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From: domainremoved <Rachel>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:01:45 -0800

*Menlo Park City Council and Staff,*

*Thanks for the time you dedicate to our City. During this transition from
at-large to by-district elections process we the people that elected you
would like to see you remove yourselves. As current Council members we hope
you can see that you have a clear conflict of interest.*

*Creating an INDEPENDENT DISTRICTING COMMISSION, NOT an Advisory Commission
will restore our trust and confidence in your ability to do the right
think.*

*As stated in an article post to the Town Square on The Almanac by:*
Menlo Park for Good Governance Original post made by Pam Jones and Jen
Wolosin, Menlo Park: other, on Nov 27, 2017

*https://www.almanacnews.com/square/2017/11/27/menlo-park-for-good-governance
<https://www.almanacnews.com/square/2017/11/27/menlo-park-for-good-governance>*
We believe an Independent Re/districting Commission with binding power, as
allowed for by SB 1108, rather than an advisory districting commission,
should lead this process. Why? An Independent Re/Districting Commission:
- sets the highest standard for ethics and transparency for Menlo Park and
builds public trust in the process. - creates greater opportunity for
public participation; the law requires more public hearings for an
Independent Re/Districting Commission than for an Advisory Commission. -
reduces bias. An Independent Re/Districting Commission has the final
authority to determine the new district maps whereas recommendations from
an Advisory committee can be ignored, potentially subjecting the process to
a political bias.


*Thanks again for your time and consideration in this matter.*

*Rachel M. Bickerstaff*
*Menlo Park Resident*



*Rachel M. Bickerstaff*
*MERDOM*


*"the daughters fingerprints of success"415.264.7216 - Direct*





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*Rachel M. Bickerstaff*
COO, R Bickerstaff Consulting/MERDOM/La Poll Realtors
415.264.7216 | RachelBickerstaff_at_(domainremoved)
Menlo Park, CA 94026
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