Kathy McKeithen got elected to the Atherton City Council in 2000 on a platform that had the following priorities:
- Bring accountability, transparency, and responsive stewardship to town government
- Create an environment that fosters respect and openness to citizens and town employees; seek input from Atherton citizens
- Establish term limits so that new people with new ideas can keep the Council from becoming complacent
Councilmember McKeithen is soon to be completing her THIRD TERM. She has now been on the City Council for twelve years. Much like her commitment to TERM LIMITS—she seems to say one thing and do the opposite. If she actually were doing what she says her priorities are, it is very likely things in Atherton would be okay.
Unfortunately, residents don’t feel respected at all. Resident input on important matters, such as McKeithen’s pet library project, has been utterly ignored while her committee mushes ahead doing what they want. And there is a lot that is going badly in Atherton. Residents recognize that the town is having many, many problems. The town has now gone nearly two years without having been able to hire a permanent town manager. The last Interim Town Manager the town had quit abruptly six months ago. There is yet to be any appointment. The council is completely divided: the majority appears to be going “rogue” and, with no professional management to provide guidance, the council majority is taking actions with virtually no accountability to what is in the best interests of residents.
While the town has had continuous controversy and acrimony over the last twelve years, things are much worse than they ever have been and Kathy McKeithen is in the center of it all. It seems like a good time to take a good hard look at what she is doing and whether or not McKeithen has lived up to ANY of her stated priorities.
The problem is, not only isn’t there any transparency, there isn’t any coherency either. Her notion of “responsive stewardship” feels more like covert deconstruction and conspiratorial agendas to strip rights (and now the park tennis courts) away from residents. When one looks merely at the facts of what Kathy does, it makes little sense. I find that I have many more questions about Kathy McKeithen—and especially why she does what she does—than I have answers. I wish I had the answers. I am therefore going to do what I can, and write down my questions. I am hoping that those of you who read this, can fill in some answers. I’ll attempt to provide some answers or simply theories about why she does what she does, but please add your own insights where you can. Use the open comment links but it is best that everyone respond anonymously. These are perilous times in Atherton and, given what we know, anyone who ventures to critique Ms. McKeithen will get accused of something!