Letter: Intimidating tactics in Atherton council race
Original post made on Oct 23, 2012
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on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:38 am
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on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:33 am
Great letter from Mr. John Ruggerio, and as usual honest and direct communication.
He also took the time to express his thoughts and concerns at the last council meeting.
on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm
let's be fair and reasonable.
I live in a much larger city then Atherton and have recently received numerous robo-calls from my surroundings services, such as the Fire and Police Association in support of their selected candidates. The phone messages I have received are no different then the written phone message on the APOA PAC website that I just read. Mr. Ruggeiro stated, "there is no place for this in Atherton". No place for freedom of speech and politics? I disagree, as every town has it's politics. I agree with John that Atherton's past city council has poorly managed the hiring of some past chiefs. This tells me, the APOA needed to speak up and endorse candidates, as the new council may be selecting the next Chief, AND is responsible for all town decision making. Mr. Ruggerio's letter reads self-serving, as he may be in support of a candidate, or outsourcing the PD. As an experienced veteran officer his statement, "Some voters are afraid to place signs for other candidates in fear of retaliation by the police", is unlikely that he really supports this own statement, as he should know first-hand, this is a chargeable offense against the police if it was true. John should also be experienced to know police are trained to be fair and impartial and they are held to a higher standard. So let's be reasonable and impartial, the past council MUST have been horrible for APOA to take a risk in speaking out. The only retaliation going on is directly from letters like this, and from city council McKeithen's last article, attacking the APOA. Really, when was the last robo-call in Atherton? Maybe that's all the excitement!
A successful city council is capable of staying on budget by still providing the best services, effectively communicating with the residents, supporting measures in the best interest of the town, including parks, trains, libraries and letting residents vote on it.
Most importantly maintaining good working relationships within their own city offices. As this will affect the community too. It's important to listen to the actual town employees who work along side the council as they are your voices too.
posted by professional business women, and I don't list my name because of fear of retaliation by some stranger that posts on here, NOT from the police.