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ATHERTON

We get the kind of government that we deserve

The good citizens of Atherton are going to soon have to make some very difficult decisions about taking back citizen control...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Apr. 15, 2010
Last comment by citizens arrest, on Apr 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm | 4 comments | 1343 Views

ATHERTON

Atherton Committe of One Hundred

The Atherton Town Ordinance states: Special meetings may be called at any time by the mayor, or by three members of...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Apr. 30, 2010
Last comment by Jon Buckheit, on May 22, 2010 at 1:58 am | 6 comments | 1593 Views

AROUND TOWN

Facts on the impact of Proposition 13

System Failure: California’s Loophole-Ridden Commercial Property Tax by California Tax Reform Association Executive...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on May. 7, 2010
Last comment by R.Gordon, on May 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm | 1 comment | 1018 Views

AROUND TOWN

A great way for local agencies to save big bucks

It is now very apparent that the drop in property tax and other revenues will finally force local governments to revise their...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on May. 22, 2010
Last comment by John P. Johns, CPA, on May 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm | 6 comments | 1432 Views

AROUND TOWN

What is the reponsibility of a citizen?

Anonymous posters on this Forum have suggested that only residents of a defined community have the "right' to comment on...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jun. 14, 2010
There are no comments yet. 1094 Views

AROUND TOWN

In the face of crisis why are local governments unwiling to change

For Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and communities all over California this is the month in which they must adopt a budget...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jun. 21, 2010
Last comment by R.GORDON, on Jun 24, 2010 at 11:59 am | 9 comments | 1669 Views

ATHERTON

Who do elected officials work for?

An attorney, acting on behalf of the Town of Atherton, has written a letter to a citizen informing him that an elected...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jul. 8, 2010
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Jul 11, 2010 at 11:00 am | 7 comments | 1618 Views

AROUND TOWN

Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton Council members knowingly break the law

Thanks to Palo Alto resident and watchdog Herb Borock we now know the Mayor of Palo Alto Part Burt, the Mayor of Menlo Park...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jul. 12, 2010
Last comment by POGO, on Jul 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm | 41 comments | 2713 Views

AROUND TOWN

Property tax revenue decline - it is now official

(Redwood City, CA) Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Assessor, signed the 2010-11 Property Assessment Roll on June 30, 2010,...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jul. 13, 2010
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Jul 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm | 10 comments | 1153 Views

MENLO PARK

Mayor Cline - don't bother me with facts or public input

Menlo Park Mayor Cline has just held another secret meeting - with himself. Such a meeting is perfectly legal but unwise....

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jul. 17, 2010
Last comment by POGO, on Jul 23, 2010 at 8:49 am | 56 comments | 2319 Views

MENLO PARK

Gutless Council punts again

It is time for either direct democracy in Menlo Park where the voters take on the responsibility of managing the City or...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jul. 21, 2010
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Jul 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm | 3 comments | 1023 Views

AROUND TOWN

What to look for in November Council Candidates

Both Menlo Park and Atherton councils have three of their five seats up for election this November and it appears likely...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Aug. 2, 2010
Last comment by R.GORDON, on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm | 5 comments | 1275 Views

AROUND TOWN

The Z Prize

The California HSR Authority has budgeted $5 BILLION dollars for the San Jose - San Francisco segment. My challenge to...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Aug. 14, 2010
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm | 4 comments | 1021 Views

AROUND TOWN

Totally predictable law suit against Sequoia Union High chool District

Last January I called on the SUHS District to enter into discussions with their MA High School neighbors to develop a mutually...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Aug. 14, 2010
Last comment by WhoRUpeople, on Aug 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm | 8 comments | 1232 Views

ATHERTON

Town video taping of its citizens

It has come to my attention that the Town has video cameras and taping devices installed at locations where the Town staff...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Aug. 25, 2010
Last comment by Information Please, on Aug 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm | 17 comments | 1622 Views

AROUND TOWN

Consolidating Menlo Park and Atherton

Both Menlo Park and Atherton are facing severe financial difficulties and both suffer from a lack of strong political leadership...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Aug. 28, 2010
Last comment by it is what it is, on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm | 60 comments | 3310 Views

AROUND TOWN

M-A moves ahead on lights and expands usage hours

From The Daily Journal: "On Wednesday, the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees will consider adopting a...

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Aug. 31, 2010
Last comment by Central Menlo, on Sep 3, 2010 at 7:59 am | 27 comments | 1790 Views

ATHERTON

The Secret Culture of our Atherton Town government

The following was presented to the Atherton Town Council and Town Manager at their meeting this morning: 20 September...

Original post made by peter carpenter on Sep. 20, 2010
Last comment by R.Gordon, on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:08 am | 11 comments | 1355 Views

ATHERTON

Selecting a new Atherton Town Manager

Dear Council and Council candidates, With Jerry Gruber's resignation the Council is faced with its most important responsibility...

Original post made by peter carpenter on Sep. 24, 2010
Last comment by R.Gordon, on Sep 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | 5 comments | 1272 Views

AROUND TOWN

Menlo Park getting shafted by M-A

The SJ Mercury News reports: "After contributing $2.6 million to construction of the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center...

Original post made by peter carpenter on Oct. 4, 2010
Last comment by editor, on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm | 18 comments | 1304 Views
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