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MMASC President Carl Alameda of La Cañada Flintridge, is looking forward to the college football season when he plans to attend the USC game in Hawaii.  Just like with his boss Mark Alexander, it is “Go Trojans” all the way.

Echoing the sentiments of City government officials throughout California, WillitsPaul Cayler is reported by The Willits News to have said, “I’m deeply disappointed the state would take local tax dollars to fill the state budget deficit hole that local governments had no part in creating.” The Willits RDA cut a check to the State of California in the amount of $373,632, leaving only $15,000 in its account. City Manager

Orland City Manager Paul Poczobut, Jr.,  receiving a recommendation from Cal-ICMA, obtained City Council approval to retain retired Larkspur City Manager Jean Bonander as an outside facilitator for the City’s May 24 goal-setting workshop.

Former San Luis Obispo City Manager John Dunn, 74, retired since 2000, is the new Interim City Manager in Rohnert Park.  John has served as Interim City Manager in Pismo Beach and Grover Beach since his retirement. City  Engineer and Development Services Director Darrin Jenkins has served as Acting City Manager since April 30.  Former Interim City Manager Dan Schwarz is the new City Manager in Larkspur.

Dana Smith is returning to Southern California to be the new Assistant City Manager in Newport Beach. She has resigned as Napa Assistant City Manager for development where she has served since 2007.

La Verne City Manager Marty Lomeli has presented an “early retirement” package for as many as 15 miscellaneous (non-public safety) employees to help balance an anticipated budget shortfall of $1.7 million.  He noted that the plan would save jobs; noting that it is a solution to the budget issue.

Members of the Mendocino County Grand Jury recommend that the City of Point Arena appoint a City Manager.

Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa reports that his City is unwilling to pay the State $3 million in RDA funds to help fund the State deficit.  He said the City will wait for the CRA lawsuit appeal to make its way through the judicial system.

It is with deep sadness that we extend our sympathy and condolences to Rancho Cucamonga Assistant City Manager John Gillison and his family on the passing of his wife Yesica Gillison, 37, on Monday, May 10, 2010. John has requested that in lieu of flowers please contribute to Northtown Housing, 8599 Haven Avenue, Suite 205, Rancho Cucamonga  91730:  telephone no. 909-980-0465.  Northtown Housing assists with college scholarships for disadvantaged young people in the Rancho Cucamonga community. Contributions to Northtown Housing in Yesica Gillison‘s memory will be appreciated.

Debbie Mills, a 28-years Long Beach city staff veteran, has been appointed Director of Human Resources by City Manager Pat West.  Debbie has served as Acting Director since October, 2009, and previous to that was the Manager of Personnel Operations.  She was an Employee Benefits Officers prior to that.

Former Sacramento City Manager Ray Kerridge has been named the new City Manager in Roseville.  Interim City Manager Mike Shellito has been covering the office since City Manager Craig Robinson left the position last October.  Ray served four years as the Sacramento City Manager. He came to the City from Portland, Oregon to be the Assistant City Manager to then-City Manager Bob Thomas.

Fowler City Manager David Elias lives in nearby Hanford where Hilary Straus is the new City Manager.  Good management is not predicated on where someone lives.

City Manager Burton Wessenberg served in La Palma for 25-years until his resignation in 1980.  He was 53-years old at the time and hospitalized in the cardiac care unit at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton.

Former Santa Barbara City Administrator Richard D. Thomas passed away at the age of 79 on March 7, 2010 in Billings, Montana.  He served as the Santa BarbaraSandra Tripp-Jones, former Salinas City Manager David Mora, Waterfront Director John Bridley, Airport Director Karen Ramsdell, former Library Director Carol Keator, and former Community Development Director Dave Davis. City Administrator from 1977 until 1993.  One of his passions was mentoring young professional and many of his staff protégés went on to serve important rolls , including:  former City Administrator

The 11th ANNUAL KNAPP GOLF CLASSIC on June 14, 2010
Shotgun Scramble – Noon   $175 Entry/$35 Dinner Only
Western Hills Golf and Country Club
1800 Carbon Canyon Road                          
Chino Hills, California  91709                         
Telephone: 714-528-6400

Mike Shellito, who served as the Acting City Manager in Roseville, is retiring as new City  Manager Ray Kerridge takes office.

Roseville Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director Julia Burrows, who has been with the City 22-years,  left her city post May 14, 2010 to become a managing partner with Valley Vision, a nonprofit focused on regional concerns. She will also co-manage Valley Vision’s Green Capital Alliance with Kristine Mazzei.

Assistant City Manager Bruce Feng, 53, will replace retiring Camarillo City Manager Jerry Bankston in October.   Bruce has worked with the Cities of Burbank, Santa Ana and San Diego.

With City Manager Greg Jones resigning to run for school board, Hayward Assistant City Manager Fran David has been officially appointed to be his replacement.

Eureka City Manager David Tyson is retiring effective January 1, 2011.  David went to work for Eureka as the Finance Director in 1990.  He has been the Eureka City Manager for the past 10-years

With the astonishing success and growth of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, La Quinta City Manager Tom Genovese and Indio Interim City Manager Tara Adams have met to address how the cities might work together to improve the traffic control, noise, trash and other associated challenges brought to the communities by the event.

Artesia Council Member Larry Nelson died May 1, 2010 after a battle with cancer.  He served on the Artesia City Council from  1999 until his death.

In an effort to better serve, Westminster has announced new direct line telephone numbers.  The numbers are listed on the City web site here. Westminster City Manager Donald D. Lamm may be reached at telephone no. 714-548-3242.

The following listing of items/events/facts/issues was originally distributed in a May, 2010 Issue of the City Manager Newsletter by Trackdown. The newsletter is authored by former City Manager Jack A. Simpson. You may see the entire newsletter and all back issues without cost at the Trackdown Management Services web site: