The Palo Alto Daily News and Palo Alto Weekly have published articles that quote various city officials as saying the audit was unfair and flawed. "It's almost like they went into this expecting government to perform poorly, and their way of judging reflected that," Council Member Peter Drekmeier said. According to the Daily News, top city officials including the police chief and city clerk have written a report that claims:
- • Fyffe requested a daily crime log, arrest information and an officer salary schedule, which are on the city's Web site. Because they were not made available in hard copy, the city was docked 29 points.
• The city lost two points for not keeping Form 700, which contains the police chief's economic interest, at the front desk. Johnson e-mailed the form to Fyffe 14 days after the initial request.
• Police made certain documents available prior to Jan. 12, the day the audit scores hit newspapers.
Still, the city is planning to make changes as a result of the audit including training employees on how to deal with public records requests and improving the tracking of those requests.