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Cory Wolbach edges out Lydia Kou for fifth seat on Palo Alto council

Legislative aide joins Holman, Scharff, DuBois and Filseth on the City Council

Cory Wolbach, a legislative aide for state Sen. Jerry Hill, has edged out emergency-preparedness leader Lydia Kou for the fifth contested seat in Palo Alto's heated City Council race, the latest ballot count from the Santa Clara County Registrar's Office shows.

The count, which was released Sunday evening, includes the last of the 14,000 provisional ballots that the registrar has been tallying for more than a week. Though the results fluctuated slightly, with Kou picking up a few dozen votes in the final days of the count, Wolbach's has consistently maintained a lead of more than 100 votes in the past week and finished 135 votes ahead. With all the mail-in votes and provisional votes counted, he had 8,235 votes to Kou's 8,101.

A resident of Palo Verde, Wolbach ran on a platform that includes expanding the city's transportation services, relaxing laws for construction of granny units on large lots, creating more specific-area plans to determine land uses for different neighborhoods and making the civic discourse more civil. He is the youngest of the 12 council candidates and the only one affiliated with the group Palo Alto Forward, a nascent organization that advocates for better options for housing and transportation.

Kou is a member of Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, a group that was formed last year in opposition to a housing development on Maybell Avenue and supports slow-growth policies. Two other members of the group, Tom DuBois and Eric Filseth, were elected to the council on Nov. 4. Incumbent Councilwoman Karen Holman, who was endorsed by the group, easily won a second term on Election Day, ensuring that the council's slow-growth wing, which also includes Greg Schmid and, at times, Pat Burt, will have a louder voice next year.

But Sunday's result means that the group's victory, while solid, is not overwhelming. Wolbach will join re-elected incumbent Greg Scharff as the two candidates not affiliated with the slow-growth faction. In an interview Sunday, Wolbach told the Weekly that he wasn't that surprised that the final result came down to the wire.

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"We knew it was likely going to be a close election for someone. It turned out to be a close one for me," Wolbach said. "I'm definitely excited to be elected."

Wolbach said that given the wide range of people elected, there isn't a clear mandate from the voters about policies. There is, however, a clear mandate about "the need to better include the residents of Palo Alto in discussions about planning for our quality of life and future," he said.

"I have always rejected, and I think the electorate rejected, the idea that this election is about one slate versus another," Wolbach said. "Given that two people from one supposed slate and three from another were elected -- I think if anything, for me that's the most gratifying thing about the election.

"I think the electorate is not pulling for polarization. I think the voters are sick of this kind of dichotomy and they sent a mix to the council."

Kou, a neighborhood organizer who has been one of the leaders of the city's emergency-preparedness program, focused her campaign on recent development trends, which she argued are damaging the city's quality of life. She has argued that reports from city staff are "biased toward special interests" and that the council "has failed to provide the leadership to change this culture"

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Kou could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday evening. It was not immediately clear whether she plans to request a recount.

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Cory Wolbach edges out Lydia Kou for fifth seat on Palo Alto council

Legislative aide joins Holman, Scharff, DuBois and Filseth on the City Council

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Nov 16, 2014, 8:01 pm

Cory Wolbach, a legislative aide for state Sen. Jerry Hill, has edged out emergency-preparedness leader Lydia Kou for the fifth contested seat in Palo Alto's heated City Council race, the latest ballot count from the Santa Clara County Registrar's Office shows.

The count, which was released Sunday evening, includes the last of the 14,000 provisional ballots that the registrar has been tallying for more than a week. Though the results fluctuated slightly, with Kou picking up a few dozen votes in the final days of the count, Wolbach's has consistently maintained a lead of more than 100 votes in the past week and finished 135 votes ahead. With all the mail-in votes and provisional votes counted, he had 8,235 votes to Kou's 8,101.

A resident of Palo Verde, Wolbach ran on a platform that includes expanding the city's transportation services, relaxing laws for construction of granny units on large lots, creating more specific-area plans to determine land uses for different neighborhoods and making the civic discourse more civil. He is the youngest of the 12 council candidates and the only one affiliated with the group Palo Alto Forward, a nascent organization that advocates for better options for housing and transportation.

