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$875,00 Lawsuit Settlement to Sewer General Manager

Original post made by Observer II, Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres, on Aug 4, 2019

Oh my goodness !

How in the world does one man deserve a settlement of $875,000? That's incredible!

Daniel Child was the former General Manager of the Silicon Valley Clean Water SVCW) group, which is made up of 3 cities (Belmont, Redwood City and San Carlos), along with the West Bay Sanitary District (WBSD) which serves Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and parts of Woodside and East Palo Alto).

The terms of the payout apparently are top secret. Frankly, for an entity with an approx. $2,000,000 per year budget, using $875,000 of it must put a crimp, if an entirely criple its day to day operations. The public deserves more details!

How can this be prevented in the future? Child must be laughing all the way to the bank - at rate payers expense. If there was an injury, I might be able to understand this, but if the SVCW fired him before his contract was up, he must have had a pretty sweet golden parachut.

There must be more accountability. The public deserves more details, beyond those reported in the Daily Post newspaper as a front page article dated July 25, 2019 followed up with an editorial on Monday, July 29, 2019.

It would take someone making $10.00 an hour 87,500 hours to pay this off. Divide 87,500 hours by a 40 hour week would take 2,187 weeks to pay off. Dividing this by 52 weeks in a year would take 42 years to pay off. Once again, $875,000 is a huge number paid to one man.

Think of all the other things those funds could otherwise pay for. The list is almost limitless. Hopefully the sewer people will come clean and share more insightful reaons that lead up to and fully explains this massive use of the public's funds.


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Posted by Jim Lewis
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Aug 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm

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I've been following this issue ever since the Daily Post published a front page article. I'm baffled how anything like this has been allowed to happen and equally baffled why so little information has been released. $875,000 is a lot of money, especially being paid to one employee over unknown issues. Question arise on how this loss of money will impact operations, thus reducing the level of service to its rate payers? Where did the money come from, such as insurance, day to day budget or perhaps from a Capital Improvement Program (CIP)? Personally, I'd like to see the money paid back. Afterall, we're talking about a public agency with a pristine reputation that serves many communities.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 24, 2019 at 9:49 am

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