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One arrested, another sought in robbery near Cubberley Community Center

Robber who remains out of custody also allegedly threatened to shoot man, dog

Palo Alto police are searching for a robber who targeted two people at the parking lot behind Cubberley Community Center on March 15. The robber also reportedly threatened to shoot a dog walker in the area. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

A 16-year-old was arrested by Palo Alto police on Monday night after he was allegedly involved in robbing a man and threatening to shoot another and his dog just minutes apart. Officers are searching for an alleged accomplice who remains out of custody as of Wednesday evening.

The first incident involved a man in his 50s who called police on March 15 around 9:05 p.m. and reported he had just been accosted by two males, one of whom had threatened to shoot him and the dog he was walking. The incident occurred on the path separating the Charleston Shopping Center in the 3900 block of Middlefield Road from the Cubberley Community Center athletic fields.

During their investigation, responding officers located two additional people who had a run-in with the teenager and the alleged accomplice. A man in his late teens and a boy reported they had just been robbed by the same two males in the parking lot behind the Cubberley center. One of the robbers demanded their wallets and threatened to pull out a gun and hurt them if they didn't comply, they told police. The pair targeted in the robbery didn't report seeing a gun.

The older teen did not have a wallet. One of the robbers reached into the boy's pocket and forcibly removed his wallet and a portable battery charger. He dropped the wallet after he didn't find any money. Both alleged robbers fled on foot north through the Charleston Shopping Center parking lot, police said.

Officers canvassing the area located the alleged robbers hiding along the southern fence line of Mitchell Park. They both ran north into the park's fields when they saw police. One male was detained after a short chase; the other eluded capture despite an extensive search, police said.

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Police found a loaded, unregistered 9mm handgun in the pouch of the 16-year-old's sweatshirt. Officers located narcotics, including marijuana packaged for sale, LSD, psilocybin-infused edibles, a spare loaded magazine for the handgun and an unsheathed, fixed-blade knife with a 6-inch-long blade in his backpack.

He was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including possession of an unregistered, concealed and loaded firearm; possession of marijuana for sale; possession of psilocybin and LSD; possession of a concealed dirk/dagger; and resisting arrest for fleeing when he was contacted by police. Officers recommended the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office charge him with an additional felony of conspiracy due to his involvement in the threats case and the robbery.

The second individual, who escaped capture, is thought to be the one who committed the actual robbery and who made the criminal threats, police said, based on the victims' statements. Detectives are actively investigating the case in an effort to identify and arrest the robber who fled the scene. He is described as being of an unknown race, between the ages of 16 and 22, tall and slender, with light-colored hair. He was wearing dark-colored clothing and a blue surgical-style face covering.

The 16-year-old from San Mateo was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall, police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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One arrested, another sought in robbery near Cubberley Community Center

Robber who remains out of custody also allegedly threatened to shoot man, dog

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Uploaded: Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 6:25 pm

A 16-year-old was arrested by Palo Alto police on Monday night after he was allegedly involved in robbing a man and threatening to shoot another and his dog just minutes apart. Officers are searching for an alleged accomplice who remains out of custody as of Wednesday evening.

The first incident involved a man in his 50s who called police on March 15 around 9:05 p.m. and reported he had just been accosted by two males, one of whom had threatened to shoot him and the dog he was walking. The incident occurred on the path separating the Charleston Shopping Center in the 3900 block of Middlefield Road from the Cubberley Community Center athletic fields.

During their investigation, responding officers located two additional people who had a run-in with the teenager and the alleged accomplice. A man in his late teens and a boy reported they had just been robbed by the same two males in the parking lot behind the Cubberley center. One of the robbers demanded their wallets and threatened to pull out a gun and hurt them if they didn't comply, they told police. The pair targeted in the robbery didn't report seeing a gun.

The older teen did not have a wallet. One of the robbers reached into the boy's pocket and forcibly removed his wallet and a portable battery charger. He dropped the wallet after he didn't find any money. Both alleged robbers fled on foot north through the Charleston Shopping Center parking lot, police said.

