Pleasant Hill City Clerk Criticized for Performance Resigns with Fiery Email to Mayor, City Manager

May 20, 2014 15:08 pm · 93 comments

The recall election for Pleasant Hill’s city clerk demanded by some residents in recent months is no longer needed.

Kim Lehmkuhl resigned from her post as city clerk with a scathing email on Monday after facing ridicule in recent months for failing to produce a single set of City Council meeting minutes during her first year in office.

In the email sent to Mayor Tim Flaherty and City Manager June Catalano, Lehmkuhl described her time working for the city as an “atrocious, incredibly depressing, and mind-numbingly inane experience I would not wish on anyone.”

“I wish the City the best of luck in finding some schmuck eager to transcribe every last misogynistic joke, self-indulgent anecdote, and pathetic pandering attempt by Council, and every tinfoil hat conspiracy theory, racist aside, and NIMBY asshattery from the lovely council meeting frequent flyers, without which, surely our democracy could not flourish,” she wrote.

Lehmkuhl could not be reached for comment today.

Her resignation comes after repeated calls for a special election to recall Lehmkuhl after it came to light in January that she hadn’t produced the minutes for any City Council meetings since taking office in November 2012.

More recently, it was discovered that she did not attend a county workshop to educate city clerks about election procedures, according to the mayor.

Some residents were also irked by her opinionated, often sarcastic Twitter posts during council meeting proceedings, according to city officials.

She has accepted a position at Work America, an advocacy organization for non-unionized workers in Washington, D.C., according to her Twitter account. The Twitter account she used as city clerk has been taken down.

Flaherty said today that Lehmkuhl’s resignation is “a relief” and the best thing for the city.

“The controversy over the lack of performance by the city clerk was not only a financial drain on the city’s resources but also a strain on the city staff,” he said. “It was a distraction from the work of staff and City Council.”

The mayor said he would have fired Lehmkuhl last December when he learned that she hadn’t produced any meeting minutes, but didn’t have the authority to do so since she was an elected official.
Flaherty said he also suggested cutting the roughly $528 monthly stipend allotted for the part-time position but was advised against it by the city’s attorney.

At least, he said, the city can now forgo a $20,000 recall election.

The City Council has 60 days to appoint a city clerk to fill Lehmkuhl’s spot or to call a special election.

In March, the council agreed to place an item on the November ballot asking voters whether the city clerk should be appointed instead of being elected.

{ 93 comments }

1 waverunner May 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

This is why this position should most definitely be an appointed one so that the person can be fired for non-performance if need-be. Have never heard of someone in this position being so blatently remiss of doing his/her job. Minutes of council meetings are vital for recording what has transpired.

2 PH Dad May 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Wow, she really seems like a master of “asshattery”. Very professional and what we expect out of our elected officials. Of course she is a reflection of the majority of the city council.
What the mayor did not post was that she is going to work for the AFL-CIO, not just any advocacy group.
Good riddance to her.

3 Miss Diagnosis May 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I wish I had her balls, lmao.

4 57 Chevy May 20, 2014 at 3:29 PM

She sounds like a very unhappy person.

5 rkt88 May 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Honestly – from the little I saw she could have probably cobbled together minutes from her tweets of the meetings. Sounds like she really didn’t know what exactly she was signing up for and what the imbalance between time required and the compensation were. Are there outsourced/shared clerks like there are legal counsel for cities? That seems like the solution for the role.

6 rkt88 May 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

C’mon Mr. Mayor – GIVE US THE FULL EMAIL!

7 What security May 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

asshattery” she taught me a new word

8 The Professor May 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Asshattery?!?!? Never heard that one before, but here’s the definition from “Wiktionary”: This woman is very angry at her self imposed fate.I prefer the synonym “assclownery” when referring to Ms. Lehmkuhl.

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

asshat +‎ -ery

Noun[edit]

asshattery (uncountable)
1.(informal) The obnoxious behaviour of an asshat.  [quotations ▼]

Synonyms[edit]
assclownery, assholery, douchebaggery, douchery

9 twilight May 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Her attitude is just mind-boggling! Karma….

10 Bob the Repairman May 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Now she can go to Washington, DC. and do nothing for higher pay. So long!!!!

11 Cowellian May 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

If she did delete her Twitter account, is that the same as destroying official records?

12 Charles-the-cat May 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

“She has accepted a position at Work America”
Gotta love the irony.

