Tonight: Home improvement loan to city manager, general plan update before Menlo Park council

It's full steam ahead tonight for the Menlo Park City Council's last meeting before the city's administration shuts down for a week during the Christmas holiday.

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Posted by Not right
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

City Manager should not be rewarded for poor job performance marked by bad decision making. Very few in the private sector enjoys the benefits offered to him. This sends a bad message to the troops.

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Posted by The Banker
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

This is what's called a "feathering his nest" loan.

He should move along to another city.

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Posted by Not Right
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Touche to the Baner - on many levels, if you know anything about the CM.

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Posted by Interested in Interest
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Why are we doing this? Market rate on a HELOC is 5% for any resident in MP @ Wells, First Republic, Avid, etc.! A far cry from 2.5%...

Mortgage interest rates are going up, now down! We're being asked to lower the rate when the rest of us are faced with higher rates.

Seems like a sweetheart back-room deal that smells like "Politics As Usual"....

Menlo Park City Council -- this makes NO sense!!!!!!

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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Dec 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I am appalled at the fact that the council is even considering lowering this guys's rate and loaning him an additional $360K for home remodeling. Look at his record...gymnastic teacher dismissal, added more staff and ran us up to the top of the list for number of staff vs. residents, recent 7 % increases for staff plus all the other items in that deal which includes secretive arbitration for labor disputes. In private industry a director level person with 250 employees and a $25-30 million revenue operation would certainly not get these kind of benefits. What is the Council thinking???

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Posted by So Wrong
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Dec 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

The City Council should not be granting gifts to this CIty Manager. Yes, we would ALL like lower interest rates - there is nothing that warrants granting this to the City Manager. Wasting Taxpayer's money should not be rewarded. His mishandling of the City Police officer caught with a hooker, rubber stamping the firing of beloved teacher Michelle Sutton and hiding the investigation from the public, Expensive retreats for City Staff to "tell their stories" and most recently ten of thousands of dollars wasted to commission a new logo for the City that wasn't necessary. Add that into the money wasted on his "rebranding campaign" and the way I see it, he OWES taxpayers money. The City Council just needs to hire a new City Manager that is capable of LEADING and be done with this mess. Time to cut our losses and cut him loose.

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Posted by Had Enough!
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Let's not forget that when this City Manager came on board, he laid off staff in the name of the elimination of RDA funding (and hires an assistant to the City Manager) - nothing about that episode was fair - yet he, as So Wrong correctly writes, "mishandles the City Police officer caught with a hooker". He violates union contract, and gets away with it. Enough is enough - let him go; not pay him more!

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