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Jim Dobbie is Atherton's new mayor

 

Jim Dobbie was the Atherton City Council's unanimous choice for mayor when it voted on Dec. 15. Mr. Dobbie, who replaces Kathy McKeithen, served as the vice mayor since last December.

New council member Bill Widmer, who was the top vote-getter in the November election, was chosen vice mayor on a 3-2 vote.

Jerry Carlson and Elizabeth Lewis voted for Ms. Lewis for the post.

Mr. Widmer is filling the seat held by Charles Marsala for the last eight years. Mr. Marsala, who was honored with numerous proclamations and accolades from local legislators and Atherton residents during the meeting, chose not to seek re-election.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

"Jerry Carlson and Elizabeth Lewis voted for Ms. Lewis for the post."

There's a shock.


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Posted by karma
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Carlson has been marginalized. He's gone from being a swing vote to becomming a nothing, a nobody. All Lewis can do is seethe from the sidelines.

These two deserve each other.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 18, 2010 at 7:41 am

Congratulations to Mr. Dobbie.

You're about to pilot the good ship Atherton through some very turbulent waters. Good luck, Mr. Dobbie. You'll need it.


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Posted by Bagpiper
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Dec 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Jim Dobbie is just playing whatever tunes on his bagpipe that Kathy McKeithen tells him to.

Who's really running the show? Not Dobbie. McKeithen? Buckheit?

Scary.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:30 am

We are done beating on the Menlo Mayor now let's jump to the Atherton Mayor.

Embarrassing forum.


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Posted by Anne
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

We try to teach our children constructive ways to settle disputes. The behaviors displayed by many adults on these comment boards is so childish. I grew up in Atherton. I had no idea that adults were so immature. What kind of role models are you for your children?


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

Call it what you will, but I wouldn't characterize it as "beating up" on someone when you are pointing out their illegal acts... especially when that illegality has been admitted.

I wish there were MORE citizens willing to call out our elected officials for their bad acts, not LESS citizens who choose to look the other way.

You may want to direct your contempt at your elected officials who continue to show so little integrity and hold the rule of law in such disdain.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

The person who alleges to be 'Truth' states:"We are done beating on the Menlo Mayor now let's jump to the Atherton Mayor."

The Real Truth is that Fergusson broke the law, Dobbie has not.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm

The Real Truth is that Fergusson broke the law, Dobbie has not.

That is as SIMPLE as it gets.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Pogo Do you know what ever happened to the Citizens Review Group to be formed from a list of ex grand jury foreman, ex public officials and judges, that was meant to have the authority to discipline elected officials if necessary? The list of suggested member's names appeared in the press (SMC Times and or PA Daily??) about two years ago. I believe this was something the Board of Supervisors was looking at around the time of the Munks/brothel ordeal in case they had been expected to react.
As I recall San Mateo County was unique in not already having some mechanism in place, so the Sups had to at least appear to be setting this in motion.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Ed,

This is what you are looking for: Citizens Review Panel for San Mateo County
Web Link


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Posted by Brown Act
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Kathy McKeithen did violate the Brown Act along with Jim Dobbie and Bill Widmer.

The sequence of voting for vice mayor clearly indicated the three of them had discussed a strategy before the meeting.

Like Menlo Park the only remedy will be for both Dobbie and Widmer to resign these posts and have another election in which they and McKeithen cannot vote or be eligible to hold these offices.


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Posted by get real
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Yeah, like Carlson's vote for Elizabeth Lewis was a spontaneous act of devotion.

We have a DA that's too timid to prosecute Brown Act violations. That's why the law is totally ignored in San Mateo County.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Brown Act:

do you have anything except speculation to back up your allegation? In Menlo Park, there was actual EVIDENCE that a Brown act violation had occurred.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I was present when the election of Mayor and Vice Mayor occurred and there was no indication in the votes, actions or facial expressions of any prior consultation. On the contrary, I sensed that the sequence of votes was a surprise to all five council members.


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Posted by Thomas
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Like the Smith Act that was enacted prior to WWII but was used to send Japanese Americans to internment camps and more recently the Patriot Act
which was enacted after 9/11 and allows for the incarceration of anyone
without the basic guarantees of fairness and justice it's a travesty to see good people that "donate" their time maligned by those that do nothing but try to find their faults.

So interesting that we now have people that claim McKeithen and Dobbie are violating the Brown Act and demanding their resignation and Carpenter chiming in that he saw no "facial expressions of any
prior consultation" that indicated a violation of the Brown Act.
So ridiculous.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 20, 2010 at 6:54 am

Thomas - read my entire statement -"I was present when the election of Mayor and Vice Mayor occurred and there was no indication in the votes, actions or facial expressions of any prior consultation. On the contrary, I sensed that the sequence of votes was a surprise to all five council members."

