Redevelopment manager hired
February 28, 2003
A Yuba City man has accepted the job of South Lake Tahoe’s redevelopment manager, taking over for Judith Von Klug effective March 31. She left the city to be with her husband in Southern California.
Eugene Palazzo, 37, has worked as assistant to the redevelopment manager for four years. He handled the business of Yuba City’s redevelopment agency, honing skills related to property acquisitions and right-of-way matters.
He’s served as a member of the California Redevelopment Association, California Downtown Merchants Association board and the Yuba City Chamber of Commerce.
As for big jobs, he was the project manager for the $10 million Yuba City Town Center complex, which involved an extensive upgrade and revamping of a 25-acre section of the city’s downtown industrial area. The project has been in the works for a dozen years — a similar time frame of South Lake Tahoe’s Park Avenue Redevelopment Project.
Palazzo, who said he’s pleased with getting the Tahoe job for an annual salary of $66,624, made a point of touring the $250 million site during his weekend visits.
“It’s a great project. I’m very impressed and excited to be a part of it,” he said, specifically mentioning the transit center now under construction as an effective way of getting tourists in and out of a busy area.
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Palazzo said he realizes the hurdles that face the city given budget constraints here and across the state. He also acknowledges that in tight budget situations it is difficult to see high-priced projects come to fruition.
“A lot of people out there are anti-redevelopment, but it eliminates blight,” he said.
His first order of business on the South Shore involves “getting to know the community.”
Like the newly hired finance director, Palazzo lived in Oakdale for five years, working as a community development director.
When he’s not working, Palazzo is out in the community with his dog, Bodie. He also likes to ski, hike and snowshoe.
— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at email@example.com