Council race off to a start with five candidates

Four candidates begin filing process Monday

Four candidates for the Palo Alto City Council picked up the official filing papers Monday and new candidate Debbie Mytels joined the race.

Victor Frost, who picked up papers, had also not previously announced his candidacy, although he has run in the past.

Mytels is an associate director of the environmental non-profit Acterra and she co-founded the Midtown Residents Association.

"I think there's some interesting opportunities for us to work on the climate change and energy initiates," Mytels said, noting she was also interested in involving more citizens in community affairs.

Mytels, who had previously said she wasn't planning to run, was encouraged to join the race by political insiders.

Frost is a homeless advocate who spends his days panhandling across the street from Whole Foods Market on Homer Avneue in Palo Alto. He has run for council at least four times.

Sid Espinosa, Pat Burt and Dan Dykwel also picked up their packets Monday, according to City Clerk staff member Tabatha Boatwright. Espinosa had said he was going to try to return the papers by 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Four seats on the nine-member council will be open.

Candidates must gather at least 25 signatures of registered voters. With 100 signatures, a candidate does not have to pay the $25 filing fee, according to City Clerk Donna Rogers. The papers are due Aug. 10. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

— Becky Trout


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Posted by Winston
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 16, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Here's an early filter:

How does each candidate feel about the following - with a specific on how s/he plans to vote?

building police, library, and parks infrastructure - as planned

more filters to follow...

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 16, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Hopefully there will be more candidates running so that we will actually have some kind of real choice.
As a filter my question is how does the candidate feel about the Stanford Hospital rebuilding. I also am very interested in the filter that Winston brought up as well.

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Posted by Elk's guy
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:16 pm

real choice? what does it mean when you have nine people, five of which have to agree to get anything done? it's government by majority consensus, with nine 'mayors' making promises that can't be kept...very inefficient, very "yesterday", and very boring...

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:56 pm

bring back the yacht harbor and sell the utilities to PG&E and you have my vote.

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Posted by voter
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Good to see there is a candidate who's not part of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2007 at 7:54 pm

I think it's amusing that people want to know how the candidates stand on issues. What we need is CANDIDATES period.

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