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Caroline Lucas for MP School Board; Vicki Veenker for Assembly, Ray Mueller and Cecilia Taylor for MP Council

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Vicki Veenker for Assembly, Caroline Lucas for MP School Board; Ray and Cecilia Taylor for MP Council

State Assembly – Vicki Veenker:
I’m recommending newcomer Vicki Veenker for State Assembly. As an Intellectual Property Litigator, she has intimate experience with s the ‘work product’ of the companies in Silicon Valley, as well as the some of the macro issues they face in competition, growth, and preserving the position of Silicon Valley as the gold standard of innovation worldwide.’

Menlo Park City School District Board: Caroline Lucas
I’ve been vocal on the failed Ballot Measures A and C earlier this year for The parcel taxes should not be perpetual, but reviewable and renewable. I hope the incoming school board seriously addresses the need for public outreach.

It’s harder to distinguish amongst the candidates for Menlo Park School Board. What’s needed is objectivity in discussing core programs and augmented programs, and the public at large. I recommend Caroline Lucas – a local teacher – for school board to be a voice for a balanced budget while maintaining and enhancing excellent experience for children.

Someone commented to me that only 20% of the districts families have children attending the district. The implication is that 80% of the district families are out of somewhat out of the communication loop.

Peter Carpenter appropriately brings up the costs the ‘benefit’ that accrues to school personnel who bring their own children into the district. I consider this a great benefit to the teacher. Peter notes that the cost is not a line item in the budget, hence, a spotlight is not usually cast upon that perk. Nonetheless, we’re going for transparency of the anticipated 2017 parcel tax

Some follow up comments to some follow up comments.

See, my prior post.

There are two parts to my prior post of October 14: endorsements for council, and the Menlo Park map showing domicile of council members in relation to east side growth. This map isn’t going away - actually calls for more study and could be a post by itself. For example, it would be interesting to also consider their residential zoning categories, lot sizes, and school districts, compared to others.

We don’t have districts for the five council seats; it’s open to all; all five council members can be adjacent neighbors. But the observed lopsidedness is a real problem and will call into question zoning consequences decisions going forward. The easy solution is adding Cecilia’s voice. Unfortunately, this requires sacrificing Catherine Carlton’s seat. Although I don’t expect that to realistically happen.

Reelection is not an Entitlement:
I’ll note for history that former council members Lee DuBoc and Mickie Winkler subsequently lost their reelection bids to their first term. Sometimes a council member explains their reason for re-election as “so they can see what they started through completion.” Well, that’s why elections stagger 2 seats and 3 seats. There is residual experience.

Although there is one little covered aspect that if a council member serves 6 years (as a second term), some benefits do permanently accrue to them, such as ability to buy healthcare. And there may be a pension component. Someone should clarify this.

The General Plan Update: While our current general plan (GP) was initially crafted in 1994, it has been periodically amended – such as the update of its Housing Element about 4 years ago – and current comprehensive rewrite of zoning for the East of Highway 101 and the current ‘M-2’ industrial area. I’d be wary of characterizations of the service life of a GP in words such as ‘this enables 4 million sq. ft. over the next 20 years.’ It’s misleading since one can interpret it as a ‘rate of growth’, 200k sq ft per year for 20 years. Nope. It can be more like a stampede, as when the ’94 GP enabled the campus. The growth and change can be frontloaded. Enjoy.

Next up, Bob Dylan.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by thoughtful, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:50 am

Stew, you are right on the mark with your support of Vicki Veenker and Caroline Lucas.

The council race is a bit more complicated. Unlike the school board which suffered a serious blow with failed ballot measures A and C, the city council is effective and aligned with the voters. Although Ray Mueller is a more aggressive politician, Catherine Carlton is well respected and has been campaigning hard for re-election. Cecilia Taylor is a great candidate, but the incumbents had a big head start.

Posted by Researcher, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Oct 31, 2016 at 10:46 am

In addition to receiving Stu Soffer's endorsement in this blog, Ray Mueller is the only candidate to be endorsed by both The Almanac and The Daily Post during this City Council election. He also is the only candidate to be endorsed by the Sierra Club.

Posted by KS, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Nov 1, 2016 at 7:27 am

Describing Ray as a "more aggressive politician" is something I haven't read in any of his endorsements. @Thoughtful why try so hard to smear him to help Catherine? I never vote for negative campaigns.

Posted by think, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park,
on Nov 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

The Sierra Club endorsement is worth the gum on my shoe. They sell out to their cronies every time. I literally sat in a debate on a city issue and watched them all express support for one side until Denny or whatever her name is, from Half Moon Bay, sided with her cronies and every board member folded and followed her lead.

Scam. The Post is another scam. If you wear those two with a badge of honor, good luck.

Posted by thoughtful, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Nov 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

@KS, no smear here. Mueller was campaigning more aggressively, working harder and smarter.

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