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Palo Alto attorney seeks seat on City Council

Original post made on Jun 13, 2012

Attorney Marc Berman, a former state Assembly candidate who had spent much of the past year surveying Palo Alto's infrastructure problems, has declared his intention to run for a City Council seat in November.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

Thank you Marc for being willing to stand as a candidate. I look forward to hearing more specific ideas on how to meet the financial needs to deal with our infrastructure problems. I particularly like the fact that you grew up in Palo Alto and went to our schools.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

Marc, we will want to hear about the following:

1) Since you view the city infrastructure as an important priority, and the current council has had issues with prioritizing the city's spending, what current city spending would you prioritize lower than infrastrucutre?

2) What funding plans do you support for the infrastructure needs?

3) Rich Gordon continues to support High Speed Rail; since Rich Gordon is a honorary co-chair of your campaign, do you support Rich's stand on High Speed Rail? If elected what will you do to either support High Speed Rail or what will you do to help terminate the High Speed Rail

4) Nancy Shepard is another honrary co-chair of your campaign, who was endorsed by the unions. What is your view of the situation that Palo Alto faces with employee compensation (salary & benefits), where more & more services are cut, so that the remaining city employee's compensation can continue to grow? What are your specific proposals on this situation?

5) Where do you stand on the ABAG housing allocations? and what will specifically do to support for or against those allocations?

6) What is your view on the PC Zoning process, and what criteria will you use to decide on voting for or against changing a property's zoning to PC?

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

Let's say that the 4 current council members decide that they all will run for re-election, which council member do you feel that you should replace (i.e. which council member, that is running for reelection, do you feel does not deserve a second term)?

How will you stand up to "friends" groups and other pressure groups that will defend their favorite program against any budget cuts, despite the issues facing the city??

I hope that this year the election will not be the typical vanilla, Palo alto election where everyone says how wonderful Palo Alto is and how much they love it and how wonderful everyone on the council is. I know that in years past any criticism of a council member is forbidden because it is considered a "personal attack".

Given our current situation it is time that council candidates actually say what is wrong with the city and why they deserve to be on the council.

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