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Kishimoto gets 2-year term on open-space board

 

Former Palo Alto mayor Yoriko Kishimoto was appointed to a two-year term on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors Wednesday (Jan. 13) night.

Kishimoto was provisionally appointed on Nov. 29, 2010 to the seat of late board President Mary Davey, who died in October. She served out Davey's term through January 2, 2011.

But Davey's position was unopposed in the November 2010 election; she would have served a subsequent term beginning January 3, 2011.

Kishimoto will now serve as a director until the next general election in November 2012, after which she would need to be elected to a subsequent two-year term to get her back on the four-year cycle.

She represents a portion of Palo Alto, as well as Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Sunnyvale and a small portion of Santa Cruz County. The part of Palo Alto she represents is bounded by El Camino Real from the Menlo Park border to Embarcadero Road, east on Embarcadero to Middlefield Road, then north on Middlefield back to Menlo Park.

Longtime board member Nonette Hanko represents the rest of Palo Alto and parts of other communities.

The district saved approximately $556,900 -- the cost of a special election -- by appointing her, the district announced.

Kishimoto holds a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University and was a Palo Alto mayor and a city council member.

She has served on the boards of Hidden Villa, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. She is a published author, wife and mother and has had a lifelong love for the outdoors, according to the announcement.

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Posted by park user
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Open space is part of what makes Palo Alto a great city. Congratulations to Yoriko Kishimoto for serving in this important position.


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Posted by Want to know
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

At least in this position the damage she can do to palo alto will be minimal, especially after her HSR fiasco. But it does raise the question of why a new election was not called for or why other candidates were not considered for the position. Is this board supposed to follow the rules of the Brown Act?


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Posted by Joseph Kott
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

Congratulations to Yoriko Kishimoto! Yoriko is a thoughtful and visionary civic leader.


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Posted by Visionary????
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

"Yoriko is a thoughtful and visionary civic leader."

Was it visionary to want to put roundabouts on Embarcadero road and turn it into 1 lane in each direction. Was it visionary to want to narrow Middlefield Road to one lane in each direction as well. Seems to me not much thought went into either plan--which turned out to be unfeasible failures.
And what about HSR? How much thought and vision was put into going over that plan before doing a full press for council and public support in 2008. Oh, wait, 2 months later, she changed her mind!!!


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

...any position, but NOT city council.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

"Was it visionary to want to ..."

As any Silicon Valley entrepreneur will tell you, not every vision works, but visionaries with "crazy" ideas are what made Silicon Valley Silicon Valley. Starting an online garage sale named eBay is a dumb idea sure to fail, right?.

People who can be visionary, are; the rest grouse in envy.

Congratulations, Ms. Kishimoto. MROSD and all of us are fortunate to have you safeguarding one of our most important aesthetic resources.


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Posted by Want to know
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Please, paul, enlighten us. What visionary ideas has yoriko come up with. Comparing her to the true visionaries that made silicon valley what it is today is quite the leap. Wanting to narrow streets and wanting rail transit is not unique or visionary-nor does it require a great mind.


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Posted by Bye
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 17, 2011 at 2:16 am

a nice, safe corner for a career politician who never could get it quite right. i hope she finds her path here, and keeps a lot of space open for the citizenry.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

Bye the way, Bye, Kishimoto is a successful independent international business consultant. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Want to know
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

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