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Council member's attempt to fire city attorney met with outrage, accusations

Original post made on May 28, 2021

An East Palo Alto City Council member's effort last week to hastily convene a closed meeting and terminate the city attorney has drawn a fiery rebuke from the city's mayor and vice mayor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 28, 2021, 9:46 AM

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Posted by NotANoob
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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The press release from Antonio Lopez:

1. [Portion removed due to lack of substantiation or sourcing.]
2. Is a cover up attempt to by Lopez in furtherance of his bogus “man of the people” persona that he adopted for his campaign.

3. Was released just before a series of city budget meetings to make it seem like Lopez is concerned about saving tax dollars.

4. Muddy his motives and real reasons to get rid of the highly competent city attorney, whose family leave is a federally protected right. [Portion removed.]
All in all the three council members who called that bogus meeting deserved what they got from the mayor and vice mayor. Lopez, Wallace-Jones and Gauthier were trying to tone shame and deflect attention away from their poor decision-making. Their shenanigans put the city in legal jeopardy. Instead of yelling at the mayor Wallace-Jones and Gauthier should direct their anger where it belongs - -at Lopez. He likely created a serial meeting by talking to each of them separately, without the two women knowing he was doing so. But the original email begs the question, who are they all trying to protect?

Posted by Manny Rodriguez
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2021 at 1:25 pm

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While many of us are not familiar with the underlying reasons for this action or even care, there has been some concern that certain city officials need to be replaced.

And if Mr. Lopez (a Stanford man) says so, we will support his efforts.

Posted by Andrew Boone
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2021 at 1:51 pm

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Good job city council members Carlos Romero and Ruben Abrica for saving the day. I’ve always had the utmost admiration for the quality of your service to the local community. Hopefully council member Antonio Lopez is able to avoid such rookie mistakes from now on and FOLLOW THE LAW.

Posted by ConcernedResident
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on May 28, 2021 at 2:36 pm

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As a community member we need full disclosure of what is going on. Why the sudden urge to fire the city attorney in a time where he is out due to family medical leave?

Lopez clearly made a mistake. Now the question remains is he scared of the outcome of this investigation, is it the legality of the taco truck? Is there more to this that we don’t know? Is the attorney acting in an illegal manner that Lopez has seen harmful to our community?

I guess this is the mistake we pay for electing a “Stanford” literature poet with no previous knowledge, background, or interest in politics. EPA has had a history of electing the wrong people. Not the first time we elect someone into city council with no skills to further advance this city.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2021 at 6:47 pm

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This is all pretty sketchy, and when I say all, I mean all 3 of the council people calling that ridiculous meeting. Who’s the power behind the curtain? Sounds like Antonio Lopez knows little about the law and council procedures. Voters don’t need an amateur who risks lawsuits, especially coming out of a pandemic.

Posted by DriedEyes
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 30, 2021 at 2:33 pm

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There is clearly a lack of accountability from Lopez, and this isn't the first instance. Anyone who becomes a public official should understand the guidelines for meetings and ask questions if they don't know. If the attorney does get fired, the attorney can sue for wrongful termination and force the city to use the city's money on legal fees. Lopez didn't think this through and seems to be looking out for himself instead of the city he proclaims to care about.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2021 at 11:24 am

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2021 at 5:50 pm

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I hope there will be followup by Sue Dremann since the things Lopez wanted to delay will be discussed Tuesday night June 1.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2021 at 6:01 pm

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The Agenda has been posted for June 1st CC meeting. Alvarado is addressing under as Staff. He is answering Lopez's concerns about The "Code of Ethic's" that he was so concern about. Lets see if this answers Lopez's distraught implosive concerns. Lets see if the City Attorney has included the Acts prior to the Code of Ethic's had not come to "Fruition"?

Posted by Sunshine!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2021 at 10:17 pm

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How is it possible that Ms. Gauthier and Ms. Wallace-Jones did not question that the Mayor and the Vice-Mayor were not informed of this meeting? You would think that anyone with city council experience would approach with strong caution such a loaded topic being brought forth by an inexperienced council member. Any newly-elected city council member who has no experience with how the city is run and how the council works needs training wheels. I'm OK with an inexperienced person being voted in but they need to learn the ropes. So what kind of training did Mr. Lopez get?

