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Staff-Reduction Consultant

From: domainremoved <Rob>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:46:36 +0000

Hello my council members. I think Lee has really good ideas on how to plan cost levels to handle inevitable adversity.

Rob Romero
202 Felton drive
Menlo park

On Jun 12, 2015, at 2:10 PM, Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)

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 benefits.

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 discussed.

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. city.council_at_(domainremoved)

Thanks for all your emails last week. And sincerely,

Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)

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