Does our City Council Deserve a Passing Grade?
Original post made by smarter voter, Atherton: Lloyden Park, on Jul 1, 2010
As reasons for voting against Measure C, a proposed renewal of the Parcel Tax, Mr. Carlson cited a need for cost cutting, improved financial controls and an expectation of greater community involvement.
As we all know, Mr. Carlson was appointed to the City Council to fill the late Bill Conwell\'s seat in 2005. In late 2006, he was re-elected without opposition.
In his six years on the City Council, Jerry Carlson has enjoyed stays at four star hotels at taxpayer expense while trying to promote his business. He has voted to use taxpayer money to finance a lawsuit against high speed rail so that his home will not decline in value.
Jerry Carlson has presided over a nearly 50 percent increase in the Town\'s cost of doing business while giving the budget nothing more than a perfunctory review.
Instead of promoting volunteerism, Mr. Carlson chose to exclude from the Finance Committee one of the brighest, most innovative and energetic young entrepreneurs in Town because this individual expressed a legitimate concern over the conduct of the Town\'s police force.
Mr. Carlson also stood idly by as the Town\'s best finance director in generations was run out of town on a rail in retaliation for an audit that Mr. Carlson spearheaded.
The Atherton City Council, might,just might deserve a passing grade. If Mr. Carlson were in grade school however he would more certainly than not be held back.