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A victory for the democratic process

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Jul 12, 2012

Hi Valerie-
The Mayor and I spoke yesterday about your petition for a special meeting. We will call a special meeting for the exact agenda as you have presented it. I will survey Council for the best date. As it is now I am trying to pull together 2 other special meetings so I expect this one to be sometime in August.
Thank you,
Theresa N. DellaSanta
Interim City Manager/City Clerk
Town of Atherton
91 Ashfield Road
Atherton, CA 94027

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Pay attention WMD. The normally apathetic electorate of Atherton have managed to put together 250 people that are upset about your park choice. Best pay attention lest they vote you out of office next.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hmmm-a non=-elected, non-appointed person setting council meeting agendas and meeting schedule dates--guess the Brown Act wasn't written with the intent to control this sort of activity. Only in Atherton.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

As usual whorupeople is not paying attention.

Here is the ordinance:

Special meetings may be called at any time by the mayor, or by three members of the city council, or by a petition bearing a minimum of one hundred signatures of adult residents of the town. (Ord. 382, 1980: Ord. 344 Ch. 1(e) § 1, 1976)

Over 250 residents signed the petition, not the one that whoever suggests. that is true democracy.

Why doesn't Menlo Park allows its residents to petition for such a meeting? Afraid of the people?

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

WhoR -

Non-elected, non-appointed people set City Council agendas all the time. All you have to do is ask one of the members to put your item on the agenda. They almost always do. In fact, it happens all the time, probably at every single meeting.

Of course, if the Council chooses not to, you always have the option of petitioning the Council as Mr. Carpenter described.

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