Atherton voters to choose council member, decide on parcel tax renewal in November

by Renee Batti
Almanac Staff

Atherton voters will choose their new council member after all: The City Council reaffirmed on Wednesday night (July 17) an earlier vote to call an election rather than appoint someone to the vacant seat.

At the same time, they will be asked to renew the parcel tax that generates some $1.86 million annually for another four years.

The four council members on July 11 voted unanimously to allow voters to fill the seat left open by Jerry Carlson’s July 1 resignation, but only after failing to agree on one of seven residents who applied to fill out the term, which ends in December 2014. . . .

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Veteran candidate and political newbie vie for seat on Atherton City Council

By Bonnie Eslinger, Daily News Staff Writer

Posted:   07/02/2013 08:10:06 PM PDT
Updated:   07/03/2013 12:21:43 AM PDT

 

A perennial candidate and a political newcomer are the leading contenders to replace Jerry Carlson on the Atherton City Council.

In fact, they’re the only candidates, so far, with a July 8 application deadline looming.

The city council decided last month to try to appoint a replacement for Carlson, who resigned mid-term on Monday. If the council can’t reach a consensus, it might call for a special election in November.

One of the candidates is businessman Greg Conlon, who came in third place last fall in a race for three council seats; he trailed second-place winner Cary Wiest by 213 votes. Conlon currently serves on the town’s finance and rail committees.

The other is Rick DeGolia, a partner with the private equity firm Exigen Capital, and vice chairman of the Atherton Civic Center Advisory Committee.

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