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FW: Hire A Staff-Reduction Consultant Now

From: domainremoved <Mark>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:12:32 -0700

To the Menlo Park City Council:


I agree with Lee Duboc that increasing the number of city employees is
fiscally irresponsible, and that we should outsource wherever possible.
Please let me know whether you will be able to support the suggestions made


Mark Louie

1025 Wallea Drive, Menlo Park


From: Menlo Park's Future [mailto:menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 2:05 PM
To: Menlo Park's Future
Subject: Hire A Staff-Reduction Consultant Now


Hire A Staff-Reduction Consultant Now


Fellow Residents,


 Council members have the fiduciary responsibility to protect the long-run
interests of Menlo Park.

Perhaps we really do need the 11.5 new employees requested in this fiscal
year, bringing the total number of new employees since FY 2014-15 to 20.5.

But, that doesn't mean we cannot get a handle on our staff numbers, protect
ourselves against the gyrations of pension costs, and protect our children
who will ultimately pay for our present and past lack of responsibility.


I've written extensively about how other cities our size handle staffing
issues; and most of it boils down to contracting out non-essential services
to people for whom the City has no pension obligations. We do this when it
comes to our pool operations at a savings of up to a million a year in
operating costs, and we have the best pool program in the area. We could do
this in many other ways, without skimping on good quality as our pool
program has shown us.

Here are some suggestions:


. Outsource our landscaping services once again. We brought this "in
house" about a decade ago; we can outsource now, especially since we are
allowing our parks and other open spaces to wither in the drought.


. Childcare services. Yes, we keep raising the child care fees; but
we need not have to do this if we do what every other city does -- outsource
our child care programs to private groups that provide safe, excellent child
care programs. Think Palo Alto, Do you think the parents in that city would
settle for anything second rate?


Other ideas? I could go on and on. And remember,


. Outsourced services can be better than the city provides.

. We can switch services when a service provider fails to perform.

. Painful as it is to fire anyone, new jobs will be created at the
firms with whom we contract, many of which are unionized and provide good

Why is this outsourcing so difficult for council members to do? Political
pressure put on elected officials by public sector unions is intense. And no
one but city employees and their union reps show up when outsourcing is

I believe that:

The City Council must put Staff Reduction at the front of its long priority
list right now-and as part of the budget-passing process. It must resolve to
hire a consultant to guide and execute this primary task.

If you agree, please let me and City Council know.


Thanks for all your emails last week. And sincerely,

Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)




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