Atherton Gets Ready to Settle John Johns Litigation Atherton, posted by Concerned Resident, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Mar 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm
The Town of Atherton has posted a closed session agenda, the second in the ten days since the last council meeting, to discuss the John Johns litigation. This indicates to me that the Town of Atherton and John Johns are about to enter into a settlement agreement.
Undoubtedly this will involve Atherton paying a huge amount of money to Mr. Johns. Council Member Jim Dobbie has commented that in his view, a council member's defamation of Mr. Johns has created legal liability for the Town of Atherton. That council member is Charles Marsala.
For whatever reason, Charles Marsala took up the John Johns matter as his priority one issue long after John Johns was no longer part of Atherton. Were there more pressing issues to deal with? Clearly, if the ongoing financial budget crisis is any indication.
Mr. Marsala was very vocal about stating his (highly negative) views about John Johns in these forums, as well as multiple newspapers.
And now he's complaining about being the subject of a witch hunt himself?
If Marsala's big mouth created the legal liability, let Marsala pay the settlement amount. We can't afford to pay for his transgressions!
Posted by just a thought, a resident of another community, on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm
The modus operandi of the empowered during the grandiose days of the realty/developer bubble was vitriolic personal attacks on anyone who voiced dissenting opinion to the council majority or to those who served them in appointed and employed office, or am I the only one who noticed?
Everyone in sight, including the press and the County government were supportive through complicity, and of this, they are well aware.
The economic driver behind those days is gone and shall not ever return, and for this, we can only thank God, and the cyclical nature of systems.
I pray that saner voices will be raised in the relative safety of these times.
All Mr. Johns ever wanted was to preside over the establishment of an ethical, humane government for the most beautiful and richest town in America. He loved the people here and just wanted human decency in government, ethic-ism and honesty.
What a horrible aspiration this appeared to be to some, whose denouement emerges before you in the present time.
The consequences, you have all witnessed.
Who among you has the courage to speak out?
Where do you think these things come from that serve you, yourselves?
Posted by Shame on us, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Atherton gives an armed officer 284,000 dollars because someone might have once said some means words to her--even though the issue had already been through a jury trial and laughed out of the court room.---Officer Pilar Buckley
But a three year vicious and very personal persecution of Mr.Johns, consisting of nothing but false allegations, that ruined his future employment options and forced him to move his family out of the bay area is settled for just enough to cover his legal costs.--And a worthless piece of paper from the Town that is supposed to explain the whole exhausting episode away.
Posted by mortgage broker, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Apr 2, 2010 at 12:27 am
Here is a solution to Marsala's money and image problems. He should ask Johns for a loan. After all, it was Marsala who made the errors in judgment that caused the Town to have to write a great big check to Johns. Heck one could argue that Johns owes Marsala a favor.
It also seems as though Johns' forensic accounting practice is going well so Johns probably has a few extra bucks he could throw Marsala's way (assuming the interest rate is right).
Finally, Johns is no longer in litigation with the Town so nobody's going to claim that there is any conflict of interest.