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Menlo Park scrambles to cover planning staff departures

Original post made on Oct 3, 2013

Two planners from the city of Menlo Park will be leaving within the next two months, just as the city finds itself facing a development boom.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 3, 2013, 10:22 AM

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Posted by So what
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Let's not forget some of the circumstances that some of these folks left. Remember Kramer - he kept coming back until CALPERS determined that his contract with the City was illegal. Some deserve to go; others not. Some still there, should go. You know who you are.

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Posted by Unpaid Lawyer
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Oct 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Yes, I agree with So what. Many of these were 4 hour commuters that add to the traffic congestion, when we could hire more qualified happy people who live in Menlo Park that need jobs, and have a true vested interest in the well-being of the community.

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Posted by The back story
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

There is one senior planner who does have a lengthy commute (so much for that theory) but is driving out the newer and more competent planners. Too bad he's not leaving, but he won't go until/unless he's fired!

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Posted by Sack them All
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

They should all go - starting with Arlenda and Thomas.

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Posted by menloian
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

Why don't they get rid of the Stanford Cronies and bring our town back to the Residents

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

Perhaps if we could actually grade the quality rather than the quantity these folks ram down the throats of residents to only the benefit of developers, we'd have a more efficent way of promoting growth in this community.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Planners deserve hazard pay in Menlo Park and Palo Alto....there seem to be a lot of vicious residents.

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Posted by predictable
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Turnover of city staff, especially younger ones, is nothing new. The story highlights two people who went to jobs with larger organizations, probably for more opportunity or more pay. Nothing new.

Some turnover is good. Just wish more happened at the top of the planning department.

to "neighbor" - our city's staff disrespects residents quite often, favoring developers over the people who live here, so no surprise there is little love lost. Several staff are wonderful, others forget what it means to be a "public servant". Most are quite civil to each other.

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