Post a New Topic
Original post made
on Jun 21, 2012
Why is anyone surprised that Ms McKeithen doesn't want a phone survey regarding the "Library in the Park" issue? She doesn't want ANY kind of survey. Proponents of the big, new building in the park know very well that a majority of Atherton residents don't want the proposed library/community center in H-P Park. However, a survey of all the residents is a necessity to put the issue to rest at last. It doesn't matter if a substantial number don't even vote . . . that happens regularly in America. Those who are concerned enough to follow the issue and then vote are the only citizens we should be concerned about anyway.
Clearly, the town "leaders" couldn't find their hind ends w/both hands & a flashlight. Just another reason to have a good chuckle at their expense! It's just a bummer that other solid citizens once again get short shrift.
Recently the Almanac wrote an editorial regarding Widmer, McKeithen, and Dobbie's desire to "shut down" an Atherton email group that was allowing residents to comment on the library in the park and informing them of upcoming votes.
This week Widmer, McKeithen, and Dobbie voted not to allow the residents a vote on the issue.
In Atherton home to executives of Google and Facebook, companies who are bringing Freedom to the World, the council blocks freedom of speech and freedom to vote.
The agenda item was carefully worded by Widmer. Hiring a company to do a phone survey with the questions approved by a majority vote of the council. Lewis presented that the only solution was a "town wide vote" Widmer would not let her speak on the issue, claiming the Brown Act only allowed items on the agenda.
Carlson found a solution, he called for a town wide "Survey", the word on the agenda, by mail to all registered voters. Lewis supported that way to obtain the opinion of all of Atherton.
Widmer, McKeithen, and Dobbie voted "no" to a written townwide survey.
The same three that want to "Shut Down" an email group will not let the residents vote.
It's surprising that no mention has ever been made of Dobbie's conflict of interest - his wife is on the Board of the Friends of the Atherton Library. Shouldn't Dobbie recuse himself from all matters pertaining to the Library issue? Not in Atherton, I guess.
There will be a Special Meeting on the library issue called by a petition signed by more than 100 adult residents of Atherton. As one item on that agenda the council will be required to vote YES or No on letting the citizens vote on this issue.
If the council votes not to let the citizens vote on this issue then a citizens' initiative will place this matter before the voters.
Very interesting. There are 100 Atherton citizens willing to put their names on a petition regarding this issue. Atherton city council are you listening? You have a town full of apathetic citizens yet 100 of them will sign this petition. Are you stupid? Time to wise up and put this before your constituents for a vote. I know you already know how that vote's going to go, so why don't you give up on this stupid fantasy of a library in the park and save the town a bunch of money you can ill afford to spend? And I thought Lewis is ethically challenged? She's been on the smart side of this whole debate since the begining. Makes me wonder if there's an honest politician alive in Atherton. One has to wonder what the supporters of this nonsense have to gain. There really isn't any other logical explanation than some type of self interest. You have an existing library. The park is quite nice without a new library building. The town was making money from the existing park buildings. Yet, we need to build a new building there? Hmmmm.
The WMD Team (Widmer, McKeithen, and Dobbie) simply want to leave their legacy in Atherton. This legacy will probably be a White Elephant building the residents of Atherton do not use and turning over Atherton's Park to San Mateo County to host events.
The Citizens' Petition is available for download from this site:
Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.
Post a comment
Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online.
Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information
We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.
Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?
- Atherton: Lindenwood
- Atherton: Lloyden Park
- Atherton: other
- Atherton: West Atherton
- Atherton: West of Alameda
- Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
- Menlo Park: Belle Haven
- Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
- Menlo Park: Downtown
- Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
- Menlo Park: Felton Gables
- Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
- Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
- Menlo Park: other
- Menlo Park: Park Forest
- Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
- Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
- Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
- Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
- Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
- Menlo Park: The Willows
- Menlo Park: University Heights
- Portola Valley: Brookside Park
- Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
- Portola Valley: Ladera
- Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
- Portola Valley: other
- Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
- Portola Valley: Westridge
- Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
- Woodside: Emerald Hills
- Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
- Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
- Woodside: Mountain Home Road
- Woodside: other
- Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
- Woodside: Woodside Glens
- Woodside: Woodside Heights
- Woodside: Woodside Hills
- Belle Haven Elementary
- Corte Madera School
- Encinal School
- Hillview Middle School
- James Flood Magnet School
- La Entrada School
- Las Lomitas School
- Laurel School
- Menlo-Atherton High School
- Oak Knoll School
- Ormondale School
- Willow Oaks Elementary
- Woodside High School
- Woodside School
- another community
Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.
Draeger’s Los Altos eyes upgrades, expansion
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,775 views
Housing is for People
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 1,749 views
College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 1,228 views
Is Coffee a Date?
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 465 views
Gratitude, Repairing and Avoiding Affairs
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 400 views
Home & Real Estate
Shop Menlo Park
Send News Tips
Circulation & Delivery
Palo Alto Online
Mountain View Voice
© 2015 The Almanac
All rights reserved.