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re: mayor selection

From: Henry Riggs <hlriggs_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:51:03 -0800

Council Members,

The reason that council creates policy is a good one - it's to urge future councils to maintain predictable process whenever possible. But policy is not a requirement - per the city attorney - and never takes the place of responsible debate and consideration. This is where council member Robinson's interpretation fails.

Generally, the vice mayor is next in line, based on reading of policy from the previous year - but the vice mayor did not run for re- election. Generally, a mayor is selected from those who have not served but who have been on council one year - but there is no such incumbent.

This year, designating Kelly Fergusson as mayor is nonsensical. She lead the opposition to Measure L, a measure supported by an unprecedented 72% of the voters, a measure guiding the most critical issue before Council, and the only issue that must not be deferred, re- studied or otherwise dodged.

Menlo Park deserves a mayor that can be trusted to vigorously support Measure L - it's just too important to blow it.

Henry Riggs
Callie Lane Received on Tue Dec 07 2010 - 10:51:55 PST

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