Around Town | July 22, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - July 22, 2011

Around Town

WHO'S CALLING? ... Palo Alto officials had mixed feelings Tuesday night when they debated establishing an anonymous "fraud, waste and abuse" hotline for whistle blowers at City Hall. Though the council's Policy and Services Committee ultimately recommended instituting the new hotline on a trial basis, City Manager James Keene and Councilman Larry Klein voiced concerns about the prospect of employees issuing baseless complaints behind the mask of anonymity. Klein brought up as an example Palo Alto Online's Town Square forum, where readers are encouraged but not required to state their names. "We've all read Palo Alto Online where people who are anonymous say things that they'll never say if their names were attached to them. That's the downside," Klein said. Councilman Pat Burt then proposed his own idea to root out the nameless, grudge-bearing accusers. "We can have a hotline against anonymous complainers," Burt quipped.

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