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City braces for turnover in workforce

Credit union robbed on El Camino Real in Palo Alto 0ALO!LTOPOLICEARESEARCHINGFORAMANWHOALLEGEDLYVAULTEDOVERA COUNTERAT3TAR/NE#REDIT5NION REMOVEDCASHFROMTELLERDRAWERSAND MADEOFFWITHANUNDISCLOSEDAMOUNTOFMONEY7EDNESDAY /CT 4HEROBBERYOCCURREDATABOUTAMAT%L#AMINO2EAL/F FICERSRECEIVEDCALLSFROMWITNESSES INCLUDINGACUSTOMERWHOWASATTHE CREDITUNIONANDWHOFLEDWHENHEREALIZEDTHATA ROBBERYWASINPROGRESS"YTHETIMETHEOFFICERS ARRIVED THE ROBBER HAD RUN AWAY EASTBOUND ON 6ENTURA!VENUE !CCORDINGTOPOLICE OFFICERSWEREUNABLETOLO CATETHESUSPECTDESPITEhANEXTENSIVECHECKOFTHE AREAv.OONEWASINJUREDDURINGTHEROBBERY 0OLICESAIDONEWITNESSREPORTEDPOSSIBLYSEEING THESUSPECTHOLDINGAHANDGUN.OONEELSESAW AWEAPON 7ITNESSESDESCRIBEDTHEROBBERASABLACKMALE ABOUTTOYEARSOLD BETWEENFEETINCHES ANDFEETINCHESANDABOUTTOPOUNDS Robbery suspect (E REPORTEDLY HAD CLOSE CROPPED HAIR AND WAS WEARINGAPAIROFREFLECTIVE/AKLEY STYLESUNGLASSES ASHORT SLEEVEDDARK POLOSHIRT BAGGYBLUEJEANSANDBLUE AND WHITETENNISSHOES 0OLICEHADALSOCAPTUREDASURVEILLANCEPHOTOOFTHEALLEGEDROBBER !NYONEWHORECOGNIZESTHEMANORHASINFORMATIONABOUTTHEINCIDENT ISASKEDTOCALLTHEPOLICEAT  !NONYMOUSTIPSCANALSOBE SENTTOPALOALTO TIPNOWORGORTHROUGHTEXTMESSAGESORVOICEMAILTO   N — Gennady Sheyner

Worker plunges 25 feet into elevator shaft ! CONSTRUCTION WORKER IN THE 3TANFORD 2ESEARCH 0ARK WAS INJURED 7EDNESDAYMORNING /CT AFTERFALLINGFEETDOWNANELEVATORSHAFT THE0ALO!LTO&IRE$EPARTMENTSAID 4HE YEAR OLDMANHADPLUNGEDTHROUGHANOPENINGINTHESECOND STORYFLOORAT(ILLVIEW!VE THESITEOFTHECOMPANY6-WARE 0ARAMEDICSTREATEDTHEMANFORHISINJURIES PREPAREDHIMTOBERE MOVED FROM THE SHAFT AND THEN TRANSPORTED HIM TO 3TANFORD (OSPITAL "ATTALION#HIEF$OUG#ONNSAID 4HEINJUREDWORKERISANEMPLOYEEOF3WINERTON"UILDERS ACONSTRUC TION COMPANY WORKING ON THE SITE SAID 0ATRICIA /RTIZ SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE #ALIFORNIA $IVISION OF /CCUPATIONAL 3AFETY AND (EALTH #AL /3(!  /N4HURSDAYASPOKESPERSONFOR3WINERTONSAIDTHEEMPLOYEEISSTABLE ANDININTENSIVECARE(ISDOCTORSARECONTINUINGTOEVALUATEHISPROGRESS ANDHISFAMILYISWITHHIM 4HEINVESTIGATIONISONGOINGN — Sue Dremann

