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Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:31:33 -0500

 I agree with Lee Duboc on this. I suggest the Council do what companies do: freeze open requisitions for 6 months and let the 30+ new assignments/hires settle in. It requires prioritizing the work load and, yes, some low-priority things won't get done. Reassess in July.

 Dan Hilberman
631 Arbor Road, MP


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From: Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
To: Menlo Park's Future <menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 10:05 am

Fellow Residents,
As reported in the Almanac,our small city has hired or promoted 31 people since September and has 27openings yet to fill. Wow!!!
But Wait. Should we see these vacancies as anopportunity:
· to change a failing personnel policy and
· to shrink the bloated staff size in our city? As I have provenmany times, we have by far the largest number of non-safety staff than anyother city our size on the Peninsula.
I am not suggesting we reduce our services. I amsuggesting that we would be better served by having outside contractors,wherever possible, perform those services:
· contractors that can be fired if they don’t satisfactorily perform;
· contractors that don’t increase our pension obligations whichhave—and will continue to-- dramatically increase. (As of last month,the California Public Employees’ Retirement System(CalPERS) started spending more on retirees than it brings in fromcontributions and investments.)
Nor am I suggesting that highersalaries are bad. But in the city-hiring system in which we are currentlystuck, higher salaries automatically increase pension obligations—andthat is both bad and irresponsible.
The Unions will oppose any changes to our staffing policies,and the Unions are politically powerful. But if we don’t make changes,thevery services we value are at risk of getting squeezed out by higher andintractable pension costs. And we will continue to an ever revolvingstaff.
Let’s make this a happy and productive New Year, and takea new look at a staffing policy that has failed.
Your thoughts on how to make a change?
Sincerely, Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
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