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Fwd: Comments on draft memos/ talking points by Smith released by City Manager

From: domainremoved <PETER>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:09:31 -0800

>
> Posted by Peter Carpenter
> a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
> 2 minutes ago
> Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
> Here are some excerpts from these drafts:
>
> "Please, take the time to learn and understand both sides of these issues so that you can take a position that is informed, educated, and balanced."
>
> "• When we say "impacts" of the initiative, it simply means the initiative's effects, including both positive and negative"
>
> "• The Council's intent, while fully respecting the viewpoints of the initiative proponents, is to gain a full, balanced, and objective understanding of the effects of the proposed measure, so that the community and the City are operating with the complete range of information necessary for a valid and fruitful conversation"
>
>
> "For use if/when the initiative proponents submit their petition signatures, particularly if this occurs during the public communications portion of a City Council meeting
> 1. Thank you–I want to reiterate that the City respects the fundamental right of community members to utilize the initiative process."
>
> "Everyone should be fully informed about this proposed ballot measure and about the Specific
> Plan, before drawing conclusions. Many of you have no doubt already visited savemenlo.org <http://savemenlo.org/>,
> and I want to encourage you to also visit the City's fact-based, neutral, informational web page
> that discusses the proposed measure's key elements and how the Specific Plan works. It's at
> www.menlopark.org/proposedinitiative <http://www.menlopark.org/proposedinitiative>."
>
> "
> With the utmost respect for the fundamental right of citizens to use the initiative process, the City is diligently doing its part related to that process. The initiative's proponents have a website, savemenlo.org <http://savemenlo.org/>, which outlines their concerns and their proposed changes to the plan. For additional information, residents can visit menlopark.org/ProposedInitiative <http://menlopark.org/ProposedInitiative>. There, from the voluminous number of public documents on the Specific Plan, the City has compiled and summarized key elements into a manageable and understandable format to help the community learn about all sides of the issue."
>
> "As the community considers the initiative proposed to revise Menlo Park's El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan, I hope everyone takes the time to become fully aware of all the facts before taking a position. The initiative supporters' website, savemenlo.org <http://savemenlo.org/>, outlines that group's concerns and the revisions that are proposed. The City has a neutral informational website about the initiative, menlopark.org/proposedinitiative <http://menlopark.org/proposedinitiative>, summarizing how the Specific Plan currently approaches these issues. There, you can also learn about how the plan was created, the reasoning behind its elements, and the public process that was involved."
>
> "We respect the viewpoints of the initiative's proponents, while at the same time honoring the community's five-year investment of time and public funds in creating the Plan – the City is committed to openness and transparency as the initiative discussion moves forward."
>
> **********************************
> There was NO advocacy of a Yes or a No vote on Measure M.
>
> There is NO evidence of illegal activity.
>
> And, correcting my earlier statement, there is NO evidence of stupidity.
>
> The only shortfall was in the lack of a timely response to the FOI request for this information.
>
Received on Thu Nov 13 2014 - 07:04:38 PST

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