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The Secret Culture of our Atherton Town government

Original post made by peter carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Sep 20, 2010

The following was presented to the Atherton Town Council and Town Manager at their meeting this morning:

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Posted by Tired of this $*&!$
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

Peter Carpenter, we're tired of your constant complaining and self indulgent hero making. You're supposed to be head of the ACIL, not in league with Buckheit and Johns. You're a huge disappointment to every Atherton resident since you're working to undermine this government along with these two highly disgruntled individuals who have filed lawsuits against this town. Shame on you.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

Tired of this $*&!$, - thanks for your input and your courageous anonymity.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

Peter,

Keep up the Good and Honest work.......I know you will


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

Good job Peter.

Tired of this $*&!$ - Sounds like something Elizabeth Lewis might say. You need to wake up to the reality of what your town has become.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Jerry Gruber City Manager of Atherton YouTube video is just one recent example of what Mr. Peter Carpenter is talking about.

Web Link


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Posted by John P Johns
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The City Council violated the Brown act when it met in closed session to conceal its illegal involvement in my personnel investigation and termination.

The City Council settled with me because it did not want to risk criminal prosecution as a result of further discovery in my civil case.

In other words, violating the Brown Act is business as usual in Atherton.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Copy of e-mail between myself and DDA Steve Wagstaffe. I asked how many Brown Act Violations were prosecuted in San Mateo County during last 10 years.

The answer is NONE.

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Re: Brown Act prosecutions in San Mateo CountyTuesday, July 13, 2010 2:01 PM
From: "Steve Wagstaffe" <swagstaffe@co.sanmateo.ca.us>View contact details
To: "Stogner, Michael" <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
Good afternoon Michael,

It is my belief that we have investigated and reviewed dozens of such cases over the years but no filing of criminal charges has occurred. There have been numerous instances in which we have requested remediation of the public agency action as permitted under the law (start over and proceed appropriately through a public hearing), but I do not believe any actual criminal action has been filed. I will check with our Brown Act expert deputy DA and James Fox to verify it, but I believe this to be the case.

Thanks
Steve




>>> "Michael Stogner" <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com> 7/12/2010 11:53 AM >>>
Hi Steve,

This is a post by Peter Carpenter of Atherton from the Atherton Almanac today.

Web Link

I am requesting the number of Brown Act violation cases the DA's Office has prosecuted in the last 10 years.

Thank You

Michael Stogner


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Posted by Curiosity
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

How many prosecutions have there been in California for Brown Act violations?


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Posted by Curiosity
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

The answer ...

History shows the Brown Act is a Paper Tiger

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Chris Prevatt wrote


"In the more than 53 years since the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, was enacted there has never been a successful criminal prosecution for violation of the law. In fact, criminal charges have been alleged five times with only one of those going to trial resulting in a hung jury."


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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

Peter Carpenter's intent is not to be courageous.
He is the most reliable source of information without any motives other than to live by the law; even if the Brown Act was written at a time when it inspired people how to get around it, and are still treating it as something meant to be violated.
Carpenter still remains the most honest person and is unflappable, which annoys those who thrive on trying to shake him up.
Even if the 'laws are meant to be broken' thinkers multiply faster than any religion,it is necessary to have a Peter Carpenter to remind those who rally in groups as a means of protest...ethics be damned.
Thanks, P.C.


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