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Guest opinion: Why we need a staff-size reduction policy

Original post made on Sep 29, 2009

Why do we care about employee costs? Not surprisingly, employee costs constitute the single largest city expenditure. When employee costs rise, city services are curtailed, fees and taxes are increased, and, most unfortunately, infrastructure maintenance is deferred.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Menlo park was very fortunate to have Mickie Winkler on the City council. She was a very responsible person who really cared about the residents of Menlo Park and acted in the best interests of the residents. She lost the last election because of a dishonest smear campaign mounted by the SEIU and the the far left in Menlo Park.

So, what we have now is a council that is beholden to the SEIU and the SEIU, for all intensive purposes, is running the City of Menlo Park. The inmates are running the asylum and the asylum is about to run out of money. That is unfortunate. Sky rocketing employee costs and abandoned store fronts are the legacy of Heyward Robinson & Richard Cline. But it does not have to remain that way.

In less than a year there two city council candidates will run for office who will not collude with the SEIU behind close doors like Heyward and Richard did and will reverse the cycle of corruption between the SEIU and their annointed City Council members.

It is time to bust the SEIU Corruptocracy.


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Posted by my take
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:14 am

Ms. Winkler during her tenure did noting but try to remove the well thought out restrictions that prevent un-wanted traffic generating development. She along with Jellins and DuBoc worked around City restrictions to grease the way for her slick developer friends to build unwanted projects in the Linfield and attempted to do the same along El Camino.

The current 1300 El Camino project, that is about to be approved, is a classic case of how a previously outlandish project, one that was originally proposed for 60 feet in height and over twice the allowed zoning density fit into her game plan, but which now is a perfectly reasonable project that conforms to our City's general plan and zoning.

She fought to get the swimming pool expanded to 50 meters, so that her cronies in Menlo Masters could have their desired Olympic sized pool. The only obstacle was the then current TIA standards, which prevented its approval without undergoing a full EIR. She then railroaded through a sweetheart no-bid deal, where Mr. Sheeper pays no rent for the City's 8 million pool. That contract will be coming up again soon, and surely the City will this time do the process right and put it out to bid.

So I don't really care much for her suggestions here, although City expenses, mainly staff salaries have to be contained. It should be a simple operation. Just cut the head count.

As for Hank Lawrence's accolades bestowed on her above, just remember both she and DuBoc were voted out of office by wide margins and their third partner Jellins, didn't have the guts to run again.


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Posted by Kleegeen
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Who are all these people (Winkler, robinson, Cline et al). But more importantly, what is "Martinizing" and why does it only take an hour?


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Posted by New blogger
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm

After reading both Kelly Fergussen's and Mickie Winkler's guest opinions I believe Winklers is the most constructive and least political. Fergussen's is laced with political finger pointing and inuendo with very little practical problem solving. Winkler's was devoted to how we should deal with the unsustainable staff salary and benefit structure and wasn't at all defensive (considering she had been personally attacked on unrelated topics).

The blog by 'my take' above is exactly what we do not need in Menlo Park. Attacking the messenger to obscure the message.


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Posted by Kleegeen
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

The reason "Matinizing" only takes one hour is because it does not deal with "objectionable content"!


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Posted by my take
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

In the case of Winkler and DuBoc, they have a track record; it is good to remind those who might not remember or were not here, of just what they stood for and still have agendas to accomplish.

DuBoc's recent communication, whereby she tries to resurrect the old Derry project, that was subjected to a referendum, and the linked 1300 El Camino project, with its 60 foot high structures and outrageous density. Why she wants to again campaign for these projects, which in no small measure led to the defeat of herself and Winkler, is really hard to understand.

Finally, note the two letters in the City's e-mail log, trying to convince council not to approve the new 1300 El Camino project, which conforms to our general plan and zoning. Both letters, one from the Dreager's clan and the other one from the Beltramo brothers, are again trying to do what they succeeded in accomplishing when they kept Bevmo from getting a use permit for a store on Santa Cruz. Keep the competition out.

The Beltramo letter

Web Link

is ironic, since it argues for more housing and no grocery store, yet their own approved project which was approved 3 years ago and which has housing, they as of now are not going ahead with construction.

Both letters smell of extreme self interest to protect from competition their own operations.


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