Boesch resigns (unbeknownst to Almanac) Menlo Park, posted by Local news?, a resident of the Menlo Park: Felton Gables neighborhood, on Jan 4, 2007 at 6:58 pm
You gotta love the way our hometown newspaper, in its apparent effort to be the next Gentry, manages to cover every society bash in town but somehow misses the real news. Someone scooped our star reporters!
Posted by Maggie Pynchon, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jan 4, 2007 at 7:05 pm
Hey- give the almanac staff a break. Didn"t you notice they were busy pitching softballs to Greg Munks, the new sheriff. So busy tossing those softballs they neglected to mention how his second wife's rich publisher parents basically bought him the undersheriff's job by bankrolling the oputgoing sheriff's previous campaigns.
Posted by ElectionWatcher, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2007 at 11:34 pm
Maybe the Almanac wasn't first with the news, but at least they hit the nail on the head (unlike the clueless PA Daily), pointing out thar Boesch had been criticized by all 4 of the "new majority" council members for not providing information, while he was strongly backed by Winkler and Duboc.
Truth be told, Boesch was pretty darn blatant in supporting the old council majority through questionable actions and withholding and distorting information. It's clear he saw the writing on the wall that they weren't going to get re-elected and saw it was time to get out of Dodge. I would have thought, though, that he would have had to make a move out of this area to get another job - you know, go somewhere where he isn't well known. That he landed a job with the county makes you scratch your head - I guess the supervisors like/need that sort of stuff.
Posted by Anna, a resident of the Menlo Park: University Heights neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2007 at 4:47 pm
I only hope this new council looks at the record of all city manager candidates to get a handle on each one's commitment to open government and belief that public agencies are in business to serve the public -- transparently and in good faith.
Posted by Renee Batti, news editor of The Almanac, on Jan 10, 2007 at 9:47 am Renee Batti is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
In response to the original poster, perhaps the more important issue is the city manager's method of "announcing" his resignation. He sent city employees an email on Thursday night -- after city hall closed. And with city hall closed on Friday, he was unavailable to the press and the public. I can't explain his reluctance to disclose his resignation to the public. Can you?
Posted by ElectionWatcher, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2007 at 10:10 am
Another interesting thing - at last night's council meeting, it was mentioned by the Mayor that two unspecified issues associated with Boesch's resignation were to be discussed in the closed session scheduled for later on that night. Sounds to me like there's something more going on here than meets the eye.
Posted by Richard Hine, managing editor of The Almanac, on Jan 10, 2007 at 10:49 am Richard Hine is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Some of the posters here state or suggest that the Almanac was late in reporting this story. As I understand the facts, City Manager David Boesch announced his resignation in an e-mail to staff after hours on Thursday, Jan. 4 -- the day before City Hall was closed. The Almanac had the story online Friday morning, Jan. 5. As far as I know, the Almanac was the first to report this.
Posted by ElectionWatcher, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2007 at 5:19 pm
Me-thinks Ms. Seymour is busy faxing her resume in-between interviews if she hasn't already found a job. She was Boesch's right-hand-person after all and apparently did her fair share of questionable actions and withholding of information in supporting the council majority.
Ask the parents with kids in the childcare program for one - she headed up the committee that magically downgraded the "new" building to a renovation of the old police station and then the committee that was used to try to give away the program to a private firm. Word has it that she heeded control to Duboc on that earlier committee and to John Boyle on the most recent one.
Posted by email@example.com, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2007 at 12:22 pm
Interestingly, no one at city hall has told the press that the city has been sued as of Dec 29th regarding the approval for scraping 75 Willow Rd and replacing it and 100 + trees and the park like landscaping with 33 two story mini- mansions on sub-std lots between 3000 and 4000 sq ft. Numerous variances were guaranteed to the developer so as to enhance their profits. The proposal was in violation of the general plan, zoning ordinances, and Master Plan for the lINFIELD oAKS OFFICE PARK . Another violation of the building code WAS THE SIZE OF THE PARCELS PER THE BUILDING REGS which requires 7,000sq.ft lots for EACH new RESIIDENTAL development.
Posted by Nushound, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2007 at 3:57 pm
I am surprised there are not more lawsuits, but not surprised that they aren't reported. The big city newspapers don't care about the mid-peninsula, and the Palo Alto Weekly only reports Palo Alto news. The Daily News was the best paper for local news until they sold out and became 99% wire service. That leaves the Almanac, but as noted by the first two posters on this thread, they are too busy attending horse shows and debutante balls to notice what the rest of us are doing.