Posted by First Amendment, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Nov 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm
If you watch the end of Video 6 of 6 from last night's meeting, you will see Jim & Kathy strong arm and shoot down Jerry & Elizabeth's desire to even put the "Master Plan Discussion" onto the next agenda.
I am saddened to be a part of a town where the elected officials push their own private agendas over the needs and desires of the town and its citizens. I so look forward to helping ANY opponents of Jim & Kathy when they are up for re-election.
Posted by guvmint, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Yes I second your comment Burl and thank you APOA. It is really interesting to see the Council at work and see the sausage being made. Certainly not pretty but now can do so at my own computer and skip the tedious part without attending the meetings. This is a great public service.
I wonder why the Town cannot do the taping themselves as most of our neighboring communities do so and make the sessions available on their web sites.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Nov 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Recognize that your watching of the videos of Town Council meetings has ZERO impact on the behavior of the Council unless you either send them an email with your concerns or, better yet, attend the next Council meeting and speak up.
Posted by guvmint, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Peter, of course you are right about sending them emails or if you have the stomach for being treated rudely you may speak your mind at the meetings. As for having any impact with at least three members of the Council they will just do their own thing...thus the "in house" survey. If three hundred or so residents have "no impact" then an email or a public comment will do little or nothing with this bunch who ignore the appeal of over 300. Your faith in the process is wonderful but does not apply in broken Atherton. Peter, you are also largely mistaken about the long line of city government employees who have left or retired. This group has left because they could not work or relate to certain members of the town council and not because the council as a group decided to replace them. The problem now is how to get good people as the best would not work here after seeing what has gone on these past years.
The immediate solution will be a ballot measure on the library location and master plan though a citizens referendum (as you suggest) and I think this will likely happen pretty soon. The permanent solution will come next November when we can replace one of the three.