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Atherton: Fifth candidate joins council race

Original post made on Sep 30, 2008

The race for two seats on the Atherton City Council got a little more interesting. Less than an hour before the 5 p.m. filing deadline on Wednesday, Aug. 12, a fifth candidate entered the race for two seats on the council — David Henig.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 12:00 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Former Laderan, a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Henig is a bad choice for the town council. As a former resident of Ladera I saw him in action on the Ladera Community Association, where he was president for 2 terms. Strident liberal, but not liberal in the sense of listening to other people's opinions and recognizing that others can have valid opinions that differ from his. Used the "power" of his position to limit discussion of opposing opinions, generally manipulate the agenda to his liking. Starts to bully when there is conflict, and flames people on-line. Poor self-control when his emotions get into play, and he enjoys indulging his emotions about politicals. Atherton needs consensus builders, which Henig is not. He's doing it for ego-inflation, not public service. Comes across as a real decent guy when you meet him but what's behind the mask can be a nasty shock. Wouldn't trust him with a dented penny. Very glad not to live in his sphere anymore.

Former Resident


Posted by Ladera Resident, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm

The above comment is absurd. I suspect it's a plant by someone from Atherton out to get him politically. As a Ladera resident, I know Henig well and he is fair, calm, open minded to all issues and nothing like the above description. Nice try whoever made the above post! Atherton will be served well if it elects him.


Posted by Rob Decker, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 6, 2008 at 9:09 pm

David Henig would be a great choice for the Atherton Town Council. I was dismayed by the inaccurate and misguided characterization of David by the "Former Resident". Perhaps this is a case of mistaken identity. I came to know David very well when I served on the Ladera Community Association (LCA) board with him. He was an effective, collaborative, well liked, and well respected community volunteer.

The LCA's purpose is to help make "Ladera a pleasant, progressive, and useful community". David set a great example of working with others in a respectful, professional, and businesslike way to get things done in line with this charter. I don't know how the former resident could have been present during David's tenure and concluded that he was a "strident liberal", given that David's m.o. was representing the interests of the community--not those of any political philosophy.

As far as the exercise of power goes, the LCA has no authority to enact regulations or laws since we are residents of unincorporated San Mateo County whose elected and appointed officials enact, interpret, and implement the ordinances under which we live and do business. The LCA does work to influence these decision makers on issues that effect our quality of life. However, given the absence of regulatory authority, the LCA's influence must be through advocacy, diplomacy, and the expression of considered points of view -- all of which David excelled at in his work on behalf of his neighbors.

Atherton residents who are seeking a level headed, honest, and accomplished leader, would do well to consider this very strong candidate for your Town Council.


Posted by Craig Hirst, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm

I generally avoid "me too" type messages, but on this one I have to speak up and be a bit of a "me too" with the other posts disagreeing with the original post.

I have known David for over 8 years now. I met David through the same Ladera Community Association that the original poster references. However, I will put my name out there for you all. It is Craig Hirst. I will not post anonymously.

David and I don't often agree on politics. We often disagree on points of politics and policy. However, in these 8 years David has never once bullied or been self indulgent or ego inflating with me or anyone in my presence. David often asks me questions specifically to hear the point of view that he knows will differ from his own. Listening is a part of consensus building. It is also a skill well used in debate. And yes, David will debate you. He will debate you based on facts he has gleaned by extremely well informed. Listening is a skill David not only has, but uses well in trying to work for the greater good.

I have never witnessed nor heard of David Henig being a bully from a position of power. Yes, David strives for action. David wants to move things forward. David likes to make things happen. That makes David a leader. By definition, a leader will ruffle some feathers. That is the price a leader pays.

I have spent a good deal of time with David. Some of it revolved around politics, some of it personal time and some of it professional time. I have "been behind the mask". I have seen the real David Henig. And Atherton or any other city would be lucky to have such an individual contributing time and energy to their benefit.


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