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Jerry Carlson's parting manipulation

Original post made by Atherton Observer, Atherton: other, on Jun 20, 2013

Jerry Carlson's cynical character came to the fore on June 19, with his "dead hand" maneuver passing the vice mayor's job to Newbie Cary Wiest 11 days before Jerry's resignation from the Council is effective. Never before has a retiring Atherton Councilmember had the audacity to move up the date he'd step aside from one post (Vice Mayor) so that in his last meeting as a mere member of the Council he could cast the deciding vote on his successor. While this choreography of council chairs was initiated by Jerry, no doubt the director of the show was Queen Elizabeth, who is desperate to continue her reign with the consort of her choice. Jerry's vote for someone who knows so little about Atherton won't affect him, since he's leaving town.

The good thing about such a blatant grab for power is that Wiest (who voted for himself) has zero legitimacy to succeed Lewis as Mayor next year. Good-bye, Jerry. We'll miss your self-righteous scripted remarks.

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Posted by Congratulations to Cary
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Cary Wiest's appointment to vice mayor is well deserved. He captured the hearts and minds of Atherton voters in the last election with his platform of eschewing the war Kathy McKeithen waged on the Atherton Police Department, treating Police Officers with respect, and not shortsightedly looking at costs when compensating Atherton's Police Officers.

For Dobbie and Widmer, crying foul, why was it okay for Widmer to become vice mayor, passing over Elizabeth Lewis, whose turn it was? Turnabout is fair play.

And Cary will make a great mayor in 2014.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 21, 2013 at 6:59 am

Looks like the APOA is getting what it paid for.

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Posted by The Right Thing To Do
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

Jerry Carlson did the right thing. Without his vote, there would have been a deadlocked 2-2 tie for Vice-Mayor and town would have no vice-mayor.

All other council members have been vice-mayor and mayor, and the policy is to rotate to whoever has not been vice-mayor as the next in line.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Cary Wiest will be a fine addition to the Council. [Portion removed; don't speculate on the identity of other posters.]
Dobbie and Widmer have got to stop being so contentious, it makes Atherton look really small and silly.

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Posted by Tsk tsk tsk
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:29 am

As long as any council member – this time Jerry Carlson – employs an "end justifies the means" mentality, the same unproductive nonsense will continue to get played out.

"The Right Thing To Do" talks about the "end". The "means"? Resigning one position (vice mayor) two weeks early while keeping another (council member) to force a vote the way Carlson wanted it is an end-run against normal decorum and process.

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Posted by Cut out the middle man
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

Cary Wiest is good, but let's cut out the middle man. The vice mayor position should have been given directly to John Mattes or Sherman Hall.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

I certainly understand the frustration of Atherton's citizens. You have a very well paid police department and you're going to be paying more.

But there was an election in November and you elected a slate that was very sympathetic to the police. Elections have consequences and you'll have to live with your decisions for a while.

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