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on Jan 31, 2014
From having lived in the community in the past it seems the department is still not able to sustain itself financially. The city relies on federal and state grants to sustain itself, rather then revenue. The department does not have an adequately equipped building, and lacks proper staffing and leadership. Do I need to continue?
EPAPD should contract with PAPD. They are a professional organization that can address a lot of the crime problems while still engaging the community.
San Carlos has done this and it seems to be working very well.
CPD - as usual, you have a good point. But we have very, very good reasons to be concerned about this potential change. It's important to note, also, that the City Manager is pissing off a lot of people, including the City Council, and she doesn't live in E. Palo Alto. That's a classic conflict with city management vs. city council and residents that happens many places.
Once again the penchant for hiring only non-EPA residents for key positions in government is coming back to bite us. EPA is completely different from surrounding suburbs. It would take outsiders a long time to get up to speed. The cost of this would be many young lives.
This is the second time the mayor has expressed his frustration with the City Manager through the press. What is the established process for complaints about the City Manager? Why did they hire this woman anyway, when so many longtime EPA residents could have done better and kept the income in the community?
And again, why would we want to be under the aegis of two law enforcement officials who were busted for being at a bordello? [Portion removed.]
Back to being an unincorporated city of San Mateo County with the Sheriff's Office being responsible for law enforcement. That's where EPA started.
E. Palo Alto does NOT need to be under the command of people like Munks, nor subject to racial profiling, as has been a problem in PAPD.
And again, why would we want to be under the aegis of two law enforcement officials who were busted for being at a bordello? [Portion removed] so between that and what the racial profiling chief did, we wouldn't necessarily be in better hands w/PAPD OR the S.O.
EPAPD officers are useless anyways. They don't like outside help, they're poorly trained, if ask 10 EPA cops the same question you'll receive 10 different answers. I didn't know why a city is fight to keep a department that's broken that can't be fixed. The department doesn't even have enough recourse to effectively patrol the city and respond to calls in a timely manner. My hats are off to the city manager making the difficult since decisions. On a side note it shouldn't matter whether the city manager is male or female or is a resident. It's all about qualifications and experience.
EPA's city manager is the best one yet! She has done a great job bringing issues forward to the council. She is smart and very professional. Abrica is not the Mayor and continues to disrespect the city manager for his own personal reseaons. He must stop! He is the ONLY council member who can't seem to figure out HIS problems with the city manager.
The idea to look at police services came from the majority of the council. Not the city manager. Tuesday the council will decide publicly if this is something they want to look further at.
Regarding losing control of your police department. Firing a police chief is a lot harder than going to the Sheriff and telling him you want to change the lieutenant in charge of the East Palo Alto Bureau. One phone call from the City Manager and it's done. Same process works if you're having a problem a deputy working EPA, City manager calls the bureau lieutenant and the person will be removed.
East Palo Alto would gain control of the people policing the streets, not lose it.
Maybe someone should look into the the last time EPA PD actually solved a homicide....Hmmm
You want to see a true reduction in crime, and not someone playing with the numbers, bring in the Sheriff.
The city will save money and be safer. Kind of a no brainer.
Joe - good points in general. But considering who is the current sheriff and his own peccadillo, his reputation has been permanently tarnished by his own criminal behavior, as has the undersheriff. He's also had some rather eyebrow-raising behavior from his own deputies.
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