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Guest opinion: Mayor sees more in Marsala probe

Original post made on Apr 14, 2010

Something profoundly disturbing occurred last Wednesday night. It appeared that the town I love and have served loyally for 10 years cared more about sweeping an unfortunate incident "under the rug" — while labeling the inquiry a "witch hunt" to frighten off questions — than looking at it from the perspective of what it just might be — a possible unlawful act tainting important City Council decisions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Posted by lunatic
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Kathy's guest opinion is reminds me of what had to have been the strangest moment of many strange moments during last wedensday's meeting.

This was when Valerie Gardner of the environmental programs committee chastised those in attendance over how much more carbon dioxide per household residents in Atheton release as compared to those in Palo Alto.

Apparently Ms. Gardner thought Ms. McKeithen should be working to save the planet, rather than saving Atherton from corruption.

I think Ms. Gardner has sat through too many screenings of Al Gore's documentary, quite frankly. Ms. McKeithen cannot save the planet, nor can all of Atherton. However with a little bit of help from her neighbors, Ms. McKeithen can save Atherton.

In reflecting upon Ms. Gardner's speech, my only thought was that if Ms. Gardner is so concerned about the environment, she should demolish her mini-mansion just off of Atherton Avenue and replace it with one of those 1,800 square foot eichlers that our environmentally friendly Palo Altans inhabit.

The problem with Athertonians such as Ms. Gardner is that they talk the talk but do not walk the walk.

With all due respet to you Ms. Gardner you do not earn any points in my book as an environmentalist by trading in your BMW X5 for a brand new Toyota Highlander Hybrid to celebrate Earth Day. This is the kind of chic environmentalism that I have no tolerance for. Better you put on your waterproof cold weather gear and attack some japanese whaling vessel in the Bearing Sea in the month of November. Then I would be impressed.

I was at last Wedensday's meeting. Like Kathy I heard alot of talk about transparency all the while these very same people urged the City Council to sweep this unseemly matter under the rug. This observation is yet another example of Athertonians talking the talk but not walking the walk. Worse yet, this is shameless duplicity.

Oh, and forgive me if I don't use my real name in posting this message. It is just that I recall the signs Ms. Gardner had on her lawn protesting against her neighbor who had the gall to try and protect her property rights.

I fear being retaliated against. I know how vindictive some of my fellow Athertonians can be.

Just ask Kathy. She's caught an awful lot of grief for the "sin" of trying hold one of her colleagues accountable for his unethical behavior.

I say, cut the diversionary tactics, stop calling this a witch hunt. See Ms. McKeithen's actions for what they truly are, a corageous effort by an honest politician to get to the heart of the matter.

If only people like Jerry Carlson would close ranks with her, all of our lives would be improved because we could once again trust our elected officials.

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