Year in review: A year of wins and losses for Atherton | December 27, 2017 | Almanac | Almanac Online |


Cover Story - December 27, 2017

Year in review: A year of wins and losses for Atherton

by Barbara Wood

Atherton moved ahead with its plans for a new civic center in 2017, receiving voter approval for public financing for the project; but lost an election to renew the parcel tax that has brought it $1.86 million a year since 1978.

This story contains 1300 words.

Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.

If you are already a member, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Membership starts at $12 per month and may be cancelled at any time.

Log in     Join


Posted by Another big loss
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 31, 2017 at 8:20 am

Amazing that the Almanac is not considering the Dick Winant situation a real loss for Atherton. When this Stanford researcher alleged he was abused by members of the Atherton police department who decided not to body cam the event, the police department (aided and abetted by a complicit town manager and city council) determined it could not properly investigate his allegations because it was unable to interview the officers – even though it waited for months after the complaint was filed before the officers "left" the department.

Maybe Mr. Winant was mistreated, and it's even possible he was the wrongdoer here, but we expect a well-managed (and highly expensive) police department to investigate serious misconduct allegations in a professional way. This was anything but. It was a sham.

The loser? The citizens of Atherton, because their police department received tolerance for a sham investigation when it should have resulted in some major sanctions.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Almanac Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.