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Builder of fire station files $600K claim

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Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 31, 2022 at 3:37 pm

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The Wells Fargo Bank on Waverly also had a window smashed.

Posted by Palo Alto well-wisher
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 31, 2022 at 4:48 pm

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Why can't we finally install cameras around the dowtown at least? The police should not be relying on random callers to learn about such horrific acts of vandalism. Given how close the police department is located to the University Ave, they could have been there in half a minute. So sad for all the businesses that suffered.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2022 at 7:21 pm

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Surveillance 24/7 of the public is repugnant and the City can’t do that - we have laws about that.

I feel bad that this happened. My family owned a retail business for years in town with big display windows, so I don’t take what happened lightly. It is upsetting, and a hassle to deal with. It’s good that insurance will cover the costs of replacement and likely time closed.

Posted by Moctod
a resident of University South
on Jan 31, 2022 at 9:36 pm

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How about some information regarding this latest addition to our street residents?

Posted by Seer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 31, 2022 at 11:01 pm

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He said he was depressed. There's nothing to be depressed about, civilizations have times of trouble, that's as old as civilization itself. Roll with it.

Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 1, 2022 at 9:28 am

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The world is angry!

I am so sad about all the damage this person caused. We are loyal patrons of Siam Royal, and we respect Judy and Zen, who work so hard to make their restaurant successful. If this person has any funding in his bank account, he should be made to pay for the damage immediately.

Posted by Kevin Wu
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2022 at 11:33 am

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America is undergoing a mass mental health crisis spurred by the pandemic, political polarization, and the demise of perceived quality of life issues.

Crime is on the upswing not only in Palo Alto but all over the entire United States.

How we will address and resolve these matters is a reflection on our society as a whole.

Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 1, 2022 at 11:44 am

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He should be charge with 12 counts of felony vandalism. He may have problems, that is no excuse to damage property.

Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 1, 2022 at 11:59 am

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With our civilization slowly slipping away, this will be a good case to watch with an eye toward this year's DA election. If Rosen can't bring himself to fully charge this violent man for his crimes, then Rosen will need to be removed by the voters, to make room for someone who can do their job properly (such as Daniel Chung perhaps).

Posted by jhskrh
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 1, 2022 at 2:16 pm

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Posted by jhskrh
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 1, 2022 at 2:22 pm

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His name is Joshua Sinclair Kahan, his identity widely reported by nearly every other news outlet. Web Link

Posted by Pops9
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 1, 2022 at 2:25 pm

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Curious whether he is out on bail given the extensive nature of his crime and his warrants. It would be great to see PA Online start to track not just arrests but whether people who continue to commit serious crimes are back on the street in 5 hours.

Posted by TorreyaMan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 1, 2022 at 2:48 pm

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As just one example, there are security cameras all around London. I've been there quite a few times and never heard anyone complain.

Posted by Susan C Brodsky
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 1, 2022 at 10:01 pm

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I am upset about this also. Being depressed is no excuse. And I don't believe that is the reason. He's just mad. Too bad! You don't take your problems out on others! He should be at least be put in jail for 5 years. He can't be hurting other people's property while he is locked up, and maybe that would teach him a good lesson. He deserves jail time anyway for his other felonies. I wish he could be "slapped up" by other people so he would learn what it feels like. I feel that people need to pay for their crimes in whatever manner is deemed well and good by society. There is no way that this man should go unpunished. Don't let him out! Our laws are too lenient. People should be afraid to commit crimes, fearing what would happen to them if they did. I agree that we should have cameras, at least downtown. And Apple has been hit too many times with too many crimes. Where are the police and why are they not policing, driving up and down the business streets at least, instead of assuming everything everywhere is okay. We need them to be doing their jobs. I can't believe other drivers did not see this guy and did not report what this idiot was doing.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2022 at 11:57 pm

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"Curious whether he is out on bail given the extensive nature of his crime and his warrants. It would be great to see PA Online start to track not just arrests but whether people who continue to commit serious crimes are back on the street in 5 hours."

Me, too. I'm tired of reading about perps who are immediately released to keep committing crimes while awaiting their trials for all their previous charges.

I was never a law-and-order nut but it's worrisome reading how rare it is for a a judge's to oppose the prosecutor's probation recommendation for someone found guilty of a 4-year crime spree threatening dozens of people. When did this become unusual?? What does it take to get repeat offenders off the streets?

We deserve better. Listen to the public comment from the Altaire residents at Monday's CC meeting about how they've been repeatedly robbed, terrorized by the same perps and had to resort to a petition!

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 2, 2022 at 6:07 am

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Its amazing, that after years watching my neighbors repeatedly vote for soft on crime measures (AB109, Prop 47, Prop 57) and soft on crime DAs and support cutting our police budget by 20%/ 15 positions... to be surprised at the results. Crime is NOT surging everywhere. It's surging where it is tacitly permitted. The police are demoralized and fleeing our city too. I don't blame them one bit.

Posted by ndn
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 2, 2022 at 8:36 am

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This has nothing to do with being soft or hard on crime. This is a disturbed individual who needs to have a compulsory civil confinement (so that the rest of us can be safe), treatment and legal penalties as appropriate.
Cameras downtown? NO!

Posted by Book Em
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Feb 2, 2022 at 8:54 am

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Clearly a mental health issue. Not a police issue.

Just repeating what was said when Newsom was gallivanting around Palo Alto dishing out $6B to EV auto manufacturers who have no shortage of available capital.

Spend that money on developing a statewide mental health system including clinics, short term inpatient treatment, and (yes, I am saying it) long-term housing of chronic mental health patients. Spend this $6B on these steps and we will see a demonstrable improvement in homelessness, crime, and drug abuse. I'm pointing to you Gavin...have some real courage.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2022 at 9:25 am

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Regardless of whether this was due to a mental health issue or not, people doing this sort of thing must be stopped. It is sad that in our society we are having people committing suicide by cop, suicide by vehicle, suicide by train, or whatever and it is messing with the minds and lives of those who inadvertantly do it. Who wants to be the driver who hits a suicidal person on the highway and who wants to be the owner of a business who has windows destroyed by someone who loses their sanity because they have had a bad day.

We have to start being tough on crime and tough on violence which often is going to mean tough on mental health issues. Let's get to basics. Getting violent criminals off the streets and getting help for those with serious mental issues off the streets is good for everyone. Giving someone a pass because they are considered victims helps nobody. It doesn't help them and it doesn't help society. Throwing money around isn't doing it. Getting these people off the streets and getting them the help they need in a safe living condition just might.

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