Incumbents Scharff, Shepherd receive poor scores on land use, but question objectivity of Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning
BY JASON GREEN Daily News Staff Writer
The grassroots group that successfully campaigned against the controversial Maybell Avenue project in Palo Alto last fall has produced a “pro-resident voting scorecard” it says shows where City Council members, including three running for re-election, stand on the critical issues of land use and development policy.
But two of the incumbents who received poor scores, Councilman Greg Scharff and Mayor Nancy Shepherd, are questioning the objectivity of the scorecard, saying some of their decisions were actually beneficial or based on a narrow set of parameters. Meanwhile, the third incumbent, Councilwoman Karen Holman, shared a two-way tie for the highest score.
Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, now a registered political action committee, selected 20 votes involving land use and development policy where there was a potential adverse impact to residents, according to member Cheryl Lilienstein. The scorecard covers the period from 2012 to mid-2014.