Town Square

Post a New Topic

I Wish...

Original post made by Daniel Mart, Mountain View, on Jan 1, 2013

Discrimination against the disabled in Palo Alto is entirely indicative of discrimination in society as a whole.

This story contains 947 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Comments (2)

Like this comment
Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

the_punnisher is a registered user.

When I did rehab after each stroke ( 2x ) I used the REACH program originally located at the Cubberley Foothill College site.

To say the building was run down was an understatement. On hot summer days, the A/C was often broken. The room fittings were ancient.

We had several POSTED, PERMITTED RESERVED PARKING SPOTS for the caregivers vehicles that transported the disabled. They were often being used by PALO ALTO RESIDENTS who claimed " I'll only be a minute, I've got to pick up my child attending (xxx) class " while the caregivers had to find another spot often quite a distance away.

The SFBA (including MV and PA ) have PEOPLE WAREHOUSES for dealing with the disabled. My father was in one for rehab ( he got out as soon as possible ) and I lasted only 3 days ( and that was over a weekend when the doctor involved in running the place WOULD NOT MAKE WEEKEND VISITS!!! )

VTA transport was terrible, many of the disabled were late or never got to the REACH classes at all!!

I get much better support and services in CO up in Evergreen. That includes door-to-door transport for medical issues and an Express RTD stop only a few hundred feet away from my residence. ( I can't walk to it yet but I'm working on that ).

The house was refitted for handicapped use with a guardrail and a bathroom with the proper facilities, paid for by my taxes in Jeffco.

My terrible (non) service was paid for my CA taxes,which were a lot more and gave me a lot less.

The bottom line: Other states do much more for the disabled than CA does. You yuppies with your big SUVs and Bumws need to obey ALL the handicapped laws and not break them for " just a minute " while DIAGONALLY PARKING to pick up your offspring.

Dismount and WALK your bike at Cubberley; I've witnessed several collisions and actually had one during my stay at the REACH prgram. The little ( insert your favorite cuss word here ) didn't even apologize for the collision, he behaved with the typical arrogance of youth. Do you see a pattern here?

Stanford has the best docs, REACH was the best rehab program but you can take the rest of stuff as a strong example as how welcome you really are if you are old or disabled in Palo Alto. Remember the saying about how a country treats it's old and disabled.

I won't even get started about how HP and other SFBA companies treat a CO company expansion workforce..The word ARROGANCE comes to mind...

Like this comment
Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Daniel Mart is a registered user.


All I can respond with is...

E-mails are forwarded to all nine council members.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


To post your comment, please login or register at the top of the page. This topic is only for those who have signed up to participate by providing their email address and establishing a screen name.

You Dirty Little Thing
By Laura Stec | 9 comments | 8,802 views

Celebrity chef pulls out of BFD Menlo Park; to reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 3,721 views

“Housewife” a Journey of Transgender Marriage
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,821 views

Holiday LEGO Show
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 934 views

New traditions in an ancient land
By Sally Torbey | 2 comments | 493 views