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Re: December 14th Council Meeting

From: Edward Moritz <edwardmoritz_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:48:32 -0800


Dear Council Members and Mr. McClure,  

The City Council Agenda for Tuesday December 14 includes a closed session on labor negotiations.  

We are all aware that the Council is able to meet in secret when topics of a confidential nature are discussed. But itıs time to reconsider.

In the most recent election (Nov. 2nd) the voters of Menlo Park provided an overwhelming mandate of 72% to call for a dramatic turn in the way labor agreements were made in our city. Measure ³L² was limited in what it could do under current law, but the undercurrent was clear. The results of past negotiations were not acceptable and they wanted a clear role in understanding what was being discussed. After all, itıs their money.

Two of the new Council Members endorsed Measure ³L². It was no secret this endorsement garnered votes for their victories.

One member of the Council who was up for election opposed Measure ³L². He was defeated.

Another member of the Council who was up for election was neutral on Measure ³Lı and he was re-elected.

One member of the sitting Council endorsed Measure ³L².

The other member of the sitting Council not only opposed Measure ³L , but was a leading activist and leader in the efforts to defeat Measure ³L².

That means the voters of Menlo Park can only count on 60% of the Council to reflect their 72% vote.

You can remove the uncertainty of the actions of the Council by opening these initial meetings regarding labor issues to the public. Thatıs the only way the 72% who voted for change in labor negotiations will know their vote is accurately represented. Whether the meeting is open or closed, no one other than the City Council will participate in the discussion or have a vote. It a matter driven by strong electoral mathematics. Itıs a matter of government transparency. Itıs a matter of trust.      

Thank you  

Edward Moritz
1185 Hillview Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025       Received on Fri Dec 10 2010 - 12:49:19 PST


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