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City Manager Jim Keene's total compensation: $433,482.00

Original post made by The Shadow knows...., Crescent Park, on May 17, 2015

This morning's San Jose Mercury News has a very revealing front page article about the pay for City Mangers in the Bay Area.It shows total compensation including benefits, retirement contributions, and other little known perks.

The result for our City Manager James Keene is that he is the 3rd highest compensated City Manager in the entire Bay area, at a total cost of $433,482.00 !!! That's more than San Francisco, Santa Clara, Concord, Fremont, etc, etc, etc.

The story also states that Keene receives some $52,000.00 in City paid deferred compensation in addition to his retirement. That is twice as much as any other City Manager.

According to the article, "Keene declined to be interviewed despite several attempts. Mayor Karen Holman didn't return messages". So much for Keene's and City Hall's rhetoric about openness and transparency. Apparently it's just another example of 'do as I say, not as I do'

Perhaps Keene could have his also highly paid spokesperson comment for him? Or, better yet, perhaps former Council member and Mayor Larry Klein could explain why Keene was thought to be be worth so much when he (Klein) led the hiring and negotiation process that brought Keene to Palo Alto.

If only the old axiom that 'you get what you pay for' were actually true.

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on May 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

I don't begrudge his salary...he leads a major enterprise (the City of Palo Alto). I wish he wasn't a reflexive liberal, but he got elected by the libs...and the libs rule. If he was a more realistic guy, I would also support the same salary.


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Posted by Agenda
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

"According to the article, "Keene declined to be interviewed despite several attempts. Mayor Karen Holman didn't return messages". So much for Keene's and City Hall's rhetoric about openness and transparency. Apparently it's just another example of 'do as I say, not as I do'"

Karen Holman answering tough questions from a real newspaper? That will never happen. Holman is used to the kit glove treatment from her buddies at the weekly. Either she is the recipient of biased and one sided coverage, which makes her look like a real mayor or when she does answer questions they are softball questions specifically tailored to promote her agenda.


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Posted by Waddajoke
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm

This guy has a small town to manage and " needs" two assistants? Waddaloser! Waddawaste!


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Posted by Me
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Getting this type of pay is perfectly fine if he successfully manage city issues and problems.

However, this guy hasn't really managed our city that well considering his title is City manager. Examples are bungled construction of the Mitchell Park library, on going BV issues which may result our city in a lawsuit by Jisser, poor management of subcontractors, non transparency in hiring and retaining of highly paid consultants. These are just a few that I am collecting and reading from posts. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on May 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

For that kind of salary he should be contacting the FAA and demanding some relief from all of the SFO plane noise over our city.


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Posted by Max Frieberg
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Keene is not worth the money but its typical. He is a government bureaucrat and always has been. Liberal views and no substance. He will rip the taxpayers off and feel good about it. How he can feel good about his work is beyond me. We could have much more for less than half of the pay.


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Posted by question
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Kevin Skelly's actual compensation was more than that.

Governor Brown's actual compensation is less - by a lot.

Just a question -- is it really that inconceivable that we could find someone qualified for half that?


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