A second special Atherton City Council meeting to discuss "alleged improper official conduct and allegations that council member (Charles) Marsala is not a resident of the town" is set for Wednesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in Atherton.
A meeting on the topic was convened Friday afternoon, March 26, but was canceled for lack of a quorum. Only Mayor Kathy McKeithen and Councilman Jim Dobbie showed up.
Mr. Marsala has been harshly criticized for asking resident Jon Buckheit, who is suing the town, for a $500,000 loan. He also has been accused of no longer living in Atherton, although council members are legally required to live in the towns they serve.
Mr. Marsala is renting out his Emilie Avenue home to a Stanford Hospital patient and her family, and said the family needs to remain in the house at least through part of April. He said he has been living with friends in town.
Regarding the loan, Mr. Marsala said he and Mr. Buckheit were trying to find a vehicle to provide a loan against the equity on Mr. Marsala's house last September, but that by the end of that month, Mr. Buckheit informed him that he couldn't help him out. Mr. Buckheit filed his lawsuit in October.
Mr. Marsala said he didn't know Mr. Buckheit was planning to sue the town when he asked him to help him secure a loan, although Mr. Buckheit had filed a legal claim against the town in April of that year. Filing a claim against a public agency is the legally required first step before filing a lawsuit.