Pleasanton Council duties go well beyond Tuesday nights
Original post made on Jan 4, 2013
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on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm
I had no idea our Mayor and ouncil folks were involved in this many outside committees. No wonder people that work full-time cannot do this job, and there are only a handful of people that have the spare time to run for office. The City askes the most of our Mayor which limits the candidate pool to retired folks (Thorne is retired, or Cook-Kallio who said in the paper that she would retire if she elected Mayor), or college students like Hosterman. Slim pickings for sure.
on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:04 am
That's amazing! No wonder nothing ever gets done in Pleasanton,
I spent my whole working career going to meetings where attendance was usually mandatory, with groups ranging from 20 to 30 attendees. 99% of everything that was disseminated in those meetings could have been accomplished with a simple hallway conversation around the water cooler during break time.
When so many compartmentalized groups get together for meetings to conduct strategy sessions and to outline goals, it's inevitable that the micro-focused attention during these meetings, usually leaving those not the focus of those discussions, thinking about jelly donuts or something. No wonder nothing ever gets done in Pleasanton.
Hey! City Council! How about repaving Old Stanley Boulevard before you sojourn to some exotic locale to participate in some nonsensical committee exercise!
on Jan 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Elected officials can do their job, even with holding a fulltime job, if they prioritize their time. Once of the best mayors we had to halt the out of control housing in the city was Ben Tarver, and he had a fulltime job, which was not in Pleasanton. There are a ton of committees out there, but I think most of them are just a waste of time. Much of the city staff goes to those committee meetings. If the elected officials, who are essentially a part-time volunteer job, communicate their policies to the paid staff who are attending the meetings anyway, the staff can represent the city.
The elected officials sometimes forget that we have a council/city manager form of government in Pleasanton. The elected officials set the policy and the well-paid city manager makes it happen. If the council sticks to policy, and does not micro-manage the implementation of the policy, the elected official does not need to spend all of their time in meetings.
Most of the time the elected officials want to be on all of those committees so that they can add them to their resume. We have seen in the past that even our previous mayor was on a lot of committees but the committee minutes show that she rarely attended a meeting. This is not uncommon. The committees are usually for the personal gain of the elected officials, and of no real benefit to the citizens.
I suggest that if we continue all these meetings and committees that the minutes of every meeting need to be on a single website for the public to see what their elected officials are really doing. It would be easy to list the committees that each of the elected officials are on and then for each of those committees post the minutes. Then the public can see if there is really a benefit for our elected officials to be part of the committee and attend the meetings.