Historical move by Californians oldest real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker Palo Alto to historical Palo Alto building at 630 Ramona formerly the English tea room and blue chalk cafe rented out of 245 hamilton mozart building where new company is paying high rent beautiful sculpture in lobby someone should take a look and photograph activity today auntie ann griffiths
In my view, the last two pages of Boomerang summarize the whole financial collapse. A consulting psychologist describes the recent series of escalating bubbles as the result of the structure of the human brain.
The oldest part and the foundation of the human brain is the Amygdala, the equivalent of a lizard’s brain.
This lizard core is dominated by survival needs such as food, sex, fight or flight, its’ needs are unlimited and beyond reason, essentially ‘greedy’ for anything it desires.
Above the Amygdala is the Mamilian layer of the brain consisting of maternal concerns, social interaction, civilized and humane capacities. And finally, above all is the frontal cortex, memory, reason and the ability to compose abstract thoughts, self reflection.
Unfortunately, the modern post-industrial world can deliver any product, service or experience almost as quickly as the Lizard Brain can desire it.
And so we live in a world of accelerating reflexive desires, lurching between bouts of lizard fear and greed inspired by sophisticated advertising and instantaneous ‘News and Information’ designed to provoke even more responses or at least keep us tuned thru the next commercial.
The Boomerang Psychologist says that the Lizard Brain can never be satisfied and is volatile enough to eventually and always overpower reason. ‘Where there is a will, there is a way.’
Or perhaps a better way to say it, ‘with enough money, guns and lawyers……. anything is possible.’ And so, here we are in Recession 2011, victims of our own Lizard Brain greed, civilization circling the drain.
There were many other wonderful descriptive phrases about the various ‘sovereign nation fiascos.’
Here are some paraphrases of the author – Iceland is traditionally a land of fishermen.
And since fishermen are by definition, optimistic, it follows that when the Icelanders were left alone with rooms full of easy money in the last decade, they decided to venture out across the seas and purchase as much of the world as they could.
Iceland had finally hit the ‘happy hunting ground,’ borrowing all that the world would lend them to spend on enterprises far and wide, whether they understood them or not. That’s optimism. And also, eventually, bankruptcy.
The Irish, when left alone with rooms full of easy money, also discovered that they had a knack for spending other people’s cash, and thus strode forth from the pubs to also became ‘Financiers.’
However, instead of wandering the seas of the world in search of lucre like the descendants of Eric the Red in Iceland, the Irish confined their shenanigans to their Emerald Isle and decided to buy and sell everything on it to one another, over and over again, at higher and higher prices until at last, there was no money left. And thus bankruptcy.
The Greeks and Spain. All that Sun. Black olives. Singing and dancing, and eating. Why work? What fun? The Germans, forever jealous of the carefree Greeks and Spaniards, sought to show the world how carefree and generous Germans could be too.
And so the money flowed south. But the Greeks and Spaniards were often drunk and not in the habit of working so hard but having so much fun that there was no time for accounting. And so eventually too much money was spent. And thus, bankruptcy.
Outwardly the Germans are the epitome of cleanliness and order. But inwardly, as if to compensate and attain cosmic balance, the Germans love ‘shit.’ It’s blunt but that simple. And so the best customers for all the shit that the New York banks sold – were the Germans.
So long as the Structured Investment Vehicles, CMOs and CDOs were rated AAA on the outside, they could be full of shit mortgages, shit notes, shit bonds, shit deals on the inside.
One of the foreign customers who lost Billions on Lehman Brothers deals said, ‘Lehman had testicles everywhere…..,’ maybe that sums it all up and helps explain, along with the ‘Lizard Brain,’ how this monkey money business happened. We have only ourselves to blame.
Boomerang by Michael Lewis and reviewed by Nick Wells
River Donâ€™s Sanctuary
In June and July 2011, the Laura and Aldous Huxley Family Foundation helped relocate River Don’s Sanctuary, the only homeless shelter in the Yucca Valley area. Yucca Valley is a small city about the size of Palo Alto, lying west of Joshua Tree National Monument in San Bernardino County, the poorest county in California. River Don’s Sanctuary is the home of Don, his wife, and their adopted son.
