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Wanted: Locally-focused, green, techie manager

Original post made on Feb 26, 2008

Palo Alto's next city manager should be a committed environmentalist, comfortable with technology and -- perhaps most important -- eager to work with an engaged, opinionated community, the City Council agreed Monday night.

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:33 am

"The council voted unanimously that each member would submit two names of other Palo Alto residents with whom Murray should meet to solicit comments about the next manager."

I think it would be better if there was a way to have Palo Alto residents, that were not chosen by the City Council, give Murray comments.
Knowing our city council and the "good old boy" network at City Hall, I have a feeling the city council will choose people that will echo the councilmembers opinions.

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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:50 am

You got that right, Marvin. The consultants won’t hear anything new from people the council recommends.

Residents, send your ideas on city manager qualifications to And hope someone is listening.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:03 am

Has this person got to walk on water?

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Posted by Bottom-Line
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:48 am

> Has this person got to walk on water?

No .. just attend to the business of the municipal corporation.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 26, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Forget about the environmentalist requirement--we need someone that can run the city properly. Time to tell the Yoriko/Larry/Peter climate change troika that there are more important things facing Palo Alto as a small city

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Posted by Jarred
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Not so fast, you've forgotten the three most basic requirements for a Palo Alto city government objective:
1. It must be totally unquantifiable
2. It must have nothing in particular to do with Palo Alto
3. There must be no possible accountability for the city managers

Good choices include:
- Global warming
- Foreign policy
- Civic engagement

Flood control, infrastructure repair, cost control, and crime are all non-starters.

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Posted by Really Discouraged
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2008 at 9:39 am

> Flood control, infrastructure repair, cost control,
> and crime are all non-starters.

Pretty much sums it up for the past several versions of what passes a "local government" in this town.

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Posted by Get A Clue
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm

By now everyone knows that this community is at the highest point of the Maslow hierchy of needs. In another words, not focused on real needs or issues. There is the small minority that thinks that no one can do the job right, but themselves. Appreciate what you have and focus on making the basic things that make Palo Alto special be the main topic and funding process. Have other value choices such as the Childrens Theater, Art Center and Jr Zoo programs be under control of non-profits. People do not trust the City and if the change is made, more contributions will be made and the programs run in a satisfactory manner to parents and children that participate. It is time that people realize that the old times CANNOT continue. We have too many needs and the focus has to be in basic services. Complain about staff, management, council, but the reality is that going forward and being proactive will get us where we need to be. Feel free to express your opinions negative or positive, but do something about it - typing in your comments is not enough!

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