Posted by Old Palo Alto, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm
John Arrillaga isn't the reason that this fight occurred, Jan. It is the almost "free meal ticket" Palo Alto affords and the easy pickens they get from panhandling that draws the transients here. Not some building that John Arrilaga is going to build, someday. Stop by the train station/bus hub behing MacArthur Park and watch them offload. In the "old"days, the Urban Ministry gave them a free meal back by the Red Cross building; and then they would walk out to the median of El Camino to panhandle; after getting a few bucks they migrate to downtown PA; Walgreens/7 Eleven to buy some cheap booze. How does John Arrillaga fit into this picture? I don't see these people over /outside the gyms/facilities he built in Menlo Park; I see the community using these wonderful facilities he generously donated.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Is the perp from Sunnyvale or a transient? Both were stated in the article. As a former resident of the great city of Sunnyvale, I resent the several times I have seen someone listed as a "Sunnyvale man," like in this place and also another time, for example, a guy did death by cop and he was from Palo Alto, raised there, and had only lived briefly in Sunnyvale, yet was described as "Sunnyvale man."
I think there ARE a lot of problems/crime with transients and Palo Alto has gone out of the way to attract them, a plan I feel has brought trouble here.