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'Crime emergency' declared in East Palo Alto

Original post made on Apr 11, 2008

The East Palo Alto Police Department declared a "crime emergency" Thursday after seven people were shot in the previous 10 days. None of the shootings were fatal.<BR>
<LI> <a href="//">East Palo Alto police aim to quell the violence</a>

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 11, 2008, 9:33 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2008 at 10:02 am

This is very interesting. I wonder how this will affect the increase in crime in Palo Alto. We have been increasing all sorts of crime and I am sure there is a connection somewhere.

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Posted by GMC
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2008 at 10:59 am

Where are the Raging Grannies? Where are the torch protesters? There's a war going on in our backyard and none of you really seem to care, do you? A story or thread about Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, George Bush, Global Warming or of course, Israel will get dozens of comments in hours. A story about violence and death in E. Palo Alto will probably get ignored. I'd like to know what we as Palo Altans can do about this tragedy next-door.

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Posted by sue mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

We need closer monitoring of the the access roads to Palo Alto with CTTVs and a police presence.

there has been an increase in gun crimes in our neighborhoods.

How about special stickers for PA residents cars.

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Posted by sue mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm

A man held up Baskin Robbins on Middlefield Road late Thursday, threatened a clerk with a semi-automatic gun and leaving with an unknown amount of money, Palo Alto Police Sgt. Sandra Brown said Friday.

The man entered the ice-cream store around 10 p.m. as it was closing. He waited behind a customer, then said something about a burglary and showed the gun to the clerk, Brown said.

"She couldn't really understand what he was saying so she didn't pay him any attention. She thought he was buying ice cream," Brown said.

Even after seeing the gun, the clerk still thought the man was joking, Brown said.

"She got the clue when he didn't leave," Brown said.

She then gave him an unknown amount of money, she said.

Witnesses heard a motorcycle leaving.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm

It appears that the emergency is not just in EPA.

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Posted by Raging Grannies
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2008 at 2:45 am

Raging Grannies DO care about safety in East Palo Alto. We are out protecting tenants rights for safe housing in East Palo Alto and demonstrating against racial profiling in Palo Alto. We speak out against crime everywhere...but basically what leads to it. Lack of adequate educational opportunities for the very young and assistance for mothers of young children are two that we focus on. We also support families of people with incarcerated loved ones to aid their return to society. Since you asked (commenter #1) Visit us at

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 11, 2008 at 9:05 am

The engine that drives violent crime in EPA is the illegal drug trade and the gangs that compete for distribution monopolies.

That is it, pure and simple.

How do you deal with it, you have 1 strategy and 2 tactics.

The strategy is to change the risk and reward balance so the economics do not make sense for continuing
You can
1/ crack down ruthlessly on gangsters and keep after them constantly, get the community to spy and inform on them. This makes the risk greater than the reward.
2/ permit the distribution of drugs in some regulated fashion, this destroys the profit motive, takes out the underground economy.

The gangsters will, of course, move on to distributing some other vice, sex or gambling etc, but these are much less violent because they are much less profitable

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Posted by conscience
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2008 at 9:25 am

Right on our doorstep we have boys growing up in a society where young men are turning to crime because that is all they see. They are being brought up by mothers who are unable to provide them with the advantages which a strong male role model in their lives would bring. These young men need to have adult men in their lives who can teach them right from wrong, teach them that there are better ways to spend their time than hanging around with the wrong crowd and that education and safe recreational pursuits are the best start to a life free of crime.

If some of the money that has been spent by both sides on prop 8 were spent on giving the youth of EPA and other crime ridden areas a better hope of the future in gyms and other safe recreation, and some of those activists with so much time on their hands could spend some time mentoring the young men of EPA with sports and other recreational programs and homework help and teaching useful skills that can help them to find useful work and careers in their future, then perhaps we would be finding a useful outlet for the frustrations that everyone is feeling.

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