Letter: Anonymous Athertonians site misleads users
Original post made on Jun 12, 2012
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on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm
I just went to the home page of the Athertonians and see this only this statement: "A blog by Athertonians for the open discussion of matters of importance to the residents of Atherton, CA. Note this group is not affiliated formerly with the Town of Atherton, CA and therefore may not represent positions supported by the town council."
Perhaps since your wife Kathy is on the council, the moderators have chosen to prevent you from posting in line with the above policy. There are no posts from any council member regardless of whether they agree with the Park and Recreation Committee Recommendation to survey the town on moving the library to the park or do not.
Peter Carpenter has started a new "Athertonians @ Google." Do you believe his group also has an identity issue? Will someone start "Athertonians@Hotmail" next? Is the council going to go after them as well.
The blog is not a group as you state. There are no meetings, no editorials, no objectives and posts seem to be limited. There is only 1 post for all of 2009, 10 posts for 2010, and 26 posts for 2011. There is only one post on the blog for the month of June 2012, which includes comments from Council Member Kathy McKeithen, Walter Sleeth who both support a county library in the park without a town survey/ vote. The blog has been around for years simply informing residents of issues confronting Atherton.
This blog informs residents of upcoming votes the council is making and allows residents to post their comments. That should be helpful to council members to gage the pulse of the community.
on Jun 13, 2012 at 12:24 am
What misrepresentation do you refer to on the Athertonian Blog regarding the Draft EIR? I could not find one.
on Jun 13, 2012 at 12:29 am
Only 25% of those that responded to the survey favor moving the library to the park. There is no "group" having an opinion, nor a "group" to propose an alternative. However at numerous council and planning commission meetings residents have mentioned possible alternative sites: Flood Park, the existing site, Menlo College, and Fair Oaks, yet the council will not put it on an agenda item to allow the public to comment.
If Kathy, Jim Dobbie, or Bill Widmer changed their vote to in favor of a survey there would be no issue.