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Changing ways City Council Members are elected

From: domainremoved <Sandra>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:44:18 -0800

To my City Council Members:

I would like to see a City Council hybrid system, where the majority of members are elected by district and a certain number are elected at large.
Advantages over the current system and over taking the top two votegetters are:

1. A hybrid system would guarantee that chronically underrepresented areas such as Belle Haven would have their neighborhoods represented.

2. It would at the same time prevent a situation where people had a say about representatives from their community but no input about city-wide representation which is important for issues that concern all.

3. It would give people a chance from all over the city to vote for at-large members from different communities. An at large candidate from Belle Have might garner significant votes from other areas too; Belle Haven people might want to vote for someone from another part of town.

This cross-voting would increase the cohesion of the city as a whole, while stabilizing representation from each district.


Sandra E. Drake
103 Walnut Street
Menlo Park CA 94025
(Homeowner in and resident of the Willows for 44 years)
Received on Tue Jan 16 2018 - 16:48:16 PST

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