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CalPERS rules that contract work by retired city of Menlo Park personnel director is illegal

Original post made on Jan 17, 2013

The state's retirement agency took a hard line against a retired city employee collecting a pension while working as a contractor for the past year, and declared former Menlo Park personnel director Glen Kramer's contract work illegal.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 17, 2013, 11:16 AM

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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I wonder how many other contracts the City has violated (in particular, employee rights and unions). City Management should be held accountable.


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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Good reporting! Keep up the fantastic work.


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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

When one rads about the retirement pensions of our former civil servants at 80-90% of their final salaries, and then attempting to receive a large salary from their old places of employment, one need not wonder why the state and counties are in dire straights.
Civil servants always had more secure jobs than industry, where people served at will. And our elected officials usually had few compunctions about contracting taxpayer funds for the future, without providing for it. We see it many areas of state government, and the cities of Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernadino are poster examples of the result. The problems have come home to roost and the law says that we, the taxpayers have to make good what has been promised so rashly.


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Posted by sam
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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Posted by Some Guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

@gunste

Civil servants have more secure job? Have you ever worked in the public sector?
Cause that just isn't true. My last public sector job was paid for by a tax, that went up for a vote every two years. Every two years I had to hope the voters would renew the tax, or my job went poof.

Yeah, real secure.


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Posted by Sam Sinnott
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Although I do agree with Calpers, I am not the Sam whose post was removed above.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Some guy:

you were the exception rather than the rule. Typically civil service jobs are quite secure. Just look at our city. What jobs require a vote on a tax every two years for people to remain employed?

Answer: NONE


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Posted by STeve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I guess nobody else is qualified to run the personnel dept. or get a computer system working but the former employee. Hope he has to pay back all the money from the illegal contract. This should also service as notice to the Police Chief. I guess again that nobody in the police dept, can run it like a retired person from San Bruno!


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Nobody has mentioned the "c" word -- consolidation or shared services with another jurisdiction. Maybe Menlo Park and Atherton could save some money and merge services, administration, dispatch, etc.

Maybe cities could actually think about saving money. But wait, let's just raise taxes, like the county and the state, that will solve our money problems.


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Posted by Day Zha Vu
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

This is what I find so deliciously perfect about this story: when the guy had the chance, he couldn't be bothered to implement a computer system. How can he possibly be the guy for the job when he has zero experience doing so?

Your tax dollars at waste.


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

STeve and Day Zha Vu - both of you are absolutely right. It was greed, and the ignorance or the corruption of City Management to allow this to go on. For all the talk about transparency - where is it here? The Council is to blame as well. The personnel director did nothing to support employees and why, would payroll be a funcition of a personnel director? The whole place should be audited!


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I couldn't agree more with disgusted. Mr. Kramer should never have been allowed to double dip and he should have to give the money back. I also think that the City should have to answer for allowing Mr. Kramer to double dip.


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