After more than eight years of community and civic involvement with the Town of
Atherton, I have made the decision to run for the Atherton Town Council in the
upcoming election cycle. My decision is motivated by my commitment to protect our
community’s incredible character, charmed history and promising future by
reinvigorating resident involvement on every level. I have been involved in numerous
local civic matters as a resident: working on local campaigns, speaking at Town
Council and committee meetings, serving on two committees and various ad-hoc
committees, restoring annual town events, and generating resident awareness of key
Despite my involvement, I have found it difficult to establish real change without being a member of our Town Council. By serving as Town Councilwoman I will be more effective working with the express goal of enacting changes that further improve our community and increase local involvement of our residents in civic matters.
Educational & Professional
I graduated from the University of San Francisco in International Business and International Finance. I began my career working for ten years in my family business building a successful new division focused on overseas government bids. I moved on to executive roles in three emerging tech companies and a public relations firm. I finished up my professional career by consulting for several venture capitalists and their associated companies before making the decision to stay at home to raise our two children, Julia (26) and Evan (23). Since then, I have been involved in our children’s schools, organized philanthropic campaigns and events, and participated on various boards, in addition to my civic involvement with the Town Atherton.
Endorsements & Quotes
Dr. Michael Bolger
Dr. Jack Cronin
Dr. Joan Cronin
Craig and Sally Falkenhagan
Karen and Dewell Goodman
Dr. Amy and Lal Heneghan
Virginia A. Herzer
Councilmen Mike Lempres
Dr. David Lipman
Dr. Paula Darby Lipman
Anne and Bill McNertny
Dr. Harish Narayanaswami
San Mateo County Republican Party
Dr. Husna Ulla
Dan and Lindsay Walker
Councilmen Bill Widmer
James and Sumiko Yoshida
Kim and John Young
“As a long time advocate for a responsible dog ownership i fully support creating a dog park in HP. It is a great idea and i trust Christine with the best implementation of it.”
“Christine David is not only a remarkable person but has spent the last eight years dedicating her life to the Town of Atherton. She will bring a breath of fresh air to the members of the Atherton community. Please stand with me in supporting a wonderful dedicated woman that will listen to the needs of our community.”
“On the RIGHT side of issues we should all care about!”
Councilmen Bill Widmer
“Atherton needs stronger and more purposeful leadership, the kind that brings people together, actions that help everyone feel good about their community, with people in government willing to listen to their constituents. I think Christine will bring that leadership to Atherton.”
Councilmen Mike Lempres
“Christine has been an active and constructive part of Town government and our community for years. She cares deeply about our town and its future. She really listens to people and tries to hear all sides of an issue. Christine will bring energy, passion, independence and collegiality to the Council. Her voice will help make our community stronger.”
“Christine is the embodiment of positivity and action. There’s no better combination! ”
Rail Committee Member, Former member of Atherton's Park and Recreation Commission
Candidate for reelection to local Fire Board
“I heartily endorse Christine David for the Atherton Town Council!”
“Christine David and I first met when our kids attended kindergarten together. She is a longtime friend and neighbor. There are few people I know with the enthusiasm, energy, and competency that Christine possesses. I wholeheartedly endorse her for the Atherton Town Council. She will be an effective and dedicated member.”
Paul and Joan Madera
Residents & Supporters
Mark and Mary Stevens
Residents & Supporters
Steve and Maureen Kirchner
Second Generation Atherton Residents
“As a second-generation Atherton resident, I have witnessed many town councilmen and councilwomen working to support our Town. Christine considers resident needs first. She has the experience, leadership skills, energy, enthusiasm and involvement required to be a truly effective member of our town council.”
Dr. Husna Ulla and Dr. Harish Narayanaswami
“Christine will make a unique addition to our town council because she is willing to mentor others to do the same, ensuring resident involvement on every level of local government for years to come.”
“Christine and I have collaborated in the past, we worked together to build community awareness of the changes proposed by then-pending SB 50. Christine excels at keeping the community involved, and she will be a great addition to our City Council.”
Dr. Jack Cronin and Joan Cronin
“Jack and I have known the David family for several years. Christine has always been actively engaged in the community, promoting community connections, holding appointed committee and board seats, as well as, keeping us informed regarding pertinent issues and events that affect Atherton. We support Christine as an Atherton Councilwoman, representing and advocating for the best interests of our community.”
David and Karen Bliss
“For years Dave and I have been promoting the very real need for an off-leash dog park within Holbrook-Palmer Park. Christine assessed local interest, developed a sustainable business model, and backed it with commitments to fund this project and yet the Town Council shot it down. This is why we are thrilled that Christine has chosen to run for Town Council as now we have hope that, once elected, she will get it done!”
