Atherton Straw Poll Favors Strong Mayor Atherton, posted by t Rex, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2010 at 11:27 am
An informal poll conducted by the Atherton League of Interested Civilians (ALIC) shows strong support for charter change in which Atherton's Council Manager form of government would be replaced by a strong mayor.
The funding for the straw poll and the originating sponsor remain unclear. However by a 3 to 1 margin, registered and likely voters expressed a clear mandate for change.
One voter seems to have expressed a sentiment held by many in saying that, a City Manager is like a dictatorship, no matter how benevolent it is vastly inferior to a direct democracy.