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City's management lapse may have cost $281,000

Original post made on Oct 31, 2013

Insufficient oversight of a contractor and poor contract management may have resulted in the City of Palo Alto Utilities paying roughly $281,000 more than it should have for underground utilities work, a new audit from the office of Acting City Auditor Houman Boussina has found.

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Posted by David Pepperdine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

Our lovely Utilities Department underperforms -- again!
Whose pocket should this come out of?

My vote: take it out of the pension of the incompetents who allowed this to happen.

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Posted by Silly
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

Whose pocket? Silly question, David. Our fine utilities dept. will just keep raising rates again and again and again.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

What is the contract for designing, publishing all the repetitive mailings we get from Utilities? Enough already!! Into the mailbox, into the wastebasket. IF it has to be sent, send it e-mail. Easier to 'junk'. Utilities Department is our 'nanny state' with a lot of office employees needing things to do.

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Posted by gg
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 31, 2013 at 11:51 am

Need more managers to help the City MANAGEMENTS

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:38 pm

The city manager should have been fired a long time ago. Here is another opportunity to give Keene his walking papers. He is totally incompetent and has no understanding of Palo Alto. He, along with the Architectural Review Board, and the city council are quickly destroying the ambiance of Palo Alto.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm

A few years ago, I had a meeting with Fong and some of her minions to reveal some scary mistakes made by utility workers. The meeting ended with Fong promising decisive action, but the only action was that the Fong and her department stopped returning my calls.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

the_punnisher is a registered user.

A similar situation happened in Adams County, CO

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The result:

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Former Adams County public works director gets 30 months in prison

Will Palo Alto do the same type of protection for the citizens that pay the bills?

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Posted by Jeananne Goossen
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2014 at 1:58 am

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Peanuts compared to the extra $600,000 they shouldn't have had to spend for the Maybell election had the City Council just taken their hands off their ears...

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Posted by Ex-employee
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm

What a hack piece! An auditor, who is paid to find issues, comes up with a vague report with no proof of any malfeasance. Please notice the "may" in the report. The only issue here is that employees who actually get things done have been analyzed by bureaucrats who are trying to justify their jobs.

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