Kathy McKeithan, and Smith McKeithan
Former Mayor, Atherton
“When Christine came to meet with me regarding the proposed Water Capture and Treatment Facility at Holbrook-Palmer Park she presented very logical, and valid legal and fiscal concerns. She is very responsible. I would love to see her on our Town Council.”
Howard “Sandy” Crittenden and Diane Crittenden
President, Friends of Atherton Community Library, (both) A.D.A.P.T. area coordinators
“Though our current town council listens, they do not seem to consider resident concerns. I have found Christine to be a particularly good listener and hears resident's concerns, who follows up with plans and actions, moving us ahead in the right direction.”
“I have witnessed Christine’s energy, passion, and commitment to our town over the many years we have been neighbors and friends. She has the experience and the natural abilities needed to lead our town as our new councilwoman.”
Virginia A. Herzer
“I have witnessed Christine’s involvement in many aspects of our town over the years including our new town center, Holbrook-Palmer Park, local issues, and events. She sees a need and addresses it effectively. I cannot imagine anyone more suitable for Atherton Town Council than Christine.”
Michael and Deborah Linton
“We’ve known Christine and Mike for years and have witnessed Christine’s dedication to our town. She understands the issues, the town, and its leadership, is willing to collaborate with others, putting effective plans into action. She has our vote for Atherton Town Council!”
Dr. David Lipman and Dr. Paula Darby Lipman
“Christine has the vision, the experience, and the leadership qualities needed to unite our community by involving Atherton residents in the decision-making process. She will make an excellent town councilwoman and has our vote!”
Dona Abbey, DC
“Christine is one of the few people I know that actually has faith in our residents. She seeks collaboration with them rather than control and works tirelessly to build our community through local involvement. I have complete faith in her ability to lead this town as an effective member of town council.”
Lal and Dr. Amy Heneghan
“Christine has already taken on leadership responsibilities by getting involved in all aspects of the town, keeping us informed, joining various committees, speaking up at town council meetings and collaborating with others to encourage involvement and reasonable change throughout our community. She belongs on our town council.”
“I have met many Town Council members. It seems to me many of our council members have an agenda not aligned with the general preferences of Atherton’s population. I would like to see a voice on the Town Council I can trust and believe will do everything possible to champion causes that benefit our community. That voice is Christine’s and she will make Atherton a better place to live together as a community.”
Former Chair Holbrook-Palmer Park, Park and Recreation Committee
“Our current town council members ignore advise offered by the very committees/commissions they appoint. Christine not only listens, she collaborates, then does the work needed to make it happen.”
“I met Christine 20 years ago at a neighbor's party. She is concerned about her neighborhood and community and has consistently been passionate and active in fighting for what she believes in.”
“I've always appreciate Christine's earnest and enthusiastic approach to Atherton's Town concerns and think she's a great pick for Town Council.”
“Christine and I have served together on the Friends of the Atherton Library over the past year. She is extremely conscientious, creative with her suggestions, a thoroughly delightful person and fun to work with. She will work well on the Atherton Council, if elected, and add an ingredient, which is currently missing in some of the current members of the Council, complete straight-forwardness.”
Christine's Vision for Atherton
By establishing term limits, recommending a new way to equally share the responsibilities of mayor, developing a round table approach and reinvigorating our sense of community, we will generate interest and involvement at all levels. We will encourage our resident volunteers to participate by welcoming them in our decision-making process.
By requiring that all projects and services currently under consideration by the Town Council include MOUs, detailed business plans reflecting all short and long-term costs, overhead, and expenses including long-term liabilities, we ensure the transparency of the Town Council’s decision-making process, and secure our Town’s financial future.
By establishing term limits for our Town Council, and amending the way
Council Members share the position of Mayor, we generate more
opportunities for residents to participate in our local government.
By updating the Town of Atherton’s website, backed by a voluntary secure resident database, we provide residents with an easy and secure way to reach out, remain informed, stay connected and get involved.
By increasing the use of local committees, resident-led subcommittees, and commission responsibilities to focus on important local issues, we encourage more resident involvement in Atherton's future.
Christine's Perspective on Atherton's Current Issues
Though I am in favor of increasing the use of effective and eco-friendly public transportation, including the use of high-speed rail, I do not support the current project nor its associated costs. The proposed route, coming up the Peninsula Corridor, will only divide our communities and leave us with unwanted expenses.
The current series of state and assembly bills are aimed at preempting local government control of land zoning in residential neighborhoods in favor of multi-family, multi-income, zero lot line, zero parking housing throughout. I am not in favor of these bills as they threaten the character of existing single-family residence only neighborhoods and towns like Atherton.
