Martello takes interim attorney gig in Los Gatos


Mountain View city attorney Michael Martello was all set to retire at the end of the year, leaving public service behind him for good. But then the city of Los Gatos came knocking.

Martello told the Voice he has agreed to take an interim "town attorney" job in Los Gatos, which is looking to replace outgoing attorney Orry Korb.

After interviewing several other possible interim replacements, the Los Gatos Town Council decided Martello would be a good interim town attorney while they go through a "full-blown recruitment process."

Martello served as city attorney for 16 years in Mountain View and developed a reputation for aggressively fighting for the city's interests and building a legal department that city officials had faith in. He successfully fought several David-and-Goliath legal battles, defending the city's interests against the likes of Clear Channel and AT&T.

"He's one of the most respected city attorneys in the state," said city manager Kevin Duggan. "He's got an incredible amount of knowledge."

As much as Los Gatos might want him to stay on permanently, Martello said he made it clear that he is "very interested in retiring."

He and three other retiring Mountain View department heads are throwing a retirement party on Friday, Jan. 8. The following Monday, Martello begins transitioning into his new temporary role at Los Gatos, taking over for Korb, who is leaving after 14 years there.

Los Gatos is a good city to work for, Martello said.


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Posted by the299crew
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

LG - Get your bulldozers warmed up and ready. He's going to get your bike parks.

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Posted by Stare decisis
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 24, 2009 at 8:49 am

Rotation Time, Can we rid the world of the judical.
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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 24, 2009 at 12:34 pm

"Public service", HO HO HO! Hogs at the trough...

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Posted by Don L.
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I will miss him and so will Mountain View. Wish I could double dip like him. Los Gatos is very lucky to get him. Maybe I should temporarily relocate to Los Gatos.

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Posted by dfb
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:10 am

Martello is an example of how our public service pension system has run amok and is unsustainable. I understand he will take about 80% of his regular salary, which will net him about $180,000 in retirement. It is no wonder he is so interested in retiring now. I would retire, too. It helps to explain why the public pension obligations are so high.

I have no problem with paying pensions but it needs to be sustainable and a reasonable amount to allow someone to live on in retirement. The amount paid to Martello from the pension system seems excessive and not sustainable in the long run, especially considering how CALPERS is on the brink of insolvency, is cooking the books to not show its true losses, and with an imminent explosion in the number of retirees.

CALPERS “has been reporting an expected rate of return of 7.75 percent for the past eight years, and 8 percent before that…. Its annual return during the decade from Dec. 31, 1998, to Dec. 31, 2008, has been 3.32 percent, and last year, when markets tanked, it lost 27 percent.” David Evans, Hidden Pension Fiasco May Foment Another $1 Trillion Bailout, Bloomberg NewsService (March 3, 2009).

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The pension fund is guaranteed by the state treasury.

Martello should be required to work for 35 years in public service and until at least 65 or 70 to qualify for anything coming close to that amount. And even then, $180K seems excessive.

And now he will apparently double dip, receiving his pension and a paycheck from Los Gatos. :-(

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Posted by unhappy_camper
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Good riddance. The man is a bully. This is egregious greed - a huge Mountain View retirement income plus double d
ip with Los Gatos & recall the controversial matter of Martello & Pam Read (now his wife) regarding the Foothill
Disposal contract.

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