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Home stretch for Palo Alto City Council filing

Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Wednesday because no incumbent is running

With a filing deadline of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 14 candidates have surfaced for the Palo Alto City Council. The latest is Stella Marinos, an apparent newcomer to city politics, who picked up filing papers today for the Nov. 6 election.

The deadline to file for the race is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Prior to Marinos, five new contenders in the field are Timothy Gray, Laura Compian, William Ross, Donald "Smokey" Wallace and Gregory Kerber -- Kerber ran in the early 1970s.

Two of the race's youngest candidates, Sid Espinosa and Yiaway Yeh, were the first to become officially registered candidates, City Clerk Donna Rogers said.

Espinosa, 35, of Hewlett-Packard, and Yeh, 29, formerly in public finance, are official candidates.

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Planning Commissioner Pat Burt, community volunteer and realtor Dan Dykwel, former school board member Greg Schmid, foothills resident Mark Nadim and Wallace have turned in their paperwork, but it has not been processed by Santa Clara County yet, Rogers said.

Other candidates include panhandler Victor Frost and Debbie Mytels, associate director of the Acterra conservation organization.

Three seats are being vacated by term-limited council members Bern Beecham, Judy Kleinberg and Dena Mossar.

Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell has chosen not to run again, vacating another seat.

Because no incumbents are running, the normal filing deadline of last Friday was automatically extended by five calendar days to Wednesday, Aug. 15, under the state election code.

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Key issues so far in the council race include a proposed bond measure to construct a new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and a new police headquarters, the expansion of Stanford Hospital and shopping center, accommodation of hundreds of additional residents and the fate of the city's airport and waste treatment operations.

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Home stretch for Palo Alto City Council filing

Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Wednesday because no incumbent is running

by / Palo Alto Online

Uploaded: Fri, Aug 10, 2007, 12:08 pm

With a filing deadline of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 14 candidates have surfaced for the Palo Alto City Council. The latest is Stella Marinos, an apparent newcomer to city politics, who picked up filing papers today for the Nov. 6 election.

The deadline to file for the race is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Prior to Marinos, five new contenders in the field are Timothy Gray, Laura Compian, William Ross, Donald "Smokey" Wallace and Gregory Kerber -- Kerber ran in the early 1970s.

Two of the race's youngest candidates, Sid Espinosa and Yiaway Yeh, were the first to become officially registered candidates, City Clerk Donna Rogers said.

Espinosa, 35, of Hewlett-Packard, and Yeh, 29, formerly in public finance, are official candidates.

Planning Commissioner Pat Burt, community volunteer and realtor Dan Dykwel, former school board member Greg Schmid, foothills resident Mark Nadim and Wallace have turned in their paperwork, but it has not been processed by Santa Clara County yet, Rogers said.

Other candidates include panhandler Victor Frost and Debbie Mytels, associate director of the Acterra conservation organization.

Three seats are being vacated by term-limited council members Bern Beecham, Judy Kleinberg and Dena Mossar.

Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell has chosen not to run again, vacating another seat.

Because no incumbents are running, the normal filing deadline of last Friday was automatically extended by five calendar days to Wednesday, Aug. 15, under the state election code.

Key issues so far in the council race include a proposed bond measure to construct a new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and a new police headquarters, the expansion of Stanford Hospital and shopping center, accommodation of hundreds of additional residents and the fate of the city's airport and waste treatment operations.

Comments

Concerned Citizen
Professorville
on Aug 13, 2007 at 8:15 pm
Concerned Citizen, Professorville
on Aug 13, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Just for the record, like Yeh, Espinosa is also a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. This article makes it unclear.


Walter_E_Wallis
Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 8:39 am
Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 8:39 am

Which one will restore the yacht harbor?


George
Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:53 am
George, Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:53 am

Dykwel is looking good, because he brings common working sense and a real ability to work with disparate groups. He knows how to bring people together


Voter
Evergreen Park
on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:44 am
Voter, Evergreen Park
on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:44 am

And really really really good connections to the real estate industry and the chamber of commerce. Hooray for the money people!


