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Is Mr. Fialho fleeing a sinking ship?
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by Carolyn Thomas
on Mar 31, 2011
As a member of the academic community, I have many friends on school boards, both local and nearby. As a Pleasanton resident, I have also heard the concerns of civic leaders and community members regarding public employees' pensions. Lastly, as a parent of a Pleasanton city employees, I've listened to my daughter express frustration at how the City Manager, Nelson Fialho, has mis-handled the media and public criticism of the pension issue, ultimately failing them as a leader. In addition to the fact he is already perceived as incapable of making and sticking to a decision, his apparent "willingness" to pay his entire share of the currently City-paid PERS contribution will now be seen as quite disingenous. I refer to the following: A few weeks ago I learned that Mr. Fialho was possibly in contention for the City Manager's position in San Ramon, previously held by the $300,000/year Herb Moniz. Yesterday, friends of mine with SRUSD's school board confirmed he was actually a finalist for the job. On one hand, I feel compelled to congratulate him for faring so well amid the competition; on the other, I ask him how he can look at himself in the mirror at night, knowing his intentions were to duck out under pressure and leave Pleasanton's city employees to fend for themselves. Of course, they've had to fend for themselves throughout this mess anyway, so they're getting used to it. But, one has to wonder what other job offers Mr. Fialho is now entertaining in his effort to flee a sinking ship?
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