Town Square

Post a New Topic

East Palo Alto city manager announces resignation

Original post made on Mar 15, 2022

Jaime Fontes made public a brief letter he sent to Mayor Ruben Abrica on Monday, stating that he would leave on April 30 at the end of his contract. He plans to transition to "other career opportunities."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 9:52 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 15, 2022 at 10:54 am

Mark Dinan is a registered user.

East Palo Alto has vacancies at multiple important positions: 1) Police Chief 2) City Manager 3) City Attorney 4) Public Works Director 5) City Clerk

A clear upside is that the new City Manager will have an opportunity to shape staff and bring in their own team.

Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

Hi Hmmm,

Mr. Fontes' letter indicated this was his decision. We have yet to hear from the city but we'll update the story when and if we hear from them.

Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 15, 2022 at 6:24 pm

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

As an update: The city confirmed that Mr. Fontes had informed the City Council on Monday of his intention to fulfill the full terms of his current contract and to depart for the other career opportunities.

“On behalf of the City Council, we want to express our appreciation for Mr. Fontes’ steadfast service during these challenging years, and for providing the time for an orderly transition given the City’s ongoing challenges and opportunities,” Mayor Ruben Abrica said in a statement on Tuesday.

Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2022 at 3:04 pm

Optimist Pessimist Realist is a registered user.

After reading this article I was curious about what really happened. What I know about roles like city manager is that they work under contract and it’s either renewed or it isn’t. Since info from closed sessions isn’t public, the public has to suss out what happened if there’s no specific announcement about a city manager leaving or staying. In this case I looked at a lot of meeting agendas and saw that the council met a bunch of times about the city manager’s work performance. Next thing is that he announced he resigned. That’s really dishonest. No wonder they didn’t want to keep him employed. City manager Jaime Fontes didn’t resign. He was let go by virtue of his contract not being renewed, because if it was it would’ve been announced. It’s repugnant behavior. He let the last city clerk misbehave and missed the chance to help bring the city together during Covid. Luckily many others stepped up. But we deserve better than Jaime Fontes as a city manager.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2022 at 4:46 pm

We Told You So! is a registered user.

Transparency: Fontes was not my 1st Choice for a City Manager. I found out later who was on the Committee? The Voices that advised to choose him. The people chosen were/are out of touch. They chose a person with no "depth"? You cannot be in a governing position and have a Narrow Mind. "All that Glitter is not Gold". A Lawyer that spoke Spanish. Living in Monterey?
And he wore well-fitting Suits?
Hiring for "Politically" correctness, is only Good for (NO ONE)?
Fontes has been up under reviewed at least Once every other month after his 1st year. Then it became a (stretch) game? How long can he keep pulling the wool over the
Hopeful" Council's Eyes. What should have tipped them off is, to see what it was that Fontes wasn't doing? A lot of MISSED Meetings. Fontes "Pal'd" up with the "defunct" City Clerk and they colluded in conspiring against the City. Fontes lack of supervision on all Employees was laid in the lap of the misguided City Clerk. Fontes gave no Supervision? He handed his Duties off onto the Fox watching the "Hen House" aka: The City Clerk. So that he/Fontes could continue living in Monterey.
Then It became The Older Lawyer, up against The Younger Lawyer. Alvarado took his findings to Fontes regarding Solorzano. Not realizing that they were in a partnership. Then the tables turned on Alvarado from Solorzano. Creating a Letter issued to 1st "East Palo Alto Today" Henrietta Burroughs. Which she declined to published. Solórzano was hit with another lawsuit. Which the Alvarado decline to assist Solórzano with, because it was Solórzano's alone. So now the City Attorney has moved on, not realizing that Fontes was soon to follow.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Mountain View's Castro Street opens up for an eat-and-greet to rally support for businesses
By The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 2,714 views

Fidelity, Infidelity, Loyalty, Luck
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,848 views

Is this the kind of America we want to live in?
By Diana Diamond | 1 comment | 495 views


Register today to support local nonprofits

The 38th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, September 9. Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local nonprofits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon. Complete your race in person or virtually to support local nonprofits.

Register Now!