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Editorial: City needs to release results of probe

Original post made on Apr 11, 2013

Menlo Park's stance that the results of an investigation into the firing of instructor Michelle Sutton and allegations of a toxic workplace environment within the gymnastics program are not public record is yet another in a series of missteps by the city that have characterized this messy situation from the start.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:24 AM

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Posted by DadOf3
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hear hear! Good editorial. The public has a right to know.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

yes, make the report public and the City leaders need to make sure these constant mis-steps come to an end. Time for a better city lawyer??

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Posted by Virgil
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Cities and other governmental agencies often try to hide behind the cloak of "confidential personnel actions." There's little reason for this. Many of them tried to hide governmental employee salaries and so on. The editorial is right -- we pay these people to work for us, and they owe us transparency, not secrecy.

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Posted by Active Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Wow! For sure, the wrong person got fired.

Alex McIntyre seems to be the one that needs to be handed a pink slip. And perhaps Mr. McClure as well.

McIntyre wants to HIRE 9 additional employees for the planning department. He seems completely unaware that 71% of the voters in Menlo Park voted for Measure "L" because of their concern over ballooning employee costs. Completely out of touch with the residents / tax payers!

Now he shows complete incompetence in a highly charged employee dismissal. It's hard to believe he never took the time to interview the principle parties in the case. Any person who's ever been in a management position would know that's HR 101.

It's time for the City Council to act on this continuing pattern and send him back to Oregon. And the next thing they should do is hang out a job position sign for a new city manager and city council that are from the private sector. Getting up to speed is normal for any new job. But hiring hacks who have their feet in cement that support the "system" and lack the will or knowledge to challenge it is clearly not working.

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Posted by linfieldoaks
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Kudos for the great investigative journalism and shame on our elected officials. Put it all out in the open.

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Posted by Mickey
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

If the City doesn't release the information then it would be prudent for all those who talked to the investigator to contact the Almanac and repeat their stories. Completely absurd that the City continues to hide behind "it's a personnel" matter.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Alex McIntyre has been sitting on the completed investigation for over a week now. So much for tranparancy. Just another example of our City Mananger wasting valuable resources and hiding the truth from the public. Shame on you, City of Menlo Park. We deserve better.

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