Like other public and private employers, the Council negotiated this agreement cognizant of the local compensation landscape. Most other agencies in the area, including Palo Alto, Los Altos, Redwood City, Woodside, Menlo Park Fire, and West Bay Sanitary District had already retroactively enhanced their pension formulas. Concern about the city's ability to hire and retain high quality employees played a role in the decision to bring Menlo Park in line with these agencies.
In 2010, in the midst of the economic downturn, Kelly Fergusson and the rest of Menlo Park council imposed a two-tier pension on the city's non-safety employees. Ironically, the sanitary district has taken no such action, and even continues to pay its employee's 8 percent obligation to CALPERs. As a ratepayer, I'm wondering why sanitary district board members Roy Theile-Sardina and Ned Moritz so readily criticize Menlo Park's decisions while leaving their own agency's labor costs untouched.
Heyward Robinson, Menlo Park City Council, 2006-2010
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