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East Palo Alto's new city manager brings real estate, complex negotiation skills to job

Original post made on Apr 3, 2019

East Palo Alto has a new city manager in Jaime Fontes, who brings experience in negotiating complex multimillion-dollar projects to the job. His first day at City Hall will be May 1.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:13 AM

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Posted by revdreileen
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2019 at 4:56 pm

revdreileen is a registered user.

Welcome to our community, Mr. Fontes!


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

Good luck,
Let’s give this man a fair chance. The PALO Alto Daily News is
Not real media anyway, just a few pages of gossip connected to real estate advertising. Almanac a joke too


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Posted by Winifred
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2019 at 8:50 am

Dear Mr. Fontes,

Based on the Greenfield account, could East Palo Alto implement an expansive cannabis-growing agribusiness that would generate billions of tax revenue dollars for the city over the years?

This would clearly put EPA on the map, create thousands of jobs and in time, surpass Palo Alto in business generated dollars.

There is no need for East Palo Alto to go 'high-tech' as the rest of Silicon Valley. No need for new office buildings...just a massive complex of indoor-growing facilities situated throughout the city.

Inter & intra state shipping routes are conveniently located via 101 and the Dumbarton Bridge access and there is plenty of land for such an operation.

A very attractive investment opportunity for both small investors & Big Tobacco as marijuana for both medical & recreational usage is a major cash cow.

It would also be interesting to watch EPA take a step back in time...while other cities are pursuing their high technologies, East Palo Alto could return back to its agricultural roots & provide a different kind of high instead.

Like the state of Alaska with its oil pipeline, maybe residents of EPA could also qualify for an annual rebate as well

This would stimulate growth within the city itself.






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Posted by GadgetDeCat
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

As a resident of Salinas, I saw the news routinely about the troubles going on down there. From what I understand, he was back to his old ways like Nogales reported -- he wasn't reporting what he was doing to the City Council, and wasn't keeping them up to date on activities that were happening within the city. He apparently did a lot of things without council approval, and that was the main reason he was fired.
I hope the same thing doesn't happen with East Palo Alto.


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Posted by Winifred
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 9, 2019 at 10:23 am

> He apparently did a lot of things without council approval, and that was the main reason he was fired.

> I hope the same thing doesn't happen with East Palo Alto.

Hmmm...he sounds like a good fit for East Palo Alto. Has he ever been a Superintendent of Schools as well?


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