The Steve Emslie Rule

I wonder if the City will hire a Berkeley based consultant for $1.7 million to help them draft the response or I should say help us draft the formal required response to the GJ.

Or, maybe they will pay Steve Emslie $1.7 million to help draft the, I mean we will pay — government is after all a “we” not a “they” we have to own this — Steve to help respond to this.

I am half kidding (we did pay someone $1.7 to help flush the Comp Plan into the Bay I mean revise it). Actually on Steve Emslie, if we cannot garnish his pension legally we could at least pass a “Steve Emslie Rule” here prohibiting senior staff from working against us in the private sector, the “revolving door”. Anyone?

edit to add:
from the Weekly, in 2002, by Geoff Fein, which makes me realize that the staff who are paid by the citizens but appear to get their marching orders from private sector are a group of roving opportunists, almost like a three-card Monty or ball trick, moving around too quick to pin down who did what and how. We need to grow our own, people.

(and our most recent hires, after losing staff to Redwood City, are from Vancouver by way of Hong Kong and LA or something)

An odd chain of events opened the door for Emslie. When Ed Gawf, who was then San Jose’s deputy director of planning, building and code enforcement, left to take over as director of planning for Palo Alto, it created an opening for Emslie.

In 1998 Emslie was hired as deputy director of code enforcement for San Jose.

“I thought it would be an interesting challenge. That was deciding factor in going (to San Jose),” he said.

Another factor was the election of Ron Gonzalez as mayor of San Jose.

After all the new high-rise growth and boom of high-tech companies in San Jose, Gonzalez initiated a program focusing on neighborhoods. Emslie knew that code enforcement would play a strong role in the Strong Neighborhood Initiative.

“We were cutting new ground, we were creating new models for engaging the community,” Emslie said.
Emslie was in code enforcement for two years when the planning bug bit him again.

“It was fun doing code enforcement, but I missed long-range planning,” he said.

Emslie was asked if he’d be willing to head the planning implementation section.

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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