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NO to Nancy Shephard for Mayor

Original post made by NeedAlternative, Crescent Park, on Jan 6, 2014

Nancy Shephard should NOT become the next mayor of Palo Alto! She has consistently been tone deaf to residents and unrepentant about it. She offers little of value and we will have 11 more months of developer's running wild in our city. Make your voice heard today, here, and suggest who you would like to see become the next mayor of our great town.

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Posted by No never ever
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

Nancy Shepherd has been completely useless as a City Council member, shirking her duty as a representative of the Palo Alto residents. Her voting record is so bad it leads one to think that she may have some sort of interest, financial or otherwise, in the developers' projects. If this is indeed the case, she has no business being mayor or council member, and should have stepped down long ago due to conflict of interest.

She has not been good for Palo Alto, and never will be.


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Posted by Not Shepard but not Berman either
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

Nancy Shepard considers buildings a public benefit, suffering her logic for a year will be torturous and a waste of time.

Worst than Shepard would be Berman.

Time to get to work Council, no time for nonsense.


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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

Shepherd should not be mayor if for no other reason that she said she refused to be "bullied" when residents wanted her to vote to reduce the height of a proposed building that exceeds the 50-foot height limit.

She also said that an office building is a public benefit re the "Gateway" building at Lytton and Alma.

Last May, when the VTA proposed replacing car lanes on El Camino with bus lanes, she said, "The VTA presentation with their buses and everything is really quote enchanting just really captivating, because it shows just how sophisticated this will be. It will be a fascinating way to get people out of their cars and onto buses."

Is this the kind of leadership the city needs in its next mayor?


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Posted by just not up to the job
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

Pat Burt was an excellent mayor and would be a far better choice than Nancy Shephard. Gayle Price and Nancy Holman have not been mayor yet. [Portion removed]


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Posted by Not Shepard but not Berman either
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

just not up,

You said what I would have wanted to say. Intellect is a big part of it.

Please Council, go with smarter. The disconnect between the generally educated population and some of the dumb stuff that comes out of Council and City management is hard to bear. You know this town does not easily get "enchanted" and requires you to step up your game, especially in communicating complex topics.

The meeting after Maybell, Shepard said she was at a loss for understanding what people wanted.

That's right, Shepard is at a loss for doing the most basic of tasks, or is just acting dumb, both are really unnecessary at such an important juncture,


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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:21 am

"The meeting after Maybell, Shepard said she was at a loss for understanding what people wanted."

Why can't she just give the citizens what they want, to have their cake and eat it too.


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Posted by Not Shepard but not Berman either
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Robert,

"Why can't she just give the citizens what they want, to have their cake and eat it too."

Oh I forgot. There are bigger more powerful forces that know better.


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Posted by NeedAlternative
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

As the second highest vote getter in the last election, I think it's Greg Schmid's turn to be mayor!


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Posted by Richard C. Placone
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

Fellow residents.

These are all good comments. I just sent this e-mail to the council and I suggest you all do the same, or telephone our objection. Richard Placone,
Barron Park
_____________________________________________________________________________

Dear Council Members:

Do not appoint Nancy Shepherd as mayor. She does not listen to the opinions of residents. Pat Burt or Greg Schmidt would be a better choice. Below are comments made by residents on this subject in the Online Forum. Thank you.

Richard and Jeanne Placone
Barron Park


Palo Alto Online
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NO to Nancy Shephard for Mayor

Original post made by NeedAlternative on Jan 6, 2014

Nancy Shephard should NOT become the next mayor of Palo Alto! She has consistently been tone deaf to residents and unrepentant about it. She offers little of value and we will have 11 more months of developer's running wild in our city. Make your voice heard today, here, and suggest who you would like to see become the next mayor of our great town.

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1. Posted by No never ever, a resident of Old Palo Alto
1 hour ago

Nancy Shepherd has been completely useless as a City Council member, shirking her duty as a representative of the Palo Alto residents. Her voting record is so bad it leads one to think that she may have some sort of interest, financial or otherwise, in the developers' projects. If this is indeed the case, she has no business being mayor or council member, and should have stepped down long ago due to conflict of interest.

She has not been good for Palo Alto, and never will be.

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2. Posted by Not Shepard but not Berman either, a resident of Crescent Park
45 minutes ago

Nancy Shepard considers buildings a public benefit, suffering her logic for a year will be torturous and a waste of time.

Worst than Shepard would be Berman.

Time to get to work Council, no time for nonsense.

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3. Posted by pat, a resident of Midtown
45 minutes ago

Shepherd should not be mayor if for no other reason that she said she refused to be "bullied" when residents wanted her to vote to reduce the height of a proposed building that exceeds the 50-foot height limit.

She also said that an office building is a public benefit re the "Gateway" building at Lytton and Alma.

Last May, when the VTA proposed replacing car lanes on El Camino with bus lanes, she said, "The VTA presentation with their buses and everything is really quote enchanting just really captivating, because it shows just how sophisticated this will be. It will be a fascinating way to get people out of their cars and onto buses."

Is this the kind of leadership the city needs in its next mayor?

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4. Posted by just not up to the job, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
43 minutes ago

Pat Burt was an excellent mayor and would be a far better choice than Nancy Shephard. Gayle Price and Nancy Holman have not been mayor yet. Both/either would be better than Shephard because she is dumb as a rock and it would essentially give Scarf another term since she is his sock puppet.

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5. Posted by Not Shepard but not Berman either, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
15 minutes ago

just not up,

You said what I would have wanted to say. Intellect is a big part of it.

