Posted by just a thought, a resident of another community, on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm
I used to think that Mr. Jerry Carlson was a force for ethics in the Town.
He supported the Building Audit and sided with Ms. McKeithen on numerous reform positions.
But when the balance of power shifted, he suddenly reset his sails and voted predominantly with the Realty/Builder/Developer coalition of Marsala and Lewis and confused me.
Now, I have concluded that his real allegiance is the protection of the reputation of the Town's public image...the primary agenda of the ACIL. He sees himself as being the focal point, the deciding vote, the moderation influence.
More than anything, I have come to believe he serves those who desire beyond any other agenda, the suppression of controversy and any issue that might lead to the revelation of wrong doing on the part of anyone in Town government.
The problem with this concept is that it inevitably lead to the creation of an unholy allegiance with possible criminal, miscreant or at best, negligent conduct of elected, appointed and employed officials in the town - a publicly unspoken policy of suppression of the reality of what is so.
The refusal of the ruling elite of Atherton which surrounds the elected, appointed and employed government to cease protecting the reputation of the Town at all costs, is exactly what is causing the increase of difficulties which leak more and more to the surface.
It is a simple law of Karma: That which you resist and fear the most is created by your fear and resistance.
It is the governmental mechanics of this town, designed for personal elitist ruling preference in a very different time, designed to be weak and easily influenced, that is, in and of itself, the real issue. It is not the circumstances, nor the personalities of this time.
Nothing less that a re-design of the Charter of the structure of the government will give any of you the relief you so obviously long for.
Mr. Carlson is but a symptom. He is not the condition itself
There are wise eyes, both in agreement and fear of these words, which read and comprehend their accuracy.