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Atherton Committe of One Hundred

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Apr 30, 2010

The Atherton Town Ordinance states:

Special meetings may be called at any time by the mayor, or by three members of the city council, or by a petition bearing a minimum of one hundred signatures of adult residents of the town. (Ord. 382, 1980: Ord. 344 Ch. 1(e) ยง 1, 1976)

It is the desire of a number of Atherton residents to petition for one or more such Special Meetings to address specific issues of concern. Members of this group will discuss, develop, draft and circulate petitions both within the group and to other qualified individuals. Members will individually decide which petitions they wish to sign. When any individual petition has received at least 110 signatures (to provide a margin for possible ineligible/unqualified signatures) of adult Atherton residents it shall be submitted to the Town Manager, the Mayor and the Town Clerk.

The Committee, as an entity, shall accept no funding, provide no political endorsements and shall not lobby on behalf of any of the submitted petitions.

Individuals who are members of the Committee may exercise all of their individual rights and responsibilities in their role as Citizen.

If you are an adult resident of Atherton and wish to participate go to:

Web Link

to request to join this group.

If you are a member of the press who wishes to join to monitor the activities of this group but do not live in Atherton then simply indicate your press affiliation in your request to join.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

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Great idea, Peter and thank you for taking the initiative to do this.

I hope the good people of Atherton will take advantage of this opportunity to have an impact their government.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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I'm not sure how Peter Carpenter's initiative is going but I do hope that the good people of Atherton are signing up for this initiative.

I urge you to support this effort. It's relatively painless and you have a superb spokesman in Mr. Carpenter. There are plenty of people who can take the microphone at the Council meeting, but they need you stand behind them.

This is truly the only way to take back your government.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

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Betty Draper states:"It is axiomatic that apathy is the enemy of accountability."

How true. But if 200 Atherton residents join the Atherton Committee of One Hundred then the Council will know that the citizen are ready and able to take back control of the Town Council's agenda - which really should be the citizens' agenda.

If only a handful of residents care enough to join then the Town Council will know that they can proceed without any concerns of accountability.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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At the end of the first week of sign ups for the Atherton Committee of One Hundred it has a grand total of 8 members.

I think the Town Council can rest easy knowing that the vast majority of the Atherton residents 'frankly don't give a damn' and the Town Council can continue to pursue its own agenda.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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sorry to say, but that is why Atherton has the representatives that it has. The vast majority of Athertonians figure this stuff has no effect on them so they don't care. Carring about it won't put another BMW in the driveway or another big diamond on their finger. It's sad really.

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Posted by Jon Buckheit
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 22, 2010 at 1:58 am

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One issue that will drive people to action is decreasing property values. Many Atherton residents have a significant portion of their net worth in their home ownership. If the town goes bankrupt, as it is surely heading for without decisive action, these home values will take a major hit. Next month the council is on target to give back $1.6M of money to real estate developers based on a "road impact fee" that Wynne Furth says is illegal, though Los Altos Hills collects it without running afoul of any laws. Only two council members have tried to stop it (Kathy McKeithen and Jim Dobbie). This is an important issue that deserves attention. The ACIL could be a springboard to drive more community awareness about these financial issues and, most importantly, HOW THESE ISSUES WILL AFFECT WHAT RESIDENTS CARE ABOUT (their home values).

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