Officers canvassing the area located the alleged robbers hiding along the southern fence line of Mitchell Park. They both ran north into the park's fields when they saw police. One male was detained after a short chase; the other eluded capture despite an extensive search, police said.

Police found a loaded, unregistered 9mm handgun in the pouch of the 16-year-old's sweatshirt. Officers located narcotics, including marijuana packaged for sale, LSD, psilocybin-infused edibles, a spare loaded magazine for the handgun and an unsheathed, fixed-blade knife with a 6-inch-long blade in his backpack.

He was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including possession of an unregistered, concealed and loaded firearm; possession of marijuana for sale; possession of psilocybin and LSD; possession of a concealed dirk/dagger; and resisting arrest for fleeing when he was contacted by police. Officers recommended the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office charge him with an additional felony of conspiracy due to his involvement in the threats case and the robbery.

The second individual, who escaped capture, is thought to be the one who committed the actual robbery and who made the criminal threats, police said, based on the victims' statements. Detectives are actively investigating the case in an effort to identify and arrest the robber who fled the scene. He is described as being of an unknown race, between the ages of 16 and 22, tall and slender, with light-colored hair. He was wearing dark-colored clothing and a blue surgical-style face covering.

The 16-year-old from San Mateo was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall, police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Finally
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Midtown
on Mar 17, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Finally, Midtown
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 8:57 pm

So scary! Let's not defund police, but spend MORE on social services. A ton of kids hang out at Cubberley so this could have been a disaster.


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2021 at 8:43 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 8:43 am

I wonder just how much the fact that these young people have been out of school for the past year has to do with acts like this?

Boredom, lack of school discipline, lack of consequences, lack of routine, all could have a great deal to do with this. "The Devil finds work for idle hands"!


Tracy Levine
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Downtown North
on Mar 18, 2021 at 8:52 am
Tracy Levine, Downtown North
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 8:52 am

The confiscated weaponry described by the PD and PA Weekly article seems to indicate that these youths are from a violent background and on the path towards becoming career criminals and lifetime offenders best incarcerated in state prison.

Certain types of individuals with violent personalities can NEVER be fully rehabilitated and the 'professional' progressive, do-gooders serving as counselors who believe in such idealistic lunacy are equally responsible for future crimes against society.

The prisons were built for a reason...to protect society as a whole from predatory, sociopathic individuals who belong there permanently.


Old PA Resident
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2021 at 9:25 am
Old PA Resident, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 9:25 am

Goodness Tracy, if only we could all be as perfect as you are.

What, exactly, would you do if both your parents lost their jobs or died during the pandemic, your family had no food, and was evicted? What would you do if you somehow lost all your safety nets and felt like you had no prospects for a good outcome? Not to justify violence or robbery, but to allow for a bit of compassion and understanding that some people are falling through the cracks. To say the best idea is to lock them up and throw away the key (for teenagers!) feels like a very distressing sentiment. Surely we can do more as a society. I hope this past year has taught us that we need to change


Becky Lawrence
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Community Center
on Mar 18, 2021 at 9:42 am
Becky Lawrence, Community Center
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 9:42 am

@Old Palo Alto

You brought up some valid points but what if the juvenile offenders do not fall under the socio-economic factors you cited?

What if some are simply 'bad apples'?

Are you implying that with proper counseling and permissive legal statutes, a good pie can still be made from all of them?


Mitchell Zimmerman
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Green Acres
on Mar 18, 2021 at 10:20 am
Mitchell Zimmerman, Green Acres
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 10:20 am

Everyone involved in violent crimes is not a potential serial killer. Jailing does in fact make an impression on some people and deter them from future crime. The idea is simply wrong that because someone possesses weapons and drugs, and commits robberies, you can confidently identify them as sociopaths and conclude they should be separated from society forever. Particularly when racial bias has always played a disturbing role in such diagnoses.


