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Menlo Park: Public works director leaving for Millbrae

Original post made on May 29, 2014

Sources have told the Almanac that Menlo Park's Public Works Director, Chip Taylor, has accepted a similar position with the city of Millbrae.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 29, 2014, 11:57 AM

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on May 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

This is fantastic news.

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Posted by conscience
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Why would Janet say this is fantastic news? Has Janet worked with Mr. Taylor?

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The solution to this problem is obvious; let's not have a "development boom."

While we may miss all these directors and planners, in these dire times a well-stocked administration does well to downsize, even if it's by attrition. City administrations have no business being one of the solutions to the unemployment problem.

Growth, urban or bureaucratic, is not automatic. It's usually foisted on us, gradually, so that we endure the increasing pain of greater density, greater traffic, greater mobility inconvenience, and concomitant increased expenses, borne by us. And, of course, greater "demands" for increased administrative staff.

The purpose and function of developers is not to improve the qualities of our lives. Their purpose is to make money and, if possible, get rich. They are the advocates for growth, and city administrations are typically their best friends.

Sometimes, what looks like a problem, as described here by Sandy Brundage is, upon closer examination, a solution.

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Posted by old timer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I agree this is fantastic news, which has been rumored for some time.

Just look at some of his work, like parking study for the library, which forecast no problem; try to find a parking space when the Gym is in heavy use.

Traffic studies which always downplayed the true effects, were his contributions to Menlo Park.

Not at all sorry to see him go. He does make nice PowerPoint presentations, such as when he was "blowing his own horn" at Council the other night, while consuming about 15 minutes to show what a great group of City workers were doing while under his leadership. How many man days did he consume putting that presentation together?

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Posted by Menloshopper
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

On the Library parking, given what the city got from John Arrillaga for building improvements and new Burgess gyms, I think Chip and others made the right tradeoffs. They did however make no attempt to communicate their choices to others, preferring to insist dogmatically that no problems would occur, that there were no real tradeoffs, and to act in a generally patronizing manner to Library supporters, many of whom felt blindsided by the new parking demand. So it's not a surprise to see why some residents are unconcerned or even glad that a very experienced city engineer, whatever his weaknesses, is to be lost, leaving the city with a major administrative position to be filled.

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Posted by Are they abandoning ship?
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

Here's a story worth investigating - Why are so many upper management leaving MP? $$?, Security?, Stress?, Pension $$, what?

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Posted by Yes they r
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 31, 2014 at 11:56 am

Yes they are abandoning ship.

Start and stop with the city manager as your reason and you know have your answer why they are leaving.

Or let him hire a consultant to waste your money and tell you the same answer!!!!

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Posted by Sam Tyler
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

Why is staff leaving? Because this community treats them badly at every turn. Not many other professions work in such a fish bowl. Imagine if your every interact with your bosses were open to the public,and in many cases, televised. Yet, Menlo Park staff is often accused by the community (including some of you on this blog) of being overpaid, making "secret" deals with applicants, being incompetent, and have their professional creditably questions at every turn with no visible support from the City Council.

We want the best professionals we can get yet we(the City Council and community) micromanage them and never let them do their jobs properly. The really question should be why do they stay in Menlo Park?

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