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News - December 22, 2010

Briefs: Atherton holds special meeting on interim manager

The Atherton City Council will meet in a special session at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, to appoint an interim city manager, who will oversee Town Hall operations until a permanent manager is hired next year.

Public comments will be taken when the meeting begins. The council will then meet in closed session, presumably to discuss the contract terms negotiated between John Danielson, former city manager of Elk Grove, and council subcommittee members Kathy McKeithen and Jim Dobbie.

On the agenda for 8:30 a.m., when the council is expected to conclude its closed session, is approval of an agreement with Mr. Danielson as interim manager.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road, in the Atherton Town Center.

School boards name Simitian top legislator

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, who led the effort to limit kindergarten enrollment to children who turn 5 by Sept. 1, has been named the top legislator of 2010 by a statewide association of school officials.

The California School Boards Association named the former Palo Alto mayor and school board member its "Outstanding Legislator of the Year" for his efforts to support funding for K-12 education and for his legislative efforts in the educational realm.

Lorraine Lumley, vice president of the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees, said in a statement, "He 'gets it," and that understanding is "clearly reflected in his work in Sacramento."

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