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 31, 2021 at 11:10 pm

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Posted by frustrated mom
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 1, 2021 at 8:58 pm

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My Advice to Antonio Lopez,
You are a very educated young man, but you need to learn what it takes to be an effective council. Please take time to observe Mr. Romero and Mr. Abrica, otherwise, you are going to get us into big trouble and the attorney you want to fire will end up taking the tax dollars (at least two hundred thousand dollars or more) to litigate against an attorney or settled. You will do fine if you ask Mr. Abrica and Mr. Romero for help. After all, wasn't Mr. Romero helping you to get votes? I remember you campaigning together at the end. [Portion removed.] The decision to fire or hire the city attorney should be taken with all councils present not just three. You disappointed us voters.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2021 at 3:56 am

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Oops He did it again?
Can He or Will He Learn? Does He want to Learn?
In tonight CC Meeting June 1st, 2021. LOPEZ began the meeting off wanting to change the Verbiage of the "Code of Ethics". [Portion removed.] Vice Mayor Abrica promptly said to him. "I Am a believer in, If it ain't broke. Don't Fix it". It doesn't surprise me that Lopez is now throwing them under the Bus. They even contributed to his campaign?
[Portion removed.]

Posted by frustrated mom
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 2, 2021 at 7:25 pm

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How sad to know that the candidate who claimed to be Latino, and got support only from the Latino council members is now attacking them. I was so happy to know he won, but now I am not sure. He is going to be another Ana Pulido who first ignored the public to protect the former superintendent and almost paid the price of her bad choice, and now she is afraid to do the right thing because she does not want the teachers to be angry at her again. I guess Lopez is going to find out how things work for politicians the hard way. Hopefully, he follows my advice to observe Romer and Abrica and learn, do nothing but that, and once he learns then he can take decisions but first involved all members not just his favorites. At the and these two African American Council members will throw him under the bus as soon as they realized that they goof. Sorry, Mr. Abrica and Mr. Romer my respects to you. You really are the next no matter what Lopez and the two African American Council members think.

Posted by John Carter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2021 at 8:06 pm

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Why would anyone suggest he align with in Carlos Romero, who got caught lying about graduating from Stanford Web Link

By improperly holding a closed meeting to discuss firing the city attorney without disclosing what specifically the city attorney did wrong makes many of us feel uncomfortable with you being on the city council.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm

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John Carter it’s good to read you didn’t like Lopez organizing a closed meeting. You can email him and let him know that. Everyone commenting should email all the council members to voice their views.

Posted by Jim Nemo
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 3, 2021 at 8:25 am

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East Palo Alto is a community still trying to emerge as a modern Silicon Valley city and it is undergoing its share of growing pains.

Most of the EPA politicians and administrators are either unqualified or undereducated and in time, they will be replaced by more professionally skilled individuals.

The same transition occured in various Central Valley communities as they gradually evolved from Podunk to modern cities.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 3, 2021 at 11:12 am

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[Portion removed.]
As I read Ms Dremann article, I couldn't help read that She included a troubling Statement that presumed to be release by Lopez? Unless We were deceived. We were told that The City Clerk prepared the statement? & was sent out on Lopez's behalf? As was the email with the Councilwomen names on it? And it has been Substantiated that Council Woman Gauthier denied designing the email(see video). The email was
present on the behalf of Lopez? You don't have to take my word for this. (watch the May 20th CC Meeting Video).
I'd like to "Echo" Jim Nemo's remarks that "Most of the EPA politicians and administrators are either unqualified or undereducated".
I have also discovered that they may have desires but the position of being on a Council takes more of an "Expertise" in critical areas. NOT just wanting Housing and catering. Its Admirable of them, but doesn't totally suffice.
This is also something that Supporters of Webster Lincoln wanted for the Council. Someone that had the Education that could (float) around, in & out of EVERY situation. Because of his Data seeking, and Research Background. Someone that has the willingness to do Research properly and not just say that a "City Attorney" does not Work. That is irresponsible coming from a "Poet".
As to "frustrated Mom" wanting Lopez to follow Her advice and to follow "Romero & Abrica"? It almost sounds like you are perpetrating a "Division" into the Community? I have on occasion spoken to the 2 African American Council Women. I can assure to you, that is NOT in their Characteristics of "Throwing" Anyone under a Bus. They would simply "Walk away".

Posted by Justin Riever
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 3, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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To ensure a proficiently functioning local government you also have to have educated and informed voters.

To vote via taco truck incentives raises a few red flags and all upper city administrators need to be fully vetted along with a comprehensive review of their professional and educational backgrounds.

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Posted by John Carter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 3, 2021 at 12:40 pm

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Yea, this is what happens when you vote for someone just because they offered you a taco at the polling place, or left a goodie bag with their campaign material at your front door.

Posted by Alvin Jackson
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2021 at 2:13 pm

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As a visiting pastor, I have personally witnessed the current political turmoil taking place in East Palo Alto and while the problems cannot be resolved overnight, some changes need to be made.