Kou is a member of Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, a group that was formed last year in opposition to a housing development on Maybell Avenue and supports slow-growth policies. Two other members of the group, Tom DuBois and Eric Filseth, were elected to the council on Nov. 4. Incumbent Councilwoman Karen Holman, who was endorsed by the group, easily won a second term on Election Day, ensuring that the council's slow-growth wing, which also includes Greg Schmid and, at times, Pat Burt, will have a louder voice next year.

But Sunday's result means that the group's victory, while solid, is not overwhelming. Wolbach will join re-elected incumbent Greg Scharff as the two candidates not affiliated with the slow-growth faction. In an interview Sunday, Wolbach told the Weekly that he wasn't that surprised that the final result came down to the wire.

"We knew it was likely going to be a close election for someone. It turned out to be a close one for me," Wolbach said. "I'm definitely excited to be elected."

Wolbach said that given the wide range of people elected, there isn't a clear mandate from the voters about policies. There is, however, a clear mandate about "the need to better include the residents of Palo Alto in discussions about planning for our quality of life and future," he said.

"I have always rejected, and I think the electorate rejected, the idea that this election is about one slate versus another," Wolbach said. "Given that two people from one supposed slate and three from another were elected -- I think if anything, for me that's the most gratifying thing about the election.

"I think the electorate is not pulling for polarization. I think the voters are sick of this kind of dichotomy and they sent a mix to the council."

Kou, a neighborhood organizer who has been one of the leaders of the city's emergency-preparedness program, focused her campaign on recent development trends, which she argued are damaging the city's quality of life. She has argued that reports from city staff are "biased toward special interests" and that the council "has failed to provide the leadership to change this culture"

Kou could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday evening. It was not immediately clear whether she plans to request a recount.

Comments

irregularies
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm
irregularies, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm
5 people like this

Does a candidate have to request a recount, or can anyone? What is involved?


Jo Ann
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm
Jo Ann, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm
3 people like this


As of Friday, there were still 2,000 ballots to be counted yet these new results moved by fewer than 100.

Web Link


Voter
Fairmeadow
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm
Voter, Fairmeadow
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm
18 people like this

It is great that there appear to be a mix of perspectives joining the Council to reflect Palo Alto. Congratulations to Cory for running such a positive campaign and working hard to engage with all Palo Altans.


Saddened
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm
Saddened, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm
5 people like this

[Post removed.]


Mid-Pen Neighbor
Mountain View
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm
Mid-Pen Neighbor, Mountain View
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm
1 person likes this

@irregularies
There is no trigger for an automatic recount. The only time the local election official will call for a recount is if they have reason to believe that there has been a miscounting of ballots in a specific precinct.

After the "canvass" of voters has been officially certified (Dec. 2nd), any voter has five days to petition the election official for a recount on behalf of a specific candidate. However, the petitioner must give a deposit to the city to cover the costs of a recount (likely several thousand dollars), and will only get that deposit back if the results comes out in favor of the candidate on whose behalf the petitioner was seeking the recount.

@Jo Ann
Those 2000 outstanding provisional ballots were for the entire county. The share of those 2000 that actually involved PA voters was always likely to be under 200 votes, just based on the percentage of Santa Clara's registered voters that are PA voters.


trees
Registered user
Charleston Meadows
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm
trees, Charleston Meadows
Registered user
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm
20 people like this

Congratulations Cory! I hope you continue engaging people widely and reminding everyone that there are a lot of different people in Palo Alto, with different lifestyles, all of whom deserve to have their voices heard in a respectful manner.


Hooray for Cory!!
Barron Park
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm
Hooray for Cory!!, Barron Park
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm
20 people like this

Cory ran a great campaign-- honest, civil and full of substance. This was a well-deserved victory, and he will do wonderful things for our City Council. Three cheers for Cory!


Elated
Downtown North
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm
Elated, Downtown North
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm
20 people like this

Kudos to Cory for working tirelessly to get out his message of civility, inclusiveness and constructiveness. Looking forward to seeing him join this balanced new council work hard to bring about positive changes to Palo Alto in the coming years!


common sense
Midtown
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm
common sense, Midtown
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm
5 people like this

Here's the scorecard on how well influencers did:

Palo Alto Weekly - 5 Endorsements, 5 elected, 100% influence
Daily Post - 5 Endorsements, 4 Elected, 80%
Mercury News/Diana Diamond - 5 Endorsements, 4 Elected, 80%
Palo Alto Sensible Zoning - 4 Endorsements, 3 Elected, 75%
County Supervisor Joe Simitian - 6 Endorsements, 4 Elected, 66%
State Legislature Rich Gordon/Jerry Hill- 5 Endorsements, 3 Elected, 60%
Palo Alto for Good Government - 4 Endorsements, 2 Elected 50%
Prior Palo Alto Elected Officials - Mostly 50%

The Weekly has the biggest influence on the election.


