It seems curious to me that Kathy McKeithen has repeatedly attacked Building Officials in the Town of Atherton. In this Palo Alto Online article from 2006, residents were so outraged by McKeithen’s public attack on Building Official Mike Hood, that they initiated a Recall Campaign against McKeithen. Even in 2006, McKeithen scorned Atherton’s Code of Conduct to publicly demean one of the town’s senior managers, and someone (so I’ve heard) was as nice as they come:
The recently formed Atherton Residents for Responsible Governance was galvanized by the upheaval in the town’s building department and the year-old excavation fee. The group said department staff were above reproach, and blasted the excavation fee as exorbitant and illegal. . . . Jilian Manus Salzman, a member of the group, said she believes McKeithen violated Atherton’s code of conduct by publicly demeaning former Building Official Mike Hood, among other things. A petition signed by 25 residents was sent out on Friday by certified mail to start the recall process, she said.
Here’s where the pattern gets really interesting. For so many of the events that have triggered huge uproars in the recent series of confrontational encounters with McKeithen, she ardently defends herself by accusing others of exactly the offenses that people think that she’s been committing. And in 2006, her comments for the article were:
“It’s a sad day when people in pursuit of their own self interests (work against) the common good of the town,” McKeithen said.
McKeithen said she has no personal agenda and is working solely for the good of the town.
No personal agenda? Hmm! Maybe it’s as simple as her desire to inflict sad days on lots of people. Anyone care to comment on what happened to that recall effort or the group Atherton Residents for Responsive Government?