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East Palo Alto city manager announces resignation

Original post made on Mar 15, 2022

Jaime Fontes made public a brief letter he sent to Mayor Ruben Abrica on Monday, stating that he would leave on April 30 at the end of his contract. He plans to transition to "other career opportunities."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 10:13 AM

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm

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We all know Fontes didn’t resign. Why are you reporting that he did? Why aren’t you reporting the fact that he did NOT resign but in fact the council opted not to renew his contract? This is inexcusable that you’re not bothering to report the facts. Please correct this.

Posted by Sue Dremann
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on Mar 15, 2022 at 1:15 pm

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Hi Hmmm,

Mr. Fontes' letter indicated this was his decision. We have yet to hear from the city but we'll update the story when and if we hear from them.

Posted by Sue Dremann
a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2022 at 6:27 pm

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The city confirmed that Fontes had informed the City Council on Monday of his intention to fulfill the full terms of his current contract and to depart for the other career opportunities.

“On behalf of the City Council, we want to express our appreciation for Mr. Fontes’ steadfast service during these challenging years, and for providing the time for an orderly transition given the City’s ongoing challenges and opportunities,” Abrica said in a statement on Tuesday.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2022 at 7:02 pm

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Thank you for the update and being vigilant to report it quickly.

So Fontes did NOT resign, he just spun it to look like he did by releasing to the public a letter designed to look like he’d resigned at the end of his contract. But what else would he do? Stay on without a contract when clearly the city council doesn’t want to continue to employ him? You can’t resign from a position you no longer have. Kind of hard to believe the local media are falling for his transparent tactic.

Posted by Hmmm 2
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

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Fontes should not of been Hired in the first place. They have had him under reviewed for the last 2 yrs.
But you know East Palo Alto. They tend to Hire Low Quality Employee's. You get what you pay for? This has been Their History "Forever".
Last night Mayor Abrica said this "We don't want to give out the Impression that We hire "Criminals" under any status? Enquiring Minds want to know if he is going to turned down those constituents, that have served Their time and can now LEGALLY vote? And has voted for him?
Like "Hmmm" stated. Fontes is being FIRED. One reason is he refused to be (accountable) & FIRE The Former City Clerk. Who committed Fraud & was allow to be let go instead. An (Unofficial Criminal).

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