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Atherton council proceeds with outsourcing

Original post made on Aug 18, 2011

After a few words of regret by Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis, the Atherton City Council voted Wednesday night to proceed with outsourcing certain town services.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 18, 2011, 11:47 AM

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Posted by Oh brother
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Who was the "resident developer" that Danialson appointed to to review applications and to "help choose" the new Building Department services contract recipient?
Was it Ackley or was it Weiss that has partnered up with Danialson?

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 18, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Unbeleivable. With the problems Atherton has had in part caused by its "resident developers" why in gods name would you include one on a selection committee?

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Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

And still there is no report to back-up the outsourcing . Funny isn't it?

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Posted by Oh brother
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Last Feburary, the Council voted to approve payment to Interwest Consulting Group for 48,000 dollars to produce a departmental study and then choose themselves. ???????????
Can we expect more of this as Danialson interviews hundreds of applicants to replace himself as the permanent City Manager and also decides to choose himself. Or will he be on the board of Interwest by then?
This has happened before in this Town, and more than once.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

This is an old script that has played out in politics many times. For example, Dick Cheney was in charge of picking George W. Bush's VP running mate, and ultimately decided he would be the best choice.

The big disconnect with me remains not addressing the elephant in the room, the police department, which takes most of the money.

Because Atherton has not addressed stuff in a fiscal priority type of fashion, it has opened himself up to charges of ulterior motivations.

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Posted by Oh brother
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Actually, I think the APD just got cut out of their usual piece of the real estate pie which has been snatched back and redirected straight to management. A bit of improvement but not a lot.
I would still love to know which "resident developer" negotiated the cops off of the gravy train, and gave their cut to Danialson instead. They were getting sloppy.

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Posted by Oh brother
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Great front page article in today's PA Daily News by Bonnie Eslinger on Danialson's long history with Interwest.
Danialson is quoted as stating that "it is only a coincidence that the the last three cities he has managed also ended up contracting out services to Interwest".
Also while he had no involvement in the selection process, he did review each proposal as they came in and attach his comments on their strengths and weaknesses......................for resident developer Jeff Weiss to assess..........
Why even pretend anymore that the Town isn't run by and for a handful of development interests only.

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Posted by The Big Picture
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Let's not get all crazy. This Atherton scandal(or collection of scandals) is just the beginning. read this, then maybe you'll think twice about going to speak poorly about somebody on the internet, where it is visible to everyone in the world.

Web Link

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Posted by Oh brother
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

The article attached to the previous comment is an extremely tragic story, but I am not sure how it is supposed to apply here to this thread. Should we all refrain from noticing the transgressions of public officials to protect the guilty from embarrassment?

After the enormous amount of time and money the Town has invested in supposedly "reforming" the Building Department, it is also sad to see that the end result to be nothing more than resident developer Jeff Wise choosing whom ever he wants in position of authority that might benefit his own future business. If Danialson's idea of management is to arrange deals between his own long time associates and the local players, then lets just outsource the entire concept of government and leave the special interests here to have at it.
Maybe this is what the Council meant by "hoping to run the Town more like a business"

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

It's all just too damn cozy for me. As Peter is fond of saying public officials should avoid even the "appearance" of impropriety. Well, this has a great deal of the appearance of impropriety. Having a developer choose the vendor for the outsourced building department? Come on. Is Danielsen really that tone deaf or is it as others have suspected, he's steering work to a company he is associated with. In either event it smells.

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Posted by Oh Brother
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Did anyone catch the PA Daily News article by Eslinger in todays paper?
Atherton has agreed to cave in on yet another lawsuit from Peninsula Pacific Group.
Jeff Wise had just recently helped to negotiate a different settlement on one the several other PPG lawsuits for which he was also a beneficiary--who is this guy besides a resident builder who makes money here? I don't remember anybody voting him into any public office.
Anyway this has got to be at least the forth time now that the Town has been litigated into submission by Peninsula Pacific Group. If this resident developer is really what the new city attorney is going to call "a good corporate citizen" the maybe we should all be suing at the public trough.
Oh! thats right! It's too late already-hardly a crumb has been left

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