Most all other consultant expenses are paid from the general fund. Fiscal year to date, consultant fees total about $8 million. Total budgeted amount for fiscal year is around $10 million. With consultant costs and regular employee costs, salaries, benefits, and pension, make up 75 percent of the budget. Pleasanton pension debt is in the millions.
There is no formal structure of Pleasanton work force. Forbes lists four common structures for organizations. Functional and divisional structures are the most common structures. Pleasanton's work force is described for me as "the city is organized into departments. A lot happens within departments operationally, and many issues and projects are inter departmental in nature."
The current four vote majority city council members are not of, or having a special activity, purpose, or task, relating to the way in which has the best interest of Pleasanton.
Member Arkin is a scatter brain*, Arkin requires repeated assurances, (persistent clarification) with everything. Member Testa is deceitful*, in that she will work hard with a couple of people on a pet project while ignoring the harm she is orchestrating for all others. Member Brown is vindictive*, displays that characteristic with her angry outbursts. The fourth, newly arrived member of that council majority, Nibert, is a follower*. The one minority member vote on the council, Jack Balch, with pronounced courage, speaks and votes for the best interests of Pleasanton, now and long term.
The previous three vote majority on the Pleasanton city council, Arkin, Testa, and Brown Gerrymandered the current voting districts for Pleasanton. This Gerrymandered vote was against the recommendations of the expensive consultants the city council engaged. That fee $61,450 paid to the redistricting consultant Wagaman Strategies' is money Pleasanton now needs. This consultant engagement and council ignoring its recommendation was violation of public trust.
1* Forgetful, disorganized, unable to think clearly.
3* Criticism is both vindictive and personalized.
4* Follows the opinion or teachings of others.