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RE: Reschedule state of city event

From: domainremoved <Ronald>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 08:23:43 +0000

Hi Lynne,

I agree with your comments.

Ron Shepherd

From: Lynne Bramlett <lynne.e.bramlett_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2018 4:22 PM
To: Herren, Judi A <jaherren_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Renee Batti <rbatti_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Re: Reschedule state of city event

The parking fee excludes many people. I think these events should be held in the council chambers to avoid unnecessary costs.

They should be held after an election in a year with one and especially an election where incumbants are being challenged. I think holding this event could be interpreted as our city getting involved in an election to help the incumbants win. The remarks will likely tout successes of the current council. At minimum, the mayor gets a platform in front of a large group of people.

I am on a trip without much time to call the FPPC advice line or opportunity to consult the Calif. Gov. ethics codes but I think this will violate one or both. It also offers an unfair schmoozing and glad - handling opportunity to the incumbants. I think it should be rescheduled.

Even if you tape the remarks, the tape will not capture all the opportunities for one on one conversations that will favor the incumbants. The wise and fair action would be to reschedule.


On Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 3:57 PM Herren, Judi A <jaherren_at_(domainremoved)
Hi Lynne,

Thank you for your email.

This is my first State of the City with Menlo Park, and my understanding, is it has always occurred in Fall, usually in October. It’s an opportunity for the Mayor to look-back over the last year. I have seen these events, in other jurisdictions, take place in the beginning of the year where the Mayor provides a vison for the upcoming year.



  Judi A. Herren
  City Clerk
  City Hall - 2nd Floor
  701 Laurel St.
  tel 650-330-6621

From: Lynne Bramlett [mailto:lynne.e.bramlett_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, October 8, 2018 3:12 PM
To: Herren, Judi A <jaherren_at_(domainremoved)ilto:jaherren_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Ohtaki, Peter I <PIOhtaki_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Reschedule state of city event

Hi Judi,

I think this event should be rescheduled until after the Nov 6th election. It strikes me that it offers an opportunity for the incumbents to promote their record to voters in a city paid for event. Even if you allowed equal time, I think the advantage would be unfair. I thought these were usually scheduled in Dec.

I an copying those running against the incumbants and The Almanac.


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