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Looking for cost savings proposals

Original post made by Proactive Paul, Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks, on Feb 16, 2009

Tough times call for tough decisions. Anyone have any good ideas on where cuts can be made with the least amount of suffering or any ideas that could lead to revenue?

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.

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I'd prefer to wait until staff has released all the numbers before I start listing the alternatives. Good idea to look at what we can do, and to keep it civil, but I want to see the real numbers before I assume one thing or the other.


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Posted by revenue shortfall
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Staff report for tonite's council meeting demur s on "year to date revenues", claiming complexities(?) of accounting, and "best guess" annualized. What is staff afraid of? How bad is it? What's the staff trying to hide?
Sounds a bit suspicious, especially when the windfall expected from TOT from Rosewood may not pan out, since the new hotel may have to drastically cut room rates to get occupants.
Time to put the $1 Million ECR Visioning outside consultant contract on hold, get rid of the community engagement and business development managers (non essential) instead of deferring the sidewalks on Santa Cruz and Woodland Ave.
Citizen safety needs to be improved on our streets.
We don't need top heavy administrative costs and outside planning consultants when we have perfectly capable in house planning staff.
Fewer development projects mean more planning staff time for General Plan elements and ECR visioning.


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