Eight years ago I supported Jack Morton's campaign for the City Council. He was saying all the right things about efficiency in government. He was an accountant who could add up a column of numbers and knew the difference between a million and a billion.
I contributed money, distributed literature answered telephone inquiries, etc.
After his election, it didn't take long for me to realize I had made a huge mistake. Morton has been the worst councilmember in my 40 years in Palo Alto. Considering the competition that is quite a dishonor.
He has voted against even the most minor attempts at cost control. He seems to think that a cost reduction is a service reduction. His idea of a service to the public is hiring more people to sit behind desks in City Hall.
He seems oblivious to the sorry state of our roads, sidewalks, sewers and parks. And when it comes to land use and property issues, don't ask. I have seen him repeatedly nitpick peoples remodeling plans as if he knew better than them how they should lead their lives.
Now he has sent out a pamphlet, the purpose of which seems to be to elect clones of himself to the city council. Nancy Shepherd, Dan Dykwell, Brian Steen and Gail Price are his heroes. Why? Because they want to raise and spend more money, as long as it isn't for anything useful. In a just world this endorsement would doom their chances of election.
We shall see.