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From heartbreaking loss to progressive leadership: East Palo Alto-native Melvin Gaines’ path to city manager

Original post made on Jul 21, 2023

Melvin Gaines, who grew up in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto, has come home. After a career in public service that's taken him to New Orleans, Mountain View and Portola Valley, he was hired in January as East Palo Alto's city manager.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 20, 2023, 9:50 PM

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Posted by Josie
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 21, 2023 at 11:36 am

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I knew his mother Dimples Gaines from a women's group we were in. She was generous and kind, and provided us with good food and conversation with a smile. I was shocked and horrified that domestic violence could take this beautiful life from us. I am heartened to know that her son has come thru this trauma with perseverance and grace, and is a leader in the community his mother served so well. Best wishes on your journey.

Posted by JB
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 21, 2023 at 1:27 pm

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Best wishes to you, Mr. Gaines! You sound like a perfect fit for your new job.

Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 22, 2023 at 8:55 am

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Congrats to Mr Gaines!
Nice story and he had a nice family!

Posted by Retired PAUSD Teacher
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2023 at 2:03 pm

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Congratulations Melvin from a former teacher. You were a stand out and it's wonderful to see you doing so much good.

Posted by Michael
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2023 at 12:24 pm

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I had the great pleasure of working with Melvin when he was a young EPA employee. It was easy to see then he was a very hard worker with a bright future. So glad to see the City developing its own talent and hiring passionate hard-working individuals like Mr. Gaines.

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