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Spectrum - October 10, 2008

Editorial: EPA City Council needs new approach

As a still-young city struggles with crime, development, traffic, jobs, health and pollution issues, the City Council needs cohesive leadership

It has been said for many years — decades even — that East Palo Alto is a community of much potential but one that is teetering on the brink of its future. Never has that perception been more apt than in the current City Council race, when there will be two vacant seats and one member seeking reelection Nov. 4.

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Posted by Ms. Watkins
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 11, 2008 at 10:45 am

Doug Fort a lifelong resident of EPA brings knowledge and a commitment gained through his many years of positive community involvement. As a senior living in Belle Haven, I have had the opportunity to see this capable young man grow into his own and I can truly say a vote for Doug Fort is a vote in the right direction; a new approach, it is a vote for Change!


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Posted by MsJama
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Doug Fort has done what we all strive to do: better himself. In addition, he's taken it a step further and attempted to better his community. I agree with Ms. Watkins, a vote for Mr. Fort is a vote for change.


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Posted by Wolfram Alderson
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I am proud to be counted among those serving the East Palo Alto Community. I am even prouder of the leaders that are stepping up to help take our community to the next level. The analysis and recommendations provided here are much appreciated. Thank you for taking the political leadership of East Palo Alto seriously. The challenges here are great, but the cultural richness, strengths, and opportunities here are even greater.


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Posted by dont believe the hipe
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm

There was only two people that was on point... and that was Carlos and Francois... Let me break it down for ya!

Carlos... He answered every question with the understanding of the process and policies ... He talked about regulations and clearly broke it down in details. He mentioned moving forward! We need to move forward and not backward! He is about making things happen and is for the PEOPLE!

Francois..., he was very compassionate and humble. He knows the people and understands each and everyone whether they are black, Hispanic or Polynesian. I felt his sensitivity, he is about our people and made it clear that we need UNITY. He talked about strategies and implementation with coexisting programs. Collaboration and Unity! We need someone with a heart to balance things out!

Everyone else... well, just watch Talking with Henrietta's show, "with the candidates" ... the other 6, did NOT explain in full details of what their plans in full details. When the question came up to talk about what their visions were... MY GOODNESS!
You felt the deceitfulness and mistrust! The people that I/You thought would have been the idealism candidates has proven to me their true colors!

I am one that can read you and were you stand... I now will promote and push for my people to vote for Carlos and Francio... I am not sure about the 3rd person, however, Doug is probably the next best candidate compared to the other 6...

Peace out!




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Posted by skip
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm

The three selected by PA Weekly are good candidates for the city, but good reasons are purported for all but one candidate...The Weekly is supporting Fort because he is a former drug dealer? what about supporting him because he turned his life around and is trying to be someone who helps the community...Or better, why don't you allow Fort to come to Palo Alto and run for council on the platform of Former Drug Dealer, and lets see where the Weekly endorsement fall...Or even better were Barak Obama a former drug dealer, would the weekly endorse him? As long as the drugs and politicians who used/sold them remain in East Palo Alto the Weekly finds willing endorsement, but I wonder hou that would be as I stated if Fort were to run in Palo ALto, or if John McCain were to state he should drugs...I am inclined to support Douglas Fort, because he is someone who believes hs has a vision for the city, not because he was a former drug dealer...All the children go Yea! cause the Weekly glorifies the selling of drugs by endorsing candidates who engaged in that activity...


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Posted by epa or bust!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2008 at 7:26 am

Please do not describe Mr. Fort as a former drug dealer. That was tacky on behalf of the weekly. You guys at the weekly thought you were lifting him up when you only made him seem like a thug gone good. Please. Doug has a college education (straight from high school), a family and everything an upstanding member of the community has. Please mention his important work in our community for individuals that other wise would not get the time of day by officials in East Palo Alto or any other city, the YOUTH!
Stay out of EPA politics!


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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 8:01 am

The next time you write an editorial please spell the names of the candidates correctly. Case in point: Chester Palesoo is NOT spelled "Palasoo." You spelled it wrong throughout the article. Secondly, you mentioned Fort's name long before you gave any information about him so that anyone reading the article would wonder who he is. Later in the article you do mention him, but you left out that he is a college graduate. All you said was that he was "a former drug dealer." Well, he's more than that! He embodies all that we hope every last one of our youth accomplish: He ran bad, then went to college and got his degree, accepted God into his life, and returned to his community to give back. You can't ask for a more success story than that! This is proof what education can do to turn life around for those who are lost. Your editorial was lacking and I expected more from the Weekly.


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Posted by But he WAS a drug dealer
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

He's made kind of a big out of it himself, so that's what comes to mind about him for those that don't know him well.


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Posted by Cynical Voter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

It's hard to find city council candidates in EPA with clean backgrounds. Fort was a drug dealer, Palesoo was convicted of assault while he was doing volunteer work and was a member of the school board, he also got into trouble for misuse of his county-issued credit card.


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Posted by nan s.
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Goro Mitchell is the best candidate. He is well educated, grew up in EPA and has dedicated his life to the betterment of the community. He is strongly involved in many aspects of the EPA political establishment and
is well respected as an unbiased leader among the many factions of the community. He would be someone who would help bring the community together and has the educational savvy to improve the socio-economic progress of the community.


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Posted by senior from EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2008 at 9:08 pm

I have lived in EPA 50 years and was one of the founders of EPA.
I support Mr.Huerta and Mr.Mitchell for City Council. They have the educational skills and experience in the community to help develop
EPA's potential. We need new council members with better administrative skills to benefit all aspects of our diverse community. We need to support Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Huerta in their endeavors.


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Posted by Luna
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Would Palo Alto Weekly endorse a former drug dealer to run for their City? Are you sure the population of EPA is 19,000? East Palo Alto residents please go out and meet the candidates at our city forums, do not be fooled by Palo Alto's mockery.


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Posted by Get real
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2008 at 11:41 pm

who ever wrote this editorial doesn't even know the current population in East Palo Alto?? 19,000??


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Posted by Luna
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Would Palo Alto Weekly endorse a former drug dealer to run for their City? Are you sure the population of EPA is 19,000? East Palo Alto residents please go out and meet the candidates at our city forums, do not be fooled by Palo Alto's mockery.


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Posted by Liz
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Does Goro Mitchell really live in East Palo Alto?


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