Cop watch

Since it is zoned Public Facility, we should restrict the development of the lot at Page Mill and El Camino to public safety workers housing, (police and fire, and maybe teachers, and maybe an artist in residence).

As it stands, it is essentially a give-away to the developer.

Also, I’ve been saying since 2009 (election) that there could be a more seamless continuum from neighborhood watch to sworn officers, maybe by recruiting Palo Alto youth (from Paly, Gunn, Casti) to aspire to pubic safety here, and by having more subsidized housing for our sworn officers.

I’m missing Dennis Burns. Large boots to fill. Good luck (and thanks in advance) Chief Jonsen.

(posted to leading local website, albeit the one that I think is pro-developer and once called me “agitator”)

“Copwatch” is a group in Berkeley and maybe other large cities that looks out for rights of the accused, especially at the moment of engagement or apprehension. Here in Palo Alto we did have an alleged “death by cop” incident, which is somewhat related, in which a disturbed young man may have tricked the police into lethal force. Also, just yesterday I was describing for a young M-A grad my view of what 2009 was like, in which, when I ran for Council I suggested to Pat Burt that leadership should hold off on picking successor to Lynn Johnson (she of the racial profiling lack of leadership situation) until after the 2009 elections, which I somehow thought would be a sea-change. I thought that Dennis, who I had never met, might be too close to the rot and maybe an outsider could right the course. Boy, was I wrong. Over the ensuing ten years, when I was actively engaged (and sought leadership ten times!) I met Dennis numerous times, and read many reports and met with him twice and came to think of him as a treasure of a leader and public safety officer.


coinky-dinky, I thought of Rebecca Riots, the Berkeley based folk group comprising Andrea Pritchett, Lisa Zeiler and Eve Decker recently because there was a local acappella group covering their song at Farmers Market. (I could post that as well, if that’s not too much of a digression)

I hosted Rebecca Riots, I think opening for Cheryl Wheeler at the Cub in 1997 or so. (with Allette Brooks, poster by Callie Withers, the Gunn and Stanford and WPSL soccer star, who also draws, and sings and is not the former writing partner of that Indian comedy star from Dartmouth, “Matt and Ben” which I so indelicately butchered a few posts back Mindy Kaling –weird how brain works or not)

I was going to say I ran into Andrea Pritchett first time in years at a Rachel Garlin show in SF. She gave me her card. I’m imagining a one-woman show or testimony combining deep political thought and story and song. “Swimming to Alameda” based on Spalding Gray “Swimming to Cambodia”.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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