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Lewis takes out candidate papers in Atherton

Original post made on Jul 19, 2012

Elizabeth Lewis, who is completing her first term on the Atherton City Council, has signaled her intention to run for re-election. She pulled candidate papers at Town Hall on Tuesday (July 17), according to the town clerk.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 11:29 AM

Comments (22)

Posted by Good News , a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

This is great news for Atherton! Lewis represents Atherton well throughout the Bay Area. Since last October, she has been calling for a town vote on the library in the park and finally received the support of other council members to do so.

When she first ran six years ago, she campaigned on the weaknesses in the Town's Financials while others camapigned the town's finances were strong. Shortly after the election she was proven right.

Thank you for your service.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

Good News:

It's too bad Ms. Lewis is ethically challenged. She lied about her home and engaged in shenanigans when it was built so it wasn't actually a remodel as they told the town and it does not comply with town zoning. Then during a council meeting, in front of witnesses, she assaulted an Atherton citizen, then had the temerity to say "it didn't happen" when questioned about it. Yeah, she's a fine example for the town to put forward.


Posted by Sen McCarthy, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

I hope she runs. She's been a balancing force.

I'm particularly struck by her assertion that her opponent went on to Menlo Atherton's field and told the players to stop. A male council member:

Web Link

4 years later and Lewis's message still rings true.

Menlo Voter questions her ethics. I'm pretty sure McKeithen sponsored a full scale witch hunt into the allegation Lewis did an end run on the permitting process. Lots of time and money spent and it turns out the entire thing was unfounded. What a waste of energy. Apparently, McKeithen won, as the suspicions are still cast upon Lewis ... despite being without merit. Standard operating procedure for her.


Posted by 94027, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

MV - from what I hear and have seen, that's better than most down in those meetings.

She's got my vote.


Posted by 94027, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

I missed the comment about someone telling the public high school they can't use their fields - what was that all about?


Posted by Lewis house, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

The actual fact is that Wynne Furth , former city attorney, DID NOT EXONERATE LEWIS. Her report stated the house was out of compliance, but it would be futile to do anything about it. Read it.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

McCarthy:

actually the charges against Lewis regarding her house were not unfounded. Search it on the Almanac site.

And what about her assaulting a citizen in front of witnesses then lying about it?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

94027:

So you honestly think it's ok that she assaulted one of her constituents? Really??!!


Posted by a witness, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I was at the meeting at which the "assault" occurred. I would characterize the incident as a short tugging match between Lewis and a resident who was picking up a stack of papers from the council dais. It appeared that Lewis didn't want the papers removed, and grabbed the stack back, and there was some back and forth, though it didn't last long. I didn't see Lewis assault the resident, and the resident didn't seem willing to call it an assault when asked about it later.


Posted by 94027, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

menlo voter:

If she assaulted someone in a meeting, there is video of it, please refer me to the link.

or the audio.

or the police report for assault.

or at least the date the victim pressed charges.

What about the high school? Who confronted the high school athletes and why?


Posted by Pop Warner, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

On the MA Football Field Jim Dobbie advised the Pop Warner coaches in front of the players that town ordinances prohibit practice after 7pm.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

94027:

I suggest you just search it on this site. The victim didn't press charges becasue she was afraid to. People that witnessed what happened posted here. If you wish to characterize it as a tugging match so be it. If it was such a minor thing why did Lewis lie about it when asked about it. If she didn't think she did anything wrong why didn't she simply say she was trying to prevent papers from being removed form the dais? Instead she LIED and said no such event ever occurred. That shows a distinct lack of character if you ask me. As does her handling of the charges and investigation surrounding the problems with the construction of her home.

As I said, she's ethically challenged and I wouldn't want her representing me. In my opinion she's cut from the same unethical cloth as Kelly Fergusson and I find having Kelly as a council representitive for my city particularly distasteful.


Posted by 94025, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

A bunch of anonymous posters making claims here, without any evidence of any kind? What could possibly be wrong with that?

Good enough for me!!!!


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

94025:

if you have been reading these posts for any length of time you'll realize that articles have been written about all of these things.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

She is excellent


Posted by Papers, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

A stack of papers were put on the council dias and Melinda Tevis went to get them. I do not think Lewis touched Tevis. Lewis might have even been sitting down.

Did Lewis hold on to the papers for some reason as Tevis sought to obtain them?








Posted by Jeff K, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

I support Lewis. Especially since she supports the schools and the kids.

Why would a council member go confront the high school rather than use channels and/or the law?

Maybe that's not "ethically challenged" but seems pretty "challenged" otherwise.


Posted by Paper chase, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

Yes Melinda put the papers on the Dias for all council members and they were papers generated by John Johns, an exposé on Lewis' house. At the end of the meeting, when Melinda saw Lewis try to merge those papers with her own to take away rather than distributing them, she tried to retrieve them and the tug of war ensued. Lewis did not assault Melinda, but she did lie about what happened in the newspaper article that followed. The content of the papers is very relevant to the issue.


Posted by Papers, a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Jul 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Why did Johns investigate Lewis in 2010?


Posted by John P Johns, a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

Elizabeth Lewis' residence caught my eye when I analyzed the database of building permits during my Phase III audit of the Atherton Building Department.

Here home had passed the timeframe by which permits had to be renewed.

It's been a while. However, according to my recollection of State law, a Building Official can grant at most two consecutive 6 month extensions. After that the building official must require the permittee to reapply.

When I examined the matter further I noticed a number of irregularities, including a house that exceeded the maximum floor area ratio.

In my view Elizabeth Lewis and her husband represent the very worst of Atherton. They embody the notion that people who have money and friends in positions of influence should be allowed to live life as though the rules don't apply to them.

I sincerely hope Ms. Lewis is defeated in her bid for re-election. A vote against Ms. Lewis would be a vote for respect for the rule of law.



Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Was Elizabeth Lewis a realtor in Palo Alto approx 25 years ago?


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Ha, just answered my question. Yes, she was. I recall her well from back in the day. A status-seeking social climber was my long-term impression, very common in the 80s. I didn't recognize her name because she wasn't remarried for quite some time, I think had a different last name.


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