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Atherton Council Election Revenge

Atherton Council Election Revenge

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Town of Atherton California's City Council plans to shut down the Government and reduce salary and benefits to works in retribution for the Police Officers' Association's political activities. Lame duck Council will lose its majority and plans to vote in a resolution at their final majority meeting.
Town of Atherton California's City Council plans to shut down the Government and reduce salary and benefits to works in retribution for the Police Officers' Association's political activities. Lame duck Council will lose its majority and plans to vote in a resolution at their final majority meeting.

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Published by: AthertonPOA on Nov 19, 2012
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ATHERTON’S
LAME
DUCK
COUNCIL
TAKES
REVENGE
On
November
28,
2012,
the
Widmer
McKeithen
Dobbie
Council
will
meet 
for
their
final
time
as

majority.
It’s

lame
duck 
Council.
They
should
be
meeting
to
recognize
their
achievements.
Instead,
the
Council
will
use
the
meeting
to
implement 
policy
based
on
their
disconnected
views.
Widmer,
Dobbie,
and
McKeithen
will
use
their
last 
majority
vote
to
exact 
revenge
for
their
political
loss
upon
Atherton’s
residents
and
its
employees.
At 
this
next 
Council
Meeting,
Widmer,
Dobbie,
and
McKeithen
will
consider

resolution
that 
fundamentally
changes
the
way
it 
compensates
Town
workers.
The
resolution
will
also
shut 
down
non-essential
services
for

week.
The
voters
know
Widmer,
Dobbie,
and
McKeithen
have
been
passionate
about 
their
causes.
They
wanted
to
build
at 
13,000
square
foot 
library
in
Holbrook 
Palmer
Park.
They
resisted
attempts
by
residents
to
stop
the
project.
At 
the
election,
nearly
70%
of 
the
voters
rejected
their
plans.
Voters
also
elected
an
outsider,
Cary
Wiest,
who
promised

change
in
the
Council’s
direction.

Yet,
the
lame
duck 
majority
was
apparently
not 
persuaded.
They
continue
to
believe
their
principled
views
on
other
issues
reflect 
those
of 
the
community.
This
new
compensation
resolution
is
yet 
another
example
of 
the
lame
duck 
majority’s
arrogant 
perception
of 
their
elected
authority,
despite
having
been
recently
checked
in
the
election.
Similar
to
their
library
plans,
Widmer,
Dobbie,
and
McKeithen
have
dogmatic
views
regarding
California’s
fiscal
problems.
They
championed
Joe
Nation,
an
advocate
for
government 
reform,
and
had
him
speak 
at 
Holbrook 
Palmer
Park.
This
lame
duck 
majority
has
declared
publicly
their
disdain
for
Government 
workers
who
they
perceive
as
overly
compensated.
Though
Atherton
contributes

miniscule
percentage
to
the
State’s
problem,
these
three
plan
on
correcting
the
larger
problem
on
the
backs
of 
their
residents
and
employees.
To
be
sure,
Atherton’s
compensation
and
benefit 
costs
have
increased
tremendously
in
the
past 
decade.
Atherton
has
kept 
pace
with
the
surrounding
communities
competing
for
government 
workers.
There
is
now

trend
among
local
governments
to
dial
back 
this
spending
and
shift 
the
benefit 
burden
to
their
employees.

It’s

problem
created
over

period
of 
years
that 
the
Atherton
Council
seeks
to
correct 
in

matter
of 
months.
Their
drastic
changes
will
harm
Atherton,
not 
only
through
the
loss
of 
employees,
but 
also
through
their
inability
to
hire
replacements.
They
will
be
uncompetitive
in
the
market.
Atherton
residents
will
suffer
from
the
Town’s
inability
to
deliver
services
for
lack 
of 
employees
to
perform
the
work.

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