Twinkle
Downtown North
on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:31 pm
Twinkle, Downtown North
on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Which candidate will fight for racial justice, an equal distribution of resources, and an end to poverty? Which candidate will insure that all Palo Altans, including the undocumented and unhoused, have free and available universal health care. Which candidate will fight for a living wage for all Palo Altans? Which candidate will insure that all workers receive 12 months paid family leave time? Which candidate will stop gouging by landlords and institute a fair and just rent control policy in Palo Alto at last? Which candidate will see that Palo Alto puts its voice among those who demand an immediate end to war? Which candidate will put Palo Alto on record as a welcoming home for the undocumented workers nationwide who are being persecuted by the Bush Administration? Which candidate will stand up for fairness by taxing excess profits of international corporations who do business in Palo Alto? Which candidate will stand up for increases in taxes for the rich?

Let's all vote for someone willing to address serious issues this year instead of cowing to the business as usual crowd!


Respectfully
Old Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:07 pm
Respectfully, Old Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Debbie Mytels is the strongest candidate by far - with a wealth of experience in all the local issues that are on top of the agenda as well as having the personality, solid values and excellent group communication and collaboration skills that are so essential to good government.


Not as much respect
The Greenhouse
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:18 pm
Not as much respect, The Greenhouse
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:18 pm

With all due respect, Respectfully, Ms. Mytels appears to be a one issue environmental zealot, much like our current mayor.

While we all take pride in our concern for the environment, those issues are much bigger than Palo Alto.

Palo Alto is suffering from budgetary and infrastructure collapse, crime and homeless problems largely because the current leadership has concerned itself with issues like global warming instead of the nuts and bolts of running a city.

The last thing we need is another person who uses a local government post to push a pet agenda as clearly our current mayor has done. When I see what Ms. Mytels has put her effort into, I don't see experience in "all the local issues". I see a one note environmentalist who can't see beyond that obsession.

Don't get me wrong. We need people working on improving the environment. We just don't need them on the council right now if that's all they can think about.


Highest Respect for the Environment
Green Acres
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm
Highest Respect for the Environment, Green Acres
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Not as much: Think globally and act locally!

We need more, not less, focus on global warming at the local level. I am proud of what our mayor has done to combat global warming, and I look forward to a global warming policy with real teeth in it for our city when Debbie Mytels is on the City Council.

None of our infrastructure needs will make any difference if we don't do something about the climate catastrophe that's upon is.


Gary
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:43 pm
Gary, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Twinkle,

Please tell us who you are supporting. That way I will know who to vote against.

Besides being an historical economic failure, socialism was responsible for enormous mass murder in the twentieth century. Let's not continue it in the 21st century...it would be immoral.


George
Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:59 pm
George, Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:59 pm

Voter, Mr. Dykwel has done a fantastic amount of good in this community as a selfless volunteer (PTA Council lead), as a volunteer member of ad hoc commissions (Public Safety), and a phenomenal contributor to charity (prgenitor of Black and White Ball, and other charitable events). He's a good man with a heart, who cares deeply about the environment and other social issues. Many of my friends are already sold on his comprehensive and caring platform.


Marvin
Charleston Gardens
on Aug 14, 2007 at 2:04 pm
Marvin, Charleston Gardens
on Aug 14, 2007 at 2:04 pm

My litmus test for city council will be how they stand on the issue of the Stanford Hospital expansion---if the candidates think the hospital expansion is like swallowing a bowling ball (to paraphrase our mayor) and feel that it should be slow-tracked they will not get my vote


Orange Julius
Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm
Orange Julius, Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm

I am casting my vote for the the dark horse candidate Panhandler Frost.

I figure we need a very very dramatic shakeup to see any kind of change being enacted in this town.


Gary
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm
Gary, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm

My recollection is that Victor Frost warned the council that the then proposed Opportunity Center would act as a magnet. His street knowledge was ignored. He was right (even if he happens to live there now).

If I have a spare vote, I think I'll vote for him, too, solely based on his ability to tell the truth about the OC. All the supporters were telling lies.

His campaign office is across from Whole Foods. The sit-lie ban will not be enforced against him, so we can all make our donations to his campaign there.

