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Atherton council wants to appoint Carlson's replacement

Original post made on Jun 25, 2013

Atherton residents who want to serve their community at a high level of involvement — and who have a solid store of tolerance for meeting attendance — might consider applying for a short term on the City Council to see if the job suits them. Applications are being taken for residents interested in serving out the term of Councilman Jerry Carlson, who is resigning his position on July 1.

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Posted by Tea Leaves
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm

The council members will likely have three top-notch candidates to choose from for this appointment process.

Kathy McKeithen, former three-term council member and two-term mayor, tops the list of experience. She may not be willing to rejoin the council so soon after retiring, but this would be the top choice of many.

Government accountability advocate Peter Carpenter is obviously a highly qualified candidate who brings vast public and private sector experience, as well as fiscal responsibility, to the table. He has been known to step onto public boards in a pinch when vacancies have existed, such as the fire board. Having endorsed Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, it is hard to imagine they would not vote for his approval, yet the APOA probably does not want Peter Carpenter as he would hold their feet to the fire in contract negotiations.

Lieutenant John Ruggeiro may throw his hat into the ring. A longtime Atherton resident, commission member, and former top-level member of San Francisco police department command staff, he would bring seasoned police experience to the contentious APOA contract negotiations, taking well over 50% of Atherton's budget.

These three candidates lead the pack, and Atherton would do well with any of them.

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Posted by Elections have consequences
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

Peter Carpenter and some of the other posters here must have been living in a different town than Atherton during last November's election and are confusing results from another election with Atherton's.

Educated consumers often choose to get higher quality for higher prices. That's why some people shop at Macy's, and others choose Neiman Marcus.

Last November, Atherton's voters overwhelmingly decided that safety, response time, personal service, and higher quality officers all outweigh costs in terms of the Atherton police department. Atherton's voters are willing to pay more to get more.

They decided that shortsightedly looking at costs is inappropriate. They decided that cost is not an issue, and cannot be an issue, in terms of how the Atherton police department is funded.

Peter Carpenter doesn't get this. I will repeat this post on the other item suggesting he should be an interim council member since this confusion makes him totally unsuitable for that position.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

None of the issues claimed by the above anonymous poster ( perhaps an Atherton police officer?) were in last November's ballot. Those of us with the right to vote voted for individuals to serve as OUR council members.

Facts are important - as are identities.

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