Our decision to block the web surfing abilities of the city of Palo Alto to our site did not come easy and as our director of IT stated, “there one of our biggest customers”.
From there site visits alone, we were able to analyze through data mining, popular pages, entry pages, exit pages, came from, keyword analysis, recent keyword analysis, recent came from, exit links, exit links activity and downloads a gold mine of behind the scenes activity a watershed of information.
At the same time we realized city government employees were surfing the web on our taxpayer monies. That’s extortion in my eyes, stealing monies off the backs of taxpayer while they should be working for us!
And they have the audacity for wanting to negotiate an increase in salaries and benefits when they should be looking at ways to save money.
Stop surfing the web on our dime!
Why would the city want to surf our site anyway? In the eyes of city attorney Donald Larkin former TOP city attorney for the city of Palo Alto stated were not considered a news reporting agency, were not “bona fide” reporters and he has directed city staff not to speak to us or grant us interviews [blacklisting] and yet they were, were one of our biggest customers. Go figure!
The actual lose in non-productivity in surfing the web can be staggering. One such white paper study by ** GFI – Internet monitoring: not ‘Big Brother’ but ‘Wise Management’ was quite revealing.
- “According to IDC Research, 30% to 40% of Internet use in the workplace is not related to business.”
- “The cost of employees surfing the web from their office PCs is estimated to cost US companies more than $1 billion dollars a year”
Our data revealed that the Palo Alto police department was the largest abuser of non-productivity time . Hundreds of hours spent surfing our site when in fact they should have been out policing our streets a job well compensated for.
This is just one other area which we believe is out-of-control under police Chief Dennis Burns’s leadership with no accountability and or transparency in sight by anyone!! Here’s a brief snapshot and calculation of the city of Palo Alto’s employees attempts to access our site since imposing our ban.
Note our chart of their activities for all departments.
Time spent surfing Paloaltofrees.com by the City of Palo Alto and its employees.
Less than 5 secs
From 5 secs to 30 secs
From 30 secs to 5 mins
From 5 mins to 20 mins
From 20 mins to an hour
Longer than an hour
City of Palo Alto Employee Surfing Stats
First Time Visitors
1-5 Returning Visits
6-10 Returning Visits
10+ Returning Visits
Now, for the actual non-productive time spent as waist in terms of dollars lost to the taxpayers of the City of Palo Alto?
We beleive accountability and transparency for this task should come from the cities finance department.
It should be their responsibility to calculate this lost time in productivity and to hold all those responsible for potential fraud and extortion of taxpayers monies.
However, for those of you who are math wiz’s and based on our analysis, we have provider 2009 Gross Salaries for the city of Palo Alto in excel format for the purposes of your own analysis and the actual losses may taser you to your senses that our current city leadership is simply not doing the job to which they were elected for.
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Up-dated: July 1, 2011. One PAPD alleged internet abuser identified as Sergeant Scott Savage.
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