Former City Manager Goes Back To Hippydom

Jim Colon-Jello found running P.G. too stressful. Work is only what you make of it.

His last council meeting was in December 2008. After retiring, Colangelo began loosening up his appearance. He replaced his subtle stud earring with a hoop. He now often puts his shoulder-length curly hair in a ponytail or covers it with a floppy hat.

“I tried becoming an alcoholic,” he said jokingly, “but it didn’t work.”

Update – Looks like that he succeeded at the alcohol thing.

Former City Manager Goes Back To Hippydom

Hold The Door! Police Chief Wants Out, Too

I don’t think there are good days ahead . .

PGPD Help Wanted

Engles’ resignation announcement comes just two weeks after Mayor Dan Cort announced his intention to resign by the end of this month. Former City Manager Jim Colangelo retired in January and Wiseman has been performing those duties while the City Council continues efforts to try and recruit a new chief executive officer for the city.

No selection has been made.

Hold The Door! Police Chief Wants Out, Too

Deputy City Manager To Take The Helm

Charlene Wiseman
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Pacific Grove’s deputy city manager, Charlene Wiseman, will take over for top administrator Jim Colangelo on an interim basis when he leaves in mid-December.

“If Charlene wouldn’t have agreed to stay we would have been stuck with no city manager or assistant city manager,” he(Dan Cort) said.

Is that really a bad thing? Let her go.

Deputy City Manager To Take The Helm

City Manager Suddenly Quits

Colangelo, who has 28 years experience in local government, said he’s not sure if he’ll look for another job, but that he plans to stay in the area, at least for a while. He said his son Dylan’s graduation from P.G. High last month was another reason for his resignation. “I feel like I have accomplished a lot of things,” he said. “I have reached a point in my career where I want to reconsider what I want to do.”

I wonder if all the employees that followed him to PG will do without him?

City Manager Suddenly Quits

American Tin Cannery Being Developed? With Housing?

No April Foolin. I’ve thought this would be a much better hotel/convention site than the Holman’s Building.

ATC

Representatives for the owner,(. . .) Cannery Row Co. envision a model development that would incorporate “green” energy-saving building technology and turn the former factory building into a complex containing condominiums, moderately priced apartments, a hotel “that could compete with Pebble Beach and Carmel,” shops and service businesses.
Pacific Grove Mayor Dan Cort and City Manager Jim Colangelo agree that the property is underused.
Colangelo said city officials have had talks with Cannery Row Co. representatives during the past several years “trying to figure out a way the city and Cannery Row Co. can generate more revenue” from the site.

American Tin Cannery Being Developed? With Housing?

City Manager Takes Heat Over Hiring

In a trend that has raised some eyebrows, Colangelo has hired at least seven women who once worked for Monterey County, where he worked as an assistant administrative officer between 1999 and 2005.

“We don’t look at it as a coincidence,” says PG resident Pat Herrgott. “Jim Colangelo says it’s hard to find qualified people, so he brings over everybody he worked with before. That’s not fair employment.”

Former PG mayor Jeanne Byrne, for one, isn’t cutting Colangelo any slack. “It‘s inappropriate to create jobs that never existed and fill them with your friends,” she says. “Certainly not all of them are the best qualified. There’s nobody there to get them up to speed.”

Ahh. Jeanne Byrne. Single term PG mayor. Sandwiched between Dingbat Flo and Socialist Sandy. Accomplished nothing really.

City Manager Takes Heat Over Hiring

Colangelo Vows To Punish In Case Of Gay Cop’s Lawsiut

Pacific Grove’s city manager vowed this week to punish any city employee who harassed, intimidated or discriminated against a gay police officer who has filed a claim with the city alleging such mistreatment.

Police Sgt. Darrin Smolinski filed the claim in August saying fellow officers made jokes and ridiculed him because he is gay. Smolinski also says he was repeatedly turned down for promotions and was retaliated against by a former police chief.

“I want to get the facts,” city manager Jim Colangelo said Monday. “I want to know if these allegations are true. If they are true, there will be consequences for the people involved. We don’t tolerate this type of behavior.”

Colangelo Vows To Punish In Case Of Gay Cop’s Lawsiut

Letters From The Editor

The proposed Pacific Grove parcel tax of $120 per year costs less than dinner for four at Passionfish, two pairs of shoes from Orlando’s, three fill-ups at Shell, four bags of groceries from Grove Market or Trader Joe’s, a new sweater from Prim & Proper or a new do from the beauty shop.

Put in perspective, this is a small annual amount to help our town recover from commitments and mistakes made on our behalf by prior elected officials and previous administrators.

Please vote yes on all three tax measures to help stabilize our town’s financial situation.

P.S. to Ron Schenk: Thank you for voting to hire Jim Colangelo.

The P.S. refers to the blame-shifting letter that the ousted city councilman sent to all the papers apologizing for hiring Colangelo.

Letters From The Editor

Blame Shifting Schenk

The voted-out ex councilman Ron Schenk shotgunned a letter out to all the papers (1) (2)that would print it.

Wrong Guy for the Job
I would like to apologize to the residents of Pacific Grove for a vote when I served on the City Council.
When we were looking for a new city manager to replace the one that resigned, I voted to hire Mr. Jim Colangelo. In the interview I was impressed with his speaking ability and the fact the City did not have to pay a relocation expense as he already lived in Pacific Grove.
I knew at the time he had no city manager experience but I thought he could learn the ropes. I was wrong and I sincerely regret my vote.
In my opinion he has brought nothing but misery to America’s Last Home Town.
His effort to re-invent the government of Pacific Grove through reorganization, through layoffs of skilled and valuable people, is a nightmare. Harm is being done to our city that cannot be undone. The loss of institutional knowledge by senior management people as well as staff will be felt for years to come.
I feel a personal responsibility for this error in judgment and I am truly sorry for the discomfort and harm I have caused our wonderful town. —Ron Schenk | Pacific Grove

The Hear-old is one that didn’t print it, but did recognize it for what it appears to be.

Rant: The letter to the editor in the PG Bulletin from former Pacific Grove City Councilman Ron Schenk was a grand example of blame-shifting. Schenk wrote that he wanted “to apologize to the residents of Pacific Grove” for voting to hire City Manager Jim Colangelo. He wrote, “I was wrong and I sincerely regret my vote.” For his own role in helping to create the financial mess that Colangelo is expected to fix, Schenk offered no apology. Next edition, perhaps.

Blame Shifting Schenk