Benest to retire: Let the chatter begin
Original post made by GSB on Nov 27, 2007
"I am announcing my retirement well in advance so that the new city council will have sufficient time to recruit for a new chief executive," Benest said in a written statement. He has been city manager since April 2000.
on Nov 27, 2007 at 1:43 pm
I wonder, first, how many millions of $$ this will cost the city. Golden parachute benifits for retirment. He came as a experienced person in "redevelopment" project and many developers were hoping for much redevelopment to take placee in the city so the developers could get large tracts of residental land to redevelop into high density projects.
on Nov 27, 2007 at 1:49 pm
WEll, the city council needs to meet in special session and vote him a retroactive pay increase, a much better retirement package then he will get and also sign over the deed to the home he occupies to him.
Just to show you how out of touch Yoriko is here is her comments from the above article:
"Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto lauded Benest's "passion for affordable housing," leadership on projects including the Opportunity Center for the city's homeless population and his focus on succession planning.
"Frank Benest has guided Palo Alto through eight years of balanced budgets, through a significant restructuring while keeping our city organization vital and open to learning and change," Kishimoto said."
Clearly she has forgotten the utilities scandal, the Emily Harrison affair, the infrastructure disaster facing this city and the list goes on.
However I am sure his retirement party will make for a nice photo-op.
on Nov 27, 2007 at 8:34 pm
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