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Police: Offensive graffiti found in city garage under investigation as hate crime

Original post made on Sep 28, 2021

For the second time this month, police are investigating a hate crime at a downtown parking garage, where a racial epithet directed against Black people and an anti-Jewish symbol were found Friday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 27, 2021, 5:19 PM

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 28, 2021 at 12:40 pm

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Speaking of hate crimes and hate speech, last night's City Council had some very interesting public comments on the topic, especially the threats against city council woman Lydia Kou to rape her, slit her throat and harm her children. The speakers, especially Bill Ross, called on the city manager and DA and PAPD to finally address the issue and to send a message that this incident is a teaching moment about police accountability as well as the deafening silence from the city manager and the county DA.

Listen to the comments starting at around the 4:00 (hour) point Web Link

Posted by Aron Tiernan
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2021 at 9:04 am

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Why doesn’t the City of Palo Alto install more surveillance cameras in city operated parking lots?

This would assist the PAPD in identifying the culprits.

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 29, 2021 at 9:32 am

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Monday's City Council meeting was exceptional. On the one hand, the serious problems mentioned by Online Name were raised, while on the other CC progressed on solutions for two serious problems w/their support for the housing for the disabled and the housing for the unhoused. Hopefully the City Manager will find a way to raise his voice (not his communication director's voice) on the issue of hate crime and the city will progress on that front, too.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

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Annette, thanks for mentioning the city manager's failure to speak out. I've noticed his increasing stonewalling on calls to comment and his delegating his communications staff to make bland evasive comments. Most recently he told her to respond to the questions about the recent suicide of the Stanford student on the railroad tracks; they refused to answer questions about the myriad of costly failed programs which many of us recall where they installed non-working tracking devices, then after massive outcries they hired a contractor who hired human guards that repeatedly burglarized nearby homes. After another outcry, the hired another contractor who put in this latest non-working sensor.

Then the "Communications" director got snippy about the questions about reliability and costs of these failed programs and systems.

How long are we supposed to tolerate this stonewalling on major issues? And why should we? They make huge salaries and benefits and are supposed to be working for us!

Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 29, 2021 at 4:47 pm

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It would be helpful if we had a photo of the graffiti. How can WE judge if it was a hate crime or just a prank gone bad? As for "investigating", since it involves and anti-Jewish symbol (I assume a swastika) and anti-Black statements, why doesn't the PAPD just assume that it is a hate crime and proceed accordingly? What the Hell is wrong with those anti-vaxers??? Their politics?

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