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Atherton Council position on School Lights, Statement at Council Meeting on 9/20/10

Original post made by Walter Sleeth, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Sep 21, 2010

September 20, 2010

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

sniff sob

maybe they tired of getting spanked in court

maybe they hear from folk who support lights, far outnumber the one who sued and do not show up to school board meeting anyway

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm

The Atherton council can not even enforce the town's own building or zoning ordinance over a blatantly illegal single family residence ( see Building department audit 2007). It is now an established fact that anyone can get away with any thing they want around here.
If the council can't stand up to a single pushy resident, what do you think their chances are against a school district or the rail authority?
I have started to wonder about what kind bogus advice the council receives from the ABAG attorney appointed to represent this town (the litigation insurance council), as a possible explanation for the long list of misguided decisions being based on bad advice.
No one could get it this wrong every time just by sheer luck.

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Posted by Central Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Mr. Sleeth, A point of issue is that the Atherton zoning ordinances do not apply to the school district. It may be reasonable to think that the town of Atherton would explain it's decision - and it may be equally reasonable that they might not (in the face ongoing ongoing appeal from neighbors). The school district held open hearings and voted in open session (including public comments). Neighbors have sued to challenge the school district's position. What more is needed?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Central Menlo states:"A point of issue is that the Atherton zoning ordinances do not apply to the school district."

Wrong. The school district is subject to Atherton ordinances unless it votes to exempt itself AND Atherton does not challenge that exemption.

The school district did vote to exempt itself from Atherton ordinances and now Atherton needs to decide if it will challenge that self serving exemption.

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Posted by Central Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm

"The town argued that a city has the power to control the use of land by zoning and that school districts, even though they are agencies of the state, were not exempt of such control. The court held that local zoning ordinances are merely advisory and not binding on school districts because the location of schools is a matter of statewide concern as to which the legislature has completeely occupied the field, acting through its agents, the school district."

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Well, now, there ya go....

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