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Town Square: Here's what they're saying online

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Atherton struggles without leaders

Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community

I found it impossible to tie the logic used in the editorial together. Atherton is not a city, it is a town. As the article stated, it has no industrial base and collects no sales tax. The "haircut" that has recently taken place was necessary; there are less expensive ways to deliver services than were in place. That isn't a "discount operation," it's sound management.

Posted by john, a resident of an Atherton neighborhood

Really, check the cost of what those contractors are costing you in real money, not what they tell you. Also, for a town that is so concerned with what city employees cost, why is it that all of the contractors are retired city employees that are double dipping on our tax dollars? That seems to be OK with all of you, just as long as it benefits your individual agendas.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood and a member (registered user) of Almanac Online

The notion that "double dipping" is bad is simply wrong (except for the fact that prohibiting double dipping increases job opportunities for the unemployed). It makes no economic sense or management sense not to employ highly experienced people who do not require pension contributions.

Will Atherton say 'yea' to Willie Mays Way?

Posted by Robert D., a resident of Menlo Park

This is great news. I have talked with Willie Mays several times dating back to the mid 1980s and he is a great person, and would be even if he never was a star baseball player. I appreciate the effort and hope this gets approved.

Posted by Kathy Schrenk, a resident of Atherton

Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Residents denied bid to change districts

Posted by Member, a resident of another community

Our son went to a low-income population Redwood City school. He is now at a Sequoia High School District high school, will graduate a valedictorian, and is applying to MIT, Stanford, etc. It is all about parental involvement. Redwood City schools did not harm him. In fact, I think they made him a better person because he knows about other cultures.

Posted by Administrator A, a resident of another community

However you rationalize it, California public schools spend the least per pupil in the country except for a few basic aid districts. Even those need a lot of parent involvement and giving, just to be par. Of course parental involvement and the child's attitude are important, but let's face it, Prop 13 keeps the seniors around but there are only so many people who can sustain the higher taxes. If they want to really fix things, they would give those people paying the higher taxes options too. They are the ones you need to keep happy since they have the most potential to give and pay the taxes to keep the schools going. You all talk about how great Redwood City School District is but you all are in Menlo Park, not at a revenue-limit school. Don't be a hypocrite.

Posted by Dad F, a resident of West Atherton

Engaging and demanding sounds like a game plan. Let us know how it goes. We can change this by engaging with our local school districts, demanding change, demanding high academic standards. But when the best educated, most wealthy parents — the ones with the most means to change the system — simply walk away from the system, that is my quibble. I'm a Stanford graduate with a master's degree and own my own company. I have spent the last 20 years working very hard to improve my local public schools. Poverty, bureaucracy, a deeply flawed system of taxation and governmental gridlock are part of the problem. But so is the willingness of so many of my peers to simply walk away from the problem.