Nine faces vie for 3 seats in East Pa...

Nine faces vie for 3 seats in East Palo Alto

There are 15 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Aug 15, 2008, titled Nine faces vie for 3 seats in East Palo Alto. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

At least two new members will sit on the East Palo Alto City Council next year, and possibly a third if incumbent Peter Evans can't fend off challengers in the November election.
At least two new members will sit on the East Palo Alto City Council next year, and possibly a third if incumbent Peter Evans can't fend off challengers in the November election. <br/> <br/>Eight challengers have entered the race for Evans' seat and those of two incumbents who won't seek re-election. <br/> <br/>Mayor Patricia Foster dropped out several months ago, and Vice Mayor Donna Rutherford announced last month she won't run again. Council members David Woods and Ruben Abrica are up for re-election in 2010. <br/> <br/>The contenders are community activist Douglas Fort, retired high-tech engineer David Tschang, Planning Commissioner Bernardo Huerta, Planning Commission Vice Chair Carlos Romero, Ravenswood City School District Board President M.F. Chester Palesoo, Community Development Institute Director Goro Mitchell, youth coordinator Laura Martinez and AT&T technician Michael Francois. <br/> <br/>Evans could not be reached for comment. <br/> <br/>One of the hottest issues is East Palo Alto's feud with Page Mill Properties, which has increased rents significantly in hundreds of its rental units and filed lawsuits against the city's rent control law. Development also comes into play, specifically the future of the 160-acre Ravenswood Development District and the ongoing balance between housing and retail growth. <br/> <br/>And while East Palo Alto has had only two murders this year, property crime and firearms assaults are up slightly, meaning the candidates will likely spar over the need for more law enforcement versus expanding outreach programs. <br/> <br/>Foster also pointed to other areas the city could improve on. <br/> <br/>"The city is in good financial standing, but our housing and redevelopment departments need to be on a more solid foundation," she said. <br/> <br/>Fort, an East Palo Alto native and former gang member who switched direction years ago and started the For Youth By Youth anti-violence nonprofit, wants to focus resources on outreach rather than law enforcement alone. <br/> <br/>Tschang, who has lived in East Palo Alto 20 years and ran for council in 2004 and 2006, is sticking to the same message - that the city council has to try building a micro economy of locally owned businesses. <br/> <br/>As an affordable housing consultant, Romero said he joined the race because he wants to bring a "big picture vision" to East Palo Alto's economy and politics to better manage land use and development. <br/> <br/>Palesoo is an administrator in a family services nonprofit in San Francisco with 12 years of political experience on the Ravenswood school board. He said he'll bring a strong focus on human services to the council. <br/> <br/>Goro also grew up in East Palo Alto. As a council member, he said he'll bring a pragmatic approach to balancing development with community needs. For example, he said, he could favor mandating public benefits from developers such as a special fund for parks. <br/> <br/>Huerta made an unsuccessful run for the council in 2006 and has spent several years on both the planning and public works and transportation commissions. The union plumber mentioned a handful of issues, but sounded most interested in getting a supermarket in East Palo Alto. <br/> <br/>Francois is an East Palo Alto native and rarely misses a city council meeting. He's been a strong supporter of Evans and mentioned one concern in particular - that the city is neglecting it's infrastructure. The city, he said, needs to be repaired before it can grow. <br/> <br/>Laura Martinez, a youth coordinator at the YMCA, said she wants to focus on violence prevention, affordable housing, protecting the city's rent stabilization law and bringing East Palo Alto a supermarket. <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Banks Albach at [email protected]
Bob from Belont

San Francisco, CA

#1 Aug 15, 2008
I congratulate Mr. Banks Albach for writing such a interesting and comprehensive story about the nine (9) candidates who have filed their paperwork to run for the East Palo Alto City Council. Please continue to cover the candidates as they develop their campaign's, participate in debates and attend community events in their quest for City Council. Bob fron Belmont
Battered1womens group

United States

#2 Sep 15, 2008
Hi-
Do not allow Michael Francois to be elected for anything. He has beaten his former wives and has a San Mateo County record for domestic violence. He is a dead beat dad and has avoided and tried to undermine his child support obligation.
Concerned citizen
ResidentofEPA

San Mateo, CA

#3 Sep 15, 2008
Good Morning,

residents of EPA, please do your research before electing a candidate. A lot of these people seem qualified on paper but, their true self is not being displayed. Like Michael Francois, Douglas Fort should not be elected into office. He has continually put his ex-wife and 1st son's mother through hell and back trying to avoid paying child support. Now he pays a little of nothing and the 1st thing he yells is "I pay child support!" Is that really enough in raising a child? He won't spend a penny otherwise on either of his kids unless it is to make himself look good in front of others. He is talking about rebuilding a community when in fact he needs to work on home FIRST! He really needs to support his kids at all times, not just through the courts. He has a restraining order placed against him from his ex-wife in San Mateo County (this is public record). He has sent derogatory and sexually misleading messages to many women. He has been fired from both kids programs at the EPA YMCA and the City of Menlo Parks Onetta Center due to not knowing how to relate to people, women and more importantly kids. He gets many grants all year long through his program however, the program has only merely seen 1/3 of the money that comes through his hands. He speaks about being an ex gang member and being shot but, he was never in a gang. The shooting that he preaches about was an accidental shooting. He was NOT the intended target. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has a timultuous relationship with his brothers and sisters for they too have seen through him and they do not support him. So my EPA neighbors, please do your research on ALL these candidates before voting. While their resumes may look superb, their character may be just the opposite.

