Hoover Park Improvements – Before And After

Hoover Park Improvements Before and After
Birth Mark or the Mark of Certain Death

I walk every day through Hoover Park on my way to Starbucks to meet up with my coffee buddy’s it’s an enjoyable time to reflect and gather thoughts and plans for the balance of the day.

The morning air is crisp and the birds were singing Bertha’s song.  This is a bird song I have associated with my Mom only because it sits outside her bedroom window and sing’s in the morning.

As I walked through the park yesterday I noticed the birds were not singing in their usual place in the branches of a tree that was trimmed just the day before.

Then today, all of a sudden I looked and the tree was cut down and a red cone was placed on top and then I thought who; was the cone head that cut a tree down that otherwise appeared to be healthy.

As I looked closely at the bloody oozing stump I though who would do such a thing without notice since the clear cutting disaster on California Ave which caused an uproar because of no notice was given and there execution was carried out in typical management silence with finger pointing and no accountability!   Remember?

I think city manager James Keene later said trees slated for removal would / should receive a proper formal posting.

Would anybody be interested in starting an obituary for trees?

– Here once stood a mighty “Oak Lief Cluster” It was a Five Star General of a tree. From dust they were created and to saw dust they returned.

The red mark on the tree, is that the official posting?  Which serves as notification to the surrounding community members…….?  What a bummer of a birth mark.   I sent an email to James Keene to find out what’s going on.

Here’s my email and his response.

Mr. Keene

Who’s the cone head that removed this tree in Hoover Park without notice?

I called you yesterday and thus far I have not received a call back.

This is Mark Petersen-Perez, Field Reporter and protector of city trees

This is a “New Branch” of City of Government. One limb at a time!!!

Dear Mr. Petersen-Perez,

I am responding on behalf of the City Manager who wanted me to thank you
for bringing this to his attention.  I will forward your inquiry to the
Public Works Department for handling.


Cathy Brewer
Executive Assistant to James Keene
City Manager’s Office

The Line For The Iphone 4 Has Started

Earlier today, one of our reporters was cruising down University Avenue and saw that the line outside of the Apple Store had already begun to form. The new iPhone 4 doesn’t even get released to the public until Thursday and yet these die hard Apple fans have decided to wait for it. This is really nothing new for gadget geeks who want to show off the latest and greatest to anyone who can stand it.

I have to be honest here, if the iPhone 4 was going to be available at launch in white (Official press release from Apple regarding White iPhone shortage here.) I’d probably be in line with them. I’m actually kind of jealous. Have fun with your new iPhones on Thursday guys!

Apple Releases iOS 4 Today

Today Apple released their latest iteration of their newly renamed OS, iOS 4. The devices compatible with this firmware release are: the 3G, 3GS, and the yet-unreleased iPhone 4. Owners of the latest generation iPod touches are also in luck.

To get this update, simply plug in your iPhone to your computer the way you always do. If iTunes does not prompt you to update your firmware, just click on “Check for updates”.

New Police Building? Stop Yolking Around!

Palo Alto City Council must be yolking in the midst of an $8 million fiscal crisis to even think about building a new police building.

Perhaps their reasoning or logic is similar to the stock market trends to buy low and build high.

Some Municipalities a across California are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Consider the city of Vallejo which filed earlier this year for bankruptcy. (See link http://bit.ly/aW5vkm) and now nearby Antioch may as well be forced down this same path by declining revenues and powerful unions.

The Daily Post wrote an excellent editorial yesterday Friday June 11, 2010 – “We don’t need a bigger police station” and laid a sound foundation why we shouldn’t construct a possible 48 million cement “blue” goose!! Did you notice the font size used in the article? It was huge!!! I though I was at the office of the DMV.

The idea of building a new station would surely cause the famed industrialist Howard Hughes to rise from his grave. Just take look at all of the vacant commercial real-estate which surrounds us. It’s a sad state of our economy with no encouraging economic indicator on the horizon.

I don’t know about you but just talking about or even thinking about building a new police station is like having egg all over your faces. So stop your yolking around and get down to the serious business of fixing our budget crisis.

Foot note on origin http://bit.ly/4wdwU

Q From Kim Parker: I’m interested in the history of the saying, having egg on your face. It means you made a big mistake.

A It often implies that you have made a serious mistake, but more strictly it indicates that something you have done (or some turn of events) has left you looking embarrassed or foolish:

“I Plead ‘da Fif” – Right to Remain Silent? Suspect Better Speak Up

I Plead The Fif

Right to remain silent? Suspect better speak up

Sotomayor: Decision turns Miranda rights ‘upside down’


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Want to invoke your right to remain silent? You’ll have to speak up.

In a narrowly split decision, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority expanded its limits on the famous Miranda rights for criminal suspects on Tuesday — over the dissent of new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said the ruling turned Americans’ rights of protection from police abuse “upside down.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, said a suspect who goes ahead and talks to police after being informed he doesn’t have to has waived his right to remain silent.

Elena Kagan, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to join the court, sided with the police as U. S. solicitor general when the case came before the court. She would replace Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the dissenters.

A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are at the top of the warnings that police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations. But Tuesday’s majority said that suspects must break their silence and tell police they are going to re-main quiet to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.

This decision means that police can keep shooting questions at a suspect who refuses to talk as long as they want in hopes that the person will crack and give them some information, said Richard Friedman, a University of Michigan law professor.

“It’s a little bit less restraint that the officers have to show,” Friedman said.

The ruling comes in a case in which a suspect, Van Chester Thompkins, remained mostly silent for a three hour police interrogation before implicating himself in a Jan. 10, 2000, murder in Southfield, Mich. He appealed his conviction, saying he had invoked his Miranda right to re-main silent by remaining silent.

Kennedy, writing the decision for the court’s conservatives, said that wasn’t enough.

“Thompkins did not say that he wanted to remain silent or that he did not want to talk to police,” Kennedy said. “Had he made either of these simple, unambiguous statements, he would have invoked his ‘right to cut off questioning.’ Here he did neither, so he did not invoke his right to remain silent.”

He was joined in the 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Prosecutors cheered the decision, saying it takes the guesswork out of when police have to stop questioning suspects. “Is it too much to ask for a criminal suspect to say he doesn’t want to talk to police?” said Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association.

This is the third time this session that the Supreme Court has placed limits on Miranda rights, which come from a 1-966 decision — it involved police questioning of Ernesto Miranda in a rape and kidnapping case in Phoenix — requiring officers to tell suspects they have the right to remain silent and to have a lawyer represent them, even if they can’t afford one.

Facebook For iPhone Updated: No iOS 4 Support

So, a new Facebook update was released yesterday. Guess what? No iOS 4  support! Can you believe it?! I can’t. The new iPhone 4 gets released this Thursday along with iOS 4 and the Facebook app won’t be able to take advantage of the new multitasking capabilities that the new firmware provides.

I simply can’t wrap my head around the idea that Facebook has dropped the ball on this one.

To add insult to injury, the app still isn’t available to iPads. How many millions of iPads are out there? Who knows? BUT IT”S MILLIONS PEOPLE!

Geez. And to top it all off, there is a graphic bug in which, if your icon has a “new content” badge then the icon is deformed. Apparently, the Facebook App team has forgotten to include transparency on the top corners, so this new update is actually uglier than the last.

Way to go Facebook!