Don is a Native American disabled Vietnam veteran who spends much of his year in the veteransâ€™ hospital in Riverside County. His wife is an African American paraplegic with narcolepsy and other very serious health issues. Their son is 13 years old and is often left running the homeless shelter for about 30 people, ranging from newborns to the elderly. The County does not help fund the shelter. Don and his wife donate their home, paid for with his meager veterans benefits. Their garage is filled with bunk beds with a small washer and dryer.
Anyone can stop by and stay at Donâ€™s, be fed three full meals each day, and stay as long as they need. There is no time limit. There are no questions asked. When I arrived, an elderly man was sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette, and there was a small group of others out back. Inside, a newly released ex-convict covered with racist tattoos including a nazi swastika was sitting in the living room couch next to a Native American woman talking to herself in a focused way, Donâ€™s wife sitting asleep in a wheelchair on his other side. Don was in the hospital and his 13 year old son greeted me.
I asked the Native American woman what she was talking to herself about. She answered that she was not talking to herself. She said she had multiple personality order and was talking to another person who lived in her body. I asked if she did not mean multiple personality â€œdis-orderâ€ . She said she meant â€œorderâ€ , because a disorder is something that causes a problem. Her order gave her advantages over others, not disadvantages.
I asked how many personalities lived in her body. She said that she would be right back and looked like she became lost in thought for a minute. Then she said that she was not sure, but that there were at least six, possibly eight. She said that she was the only one who could speak, and that she did not have access to all of the others. She counted six, but one of the personalities claimed access to two more, so she had to rely on second hand reports that there were eight.
A sixty-something man came in and graciously announced that dinner was ready in a heavy southern drawl, and with a womanâ€™s body language. His face was mutilated in what appeared to be severe scars from an early transgender operation that had gone bad. Artificially high cheek bones were surrounded by severe facial scarring. Dinner was as gourmet southern meal he had spent the entire day preparing. He explained that he was not a transsexual, but a transvestite and showed me pictures of his cross dressing shows.
In 2011, Don and his wife lost their traditional family home in which his wife had grown up because the landlord put it on the market and they could not come up with $10,000.00 down payment for the $53,000.00 total purchase price, even though the Yucca Valley real estate market is severely depressed and mortgage payments would be guaranteed by his veterans retirement payments.
Without Donâ€™s home, there would be no homeless shelter or place to eat for the hungry in Yucca Valley or Joshua Tree. This is a functioning homeless shelter with no government bureaucracy, no cost to the tax payer, and no homeless people on the streets who might scare the residents with homes because of unfamiliarity.
You may be sitting in your home reading this and asking yourself what River Don’s Sanctuary has to do with Palo Alto. Think about it. I am Sam Clemens and this is the plain truth.
What were obviously missing were the three major players in this purposed ordinance. The complaining affluent neighbors, Police and our Human Relations Commission.
Time and time again questions were raised by the three city council members overseeing this ordinance as to how the Human Relation Commission has weighted in and what actions have they taken. They were nowhere to be found.
Clearly this planned ordnance is a human relations issue and in my opinion rests squarely on their shoulders. Never the less and they continue to remain in the status quo. Deaf and Dumb.
Then we have those complaining neighbors who spearheaded this ordinance and they were nowhere to be found either. Unlike like the last community meeting where they were very hostile and vocal.
In fact, one person I interview later suggested that he was going to take matters in to his own hands if this ordinance was not approved by taking a baseball bat and beating the you know what out of the person who was frightening his children.
I sent a follow-up email to assistant police Chief Mark Venable for this comments on this neighbors planed vigilantism only because I felt this was a greater threat and out weighted any person or persons sleeping in their vehicles.
Status quo once again. No response. Folks these are major players and they were nowhere to be found. It seems to me by all outward appearances they were preoccupied and disinterested.
Kudo’s to Curtis Williams for his remarkable presentation and his finesse in fielding all the tough questions posed last night whereas the police, HRC and the complaining neighbors all which should have been present to respond, were all missing in action.