Novelera
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Midtown
on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:14 am
Novelera, Midtown
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:14 am

The above comments are a perfect microcosm of our apparent political divide. Lock 'em up forever or poor babies. I fall somewhere in between. I've walked that very path, and it horrifies me to think I could easily have been one of the victims. And the 16-year old packing a gun, to me, demonstrates a couple of things. It's been proven that the human brain doesn't quite develop good impulse control until the teenage and early 20 years are past. And...possibly that the older individual calculatedly made sure that the younger one had the gun in case they were apprehended.

I don't know if incarceration would "reform" these boys/men, but I am glad the one was caught and hope they find the other soon.

And it does appear that the common idea is that we in Palo Alto are all rich, and those who want to commit a crime "commute" here.


R. Cavendish
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another community
on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:43 am
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:43 am

quote:

"The above comments are a perfect microcosm of our apparent political divide."

@Novelera

You hit the nail on the head.

Conservatives argue that bad things happen to those who make poor choices and/or poor life decisions while the Liberals contend that these poor decisions are attributable to systemic socio-economic flaws.

Most likely it is a combination of both but where to draw the line remains an abstraction.


Liz Phillips
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Atherton
on Mar 18, 2021 at 1:29 pm
Liz Phillips, Atherton
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 1:29 pm

I can see both sides. I tend to believe that being young and bored and socially challenged due to Covid 19 are not acceptable reasons to commit an armed robbery. Many will find other victimless self destructive means to act out their fear and frustrations. I put the blame on a society that is becoming increasingly violent with general apathy to the owning of unlawful weapons and the disassociation and connection with fellow human beings. We somehow have to teach our youngsters and remind ourselves of the commonality of humanity. We have to recognize the humanity in each other no matter who we are. Hope its not too late....


Jon Keeling
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Community Center
on Mar 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm
Jon Keeling, Community Center
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm

My Karate center is located at Cubberley and I represent that area in the PAPD Chief Advisory Group. I have had a few things stolen from outside the door over the past year, while some people became restless and desperate, and the community center temporarily became somewhat of a ghost town. So I eventually installed a security camera. I checked the footage for that evening but did not see anyone.

Regarding the debate on this thread as it involves how to treat teen criminals, I welcome teens and their parents to reach out to me if they want to talk. I have done fairly extensive volunteer work in the mental health field and much of it with at-risk teens. And I have quite a bit of experience with criminals, both helping apprehend them and quite a few former criminals I count as friends. I have seen first-hand how a person can turn their life around. It may sometimes be difficult. But I am up for working on such challenges.

I had also been trying for several years to start a new mentoring program for teens in Palo Alto (modeled after the great one in Los Altos/Mountain View I mentored at for a few years). But despite much interest from students, parents and teachers, I finally had to put it on hold due to the inability to find anyone to help with the administrative side of setting up the new non-profit. Let me know if you want to help!


Seer
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Mayfield
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:21 pm
Seer, Mayfield
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:21 pm

I never buy the "poor person turned to robbery". My parents were teenagers during the great depression. Not enough to eat on many days. Never came near turning towards violence.

What you have is violent, broken culture producing criminals, whatever the back story is on how that culture became broken, you still have to maintain order. Surgically changing their disfunctional culture and parenting practices is harder because society has to become the parents while hopefully teaching how to parent and how to behave. We invent nice names for this such as "early education" and out of class adoption (the most effective intervention known).

Defunding the police was the stupidest slogan, bound to fail politically at the next mugging/murder. All for training them in more civilian vs military modes of operations. Still, this perp had a loaded gun and some cop chasing him. Don't be surprised that (rare in the extreme), police tend to overreact and shoot first, you would too.

Thanks police for catching one of them! That will send a message back that this isn't a "happy hunting ground".

Pragmatically: (a) build the Cubberly plan already rather than have it as a decay spot. (b) cameras are cheap, can't we have a public access surveillance of the site so that you can log in with your cell phone and see the situation at night along with a 2 week storage so that we can find "where did the one who got a way, go"?


