Update: Atherton protest lasted 30 minutes

Rally in front of gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's Atherton home ends quickly

Thursday's (July 15) protest organized by the California Nurses Association in front of the Atherton home of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman ended at 1:45 p.m., about 30 minutes after it began.

"The crowd is leaving and taking all their signs back with them," said Palo Alto Weekly reporter Georgia Wells. "In 15 minutes, you won't be able to tell anything happened."

The protestors boarded buses that were parked on Oak Grove and Ringwood avenues.

Police said there were no arrests and no violent incidents.

During the short demonstration, hundreds of protestors filled the street, marching back and forth and chanting with a drummer: "Hey, Whitman, you can't hide, we can see your greedy side."

Whitman was not at home, but at a campaign event in Ontario, Calif., her campaign announced.

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Posted by Sethro
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Wow. Didn't that make an impact.

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Posted by N. Puentes.
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Those poor hippies (professional protesters). They really need to get some jobs. Oh wait...the President and Congress are hurting the medical and biotech sector. The few real nurses that were present probably are having a difficult time finding jobs.

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Posted by lovely
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

yawn...protest away, we pay the taxes for your jobs in government funded health care..guess what??????that means when money runs out, you are out of a job.

Try looking at what North Korea's, Cuba's, heck, even Europe's, great nursing jobs look like and how well one can live off of them, and you are looking at what you have handed on to the next generation of nurses.


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Posted by John McDonough
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

Too bad nurses are tainting their historic compassionate reputation through greed and petulance. You have a job that pays substantially more than the rest of the working world, be thankful for what you have. Be especially grateful for your excellent salary now during the greatest economic downturn in 80 years. Jerry Brown is the bankrolled candidate of the unions, while Meg Whitman is bankrolling her candidacy herself----I would trust the latter.

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Posted by mmmmMom
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

John, if you think Nurses are merely displaying "greed and petulance," then I suggest you educate yourself on the current state of Nursing in the US. Sounds like you have been getting your info from Stanford Hospital, or bogus anti-union factoids.

The American Nurses Association is a quick website you can check out. There are also numerous Nursing blogs on the web; written by hard working Nurses in the trenches. Very good reading, & would open your eyes to the reality of Nursing in this country.

Better yet, talk to some real Nurses employed here in the Bay area. And good luck to both you & "lovely" the next time you have to be hospitalized!

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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

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Posted by Danielle Demyen, a resident of the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, 14 hours ago:

As a nurse at the protest today, I would just like to say that it was meant to be fairly short and sweet. It takes a long time to move 1100 nurses on and off buses, and I would like to thank the neighbors for their patience. As nurses, we are all concerned with patient safety. If our ratios are changed, this may not be the case. Our protest today was to let CA know how We CA RN's feel about her policies.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 18, 2010 at 5:44 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I believe Whitman has offices in front of which demonstrations are appropriate. This demonstration was in poor taste.

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