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Hurricane donations stolen from school

Original post made on Sep 22, 2007

Approximately $1,500 in student donations earmarked to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita was stolen from the principal’s office at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in East Palo Alto this weekend, according to Assistant Principal David Herrera.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 3, 2005, 10:35 AM

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Posted by Crime and Punishment
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2007 at 2:31 pm

If the perpetrators are found, they should be compelled to join others who have taken advantage of those tragedies, and placed to work in New Orleans, cleaning up trash for $5 per hour, until they pay back 10-100 times the amount of the monetary loss they caused. Evenings would be spent in jail (no weekends off), without benefit of television or music.

After that, they shuold be forced to wear, every day, for one year, a shirt that says "THIEF!"

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 22, 2007 at 4:38 pm

I hate to sound like a broken record, but there are these things called credit unions and banks. Leaving cash lying around is just asking for something to happen.

Does the principal also not realize that the Federal Reserve is also stealing part of the donation? They should have that money invested so that the can stay ahead of the falling dollar while they decide what to do with it.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 22, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Dang, I just found this too.

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Even Egypt and Israel don't want dollars anymore. Amazing.


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Posted by done
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2007 at 8:08 am

I am giving no more to New Orleans..over a billion dollars has been stolen of our tax money sent to support Hurrican Katrina victims...I think we are up to 136 billion in tax support so far,..I once figured out that, on average, we have sent over $400 per every man, woman and child in tax support for Katrina victims, which means 1/2 of us have sent nothing, and the other half $800 per person in every family..not to mention all the private donations many of us sent,..not to mention the mismanaged/stolen fed dollars ( our taxes) which DID NOT get spent on fixing the dyke which would have prevented most of the destruction in New Orleans.

Why is the rest of the coast cleaned up and recovered, and New Orleans isn't?

Why can't they find employees at over $10/hour in New Orleans to work? But there are a lot of welfare recipients still around?

My pity is used up.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 24, 2007 at 6:53 am


I agree. In Forbes I think I remember reading that the $118 Billion turns out to be $110k spent per man woman and child!!! Yikes! That's half of what our city manager makes!

Forbes mentioned that it would have been better for private enterprise to respond instead of bureaucratic fema in terms of care for victims and money spent.

At this point, it seems that everyone would be sending good money after bad. Who would spend it? On what? Who benefits?

I gave to the red cross because I don't want to weed through all of the choices.

We must, however, separate fema's incompetence with our compassion for the victims who did nothing wrong.

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Posted by cold hearted.
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Though I agree with compassion for those who did nothing my book it is WRONG to not evacuate when told to evacuate..WRONG to not make sure your kids are safe, fed, sheltered, and WRONG to not send in empty buses to help people evacuate, like Nagel the mayor refused to do, and WRONG to then complain about free housing in hotels and new mobile homes on our tax dollar for over 1 1/2 years, and WRONG to sue because they are "inadequate", when all who are in the housing are getting it free.

Frankly, and this is the nasty little secret known only to those of us who have family in Louisiana, the people who left New Orleans on the govt dollar ( our taxes) have better lodging than they had when they were in New Orleans ( which were primarily STILL on our dollar)

So, no, I have no more compassion except for the kids who are victims of the stupid parents who made bad choices.

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Posted by cold hearted.
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2007 at 1:23 pm

and yes, I do remember the number per "displaced" person being in the hundreds of thousands of dollars..and the people who worked and paid for their own insurance to cover their homes and packed up and left on no help at all.

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Posted by learn from others
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 24, 2007 at 2:48 pm

In fact, if you want proof that you get the government and consequences you deserve ( ie, that you vote for), just look at New Orleans and how it was run the last 40 years, and how it is being STILL run today. (New Orleans actually re-elected Nagel!!)

Lesson to all Americans..

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 24, 2007 at 2:56 pm

Agreed. Many are benefiting from this tragedy unfortunately. Nagel is a joke who is enjoying the limelight despite being an incompetent mayor.

Either way, the students who raised the money have their heart in the right place.

Why would the principal keep cash in the office?
Who else knew that the principal kept cash in the office?
Whether it was someone affiliated with the school or not, hopefully that person(s) will do the right thing and return it.

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