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Special Meeting to election Menlo Park Mayor and Vice Mayor

From: Virginia Chang Kiraly <vc_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:44:08 -0800


To: Mr. William McClure

            City Attorney

            City of Menlo Park  

From: Virginia Chang Kiraly  

Date: December 9, 2010  

Re: Special meeting    

Via email                 

Dear Mr. McClure:  

I understand that the action taken to elect the Mayor and Vice Mayor at last week's City Council will be null and void because of a violation of the Brown Act. This remedy is very appropriate under the circumstances.  

However, I feel that I must address the issue of re-agendizing the election of Mayor and Vice Mayor. This election should take place at the regularly scheduled Council meeting next Tuesday, December 14. The public will, no doubt, have a keen interest in the outcome of the election of Mayor and Vice Mayor, especially since the Brown Act was knowingly violated by the current Mayor in her bid to win this seat. As a former member and former Foreperson of the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury, I believe transparency in this situation will be of the utmost importance. Calling a special meeting and re-agendizing this important election to that meeting cheats the public to voice their concerns about the process to choose the City's Chief Executive Officer/Mayor. Given the seriousness of this situation and the intentional violation of the Brown Act, the minimum standard of what is "legally required" for notice may not be enough. Therefore, having the election of Mayor and Vice Mayor be held at the regularly scheduled meeting will give residents appropriate notice and provide the most transparency for the selection of the Chief Executive Office/Mayor of the City of Menlo Park.  


Virginia Chang Kiraly   Received on Thu Dec 09 2010 - 13:44:33 PST

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