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Outsource street sweeping, finance committee agrees

Original post made on Dec 5, 2013

The Palo Alto Finance Committee voted unanimously to back outsourcing street-sweeping services, but with a few caveats that would help save employees' jobs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 9:59 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Jim H., a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

For the 7 employees that will be transferred to other positions in the city, are these currently open positions or are new positions being created? If the latter, then the savings is eliminated, and actually the overall costs will increase. Looking at the city's website, there are a total of 21 job openings. Doubtful that the former street sweeping employees qualify for 7 of those positions.


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Every time the city does something like this, they may save some money to begin with ... that's the sweetener ... then a few years later something they did not take into account in the contract comes back to bite all of us in the butt in terms of higher costs or lower service.

This always seems to be about awarding sweet deals that have the city over a barrel in some amount of time to private interests ... and I think it's BS. The mindless privatization over everything is not really helping anyone but the well-connected in Palo Alto, certainly not the average Palo Altan.


Posted by Dave, a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

It's ridiculous that Marc Berman says the city has wanted more efficiency with staffing and cuts a lower end job that residents need and pay for.

Where's the efficiency and accountability with all the contract positions, all the new management positions, and all the paid consultants!?

Look at how fat the city managers office and the permit center, Develeopment Center, has become with all the new positions. Will city council even acknowledge that and address it?! Or just pat theirselves on the back for saving a few hundred thousand at residents expense, when one or two of these wasteful high end positions start around $120,000 plus a year!

Weekly, why not run an article on the new positions created over the last two years?


Posted by Retired Staffer, a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

For an ESTIMATED savings of $295,000 the residents of Palo Alto lose 50% of their street cleaning and gain a dirtier El Camino.


Posted by Jack, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

How about outsourcing the City Council?

Cutting the service, but not the monthly charge, is outrageous and insulting to our intelligence.


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