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From: domainremoved <mickie650>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:23:14 -0500

Mickie Winkler
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From: Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
To: Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 12:59 pm

Fellow Residents
This Tuesday the City Council will decide whether to offer MenloPark voters the option of becoming a Charter City in November of 2018.
Why is that so very important? Because as a charter cityMenlo Park has the authority to use a ranked choice voting system inconjunction with a hybrid at large district election process. General Lawcities such as ours cannot.
Here’s the problem. Right now Menlo Park is being legallyforced to adopt an election-by-district process in order to giveminoritiesmore representation in city affairs. To achieve this, the city will becarvedup into little fiefdoms with each council member responsible to themembersthey represent.
However, a hybrid at-large district system will assure thatminority districts are represented AND will also assure that somecouncil members are elected city wide so local issues and decisions don’tdominate the agenda.
ThisNov., new city Council members will be elected by district, and I fearthatthey will have no interest in changing the process that got them elected,or indiluting their votes. The Charter- City decision must happen now—onTuesday.
A LittleMore About Charter Cities: There is no downside to becoming aCharter city, and plenty to celebrate.
Charters cities are not bound by many state requirements andhave more flexibility in managing their own affairs. Our neighbors,MountainView, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Mateo etc. have elected to go theCharter-City route.
The Process Of Becoming A Charter City Need Not BeConvoluted. The City Council can draft the charter and we residents canvote on it in November.
The charter itself can be short and change-free, except onthe salient election issue (effective only after the Nov. 2018 election).
I apologize for this short discussion of a complex issue.Menlo Park is being forced into making big changes to our election systemin asmall time horizon. We don’t get to discuss the benefits or pitfalls ofthechange. But by becoming a charter city we give ourselves the power tomitigatethose changes.
Sincerely and with trepidation. Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
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