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Atherton Police Foundation

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Feb 16, 2012

This is a new non profit as in the last 6 months, does anyone know who is behind it and what is its purpose? There is not much info so far.

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Posted by Some answers
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

The organizer of the Atherton Police Foundation is Sandy Levison, who is also part of the "Crime Prevention Taskforce."

Glenn Nielsen, former police chief at Atherton, has a prominent role in this organization, I believe as a board member.

I do know their purpose is to raise private donations for the police department. I think this is wrong. Police functions are funded by the public at large, who should receive, and must receive, equal treatment across the board by police officers. This type of organization goes against that fundamental principle.

I also know they have been having regular meetings with the Atherton police department, but there have been no minutes, public agendas, or other public process associated with these meetings.


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Posted by Some questions
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

A better question is who is Michael Stogner, who is behind him (John Buckheit and Kathy McKeithen), and what is his purpose (what he is ordered to do). He's from San Carlos, and has no business meddling in Atherton's affairs or challenging the charitable work of some good people.


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Posted by information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

Some of what "Some Answers" writes in the above post is true as this organization is in its initial stages of formation. However,there is a misunderstanding or lack of awareness of the nature and purpose of police foundations. There exists many foundations across the United States and below is a link to a partial list. Close by Saratoga and San Jose have active foundations. As police department budgets shrink across the country foundations have grown exponentially to fill the need for modern equipment,and provide community support. Usually they do not supply funds for salaries nor participate in political activities. They are typically set up as non-profit 501 (C) charity. The first foundation was started in New York City and linked below is an article explaining the nature and purpose of police foundations. The aurthor, Pamela Delany and founder of the New York Police Foundation has been instrumental in helping set up the Atherton police Foundation.

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Posted by Some answers?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Information has provided some general information about other police foundations, but seems very reluctant to provide the same about the Atherton Police Foundation. Yes, Pamela Delany has a public website that details her organization and her involvement in it. Now, what about the Atherton Police Foundation?

Who is in it?

What is it doing?

How much money has it raised?

What kind of meetings does it have with the APD, and is the public invited to participate in these meetings?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

Somebody is a little sensitive here.
I just asked a simple question about Atherton Police Foundation.

"A better question is who is Michael Stogner, who is behind him (John Buckheit and Kathy McKeithen),"

It's Jon Buckheit not John. and he just happens to be one of many victims I have worked with as a Victim's Advocate in San Mateo County.


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Posted by information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

If "Some answers" would care to supply his name, mailing address, and telephone number (if an Atherton resident) the foundation would be glad to supply this information to your questions when it begins to solicit donations.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

"If "Some answers" would care to supply his name, mailing address, and telephone number (if an Atherton resident) the foundation would be glad to supply this information to your questions when it begins to solicit donations."

There is no need for that, there is a donation button on your website.

Who are your directors? is the question not being answered for some reason.


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Posted by Some answers?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

The Atherton Police Foundation just doesn't want to answer simple questions like: "What kind of meetings does it have with the APD, and is the public invited to participate in these meetings?".

What does it have to hide?

Why won't it do what Pamela Delaney is doing in terms of going public with her organization and its mission? They cite her as their inspiration.

Something is different here.

Anyway, if I don't want to put my telephone number, mailing address, and name on this website, how do I get it to you?


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Posted by information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

The only thing different here is that Stogner and "answers" apparently can't read. We do not have a website yet and cannot supply information as yet because we are not offically in business yet (by law).
Best you put your manufactured conspiracy theories back into the incubator until the proper time.


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Posted by Some answers?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

Nah, I think you're manufacturing things, information. You've already having regular meetings between the Atherton Police Foundation and the Atherton Police Department. Does that qualify as being "in business" (by law)? If you can do that much, you can certainly answer some basic questions that most charities are only too happy to provide, as it provides publicity for them: who's on the board, what's the mission, etc.?

You can't deny the meetings with the APD. The truth is, the Atherton Police Foundation is more of a lobbyist group than a charitable organization. Like other lobbyist groups in our government, they don't want to be in the public eye. I must admit, though, the lobbyists in Washington at least don't have the temerity to call themselves charities.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

Information says...."The only thing different here is that Stogner and "answers" apparently can't read. We do not have a website yet and cannot supply information as yet because we are not offically in business yet (by law)."

If you don't have a website what's this with the Donate section in the upper right hand corner.


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Posted by information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

Michael. There is no website. It takes time to establish the infrastructure for collecting money and I would guess this website might be part of it or it may be a third party volunteer. Do not honestly know.
However you and "answers" are obviously antagonists to the the concept and really looking to discredit. Enough of you already.


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Posted by Some answers?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

Isn't it interesting that information has not denied, and cannot deny, the regular meetings that are taking place between the Atherton Police Foundation and the Atherton Police Department, even though the Foundation is not "in business" (by law).

Information, I am not an antagonist to the concept. I think the concept of private donations to a police department is inappropriate. That doesn't result in antagonism on my part, but rather a disagreement with people, in the absence of anything else, I would just view as misguided.

What might result in antagonism on anyone's part is secrecy, ad hominem attacks, and an intentional lack of transparency. These suggest purposeful deceit rather than a disagreement. I suggest you stop those tactics so people can develop an independent view on the concept you support.


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Posted by san carlos?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Mr Stogner never answered the question, did he? Why is a san carlos resident so interested in Atherton?

Not saying he's an outside agitator or anything, or a community organizer provocateur trained in the Alinsky methods. Just curious why the continual interest in all things Atherton, frequent posts, hanging at the council meetings, etc..


