Looking for cost savings proposals
Original post made by Proactive Paul, Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks, on Feb 16, 2009
Here are a few:
Let the business liaison and city outreach employees go. Our City manager and Assistant City Manager are paid handsomely and should be able to handle the tasks of finding business and communicating with the residents.
Cut employee pay for the 2 days a month (every other Friday) that the city offices are closed. From my experience, the staff that is part of this program and is supposed to work nine plus hours a day, doesn't. Check out the city offices on any day at 8:30 and you'll see for yourself.
Another option to cutting pay for the days the city offices are shut down is to go back to the five day a week work. The public deserves service every Friday of the month and it would be easier to keep employees at their desks if normal work hours were observed.
Discontinue ticketing cars on the streets between the hours of 2 AM and 5 AM and instead, sell parking stickers that adhere to cars owned by residents. Continue the temporary parking vouchers for guests of residents. This approach works in San Francisco and it can work here.
Initiate a freeze on all consultants. We have staff that evidently has expertise in all areas of city services.
What are your ideas? Don't get personal and weird. Let's stay on track and keep to the issue.