Posted by sure, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Maybe Development wants to be nicer to residents now, so they can shove that commercial development monster on University and Alma up our nose.
Who knew, that all the while there is a famous "Palo Alto process" for residents, there is an entirely different one for commercial developers. Commmercial developers get a free light, and can destroy views, light, traffic, the environment, with the City clamors for more, more, more.
Posted by Jim H., a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm
So, what's the total cost of this dysfunctional Development Services department? Please take in to account the pension costs for all of these new hires. How much of it is coming from the increased utility rates?
Posted by Michael, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2012 at 8:50 am
We've just added a very expensive bureaucrat to the most underperforming city government department (one which recently saw the addition of several more bureaucrats to address their inability to meet the city's needs).
How is this new director going to be held accountable? What timelines, metrics, and deliverables will he be accountable for? In the real world, such highly compensated professionals are accountable for the value they add, and if they fail, they aren't kept on the payroll for very long. Will the department become more streamlined? Will ineffective planners be weeded out and dismissed? Will the process be improved, and if not, what are the consequences?
I'm tired of the city government overpaying its own while completely failing to hold its highly paid bureaucrats accountable for their performance. The slow, chronically underperforming planning department should have been outsources a long time ago.
Posted by Jan H., a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm
There has got to be a more cost-effective was of smoothing out the permitting process. When I got a new roof last year, they kept my roofer waiting all day e Rey day for,two weeks before even seeing him about getting the permit.
A few years ago, we put in new windows and doors. The permit was applied for in October, but was not approved until January.
In both cases, the contractors wanted to know who they had to pay off to get anything through!
Posted by Brian, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Well, I hope Mr. Pirnejad doesn't read this thread. What a welcome! I am (yet again) amazed at the vitriol that is posted on these forums in nearly every topic. I've lived in Palo Alto for 34 years, and if I had found that people here were as nasty in person as they appear to be online, I expect I would have moved away long ago.
Posted by Lazlo, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm
Adding more management to a dysfunctional department seems to be the Keene and Klein's team standard fix for incompetence. The Developement Center now has two managers for every staff employee. How many manager's does it take to screw in a light bulb? According to Keene and Klein, 10 or more. The problem isn't the need for more management, the problem is that we have a city manager with no vision and whose management capabilities have cost Palo Altans millions and continues to produce no results. A change of management at the top would be a positive step by council to assure the public that they are committed to a change for the better.
Posted by Jan H., a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm Jan H. is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Brian, there was an article about rude Facebook and email users in the Wall Street Journal just a couple of days ago. It has to do with not being face-to-face or voice-to-voice with whomever you are addressing, sort of a protective armour of anonymity. It emboldens the user. Rather like rude drivers!
Posted by The Truth, a resident of the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm
It sounds like alot of City residents have insight to how municipal government employees on the management level are over paid and under perform.
If Peter was so good tell me why he was not promoted in Daly City after the Director of Economic and Community Developmrnt Dept.left that City? Peter was his assistant for over 4 years! Could he not learn that job? The credit for change in Daly City that was contributed to Peter's skill set is way too much!All he did was follow along with a software company installation program and their consultants. There is nothing difficult about that. Palo Alto was sold a bill of goods believe me I know Peter.