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Will this year be a non-election year for city and PAUSD?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012

It is beginning to sound like we will have less candidates than vacancies on our city council and PAUSD?

If this is the case does that mean that the declared candidates get in and we have empty seats for the remainder? Can anyone fill me in on the protocol please?

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Posted by Downsize
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

No, but this is the time to reduced the Palo Alto City Council from nine to seven members. Seven would be just as efficient as nine and there would be less talk, talk, talk and meetings lasting 'till 1:00 AM.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Does this worry anyone other than me?

I am not sure if we can reduce the number of council members without changing the charter. But what happens if there are not 9 people willing to be on the council?

From my reckoning we have two declared and two not seeking re-election. Is this what we want?

PAUSD is in an even sorrier state with no declared candidates at this stage. Or have I missed some news?

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

For the school board, there will be 3 seats up for election. Heidi Emberling is declared - Web Link. She is enthusiastic and has an education background, though she seems more like a "do-er" than a "governor." We'll see.

I expect that only 1-2 of the incumbents will run. That said, there seem to be no lack of folks with strong views about how the schools and/or the school board should run out there.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thanks, I missed that one. She is keeping a quiet profile so far.

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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I'm still waiting for 'marrol' to announce his candidacy for City Council. Our Greatest Expert on Civic Financial Responsibility shouldn't just hide all that talent and concern behind a computer alias. Or is he just content to sit back and lecture everyone on what should be done?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

Klausner declares she will not seek another term for school board Web Link

Should we be concerned?

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