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Atherton chief, manager to meet with residents

Original post made on Feb 10, 2010

Atherton officials are stepping up their public outreach efforts, announcing a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, with City Manager Jerry Gruber and police Chief Mike Guerra.

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Comments (8)

Posted by Inspector Erskine, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Will Chief Guerra be prepared to answer questions about the Testimony of Officer Tony Dennis that his police report was altered as admitted to in the Jon Buckheit matter?

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Thank You Jerry Gruber and Chief Guerra.

Your willingness to have an open Q&A session with the citizens whom you serve is commendable. I hope that a broad spectrum of citizens takes the time to attend and to ask questions, to listen to the questions of others and to hear your answers.

This is a bold first step towards greater understanding and trust.

Posted by Candle Lighter, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Let's get behind Peter Carpenter, submit the questions in advance, and expect the promised follow through from Mr. Gruber and Mr. Guerra with candid answers at the meeting.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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Town Manager's email is

Police Chief's email is

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

A citizen who is afraid to be identified, a sad commentary in itself, has asked me to submit the following questions for the 22nd:

"Has the PD accepted anonymous donations and, if so, do these donations in any way influence the PD's behavior towards the anonymous donors?

Why should the PD accept anonymous donations?"

I have sent these questions to the Town Manager and the Police Chief.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Will this forum be made to invite participation freely from the residents??
Will it just be the Chief the city manager and residents and hopefully council members??
Or will there be a big show of officers lining the steps as residents arrive and at the meeting?

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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I have been informed that it will be just the Town Manager and the Police Chief and will be very informal.

In my opinion this is perfect as it will enable frank and open discussions. If Council members were to participate then we would probably end up with a formal agenda and the usual restrictions on public comment.

This should be a very interesting meeting.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

This is a rare opportunity for the residents of Atherton.

You have a City Manager and Police Chief offering you a chance to ask them direct questions. This meet and greet meeting is in response to several residents asking for these two gentlemen to be replaced.

There seems to be a very wide disconnect here.

An Atherton resident has just proven in court that his Police Report was falsified by the Atherton Police Department which happens to be a felony.

Web Link

Jerry and Mike want to introduce themselves to the residents and see if you have any questions?

This is going to be a very good first step meeting.

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