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Staff Overreach in #19-120-CC illustrates need for Major Local Government Reforms

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2019 16:58:32 -0700

Hello Council,

 I have prepared the attached June 4, 2019 FAC Commission memo in response
to Staff Report 19-120-CC and Agenda item H-3. I hope that Council will
consider my input and recommendations. I also hope that Council will start
enacting reforms designed to bring about a more responsive-to-the-resident
culture in MP. We need transparency, accountability and a culture focused
on continuous improvement. Elevating the role of the local advisory
committees and commissions is one way to start making needed changes. I
won't repeat ideas in my memo. I also attach my May 21, 2019 memo on the
topic of Menlo Park's advisory committees.

I also attach the City Employee Satisfaction Survey that I obtained via a
public record request. The rank-and-file staff also have issues with the
management level. The time seems right for an efficiency/performance audit
of the entire local government, not just at the department level. I suggest
that Council oversee any such audit, while making earlier reforms.

*Additional Resources *

   - Local Government Citizen Advisory Boards
   <http://mrsc.org/getmedia/72061479-9ba8-48b4-ab1f-cfa62cf7d4f1/Local-Government-Citizen-Advistory-Boards.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf>
   - The Role of Civil Society in Holding Government Accountable
   <https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.istr.org/resource/resmgr/working_papers_toronto/malena.carmen.pdf>
   - Toolkit on Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery at a Local Leve
   <https://www.vng-international.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Toolkit_Accountable_and_Transparant_Service_Delivery_at_Local_Level.pdf>
   l
   - Good Governance Programming
   <https://www.mercycorps.org/sites/default/files/mcgoodgovernanceguide.pdf>
   - A Users' Guide to Measuring Local Governance
   <https://www.undp.org/content/dam/aplaws/publication/en/publications/democratic-governance/dg-publications-for-website/a-users-guide-to-measuring-local-governance-/LG%20Guide.pdf>


Lynne Bramlett


Received on Mon Jun 03 2019 - 16:53:34 PDT

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