Palo Alto student stays home pending court ruling !N YEAR OLD0ALO!LTOBOYISHOMEFROMSCHOOLPENDINGAN/CT COURTHEARINGONWHETHERHISGENETICCONDITIONPOSESARISKTOOTHER STUDENTSAT*ORDAN-IDDLE3CHOOLWHOHAVECYSTICFIBROSIS 4HE DISPUTE APPEARS TO REFLECT CONFLICTING JUDGMENTS ABOUT THE RISK OFhCROSS INFECTIONvAMONGSTUDENTSWHOHAVECYSTICFIBROSISORAREAT GENETICRISKFORTHEDISEASE 3AYINGTHEYHADCONSULTEDWITHMEDICALEXPERTSANDWEREACTINGON CONCERNSABOUTSTUDENTSAFETY SCHOOLOFFICIALSLASTWEEKˆEIGHTWEEKS INTOTHESCHOOLYEARˆASKEDTHEFAMILYOF#OLMAN#HADAMTOTRANSFER THEBOYTO4ERMAN-IDDLE3CHOOL 4HEYBELIEVEHISCONDITIONCREATESARISKOFDANGEROUShCROSS INFECTIONv OFOTHER*ORDANSTUDENTSWHOHAVECYSTICFIBROSIS )NSISTINGTHATTHEIRSONDOESNOTHAVECYSTICFIBROSIS JUSTAGENETICCON DITIONTHATSBEINGMONITORED #OLMANSPARENTSWENTTOCOURT/CTTO TRYTOSTOPTHETRANSFER #OLMANSMOTHER *ENNIFER#HADAM TOLDTHE3AN&RANCISCO#HRONICLE #OLMAN NEVER HAS HAD A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS 3HE HAD DISCLOSEDTHEGENETICCONDITIONONASCHOOLHEALTHFORMREQUIREDATTHE STARTOFTHESCHOOLYEAR h4HEYTHESCHOOLDISTRICT MADETHEDECISIONWITHOUTSEEINGONEMEDI CALRECORDONMYSON v#HADAMTOLDTHE#HRONICLE 3HE TOLD ."# .EWS 4ODAY 3HOW THAT HER SON HAS ATTENDED OTHER SCHOOLS WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS CHILDREN AND h)TS NEVER BEEN AN ISSUE ˆ NEVERv h7HYTAKEACHILDWHOISNEWTOTHEDISTRICT WHOSJUSTMAKINGFRIENDS WHOSJUSTBUILDINGASUPPORTNETWORKWHOSBEENWELLHISWHOLELIFEˆ WHYSTIGMATIZEHIMvHISFATHER *AIMY#HADAM SAIDON4ODAY h)WASSAD BUTATTHESAMETIME)WASMADBECAUSE)UNDERSTOOD) HADNTDONEANYTHINGWRONG v#OLMANSAIDONTHESHOWh)TFEELSLIKE)M BEINGBULLIED INAWAYTHATSNOTRIGHTvN — Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Palo Alto looks for new ways to recruit and retain employees ITHWORKHABITSSHIFTINGAND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS UNDER FIRE 0ALO !LTO IS BRACING FORANEXODUSOFWORKERSFROM#ITY (ALL OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND SCRAMBLINGTOFINDNEWWAYSTOAT TRACTANDRETAINYOUNGEMPLOYEES 4HECITYEXPECTSTOLOSEMOSTOF ITSWORKFORCEOVERTHENEXTDECADE ASMORE"ABY"OOMERSRETIREANDAS SNOWBALLINGEMPLOYEEBENEFITSARE REINEDINBYTHE#ITY#OUNCIL4HE COUNCILDISCUSSEDTHETREND-ONDAY NIGHT /CT THEFIRSTMEETINGINA SERIESAIMEDATFINDINGWAYSTORE DUCECOSTSWHILELEAVINGEMPLOYEE MORALEINTACT +ATHRYN3HEN DIRECTOROFTHECITYS (UMAN2ESOURCES$EPARTMENT TOLD THE COUNCIL -ONDAY THAT ABOUT HALF OFTHECITYSWORKFORCEWILLBEELIGIBLE FORRETIREMENTWITHINFIVEYEARS!ND WHILESHESAIDSHEDOESNTEXPECTALL THESE WORKERS TO LEAVE AT ONCE THE NUMBERISSIGNIFICANTENOUGHTOWAR RANTPREPARATIONBYTHECITY h%VEN IF HALF OF THOSE EMPLOY EES RETIRE WELLSTILLBEINAWORLD OF HURT IF WE DONT PLAN FOR THAT v 3HENSAID 4HE AVERAGE AGE OF THE CURRENT WORKFORCEIS SHESAID)NYEARS SHENOTED THECITYWILLhHAVEATURN OVEROFALMOSTTHEENTIREWORKFORCEv 4ODEALWITHTHELOOMINGCHANGES (UMAN 2ESOURCES HAS JUST ESTAB LISHEDATASKFORCETHATOVERTHENEXT