Jocelyn Dong
Registered user
editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm
Jocelyn Dong, editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
Registered user
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm
2 people like this

@irregularities

What Mid-Pen Neighbor said is so. For more info, here's a link to Chapter 9 of Division 15 of California Elections Code (15600 et seq), which establishes the process by which any voter can request the recount within five days of certification of the election results.

Web Link


stephen levy
Registered user
University South
on Nov 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm
stephen levy, University South
Registered user
on Nov 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm
12 people like this

Congratulations Cory and Tom and Eric and welcome to the council.

I hope the community can put the campaign fever and labels behind us so you all can work together with the community to make Palo Alto an even better place for our future.


irregularities
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm
irregularities, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm
9 people like this

Those of us who voted for Kou believe she is the better candidate, and she is certainly far more experienced working in local civic matters. Since this is a democracy, I hope people will refrain from bullying to try to get the election outcome they want rather than CIVILLY respecting the democratic process, which may include a recount or even a post-election audit (whether done by the state or not). Since the state declined to do a post-election audit, does anyone have information about how those are otherwise requested/triggered?

Recounts are actually quite common in local elections: "... several states reported that recounts are a normal occurrence at the local level. In responding to electionline.org, eight states described how recounts at the local level happen on a fairly regular basis." Web Link

Given that the difference is well below the threshold that automatically triggers a recount in many states, given that the day-of counts of Kou's home precincts didn't change the difference (when she leads so handily in support, more voters voted that way, and the box in our own polling place was stuffed full before the day was half over), given irregularities right when the count flipped, and given the sudden resignation of IT chief Joseph Le the morning of the election (with questions about equipment he may have taken with him), I think fair-minded citizens would expect a recount or even an audit. This is after all the same election/group that sent out all those erroneous ballots in San Jose, as well as sending out all those double ballots.
Web Link

The Mercury News had a more damning article on Santa Clara County having almost the worst counting performance:
Web Link

"Sharon Sweeney, chair of the county's elections commission, said election night totals have come much quicker in the past using the same system." "Sweeney was also alarmed by a website glitch that happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that prevented viewers from seeing updated results.

"I did not see it as a small deal," she said. "The question is, were there any ballots counted that were not sent into the website? I think there needs to be an audit of the whole system to be able to say every vote was counted. It's very possible that they were, but my gut feeling is it's much more serious.""

That's a serious statement coming from the county elections commissioner, especially considering other anecdotal irregularities.

Web Link
"Post-election audits differ from recounts. Post-election audits routinely check voting system performance in contests, regardless of how close margins of victory appear to be. Recounts repeat ballot counting in special circumstances, such as when preliminary results show a close margin of victory. Post-election audits that detect errors can lead to a full recount."

It's hard to know what circumstances might apply to know whether a recount might change the results in any local election, but Politifact confirms a candidate claim that "three of the four statewide races this century within a 300-vote margin have been overturned in a recount." Again, no relationship to this race, just pointing out that it's not unusual to recount nor is it unlikely to change the result for such a close election, and especially with SO many irregularities.
Web Link

Jocelyn Dong - Thank you for the information. Can you please explain more the difference between audit and recount, and what rights and recourse citizens and candidates may have under such unusual circumstances?


Praying Cory Cares
Crescent Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:34 am
Praying Cory Cares, Crescent Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:34 am
9 people like this

I wonder what Saddened's post said that caused the entire post to be removed. Not a portion of the post, but the entire post.

I also wonder how differently this close race for the #5 seat would have turned out if some candidates had chosen to throw their influence and campaigning behind one of these two candidates instead of running themselves. I'm betting Lydia would have been celebrating her election right alongside Karen, Eric, and Tom over a week ago.

No offense to Cory, I'm sure he is a very smart and well meaning individual, but there is only so much you can learn by age 27 and still living with your mom. I don't think Cory has the experience to be on the City Council of Palo Alto.

I'm glad the residentialist vote was not completely diluted by the many candidates who chose to run, but I sure wish they had collaborated with the stronger candidates to ensure Palo Alto got the City Council they want and need.

