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on Mar 20, 2012
This appointment is a vast upgrade from recent years when the last permanent City HR Director was a political operator, hatchet man. A good appointment, City Manager Keene.
So we can't give current employees a wage increase over 4 years, but every new department head we get has a significant pay increase, 20K in this case.
Nice, I'm sure they can rationalize that in some way!
Great, another "yes" man for the Keene and Klein circus. Her resume includes being a lawyer in Ohio, so I guess if we need legal advise for litagation in Ohio the city is all set. Funny how residents complain about city workers salaries but feel comfortable with paying $200,000 a year starting salary for management applicants with limited experience. Keene and Klein continue their mission to create a top heavy organization spending millions on senior management pay and benefits.
I'm sure this woman is qualified but I am getting a little sick of reading about new city executives being hired with salaries like this.
In this case, it seems more than a bit insensitive to the blue collar types, who have been asked to take pay cuts in recent years, to hire an HR director with a fat salary.
Is anyone every going to actually report on King Keene's hiden salary where the Council actually pays him 50K extra into a hiden retirement account.
So I guess because they didnt want to give him a salary over 250K and pay retirement based on that amount they had to hide the extra retirement contrubutions into a fund no one else gets.
Everyone is hiding this fact. Go check out his full compensation!!!!
Criticizing Keene and Klein doesn't fit into the Weekly's agenda or sell ads for their paper. Reporting on Keene's "comfortable" relationship with Councilmember Klein or reporting on Keene's bilking of taxpayers money for his benefit and salary compensation (yearly bonus, taxpayer paid property tax on city bought house, auto allowance, etc., etc.) might be too much for a small newpaper like the Weekly. Notice how quickly this story on new senior management disappeared from main page of Palo Alto Online.
Palo Alto officials need to be investigated for fraud. There is plenty of it going on.
It's City Press releases from Jim Keene not Journalism, Klein and Keene are succeeding in making Palo Alto "Progressive" by utilizing the Weekly and Gennady Sheyer like a tool.
This is not journalism.
Where in this article does it say WHICH unions?
Where in this article does it refer to the NLRB case where in 2010 Kaisers Management and SEIU were in collusion to commit fraud on employees? Shen is a lawyer and would have known of this case - and as an HR personnel was she party to it?
The Weekly's continued publication of PRESS RELEASES from James Keene and Larry Klein without investigation are an outright attack on city employees and perform a perpetration of hostility and half truths for encouraging the public's ire.
If you want real facts and figures go back to the Meeting minutes for last Monday the 19 and look at the councils budget report. The employees are already gouged enough for the city savings. & YET the Weekly did not publish that.
What are the effects of this? Employees have lost homes over these cuts. Employees cannot help their kids with college. Employees work in a hostile public environment where the citizens believe that the Weekly is truth.
Why does no one publish the real Keene and Klein "PPROGRESSIVE" plan to drive employees out?
Jim Keene and Klein are doing outright attacks on employees through the Weekly and you may think - so what? Are you aware of how many MANAGEMENT employees have come in at high salaries who have little expertise in their position? Look at the Development Center's newest manager who "has experience from the other side of the counter". Look at how the new IT manager hired 2 more managers underneath him.
How do issues like the Park land turn out to be the 150 - 260 million dollar waste treatment center run up? Yet no controversy on the cost?
How does arbitration become an issue about as the city lawyer says something about the fire departments lack of regard for citizens citizens right to choose" and NOT that arbitrators must INVESTIGATE both sides? Mediation is a great way NOT to investigate the city.
I am watching via tv an outrageous set of presentations "Discussion on Benefits & Strategies" tonight's council months after publication of this and was so dismayed by statements by Kathryn Shen that I booted my laptop and starting sussing around.
The staff report attached says she is "Chief People Officer" which sounds pretty Orwellian to me or something out of the George Clooney movie about the corporate hatchets who fly around to fire other people.
I question whether Jim Keane's tack on budget issues isn't going to result in we the taxpayers getting less for our dollar. How could we possibly be attracting the best people in such an anti-worker environment?
It seems that Kathryn Shen's job is to help fire people, break their unions or be the fall person -- she has an at-will contract -- if the public decides that indeed Keane is on the wrong track. I am fairly mortified.
When the City Manager hires a Human Resources manager and calls her "Chief People Officer" one wonders what other manipulation is planned or in motion.
It could be Mr. Keene's desire to be folksy and to talk down to us but it is really suspicious. Perhaps Mr. Keene just doesn't have a good sense of the English language. I wonder if her job description is different from the previous Human Resources manager.
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