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Palo Alto nearly has a new city manager

Original post made on Jun 12, 2008

Palo Alto's next city manager could be chosen Sunday from a pool of three finalists, Mayor Larry Klein said Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 12, 2008, 4:10 PM

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Posted by yeah_for_new managment
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Finally -- Benest will be out! Hopefully, all of the scandals will be behind us!

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Posted by A True Believer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Have they picked "God" to do the job? Nobody else would be perfect enough.

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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 12, 2008 at 8:47 pm

I wonder who chose the community leaders? Will they represent me and my concerns?

My chief concern is that he/she be fiscally responsible. Next is the ability to listen and make decisions in the best long term interest of Palo Alto and not be swayed by vocal minorities.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 13, 2008 at 3:02 am

In 2007, Benest earned nearly $231,000.
Received nearly $231,000 - earned???

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2008 at 6:57 am

Not bad for never being there when he should have been? Seems anytime he need to answer to the public he was gone for 2 weeks or had to meet behind closed doors with the council. What is funny also Mr Wallis. Is while the fight to post/list Employee's wages has been an issue for sometime. Last I saw Frank or the City gave a reporter doing a story on City Salaries the figure of $168,000.00 for Frank B.
Oh well things never seem to add up in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Just Guessing
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm


Each Council Member chose one person to participate in the Father's Day morning meeting(s), but the city released the names of the participants without the name of who appointed each participant.

Here is my best guess, in parentheses, of the Council Member who selected each participant.

Tony Carrasco (John Barton)
LaDoris Cordell (Peter Drekmeier)
Sharon Erickson (Yiaway Yeh)
Tommy Fehrenbach (Sid Espinosa)
Karen Holman (Yoriko Kishimoto)
Iris Korol (Larry Klein)
Camille Townsend (Jack Morton)
Samir Tuma (Pat Burt)
Lanie Wheeler (Greg Scmid)

If any of these name pairings are wrong, I am sure the affected Council Member or participant would submit a correction.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Sharon Erkison? Now is this the same person who worked here. No one listened to. Did nothing, said nothing about it.
Then went back to San Jose were she came from in the first place.

Now they will listen to her and her ideas? Funny when she worked for the City no one listened. Her work was worthless. Because no one listened. She left and got out of Palo Alto.

Now she has something they want to listen too?? Now that is crazy!!!

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Posted by What a council
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 14, 2008 at 2:23 pm

The Palo Alto Daily has an article about this today also:

Web Link

The Daily refers to the 9 citizens as a "cadre of hand-picked residents". I refer to them as part of the good old boy network in PA--we have two former council members, two planning commission members, rotary president, chamber of commerce leader, ex-city auditor. There wasn;t room on this committee for one "ordinary" Palo Alto citizen?

Typical of our city council--do not bother listening to the people you are supposed to serve. WE constantly hear of people communicating with the council and never hearing back from them. It is clear that our council members all have their own little agendas, whether it is climate change, PACT or some other pursuit.
What is good for the city and it's citizens is a distant 4th or 5th on their scale.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm

There was supposed to be a larger selection than the one chosen. Somehow, it didn't happen. At one point, one or two Council members asked for a citizen's review panel, and it was nixed.

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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Thank you Just Guessing for the list of "community leaders" who will interview the candidates. I wonder which part of our community each leads.

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Posted by What a council
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

I find it hard to believe that none of the city council members could come up with an "ordinary" citizen in Palo Alto that they would want input from a bout a new city manager. It is really kind of sad how out of touch our city council is.

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Posted by OMGosh!
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

I guess this means that all our council members, community leaders, and the candidates missed church services this Sunday.

Camille Townsend to offer advice for a new City manager?

You have got to be kidding!

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm

OMGosh!, what you said.

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