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Benest to retire: Let the chatter begin

Original post made by GSB, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 27, 2007

Palo Alto City Manager Frank Benest announced today that he will retire from the city's top post on June 30.

"I am announcing my retirement well in advance so that the new city council will have sufficient time to recruit for a new chief executive," Benest said in a written statement. He has been city manager since April 2000.

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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 27, 2007 at 1:43 pm

I wonder, first, how many millions of $$ this will cost the city. Golden parachute benifits for retirment. He came as a experienced person in "redevelopment" project and many developers were hoping for much redevelopment to take placee in the city so the developers could get large tracts of residental land to redevelop into high density projects.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 27, 2007 at 1:49 pm

WEll, the city council needs to meet in special session and vote him a retroactive pay increase, a much better retirement package then he will get and also sign over the deed to the home he occupies to him.

Just to show you how out of touch Yoriko is here is her comments from the above article:

"Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto lauded Benest's "passion for affordable housing," leadership on projects including the Opportunity Center for the city's homeless population and his focus on succession planning.

"Frank Benest has guided Palo Alto through eight years of balanced budgets, through a significant restructuring while keeping our city organization vital and open to learning and change," Kishimoto said."

Clearly she has forgotten the utilities scandal, the Emily Harrison affair, the infrastructure disaster facing this city and the list goes on.

However I am sure his retirement party will make for a nice photo-op.

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Nov 27, 2007 at 8:34 pm

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 27, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Our city has an excellent credit rating, satisfied residents, and a surplus reserve. $20 million cut in from the budget, and we didn't sink when the bottom dropped out of the boom. This takes real management chops. Thanks, Frank, and staff!

Very Best to you in your next phase...

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Posted by Native Girl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 27, 2007 at 10:07 pm


I would like to second that motion.

We are a very demanding group of residents.

I would like to second that motion.

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Posted by janette
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 28, 2007 at 5:01 pm

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