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Review of City Manager Performance Reviews These Past Two Months

As we wait for a call back from the City of Alameda attorney’s office to confirm or refute rumors of Alameda City Manager Debra Kurita’s departure, and on what terms, let’s review the case for concluding that her contract was terminated by City Council. (But perhaps City Council will go easy on her on the exit, and let her resign “for personal reasons.”)

First, there is a string of closed session City Council “Performance Evaluations” of the City Manager, starting in mid-January of this year and continuing up to just this past Tuesday:

Tuesday January 13, 2009
3-B. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION (54957)

Title: City Manager

February 3, 2009
Adjournment to Closed Session to consider:
3-A. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION (54957)

Title: City Manager

Tuesday February 24, 2009
Adjournment to Closed Session to consider:
3-A. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Title: City Manager

And, of course, it was revealed to City Council at the all-day budget meeting on Saturday, February 7th, 2009, that the City’s general fund didn’t hold $10 million, but rather, only about $5 million, after adding up all the accrued liabilities for different purposes that Alameda city staff have been hiding by shuffling them around in different service funds on the City’s books. But we covered that in our “Pom-Poms for Pearlman” post earlier this week. Gee whiz, Eve Pearlman is such a great civic booster, defending the City’s financial management practices even as City Council puts the City Manager under close scrutiny. We sure hope that if we’re ever crossing the North Atlantic on the Titanic II, Ms. Pearlman will be there to accompany the band after we hit the iceberg and start sinking.

And then, of course, we have all the media coverage through the month of January and February, where the City Manager dispatched her trusty special deputy assistant city manager Lisa Goldman to handle the news cameras. Evidently Ms. Kurita is no good at talking to the press. Now we know why the City Manager’s office is so over-staffed! The City Manager needs a PR flack!

KTVU 2 Covers Alameda “discretionary” Stimulus Projects
http://www.ktvu.com/video/18696947/index.html

KTVU 2 Covers City of Alameda Denials That it is Facing Bankruptcy
http://www.ktvu.com/video/18426130/index.html

And then we have the Fiscal Sustainability Committee’s report to City Council coming due shortly, and that can’t have good news. It must be too much for the City Manager, or City Council to stomach, so something needed to break.

2 comments to Review of City Manager Performance Reviews These Past Two Months

  • anonymous

    Did you know that Debra Kurita was traveling internationally (on the tax payers money?) and was unavailable for a demo of salt water pumps a few years ago?

    Your rumor/news has brightened my day.

    Unfortunately, there are others in the City’s administration that will take over issuing the gag orders.

  • anonymous

    Thanks God! The Bitch is gone. How about the money she received for the purchase of her house here in Alalmeda.

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