Forrmer Alhambra mayor and three-term councilman, Paul Talbot, is being considered for Monterey Park city manager. While city officials are not commenting publicly on the decision, they have inquired with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) about any potential conflicts of interest. Talbot is 51% owner of Gateway Consultants, which is working on the Market Place Development in Monterey Park.
The Monterey Park city manager, with an annual salary of $206,000, was previously filled by interim City Manager Donald McIntyre. His appointment expired on September 30, 2010.
A graduate of Alhambra High School and UCLA, Talbot lives in Alhambra with his wife and the youngest of his three sons who attends Mark Keppel High School. He served on the Alhambra City Council from 1994 to 2006, including three terms as mayor. With former three-term Alhambra councilman, Mark Paulson, he is a principal of Gateway Consultants based in Monrovia, whose projects in addition to the Market Place Development include the Los Angeles Football Stadium in the City of Industry and the Redstone Development in Alhambra.
The FPPC responded to inquries from the Monterey Park city attorney about a potential conflict of interest due to Talbot's business interests. The state committee has advised that Talbot can fill the post, but would need to divest himself of any interest in his consulting company, Gateway Consultants. Talbot has offered to do so, if appointed. In addition, for 12 months following his appointment date, he would not be able to make decisions regarding the Market Place Development or other private projects or the merging of two redevelopment project areas that may affect the amount of public funds available for it.
Talbot declined requests from the Alhambra Source to comment on the appointment.
The inquiry to the FPPC did not address a Political Reform Act violation decision made last month which also named Talbot. Alhambra Councilwoman Barbara Messina and her husband and campaign manager, Michael Messina, were fined $14,000 for 2006 election violations involving a campaign bank account, reporting of expenditures and sender identification on mass mailings. Talbot was not fined, but was identified in the FPPC findings as being involved in the decision to create the flyers and work with the printer to produce them.