Native to the BAY
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm
Native to the BAY, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm

SnapChat Uber Apple Google Amazon are all predatory — Plans, drugs, ammo, guns rides all easily assessable to our teens. Fed Rescue Package to lical city must infuse prevention intervention program for our youth. Not just more police and emergency services. Or for that matter no raises for the City Manager. Cubberely was where The Parent Project & Love and logic 12 week classes took place. A partnership between PAPD and PAUSD. Scrapped ! Such a huge shame... Together we can. This is just the tip of what our teens are acting out on pain, poverty and the pandemic.


Roger Jillman
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Barron Park
on Mar 18, 2021 at 4:20 pm
Roger Jillman, Barron Park
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 4:20 pm

These violent juvenile delinquents are mostly likely products of absentee (aka lousy and irresponsible) parents, dysfunctional peer group associations, and zero personal integrity along with an overall lack of common sense and decency.

Their adult counterparts are in state prison and these youngsters should be remanded to the juvenile jail until they are old enough to be transferred to San Quentin, Pelican Bay, Chino, Folsom or any of the other state prisons depending upon the nature of their crimes.

If they were arrested for violent crimes, such as armed robbery, murder, sexual assault etc. lock them up in cages and throw away the keys as they are not worth saving.

Crimes like burglary, car theft and minor drug possession are rehab possible and every effort should be made to steer them in the right direction.

To blame society for their actions is folly as not everyone who grows up impoverished or subject to racism becomes a criminal as some use these adverse conditions to better themselves.

The parents are most likely to blame as well and should be held accountable for not keeping their children in check or instilling civilized values.

The boo-boo victim act is getting old, especially when the perpetrators start calling themselves a victim of their surroundings.

Find new friends, play sports, study hard, go to church etc. There are alternatives to becoming a junior criminal.

Or join the armed services and learn some discipline.


Father Timothy
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another community
on Mar 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Father Timothy, another community
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm

It is the responsibility of society to help heal these troubled youths and one way to achieve this goal is through court-appointed or volunteer guardianships where families take these emotionally scarred children into their own homes in the hope of showing and sharing with them a better world.

And it shouldn't matter what the nature of the crime is.

Imagine had younger members of the Manson clan been taken under the wings of a respectable and caring Christian family. Things may have turned out differently with proper guidance, support and love.

This is what we should all be striving for...to overlook certain indiscretions and see the true person inside and help them bloom.

God bless and may all see the inner light of compassion, understanding, and a profound embracement of human charity.

We are all responsible for society's ills.


esther phillips
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Community Center
on Mar 18, 2021 at 6:27 pm
esther phillips, Community Center
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 6:27 pm

It seems to me that non-profit organizations such as the Catholic Boys Club and the Boy Scouts of America might be better places to instill positive values in incorrigible youth.


TimR
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Downtown North
on Mar 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm
TimR, Downtown North
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm

He had an illegal handgun with an extra magazine. That is a SERIOUS crime, and needs to be treated as such. And if you don't agree with that, please, don't also complain that the US has a gun violence problem and needs to get illegal guns "of the street."


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:10 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:10 pm

"I had also been trying for several years to start a new mentoring program for teens in Palo Alto (modeled after the great one in Los Altos/Mountain View I mentored at for a few years). But despite much interest from students, parents and teachers, I finally had to put it on hold due to the inability to find anyone to help with the administrative side of setting up the new non-profit."

Jon, what's the city doing to help?

Yes, people are increasingly desperate, more are homeless and there's an increase in crime, much of which never even makes it to the police blotter. We knew from friends, neighbors and NextDoor that there's a lot more car vandalism, bike thefts, catalytic converter thefts than get reported.


Chamille Washington
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:19 pm
Chamille Washington, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 18, 2021 at 11:19 pm

*Imagine had younger members of the Manson clan been taken under the wings of a respectable and caring Christian family. Things may have turned out differently with proper guidance, support and love.

*non-profit organizations such as the Catholic Boys Club and the Boy Scouts of America might be better places to instill positive values in incorrigible youth.

^ These suggestions are subject to speculation and bordering on ludicrous.


shameeka
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:02 am
shameeka , East Palo Alto
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:02 am

The positive values need to be instilled by the parents.