Cory: Please recognize the loud voices that spoke in this campaign, including those who voted for candidates who did not win. Please hear the cries and screams from longtime residents who want Palo Alto to remain Palo Alto. Those who support urbanization and increased density should not choose Palo Alto as a place to live - there are MANY other cities that will welcome them!

Urbanization and densification of Palo Alto will just turn us into another San Jose - ruining what we are and only benefitting our neighbor cities with smarter low- or no-growth strategies.


Hypocrisy
Evergreen Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:58 am
Hypocrisy, Evergreen Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:58 am
8 people like this

The Wolbach camp's hypocrisy is leaving me speechless. “Making the civic discourse more civil” was his mantra. A candidate, who’s qualification as per PA Weekly was that he was a product of the Palo Alto school system, and an Assistant to the Democratic State Senator Hill. And after he begged her 3 times, Anna Eshoo endorsed him, and that gave him the 100 extra votes he needed.

[Portion removed.] And contrary to what Anna Eshoo says, Lydia Kou had the most small contribution, the most real supporters, and the largest amount of money from the small contributions, and not from $50,000 own loans, or dark money from non-transparent committees.

Palo Alto City politics have become so contentious because so many residents have come to see the Council as not to be trusted and as not treating them with respect. The belittling of citizens who make proposals in the open session of the City Council are belittled. For example, the plea to the council to take up recent community proposals to follow, in the spirit of better community policing, other City’s examples of renovating and extending the existing fire stations to joint fire-police stations Web Link

The “voters are not going to bully me” comment from Mayor Nancy Sheperd is just the tip of the iceberg. Or the lament by Lizz Kniss, after stacking committees with young pliable members directly after the election, that the voters had stacked the City Council with residentialists. And now she would not become mayor! Imagine, those voters.

Recent immigrants from mainland China are stunned about what they perceive as an obvious corruption at City Hall. They should recognize it! They also perceive the anti-Kou rumors as racist. The person who more than anybody else is responsible that we have a bottom up, citizen managed safety plan, was accused of not wanting safe bike paths for students!


Hypocrisy
Evergreen Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 2:16 am
Hypocrisy, Evergreen Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 2:16 am
1 person likes this

[Post removed.]


musical
Palo Verde
on Nov 17, 2014 at 6:44 am
musical, Palo Verde
on Nov 17, 2014 at 6:44 am
6 people like this

Kou was also listed dead-last among 12 candidates on the ballot. Yes, just a coincidence.


Anonymous
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 7:49 am
Anonymous, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 7:49 am
7 people like this

Palo Alto really needs district elections.


revote
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 7:53 am
revote, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 7:53 am
8 people like this

Kou understands that we need to change the culture in City Hall. Her
comments in the forum I saw were the most perceptive of all the candidates.
At a minimum we need a recount considering the margin and the circumstances surrounding this vote count.The best solution would be a runoff between Kou and Wolbach for the 5th Council seat. This would clear the air for the
new Council to move forward.


Cory Wolbach
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Nov 17, 2014 at 8:31 am
Cory Wolbach, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2014 at 8:31 am
21 people like this

@ Praying...
& @ Hypocricy:

Please contact me at [email protected] to schedule a time to meet for coffee. I would like to give you an opportunity to get to know me directly, and to discuss how we can work together.

For the record, I also found that "Reprehensible Ad" to be offensive.

A minor correction: my age is 33. I hope ageism, sexism, and racism were not factors in this election for any voter, relating to any candidate. Regarding my family, I value and love them, and am happy to have returned home recently (not "still") to help my family care for my aging father.

Lydia is a wonderful member of our community. She is compassionate, serious, smart, and civil. Many people I know voted for both of us, and I look forward to working with her on civic affairs.

This campaign has never been about one person versus another. It has always been about 12 people offering their service to preserve and enhance the community we all love. I am honored by the opportunity, and thank every other candidate for their hard work and willingness to serve.






Good to see this end well!
Midtown
on Nov 17, 2014 at 8:51 am
Good to see this end well!, Midtown
on Nov 17, 2014 at 8:51 am
11 people like this

Well this was the closest election I can remember (I've been through a bunch of them in my 30+ years in Palo Alto)

It was good to see Wolbach prevail. His $/vote were less than 1/2 of Kou's, and less than Filseth, Shepherd, Johnston and Scharff (who was by far the highest, followed by Kou). DuBois and Holman were both lower than Wolbach. Good to see that money alone can't buy an election in Palo Alto!

