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East Palo Alto rent board slams audit

Original post made on Mar 27, 2014

Members of the East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board on Wednesday lambasted an audit of the city's rent program as an "amateurish hatchet job" that was designed to undermine the program and its chief administrator, Carol Lamont.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:57 AM

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

After incidents of civil unrest in the future, the city will be wondering how all of this got to be so bad.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

Hmmm is a registered user.

Raymond, what does your comment mean? Civil unrest where?

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Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

When people like Prof. Juliet Brodie show up to speak publicly against such a shoddily conceived, researched and written "review", arrogant city managers need to take notice. Perhaps an apology from and complete retraction of the report by this city manager are in order at this point.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Now that I've read the report, I can say that it's utterly ridiculous. It's clear that the auditor knew very little about the rent stabilization ordinance or the program, because she kept confusing the two. It was a bizarre read that would have been cynically humorous, except for the fact that it's a biased, ignorant document that is a testament to the city manager's refusal or inability to do right by the rent control law. It's hard to imagine that this prejudiced report wasn't intended to do harm to the employees of the program, the program itself and the law behind the program.

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Posted by EPAMom
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Again, I'm wondering why the City Manager is not being held to account for the numerous problematic actions she has taken, inactions she has not taken, and failures of coommunication. Is there some connection between the 'consultant' and the CM? Why is the source data not available? Why does EPA continue to waste money on outside consultants when the residents know exactly what needs to be done?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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EPAMom - the consultant is friends with the city manager, according to what the city manager has told others.

Have you contacted your city council members to ask for them to look into all of this? The council is in the middle of discussions about whether to renew the city manager's employment contract or not. THIS IS THE TIME TO WEIGH IN ON THESE ISSUES!

I posted a thread about this earlier this week, as the council had a closed session on Tuesday, but with public comment beforehand. A number of people commented to their council to please not renew her contact. Others called and emailed. To me it seems that some of the council are beguiled by the city manager, so that they may be tough to convince. But if they want to be re-elected, they must listen to their voters. I won't vote for the current mayor if she runs again. She looks up to the city manager, which is a huge mistake.

The city manager has apparently been causing problems with the senior center, as well as with the community regarding the police dept., the police chief hiring and the attempt to see if the sheriff's office could take over. the community would not stand for it. And the city manager has alleged that our police dept. wanted the sheriffs to take over. She doesn't even take responsibility for her screw ups.

As for this stupid review, which isn't a review at all, the city manager won't rake responsibility. She is out for herself. You CAN fight city hall if you make your views known. There are tenant activists, community groups, youth groups, church people, all who care about things in the town, so perhaps you can learn more from them.

We have some smart, experienced people on the council. Please contact them, make your views known and ask them what they plan to do about it.

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