All the discussion in the presidential campaign this year is about change, with both sides claiming that they're the best agent for change. Change can be a good thing. Change is needed here in Atherton too.
As Mayor, I have tried this past year to elevate the level of discussion at the City Council, to have the Council focus on the big issues, not the day-to-day issues that seem to have bogged us down.
But I'm concerned that upgrading the discussion level won't happen without some significant change on the Council, and I believe that David Henig and Elizabeth Lewis are two people that can help bring that about. Henig and Lewis are both honest, smart, committed, open-minded, and, most-importantly, capable of working with other Council members, Town staff, and the public with civility, respect, and empathy.
Bring some new people onto the Council, and let's have a Council that focuses on the future of the Town.
James R. Janz
Mayor of Atherton