Honoring Kathy McKeithen Atherton, posted by Grateful resident, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm
Tomorrow night will be Kathy McKeithen's last as an Atherton council member.
She has served this community for twelve years. She decided not to run for a fourth term. On a recent post, an anonymous blogger commented she should "go quietly."
Certainly there has been an avalanche of attacks against her as she prepares to step down, all anonymous, many on the vicious blog that was created to attack her. If people wished her to step down quietly, that's a curious way to achieve it.
Many people have strong opinions about Kathy McKeithen. That's because when she thought something was wrong, she spoke up about it, and tenaciously.
I actually admire people who are passionate about making a difference, even when I disagree strongly with their politics. Bernie Sanders and Barney Frank come to my mind.
Unfortunately, very few people who disagree with Kathy have afforded her that respect, which she fully deserves. She has served this community honorably, and tirelessly. The amount and nature of anonymous attacks just underscores how hard she fought to change things, and how successful she was.
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Perhaps whomever produced the factually incorrect Measure F mailer ("Build Atherton's New library - No Cost to Taxpayers".) would be so kind and honest as to send out a corrected version well before election day.
This would be a totally taxpayer funded facility and to state otherwise is simply a lie.
Posted by McKeithen Karma, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 28, 2012 at 8:20 am
To Grateful Resident,
You wrote: "Many people have strong opinions about Kathy McKeithen. That's because when she thought something was wrong, she spoke up about it, and tenaciously."
That is not the reason. I reposted from former Library issues to demonstrate that to you. She spent thousands of hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars "tenaciously" for a library in the park even though 70% of the town was asking her to stop because they felt "something was wrong."
Yesterday's Almanac Headline is: "Kathy McKeithen leaves council seat fighting- Atherton councilwoman is unhappy with the city manager's confidentiality policy."
The council code of conduct is not to publicly critize staff. For fourteen years Kathy McKeithen has "tenaciously" critized staff, residents, committee members, and council members. What benefit is it to go to the paper to critize the new city manager?
Mr. Carpenter is being a diplomat with his kind words. Howevert his other posts paint a different picture of his opinion of Ms. McKeithen.
Rather than "go quietly" and have a good transition, she ends her term:
1. Critical of the New City Manager
2. Seeking to vote on a compensation plan that will impact contract talks next year, ignoring the vote of the people for the newly elected council member to make the decision.
3. With her supporters anonymously posting critical statements of that council member.
4. Requesting a Furlough for staff, while the Mayor asks for $6,000.00 to throw a party at the end of her term.
5. Tonight she has asked for extra time to deliver a speech on her twelve years. Will she talk about how she ended the "Waste and Mismanagement" of previous Atherton Councils. Yet she supported stopping rentals in the Park costing the town $90,000.00 in lost revenue to help justify the library she so badly wanted.
Before that she supported spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawsuits and legal action against the school district and residents.
6. Her passion to build Atherton Reserves lead to three illegal tax increases which had to be refunded and now Atherton finds itself with severe budget problems.
Posted by Shocked on the West Side, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm
While we debate whether or not Kathy deserves a thank you. I think it is important for everyone to be aware that much to my shock and surprise, at last night's meeting Ms. Keithen continued her unprofessional ways when in her departure speech she publicly thanked Mayor Widmer and Councilman Dobbie for their work and blatantly ignored councilmembers Carlson and Lewis. The lack of civility, common courtesy and professionalism must change in our town, it is an absolute embarassment. I am sure I was not alone in my shock at Ms. McKeithen's final act of disrepect for her fellow elected officials.
Posted by Thanks to LizLewis, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Thank you, Ms. Lewis, for being obnoxious and rude to Kathy so much of the time? That's funny. And, I didn't see Ms. Lewis paying any accolades to Kathy either, which also would have been "proper decorum."