Please Council, go with smarter. The disconnect between the generally educated population and some of the dumb stuff that comes out of Council and City management is hard to bear. You know this town does not easily get "enchanted" and requires you to step up your game, especially in communicating complex topics.

The meeting after Maybell, Shepard said she was at a loss for understanding what people wanted.

That's right, Shepard is at a loss for doing the most basic of tasks, or is just acting dumb, both are really unnecessary at such an important juncture,

Report Objectionable Content


6. Posted by Robert, a resident of another community
10 minutes ago

"The meeting after Maybell, Shepard said she was at a loss for understanding what people wanted."

Why can't she just give the citizens what they want, to have their cake and eat it too.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jan 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

I never said anybody "knows better", but pretending that Palo Alto exists in some kind of bubble, which won't be affected by, and shouldn't have to deal with, changes occurring in the area and the world? All that means is you're going to end up disappointed.


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Posted by YesGreg
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

I agree on Greg Schmid - seems like he'd be a balanced, measured voice on council. There's no way Shephard should get it tonight.

Bert would be ok.

I'm sure it's a done deal already. Based on the result, we should get those recall petitions ready.


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Posted by Magical
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Nancy Shepard thinks it is okay to bully residents,,ironically. Berman is little better, Pat Burt is a little wshy-washy, but better than the previous two. Holman is okay, she has sometimes been the lone standout against developers. Scharf is down there with Shepard.

If we cannot resurrect Gary Fazzino, I suppose it will have to be Schmidt or Price. Unfortunately, none of the incumbent council members would be the mayor we need. If only we could recall them all and start from scratch, vote in some members from south of Oregon Expwy!


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Posted by prefer a recall
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Greg Schmid is the only one whose tenure would help relationships with the community rather than continue the antagonism.

I agree 100% with "just not up to the job" and am glad he or she said what I was thinking.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I did not and do not support Nancy Shepherd on the Palo Alto City Council. I do not want to see her as Mayor.
Please, let's get some candidates next go round for Council who listen to their constituents.


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Posted by Nailman
a resident of another community
on Jan 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

"I never said anybody "knows better", but pretending that Palo Alto exists in some kind of bubble, which won't be affected by, and shouldn't have to deal with, changes occurring in the area and the world? All that means is you're going to end up disappointed."

Yeah. Do you Palo Alto types think you live in Atherton or Woodside or Portola Valley or Hillsborough? Carry the burden.


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Posted by ThankyouCanIHaveAnother
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

....sigh....

We really really really need some good candidates this fall. And a way to limit the damage a mayor Shepherd can cause. May be time to recall those that aren't termed out this fall. I can't believe what's happening to Palo Alto - anyone.


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

For all of,you calling for a recall-- why don't you get the ball rolling.
E mailing the council is aw ate of time-- they ignore our comments anyway. What needs to happen is we need people In the council who are not part of the " good old boy" network of former councilmembers . We had a chance in 2012, but we chose to elect Liz kniss again-- even after her blatant manipulation of the election cycle.
Also time for people, if they really want change, to,ignore the weekly's choices for council come election time. They march in lockstep with the good old boy network and have been their supporters and cheerleaders for years.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 4:55 pm

@Robert
"I never said anybody "knows better", but pretending that Palo Alto exists in some kind of bubble, which won't be affected by, and shouldn't have to deal with, changes occurring in the area and the world? All that means is you're going to end up disappointed."

I'm sorry you, like the City Council, don't seem to realize they should deal with such unglamorous things like safety, traffic, infrastructure, and in general being PUBLIC SERVANTS. Pretending that their ordinary civic responsibilities don't exist is more like what they do. We'd like them not to be in a bubble where they think developers call all the shots and dominate civic decisions, and the public is beside the point.

One way of dealing with changes that occur in the area is to have a plan for maintaining a safe city with good quality of life, not bending over for whatever developer interests wants to have their way with us for their short-term profits.


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Posted by Not Shepard but not Berman either
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm

ThankyouCanIhaveanother,

When that time comes to elect council members, this needs to be spelled out more clearly - can you see this person being mayor?

Shepard, NO
Berman NO

Schmid YES

Who becomes Vice-Mayor?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Karen Holman would be the best choice. She does stand up to developers, she listens well to residents. Karen is smart and articulate as well.


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm

"Karen Holman would be the best choice. She does stand up to developers, she listens well to residents. Karen is smart and articulate as well."
Karen voted for the Maybell project. Over a decade ago she pushed through the historic home ordinance which was soundly defeated by the voters , so she does not really listen to residents.
She is another one of the city's former commission members who feel that that qualifies them to be on the council. She is clueless and out of touch. Plus she has the support of the good ld boy network and the weekly. 3 strikes and she's our.


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Posted by Schmid 4 calm and thoughtfullness
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Greg Schmid would have my vote over and over again. He is on his final term so at least he should be Vice Mayor so that he is in line for Mayor. I really appreciate the way that he does his own thoughtful analysis of issues (like the traffic report) rather than taking the staff's report at face value. In personal conversations with Greg Schmid, he has been calm and looks at the big picture of Palo Alto. He does not seem to have a personal agenda nor does he seem to have an ego that has run amuck like some of the other council members who act as if the council is about proving themselves right.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm

@Schmid4 calm and thoughtfulness,
And that is precisely why Schmid will not be mayor, the other Councilmembers would never dream of doing something the residents really want.


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Posted by DGN
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

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