As a parent that lives across the street from Palo Verde Elementary, I see every school morning that the cross walk in front of our school is a dangerous for kids to cross. This is right where parents pull in and there is currently no crossing guard for kids to cross. Parents are in a hurry with their cars, and kids are all over the place with bicycles, scooters, and on foot.
Sergeant Herrera from the Palo Alto police department is in charge of the crossing guards. When I asked him whether we can get a crossing guard here, he says it doesn't meet the criteria that the schools and city have set for adding a crossing guard (not enough kids cross the street here to meet the criteria).
Let me say that the Sergeant Herrera and his crew have done a fantastic job of responsiveness and and getting traffic under control in the first couple of weeks of school. I can see that he needs a bigger budget since his resources are clearly constrained such that he can't even add a guard at a cross walk that is clearly a safety hazard.
This is a request to the city council to beef up the budget for traffic and crossing guards. At the very least, every first intersection around a school should be covered with guards so that parents can have their kids walk to school - not driven. The guards and occasional police patrol makes a huge difference and I thank you for providing that. We can do more to make our city "walkable" and adding guards goes a long way towards making that happen.