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Original post made on Dec 29, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 27, 2012, 6:49 PM
on Dec 29, 2012 at 6:18 am
A major change in Atherton is the use of the internet by residnets to discuss issues, petition the council, and influence elections.
In 2011 when the council majority of Widmer, McKeithen, and Dobbie (WMD) refused to allow a town vote on the library, a resident run Yahoo Users Group called the "Athertonians" emailed a survey on the library to 1,800 residents in the town. The result was @ 70% opposed the library in the park idea. Almost the same as the ballot vote in 2012.
WMD tried to discredit the Athertonians by writing letters to the Almanac editor and Dobbie telling the City Attorney to "Shut them down!"
After much debate on First Admendment Rigthts, the council majority stopped legal efforts against the Athertonians.
on Dec 29, 2012 at 6:31 am
In the Athertonians' 2011 survey 70% felt the current library was not cramped and are happy with it.
The town can now evaluate spending the $400,000.00 to make the seismic improvements, rather than the $8M to build a new county library in the park. Renovation or relocation can also be discussed.
If it was that unsafe, why was it not shut down years ago?
on Dec 29, 2012 at 8:16 am
While this article under "winds of change" in Atherton is a pretty good rendering of the library issue, APOA involvement and the change in political majority it fails to connect all three events when in fact they are connected. The library in the park issue as led by Denise Kupperman and the council majority of Widmer, MeKeithen, and Dobbie (WMD). They were of one mind in the attempt to ram this through with honestly listening to the residents. The same group were allied in their dislike of the Atherton Police Department and if not outwardly supporting outsourcing were out to seriously ravage the police force by under funding it. Denise Kupperman attempted in her campaign attempted to hide or minimize her library involvement and the APOA rightly figured out she was joined at the hip with WMD as well and her active endorsement of Kupperman.
So that is how the dots are and were connected in Atherton.