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City Council Hires Consultant to Draft Economic Development Plan

The project is expected to take five months and cost $34,900.

City Council unanimously voted on the selection of a consultant — Susan Barnes of Wahlstrom and Associates— to draft a new economic development plan for the city Monday.

The work is expected to take five months and cost $34,900, according to a report in the Pacifica Tribune. The money will be paid out of the general fund, but not by creating an additional expenditure from the general fund.

Members of the screening committee included Mayor Pro Tem Len Stone, Councilmember Sue Digre, Economic Development Committee Members Mary Brown and Victor Spano, Planning Director George White and City Manager Steve Rhodes.

"They were the most impressive," said Mayor Pro Tem Len Stone in the Pacifica Tribune article. "They have experience with issues that are similar to ours in San Mateo County and in creating a comprehensive plan for the city."

Read the full report in the Pacifica Tribune here.

Do you think it's a good idea to hire a consultant to draft a new economic development plan for the city? Why?

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Lionel Emde December 22, 2012 at 05:34 AM
They who can't think for themselves are doomed to end up on the shelf.
Pacifica Idea Man December 22, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Expect the consultant to submit the exact same economic plan that she previously drafted for her other suckers, sorry, I mean client cities, who also anted up the $35k. Although it's too late to save Pacifica the $35k, I'll spare you the five month wait and give you her complete economic plan right here, right now: "Buy low and sell high."

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