When kids go bad, it's usually the parent's fault because the parents were either not around, had substance abuse issues, were predatory sexual abusers or too permissive.

Rotten parents equate to rotten kids in most instances.


R. Cavendish
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another community
on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:39 am
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:39 am

quote:

"Imagine had younger members of the Manson clan been taken under the wings of a respectable and caring Christian family."

∆ Shuddering at the thought.

quote:

"non-profit organizations such as the Catholic Boys Club and the Boy Scouts of America might be better places to instill positive values in incorrigible youth."

∆ Again, shuddering at the thought.


James Jeffries
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Crescent Park
on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:04 am
James Jeffries, Crescent Park
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:04 am

Forgiveness and rehabilitation are noteworthy ideals BUT the 'three strikes rule' should be implemented for those found guilty of three SIMILAR or IDENTICAL crimes involving murder, assault, armed robbery, and any hate or sex-related crimes (against anyone).

These kinds of chronic criminals should be put away permanently with absolutely no human rights considerations except bread and water.


Native to the BAY
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:08 am
Native to the BAY, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:08 am

The Fed Rescue money to PA must be invested in our children.Yes what is the city doing to prevent, divert, mitigate youth’s acting out. No campus resource officers, The city pushing poverty stricken residents on to cash strapped non-profits Lifemoves who are overwhelmed, understaffed, underpaid and don’t have resources. No public knowledge of any plans to re-open libraries . Poor families in PA only given 1 50% discount on 1 youth activity per year. And the family has to register in person not over internet. If we don’t invest in our most precious resource now, our future is doomed. Wrong, wrong, wrong. But hey 14 pickle ball courts a must at cubberely.


James Jeffries
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Crescent Park
on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:25 am
James Jeffries, Crescent Park
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:25 am

¶ "Yes what is the city doing to prevent, divert, mitigate youth’s acting out."

^ I suspect that the troublesome youth are coming into Palo Alto from other areas and communities with the intent to either rob and/or assault Pao Alto residents.

Those resource funds should be allocated towards the poorer communities so hopefully their children can remain occupied doing something more constructive in their own communities rather than venturing into Palo Alto where many of them pose a nuisance.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:33 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 10:33 am

One problem here is that the city and school system have been dithering on updating CHS - the buildings, the use, the overall plan. We all have circled the wagons for that site with a lot of ideas but few put in place. Time to get to work and update the buildings where needed. Update the use of the facilities where needed. Make it a living place with more people around. Possibly a police office substation at that location since it has a huge parking lot and unused space. If we dither then it is an invitation for people to hang around and get into trouble. An adult gym open through 9PM would add bodies.

The use of a gun is over the top for a sixteen year old in what is a quiet residential area. That is telling you something about cities that dither on big topics.


ariel fleming
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Downtown North
on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:37 am
ariel fleming, Downtown North
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:37 am

"I suspect that the troublesome youth are coming into Palo Alto from other areas and communities with the intent to either rob and/or assault Pao Alto residents."

Palo Alto is not responsible for ensuring the upright development of youth in other poorer communities.

That is their problem to contend with.

But when these problematic youths venture into Palo Alto and disrupt our community life, well-being and safety...arrest them, lock them up and throw away the keys.

Palo Alto can and will deal with its own juvenile delinquents.


LaVonne Michaels
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:36 pm
LaVonne Michaels, East Palo Alto
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:36 pm

° Palo Alto is not responsible for ensuring the upright development of youth in other poorer communities.

I agree as it is up to the parents to instill proper values to better prepare our children for adulthood.

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Down With NIMBYs
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Stanford
on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm
Down With NIMBYs, Stanford
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

"Palo Alto is not responsible for ensuring the upright development of youth in other poorer communities."

This is a very sad perspective. Palo Alto has exploited people from poorer communities since its founding. It has systematically put barriers in place to block people of non-white descent from purchasing houses within city limits. Who do you think it is that works the low wage jobs in our city, who clean your houses and take care of your children? The people working these jobs can't afford to live here. They do come from poorer communities. So you're ok with them doing the actual work to keep this city going but you're not interested in helping them progress in society? Do you really think that your obligations as a citizen to help work towards a better society end at city limits?

