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Children's Theatre fans rally for program

Original post made on Feb 5, 2008

Wearing "I Love Children's Theatre" buttons, more than 100 people filled the Palo Alto City Council chambers Monday night and more than 30 speakers lavished praise on the late Michael Litfin and criticized a current police investigation of the theatre.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 2:30 AM

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Posted by PoorBecky
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 5, 2008 at 9:36 am

"As the investigation finishes its second week, members of the non-profit Friends of the Children's Theatre have begun declining comment and some have responded angrily to questions from the media.

Several members referred questions to Friends' President Collins, who said Monday she is not willing to meet with or answer questions from the Weekly."

Aaaaah... Poor Becky Trout cannot get the Friends to talk to her! What is she hinting at here? That perhaps their silence has something to do with the investigation? If I may be permitted to advance an alternative theory: maybe they are not talking to her because she incredibly liberal in editorializing their comments in pursuit of a sensational story. The Weekly (this time not by Trout) could not even report on Litfin's death without spending some valuable newspaper space on the on-going police investigation.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:11 pm

It troubles me the fact that the local media was fast to report on the closure of the theater, and reporters/photographers were at the theater's door when the theater re-opened for rehearsals. They were trying to get parents and children to talk about the closure of the building and they were taking many, many pictures of the kids as they entered the building. But where were them on the opening night of The Giver? There were not there, and they have not written a single review about the play. Instead they have been having front page reviews of events that are happening somewhere else.

Why is our local media not interested in writing about this wonderful play? And why they keep pushing the controversial aspects of the investigation?




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Posted by PACT LOVER
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Bottom Line : THIS IS TRULY A SAD SAD DAY AND A DISGRACE FOR THE CITY OF PALO ALTO, THE ONLY CRIME HERE IS THE POLICE WITH EGG ON THEIR FACE NOT FINDING WHAT THEY EXPECTED, HUMILITATING THE DEDICATED STAFF OF THE CHILDREN'S THEATRE NOW THEY ARE AFTER THEIR SUPPORT, WHATS NEXT?, WATCH OUT TINY TIM...THEIR COMING AFTER YOU...

End this madness


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Posted by James
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Bottom Line: Sometimes the people you least expect, even good people, are capabale of making bad choices; even those that rise to a criminal level. I am confident that the City of PA and Police Department considered the stir this case would cause before it began. With that in mind, I am quite sure the circumstances left them no choice but to investigate the case. Financial crimes have to be extremely complicated. This type of work does not get done overnight. It's not the TV world. In the real world, cases are not investigated and solved in the confines of a one hour television program. I also understand why matters have to remain confidential, including respecting the privacy of those being investigated. Again, bottom line, be patient and try to understand the complexity of situations. Spare us the emotional response until matters unfold, realizing that yes, even crimes may have occurred. Let the police and city do their job. So many of you so critical for things you likely know little or nothing about.


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Posted by Look for the money
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2008 at 7:38 am

If you suspect a serious financial crime you need to look at the spending of thepeople under investigation. Do they have any unusual possesions, expensive homes or expensive habbits? I suspect that the people under investigation live a fairly average lifestyle for thier income and have no red flags in their background. After all they have lived in the community for years and in some cases decades, and not a hint of scandal.

As to the overtime, the hours of the children's theatre program are unusual to say the least. With multiple shows in production realizing that on any given day there are rehearsals for one, and peformances for another on the same day. Not to mention planning other productions, special outreach programs and the other activities that are required in a city department. I also think the theatre staff has stayed the same over the last several years.

The only real question is how many hows of overtime went unclaimed.


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