Undoubtedly this will involve Atherton paying a huge amount of money to Mr. Johns. Council Member Jim Dobbie has commented that in his view, a council member's defamation of Mr. Johns has created legal liability for the Town of Atherton. That council member is Charles Marsala.
For whatever reason, Charles Marsala took up the John Johns matter as his priority one issue long after John Johns was no longer part of Atherton. Were there more pressing issues to deal with? Clearly, if the ongoing financial budget crisis is any indication.
Mr. Marsala was very vocal about stating his (highly negative) views about John Johns in these forums, as well as multiple newspapers.
And now he's complaining about being the subject of a witch hunt himself?
If Marsala's big mouth created the legal liability, let Marsala pay the settlement amount. We can't afford to pay for his transgressions!