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Menlo Park man takes recreation director post in Saratoga

Original post made by Thank You!, Menlo Park: other, on Sep 30, 2007

Interim director takes permanent recreation post in Saratoga

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Posted by another watcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 3, 2007 at 8:04 am

Not only does the police department have retention problems, but I know that the recreation has lost a DOZEN of its top people, including the director and two managers in the last year too! What is going on??? Maybe they are all going to work at the new city dance program at the theater.


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Posted by Oh Please!
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:08 am

This can't be one of the City's "top people." Mr. Taylor's handling of the Bayfront Park issue was poor; his handling of the Sheeper Pool take over was poor; his handling of the Belle Haven after school program was poor.

Why is it so difficult to find qualified managers for our recreation program?

Give someone in the 10 years out of college demographics a chance. No more tired recreation managers who have been in the business for so many years, they only live to please the council.


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Posted by swimmer
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Came across this post and just had to comment. I credit Mr. Taylor for saving Burgess Pool. If not for some creative outside-the-box thinking, the City would have built a pool they could not have afforded to operate. Tim Sheeper is doing an outstanding job providing a quality aquatics program for almost no cost to the city. I think Dave Bosch and Mr. Taylor deserve our thanks. No wonder they both left this hostility.


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Posted by also a swimmer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 9, 2007 at 3:33 pm

The pool is being run well, and I doubt the city could have done so well based on past performance. However, it is not true that Sheeper runs the pool at almost no cost to the city. He doesn't pay any rent! The residents are still paying for the $7 million facility and he only has to pay for some of the operational expenses. That is a shameful sweetheart deal (no competitive bids).


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Posted by Watching and weeping
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 9, 2007 at 4:33 pm

1. Mike Taylor did not orchestrate the $7 million Aquatics Center give-away. The WeeWinklerJellinsDuboc team did. Taylor was in the middle of a very smelly business.

2. David Boesch -- deserves our thanks? What a joke, and a very bad one at that. He not only is to blame for allowing the WWJD team to deceive the public about the city's financial situation, he also can be blamed for the fiasco in the police department for his hiring decisions and for pretending that the unprecedented exodus of veteran police officers didn't represent a crisis. I shudder at the thought that he will probably be our next county manager.


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Posted by Rec watcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 9, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Mike Taylor authored a staff report that showed that the Sheeper arrangement was a very bad deal compared to the operations in other cities. The report also indicated that most cities, Palo Alto for example, were breaking even on their pool operations. Some were making enough money so that pool revenues could subsidize other programs!

The council ignored that report as it didn't support their plan, plus no one wanted to explain how MP's aquatic operations could be so unprofitable compared to those of similar communities.

Don't blame Mike. He was in the middle of a tough situation He is a great guy with a lot of heart, and he served the city to the best of his ability for many years. I hope he is happy in Saratoga.


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Posted by Recreation needs help
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 10, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Recreation is in dire straights. I dont recognize too many people any more. Its a shame to watch that slide.