Mr. Orsak says of the departure. “It’s a natural thing going on in venture capital these days.” Mr. Boyle was not available for comment. Worldview last year cut its 2001 Worldview Technology Partners IV fund from $1 billion to $750 million.
Posted by ElderStatesman, a resident of another community, on Nov 4, 2006 at 10:42 pm
OpptyforaStatesman, the incumbent slate have emphasized the need to elect ALL THREE of them, so that THEY retain control. They've made no pretense of wanting to compromise or find common ground, the hallmarks of statesmanship. It's their way or the highway!