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I1. Resolution charter measure

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 17:21:27 -0700

Good Evening Mayor Ohtaki, Mayor Pro Tem Mueller, Council members Carlton,
Cline and Keith, and staff,

I appreciate the work of the sub-committee and attendees who created the
final draft Charter for the City of Menlo Park. It appears to be
thoughtful and includes the concerns of some residents, desires of the
staff and the council’s intention. Thank-you.

*I have the following concerns:*

*Article 1.* *Section 101 *appears to still give broad powers to the staff
and council. It states “The City shall have full power and authority to
adopt, make, exercise and enforce all legislation, laws and regulations and
to take all actions relating to the municipal affairs set forth in this
Charter, without limitation, which may be lawfully adopted, made,
exercised, taken or enforced under the Constitution of the State of
California.” The words “without limitation,” expands current power beyond
the unidentified needs of the staff for city operation and into unknown
territory.

The last statement “In the event of any conflict between the provisions of
this Charter and the provisions of the general laws of the State of
California, the provisions of this charter shall control.” Appears to put
our Charter above the laws of the State of California and maybe an
invitation to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

*Please delete Article 1 in toto.*

*Article 2. Section 204* states “The City shall have the power to adopt
ordinances establishing procedures, rules or regulations concerning the
City of Menlo Park elections and public officials, including but not
limited to, the qualifications and compensation of elected officials, the
method, time and requirements to hold elections, to fill vacant offices and
for voting by mail.

Again, broad powers. In the event you choose to adopt this section, it
should state that the voting method in the City of Menlo Park will be in
accord with the Voter’s Choice Act as implemented by the County of San
Mateo, rather than “voting by mail”

Recommendations are to delete all of *Article 1*. *Delete Section 204.
Delete Section 205* unless you choose a two consecutive term limit.

It is important to place on the November 2018 ballot, a charter measure
that will be embraced by residents and passed on November 6, 2018.

Respectfully, Pamela D. Jones


-- 
*The impossible dissipates when **I* *becomes **WE**.*
Received on Tue Jun 05 2018 - 17:22:58 PDT

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