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Holman announces bid for second City Council term

Original post made on Jul 31, 2014

Vowing to improve government transparency and protect residents from the impacts of new development, City Councilwoman Karen Holman announced at a candidates party Wednesday night her intention to seek a second term.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 31, 2014, 9:47 AM

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Posted by New-Boss-Same-As-The-Old-Boss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

> Vowing to improve government transparenc

[Portion removed.] Ms. Holman has had four years to do something about government transparency—yet she has done nothing towards that end. The Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Report of last month would be a good place to start. She has yet to demonstrate that she has even read this document. She sat through the whole 27 University fiasco—and said nothing. So all the sudden she has some "religion" about transparency? She's just dropping another buzzword—demonstrating that she's a politician first [Portion removed.]

A vote for Ms. Holman is just another vote for the status quo.


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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 am

Is this the same person who pushed for the Maybell project (together w/ the other council members) despite all the neighborhood opposition?

I just have a hard time understanding the gap between her position and her actions.


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Posted by A neighbor
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

Karen Holmann supported the Maybell super sized development. She never gave the slightest support to the neighborhood objecting to it.
How did she change overnight?

And she has never explained exactly what those finder's fees that she receives from developers are. And why she advocated for the developers' project at the council meeting.

I hope more qualified and conscientious citizens will run for the council.


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Posted by Berry
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

Who is our go to candidate?


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Posted by jim baer
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

I FIND HER ACCEPTANCE OF A $100,000 CONSULTING AND FINDER'S FEE FROM A WELL KNOWN DEVELOPER WHO IS ACTIVE IN PALO ALTO CROSSES MORAL FIDUCIARY BOUNDARIES AND PERHAPS LEGAL BOUNDARIES. AN INVESSTIGATION SHOULD BE LAUNCHED WIHT TEH CALIFORNIA FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICE AGENCY. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Concerned Retiree
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

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I supported her in the past and am sorry. Those considering voting for her should check the Weekly's story on June 13: Web Link.




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Posted by Emily Renzel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

It is easy to make accusations behind the mask of names like "New Boss", "Carlos", and "a neighbor". I have followed Karen Holman's actions on both the Planning Commission and on the City Council and with very few exceptions, Karen has worked tirelessly to encourage good planning for Palo Alto. As a former Councilmember myself, I am well aware that sometimes the best you can do is to get small improvements to otherwise bad plans. It takes FIVE votes to make any decision and one Councilmember can simply do his/her best to influence the decision. This election there is an opportunity to shift the Council balance.

If anyone deserves blame for the 27 University Avenue debacle, it should be the City Manager who deftly encouraged small groups of Councilmembers to meet privately with him and Mr. Arrillaga in order to avoid the Brown Act. It was not until Councilmembers became aware that they were ALL meeting that way that such a violation became apparent.

Karen Holman has been a diligent and hard working Councilmember and deserves to be re-elected, hopefully with several other like-minded candidates.


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Posted by Kim S.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

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Posted by Elana
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

It is not surprising that a local developer doesn't like Holman's positions on restrained growth. It is sad that he can only attack her personally. Her experience, issue positions and integrity are just what residents seek, and well understood by voters. It is a little laughable that someone with such a blatant conflict of interest points an accusatory finger at Holman - the best qualified and experienced by far of ANY candidate, including other incumbents.


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Posted by a concerned voter
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:31 am

Not sure what Emily Renzel is upset about the postings of others. As the posters she objects to state, she did vote for the Maybell project. She did vote for the $4.5 million council chamber remodel. and she has not explained her "finder fee" issue. What exactly is emily Renzel taking issue with? Is Emily Renzel denying that Holman voted in the way I have described????
Not sure why everyone thinks that Holman is the greatest thing since sliced bread.


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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:31 am

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

Karen why don't you prove that you are not afraid of Chop Keenen by taking the bull by the horn and get him to work with what the people want at 456 Uni, the historic and beloved Varsity Theatre -- slated, with approval from ARB architects and HRB historians to become office space or a corporate lunch room: a cultural amenity for the public good.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

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Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 31, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Fred Balin is a registered user.

I question the authenticity of the post above attributed to "jim baer." He is too savvy to carry on like this in a public forum. Therefore the entire post should be deleted; If it is indeed from Mr. Baer, which I doubt, it can be reposted after sign in as a registered user.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

I do think Karen Holman deserves serious consideration as an incumbent for re-election, based on her 14 years of service, as commissioner and council. I don't agree with all her politics -- and think she has made some serious gaffes, on council -- but overall she and Greg Schmid have been by far the most receptive to ideas that come from grassroots, compared to the overall kowtow to power here in recent years.

I do not, obviously, agree with this pseudo-slate idea.

Good luck, Karen, and thanks for your service and example.

By the way, in terms of the term "residentialist" or "new Residentialist" Tim Gray and myself both used this term in our respective 2012 campaigns, based mostly, in my case, on Matt Bowlings book about Palo Alto, and specifically Enid Pearson and the fight over Oregon Expressway, years prior. In retrospect, and then again as of this summer, Karen is a residentialist, without deliberately using the term as homage, as I and probably Tim did or do.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Curmudgeon is a registered user.

'I question the authenticity of the post above attributed to "jim baer."'

Its vintage Baeriage, whether or not he is the real author. But consider: if it isn't his, why hasn't he demanded the weekly remove it?


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