Atherton City Councilman Charles Marsala announced yesterday (June 2) that he will not seek re-election in November.
The two-term councilman, who was recently embroiled in a controversy surrounding his request for a loan from a resident who planned to sue the town, said he wanted to announce his decision "in time for prospective candidates to have time to spend researching and organizing their campaigns," he said in an e-mail.
"I have enjoyed my time serving on the Atherton Council and various committees," he wrote. Highlights include "working with the League of California Cities to pass Measure 1A in 2004 to limit the amount of funds the state can withhold from cities, working with fellow council members and citizens to improve Atherton emergency preparedness, Atherton environmental programs, and Atherton arts and philanthropy," he said.
In 2009, he was one of three council members in the state to receive the California League of Cities' Leadership in Action certificate.
In March, resident Jon Buckheit challenged a decision by Mr. Marsala during a public meeting, and revealed that the councilman had asked him for a $500,000 loan last summer. Mr. Buckheit had already filed a legal claim against the town, and filed a lawsuit in federal court in December.
Atherton's city attorney reviewed the matter and determined that Councilman Marsala broke no law by requesting the loan.