Perhaps what the community should do is nothing, as expressed by attorney and council member Larry Klein.
As reported earlier we set out to determine through the California Public Request Act the actual costs and involvement by the PAPD in assisting the Oakland Police Department in the now ongoing and much publicized raid on the encamped Occupy demonstrators.
Key highlights of our public records request and the city’s response was provided by assistant police chief Mark Venable which we have italicized in bold font.
The responses are rather revealing but not surprising given the on-going secretive policies http://bit.ly/etUzF7 of the PAPD.
1. Any policies, guidelines, or other documentation regarding the use of police services rendered to other policing agency’s including the City of Oakland, California.
Attached is a copy of the Santa Clara County Mutual Aid Protocols:
2. List of all tactical equipment used during this operation.
Records of intelligence information or security procedures of a local police agency are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 6254(f). There are no non-exempt records that contain this information.
3. Copy of request for services received by the city of Palo Alto’s police department from the city of Oakland California on staffing requirements.
There are no documents responsive to this request.
We find this response hard to believe in that there was no coordinating communication between cooperating agencies.
4. Total number of Palo Alto Police officers used / employed during operation.
Fourteen officers responded to the mutual aid request.
5. Total amount of salaries including overtime.
There are no documents responsive to this request.
Some have suggested the cost may exceed 3 million Will Occupy Oakland Costs Exceed $3 Million? How can anyone believe there were no costs impacting the city of Palo Alto in terms of time and expenses.
Salaries and wages of police officers are in fact public knowledge. Fourteen PAPD officers responded to this Mutual Aid operation. Where did they receive their funding? From the tooth fairy!
6. Number to weapons fired: (1) Teargas (2) Tazers (3) Beanbags (4) Bubberbullets
There are no documents responsive to this request. However, please note that the Palo Alto Police Department does not have or use propelled teargas canisters or rubber bullets.
Now this response is in total contrast to the inquire received by Palo Alto resident Nat Fisher to a similar question posed to PAPD Police Chief Dennis Burns in an email obtained by Palo Alto Free Press.
“Were the “chemical agents” tear gas and or something else?”
Chief Burns response, “At the request of the Oakland Police Department, Palo Alto officers did use chemical agents once officers had rocks, bottles and other weapons thrown at them. I approved the request to send our officers.”
7. Total number of vehicles used.
There are no documents responsive to this request.
Again, we are dismayed by the lack of knowledge and response coming from the second in command of the Palo Alto Police Department. Did they parachute in?
8. Tactical name assigned by the Palo Alto Police Department for the city of Oakland, California.
No tactical name was assigned by the Palo Alto Police Department for the city of Oakland, California.
Again, assistant police chief Mark Venable goes out of his way to provide as little information as possible. In fact, he has refused all follow-up emails and phone calls.
The California Public Records Act is the equivalent on a state level as the Freedom of Information Act is on a Federal level. (FOIA) The law states the agency must provide the following: California Public Records Act Government Code Sections 6250-6270
6253.1.(a) When a member of the public requests to inspect a public record or obtain a copy of a public record, the public agency, in order to assist the member of the public make a focused and effective request that reasonably describes an identifiable record or records, shall do all of the following, to the extent reasonable under the circumstances:
(1) Assist the member of the public to identify records and information that are responsive to the request or to the purpose of the request, if stated.
(2) Describe the information technology and physical location in which the records exist.
(3) Provide suggestions for overcoming any practical basis for denying access to the records or information sought.
(b) The requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) shall be deemed to have been satisfied if the public agency is unable to identify the requested information after making a reasonable effort to elicit additional clarifying information from the requester that will help identify the record or records.(c) The requirements of subdivision (a) are in addition to any action required of a public agency by Section 6253.(d)
This section shall not apply to a request for public records if any of the following applies:
(1) The public agency makes available the requested records pursuant to Section 6253.
(2) The public agency determines that the request should be denied and bases that determination solely on an exemption listed in Section 6254.
(3) The public agency makes available an index of its records.