13 VikingPrincess May 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

@Cowellian – interesting point

Wow…amazing exit. Guess if she felt that way it is for the best.

14 Bob May 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

“finding some schmuck”

The last word means penis in Yiddish

she can’t even get her parting words correct
hhahhahhahahhahha

15 ChampagneKitty May 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I wonder if her new employer is aware of her history and reputation here.

16 Gargoyle Socks May 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

How old is she?! She sounds like a teenage girl complete with eye-rolling and sighs. Did she sign the letter

“What…ever,

Kim Lehmkuhl”

I’m sure she’ll have a thriving career as a parasite of the working class.

17 Wow May 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I bet there is an app to do what she was supposed to do, type out everything that is said in a meeting automatically? Between that and google should be a breeze. How much does it pay???

18 qwerty May 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder

Narcissists have such an elevated sense of self-worth that they value themselves as inherently better than others, when in reality they have a fragile self-esteem, cannot handle criticism, and often try to compensate for this inner fragility by belittling or disparaging others in an attempt to validate their own self-worth. Comments and criticisms about others are vicious from sufferers of NPD, in an attempt to boost their own poor self-esteem.

Forward her email to her new AFL-CIO/Working America employer so they know what they’re getting.

19 LocalProud May 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I frankly like her candor. I bet it (all the politics, personal-issues-acted-out-through-control that come with councils or boards) probably DID indeed come with the nonsense that she had to listen to, and frankly, intelligent people get really tired of idiots who waste our time.
Granted, she had a job to do (so this doesn’t excuse her not logging minutes)…but if it was all a bunch of snickering/back-and-forth-bickering waste of time and words, I say she’s right in that regard. Good for her – glad she bailed.

20 Another PH Resident May 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!

21 Fetching Kitty May 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I read the full memo on CC Times, and am curious about the last sentence: “June, also best of luck with your imminent unfunded pensions scandal, that is going to be a rough one.” We are currently buying a house in PH, and that is giving me pause.

22 Ibot May 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

non-compliance is not the correct answer.

23 I'm The Urban Spaceman May 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Was there a reason(not just being a lazy slug collecting gummint money) she didn’t produce the minutes?

24 Connie Dobbs May 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I like her.

25 DanMtz May 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Jeez, she’s got a lot of growing up to do.

26 Rat May 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Perhaps Work America in D.C. needs to hear from some of her City of Pleasant Hill job reference/co-workers!?

27 Dorothy Englund May 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

@Fetching Kitty #20
I agree that last sentence is curious. It almost sounds like a threat – “I know something and I’m prepared to use it.”

Many (if not most) cities and other public agencies are in dire straights where unfunded pensions are concerned. Pleasant Hill is no exception. But, at least Pleasant Hill doesn’t have the unfunded retirement health benefits problem that other public agencies are dealing with.

Our local economy is strong and growing. The restaurants are great. Rec. and Park and community events are great. Community groups are really active (Rotary, Lyons, Chamber, Education Foundation, etc.) House sales are good and house prices are increasing. The residents are wonderful. I know you will be happy with your decision to move to Pleasant Hill.

28 Atticus Thraxx May 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I have no idea if she was worth a sh*t as a clerk, but damn she can write a resignation letter. P-Hill, you just keep on keeping it real. ;)

29 Reality Slap May 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

It appears the former City Clerk has voluntarily turned herself into the poster child for individuals auditioning as a drama queen while making excuses for a grave lack of personal responsibility. You would have a tendency to believe that transcribing the minutes of the meeting would have been so very easy for a person who has mastered the $10 words like “schmuck”, “misogynistic”, and the ever intellectually telling “asshattery”. How ironic that someone who blasts politics at a local level has taken a job in the least political place: Washington, D.C.; a place full of “schmucks” and “asshattery”. Good luck with that one Ms.Lehmkuhl, and don’t let the exit door hit you in the “gluteus maximus”.

30 Valentine Casey May 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

ooooo The next story is the “scandalous” unfunded pensions in the City of Pleasant Hill. Keep us posted mayor!

31 Julio May 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I seriously doubt she has been handed a job anywhere. Any one can google search and find out all the trouble she has been in.

Unfunded pensions are in every city, county, state and federal government. It does happen to be scandalous to me but it isn’t something she personally unearthed. It has certainly bankrupted many places.

