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Jerry Carlson to leave Atherton City Council post

Original post made on Apr 18, 2013

Atherton City Councilman Jerry Carlson announced Wednesday night that he will be moving out of town and stepping down from the council, possibly by the end of June.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 18, 2013, 10:53 AM

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Thank you (and Shirley) for all of your years of service to our community. You have been a diligent and wise representative of the citizen whom you serve.

Travel well and far.


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Posted by democracy is coming...
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Pleasee Atherton, hold a special election. There is a long an sordid history of appointing councilmembers and Supervisors in various mid-Peninsula jurisdictions. Democracy (with a small "d")- i.e. voter choice -- is the way to go. Goodness knows Atherton has already had more than its chare of black eyes and needless political insider/back-room intrigue. An appointment would be moving in the wrong direction! Sunshine is the best disinfectant... Trust the voters!

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Posted by For Greg Conlon
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Greg Conlon, who finished 3rd by 200 votes, would be a good choice.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Whether you agree or disagree with their politics, most of us will never know the strain or sacrifice that an elected official endures to serve their community. Even devoting a few nights a month to attend community meetings is far more than most of us will ever do.

He is a good man and I thank Council Member Carlson for his service.

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Posted by Cathy Baylock
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Jerry Carlson the last three years on the Peninsula Cities Consortium (High Speed Rail) board. He is a gentleman, a diplomat and an honorable elected official. Atherton has been blessed to have him serve their community and he will be truly missed. Happy Retirement, Jerry!!!

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Posted by For Greg Conlon
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

For more than a decade Jerry and Shirley Carlson served Atherton in a in a leading and caring way managing finances, the park, high speed Rail, community events, and more. Atherton is a better place because of them.

Thank you Jerry and Shirley

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Posted by Virginia Chang Kiraly
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Jerry & Shirley:

Thank you for all you've done to make our community better and caring so much! You will be missed immensely!

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Posted by Smart voter
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Conln was 114 votes from winning in the last election, but my vote is for Kiraly to replace Carlson.

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Posted by Legacy
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 19, 2013 at 7:39 am

Jerry Carlson's decision to leave Atherton [portion removed; stick to the facts, not hearsay]. What's even more unfortunate is that Carlson's financial stewardship skills (or lack thereof) wrecked Atherton's finances also during the period of time he was on the council.

With Carlson gone, there's a chance (albeit small one) to get a fair police contract put in place. It all depends on whether Dobbie and Widmer allow themselves to get steamrolled by Lewis and Wiest in picking a new council member.

I like Greg Conlon. The problem is, as soon as the cops endorsed Lewis and Wiest, he immediately announced they had it all wrong, he was all for the cops, all for not cutting their pay, in a very transparent gambit to try to get elected. He'll do the same thing as an appointed council member, thinking that will get him elected in 2014.

That rules Conlon out.

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Posted by Legacy Punk
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm

[Post removed; debate is welcome, but don't attack other posters]

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Posted by Attacks !
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Legacy attacks - but he cannot take it back...

Blaming Carlson is like blaming Obama for the financial meltdown...
An absurd claim ! Check the facts, or lack thereof !

The bravery of anonymity is boundless... stand forward cowardly
attacker of a "doer" versus a critic !

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Posted by Craig Carlson
a resident of another community
on Apr 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I find your post extremely offensive. I am a son of Mr. Carlson. The town of Atherton had little to no financial fiscal accountability prior to my father getting involved (they didn't even balance their checkbooks !!!). You are stating he is leaving the town in worse financial shape ? Most cities are in poor fiscal shape since 2006. The town didn't have a clue of its financial shape prior to him becoming involved. He started an audit committee ( Oh and guess what? No accounting firm would sign off because of the poor record keeping) Fiscal transparency is no longer a problem!!. Thanks to my dad you can tell where the town is at in its fiscal concerns. If you think that is bad management I have some sea front property in EPA I would like to sell you .... My dad worked hard to try and make Atherton better. He wasn't paid and he received no benefit. What right do you have to make personal attacks against him.... I think you are a coward to hide behind a pseudonym.
Let the town know who and what interest you have before you make inflammatory comments. ( I should have your comment deleted but unlike you I do not mind debate)

Look at the facts...

Atherton knows exactly where it stands financially-wise ( Is it great ? Doesn't really matter. The city knows where it stands financially... Good or bad at least the town knows).

Or do you just make personal attacks for fun?
Get a life Legacy!
The Atherton town council and the city is better off with my Dad having served.

I would love to have a face to face with you and tell you exactly what my father has done to benefit your town... what have you done for the town of Atherton? Only bringing litigation against it and costing the citizens of Atherton money?

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Posted by Legacy
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

The most recent example of Jerry Carlson's poor financial management was to vote to undo employee austerity measures that he even agreed to up-front in closed session in the months before. When the police union started complaining about it (not because they were affected but rather because this was to be a precedent that would affect them in the upcoming contract negotiation), Lewis and Wiest needed to roll that back, and Jerry Carlson went along with it.

What was his stated reason for doing so? The town manager advised as such – even though he himself was to be affected by the austerity!

A terrible decision.

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Posted by Achievements
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

So Carlson didn't necessarily solve problems over ten years, but at least he contributed to revealing what the problems are?

Works for me.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

When confronted, Legacy conveniently migrates his accusation that Council Member Carlson "wrecked" Atherton's finances to pointing out a single vote on a very small issue, a vote which confirmed by the City Manager's recommendation.

Mr. Carlson's son got it right. Legacy: not exactly a profile in courage.

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Posted by For Greg Conlon
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

Carlson did a great job during his years. As Mayor he led the last successful Parcel Tax campaign.

Conlon has stated he wants to renew the Parcel Tax. Appoint him and let him help get it passed in November.

If there is a special election, it means candidates will be raising funds at the same time a group is trying to raise funds for the Parcel Tax and next year those same candidates will have to raise funds again for the 2014 election. That will be hard to do.

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Posted by Greg Conlon
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

This is my first posting on this response to Jerry Carlson's indicating retirement. I want to say that Jerry's hard work on the Rail Committee has been devoted to what he believes are the right answers for the Town. He also served on the Peninsula Community Coalition in an outstanding manner to represent Atherton with five other cities re High Speed Rail challenges.

Regarding Legacy's comments about my response to the Police Department's endorsement of the Lewis and Wiest, I did not change my mind on any point. The issue was whether I supported out sourcing the Police. I explained to all of Atherton with a voice mail that made clear I did not support outsourcing the Police unless the Town was up against an unexpected bankruptcy. It had nothing to do with the Police wage negotiations.

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