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Palo Alto City Manager set to receive 25% raise in supplemental retirement income

Original post made by The Shadow Knows, Downtown North, on Apr 1, 2013

No, this is not an "April Fools" joke, except perhaps one foisted upon the taxpayers and employees of the City of Palo Alto. City Manager James Keene is scheduled to receive a $13,500 per year or $1125 per month raise in a special retirement fund that the City has established for him. This after have successfully spent the past 3+ years negotiating and mandating reductions in the cost to the City of other employees' retirement funding.

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Posted by The Shadow Knows
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Edit to above post.

Keene's employment history should say:

* 2007 - 2008 International City Manager's Association
* 2008 - 2013 City Manger of Palo Alto

Also, the "yo" in the first line of the last paragraph should be a "to".

My apologies. apparently this system does not allow the original poster to edit their mistakes.

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Posted by Dorx
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

palo Alto keeps claiming that they are nearly broke, and have no money for extras.

What liars these dorks are!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Stockton Bankruptcy - Stockton city management and its cozy relationship with its unions are the real culprits. This is true in Stockton as well as numerous other cities and school districts in California. Corrupt politician and political hacks solicit union donations and payback with unsustainable salaries, pensions and Cadillac medical coverage. Low information voters perpetuate the disaster by continuing to reelect the bums and approving endless bond issues. Palo Alto is not immune from these same forces.

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Posted by Dorx
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

It is sickening that at a time when most people are losing retirement benefits completely, this guy not only gets a posh one, but then he gets a big increase! What did he do to deserve that, end world hunger?

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Posted by The Shadow Knows
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

@ Dorx

No, he didn't "end world hunger" He earned it by balancing the City Budget, primarily by means of cutting benefits for other City employees. Thus the irony and hypocrisy of his own increases......

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

Wouldn't his fifth year with Palo Alto be Sep 2015, if he started in 2010?

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

Can anything be done about this particular situation, I don't think this is right or fair, at least from the explanations here. Any significant expenditure for the city that we all pay for should be explained clearly with detail and justified.

Why is it that virtually anything I see an article about something concerning the city it is a negative story about incompetence or favoritism?

Anyone who works hard to screw regular citizens out of money sure seems to be rewarded big time these days ... and we can see where that has led to.

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Posted by The Shadow Knows
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

@ Tim :

My apologies, read the edit which is the first post under the story. He started in 2008; five years is 2013.

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