Mickie Winkler blames the ladies who made up the Bayfront Park Coalition for scaring voters.
Who would I blame for the rejection of Winkler, Duboc, Measures J and K? Who else but Nicholas Jellins!
It was Jellins who some believe made a deal with his cohorts Winkler & Duboc to uncritically support everything they wanted in exchange making him mayor twice out of turn in violation of established City Policy.
It was Jellins who joined Winkler & Duboc in packing key city commissions with their loyal supporters.
It was Jellins who joined Winkler & Duboc in betraying the voters by killing the new Menlo Childrens’ Center which was promised as part of Measure T.
It was Jellins who joined Winkler & Duboc in passing the realtor-friendly residential design Ordinance #926 which was later rescinded because of strong community opposition.
It was Jellins who joined Winkler & Duboc in their efforts to build a golf course and fill 10 acres of tidal wetlands at Bayfront Park Later these three also tried to drum up support for the impossible playfields at the same location (Measure J).
It was Jellins who joined Winkler & Duboc in handing a no-bid contract to the “beloved” Tim Sheeper for operation of the brand-new Burgess Pool.
It was Jellins who distributed a last minute “press release” that he thought advanced the campaigns of Winkler & Duboc. Instead it confused voters, made City Staff appear incompetent and probably led to the defeat of Measure K, the utility user’s tax.
It was Jellins who joined Winkler & Duboc in creating a toxic political environment in Menlo Park that turned residents against the incumbents and nearly everything they supported.
It was Jellins who squandered his impressive resume and his political future by creating a divisive and hostile atmosphere on the City Council. You have to wonder what Lee Duboc was thinking when she told Kelly Fergusson in 2005 that as mayor Pro Tem, she could “learn a lot” from Jellins.
And it was Jellins, realizing that the voters would also hold him accountable for these and other follies of his cohorts, who ducked out of this year’s campaign. While Winkler & Duboc suffered the humiliation of defeat, Nicholas lost only his opportunities for more revolting public posing, dramatic entrances and word play from the dais.
My vote for scapegoat of the 2006 election goes to Nicholas Jellins.