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Seeking more details about sexual harassment allegations, Palo Alto delays vote on Downtown Streets Team contract

Original post made on Dec 1, 2020

With Downtown Streets Team leadership facing allegations of sexual harassment, the City Council postponed its vote on a $336,400 contract.

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Posted by eyeswideopen
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 1, 2020 at 10:32 am

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Well, finally the City Council seems to be on the path to do the correct thing and get the Oppenheimer Report. Let's see what happens.

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Posted by Corey Levens
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 1, 2020 at 3:58 pm

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Something larger is wrong here. After months of the City Staff requesting the report from Downtown Streets Team and being stonewalled, the City Staff just throws its hands in the air and says, "[wtf], we'll just recommend that the City give you the money, anyway." Is there information we are not being told in this story? If not, it appears the City Council made the easy call to reject this recommendation. The City Council should not stop there; the Council now needs to fire the members of the City Staff who supported presenting this outrageous recommendation to the Council.

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Posted by CovidKid
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 3, 2020 at 8:45 am

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I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. How did it even get this far without a proper investigation? Allegations of sexual assault and no one seemed to care. Let's just throw the women under the bus and give DST the money... Really?

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

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@Corey Levens (my fellow former candidate):
To be clear, you want more info about a Holiday party six years ago and do not trust the board, its attorney or City Staff?

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Posted by FormerDSTemployee
a resident of another community
on Dec 3, 2020 at 2:50 pm

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@Mark Weiss
I’m sorry but how long did it take you to get over being sexually assaulted by your employer? I’m assuming less than 6 years?

Would you like me to ask Harvey Weinstein’s victims or Jeff Epstein’s how long it took to get over it? Do you want to go into the details of how long it took to get over it vs how long it it took to be believed?

Would you like me to elaborate on how it feels to see your friends and colleagues assaulted, harassed, abused and just say well it was 6 years ago? There was no justice, no change in leadership, nothing changed so why do I have to get over it because it was 6 years ago or more?

Who am I supposed to trust in This situation? Council members that knew about these allegations over a year ago and gave DST funding anyways? They didn’t even deny DST the funding in this round or put contingencies on leadership change, they just put it back up for discussion. One of the council members staffers emailed us asking for the “truth” like we hadnt put our names and our trauma out there for the world to dismiss.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm

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As a local taxpayer, my position is that our givernment representatives should vet and review any organizations to which they grant our money. Possible irregular management and behavior (liquor parties!?) should not be tolerated.

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on Dec 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm

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