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Posted by xaviervir on October 7, 2011

Former Pinole, Pittsburg city manager hired as consultant in San Pablo

Posted: 10/04/2011 05:53:22 PM PDT


San Pablo has hired former Pinole and Pittsburg City Manager Marc Grisham as an economic development consultant.

On Monday, the City Council approved a $3,500-per-month contract with Grisham & Associates. The firm is owned by Grisham and his wife, Dana, and based at their Pinole home. The contract is for nine months and totals $31,500.

In San Pablo, Grisham will team again with Matt Rodriguez, the former Pittsburg deputy city manager who left that city to become San Pablo city manager in May 2010.

“When I retired as (Pittsburg) city manager (in June), I said I wouldn’t do anymore government work,” Grisham told the council. “Matt tracked me down.”

Grisham is supposed to help San Pablo with The Avenue, on the site of the former Circle S and Alvarado mobile home parks, described on the city’s website as a future “lifestyle center complete with retail, medical services, housing and open space.” Grisham also is supposed to help in the design of a health care facility in conjunction with the West Contra Costa County Healthcare District, owner of Doctors Medical Center San Pablo, as well as help negotiate contracts, seek out developers and assist with permitting and other government activities.

Grisham said his company stresses “community partnership.”

“Economic development is all about partnerships,” he said.

San Pablo Councilwoman Genoveva Calloway said she knows Grisham from his days in Pinole and that he is “highly

qualified.”Grisham, 61, was Pinole’s community development director from 1994 to 1997, when he left to take a similar position in Imperial Beach. He returned to Pinole in 1998 as assistant city manager and became city manager a year later. He left Pinole in 2004 to take the top post in Pittsburg, retiring there in June.

During his tenure as Pinole’s city manager, Grisham negotiated the purchase of the Pinole Valley Shopping Center and a subsequent ground lease with developer The Kivelstadt Group. He also oversaw development of the mixed-use Fernandez Corner building and the Pinole Senior Village, a residence for seniors with dementia.

In addition, he oversaw the development of the Pinole Youth Center and the purchase of the site that later became the Pinole Shores Business Park, as well as other developments along San Pablo Avenue.

When he left Pittsburg, Grisham cited as his major accomplishments a much-lowered crime rate; reconstruction and remodeling of Pittsburg public schools; and the redevelopment of that city’s Old Town. Officials there also credited Grisham with revitalizing the city’s marina area; dredging the harbor and attracting more people and businesses to the downtown; and shepherding projects of the Pittsburg Power Co. to successful conclusions.



  1. Rich Kinney said

    Having sat in on the presentations by The Economic Development Corporation at City Council meetings, I understand the need to have a temporary position as a go-to person for all inquiries of interested parties in doing business at the old Circle S new development called The Avenue. I’m happy to see it get initiated at a fair low price and by apparently a highly qualified person. The Avenue is expected to be mixed-use properties of business and residential, up to four stories high with considerable parking and open public space. The Avenue has refreshing potential for improving business possibilities and enjoyable living community in our beloved City, San Pablo.

    I feel we desperately need to have a city-run campaign to encourage San Pablans to buy in San Pablo exclusively as possible as a way to increase San Pablo businesses profitability, to help our existing business and attract new businesses to our City. We need a campaign to get empty buildings all over our City occupied.

    What do you think?

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