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Our view: Re-elect Carr and Librers to Council

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 10:27 am

1. Two incumbent candidates are head and shoulders clear in the November race for two seats on the City Council.

Larry Carr and Marilyn Librers bring admirable and powerful assets to the dais as Morgan Hill leaders. Without hesitation, voters should overwhelmingly return them to office for four more years.

With Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate running uncontested, having this core group at the helm will ensure that the city remains in good stewardship for years to come.

Carr, Librers and Tate form a strong leadership team. Each is thoroughly immersed in the community, all demonstrate critical thinking skills and each can draw from a well of experience.

That undoubtedly contributes to the lack of serious opposition in the race.

Carr, as chairman of the Economic Development Corporation, can speak to downtown issues like parking, business growth opportunities in industrial areas and a city budget that is heavily burdened by costs for public safety.

He’s prepared to deal with employee negotiations – three union contracts are up next year – and understands that in order for the city to do things like put more officers on the streets, there have to be negotiations on key topics like pension benefits and contributions.

Librers understands the budget challenges, too, and supports looking at regionalization possibilities like the consolidation of emergency dispatch services in South County which could save Morgan Hill and Gilroy a bundle every year. She’s a practical advocate for bringing visitors and thus tax dollars to Morgan Hill – whether it’s for recreational opportunities (a new baseball field complex is on her list) – or to dine at one of the city’s fine establishments downtown.

2. Both have come to the conclusion that the outmoded, city-owned Downtown Mall has to be demolished and re-built into an attractive multi-use facility, one that preferably has underground parking. It’s the right conclusion and it’s important that the Council majority has a shared vision in that regard.

3. It’s particularly important, too, that there’s a clear vision in the wake of the state’s money grab which unfortunately forced the dismantling of the city’s Redevelopment Agency. That’s the case currently and the re-election of Carr and Librers will keep that intact. The city is prepared to fight the state, if necessary, for assets acquired under the RDA, as it rightfully should.

Additionally, both will provide stability as the city embarks on the search to replace its top administrator. Their knowledge and experience will be key in hiring the replacement for veteran Ed Tewes.

Carr and Librers represent the best as candidates. Even in disagreement, they are listeners who clearly keep in mind that most important civic question: What’s best for the community of Morgan Hill?

They’ve earned our wholehearted endorsement and what’s clearly best for Morgan Hill is to send both of these articulate, outstanding candidates back for four more years of service.

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  • crusaderMH posted at 1:47 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    crusaderMH Posts: 3

    I do support Larry Carr, however, I wrote several letters to Councilwoman Librers and emailed on at least three occaisions to try and find when she might be available to meet and discuss some very problematic issues regarding the RDCS and never received any response to my requests. I realize that these folks have lives and families outside of their Council committments, however, I believe that by making the committment to run for Council, you have to be willing and able to find the time to meet with the people who you respresent and who voted for you. Based on my experience it's a NO for LIBRERS!

  • Frank Manocchio posted at 7:05 pm on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Frank Manocchio Posts: 46

    This paper's unequivocal endorsement of the incumbent candidates with out even so much as a cursory interview of their opponents is a serious abrogation of their civic responsibility as the Fourth Estate.

    An independent and objective press is the primary source of information for an informed electorate and critical for the health of a democracy. The previous editor, Robert Airold not only understood this concept,
    but actually practiced it, which is probably why he is no longer there.

    This irresponsible editorial is lazy at best and cronyism at worst, either way, the current editor has sacrificed any credibility the Times may have had, in addition to doing a grave disservice to the candidates
    and the voters of Morgan Hill.

    Apparently, the M H Times has devolved into little more than the official house organ and it will be only a matter of time that our "leaders" will be reported as being elected with 99% of the vote.

    Either, do your job responsibly and interview the candidates so that YOU can make an informed decision,
    or, forfeit your right to be called journalists.

  • Buzz posted at 7:57 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Buzz Posts: 27

    As one of your columnists often says "PUHLEEZ", biased and unfounded recommendations have no place in a serious newspap.... oh never mind.

  • MrsMiner posted at 3:15 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    MrsMiner Posts: 1

    In regards to the Our View: Re-Elect Carr and Librers editorial, I have to take exception to the phrase "Carr and Librer represent the best as candidates" . The Morgan Hill Times is outrageously offensive in its dismissal of the other candidates in the race and hopefully you will correct this unethical Journalistic faux pas by presenting the rest of the candidates with equal exuberance.
    Interview the other candidates, you may find Carr and Librer are not the best candidates!! At the very least you will be providing your readership with a more honest perspective on which to base their decision.

  • Luellie posted at 3:06 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Luellie Posts: 1

    Very disappointing! there is no fairness here, how can something so important for voters be overlooked or plainly dismissed! Let's get the facts and provide equal exposure and opportunity to allow the Morgan Hill community their own opinion and vote for the best candidate.

  • Bubba posted at 2:58 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Bubba Posts: 12

    I agree with the first two blog postings. Pathetic journalism. Extremely biased and one sided. Usually you get all the facts before reporting the story. In this case, the facts are merely assumptions. In the past the Times had interviewed all of the candidates and posted their responses. This is just lazy reporting with no facts to support their viewpoint. Vote for change.

  • Laurie posted at 2:27 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Laurie Posts: 1

    I've been a subscriber to your paper for well over 30 years and have always respectfully taken serious consideration on your editorial views. In your endorsements for Morgan Hill City Council I now see a lack of editorial ethics. While I may agree or disagree with your opinion, I feel you have not provided a service to this community for not even interviewing the other candidates running for the council seats. Is this a message to all citizens who wish to participate in good government they should not apply or bother. This is done in other countries - but here in America - not now and not ever. You outright dismissed several candidate citizens without the courtesy of an interview and in so doing you told the citizens of our city they have no value in judgement. Are you playing the role of a higher power?

  • MarilynJW19 posted at 2:21 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    MarilynJW19 Posts: 1

    This is terrible journalism! Matt Wendt, one of the other candidates running for city council, was not even interviewed for this article. The Morgan Hill Times is basing their views off of hearsay. Matt Wendt is a Real Estate Attorney who graduated from Santa Clara University who has experience working with the City of Morgan Hill. How can The Morgan Hill Times say there is a “lack of serious opposition in the race?” Please look at Matt’s website, look at who is endorsing him, meet him at the Taste of Morgan Hill (he will be hosting a booth there) and make a decision for yourself: