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Palo Alto Launches Management Fellows Program

Original post made by Herb Borock on Oct 16, 2007

Yesterday, October 15, 2007, the Palo Alto City Manager's Office issued a press release announcing a Palo Alto Management Fellows Program that would pay recently graduated master's degree students annual salaries of $45,000 plus benefits during the fiscal year starting July 1, 2008, to work in City departments and attend the annual California City Managers Conference with Palo Alto City Manager Frank Benest.

I tried to find this program in the recently adopted City budget, but I was reminded that the level of detail in City budgets has been systematically reduced in recent years, and then I realized that the the Management Fellows Program would be for the fiscal year that won't start for another nine-and-a-half months, after that year's budget is adopted by the City Council in June 2008.

If you are interested in the program, here is the link to the press release: Web Link

Comments (7)

Posted by This is a Joke?, a resident of Barron Park School
on Oct 16, 2007 at 7:53 pm

This must be a joke... City Manager Frank Benest? Please say this is not true.
His style of management is not what I would want anyone exposed too. Then going to the extent of having young, fresh minds exposed to him and his ways.. There must be a law against that? Must be!
If there is not there should be.


Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:22 pm

This is a very good idea; it will give participants a real world view, and gove Palo Alto an opportunity to see potential candidates close up, on the job


Posted by Fireman, a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2007 at 6:25 am

Mike....See recent Grad Students as potential Candidates???

You think a New Grad is a candidate to run a City the size of Palo Alto?? or for that matter any City.
So get your license to drive and enter the Indy 500??? Makes a lot of sense?
How about this, Frank knows he is on thin ice. He took care of Ms Harrison. Helped buy him some time. The new consel after the next election will/could be looking to replace Frank.
Frank does the good old boy thing to pad/make a space for him as a full time Profesor at Stanford U.
Maybe something like this? Frank makes a position for a member of Stanford to get paid 45k to watch. This will look good to all the people attending or thinking about attending Stanford.Good PR for Stanford.
Then when/if he get cut loose from The City Of Palo Alto. He goes to the Good Old Boys at Stanford and collects on his "Special intrest" project. He does something for them ,he gets a special treat?
A Fulltime position on the Staff at Stanford U..
Trick or Treat?
I would think that with all that is/has been going on at The City of Palo Alto. Frank would have something better to work on and spend the Citizens money on?
Budget,what budget?
I would think that the money to do this program ,that gives the Citizens what? {Better service?,Improve the infrastruture? One more city employee to pay.} Would have been wasted/used up on the New City Web page? Not to mention that the Web page still needs a shoot of money to fix.
I do not think that with all that is going on adding this position and expense does anything for the Citizens of the City of Palo Alto.
I think the only person to gain anything is Frank?


Posted by When will the Madness stop, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 17, 2007 at 9:44 am

This is like saying.." Charles Manson has free. Lets make him a Cub Scout leader. He can shape the minds of young children,future leaders"
We can pay the scouts a very nice wage and they will have money for College. If there are not running major companys or large City's right out of school.


Posted by Anna, a resident of Southgate
on Oct 17, 2007 at 9:57 am

Another piece in the growing mountain of evidence that city leaders are not serious about solving the many real problems we face, but rather all seem to have their own separate agendas. (See Kishimoto on Global Warming, e.g.)

Time to stop business as usual in town. These people are using our city and our money to feather their own nests (See Palo Alto pays Benest's property taxes, e.g.), while ignoring our city's problems - which they were hired and elected to solve.

Let's elect someone outside the usual suspects recommended by the Weekly. Let's protest by voting down all further demands for more money until there is SOME evidence that we have responsible people in charge of spending it.

Right now, obviously we don't.


Posted by Fireman, a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2007 at 2:45 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


Posted by FIREMAN, a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2007 at 2:57 pm

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