P.G. Hiring Process

Family to police chief, not from the area and no HR experience.

City Hall Help Wanted

Elizabeth Schalau, a recent transplant from Myers’ home state of Michigan, is acting as Pacific Grove’s sole human resources analyst under a $25,000, 12-week, no-bid contract. Schalau is Myers’ sister-in-law, despite contract language barring awards to “immediate family” of city employees.

Schalau resigned from her job in Michigan to take the position in Pacific Grove, and the city gave her $5,000 to help find housing here. The total value of the contract is below the level that would trigger City Council review.

Schalau has no direct human resources experience, though she said she has management expertise.

P.G. Hiring Process

Someone Has A Twisted Sense Of Humor

Happy New Year!

Zoominfo.com, some data mining and selling company has an entry showing ex city manager Tom Fruitcheese as the City Manager at this website.
Zoominfo Thomas Frutchey Manager LHA

More laughs, an estimated value in the millions
Zoominfo LHA Revenue

And Mr. Fruitcheese has some interesting co-workers, like the teacher caught making meth
Zoominfo LHA Employees

For the record, the revenue of LighthouseAvenue.com is about negative $52 per year.

Someone Has A Twisted Sense Of Humor

Fruit Cheese Goes South

Brought us that disaster called Project Bella and the sewer vapor Fiber Internet SiFi Network.

City Manager Tom Frutchey will leave his job with Pacific Grove for a similar position in Paso Robles, Mayor Bill Kampe announced Saturday.

Frutchey has been Pacific Grove city manager since October 2009. Under Frutchey, the city has seen a budget surplus each year for six years and has made progress in finances, services and operations, Kampe said.

Fruit Cheese Goes South

New Trash Pickup Service Costs Less

But we will pay more. P.Gonomics

Pacific Grove chose to go with Greenwaste for the same reasons Marina and Carmel chose it, because they need to meet the new state standards that are upping the waste reduction percentage from 50 to 75 percent.

“Their whole expertise was designed to ensure that we, as well as the other cities on the peninsula, can achieve the 75 percent waste reduction targets,” said Frutchey.

Frutchey said while the bid from Greenwaste was more affordable than Waste Management, the price of garbage service will still be going up by about five to six percent

New Trash Pickup Service Costs Less

That Sewer Internet? Oh It’s On The Way

Google TISP

Another bad decision by Tom Fruit-Cheese. Why would Comcast or ATT want to use SiFi Networks’ fiber cables in sewers when they already have their own? Who wants to work on cables soaking in poop? And what happens when the  Monterey Regional Water Pollution Creation Agency breaks a valve? Does the internet go out or just ooze sewage into your computer?

In a revised deal still under negotiation, City Manager Tom Frutchey says, SiFi would construct and install the network. Internet service providers such as AT&T and Comcast would pay the city for each customer who signs up, he says, and the city in turn would use that money to lease the system from SiFi for 30 years. When the term is up, the city would own the system. According to staff calculations, P.G. would net $1 million over 10 years.

Pacific Grove City Council made a deal with London-based SiFi Networks to install fiber-optic Internet cables through the city’s sewer pipes. The company announced it had selected P.G. as a California “FiberCity,” intended to showcase speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second – 20 times faster than the fastest DSL connection – and the network would be installed by the end of 2015. SiFi would cover the construction costs, up to $40 million.

That Sewer Internet? Oh It’s On The Way

Who Wants Layoffs And Sizzle?

Fruit-Cheese and Kurt “Lorem ipsum” That’s who

Frutchey said the city must continue to transform its business practices with private-sector service contracts, shared services with other agencies, and fewer full-time employees in the state Public Employees Retirement System.

On a related matter, the city’s economic development manager recommends that Pacific Grove follow the lead of such cities as Escondido and Hercules to put more sizzle in the downtown district economy.

Who Wants Layoffs And Sizzle?

Fruit Cheese Wants More P.G. Money To Spend

Without oversight.

A council report says the $15,000 limit has been in effect since 1984 and probably earlier than that. The buying power of $15,000 in 1984 now exceeds when can be purchased with $35,000 today due to inflation, the report says.

There is a great range in purchasing limits in other cities, generally with higher limits in bigger cities with bigger budgets.

“The proposed limit of $35,000 is consistent with the practice of many other cities of our approximate size,” City Manager Thomas Frutchey says in the council report.

Fruit Cheese Wants More P.G. Money To Spend

Tom Fruit-Cheese Giving Away The City Part 4

P.G. has lost its fire department, police department, Mvsevm, the land under the fish prison and now is throwing out the golf course, cemetery and public works department.

What about contracting out the City Manager position?

Curb Alert Free PG

City Manager Thomas Frutchey will ask the City Council on Wednesday to seek proposals for six different jobs, including managing the Pacific Grove Golf Links.

In a council report, Frutchey says that while the city is responsible for providing the services, “it does not follow that the city itself is always best able to provide those services.”

Contracting out the services would likely lay off city workers, but the city is encouraging employee groups to prepare their own proposals, the report says.

Tom Fruit-Cheese Giving Away The City Part 4

Frutchey Feasts

Frutchey Dines On Crow

Frutchey claimed former planning officials “repeatedly approved projects after only partial or faulty analysis and otherwise sidestepped local and state requirements.”

His message — which infuriated previous planners, a former P.G. mayor and others — also alleged “staff made decisions that either were not theirs to make or were not in conformance with the codes.”

Frutchey Feasts

Tom Frutchey Throws Former Planners Under Bus

Ever have an application rejected only to see a similar one breeze through?

In the April 15 email, Tom Frutchey painted a picture of a former planning department in complete disarray. Frutchey, among other things, claimed planners carelessly signed off on projects — and said that’s why it took less time to process applications and issue permits than it does now.

“Yes, things were much better in the old days, in large part, because staff didn’t folow the law,” Frutchey wrote. “Staff repeatedly approved projects after only partial or faulty analysis and otherwise sidestepped local and state requirements.”

Tom Frutchey Throws Former Planners Under Bus