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Manager use City Secretarys as Babysitters at City Hall

Original post made by WhistleBlower, Downtown, on Oct 12, 2009

Even though he makes $150000 a year, plus a car allowaence, a manager at City Hall makes his secretarys babysit his daughter when his kids school was closed for holiday today. he parked his daughter at City Hall, and made the secretarys entertain her so that he can go to his IMPORTANT MEETINGS, but apparently he is too smart to get his own babysitter and pay her to stay with his kid at their own house. Did not know getting secretarys to babysit our kids for no cost on City time was an option - which I'd like to use, but Im not a big enough shot at City Hall.

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Posted by enough is enough
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Not only do we pay these clowns far too much for the stinking lousy job they do, but now this abuse. I presume that you have sent copies of this information to Hosterman and Fialho -- right? Please make sure that everyone knows, this post is a good start.

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Posted by poster boy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I don't know all the details of this, but I have a feeling that if this person had taken a personal day and missed several important meetings to stay home and take care of their child you'd be writing a post about that instead. I know for myself, I have 3 kids, and I have been surprised before to show up at daycare and find it closed for a holiday. It's hard to just find someone out of the blue like that. You can't just hire a daycare center out of the blue for one day, and if you have a holiday pop up out of the blue, you sometimes get taken by surprise, so cut this person some slack.

That being said, if he's making a habit of doing this, then it's a problem, but somehow I get the feeling he was taken by surprise by the holiday today. Nobody's perfect.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Sorry you are having a bad day. When you say "made the secretaries entertain her"... as long as the secretaries are not forced into clown suits... give it a rest. It's one day.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I'd just like to comment that holidays don't generally "pop up out of the blue". Any school, preschool or daycare I have been involved with gives PLENTY of notice regarding closures. It's the parent's responsibility to read the calendars/notices and make arrangements in advance.

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Posted by poster boy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm

That's true, but my point was that people make mistakes. Cut him some slack. For instance, I tend to drop off my kids and my wife usually picks them up...sometimes things get miscommunicated between the two of us. One person gets told one thing, forgets to tell the other, and mistakes happen. It's life. Not to mention that no matter now often you're warned, you still forget when you get caught up in the routine of life...

But like i said, if this is a recurring problem with this man, then yeah, that's an issue. If this is the one time this has happened, give the guy a break...

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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Oct 13, 2009 at 8:36 am

Parent of Two is a registered user.

I agree with poster boy (did I just say that?)

But it's disturbing that someone that we're counting on to help manage our city can't manage his own kids and family because of miscommunication.

One day, fine. Stuff happens. If this has happened before and he's using city employees as domestic help (and a fallback for his own inability to plan and/or communicate), then we have a problem.

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Posted by mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

poster boy - couldn't disagre with you more. No slack is necessary. This is a professional job paid for by ... our taxes! and we're expected to manage our lives and jobs, so so should he.

Such nonsense. Such irresponsibility. You're da*n right to blow that whistle, whistleblower. Imagine if everyone took care of business as they SHOULD...we wouldn't be failing economically (and as a nation) as we are!


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Posted by colette
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Give it a rest, folks! Until you know what happened, lighten up. Maybe the babysitter called in sick. Are we talking about a 3 year old who needs to be entertained and constantly watched, or a young adult who maybe did their homework and read a book during the day. Perhaps it was less disruptive to have the kid sit in the office than have the dad skip all his "important" meetings. If this is a regular occurance, that is a completely different story. If he is abusing city staff, he needs to be called on it!!! Nail his fanny to the wall! However, if that isn't the case, we need to remember that stuff happens, and just because he found himself in a pinch doesn't mean he is irresponsible and can't manage his life...none of us are perfect, at least last time I checked.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I always get a kick out of it when someone posts something like "give it a rest" and then proceeds to write a paragraph on the topic themself - as if their post is THE "end it all" of posts. If you truly want a debate to end, silence is your best tool.

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