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Election: City Council candidates to square off in Oct. 3 debate

Five candidates seek three open seats on dais

Next Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online are mounting a City Council candidates forum with incumbents Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth and Cory Wolbach and challengers Pat Boone and Alison Cormack. The event at the Little Theatre at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, will run from 7:30-9 p.m.

Readers can submit questions for the candidates that will be considered by the co-moderators ahead of the debate to [email protected]

Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and city hall reporter Gennady Sheyner will co-moderate, asking the candidates about a range of topics including affordable housing, traffic congestion, City Council transparency, city staffing, development, code enforcement and more. Co-sponsoring the event are the American Association of University Women, Avenidas, Project Safety Net and Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

The candidates forum is posted on our YouTube page.

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Election: City Council candidates to square off in Oct. 3 debate

Five candidates seek three open seats on dais

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 6:53 am
Updated: Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 8:47 am

Next Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online are mounting a City Council candidates forum with incumbents Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth and Cory Wolbach and challengers Pat Boone and Alison Cormack. The event at the Little Theatre at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, will run from 7:30-9 p.m.

Readers can submit questions for the candidates that will be considered by the co-moderators ahead of the debate to [email protected]

Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and city hall reporter Gennady Sheyner will co-moderate, asking the candidates about a range of topics including affordable housing, traffic congestion, City Council transparency, city staffing, development, code enforcement and more. Co-sponsoring the event are the American Association of University Women, Avenidas, Project Safety Net and Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

The candidates forum is posted on our YouTube page.

Related:

Upcoming: Election events for Palo Alto voters Numerous civic groups will also be hosting voter-education events in October, from Palo Alto school board forums to Pro/Con presentations on ballot measures to City Council and Palo Alto Measure F debates. Click on the link above to view the schedule.

Comments

Please look at Boone
Midtown
on Sep 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm
Please look at Boone, Midtown
on Sep 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm

If you think you would like to see someone different, with a different perspective, on our Council, please look at Pat Boone. I think he is a different candidate from what we have had and a change in the status quo is what we need.


Lei Ping
Charleston Meadows
on Sep 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm
Lei Ping, Charleston Meadows
on Sep 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Will refreshments be served later?


jh
Registered user
Evergreen Park
on Oct 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm
jh, Evergreen Park
Registered user
on Oct 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Among sponsors of this forum is the Chamber of Commerce, so it will be interesting to see how the questions posed to the candidates will reflect the interests of businesses and development.

On the following night, Thursday, October 4, Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) will host their traditional candidate forum in the Council Chambers in City Hall, from 6-8 pm I believe. Each candidate is given one or two minutes to answer each question which allows voters to contrast and differentiate between them. For this forum the questions particularly focus on and address issues that most impact and concern residents, as well as the future direction of Palo Alto as the city grows. This year Doris LaCordell, a prior council member, has agreed to moderate.


jh
Registered user
Evergreen Park
on Oct 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm
jh, Evergreen Park
Registered user
on Oct 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

With apologies for incorrect information in my prior post.

The PAN Forum is on Thu, Oct 04,

from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM,

and the moderator is the Hon. LaDoris Cordell.


Never Missed An Election
Old Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm
Never Missed An Election, Old Palo Alto
on Oct 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm

>> If you think you would like to see someone different, with a different perspective, on our Council, please look at Pat Boone. I think he is a different candidate from what we have had and a change in the status quo is what we need.

Wow. The last time I saw Pat Boone was on TV. He was doing an infomercial for those step-in bathtubs that are designed for seniors with mobility issues.

He's got my vote. When did he move to Palo Alto?


Cecily B.
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm
Cecily B., Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm

> The candidates forum will be video-recorded and posted later on our YouTube page, but it will not be livestreamed.

Will there be any need for a studio make-up artist as I imagine all of the candidates will want to look their best in front of the video camera. If auxiliary lights are being used, it can sometimes get hot and no aspiring council member will want to appear hot and flustered depending on the questions being asked...remember Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential debate?

I've had extensive experience in 'under the lights' make-up and wardrobe presentations having worked in both funeral parlors and PBS news/editorial presentations throughout the mid-western United States.

Being new to Palo Alto, I would be more than willing to assist in this endeavor as I strongly believe in active civic participation. Appearances do matter so always strive to look your best...whether living or non-living.


Looks Do Matter
Professorville
on Oct 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm
Looks Do Matter, Professorville
on Oct 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

> Appearances do matter so always strive to look your best...whether living or non-living.

Hardly matters once they close the lid and you are now subterranean in existence.

Cryogenics might be another story but to date, I've never been able to resuscitate a bag of frozen peas or the frozen salmon I caught up in Canada.


Resident
Community Center
on Oct 4, 2018 at 9:38 am
Resident , Community Center
on Oct 4, 2018 at 9:38 am

It was a well attended debate last night.
Interestingly, Wolbach and Cormack endorsed campaign finance limits despite both of them having raising huge amounts to date and they look to be headed toward $100K campaigns.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2018 at 10:39 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2018 at 10:39 am

Is there going to be a report or article about this event?


Concerned PA Voter
Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Concerned PA Voter, Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2018 at 12:25 pm

>Is there going to be a report or article about this event?

Inquiring minds want to know...

(1) Were refreshments served afterwards?
(2) Did PB have a 'walk-up' song to the podium (i.e. Tutti Frutti)?
(3) How did the candidates perform under the lights and what did they wear?


Cormack like Sen.Collins
Crescent Park
on Oct 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm
Cormack like Sen.Collins, Crescent Park
on Oct 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm

In an article following the Supreme Court hearings, the similarity of candidate Cormack's statements to Senator Collins is remarkable:

"The Maine senator [Collins] has reduced the choreography of legislative head-fakes to a sublime art, in order to preserve her bogus reputation as an independent-minded centrist. When a contentious issue arises, Collins will elaborately explain that she hasn’t made up her mind yet. She needs to give the issue careful study. And then, wondrously, after very careful and well-advertised study, she almost always votes with Mitch McConnell. Funny how her research invariably leads to that conclusion."
Web Link


mauricio
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 8, 2018 at 6:46 am
mauricio, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Oct 8, 2018 at 6:46 am

It is impossible to discern Cormack's real views on any subject. She is incredibly careful not to divulge her positions. She has adopted the Wolbach playbook from 4 years ago. In an interview shown on YouTube, she used the platitudes:'I and my team are bi-partisan' and 'We can disagree without being disagreeable' instead of stating her positions on anything related to Palo Alto issues.


Resident
Community Center
on Oct 8, 2018 at 9:58 am
Resident , Community Center
on Oct 8, 2018 at 9:58 am


Mauricio’s comment caused me to read Cormack’s two glossy brochures that came in our mail the last couple of days. At the top of her list of what she stands for is “Fairness. To neighborhoods and to each other.” That is so nebulous that I have no idea what she means.
The Post did quote her recently on her position on the lower office cap that the council adopted. She said she would have voted against it. Her position would allow twice the rate of office growth. More shocking and telling is that she then said that limiting the office growth rate would “limit our degrees of freedom”. It might limit the freedom of big developers as to how many millions they can make at the expense of greater traffic and degrading our neighborhoods, but it does not limit freedom for the rest of us. Our freedom to get from one place to another in ever worsening traffic is more important to me.


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