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John Danielson resigns as Atherton city manager

Original post made on Jan 26, 2012

Due to an adverse ruling by a state agency, Atherton's Interim City Manager John Danielson has submitted his resignation, effective Friday, the town of Atherton announced Wednesday. But the town plans to pay him $14,000 a month for up to 90 more days as a consultant.

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Posted by Double-Dipping-Dan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

According to the Daily Post, Danielson was being paid $180K a year by the City of Atherton. In addition, he has been drawing $117K by CalPERs (and the taxpayers):

CalPERS Danielson Pension Payout via

DANIELSON, JOHN H ELK GROVE $9,772.72 $117,272.64

That comes to about $300K a year. What makes anyone worth $300K a year, working for government?

Moreover, seems this guy has a bit of a “clouded” past, as there seem to have been issues with his performance as the Elk Grove City Manager--

Web Link

Like a biblical swarm of locust, former Elk Grove City Manager John Danielson and his swarm of marauding locust have moved back to Northern California after a swarm on Southern California.

According to the San Mateo County publication The Almanac, Danielson and his swarm of locust from PMC and InterWest were hired by the City of Atherton.

All that we can say to Atherton about this is GOOD LUCK!

The Daily Post article states that previous Mayor Jim Dobbie wrote to CalPERS:

“ .. Danielson would lead the town from the brink of financial catastrophe ..”

How can that be? Atherton is a town so full of “one percenters” that they can ban businesses from operating within the town limits. Has Danielson actually saved Atherton?

It’s astounding how tiny little Atherton seems to have so many problems with its self-governance.

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