Atherton Council 

Council Reorganization

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting of the City Council held on December 7, 2016, the Atherton City Council reorganized as follows:
Micahel Lempres, Mayor
Cary Wiest, Vice Mayor
Bill Widmer, Council Member
Elizabeth Lewist, Council Member
Rick DeGolia, Council Member
Regular City Council meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at 94 Ashfield Road, Atherton, California, 94027. Please be reminded that City Council meetings are videotaped and uploaded to Atherton’s YouTube channel at

Landscape Design Input

Do you have an interest or expertise in landscape or landscape design?

We’d love for you to be a part of the conversation around landscape design for the new Civic Center. The Civic Center Advisory Committee (CCAC) invites you to their next meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss landscape designs.

Come be a part of the Committee to help decide what it will look like when done! 

sandbag station

Flooding.... Get Your Sandbags

Experiencing any small scale flooding? 

Residents can receive sandbags free of charge courtesy of our Public Works Department. Sand, shovel and bags are available at the Atherton Corporation Yard on Dinkelspiel Station Lane near Fair Oaks. Call 752-0570 in advance to see when the yard will be open.

You can reduce the amount of water entering your home by placing sandbags in key locations. Place sandbags over floor drains (including shower and bath), and in front of doorways, roller doors and vents. For maximum effectiveness, stagger the sandbags in an overlapping pattern like brickwork. You do not necessarily want to place a sandbag wall around your whole house. Before you place them, consider how you would remove floodwater if it got trapped between the sandbag and your building (e.g., pump, siphon, bailing bucket).

Changes with Household Hazardous Waste Pickups/Collections

As you may be aware, Waste Management Curbside Inc. (WM), the company that collects household hazardous waste in Atherton no longer collects waste in San Mateo County. 

Here are two ways for Atherton residents (and, indeed, ALL county residents) to drop off their HHW materials at no additional cost. They are:

Tower Road HHW Facility (In Unincorporated San Mateo by Highways 92 and 280):

This facility is open throughout the year each Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except holidays). Appointments can be easily made online ( or call 650-363-4718.

Six (6) HHW Drop Off Events Scheduled for Spring 2017: 

January 28th:              Redwood City
February 25th:            East Palo Alto
March 25:                   Redwood City
April 8:                        Menlo Park
April 29:                      Redwood City
May 13:                       East Palo Alto

(Photo by Barbara Wood/The Almanac)

Holiday Safety Tips from Menlo Fire

In case you missed it, here is a link to an Almanac Article that shares holiday fire safety tips provided by Menlo Park Fire.

Important Safety Tips:

? Keep Christmas trees well hydrated and don't use damaged lights or extension cords.

? Do not place candles near holiday decorations or combustible sources such as curtains.

? Keep combustibles away from cooking areas and keep an eye on what is cooking.

? Test smoke detectors by pushing the test button.

Thank You!

Don't forget! We are closed! The Town shuts down Beginning on Friday Afternoon, December 23 through Monday, January 2. 

Thank you for being a part of Atherton Online.

Have a great weekend.

Theresa DellaSanta
Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk

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