"The Town’s Subcommittee expressed disappointment that the District did not wish to address the
equity issue and expressed that the Subcommittee would have to report back to the Council and
suggest next steps. The Subcommittee also notes that since the Town’s initiation of concerns of
equity, the Fire District has expanded their service model through the acquisition of new
facilities, new vehicles, development of a regional fire academy, and enhancement of wages and
benefits for fire personnel.
At this time, the Town, Council, and Council Subcommittee has spent at least 5 years working
with the District to identify and solve an equity issue between the cost to provide fire services to
Atherton residents and the revenue provided to the District by Atherton residents."
"Based on the feedback and discussions with the District, the policy issue is whether the Council
would like to move forward with formal conversations with LAFCO to create a list of next steps
in the process for consideration of detachment. "
Eventually, and after wasting a lot of time and taxpayers' monies, the Town Council will realize:
1) That EVERY federal, state and local agency receives more revenue from Atherton residents than the cost of the services which each of those agencies provides to Atherton residents and
2) That Atherton residents have themselves elected officials who are responsible for overseeing each of those agencies and
3) That Atherton residents have never deputized the Town Council to represent them with regards to any of these agencies.
And then perhaps the Town Council will instead focus on the job that they were elected to do - running a wonderful, small town in a manner that its residents deserve.