Palo Alto's behind-the-scenes movers and shakers Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jan 4, 2013 at 7:28 am
They may not be elected officials or department heads, but five members of the City of Palo Alto staff are almost certain to play critical roles in some of the city's most pressing problems and boldest initiatives in 2013.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:16 AM
Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2013 at 10:15 am
Behind the scenes public officials? That kind of explains why there is so little transparency at City Hall these days. The Weekly doesn't seem to see that as a problem--like so many of the residents do!
Posted by Wow, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2013 at 11:15 am
Jamie Rodriguez is the tool of the "cars are evil" clique. Cars are the lifeblood of palo alto. the belief that getting rid of car lanes gets rid of traffic is ridulous. Ellen Fletcher is gone-- time to abandon her misguided notions regarding commuting.
Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm
> James Keene
What’s really interesting is that the City Manager is not identified as a “mover and shaker”. Why not? Isn’t he the person that should be making the decisions that are so wondrous that we see why he’s being compensated at over $300K a year?
> Steve Emslie
Given Mr. Emslie’s key role in the Arrillaga project on University Avenue—shouldn’t Mr. Emslie be at the top of the list—because he has no doubt been “moving an skakin’” with the best of them?
> If it succeeds, the program would both lower customer bills
> and make the city's electric utility smarter and more efficient.
This program is a joke. It is an example of how far behind the technology wheel the Palo Alto City Utility really is. The idea (if you can call it that) is that if people don't use as much electricity--then their bills will be lower. Utter genius, that is!
Posted by Paco, a resident of the St. Claire Gardens neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm
Keene isn't mentioned because he is merely a puppet for Klein and certain other council members. His salary/compensation is closer to
$500,000 a year simply for nodding his head affirmatively everytime a council member speaks. Great job if you can get it! Accomplishing 10 years of record deficit budgets definitely puts the city manager and other management personel mentioned in this article in a special class all by themselves. Condoning their lack of leadership and management skills hardly deserves praise. Perhaps The Weekly is trying to redefine the term "mover and shakers". What a pity!
Posted by Wow, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Paco--- many long time readers know what the Weekly's agenda is--- it is all about revenue flow and gaining favor with certain higher ups in the city. Most stories regarding our city needed to be viewed for what they are (the term " self-serving" comes to mind
Posted by Jo Ann, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2013 at 11:25 am
Maybe Mr. Rodriguez can spent 2 days at Town & Country Shopping Center facing the Embarcadero to see what's going on outside his office. Let him look at the traffic both ways and then turn around and look at the gridlock in the parking lot.
Let him stand outside at 11PM watching the dumb traffic lights go red for the non-existent students.
Maybe he can help me plan a route to get home from T&C to Embarcadero and Middlefield that doesn't take me 10 extra miles ti get home to avoid the backups.
Posted by Misha, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Very glad to see recognition for Rob de Geus, the heart and soul behind PSN and whose energy and dedication kept it going. A good man, a hard worker, and a great leader. We are lucky to have him in our community.
Posted by Misha, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm
On the other hand, Jaime Rodriguez needs to spend time with the average citizen on the roads for which he is responsible and particularly those he has messed up with his crazy visions that seem to make no one happy. In two years, what a mess he has made on some key roads. Let's hoping he gets bored here and moves on...
Posted by Sofia, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:50 am
Wondering? sez: "This program is a joke. It is an example of how far behind the technology wheel the Palo Alto City Utility really is. The idea (if you can call it that) is that if people don't use as much electricity--then their bills will be lower. Utter genius, that is!"
Nah -- as soon as they figure out that their revenues are down, they'll raise our rates!
Posted by PA Recreation, a member of the JLS Middle School community, on Mar 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm
It's too bad Rob de Geus has focused all his energy into Project Safety Net and has neglected the rest of the Recreation Department. I applaud his efforts for PSN, but the rest of the Recreation programs have been run into the ground under his leadership. The Teen Center at Cubberley no longer exists because of failed leadership, both de Geus and the Teen Coordinator, who by the way was promoted to Supervisor for their lack of leadership. Now Mr. de Geus has been promoted to Asst Director of Community Services.....can anyone tell me why the Community Services Department needs 2 Assistant Directors?