Still no decision on CM

Still no decision on CM

By Andre Coleman 07/31/2008

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The Pasadena City Council spent nearly two hours Monday discussing filling the city manager’s position, but took no action.

One reason for that may have been the fact that only five of eight members actually attended the Monday session, with Council members Victor Gordo and Steve Madison participating in the closed session by telephone, and Councilman Steve Haderlein out, apparently unable to get to a phone.
According to one official close to the search but not a member of the council, Riverside Assistant City Manager Michael Beck will probably be offered the job.

Last year, when he was asked to replace outgoing City Manager Cynthia Kurtz on an interim basis, Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian agreed to take the job following one such closed-door session and was faxed a contract later that night while the council’s regular meeting was in progress.

No such luck Monday night. Mayor Bill Bogaard previously told the Weekly that he expected the job to be filled by the end of July. “We are obviously off that timetable now,” Bogaard said, “but we are not far behind.”

Last week Council members Jacque Robinson, Margaret McAustin and Sid Tyler traveled to Riverside to speak with officials there about Beck, according to a story that appeared last week in the Riverside Press-Telegram.  Beck, who could not be reached for comment on this story, told that paper that he had not yet made his mind up about the job in Pasadena.

Bogaard listed the general plan and affordable housing projects as two areas in which the new city manager would have to quickly get up to speed.

“The update of the general plan is a major effort for the city going forward,” Bogaard said, adding “We have a number of affordable housing projects that are under consideration, but the climate for borrowing and development has changed considerably, and construction costs continue to rise. The new city manager will be asked to come to grips with those pending projects and help the council move them forward.”

Melekian took his name out of consideration for the position in April and will be returning to the Police Department later this year.

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