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Atherton voters to decide on Little League facilities in park, rebuilding Town Center

Original post made on Aug 8, 2012

Atherton voters will be asked on the November ballot whether they want to see permanent Little League structures in Holbrook-Palmer Park, and if funding for a planned new Town Center should be restricted primarily to private donations. The two measures will join another dealing with a proposal to build a library in the park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 9:20 AM

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Posted by Bond
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

If the town hall measure fails, what does that mean?

Both of the previous town halls were paid for with bonds that were approved by the voters. Probably a $600.00 a year bond measure would pay for a new town hall.


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Posted by Abdication
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I think the "Daily Fetch" got it right today: " If every decision in Atherton is going to go to voters, why have a City Council at all? "

The library issue, I understand. The rest of the measures are political nonsense. The three in power got their hand forced over the library, and they are going to punish the disturbers by adding irrelevant measures to the ballot.

If only term limits and recalls were on the ballot too!


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Posted by Agreed
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Yup, the only decisions that should go to voters are council decisions that Didi Fisher, Valerie Gardner, Sherman Hall III (and IV), Jerry Carlson, and Elizabeth Lewis disagree with. Any others need to stay with the council.


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Posted by Dave Bragg
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

However this has to happen. This will be a win for the young baseball players in our community. Great work to Mike Haven and company.


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Posted by Bond
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

What is Widmer suggesting for funding on the Town Center? If he says the "issue is not shall we construct, it's how it is funded."

Does he support a new town center?
Does he support using private funds and will he be working to pass the measure. Back to my question: What if the measure fails?


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Posted by Hope
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

If the measure fails, it means voters don't want a new town center. I certainly don't. Atherton doesn't need one, and can't afford one.

This new town center is very much linked to the library in the park derailment efforts. The plan has always been to get the money from the library, build a new town center with it, and ensure the police department doesn't get outsourced.

Widmer should realize Atherton has made zero progress on police financial reforms. Atherton is unique in not implementing a two-tier pension system. Salaries and pensions are already too high. The police officers are unwilling to negotiate in good faith to make the department affordable.

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Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I think voting on all 3 is fine. For the first time in a long time "We the People" have say. If the library in the park doesn't pass everyone should consider redoing the current library, and giving the rest of the money to the 5 public schools in Atherton. If the town center passes we need to remember private funds only for building that. Books are more important than buildings any day. The baseball field would just be nice for kids. I love kids & support sports. Kids playing sports teaches them to play as a team member.


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Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I hope everyone knows private funding has already been offered to give the park 1/2 million dollars ($500,000) to improve & build a nice baseball area that works together with other sports. If it passes we can start moving forward.


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Posted by Bear Gulch
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

> If the measure fails, it means voters don't want a new town center.

Wrong. A "no" vote means:
1: voters are rejecting private funding for the town center, and
2: want the taxpayers to foot the bill for ALL the costs of providing safe offices for town personnel and citizens.

Voting "yes" means that private funding will pay for most-to-all the costs of building a new town center.


> I certainly don't. Atherton doesn't need one, and can't afford one.

People, the buildings -- particularly the temporary structures -- are UNSAFE. That's a fact. The buildings are going to get replaced, one way (new building with private funding) or another (seismic event results in collapse or red-tag).



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Posted by Sorry Didi
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

If the measure fails, it means voters don't want a new town center.

"People, the buildings -- particularly the temporary structures -- are UNSAFE. That's a fact. The buildings are going to get replaced, one way (new building with private funding) or another (seismic event results in collapse or red-tag)."
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