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Stanford Shopping Center was a hot spot of violations when public health inspectors came calling

Original post made on Jan 11, 2021

Eighteen stores in the Stanford Shopping Center were fined for violating Santa Clara County COVID-19 health orders over the Black Friday weekend, according to county documents obtained by the Weekly.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 11, 2021 at 10:39 am

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This headline borders on irresponsibly misleading: 100% of the violations in this "hot spot" involved not having their paperwork and signage in order. That's not great but when I think of health-inspection violations I think of rats and mold. In fact the lack of a single violation related to actual practices makes me wonder whether the county is really enforcing any COVID-19 regulations besides the paperwork.


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Posted by Julian Gómez
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 11, 2021 at 11:13 am

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Then why don't you find out, instead of leaving your question hanging as a "fact"? Don't depend on a website for providing 100% coverage.


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Posted by Paperwork Police
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 11, 2021 at 11:35 am

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@ Joe, I agree 100 percent.

Completely MISLEADING AND IRRESPONSIBLE headline PA Online! These were not HEALTH violations (like rats or mold). It was a lack of paperwork and signs for covid. Headline should've been "Almost 20 retailers punished for not submitting paperwork on short notice".

There are so many signs and papers posted everywhere that no one reads anything at all. It's all just a massive pile of paper on windows in every store that not a single person on the planet reads. All anyone cares about is if you're wearing mask.

Cody and her SCC Health Dept need to be dethroned and control given back to those officials who were voted in by taxpayers. It's disgusting our tax dollars are going to this type of bureacracy and enforcement, total waste of resources and punishment of retailers who are just trying to scrape by. And none of this pile of paper stops covid! Stupid on top of stupid.


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Posted by WhatAboutme
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 11, 2021 at 12:32 pm

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'We were told literally the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, from mall management, that the health department was going to be here that weekend.'
-Store supervisor, Stanford Shopping Center tenant
I find it so weird that there are even 'warnings' of any inspectors or management. This concerns me when I think of food establishments.

I love how palo alto online chooses which companies to name/shame in the article. Oh, Marimekko, where employees (seem to me) to be relying on commission with their 'how Can I help you', and oh oh 'peleton'.

Readers, donate to paloaltoonline, they need YOUR (continued) support! Have you not rec'd their email solicitations --










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Posted by Pam T
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 11, 2021 at 2:26 pm

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Folks, I am a merchant a SSC, and had the correct signage posted. It's not actually the job of shopping center management to remind merchants to post - those orders come directly to the business from the county, so if you're paying attention and really want to comply with the distancing orders, you fill them out, print them and post. Most all merchants out of 130 or so did this. It's not hard to do. We want to keep staff and clients safe! In my opinion, and I'm sure many will disagree, the fines are minimal and more of a reminder to stay in the game with safety.


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Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm

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I sure hope the inspectors don't make a surprise visit to Foothills Park, because the COVID signage there is never in order. And I don't think it's the fault of the rangers. To me it looks like visitors take the signs down and throw them into the bushes (it hasn't be THAT windy lately). And while I agree with Paperwork Police, above, in general, sometimes people do need to read the signs.


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Posted by Shwonder Sharikov
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 11, 2021 at 8:40 pm

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jan 11, 2021 at 11:33 pm

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Stores like Whole Foods and Walgreens actually have people at the door enforcing capacity limits.


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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 12, 2021 at 8:44 am

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I rely on the signage; if it is not up I know to not enter that store. I figure that if a business is lax about something as simple as signage, chances are good that business isn't sufficiently concerned about the precautions we have been asked to follow. It simply isn't a hardship to mask up, wash hands, keep 6' from others, or post a few papers indicating that you understand the protocols and are willing to comply.

Question for those who think not having the signage is not a health violation b/c it isn't something like mold or rats, how would you categorize the violation? The protocols are in place as measures to combat getting the apparently easily transmitted Covid-19 virus which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. How is that not a legit health issue? I am as weary of all this as anyone and hope the violations will serve as a reminder for non-compliant businesses to get their act together and adopt the established best practices that the County requires. Because lives depend on that and we aren't going to return to some semblance of normal until this thing is under control.



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