Money Down the Drain
Letter writer Dick Alexander makes good points on what seems to be a management heavy Palo Alto government payroll and a proposed tax increase designed to address storm drain back-ups. Upward mobility is an ideal that seems to have reached near perfection in these parts. In Palo Alto out of 800 city employees 300 are management. To that add salaries tipping $100,000 for 150 of these managers as well as generous holidays and assorted other non-work days. Thoughtfully, Alexander provides the solution; Tightening management and zero-base budgeting. Respectfully, I would like to offer an alternative--make everyone management and deploy them without regard to title to handle storm drain issues with their executive leaf rakes.