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East Palo Alto invited to meet top three candidates for police chief

Original post made on Aug 6, 2014

Members of the community will have a chance this Saturday to meet three candidates in the running to become East Palo Alto's new police chief.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:27 AM

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Posted by Question
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm

It would have been nice for the article to mention the names and backgrounds of the three candidates.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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Question - for some reason, that info isn't being released right now. Another City Manager Magda Gonzalez screw-up, or a good idea? I don't know. I do know that she doesn't like to share or play nice or engage with the community, so this public meeting wasn't her idea.

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Posted by CW
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

The names weren't released because that would allow people to research the candidates before the meeting, and ask questions focused on their past. In East Palo Alto, city officials try to keep people in the dark as much as possible. So, no names are going to be released before the meeting. That would be way to transparent.

If you think about it, who would want to be the police chief in East Palo Alto? It seems like the kind of job you take when you are being fired in another city. If you have good career prospects, why would you want to work for [portion removed] Ruben Abrica and Larry Moody? This is a city government that can't get its act together, and it's not going to attract good candidates for police chief or city manager. I mean the new rent control manager quit after two weeks on the job. That should tell you everything.

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Posted by Palo Alto resident
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

After watching Councilmember Abrica, I am pleased to say that he [portion removed] serves the East Palo Alto City residents well. Most importantly, he is knowledgable, caring, concerned, and transparent, something that we all should aspire to in our lives. Councilmember Moody hasn't been in the job long enough for most to past judgement.

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Being chief in EPA is a great opportunity for an ambitious, smart, motivated, savvy cop. Not sure why the city manager has dragged her feet.

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Were I given a chance, I would ask each of the three candidates how he/she plans to reach out to the community.

Gang violence is a huge problem, but understanding the people is how to approach this problem. Typically residents distrust Law Enforcement as much as they do Gang Members.

I have lived in EPA for 6 yrs now and have been pulled over for questioning and background checks three times. I don't feel protected by Police; I feel harassed.

So tell me; How will you create a bridge between those you intend to protect and Law Enforcement officials?

Because right now, I could live without either the "Good Guys" or The "Bad Guys".

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Posted by Opal'z
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

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They won't tell us who the candidates are before the meeting and since the general public isn't on the panel that was selected to interview the candidates, I'm not sure what the point is of inviting the public to meet them.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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Opal'z - actaully, the general public is on a panel to help select the new chief. People from the community comprise the panel. This has been the community standard for years, which Magda Gonzalez didn't want to do this time, but she finally had to agree to do it the traditional way.

The community panel interviews the three candidates tomorrow for 5 hours, which also includes time they spend with city council, then they're introduced to the public. These three are the finalists from a total of 34 who applied. Then, city manager will gather community and council input and make an offer. She then will run away from EPA with her tail between her legs, to her new job.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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CW - your ignorance is quite telling, especially when you live in a city where your last chief retired due to scandal, and ours moved on to a job at the DOJ.

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