This hopefully puts the nail in the coffin that any particular group has won a "mandate" from the people of Palo Alto. There are clearly large numbers of Palo Altans that feel strongly for the "Residentialist" position, and almost equally large numbers of Palo Altans that feel strongly for the "non-Residentialist" position. More likely, most people do not divide themselves into one camp or another.

Wolbach kept repeating this mantra (that Palo Altans are not as divided as "the slate" would have you believe), and it is good to see validation. If a young fellow with limited name recognition and money can win the election, it just goes to show that we are really willing to listen to a message of constructive civil service.

Congratulations to all of the electees! Now we can get to work!


What they ran on
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:02 am
What they ran on, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:02 am
3 people like this

Good to see,

In one of the forums, Wolbach answered the questions that matter to Residents like everyone did, appealing to residents even though he might be what you call a non-residentialist.

One answer I recall was how he did not agree with breaching the height limits for Palo Alto.

What they ran on though I know is what they will do, exhibit Greg Scharff.


What they ran on
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:04 am
What they ran on, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:04 am
3 people like this

What they ran on is NOT what they will necessarily do.

I hope someone is already collecting the quotes of what they said, so we can later judge them by what they do.


Thanks Weekly!
Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:38 am
Thanks Weekly!, Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:38 am
4 people like this

Congratulations to Cory.

I think the Weekly endorsement was the variable to which we can attribute this outcome. I don't believe that the Weekly gave sufficient weight to diversity in making its endorsements in the City Council race and this factor should be considered. I actually think that Kou was far more qualified on the merits as well based on her long-time community service in Barron Park and her work with e-prep. [Portion removed.]

We now have a council with 2 women (Holman and Kniss), 5 men, and everyone is white.

How that made sense to you I will never know. Perhaps if it was Lydia versus a truly superior candidate in terms of experience and credentials then we could have a different conversation. But you endorsed a white young man [portion removed] instead of an Asian woman who has years of experience in community volunteering, and who would have added a lot of diversity (basically 30% of the gender diversity and 100% of the racial diversity) to the Council.

Even if you somehow concluded that this was basically a tie, as did the voters, you should have broken the tie using diversity as a criterion.

Next time, please look at a more global version of qualifications and consider whether unconscious bias may have affected the process. Think harder about the value of diversity particularly given the changing demographic characteristics of the community. As yourself: does an all-white City Council really make sense in a city that is rapidly adding Asian and Asian-American diversity? Obviously, it does not.


Bleep
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:48 am
Bleep, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:48 am
3 people like this

I thank the Weekly for its censorship in these forums which prevented informed debate on the candidates and their positions.


mauricio
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
mauricio, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
5 people like this

I still have no idea what Wollbach views are on anything. His core mantra was "civility", in a city that already had too much civility on its city council, at the expense of diversity of opinions and meaningful debate. I still have no idea what qualifies him to serve on the city council, [portion removed,] lacking any meaningful real life experience [portion removed.]


Sea REDDY
College Terrace
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
Sea REDDY, College Terrace
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:08 am
1 person likes this

Hello Palo Alto citizens

You have missed out by 100+ votes for not having an outstanding person 'Lydia'.

You will miss her.

I just sent a note for Lydia to ask for a recount. With a lot of staff problems at the Santa Clara county Registrar of Voters; I bet the numbers will be different.

Any how, I like Cory. He is a good man. Without Lydia; I hope the residentialist mandate will still be wishy washy?


Clean mandates are important.

However, in politics nothing is forever.

My heart goes out to Lydia if she does not go for recount. I do not know if that is even possible.

Congratuations Cory!

You got one for Jerry Hill!

Respectfully


Steve Downing
Ventura
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:14 am
Steve Downing, Ventura
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:14 am
5 people like this

Congratulations to both Cory and Lydia on running energetic campaigns.

Residents are the big winners here. Our incoming council members have a wide diversity of perspectives and residents' interests are well-represented.

Cory, thank you for making positivity and problem-solving a focus in your campaign.


Sea REDDY
College Terrace
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:14 am
Sea REDDY, College Terrace
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:14 am
4 people like this


What does this tell us about Cory winning

CONNECTIONS and MONEY is what it takes to win.

Palo Alto is no different than other parts of the country.

We still need INTEGRITY and INNOVATION!

Hope they have it in their DNA that are current council members and future council members.

