Is Mr. Fialho fleeing a sinking ship?
Original post made by Carolyn Thomas on Mar 31, 2011
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:26 am
Can't you say anything nice about people? I can feel your frustration and anger, but it appears to be blinding you so that you can only say negative things. So, San Ramon is thinking seriously about hiring Fialho to the tune of $300K? Boy, he must have SOME good qualities, don't you think? Or are you too blinded by your own personal pain to see them?
on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm
I was always under the impression that a city manager's allegiance was to the city, not to the city workers. How else can you bargin in good faith?
Executives come and go, the real work always gets done by the people in the trenches.
on Mar 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Perhaps I did a poor job articulating the source of my frustration. What irks me and is a cause for concern is the fact that Mr. Fialho proudly acknowledged being one of the lowest paid city managers in the area, made a big to-do about the 8% PERS contribution he offered to pay on his own behalf, and forced the public employees back to the bargaining table... I now wonder if these were simply publicity stunts, knowing that the eyes of San Ramon's leaders (and potential employers) were keenly watching him while under consideration for their city manager position.
Certainly Mr. Fiahlo DOES have some very good qualities, as pointed out above, but let's face it, he inherited a very healthy city from Deborah Acosta in late 2004. The first five or six years were relatively simple due to factors already in place but, now that the going has gotten tough, it seems Mr. Fialho's true colors are really beginning to show through.
Bill's comment about a city manager's allegiance being to the city itself is valid, but would this city be what it is without the hard work and dedication of its workers? I'm admittedly biased, as my daughter has a vested interest here, but I was also someone who played devil's advocate for many months when we'd have discussions about pension reform, often to the point of taking Mr. Fialho's side completely. I now question, as does she, what Mr. Fialho's true agenda has been all this time.