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The Battle for City Hall: The Incumbents

Original post made on Oct 10, 2014

When Karen Holman, Greg Scharff and Nancy Shepherd took their oaths of office five years ago, budget deficits, the future of compost and high-speed rail were the issues dominating City Hall.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:07 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:23 am

I am shocked that you endorsed Greg Scharff after the 27 University mess. I don't think that is even plausibly defensible. I am also surprised that you are endorsing 5 white candidates and not endorsing the only minority candidate in the race. You are also endorsing 4 men and 1 woman. If your selections are elected, the Council will have 2 women (Kniss and Holman) and 7 men. How do you think that makes sense? 9 white people, 10 men, 2 women. Seriously?

I am not a shill for the Kou campaign. I'm sure she has things to learn. But she's certainly competent and capable of learning. And diversity is itself an important value particularly in a city that is rapidly changing demographically. This is a narrow and shortsighted list. It also gives Scharff a bye that he in way deserves.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:24 am

Sorry, typo 7 men, 2 women. Still wretched.

Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:56 am

Greenacres is a registered user.

Very good points resident. Kou is capable of learning, and she knows Palo Alto neighborhoods from north to south like no one else on the Council. I am not on her campaign but I *am* a shill for her because I know her and know she would be an honest, hardworking Councilmember.

On a separate note, this article doesn't take any stock of just how hard Bob Moss and others worked on that scorecard, how difficult it was because not everything is clearcut, and how careful they were to ensure it was a fair assessment. Bob has endorsed Kou, Dubois, Filseth, Holman, and Scharff, which includes 2 incumbents, one who didn't score so well even per his own assessment on that scorecard. It's one consideration.

Posted by Dan
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

Scharff [portion removed] loves development. He immediately reinvented himself for the election into a latter day residentialist. If we elect him, we deserve what we get - someone trying to be all things to all people in order to get re-elected. If elected he will revert to type. Don't vote for a political chameleon.

Posted by sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

I am one of the candidates. It is besides the point.

I endorse Kou. She is soft spoken and thinks through; she is well connected with all the real estate people.
She adds female representation and diversity. She is well educated.

I sort of want to be like Greg SCHMIDT. He is thoughtful; studies a lot of things and respectful. I would like to sit next to him

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