32 Dr. Doc, PHD May 20, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Good riddance idiot.

33 Cowellian May 20, 2014 at 7:07 PM

It sure sounds like a win-win situation. Pleasant Hill will be much better off with a real clerk who is willing to do the job, and Lehmkuhl will be much happier in a job where they don’t actually expect her to do any work.

34 anon May 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM

There use to be a old man nut,last name Lemhkule, that use to go the Concord city council meetings and rant about things. Maybe a relative? Even tried to run for council one time I think.

35 Walnut Creek Resident May 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Wow she sounds really angry and immature. I am afraid of her having any other type of pubic service job! I hope her new employers will know exactly who she is and maybe they will rethink their choice.

36 Claytonista May 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Let me guess: she probably thought that the City Clerk job would be but a stepping stone in a long, illustrious career in elected public office. Well, she can forget that!

37 Elwood May 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Lehmkuhl’s departure for D.C. will improve the mental health of both cities. Good luck to the AFL-CIO.

If you’re scathing everyone in the room except yourself, you might want to take a look at your hole card. In my opinion she needs professional help.

How the bleep did she ever get elected?

38 Jerk May 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Sounds like the typical C U iN Toledo.
I can fire her type of talk right back at her.
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PS: Why in the F* could she not deliver any meeting minutes aka DO HER JOB that she was hired for, WTF?!?!?

39 Shelly May 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

She must have a trust fund.

40 Blink May 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Entitlement issues…poor baby….hahahahahaha
Work America ….good one qwerty

41 To PH Dad May 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I guess that is where the angry people who think that they are owed something that do not get along with other people go to work….

I would like to know why it has taken people so long to realize that she was not doing her job…

The problem is if the city was to get sued the corporation vale would not protect them this could have become a much bigger mess than it was… (I am very glad it did not)

42 Anonymous May 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I like her candor and spunk. I am not commenting on her job skills because I have no first hand knowledge but having worked for some poorly run public agencies I can sympathize. I think it was tacky for the city to comment on camera to the news media.

43 Fritzhugh Ludlow May 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

She can always go back to being a stand in for Leslie Winkle on “The Big Bang Theory”.

44 Ben Runkle May 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

The squeaky wheel gets the grease and this apparently bi-polar note-taker gets the press. Anyone who thinks this Clerk is a reflection of Pleasant Hill has no idea what this community is all about.

45 Cuzzzzzzz...... May 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Well she sure has a pair doesn’t she?????????????

46 qwerty May 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Her twitter account will give you a better sense of her Kool-Aid drunk, activist, hate the white male, agitator, anti-conservative mindset.

https://twitter.com/kimlehmkuhl/media

Now, if she didn’t do the job she was hired to do, but cashed her paychecks, can she be sued and forced to repay the taxpayers of PHill?

PHill is much better off without her around.

47 Mieke May 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

This individual should have been fired well over a year ago!

48 Happy One May 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

So stupid! Doesn’t she realize prospective employers will google her and read that?

49 Margarite May 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

This is fantastic! Let’s hope for the best this time.

50 (insert name here) May 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM

@Happy One: Her prospective employers are thrilled with this type of attitude. It’s what they do. Activist agitator against anything status quo.

She has low self-esteem. A rational person doesn’t make this big of a stink when they leave a job they dislike.

Also, why has she suddenly erased her PHill Twitter account and removed her job at PHill from her LinkedIn profile? Because like a spoiled boyfriend or girlfriend who demanded the other person change to meet their expectations, this is her way of stomping off in a huff because she was told to STFU and stop being a controlling asshat.

Did she have the side of her head shaved in the KPIX interview?

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/20/pleasant-hill-city-clerk-kim-lehmkuhl-slams-mayor-council-in-scathing-resignation-letter-mayor-tim-flaherty-june-catalano/

51 VikingPrincess May 20, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Guys, she did’nt have her heart in it. She agreed in an interview on KTVU she wasnt delivering the product. She was not happy. Her platform was based on promising transparency in the form of electronic communication and she attended law school.
I don’t think voters or any reasonable person would think that her actions meant to tweet. City is govt…not sales or journalism. Voters may have additionally considered her law school “attendance” and perhaps thought she’d be more conservative. She does not feel like a Pleasant Hill type nor a liaison.

I will certainly ask for more info before voting someone into a position who is meant to record history (yes! It is history to me.) That uses electronic Transparency as part of their platform.

