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Atherton postpones police donation discussion

 

A discussion of a proposed resolution requiring specific donations made to the police department to be made anonymously, through the city manager or city attorney's office, was removed from the Atherton City Council's June 15 agenda.

Vice Mayor Bill Widmer, who made the request to place the matter on the agenda, said a last-minute concern that a donation would be a public record -- and therefore the donor legally could not remain anonymous -- prompted him to ask that the discussion be postponed.

City Attorney Bill Connors will do further research and report on options for creating a structure to accept donations, possibly a nonprofit foundation, Mr. Widmer said.

In a council memo written in May, Mr. Widmer noted that recent donations to the police department have raised concerns by some residents that the contributions "may result in favoritism." The council agreed at its meeting last month to forward the issue to this week's agenda for discussion.

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