Don’t accuse Robert Richter of failing to speak his mind.
A retired scientist and engineer who developed advanced technology for JPL, Xerox and General Electric, Richter emerged as perhaps the council’s harshest critic in the run-up to Flintridge area votes about sewer installation and assessments.
Then and now, Richter maintains that city officials have knowingly misled and deliberately lied about the need for sewers — especially to residents below Foothill Boulevard, where assessments failed due to hefty price tags.
“What I learned about the city when I got involved in sewers was the starting point, not the ending point,” said Richter, 80, who came to the U.S. from Germany in 1952 and served with the Army Dental Corps during the Korean War.
What’s come since the sewers question is a council candidacy — his second in two years — marked by aggressive criticism of council incumbents and equally forceful means of making a point, at times publicly declaring past city actions and discussion of certain issues as “absurd” or “a waste of time.”