FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2011

FBI Washington December 19, 2011

FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report indicate that the number of violent crimes reported in the first six months of 2011 declined 6.4 percent when compared with figures from the first six months of 2010. The number of property crimes decreased 3.7 percent for the same time frame. The report is based on information from more than 12,500 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six comparable months of data to the FBI in the first six months of 2010 and 2011.

Violent Crime

All four offenses in the violent crime category—murder and nonnegligent homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault—decreased when data from the first six months of 2011 and the first six months of 2010 were compared. The number of murders declined 5.7 percent, and the number of rapes decreased 5.1 percent. Robbery declined 7.7 percent, and aggravated assault decreased 5.9 percent.

Law enforcement agencies in all six city population groups reported decreases in violent crime. Cities with populations of 50,000 to 99,999 inhabitants recorded the largest decrease in violent crime at 7.2 percent. Violent crime also declined in metropolitan counties (7.6 percent) and in nonmetropolitan counties (6.4 percent). Violent crime declined in each of the nation’s four regions. The largest decrease (9.7 percent) was in the Midwest, followed by 6.6 percent in the West, 5.8 percent in the South, and 3.6 percent in the Northeast.

Property Crime

All three categories of property crime—burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft—showed declines in the number of offenses from January to June 2011 when compared with data for the same months of 2010. The number of burglary offenses declined 2.2 percent, larceny-theft dropped 4.0 percent, and motor vehicle theft fell 5.0 percent.

Each of the six city population groups had decreases in the number of property crimes. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 100,000 to 249,999 inhabitants reported the largest drop, 5.1 percent. Property crime in metropolitan counties declined 3.2 percent; property crime in nonmetropolitan counties decreased 0.5 percent.

Each region reported declines in the number of property crime: 4.4 percent in the Midwest, 4.0 percent in the West, 3.8 percent in the Northeast, and 3.0 percent in the South.

Arson

In the Uniform Crime Reporting program, arson offenses are collected separately from other property crimes. The number of arson offenses declined 8.6 percent in the first six months of 2011 when compared with figures from the first six months of 2010. All four regions reported decreases in the number of arsons—14.5 percent in the Northeast, 8.8 percent in the Midwest, 7.8 percent in the West, and 7.0 percent in the South. The number of arsons also fell in all population groups. The largest decrease, 13.5 percent, was reported in cities with 100,000 to 249,999 inhabitants.

Caution against ranking: When the FBI publishes crime data via its Uniform Crime Reporting program, some entities use the information to compile rankings of cities and counties. Such rankings, however, do not provide insight into the numerous variables that shape crime in a given town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. These rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that can create misleading perceptions that adversely affect communities and their residents.

Only through careful study and analyses into the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction can data users create valid assessments of crime. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population or student enrollment.

The complete Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2011, is available exclusively at www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr

City of Palo Alto First Ever – Live event on Twitter

Live Q&A with Mayor Yeh and City Manager Keene on February 27

Join us Live on TWITTER!

On Monday, February 27, Mayor Yeh and City Manager Keene will participate in the City’s first ever “live” Twitter Q&A and spend 30 minutes responding to community questions posted on Twitter. This fun event, facilitated by the City’s Chief Information Officer, Jonathan Reichental (@PaloAltoCIO), will begin at 11:30 AM.

Palo Alto residents and businesses are encouraged to join in, but if you have a Twitter account, you are also welcome to ask a question. Mayor Yeh and City Manager Keene will answer as many questions as they can in the 30 minute session.

How Does It  Work?

  • To submit a question, a registered Twitter user composes a tweet question and appends it with the hashtag #AskMayorYeh. Here is an example tweet: What is it like to be a Mayor of Palo Alto? #AskMayorYeh.
  • To follow along with the Q&A session, there are two options (a) Follow @cityofpaloalto and watch the tweet stream or (b) Type #AskMayorYeh into the Search or Discover boxes of the Twitter Web application.
  • If you are new to Twitter, go to www.twitter.com and register for free.
  • Even if you aren’t able to join in this Q&A session, we want to know what you think about using this way to reach out to the community. Email your comments to city.manager@cityofpaloalto.org.

Who should regulate the Massage Therapy Profession – The Health Department or Police?

It was Deja Vu all over again just like the proposed city ordnance to ban overnight parking within the city limits of Palo Alto impacting the disenfranchised.

