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Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a list of election debates, forums

Original post made on Sep 11, 2020

We've compiled a list of local election debates and forums taking place virtually for Midpeninsula voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 11, 2020, 4:33 PM

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Posted by Gotcha
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2020 at 10:54 pm

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Voters should know that Palo Alto city council member Alison Cormack has instigated the creation of an organization to advance her personal agenda at Cubberley. She is 1 of only 6 listed in the group, and recently met with some PAN members on the groups behalf.

Her groups mission states in part - “We support and advocate for the redevelopment of Cubberley for the benefit of the entire Palo Alto community AND OUR NEIGHBORING CITIES.” Wow. That sends up red flags.

Her group even has a single issue forum that says it will put the same 3 questions to city council and school board candidates alike who will be together. No doubt a purity test will be applied to the responses, otherwise it wouldn’t be so tightly controlled.

If I were a candidate I would skip this forum. A 3-question, single issue “forum” at the behest of a council member does not qualify for serious attention.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 11, 2020 at 11:24 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

WOW - Cubberley is owned by the Palo Alto Unified School District - a percentage. So how does that work? Not sure that is a legal maneuver. She works for GOOGLE? We need to find out who the other instigators are.

Posted by Helpful List...Thank you, PA Weekly!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:29 am

Helpful List...Thank you, PA Weekly! is a registered user.

I have been looking for comprehensive list like this. Thank you, Palo Alto Weekly! This is very useful. I just pointed my neighbors to it.

Posted by Sheri
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Sheri is a registered user.

Note that Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) is hosting a Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 1, from 7-9pm.
Moderated by former City Council Member Hillary Freeman

The virtual meeting will be broadcast on Comcast cable TV Channel 28 and streamed live at
Web Link (Click on Channel 28).

This PAN Election forum, rather than being live and in person, will be produced as a Zoom Webinar without audience participation. To access the Zoom webinar:
Web Link
Passcode: 057302
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 838 7483 0135
Passcode: 057302

The candidates have also fill out an in-depth questionnaire on the various issues, which will be available as of September 18 on PAN’s website:

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