At this rate, she could possibly get a job or an interview on the classy (sarcasm) Howard Stern show.

52 Antler May 21, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Re her purported new job (and doesn’t that group work on behalf of workers who do NOT want to belong to a union?)….

She HAD to have falsified something on her resumé, so whenever someone calls their attention to the reason she left this Pleasant Hill job (and with no legitimate reference)……… well, I really think they would need to fire her. No?

I cannot find in the news whether anyone has contacted that group in Washington to verify that they really have hired her. Just for starters, just if anyone really cares!

53 Just sayin May 21, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Freaking hilarious……its unfortunate that she never produced minutes, because the diction she uses in her “get stuffed” letter is great.

54 JRConcord May 21, 2014 at 6:30 AM

@ Viking Princess
Ba ba booey!

55 anon May 21, 2014 at 6:41 AM

She was voted into office blame yourself Pleasanr Hill everyone blames our politicians but will vote for the same ones we hate time after time. Local politics needs more change more people need to run for office. Problem is if you make a mistake you will be publicly flogged. Who wants that job now?

56 Anon777 May 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I don’t understand why it took her boss (or someone) to realize she hadn’t done her job in over a year? WTF does that say about PH City accountability? She’s a freakin nut and PH should be be glad to be rid of her. It is too bad that the City cannot call up her new employer and let them know her history.

Someone should take down her Facebook Support page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Pleasant-Hill-City-Clerk-Kim-Lehmkuhl/202659073257411?ref=br_tf

57 Dorothy Englund May 21, 2014 at 8:21 AM

@VikingPrincess #51

I’m not so sure she attended law school. If you look at her linkedin profile, it appears she attended some sort of seminar sponsored by Columbia Law School. If she didn’t actually attend law school, her 2012 Campaign information sure appears misleading.

For anyone who thinks Ms. Lehmkuhl didn’t understand the responsibilities of the City Clerk position – Look at her Campaign website:

http://kimforcityclerk.blogspot.com/

She had a link to the “Role of the City Clerk” and “Prepares the official minutes of City Council Meetings” is the second item in the list.

58 Connie Dobbs May 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM

It’s quaint how some of you think anyone in DC cares what you think.They’re surprised she didn’t show up barefoot with her 4H piglet under one arm.

59 Dorothy Englund May 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM

I should also add, for those who believe Council is guilty of anything Ms. Lehmkuhl included in her resignation letter, that I don’t find any truth in any of her accusations.

I have never heard any Councilmember be disrespectful to women or make any jokes about women. And, I have attended far more Council meetings than Ms. Lehmkuhl.

Our City Manager is a woman. Our City Attorneys for the past few decades have been women. Several women have served on Council over the past several decades (present Council excluded). If any Councilmember told a misogynistic joke about women, I am confident he (or she) would be promptly rebuked.

Where Ms. Lehmkuhl came up with the idea that Councilmembers tell misogynistic jokes is a mystery to me.

60 mike mac May 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM

One should not make fun of the mentally ill. However, when they are a public official, that rule does not apply. I am sure she will rise in the ranks at her new job based upon her past performance and incompetence.

61 VikingPrincess May 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

@Anon: Best not to stoop down to a troll’s hand puppet’s level by having a social network war with her – although I understand your feelings ;).

@Dorothy England – great…
Someone posted her initial statement a few months back and I remember being concerned about the wording on a few statements (attended Columbia… and WAS a resident of PH).

Either way, we have more class than to consider the venomous seeds she was attempting to sow. If it was as bad as she says and she really cared she’d sing a different tune….perhaps make suggestions on how to improve the so called terrible situation.

Until then – she’s Charlie Browns parents to me

62 Dutch May 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

It’s interesting, I’ve been to a city council meeting in Pleasant Hill and found it to be very professional. I did not see any of the antics she described in her diatribe. She was an elected official? This is what happens when you elect people based on party lines and don’t do your own research before voting. This should be a cautionary tale for all voters. You deserve what you get if you don’t do your own research before voting (I can’t stress that enough).

