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'Donkey' sign not stolen from Bol Park after all

Original post made on Oct 8, 2012

A large wood sign emblazoned with a portrait of one of the Bol Park donkeys that residents thought was stolen was actually cut down by city staff for maintenance, the city spokeswoman Linda Clerkson said on Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 8, 2012, 10:12 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Naughty, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

So, my guess is brainless juveniles. What benefit to the vandal would the sign be? Uber lame, but nothing to get too worked up about. The kids will probably get a girlfriend/boyfriend soon enough and become preoccupied with that.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

A small correction: this sign has not been there for 20 years. I have lived within 2 blocks of Bol Park since 1996, and the sign used to be a plain brown sign that just said Bol Park.


Posted by Jan H., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm

How just plain mean! Chances are good it was an adolescent prank, but it was still a mean one. Luckily, signs can be replaced cheaply enough.


Posted by Paco, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Oct 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Jeez, only in Palo Alto would a donkey sign make news....


Posted by Not quite, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

No, Paco, actually there's thousands of small towns all over this country where this sort of vandalism story would make the local paper. Really...I've lived in enough of them to know. Its called a local interest story, and I'll give you three guesses why its called that ;)


Posted by Joe, a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Looking at the sign, I bet it is not cheap. I would say around $2000-3000 dollars to have a new one made. Palo Alto Online should find out and post the amount for a new sign.


Posted by Douglas Moran, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Douglas Moran is a registered user.

Corrections (the info in the original article came from various postings to a Barron Park email list):

1. The sign was _not_ removed by sawing it off the posts -- it was unbolted. Although the City said it did not remove the sign, my current suspicion is that they did (and I have followed up with them). If a thief had removed it, he would likely have dropped the nuts and bolts there and I couldn't find a single one of them near the base of the sign.

2. As noted in an earlier comment, the age of the sign was exaggerated. The sign with the donkey logo dates back to circa-2002 when the park was renovated (after the flood control project). Before that, there was a small simple wooden sign with just the name


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I am sick of vandalism.

You cannot go to any restroom anywhere where you do not see that gang style of graffitti either markers all over the walls and fixtures or scratched into the glass of mirrors.

There is so much of it that people do not even bother to get rid of it. I'd like to get rid of these graffittiers ... there's no reason for it, there is no excuse for it, and it is not art.

Also the stealing of anything that is not bolted down, or bolted down strongly enough makes we wonder what kind of people we are producing in this country.

The only solution seems to be the security enclaves because no legal system will do anything about it in the public sphere.

It's just a shame that people are just not behaving very civilly these days. I wonder if it is a sign of the economic times or changing demographics?


Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

"I wonder if it is a sign of the economic times or changing demographics?"

It's a sign of the decay of American culture. The fact that it is tolerated at all.

We could learn a little from Singapore in this respect. They have very harsh laws for vandalism, but then they realize that the segment of society that commits these acts will only respond to fear of the consequences.


Posted by Douglas Moran, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Douglas Moran is a registered user.

It has now been confirmed that the sign was taken down for maintenance and not stolen. Apparently when the original query went to the City, there was some (unspecified) confusion and the wrong info was given.


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