POOR CITY MANAGER
The City Manager, Pat Martell, has shown poor performance in many
areas, as noted below, yet the City Council continues to support her.
The City Manager makes $304,000 a year! This in spite of her poor
performance. About TWO HUNDRED other city employees make over
$100,000 a year, in spite of the tough times faced by many residents
and businesses that pay the taxes.
one exception is the City Clerk, Annette Hipona, who had her salary cut
in half as recommended by the City Manager and approved by the City
Council. She is considered by the Council to be a political enemy.
ALLIED WASTE CONTRACT
Last year, when we went to combined recycling pickup, the city
contractor, Allied Waste, proposed a forty percent increase in their
rates. Without any expert on our side, no cost analysis and no
negotiation, the City Manager recommended and the City Council approved
this rate increase, which we now pay.
Since AW went to automated pickup at that time, the cost of doing
business may have actually gone down. Yet, we all pay a forty
percent rate increase.
DALY CITY MAY BE FINED MILLIONS FOR LOW RECYCLING RATE
Daly City is currently at about 40 percent recycling rate. The
State mandated 50 percent in 2001, and may fine the city million of
dollars for non-compliance. Some cities are at 80 percent
recycling, so it can be done.
is needed is an on going public education program about
recycling. This has not been done to date, neither by the city
nor by Allied
CITY COUNCILWOMAN CHARGED WITH FOURTEEN FELONIES
The County District Attorney has charged City Councilwoman Maggie Gomez
with 14 felonies, mostly related to her collection of disability funds
while she was carrying on a very active life---a felony theft of public
funds. If convicted, State law would require her to give up her Council seat.
ATTEMPT TO REQUIRE TWO BUILDING PERMITS BEFORE HOME SALES
In November, over 300 residents showed up at a City Council meeting to
protest the City’s attempt to require two expensive building
permits before the sale of a home. The Council, surprised that
they had so little understanding of the residents, tabled the matter
after they got an earful from the crowd.
NO ENERGY CONSERVATION, NO RENEWABLE ENERGY
Unlike many cities, Daly City has done nothing to curb its carbon
dioxide emissions. There have been no energy audits of city
buildings, no move to alternate fuels for vehicles. The City has
not invested in renewable energy, either. Many Cities have helped
residents in this area, by supplying free energy audits, and low
interest loans for the energy fixes. Daly City has done nothing.
SOLAR PERMIT FEES ARE HIGHEST IN COUNTY
Many cities have encouraged solar installations by reducing their solar
permit fees or by eliminating them. Daly City has not. As
of today, Daly City solar fees are the highest in the
In spite of the down economy, the city made no plans to expect reduced
property taxes and sales taxes. Now they are making an effort to
cut expenses to cover the shortfall, as these revenues have
dropped. Capital improvements should have been paid for by
municipal bonds, which the city has refused to do. High salaries,
as discussed above, add to the problem. Because of the high
salaries, high pensions, and high retirement benefits, the city may
face large shortfalls in future years.