The police, namely Lt. April Wagner aka Chan/Wagner in full uniform with her loaded sidearm clearly stood ready to enforce whatever draconian ordinance is decided upon.

I personally know Ms. April Wagner and she is a text book example of a detective known to be aggressive and deceptive.  In my opinion she’s a bad cop.

How quickly we have forgotten that Lt. April Wagner was found by a court of law to have violated the constitutional rights of longtime resident Tony Ciampi and it is alleged she fabricated police reports and evidence.

This in itself, should give rise and alarm us all to the potentiality of Lt. April Wagner and her enforcement team falsifying evidence collected during massage business raids.

In the Ciampi case, the city of Palo Alto paid out a 35 thousand dollar settlement for her mistakes and those of her colleagues.

What I also found alarming and disturbing among other things in her report to city council, was that she made it a point of having readily available and accessible massage therapy client lists, for unannounced police raids for any potential violations.

Here’s how a portion of the newly created ordinance reads….

4.54.120 Inspection by official

“Any and all investigating officials of the city shall have the right to enter massage establishments from to  time during regular business hours to make reasonable inspection to observe and enforce compliance with building, fire, electrical, plumbing or health regulations.  A warrant shall be obtained whenever required by law.”

[absent of exigent circumstances]

It was also evident from last night’s discussion that Wagner was ill prepared and unable to produce any real hard data or for that matter, unable to address any issues or complaints (sexual assaults or activities) evolving massage therapy businesses or otherwise within Palo Alto or in attracting the criminal clientele. This data was non-existent prompting several council members to wonder and suggest if we even have a problem at all.

What’s the big deal?  Why do anything as councilman Larry Klien mentioned. One thing is for sure there’s an obvious divide between reflexology, massage therapy and a simple foot rub.  The reflexology professionals are asking for an exemption to the city’s proposed ordinance along with the foot massage therapists.

But wait, what about the foot massage business. Why should they be forced to comply and compete right alongside the massage therapists and reflexologist professionals with expensive training and licensing as mandated by the State of California?

Again, why is the police and the city’s attorney’s office pushing for state compliance and why are the police involving itself in the administration of an occupation some claim is equal to doctors and lawyers.

Essentially, Wagner’s response was, she worries about Happy Feet causing injury by putting a client in a strangling toe hold. This whole process seems absurd in my opinion.

If there are complaints with the level of service or for that matter health issues, get the health department involved and not the police in all non-criminal activities or behavior.  It just seems like the police and our lawmakers are attempting to criminalize the entire massage therapy profession by placing a strangle hold on legitimate businesses.

City of Palo Alto Purposed Massage Ordinance

 

Open Letter – Attention Upside Down Homeowner with Jumbo Loan

Hello,

Are you upside down and owe more than your house is worth?

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Many lenders are accepting payoffs at 40 to 50 cents on the dollar… without holding you responsible for the difference!

Darla Y B. in Michigan just cut $$400,000 off of her mortgage.

Are you struggling to make your mortgage payment in today’s economy? Are you just plain frustrated about owing more then your house is worth and you want to do something about it? Well now there is a solution for you!

If you’re unable (or unwilling) to keep your upside down mortgage any longer and would like to drastically reduce your loan (without damaging your credit), then you need to know more about some of the residential workouts that are going on “behind the scenes.”
 
Hi my name is Crystal and my investment group and I specialize in helping upside down home-owners keep their properties.

The strategy is simple. We purchase your debt at a discount from your current lender and then sell it back to you – saving you thousands from your original debt! Now, I have to tell you this only works with non-conforming loans such as Jumbo loans.

When I first heard about this, I thought it must be too good to be true. Once I checked it out, I realized that many banks are ready and willing to accept a fire-sale cash price to get jumbo loan mortgages off of their books! This window of opportunity may only last for a short time, so please call me now at (310) 362-8223 for a 24 hr. recorded message.

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Palo Alto Animal Services Rumored To Be Closing

This news or unsubstantiated rumor will no doubt come as shock if true, to all Palo Alto citizens and animal lovers alike. A voice mail message was left this morning with Sandra Stadler, Superintendent, Animal Services Division  seeking comment.

Blog post up-dated.

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Palo Alto’s Vehicle Habitation Ban Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court declared Palo Alto’s voter-approved ban on Homeless People using vehicles and the public streets unconstitutional Tuesday in a ruling that was both historic and, perhaps more importantly, narrowly drafted.

