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From: domainremoved <Debbie>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:13:32 -0700

Dear City Council members,

I am very concerned about the growth in our city headcount. We have FAR
more employees than peer cities on the Peninsula. A few months ago, I
learned of a website offering comparison data. While the data is from 2012,
the comparisons are still valid. *In 2012, we had 520 employees, more than
DOUBLE the average of other cities.* *In addition, our city budget per
resident is WAY out of line compared to other cities: $710 for Menlo Park
vs. $459 for the average of other cities.* See the attached comparison.
(Most of these comparisons are with cities that include police but not
fire, like us.)

It's evident that part of our difference is that we have a number of
part-time staff (I noticed this in the Daily Post's listing of all of our
employees and their salaries, published last week.) This is what I assume
brings our average pay per staff down compared to other cities.

Nonetheless, our staff headcount, and as a result, our budget-per-resident
are clearly out of line, and yet you propose adding 20 more staff. I DO
want the city to bring on the staff needed to develop the Stanford-owned
property on El Camino and Dave Bohannan's hotel, along with other projects
that will increase our city's revenue. Recent newspaper articles talk about
the "long backlog of projects" in Menlo Park. I encourage you to prioritize
these based on the revenue they will bring in, and evaluate whether 5-6 new
staff to support development really are needed. Beyond the necessary
urgently needed to support our development projects, I encourage you to
carefully scrutinize other new hires.

Finally, I encourage you to outsource all activities that make sense --
including landscape maintenance and the child care center (which also
carries the risk of, and insurance coverage for, possible child abuse).

Please reduce staff headcount wherever possible to align our staff with
critical functions and to operate a balanced budget. Please align our city
spending with the norms for peer cities on the Peninsula.

Thank you,

Debbie Hall
1245 Hillview Drive, Menlo Park


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Received on Fri Jun 12 2015 - 18:10:06 PDT

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