Town Square

Post a New Topic

Top MP city staff go for raises again tonight

Original post made by Henry Riggs, Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle, on Jul 16, 2013

Who came up w the phrase "tone deaf"? Its so descriptive for decision makers that just don't get it.
In June, the upper management group of Menlo's city government took a shot at raises for themselves - some significant - using the tried and true line that "they get more in Palo Alto" or wherever; council said No. Guys, didn't you get it that the people that pay your salaries and a fine pension for life think that government employee deals got out of hand? Not just in Menlo, but in the cities you compare yourselves to. Sorry, but we are not all Google stock optioners - most of us work for a living, risk unemployment and don't have the $2.4 million in the IRA to match your retirement deal, so its hard to support you when you ask for More. Meanwhile, the city is hoping that hourly city workers will contribute more to their good retirement deals - your ask as managers doesn't look good.
Menlo Park has some great employees and some great managers too. Thats not the point. It can't always be More, More. We've cheapened our roads, our park maintenance, our library hours; we've raised fees on everything. When do we restore city services?
City or business, financial planning is a long term thing. Council, please, lets find another way to appreciate our city staff than tapping the bank every time we snag some cash.

Comments (1)

Like this comment
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Thank you Henry. This is a year when we are going to be facing strong pressure for public employee pay and benefits increase in Menlo Park, Atherton and the Fire District. The only way to stop this will be strong citizen voices like Henry's.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Fu Lam Mum shutters temporarily in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 2,619 views


Readers' Choice ballot is here

It’s time to decide what local business is worthy of the title “Almanac Readers' Choice” — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 19th issue of The Almanac.