I know of no other metrics to use to counter the unfounded assertions that something else occurred - do you?


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

[Post removed; stick to the issue and don't attack other posters]


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Ed, Here is California Gov. Code 25303
The board of supervisors shall supervise the official
conduct of all county officers, and officers of all districts and
other subdivisions of the county, and particularly insofar as the
functions and duties of such county officers and officers of all
districts and subdivisions of the county relate to the assessing,
collecting, safekeeping, management, or disbursement of public funds.
It shall see that they faithfully perform their duties, direct
prosecutions for delinquencies, and when necessary, require them to
renew their official bond, make reports and present their books and
accounts for inspection.
This section shall not be construed to affect the independent and
constitutionally and statutorily designated investigative and
prosecutorial functions of the sheriff and district attorney of a
county. The board of supervisors shall not obstruct the investigative
function of the sheriff of the county nor shall it obstruct the
investigative and prosecutorial function of the district attorney of
a county.
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the budgetary
authority of the board of supervisors over the district attorney or
sheriff.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Michael
But what is the exact Title and Ordinance number for the review committee for elected officials, and is the list of who might be on it available to the public? Could you post the names here?


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Posted by Andy
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

What happened when the vote for Lewis was called? Who nominated Widmer?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Ed, here is the Ordinance the Board of Supervisors created it is #04430
Here is a link:Web Link

I'll look for the list of special citizens that made it on this list.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Ed, Here is the list of Citizens approved by Michael Murphy

LIST OF CITIZENS AUTHORIZED TO SERVE
ON INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REVIEW PANEL
Section 2.04.040 of Chapter 2.04 to the San Mateo County Ordinance Code requires the Office of the County Counsel to compile and maintain a list of citizens who could potentially serve on a Citizens Review Panel. The list is to be comprised of retired judges, former county or city administrators, former grand jury forepersons, and former county counsels, city attorneys and/or district attorneys. If a review panel is ever convened by the Board, the five-member panel would be chosen at random from the list, with the Board having the option of reducing the panel membership to three or expanding it to seven.
We have compiled an initial list of 43 persons who fall into those categories. This list is preliminary and will be added to or subtracted from as circumstances dictate. It is important to point out that this is simply a roster of potential candidates. No contact is being made, nor would the Office of the County Counsel intend to contact any of these persons, unless and until the Board decides to convene a panel. Selection of panel members would be made by randomly drawing the names which will then be placed in order of the drawing. Contact will then be made in the order drawn to determine the individual’s interest in and ability to serve, until seven individuals (the maximum panel size under the ordinance) have indicated a willingness to serve.
The current roster of individuals within the specified categories is as follows:
Retired Judges:
Dale Hahn
Zerne Haning
Margaret Kemp
Quentin Kopp
Gene McDonald
John Runde
Paula Schlichter
John Schwartz
Aram Serverian
Phrasel Shelton
Tom Smith
Tom Stevens
Judith Whitmer (Kozloski)
City Attorneys/County Counsel/District Attorney:
Roy Abrams
Larry Anderson
Tom Casey
Jerry Coleman
Robin Faisant
Stan Gustafson
Mark Hynes
Bob Lanzone
Michael Lawson
Keith Sorenson
City Managers/County Managers:
Anthony Constantouros
Arne Croce
Ed Everett
Mike Garvey
Ralph Jaeck
Diane McGrath
John Maltbie
John Martin
James Robinson
Debra Ryan
Joseph Tanner
Marty Tarshes
Grand Jury Forepersons:
Herman Christensen, Jr.
Stephan T. Freer
Edwin M. Glasgow
Bruce Hasenkamp
Virginia Chang Kiraly
Marion M. McDowell
Gerald E. Yaffee
Julia A. Yaffee
Date printed: August 11, 2009
L:\CLIENT


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Andy - Carlson nominated Lewis.
Lewis seconded the nomination.
Dobbie and McKeithen Opposed and Widmer abstained.

Dobbie nominated Widmer.
McKeithen seconded the nomination.
Carlson and Lewis were opposed.


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Posted by closer look
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm

The way Peter describes it, its really hard to tell anything other than Lewis must have been humiliated by having to second her own nomination for Mayor and then having the motion fail for a lack of a majority.

In any event a possible Brown Act Violation is trivial compared to Atherton's headaches, it is about to hire an interim city manager who's only claim to fame is greed. Then there's the falsification of a report Guerra's trying his best to whitewash.

One thing we can be sure about, Wynn Furth's days are numbered.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Closer look -

Your final comment about Wynn Furth is about the most positive comment I've seen on this board.

One can hope.


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