This project has been proposed at two other locations before being proposed at Menlo College and Menlo School’s Cartan Field. Though cleaning water from our watershed districts runoff before it enters our bay is critical to the health and welfare of its inhabitants, this project could include unwanted overhead and expenses the Town of Atherton cannot currently afford. For at least the next 5 years, our annual budget is earmarked for the financing and completion of the new Town Center. I am in favor of putting additional projects of this magnitude on hold until our Town Center is complete.
Upon completion, our new town center will act as the heart of the town of Atherton, offering multi-purpose indoor and outdoor community spaces, walking gardens, courtyards, and opportunities to meet at our outdoor cafe. While this project is underway, it is critical that we carefully manage additional expenses safeguarding our annual budget.
Though our train station is an important part of its history, I am in favor of closing the Atherton train station in order to (i) ward off potential threats from current state and assembly bills, and (ii) eliminate the use of train horns within the Town’s boundaries by establishing a “quiet zone” at the Watkins crossing through use of CalTrain funds to build and service new quad gates.
Our Peninsula’s unique character includes the qualities of peaceful outdoor living, a quality more important now than ever before. The availability of quiet outdoor space and the quality of life it offers needs protection against overbearing sound intrusions including that of Surf Air’s daily traffic. I am in favor of requiring that Surf Air operate more quietly over the bay.
Given our current Covid-19 realities, the use of local pedestrian and bicycle routes gain renewed importance. I am in favor of expanding these routes to further mitigate traffic issues, while protecting the pedestrians, runners, dog walkers and bicyclists throughout our Atherton community.
As one of the communities on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula, it is critical that we pay attention to all matters pertaining to the Town’s natural and built environment and remain actively involved in the Town’s regional role and responsibilities. I am in favor of establishing pro-active community engagement programs for residents, and encouraging cooperation with neighboring communities to safeguard the health and beauty of the Peninsula.
I have communicated with other resident members of the fire district, council members, and local Atherton residents on this important issue. I believe there is much more to consider, it would not be prudent for Atherton to make a final decision at this time. Our town needs a close working relationship with our fire district. We need to work together to ensure the consistent continuation of our fire department’s excellent service to the broader community which includes Atherton. I do not support removing our Town from the fire district.
I have the distinct advantage of living up the street from our Atherton Police
Department. In the 21 years we have lived here I have had the opportunity to meet,
work with, and support these incredible women and men in our department.
Last year safety and security became a concern in our Town after a string of burglaries last winter. After our police did an excellent job meeting with our residents about related concerns, requests, and possible solutions, Town officials opted to install security cameras throughout specific intersections around Atherton. At the same time, there has been a national movement to more scrutinize police conduct and surveillance. To address this Town officials decided to increase training to provide a deeper understanding of these national issues and expanded the use of individual cameras to further ensure the safety of our residents, guests, and our on-duty police officers.
Our chief and his team have done an excellent job working and communicating with residents as new issues arise. I have every faith in our Chief and his team and their ability to protect, defend and continue to be incredible members of our Atherton Community.
I was born as the last of five children and raised as a 5th generation San Franciscan to a family of entrepreneurs where business and diplomacy were common subjects for discussion. My love for Atherton began when visiting friends in “The Country” with my Grandma as a child during the summer months when trying to escape the fog. I loved the idea that gardens could grow more than just artichokes during the summer months.
When my husband and I first met in 1989, we knew we would end up living in Atherton. We both loved the area and our careers were both focused on the tech world of start-ups and growth companies.
This year, Mike and I celebrated 30 years together, 21 of them living in Atherton. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, discovering great food and wine, and taking long walks and hikes just about anywhere we travel. Our daughter, Julia, works for PayPal, managing their PayPal Gives worldwide program while finishing up her master's degree in Business at San Jose State. Our son, Evan, works for the local Jewish Community Center, managing Covid-19 related concerns within their senior living community. Our family dog, “Benji”, turns five this year, and still enjoys treats, snuggling, long walks throughout town, especially his daily walks with Mom around Holbrook-Palmer Park.
Off-Leash Dog Area at Holbrook Palmer Park
For further information regarding the history of this proposed project please view the
following news articles:
Atherton committee considering off-leash dog park postpones meeting
Atherton committee to weigh off-leash dog park at Nov. 6 meeting
Atherton committee members resign over City Council's dog park decision
For all details relating to the Town Master Plan associated with this proposed project
please view the following:
Holbrook-Palmer Park 2015 Master Plan Final
Park and Recreation Committee Proposal
Holbrook-Palmer Park Master Plan Revised per November 20, 2019 Council Action (off-leash dog area removed)
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