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Odd or Even Years for PA Elections? Measure S

Original post made by Paul Losch on Oct 7, 2010

Should there continue to be the practice in Palo Alto that local issues and choices of City and School District candidates take place on odd numbered years, rather than being included in the even numbered years general ballots that include candidates from the President of the United State on down?
As best as I can tell, the people favoring Prop S, which would move the local issues and candidates voting to be part of the larger ballot such as what we are about to deal with, are advocating it as a cost savings measure.
As best as I can tell, those opposing Prop S are providing the point of view that voters will be better focused and able to get more information is they are not also dealing with all the stuff that we get in even numbered years, from General Election information.
I lean with the opponents.
I get accused at times as being a Palo Alto insider. I may be guilty as charged, but I lived here for many years before I got to know those people who do paid and sworn volunteer work on behalf of Palo Alto.
The more I learn, the more I take the point of view that too many of us were like me, not really knowing the issues Palo Alto faces. We live in a wonderful community, and also in an important globally significant City.
It may cost CPA a little more money, and I think it is worth it. NO on S

Comments

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

No extension of any elective term by ballot proposition! If they want the change, chop terms to reconfigure.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Paul, why not answer my objection. Or do you like Venezuelan politics here?


Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Walter,

I don't have strong POV about either approach


Posted by Walter walter walter, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 6:43 am

Walter--you seem to like North Korean politics here.
Why do you feel that every posting of yours deserves an answer (most don not, BTW)?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I believe that a politician who extends a term of office by other than another election is playing banana republic politics. As for Nork politics, I understand even some of Kim's get are questioning the monarchy.