Editor's note: This corrects the quote about how the employee pensions will increase.
City Manager John Pietig appeared affable, informative and funny at a recent dinner meeting of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy.
Pietig addressed a group that included many who spoke publicly in favor of a complete change in the administration when former city manager Ken Frank retired.
However, Pietig appears to have won the respect of even the most skeptical with his response to the December disaster, slogging through rain and mud to oversee rescue and restoration efforts.
"The council got together with John after he was appointed and he said he needed a test — so we had a flood," said Mayor Toni Iseman. "He was calm as a cucumber, and he probably had no sleep for several days. The response by city employees is a measure of his kindness."
Pietig's first talk at a conservancy meeting, which was held Monday, included 2011 priorities that came out of the council's retreat in January, the top priority being the city budget.