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Palo Alto Council candidate field swells to 13

Original post made on Aug 13, 2007

The field of potential Palo Alto City Council candidates has swelled to 13, only days before the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday filing deadline.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 10, 2007, 12:08 PM


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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 13, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Just for the record, like Yeh, Espinosa is also a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. This article makes it unclear.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 8:39 am

Which one will restore the yacht harbor?

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Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:53 am

Dykwel is looking good, because he brings common working sense and a real ability to work with disparate groups. He knows how to bring people together

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:44 am

And really really really good connections to the real estate industry and the chamber of commerce. Hooray for the money people!

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Posted by Twinkle
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Which candidate will fight for racial justice, an equal distribution of resources, and an end to poverty? Which candidate will insure that all Palo Altans, including the undocumented and unhoused, have free and available universal health care. Which candidate will fight for a living wage for all Palo Altans? Which candidate will insure that all workers receive 12 months paid family leave time? Which candidate will stop gouging by landlords and institute a fair and just rent control policy in Palo Alto at last? Which candidate will see that Palo Alto puts its voice among those who demand an immediate end to war? Which candidate will put Palo Alto on record as a welcoming home for the undocumented workers nationwide who are being persecuted by the Bush Administration? Which candidate will stand up for fairness by taxing excess profits of international corporations who do business in Palo Alto? Which candidate will stand up for increases in taxes for the rich?

Let's all vote for someone willing to address serious issues this year instead of cowing to the business as usual crowd!

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Posted by Respectfully
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Debbie Mytels is the strongest candidate by far - with a wealth of experience in all the local issues that are on top of the agenda as well as having the personality, solid values and excellent group communication and collaboration skills that are so essential to good government.

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Posted by Not as much respect
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:18 pm

With all due respect, Respectfully, Ms. Mytels appears to be a one issue environmental zealot, much like our current mayor.

While we all take pride in our concern for the environment, those issues are much bigger than Palo Alto.

Palo Alto is suffering from budgetary and infrastructure collapse, crime and homeless problems largely because the current leadership has concerned itself with issues like global warming instead of the nuts and bolts of running a city.

The last thing we need is another person who uses a local government post to push a pet agenda as clearly our current mayor has done. When I see what Ms. Mytels has put her effort into, I don't see experience in "all the local issues". I see a one note environmentalist who can't see beyond that obsession.

Don't get me wrong. We need people working on improving the environment. We just don't need them on the council right now if that's all they can think about.

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Posted by Highest Respect for the Environment
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Not as much: Think globally and act locally!

We need more, not less, focus on global warming at the local level. I am proud of what our mayor has done to combat global warming, and I look forward to a global warming policy with real teeth in it for our city when Debbie Mytels is on the City Council.

None of our infrastructure needs will make any difference if we don't do something about the climate catastrophe that's upon is.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:43 pm


Please tell us who you are supporting. That way I will know who to vote against.

Besides being an historical economic failure, socialism was responsible for enormous mass murder in the twentieth century. Let's not continue it in the 21st would be immoral.

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Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 1:59 pm

Voter, Mr. Dykwel has done a fantastic amount of good in this community as a selfless volunteer (PTA Council lead), as a volunteer member of ad hoc commissions (Public Safety), and a phenomenal contributor to charity (prgenitor of Black and White Ball, and other charitable events). He's a good man with a heart, who cares deeply about the environment and other social issues. Many of my friends are already sold on his comprehensive and caring platform.

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 14, 2007 at 2:04 pm

My litmus test for city council will be how they stand on the issue of the Stanford Hospital expansion---if the candidates think the hospital expansion is like swallowing a bowling ball (to paraphrase our mayor) and feel that it should be slow-tracked they will not get my vote

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Posted by Orange Julius
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm

I am casting my vote for the the dark horse candidate Panhandler Frost.

I figure we need a very very dramatic shakeup to see any kind of change being enacted in this town.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm

My recollection is that Victor Frost warned the council that the then proposed Opportunity Center would act as a magnet. His street knowledge was ignored. He was right (even if he happens to live there now).

