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Defying critics, Palo Alto grants over $300K to Downtown Streets Team

Original post made on Jun 16, 2020

Despite public calls for more scrutiny of the sexual harassment allegations against the Downtown Streets Team, the City Council voted on Monday to allocate the nonprofit grant money.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 1:04 PM

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Posted by Barron
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm

If the Palo Alto Weekly and other local news publishers had scrutinized the PAPD over the years the same way they scrutinize other groups like the DTST than perhaps their wouldn't be need for police reform now. Instead the Weekly gave a pass to the police because they are bias for and prejudice against.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 16, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Thanks to Council member Kou for her positive motion to get more information about this troubling situation.


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Posted by Due diligence
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm

I have been a financial supporter of DST for many years. The press in the paper was quite distressing and will cause me to cease supporting this organization. I do not think that the city should allocate additional funding until the accusations are fully investigated. DST is a good organization which should cooperate to get it's name back in good standing.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2020 at 11:32 am

Posted by Due diligence, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> I do not think that the city should allocate additional funding until the accusations are fully investigated.

DST is a private org, and, can do (somewhat) whatever it wants. But, since it wants public funding, it should be -transparent- about this issue, which it has not been.

>> DST is a good organization which should cooperate to get it's name back in good standing.

DST needs to do two things:

1) Be transparent about the issue. They have merely asserted that they have addressed it, but, not disclosed how they addressed it, or, what their current policies are. Use of public funds requires transparency. If they don't want to be transparent, they should stick to private donors.

2) Specifically, it makes no sense for an organization built around employing people with substance abuse issues to serve alcohol at employee events. Bad idea. Just don't do it. Is that the current policy, or, not? Why can't they just say what the current policy is?


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