“Section 9.06.010 (Human Habitation of Vehicles) serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of homeless people in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of Housed people,” said Judge R in the majority opinion.

In citing two other cases from 1973 and 1996 the high court said the government violates equal protection when it withdraws rights in order to harm a politically unpopular group or express disapproval of a vulnerable minority.

Like the Colorado initiative, Section 9.06.010 stripped rights from a minority group – rights the group held under the earlier California court ruling – for no apparent reason other than moral disapproval.

Judge R also said evidence at the trial showed that the Section 9.06.010 campaign appealed to voters’ irrational fears of the homeless.

With no demonstrated “legitimate purpose,” Judge R said, the court must conclude that the Municipal Code was rooted in “disapproval of Homeless people as a class.”

Shocking Censorship Data by Paloaltoonline.com revealed

Of the following 107 community posts, published by Paloaltoonline.com, covering the three month period of October, November and December 2011 reveals, your community voice, has either been altered, deleted or simply and conveniently made to disappear 108 times.

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.”

 

Data source and related story links:

1-Oct-11 East Palo Alto council to discuss child’s death Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
4-Oct-11 Severed Fingers at Fairmeadow Elementary Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
5-Oct-11 Mother: School bathroom doors a safety hazard Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
5-Oct-11 Steve Jobs, Apple’s creative genius, dies at 56 Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
5-Oct-11 Steve Jobs, Apple’s creative genius, dies at 56 Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
6-Oct-11 ‘Steve Jobs changed the whole world’ Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
6-Oct-11 ‘Steve Jobs changed the whole world’ Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
10-Oct-11 Dispute over Jewish tradition could nix Christmas Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
10-Oct-11 Dispute over Jewish tradition could nix Christmas trees Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
12-Oct-11 Measure D foes clash over ‘fairness’ in Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
13-Oct-11 AT&T’s antenna plan met with some skepticism Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
13-Oct-11 Steve Jobs called Mountain View home as a child Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
14-Oct-11 Eshoo supports Occupy Wall Street protesters Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
14-Oct-11 Eshoo supports Occupy Wall Street protesters Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
14-Oct-11 The Opportunity Center takes stock Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
17-Oct-11 Man arrested after assault at Palo Alto nightclub Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
17-Oct-11 Private service for Steve Jobs held Sunday at Stanford Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
21-Oct-11 Editorial: Yes on E, with caution Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
21-Oct-11 Teacher blames fatal accident on sun glare Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
21-Oct-11 Checking the facts on Measure E Post removed due to same poster using multiple names 1
22-Oct-11 The Search for a Cure Post removed due to same poster using multiple names 1
24-Oct-11 Obama lunch offers inside look at campaign finance Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
24-Oct-11 Driving Highway 1 and Alabama Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
24-Oct-11 Obama lunch offers inside look at campaign finance Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
24-Oct-11 Woman, 18, shot in East Palo Alto apartment Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
26-Oct-11 Paver hit by truck in Fry’s parking lot, dies Post removed due to same poster using multiple names 1
27-Oct-11 When Steve Jobs showed he had some social skills Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
27-Oct-11 Hohbach gives Palo Alto an ultimatum Post removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language 1
28-Oct-11 Zumot sentenced to 33 years to life Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
31-Oct-11 Three bicyclists hit by car on Page Mill Road Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff. 1
1-Nov-11 Local students competing in Siemens regionals Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
2-Nov-11 Stanford dean shares research on ‘stereotype threat’ Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
3-Nov-11 What is being built @ the old Olle’s Car Shop? Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
3-Nov-11 What is being built @ the old Olle’s Car Shop? Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
4-Nov-11 Mountain View council dumps Palo Alto animal control service Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
4-Nov-11 ‘Occupy Palo Alto’ gathering set for Saturday Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
4-Nov-11 Palo Alto women’s shelter planned Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
6-Nov-11 VIDEO: Crowd gathers Saturday for ‘Occupy Palo Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
6-Nov-11 VIDEO: Crowd gathers Saturday for ‘Occupy Palo  Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
8-Nov-11 Man dies at El Camino Real bus stop in Palo Alto Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
8-Nov-11 Man dies at El Camino Real bus stop in Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
8-Nov-11 Voters strike down binding arbitration in Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
9-Nov-11 Achievement test data sparks heated discussion Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
9-Nov-11 Achievement test data sparks heated discussion Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
9-Nov-11 Achievement test data sparks heated discussion Post removed due to same poster using multiple names 1
11-Nov-11 Equity prepares to buy East Palo Alto apartments Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
11-Nov-11 Voters say ‘yes’ to land for Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
11-Nov-11 Equity prepares to buy East Palo Alto apartments Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