63 skrab May 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

@ Dorothy

I agree with you about the law school part. I am female attorney roughly the same age as Lehmkuhl. I work in local government. I attended Columbia for my undergrad. Lehmkuhl piqued my interest because of all these things we have in common, so I did some internet sleuthing when this scandal first came down the pipes. As far as I can see, she did not graduate from Columbia Law or the School of International Public Affairs. It’s possible that she sat in on some courses. Also, I think she lies about having received fellowships from Columbia. If she had, she would have worked at more prestigious organizations in actually fellow positions, not doing clerical work. I suspect that Lehmkuhl has serious mental health issues that are not being treated properly.

64 Idiocracy May 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Sounds like there’s more to this story

65 lizzy May 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Butch, you are absolutely correct. You do deserve what you get, and the past year speaks for itself. She didn’t do her job, and she has no class sitting in a meeting and tweeting. Venomous it was indeed…

66 Wendy Lack May 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Thank goodness this sorry chapter in Pleasant Hill’s history is coming to a close. Now we can get on with the important business in our community, without this three-ring-circus distraction.

It’s important for all voters to reflect on lessons we can learn from this saga. Among those lessons is the need for voters and the press to do a better job of vetting candidates for elected office. During the 2012 election season, a critical examination of Lehmkuhl’s work/academic history offered plenty of relevant data that should have tipped off voters re what to expect from her (http://www.linkedin.com/in/kimlehmkuhl).

But the most important lesson this episode teaches is this: Concealing problems is destructive. It’s a City Manager’s job to manage agency risk and to “have the backs” of City Council members. Rather than concealing this longstanding problem from the public, and failing to ensure the City Clerk’s duties were fulfilled (even if by staff, rather than the elected official technically responsible), the City Manager failed her risk management duty by allowing the situation to snowball.

There is no excuse for such neglect of duty. It’s time for the Pleasant Hill City Council to reflect on these issues, when next evaluating the City Manager’s performance.

The same can be said for Michael Harris, who served as Mayor during the Lehmkuhl debacle and failed to lead. After 12 years on the PH City Council, he’s running for re-election this year. Harris’ failure in this incident is representative of his lackluster track record. It’s time for Harris to go.

That said, all Councilmembers are complicit in tolerating this problem for far too long. They all need to treat this episode as a learning moment, to be applied to future decisionmaking.

Pleasant Hill residents should demand leadership from their elected and appointed public officials. Ignoring, denying and concealing problems isn’t leadership and shouldn’t be tolerated.

To reform city government, residents must get involved in paying attention to what’s going on at City Hall and playing an active role in holding public officials accountable.

Good intentions don’t count. Results do.

67 gratt May 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

good for her, politics is bullsh– anyway, just a way to drain taxpayers money and fill their pockets for retirement when their obese a– is ready to sit back and get bigger. Who did you really help anyway–NOBODY!!!

68 skrab May 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

@ Wendy Lack

I disagree that the City Manager, or the Council Members for that matter, had any authority to assign Lehmkuhl’s duties to staff. Lehmkuhl was an elected official, not an employee. The City Manager can’t reassign an elected official’s duties. Also, I don’t think that this matter was hidden from us. I’ve been following it for months. I think most of us don’t pay attention to what’s going on at City Hall. In defense of PH, this Lehmkuhl situation is unprecedented. How often does an elected official utterly refuse to do their statutory duties?

69 Mr. Pink May 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

““I wish the City the best of luck in finding some schmuck eager to transcribe every last misogynistic joke, self-indulgent anecdote, and pathetic pandering attempt by Council, and every tinfoil hat conspiracy theory, racist aside, and NIMBY asshattery from the lovely council meeting frequent flyers, without which, surely our democracy could not flourish,”

I kind of like that. I wonder how this email might effect her new job in DC? I can see a story on a DC blog citing Claycord’s story.

70 ConcordGloryDays May 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

she’s hot. i would do some thangs to her.

71 But wait, there's more.. May 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Hey Pleasant Hill taxpayers…. About the City’s unfunded pension liability…….

72 Wendy Lack May 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

@skrab #68

Of course the City Manager has authority to assign duties. That’s exactly what was done in January, after the story was reported in the press and the issue blew up into an embarrassing scandal.

The throw-up-our-hands-in-helplessness routine is self-evidently false. The City Manager had the authority — and the duty — to ensure the people’s business was done. Likewise, the City Council had a duty to lead — not just stand by, doing nothing and pleading “there’s nothing we can do.”

There WAS something they could do — and they did it in January. But they took action only after the story went public and they forced (by public opinion) to do so.

That’s not leadership. It’s simply reactive.

