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In support of Councilwoman McKeithen

Original post made by John P Johns, CPA, another community, on Jan 21, 2012

I once accused Kathy McKeithen of having made unauthorized disclosures of closed session communications in violation of the Brown Act.

I subsequently learned from a source I deem reliable that the Atherton Police Department stood ready to arrest Councilwoman McKeithen at the November 2010 Regular City Council meeting.

I was also told that the San Mateo County PD dissuaded the Chief from acting upon my complaint because "things were too hot" at the moment.

I was surprised at the attention my complaint got, because it was trivial in comparison to the complaints I had leveled against other high placed Atherton Officials that were ignored.

My complaint against Ms. McKeithen, trivial by comparison was the only complaint that the DA or APaD acted upon. This told me that in Atherton and in San Mateo County justice is not blind.

I can confirm that Ms. McKeithen's home was raided. Ostensibly the PD was looking for drugs, the kind of recreational drugs that are illegal but endemic in our society, especially amongst the young.

The PD was looking for pot more likely than not. That's what I dare say they'd find in any number of households in Atherton with teenagers around, especially those with disposable income.

I would like to remind readers that my office was raided. I too was a victim of the "rein of terror" that Ms. McKeithen spoke out against.

I complained about police brutality. It was not physical, there were no bruises on my limbus. It was personal however and the wounds inflicted upon me by those whom I thought were my friends have left lasting scars. My complaints fell upon deaf ears. My complaints and the reaction thereto only emboldened them.

I grieve for Kathy McKeithen because she has always had the community's best interests at heart. However I have seen her trust having been misplaced before.

I sense that Kathy's trust is misplaced because by appealing directly to the community, she places her trust in the community that something will be done. In my experience, the community simply does not care. This gieves me as well for I know how badly Kathy needs the support of the community and I know how likely it is that Kathy will be disappointed in the community's response.

I sense that what should be a reaction of outrage will be but indifference.

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