Respectfully


KP
South of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:23 am
KP, South of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:23 am
5 people like this

Very unfortunate - Kou had an old Palo Alto mindset. No big buildings etc.
Look at the horrendous building they are thinking of building downtown...ridiculous!


Bleep
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:36 am
Bleep, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:36 am
4 people like this

Even Cory said some of his endorsers wouldn't recognize him but that sure didn't stop him from trumpeting their names. I guess that's the new "civility" but I'd prefer substance.

I never got an answer to my repeated question on his stance on ABAG mandates.


Enid Pearson
Crescent Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:41 am
Enid Pearson, Crescent Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:41 am
8 people like this

We have strong residential votes on the new council. Kou is now well known and we know what we have
lost. In two years Lydia Kou can run again and will win. I know Lydia will stay involved which will keep her
as a front runner in 2016. thank you Lydia.


eric rosenblum
Downtown North
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm
eric rosenblum, Downtown North
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm
11 people like this

Congratulations to Cory (and the other council electees).

Cory ran a strong campaign-- both his substance and his commitment to integrity and civility were deep. I think that he will be a valuable member of a council that needs his pragmatism, energy and intelligence. Palo Alto is lucky to have a strong group of fellow citizens who are willing to shoulder this load.

For those commenters critiquing Cory, he has offered on numerous occasions to have a direct dialogue with you: I suggest that you take him up on it. He is sincere in his desire to listen and learn, and is one of the hardest working individuals I have met.


gale johnson
Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
gale johnson, Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
3 people like this

Congratulations, Cory, for a win and taking the high ground in doing it. I know there are some who would like you to get down in the gutter and wallow around with them, but I know you won't. And yes, if those candidates who really didn't campaign seriously or never had a chance of being close would have spoken up and dropped out early, I think Lydia would have won. But they didn't and she didn't. It's over. I'll let you catch your breath, but then I'll take you up on your offer to meet and discuss the future of PA sometime soon. It sounds like you'll have to hit the ground running and be ready to cut your teeth on the new proposed project for Shady Lane. I have lots of questions on that one.


Bleep
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Bleep, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
1 person likes this

[Post removed.]


Sea REDDY
College Terrace
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Sea REDDY, College Terrace
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm
3 people like this

Request a RECOUNT!

We need a clear MANDATE!

No Tall Buildings!
No career politicians!

Respectfully!


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm
4 people like this

Like Bleep, I would civilly request that Cory and/or his supporters spell out what his position is on ABAG mandates.


Rainer
Registered user
Evergreen Park
on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm
Rainer, Evergreen Park
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm
2 people like this

@Steve Downing
“”Cory, thank you for making positivity and problem-solving a focus in your campaign.”

Really Steve? There was no executable focus in anything he said, I thought it was mostly mother hood and apple pie issues anybody would agree on: clean air, more affordable housing, but none of the difficult problems like how to stop the developers taking over the city even more.

@gale Johnson
“Congratulations, Cory, for a win and taking the high ground in doing it. I know there are some who would like you to get down in the gutter”.

And this ad, Gale, which Wolbach did not disavow before the election, is not the gutter? Judge for yourself:
Web Link , -> click Print Edition, -> click Current Edition, double click download pdf (takes 20 seconds) , in Acrobat forward to page 19.


RV a PA resident
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Green Acres
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm
RV a PA resident, Green Acres
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on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm
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I agree with irregularities.
The gap is very small and there are too many causes of concern in the counting process.
Lydia, please request a recount!


Wim
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm
Wim, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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Congratulations to Karen, Greg, Tom, Eric, and Cory. You are duly elected. I wish you wisdom in your deliberations and decisions. Palo Alto needs a council that has a holistic view of the city and its future. I also hope that you will rise above the less thoughtful posts listed here.

Cheers!


Jocelyn Dong
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editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Nov 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm
Jocelyn Dong, editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
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on Nov 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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@irregularities

I've received more information from the Registrar of Voters on recounts and audits. There is actually an automatic audit of 1 percent of the precincts that is conducted as part of every election. The audit began today (Nov. 18) and typically takes a week to complete.

The results of the audit must be included in the Registrar's final certification of election results, which is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Note that this audit is distinct from the Registrar's earlier call on the Secretary of State for an independent review of procedures, which the Secretary declined to do.
See Web Link

Re: recounts. Again, any voter can request a recount of votes cast for a candidate but must put down a deposit for the cost. See Web Link


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