73 (insert name here) May 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

According to her LinkedIn profile, the longest she was able to hold a job from 1999 to the present was less than 3 years! and that was only in two positions. The other jobs lasted only months. She was clearly unstable.

74 Jack Weir May 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Wendy is 100% spot on – as usual. I take responsibility for not taking action sooner to bring the council “minutes” issue to the fore. I asked Ms. Lehmkuhl several times in private and in public meetings about the problem, and offered assistance, but should have done more sooner.
Having served for almost four years, I cannot validate any of Ms. Lehmkuhl’s snarky accusations. If anyone can, please let me know – I take issues of public integrity and transparency very seriously, to which I trust Wendy will attest.
Regarding any “pension scandal” in PH, this council voted to pay off our unfunded Police pension side fund, on which we had been paying CalPers 7.5% interest; our lower interest loan will save us almost a million dollars over five years. We have no control over the way CalPers mismanages the basic pension fund. All municipal employers whose employees participate in CalPers are in the same boat, and I sincerely hope that the CalPers board will take action to correct their unsustainable policies. Taxpayers should not be on the hook for CalPers’ failure to use reasonable earnings projections. (See Vallejo and Stockton municipal bankruptcy cases for more information.)
Now, about those potholes…

75 What security May 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

She just got hired at DMV

76 O. Marrs May 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

You can say what you like about Ms. Lehmkuhl. But it seems clear to me there are some real issues in City Hall. The City Clerk is assigned the task of keeping records of meetings and it seems clear that did not happen. The Mayor is running in circles try to reprimand her and complaining he did not have the authority under the advice of the City Attorney. An the Mayor said her resignation will save the City 20,000.00 because a special election will to be called. So we are to put our trust in Council to appoint someone. Seems to me that is how we got in this mess. There is too much cronyism and back biting at City Hall.

Take a look at the Calpers Audit -https://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/about/pubs/employer/compliance-review-public/city-pleasant-hill-focus.pdf

Maybe there is something to be said about this issue.

77 Elwood May 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

@ but wait there’s more #71

Every city and other public agency has unfunded liabilities. Some of you need to get over it.

You’re attempting to make something out of nothing, for reasons best known only to yourselves.

78 O. Marrs May 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

@J Weir

So we have other issues with the pension system administration for P-Hill employees other than what I found online. I could be wrong but it looks like P-Hill 511.org employees membership benefits are imploding also.

Calpers Audit:

https://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/about/pubs/employer/compliance-review-public/city-pleasant-hill-focus.pdf

79 Mary Fouts May 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Former Pleasant Hill City Clerk Kim Lemkuhl’s Bridge Burning Resignation Meltdown has gone international:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635131/Northern-California-City-Clerk-34-resigns-biting-email-to.html

80 Dorothy Englund May 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

@ O. Marrs #78
That is an interesting document you found. However, it looks like any “employees” in the 511.org program will not be entitled to CalPers benefits (at least not through the City of Pleasant Hill). So, no unknown unfunded pension liability there.

However, it does make me wonder. Since CalPers performs an audit and didn’t look at all the “employees” over the life of the 511.org program, how many other “employees” will be entitled to receive benefits at Pleasant Hill’s expense?

81 Donna Summersault May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Don’t do your job for a year and then write a nasty email?

Right.
The credibility of this broad is minus 5,000.
Step on gurl, we don’t need you.

82 Bluto May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

@jack weir #74

Are you running for reelection? That sounded like a lot of campaign blooey to me. You are taking responsibility for the clerks’ issues now? What sets you apart as someone who should? All the city council members and city mgr would be equally responsible.

You agree with everything that Wendy Lack says because you two are cut from the same cloth. Likewise, there are people who disagree with you both as to Michael Harris’ contributions to the city. That doesn’t make any of you right. It’s all about perspective and personal ideology.

Should be a juicy campaign season in PH.

83 DWM May 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Funny reading all of these comments about how this womans behavior. You people act like you’ve never had a job where you felt like you were surrounded by complete morons.

You all know very damn well that at some point in your lives you felt like writing the same letter/email.

84 57 Chevy May 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

@ DWM—-#83

There’s a big difference between a disgruntled employee and mental health issues. She needs help, and I hope she gets it.