So much wealth and education, yet so little humanity.


Down With NIMBYs
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Stanford
on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:53 pm
Down With NIMBYs, Stanford
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:53 pm

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Did it also ever occur to you that the cost of living in the Bay Area is so high, and minimum wage so low, that a child can easily have two parents at home, but because those parent have to work multiple jobs, they are still left alone without supervision?


Mary Lane
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Palo Alto Hills
on Mar 19, 2021 at 1:07 pm
Mary Lane, Palo Alto Hills
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 1:07 pm

@Down With NIMBYs

"Who do you think it is that works the low wage jobs in our city, who clean your houses and take care of your children?"

Our household does not rely on any of the above so we are exempt from any responsibilities when it comes to providing for other people's children.

If people cannot provide for their children, they should either hold off on starting a family or not have any kids.

And out of wedlock teen pregnancies can be easily prevented via birth control and personal restraint. Perhaps immaturity is why there are so many 'tomcat' fathers who shirk their parental responsibilities and the girls are just as much to blame for acquiescing to certain 'overtures'.

If everyone took personal responsibility, many of our socio-economic ills could be averted.

To blame society for a sub-standard existence is a cop-out.


Native to the BAY
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm
Native to the BAY, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

Our teen have been diverted to crap Apps and dark web behaviors. In resl life time, These teens, at least the one that got away knew the gates and paths between Cubberly snd Mitchel. I suspect that underage youth lives here. Thank the Gods the PAPD did not pull their gun and shoot. Yet deeply troubled that the youth who was caught carrying an unregistered loaded fire arm, drugs. City of PA has done zero in helping the vulnerable cope with COVID restrictions. The weekly report only published to save City Managers behind. He’s looking for his raise. Too many here getting their shares of gross predatory bad biz practices from Snap/Uber/Apple/Google/FB/IG/Zoom while hiding behind screens and the next “best” Zoom mtng that does nothing to help PA residents stay resilient. “ said “Come out come out where ever you are” City give us a time line when libraries, rec centers, pools ect will open. Give us some hope for our youth.


ron-swanson
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Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 20, 2021 at 12:22 pm
ron-swanson, Adobe-Meadow
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 12:22 pm

why do people come from cities to commit crime in PA ? don't they realise most of us are house rich and cash poor ? As if we don't have enough crime, our great leader is letting loose 1000 illegal immigrants per day into our country. why is USA responsible for food,shelter,clothing, education & jobs for every sob story in the world ? everyone harps about rights. what about responsibility ? how about parents don't have kids unless they can provide for their upbringing ?


Greg Collins
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another community
on Mar 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Greg Collins, another community
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm

"why do people come from cities to commit crime in PA?"

Palo Alto is viewed by some as a city inhabited by mostly white privileged individuals but that impression is gradually being replaced by a perception of wealthy Asians now relocating to it's costly neighborhoods.

"don't they realise most of us are house rich and cash poor ?"

So sell your house to the above at a premium price (for cash) and reside elsewhere where it will be safer.

"how about parents don't have kids unless they can provide for their upbringing ?"

That is good advice for everyone as having kids is an added expense and highly overated.


Local
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Stanford
on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:52 pm
Local, Stanford
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:52 pm

Palo Alto has seen a huge rise in crime since the pandemic, particularly downtown. It is not really safe for single young girls to be out in the evening there - our daughters and friends now go to the shopping center which has security or California Avenue which don't see to have the crime problems.


Anonymous
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 21, 2021 at 9:08 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Mar 21, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Well however one feels about younger alleged criminals, it’s time for CA politicians to focus: crime is rising. Currently criminals of all stripes are emboldened by CA’s obvious weak prosecution and lax attitudes towards protecting the public, our personal safety and our residences, places of employment, vehicles, pissessions!
There needs to be accountability regardless of age of the offender.
Mainly, there needs to be prioritization of Public Safety - email your local and regional (in-state) government representatives.


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