Much of the voter ignorance stems from the city's diverse ethnic makeup, many of whom are not adequately familiar with civic and municipal matters.

A suggestion...for the time being, the current governing body of EPA should be disbanded and replaced by a theocratic governing board comprised of the city's religious leaders who will strive to develop a municipality that equitably serves all of its residents.

Police and fire services should be leased from the County of San Mateo and the existing departments disbanded.

Next, the governing board should hire true professionals to operate the city on an interim basis with an assurance of permanent employment upon comprehensive review.

Lastly, residents should be encouraged to attend the churches of their choice not only for moral and spiritual guidance but also for city updates which could be discussed and shared at post-service luncheon potlucks.

In essence, the city lacks proper guidance and those entrusted to spread the word of Christ need to step up and provide both a moral and educational compass for those truly in need of such gifts.

And given the wealth of ethnic diversity in EPA, the communal sharing of tacos, barbeque, and islander food specialties can be a vehicle for enlightenment rather than bribery.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 6, 2021 at 4:41 pm

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To Alvin Jackson. You may have meant well. But to give advice to a 2.5 mile city. Get to know the inner workings. Turmoil as to May 20th orTaco-gate? If you had researched, you would've known that East Palo Alto(EPA) was created primarily from the sources derived from the 43 Churches located within EPA. There is also in the Constitution of the United States. "The Separation of Church & State". To debate with a Pastor regarding your feelings that the Citizens in EPA are lacking from Religious intolerance is incorrect but thats what Pastors do?

EPA has lived up under a "Purity Test" for far too long!
37,000 Human Beings were NOT running about selling Drugs & etc.
For the most part 99.9% have a Moral Authority within themselves.
The City Elders within those Churches, watched as they allowed 247 Minority Businesses in being destroyed, with NO viable plan in place. NOT ALL Tax Revenue is Good Venue. Their main concerns were getting rid of the Liquor Stores that were created by Stanford University. Relieving Their Alcohol problem and handing it to someone else, not allowing Alcohol to be sold within 3 miles of the School. This is how "Whiskey Gulch" was Born.

As to ridding of the EPAPD? EPA was under the Rule of the San Mateo Sheriffs Dept. There was no connection between them and the People.
I do agree with you about Hiring Professionals with more of an Expertise in designing the City. "A City Designer". If you research the "Salaries" that are Paid in other Cities you will find that Other Cities pay almost Double.
This would attract a Higher Quality of employee. This could be paid from requesting that the "Incoming" Developers (knowingly) entering into EPA, is to repair the failing Infrastructure that San Mateo County left behind.

Most Citizens believe that, if you want to be in EPA. You Pay!
Not just come in & pretend that you are starving and are in need of Building.

If you were speaking on Breaking Bread among the Churches and not Bribing Folks to come out & Vote.

Posted by Bill Chambers
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 7, 2021 at 10:27 am

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The question remains....will EPA ever get itself on a true and proper course?

Even in a city like Palo Alto, the PACC and city officials are not 100% on point.

Posted by Richard Geharty
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 7, 2021 at 11:46 am

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You cannot compare EPA with Palo Alto.

They are two different worlds.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 7, 2021 at 3:59 pm

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Lots of racially insensitive and classist comments from outsiders who know nothing about our city but jump on the bandwagon to criticize. And what in tarnation from the tone deaf pastor who wants a theocracy?? Editor why are you ignoring those comments? You and some of the staff need sensitivity training or at least get a clue. At least We Told You So is making helpful comments.

Posted by Rob Johnson/Captain
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2021 at 6:37 pm

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EPA is what it is and it is up to the residents to envision the future of their city and to elect those who promote that vision.

As it stands, EPA does not have an all-encompassing consensus in this area and the residents will consequently wallow with the decisions of their currently elected leaders.

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Posted by Clem McDaniels
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2021 at 7:54 pm

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Posted by Merilee Steinman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 8, 2021 at 11:48 am

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Posted by Dusty Pierce
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 8, 2021 at 6:49 pm

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EPA hasn't fully caught up with the rest of Silicon Valley.

It is more like a 1960s era Central Valley community except for a few contemporary amenities like Ikea.

Posted by Luwanda Jeffries
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 9, 2021 at 4:29 pm

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Someday East Palo Alto will exceed the likes of Palo Alto.

Gentrification and redevelopment are fully underway and all we will need later is a major university with a nationally ranked sports program.

