Posted by mark, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 10:06 am
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Looking over the Mayor's tape, it appears he makes some incorrect and misleading statements. He states at around 1:20 into the tape that there has been no discussion on outsourcing the police at the council level yet someone found this agenda item from two years ago:
The mayor states that several members on the council support having a town vote on the issue. Yet non one on the council has asked to put it on the current ballot, even though the mayor requested three other issues be on the ballot.
Posted by Skyfall, a resident of another community, on Oct 5, 2012 at 6:08 am
The meeting where the Council considered outsourcing occurred on 11-18-10 . It was a Special Meeting, announced to the public with short notice. It was held at 8AM on a Thursday morning.
The minutes describe the meeting as, "JOINT MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL & FINANCE COMMITTEE". The attendees were: Kathy McKeithen, Jim Dobbie, Jerry Carlson, Elizabeth Lewis, Charles Marsala, Greg Conlon, Jeff Wise, Alain Enthovenb
The mayor also states that those who are endorsed by the police will not have the best interests of the town in mind. There is no proof to support this claim.
Police budgets have been cut over the last few years by not filling vacancies and reducing some expenditures.
Maybe the mayor can answer why the outsourcing issue is not on this year's ballot?
The Police letter states that who the residents elect to the council effcts keeping the police are not. That is true. If a candidate states he wants to keep the police, but only offer them 75% of current pay; will not support the parcel tax renewal; and then will support a town vote to outsource police services-- He/she does not realize that at that point it will be too late to have a town vote.
Faced with a budget short fall of $1.6M or more the council will have to make serious cutbacks on service.
Agenda Item 5.
PRESENTATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY OPTIONS BY JEFF MALTBIE (INTERIM CITY MANAGER) OF CITY OF SAN CARLOS
Received presentation by Jeff Maltbie on San Carlos financial condition and their process of outsourcing services.