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Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton Council members knowingly break the law
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by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Jul 12, 2010
Thanks to Palo Alto resident and watchdog Herb Borock we now know the Mayor of Palo Alto Part Burt, the Mayor of Menlo Park Rich Cline and Atherton Council member Jerry Carlson knowingly violated the Brown Act. Last week these three individuals, who also serve on the five member Peninsula Cities Consortium, held an illegal, closed door, unannounced meeting with the Chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority from which the public was excluded and during which no public comment was permitted. All three individuals have been in office long enough to have taken the require ethics training more than once and are therefore fully aware of the requirements of the Brown Act. They are also smart enough to know that three members constitute a majority of the five member Peninsula Cities Consortium board.
Their flagrant violation of the Brown Act is an insult to the citizens whom they were elected to serve. At a minimum they each owe their constituents a public apology and each should be heavily fined. They should also ask themselves if they deserve to continue to serve in the offices to which they were elected.