An exclusive housing tract that epitomizes the new EPA wealthy will also serve to enhance the allure and charm of this small but colorful community.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 9, 2021 at 6:57 pm

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@Luwanda Jeffries. I like that spirit? A University. A complete Art Institute for Music, Media, Drama, Designer & ART College(s). That would go better than what is proposed currently? Office Space for 10,000 non-resident to come in and create more Traffic :=(
Gentrification may be well on its way. Just pay the people Market Value or above.

I've been campaigning for Several Developers to come together and demolish the 600 OLD Houses. Existing there now. Between Menalto/E Bayshore/University Ave and Bay Road. Offer the Owners Market Value or $1 Million Dollars. There is still a profit margin there. Prices are still lower than the rest of the Bay Area.
Its going to happen one day. Might as well take them out of Their misery.
Constantly complaining about "Brown Water".

The Infrastructure in that location is TERRIBLE. They need Sidewalks, Some houses don't have Garages, just Horse/Buggy covering. Or they have a One car garage, that only can fit a Carriage. etc.
My thoughts are, if they can come in & destroy "Whiskey Gulch". (They've had practice). Knock them down and replace them with Double the New Housing.
Let's say 1200 or more Housing. Concerns about displacement. Let them have "First Right of Refusal".
Some of those homes have been there since The Horse and Buggy days. There are NO Meters on the Homes. All the Water comes from Well Water. The Water is Brown or White/Cloudy. There was once a pool there, gone now. (where the Water Co.)still exist. It was Put in place by the Military. It was once used to Bathe Their Horses. Prior to the 101 Freeway.

@Dusty Pierce. Its a delicate process towards bringing EPA out of the 60's way of thinking.
@Rob Johnson/Captain. I've been to numerous mandatory meetings put on by the developers. Many residents envisions or limited. That is why I suggest a "City Designer"? Some people just Say NO to everything, because they only go for what they know. This cancels out "Good" Modern progress.

Posted by Robert Deacon
a resident of Woodside
on Jun 10, 2021 at 8:41 am

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With proper planning and vision, EPA could become the Foster City of Silicon upscale modern community with mid-size office complexes and attractive housing tracts.


Establishing a major university in EPA would be a huge undertaking. Why not consider creating something along the lines of an exclusive K-12 preparatory school with specialized training (i.e. art and the performing arts) along with a superior athletic program for the high school ages?

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 12:57 pm

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@Robert Deacon (of Woodside)
EPA Heart of the Peninsula.
Are you saying to Luwanda to Think Small?(again here it comes)
Stifle rhetoric or EPA lacks experience?
What EPA is in need of is a "YUGE Undertaking". EPA simply needs the right fit those that will be paid properly.
No MORE of this thinking of Mid-size OFFICE Space. That is only "Hollow" building for a Community, that'll suffer thru "Dust & Traffic".
This only benefits MOSTLY "Outsiders". They enter & then exit. Besides there is already a HUGE unattractive Brick Building at the 101 entrance. The Council has also approved (a twin brick structure) across the Street (just like it) Just waiting to "Jam" up Traffic! (Something should happen to make that gone).
Too many decades Outsiders have used Your Rhetoric.
EPA is already "doing" small Homework? Too Many Non-Profits. Too many small Schools that are CLOSING. The Council Approved a Special "Primary School" Owned by Priscilla Zuckerberg. The Location was approved in an Area, where it would've been a 9th School in a 4 Block radius.
Approving something just for a "Tax Base" is getting ridiculous. Its Time for EPA to think creative along the lines of a "Creative Destination" for Thinking Adults. They pay Taxes too. The Land at University & Bay Rd. Called The Four corners has plans for A Hotel? Across the Street is still being (worked) out? Some are getting a Headache thinking about the suggestions from the Citizens, with Their "Wish-List". But I do like YOUR Vision that EPA could become the Foster City of Silicon upscale modern community? Keep in Mind. Most People living in EPA get weary about being "Displaced" and replaced by "Gentrification". Currently a few "Gents" have moved in and have caused an uproar. They were successful in getting the "Rookie" councilperson elected. (The cause of this Article being published). They completely overlooked the "Data-Scientist" who would pay attention to details. They are mostly interested in Feeding Developers.

Posted by Ali Khalid
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 1:15 pm

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One must learn to crawl before they can walk or run.

EPA is just learning to walk and not quite ready to assume a major role on thefast track.

Most of the community is not ready for anything faster than a sidewalk.

Believe me...I reside among them.

Posted by Richard Schweiger
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 10, 2021 at 1:58 pm

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Like Richmond, East Oakland, Emeryville, Seaside, and Compton, EPA has a certain reputation that it is still striving to overcome.

The city lacks leadership, direction and vision.

