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Menlo election: Carlton pulls papers (updated)

Original post made on Aug 3, 2012

As the deadline to file draws near, another candidate seems ready to jump into the Menlo Park City Council race. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Catherine Carlton pulled papers on Thursday (Aug. 2).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 2, 2012, 11:44 PM

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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Is the Almanac operating as a publicist for Mr. Bragg? Today the Almanac bragged about his list of supporters. Earlier they were telling us where we could meet him to have coffee.

Want to put money on who the paper endorses?


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Posted by Civil
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Frugal, the campaign you are referring to is obviously very effective, otherwise you would not feel obligated to comment. You are encouraged to vet the candidates, the Almanac provides this forum for you to do so. In Menlo Park, we are fortunate to have strong candidates such as Catherine Carlton (and others) that are willing to participate in the process.


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Posted by old timers
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Sandy Brundage's characterization of Bragg's campaign having had a "slight" setback due to his bankruptcy filing is really humorous.

How many voters in Menlo Park are going to vote for a candidate who can't run his own fiscal affairs, much less have input on the City's

Essentially his campaign is over... period.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I have to chuckle because this article reminded me of Amy Poehler's show, "Parks and Rec". Am I the only one?


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

It's unfortunate that Mr. Bragg's "setback" had to be publicized, but it confirmed my suspicions as to his potential debt....He has a big spending problem, as evident from all of his "toys", cars, boats, expensive marketing gimmicks, etc. I wouldn't trust him making financial decisions for my town, as oldtimer as commented.


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Posted by bankruptcy
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

There are plenty of Stanford MBAs that lost their shirt in the recent real estate downturn, but none of them are running for Menlo Park City Council, in this election. Mr. Bragg is not the first Menlo Park candidate to have declared bankruptcy, but the voters have been known to reject such candidates, just look at what happened to Christina Angell-Atchison and Chuck Bernstein.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

People need to realize that many people that are now in financial trouble were spending within their means before the economy tanked. The income that they were dependent upon suddenly went away, through no fault of their own, and that which they could previously afford, they could no longer. It doesn't necessarily mean they were irresponsible in their financials. It means the economy tanked.

This economy has affected far more MBA's and other "responsible" folks than most of us will ever know. Some were able to avoid bankruptcy, others were not. The only ones we know about are the ones that couldn't avoid bankruptcy. A bankruptcy that often was no fault of their own, but the results of a major recession. Some would even call it a "depression." So before you are all too quick to jump on the "Dave Bragg was irresponsible" bandwagon, I suggest you take a deeper look at things, then look in the mirror. There but for the grace of god could have gone YOU.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I'd be concerned about his bankruptcy & his busy schedule. It's not about blaming him, it's about individual voters deciding what candidate they think will do the best job. That decision will be reached by factoring in information that you think may add or detract from their ability to do a good job. For some, this means a impeccable finances, for others it may mean wisely weathering life's storms even if one pays a high price for that. Luckily, Bragg's young enough that he can run again if he doesn't win this year.


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Posted by Dave Bragg- Business Owner/City Council Candidate
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

To all readers and posters on this thread about Ms.Carlton's pulling papers. It is obvious that a handful of you may be interested in more information about my investment in affordable housing for military personal in Texas that pushed me into bankruptcy. I would love to have the opportunity to share my experience with everyone that really cares to know, I would like to meet with you this Friday (8/10) at 10am, Location TBD.
I would also love to discuss the issues the are Directly effecting Menlo Park.


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Posted by Accountant
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

What's Bragg's educational background? Does he have a college degree? Where? When?

I'd like to see who endorses Mr. Bragg. Not pension-reformers.


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Posted by linkedin
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 10, 2012 at 1:44 am

Education (from linkedin: Web Link):
* College of San Mateo: Fire Science, 1998 – 2000
* Santa Barbara City College: Health Sciences, 1995 – 1997


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