Posted by Chesire Cat, a resident of another community, on Jun 27, 2010 at 6:29 am
THIS POST IS ABOUT DEFAMATION!
IT IS TIME FOR MANDATORY REGISTRATION. STOP BUYING FROM THE ADVERTISERS ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD. SEND A MESSAGE TO EMBARCADERO PUBLISHING.
This allegation is really about smearing the reputation of a good man who chose to run for elected office. It is also about the Almanac making money by driving traffic to its message board by hosting this trash.
It is a classic example of the defamation on this board. Partial truths spun into a tale that someone unfamiliar with the facts might believe. An anonymous poster, impersonating a resident, not held to account for harmful speech.
> There is an A Mendelson in Atherton. Doubtful he was up at 1AM worrying about Council Member Carlson. (Impersonation is a crime.)
> There is an allegation of a conflict of interest. There may be more than one person who believes the allegation, but it doesn't amount to the "many" described above.
> The City Attorney will likely have to render an opinion on the alleged "conflict". I think everyone knows where that's going. Tax payer dollars spent on a useless investigation.
THERE IS NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Elected Officials represent their communities. The majority of Athertonians would prefer the HSR not cut a swath through the middle of Town. They would prefer not to endure the additional noise. They don't want the disruption caused by the years of construction.
It is reasonable that the Council Member would vote to protect the interests of the community they represent. And, yes it is also reasonable that the member, like the majority they represent, might stand to benefit from such a vote.