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too easy to criticise Menlo city council

Original post made by Henry Riggs on Nov 6, 2006


The hard line message from Bressler-Cline-Robinson keeps telling us that - if elected - they will merrily listen to us simple townsfolk and that all of the tough decisions faced by government will magically melt into feel-good consensus. Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions? Democracy is hard work. It takes a little more seasoning than that. John Boyle has the resume, Lee Duboc and Mickie Winkler have a proven record of success with really tough issues.

With several very vocal groups, this is not an easy town to govern. We need real leadership, not empty feel-good promises from opponents with little judgment, no experience, and no plan for our future other than being "more open" than endless public hearings.

We tried "splitting the ticket" two years ago, and look what we got. I've attended many council meetings, and its embarrassing. We need more than populist rhetoric, or its 2001 all over again.

Henry Riggs
47 Callie Lane

Comments (4)

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:25 pm

Henry Riggs is a planning commissioner appointed by Duboc and Winkler.

If I understand Henry's "logic", he endorses the inexperienced Boyle over two sitting commissions, Cline and Robinson who have far more city experience.

Help me understand.

Posted by Pragmatist, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:25 pm

"Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions?"

The incumbents have essentially stifled debate and have allowed hard decisions to be made by outside interests. Time and again, they've sold out the city. They've refused to listen to anyone other than their small clique, which includes you, Dick, Frank, and about three other people. We need to put a stop to their shenanigans now.

Posted by Gern Blanston, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 6, 2006 at 6:59 pm

"Do they really think the citizens of Menlo Park believe that good government comes without rigorous debate, respectful dissent and hard decisions? Democracy is hard work."

Exactly the reasons I'm voting against Duboc and Winkler. Rigorous debate, respectful dissent, and hard decisions were not part of the process leading to approval of recent development projects in Menlo Park -- it was far too easy for the council majority to gift developers at every turn (then-Mayor Winkler gave barest lip service to the 200+ signed petitions from residents opposing the Linfield Drive project during one council meeting I attended). Democracy is hard work, and for this Menlo Park voter the work appeared to be too much for Duboc, Jellins and Winkler -- just look at the way they handled the mayorship this year. Do you call *that* democracy?!


Posted by citizenobserver, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 6, 2006 at 11:01 pm

"Listening" was exactly what the novices Winkler and duboc ran on in the famous 2002 "Blockheads" election.
To this voter, the term "Karmic Payback" comes to mind.

And as for Boyle - not much experience there compared with the others... and who knows WHY he ran with those two incumbents whom even Bohannon said were a "mistake" tp have supported last time. I will bet Boyle now regrets having a sign with all three linked... He woudl have been better off with his own signs and campaign.

P.S. And Jellins - well, he's not on the ballot this time, and as to last time, experience requires that you DO something. He promised to get us afterschool childcare ON shool campuses. A noble idea that, sadly, he didn't bring to fruition.

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