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What Atherton Could Have Settled for in the John Johns Case

Original post made by seeing red, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Apr 28, 2010

Here is the inside story of Atherton’s most recent financial catastrophe:

This story contains 708 words.

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Posted by Jon Buckheit
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I think it is disdainful that $615,000 of our money was wasted on this vendetta. What did it accomplish? I do believe anyone who voted against a $10,000 settlement with Mr. Johns needs to step forward and explain his or her irresponsible vote.


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Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 29, 2010 at 1:21 am

Did the money come out of tax payers dollar or insurance? $625,000?


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Posted by John P. Johns, CPA
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2010 at 7:44 am

Seeing red has provided a thorough, accurate and well written account of what happened.

I appreciate the time taken to tell this story on my behalf.


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Posted by bean counter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 29, 2010 at 9:57 am

The money and legal fees were paid out of Town reserves. This loss was not insured.

The next time Jerry Carlson asks the questioin "When did we go broke?" The short answer is, "when you people at the top let your egos get in the way of making good business decisions".


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Posted by colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Did it ever go public you offered to settle for 10,000. I heard about it after it was to late, and am just now finding out what it really cost everyone. SAD. I am glad it is over. Not happy about what was spent when the town could have paid out 10,000 not 625,000.


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Posted by net
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 1, 2010 at 12:27 am

What is really sad, is that Mr. Johns got exactly two thousand five hundred dollars after paying his legal fees (for 3 years of hellish persecution)------so the only beneficiaries in monetary terms here were the lawyers------ and then of corse who ever had whatever motivation to put the hit out on him to begin with..............talk about wasteful witch hunts!.....and all paid for from the public trough.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 1, 2010 at 12:38 am

net -

How do you know how much Mr. John's netted from his settlement? How do you know how much he paid his attorney?


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Posted by drag-net
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I've known John well for years and went through a lot of this night mere with him as a horrified witness.
The first attorney got 50 for not much--he was terribly busy writing something for publication on the wonderful history of San Mateos' District Attorney's Office--not kidding about this.
The second one I've never spoken to--but seems to have honestly earned every penny of the next 150 - plus 10% of the top for another 22.25.
So after that is 222 .25 right? Out of 225,000. So I guess John got $ 2,750.00 and the letter of recognition for service to the town---after paying for his own legal fees.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I'm surprised at your level of knowledge.

You know, I didn't share the details of my legal bills with members of my family and yet you seem to know Mr. Johns bills to the penny.

Very curious.


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Posted by drag-net
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Pogo
Well, technically I am only guessing --but the guess is based on paying very close attention trough out the whole ordeal, with genuine concern for John, and with the hope actually, that he would be financially able to go all the way to trial. My fear was that no real benefit to himself or society, or lessons learned for this Town, would come of it all if he wasn't able to.
I must add that you own rare interest and keen eye in the Johns matter has been a great source of hope to the lonely few that were closer to this terrible episode--and it has been, and is, most appreciated. Thank you for this Mr. Pogo and while I am at Thank you also for your attention to many other matters discussed on this forum.
I regularly wish that you would run for office or sign up for the civil grand jury--but please do at least keep paying attention and stating your views here.
I am a friend of Johns and am still very mad about what happened--also I really do believe that 2,750 is very close to spot on.


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Posted by another friend
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on May 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Johns was never in it for the money. He just wanted his reputation back.


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Posted by drag-net
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm

While the approximation of net to Mr. John's described in the above posting may be only an estimate--it should surely serve as irrefutable proof that for him, this process was never about the money. All readers of this thread should be asking themselves what their own net take away from this ordeal has been.
I believe that no one gained anything except the people originally cited in his audit and a bunch of attorneys. Balance this against all that has been lost. When I have a few hours I will post my own estimate of the loss ledger for review. It is a very long list and still growing.


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Posted by drag-net
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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