'Crime emergency' declared in East Palo Alto

The East Palo Alto Police Department declared a "crime emergency" Thursday after seven people were shot in the previous 10 days. None of the shootings were fatal.

Although the city has only seen one homicide so far this year compared to three last year at this time, Police Chief Ron Davis said there have been more armed assaults than last year.

According to a statement released by Davis, as part of the crime emergency, all days off for department staff have been canceled in order to double the number of officers in the field.

After a two-week period during which the crime emergency will be in place, the Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will implement "Operation Impact." The CHP will assign six officers designated to work determined hot spots.

The number of assaults with a firearm during the first quarter increased from 35 in 2007 to 48 this year, according to police.

"Enforcement actions are not enough to stop crime and violence in our community," Davis said. "However, our long-term prevention and intervention efforts are greatly hindered by a hail of bullets. The crime emergency and enhanced enforcement actions are needed to put an immediate stop to this alarming level of violence and provide the community both the time and the environment necessary to continue our long-term efforts."

• East Palo Alto police aim to quell the violence

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by GMC
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2008 at 10:06 am

Where are the Raging Grannies? Where are the torch protesters? There's a war going on in our backyard and none of you really seem to care, do you? A story or thread about Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, George Bush, Global Warming or of course, Israel will get dozens of comments in hours. A story about violence and death in E. Palo Alto will probably get ignored. I'd like to know what we as Palo Altans can do about this tragedy next-door.

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Posted by Thomas
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2008 at 5:34 am

Oh .. and let's not forget the Sierra Club. This bunch of loonies is trying to eradicate electricity from our lives:
Web Link

Global warming has a new battleground: coal plants
Fighting coal

David Crigger / Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier

OPPOSITION: Demonstrators march through Abington , Va., last month to protest a proposed coal-fired power plant. Legal clashes over coal are rivaling those over nuclear power decades ago.

Also wonder how many of these shootings are drug/other crime related. As usual, the Weekly never seems to get at the root of the matter .. just a little jam for people's toast.

There ought to be some police reports where victim statements are to found. Even if the Police won't release the "raw" reports, they could be asked: "why are all of these shootings" occuring?

Ten shootings in a tiny little town like EPA ought to be more than an "emergency" .. it ought to be considered as more of a "war".

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