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Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 3:13 pm

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Sue Dremann and Editor, is the city attorney back at work or is he still on leave? Please update this story, thank you.

Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 3:19 pm

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Posted by Efren Delgado
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 5:26 pm

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Some residents prefer East Palo Alto just the way it is as Palo Alto isn't the only local community with NIMBYs.

Voting by taco and publicized internal municipal strife are some of the city's trademarks and many of us cannot even be bothered because we're too busy working and trying to put food on the table, raise kids, avoid getting shot etc.

The city council members are easily replaceable come the next election.

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Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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Richard Schweiger speaking of city reputations, given your council’s history, you might want to acknowledge your city’s mess. Your council members are literally laughed at constantly on social media and used as examples of how not to be. If we get rid of Lopez we’ll be much better off, but you all would have to start from scratch.

Posted by Christopher Johnson
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2021 at 1:43 pm

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Both the PACC and EPACC leave something to be desired.

Take a cue from Mountain View!

Posted by Helena Karteris
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:12 am

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I suspect that the EPA resident voters need to be better informed and educated prior to marking off their ballots.

If a free taco can secure an election win for an aspiring city council candidate, imagine what a well-coordinated fleet of food trucks offering various ethnic cusines (African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, etc.) could accomplish in EPA on the part of a local candidate.

Or maybe hold the city elections in a food court.

Posted by Dex/Covid-Homeless Survivor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

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Improvements in ensuring public safety should also be on the city's agenda.

If you've ever wondered why EPA has a lower homeless street population than say Palo Alto or Mountain View, there's your answer.

Posted by Mabel Carlton
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2021 at 4:27 pm

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What is the current status of this, has Alvarado returned? Has Lopez and his back up singers changed their tune? Is there any investigation into the press release and who wrote it?

Posted by Buford Lange
a resident of University South
on Jun 13, 2021 at 5:02 pm

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An unstable local government with a community plagued by gangs, poverty and limited educational levels.

As a result, less than ideal public officials are elected who in turn make less than desirable choices when it comes to hiring city administrators.

Similar to Palo Alto except that Palo Altans have no excuses for their poor elective choices.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2021 at 7:50 pm

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@Richard Schweiger
Be kind when you form remarks regarding EPA. The Growing Pains from appearance are lasting Longer than is wanted. I know that Appearances count. But comparing EPA with those Other Cities, solely because they are primarily Minority Cities, is Telling. You also have to know the History and know about the HARD work that goes on behind the scenes. There are details, happening by HONEST hard workers that have "Intelligence". Be aware that being a City, ALL the Citizens should be listened to. This causes (trouble). Which Ali Khalid, alluded to. This is Evident with the Fact that 26yr old “Lopez'' was Elected. Lopez tapped into a segment of EPA, that is what Efren Delgado referred to. [Portion removed.]
EPA is up against Those that have ACQUIRED Huge parcels of Land. They have an Agenda also. What I am getting at is this. There are too many Personalities that are involved that have Their OWN Agenda. EPA is the LAST entire piece of land in the Heart of the Peninsula & Everyone wants a piece of the PIE. As to Efren Delgado's remark "Some residents prefer East Palo Alto just the way it is? We're too busy working and trying to put food on the table, raise kids, avoid getting shot etc." Efren statement distresses us the most? There are those that are actively working hard in bringing EPA into the Modern World. “Being SHOT"? That statement is farfetch! The same people, "Pop" Their heads out & want to destroy the work that has been done & Others have worked towards, this is what has kept EPA Down. This applies to simple things such as "Landscaping" keeping Cars parked off of Lawns. Allowing grass & weeds to grow. Simple things. Hoarding parking. The Council is thinking NOT to create a Burden on the Lesser. What they’re doing is distressing the Older Citizens that are in Their Golden Years. Homes paid for Suffer. This needs to end. Coddling. Bring these citizens into conforming & assimilate.

Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:06 pm

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Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2021 at 11:08 pm

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A Census Worker Friend advised me that they knocked on over Hundreds of Non-Minority Citizens doors. It is also a Well-Known fact, that there is a popular "Job Recruiter" for "Tech Company's" Advertising for Gentrifiers to come and move into EPA where he lives.

EPA has always been a Mecca comprised of all "Ethnic" backgrounds. There are Asians & Caucasians that have lived in EPA for over 20-65yrs. Check out The Ravenswood High School Yearbooks. The Westside shelter most. Gangs have been stomped out, (they may visit)? But there are also Gangs living in the surrounding Cities. They simply wear different clothing and carry different Titles. This was discovered decades ago. [Portion removed.]

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