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A Call for a Special Council Meeting on Ethics

Original post made by James Croft, Atherton: West Atherton, on May 1, 2010

From the mumerous posts written both anonymously and apparently by those who choose to write under their own name, the Town of Atherton has an image problem. This image problem is a direct result of at best lapses in judgement committed by our appointed and elected officials.

I for one would like to see a special City Council meeting that is centered upon reaching consensus upon how to address the very serious accusations of misconduct that have been leveled against a majority of our City Council.

Jerry Carlson has been acussed of violating conflict of interest laws by voting to sue the High Speed Rail authority on environmental grounds as a property owner living in close proximity to the proposed right of way.

Charles Marsala has, ostensibly, been vindicated over allegations that his solicitation of a loan from a resident in litigation with the Town was improper.

Elizabeth Lewis has been accused of permit fraud.

An investigation of these very serious charges cannot be left up to the City Attorney. This special meeting should be held to consider whether the City Council should formally ask for an independent investigation of its conduct by the Attorney General.

My challenge to that majority which sits on the City Council is as follows:

If you truly are innocent of the charges I level against you in this post, you have nothing to fear. You should therefore endorse this call for the California Attorney General to come to town.

It is time to clear the air once and for all.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

Mr. Croft:

Ms. Lewis assaulted a citizen in front of witnesses and then denied she did it. Do you honestly think she will vote for this special meeting? And even if she does, do think she will do anything other than lie and deny as she has done in the past? No, it is time for the citizaens of Atherton to stand up, sign the petition started by Mr. Carpenter and put these thugs' feet to the fire.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

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The Atherton Committee of One Hundred

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 therefore 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.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

Mr. Marsala has been "vindicated?" Really?

The Town Attorney hasn't even released the details of her report!

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Posted by Betty Draper
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on May 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

This is incredible. I had no idea how corrupt our City Council was.

I found it odd that Jerry Carlson would be so willing to forgive Charles Marsala for his transgression. Now I know why.

I do hope this matter is given the attention it deserves.

Kudos to Peter Carpenter for starting a citizens group to raise awareness amongst us all. It is axiomatic that apathy is the enemey of accountability.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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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