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Atherton: Lewis biggest spender in council race

Original post made on Nov 5, 2012

Atherton City Council candidate Elizabeth Lewis had spent at least twice as much as each of her three opponents had by Oct. 20, the end of the latest state-mandated campaign-spending reporting period, with expenditures to that date totaling $16,526.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 5, 2012, 8:53 AM

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Posted by Anne McNertney
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

Dear Ms. Wood,
Your second paragraph in this article makes it sound like Lewis & Wiest had the APOA do their bidding when they merely answered a questionaire! Ms. Lewis has posted her responses to the questionaire for all to see & stated that she did not pay them for an endorsement. I don't know how you can be more transparent than that. This is exactly the kind of biased reporting I mentioned earlier. Again I agree with mark Twain.

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Posted by Cops buying election
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

Talk about union influence. The Atherton cops are determined to buy this election through their bidders/candidates Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest. A major negotiation is coming up, and the union (the Teamsters) is determined to buy the result they are looking for: the trifecta of Wiest, Carlson and Lewis not subjecting the Atherton cops to the same salary, benefit and pension reductions that every other cop in California and the United States has had to endure during the Great Recession.

The Almanac's reporting is highly biased in favor of Lewis, Wiest, and the APOA. In the Almanac's defense, I know members of these blogs have threatened to pull advertising on these blogs, and if I were the Almanac, I'd be scared too.

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Posted by Campaign Finances
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

Question: Were the Yard Signs and mailings of Denise Kupperman reported?

The APOA's issue is Outsourcing. Immediately after Widmer was elected in 2010, Mayor McKeithen had outsourcing on the Council Agenda. In 2011, the Building and Public Works Deptartments were outsourced.

Widmer has said he wants to Sunset the Parcel Tax, but has not said not he wants to make up the $1.8M in revenue.

Only way is to outsource the police. So the police are letting the residents know of this plan.

Sine Widmer is thinking higher office, he can say he cut taxes without reducing public safety.

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Posted by Cops buying election
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm

"The APOA's issue is Outsourcing"

If you read the APOA's own website, you'll find they also have salaries, benefits and pensions on their mind. They are declaring that if Atherton doesn't pay high wages to cops, cops will leave and that will cost the town money (I disagree, but that's what they are saying).

You are lying by saying the APOA's issue is (only) outsourcing, to try to make the union purchase of Wiest and Lewis seem more politically acceptable to Atherton residents who don't want outsourcing, The truth is, the APOA is all about getting their members the most money, as all unions are.

The police union has bought Cary Wiest and Elizabeth Lewis. They own them.

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