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Thank you (and Shirley) for all of your years of service to our community. You have been a diligent and wise representative of the citizen whom you serve.
Travel well and far.
Pleasee Atherton, hold a special election. There is a long an sordid history of appointing councilmembers and Supervisors in various mid-Peninsula jurisdictions. Democracy (with a small "d")- i.e. voter choice -- is the way to go. Goodness knows Atherton has already had more than its chare of black eyes and needless political insider/back-room intrigue. An appointment would be moving in the wrong direction! Sunshine is the best disinfectant... Trust the voters!
Greg Conlon, who finished 3rd by 200 votes, would be a good choice.
Whether you agree or disagree with their politics, most of us will never know the strain or sacrifice that an elected official endures to serve their community. Even devoting a few nights a month to attend community meetings is far more than most of us will ever do.
He is a good man and I thank Council Member Carlson for his service.
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Jerry Carlson the last three years on the Peninsula Cities Consortium (High Speed Rail) board. He is a gentleman, a diplomat and an honorable elected official. Atherton has been blessed to have him serve their community and he will be truly missed. Happy Retirement, Jerry!!!
For more than a decade Jerry and Shirley Carlson served Atherton in a in a leading and caring way managing finances, the park, high speed Rail, community events, and more. Atherton is a better place because of them.
Thank you Jerry and Shirley
Jerry & Shirley:
Thank you for all you've done to make our community better and caring so much! You will be missed immensely!
Conln was 114 votes from winning in the last election, but my vote is for Kiraly to replace Carlson.
Jerry Carlson's decision to leave Atherton [portion removed; stick to the facts, not hearsay]. What's even more unfortunate is that Carlson's financial stewardship skills (or lack thereof) wrecked Atherton's finances also during the period of time he was on the council.
With Carlson gone, there's a chance (albeit small one) to get a fair police contract put in place. It all depends on whether Dobbie and Widmer allow themselves to get steamrolled by Lewis and Wiest in picking a new council member.
I like Greg Conlon. The problem is, as soon as the cops endorsed Lewis and Wiest, he immediately announced they had it all wrong, he was all for the cops, all for not cutting their pay, in a very transparent gambit to try to get elected. He'll do the same thing as an appointed council member, thinking that will get him elected in 2014.
That rules Conlon out.
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Legacy attacks - but he cannot take it back...
Blaming Carlson is like blaming Obama for the financial meltdown...
An absurd claim ! Check the facts, or lack thereof !
The bravery of anonymity is boundless... stand forward cowardly
attacker of a "doer" versus a critic !
I find your post extremely offensive. I am a son of Mr. Carlson. The town of Atherton had little to no financial fiscal accountability prior to my father getting involved (they didn't even balance their checkbooks !!!). You are stating he is leaving the town in worse financial shape ? Most cities are in poor fiscal shape since 2006. The town didn't have a clue of its financial shape prior to him becoming involved. He started an audit committee ( Oh and guess what? No accounting firm would sign off because of the poor record keeping) Fiscal transparency is no longer a problem!!. Thanks to my dad you can tell where the town is at in its fiscal concerns. If you think that is bad management I have some sea front property in EPA I would like to sell you .... My dad worked hard to try and make Atherton better. He wasn't paid and he received no benefit. What right do you have to make personal attacks against him.... I think you are a coward to hide behind a pseudonym.
Let the town know who and what interest you have before you make inflammatory comments. ( I should have your comment deleted but unlike you I do not mind debate)
Look at the facts...
Atherton knows exactly where it stands financially-wise ( Is it great ? Doesn't really matter. The city knows where it stands financially... Good or bad at least the town knows).
Or do you just make personal attacks for fun?
Get a life Legacy!
The Atherton town council and the city is better off with my Dad having served.
I would love to have a face to face with you and tell you exactly what my father has done to benefit your town... what have you done for the town of Atherton? Only bringing litigation against it and costing the citizens of Atherton money?
The most recent example of Jerry Carlson's poor financial management was to vote to undo employee austerity measures that he even agreed to up-front in closed session in the months before. When the police union started complaining about it (not because they were affected but rather because this was to be a precedent that would affect them in the upcoming contract negotiation), Lewis and Wiest needed to roll that back, and Jerry Carlson went along with it.
What was his stated reason for doing so? The town manager advised as such – even though he himself was to be affected by the austerity!
A terrible decision.
So Carlson didn't necessarily solve problems over ten years, but at least he contributed to revealing what the problems are?
Works for me.
When confronted, Legacy conveniently migrates his accusation that Council Member Carlson "wrecked" Atherton's finances to pointing out a single vote on a very small issue, a vote which confirmed by the City Manager's recommendation.
Mr. Carlson's son got it right. Legacy: not exactly a profile in courage.
Carlson did a great job during his years. As Mayor he led the last successful Parcel Tax campaign.
Conlon has stated he wants to renew the Parcel Tax. Appoint him and let him help get it passed in November.
If there is a special election, it means candidates will be raising funds at the same time a group is trying to raise funds for the Parcel Tax and next year those same candidates will have to raise funds again for the 2014 election. That will be hard to do.
This is my first posting on this response to Jerry Carlson's indicating retirement. I want to say that Jerry's hard work on the Rail Committee has been devoted to what he believes are the right answers for the Town. He also served on the Peninsula Community Coalition in an outstanding manner to represent Atherton with five other cities re High Speed Rail challenges.
Regarding Legacy's comments about my response to the Police Department's endorsement of the Lewis and Wiest, I did not change my mind on any point. The issue was whether I supported out sourcing the Police. I explained to all of Atherton with a voice mail that made clear I did not support outsourcing the Police unless the Town was up against an unexpected bankruptcy. It had nothing to do with the Police wage negotiations.