Editorial: Pricey offsite meetings send wrong message | December 11, 2013 | Almanac | Almanac Online |

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Viewpoint - December 11, 2013

Editorial: Pricey offsite meetings send wrong message

Was it necessary for two city of Menlo Park executives to each conduct offsite meetings in late October and early November? Especially when adequate meeting rooms and overnight accommodations could have been found in the city for substantially less than the $11,412 spent for a retreat conducted by City Manager Alex McIntyre for his managers at the Beach House in Half Moon Bay. The second outing, by Community Services Manager Cherise Brandell, was a daytrip for 13 staff members to the Yountville Community Center near Napa at a cost of $2,200. The group stopped at a winery on the way home but at no-cost to the city, Ms. Brandell said.

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