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Jerry Carlson is to Blame for Atherton's Troubles

Original post made by John P. Johns CPA, another community, on Apr 9, 2010

Jerry Carlson threw Kathy McKeithen under a bus last Wednesday night.

Jerry Carlson missed a singular opportunity to clean house. Instead, Jerry Carlson fretted over his own image. Jerry Carlson whined about how hard he works. I have news for you Jerry, it is not how hard you work, it is whether or not you acheive something during those supposedly long hours of toil.

Jerry Carlson is a failure as a Councilman.

Jerry Carlson does not deserve your vote if he runs again for City Coucil. If Jerry Carlson does run again I will go from door to door, I will speak at luncheons, I will speak on streetcorners, I will speak in Town Hall, I will speak at Hollbrook Palmer Park. I tell the story of how Jerry Carlson not only threw Kathy McKeithen under the bus, he threw me under the bus.

It was Jerry Carlson who, on July 20, 2006 called for an audit of the Building Department.

It was Jerry Carlson who stood silent just three months later during the September 20th, City Council when one of the many who received illegal favors from the Building Department made a public show of launching a recall campaign, against Kathy McKeithen in retaliation for the Phase III audit that I was conducting at the time.

Jerry Carlson lacked the moral courage to object to the recall campaign. He lacked the courage to take responsibility for his own actions. Rather than set the record straight and to remind everyone that it wasn't Kathy that called for the audit of the Building Department it was Jerry Carlson he remained silent. No Jerry Carlson held his nose and looked the other way.

On the evening of September 7th, 2007 Jerry Carlson refused to sign a letter signed by each and every member of the Atherton Audit Committee objecting to my suspension as an act of whistleblower retaliation. Once again, Jerry Carlson held his nose and looked the other way.

Jerry Carlson does not deserve to be your councilman. Athertonians deserve better than one who makes a habit of abandoning their principles, their colleagues and those who serve him, for the sake of his own carefully manicured image.

Jerry Carlson voted month after month to continue the Town's legal battle with me. For every dollar I spent, the Town spent three. Jerry Carlson would have you believe that it was prudent to sign away $1.6 million in road impact fees just because two residents threatened to sue the Town without a single deposition.

Can you honestly believe that his decision was wise all the while agreeing to spending $400,000 on my case only to have to cough up $225,000 in back pay to me and a belated resolution of commendation.

If you run for City Council Mr. Carlson, I will make it my mission that you go down in defeat, because you have shown yourself unworthy of serving on this Town's governing body. You have bankrupted this town morally and financially.

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Posted by balancing act over
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

If Jerry Carlson hadn't voted for himself ( closed session Dec 2008?), after mayor Janz left, to go out of the normal mayoral rotation, then Kathy McKiethen would have been mayor last year.
He intentially took Kathy's turn away from her. I believe that he convinced himself that with such a divided council, that what the town needed was a neutralizing swing vote right smack in the middle--that would prevent any progress from taking place, one way or the other. This has resulted in an very expensive waste of time and money right at the very moment, when there had been the first real opportunity in years, for functioning, honest, efficient, and transparent governance.
Had Ms. McKiethen been allowed her normal rotation as mayor instead of Carlson, last year--when we had a very recent new city manager, and a brand new city attorney, the town would have had a chance to reform itself, with clear goals and real leadership, and before our brand new administrative team became so exasperated and so confused that they just quit caring before they even got started. Furth and Gruber both just immediately shut down with no clear mandate from Carlson, they took his example, and they went straight into political survival mode, and lost any dedication to the town that might have been fostered through either guidance or leadership.
He is probably a nice person, but that is not the point here. He has completely failed us as a leader at EXACTLY the moment we needed leadership most.
I am very grateful for his efforts on high speed rail and we will be fortunate if he continues to volunteer his time to pursue this one and only issue that he is able to take a clear stand on.----But from a committee appointment--and hopefully never again as a councilman.

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Posted by just a thought
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

The silence is deafening on this thread.

Carlson has been the swing vote for 6 years that I know of.

How come?

First one way, then another.

Enigmatic? or listening to someone you don't know.

Kids, the rule here is: 'Keep it quiet around here.'


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Posted by JAT
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

So who do you think Jerry Carlson is listening to.....?
Could it be some one high up in the assessors/records office??
Or one of the huge "consulting" firms that always have three initials for a name? Like CSG or DES or of those?
Who is King of this Kingdom?
And why do our elected officials feel the need to pay them homage?

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Posted by wrong address
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Sorry--I meant to address the last post TO JAT---not to use his name in the send box--my mistake

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Posted by just a thought
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

To be honest, I do not know.

I only know that the policy in this Town is to suppress the evidence of miscreant actions regardless of who commits them UNLESS it leads to revelation to the public.

I think the really powerful people in this town regard all of this as irrelevant, and it is this which distinguishes this place from all others.

Jerry Carlson has been on the side of every action to move away from the public exposure of wrong-doing in his career, except for his support of the Bldg. Dept. Audit, which I can prove was manipulated to appear as though it was noble, when it was actively suppressing the discovery and release of the facts of what occurred.

If you're mocking me, you are a fool, immediately apparent to others.

If you're asking sincere questions, think about being an angel to angels...Mr. Bechtel..a part owner of Schwab...a gubernatorial candidate, a person who refused the Federal Reserve Chair...and big an idiot are you? People live in this town who are wired into the very top of both political parties, especially the Republican, the FBI, the NSA and Homeland Security.

Ask yourself the question: What would be their agendas regarding all this?

Is: 'Make it go away' to much of a stretch for you?


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Posted by John P. Johns CPA
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2010 at 6:58 am

On Wedensday evening I called for an investigation of Councilman Marsala's conduct by the California Attorney General.

I argued that Wynne Furth was unable or unwilling to investigate allegations of misconduct by Mr. Marsala objectively.

My call for an investigation by the Attorney General was ignored by the swing vote on the Council, Mr. Jerry Carlson.

By his silence and inaction, Mr. Carlson has made it clear he is not interested in transparency in Atherton government or in holding those who have violated the public trust accountable.

Mr. Carlson knows that if the Attorney General rides into town there is no telling what the AG might find.

Mr. Carlson would prefer not to be challenged on whether his vote to sue the California High Speed Rail Authority constituted a conflict of interest.

Mr. Carlson knows full well that he is guilty of a conflict of interest in voting to spend taxpayer dollars to avoid a dimmunition in value of his home on Mount Vernon Lane. If I am not mistaken his residence lies adjacent, if not in very close proximity to the right of way for the new train.

Mr.Carlson I call for you to have the courage to respond to this charge that you have used your position on the City Council to preserve your wealth.

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