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Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho sat on the panel of 13 community and business leaders to recommend a new Superintendent of Schools for the Pleasanton Unified School District.

2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year, 5 foot 11 inch, Scott William Brooks, head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, attended East Union High School in Manteca, and played basketball at San Joaquin Delta College, Texas Christian University and the University of California, Irvine. He was inducted into the UCI Hall of Fame in 2001.  He played 10 seasons in the NBA.

Former City Manager (Livingston, Ceres and Turlock) Tim Kerr has been appoint Executive Director of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, which has the mission  to develop, promote and maintain historic Downtown Stockton as a regional business, cultural and entertainment destination.

Interim Indio City Manager Tara Adams announced that the “Highway 99/Indio Boulevard Study” was granted the “Focused Issue – Planning Award” by the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association.

Anaheim City Manager Thomas J. Wood holds a BA from Whittier College and an MPA USC. Tom has served as Adjunct Faculty with the School of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach.

A former member of the Bellflower City Administrator’s staff, Lisa Hughes is currently the Assistant to the City Manager in Anaheim.

Former Sonoma County Administrator Bob Deis, 54, has been confirmed as the next Stockton City Manager to take the reins from Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke. The new Stockton City Manager will start his new position July 1, 2010. He began his career in the Finance Department in Sacramento.

City Engineer and Development Services Director Darrin Jenkins will be the new Interim City Manager in Rohnert Park as Dan Schwarz moves to the Larkspur City Manager post.

Patterson City Manager Cleve Morris has been terminated. He served as the Newman City Manager prior to coming to Patterson six and a half years ago. Cleve has requested a hearing before the Patterson City Council and a written list of reasons he was fired.

As a cost-saving measure to help address a budget revenue shortfall, Crescent City has laid off its City Planner and Economic Development Specialist.  City Manager Rod Butler notes that the City currently does not have the level and volume of planning activity to justify having a full-time planner on staff.

Former Lomita City Manager Tom Odom is the Deputy Director of Public Works and the Interim Recreation and Parks Director in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Congratulations Brock T. Arner! After 37-years in local government, and 30-years as a City Manager Brock has officially retired.  He was given a glorious send-off by some 200 good people of San Pablo.  Brock in his usual humble way salutes the community’s progress and accomplishments as due to a solid team effort and the belief that success can happen.

Teresa Acosta has left the League of California Cities for what she describes as a job with a “tech startup”.

Former Murrieta City Manager Stephen G. Harding has joined the Kosmont Companies as a Senior Consultant.

Menifee City Manager George Wentz submitted his resignation, he said in an attempt to refocus community attention on important city issues and community needs instead of the findings of a recent audit.

It’s been 10-years since Artesia City Manager Maria Dadian was beaten unconscious during a robbery in downtown San Diego.  Maria was the Artesia Assistant City Manager at the time (March, 2000) and was in San Diego for a redevelopment conference.

Camarillo City Manager Jerry Bankston has announced that he will retire this year.

Calistoga City Manager for the past 11-years, James McCann, 50, is the new Mill Valley City Manager replacing veteran Anne Montgomery, who retired last year.

Greenfield City Manager Roger Wong and Police Chief Joe Grebmeier are dealing with arson at the construction site of the new Greenfield police station, part of the City’s new civic center that will house a new City Hall too.

John J. DiMario, a former La Mirada Assistant City Manager, who served Bellflower in an interim assignment, and most recently worked in La Palma, is the new Economic Development Manager in South Gate working with South GateSteve Lefever. Director of Community Development

Past MMANC President Mark Prestwich continues to serve as a Special Projects Manager for Sacramento, but has allowed the entrepreneur in him to surface as he founded the Sacramento Candle Company.  Mark is a former Assistant to the City Manager in Napa.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Austin Beutner, 50, to be the Interim General Manager of the City’s Department of Water and Power (DWP).

Former Calexico City Manager Oscar Rodriguez is the new Calexico Economic Development Director. He will report to Calexico City Manager Victor CarrilloArmando Villa. and/or Assistant City Manager

Farmersville City Manager Renee Miller, 53, notes that people come “from miles around” to dine at Las Palmas in downtown Farmersville.

Former Chula Vista City Manager David Garcia has returned to California from a year assignment with the State Department in Iraq’s Babil Province.

Members and supporters of the California Contract Cities Association will meeting at the group’s 51st Annual Municipal Seminar, May 13-16, in Indian Wells.  For information on the program contact the CCCA staff at telephone no. 562-622-5533.

Lynwood City Manager Roger Haley has been selected to be the in Chair of the Gateway Cities City Managers’ group as Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey‘s term comes to an end.  Paramount City Manager Linda Benedetti-Leal is the new Vice-Chair.

La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander has been selected Chair of the California Contract Cities Association’s City Managers/Administrator’s Committee, as Duarte City Manager Darrell George‘s term expires.

Harvey Englander and Matt Knabe of Englander Knabe & Allen have been working hard to help local governments forge significant public-private partnership opportunities, especially important during this time of economic downturn.

MMASC (Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California) will host its 2010 Annual Conference, May 26-28, at the Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara.  MMASC President Carl Alameda, who is a on the La Cañada Flintridge management team, notes that the conference is one of the three premier annual events provided by the organization.  The MMASC website is:

Retired Chino Hills City Manager Doug La Belle wants everyone to remember that the 11th Annual Knapp Golf Classic, a fund-raiser to help fight Huntington’s Disease which took the life of former City Manager Gaylord Knapp, is planned on June 14, 2010 at the Western Hills Golf and Country Club.  Those seeking information may call 714-528-6400.

Rancho Cordova Management Analyst Alexandra Miller, is the new Assistant to the City Manager in Woodinville, Washington starting in April.  Alex was a member of the MMANC Executive Board.

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: