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Police arrest man for alleged skateboard attack downtown

Original post made on Jul 11, 2019

Palo Alto police have arrested a man who is accused of attacking a pedestrian on University Avenue on Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:57 PM

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm

eileen is a registered user.

>>>The 38-year-old man, who has no permanent city of residence.
Does that mean he is homeless? Maybe he has severe mental issues.
Was he on massive amounts of drugs? Scary just walking down the street these days...
Can we get more info?


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Posted by A Regular Occurrence Nowadays In PA
a resident of University South
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Palo Alto seems to be encountering an increasing number of miscellaneous street crimes lately.

Curious what the possible explanation might be.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

Posted by eileen, a resident of College Terrace

>> >The 38-year-old man, who has no permanent city of residence.
>> Does that mean he is homeless? Maybe he has severe mental issues.
>> Was he on massive amounts of drugs? Scary just walking down the street these days...
>> Can we get more info?

Posted by A Regular Occurrence Nowadays In PA, a resident of University South

>> Palo Alto seems to be encountering an increasing number of miscellaneous street crimes lately.

>> Curious what the possible explanation might be.

Since this persons acts don't "profit" him in any way, we assume that the acts are "crazy". Are you asking for a single, simple explanation?

Poverty, criminality, substance abuse, and mental illness frequently go together. Social programs that require these to be completely separate issues will never succeed at dealing with the most difficult cases. The California State Hospital system of the previous millennium had many flaws, but, it had one very important virtue-- the patients/inmates could be varying degrees of poor/petty criminals/substance abusers/mentally ill, and, get a bed in a ward in a state hospital, get three meals a day, some vitamins, a little encouragement, and start to heal. Our insistence that these are all completely separate problems has caused a larger increase in cost in the criminal justice system than the money saved on the hospitals, and, it doesn't work as well.

"De-institutionalisation" is a contentious issue. The two major viewpoints Web Link are, "deinstitutionalisation was a move in the wrong direction" and, "it was an unsuccessful move in the right direction". In either case, what we have now is not working, -and-, is very expensive.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm

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..Curious what the possible explanation might be...

Palo Alto now has a huge target painted on its back. It has become a magnet for criminals, the homeless and the mentally disturbed. The massive urbanization has created this tragedy, and with so much commercial and housing development in the pipeline, you aint seen nothin' yet as they say. Those who have been pushing so hard for urbanization have inflicted on the general population its rewards:urban blight, unbridled.


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Posted by Donald
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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Posted by Is PA Keeping The Problem In Check?
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

"Palo Alto now has a huge target painted on its back. It has become a magnet for criminals, the homeless and the mentally disturbed. The massive urbanization has created this tragedy, and with so much commercial and housing development in the pipeline, you aint seen nothin' yet as they say. Those who have been pushing so hard for urbanization have inflicted on the general population its rewards:urban blight, unbridled."

^^^Valid points but in terms of grungy homeless street scenes, Palo Alto in no way resembles the 2nd Street/St. James Park area of San Jose or Ocean Street in Santa Cruz.

People aren't sleeping in the entrances of downtown stores at night & we don't see 50-60 people per day pushing shopping carts along University Avenue...yet.

These are common San Jose/Santa Cruz urban street scenes and pretty much the norm each & every day. Palo Alto hasn't sunken that low...yet.

I suspect that PA's suburban, upscale 'vibe' & setting prevents this visual blight from escalating even further as the aforementioned locales are larger cities & county seats where the population is naturally denser.


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Posted by immigration status?
a resident of El Carmelo School
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

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Posted by Donald
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

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Posted by Scared
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Once I was driving my car slowly in downtown Palo Alto and a guy decided to attack it! A police woman happened to be right there and immediately handled this scary event. Thank you, Palo Alto Police Dept.
what I wonder about is the criminal transient problem, see: police blotter, at our downtown Caltrain station. I don’t see this at other stations. Why do transients get attracted to Palo Alto? This is not desirable.


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Posted by immigration status?
a resident of El Carmelo School
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm

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