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Palo Alto police deny ticket-quota allegations
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on Aug 14, 2014
The Palo Alto Police Department is vehemently denying claims made by three anonymous officers in an NBC Bay Area report that there is strong pressure within the department to meet "unofficial" ticketing quotas, which they say has harmed public safety in the city.
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posted Thursday, August 14, 2014, 9:30 AM
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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm
This is long, and if that bothers you, then please don't read it.
I am a victim of not only quota, but financial profiling by the Palo Alto Police. My nice car broke down and was towed. That night, I needed to go to CVS midtown for a prescription for my mom, who is 81. Charged my old SUV, went to the Shell Station on Embarcadero at Middlefield, and headed out for midtown. When I made my left on Middlefield, I was pulled over. Cop claims my taillight was out. Had that checked, not true. Cop went at me for my registration being expired. It was expired by 7 days, but the sticker was the appropriate color for the month of December. Unless you ran my license plate, no way would you know it was expired. I have a busy job, was overwhelmed between taking care of mom and my work. That cop picked up on my not very Palo Alto appropriate car and followed me, using a taillight ruse to pull me over. You should have seen his face when he saw a middle aged white woman driving that piece of crap. I got a ticket.
Three days later, Christmas Eve, 3:30 pm. Same vehicle, since the other car was still at the shop. University Avenue resembled a ghost town, nobody downtown except for the block I was on. I needed to run into Shady Lane to pick up a gift that I had on hold. I had just had a back procedure, and was on a cane. I parked in that loading zone space in front of the former, and very closed, Borders. I have parked there for a quick stop in the past, using one of my two much nicer vehicles. No problem. There's a Mercedes SUV, the one that looks like a mail truck, that seems associated with Il Fornaio, that parks there ALL the time. I never see a ticket on that vehicle. So, I hobbled over to Shady Lane, picked up my purchase, and hobbled back to my crappy car. Ticket. Seriously? A ticket on Christmas Eve when most of the businesses were closed and I was there less than 5 minutes? Many cars park in that space, and I never see the parking cops do a damn thing. One unacceptable vehicle parks there, for less than five minutes, and I get a ticket. My vehicle, and as a result, I, was target by a City that is doing all it can to appease the rich. I know this to be the case because in the neighborhood I lived before, numerous people tried to call in my SUV with random, unfounded complaints, hoping it would be taken off the road. Same with my classic car before it was redone. Neighbors called that in, AND IT WAS ON MY PROPERTY. The City came out on the flimsy premise that "two wheels were off the pavement." I knew which neighbors targeted me, so I parked my car in front of their homes, one, during an open house for the sale of that home.
Bottom line, if you don't look the part, you are not welcome in Palo Alto, and the City makes certain that their various enforcement departments, get with the agenda.