I tried to explain that the former finance officer for Atherton had brought numerous complaints to the FBI.
"Huh?" was his response. Never heard of John Johns.
Okay, how about the San Mateo County District Attorney probe?
Again, no comprende (to throw a little Spanish lingo in there).
So I kept on asking -- isn't anybody doing any investigation into the complaints of John Johns, Michael Stogner, Peter Carpenter or John Buckheit. The man answering the phone hadn't heard of these people before. You'd think a name would jump out if there was an active investigation. Call the FBI office for yourself if you don't believe me.
In January, Renee Batti of the Almanac printed this story (Web Link) saying that, based on her sources, the FBI was investigating allegations against the Town of Atherton.
Nine months later, isn't it time to ask: What happened to that investigation? Is it still ongoing? Did it ever happen? Was John Johns making this up to raise pressure on the town council to cut him a bigger settlement check? That's a fair question given the atmosphere this article created.
The problem is that the FBI has a policy that it will neither confirm nor deny that it is conducting an investigation. That allows people to claim that the FBI is doing an investigation when it is not. Nine months later, I think we know the answer. There was no investigation. The Almanac needs to set the record straight.