There are two other men who told the truth back then: The business manager for T&C Village and the head of the PA Medical Clinic...they both objected, because they saw that it would be a magnet. They were ridiculed by the liars.


George
Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:56 pm
George, Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Marvin, We agree. Too much of our City Council's time has been spent frustrating what could be a powerful ally in forward development - i.e. Stanford.

otoh, our city staff has spent far too LITTLE time working with Stanford on the early phases of develompent projects. In fairness, this may be due to the fact that Stanford has too ooften been frustrated by small, vocal anti-development groups that have been listened to by past City Councils, to the detriment of our city's future, and its relationship with Stanford.

We need to get back on track with Stanford, and do it in a way that moves us forward together as TRUE PARTNERS, instead of small time beneficiaries of the few ad hoc accomplishments we make with Stanford, and restig on those less-than-optimal laurels.


Henry W.
Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm
Henry W., Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Not as much says I see a one note environmentalist who can't see beyond that obsession.
He apparently never heard of Peter Drekmeier, or Jim Burch who took up space for 6 years on the council. Both are one-note environmentalists. Oops, I forgot. they both vote with the chamber of commerce, and the big building interests, so that makes them acceptable, even if they are environmentalists. I get it now.


Walter_E_Wallis
Midtown
on Aug 15, 2007 at 7:23 am
Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown
on Aug 15, 2007 at 7:23 am

Now that the warmie house of straw is collapsing, exposed as bad math, time for candidates to jump on the new bandwagon, nitrogen.


just thinking
Midtown
on Aug 15, 2007 at 4:30 pm
just thinking, Midtown
on Aug 15, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Before Mr Frost gets praised too much for saying what he has in the past about the OC, ask him where he lives. He also said all the funds had been embezzeled, and all the tenants would be Stanford students.By the way, does he still report all of his campaign donations as $0 to the FPPC?


Wake Up
Greenmeadow
on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:13 am
Wake Up, Greenmeadow
on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:13 am

Yiaway Yeh should be getting a lot more attention going forward, and he deserves it. For too long this city council has lent its attention to the fervent minorities and ignored the broader issues that could so easily move Palo Alto forward and out of the 1990's. We are all blessed to live in such an amzing place, but it is also a community that will be here long after the senior citizens currently holding the ear of our council are gone. It was long ago time for a youthful, but truly experienced, voice to come to this council and I think you all realize that, though you may be too stubborn to admit it.


Mooncloud
Southgate
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:07 pm
Mooncloud, Southgate
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Yiaway Yeh, Palo Alto’s Own,
Kicks Off City Council Campaign Sunday, September 16!
Yiaway Yeh, a government management professional and home-grown leader, will kick off his campaign for Palo Alto City Council this Sunday, September 16, from 1-3 p.m ,at the courtyard on 101 S. California & Park Avenues. It’s across the way from the Caltrain station.

WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 2007

TIME: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Courtyard, 101 South California & Park Avenues, Palo Alto Central
(parking available on Sherman and Park Avenues)

Elected officials, long-time and new residents, families, and young professionals have endorsed Yeh and will be at his campaign kick off. Some of Yeh’s endorsers include Palo Alto City Council members John Barton, Bern Beecham, Jim Burch, Judy Kleinberg, Dena Mossar, and the California League of Conservation Voters.

Yiaway Yeh is running on a platform focusing on three priority areas:
• Investing in Infrastructure,
• Intergenerational Exchange, and
• Invigorating the Community.

“Having grown up in Palo Alto, I know how wonderful our city is, and that its future holds even more for us.” says Yeh. “I want to bring my skills, expertise and energy to help Palo Alto fulfill its needs and promise.”

Join Yiaway Yeh for his kick-off to a brighter and better future for Palo Alto.

For more information, check out his website, www.yehforpaloalto.org

-- Friend of Yiaway Yeh


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:45 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Like the sound of Investing in Infrastructure.

Not sure what the other two mean in practical terms.


eric
Mountain View
on Sep 13, 2007 at 1:44 pm
eric, Mountain View
on Sep 13, 2007 at 1:44 pm

"bad math", Walt? Do tell- this should be amusing


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