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City Council incumbents retain cash edge as Election Day looms

Original post made on Oct 24, 2020

City Council member Greg Tanaka continues to enjoy a sizable lead in cash raised over his nine opponents in the council race, even as five other candidates have seen a recent uptick of contributions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 23, 2020, 9:56 AM

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Posted by Deceptive
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2020 at 8:33 am

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It should be clearly understood that Cari Templeton’s total amount of contributions is inflated by the $10,000 she loaned to her own campaign.

So she has only gotten $37,525 in contributions, not $47,525. This puts her 3rd lowest of the candidates. She has raised a mere $7,415 this reporting term - only Eisenberg is lower.

Her campaign seems to draw little enthusiasm.

(Ajit Varma is not included as he isn’t accepting contributions)


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 24, 2020 at 11:32 am

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The BAN/SJM interviews with the non-incumbents appeared today - 10/24. Not sure if the comments provided represent what the people said or are "nuanced' captures of intent. People appear in Palo Alto and then go on a tear to make it something different then it is.

Ms. Eisenberg is focused on business in Stanford Business Park. That is SU property. The companies that are sitting on that property do not own the land - it is owned by SU. And the leases are a business relationship between the companies and SU. Palo Alto has no direct relationship with those companies other that providing paid for services. She cannot take on SU without county approval. Her final comment is "we need taxation, fees, and incentives to encourage the desired behaviors." A desired behavior is in the eye of the beholder. Longtime residents already have a list of desired behaviors.

Ajit Varma is a transplant from Texas. Are we suppose to look like Texas? They are doing better than we are and they have beautiful residential neighborhoods, low taxation. I don't think we can get there from here. WE have odd-balls from New Jersey who are busy trying to destruct the R-1 model for housing.

Cari Templeton is a former Google employee. I am not a fan of Google's hiring practices and think that their business model is up to San Jose where they are busy tearing that city apart. Corporate Greed is that business model. And they are getting into big trouble with the US government.


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Posted by For What It's Worth
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm

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That seems like a startling amount of money going to Tanaka from big, out of town developers. How many total dollars is he getting from them and why?
We should not let our local elections be bought and paid for by people who don’t live in Palo Alto, but make untold millions off of their office developments here while worsening our housing needs. They sure are deeply vested in Tanaka being a vehicle for their private gains at the expense of the community.
I also saw that a high percentage of Templeton’s donors are from outside Palo Alto. Does anyone know what portion of her donors are from out of town and why?


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 24, 2020 at 1:35 pm

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He major buyer of land and buildings in Palo Alto right now is Alexandria company. They are based on the east coast but are buying from one end of the city to the other end.


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Posted by Support your priorities
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 26, 2020 at 7:45 am

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I care most about our long term environmental health. These people who live outside of our community are trying to add significant development.

We need housing, BUT it must be built sustainably and must have a plan for all the additional impacts that come with more people. I'm confident we can do that with the right people in charge.

I'm thankful for Sherry Listgarten's article pointing out which candidates "get climate change" - Pat Burt is a clear winner - and that's where people should donate money if they care about the environment and want to get SUSTAINABLE housing built by someone who has lived here and been a leader for years.

Web Link


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Posted by For What It's Worth
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm

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@ Support your priorities
Thanks for providing the link to Sherry Listgarten 's blog about the candidates’ forum sponsored by 19 environmental organizations. See: Web Link

Her conclusion was that the candidates who “get” climate change are: Pat Burt, Ajit Varma, Ed Lauing, Steven Lee, and Greer Stone. They understand the problems and are serious about finding ways to help Palo Alto and its residents reduce their emissions.

The candidates who do not get climate change are: Cari Templeton, Raven Malone, and Greg Tanaka. Among her analysis she says: “Templeton, like Tanaka and Malone, shies away from using mandates to help achieve the city’s goals. See Web Link
In general, she has few concrete proposals. For example, she cautions that some people can’t bike and expresses interest in shuttles for families with kids, but doesn’t seem to acknowledge the time commitment that taking that type of transit would entail for busy families. Her answers were generally non-committal, expressing interest primarily in lightweight initiatives like shared streets. She seems to believe that she will come up with policies by listening to people, but apparently, she hasn’t done that enough at this point. Nor has she acquired much familiarity with existing climate initiatives. I cannot recommend Templeton as an effective council member on the topics discussed in this forum.”


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Posted by Support your priorities
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm

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As I re-read the article - I am really troubled by the weak and uninformed positions on climate protection offered by Templeton, Tanaka, and Malone in the candidates' environmental forum. Sherry Listgaarten’s blog captures it well, Web Link.

“Templeton, like Tanaka and Malone, shies away (Web Link) from using mandates to help achieve the city’s goals. In general, she has few concrete proposals. Her answers were generally non-committal, expressing interest primarily in lightweight initiatives like shared streets. She seems to believe that she will come up with policies by listening to people, but apparently she hasn’t done that enough at this point. Nor has she acquired much familiarity with existing climate initiatives.”

Their responses on such a critical issue are similar to how they have spoken on major issues of the budget, housing, and transportation throughout the campaign with vague and evasive platitudes.

Voters deserve forthright and informed answers.

We’ve been misled too often in recent elections by candidates who campaign as moderate and thoughtful listeners, but who then have strident, polarizing agendas once elected.


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