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THINKSITSHOULD4HE(UMAN2ELA TIONS#OMMISSIONHASALREADYDIS CUSSEDTHEPROPOSEDAMENDMENTAT TWO MEETINGS AND VOTED   WITH $ARYL 3AVAGE ABSENT ON 3EPT  TO SUPPORT THE GRASSROOTS EFFORT BY THEGROUP3ANTA#LARA#OUNTY-OVE TO!MEND3EVERALMEMBERSOFTHE ORGANIZATION ATTENDED THAT MEET INGANDURGEDTHECITYTOBACKTHEIR PROPOSEDRESOLUTION WHICHMAKESA CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN CORPORA TIONSANDPEOPLE $EBBIE-YTELS A0ALO!LTORESI DENT CALLEDCORPORATIONShVERYUSE FUL CONSTRUCTIONS FOR HUMAN SOCI ETIESv AND ONES THAT ARE NEEDED TO CARRYOUTBUSINESSANDFACILITATEIN VESTMENTS"UT SHEADDED h7EALSO FEEL THAT ITS IMPORTANT THAT THESE ENTITIES BE REGULATED AND THAT THEY DONOTHAVETHERIGHTSTHATTHE#ON STITUTION GIVES TO US AS INDIVIDUAL REALPEOPLEv h7ERE NOT ASKING THAT CORPORA TIONS BE ABOLISHED v -YTELS SAID h7EREREALLYASKINGFORREGULATIONS ANDLIMITATIONSONTHEMASARTIFICIAL CONSTRUCTIONSFORHUMANSOCIETYv 4HERESOLUTIONPASSEDBYTHE(U MAN 2ELATIONS #OMMISSION STATES THAT CORPORATIONS ARE hNOT NATU RALLY ENDOWED WITH CONSCIENCE OR THE RIGHTS OF HUMAN BEINGSv AND THAT THEY HAVE hUNDULY INFLUENCED ANDUNFAIRLYINTERFEREDWITHDEMO CRATIC PROCESSES BY PRESSURING OUR

by Gennady Sheyner FEW MONTHS WILL BE MEETING WITH LABORLEADERSANDRANK AND FILESTAFF AND CONSIDERING THE BEST WAYS TO RECRUITANDRETAINTALENTDESPITETHE BENEFITREDUCTIONS 0ALO !LTO HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING ABRAINDRAINSINCE WHENTHE CITYBEGANTORENEGOTIATETHEBENEFIT PACKAGES FOR CITY WORKERS 2ECENT REFORMS INCLUDE A SECOND PENSION TIERFORNEWEMPLOYEES ELIMINATION OF A BONUS PROGRAM FOR MANAGERS ELIMINATION OF THE MINIMUM STAFF INGPROVISIONFROMTHEFIREFIGHTERS CONTRACT AND A REQUIREMENT THAT WORKERSINEACHOFTHECITYSMAJOR LABOR UNIONS CONTRIBUTE UP TO  PERCENTFORTHEIRMEDICALCOSTSTHE CITYHADPREVIOUSLYFOOTEDTHEENTIRE BILL  4HESE REDUCTIONS PROMPTED A WAVE OF RETIREMENTS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS AND TURNOVER IN SENIOR MANAGERSANDDEPARTMENTHEADSAT JUSTABOUTEVERYLEVELOF#ITY(ALL !CCORDING TO A REPORT FROM (U MAN2ESOURCES BETWEENAND TODAY HALF OF THE CITYS EMPLOYEES HAVERETIREDANDBEENREPLACED %VENWITHTHERECENTREFORMS THE CITYS FINANCIAL OUTLOOK IS FAR FROM ROSY )TS PENSION OBLIGATIONS HAVE BEENRISINGATANASTRONOMICALCLIP GOINGFROMMILLIONINTO  MILLION IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR 4HEY ARE PROJECTED TO REACH MILLIONIN ANINCREASEOF MORETHANPERCENTINYEARS

(EALTHCARECOSTSHAVEALSOBEEN CLIMBINGATABRISKPACE7HILETHE CITY SPENT  MILLION ON MEDICAL COSTSINANDMILLIONIN  THE NUMBER IS PROJECTED TO CLIMB TO  MILLION IN THE CUR RENTFISCALYEAR 7ITH PENSION AND MEDICAL COSTS SPIKING THE CITYS BENEFIT EXPENDI TURESARENOWTAKINGAGREATERSHARE OF OVERALL EMPLOYEE COSTS )N  BENEFITSCOMPRISEDABOUTPERCENT OFSALARIES4ODAY THEYMAKEUP PERCENT ANDBYTHEYAREPROJECT EDTOEQUALSALARIES APROSPECTTHAT 3HENCALLEDhPRETTYFRIGHTENINGv &ACED WITH THESE GRIM PROJEC TIONS THE COUNCIL IS TRYING TO BAL ANCETHENEEDFORREDUCINGEXPENSES WHILESTEMMINGTHE#ITY(ALLEXO DUS WHICH ISNT EXPECTED TO ABATE ANYTIMESOON)NADDITIONTODEMO GRAPHICS AND ECONOMICS THE WAVE OF EMPLOYEES HEADING TOWARD THE EXITISALSOAREFLECTIONOFCHANGING WORKHABITS 3HENTOLDTHECOUNCIL "EFORE EMPLOYEESOFTENSTAYEDWITH ONE COMPANY THEIR ENTIRE CAREERS 4HATISNOLONGERTHECASE SHESAID h-YGENERATIONANDMYCHILDRENS GENERATION REALLY LOOK AT MOVING AROUNDBETWEENPRIVATE PUBLICAND NONPROFITEMPLOYERS ANDCONTRIBUT ING WHERE THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE AND GROWINGTHEIRSKILLS v3HENSAID