Where we find assistant police chief Mark Venable’s statement, “There are no documents responsive to this request.” indicates he put forth no effort at suggesting ways the answers to ALL questions could have been successfully achieved as mandated by law.
What we do find is obfuscation and ambiguity in applying the law as noted in question number 2.
2. List of all tactical equipment used during this operation. Here assistant police chief Mark Venable claimed this information was “exempt from disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 6254(f).”
However, this information was in fact partially revealed in the same email from Palo Alto resident Nat Fisher received from Police Chief Dennis Burns.
“As part of a Bay Area wide, regional mutual aid request by the Alameda County Sheriffs Office through the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office, the Palo Alto Police Department responded to assist Oakland PD on October 25th.
At the request of the Oakland Police Department, Palo Alto officers did use chemical agents once officers had rocks, bottles and other weapons thrown at them.
I approved the request to send our officers. We have not responded to assist Oakland subsequently.”
This information seems to be in direct contrast to the answer we received in number 6. Number of weapons fired: (1) Teargas (2) Tazers (3) Beanbags (4) Bubberbullets.
“There are no documents responsive to this request. However, please note that the Palo Alto Police Department does not have or use propelled teargas canisters or rubber bullets.“
Phone calls and emails sent to both police chief Dennis Burn and acting assistant police chief Mark Venable seeking clarification have gone unanswered.
The banks and corporations are fleecing the American people because we, the 99%, are not represented in Congress. Oppressive and harmful legislation is enacted because we, the 99%, are not represented in Congress.
Congress and the government avoids accountability because we, the 99% are not represented in Congress. This petition provides the 99% the opportunity to be a part of Congress. This petition will severe the control that Wall-Street and the Lobbyists have over Congress. This petition will hold Congress and the government accountable to the 99%.
Had enough of Congress, Wall-Street and Lobbyists?
Ask Congress to repeal Public Law 62-5 which limits the number of Representatives and to restore our government to a Republic through Proportional Representation.
In 1911 Congress enacted the unconstitutional Public Law 62-5 which limits the number of Representatives to 435. This law has had the direct effect of limiting our representation in government ruining our society through special interest legislation.
For complete details of this campaign to place you in Congress, go to:
Many of the problems in our society can be traced to the fact that the people elected to public office do not represent the interests of the 99% and are therefore incapable of advocating on behalf of the 99%.
We blame Wall-Street, but Wall-Street does not make the decisions, Congress does. Congress makes the decisions that benefit Wall-Street because Wall-Street bribes Congress with money. Congress does not have to take the money, but it chooses to.
“One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.” Charlie Reese 545 vs. 300,000,000.
On November 1, 2011 noted radio, (KGO 810), talk show host and former presidential candidate, Gene Burns stated, “It is clearly a bi-partisan problem neither political party gets a pass…corporate America has bought and paid for this government through their K-Street lobbyists…and we have got to take the government back from those self interested individuals and the people they represent.”
How do we take our government back? We take the government back by voting every incumbent out of office who refuses to amend the Constitution to proportional representation?
Warren Buffett put forth the idea that he could fix the U.S. deficit in 5 minutes by enacting a Constitutional amendment requiring that all sitting members of Congress be ineligible for re-election any time there is a deficit of more than 3% of the GDP.
Mr. Buffet also put forth the following “Congressional Reform Act of 2011”:
No pension, no health care, no pay raise, lawful accountability and a voiding of all contracts. Mr. Buffett then asks every person to pass the information on to twenty others via email.
Being informed does not cause reform. Why wait, you can inform Congress that you will throw them out right now by signing this petition.
This petition takes what Mr. Buffett started and expands upon it to make it a reality.
The only way to force Congress to do the will of the People is to place OURSELVES, the Average American Citizens in Congress by enacting “Amendment 28 – RESTORING THE REBULIC..,” which alters it to Proportional Representation.
Mr. Buffett’s plan does not remove the influence that Wall-Street and Corporate America have over Congress. Amendment 28 will forever severe the control that the 1% has over our government. Amendment 28 provides all of the details on how each member of Congress except one must reside in the State and District from which he/she hails from in order to be confronted by his/her constituency on a daily basis.
