City Council Moves Toward Better Efficiency

From reviewing the police department to setting new goals for 2013, the Pacifica City Council focuses on becoming more efficient.

Pacifica’s City Council is on a mission to streamline operations by focusing on best practices and government efficiency.

“We’re revamping some stale systems and finding better ways for efficiency,” said Mayor Len Stone.

A big part of that effort includes conducting an efficiency analysis on the City’s police department.

In a 3-2 vote, City Council approved last week a consultant's contract to review the efficiency of the police department. The study is expected to take three months and cost $34,500. The city will pay for it by not putting money into the motor pool replacement fund this year. A screening committee chose Matrix Consulting Group and Management Partners.

Councilmember Mike O'Neill and Mayor Stone voted against it.

“I commented at the council meeting that I thought the police chief should conduct an efficiency analysis before the City hires an outsider,” said Stone. “If the chief's analysis was insufficient, we could move another course of action.”

Still, Stone says the Council is committed to providing quality police service in the most efficient manner possible with a responsibility to the taxpayer.

“We had a slight difference of opinion as to the first step, but I think we all agree on the goal,” he said.

Approximately $8 million a year is spent on the Pacifica Police Department, which is more than 30 percent of the general fund budget. It’s a fiscal reality that has forced local government across the Peninsula — from Millbrae and Half Moon Bay to San Carlos — to opt for a cheaper, more efficient regional approach to law enforcement by using the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Stone said City Council is working on looking for “efficient” options and their “cost effective” measures so that Pacifica can learn from them.

In addition to examining the Pacifica Police Department’s efficiency, City Council members will meet tonight for a study session to review and streamline their commissions and again on Saturday for a new goal setting session in part to maximize cost recovery and look at new policies about transparency in local government.

“We’re simply cleaning up how we operate to become more efficient,” said Stone. "We are doing everything we can for efficiency in the police department because that's our biggest expenditure."


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I fixxy Pacifica February 02, 2013 at 01:30 AM
dog lover, biggest land grab from the nobies in the last 6 years. amazing. while dingbats on other blogs were patting themselves on the back over this "new" council, the city got hoodwinked once again. this is the final nail in the city's coffin. nice going chamber of commerce, local business, realtors . . . help get these tools elected and watch the beach turn into a bird park. ahahahahaha!!!
Keri Santos February 02, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Sinai, is fixing Bray's ever expanding waist line. He is the one complaining about surf spot noise just like how he called the police on the Shell Station, for making too much noise remodeling
Christa Bigue February 02, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Unfortunately we've had to delete several comments on this article for their personal slander on certain individuals. It is sad to see an article about our city council's current efforts taken over by a few individuals who choose to make this forum a place for their personal attacks rather than community discussion. Personal slandering is a violation of our Terms of Service and users will be suspending if these comments continue.
I fixxy Pacifica February 02, 2013 at 01:55 AM
i think you need to go back to journalism school and understand what "slander" is
Dog Lover February 02, 2013 at 02:01 AM
If anyone doubts the people-less future of Linda Mar Beach, one need look no further than the local GGNRA property Ocean Beach - formerly owned by the ciity of SF. Until the mid 1990's, OB was open to all recreational endeavors, including surfing, jogging, volleyball ,equestrian, off-leash dog walking, etc. In the mid-90;s the GGNRA initiated its extreme enviro agenda as part and parcel of its support of the UN's Biosphere Programme. The first step, arbitrarily and capriciousy designate the majority of Ocean Beach as "crucial" habitat for the Western Snowy Plover (please note that the made-up "crucial" designation sounds a lot like "critical" which is provided for by the law per USFWS and the Endangered Species Act). The result: off-leash dog walking was now restircted to a proportionally small area at the north end of OB. In 2002, the emboldened GGNRA declared that off-leash dog walking would no longer be permitted anywhere in the GGNRA. After a couple of devastating Federal Court losses for the GGNRA, off-leash dog waking was restored to its original, enabling legislation mandated state. But the GGNRA and the enviros NEVER give up. In the mid 2000's the GGNRA arbitrarily declared an emergency closure of the majority of OB per the WSP to off-leash dogs. The final nail in the coffin is the new GGNRA Dog Policy DEIS which has a preferred alternative of banning dogs and many recreational activities completely from the majority of OB. So will be the future of LMB.


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