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Fwd: Public Works and Community Services Development Organizational Reviews?

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 15:59:06 -0700

Hello Council,

I think it's time to review the mission and focus of the City's Community
Development Department. Please see below as an FYI. I ask that you do what
you can to help bring about needed change.

Lynne Bramlett

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From: Lynne Bramlett <lynne.e.bramlett_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Tue, May 14, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Subject: Public Works and Community Services Development Organizational
To: Mark Muenzer <memuenzer_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Lynne E Bramlett <lynne.e.bramlett_at_(domainremoved)

Hello Mark and Justin,

What is the *status* of the Organizational review for the Public Works and
Community Services Departments? I see an RFP for one issued on May 23, 2018
and then Staff Report 18-142-CC (Aug 6, 2018) Consent Calendar item.
Michael S. Frank wrote the report, but I cannot find him listed in a City
directory, so perhaps he's no longer employed.

If completed, *I would like a copy. *
If not completed, I would add ways to allow residents to give
the consultants input.

*Community Development Department's Mission and Focus -- time to Update *

I also think it's time to *revisit the Community Development Department's
missio*n. Right now, the focus seems to be on serving large developers at
the *expense of residents*. Instead, the department should put residents
first when considering how the development will impact their quality of
life. I suggest some community meetings related to the Community
Development Department's mission.

Your department also needs to build in *accountability* via regular
tracking and reporting of results based on metrics and performance goals.
For example, I have yet to see the Connect Menlo Guiding Principles
actually measured.

The current approach seems too *driven by developer pressure.* It has
resulted in too much reactivity and incomplete/inadequate Staff Reports
going to Council. I think the Staff needs more time for longer-term
planning, research and staying up on *current laws *such as SB1000*. *

I have other comments/ideas, but will keep this brief.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue May 14 2019 - 15:54:21 PDT

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