Menlo Park will pay a consultant $126,886 to study proposed citizen initiative to limit downtown offices
Original post made by Disgusted, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights, on May 11, 2014
Our spendthrift council approves spending over $126,000 to "examine the Save Menlo Initiative". My word. What are we paying City Staff for? I don't buy Mayor Meuller's explaination --
"Mueller said he expects the resulting review to provide both "pros and cons" for the initiative. It's important to have such information because if the initiative qualifies, the council will be required to either adopt it outright or put it on the ballot for a vote of the people, he said.
"We need to be educated. The public needs to be educated," Mueller said. "Then we'll be able to proceed with a thoughtful discussion."
My view is chances of MP council approving and thus avoiding it going to ballot ---ZERO. Council had ample opportunities to revise the plan and refused.
Interesting to note the Initiative has all of 3500 words. Paying $126,800 to study this document works out to be $36 per word.
Can I apply and do the job for only $30 per word?