It is small wonder that there has been little support for providing the police in Palo Alto with a fancy new building: Their behaviour often seems to be aimed a harassing the residents in ways big and small. A prime example of the former is the absolutely atrocious way the affair with The Children’s Theatre has been handled. Minor instances include the way residents in the Downtown North area are treated, e.g., in regard to parking.
A personal example follows, but I understand this is a very common occurrence: On a Monday night I dutifully moved my car into my driveway to clear the pavement for street sweeping that was due the next morning (9am –10am). On the Tuesday morning, some time after the cleaning truck had gone by and the street had been swept, I moved my car from the driveway to let out another vehicle. However, because the street had been cleaned I did not move the car back into my driveway. My car was subsequently cited at 9.45am, some half-an-hour after the cleaning had very obviously taken place.
Now the purpose, and the only purpose, of the subject "No Parking for Street Sweeping" regulation is to enable effective sweeping of my neighborhood street. Hence, there was no practical reason for issuing the citation, except either to hassle me, or perhaps as an underhand and cowardly underhand means for the City to raise revenue.
Either way it again reflects very poorly on the city and its police force.