11-Nov-11 Voters say ‘yes’ to land for Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
12-Nov-11 Stanford’s Hennessy updates faculty on ROTC Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
12-Nov-11 Stanford’s Hennessy updates faculty on ROTC – Palo Alto Online Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
15-Nov-11 Firefighters lose legal challenge against Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Nov-11 Palo Alto is California’s ‘most educated city Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Nov-11 High-speed rail hearing draws hundreds to Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Nov-11 Palo Alto is California’s ‘most educated city’ Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 2
18-Nov-11 Driven to succeed: How we’re depriving teens of a sense of purpose Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
18-Nov-11 Judge halts plan to cut lanes on Cal Ave Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
18-Nov-11 Driven to succeed: How we’re depriving teens of a sense of purpose Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
19-Nov-11 Two young children struck by vehicle Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
20-Nov-11 Chris Matthews calls out Obama Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
21-Nov-11 Simitian aide arrested for drunkenness, vandalism – Palo Alto Online Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
22-Nov-11 BCS rankings a bunch of BS? Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
24-Nov-11 ACLU lawsuit affects school field trips Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
25-Nov-11 Palo Alto mulls tougher stance on high-speed rail Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
28-Nov-11 Menlo man charged in teen delinquency cases Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
29-Nov-11 Car flips into Palo Alto parking garage – Palo Alto Online – Town Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
29-Nov-11 Car flips into Palo Alto parking garage – Palo Alto Online – Town Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
29-Nov-11 City pushes ahead with lane reduction on Cal Ave Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
30-Nov-11 Palo Alto schools brace for more budget cuts Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
30-Nov-11 Police investigate armed robbery at Stanford apartment Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
30-Nov-11 Memorial service Dec. 17 for former Mayor Jim Post removed due to same poster using multiple names 1
1-Dec-11 Daughter alleges misconduct in father’s arrest Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
1-Dec-11 Palo Alto schools brace for more budget cuts Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
1-Dec-11 Arrest made in burglary at Duveneck – Palo Alto Online – Tow Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
1-Dec-11 Daughter alleges misconduct in father’s arrest Post removed due to same poster using multiple names 1
2-Dec-11 Palo Alto to stick with new school Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
2-Dec-11 Two Palo Alto campuses test Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
2-Dec-11 District policy shuts out some students from UC/CSU eligibility Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
3-Dec-11 Does anyone awake listen to KGO ? Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
3-Dec-11 Local Native American tribe seeks identity Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
3-Dec-11 Local Native American tribe seeks identity Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
3-Dec-11 Third person killed by train identified Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
4-Dec-11 Planes with Ad Banners Flying Circles Over Palo Alto Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
4-Dec-11 Planes with Ad Banners Flying Circles Over Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
5-Dec-11 Palo Alto students win Siemens competition prize Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
10-Dec-11 Police probe two street robberies and a burglary Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
11-Dec-11 Land could create continuous habitat corridor – Palo Alto Online Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
13-Dec-11 Palo Alto bids farewell to ‘Downtown’ Sandra Brown Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
14-Dec-11 Students, parents challenge schools on math Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
14-Dec-11 Man attacked with a bat in downtown Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
14-Dec-11 Students, parents challenge schools on math Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Dec-11 Bloomberg taps Cornell after Stanford withdraws Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Dec-11 Bloomberg taps Cornell after Stanford withdraws Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Dec-11 Ex-Palo Alto firefighter receives court sentence Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
16-Dec-11 Ex-Palo Alto firefighter receives court sentence Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
18-Dec-11 Boy, 12, shot in East Palo Alto Post removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language 1
19-Dec-11 Former Wilson Sonsini attorney admits fraud Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
20-Dec-11 East Palo Alto police desperate for toy donations Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
21-Dec-11 Palo Alto approves AT&T’s antenna plan Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
22-Dec-11 Student journalists explore happiness at Gunn Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
27-Dec-11 East Palo Alto seeks to bolster tenant protection Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
28-Dec-11 East Palo Alto man on trial for rape, kidnapping Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
29-Dec-11 Robberies, burglaries on the rise in 2011 Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
29-Dec-11 Robberies, burglaries on the rise in 2011 Post removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language 1
30-Dec-11 Vehicle hits historic building in downtown Palo Alto Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
30-Dec-11 Residents appeal AT&T antenna plan Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1
30-Dec-11 Vehicle hits historic building in downtown Palo Alto Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff 1