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Departing police chief reformed department, but violence persists

Original post made on Nov 8, 2013

As East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis leaves, he does so with only modest regrets — except for one.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

"Community oriented policing"? I have met an EPA Officer twice in 6 yrs for needless traffic stops. Unless 'profiling' is what you mean by Community oriented. Adios Mr. Police Chief.

Posted by Tina
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:54 am

Johnnie Gray begs the City of EPA for money to pay the rent at his boxing club. Even after the City funds his program he bad talks the City. It's so sad how he treats and disrespects the city officials in our City. No other city would tolerate him and what he represents. He is aggressive and a bad role model to the youth he works with. I live in EPA and I wouldn't send my children to his club. The last proposal that he submitted was for $70,000.00. Sadly it was granted by the City Council. It will go to pay for memberships at his club and paying rent! These are tax dollars people! We could have payed an officers salary with that!!!! There are many people who start non-profits in EPA just to raise money and benefit themselves!!

Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

"Adios" Exactly my feeling towards the "Chief". More pay for these [portion removed] officers does not equate more work. What did he do? Violence remains the same, cops just as unprofessional as ever, and inefficient in every sense. Praise.. Exactly for what? We need someone who does not threaten one of our council members while at City Hall and the council is in session, in the most public of places. That right there is proof enough of his lack of respect for the position, the community and the leadership role hes supposed to abide by. Good riddance.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

How did the chief threaten a city council member in public? When was this ?

Posted by Tired of EPAs antics
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Build a relationship with the gangsters? Didn't he see the movie, "Colors" with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall? Duvall is nice to the gangsters but they end up shooting him and killing him in the end. These gangsters have no loyalty to anyone but their gang. They are mentally irrational. Having someone care about them won't work as it does with normal people - these gangsters are too far gone into the gangster world.

There has to be a way to sweep out these guys from the city. Security everywhere?

Posted by Politics
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Davis Was The Most Powerful Politician In Epa. He Learned Quickly How To Take A Progressive Stance And Satisfy The Powerful Community Activists By Putting Money In Their Pockets.

Posted by Occam's Razor
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Politically Correct story. The Chief did nothing beyond being smart in his relationship with the press and the council. Beyond that - nothing to make the community safer. He will say safer, and the council will say safer - but his time was bad for this community.

Posted by Tara
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

"Putting money in their pockets" is exactly right!
Examples: 1. music, mural and arts program (how has graffiti lessened? )
2. Chaplains Program: "pastor" Paul Bains (he's a crook)
3. One East Palo Alto (they don't do anything...schedule meetings/events and no one shows up)
4. Live in Peace (they only work for the African-American community. EPA is a majority Latino community)
5. Parole Re-entry- Hoover etc. (nice guy, how many parolees have actually turned their life around? A lot of $$ for a program that hasn't reduced crime)

Posted by Hector
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

The officers are completely unprofessional. They are rarely patrolling the streets. When you see them they are zipping around on their cell phones while driving! How many detectives do we have and how much are we paying them? They haven't solved any crimes! Break ins, shootings and homicides continue! There is also a lot of loitering at bus stops. People drinking and using drugs in public. Why aren't police seeing this? I hope our Interim Chief can bring some new changes to how this department runs! We really need it. I wish Chief David the best in DC.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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Tara - as of 2010: "In the first four years of a state-funded pilot reentry program that started in 2006, East Palo Alto's recidivism rate dropped to 14 percent, far below a statewide average of 60 percent." - Palo Alto Online, 9/12/12

As for OEPA, I've been to a number of their events, which were totally packed. They not only employee locals, they also have a jobs program for youth that does a great job. There's an article on that program in the publication, from just the other day. I believe that OEPA absorbed LIP, and OEPA works w/all the major ethnic groups in EPA; in fact, all of their materials are in several languages.

Any specific info on Bains being a crook?

I'm not saying that Davis and nonprofits didn't cater to each other, because they did. But some of these groups and their missions do make a difference in EPA.

Posted by Tara
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hmmmm: Every year he requests hundreds and thousands of dollars from EPA city council for his homeless shelter. He has no proper training or experience working with that population and neither do his staff. His center is not licensed and is not meeting the needs of the homeless population. His staff have gone to council meetings to let everyone know that they haven't received paychecks! Very poor management! He continues to ask for city funds to help complete his capital projects at his shelter. His family owns the building and he needs to pay for the expenses himself. He also gets paid to show up at homicide/crime scenes as part of the chaplain program through the police department. He is abusing the city of EPA and needs to get a real job like the rest of us and stop begging for money from the city, county and foundations to pay his salary.

Posted by black
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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Posted by Stewart
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

Re: "Hyland said he hopes the chief's new position will put East Palo Alto on the map." Eric, the reporter who phone interviewed me misread my sentiment that Chief Davis could make an impact on community policing strategies. The point was not so much to put East Palo Alto on the map but for police departments across the country to work with community leaders and not simply rely on tax dollars to fund their law enforcement work. Also, that law enforcement that supports root cause solutions of criminal activity, such as schools and nonprofit programs, are real solutions to reducing violence. Last, this stuff to work well takes time and commitment by residents and our public employees.

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