P. O. Box 419Menlo Park, CA 94026-0419
October 29, 2012Dear Atherton Resident,
Recently, the Atherton Police Officers’ Association (APOA) endorsed Elizabeth
Lewis and Cary Wiest for Atherton Town Council. We communicated our endorsement via postcards, signs, and an automated telephone call from our Association President, David Metzger.The APOA made these endorsements after reviewing responses to our questionnaire that were submitted by all four candidates. We endorsedElizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest because they will act in the best interests of the Town of Atherton, and you, the Atherton Resident.Your Atherton Town Council apparently did not approve of our endorsements.Mayor Widmer met with our President and encouraged him to not engage in a
“tit for tat” public dialog, arguing that it would be harmful to the Town. Yet,that’s exactly what the Council has done.
Some Council Members made statements during public meetings that were nottrue. And most recently, the Atherton Town Council spent about an hour of limited Town Council time discussing our campaign. They voted to send out aPress Release in response to our actions. Astonishingly, Mayor Widmer tookliberties with his authorization. He chose to send a letter to every resident with
a “tit for tat” response to our campaign information. He was only authorized to
publish a press release. Somehow he unilaterally chose to spend thousands of scarce tax payer dollars in response to political campaign messaging.In an effort to discredit our messages, The Atherton Town Council continues toidentify us as Teamsters and suggest this affiliation is behind our endorsements. While it is true we are members of Teamsters Local 856, theTeamsters have had nothing to do with our campaign. The Teamsters have notgiven us any financial support or direction. They have not approved or helpedwrite any of our campaign materials. The APOA members paid for our outreach.We chose to do this for one important reason: To do what is best for the Townof Atherton and you, the Atherton Resident.