85 The Realist May 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

“You all know very damn well that at some point in your lives you felt like writing the same letter/email.”
Yes but most have evolved the intelligence and social filters to censor that part of their primal brain that would have, in precivilized times, gotten you slaughtered as the weakest of the pack or exiled from local tribal society.

And then we have throwbacks with large percentages of Neanderthal DNA.
Many of whom seem to post here.

86 O. Marrs May 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

@Dorothy
It seems to me Calpers is trying to put daylight between themselves and the 511 employees. But what happens when the current employees, or any already retired, pull up to the table. Will the tax payers have to foot the bill. Just because Calpers is washing thier hands of the issue, it does not mean the liability goes away for PHill. The retirements benefits that these employees have work for and earned still have to be served up by someone. And as employees of PHill the City is on the hook. I am not advocating anything for anyone else I would not want for myself.

It just seems so unprofessional and back roomish.

87 O. Marrs May 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

@Elmwood
How is asking questions, even if they are born of “crazytown”, a bad thing. Mr. Weir pointed out that the Fire department pension administration had issues and he was quick to give clarity to the issue. That is great. But apparently there are other fires (for give the pun) in town that he is not aware of or choice to sideline because they do not have such clean, easy, or sexy solutions.
Also just because other Cities have bad financial advise does not mean Pleasant Hill has to follow suit.

88 O. Marrs May 21, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I apologize Elmwood and Mr Weir, JW was speaking about the Police fund not Fire. But you have to admit the fire pun was cool.

89 Dorothy Englund May 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

@Bluto-
Actually, the Mayor is more responsible than the other Councilmembers for the situation with the City Clerk. It is the Mayor’s responsibility to review the draft agendas and provide feedback to the City Manager. And, the Mayor is traditionally the one member of Council who meets with the City Manager on a regular basis, decides what items to place on the agenda, etc. I imagine Michael Harris and June Catalano tried to work with Ms. Lehmkuhl behind the scenes and nothing seemed to work.

I am not surprised that the other Councilmembers deferred to then Mayor Harris and the City Manager to address and resolve the problem.

90 Dorothy Englund May 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

@O. Marrs 86
I agree that something seems amiss. I plan to bring the document you found to this evening’s Budget Committee meeting to see if I can get some answers.

If the 511 employees were told they were entitled to retirement benefits, we could be looking at a significant liability.

I’ve often wondered as well about elected public officials (like our Councilmembers). They only make about $600 a month in “salary.” But, what if they suddenly take a “real job” in the public sector at a hefty salary. Do they suddenly receive an enormous bump in retirement benefits (number of years served x 2% x final salary)? If so, we could have a really significant future pension liability for those public officials turned public employees.

91 (insert name here) May 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

If she is mentally unstable (which seems to be the case), then all this is her problem to resolve. She has the attitude of a juvenile and should be treated as such. ———> BAD DOG! BAD DOG!

But she is self-aware, and more enlightened than us, we are the BAD DOG, BAD DOG!!

That’s called a sociopath. Seek help Kim. The AFL-CIO will onlt make your life worse. You can find your balance in the real world. The AFL-CIO isn’t it and PHill wasn’t it. Good Luck.

92 (insert name here) May 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

*only*

93 Dorothy Englund May 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM

@O. Marrs
I attended last night’s Budget Committee Meeting. The City Manager assured everyone in attendance that the City is not responsible for any pension contributions (or liabilities) for the 511 “employees.” Apparently, those “employees” will become part of a JPA (not sure if I got the correct letters) and will be able to participate in CalPers through that special classification. I don’t know who is contributing to CalPers on their behalf, but it’s not (and will not be) Pleasant Hill – per the City Manager.

I also mentioned the Claycord blog and that several bloggers are asking about Ms. Lehmkuhl’s last statement about the City’s “imminent unfunded pensions scandal.” Ms. Catalano assured everyone at the meeting that they have no idea what Ms. Lehmkuhl is talking about. The City is not aware of any “unfunded pension scandal” and has disclosed any information it receives or knows about the unfunded liability.

With that said, all public agencies who participate in CalPers, CalStrs, etc. will be looking at a spike in pension costs. I have heard those costs may increase by 50% or more and that CalPers is working on a formula to “smooth” the effects. We should know more about those issues very soon.

Also, as of June 2015, public agencies will finally have to account for their unfunded pension liabilities in the same manner as private corporations have for decades. Unless you are one of those who believe in efficient financial markets, you might want to think about short selling some municipal bonds…..

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