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Atherton wrestles with questions over councilman's $500,000 loan request

Original post made on Mar 30, 2010

About 30 Atherton residents showed up for a special City Council meeting Friday afternoon, March 26, to discuss alleged improprieties by Councilman Charles Marsala, who did not attend. The official meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum, but Mayor Kathy McKeithen and Councilman Jim Dobbie stayed for an informal meeting to hear a range of criticism from residents weary of the town's ongoing conflicts.

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Posted by Barry
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm

After reading several articles on this topic, I think this is all a petty vendetta against Charles Marsala.

It's obvious Mr. Marsala had a financial downturn and was looking to tap the equity in his home.

He may have asked the wrong person to help him out, but that's certainly not a crime. The city attorney already reviewed the emails, so it's unfortunate that this is still a story.

I can only believe that certain people in Atherton are practicing the "politics of personal destruction" for their own aims.

It is very disappointing for a town of our caliber.

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Posted by "moving forward"
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm

It s true about Charles--- that needing money is not a crime.
But however indifferent you might feel about Marsala having bankrupt himself,--- or the town financially, while using his office to "host" the interests of the construction lobby--you may want to reconsider how the moral bankruptcy he has brought to bare on all of us, has begun to effect everyone's real estate values.
How desirable will property here be, when we are 17 million dollars in debt for a brand new but empty Administrative complex-- because we will have had to contract out multiple Departments and services, that we can no longer afford. No Police! No Public Works! No Planning! All of this is already on the table.
More than anyone!, the development community needs Charles to go and PRONTO,-- even more than your average complacent property owner does!
Developers!- you don't really need Charles as an asset anymore anyway-- His replacement Elizabeth Lewis was appointed over a year ago, waiting in the wings, in anticipation of whatever scandal Charles would eventually be unable to survive.
So the developers need to be the ones to take out their own guy-- lets just get this thing over with and "move forward" before we all need to ask Buckheit for money.

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Posted by Connie
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Moving Forward thank you for your most eloquent post. I think it communicates what many of us are thinking. We need to take our wonderful peaceful town back from big money developers and slimy small town politicians.

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