How do we make Amendment 28 a reality, you and I and everyone who signs this petition vows to vote out of office every incumbent who refuses to enact “Amendment 28,” and we continue to do so every election until Congress finally implements it.
Amendment 28 does not stop with correcting the corrupted Congress, it also repeals many of the damaging financial acts enacted by Congress while providing safeguards from future harm.
Amendment 28 puts limits on how big any bank or corporation can become and will push Congress to enact financial reforms that will benefit that average American worker. Amendment 28 burns the tax code to ashes and begins anew with a fairer and more lucid system that benefits everyone.
Amendment 28 provides more freedom and justice for the citizens of America while holding public servants accountable.
Amendment 28 decriminalizes drug use.
Amendment 28 protects our food, our animals, our water and our air from being exploited, poisoned and abused.
Amendment 28 goes beyond preventing Congress a pay raise, it limits Congress’ pay based upon the National Median.
Mr. Buffet’s plan requires Congress to pay for their own health care, that doesn’t solve the problem of 50 million people who go without.
Amendment 28 forces Congress to provide the same health care plan to every citizen that Congress and all federal workers receive.
We’ve had Republican and Democratic controlled Congresses as well as an even mix holding the office of the Presidency over the last 30 plus years and our Nation in every arena is crumbling before our eyes. Whether its Obama or Romney in the Whitehouse our country and our lives will be in worse shape in 5 years from now.
“‘Insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Albert Einstein.
We have the opportunity in this Country to amend our Constitution of alter our form of government, we have the power to take control of our government if we want to, the question is, do we want to.
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson.
“The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.”
We need to tack back our government through a powerful and effective means, the Amending of the Constitution granting us the 99% the right to participate in the our government which we are currently denied by the system put in place by the 1%.
The President did not end slavery. The States did not end slavery. Congress did not end slavery. The People ended slavery by standing up to the government and demanding an end to it.
Mr. Buffett asked everyone to inform twenty more people, we’re asking that you inform everyone you know and just get one person other than yourself to sign this petition and we’ll see what happens.
I have to assume that given Mr. Buffett’s position, he will be signing this petition once he has an opportunity to review the Amendment in detail.
“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government.” George Washington
Enhancements Will Improve Connectivity and Performance for Mobile Voice and Data Network
PALO ALTO, CA. November 2, 2011 — AT&T today announced network upgrades at Stanford University designed to provide students and residents increased reliability and best-in-class wireless service.
AT&T’s network enhancements include a new cell site designed to bolster indoor coverage and capacity to Stanford University Hospital Center and the surrounding area, including the Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford Stadium and much of the Stanford campus.
In addition to expanded coverage and capacity from the new cell site at Stanford, AT&T has added additional capacity 12 cell sites in the City of Palo Alto and to more than 210 cell sites in Santa Clara County.
“Adding more capacity to a cell site is like adding more lanes on the freeway so that voice and data traffic flows faster,” said Terry Stenzel, AT&T Vice President and General Manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada.
“Whether customers are talking, texting, e-mailing, surfing the net, streaming music or video, using their favorite apps, or conducting business we want to make sure they have a good mobile broadband experience.”
In addition, AT&T continues upgrading cell sites with fiber optic and Ethernet connections back to the central switching facilities, enabling faster 4G speeds in Palo Alto and across the greater Bay Area.
“We’re investing in our network in Palo Alto and Santa Clara County because we’re committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice and data service to our customers,” said Ken McNeely, AT&T’s California President. “AT&T has invested nearly $775 million in its San Francisco Bay Area wireless and wireline networks from 2008-2010, and we will continue investing and making network improvements.”
AT&T’s mobile broadband network provides several important advantages for customers, including the ability to talk and surf at the same time. For instance, customers can look up directions to an event while still talking on the phone, or browse social media sites will chatting with a friend.
AT&T also provides access to voice service in more than 225 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. Business Traveler magazine recently named AT&T as having the “Best Mobile Coverage in the World” – the fourth time AT&T has received the distinction.
