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Espinosa, Burt, Yeh, Schmid lead council race

Original post made on Nov 7, 2007

Greg Schmid slipped past Dan Dykwel Tuesday with a 570-vote margin, grabbing the fourth seat on the Palo Alto City Council -- providing the only unpredicted quirk in a race marked by good sportsmanship and a lack of female candidates.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 1:56 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Informed Voter, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:09 am

If the weekly hadn't ignored Schmid, they wouldn't be calling his lead a "quirk." I doubt the Mercury or the daily are considering his lead a quirk...

Posted by Scott, a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:26 am

The real winner is Victor Frost, who was shielded for a few months, and will be shielded for a few months more...

Ask any consulate, immunity is sweet, and the least you can say is that he is not a dumb panhandler!


Posted by a, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:27 am

Hurray for Camille Townsend!

Many thought MI was the gauntlet for Townsend. Not so. Just goes to show that she still has the majority support. Good for you Camille!


Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:33 am

When the only incumbent scrapes into third place by a couple of hundred votes, while someone known as an MI opponent storms ahead of her, I'd say that hardly qualifies as majority support. More like incumbent advantage.

Remember, Camille Townsend avoided any mention of Mandarin Immersion in her campaign literature. She ran away from her own record.

Posted by Really now, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2007 at 10:06 am

Schmid slipped past Dykwel??? What nonsense. He was ahead all evening. Too bad the Weekly's real estate interests weren't totally fulfilled.
The Weekly needs to upgrade its biased reporting.

Posted by Voter, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 7, 2007 at 11:54 am

The City Council results are sure to set us back, and keep the Palo Alto Process alive and well. Schmid and Burt are right out of the old Palo Alto mold.

Townsend just squeaked in, but her narrow margin as an incumbent shows her popularity has suffered immensely. We won't see Townsend leading the BOE again; that's a relief.

Posted by vote watcher, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:03 pm

So the elections ended with the four new council members. Two of whom are the old establishment, the other two were supported by both the old establishment and the unions, so they have lots of paybacks.

Congratulations Palo Alto, long live the establishment.

Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Vote watcher,

I hear your sentiments, but disagree somewhat on where those sentiments lead.

"Like endorsing and electing like" is the price that municipalities pay when they insist on rather large, collaborative bodies of elected policy makers as an essential component of a governance model. There is simply no other way to make policy "move" (even at our present glacial rates) without "like endorsing and electing like" for City Council.

These are all good people that in my opinion are somewhat hampered by the _structure_ of their policy-making body, and the current goverance model that exists between that body and city management. It creates a problem set that makes it difficult to govern, and manage, our city.

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