'Donkey' sign not stolen from Bol Park after all Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:27 am
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
Posted by Naughty, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, 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 Not quite, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, 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 Douglas Moran, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm Douglas Moran is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
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 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 the Barron Park neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm Douglas Moran is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
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.