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Atherton officials: Silence on settlement an oversight

Original post made on Jan 5, 2010

Atherton officials said that the failure to inform residents about a $230,000 pay-out to a former police officer was an oversight, and one that won't happen again.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Candle Lighter
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

An "oversight"? Is anyone really saying that with a straight face?

Back before the parcel tax election I warned everyone that the money for "safety" and "infrastructure" will be put into a melting pot to be used for all sorts of purposes.

The only reason that makes sense to anyone with a grade school education of why there was no announcement about this has to do with the passing of the parcel tax and the hoodwinking of the Atherton electorate.

If paying a settlement to Ortiz was a wise alternative to spending (more) on legal fees, why has the Johns case festered for so long?

This really stinks. From a legal and financial point of view, I think Atherton would have been better off stipulating that she prevailed on the allegations and moving to a short trial on damages.

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Posted by question
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Does anyone know who exactly is giving Pilar Buckley the "GoodBye party" I have heard about--is it the town?--Is it the Atherton Police Officers Association?? Will it be held at Mr. Marsalas house as the disgraced Building Inspectors "Retirement" party was--or will it be held at the Circus Club like Glen Neilson's party. Can anyone explain why this litigant is being honored in this manner on top of, or as a part of, her 230 thousand dollar settlement (with no depositions taken)??????? Will the city manager or city attorney attend??? Is the Almanac invited????

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Posted by dirty linen
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 7, 2010 at 2:19 am

Could Wynne Furth's days be numbered?

The City Council sure did hang her out to dry on this most recent snafu.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

This happens daily..........San Mateo Govt. in conveniently forgetful and the most obviously corrupt area which overlooks "deeds" like this, as well as looking the other way when it comes to certain citizens feel like doing anything they want when some "friends" of the county want favors done like ignoring permits to build, add sq.footage, and ignore those who have not been elected into office.
This is a town that could use a good shake up or shake down for all of the favors which are so easily proveable if people just go through the files in Redwood City. The black out pen is used like in Watergate for "special" people.
Some of them got clobbered in the bank scandals and are now being careless in trying to recoup losses.
They also attack those who have more money and power like Steve Jobs who was so great to play their hand and wait it out.
Next, he when he starts building his new house, I think the supervisors and different planning commissions are going to see what a smart man Jobs really is.........revenge is sweet.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

What is needed is much more transparency in the Town's appointments and actions and much greater citizen involvement in oversight. In a democracy we get exactly the kind of government that we deserve and given the incredibly small turnout of citizens for Town Council meetings and in parcel tax election I suspect that we are getting exactly what we deserve.

How many citizens do you think will show up for the Town Council's six hour Study Session on Monday?

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