Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Almanac staff writer, on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:52 am Andrea Gemmet is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
Eagle Eye: I think your reference to the $400,000 loan needs some clarification.
The contract states that City Manager Jerry Gruber is eligible for a low-interest, $400,000 loan in the event that his duties change and he is no longer required to occupy the town-owned house in Holbrook-Palmer Park. In that case, he's eligible for a loan in order to buy a home within a one-hour drive of Atherton.
Posted by Mr. S., a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm
The real irony is that on the same day the federal government cuts top salaries in half for any company receiving taxpayer assistance, the Atherton council votes a huge raise for Gruber with the parcel tax vote two weeks away.
Posted by taxpayer, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Apparently Mr. Gruber's suggested "Proclamation of Family Dinner Night In Atherton" was a big hit with the council --I can't think of any other major initiatives--just alot of pleasent glad handling--maybe he's really good at keeping council secrets from the residents
Posted by Fiscally responsible, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm
What apparently Eagle Eye and Andrea Gemmet did not catch is the SEVENTH MONTH SEVERANCE agreement (six months plus one month minimum "suspension" with pay) if the Council decides to terminate Mr. Gruber's services. What a travesty. This is much more like a compensation agreement for a major city like Palo Alto or San Jose than a small town such as Atherton. This really is unprecedented.
Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Almanac staff writer, on Oct 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm Andrea Gemmet is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
There's no change in the contract Atherton has with Jerry Gruber in the terms of "separation without cause."
Basically, if the city council fires him without cause (for cause being gross misconduct, conviction of a felony, etc.) Mr. Gruber is entitled to 30 days notice, during which time he may be placed on paid leave. He's also entitled to up to six months of salary, health and welfare benefits (but not housing or car allowance) in exchange for signing a release of liability agreement with the town.
If he is fired for cause, resigns or becomes unable to perform his duties, he is not entitled to the six-month severance payment.
The wording is substantially the same in this newest agreement, approved by the council on Oct. 21, as it is in his original agreement with the town from January 2008.
Since there's no change, it wasn't included in the brief online story about the raise.