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Stanford MBA, startup CEO joins East Palo Alto council race

Original post made on Aug 6, 2014

Three new faces have joined the quiet East Palo Alto council race, challenging the two incumbents who are running for two open seats on the five-member body.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 8:44 AM

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

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It'll be interesting to learn more about the other two new candidates. Thank you for the update regarding Carlton entering the race. Let's just hope that these candidates are brighter than Mayor Martinez and more on top of issues than Larry Moody.

I wonder what these new candidates think about the mess City Manager Magda Gonzalez has made of the city?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

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It's also rather humorous that much is made of Carlton's MBA. Councilman Abrica has his Master's in Education from Stanford, but that's not mentioned when he runs.


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Posted by J
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Abrica went to Stanford but he did not get his Masters last i heard.


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

J - do you think that his employers didn't check when they hired him?


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Posted by Quick question
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

If education is her top issue, she should be running for the Board of Education, not City Council. Does she understand how government is structured and public schools are financed?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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Good question, Quick question. I am guessing that since she's now on the General Plan committee, that she's interested in guiding the city in the near future, since she's also into small business. Of course anyone with half brain is concerned about education and crime, the latter which can be more impacted by being on the council, the former not so much, as you've said.

And as for Ruben Abrica, yes, he has a master's degree from Stanford, and he doesn't brag about it.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I miss the Peter Evans show! It was such great entertainment!


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Posted by M1
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

This is a previous comment I posted for another forum. " I just heard !!! I'm voting for Kimberly Carlton!!!!! I am a recent grad and long time familial resident and owner of EPA. I am already willing to work for her campaign. I myself am extremely disappointed by city council meetings as there is a sheer lack of experience in Finance and Business Administration.One council member struggled with the concept and meaning of "one time revenue". Might I add these are two components extremely crucial to running a productive and blossoming city. Not to mention the lack of pro-business attitude. We have to strike a balance between those who own and those who are renters. I believe East Palo Alto needs commercial enterprise more than anything to pump money into the city, rather than focusing on more housing, given EPA is disproportionally residential. We need a business center, a main street (university ave ) and more importantly a downtown( possible area where Bay Road meets Bay Lands) to influx money into the city, create jobs for residents, which inevitably leads to less crime. Because EPA does not have commercial tax revenue the city is broke. There is absolutely no reason EPA should be so poor sitting directly center of Silicon Valley and neighbor to Facebook. I knew this day was coming and its time for joint evolution of East Palo Alto as a whole, as to many long time owners and residents it truly is a diamond in the rough that needs a certain type of jewler to give it just the right cut. Anyone who has been to the city council member meetings knows we need revenue not baseless "we are gonna do this" rhetoric . There is no reason a 2.612 square mile city should have the financial, violence , and water issues it does. It is too small to not be able to effectively thrive. I predicted a few years ago that if the city did not get EPA up and running, this would lead to prices remaining low thus allowing a "price out" buying from those who could not afford Palo Alto. Thus, leading to what we have now the beginning gentrification( people buy cheap, remodel and the previous price has quadrupled). If you don't develop your own city it's only a matter of time before others come and buy it for cheap a replace you from city council. It happened in some parts of Oakland( Temescal Area), Emeryville, Brooklyn, Harlem etc. If you are a long-time EPA resident I suggest you invest while you can !!! #EastPaloAlto #change #KimberlyCarlton"


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Posted by What the devil?
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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