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Redistricting Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <John>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:43:18 -0700

Unfortunately it is not possible for me to attend this evening's Council
Meeting but I need to express my strong disappointment with the actions of
the Council, which once again has caved into pressure.

Instead of accepting the alternative (and yes, I realise it takes more time
and effort to become a Charter city but does one automatically take the
easy route?), a system that clearly wasn't broken now will be.

How do I feel about the change in the voting process? Disenfranchised! When
there were multiple candidates for whom I could vote, I stood a chance of
finding one or more that had values, ideas, principles and attitudes with
which I could agree. That is now denied me as I will only have the option
of voting for one person from what will now be "my" district. This is
"progress"?

Though I'm a mixed race immigrant and unused to US voting practices and
procedures, I looked at the definition of "Gerrymandering" and it seems to
be where voting districts are deliberately changed to favour a specific
political party, cultural group, religion, ethnicity, etc. Isn't this
exactly what you are doing? It makes me wonder how I find a candidate (or
candidates) that meet my own personal social demographic and I suspect that
I'll be one of many who doesn't get this privilege, while others now
apparently will.

The only way out of this dilemma that made any sense was to go for the
Charter and you, the representatives of "we the people", chose to ignore
that. I should be disappointed but I guess it was only to be expected, so
add this to the list of failures of the City Council.

John Duhig.
Allied Arts.
Menlo Park.
Received on Wed Mar 21 2018 - 19:45:30 PDT

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