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Why are so few running for Palo Alto City Council?

Original post made on Aug 9, 2007

I have thought for the past few weeks about the upcoming Palo Alto City Council election. My immediate reaction is how little has been written about this race and how few candidates have entered this campaign.

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Posted by Periwinkle
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:53 am

Vic, why not run again, yourself? You were an excellent City Council member - measured, and thoughtful, with strong leadership qualities. Why not make a return appearance?

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Posted by Sadly
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2007 at 6:57 pm

I found Vic Ojakian's GO full of the usual bureaucratic platitudes that one would expect from a former Mayor and Council person from Palo Alto. He had no new ideas on how to attract suitable candidates for City Council. Mr Ojakian failed to even mention one positive solution - reduce the size of our City Council from 9 to 7 members. We have quantity and we badly need quality. Council has made some very poor decisions lately i.e. $20 Million for Enron and an abysmal website just to mention two Another four years of this kind of performance will permanently degrade our City.

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Posted by Look on the Bright Side
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:06 am

Sadly, On the contrary, Mr. Ojakian set out a number of concerns and initiatives, with ideas about where potential candidates might come from. His GO is a plea for more participation in public service.

Rather than attack the messenger, perhaps it might be better to put yourself in the race.

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Posted by Anonomus
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2007 at 8:04 am

I have though about this issue for a long time and have the following conclusions:
1. If you are an engineer or scientist you will have no chance as you look for truth, logic and equity in the issues facing the city. None of these fit in politics even in Palo Alto.

2. You have to have full support of the big businesses, developers and the newspapers. Newspapers run down ordinary residentalists as unfit and unworthy.

3. Almost all or a majority are there to promote, take care of their businesses, friends and neighborhoods and the part of their section of town. Over the past few years a few have been elected from the "undesirable" sections of town and it turns out they ran to be wined and dined by the business people and developers and have no interest in the issues in the part of town they live in.

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Posted by Just drive by
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 10, 2007 at 10:48 am

The council members he praises are the supporters of chamber of commerce developers, like himself. Just drive past El Camino and Charleston and see what you can get more of.
Anyway, Hewlett Packard already has its required representative running, so what's the problem?

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Posted by Disilllusioned
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2007 at 10:03 am

I'm going to vote for 4 candidates who haven't got a hope in blank of winning because I don't want to look back and say: "Did I really vote for those candidates who make such dumb decisions".

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Posted by Look on the Bright Side
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 11, 2007 at 12:04 pm

There are now 13 candidates running for 4 positions; that's a pretty good field. We may see a few more.

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Posted by Not so Sadly
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2007 at 3:00 pm

I'm voting for Sid Espinosa, at a coffee this morning (8/11/07) he said he was in favor of reducing the size of City Council. He felt that the present size of our Council slowed the decision process down. I agree.

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Posted by Look on the Bright Side
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 11, 2007 at 6:15 pm

Espinoza's idea is a good one. I'm not surprised at this, as Garry Fazzino has wanted for some time to shrink the Council and elect a mayor. Espinoza may be a Fazzino protege.

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