In addition, most AT&T customers have access to more than 29,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots across the country, and more than 860 across the San Francisco Bay Area at no extra charge. With more than half of AT&T customers now using smartphones, the popularity of Wi-Fi is soaring.
AT&T customers are now making more than 100 million connections a month to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network. San Francisco leads the nation with nearly 10 percent of all the Wi-Fi connections coming from the greater Bay Area, including the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone from the 300 block to the 500 block of University Avenue in Palo Alto.
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The arguments against Measure E are full of misinformation. One glaring example is the claim that installing an anaerobic digestion facility would require “digging up more than 3.5 million cubic feet of old garbage, spreading it across remaining parkland, and releasing tons of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.”
The truth is very different:
o Much of the 10 acres is flat, so excavation would be minimal if at all.
o The amount that might have to be excavated is tiny compared to the existing dump
(120,000 cubic yards out of 7.6 million).
o The excavated material would not be spread over the whole park. It would cover only about 10 acres, leaving 106 acres of untouched park.
o Regulations would not permit excavated garbage to be sprinkled and left in plain sight. Instead, they would require that it be buried under a sealing cap to prevent water infiltration, and no park user would ever see it.
o Significant release of methane typically begins only after aerobic composting depletes oxygen, one or two years after disposal.
o The landfill would be re-capped and plumbed to collect the methane, utilizing it to generate electricity,, so actual emissions would be negligible.
No facility will be built under Measure E unless found to be both financially and environmentally beneficial-and even if it is, it is not an issue of either anaerobic digestion or a park. It would allow both. Vote YES!
Occupy Wall Street doesn’t know that. To Make a Fortune, you must First pass a Law.
What are the two most tightly regulated industries in the United States?
b) Pharmaceutical Drugs
By now, with hundreds of banks and brokers collapsed worldwide, millions unemployed, entire countries (Greece, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Ireland) on the brink of bankruptcy, or already bankrupt, it’s obvious that Banking and Securities are the two most ‘tightly regulated’ and therefore corrupt industries in the United States.
As the old french proverb goes, ‘in order to make a fortune, you must first pass a law.’
Wall Street and banking have been transformed by the laws that they have written and lobbied. Publicly the Banks and Brokers whine and threaten that the ‘laws’ are ruinous to our way of life. On the other hand, it is the Banks and Brokers who mold these same laws to ensure that competition is limited and only they know how the game works.
Thanks to all the regulation, Banks are no longer a source of money to build America and offer opportunity. Far from it. Today the Bank’s are legally empowered to transfer wealth from those who have it, to themselves. Frank/Dodd, Sarbanes Oxley, FHFA, Congressional Oversight, the laws don’t matter. As the layers of regulations and regulators deepen, the camouflage for fraud improves. The moats that protect the Big Banks are getting bigger and deeper.
How else can we explain the continuous market gyrations, manipulations, High Frequency Trading, collapses and Bailouts that keep on coming? Every Friday night, two or three Banks are folded up, insolvent, unreported in the weekend news cycle. No one goes to jail.
Wall Street bonuses get bigger all the time.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner put forth the slogan, ‘the money center banks are too big to fail…….. only these talented people can save our complex system.’ Oh really. The Banksters are so trustworthy and talented that now they can save the system that they just looted.
If you deal with American banking or Wall Street, be warned, all these new committees and regulations are just camoflague: Investing with or trusting today’s Banks and Brokers with your assets reveals to them that you are a sucker. Thanks to sellout politicians on both sides – we are now the Bank’s legal prey. Foreclosures, Deficiency Judgements, Taxes, Bankruptcy Limits, Student Loan disasters, Bank and Broker Rescues. One way or another, we are all Debt Slaves now.
As Thomas Jefferson warned – in 1802:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..”
If Occupy Wall Street sparks a few laws, we’ll know it failed. And if Occupy Wall Street ignites a fire that burns down our paper money Tower of Babel, it will have gone too far. Let’s hope we end up somewhere in between.