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Jim Lewis threatens libel lawsuit against Menlo Park, councilwoman

Original post made on Jun 16, 2008

For the past year, Palo Alto resident Jim Lewis has become one of Menlo Park's most persistent volunteers, attending countless public meetings, trying to organize city events, and bombarding the City Council with e-mails and speeches regarding what he likes about the city, and how to make it better.

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Posted by Baffled
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jun 16, 2008 at 10:26 am

There are so many questions to be answered here. What led Fergusson to ask whether Lewis was misrepresenting himself as a council person? Had he been doing so in the past? Did he do so in his announcement of the event?

Also, are council members really even considering paying out of the public till to resolve this ludicrous case? I'd like to think not, but some of this council's decisions have been so off the wall I don't think we can assume anything.

But the most baffling thing about this matter is the fact that Lewis refuses to divulge the name, and I presume the nature, of his business. I understand he lives elsewhere. And if he is really a business owner in Menlo Park, the city should have a business license for him on record. Does it exist? Has anyone tried to look it up? If he doesn't really own a business here and doesn't live here, what's his interest here?

Posted by Baffled - (not)
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Anybody that knows Jim is immediately affected by his good nature, good intentions and tireless energy to "do good". Even if Jim Lewis appears to be a "council person", who cares? Isn't there enough room for everyone to desires to contribute to participate? Who cares what his business is or whether or not he lives in Menlo Park? I applaud him for all he has done and continues to do for Menlo Park. THANK YOU JIM LEWIS!

Posted by also baffled
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jun 19, 2008 at 2:51 pm

If he's such a "do good" person, why is he pursuing legal action in a situation like this? Most of us would just shrug off the tiff.
This sort of action looks mean and, in an election year, all too political.

Posted by Nuff said
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Do good? Sounds like a crackpot to me, and why is it that no one seems to know what business he owns in Menlo Park? Baffled (not), there are many ways for people to contribute without pretending to sit on the council.

He wants the city to pay him something around $10,000 because of a perceived slight. I hope he takes his largesse elsewhere because Menlo Park doesn't need another deadbeat moocher in town.

Posted by KneeDeep
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 20, 2008 at 8:18 am

Reading the above post from "Baffled - (not)", it appears that not only does Mr. Lewis like to pretend he's "somebody," but he also apparently knows how to post online here using a pseudonym. (And here's a "helpful hint", Jim: You just might want to consider trying not to lay it on so thick next time!).

Posted by Renter
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:17 am

His business is owning two small apartment houses in Belle Haven.