Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - May 28, 2010

Letters

Kishimoto responds

Editor,

The South Bay Labor Council has spent over $70,000 to fund negative mailers that mislead the public about my transportation record — specifically stating that I fought against improved public transportation for Santa Clara County and have "obstructed" a mass transit system.

The fact is that I opposed the BART extension into San Jose because it would siphon off virtually all funding for all other transit improvements in the county for the next 30 years.

This flyer is yet another example of special interests trying to buy political influence in Sacramento. It is a sign that they know I cannot be bought and I consider it a badge of honor. This is exactly what's wrong with our system and why I am running for Assembly.

In my eight years in public service I have read the budgets and done my homework. I make decisions based on real analysis, balanced listening and what is in the best interest of the people.

I also opposed Measure B in 2008, a 1/8-cent sales-tax increase to pay for BART operating costs when the extension begins operations. Such a tax is regressive and not the way to fund transit for the entire county.

In addition, all transit is not equal, as we have learned with high-speed rail. We must pay attention to the details to design the transportation system right: integrated, modern and efficient in travel time, energy and costs. Creating jobs is important but we need to create them by adding real value to the system.

Yoriko Kishimoto

Former Mayor of Palo Alto

Candidate for State Assembly District 21

Stanford deception

Editor,

As a retired nurse from Stanford Hospital, I am disappointed to read about a possible strike by union nurses. The hospital administration has left the nurses in an untenable position. Their offer is mean spirited and unreasonable to dedicated and highly skilled nurses.

Bedside nurses with decades of experience and skill face demotion and a reduced income. The hospital is changing the way nurses seek and maintain advancement. The administration is demanding nurses be researchers on their own time, and present research papers for advancement.

Administrators speak of the "new Professional Nurse Development Program" as the hospital's way to "redefine nursing". Writing research papers does not make a skilled bedside nurse.

I hope the public discovers the real truth in this matter. Please write, e-mail, and phone the administration regarding this contemptible and deceptive proposal by Stanford hospitals.

Margaret H. Carney

Claremont Way

Menlo Park

Comments

Posted by Vote for Becker, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 28, 2010 at 6:48 am

"In addition, all transit is not equal, as we have learned with high-speed rail. We must pay attention to the details to design the transportation system right: integrated, modern and efficient in travel time, energy and costs."
Did kishimoto pay attention to the "detail" before she very vocally supported the bond measure to support HSR in 2008? Or did she become aware of the "detail" a couple of months later when she did a flip-flop and opposed HSR?

"In my eight years in public service I have read the budgets and done my homework. I make decisions based on real analysis, balanced listening and what is in the best interest of the people."
And what has Kishimoto actually accomplished in 8 years of public service. Seems to me that Kishimoto tells people what they want to hear (read above letter) and cannot make tough decisions


Posted by Informed voter, a resident of Stanford
on May 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

I think Ms Kishimoto is in desperation mode. We have her letter above and a letter from one of her longtime cheerleaders appeared in the Mercury News and PA papers in recent days. The ship is clearly sinking. Ms Kishimoto has not picked up an endorsement from local newspapers and I even got a mailing from a "green" organization supporting one of the other candidates!!
Most of the endorsements say they like Kishimoto, but feel that she has no real ideas or a strong record of accomplishment. I guess complaining about traffic and Stanford , while talking up "walkable neighborhoods" (and accomplishing real nothing about any of those matters) may win you local elections, but does not qualify you for a state assembly position.
Her quick about face on HSR is also a black mark against her, since I have yet to hear an explanation about why it occurred. I guess being honest and saying that she was clueless about the impacts of HSR and was viewing the whole issue through her green glasses would not impress many voters.


Posted by Fred Balin, a resident of College Terrace
on May 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Right on, Yoriko.

The South Bay Labor Council (SBLC) $70,000 expenditure on "hit mailings" two weeks ago is pure negative campaigning: dirty politics, devoid of reasoned content, financed by special interest, and unfortunately all-to-prevalent in California statewide elections.

Review them for yourself in all their crude glory via download from Web Link .

Why the nasty, misleading attacks directed at this particular candidate for State Assembly District 21?

Was it because of her leadership role in forming the Peninsula Cities Consortium in response to the misleading and arrogant representations of the High Speed Rail Authority? No, her leading competitor is also fed up.

Was it payback for her clearly delineated opposition in 2008, and while a member of the Valley Transportation Authority, to a sales tax in order to finance a BART extension into San Jose and Santa Clara? Possibly.

