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Maybe Cary Wiest can stop so many legal mishaps

Original post made by New blood, Atherton: West of Alameda, on Aug 25, 2010

From what I can tell he is a hard working guy how knows right from wrong, and isn't owing people favors or has a side. Maybe his newness can look at things objectively. Plus he is in good health. With all the legal issues, and long hours council works health is important. So is moral values. He has both.

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Posted by Jon Buckheit
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I had the pleasure of speaking with Carey Wiest today and came out of that conversation thinking that he is an open and forthright person and deserves to be able to make his case for why he should be on the Town Council. The fact he hasn't lived here very long but is willing to throw is hat in to serve the community I think is a positive, not a negative. He does have a good background in public service. His presence in this race is positive for Atherton and I look forward to hearing more what he has to say and hope everyone can keep an open and fair mind about the contributions he can make to our community. I agree with "New blood" that he definitely has some good common sense about him and this can be very valuable for Atherton.


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Posted by Kimberly Sweidy
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

My morning visit with Colleen Anderson and Cary Wiest

Colleen Anderson requested permission to visit my home. I don't know Colleen well, but I always appreciate an individual with the morals and the common sense to want to "see for herself what all the fuss is about." She asked permission to invite Cary Wiest. Of course, I agreed.

I met with Colleen and Cary for two hours this morning at my home. (Different meeting than Jon.) Let's start with the fact that he's just a straight shooter. He's funny, articulate and smart. He can converse rationally and ethically about the many problems that plague Atherton. He demonstrated that he knows the difference between the problem (Governance) and a symptom (Fiscal Crisis). Cary could certainly be doing many interesting things less painful than joining me, Johns and Buckheit in our crusade to assist Mayor McKeithen in cleaning up the Town of Atherton. I find it particularly amusing that he seems to know more about building (he toured my train wreck of a home) than the individuals actually employed in the Town of Atherton Building Department.

He's an outsider, you say? Only lived here six months, you say? I don't know if either of these are true or even relevant. But even if they are true, in my book, that is a huge plus.

Because this hillbilly has had enough of the good ol' boy locals. These are the people still defending Mr. Wasmann because he was a local boy, drove an old truck, and was "nice."

1) The local boy had no qualifications. He damaged untold numbers to the tune of untold millions in botched inspections.
2) My husband drives a 18 year old Honda Accord Wagon.
3) The Building Official should not be "nice." He should be vigorously and passionately enforcing the Building Code, in an even-handed, consistent manner. And in doing so, as with all good managers, he will be a little "feared" and a lot "respected." "Nice" is what you say about someone when there is no substance to comment on. It's a cop-out.

Cary Wiest. Just give him five minutes of your time. You will not be sorry. And you will be convinced that new blood is exactly what Atherton needs.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I can say this about Cary Wiest, he just served on the Charter Review Committee and I personally observed him in six sessions. He paid attention and did his job in my opinion.


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Posted by Important issue
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm

My understanding is that as a member of the charter review committee Wiest supported keeping supervisor elections countywide, rather than by district. That bothers me. Sounds like he's for the status quo political machine that has run the county and made real supervisorial elections impossible.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2010 at 7:32 am

Important, You are correct he is very well connected with the County political machine.

As we all learned recently it didn't matter what the Charter Review Committee recommended. Church, Gibson, Tissier, Groom wouldn't let the voters have a choice.


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Posted by Important issue
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

Michael, You're right: what the Charter Review Committee recommended didn't matter because the political machine ignored the recommendation.

But it does matter how each member of the committee analysized the issue, and the conclusions they made. Wiest didn't even recognize the problem. That concerns me greatly.

We need people on the council who have the ability to recognize the problems we face. You can't fix problems you don't have the analytical skills to recognize. I can't have much confidence in someone who couldn't even understand the magnitude of the county power structure problem, a problem with major consequences to the electoral process and the quality of our representation.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2010 at 8:51 am

Important,

I agree.


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