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No one looks good in never-ending Children's Theatre drama

Original post made by diana diamond, Palo Alto Online blogger, on May 13, 2008

The more that I read about the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, the police investigation of three of its administrators and the nonchalant way the city over the years reportedly issued more than $43,000 in advance funds to reimburse theater leaders for travel, the more I realize that no one's looking good in this near fiasco.

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Posted by END THIS
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 13, 2008 at 5:46 pm

FIRE THEM ALL AND START OVER.

ONCE YOU HAVE DIPPED YOUR HAND INTO THE PUBLIC PRUSE FOR PERSONAL PLEASURE.

GAME OVER.


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Posted by Per Diem?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Not every organization requires receipts for Per Diem reimbursements. When traveling, I claim breakfast, lunch and dinner whether I eat or not. I pocket the Per Diem. It is standard procedure and a minor compensation for being away from my family. My appetite is usually lower due to the depression of not being with my kids. Per Diem in my organization is about $40 per day. I actually spend less than $10.

So did I embezzle $30 every day that I did this? I don't think so, and it was not my intent.




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Posted by John Q. Ratepayer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Dianna asks, "wasn't the theatre ever audited?"

The City Auditor was too busy trying to tell other departments HOW to do their jobs instead of just watching how money was spent. But she was loved by the people and could do no wrong. Did the Auditor ever consider the issue of enterprise funds paying rent on City property? NO. In fact, she recommended that the closed landfill area pay back rent. How will that be payed? Increased garbage rates of course.





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Posted by sniffer
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 13, 2008 at 8:40 pm

why doesn't someone start asking just how close the friendship between Pat and the former City Auditor Sharon Erikson was...and you wonder why the city had no idea that there were financial irregularities with the CT...


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Posted by pete
a resident of Professorville
on May 13, 2008 at 8:57 pm

I find it curious that Diana didn't include Chief Johnson's "Open Letter to the Palo Alto Community" posted in this Town Square on April 25. She may not have liked or agreed with what it said, but at least she would have acknowledged she'd some research for this column.

I couldn't find Richard Placone's blog which summarized the whole CT record in a thoughtful and even-handed way. I hope someone can direct Diana to it. Until the investigation is handed over to the DA, it would be a mistake to put out incomplete information and compromise the case.


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