Mayor Widmer after the Measure F vote on placing the Library in the Park was resoundingly defeated by close to 70% of Atherton voters sent out a very gracious email saying he had “misread” the wishes of Atherton voters. However all the signs were there all along and the proponents on the Council steadfastly refused to listen to requests for surveys, the Park and Rec Commission, results of the EIR, personal pleas and finally crumbled as they could not ignore a petition of over 300 citizens.
This Wednesday a very important vote on employee’s compensation/benefits will be made by the Council to chart the course of Athertons employees and managers for the future. Curiously, it appears the same group of Council Members that championed the library site in the park are intent on imposing conditions on town employees and setting the stage for contentious labor negotiations with the APOA. This is a hurried vote before the new Council is seated and done without detailed fiscal justification and input from the community. They will arbitrarily impose onerous terms on employees immediately.
This vote will be another “misread” of the will of Atherton residents