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Two more pull papers in Atherton council race

Greg Conlon, who came in a close third in last November's race for two Atherton City Council seats, and Diane Sandhu have taken out papers to run for an open council seat on Nov. 5.

So far, only Rick DeGolia has filed candidate papers to run for the seat, which is vacant due to the July 1 resignation of Jerry Carlson. John Ruggeiro has also taken out papers. All four – along with three other residents – applied for the seat in early July when the four remaining council members tried to agree on an appointment so that the town would have a full council by mid-July and an election could be avoided.

When the council split down the middle -- with Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Councilman Cary Wiest voting for Mr. DeGolia and councilmen Bill Widmer and Jim Dobbie supporting Mr. Ruggeiro -– an election was called. The winner of the race will join the council in mid-December, and will serve a one-year term.

Mr. Conlon has served on the town's Audit and Finance committees, now combined as one committee, for the last two years. He now serves as chairman. He also has been a member of the Rail Committee for five years.

His resume includes six years on the California Public Utilities Commission, with two years as president, and more than two years on the state's Transportation Commission.

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Ms. Sandhu was appointed to the Audit/Finance Committee last September, and was reappointed to a two-year term last month.

Residents have until Friday, Aug. 9, to file candidate papers for the council race.

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Two more pull papers in Atherton council race

by Renee Batti / Almanac

Uploaded: Wed, Jul 31, 2013, 9:53 am

Greg Conlon, who came in a close third in last November's race for two Atherton City Council seats, and Diane Sandhu have taken out papers to run for an open council seat on Nov. 5.

So far, only Rick DeGolia has filed candidate papers to run for the seat, which is vacant due to the July 1 resignation of Jerry Carlson. John Ruggeiro has also taken out papers. All four – along with three other residents – applied for the seat in early July when the four remaining council members tried to agree on an appointment so that the town would have a full council by mid-July and an election could be avoided.

When the council split down the middle -- with Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Councilman Cary Wiest voting for Mr. DeGolia and councilmen Bill Widmer and Jim Dobbie supporting Mr. Ruggeiro -– an election was called. The winner of the race will join the council in mid-December, and will serve a one-year term.

Mr. Conlon has served on the town's Audit and Finance committees, now combined as one committee, for the last two years. He now serves as chairman. He also has been a member of the Rail Committee for five years.

His resume includes six years on the California Public Utilities Commission, with two years as president, and more than two years on the state's Transportation Commission.

Ms. Sandhu was appointed to the Audit/Finance Committee last September, and was reappointed to a two-year term last month.

Residents have until Friday, Aug. 9, to file candidate papers for the council race.

Comments

Town Council Watcher
Atherton: West of Alameda
on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:55 am
Town Council Watcher, Atherton: West of Alameda
on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

Greg Conlon has a razor sharp mind and is one of the most fiscally responsible person around. The other two candidates are running to give their side of the highly polarized town council a majority. They are running, not to serve the residents of Atherton, but to perpetuate the power of the side they are aligned with.

Conlon is the only candidate who is not aligned to either side. Instead, he is aligned with the residents of Atherton. If you vote for Conlon you are voting to refocus the currently dysfunctional town council to be responsive to your needs.

Isn't it about time that we elect a selfless, humble, and assiduous person of proven experience and accomplishments who will listen to us, work for our best interests, and reunite our community?


Questions
Atherton: other
on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm
Questions, Atherton: other
on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Here's the question I want Conlon and all other council candidates to answer:

Should the Town of Atherton be making the employee pension contribution for an Atherton police officer in addition to the employer pension contribution?

Yes or no.

Conlon is head of the finance/audit committee. No ducking this one.


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood
Registered user
on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

A more important question for each candidate:

Will you refuse the endorsement and any support form the Atherton Police Officers Association?


The Process
Atherton: other
on Aug 2, 2013 at 5:02 am
The Process, Atherton: other
on Aug 2, 2013 at 5:02 am

APOA emndorsements can bring attention to other isssues. Last year the result was Wimder and Dobbie coming out that did not favor renewal of the parcel tax.


Where do the four candidates stand on this issue?



Questions
Atherton: other
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:18 am
Questions, Atherton: other
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:18 am

The APOA has done a really good snowjob attempt at trying to convince voters that their interests are aligned with Atherton reeidents', but it's an absurd notion.

Process, what's your opinion on my question?


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:34 am
Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood
Registered user
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

I hope that the voters are wise enough not to elect a council candidate who has received the endorsement of OR any campaign support from the AOPA. One of the biggest issues facing the council is the police services budget and the AOPA contract and NO council member should be beholden to the union in those deliberations.


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