It has become apparent that E. Palo Alto City Manager Magda Gonzalez has done very real damage and caused problems in our city. I am posting this for thoughtful feedback and advice to many of the regulars who make intelligent, insightful comments. Apparently the city council has not completed their performance review of Gonzalez and her contract runs out in October. This is her first city manager role and it truly doesn't seem a good fit. Here are some of the lowlights of her tenure so far:
*She has interrupted the senior lunches delivered to our Senior Center. She has stated she wants to put her own people to work at the Senior Center.
*She has screwed up the search for a new police chief. Interim chiefs are fine, but so far, the city has gotten no where in looking for a permanent chief. This is due in large part to Gonzalez refusing to work collaboratively with her bosses, the city council.
*POA discussions with Gonzalez's office are rumored to be hit or miss, further eroding the trust between her office and the police depts.
*We can't forget her wanting to outsource police services without direction of the council.
*And finally, there is the Rent Stabilization Program debacle. Gonzalez has driven out an incredibly gifted, dedicated and ethical administrator due to her bias against rent control. Is she colluding with greed landlords? What are really the intentions of the audit? Well, now with the latest article, below, we learn that a tenants' rights group has requested info regarding this spurious audit (link at the end of this post).
All in all, Gonzalez seems to creating a LOT of problems. Her willful disregard for the law in her employee dealings, as attested to by Administrator Carol Lamont, and her disrespect toward the city council are intolerable and hallmarks of bad leadership. She is going to get East Palo Alto into really hot water if she's not stopped.