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Boesch resigns (unbeknownst to Almanac)

Original post made by Local news?, Menlo Park: Felton Gables, on Jan 4, 2007

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!

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Posted by Maggie Pynchon
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
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.


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Posted by SoLong Farewell
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jan 5, 2007 at 4:39 pm

So who did know ahead of time that Boesch was leaving, and why didn't they post that info here?


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Posted by NotaFan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 6, 2007 at 8:51 am

I suspect DB has been actively looking for a new home since before the election, anticipating that the new council would no longer be controlled by a few really dim people.

Hope Menlo Park is not going to continue to finance his two homes.


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Posted by ElectionWatcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
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.


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Posted by Anna
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
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.


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Posted by Renee Batti
news editor of The Almanac
on Jan 10, 2007 at 9:47 am

Renee Batti is a registered user.

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?


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Posted by ElectionWatcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
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.


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Posted by Richard Hine
editor of The Almanac
on Jan 10, 2007 at 10:49 am

Richard Hine is a registered user.

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.


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Posted by Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jan 10, 2007 at 11:43 am

With all due respect, Richard, it could have been posted here, along with some analysis, before everyone in town had already read the email.

Palo Alto has a "breaking news" feature, where people can go when they want to find out what's happening as it happens. It would be nice to have similar real time information in Menlo Park.


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Posted by Dumbfounded
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 11, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Who else thinks Audrey Seymour is already mentally redecorating the city manager's office?


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Posted by ElectionWatcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
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.


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Posted by MPworkingMom
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 11, 2007 at 6:02 pm

John Boyle was definitely the alpha dog at the Childcare RFP meeting I was at. Audrey's bias in favor of privatization seemed obvious.


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Posted by debunker@comcast.com
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
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.


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Posted by Nushound
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
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.


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