Concerned EPA Resident
RegisteredVoter

United States

#4 Sep 15, 2008
Dear Concerned EPA Resident.

It is not clear if you are referring to Michael Francois or Douglas Fort or both? What evidence do you have regarding Michael Francois and Douglas Fort? Have you seen court documents or is this heresay?
Reflection of EPA

Palo Alto, CA

#5 Sep 15, 2008
Court documents are public records. So why don't you go check for yourself.
Reflection of EPA

Palo Alto, CA

#6 Sep 15, 2008
testing
Hope

Brisbane, CA

#7 Oct 4, 2008
Laura Martinez 4 city council!!!!
TruthUp

San Jose, CA

#8 Oct 5, 2008
Yeah it can be proven that Douglas Fort put is wife Rosetta through hell and back. Look at the Family Law court docket #FAM087308 (one of 4). Type in San Mateo County Courts and select public records. Search by name. The number of motions is staggering. Most divorces only have a few entries but Doug never paid child support and made Rosetta spend a ton on attorneys. WHAT A GREAT DAD. Or you could just ask Rosetta....she'll tell ya'. D. Fort was fired from Onetta Harris as well as the YMCS. HOW THE HELL CAN HE HELP RAISE UP A COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT THE YOUTH WHEN HE CAN'T RAISE UP HIS OWN FAMILY AND YOUTH!!! Negro Please!
John in Mtn View

Mountain View, CA

#9 Oct 11, 2008
I'll bet most of you said that what Bill Clinton did in his private life had no bearing on what he did in his political life.
East Menlo Resident

United States

#10 Nov 2, 2008
Laura Martinez is the best choice for city council.
A Balanced Perspective

Columbia, SC

#11 Nov 5, 2008
*TRUTHUP*, YOUR RESPONSE IS HILARIOUS AND QUITE ONE-SIDED. THERE ARE ALWAYS 2 SIDES TO A STORY. HERE'S THE OTHER SIDE OF THE *TRUTH*. ROSETTA DONALD IS NO ANGEL AND SHE PUT HERSELF THRU HELL AND BACK. SHE IS A GOLD-DIGGING PSYCHOPATH WHO STOLE THE MAN'S CHILD AND MOVED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY JUST TO SPITE HIM. HOW DOES A MOTHER DO THAT TO A CHILD? HOW CAN SHE EXPECT HIM TO SEE HIS CHILD IF SHE'S 1000'S OF MILES AWAY. SHE WANTS MONEY AND MONEY ALONE SHE REFUSES TO WORK AND LEECHES OFF OF THE SYSTEM. SHE CLAIMS TO BE EVER SO CLEVER AND INTELLIGENT SO WHY CANT SHE WORK AND STOP TRYING TO BLEED THIS POOR MAN DRY? ITS SAD WHEN MOTHERS USE CHILDREN TO FIGHT THEIR BATTLES. THAT BOY DESERVES BOTH PARENTS REGARDLESS OF HER HATE FOR THE FATHER. USING CHOLDREN AS PAWNS JUST SHOWS A PERSONS REAL CHARACTER. AND YOU,*TRUTHUP* SHOULD STATE THE FACTS AND NOT JUST YOUR OPINION WHEN TRYING TO DEFAME AN OTHERWISE DECENT PERSON. ROSETTA IS NO ANGEL HERSELF. I TOOK YOUR ADVICE AND READ THE DOCKETS AND ITS PRETTY CLEAR WHAT THE REAL DEAL IS WHEN YOU LOOK BENEATH THE SURFACE AND FOR THE RECORD, DOUGLAS WAS FIRED THANKS TO THE NASTY ACTIONS AND DEEDS OF ROSETTA. SHE GETS NO SYMPATHY FROM ME.
TruthUp wrote:
Yeah it can be proven that Douglas Fort put is wife Rosetta through hell and back. Look at the Family Law court docket #FAM087308 (one of 4). Type in San Mateo County Courts and select public records. Search by name. The number of motions is staggering. Most divorces only have a few entries but Doug never paid child support and made Rosetta spend a ton on attorneys. WHAT A GREAT DAD. Or you could just ask Rosetta....she'll tell ya'. D. Fort was fired from Onetta Harris as well as the YMCS. HOW THE HELL CAN HE HELP RAISE UP A COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT THE YOUTH WHEN HE CAN'T RAISE UP HIS OWN FAMILY AND YOUTH!!! Negro Please!
Just Curious1

