Short TakesMeet your replacement
In introducing Atherton's new city attorney at the Feb. 18 city council meeting, Mayor Jerry Carlson accidentally gave Wynne Furth a new job title.
"I'd like to introduce the new city manger," he said.
The real city manager, Jerry Gruber, played along. "That evaluation didn't go as well as I had hoped," he quipped, referring to the council's recent closed-session review of his first year on the job.
Ms. Furth, a Palo Alto resident, takes over the city attorney job from Marc Hynes.
Bong hits on El Camino
A 5:14 p.m. log note of Tuesday, Feb. 17, from the Atherton Police Department advised that a white female driver had been spotted on El Camino Real near Santa Cruz Avenue, and that she was "talking on her cell phone, tailgating and smoking a bong while driving."
Her last known direction of travel was north. The log is silent as to whether an officer caught up with her, or whether there was any sign of an illegal substance in the alleged bong.
Chances are good that she was obeying the hands-free phone law, as it could be extremely hazardous to hold both a bong and a cell phone while tailgating on El Camino at rush hour.
Keep it clean
The Courier Mail reports that Atherton ran out of toilet paper recently, with residents eagerly awaiting fresh rolls.
Reportedly, the messy situation was averted in Atherton, Australia, sister city to Atherton, California. Supplies had been held up by flooding on a local highway.
"At least the tragedy didn't befall the central Queensland town of Bluff, in which the entire town had diarrhoea from contaminated water last month," said the story on couriermail.com.au.