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More Staff is Not Better??

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Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:04:35 +0000 (UTC)

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Dear Council,

It seems from - Menlo Park's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2019<https://www.menlopark.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/10938> - that we are going down the path of bigger not better, again.

Growth in Admin Services and the department most in "disarray" - Oct. 29 Council Meeting<https://menlopark.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=2118> (item E2) - Public Works, are big winners. This seems like a more, not better, approach that is leading to the conclusion that, "(CalPERS)...costs are anticipated to...nearly double," in the next 10 years. Is this a good idea? A sound idea?
How will you, or future Councils, mitigate this expense?
Are we getting more or better service due to increased efficiencies and if more efficient how will we reduce staff?
We are in the midst of a building boom. I understand we are seeing development now that previous Councils thought would be spread out over decades. But this leads to a stronger conclusion that we are setting up a City too big to support. Five years from now (halfway to your projections) with everything completed what will PW staff do?

From personal experience, 2008 remodel, I have a litany of City errors, omissions, incompetence, conflicting advice and just poor management. I put together a timeline since I was threatened with a lawsuit that in the end was tabled due to all the PW mistakes. Your own audit proves a decade later that the same nonsense continues. Is it wrong to suggest these people are not up to the job?...so why continue to pay into their retirement when they are not getting the job done and there are too many of them?

It is my opinion that if you truly wish to serve our City you will clearly answer that last (underlined) question.


Russ Peterson
Received on Mon Dec 09 2019 - 21:04:35 PST

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