But the leading motivator is likely more fundamental. It is fear of an elected state official who will not be influenced on a public matter before her by anything that is outside the sphere of her in-depth study and assessment, guided by a well thought-out and consistent framework.

In 8 years on the Palo Alto City Council, Yoriko Kishimoto evaluated numerous land use and transportation projects via this highly-principled approach. Some proposals were contentious and framed by powerful proponents in terms of potential benefits while minimizing overall impacts. Through them all, she was the hardest working and most informed, responsive, and courteous member of the council. She read everything and posed the difficult questions to city staff and applicants. And when a project fell short and did not yield to appropriate modification, she clearly explained why and voted against it.

This, in part, is why Yoriko Kishimoto is so respected, and why some with a narrow focus are so angered.

And it is also why I will be walking neighborhoods on her behalf this weekend and prominently displaying these two SBLC badges of honor.

If you would like your own hard-copy set to discuss with neighbors, please contact me at fbalin@gmail.com .

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Posted by Vote for Becker, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 29, 2010 at 8:06 am

"In 8 years on the Palo Alto City Council, Yoriko Kishimoto evaluated numerous land use and transportation projects via this highly-principled approach. Some proposals were contentious and framed by powerful proponents in terms of potential benefits while minimizing overall impacts. Through them all, she was the hardest working and most informed, responsive, and courteous member of the council. She read everything and posed the difficult questions to city staff and applicants. And when a project fell short and did not yield to appropriate modification, she clearly explained why and voted against it. "

ANd in those 8 years she accomplished nothing for the city--why are Alma and Edgewood Plaza derelict. What happened to 'walkable neighborhoods"? What about the HSR fiasco that she did a flip-flop on?
[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Her actual accomplishments are non existant.


Posted by Informed voter, a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

Leave it to Ms Kishimoto and her minions to try to spin long overdue and honest criticism of her actions into a "badge of honor". I guess when the criticism contains real facts and you cannot refute it, you go to plan B.
Mr Balin states:
"In 8 years on the Palo Alto City Council, Yoriko Kishimoto evaluated numerous land use and transportation projects via this highly-principled approach. "
Then how does he explain her HSR change of mind (within a month of the election she campaigned for and wrote a council memo supporting). Does not sound very principled to me.
Ms Kishimoto's hypocrisy is out there for all to see. She complains about traffic, demands that Stanford provide housing for workers and guarantee no new net car trips, while saying that even one new car trip is too many. Yet she does not make this same demand of every other business in town. Ms Kishimoto complains about traffic, yet supports the Tour of California, Senior Games, Destination Palo Alto and other events that bring traffic to the city.
Sorry, we do not need an Assembly representative that will go to Sacramento and start complaining about "too much traffic". Her shtick may have played well in local elections, but her lack of any solid accomplishments and her unexplained about face on HSR leave her unfit for higher office.


Posted by Roger, a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm

From what I have read about Yoriko, she claims to be a consensus builder. Consensus building is fine, if something gets accomplished. For all her consensus building on the council for 8 years, I have a hard time seeing what exactly she accomplished during her time on the council.
While it may be nice that she was the hardest working and most informed, responsive, and courteous member of the council--at the end of the day I want to see results. With Yoriko I see none.


Posted by My NO vote, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Ms Kishimoto lost it for me when she wrote her Gurest Opinion piece in the PA Weekly supporting HSR.

She supported it for one reason; in her opinion it was environmentally a good idea. She never stopped to think how much it would all cost, or whether it was a good idea having trains careening through Palo Alto at 200 mph.

I can't possibly support a State Assembly candidate with such a narrow vision. Nor can I support someone who wants to be "a consensus builder". That means she has no creative ideas of her own and would just cave to more forceful personalities in the Assembly. In other words she'd be a nothing person.




Posted by Roger, a resident of Barron Park
on May 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

You know what a "consensus builder" on the Palo Alto City Council is? Someone who would rather spend endless time talking and talking and talking about an issue instead of making a final decision. A "consensus builder" is someone who is afraid to take a stand on an issue and vote on said issue for fear of upsetting NIMBYists, neighborhood leaders and other special interest groups.
Yoriko is a "consensus builder". End of story.


Posted by nannette, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 5, 2010 at 4:59 am

peter principle


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

I remember viewing Council meetings on TV and hearing Ms. Kishimoto talk and talk...and in truth I could never get what she was saying.


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