Seelam Reddy of College Terrace tells the Weekly he is running for Council, but is besieged by haters, many along the lines of “don’t run, it will hurt our candidates’ chances”.
Posted by Mark Weiss, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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I would say I am relieved that of the first 6 or so prospective council aspirants the list is not packed with obvious shills for the real estate industry.
People may bullet ballot fewer than five choices if they do not want to pick their five top choices.*
I think a core issue in the fault in governance is the tendency to try to act more like business, like a corporate, like a private-sector entity. To the extent that Mr. Reddy is a product of the corporate system, but is aware of the limits to that, I welcome his input to the debate.
We need more people stepping up, leaning in, speaking out, not fewer.
I’ll even offer a tagline: I’m Reddy. R U?
2009, 2012 candidate: +-5,000 cumulative votes
* we should look into rank-choice-voting to remedy some of the collusion effect that 9 posters reference
outro, Nina Simone, who I almost hired to play Spangenberg Auditorium, which would have been her first U.S. show in years, in 2003, and who like myself and apparently Mr. Reddy, cultivated her outsider status, “See Line Woman” — I have no idea what it means but like the sound of it:
edita, later that day:
With due respect to the fact that this thread is about Mr. Reddy–
City Clerk Donna Grider is meeting with prospective candidates to “pull papers” now thru July 29. The filing deadline, which as of 2012 required 25 signatures and $25 or 100 signatures, is mid-August, although she can add a week if the incumbents do not run. There were 14 candidates for 5 spots in 2009, and 6 candidates for 4 spots in 2012.
I don’t know what good a rank-choice-voting initiative would do, between now and November. My guru on that topic is former San Francisco supervisor Matt Gonzalez.
I would recommend a “no” vote on the ballot measure, forwarded — and this is an important point, –NOT by citizens but by current office holders to reduce Council composition from 9 to 7. Please note that in subcommittee Gregg Scharff voted for the reduction but with majority assured he is cleverly switching or did switch his public stance to “no”.
I think Mr. Reddy, even new to area, should run just as I think 9 not 7 council composition both lead to more debate and better decision-making processes.
I would say ten or more candidates is healthy, ten or less here in 2014 is less so.
And no the Measure D/Maybell/Sensible Zoning group does not represent all possible non-Establishment or Residentialist candidates.