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Jack Morton and the City of Palo Alto

Original post made by David Lieberman, Professorville, on Oct 19, 2009

Eight years ago I supported Jack Morton's campaign for the City Council. He was saying all the right things about efficiency in government. He was an accountant who could add up a column of numbers and knew the difference between a million and a billion.

I contributed money, distributed literature answered telephone inquiries, etc.

After his election, it didn't take long for me to realize I had made a huge mistake. Morton has been the worst councilmember in my 40 years in Palo Alto. Considering the competition that is quite a dishonor.

He has voted against even the most minor attempts at cost control. He seems to think that a cost reduction is a service reduction. His idea of a service to the public is hiring more people to sit behind desks in City Hall.

He seems oblivious to the sorry state of our roads, sidewalks, sewers and parks. And when it comes to land use and property issues, don't ask. I have seen him repeatedly nitpick peoples remodeling plans as if he knew better than them how they should lead their lives.

Now he has sent out a pamphlet, the purpose of which seems to be to elect clones of himself to the city council. Nancy Shepherd, Dan Dykwell, Brian Steen and Gail Price are his heroes. Why? Because they want to raise and spend more money, as long as it isn't for anything useful. In a just world this endorsement would doom their chances of election.

We shall see.


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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Very well put, David. I still cannot believe he was re-elected for a second term. Anyway, his fellow councilmembers over the years must not hold him in high regard since they not only denied him to position of mayor (one of the few times, I recall a senior council member being denied the chance to be mayor), there were also members who felt he should not be elected vice mayor:

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""I must disagree with the idea that the standard should be 'Everyone should have a term,'" Klein said. "The standard should be, 'Who is best qualified to serve in a situation where the mayor has a conflict or is out of town?'""

I find his vile attacks on Stanford and the many people who have come to speak in defense of Stanford to be unacceptable for an elected official.

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Posted by Wil
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2009 at 7:42 am

Can someone please post a copy of his 22 page manifesto that was mailed out this week? Should be enjoyable fodder for this board.

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Posted by So many half truths
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I didn’t get all the way through reading the Morton booklet because it is so full of self justification and half truths.
He criticizes projects where he himself spoke in favor, and he voted for them. He has been one of the most dependable votes on the city council for major developments, but you wouldn’t know it from this woeful tale.
About the JCC on Charleston/San Antonio, he writes,
“I, for one, did not appreciate the environmental damage that five stories up to the very edge of the street can do to a suburban horizon.”

This from a man who has been voting on development projects for almost 8 years.

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Posted by Lena
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Jack Morton is a socialist, if not communist, and also is a demagogue. He is against personal responsibilities, he wants tens of thousands of units of low income housing built and paid by Stanford, I vote him out.

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Posted by Former Vice Mayor Palo Alto
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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