City Council - @TownofAtherton
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The City Council is the legislative body of the Town of Atherton, with all the regulatory and corporate powers provided under California state law. The City Council provides the policy direction that guides the operation of the Town, adopts ordinances and resolutions that constitute the local laws of the Town, and sets the Town's priorities through the adoption of an annual budget and the provision of direction to the City Manager. The City Council represents the Town's residents through these actions and through the conveyance of constituent requests and concerns to the Town staff.
The regular meetings of the City Council are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road, Atherton, California. The City Council holds a special Study Session meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Email Bill Widmer, Mayor (pictured, far left)
First Elected: November 2010
Term expires - 2022
Email Michael Lempres, Council Member (pictured, back left)
First Elected: November 2014
Term expires - 2022
City Council Regional and Other Governmental Committee Assignments (January 2018)
Each year with the selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor (typically in December/January), the Mayor selects members of the City Council to serve on as the Town's representatives on various committees and regional boards. Some of the appointments are as members and alternates and others are as City Council member liaisons. Below is a list of 2018 assignments. A description of each committee follows the assignments table.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
ABAG is the comprehensive regional planning agency for the Bay Area encompassing nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. It is governed by a 38-member Executive Board comprised of locally elected officials based on regional population. City Council member serve as members of the governing board.
City/County Association of Governments (C|CAG)
C|CAG is the regional council of governments dealing with issues that affect the quality of life in general; transportation, air quality, storm water runoff, hazardous waste, solid waste and recycling, land use near airports, and abandoned vehicle abatement. The governing body of C|CAG is made up of local elected officials. City Council members serve as members of the governing board and on various subcommittees focusing on the areas of governance.
Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation
The Holbrook-Palmer Recreation Park Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 1968 whose mission is to raise funds for the capital improvement of Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. Their purpose is to fund and sponsor activities to enhance use of the park by Atherton residents, as well as to fund and sponsor other charitable and educational activities to promote awareness of the park.
League of California Cities
The League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions at the State level that affect cities. City Council members serve as voting delegates and members of various subcommittees.
Library JPA Governing Board (San Mateo County)
The San Mateo County Library System is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of the county. The governing board consists of local elected officials from the member agencies. City Council members serve as members of the governing board and members of various subcommittees.
Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance
The Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance is San Mateo County’s Transportation Demand Management Agency. The mission is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles traveling in, to and through San Mateo County, reducing vehicle emissions resulting in improved air quality. The Alliance is funded through C|CAG, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. City Council members serve as members of the governing board.
Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy, or PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. Peninsula Clean Energy was launched collaboratively by the County of San Mateo and all twenty of its cities to meet local climate action goals. PCE offers lower rates and a choice of two electricity options, each with a different percentage of sustainable energy. ECOplus rates are 5% below PG&E’s, so with PCE, you’re getting cleaner energy at lower rates.
San Francisco Airport/Community Roundtable
The Airport/Community Roundtable was established in 1981 as a voluntary committee to address community noise impacts from aircraft operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The Roundtable monitors a performance-based noise mitigation program implemented by airport staff, interprets community concerns and attempts to achieve noise mitigation through a cooperative sharing of authority among the aviation industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), SFO management and local government. The Roundtable consists of local elected officials. City Council members serve as members of the governing board.
San Mateo County Emergency Services Council
The San Mateo Operational Area Emergency Services Council is comprised of all local governments within the geographic area of the County, special districts, unincorporated areas, and participating non-governmental entities. The purpose of the organization is to operate pursuant to Presidential Directive 5, the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Presidential Directive 8, the National Preparedness Goal and California's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and local adopted Emergency Operations Plans and Annexes. The Emergency Services Councils collective goal is to provide coordinated plans for the protection of persons and property based on the five phases of emergency management, prevention, protection, response, recovery and mitigation; and support existing regional Public Information and Notification systems to include SMC Alert and TENS, as well as other Situational Awareness Tools; and, to continue to support the regional hazardous materials emergency response program. City Council members serve as members of the Council.
San Mateo County Sub-Regional Housing Policy Advisory
As part of the Regional Housing Needs Analysis (RHNA) conducted through ABAG, San Mateo County is a sub-region. As part of the Sub-Regional RHNA process, an advisory committee and technical committee have been created. the advisory committee consists of local elected officials from San Mateo County. The committee reviews RHNA methodology and helps determine proposed allocations.
Grand Boulevard Task Force
The Grand Boulevard Initiative is a regional collaboration dedicated to the revitalization of the El Camino Real corridor, as it runs through San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in the California Bay Area.The Grand Boulevard is a collaboration of 19 cities, counties, local and regional agencies united to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of El Camino Real. Starting at the northern Daly City city limit (where it is named Mission Street) and ending near the Diridon Caltrain Station in central San Jose (where it is named The Alameda), the initiative brings together for the first time all of the agencies having responsibility for the condition, use and performance of the street. City Council members serve as representatives to the Task Force.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District
The Menlo Park Fire District is located on the peninsula in the southern most part of San Mateo County in the metropolitan bay area. It covers approximately 30 square miles that reaches into the bay. The District's population is estimated around 90,000. The Fire District is primarily a bedroom community that does have some industrial areas on the eastern most part. The Fire District covers the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto plus some of the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. City Council members serve as liaisons to the District Board of Directors.
Atherton Refuse & Recycling Rate Committee (Ad-Hoc)
This is an Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the City Council reviewing rate adjustments for solid waste. This Subcommittee meets on an as-needed basis.
Sea Level Rise (Ad-Hoc)
The County’s newly created Office of Sustainability, along with leadership from the County’s Board of Supervisors, launched the “Sea Change SMC” initiative in 2015. The first two tasks under Sea Change SMC included commencement of the San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and initiating a community engagement process to build support for cross jurisdictional collaboration.This committee addresses issues that arise within the County’s Office of Sustainability regarding sea change.
Selby/ECR Outreach (Ad-Hoc)
The Town is working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop solutions to help improve the El Camino Real/Selby Lane intersection. This committee works with staff to determine the potential feasibility and costs associated with improving the intersection.
SBWMA Board of Directors
The South Bay Waste Management Authority is a joint powers authority of twelve public agencies (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District) in San Mateo County. City Council members serve as members of the governing board.
Surf Air Aircraft Noise (Ad-Hoc)
This is an Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the City Council working with the community and officials at the County, State, and Federal level in an attempt to address aircraft noise in Town.
Information Technology - Development of Town-wide Gigabit (Ad-Hoc)
This is an Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the City Council working with the community and technology professionals in an attempt to develop town-wide gigabit technology services.