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Today: Separation from fire district on Atherton council agenda

Original post made on Mar 4, 2020

At its March 4 meeting, the Atherton City Council may decide to direct staff to initiate a process for separating from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. The meeting begins at 4 p.m.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 10:40 AM

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 4, 2020 at 7:49 pm

From what I was told, it seems as if more work need to be done by the staff and council before they should even consider moving forward with this possibility even though there appears to be some council members who are determined to see this through regardless.

I believe these individuals think they can get a better deal elsewhere. I doubt they are even able to comprehend the whole picture, but that doesn't seem to deter them.

If you don't think the Town should continue to spend staff time and money or if you like things the way they are, then email the Council at

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:31 pm

As a citizen who has long served in an elected office it was sad to see Atherton Town Council Member Cary Wiest lie about the Fire District’s participation in the preparation of the Town’s Matrix Report.

Immediately after the Town commissioned the Matrix Report two Fire Board members and the senior Fire District staff met with Matrix and provided every piece of information that Matrix requested as long as that information existed - and even worked to find information that did not already exist. That commitment continued throughout the Matrix process. Matrix in return promised to provide the Fire District with a draft of their report for comment/factual correction. However, the Town Manager prohibited Matrix from getting that fact check from the Fire District.

The public deserves elected officials who tell the truth - Cary Wiest does not.

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