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

San Carlos, says "Mr Stogner never answered the question, did he? Why is a san carlos resident so interested in Atherton?"

I'm born and raised in San Mateo County, I'm interested in the entire village of the County, that includes Atherton, EPA. Pacifica, Millbrae, Menlo Park, Redwood City etc.

There is an elder resident of Atherton alive and well today because of my interests. I hope that answers your questions, and helps you answer the questions you are refusing to answer, which is who are the people responsible for the A.P.F.


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Posted by san carlos?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thanks for the half answer. On behalf of the village, we appreciate your assistance to the elderly in Atherton.

Thrilled you are acting as a community supporter of the poor downtrodden victims in Atherton. Not like there's a lot of folks across the freeway that could use the assistance of an highly educated and publicly motivated lawyer. Haven't noticed a lot of your posts defending the wealthy elders or children in East Palo Alto (out of county, I know, you have your limits.) If I missed those, please accept my apology.

How's the song go? "one of these is not like the others"

Atherton, EPA. Pacifica, Millbrae, Menlo Park, Redwood City

As far as "you answer the questions you are refusing to answer/responsible for the A.P.F."

Can't help you. Haven't a clue. Never heard of it until your post. Frankly can't imagine that is anywhere within a hundred light years of the big problems in San Mateo county. Bring in the FBI if it smells fishy.

Keep hanging at A town council meetings. Lots of victims there.

I don't get it - unless it's the Willy Sutton philosophy, which makes sense.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

San Carlos....Where does this come from....."Thrilled you are acting as a community supporter of the poor downtrodden victims in Atherton."

I'm from San Carlos, so is or was Glenn Nielsen Atherton Police Department former police Chief, why are you not complaining about him minding his own retired business which should mean gone.....no involvement with the current police officers of Atherton.

The residents of Atherton might ask the same question, why is he so involved with our Police Department?

Is Glenn Nielsen one of the people responsible for A.P.F.?


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Posted by san carlos?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Here, let me know what wasn't clear, be happy to address it - Can't help you. Haven't a clue. Never heard of it until your post. Frankly can't imagine that is anywhere within a hundred light years of the big problems in San Mateo county. Bring in the FBI if it smells fishy.

It is the Sutton thing then, a lawyer volunteering to help the poor victims in a place under the Sutton criteria of choosing - go to where the money is.

One is sure the rest of the village is saying - thanks for the help.

I'll look for your posts on non A-town issues.


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Posted by lisa
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Let me help you with the Michael G. Stogner question. Michael helps victims that don't know how to get help.
As for helping people in Atherton, when the APD refuses to follow the law and investigate the elder abuse happing to my mom
and falsifies police reports it is really difficult to get help.
Not all of us have $150.000 in cash to hire attorneys to fight for us.
When the APD refused to investigate the elder abuse against my mom no other agency can help. (San Mateo DA)
He never asked me for money knowing I had spent every penny I had trying to get my mom some help.
He helps all sorts of people and the vast majority of them have no money at all.


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Posted by Jon Buckheit
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

Jon Buckheit is a registered user.

What Lisa said is very true. As someone who has money, Michael has helped me also, and never asked for money. He will help anyone who needs it, and asks for nothing in return.

I certainly hope I can help put him out of business as a victim's advocate someday soon. If he gets elected to the Board of Supervisors, there will be much less need for that line of work in San Mateo County.


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Posted by OHHH
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

You know the police foundation like many others may contribute to sports teams, boy scouts etc. Since so many residents of Atherton like to weigh in on other cities affairs what does it matter if someone tries to do good. But Atherton residents are unwilling to support anything except complain. And my guess...the FBI does not care about this too lol


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Posted by Goofycouncil
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Did anybody attend the recent council meeting besides gadfly Jon Buckheit who spoke against the police chief's recommendation that they get rid of non sensitive files past the legal holding limit of five years? The files, evidently, are clogging the file cabinets. Our brilliant council member and former mayor stated that she watched "Law and Order" on t.v. and they were able to get hold of files older than five years. Yes, Mrs McKeithen, and the crimes are always solved in an hour. It is time for you to resign from the council and watch for people cutting your garden hose.


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Posted by Paranoia
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I heard the taxpayers actually paid for the listening device sweep of McKeithen's home. No wonder the town is broke. Astonishing.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Goofy, says "non sensitive files past the legal holding limit of five years? The files, evidently, are clogging the file cabinets"

How would you know they were non sensitive files...nobody has described them as that. and as far as clogging up file cabinets, that is not a truthful statement Col. Flint stated that it is not a space issue at all. There is plenty of space to keep these files.


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Posted by Area observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

[Post removed; Town Square is not a forum for unproven accusations of wrongdoing.]


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Posted by Some answers
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

The information provided by Area observer is exactly why I am opposed to a "police foundation" in which private individuals fund a police department. Since I believe the Almanac will likely delete it, let me rephrase it in a less personal way: one individual connected with the Atherton Police Foundation was able to get charges against her child brought by the Menlo Park Police Department dismissed by the Atherton Police Department.

Is this in any way related to her charitable endeavors with the Atherton Police Department? You be the judge. Does it give the appearance of being related? Most definitely.


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Posted by Area observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 19, 2012 at 4:38 am

Nothing personal...I just think we've all seen more than an average amount of corruption per town employee in Atherton. A lot of things still need tO change in order for me to feel that they're doing an honest public service. And To hear that the head of the organization happens to be a wealthy resident makes me feel a little uneasy. [Portion deleted.]


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