A SWIFT DEPARTURE ... After nearly 15 years at East Palo Alto City Hall, Assistant City Manager Sean Charpentier, 46, left his job on Aug. 27, according to sources. City Manager Jaime Fontes confirmed on Wednesday that Charpentier resigned, but did not give a reason for his departure. A memo to city employees stated that he left by "mutual agreement." Charpentier was previously a project coordinator for the Ravenswood Redevelopment District, which has since dismantled. He stayed on with the city as an economic development coordinator. In 2015, he became assistant city manager, helping obtain numerous grants for housing and redevelopment. During Charpentier's tenure, East Palo Alto's landscape dramatically changed with the addition of the Clarke Avenue bike-pedestrian overpass, a project he was proud of and said would serve to reduce the isolation of the city's residents from surrounding cities and amenities, and a four-story development largely occupied by Amazon at University Avenue and Donohoe Street. He also played a key role in securing water-transfer agreements with Mountain View and Palo Alto that enabled East Palo Alto to continue development projects when it ran out of water for new hookups in 2016. In addition, he was pivotal in landing a $20 million competitive grant from the California Strategic Growth Council earlier this year for affordable housing and transit through a partnership with Eden Housing, EPA CAN DO and San Mateo County Transit District. When Carlos Martinez stepped down as city manager last year, Charpentier temporarily served in the position until Fontes was hired in March. Charpentier did not return a call requesting comment on his departure. Community and Economic Development Director Patrick Heisinger is now serving as the interim assistant city manager.
COMING TO THE RESCUE ... As Hurricane Dorian crawls up the country's southeastern coast, a group of Midpeninsula emergency responders has been deployed to help with search and rescue operations. Forty-five members of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 arrived to Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday morning, along with three assisting dogs. The group represents several local agencies, including the Palo Alto, Mountain View and Santa Clara County fire departments and Menlo Park and Woodside fire protection districts. The group brought in 45,000 pounds of equipment to help with the operation. There are also 10 civilian members, such as doctors and structural engineers, from Stanford Hospital, Genentech and other public and private organizations with technical expertise.
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