Emeryville, CA

#12 Jul 28, 2009
Battered1womens group wrote:
Hi-
Do not allow Michael Francois to be elected for anything. He has beaten his former wives and has a San Mateo County record for domestic violence. He is a dead beat dad and has avoided and tried to undermine his child support obligation.
Concerned citizen
I heard the rumor that Mike Francois from East Palo Alto pays for male ordered Russian prostitutes and share them with his friends. Is it true?
Rosie

Boone, NC

#13 Jul 23, 2010
Wow. A year later and I am just now seeing this post. I am Rosetta. And both statements in this thread are off. I have ALWAYS kept a job and the child support that Mr. Fort (hardly) pays is sooo not enough to bleed ANYONE dry. LOL. The circumstances of my move to NC are portrayed incorrectly in your post. Wow! Are you his cheerleader? Gold-digging? Where is the gold? Leeching off the system? I work and pay for my son's healthcare--two things that Mr Fort DOES NOT do!! Those court hearings that you see on the website--well 99 percent were filed by him and the courts saw through the madness and denied his claims. So actually, your response is very much one sided. But that's ok, everyone has to have a cheerleader in their corner. Who told you that I don't work? How misinformed and gullible of you. I found a job within 2 months of moving..Mr Fort has been unemployed for a year. I will make no claims against or in defnese of the situation regarding our son because the details are too intense for a web posting. But you dear blogger, have been the recipient of false information. Do you know me? Were you ever in court? Stay posted to the court websites because the hearings are public and YOU should come to the next one. And how and where was he fired on account of me? I never knew him to be fired from anywhere. I don't have the power to get anyone fired. And if I am such a gold digger..um, why would I try and get him fired. Of course, at the end of the day you believe what he tells you and that is fine, he needs support. Gold digging psychopath? You're funny.
A Balanced Perspective wrote:
*TRUTHUP*, YOUR RESPONSE IS HILARIOUS AND QUITE ONE-SIDED. THERE ARE ALWAYS 2 SIDES TO A STORY. HERE'S THE OTHER SIDE OF THE *TRUTH*. ROSETTA DONALD IS NO ANGEL AND SHE PUT HERSELF THRU HELL AND BACK. SHE IS A GOLD-DIGGING PSYCHOPATH WHO STOLE THE MAN'S CHILD AND MOVED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY JUST TO SPITE HIM. HOW DOES A MOTHER DO THAT TO A CHILD? HOW CAN SHE EXPECT HIM TO SEE HIS CHILD IF SHE'S 1000'S OF MILES AWAY. SHE WANTS MONEY AND MONEY ALONE SHE REFUSES TO WORK AND LEECHES OFF OF THE SYSTEM. SHE CLAIMS TO BE EVER SO CLEVER AND INTELLIGENT SO WHY CANT SHE WORK AND STOP TRYING TO BLEED THIS POOR MAN DRY? ITS SAD WHEN MOTHERS USE CHILDREN TO FIGHT THEIR BATTLES. THAT BOY DESERVES BOTH PARENTS REGARDLESS OF HER HATE FOR THE FATHER. USING CHOLDREN AS PAWNS JUST SHOWS A PERSONS REAL CHARACTER. AND YOU,*TRUTHUP* SHOULD STATE THE FACTS AND NOT JUST YOUR OPINION WHEN TRYING TO DEFAME AN OTHERWISE DECENT PERSON. ROSETTA IS NO ANGEL HERSELF. I TOOK YOUR ADVICE AND READ THE DOCKETS AND ITS PRETTY CLEAR WHAT THE REAL DEAL IS WHEN YOU LOOK BENEATH THE SURFACE AND FOR THE RECORD, DOUGLAS WAS FIRED THANKS TO THE NASTY ACTIONS AND DEEDS OF ROSETTA. SHE GETS NO SYMPATHY FROM ME.
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The Real Doug Fort

Palo Alto, CA

#14 Oct 24, 2010
For the record "Resident of EPA" and "TruthUp" are Cowards! In my Hood anybody that makes a comment without stating their name is a “COWARD!” Until you two “Cowards” decides to meet me face-to-face to address these issues please don’t say nothing about me! At least Rosie had the balls to give her real name. If you want to talk man to man or women to man email me at [email protected]

coward |&#712;kou-&#601;rd|
noun
a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.
FromBothCowards

United States

#15 Mar 2, 2013
SUCK DOUGLAS JAMES FORT!!! ONLY BECAUSE I CAN'T USE PROFANITY *IITCH!!!

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