She told me about a close childhood friend of hers from Atherton, now living in San Francisco, working at a major investment firm, with a new child and who was looking to buy a home. My daughter asked her if Atherton was a possibility and was told, "Never would I think to raise a child in Atherton — it has no sense of community." She was going to look in the East Bay.
As a longtime resident and representative council member of Atherton, my response to this sentiment was one of profound sadness, yet, given recent events, complete understanding.
When I hear someone at a meeting discussing a possible new library say that we can put children in the basement, because "they don't need a view," when I read in a comment letter that the "'busyness' of a contemporary library/community center poses a risk greater than the benefit," when a council member repeatedly objects to our park as a site for a library because it will bring into it people from other communities, I realize that we have become a town of beautiful gated homes but are at risk of losing our soul.
Kathy McKeithen, Atherton City Council member