Posted by Hubris, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Oct 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm
The BIG NEWS with the John johns case is that, after Atherton beat John Johns up to the point of being at perhaps the lowest point in his life, [portion removed] John offered Atherton to settle all litigation for just $10,000.
Now, anyone with any sense of fiduciary duty whatsoever, would have jumped to take that settlement – no matter how they felt about the merits of the case – because there is always risk in litigation and it would cost Atherton far, far more to litigate the case than $10,000.
However, the council, motivated probably by hubris and ego, countered with a settlement offer a few thousand dollars. Note, this counter can't be based on principle (i.e., don't settle at any price because the case had no alleged merit), otherwise no counter would have been made at all.
This was grossly irresponsible on Atherton's part and is a good illustration of why the parcel tax must fail. Unless a strong message is sent that litigation can't continue this way, more of our money will be wasted.
Oc course, I believe the days of John accepting even anything close to that amount are long over.
I am not John Johns. I am a taxpaying Atherton resident. Almanac, rather than delete this, do some investigative journalism to determine how the council could possibly take us down this road. It's insane.