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Atherton Council Last Minute Action

Original post made by Last Minute , Atherton: other, on Nov 20, 2012

On November 28, 2012, the Atherton Council with a Widmer McKeithen Dobbie majority will meet for their final time. It's a lame duck majority, likely to use the meeting to implement policy based on a town minority opinion. A resolution that fundamentally changes the way Atherton compensates Town workers will be considered. The resolution will also shut down non-essential services for a week.


Bothersome, is the last minute nature of this resolution. The Mayor will even attend by telephone to ensure sufficient votes.


This lame duck majority should heed to the will of the voters and allow this resolution to be considered after the Council's newest elected representative is seated.


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Posted by Curiously short on information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Love the innuendo, but how about the substance.

"meeting to implement policy based on a town minority opinion"

What is this terrible policy that's going to get implemented? What are the details?


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Posted by information
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

It will be posted on the council agenda item on Friday on the town web site. You will see the shave and haircut they are giving town employees at that time. It will be voted on at Wednesday's council meeting.


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Posted by Curiously short on information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

A shave and a haircut is a great idea. A really fiscally responsible move. Dunno why you say it's a "town minority" opinion.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Here is the proposed council action re furloughs:

5. WORK FURLOUGH: As a result of the Town's fiscal condition, for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 and subsequent fiscal years until rescinded by the City Council, the work days between Christmas Day and New Year's Day shall be an unpaid furlough week for all non-essential personnel as determined by the City Manager. Essential personnel may include, but not be limited to Police, Public Works, and Administrative personnel required to meet the needs of the community as determined by the City Manager. Employees may use accrued vacation or personal holiday time during this period.


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Posted by Curiously short on information
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Makes TREMENDOUS sense. Most every private company I know does this. Otherwise it amounts to a paid vacation anyway since those who show up for work have nothing to do that week. Most everyone is out.


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Posted by Last Minute
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

There must be more to the story of this agenda item:

5. "WORK FURLOUGH: As a result of the Town's fiscal condition." ????

The Mayor just made a video that he does not see a need to renew the Parcel Tax, and now the Council declares we have a "Fiscal Condition". What is that condidtion?

"...an unpaid furlough week for all non-essential personnel as determined by the City Manager..."

This is a furlough week for all "non-essential" personnel. But "non-essential" is not defined.

Who is left to furlough?: The City Clerk... the Finance Department... any others?

The City Clerk and Finance Director probably need to come in that week to do the end of month and end of year activities.

It seems those that show up do have work to do.











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