If I have a spare vote, I think I'll vote for him, too, solely based on his ability to tell the truth about the OC. All the supporters were telling lies.

His campaign office is across from Whole Foods. The sit-lie ban will not be enforced against him, so we can all make our donations to his campaign there.

There are two other men who told the truth back then: The business manager for T&C Village and the head of the PA Medical Clinic...they both objected, because they saw that it would be a magnet. They were ridiculed by the liars.

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Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Marvin, We agree. Too much of our City Council's time has been spent frustrating what could be a powerful ally in forward development - i.e. Stanford.

otoh, our city staff has spent far too LITTLE time working with Stanford on the early phases of develompent projects. In fairness, this may be due to the fact that Stanford has too ooften been frustrated by small, vocal anti-development groups that have been listened to by past City Councils, to the detriment of our city's future, and its relationship with Stanford.

We need to get back on track with Stanford, and do it in a way that moves us forward together as TRUE PARTNERS, instead of small time beneficiaries of the few ad hoc accomplishments we make with Stanford, and restig on those less-than-optimal laurels.

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Posted by Henry W.
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Not as much says I see a one note environmentalist who can't see beyond that obsession.
He apparently never heard of Peter Drekmeier, or Jim Burch who took up space for 6 years on the council. Both are one-note environmentalists. Oops, I forgot. they both vote with the chamber of commerce, and the big building interests, so that makes them acceptable, even if they are environmentalists. I get it now.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2007 at 7:23 am

Now that the warmie house of straw is collapsing, exposed as bad math, time for candidates to jump on the new bandwagon, nitrogen.

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Posted by just thinking
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Before Mr Frost gets praised too much for saying what he has in the past about the OC, ask him where he lives. He also said all the funds had been embezzeled, and all the tenants would be Stanford students.By the way, does he still report all of his campaign donations as $0 to the FPPC?

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Posted by Wake Up
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:13 am

Yiaway Yeh should be getting a lot more attention going forward, and he deserves it. For too long this city council has lent its attention to the fervent minorities and ignored the broader issues that could so easily move Palo Alto forward and out of the 1990's. We are all blessed to live in such an amzing place, but it is also a community that will be here long after the senior citizens currently holding the ear of our council are gone. It was long ago time for a youthful, but truly experienced, voice to come to this council and I think you all realize that, though you may be too stubborn to admit it.

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Posted by Mooncloud
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Yiaway Yeh, Palo Alto’s Own,
Kicks Off City Council Campaign Sunday, September 16!
Yiaway Yeh, a government management professional and home-grown leader, will kick off his campaign for Palo Alto City Council this Sunday, September 16, from 1-3 p.m ,at the courtyard on 101 S. California & Park Avenues. It’s across the way from the Caltrain station.

WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 2007

TIME: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Courtyard, 101 South California & Park Avenues, Palo Alto Central
(parking available on Sherman and Park Avenues)

Elected officials, long-time and new residents, families, and young professionals have endorsed Yeh and will be at his campaign kick off. Some of Yeh’s endorsers include Palo Alto City Council members John Barton, Bern Beecham, Jim Burch, Judy Kleinberg, Dena Mossar, and the California League of Conservation Voters.

Yiaway Yeh is running on a platform focusing on three priority areas:
• Investing in Infrastructure,
• Intergenerational Exchange, and
• Invigorating the Community.

“Having grown up in Palo Alto, I know how wonderful our city is, and that its future holds even more for us.” says Yeh. “I want to bring my skills, expertise and energy to help Palo Alto fulfill its needs and promise.”

Join Yiaway Yeh for his kick-off to a brighter and better future for Palo Alto.

For more information, check out his website,

-- Friend of Yiaway Yeh

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Like the sound of Investing in Infrastructure.

Not sure what the other two mean in practical terms.

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 13, 2007 at 1:44 pm

"bad math", Walt? Do tell- this should be amusing