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Cari Templeton: Ready to listen

Original post made on Oct 2, 2020

Palo Alto City Council candidate Cari Templeton wants to turn down the temperature in the city's heated debates about housing and growth policies.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 2, 2020, 6:49 AM

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace

on Oct 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm

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Posted by PaloAltoVoter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 4, 2020 at 11:53 am

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Another good summary by the Weekly. "Ready to Listen". Listening to Ms Templeton, one gets very little idea of where she stands on key issues. She evades, is vague or answers questions with questions. Her campaign strategy is similar to Alison Cormack's - tell the voters little and then surprise them when you're in office. I like my candidates to be clear on their positions. For someone with as the experience that Ms Templeton has this should not be difficult.

Posted by Enough Hate
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 4, 2020 at 6:56 pm

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Dear Bill Johnson,

The "experiment" with the requiring registration to improve the health of your comments section has officially failed. Mean and misinformed comments abound, so many directed at Alison Cormack. I may not agree with 100% of Cormack's votes, but think she has been an excellent Councilmember thus far: respectful, prepared, receptive to data and information.

As demonstrated by Templeton's service as PTC chair, we can expect the same level of professionalism, effectiveness, and commitment to public service from Cari (on your ballot as "Carolyn"). I would encourage voters to contact Cari and talk to her directly if you want to understand her positions. Its unfortunate that so many lies have been spread about Cari (including by a sitting Councilmember) who is kind, thoughtful mom in our community. We would be so lucky to have her as a Councilmember.

Inconsistency note: This article suggests that Cari didn't take a position on state zoning reform bills, but the Greer Stone article states that she did.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 5, 2020 at 3:26 pm

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Everyone in this city is now sensitized to the issues that are facing us in this election. We have the "progressive" group who have elected to position themselves in that classification, and the housing conservatives who are working to distribute housing in this city in a more planned method based on zoning.

Zoning has become a bad word in some circles. That is a major issue if you think zoning is a good issue.

Cost of housing is an issue - the cost is in part relative to what the basic industries are in this city. They are high tech and the SU campus and educational experience. We are surrounded by high tech industry. That defines the housing type to a degree. We are not building airplanes, boats, ships, etc. We are not a farming location at this time. That means that the people who live and work here have a more common definition of housing.
WE are not in a gentrification mode - we have already been there and are fairly well situated in the status of the city.
We are not into reverse gentrification in which the whole structure of the city is being challenged - to what end? Need to call it what it is.
The candidates have made it clear where they stand.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 5, 2020 at 3:56 pm

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@Enough Hate, is anyone stopping her supporters from registering like the rest of us and commenting and responding to comments?

What does their failure to register and the free exchange of ideas have to do with "hate"? Or logic?

That type of claim is just plain divisive, something we've seen too much over the last few years. Yet she has stated she can't find a single thing she'd change or criticize. Has she not read all the articles and editorials about the lack of civility on the council?

I've commented here and elsewhere that I find her answers evasive. I don't see how simply saying she's "green" answers the specific question about the jobs/housing imbalance and her position. She's a declared YIMBY and the Sierra Club has endorsed other candidates.

It's not "hate" or "hatred" or censorship to want and expect answers to legitimate questions from the candidates running for public office.

Posted by PaloAltoVoter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 17, 2020 at 9:57 am

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Looking at the candidate financial disclosures has anyone else noticed how little
financial support Templeton had from Palo Alto voters? if you remove the donations from herself and her husband(about $12000), only ~45% of her dollars are from in town. A few friends and family from elsewhere is understandable. When a candidate has the majority of funding from out of town, we have to ask “What are people buying?” I for one will not be voting for
Templeton. We need candidates supported by local voters, who know where they stand on issues and what they plan to do in office. Templeton appears to be strongly ideological on the far left and supported by like minded folks. I’m a moderate democratic all the way and will be supporting the moderate candidates.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 17, 2020 at 10:58 am

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Re lack of local support, remember that the YIMBY party is a local, regional, state and national party/lobbying group so no surprise there.

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