Posted by Marvin, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2007 at 6:45 pm
There should not be "ideal" or "minimum" qualifications to be a candidate for City Council. Anyone who wants to run should file the papers and then we can judge him/her based on waht they say and what they stand for.
Posted by pat, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2007 at 7:54 pm
We definitely need people with qualifications to fill a council seat. Candidates can – and will – say anything to win votes. It’s called politics. It’s impossible to judge a person by what he/she says on the campaign trail. We only know what people really stand for by their actions.
At minimum, my ideal candidates have business experience in line management where they’ve been responsible for setting priorities, budgeting to priorities, managing to the budget, holding people accountable and being held accountable themselves. Such candidates will understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and measurable objectives.
I’d like candidates to be
- less concerned with looking good and “playing nice” than getting things done for the good of the city
- tough negotiators who aren’t afraid to say “no”
- comfortable with confrontation and open to conflicting opinions, because without hearing all sides of an issue, it’s impossible to make good decisions
- serious about the council’s oversight responsibility, paying attention to what’s happening at City Hall and knowing in detail where our money is being spent
More difficult to measure is the quality of leadership. I’ve worked for people who were truly inspiring. They were able to articulate a clear vision and assure those who joined them that, together, we could achieve the vision. Charisma is a big part of leadership, but so is a successful track record.
Posted by Another Voter, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 19, 2007 at 1:24 am
We need someone who will treat the entire city equally.
We need someone who won't close down a community shopping center because a developer wants to build houses there to make $$.
We need someone who is really concerned about C0 2 and the millions of gallons of gasoline burned every week by commuters who contribute almost nothing to the community except smog and filth.
We need someone who isn't part of the entrenched establishment that pretends to listen to others in the community,but votes for what is best for themselves, their companies and businesses and to hell with you!
We need someone who dosen't pretend to be an enviromentalist ,but works for large developers and wants high density housing in other parts of the city where he and his friends don't live.
We need ordinary people who are concerned with the quality of life in this city and don't plan to move to Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills when Palo Alto becomes more of a city of industry and unlivable.
Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:21 am
My ideal candidate died, rest his soul.
I will vote for a Yacht Harbor candidate who reopens access to the bay taken away by one of the city's least brilliant moves. Too late for the building, alas, but a chance to bring back our Sea Scouts.