Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm
A ridiculous story that strains credibility on several levels, likely misuse of PA police resources to try to figure it out, and also calls into question the function/use of the "Opportunity Center" here in Palo Alto.
If the story is true, which I doubt, I seriously doubt this is a former Palo Altan fallen on hard times living at this place -- it has to be an outsider who moved here to take advantage of our largesse. Err how were the valuable acquired and by what means...
Posted by Palo-Alto--Where Even Bums Carry $25K in Pocket Change!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Wonder if the police bothered to ask for receipts, or proof of purchase, for the watches and jewelry?
So .. all of you bleeding hearts out there--what'cha gonna do to help this guy out? Gonna write him a couple of $10K checks so that his feelings are too badly bruised by what will no doubt be called "a misunderstanding" by her defense lawyer--on the odd chance she is caught?
This woman has certainly given a new, and uniquely Palo Alto twist to the idea of "opportunity".
Posted by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, a resident of the Greendell/Walnut Grove neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm
This story leaves me with some questions and I hope the PAPD is asking them also. For example, whether the man actually owned jewelry of that much worth. It sounds highly unlikely.
How people get from this story to a conclusion that there is no real poverty in Palo Alto, and no need for a homeless shelter, bewilders me. Maybe they are just looking for confirmation of what they already believe, though that doesn't explain how it is possible to walk down the streets of our area and not know that desperate poverty is real.
The Census doesn’t provide much information as to where the people making less than $24,999 live, so this data is not all that useful, unfortunately, for a discussion like this one.
So, Rev, most people in your occupation spend a lot of time trafficking in hyperbole, rarely in documented facts. We’re left with very conflicting teaching from you folks (like-- “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24). Yet, you folks are quick to scoop up those checks from the wealthy that you seem to have so much contempt for. (By the way, where do you think the money in those checks comes from?)
So .. where is all this poverty in Palo Alto? Or is this just another soft references to “hellfire and damnation”--the cornerstone of your worldview?
What streets can you name where there is “poverty”? And what’s your explanation for all this poverty? War lords raping the land and the people? Absentee landlords sucking the life out of the people with high rents and unbreakable leases? Public schools that have closed their doors because they have been defunded?
So, Rev .. why not get a digital camera, document your observations, upload them to Youtube .. and make your case in the real world.
Posted by Aquamarine, a resident of Stanford, on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:01 am
Uh, above commenter, the good Rev. is a minister at the local Unitarian Universalist Church - hardly hellfire and damnation. She's a very fact-based speaker, not into hyperbole. Her church does a lot of work with people ranging from lower income to impoverished to those on a fixed income.
Gosh, if I owned all of that jewelry and found myself unhoused, I'd likely sell as much as possible to re-house myself. Just sayin'.
Posted by Palo-Alto--Where Even Bums Carry $25K in Pocket Change!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm
> She's a very fact-based speaker, not into hyperbole
If you say so .. but her posting suggests that she waded into this discussion with a vision of "the mean streets of Palo Alto" that doesn't match most people's vision of our little town, or even comes close to the facts that are available from the US Census.