UNLOCKING THE GATES ... Local hikers and joggers can stretch their muscles again at the Stanford Dish starting Monday, July 6. The university plans to reopen the trail for regular summer hours, 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily, with a series of new rules that adhere to local health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most of the changes aim to maintain 6 feet of distance between others seeking respite in the fresh air. The main 3.3-mile loop has been reconfigured to direct traffic one-way in the counterclockwise direction to allow for people to safely pass (that means people must commit to completing the loop). Visitors are also advised against touching surfaces such as gate entrances, fences, trash cans and signage. A full list of the rules can be found at dish.stanford.edu.
MAKING A STATEMENT ... On Tuesday, as 16 teams of artists painted a mural with the message "Black Lives Matter" written in large block letters on Hamilton Avenue outside of Palo Alto City Hall, an 18-year-old man was putting up posters that called attention to recent reports of police brutality. The man, who requested anonymity, was acting alone as he plastered the posters of quotes, many of which were published in local and regional newspapers, from lawsuits, Department of Justice investigations, local law enforcement officers and people of color who faced arrest dating from as far back as 1994 to this year. Some lined a sidewalk facing the display, including one that read "he and another officer then grabbed (the man) & dragged him out of the window of (his) car," which was attributed to a complaint, which Mario Melendez filed in January against Mountain View Police Officer Benjamin Kroutil. "Kroutil became annoyed with Melendez during a traffic stop and dragged the man out of his car," according to the poster, which added that Melendez was hospitalized for his injuries. Another poster included a quote from former Palo Alto police Sgt. Wayne Benitez, who was seen on video telling an unarmed, gay and Latino resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park that he's "going to be bleeding a whole lot more" as the former officer kept him pinned to the hood of a car. "Benitez later retired from PAPD keeping his $118K yearly pension," the poster stated. Other posters name-dropped Palo Alto police officers who remain employed after the alleged use of racial slurs and unlawful beating of a Black resident were reported.
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