Town Square

Post a New Topic

Atherton: Unfair to focus on Kathy McKeithen

Original post made by Tom Gibboney, editor and publisher of The Almanac, on Oct 4, 2006

NOTE: This is a recent letter to the editor from Jean S. Schaaf of Atherton

The Sept. 20 Atherton City Council meeting generated a room full of people and a cyclone of expressed feelings.
The town's building department has developed problems. A very vocal, uninformed group wants to lay the blame on a single council member, which is ludicrous. The workings of the town are under the umbrella of the city manager and the five-member city council. These council members are volunteers, not paid employees. And not all of these people get to read all the updates that are sent to them.
I personally have been a very close observer of the Atherton council for many years and I can pinpoint the exact time that the council became more effective and better for the residents. When Kathy McKeithen began digging into the intricacies of the town, the building department had two drawers which were the repositories of the cash, and checks paid by residents. These drawers were not locked and records, to my knowledge, were relatively nonexistent. That was corrected after Kathy and her team discovered it.
My first observation of trouble in the building department came about when an 11-foot wall was proposed for upper Stockbridge Avenue. The code dictated that this height could only be built as a retaining wall. This was pointed out and the applicant said, no worries, "the dirt will be delivered tomorrow." The pertinent papers could not be found that evening and the wall is there for all to view. "Why have codes?" was my thought.
Should we complement this untidy faction in town that wishes to hang laurel wreathes upon the building department and those employed there as being the epitome of all building departments? Well, we could. But, in doing this, they want to destroy a single council member who, of course, is the best and the brightest.
We need people who excel, who read and understand, who lead dedicated lives to help not only themselves but also the community. Greatness should be our goal even if it is hardly obtainable.
Jean S. Schaaf
Stockbridge Avenue

Comments (2)

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle

on Jun 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda

on Sep 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

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.

Backhaus in Burlingame finally opens for the holiday rush
By The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 2,571 views

Fun Things to Do Around the Bay This Holiday – Peninsula Edition
By Laura Stec | 8 comments | 2,185 views

Burning just one "old style" light bulb can cost $150 or more per year
By Sherry Listgarten | 6 comments | 1,920 views

Banning the public from PA City Hall
By Diana Diamond | 19 comments | 1,534 views

My Holiday Wish List for Menlo Park
By Dana Hendrickson | 0 comments | 876 views


Support local families in need

Your contribution to the Holiday Fund will go directly to nonprofits supporting local families and children in need. Last year, Almanac readers and foundations contributed over $300,000.