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.