For the last several days numerous people have been sitting, lying down and even setting up tents on Kipling St. next to the Apple Store. All of this activity is in violation of the City’s Palo Alto Municipal Code 9.48.025 states in part:
(a) No person shall sit or lie down upon the public sidewalk, or upon a blanket, chair, stool, or any other object placed upon the public sidewalk within fifty feet of any commercial property between Lytton Avenue and Channing Avenue from Alma Street to Emerson Street and the area between Lytton Avenue and Forest Avenue from Emerson Street to Webster Street during the hours between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
So the question is where’s the Palo Alto Police and City Attorney’s Office enforcing the law as they did with Victor Frost?
I personally do not have a problem with people sitting down on the sidewalk, the problem is the hypocrisy of the City of Palo Alto who justified the Sit-Lie Ordinance because people sitting and lying down on the sidewalk were obstructing the flow of pedestrians and was a significant safety hazard. If the City’s justification were true, then it would be enforcing the law upon the people at Kipling St.
By not enforcing the law equally, the City of Palo Alto is acting above the law. If the City of Palo Alto is not going to enforce the law when citizens violate the law, then it’s high time for the City of Palo Alto to rescind the law.