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About this blog: So much is right — and wrong — about what is happening in Palo Alto. In this blog I want to discuss all that with you. I know many residents care about this town, and I want to explore our collective interests to help …  (More)
About this blog: So much is right — and wrong — about what is happening in Palo Alto. In this blog I want to discuss all that with you. I know many residents care about this town, and I want to explore our collective interests to help do the right thing. My goal with this blog is to help the public better understand what really is happening, and more important, how residents living here may be affected by these local decisions. I’ve been a journalist most of my life, first as a reporter and then managing editor of a Chicago newspaper, followed by a wonderful year at Stanford as a recipient of Knight Journalism Fellowship. I then went to the San Jose Mercury as an editorial writer and columnist. I also worked for the State Bar of California as the first editor in chief of “California Lawyer” magazine, and then spent a decade at Stanford involved in public issues affecting the university. In the late 1990s, I sequentially wrote columns for all three local newspapers here in Palo Alto. Born in a small community on Long Island, I attended Middlebury College, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married, had four boys in four years, and then started working. I moved to Palo Alto in 1979, and have been involved in the community on several nonprofit boards.  (Hide)

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American democracy is being ruined by money. Just my opinion of course, but those who win elections have the money from powerful bodies and then when they have won they have to curry favor with those bodies to keep their support for next time.

The PAPD Manual (revised 08/01/2021) Web Link

ARON – Thanks for checking out this police department policy manual. It seems to me that some interesting policies have been redacted,and I am not sure their opening paragraph adequately explains the department’s reasons and reasoning. Here’s what I copied from it. I thought others should see this: “Please note that we have redacted (that is, removed) select portions of certain policies from this publicly-available version of the Palo Alto Police Department Policy Manual. The portions of the policies not disclosed relate to sensitive security issues, police tactics, and/or officer safety, and are withheld from disclosure in accordance with California Government Code ยงยง6254(f), 6254(aa), 6254 (ab), and/or 6254.19. The nine policies that contain select portions we have withheld pursuant to these state laws are as follows: Policy 314: Vehicle Pursuits Policy 316: Officer Response to Calls Policy 322: Search and Seizure Policy 408: Crisis Response Unit Policy 414: Hostage and Barricade Incidents Policy 416: Response to Bomb Calls Policy 424: Rapid Response and Deployment Policy 432: Patrol Rifles and Shotguns Policy 458: Foot Pursuits” Diana

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