A pair of antique plant-filled urns are likely to stay in Atherton's historic Lindenwood neighborhood now that the City Council has denied the request of residents Randy and Lisa Lamb to take them from their Lindenwood property when they move to their new home, also in Atherton but two and a half miles away.
The cast-iron urns, about 5 feet tall on their pedestals, date from at least 1937 and were part of the estate of Silver King James C. Flood, who lived in the area more or less defined by the walls of the Lindenwood neighborhood.
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It seem ironic that Atherton, the defender of property rights, would make this decision. Atherton doesn't claim to own the urns. And the Lambs said they spent money to repair them. Who owns them?
The council's decision doesn't square with the law or the town's own staff and consultant's view. Did the council just cave into public pressure from Lindenwood?
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