LEGISLATORSANDDOMINATINGELECTION CAMPAIGNSWITHVIRTUALLYUNLIMITED CONTRIBUTIONSv h7HENFREEDOMTOSPEAKISEQUAT ED WITH FREEDOM TO SPEND MONEY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE LESS MONEYAREDEFACTODISENFRANCHISED BECAUSE THEIR FREE SPEECH IS OVER WHELMED BY THE MESSAGE OF THOSE SPENDINGMILLIONSOFDOLLARSv )F THE COUNCIL FOLLOWS THE COM MISSIONS LEAD IT WOULD JOIN ABOUT TWO DOZEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN #ALIFORNIATHATHAVEALREADYPASSED SIMILAR RESOLUTIONS INCLUDING 3AN &RANCISCO "ERKELEY ,OS !NGELES /AKLAND AND -OUNTAIN 6IEW 2AY "ACCHETTI AMEMBEROFTHE(UMAN 2ELATIONS #OMMISSION SAID THAT IT MAKESSENSETODISCUSSTHEISSUEAT THE LOCAL LEVEL BECAUSE LOCAL ELEC TIONSARELESSLIKELYTOBEINFLUENCED BY CORPORATE MONEY THAN THOSE AT STATEANDNATIONALLEVELS h4HATS A WAY OF STARTING SOME THINGTHATSOFABENEFITTOTHEWHOLE NATIONATTHELEVELWHEREITHASTHE BEST CHANCE OF BEING THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDERED RATHER THAN INFLUENCED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT A PARTICULAR OUTCOME v"ACCHETTISAIDATTHE3EP TEMBERDISCUSSION #LAUDE %ZRAN WHO CHAIRS THE COMMISSION WAS ONE OF SEV ERAL MEMBERS WHO SAID THEY WERE SWAYED BY THE DISSENTING OPINION OF *USTICE *OHN 0AUL 3TEVENS WHO ARGUEDTHATTHEMAJORITYHADFAILED TORECOGNIZETHEPOTENTIALOFMONEY TOCORRUPTANDUNDULYINFLUENCEPO LITICALELECTIONS3TEVENSHADARGUED

THAT CORPORATIONS ARE NOT MEMBERS OFTHEGROUPTHATISREFERREDTOINTHE #ONSTITUTIONASh7ETHE0EOPLEv h!LTHOUGH THEY MAKE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SOCIETY COR PORATIONSARENOTACTUALLYMEMBERS OFIT v3TEVENSWROTEINHISDISSENT h4HEYCANNOTVOTEORRUNFOROFFICE "ECAUSETHEYMAYBEMANAGEDAND CONTROLLEDBYNONRESIDENTS THEIRIN TERESTSMAYCONFLICTINFUNDAMENTAL RESPECTSWITHTHEINTERESTSOFELIGIBLE VOTERSv %ZRANAGREEDWITH3TEVENSPOINT ABOUT MONEYS INFLUENCE ON ELEC TIONSANDNOTEDTHAThHAVINGAMUCH BIGGERMEGAPHONETHATDROWNSOUT ANY OTHER VOICE IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNDEMOCRATICv h4HINKING THAT CORPORATIONS WHICH ARE ENTITIES WOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS PEOPLE ˆ THAT JUST DEFIESCOMMONSENSE v%ZRANSAID h)MAGINE SOMEBODY FROM MAYBE ANOTHER COUNTRY OR PLANET COMING HERE AND WERE ARGUING WHETHER CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE ˆ THEYD THINK THAT WOULD BE COMPLETELY CRAZYv 4HE-ONDAYDISCUSSIONWILLMARK THESECONDTIMETHISMONTHTHATTHE COUNCIL THRUSTS ITSELF INTO A DEBATE WITH IMPLICATIONS FAR BEYOND THE CITYS BORDERS 4HE COUNCIL VOTED  WITH'AIL0RICEABSENT EARLIER THIS MONTH TO SUPPORT 0ROPOSITION  WHICHWOULDBANTHEDEATHPEN ALTYIN#ALIFORNIAANDCREATEAFUND THAT WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THESTATEN

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Palo Alto Weekly 10.19.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the Oct. 19, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.

Palo Alto Weekly 10.19.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the Oct. 19, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.